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What type of electrical box do I use for a hard-wired smoke detector?

I am considering adding hard-wired smoke detectors to my house. Due to other in-process remodeling projects and the structure of the house, I have access to get behind the drywall at each location ...
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Loose wire caused significant blackening in plug. How much do I need to inspect/replace?

The cable coming out of my dishwasher ends in an L5 plug of the type that has screw terminals inside for attaching wires. In my continuing quest to inspect all the accessible electrical connections in ...
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Why doesn't the wall switch function after installing a ceiling fan with remote?

I've just installed a ceiling fan and light with remote controller in place of a light. I used exactly the same roof wires to input into the fan. The fan and light work correctly but the wall switch ...
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Adding a switch to control a basement light

Had an old ceiling light socket in an un-finished basement that had used a pull chain (before it broke). Recently replaced it with a new plain socket, but there is nothing to turn it on and off except ...
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Is this type of ground wire connection NEC compliant?

Found this recently, done by a licensed electrical company in the state of California. Is this compliant? If not, is there anything that could be added to make it legal? (I see "ground clamps" for ...
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Better way to fit wires in electrical boxes?

So in pretty much every video I watch with installing a ceiling light or fan they just sort of 'stuff' all the wired pigtails up in the box. Is there a better way to do this? maybe it's my distrust ...
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Does a water heater consume more or less power if one element isn't working?

Will there be more power consumption to heat water in the tank if one of the elements is not working or will it just take twice as long to heat the same amount of water to a preset temperature?
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electricity no power in 3 outlets located in my living room

I have 3 outlets that are not working. When I use a meter and it reads red to the left and yellow far right? I checked the circuit breaker and it's not tripped? I don't have a GFCI outlet, just ...
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Can I run my hydronic circulator off an appliance cord in order to use it to purge air?

I have a hydronic heating system with a relatively powerful B & G circulator pump. This pump has a relay that is controlled by the furnace electronics; if there is no power to the furnace, ...
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Duplex Outlet-Open ground only on top

I had a regular 15amp duplex outlet in my kid’s room. Because it is on the third floor, the heat doesn’t work that great and we had a small ceramic heater plugged in. She called me into her room. ...
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Electric range burner functions erratically

I have a Kenmore electric range, model 790.94344700. I don't know how old it is; it came with the house. One of the 9" burners has been driving me insane. It's finicky to get to the temperature I ...
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Can a cord and plug attached to a wallbox be used as a transfer means for fixed wiring downstream of the box?

So, we have a circuit that runs from the panel to junction box A, then to junction box B, and then onwards to a load. Can the fixed Chapter 3 wiring between junction box A and B be replaced by a ...
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How can I detect the total ground fault leakage current in my home?

In Europe, houses often have all breakers chained beneath one or more RCDs (their word for GFCI). I would not want the nuisance of multiple circuits shutting off at once, so I'm glad in the US we ...
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20/30 GFCI spa disconnect

Instead of spending 400 on a spa disconnect with a 2 pole 20 amp gfci and a 2 pole 30 amp gfci breaker. Can I take the 50-60 amp gfci breaker from the spa disco, put that in the main panel and use ...
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Lightbulbs burn out 3 seconds after turning on the light

I was sitting at my desk in my home office and I wanted to turn on the room light, but I couldn't reach - I was off from the switch by about 3 inches. Being too lazy to get out of my chair, I picked ...
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How to connect metal conduit to in-wall NM cable?

I have NM cable in metal conduit running along a wall. At a corner, the conduit enters wall space, and ends at a metal box in the wall. The line is continued by in-wall NM. How should I handle the ...
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How to connect power inverter to standard lighting circuit

I'm interested in installing a solar power system in my garage and am wondering how to connect the three-prong receptacle output of the power inverter to a NM-B lighting circuit that was previously ...
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Why do I have voltage on a plumbing ground strap, and is it dangerous?

We have been having problems with the lights in our basement for awhile now (few weeks), sometimes they will work, other times they just won't turn on. Today I noticed a thin metal piece in the ...
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How to add additional kitchen circuits to fuse panel

I am redesigning my kitchen. I have a log home. I need to put a dishwasher and 4 electrical outlets all in the two walls of new counters. I need to know what fuse for the fuse panel to use for this ...
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Replace outdoor fixture where existing fixture larger than new one

I have an outdoor light fixture for an "Outdoor Lantern" type light. This fixture is recessed into the siding and has a crossbar-style mounting unit similar to this. I'd like to replace it with an ...
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Installing an outdoor inlet for a portable generator

I've purchased a portable generator that I'm planning to use in case of an outage. I'm not wanting to wire this to my house wiring; I'm just planning to install an outdoor inlet wired to a dedicated ...
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What are the rules for making your own conduit KOs in nonmetallic junction boxes?

Some North American electrical boxes (usually nonmetallic ones) lack conduit knockouts, as they are designed solely to clamp NM cable. Unfortunately, some devices (the RIB series of enclosed, UL ...
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Extra wires on dual switch install

I installed a ceiling fan with a light fixture in place of a light fixture and ran an extra wire from the ceiling fan to the switch. Would now like to install a dual switch to control fan and light ...
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How to install timer on 3-gang switch

I am a newbie to tackling electrical projects and need some help. Thanks in advance! I am trying to install a Defiant digital timer for my garage flood light. The garage light switch is just inside ...
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Can I put 15 amp switches on 12 gauge wire

We're finishing our basement and doing the electrical ourselves. We have a bathroom that we ran 20 amps to, 12 gauge wire, but we only have a few lights in there. The lights definitely won't be using ...
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Issue with installing 3 way smart switch [duplicate]

I just installed a new 3 way "Smart" switch, which allows you to control your lights automatically with your smart phone via the Wink hub. I have one light switch at the end of a hallway, and another ...
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How to connect a 14-30r outlet with only three wires?

I am trying to wire a 14-30r receptacle. I only have 3 wires (black, red, and ground). There is a system ground and equipment ground on the wiring diagram. Do these both attach to the ground?
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Flickering lights

I am in the process of updating my guest bedroom and my first goal was to install LED recessed lights along with a ceiling fan(no light kit). The fan is powered by its own dimmer switch and the lights ...
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Choosing depth of ceiling electrical boxes?

Ceiling electrical boxes come in different depths: 0.5", 1.5", 2.25", 2.75" seem to be fairly common. I'm going to be hanging some lights as well as ceiling fans. I want to have the boxes as shallow ...
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Safely Driving Nails Into Roof

I am looking at a job where I will be driving nails into the apex of a roof to secure roof anchors. My concern is accidentally hitting an electrical line on the underside of the roof. Is this an ...
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Thermal protection switch replacement in recessed incandescent can lights

I find very little discussion of this issue on the net. My son has a Nutone Scovil 60 watt max incandescent recessed can light, damp location rated, in a shower with a high ceiling. Its thermal ...
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Are the old A-head terminals for connecting to knob and tube wiring still compliant?

I'm in the process of decommissioning the last active (hopefully) knob and tube circuit in my house (I'm in the U.S.). The problem is that about 90% of the lighting in the house is on this circuit, ...
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How to connect wiring for ceiling fan?

I'm trying to install a ceiling fan. There used to be one at this location which is now controlled by a wall switch. The ceiling box where the fan goes only has 2 black wires going down to the wall ...
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Electric shock from pellet stove

I accidentally let some hot pellets fly out of my pellet stove while stupidly cleaning the glass while it was on. The few pellets melted some of the carpet. I put them out with some water. When i went ...
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Want to change a half switched outlet to constant power

I have a half switched outlet that I want to change back to a regular outlet. When I am looking at the wires, there are 2 neutral (white) wires going to the silver screws, a ground wire, and a red ...
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How to add a ceiling light to existing ceiling light in same room that has two wall switches?

Our hallway has one small ceiling light that is controlled by either of two wall switches at opposite ends of the hallway. I want to add an additional light fixture toward the other end of the hall ...
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New GFCI in garage is tripping when driveway lights are turned on

So I had GFCI outlets put into the garage to use for Christmas lights outside. After installing, the christmas lights all work great but when I flip the switch in the foyer for the lights at the end ...
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Why did my RCD trip when I was working on my de-energised lighting ring?

I'm replacing a light in my hallway. Before starting, I turned the light on, turned off the lighting-ring breaker, confirmed the light went out, and then turned off the light-switch for good measure. ...
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replacing a range outlet

I am replacing the range in my kitchen with a free standing range. The old range was a electric cook top with a separate wall oven. The old oven and stovetop were connected to a breaker box behind ...
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How to connect Nest thermostat with two-wire system

I bought a Nest 3rd generation thermostat, but run into a little trouble when trying to connect it. On my old thermostat someone use a jumper to connect the RH To RC connectors. The thermostat cable ...
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LCD TV blinks when freezer blinks

My LCD TV, which I use as computer monitor, is connected to the same electric socket as the freezer (I do not have other sockets nearby). Whenever the freezer engine starts working, the TV blinks. ...
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Open Hot on GFCI outlet

I have an outdoor GFCI outlet that was running our Christmas lights. We was just struck with a storm that we received 3.6 in of rain in a 6 hour period. Now the reset will not work, green light is not ...
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Connecting an earth wire to distribution board

I have an earth grounding pin outside my house and an earth wire running from it to my distribution board, however the wire is not connected to the earth rail (ground rail?) In the DB. (The house is ...
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Cannot determine why breaker is tripping

I have 2 bedrooms on a single breaker, and just yesterday, the breaker tripped. No devices are plugged into any outlets. Both rooms have ceiling fans (with lights). Both rooms have 3 wall switches. ...
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What exactly does 'Maximum of 8 No. 12 AWG Branch Circuit Conductors' mean?

I'm installing some recessed lighting, the lights are IC and wet location rated if that helps. The plates on the junction boxes attached to the cans say' Mamixum of 8 No. 12 AWG branch circuit ...
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Adding wall light switch for future ceiling fan light option

As part of some remodeling that I am doing, I am considering adding a switch to the wall switch box and a running 14/3 cable to the ceiling fan to control the fan and light (possible future addition) ...
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Is this GFCI shot?

Last year I installed an old GFCI outlet in a switch box. As verified with a multimeter, the white wire is neutral, and the black wire is hot. Note that this picture was taken after I took off the ...
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No Power Going to my new GFCI

I have installed a Leviton 15amp GFCI. The one I replaced said 15Amps on it's metal tab but it also said 20A on the body. The breaker that feeds this outlet is 15Amp. After I replaced it, I was not ...
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30 amp dryer plug is hooked to a 40 amp double breaker, is this ok?

I just bought a home and needed to buy a new washer and dryer. The new dryers need a 30 amp plug, currently has 50 amp plug. I replaced the plug but noticed it was ran to a double pull 40 breaker, is ...
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Wiring problem with panasonic bath fan with 3 2 wire cables & 1 3 wire cable in box

I'm running into trouble wiring a Panasonic FV-05-11VKSL1 Whisper Select Fan/Light. In the switch box I have 3 2 wire cables and 1 3 wire cable. I'm using a single pole dual switch. For the top ...