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Hi - I'm an electrican and would like to help.

If the wire you're trying to install on a circuit breaker doesn't fit - then something is wrong. Typically, circuits are designed around the amount of voltage and current a product requires. The voltage determines the combination of material & thickness of the insulation on the wire and the the amount of current (in amps) determines the size of the conductor or wire. The appropriate circuit protection (fuse or circuit breaker) is selected to protect the circuit from trying to deliver more current than the product requires (in the case of a fault, etc.) which would cause the wire to over heat and potentially cause a fire. So, if the product requires (for simplicity) 120 volts and 20 amps, a wire is selected with the proper insulation for 120 volts or more and conductor sized to carry no less than 20 amps. Aluminum and copper is expensive, so providing larger sizes than needed is a waste of resources and money. A #12 copper wire is suitable for this amount of amps. A circuit breaker rated for 20 amps is chosen. A 20 amp circuit breaker must be able to accept a wire capable of 20 amps - other wise it's not really a 20 amp circuit breaker. Most circuit breakers are designed to accept LARGER wires than needed - because often times circuits will need a wire that is one or two sizes larger due to the length of the circuit (how far the product is from the electrical panel).

If you're seeing a circuit breaker that will not accept the wire, the circuit breaker is probably the wrong size (and if you could force the wire in it - it would probably trip instantly when turned on) or someone has made a very expensive blunder when chosing the wire type and size for the circuit.

If the the latter is the case, simply connect a short length of the correct size wire to the oversized wire in an appropriate connector and secure to the circuit breaker terminal screw. otherwise, have a qualified person evaluate the situation. Be smart. Be safe.

Electric Circuit... | Answered on Mar 02, 2013


Hi Gladys,

I'm an electrician and would like to help you out. You should contact your friends and nieghbors to learn of the experiences they have had - both good and bad - with electricians.

Ideally, the work they had done was similir to the work you need to have done for a good "apples to apples - oranges to oranges" comparison. Next, you can contact your community's Better Business Bureau. Their recommendation is only for companies that have PAID them to be listed - however - they will tell you how many complaints, etc. they have had with the ones you ask about - so a "recommendation" from them really has little to do with the quality of the work the company performs.

Angie's List is an online data base of all kinds of service providers that many people swear by. It does cost to join however, so if your project is only a repair or small job, it may not be the best way to go.

Yelp is a free version of Angie's List (but it is NOT affiliated with Angie's List - just to be clear). Here, you'll find ratings from antone that cares to write a review on a business - from Pizza Joints to Dentists.

With these sources, you should be able to get a fairly good idea of the reputation of the electricans in your area. I hope this helps & good luck!

Electric... | Answered on Mar 02, 2013


1) Copy following links:
http://waterheatertimer.org/H230A.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/images/T80-timer-wiring-700.jpg
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-install-3-phase-timer.html

2) Add comment and say what device you are wiring, and voltage being used.

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Electric... | Answered on Jan 31, 2013


you will need a 10 -3 wire hook up the red and black to fuse netral and ground to the ground should work

Electric 30 Amp... | Answered on Aug 03, 2012


Open following link for single-pole and 3-way installations:
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-wire-GE-15312-timer.html

If you have two hot wires inside the same box, that is unusual unless the power source is 240volt.
However it is possible that box has two hot wires and each controls a different light.

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Electric... | Answered on Jun 26, 2012


There are several R series switches:
http://www.canal.com.tw/images/products/r.htm
Each appears to have terminal, or solder connections.
Electrician uses multimeter set to read ohms to check continuity of unknown switch.
Set to read ohms, and then test each terminal with other terminals, then flip the switch and repeat same test.
Then connect Hot wire to one terminal on the switch.
For example if there are two wires going to a 120Volt light bulb ... then one wire is Hot and the other Neutral. Cut the Hot wire and then connect the two cut ends to switch terminals. So the switch will turn the Hot wire on-and-off.
The neutral wire is not connected to the switch.

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Electric... | Answered on Jun 26, 2012


There are several R series switches:
http://www.canal.com.tw/images/products/r.htm
Each appears to have terminal, or solder connections.
Electrician uses multimeter set to read ohms to check continuity of unknown switch.
Set to read ohms, and then test each terminal with other terminals, then flip the switch and repeat same test.
Then connect Hot wire to one terminal on the switch.
For example if there are two wires going to a 120Volt light bulb ... then one wire is Hot and the other Neutral. Cut the Hot wire and then connect the two cut ends to switch terminals. So the switch will turn the Hot wire on-and-off.
The neutral wire is not connected to the switch.

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Electric... | Answered on Jun 26, 2012


This may help (or maybe not):
The Black wire is the ground wire, and the other two are considered Hot wires, and their
order does not matter - they carry 240 Volts AC.
So, once you identify which terminal on the solenoid is ground, connect Black to it, then just hook up the remaining two Hot wires in any order.

Electric... | Answered on Jul 04, 2011


Not only do you need a 12 volt supply (13.8V) to operate this winch, but you also need a.) wire large enough to carry the electrical load, and b.) a power source that has the necessary current (amps) to turn the motor.

If you have wires that are too small, they will heat up and not be able to deliver the current (amps) required by the motor. If your power source is to small - it can not supply the current required. The result of either conditions is "voltage drop". This can be explained the same way your car needs a 12 volt car battery to start. If that car battery was dead, you couldn't connect eight "D" cell batteries (8 x 1.5volts = 12 volts) together and attach to the car's battery cables and expect it to start. This is because the amount of current available in the car battery is hundreds of time greater than eight "D" cell batteries - even though when the D cells are connected in series - both systems deliver 12 volts.

If neither of the above conditions is present, then there could be an electrical problem with the drive motor itself. This could be a shorted / melted winding or other electrical connection that is not right, even if the drum spins freely.

Electric... | Answered on Apr 04, 2011


If the relays constantly click, your motor is shorted out and bad causing your thermal breaker to trip and open the relays. You will have to replace the motor.

Electric... | Answered on Mar 14, 2011


1) If busbar looks good it probably is good.
Usually when bus is bad, it has burned appearance, and looks like it is ready to crumble or is crumbling.

2) Problem with bad busbar, we sometimes add subpanel next to main box.
Buy subpanel box Home center or electric supply.
Square-D subpanel shown on following page came from electric supply.
http://waterheatertimer.org/How-to-install-a-subpanel.html

3) You can also add tandem breaker to main box.
Tandem breaker fits over one bus finger, but is actually two separate breakers.
Then double-up two lightly used circuits so you have room to move breakers around.
See image showing tandem.
http://waterheatertimer.org/images/ap-235-breakers.jpg

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Electric General... | Answered on Feb 17, 2011


Check the small "button" that gets depressed when the door closes. Perhaps it's stuck IN, which is the OFF position. If it doesn't "pop out" when the door opens, then it won't turn on. Tug on it if it's stuck, you can use pliers and work it in and out a few times, then hit it with WD 40 or similar lube to help it free up.
There's only one wire to the back of this switch, so if you have to replace it, it's really easy, It unscrews from the door frame. Just a heads-up though, if that wire falls off, it can be a pain to fish back out of the body to reconnect!

Electric Door... | Answered on Feb 08, 2011


Hi,
Please check the currents draws and check your breaker size. If your furnace always trip off, check the system for malfunction. Normally manufacturer install the breaker with specific standard to protect your furnace from damaged

Electric Circuit... | Answered on Feb 05, 2011


You should be able to, just make sure the dimmer you purchase is labeled as a "3-way" dimmer, and not "single-pole only."

Electric 6003V-K... | Answered on Jan 24, 2011


It sounds like you have broken a pinion tooth. Remove the screw from the end housings and open to inspect the drive gears. Parts can be purchased from Superwinch for these or off e-Bay.

Electric... | Answered on Jan 24, 2011


There should be a disconnect or switch at the furnace, otherwise you'll have to go to the Main circuit breaker or fuse panel and hope the circuits are identified correctly and turn OFF the circuit breaker or unscrew the fuse. If the panel isn't labeled, just turn OFF the single pole breakers until the furnace turns OFF.

Electric Circuit... | Answered on Jan 22, 2011


inside the furnace door might be a push pull nobb try push or try pull [ auto- on ]

Electric Circuit... | Answered on Jan 18, 2011

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