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How to prep wiring for new lights in basement ceiling?

I have an old, fully finished, basement and I want to install new recessed lighting in the ceiling. My biggest scare is in wiring. Where and how can I find the necessary wires and run them through to ...
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Why Is My Dryer Vent Electrically Charged

I recently purchased a home built in the 1980s. When I went to hook up my 3-pronged dryer cord (with L), I noticed the outlet is the old 3-prong (all straight) typically used for ranges. I switched ...
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Why is my soldering iron tripping the RCD?

I have a new soldering station that I bought (probably too cheaply) from China. It's rated for European voltage and has a European moulded plug. I live in Sweden. At the moment, it trips the RCD in ...
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Better looking raceway for under the patio?

Is there a better looking conduit that would be per code that I can place under the patio root. It will be visible, and the gray sch. 40 looks bad. Is there anything better looking?
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Will I get electrocuted if I contact a live wire on an earthed appliance?

I have an appliance that has the wires connected well and it has been grounded (earthed). If I accidentally get into contact with a live wire will I get electrocuted considering it has already been ...
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How can I T splice a 120V line in a lighting fixture?

I'm designing a recessed lighting fixture and would like to T splice some of the wires in it. The wires are 14AWG, will carry up to 4AMP and I'm looking to make an elegant connection so that it fits ...
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What concerns should i have about moving into a 100-year-old nj farmhouse? [closed]

The house was lived in and well-kept up til 5 years ago when my grandfather passed away. There's no three-prong outlets except in the kitchen; i have a gaming pc pulling 750 watts or so, plus ...
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Exposed Romex cable on garage ceiling without conduit protection

I am working on an old house. The garage ceiling (attic floor) has exposed beams (ie. it doesn't have sheetrock on the underside that provides for a finished ceiling). The power to the garage door ...
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changing light switches [closed]

I am changing my light switches I have it hooked up the way the directions say. When I turn the breaker on it cuts the light on, but when I turn the switch off it kicks the breaker. And with the ...
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What size junction box is needed for four 6 AWG copper wires?

Can somebody tell me what size and type of J box do I need for 4 #6 AWG copper wire? Boxes will be located outside. Both will be just and access point since I have more that 360 degree bends. Wire ...
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Can I have splices in an electrical panel?

Adding 220 to garage no room in my 125 amp main panel. Subpanel will be 10 ft from main will be removing 3 15amp and 1 20 amp breaker to add 50 amp breaker in its place. I'm I allowed to have splices ...
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Installing Coax & Cat6 in 2-Gang with Electrical?

Using a 2-gang box, can I install a (1) outlet, (2) coax, and (3) Cat-6 line without code or interference issues? I have an existing 1-gang box with electrical that I am running the coax and cat-6 ...
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How much space is required for a consumer unit and supply kit?

Were in the UK. At the moment we have a large wooden box built around the consumer unit and associated cabling which I want shot of when our flat is rewired (at the moment there are barely enough ...
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Can I convert a single circuit with multiple lights/1 switch to control 1 light/switch

I have 3 recessed lights in my house that are controlled from a single switch. Actually they are controlled from 3 places with 3-way switches, so it's not really working all that well :) What I would ...
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Is heat bending of pvc conduit allowed?

I am interested if bending of the pvc conduit is allowed using heat to 90 degrees in larger radius. Also, is there max number of 90 degree turns allowed in a circuit?
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2 prong wiring nightmare

I went to open up my outlet to see if it has a metal box. The previous owner wired in 3 prong outlets. I look and there is no ground which i suspected. But they also have 2 neutral electrical tape ...
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New install: What's causing a tripping arc fault breaker?

We remodeled our home and had all new electrical put it in to plan. For rough-in, the electrician put in regular breakers instead of arc fault breakers. Arc fault breakers are required by code now ...
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Where do I put the hot wire on a double pole 20 amp breaker?

Where do I put the hot wire on a double pole 20 amp breaker I have a 12/2 wire I have a black and white wire I need to know does the black go on top or bottom because there is 2 screws on the braker ...
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Can I cut a 240V wire half way?

I put a nail thru a new 240V wire, causing a short and the breaker to jump. Do I need to replace the complete wire or can I cut out the damaged portion and just install a junction box to isolate the ...
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What electrical work can I do legally in New Brunswick, Canada?

I've just moved in my first house a few weeks ago, a new construction, and there is a couple outlets that I want to add and some that I want to move. I'm located in New Brunswick, Canada. There ...
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Difference between blue and grey blue coaxial ports

I have blue coaxial ports in almost every room in my house. What the heck are they for? Are these regular cable jacks? Maybe I am confused since cat5e jacks are also blue colored? To add to the ...
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Why does a GFCI breaker trip when another breaker is accessed?

I just bought a new house, and on the first day there realized a breaker was tripping. It is one of only two GFCI breakers in the box. It's 20 amp with a bedroom/bathroom on it. I tested every outlet ...
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Mains switch or circuit breaker to turn off at zero voltage, for the home

I want a switch for mains electricity in my house. A switch that I can turn on and off as any normal switch, but that turns itself off when there is no power. The intended use is for a vanity unit ...
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What size breaker and wire do I need to feed a panel for a tankless water heater?

I purchased a electric tankless water heater and I would like to know the following? The unit requires 3 separate 40 amp breakers, one for each line. I have 200 amp service. The subpanel will be ...
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Unsure about wiring in electrical box

My circuit box door says that Dryer and outside outlets are connected on breaker 13 and 14, uppon opening the box and retracing wires I found that Dryer wires are just dangling inside the box not ...
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What is this odd wire that I discovered in the ceiling of my mobile home?

Took down two walls in a 1973 mobile home and removed one wire feeding two outlets on one wall and another wire feeding an outlet and light switch on the other wall. Both these wires plus the light ...
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Does a fluorescent lamp that does not light up still draw power?

First of all, I am not a native English speaker, please forgive me. I recently rented the room I am currently living in. On the ceiling there are fluorescent fixtures like the picture below (I found ...
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What's the standard for specifying power and voltage characteristics of domestic appliances?

I'm planning to buy a space heater with the following electrical specifications: Power : 2000 W Operating Voltage : 220-240 V Many of the reviews say that the heater requires a 15 A socket to work ...
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How to fix an “open ground” on a receptacle that seems grounded?

In the master bedroom on one wall there are two receptacle that when tested shows “open ground”, I have replaced the receptacle on both (with new tamperproof receptacles) and while doing that checked ...
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Dimmer, on/off switch and outlet not working after replacing

I replaced an old dimmer switch on an new 7 recessed lights (Outdoor Soffit Lighting Kit 2-Pack) with 6 R20/50W bulbs. The dimmer I bought is Skylark Contour 150-Watt Single Pole/3-Way CFL-LED Dimmer. ...
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How can I trace the wires of a circuit?

I have a switch on my bedroom wall that I believe is used to control the outlet on the same wall. However, the outlet has never worked, and the switch doesn't even seem to be connected to the wires in ...
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Can I add a light fixture to an existing circuit but with its own switch?

I have a ceiling fixture in middle of kitchen. Would like to install light over sink. Can I use the wiring in the existing light to wire the light over the sink and have a separate switch for each ...
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How should I wire this 3 switch box in my bathroom?

I have a 3 switch box and the bottom switch that controls the heater was broken so I replaced it and I can't remember how to wire it, tried 10-15 combinations and it still doesn't work, not sure how. ...
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How does this 1 wire to 2 fixtures & 2 switches work? Is it safe?

I am cleaning up my basement and came across an open junction in a closet between 2 adjacent rooms; I will call them "paint room" and "radio room". I know open junctions are not good so after turning ...
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Dual relay motion sensor, only one relay active?

I have a bathroom with a fan and a light in it, the light is on one switch and the fan on another. Since the fan was an add on, they were put in a single gang box with two switches. I want to make ...
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Can I merge two ceiling light fixtures into one with two wall switches?

I have two ceiling light fixtures on two separate wall switches that I would like to merge into one light fixture controlled by the two separate wall switches. Do I just make one of the wall ...
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Why is half of my house without power with no flipped breakers?

The master bedroom and middle bedroom of my 3 bedroom mobile home is without power. None of the breakers have flipped. I even changed the breaker that controls that part of the house and my ceiling ...
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Does the NEC limit the maximum size of junction boxes?

In this question, the OP has constructed a large junction box out of several extension boxes attached to a "regular" junction box: Is there any upper limit on the size of a junction box (either ...
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Grounding subpanel to box - 'tap threads'

I've installed a subpanel and need to ground the grounding bar to the actual panel box. I was instructed to run a #6 jumper to a hole on the box, attach with a screw, making sure to 'tap threads'. ...
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Changing sconce from flourescent to halogen

The new sconce has two black wires and ground. Can it be used in existing location which has one black and one white wire?
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Coast 3-way — does this conform with Code?

For those who aren't familiar, the California or Coast 3-way switching arrangement is a method of wiring a three-way switch circuit that is used when both a switched and an unswitched hot are desired ...
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Should I proactively replace old GFCI outlets?

The way I understand this page about GFCI outlets: (a) GFCI outlets can fail after about 10 years, making them unable to detect faults, (b) when outlets made after 2006 fail, they shut off power ...
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switching half an outlet

gregmac's terrific, detailed replies here prompt a question for me. I have a switch mid-circuit that will control half of the next outlet downstream. There is one more outlet after that one, and it's ...
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Does adding a disconnect box below the meter mean that my service panel is now a subpanel?

I don't understand the bonding at my main disconnect. My problem is that my main panel in the house was wired OK with the neutral bonded to ground. The power company added a disconnect box below the ...
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Receptacle connection with aluminum wiring?

I recently purchased a home that has some aluminum wiring. The previous owner decided to "upgrade" the receptacles to make it "safer" for me and my family; these changes were made after the general ...
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can I combine electrical cords and their dimmeers?

I have three identical floor lamps grouped together. Each came with its own cord and slide dimmer on the cord. I would like to combine the three cords and have them all run on the same in cord ...
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Toaster and Kettle cause my green power board to trigger

I had my computer connected to a green power board. The computer itself is on the master port and the screen, speakers, etc are on the slave ports. When the master port drops below 5 W, ie. when the ...
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Want to add outlet to bathroom

I have a bathroom with only a light switch and no outlets. The wiring is old so there are no ground wires. Can I put an outlet on that circuit and if so, should it be a GFCI?
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Can I use a jumper from existing light switch to get power to 5 new lights?

I want to add 5 ceiling can lights. Can i use a jumper wire to jump from existing light switch to get power to new switch for can lights?
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How should I secure electrical wire to a cinderblock wall in a crawl space?

I just purchased a house that was built around 1995 and has a cinderblock foundation that is exposed under the deck. There is a detached workshop that is about 100ft from the house that gets its ...