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I have a generator 8,000 13,00 starting with 12 hp motor. We

I have a generator 8,000 13,00 starting with 12 hp motor. We just had a well installed and at first it was going to be close but found a better site. The well is apx 250' away. I know the pump being installed is 220v pulls 7amp and down about 170' with 12 amp wire. Question is will my generator handle this distance and what size of wire do I need. The well person said only need two hot wires and a ground.JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: This is a camp site only what the well will fill a 270 gal tote about same distance. So pump will not be under demand just fill as neededJA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: YesJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: No unless you need more information

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I want to put two single pole switches in a wall box, one to

I want to put two single pole switches in a wall box, one to control a ceiling fan light, the other to control the power on the fan (not the speed). However, the switch box has three sets of wires in it. One set on the left is black, white and ground, one set on the right is black, white and ground and the one in the middle is red, black, white and ground. Also, the power in the room itself (i.e. all outlets seem to be tied to this box's wiring). The other appliances int he room do not work when all the wires are disconnected and separate from each other. House was built in the late 1980's.

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I've just built a new hobby woodworking shop in my back yard

I've just built a new hobby woodworking shop in my back yard c/w a 220v compressor with a 3.7 RHP motor. It's running on a 30 amp circuit that does not have an neutral wire. It runs very well. There is also a timer in this circuit so the compressor will auto stop should I forget to turn it off. There's a 20 amp 110v receptacle close by.I'm adding a cooling coil to the system to cool the compressed air to reduce/eliminate moisture in the lines. I want to mount a 110v fan to cool the cooling coil. I haven't bought the fan yet but it will be something simple like a household box fan. I need the fan to auto start/stop when the compressor motor is running.I need to know the simplest, least expensive, and code approved way to do this?Thank you,Rod Betts

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I disconnected my bathroom light switch and gfci plug. When

I disconnected my bathroom light switch and gfci plug. When reconnecting both the wires aren't in the right place. The switch turns off power to my hallway and front bedroom and doesn't light the bathroom which is what it should do and not cut power to the other lightsJA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: About a week. I had remodeled the bathroom and disconnected the wiring. I've tried all combinations on the switch with no successJA: Just to clarify, are you working with a contractor?Customer: NoJA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: YesJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: I don't know if I connected the GFCI correctly

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I live in South Carolina. Installing a vinyl inground pool.

I live in South Carolina. Installing a vinyl inground pool. Pool builder is installing a high-end pool controller which has a UL approved 100A sub panel section.I plan to feed power from a nearby shop building which has its own 100A main panel with main breaker. Based on all the amps and watts needed, and allowing for some future, I plan to feed the pool sub panel from the shop main panel using a two pole 60A 240V breaker, and run #4 wire.Questions:1) Since the pool sub panel is 100A rated, per code, would I need to feed it from a 100A breaker or can I use a 60A as planned?2) From inside the shop building, Can I use a multi-conductor cable from the main panel to the wall (open beams no drywall) or must I use separate wire with conduit?3) If using cable inside, could I use Aluminum conductors, then switch to copper when connecting to outside in the underground electrical pvc conduit?Thanks - Perry

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Looking for some basic info on solar power set ups. My

Looking for some basic info on solar power set ups. My seasonal mobile recreational home has a 30 amp service and with no way of increasing the service I was considering a solar add on if feasible. Is there a way to set up something to give me perhaps another (1-2)15 amp circuits?What would I need to do something like this?

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Thank you for your help, I came home and my son fan isn't

Thank you for your help, I came home and my son fan isn't working so I tested the switch and both sides are red so I tested the plugs in next room and they all test red on both sides I'm stumpedJA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: One dayJA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: YesJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: The box was very hot last night but fine now

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I purchased a Utilitech #0568975 Universal doorbell. Opened

I purchased a Utilitech #0568975 Universal doorbell. Opened to kit to find note saying needed to purchase a diode to connect across the front doorbell terminals. Not too happy with that surprise. I bought diodes for less than $2.00, so obviously just a cheap trick by the manufacturer and condoned by Lowes. After a number of trial & errrors including switching front and rear wires, the rear doorbell does ring, "ding dong" but the front does not work. If I press the test buttons on the unit itself, I get all ten tones. Do I need a different front doorbell button? Ready to return this product

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Installing new electric water heater. Wires coming from our

Installing new electric water heater. Wires coming from our electrical box are ground, white, and black. The wires for the old water heater were red, white and ground. The grounds were connected to the ground screw and the white from the box was connected to the black of the water heater and the black from the box was connected to the red from the water heater. Now for the new water heater. It comes with a diagram that shows a red and black and ground coming from the box. It also has a little black smart grid box with a ground, a red, and a black. The diagram with the water heater shows all blacks connected together, all reds connected together, and grounds connected together. So, how do I connect this? The circuit breakers are off and I have checked the wiring with wire circuit tester. ThanksJA: How old is the system in question? And have you consulted an electrician yet?Customer: The house wiring is brand new, about 8 months old. We had the house rewired. New box, new wiring.JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: Yes, I have hooked up water heaters before. The new heater is in place and filled with water.JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: No, I'm just curious why the wires out of the box aren't red and black rather than white and black.

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