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Why would my TV image turn black when electrical appliances turn on?

I have my computer connected to my TV via HDMI. Every time something electrical happens (fridge turns on, stove sparks, etc), the image on the TV goes black for a second and then comes back on. And ...
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TV Arcs with Cablebox through both Coax and HDMI [duplicate]

Here is our setup Outlet in older house that was replaced with a GFI last year. (no issues until recent) The GFI doesn't have a ground wire running up from the basement. Just the white and black ...
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In a multi-gang box, are neutral wires paired with specific hot wires?

I have a four-gang box that I'm installing new dimmers in. Currently all of the neutral (white) wires coming into the box are connected together (and not to the dimmers). The new dimmers require ...
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Why shouldn't different types of bulbs be used in the same fixture?

Why shouldn't different types of light bulbs(i.e. incandescent, LED, cfl) be used in the same fixture? I read this under the CAUTIONS & WARNINGS section of the LED bulb packaging. ...Do not ...
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How hot can/should an outlet get?

While microwaving my dinner today, I measured the temperature of the outlet the microwave was plugged into. At the end of the 12-minute cook cycle, the hottest part of the outlet measured 160F. Is ...
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Why does my circuit breaker keep tripping?

Every time I switch on one specific circuit breaker, the residual-current device (RCD) switches off. I've disconnected every device that's on the group, and even took out all light bulbs, but the ...
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Can I install wiring in the space used by a sealed air duct and PVC water supply lines?

I have a space between walls that is about 14" deep and 8 foot wide, and goes from the floor to the ceiling. This space is on the second floor. Petty much in the center of the house. The space ...
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electrical question involving earthing [closed]

This is not strictly a home improvement question but I'm trying to learn more about household electricity. I couldn't find a better place online to pose this question. Lets say I'm bonded to a pc ...
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Are licensed electricians required to perform code-compliant repairs?

A California licensed electrician replaced a circuit breaker for a friend. He removed the living room AFCI breaker and replaced it with a used non-AFCI breaker. When I heard this I was upset enough ...
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Are both legs of a home's power supply equally used?

This is basically just to satisfy my curiosity. Please correct me if I'm wrong about any of this: I believe power supply to a home's main panel usually consists of: A neutral wire A hot wire 120 ...
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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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Single pole circuit breaker won't close unless double pole above it is closed

I was trying to find out where a trip was in my house and turned off a double-pole breaker then a single-pole breaker. Went in reverse order to turn single-pole back on and it would trip back open ...
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How to measure a hex or jam nut? [closed]

I need a jam/hex nut for the mic input for the below speaker. On the picture the connector have been pushed in because the nut is missing. Question It should be a 3/8-32 jam nut, but how can I ...
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How to reduce maximum power rating of dishwasher for use with photovoltaics inverter?

I have a photovoltaic power system and an inverter with an overall power rating of 1500 Watts. I want to connect a dishwasher which consumes 2200 Watts when heating the water. Question: What is the ...
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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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Why is there a one second delay before the lights turn on with this new dimmer switch?

I just installed a new dimmer switch (Lutron Skylark (SCL-153PH-WH)) in my dining room. The previous switch was a single pole dimmer switch that would turn on the lights on immediately when switched ...
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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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Why do my lights not work? [duplicate]

I have three small recessed lights, set into a false ceiling where a mini-central air conditioning unit is set. The lights do not turn on. The lights are small E14 base mini-spots I replaced the ...
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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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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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Re-wiring a bathroom

So I have a bathroom that I am going to remove the old wiring, add a new breaker and pull new wire to from the breaker panel the bathroom. I want to install an exhaust fan and a vanity light on the ...
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What should I do about nonmetallic sheathed cable that was wet?

The wire running to my dryer (240V) got wet from a leaking AC window unit directly above on second floor and tripped the breaker. I saw the ground wire paper was damp after removing the outlet cover ...
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bath exhaust fan light combo

I have a bathroom fan light combo controlled by a rotary timer . can I get the light in the fan to operate with the switch for the vanity light in the same bathroom . both switches are side by side.
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How can I wire switch to convert a regular outlet to half switch?

I have a junction box with 2 switches: - Right switch controls the ceiling fan. - Left switch does nothing, but the black(hot) wire is labeled "Fan". The white neutral wire is not attached. I'm ...
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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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Should I put a dimmer switch on a ceiling fan?

I have a ceiling fan on our bedroom's vaulted ceiling. Since we don't want 7' pull-cords, the speed is stuck at full-tilt, which is no good. The fan has separate switches on the wall for lights and ...
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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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Lighted bookcase with capacitive touch hinge

A while ago I saw a lighted bookcase at a furniture store whereby you could turn its lights on and off (actually dim them by a couple of levels), just by touching one of the hinges on one of 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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What is the proper way to leave unused nonmetallic sheathed cable inside walls or ceilings?

The question pretty much sums it up. I nailed through a live wire in my ceiling. Rather than splice it and install a jbox, I ran a new run to the outlet. However, I took a slightly different route ...
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Code compliance for outdoor 20 amp receptacle?

Looking to add a 20 amp receptacle on the outside of my house, on a separate circuit. I don't know what NEC codes to look out for. It will be on the outside wall of the house, if that helps. The code ...
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Why did the neutral wire burn out in my electric shower?

I've had my shower fitted for about 3 years and just yesterday it went bang and stopped working. (My wife was using it and says there was a blue flame!) When I checked inside the unit I saw that the ...
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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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What's the easiest way to reframe a portion of a wall with minimal disturbance to the electrical lines?

I'm in the process of remodeling a bathroom and need to re-frame a portion of the wall that had water/termite damage. The wood work itself shouldn't be too hard but there are romex lines running ...
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How do I move my shower isolation pull cord switch?

My parents have an electric shower with an isolation pull cord switch, both in the bathroom. The switch has stuck, fortunately in the ON position. He'd like to replace it with a simple switch, moved ...
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How to install ceiling light where there previously was none?

I want to install ceiling lights in two upstairs bedrooms in my house. There is a light-switch on the wall that turns power on and off to one of the electrical outlets. I would be perfectly happy to ...
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Door open lightswitch for sliding closet doors

My closets are the kind with door doors, either of which slides to the side, overlapping the other. I'd like to have the light inside the closet come on when either of the doors is opened. This is for ...
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Who to call to fix electric oven?

My electric oven stopped heating. The range works fine. The digital controls work fine. The oven light works fine. But neither the element at the bottom of the oven nor the one at the top heat up at ...
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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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Does a homeowner need a permit for electrical work in Massachusetts?

Does a homeowner need to obtain a permit from the town in order to do electrical work on his own house in Massachusetts? The unofficial answers I can find online (e.g., this forum and the websites of ...
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What is involved in installing a free-standing electric oven range?

My current oven just plugs into a big outlet in the wall. It's a giant three-pronged outlet. But all I need to do to get the oven to work (when it works) is to plug it into the outlet. I am now ...
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What's the recommended procedure for converting a single circuit light switch into two switches for controlling a bathroom fan?

I think my question might be similar to Controlling two fixtures on same circuit independently but I don't need anything as fancy. Summary: I'm remodeling a bathroom. Presently it has one switch ...
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How do I connect a dryer with a four prong plug to a three prong socket?

I've just moved house and my clothes dryer has a four prong plug but on the wall there's a three prong socket. Do adapters exist for this? Or do I need to get a new cord for my dryer? Or is there ...
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Is it safe to cut and put a compression end on a live cable TV wire?

Just moving into a new US location. The location has both Verizon and Comcast available. I am trying to use Comcast. The Verizon installer appears to have cut the Comcast cable that went to an ...
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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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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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Hooking up a 50A hot tub breaker to a 60A subpanel

I am considering adding a hot tub to my backyard. Most of the ones I've seen require a 240v 50A breaker, presumably with #6 4-wire. It would be most convenient to run the line for this from my ...