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Why is my dimmer switch buzzing?

We had 2 dimmer switches that had stopped working (lights were on 100% regardless of how turned the dimmer switch was. I checked the back and went out and bought 2 new ones, turned the electricity ...
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Will switching to LED lightbulbs make a significant difference in my electric bill?

I asked Reliance Controls about a THP103 meter that I was having trouble with. Turns out that its not a true RMS meter and thus is unable to give you accurate readings on a CFL or LED installation. ...
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Is my electric stove receptacle wired correctly?

When I test the four prong electric stove outlet by touching one of the prongs and the ground, one prong reads 120V and the other 220V. Is this normal or is it wired wrong?
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How to wire multi-control rocker switch

What's the correct way to wire a multi-control rocker switch (e.g. Leviton 1755) that has three switches on one yoke with a common supply? What wire(s) do I run from the switches to each of the ...
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Why isn't my GFCI receptacle working?

I am installing a GFCI outlet and I am having some issues. I have identified the hot and neutral wires. They test positive with the voltmeter when I turn on the switch. I connect the receptacle to ...
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Is a ground required when replacing an old single pole single throw switch?

I need to replace a switch that controls a single light source in a bathroom. The switch has two wires connected to it. I bought a replacement switch that has two screws (one for each wire), and a ...
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How can I independently control a light and fan, where only a single hot wire is used?

The apartment I live in was built with a ceiling fan installed, but the landlord replaced the fan with a model that has a light built in. He's put a controller in the ceiling that has fan and light ...
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What is a GFI outlet used for, and where should I install them?

What purpose does a GFI serve? Where should they be used?
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What size wire will I need to feed a 3/4 hp pump?

I have a 230 v pump that will be 210 ft in the well and will be 820 ft from the house with a total of 1030 ft the pump is a 3/4 hp Gould pump What size wire will I need?
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What could cause my newly installed electrical outlets to not work?

I replaced several electrical outlets in the house today and one outlet is not working at all, and the other two outlets only have one of two plugs working. I've looked over them again and all wires ...
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Can I use a copper ground with aluminum hot and neutral?

I want to put in two pedestal lamps at the beginning of my driveway, as well as a weatherproof outlet box. The total run from the outside panel is 30 ft. I want at least 30 amperes at the box. ...
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How can I rewire half switched receptacles?

In my bedroom the bottom half of all receptacles are controlled by one switch. Is it possible to have just one receptacle with top and bottom hot all the time? The top half is hot all the time the ...
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Can Armored Cable and Nonmetallic sheathed cable be used together?

Can metal jacket wiring, that uses the metal jacket as a ground, be used with conventional Romex wiring?
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Why would a compact fluorescent lamp randomly turn off?

I have a CFL in a desk lamp that I keep on for several hours every day. Recently, the CFL has been randomly turning off. There is no flickering before the CFL turns off like I am used to with ...
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Why is my soldering iron tripping the RCD?

I have a new soldering station that I bought (probably too cheaply) from China. It's rated for European voltage and has a European moulded plug. I live in Sweden. At the moment, it trips the RCD in ...
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I ran into two hot lines when replacing a three way switch

I've read up on three way switches, and have replaced a few over the years. I recently installed a bathroom fan, and so had to replace two three way switches. Very simple setup - two switches, one ...
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Should I use a GFCI or AFCI circuit breaker with knob and tube wiring?

My American house was built in 1942, and much of the wiring is still knob-and-tube wiring (2-wire, no ground). Over the years new modern wiring has been added to the house, but we still have some KnT ...
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Replace GFCI in bathroom

When I opened up the old one, there are 3 cables with the normal 2 black, 2 white, and ground. However, there are 2 whites and black capped together to a load screw and another white on the other ...
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Why do my LED Christmas lights glow when plugged into a light fixture via an adapter?

I have an outside light that is controlled by a light switch inside. I took the light out and put a adapter to plug in an extension cord to run LED Christmas lights. When I turn the switch off, just ...
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Will it harm 12VDC LED light strips if I supply them with 12VAC instead?

I have strips of 12 volt DC LED's that can be cut into groups of three that I am using to light buildings on a model railroad and am happy with the results. I can vary the voltage from about 6 to 12 ...
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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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Is it possible to replace a fusebox lever without replacing the whole box?

I'm pretty new to DIY stuff... but I'm selling my home soon and was wondering if it was possible for an electrician to fix just the part causing the lever to not come down in my garage's fusebox ...
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Why do people run 12-3 cable to feed completely different circuits?

Been updating circuits in my basement and I'm horrified at the previous work that has been done. Improperly routed cables, overloaded junction boxes and, in two separate instances, 12-3 cable feeding ...
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Electrical across studs in basement?

I have a small workshop that I need to add an outlet for. There's a light switch 2 studs away that I'll use for power. I have no plans to drywall this area of the workshop. Is it ok (against any ...
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What does it mean when an AFCI breaker indicator is 1/4 white?

My renters are complaing that the breaker for the master bather and bedroom keeps tripping. They say the trip is random. I tested all the plugs and GFCI plug in the bathroom. Everything passed with ...
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Why am I showing 50 volts between neutral and ground?

I wired 8 recessed lights to a switch in a room. When I connected everything the first time and turned on the power, the breaker tripped. If I disconnect the ground that leads to the breaker box on ...
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Running board dimensions

I need to install a running board on which to attached some cables going perpendicular to joists. Is there a minimum size that one should use? I'm planning on installing some 6x1"s.
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How do I install a GFCI receptacle with two hot wires and common neutral?

In my kitchen, I want to replace a regular 120V receptacle with a GFCI-protected receptacle. The instructions describe what to do with a regular 2-wire + ground feed, with and without daisy chaining ...
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What type of outlet is in the picture?

I recently purchased a early 1970's home that has this interesting outlet installed in the master bedroom. It is the only outlet in the entire house like this and I'm not real sure what it is for and ...
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How should I run stripped cable through conduits?

I have a 6/3 NM-B cable that is to be run through a Southwire Ultratite conduit to an external outlet for a generator. I plan to strip the cable prior to threading through the conduit: 1. for ease of ...
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What is a single pole 30 amp breaker used for

Is ok to us a 30 amp breaker single pole according to NEC
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What size wire should I use to feed a subpanel in my garage?

My main panel has been upgraded to 100 amps. I would like to add a subpanel in the garage which would supply: 20 amp Mig welder running on 120 volts, but later upgrade to a larger Mig welder as i ...
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Can I replace an electric range with a cooktop and separate oven?

I'm replacing an electric range with a cooktop and separate oven. I know an electric range runs off of one 220V power source. Do I have to run a separate 220V line from the fuse box to my kitchen for ...
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How do I replace a GFCI breaker with a normal breaker?

I have a breaker on my panel that has 2 white wires and one black and a test button. I am changing to a breaker that has no white wires going to it just the black. Do I put both white wires to the bar ...
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Bathroom fan/light switch with outlet

I have a switch in my bathroom that controls both the fan and the light, and also has an outlet. Can I get anything that has two switches (one for the light and fan) and also not lose the outlet ...
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How can I safely have 2x 7kw/32amp electrical vehicle chargers connected to my consumer unit? (UK)

We've ordered two electric vehicles, and we're entitled to two home charge points, as shown here: https://www.britishgas.co.uk/energy-saving-products/electric-vehicles The charge points are now ...
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Trouble with solid state relay

I have a fotek SSR-25 relay I want to use to control a light (just a 120V led bulb). The wire connected to the #1 contact is 120vac. I have nothing connected to the load side (#2). The inputs are ...
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In the UK, what type of flexible conduit should I use for electrics in shed that run underground and emerge through the concrete base?

In the UK, what type of flexible conduit should I use for electrics in shed that run underground and emerge through the concrete base? I see various standards quoted such as IP66. Would this be ...
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How do I wire this 4-way light switch?

I have 3 switches that control the same light. One of them broke, so I replaced it. I can't get the light to work now. I got what looked like the same kind of switch from the store. It's a 15amp/120 ...
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Can I use a T5 HO lamp in a non-HO luminaire?

Does anyone know what would happen? Does the ballast limit the power? If the T5 HO lamps were less expensive than T5 non-HO lamps, would it be ok to just use them in a non-HO luminaire?
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Cant seem to get the GFCI to work

I'm not an electrician - I know enough to get basic wiring accomplished... or so I thought. I'm finishing my basement, and we ran 5 new outlets, in conduit, all are 15a. I have a box right next to ...
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Must I ground my dishwasher to a metal plate?

I bought a Bosch 800 Series Dishwasher Model SHP68T55UC to install into my year 2000 house. Whenever I read tutorials online for installing dishwashers, I see that the ground wire goes to a metal ...
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Why is the live wire reading live, but the neutral is not, in my lighting circuit?

A ceiling light has failed and I have removed it. The circuit that it was part of (eight other downstairs lights) is working fine. BUT the supply cable from this circuit to the failed light is 'live' ...
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How to convert L609 4wire to L6 3wire

My electrical feed to location is L6 3wire (grnd+X+Y). My cabinet is L609 4wire (grnd+neut+X+Y). The cabinet feeds 4 blocks of 110V. Should the grnd+neutr be plugged into the grnd on the L6? or do I ...
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How do I add wire to a rusted electric box?

I'm adding a plug to a closet so that I can put my server and router in there. I am trying to daisy chain it off of the nearest plug, but when I try to remove any of the knockouts they won't budge, ...
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Can I power a separate cooktop and wall oven from a single circuit?

I am replacing my 220V electric cooking range with a glass cooktop (with 4 heating plates) and a separate wall oven. The old cooking range was a plug-in. The two new appliances (the glass cooktop ...
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How to find a motion sensing light switch that turns lights on AND off when motion is detected?

Location: USA. The light switch to our laundry room is in the hallway outside the door. I replaced the standard light switch with a motion sensing switch (Leviton ODS10-ID). When we enter the room, ...
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My three way lamp is suddenly just one way. Is this an electrical problem or fire hazard?

my three way lamp is suddenly just one way. is this an electrical problem that could be a fire hazard? Why would a lamp just suddenly stop being three way after being plugged and unplugged?
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How to open old under cabinet halogen light?

How do I open this to change the bulb? It is an under cabinet 12v halogen fixture installed in 2001.
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How do I troubleshoot noisy power lines for power-line networking?

I have some power-line ethernet adaptors that worked great in my previous house. At my new house, they can't get more than a few KB per second because there's too much noise in the line according to ...