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How many lighting circuits are needed in the LED era…? (US - NEC)

This is in a two story, ~1000square foot per floor building. With the advent of affordable, decent (IMHO) LED fixtures (finally!) the entire lighting load for the structure looks to be 500W - 1000W at ...
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How can I know the 'capacity' of an electric socket?

I bought an electric oven, and the safety instructions say that it should be plugged to an electric socket with "capacity at least 10 Ampere". How can I tell the capacity of my electric sockets? I ...
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Need help wiring switches with several wires

Background: This started out as a simple addition of a recessed light in a hallway. The beginning issue was that the wire to power it was live all the time. So I took apart the switches in "Box 1" ...
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Light fixture buzzing sound

Today I replaced our dining room's old 70s chandelier. When I opened it up I noticed pretty quick the rubber shielding on the lamps cords had been melting a bit towards the tips as it got all over my ...
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NM-B insulation repair?

I'm doing some work up in my attic, installing plywood decking over my garage for storage. During installation, I accidentally rubbed the edge of one plank of plywood against a run of NM-B, tearing ...
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L14-30 Plug & Generator

Please move if this is the incorrect place. I have a portable generator that is mounted to a car trailer. No earth grounds are made from the generator to the ground. There is a service panel inside ...
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Is there a way to get hot water without altering plumbing or electrical wiring too much?

Is there a way (other than collecting water and heating it on the stove ) to get hot/warm water from the tap without having to alter existing plumbing or electrical wiring ?
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How do I stop lights from flashing when I turn on my table saw?

I just installed a hanging fixture for two 40W T-12 fluorescent bulbs over my table saw. If I power up the saw when the lights are on, they flash off and come right back on (after the usual ...
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How can I be sure I connected the electric power socket correctly?

I just installed a new power socket (instead of an old one) for the first time. I plugged in a light lamp and it seemed to work OK. But the socket should be used with much heavier instruments (kitchen ...
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CFL bulbs flash slightly even when turned off

I've noticed in the last two houses I've lived in that CFL bulbs will periodically flash even when not turned on. It's about one flash a minute, and it's not very bright. You can only notice it when ...
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Circuit breaker does not trip - but produces no voltage under load

Some lights and outlets started going out intermittently in my home. Circuit breaker did not trip off but under inspection with a multi-meter, produced no voltage. I disconnected the load from the ...
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What could have caused my GFCI to trip, and what can I do about it?

About a week ago, a GFCI tripped. I noticed that because appliances in my kitchen stopped working. The short story is that something was put into an outlet that shouldn't have been. That's not the ...
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Is there a motion sensor light switch that does not need ground?

My house was built in early 1950's and all electrical switches do not have a ground. This was found out with an electrician when I asked them to install Lutron Maestro, but it would not power on since ...
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Japanese Appliance has a Green/Yellow Ground Wire coming out of it, What should I do?

So I recently purchased a Japanese Toiletseat thing (I can't read japanese but I've just been translating little by little), and it has a ground wire (a green/yellow wire) Coming out of the back, ...
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Molten wire nuts on recessed MR16 halogen lights

In one room of the apartment we rent, there's recessed 12v MR16 halogen lighting. There are 3 different circuits with dimmers. I noticed that two of the bulbs were humming loudly even when dimmed all ...
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wiring for wall sconces

I had someone connect some romex for some wall lights for me. I ran the wire, and just had him do the connections (they're inside junction boxes). This from a partially finished space into a finished ...
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Is it against code to splice wires inside of the load center?

So I was working on breaking a tandem 15A single-pole breaker into two 15A single pole breakers, one being a Combination AFCI. After getting the panel open and moving one circuit to a new, 15A single ...
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Is it okay to staple romex to a floor joist when running it perpendicular behind a finished basement ceiling?

Taking down my ceiling to run some wire to new outlets. The outlets are going in an area with an unfinished ceiling, so I know the romex there will need to be ran through the joists when going ...
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Can two circuits feed one sub-panel while remaining separate?

I'm turning a shed into a workshop. I already have two circuits that run to nearby exterior outlets that I want to tie into to power my shed/workshop. I would like to have 1 circuit for lights and the ...
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What could be causing my three way switch to malfunction?

Ok we recently moved in. There is a problem with our kitchen three way switch. I have not opened the box yet, but feel comfortable doing so, and working with a volt meter and what not. Here is the ...
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Is turning off a power strip adequate?

When using power strips, is it OK leave all the electronics, such as TV etc. plugged in and just turn the power off when leaving on vacation?
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Can I use a transformer to power a thermostat? [duplicate]

So I bought a Nest Thermostat off amazon, I read they used batteries and what not and after I purchased it I was looking at the description on amazon and it said it was a built in rechargeable battery ...
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Is this buzzing noise coming from various outlets around the house normal?

This morning I became aware of a little clicking noise coming from my inductive phone charger. I realised I'd been hearing it for a while. While I was changing, I noticed a high-pitch noise coming ...
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Why are some light switches giving shocks?

Some of our light switches are giving light shocks and sometimes you can see a spark. What
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How can I dim landscape lights permanently?

I googled this question before posting here - I cant seem to find anyone with my exact needs, so I am asking here. I have a light switch connected to an outlet that is under my house. From here I ...
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Can I use a dimmer on a fan IF I only use at 100%?

I have an IRIS home automation system. I want to put my fan on an IRIS switch however the on/off switches require a neutral - the dimmers do not. The neutral in the box is nearly impossible to get ...
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How should I wire RV hookups?

I want to put an RV hookup on a post next to an RV pad. Some RVs take 30A/120V, while others take 50A/240V. The main reason for the latter is to let you run two AC units at once, but in our mild ...
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What would cause a Spur Switch light to go off when the device is turned on?

I have a fused spur switch in my kitchen with a dishwasher attached. Recently the dishwasher stopped turning on, so I removed it from the bay and noticed two things. The neon light is quite dim. ...
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Does HVAC lineset need to be grounded?

My HVAC contractor says the installation of the line set between the air handler and the condenser outside is complete but he has not grounded the lines. Do HVAC copper pipes need to be grounded?
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Can I install a receptacle outlet below a window?

I need to add a receptacle outlet to an existing line. I will run the line from an existing receptacle outlet. Is it okay to locate the new outlet below an existing window?
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Copper pipe identification using electrical current

My HVAC contractor installed two linesets, one from my basement apartment, one from the main unit, both going to the roof where the air condensers are. The problem is, he did it over several days and ...
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Ligth Switch with 4 wires

I removed an old light-switch and the following appeared: I went to Brico, showed them the old switch, and got the one below. I am wondering a bit how to connect it. I am a bit worried that I only ...
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Finding the cause of a tripping breaker

A 15 amp breaker has started tripping. It takes it a minute or two to trip after being reset. I swapped out the wires with the 15 amp breaker next to it, and the "new" breaker now trips instead, so I ...
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Is it safe to use Extension Cord to Power PC/Routers on already used circuit?

Note: I have very little clue about electricity/circuits so I can only provide info on what I know. The setup: In our upstairs bedroom we have two wall sockets on either side of the room, with two ...
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Accidentally Touching One Lead Of A Multimeter While Other Is In Electrical Outlet

If I have a multimeter, and I put one lead in the hot slot of an electrical outlet, will accidentally touching the other lead complete a circuit and electrocute me? Likewise, if instead I put one ...
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Should I drill through the concrete garage wall to install a generator inlet switch inside?

I recently purchased a generator in the aftermath of the ice storms in the Northeast. I'm quit handy with the electrical wiring in my house and have no issue installing the proper circuit for the ...
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How to attach outlet box in soffit?

I'm now planning to install out outlet flush, or as flush/above as possible, to the soffit. I've read other threads, and believe I'm good on how to protect it, etc. I buy a rate outside box correct? ...
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Is it okay to protect NM Cable in an unfinished basement with ENT?

Adding a 20 amp subcircuit (120V) to furnace room to turn it into a workshop. Initially it will have one duplex and 2 fourplex receptacles, the fourplex receptacles will be on cement walls, the duplex ...
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Is it allowable to have an electrical cable going into the attic through a soffit from outside?

I'm adding ice cables to part of our roof. I drilled a 1 inch hole in the soffit and then got stuck getting power into the attic for an outlet. I called an electrician who couldn't say enough how ...
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How do I install recessed lights in a metal framed ceiling?

I live a building with metal framing used in the walls and ceiling. I am looking to add some recessed lights to parts of my home but am having difficulty figuring out what the best approach is. I ...
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How do I get all these wires up from the basement to the attic?

I'd like to run new cabling for data, voice and tv but I'm having a hard time figuring out how to get some of the wires up to the attic for the 2nd floor and would like some advice. I've run cables, ...
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Who pays for hooking up electricity to a new house? [closed]

I recently saw someone say that the utility company will pay to bring electricity into a newly constructed home. Can anyone confirm this? Does the electric company pay, or the homeowner, or is it ...
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How can I repair a ground-fault?

I'm hooking up a new GFCI in a remodeled bathroom, replacing an older one. There are two outlets following on the circuit. The GFCI works fine, but as soon as I would plug a light into the next ...
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Should a timer switch 'reduce' load?

I bought a Leviton Decora Present Electronic Timer Switch...the kind with several button each set to different minutes for a bath fan. The fan is just a cheapo whatever-the-builder-got-in-bulk fan. ...
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Circuit split within panel

In my main panel I have a circuit where the hot wire is split within the panel. I was investigating this circuit because I am getting a hum from any speaker plugged into an outlet on the circuit. I ...
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Can I install a floodlight with 18AWG conductors on a 20A (12AWG) circuit?

I am running a new 20A circuit with 12 AWG wire to the exterior of my home and will be adding a flood light to the circuit. All of the flood lights I have seen have 18AWG conductors in them. Is it OK ...
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What should I do about old cables that have been damaged?

I was replacing some drywall and noticed the wiring underneath has a couple of surface tears. House is from the sixties, but has been rewired with new Romex, except this circuit. Wire seems to be old ...
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Is it acceptable to splice a circuit in two opposite directions for outdoor recepts/lighting?

Per the 2011 NEC, is it acceptable to... Splice a circuit (using a junction box indoors) as long as I leave it exposed, use the correct wire connectors, and have it covered? Use this run one side ...
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Can I install 72W A19 halogen into a 60W-looking socket?

I need to replace the ceiling-fan light-bulbs in my living room in North America, there's a standard-looking 3-light-bulb installation with the fan, and each of the three sockets are only marked "660W ...
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What size breaker and wire do I need to run 2 GFCI receptacles and a flood light on exterior of my house?

Is it OK to use a 15amp breaker and a 14ga wire (14/2 copper) to run 2 GFCI receptacles and a flood light on the exterior of my home? The voltage is 120. The 2 receptacles are rated at 15amps and ...