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Can GFI breakers or GFI outlets allow grounded outlets to be used?

I have a 1963 house in Texas with Square D breakers and mostly duplex plugs. All metal outlet boxes. However, there are 8 romex style cables (12-2 with ground) tied to the breakers in the service ...
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10 AWG or use existing 8 AWG

My new built in oven uses a 30 amp/10AWG wiring connection. My old oven is a 40 amp/8 AWG wiring. Is it possible to use this connection with just switching a breaker?
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Question regarding safety of water pump without a ground wire

I am using a submersible water pump whose plug has only 2 prongs. I'm assuming the third 'ground' prong is missing. I also doubt if there is any fuse or circuit breaker inside it as it is an ...
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What's the difference between “physical damage” and “severe physical damage” in the NEC?

The 2014 NEC uses "physical damage" at various points to refer to well, hard knocks, if you know what I mean. However, certain passages in the NEC, such as 358.12 point 1 on EMT: Where, during ...
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outlet works for washer but not light fixture

Light fixture works in one room but when I plug it into the outlet in the laundry room it doesn't. The washer works when you plug it in to the same outlet.
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How do I replace a 3-way switch on 2-wire cable with a programmable timer switch?

I'm using the same Honeywell Programmable Timer from my last question, but under different conditions. In particular, I'm replacing a 3-way switch on 2-wire cable. Here is a schematic showing the ...
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Would it be entirely crazy to cover my lawn with solar panels?

I was just wondering how viable this would be and if this seemed too crazy. I have a fairly large lawn that just so happens be sloped and facing east. Assuming the city ordinances don't bar me from ...
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Can I use one of the phases in a 2-phase circuit to power a 120v appliance

I am wondering if I can take one of the phases from a 220V circuit that is used to power my cooktop, to power a 120V appliance (small wine cooler) and a 60W led light transformer. The specifications ...
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When does a sleeve become a conduit, and how much can I fit in a sleeve?

According to National Electrical Code, the conduit percentage fill table does not apply to sections of conduit used to provide protection from physical damage (sleeve). National Electrical Code ...
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Any specific Transformer for Honeywell Rpls540a

Bought Honeywell Rpls740b recently. Works fine initially for a week and it went blank. Understand that it works on 110v but my house works on 220v. Probably because of this. Now would like to ...
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running romex in pvc outdoor under porch

I would like to know if it's allowed to run 10/3 romex in 3/4 inch in pvc pipe 15 ft.long outside under the floor of an open porch to be wired to a 30A power outlet for a portable 6500 watt generator. ...
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Specialty stove wire and box fill

This armored wire shows 2 sets of wire crimped and a ground. For box fill would this be considered 3 or 5? Does this increase amprage and voltage allowances? Is there any other circumstances a ...
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Can I feed a panel 200' away from a double pole 30 ampere breaker using 10 AWG copper conductors?

I need 14 amps at my boat house to run a boat lift on 120v. The boat house is approximately 200' from main panel. I can run conduit and #8 wire and make it work with no problem, but I will need to buy ...
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How can I use lights purchased in Australia in the US?

I purchased lights from Australia and need to know how to make them work here in the U.S. CAn we put a plug on the cord?
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Good replacement actuator?

I have 2 Belimo actuators that control dampers for A/C ducts in my house that the motor has gone bad on. I can't find much info about the model "LM24-T US" so I think it has been discontinued. I ...
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How do I replace a single pole light switch with a programmable timer switch?

We have a light switch box containing three single pole switches (no ground terminal) in the foyer near the front door. I would like to replace the light switch controlling the porch lights with the ...
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Strange problems that might be due to wiring

A few facts: This house is in unincorporated Lake county Indiana This house is all electric. Was built in 1993. Has all 20amp breakers. Has all 15amp outlets (the cheaper type). The problem: ...
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Electrical wiring question - interconnect question

i have three ventilation fans on three different circuits that are connected to a switch in each bathroom. (One fan/bathroom) The fans are all connected to exhaust ducts that terminates into a ...
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How to handle ground and neutral in multi gang box containing both branch and traveler further down on same branch?

I have a 15 amp branch circuit where the first box from the breaker contains a switch for a ceiling light at the door leading to the garage. This box supplies the rest of the branch. On the same ...
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Leviton Triplex unavailable/discontinued. Alternatives?

It appears that the Leviton Triplex outlets are no longer available and the product is listed as discontinued. My best guess is that they weren't technically code compliant? They were a rather ...
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Locating buried electrical cable/conduit in yard

Our house, which we purchased about a year ago, has a shed in the back of the yard which has electricity and is roughly 100 ft away from the main house. From what I can tell the previous owner had ...
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Fan switch not working ever since my husband fell against the wall/switches- should I replace the 3 gang box?

Okay, so first of all, this is pretty ironic! My husband was a Foreman/Journeyman Electrician and was pretty awesome at his trade. However, is almost 2 years into recovery from a brain injury (I left ...
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How do I rewire this box?

In an '80s Canadian house I took out a wall switch and now I can't figure out how to rewire it. The box has three cables coming into it. They all come off the same panel breaker. Two of the cables ...
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Why do my dimmer switches keep burning out?

I have a Lutron Maestro MACL-153MH (600W incandescent/halogen) controlling 5 x H1499ICAT (low-voltage, MR-16, 50W each) in my vacation house. So, that's a total of 250W. It burned out one day, so I ...
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What voltage adapter do I need for a 5 meter 5050 LED strip?

I have a 5050 5 meter LED strip and it requires an AC/DC adapter to run the full strip. I was told that I needed a 2A adapter, but I went to electronic store to buy an end adapter and they said this ...
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Half of my lights and oulets are not working after heavy winds?

We have solar panels and mains power. Last night was very windy; we heard quite a few bangs from outside and thought it might be the wires getting knocked together. Woke up this morning and we have ...
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How do I replace two split receptacles with GFCI receptacles?

I need to replace two receptacles in my kitchen with GFCI outlets. On each receptacle, the top and bottom outlet are on different breakers. I've replaced standard outlets before, but this seems a bit ...
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How should I wire a Trane air handler & heat strips?

Looking for validation or correction on my understanding of requirements for wiring 5 ton Trane air handler with 20kw heat strips. Of course, I read the label and identified that there are (2) 240v ...
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Is it legal to wire a bath fan using load from top of GFI outlet?

Purchased a place and we are re-wiring the bathroom and putting in a standing shower. The bathroom is quite small so there is just enough room for this. There is a dedicated circuit, a round box above ...
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Should all Federal Pacific panels be replaced?

I understand that Federal Panel Stab Lok breakers have the potential for becoming stuck, overheating, and starting fires. My home has a Federal Pacific panel but no outward markings of being a Stab ...
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Can stranded wire be used for pigtails in a junction box?

I replaced a fixture today that had a piece of 12Ga stranded (probably THHN) wire used as a pigtail. The building has some wiring in conduit (other wires in this box were solid), so I'm guessing ...
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Can I fully load multiple breakers (rooms) in my apartment?

I've got some very high-amperage devices (Bitcoin miners. ugh.) coming into my apartment; and although I'm going to pains to make sure I don't over-load any single room's breaker on the wall sockets … ...
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Permanent USB Power Off Mains [closed]

I'm having my house (in the UK) rewired and want to install some PIR sensors (link) in a few rooms. Instead of using batteries there's an option to have them permanently powered via USB cable. Is ...
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Are there any restrictions on using crimped connections to electrical devices (receptacles, switches)?

As the title states, are there any code restrictions in general on using crimped spade and ring terminal connectors when wiring household electrical circuits? I've actually been doing this for a ...
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manual transfer switch - 2 main panels

I have 2 main panels, each 150 amp, each connected to meter. I'm installing a Reliance transfer switch (model 3006HDK). All instructions show how to wire circuits from a single main panel. Can I ...
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Transformers Wiring To outlet cord

Can I wire a transformer to an outlet cord rather than hard wiring into hvac system. Adding a GPS to air handler and it requires its own transforme. Any suggestions??
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How can I determine what is wrong with my lighting circuit?

I have a situation where I have a circuit which includes; Front outside door lights, Hall lights Closet light 2 ceiling recessed lights They all go dead, then a few days later work again. I ...
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Hanging Chandelier

I recently purchased in a house built in 1939. The electrical boxes and wiring have been replaced, but the ceiling support bar holding up the box looks original (i.e., flat steel bar attached to the ...
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How do I rewire this ceiling fan?

Hi someone was cleaning the dust off a ceiling fan in my house today and the screw broke off from the ceiling so we had to take it apart to fix it. Now we are trying to figure out the wiring the ...
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Box in knob and tube wiring between ceiling and cellulose?

I know that code says no cellulose insulation with knob and tube wiring because of possible heat build up. I also know that evidence of it causing fires because of this is scarce and a few states ...
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Is there a 3-way occupancy switch with one sensor being external?

I have two lamps wired to a 3-way regular switch: one in a hallway and another one on the staircase following it. I would like to change the regular switch with motion detection occupancy one, but ...
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Where can I find information on slow blow breakers?

In a previous question, the comments mentioned slow blow circuit breakers. I have done a web search and went to Square-D's website(the maker of my current breakers) and came up empty. There is a lot ...
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15 amp load trips 20 amp breaker instantanously

New construction wired by professional electrician, Montana USA. Dedicated circuit for a 14" chop saw with 10 ga. wire and a 20 amp breaker. Saw was used previously on a 15 amp circuit with no ...
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What is the standard 120v light bulb screw base in the US?

I know that standard incandescent bulbs in the US use Edison screw bases, but I'm not sure which designation / number is the one which is used for prolific non-candelabra 120 volt fixtures.
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Lighting circuit trips breaker every time

I have a lighting circuit in my home like so: Every time I turn on the switch, the breaker trips. This circuit has existed for over four years and only now has the problem begun. I've checked all ...
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How should I run power wiring and Cat-5 to the perimeter of my huge yard?

I have a house that sits on about 4 acres of land. There is a very large front yard and an even bigger one in the back. I want to get both power and Ethernet (for security cameras) located at various ...
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Could our electric baseboard heaters be causing soot damage in our kitchen?

We have electric baseboard heat that's about 30-35 years old. Each room has its own unit. We normally keep each unit on 60-62 °F. We only use 3 units: kitchen, living room, and master bedroom. ...
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Replaced outlet and switches work, but other outlets that haven't been touched do not. [duplicate]

I replaced two gfci outlets, a single switch, and a three way switch and they are working fine, but two outlets on the same wall that are regular stopped working and are not receiving electricity. I ...
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Can hook up this light fixture to a cord?

Is it possible that this light fixture could have a power cord connected to it? For home use... The tag says: Caution (Please read below): Factory wiring is for all "on" operation For switching ...
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Is Duck/Duct tape safe to use to insulate mains wires?

Question says it all really. Based in the UK so mains is 240v and 20 amps. It's a lighting circuit.