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I have a number of outlets that are old, only allow 2-prong

I have a number of outlets that are old, only allow 2-prong plugs. The lines are 2-wire, boxes are not grounded. I want to replace them with three-prong outlets. I read that they should be GFCI protected. Ok. But the diagram I saw did not have the neutral line (also) connected to the ground screw on the receptacle. Is that correct?

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I am installing a Broan 679L bath fan/light in an existing

I am installing a Broan 679L bath fan/light in an existing bathroom where the light switch for the main light is at the end of the wiring rather than the wiring coming through the switch to the light. I have purchased a combination switch (two single pole switches) in one device. The fan/light has a blue/white wires coming from the light and a black/white wires coming from the light. How do I connect the fan/light without starting a fire - electrocuting myself?JA: How old is the system in question? And have you consulted an electrician yet?Customer: The wiring for the light is possible 30-35 years old (two wire 14/2 with no ground) and the fan/light is brand new. No.JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: Yes.JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: I have done wiring in the past, but this goes beyond my amateur certification.

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I have a gfci outlet that is displaying a red light, I

I have a gfci outlet that is displaying a red lightJA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: I replaced the outlet a few days ago.JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: yes.JA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: no

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I am removing a ceiling fan which I THINK was on a 3 way

I am removing a ceiling fan which I THINK was on a 3 way switch including an adjustable speed device. I am replacing it with a light fixture. The ceiling box has 3 wires...red, white , black and a ground. I haven't looked at the wall switch yet but I intend to put a dimmer in to replace the speed control. To start how should I wire the ceiling?JA: I'll do all I can to help. How long have you been dealing with this?Customer: Just started today. The fan is down.JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: I was planning on it, yesJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: the wall box is a 3 gang and I don't have a clue what the other two switches control.

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I have purchased a gyms3kw inverter, and am enquiring about

I have purchased a gyms3kw inverter, and am enquiring about grounding this inverter. I can not find any information regarding attaching it to ground(gns). I see there is a ground wire with alligator clip just not sure what the alligator clip should attach to as there is no pipes etc... In this garage also the provided ground wire is quite short in length.It is a solar panel installation that is off grid (solar panel --> batteries (chained) --> 3k power inverter ---> appliances)I know it is a basic question but I want to set it up right first time.Main question is: Is it a must to get a grounding spike with wire or is it needed at all as some appliances use ground and others don't.

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I'm installing a ceiling fan with lighting kit. The fixture

Hi, I'm installing a ceiling fan with lighting kit. The fixture has 3 wires, blk,wh and ground, but the ceiling box has 4 wires, red, blk, wh and ground. I'm using 2 switches one for the light and the other for the fan. How to wire?

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We are upgrading a 200 single service to a 600 amp main into

We are upgrading a 200 single service to a 600 amp main into 4 200 amp services (none of the services will actually draw more than 150 amps and three of them will draw less than 125 amps we may tie two of the services together?). We are not in a position at this time to invest in any generation equipment at this time as the upgrade is running 20K. All of these services will be in a newly built building, what can we do to make the installation of a generator into each of these 4 services? We are thinking that we'd be best off to have a different generator for each service as they will at time not have any need for back up power, what do you think? I see on line that a transfer switch for each one of the services (220 volt 200 amp.) would be close to $500.00, just don't have the $2k extra right now, can we put in a junction box that could be tied into, and would that make it easier?Thinking of running four generators at one time, how much propane volume and pressure would we need to be supplied to this building?

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Changed florescent fixture with a pull chain to flat led

changed florescent fixture with a pull chain to flat led fixture it always turned on and off with the wall switch

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I'm not knowledgeable about electrical things but since I'm

I'm not knowledgeable about electrical things but since I'm replacing a ceiling fan/light combo with another ceiling fan/light combo, I thought it would be straight forward. I have two 3-wire cables hanging from the ceiling. I believe one is the major electrical feed and the other was added later for a wall switch to the fan/light. I don't know how to wire the new fan with both cables.JA: How old is the system in question? And have you consulted an electrician yet?Customer: The house is about 50 years old. An electrician needs way too much money to come look at it.JA: Do you plan on doing the work yourself?Customer: YesJA: Anything else we should know to help you best?Customer: I think that covers it.

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