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    If this is just a voltage drop question then, yes...

    If this is just a voltage drop question then, yes 120 volts with #10 AWG wire at about 150 feet and a 10 ampere load will drop about 3 to 4 volts. Most things will run just fine.

    If at some time...
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    Please direct the new contractor to take out a...

    Please direct the new contractor to take out a construction permit and
    have his work inspected. If that had been done twenty years ago you might
    not be doing it fixing it now...
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    you can try calling the manufacturer...

    you can try calling the manufacturer...
  4. If I gave you the wrong answer, how would you...

    If I gave you the wrong answer, how would you know?
    and who would you blame?
    Try to answer the question and then ask for help, I promise
    it will be worth it...
  5. Question: Elictrical

    by hfcarson
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    In many places in the US you can...

    In many places in the US you can...
  6. First - A qualified electrician needs to evaluate...

    First - A qualified electrician needs to evaluate this "on site"...
    This is a building with people who are being exposed to a serious risk
    so guessing at the answer is not an option. You will be...
  7. I think you need to find an electrician who is...

    I think you need to find an electrician who is qualified and has experience with troubleshooting arc fault problems. Find someone with a little grey hair with a commercial / industrial background and...
  8. not safely.... electrical components are listed...

    not safely....
    electrical components are listed and labeled for the application they
    have been tested and approved for. It's not likely a fan controller is listed
    for control of a heater...
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    Do you have a question also? I don't like the...

    Do you have a question also?
    I don't like the sound of it, I would take it back and
    get a model that didn't hum...
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    OK, so you don't need the neutral, then take the...

    OK, so you don't need the neutral, then take the "what's this" bonding strap and connect it to the ground bar to effectively bond the panel enclosure to the equipment ground...
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    Referring to "what is this?" - this is used to...

    Referring to "what is this?" - this is used to bond the neutral to the ground. This is required by the code to happen in only one location and that location is at the first overcurrent device or...
  12. Question: Breaker

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    You say, "he didn't rewire", you can be sure...

    You say, "he didn't rewire", you can be sure there are other things on this circuit.
    If this tripping breaker is inconvenient, have the electrician install a new wire with a new circuit breaker just...
  13. the more you tell us the better the answer...

    the more you tell us the better the answer...
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    ....if the chirping does not go away, replace the...

    ....if the chirping does not go away, replace the receptacles with new ones. If you still
    have chirping after new devices have been installed, look and listen again as the problem may be somewhere...
  15. ZinscoMan, You should start by reading the...

    ZinscoMan,
    You should start by reading the installation instructions for the equipment
    you purchase. The instructions will tell you what size overcurrent devices you can and cannot install to...
  16. unless otherwise permitted or "required" in...

    unless otherwise permitted or "required" in 240.4(A) through (G)...

    so is 240.4(D)(7) a requirement that limits 10 AWG to 30 amperes?
  17. The code may have an issue with the #10 copper...

    The code may have an issue with the #10 copper supplying 40 amperes. See 240.D(7).
    As far as circuit breaker sizes and connections the manufacturers installation instructions are required to be...
  18. Question: Old yard light

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    So, let's say they did... does it work? and do...

    So, let's say they did...
    does it work? and do you want to change something?

    Like they say, if it aint broke, don't fix it?
  19. Question: Led drivers

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    Call the manufacturer of the fixture or a...

    Call the manufacturer of the fixture or a lighting rep...
  20. Morty, I get it, you're concerned that a 47 year...

    Morty,
    I get it, you're concerned that a 47 year old combo meter / panel will safely accept an updated utility meter.
    If I could see the condition of your equipment I might have an opinion, but I...
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    It will be helpful if you would tell us where you...

    It will be helpful if you would tell us where you are... USA? Canada?...
    If you could upload a picture of the meter combo and where it's located that would also be helpful...

    Without more info a...
  22. In a general way, yes... Can you give me some...

    In a general way, yes...
    Can you give me some background for why this
    question has come up? The more I know the better
    the answers can be.
  23. Do I understand correctly that "the box" that the...

    Do I understand correctly that "the box" that the utility meter
    is in also contains your circuit breaker panel?
    or are these two items physically separate...?
  24. How do you select a circuit breaker? There are...

    How do you select a circuit breaker?
    There are some unusual situations, but for simplicity
    let's assume we are looking at typical residential style
    panels and circuit breakers.
    First, what is the...
  25. This type off connection would be governed by the...

    This type off connection would be governed by the "Tap" rules of the National Electrical Code. Look at 240.21....
    If you really want to do it right you will need to review this or work with someone...
  26. It's important that you consider what this is for...

    It's important that you consider what this is for and where you are locating it. Grounding is an important issue around animals...
    Tell us a little more about this...
  27. What does the building code say? Let's assume...

    What does the building code say?
    Let's assume you are in the USA, then the National Electrical Code will detail legal choices for the sources of power that can be used for exit sign and emergency...
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    This does sound like a "neutral" problem. Check...

    This does sound like a "neutral" problem. Check (tighten) all the neutral conductors you can find from the oven back to the utility supply, junction box splices, neutral bars, panels,...
  29. Question: 250 volt outlets

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    Don, well said!

    Don, well said!
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    consider doing exactly what the manufacturers...

    consider doing exactly what the manufacturers installation instructions tell you do....
    and these questions, uncertainty and potential dangers go away.
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    ahh...the sweet smell of success

    ahh...the sweet smell of success
  32. Morty, After a quick read of the NC...

    Morty,
    After a quick read of the NC Rehabilitation Sub-code, you should be able to replace your exterior main service panel without doing any of the other items you have listed.
    You will need to...
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    The AFCI language in the NEC is similar in both...

    The AFCI language in the NEC is similar in both 2011 and 2014....
    "All 120-Volt, single phase, 15- and 20-ampere branch circuits supplying outlets installed in dwelling unit family rooms, dining...
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    Oohh...flying splices, that gave me a chill......

    Oohh...flying splices,
    that gave me a chill...
    Take your time and think it through logically! If you find yourself near the panel and the short is nearby but there are no more boxes....is there a...
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    when you reset the breaker does it "pop" and shut...

    when you reset the breaker does it "pop" and shut off?
    that would indicate a short...
    If some of the receptacles don't work you have another problem. In the order of most
    likely (in my opinion)...
  36. Who is they and why should we be worried about...

    Who is they and why should we be worried about them?
    If you're attempting to hide illegal activity you're in the wrong place
    because you know this site is being monitored...
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    call Ryobi?

    call Ryobi?
  38. this is a good example of what happens when...

    this is a good example of what happens when starting a motor load. Typically the load (or current) you see in then first second or two may approach 600% of the rated load amperes. In this case at 30...
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    You should follow the antenna installation...

    You should follow the antenna installation guidelines as closely as possible...
    I won't comment on the operational side of this connection but as a power engineer, connecting a lightning rod (your...
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    Circuit Breakers approved or "Listed" for use in...

    Circuit Breakers approved or "Listed" for use in a panel are specifically listed on the panel cover door or in the manufacturers documentation.
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    btw, you never mentioned what type of electrical...

    btw, you never mentioned what type of electrical meter you are using...
    digital meters can sometimes read a phantom voltage, in cases like this a solenoid style
    voltage tester will give a more...
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    Yes, in past experience what you are describing...

    Yes, in past experience what you are describing has been the symptom of the loss of a neutral conductor connection. (the neutral conductor, or white wire is loose somewhere in the circuit)

    First...
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    Please offer a little more information... What...

    Please offer a little more information...
    What kind of switch? Typical single pole? with a pilot light?
    programmable? electronic? Did it cost more or less than $5?
    Can you describe what "chirp"...
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    If the GFI has no power and can't be reset, the...

    If the GFI has no power and can't be reset, the light on the GFI in no longer on and all the breakers are on...
    It's probably the GFI....
  45. Question: Gfci trouble

    by hfcarson
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    So popm, Any update?

    So popm,
    Any update?
  46. Question: Gfci trouble

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    You likely have a wiring error.. It would be a...

    You likely have a wiring error.. It would be a surprise to find a faulty GFI right from the box.
    Carefully check all the neutrals and equipment grounds, if a GFI is tripping it is likely a neutral...
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    time for a new unit?

    time for a new unit?
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    Why not get two or three estimates? Let the...

    Why not get two or three estimates? Let the electricians tell you what you need...
    If you think you can do this yourself, what size service do you have available? Is this your residence? Your garage...
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    Brilliant!

    Brilliant!
  50. Question: How Much!!

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    If you can, get a few estimates as suggested by...

    If you can, get a few estimates as suggested by Don..
    (it's pointless to argue with idiots or children..)
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