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Wiring second breaker panel

I have a 100 amp service running from meter base to new garage, that's completely wired. Now, I'm going to run from garage to new house under construction. I want to use another one hundred amp ...
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How to wire this dimmer switch

My metal wall box has line, load, and neutral wires, which I've identified. My understanding: Line goes to black on the switch. Load goes to red on the switch. Where do I attach the green (...
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Can I install a sprinkler system timer underground?

I have a 4-zone sprinkler system. I had a construction crew at my house, and it appears they cut 1 of the 5 wires before pouring new concrete on top. Therefore, only 3 of the 4 sprinkler zones work. ...
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Breaker lets more Amps then its max

The last few day's I had the main breaker triped a few times, I checked the amps with a multimeter and when the central air conditioner turns on it draws 150! amps for 1 second and then goes down to ...
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What size wiring and what type breaker should I use for wiring an above ground pool?

I'm installing an 18'X33'X52" above ground pool. I need to run two circuits from my panel to the pool. The run will be approximately 300' with about 75' buried. What size wiring and what type ...
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Unused red fan wire

We replaced a fan that required the three wires, white, black and red with one that is controlled by a remote and only uses the white and black wires. My question…since there’s a light switch that ...
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New GFCI plug but no power?

Installed new 15A GFCI wall plug. Green light is on but no power is available. What do I do?
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3 way dimmer on 4 way circuit

I have a 4 way circuit with 6 total switches light switches. One is a dimmer switch. The other 5 switches only work properly when the dimmer switch is on. If the dimmer switch is off the other toggle ...
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3 way switch issue

I am trying to figure out how to install a 3-way switch. Unfortunately, I did not took any pictures of the previous 3-way switch installment, I thought this would be easy but after I bought the new ...
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i have a 220v well pump is it ac or dc that i should set my tester on when it goes out

I have a 220 well pump that has stopped working . I bought a digital multi tester to check it but I don't know if I need to check ac or DC
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Recessed Light Placement

Im a DIYrs when it homes to simple home remodelling. Am doing a kitchen upgrade all around. Bought this house and lot of stuff has gone wrong, so on, not going into much details. Only thing now is ...
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220V/50hz with 10amp 3 wire

See Additional Added Info: I have an electric motor that I want to plug in at my house (USA). The device is 220V, 50hz and 600watt. The power cord (no plug) is 3 wires, and rated as 10amp. If I ...
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How to extend wiring for extra high current sockets/appliances in Utility room

In our basement we have a metal double socket which I believe is wired directly into the Consumer Unit. We currently have these plugged in. fridge (750W, 4A max) washing machine (2400W, 11A max) ...
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How to predict when the electrical infrastructure on my 1950s rental is going throw a breaker?

I live in an old house; it has old electrical infrastructure. Last night it was really hot, and we were running an external dishwasher on the same circuit as the TV and a fan and a ceiling fan. Only ...
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Is clearance to an electrical panel required to the sides?

Per the NEC there is 36" clearance needed by a circuit panel. Is that 36" clearance just in front of panel, or is 36" clearance mandatory on the left / right and in front?
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electrical problem, how to find power

I have a dead wire in ceiling box. I've looked at all boxes in walls around the area and found no problems. Breakers are good. How can I trace that wire and find where it is tied into? I don't have ...
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Electrical Meter?

How do I determine if my electric meter will accommodate an older 2 BR mobile home (already on the meter & I think is a 50 amp) and an additional small RV with 30 amp ?? OR what would I need to ...
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wiring a motion light from a switch

I have power from an outlet, to a light, then to a switch. I want to wire my motion light into the switch for constant power. I have a red/black wire on the switch and a black/white wire on the ...
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Electric - turn one light on dims another room

So we have a landing light at top of stairs that has a switch at bottom of the stairs and one at the top. When this light is switched on we can't turn the bedroom light on. However if we switch ...
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how much can i have on a 20 amp breaker?

I have a 20 amp breaker, with two lights and a outlet in on it, (the outlet normally runs stereo equipment), can i add another outlet for a tv and a fan?
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Electrical wiring under deck

If I run electrical wiring under a deck, what conduit and strap material / grading do I need? It doesn't have to be the underground / metal materials, right? I like to build something similar to this ...
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How can I add a second light switch to a 3 gang box with 3 switches in it?

I want to add a switch to an existing light in the car port so it can be switched on and off at both ends of the car port. The existing switch to this light is in a 3 gang box connected to two ...
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Grounding Rod in basement?

I purchased an older house and when running some electronics i got a hum. Did some research and trial and error to figure out why What I came to realize its a ground problem in the old house. I have a ...
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Pilot light on switch comes on when light is off

First off I know the switch the works I plugged it into a different circuit where I have another one and the pilot light turned on when the switch was on. However when I have it installed in the ...
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The outlets power goes to ground when you plug something into it

I am having trouble with my outlets power going to ground from what my outlet tester is telling me. I have changed out all of the receipts on the circuit. And I double checked all of them again to ...
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HVAC thermostat current

What is the typical current (in mA) carried by the 24v thermostat HVAC wire bundle in a typical low voltage application? I'm using 18/7 wire.
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Using a receptacle tester

Bought a receptacle tester, most outlets are good, not sure how to read the outlets that have switches. Outlet 1: tester reads good, when I turn the switch off it reads open ground. Outlet 2: tester ...
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Can I protect 3 branch circuits with a GFCI outlet?

I have 4 sets of wires coming into one outlet. 4 black 4 whites and 4 ground. 1 set is hot when power is on, all the rest are not. I need to switch the outlet to a gfi outlet. Is this even safe?
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Sockets burn out on light fixture

I have a ceiling fixture that uses three 40w candelabra-base bulbs. It was burning out bulbs frequently (about one per month). Over time, two sockets were not working (confirmed with a meter test) and ...
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Surge Protector shows 'L' & 'N' reverse and 'N' open

I just shifted to new house and I plugged in the surge protector that I use for my PC into one of the socket. The socket switch was off, Main circuit was on (main power). And the surge protector ...
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Is it necessary to ground a metal Knock Out Box used solely for POE Ethernet wire?

I'm running electrical conduit to metal knock out boxes throughout a new construction residential home. The knock out boxes are soley used for POE ethernet. Do the metal knock out boxes need grounded ...
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How can I install a light fixture when the junction box is partially blocked by a mirror?

I wanted to replace light fixture in my bathroom. When I removed the light fixture I noticed that electrical box was being slightly blocked by the wall mirror which is 10ft x 5ft. (see picture) Now ...
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What breaker configuration should I use for a 240v shed circuit?

A friend wants 240 and 120 in his shed. The beaker panel is in the garage about 40 feet away. It was suggested to run 4 individual wires--two for the 240 and one for ground and one for neutral. What ...
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Code on sub-panels

I am helping a customer finish a basement he started then couldn't finish. Him and a friend installed a sub panel on a two pole 40 amp breaker using 8 awg wire. There are 4 15 amp breakers and three ...
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Is 20 amp line needed for washer and gas powered dryer?

I pulled some really old and rigged-up shady wiring out of my laundry room and replaced it. It was a two-wire 15 amp line to a 15-amp breaker. On it were two GFI (possibly GFCI) outlets. One was ...
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Does a split neutral conform to the NEC?

I am a Building Inspector and recently have came across a question about splitting the neutral wire between the garbage disposal and the dishwasher. I am unable to locate this in the 2011 NEC. Does ...
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Radon abatement complete, but contractor used weird wiring?

We had a contractor do radon abatement, which involved adding a fan to pump air out from under the slab. They decided to power this fan by hard-wiring an extension cord. There is a disconnect switch ...
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Ceiling Fan with Light Install - Pre 1950's House

I'm trying to install a ceiling fan (with a separate light attachment) into a room in our house. The current wiring coming out of the house has two separate wires that have been twisted together and ...
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How do I put a recessed light in a wet location, where the can itself will get wet?

I have an underdeck porch that has a ceiling made of metal roofing panels, that diverts deck drainage into a gutter. I would like to install recessed lighting in the ceiling. However, the cans will ...
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Replace Track Lighting To Recessed Lights Utilizing 3-Way Switch

I had a Switch on one end of the kitchen and a Switch on the other end of the kitchen that would turn on/off the Track Light I had (3-Way Switch). I want to add 6 Recessed Lights, so I removed the ...
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Sprinkler valve solenoids won't activate at manifold

For years, the automatic sprinklers in my house worked fine (they were there when I bought the house). A few months ago, I noticed that the station which controls drip irrigation for shrubs would not ...
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Electric static new problem

Bought this house last year. Winter, no static. Two, weeks ago, in summer, touching kitchen light switches, doorknobs, now kitchen faucet gives me a static shock. Never happened before, now it's ...
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Patio Lighting Question

I am getting a patio cover built, and I am getting two fans and two patio lights installed. These lights will be powered by an existing outdoor house light. This light has a switch. I already got fan ...
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How to attach 10 AWG wire to LED strip lights?

I'm running LED light strips from a location that is over 50 feet from the LED transformer. In order to account for voltage drop 10 AWG CL2 wire has been used. Questions Since the 10 AWG wire is ...
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Are there such things that allow quick changing which circuit powers outlets/lights

Is there some kind of electrical switch that will take 2 different electrical circuits in and the load can alternate between circuits based on the position of the switch? I was thinking about doing ...
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What is the proper way to bring this wire up to code and add an outlet?

The previous owner ran this line out of the house. It's obviously not up to code, and I disconnected both ends last fall. I would like to retrofit a 2 gang gfci outlet below where the wire exits the ...
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what size propane back-up generator is needed to run

I want to install a generator to power if need be a 3H.P. well pump, a 1/2H.P. cistern pump, 2- 16 cu ft upright freezers and a 16 cu ft frig. in the workshop.
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My wife was cooking and we lost power to outlets on a couple walls. I checked the breaker and it was still on

When using the microwave and a electric grill I lost all power along two walls . I put a new GFCI outlet in . But not the problem . I checked the power and it shows real low voltage and the little ...
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jenn air JJW8330DDS terminal block melted/ keypad not working

My wall oven stopped working and based on consulting with a friend who is a hardware engineer, we decided that the control board might have fried. The only keypad buttons that responded to touch were ...
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Ceiling Fan with no chain - Want to add fan speed control on wall

I have a ceiling fan with light that has no chain. The electrician who installed it added it to the switches on the wall. It's a 3 gang box with 2 switches used for the fan light and fan power ...