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Install one dimmer switch which is part of two regular switches

We're purchasing (5) dimmable LED's for the kitchen and I'm now researching the dimmable switches. The lights are controlled by two switches. Either one can turn off or turn on the lights (So one ...
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Is it normal for the voltage tester to beep when touching the refrigerator frames?

I've bought a Klein Tools NCVT-3 non-contact voltage tester and while I was playing with it I've found the tester beeps whenever it touches the frame of the refrigerator. This won't happen with any of ...
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New house - 14 kWh per day before moving in - is that expected?

We have bought a new house but we haven't moved in yet. I've received our electric bill several days ago and it shows our electric bill on average is about 14 kWh per day but it seems the only working ...
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Is this a valid layout for a stairwell light?

My pair of lights and pair of switches was working in my basement stairwell. I'm redoing the wiring because I added more switches but I can't get the stairwell lights working again. The only thing I ...
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Electrical breakers question

Does each hot wire in a double pole breaker carry the breaker's rated amperage or does each wire split the amps? For example, if a double pole breaker is rated at 50 amps, does each hot wire carry 50 ...
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Controlling multiple banks of LED bulbs with one dimmer switch

Just had the contractor install some recessed LED lighting in some of the rooms of the house. Due to building codes we can't have one location with enough switches to control the lights as we have ...
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Is it possible to convert an octagonal electrical box so that it can house 2 Duplex outlets without changing the shape of the box?

I currently have 1 Duplex outlet installed in an octagonal box mounted on the ceiling. I need to add another outlet to make it a 2 gang. However, I can't find a cover that will hold a 2 gang outlet ...
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How can I determine why my circuit is broken after replacing the switch and light fixture?

A few days ago, my kitchen light was flashing (flickering) off and on occasionally. So I turned it off. Apparently, not before it messed up the circuit though. This happened previously, about a ...
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New Common Wire To Programmable Thermostat-What Went Wrong?

Any help with this problem would be greatly appreciated! I've read a number of the related posts so if you're reading this, chances are I have already benefitted from some of your wisdom. While ...
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How to check the power capabilities of a house?

I'm planning a wedding, and the current plan is to have it at my fiancée's aunt's house, which has a large avocado orchard in the back. We love the space, but it just occurred to me: I'm not entirely ...
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Do I need a breaker in main pannel for sub pannel?

I have no breaker space in the main 200amp panel. I'd like to set a 100 amp sub panel with its own breaker. Can I connect the sub panel to the main entry lugs on the 200 amp panel?
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How do I wire a 4 prong plug into a an old receptacle with only red and black wires with metal conduit into metal box?

I am trying to wire for a 4 prong plug into a an old receptacle pre 1972 with only red and black wires with metal conduit into metal box. It has been used since 1964 hard wired 220B with metal ...
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Can I run wire through a ceiling and insulation?

Would it be it alright to run electrical wire through bat insulation and solid insulation through walls and ceilings then drywall it over?
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Potential Home Grounding Issue - Illinois

I recently bought a new manufactured home. There are instances where people have touched the front door and received an electric shock. Using a non-contact voltage detector, I confirmed that there ...
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What cable do I need to run from my main breaker in the house underground in schedule 40 conduit to my garage?

Well, we finally closed and moved in to our new home. I called around and the electrical contractors in my neck of the woods are ridiculously expensive. So Off to Lowes I went. I bought a Eaton 100 ...
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How do I install an insteon light switch where wire colors don't match?

Electrical noob here. I know enough to turn off the breaker. I've read a couple of other answers and want to get a second opinion. I have three wires coming out of the existing switch socket, 2 ...
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Adding GFCI to box with 2 hot (black and red) and 1 neutral with one wire

I moved into an older home and i am trying to add a GFCI in a kitchen outlet by the sink. Its a two gang box with a switch and one outlet, it has 3 lines coming into the box, two go to the light ...
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Ups as stabilizer for macbook charger? [on hold]

I damaged my macbook charger due to power surge or drop maybe not sure when switching to and off power from home generator To prevent it in future can i use a ups with the charger to prevent such a ...
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Proper boxe for surface mounting GFCI outlet for a garage/utility space?

I'd like to replace the following electrical box, which runs a laundry: What are good options for surface mount boxes? It should hold the GFCI securely (not require funky mounting of the tabs, ...
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How should I connect a fixture to this outlet?

I'm replacing a light fixture in my house and am a bit confused about how the old fixture was wired. There are two pairs of wires, 2 black, 2 white and 2 ground. The two black wires were capped off ...
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deep cycle battery [closed]

I have a 5th wheel that needs a new deep cycle battery. I have found many deep cycle dual purpose batteries that provide deep cycle and starting power but I really need a deep cycle battery but not ...
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Does this wiring look normal? If so, how can I connect a porch light to it?

I'm getting ready to (finally) connect a porch light for my outdoor office. The overall wiring looks like this: 1) A sub-panel outside feeds a circuit into the shed: 2) The line goes from the ...
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Electrical engineering background, can I do electrical work on my house

OK Folks, some introduction. I wasn't born in the US, I come from the underdeveloped world, where due to lack of resources it was usual to have a pair of bare wires acting as a light switch ...
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How to connect remote control switch? [closed]

I can connect the three light and fan wires but confused about neutral and phase points. Should i connect the live wire to the phase point? What does phase mean ?
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Is conduit required for running wiring in an attic?

Do I have to put the 120 volt wiring in my attic inside of conduit? I don't recall ever seeing any wiring inside of conduit in an attic but I'm not sure.
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Using two 30amp circuits to supply one range

My old range from the seventies has two 30a circuits coming to it. New ranges all use a single 40a circuit. Can I join the two sets of wires into a single 60a breaker. The circuits would be joined ...
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Circuit breakers off, but meter still running

I purchased a house a few weeks ago and got the power connected about a week ago. The house has been empty and I leave all the circuit breakers off. The Meter is digital but the display doesn't seem ...
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Electrician Terminology “FAU”

I've noticed these letters several times written on the circuit breaker panel door. Does someone know what F.A.U. stands for in this context?
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Okay to install “HT” type track lighting without grounding it?

I'm hoping to install some "H" type track for track lighting in my house. I understand the H style is designed for a ground (it has three contacts), but our house doesn't have many grounded outlets or ...
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Fixture Pan for 3/8 drywall - do they exist?

I am installing a sconce pancake box in a bedroom. The plan was to put the sconce over a stud with one of these. All lined up and 4" hole cut, and then I realized I am working with 3/8 drywall (the ...
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Is Ground plug replacement necessary?

The ground prong on my backpack vacuum came off and stuck inside a wall outlet. Should I replace the plug or does the ground not matter much? The plug itself gets really hot now when I use the ...
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Is there any advantage of one of these types of switches over the other?

Shown in the photos below are two different 2-pole breaker switches in my circuit box. In order to turn the 15 amp switch on and off it must be pushed along a longer section of the breaker than the 20 ...
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Having trouble keeping refrigerator running. After a few minutes the circuit breaker clicks off

Circuit breaker keeps tripping when I plug in refrigerator. This refrigerator is 20 years old. We just got it for our garage.
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Is a 4 Ohm reading on a dryer heating element bad?

My electric dryer will run but wont heat. I'm not very good at electrical work, so I've spent a lot of time researching and did some testing last night. My High-Level thermostat basically fell apart ...
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Need advice on connecting 100 amp sub-panel to 200 amp main panel

I currently have a 200 amp main panel that is full. I'm planning on installing some equipment for a water well pump, water softner, etc. and it seems to make sense at this point to install a ...
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2-State Wall AC Switch

What happens to load in electrical installation which is switched by 2-State Wall AC Switch, when switch is not fully in ON or OFF state, but in middle state? Can that middle state damage load or ...
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Ground wire is hot, drop ceiling carrying current?

I am no electrician by any means but I have ran thousands of feet of wire, hooked up receptacles, lights, hot water heaters, breakers, etc... the average things with never an issue. I ran some new ...
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What is the best way to check the wires in your house?

Wires wear down eventually. This presumably can pose a fire hazard. But there are so many wires in a house and many of them are not easily accessible. In order to maintain as safe a house as ...
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Can I use 12/2 NM-B wire for basement outlets?

Can I use 12/2 NM-B wire for basement outlets? Also can I use 15 AMP outlets and switches with 12/2 NM-B wire?
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Does the NEC allow for smaller than 15 amp / 14 gauge circuits?

While hooking up a series of LED ceiling lights, I was wondering if there is anything in the NEC that would prohibit circuits smaller than the standard 15A lighting circuit found in homes. This 15A ...
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How do I properly wire this outdoor junction box?

I have an outdoor junction box mounted on a 4x4 wood post containing the wiring for an underwater light in a pond, an underwater light in a spa, and two GFCI outlets. Unfortunately, the box was ...
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How do I wire a three way switch with two lights?

My "power in" box has its black/white and ground and also the three wire cable( black /white /red and ground) and also the first light wires ( black/white). how do I wire this. It is going to ...
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What is this weird plug?

Trying to use a second-hand oven (bought in France) but it has this strange plug I've never seen before: The wall sockets in the kitchen are just the usual EU one: I searched the hardware store ...
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Is this consumer unit wired safely?

Each of the two devices with yellow test buttons are marked '63A'. My assumptions: The set of devices to the left of each of these are connected to them The markings on each device in the form BNN ...
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During a lightning storm, what causes the lights to temporary cut off and on?

I know it is pretty common during a lightning storm for lights to temporary cut off and on, but where and how and why is this occurring? Is the transformer temporally shutting off power to prevent ...
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Can a GFCI outlet be bad? If so, will it take everything on the circuit?

Can a GFCI outlet go bad, causing the entire electrical line to open?
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Microwave Oven Outlet

Wondering if somebody could please let me know where I should put my receptacle for the microwave in my kitchen. It's an over the stove microwave/range hood type. I was going to install it in the ...
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Receptacles in Kitchen Cabinets

I am roughing in some plugs in my kitchen for when the workers come and hang the cabinets. I am getting cabinets with LV lights on the underside of them. The cabinet makers asked me to make sure I ...
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How do I make two wall switches work in coordination, wirelessly?

I remodeled my kitchen and added under cabinet lighting. The under the cabinet lights are controlled by a wall switch on one side of the kitchen. The overhead recessed can lights have a switch on ...
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wiring a fan to an existing switch that also controls an outlet

I have an existing switch that controls the lower half of an outlet we use for a floor lamp. no other lights or fan in the room. If I use a triple rocker how can I wire the switches to control a fan ...