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Conduit Size for Sub-Panel run?

I have old overhead wires that go between my home and a detached garage. The plan is to remove the overhead wires and install a new sub-panel in the garage with an underground (PVC 80) run between the ...
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GFCI Problem wiht Three-Way Switch WAS Two Switches Neutrals Only, Switched Hots Not Used

I replaced an old two-prong receptable with a three-prong GFCI (no ground) yesterday. It won't reset. I found out that "downstream" there is a light on the next level down that is controlled by two ...
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When NOT to use GFI outlets

Recently renovated a kitchen, including adding 2 GFI outlets: one by the sink and one on the opposite wall near stove. City inspector ordered that the one by the sink be removed. What reason would ...
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Mobile Home Feeder Cable for Cabin

I plan to install my service drop/meter/main disconnect panel on a post 200' from my cabin, which will have a 100 amp sub panel mounted on the exterior. I am having trouble finding 4 conductor service ...
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Service Entry Wire/Ground Location (100 amp service)

I am getting 100 amp service connected to my cabin (currently off grid). The power company wants me to install my meter base on the corner of the property, and for me to install 200' of underground ...
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Is it legit to turn a dedicated combi bolier supply into a ring circuit with outdoor socket?

I would like to install an external socket. Conveniently located on the other side of the wall where I'd like to put said socket is the combination boiler which has a dedicated supply from the ...
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Are electrical switches under kitchen sinks common for any utility?

So, I was cleaning under the kitchen sink and noticed there is a switch under there! It isn't clearly marked what it's for, I tried playing around with it and the garbage disposal thinking maybe it ...
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Installing Pendant light which came with 3 clear wires and 1 copper/bare wire

Pendant light: 3 Clear Wire and 1 copper/ground wire Ceiling: 1 Black, 1 white and 1 copper/ground wire I do notice that in one of the three clear wires in the pendant, there is some number ...
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Can the sum of the individual breakers greatly exceed the main?

I have a 100amp subpanel in my garage that I wired with several high-capacity appliances, such as 50amp welder, 20amp compressor, 20amp AC, 30amp car charger, 30amp car lift, plus 3 15amp circuits for ...
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Should neutral be bonded to ground in main and subpanels?

I had a licensed electrician replace my main panel and also install a subpanel in my garage. At the time I knew nothing about electrical, and now I know just barely more than nothing. I have ...
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Remote Access to Circuit Breaker

Every once in a while I have a breaker trip when I'm not home. I have a series of computers running cpu intensive programs and sometimes alt coins which can also be hogs :-). At times there is a huge ...
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Ceiling Fan Light Only Works when Fan is On

I have a ceiling fan & light that is controlled by a wall switch. Recently, I went to turn the lights on and they flickered but didn't turn on. The fan works fine. I decided to replace the switch ...
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Why must all outlets share a ground conduit?

I was reading this answer in my quest to see how possible adding grounds to my existing knob and tube house would be, and was suprised by: Are you asking if it's OK to run a separate ground wire ...
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Biggest size breaker in 200 amp panel

I am upgrading my service to 200 AMP. Since the location of the old service is behind a cabinet, we moved the main panel to a different area. This put it more than 15 feet away so we have a 200 amp ...
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240 volt house wiring, 130 volts on one leg and 112 volts on the other?

In my folks old farm house, at the panels main input from outside. L1 is 130v. L2 is 112v. When a load is applied both legs down voltage, allot! Anywhere from 10 to 20v. The wires running from the ...
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Will I get electrocuted when I am above the first floor of a building?

If I touch a faulty knob of any electrical equipment when I am connected to electrical ground, I would get electrocuted. But my question is will I get electrocuted when I am above the first floor of ...
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Angle grinder: Variable Speed vs Constant speed

Datasheets: Makita - 'fixed' speed http://www.makita.nl/images/files/onderdelen/nl/9558NB-TE.pdf Bosch 'variable' speed http://www.toolstop.co.uk/media/GWS850edited.pdf I need to buy a nice general ...
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Can I take power from the hot line on another switch in a multi-gang box?

I have been working on wiring a Z-Wave 3 way dimmer. In my current three way configuration, I only have line, ground, and 2 travelers in the remote box. In the primary box, I have 2 travelers, ...
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How to connect single-phase appliance to 240v feed?

I had a licensed electrician install this circuit with NEMA 14-30 receptacle before I knew which specific appliance would be used on the circuit. I now have the appliance with a 14-30 plug, but it ...
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One three way electrical switch with power hooked up to four LED ceiling lamps, can't figure it out

I have voltage to the lights but no lights. Everything on the circuit that was there before is working fine. I am using a switch that breaks the circuit into duel switches.
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UK plug socket won't turn off

I have recently replaced a double socket that had a short circuit fault on the right hand socket with a new one from B&Q. After long periods of use the right hand switch refuses to stay off. If I ...
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Is PVC conduit OK above ground to hook up a Jacuzzi?

We are hooking up a Jacuzzi and need to run # 8 wire above ground What PVC should we use to run under our house to get to the back yard? I have read Schedule 80 PVC will work.
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Is it code legal to mark neutrals that actually are neutral?

USA/NEC question, Another recent question has a white wire which is marked with tape, but is actually a neutral. So what? Suppose you have 4 neutrals running in a raceway, and you need to ...
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Is this ceiling box wiring correct and how can I reconnect an abandoned 3-way switch to it?

I have a house (Georgia, USA) and some kitchen renovations have revealed some prior electrical work and I am trying to figure it out. Originally, there was a ceiling box in the kitchen with a ...
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Do I need to change my wire?

I am not an engineer nor an electrician but I just installed an Atmor 5.5kw water heater with a 12mm wire and a 30amp breaker at 220 voltage. I install it separately with plastic molding outside my ...
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Where to start when standing oscillating fan motor wont turn on?

It is probably not worth fixing but I hate throwing things out when there might be a simple fix. My wife told me that one of our fans was not working. I took apart most of the simple parts and cleaned ...
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How to troubleshoot a florescent light.

I'd like to know if there is a way to troubleshoot a fixture with T8 or T12 working on a ballast that stopped working, if the problem is in the ballast or the bulbs, without having to buy new bulbs to ...
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What is this switch operating?

I just moved into a new townhouse. There is a switch that in my living room/dining room area that seems to do nothing. I checked and it is wired in but I can't figure out what it operates. I've ...
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Dimmer switch is buzzing at one location but not at another

I installed a dimmer switch in my bedroom and got buzzing from the switch and from the incandescent light/fan on the ceiling that it was controlling. I took that same dimmer switch and installed it ...
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Yard Light has Volts but no light

Mobile Home. Yard lights are "typically" tapped off the back of an outlet and buried in the ground. I have wired the wire from the house directly to the light bulb. I will worry about putting the ...
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Is there anything wrong with using a PC power cord for a miter saw?

I just bought a used miter saw that needs a new power cord. I found this one but $25 for a cord seems a bit steep. That "official" cord is 16AWG with two wires. I also found this one when I ...
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Max kW load on a 32A 230V circuit for oven and hob

We're looking to replace our oven and hob (in the UK). The current hob is gas and the cooker is electric. The circuit for the current oven is 32A at (I believe) 230v. The oven we've settled on has a ...
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Is it safe to ground electrical appliance?

I have a large lamp with a metal frame which is not grounded(which I thought is a legal requirement for metal framed appliances in my country, but perhaps not). Is there any risk if I swap out the 2 ...
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What is the purpose of a GFI outlet tripping on low voltage?

As I went looking for a replacement for a GFI wall outlet, I noticed that the advertised features of one outlet included "low voltage trip" – that is, the GFI will trip not only when a ground fault is ...
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can i use a sheet of 26ga aluminium instead of a 1/16" steel plate?

I'm in the process of finishing my basement (it has taken 1.5 years so far, and is still progressing). I'm working on roughing-in the electrical at the moment. Against the 2x4 studs, I installed deep ...
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Does “stacked switch with two separate legs, one 3-way and one dimmer” electrical part exist? [closed]

I have a very old house built from adobe. I have a workman trying to make a connection for a chandelier where there was previously no connection and he says he needs something to do this that he ...
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Is this switch a three-way?

I am replacing these two switches and not positive how the right switch is wired. The left switch is the only switch that runs to our porch light and the right switch is the only switch that run to ...
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Electronic ballast ratings

Hello I have a 4 bulb fixture that im working with. It currently is set up with one ballast for each bulb. I bought a philips EB-C 136 TL-D 220-240 ballast to go back. My bulbs are 18watts. The ...
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How to properly relocate wiring on different circuits

We're in the process of remodeling our kitchen and removing soffits around the perimeter of the room. I've opened up a portion of it above our cooktop and refrigerator and wanted to get some advice ...
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Melted neutral wires in a junction box

When I came home from vacation I found electrical outlets on one wall not working, so tested them. Found no neutral situation. I pulled them out but they looked good. I found a j-box in attic, opened ...
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LEDs on dimmer, left alone, eventually fade to off

I replaced some halogen bulbs in my recessed cans with some LED retrofit kits I also replaced the dimmer with a new digital LED dimmer. When I dim the lights down to a low-ish setting, I can wait ...
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Is it safe to have a recessed light be in a wall cabinet?

We have a recessed light in our upper cabinet, and I would like to know if that is safe? It is not IC or Airtight.
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sudden problem with a 3way switch

The 2 overhead lights in my garage are controlled by LIGHTED 3way switches. The wiring has been in place and operating properly for years. Recently, ONE of the lights has been going off and on at ...
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Can I wire a water heater and tanning bed on the same 220V circuit?

Can I wire a water heater and a tanning bed on the same 220V breaker. I live in Ohio.
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Dishwasher fault when directly wired but not when on an extension cord

My dishwasher which is on a spur from the kitchen ring after some minutes will trip the main switch on the CU. However running the dishwasher on the ring from an extension plug works fine. The wiring ...
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How to change a switched outlet to a half-hot outlet?

I'd like to change switched outlet to a half-hot outlet. The wiring of the outlet is shown below. Is there a way to do this using existing wires? Update on the wiring: using two-way voltage tester, ...
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Do I need a separate switch leg for a light and a fan in a combo fixture?

I'm putting in an exhaust fan light combo using a triple rocker switch. Do I need a separate switch leg for the light and for the fan? There are three silver screws on one side of the switch and a ...
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Safest Way to Contain Spliced Lamp Cord

I am interconnecting some strip lights in a closet. They are linkable LED fixtures which each come with a connector cable to link, optionally, to additional fixtures. The connector cables are a bit ...
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Can I use a GFI main breaker in series with individual QO AFCI breakers?

I'd like to install a subpanel using a 2-pole Square D QO GFCI breaker in the main panel and then installing individual QO CAFCI breakers in the subpanel where needed for the dual protection. It ...
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How to find where is the broken in the house electric wire?

I have a complex wiring problem. one of my outside house light is not working and I took out the light and found that the hot wire ( black) is not getting power. All other lights and appliances are ...