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Wiring from Oven to Switch

At the moment under the oven switch the cable is plastered over (without capping) till it reaches under the counter; there it pops out of the raw plaster and is draped across the back of the units ...
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Will a water heater use more or less power overall if equipped with larger or smaller heating elements?

For electric water heaters that can be obtained with various different options for the size and power draw of their heating elements, will larger elements use more power overall? For example, let's ...
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increasing power to detached garage

the house i bought has a detached garage about 20 feet from main structure. It currently has 1/2 rigid metal conduit with a single 20A circuit (3x12ga). I need about 13A for a table saw or router (two ...
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Moving a light switch without moving it

I live in a rented house, and there is a lightswitch which is unconventionally not next to the door in one of the rooms. Is there a way to move the lightswitch so it's next to the door. I am currently ...
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Are old work electrical boxes acceptable for roughing in?

My landlord is repairing a room in our home. He ripped out all the plaster and left just the lath boards. HE has "roughed in" using old-work drywall boxes. I don't know if he plans on screwing them ...
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Why are only half of my receptacles working after an electrical arc in one of them?

I live in an apartment above an older building that I help care for. I was unplugging my phone charger (I may have pulled it out too fast) and there was a huge arc and flame color and it smoked. This ...
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How do I reuse a fluorescent light fixture?

I am reusing a fluorescent fixture with two black wires and one white. Do both black wires go to the black (hot) wire?
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FPE panels replaced [closed]

Does any of you who is electrician know if my home insurance can refund me for having the Federal Pacific E panel and wiring replaced? I got it replaced with new one because I was warned that the ...
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Extremely confusing 48 v on neutral

I am actually a pretty good electrician, but am baffled by what I found today. During a remodel and adding a few new boxes for future lights, I received a shock from a neutral wire and a floating ...
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Why two breakers (one for the line, one for the neutral) on a single-phase line?

I'm wondering why in my house I have a tied-together pair of breakers (one breaker for the hot line, the other for the neutral) for one geyser, while my other geyser only has its hot line with a ...
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What to look at first when when circut breaker that fridge is on is tripping?

I have a house where the circuit breaker has tripped a few time over the last several days. It flipped one evening, we flipped it back and was ok for a couple days. We went away for the weekend and ...
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How do I seal an electrical box for a ceiling fan?

We recently installed new electrical boxes and hung fans from them. We caulked around the boxes to seal off airflow into the attic. There are several small holes (and one has a medium sized hole) on ...
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How to run flexible metal conduit through wall of attached garage?

The photo shows a disconnected generator transfer switch and a sub-panel in an interior room on a wall that is shared with an attached garage. The transfer switch is pre-wired with some sort of ...
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How should I use the ground wire for this welder?

So I want to use "ol big red", my trusty arc welder in my new home. I intend to use the electric range circuit since we have a gas range. I re-routed the range wire and was about to hook it back up ...
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4 way switch with only two switches

I just bought a 3-way dimmer switch for the kitchen. There are only two switches that switch the overhead lights. I went to take off one of them to install the dimmer and the switch had 5 wires (2 ...
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What are these marks on the Romex wire in the wall?

I was replacing some damaged siding and decided to replace the old dirty insulation at the same time. After pulling out the insulation I noticed that the Romex running to two outlets had some brown ...
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Why am I getting no power to the branch circuits with a new sub-panel?

My home had an ancient Zinsco sub-panel in which the breakers were grounding out and arcing to the panel. I've swapped it with a new Eaton 100 amp panel. I've re-installed all the breakers, and ...
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How can I fix flickering and continuous-clicking with a UPS on an inverter-supplied circuit?

My whole house has been backed up by an inverter for a few months now. My computer is still connected to a UPS so that it gets clean power - I don't trust the inverter alone to provide ultra-stable ...
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How common is it for new homes to have gas-only dryer hookups?

I am relocating my dryer. I had the gas line relocated and a dedicated circuit put in for the washer and dryer. The original location had the option for an electric dryer. We have a gas dryer and ...
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Nothing Seems To Get Enough Power…?

I just moved into a studio that someone is renting out. They just finished putting in a new kitchen, including a new fridge and stove. However, today is my first day here and I have already noticed a ...
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what to do with my ceiling light in shower

I am remodeling a shower and i removed the light and light switch, which were on the same wiring, I had planned on just tiling over the ceiling since my new shower will be open and have more light so ...
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How does the wiring in this light hookup?

I'm trying to install this light in my house, but I don't know how the wiring works for it. The light has a switch on the front of it that controls both bulbs and the switch has two black wires coming ...
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How can I connect multiple lamps to a single cable?

I have 5 lamps, which I want to attach to a single power cord. If it was only 1 or 2, I'd just plug the wires into an insulating screw joint like these: But 5 cables are just too thick. How should ...
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Encasing electrical outlet behind a panel above overhead microwave

My remodeling contractor has installed an overhead microwave. The electrical outlet is no longer in a cabinet above the microwave. He has taken the limited space above the microwave ( about 8 inches ...
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How to install LED strip where before I had a fluorescent tube?

I want to install a LED strip where once there was a fluorescent tube. I like to think myself as google competent but this time I could not find a satisfactory answer. Right now, in my ceilling I ...
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How do I wire a new light fixture with a red wire?

When replacing an old chandelier with a new ceiling, there was one red wire, two white wires tied together and two black wires tied together. I had capped the red wire and tied in the remaining ...
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How do I connect original to new wiring when repairing an electrical fault in an AC unit?

The AC failed at a neighbor's house and the problem was quickly diagnosed as electrical. I saw that a few of the wires had corroded and one had actually burnt through. The unit is only 5-6 years ...
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Why is the red (common) wire giving me a shock?

I was replace a 3 way switch and noticed when I touch the red ( common ) wire while it's connected to the switch I get a little "buzz" or shock. I was curious if this is normal. Obviously while ...
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Outlets On a Desk

Recently I have built a new desk in my office, made of pine and plywood. It is a build in, that is, it is permanently attached to the wall, etc. and can't be moved. I felt that it would be useful to ...
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Why won't any light in my house turn on after a range hood was installed?

My contractor installed a range hood and after that no light in the house will come on. We have a breaker system, not sure of the load. What could be the possible problem?
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Connecting 14 AWG to 12 AWG for oven operation

I have a new wall oven to install. Both old and new oven are 30Amp units. Old wiring from local oven junction box is 14 AWG (pig tail - 6ft). New oven is 12 AWG, 3ft pig tail (will not reach ...
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4 Vertical Prong Plug Adapter

I just moved into a very old apartment. There is only one plug in the dining room and it is very strange. It takes four same-sized vertical prongs, similar to a 50 amp outlet except the bottom is ...
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hardwiring lights to a 20 amp circuit

I have a 20 amp circuit running in my barn. I wish to hook 3 or 4 fluorescent lights to the circuit if i can. Each of the lights has a much smaller wire to connect to. Can i put in a junction box ...
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Mild Electric Shocks in Bathroom

I have been subject to mild electric shocks in my bathroom for years. It's probably a good time to figure out the problem (I'm still here), so I have check the voltage across the shower valve and the ...
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Why is one of my 2-way lights staying on all the time while the other isn't?

I wanted to change 2 of my lights in the living room, but now one is working well but the second is staying constantly on. It's a 2 way system. I have 1 blue wire coming out, 3 brown, 2 blue and 3 ...
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14-2 Tap Branched From 12-2 Feed on 20amp Circuit…What To Do?

I have a switch by my front door that supplied power to a receptacle. I want to wire that switch to an existing ceiling fan/light combo in the same room. I've already made the outlet constantly hot. ...
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Fireplace switch: wiring length/gauge limitations?

We have a propane fireplace insert that can be wired up for a switch. Right now, there are two 6" 18g single-strand leads that when nutted together complete the circuit allowing the fireplace to turn ...
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What is this electrical box with a button?

I have a small electrical box with a small button on it in the front of my house. I traced the wire as much as I could. One end is this box with a button. It leads to the front of my detached ...
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Curcuit breaker not accesible

My dryer stopped working and I found out that the circuit breaker (fuse) had burnt out. I measured the voltage in the socket and it's none. I live in an older house in USA and the cable is inside the ...
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What's involved in an electrical inspection to obtain a Certificate of Occupancy?

In an 80 year old house with no original certificate of occupancy (C of O). I have to obtain a C of O, which requires an electrical inspection. What should the inspection involve?
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Swapping out circuit board on York AC?

I have a York AC unit where the circuit board is shot, so I bought a replacement circuit board (same model). The model number for the board is 031-00251C. Pictures of old circuit board: ...
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Trying to measure kW and kWh

I want to measure how many kilowatts or kilowatt hours are going through some of electric lines in my house. For reasons too numerous to list here I can't use a standard kill-o-watt (basically some of ...
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Are the connections in the pictures below an attempt at stealing power for another apartment

I need help indentifying if the connections here are stealing power from one apt. for use in another.suspect
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What do I do with the neutral and ground when wiring a transfer switch?

I know there are a lot of questions about wiring a generator to a home electrical panel, but I can't find the answer to the questions that I have. I would like to wire a generator that has the ...
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Our backsplash tile has raised oval design a how do we work around electrical outlets?

The tile we chose for our kitchen redesign is long and narrow (3" x 9") with a raised oval design. This image isn't the same brand as ours (We purchased Portfolio) but this is almost identical. ...
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Can I use a junction box to splice together wires that are on a different circuit?

I'm doing some work inside a wall that has some 12/2 NM cable running through where I need to put something. The cable doesn't have any additional slack for me to route it around the obstruction. I ...
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Multiple recepticles in a circuit which covers multiple rooms, all controlled by a single GFCI receptacle

I have a 120VAC 15 AMP Circuit that powers 2 receptacles on a back porch and 5 receptacles in a garage on the opposite end of the house. The first receptacle in the circuit is a GFCI on the back ...
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Can you put a small breaker panel after a 30 amp breaker from main panel in the house?

Looking to run lights in my garage. If I put a 30 amp breaker in my main panel on a 10 wire to a small breaker panel in my garage, can I put 2-4 15 amp breakers out there for the lights? Likewise, ...
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Clothes Dryer electrical 240v between hot and netural, 0 between other hot and neutral

I had to move around my dryer to do some work in my laundry room. When I plugged it back in, it wouldn't turn on at all. None of the buttons would even make the lights come on. I unscrewed the end ...
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How do I connect a switch and receptacle in the same box?

I have extended wire at the end of an existing circuit. I’m installing a 2-gang box with a switch and a receptacle. I want one of the outlets to always be hot, and the other to only be hot when the ...