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Does a split neutral conform to the NEC?

I am a Building Inspector and recently have came across a question about splitting the neutral wire between the garbage disposal and the dishwasher. I am unable to locate this in the 2011 NEC. Does ...
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Radon abatement complete, but contractor used weird wiring?

We had a contractor do radon abatement, which involved adding a fan to pump air out from under the slab. They decided to power this fan by hard-wiring an extension cord. There is a disconnect switch ...
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Ceiling Fan with Light Install - Pre 1950's House

I'm trying to install a ceiling fan (with a separate light attachment) into a room in our house. The current wiring coming out of the house has two separate wires that have been twisted together and ...
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How do I put a recessed light in a wet location, where the can itself will get wet?

I have an underdeck porch that has a ceiling made of metal roofing panels, that diverts deck drainage into a gutter. I would like to install recessed lighting in the ceiling. However, the cans will ...
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Replace Track Lighting To Recessed Lights Utilizing 3-Way Switch

I had a Switch on one end of the kitchen and a Switch on the other end of the kitchen that would turn on/off the Track Light I had (3-Way Switch). I want to add 6 Recessed Lights, so I removed the ...
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Sprinkler valve solenoids won't activate at manifold

For years, the automatic sprinklers in my house worked fine (they were there when I bought the house). A few months ago, I noticed that the station which controls drip irrigation for shrubs would not ...
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Electric static new problem

Bought this house last year. Winter, no static. Two, weeks ago, in summer, touching kitchen light switches, doorknobs, now kitchen faucet gives me a static shock. Never happened before, now it's ...
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Patio Lighting Question

I am getting a patio cover built, and I am getting two fans and two patio lights installed. These lights will be powered by an existing outdoor house light. This light has a switch. I already got fan ...
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How to attach 10 AWG wire to LED strip lights?

I'm running LED light strips from a location that is over 50 feet from the LED transformer. In order to account for voltage drop 10 AWG CL2 wire has been used. Questions Since the 10 AWG wire is ...
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Are there such things that allow quick changing which circuit powers outlets/lights

Is there some kind of electrical switch that will take 2 different electrical circuits in and the load can alternate between circuits based on the position of the switch? I was thinking about doing ...
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What is the proper way to bring this wire up to code and add an outlet?

The previous owner ran this line out of the house. It's obviously not up to code, and I disconnected both ends last fall. I would like to retrofit a 2 gang gfci outlet below where the wire exits the ...
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what size propane back-up generator is needed to run

I want to install a generator to power if need be a 3H.P. well pump, a 1/2H.P. cistern pump, 2- 16 cu ft upright freezers and a 16 cu ft frig. in the workshop.
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My wife was cooking and we lost power to outlets on a couple walls. I checked the breaker and it was still on

When using the microwave and a electric grill I lost all power along two walls . I put a new GFCI outlet in . But not the problem . I checked the power and it shows real low voltage and the little ...
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jenn air JJW8330DDS terminal block melted/ keypad not working

My wall oven stopped working and based on consulting with a friend who is a hardware engineer, we decided that the control board might have fried. The only keypad buttons that responded to touch were ...
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Ceiling Fan with no chain - Want to add fan speed control on wall

I have a ceiling fan with light that has no chain. The electrician who installed it added it to the switches on the wall. It's a 3 gang box with 2 switches used for the fan light and fan power ...
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Hot Tub Disconnect Box 220V with a neutal and ground/No neutral in main panel HELP

I am trying to install a portable hot tub in my back yard. Starting at the tub, I ran two hots and a neutral plus ground back to the 60 amp GFCI in my disconnect box. Then, I ran the same wires back ...
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Why is this switch box wired like a 3-way when there's no other switch?

I have a switch box that has two 12/3 cables coming into it. This switch controls a wall outlet (both top/bottom) that has a 12/2 coming in. There is no ground for switch or outlet. At the switch, ...
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Maximum number of receptacles on a circuit in the UK?

I have a single plug socket in my garage but want to install more. What would be the maximum amount of safe sockets be from that one socket? I'm located in the UK.
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Attic wiring for a chandelier

To wire a chandelier I have attached it to already installed ceiling recessed lights. I bought a Appliance Power Cord and attached to one of the ceiling lights and the plug to a female plug attached ...
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How do I add circuits to a flush mounted panel box?

What is the typical method to add circuits to a finished building that has a flush mounted breaker panel when there is no attic or crawl space to drop new runs? I was thinking of surface mounting a ...
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How many power cables can a coaxial cable cross?

I am running coax RG6Q to my FiOS box. I know to cross electrical cables perpendicular, but is there a limit to how many wires I can cross in a short area? See my picture: the coax is the black line ...
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Tester showing ground, but I am not seeing a ground

In the original portion of my 1940's house, I have three outlets that have wires being ran using conduit. When I test them using a three prong tester, it shows that they are grounded, but when I open ...
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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 ...