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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 ...
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Why would three-way switch travelers both show as hot?

We have a three-way switch setup to control our living room light. Our staircase is on the far wall of our living room and one switch is downstairs while the other is at the top of the stairs. The ...
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Mount ceiling fan without electrical box

I went to replace a ceiling fan on a cathedral ceiling in my house yesterday, and upon removing the old fan I noticed that there is no electrical box where the fan was mounted. The fan was hung from a ...
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Wiring two motion sensors from separate locations to control a bank of lights in between both?

I want to turn on a bank of lights running along a deck between two entryways. The power switch is inside one doorway and feeds the circuit to the outside. How do I wire the two motion sensors so ...
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Red wire to green? Old electric wiring circa 1949 to new dimmer

I installed a lighting fixture in the hall, running off an older fixture. It worked fine with the existing switches. Then I wanted to replace one of the two old switches (circa 1949) with a dimmer ...
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What's the best way to connect two seperate generators to a well pump?

I need to have a generator run 240 volts to a well pump, and want it switched off when the generator is started. I also want a second (back up) generator that can be switched on if/when the main ...
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Low voltage on 120V receptacle after too much load

We accidentally ran our microwave and an electric tea kettle on the same outlet at the same time. Suddenly neither would turn on. I brought out my volt meter and it reads a curious 13 volts vs the ...
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How should I wire a ceiling fan when there's only three wires in the box?

I'm replacing a ceiling fan and it has three wires as is common: black, white, and bare ground. I have a two-toggle wall switch. One switch makes the black wire hot (for the motor), and the other ...
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Confused by ~115VAC 5-wire cabling to UK thermostat

I have a 5-wire cable as used for 3-phase (i.e. stripes/blue/brown/black/grey) coming to a hole where a thermostat was - only the earth, live (brown), and switched live (black) were used by this ...
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What's required to wire a repurposed cooktop in my shed?

A friend gave me a stovetop that was separate from the oven which burnt out.The two pieces were inserted into cabinets .I want to hook up the stove top in my shed for cooking. Its the type that has ...
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Is it possible to convert a switched light into an unswitched outlet?

I am installing an overhead automatic garage door opener. My only power source close to where I will be hanging the motor is an overhead light socket that is operated by a switch on the wall next to ...
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Why is it said that a typical 120V household circuit “reverses” polarity?

Responders have been very helpful with a recent post of mine. But I'm sorry to say this part still perplexes me: In a 120VAC circuit, current flows from Line 1 through the load, and returns via ...
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How to connect garage outlet circuit to power source

I have 2 outlets in my garage that I want to get working. When I traced the wires to my basement I noticed that the wire from garage to basement is not hooked up into panel box because there is no ...
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Need another 240v breaker

I bought a device called Sense to monitor home electrical usage that is installed in your electrical panel. The device needs to be connected to a 240v breaker like this: The problem is that I only ...
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Should I leave outlet covers on or off for electrical inspector?

I've got an electrical inspection scheduled for 4 circuits I added to my garage. I did the work myself and my city uses the most current NEC. All wiring is running in open stud walls in my garage. I ...
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using two oven in one outlet

I have two ovens. One is 20 amp at 240 V and Second is 30 amp at 240V. And I have one 240 V 50 amp outlet hook up to one circuit. Would this be sufficient enough to run two ovens without ...
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Is it acceptable to decrease the HP rating of a blank-face GFCI?

I have a 20 amp Blank Face GFCI rated at 1.5HP that is protecting two outdoor 15 amp receptacles. Could I use a 1hp blank face GFCI instead? Also, why wouldn't the electrician used a regular gfci ...
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Electric box for kitchen island cabinets

What kind of electrical box can be used in a kitchen island cabinet for a single duplex receptacle, where there is no structural members to attach an electrical box to? Here is a picture of the old ...
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need help, electrical ,wiring celing fan

I'm trying to wire in n my ceiling fan and there are 4 wires junctioned in to the box and only 2 black wires stubbed out, how do I wire it with 2 blacks?
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120v vs 240v neutral

I understand that 240v in a house current, the flow is in out/ out in through the two 120v lines from the transformer. What continues to confuse me is the role of the neutral wire in a 120v circuit. ...