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Adding a mast to a house [closed]

I have to add a two ft. mast to my house. Could I use a wire connector to add wire so that I do not have to run new wire? If I can, is there something I can use to allow me to get to the splice if ...
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How can I rewire a three-wire ceiling fan installation where there is a two-wire set up?

I installed a 3 speed ceiling fan with a dimmable light in the bedroom where a standard 2-wire light fixture used to be. After months of unsatisfied performance of these battery operated wall ...
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Can I use romex in my unfinished, detached garage or should I use MC?

I bought my house with an unfinished detached garage. I will never finish the walls. The previous owner has junction boxes with romex coming out of them and going to the fixtures. I've only seen MC ...
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Can I use #10 wire instead of #12 when wiring a new house?

I am wiring a new house. I bought a boat load of new Romex wire size 10, 12, and 14. I've used all my 12 and 14; is it alright to use the number 10 in place of number 12?
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Ceiling Fan and separate ceiling light fixtures

I just replaced my ceiling fan in the kitchen (has no lights). I also have a separate light fixture. Before replacing the ceiling fan, I would turn on one switch to turn the fan on or off, and the ...
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What is break down of amps on household usages plugin,lights ect [closed]

Looking for information on how much amps are used for plug ins,light switches,ect
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Should smoke alarms be on AFCI circuit?

I'm migrating my smoke alarms from the main panel to a generator-backed-up subpanel so I'll have fire protection during a power outage. I'm simultaneously replacing the old smoke detectors. I read ...
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Is 6/2 Romex the correct wire gauge for a 100' run to a workshop?

I bought an old house that has a fuse box. The place has a milk barn that I want to convert to a workshop. Can I run 6/2 wire from the the two 120 volts wires coming from the fuse box? I want to ...
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Is it safe to combine Christmas miniature light sets of different amperage?

I have two sets of 8mm mini lights that specify 120V 5A on the plug and one set of 5mm mini lights that say 120V 2A. Is it safe to use them together without blowing/frying the 2A set?
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Help me understand electricity - is the neutral always dangerous?

I've read the basics of modern domestic electrical systems, but I have a few questions about the very basic premise that I don't think was really explained. The analogy used in the book compares ...
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Running a bilge pump from a wall outlet? [closed]

I bought a bilge pump for purposes of cooling off my computer, and to my surprise it came with bare wires (one black and one brown) that you're supposed to hook up to a boat. I don't own a boat, and ...
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Downgrading from a dimmer to a switch

I've seen posts about going from a switch to a dimmer, but not the other way around. I originally thought I could read those and do the opposite, but it seems that there are many ways houses can be ...
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How do I change an old 3 round pin socket to a square pin socket in a newer house?

I live in a relatively newly built house (15-20 years old), yet the last owner fitted old 3 round pin sockets in the lounge, possible for old fashioned table lamps. Can I safely replace the round pin ...
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3-way switch w/ dimmer

I have a 3-way switch in our dining room (just 2 switches) and have replaced the one we use the most with a 3-way w/ dimmer. The light turns on just fine, but will not dim. I have installed a Lutron- ...
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When is it appropriate to use push in connections on typical american electrical outlets?

I quit using push in about 10 years ago when I realized it was causing issues when I had a few heaters plugged in at job sites. My detective skills told me that 10 fried outlets over one winter and ...
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Sub panel and neutral and ground bus bar

Some HVAC people under previous home owners put in a sub panel box and ran the AC as well as some lighting and outlet circuits from the sub panel. The bus bars on the two sides of the panel box were ...
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Re-use circuit breaker handle tie?

I have a double pole 30 amp breaker controlling a 230 volt load that I need to replace. I cannot obtain one at this moment; perhaps tomorrow but maybe next week. Either way, I have two good used 30 ...
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Why do electricians prefer not to use the push-in connections on receptacles?

Why do electricians prefer not to use the back-stab or quick connect holes on switches and receptacles? If these were unreliable do you think they would be allowed by the NFPA and NEC?
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Bypass the Timer FM-DS3(e) on Hyundai heater

I have the oil heater Hyundai with mechanical Timer FM-DS3(e). I want to baypass the timer. Let the energy go on the heater. Looks like energy (red)cabel comes to 4 and one part of (white) cabel comes ...
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What is the name of the device that allows switching between two power sources?

What is the component called that allows switching between two power sources so that only one of them can be used at a time?
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How do I wire a switch and light so I can add a fan later?

In a room with a switch that controls a receptacle I'm going to add a switch and ceiling light. I want to make this addition so a fan can be added in the future if wanted. I feel confident in how to ...
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Is there a good reason NOT to reuse the power cord when replacing my electric range/oven?

I'm going to replace my house's original 1970's electric stove (oven+range). I'm pretty sure the store is going to try to sell me a power cord for an extra $20, which isn't a big deal but I'd rather ...
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What is the neatest way to run power to Somfy motorized window blinds?

I have several Somfy RTS motorized window blinds installed. Right now they just have electric cables attached to them that could be tacked to the wall, but I'd rather have the cabling completely ...
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Christmas lights haunting me

Every year I do Christmas lights I run into the same issue over and over...and I'm just tired of it! :(...It's probably due to the fact that I am electricity stupid - I just don't know enough about ...
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What size power supply do I need to connect two 5 meter LED strips? [duplicate]

I want to buy 2 of these 5 meter LED strips to make a 10 meter run. What power supply do I need to have to avoid voltage drop? what controller do I need? How do I connect those 2 LED strips?
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How should I connect a grounding wire from a device to this box?

I'm replacing this simple 2-connector light switch with a 4-wire dimmer. The 2 new wires present on the dimmer are neutral and ground, and only neutral has an obvious home. The box has no visible ...
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Ceiling Light Wiring Confusion

I replaced two sockets in my dated pantry pull chain ceiling light. I tried to put it all back together but blew a fuse. Each new socket has one white & one black wire, the newly installed pull ...
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Why is there increased dryer motor hum while powered by a generator?

We have an off grid home, solar powered 120v. While running the home on the backup generator (also charging batteries), the drum motor on the propane dryer has an increasing noise, then gets to a ...
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What could cause my bathroom exhaust fan to stop working?

I've got a Vent fan with heater in the bathroom, and recently the vent fan stopped working while the heater worked fine. Thinking this might be just a bad switch issues, I took the cover plate off the ...
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How can I extend a circuit so I can plug in my under cabinet lighting?

I am replacing halogen under cabinet puck lighting to LED. The old system was hardwired right into a switch with a power source that was starting to make noise so I thought I would replace the whole ...
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Should I be concerned about power leakage through a Z-wave switch?

I have wired my LED Christmas lights on my front porch through a light fixture adapter. Also, I just replaced the light switch with a remote z-wave switch. When the light switch is off, the lights ...
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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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Removing a leftover oil-burner safety switch?

When I converted from oil to gas heat, the contractors left the remote "emergency off" switch in the circuit. I've since been told that these are explicitly Not Recommended for gas furnaces. Is that ...
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Running power from existing junction box on house for replacement shed which is a steel shipping container

Grey pvc already 18" underground. I have three #6 ready to pull. The junction box contains romex 2 blacks and 1 uninsulated all #6. The breaker from the main is 60 amps. Will have washer and dryer and ...
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Why am I reading 20V at the receptacles on one household branch circuit?

I have a series of three household receptacles through which I am getting maybe 20 volts. All other receptacles in the room on other circuits have normal voltage. I replaced the breaker and ...
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With no load on a circuit, I measure approx 15volts [duplicate]

I picked off 120v from an outlet (parallel) to power a dual switch that inturn will switch on a light and the other to switch on a bathrom fan using a 3/12 with grnd. The circuit is connected through ...
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What size electric service do I need?

My son and I are building a house at the beach. I currently have a 100 amp temp service and my question is “can I get everything I need on the service to pass code if I keep it at 100 or 125Amps”? ...
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Can non-metallic cables pass through one large opening at top of electrical panel?

Does the 2014 NEC eliminate the need to secure each cable to the cabinet? Or can all cables pass through one large opening at top of panel?
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Is it okay to connect 2 ground wires to a single ground screw?

I have 2 ground wires that I can get around the ground screw on an outlet. Is it okay to do this or do I need to use a pigtail to join the wires and have only one wire attach to the ground screw?
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How can I install Z-Wave switches in these different situations?

I am trying to install z-wave lighting switches into my apartment. What I have discovered is that every light switch in my apartment that I have taken apart (4) is wired differently. The switches I am ...
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Can I add a dimmer switch for lighting to a GFI circuit in Kitchen?

Goal: I want to add some under cabinet lights in my kitchen and control them all from an in wall dimmer switch. Problem: I have 3 outlets in my kitchen. One is a GFI outlet, but the other two are ...
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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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Replace stacked 3-way switched on separate panel circuit

I have a stacked (dual) 3-way switch controlling lighting in my home. The lights are on separate panel circuits, one for the foyer and one for the 2nd floor. The switch that is in the box (2-gang, ...
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How can I repair a ceiling fan that hums, but doesn't turn?

The ceiling fan/light has power. The lights work, but the fan doesn't turn even though it hums. Why is this, and how can I fix it?
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Are portable electrical outlets permitted in a basement?

I would like to install a portable outlet box near a work area in an unfinished basement. I have seen these installed in commercial buildings and educational laboratory type areas, always dropped from ...
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How should I ground a GFCI to a metal box?

I've replaced some old GFCI receptacles in my kitchen, which live in metal electrical boxes. The old GFCIs did not have grounding conductors attached, but it seems that the boxes themselves are ...
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old.house.wiring

ok so my primary positioning in life has been mechanicing and in greater hours more specifically heavy equiptment and semis. Although I have extensive experience building race cars and motorcross and ...
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Can fluorescent recessed lighting with four wires be converted to a two wire incandescent socket?

I have ceiling lights in the kitchen that are fluorescent recessed can lighting with four wires, can they be converted to a two wire incandescent socket?
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Is it possible for the black wire to be hot but to create reverse polarity in a GFCI?

Is it possible for a black wire to be hot, but to cause reverse polarity in a GFCI when it's connected to the brass screw? A no-contact voltage tester shows that the black wire is hot. The white wire ...
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Can I install false LED light bulbs in a chandelier to reduce the total light output?

I have a chandelier that holds 18 lights bulbs. The bulbs I have are non-dimmable 4 watt LED bulbs. I really only need 12 bulbs working at a time. Would it cause any harm only using 12 and hollowing ...