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  3. My GFCI reset button is hard to push and won’t reset. What’s wrong?

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

  5. What is a split bus electric panel?

  6. What are the most common homeowner wiring mistakes?

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

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

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

  10. What is a ground wire?

  11. Why do you pay so much attention to electrical safety?

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

  13. What is a three-way switch?

  14. Do you check the wall plugs?

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

  16. What is a “missing twistout” at an electric panel?

  17. What is an “open junction box”?

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

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

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

  21. Will the electric company remove branches rubbing against the overhead service lines to my home?

  22. Why are Zinsco and Sylvania-Zinsco electric panels a problem?

  23. What is the life expectancy of electrical wiring in a house?

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

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

  27. What is an open electrical splice?

  28. Why is an old fuse panel dangerous?

  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. Does a home inspector remove the electric panel cover plate and examine the inside of the panel?

  34. Can an electric panel be located over stairs

  35. Is a house required to have outdoor electric receptacles?

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

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  39. What could cause an extremely high electric bill?

  40. Why are extension cords dangerous?

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

  42. What happens when you press the “TEST” button on a circuit breaker in an electric panel?

  43. How many electric receptacles (outlets) are required in a hallway?

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

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

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

  47. Why are some electric receptacles/outlets upside down (ground slot up) in a house?

  48. Why is undersize electric wiring in a house dangerous?

  49. Why is a fuse box an insurance problem for homebuyers?

  50. What is a “backstab” receptacle outlet?

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  56. How can I tell if the electrical service is 3 phase or single phase?

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

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