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How to ensure that water heater is mostly on or mostly off?

My friend just rented an appartment (in the UK), and during the inventory the janitor showed her the programmable water heater, and said it was configured to turn on for a few hours during the day. ...
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Electrical outlet wiring question

How serious a problem is it for an outlet's ground wire to be extended from an outlet that is part of a different circuit than the circuit providing the power and neutral wires? I have an old ...
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motor hums, light works, fan won't turn

Just hung a ceiling fan with light fixture. Wired black to black and white to white. Fan and light are operated by a remote. Light will go on, motor hums, but fan won't turn. I have installed many ...
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Can I bury RG6 in the same conduit as electric?

I am burying electric wire in a PVC conduit from my house to my shed, I want to run RG6 cable for cable TV also, can I run the RG6 in the same conduit as the electric wire? without any trouble or ...
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What can I do about electric code violations in a rental unit?

My fiance and I are currently renting an apartment in Baltimore, MD and recently we have become alarmed by much of the house's wiring. Things we have seen included: countless wires that are spliced ...
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Where does the blue wire in my fan go to?

I took my fan down because it was not working..... I cleaned it thoroughly, and recut all the wires. I checked everything and it worked fine. Next, I went to fully assemble it, (knowing that the ...
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Distribution of circuits for two bathrooms

I currently have two bathrooms serviced by one circuit. Each bathroom has lights, a single GFCI counter-top receptacle, and one bathroom has in-floor resistance heating. I will be adding in-floor ...
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Why do I have saw out the bar the electric box hangs on to replace it with a fan rated bar and box?

I had a ceiling light and it had a metal bar and a electrical box. The home is not that old but The electrical box was not ceiling fan compatible so I removed the box. Now the bar is solid I could ...
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Clarification on sharing a neutral for 2 circuits

This is a followup question to this answer I plan to do something quite similar to the diagram Tester101 posted. I will pull 3-wire (10/3+g) into a junction box and then pull 2 separate 2 wires ...
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Ceiling fan switch troubles

I'm installing a Casablanca ceiling fan in my living room. I have the fan all wired up, but my problem is with the wall switch. It is, in a technical sense, a remote control, but it is installed in ...
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What effect does the number of coil turns on an electric stove heating element have?

I'm in the US. I have an electric stove with three 6" burners, and one 8". The 8" burner doesn't perform like I think it used to, so I'm considering replacing it, to see if it improves. (It's slow to ...
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outlet extended without outlet box?

A contractor recently extended power from an outlet that is located behind my refrigerator. He was originally going to use a large outlet box to make the connections but then we realized that an ...
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How to safely install drywall anchors near wiring

I need to hang a rack on a pantry wall, the other side of which has a light-switch. The rack will be holding quite a bit of weight (well-distributed, and close to the wall, though), and I need to ...
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Why do you need a Residual Current Device if you already have trip switches?

My electrician has suggested installing a RCD into the house. We already have trip switches so I am not sure what the point is (but then my knowledge of RCDs is limited to what the Wikipedia article ...
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Why is my power out? [on hold]

We got our electric shut off so we played the bill called electric company they said to turn off main switch so we did. They turned power on so we switched it on and still no power. We took off main ...
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Outbuilding power failure [closed]

after having no interruptions for over a yr We experienced loss of leg at Out building sub panel. Have dbl 60 brkr at Main with 120+ amps leaving and 120 at sub panel. I installed properly w/help from ...
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Where can i get a automatic timer that with a sensor? [closed]

Im needing this for a production line, i need a timer that will time the operators on a operation but i will need it to have a sensor so it would know when to start timing and when to go off or light ...
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Rewiring bathroom

I added a Fan/Light and put in 3 Rocker Switch. I used 14/2 wiring, the line hot went to the Common screw and leg 1 to the light for the fan, leg 2 went to the fan and I wired leg 3 to a 5 bulb ...
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I need a wiring solution for an unusual situation

I have two 20amp circuits in the kitchen. One is controlling receptacles to the left of the sink AND the dishwasher. The other is controlling receptacles to the right of the sink AND the fridge. The ...
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Electrical conversion from European to USA

I am currently living in the US and have bought a house in Italy. I would like to take the many electrical devices i have so i do not have to re-buy them there. I have flat screen TV's, DVD's and ...
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electrical switch and outlet issue

I have a room in my house with both a dimmer switch and a flip switch. The flip switch controls the ceiling light and fan, and the dimmer controls the outlet by the entrance. It seems now we cannot ...
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Six wires in outlet box, from 3 different circuits; 4 are hot?

I have been trying to install a new outlet in a room in my 1950s house, but I am really confused. When I opened it up, there were two black wires in under one screw and one under another. Ditto for ...
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Why won't a 13W LED work in a 75W max light fixture?

I have a wall fixture in my Brooklyn apartment's bathroom that is my only source of light. A sticker on the fixture says that it is Max 75W. The other day, the 14W / 60W equivalent CFL that was in it ...
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Is there a way to add an additional thermostat in an office building?

We work in an office building with individual offices and an outer office. Our office windows face East (catching ALL the morning sun) causing the offices to become extremely warm. The problem is ...
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What size electrical breaker and wire do I need for a 230 volt, 40amp. cutterhead motor?

I need to know what size wire and breaker I need to wire in a 230 volt 40 amp. cutterhead motor
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Bathroom remodel electric questions

I am remodeling my bathroom, and as I began to tackle the electric work, I discovered a couple things that were concerning: The circuit that the bathroom (as well as adjacent bedroom and hallway) ...
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Question about GFI in a house

My rental house was built in 1985 and there is some kind of master GFI (for lack of a better term) in the garage that controls all the GFI outlets in the house. I'm told all the houses are built like ...
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Looking to add a bath fan

I have a light that has power to it and then from there goes to a switch. So neutral is hot back to light so you can turn it off and on. Behind the switch in the box the power is split to 3 outlets. ...
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How do I make ground connections at my receptacle boxes?

I searched for my question but could not find the answers. I had the inspector out for my rough in on electrical inspection. He said I did a very nice job but I need to make all my grounds at all my ...
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Does getting live/neutral the right way round actually matter? [duplicate]

I was replacing an electrical socket in my (UK) house, and I noticed that the previous occupant had wired live and neutral backwards. However, I've used a variety of appliances and devices on that ...
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Electric 220 stove wiring

I am replacing my electric slide in range with a stand alone model. The original was hard wired and the new is with a cord. There are 3 wires and a bare copper wire coming from the wall. What ...
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Use in repairing wires [closed]

Can these connectors be used for a splice inside of a wall in order to fix a damaged wire? If you have a damaged wire inside a wall - not a box - will these type connectors meet code as a permanent ...
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Is the PF error on my microwave caused by the home or electric company?

I'm asking this about my rental property. We've had several lightening storms in the past week and 1/2...one this morning that caused the electric to go out in the area of the rental property. Last ...
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How do I trace a broken wire outside?

Recently, something happened to the wire running from my house to a lamp by the driveway. Unfortunately, the person who originally ran the wiring was not exactly the best at writing how these things ...
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Two lights one switch/fan only on one

I have two lights on one circuit. 2 Way I want to install a ceiling fan in the one but when I have the fan on I would like both lights to turn off. Is there any way to keep power to the fan while ...
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Parents cable box caught fire, hour later half the house is out of power?

So, My dad was working on a leaking sink in a bathroom and my mom yells there is a fire. Their cable box caught fire, they put the fire out without a problem and mom called the cable company. While ...
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Is it ok to simply cap off an unused 240v line in a junction box?

I have a hard-wired 240v appliance in the garage. A junction box contains the connection between the 8/2 feed from the panel and the 8/2 appliance leads. I am removing the appliance. Is it legal to ...
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Contractor cut wire in wall - all still works fine - is this dangerous?

A contractor who is not an electrician tried to be "helpful" and opened an outlet box (and other nearby boxes that were drawing the same power) that wasn't working to try and fix it. He changed some ...
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Why is this light fixture tripping the GFCI?

I recently replaced an outlet with a GFCI outlet in a bathroom in an older home (1960s), and added a light/bath fan. In the same box as the outlet I replaced was a single pole switch to a light over ...
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Receptacle Tester Showing Open Hot

The last 30 years we've lived in this house, we've had a problem with 1 of the bedroom's electrical receptacles. On the same wall, there are 2 receptacles about 10 feet apart on opposite sides of the ...
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How should I patch a large hole in brick?

I have an old vent, about 6-8 inches in diameter, in my ranch style brick home that used to be for my stove. We have done away with the stove and no longer need the vent. The hole and vent is ...
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Is there such a thing as an actual 60W draw LED or CFL bulb?

CFL and LED lightbulbs are sold as being "40/60/100 watt equivalent". They're designed and sold as replacements for a certain wattage of incandescent lamp. I have some fixtures where I want a very ...
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Is it safe to pull a continuous 18 amps from a 15 amp outlet?

I have a heater that draws a continuous 18 amps and has a 20 amp plug. I created an extension cord to plug into the wall, however on one end it's a 20 amp receptacle - heater plugged into extension ...
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Why can't some light bulbs be used with timers?

I've seen the answer to questions asking why some bulbs can't be used with dimmers [1][2], and that makes sense, but why can't some light bulbs be used with timers? Aren't most timers equivalent to an ...
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Moving romex to under the subfloor

While pulling up some linoleum to later install some hardwood floors. I found a little surprise. They had carefully laid the wires down, nailed them and put a protective piece of wood over it. A joist ...
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Should I buy or hack a 240v remote controlled thermostat?

I'd like to buy/easily create a thermostat that remotely controls a 240v / 10A switch. At a minimum the switch should be on when it's hot, and the threshold should be configurable. Digital ...
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Convert a switched receptacle to a non switched receptacle

This is a code question and I live in the US. Some background. My house originally had no overhead lights except for the bathrooms, kitchen and hallways. The rest of the rooms had just one switched ...
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What is the difference between an AFCI and a whole house surge protector?

Is there a difference between a whole house surge protector and an arc fault circuit interrupter (AFCI)?
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Partial home electrical rewire

I am a new homeowner. My lady and I have lived here for almost one year now. I've lived through a near-complete home restoration throughout my youth in my parents' home, and have picked up quite a few ...
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Why are my recessed IC lights overheating?

I was sitting in my new home with dimmable recessed incandescent lights when I noticed one light fixture "click" off and then 10 minutes later click back on. Then the fixture on the other side of the ...