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Choosing depth of ceiling electrical boxes?

Ceiling electrical boxes come in different depths: 0.5", 1.5", 2.25", 2.75" seem to be fairly common. I'm going to be hanging some lights as well as ceiling fans. I want to have the boxes as shallow ...
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Safely Driving Nails Into Roof

I am looking at a job where I will be driving nails into the apex of a roof to secure roof anchors. My concern is accidentally hitting an electrical line on the underside of the roof. Is this an ...
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Thermal protection switch replacement in recessed incandescent can lights

I find very little discussion of this issue on the net. My son has a Nutone Scovil 60 watt max incandescent recessed can light, damp location rated, in a shower with a high ceiling. Its thermal ...
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Are the old A-head terminals for connecting to knob and tube wiring still compliant?

I'm in the process of decommissioning the last active (hopefully) knob and tube circuit in my house (I'm in the U.S.). The problem is that about 90% of the lighting in the house is on this circuit, ...
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How to connect wiring for ceiling fan?

I'm trying to install a ceiling fan. There used to be one at this location which is now controlled by a wall switch. The ceiling box where the fan goes only has 2 black wires going down to the wall ...
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Electric shock from pellet stove

I accidentally let some hot pellets fly out of my pellet stove while stupidly cleaning the glass while it was on. The few pellets melted some of the carpet. I put them out with some water. When i went ...
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Want to change a half switched outlet to constant power

I have a half switched outlet that I want to change back to a regular outlet. When I am looking at the wires, there are 2 neutral (white) wires going to the silver screws, a ground wire, and a red ...
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How to add a ceiling light to existing ceiling light in same room that has two wall switches?

Our hallway has one small ceiling light that is controlled by either of two wall switches at opposite ends of the hallway. I want to add an additional light fixture toward the other end of the hall ...
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New GFCI in garage is tripping when driveway lights are turned on

So I had GFCI outlets put into the garage to use for Christmas lights outside. After installing, the christmas lights all work great but when I flip the switch in the foyer for the lights at the end ...
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Why did my RCD trip when I was working on my de-energised lighting ring?

I'm replacing a light in my hallway. Before starting, I turned the light on, turned off the lighting-ring breaker, confirmed the light went out, and then turned off the light-switch for good measure. ...
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replacing a range outlet

I am replacing the range in my kitchen with a free standing range. The old range was a electric cook top with a separate wall oven. The old oven and stovetop were connected to a breaker box behind ...
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How to connect Nest thermostat with two-wire system

I bought a Nest 3rd generation thermostat, but run into a little trouble when trying to connect it. On my old thermostat someone use a jumper to connect the RH To RC connectors. The thermostat cable ...
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LCD TV blinks when freezer blinks

My LCD TV, which I use as computer monitor, is connected to the same electric socket as the freezer (I do not have other sockets nearby). Whenever the freezer engine starts working, the TV blinks. ...
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Open Hot on GFCI outlet

I have an outdoor GFCI outlet that was running our Christmas lights. We was just struck with a storm that we received 3.6 in of rain in a 6 hour period. Now the reset will not work, green light is not ...
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Connecting an earth wire to distribution board

I have an earth grounding pin outside my house and an earth wire running from it to my distribution board, however the wire is not connected to the earth rail (ground rail?) In the DB. (The house is ...
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Cannot determine why breaker is tripping

I have 2 bedrooms on a single breaker, and just yesterday, the breaker tripped. No devices are plugged into any outlets. Both rooms have ceiling fans (with lights). Both rooms have 3 wall switches. ...
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What exactly does 'Maximum of 8 No. 12 AWG Branch Circuit Conductors' mean?

I'm installing some recessed lighting, the lights are IC and wet location rated if that helps. The plates on the junction boxes attached to the cans say' Mamixum of 8 No. 12 AWG branch circuit ...
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Adding wall light switch for future ceiling fan light option

As part of some remodeling that I am doing, I am considering adding a switch to the wall switch box and a running 14/3 cable to the ceiling fan to control the fan and light (possible future addition) ...
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Is this GFCI shot?

Last year I installed an old GFCI outlet in a switch box. As verified with a multimeter, the white wire is neutral, and the black wire is hot. Note that this picture was taken after I took off the ...
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No Power Going to my new GFCI

I have installed a Leviton 15amp GFCI. The one I replaced said 15Amps on it's metal tab but it also said 20A on the body. The breaker that feeds this outlet is 15Amp. After I replaced it, I was not ...
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30 amp dryer plug is hooked to a 40 amp double breaker, is this ok?

I just bought a home and needed to buy a new washer and dryer. The new dryers need a 30 amp plug, currently has 50 amp plug. I replaced the plug but noticed it was ran to a double pull 40 breaker, is ...
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Wiring problem with panasonic bath fan with 3 2 wire cables & 1 3 wire cable in box

I'm running into trouble wiring a Panasonic FV-05-11VKSL1 Whisper Select Fan/Light. In the switch box I have 3 2 wire cables and 1 3 wire cable. I'm using a single pole dual switch. For the top ...
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Need advice on installing motion sensing light switches

Trying to install motion sensing light switches at the top and bottom of my stairs. I read that I need 3 way units but was not sure if there are specific ones required. Should I remove the old ones, ...
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Installing circuit for tanning bed 220v 30 amp

I'm installing a circuit for a tanning bed to treat my son's psoriasis but I've seen some conflicting info regarding proper wire gauge. Would it be correct to use 10ga copper or 8ga alu or do I need ...
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LG glass top burners

Lg glass top RF 12 in burner trips main breaker when it's turned on ! The burners and oven works fine except the right front when turned on works for a second then trips main breaker to stove
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Need some assistance on replacing a light fixture

I am attempting to replace my light fixture. This is a basic question but am I mounting the crossbar correctly? I always thought the little holes were for the fixture to attach to. Is that wrong? ...
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Wrap indoor USB adapter into plastic bag for outdoor usage?

I spliced 120V AC wires coming to the lamp so that I would have electricity for the USB adapter that would power USB camera (USB is used only to power the camera. The actual data transfer happens over ...
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Can induction in parallel ungrounded cables lead to false continuity readings with a multimeter?

I have two old circuits with no ground wires in which cables run parallel to each other for 20 feet or so. I had both circuits powered off today and was testing some things for unrelated reasons when ...
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GFCI not resetting

A GFCI outlet in my kitchen is currently dead and is not reset. Even though I keep pushing the reset button, the click sound does not happen. I also found that there was no power going to the GFCI ...
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Hot wire splits into two neutrals that take different routes back to panel; is this legit?

I discovered this in the course of replacing an old ungrounded receptacle with a GFCI. I connected a run of lights controlled by three-way switches (two switches) to the load side. Afterwards, as soon ...
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Bathroom Electrical question GFI

Can I run a 12 2 wire off of a 20 amp breaker to a splitter box, then from the splitter box run one 12 2 wire to a light switch, then to 5 can lights? Then one more wire from the splitter box to ...
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What's the best / recommended way to mark and manage unused electrical cables

I'm currently renovating an old house and I've taken the decision to rewire it at the same time (The current wiring is much newer than the house, but isn't to the standard I'd like). I'm very keen to ...
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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 ...