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Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
« Reply #701 on: November 04, 2021, 01:13:47 PM »
No it wasn't a bad connection. But the ground wires were long and might have popped forward .

Why would ground touching neutral cause the breaker to trip?
When you say breaker you mean the GFCI trips, correct?
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Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
« Reply #702 on: November 04, 2021, 01:22:17 PM »
Yeah that is annoying. Exactly why I chose to wire my setup in such a convolutes way. I want to be sure that the only places that have GFCI are the kitchen, bathroom, and outdoors

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Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
« Reply #703 on: November 04, 2021, 01:22:48 PM »
When you say breaker you mean the GFCI trips, correct?

No the circuit breaker tripped

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Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
« Reply #704 on: November 04, 2021, 01:26:30 PM »
No the circuit breaker tripped
Ouch, now my head is spinning.
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Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
« Reply #705 on: November 04, 2021, 01:28:05 PM »
That's by design
https://diy.stackexchange.com/questions/53773/gfci-outlet-trips-when-white-and-copper-wire-touch

Wow, interesting read. Now I wonder if I should eliminate the ground wire from the GFCI since its not needed, and would save space

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Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
« Reply #706 on: November 04, 2021, 01:29:27 PM »
Wow, interesting read. Now I wonder if I should eliminate the ground wire from the GFCI since its not needed, and would save space
It is just another layer of protection. I would leave it.
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Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
« Reply #707 on: November 04, 2021, 02:25:19 PM »
Ouch, now my head is spinning.

It's an arc-fault breaker. Does that help it make more sense? If not, might I still need to be worried? I definitely don't want to end this project until it's 100% sure.

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Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
« Reply #708 on: November 04, 2021, 04:26:42 PM »
It's an arc-fault breaker. Does that help it make more sense? If not, might I still need to be worried? I definitely don't want to end this project until it's 100% sure.
I am just wondering now if the ground wire was hitting the hot terminal on the GFCI.
Either way with the GFCI working and the breaker not tripping you seemed to solved the problem.
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Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
« Reply #709 on: November 04, 2021, 04:28:57 PM »
I am just wondering now if the ground wire was hitting the hot terminal on the GFCI.
Either way with the GFCI working and the breaker not tripping you seemed to solved the problem.

Yes, seems to be solved. Is there any way to easily test to ensure no current is flowing when there's nothing plugged in? Always worried that if something isn't done right there's going to be wasted electricity. Is that a legit concern?

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Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
« Reply #710 on: November 04, 2021, 04:57:08 PM »
Yes, seems to be solved. Is there any way to easily test to ensure no current is flowing when there's nothing plugged in? Always worried that if something isn't done right there's going to be wasted electricity. Is that a legit concern?
I don't think so but that reminds me of a story.
The first house I bought had an outrageous electrical. I called out ComEd. They had me shut everything off and unplug what I could. The meter was still spinning like crazy. The house and heaters in the gutters. The thermal switch shorted and they were on all the time. This was in July.  :-[
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Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
« Reply #711 on: November 04, 2021, 05:21:31 PM »
I don't think so but that reminds me of a story.
The first house I bought had an outrageous electrical. I called out ComEd. They had me shut everything off and unplug what I could. The meter was still spinning like crazy. The house and heaters in the gutters. The thermal switch shorted and they were on all the time. This was in July.  :-[

Wow. In hindsight any visible clues that the gutters were heated?

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Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
« Reply #712 on: November 04, 2021, 05:25:34 PM »
Wow. In hindsight any visible clues that the gutters were heated?
Never new they had heaters. If I had known I would have disconnected them after testing them.

When it rained I should have noticed the water boiling in the gutter.




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Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
« Reply #713 on: November 07, 2021, 07:20:49 PM »
If I need a dc power supply plug for some random device. Something like this


How do I figure out what size tip it needs? The original plug said the output is 12v 1.5amps is there a standard size for that?

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Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
« Reply #714 on: November 07, 2021, 07:24:38 PM »
No standard size. You need to get polarity right also. It looks like that kit has it all covered.
ETA: Seems polarity is standard now (99%).
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Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
« Reply #715 on: November 07, 2021, 08:06:49 PM »
For 12V there generally is a standard.
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