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How do I wire my new ceiling light?

Old flat in Melbourne, Australia. When i took out old fitting it had a red wire in joined to red out, a brown and a black one. One terminal had nothing. Have bought new fitting but it seems to be ...
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Why didn't homeowners get electrocuted when appliances were grounded through the neutral?

I read that appliance at certain times in the U.S. (for example stoves) were grounded through the neutral wire. Since the neutral wire carries current does this means the case of the stove itself is ...
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Can I upgrade from a 240V 30A circuit to a 240V 50A circuit?

I have a new range with a NEMA 14-50P plug. I find my 240V receptacle is for a dryer, with the top blade a 90° one. So I need to change the receptacle out. However, I think my range needs 50 Amps, and ...
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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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Soft crumbling walls, electrical mounting box

I wonder if anyone can help. I'm having my kitchen refurbished including the electrics but when my partner tried to insert and secure the mounting boxes into the wall the plaster around it has ...
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Will different sized bullet crimps fit together?

Will a male crimp bullet fit into a female crimp bullet if the male bullet is 14/16 AWG and the female bullet is 10/12 AWG. In other words, is the bullet portion of the bullet crimps the same ...
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How can I route the cables for my TV in a basement with a “half wall”?

I would like to hang my new television on the wall in the basement, and run the cables through the wall to the entertainment center. My issue, is that the wall is a "half wall" because I have a split ...
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Can I install a Subpanel (in a seperate building) using a 3 wire connection (2 hots and 1 grounded neutral)?

Can I use a 3 wire connection (2 hots and 1 grounded neutral) to install a subpanel in a seperate structure if I install a seperate ground rod to the grounding bus in subpanel? I have 8/3 w/o ground ...
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What size breaker and wire do I need for central air conditioning?

I am getting ready to hang drywall in my basement but before I do that, I need to run wire from the main panel upstairs to the future location of the central AC furnace through the basement ceiling ...
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How do I hook up a new “pull-type” light switch in my basement utility room?

The old pull-switch was installed when we bought the house, and it was of a different type than the new one I bought. I went to replace it, and found out I couldn't just swap the wires, since the old ...
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What can I use to lubricate electrical contacts?

I've been replacing lots of 2 pin MR-16 halogen bulbs and have been having a very difficult time inserting them into the sockets. I've also lost few pins removing the old bulbs. Is there anything I ...
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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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what would cause the ceiling fan light to blink or shut off in a fan that's over 30 years old without any problems til now

The ceiling fan is over 30 years old worked flawlessly until now, light either blinks or shuts off altogether. But, when you turn the wall switch off then back on it lights up no problem for days, ...
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Why does one light on a new chandelier light up after the others?

One lamp socket in a newly installed chandelier lights up the bulb a split second after the others. I changed bulbs to make sure that wasn't the problem. Why is this happening and should the ...
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Why Do 240V Circuits Not Require Neutral?

Someone told me that a 240V circuit does not require a neutral wire in the cable. Can anyone explain this phenomenon from the electricity perspective and generally explain why circuits do and do not ...
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How do I design the circuit for baseboard heaters?

I am designing the circuit(s) for my basement apartment (cca. 800 sq ft) baseboard heating solution. I am planning to buy Berko HBB Series heaters and distribute them as shown in the below table. ...
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How do I wire a two-way switch?

I have a one gang two way switch on top landing, there are four red wires one yellow one blue how do I wire the switch?
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Can I install two GFCI receptacles on a multiwire branch circuit?

I am wondering if I'm using a 10/3 teck cable to power two 20 amp GFCI receptacles for a temporary power situation, can I use two separate single pole 20 amp breakers at the panel for each receptacle. ...
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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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Why am I measuring decreased voltage between my dryer's neutral and hot conductors?

At the outlet: 40V - red to neutral (white) 40V - black to neutral (white) 230V - red to black 110V - red to ground 110V - black to ground At the circuit breaker: 230V - red to ...
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New light switch has blue, black, and white wires. Wall has black, white, and ground. Can I make it work?

I bought a new light switch that is supposed to allow me to automate my lights easier. Here is what it looks like: It has blue, black, and white wires. Coming out of my wall, however, I only have a ...
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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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Why would you use copper electrical conduit?

This is not "home" improvement per se, but it fits the spirit of this stack exchange. While waiting for my train I was peeking into a ceiling that had all of its slats removed for some kind of ...
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Can I connect to any neutral wire in the house?

I have a Belkin Wemo switch that requires a neutral wire for installation. There is no neutral in the switch box. However, there is a neutral in the electrical outlet box below it, and a path from the ...
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Bonding Ground Rod for Rooftop Antenna

I am installing a rooftop antenna on the end of my house, opposite the end where the ground rod is located. I plan to install a new 8' ground rod on the ground directly under the antenna. I need to ...
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How can I figure out why my Roomba stopped vacuuming? [closed]

I have a Roomba 500 series, which would do its little dance going through every room in my house. When it's done, however, the dustbin is always left empty! (and the floor is still dirty) I noted ...
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Why is my light switch leaking electricity?

I have a home built in 1950 and a laundry room added sometime in the unknown future. There is a light switch that seems to be emitting electricity according to my Fluke voltage tester. I noticed it ...
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switch wiring for garbage disposal above sink [closed]

There's no power to the plug on the switch. Their is two white wires to the bottom & green above& black across the switch which works but no wire on that side on the bottom
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Should I use a GFCI or AFCI circuit breaker with knob and tube wiring?

My American house was built in 1942, and much of the wiring is still knob-and-tube wiring (2-wire, no ground). Over the years new modern wiring has been added to the house, but we still have some KnT ...
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How to use LED lighting strip on ceiling?

In our living room, we have a single ceiling rose in the centre of the ceiling with a boring light fitting on it. I'd love to replace this with 4 led strips (about 2m each) running from the centre to ...
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What could be tripping multiple GFCI breakers?

I have 14 ground fault circuits split 7 on each side of my panel. I have recently had 5 or six trip on the left side and 1 or 2 on the right. It happens at all hours. It appears I have some kind of ...
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How can I fill gaps in wall plates on an uneven backsplash?

We're having a new house built, and the kitchen backsplash that was just installed is a tumbled stone, which looks great, but isn't a flat surface. As a result, the wall plates for electrical outlets, ...
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Why is my bedroom light not working?

I'm after some advice please. This afternoon I was replacing a ceiling light fitting with a pendant fitting in my boys new bedroom. Put the bulb in and no power. Checked the bulb and it works, ...
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Why is one half of a subpanel not working?

I have 12/3 wire running out to my garage. I have a double 20 amp breaker in main box and a subpanel with two single 20 amp breakers in the garage with black to one breaker and red to the other. The ...
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Trip switch goes off 50% of the time when turning off an appliance

I have my computer attached to a six plug board that has its own on/off switch. It also has a power light and an 'earth' light which both are on. When I click off the board using its own switch about ...
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circuit breaker problem after removing ceiling fan

I removed a Hunter Ceiling Fan. I went to my circuit box and turned off the power from the circuit breaker it was on. I capped the wires and then went to my circuit box to reset my circuit breaker. ...
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Why would a short cause the main breaker to trip instead of the branch circuit breaker?

In our home, we have two electrical panels. One main panel (in the basement) and a sub panel on the first floor. The lights to the kitchen on the first floor run to a breaker in this sub panel. We ...
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Does the neutral wire float or go to the neutral bus on a sub panel?

Does the neutral wire float or go to the neutral bus on a sub panel?
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Can I replace two light switches with a single light switch?

In my basement family room I have two sets of track lighting on either sides of the room. Each set is controlled by it's own dimmer switch, and both dimmer switches are in the same box in the wall. ...
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Can you run a junction inside an outlet or recessed light

I have been working on finishing my basement and am starting my rough in electrical. I am learning as I go and have gotten most of the basics down.. calc load, box size, stapling, supports etc. One ...
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De-coupling fan and lighting switches?

Background on what I'm trying to do: This question appears somewhat similar in concept to Can I control a bathroom extractor fan independently from the light? however, in my case, I believe the ...
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Why do I hear intermittent speaker hum that goes away when I turn lights off or on?

I'm hearing speaker hum in a stereo system that I recently hooked up. I can't pinpoint when the hum begins, but I've identified that turning certain lights off or on in the same room eliminates the ...
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How can I mount a security camera on the outside of the house?

I'm tasked with mounting a security camera on the outside of the house and I'm not sure what would be the right way to do this. There are two basic problems: how to mount the thing and how to run the ...
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How can I calculate the Btus needed for a single room A/C unit?

How many Btus is recommended for a room about 35 square meters? I have 2 units with 13,000 Btus each. I'm thinking it should be enough, but the room is just so-so cool. I can never say it's COLD in ...
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How can I calculate the power consumption of an A/C unit?

I have an AC unit with the following specs: Cooling Capacity: 1260 kcal/h, 1.47kW, 5000 Btu/h Fan Motor Power: 0.034 kW Current: 0.155 A My question is how much power does this unit actually ...
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What are the code requirements for installing a ceiling fan alongside a fire sprinkler?

I have a fire sprinkler in my bedroom ceiling which is right in the middle. I want to install a ceiling fan. What are code requirements to follow?
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Why doesn't my motion sensor light work?

I want to install a simple motion sensor (Lutron Maestro MS-OPS2) on a single pole switch in my garage. When I installed it the light would not turn off. The instructions (PDF) that come with the ...
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How does a multi-tap motor speed control work?

I have a Home Depot, undocumented, no-name ceiling fan and I've messed up the speed control connections, and I'm trying to understand how the circuit works. I found a circuit on the internet which ...
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How can I install a ceiling fan, recessed lights, and receptacles on the same circuit?

I believe the configuration in the image below is what I need in order to power a ceiling fan and recessed lights on two separate switches out of a two gang box using the existing cables. However, ...
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What size of transformer do I need if I have to bring a 208Y/120V service to a structure and the power company provides a 480 V service? [closed]

Can I use a 150 V, 250 V, 300 V, or 400 V transformer for a 208Y/120 V service to a structure with the power company providing a 480V service?