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Why would my TV turn off/on when connected to a surge suppressor?

I have a very strange problem which may or may not be the TV. The TV is plugged in to a surge suppressor with the rest of my home theater. Satellite box is also plugged in to the suppressor, ...
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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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How do I wire a gazebo

I just purchased a outdoor pavilion that came with an electrical package. It includes a #12 two wire plus a ground wire going into an electrical box for the on and off switch to run the fan and ...
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How can I get my ceiling fan lights working again?

After my light kit on my hunter type 2 fan stopped working I determined there is power entering this device (white wire) but none exiting it (pink wire). The pink wire runs to the pull chain for the ...
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How do I wire this Australian ceiling light?

I want to install a ceiling fixture. I have the manual and it looks pretty easy, but in the manual, it looks like I should have 2 cables coming out of my wall. Instead, I have 3. I don't know what ...
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Why won't the bulbs light up brightly in my European chandelier?

I bought a European chandelier not knowing there were light bulb size differences. I ordered 12 European to Candelabra Reducers (E14 to E12). I was so happy when I received them, and couldn't wait to ...
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Is is safe to plug a surge protector into a 2-prong outlet using a 3-to-2-prong adapter?

I live in an apartment that has essentially no 3-prong electrical outlets. I need to plug in a modest amount of computer equipment (which has a mix of 2- and 3-prong plugs), and I want to plug this ...
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Troubleshooting outdoor electrical outlet

I bought a new house and noticed the outdoor electrical outlets are not working. I checked the electrical panel and all the switches are on (the outdoor outlets are labelled on the panel and I turned ...
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How can I install a switch to power a bathroom TV off safely and discreetly?

Firstly, I'll start by saying that I have no electrical skills apart from basic changing a socket skills... I have a small bathroom that I've decided to put a waterproof TV in. The TV is going to go ...
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Why does my Central A/C Keeps Blowing its Fuse?

For years, my A/C condensing unit has blown a fuse once, maybe twice a year. It's 27 years old now and blew a few fuses last spring. Now it blows a fuse every few days. So, I replaced a bad running ...
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Are my outlets unsafe?

Some (but not all) of the electrical outlets in my kitchen look like this: (I don't know what this kind of outlet is called.) One of those outlets is where I plug in my toaster oven. In the last 6 ...
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Installed a replacement chandelier, heard a pop which tripped breaker, no power to main wire

I installed a replacement chandelier, heard a pop which tripped breaker, reset the breaker the chandelier would not work. That breaker shares CAN lighting (has its own dimmer switch) with the ...
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Wiring diagram for switch/outlet combo to split outlet

What if my incoming source starts at the outlet I want to split (always on for the dishwasher, switched for the garbage disposal) and not in the switch/outlet combo? How would I wire that? I read ...
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When is it generally safe/acceptable to use a wire nut?

Can someone please clarify for me when exactly it's safe/acceptable to use wire nuts? Regional building codes withstanding, I think the general rules of thumb are: Only use wire nuts in ...
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What kind of gloves do I need for working around electrical wires?

What kind of gloves could I wear before manipulating electric wires if I really want to be safe even after having turned off house electricity? And where to buy them?
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Why is my air conditioner tripping the circuit breaker?

Our air conditioner recently stopped blowing out cold air. When I went to check on it, I noticed that the outside unit wasn't coming on. We had had problems with ants in the contacter in the past, ...
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Electric water boiler .. how is the system supposed to work? (UK)

I'm not from the UK and am used to water being heated on-demand by a gas heater. Having recently moved to London, the flat has electrical heating and I cannot figure out how I'm supposed to set this ...
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How does the wiring in this light hookup?

I'm trying to install this light in my house, but I don't know how the wiring works for it. The light has a switch on the front of it that controls both bulbs and the switch has two black wires coming ...
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Why do my new dimmable CFL bulbs hum?

I just spent $100 upgrading our dining room lighting from regular incandescent bulbs with a dimmer switch to a CFL friendly dimmer switch with specifically marked dimming capable CFL bulbs. At full ...
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dimmensions of a decora insert

I am designing a temp sensor that I want to insert in a decora panel. I have googled this and cannot find anything from leviton and cannot tell if the size measurements on blank inserts include the ...
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Why do the lights on my newly installed ceiling fan flick on and then off immediately?

We just installed our new ceiling fan with lights. The fan works fine but the light will flick on and then off again immediately. We took it back down and reinstalled it, ensuring that all wires were ...
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Why do electricians prefer not to use the push-in connections on receptacles?

Why do electricians prefer not to use the back-stab or quick connect holes on switches and receptacles? If these were unreliable do you think they would be allowed by the NFPA and NEC?
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How do I install a bathroom exhaust fan?

I need to know how to wire a bathroom fan with a light and night light. The wiring has a black/white red/white blue/white and green. The bathroom has a light switch for the light fixture over the ...
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Wiring diagram to split one circuit for ceiling lights in multiple rooms?

I would like to replace some Knob & Tube wiring in my attic. Currently, the ceiling lights in most of our rooms are all on a single circuit and are branched using many knob & tube soldered ...
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All Bathroom lights on same circuit flicker

bathroom lights flicker and stop when exhuast fan on a dimmer is turned on. Multiple bathrooms/lights on same circuit. Sometimes GFCI (new) trips without fan on and only one bathroom light on. Problem ...
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Sump pump & ejector pump: can I (and should I) change single dedicated non-GFCI receptacle to a dual receptacle GFCI?

Moved into a new home about 6 months ago which had been gut rehabbed. Our mechanical room has 2 pits, one for the sump pump and another for the ejector pump. I was planning on installing a ...
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How can I make a sunken electrical outlet line up with an outlet cover?

I recently replaced drywall in my bathroom but made the mistake of not checking to see if the existing electrical outlet boxes lined up properly. The result is that the electrical outlet box (and ...
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Sheet metal fire rating

Does anyone know the fire rating of sheet metal? I'm not sure the exact composition of the materials used in sheet metal to figure this one out. I am thinking of building an enclosure using sheet ...
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What is the proper way to install a junction box above a dropped ceiling?

I'm doing some remodeling in my basement and part of that work involves moving a switch. When I was tracing the wires for the switch I found this above my dropped ceiling: Now, I'm no electrician, ...
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Is my two-way switch installation easily fixable? [duplicate]

I'm trying to fix an uncompleted installation of a two-way switch. One switch, the light and all the wiring have been installed by someone else, with whom we can't have any contact soon. I bought ...
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Use a 110V switch to activate a 3-phase motor 240V

I have a 110V switch on a control panel that will be used to turn on/off a 3-phase 240V motor. Power has already been run to each item and now I need to figure out how to use the switch to control the ...
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Can I get continuous power from a light controlled by a switch?

I have a garage where all the lights are controlled by one switch. I want to install a separate motion light from all these lights so that when someone opens the garage door, the motion light will ...
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Can you add a cable connector in knockouts in a breaker box after the wires are already in place?

A sub-panel has a cable of three 12 gage wires for HVAC coming into the box through a big knock out hole. The HVAC people did not put a connector on the cable. Is there a connector designed to be ...
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Converting two lights from one switch to one light from one switch?

I have two vertically mounted light bars on either side of bathroom mirror operated from one switch. Renovating room and now wish to have one horizontal light bar over the mirror. I would appreciate ...
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Why do my LED lights flash on cold start?

Whenever I flip on my dimmer switch, all four dimmable LED lamps flash on in unison, blink off, and then come on at the selected dim level. This happens even with the dimmer slider maxed out, so it's ...
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How do I trouble shoot powerline issues to my home?

We moved into a new home about one year ago. Since then we have had several weird instances where several light bulbs within our home burn out at the same time. My wife has also had 2 high-end salon ...
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wiring for wall sconces

I had someone connect some romex for some wall lights for me. I ran the wire, and just had him do the connections (they're inside junction boxes). This from a partially finished space into a finished ...
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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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Low voltage under load from main line

I have two main hot lines coming into my circuit breaker. One has a steady voltage of ~124 load or no load. The other has some mysterious problem. Sometimes it works fine delivering proper voltage ...
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Convert line voltage heating system to use low voltage thermostats

I currently have two line voltage ceiling radiant heating systems in my condo each with their own DPST thermostat. I'd like to use low voltage thermostats such as the nest. I found this ...
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Are two prong metal space heaters safe?

I've had this electric space heater for probably about twenty years. Its one of those long and thin ones that does not have a fan. It is a convectron by slant fin model cve 1500. The plug is two ...
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IC housing and non-IC trim compatibility

I have installed two IC-rated, airtight housings in a soffit in my basement. There is no insulation in this space, I just chose the IC-rated housings because they were available at the time. I will ...
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How can I stop this GFCI receptacle from tripping?

In my garage I have two wall receptacles on opposite sides of the garage. On one side the receptacle is a GFCI receptacle and the other side is a normal one. In the normal receptacle I have a small ...
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What about a light switch in the closet?

Okay you guys I have next question. And like all good questions this one begins with a story. I was reading the post about a nick in a wire and read a couple of you mention that light switch in a ...
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Adding a New Circuit with 2 Receptacles

I need to add a new circuit that will have only 2 receptacles, 1 for a washer and another 1 for a dryer. This will be a 20 amp circuit. Can someone please tell me how to wire the two outlets together? ...
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Why doesn't the light in my ceiling fan work after changing a light bulb?

I had to change a light bulb in my ceiling fan. When I was screwing it in, it popped and the light bulb blew. Now the remote won't turn off the light, but it's still able to control the fan blades ...
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How to install 230V Light with Light-activated-resistor?

I am trying to set up light-activated-resistors that activate a light during dark hours. I have bought a ready Chinese thing that apparently contain a driver to change from AC to proper DC output for ...
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Bypass the Timer FM-DS3(e) on Hyundai heater

I have the oil heater Hyundai with mechanical Timer FM-DS3(e). I want to baypass the timer. Let the energy go on the heater. Looks like energy (red)cabel comes to 4 and one part of (white) cabel comes ...
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Why is my electric water heater making an intermittent groaning noise?

My 8 year old electric water heater started to make a strange rattling noise a couple of weeks ago. The noise happens at random and lasts for only a few minutes. Short bursts of noise about a minute ...
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Electrical - How to power 12V LEDs from a 12V AC power supply

I have a 12V power supply that I am using to power some lights in my garden. I want to also power (in parallel) a set of 12V LED lights which (of course) require a 12V DC supply. Is there a simple ...