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spotlight is always on and switch is not working

I have a spotlight outside all the wires are tracked and in working order but the light stays on constantly .even when connected to its switch. this one is a head scratcher. I replaced the light ...
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Outdoor electrical outlet exposed to the rain

Besides tripping a circuit breaker, is there any risk created by a 120V electrical outlet getting wet from the rain? The outlet was installed on an outdoor patio by the builder, so it was intended to ...
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NM cable next to hot water pipe

Edit: The answer below indicates that at least in some places inspectors consider it inacceptable to attach any wiring to pipes. However, I would still like to understand why it is a bad idea. ...
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How do you hard wire a lamp socket to the ceiling?

I have a swag style pendant lamp that I want to hard wire into the ceiling. I cut the plug off the lamp cord and wired it directly to the neutral and hot wires in the ceiling recess. I made sure the ...
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how to light up ten (10) led downlights with each having 14w power consumption?

recently i had opted to upgrade my store with LED downlights of 14w each. problem i am facing is that drivers of these are going corrupt frequently. my electrician said , we can replace these drivers ...
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What are the metal parts which are placed against circuit breaker switches used for?

What are the metal parts which are placed against circuit breaker switches used for? These look like hooks and the flat part are placed against the switch as if to block it from being flipped. In the ...
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How to repair an electric outlet which died while running a carpet cleaner?

I ran a carpet cleaner in my condo for the first time in a bedroom and the outlet and lights died. Then I went to the living room and ran the cleaner and the outlet died too. But I was able to use two ...
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How do I figure out what this 30amp 2 pole breaker is doing?

I have am looking for space in my circuit breaker panel to do an upgrade. There is a 30 amp dual pole breaker labeled "water heater". Our water heater was upgraded to a tankless about 6 years ago and ...
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Plugs won't stay in wall receptacle

We bought a new house 25 years ago. The wall plug receptacles never from day one would hold a plug. Are they defective or are there springs missing that would keep them in place? Can they be adjusted ...
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Why won't my ceiling light turn off?

My ceiling light won't turn off. There are 2 separate switches to choose from to use. Neither will turn the light off. One makes the light flicker a bit, but not off the other doesn't seem to be ...
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How can I install a switch to power a bathroom TV off safely and discreetly?

Firstly, I'll start by saying that I have no electrical skills apart from basic changing a socket skills... I have a small bathroom that I've decided to put a waterproof TV in. The TV is going to go ...
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How should I wire a switch/outlet combo to a split outlet if the feed is at the split outlet?

What if my incoming source starts at the outlet I want to split (always on for the dishwasher, switched for the garbage disposal) and not in the switch/outlet combo? How would I wire that? I read ...
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What could be causing there to be no power at my ceiling fixture?

I installed a replacement chandelier, heard a pop which tripped breaker, reset the breaker the chandelier would not work. That breaker shares CAN lighting (has its own dimmer switch) with the ...
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Are my outlets unsafe?

Some (but not all) of the electrical outlets in my kitchen look like this: (I don't know what this kind of outlet is called.) One of those outlets is where I plug in my toaster oven. In the last 6 ...
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Electric water boiler .. how is the system supposed to work? (UK)

I'm not from the UK and am used to water being heated on-demand by a gas heater. Having recently moved to London, the flat has electrical heating and I cannot figure out how I'm supposed to set this ...
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dimmensions of a decora insert

I am designing a temp sensor that I want to insert in a decora panel. I have googled this and cannot find anything from leviton and cannot tell if the size measurements on blank inserts include the ...
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All Bathroom lights on same circuit flicker

bathroom lights flicker and stop when exhuast fan on a dimmer is turned on. Multiple bathrooms/lights on same circuit. Sometimes GFCI (new) trips without fan on and only one bathroom light on. Problem ...
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Troubleshooting outdoor electrical outlet

I bought a new house and noticed the outdoor electrical outlets are not working. I checked the electrical panel and all the switches are on (the outdoor outlets are labelled on the panel and I turned ...
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Sheet metal fire rating

Does anyone know the fire rating of sheet metal? I'm not sure the exact composition of the materials used in sheet metal to figure this one out. I am thinking of building an enclosure using sheet ...
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How can I make a sunken electrical outlet line up with an outlet cover?

I recently replaced drywall in my bathroom but made the mistake of not checking to see if the existing electrical outlet boxes lined up properly. The result is that the electrical outlet box (and ...
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Is my two-way switch installation easily fixable? [duplicate]

I'm trying to fix an uncompleted installation of a two-way switch. One switch, the light and all the wiring have been installed by someone else, with whom we can't have any contact soon. I bought ...
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Use a 110V switch to activate a 3-phase motor 240V

I have a 110V switch on a control panel that will be used to turn on/off a 3-phase 240V motor. Power has already been run to each item and now I need to figure out how to use the switch to control the ...
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Can I get continuous power from a light controlled by a switch?

I have a garage where all the lights are controlled by one switch. I want to install a separate motion light from all these lights so that when someone opens the garage door, the motion light will ...
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Can you add a cable connector in knockouts in a breaker box after the wires are already in place?

A sub-panel has a cable of three 12 gauge wires for HVAC coming into the box through a big knock out hole. The HVAC people did not put a connector on the cable. Is there a connector designed to be ...
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Converting two lights from one switch to one light from one switch?

I have two vertically mounted light bars on either side of bathroom mirror operated from one switch. Renovating room and now wish to have one horizontal light bar over the mirror. I would appreciate ...
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garden network and power cables

I'm trying to bury cables for my garden. The requirements are to have 12v power for a water pump 30-40 watt (2.5 amp), network connectivity for sensors and a webcam. I want 4 stations at opposite ...
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How do I trouble shoot powerline issues to my home?

We moved into a new home about one year ago. Since then we have had several weird instances where several light bulbs within our home burn out at the same time. My wife has also had 2 high-end salon ...
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Are two prong metal space heaters safe?

I've had this electric space heater for probably about twenty years. Its one of those long and thin ones that does not have a fan. It is a convectron by slant fin model cve 1500. The plug is two ...
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Low voltage under load from main line

I have two main hot lines coming into my circuit breaker. One has a steady voltage of ~124 load or no load. The other has some mysterious problem. Sometimes it works fine delivering proper voltage ...
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IC housing and non-IC trim compatibility

I have installed two IC-rated, airtight housings in a soffit in my basement. There is no insulation in this space, I just chose the IC-rated housings because they were available at the time. I will ...
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How do I wire receptacles for a washer and dryer on a new circuit?

I need to add a new circuit that will have only 2 receptacles, 1 for a washer and another 1 for a dryer. This will be a 20 amp circuit. Can someone please tell me how to wire the two outlets together? ...
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I have Direct tv plugged into a gfci protected receptacle. All of the receptacles on same circuit will go dead, but not trip the gfci. Why?

Ok the GFCI is located in the 5th wheel upstairs bedroom/sink. It is protecting 4 of the receptacles in lower level next to sink and tv/stero area. I have a direct tv (tailgater) plugged into the ...
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Upgrade from outlet/switch combo to GFCI + outlet

In a bath in my house I currently have a very old (likely original 1949) outlet/switch combo. The outlet is hot, not dependent on the switch being on. The switch controls vanity lights. I would ...
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Adding a mast to a house [closed]

I have to add a two ft. mast to my house. Could I use a wire connector to add wire so that I do not have to run new wire? If I can, is there something I can use to allow me to get to the splice if ...
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How can I rewire a three-wire ceiling fan installation where there is a two-wire set up?

I installed a 3 speed ceiling fan with a dimmable light in the bedroom where a standard 2-wire light fixture used to be. After months of unsatisfied performance of these battery operated wall ...
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Can I use romex in my unfinished, detached garage or should I use MC?

I bought my house with an unfinished detached garage. I will never finish the walls. The previous owner has junction boxes with romex coming out of them and going to the fixtures. I've only seen MC ...
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Can I use #10 wire instead of #12 when wiring a new house?

I am wiring a new house. I bought a boat load of new Romex wire size 10, 12, and 14. I've used all my 12 and 14; is it alright to use the number 10 in place of number 12?
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Ceiling Fan and separate ceiling light fixtures

I just replaced my ceiling fan in the kitchen (has no lights). I also have a separate light fixture. Before replacing the ceiling fan, I would turn on one switch to turn the fan on or off, and the ...
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Replaced outlet, no power to that circuit

I am not electrician. I am a DIYer and have some experience with replacing breakers, doing basic electrical work, but nothing really "advanced". An outlet was recently cracked, and my roommate went ...
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What is break down of amps on household usages plugin,lights ect [closed]

Looking for information on how much amps are used for plug ins,light switches,ect
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Should smoke alarms be on AFCI circuit?

I'm migrating my smoke alarms from the main panel to a generator-backed-up subpanel so I'll have fire protection during a power outage. I'm simultaneously replacing the old smoke detectors. I read ...
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Is 6/2 Romex the correct wire gauge for a 100' run to a workshop?

I bought an old house that has a fuse box. The place has a milk barn that I want to convert to a workshop. Can I run 6/2 wire from the the two 120 volts wires coming from the fuse box? I want to ...
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Is it safe to combine Christmas miniature light sets of different amperage?

I have two sets of 8mm mini lights that specify 120V 5A on the plug and one set of 5mm mini lights that say 120V 2A. Is it safe to use them together without blowing/frying the 2A set?
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Help me understand electricity - is the neutral always dangerous?

I've read the basics of modern domestic electrical systems, but I have a few questions about the very basic premise that I don't think was really explained. The analogy used in the book compares ...
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Running a bilge pump from a wall outlet? [closed]

I bought a bilge pump for purposes of cooling off my computer, and to my surprise it came with bare wires (one black and one brown) that you're supposed to hook up to a boat. I don't own a boat, and ...
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Downgrading from a dimmer to a switch

I've seen posts about going from a switch to a dimmer, but not the other way around. I originally thought I could read those and do the opposite, but it seems that there are many ways houses can be ...
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How do I change an old 3 round pin socket to a square pin socket in a newer house?

I live in a relatively newly built house (15-20 years old), yet the last owner fitted old 3 round pin sockets in the lounge, possible for old fashioned table lamps. Can I safely replace the round pin ...
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3-way switch w/ dimmer

I have a 3-way switch in our dining room (just 2 switches) and have replaced the one we use the most with a 3-way w/ dimmer. The light turns on just fine, but will not dim. I have installed a Lutron- ...
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When is it appropriate to use push in connections on typical american electrical outlets?

I quit using push in about 10 years ago when I realized it was causing issues when I had a few heaters plugged in at job sites. My detective skills told me that 10 fried outlets over one winter and ...
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Sub panel and neutral and ground bus bar

Some HVAC people under previous home owners put in a sub panel box and ran the AC as well as some lighting and outlet circuits from the sub panel. The bus bars on the two sides of the panel box were ...