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DIY powder coating oven project [closed]

looking into a diy project with my son, looking to build a powder coating oven, its pretty big 10x10, so i was told to run 8 heating elements 4 on each side, 3000w elements or up to 5000w elements. ...
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Can I use electrical tape for making a splice? If so, how?

What is the approved method for creating an electrical splice to 14 gauge wire intented to carry 110V, 10 amps (standard residential power) in USA? What does code say about tape-splices? The splice ...
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Oven elements don't heat, though electrical continuity and voltage exists

I have a leisure (range type) cooker. However the left hand oven has stopped heating up. When I turn the dial I get 230v at each element but no heat is produced. I have checked continuity on both ...
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Can't turn off security light permenantly

I've just moved into a house which has a secuirty light. It's off during the day and it comes on frequently during the night even when there's seemingly no motion outside. I'd like to be able to ...
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Can I take a 240 volt 33 amp male plug an slice [closed]

Okay. So I wanna wire my garage. My old home has an old unused 3 prong 240v plug just chilling. My home is limited to 100amps. Old old home. So, the garage, 60ft away has no power. No power=no man ...
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Remote Halogen Light Dimmer switch

A 2-in-1 ceiling fan and halogen bulb remote switch has stopped operating the light bulb (either on/off or dimmer) but still operates the fan properly. Any ideas?
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How to mount an exterior light that doesn't cover the junction box [duplicate]

I'm trying to mount this light on the exterior of a house, but it doesn't cover the hole like the existing lights do. In some places there's an existing light that's mounted directly to a junction ...
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Use cat5e 2-pair RJ11 cabes for network connection

I've thought cat5(e) means always RJ45 lan cable. But my house has "cat5e 2-pair rj11 green (data) cables" from the living room to each room. My internet router is in my living room in the 1st floor ...
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Ceiling fan remote not working

I lost the canopy bracket along with the receiver and remote to my ceiling fan while moving. I then ordered an exact replacement receiver and remote for the fan, and when I had someone install it, the ...
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Installing a dual switch from a single switch which powers two wall sconces

My living room has one wall switch that feeds two different lights/ sconces . The switch has only two black wires on the side of the switch. one on the top and one to the bottom . I would like to ...
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Installing a “key cylinder” to open and close the garage door

I have a Chamberlain LiftMaster Professional Garage Door opener (June 2007) with a wireless keypad to open the door but does not open consistently in cold weather. I would like to install a hardwired ...
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Electronic ballast ratings

Hello I have a 4 bulb fixture that im working with. It currently is set up with one ballast for each bulb. I bought a philips EB-C 136 TL-D 220-240 ballast to go back. My bulbs are 18watts. The ...
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How many electrical circuits? [closed]

Considering the following appliances, how many separate circuits should I consider for an apartment with 1 bedroom, 1 living room, 1 kitchen, 1 bathroom, and 1 access hallway? electrical oven ...
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Unswitched hot in Fixture Junction Box

A comment on an answer to this question seems to be saying that its illegal for an unswitched hot to run through a light fixture junction box, even though its not connected to the fixture at that ...
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Thermostat replacement in a double wide

We have a new double wide and I want to replace the thermostat with a new programmable one. We took off the old one and it has 3 red wires, 2 yellow, 1 white and 1 green. I get the 2 red indicate a ...
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Problem with light switch

I have a situation where power comes to a switch and the light either won't go on at all or else it stays on continuously. What can be wrong?
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Shock from Electrical Testing Panel [closed]

While performing the high voltage test on object I received a shock from the panel. Both The panel & test object was properly earthed. I checked inside the panel and there was no broken wire ...
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Power Box Installation Code [closed]

House being built has had the power box installed on bedroom wall EXACTLY where the occupants bed will be situated. Just plaster sheet between the power unit and persons heads! Is this legal? What are ...
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Can I use a round metal electrical box for an exterior light fixture to be mounted in an insulated concrete form (ICF) wall?

Can I use a round metal electrical box for an exterior light fixture to be mounted in an insulated concrete form (ICF) wall?
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Off grid home power shutting off

Let me start by saying thank you for reading my question. I appreciate any help offered. My husband and I just moved to Arizona from Ohio. We purchased a modular home off grid in the mountains. This ...
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How do you install a ceilng fan to an electrical box that has 1-black, 2-white, 2-green?

I want to install a ceiling fan to a ceiling fixture that has been unused all this time. The ceiling fan has 1 blue, 1 black, 1 white and 1 green wire. The instructions indicate that I connect the ...
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code for installing electrical panel in old construction (CA) [closed]

I'm about to embark on a project where an older, inferior brand 125amp panel from the 1960's will be upgraded to a modern 200amp panel. I've been doing some research prior to getting the project ...
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Ceiling fan & lights turn on automatically

I couldn't find someone with the same problem so here goes: I've replaced a ceiling fan (the old one had some parts missing), but as soon as I put the power back, the light and fan turn themselves on ...
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Recessed lighting not lighting up

So I bough 6 LED recessed lights from a flea market today. $30 so why not. Each one has the log socket adapter so I tried all six on a socket and only one works. Sooooooooo. With the other five, ...
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Source of periodic buzzing noise in the walls

Just moved in to a new place and I've noticed during the quiet of the night when trying to sleep that there is this periodic electrical sounding buzz, sort of like the hum of my subwoofer if I leave ...
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Electrical wiring of bathroom box with only black and white wires [closed]

I moved a bathroom box that contained 3 separate switches in it. It contained a light switch, a fan switch and a heat switch. When I looked on this site, it said that there is normally a red wire ...
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Generator Usage Plan [closed]

I would like to think that if I had to use my 7000 watt generator for a few days of power outage, that I wouldn't need to run it 24/7. Does/has anyone made a written plan for maximizing generator ...
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Tankless water heater - Electric issue

I have a AuqaPower Tankless water heater I installed myself 2 years ago. I used the old wire from old (tank) water heater and I ran a new wire for the 2nd place. It has worked great for 2 years and ...
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Loud Noise, possibly electrical, from somewhere in the house

Just today I have heard a loud buzzing noise in the house. I have lived here 16 years and never heard it before. It is loud, lasts a few seconds and sounds electrical. I cannot isolate where it is ...
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GFCI breaker trips when switched on

I'm buying a house. It's an old house. I had to put in a GFCI breaker for the bathroom. It trips as soon as I switch it on. If I disconnect the neutral it doesn't trip. It is three wire coming ...
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Loose wire caused significant blackening in plug. How much do I need to inspect/replace?

The cable coming out of my dishwasher ends in an L5 plug of the type that has screw terminals inside for attaching wires. In my continuing quest to inspect all the accessible electrical connections in ...
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How to connect metal conduit to in-wall NM cable?

I have NM cable in metal conduit running along a wall. At a corner, the conduit enters wall space, and ends at a metal box in the wall. The line is continued by in-wall NM. How should I handle the ...
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Harbor Breeze Lighting Issue

The part in question is on the right side of the top picture next to the white wires. I have a Harbor Breeze ceiling fan/light combination that has been installed and working properly for over 5 ...
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Wiring in a bath heater,vent, fan combo with power source coming from ceiling

I have 3 cables coming in from the ceiling, with one being the supply. At the switch box I have 2 cables with neither being hot. In the switch box I have a black/white and another set being ...
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Construction heater in garage

I would like to run an underground wire from my driveshed to my garage to run a 4800 watt construction heater. I think they draw 20-25 amps. I don't have 220 in the garage. The distance is 200 ft. Is ...
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Troubleshooting faulty electric oven

My electric oven is exhibiting the following symptoms: Oven not heating up at all Grill (Broil in American English?) not heating up at all Fan is working OK Power light doesn't come on, nor the ...
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Extractor fan wiring questions

I've just been replacing the switch on the main bathroom extractor fan. When we had it fitted, the guy said that normally it should be wired to the light and would just come on when we turned the ...
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Changing switch to dimmer (UK)

Right in the middle of this job and realised I don't know what I'm doing. I'm in the UK. I currently have a Crabtree switch (which I believe is called a single gang two way switch) on a light on my ...
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Will running cable near metal stair railing cause interference?

I want to increase the range of my router on the upper floor, for gaming in another room. For this, the cable will have to run alongside metal stair railing. Will this cause interference? Will the use ...
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Reconnecting light to box fed by a 3-way switch

Running into my overhead light fixture from light switch 1 is red, White and neutral. From other switch is white and black. My new light has 2 wires. Which wires in box do I connect to what?
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Opened ground on a new outlet

I have an older 1981 mobile home and an outlet in my living room wasnt holding plugs so I replaced it with a new three prong, taking the wiring off the old push in styled plug and connecting them to ...
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is this the correct for wiring outlet after a wall switch is put for other purpose

We recently bought a house and then we found one of the outlet in master bedroom doesn't work. The lower outlet has power but the upper outlet doesn't. After open the cover plate, I found the copper ...
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Portion of outlets not working

Seeking some help. Breaker is fine. Other outlets on same circuit working. Everything downstream of light switch is not working. Light switch appears fine. Back stabber outlets not working, ...
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Confused about wiring outside light fixture with multiple switched wires

I am trying to replace an outside motion detector light fixture that was removed before I bought the house and the only things left were the plastic base in the eave and electrical taped wires shoved ...
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Safely fit new bathroom pull switch to existing wiring

We moved into a house that has a bathroom pull switch (surface mount box - is that a 'pattress'?) dangling from the ceiling by a couple of inches of wires. I think when we moved in it was flush with ...
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How to add more lights to my attic

I have 1 light in my attic but its not bright enough for the whole attic so i want to add 4 more lights. the switch is in the downstairs hallway, so all that is in the attic is a electrical wire and ...
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Can I add a 30 amp breaker to a sub panel being fed from a 50 amp breaker

I have 100 amp service panel that feeds a sub panel with a 50 amp breaker. In the sub panel, there are currently five 15 amp breakers that feed three rooms worth of lights and two outdoor outlets used ...
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Is this main box outdated and needs upgrade?

This house is 1970's built (UK) but not sure when the electrical wiring were done. The main box looks like in the attached picture. It seems it has only fuse boxes in it... and does not have any MCB, ...
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How to troubleshoot “refrigerator power goes off occasionally but comes back on when I cycle power switch off and back on”?

Refrigerator power occasionally goes off (lightbulbs are off, and apparently everything else though I haven't tested with a multimeter or anything) but comes back on when I cycle power switch off and ...
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Is it OK that my circuit breaker panel does not latch closed

I plan on doing some work and having it inspected. As part of the work I will be switching some normal breakers to AFCI. Before I get started I notice my panel does not fully latch closed. The latch ...