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Connected C-Wire to new Smart Thermostat and Furnace board and still no power

I need help. I've been surfing the internet and have had no luck finding answers to my situation so am hoping for some guidance. I've seen other questions here answered but none that suit my ...
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What's the standard height for an outlet?

I am installing outlets in my patio room. What is the standard height recommended above the ground for these to be installed?
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Why won't my thermostat control the HVAC anymore after trying to switch thermostats?

I bought a new Nest thermostat which is supposed to be compatible but needs a professional installation (advice that should have been heeded by non-professional electrician me). This is to replace an ...
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Should data ground wires be attached to plumbing?

I have ground wires attached to copper plumbing on the house side of the dielectric coupling. The telephone service box has a ground wire which I found attached to copper plumbing. The satellite ...
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Installing and connecting an outside generator power inlet box

I want to install an outside power inlet receptacle for my portable generator, to be used in case of a power failure. In my house I have two breaker boxes, one is the main breaker box and, a second ...
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GFCI Receptacles not resetting

I don't know much about electricity. In my kitchen there are 3 GFCI receptacles. There was a kettle plugged into one and the microwave. The fridge was on the other. Both outlets quit last night ...
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How to properly support 2-3 with ground nm-b cable from floor joists

I bought a house where the previous homeowner hung 2-3 with ground nm-b (cable) with metallic conduit hangers from wall studs below the floor joists. It looks like the hangers are cutting through ...
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What's the best way to track buried electrical wire that's not live?

We bought a house that has light posts in the yard, scattered across 100 feet or so. I know there is buried wiring (probably no more than 12" deep) that supplies these lights, but this is a crazy old ...
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Old wiring into appliance has 60V neutral to hot and 120 either to ground?

I have an appliance (stove hood) and it is hooked up to wiring that supplied the previous stove hood. It isn't working and the voltages measure 62 volts between neutral and hot, but 120 volts between ...
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Ceiling fan remote not working

I lost the canopy bracket along with the receiver and remote to my ceiling fan while moving. I then ordered an exact replacement receiver and remote for the fan, and when I had someone install it, the ...
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How do I re-wire a ceiling-fan to reverse its direction?

One of the ceiling fans at home was spinning in the opposite direction (clock-wise) and so was sucking up the air rather than blowing it. I live in a hot climate so we always have the fans spinning in ...
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How can I mount a security camera on the outside of the house?

I'm tasked with mounting a security camera on the outside of the house and I'm not sure what would be the right way to do this. There are two basic problems: how to mount the thing and how to run the ...
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LAN connections disconnects after turning off kitchen tubelight or fan

Whenever Kitchen tube light or fan is turned off or on ,my LAN disconnects. Are they radiating too high due to which LAN is disconnecting.Laptop is connected only to LAN cable What is reason behind ...
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How do I wire a light with only two white wires and nothing else?

I bought a light that is labeled a night light. When I opened the box I found that it has a red and black wire that lead to some sort of electrical component which I believe is related to the remote ...
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Replacing a dimmer switch with normal light switch (picture)

Today, I wanted to replace a dimmer with a normal switch for my dining room lights. When I pulled the dimmer out of the wall, all 3 wires just fell right off of their connections. I'm surprised the ...
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What are the options for installing an outdoor outlet in new stucco (not retrofit)

Previous questions pertain to adding an outdoor electrical box to old stucco (How do I install electrical through existing stucco (e.g. "old work") ). What are the ways it's done on a wall ...
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Different circuit breakers keep tripping, some not re-setting

Background: South Carolina house built in 2009, assume all electrical systems, main panel and circuit breakers new at that time. I moved into the house in May having transferred from the UK. I brought ...
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How should grounding be handled for multiple RV pad feeds?

Trailer pads were wired at my deer camp over 15 years ago. The main power pole has meter with 200 amp disconnect. From the meter a 3 wire service was run overhead to each pad. At the first breaker ...
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What is the purpose of the “grounding” tab/wire on a 3-prong to 2-prong adapter?

We've probably all seen these guys... They come in handy when you need to plug something with three prongs, into something with two prongs. What I've never understood was, what the heck is the ...
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Correct sockets to be used with 277v light bulbs

I am a project that requires 277v lighting. I have found medium based light bulbs that are rated to work on a 277v circuit but the not a medium base socket that is rated for usage above 250v. I have ...
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Does a grounding wire from a breaker panel to an outside grounding rod need to be in conduit?

I've got a breaker panel in my detached garage (it is not a sub-panel, but is a primary forked off just past the meter). The panel seems to be wired correctly- the neutral and ground bars are tied ...
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Installing a dual switch from a single switch which powers two wall sconces

My living room has one wall switch that feeds two different lights/ sconces . The switch has only two black wires on the side of the switch. one on the top and one to the bottom . I would like to ...
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Do I need to run a ground from my main panel to the new sub panel 100' away?

Do I need to run a ground from my main panel to the new sub panel 100' away or can I establish the ground at the shop location ie. UFER?
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Wiring electrical outlet [closed]

I have an older house I recently purchased that was built in 1974. The upstairs has 5 light fixtures with anywhere from 3-5 bulbs & approximately 12-16 outlets. All are on 1- 20 amp single pole ...
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Do I need USA-color-coded wire on fixtures with flexible cable?

I often obtain lighting fixtures with flexible cords (but no plug) intended to be fed into a box and spliced. (e.g. this LED flood light). They are made in China for a world market, and have Euro ...
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Fans/lights switches can be turned on/off from different locations

I have three ceiling fans (with lights). Each fan has a faceplate with three on/off switches on the wall. It would all be very simple if either turned off or on either the light or the fan - but it ...
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Wiring switched-controlled GFCI outlets outdoors

I have a dedicated outdoor 20 amp circuit (GFCI breaker) in my yard that was for a pool we got rid of. 2-gang box w/weatherproof cover. I want to install a GFCI outlet that is controlled by a ...
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Smoke alarms go off in the middle of the night for no apparent reason and then is fine

Tonight at about 2 AM my wife and I were awakened by our fire alarm system going off in full alarm mode. I quickly jumped up and pressed the button to reset the system and they all stopped. We checked ...
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Is it legit to turn a dedicated combi bolier supply into a ring circuit with outdoor socket?

I would like to install an external socket. Conveniently located on the other side of the wall where I'd like to put said socket is the combination boiler which has a dedicated supply from the ...
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Installing a “key cylinder” to open and close the garage door

I have a Chamberlain LiftMaster Professional Garage Door opener (June 2007) with a wireless keypad to open the door but does not open consistently in cold weather. I would like to install a hardwired ...
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What size wire I need to run 220 breaker for a tanning bed

What size wire do I need to run a 220 breaker I need bout 50 feet but not sure what size wire I need to run it with 220 circuit breaker
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Dimmer switch to a regular switch [closed]

Switch to a regular switch from dimmer When I wire a regular switch that was a dimmer it turns on and off adjoining rooms
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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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How do i know how many amps to send to my subpanel?

I am building a 24'x15' woodworking shop inside a larger pole barn. I want to put a subpanel in the shop fed by the buildings main panel but how do i estimate the size of the breaker to use in the ...
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Conduit Size for Sub-Panel run?

I have old overhead wires that go between my home and a detached garage. The plan is to remove the overhead wires and install a new sub-panel in the garage with an underground (PVC 80) run between the ...
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What should I do with the exposed grounding wire during a conversion from hardwired to plug in light fixture?

I am working to convert a hard wire light fixture which I have purchased to a plug in light fixture. The light fixture was designed for outdoor use, but I will be using it inside. Coming out of the ...
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Is a splice permitted in a PVC conduit body?

I'm talking about something like this Type LB Conduit Body
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Can manually throwing the dryer circuit breaker cause it to burn out?

What can cause the dryer circuit breaker to heat up to the point that the plastic at the connection melts? Can manually throwing the breaker cause this? My wife has suffered through two house fires ...
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Convert a ceiling fan controlled by two switches to a remote control

I would like to convert a ceiling fan with light from 2 switches (one for the light and one for the fan) to a single remote control. Is there a best practice or do I just pick a line and cap off one ...
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Brief power interruption on 2 outlets and electric stove. all other outlets okay

Electric stove on heavy-duty circuit, and 2 separate outlets on separate single breakers, lose power for a few seconds to a few minutes several times a week. sometimes several times a day, yet the ...
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Replacement part for coal stove blower rheostat

I have an Alaskan coal stove and my blower rheostat broke this morning. I opened it up hoping to be able to fix the part instead of buying a whole new fan controller. Any motor controllers that I ...
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PVC electrical conduit connection to service panel

I am installing an outdoor conduit that consists of four #8 AWG THHN wires inside gray 1" PVC. I need to hook it up to the main service panel and I am not sure what's the best way to do it. I ...
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Replacing Non-Working Single-Pole Dimmer Switch

Ok- so I hope I explain well- I will also attach photo. Dimmer switch and switch to fan located in same box. When we removed the plate, the cords came out of there locations before we could see what ...
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How do I install a new exterior GFI outlet?

I have an interior outlet. I would like to place an exterior (GFI) outlet in approximately the same position on the outside wall. How should I do that? approx. loc. of desired outlet-| ...
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Plumbing/Electric in same sleeve

Can a plumbing drain and an electric wire be run in the same 4" sleeve between floors. Not sure of code requirements.
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Are electrical switches under kitchen sinks common for any utility?

So, I was cleaning under the kitchen sink and noticed there is a switch under there! It isn't clearly marked what it's for, I tried playing around with it and the garbage disposal thinking maybe it ...
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How should I go about installing a 12 volt DC residential circuit?

I have a couple deep cycle batteries that trickle charge from a solar panel, for emergency use. Right now the only way I get useful power from them is to use a 12VDC -> 120VAC inverter, e.g. the type ...
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Is there a way to diagnose ceiling fan 3 speed switch wires?

I have a Hunter ceiling fan (3 speed with lights, all on one switch) and the pull switch for the fan broke. So, I went to HD and got a replacement switch that looked identical, same volts/amps rating ...
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Generator Usage Plan

I would like to think that if I had to use my 7000 watt generator for a few days of power outage, that I wouldn't need to run it 24/7. Does/has anyone made a written plan for maximizing generator ...
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How to test Honeywell aquastat L6006C?

my circulator pump isn't working properly with my boiler system, trying to narrow down problem. I've read you can test the aquastat with a multimeter (which I have but have never used). The reason I ...