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Can I safely hang a 17KG TV on a drywall in the UK?

I was wondering if it's possible to hang a 50 inch TV on the wall behind my PC setup? It weighs a total of 17KG. Here's a link to the TV I'm talking about: Panasonic TX-50CS520B
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Open Compute Server needs 220v to run. Can I use voltage convertor to run it?

So I bought an open compute kind of server and it runs on 220 volts and 700 watts power supply. So I decided to purchase a voltage converter(Transformer) My question is is this stable and will I ...
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Can I install a sub-panel with no ground to the main panel?

I have an old 3-fuse subpanel (screw in fuses) that currently has two 15 amp fuses and one 20 amp fuse. I want to replace it with a new breaker panel. There is no ground, only hot and Neutral. I ...
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How can I connect a zwave switch that requires a neutral to 3 way box?

I have a 3 way switch that looks like it's wired like the illustration below. I would like to remove the switch shown on the left and replace the switch shown on the right with a Zwave switch that ...
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High EMF from electric wiring

I'd recently been given an EMF meter and when I turned it on, the EMF around most of the house was around 15 head height. If I'm downstairs and raise it to the ceiling it's well above 100 and the same ...
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Fill Count For 14/3 G NM With 'Unused' Red

I have 3 hall luminaires controlled by a 4-way switching system. The electrician elected to run 14-3/G NM too all the fixtures. The most distant one is mounted on a round 4 inch x 1/2 inch pancake ...
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Distributing load in electrical panel

I am in the process of rewiring my house. The house was built in 1950 and even though the service panel was upgraded in the early 70's to a Square D 200 amp service, the system is ungrounded and will ...
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Current sensor for pc [on hold]

I would like to get power consumption of electrical devices, and be able to monitor it from a computer. I have found this: Can I plug the jack into a microphone input and get instant power ...
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Wiring existing 3 Way Switch in basement stairs that was cut

Edit: So after reading more up on 3 way switches I may think I know how they originally wired it though, I just haven't seen any diagrams done this way. It looks like they passed the 2 traveler lines ...
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I have a neutral wire, what do I hook that wire to?

I have 4 wires on a new switch, 2 of them going to ground. One green and one silver (bare) coming from the bracket of the switch. In the electrical wiring of the house I have a neutral wire, what do I ...
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Ceiling fan & lights turn on automatically

I couldn't find someone with the same problem so here goes: I've replaced a ceiling fan (the old one had some parts missing), but as soon as I put the power back, the light and fan turn themselves on ...
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Why did my cooktop trip the breaker when I cleaned it with too much water?

I have a problem with my miele built-in gas cooktop. I was cleaning it with baking soda and stabilized hydrogen peroxide, afterwards, I rinsed it with water. I was using too much water and one of the ...
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Is my RCD Breaker faulty?

Every 2 weeks my main RCD trips and it wont reset. After an hour it will allow me to reset it and its fine for 2 weeks. The main RCD has a short spur to another mini RCD board that was installed 10 ...
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Romex into Carlon 5070 phenolic resin boxes. Knockouts?

For various reasons I'd like to use the Carlon 5070 phenolic resin boxes for my switches, with romex. The knockouts look weird: rectangle holes, two on each of the four edges in back. How do they ...
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Rewire a ceiling fan, ceiling fan on, not controllable by switch

Friends with electrical background could use some help. The top drawing was the original of how the electrical ran in my wall. The thing I messed up and did was not take a picture of the switch before ...
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Why does my washer stop during cycle for hour at time then start back up again and doesn't spin out clothes fully?

Washer stops in middle of cycle then starts back up after 30mins or so and doesn't spin clothes out all the way making loud noise but if I sit on it it calms down the noise?
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Mystery Electrical Voltages in Duplex Junction Box

So I'm finally getting around to installing the ceiling to floor bookcase in my home office. There is a single duplex outlet that I intend to reverse from facing into the office, to facing outwards ...
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get power from a common

I have a four way switch. I pigtailed two wires with the source power wire. One pigtailed wire is connected to the common screw terminal for power to the four way switch which is a three screw ...
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Can I join two switched circuits into one circuit?

I have a circuit for the kitchen lights w/two 3-way switches. I also have a circuit for the adjoining room w/three 4-way switches. Is there any way to safely join the two circuits and just use ...
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How do I turn off the power to my thermostat?

I'd like to replace my thermostat with a new one. My current thermostat is one that doesn't have a C-wire and is powered by batteries. Now, my question is... is there a switch for the power that I ...
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Ceiling Fan and Light stop working

I have a Ceiling Fan and Light stop working yesterday. I used a klein to test the voltage, the switch is OK, and when the I turn on, I can detect the voltage around the bulb. What could be the issue? ...
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I changed my thermostat, not my heat does not work… help!

I know I made a mistake, but here's the storey. When I was hooking up the new thermostat I did it with live wires, and I used metal pliers (metal touching metal). The wires may have also touched ...
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I have a ceiling fan w/light on a single pole switch. I want to replace it with a 3-way switch. [on hold]

I want to replace a single pole switch that operates my ceiling fan w/light to a 3 way switch. I also want to add a new single pole switch to operate the new porch light next to the 2nd switch for the ...
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open light socket on string lights safe to use?

I have string lights in my room and my sister accidentally broke one of the bulbs. The lights are my main source of light in my room so I was wondering if I just removed the broken bulb it would all ...
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GFCI outlet doesn't work after reconnecting

I reconnected my GFCI outlet but now it doesn't output electricity even though the current coming in tests positive (with a pen like current testing device). I also pressed the reset button, to no ...
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Wiring a new pendant light to an existing ceiling box

My new light fixture has three silver wires, one is ribbed and I assume neutral, but the live and ground appear exactly the same. How can I tell the difference? Does it matter?
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LED Light Glowing

I just replaced a wall lamp with an LED lamp. When the lamp is switched off, the LED has a faint glow. It isn't a phosphorescent glow; it is receiving power. I noticed it at 4:00 AM after it had been ...
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ive lost power on multiple outlets in different rooms. The GFCI outlets are all receiving power and are working. What else could the problem be?

None of the circuit's tripped and the GFCI's are all working when I plug something into them. Could this still be the problem or is it something else?
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Kitchenaid Mixer 220v to 120v conversion [closed]

have a european 220v kitchenaid mixer model 5k5sswh. can I purchase and adater to plug into 120v US? also is it possible to convert the unit by replacing the armature and related housing, and motor ...
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Why does this switch trip the breaker?

I have been living in my house for 8 years now, and there has always been a mystery switch and outlet (both located on the same wall). My wife has rearranged the room, and now we will need to use the ...
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Recessed lighting not lighting up

So I bough 6 LED recessed lights from a flea market today. $30 so why not. Each one has the log socket adapter so I tried all six on a socket and only one works. Sooooooooo. With the other five, ...
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How do I wire a new range to old wiring?

I am replacing an in-wall oven with a oven/stove. The wiring in the wall is a 2 wire #6, and a ground wire. One of the wires has red arrows on it, the other solid black. (obviously 220V) and I traced ...
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replace remote control for ceiling fan with light to wall switches

How do I use existing double pole wall switch for ceiling fan with light kit when replacing with Casa Viejo Revue that only has remote control? I don't want the remote control feature but the fan does ...
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Thermostat has broke - need help with the wiringl

Im changing from wn old White-Rodgers mercury thermostat to a Honeywell digital thermst. And The directions for the digital one says I am to label the wires from the old one-then hook the wires into ...
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Estimating max wattage

I live in an apartment in South Korea. The main circuit breaker in the apartment looks like it's 30a 220v, with four individual 20a switches running to different parts of apartment. All the outlets ...
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Can I use extra wire from two separate cables to add a washing machine in a garage?

I have two existing 12/3 NM-B cables that are used to connect two different circuits, which are distributed from a junction box close to the location I want to add a washing machine. The washing ...
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What's causing my A/V unit to shut down? [closed]

I have an Integra 10.5 A/V unit, and Integra DTS 10.5 CD/DVD player & a Sony Bravia video projector. I can play CD's, no problem. I can play a DVD (audio) with the projector off, and it plays ...
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Confused about wiring

So I'll come clean, I'm a first year electrical student at a tech school and I have a question regarding a diagram I'm supposed to draw. The line diagram is presente: 《-- light -- switch -- light -- ...
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Correct way to attach outlet wall plate?

I have been replacing the outlets in my house with Tamper Resistant outlets. On some of the replaced receptacles, the plate does not tightly attach to the wall—it can be pried back by my fingers. (I ...
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Three way light switches in a tower

Talking with an electrician some time back when the house was being remodeled we were discussing the virtues of the remote control of lights. He had boasted that while the technology is neat, there ...
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How can I eliminate the need for the switch controlling living room receptacles?

I am new to home improvement, so please be patient with me. I'm sure my ignorance and lack of vocabulary are going to shine through! I'll try to answer any questions and clarify anything to the best ...
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Why would a 240v line voltage thermostat have a blank display?

In a bathroom I have a single 500w 240v electric baseboard heater, and AUBE/Honeywell TH305 digital line voltage single pole thermostat. I noticed yesterday, that the display had gone blank. A quick ...
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Identify type of circuit breaker

My house came with a main panel that supports this type of circuit breaker. However, I am unable to find that type at the store and the breaker doesn't say what type it is. I thought it might be ...
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How can I check my generator to see if its ok?

I let a friend of mine use a 6500 watt generator that ran my house great, when he brought it back he said it was getting hot and stalling but could run 110 plug. He blew up lots of appliances, how can ...
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Light fitting with power but no 3-way switch function

I have a 3-way setup with one switch at the top of the stairs and one at the bottom for a light at the top of the stairs. It all appears to be wired fine and I have power and light but the switches ...
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Wire a 5 wire down draft remote motor / can this be done?

I currently have a Thermador downdraft range w/ remote blower on the roof. The range has failed. This blower unit was very expensive and I hate to chuck it. Am wondering if it can be used ...
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20 amp circuit for lighting

San Bernardino Ca. area. 20 amp circuit #12 wire, Can I use this circuit for Lighting? On this circuit 5 20 amp outlets and 6 LED fixtures 50 watts each. One outlet will be used for a refrigerator.
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No electric in my garage

My electricity in my garage went out recently. The UF wires are buried righht next to a large tree, so im assuming the roots had something to do with it. Well it rained for 2 days straight and my ...
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Are these wires dangerous?

I pulled on a cord for the light switch hanging from the ceiling in my bathroom and some plastic and metal casing fell off. This is the result. I know nothing about electronics - these look like ...
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UPS to bypass tripping a fuse?

I have an apartment setup right now where one fuse has a fair amount of load on it. (Fridge, Microwave, PC). Rarely, when these are all used in conjunction, the fuse trips and I have to turn it back ...