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Connecting 2 GFCI Breakers to 2 Hot Leads and 1 Common

So I just bought my first house and in lieu of changing loads of outlets in the kitchen for GFCI outlets I went with two 20A GFCI breakers. Upon going to install the breakers I found that the cable ...
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Can the fan be rewired so the fan works off the pull chain and the lights work off the switch?

I have an existing ceiling fan in a hallway on a 3 way switch. When I turn on the switch both the fan and the lights will come on. Can the fan be rewired so the fan works off the pull chain and the ...
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What is the permissible distance from weather head to roof edge?

I have been told by Southern California Edison (SCE), that my weather head is too far from the edge of my roof to put a new breaker box in place of the old one. what is the permissible distance from ...
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Outdoor lighting: use 12V transformer or 220 V mains? And use RCD or not?

I wish to install some outdoor lighting for meat poultry (they need lights on 24/7 so they can eat 24/7). I've done some minor electrical work, even installing a circuit, but I'm a beginner. First ...
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Ok to have junction box hidden behind recessed lighting?

The ballast went out on one of my recessed ceiling fluorescents. I'd like to replace all 3 of the fluorescents with remodel Halo cans then put in some LED retrofits. The existing wiring isn't long ...
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Will a Mira shower from the UK work in Brazil?

I plan to send a Mira shower to Brazil, but there they use 110v and 220v. Will it work with 220v, even though it was designed to work in the UK which is 240v?
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Installing a ceiling fan with remote

I have a white, black, red and bare cooper wires coming from ceiling. The fan I bought has a remote and the remote sensor is already installed/attached to the mounting hardware. The remote sensor ...
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Is it possible to notch framing studs for installing conduit w/out structure collapsing?

I have a garage which is a simple structure - 4 walls, garage door, and a normal door. The structure is framed as one would expect, studs 16 inches apart. I want to put some extra wood paneling as an ...
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Installing new dishwasher but using existing power cord

When removing existing power cord from old dishwasher, I "assumed" that it would have the 3 colors indicated. After pulling it out, I realized that there was a green wire & two grey wires with no ...
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Ceiling fixture install(multiple wires)

I am currently trying to install a new ceiling fixture in my hallways, with black, white, and ground wires. When I removed old ceiling fixture I found 4 what appear to be white wires, 2 black, and 3 ...
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Using a generator

Power is out with 100+ temperatures. The window AC has a 615r plug and I cannot find an adapter that will allow me to plug the AC to the generator. How do I plug it in?
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What could cause my light and TV to turn off, then back on?

Light is on a switch, TV on a different outlet. When I switch light on, then turn TV on after awhile they both go off. If I wait awhile, they will come back on by themselves. Breaker never trips. Same ...
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How do I install a ceiling light where one never existed?

I am installing a hanging light fixture in a room that had no lights in the ceiling. There is a ceiling joist running down the center of the room. What is the best way to mount the fixture? Is there a ...
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Power in my house is not all working,only half

How to tell what's wrong with power in my house from the meters outside. Half house power is off and on with no tripped breakers
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Is this electric furnace likely to be insulated with asbestos?

I inherited this electric furnace and I'd like to identify the material it's made from. I've not managed to find any record online, but the company itself no longer exists. Given its vintage (90s ...
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Ceiling Fan issue

I had a ceiling fan in my kitchen (large vaulted ceilings with attic access) that I replaced with a new ceiling fan. Before the switch the fan and lights for the fan worked perfect. The new fan does ...
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How does a 3-way motion sensor switch interact with the mechanical switch on the circuit?

I want to install a 3-way circuit covering a hallway and stairwell. The top of the stairs and hallway would be covered by the motion sensor and the bottom by the mechanical switch. What happens if I ...
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Stove and oven on same circuit?

Does an induction stove and an electric oven need to be on seperate circuits? If they can be on one, what amperage circuit breaker do they need? My house has a different circuit for each one, 50 amp ...
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How can I tell if two outlets are on different phases?

I have a house that had a 240v stove in it, and then was replaced with a gas stove, all before I bought it. There are two regular 120v outlets under it, that are both 120v, and the gas stove is ...
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Why does my washer trip circuit breaker on sanitize cycle?

Bought this machine used and the seller failed to mention this to me or this is a problem with my wiring. All cycles complete 100% on this machine (LG model WM2277HW), except for the aforementioned ...
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Am I likely to be able to run a circuit from this panel for an EV charger?

I live in a shared condo where two units share an electrical panel in an electrical closet behind the garage. I'm thinking of buying (well, leasing) an electric car and in order to charge it, would ...
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Light switch setup using only white wire. Will it work? [closed]

I'm working on a small cabin. All black wires are run directly to lights. The white wires are run to the switches then lights... so each switch has only white wires. Would the circuit still work? ...
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Is the outlet type indicative of problematic wiring

I'm fairly competent as a DIYer, but I don't have the ability to dig in to this problem directly yet. I'm considering buying a very historic house (more than 180 years old). The wiring coming out of ...
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Circuit Breaker Upgrade Complications

I'm currently renting a unit in a commercial warehouse complex. Each unit has individual MLO panels inside the unit, and then a large split meter base with individual breakers for each unit in a ...
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Can I replace an existing receptacle with a Leviton USB receptacle?

I have this Leviton USB product, which contains 1 hot terminal; 1 neutral terminal and 1 ground terminal. I want it to replace a receptacle that has 2 hot terminals and 2 neutral terminals (along ...
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Removing light switch but keeping the power

I have a three switch outlet on my living room wall. the leftmost switch was to a can light above the mantel, the middle to the fan portion of the fan and the right to the light portion of the fan. ...
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How can I replace circuit breakers with GFCI breakers when it is a multiwire branch circuit?

We have 2 carriage lights on our patio and 3 flood lights on our eves. The carriage lights are controlled by two 3-way switches and the yard lights are controlled by another set of two 3-way light ...
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Allowed distance between service entrance and breaker box

What is the distance allowed between where the service wires enter your home and the breaker box?
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Why would the documentation say to wire a pole of the 3-way occupancy switch to ground?

I'm currently wiring up an occupancy sensor to a 3-way switch, I'm leaving one of the mechanical switches in place, and here is the wiring instructions. according to the instructions I need to wire ...
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Can I convert my main panel to a sub-panel to install a hot-tub?

My wife would like to have a hot-tub. The immediate problem there is that the current service entrance is directly above where it would go. So, I am looking at undergrounding my service (added bonus ...
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Is it safe to use a damaged heating element for my Kenmore dryer?

I cracked the ceramic piece that connects the wires to the heating coil while replacing my heating element in my dryer. It is working, but I am wondering if it is safe? Any comment?
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Chattering contactor, what should voltage be when AC is on/off?

I have a Nest thermostat that I believe is the culprit of this issue. I've already replaced the contactor once and now the new one is chattering and not kicking the AC on. When the AC is turned off, ...
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Why does my garbage disposal have a 3 way switch?

In my house I have what seems to be a plain two wire + ground flip switch for the garbage disposal. I need to replace the switch because we added backsplash tiling and want to better match the color. ...
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How do wire this 2-gang dimmer switch?

I'm trying to fit a dimmer switch in my living room. I have two pendent lights controlled by a single wall socket with two switches one for each light. My property is a new build and in the UK. So ...
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Electric range spark and house fuse blown multiple times

I have this electric kitchen range for 3 years. Yesterday, when cooking, there was a spark in the back and the home's fuse was blown. On turning things back, it worked for a few hours, and again a ...
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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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moving an outlet and switching it to a GFI

I have an existing outlet that is connected and works fine but it needs to be moved because I am adding kitchen cabinets. My question is this the outlet has 3 white wires and two black wires connected ...
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Electrical Wire

I ordered guage 8 wire for residential electrical connection from the watt meter to the circuit breaker box. I received guage 8 wire with very fine (hair-like) strands,not solid as I expected. Can ...
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Electrical outlet right above sink

I recently moved into a unit of a 4 plex in Ontario, Canada. This thing scares me: Is an electrical outlet allowed to be above the sink like that? Was it ever allowed? It it something that ...
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Can I split my electrical mains in two so I can have an independent meter in my outhouse?

Can I have my electricity supply split into two, so that I can have an independent meter in my outhouse, from my existing supply?
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Why do I have no power in my bedroom but other circuits on that breaker do?

In my room the ceiling fan stops and there's no light and no power in wall socket. I plug the TV, phone and DirecTV to an extension cord running to the bathtub socket which is on a breaker by itself. ...
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LED lights delayed when turned on

I had my house built last year and after moving in noticed that in our living room (6 led downlights) when we turn our lights on 5 turns on at once and the 6th one will be delayed ranging from 1/2 sec ...
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How do I install switches in this box?

I have a bathroom that has two lights, both had dimmer switches. Next to the bathroom is a bedroom which is on the same circuit. So, for the sake of simplicity, let's say there are three lights: ...
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How do I determine my breaker panel's maximum wattage?

I'm trying to figure out the maximum wattage my breaker panel can supply. If I look at the breaker panel I see 2 large breakers, one with 40A and one with 50A (plus the test button, etc). I'm going to ...
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What could cause circuit breakers to trip when power is restored after an outage?

What causes circuit breakers to trip after my power comes back on from an outage?
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It is normal for glass-ceramic cooktop to be hot?

I just bought a stove with glass-ceramic cooktop and I'm frustrated because when I use one hot plate the whole cooktop is hot (even the metal corpus around it). Is this normal or the cooktop must be ...
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upgrade to a 200 amp service, cable wiring sizes

The house currently has a 3/4 inch conduit to feed the main wires coming from the power company to the breaker box. This is very much inadequate. I plan to upgrade to a much bigger breaker box. My ...
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sub panel in garage?

I have 200 amp service. I want a subpanel to handle my garage outlets hot tub and a small welder. besides normal power tools such as a miter saw table saw and ets. I have 3/4 inch pipe ran to my ...
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How do I wire a 1/2 switched receptacle?

I am changing receptacles and one of them is 1/2 switched. I have the red to the brass screw and the whites to the silver ones and it keeps tripping the breaker. I swapped the whites to make sure I ...
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What's this JML thing in my house?

I have seen these things in various walls around my house and I am just wondering what the heck they are??? reverse image search showed no useful results so now I here asking for the help of stack ...