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Outlets have no power, Breaker trips

Q. I am very paranoid about electricity.
but alias I have a problem. I think I have a bad circuit breaker. 3 outlets have no power.
the breaker threw about 5 times last week. now, all the receptacles are dead.
the breaker is not physically hot to the touch.
So I plan on killing the power but I've heard of stuff like a live neutral ?
What does this mean ? How would I test for it ?
I have a CAT III 6-600v ac/dc tester. it can also check continuity.
it also has a polarity function.
My plan is to kill the power and box(I have an outside pole/box) and inside panel,
then double check it that i have no power.
My question is detecting a "hot" neutral ? How can I be sure ?

A. Check for voltage between the ground wire( green or bare conductor) and the neutral or white wire. Usually if there is a load down line i.e. some device that is connected to the circuit that is in the on mode power will still be passing through the circuit. I also suggest checking the affected outlets for any bad connection, corrosion or damage and replace as necessary. You may also want to make sure that there are not any devices plugged in that is tripping the breaker. Breakers do go bad. After you kill the power go into the breaker box and swap wires from the suspected breaker and one of the same current rating that is known to be good and see if the problem reoccurs with the different breaker. If it does reoccur check the outlets. If it does not reoccur suspect the breaker.Look at my website for complete answers to your open circuit question.

Update... It was both an open circuit at an outlet connection and intermittent circuit breaker. Double whammy, frustrating to troubleshoot.

Mobile Home Bathroom Tub Wall Surround

Q. We have a mobile home at Lake Havasu, California. The bathroom wall around the tub needs to be replaced. do you know where we can buy 4x8 vinyl (or whatever you recommend)panels for replacement? Any help you can give or someone in the Lake Havasu or Orange County, California area where we can purchase these panels would be greatly appreciated. Thanking you in advance for your attention to this matter.

A. If you have a 5' x 28'' bath tub or larger you can get a kit that comes in a flat box. I have added some tub surround suppliers on the main website Mobile Home Tub Surround Page. All home improvement stores have these. I have installed them in many mobile homes. Lowes, Home Depot and other stores also carry 4' x 8' sheets of materials you can use for bathroom wall panels on the paneling section. They are found in the mill works department where the windows and doors are, but will require a level of expertise to install them. Just be sure to use the tub surround adhesive and not liquid nails. It will bleed through. It is labeled for use on tub surrounds. Follow the directions and don't forget the caulk.

Water Filters for Mobile Homes

Q.  We have purchased a single wide mobile home. 3bed 3 bath

We have very unpleasant water (it is orange). I did a water test and it says it is high in iron.
So just for my piece of mind I am wanting to install not only a water softener but a water filtration unit.
Both pieces are relatively big, and out water heater is located in the master bedroom closet.
Should these things be installed inside? Can they be put outside in a shed? or would it be better to install them in the closet as well?

A. I had a reverse osmosis system once on a previous home. The unit was outside next to the home where the water line attached to the home home. I had no problems with it being out there. You will want to make sure that it is protected from the elements, such as freezing temps. Your installer should be able to address any questions that you might have. I currently use a whole house filter that takes care of impurities. however it does not soften the water. Shop around and ask lots of question before you buy. You can go to my website to get complete information on whole house water filter systems and to do some research to get an idea of what questions you may wish to ask in relation to your particular needs. An informed shopper is a happy customer.

Where does the power between the two halves of a double wide mobile home connect

Q. We have been living our 1993 double-wide about four years. We got zapped by lightning not long ago. Everything electrical works except the front half of our mobile home. No problems at the breaker box. We were told to check the plug that connects the two halves. We have insulation on the underside. Do you have any clues as to where down the middle that the plug usually is. I don't want to go hacking up the insulation along the seam until I find it. I would rather know where to look, before I begin taking the insulation loose. Any help would be greatly appreciated......Thank you.

A. If it has the plug together type of connection I have usually found them at one end of the home and usually nearest the breaker box end. Look under the home for anyplace that may seem to have been disturbed or patched sometimes with a small board. In some cases the connecting halves are coupled electrically in a junction box located along the marriage wall. They will usually have blank cover on them. I find these usually in closets. or even kitchen cabinets. Please let me know what happens...Don

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Condensation on duct work under a mobile home.

Q. My a/c trunk line under home is dripping wet, I tried to look for any leaking pipes, but found none. Can it be condensation?
A. I would say yes, especially if the A/C has been running a lot. There is a good chance that the duct work insulation needs to be better.
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