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How would I go about wiring a new light fixture where there are more wires than expected?

There was a cap in the middle of the ceiling in my living room that I had always assumed was hiding an old light fixture or something. There is a also a light switch that doesn't do anything in the ...
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Can I connect a stabilizer to an inverter?

At my place the voltage in winter is around 140-160V where normally it should be above 200V. Now I have an inverter at home. The inverter during power shut down turns to batteries and supply 230V of ...
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Could bad grounding cause sparks and fire when connecting the cable box and TV?

I just moved into a home built in 1955. During inspection, it was noted that none of the outlets were grounded even though they had three prong outlets installed. Per our agreement, the owner ...
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curious affect of led lamps

I have a chandelier with 12 led lamps lit by 1 way switch altogether.1 week ago I rewired it to split it into 2 circuits and also to be switched on and off from 2 sides {2 way circuit}.finally put the ...
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Replacing the wiring to a socket in a home? [duplicate]

In my home, in one bedroom circuit, there are several receptacles. After first two receptacles, next socket has no power. After significant effort, it has been determined that the sockets are fine, ...
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Why is the neutral wire the same size as hot wire in a 3C cable?

I thought that the wire size depends on the amperage that the current passes. However in a 3 conductor cable, the size of the neutral wire is the same as the hot wire; which puzzles me. If both hot ...
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Do I need an 100A or a 200A current transformer to measure total current draw at my home?

I would like to monitor total current draw at my home from my 200A electrical panel. I have L1, L2 & N (a typical three-wire single-phase distribution in an North American home). Assuming I have a ...
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How can I locate and repair a break in a circuit?

After some effort, I have determined that there is a discontinuity between the wire from the breaker (hot wire) and the receptacle (socket). The breaker is okay because couple of other sockets in the ...
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What type of wire should I use to feed a 70 ampere subpanel?

Finishing a basement and I need to add a subpanel. Main panel is outside. Subpanel will be in the basement. 70 Amp breaker in the main to feed the subpanel. I was thinking THHN but would this mean ...
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Why am I getting 60V between the leads of my dryer and the ground?

trouble shooting my dryer, i get 240 across the leads, and 120 from either lead to the neutral... but only 60 from either lead to the ground. is this normal?
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How Many Amps Is this breaker? [closed]

I am trying to figure out how many amps this box has. Top left breaker is 50amp and top right is 30amp. I want to put an xray machine on this that requires 100amps at its max. Do you think its ...
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Can I put a 75 watt equivalent led bulb in a fixture that says 60 watts max?

Can I put a 75 watt equivalent led bulb(1100 lumes). In a fixture that says 60 watts max. I know the power going to the bulb is way less and the heat is also way less so should I worry about it? I'm ...
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How do I change out the light bulb in this fixture?

My wife picked up this light fixture at a sample sale. We had some electricians install it a while ago while we were having other work done on the apartment. The electricians threw out the box and ...
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How can I determine if there is any damage to the conductors of a circuit?

I recently went to replace a couple 3 way switches and, I am ashamed to admit, did not do my due diligence when wiring up. The new switches were a different style and the wiring configuration was ...
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how do I install a GFCI with two hot wires as well with 3 black and 3 white wires

I just recently purchased an older home in Chicago, Il built in 1972 and I am replacing an outlet with a GFCI receptacle. When I pulled the original outlet from the conduit box. I found 9 wires on ...
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Do power outlet splitters decrease power for each deviced connected to them?

If I have a one to three outlet splitter, would this mean that each outlet only gets one-third power, or do all three get full power?
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duplex outlet relay

I want to have the room humidifier operate when the furnace comes on. The furnace is in the laundry room in a manufactured home. Is there a relay that I can wire into the duplex outlet to run the ...
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My light switch make a loud noise when used slowly; does it need to be replaced / fixed?

I have a 3-way switch that controls 6 recessed CFL floods. One of the switches consistently makes a loud crackling / popping noise when used slowly. The other switch if played with slowly enough ...
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Is my circuit breaker tripping because the supply line for my disposal is wet?

My fuse box is popping and when I inspected it I noticed that the electrical connection is coming from the electrical box under the sink that connects the garbage disposal. I also noted the there is ...
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New Fan Switch Grounding Cable issues

I installed a new switch for a new ceiling fan. For power, I pigtailed the 3 wire cable to my new switch from an existing light switch. My problem is with the newly installed ground cable. The 2 ...
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What is the minimum distance wiring must be behind a tile backsplash?

I have a log home and would like to correct the kitchen counter-top receptacles. I have discovered the following problems that necessitate rewiring the entire kitchen (new cabinets/countertops were ...
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“Walk/Don't Walk” street sign wired into bathroom light

I have a game room type area that has it's own bathroom. Above the door to the bathroom I would like to place one of those "Walk/Don't Walk" street signs. I would like the "Don't Walk" to be wired ...
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How do I update two 2-wire switches housed in a single box? Both switches are combination switch and PILOT light

I have a very OLD wiring so it isn't clear how to install my new switch per the provided wiring diagram. I have 2 COMBINATION SWITCHES, each has a switch and a pilot light on them housed in a single ...
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Can a door bell be powered from a receptacle?

What's an easy way of installing a traditional door bell? I know there are the wireless, battery operated ones, but I'm tired of changing out batteries. Is there a version of doorbell that could just ...
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Can an electrical subpanel go underneath plumbing?

I was about to wire up my new basement subpanel when I realized I had put it directly under a toilet. I don't think this is a code violation. I can relocate it with some difficulty. I'm also ...
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Removing broken screw from electrical box

How can I remove a broken screw from an electrical box? I have added a picture below. I was attempting to replace the outdoor outlet, as I described in this question. I was using a brand new screw ...
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UL Listing for Small Appliances - Commercial vs Home [closed]

Is a small appliance (microwave, coffee maker, etc.) that's UL & c-UL Listed for Commercial Use Only safe to use at home? What about the reverse: is a small appliance that's UL listed for ...
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Dimmer switch not turning on light until at 50%?

I recently had a professional electrician install a ceiling fan with a light fixture. The fan and light are controlled from a combo switch with two knobs - one is a dimmer switch for the light, and ...
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Replacing outdoor outlet

How can I replace an outdoor outlet cover that has a stripped center screw? Do I need to replace the outlet as well? Do I need to replace the box that the outlet is housed in if it is coming out ...
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How do I add an outlet to the end of a circuit that terminates with a recessed light fixture?

I have a closet with a light switch and a recessed light. I want to add an outlet to the ceiling of the closet. I have really good attic access to the recessed light, so actually placing the ...
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Why am I getting no satellite signal after running electrical cable alongside the satellite cable?

I am adding exterior lights and I ran exterior grade electrical wire along the side of the house and tied this wire to the Dish Satellite wire running in the same direction. Now I have no Dish ...
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how to wire two three way switch to a ceiling fan & add one switch for the fan and one for the light

I have two three way switch when I'm closing one of them switch , the fan is automaticly close with the light & I hate that because it's a big place & I'm short so it's hard for me to grab the ...
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Doorbell for a rectangular switch box [closed]

I have a doorbell button that goes on a rectangular switch box that is outside my house. The rectangular switch box is inside concrete. Since the doorbell button is outside exposed to the weather, the ...
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What do I do with the third set of wires in this switch box?

I am wiring in a new light fitting however there are three live/neutral/earth combos, plus a live/white which will be the switch. What do I do with the third live/neutral/earth? (And more importantly, ...
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Why won't a NEST that shares control of a furnace with a conventional thermostat turn on the heat?

I have three floors in my home. The bottom floor has its own gas furnace and the 2nd and 3rd floors share another gas furnace. Everything was working great until I added a NEST to the first and ...
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Why did my electric range wiring burn out at the terminal block?

Turned on our 2 year old stove (Whirlpool Gold) and heard fizzing noises, then smelled electrical burning. Went downstairs and shut off the breaker (40 amp). That was the only way to get it to stop ...
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Can I run the cord for plugged ceiling lights through the attic?

I purchased 2 hanging lights from Ikea and they are wired with plugs. I was wondering if I could run the cords with the plugs through the attic and down the wall to the plug. Will the wire get to hot ...
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If neutral carries current back to the breaker panel, why doesn't it need to be connected to a switch?

I've got some limited field experience as an electrical helper, but no real classroom experience yet. (saving up for school) I am of the understanding that the neutral wire carries electricity back ...
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Getting shocked by a neutral wire

I'm trying to figure out how I got a shock from a neutral wire. I didn't think it was possible until I read this article on being "in series with the neutral." Here's what happened: I was ...
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How do I wire new recessed lighting and a fan?

My home office has two wall switches (double gang switch box w/incoming power), one controls a half switched outlet on opposite wall, the other controls a ceiling fan (w/light kit; not independently ...
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How to open old under cabinet halogen light?

How do I open this to change the bulb? It is an under cabinet 12v halogen fixture installed in 2001.
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How do I handle an extra black wire when replacing dimmer switches?

I am replacing 2 light switches that are in the same box each controlling a separate light, one was a dimmer switch and the other was a regular so now I want to replace both with new dimmer switches. ...
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Did I use the ground wire right? (Light Fixture)

I took down an old ceiling fan in my home, and replaced it with a basic light fixture. When I took the fan down, I saw the normal white and black wires, but no ground coming out off the ceiling. The ...
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What type of adapter should I use to turn a cordless drill in to a corded drill?

I have old Bosch PSR12 driver/drill that all NiCA are dead. I've modified it successfully to work as Corded after removing batteries and connecting 12V 1.5A (220v) adapter. The drill works but when I ...
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Breaker box or heat pump problem?

We ran our forced air heat pump today. 15 min. in we noticed it just stopped running. Looking in the breaker panel I could see that the breaker for the heating unit had tripped. When I tried to ...
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How do I move my shower isolation pull cord switch?

My parents have an electric shower with an isolation pull cord switch, both in the bathroom. The switch has stuck, fortunately in the ON position. He'd like to replace it with a simple switch, moved ...
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Is it dangerous if a fluorescent lamp ticks when off? [closed]

I installed fluorescent lamp in my bathroom. When the switch is off the lamp ticks at frequency of around 6-7Hz. That means there is a voltage when it is off. The switch has no backlight. First of ...
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What would happen if I used a 3 speed fan control with a 4 speed fan?

I have a 4-speed Hampton Bay ceiling fan. I want to use a wireless remote control. I can only find wireless remote control kits that offer 3-speed settings. If I use a 3-speed wireless remote ...
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Can I run THHN wires through an attic without conduit?

I have a new workshop and I'm running 6/3 out to it. My run will need to go from my existing panel through the attic, down an external column (with normal housing siding) and then into an underground ...
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Change half switched outlet

In my house I have various rooms where the builder installed a light switch which only activates (1) half/switched outlet. The problem is, the outlet they chose in most instances was stupid / ...