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How should I connect my dishwasher if the wires are yellow and blue?

I am installing a dishwasher, the household connection has a yellow and blue wire, while the dishwasher has a black and white. Which one should i connect to the white and black?
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3 cables in one box wiring issue

My house was built in the 50's. In my master bedroom I need to replace the fan, so I disassembled it, bought the new fan and am looking at the wiring with a serious question here. There are three ...
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How can I adapt a wall outlet to suface mount conduit?

I have a single gang in wall outlet in my basement. I would like to adapt it into surface mount EMT conduit to get an outlet at a different location. Ideally I would be able to keep a plug at the ...
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How can I connect my 30 amp electric dryer to a 50 amp plug?

I bought a used electric dryer and the connection that came with it says it's 30amp. I also have an old school plug in my wall that doesn't go with the connection provided. My current plug has 3 ...
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Is it possible to control 3 light fixtures with 4 switches?

I have an idea how I would like to tackle some wiring I am about to do, but I am having trouble figuring out how to actually wire it all. I was hoping some of you could help me out. Here's what I ...
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Is a junction box “accessible” if it is mounted behind/above a recessed light housing?

I am redoing our kitchen lighting. We currently have 1 fluorescent light fixture in the center with 2 T8 bulbs (ugly but a lot of light) and one decorative light fixture over the sink. I am going to ...
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open neutral or something else?

I recently lost power to half of a circuit. Before that happened every once in a while the lights would dim or flash for a minute and then everything was fine again. That was going on sporadically for ...
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Where do I connect the green wire from my dishwasher?

I'm installing a new dishwasher and the dishwasher itself has the green wire, the cord (which is coming out of the floor of the house) doesn't have a green wire it has a black wire, a white wire, and ...
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2 prong to 3 prong outlet help

I don't know too much about replacing outlets, only what I've read online or through YouTube videos. The house was built in the early 50s. Some outlets have been replaced (brand new kitchen) but some ...
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What type of wire for subpanel in attached garage?

I'm getting ready to add a 60A subpanel in my attached garage, but I'm conflicted about what type of wire to buy. The wire will run exposed in the rafters in the basement, then through the foundation ...
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Electrical requirements for 3ph IR lamps

I have a series of lights that I want to use, with one controller, but do not know the electrical requirements. the 15 total lamps, each lamps (IR) is 9000 watts, 27 amps, 240 3ph volts. How do I ...
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Electric HVAC unit runs and stops randomly

I just turned on my heating unit for the season and it seems to be running and stopping intermittently. I'm not sure if this something to be concerned. This happened last season as well and I called ...
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Is it safe to use a 100 watt LED bulb in a 3-way lamp that specifies using incandescent bulbs only?

I purchased a 100 watt LED and a 3 way lamp, but now that it is all assembled I have just read in the instructions: Lamp is rated for max 150 watt incandescent, Type A E-26, 3-way bulb. DO NOT USE ...
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Suitability of flexible metallic conduit serving as ground

EDIT: The attached photo is the most easily accessible example of the conduit used in the entire house. This shows the conduit attached to the garbage disposal with the previously mentioned 3/4 set ...
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Do the junction boxes for the oven and cooktop whips need to be easily accessible or can they be hidden behind the oven?

Do the junction boxes for the oven and cooktop whips need to be easily accessible or can they be hidden behind the oven?
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Why doesn't the light in my ceiling fan work after changing a light bulb?

I had to change a light bulb in my ceiling fan. When I was screwing it in, it popped and the light bulb blew. Now the remote won't turn off the light, but it's still able to control the fan blades ...
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Is this ceiling rose electrical wiring diagram correct for the lighting system I am implementing

I have found a few wiring diagrams online, but none that fit my specific scenario. Please can you tell me if my wiring plan according to my diagram below is correct. Apologies for the non standard ...
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Ground bar on sub-panel

I just wanted to get confirmation on this. Can I ground more than one wire per single slot/screw on a ground busbar in a sub panel? Just to be clear, this is a sub panel with separate neutral and ...
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What gauge wire is needed to feed a 70 ampere panel 300 ft. away?

What gauge of wire do I need for direct burial for a 300 ft run for a 70 amp subpanel? I am going to install a 50 amp plug for a 5th wheel and eventually add some lights to a green house about 70 ...
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What wire gauge is needed to replace old wires in a vintage chandelier?

I'm replacing the wiring from a vintage chandelier and need to know what gauge wire to use. There are five lights on it. This is for the fixture only!
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Can I run electrical wiring through basement ceiling joists?

My main electrical circuit breaker panel is on one end of our unfinished basement. I need to run 2 circuits to the far end of the basement. Normally I would mount these wires on the center beam that ...
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Can I have a 20 amp breaker, 12 gauge wire, and a 15 amp switch?

Can I have a 20 amp breaker with 12 gauge wire run to a switch that is a 15 amp and use 14 gauge wire from the switch to the ceiling fan only?
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How to connect the wires when changing from standard to electronic ballasts?

I'm changing from an old standard ballast to an electronic type. Tried match the wiring but something went wrong as the tube doesn't light? When connecting the wires to the sides that the tubes are, ...
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GE Load Center Q's

I have an old GE meter socket load center (see picture). I have no idea what the model number is because the paper label on the inside of the lid is unreadable, and I have been unable to find any ...
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My power strip has (what appears to be) a burn mark. What do I do?

I got an power strip from IKEA around 12 months back. I used it for at my desk with the laptop, pc, printer and light plugged in simultaneously. Now I discovered when I was moving that there's a burn ...
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How to wire GFCI outlet

The bathroom includes a GFCI outlet that will not reset. Research revealed that such outlets do seem to stop working sometimes. So I am attempting to replace the outlet. After pulling the faceplate ...
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Why does my combination of 3-way switches with dimmer AND timer not work?

I have had two three-way switches controlling a chandelier, one of the switches being a digital timer. When I tried to swap out the "non-timer" 3-way (standard) with a 3-way dimmer, the configuration ...
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Should I have continuity between hot lug (at service in) and neutral bus with main breaker off?

With the main house breaker turned off, I have electrical continuity between the hot lug at the service entrance and the neutral bus in my service panel. I also have electrical continuity from ...
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What does it mean when one wire goes into load, and one goes into line

I am replacing my kitchen outlets with GFCI. The inspector told me I just needed to install one at the first outlet in the circuit. I looked at the outlets on either side of my kitchen; at one end ...
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Why am I showing 50 volts between neutral and ground?

I wired 8 recessed lights to a switch in a room. When I connected everything the first time and turned on the power, the breaker tripped. If I disconnect the ground that leads to the breaker box on ...
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Rating for the outlet does not match the breaker.

I have an outlet for an air conditioner that is rated at 20a 250v. The breaker has 2, 20amp breakers. Should I be concerned? Should i replace this outlet?
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Why won't my new ceiling light turn off?

I just replaced a ceiling fan/light combination for a fluorescent light. I noted that the new light only had connectors for white and black wires but not one for the red wire that is coming out of the ...
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Is it okay to use both the backwire holes and the side terminals on an electrical outlet?

I'm tying into an existing outlet box to provide power for a new electrical outlet. The existing outlet already has 2 lines connected to it - one from "upstream" (to the fuse box) and one downstream ...
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How to determine phase and neutral on a wall outlet?

I live in EU and an outlet at a home has two holes (230VAC), no common ground. I want to determine what hole is phase and neutral. Is it possible to do that by using a multimeter? When I measure ...
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20amp breaker trips with NO load…Continuity between black & white wire at electrical box

I have a 20 amp breaker that connects to one wall in my kitchen. It operates 3 outlets, a microwave and two other outlets used for a toaster oven & the last a blender. On the blender outlet ...
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Need help tracking down possible open neutral

OK, moved into 1974 mobile home two months ago, everything was working. Had an incident much like a breaker tripping, but none were. One day of flickering devices, then back to normal except none of ...
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Can I use a 30 amp generator to power some parts of a 60 amp subpanel

My main panel is in my basement and it has a 60 amp breaker that goes to a sub panel in my pole barn. The pole barn sub panel provides power for the pumps and blower motor of my outdoor woodstove. ...
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How can I safely splice wires inside a lamp?

I am making a Steampunk style lamp with black pipe. My intention is to use three lamp sockets as part of the design. I will have one cord coming out of the lamp as the plugin. However, I am not ...
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What should I do about damaged electrical conduit?

I'm adding an electrical line to my outdoor pool breaker box. I was digging near the box with a pickaxe (yeah, I know, stupid) and was trying to be careful, but I was not careful enough. I don't ...
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How do I wire magnetic door contacts?

I want to follow this project and install my own home alarm system based on raspberry pi. I m having some trouble in understanding the built-in alarm cables and connecting the magnetic door contacts. ...
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Why would a circuit breaker not trip if I accidentally shorted hot to neutral?

I am installing a set of recessed lights in a closet, replacing the existing fixtures one at a time. I removed power to the lights while installing each one by using the light switch, not the circuit ...
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Can I replace an electric range with a cooktop and separate oven?

I'm replacing an electric range with a cooktop and separate oven. I know an electric range runs off of one 220V power source. Do I have to run a separate 220V line from the fuse box to my kitchen for ...
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How can I 'share' lights between multiple circuits?

I am installing a rectangle of 3 x 4 recessed can lights in the ceiling and would like to have 4 separate circuits where each individual row of lights can be illuminated by its own switch. This means ...
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Can a laptop cause an AFCI to trip?

just stumbled onto this site and crossing my fingers that someone will be able to help. My problem is the tripping of an AFCI every 3/5 weeks when a 2nd TV is turned on. Sometimes soon afterwards, ...
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Lights wont turn off after switching dimmer types and changed again

Previous owners installed two wall sconces - one dimmer. That dimmer control plate broke/cracked (a glyder type) I have an Ariadni toggle that I would prefer. The glider had by looking 3 wires (single ...
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Pool pump plug trips when GFCI outlet receives power

I have a GFCI outlet out by my pool. I have a timer switch inside that sends power to that outlet. My pool pump has a plug that is GFCI (I assume that is what a plug is called it has a test and reset ...
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Can wireless ceiling fan controls work without a direct wire to a wall switch?

Is there a wireless controller that can control fan without the direct wire from switch to fan? There is direct power at fan, and direct power at switch but they are not connected together. Looking ...
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How should I replace a 6 wire, 12 gauge electrical outlet?

I am trying to replace a 15A electrical outlet. The existing one is attached to 12 gauge copper wire. There is a ground connection, one set of wire on the bottom screws, two sets of wire going into ...
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How do I ground a TV antenna on my shed with the cable running underground to my house?

I want to mount a TV antenna on my shed in my back yard and run the wire underground to my house. The shed is about 60 to 70 feet from the house. There is electrical service in the shed, but there is ...
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chirping sound i cant figure out where from [duplicate]

I have a chirping sound in my house that I cant figure out... So first I changed all the smoke detector batteries, still had chirps, then bought 8 brand new smoke detectors wired them all in , still ...