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Use cat5e 2-pair RJ11 cabes for network connection

I've thought cat5(e) means always RJ45 lan cable. But my house has "cat5e 2-pair rj11 green (data) cables" from the living room to each room. My internet router is in my living room in the 1st floor ...
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Electrical light switch circuit split

I have one inside switch that turns on 3 porch lights. I would like to install a ceiling fan where the middle light is but do not want the other two lights on the same circuit to turn on. How can I ...
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Can I use 6/3 NM-B cable for a 120v 20 amp circuit?

I just removed a hot tub spa from my backyard. I am wondering if I might be able to use the 6/3 cable for an outdoor electrical outlet? Could I change the breaker to a 120v 20 amp breaker. Then ...
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Time for a Box Upgrade (to 200A)?

So I have 2 units on my property with solar on each, totaling 7K. My front unit I use as an office and already upgraded the box there to 200A. In the back I still have 100. I have central air right ...
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Tester reads “HOT / GRD. REVERSE”

Everything was working as usual then NOT. I used a 3 prong circuit tester in several outlets and got the same reading on all of them. HOT / GRD. REVERSE. how or why would this suddenly happen and how ...
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Maximum breaker on NMD7 8/3 wire?

My mother in law recently replaced her 4 burner Frigidaire range and is often popping her breaker when she is cooking for a large party - ie 4 burners going and oven. I checked the specs for the ...
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Can a dishwasher and disposer be on the same 20 ampere circuit?

I am in the process of rewiring kitchen in a 1925 era farmhouse removing knob and tube. Have new 100 amp service and will soon pull 12/2 cu thhn to power .kitchen sink garbage disposer and dishwasher. ...
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What's the best way to track buried electrical wire that's not live?

We bought a house that has light posts in the yard, scattered across 100 feet or so. I know there is buried wiring (probably no more than 12" deep) that supplies these lights, but this is a crazy old ...
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Ceiling fan remote not working

I lost the canopy bracket along with the receiver and remote to my ceiling fan while moving. I then ordered an exact replacement receiver and remote for the fan, and when I had someone install it, the ...
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Is one circuit connected to two breakers safe?

We redid our bathrooms and had an electrician come in and put in new wiring for outlets, heater/fan/lights and heated floors. He had to replace the electrical panel, because the house is older (1956) ...
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GFCI Receptacles not resetting [duplicate]

I don't know much about electricity. In my kitchen there are 3 GFCI receptacles. There was a kettle plugged into one and the microwave. The fridge was on the other. Both outlets quit last night ...
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Replacing a dimmer switch with normal light switch (picture)

Today, I wanted to replace a dimmer with a normal switch for my dining room lights. When I pulled the dimmer out of the wall, all 3 wires just fell right off of their connections. I'm surprised the ...
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Do I need to run a ground from my main panel to the new sub panel 100' away?

Do I need to run a ground from my main panel to the new sub panel 100' away or can I establish the ground at the shop location ie. UFER?
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How can this panel pull 100A without any breakers tripping?

I have a three phase panel fed from a three phase 100A breaker on another panel. I found the 100A breaker tripped on the main panel, but none of the breakers in this panel were tripped. My ...
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Installing a dual switch from a single switch which powers two wall sconces

My living room has one wall switch that feeds two different lights/ sconces . The switch has only two black wires on the side of the switch. one on the top and one to the bottom . I would like to ...
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Installing a “key cylinder” to open and close the garage door

I have a Chamberlain LiftMaster Professional Garage Door opener (June 2007) with a wireless keypad to open the door but does not open consistently in cold weather. I would like to install a hardwired ...
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Which size wire I need to run 220 volt breaker for a tanning bed

Which size wire do I need to run a 220 volt breaker? I need about 50 feet, but I'm not sure which size wire I need to run it with. I know it's a 220 volt circuit breaker.
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Can manually throwing the dryer circuit breaker cause it to burn out?

What can cause the dryer circuit breaker to heat up to the point that the plastic at the connection melts? Can manually throwing the breaker cause this? My wife has suffered through two house fires ...
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Brief power interruption on 2 outlets and electric stove. all other outlets okay

Electric stove on heavy-duty circuit, and 2 separate outlets on separate single breakers, lose power for a few seconds to a few minutes several times a week. sometimes several times a day, yet the ...
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PVC electrical conduit connection to service panel

I am installing an outdoor conduit that consists of four #8 AWG THHN wires inside gray 1" PVC. I need to hook it up to the main service panel and I am not sure what's the best way to do it. I ...
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Conduit Size for Sub-Panel run?

I have old overhead wires that go between my home and a detached garage. The plan is to remove the overhead wires and install a new sub-panel in the garage with an underground (PVC 80) run between the ...
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GFCI Problem wiht Three-Way Switch WAS Two Switches Neutrals Only, Switched Hots Not Used

I replaced an old two-prong receptable with a three-prong GFCI (no ground) yesterday. It won't reset. I found out that "downstream" there is a light on the next level down that is controlled by two ...
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When NOT to use GFI outlets

Recently renovated a kitchen, including adding 2 GFI outlets: one by the sink and one on the opposite wall near stove. City inspector ordered that the one by the sink be removed. What reason would ...
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Mobile Home Feeder Cable for Cabin

I plan to install my service drop/meter/main disconnect panel on a post 200' from my cabin, which will have a 100 amp sub panel mounted on the exterior. I am having trouble finding 4 conductor service ...
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Service Entry Wire/Ground Location (100 amp service)

I am getting 100 amp service connected to my cabin (currently off grid). The power company wants me to install my meter base on the corner of the property, and for me to install 200' of underground ...
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Is it legit to turn a dedicated combi bolier supply into a ring circuit with outdoor socket?

I would like to install an external socket. Conveniently located on the other side of the wall where I'd like to put said socket is the combination boiler which has a dedicated supply from the ...
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Are electrical switches under kitchen sinks common for any utility?

So, I was cleaning under the kitchen sink and noticed there is a switch under there! It isn't clearly marked what it's for, I tried playing around with it and the garbage disposal thinking maybe it ...
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Installing Pendant light which came with 3 clear wires and 1 copper/bare wire

Pendant light: 3 Clear Wire and 1 copper/ground wire Ceiling: 1 Black, 1 white and 1 copper/ground wire I do notice that in one of the three clear wires in the pendant, there is some number ...
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Can the sum of the individual breakers greatly exceed the main?

I have a 100amp subpanel in my garage that I wired with several high-capacity appliances, such as 50amp welder, 20amp compressor, 20amp AC, 30amp car charger, 30amp car lift, plus 3 15amp circuits for ...
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Should neutral be bonded to ground in main and subpanels?

I had a licensed electrician replace my main panel and also install a subpanel in my garage. At the time I knew nothing about electrical, and now I know just barely more than nothing. I have ...
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Remote Access to Circuit Breaker

Every once in a while I have a breaker trip when I'm not home. I have a series of computers running cpu intensive programs and sometimes alt coins which can also be hogs :-). At times there is a huge ...
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Ceiling Fan Light Only Works when Fan is On

I have a ceiling fan & light that is controlled by a wall switch. Recently, I went to turn the lights on and they flickered but didn't turn on. The fan works fine. I decided to replace the switch ...
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Why must all outlets share a ground conduit?

I was reading this answer in my quest to see how possible adding grounds to my existing knob and tube house would be, and was suprised by: Are you asking if it's OK to run a separate ground wire ...
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Biggest size breaker in 200 amp panel

I am upgrading my service to 200 AMP. Since the location of the old service is behind a cabinet, we moved the main panel to a different area. This put it more than 15 feet away so we have a 200 amp ...
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240 volt house wiring, 130 volts on one leg and 112 volts on the other?

In my folks old farm house, at the panels main input from outside. L1 is 130v. L2 is 112v. When a load is applied both legs down voltage, allot! Anywhere from 10 to 20v. The wires running from the ...
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Will I get electrocuted when I am above the first floor of a building?

If I touch a faulty knob of any electrical equipment when I am connected to electrical ground, I would get electrocuted. But my question is will I get electrocuted when I am above the first floor of ...
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Can I take power from the hot line on another switch in a multi-gang box?

I have been working on wiring a Z-Wave 3 way dimmer. In my current three way configuration, I only have line, ground, and 2 travelers in the remote box. In the primary box, I have 2 travelers, ...
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How to connect single-phase appliance to 240v feed?

I had a licensed electrician install this circuit with NEMA 14-30 receptacle before I knew which specific appliance would be used on the circuit. I now have the appliance with a 14-30 plug, but it ...
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One three way electrical switch with power hooked up to four LED ceiling lamps, can't figure it out

I have voltage to the lights but no lights. Everything on the circuit that was there before is working fine. I am using a switch that breaks the circuit into duel switches.
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UK plug socket won't turn off

I have recently replaced a double socket that had a short circuit fault on the right hand socket with a new one from B&Q. After long periods of use the right hand switch refuses to stay off. If I ...
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Is PVC conduit OK above ground to hook up a Jacuzzi?

We are hooking up a Jacuzzi and need to run # 8 wire above ground What PVC should we use to run under our house to get to the back yard? I have read Schedule 80 PVC will work.
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Is it code legal to mark neutrals that actually are neutral?

USA/NEC question, Another recent question has a white wire which is marked with tape, but is actually a neutral. So what? Suppose you have 4 neutrals running in a raceway, and you need to ...
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Is this ceiling box wiring correct and how can I reconnect an abandoned 3-way switch to it?

I have a house (Georgia, USA) and some kitchen renovations have revealed some prior electrical work and I am trying to figure it out. Originally, there was a ceiling box in the kitchen with a ...
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Do I need to change my wire?

I am not an engineer nor an electrician but I just installed an Atmor 5.5kw water heater with a 12mm wire and a 30amp breaker at 220 voltage. I install it separately with plastic molding outside my ...
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Where to start when standing oscillating fan motor wont turn on?

It is probably not worth fixing but I hate throwing things out when there might be a simple fix. My wife told me that one of our fans was not working. I took apart most of the simple parts and cleaned ...
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How to troubleshoot a florescent light.

I'd like to know if there is a way to troubleshoot a fixture with T8 or T12 working on a ballast that stopped working, if the problem is in the ballast or the bulbs, without having to buy new bulbs to ...
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What is this switch operating?

I just moved into a new townhouse. There is a switch that in my living room/dining room area that seems to do nothing. I checked and it is wired in but I can't figure out what it operates. I've ...
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Dimmer switch is buzzing at one location but not at another

I installed a dimmer switch in my bedroom and got buzzing from the switch and from the incandescent light/fan on the ceiling that it was controlling. I took that same dimmer switch and installed it ...
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Yard Light has Volts but no light

Mobile Home. Yard lights are "typically" tapped off the back of an outlet and buried in the ground. I have wired the wire from the house directly to the light bulb. I will worry about putting the ...
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Is there anything wrong with using a PC power cord for a miter saw?

I just bought a used miter saw that needs a new power cord. I found this one but $25 for a cord seems a bit steep. That "official" cord is 16AWG with two wires. I also found this one when I ...