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Why is my voltage so low?

I have very low voltage at times hovering around 99v, usually when the A/C is on and everyone in my area is running theirs as well. I have 240v outlets for my appliances and wanted to know if there is ...
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Viewing cumulative electricity usage [on hold]

The TED 5000C monitors real-time electricity usage. This, however, isn't so useful if plugged into, say, a fridge, where, presumably, the bulk of the electricity usage is going to come from when the ...
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Replaced 2 light fixtures that are on 1 switch and the second isn't working

I just replaced 2 light fixtures in the front hallway of our new house after 10 years of apartment living and I'm having some issues. The 2 fixtures are connected to 1 dimmable switch and the light ...
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grounding for large building [on hold]

we are rehabbing a large loft 10 stories and about 10,000 per floor for business and residential as the top officials of the business will have a floor to them selves to live on here is what we have ...
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TV Arcs with Cablebox through both Coax and HDMI

Here is our setup Outlet in older house that was replaced with a GFI last year. (no issues until recent) The GFI doesn't have a ground wire running up from the basement. Just the white and black ...
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TV Arcs with Cablebox through both Coax and HDMI [duplicate]

Here is our setup Outlet in older house that was replaced with a GFI last year. (no issues until recent) The GFI doesn't have a ground wire running up from the basement. Just the white and black ...
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Why shouldn't different types of bulbs be used in the same fixture?

Why shouldn't different types of light bulbs(i.e. incandescent, LED, cfl) be used in the same fixture? I read this under the CAUTIONS & WARNINGS section of the LED bulb packaging. ...Do not ...
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How hot can/should an outlet get?

While microwaving my dinner today, I measured the temperature of the outlet the microwave was plugged into. At the end of the 12-minute cook cycle, the hottest part of the outlet measured 160F. Is ...
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How do I connect my new chandelier?

I would like to connect a new chandelier to the ceiling of my bedroom. The ceiling box has two cables: black, white, ground - none of these is hot black, white, red, ground - black on this cable is ...
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Are licensed electricians required to perform code-compliant repairs?

A California licensed electrician replaced a circuit breaker for a friend. He removed the living room AFCI breaker and replaced it with a used non-AFCI breaker. When I heard this I was upset enough ...
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What will happen if I feed a device with two legs from the same phase?

What will happen if I feed a 208v baseboard heater with two legs from the same phase? What will happen if I feed anything that requires two legs with the same phase?
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electrical question involving earthing [on hold]

This is not strictly a home improvement question but I'm trying to learn more about household electricity. I couldn't find a better place online to pose this question. Lets say I'm bonded to a pc ...
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Single pole circuit breaker won't close unless double pole above it is closed

I was trying to find out where a trip was in my house and turned off a double-pole breaker then a single-pole breaker. Went in reverse order to turn single-pole back on and it would trip back open ...
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How to reduce maximum power rating of dishwasher for use with photovoltaics inverter?

I have a photovoltaic power system and an inverter with an overall power rating of 1500 Watts. I want to connect a dishwasher which consumes 2200 Watts when heating the water. Question: What is the ...
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How to measure a hex or jam nut? [on hold]

I need a jam/hex nut for the mic input for the below speaker. On the picture the connector have been pushed in because the nut is missing. Question It should be a 3/8-32 jam nut, but how can I ...
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Why do my lights not work? [duplicate]

I have three small recessed lights, set into a false ceiling where a mini-central air conditioning unit is set. The lights do not turn on. The lights are small E14 base mini-spots I replaced the ...
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What should I do if wire gauge is too large to fit into a screw terminal?

First time poster here. I am working on a robot controller that requires mains power. I was provided 10AWG wire (the unit recommends 14-10AWG, and this is National Electric Code FTR). I took out the ...
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How do I wire up a 4-wire dimmer switch when I only have two 2 wires from the wall?

I'm replacing (yet again) my bathroom dimmer switch. The old switch had 3 wires: 2 black and one green. The two black wires were attached to the wires coming out of the wall and the green wire was ...
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bath exhaust fan light combo

I have a bathroom fan light combo controlled by a rotary timer . can I get the light in the fan to operate with the switch for the vanity light in the same bathroom . both switches are side by side.
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What should I do about nonmetallic sheathed cable that was wet?

The wire running to my dryer (240V) got wet from a leaking AC window unit directly above on second floor and tripped the breaker. I saw the ground wire paper was damp after removing the outlet cover ...
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How can I wire switch to convert a regular outlet to half switch?

I have a junction box with 2 switches: - Right switch controls the ceiling fan. - Left switch does nothing, but the black(hot) wire is labeled "Fan". The white neutral wire is not attached. I'm ...
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What is wrong with this panel wiring?

I have a main breaker panel downstairs, and a subpanel upstairs. After I hired an electrician to rerun the service entry cables, nothing upstairs is right, and all the upstairs lights blew as soon as ...
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Re-wiring a bathroom

So I have a bathroom that I am going to remove the old wiring, add a new breaker and pull new wire to from the breaker panel the bathroom. I want to install an exhaust fan and a vanity light on the ...
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Code compliance for outdoor 20 amp receptacle?

Looking to add a 20 amp receptacle on the outside of my house, on a separate circuit. I don't know what NEC codes to look out for. It will be on the outside wall of the house, if that helps. The code ...
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Lighted bookcase with capacitive touch hinge

A while ago I saw a lighted bookcase at a furniture store whereby you could turn its lights on and off (actually dim them by a couple of levels), just by touching one of the hinges on one of the ...
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Why did the neutral wire burn out in my electric shower?

I've had my shower fitted for about 3 years and just yesterday it went bang and stopped working. (My wife was using it and says there was a blue flame!) When I checked inside the unit I saw that the ...
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What's the easiest way to reframe a portion of a wall with minimal disturbance to the electrical lines?

I'm in the process of remodeling a bathroom and need to re-frame a portion of the wall that had water/termite damage. The wood work itself shouldn't be too hard but there are romex lines running ...
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How to install ceiling light where there previously was none?

I want to install ceiling lights in two upstairs bedrooms in my house. There is a light-switch on the wall that turns power on and off to one of the electrical outlets. I would be perfectly happy to ...
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What is the proper way to leave unused nonmetallic sheathed cable inside walls or ceilings?

The question pretty much sums it up. I nailed through a live wire in my ceiling. Rather than splice it and install a jbox, I ran a new run to the outlet. However, I took a slightly different route ...
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Door open lightswitch for sliding closet doors

My closets are the kind with door doors, either of which slides to the side, overlapping the other. I'd like to have the light inside the closet come on when either of the doors is opened. This is for ...
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Use of combination CAFCI and GFCI breakers instead of recepticles

I am about to begin a project that will include one or two new circuit for outdoor lights and receptacles attached to the main building. I will probably installing a new home run line from the panel ...
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What's the recommended procedure for converting a single circuit light switch into two switches for controlling a bathroom fan?

I think my question might be similar to Controlling two fixtures on same circuit independently but I don't need anything as fancy. Summary: I'm remodeling a bathroom. Presently it has one switch ...
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connecting the hi/med/lo switch on ceiling fan [closed]

I'm finishing what someone else took apart. The speed selection switch of a ceiling fan was removed and replaced. What I need to know is what wires go into the switch . the switch has four places to ...
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Can I replace a junction box with a piece of conduit if I rewire the circuit completely?

I have a bathroom where the fixture was moved. Can I remove an old junction box if I use conduit joiners to splice in a piece of conduit ? I plan on rewiring the fixture from the switch after.
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How do I wire a GFCI switch/outlet receptacle?

I'm replacing a switch with a switch/outlet (GFCI) in my bathroom. The switch will control the bathroom exhaust fan. Currently I only have two wires to work with (hot & neutral...no ground). ...
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Wiring to a detached garage

I have a detached garage approximately 50' from the house supply panel. I want to wire 6 outlets & maybe 2 overhead lights. I will have no heavy use, mainly 1 outlet & overhead lights. I have ...
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Is there some kind of adapter for an old ceiling box?

I was replacing a light in the entry vestibule at our new house with a cheap flush mounted light fixture. When I removed the old light I discovered that the ceiling box is an old type with a cross bar ...
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What is the preferred method for removing & replacing electrical wiring in the garage?

I just purchased a house built in the mid-1990s in Kansas, U.S. The garage is generally finished: It has sheetrock walls and ceiling. It also has outlets spaced every 6 feet or so about 4 feet above ...
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Three-way switch problem, potentially faulty

I have a fairly specific question related to three-way switches. While I understand in principal how they work and how to wire them (I think anyway), my specific wiring is not generating the expected ...
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trying to wire a light fixture in a 1923 house with knob and tube wiring

I am installing a new light fixture in my bedroom ceiling. Up in the attic, at the fixture there are three copperish looking wires (wrapped in cloth tape) coming in from different directions. I can ...
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Three dead power outlets, no tripped breakers

A few days ago I was using a multimeter to check for current to the thermostat on my garage refrigerator. I wasn't thinking and did something wrong (wrong HOT, I believe) and power to the refrigerator ...
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How do I properly install GFCI outlets with existing 12/3 wire in parallel and on a switch?

I am trying to help my inlaws with a problem in their living room. Two of their outlets stopped working and I don't really know why. The outlets were wired to a switch in the hallway, which ...
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Testing circuit breakers?

I have a panel of type XO circuit breakers in my house. One of them has failed closed (!) and I need to replace it. However, a few minutes on Google seems to indicate that this type of breaker is no ...
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new electrical outlets and switch pop breaker [duplicate]

We have a house from the 1960s with armored cable and metal boxes. I was trying to replace the outlets and a switch in the kitchen so they weren't almond/painted but the new outlets and switch keep ...
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Lighting in the hall: How to substitute a missing wire?

I have a problem with the lights in my appartement. The current setup is below (and photos further down): simulate this circuit – Schematic created using CircuitLab There are two ...
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Adding USB Dual Port Charger Receptacle Blows Mains

I purchased a Hubbell "USB Dual Port Charger with 15A Duplex Receptacle" from Lowes to replace the duplex receptacle on my kitchen island. I first opened the circuit labelled for the island. The ...
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Can I use these replacement ballast even though the yellow wires are on the opposite end?

I am trying to replace a ballast for my garage lighting. I removed the old one but there are absolutely no markings, numbers, diagrams or anything on it. It is a 2 lamp 120V fixture with 40W T12 ...
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Electric panel distance from windows and/or gas service entry

I can't find anything specific anywhere else, but what is the minimum distance a main electrical panel can be from a window when the panel is mounted on the outside of the house? Additionally, is ...
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Garbage disposal Power source

I just replaced my garbage disposal following the instructions from a youtube video. I followed the instructions which to summarize were: 1. Flip the breaker to off 2. Switch the garbage disposal ...
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Do under cabinet electrical outlets meet code and be passed by NEC in new construction?

I would like to have the quartz back splash be clear of outlets and have them in a strip at the back under side of my kitchen cabinets. The electrician currently is telling me that these strips will ...