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A ground rod where a drain needs to go

My house sits on a hill, and the gutters don't properly drain. As a result, I'm digging a new drain along the side of the house to re-route the water. However, while digging the drain, I came upon a ...
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How to determine what type and gauge of wire should used for underground wiring to a detached subpanel?

I Will be installing a subpanel in a detached garage. The subpanel will be 60 amp. The garage is about 30' from the main-panel in-house, and I will of course get an exact length before selecting the ...
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How to wire a ceiling rose?

I have bought a new ceiling rose for a light. The wires in it are UK pre-2004. There's one black, two red, one yellow, one blue, and two green and yellow earth. Where do all these go on the ceiling ...
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How to wire light with a switch in the middle of a circuit

I am attempting to reinstall a switch in a room in my house. Within the box there are two cables. The cable on the left has a black and white wire. The cable on the right has three wires a black, a ...
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How to install thermostat with plug in heater?

My house has three electric wall heaters in different rooms used to augment the gas forced air that heats the whole house. These electric heaters are mounted on the wall, but plug into standard 120v ...
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Why are some light switches giving shocks?

Some of our light switches are giving light shocks and sometimes you can see a spark. What
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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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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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Turning two switched outlets into a half switched outlet when only 2 wire is used.

I have power coming into a switch and then proceeding on to two outlets. Only 2 wire is used. Am I able to half switch one of the outlets if there is only 2 wire available?
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Hallway light with multiple switches doesn't always work

I have a light in the entry hallway that has four switches that can turn it on. Lately if I turn this light off using the upstairs switch, none of the others can turn it back on until I turn the ...
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Live wires everywhere?

I wanted to install a shelving system into my closet. The stud finder seems to detect live wires over a large area (approximately 4 by 4 feet!) The closet is in the basement, with no power outlets ...
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What's the minimum amount of electricity used by an appliance?

My Kill A Watt P4400 by P3 International shows 3 watts electricity usage if anything is plugged in. Do things plugged in, regardless of whether they are ON or OFF, really use a minimum of 3 watts or ...
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How do I fish a wire into an existing electrical box?

I have a 2-gang switch box that houses two light switches. I'm replacing one of the switches with a Honeywell Programmable Light Switch PLS751, which requires both an ungrounded (hot) and a grounded (...
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Do I have to hardwire my electric garage heater, or can I use an existing 240V receptacle?

I just purchased a 17000BTU heater for my garage. The instructions say to hard wire it with 10/3 and 30amp breakers, 240 volt. The company says the warranty is void unless it is hard wired. I have an ...
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Wiring the Auxiliary switch on a 3-way switch

So, I am currently trying to wire a 3-way switch, but specifically the Jasco 45609 and its auxiliary switch counterpart the Jasco 45610. The Jasco 45609 has 5 wire inputs: Load Line Ground Traveler ...
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Why would my TV turn off/on when connected to a surge suppressor?

I have a very strange problem which may or may not be the TV. The TV is plugged in to a surge suppressor with the rest of my home theater. Satellite box is also plugged in to the suppressor, ...
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What's the proper procedure for replacing ungrounded circuits?

I have a house that has several ungrounded circuits that uses the older 2 wire romex (pvc insulation, black woven jacket). I'd love to have AFCI protected circuits for the bedrooms, and grounded ...
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Can I use a switch loop to power a ceiling fan?

Need your help, please. I have a single pole switch that controls the wall’s receptacles. It has one 14/2 cable, white/black/ground, where the white is hot. I would like to install a ceiling fan. I ...
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How can I trace an electrical cable?

I'm installing a wall mount over an existing electrical socket - so I want to remove the socket I've read that just capping off the Hot and Neutral wires is not the best approach and that ...
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Why does one light blink after installing new three way switches in my hall?

I installed the new switches with the wires in the same location the new switch this is a lighted one. the hall way light blinks on one of the bulbs in the off position. Do i have a bad switch or ...
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Ground wire behaves weird

I never experienced this and it doesn't really make sense. I installed recessed lights(6) with the switch. I connected them all in parallel. The house uses only two wires for lights, white and black. ...
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What does this (electrical) value mean on my washing machine's back?

The electrical parameters of my washing machine are printed on the back. Among them there is a value for amperage: It says 10A but I don't know if that means that I need a fuse of minimum 10A or ...
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Can 22 AWG Solid Copper carry 24 VAC?

I have this irrigation caddy unit, and it requires 24VAC. There's a location outside my house with one ethernet cable and another brown cable with four solid copper wires (black, red, yellow, green). ...
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Did I wire my light fixture correctly?

I'm replacing a light fixture in an old apartment where the ceiling wiring has two brown/red wires and one black wire. When I removed the old fixture it was wired with black to black, the white wire ...
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Central air conditioner electrical disconnect amperage

My HVAC guy is telling me I need a 25 amp breaker and a 25 amp disconnect for my soon-to-be-installed central air compressor. I've asked him for more details but he's less than forthcoming. My ...
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Why do I have low voltage and backfeeding between circuits throughout my whole house?

If I plug a hairdryer or anything else into a outlet, I lose voltage in the whole house. If I plug the iron in, the stove surges. This is a nightmare. I can't run the fridge; I can't even get the TV ...
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Can dimmable (triac) LED bulbs be used on a motion sensor switch without neutral wire?

I bought a bunch of these motion sensor switches. I also want to use these dimmable LED bulbs. The motion sensors do not have a neutral wire connector. My outlets only have a live wire and it would ...
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What could be causing cable signal to be lost? [duplicate]

One tv stopped working while all the others in the house work. Comcast guy claims the cable in my wall behind my fireplace went bad. They told me that before and were wrong. How can I check if ...
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Why aren't my motion detector lights working?

I have 4 motion sensing lights on 4 corners of my home and only one works and the other three do not light-up when I walk by... what might be the problem? Here is an attached picture to show the ...
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How can I have a ceiling light and separate fan on the same switch?

I have two ceiling lights in the bedroom on the same switch. I replaced one with a fan with no light. Now I can not turn the fan on without the light coming on. How can I remedy this?
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How can I safely remove one baseboard heater out of a set of two?

I have two baseboard heaters on either side of my living room. They are both on the same breaker and connected to the same thermostat. The breaker looks like it takes up two spots and has a 20 on the ...
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How can I replace my old dimmer switch?

Replacing dimmer. Old dimmer has two black wires attached to two white wires in box. There are two black wires in box not attached to dimmer but wire-nutted together. Is it ok to wire the new dimmer ...
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Can you crimp a tubular lug without a crimper plier?

I want to use these lugs on my electrical installation, but I can only find pliers for up to 16 mm2 cables and the mains cables are 25 mm2. I found one store that carried pliers able to do up to 50 ...
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Why is my fuse board buzzing when I'm using the shower?

I have used an electric shower for years no problems, but all of a sudden my fuse board started buzzing when I use the shower. I replaced the shower with the same size unit and it still makes a ...
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Why do my LED lights flash on cold start?

Whenever I flip on my dimmer switch, all four dimmable LED lamps flash on in unison, blink off, and then come on at the selected dim level. This happens even with the dimmer slider maxed out, so it's ...
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Should I replace this fixture box or get creative with the mounting?

I recently took down a ceiling fan/light in order to replace it with track lighting. After disassembling the fan I was left with this fixture box: As you can see there are two holes in which to ...
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How easy is it to fit a garage door opener?

My wife is desperate to have a garage door opener, and she's found this kit at B&Q. Can anyone advise on how easy/straightforward these things are to install? It'll be me (and most likely my Dad) ...
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Why won't the heat shut off in one zone?

we have a three zone baseboard hotwater furnace. a few months ago one zone would randomly stay on, we did change the thermostat we have not noticed the problem again, but in another zone we have the ...
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Is there a safe way to splice multiple lamp fixtures on the same cord?

I'd like to hang a string of paper lanterns. One web site sells a lamp cord spliced for multiple bulb sockets: http://www.paperlanternstore.com/bldosocokitf.html It looks like SPT-2 lamp cord, ...
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Proper wiring for GFCI given switched circuit

So I've added the 3-prong plug to my garbage disposal, and now I'm on to the GFCI outlet installation. The breaker was not GFCI protected, nor is there a GFCI outlet on the loop. I've gotten to the ...
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U-Socket USB Wallplug

I am curious to know if this new wall USB/Receptical is even legal to install? As I got talking with friends on Facebook, the question came up about low-voltage and high voltage in one box and what ...
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What's the best/easiest way to install and wire a wall light?

I would like to add a wall light to a wall, but I'm not sure the best way to go about doing this. I'm thinking it will be easiest to wire it up to a ceiling light (directly above proposed placement ...
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Electrical - How to power 12V LEDs from a 12V AC power supply

I have a 12V power supply that I am using to power some lights in my garden. I want to also power (in parallel) a set of 12V LED lights which (of course) require a 12V DC supply. Is there a simple ...
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Is clearance to an electrical panel required to the sides?

Per the NEC there is 36" clearance needed by a circuit panel. Is that 36" clearance just in front of panel, or is 36" clearance mandatory on the left / right and in front?
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How to attach 10 AWG wire to LED strip lights?

I'm running LED light strips from a location that is over 50 feet from the LED transformer. In order to account for voltage drop 10 AWG CL2 wire has been used. Questions Since the 10 AWG wire is ...
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How do I add circuits to a flush mounted panel box?

What is the typical method to add circuits to a finished building that has a flush mounted breaker panel when there is no attic or crawl space to drop new runs? I was thinking of surface mounting a ...
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Wiring of two fans with individual switches and outlets

I am in the process of replacing my family room fans and I am confusing myself. I took pictures before taking the fans down to get the wiring correct, but between bad pics and second guessing myself, ...
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Easiest/affordable way to monitor what's using power in your home?

My electric bill seems to be unusually high. I'm trying to figure out if there is an issue somewhere (faulty wiring, someone stealing power etc) or if one of my devices is a power hog. Does anyone ...
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New junction box, or pigtail within receptacle?

I need to add a wall receptacle in a bedroom. (There aren't enough outlets as is.) The bedroom is on the main floor of a 1-story house, with an unfinished attic and an unfinished basement. Walls are ...
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Wall light switch in pantry, moving to cabinet side

I have a pantry enclosed on two sides by standard partition walls faced with cabinet wood, then two short sides open to the kitchen on the outside made from cabinet wood, then the door is mounted at ...