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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 ...
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Can I install a dimmer switch on a 2 way circuit?

I have a 6 lights controlled by 2 normal switches (2 Way Circuit). I want to replace one of the normal switch with a dimmer switch. Could it be possible ?
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Floodlight randomly, dimly lights even when lightswitch is off

This problem baffles me completely. In one of our bedrooms, we have two floodlights connected to a one-way Z-wave dimmer switch. Both floodlights are Cree BR30s. When the light switch is off, one ...
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Washing machine randomly tripping GFCI

I read a previous question regarding a GFCI outlet and a washing machine, but my issue is slightly different. I have 2 GFCI outlets in a washroom in the downstairs of my home. One is obviously ...
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Why is my switch controlled receptacle always on?

I replaced the outlets and switches in a room. One outlet now has constant power, the switch no longer turns the power on and off (to control a lamp for example) as it originally did. For ...
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Ceiling fan works, lights do not

I will try to give as much information as I can. I have no experience with wiring so I imagine some of the things I did were incorrect and probably stupid. I purchased a Hampton Bay ceiling fan, and ...
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My receptacle tester is giving confusing results, what should I do?

I've recently put in a new electrical outlet, which was working at the time. Today I went and plugged the lamp and it was not working. Tried the receptacle tester, and this is what I saw when plugged ...
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New Light Fixture with Old Wiring

Yesterday I replaced an old light fixture in my bathroom, and now the new light powers on with the breaker, but the wall switch does nothing. I'm not sure if the power is going to the switch first or ...
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How can I add arc-fault protection to circuits in this panel?

In my sub-panel that services the home I have 4 separate 20 amp circuit breakers all strapped together to trip all if one trips. On these individual circuits are the garbage disposal, clothes ...
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Why doesn't my dishwasher power on?

I couple weeks ago, I had an electrician come in and remove two wires from two circuit breakers from the main panel. Those circuits power a sub panel across the basement. I found out that sub panel ...
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What could have caused the chock block terminal to melt?

I installed a new light fitting approximately a year ago, which had a long flex. I shortened the flex by cutting both wires, and rejoining them with chock blocks which are contained within the ceiling ...
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I am connecting a 240 V device, do I need a neutral wire?

So this is still not very clear to me: I am trying to get 240V to an appliance that does not need a plug (direct wiring), I won't need a neutral wire, is this right? In fact there is nowhere to ...
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Is there an easy way to track where switches go/do?

My Aunt's house is a Frankenstein's Monster. Her late Husband made a number of unique wiring modifications. previous post about the her house: Question on toilet mounting; No visible bolts? 1st, ...
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Gfci breakers on two wire circuits

Will a gfci breakers nuisance trip if a three prong outlet has a jumper between ground and neutral on an old two wire system?
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No voltage from breaker even though breaker is good

I’ve searched the forums quite a bit and can’t find any other question like this one. I recently moved into a new house and needed to remove a light fixture from a wall in a bathroom. So I needed to ...
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Seeking outdoor 2-bulb light socket for wall sconces [on hold]

We are seeking an apparently old-style 2-bulb light socket to mount on a wall through a wall sconce. I haven't been able to find this at hardware stores or on line. Here is a photo of what we need.
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Electrical. Klein non contact tester

I am using a Klein non contact voltage detector and when the power is switched on I get a fast steady beep. And when I switch the breaker off I get a slow beep. Does this mean I am safe to cut the ...
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Why would my clothes drying machine's switch keep on getting fried?

Around a year ago, my parents got a new drying machine installed. The dryer didn't come with any cables, and the when my parents called the company, they told them that it was the customer's ...
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Tripping Inline GFI Outlet

We are working on an "inline" GFI Circut (has 4 or 5 outlets on the GFI Circut). When we use a tester to test for 110 (Red prob to hot side of socket and Black prob to ground at box) it pops the GFI ...
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How do I wire multiple light fixtures on their own switch on a Modular wall?

I have a wall that will be used to display vanities. This wall needs to be able to move around and hold 3 light fixtures. Those three fixtures each need their own switch. My thought was to install ...
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How to wire an ignition switch for boat throttle controller [migrated]

I have an old Bass Tracker boat. They no longer make the throttle controller for the boat, but I need to replace the ignition switch (which is in the throttle controller). I looked online and this ...
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Can I use an outlet splitter with my air conditioner?

I live in an old apartment building, and there is only a single outlet anywhere near the only window in my living room. My Air Conditioner works great with it, but now I can't use the desk lamp and ...
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240V, 40A stove outlet was split into two 120V, 20A circuits, how do I properly isolate the neutral from ground?

I recently been told that a subpanel box that was installed in my kitchen, which previously supported an electric stove, is wired incorrectly. The subpanel takes the 240 line and splits it into two ...
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Downstream GFCI protection vs NEC code requirements

If I have an outlet, which by code needs to be "GFCI protected", and that outlet is downstream from a GCFI outlet, is it in lines with the code requirements, or does the outlet itself need to be a ...
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2 breakers powering 1 set of outlets

this is my first time posting a question to a forum like this. Electrician added a breaker and ran a line to an outlet that had power from a different circuit but had a short in it that could not be ...
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Can I use a WiFi thermostat without a C wire?

I have a very old Honeywell programmable thermostat. I am going to replace it with a White-Rodgers UP500W Emerson Sensi WiFi Thermostat. I just want to know if the WiFi unit will work without a C ...
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Hot to Neutral Short?

My wife called me home from work because the lights in several rooms stopped working. I came home expecting a tripped circuit breaker or GFCI, but I found no such thing. Instead, after pulling out ...
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Adding additional outlet - max wires and box size?

I am attempting to add an additional outlet higher up in a wall for a wall mounted TV. There is an outlet below where I've mounted that I planned to run power from up to the location by the TV. When ...
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What could be causing one circuit out, no breakers thrown, and other lights to flicker?

We've recently had what looks like 1 circuit in the kitchen go out, affecting 2 outlets. I checked the circuit breaker panel and none are thrown. A couple other nearby lights have flickered several ...
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Switch working intermittently

My master bath has 2 switches. The switch on the left (1) goes to the light. The one on the right (2) goes to the fan. The light works fine. The fan only works intermittently. It takes 2-3 flips ...
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Add a new doorbell to basement, upgraded transformer, still doesn't work

I recently finished my basement and ran a wire in the wall (where I wanted my new door bell to my current doorbell transformer. I've been unsuccessful in getting both my upstairs and downstairs ...
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Need Help with Pool Plug

The plug/electrical for my pool is connected to one circuit breaker. I bought a new pump that only needs a regular outlet with a ground. Does it have to be a GFI outlet if it's got it's own circuit ...
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Is this a compliant way to control three circuits with two switches?

I'm planning to replace two dimmer switches -- but I found the following clever wiring when opening up the junction box. Three circuits where the neutral lines are spliced together, one live line ...
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Who to change a 208 v 3 ph to a 480v 3ph [closed]

I need to install an ac unit 480 v 3 phase but in the building it only has a 208 v 3 phase.
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Should the neutral for a GFCI be separate from other neutrals?

What I found at the sub panel in the garage was an old Murray 120/240 being fed from the main with a 12/2 or 10/2 (dont remember) bx. At each phase I get 120 from phase to neutral. It has 2 double ...