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Bath end GFCI triping

When turning on the light the GFCU trips no wiring was done just out of the blue. Replaced GFCI same issue Sink light a one outlet from GFCI one light when by passing GFCI the light and outlet work ...
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What is the proper way to power an in wall monitor for a new construction home?

A wall has been framed out to mount a touch screen computer monitor. Once the monitor is installed it will be used as a home automation hub. What is the proper way to supply power to this monitor? ...
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Why would I have connections with 2 black/1 white and 1 black/2 white in this junction box?

I opened up a junction box to run a new line in my bathroom. I have done electrical work in the past but in newer homes without any issues. I know black is hot and white is neg ground. The ...
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What do i check for power lost to detached garage?

I just lost power to my detached garage. Outside lights work but everything else it not. Flipped all switches at power box. Any ideas?
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Adjacent room light switch causing LED lights to display tiny bit of light

I have three rooms in my basement that have all their ceiling light circuits wired up in sequence. They are all single switch circuits and the first two rooms have 4 ceiling lights each and the last (...
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Losing ceiling fans after the lightest thunderstorms. How to ascertain the cause?

At my home after the lightest thunderstorms we end up losing ceiling fans - they fail to rotate. The fans' winding gets damaged despite power cuts enforced by the power supply company (they cut power ...
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Strange wires behind a plate in living room (red plastic sensor looking)

I was removing all the wall plates from my living room walls prior to painting and found a set of wires I have never seen before. If the wires are useless I would like to patch the hole with plaster ...
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What is this thing on my garage wall?

I just bought a house last year and there's this thing with what looks like string in the middle of the electrical system. The two pictures show said thing from a distance and close up. What is this ...
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Tester indicates hot/ground reversed after lightning strike

Another post-lightening strike problem: we have a run of outlets that no longer make a connection when you touch black & white wires, yet get a connection when touching black to the ground wire ...
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Wiring a combination switch/GFCI outlet with lightswitch downstream

I need some help wiring a combination switch/GFCI outlet in the following situation. The second diagram is from the instructions and seems to match my situation, however they have an outlet ...
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Sub-panel with single ground and common bar - with a twist

I know that this question has been asked and answered before however I have a possibly unique twist. The old question: Does a sub-panel require that the ground and common wires be on separate bars? ...
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Regulating voltage at end of 200 foot 120 V AC extension cable

I am needing to drill some anchor bolts into concrete using an electric Hammer Drill (Electrical Rating 120VAC / 60Hz / 10A). I am working in a warehouse, and the worst case scenario, the furthest ...
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Wiring a ceiling fan with light to a box which has 3 cables running into it(white, black, red, and bare)

i am replacing a light fixture with a fan. I already installed the fan rated box but the box has 3 sets of wires coming in. 2 of the sets have a red wire and all three have a black, white, and copper ...
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GFCI breaker tripping to pool pump

I have an in ground swimming pool. There is an outdoor sub panel with a 20amp GFCI breaker is connected to the pump. Today we had a bad rain storm...water coming down cats and dogs in every ...
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Replacing GFCI Plug on Hairdryer

I have a fairly old hairdryer, this morning one of the wires going into the plug frayed enough to cause one of the wires to burn up. I love this hairdryer and it should be a very easy fix. I just ...
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Why is my electric fence killing birds?

I have an electric fence/wire around the top of my split-rail fence surrounding about 1 acre of land. I keep finding dead birds right next to/under the fence wire. Not just one or two, but actually ...
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Wiring hanging pool table light into outlet plug?

I'm moving into a new apartment soon and getting a pool table. I will obviously need to hang a light fixture from the ceiling above the table. Normally these fixtures are supposed to be hard-wired in ...
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Does dimming preserve the life of LEDs?

I recently installed some decorative LED shelf lighting (specifically these if it makes a difference). The manufacturer says they will last 50,000 hours, where "last" means maintaining 70% of lumen ...
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Updating wiring in house built in 1929 in New Orleans from knob and tube

One electrician says it is necessary to run wires (when traveling along in a group, so to speak) through a beam on the first floor ceiling; the other says the beam in question is a structural beam and ...
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Confused by the circuitry in the switch box for my basement lights (installing 1st smart switch)

I've spent the last couple hours trying to install a smart switch in my new-construction home (finished last month in Chicago) and I'm a bit confused. Pictures here, going to focus on the top picture. ...
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Should I add GFCI outlets in my bathrooms if those circuits already have a GFCI remote on them?

I just purchased my first house and when the inspector was taking us through it he showed us that there are two or three remote GFCI outlets that control a number of outlets across the house. Example: ...
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Does MA require permit to replace old K&T and if no how do I know if work is done to code?

Is it required to pull a permit in MA to replace knob and tube wiring? If no, how can one determine if the work done adheres the the proper codes? Who should be sought after to confirm this if no ...
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How do I change this fan and light switch to a single pole switch?

I am replacing an old ceiling fan which had a light kit attached to it. Both the fan and the light ran off of a Lutron dimmer switch. Since my new ceiling fan (Home Decorators Collection Model # 14425 ...
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What size air conditioner will my existing 15-amp circuit support?

I have a 15 amp breaker that currently powers 4 outlets and 2 ceiling cans 65 watts each and would like to put a portable air conditioning unit in that room. what is the highest btu unit i can use? ...
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Refrigerator tripping GFCI

When I have the temperature control of my refrigerator in the off position the GFCI Breaker doesn't trip but as soon as I adjust the control the breaker trips. And an indication at the hot and neutral ...
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I have voltage leaking between two wires!

I have a home run coming into my master bedroom. When I checked the voltage it showed 85v instead of 120 and the I checked a power wire in the same box feeding a plug and it showed 15v and when I ...
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Wiring covered porch ceiling fans from exising 3 way switched recessed lights [closed]

I want to have two ceiling fans added to front covered porch. The current recessed lights can be changed out with can converters for the fans. My concerns are twofold. Are remote fans the easiest to ...
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Will my LG inverter ref 220V 50 hertz work in a 220V 60 hertz frequency? [on hold]

Will my 220V 50 hertz LG inverter ref work if i plug it in a 220V 60 hertz current?
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Troy Bilt Horse that will not start after the drive belt put back on

I have a Troy Bilt Horse that the drive line came off. When the drive belt was put back on the mower does not start. The mower started before they put the drive belt on. The battery is charged. ...
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Duplicate/extend outdoor GFCI outlet with above ground PVC conduit?

So I am in the final stages of a deck rebuild, and at the last minute thought about a slight change. To the right of this photo you can see an power outlet on the wall, currently has a yellow ...
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How does one identify a type of ballast?

In a building how does one identify a type of ballast? We have lights all over this place, and I was recently recommended that replacing our ballast with LEDs would greatly save on our electricity ...
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White smoke coming from motor

I have a Black and Decker LST 136 grass trimmer. Its a 36 volt model and is apx. 4 years old. While using to trim,i noticed that the power was not as it usually is. them the unit would would start to ...
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how to wire a light with only 2 wires available?

I have some outdoor lights that are broken and need replacing. I have bought some new ones which I thought were suitable. However the problem I have is only 2 wires appear from wall recess (active and ...
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No power to recepticle neither the switch

I have a gfci wired to a single-pole switch that controls a counter light. So when I changed the light out and put another light up, then hit the switch no power. I went to the panel and nothing trip. ...
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TV flickers when AC shuts down

My 220 AC is somehow causing tv to flicker when the ac shuts down. The ac and tv are not on same circuit. Replaced the tv but replacement does same thing. Could the ac shutting down cause a voltage ...
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replacing ceiling fan with 3 wires controlled by switch with a fan with 2 wires

I am replacing a ceiling fan. The old one had 3 wires. For the connections, the black on the fan went to the black from the house. The red from the fan went to a white from the house that went to the ...
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Radio interference , lighting

I recently purchased a new place to me. We have a large horse barn that we pipe FM music to the horses. Last weekend I was in the shop attached to the arena and stalls after dark turned the shop ...
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Replacing a bathroom electric baseboard heater

Why do I have 2black, 2 white, and 2 ground wires coming in from my bathroom wall? The directions for replacing an electric baseboard heater do not include this wiring scenario. It only addresses 1 ...
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Two 3 Way Switches To Two One Way Switches

Background: In my mom’s kitchen she had 2 ceiling fans that were controlled by two three way switches at opposite ends of the room. One of the ceiling fans burnt out and she opted to go with a light ...
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Why do ceiling lights turn on when I turn ceiling fan off

My new led can lights turn on for a split second every time I turn off my ceiling fan. Video of it happening here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gzU1Wy_UKwA Is this due to bad wiring in my house? ...
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Help replacing old fan switch

I'm trying to replace an old fan switch in my bathroom. The top two switches don't even work anymore. Here's a picture: The three switches on the left are the ones that need replacing. And here's ...
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Sealing exterior junction box

I'm installing an exterior junction box where I'm removing an old light fixture. I have a gasket to seal the cover to the box. But how do I seal the hole where the wire goes into the box?
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Double gang box. One switched, three hot. Is a shared neutral OK?

I want to install a double gang box with one outlet switched and the other three always hot. The way I was thinking of doing it was like this. -Both neutrals would be connected as normal -One of the ...
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Will this solar charger work with my solar panel setup?

I recently bought some used solar panels that are about 25 years old, because I got a great deal on them. They have some odd operating values, which is confusing me as to which solar charger will work ...
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circuitbreaker keeps tripping

i"ve replaced the circuit breaker cause it kept tripping also traced it not only main bathroom but grage two outside outlets and one downstairs i"ve looked at the outlets no burns or anything physical ...
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My light switch trips the breaker when its placed into the box

I have a box that contains 3 light switches. I replaced the old switches with new ones simply for cosmetic reasons. The old panel worked perfectly fine. When I install the new switches everything ...
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problems with installing a new outlet!

I sure am glad for a site like this.....THANK You!!! I am a DIY'r and can usually figure things out, but this has me scratching my head! I cannot fit the electrical wires from the wall into the new ...
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Aluminum wire size needed for new 60 amp garage panel 130' from main 200 amp service in house?

What size aluminum wire for a new 60 amp garage panel to be fed from a 200 amp main service in my house 130' distance? How many wires?
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Can I replace the power cord on an old electric drier, to fit my outlet?

I just purchased a used dryer and the pigtail is different can I still use it if I can get it to fit, I know this sounds strange but when your on a budget do what I got to do with in reason...
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How do “infinite zones” in induction cookers work?

I'm considering switching from ceramic to induction. I noticed that several producers (e.g., Electrolux, Bosch and Siemens) advertise something like "infinite zones", where the size of an induction ...