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Just about any home wiring question. (not appliance repair) I have done all kinds of home wiring for myself, including adding a new breaker box, etc. Please, questions from North America only. Please be specific with details. Please note that I am a homeowner who is self-taught. I know a lot, but I am not an electrician. I always base my answers on following the rules. If you are asking me how to jury-rig something, you probably won't like my answer.

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Please note that you should never disconnect all wires in a junction box. If you are replacing something, do not uncap wires that go to each other. If you do, no one will be able to help you on line. You will need to get an electrician with testing and diagnostic tools to trace every wire to put them back.

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2017-01-16 GFCI Breaker Tripping:

It is strange that there is both a bathroom and a bedroom on a GFCI breaker. The bathroom outlet is supposed to be on a circuit with only other bathroom outlets or the bathroom light and fan. Are you sure

2017-01-14 Need Advice on A Electrical issue:

Never replace a breaker with a larger breaker. It would be likely to cause an electrical fire. Make sure the wire is number 12 before using a 20 amp breaker.  Use a 15 amp breaker if the wire is not number

2017-01-13 Sub Panel Choice:

It's just my personal preference. You really don't need that many circuits.  Maybe 2 for lighting and outlets, 2 for the kitchen area, 1 for a bathroom. Plus one for the AC.  Plus any for the heating.

2017-01-09 Sub Panel Choice:

I personally am not a fan of sub panels.  You have a lot of empty spaces in your main panel. If you are using a lot of power at the  basement at one time, you would be limited by the rating of your sub

2016-12-23 voltage irregularities:

No, the voltage should not account for double usage. Is someone using an electric heater? They can cost around 25 cents an hour to use and it ads up.    If the voltage is that high, it would ruin many


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