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How can I protect a vending machine wire from being cut again? [closed]

A friend of mine operates a vending machine in a school. Oftentimes, there are issues when a snack gets stuck in the machine, the students will rock the machine. Rocking the machine is an issue, ...
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How do I put multiple lights on one switch on a timer?

I have 4 lights outside that are all wired to 1 light switch inside. What is the best/cost effective way to put all these lights on a timer?
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Where should I connect the C wire in a Janitrol furnace?

I currently have a Honeywell Thermostat with 4 wires going to a Janitrol Furnace. I am trying to install a Honeywell WiFi Thermostat RTH6580WF and I'm missing my C wire. My bundle has 8 possible ...
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Can you have a GFCI breaker protecting a GFCI receptacle?

We have electrical outlets in two bathrooms on the same GFCI breaker. I would like to put a GFCI outlet for the only outlet in the guest bathroom so it can be easily reset if tripped. Can this be ...
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Are metal horseshoe nails an acceptable method of securing electrical cables?

On the framing our electrician used plastic staples with two nails to keep the wire from moving around, but I notice under the house he used metal horseshoe nails. It seems that, if they were tacked ...
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Is it OK to have multiple different rooms on one breaker?

My dining room, kitchen, two bathrooms, living room and den are on 1 breaker. Should I be concerned?
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Is it okay to place two battery chargers on one 30 amp circuit?

I have a 30 amp 240 volt circuit out side in my garage and I want to hook up two 10 amp 240 volt circuits. The equipment I am hooking up are battery chargers. Can I install fused down disconnects on ...
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How can I control 2 lights with 2 switches so that both lights can't be on at the same time?

My bathroom has 2 lights, each with its own switch. I want to know if it is possible to make it so both lights cannot be on at the same time either by rewiring my current setup or replacing the ...
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Why is my power flickering across multiple circuits?

I woke up this morning and went downstairs to find that none of the lights would come on (lights were working fine upstairs). My first instinct was thinking that a breaker had tripped, so I went to ...
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What causes an open ground on a wall outlet when I turn on the light switch to the ceiling lights?

We just moved into this 1960s era home. In the living room, when the light switch is "off", the wall outlets test ok (both amber lights are lit) using a 3 prong outlet tester. However, when I flip ...
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Can I connect an indoor timer to lights split to 3 circuit breakers?

Currently the lights in the store turn on from 3 separate circuit breakers, I have to flip each circuit breaker to turn on each light zone. I would like to connect an indoor timer that will turn on ...
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How do I wire this motor?

Help I got a motor on a 220 furnace squirrel fan and want to convert to a 110 In one bundle I got a brown wire, a white wire, a black wire. On another bundle I got a bluish turquise color,orangish ...
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How can I locate an electrical fault?

I was using my toaster this morning, when it suddenly stopped working. I assumed the device itself had gone wrong, but then I noticed my cooker, on the opposite wall, had also stopped. The toaster ...
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Why won't my washer turn off when breaker is off?

I have switched off all the breakers and my washing machine continues to run. How is that possible? How can I fix it?
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Does it matter if my newly installed GFCI reads “open ground”?

I just replaced a few two-prong outlets with GFCI outlets so we can plug in things built this millennium. Two of them outlets read "correct" on my circuit tester, but one reads "open ground." None of ...
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How can I mount an electrical box to exterior foam board?

I am trying to replace an exterior light fixture next to my home's main entry way: The original light was mounted to a low-profile bracket that was mounted directly to the PVC "box" shown in the ...
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Can an electrical junction box be closed and covered if not needed?

Can an octagon fixture box that was also found to be a junction box, be closed and covered over in the ceiling after remodeling. Box not needed.
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What size panel and wiring do I need for an addition?

I am adding an addition to my house. I will be running two 20 amp heating circuits, and four general purpose lighting and receptacle circuits. What size wire, and amp breaker do I need?
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What is a line to neutral load?

I'm looking at the electrical code and it states "Multiwire branch circuits shall supply only line-to-neutral loads." Could someone explain what line-to-neutral loads are?
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Can I change a 240 volt 40 amp outlet for an oven to two 20amp 240 volt outlets?

I am installing two wall ovens that each require 20 amp 240 volt outlets. I currently have wired for a single 40 amp 240 outlet. To convert without pulling new wire from the panel can I put in a sub ...
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Would a 20 amp 240 volt panel from the main panel be enough for a laundry room?

Would a 20 amp 240 volt panel be good enough for three circuits, of total 40 amps 120 volts in a laundry room?
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Do all garage receptacles have to be GFCI protected, and 18 inches off the ground?

I have a couple quick questions about garage outlets. If I recall correctly, outlets in a garage must all be GFCI. Does that include ceiling outlets for garage door openers? Why? Genuinely curious ...
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How can I replace a light fixture with a two way switch?

I have just replaced an old florescent fixture with a new incandescent fixture. Wired according to directions. Light comes on and does not throw the breaker so I know I have it wired correctly, ...
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How easy is it to change a B22 light fitting to an E27 one?

I was looking to fit some Philips Hue LED bulbs, but they only come with Edison screw fittings (E27) and every light fitting in our house is bayonet (B22). I initially looked into using adapters but I ...
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How can I replace a NEMA 6-30 cord & plug with a NEMA 14-30 cord & plug?

I recently purchased a used SA-6E compressor from a dive shop I work with. I had to switch out the NEMA 6-30 plug to a NEMA 14-30. This was done with a complete new plug and cable. I connected the ...
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What does a surge protector do that a breaker doesn't?

The circuit breakers in my home are 120VAC, 15A or 20A breakers. What would a surge protector (e.g. this or a power strip with surge protection) do that a breaker wouldn't do already?
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How do I interpret the power supply specs for an electric convection oven?

I bought an electric convection oven. The manual says the NEMA 14-30 plug should be connected to: 120/240 Volt, 20 Amp, 60 Hz power supply or 120/208 Volt, 20 Amp, 60 Hz power supply. I ...
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How can I use a 16A appliance in a UK 13A socket?

I have recently moved from India to the UK and carried a Philips air fryer with me. The plug on this appliance is marked 16A 250V. Wattage is 1425. The UK house I have moved into has standard 13A ...
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Can I leave an open port when using push-in connectors?

This question made me aware that push-in type connectors are available and got me thinking about using them in an upcoming rewiring project. I have three types of junctions in my rewiring project ...
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How should I wire 2 switches that control 1 light and 1 receptacle?

Last winter I pulled power into an attic. I put in a 2 gang box with 2 switches. One switch controls a light in the attic and works fine. The second controls an outlet and I realized months later that ...
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Sump pump & ejector pump: can I (and should I) change single dedicated non-GFCI receptacle to a dual receptacle GFCI?

Moved into a new home about 6 months ago which had been gut rehabbed. Our mechanical room has 2 pits, one for the sump pump and another for the ejector pump. I was planning on installing a ...
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How do I install a WiFi thermostat with a Well-McLain steam boiler?

I have a Weil-Mclain 150000 BTU steam boiler, and have only 2 wires connected to my thermostat, but would like to add a new Honeywell WiFi thermostat. I have no C wire, no A/C, or any other type of ...
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What are the grounding requirements for a panel fed from another panel?

I have a 60 amp subpanel in my garage and plan to add a second 30 amp subpanel to an out-building 130 ft away (fed from the 60 amp). I Plan to run 6 AWG 4-wire from the 60 amp to the 30 amp in 1 1/2 ...
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How should I control my garage heater?

I just purchased a garage heater from my local big box hardware store and I am planing to set it up, but had a couple questions I'd like to run by the experts around here. Firstly, I originally ...
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How can I hang a ceiling fan on a cathedral ceiling without wiring or an electrial box?

How do I install a ceiling fan on a cathedral ceiling that has no wiring and electrical box? I don't really want to cut into ceiling drywall. I'm worried about support for the fan.
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What equipment is required to install a generator?

I am installing a generator to operate only my heating unit and a few circuits in my house. Do I need a transfer switch along with a sub-panel?
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What could cause a recessed light to come on when removing the neighboring bulb?

I just installed a row of five recessed lights in my basement. All of a sudden, I have one light that shuts off. When I remove the bulb next to it, it turns back on. This row is daisy chained on the ...
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Bathroom fan/light switch with outlet

I have a switch in my bathroom that controls both the fan and the light, and also has an outlet. Can I get anything that has two switches (one for the light and fan) and also not lose the outlet ...
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Can I install tandem breakers in this panel, and would one 20 ampere circuit be enough for a garage?

I'm a home owner searching for information before hiring an electrician to come and do work on my home. What I want: Have a separate breaker\s to service a single car garage. 3 receptacles each ...
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How do you hard wire a garbage disposal?

I do not have a dishwasher. There was no existing garbage disposal and there is no plug under the sink. I'm trying to hard wire a garbage disposal there. I want to create a light switch off an ...
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Can I branch off of a 2 pole 30 amp 10-3 wire found abandoned in a junction box?

Hello I was doing some remodeling in my kitchen and found a 2 pole 30amp 10-3 wire abandoned in a junction box under my kitchen island. its wired to my panel but the breaker was turned off and not ...
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Are pull chains available for wall switches?

I have a regular wall switch for a ceiling lamp. After floor renovation it became so high that we can not reach it. The idea is to install a pull chain switch so chain will hang on the reachable level....
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How do I stop a dimmer switch from humming?

I installed a dimmer switch in my washroom and it's making a buzzing noise. The more I increase resistance/rotate the dimmer clockwise, the louder it gets. The humming seems to be coming from the ...
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Is AutoCAD knowledge all I needed to be a good designer of electrical drawing [closed]

Is AutoCAD knowledge all I needed to be a good designer of electrical drawing or do I needed to add other training to equip myself?
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How to restore power after tripping a surge protection device?

What happened A new electric kettle apparently caused a loss of power in a circuit. The circuit is one of two 120V/20A lines protected by an Intermatic PanelGuard model IG1240R surge protection ...
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How do I run a 3 Phase/1hp TEFC motor off of a regular household outlet?

I recently bought a brand new TECO-Westinghouse Electric motor . 3 phase HP: 1 Volts : 208-230/460 RPM: 1750 HZ: 60 Fr: 56 Cat no: ZA.0014TE2/56 Type : AEFAZA Enclosure : TEFC I would like to run ...
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When replacing non-grounding type receptacles is a GFCI receptacle required, or can any GFCI device be used?

Under the NEC (it was 210(7)(d)(3), but appears to have moved around some), it is permissible to replace an ungrounded receptacle with a GFCI receptacle, then wire further ungrounded or non-grounded (...
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Is there a way to change this circuit so that the receptacles are not controlled by switches?

I have this one outlet in my house that, when exposed, has three wires protruding from it (while there are two wrapped in a nut). As far as I can test, two are feeding power and one is acting as a ...
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How should I connect an electric cook top to an existing dededicated 3 wire armored cable?

I am replacing old electric cook top and the old unit had three wire red balck and white which were connected to corresponing red black white in BX cable. The new unit has red black and a bare copper ...
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Who can issue a 17 edition certificate for an installation in the UK? [closed]

See title. I assume this will need to be inspected by a qualified electrician? Any advice is appreciated.