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Running NM wire romex along rafters in vaulted ceilings

So my ceilings look like this: /\ I want to replace / relocate my breaker panel. The circuits run along the rafters into the attic space (small, cant stand up). My questions: Can I just fish ...
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disconnect ground wire

I had to put a disconnect after my meter and run 4 cables to my main box. I had to remove the bonding screw in the main box and we separated the the white and ground wires unto there own bars. The ...
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New switch keeps tripping breaker

I am attempting to enable a light switch in a bedroom that had the wiring but had no ceiling light fixture and no switch (just blank plate). However, I am running into an issue and I want to seek ...
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Help wiring Bathroom fan

I am not 100% sure how to wire my new bathroom fan, and I am looking for a little guidance. (This is for a NuTone QTN130LE1) Here are the existing wires in the attic. I have a white wire, a black ...
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Electric Shock from concrete pad

MY band recently played a gig at a friend's farm. We set up on a concrete pad behind his barn. I received my first shock when I set my arm on the top of my guitar amplifier. It was a hot sunny day and ...
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100 amp disconnect

I have a 100 amp disconnect box after my meter and prior to my main box. I run 4 wires from disconnect to main. The ground and neutral are connected in the disconnect box and isolated in the main ...
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Should I have a 15 amp breaker instead of a 20 due to aluminum wire?

I've been digging into an addition to my house from the early 1970s (final permit signature dated 1973). It uses individual wires in flexible conduit from the panel through the crawl space, and NM in ...
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Should I replace a GFI in my kitchen that will not reset?

I have three wall plugs fed into a 15A wall GFI. One of the outlets has a refrigerator with a two pronged plug. When plugging in a toaster oven and countertop grill the circuit tripped and will not ...
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What is the right way to run ethernet wiring and electrical wiring in a house? [duplicate]

Im currently planning to build a 2nd floor in my home, I already know how to do the electrical wiring design according to the norm, however im wondering if its possible to run the ethernet cables ...
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small rack system for my yard [on hold]

I would like to know about putting a solar rack system in my yard between four to five thousand watts. I have room for it to face south and it should not be to mutch of an eyesore for my neighbors the ...
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Preventing Water Leak on Outlet

I recently moved into a new house rental and am setting up my washer & dryer. I am uncomfortable with the proximity of our hot/cold water valves to our washer's power outlet and was wondering if ...
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Ideas for simple light with switch for a small aquarium [on hold]

This is a project that I would like to do with my kid. Something simple that I could pick up at Frys or similar. I need a light that goes inside my son's aquarium and is turned on by a switch and ...
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How can I add a 3-way switch to my light? (confused about existing wiring)

I'm trying to install a 3-way switch for a specific light but I'm not sure how to do the wiring. The existing switch box has quite wires inside: 3x 12-2 1x 12-3 The hots (black) are all tied ...
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What is the difference between “Input” and “Output” values on power adapters? Which one represents the amount of power being drawn from a circuit?

I'm trying to get a rough idea for how much electricity I consume in my home office. I understand that there are a lot of ways to measure this kind of thing: Turn everything else off in all ...
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How can I secure NM cable to a metal stud?

I use NM staples to secure NM cable to wood studs but I am unfamiliar with the options to secure NM cable directly to metal studs despite trying a number of different search terms. Would it be okay to ...
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Why do my bedroom and kitchen lights switch off or on without operating them from the switch?

I connected a ceiling Fan to my En-Suit, and ever since that night, my Bedroom and kitchen lights are switching on and off at irregular intervals. But the fan is getting power from a circuit breaker ...
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What could be causing lights to be flickering and multiple breakers tripping and won't reset?

I was outside yesterday when my wife called to me saying the lights in the kitchen were flickering. Next thing I know the power to the TV went out so I went downstairs to the breaker box to find that ...
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Can I use an old 50 amp circuit that was previously used for an electric stove to feed a new sub panel in my garage?

I have a 100 amp service entry which is about 40 feet from the attached garage. Currently, I am only using 50 amps to feed the house and want to use the other 50 amps to feed my garage. I reside in ...
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Plug/fire stop holes drilled for running low voltage cable?

I am considering running a low voltage cable (probably Cat6, but maybe fiber) up inside an exterior wall, between studs, from basement to 2nd floor in an existing home in the US. I should get riser- ...
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Installing a ceiling light fixture in USA that was purchased in HongKong?

I purchased a light fixture on a recent trip to HongKong and someone told me that it would not be compatible with USA. Is this true and if so is there an easy way to convert it so I will be able to ...
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Why won't my lights light up, even though there's power to the lights?

I have new construction, one switch with power to it. From the switch I ran the wire to the first light(4 total) from the first light I ran wire to two different lights and then from one light of the ...
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3 prong to 4 prong dryer cord change

My 2 year old whirlpool dryer has a 3 prong cord. My new house has a 4 prong. The dryer doesn't have a spot for 4 wires. The ground wire coming from the dryer is attached to the dryer itself. A new 4 ...
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How can I turn off the power so I can safely replace a fixture?

I have old outdoor spotlight near door that needs fixture replaced. How do I shut electricity off to the fixture? My fear is, I will be electrocuted. :) Any help appreciated.
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If garage door circuit board is fried by power surge, wouldn't outlet also be fried?

The control/circuit board is dead in Wayne Dalton opener. Is covered by our American Home Shield warranty. However, because tech suggested to AHS work "approval dept" that it could have been fried by ...
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Earthing fault in a specific socket

I have this peculiar case with a specific electrical socket in my house. when i connect a device to the plug socket, i get a current in the device body , but when i connect the device to any other ...
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electrical/connect 4 fluorescent lights inside an old oil company sign with one control

I have an old oil company sign,(plastic). I've made a wood frame, and now I want to add (4) 4' fluorescent lights in sequence around the inside. I would like one control, maybe one plug-in with a ...
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Current-sensing circuit for pool booster pump activation [closed]

I have a Pentair IntelliFlow Variable Speed pump (wired for 230V) which has built-in timer and speed controls. I'm seeking a solution where at some current set-point a relay will send power to my ...
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Different circuit breakers keep tripping, some not re-setting

Background: South Carolina house built in 2009, assume all electrical systems, main panel and circuit breakers new at that time. I moved into the house in May having transferred from the UK. I brought ...
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How to get switched and constant power combo on an outlet

I have electricity coming into outlet box from two sources, one is coming via light switch and another one is coming from another outlet. So I want the top of the twin outlet to be controlled by the ...
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All outlets on one 15-amp circuit, need AC unit

The central AC in our apartment is not working effectively in the summer; we are running the AC continuously for 14 hours a day to keep the temperature below 80 degrees. As you can imagine, our ...
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What could cause my in-wall air conditioner to blow 3 power boards?

I've had my house for nearly two years, and suddenly my in-wall air conditioner stopped working. I replaced the main power board, and it worked again...for a week. I replaced the main power board ...
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replacing a light switch with a dimmer

I am replacing a single 3 light track style fixture in our kitchen with an Ikea track that will better light the space. Opening the switch box up this afternoon I saw that the wiring is a little ...
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Can I turn one set of twinkle lights into several by cutting the wire & adding new plugs?

I am working on a project for wedding reception lighting and would like to make several chandeliers using Christmas tree twinkle lights but the strands I have are way too long for one single ...
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Replacing a two prong outlet with a 3 prong/ 2 prong didnt have a grounding wire, can I replace them? [duplicate]

Can I just replace the socket with the 3 prong and not worry about grounding?
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What does “8(3)A” mean on a relay spec sheet?

In the specs for this heating controller (http://www.ecr-nederland.nl/files/lae_bediening_ac1-2w_en_de.pdf) the relays have a capacity of 8(3)A (top-right). What does this mean? 8A/3A?
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How should I wire my pool heat pump?

I am wiring a new heat pump-- 50K btu, 208-230v ~60 hz. Plaque on side says 12a running current, minimum 20a circuit, max 30a. My breaker panel for the pump is a sub panel running off the main with ...
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Can I put a UK 3 pin plug or use an adapter on a dishwasher I brought in South Africa?

can I put a UK 3 pin plug on a dishwasher I brought over from South Africa, or use an adapter? Thankyou for your help. Kind regards
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Question about electrical service for subpanel in pool house

I have a small existing pool house (built 1988) that has electrical service ran to it from the house distribution panel. Two breaker and two separate sets of wires go to the pool house, 240 single ...
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How to test appliances for energy used

My energy bill is twice (at least) as high as the neighbors with similar sized homes. Of course the hydro co. thinks their meters are perfect. I want to find out if an appliance is consuming much ...
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Is Armored (BX) cable considered to be protected from damage?

I want to install an outlet on my unfinished basement wall. I am assuming that it would fall under NFPA 70 300.4 as needing protection from physical damage. Is Armored (BX) cable considered to be ...
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How to map out downstream outlets for GFCI install

I live in an older home with 2 prong plugs. I want to update these with 3 prong. My plan is to put a GFCI at the first outlet in the circuit and then regular 3 prong outlets downstream from there. I ...
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LED Delay on 1 out of 3 lights on same switch

I helped a friend and installed 3 LED can lights in the kitchen. They are all on one switch. Per their report 2 of the 3 lights come on immediately but the third has a delay. What is the possible ...
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Is there anything else I should be concerned about while run low voltage landscaping cable through an exterior wall?

I'm hooking up a 300 watt toroidal magnetic transformer located in my garage; it's rated for inside and outside use, I'm using its plug into a GFI circuit, and I'm using 12/2 (12vac) power cable rated ...
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How do I replace a ceiling fan controlled by 2 wall switches with a standard wall plug outlet?

I am ceiling mounting a projector in my home theater room and I need to mount it where there used to be a ceiling fan with light kit. The fan and light were controlled by two wall switches. I'm ...
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NEMA 14-30 in 1-gang box

I recently wired a new laundry room for a family member's renovation project. He already had the electrical materials on hand and all of his boxes attached to the studs, so I ended up installing the ...
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What is the grey wire dangling from my ceiling?

We recently moved into a new apartment in Berlin. We are the first occupants and thus there are no existing lighting fixtures. In the living room there are 4 light switches (1 & 2 on the left of ...
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Need advice on adding cords to T8 light fixtures

I just acquired twelve 'vapor-tight' T8 three-bulb light fixtures. They have fiberglass bodies and a polycarbonate lens with a gasket. I intend on installing these in a greenhouse to augment the sun ...
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Can you install a ceiling fan with a hickey and crossbar?

I have a concrete ceiling with an old-style electrical box that has a stud for a hickey, but does not have the traditional mounting holes for fixture screws, like the box in this diagram: Can I ...
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How can I combine two outlets into one output using OR logic?

I need some sort of electrical device which would combine the output of a switched electrical outlet with a programmable timer plugged into a non-switched outlet. Then I would plug lamps into said ...
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Splicing electric in attic properly

I am installing ceiling lights on my attic that has only fiberglass insulation. I needed to splice some cables half way to the fixture box. I just want to verify that I've done so properly. Here is ...