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Circuit breaker + panel selection — make and breaker series?

Is there a compelling reason to choose one type/brand of breaker & panel (Eaton CH, Eaton BR, Square-D QO, Square-D HOM, Siemens, GE) over another when putting a new electrical panel and breakers ...
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How would I go about adding more receptacles to a garage?

Looking for help in trying to get more electrical outlets installed in my woefully under-receptacled garage. I have one GFCI 20A outlet at the door going into the garage, one single ceiling outlet for ...
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electrical combination outlet and switch wiring

I have a combination wall plate with a switch on top and outlet on the bottom. The switch controls the garbage disposal and the outlet is always on. There are two black wires and one white. One ...
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What is this electrical panel for?

I bought a rehab house and currently trying to identify what everything is in there. There is this panel in the garage. Does anyone know what it is? http://imgur.com/a/icRHd
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Should I use 12/3 NM cable for a 240 volt 40 amp electric cooktop?

I am installing a 240 volt 40 amp electric cooktop. Will 12/3 NM cable suffice for this? Secondly, I know I need a double-pole breaker because 240 volts is delivered using two out-of-phase 120 volt ...
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wire on the floor. What is it likely was used for?

I bought a rehab house. This is what I think was a laundry room because of the drier hookup. What is this wire laying on the floor? What was it used for? my current thoughts: a) There are many ...
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How do I wire a light switch and outlet in the same box?

I have a single gang box in a bathroom with a GFCI outlet. I'd like to replace it with a 2-gang box containing a GFCI outlet and a light switch for the vanity light. The outlet will have both ...
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Are there any load meters available for my main electric panel?

I have a 200A main coming into the house (Bryant-type panel, which is basically GE now) and was wondering if there is a digital/analog load meter that could be hooked up? I have a clamp meter now, to ...
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Gas Dryer suddenly trips any GFCI Outlet immediately upon being plugged in, but works fine in non GFCI

I have a Maytag Centennial gas clothes dryer in my laundry room. It is connected to a non-gfci outlet which is downstream of another outlet with built in gfci. It has been connected like this and ...
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Copper Water Pipes used as Electrical Ground

I am replacing a section of copper water pipe that burst behind tiled shower wall. Since the pipe run is along an exterior wall subject to winter temperatures, I'm considering replacing this section ...
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Can/should I install the breaker box in an annexed room?

I have three choices for the breaker box, in Brazil there is no national code restricting its location, but I still want it to have a good/proper location. In my workshop that is annex to the house, ...
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What can I do about radiant hot water tubing above an electrical panel?

My wife and I have a new construction with radiant heat installed on the underside of the floors between joists, which was in place before the electrical was installed. Electrical inspector burst a ...
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Do all conductors on a 20-amp circuit need to be 12 AWG?

I'm rewiring a bathroom, and will install a GFCI receptacle on a 20 amp circuit breaker (dedicated to the bathroom only). I am also going to have a fan and vanity light on the same circuit, ...
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HELP ME! New fixture won't turn on, did I wire it wrong?

I'm trying to replace my living room ceiling light fixture. The new fixture only has black and white wires (no ground). The ceiling has red, black, white, and ground wires. When I took the old fixture ...
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Neutral (grounded conductor) for bathroom switch (NEC 404.2(C))?

I understand that a grounded conductor (neutral) is not required by code (404.2(C)) for bathroom switches, but is there any reason that I would want to include it - future-proofing, etc.? I'm going ...
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How to add additional speeds to a box fan

I have a 20" Box Fan, that has 3 speeds. It's a commerical model from Lasko, heavily built, puts out a lot of air... too much actually for my normal needs. So I'd like to add speeds in addition way ...
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Can I add a sub-panel near the main disconnect outside my house?

I have an outside main disconnect of 125 amp and a inside main panel. The disconnect panel outside has an extra space that will accept a dual pole breaker. What I would like to do is add a sub-panel ...
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hampton bay ceiling fan quit working

my ceiling fan is hard wired with no switch only operated by remote control.it stopped working so I replaced the remote control,which worked for about a year.i opened the remote and could find no ...
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Safely use a bare light socket

I've got a box of sockets like this: I was planning to mount a few of these on the ceiling, but am wondering about safety since the hot wire is essentially exposed, and would be very close to one's ...
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What are the code requirements for crossing a buried LPG line with an electric line?

Trenching for 1" Non-Metallic Liquidtight Conduit Type LFNC-B with 18" cover (10-3 W/G UF wire installed, 240V with 30A breaker) to serve a well. Just bumped into LPG line crossing conduit's path at ...
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Why is my recessed light not working?

I have a single recessed light that does not work. It's at the entrance to highlight a mirror. The bulb works and the switch is good. The problem is that there is no power to the fixture. I took the ...
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How do I replace a 3-way switch that is connected directly to the house wiring?

I am trying to install a dimmer switch on my three way circuit in the kitchen. When I removed the existing switch, the traveler wires look to be hooked directly into the wiring of the house from the ...
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Does installing electric heated floors require dedicated electrical?

I would like to install electric heated floors throughout a home built in 2008 (In BC, Canada) to replace a forced air furnace system. I am wondering if this project will require running a new set of ...
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Are grounded receptacles with open grounds causing my electrical problems?

I have a room that has six outlets. Two of which are healthy with ground and ~120V coming through. The other four report open ground with one of the four not working at all (no juice). I've checked ...
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Carpet cleaner keeps tripping outlet

I have a carpet cleaner. The first time I turn it on, I can use it for about 5 minutes before it trips an outlet's breaker which disconnects the power to the used outlet. I then reset the outlet ...
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Is there a way to plug a NEMA 6-20P plug into a NEMA 10-30R receptacle?

Is there a way to plug a 6-20p 208/220/250v plug into a 10-30r receptacle? I can't seem to find an adapter for this. I bought a 220v fahrenheat heater and want to be able to plug it into a range or ...
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Why does a wall plug show only 20V instead of 120V?

I have two outlets that test at 20V, or sometimes 60V. They should be 120V.
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What could be wrong with my Whirlpool flatop?

I was in the process of cooking when I noticed that my food was no longer boiling. The red indicator light was still on. I held my hand over the burner and they both were cold to the touch. I went to ...
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Can I wire a box with two 120-volt duplex outlets each wired to one leg of a 240-volt 3-wire plug?

In my shop I have plenty of NEMA 6-20Rs (240-volt, 20-amp receptacles) and not enough NEMA 5-20Rs (120-volt 20-amp receptacles). These are all right next to the panel. My goal or my desire: I want ...
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What size fuse wire do I need for a 4 kW single phase 220V geyser?

What is the type and gauge of wire that I should use for fuse wire which is feeding a 4 kW single-phase geyser?
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Fan coil wiring problem with new thermostat

I'm trying to upgrade to a new line voltage thermostat. The new thermostat has many more connections, including three fan speeds. My current system has a manual fan switch on the wall so all I need ...
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How can I extend an old ceiling box to fit a SmartHome relay?

I have an old ceiling fixture box, the kind with the stud/hickey in the center that looks like this: I want to add a fixture to this box (currently it's unused.) I also want to use a SmartHome ...
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What could cause a gas fireplace to come on by itself?

My natural gas fireplace has a mind of it's own. It has been working properly until today--it decided to come on by itself It has been cold (15 degrees) here in SC--could this be the problem?? The ...
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Can I use a split tab switch for mains voltage and low voltage?

LeGrand (Pass & Seymour) make a multi-control single pole switch with a split tab TM8113WCC, which allows for the control of two independent circuits on a single yoke (one box). Code question: is ...
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Can a GFCI receptacle share the neutral wire of another circuit?

When I connect my GFCI receptacle on one circuit that shares the neutral wire with another circuit, it immediately faults out. If I remove the second circuit from the neutral there is no problem.
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How can I install a new lighting circuit in my kitchen?

I would like to install 2 new light fixtures and a switch in my kitchen. Currently the kitchen has three lights each controlled by their own switch. I want the new lights to have their own switch ...
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How does this power outlet configuration in my new home work?

I just moved in to a new home I'm renting to find this, near where a TV would usually be installed. This is near TV height, under a TV mount that was installed by the homeowners. And this is on the ...
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How to wire multi-control rocker switch

What's the correct way to wire a multi-control rocker switch (e.g. Leviton 1755) that has three switches on one yoke with a common supply? What wire(s) do I run from the switches to each of the ...
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How can I install ceiling mounted recessed occupancy sensors?

I am looking to replace my current lighting circuit with a motion detector and wondering what is the best way to do this? I currently have 6 spot lights, controlled by 2 switches on either side of ...
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Why do people run 12-3 cable to feed completely different circuits?

Been updating circuits in my basement and I'm horrified at the previous work that has been done. Improperly routed cables, overloaded junction boxes and, in two separate instances, 12-3 cable feeding ...
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Electrical across studs in basement?

I have a small workshop that I need to add an outlet for. There's a light switch 2 studs away that I'll use for power. I have no plans to drywall this area of the workshop. Is it ok (against any ...
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What does it mean when an AFCI breaker indicator is 1/4 white?

My renters are complaing that the breaker for the master bather and bedroom keeps tripping. They say the trip is random. I tested all the plugs and GFCI plug in the bathroom. Everything passed with ...
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Running board dimensions

I need to install a running board on which to attached some cables going perpendicular to joists. Is there a minimum size that one should use? I'm planning on installing some 6x1"s.
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Is it possible to replace a fusebox lever without replacing the whole box?

I'm pretty new to DIY stuff... but I'm selling my home soon and was wondering if it was possible for an electrician to fix just the part causing the lever to not come down in my garage's fusebox ...
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What is a single pole 30 amp breaker used for

Is ok to us a 30 amp breaker single pole according to NEC
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How should I run stripped cable through conduits?

I have a 6/3 NM-B cable that is to be run through a Southwire Ultratite conduit to an external outlet for a generator. I plan to strip the cable prior to threading through the conduit: 1. for ease of ...
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Solar charge controller wiring

I have the proper polarities connected from the panel and battery to the controller. Above is a photo of the HQRP charge controller wired to a 30watt 24v solar panel and this 24v battery: I ...
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Cant seem to get the GFCI to work

I'm not an electrician - I know enough to get basic wiring accomplished... or so I thought. I'm finishing my basement, and we ran 5 new outlets, in conduit, all are 15a. I have a box right next to ...
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What should I do about a stubborn screw on the middle of a dryer cord connection?

I am attaching a 3 prong dryer cord to a dryer. The middle connection is being stubborn. The screw gets to a certain point and is stuck. It will not tighten and the connection is very loose. Can I ...
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Must I ground my dishwasher to a metal plate?

I bought a Bosch 800 Series Dishwasher Model SHP68T55UC to install into my year 2000 house. Whenever I read tutorials online for installing dishwashers, I see that the ground wire goes to a metal ...