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How can I use a separate transformer to provide a C wire to my thermostat?

I Purchased the Honeywell WiFi Prog Thermostat to replace my Round Digital Honeywell Thermostat. I have separate Heating and Cooling (Heating is a Weil McLain Boiler for Hot water baseboard and Hot ...
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What size breaker should I use to feed an electrical panel for our addition?

We recently put an addition on our home. I am looking to run a subpanel from our 200 amp service panel out in the yard at the meter (mounted to a pole), 75' to subpanel location. In the addition we ...
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Just bought a house, 70 years old, want to upgrade 2 prong outlets [duplicate]

I've done some searching on this already and I think I know the answer. But I'd like to ask just to double check. If i am not sure if the outlets are properly grounded, my best bet would be to ...
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Transformers Wiring To outlet cord

Can I wire a transformer to an outlet cord rather than hard wiring into hvac system. Adding a GPS to air handler and it requires its own transforme. Any suggestions??
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Adding electrical service to detached garage

Please let me know if this sounds correct- Sub panel fed from 80amp breaker in main building 200amp load center. Roughly 75' of 1" PVC conduit from existing load panel, under existing timber deck, ...
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Electric stove wiring

Help! I had the bright idea of changing my electric stove top, it looked simple enough. I have 220V coming from my wall with one green, one bare, one hot black and one black wire. From my stove-top ...
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Can this transformer supply 2000 Watts according to its labeling?

I have a 5M voltage transformer, can I use it to my 110V appliance with 2000 watts? Insert is the picture of my transformer
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Electrical wire a 240v sprinkler lake pump

I have a Wayne 1-1/2 HP Cast Iron Quick-Prime Lawn-Sprinkler Pump What do I have to do to wire this up? I have a free 30-amp circuit breaker in my panel. This pump has two wires - white and black. Do ...
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What wires do I need to run to my wall mounted tv?

I'm in the planning stages of a home theater setup. What do I need to run to the tv so I can hook up various components? I planned on running power, HDMI cables, RCA cables, coax, and an ethernet ...
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Use a 110V switch to activate a 3-phase motor 240V

I have a 110V switch on a control panel that will be used to turn on/off a 3-phase 240V motor. Power has already been run to each item and now I need to figure out how to use the switch to control the ...
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Help wiring 1-pole switch + USB in single outlet

I have the two products below and I need them to go in a single gang box that used to be a simple 1-pole switch. Product pages: http://www.legrand.ca/adorne/select/switches/aspd1531w8.aspx ...
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How do I wire this motor?

Help I got a motor on a 220 furnace squirrel fan and want to convert to a 110 In one bundle I got a brown wire, a white wire, a black wire. On another bundle I got a bluish turquise color,orangish ...
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Where do I run neutral from/to when replacing a SPST switch with one that requires neutral?

I have a basic/good understanding of electrical wiring and I'm taking all necessary precautions. My research indicates that the old setup does not have a neutral going to the box, and that since the ...
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How to identify circuit breaker to non-functioning built-in microwave oven?

I have a wall-mounted over-the-range microwave oven that is completely non-operational at the moment; from the user's point of view, it's as if it were unplugged, but it is. Unfortunately, access to ...
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Is it legal to just replace an existing extractor fan in a shower room with a similar model?

The existing ceiling mounted fan is not working correctly now. It is wired via an isolating switch high up in the room away from the shower. The fan has a built-in pull cord: pull for on, pull again ...
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What are some good resources books/websites for learning basic home wiring?

As part of Home maintenance, I need some electrification work. Looking for some basics of home electrification like phase, neutral things, how to connect a fan regulator ....
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Viewing cumulative electricity usage [closed]

The TED 5000C monitors real-time electricity usage. This, however, isn't so useful if plugged into, say, a fridge, where, presumably, the bulk of the electricity usage is going to come from when the ...
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How can I add lighting in my bedrooms without too many visible wires?

I will be moving in to my new house in 2 months. My wife and I thought that we might not need ceiling lights, and that our builder charged too much for the lights anyway. We did not order any ceiling ...
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how can I dim two sets of lights and run a fan by replacing my 3 manual switch [closed]

Can I get a switch that incorporates 2 dimmers and a manual switch to control a kitchen fan?
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Any way to monitor load on a power outlet and receive notifications of usage? [closed]

My sump pump float sometimes sticks. This is an issue because the pump can easily run dry and burn out, especially if we are away for an extended period of time. Ideally I'm looking for something ...
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Step up converter for TV and home cinema set [closed]

Soon I will move from Europe to Canada and I am planning to take my TV and home cinema set with me. TV is a Techwood (Samsung panel) LCD TV with the specs: On the back of the TV it says: 220V-240V ...
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How can I use lights purchased in Australia in the US?

I purchased lights from Australia and need to know how to make them work here in the U.S. CAn we put a plug on the cord?
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All Bathroom lights on same circuit flicker

bathroom lights flicker and stop when exhuast fan on a dimmer is turned on. Multiple bathrooms/lights on same circuit. Sometimes GFCI (new) trips without fan on and only one bathroom light on. Problem ...
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How should I control my garage heater?

I just purchased a garage heater from my local big box hardware store and I am planing to set it up, but had a couple questions I'd like to run by the experts around here. Firstly, I originally ...
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What could cause this ongoing problem with my immersion heater?

For a year now, I've had nothing but trouble with my hot water tank. I'm in rented accommodations, and my landlord is sick of me calling him saying my tanks not working. The whole thing has been ...
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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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Since neutral is connected to ground how is current kept off of ground?

If neutral is connected to ground and current desires ground then I would think it would go to ground. But my understanding is that it is kept off of ground until it's "upstream" of the breaker box, ...
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How do I add two more lights to one cirucuit. The power is supplied to the first light?

I have and old house and the light is supplied with power which then is connected to one switch. I want to add two more lights and have them run off the same switch. I connected as though the power ...
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How do you wire a light fixture with only black and white wires?

How do you wire a light fixture if from a light fixture that was already there and I have a white wire with smaller wires inside to use to install. The 2 wires are black, and one white wire. Why isn't ...
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Can I get a completely flush plaster-in switch or socket?

I've seen recessed downlights that fit in/on the ceiling prior to plastering, then after the ceiling is plastered the light has no visible bezel, just a recess in which the light sits. Search google ...
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What is going on with my three way switches?

I have a three way switch I can't figure out why or how it works. I want to disconnect one of the three way switches and relocate it. I disconnected the switch (within three feet of the panel) that ...
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How does the wiring in this light hookup?

I'm trying to install this light in my house, but I don't know how the wiring works for it. The light has a switch on the front of it that controls both bulbs and the switch has two black wires coming ...
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How do I wire 3 way switches?

For cosmetic reasons, I've been replacing the switches and outlets in my house (from beige to white). It's been going well until I ran into two 3-way switches in a hallway that turn off and on one ...
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Is 6/2 Romex the correct wire gauge for a 100' run to a workshop?

I bought an old house that has a fuse box. The place has a milk barn that I want to convert to a workshop. Can I run 6/2 wire from the the two 120 volts wires coming from the fuse box? I want to ...
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Why does my pool pump keep tripping the breaker?

Please hang with me on this question and I hope I can explain it with enough detail to firgure out what is happening before hiring someone to come out and take a look. I am not getting enough power ...
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Is it possible to replace a switch with a receptacle?

I moved to this place and I don't know how the wiring works, so I did some tests and couldn't explain the results. Here's the situation: there's this switch on the wall which only has two wires in it ...
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Rope in computer case safe? [closed]

I have a sound card (sound blaster Z) that I want to install on my motherboard (mobo). The problem is, that the hole where the screw is supposed to go through is along the side of the mobo and thus I ...
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Does my electric panel need replacing?

How can I tell if my electric panel needs replacing? Got up today and suddenly I lost power to a tandem breaker the breakers weren't tripped. Then realized I also lost my water pump. The water ...
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Cheaper to use 8“ electic stovetop coil or 6” coil?

I found out that my Kenmore electric stove small 6" burner is really 120v. The larger 8" coil is 220v. Based on the wattage of replacement coils: 6" elec burner(120v) 1500w = 12.5amps 8" (220v) ...
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Residential electrical installation, at what voltage is a licensed contractor required?

I'm trying to figure out regulatory requirements for residential electrical installations. Specifically, when is a licensed electrician required by code to perform an installation? Obviously you don't ...
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Ceiling wifi wiring help [closed]

I'm mounting wifi in hallway ceiling; I have 110v in attic and plan on running Cat6 from structured media closet to supply internet. How do I wire for portable hard drive wifi backup? I believe it ...
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Current flowing in to a house [closed]

How can I find out the maximum current that can flow in to my house?
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Is there a huge difference between 1.6amp and 3amp power usage?

I just want to know if there a huge difference between 1.6 amp and 3 amp power usage.
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changing light switches [closed]

I am changing my light switches I have it hooked up the way the directions say. When I turn the breaker on it cuts the light on, but when I turn the switch off it kicks the breaker. And with the ...
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old.house.wiring

ok so my primary positioning in life has been mechanicing and in greater hours more specifically heavy equiptment and semis. Although I have extensive experience building race cars and motorcross and ...
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Is AutoCAD knowledge all I needed to be a good designer of electrical drawing [closed]

Is AutoCAD knowledge all I needed to be a good designer of electrical drawing or do I needed to add other training to equip myself?
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Can I use a UPS as a Voltage Stabilizer for 32 or 42 inch LED TV? [closed]

I need a voltage stabilizer for 32 inch or 42 inch LED TV. Can I use a UPS for this? I'm expecting the Voltage control when the input power is beyond 270V or 290V and to produce output 240V range. ...
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How to get experience handling power outlets without electrocution?

I want to start connecting electronics (micro controllers) to run/manage power outlets, but everyone always states to leave it alone unless you have experience. Well, how does one get started without ...
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How can I install a new bathroom GFCI receptacle? [closed]

How can I install a bathroom GFCI, by connecting it to another outlet?
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What should I do about a board that sparks when I connect my PC but not other devices?

I have a board, which has three switches. When I connect my PC's power card to that board, I see a spark in the switch. However, if I connect a TV or a radio, I don't see any sparking. Do I have to ...