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  1. Is the electric panel big enough for this house?

  2. How fireproof is a mobile home?

  3. Why does the electric company want my house electric system inspected before turning the power back on?

  4. When should I replace my smoke alarms?

  5. How do the new tamper-resistant electric receptacles work?

  6. Why does that wall plug have push-buttons in the middle?

  7. What are the most common homeowner wiring mistakes?

  8. My circuit breaker won’t reset. What’s wrong?

  9. Can an electric panel be mounted sideways-horizontally?

  10. What is the life expectancy of a circuit breaker?

  11. Does this place have one of those “bad” electric panels I’ve heard about?

  12. I heard that aluminum wiring is bad. Do you check for it?

  13. How far apart should the electrical receptacles be placed?

  14. My bathroom electric receptacle/outlet is dead, and there is no tripped breaker in the electric panel. What’s wrong?

  15. What is reversed polarity at an outlet/receptacle? Why is it dangerous?

  16. How far apart should kitchen counter receptacles be placed?

  17. How can I figure out what a mystery wall switch does?

  18. What is the switch on the wall with only two pushbuttons for?

  19. How far apart should electric receptacle outlets be placed in a garage?

  20. What is a lock device on a circuit breaker for?

  21. Can multiple neutral or ground wires be secured under the same terminal in an electric panel?

  22. Can wiremold be used at an exterior location?

  23. How can adding wood paneling or a wainscot create an electrical safety hazard?

  24. What is a false ground, bootleg ground, or cheated ground receptacle?

  25. What are the most common electrical defects found in a home inspection?

  26. What is an open electrical splice?

  27. What does it mean when a wire is “overstripped” at a circuit breaker?

  28. What is the difference between “grounded” and “grounding” electrical conductors?

  29. What is the difference between a Combination Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter (CAFCI) and an Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter (AFCI) circuit breaker?

  30. How can I tell if a receptacle/outlet is tamper resistant?

  31. What is a Dual Function Circuit Interrupter (DFCI)?

  32. Will a GFCI receptacle that is not grounded still function properly?

  33. What are the most common defects with over-the-range microwaves?

  34. Can an electric panel be located over stairs?

  35. What are the code requirements for NM-cable (nonmetallic-sheathed cable or Romex®) in an attic?

  36. Can old electrical wiring go bad inside a wall?

  37. What could cause an extremely high electric bill?

  38. How do I trace and identify each circuit breaker in my electric panel to make a circuit directory?

  39. Why are extension cords dangerous?

  40. What problems does having too many electrical outlets on a single circuit cause?

  41. How can I find out the size of the electric service to a house?

  42. Why does painting an electric receptacle (outlet) make it unsafe?

  43. What causes flickering or blinking lights in a house?

  44. Why is bundled wiring in an electric panel a defect?

  45. What electrical hazards does a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) not protect against?

  46. What are the right words for talking about a house electrical system?

  47. What does “listed” and “labeled” mean for an electrical component?

  48. What does it mean when I find buried yellow "CAUTION" tape when digging a hole in the yard?

  49. What is the building code requirement for receptacle outlets at stairs and stair landings?

  50. Can a home surge protector be installed loose in the bottom of an electric panel box?

  51. Can a bare bulb “lampholder” light fixture be installed outdoors?

  52. Can you add circuit breakers by different manufacturers to an electric panel if they fit?

  53. When did arc fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) breakers first become required?

  54. What is the difference between an electrical receptacle, an outlet, and a plug?

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hasn’t popped out. So we recommend checking around the house for other GFCI-receptacles that may be tripped and resetting them to see if they reactivate the problem receptacle.

   Another defect that could cause a GFCI to not reset is simpler: it has gone bad and needs to be replaced. But first check around the house for other GFCIs that need to be reset before calling an electrician or heading to the hardware store for a new GFCI-receptacle.


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