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Installing Challenger Series A breaker

I'm installing a Challenger series A double pole 30A breaker in a 30 year old Crouse Hinds box. ...
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Central AC Tripping Circuit Breaker (sometimes)

When my AC first turns on, it will typically trip the circuit breaker shortly after the compressor and fan start up. If I reset the breaker, and turn the AC back on, it will usually run just fine and ...
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Circuit Location Detection

We recently got a nearly double electrical bill during the previous cycle. I, wrongly, assumed it was just a fluke and my family had left some things on longer than they were supposed to. This ...
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Replacing 60-year old light switch - which wires go where?

A light switch in my house won't go to the off position, so I need to replace it. Every direction I've read about how to do this says to keep the wires in the same configuration (top, bottom, ...
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Wiring- Simple for you

Ok I have 2 switches right next to each-other on the box. One does the light in the fan/light combo, and lights above my my medicine cabinets. The other, JUST does the fan. Im tired of people taking ...
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Circuit troubleshooting. Need input on discovery

Using an extension cord (like new, great condition), I checked a disconnected circuit attached to the same service. First, I checked the disconnected circuit: Hot -> Ground ~0V Hot -> Neutral ~0V ...
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Installing new ceiling fan. Don't think there is a white (neutral) wire

I purchased a new ceiling fan with a remote and installed it. I had three wires coming out of the plastic box in the ceiling. Black, bare and red or white. The reason I am not sure if the wire is red ...
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Hissing noise coming from the lights in my bedroom

I have a ballast in my bedroom with three 60 watt led lights in it. The switch they are connected to is a brand new Lutron dimmer specifically made to work with led lights. The hissing is constant ...
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Will a fan cause pendant lights to move?

I know this may be a silly question, but didn't know if anyone else has run into this. I have an 11 x 11 kitchen and existing fan and some track lighting. I want to use track pendant lights and was ...
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How safe is it to just cram all the wires to a ceiling fan up in the canopy?

This is just a very general question about whether or not I should worry about how tidy my wires are in the ceiling box when replacing a fan? When I finished the installation, I basically just let the ...
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Is there a way to install a fan switch for a ceiling fan that doesn't have a fan wire?

Just a general question, as I was installing our new ceiling fan last night. From the ceiling, there is a white wire and a black wire (and the bare copper). I attached the two green/white wires to the ...
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Pump control panel (electrical diagram attached). Could someone tell which ones of 1 2 3 4 5 6 are hots and which one are neutral?

Pump control panel (electrical diagram attached). Could someone tell which ones of 1 2 3 4 5 6 are hots and which one are neutral? http://www.docdroid.net/zjph/wd-s115.pdf.html
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How do I add an independently controlled light fixture to an exiting three way circuit?

In my garage I have a two way switch near the rolling door and another one located next to the entry door going into the house. Both switches control the garage main light that barely gives enough ...
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How to ensure that water heater is mostly on or mostly off?

My friend just rented an appartment (in the UK), and during the inventory the janitor showed her the programmable water heater, and said it was configured to turn on for a few hours during the day. ...
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Electrical outlet wiring question

How serious a problem is it for an outlet's ground wire to be extended from an outlet that is part of a different circuit than the circuit providing the power and neutral wires? I have an old ...
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motor hums, light works, fan won't turn

Just hung a ceiling fan with light fixture. Wired black to black and white to white. Fan and light are operated by a remote. Light will go on, motor hums, but fan won't turn. I have installed many ...
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Can I bury RG6 in the same conduit as electric?

I am burying electric wire in a PVC conduit from my house to my shed, I want to run RG6 cable for cable TV also, can I run the RG6 in the same conduit as the electric wire? without any trouble or ...
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What can I do about electric code violations in a rental unit?

My fiance and I are currently renting an apartment in Baltimore, MD and recently we have become alarmed by much of the house's wiring. Things we have seen included: countless wires that are spliced ...
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Where does the blue wire in my fan go to?

I took my fan down because it was not working..... I cleaned it thoroughly, and recut all the wires. I checked everything and it worked fine. Next, I went to fully assemble it, (knowing that the ...
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Distribution of circuits for two bathrooms

I currently have two bathrooms serviced by one circuit. Each bathroom has lights, a single GFCI counter-top receptacle, and one bathroom has in-floor resistance heating. I will be adding in-floor ...
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Why do I have saw out the bar the electric box hangs on to replace it with a fan rated bar and box?

I had a ceiling light and it had a metal bar and a electrical box. The home is not that old but The electrical box was not ceiling fan compatible so I removed the box. Now the bar is solid I could ...
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Clarification on sharing a neutral for 2 circuits

This is a followup question to this answer I plan to do something quite similar to the diagram Tester101 posted. I will pull 3-wire (10/3+g) into a junction box and then pull 2 separate 2 wires ...
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What effect does the number of coil turns on an electric stove heating element have?

I'm in the US. I have an electric stove with three 6" burners, and one 8". The 8" burner doesn't perform like I think it used to, so I'm considering replacing it, to see if it improves. (It's slow to ...
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outlet extended without outlet box?

A contractor recently extended power from an outlet that is located behind my refrigerator. He was originally going to use a large outlet box to make the connections but then we realized that an ...
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How to safely install drywall anchors near wiring

I need to hang a rack on a pantry wall, the other side of which has a light-switch. The rack will be holding quite a bit of weight (well-distributed, and close to the wall, though), and I need to ...
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Why do you need a Residual Current Device if you already have trip switches?

My electrician has suggested installing a RCD into the house. We already have trip switches so I am not sure what the point is (but then my knowledge of RCDs is limited to what the Wikipedia article ...
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Why is my power out? [closed]

We got our electric shut off so we played the bill called electric company they said to turn off main switch so we did. They turned power on so we switched it on and still no power. We took off main ...
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Rewiring bathroom

I added a Fan/Light and put in 3 Rocker Switch. I used 14/2 wiring, the line hot went to the Common screw and leg 1 to the light for the fan, leg 2 went to the fan and I wired leg 3 to a 5 bulb ...
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I need a wiring solution for an unusual situation

I have two 20amp circuits in the kitchen. One is controlling receptacles to the left of the sink AND the dishwasher. The other is controlling receptacles to the right of the sink AND the fridge. The ...
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Electrical conversion from European to USA

I am currently living in the US and have bought a house in Italy. I would like to take the many electrical devices i have so i do not have to re-buy them there. I have flat screen TV's, DVD's and ...
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electrical switch and outlet issue

I have a room in my house with both a dimmer switch and a flip switch. The flip switch controls the ceiling light and fan, and the dimmer controls the outlet by the entrance. It seems now we cannot ...
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Six wires in outlet box, from 3 different circuits; 4 are hot?

I have been trying to install a new outlet in a room in my 1950s house, but I am really confused. When I opened it up, there were two black wires in under one screw and one under another. Ditto for ...
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Why won't a 13W LED work in a 75W max light fixture?

I have a wall fixture in my Brooklyn apartment's bathroom that is my only source of light. A sticker on the fixture says that it is Max 75W. The other day, the 14W / 60W equivalent CFL that was in it ...
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Is there a way to add an additional thermostat in an office building?

We work in an office building with individual offices and an outer office. Our office windows face East (catching ALL the morning sun) causing the offices to become extremely warm. The problem is ...
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Why would the light switch control the fan and the fan switch control the light?

We replaced 8 ceiling fans in our house and they all worked great until the last one. It was wired correctly according to the directions, but now the switch that controlled the previous fan, ...
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What size electrical breaker and wire do I need for a 230 volt, 40amp. cutterhead motor?

I need to know what size wire and breaker I need to wire in a 230 volt 40 amp. cutterhead motor
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Bathroom remodel electric questions

I am remodeling my bathroom, and as I began to tackle the electric work, I discovered a couple things that were concerning: The circuit that the bathroom (as well as adjacent bedroom and hallway) ...
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Question about GFI in a house

My rental house was built in 1985 and there is some kind of master GFI (for lack of a better term) in the garage that controls all the GFI outlets in the house. I'm told all the houses are built like ...
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Looking to add a bath fan

I have a light that has power to it and then from there goes to a switch. So neutral is hot back to light so you can turn it off and on. Behind the switch in the box the power is split to 3 outlets. ...
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How do I make ground connections at my receptacle boxes?

I searched for my question but could not find the answers. I had the inspector out for my rough in on electrical inspection. He said I did a very nice job but I need to make all my grounds at all my ...
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Does getting live/neutral the right way round actually matter? [duplicate]

I was replacing an electrical socket in my (UK) house, and I noticed that the previous occupant had wired live and neutral backwards. However, I've used a variety of appliances and devices on that ...
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Electric 220 stove wiring

I am replacing my electric slide in range with a stand alone model. The original was hard wired and the new is with a cord. There are 3 wires and a bare copper wire coming from the wall. What ...
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Use in repairing wires [closed]

Can these connectors be used for a splice inside of a wall in order to fix a damaged wire? If you have a damaged wire inside a wall - not a box - will these type connectors meet code as a permanent ...
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Is the PF error on my microwave caused by the home or electric company?

I'm asking this about my rental property. We've had several lightening storms in the past week and 1/2...one this morning that caused the electric to go out in the area of the rental property. Last ...
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How do I trace a broken wire outside?

Recently, something happened to the wire running from my house to a lamp by the driveway. Unfortunately, the person who originally ran the wiring was not exactly the best at writing how these things ...
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Two lights one switch/fan only on one

I have two lights on one circuit. 2 Way I want to install a ceiling fan in the one but when I have the fan on I would like both lights to turn off. Is there any way to keep power to the fan while ...
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Parents cable box caught fire, hour later half the house is out of power?

So, My dad was working on a leaking sink in a bathroom and my mom yells there is a fire. Their cable box caught fire, they put the fire out without a problem and mom called the cable company. While ...
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Is it ok to simply cap off an unused 240v line in a junction box?

I have a hard-wired 240v appliance in the garage. A junction box contains the connection between the 8/2 feed from the panel and the 8/2 appliance leads. I am removing the appliance. Is it legal to ...
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Contractor cut wire in wall - all still works fine - is this dangerous?

A contractor who is not an electrician tried to be "helpful" and opened an outlet box (and other nearby boxes that were drawing the same power) that wasn't working to try and fix it. He changed some ...
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Why is this light fixture tripping the GFCI?

I recently replaced an outlet with a GFCI outlet in a bathroom in an older home (1960s), and added a light/bath fan. In the same box as the outlet I replaced was a single pole switch to a light over ...