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Closed Power outlets

Just Bought a new home. It seems that the builder had some outlets open (where I can plug any devices), while some are Closed (I can't plug anything). Is there a Device I can rent or buy from any ...
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Can old ceiling fan with red, black, green wires be replaced with one that has light?

There's a very old ceiling fan (without light) that I would like to replace with a new ceiling fan that has a light. I took off the switchplate to see how many wires, and there are three (black, red, ...
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Is Switching the Neutral OK?

What’s the worst that can happen if i put a switch in the neutral instead of the phase? I just found out that 3 light bulbs sockets in my home are connected this way, it first came to my mind to ...
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transfer switch

Installing a manuel transfer switch, (microwave circuit) Red wire from switch to breaker, 2 blacks together, both breakers on & switch is in line position no power at microwave recept. what could ...
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Plugged in computer, sparks went off in outlet, now 2 rooms are without electric

I plugged in a computer and spark went off. Now electricity is off in two rooms. Checked breaker it is fine. No electric coming in to outlets. I reset breakers 5 times.
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Should both ground and neutral in an electrical subpanel be bonded to the service ground?

I put in a 100 AMP sub panel from a 200 AMP service. The neutral and ground are separated in the sub panel. Would this bond the sub panel to the ground and neutral coming from service ground wire? I ...
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Removing switch that turns on / off the outlet

I have an outlet which gives electricity only when corresponding wall switch is on. I need to remove the wall switch because I need to put a cabinet on it's place. How do I make the outlet permanently ...
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Which wires do I connect to my new ceiling fan?

I looked all over the internet and my outlet box seems to have unorthodox wiring/ colors. On the ceiling outlet box I have 3 thick wires, red, white and green, and a fourth single little wire that ...
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Wiring 3-way switches

Basically this is my situation. I have two 3-gang boxes(w/ 3way switches) to control 3 sets of lights within our kitchen. Since there are two entrances to the kitchen, I have a box at each door. My ...
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How do I wire a 2-pole dimmer switch to control an exhaust fan?

I have 2 black and 2 red wires from the gang box on a 220V 7 amp exhaust fan. The new switch has 2 black wires and the ground. How do I wire the new switch?
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Is it okay that the earth wire is exposed when installing an outdoor security light?

I have just installed an outdoor security light with a junction box I bought (weatherproof). I wired the old red source wire to the new brown, old black source wire to the new blue in the terminal ...
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How should I wire an exterior light where there's a load bearing post in the way?

I'd like to put an exterior light fixture between my two garage doors. The spot where it "belongs" has a post made of six (!) sistered 2x4s in the wall (presumably supporting the headers for the ...
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Can I add another cable to this 3-gang electrical box?

I have a 3-gang metal (ca. 1980, three boxes with removable sides) electrical box that currently has 4 NM cables entering it; at least 3 of them are 12/3, the 4th is either 12/3 or 14/3. All four ...
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USB wall outlet charger not working

By not working I mean even when installed in the simplest configuration, it does some sort of low power pulsating. It will cycle between charging and not charging a USB device every half second or so. ...
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Help wiring 1-pole switch + USB in single outlet

I have the two products below and I need them to go in a single gang box that used to be a simple 1-pole switch. Product pages: http://www.legrand.ca/adorne/select/switches/aspd1531w8.aspx ...
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How can I add a new light fixture off of a ceiling fan wired to two switches?

I have an existing ceiling fan rough in that is wired with 3 conductor wire to two switches, allowing the light and fan to be controlled independently. The fan that I installed however uses a ...
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Why is this transformer in my garage?

I am moving into a house, and the previous owner doesn't know the answer. Up high in the corner of the garage, the drywall was cut out to install a small transformer. The input comes from a garage ...
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Need help replacing 2 switches, fan + light

I need some help. I want to replace the 2 old switches, fan + light, by 2 Leviton decora 1 way switches. I am confused by the wires (see attached pics), especially by the black one that goes from one ...
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Has this light earthed itself?

After accidentally earthing the live wire going to the outside light whilst putting a faceplate back on (patched up now), the light has stopped working. I've just been out with a multimeter to see if ...
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Backlight moving mirror in bathroom

Bathroom will have a medicine cabinet behind the mirror. Going to use wall mount sliding door hardware to make the mirror move. Will look similar to this: I would like to use some 12v LED lights on ...
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How to waterproof metalic electrical conduit entrance in concrete wall?

I have concrete garage inside the hill below house level. Electrical metal conduit runs underground and enters the garage at the top of concrete wall. It may 12"-15" below surface. See pictures. It's ...
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Proper method to wire through different surfaces

I have added a 6" deep bump out with a TV and an electric fireplace in the center of a wall. There is a recepticle behind the feature wall which the tv and fireplace plug into. I am also creating a ...
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Wires barely fit in gang box, is this okay? If not, where to get deeper boxes?

What to do when the wires barely fit in the box? We got them to fit with a lot of fusing, but I'm not sure if that's okay or not. Lots of smushing down and the outlet covers don't fit flush on some. ...
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Relay for electric oil filled heaters - does it have to be so noisy?

On a new build, (the conversion of an old stable block into a habitable annexe), our electricians installed three electric oil filled heaters which are controlled by a thermostat, which operates a ...
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Best way to splice together 20/22 gauge wiring?

We have some holiday lights that had wiring snipped it seems and wondering what others have done to permanently splice 22 gauge wiring (fed from 3.5V plug). Update: On one set I have soldered the ...
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I am wondering can I add a new electrical connection for a gas range to this line? [duplicate]

I found the electrical line with only with one receptacle for a garbage disposal. I am wondering can I add a new electrical connection for a gas range to this line?
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How do I bring a recessed wall outlet flush with newly installed paneling?

I paneled a wall with three quarter inch thick paneling and now the two wall plugs are recessed in. Do any of you know if the have specialty plugs that would plug into the wall outlet to bring it to ...
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Can I splice grounding wires together to reach an old outlet that needs a ground?

I have a two prong outlet in my house and there is a ground wire behind it, not connected. The ground wire ends in a junction box halfway to the breaker box. Only the neutral and hot wire continue ...
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Wiring to shed with two 30 amp breakers

I recently purchased a house that has two 30 amp breakers going to a shed for lights and outlets. How would I go about doing that correctly? Can I tie the two 30 amp breakers to the shed together and ...
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Is is safe to deal with wiring after only shutting off the room's fuse, but not the main switch?

I think the question title says it all: Given a distribution board in the house (220 VAC), is it enough to shut off only the room's fuses, or must one shut off the main switch for the board before ...
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trying to figure out corresponding breakers to outlets

I just purchased a Klein ET300 Digital Circuit Breaker finder. I tested it with known circuits so i can figure out how it works. One room in my house that I have always had problems with is not ...
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Converting 2 separate ceiling fan switches to 1 and then into a wall outlet

How do I convert a ceiling fan with 2 separate wall switches, 1 for the light and 1 for the fan, to a separate fan & light switch? My next question is it possible to convert the second switch from ...
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Can I connect 12ga wire for a gas range to 10ga wire from the service panel?

I am remodeling my kitchen right now. Can I use the existing 10ga line which already been built and used in my house for an electrical range to hook up 14ga or 12ga wire for my new gas range?
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How do I determine the capacity of my generator when it has a separate starting watts capacity?

I have a Briggs & Stratton Storm Responder generator that is rated at 5500 watts with a 8250 startup watts capacity. The user manual is a little confusing: it seems to state that I have to take ...
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spotlight is always on and switch is not working

I have a spotlight outside all the wires are tracked and in working order but the light stays on constantly .even when connected to its switch. this one is a head scratcher. I replaced the light ...
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Outdoor electrical outlet exposed to the rain

Besides tripping a circuit breaker, is there any risk created by a 120V electrical outlet getting wet from the rain? The outlet was installed on an outdoor patio by the builder, so it was intended to ...
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NM cable next to hot water pipe

Edit: The answer below indicates that at least in some places inspectors consider it inacceptable to attach any wiring to pipes. However, I would still like to understand why it is a bad idea. ...
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How do you hard wire a lamp socket to the ceiling?

I have a swag style pendant lamp that I want to hard wire into the ceiling. I cut the plug off the lamp cord and wired it directly to the neutral and hot wires in the ceiling recess. I made sure the ...
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how to light up ten (10) led downlights with each having 14w power consumption?

recently i had opted to upgrade my store with LED downlights of 14w each. problem i am facing is that drivers of these are going corrupt frequently. my electrician said , we can replace these drivers ...
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What are the metal parts which are placed against circuit breaker switches used for?

What are the metal parts which are placed against circuit breaker switches used for? These look like hooks and the flat part are placed against the switch as if to block it from being flipped. In the ...
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How to repair an electric outlet which died while running a carpet cleaner?

I ran a carpet cleaner in my condo for the first time in a bedroom and the outlet and lights died. Then I went to the living room and ran the cleaner and the outlet died too. But I was able to use two ...
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How do I figure out what this 30amp 2 pole breaker is doing?

I have am looking for space in my circuit breaker panel to do an upgrade. There is a 30 amp dual pole breaker labeled "water heater". Our water heater was upgraded to a tankless about 6 years ago and ...
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Plugs won't stay in wall receptacle

We bought a new house 25 years ago. The wall plug receptacles never from day one would hold a plug. Are they defective or are there springs missing that would keep them in place? Can they be adjusted ...
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Why won't my ceiling light turn off?

My ceiling light won't turn off. There are 2 separate switches to choose from to use. Neither will turn the light off. One makes the light flicker a bit, but not off the other doesn't seem to be ...
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How can I install a switch to power a bathroom TV off safely and discreetly?

Firstly, I'll start by saying that I have no electrical skills apart from basic changing a socket skills... I have a small bathroom that I've decided to put a waterproof TV in. The TV is going to go ...
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Wiring diagram for switch/outlet combo to split outlet

What if my incoming source starts at the outlet I want to split (always on for the dishwasher, switched for the garbage disposal) and not in the switch/outlet combo? How would I wire that? I read ...
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Installed a replacement chandelier, heard a pop which tripped breaker, no power to main wire

I installed a replacement chandelier, heard a pop which tripped breaker, reset the breaker the chandelier would not work. That breaker shares CAN lighting (has its own dimmer switch) with the ...
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Are my outlets unsafe?

Some (but not all) of the electrical outlets in my kitchen look like this: (I don't know what this kind of outlet is called.) One of those outlets is where I plug in my toaster oven. In the last 6 ...
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Electric water boiler .. how is the system supposed to work? (UK)

I'm not from the UK and am used to water being heated on-demand by a gas heater. Having recently moved to London, the flat has electrical heating and I cannot figure out how I'm supposed to set this ...
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dimmensions of a decora insert

I am designing a temp sensor that I want to insert in a decora panel. I have googled this and cannot find anything from leviton and cannot tell if the size measurements on blank inserts include the ...