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Harbor Breeze Lighting Issue

The part in question is on the right side of the top picture next to the white wires. I have a Harbor Breeze ceiling fan/light combination that has been installed and working properly for over 5 ...
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How to install low voltage bracket through a drywall block?

When installing an old work low voltage ring/bracket in a room (for a network plug), I cut the hole where there is a block behind the drywall. The block is what looks to be a 1x4, going vertically ...
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Repair AC adapter at plastic head

How can I repair this adaptor wires?
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How to fish NM cable up, over, and back down

I am trying to fish a cable up from an outlet/switch box, over a door, and back down to a box outside. What is the best method to fish the cable?
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Replacing a single pole switch but discovered 3-way behind faceplate

Please help! I'm replacing a bunch of switches for my home automation project. I got to the exterior flood lights and ran discovered a 3-way switch where I only expected a single pole. I searched ...
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How do I wire a light with only two white wires and nothing else?

I bought a light that is labeled a night light. When I opened the box I found that it has a red and black wire that lead to some sort of electrical component which I believe is related to the remote ...
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multiple motion detectors wired together

I would like to wire multiple motion detector light kits in parallel, so when one motion detector is tripped it will turn on all three lights. Each light kit has 2 LED lights on it. Schematic and ...
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Power outlet that works off a switch no longer shuts off after replacement

There is one power outlet (double) in my room where the top outlet turns on/off from a wall switch and the bottom one is always on. I just replaced the outlet with the new one, making sure all the ...
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Do fluorescent fixtures rated for “Through Wiring” exist?

I'd like to span a lighting circuit and an appliance circuit across a steel I-beam in a low ceiling garage using a fluorescent fixture: Lighting + Appliance Circuit ------\ I /-------- Appliance ...
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I installed led strip lighting in parallel and they burned out

I put 4 strips in my action figures cabinet, and combined all 4 positive wires and all 4 negative wires, and then connected them to a 12V power supply. I turned them on and after like 5 mins they shut ...
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Why does my greatroom have a GFI breaker on the circuit?

We moved into a condo in 2012 and have had issues on one of the circuits. The circuit serves the outlets in our great room and sun room. Initially, we would trip the breaker when using the vacuum ...
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Make then break electrical switch?

I need to install a 30 amp breaker for an electric washer dryer that requires 230 volts in a 40 amp modern fuse panel box for a apartment. The box is fused with a 40 amp main breaker within an ...
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Make a wide power connector fit in a narrow slot

This seems like a bad idea but I wanted to know for sure. I am trying to extend the reach of my Christmas lights this year into a garden that is about 6 feet from my fence. I don't want to have lights ...
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Is there anything that forbids an Article 409 industrial control panel within a dwelling unit?

Can an "industrial control panel", complying with NEC Article 409 and constructed with UL 508 listed devices, be used to control loads in a dwelling unit/residential occupancy? It would rely on the ...
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In a solidly grounded wye service, is an open neutral an emergency?

Open neutrals in 120/240V North American split phase services are considered an emergency due to the fire and equipment damage hazard unbalanced legs pose. However, there are residential buildings ...
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Taking a neutral wire from another meter connection?

I live in a two story duplex, yesterday the other unit's electricity went off, the electrician diagnosed that somehow their neutral path is not coming from the pole so he connected the neutral ...
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Add motion sensor and timer so either can turn on front lights

I currently have 4 fixtures, 2 recessed above the garage and 2 enclosed lamps near the front door. They're controlled by a switch that has a builtin timer. I'd like these lights to come on around ...
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How should I route my Romex and Network cables and can I safely drill another hole through this joist?

I am trying to run a bunch of network cables from my network switch in the basement into the attic so that I can disperse them throughout the second floor bedrooms. At the same time, I needed to ...
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Ceiling light won't switch off after replacement

I am replacing a ceiling light fixture. I thought about replacing switch at same time, but didn't. It is one light fixture on one switch using a red, black, white and ground cable. The switch is ...
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3 way dimmer in 4 way circuit

I have a Legrand (Pass & Seymour H703P) dimmer that I installed in a 4 way circuit. This dimmer has its common connected to the line so it's 1st in the circuit line and not in the middle or end. ...
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Can I install this array of circuit breakers in my sub-panel?

I have a 30 amp breaker in my main panel, with 12/3 wire ran about 100 ft. To my sub panel in my shed. I'm wondering if I can put a 20 amp breaker for my outlets and a 15 amp breaker for my light in ...
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Wiring in a bath heater,vent, fan combo with power source coming from ceiling

I have 3 cables coming in from the ceiling, with one being the supply. At the switch box I have 2 cables with neither being hot. In the switch box I have a black/white and another set being ...
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garage wiring problem

I have 3 wires coming into a 3 way switch. I connected the hot black wire to the brass screw on the left side of the switch. I connected the red traveler wire to the black screw on the right side of ...
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Can I combine two separate outdoor lights onto one three way switch?

Currently I have two outdoor lights on two separate switches. I would like to have them both on the same switch and be able to turn on with either switch location. Can a three way switch be added at ...
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Powerline adapter killed my circuit

edit: apparently the powerline adapter tripped an AFCI receptacle. Resetting this solved the problem. I plugged in a a pair of powerline networking adapters (TP-LINK TL-PA4010KIT AV500 Nano ...
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How to connect lamp to ceiling wiring (EU)?

I have three wires coming out of the ceiling socket for a lamp. 2 browns are bundled together and there's also a blue one. How should I connect a lamp to it? Does it matter which end I connect to ...
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How to remove this hinge to remove box cover

I need to take the door off of this to get access to the bolts to remove it and access the inside:
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Replacing an octagonal ceiling fan power outlet

How do I remove and replace the octagonal power box in the ceiling as one tip (for screwing the fan motor body into) is broken? I assume I have to remove from within the attic as there are two screws ...
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can i change out (2) 30-amp breakers with (2)40 amp breakers

replacing water heater with a tankless one, breakers have to be (2) 40 amp I have (2)30 amp breakers now the electric wire is 10-2
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can a 20 amp gfci outlet be daisy changed to 15 amp outlets

I am using 20 amp breaker. My stating point is a a 20 amp gfci outlet daisy changed to four 15 amp outlets. Is allowed by code?
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Is raceway wiring allowed in a bathroom?

I need to re-wire my bathroom (I live in Oregon, USA), and for various reasons, it would be much easier to install raceway than to try and get everything wired through the walls/ceiling. Is raceway ...
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Installation of a GFCI without a ground wire

I'm installing a GFCI plug in a house built prior to 1962. The receptacle box is plastic and has only a 'HOT' & 'Neutral' wire coming into it. Do I need a ground wire to properly install the GFCI? ...
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Measuring only 71 volts at light switch

My wife asked me to replace a switch in her room because the ancient ceiling light was not working. The house is over 90 years old. The wiring for the switch had fabric insulation, which is easy to ...
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Power supply and dimmer/pot specs needed for LED A19 bulb in DIY desk lamp

I'm making a desk lamp using a single dimmable A19 7w LED. My questions: What kind of dimmer/potentiometer can I use? Can I simply run an extension-type cord from the A19 bulb socket/base into a ...
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Review of my electrical plans

I am finishing a basement. It is wide open with no rooms, just a structural cinder block/I-beam wall. I am adding a home office to one corner. This is a bit long, but I want to be sure to include all ...
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recessed lights not working after outage, and problems removing housing clips

The day we had a power outage, we also noticed that one bank of recessed lights stopped working. (Assuming they are related, but can't be 100% sure.) The lights are on a dimmer switch. I confirmed ...
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New ceiling light not working

I installed new ceiling lights and one of them is not working. Nothing was existing, it was all new. I tapped into an existing electrical outlet, wired that to a new light switch, and then wired that ...
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When calculating circuit load, what should I add for outlets?

I have a 15 amp circuit that powers 8 recessed lights running 8 watt LED bulbs, a bathroom exhaust fan, a bathroom vanity light fixture and a wall outlet. In case this detail is important: the wall ...
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GFCI won't catch

I have a GFCI in my garage that was working, but now won't catch at all. I pulled the downstream circuit by disconnecting the load wires and it still won't reset. I have 120 to the GFCI itself. I ...
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Protecting electronics from electrical surges - plugs with fuses

i was just wondering why the UK 3 pin plug has a fuse ? in South Africa the the Grid is significantly more volatile and lighting strikes abundant ( in the area i live in anyway) i have moved here ...
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Changing a pull switch to a hard wired wall switch Ceiling fans

Hi have have 3 new ceiling fans that have a pull switch cord for the light and fan. I am wanting to change them to a hard wired switch on the wall and a light switch. They have 3 speeds and have ...
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New Thermostat Ecobee3 to Old Galaxy GG-75 boiler - Needs common wire

I would like to replace my old thermostat with a new Ecobee3 thermostat. HVAC system is a Slantfin Galaxy GG75 boiler - single zone. (No air conditioner.) Current set-up has only a red and white ...
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2 switch lite switch

I have a 2 switch switch, it controls 2 different lights. When one is turned on it sparks and trips the circuit breaker. I disconnected the lite and wire nutted the wires and closed off the outside ...
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Checking light switch for grounding problems

I have a light switch in my building that frequently gives me a "shock" when I push it. The shock seems to come from the two mounting screws. It has a photoelectric sensor that turns the light off ...
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Why are my circuit breakers not tripping?

I live on Vancouver Island. My house is less than 10 years old. It is equipped with Siemens QT circuit breakers. I could not find a specific breaker so I intentionally shorted the circuit at the ...
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Voltage detected on ceiling light no matter the switch is on or off

I just moved into a new apartment and I would like to install simple ceiling light. As shown in the picture, there are two wires outside the ceiling, a blue one and a red one. The light switch ...
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Do I need to seal / moisture-proof an outdoor plug?

I have an outdoor plug socket (UK) in my garden that is ip66 sealed (basically the plug is inside a box that you can open and close). I intend to use this plug for a hot tub in our garden, but there ...
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Switched outlet still has some power when off

We have an outlet that is controlled by a switch, but we haven't had anything plugged into it since we moved in. This year we thought it would be a great idea to plug in the Christmas tree LED lights ...
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How to run an extension cord through a tight space

There's a space between my hearth and the wall that I can run coax cable through to a TV but it is too tight to get an extension cord through to that TV. It is only about 1/2 inch wide; the hearth was ...
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Metal junction box shows 5V relative to ground when circuit powered. Why?

I have a small, octagonal junction box in my basement with one 2-wire-no-ground cable going in and a standard porcelain lightbulb fixture attached to the bottom. In the process of investigating an ...