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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 ...
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Lawnmower cut-out and I reckon something has blown (pics inside)

Long story short, my Flymo lawnmower was exposed to rain over the winter period. When Spring came, it started up. However, I realised that I needed more slack on the cable and turned it off (there was ...
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Can I safely create another 120V outlet using the fourth neutral wire from a 4 wire 240V line?

I recently just ran a 4 conductor 240 volt line out to my shed. I chose to run the extra conductor just in case, but I do not currently need it for my application. My question is, can I add a 120V ...
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How to get outlets straight inside boxes?

I am replacing my outlets with tamper resistant outlets. After replacement, some of them are crooked in their boxes. The old outlets were straight enough so I know the boxes are aligned ...
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Wire two 14-50 outlets to 50 amp breaker

Was wondering can I add two 14-50 outlets to one 50 amp breaker using 6/3 wire and connecting with wire nuts? Also, recommend PVC or liquid tight flex conduit? Will be in the garage. I want to add ...
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Hardwiring a plugged light

I have a light that has a switch on the fixture and then plugs into the wall. I want to wire this directly into a circuit in my camper. Overall, I'm just looking for a quick explanation of how to do ...
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How can I use a multimeter to replace electrical testers, etc.?

I have a multimeter and I don't want to spend more money on other electrical test devices. How do I use a multimeter to perform the same functions as a: circuit tester GFCI outlet tester
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Replacing a double wall switch and I am confused by the wiring

I am replacing a double set of single pole wall switches. One switch controls a ceiling fan and another controls the fan lighting. There are 4 runs of romex terminating in the box, 1 from the fan/...
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Removing a keystone jack from the wall plate

I am about to install some ethernet cord with jacks I know I will upgrade in the future. However, I'd like not to waste the jacks that will be replaced. How will I be able to remove them from the wall ...
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Can I cap the red wires?

In my pantry I had a ceiling light that was plugged into a wall receptacle. The receptacle was activated by the switch on the wall. There was a burning (dead fish) smell in the pantry so i ...
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live and neutral, led driver?

i just bought an led driver. but it has two white wires for the mains. I was wondering which wire is live and neutral. http://www.banggood.com/12V-DC-18W-Power-Supply-LED-Driver-Adapter-Transformer-...
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Breaker for pool trips but not GFI

We have GFI outlet in a "weather proof" box with cover. There is a pump and pool light plugged into it. Every time there is a semi heavy rain, the breaker in the box kicks but the GFI never trips. If ...
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Light and exhaust fan at bathroom not working

I have 2 switches (1 for the light and 1 for the exhaust fan) and 1 receptacle in a metal box at bathroom. Yesterday, both switches were not working but the receptacle was fine. (The hot line goes to ...
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What size Aluminum 3 wire should I use to run 200 feet underground at 100 Amps

What size aluminum 3 wire should I use to run 200 feet underground at 100 amps 110/220 volts? This is in Colorado and will be used to run a mobile home with an electric dryer as the only 220 volt ...
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After a minute running, dryer trips main breaker outside the house, but no internal breakers

I recently solved (sort of?) an issue regarding my washer & dryer not getting power. I consider that issue solved, but now I have a new one, possibly what caused the problem before. Now that I ...
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Can I use just one hot and neutral screw for a receptacle?

I am replacing a receptacle (15A) and it has three hot and 3 neutral wires. Previously two backstab plus one screw were used on each side. I won't be using the backstabs on the replacement receptacle. ...
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Wiring a Ceiling-fan and switch while disconnecting an outlet from the switch

A couple of years ago I replaced a ceiling light in the MB with a ceiling fan/light using a remote control wall switch (light off/on with dimmer; fan off/on, high, med, low). There is only one switch....
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Installing electrical sub-panel at future above-ground pool

Sorry to beat a dead horse with this subject but I'm a little unclear when it comes to the issue of installing additional ground rods. So here's my situation....The pool has not been installed yet but ...
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How to protect outdoor transformer plugging into in-use outlet?

I have an outdoor DC transformer for lighting system that must connect to an outdoor outlet. It's not hardwired. So if I plug this transformer to an in-use outlet permanently, how do I ensure that ...
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Is it OK to mount outdoor electrical outlet box to deck trim board?

I see most places have outdoor outlet either standing by itself (via post or something hard) or mounted to wall. If I run my wiring under the deck and when it comes out, can I mount it on the side of ...
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Outdoor wire gauge for deck post cap light

I am installing deck post cap lights and have a few questions on the type of wire to use. My deck is large, around 50 feet x 35 feet. So the wiring must go around for all the posts. I plan to use LED ...
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What to do with wires from old outdoor light?

I'm permanently removing an old stair light from a porch. I've disconnected the fixture but the wires come from the house through a hole in the wall. So now I have about 2 feet of wire hanging from ...
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Can I replace a cutler hammer GFCB120 breaker, with a GFCB120cs breaker?

Can I replace a cutler hammer GFCB120 breaker, with a GFCB120cs breaker? What is the difference between the two?
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Wiring my Light Fixture

I have two black wires coming from the ceiling (it's an older house from the 30's), but it looks like they added this new wire to a switch to control the light fixture. Wires were exposed and no ...
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Understanding Old House Wiring

I recently bought a house where the dining fixture has no switch (although there is a switch on the fixture itself). Nearby was a blank outlet at switch height. I thought that might be where the ...
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2 wire sub-panel corrective action

Can I correct 2 wire supply by adding a bare copper wire buried to sub-panels? I have two out-buildings with sub-panels fed by 6/2 wire w/ground. The main is 100 amp The sub-panels each has a 50 amp ...
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Is a wire coiled around a post adequate for grounding light fixture bases?

I was changing a light bulb in a ceiling light fixture. I unscrewed the nut and removed the glass cover. When I was replacing the bulb I noticed that there was a copper wire loosely coiled around the ...
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recharging 18V battery back in parallel

So I'm working on a project where I'm wanting to take several 18V ryobi battery packs, put them in parallel to increase the capacity, and then use that to power my project. I think this should be ...
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Can an electrical panel be behind a locked door in North Carolina

Like the title says. Is there any Code in North Carolina that states an electrical panel can Not be mounted in a locked room?
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Should I extend existing 12/3 circuits with 12/2 for wiring attic?

As part of finishing my attic (insulation, drywall, etc.), I'm going to add receptacles and recessed ceiling fixtures. Currently, there are two 12/3 cables up there that are capped off, run by a ...
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Run new electrical wiring in backyard from existing wall outlet

I am planning to run a new electrical wiring in my backyard and start from where the current outlet is at the wall (behind my kitchen): It's right above the deck and here is the picture under the ...
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I'm thinking of upgrading to a 200 amp service

I have a 60 amp main breaker with the following breakers in the panel. One 50 amp for range One 30 amp for water heater One 30 amp breaker for clothes dryer Eight 20 amp breakers for appliances ...
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Can I run a 110V extension cord through a wall-mounted cable hider/channel?

I have a ceiling mounted 110V outlet and I want to run an extension cord down to the floor. Is it up to US electrical code to mount those PVC cable hider channels on the outside of the wall and run ...
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If i use one ground wire for two outlets, will my equipment get damaged?

If i use one ground wire for two outlets, will my equipment get damaged? Here is what I want to do: If my air conditioner sends voltage through the ground wire shared with the outlet powering my ...
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How can NEMA electric plug be safe ?

I'm quite scared every time I have to use NEMA plugs (I live in Japan). Coming from europe, the bottom of the two connectors is insulated This ensure that even if you touch them while plugging/...
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AC tripping power breaker

My central AC is dripping power breaker What I have checked Filters are clean I cleaned outside unit with water I put in a new capacitor It cools fine it just trips middle of night like 4am
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Can i use 1 ground wire to ground 2 outlets? [duplicate]

(Before I start, I am not worried about the NEC.) I have 2 outlets in my room. 1 of them has a ground wire that is run along the baseboard through the wall and down the side of my house to the ...
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Using Both Sonoff Wi-Fi Switch and Existing Wall Switch to Control Light

EDIT: Oops, I meant to say hot/neutral for (+)/(-). I'm not completely educated in this as you can tell. ^_^;; I live in the U.S. I'm attempting to figure out if it's possible to hook up a Sonoff Wi-...
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Surge protection(Kinda) with a power bar

Apologies in advance if this is the wrong SE to post this in, but Electrical Enginnering Stack Exchange didn't look like the proper place, based on what was 'on topic' over there. Anyway, I have a ...
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Having issues connection motion sensor

I bought an in-wall PIR switch (http://amzn.to/293hYyJ) and I'm trying to install it. The switch has 4 wires: red, black, white and green In my wall, I had 2 black wires and a green one that were ...
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Power 12V air mattress pump from 5V powerbank

I would like to power 12V 32W air mattress pump from power bank. Power bank output is 5V and this is not enough (correct me if I'm wrong) I see two ways: Using DC-DC converter. I found one XL6009E1 ...
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Can a single ground wire ground 2 outlets? [duplicate]

Can a single ground wire ground 2 outlets? I don't want to run another wire through the wall, if I can run a wire to that other ground wire (and have 2 outlets being grounded by one wire). In other ...