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What options are there to achieve both grounding/ground-fault and arc-fault protection on old 2-wire circuits?

The three receptacle circuits in my house are 2-wire NM, but have 3-prong receptacles. My electrician recommended and installed GFCI breakers to provide "grounding" to these circuits. I now realize ...
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led bulbs in cooker hood flashing when i put in fourth bulb

I replaced 4 bulbs on a cooker hood with led bulbs 3 will work ok till i put in the fourth then they flicker once when turned on but will not stay on
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My outlets don't have enough power

Four outlets won't work right unless a lamp is plugged in then everything works fine. Unplug lamp it's like not enough power. Plug lamp back in outlets work fine. Why is this happening?
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Is an oven heating element polarized?

I just took out an oven heating element without paying attention to which wire was hooked up to what end. Does it matter how I hook it back up?
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I ran into two hot lines when replacing a three way switch

I've read up on three way switches, and have replaced a few over the years. I recently installed a bathroom fan, and so had to replace two three way switches. Very simple setup - two switches, one ...
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Increasing the capacity of an electric baseboard thermostat

The electric baseboard heat in my living room has a mechanical thermostat (bimetallic strip) that occasionally gets stuck in the "on" position. I'd like to replace it with a solid-state thermostat, ...
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Repair chewed-through power cable

My puppy chewed the power plug off of my space heater, and I'd rather not buy a whole new space heater if I don't have to. I went to the hardware store and found a plug rated for 125V and 15A. The ...
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Is my electric stove receptacle wired correctly?

When I test the four prong electric stove outlet by touching one of the prongs and the ground, one prong reads 120V and the other 220V. Is this normal or is it wired wrong?
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What would cause all my gfi recepticles to not reset in my kitchen?

All my recepticles that are gfi except one will not reset nor will the outlets that are protected by them work? My house was built in 2006 and the receptacles are levitons. It tripped the breaker ...
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Thermostat can't control HVAC anymore after trying to switch thermostats

I bought a new Nest thermostat which is supposed to be compatible but needs a professional installation (advice that should have been heeded by non-professional electrician me). This is to replace an ...
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Is it ok to run a new a power line under the roof as opposed to the ceiling?

I am planning to run a new circuit to install ceiling lights, fan, etc. My attic is very low (approx 3 feet), and there is insulation between the joists (B in picture), so it is going to be a hassle ...
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rewire ventilation fan to use pull chain instead of wall switch

I'm converting part of an unfinished space to make a darkroom. I'm installing a bathroom ventilation fan over the sink but there is no convenient place to install a switch for the fan. I purchased a ...
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Fan speed control with timer?

I'm looking for a device that will allow me to control the fan speed as well as have it timeout. In theory this might work if I used the output from the timer to feed into the dimmer, but it doesn't ...
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Listed electric baseboard heaters that permit installation below outlets

Are there UL-listed electric baseboard heaters that do permit being installed below outlets? The FPN in 210.52: Informational Note: Listed baseboard heaters include instructions that may not ...
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Replacing dumb wall switch with smart one (wiring)

Based on the first diagram below (which is the current wiring for my wall switch), is the way I have the second diagram set up correct? My biggest point of confusion is the line/load wires. Judging by ...
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Can I add a three way switch to a light circuit when I only have access to light switch and it just cuts the power to the switch?

I have a light switch that controls 2 lights in the hall. The wire to the switch carries power to the switch with the black wire and the white wire carries the power to the light. I have access to ...
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Replace GFCI in bathroom

When I opened up the old one, there are 3 cables with the normal 2 black, 2 white, and ground. However, there are 2 whites and black capped together to a load screw and another white on the other ...
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Hunter fan/ light, lights not working [on hold]

Have hunter fan light,fan works fine lights will no longer work, is the limiter the problem? Limiter has 3 wires red , black white
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How can I add a GFCI receptacle on a circuit with split receptacles?

I have a typically wired living room with all receptacles switchable on the top outlet. We are installing a large fish tank and decided to add GFCI protection. I'm trying to change a single duplex to ...
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How can I resolve tripping problems with CAFCI?

Situation: I was having combination arc fault circuit interrupters (CAFCI) installed in some 20 Amp and 15A branch circuits. In several cases , the CAFCI immediately tripped after installation, or ...
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How do I install a SensaSwitch on a 3-way circuit?

I recently purchased a SensaSwitch, Manual-ON / Timed-OFF (PDF of instructions) and I cannot install it in such a way that it performs as I desire. I have a switch at the top of my basement stairs and ...
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How can I figure out why my Sears Craftsman garage door opener will not work?

I have tried troubleshooting my Craftsman door opener (model 139.53325SRT), because it will not close. It will not close when pressing the wall switch: the opener light just blinks if I do that. ...
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New gate remote control only works from 4 feet away

I have an old multi code gate remote control and it works perfectly. I needed one more so I went to the gate store and bought one multi code, but a new style model. The store told me that it's the ...
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Why won't a replacement GFCI work when the old one was wired identically?

I am trying to replace an old GFCI outlet box in the bathroom. I bought a new one and wired it the same as the old one (the new one had extra screws). The new outlet has a tiny green light on the ...
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How do I find what these breakers go to?

I recently mapped every appliance, receptacle, light fixture, switch to their respective breaker in the master 200A electrical panel. When I was finished I ended up with 2 20A breakers that did not ...
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Can I run a T5HO ballast with significantly lower wattage T5NO bulbs?

I gather this is generally possible, as long as bulbs draw less power than the ballast can provide, but are there limits on how low you can go? I currently have an electronic ballast for 1 or 2 54W ...
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What is the purpose of a “framed” switch?

I'm replacing the switches throughout my house and came across this one today. What is the value of it being "framed" (it seems like that's the only difference between it and the most basic switch)? ...
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2 hot wires into light switch and no neutral

I recently bought a home built in 1908 and I've found some funky electrical issues - such as the entire main floor on one 30 amp circuit. This morning I went down to the bathroom on the main floor and ...
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Why is my dimmer switch buzzing?

We had 2 dimmer switches that had stopped working (lights were on 100% regardless of how turned the dimmer switch was. I checked the back and went out and bought 2 new ones, turned the electricity ...
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Troubleshooting 3-way switch

I'm having trouble with a three-way switch. (It may be 4-way, there are switches in my house I can't figure out). I don't recall if they ever worked properly. The light stays on regardless of the ...
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How can I convert this hard wired fixture to a plug in?

I want to covert my hard-wired pendant light fixture to something that can be plugged into the wall as our new apartment isn't wired to direct-wire ceiling fixtures. I already wired another (vintage) ...
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How should I route PVC electrical conduit around lightning prevention downleads?

What precautions or steps are needed when routing Schedule 40 PVC Electrical conduit across (90 degree crossing) a lightning prevention downlead? This downlead looks to be braided copper cable ...
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Can I power a separate cooktop and wall oven from a single circuit?

I am replacing my 220V electric cooking range with a glass cooktop (with 4 heating plates) and a separate wall oven. The old cooking range was a plug-in. The two new appliances (the glass cooktop ...
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Do I want a common trip or independent trip quad breaker?

I had a quad breaker that went bad. It had 30A outer pair for the dryer and 20A inner pair for my well pump. Both pairs were tied together so you could turn them on or off together - the mechanism ...
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How can I convert a 240V dryer outlet to two branch circuits?

I'm converting a former laundry area into a bar/coffee area. There's a relatively new 240V, 40A circuit that is now unused, so I'd like to repurpose it for 120V service. I'm hoping to run 1/2 of it ...
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Fan plus light/dimmer switch problem?

Have a Lutron Dimmer Switch combo in a rental. It has a dimmer light button the top and a timer on the bottom for bathroom fan. This went out today and troubleshooting it didn't make sense. We ...
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Why is are the lights in my 60 year old house flickering?

My lights will flicker throughout the house when I have a lot on. Also, the ceiling fan will go (beep, beep BEEP beep) then reverse all by itself when the bathroom light is turned on down the hall. ...
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How do I wire a brand new cooktop that has no white neutral wire?

My old cooktop which is being replaced connects to a j-box with black, red, white, and bare ground wires, which goes to a 40 amp circuit breaker (US here, noticed this site is popular with Europe ...
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Why does one of two lights stay on when they share a neutral?

I have one source of power (1 hot wire) for 2 loads (living room lights and breakfast nook lights) I am replacing the dimmers with Insteon dimmers. The previous switches didn't use the neutrals, but ...
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ceiling fans problems

Flipped on the wall switch that controls the lights to 2 ceiling fans. The lights on BOTH went out but the fans still run. Tried replacing the bulbs, the bulbs were still good. (I put them in other ...
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Kitchen receptacle sparked and now has no power

My Aunt plugged in a device and the receptacle sparked. Now she has no power. The breaker did not trip and the GFI will not reset.
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Can having a bad grounding situation destroy a circuit breaker?

We moved into a home, built a while ago. there are wires hanging and covered in black tape on a chimney. I bought 2 sconces and put them in place. i did not hook up the ground wire on one of them, ...
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How can I connect multiple led strip lights using one remote? [closed]

I have 8 strips of led lights to mount above & under kitchen cabinets. There also is gaps between all sets of the cabinets for under & above lighting. 1 gap is the sink & window 1 gap ...
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Adding electrical service to detached garage

Please let me know if this sounds correct- Sub panel fed from 80amp breaker in main building 200amp load center. Roughly 75' of 1" PVC conduit from existing load panel, under existing timber deck, ...
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PGE turned out my pilot light on my wall heater

PGE turned out pilot on wall heater, said that there was a wiring problem. I have used this heater for the past 6 years. Do I have to call a electrian in before they will turn pilot light back on ...
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Can I use a 50Hz tape recorder on a 60Hz electrical system?

I have a Sony reel to reel tape player/recorder that is rated at 110V, 127V, 220V, 240V, 50Hz. Can I connect it to 110v 60Hz or do I need to purchase a 50Hz output power converter?
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Why does only one light burn out constantly

I have recessed lights and the light on one of them only lasts around 2-3 weeks all the other lights on the same circuit works just fine
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Why are all of my appliances becoming energized when ground wire is excluded?

I live in Australia, with three-prong 240v power supply including ground prong. I own a simple plug adapter that does not include the ground connection. As far as I'm aware, using any appliance with ...
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How can a voltage screwdriver light up when I test the ground wire or chassis of my washing machine, but multimeter reads no voltage or current flow? [duplicate]

I have been receiving shocks from my washing machine. My proximity voltage detector beeps near the chassis, drum and ground wire. My voltage testing screwdriver also lights up when touched to them. ...
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What to do with old connections when moving outlet to dedicated circuit?

I would like to remove one of the outlets from a circuit, and run a dedicated wire to it from a separate breaker, placing it on it's own circuit. When I disconnect the existing circuit from the ...