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06-07-18, 01:23 PM
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Posted By 9600-8N1

I'm going to make a wild hairy guess here: On the...

I'm going to make a wild hairy guess here: On the switch you found, is there one silver-colored screw and two brass/bronze colored screws?

It's possible that the previous owner converted a...
06-07-18, 01:14 PM
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Posted By 9600-8N1

Hal_S's suggestion is much more practical.

Hal_S's suggestion is much more practical.
06-07-18, 01:10 PM
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Posted By 9600-8N1

Yes, that is an open neutral, as PilotDane said....

Yes, that is an open neutral, as PilotDane said. Go to the next box back in the circuit and check the white wire for a bad connection, broken wire, or some other damage.
06-07-18, 01:05 PM
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Posted By 9600-8N1

As described, I see only one option and it's not...

As described, I see only one option and it's not pretty.

1. Move the gazebo out of the way. Turn off the breaker feeding the outdoor receptacle.
2. Cut a trench in the concrete with a concrete...
06-07-18, 12:53 PM
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Posted By 9600-8N1

Tracing a dead circuit can be tricky. My...

Tracing a dead circuit can be tricky.

My first step would be to figure out how power gets to the workshop -- conduit, direct burial cable, etc.

Then I would look for any recent digging along...
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Posted By 9600-8N1

Okay, let's go back to the NID. There's a two...

Okay, let's go back to the NID. There's a two pair Red-Green-Yellow-Black going back into the wall. That's going to feed the one working jack. All the other jacks don't appear to daisy-chain (the...
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Posted By 9600-8N1

The short answer is no. The longer answer is...

The short answer is no.

The longer answer is that there might be a timer that would work that way somewhere, but it would be an uncommon and rare item, and you would need to search for it.
06-05-18, 02:54 AM
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Views: 542
Posted By 9600-8N1

Getting you a good answer on that would probably...

Getting you a good answer on that would probably require a good study of the A/C schematic and some tests on the wiring with a multi-tester. If it were a 120V system, I'd say maybe another device is...
06-05-18, 02:46 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,753
Posted By 9600-8N1

I'm going to say "Sort of" because it's showing...

I'm going to say "Sort of" because it's showing how a generic system should be wired, not how this one is wired. I would try to photocopy that, maybe even blow it up a little -- maybe take a cell...
06-05-18, 02:28 AM
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Posted By 9600-8N1

Sorry, sometimes I get really specific in...

Sorry, sometimes I get really specific in explaining stuff. I used to have to explain a lot of technical stuff to people who weren't very technical, so it got to be a habit.

EDIT to add: Yeah, I'd...
06-04-18, 04:16 PM
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Posted By 9600-8N1

Do not fabricate male-to-male cables. Please. In...

Do not fabricate male-to-male cables. Please. In IT work, M-M is okay because it's low-voltage (extremely low amp, also) signal cable. In electrical supply, it is the kind of thing that gives...
06-04-18, 04:10 PM
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Posted By 9600-8N1

If your new circuit is intended to be used near...

If your new circuit is intended to be used near the pool, it needs to also be on a GFCI.
06-04-18, 04:07 PM
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Posted By 9600-8N1

To explain further, a neutral is intended to...

To explain further, a neutral is intended to return power from a 120V circuit safely. It will take power to a safe location in the panel. A ground, however, is an emergency circuit intended to trip...
06-04-18, 04:03 PM
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Posted By 9600-8N1

No, it is not. Never use a ground as a neutral.

No, it is not. Never use a ground as a neutral.
06-04-18, 03:59 PM
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Posted By 9600-8N1

I will concur. That will work and should be safe....

I will concur. That will work and should be safe.

On Edit: The receptacle was probably originally intended to be used for shaving (i.e. electric shaver) and the builder assumed that you'd never...
06-04-18, 03:52 PM
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Posted By 9600-8N1

I've had this happen on three-phase power into...

I've had this happen on three-phase power into hotels. Typically the problem is caused by a suicidal seagull that bridges two legs on the nearest power pole. Maintenance guys were usually confused by...
06-04-18, 03:37 PM
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Posted By 9600-8N1

"Breaker trips immediately" -- to clarify, do you...

"Breaker trips immediately" -- to clarify, do you mean that the breaker upstream of the GFCI trips, or do you mean that the GFCI trips?

To troubleshoot, begin by removing the "load" side from the...
06-04-18, 03:20 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,753
Posted By 9600-8N1

Also, another silly question -- why is there a...

Also, another silly question -- why is there a transformer in the lower left corner? I don't see a low-volt control circuit, and it looks like all the transformer wires are capped off.
06-04-18, 03:14 PM
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Views: 5,753
Posted By 9600-8N1

My first suggestion would be to draw a wiring...

My first suggestion would be to draw a wiring diagram.

Make two boxes and mark them "Timer 1" and "Timer 2"
Make a box for each breaker, and draw how the wires attach to each timer (Motor/Hot...
06-04-18, 02:55 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,780
Posted By 9600-8N1

All the fixtures other than the pump just need a...

All the fixtures other than the pump just need a connection to each of the hot wires, and a ground connection for safety. But if the total amps exceeds the rating of the wiring, it'll melt the...
06-04-18, 02:50 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,780
Posted By 9600-8N1

On the pump motor, there will be a metal plate...

On the pump motor, there will be a metal plate riveted to the motor housing. It will tell you all the electrical characteristics of the pump. For example, there will be a place where it says VOLTS...
06-04-18, 02:40 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,780
Posted By 9600-8N1

Well, I waxed poetic on the different wiring...

Well, I waxed poetic on the different wiring scenarios, and whether by 12-2 he meant one hot, one "neutral" that's really hot, and a ground (because that is two conductors, all that's needed for a...
05-30-18, 12:41 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,780
Posted By 9600-8N1

... Please disregard as moot.

... Please disregard as moot.
05-29-18, 11:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 456
Posted By 9600-8N1

I'm going to second PCBoss here: A professional...

I'm going to second PCBoss here: A professional would be an excellent idea. There are some relatively simple possibilities, but there are also some very bad ones.

"My bro Dad and husband re routed...
05-29-18, 11:32 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 8,643
Posted By 9600-8N1

Any half-measures are strongly recommended...

Any half-measures are strongly recommended against. You could probably add a disconnect without burning down the house, but if for any reason the house burned down after you touched it, you would be...
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