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What do I need to make my amplifier work without breaking it? [on hold]

My soon-to-be father-in-law gave me his unused electric guitar and amplifier. The problem is the power rate here is 220V~60Hz while the amplifier is 230V~50Hz. I know that there is something I should ...
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Ceiling fan with light. [duplicate]

My ceiling fan does not work. I have a ceiling fan light and the fan does not turn. It just hums but the light works. What can be the problem?
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A light fixture with 2 white, 2 black wires, 1 copper. How do I connect this light fixture to a ceiling junction box? (See drawn diagram)

I have a problem with this configuration and can't figure it out on my own. Configurations I've tried: 1: Bulb1 and Bulb2 white and black wires connected to light switch black and white wires. ...
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3 way switch still showing 52 volts when turned off

On a 3 way switch with just the line wire connected why do I see 52 volts on the inactive terminal of the 3 way switch?
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Dimmer switch with ceiling fan instead of remote [duplicate]

Is there any reason to use a remote control with a ceiling fan (that most come with), which requires a battery and can get lost, when a simple dimmer switch can be installed to regulate the speed? Is ...
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GFCI wont work correctly

i have an older, 1930ish, home with only 2 conductors on the branch circuits. im trying to install GFCI outlets in kit/baths. im running new romex to the single-pole Pushmatic (ancient, i know) ...
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Beeping Electrical Panel

There is an intermittent beeping noise coming from my electrical panel. It started yesterday. I have never heard of this problem.
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What is this copper-looking wire on my light fixture?

I had an electrician install two hanging pendants over a kitchen island. The install went well and the pendants work fine. However, after the install I've had an opportunity to look at the fixtures ...
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3 Way (4 Switch) Insteon Setup for Ceiling Fan Light

We have been replacing all our light switches with Insteon Smart Switches (http://cache-m2.smarthome.com/manuals/2477d-en-03-26-2015.pdf page 11) to control them via our phones. Ultimately, they work ...
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Will this solar panel setup work?

Fairly new to using solar. I have been reading up on volts vs. amps in terms of what makes the most efficient system. I am considering a 24v battery bank with 4 12v batteries connected together. These ...
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removing and capping a wall plug that works in series with other plugs

I need to remove a wall plug. There are 4 wires connected to the plug. Two are black (actually one is black and white and one is all black) which are connected to one side. Two are white connected ...
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Switching from Gas to Electric?

We currently have a 4 burner gas hob, but we want to switch to the electric one to make cleaning easier. Bearing in mind that our oven is already electric, what should be considered to make this ...
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Is my ceramic hob wired correctly?

My 5.8kw ceramic hob has been wired into a 30 amp junction box with the electric ignition cable of the old gas hob and then wired into the cooker switch with .6 mm cooker cable. Is this correct wiring?...
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What smart device options do I have for poor lighting in living room?

My living room does not have great electrical lighting. The room is about 18'x12' with a fireplace on the far, short wall. Above the fireplace there are two angled recessed lights (can aim them in a ...
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Turn one light bulb ON and another OFF at the same time with one switch

I am trying to operate two AC current light bulbs with one switch so that while the switch is in the OFF position, bulb B1 is OFF and bulb B2 is ON, and while the switch is in the ON position, bulb B1 ...
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Ground Fault in Underground Wiring?

We've had loads of rain the past weekend, and now my garage has no power. I've traced the issue to a GFCI outlet that protects the rest of the circuits in the garage - It keeps tripping. The Power ...
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How should I wire a subpanel for a tiny house?

I have a subpanel almost wired in our shed, it's being converted into a tiny home for a few months, it's about 25ft from the main panel which is inside of a mobile home. The main panel I believe is ...
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Sealing off a live wire

I bought a project house last year, and unfortunately it's turned out that one of the previous owners was a keen amateur electrician. Sadly his enthusiasm wasn't matched by competence or any sense of ...
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What could have caused the loss of power in one bedroom and one wall in the living room?

Loss of power in one room and 1 wall in living room have replaced all outlets that were affected and checked all light switches and light fixtures Using a voltage meter on the white wire and on the ...
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sub panel breaker box

I am wanting to install a breaker box inside of a house addition and the box I bought has a 100 amp main breaker for cut off. I'm only going to be pulling around 4500 to 5000 watts at the most so I ...
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Is it a violation of NEC code to install a receptacle horizontally and 3/4" from face of a stud?

A wall has been framed out to mount a touch screen computer monitor. Once the 1/4" drywall is installed, the monitor will be placed into this cavity and plugged into said receptacle. Question Does ...
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Need to add a GFCI outlet to an existing furnace circuit

I need to install a GFCI receptacle in my unfinished basement for the new power-vented hot water heater that I had installed. The plumber said I could use the existing furnace circuit. I mapped out ...
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Repairing Basement Wall Framing After Subpanel install notched to 75%

I have a home I bought a few months ago and I'm working on finishing out the basement space. The builder put in a 2x6 wall 12" on center. I quite certain it's a load bearing wall. 2 Story house with a ...
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Can a surface mount Spa Panel be recess mounted in drywall and 2x4 wall?

My city uses 2011 NEC. I would like to install a 125 Amp rated Spa Panel as a subpanel directly below my 200 Amp main circuit breaker panel to be able to use two 50 Amp GFI circuits. I already have ...
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L1 comes on my waves 1 ton ac nd ac stop working [on hold]

I switch on my ac its working but after some time l1 comes on screen indoor and out door both stop working and after while both switched off automatically plz answer me whats the problm some time e5 ...
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Open ground or Reverse ground on one circuit of 3 wire bx cable [duplicate]

Our open/reverse ground since the lightening strike has still not been resolved, but we're getting closer. The wire coming out of the panel is a 3-wire bx. The circuit that the black wire feeds is ...
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No power in one room (circuit), breaker not tripping

I have one room with no electricity, flipping the breaker has no effect, and using a multi-meter to test the breaker, says there's 120 volts coming out, so its not the electrical panel. I used a ...
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How well do AFCI breakers protect against electrical fires? [closed]

I'm hoping to get a sense of how dangerous old knob and tube wiring is once it is protected by an AFCI. a. Do AFCI breakers prevent all dangerous arcs? b. Besides abnormal arcing, are there other ...
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Causes of Corroded or Burned Wires

Beginning Disclaimer - I am not a Serious DIYer. (I'm more of a Seriously Try to Avoid Paying Someone Else to Do Iter). So anyways, I've been having trouble with lights flickering or not working in ...
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3-phase power to NEMA L14-20 receptacle

At my place of work, which is in the US, I had an electrician install a 3-phase outlet. He used a NEMA L14-20 receptacle and left us a NEMA L14-20 plug to connect to the device which uses the power. ...
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What is the purpose of these removable “collars” on ceramic light fixtures

This fixture happens to be plastic, but all my ceiling juntion box mounted 600w rated light fixtures have a removable collar. I don't see the point in this extra part. Is there some sort of shade I ...
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Blue LED always on with led light strip

The blue leds on my led light strip started acting weird just recently. For some reason, the blue leds are always on. When changing colors, the blue led is on, when powering off the strip with the ...
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Wiring Leading to DSL Problems

We have had a lot of problems with our DSL dropping. The ISP has come out and taken a look at the outside wiring, and has claimed that everything looks good. They have said that the problem is with ...
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Why do electrical devices use such small wire?

I know that it is unwise to use 14 awg wire on a 20 amp circuit and that 12 gauge should be used because the larger wire can handle the larger load, right? Then how come when I open up a night light (...
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Window unit AC get outlet and plug hot

How come when I use an extension cord to run my ac the outlet and the plug of the extension cord gets hot it's on a 15 AMP breaker and the AC states it is pull 12 Amps and there is nothing else ...
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What gauge wire/ 100' run 20 amps

I need to run 100' of underground wire to a pole barn. I'll be running a couple of lights and a battery charger (10 amp). What gauge wire would i need ?
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Can I transition from aluminum wiring to copper wiring at a CO/ALR receptacle?

It is my understanding that outlets can have wires connected on both sides. Example from another DIY.SE question here . If I have aluminum wiring. I want to add another downstream outlet. I will use ...
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Is it safe and within code (1970 US) to permanently wire a 20' cord to a garage door opener?

A new garage door and opener will be installed this week. The opener has a short cord. The outlet is on the wall rather than in the ceiling. This is typical of my area for 1970s construction. The ...
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Nicked and exposed UF cable exits house underground

While digging a hole to plant a bush, I hit the cable supplying power to our lamp post. Due to erosion over the past 40 years, the cable was barely covered with earth, and is now partially exposed in ...
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GPO Has No Power but All Breakers Are On

Have a weird one. I have three power points at opposite ends of the house that are on the same breaker. Randomly tonight power went out to them. All breakers are turned on and all other outlets work ...
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How do I add new outdoor lamps where there has never been service in existing older home?

Client wants me to install outdoor sconce lamps, one on each side of her garage where there has never been service, and three electrical outlets inside the garage. I would like to do this to code ...
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How can turning on or off a circuit beaker affect a ground on a different circuit?

I am addressing electrical issues in my parents house and came across this situation..Circuit breaker "A" controls the downstairs bedroom outlets. Circuit breaker "B" controls the upstairs bedroom ...
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Waterfall pump with broken off ground pin in 3 prong plug unsafe to use?

In 2007 I purchased a quality waterfall pump for my pond (Tsurumi Submersible 50PN@.4S-60). Recently when I pulled the plug, the grounding plug detached as well. A local hardware store looked at it ...
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Are rainproof fittings to connect meter box and weather head to rigid steel conduit required?

My utility company specifies 2" rigid steel conduit for my exterior-mounted, overhead service drop/service entrance. Do I need to use special rainproof fittings when coupling the rigid conduit to the ...
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Old ceiling light connected between two red wires. Why? I'm trying to wire new fan/light

I'm trying to wire up a new ceiling fan that has built in lights where my old light fixture used to be but am a little confused with the wiring. In the electrical box (pic below) there are two black ...
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Control Wiring for 900 cfm kitchen exhaust fan to come on at the same time as HVAC outside air replacement?

I'm wiring a new sf home and was told that with the kitchen exhaust fan (900 cfm - vented to outside) that I have to make the outside air intake on the furnace come on at the same time the fan does. ...
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In an old NYC apartment building built in the 50s. Would wires catch on fire if using a high powered AC?

I live in an old NYC apartment built in the 50s. I currently use a 1500-2000 watt portable AC unit and I feel the power cables are very hot during use. I'm afraid of the wires catching on fire in ...
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How to tell if old ceiling light box can support ceiling fan?

I want to replace a small hanging chandelier with a ceiling fan and am trying to figure out if the existing box can support a fan. I don't see labeling on the box itself but noticed this large rod ...
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Electric shock from washing machine

I got a dry tumbler and a washing machine that give off shocks when touched on the inner barrel. I'm in Europe 230AC 3 phase 50Hz but no ground(old house) ground is connect to neutral at main panel ...
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In wiring a doorbell, what is an alternative to using a transformer? [closed]

We have a 1915 bungalow that I tore out all of the old knob-and-tube wiring, including the original ginormous doorbell transformer, and installed all new circuits throughout. I purchased a new, ...