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Can I install a light between two three-way switches?

is it possible to add a light to a three way switch circuit between the two three way switches (ie can i tie into the three wire connecting the two switches in anyway to make them work the new light ...
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Identifying an unknown and intermittent source of electric power usage

I have noticed a problem with my power usage today. I'm watching the meter often and making a record of each reading for the last three days. So far, nothing to note as far as unusual usage until ...
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Wiring requirement for small kitchen

I am in the process of renovating an older home where I require just two or three counter top receptacles. I discovered in the NEC that: The countertop receptacle outlets in kitchens must be ...
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Why does my GFCI receptacle only have power when a device is plugged in to other receptacles on the same circuit?

Replacing a GFIC in my kitchen that has a breaker that is also supplying three other receptacles. The reason I'm replacing it, is because the old one after 20 years of service would ONLY work if I ...
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How do I determine what size Generator I need?

What are the number of factors and considerations to be taken into account before sizing a prime rated generator ??
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Mild Electric Shocks in Bathroom

I have been subject to mild electric shocks in my bathroom for years. It's probably a good time to figure out the problem (I'm still here), so I have check the voltage across the shower valve and the ...
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What happens when my incomer main and generators are operated together without an interlock ?

Suppose consider my incomer main is live and is feeding my MCC and now if i operate my standby diesel generator connected to the MCC what will happen in the system ?? will there be dead shorts or any ...
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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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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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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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If neutral carries current back to the breaker panel, why doesn't it need to be connected to a switch?

I've got some limited field experience as an electrical helper, but no real classroom experience yet. (saving up for school) I am of the understanding that the neutral wire carries electricity back ...
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How can I control several LED strips with one remote control?

I want to install several LED strips that cannot be connected to each other. Each would have it's own power supply. Is there a way to control them all with a single remote control? I seen several ...
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Can an existing exhaust fan with a light and night light be replaced with just an exhaust fan and a seperate can light in the shower?

We are remodeling our bathroom and in our shower we have an exhaust fan with a light and night light combo which are connected to three different switches. We are replacing our exhaust fan with a ...
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Live wires everywhere?

I wanted to install a shelving system into my closet. The stud finder seems to detect live wires over a large area (approximately 4 by 4 feet!) The closet is in the basement, with no power outlets ...
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Why energy saving bulb flashes when the switch is off?

I have a energy saving spiral light bulb in my kitchen. In exactly every 27 seconds, the first segment of the bulb faintly flashes when the switch is off. And not once, repeatedly every 27 seconds. ...
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How do i know if my service panel will accommodate a 240v circuit breaker

We are looking to install a hot tub and trying to find out if our service panel will accommodate a 240v circuit breaker. This is what our panel says but I do not know what all of this means: ...
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How many dimmer switches do I need?

I have an electrical situation, 3 switches controlling one light and I want to put in a dimmer. What type of dimmer do I need, 3-way, 4-way,or what?
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Why two breakers (one for the line, one for the neutral) on a single-phase line?

I'm wondering why in my house I have a tied-together pair of breakers (one breaker for the hot line, the other for the neutral) for one geyser, while my other geyser only has its hot line with a ...
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How can I wire a WeMo into this circuit?

Ok so I have figured out (I think) how to make my three way switch act like a single by solving red and black in the middle box and red in one box. Now those two switches are dead. My question would ...
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Moving a light switch without moving it

I live in a rented house, and there is a lightswitch which is unconventionally not next to the door in one of the rooms. Is there a way to move the lightswitch so it's next to the door. I am currently ...
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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 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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Is 40-amp breaker enough for my new range?

My new range says it needs a 40-amp circuit breaker minimum. But it also says maximum draw is 13,200 watts on 120/240, so doesn't that mean a 40-amp breaker would be inadequate? By my math, max ...
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Can I replace an old closet light with multiple electrical outlets?

I have asked a family member to replace an old light fixture in a large walk in closet with an actual electrical strip. The house is an 101 year old craftsman. There aren't any electrical outlets in ...
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Wiring from Oven to Switch

At the moment under the oven switch the cable is plastered over (without capping) till it reaches under the counter; there it pops out of the raw plaster and is draped across the back of the units ...
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increasing power to detached garage

the house i bought has a detached garage about 20 feet from main structure. It currently has 1/2 rigid metal conduit with a single 20A circuit (3x12ga). I need about 13A for a table saw or router (two ...
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Will a water heater use more or less power overall if equipped with larger or smaller heating elements?

For electric water heaters that can be obtained with various different options for the size and power draw of their heating elements, will larger elements use more power overall? For example, let's ...
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Why would my kitchen ceiling fixture not have any current?

Last weekend, my kitchen ceiling fixture stopped working. It's a fluorescent fixture, and since the house is about 20 years old, I figured that ballast had gone bad. I went to the nearest home ...
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Why are only half of my receptacles working after an electrical arc in one of them?

I live in an apartment above an older building that I help care for. I was unplugging my phone charger (I may have pulled it out too fast) and there was a huge arc and flame color and it smoked. This ...
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Are old work electrical boxes acceptable for roughing in?

My landlord is repairing a room in our home. He ripped out all the plaster and left just the lath boards. HE has "roughed in" using old-work drywall boxes. I don't know if he plans on screwing them ...
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How do I reuse a fluorescent light fixture?

I am reusing a fluorescent fixture with two black wires and one white. Do both black wires go to the black (hot) wire?
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FPE panels replaced [closed]

Does any of you who is electrician know if my home insurance can refund me for having the Federal Pacific E panel and wiring replaced? I got it replaced with new one because I was warned that the ...
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Why are my dimmer switches malfunctioning?

I have two dimmer switches that have started malfunctioning. They are in the same box with two other standard switches. Each controls a set of three small flood lights. There is no other way to ...
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Extremely confusing 48 v on neutral

I am actually a pretty good electrician, but am baffled by what I found today. During a remodel and adding a few new boxes for future lights, I received a shock from a neutral wire and a floating ...
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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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How can I fix flickering and continuous-clicking with a UPS on an inverter-supplied circuit?

My whole house has been backed up by an inverter for a few months now. My computer is still connected to a UPS so that it gets clean power - I don't trust the inverter alone to provide ultra-stable ...
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How can I insulate a stud bay containing a subpanel?

I'm putting a subpanel in the outside wall of my attached garage, which I'm also insulating so I can work out there in the winter. I'm wondering what steps are worthwhile to air seal and insulate ...
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How to run flexible metal conduit through wall of attached garage?

The photo shows a disconnected generator transfer switch and a sub-panel in an interior room on a wall that is shared with an attached garage. The transfer switch is pre-wired with some sort of ...
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How do I connect a timer to circuit box which controls our outside lights?

Currently our outdoor lights are being controlled by the circuit breaker in the box. We want to connect a timer to the circuit-breaker. There is a junction box with Black, White and a bare ground ...
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How do I seal an electrical box for a ceiling fan?

We recently installed new electrical boxes and hung fans from them. We caulked around the boxes to seal off airflow into the attic. There are several small holes (and one has a medium sized hole) on ...
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What to look at first when when circut breaker that fridge is on is tripping?

I have a house where the circuit breaker has tripped a few time over the last several days. It flipped one evening, we flipped it back and was ok for a couple days. We went away for the weekend and ...
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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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How should I use the ground wire for this welder?

So I want to use "ol big red", my trusty arc welder in my new home. I intend to use the electric range circuit since we have a gas range. I re-routed the range wire and was about to hook it back up ...
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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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Tracing elctrical outlets that suddenly stopped working.

Last fall an outdoor outlet and an outlet in my garage worked just fine. However this spring neither of them work. Any thoughts on how I can go about researching or identifying the problem? I ...
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4 way switch with only two switches

I just bought a 3-way dimmer switch for the kitchen. There are only two switches that switch the overhead lights. I went to take off one of them to install the dimmer and the switch had 5 wires (2 ...
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What are these marks on the Romex wire in the wall?

I was replacing some damaged siding and decided to replace the old dirty insulation at the same time. After pulling out the insulation I noticed that the Romex running to two outlets had some brown ...
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How do I know if a ceiling fan with light and the switch are wired correctly?

There was a old ceiling fan with light and remote in a bedroom of my house that didn't work. It also had a switch with 2 knobs that pushed in and turned labeled motor control and 300 w perm instld ...
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Why am I getting no power to the branch circuits with a new sub-panel?

My home had an ancient Zinsco sub-panel in which the breakers were grounding out and arcing to the panel. I've swapped it with a new Eaton 100 amp panel. I've re-installed all the breakers, and ...
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How do I wire a light fixture with two white wires to a ceiling box with three white wires?

I am trying to install a new light fixture. The ceiling mount has three white wires and one black one. The problem is that the fixture has two white wires and one black wire. They do not match up. ...