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Jury-Rigged Modification of 120v Circuit to 240v Circuit Using Steel-Armor of BX Cable as Neutral/Ground… [closed]

My house was constructed in 1980 in the City of New York. About twenty-five years ago, I installed a new 29,200 BTU Carrier A/C through the wall of the house. The unit was rated at 208v, drawing ...
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How can I determine if my receptacles are grounded, and how can I fix it if they are not?

My upstairs office has 3-prong outlets, but according to my surge suppressor, they are not grounded. I took one of the sockets off to inspect how it was wired, and it seems to have a ground wire ...
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What is simplest strategy to map circuits to breakers in the panel?

My breaker box is very poorly labeled and I want to figure out which circuits may have overloaded (or close to it) and which could reasonably handle a little more. In the past I have just tried ...
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Replacing chandelier, how many lights can it support?

I want to replace a chandelier that currently has 2 bulbs, and I want to replace it with one that has at least 5 bulbs if possible. We live in an older building (built in 1912), and a friend warned me ...
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Do I have to use armored (MC) cable to connect to a pot (recessed) light fixture?

Most of the recessed lighting fixtures I see in stores have a metal junction box separate from the can. There is an armored cable running from the junction box to the can already. You connect your ...
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What debuzzing coil should I use to get rid of lamp hum?

I have two lamps which use these big 300W bulbs that I am dimming with Insteon LampLink modules. They buzz quite a bit, and I previously asked a question about reducing the buzz which led me to ...
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Why do my new dimmable CFL bulbs hum?

I just spent $100 upgrading our dining room lighting from regular incandescent bulbs with a dimmer switch to a CFL friendly dimmer switch with specifically marked dimming capable CFL bulbs. At full ...
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How can I convert from an E11 socket to an E26 socket? [closed]

Our church has halogen light fixtures with E11 sockets. We would like to convert these fixtures to accept E26 bulbs. I am unable to find a direct adapter, is there any other way I can convert these ...
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What could be causing this electrical issue?

The problem occurs within one particular unit of an apartment complex. All other units are fine. The problem has gradually gotten worse. All electricity within the house will flicker on and off. It is ...
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was it ever legal to use 3 wire cable to operate two circuits one neutral 120 volts?

My house was built in the early 60s, I have 4 circuits that are created by using 2 3 wire cables, each hot leg goes to a 120v breaker side by side in the panel. The neutral goes to the neutral buss. I ...
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How can I modify telephone Cat5 cables and jacks into Ethernet ports?

We just moved into a new house and I found out they used Cat5 to run the telephone network in the house. I found the junction where all the network/phone lines come together and disconnected all the ...
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Are tamper resistant outlets required in a cabinet with child proof latches?

Like many people, I have a dishwasher and a disposer, which are plugged into an outlet in the cabinet under the kitchen sink. Also like many, this is where I keep a whole host of cleaning products and ...
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Are there locations in a residence where a non tamper resistant receptacle can still be used?

Assume for a second that my jurisdiction has adopted 2011 NEC code as legally binding without significant amendment. This code requires (406.11) that 120V 15/20A outlets in all areas defined in NEC ...
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Is it safe to touch the ground contact?

When plugging in a device in the dark, or behind furniture, it's hard to get the contacts aligned. It's tempting to put a finger on the end of a contact, use that finger to find the slot in the recep, ...
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How can I replace an integrated security light with a solar powered version?

Above our front door, we have (for want of a better word) a security light. This light can only be controlled by a switch near the front door. The light switch for the is just one of three on the same ...
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Convert Light Switch to Light Switch + Outlet Combination

I have a serious lack of outlets in my garage and that is a problem for a beginner carpenter. I have a light switch by my workbench and was curious if I could change it to a combination outlet + ...
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What could cause a brand new fluorescent fixture to not work?

I purchased a brand new fluorescent light fixture to replace my previous fluorescent light fixture (it was old and one of the ballasts was blown, so it half-worked). After drilling the holes in the ...
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Any reason not to ground the sheathing of MX wire?

Having recently bought an older house (c1943) I am doing a little work on the place. While rewiring a light switch I noted that there is newer Romex wiring from the distribution panel to the switch, ...
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Using a 16A energy monitor in a 10A socket

I'm in Australia (220-240 / 50-60Hz) and wanting to monitor some appliances energy usage. The sockets here are 10Amp standard. Am I going to run into dire trouble if I use a 16A monitoring device ...
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Why cordless hammer drill possess such few markets in Europe?What's the difference between hammer drill and impact drill? [closed]

Recently, I found in a GfK data report that cordless hammer drills have very little market share in Europe. But to my opinion, we use it very often when doing home improvement or building something. ...
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How can I utilize a light switch for a specific outlet?

I just moved into a new apartment and in one of the bedrooms, there is a light switch that switches one of the outlets on and off. Unfortunately, this outlet is placed in the opposite side of the room ...
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What's the suggested standard gauge wire for a given current?

I'd like to see a reference to an US or EU standard that lists in a table the suggested wire gauges for AC/DC and volts / amps.
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How are wires wired together and where can I find that point?

I previously asked this question about trouble shooting my receptacles. I have determined that the receptacles are wired correctly and that the issue is further up the line. The issue being that my ...
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How can I remote control a switch for a pool pump?

I want to be able to start and stop two pool pumps by remote control, independently. Each one works at 220V, 1 kW (i.e. around 5A, expect a current spike when starting.) Do you know an off the shelf ...
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What would cause a ceiling fan to stop while the light still works?

Installed a new fan/light today. Wiring appeared to be identical to old fan we removed. green ground to green ground on mounting bracket. white to white. black and blue to black. Turned it ...
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What wire gauge is required for a 220V air compressor?

I just bought a new stationary 5HP air compressor, and I need to know what wire gauge I should use for it. Relevant compressor details: 40 Amp draw Magnetic starter Length of run from power box to ...
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Can disconnected knob-and-tube wiring be left in place?

The house I recently bought (over 100 years old) has had almost all of its wiring replaced with a new elctrical board. However, in two cases the new wiring has been connected to existing knob-and-tube ...
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Are both legs of a home's power supply equally used?

This is basically just to satisfy my curiosity. Please correct me if I'm wrong about any of this: I believe power supply to a home's main panel usually consists of: A neutral wire A hot wire 120 ...
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What is the correct way to wire a 4 prong oven receptacle?

I think I wired this the right way but I can't find an online reference that I trust enough to flip the breaker back on. This is how I wired it. Is this correct?
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Cooker and gas hob both controlled by 13 amp switched sockets under worktop and behind cooker

I have a new Bosche oven and existing gas hob. The original cooker and hob ignition are both connected under the worktop behind the oven with a double gang Sw/Skt and plug heads. They both plug into ...
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Home A/C Repair/Replacement quotes are very different. Which one to go with?

I recently have been having issues with my A/C unit on my Condo which was built in 1986. This unit might very well be the original A/C unit. It has two components, the fan outside and the air handler ...
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Will an existing 10-3 w/ground electrical wire handle a 50 amp 220 volt welder?

I am wondering if my current electric service wiring can handle a welder. The welder documentation recommends a 50 amp breaker on a 220 v line. Currently I have a 60 amp breaker on a 220 line going ...
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What could be causing AFCI breakers to keep tripping?

I recently had my basement remodeled by a general contractor. This included a bathroom, family room, wet bar, and home theater. The electrician added 4 circuits in total, all of them using arc fault ...
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What could be causing GFCI breakers and receptacles to trip?

I have a two wire system and after installing GFCI outlet in kitchen I realized there is a problem with some type of inconsistancy causing the GFCI to trip as soon as power is sent to it. Thinking the ...
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Can two circuits' neutrals be tied together (not a single neutral wire, but two that have been connected)?

Related to but different from this question, I have two three-way switches in my house, which are in multi-gang boxes at the top and bottom of the staircase and control lights at the top and bottom ...
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How do I troubleshoot power receptacles?

I just bought a recently renovated house and the house inspector said that all the plugs in the basement worked. Well... I plugged in several devices into the plugs and they don't power on. If I use ...
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Why is my electric wall heater slow to turn on and then quick to shut off?

I have a few electric wall heaters in my bathroom and laundry room made by Intertherm. They may be 30 years old. When you turn the dial to high, it takes 10 minutes or more before it actually turns ...
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Can two circuits share a neutral?

I'm finally implementing the advice given in this question, I've managed to run the wiring up to the junction box, but I'm a bit confused by the contents of that box. There are three circuits ...
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Can a grounding issue with newly installed light fixtures cause a short circuit/blown fuse?

I have installed three lights (60 Watt Bulbs) on the same line (wire) connected to one light switch. The fuse blew when I hit the switch. I’ve connected all of the white to white and black to ...
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Japan: Can I ground a dishwasher by connecting it to a sink?

This is a question about electrical safety in Japan. I know this isn’t a Japanese forum, but my Japanese isn’t up to much, and everyone I can ask either knows nothing about electrical safety or ...
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Can I drill extra holes in entrance panel

I am replacing my entrance panel combo with a larger 200 amp service. The panel I am installing is a surface mount, the existing panel is a flush mount. I am using surface mount because I can't drill ...
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Can I use a transfer panel with something other than a generator?

What I am trying to do is use a transfer panel to power some 15-amp sockets with ether a dimmer pack, or from the main. (trying to set up a theater space so when there's not a show going on you can ...
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Why is it safe to use 15 A receptacles on a 20 A circuit?

OK, the one answer I got was way off target, and another commenter couldn't figure out what I was asking, so I'm restating the question... Are 15A 3-prong grounded outlets actually rated to 20A, ...
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Duplex Outlet's Max Amperage Rated by Socket or by Whole Unit? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Duplex Outlet's Max Amperage Rated by Socket or by Whole Unit? If you have a duplex outlet thats rated for lets say 20 amps, is the whole unit rated for 20 amps, or ...
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Is a duplex outlet's max amperage rating for each socket or the whole unit?

If you have a duplex outlet thats rated for lets say 20 amps, is the whole unit rated for 20 amps, or is each socket rated for 20 amps? Edit: So if I had a circuit that had a 40A breaker on it, could ...
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How do I connect a stranded wire to a bus bar?

A typical bus bar has this design: and connecting a solid wire to it is more or less easy. But how do I connect a stranded wire? I expect the following to happen: when I drive the screw in, the ...
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Electric requirements for gas stove

I am buying a new house (new construction) and it currently has an electric stove. One of the changes we've put in the contract it to 'remove the electric stove and adapt the stove cavity for a gas ...
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Power company's neutral cause surges and brownouts?

My electric company recently made a repair that involved digging up underground wires near my house that I'm trying to understand. The symptoms that caused them to initiate the repair were very ...
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Damaged connection when replacing oven element

Our fan oven stopped getting hot the other day so I guessed that it is likely to be the element. Removed the cover and element so I could test it with a multimeter. Unfortunately on one of the ...
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Troubleshooting a UHF (HDTV) aerial [closed]

My grandmother has moved into a new house, and the aerial connection for her tv is not working. Are there any troubleshooting methods I can use to check and perhaps fix it before calling in a ...