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Convert Rectangular Electrical Box in Ceiling to Octagon?

I need to do the opposite of what is talked about in this post: Can I convert ceiling mounted octagon box to electrical receptacle? Specifically, there is a rectangular electrical box in my ceiling ...
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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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Is this outlet wiring correct?

I was checking outlets to insure that they were wired correctly, and in doing I discover this one. The outlet tester said it wasn't grounded. There is one black wire coming from what appears to be a ...
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Is Schedule 80 PVC Conduit Suitable for Short Directional Boring?

I'm running some electrical wire around where I'm building my house. There are two places that I'd rather not dig through: A driveway and a creek. The creek is the most important, because the state ...
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Unused electrical duplex box, soon to be hidden behind a bookcase?

I'm getting ready to install bookcases for my home office (SouthWest USA). One wall floor to ceiling consisting of four units screwed together. In one place there is a duplex outlet right behind the ...
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How can I secure NM cable in a tight spot?

I need to secure NM cable in an area where there isn't enough room to swing a hammer. This makes the usual staples impossible to use. How can I secure the cable in this tight space?
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How to identify the purpose of this switch?

I have three switches in a box. One controls the light on the ceiling fan and one controls the ceiling fan. I cannot figure out what the third switch is used for. I thought it might have controlled ...
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Are two circuits allowed to have a common neutral?

Don't know if the title makes sense so I'll explain what I'm doing. I'm trying to wire two adjacent fridges that each require a dedicated 15A circuit. I'm just wondering instead of running two wires ...
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Underground Electrical Outlet

I have a 240v outlet in my front yard that is rarely used. It is a pain to mow around and I have never had a need of it (installed by previous owners to power a refrigerated truck). I do not want to ...
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Why does my electric range lack fine temperature control?

We had a Stove at the cottage for which all of the range elements ran either hot hot or cold. This made it very difficult to cook pancakes etc! We bought a new stove for our house and moved the old ...
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What could be causing our air conditioner circuit breaker to keep tripping?

Our air conditioner circuit breaker marked "AC", is tripping frequently after the AC unit works for a while. Sometimes as long as an hour or more and, sometimes as short as few minutes. We were told ...
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Where do I attach the earth conductor on a plastic fixture?

I'm replacing some outdoor lights. The old ones were metal, and the earth wire was connected to a screw on the base. The new fixtures are plastic, and there's no earthing screw. Where should I connect ...
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How to remove wires from doorbell

I was tasked with removing a broken doorbell from the outside of the building. I'm not sure what to do with the wires? If I pull on them they come out further but not a whole lot. I want to at least ...
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Should I replace a receptacle with a small burn mark?

I have a window A/C in my room. I turned it on last night and power from that socket, the restroom lights, second bedroom and hallway lights are not working now. The plugs in the restroom do work. The ...
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What is the NEC-compliant way to add a conduit in this configuration?

I'm about to open the interior side of a kitchen wall. My breaker panel is on the exterior side of this wall. I'll be adding insulation, making future pulling of cable difficult, so I'd like to take ...
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How can I wire a GFCI combo switch so that the switch controls the receptacle?

I want to install a Cooper Combination Switch/Receptacle GFCI device. Everything I've seen shows the switch controlling a light or garbage disposal and the outlet always hot. I want the switch to ...
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Can I wire a Bathroom Fan to two Switches in Parallel?

I want to control a bathroom exhaust fan with a wall timer, and a 24 vac relay. Basically both switches would be wired in parallel. Is this safe to do?
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How to calculate what wattage transformer to use for LED light strip

I am looking to purchase some LED light strips, and I have seen these: 7.5 Watt RGB LED Tape They are 7.5w, and have 150 LED lights over a span of 5m and the website states that they are 12V. But I ...
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What could cause my recessed light to not work?

I replaced a flood light lightbulb in recessed light fixture, thinking the previous bulb had burned out, but that new bulb isn't working either. I've tried a regular lamp bulb to ensure my new ...
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Closet dome light, is the tinfoil necessary?

In taking the cover off my closet dome light to change a lightbulb, I noticed that behind the lightbulb there is peeling tinfoil which is revealing something that looks like insulation. The lightbulbs ...
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Is there any code for running Ethernet cable (through attics)?

We have an unfinished attic - the insulation-everywhere, step-in-the-wrong-place-and-fall-through-the-ceiling kind. I'd like to run Ethernet cable through the attic. I know for Romex, I'd have to ...
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Does lowering the regulator setting of fan minimize electricity usage

We have ceiling fans with "regulators" that allow us to control the speed of the fan, so does reducing speed of the fan translate into power savings rather than heat dissipation in the control element?...
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romex - drywall over plywood

I have an outlet on one side of the wall, then on the other side I was planning on putting another outlet. Problem seems to be the the room for the new outlet was an addition... For some reason there'...
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Ceiling fan wall switch issue

I installed a ceiling fan without a light in a location that previously only had a light. The fan has been working well for almost a year, but the wall switch has always had the speeds reversed (0 is ...
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What could be causing my electric hob to leak voltage?

When cleaning my ceramic hob yesterday (wet, but not excessively), I noticed some voltage going through my wet finger when touching the shaft of one of the knobs (I had removed the knobs before). I ...
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How would I wire a 4 position switch?

I work from home in a house with roommates and I would like to set up a light system to let them know if it's OK to disturb me during my work. I was thinking a stoplight system of Red: Do not disturb ...
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light switch problem

My neighbor's porch light stopped working so he tried replacing the switch and failed. Nofixturyver there figuring it out and I'm having troubles. right inside the front door there is 2 switches. One ...
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What is the maximum 12/2 wire length from a 20A breaker to a baseboard heater?

What is the maximum distance from a 220V/20amp circuit breaker to an 2000 watt electric baseboard heater using 12/2? At what distance would it require 10/2?
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GFCI outlet hot when nothing's plugged into it

Using a thermal camera (coolest thing in the world, by the way), I discovered that a GFCI outlet in my bathroom is hotter then the surrounding wall when nothing's plugged into it: It's not boiling ...
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Adding a ceiling fan single switch in a box with 3 way switch in older house

Sometimes I love our house and sometimes I don't..and many times I don't when I am trying to do some electrical because it is not at all straight-forward. House was built in 1943, has older silver ...
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How can I bend wire that is too thick to manage easily?

Such a silly question but please help me! The wires leading to my pool pump are probably 10 or 12 gauge. When i bend them in a loop i cant get them around the screw because there is no give to the ...
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How can I identify the conductors in an appliance cord with only the green wire colored?

I've bought an appliance power cord for my dishwasher, however, unlike this cable: (my car was parked) only the green (ground) cable is colored. Does this mean that when I connect the cord to the ...
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Should I replace the neutral wire that I accidentally cut in a Romex cable when installing a new outlet?

So I'm installing a new outlet in my home. There's an existing Romex cable that goes up the wall into my attic above the new outlet. When I was stripping the wire to go in the box, I accidentally ...
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One GFCI outlet to protect them all

My house was built in 1981, we have a small U shaped kitchen with 5 outlets, along with a switch for the garbage disposal. I do not see any GFCI outlets or any indication any of them are. With a 4 ...
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ceiling fan rotate slowly in my bedroom only

I had one ceiling fan which was rotating slowly.I thought fan might have issues, so I shifted that fan to my shop.to my amazement, the same fan is working fantastic there. Then I bought a brand new ...
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Add new outlet in pantry to one of the two existing 20 amp small appliance branch circuits

I am doing some remodeling in my kitchen. I currently have the required two 20-amp small appliance branch circuits powering the kitchen counter outlets. I have a small pantry/closet directly off the ...
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Why is one light staying on when the switch is off?

Can anyone help, I have a lighting/wiring problem, I have two lights in front room controlled by one dimmer switch, the problem is one stays on permanently and one switches on and off and dims. The ...
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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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Tracing elctrical outlets that suddenly stopped working.

Last fall an outdoor outlet and an outlet in my garage worked just fine. However this spring neither of them work. Any thoughts on how I can go about researching or identifying the problem? I ...
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How do you wire multiple outlets between three way switches?

I am trying to put my basement lights onto a three way circuit and can not find any examples of how to wire the circuit correctly. I have power (12/2) coming into a box with a three way switch, then ...
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Federal Pacific / Stab-Lok Breakers [closed]

I have a bag full of old Federal Pacific Stab-Lok breakers. A quick Google search says one out of four of these are a fire hazard, and this question/answer corroborate the fact that this is a low-...
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Why would a light switch be wired with the neutral wire?

I'm having trouble installing a WEMO wall switch. The light I want to use it on is a single on/off switch, not a 3 way switch. When I remove the face plate, the neutral wire is wired to the light ...
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Problem with service drop

I have overhead wire providing my two phase electric service. The line from the pole appears to be relatively new and the splice connectors appear to be in good condition as well. However, there is ...
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light switch problems

I am looking at adding a light switch next to another switch as I was checking voltage at the current switch, I noticed the switch had two white wires connected to it and when I checked the voltage ...
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Can I run NM wire and put an electrical box in the same wall stud cavity as a metal HVAC supply duct

I want to run an in-wall HVAC supply duct up a wall and I would also like to put a electrical box for a light switch in the same wall stud cavity. Assuming the stud cavity is wide enough for both, can ...
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How do I add a socket to a fused alarm spur?

I am in the UK. I wish to install a socket (possibly a double) in the under stair area of my house. The main consumer unit is based here and also the alarm box. One option would be to get an ...
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Leviton Wallplate does not fit standard electrical box

I pre-wired my house for a lot of low-voltage applications. I installed new-construction green plastic boxes of the appropriate sizes (e.g. 1-gang, 2-gang, etc.); at the time, I wasn't ready to finish,...
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What do the “N” and “T” labels mean on junction box cable clamps?

This is a typical old-work junction box with integral NM cable clamps. They are each labeled with a tiny "N". I had assumed this stood for NM and didn't give the labels a second thought. But then I ...
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Hooking up a 50A hot tub breaker to a 60A subpanel

I am considering adding a hot tub to my backyard. Most of the ones I've seen require a 240v 50A breaker, presumably with #6 4-wire. It would be most convenient to run the line for this from my ...
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Is it against code to create a romex to thhn junction inside a conduit body?

I'm installing a 60A subpanel in my detached garage. I'll be running 2GA conductors, to leave the possibility of upgrading to 100A service in the future open. The Breaker I'll be using on the main ...