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Removing bulb causes a different fixture to go out

I have ceiling fixtures, let's call them A and B. Normally, both fixtures are always on (lit) -- no switch controls them. When I remove the bulb from A, fixture B goes out. Here's how it looks ...
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Why do I need such thick wires in household electrical installation?

I am running electricity (for light and a couple of outlets) into my garden. I am trying to decide on which wire thickness I need to choose. FWIW, I am in Europe. The whole house is wired with two ...
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Wiring Transition from Inside of wall to Outside of Wall for hard-wired appliance

I am installing an electric kickspace/toe kick heater as part of my kitchen remodel. I do not quite understand how to transition the supply wiring from inside the wall to the space underneath of the ...
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Whole front wall of house, outlets not working / no power

[]Moved into our house 4 years ago. None of the outlets/lights that are currently not working ever worked from day 1. 4 outlets and 2 front porch lights do not work. My outlet plug checking tool has ...
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Would a wall mounted TV count as an appliance for the purposes of tamper resistance outlet code requirements?

I was reading this review on Amazon for a recessed outlet where someone points out that it isn't tamper resistant and, as such, is worthless. There is a discussion between the rater and other people (...
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Is tungsten wattage different from regular wattage?

I bought a new in-wall timer rated 20 Amps. and it says '1350 w Tungsten', so I'm wondering if there are watts which are measured different then other watts? In my calculation it should be 20 x 120 = ...
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Wiring a plug. Non UK coloured wires

I am trying to wire a plug into a 6" inline fan for our bathroom but I do not recognise the colours used for the wiring. I am based in the UK. I've attached an image. Which one is neutral? And I am ...
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How do I install this lamp on my ceiling?

I'm a big time novice but determined not to hire an electrician for what is probably a simple job. This is embarrassing, I think. Here is an exposed light fixture that I have in my attic I want to ...
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Does the 50 foot extension cord my refrigerator is hooked up to cost me double the electricity? [duplicate]

Does the 50 ft extension cord my refrigerator is hooked up to cost me dbl in electricity?
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Can I rewire my ceiling fan to make it move faster?

I installed a fan outside and it has no light, just a fan. It does have remote though. I capped off the red wire and used white, black and green. The fan at its highest setting does not move very fast ...
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Lamp not working

I have a lamp (see picture) that has stopped working. I replaced it with a new bulb and that did not help. Any guidance for a novice regarding next steps?
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Can cable splice devices be concealed?

Devices exist that claim to be able to splice nonmetallic sheathed cables together outside of a box, and in concealed locations. Are these types of devices allowed by National Electrical Code? Here's ...
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It it safe to have a 15 amp GFCI outlet on a 50 amp GFCI breaker?

My friend just got rid of her hot tub. The person that took it put an outlet where the tub was. He put in a 15 amp GFCI at the outlet but left the 50 amp GFCI breaker in the panel box. Is this ...
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Does it cost more to run a refrigerator on an extension cord?

My new mini refrigerator is plugged into a 50 ft extension cord that is plugged into my house. Does it cost more to run because of the cord?
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How should I end this wiring?

I am doing a minor reno in a new house. I took out a wall and in it was two strands of 12-2 that went to one outlet. That wiring will not be used anymore, I don't want to splice into them or run ...
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Electrical light switch

Someone please help. Changing light switch to motion sensor switch. I have 2 black wires coming from power source (only 1 is hot) 1 black wire is going to light. whites (neutral) are tied in ...
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Noisy breaker, whats the reason

One breaker started making a noise every time after i put it on, sometimes its immediately after switching it to on and sometimes it starts after a few seconds, and after a while the noise gets lower ...
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When is it OK to use stranded wires in fixed installation?

I have heard many times that fixed installation requires single core wires while the flexible stranded wires are designed for movable devices like vacuum cleaners and TVs. I know that a stranded ...
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“Professional” termination of mains wires

I am looking for a way to terminate stranded wires like this: But in the DIY shops and I only find isolated ferrules with coloured plastic tubes to be put on top of the isolated part of the wire. ...
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Service box with no neutral bar

I'm trying to add a 30amp, 110V RV connection box to my house but the service box has no neutral bar, what do I do with the white neutral wire? This is a picture of the main panel by the meter. ...
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What size junction box

I am running a long 20 amp circuit out to a stock watering tank from the barn. Given the length of the run (280 ft) I will need to use 4 awg. Midway I will place a junction box and have an outlet ...
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What is the name of a coupling nut with a cutout?

I'm fixing a lamp and I need a coupling nut to connect the post that contains the electrical wires to a rod that holds the shade. This looks like a normal coupling nut, but with half of the middle cut ...
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Is it possible to link motion-activated flood light fixtures? [duplicate]

I would like to install four motion detector lights in my backyard. I was wondering if when one light comes on or is tripped, is it possible for all the lights to come on at the same time?
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Dead outlet in basement for a cube freezer

About two months ago, I purchased an Igloo cube freezer for my basement. I plugged it into a standard 120V grounded outlet and it turned on and ran apparently normally for a three weeks before I found ...
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Strange White Box in New Apartment

I just moved in my new apartment and there are 3 small white boxes without any label. (There is also a separate smoke detector and a door bell system, so it shouldn't be that) This is how it looks ...
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Switch out a Dimmer Switch with 5 Black Wires

I want to switch out a dimmer switch with a regular switch. There are 5 black wires attached to this 2 wire dimmer switch - 1 to 1 and 4 to 1. How do I install a regular switch with two screws? 4 ...
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What gauge wire do I need for my dryer?

I want to add a washer & dryer to my garage, but breaker box is on the wrong side of house. No matter which way I run the wire, its 110 feet of wire required. Will 8-3 with ground work? Or is ...
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new construction wiring a mid-line receptacle to a switch

how do you wire a mid-receptacle to a switch? I have 3 receptacles running with a switch to the mid receptacle.
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Remote Halogen Light Dimmer switch

A 2-in-1 ceiling fan and halogen bulb remote switch has stopped operating the light bulb (either on/off or dimmer) but still operates the fan properly. Any ideas?
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Remove outlet from switch

I have a double light switch that controls the porch light and outlet below but only with only one of the switches. What I want to do is remove the outlet from being controlled by the switch all ...
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Why is an outlet box outside of the wall?

I'm considering putting an offer in on a house and am questioning this outlet prior to being able to do a home inspection. Is there any reason to be alarmed that this outlet is boxed outside of the ...
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Receptacle not working

I have a receptacle that notoriously trips a breaker. However this time the receptacle stopped working as in nothing plugged in will work but will work everywhere else, and it did not trip the breaker....
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Does a receptacle have to supply the max current that it is rated for?

Suppose you come across a L5-30R (120V, 30A receptacle) somewhere. By spec, can you assume that there will be 30 amps at it? Follow up: if you come across a L6-30R (250v, 30A), does it have to ...
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3-way switch AND sgl pole dimmer in one gang [closed]

I have a problem...I only have room for a single gang box. Currently a 3-way switch resides there. We need to add a single pole, dimmer switch to the box. Isn't there a fan switch that would house ...
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Garden light connected to main lounge light stopped working

I have recently moved into a new property and all light fittings came with no shaders/were pretty basic. I have then proceeded to (safely) remove the light fitting of the living room, replaced it with ...
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Why is my 3 way switch suddenly not working?

I just replaced the switches on a 3 way light fixture and wired them exactly how they were from the wall before. When I turned the power back on everything worked fine and the 2 switches activated ...
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Dead circuits with breakers across from each other

I have 4 dead circuits which were intermittent off/on at first- now dead. The 20 amp dual tandem breakers are across from each other in the breaker box. The breakers/circuits above and below the ...
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Shower Light connected to bathroom ventilation fan. Does it need GFCI?

I am going to attempt to make this as clear as possible. In my bathroom, there is a switch that directly controls only the bathroom ventilation fan. I would like to add a recessed light over the ...
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Is is possible to have “bad” electricity in your home?

I live in a small 5-unit condominium building in a city and have noticed that light bulbs are constantly popping well ahead of their anticipated shelf life and other electronic equipment (most of it ...
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How to mount an exterior light that doesn't cover the junction box [duplicate]

I'm trying to mount this light on the exterior of a house, but it doesn't cover the hole like the existing lights do. In some places there's an existing light that's mounted directly to a junction ...
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Moving electrical panel. Do I need to rewire all circuits?

We are planning a large remodel in our home. As part of creating a basement apartment we have to relocate the electrical panel so that it's accessible to us as well as the tenants. We will do that by ...
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Can I change an outlet circuit to 240V (NEMA 6)?

I'm in an American house sitting in a jurisdiction that applies NEC 2014 unaltered. I've got a home office room with all the outlets on one 20A circuit. It is legal to 2014 code in all respects. Who ...
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Tripping Breaker

One evening, my lights in the living room went out. I checked the breaker and it was tripped. I turned it back on, and now it keeps tripping. This has never happened before. Could this be a bad ...
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GFCIs tripping on their own

I have GFCIs on their own breakers that will trip when lights on a separate breaker are turned on. To reiterate, the lights that trip the GFCIs are not fed from the tripping GFCIs. What could cause ...
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Safe way to remove an outlet

We recently removed a wet bar from our living room and we're going to replace it with a kegerator. On the wall above the wet bar, there are currently two switches and one outlet, but not in a row; one ...
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Laser printer on same circuit interferes with lights and LCD monitors

I have a newly built 110V 20A basement office wired with 12/2 with eight T8 bulbs overhead, 850 watt PC, three LED monitors and a big Canon MF8380Cdw laser printer on the same aforementioned 20 amp ...
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What would cause a led light to turn off after one second?

I have an older house for number of years. I got tired of the old kitchen light and decided to replace it with led light. I bought a kitchen led light that is oval in shape and takes two 13 inches ...
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Use cat5e 2-pair RJ11 cabes for network connection

I've thought cat5(e) means always RJ45 lan cable. But my house has "cat5e 2-pair rj11 green (data) cables" from the living room to each room. My internet router is in my living room in the 1st floor (...
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Electrical light switch circuit split

I have one inside switch that turns on 3 porch lights. I would like to install a ceiling fan where the middle light is but do not want the other two lights on the same circuit to turn on. How can I ...