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get power from a common

I have a four way switch. I pigtailed two wires with the source power wire. One pigtailed wire is connected to the common screw terminal for power to the four way switch which is a three screw ...
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Can I join two switched circuits into one circuit?

I have a circuit for the kitchen lights w/two 3-way switches. I also have a circuit for the adjoining room w/three 4-way switches. Is there any way to safely join the two circuits and just use ...
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How do I turn off the power to my thermostat?

I'd like to replace my thermostat with a new one. My current thermostat is one that doesn't have a C-wire and is powered by batteries. Now, my question is... is there a switch for the power that I ...
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Ceiling Fan and Light stop working

I have a Ceiling Fan and Light stop working yesterday. I used a klein to test the voltage, the switch is OK, and when the I turn on, I can detect the voltage around the bulb. What could be the issue? ...
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I changed my thermostat, not my heat does not work… help!

I know I made a mistake, but here's the storey. When I was hooking up the new thermostat I did it with live wires, and I used metal pliers (metal touching metal). The wires may have also touched ...
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I have a ceiling fan w/light on a single pole switch. I want to replace it with a 3-way switch. [on hold]

I want to replace a single pole switch that operates my ceiling fan w/light to a 3 way switch. I also want to add a new single pole switch to operate the new porch light next to the 2nd switch for the ...
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open light socket on string lights safe to use?

I have string lights in my room and my sister accidentally broke one of the bulbs. The lights are my main source of light in my room so I was wondering if I just removed the broken bulb it would all ...
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GFCI outlet doesn't work after reconnecting

I reconnected my GFCI outlet but now it doesn't output electricity even though the current coming in tests positive (with a pen like current testing device). I also pressed the reset button, to no ...
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Wiring a new pendant light to an existing ceiling box

My new light fixture has three silver wires, one is ribbed and I assume neutral, but the live and ground appear exactly the same. How can I tell the difference? Does it matter?
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LED Light Glowing

I just replaced a wall lamp with an LED lamp. When the lamp is switched off, the LED has a faint glow. It isn't a phosphorescent glow; it is receiving power. I noticed it at 4:00 AM after it had been ...
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ive lost power on multiple outlets in different rooms. The GFCI outlets are all receiving power and are working. What else could the problem be?

None of the circuit's tripped and the GFCI's are all working when I plug something into them. Could this still be the problem or is it something else?
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Kitchenaid Mixer 220v to 120v conversion [on hold]

have a european 220v kitchenaid mixer model 5k5sswh. can I purchase and adater to plug into 120v US? also is it possible to convert the unit by replacing the armature and related housing, and motor ...
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Why does this switch trip the breaker?

I have been living in my house for 8 years now, and there has always been a mystery switch and outlet (both located on the same wall). My wife has rearranged the room, and now we will need to use the ...
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Recessed lighting not lighting up

So I bough 6 LED recessed lights from a flea market today. $30 so why not. Each one has the log socket adapter so I tried all six on a socket and only one works. Sooooooooo. With the other five, ...
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How do I wire a new range to old wiring?

I am replacing an in-wall oven with a oven/stove. The wiring in the wall is a 2 wire #6, and a ground wire. One of the wires has red arrows on it, the other solid black. (obviously 220V) and I traced ...
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replace remote control for ceiling fan with light to wall switches

How do I use existing double pole wall switch for ceiling fan with light kit when replacing with Casa Viejo Revue that only has remote control? I don't want the remote control feature but the fan does ...
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Thermostat has broke - need help with the wiringl

Im changing from wn old White-Rodgers mercury thermostat to a Honeywell digital thermst. And The directions for the digital one says I am to label the wires from the old one-then hook the wires into ...
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Estimating max wattage

I live in an apartment in South Korea. The main circuit breaker in the apartment looks like it's 30a 220v, with four individual 20a switches running to different parts of apartment. All the outlets ...
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Can I use extra wire from two separate cables to add a washing machine in a garage?

I have two existing 12/3 NM-B cables that are used to connect two different circuits, which are distributed from a junction box close to the location I want to add a washing machine. The washing ...
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What's causing my A/V unit to shut down? [on hold]

I have an Integra 10.5 A/V unit, and Integra DTS 10.5 CD/DVD player & a Sony Bravia video projector. I can play CD's, no problem. I can play a DVD (audio) with the projector off, and it plays ...
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Confused about wiring

So I'll come clean, I'm a first year electrical student at a tech school and I have a question regarding a diagram I'm supposed to draw. The line diagram is presente: 《-- light -- switch -- light -- ...
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Correct way to attach outlet wall plate?

I have been replacing the outlets in my house with Tamper Resistant outlets. On some of the replaced receptacles, the plate does not tightly attach to the wall—it can be pried back by my fingers. (I ...
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Three way light switches in a tower

Talking with an electrician some time back when the house was being remodeled we were discussing the virtues of the remote control of lights. He had boasted that while the technology is neat, there ...
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How can I eliminate the need for the switch controlling living room receptacles?

I am new to home improvement, so please be patient with me. I'm sure my ignorance and lack of vocabulary are going to shine through! I'll try to answer any questions and clarify anything to the best ...
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Why would a 240v line voltage thermostat have a blank display?

In a bathroom I have a single 500w 240v electric baseboard heater, and AUBE/Honeywell TH305 digital line voltage single pole thermostat. I noticed yesterday, that the display had gone blank. A quick ...
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Identify type of circuit breaker

My house came with a main panel that supports this type of circuit breaker. However, I am unable to find that type at the store and the breaker doesn't say what type it is. I thought it might be ...
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How can I check my generator to see if its ok?

I let a friend of mine use a 6500 watt generator that ran my house great, when he brought it back he said it was getting hot and stalling but could run 110 plug. He blew up lots of appliances, how can ...
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Light fitting with power but no 3-way switch function

I have a 3-way setup with one switch at the top of the stairs and one at the bottom for a light at the top of the stairs. It all appears to be wired fine and I have power and light but the switches ...
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Wire a 5 wire down draft remote motor / can this be done?

I currently have a Thermador downdraft range w/ remote blower on the roof. The range has failed. This blower unit was very expensive and I hate to chuck it. Am wondering if it can be used ...
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20 amp circuit for lighting

San Bernardino Ca. area. 20 amp circuit #12 wire, Can I use this circuit for Lighting? On this circuit 5 20 amp outlets and 6 LED fixtures 50 watts each. One outlet will be used for a refrigerator.
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No electric in my garage

My electricity in my garage went out recently. The UF wires are buried righht next to a large tree, so im assuming the roots had something to do with it. Well it rained for 2 days straight and my ...
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Are these wires dangerous?

I pulled on a cord for the light switch hanging from the ceiling in my bathroom and some plastic and metal casing fell off. This is the result. I know nothing about electronics - these look like ...
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UPS to bypass tripping a fuse?

I have an apartment setup right now where one fuse has a fair amount of load on it. (Fridge, Microwave, PC). Rarely, when these are all used in conjunction, the fuse trips and I have to turn it back ...
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Stud sensor finds current on large wall area

The detached garage for my home was built by the previous owner in 2000, the garage interior is naked particle board directly on wood studs, and the insulation has paper backing (not foil). When ...
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How do you change a lower heating element in an electric water heater?

Is it easy enough to do or do I need a professional?
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Connecting a light-switch to turn thermostat on/off? (re: basement heat)

Is it possible to connect a simple light-switch to a thermostat? I'd like to have a thermostat in my basement set to 72 degrees. However, I want it completely turned off most of the time. I was ...
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News Exterior Transfer Switch Location and Clearance

I finally got around to figure out the spot for a new transfer switch which I acquired some time ago, there aren't any choices since the transfer switch needs to be close to the meter. It is a small ...
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How to wire switched light fixture in place of ceiling fan

I removed a ceiling fan that had four wires. I have installed a normal ceiling light that remains on regardless of the position of the switch. The switch worked with the ceiling fan light. How can I ...
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120v outdoor lighting, dual poser source 150w light

So i was trying to think if there was a way to make a 120v XOR or OR "device" to turn on a lamp. Perhaps with some relays or something to accomplish this general idea. I want to accomplish this ...
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Source of periodic buzzing noise in the walls

Just moved in to a new place and I've noticed during the quiet of the night when trying to sleep that there is this periodic electrical sounding buzz, sort of like the hum of my subwoofer if I leave ...
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Do I need building control approval to install an external security camera powered by power over ethernet?

In the UK, I understand that to wire in a new external plug socket or light using mains voltage, I either need to get a qualified electrician to do it or have the work inspected by building control. ...
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What kind of electrical projects are safe for DIY in the US? [closed]

I have a lot of ideas for electrical projects — upgrading electrical sockets to USB combo sockets, changing light fixtures, adding new sockets...ect. As a general rule of thumb, what kinds of ...
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All 120v outlets and lights are not working in a detatched garage

I have a separate garage that was built in 2001. It has a 100 amp sub panel that is fed from the main panel in the garage of my house. The panels are about 50' apart and the wire is in conduit. The ...
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GFCI pops when the heater comes on

Just wired a new heater like this and the GFCI pops when the heater comes on. Can someone explain to me why this is happening?
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why is my mini fridge not keeping cold?

how long does a compressor suppose to last and could it be the relay switch to be replace. and the compressor is to hot to touch and why do compressors go out? thank you and do compressor take freon
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Another sub-panel questio

Improving unfinished basement in 7 year old log home to have a small shop and a mancave Installing sub panel 40 wire feet from main panel mainly because i don't want to home-run all my circuits to ...
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Wall Outlet with three sets of wires!

have another issue with another outlet in this very improperly done house I just bought. During my slow replacing of all the wall outlets, I came across this new one which has me baffled on how to ...
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Master bedroom switch must be on in order for spare bedroom lights to turn on

I just bought a house, had it inspected and everything but when I get Possesion I find the lights don't turn on in the spare room. I then find they do turn on but the master bedroom must be on at the ...
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Wiring a Junction Box: 1 source in, 2 sources out

I have an existing junction box and currently 1 source from the basement going in, and one source coming out and that goes to a wall switch. If I want to connect a second wire to come from that ...
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How can I prevent my computer from interfering with the TV signal?

I have an antenna tv and every time I turn on my computer, it knocks out the signal to my tv. I have tried plugging the computer in to different areas in my house and buying a booster for the antenna ...