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2 breakers powering 1 set of outlets

this is my first time posting a question to a forum like this. Electrician added a breaker and ran a line to an outlet that had power from a different circuit but had a short in it that could not be ...
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Can I use a WiFi thermostat without a C wire?

I have a very old Honeywell programmable thermostat. I am going to replace it with a White-Rodgers UP500W Emerson Sensi WiFi Thermostat. I just want to know if the WiFi unit will work without a C ...
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Hot to Neutral Short?

My wife called me home from work because the lights in several rooms stopped working. I came home expecting a tripped circuit breaker or GFCI, but I found no such thing. Instead, after pulling out ...
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Adding additional outlet - max wires and box size?

I am attempting to add an additional outlet higher up in a wall for a wall mounted TV. There is an outlet below where I've mounted that I planned to run power from up to the location by the TV. When ...
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What could be causing one circuit out, no breakers thrown, and other lights to flicker?

We've recently had what looks like 1 circuit in the kitchen go out, affecting 2 outlets. I checked the circuit breaker panel and none are thrown. A couple other nearby lights have flickered several ...
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Switch working intermittently

My master bath has 2 switches. The switch on the left (1) goes to the light. The one on the right (2) goes to the fan. The light works fine. The fan only works intermittently. It takes 2-3 flips ...
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Add a new doorbell to basement, upgraded transformer, still doesn't work

I recently finished my basement and ran a wire in the wall (where I wanted my new door bell to my current doorbell transformer. I've been unsuccessful in getting both my upstairs and downstairs ...
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Need Help with Pool Plug

The plug/electrical for my pool is connected to one circuit breaker. I bought a new pump that only needs a regular outlet with a ground. Does it have to be a GFI outlet if it's got it's own circuit ...
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Is this a compliant way to control three circuits with two switches?

I'm planning to replace two dimmer switches -- but I found the following clever wiring when opening up the junction box. Three circuits where the neutral lines are spliced together, one live line ...
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Who to change a 208 v 3 ph to a 480v 3ph [closed]

I need to install an ac unit 480 v 3 phase but in the building it only has a 208 v 3 phase.
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Should the neutral for a GFCI be separate from other neutrals?

What I found at the sub panel in the garage was an old Murray 120/240 being fed from the main with a 12/2 or 10/2 (dont remember) bx. At each phase I get 120 from phase to neutral. It has 2 double ...
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Electrical Code Clarification

I'd liked to get some insights into how others interpret the code regarding AFCI and the NEC 2015 code. Here's a hypothetical: Arc fault protection is omitted for outlets outdoors, garages and crawl ...
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Electrical - converting 3-way to single pole for multiple fixtures

My kitchen has 4 ceiling lights that are all on a 3-way switch (one switch at each end of the room). I would like to separate them and put 2 lights on one switch (single pole) and 2 lights on the ...
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Are two prong cords safe? Audio Interface

I have an audio interface called an m-audio profire 2626 (made sometime in the late 2000's) that's just a solid metal box that takes inputs form mics and 1/4 jacks - it only has a two prong plug-in ...
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Circuit breaker kicks off when one switch is on

I have a ceiling fixture with three wires coming in to it one is hot, one goes to the wall switch one goes to the next room to a light switch. I need to know why would one black wire went straight to ...
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Troubleshooting Four Fluorescent Light Fixtures

In my office, I have four fluorescent T-8 4'/4 lamp surface mount fixtures. All four are on the same three-way switch. I just replaced 3 of the four fixtures. Two of the new fixtures adjacent to each ...
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How to hook up a 240V 50Hz heat pump to 60Hz

I am facing a challenge: Every EVI (-25C outside) air to water heat pump system seems to be 240V/1Ph/50Hz (and 1 exception I found so far: 240V/1Ph/60Hz, however with extremely limited information, ...
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open neutral caused from changing water tank?

I had my water tank changed and since then my dish washer does not work. There is no power to it from the existing wire. Ihave since turned off the breaker to it changed it and nothing. There are no ...
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Smoke alarms go off in the middle of the night for no apparent reason and then is fine

Tonight at about 2 AM my wife and I were awakened by our fire alarm system going off in full alarm mode. I quickly jumped up and pressed the button to reset the system and they all stopped. We checked ...
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How can I install the electrical and plumbing for an aquarium filtration system through an exterior wall?

I have a large fish tank in my house, and would like to run a 1\4" reverse osmosis/deionization (RO/DI) top off water tube through an exterior wall into my house so that I can have the top off tank ...
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red wire, blue wire connections to black and white wire connections

I purchased a new ceiling light that has a red and a blue wire. The wires in my house to connect it to are white and black. Which wire connects to which.
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Mount a projector to an existing ceiling junction box?

A media room has a ceiling fan and the owner wants to replace it with a projector mount, and possibly reuse the wiring to power the projector. The projector weights less than the fan, so this sounds ...
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Monitor blacks out when fridge turns on - bad power supply? Surge protection?

My PC monitor often turns off/blacks out for a second when the fridge starts up. It is on the same circuit as the fridge, so I assume this is due to the sudden draw from the fridge causing noise or a ...
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Installing electrical plug without a stud and where can I find parts

I need to place an electrical outlet where there is no stud. Where can I find outlets to do this?
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How do I wire a universal remote to control my ceiling fan?

I am trying to setup my fan so that it can be controlled via a universal remote. The remote can do lights + fan speed, but I don't particularly care about controlling the lights. The fan is above a ...
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Can I replace a single pole light switch with a GFCI switch combo?

I have an older house that has a single pole light switch in the bathroom. it powers a single bulb vanity light above the mirror. I would to replace it with a switch and GFCI outlet there is just a ...
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motion sensor light with a three way switch

I want to put a motion sensor light in my breezeway. Right now the light is controlled by a three way switch. Will I ab able to do this installation.
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Loss of power to several circuits at the same time without tripping the breaker

I have been experiencing flickering lights from time to time in the last few months. Now I am losing power to 4 circuits at once without the breakers being tripped. This is happening intermittently ...
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Are power outlets in a home out of phase with each other?

I'm working on a science project and there's one aspect of home wiring I need to find out (don't worry, I'm not messing with wiring - this is all on paper). Since 120V outlets in a home can be wired ...
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How can I switch an electrical circuit from one dwelling unit to another?

I recently purchased a 2 family home and decided to live in the 2nd floor unit. My new tenants on first floor are concerned because the basement and front entrance electrical are hooked up to the 1st ...
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Will a non-contact voltage detector find live wires in concrete walls?

I'm quite an amateur when it comes to home improvement type stuff but I now have my first home and starting to do small work around the house. I kind of scared myself when I bought a drill and with ...
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How many outlets for a small recording studio/media room?

I'm getting ready to close the deal on a house that has a 20' x 20' detached garage that I will be converting into a recording studio/media room. I'm going to be running two main power amplifiers (A ...
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How can I replace my light fixture with a ceiling fan?

I have a new ceiling fan. I removed the old light fixture. The ceiling fan suggests connecting black wire to black, blue to blue, white to white, green to green. Makes sense. When I removed my ...
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Wiring a switch to (2) pendant lights, a ceiling fan (all new)

My existing is I have no ceiling lights or fan. I mounted two pendants and a ceiling fan that has a light. The only switch is one that controls the upper outlets so lamps can be used (which I ...
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Can I put the junction box for an exterior wall fixture inside my garage?

I have an exterior, wall-mounted light fixture that I want to attach to my new garage. It looks like this: Here's a PVC board the contractor left to mount it. There appears to be OSB sheathing ...
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How can a 5V power supply power 3 LEDs at 3V each?

If I have three LEDs at 3V each = 9V, how can a 5V power supply 9V power to those LEDs? Does it have anything to do with Watts?
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Do I need 5V or 12V to power a LED light strip?

What is difference between 5V and 12V power supply? I want to power my WS2812B LED light strip (5m at 60 LED/meter) and don't understand why I would want a 400W 5V 80A power supply vs a 400W 12V ...
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Can I power seven 54W LED light strips from a 400W supply?

I have ws2812b 60 LED/meter and a 400W/80A power supply. Is it fair to say that my power supply is 'capable of supplying' up to 400W of power and not 'pushing' all 400W of power? My understanding is ...
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Repair L-shaped notch in drywall

I cut some L-shaped notches in the corner between my walls and ceiling in order to pull some electrical wires through. Now I'm not sure how to repair the hole... should I just cake in joint compound ...
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How to override an attic thermostat with a wall switch?

I want to install a fan in my attic. I want the fan to be controlled by a thermostat in the attic, but I want the ability to bypass or override the fan from within my house. Ideally I would like to ...
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Home air conditioner blows capacitor

My air conditioner tripped the breaker, I replaced the breaker and checked and cleaned the filters. so after some research I found out the cooling fan was not working. So tested the capacitor and it ...
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How do I replace a strip light with wiring that doesn't match the old light?

I'm replacing a strip light, but the wiring on the light I'm putting up does not match that of the strip I'm taking out. Coming out of the ceiling there are two cables. The larger white cable ...
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all power to one room not working outlets read hot

We've lost all power in one room. We Replaced all the outlets in the room and the breaker for the room. all breakers and outlets read hot but no electrical is working in the affected room.
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Retrofitting a remote opener into a garage-gate motor

Our garage door is already powered, but to initiate the opening (and closing) of the gate, one must get inside the garage and push one of the three buttons: Open Close Stop How hard would it be to ...
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Current/Voltage reversal Neutral & Ground/.Earth

There is 30 V AC reversal between Neutral & Earth/Ground wire, so how could it prevented so that electronic & electrical instruments be protected. What is the cause of it & how could it ...
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Breaker trips instantly

I have a TV, DVD player, and satellite receiver box on one breaker and it suddenly tripped. I went to the panel and tried to reset the breaker and it trips immediately. Then I unplugged everything ...
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Amperage required for new sub panel

I currently have a 200amp main panel that has no room for additional breakers. However I want to add circuits for the following: 1) 50amp circuit for a hottub 2) 50amp circuit for my garage for ...
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How should I apply ambient air temperature ampacity correction factors when exact temperature is unknown?

Is there a good method or rule of thumb for determining ambient air temperature for wire runs through non-climate controlled areas in residential applications (e.g. attics -- I've read literature from ...
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Do I need to derate wire ampacity for two or more sets of wires in the same raceway for subpanel wiring?

I was planning to pull three sets of four conductors (3 AWG wire) through 2" EMT conduit for a 30' length that is common to all three sets of wires, and then branch off at a listed metal junction box ...
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Ceiling Fan Replacement - Wiring Issue

I am replacing a ceiling fan in one room and when I took the old one down I found 2 black wires tied together(one of which is hot), one white ground wire, one hot white wire, and one red wire, and a ...