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How to hang modern fixture over old square recessed box?

I purchased a home built in 1958 and a few rooms have these square recessed light boxes. I would like to hang a larger diameter modern flush-mount fixture over them, but I'm not sure what the way to ...
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What is this thing with wires found on wall inside closet, and how do I remove it?

My 1950's-ish home in Pennsylvania has an addition built off of the kitchen (no idea when the addition was built). In this addition there is a closet I am remodeling. While taking down the wood ...
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Is it necessary to use GFCI receptacle with AFCI/GFCI combo breaker?

I was just reading about the dual GFCI and AFCI breakers. Is it then necessary to use a GFCI receptacle with these breakers, or is that redundant? Also, rather than just pushing a button in your ...
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Breaker problem after bad weather? [duplicate]

Electrical storm the other night. Woke up in the morning and half the power in the house is out. I tested all the breakers and three of them tested bad. A double breaker tests good on one side but bad ...
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How can I replace a single pole light switch with Z-Wave light switch?

I'm trying to replace a single-pole switch with a z-wave switch. I'm new to electrical stuff, I understand a little of the terminology just from reading the black & decker wiring book. I turned ...
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How can I add a bathroom fan to the existing end line light switch?

I would like to add a bathroom fan to the existing end line light switch. I am fine with the switch controlling both the light and fan at the same time as the light only has 14-2 running to the ...
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Are conduits run along floors code permitted?

I'm running 240v outlets in my garage for several woodworking machines. To keep the conduits out of sight, I'd like to run them 4-6" off the floor along the bottom of the wall. Is this allowable ...
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Why is my motion activated light switch in my pantry also controlling my bathroom light? [closed]

I installed this motion activated light switch, and felt so smart doing so and getting it to work. Now I've realized that the motion activator is also controlling the adjacent bathroom light. Can ...
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Outdoor Conduit for A/C and outlet

I am in the process of putting down some outdoor conduit at one of my properties. I am replacing some old UF wire that wasn't buried properly (or came up over the years) and has shorted. I chose to ...
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How do I separate these wires?

My ceiling fan stopped working and I want to remove the light box from the fan so that I can replace an in-line fuse holder. In order to separate the light box from the fan rotation device, I need to ...
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How do I wire 2 switches to control a ceiling light?

I recently bought our house in Australia, and one light wasn't working, so I took a look at it. The wiring was not connected to the light. There were lots of wires coming from the ceiling for the ...
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Dimmer switch replacement

Have new dimmer switch . Tried wiring it . Not working . Have two black wires and one white and green from wall . I have tried each wire in every spot . To no avail . One way keeps lights on all time ...
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What is this part on the receptacle of the stove called and what is it for?

We have an older Whirlpool electric stove. (Model # RS6750XVN) One of the burners isn't working and when I lifted the top off I found a different type of receptacle. Three of the receptacles look ...
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How bad is it to attach a gas water heater to a gas furnace electrical circuit?

I'm looking to replace my existing water heater with a more efficient model. One of the things that makes better models more efficient is the replacement of the thermocouple / pilot control system ...
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How much extra wire should I have in my electrical panel?

Question: What are some rules of thumb for leaving extra wire within an electrical panel (if any) and routing the extra wire (e.g. create a single loop from the extra wire) to maintain balance ...
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What does “Range” Mean in Electrical Circuits?

The switching have been tripping a lot at my apartment, sometimes an entire wall is completely powerless, but the rest of the rooms are just fine. Usually, I just need to turn the switch off and on ...
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Trying to understand why a light would be wired this way?

Just moved in to an older home with fiancé and WAS planning to change out a light fixture with a new ceiling fan. However after turning off light switch and breaker and proceeding to remove light ...
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Where should I bond neutral to ground? [duplicate]

I have an old house that was remodeled with a bathroom addition added years ago. I have two breaker panels: the outside service entrance panel (A) and another panel in the garage (B). I found bonds ...
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Need help designing a circuit layout and wiring diagram for a garage

I'm renovating the electric in my detached garage. The previous owner ran 12/2 direct burial and it shorted. So I put a 20 amp breaker in, dug up the direct burial, ran 1 inch pvc at 18 inch depth, ...
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Can I wire a regular ceiling mount hard-wired chandelier into the light kit area of a ceiling fan?

Basically swap out the lights. Ceiling fan light kit off and regular ceiling mount chandelier on. I want to KEEP the fan, just swap out the light fixture.
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What could be causing the main breaker to continually trip?

I live in a apartment, it has a 100 amp main breaker. It trips usually everyday at 6 pm and somes a couple of times after the first. The individual breakers don't. The main breaker gets hot to ...
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How do I install a ceiling fan with remote control when there are separate switches for the fan and light?

Our house was wired for ceiling fans. Currently there is only a light there. I purchased a Casablanca isotope 5000 series ceiling fan with wall transmitter. So, we have 2 wall switches. One for the ...
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How can I add a 30 amp breaker for an RV connection?

I am trying to determine the most cost effective way to add a 30 amp breaker so that I can plug in and run the air conditioner unit on my RV. Currently my panel is full and I don't have space to put ...
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Wall switch that just properly controlled kitchen light no longer does

I've been trying to install a chandelier in my dining room and I finally figured out how to make it work, but now I have two more problems: 1) there's excess ground wire peeking out through the bottom ...
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NEMA 10-30 to European 220V?

I have recently relocated to the US and brought European 220V appliances with me. I planed to use power transformers from 110 to 220, but learned that I have NEMA 10-30 outlet in my home, which, from ...
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Trying to Replace 3-Way Light Switch

I'm aware that the WeMo light switch does not work as a 3-way switch, but I had purchased it before opening up the existing light switch plate and understanding the wiring I would work with. Anyway, ...
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Third Wire in 14-3 Wire Showing 50V When There Should be None

In the basement I have 19 recessed lights connected to 8 3-Way switches. There were dimmers on the 4 switches located in the main 4-gang box, and they were making a lot of buzzing noise. Not only ...
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How do I rewire two light fixtures controlled by two three way switches into two separate circuits?

I apologize if the title doesn't make sense so let me explain what I'm working with and what I'm trying to do. Currently, the light fixture in my foyer and the light fixture in my front hallway are ...
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Can I put dimmable LED bulbs in a ceiling fan fixture and wire it to a dimmer switch marked LED compatible?

Would there be any problems with putting dimmable LED bulbs into a ceiling fan fixture that holds three bulbs and wiring it to a dimmer switch marked LED compatible? The fan itself will be on just the ...
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Checking wire with a voltage detector

I have newly installed and wired 4 outlets and a switch from a junction box. The live wire has not been connected yet. From the junction box goes the wire to one plug outlet on the left. from the ...
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exterior electrical under overhang; can I run under 2" of insulation

I have a 4' overhang outside and recessed light boxes going in; no problem. I thought to run romex down over the sheathing but under the 2" of rockwool, 3/4" drain cavity, and 5/16 fibercement siding. ...
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Under Nec 2011, I need neutral to every switch box; can I just use 2 14/2's instead of paying extra for 14-2-2?

I have two deadend 3way switches planned for the box (on the same breaker). I have 14/3 for each one going on, but then learned of the new rule about needing neutral at every box. I thought to replace ...
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In electrical terms, what is the definition of a “disconnect”?

Santa Cruz County, CA, USA I'm working on a project that requires an electrician to install a "disconnect" at a building/shed separate from my house (as per NEC 225.31). I'm unfamiliar with this ...
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Why would my lights turn on for a second then go off?

My hall lights are on a 3 way switch they turn on and stay on from the switch closet to the front door, but when i use the switch at the end of the hall they go on for a second then go off. Any ideas ...
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Generally speaking, when is it necessary to install a sub-panel for providing electricity to an outside shed/office?

Santa Cruz County, CA, USA I'm in the process of building an outdoor office in my back yard (mainly as a "man cave" and quiet place to work from home). The picture makes it look large but it's ...
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Does NEC require a separate circuit for a whole house fan?

I can't figure out any additional details that would improve the question, so let me take this space to say THANKS for your help. I am in Los Angeles County if you happen to know of any ...
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Why “extra” power disconnect for small HVAC unit?

I am in the throes of learning enough to do a DIY install of a small heat pump package unit. The installation manual calls for (and suggests that NEC requires) a "fused disconnect" inline with the ...
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I have phantom electricity

I have three outlets in a room that are not on the same circuit as the rest of the outlets in two rooms. I have most of the circuits in the house mapped and identified on two breaker panels. The ...
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Running NM wire romex along rafters in vaulted ceilings

So my ceilings look like this: /\ I want to replace / relocate my breaker panel. The circuits run along the rafters into the attic space (small, cant stand up). My questions: Can I just fish ...
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Where do I connect the ground wire in the disconnect?

I had to put a disconnect after my meter, and run 4 cables to my main box. I had to remove the bonding screw in the main box, and separate the white and ground wires onto their own bars. The 2 hot ...
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Why does my new switch keep tripping the breaker?

I am attempting to enable a light switch in a bedroom that had the wiring but had no ceiling light fixture and no switch (just a blank plate). However, I am running into an issue and I want to seek ...
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Help wiring Bathroom fan

I am not 100% sure how to wire my new bathroom fan, and I am looking for a little guidance. (This is for a NuTone QTN130LE1) Here are the existing wires in the attic. I have a white wire, a black ...
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Electric Shock from concrete pad

MY band recently played a gig at a friend's farm. We set up on a concrete pad behind his barn. I received my first shock when I set my arm on the top of my guitar amplifier. It was a hot sunny day and ...
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100 amp disconnect

I have a 100 amp disconnect box after my meter and prior to my main box. I run 4 wires from disconnect to main. The ground and neutral are connected in the disconnect box and isolated in the main ...
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Should I have a 15 amp breaker instead of a 20 due to aluminum wire?

I've been digging into an addition to my house from the early 1970s (final permit signature dated 1973). It uses individual wires in flexible conduit from the panel through the crawl space, and NM in ...
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Should I replace a GFI in my kitchen that will not reset?

I have three wall plugs fed into a 15A wall GFI. One of the outlets has a refrigerator with a two pronged plug. When plugging in a toaster oven and countertop grill the circuit tripped and will not ...
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What is the right way to run ethernet wiring and electrical wiring in a house? [duplicate]

Im currently planning to build a 2nd floor in my home, I already know how to do the electrical wiring design according to the norm, however im wondering if its possible to run the ethernet cables ...
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How can I prevent water from leaking on an outlet?

I recently moved into a new house rental and am setting up my washer & dryer. I am uncomfortable with the proximity of our hot/cold water valves to our washer's power outlet and was wondering if ...
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How can I add a 3-way switch to my light? (confused about existing wiring)

I'm trying to install a 3-way switch for a specific light but I'm not sure how to do the wiring. The existing switch box has quite wires inside: 3x 12-2 1x 12-3 The hots (black) are all tied ...
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What is the difference between “Input” and “Output” values on power adapters? Which one represents the amount of power being drawn from a circuit?

I'm trying to get a rough idea for how much electricity I consume in my home office. I understand that there are a lot of ways to measure this kind of thing: Turn everything else off in all ...