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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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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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Is PVC conduit OK above ground to hook up a Jacuzzi?

We are hooking up a Jacuzzi and need to run # 8 wire above ground What PVC should we use to run under our house to get to the back yard? I have read Schedule 80 PVC will work.
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Is it safe to ground electrical appliance?

I have a large lamp with a metal frame which is not grounded(which I thought is a legal requirement for metal framed appliances in my country, but perhaps not). Is there any risk if I swap out the 2 ...
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sudden problem with a 3way switch

The 2 overhead lights in my garage are controlled by LIGHTED 3way switches. The wiring has been in place and operating properly for years. Recently, ONE of the lights has been going off and on at ...
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Do I need a separate switch leg for a light and a fan in a combo fixture?

I'm putting in an exhaust fan light combo using a triple rocker switch. Do I need a separate switch leg for the light and for the fan? There are three silver screws on one side of the switch and a ...
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Relocating Main Panel

I need to move the main panel to allow for new cabinets.It will be moved to other side of exsiting wall. I'm sure there are going to be short wires. What is the best way to extend wires to reach ...
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wall mounted switch to control a motor

I have a motorised shutter and I need to buy a in-wall switch to automatically stop when the shutter reaches the floor or the ceiling by only one push and not keep holding the switch.
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How do I wire a 3 wire receiver unit to a ceiling fan that has 6 wires from the fan unit

Original switch was a mechanical wall mounted (plugs into an electrical outlet) push button switch (3 buttons for each of 3 speeds, 1 button for the light, one off button and one slide switch for ...
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LED bulb with slow on motion detector

Can an LED bulb be used with a retarded on motion detector? Incandescent bulbs come on slowly with this type of detector to extend the lamp life. These are externally mounted on an electrical box ...
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Electrical Circuits in my Greenhouse

There's a 40A circuit in the greenhouse that's separated into 5 individual circuits consisting of two 15 amp breakers and four 20 amp breakers, one of which is unused. If I run 2 small electrical ...
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How to control a set of lights with a switch and a subset with another switch

Hey i am installing recessed lights in my bedroom and was wondering if anyone had thoughts on how you would have the main switch power all of the lights but another switch only turn on a few by the ...
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Unusual three-way+ light configuration

I have been working through the wiring in my house to add in gfci's in the appropriate locations and update outlets and switches. I am familiar with usual three-way and four-way light set-ups and ...
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Can I bury a bare ground connecting rod?

We just ripped out an old rotting deck at our house, this exposed the wire that connects the electrical panel to the grounding rods. There is a PVC pipe encasing the wire from the panel to ground ...
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Can I wire 3 switches to 3 devices through conduit with a single hot and ground?

I have a bathroom fan/light/night light combo unit that allows for all 3 features to be switched separately (a connector for each). I want a timer for the fan, and separate switches for each light. ...
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Less-than-common home wiring systems? [closed]

I am wondering if those wiring would be useful in a home environment: Low-voltage DC wiring (isolated from mains,) for example a DC 12V system, in addition to the mains power. Optical fiber instead ...
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Light bulb keeps going out, but isn't burned out.

Recessed light (can) in living room ceiling went out. When I touched it to replace it, it went back on, only to go out again the next day. I screwed it in tighter and it went on, only to go out again ...
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My washer keeps tripping my gfci

I recently rewired an old house. The laundry room is on its own circuit and the washer plugs directly into the gfci outlet. Everything seemed to be working great. The lights works and the outlets ...
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old wiring inside wall gets voltage when shared switch is used - safe and to code?

I had someone run a constant hot to a new fan so it could operate with a remote. They left the old wiring inside the ceiling and it’s still contacted to a shared switch that operates other lights. The ...
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Changing 3-way ceiling fan/light switch to separate fan & light controls

In my kitchen I have two 3-way switches controlling the ceiling fan and light. The two controlling switches are on opposite sides of the room, but what I'd like to do is split one of the two switches ...
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GFCI outlet/switch combo installation?

I currently have a receptacle/switch combination (the switch controls a light, the receptacle is hot with the switch on or off) with two black wires and one white wired, and ground, coming from the ...
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2 outlets in kitchen have no power to them

I have two outlets in my kitchen that have no power to them. I didn't change plugs because there is no power to them. I checked breakers and there is power coming out. I checked bus bar and made sure ...
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Baseboard heater thermostat doesn't shut off the heat

My living room is heated by two electric baseboard heaters controlled by a single thermostat. Earlier this week, I noticed that the room was much warmer than it should be, and figured that the ...
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can I splice underground 12-2 UF cable run to a water pump

Can I run 12-2 NM-B wire from my 20 amp dedicated breaker under my house and then using a four by four box splice 12-2 UF wire to run underground to my water pump house? Running the wire would be in ...
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20 amp circuit breaker trips after a few minutes or sometimes hours later

The 20 amp circuit breaker that controls my man cave, my rear patio lights including a lampost, and some outlets in my back yard started tripping about two weeks ago. Currently the lights and outlets ...
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BASEMENT EMT CONDUIT + 12G THNN WIRES + NM-B

Sometime I started (slow pace) the rewiring process of a large mansonry house. Overall I intend to use EMT conduit inside walls, and in the attic mostly bx/mc conduit. Will mostly use 12G THNN and ...
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Is my RCD Breaker faulty?

Every 2 weeks my main RCD trips and it wont reset. After an hour it will allow me to reset it and its fine for 2 weeks. The main RCD has a short spur to another mini RCD board that was installed 10 ...
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GFCI outlet doesn't work after reconnecting

I reconnected my GFCI outlet but now it doesn't output electricity even though the current coming in tests positive (with a pen like current testing device). I also pressed the reset button, to no ...
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replace remote control for ceiling fan with light to wall switches

How do I use existing double pole wall switch for ceiling fan with light kit when replacing with Casa Viejo Revue that only has remote control? I don't want the remote control feature but the fan does ...
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Why would a 240v line voltage thermostat have a blank display?

In a bathroom I have a single 500w 240v electric baseboard heater, and AUBE/Honeywell TH305 digital line voltage single pole thermostat. I noticed yesterday, that the display had gone blank. A quick ...
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Light fitting with power but no 3-way switch function

I have a 3-way setup with one switch at the top of the stairs and one at the bottom for a light at the top of the stairs. It all appears to be wired fine and I have power and light but the switches ...
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Wire a 5 wire down draft remote motor / can this be done?

I currently have a Thermador downdraft range w/ remote blower on the roof. The range has failed. This blower unit was very expensive and I hate to chuck it. Am wondering if it can be used ...
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Connecting a light-switch to turn thermostat on/off? (re: basement heat)

Is it possible to connect a simple light-switch to a thermostat? I'd like to have a thermostat in my basement set to 72 degrees. However, I want it completely turned off most of the time. I was ...
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AC Voltage on Coaxial Cable (Cable TV)

I have an issue with my cable box (with DVR). Every morning it displays the word "Boot". I have to reboot it in order to restore cable service. I called the cable company (Comcast) and they came ...
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Computer makes USB unplugged noise when I run the microwave/heater

Not sure if this is the correct place to ask, but my computer, heater, and microwave are all on the same socket. I have had times when if I run the microwave, the fuse blows. But just curious, if I ...
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How to connect my new light fixture that has 2 (+ground) wires to the ceiling box that has many?

I have lots of wires coming from my ceiling box. I guess because of two wall switches that turned on old fixture. Check the image below. Analog voltage detector "beeps" on black wire in the middle ...
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What should I do with the ground wire on a replacement bathroom fan motor?

I bought a new motor for my bathroom vent fan and it came with a ground wire. The old motor does not have a ground wire, or not that I can see. What should I do with the ground wire?
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What are the rules for making your own conduit KOs in nonmetallic junction boxes?

Some North American electrical boxes (usually nonmetallic ones) lack conduit knockouts, as they are designed solely to clamp NM cable. Unfortunately, some devices (the RIB series of enclosed, UL ...
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How to install timer on 3-gang switch

I am a newbie to tackling electrical projects and need some help. Thanks in advance! I am trying to install a Defiant digital timer for my garage flood light. The garage light switch is just inside ...
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Safely Driving Nails Into Roof

I am looking at a job where I will be driving nails into the apex of a roof to secure roof anchors. My concern is accidentally hitting an electrical line on the underside of the roof. Is this an ...
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Thermal protection switch replacement in recessed incandescent can lights

I find very little discussion of this issue on the net. My son has a Nutone Scovil 60 watt max incandescent recessed can light, damp location rated, in a shower with a high ceiling. Its thermal ...
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Are the old A-head terminals for connecting to knob and tube wiring still compliant?

I'm in the process of decommissioning the last active (hopefully) knob and tube circuit in my house (I'm in the U.S.). The problem is that about 90% of the lighting in the house is on this circuit, ...
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How to add a ceiling light to existing ceiling light in same room that has two wall switches?

Our hallway has one small ceiling light that is controlled by either of two wall switches at opposite ends of the hallway. I want to add an additional light fixture toward the other end of the hall ...
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Connecting an earth wire to distribution board

I have an earth grounding pin outside my house and an earth wire running from it to my distribution board, however the wire is not connected to the earth rail (ground rail?) In the DB. (The house is ...
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recessed lights not working after outage, and problems removing housing clips

The day we had a power outage, we also noticed that one bank of recessed lights stopped working. (Assuming they are related, but can't be 100% sure.) The lights are on a dimmer switch. I confirmed ...
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Are there “uncommon” 3-way switch wirings?

We have a 3-way switch in the garage that I would like to upgrade to a Lutron Maestro 3-way occupancy sensor. I have tried (and failed) to do so twice now... and I'm pretty handy. I'm starting to ...
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Old Mobile Home Electrical Repair

Going to start by describing the mess that I found. Symptom: 220VAC Hot water heater not heating. Cause Discovered: 1 phase missing in main panel. Upon investigation I discovered that the main ...
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Replacing switches with connecting wire

I live in a home that was built in the 1960s. The switch for the front porch light started to go out and sizzled when turned on. I replaced another switch in the house that had the same problem. ...
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Oven Hood Light Fixture Borked - Help Please

Country: Canada I was replacing my oven hood light fixtures with LED bulbs. One of the LED bulbs swapped in no problem. The other LED bulb was having trouble getting contact and subsequently a ...
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how do I wire a duplex outlet that will always be hot from a switch outlet combo?

I have a combo switch outlet that has one hot outlet and the switch controls a floodlight over my pool. I want to add a duplex outlet further down my patio to be able to plug in my aerator pump and ...