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Can I convert my main panel to a sub-panel to install a hot-tub?

My wife would like to have a hot-tub. The immediate problem there is that the current service entrance is directly above where it would go. So, I am looking at undergrounding my service (added bonus ...
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Chattering contactor, what should voltage be when AC is on/off?

I have a Nest thermostat that I believe is the culprit of this issue. I've already replaced the contactor once and now the new one is chattering and not kicking the AC on. When the AC is turned off, ...
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moving an outlet and switching it to a GFI

I have an existing outlet that is connected and works fine but it needs to be moved because I am adding kitchen cabinets. My question is this the outlet has 3 white wires and two black wires connected ...
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Electrical Wire

I ordered guage 8 wire for residential electrical connection from the watt meter to the circuit breaker box. I received guage 8 wire with very fine (hair-like) strands,not solid as I expected. Can ...
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upgrade to a 200 amp service, cable wiring sizes

The house currently has a 3/4 inch conduit to feed the main wires coming from the power company to the breaker box. This is very much inadequate. I plan to upgrade to a much bigger breaker box. My ...
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motion sensor lights

I have a number of lights that light up the driveway and walks. Some years ago I installed a Heath Zenith motion sensor that worked very well. The sensor was connected at the driveway light. When the ...
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Breaker for compressor tripping when a/c reaching stage 2

My breaker for the compressor is tripping when my a/c is switching to stage2 in very hot weather. Is there anyone who can give me the steps to troubleshoot this issue?
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Breaker problem after bad weather? [duplicate]

Electrical storm the other night. Woke up in the morning and half the power in the house is out. I tested all the breakers and three of them tested bad. A double breaker tests good on one side but bad ...
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How can I add a bathroom fan to the existing end line light switch?

I would like to add a bathroom fan to the existing end line light switch. I am fine with the switch controlling both the light and fan at the same time as the light only has 14-2 running to the ...
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Dimmer switch replacement

Have new dimmer switch . Tried wiring it . Not working . Have two black wires and one white and green from wall . I have tried each wire in every spot . To no avail . One way keeps lights on all time ...
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Can I wire a regular ceiling mount hard-wired chandelier into the light kit area of a ceiling fan?

Basically swap out the lights. Ceiling fan light kit off and regular ceiling mount chandelier on. I want to KEEP the fan, just swap out the light fixture.
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How do I rewire two light fixtures controlled by two three way switches into two separate circuits?

I apologize if the title doesn't make sense so let me explain what I'm working with and what I'm trying to do. Currently, the light fixture in my foyer and the light fixture in my front hallway are ...
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Checking wire with a voltage detector

I have newly installed and wired 4 outlets and a switch from a junction box. The live wire has not been connected yet. From the junction box goes the wire to one plug outlet on the left. from the ...
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exterior electrical under overhang; can I run under 2" of insulation

I have a 4' overhang outside and recessed light boxes going in; no problem. I thought to run romex down over the sheathing but under the 2" of rockwool, 3/4" drain cavity, and 5/16 fibercement siding. ...
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Why would my lights turn on for a second then go off?

My hall lights are on a 3 way switch they turn on and stay on from the switch closet to the front door, but when i use the switch at the end of the hall they go on for a second then go off. Any ideas ...
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Does NEC require a separate circuit for a whole house fan?

I can't figure out any additional details that would improve the question, so let me take this space to say THANKS for your help. I am in Los Angeles County if you happen to know of any ...
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What is the right way to run ethernet wiring and electrical wiring in a house? [duplicate]

Im currently planning to build a 2nd floor in my home, I already know how to do the electrical wiring design according to the norm, however im wondering if its possible to run the ethernet cables ...
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Why won't my lights light up, even though there's power to the lights?

I have new construction, one switch with power to it. From the switch I ran the wire to the first light(4 total) from the first light I ran wire to two different lights and then from one light of the ...
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How would I wire 4 fluorescent lights inside an old oil company sign with one control?

I have an old oil company sign,(plastic). I've made a wood frame, and now I want to add (4) 4' fluorescent lights in sequence around the inside. I would like one control, maybe one plug-in with a ...
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LED Delay on 1 out of 3 lights on same switch

I helped a friend and installed 3 LED can lights in the kitchen. They are all on one switch. Per their report 2 of the 3 lights come on immediately but the third has a delay. What is the possible ...
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Need advice on adding cords to T8 light fixtures

I just acquired twelve 'vapor-tight' T8 three-bulb light fixtures. They have fiberglass bodies and a polycarbonate lens with a gasket. I intend on installing these in a greenhouse to augment the sun ...
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Can I use a WiFi thermostat without a C wire?

I have a very old Honeywell programmable thermostat. I am going to replace it with a White-Rodgers UP500W Emerson Sensi WiFi Thermostat. I just want to know if the WiFi unit will work without a C ...
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Add a new doorbell to basement, upgraded transformer, still doesn't work

I recently finished my basement and ran a wire in the wall (where I wanted my new door bell to my current doorbell transformer. I've been unsuccessful in getting both my upstairs and downstairs ...
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How do I wire a universal remote to control my ceiling fan?

I am trying to setup my fan so that it can be controlled via a universal remote. The remote can do lights + fan speed, but I don't particularly care about controlling the lights. The fan is above a ...
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How can I switch an electrical circuit from one dwelling unit to another?

I recently purchased a 2 family home and decided to live in the 2nd floor unit. My new tenants on first floor are concerned because the basement and front entrance electrical are hooked up to the 1st ...
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Wiring a switch to (2) pendant lights, a ceiling fan (all new)

My existing is I have no ceiling lights or fan. I mounted two pendants and a ceiling fan that has a light. The only switch is one that controls the upper outlets so lamps can be used (which I ...
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Home air conditioner blows capacitor

My air conditioner tripped the breaker, I replaced the breaker and checked and cleaned the filters. so after some research I found out the cooling fan was not working. So tested the capacitor and it ...
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all power to one room not working outlets read hot

We've lost all power in one room. We Replaced all the outlets in the room and the breaker for the room. all breakers and outlets read hot but no electrical is working in the affected room.
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Retrofitting a remote opener into a garage-gate motor

Our garage door is already powered, but to initiate the opening (and closing) of the gate, one must get inside the garage and push one of the three buttons: Open Close Stop How hard would it be to ...
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Current/Voltage reversal Neutral & Ground/.Earth

There is 30 V AC reversal between Neutral & Earth/Ground wire, so how could it prevented so that electronic & electrical instruments be protected. What is the cause of it & how could it ...
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Splicing an electrical fixture outside through inside for electricity [duplicate]

How would you connect an electrical fixture outside through to the inside fron a security flood light?
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How do I wire a garage consumer unit?

I have bought a garage consumer unit, and have wired up accordingly. Power goes to a shed, but when I plug a drill into the socket it trips the rcd in the consumer unit. I have double checked the ...
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How can I rewire a light to use three-way switches?

I have a light that is operated by two switches. One is upstairs, and the other is down stairs. How can I make the light work by either switch? Currently if I turn the light on down stairs, I cannot ...
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Sizing electrical wire from Solar Panels

Our home has a 200 AMP main service disconnect and a 200 AMP sub-panel inside the house. The barn is about 200 feet away with a small sub-panel and is currently fed by a an overhead 8/3 wire. I plan ...
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Turning water pump power switch on and off, is it problematic?

The issue: My expensive Grundfos water pump (used in kitchen sink) is broken. Basic troubleshooting seems to indicate that the switch (XGC2-88) which is triggered by a floating device is broken. ...
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Dishwasher not getting power, found a burned connection. What now?

I have a countertop switch for my dishwasher that feeds into a terminal block in a lower cabinet. Finding a d/w that wouldn't turn on, I opened that box and found the appliance side of the block had a ...
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Need help adding fan to existing 3-way switch setup

I'm including a diagram, because it is difficult to describe all of the things going on here. I have 2 sets of 3-way switches on either side of a room. 1 set operates some can lights with a switch on ...
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GFCI circuit is contaminated

With the load side disconnected, I am reading 50 volts on the line side of the GFCI outlet...Also confirmed that everything on the load side seems fine when connected to another circuit. Could the ...
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How do I take split receptacles off of a SPDT circuit & insert lighting?

In my den, I have two SPDT switches -- mostly split receptacle outlets. Can I take the receptacles off the switch, keep the switch circuit intact by wiring it together in the back of the receptacle ...
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Running NM Through Top Plates and Studs

What is the number limit of 15A & 20A NM circuits that can be pulled through a 1" hole drilled in a top plate (fire rated wall) and/or studs (both load bearing and not? Can NM wire(s) be tied ...
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Moody electrical outlet

The sink disposal came unscrewed, leaked, and shorted the unit. It died. I replace the disposal and plug it in. Nothing happens. The breaker is not tripped. The new disposal turns on when an ...
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Exterior wiring was damaged by bricks, is replacement wiring ok to turn back on?

Some bricks to my home fell off last winter. These were holding my electrical wiring that fed into the breaker box which is on the second floor. We have replaced the wiring and have secured the back ...
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Can I connect two wires to a single screw terminal in my HVAC system?

I am installing a new honeywell WiFi thermostat but the old battery operated thermostat had batteries and no "C" wire. I look at both the thermostat and the air handler and found an extra un-used blue ...
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Power to kitchen receptacles out after receptacle shorted

Today I plugged a blender into a kitchen outlet and the outlet appeared to short circuit and broke (I saw giant spark and lost power to my kitchen). The circuit breaker for the kitchen jumped. After ...
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Hissing noise coming from the lights in my bedroom

I have a ballast in my bedroom with three 60 watt led lights in it. The switch they are connected to is a brand new Lutron dimmer specifically made to work with led lights. The hissing is constant ...
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outlet extended without outlet box?

A contractor recently extended power from an outlet that is located behind my refrigerator. He was originally going to use a large outlet box to make the connections but then we realized that an ...
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Is there a way to add an additional thermostat in an office building?

We work in an office building with individual offices and an outer office. Our office windows face East (catching ALL the morning sun) causing the offices to become extremely warm. The problem is ...
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How do I trace a broken wire outside?

Recently, something happened to the wire running from my house to a lamp by the driveway. Unfortunately, the person who originally ran the wiring was not exactly the best at writing how these things ...
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Two lights one switch/fan only on one

I have two lights on one circuit. 2 Way I want to install a ceiling fan in the one but when I have the fan on I would like both lights to turn off. Is there any way to keep power to the fan while ...
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Can I install a 150A breaker if the the outdoor MCCB is 100 A?

I have a villa, which is 375m2. On the boundary wall of the villa I have a molded case circuit breaker (MCCB) rated for 100A. I need to install a main distribution panel (MDP) inside the villa. The ...