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Information and Tips

The eye of the photocell must be maintained by cleaning with a mild nonabrasive solution or vinegar and water. Photocells are mounted close to the fixture, out of direct sunlight.

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Electrical System Components, Lighting

During the Holiday seasons, many homeowners install various types of decorations that do require electrical receptacles to operate (Eve lighting and yard decorations, for example). Be sure to verify the wattages of the lamps and the voltage that the decorations will require, as this may cause the Master GFCI Device (which is generally located in the garage) to trip from time to time, necessitating a reset. It is recommended to supply a dedicated circuit for Holiday Receptacles to maintain the voltage requirements.

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Electrical System Components, Exterior Electrical, GFI-GFCI, Lighting

If your garage door is not working, locate the GFI device in your garage and press the reset button. This happens due to using a new motor. Until the motor breaks in this may happen more than once.

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Appliances and Devices, GFI-GFCI, Industry Updates, Troubleshooting
  1. Turn all lower breakers to the off position.
  2. Turn the main breaker, located at the top of the panel, to the on position.
  3. Turn all remaining breakers to the on position.
  4. If a breaker switch does not stay in the on position, turn the breaker switch to the off position and try resetting it to the on position. If the breaker still does not remain in the on position, turn the breaker switch to the off position and determine if the appliance you are using has overloaded the circuit.
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Circuit Breakers and Panels, Electrical System Components, How-To / Instructions, Troubleshooting

To reset a breaker, move the breaker's switch to the full off position and then back to on.  If the breaker continues to release and will not stay on the on positon, turn the breaker switch to the off position and determine if the appliance you are using has overloaded the circuit. If the problem persists, unplug all items on the circuit, turn off all switches, and try resetting. If the breaker resets, plug the items back in and turn on switches one at a time to determine the source of the problem.

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Circuit Breakers and Panels, Electrical System Components, How-To / Instructions, Troubleshooting

Homeowners should test / reset all GFCI outlets on a bi-annual basis by pushing the Test button and then the Reset button on all GFCI outlets. If you find that the GFCI outlet has tripped and will not reset, verify that the breaker to the circuit is not tripped. Typically, exterior outlets and garage outlets are controlled by the master GFCI, which is located in the garage. Bathroom outlets are controlled by a master GFCI in a bathroom. Kitchen counter outlets are controlled by one of two master GFCI's, located in the kitchen.

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Bathroom, Circuit Breakers and Panels, Electrical System Components, Exterior Electrical, GFI-GFCI, How-To / Instructions, Interior Electrical, Kitchen

All kitchen counters have two 20 amp GFI protected circuits. When using two or more counter appliances your circuit breaker may trip. Try balancing your appliances out with the two circuits that are provided.

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Circuit Breakers and Panels, Electrical System Components, GFI-GFCI, Interior Electrical, Kitchen

For clarification purposes, the kitchen refrigerator outlet is not recommended to be GFI protected. However, it is very typically on the same circuit (fed from the same circuit breaker) as part of the kitchen countertop GFI protected outlets. Even though they share the same circuit breaker as the outlet that the refrigerator is plugged into, the refrigerator is wired to the line side of the GFI, so that it will not cause tripping due to the motor load. The easiest way to check this is to trip both the GFI's and the refrigerator should still be on. If the refrigerator turns off, please contact us for service.

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Appliances and Devices, Circuit Breakers and Panels, Electrical System Components, GFI-GFCI, Kitchen

Check the current blue print that is available if the light fixture location does not have a standard measurement for dining, nook, or foyer lights. If it is not on the current blue print, check the model location. Remember, we wire to standard locations, not to the future homeowner's furniture. Wall mount lights are wired to the next available stud, unless noted on the blue print.

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Electrical System Components, Lighting

All surface mount fixtures are supplied and installed by others. Please contact your builder for service.

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Electrical System Components, Lighting

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