Electrical Grounding Made Simple
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Electrical Grounding Made Simple

Grounding is a method of giving electricity the most effect way to return to ground via the service panel. You see current flows from the panel to the…

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What Causes Short Circuits?
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What Causes Short Circuits?

Short circuits can damage your home and appliances. Here’s a detailed look at what can spark— and prevent — a short circuit. What Is a Short Circuit? A…

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What Is Better: a GFCI Receptacle or a GFCI Circuit Breaker?
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What Is Better: a GFCI Receptacle or a GFCI Circuit Breaker?

GFCI (ground-fault circuit-interrupter) protection is required for many receptacles (outlets) throughout the house and outdoors. This protection can be provided either by a GFCI breaker or GFCI receptacles.…

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How to Safely Replace a Circuit Breaker
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How to Safely Replace a Circuit Breaker

When a circuit breaker trips repeatedly, it is usually because of a problem in the wiring, such as a short circuit or ground fault problem—or because the circuit…

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What is a Main Circuit Breaker?
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What is a Main Circuit Breaker?

Your electrical panel is full of circuit breakers, running from top to bottom of the service panel. For the sake of convenience, the breakers are usually numbered and…

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Electrical Line And Load Connections
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Electrical Line And Load Connections

You may or may not have heard the terms line and load when working with electrical connections, but what do those terms mean? Does line mean straight and…

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Proper Heights for Electrical Wall Switches
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Proper Heights for Electrical Wall Switches

Many aspects of electrical wiring installation have very specific guidelines set forth by the National Electrical Code (NEC) and local building codes. However, the NEC says nothing about…

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Electrical Wiring Needed for a Bathroom
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Electrical Wiring Needed for a Bathroom

Bathrooms are damp and can use a lot of power. This creates special needs when it comes to wiring. This article will help you plan for appropriate electrical wiring…

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Short Circuit vs. Ground Fault
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Short Circuit vs. Ground Fault

You have an electrical problem in your home but don’t know what it is. Is it a short circuit or a ground fault? In order to learn the…

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Warning Signs of Defective Wall Switches
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Warning Signs of Defective Wall Switches

A wall switch is a mechanical device with moving parts; it gets thousands of uses over the course of its lifespan. Switches eventually wear out and go bad,…

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