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Why does my stove vent fan take time to turn on

The vent hood is quite old. For some reason when I flip the switch to turn it on it takes 10-30 seconds to actually turn on. I've checked it and there's no power flowing for those 10-30 seconds. ...
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Which cable/conduit should I use to run a new 240 volt line for an oven?

I'm in the middle of a kitchen remodel and have hit a slight snag and need some advice on how to proceed. I'm moving the oven into an island, which requires moving the 240 line used for the oven. The ...
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Can I use 10 gauge wire off of a 20 amp breaker?

Can I use 10 gauge wire off of a 20 amp breaker for outlets, lights or a window unit? I am wiring a barn and have a lot of 10/3 wire I would like use up.
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How can I change this light fixture in my closet?

I wanted to change the light fixture in my front closet. Simple enough task. I've done this sort of thing hundreds of times. I turned off the circuit breaker. I took the old fixture off. ...
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How can I wire a receptacle to a switch?

I have an empty double gang box on my patio. I have a 12/2 wire which is hot coming into it. There's an underground PVC pipe going about 25 ft away, to a single gang box near an outdoor pond. What ...
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Replaced a fixture and now power is out to half the house, need help

I took down a light fixture in kitchen to put up a ceiling fan. I have three brown wires and three black, and a cable that has a white and and a black that a electrician put in for a problem we had a ...
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How should I add additional receptacles in a storage room?

The storage room is 12x20 with one receptacle on the far back wall, in the middle of the 12'wall. I want to add 2 more gfci receptacles on both sides, 10" from the flush outlet in drywall. I want both ...
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How do I convert a double 60 amp breaker(hot tub box) to run 15 amp breaker powering an outside light and GFI receptacle?

I am trying to run an outside light with a switch and GFI receptacle from a former hot tub panel that was double 60 amp breaker. My problem is that the switch does not function as normal. As soon as I ...
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How do I add a light fixture to an existing 3 way circuit?

Existing basement with 2 simple pull chain light fixtures. We want to add 1 more on the end of the room where the junction box for the circuit is. Can someone provide me a sketch?
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Rain Bird ESP-6 Sprinkler controller buttons no longer functioning—do I need a new controller?

I am trying to manually cycle through my sprinkler zones with my Rain Bird ESP-6 controller (from 1996), but the membrane button to manually cycle the zones does not work. In fact, none of the 4 ...
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How should I wire two floodlights from a switch midway between them?

I have 2 floodlights on opposite ends of my den. I have a switch about midway between them and would like to use it to control the lights. I'm getting my power from a 15 amp breaker and am going to ...
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Why are the lights flickering when the a/c is on?

The lights flick on and off when the a/c is on and the sound of a/c is too noisy and look like it's going to blow. I already checked the connection if they have a short circuit. Did not found any ...
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What do volts and amps imply for angle grinders?

I have several home improvement projects that would be made enormously easier if I had a decent angle grinder with both grinding and cutting wheels to attach to it. But I've never used or bought one ...
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How can I eliminate one 3-way switch to leave just one switch on the lighting circuit it's on?

I have two sets of lights in my kitchen. At one end of the kitchen, I have a 2 Gang light switch which operates both sets of lights, and at the other end I have a single light switch which operates ...
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Why would two circuit breakers be connected inside the service panel?

I was trying to locate the circuit breaker for an outlet in my garage and found a truly baffling setup. Two breakers control the same outlet (both plugs). After some head scratching, I opened the ...
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How can I combine two switches on two circuits on 1 timer switch?

I just purchased my first house (new construction) and I got tired of remembering to switch the outdoor lights on/off every day. So, I got a Honeywell solar econoswitch, which is essentially a timer ...
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What could cause the garage door overhead light to not stay on while the door is opening?

We replaced one wall switch with a door bell button and now the overhead light flashes on when I hit the button, goes off and then the light comes back on when the door is fully open. Before ...
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Do I need to leave the light switch turned on all the time for a motion sensor to work?

I installed a halogen floodlight today so I adjusted the sensor tonight for it to work and it did. I thought by turning on the switch the light would stay on and when it is turned off the sensor would ...
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Do electricians often/frequently interchange the color on the grounded leg when wiring switches?

A recent comment on this question said that it was not unusual to see the grounded leg of a switched circuit being used as the switched leg, there was some agreement. This seems a terrifying problem ...
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What are the differences between these two receptacles?

Residential duplex outlets come in a variety of styles. The two most common seem to be: and Does it matter? Is the difference purely aesthetics, or is there any technical difference?
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Is it dangerous if the ground pin of a 3 prong plug breaks off in the outlet?

The grounding prong of a 3 prong plug broke off in an outlet. Could this be an electrical hazard should a child touch it?
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What could be causing me to occasionally hear an arcing sound when toggling a switch?

Several light switches in my house occasionally (<2% of the time) make an arcing sound when being switched on or off. Occurrence is totally random and as far as I can tell, uncorrelated with ...
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What size feeder do I need for a basement electrical subpanel?

I would like to know what size and type of feeder wire and feeder breaker do I need for my basement subpanel where I am planning to add six 15 Amp circuits, and three 20 Amp circuits. This will be 2' ...
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Connected C-Wire to new Smart Thermostat and Furnace board and still no power

I need help. I've been surfing the internet and have had no luck finding answers to my situation so am hoping for some guidance. I've seen other questions here answered but none that suit my ...
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Replace single pole light switch with 12 gauge backstab

I would like to replace a single pole light switch in my family room, but the configuration is not one that I am familiar with. Other than the ground wire, there are 3 12 gauge wires in the following ...
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How can I make 3 wire sub-panels compliant with current codes?

The sub-panels in my house are all split-phase 3 conductor with neutral and grounds mixed. Is there any way to make this compliant without running new 4 conductor feeders? (Some of the feeder cables ...
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“Stringing” conduit together

Is it OK to take a piece of string and slip the conduit pieces you are putting together onto it before you assemble them? I was thinking that doing this would be easier than trying to fish or feed a ...
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How to connect 6x12 AWG wires?

I'm replacing an electrical box in my bathroom that connects to both a vanity light and a fan. The idea is to put in a GFCI outlet and a duplex switch for separate light/fan switching. Right now I'm ...
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Is my CL dimmer compatible with my light switch fixture?

Bought a Lutron CL dimmer after googling around and seeing how easy it is to install a dimmer, but when I got home and took a look at my light switch I'm not sure its compatible? The dimmer has 4 ...
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What size wire should I use for a 60amp subpanel?

I am installing a 60 amp subpanel in a workshop in my backyard and I will have 2 - 20 amp services with 4-5 outlets on each and 1 - 15 amp service for lighting. The length from the main panel to the ...
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Extending extension cord 16/3 with 12/2 cable?

I have an extension cord that is 15ft and it is a 16/3. I have a 20ft of 12/2 cable. Can I use it to extend the extension cord for about 5 more feet? The devices connected to the extension cord will ...
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Can I control a 1500-watt electric wall heater with a motion-sensing switch?

I want to buy a 1500-watt electric wall heater with a built-in fan to supplement heat in a basement room. I want to wire it to an occupancy-sensor wall switch that I can turn off entirely in the ...
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Why won't my lights stay bright with a dimmer switch?

I installed a 700W incandescent dimmer. Lights go dim after about 10 seconds when I turn on.
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Can GFI breakers or GFI outlets allow grounded outlets to be used? [duplicate]

I have a 1963 house in Texas with Square D breakers and mostly duplex plugs. All metal outlet boxes. However, there are 8 romex style cables (12-2 with ground) tied to the breakers in the service ...
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Should I install 10 AWG or re-use the existing 8 AWG?

My new built in oven uses a 30 amp/10AWG wiring connection. My old oven has 40 amp/8 AWG wiring. Is it possible to use this connection with just switching a breaker?
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Is it safe to use a water pump without a ground wire?

I am using a submersible water pump whose plug has only 2 prongs. I'm assuming the third 'ground' prong is missing. I also doubt if there is any fuse or circuit breaker inside it as it is an ...
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What's the difference between “physical damage” and “severe physical damage” in the NEC?

The 2014 NEC uses "physical damage" at various points to refer to well, hard knocks, if you know what I mean. However, certain passages in the NEC, such as 358.12 point 1 on EMT: Where, during ...
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Why does the outlet work for a washer, but not a light fixture?

Light fixture works in one room but when I plug it into the outlet in the laundry room it doesn't. The washer works when you plug it in to the same outlet.
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How do I replace a 3-way switch on 2-wire cable with a programmable timer switch?

I'm using the same Honeywell Programmable Timer from my last question, but under different conditions. In particular, I'm replacing a 3-way switch on 2-wire cable. Here is a schematic showing the ...
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Would it be entirely crazy to cover my lawn with solar panels?

I was just wondering how viable this would be and if this seemed too crazy. I have a fairly large lawn that just so happens be sloped and facing east. Assuming the city ordinances don't bar me from ...
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Can I use one of the phases in a 2-phase circuit to power a 120V appliance

I am wondering if I can take one of the phases from a 220V circuit that is used to power my cooktop, to power a 120V appliance (small wine cooler) and a 60W LED light transformer. The specifications ...
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When does a sleeve become a conduit, and how much can I fit in a sleeve?

According to National Electrical Code, the conduit percentage fill table does not apply to sections of conduit used to provide protection from physical damage (sleeve). National Electrical Code ...
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Can I use any transformer with a Honeywell Rpls540a?

Bought Honeywell Rpls740b recently. Works fine initially for a week and it went blank. Understand that it works on 110v but my house works on 220v. Probably because of this. Now would like to ...
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Is it allowed to run NM wire in PVC pipe under an outdoor porch?

I would like to know if it's allowed to run 10/3 Romex in 3/4 inch PVC pipe for 15 ft. outside under the floor of an open porch to be wired to a 30A power outlet for a portable 6500 watt generator.
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Specialty stove wire and box fill

This armored wire shows 2 sets of wire crimped and a ground. For box fill would this be considered 3 or 5? Does this increase amprage and voltage allowances? Is there any other circumstances a ...
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Can I feed a panel 200' away from a double pole 30 ampere breaker using 10 AWG copper conductors?

I need 14 amps at my boat house to run a boat lift on 120v. The boat house is approximately 200' from main panel. I can run conduit and #8 wire and make it work with no problem, but I will need to buy ...
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Good replacement actuator?

I have 2 Belimo actuators that control dampers for A/C ducts in my house that the motor has gone bad on. I can't find much info about the model "LM24-T US" so I think it has been discontinued. I ...
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How do I replace a single pole light switch with a programmable timer switch?

We have a light switch box containing three single pole switches (no ground terminal) in the foyer near the front door. I would like to replace the light switch controlling the porch lights with the ...
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Strange problems that might be due to wiring

A few facts: This house is in unincorporated Lake county Indiana This house is all electric. Was built in 1993. Has all 20amp breakers. Has all 15amp outlets (the cheaper type). The problem: ...
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Electrical wiring question - interconnect question

i have three ventilation fans on three different circuits that are connected to a switch in each bathroom. (One fan/bathroom) The fans are all connected to exhaust ducts that terminates into a ...