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Do I need to ground my pool?

I am have a concrete pool installed and the builder attached a ground cable to the rebar before spraying the concrete. He told me it is up to us whether we want to ground it or not. Given the lights ...
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Why is my kitchen ceiling light not turning on with the light switch?

My kitchen light is not turning on with light switch, I checked it with a two wire light gadget and when I stick them in a electrical plug socket I get a bright light on the gadget, when I touch the ...
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Sump Pump Trips GFCI Receptacle. Is a single, dedicated non-GFCI receptacle safe?

I recently replaced my sump pump in one of my two sump pits. To comply with codes, I replaced the outlet with a GFCI type outlet. Unfortunately, once I turn the power back on, the GFCI trips ...
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How can I completely disengage a gfci outlet?

I have 2 gfci outlets under my peninsula in the kitchen. I never use these outlets and would like to unwire them and remove the outlets so I can panel over them. These are on a circuit with other ...
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Confusion regarding 2014 NEC

I am having trouble trying to understand new code. It says (or so I understand) that a GD, DW and refrigerator now be on AFCI and GFCI RECEPTACLES. Is GFCI required if those appliances (GD - DW) are ...
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Why am I getting 50V at a light when the switch is off?

I am trying to put in a switch and a light it controls in a storage building and this is how I wired it. Click for larger view When I checked the wiring it registered 120V when the switch was 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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Can I split a 60 amp split-phase circuit to multiple 15 or 20 ampere circuits?

I have two 60A (to my knowledge) split-phase outlets (14-50R) in a commercial building, which I'd like to break out semi-permanently to 120V outlets, ideally without having an electrician modify the ...
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Are there octagonal box extenders that are slimmer than 1 1/2" deep?

Is there an octagonal box extender that's slimmer than 1 1/2" deep? So far I haven't been able to find one. Here's why: to cover up 30 years of patching on one of my plaster and lath ceilings, I'm ...
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How to wire 240 volts fluorescent lamps

How many 240 volt fluorescent (2 X 4 recessed, 4 tubes) fixtures can I connect to a 30 amp breaker using 4 mmsq cable?
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How do I add a light fixture to an existing 3 way circuit when the existing one is powered directly?

I am trying to add another light fixture to an existing 3 way circuit. The power source feeds to the ceiling light fixture which is connected to the first three way switch using a 2 wire cable. That ...
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Can I use #16 duplex wire extension to a 2800 watt chop-off cutter?

Is it possible to use #16 wire as extension wire for 2800 watt cut-off machine?
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My LED strip lights just went boom, how to diagnose?

I live in a rented house (in singapore), where the master bedroom alone is fitted with a pair of LED strip lights, and about a month back, when we tried to turn it on, it went a (soft) boom, and hasnt ...
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why does my power keep going out to most of my house?

My power frequently goes out, mostly at night or early morning. Sometimes it goes off multiple times in a row, sometimes just once. Most of the time, I can get it to come right back on by flipping the ...
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Wiring of Combination Switch and Outlet

I just purchased a Leviton Combination Switch and Outlet and I wish to have the switch actually control that outlet. I wired it to the switch end without breaking any of the tabs, and the outlet is ...
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Electric range's clock/timer went out and oven bake/broil will not operate

After 2 years of normal operation, my Kenmore range's clock/timer shut off and oven elements don't heat. Surface burners work fine. I replaced the clock/timer board, but that was no help. I hired an ...
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what should i use to wire this bathroom?

I'm in the process of finishing my basement. So far, framing's done, HVAC ductwork's done, and I'm now working on the electricals. So I've got a 60amp subpanel bringing in power, and off of this, I ...
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Power connected to dishwasher isn't tied into breaker panel - now what?

I'm in the process of ripping up old tile from a house we just bought, and started to take out our old dishwasher today. During the process I noticed it's hardwired from the wall. I went and flipped ...
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Covering hot outlet and waterline

Can I cover up a wall outlet and water line to an old icemaker with a drawer base cabinet? Or do I need to cut out the back of the cabinet to allow access?
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Connect open neutral in box?

I am adding an outdoor floodlight and when I opened the motion sensor box for the existing lights, I found the neutral wire feeding the light was not connected in the box. I think this neutral should ...
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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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Is it safe to install a three pronged wire into a four pronged dryer?

I just moved into an old home that has a three pronged wall jack as shown below: I have a newer dryer that has a four pronged wire. Please see the back of the dryer, I've removed the four pronged ...
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What is the difference between Square D and QP single pole circuit breakers, and can they be mixed?

I just noticed that all of the branches from my upstairs service box are run off of 15 or 20-amp type QP circuit breakers, except for one 15-amp line that is for the hard-wired smoke alarms- it uses a ...
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Is there any legitimate reason you would NOT connect the ground wire on a circuit?

I've been doing some remodeling on my house and had the need to move some electrical outlets. While doing so, I noticed that the ground wire wasn't hooked up on any of the outlets in the circuit ...
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Can I use metal masonry device (switch) boxes in a stud wall?

I am installing new wiring and need to place 5 lighting switches in one location (yes, I understand the problems/issues of confusion, etc.). These will all be 3-way switches, non-dimmable. I plan on ...
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Moody electrical outlet

The sink disposal came unscrewed, leaked, and shorted the unit. It died. I replace the disposal and plug it in. Nothing happens. The breaker is not tripped. The new disposal turns on when an ...
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Delay when powering LED light strip

I made a "shop lamp" out of an LED strip and power supply. When I plug it in there is a 1-2 second delay before the lights are powered up. Do some transformers have a shorter delay than others?
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Can having a bad grounding situation destroy a circuit breaker?

We moved into a home, built a while ago. there are wires hanging and covered in black tape on a chimney. I bought 2 sconces and put them in place. i did not hook up the ground wire on one of them, ...
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How do I wire a duplex outlet from a switch/outlet combo?

The power comes first through a switch/outlet combo and I need to it take further down to a duplex outlet. The switch will control half the outlet and the other half will always be hot. This is ...
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Can I power a separate cooktop and wall oven from a single circuit?

I am replacing my 240V electric cooking range with a glass cooktop (with 4 heating plates) and a separate wall oven. The old cooking range was a plug-in. The two new appliances (the glass cooktop ...
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Electrolux vacuum lightbulb keeps burning out?

Asking for a relative. Older Electrolux Canister Vacuum with a light in the power head. May be model 6500. Bulbs keep burning out quickly. In a month he's gone through 4 bulbs. Any idea what could be ...
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Why are my dimmer switches malfunctioning?

I have two dimmer switches that have started malfunctioning. They are in the same box with two other standard switches. Each controls a set of three small flood lights. There is no other way to ...
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Wiring- Simple for you

Ok I have 2 switches right next to each-other on the box. One does the light in the fan/light combo, and lights above my my medicine cabinets. The other, JUST does the fan. Im tired of people taking ...
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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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What are the differences in the wiring standards between the USA and the UK?

There are lots of electrical questions that assume everyone is in the USA, so what is different for people that are in the UK?
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Why is my refrigerator tripping breaker?

I have been troubleshooting this problem and I have narrowed it down to the ground in the unit. When I disconnect the ground from the frame, it runs fine, and has no problems. When I reconnect the ...
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outlet extended without outlet box?

A contractor recently extended power from an outlet that is located behind my refrigerator. He was originally going to use a large outlet box to make the connections but then we realized that an ...
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Why would my kitchen ceiling fixture not have any current?

Last weekend, my kitchen ceiling fixture stopped working. It's a fluorescent fixture, and since the house is about 20 years old, I figured that ballast had gone bad. I went to the nearest home ...
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5 wire hob to 4 wire junction

Looking for verification before I have this wired. The hob is 220-240v 50/60Hz 11Kw being wired to a 50 amp breaker. The hob has 5 wires; 4 hot 1 ground. Me Electrical has 4 wires; 2 120v hot, ...
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How To Fix Severed Sprinkler Solenoid Wire?

I re-opened my sprinkler system this season to discover that one of the zones would not go off on it's own. After visually inspecting the valves, I see that the issue is that one of the two wires ...
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How can I install a timer with three-way switches?

I currently have a set of lights controlled by two switches. I believe they are both three way switches, I know one of them is. I am trying to install a timer while keeping the three way switch ...
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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 kind of gloves do I need for working around electrical wires?

What kind of gloves could I wear before manipulating electric wires if I really want to be safe even after having turned off house electricity? And where to buy them?
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How can I splice strings of patio lights together?

I have 6 strings of patio lights, each string with 10 bulbs. They can be plugged together like Christmas lights into a 60 bulb string. Each string is rated 9.6 watts (0.08 amps) and each string has ...
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Where does the C wire connect in a dual transformer system?

When wiring a common ground (C wire) for a dual transformer system, does it matter which transformer you connect the ground too? I'd assume that the ground on either transformer would serve as a ...
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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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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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Exterior wiring was damaged by bricks, is replacement wiring ok to turn back on?

Some bricks to my home fell off last winter. These were holding my electrical wiring that fed into the breaker box which is on the second floor. We have replaced the wiring and have secured the back ...
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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 ...