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How do I connect a switch and receptacle in the same box?

I have extended wire at the end of an existing circuit. I’m installing a 2-gang box with a switch and a receptacle. I want one of the outlets to always be hot, and the other to only be hot when the ...
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Electrical 'input' connector?

So, this is maybe a goofy thought. Here's the situation: Putting the final finishing touches to our propane fireplace insert. The insert has an outlet built-in for a circulating fan if in the future ...
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Electric stove wiring

Help! I had the bright idea of changing my electric stove top, it looked simple enough. I have 220V coming from my wall with one green, one bare, one hot black and one black wire. From my stove-top ...
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Networking Phones Together in Building

I have a number siemens optipoint 500 economy phones. They have been used in an office environment in which the networking of the phones were managed by a third party. I would now like to use them in ...
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Rope in computer case safe? [closed]

I have a sound card (sound blaster Z) that I want to install on my motherboard (mobo). The problem is, that the hole where the screw is supposed to go through is along the side of the mobo and thus I ...
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Does an extension cord from 2 to 3 prongs have any benefits?

If you're plugging a device with a 2-prong plug into an extension cord that has 3 prongs on the other end, does that give it the grounding benefit of the third prong?
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How do I convert a 3-way circuit with two lights into two 3-way circuits that control each light separately?

I have two switches in my kitchen, one on each side, that each turn on two lights at the same time. What I want to do is change it around so each light is turned on separately but still from both ...
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Kitchen outlet and Light

I am roughing in my kitchen wiring currently and have separated the counter top outlets so that I have two per circuit. I also have a separate general lighting circuit in the kitchen. My question ...
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What should I do about a recessed light without a housing?

I looked into my attic today and found one recessed light mounted directly in the ceiling (sheetrock) without a can/fixture. Isn't it dangerous (in terms of fire hazard) to have so. What do you guy ...
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Can I plug my 40 ampere stove into a 30 ampere receptacle?

The new stove requires at least 40 amps, our breaker is 40 amp. The outlet says 30 amps on it, and the holes are shaped a little different then the plug, but the plug still fits into the outlet and ...
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How to fix my ceiling lights? [closed]

I have a bunch of ceiling lights that don't work when I replace the bulbs. Electricians are too expensive but although I don't have experience in this area I'm willing to learn and do it myself if ...
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How safe is this power configuration?

I have a regular 2 socket, 15 amp outlet in my garage. I need to run my miter saw and shopvac at the same time, the saw draws 15A and the shopvac 8.5A. I've currently been running them off one ...
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How do I remove a 3-way switch?

I am taking a non bearing wall down that has electrical work in it, including a 3 way switch for a single light. I want to disconnect this switch so the other one works. How do I do this?
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Where is my power going?

We just got an overly large (several hundred dollars over normal) electric bill from the city. Being a bit of a diy I picked up an ammeter to to track down the reason. None of my circuits are ...
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Economy 7 single element immersion heater

I just start renting a property which has electric heating. It runs on a type of economy 7 tariff. Just before I moved in the landlord fitted a new immersion heater replacing the old one. The ...
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What subpanel and number of circuit breakers should I install in a detached garage?

I no longer am dealing with my contractor. Long story. But he ran 2 10-3 wires out to my garage for power. I think he was planning on putting a 30 amp breaker on the panel in the house for each wire ...
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How do I replace a dimmer switch with a single switch?

I'm trying to replace a dimmer switch with a regular light switch. The same box also has another dimmer and fan control switch next to the one I want to replace. The dimmer has 2 wires, a pink and ...
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Use existing light switch to also power bathroom exhaust fan?

The builder of my house neglected to place an exhaust fan in my guest bathroom. When I brought that to their attention, they replied that code only requires fans in bathrooms that don't have ...
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Touch Lamps Misbehaving

I am rewiring my house with major upgraded wire. I am installing #12 armorflex wiring and conforming to commercial code. Yes, I know most people use romex for houses, but I have seen plenty of attics ...
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What causes a HVAC control transformer to overheat?

I recently replaced my 24 volt HVAC control transformer. The outside unit started up including the air handler and ran for maybe 10 minutes. After the units shut down I noticed that the transformer ...
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Cut cord on window A/C

I have a window A/C unit mounted through a hole in the wall. It's bolted in place, so fairly permanent. It has a 6ft power cord with what looks like a GFI on the end. I think the cord is ugly, so I'd ...
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Is it allowed to connect 14 awg ground wire to 12 awg ground

I have a 20 amp circuit and a 15 amp circuit coming together in a 2-gang box. I have to connect all the ground wires together. Is it ok that I am connecting 14 gauge wire to 12 gauge wire for the ...
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Do I need to ground Ethernet cable run beneath a pier & beam house?

I'm fairly amateur when it comes to home networking, though I get the basic concepts. I bought a 1000' spool of this Cat6 Ethernet cable, simply because it was the only outdoor-rated cable sold by ...
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Possible Electrical Short After Drywall Installation

I just finished tearing my office down to the studs, insulating, and then having drywall installed. The crew did the drywall install today. I have a light switch which is a dimmer that powers 4 "cans" ...
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Will this light fixture wiring pass inspection?

I helped my grandpa install a light fixture in his kitchen(he's in the process of remodeling) and noticed the wiring was a little weird. The wiring is going from the fixture to the switch which I ...
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What type of switch is this?

I am trying to replace the switch in my space heater, but am unsure what type it is to do a search for it. It has three terminals one one side and 2 on the other. This part is from a Duraflame heater ...
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Wiring LED undercabinet lights to switch (US based)

The people that lived in the house before me did something odd. They evidently intended on putting in under cabinet lighting in the kitchen, so when they tiled the back wall all around the area, they ...
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Why do some 240 V appliances require a neutral wire? [duplicate]

My only guess would be that they have separate loads with some that need 240 V and some that need 120 V. Thanks for any insight.
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Is it safe to run a Kinect 360 cable in drywall?

Does anyone know if it's safe / compliant to run a Kinect 360 cable in drywall? No extension, just the original cable, running a vertical 5-8 ft segment.
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Options for lubricating wires for conduit?

I am trying to pull four #8 stranded wires through a flexible PVC conduit that is 25 feet long. I can get the wires just a few feet into the conduit before they bind. I know there is a commercially ...
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When there are multiple circuits in a junction box do all grounds get connected

If I have a junction box where there are splices from several circuits, do I connect all ground wires from all circuits together in one bundle or do I do that for each circuit within the junction box? ...
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How do I wire a bath fan?

I installed a new bathroom fan. I ran a wire to the light switch, but when I opened the box, there were only two wires inside. How do I wire it so I have a switch for fan and light?
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Can I run 100A service from a 200A panel in a garage to a house with an existing 60A service?

I have a somewhat unique situation. I had a separate 200A service run to my garage a few years ago to run my welders and compressor. My house still has 60A service. I am now moving my wood shop from a ...
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Best way to create a simple and economic steam machine for steaming wood?

I want to build a simple steam machine for steaming wood to bend. To do this I must place the wood into a sealed PVC pipe and pump steam into it. The PVC pipe part is the easiest part. Producing ...
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Strange noise coming from my bathroon outlet

I turned on my bathroom light a couple nights ago & it sounded like morse code coming from the outlet. I haven't heard it since that night. My light switch is part of the double outlet. Do you ...
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Why does my fluorescent ceiling fixture trip the GFCI sometimes?

Every so often, roughly a 1/20 chance, flipping the light switch to my laundry room's fluorescent fixture will trip the nearby GFCI outlet. Why is this? Is it more likely to be the GFCI being faulty ...
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Toaster oven makes my kitchen lights flicker

Today, I got a new toaster oven. When it's heating, my kitchen lights (plugged into an adjacent outlet) flicker/pulse. What can I do to reduce the flickering? If I get a power conditioner, can I put ...
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Does the NEC allow a 14ga branch on a 12ga circuit?

Is it within the NEC to wire ceiling light fixtures with 14ga NM from a switch wired with 12ga NM, where the power originates at the switch and the ceiling fixture is a branch? The breaker ...
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Adding Undersized Fuse to Doorbell Circuit?

So recently my doorbell button got stuck and it burnt out both the electromagnetic coil in the chime and the transformer. As I'm replacing everything I was thinking that I could add fuse to prevent a ...
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How can I make my garbage disposal outlet work for other electric devices?

I want to install the charging station for a battery-powered "Dirt Devil" vacuum cleaner under the kitchen sink. There's an outlet there which the garbage disposal plugs into, so I thought I would ...
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What happens if you wire a four-prong dryer cord backwards?

What happens if you get the red and black wires of a four prong dryer cord backwards? This question assumes: we are talking about U.S. Residential wiring the person doing the wiring gets the green ...
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Replacing ceiling light with fan/light combination [closed]

In my kitchen I had a ceiling light which I turned on and off with a wall switch. I replaced the ceiling light with a fan/light combination. When wiring the instructions did not tell me what to do ...
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How do I wire a new ceiling light from an existing fixture? [closed]

How do I extend electrical service to a new basement ceiling light fixture? I want to extend from a standard ceiling light that is wired as follows: two 14/3 gauge wires enter the box. Both black ...
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Why do adjacent kitchen outlets need to be on separate circuits?

I believe that's what the code calls for (I'm in Alberta, Canada) but maybe I'm making it up. I'm just wondering what the reason behind that is. Is it to spread the load out more in the event that ...
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Using a 30-amp tandem circuit breaker for a 120/240v circuit?

I inherited a main panel box from a homeowner that wasn't always fond of meeting the required NEC codes. As such, there are some oddities in the panel. One such oddity is the fact that he installed ...
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Convert Rectangular Electrical Box in Ceiling to Octagon?

I need to do the opposite of what is talked about in this post: Can I convert ceiling mounted octagon box to electrical receptacle? Specifically, there is a rectangular electrical box in my ceiling ...
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Electrical wire a 240v sprinkler lake pump

I have a Wayne 1-1/2 HP Cast Iron Quick-Prime Lawn-Sprinkler Pump What do I have to do to wire this up? I have a free 30-amp circuit breaker in my panel. This pump has two wires - white and black. Do ...
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Is this outlet wiring correct?

I was checking outlets to insure that they were wired correctly, and in doing I discover this one. The outlet tester said it wasn't grounded. There is one black wire coming from what appears to be a ...
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Is Schedule 80 PVC Conduit Suitable for Short Directional Boring?

I'm running some electrical wire around where I'm building my house. There are two places that I'd rather not dig through: A driveway and a creek. The creek is the most important, because the state ...
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Unused electrical duplex box, soon to be hidden behind a bookcase?

I'm getting ready to install bookcases for my home office (SouthWest USA). One wall floor to ceiling consisting of four units screwed together. In one place there is a duplex outlet right behind the ...