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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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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 ...
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Why isn't this 3-way wiring working?

Below is a diagram that I drew to help me rewire a couple of switches. The left switch is a standard 3-way switch. The right switch Cooper 275W-BOX combination single pole and 3-way switch. The single ...
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Just bought a house, 70 years old, want to upgrade 2 prong outlets [duplicate]

I've done some searching on this already and I think I know the answer. But I'd like to ask just to double check. If i am not sure if the outlets are properly grounded, my best bet would be to ...
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Special exhaust fan combo hook up instructions, I want the night line always on

I have a Panasonic exhaust fan/ light/night light and want to use the existing one toggle. I know the fan and the light whites and blacks can be put together and the one switch will work both at the ...
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Why would I have two wires feeding one smoke detector?

I found a smoke detector in my house that appears to have two wires feeding it from two different circuits. Is this OK?
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What gauge wire do I need to supply 15A to small building 440 ft from the main house?

I have a small building that is 440 ft from the main house, and I want to supply power to it. One 15amp circuit will be sufficient. What size wire is needed to do this?
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Why won't my electric baseboard heaters work?

I'm installing a 72" 240V baseboard heater in a home office. I ran 12/2 gauge wire, installed a 20 amp 2-pole breaker and 2-pole thermostat. I'm pretty good with electrical, and so I can confirm that ...
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How can I switch underfloor heating pump after boiler?

my heating system has a boiler which is switched on by a thermostat, it works like this: L/N -> thermostat -> zone valve -> boiler The zone valve has 4 wires, L, N, call for heat and common; once ...
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How to replace recessed halogen light from an eyeball fixture?

I have a fused halogen bulb in this eyeball fixture. It's fairly resistant to twisting and pulling. The previous tenants managed to damage a similar fixture in another room, and I don't want to end up ...
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Convert pair of 3-way switches to a one single-pole with neutral

I have a circuit controlled by a pair of 3-way switches wired like this: where there is 12/3 from the panel to the first switch box with the white not connected. I'd like to replace the switch in ...