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Why are ungrounded GFCIs required to be labeled?

I discovered in my new house that someone had incorrectly connected grounded outlets (without any ground connected) to the knob and tube wiring. I have read that the outlets can be made safe by ...
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Wiring multispeed PSC motor from ceiling fan

I disassembled a ceiling fan to replace seized bearings. Unfortunately the pics I took to aid re-assembly are no longer accessible and the fan is an '80s era no-brand which I can't find any info for ...
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Eletrioncs , such as a laptop [on hold]

My laptop Charger is making hissing noises but when i unplugged it from my laptop it does not make that noise whats the problem
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Adding ground to an existing conduit

Continuing my basement shop brainstorming... As I said in another question, the good news is that I've got a 30-amp 240V circuit more or less in the right place and available, and easily accessible ...
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Is there any reason to put 2 GFCI outlets in a 2-gang outlet box?

Is there a downside to using a single GFCI plus a regular receptacle in a 2-gang box? This is in a bathroom, in LA County, and the work will be inspected, if it's relevant.
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How do I prevent my generator from permanently tripping my GFCI breakers?

I have an old house with a new addition. The new addition has a subpanel to the od house panel. This new subpanel required GFCI breakers. When I started the generator it tripped all these GFCI ...
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Manufacturing facility [on hold]

What is the height requirements for an electrical drop. Does it have to be 7ft or higher off the ground? Also, do 480 volt outlets required to have caps on them?
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light switch is apparently broke, but the light stays on

my light switch apparently broke with the light on. Now the light will not turn off. Is it safe to leave the light on overnight with the switch broken?
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Question about this DIY light fixture and grounding

http://www.mysimplysimple.com/lighting-diy-office/ I was looking into the above light fixture project, and I noticed that it has no ground wire. Most of the videos I have looked into about replacing ...
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Do It Yourself wiring breaker box [on hold]

I need. To no what color wires go where in the breaker box in the houe i have two red two black purple one green. Do i put the red and black together im lost DIY LITES😨
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Is it normal for MY lights to briefly dim when my NEIGHBOR is using a power saw?

I think that when my neighbor uses a contractor-grade miter saw, my overhead light in my office dims slightly for a brief amount of time (half a second) and then returns to normal brightness. Is this ...
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Why would an LED stop flickering when connected in parallel with an incandescent?

I recently bought some LED replacements for G4 base under cabinet light which has 3 sockets. When I put the first bulb in I noticed it was very dim with a bad flicker. Adding the next two made the ...
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Where is the Main Shutoff my Cutler-Hammer Breaker Box?

Kind of confused where my main shutoff is. When I read and looked at breaker boxes for examples, most had a big shutoff right at the top. Where is the switch on mine? I'd like to remove a breaker, but ...
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Another code question: can I take a 110V outlet off one leg of a 220V circuit?

Wiring the workshop, it'd be simplest to use the 220V circuit to also supply the shop's 110V outlets. I know some machines/appliances do that internally; can I expose it on the wall? (I'm never sure ...
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Can a 220V US circuit have more than one 220V outlet, by code?

When I move the laundry, I'm considering switching to a gas drier -- but even so it'd be nice to have the 220V drop there for future-proofing. However, if I'm not using it for the drier, I'd like to ...
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Install one dimmer switch which is one of two regular switches

We're purchasing (5) dimmable LED's for the kitchen and I'm now researching the dimmable switches. The lights are controlled by two switches on opposite sides of the room. Either one can turn off or ...
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Is it normal for the voltage tester to beep when touching the refrigerator frames?

I've bought a Klein Tools NCVT-3 non-contact voltage tester and while I was playing with it I've found the tester beeps whenever it touches the frame of the refrigerator. This won't happen with any of ...
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Is it expected for an empty house to use 14 kWh per day?

We have bought a new house but we haven't moved in yet. I've received our electric bill several days ago and it shows our electric bill on average is about 14 kWh per day but it seems the only working ...
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Is this a valid layout for a stairwell light?

My pair of lights and pair of switches was working in my basement stairwell. I'm redoing the wiring because I added more switches but I can't get the stairwell lights working again. The only thing I ...
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Electrical breakers question

Does each hot wire in a double pole breaker carry the breaker's rated amperage or does each wire split the amps? For example, if a double pole breaker is rated at 50 amps, does each hot wire carry 50 ...
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Controlling multiple banks of LED bulbs with one dimmer switch

Just had the contractor install some recessed LED lighting in some of the rooms of the house. Due to building codes we can't have one location with enough switches to control the lights as we have ...
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Is it possible to convert an octagonal electrical box so that it can house 2 Duplex outlets without changing the shape of the box?

I currently have 1 Duplex outlet installed in an octagonal box mounted on the ceiling. I need to add another outlet to make it a 2 gang. However, I can't find a cover that will hold a 2 gang outlet ...
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How can I determine why my circuit is broken after replacing the switch and light fixture?

A few days ago, my kitchen light was flashing (flickering) off and on occasionally. So I turned it off. Apparently, not before it messed up the circuit though. This happened previously, about a ...
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New Common Wire To Programmable Thermostat-What Went Wrong? [on hold]

Any help with this problem would be greatly appreciated! I've read a number of the related posts so if you're reading this, chances are I have already benefitted from some of your wisdom. While ...
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How to check the power capabilities of a house?

I'm planning a wedding, and the current plan is to have it at my fiancée's aunt's house, which has a large avocado orchard in the back. We love the space, but it just occurred to me: I'm not entirely ...
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Do I need a breaker in main pannel for sub pannel?

I have no breaker space in the main 200amp panel. I'd like to set a 100 amp sub panel with its own breaker. Can I connect the sub panel to the main entry lugs on the 200 amp panel?
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How do I wire a 4 prong plug into a an old receptacle with only red and black wires with metal conduit into metal box?

I am trying to wire for a 4 prong plug into a an old receptacle pre 1972 with only red and black wires with metal conduit into metal box. It has been used since 1964 hard wired 220B with metal ...
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Can I run wire through a ceiling and insulation?

Would it be it alright to run electrical wire through bat insulation and solid insulation through walls and ceilings then drywall it over?
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Potential Home Grounding Issue - Illinois

I recently bought a new manufactured home. There are instances where people have touched the front door and received an electric shock. Using a non-contact voltage detector, I confirmed that there ...
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What cable do I need to run from my main breaker in the house underground in schedule 40 conduit to my garage?

Well, we finally closed and moved in to our new home. I called around and the electrical contractors in my neck of the woods are ridiculously expensive. So Off to Lowes I went. I bought a Eaton 100 ...
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How do I install an insteon light switch where wire colors don't match?

Electrical noob here. I know enough to turn off the breaker. I've read a couple of other answers and want to get a second opinion. I have three wires coming out of the existing switch socket, 2 ...
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Adding GFCI to box with 2 hot (black and red) and 1 neutral with one wire

I moved into an older home and i am trying to add a GFCI in a kitchen outlet by the sink. Its a two gang box with a switch and one outlet, it has 3 lines coming into the box, two go to the light ...
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Ups as stabilizer for macbook charger? [closed]

I damaged my macbook charger due to power surge or drop maybe not sure when switching to and off power from home generator To prevent it in future can i use a ups with the charger to prevent such a ...
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Proper boxe for surface mounting GFCI outlet for a garage/utility space?

I'd like to replace the following electrical box, which runs a laundry: What are good options for surface mount boxes? It should hold the GFCI securely (not require funky mounting of the tabs, ...
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How should I connect a fixture to this outlet?

I'm replacing a light fixture in my house and am a bit confused about how the old fixture was wired. There are two pairs of wires, 2 black, 2 white and 2 ground. The two black wires were capped off ...
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Does this wiring look normal? If so, how can I connect a porch light to it?

I'm getting ready to (finally) connect a porch light for my outdoor office. The overall wiring looks like this: 1) A sub-panel outside feeds a circuit into the shed: 2) The line goes from the ...
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Electrical engineering background, can I do electrical work on my house

OK Folks, some introduction. I wasn't born in the US, I come from the underdeveloped world, where due to lack of resources it was usual to have a pair of bare wires acting as a light switch ...
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How to connect remote control switch? [closed]

I can connect the three light and fan wires but confused about neutral and phase points. Should i connect the live wire to the phase point? What does phase mean ?
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Is conduit required for running wiring in an attic?

Do I have to put the 120 volt wiring in my attic inside of conduit? I don't recall ever seeing any wiring inside of conduit in an attic but I'm not sure.
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Using two 30amp circuits to supply one range

My old range from the seventies has two 30a circuits coming to it. New ranges all use a single 40a circuit. Can I join the two sets of wires into a single 60a breaker. The circuits would be joined ...
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Circuit breakers off, but meter still running

I purchased a house a few weeks ago and got the power connected about a week ago. The house has been empty and I leave all the circuit breakers off. The Meter is digital but the display doesn't seem ...
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Electrician Terminology “FAU”

I've noticed these letters several times written on the circuit breaker panel door. Does someone know what F.A.U. stands for in this context?
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Okay to install “HT” type track lighting without grounding it?

I'm hoping to install some "H" type track for track lighting in my house. I understand the H style is designed for a ground (it has three contacts), but our house doesn't have many grounded outlets or ...
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Fixture Pan for 3/8 drywall - do they exist?

I am installing a sconce pancake box in a bedroom. The plan was to put the sconce over a stud with one of these. All lined up and 4" hole cut, and then I realized I am working with 3/8 drywall (the ...
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Is Ground plug replacement necessary?

The ground prong on my backpack vacuum came off and stuck inside a wall outlet. Should I replace the plug or does the ground not matter much? The plug itself gets really hot now when I use the ...
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Is there any advantage of one of these types of switches over the other?

Shown in the photos below are two different 2-pole breaker switches in my circuit box. In order to turn the 15 amp switch on and off it must be pushed along a longer section of the breaker than the 20 ...
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Having trouble keeping refrigerator running. After a few minutes the circuit breaker clicks off

Circuit breaker keeps tripping when I plug in refrigerator. This refrigerator is 20 years old. We just got it for our garage.
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Is a 4 Ohm reading on a dryer heating element bad?

My electric dryer will run but wont heat. I'm not very good at electrical work, so I've spent a lot of time researching and did some testing last night. My High-Level thermostat basically fell apart ...
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Need advice on connecting 100 amp sub-panel to 200 amp main panel

I currently have a 200 amp main panel that is full. I'm planning on installing some equipment for a water well pump, water softner, etc. and it seems to make sense at this point to install a ...
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2-State Wall AC Switch

What happens to load in electrical installation which is switched by 2-State Wall AC Switch, when switch is not fully in ON or OFF state, but in middle state? Can that middle state damage load or ...