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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 ...
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What size wire will I need to feed a 3/4 hp pump?

I have a 230 v pump that will be 210 ft in the well and will be 820 ft from the house with a total of 1030 ft the pump is a 3/4 hp Gould pump What size wire will I need?
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How do I wire this 4-way light switch?

I have 3 switches that control the same light. One of them broke, so I replaced it. I can't get the light to work now. I got what looked like the same kind of switch from the store. It's a 15amp/120 ...
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How to convert L609 4wire to L6 3wire

My electrical feed to location is L6 3wire (grnd+X+Y). My cabinet is L609 4wire (grnd+neut+X+Y). The cabinet feeds 4 blocks of 110V. Should the grnd+neutr be plugged into the grnd on the L6? or do I ...
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How do I add wire to a rusted electric box?

I'm adding a plug to a closet so that I can put my server and router in there. I am trying to daisy chain it off of the nearest plug, but when I try to remove any of the knockouts they won't budge, ...
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How do I replace a GFCI breaker with a normal breaker?

I have a breaker on my panel that has 2 white wires and one black and a test button. I am changing to a breaker that has no white wires going to it just the black. Do I put both white wires to the bar ...
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Is my water heater installed properly?

Why do all 3 pipes..the hot, the cold, and the over flow valve run hot water. I can tell by the touch. the overflow which I'm used to having a free flowing tube attached to a pan is connected to a ...
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How can I safely have 2x 7kw/32amp electrical vehicle chargers connected to my consumer unit? (UK)

We've ordered two electric vehicles, and we're entitled to two home charge points, as shown here: https://www.britishgas.co.uk/energy-saving-products/electric-vehicles The charge points are now ...
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My three way lamp is suddenly just one way. Is this an electrical problem or fire hazard?

my three way lamp is suddenly just one way. is this an electrical problem that could be a fire hazard? Why would a lamp just suddenly stop being three way after being plugged and unplugged?
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How to find a motion sensing light switch that turns lights on AND off when motion is detected?

Location: USA. The light switch to our laundry room is in the hallway outside the door. I replaced the standard light switch with a motion sensing switch (Leviton ODS10-ID). When we enter the room, ...
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Trouble with solid state relay

I have a fotek SSR-25 relay I want to use to control a light (just a 120V led bulb). The wire connected to the #1 contact is 120vac. I have nothing connected to the load side (#2). The inputs are ...
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Interference with cable and electrical in same box

I'm finishing a basement and am running cable to 2 of the rooms in the basement. I would like to run the cable into a double gang box with the cable outlet on one side and an electrical receptacle on ...
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Why is the live wire reading live, but the neutral is not, in my lighting circuit?

A ceiling light has failed and I have removed it. The circuit that it was part of (eight other downstairs lights) is working fine. BUT the supply cable from this circuit to the failed light is 'live' ...
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How can I rewire half switched receptacles?

In my bedroom the bottom half of all receptacles are controlled by one switch. Is it possible to have just one receptacle with top and bottom hot all the time? The top half is hot all the time the ...
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Can a bathroom fan be mounted on one of the interior walls instead of the ceiling?

Can a bathroom fan be mounted on one of the interior walls instead of the ceiling, and still meet code?
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Installing a ceiling fan in a house built pre 50's

If I am installing a ceiling fan w/lights to an old house with only 2 wires coming out of the ceiling a hot (black) and white (neutral) is it necessary to connect the green ground wires from the fan ...
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Wiring a ceiling fan to an old house built pre 50's [duplicate]

If I am installing a ceiling fan w/lights to an old house with only 2 wires coming out of the ceiling a hot (black) and white (neutral) is it necessary to connect the green ground wires from the fan ...
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Can Armored Cable and Nonmetallic sheathed cable be used together?

Can metal jacket wiring, that uses the metal jacket as a ground, be used with conventional Romex wiring?
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Invert electric motor rotation

I got this Bergin AC motor which was from a pool pump, but now I want to use it to power a saw. For this I need to invert its rotation direction. How can I do that by just switching wires? The four ...
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Staple through a small electrical wire, will it still work correctly?

I'm running a small cable along a wooden beam, using a staple gun. I accidentally put the staple through one of the wires (the one with the black stripe). It's very small gauge wire and the hole is ...
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Independent circuits on a common trip CB

Is it permissible under the 2014 NEC to feed two independent 120VAC branch circuits from a common trip (aka double pole) circuit breaker? The circuits do not share a neutral wire, and are ordinary ...
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electric shock from brass light switches

I went to put out 2 light switches at the same time and got an electric shock from both of them. I'm just wondering whether this was static as I was sorting laundry from the tumble dryer or a more ...
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ADSL + Ethernet Surge Protection. What is chaining?

I would like to protect my home network setup with surge protectors. The products I am looking at are: APC Essential SurgeArrest 5 outlets 230V APC ProtectNet standalone surge protector for ...
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LED light bulbs turn off immediately after being switched on

I have 11 spotlights in my kitchen which are 12V MR16 fittings. Recently they've started giving me trouble. Only 5 out of the 11 still work correctly, the rest have gone I decided it must be a heat ...
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Connect A 3 way swotch to an existing three way switch [duplicate]

I have a 3 way switch (switch A) that controls a device. I have another three way switch (switch B) that is not connected to anything. I would like to connect switch B to switch A so that it can be ...
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Multiwire Branch Circuit with GFCI

I recently added some ceiling lights and had to tap into an existing junction box that had a 3 wire multiwire branch circuit run to it. This is a kitchen GFCI receptacle. The red wire is on a ...
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Two Three Way Switches w 14/2

I have an existing three way switch hooked up already, it works fine. I would like to add another three way switch by connecting another switch to the existing three way switch. Can this be done with ...
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How do electricians quickly choose electrical box sizes?

I've got my copy of "Electrical Wiring: Residential" 18th ed, complete with all the information, tables, and formulae for choosing electrical box sizes, but I've got to imagine that experienced ...
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Help with electrical plan. What's right, wrong, suggestions?

I'm trying to plan ahead for an electrical project on my basement. New ceiling lights (recessed and not), corresponding switches and some new outlets. I put a drawing together and I was wondering if I ...
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What could cause my newly installed electrical outlets to not work?

I replaced several electrical outlets in the house today and one outlet is not working at all, and the other two outlets only have one of two plugs working. I've looked over them again and all wires ...
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Why would a compact fluorescent lamp randomly turn off?

I have a CFL in a desk lamp that I keep on for several hours every day. Recently, the CFL has been randomly turning off. There is no flickering before the CFL turns off like I am used to with ...
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Can I use metal masonry device (switch) boxes in a stud wall?

I am installing new wiring and need to place 5 lighting switches in one location (yes, I understand the problems/issues of confusion, etc.). These will all be 3-way switches, non-dimmable. I plan on ...
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Can I use a copper ground with aluminum hot and neutral?

I want to put in two pedestal lamps at the beginning of my driveway, as well as a weatherproof outlet box. The total run from the outside panel is 30 ft. I want at least 30 amperes at the box. ...
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Bare or insulated grounding wire?

I am pulling about 120' 6 AWG wires from my main panel to a pool control center, and my question is do I use bare or insulated ground wire. Also, based on the tables it seems like even 10 AWG would be ...
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how to route cable in wall

This is probably the most amateurish question here :) I always lived in brick houses where i had conduits to pass cables thru. life was easy. Now i'm on a rented wood panel(?) house. And i want to ...
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How can I independently control a light and fan, where only a single hot wire is used?

The apartment I live in was built with a ceiling fan installed, but the landlord replaced the fan with a model that has a light built in. He's put a controller in the ceiling that has fan and light ...
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How to prep wiring for new lights in basement ceiling?

I have an old, fully finished, basement and I want to install new recessed lighting in the ceiling. My biggest scare is in wiring. Where and how can I find the necessary wires and run them through to ...
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Why Is My Dryer Vent Electrically Charged

I recently purchased a home built in the 1980s. When I went to hook up my 3-pronged dryer cord (with L), I noticed the outlet is the old 3-prong (all straight) typically used for ranges. I switched ...
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Why is my soldering iron tripping the RCD?

I have a new soldering station that I bought (probably too cheaply) from China. It's rated for European voltage and has a European moulded plug. I live in Sweden. At the moment, it trips the RCD in ...
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Better looking raceway for under the patio?

Is there a better looking conduit that would be per code that I can place under the patio root. It will be visible, and the gray sch. 40 looks bad. Is there anything better looking?
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Will I get electrocuted if I contact a live wire on an earthed appliance?

I have an appliance that has the wires connected well and it has been grounded (earthed). If I accidentally get into contact with a live wire will I get electrocuted considering it has already been ...
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How can I T splice a 120V line in a lighting fixture?

I'm designing a recessed lighting fixture and would like to T splice some of the wires in it. The wires are 14AWG, will carry up to 4AMP and I'm looking to make an elegant connection so that it fits ...
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What concerns should i have about moving into a 100-year-old nj farmhouse? [closed]

The house was lived in and well-kept up til 5 years ago when my grandfather passed away. There's no three-prong outlets except in the kitchen; i have a gaming pc pulling 750 watts or so, plus ...
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Exposed Romex cable on garage ceiling without conduit protection

I am working on an old house. The garage ceiling (attic floor) has exposed beams (ie. it doesn't have sheetrock on the underside that provides for a finished ceiling). The power to the garage door ...