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How can I turn off the power so I can safely replace a fixture?

I have old outdoor spotlight near door that needs fixture replaced. How do I shut electricity off to the fixture? My fear is, I will be electrocuted. :) Any help appreciated.
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If garage door circuit board is fried by power surge, wouldn't outlet also be fried?

The control/circuit board is dead in Wayne Dalton opener. Is covered by our American Home Shield warranty. However, because tech suggested to AHS work "approval dept" that it could have been fried by ...
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What could be causing an earthing fault in a specific socket?

When I connect a device to one specific plug socket, I get a current in the device body. When I connect the device to any other plug in my house, then the device is normal, i.e no current in the ...
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How would I wire 4 fluorescent lights inside an old oil company sign with one control?

I have an old oil company sign,(plastic). I've made a wood frame, and now I want to add (4) 4' fluorescent lights in sequence around the inside. I would like one control, maybe one plug-in with a ...
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Different circuit breakers keep tripping, some not re-setting

Background: South Carolina house built in 2009, assume all electrical systems, main panel and circuit breakers new at that time. I moved into the house in May having transferred from the UK. I brought ...
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How to get switched and constant power combo on an outlet

I have electricity coming into outlet box from two sources, one is coming via light switch and another one is coming from another outlet. So I want the top of the twin outlet to be controlled by the ...
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All outlets on one 15-amp circuit, need AC unit

The central AC in our apartment is not working effectively in the summer; we are running the AC continuously for 14 hours a day to keep the temperature below 80 degrees. As you can imagine, our ...
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What could cause my in-wall air conditioner to blow 3 power boards?

I've had my house for nearly two years, and suddenly my in-wall air conditioner stopped working. I replaced the main power board, and it worked again...for a week. I replaced the main power board ...
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replacing a light switch with a dimmer

I am replacing a single 3 light track style fixture in our kitchen with an Ikea track that will better light the space. Opening the switch box up this afternoon I saw that the wiring is a little ...
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Can I turn one set of twinkle lights into several by cutting the wire & adding new plugs?

I am working on a project for wedding reception lighting and would like to make several chandeliers using Christmas tree twinkle lights but the strands I have are way too long for one single ...
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Replacing a two prong outlet with a 3 prong/ 2 prong didnt have a grounding wire, can I replace them? [duplicate]

Can I just replace the socket with the 3 prong and not worry about grounding?
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What does “8(3)A” mean on a relay spec sheet?

In the specs for this heating controller (http://www.ecr-nederland.nl/files/lae_bediening_ac1-2w_en_de.pdf) the relays have a capacity of 8(3)A (top-right). What does this mean? 8A/3A?
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How should I wire my pool heat pump?

I am wiring a new heat pump-- 50K btu, 208-230v ~60 hz. Plaque on side says 12a running current, minimum 20a circuit, max 30a. My breaker panel for the pump is a sub panel running off the main with ...
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Can I put a UK 3 pin plug or use an adapter on a dishwasher I brought in South Africa?

can I put a UK 3 pin plug on a dishwasher I brought over from South Africa, or use an adapter? Thankyou for your help. Kind regards
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Question about electrical service for subpanel in pool house

I have a small existing pool house (built 1988) that has electrical service ran to it from the house distribution panel. Two breaker and two separate sets of wires go to the pool house, 240 single ...
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How to test appliances for energy used

My energy bill is twice (at least) as high as the neighbors with similar sized homes. Of course the hydro co. thinks their meters are perfect. I want to find out if an appliance is consuming much ...
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Is Armored (BX) cable considered to be protected from damage?

I want to install an outlet on my unfinished basement wall. I am assuming that it would fall under NFPA 70 300.4 as needing protection from physical damage. Is Armored (BX) cable considered to be ...
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How to map out downstream outlets for GFCI install

I live in an older home with 2 prong plugs. I want to update these with 3 prong. My plan is to put a GFCI at the first outlet in the circuit and then regular 3 prong outlets downstream from there. I ...
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LED Delay on 1 out of 3 lights on same switch

I helped a friend and installed 3 LED can lights in the kitchen. They are all on one switch. Per their report 2 of the 3 lights come on immediately but the third has a delay. What is the possible ...
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Is there anything else I should be concerned about while run low voltage landscaping cable through an exterior wall?

I'm hooking up a 300 watt toroidal magnetic transformer located in my garage; it's rated for inside and outside use, I'm using its plug into a GFI circuit, and I'm using 12/2 (12vac) power cable rated ...
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How do I replace a ceiling fan controlled by 2 wall switches with a standard wall plug outlet?

I am ceiling mounting a projector in my home theater room and I need to mount it where there used to be a ceiling fan with light kit. The fan and light were controlled by two wall switches. I'm ...
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NEMA 14-30 in 1-gang box

I recently wired a new laundry room for a family member's renovation project. He already had the electrical materials on hand and all of his boxes attached to the studs, so I ended up installing the ...
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What is the grey wire dangling from my ceiling?

We recently moved into a new apartment in Berlin. We are the first occupants and thus there are no existing lighting fixtures. In the living room there are 4 light switches (1 & 2 on the left of ...
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Need advice on adding cords to T8 light fixtures

I just acquired twelve 'vapor-tight' T8 three-bulb light fixtures. They have fiberglass bodies and a polycarbonate lens with a gasket. I intend on installing these in a greenhouse to augment the sun ...
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Can you install a ceiling fan with a hickey and crossbar?

I have a concrete ceiling with an old-style electrical box that has a stud for a hickey, but does not have the traditional mounting holes for fixture screws, like the box in this diagram: Can I ...
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How can I combine two outlets into one output using OR logic?

I need some sort of electrical device which would combine the output of a switched electrical outlet with a programmable timer plugged into a non-switched outlet. Then I would plug lamps into said ...
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Splicing electric in attic properly

I am installing ceiling lights on my attic that has only fiberglass insulation. I needed to splice some cables half way to the fixture box. I just want to verify that I've done so properly. Here is ...
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Can I install a dimmer switch on a 2 way circuit?

I have a 6 lights controlled by 2 normal switches (2 Way Circuit). I want to replace one of the normal switches with a dimmer switch. Is this possible?
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Floodlight randomly, dimly lights even when lightswitch is off

This problem baffles me completely. In one of our bedrooms, we have two floodlights connected to a one-way Z-wave dimmer switch. Both floodlights are Cree BR30s. When the light switch is off, one ...
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Washing machine randomly tripping GFCI

I read a previous question regarding a GFCI outlet and a washing machine, but my issue is slightly different. I have 2 GFCI outlets in a washroom in the downstairs of my home. One is obviously ...
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Why is my switch controlled receptacle always on?

I replaced the outlets and switches in a room. One outlet now has constant power, the switch no longer turns the power on and off (to control a lamp for example) as it originally did. For ...
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Ceiling fan works, lights do not

I will try to give as much information as I can. I have no experience with wiring so I imagine some of the things I did were incorrect and probably stupid. I purchased a Hampton Bay ceiling fan, and ...
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My receptacle tester is giving confusing results, what should I do?

I've recently put in a new electrical outlet, which was working at the time. Today I went and plugged the lamp and it was not working. Tried the receptacle tester, and this is what I saw when plugged ...
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New Light Fixture with Old Wiring

Yesterday I replaced an old light fixture in my bathroom, and now the new light powers on with the breaker, but the wall switch does nothing. I'm not sure if the power is going to the switch first or ...
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How can I add arc-fault protection to circuits in this panel?

In my sub-panel that services the home I have 4 separate 20 amp circuit breakers all strapped together to trip all if one trips. On these individual circuits are the garbage disposal, clothes ...
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Why doesn't my dishwasher power on?

I couple weeks ago, I had an electrician come in and remove two wires from two circuit breakers from the main panel. Those circuits power a sub panel across the basement. I found out that sub panel ...
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What could have caused the chock block terminal to melt?

I installed a new light fitting approximately a year ago, which had a long flex. I shortened the flex by cutting both wires, and rejoining them with chock blocks which are contained within the ceiling ...
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Do I need a neutral wire when connecting a 240V device?

So this is still not very clear to me: I am trying to get 240V to an appliance that does not need a plug (direct wiring), I won't need a neutral wire, is this right? In fact there is nowhere to ...
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Is there an easy way to track where switches go/do?

My Aunt's house is a Frankenstein's Monster. Her late Husband made a number of unique wiring modifications. previous post about the her house: Question on toilet mounting; No visible bolts? 1st, ...
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Why would the receptacles in the kitchen not have power after replacing one of them?

I replaced a receptacle, and made sure the wires were in the same order they were originally in when I hooked them back up. I turned power back on and there was no power to the receptacle I changed, ...
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How do GFCI breakers behave on two wire circuits?

Will a GFCI breaker nuisance-trip if a three prong outlet has a jumper between ground and neutral on an old two wire system?
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No voltage from breaker even though breaker is good

I’ve searched the forums quite a bit and can’t find any other question like this one. I recently moved into a new house and needed to remove a light fixture from a wall in a bathroom. So I needed to ...
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ring main/RCD max amps - confused (UK)

I've split my question up into two parts: Part 1 After investigating my consumer unit (after I first started to wonder about things in part 2 below) I'm confused regarding the AMPS my RCDs are rated ...
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Seeking outdoor 2-bulb light socket for wall sconces [closed]

We are seeking an apparently old-style 2-bulb light socket to mount on a wall through a wall sconce. I haven't been able to find this at hardware stores or on line. Here is a photo of what we need.
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What does a slow beep mean from a Klein non contact tester?

I am using a Klein non contact voltage detector and when the power is switched on I get a fast steady beep. And when I switch the breaker off I get a slow beep. Does this mean I am safe to cut the ...
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Why would my clothes drying machine's switch keep on getting fried?

Around a year ago, my parents got a new drying machine installed. The dryer didn't come with any cables, and the when my parents called the company, they told them that it was the customer's ...
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Tripping Inline GFI Outlet

We are working on an "inline" GFI Circut (has 4 or 5 outlets on the GFI Circut). When we use a tester to test for 110 (Red prob to hot side of socket and Black prob to ground at box) it pops the GFI ...
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How do I wire multiple light fixtures on their own switch on a Modular wall?

I have a wall that will be used to display vanities. This wall needs to be able to move around and hold 3 light fixtures. Those three fixtures each need their own switch. My thought was to install ...
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Can I use an outlet splitter with my air conditioner?

I live in an old apartment building, and there is only a single outlet anywhere near the only window in my living room. My Air Conditioner works great with it, but now I can't use the desk lamp and ...
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240V, 40A stove outlet was split into two 120V, 20A circuits, how do I properly isolate the neutral from ground?

I recently been told that a subpanel box that was installed in my kitchen, which previously supported an electric stove, is wired incorrectly. The subpanel takes the 240 line and splits it into two ...