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deep cycle battery [closed]

I have a 5th wheel that needs a new deep cycle battery. I have found many deep cycle dual purpose batteries that provide deep cycle and starting power but I really need a deep cycle battery but not ...
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Is conduit required for running wiring in an attic?

Do I have to put the 120 volt wiring in my attic inside of conduit? I don't recall ever seeing any wiring inside of conduit in an attic but I'm not sure.
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Electrician Terminology “FAU”

I've noticed these letters several times written on the circuit breaker panel door. Does someone know what F.A.U. stands for in this context?
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How to connect remote control switch? [closed]

I can connect the three light and fan wires but confused about neutral and phase points. Should i connect the live wire to the phase point? What does phase mean ?
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2-State Wall AC Switch

What happens to load in electrical installation which is switched by 2-State Wall AC Switch, when switch is not fully in ON or OFF state, but in middle state? Can that middle state damage load or ...
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Circuit breakers off, but meter still running

I purchased a house a few weeks ago and got the power connected about a week ago. The house has been empty and I leave all the circuit breakers off. The Meter is digital but the display doesn't seem ...
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Can I tap into an exterior light in order to power a security camera?

I have an exterior light (shown below) that I was wondering if I could tap into, in order to power an outdoor IP cam. I understand I would have to pull appart some cables and potentially purchase ...
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Using two 30amp circuits to supply one range

My old range from the seventies has two 30a circuits coming to it. New ranges all use a single 40a circuit. Can I join the two sets of wires into a single 60a breaker. The circuits would be joined ...
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Fixture Pan for 3/8 drywall - do they exist?

I am installing a sconce pancake box in a bedroom. The plan was to put the sconce over a stud with one of these. All lined up and 4" hole cut, and then I realized I am working with 3/8 drywall (the ...
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Can I wire LED light fixtures in parallel?

I have 4 120 V 20 watt LEDs. I want to put them over my desk. They are the Lusa Lighting Model #33000 (If you want to see the PDF). They come with plugs so you can plug them in separately. I want 1 ...
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Is a 4 Ohm reading on a dryer heating element bad?

My electric dryer will run but wont heat. I'm not very good at electrical work, so I've spent a lot of time researching and did some testing last night. My High-Level thermostat basically fell apart ...
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Can I use 12/2 NM-B wire for basement outlets?

Can I use 12/2 NM-B wire for basement outlets? Also can I use 15 AMP outlets and switches with 12/2 NM-B wire?
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Is there an easy way to track where switches go/do?

My Aunt's house is a Frankenstein's Monster. Her late Husband made a number of unique wiring modifications. previous post about the her house: Question on toilet mounting; No visible bolts? 1st, ...
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How to wire a three phase machine to a single phase plug?

The machine has five wires, three of which are live. I want to wire into a single phase supply using a three prong plug. It powers a boiler and water pump (for an espresso machine: 220-240V, 50/60Hz, ...
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Having trouble keeping refrigerator running. After a few minutes the circuit breaker clicks off

Circuit breaker keeps tripping when I plug in refrigerator. This refrigerator is 20 years old. We just got it for our garage.
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Need advice on connecting 100 amp sub-panel to 200 amp main panel

I currently have a 200 amp main panel that is full. I'm planning on installing some equipment for a water well pump, water softner, etc. and it seems to make sense at this point to install a ...
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What is the best way to check the wires in your house?

Wires wear down eventually. This presumably can pose a fire hazard. But there are so many wires in a house and many of them are not easily accessible. In order to maintain as safe a house as ...
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Can I install a light between two three-way switches?

is it possible to add a light to a three way switch circuit between the two three way switches (ie can i tie into the three wire connecting the two switches in anyway to make them work the new light ...
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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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Ground wire is hot, drop ceiling carrying current?

I am no electrician by any means but I have ran thousands of feet of wire, hooked up receptacles, lights, hot water heaters, breakers, etc... the average things with never an issue. I ran some new ...
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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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Receptacles in Kitchen Cabinets

I am roughing in some plugs in my kitchen for when the workers come and hang the cabinets. I am getting cabinets with LV lights on the underside of them. The cabinet makers asked me to make sure I ...
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Any problem with installing two identical circuit breakers in series?

Suppose I want to reduce risk of a circuit breaker malfunctioning and failing to disconnect a shorted circuit. What if I install two identical breakers sequentially (one after another) so that if one ...
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Does the NEC allow for smaller than 15 amp / 14 gauge circuits?

While hooking up a series of LED ceiling lights, I was wondering if there is anything in the NEC that would prohibit circuits smaller than the standard 15A lighting circuit found in homes. This 15A ...
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Turning off a towel rail

My friend moved to a flat in UK a few months ago, and his electricity bill is soaring. There is no gas in the flat, only electric heating. One curious thing I noticed is that the towel rail (similar ...
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What is this weird plug?

Trying to use a second-hand oven (bought in France) but it has this strange plug I've never seen before: The wall sockets in the kitchen are just the usual EU one: I searched the hardware store ...
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How can I calculate the power consumption of an A/C unit?

I have an AC unit with the following specs: Cooling Capacity: 1260 kcal/h, 1.47kW, 5000 Btu/h Fan Motor Power: 0.034 kW Current: 0.155 A My question is how much power does this unit actually ...
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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 seperate two 3 way switches to control lights seperately?

I have a porch light and three outside lights along the garage controlled by two three way switches. One switch is inside by the front door and I would like this one to control the front porch light. ...
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During a lightning storm, what causes the lights to temporary cut off and on?

I know it is pretty common during a lightning storm for lights to temporary cut off and on, but where and how and why is this occurring? Is the transformer temporally shutting off power to prevent ...
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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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Why are homes wired using solid wire rather than stranded?

If stranded wire can carry more power for a given wire gauge, why are homes typically wired using solid? If solid wire is less expensive to make, that provides a compelling reason why solid is used, ...
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Is this consumer unit wired safely?

Each of the two devices with yellow test buttons are marked '63A'. My assumptions: The set of devices to the left of each of these are connected to them The markings on each device in the form BNN ...
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How much should it cost to add a circuit breaker?

In this question, I asked about problems between my circuit breaker for a circuit shared by my microwave and sump pump. The conclusion was that another circuit should be added to support the microwave ...
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Do I really have to fasten interior-wall electrical wire to a stud to keep it from moving?

I am fresh out of cable staples and would rather not go all the way to Lowe's just to get a box. What are the implications of not fastening loose electrical wires to a stud? It's not like there's ...
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Can a GFCI outlet be bad? If so, will it take everything on the circuit?

Can a GFCI outlet go bad, causing the entire electrical line to open?
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Microwave Oven Outlet

Wondering if somebody could please let me know where I should put my receptacle for the microwave in my kitchen. It's an over the stove microwave/range hood type. I was going to install it in the ...
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Can a low voltage light switch be located in a closet as opposed to outside the closet?

Okay you guys I have next question. And like all good questions this one begins with a story. I was reading the post about a nick in a wire and read a couple of you mention that light switch in a ...
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wiring a fan to an existing switch that also controls an outlet

I have an existing switch that controls the lower half of an outlet we use for a floor lamp. no other lights or fan in the room. If I use a triple rocker how can I wire the switches to control a fan ...
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How do I make two wall switches work in coordination, wirelessly?

I remodeled my kitchen and added under cabinet lighting. The under the cabinet lights are controlled by a wall switch on one side of the kitchen. The overhead recessed can lights have a switch on ...
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How can I determine the rating of an unmarked dual-pole circuit breaker?

I would like to install a new electric cooktop. The panel has a dual-pole breaker serving the current electric cooktop but there is NO marking on the breaker to indicate the rating. The new cooktop ...
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How do I convert a light circuit with a single pole switch to use two 3-way switches?

I have a box in the hall which includes a 3-way switch (with another switch at the other end of the hall), a single pole switch to the garage lights and a single pole switch to the exterior lights on ...
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How can I wire an outside PIR light?

Good evening all, I need to setup a PIR outside. This is a new installation and existing cable runs are not present. The wiring diagram for this light is very limited. I want to utilise an existing ...
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Why do my lights dim, when my neighbor's central AC turns on?

I understand that the lights would dim with a dryer or large AC on my own circuit system, but is it normal for that to happen when my neighbor's central AC turns on? I validated the timing (hearing ...
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Add a new doorbell to basement, upgraded transformer, still doesn't work

I recently finished my basement and ran a wire in the wall (where I wanted my new door bell to my current doorbell transformer. I've been unsuccessful in getting both my upstairs and downstairs ...
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Are metal face plates safe for metal gang boxes?

So if I understand household wiring correctly: The ground prong is meant to safely conduct stray current (shorts, etc) to the ground. All outlets and switches need to be grounded to the gang box. A ...
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GFCI to light not working

I put a gfci outlet in my front yard for use during christmas time for lights and such. i ran it to on my front porch light so it only turns on when my front porch light is on. i also added to the ...
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How to wire MR16 LED lights?

I am building a wall cabinet with downlights in the shelves, for which I would like to use MR16 LEDs. However, my first attempt was obviously deficient, since two of the LEDs blew. I'd appreciate some ...
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Why would a replacement 3-way light switch cause the other switch to no longer work?

I just attempted to replace an existing three way switch (two switches controlling the same light), with one of these I hooked up the cables in the same way as on the old switch. The new switch ...
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What is this electrical junction box? (re: adding 3-way switch)

I'm trying to replace an existing switch (at the top of the basement stairs) with a 3-way switch by adding an additional switch at the bottom of the basement stairs. The existing switch box has 4 ...