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Three hot wires,1 neutral on a switch

I am trying to replace an outlet, but am having trouble figuring out how to wire it properly. The top receptacle on the outlet is supposed to be connected to a switch. When the switch is turned on the ...
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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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led bulb strobing without power [duplicate]

Why do led light bulbs act like strobes in line of six lights, without power from switch. Unless there is one incandescent light in circuit. Take that one out of circuit and they strobe even with ...
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Why would two regular outlets stop working after I replaced GFCI outlets?

I replaced to gfci outlets and they are working fine, but two outlets on the same wall that are regular stopped working and are not receiving electricity. I checked and checked to see if I did the ...
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Why does my 2 bulb fixture have 40 volts going to it when a bulb is removed?

When second bulb is removed in the fixture in the off position, the remaining bulb lights dim (fixture switch still off) and the socket that is bulb less reads 40 volts, when replacing the bulb both ...
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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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Do I have to GFCI protect a range plug if it's within 6 feet of a sink?

I am installing a range plug within 6 feet of a sink, do I need a GFCI? I do not have a 2014 NEC code book so I don't know if the code has changed. It has not been required in the past but things can ...
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How to turn off all power to the electric panel?

What if I want to run all new wiring in my house and also replace a panel. Is there a way to disconnect main line somehow before it comes to the panel?
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Ceiling lights running dim

I have a persistent problem with the upstairs ceiling lights in my house where they often run dim for a while and then return to full brightness a few seconds later (at most 1 minute). Sometimes ...
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What could be causing this strange behavior of a branch circuit?

My uncle lives in an older house with crazy wiring. The kitchen lights, microwave, most receptacles and fridge stopped working yesterday for 4 hours. Then they came back on with us doing nothing. Well ...
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Fast *safe* way to add an outdoor light

I want to add an outdoor light or two on an exterior wall that has no lights. (I'm about to get a puppy and have a door out from my bedroom that has no lights. Since I live in the mountains and have ...
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How can I convert 4 ft fluorescent tube fixture to be used as a plug in fixtures?

So I purchased four overhead 4 foot fluorescent tube fixtures and my plan is to re-wire so that I can plug them into a wall. Would it make sense to run them in (Series)? (I believe that is the ...
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If our Panasonic microwave shuts off after 2 seconds, is it likely a door latch or magnetron issue?

Need some help with our Panasonic Inverter NN-SD681S. Very light use and in perfect condition except that it suddenly started shutting off after 2 seconds. All other functions are fine (lights/power ...
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Michigan - electrical code question

I have some questions in regards to running electrical in an exposed, unfinished basement environment. I understand that wire running parallel to floor joists should be at least 1.25" above the bottom ...
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How to protect non-metallic cable parallel to face of joist in attic?

I would like to run non-metallic cable (Romex) along the sides of the floor joists in my attic. Code (NEC 300.4(D)) says that wires need to be 1.25" from the top or bottom of the framing member. ...
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Electric line to subpanel

I'm running 2 100 amp 110 lines 35 yards from my well house main to a sub panel in my garage. Do I need to run a ground wire and a neutral wire or can I just run one of them from the sub panel to a ...
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Circuit breaker + panel selection — make and breaker series?

Is there a compelling reason to choose one type/brand of breaker & panel (Eaton CH, Eaton BR, Square-D QO, Square-D HOM, Siemens, GE) over another when putting a new electrical panel and breakers ...
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How would I go about adding more receptacles to a garage?

Looking for help in trying to get more electrical outlets installed in my woefully under-receptacled garage. I have one GFCI 20A outlet at the door going into the garage, one single ceiling outlet for ...
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electrical combination outlet and switch wiring

I have a combination wall plate with a switch on top and outlet on the bottom. The switch controls the garbage disposal and the outlet is always on. There are two black wires and one white. One ...
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What is this electrical panel for?

I bought a rehab house and currently trying to identify what everything is in there. There is this panel in the garage. Does anyone know what it is? http://imgur.com/a/icRHd
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Should I use 12/3 romex for a 240 volt 40 amp electric cooktop?

I am installing a 240 volt 40 amp electric cooktop. Will 12/3 romex suffice for this? Secondly, I know I need a double-pole breaker because 240 volts is delivered using two out-of-phase 120 volt ...
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wire on the floor. What is it likely was used for?

I bought a rehab house. This is what I think was a laundry room because of the drier hookup. What is this wire laying on the floor? What was it used for? my current thoughts: a) There are many ...
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How do I wire a light switch and outlet in the same box?

I have a single gang box in a bathroom with a GFCI outlet. I'd like to replace it with a 2-gang box containing a GFCI outlet and a light switch for the vanity light. The outlet will have both ...
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Are there any load meters available for my main electric panel?

I have a 200A main coming into the house (Bryant-type panel, which is basically GE now) and was wondering if there is a digital/analog load meter that could be hooked up? I have a clamp meter now, to ...
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Gas Dryer suddenly trips any GFCI Outlet immediately upon being plugged in, but works fine in non GFCI

I have a Maytag Centennial gas clothes dryer in my laundry room. It is connected to a non-gfci outlet which is downstream of another outlet with built in gfci. It has been connected like this and ...
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Copper Water Pipes used as Electrical Ground

I am replacing a section of copper water pipe that burst behind tiled shower wall. Since the pipe run is along an exterior wall subject to winter temperatures, I'm considering replacing this section ...
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Can/should I install the breaker box in an annexed room?

I have three choices for the breaker box, in Brazil there is no national code restricting its location, but I still want it to have a good/proper location. In my workshop that is annex to the house, ...
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What can I do about radiant hot water tubing above an electrical panel?

My wife and I have a new construction with radiant heat installed on the underside of the floors between joists, which was in place before the electrical was installed. Electrical inspector burst a ...
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Do all conductors on a 20-amp circuit need to be 12 AWG?

I'm rewiring a bathroom, and will install a GFCI receptacle on a 20 amp circuit breaker (dedicated to the bathroom only). I am also going to have a fan and vanity light on the same circuit, ...
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HELP ME! New fixture won't turn on, did I wire it wrong?

I'm trying to replace my living room ceiling light fixture. The new fixture only has black and white wires (no ground). The ceiling has red, black, white, and ground wires. When I took the old fixture ...
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Neutral (grounded conductor) for bathroom switch (NEC 404.2(C))?

I understand that a grounded conductor (neutral) is not required by code (404.2(C)) for bathroom switches, but is there any reason that I would want to include it - future-proofing, etc.? I'm going ...
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How to add additional speeds to a box fan

I have a 20" Box Fan, that has 3 speeds. It's a commerical model from Lasko, heavily built, puts out a lot of air... too much actually for my normal needs. So I'd like to add speeds in addition way ...
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Can I add a sub-panel near the main disconnect outside my house?

I have an outside main disconnect of 125 amp and a inside main panel. The disconnect panel outside has an extra space that will accept a dual pole breaker. What I would like to do is add a sub-panel ...
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hampton bay ceiling fan quit working

my ceiling fan is hard wired with no switch only operated by remote control.it stopped working so I replaced the remote control,which worked for about a year.i opened the remote and could find no ...
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Safely use a bare light socket

I've got a box of sockets like this: I was planning to mount a few of these on the ceiling, but am wondering about safety since the hot wire is essentially exposed, and would be very close to one's ...
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What are the code requirements for crossing a buried LPG line with an electric line?

Trenching for 1" Non-Metallic Liquidtight Conduit Type LFNC-B with 18" cover (10-3 W/G UF wire installed, 240V with 30A breaker) to serve a well. Just bumped into LPG line crossing conduit's path at ...
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Why is my recessed light not working?

I have a single recessed light that does not work. It's at the entrance to highlight a mirror. The bulb works and the switch is good. The problem is that there is no power to the fixture. I took the ...
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How do I replace a 3-way switch that is connected directly to the house wiring?

I am trying to install a dimmer switch on my three way circuit in the kitchen. When I removed the existing switch, the traveler wires look to be hooked directly into the wiring of the house from the ...
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Does installing electric heated floors require dedicated electrical?

I would like to install electric heated floors throughout a home built in 2008 (In BC, Canada) to replace a forced air furnace system. I am wondering if this project will require running a new set of ...
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Are grounded receptacles with open grounds causing my electrical problems?

I have a room that has six outlets. Two of which are healthy with ground and ~120V coming through. The other four report open ground with one of the four not working at all (no juice). I've checked ...
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Carpet cleaner keeps tripping outlet

I have a carpet cleaner. The first time I turn it on, I can use it for about 5 minutes before it trips an outlet's breaker which disconnects the power to the used outlet. I then reset the outlet ...
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Is there a way to plug a NEMA 6-20P plug into a NEMA 10-30R receptacle?

Is there a way to plug a 6-20p 208/220/250v plug into a 10-30r receptacle? I can't seem to find an adapter for this. I bought a 220v fahrenheat heater and want to be able to plug it into a range or ...
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Why does a wall plug show only 20V instead of 120V?

I have two outlets that test at 20V, or sometimes 60V. They should be 120V.
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What could be wrong with my Whirlpool flatop?

I was in the process of cooking when I noticed that my food was no longer boiling. The red indicator light was still on. I held my hand over the burner and they both were cold to the touch. I went to ...
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Can I wire a box with two 120-volt duplex outlets each wired to one leg of a 240-volt 3-wire plug?

In my shop I have plenty of NEMA 6-20Rs (240-volt, 20-amp receptacles) and not enough NEMA 5-20Rs (120-volt 20-amp receptacles). These are all right next to the panel. My goal or my desire: I want ...
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What size fuse wire do I need for a 4 kW single phase 220V geyser?

What is the type and gauge of wire that I should use for fuse wire which is feeding a 4 kW single-phase geyser?
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Fan coil wiring problem with new thermostat

I'm trying to upgrade to a new line voltage thermostat. The new thermostat has many more connections, including three fan speeds. My current system has a manual fan switch on the wall so all I need ...
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How can I extend an old ceiling box to fit a SmartHome relay?

I have an old ceiling fixture box, the kind with the stud/hickey in the center that looks like this: I want to add a fixture to this box (currently it's unused.) I also want to use a SmartHome ...
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What could cause a gas fireplace to come on by itself?

My natural gas fireplace has a mind of it's own. It has been working properly until today--it decided to come on by itself It has been cold (15 degrees) here in SC--could this be the problem?? The ...
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Can I use a split tab switch for mains voltage and low voltage?

LeGrand (Pass & Seymour) make a multi-control single pole switch with a split tab TM8113WCC, which allows for the control of two independent circuits on a single yoke (one box). Code question: is ...