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Can I add a 50 amp breaker for an arc welder?

If my service disconnect breaker is a 150 and my fuse box isn't maxed out, 3 slots still available would I be pushing the limits to add a 50 amp breaker for a arc welder? I haven't pulled the cover ...
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Is this too many items on a 20 AMP Breaker?

I live in a 2 bedroom 2 bath duplex, where we have issue's with the light's flickering, often causing mini power surges, and at times kicking a breaker. One 20 ampere circuit supplies 3 ...
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How would I wire a thermal circuit breaker and switch together?

I want to wire a circuit breaker and switch to a GFCI and some other outlets. This is for power outlets on a work bench. Something like: I have this for a circuit breaker: and this for a switch: ...
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How can I eliminate unneeded receptacles?

The house I just bought has three different outlets in the walk in closet!! I want to remove a couple of the plugs and just put a solid plate on them. The outlet has 2 black wires and 2 white ones. It ...
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Can I use a 50 amp GFCI breaker on 15 amp circuit?

I am in the process of changing my hottub over to wood heat. I have eliminated all controls and am running the pump directly from the panel on a double 15 amp breaker (240 volts). I have my existing ...
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How to wire GFCI outlet

The bathroom includes a GFCI outlet that will not reset. Research revealed that such outlets do seem to stop working sometimes. So I am attempting to replace the outlet. After pulling the faceplate ...
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Is a double 60 amp breaker really feeding 120 amps? [duplicate]

My main breaker panel is feeding a panel in my basement. The main panel feed to the basement panel is 2 60amp breakers that have the thing across them so they trip together. My question is am I ...
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How can I get power to this garage?

What options are there for getting power to this garage? The pale grey stuff is concrete, and the flags have been recently cemented down so am keen to avoid pulling them up if possible. Have seen ...
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How should I wire multiple lights controlled by separate switches?

I need to wire about 4 light fixtures through a parallel circuit, I wanted to see if I am going about this the best possible way. Each fixture needs it's own independent switch. From the panel I am ...
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What could cause this ongoing problem with my immersion heater?

For a year now, I've had nothing but trouble with my hot water tank. I'm in rented accommodations, and my landlord is sick of me calling him saying my tanks not working. The whole thing has been ...
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What do the color designations of wire mean?

I am wiring a hot tub I recently purchased and is a 220V 4 wire connection. The wire is AWG 6. The instruction book shows black and red hot wires for this tub, but the wiring on this tub has black and ...
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how many ring or radial socket makes a circuit

like how many sockets can one have on a either ring or radial circuit planned to be protected by 20A breaker
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After binding the three live (brown) wires together, remaining ceiling lights won't turn off

I've got the three separate ceiling lights all on the same switch. The other two are simple with a single grey cable fitting. But this one is obviously the key light because it has three main grey ...
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What do the buttons on a Comelit Okay Simplebus2 Intercom/door entry system do?

I've got a Comelit Okay Simplebus2 door entry system which yesterday wasn't able to be used to let someone into the building, however I'm not sure if the buttons next to the phone were being used ...
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Which type of mortar or cement to set electrical box?

I have cut out two holes for 4", metal electrical boxes to be set in to the exterior walls of an old block and stucco garage. I need to secure the boxes by setting them in either concrete or mortar, ...
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Do disconnect breakers have to be the same brand of breaker as in the main panel?

I have a cutler hammer breaker box with a cutler hammer breaker that will be fed to a disconnect box with a GFCI before going to the hot tub. Does the disconnect box necessarily have to be a cutler ...
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Why would a short cause the main breaker to trip instead of the branch circuit breaker?

In our home, we have two electrical panels. One main panel (in the basement) and a sub panel on the first floor. The lights to the kitchen on the first floor run to a breaker in this sub panel. We ...
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How should I connect my dishwasher if the wires are yellow and blue?

I am installing a dishwasher, the household connection has a yellow and blue wire, while the dishwasher has a black and white. Which one should i connect to the white and black?
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Can I replace a GFCI plug with a regular duplex?

I need to replace a gfci plug that won't reset. That is with nothing plugged into it. It has a regular duplex about 8 feet away that won't work because the gfci is bad. I had this circuit added about ...
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What size wire do I need to connect a portable generator inlet to my main panel?

I am planning on installing an interlock kit and backfeeding my panel with my portable generator. The backfeed will be to a 30 amp breaker, coming from the 240/30A outlet on my Generac 5500. The ...
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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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How can I connect my 30 amp electric dryer to a 50 amp plug?

I bought a used electric dryer and the connection that came with it says it's 30amp. I also have an old school plug in my wall that doesn't go with the connection provided. My current plug has 3 ...
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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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Need sloped remodel can lights for 2x6 ceiling [closed]

I have an existing vaulted ceiling with 2x6 rafters and want to install 6" can lights that are the remodel sloped type so that the light shines straight down. The roof angle is between 30 degrees and ...
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Should I be worried that my ceiling light has current when turned “off”?

I am based in the UK. I was replacing a ceiling light when I noticed an issue. When I used a voltage screwdriver the live wire in the ceiling pendant was showing a voltage present even when the wall ...
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how to calculate sub breakers from the main breaker

how do I calculate exert amount of sub breakers to match a specific rated main breaker. e.g 200A main breaker to sub breakers
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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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How can I adapt a wall outlet to suface mount conduit?

I have a single gang in wall outlet in my basement. I would like to adapt it into surface mount EMT conduit to get an outlet at a different location. Ideally I would be able to keep a plug at the ...
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3 cables in one box wiring issue

My house was built in the 50's. In my master bedroom I need to replace the fan, so I disassembled it, bought the new fan and am looking at the wiring with a serious question here. There are three ...
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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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Why does my GFCI trip when I plug things into load side receptacles?

I installed a new outdoor circuit. The line comes out of the house and into the LINE side of the GFCI outlet. I connected a wire to the LOAD side and ran it to two standard outlets downstream. My ...
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Is a junction box “accessible” if it is mounted behind/above a recessed light housing?

I am redoing our kitchen lighting. We currently have 1 fluorescent light fixture in the center with 2 T8 bulbs (ugly but a lot of light) and one decorative light fixture over the sink. I am going to ...
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When to use holes instead of side terminals to wire an outlet

This question comes from Shirlock's comment on this GFCI wiring question. When and why should you use the holes on the back of an outlet rather than the side terminals? I always assumed the holes on ...
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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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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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open neutral or something else?

I recently lost power to half of a circuit. Before that happened every once in a while the lights would dim or flash for a minute and then everything was fine again. That was going on sporadically for ...
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Where do I connect the green wire from my dishwasher?

I'm installing a new dishwasher and the dishwasher itself has the green wire, the cord (which is coming out of the floor of the house) doesn't have a green wire it has a black wire, a white wire, and ...
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2 prong to 3 prong outlet help

I don't know too much about replacing outlets, only what I've read online or through YouTube videos. The house was built in the early 50s. Some outlets have been replaced (brand new kitchen) but some ...
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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 240V Circuits Not Require Neutral?

Someone told me that a 240V circuit does not require a neutral wire in the cable. Can anyone explain this phenomenon from the electricity perspective and generally explain why circuits do and do not ...
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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 “don't mix data and power cables” and “don't loop power cables” still valid nowadays?

There are two sayings I keep hearing when talking about wiring e.g. home cinema or computer hardware; Don't wrap data/network cables and power cables up in the same loop because the power cables ...
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What type of wire for subpanel in attached garage?

I'm getting ready to add a 60A subpanel in my attached garage, but I'm conflicted about what type of wire to buy. The wire will run exposed in the rafters in the basement, then through the foundation ...
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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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Electrical requirements for 3ph IR lamps

I have a series of lights that I want to use, with one controller, but do not know the electrical requirements. the 15 total lamps, each lamps (IR) is 9000 watts, 27 amps, 240 3ph volts. How do I ...
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Should I install my own electrical service panel or hire an electrician?

I'm getting electrical service to bare land. This is not temporary service but permanent remote service to a pressure treated 6" x 6" post instead of a building. I already have covered the work to ...
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Can two circuits share a neutral?

I'm finally implementing the advice given in this question, I've managed to run the wiring up to the junction box, but I'm a bit confused by the contents of that box. There are three circuits ...