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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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Ceilling light wont switch off after a new installation

I have bought a new ceiling light to replace an old-fashioned one. I have 3 grey cables hanging from the ceiling: 3 red wires connected together and 3 green wires connected together and 3 black but ...
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What should I do with the ground wire on a replacement bathroom fan motor?

I bought a new motor for my bathroom vent fan and it came with a ground wire. The old motor does not have a ground wire, or not that I can see. What should I do with the ground wire?
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Electrical box - What are all these wires?

I want to install a light fixture on a box that's in the ceiling. I opened it up and I saw WAY MORE wires than I expected. I expected just a green, black and yellow wire. Here are two photos of the ...
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LED Light Glowing

I just replaced a wall lamp with an LED lamp. When the lamp is switched off, the LED has a faint glow. It isn't a phosphorescent glow; it is receiving power. I noticed it at 4:00 AM after it had been ...
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How to chain two recessed lights together?

Disclaimer: I am one of the most non-handy people on the planet, so forgive my total "newbie" question. We are in the middle of a kitchen remodel. I need to install two housings for recessed lights ...
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ive lost power on multiple outlets in different rooms. The GFCI outlets are all receiving power and are working. What else could the problem be?

None of the circuit's tripped and the GFCI's are all working when I plug something into them. Could this still be the problem or is it something else?
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Why doesn't my dishwasher power on?

I couple weeks ago, I had an electrician come in and remove two wires from two circuit breakers from the main panel. Those circuits power a sub panel across the basement. I found out that sub panel ...
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Kitchenaid Mixer 220v to 120v conversion [closed]

have a european 220v kitchenaid mixer model 5k5sswh. can I purchase and adater to plug into 120v US? also is it possible to convert the unit by replacing the armature and related housing, and motor ...
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Why does this switch trip the breaker?

I have been living in my house for 8 years now, and there has always been a mystery switch and outlet (both located on the same wall). My wife has rearranged the room, and now we will need to use the ...
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Recessed lighting not lighting up

So I bough 6 LED recessed lights from a flea market today. $30 so why not. Each one has the log socket adapter so I tried all six on a socket and only one works. Sooooooooo. With the other five, ...
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Loose wire caused significant blackening in plug. How much do I need to inspect/replace?

The cable coming out of my dishwasher ends in an L5 plug of the type that has screw terminals inside for attaching wires. In my continuing quest to inspect all the accessible electrical connections in ...
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Are there “uncommon” 3-way switch wirings?

We have a 3-way switch in the garage that I would like to upgrade to a Lutron Maestro 3-way occupancy sensor. I have tried (and failed) to do so twice now... and I'm pretty handy. I'm starting to ...
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Can I run my hydronic circulator off an appliance cord in order to use it to purge air?

I have a hydronic heating system with a relatively powerful B & G circulator pump. This pump has a relay that is controlled by the furnace electronics; if there is no power to the furnace, ...
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How do I wire a new range to old wiring?

I am replacing an in-wall oven with a oven/stove. The wiring in the wall is a 2 wire #6, and a ground wire. One of the wires has red arrows on it, the other solid black. (obviously 220V) and I traced ...
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Why would a central vacuum breaker trip once every time I used it?

This will be a hard one to find out. I have a central vacuum Drain Vac 2G20028-c , 12.5 amp at 120 volts. It has a mini 15 amp breaker on the unit. The power going to the vacuum is on a normal square ...
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How can I wire an exhaust fan to turn on from multiple locations?

I just bought a Panasonic FV-20NLF1 inline bath exhaust fan that I planned to used to exhaust 2 different bathrooms. I want each bathroom light switch to control the fan, so when the lighting turns ...
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2 switches and 2 lights, how to separate?

In my living room, I have 2 lights and 2 switches. Both witches turn both lights on. I want to separate them so that each switch turn on only one light. How is this done? Does this require re-wireing ...
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replace remote control for ceiling fan with light to wall switches

How do I use existing double pole wall switch for ceiling fan with light kit when replacing with Casa Viejo Revue that only has remote control? I don't want the remote control feature but the fan does ...
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Is there a way to simply splice in an additional length of 12/2 NM-B cable?

Is there a way without using junction boxes to simply splice in additional length of 12/2 NM-B cable? Can I use twist caps? I'm putting in a dog door and as it so happens, there is some 12/2 right in ...
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Multple Occupancy Senors to control hot water return pump

Can multiple occupancy sensors be used to control a domestic hot water return pump system? A senor in each of three bathroom locations wired parallel to start one common low wattage return pump. A ...
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My dining room light will not turn on or off by the wall switch

I replaced an old chandelier (worked fine before removed) with a new chandelier. Also, I replaced the toggle wall switch with a Luton 1000 Watt Dimmer Switch because my light has 18 rods extended ...
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Can I use extra wire from two separate cables to add a washing machine in a garage?

I have two existing 12/3 NM-B cables that are used to connect two different circuits, which are distributed from a junction box close to the location I want to add a washing machine. The washing ...
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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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Can a cord and plug attached to a wallbox be used as a transfer means for fixed wiring downstream of the box?

So, we have a circuit that runs from the panel to junction box A, then to junction box B, and then onwards to a load. Can the fixed Chapter 3 wiring between junction box A and B be replaced by a ...
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Three way light switches in a tower

Talking with an electrician some time back when the house was being remodeled we were discussing the virtues of the remote control of lights. He had boasted that while the technology is neat, there ...
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Hissing noise coming from the lights in my bedroom

I have a ballast in my bedroom with three 60 watt led lights in it. The switch they are connected to is a brand new Lutron dimmer specifically made to work with led lights. The hissing is constant ...
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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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Thermostat has broke - need help with the wiringl

Im changing from wn old White-Rodgers mercury thermostat to a Honeywell digital thermst. And The directions for the digital one says I am to label the wires from the old one-then hook the wires into ...
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What is the proper way to run wires along/across basement ceiling joists?

I want to add an electrical outlet in my unfinished basement. It makes sense to run the wire along the ceiling because that's where all the other wires are. What is the proper way to install NM ...
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How to connect power inverter to standard lighting circuit

I'm interested in installing a solar power system in my garage and am wondering how to connect the three-prong receptacle output of the power inverter to a NM-B lighting circuit that was previously ...
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Estimating max wattage

I live in an apartment in South Korea. The main circuit breaker in the apartment looks like it's 30a 220v, with four individual 20a switches running to different parts of apartment. All the outlets ...
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What are the rules for making your own conduit KOs in nonmetallic junction boxes?

Some North American electrical boxes (usually nonmetallic ones) lack conduit knockouts, as they are designed solely to clamp NM cable. Unfortunately, some devices (the RIB series of enclosed, UL ...
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How to connect metal conduit to in-wall NM cable?

I have NM cable in metal conduit running along a wall. At a corner, the conduit enters wall space, and ends at a metal box in the wall. The line is continued by in-wall NM. How should I handle the ...
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200 amp panel box with some circuits not working

200 amp breaker box in a mobile home. Power just suddenly goes out on all but two breakers/circuits. Each functional circuit is on opposite sides of the panel left side is one breaker down the right ...
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How to properly ground a subpanel in detached building?

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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Extra wires on dual switch install

I installed a ceiling fan with a light fixture in place of a light fixture and ran an extra wire from the ceiling fan to the switch. Would now like to install a dual switch to control fan and light ...
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Confused about wiring

So I'll come clean, I'm a first year electrical student at a tech school and I have a question regarding a diagram I'm supposed to draw. The line diagram is presente: 《-- light -- switch -- light -- ...
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What's causing my A/V unit to shut down? [closed]

I have an Integra 10.5 A/V unit, and Integra DTS 10.5 CD/DVD player & a Sony Bravia video projector. I can play CD's, no problem. I can play a DVD (audio) with the projector off, and it plays ...
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How can I eliminate the need for the switch controlling living room receptacles?

I am new to home improvement, so please be patient with me. I'm sure my ignorance and lack of vocabulary are going to shine through! I'll try to answer any questions and clarify anything to the best ...
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Combining multiple electrical runs into a single wire

I have a warehouse-type space with 14' ceilings, and am updating the electrical for my workshop. Right now, I've got four workbenches that I move and reconfigure depending on what I'm working on for a ...
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What could be causing an earthing fault in a specific socket?

When I connect a device to one specific plug socket, I get a current in the device body. When I connect the device to any other plug in my house, then the device is normal, i.e no current in the ...
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Light fitting with power but no 3-way switch function

I have a 3-way setup with one switch at the top of the stairs and one at the bottom for a light at the top of the stairs. It all appears to be wired fine and I have power and light but the switches ...
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Correct way to attach outlet wall plate?

I have been replacing the outlets in my house with Tamper Resistant outlets. On some of the replaced receptacles, the plate does not tightly attach to the wall—it can be pried back by my fingers. (I ...
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Replace outdoor fixture where existing fixture larger than new one

I have an outdoor light fixture for an "Outdoor Lantern" type light. This fixture is recessed into the siding and has a crossbar-style mounting unit similar to this. I'd like to replace it with an ...
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Identify type of circuit breaker

My house came with a main panel that supports this type of circuit breaker. However, I am unable to find that type at the store and the breaker doesn't say what type it is. I thought it might be ...
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Why would a 240v line voltage thermostat have a blank display?

In a bathroom I have a single 500w 240v electric baseboard heater, and AUBE/Honeywell TH305 digital line voltage single pole thermostat. I noticed yesterday, that the display had gone blank. A quick ...
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How can I check my generator to see if its ok?

I let a friend of mine use a 6500 watt generator that ran my house great, when he brought it back he said it was getting hot and stalling but could run 110 plug. He blew up lots of appliances, how can ...
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I have 1/2 electricity in my master bedroom, exterior walls have no power

I have 3 outlets on exterior walls out. The rest of bedroom has power. Checked breakers, none popped.. Have 2 GFI plugs in bathroom,reset them.. Did notice that I have a 3 way switch on the wall that ...
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Wire a 5 wire down draft remote motor / can this be done?

I currently have a Thermador downdraft range w/ remote blower on the roof. The range has failed. This blower unit was very expensive and I hate to chuck it. Am wondering if it can be used ...