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Why does my ceiling lights require some other outlet in the room to be turned on and off again before it works?

Picture the scene: I walk into a room and flick the light switch. Nothing happens. I grobble around in the dark to where a baby bottle warmer is plugged into a normal outlet and turn the warmer on. ...
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How can I troubleshoot a ceiling fan light kit Issue?

I have an issue with my ceiling fan light; the light is on, then eventually over time it starts flickering off and on, eventually over time shutting off. I'll switch the light off, and then switch it ...
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Should a generator transfer switch have continuity between all contacts in the “Gen” position?

I am finishing up installing my generator transfer switch today and I think I have a wiring problem... I have a six circuit transfer switch wired in with a power inlet box outside. Everything is ...
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Term to describe two circuits run through one /3 cable

For example, I have a 12/3 cable in which the red and black wires are controlled via separate breakers. The 12/3 drops into a single-gang outlet, out of which runs a 12/2 to another room. Is there a ...
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How should I connect electrical wires to a cooktop (platetop)?

I'm having some problems understanding how to connect some electric wires for a platetop. The wire colors normally mean, blue=N, brown=L, and yellow/green=PE. My problem is, the platetop has L1 ...
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Can a mix of receptacles and light fixtures be installed on a single circuit?

A while ago we had some renovations done in our house. After the electrician was done, we realized we now had one light switch in our kitchen that was no longer connected to anything. It is in a ...
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How do you remove a wire from a push-in fitting when there is no release opening?

How do you remove a wire from a push-in fitting when there is no release opening? Note: “What could cause two of my receptacles to stop working?” is my post. Note: My home is a 1980 manufactured ...
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Installing of Honeywell Wi-Fi Programmable Thermostat

I need to install new wifi thermostat but I don't have the C wire. There are G, W, Y and R wires attached to my old thermostat. There is also one blue wire not connected on the wall.
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Does the circuit providing a light at the electrical panel have to be ONLY for that light?

Does the circuit providing a light at the electrical panel have to be ONLY for that light? I'm fairly sure there specifically has to be a light at the panel, as well as a circuit with an accessible ...
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Replacing outdoor outlet

How can I replace an outdoor outlet cover that has a stripped center screw? Do I need to replace the outlet as well? Do I need to replace the box that the outlet is housed in if it is coming out ...
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What should I do if my vacuum trips my AFCI device?

I have a vacuum that trips the AFCI device of the circuit that services my bedroom. The vacuum has some age on it, and there is some wear on the motor's commutator. This wear causes electrical ...
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Is it possible to do two 3way switched circuits that share a common power source but the power source and the light wire are in the same box?

I'm trying to connect two separate circuits from a single power source using 3way switches. My trouble seems that my wire from my light and my power source are in the same box. Is there a way to do ...
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Ground Wire Installation

Currently I do not have ground in my house wiring. I am planing to install ground wiring but the floor around the main service panel is cemented and I don't think I can place a ground rod in the ...
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Do 240V receptacle use the same connectors as 120V receptacles for the same amperage?

I feel like I'm missing something obvious. I know different plug styles are used based on a circuit's amperage (in the US) but is the same style of plug used for both 110V and 220V outlets of the same ...
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Can I upgrade my garage to 20amp service without a headache?

I have an unfinished garage which I am looking to upgrade the service to. Currently it is 15amps running through some difficult to access sub-ground conduit, but if I run the band saw plus the ...
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What are switches activated by a closet door called?

My father-in-law set up all of his closet lights to turn on and off when the door opens. He used a switch that was apparently designed for that purpose, with a largish contact switch that turned on ...
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How can I install this programmable switch?

I just had our house re-wired (by a professional, not myself). I'm looking into replacing a light switch with a fancy programmable version (Honeywell Econoswitch RPLS740B). The location for the ...
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Should I be able to run some 1.5" PVC chase conduits from attic to basement next to a cold air return?

I have a new home I just moved in to and rather than having them put this stuff in ahead of time (silly me) I'm now trying to do it now. Here is my situation... I live in a 2 story home with a ...
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Am I missing some obvious way to change this lightbulb?

I thought I'd be able to lift the plastic shade and angle it out of the trim, but it doesn't lift at all. It slides side-to-side a bit, but the flanges are large enough to keep it firmly behind the ...
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Why does my dusk to dawn light go off when the furnace kicks in?

My dusk to dawn light goes off whenever my furnace kicks in throughout the night. It obviously comes back on right away, but it takes a minute or so to be fully restored. What is the reason behind ...
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How can I determine why my lights are flickering?

I have a child at home who has learning difficulties. Sometimes she jumps up and down on the floor. Recently this has caused the downstairs living room light to flicker. Upstairs under the ...
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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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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 to add GFCI to a box with one outlet controlled by a switch?

I'm pretty inexperienced when it comes to electrical work, though I do know my way around a circuit diagram, thanks to some EE courses in college. I think this is one I can do myself, I just would ...
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several outlets dont work on same circuit

I tested my outlet and only had 85 volts on the black side and 24 volts on the white side why? There are several outlets on the same circuit that don't work with the same readings.I checked power in ...
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Potterton EP3000 -> Horstmann C27 boiler programmer wiring

I'm in the UK, using an ancient tempermental Potterton EP3000 boiler programmer, but I have a brand new Horstmann C27 which I'd like to replace it with. Apart from the mains supply, there are three ...
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How do I test circuit breakers?

Suppose I need new circuit breakers and buy some at a local shop. How do I test them to be sure they haven't been damaged on their way from factory and will do their job when time comes?
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Why are there multiple receptacles by amperage?

I could imagine the various receptacle shapes being a tool to protect you from making a mistake about what you plug in. Consider a 15A breaker with 14ga wiring to NEMA 5-15R receptacles. The circuit ...
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Adding new lights to a switch

I have a single light controlled by a switch in my garage. It's really pathetic, so I decided to add some shop lights to the same switch. Upon opening up the light wiring box, I found not 1 but 4 ...
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Is there such thing as a 4-way dimmer?

I have a 4-way switch I want to replace with a dimmer. I understand I can put the dimmer at one of the other 3-way switches, but they're more out of the way. Does such a device exist? If not, what ...
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What is the proper wiring for a NEMA 14-30 240v receptacle?

We moved into a resale home, the previous owners had a Gas Dryer, we have an Electric. The laundry room has a NEMA 14-30 receptacle installed. I hooked up our brand new dryer and it didn't get power. ...
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What are the building regulations in the UK for fitting a light in a bathroom?

What designs of lights are allowed? When do I need to get a building regulation inspection?
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What size breaker and wire do I need to run 2 GFCI receptacles and a flood light on exterior of my house?

Is it OK to use a 15amp breaker and a 14ga wire (14/2 copper) to run 2 GFCI receptacles and a flood light on the exterior of my home? The voltage is 120. The 2 receptacles are rated at 15amps and ...
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How do I know if a ceiling fan with light and the switch are wired correctly?

There was a old ceiling fan with light and remote in a bedroom of my house that didn't work. It also had a switch with 2 knobs that pushed in and turned labeled motor control and 300 w perm instld ...
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Will the second light in this circuit light up?

When talking about neutral faults in this answer, I (incorrectly) said that a neutral fault could lead to a shock hazard. It was pointed out in the comments that I was dead wrong, and that the ...
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NEC Definition of “Maintained Spacing” for Wire in Free Air

This seems like a simple question, but I cannot seem to find the answer in the 2008 NEC. There are references to "maintaining spacing" in many sections of the code such as the following: ...
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Can dimmable (triac) LED bulbs be used on a motion sensor switch without neutral wire?

I bought a bunch of these motion sensor switches. I also want to use these dimmable LED bulbs. The motion sensors do not have a neutral wire connector. My outlets only have a live wire and it would ...
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Electrical outlet has two black hot wires but one neutral white wire?

I attempted to replace an electrical outlet that was not working. My voltage tester indicated nothing was working. A receptacle analyzer indicated nothing was working as well. but when opening it ...
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Breaker being tripped - Oven or wiring?

Recently, our oven was left on all day, and sometime during the day it tripped the breaker. Now, whenever the oven is used (only for heating pizza, so 10-15 minute timeframe), the breaker trips ...
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Can a NEMA 6-15 Device be connected to a NEMA 6-20 receptacle?

I have a new -80 deep freezer that calls for NEMA 6-15R receptacle, but the old one it is replacing called for a NEMA 6-20. I note that the plug actually seems to fit in the 6-20, but is there a ...
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What causes a breaker to trip?

In a normal, properly-wired home, what are the possible causes of a tripped breaker? At 110-120V is there a maximum wattage throughput on a single breaker? I'd like to understand the system to be ...
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Can I steal a neutral wire from another circuit?

I have some Z-wave light switches that I want to install; below is a link to the diagram for the light switches. Basically I can have all the wiring completed minus the neutral wire for the switch at ...
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How easy is it to fit a garage door opener?

My wife is desperate to have a garage door opener, and she's found this kit at B&Q. Can anyone advise on how easy/straightforward these things are to install? It'll be me (and most likely my Dad) ...
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Proper wiring for GFCI given switched circuit

So I've added the 3-prong plug to my garbage disposal, and now I'm on to the GFCI outlet installation. The breaker was not GFCI protected, nor is there a GFCI outlet on the loop. I've gotten to the ...
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Why GFCI clicks, even when turned off?

I have a GFCI receptacle that is clicking. Every 5-10 minutes it clicks repeatedly for 1-2 seconds. The GFCI is turned off (the RESET button is sticking out) but it still clicks! What does this mean? ...
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Testing a transformer

I have a Comfort home control system. This takes 15V AC via a transformer (from 240V). It's been working for years, but last week the fuse blew. It's a 250mA fuse on the mains side of the transformer. ...
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Removing broken screw from electrical box

How can I remove a broken screw from an electrical box? I have added a picture below. I was attempting to replace the outdoor outlet, as I described in this question. I was using a brand new screw ...
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How do I add grounding to my old electrical wiring?

This old house is (50's) is wired with cloth covered 12/2 Romex with no ground and all metal boxes. Can I just run a 12 ga or 14 ga solid wire between boxes and then to the ground bus of my service ...
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Electric ground from another circuit

I have a circuit that has a couple outlets and they used 2 wire no grounds. Can I replaced the wire with 3 wire for the outlets and add new 3 prong outlets. It is a long difficut way back to my panel ...
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How can I connect a 120V compressor to a 3 phase WYE 208 electrical system?

I have 4 cables from a power supply which are 3 phase WYE 208 volt. so if I measure between neutral and hot I get 120V. The problem is that I need to hook up a compressor for 110V single phase (just ...