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Carpet cleaner keeps tripping outlet

I have a carpet cleaner. The first time I turn it on, I can use it for about 5 minutes before it trips an outlet's breaker which disconnects the power to the used outlet. I then reset the outlet ...
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Is there a way to plug a NEMA 6-20P plug into a NEMA 10-30R receptacle?

Is there a way to plug a 6-20p 208/220/250v plug into a 10-30r receptacle? I can't seem to find an adapter for this. I bought a 220v fahrenheat heater and want to be able to plug it into a range or ...
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Why does a wall plug show only 20V instead of 120V?

I have two outlets that test at 20V, or sometimes 60V. They should be 120V.
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What could be wrong with my Whirlpool flatop?

I was in the process of cooking when I noticed that my food was no longer boiling. The red indicator light was still on. I held my hand over the burner and they both were cold to the touch. I went to ...
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Can I wire a box with two 120-volt duplex outlets each wired to one leg of a 240-volt 3-wire plug?

In my shop I have plenty of NEMA 6-20Rs (240-volt, 20-amp receptacles) and not enough NEMA 5-20Rs (120-volt 20-amp receptacles). These are all right next to the panel. My goal or my desire: I want ...
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What size fuse wire do I need for a 4 kW single phase 220V geyser?

What is the type and gauge of wire that I should use for fuse wire which is feeding a 4 kW single-phase geyser?
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Fan coil wiring problem with new thermostat

I'm trying to upgrade to a new line voltage thermostat. The new thermostat has many more connections, including three fan speeds. My current system has a manual fan switch on the wall so all I need ...
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How can I extend an old ceiling box to fit a SmartHome relay?

I have an old ceiling fixture box, the kind with the stud/hickey in the center that looks like this: I want to add a fixture to this box (currently it's unused.) I also want to use a SmartHome ...
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What could cause a gas fireplace to come on by itself?

My natural gas fireplace has a mind of it's own. It has been working properly until today--it decided to come on by itself It has been cold (15 degrees) here in SC--could this be the problem?? The ...
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Can I use a split tab switch for mains voltage and low voltage?

LeGrand (Pass & Seymour) make a multi-control single pole switch with a split tab TM8113WCC, which allows for the control of two independent circuits on a single yoke (one box). Code question: is ...
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Can a GFCI receptacle share the neutral wire of another circuit?

When I connect my GFCI receptacle on one circuit that shares the neutral wire with another circuit, it immediately faults out. If I remove the second circuit from the neutral there is no problem.
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How can I install a new lighting circuit in my kitchen?

I would like to install 2 new light fixtures and a switch in my kitchen. Currently the kitchen has three lights each controlled by their own switch. I want the new lights to have their own switch ...
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How does this power outlet configuration in my new home work?

I just moved in to a new home I'm renting to find this, near where a TV would usually be installed. This is near TV height, under a TV mount that was installed by the homeowners. And this is on the ...
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How to wire multi-control rocker switch

What's the correct way to wire a multi-control rocker switch (e.g. Leviton 1755) that has three switches on one yoke with a common supply? What wire(s) do I run from the switches to each of the ...
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How can I install ceiling mounted recessed occupancy sensors?

I am looking to replace my current lighting circuit with a motion detector and wondering what is the best way to do this? I currently have 6 spot lights, controlled by 2 switches on either side of ...
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Why do people run 12-3 cable to feed completely different circuits?

Been updating circuits in my basement and I'm horrified at the previous work that has been done. Improperly routed cables, overloaded junction boxes and, in two separate instances, 12-3 cable feeding ...
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Electrical across studs in basement?

I have a small workshop that I need to add an outlet for. There's a light switch 2 studs away that I'll use for power. I have no plans to drywall this area of the workshop. Is it ok (against any ...
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What does it mean when an AFCI breaker indicator is 1/4 white?

My renters are complaing that the breaker for the master bather and bedroom keeps tripping. They say the trip is random. I tested all the plugs and GFCI plug in the bathroom. Everything passed with ...
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Running board dimensions

I need to install a running board on which to attached some cables going perpendicular to joists. Is there a minimum size that one should use? I'm planning on installing some 6x1"s.
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Is it possible to replace a fusebox lever without replacing the whole box?

I'm pretty new to DIY stuff... but I'm selling my home soon and was wondering if it was possible for an electrician to fix just the part causing the lever to not come down in my garage's fusebox ...
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What is a single pole 30 amp breaker used for

Is ok to us a 30 amp breaker single pole according to NEC
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How should I run stripped cable through conduits?

I have a 6/3 NM-B cable that is to be run through a Southwire Ultratite conduit to an external outlet for a generator. I plan to strip the cable prior to threading through the conduit: 1. for ease of ...
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Solar charge controller wiring

I have the proper polarities connected from the panel and battery to the controller. Above is a photo of the HQRP charge controller wired to a 30watt 24v solar panel and this 24v battery: I ...
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Cant seem to get the GFCI to work

I'm not an electrician - I know enough to get basic wiring accomplished... or so I thought. I'm finishing my basement, and we ran 5 new outlets, in conduit, all are 15a. I have a box right next to ...
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Must I ground my dishwasher to a metal plate?

I bought a Bosch 800 Series Dishwasher Model SHP68T55UC to install into my year 2000 house. Whenever I read tutorials online for installing dishwashers, I see that the ground wire goes to a metal ...
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What size wire will I need to feed a 3/4 hp pump?

I have a 230 v pump that will be 210 ft in the well and will be 820 ft from the house with a total of 1030 ft the pump is a 3/4 hp Gould pump What size wire will I need?
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How do I wire this 4-way light switch?

I have 3 switches that control the same light. One of them broke, so I replaced it. I can't get the light to work now. I got what looked like the same kind of switch from the store. It's a 15amp/120 ...
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How to convert L609 4wire to L6 3wire

My electrical feed to location is L6 3wire (grnd+X+Y). My cabinet is L609 4wire (grnd+neut+X+Y). The cabinet feeds 4 blocks of 110V. Should the grnd+neutr be plugged into the grnd on the L6? or do I ...
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How do I add wire to a rusted electric box?

I'm adding a plug to a closet so that I can put my server and router in there. I am trying to daisy chain it off of the nearest plug, but when I try to remove any of the knockouts they won't budge, ...
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How do I replace a GFCI breaker with a normal breaker?

I have a breaker on my panel that has 2 white wires and one black and a test button. I am changing to a breaker that has no white wires going to it just the black. Do I put both white wires to the bar ...
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Is my water heater installed properly?

Why do all 3 pipes..the hot, the cold, and the over flow valve run hot water. I can tell by the touch. the overflow which I'm used to having a free flowing tube attached to a pan is connected to a ...
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How can I safely have 2x 7kw/32amp electrical vehicle chargers connected to my consumer unit? (UK)

We've ordered two electric vehicles, and we're entitled to two home charge points, as shown here: https://www.britishgas.co.uk/energy-saving-products/electric-vehicles The charge points are now ...
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My three way lamp is suddenly just one way. Is this an electrical problem or fire hazard?

my three way lamp is suddenly just one way. is this an electrical problem that could be a fire hazard? Why would a lamp just suddenly stop being three way after being plugged and unplugged?
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How to find a motion sensing light switch that turns lights on AND off when motion is detected?

Location: USA. The light switch to our laundry room is in the hallway outside the door. I replaced the standard light switch with a motion sensing switch (Leviton ODS10-ID). When we enter the room, ...
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Trouble with solid state relay

I have a fotek SSR-25 relay I want to use to control a light (just a 120V led bulb). The wire connected to the #1 contact is 120vac. I have nothing connected to the load side (#2). The inputs are ...
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Interference with cable and electrical in same box

I'm finishing a basement and am running cable to 2 of the rooms in the basement. I would like to run the cable into a double gang box with the cable outlet on one side and an electrical receptacle on ...
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Why is the live wire reading live, but the neutral is not, in my lighting circuit?

A ceiling light has failed and I have removed it. The circuit that it was part of (eight other downstairs lights) is working fine. BUT the supply cable from this circuit to the failed light is 'live' ...
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How can I rewire half switched receptacles?

In my bedroom the bottom half of all receptacles are controlled by one switch. Is it possible to have just one receptacle with top and bottom hot all the time? The top half is hot all the time the ...
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Can a bathroom fan be mounted on one of the interior walls instead of the ceiling?

Can a bathroom fan be mounted on one of the interior walls instead of the ceiling, and still meet code?
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Installing a ceiling fan in a house built pre 50's

If I am installing a ceiling fan w/lights to an old house with only 2 wires coming out of the ceiling a hot (black) and white (neutral) is it necessary to connect the green ground wires from the fan ...
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Wiring a ceiling fan to an old house built pre 50's [duplicate]

If I am installing a ceiling fan w/lights to an old house with only 2 wires coming out of the ceiling a hot (black) and white (neutral) is it necessary to connect the green ground wires from the fan ...
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Can Armored Cable and Nonmetallic sheathed cable be used together?

Can metal jacket wiring, that uses the metal jacket as a ground, be used with conventional Romex wiring?
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Invert electric motor rotation

I got this Bergin AC motor which was from a pool pump, but now I want to use it to power a saw. For this I need to invert its rotation direction. How can I do that by just switching wires? The four ...
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Staple through a small electrical wire, will it still work correctly?

I'm running a small cable along a wooden beam, using a staple gun. I accidentally put the staple through one of the wires (the one with the black stripe). It's very small gauge wire and the hole is ...
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Independent circuits on a common trip CB

Is it permissible under the 2014 NEC to feed two independent 120VAC branch circuits from a common trip (aka double pole) circuit breaker? The circuits do not share a neutral wire, and are ordinary ...
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electric shock from brass light switches

I went to put out 2 light switches at the same time and got an electric shock from both of them. I'm just wondering whether this was static as I was sorting laundry from the tumble dryer or a more ...
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ADSL + Ethernet Surge Protection. What is chaining?

I would like to protect my home network setup with surge protectors. The products I am looking at are: APC Essential SurgeArrest 5 outlets 230V APC ProtectNet standalone surge protector for ...
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LED light bulbs turn off immediately after being switched on

I have 11 spotlights in my kitchen which are 12V MR16 fittings. Recently they've started giving me trouble. Only 5 out of the 11 still work correctly, the rest have gone I decided it must be a heat ...
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Connect A 3 way swotch to an existing three way switch [duplicate]

I have a 3 way switch (switch A) that controls a device. I have another three way switch (switch B) that is not connected to anything. I would like to connect switch B to switch A so that it can be ...
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Multiwire Branch Circuit with GFCI

I recently added some ceiling lights and had to tap into an existing junction box that had a 3 wire multiwire branch circuit run to it. This is a kitchen GFCI receptacle. The red wire is on a ...