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3-way switch w/ dimmer

I have a 3-way switch in our dining room (just 2 switches) and have replaced the one we use the most with a 3-way w/ dimmer. The light turns on just fine, but will not dim. I have installed a Lutron- ...
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When is it appropriate to use push in connections on typical american electrical outlets?

I quit using push in about 10 years ago when I realized it was causing issues when I had a few heaters plugged in at job sites. My detective skills told me that 10 fried outlets over one winter and ...
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Sub panel and neutral and ground bus bar

Some HVAC people under previous home owners put in a sub panel box and ran the AC as well as some lighting and outlet circuits from the sub panel. The bus bars on the two sides of the panel box were ...
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Re-use circuit breaker handle tie?

I have a double pole 30 amp breaker controlling a 230 volt load that I need to replace. I cannot obtain one at this moment; perhaps tomorrow but maybe next week. Either way, I have two good used 30 ...
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Why are electricians so afraid to use the socket push-in connections?

To use the back-stab or quick connect holes on switches and receptacles? If these were unreliable do you think they would be allowed by the NFPA and NEC?
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Change the input on the TImer FM-DS3(e)

I have the oil heater Hyundai with mechanical Timer FM-DS3(e). I want to turn change the baypass of the timer. Looks like energy (red)cabel comes to 4 and one part of (white) cabel comes to 1. Any ...
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What is the name of the device that allows switching between two power sources?

What is the component called that allows switching between two power sources so that only one of them can be used at a time?
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How do I wire a switch and light so I can add a fan later?

In a room with a switch that controls a receptacle I'm going to add a switch and ceiling light. I want to make this addition so a fan can be added in the future if wanted. I feel confident in how to ...
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Is there a good reason NOT to reuse the power cord when replacing my electric range/oven?

I'm going to replace my house's original 1970's electric stove (oven+range). I'm pretty sure the store is going to try to sell me a power cord for an extra $20, which isn't a big deal but I'd rather ...
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What is the neatest way to run power to Somfy motorized window blinds?

I have several Somfy RTS motorized window blinds installed. Right now they just have electric cables attached to them that could be tacked to the wall, but I'd rather have the cabling completely ...
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Christmas lights haunting me

Every year I do Christmas lights I run into the same issue over and over...and I'm just tired of it! :(...It's probably due to the fact that I am electricity stupid - I just don't know enough about ...
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What size power supply do I need to connect two 5M LED strips?

I want to buy 2 of this 5 Meter led strips to make a 10M-run; what power supply do I need to have to avoid voltdrop ? what controller do I need? how to connect those 2 led strips? thanks the product: ...
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How should I connect a grounding wire from a device to this box?

I'm replacing this simple 2-connector light switch with a 4-wire dimmer. The 2 new wires present on the dimmer are neutral and ground, and only neutral has an obvious home. The box has no visible ...
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Ceiling Light Wiring Confusion

I replaced two sockets in my dated pantry pull chain ceiling light. I tried to put it all back together but blew a fuse. Each new socket has one white & one black wire, the newly installed pull ...
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Why is there increased dryer motor hum while powered by a generator?

We have an off grid home, solar powered 120v. While running the home on the backup generator (also charging batteries), the drum motor on the propane dryer has an increasing noise, then gets to a ...
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What could cause my bathroom exhaust fan to stop working?

I've got a Vent fan with heater in the bathroom, and recently the vent fan stopped working while the heater worked fine. Thinking this might be just a bad switch issues, I took the cover plate off the ...
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How can I extend a circuit so I can plug in my under cabinet lighting?

I am replacing halogen under cabinet puck lighting to LED. The old system was hardwired right into a switch with a power source that was starting to make noise so I thought I would replace the whole ...
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Should I be concerned about power leakage through a Z-wave switch?

I have wired my LED Christmas lights on my front porch through a light fixture adapter. Also, I just replaced the light switch with a remote z-wave switch. When the light switch is off, the lights ...
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Fire proofing walls with Aluminum Foil Tape

I am currently trying to fire proof my reptile room which consists of racks that are ran with heat cable. I'm worried that a rodent may chew through the heat cable and cause a fire. I'm looking to ...
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Removing a leftover oil-burner safety switch?

When I converted from oil to gas heat, the contractors left the remote "emergency off" switch in the circuit. I've since been told that these are explicitly Not Recommended for gas furnaces. Is that ...
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Running power from existing junction box on house for replacement shed which is a steel shipping container

Grey pvc already 18" underground. I have three #6 ready to pull. The junction box contains romex 2 blacks and 1 uninsulated all #6. The breaker from the main is 60 amps. Will have washer and dryer and ...
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Voltage issues in household circuit

I have a series of three household receptacles through which i am getting maybe 20 volts. All other receptacle in the room on other circuits have normal voltage. I replaced the breaker and tightened ...
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With no load on a circuit, I measure approx 15volts [duplicate]

I picked off 120v from an outlet (parallel) to power a dual switch that inturn will switch on a light and the other to switch on a bathrom fan using a 3/12 with grnd. The circuit is connected through ...
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What size electric service do I need?

My son and I are building a house at the beach. I currently have a 100 amp temp service and my question is “can I get everything I need on the service to pass code if I keep it at 100 or 125Amps”? ...
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Is it okay to connect 2 ground wires to a single ground screw?

I have 2 ground wires that I can get around the ground screw on an outlet. Is it okay to do this or do I need to use a pigtail to join the wires and have only one wire attach to the ground screw?
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How can I install Z-Wave switches in these different situations?

I am trying to install z-wave lighting switches into my apartment. What I have discovered is that every light switch in my apartment that I have taken apart (4) is wired differently. The switches I am ...
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Can I add a dimmer switch for lighting to a GFI circuit in Kitchen?

Goal: I want to add some under cabinet lights in my kitchen and control them all from an in wall dimmer switch. Problem: I have 3 outlets in my kitchen. One is a GFI outlet, but the other two are ...
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Can I use #16 duplex wire extension to a 2800 watt chop-off cutter?

Is it possible to use #16 wire as extension wire for 2800 watt cut-off machine?
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Replace stacked 3-way switched on separate panel circuit

I have a stacked (dual) 3-way switch controlling lighting in my home. The lights are on separate panel circuits, one for the foyer and one for the 2nd floor. The switch that is in the box (2-gang, ...
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How can I repair a ceiling fan that hums, but doesn't turn?

Ceiling fan/light has power. Lights work, but fan doesn't turn even though it hums?
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Are portable electrical outlets permitted in a basement?

I would like to install a portable outlet box near a work area in an unfinished basement. I have seen these installed in commercial buildings and educational laboratory type areas, always dropped from ...
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How should I ground a GFCI to a metal box?

I've replaced some old GFCI receptacles in my kitchen, which live in metal electrical boxes. The old GFCIs did not have grounding conductors attached, but it seems that the boxes themselves are ...
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old.house.wiring

ok so my primary positioning in life has been mechanicing and in greater hours more specifically heavy equiptment and semis. Although I have extensive experience building race cars and motorcross and ...
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Can fluorescent recessed lighting with four wires be converted to a two wire incandescent socket?

I have ceiling lights in the kitchen that are fluorescent recessed can lighting with four wires, can they be converted to a two wire incandescent socket?
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Is it possible for the black wire to be hot but to create reverse polarity in GFCI?

I've got a head-scratcher: Is it possible for a black wire to be hot, but to cause reverse polarity in a GFCI when it's connected to the brass screw? A no-contact voltage tester shows that the black ...
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Can I install false light bulbs in a fixture?

I have a chandelier that holds 18 lights bulbs. I only really need 12 bulbs working at a time. Would it cause any harm only using 12 and hollowing out 6 old bulbs to use as place holders? Or, is ...
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How should I secure cables in attic trusses?

When running NM cable across attic trusses, is it required to 'secure' the cable (with stables or straps) every 4.5 ft or is the support from trusses every two feet sufficient?
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What gauge wire for long run from power supply to LED light strip?

I am wiring in some 5050 RGB LED strip lights in my basement. There is a small utility room adjoining and I'm keen to keep the transformers and signal amplifiers in there in order that they can be ...
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How to Stop GFCI tripping when current drops too quickly?

I have my entire aquarium running off one GFCI. My lights are plugged into the top outlet and all of my pumps/etc are plugged into the other. If everything is running and I cut the switch (on the ...
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Why won't GFCIs indicator light show on plug?

My handyman installed 10 new Gfci's in a 1987 home. There has never been any in the home. They all work when you plug something in and do not trip- but the the indicator lights will not come on any ...
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Can a load on the line side ever trip a GFI?

Can a load on the line side of a GFI ever trip that GFI?
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How do I wire my dishwasher and disposal back to my house wiring?

I lost the diagram I had when I took this circuit apart and I am having trouble trying to get it back together. Disposal and dishwasher, each on a separate breaker. Have 2 hots and a neutral coming ...
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Can you wire a 30A 2P standard circuit breaker “downstream” from a 60A GFCI 2p circuit breaker?

Will this still provide GFCI protection? Is this against code? Does this represent a hazard? I have a subpanel with a 60A GFCI circuit breaker, that I want to use that to feed to 2 30a 240v ...
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How can I connect the wire that goes to the grounding rod to the grounding electrode system? [duplicate]

I'm trying to install an outdoor antenna at my parent's house and was wondering how to connect the wire that goes to the grounding rod to the grounding electrode system through the service panel when ...
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How can I isolate grounded (neutral) conductors in a panel?

This is in reference to my question yesterday about sub panel grounding. So if my sub panel came with a ground bar on either side of the breaker mounts, are one or both of them isolated from the case ...
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What type of tube does this fitting take?

It is a UK 240v kitchen fitting, I know the tube needs to be about 600mm long, but I don’t know if it needs a T4, T8 or whatever type. (The old tenant removed the tube and did not replace it, so I ...
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Is it possible to replace a switch with a receptacle?

I moved to this place and I don't know how the wiring works, so I did some tests and couldn't explain the results. Here's the situation: there's this switch on the wall which only has two wires in it ...
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What could be causing my AFCI to trip?

I recently purchased my first home and there is are two Leviton Outlet Branch Circuit AFCI receptacles installed. The line from the breaker box is split and each new line runs to an AFCI receptacle ...
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Why does a subpanel need separate ground and neutral?

Why does a power sub panel have to have separate neutral and ground bars other than code satisfaction? Does a sub panel need a main breaker if there is one at the main? Also, does the sub panel ...
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Why would changing ceiling fan speed cause an AFCI breaker to trip?

I recently installed 2 ceiling fans with Lutron combination light and fan dimmer switches. On both circuits, if more than a half second or so is taken when selecting the fan speed (that is, a delay ...