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How to Recharge Manlift?

I got my hands on an old Top Horse manlift. It looks pretty much just like this one. I tried plugging it in and turning it on and nothing happened. I think the batteries are long dead. My question ...
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New foot control for existing jeweler's flexshaft has different plug

The flexshaft variable-speed foot control for my 25-yr-old 1/6hp jewelry flexshaft died, and I purchased a new "compatible" foot control. The new foot control plugs are male, 3-prong (that goes in the ...
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Can I test an unwired light fixture with multimeter?

I’m looking at a light fixture on Craigslist, but I’d like to see if it works first. I have a multimeter that I needed for another project. Can I use the multimeter to test the light fixture before ...
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230V Single phase connection for 2 HP Table saw to the breakers in the panel

For the 230V is the connection to the panel breakers made to L1 and L2 plus ground? This being two breakers side by side. OR Two L1 connections and ground? Breakers on opposite sides of the panel.
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AC Voltage on Coaxial Cable (Cable TV)

I have an issue with my cable box (with DVR). Every morning it displays the word "Boot". I have to reboot it in order to restore cable service. I called the cable company (Comcast) and they came ...
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Are all ungrounded >120v outlets now outlawed?

I understand that in 1996, NFPA outlawed the NEMA 10 series outlet for new work. This is an ungrounded outlet, which provides 120/240v split phase (hot-neutral-hot). I wonder if the same is also ...
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electric in bathroom

light went off in bathroom.I thought bulb had blown but I changed all bulbs and still no light, also checked box switch not thrown, it is an over the mirror light fixture, what do you think problem ...
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Confused by wires coming from ceiling outlet box

Hoping I can get some help here. Trying to figure out the wiring in my outlet box for a ceiling fan install. I have two black wires, two red wires, two white wires, and then a bare wire for ground. ...
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220v extension cord

I have a 220v tanning bed. The bed has a 4ft cord ; need to extend another 10 feet to reach 220v dryer outlet . The bed came with a homemade extension, but plug doesn't fit our outlet. Homemade ...
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Mount ceiling fan to joist on sloped ceiling

I need to mount a ceiling fan to a ceiling joist in a sloped ceiling. I recently installed an electrical box onto the joist for this. The problem I have now is that the ceiling fan bracket is intended ...
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Wiring fan only

Removed the light unit from my ceiling fan. The wall switch controlled the light only, had to use pull chain to turn on fan. How do I wire the wall switch to control the fan.
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Why does my GFCI trip randomly?

I have a GFCI in the kitchen has started tripping all of a sudden. It may trip several times a day. I have the same things plugged in that I have had for months. Nothing has changed with the usage so ...
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What is the *interrupting rating* of a GFCI receptacle?

Say, we have a UL943 compliant 15A GFCI receptacle on a garden-variety 15A grounded branch circuit. Some nitwit comes along and wirenuts the receptacle's load-side hot to the branch circuit ground, ...
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Range plug prongs are slightly exposed - Is that dangerous?

I just had a new range installed in the kitchen. The cord's prongs do not quite go in all the way. There's not a lot of space, maybe 1/8th to 1/4th inch. Is there any risk to the prongs not going ...
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Finished basement outlets, GFCI or AFCI?

I am finishing a basement and I am not sure if I need to install GFCI or AFCI outlets. Is it better to use a GFCI/AFCI breaker instead of the outlets? NOTE: the finished basement will be used as a ...
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Using an 18.3 AMP appliance over 14 gauge wiring

I recently purchased an indoor infrared sauna that pulls 18.3 amps I read that the max capacity for 14 gauge wiring is 17 amp on a 110 volt service Can I safely use a 20 AMP breaker with 14 gauge ...
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NEC 6/12 rule clarification

I understand that you must have an electrical receptacle 6 feet from any obstruction or break in the wall, such as a doorway, and no more than 12 feet from the previous electrical receptacle. Does ...
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Is a GFCI receptacle device a circuit breaker? [duplicate]

I have been told that a GFCI receptacle is a "circuit breaker" in the sense that it will trip under overload. Everything I know, have been told, and have read from experts to manufacturers says this ...
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What are the options for installing an outdoor outlet in new stucco (not retrofit)

Previous questions pertain to adding an outdoor electrical box to old stucco (How do I install electrical through existing stucco (e.g. "old work") ). What are the ways it's done on a wall ...
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Electric water heater power switch

Q1: Should there be a(n emergency) power switch next to an electric water heater? Q2: If A1 is no, is it okay to have one anyway? Q3: If A2 is yes, what kind of power switch should I use? I don't ...
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Can I put an outlet inside of a wall?

I want to mount a tablet to a wall with a charger but I don't want the charger to be visible. Can I put a normal wall outlet in the INSIDE of the wall and just plug in the charger inside the wall? ...
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Removing switch from gang box. What is the appropriate way to cap the circuit?

In my new house I have a couple rooms where the wall switch controls the outlets. I would like to remove the switch and cap the wires and then install a blank wall plate. What is the proper way to cap ...
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I can't work out what this switch is for

In my new home, on onr 1 wall, there is the switch shown below. I would have assumed it was for an electric fireplace, but there are no signs around it at all. what is this switch most likely for? ...
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Wiring two lights and two switches using a single 14/3

Trying to wire 2 fixtures with power coming in at one of them. Can I run a single 14/3 from powered fixture to 2 gang switches, then branch from the powered fixture to the remote one? Thanks for any ...
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How can it be dangerous to feed a water heater from two separate panels?

In a recent question, a user asked "Can a water heater be installed between two apartments and wired to both apartments' breaker boxes, effectively splitting the bill between the two?". One of the ...
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Is it possible to recognize a flickering LED from its technical data?

LEDs often flicker and I hate it. You rarely see it directly, but you can recognize it when you do fast movements with your hand or so, while the LED is the only light source. The movement then does ...
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splitting a water heater bill

Can a water heater be installed between two apartments and wired to both apartments' breaker boxes, effectively splitting the bill between the two? It's a 220-volt heater, and this is a retrofit ...
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Is it OK to run NM-B cable from outlet behind TV to surge protector?

I already know that I can't run a TV's actual power cord behind the wall to a surge protector. Here's what I'm thinking about doing instead. Mount a recessed outlet behind the TV, run the cable ...
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Can an open junction box be allowed over an enclosed ceiling?

I am renovating my basement and there is currently a suspended ceiling. After removing some of the tiles I noticed there are some junction boxes without covers. I want to replace the suspended ceiling ...
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Replacement part for coal stove blower rheostat

I have an Alaskan coal stove and my blower rheostat broke this morning. I opened it up hoping to be able to fix the part instead of buying a whole new fan controller. Any motor controllers that I ...
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Wall dimmer switch is warm to the touch after leaving the light on - cause for concern?

Our house is about 25 years old, though we have lived here less than 2. Our master bath has a dual light switch, one for the main light bar over the sinks and one for the lights above the shower ...
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Fans/lights switches can be turned on/off from different locations

I have three ceiling fans (with lights). Each fan has a faceplate with three on/off switches on the wall. It would all be very simple if either turned off or on either the light or the fan - but it ...
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How to run wire through steel garage floor system

We are building a carriage house, with a 4 car garage and a basement underneath. The basement has steel I-beams and the metal b-decking that the garage floor is poured on top of as a ceiling. What ...
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Plumbing/Electric in same sleeve

Can a plumbing drain and an electric wire be run in the same 4" sleeve between floors. Not sure of code requirements.
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Electrical wiring of bathroom box with only black and white wires [closed]

I moved a bathroom box that contained 3 separate switches in it. It contained a light switch, a fan switch and a heat switch. When I looked on this site, it said that there is normally a red wire ...
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How to connect my new light fixture that has 2 (+ground) wires to the ceiling box that has many?

I have lots of wires coming from my ceiling box. I guess because of two wall switches that turned on old fixture. Check the image below. Analog voltage detector "beeps" on black wire in the middle ...
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Why am I only getting 130 volts at some power sockets?

In my living room (in Germany) I have one line, going from the fusebox around the walls with around 7 power sockets on it. Four of those sockets have the normal 230V on them and work properly. Three ...
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Upgrading to 200a Using a Subpanel

I am being forced to switch my gas furnace to an electric one and need to upgrade my mobile home from 100a to 200a. I would like to leave the 100a panel with all the load connections that run ...
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Half of electrical circuits remain out after exterior neutral failure

Half electric works in house. Had broken neutral wire outside on house. Had electrician change all wiring from power company to meter then from meter to breaker box and put a new breaker box in and ...
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A gentler way to chase electrical sockets

I'm in the process of first-fixing a British 1930's house, and although the vast majority of the electrical chasing is done I'm still having trouble finding a safe method to cut out the brickwork for ...
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Ground wire in 14/2 NM-B cable is at 60+ Volts when not connected to anything

I bought two 25' lengths of 14/2 wire for installing a light. When the black wire is connected to live (say, of an outlet), with ground and neutral wires not connected to anything, the ground wire ...
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looking for a timer to open and close a circuit

I am looking to open and close a Feed on a low voltage zone valve on a heating system. Its 16 volt, and I want to put a timer in the line so I can break the current and control the valve with the pre ...
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How to wire ground when the sub-panel is Plug-On Neutral

I need to install a sub-panel in my home. Both the main panel and the sub panel are in the same building. I purchased a Square D Homeline Indoor Plug-On Neutral panel (Model # HOM2040M100PCVP) for ...
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Moving from US to South Korea, what surge protectors can I buy? [migrated]

In September I'm moving from the US to South Korea. South Korea uses 220V/60Hz power and the continental European C/E/F-style plugs. As part of my budgeting process, I'm working on determining what ...
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Tankless water heater - Electric issue

I have a AuqaPower Tankless water heater I installed myself 2 years ago. I used the old wire from old (tank) water heater and I ran a new wire for the 2nd place. It has worked great for 2 years and ...
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Why is there no power on the load side of a GFCI outlet?

I ran a new electrical line in my basement to include a GFI receptacle for a portable sump pump followed by a switch that controls four LED can lights. All parts are brand new. I wanted to have the ...
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How does a pot control variabie off cycle in connection with a recycle timer

I am trying to learn the basics of electrical circuits especially home appliances. My pellet stove motor runs for a fixed five seconds as it drops pellets. Then it turns off for a time that can be ...
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can I attach electric cable to underside of rafters

I am rewiring several fixtures in the basement. Can I attach electrical cables to the underside of the rafters in the basement?
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Loud Noise, possibly electrical, from somewhere in the house

Just today I have heard a loud buzzing noise in the house. I have lived here 16 years and never heard it before. It is loud, lasts a few seconds and sounds electrical. I cannot isolate where it is ...
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measuring electricity on a shared circuit

I live in a flat above a business and my utilities are all shared with the business. I need to measure my electricity usage so I can reimburse the business. I do not need to measure the gas. Can I ...