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How would I wire a 4 position switch?

I work from home in a house with roommates and I would like to set up a light system to let them know if it's OK to disturb me during my work. I was thinking a stoplight system of Red: Do not disturb ...
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light switch problem

My neighbor's porch light stopped working so he tried replacing the switch and failed. Nofixturyver there figuring it out and I'm having troubles. right inside the front door there is 2 switches. One ...
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What size wire to use [duplicate]

What is the maximum distance from a 220V/20amp circuit breaker to an 2000watt electric baseboard heater using 12/2? At what distance would it require 10/2?
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What is the maximum 12/2 wire length from a 20A breaker to a baseboard heater?

What is the maximum distance from a 220V/20amp circuit breaker to an 2000 watt electric baseboard heater using 12/2? At what distance would it require 10/2?
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GFCI outlet hot when nothing's plugged into it

Using a thermal camera (coolest thing in the world, by the way), I discovered that a GFCI outlet in my bathroom is hotter then the surrounding wall when nothing's plugged into it: It's not boiling ...
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How can I bend wire that is too thick to manage easily?

Such a silly question but please help me! The wires leading to my pool pump are probably 10 or 12 gauge. When i bend them in a loop i cant get them around the screw because there is no give to the ...
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How can I identify the conductors in an appliance cord with only the green wire colored?

I've bought an appliance power cord for my dishwasher, however, unlike this cable: (my car was parked) only the green (ground) cable is colored. Does this mean that when I connect the cord to the ...
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Should I replace the neutral wire that I accidentally cut in a Romex cable when installing a new outlet?

So I'm installing a new outlet in my home. There's an existing Romex cable that goes up the wall into my attic above the new outlet. When I was stripping the wire to go in the box, I accidentally ...
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How to check transformer rating?

I have a transformer without nameplate. I would like to ask how can I check the rating of Transformer in KVA and Primay and secondary voltage for which transformer is designed.
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One GFCI outlet to protect them all

My house was built in 1981, we have a small U shaped kitchen with 5 outlets, along with a switch for the garbage disposal. I do not see any GFCI outlets or any indication any of them are. With a 4 ...
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ceiling fan rotate slowly in my bedroom only

I had one ceiling fan which was rotating slowly.I thought fan might have issues, so I shifted that fan to my shop.to my amazement, the same fan is working fantastic there. Then I bought a brand new ...
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How can I repair damaged corrugated transformer tank fins?

I need help regarding repair of damaged corrugated transformer tank fins. Oil leaks from damaged fins. I tried to apply different sticky material like epoxy and magic but of no use. Is there any ...
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Add new outlet in pantry to one of the two existing 20 amp small appliance branch circuits

I am doing some remodeling in my kitchen. I currently have the required two 20-amp small appliance branch circuits powering the kitchen counter outlets. I have a small pantry/closet directly off the ...
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Why is one light staying on when the switch is off?

Can anyone help, I have a lighting/wiring problem, I have two lights in front room controlled by one dimmer switch, the problem is one stays on permanently and one switches on and off and dims. The ...
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A ground rod where a drain needs to go

My house sits on a hill, and the gutters don't properly drain. As a result, I'm digging a new drain along the side of the house to re-route the water. However, while digging the drain, I came upon a ...
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Tracing elctrical outlets that suddenly stopped working.

Last fall an outdoor outlet and an outlet in my garage worked just fine. However this spring neither of them work. Any thoughts on how I can go about researching or identifying the problem? I ...
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How do you wire multiple outlets between three way switches?

I am trying to put my basement lights onto a three way circuit and can not find any examples of how to wire the circuit correctly. I have power (12/2) coming into a box with a three way switch, then ...
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Federal Pacific / Stab-Lok Breakers [closed]

I have a bag full of old Federal Pacific Stab-Lok breakers. A quick Google search says one out of four of these are a fire hazard, and this question/answer corroborate the fact that this is a ...
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Why would a light switch be wired with the neutral wire?

I'm having trouble installing a WEMO wall switch. The light I want to use it on is a single on/off switch, not a 3 way switch. When I remove the face plate, the neutral wire is wired to the light ...
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Problem with service drop

I have overhead wire providing my two phase electric service. The line from the pole appears to be relatively new and the splice connectors appear to be in good condition as well. However, there is ...
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light switch problems

I am looking at adding a light switch next to another switch as I was checking voltage at the current switch, I noticed the switch had two white wires connected to it and when I checked the voltage ...
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Can I run NM wire and put an electrical box in the same wall stud cavity as a metal HVAC supply duct

I want to run an in-wall HVAC supply duct up a wall and I would also like to put a electrical box for a light switch in the same wall stud cavity. Assuming the stud cavity is wide enough for both, can ...
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How do I add a socket to a fused alarm spur?

I am in the UK. I wish to install a socket (possibly a double) in the under stair area of my house. The main consumer unit is based here and also the alarm box. One option would be to get an ...
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Leviton Wallplate does not fit standard electrical box

I pre-wired my house for a lot of low-voltage applications. I installed new-construction green plastic boxes of the appropriate sizes (e.g. 1-gang, 2-gang, etc.); at the time, I wasn't ready to ...
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What do the “N” and “T” labels mean on junction box cable clamps?

This is a typical old-work junction box with integral NM cable clamps. They are each labeled with a tiny "N". I had assumed this stood for NM and didn't give the labels a second thought. But then I ...
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Hooking up a 50A hot tub breaker to a 60A subpanel

I am considering adding a hot tub to my backyard. Most of the ones I've seen require a 240v 50A breaker, presumably with #6 4-wire. It would be most convenient to run the line for this from my ...
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Is it against code to create a romex to thhn junction inside a conduit body?

I'm installing a 60A subpanel in my detached garage. I'll be running 2GA conductors, to leave the possibility of upgrading to 100A service in the future open. The Breaker I'll be using on the main ...
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What is the junction that connects conduit to a structure called?

Drawing plans and writing a BOM and looking for what that part is called. I brought pictures! I don't know the proper term for that part.
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Why do I have no power in two rooms after plugging something in?

I plugged something into an outlet, and heard a sort of a sizzle noise. Now I have no power in two rooms, but the breaker did not trip? Any ideas into what happened?
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Electric pump motor wiring

I have a Franklin Electric motor, model no. 1313007142 1hp ph3 3450 rpm 230v/460hz, it has 9 black wires, numbered 1 to 9, inside the rear of motor all even number wires come out one side and all odds ...
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outlet bypass for multimeter

seeing that I (and i bet 99.9% of the people here) already have a nice multimeter, i find it kinda of silly to buy a kill-a-watt type of device. But, on the other hand, it is really impractical to ...
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How to solve a miswiring of neutral and ground

An Outlet in the dining room which had a microwave plugged into it stopped working. I found 120+ volts from hot to ground and 96+ from hot to neutral. Also at one point my "three light tester" showed ...
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How do I install a fan when the electrical box has 2 white and 2 black and 2 ground wires?

I am trying to install a ceiling fan with remote and the problem I am having is that there are 2 black, 2 white and 2 copper(ground) wires. The first thing I did was to connect the red wire from the ...
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Adding a two-way circuit to a three-way circuit

I have two overhead lights controlled by two separate circuits of two three-way switches. One is wired like this: The other is wired like this: There are two three-way switches for the ...
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Replacing an outdoor junction box - need some help

Last year we had a contractor come to our house to do a few jobs. In the process, he ended up saying he busted a light bulb on our security light, and said he would fix it. About a week later, we ...
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Does big current draw make GFCI outlets go bad?

About 2 years ago during a kitchen update, I replaced a GFCI outlet with a new one, 20-amp (both pass through and the GFCI outlet itself). Branching downstream from it are two more outlets, one on the ...
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What could cause my oven to trip at a certain temperature?

I have a (fairly old) Whirlpool fan oven, which turns itself off and trips all of the electrics in the kitchen when the oven reaches a certain temperature (around 150). If we then reset the trip ...
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Is a plywood backer required for all breaker panels?

I read online that a plywood backer may or may not be required behind a breaker panel, and that it must be painted black. What are the rules for this? And why must it be painted black? I'm in MI, USA ...
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How to determine what type and gauge of wire should used for underground wiring to a detached subpanel?

I Will be installing a subpanel in a detached garage. The subpanel will be 60 amp. The garage is about 30' from the main-panel in-house, and I will of course get an exact length before selecting the ...
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How do I determine the fill rating of a conduit?

I Will be installing a subpanel in a detached garage. The subpanel will be 60 amp. The garage is about 30' from the main-panel in-house, and I will of course get an exact length before selecting the ...
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How to properly ground a subpanel in detached building?

I Will be installing a subpanel in a detached garage. The subpanel will be 60 amp. The garage is about 30' from the main-panel in-house, and I will of course get an exact length before selecting the ...
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What do I need to know when buying fuse for 3-pin plug?

I just learned that lots of fuse in 3-pin plug of an electrical equipment are actually are blindly fitted and rarely correspond to the correct amperage rating of the electrical equipment, for example ...
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Electrical tester says its hot but nothing is working

I removed a section of wall not to long ago and did have to rewire some but everything was put back together and has been working for a couple months. The other day it seemed like the breaker popped ...
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Cheaper to use 8“ electic stovetop coil or 6” coil?

I found out that my Kenmore electric stove small 6" burner is really 120v. The larger 8" coil is 220v. Based on the wattage of replacement coils: 6" elec burner(120v) 1500w = 12.5amps 8" (220v) ...
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How do I wire a door bell?

Can anyone make an educated guess on how to wire so the door bell rings? The flat used to have door phone entry system, but it doesn't work anymore. So it is used as normal bell. In flat we had a ...
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3 wire service to panel… neutral and ground wires on the same bar?

I'm getting two conflicting reports and was wondering if anyone can help me. I was told that on the distribution panel, grounded conductors (neutral) and ground wires need to be separated in the ...
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What is the proper way to install a junction box above a dropped ceiling?

I'm doing some remodeling in my basement and part of that work involves moving a switch. When I was tracing the wires for the switch I found this above my dropped ceiling: Now, I'm no electrician, ...
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How can I figure out why my electric bill is so high? [duplicate]

I have two homes (read flat or apartment) in two different buildings a few blocks apart. The homes are both the same size but, home 1 gets a huge electricity bill while home 2 gets 1/5 the electricity ...
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Identifying an unknown and intermittent source of electric power usage

I have noticed a problem with my power usage today. I'm watching the meter often and making a record of each reading for the last three days. So far, nothing to note as far as unusual usage until ...
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Should I use conduit for a less than 10' run of 6/3 THHN in my garage

My electrical panel is in a cabinet attached to my garage but accessible from the outside so the utility has access. I'm installing a 14-50R receptacle using 6/3 THHN in my garage and it will be ...