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My small old house, 1950's, was originally 3 bedrooms, one

My small old house, 1950's, was originally 3 bedrooms, one bathroom, small kitchen and living/dining room. Not sure when but a second bathroom and family room were added before we bought.I have a circuit breaker panel on the outside wall with 4 unused, not connected to anything, breakers. Several times for various relatively minor reasons we have had the panel and electrical system updated by certified, qualified electricians. Everything is working fine.My "problem" is that one circuit has almost everything connected to it! The added family room with TV, almost every ceiling light in the house, almost every outlet in every room, the "office" with our modem and desk top computer.Now whenever there is a "minor" electrical issue and I want to turn of the circuit breaker to work on something of course almost everything in the house is out of commission! And if it turns out I can't quickly fix the minor issue family members get annoyed. Plus just the annoyance of resetting every clock, etc.All I want to know is would it be worth it, would it cost a lot, hire an electrician, to get something rewired???? Something changed, so everything in the house is not on the one circuit breaker?Right now I have an, I think, minor issue with a ceiling light but just do not want the hassle of turning off EVERYTHING to check it only to find out it is not something I can easily fix!!! GRRRRRRR

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I am in the process of building a new home in MN, with a

I am in the process of building a new home in MN, with a transformer and meter pole already installed (200amp). I also have a 20' utility pole installed which I intend to attach a security light and exterior breaker box to provide power during the construction.Do I need a 200amp rated breaker box with 200amp service?Can I use this as the main breaker box once construction is complete and run underground cable to a sub panel inside the house?What size/type underground cable do I run from meter post to the breaker box?Thanks,Scott

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I removed a light fixture in my garage and don't remember

I removed a light fixture in my garage and don't remember how how wires were connected. Light fixture has standard black, white and ground wires. Ceiling box has 3 white twisted, 2 black twisted and one black, red and ground. The red is for switch. How do I fix my mess? I can send photo.

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My electrical panel is showing 250 volts across 2 phases 125

My electrical panel is showing 250 volts across 2 phases 125 volts to ground it normally reads 110 v and 220 v should I be worried ?

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Replacing attic fan switch. Current switch (LOW-OFF) has two

Replacing attic fan switch. Current switch (HI-LOW-OFF) has two romex going to it - one with black, white and neutral, one with black, white, red and neutral. The whites are spliced together but not connected to anything. Two blacks and one red go to the switch. Want to replace it with an Intermatic FF12HC Auto-Shut-Off switch. FF12HC has two contacts - LOAD 1 and LINE 1. It has been suggested that the FF12HC would need to be wired for *either* HI or LOW, and that is perfectly OK. How do I connect the FF12HC here, and what do I do with the extra wire that no longer has a destination?

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I am in the process of replacing one vanity light with two

I am in the process of replacing one vanity light with two but since the original was in the middle and there is limited wire I was going to use it as a junction box for the two fixtures by adding two more junction boxes. I know I should have taken pictures before disconnecting the old fixture but forgot and now I am at a loss at how to wire it back in. Can you help if I provided a diagram?

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An electric top I would like to install requires Min circuit

Hi. An electric cook top I would like to install requires Min circuit of 30 Amps however in the installation guide they (Frigidaire) state that the breaker or fuse should be 40A or 50A. Does this sound right?

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I live in Minnesota and am doing a house addition. The

I live in Minnesota and am doing a house addition. The addition is a split level, so 1/2 the downstairs is under ground. I'm looking to put several exterior outlets and lights on the house. My house is vinyl sided.Outlets. (2 or 3)*put on near door that provides access to the deck.*1 or 2 at ground level to back yard.*what are requirements for these? My plan is to use a vinyl block provided by the siding company. This block is about 2" deep, so I think I can install an outlet box (metal maybe) to the outside of the house, just screwed to the osb, and put the vinyl block over it. Then I'm thinking I can install a weather proof cover? Do I need to install an in-use cover? I know this needs to be a gfci outlet, but can I put this on another circuit, or does it need to be its own or grouped with the other exterior outlets?*can I use indoor wire?Lights.*2 lights by deck*several lights on the eaves around the house to light the backyard.*I'm thinking I'll put these on the same circuit as the exterior outlets?*are there any special requirements for exterior lights? I'm thinking of doing the same thing for my lights by the deck as I'm doing for my outlets. I can put a metal box under the vinyl block to support the lights.Thoughts, comments.*can I put these on the same circuit as the exterior lights?

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To clarify the connection of the grounded bare from the main

To clarify the connection of the grounded bare from the main panel to the sub-panel in the detached garage, is this bonded to the sub-panel box and the 8 ft buried rods? Also, what is the purpose of the pvc enclosure to the 8 awg grounding electrode connecting the 2 buried grounding rods? All of this seems overkill, and presents considerable work in the field. The feed is behind the fern.

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