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Are both legs of a home's power supply equally used?

This is basically just to satisfy my curiosity. Please correct me if I'm wrong about any of this: I believe power supply to a home's main panel usually consists of: A neutral wire A hot wire 120 ...
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What is the correct way to wire a 4 prong oven receptacle?

I think I wired this the right way but I can't find an online reference that I trust enough to flip the breaker back on. This is how I wired it. Is this correct?
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Cooker and gas hob both controlled by 13 amp switched sockets under worktop and behind cooker

I have a new Bosche oven and existing gas hob. The original cooker and hob ignition are both connected under the worktop behind the oven with a double gang Sw/Skt and plug heads. They both plug into ...
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Home A/C Repair/Replacement quotes are very different. Which one to go with?

I recently have been having issues with my A/C unit on my Condo which was built in 1986. This unit might very well be the original A/C unit. It has two components, the fan outside and the air handler ...
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Will an existing 10-3 w/ground electrical wire handle a 50 amp 220 volt welder?

I am wondering if my current electric service wiring can handle a welder. The welder documentation recommends a 50 amp breaker on a 220 v line. Currently I have a 60 amp breaker on a 220 line going ...
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What could be causing AFCI breakers to keep tripping?

I recently had my basement remodeled by a general contractor. This included a bathroom, family room, wet bar, and home theater. The electrician added 4 circuits in total, all of them using arc fault ...
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What could be causing GFCI breakers and receptacles to trip?

I have a two wire system and after installing GFCI outlet in kitchen I realized there is a problem with some type of inconsistancy causing the GFCI to trip as soon as power is sent to it. Thinking the ...
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Can two circuits' neutrals be tied together (not a single neutral wire, but two that have been connected)?

Related to but different from this question, I have two three-way switches in my house, which are in multi-gang boxes at the top and bottom of the staircase and control lights at the top and bottom ...
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How do I troubleshoot power receptacles?

I just bought a recently renovated house and the house inspector said that all the plugs in the basement worked. Well... I plugged in several devices into the plugs and they don't power on. If I use ...
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Why is my electric wall heater slow to turn on and then quick to shut off?

I have a few electric wall heaters in my bathroom and laundry room made by Intertherm. They may be 30 years old. When you turn the dial to high, it takes 10 minutes or more before it actually turns ...
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Can two circuits share a neutral?

I'm finally implementing the advice given in this question, I've managed to run the wiring up to the junction box, but I'm a bit confused by the contents of that box. There are three circuits ...
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Can a grounding issue with newly installed light fixtures cause a short circuit/blown fuse?

I have installed three lights (60 Watt Bulbs) on the same line (wire) connected to one light switch. The fuse blew when I hit the switch. I’ve connected all of the white to white and black to ...
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Japan: Can I ground a dishwasher by connecting it to a sink?

This is a question about electrical safety in Japan. I know this isn’t a Japanese forum, but my Japanese isn’t up to much, and everyone I can ask either knows nothing about electrical safety or ...
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Can I drill extra holes in entrance panel

I am replacing my entrance panel combo with a larger 200 amp service. The panel I am installing is a surface mount, the existing panel is a flush mount. I am using surface mount because I can't drill ...
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Can I use a transfer panel with something other than a generator?

What I am trying to do is use a transfer panel to power some 15-amp sockets with ether a dimmer pack, or from the main. (trying to set up a theater space so when there's not a show going on you can ...
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Why is it safe to use 15 A receptacles on a 20 A circuit?

OK, the one answer I got was way off target, and another commenter couldn't figure out what I was asking, so I'm restating the question... Are 15A 3-prong grounded outlets actually rated to 20A, ...
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Duplex Outlet's Max Amperage Rated by Socket or by Whole Unit? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Duplex Outlet's Max Amperage Rated by Socket or by Whole Unit? If you have a duplex outlet thats rated for lets say 20 amps, is the whole unit rated for 20 amps, or ...
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Is a duplex outlet's max amperage rating for each socket or the whole unit?

If you have a duplex outlet thats rated for lets say 20 amps, is the whole unit rated for 20 amps, or is each socket rated for 20 amps? Edit: So if I had a circuit that had a 40A breaker on it, could ...
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How do I connect a stranded wire to a bus bar?

A typical bus bar has this design: and connecting a solid wire to it is more or less easy. But how do I connect a stranded wire? I expect the following to happen: when I drive the screw in, the ...
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Electric requirements for gas stove

I am buying a new house (new construction) and it currently has an electric stove. One of the changes we've put in the contract it to 'remove the electric stove and adapt the stove cavity for a gas ...
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Power company's neutral cause surges and brownouts?

My electric company recently made a repair that involved digging up underground wires near my house that I'm trying to understand. The symptoms that caused them to initiate the repair were very ...
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Damaged connection when replacing oven element

Our fan oven stopped getting hot the other day so I guessed that it is likely to be the element. Removed the cover and element so I could test it with a multimeter. Unfortunately on one of the ...
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Troubleshooting a UHF (HDTV) aerial [closed]

My grandmother has moved into a new house, and the aerial connection for her tv is not working. Are there any troubleshooting methods I can use to check and perhaps fix it before calling in a ...
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Can I split the direct wire to dishwasher to handle a garbage disposal as well?

I've just plumbed in a new garbage disposal unit under my sink. The plumbing appears to be fine - nothing is leaking so far. Now I need to wire it in. It's next to a dishwasher, but the dish-washer ...
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How do I change an AC outlet into a switched outlet using wireless technology?

I have an outlet that's live, and I want to make it switched without having to get an electrician. Suggestions?
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Running electrical cable within dry wall

First of all, I'm a beginner. Secondly, I've a renovation started in the basement (see picture here), so I need some help. So in the bedroom, there's actually a socket already present just as you ...
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Diagnosing noisy power lines

We have a number of devices in our house that communicate via power lines (such as power line networking devices and some solar/electric metering equipment), and we've had persistent problems getting ...
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Kärcher RC 3000 alternative? [closed]

i am currently searching for an alternative to Kärcher RC 3000 robotic vacuum cleaner. The SIEMENS Sensor Cruiser has same build except the color. For me is important that the robot can clean the ...
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Why won't my dimmer dim CFL Lights?

My dinning room had an on/off switch for the light which made it impossible to have romantic dinners there - the light was either too bright or off. So I decided to install a dimmer. Being energy ...
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Installing a ceiling fan into a socket with 3 wires jammed into the socket

I recently purchased a ceiling fan thinking it would be a fun DIY project but when I went to install it, I came across many problems. I have attached a photo of my ceiling fan socket on the ceiling ...
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When is it generally safe/acceptable to use a wire nut?

Can someone please clarify for me when exactly it's safe/acceptable to use wire nuts? Regional building codes withstanding, I think the general rules of thumb are: Only use wire nuts in ...
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What are some tips for working with inaccessible power receptacles?

When a power receptacle is blocked by large or unwieldy furniture, but there is a small amount of clearance available, what are some good techniques for plugging in? I'm looking for ways to solve ...
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Why would turning on one breaker trip another?

Before rearranging the main living room, I replaced two 15A outlets that were previously hidden. (The new outlets are the kind that are hard for kids to jam things into.) After doing this I ...
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How can I replace a two way switch with a ZW4001 Z Wave enabled light switch?

I am trying to replace a single switch connected to a single light bulb with a Z Wave enabled switch, model ZW4001Z; a link to the manual for the switch is at the bottom. There is a wiring diagram on ...
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How should I go about fixing a faulty 240 V Electrical Outlet

This afternoon, my wife and I noticed a peculiar smell coming from the garage. We localized it to a faulty 3-wire 240 V outlet. Something got really hot resulting in part of the rubber melting on ...
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Can i run my cables from the outside box to the inside breaker box through 2x4 studs?

I am turning our carport into a living room and we have a 100amp breaker box outside that feeds power into the breaker box on the inside of our house. the conduit is going to be in the way of the wall ...
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Can I replace my ungrounded / two prong outlets, or should I have a professional do this type of a thing?

They're all two prong except a select few in the kitchen. Is this a project I could take on with NO electrical experience other than minor soldering, or is this something I should not attempt? ...
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$400 electric bill traced to heater - what could be wrong with it?

Back in December/January, we got a real shocker; a $400+ electric bill. I thought there must be a billing error, so I went out to the meter, and found that not only was the number probably right, we'd ...
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How do I properly label/wire a switched subwoofer outlet?

All of my home theater components are in an under-stair closet that shares a wall with the back of my living room. I already plan to run audio to the subwoofer in the living room, with a nice cover ...
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I have a 1102 ic lightolier and the socket has gone bad

It has a plug to the junction and a small bulb near the socket. Cannot find replacement and want to know if the small bulb needs to be replaced? Or can it be eliminated? Will heat build up be a ...
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What would cause a bathroom light to turn off during operation?

My kids bathroom light keeps turning itself off after about 5 minutes. Then after 10 minutes or so it will turn itself on again, and so forth. I am wondering if this is something relatively simple ...
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Why would lights plugged in to lamp holder outlet adapter be testing as live?

We bought an old pendant light for our flat, with a two prong plug. Rather than rewiring it in to the existing outlet, I just bought one of those $2 lamp holder outlet adapter. To be on the safe ...
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How do I use this H/L/V Wiring?

I am replacing an OLD h/l/v with a BROAN 100HFL I DO NOT have a 12/2 and a 12/3 coming from the 3 switches on the wall. I DO have this, two 12/2 coming from the 3 switches AND another 12/2 that ran ...
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OHM reading for dryer element? Bad thermal cutoff fuse indication of element overheating?

So I've read that I should get about 10-50 ohm reading on my dryer element. I do get a reading of around 10(jumps around alot) on my element, but this is with the multimeter set to 200(the lowest ...
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We have a light switch in the kitchen that is wired to the central ac?

We bought our house 2 years ago and thought this was just an unused switch, it doesn't turn anything on that we can see. Then the other day my husband was putting up a ceiling fan in the kitchen and ...
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Is using 15 amp components on a 20 amp breaker against code?

I have noticed in a few different houses in Oklahoma that 20 amp breakers are used, but all of the outlets and switches only seem to be rated for 15 amps. This goes against everything I know to be ...
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How can I prevent multiple socket from being damaged?

I have the following setup at home: one PC (300 W PSU) two 22 " TFT monitors a speaker system one external hard disk with separate PSU - all of the devices are plugged into a multiple socket ...
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Could a power outlet be ruining hair straighteners?

I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask this. We've gone through 3 hair straighteners in the past 2 months. 3 different models, 2 different brands. The outlet is a normal outlet (No GFI) and ...
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How can I replace a 3-way light switch with a motion sensor?

I'm trying to replace one of the three-way light switches in my garage with a motion sensor. But I'm confused by the wires on the existing switch. I thought the hot wire goes to the black screw ...
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How do you protect romex at the end of an EMT run?

Sometimes you need to run a circuit through both protected & unprotected space. For example, you might put a recep in workshop (unfinished walls = unprotected) over a crawlspace (protected). To ...