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Light switch setup using only white wire. Will it work?

I'm working on a small cabin. All black wires are run directly to lights. The white wires are run to the switches then lights... so each switch has only white wires. Would the circuit still work? ...
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Is the outlet type indicative of problematic wiring

I'm fairly competent as a DIYer, but I don't have the ability to dig in to this problem directly yet. I'm considering buying a very historic house (more than 180 years old). The wiring coming out of ...
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Circuit Breaker Upgrade Complications

I'm currently renting a unit in a commercial warehouse complex. Each unit has individual MLO panels inside the unit, and then a large split meter base with individual breakers for each unit in a ...
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Leviton USB receptacle installation - two hot and two neutral wires

I have this Leviton USB product: http://www.leviton.com/OA_HTML/ProductDetail.jsp?partnumber=T5632-W&section=63676&minisite=10251. It contains 1 hot terminal; 1 neutral terminal and 1 ground ...
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Removing light switch but keeping the power

I have a three switch outlet on my living room wall. the leftmost switch was to a can light above the mantel, the middle to the fan portion of the fan and the right to the light portion of the fan. ...
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Replace circuit breakers with GFCI breakers when it is a 3 wire tandem setup

We have 2 carriage lights on our patio and 3 flood lights on our eves. The carriage lights are controlled by two 3-way switches and the yard lights are controlled by another set of two 3-way light ...
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Allowed distance between service entrance and breaker box

What is the distance allowed between where the service wires enter your home and the breaker box?
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Wiring a 3-way occupancy switch, says to connect a pole to ground?

I'm currently wiring up an occupancy sensor to a 3-way switch, I'm leaving one of the mechanical switches in place, and here is the wiring instructions: ...
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Convert main panel to a sub-panel (to install hot-tub)?

My wife would like to have a hot-tub. The immediate problem there is that the current service entrance is directly above where it would go. So, I am looking at undergrounding my service (added bonus ...
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Heating element for Kenmore dryer

I cracked the ceramic piece that connects the wires to the heating coil while replacing my heating element in my dryer. It is working, but I am wondering if it is safe? Any comment?
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Chattering contactor, what should voltage be when AC is on/off?

I have a Nest thermostat that I believe is the culprit of this issue. I've already replaced the contactor once and now the new one is chattering and not kicking the AC on. When the AC is turned off, ...
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Why does my garbage disposal have a 3 way switch?

In my house I have what seems to be a plain two wire + ground flip switch for the garbage disposal. I need to replace the switch because we added backsplash tiling and want to better match the color. ...
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How do wire this 2-gang dimmer switch?

I'm trying to fit a dimmer switch in my living room. I have two pendent lights controlled by a single wall socket with two switches one for each light. My property is a new build and in the UK. So ...
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Electric range spark and house fuse blown multiple times

I have this electric kitchen range for 3 years. Yesterday, when cooking, there was a spark in the back and the home's fuse was blown. On turning things back, it worked for a few hours, and again a ...
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Electrical box - What are all these wires?

I want to install a light fixture on a box that's in the ceiling. I opened it up and I saw WAY MORE wires than I expected. I expected just a green, black and yellow wire. Here are two photos of the ...
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moving an outlet and switching it to a GFI

I have an existing outlet that is connected and works fine but it needs to be moved because I am adding kitchen cabinets. My question is this the outlet has 3 white wires and two black wires connected ...
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Electrical Wire

I ordered guage 8 wire for residential electrical connection from the watt meter to the circuit breaker box. I received guage 8 wire with very fine (hair-like) strands,not solid as I expected. Can ...
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About AMPs and its importance [closed]

If I have to choose between a machine A and B operating at 13amp and 18amp respectively, which one would you advice me to pick and why?
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Electrical outlet right above sink

I recently moved into a unit of a 4 plex in Ontario, Canada. This thing scares me: Is an electrical outlet allowed to be above the sink like that? Was it ever allowed? It it something that ...
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Can I split my electrical mains in two so I can have an independent meter in my outhouse?

Can I have my electricity supply split into two, so that I can have an independent meter in my outhouse, from my existing supply?
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Why do I have no power in my bedroom but other circuits on that breaker do?

In my room the ceiling fan stops and there's no light and no power in wall socket. I plug the TV, phone and DirecTV to an extension cord running to the bathtub socket which is on a breaker by itself. ...
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LED lights delayed when turned on

I had my house built last year and after moving in noticed that in our living room (6 led downlights) when we turn our lights on 5 turns on at once and the 6th one will be delayed ranging from 1/2 sec ...
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Baffling light switch wiring situation

I have a bathroom that has two lights, both had dimmer switches. Next to the bathroom is a bedroom which is on the same circuit. So, for the sake of simplicity, let's say there are three lights: ...
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How do I determine my breaker panel's maximum wattage?

I'm trying to figure out the maximum wattage my breaker panel can supply. If I look at the breaker panel I see 2 large breakers, one with 40A and one with 50A (plus the test button, etc). I'm going to ...
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What could cause circuit breakers to trip when power is restored after an outage?

What causes circuit breakers to trip after my power comes back on from an outage?
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It is normal for glass-ceramic cooktop to be hot?

I just bought a stove with glass-ceramic cooktop and I'm frustrated because when I use one hot plate the whole cooktop is hot (even the metal corpus around it). Is this normal or the cooktop must be ...
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upgrade to a 200 amp service, cable wiring sizes

The house currently has a 3/4 inch conduit to feed the main wires coming from the power company to the breaker box. This is very much inadequate. I plan to upgrade to a much bigger breaker box. My ...
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sub panel in garage?

I have 200 amp service. I want a subpanel to handle my garage outlets hot tub and a small welder. besides normal power tools such as a miter saw table saw and ets. I have 3/4 inch pipe ran to my ...
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How do I wire a 1/2 switched receptacle?

I am changing receptacles and one of them is 1/2 switched. I have the red to the brass screw and the whites to the silver ones and it keeps tripping the breaker. I swapped the whites to make sure I ...
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What's this JML thing in my house?

I have seen these things in various walls around my house and I am just wondering what the heck they are??? reverse image search showed no useful results so now I here asking for the help of stack ...
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Roadblock installing 4-way switch

I've been trying to install a four way switch setup for a ceiling fan using a Leviton z-wave control switch and two matching remotes. I've attached a copy of the wiring as it is currently set up. I'm ...
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Is it safe or normal to close/cover junction boxes but use existing line to power new boxes just a few (6-12) inches away from the old ones?

We have 2 pendant lights hanging over a breakfast bar in the kitchen. The boxes are easily accessible in the attic. We'd like to move them back a few inches and then add additional wiring for a 3rd ...
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How to solve blinking of my samsung plasma 3d tv when connected via hdmi with pc [closed]

I am facing blinking problem in my samsung plasma 3d tv. The model number is PA43H4900AR. My observation about the problem is like this. This blinking problem occurs only when the tv is used as 2nd ...
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Can I install a light switch on the end of a wall?

I just recently moved into a home and there is a 3 switch light switch at the end of the wall near where the fridge was. We have purchased a wider fridge and the switches would now be covered. I ...
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I broke the knockouts on the blue receptacle boxes while doing electrical rough in. Now what?

I haven't been inspected yet but most my rough in work is done. The problem is that I didn't realize until now that I wasn't supposed to remove or fully knockout the trap doors on the nonmetallic ...
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Would this be the correct way to add a timer switch to an existing fan with thermostat?

We have an existing 120V AC exhaust fan wired to simple inline attic fan style thermostat. We would like to add a timer switch so the fan could be manually turned on as needed. Would this be the ...
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motion sensor lights

I have a number of lights that light up the driveway and walks. Some years ago I installed a Heath Zenith motion sensor that worked very well. The sensor was connected at the driveway light. When the ...
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Can I connect ground to my ungrounded porch?

I live in a 40 year old house that has a porch added by the previous owner roughly 10 years ago. The porch contains two three prong outlets that have an open ground. Both outlets are protected by a ...
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Can I use a ballast that is rated for four 32W T8 bulbs with a different number of 15W T8 bulbs?

If so how might I figure out how many? I don't know how the math would apply in this situation.
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Can a 15 amp and 20 amp share a ground?

I uncovered a metal junction box that was behind a wall (I'll fix this, I know it should be accessible). I looked inside and found the following: a 20-amp circuit (12 ga wire) and a separate 15-amp ...
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What size conductor do I need to bond water and gas piping? [duplicate]

What is minimum size ground do I need for a 200 amp panel? I need to bond the hot and cold in the water heater and already have a ground rod in the ground. I also need to bond the water and gas.
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Breaker for compressor tripping when a/c reaching stage 2

My breaker for the compressor is tripping when my a/c is switching to stage2 in very hot weather. Is there anyone who can give me the steps to troubleshoot this issue?
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Configuring a plug-on-neutral breaker panel as a subpanel

I recently learned about a new species of breaker panel known as the "plug-on-neutral" design. All the major load center manufacturers seem to be making these now. The idea is to provide a neutral bar ...
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Move Kitchen to Living Room-Unit

My unit is on the ground floor, I am thinking to combine kitchen and living room to create an open kitchen and renovate original kitchen to a bathroom/Laundry. I know it sounds crazy and probably ...
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Installing a new 240v receptacle - what do I need to know?

Provided I use a box large enough to meet the fill requirements (and use 10 AWG conductors), are there any additional requirements I should be aware of when installing a new 240v 30 amp receptacle for ...
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Ceiling Fan Wiring with Remote Control & 2 wall switches

I have the a wiring situation similar to below but also have a red power wire coming in from the ceiling. I have 2 wall switches, 1 for fan and 1 for light. How do I include the red power wire coming ...
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How can I make a 240 volt 4 wire to 3 wire extension/adapter cord?

I have an existing 240 outlet wired into the wall of my shop. It's there to run a phase converter that I use about 2 hours a week. I want to use this circuit to run a 240 window air conditioner when ...
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Electrical circuit dead, wire seems broken

We have 2 small appliance circuits in our kitchen. They are carried over the same physical cable, one circuit is on black, the other on red. The black circuit works fine. The red does not. Its rather ...
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How do you properly connect 3 x solid 2.5mm wires to a 4mm stranded wire?

I have a single 4mm stranded wire I want to connect to 3 x 2.5mm solid wires. At the moment I've simply wound them around each other temporarily and sealed with electrical tape - but how is it done ...
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Should I change from fluorescent to LED lighting in the kitchen?

I bought an old home and put two large 14 in. round fluorescent lights up, thinking it would supply plenty of light. There's also a recessed light over the sink. It's still dark in there. I've been ...