Distribution and use of electricity throughout the home. Electrical standards vary greatly worldwide, so providing your location in your question or your profile helps ensure you get answers that are relevant to you.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

0
votes
1answer
56 views

Why doesn't the light in my ceiling fan work after changing a light bulb?

I had to change a light bulb in my ceiling fan. When I was screwing it in, it popped and the light bulb blew. Now the remote won't turn off the light, but it's still able to control the fan blades ...
1
vote
1answer
79 views

Is this ceiling rose electrical wiring diagram correct for the lighting system I am implementing

I have found a few wiring diagrams online, but none that fit my specific scenario. Please can you tell me if my wiring plan according to my diagram below is correct. Apologies for the non standard ...
2
votes
4answers
121 views

Ground bar on sub-panel

I just wanted to get confirmation on this. Can I ground more than one wire per single slot/screw on a ground busbar in a sub panel? Just to be clear, this is a sub panel with separate neutral and ...
2
votes
2answers
69 views

What gauge wire is needed to feed a 70 ampere panel 300 ft. away?

What gauge of wire do I need for direct burial for a 300 ft run for a 70 amp subpanel? I am going to install a 50 amp plug for a 5th wheel and eventually add some lights to a green house about 70 ...
1
vote
2answers
100 views

What wire gauge is needed to replace old wires in a vintage chandelier?

I'm replacing the wiring from a vintage chandelier and need to know what gauge wire to use. There are five lights on it. This is for the fixture only!
2
votes
2answers
115 views

Can I run electrical wiring through basement ceiling joists?

My main electrical circuit breaker panel is on one end of our unfinished basement. I need to run 2 circuits to the far end of the basement. Normally I would mount these wires on the center beam that ...
2
votes
1answer
78 views

Can I have a 20 amp breaker, 12 gauge wire, and a 15 amp switch?

Can I have a 20 amp breaker with 12 gauge wire run to a switch that is a 15 amp and use 14 gauge wire from the switch to the ceiling fan only?
1
vote
1answer
40 views

How to connect the wires when changing from standard to electronic ballasts?

I'm changing from an old standard ballast to an electronic type. Tried match the wiring but something went wrong as the tube doesn't light? When connecting the wires to the sides that the tubes are, ...
1
vote
1answer
37 views

GE Load Center Q's

I have an old GE meter socket load center (see picture). I have no idea what the model number is because the paper label on the inside of the lid is unreadable, and I have been unable to find any ...
1
vote
1answer
68 views

My power strip has (what appears to be) a burn mark. What do I do?

I got an power strip from IKEA around 12 months back. I used it for at my desk with the laptop, pc, printer and light plugged in simultaneously. Now I discovered when I was moving that there's a burn ...
0
votes
2answers
78 views

How to wire GFCI outlet

The bathroom includes a GFCI outlet that will not reset. Research revealed that such outlets do seem to stop working sometimes. So I am attempting to replace the outlet. After pulling the faceplate ...
0
votes
0answers
35 views

Why does my combination of 3-way switches with dimmer AND timer not work?

I have had two three-way switches controlling a chandelier, one of the switches being a digital timer. When I tried to swap out the "non-timer" 3-way (standard) with a 3-way dimmer, the configuration ...
0
votes
1answer
57 views

Should I have continuity between hot lug (at service in) and neutral bus with main breaker off?

With the main house breaker turned off, I have electrical continuity between the hot lug at the service entrance and the neutral bus in my service panel. I also have electrical continuity from ...
0
votes
0answers
50 views

Old wiggy going to blow up on me?

Along with some misinformation about not testing blown fuses with wiggys, these guys were talking about old wiggys that can blow up. How do I know if mine is one of those 'old' ones? (Voltcon 61-076) ...
0
votes
2answers
56 views

What does it mean when one wire goes into load, and one goes into line

I am replacing my kitchen outlets with GFCI. The inspector told me I just needed to install one at the first outlet in the circuit. I looked at the outlets on either side of my kitchen; at one end ...
1
vote
2answers
105 views

Why am I showing 50 volts between neutral and ground?

I wired 8 recessed lights to a switch in a room. When I connected everything the first time and turned on the power, the breaker tripped. If I disconnect the ground that leads to the breaker box on ...
0
votes
1answer
24 views

Rating for the outlet does not match the breaker.

I have an outlet for an air conditioner that is rated at 20a 250v. The breaker has 2, 20amp breakers. Should I be concerned? Should i replace this outlet?
0
votes
2answers
80 views

Why won't my new ceiling light turn off?

I just replaced a ceiling fan/light combination for a fluorescent light. I noted that the new light only had connectors for white and black wires but not one for the red wire that is coming out of the ...
1
vote
2answers
55 views

Is it okay to use both the backwire holes and the side terminals on an electrical outlet?

I'm tying into an existing outlet box to provide power for a new electrical outlet. The existing outlet already has 2 lines connected to it - one from "upstream" (to the fuse box) and one downstream ...
2
votes
1answer
50 views

20amp breaker trips with NO load…Continuity between black & white wire at electrical box

I have a 20 amp breaker that connects to one wall in my kitchen. It operates 3 outlets, a microwave and two other outlets used for a toaster oven & the last a blender. On the blender outlet ...
0
votes
1answer
32 views

Need help tracking down possible open neutral

OK, moved into 1974 mobile home two months ago, everything was working. Had an incident much like a breaker tripping, but none were. One day of flickering devices, then back to normal except none of ...
2
votes
3answers
58 views

Can I use a 30 amp generator to power some parts of a 60 amp subpanel

My main panel is in my basement and it has a 60 amp breaker that goes to a sub panel in my pole barn. The pole barn sub panel provides power for the pumps and blower motor of my outdoor woodstove. ...
1
vote
0answers
27 views

How can I safely splice wires inside a lamp?

I am making a Steampunk style lamp with black pipe. My intention is to use three lamp sockets as part of the design. I will have one cord coming out of the lamp as the plugin. However, I am not ...
1
vote
1answer
52 views

What should I do about damaged electrical conduit?

I'm adding an electrical line to my outdoor pool breaker box. I was digging near the box with a pickaxe (yeah, I know, stupid) and was trying to be careful, but I was not careful enough. I don't ...
0
votes
0answers
35 views

How do I wire magnetic door contacts?

I want to follow this project and install my own home alarm system based on raspberry pi. I m having some trouble in understanding the built-in alarm cables and connecting the magnetic door contacts. ...
3
votes
3answers
186 views

Why would a circuit breaker not trip if I accidentally shorted hot to neutral?

I am installing a set of recessed lights in a closet, replacing the existing fixtures one at a time. I removed power to the lights while installing each one by using the light switch, not the circuit ...
0
votes
0answers
34 views

Can I replace an electric range with a cooktop and separate oven?

I'm replacing an electric range with a cooktop and separate oven. I know an electric range runs off of one 220V power source. Do I have to run a separate 220V line from the fuse box to my kitchen for ...
1
vote
5answers
85 views

How can I 'share' lights between multiple circuits?

I am installing a rectangle of 3 x 4 recessed can lights in the ceiling and would like to have 4 separate circuits where each individual row of lights can be illuminated by its own switch. This means ...
2
votes
2answers
67 views

Can a laptop cause an AFCI to trip?

just stumbled onto this site and crossing my fingers that someone will be able to help. My problem is the tripping of an AFCI every 3/5 weeks when a 2nd TV is turned on. Sometimes soon afterwards, ...
1
vote
2answers
72 views

Lights wont turn off after switching dimmer types and changed again

Previous owners installed two wall sconces - one dimmer. That dimmer control plate broke/cracked (a glyder type) I have an Ariadni toggle that I would prefer. The glider had by looking 3 wires (single ...
0
votes
1answer
25 views

Pool pump plug trips when GFCI outlet receives power

I have a GFCI outlet out by my pool. I have a timer switch inside that sends power to that outlet. My pool pump has a plug that is GFCI (I assume that is what a plug is called it has a test and reset ...
0
votes
2answers
39 views

Can wireless ceiling fan controls work without a direct wire to a wall switch?

Is there a wireless controller that can control fan without the direct wire from switch to fan? There is direct power at fan, and direct power at switch but they are not connected together. Looking ...
3
votes
2answers
97 views

How should I replace a 6 wire, 12 gauge electrical outlet?

I am trying to replace a 15A electrical outlet. The existing one is attached to 12 gauge copper wire. There is a ground connection, one set of wire on the bottom screws, two sets of wire going into ...
1
vote
1answer
59 views

How do I ground a TV antenna on my shed with the cable running underground to my house?

I want to mount a TV antenna on my shed in my back yard and run the wire underground to my house. The shed is about 60 to 70 feet from the house. There is electrical service in the shed, but there is ...
0
votes
0answers
10 views

chirping sound i cant figure out where from [duplicate]

I have a chirping sound in my house that I cant figure out... So first I changed all the smoke detector batteries, still had chirps, then bought 8 brand new smoke detectors wired them all in , still ...
2
votes
2answers
94 views

Is it safe to leave light socket without a light bulb?

We have several light sockets with light bulbs, controlled by a single light switch. I don't need that much light, so I want to remove a couple of light bulbs from their sockets. Is that safe ? In ...
0
votes
0answers
41 views

Wiring a switched PIR light outside on 2 core t&e?

My builder has incorrectly fed 2 core and earth from the switch inside to where the light will go outside (and made good). I was planning to buy a outdoor light with a PIR sensor and have the switch ...
2
votes
3answers
89 views

Wiring electrical outlets from a single outlet

I'm building an entertainment center unit, and on the unit I want to embed wall outlets into it so I can plug things like my receiver, NAS, consoles etc in a clean method. I thought the entertainment ...
1
vote
2answers
68 views

How do I properly place devices in an electrical enclosure?

I have to put together an electrical enclosure that includes, some terminal blocks, fuses, a power supply (110-24V,3.2A) all of which will be used to provide power for a series of sensors and ...
1
vote
2answers
76 views

Why does my GFI keep going off? Is it dangerous?

I have a small condo with one bathroom. There is a GFI in the kitchen and bathroom. The GFI in the bathroom trips off on a regular basis. It started slowly (like 1/week) and now it happens multiple ...
0
votes
1answer
270 views

Which terminal should be used for a “C” wire when none are labeled “C”? Older electric furnace/heat pump

I have an all electric air handler/furnace connected to a separate AC unit and it is also a heat pump. I've purchased the latest and greatest Honeywell WiFi "Smart" Thermostat and it needs a C wire. ...
1
vote
1answer
37 views

Why is my voltage so low?

I have very low voltage at times hovering around 99v, usually when the A/C is on and everyone in my area is running theirs as well. I have 240v outlets for my appliances and wanted to know if there is ...
-1
votes
1answer
17 views

Viewing cumulative electricity usage [closed]

The TED 5000C monitors real-time electricity usage. This, however, isn't so useful if plugged into, say, a fridge, where, presumably, the bulk of the electricity usage is going to come from when the ...
0
votes
0answers
42 views

How do I connect the second light fixture in this dimmer-controlled lighting circuit?

I just replaced two light fixtures in the front hallway of our new house and I'm having some issues. The two fixtures are connected to a dimmable switch and the light closest to the switch is ...
1
vote
5answers
120 views

TV Arcs with Cablebox through both Coax and HDMI

Here is our setup Outlet in older house that was replaced with a GFI last year. (no issues until recent) The GFI doesn't have a ground wire running up from the basement. Just the white and black ...
0
votes
0answers
21 views

TV Arcs with Cablebox through both Coax and HDMI [duplicate]

Here is our setup Outlet in older house that was replaced with a GFI last year. (no issues until recent) The GFI doesn't have a ground wire running up from the basement. Just the white and black ...
5
votes
1answer
244 views

Why shouldn't different types of bulbs be used in the same fixture?

Why shouldn't different types of light bulbs(i.e. incandescent, LED, cfl) be used in the same fixture? I read this under the CAUTIONS & WARNINGS section of the LED bulb packaging. ...Do not ...
1
vote
1answer
58 views

How hot can/should an outlet get?

While microwaving my dinner today, I measured the temperature of the outlet the microwave was plugged into. At the end of the 12-minute cook cycle, the hottest part of the outlet measured 160F. Is ...
1
vote
1answer
43 views

How do I connect my new chandelier?

I would like to connect a new chandelier to the ceiling of my bedroom. The ceiling box has two cables: black, white, ground - none of these is hot black, white, red, ground - black on this cable is ...
1
vote
1answer
63 views

Are licensed electricians required to perform code-compliant repairs?

A California licensed electrician replaced a circuit breaker for a friend. He removed the living room AFCI breaker and replaced it with a used non-AFCI breaker. When I heard this I was upset enough ...