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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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2016-12-06 Malfunctioning Wall Outlets:

Hi.    The purpose of the test button is the test the GFCI, to make sure it trips when it should. A GFCI is supposed to cut off the power to prevent an electrical shock. I would test your outlets, since

2016-12-05 Malfunctioning Wall Outlets:

Have you located the GFCI for that circuit?  All kitchen countertop outlets should have a GFCI.  Push the reset button.  If you tried that, then you probably have a loose wire somewhere in the circuit

2016-12-02 outdoor lights:

Look and see if the lights that are not working are connected to a string of lights that are working, or if they they have a separate run to the breaker box.  If they are connected to a working string

2016-11-16 Fire shooting out of outlet:

The outlet is damaged, and needs to be replaced. Whether anything else was damaged, would have to be checked.  Most likely if you replace the outlet, and everything works, everything else is OK. If it

2016-11-10 Dirty Power Causing Erros for Electronic Interfaces??:

It sounds like the problem is your whole house. It can either be in your panel or somewhere in the grid to your panel. You can try to contact the power company.  They should be able to determine if it


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