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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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Thermostat Where Do The Two Wires From Condenser Go?

First let me say that I'm a newbie and have zero electrical experience. I'm an IT Guy and thought "Hey, its electronic, so I can probably figure it out." WRONG I appreciate any feedback/suggestions ...
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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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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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Can I just replace the heating coil in my dryer, or do I have to do the whole element?

My dryer heating coil in my heating element broke in two. It seems like it'll be simple enough to just put a new coil in and be on my way. The part is available and this move would save me about $40. ...
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Why does my bathroom light go off and on after switch gets turned on

I am curious to know if there is an electrical short in our home. I experience turning on light switches and then light goes off at times. It sounds Like my tv sparks at times.
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How can I install a new lighting circuit in my kitchen?

I would like to install 2 new light fixtures and a switch in my kitchen. Currently the kitchen has three lights each controlled by their own switch. I want the new lights to have their own switch ...
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How to determine what type and gauge of wire should used for underground wiring to a detached subpanel?

I Will be installing a subpanel in a detached garage. The subpanel will be 60 amp. The garage is about 30' from the main-panel in-house, and I will of course get an exact length before selecting the ...
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How can I install ceiling mounted recessed occupancy sensors?

I am looking to replace my current lighting circuit with a motion detector and wondering what is the best way to do this? I currently have 6 spot lights, controlled by 2 switches on either side of ...
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Replacing a dimmer switch

I wanted to replace a dimmer switch on a wall outlet that had 3 switches next to each other. The dimmer was in the middle. There were 3 wires I disconnected from the old switch - green for the ground, ...
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Wiring a Receptacle wth USB ports

I am wiring a receptacle with USB ports on it. It has 3 wires coming from it, a white,black and green. My wire has 4 a red,white ,black and ground wire that is bare. How do I do this?
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How do I wire this Australian ceiling light?

I want to install a ceiling fixture. I have the manual and it looks pretty easy, but in the manual, it looks like I should have 2 cables coming out of my wall. Instead, I have 3. I don't know what ...
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Is it ever safe to have 14 gauge wire anywhere on a circuit protected by a 30 amp breaker?

I was doing some work in an old house I recently moved into, and found that my dishwasher and garbage disposal (and some outlets near them) are on a 30 amp breaker. However, some of the electrical ...
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Can I run power from a GFCI receptacle to a standard receptacle then to a light switch?

I have a single GFCI outlet and I want to add a few standard receptacles and a light from it. I am curious if it is possible to go from the GFCI, to two standard outlets then on to a light switch?
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Adding 2 led flood lights to 15amp breaker

I currently have a 15amp circuit that runs outside to a 4 outlet receptacle that was for a pool pump which is no longer in use. It was run with #8 wires with a #10 ground. I want to hook up 2 ...
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Reconnecting electrical wires in an outlet box [closed]

I have four sets of 14/2 romax coming into a box. They control a ceiling fan with light and an outlet. They are both controlled by one switch. How do I reconnect the wires?
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Can I put two 240V 10 Amp outlets on a 240V 20 Amp circuit?

I presently have a single outlet NEMA 6-20 outlet on a 20 Amp 240 V circuit. Can I install two NEMA 6-15 outlets on the same circuit instead? Duplex Nema 6-15 outlets are rare, but Leviton does make ...
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Is it dangerous to run electrical cords through heating vents?

I'm living in an old apartment, and my roommate has fed electrical cords through a heating vent from the living room into the bathroom, up to a power bar on the side of the sink. I see this as a ...
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How to replace recessed halogen light from an eyeball fixture?

I have a fused halogen bulb in this eyeball fixture. It's fairly resistant to twisting and pulling. The previous tenants managed to damage a similar fixture in another room, and I don't want to end up ...
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how to light up ten (10) led downlights with each having 14w power consumption?

recently i had opted to upgrade my store with LED downlights of 14w each. problem i am facing is that drivers of these are going corrupt frequently. my electrician said , we can replace these drivers ...
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Why is an AFCI tripping when a particular light on a different circuit is turned on?

I have 4 GE AFCIs in a GE subpanel in my basement. Occasionally, when I turn on a bank of dimmable CFL lights via a CFL-rated dimmer switch, I get a trip in a particular AFCI breaker that's on 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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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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Continue with Back Wire on GFCI when the wire keeps coming out?

Having trouble with the back wire on GFCI's popping free. 20amp, 12 gauge wire. When I fold the wires into the box, they like to come free of the back wire hole. I suspect this is due to the ...
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Can I use a 120 volt 50/60 Hz. tool on a 230 volt 50 Hz. circuit?

I want to get the Dewalt DW660 cut out tool, it has been made for the north american market so it runs on 120 volts. It has the following specs: 120V ~ 50/60 Hz 5 Amps 600 Watts The voltage ...
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What wattage cable will be used for this oven installation?

I was wondering if I bought an oven like this what wattage cabling would I need to power it? I'm a complete novice at electrical engineering and trying to learn a thing or two. If watts = voltage * a, ...
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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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Circuit breaker + panel selection — make and breaker series?

Is there a compelling reason to choose one type/brand of breaker & panel (Eaton CH, Eaton BR, Square-D QO, Square-D HOM, Siemens, GE) over another when putting a new electrical panel and breakers ...
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wire on the floor. What is it likely was used for?

I bought a rehab house. This is what I think was a laundry room because of the drier hookup. What is this wire laying on the floor? What was it used for? my current thoughts: a) There are many ...
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Will this non Contact voltage detector be adequate for my use case?

Read somewhere that if I want to be super safe I should not only cut the breaker, but also use a voltage detector to be 100% sure there really is no current. Looking on ebay they are real cheap: ...
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Is my CL dimmer compatible with my light switch fixture?

Bought a Lutron CL dimmer after googling around and seeing how easy it is to install a dimmer, but when I got home and took a look at my light switch I'm not sure its compatible? The dimmer has 4 ...
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Installing a dimmer to control multiple lights

I recently asked a question about installing a dimmer and got a great reply. Now I want to install another dimmer, but this one might be tricky. In our hallway there are three lights that are all ...
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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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How can I control 2 lights with 2 switches so that both lights can't be on at the same time?

My bathroom has 2 lights, each with its own switch. I want to know if it is possible to make it so both lights cannot be on at the same time either by rewiring my current setup or replacing the ...
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What electrical work can I do legally in New Brunswick, Canada?

I've just moved in my first house a few weeks ago, a new construction, and there is a couple outlets that I want to add and some that I want to move. I'm located in New Brunswick, Canada. There ...
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How to locate In-wall speaker cables (behind dry wall)

I moved into my new house about a year ago and discovered a wall plate that has 4 pairs of speaker wires stuffed in there. According to the labels on the ends of the wires, there are speakers for our ...
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Why does my laptop charger make a spark when plugged in?

From time to time (not always but often enough) when I plug my laptop's charger in the wall outlet it makes a spark (even if I use different outlets it's the same). Why does it do this? Is this a ...
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Where do I put the hot wire on a double pole 20 amp breaker?

Where do I put the hot wire on a double pole 20 amp breaker I have a 12/2 wire I have a black and white wire I need to know does the black go on top or bottom because there is 2 screws on the braker ...
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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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How do I wire a replacement ceiling fan?

We replaced an existing ceiling fan and light with another ceiling fan and light. Neither the new nor the old fan and light have a remote. The old fan and light could be controlled by 2 wall ...
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Can I use 10 gauge wire off of a 20 amp breaker?

Can I use 10 gauge wire off of a 20 amp breaker for outlets, lights or a window unit? I am wiring a barn and have a lot of 10/3 wire I would like use up.
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What size wire should I use for a 60amp subpanel?

I am installing a 60 amp subpanel in a workshop in my backyard and I will have 2 - 20 amp services with 4-5 outlets on each and 1 - 15 amp service for lighting. The length from the main panel to the ...
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How can I combine two switches on two circuits on 1 timer switch?

I just purchased my first house (new construction) and I got tired of remembering to switch the outdoor lights on/off every day. So, I got a Honeywell solar econoswitch, which is essentially a timer ...
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Should I use 12/3 NM cable for a 240 volt 40 amp electric cooktop?

I am installing a 240 volt 40 amp electric cooktop. Will 12/3 NM cable suffice for this? Secondly, I know I need a double-pole breaker because 240 volts is delivered using two out-of-phase 120 volt ...
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Why would two circuit breakers be connected inside the service panel?

I was trying to locate the circuit breaker for an outlet in my garage and found a truly baffling setup. Two breakers control the same outlet (both plugs). After some head scratching, I opened the ...
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How to connect 6x12 AWG wires?

I'm replacing an electrical box in my bathroom that connects to both a vanity light and a fan. The idea is to put in a GFCI outlet and a duplex switch for separate light/fan switching. Right now I'm ...
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Can I use one of the phases in a 2-phase circuit to power a 120V appliance

I am wondering if I can take one of the phases from a 220V circuit that is used to power my cooktop, to power a 120V appliance (small wine cooler) and a 60W LED light transformer. The specifications ...
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What is the standard 120V light bulb screw base in the US?

I know that standard incandescent bulbs in the US use Edison screw bases, but I'm not sure which designation / number is the one which is used for prolific non-candelabra 120 volt fixtures.
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Do I need to leave the light switch turned on all the time for a motion sensor to work?

I installed a halogen floodlight today so I adjusted the sensor tonight for it to work and it did. I thought by turning on the switch the light would stay on and when it is turned off the sensor would ...
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Should I run cable through an always damp crawl space or a dry soffit in the living area?

You guys are one of the best electrical help web-communities, so thanks for your time and efforts! I am advising some homeowners who need to rewire their first floor on Long Beach Island, NJ after ...