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Brown, yellow, and orange wires in a wall switch

I understand that: Black wire = hot White wire = neutral Green wire = ground In the wall switch in my condo, there are 2 switches, one with red/brown wire, the other with yellow/yellow/orange ...
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Why is one switch dependent on the other switch position in my double light switch?

I just a installed a new outlet and powered it from an existing light switch. I replaced the single switch with a double switch. Wiring: hot to black (common) double switch terminal. Black wire from ...
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Can I connect a gazebo light to a shed sub-panel or outlet?

I have a sub-panel in my garage and there is UF cable 12-2 running underground to my shed with a disconnect box, and the 12-2 wire is running to a GFI. Within the shed, I have another 20 amp outlet, ...
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Is it safe to have two circuits passing through one junction box?

So I found the following circuit diagram in my home. After receiving a fun little shock, I found that someone was using 14/3 cabling to carry 2 different circuits to this 1 gang box (line on left, ...
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Breakers tripping when power returns.

Nearly all of the GFCI and ARC Fault breakers trip when power returns after an outage . This is a home setting, 200 amp main with a 100 amp generator main. This has been wired with no problems since ...
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Why do these outlets appear to be “hot”?

Using an analog voltmeter, with the fuse removed at the subpanel and no voltage indicated across the 2 wires of the outlet (1928-era ungrounded outlets in the US), several outlets showed exactly 120 ...
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Is it against NEC to reverse NM cable clamps?

Is the following installation method for NM cable clamps prohibited by the NEC for receptacle outlets? Note: I know it would be more functional and less awkward to screw in the NM clamps had I used ...
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Wiring 100-amp sub-panel for 1hp pool pump and heater

The project is to wire a 125-amp sub-panel from the main, approx. 50 feet away to serve a 220v in-ground 1hp pool pump, heat pump, and 120v LED pool light. Wondering if the following plan will ...
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Cabling for outdoor wireless access point

I'm investigating different options for mounting a wireless access point outdoors to cover my back yard better. One of the options I'm considering is running a cable through the wall and along the ...
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thermostat wiring: pick terminals that have wires connected

in case of my home ac thermostat, wires are directly connected to O, W, G, RH. There are jumper cables between RC and Rh, Y and W. I want to install the new thermostat. How should i select wires in ...
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Black and red wires [duplicate]

When replacing a light switch and fixture, I noticed there were only 2 wires...red/black connected to the switch. The new fixture has a black/white/ground. What is the proper way of connecting? The ...
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Wiring of two fans with individual switches and outlets

I am in the process of replacing my family room fans and I am confusing myself. I took pictures before taking the fans down to get the wiring correct, but between bad pics and second guessing myself, ...
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Living Room ceiling Fan

I bought a new Hunter 72"Ceiling Fan Fellinie in 2009. I have already replaced the reciever once, it seems to be broken again, and now Hunter said the receiver is no longer available. My wife loves ...
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Is a warm breaker normal?

I have 2 15 Amp breakers both of them with a load of about 12Amps and they are warm. Is this normal that such a load should warm up the breaker?
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Generator supply not working with Automatic Changeover

I am using Havells Changeover. There are three input, Main Gen Load Main has two Neutral wire, Gen has one, but Load has no Neutral wire when system is on Main power, it works fine. but when ...
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220vElectrical Nightmare

I recently lost the use of all of the 220v appliances in my house The fan motor still comes on, but no condensing unit functions. The light inside the dryer comes on, but no heat, The oven light and ...
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No electricity to half the house [duplicate]

Half of my house does not have any electricity even thou nothing has been plugged it to the outlets on that side of the house. What can I do to fix it. Thank You Terro
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Light bulb connection to the ceiling

I wish to connect a light bulb connection (2 wire connection) to the ceiling but there are 3 wires: 1) Yellow/Green, 2) Blue, 3)Black I live in Germany, which two wires do I connect ?
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Bypass Thermostat Heating UK

I have a Smart Thermostat installed called Tado, with a pretty standard UK heating and hot water set up. In my airing cupboard there was a timer that controlled when the hot water and heating was to ...
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Patio Light Fixture To Electrical Socket

So we are putting up some string lights on our covered patio and want to use those instead of our patio light fixture right outside the door. I've removed the light fixture and there is an octagonal ...
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How to wire a GFCI with 4 white and 4 black wires - see pictures

I live in an old house and I am looking to replace a two prong outlet in the kitchen with a GFCI outlet . I already did this for two outlets in my garage. When I removed the outlet, I found 2 wires on ...
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Can a occupancy sensor switch and a timer switch be installed in the same three way circuit?

I have a car port which has 8 flood lamps installed in the ceiling. I have recently installed an occupancy sensor switch similar to this Lutron Maestro MS-OPS5MH-WH: http://www.lowes.com/pd_365253-...
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Why would a switched neutral situation only act up after years of use?

My front porch light fixture (it has a dusk sensor, fwiw) suddenly stopped working. After checking the voltages and finding I was getting 110 volts when the switch was in the on position and 84 volts ...
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Disable electrical outlet

I need to get rid of this outlet for a wall bed installation. From what I gather to disable the outlet.. turn power off from main panel disconnect the wires from the outlet use copper twist-on ...
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4A circuit breaker for a refrigerator?

I live in Pakistan and we have no electric panel or separate wires for different devices. I am going to rewire my house but before that I wanted to secure the refrigerator wire. I've been reading ...
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Install recessed lights and chandelier with 3-way switches

I am remodeling my entry way and dining room to give a more open feel. Existing: 15 Amp breaker 12-2 Feed directly from the box two gang box outside of the kitchen 1 standard switch and 1 three ...
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Adding recessed lights to existing ceiling fan connection

I replaced an old ceiling fan in my sons room that had a light fixture and dimmer switch. The new ceiling fan only operates with a remote that it came with. No pull strings for the light or fan. I ...
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Is a grounded (neutral) conductor required at a switch location that controls a switched receptacle used for lighting?

The National Electrical Code requires that all habitable rooms and bathrooms, have a switch controlled light (210.70(A)(1)). It also allows a switched receptacle to be used, instead of a lighting ...
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High electric bills due to electric problem [duplicate]

We get a low voltage shock when you touch metal with wet hands. When the electrician was at our house he turned off the main that supplies power the house and went around the house with a voltage ...
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after power cut - fuses all on and no power? (to pool filter)

We had a power cut last night due to a thunderstrom and this morning our pool filter wouldn't turn on. I checked all fuses in the fuse box, and everything appears to be switched on. I have a ...
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Air conditioner works in an outlet but not a timer

I have a wall unit air conditioner that works fine when I plug it into any outlet or power strip. However, when I plug it into a timer or a thermostat timer, which is then plugged into an outlet, the ...
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Is this a fire hazard?

I was going to change a light switch and repair some wall damage. When I started opening up the wall above the switch, I saw the electrical wire clamped to the stud. I noticed black marks around it. ...
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Electrical appliances on one outlet

Firstly, this is in France so we're talking 220V power. I've got two new single/individual induction hobs. They're both 2100W at full blast. I'm replacing a double hob unit where one hob was 1900W ...
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Explain voltage readings on NEMA 10-30 socket

The clothes dryer in the garage is plugged into what appears to be a NEMA 10-30 socket (receptacle). Reading the voltages on the socket with a multimeter, the voltage between the two diagonal ...
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Any issue connecting neutral and ground of bluetooth light switch to ground (or neutral)?

I'm installing a blue-tooth light switch that has live, bulb, neutral and ground. The light switch that's being replaced has 3 wires, black, white and exposed copper (I'm guessing that's neutral or ...
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Camper 30 amp plug. Trying to make my own

I have a 10 Gage 600v cable with four aluminum conducters. How long can I make it for a 125v 30 amp camper plug? Also I'm having trouble with the male side of the plug if you had a picture of the ...
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Electric Stove Smooth Heating Elements - How Should They Be Wired?

I have a question. My oven has just 2 heating elements (the other side grills or griddles). Whoever wired it did so with only 3 contacts. One contact is hooked to 2 wires with each one going to a ...
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Is it safe to put a window a/c unit over kitchen sink window?

Pretty self explanatory. I have a small window unit that would fit right over my kitchen sink window. About 2.25' of clearance above the counter top. Just thinking being near a water source may be ...
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how can I fix a tripped breaker?

how do I fix a breaker that trips when the window ac is on? I have tried unplugging other appliances . The breaker box is an old one.
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Are LED's always necessary/desirable?

I don't need or find it aesthetically pleasing to have little green micro-energy leeches illuminating every outlet and switch in my home. are there any GFCI's/outlets/switches that are LED FREE for ...
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Can light fixture be installed in attic hatch?

This is a rather unusual scenario but is it compliant with the NEC to have a light fixture installed in a door that moves, e.g. an attic hatch? I have a hatch to my attic in the middle of a closet ...
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Can NM cable be exposed in attic?

All the visible cables in my attic are old armored cables, thus protected from possible critters trying to chew them (I've had squirrels there before) and other forms of direct impact. As I'm doing ...
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How to connect two dimmers to control two sets of lights independently

I have just moved to Germany, and have a room with a double-gang system. The lower is a rotary dimmer which controls the lights in the kitchen, and the upper is a double rocker switch that simply ...
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Accepted electrical raceway material to residential detached garage

When exiting a home with an electrical raceway to serve a detached garage, is PVC a generally accepted (code-worthy) raceway material to use? My feeders are carrying one 20A dedicated circuit. My plan ...
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Are HVAC Transformers Interchangable (if their power ratings match)

I'm troubleshooting the blower not starting in a friend's HVAC system. We think the issue is either a) a blown transformer, or b) the relay that controls the blower has blown. The next step is to ...
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Easiest/affordable way to monitor what's using power in your home?

My electric bill seems to be unusually high. I'm trying to figure out if there is an issue somewhere (faulty wiring, someone stealing power etc) or if one of my devices is a power hog. Does anyone ...
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Both A/C air handler and outside unit won't turn on

I went to turn on my A/C for the first time this year, and nothing happened. I checked power to both the air handler and outside unit...both at getting 220v going into the boards on each. I then ...
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Can I buy or make an adapter to hook 2 generators together to run a 220 volt welder?

Can I buy or make an adapter to connect 2 generators together to get more amps for my 220 Arc Welder?
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How can I wire two switched outlets but power is connected at the first outlet?

I'm trying to connect a new switch and two new outlets (from switch) to an existing electric line. This new switch should turn the two new outlets on and off. However, I'd like to connect it as ...
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Grounding metal box joining two BX cables without ground

If I have a metal handy box used to join two legacy BX armored cables that don't have a ground wire, do I need to ground that box like I would with NM cable by connecting the box with the NM ground? ...