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Troubleshooting 3-way switch

I'm having trouble with a three-way switch. (It may be 4-way, there are switches in my house I can't figure out). I don't recall if they ever worked properly. The light stays on regardless of the ...
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How can I convert this hard wired fixture to a plug in?

I want to covert my hard-wired pendant light fixture to something that can be plugged into the wall as our new apartment isn't wired to direct-wire ceiling fixtures. I already wired another (vintage) ...
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How should I route PVC electrical conduit around lightning prevention downleads?

What precautions or steps are needed when routing Schedule 40 PVC Electrical conduit across (90 degree crossing) a lightning prevention downlead? This downlead looks to be braided copper cable ...
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Can I power a separate cooktop and wall oven from a single circuit?

I am replacing my 220V electric cooking range with a glass cooktop (with 4 heating plates) and a separate wall oven. The old cooking range was a plug-in. The two new appliances (the glass cooktop ...
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Do I want a common trip or independent trip quad breaker?

I had a quad breaker that went bad. It had 30A outer pair for the dryer and 20A inner pair for my well pump. Both pairs were tied together so you could turn them on or off together - the mechanism ...
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How can I convert a 240V dryer outlet to two branch circuits?

I'm converting a former laundry area into a bar/coffee area. There's a relatively new 240V, 40A circuit that is now unused, so I'd like to repurpose it for 120V service. I'm hoping to run 1/2 of it ...
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Fan plus light/dimmer switch problem?

Have a Lutron Dimmer Switch combo in a rental. It has a dimmer light button the top and a timer on the bottom for bathroom fan. This went out today and troubleshooting it didn't make sense. We ...
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Why is are the lights in my 60 year old house flickering?

My lights will flicker throughout the house when I have a lot on. Also, the ceiling fan will go (beep, beep BEEP beep) then reverse all by itself when the bathroom light is turned on down the hall. ...
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How do I wire a brand new cooktop that has no white neutral wire?

My old cooktop which is being replaced connects to a j-box with black, red, white, and bare ground wires, which goes to a 40 amp circuit breaker (US here, noticed this site is popular with Europe ...
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Why does one of two lights stay on when they share a neutral?

I have one source of power (1 hot wire) for 2 loads (living room lights and breakfast nook lights) I am replacing the dimmers with Insteon dimmers. The previous switches didn't use the neutrals, but ...
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ceiling fans problems

Flipped on the wall switch that controls the lights to 2 ceiling fans. The lights on BOTH went out but the fans still run. Tried replacing the bulbs, the bulbs were still good. (I put them in other ...
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Kitchen receptacle sparked and now has no power

My Aunt plugged in a device and the receptacle sparked. Now she has no power. The breaker did not trip and the GFI will not reset.
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Can having a bad grounding situation destroy a circuit breaker?

We moved into a home, built a while ago. there are wires hanging and covered in black tape on a chimney. I bought 2 sconces and put them in place. i did not hook up the ground wire on one of them, ...
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Adding electrical service to detached garage

Please let me know if this sounds correct- Sub panel fed from 80amp breaker in main building 200amp load center. Roughly 75' of 1" PVC conduit from existing load panel, under existing timber deck, ...
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PGE turned out my pilot light on my wall heater

PGE turned out pilot on wall heater, said that there was a wiring problem. I have used this heater for the past 6 years. Do I have to call a electrian in before they will turn pilot light back on ...
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Can I use a 50Hz tape recorder on a 60Hz electrical system?

I have a Sony reel to reel tape player/recorder that is rated at 110V, 127V, 220V, 240V, 50Hz. Can I connect it to 110v 60Hz or do I need to purchase a 50Hz output power converter?
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Why does only one light burn out constantly

I have recessed lights and the light on one of them only lasts around 2-3 weeks all the other lights on the same circuit works just fine
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Why are all of my appliances becoming energized when ground wire is excluded?

I live in Australia, with three-prong 240v power supply including ground prong. I own a simple plug adapter that does not include the ground connection. As far as I'm aware, using any appliance with ...
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How can a voltage screwdriver light up when I test the ground wire or chassis of my washing machine, but multimeter reads no voltage or current flow? [duplicate]

I have been receiving shocks from my washing machine. My proximity voltage detector beeps near the chassis, drum and ground wire. My voltage testing screwdriver also lights up when touched to them. ...
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What to do with old connections when moving outlet to dedicated circuit?

I would like to remove one of the outlets from a circuit, and run a dedicated wire to it from a separate breaker, placing it on it's own circuit. When I disconnect the existing circuit from the ...
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Can I mount a 3 gang box vertically?

I need to fit 3 switches into a narrow space. Is there any rule against mounting a 3 gang box so that it is taller than it is wide? I will be using two single pole switches and one three way switch.
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How can I diagnose the cause of my washing machine shocking me?

Australian 240v power supply. Worked fine without incident for 5 years. One day I plugged washing machine into a plug adapter with no ground connection between the washing machine plug and the power ...
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Pretty big electric shock when touching my lamp

I just received a fairly large electric shock when trying to turn on the lamp on my nightstand while I was sitting in bed. When we purchased the lamp, it was 110v however we had it changed to 220v ...
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Splicing an existing run for a new outlet

I need to add an outlet to meet code in my kitchen. I only have one circuit I can feed the outlet from (the rest are dedicated to the appliances), but I can't make the connection in a single junction ...
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Integrating hard-wired smoke detectors with fire sprinkler waterflow sensing

If you are in a house with interconnected smoke detectors (hardwired or hardwired/battery combo), can you interconnect them with the waterflow switch for a home fire sprinkler system, or do you need ...
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Electric stopped working after I moved my microwave?

"We moved the microwave to a different spot in the kitchen and didn't realize the amount of electric wasn't enough to support it. The whole wall quit working. We changed out the actual breaker in the ...
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What is the proper 'per code' method for running nonmetallic sheathed cable above a ceiling in the attic?

Can the wiring be run over the top of the ceiling joist, or must it be run through bored holes when running perpendicular to the joists? This is a non-habitable space, will have an attic entrance ...
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What is the danger of reversing the polarity while connecting a dishwasher to the electrical service?

What is the DANGER, if any, of connecting the white neutral line of the dishwasher, to to black hot line at the power source--- and of course similarly connecting the black hot line of the dishwasher, ...
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Replacing a dimmer switch

I wanted to replace a dimmer switch on a wall outlet that had 3 switches next to each other. The dimmer was in the middle. There were 3 wires I disconnected from the old switch - green for the ground, ...
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How do I find the proper wires for service drop?

I have 125 amp service, and bought two #1 AWG black-colored wires for the electrician to use in his replacement. I couldn't find a white wire that size, or bare copper. Neither at Lowes nor Home ...
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LED vs. CFL Bulbs on Modified Sine Wave Inverter

I have been installing solar electric lighting systems in schools in Haiti for several years now using CFLs. I have been thinking about installing LED bulbs instead. I am using a DC to AC modified ...
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Why do I have 5 wire in my wall socket?

I am renovating my cellar. The electrician wired the room a couple of years ago and until now i´ve not had the money or time to finish it off. I was looking at the wiring for the wall sockets today ...
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Is it possible that I could have a 220V circuit with no circuit breaker?

Is it possible to put in an electrical circuit without any way to interrupt the circuit? I tried to work on a 220V outlet, and it wasn't marked in the breaker box. I threw every breaker, and that ...
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Can I take the cover off my fusebox to attach an energy monitor?

I have bought an Energy Monitor to track our electricity usage (hard times...). I now need to put the sensor on one of the cables either next to the fusebox or the meter. Unfortunately I cannot ...
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How is power to an entire room restored by plugging something into an outlet in an adjacent room?

We lost power to an entire room about a week ago. All outlets and ceiling light are dead and no breakers were tripped. Unplugged everything in the room, reset all breakers anyway and checked the only ...
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How do I change a single-pole switch to a timer with 4 wires?

I a want to change out a pole switch to a timer switch. All makes sense except, there are only two wires on the pole switch and 4 on the new switch. So I only have the white and black and no ground ...
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Splicing or not on the 12v side of a halogen lighting system

I've concluded that the WH1601-E6A transformer in a light fixture has expired, and ordered a replacement. The 12v wires coming out of the transformer are wired as follows: there a crimp-ons on the ...
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Can I use 14/3 wire and a 20 amp double pole breaker for a 240 volt baseboard heater?

Can I use 14/3 wire 20 amp double pole breaker for a 240 volt baseboard heater of any watts? What's the electrical code?
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Switched outlet has open neutral when switch is off

I have recently purchased a house and in checking out the wiring, noticed one room has a switched outlet that is miswired. When the wall switch controlling this is on, the outlet is fine but when it ...
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Do gfci's have to be on a 20 amp circuit, or can they be on a 15A?

Do gfci's have to be on a 20 amp circuit? Also if you use the receptacle type gfi do you just need one in a circuit or do all receptacles have to be gfi?
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wiring switch loop properly

There is a switch box. The box has three incoming 14/2 cables. One for the ceiling fixture, one for an unswitched outlet and one bringing the power. The one with power has an energized white wire. I'm ...
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Cloth-covered NM questions

My 50s era ranch home is wired using cloth-covered NM, as you can see in these photos (taken in a basement closet located under the stairwell where the NM is run exposed): Should I be suspicious ...
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older home two wire receptacles

We've bought an older home with 2 wire receptacles. We need a 3 wire (grounded) receptacle to use our new TV and satellite receiver. Is there a safe way of using these items with out the cost of ...
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Why is my refrigerator tripping breaker?

I have been troubleshooting this problem and I have narrowed it down to the ground in the unit. When I disconnect the ground from the frame, it runs fine, and has no problems. When I reconnect the ...
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Remove power spike when restoring power

I've been experiencing interesting problem recently. When the power goes down, there is roughly 50:50 chance that a circuitbreaker for my plugs trips after the power comes back on. Flipping it back ...
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What size breaker should I use to feed an electrical panel for our addition?

We recently put an addition on our home. I am looking to run a subpanel from our 200 amp service panel out in the yard at the meter (mounted to a pole), 75' to subpanel location. In the addition we ...
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How can I determine why all the outlets in one room are out?

I checked the breaker box and none were tripped. I eliminated the breakers and located the one feeding the outlets that are out. The breaker showed 120 volts from terminal to neutral bar. I checked ...
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Rewiring a house, breaker panel and all, while living in the house

Our current home (mid-50s ranch in the Midwest US -- my AHJ has adopted the 2012 NEC save for the AFCI requirements, btw) is in good shape, save for the electrical wiring, which is a major bodge job. ...
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Recessed LED lighting orange connectors

Installing 12 recessed light cans in the basement. Figured I'd go LED, so I purchased a dozen HALO LED housings (H750T). Then I spotted a deal on Philips LED lights and ordered a dozen from HD online. ...
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What is causing my electric problems?

So I have power going into junction box into attic 12g/20A. It fed a light switch, the light switch was chained to microwave outlet. Also in that junction box and connected to the light switch line ...