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Unplugging Alarm System

The house I am had an alarm system put in when the house was being built. The previous owners of our house used it but we haven't and all its been is a pain in the butt. Before it would beep when ...
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Ceiling fan lights flicker with fan off, but go to normal with fan on

Just bought an Allen Roth ceiling fan from Lowes the other day. The fan runs fine. When I have the just the lights on they flicker very rapidly. When I turn the fan and the lights on, the fan and ...
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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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Why are LED bulbs in a cooker hood flashing when I put in the fourth bulb?

I replaced 4 bulbs on a cooker hood with LED bulbs. Three will work ok till I put in the fourth; then they flicker once when turned on but will not stay on.
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How can I repair a chewed-through power cable?

My puppy chewed the power plug off of my space heater, and I'd rather not buy a whole new space heater if I don't have to. I went to the hardware store and found a plug rated for 125V and 15A. The ...
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What could cause my outlets to not have enough power?

Four outlets won't work right unless a lamp is plugged in then everything works fine. Unplug lamp it's like not enough power. Plug lamp back in outlets work fine. Why is this happening?
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Can old ceiling fan with red, black, green wires be replaced with one that has light?

There's a very old ceiling fan (without light) that I would like to replace with a new ceiling fan that has a light. I took off the switchplate to see how many wires, and there are three (black, red, ...
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What amp breaker for 20 Amp electrical oven and 40 Amp electrical range on same circuit

What amp breaker should I use for a 20 Amp electrical oven and a 40 Amp range? Currently, I have a 6 gauge wire and a 50 Amp breaker, and my current electrical cooktop and electrical oven are both ...
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How do I trouble shoot powerline issues to my home?

We moved into a new home about one year ago. Since then we have had several weird instances where several light bulbs within our home burn out at the same time. My wife has also had 2 high-end salon ...
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Can two ground rods be bonded via a PVC conduit above ground?

According to my understanding, if a supplementary ground rod is installed, it must be bonded to the existing rod via a buried 6 AWG cable (NFPA 70). However, because virtually every side of my house ...
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Is it okay to place two battery chargers on one 30 amp circuit?

I have a 30 amp 240 volt circuit out side in my garage and I want to hook up two 10 amp 240 volt circuits. The equipment I am hooking up are battery chargers. Can I install fused down disconnects on ...
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Why would I have two wires feeding one smoke detector?

I found a smoke detector in my house that appears to have two wires feeding it from two different circuits. Is this OK?
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Home light switch circuit with 5 switches

I am new to the amazing world of electronics and am starting out small. I think... Early 2010, the wife and I bought a house that was built in 1979. Now I started replacing light switches and ...
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Is there a specific NEC code specifying the distance between water heaters and electrical panels?

I have a condo in a large building with many identical units. Several times other owners have mentioned that the original layout of the utility room isn't up to code due to the proximity of the water ...
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Why is my dimmer switch buzzing?

We had 2 dimmer switches that had stopped working (lights were on 100% regardless of how turned the dimmer switch was. I checked the back and went out and bought 2 new ones, turned the electricity ...
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What options are there to achieve both grounding/ground-fault and arc-fault protection on old 2-wire circuits?

The three receptacle circuits in my house are 2-wire NM, but have 3-prong receptacles. My electrician recommended and installed GFCI breakers to provide "grounding" to these circuits. I now realize ...
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Why would a GFCI on my infloor heating circuit trip, when an exhaust fan on a different circuit turns on/off?

I have infloor electric heating installed in our bathroom. The power is supplied by a dedicated 240V/1Ph. circuit that also feeds a couple of baseboard heaters in our bedroom. The infloor heating is ...
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How post images and pictures? [migrated]

Newb question - I have some DIY questions (mostly electrical with wiring and grounds and stuff) and I need to show pictures (cannot describe it adequately) - I read up on how to show images but it is ...
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installing a replacement fixture with three lamps in one on a two way switch

I am replacing a single pendant-type ceiling light with a new pendant fixture that has three individual pendants that go into the single "hood" that attaches to the box in the ceiling. There are two ...
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Is my electric stove receptacle wired correctly?

When I test the four prong electric stove outlet by touching one of the prongs and the ground, one prong reads 120V and the other 220V. Is this normal or is it wired wrong?
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Why isn't my GFCI receptacle working?

I am installing a GFCI outlet and I am having some issues. I have identified the hot and neutral wires. They test positive with the voltmeter when I turn on the switch. I connect the receptacle to ...
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How can I run Cat5e cable through a completely finished house?

My family and I are interested in buying a house that was built in 2002. This house is two floors on a concrete slab with a finished bonus room upstairs so there is no attic other than above the ...
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Is an oven heating element polarized?

I just took out an oven heating element without paying attention to which wire was hooked up to what end. Does it matter how I hook it back up?
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What would cause all my gfi recepticles to not reset in my kitchen?

All my recepticles that are gfi except one will not reset nor will the outlets that are protected by them work? My house was built in 2006 and the receptacles are levitons. It tripped the breaker ...
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I ran into two hot lines when replacing a three way switch

I've read up on three way switches, and have replaced a few over the years. I recently installed a bathroom fan, and so had to replace two three way switches. Very simple setup - two switches, one ...
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Increasing the capacity of an electric baseboard thermostat

The electric baseboard heat in my living room has a mechanical thermostat (bimetallic strip) that occasionally gets stuck in the "on" position. I'd like to replace it with a solid-state thermostat, ...
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Fire proofing walls with Aluminum Foil Tape

I am currently trying to fire proof my reptile room which consists of racks that are ran with heat cable. I'm worried that a rodent may chew through the heat cable and cause a fire. I'm looking to ...
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Why does my circuit breaker keep tripping?

Every time I switch on one specific circuit breaker, the residual-current device (RCD) switches off. I've disconnected every device that's on the group, and even took out all light bulbs, but the ...
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Which wires do I connect to my new ceiling fan?

I looked all over the internet and my outlet box seems to have unorthodox wiring/ colors. On the ceiling outlet box I have 3 thick wires, red, white and green, and a fourth single little wire that ...
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How to connect multiple light fixtures to one switch?

I am remodeling my basement, currently I have 5 light fixtures and each one has its own switch. I would like to make it so when I turn on the switch at the bottom of the stairs all the lights turn ...
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Replace GFCI in bathroom

When I opened up the old one, there are 3 cables with the normal 2 black, 2 white, and ground. However, there are 2 whites and black capped together to a load screw and another white on the other ...
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rewire ventilation fan to use pull chain instead of wall switch

I'm converting part of an unfinished space to make a darkroom. I'm installing a bathroom ventilation fan over the sink but there is no convenient place to install a switch for the fan. I purchased a ...
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Is it ok to run a new a power line under the roof as opposed to the ceiling?

I am planning to run a new circuit to install ceiling lights, fan, etc. My attic is very low (approx 3 feet), and there is insulation between the joists (B in picture), so it is going to be a hassle ...
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How can I dim landscape lights permanently?

I googled this question before posting here - I cant seem to find anyone with my exact needs, so I am asking here. I have a light switch connected to an outlet that is under my house. From here I ...
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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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Fan speed control with timer?

I'm looking for a device that will allow me to control the fan speed as well as have it timeout. In theory this might work if I used the output from the timer to feed into the dimmer, but it doesn't ...
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Door open lightswitch for sliding closet doors

My closets are the kind with door doors, either of which slides to the side, overlapping the other. I'd like to have the light inside the closet come on when either of the doors is opened. This is for ...
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How can I add a GFCI receptacle on a circuit with split receptacles?

I have a typically wired living room with all receptacles switchable on the top outlet. We are installing a large fish tank and decided to add GFCI protection. I'm trying to change a single duplex to ...
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Kitchen receptacle sparked and now has no power

My Aunt plugged in a device and the receptacle sparked. Now she has no power. The breaker did not trip and the GFI will not reset.
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How can I resolve tripping problems with CAFCI?

Situation: I was having combination arc fault circuit interrupters (CAFCI) installed in some 20 Amp and 15A branch circuits. In several cases , the CAFCI immediately tripped after installation, or ...
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Replacing dumb wall switch with smart one (wiring)

Based on the first diagram below (which is the current wiring for my wall switch), is the way I have the second diagram set up correct? My biggest point of confusion is the line/load wires. Judging by ...
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How do I install a SensaSwitch on a 3-way circuit?

I recently purchased a SensaSwitch, Manual-ON / Timed-OFF (PDF of instructions) and I cannot install it in such a way that it performs as I desire. I have a switch at the top of my basement stairs and ...
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New gate remote control only works from 4 feet away

I have an old multi code gate remote control and it works perfectly. I needed one more so I went to the gate store and bought one multi code, but a new style model. The store told me that it's the ...
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Can I add a three way switch to a light circuit when I only have access to light switch and it just cuts the power to the switch?

I have a light switch that controls 2 lights in the hall. The wire to the switch carries power to the switch with the black wire and the white wire carries the power to the light. I have access to ...
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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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Listed electric baseboard heaters that permit installation below outlets

Are there UL-listed electric baseboard heaters that do permit being installed below outlets? The FPN in 210.52: Informational Note: Listed baseboard heaters include instructions that may not ...
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How do I find what these breakers go to?

I recently mapped every appliance, receptacle, light fixture, switch to their respective breaker in the master 200A electrical panel. When I was finished I ended up with 2 20A breakers that did not ...
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Nice looking on-wall wiring

I need to run some standard AC wiring for wall lights etc. in the living room and some telephone/broadband wiring too. The problem is I can't do it in-wall for various reasons. The only option I am ...
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How do I wire a brand new cooktop that has no white neutral wire?

My old cooktop which is being replaced connects to a j-box with black, red, white, and bare ground wires, which goes to a 40 amp circuit breaker (US here, noticed this site is popular with Europe ...
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How do I install a GFCI receptacle with two hot wires and common neutral?

In my kitchen, I want to replace a regular 120V receptacle with a GFCI-protected receptacle. The instructions describe what to do with a regular 2-wire + ground feed, with and without daisy chaining ...