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How can I run a coaxial cable into an existing single gang electrical outlet?

The cable outlet in my girlfriend's living room is in a strange place. She wants to move her TV to a different wall but the landlord doesn't want any new holes in the wall or floor. If the wall was ...
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How do I install a bathroom exhaust fan?

I need to know how to wire a bathroom fan with a light and night light. The wiring has a black/white red/white blue/white and green. The bathroom has a light switch for the light fixture over the ...
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How do I wire a new ceiling light with power to the ceiling and 3-way switches?

I'm trying to install a new light fixture in the front hall. Currently, the light is activated by 2 switches (on each end of hall). The NEW fixture has 1 black wire and 1 white wire. The ceiling wires ...
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How much energy will continuously running a furnace fan use?

We have a bi-level (tri-level? There's a small entry way and utility room, then an upstairs living area and master bedroom and a downstairs living area with bedrooms) in mid-Michigan. The downstairs ...
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Am I missing some obvious way to change this lightbulb?

I thought I'd be able to lift the plastic shade and angle it out of the trim, but it doesn't lift at all. It slides side-to-side a bit, but the flanges are large enough to keep it firmly behind the ...
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How to tell if a ceiling junction box is braced to hold the weight of a ceiling fan?

My new home is almost done being built, and one of the extras I asked for was for two of the rooms to have junction boxes in the ceiling suitable for hanging a ceiling fan in the future. The light ...
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How can I install a timer with three-way switches?

I currently have a set of lights controlled by two switches. I believe they are both three way switches, I know one of them is. I am trying to install a timer while keeping the three way switch ...
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Is it OK to strip a wire in the middle for attaching a fixture?

When swapping out a closet light fixture this morning, I found that they had attached it by stripping a small section of each of the black and white wires and bending them around the appropriate ...
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How do I repair a burner on an electric stove that is on all the time even if turned off?

I have a free standing range electrical stove and one of the burners stays on all the time even if I turn it off. Can someone give me some ideas on how to fix this?
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Would my Lighting diagram work?

Hi, i was just wanting some people to take a loot at this diagram i threw together to see if this system would work? and if so do i need to put each area that i tie the main 12/2 together in a box ...
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Is it against code to secure junction box using Liquid Nails?

I need to extend a 14/2 WG wire a few feet. To do this I want to add the extra wire using a junction box. The problem is that I can't get a good angle to nail the junction box down so I was wondering ...
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What kind of timer socket is this and how can I get it working?

This is on an outdoor power receptacle that looks like it should be some kind of timer for switching power on/off. I'd love to use this for Christmas lights, but I can't seem to get it's little ...
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Why is my fuse board buzzing when I'm using the shower?

I have used an electric shower for years no problems, but all of a sudden my fuse board started buzzing when I use the shower. I replaced the shower with the same size unit and it still makes a ...
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Why does half the house go out when a single breaker trips?

The breaker box at my brother's house is well marked and balanced except when a breaker is tripped half the house goes out. I'm currently living on the third floor of his house. When I turned on a ...
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What is the purpose of these holes on my wire stripper?

I have been using this wire stripper for a while, but I have always wondered what was the purpose of those holes in the center and above LOOP, and those teeth on the handles.
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Can I safely ground a light fixture if the ceiling box has two hot and one neutral wire (no ground wire)

Checking for dupes, I saw this question, but the situation appears different as my box is metal, among other things. I'm fairly new to electrical projects, so bear with me. I recently installed a new ...
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What could have caused CFL bulbs to glow during a power outage?

Recently during a storm, I lost power to my whole house. For ~30-60 seconds after losing power, 3-4 CFL bulbs continued to glow faintly. The bulbs were on different circuits, and legs of the ...
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Can I use the tabs to chain 15A outlets on a 20A circuit?

When wiring 15A-rated outlet receptacles on a 20A circuit, is it acceptable to use the tabs & screws to chain the circuit from one outlet to the next? My instinct to overengineer says to use ...
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How can I replace a 4-way mechanical switch with occupancy sensor(s)?

There is a stairwell in our house, which is currently lit by a fixture controlled by three switches: a 4-way and two 3-ways. The wiring was done very recently and, I'm certain, in accordance to modern ...
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Is it OK to have a 20 Amp receptacle on a circuit with 12 AWG wiring and a 15 Amp breaker?

I have a hypothetical question: If you have a 15 Amp breaker connected to a 20 Amp T type outlet with (20 Amp) 12 AWG wire, is it within code, below code, or above code, where code means the National ...
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What model circuit breaker is this?

I live in an old 50 + year old house and it still has the original circuit breakers. I am trying to search for one that died, but don't know the model or even if they make these anymore. If any ...
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Do I need to plug my snow thrower to GFCI outlet?

I bought a snow thrower with 13.5A power. One area of my house is close to a GFCI outlet but the other side of the house is not. It's just a regular outlet. So I am not sure it can be safe to use with ...
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How can I get my ceiling fan lights working again?

After my light kit on my hunter type 2 fan stopped working I determined there is power entering this device (white wire) but none exiting it (pink wire). The pink wire runs to the pull chain for the ...
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How do I get my fluorescent 4-tube under-cabinet lights to come on reliably?

How do I get my fluorescent 4-tube under-cabinet lights to come on reliably? When they have been on a while and just been turned off they will reliably come on again immediately with no flicker. ...
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Why won't my new Craftsman garage door opener power on?

I installed a new Craftsman garage door opener by following the instruction booklet it came with, but after the installation was done and I plunged it in the outlet nothing will power up. Nothing lit ...
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Is it possible to boost an electrical circuit for more current draw?

In my attic I have a relatively decent electrical circuit that runs a family room with a modest entertainment system, a home office with a monster PC, and a couple of ceiling lights. I've never had ...
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Projects to Pursue while Studs are Bare?

I'm stripping my small 950 sq. ft. 1950's-era home to the studs -- walls and ceiling -- so that I can install a vapor barrier and insulation in the walls and ceiling. While I have the studs available ...
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How can I adjust my dimmers to work the way I want?

I have SmartLabs dimmers #2476d in my house and some will turn on all the way on a single tap while other turn half way and then when tap second time they go all the way. Any idea how I can ...
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Lights lowering in the kitchen when turning on microwave oven: symptom of an unstable electric environment?

Is it normal for my kitchen lights to lower their intensity for a second when I'm starting my microwave oven? Is it a symptom of a bad/particularly unstable power environment? The reason I am asking ...
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How can I replace these light switches?

I am trying to change a couple of switches which are in the same junction box. They control the light on my deck and the flood lights on the corners of the house. I took out the first switch - it ...
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Can I share the neutral in 12/3 cable between two GFI circuits with different current ratings?

I think I know the answer to this question however I have been known to be wrong before! I am using GFI breakers to protect multi outlet circuits. One is 15 amp and the other is 20 amp. I realized ...
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How should I connect the ground wire for my light fixture?

I am replacing a light fixture in my bathroom and have the following setup: The electrical box is plastic The wire coming from supply has black (hot), white (neutral) and copper (ground). The light ...
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How can I get a wire that is outside a wall to be inside a wall

I recently removed an abominable drop ceiling from my dining room and found this close to the ceiling on the one side of the room. There is definitely a stud between these two holes. On the other ...
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How can I safely remove an outlet from service?

I have an unwanted 240v outlet in my hallway, on the same circuit as my sewer pump. I pulled the cover and the box is an old work type. I noticed a junction box in this area of my crawlspace, so I ...
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Appropriate tool to remove wires in push wire

I have several switches that have the push wire in the back and I'm going to replace each one with new ones. However, nearly all of them are using the push wire technique and its deep. I have on a ...
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Step up converter for TV and home cinema set [closed]

Soon I will move from Europe to Canada and I am planning to take my TV and home cinema set with me. TV is a Techwood (Samsung panel) LCD TV with the specs: On the back of the TV it says: 220V-240V ...
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How do I wire a light fixture with two white wires to a ceiling box with three white wires?

I am trying to install a new light fixture. The ceiling mount has three white wires and one black one. The problem is that the fixture has two white wires and one black wire. They do not match up. ...
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Does it matter which 3-way switch I put a dimmer at on a 4-way circuit?

I was working a side job today and re-wired quite a few 3 and 4-way circuits. I have a good understanding on how each work, but when I hooked up a 3-way dimmer on a 4-way circuit, the light would ...
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Cool bulbs into a min 90C fixture with 60C wiring

I bought a light fixture that has a min 90°C warning. The wiring leading up to the fixture is NM (60°C wire). I was wondering if an easy workaround to this would be to install a newer, more ...
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Could a disconnected ground wire in the breaker box have caused any problems?

A major home improvement company renovated the outside of our home. During the process the subcontractor jacked into our breaker box without permission and without the use of an electrician. After ...
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Why does my pool pump keep tripping the breaker?

Please hang with me on this question and I hope I can explain it with enough detail to firgure out what is happening before hiring someone to come out and take a look. I am not getting enough power ...
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What's the right connector for connecting #12 solid copper to #14 stranded?

Still working on installing my exhaust fan. It required a dedicated 20A circuit so I ran #12 copper. The wiring from the unit appears to be #14 stranded. It's also silver colored but I don't know if ...
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My house was hit by lightning. What should I do?

A huge thunderstorm passed by the other night and lightning hit the condo building I live in. The fire department came out and inspected the attic, and removed the antenna that was hit. Inside the ...
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Do I need to cut into my drywall to install a switch?

I'm looking to put a light in outside my house. The light is going to be positioned directly behind the outlet I have pictured below where the wires are sticking out. I want the switch to control ...
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Is “don't mix data and power cables” and “don't loop power cables” still valid nowadays?

There are two sayings I keep hearing when talking about wiring e.g. home cinema or computer hardware; Don't wrap data/network cables and power cables up in the same loop because the power cables ...
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What kind of electrical outlet is this, and how do I replace it?

I have an electrical outlet which hasn't been reliable (the bottom one doesn't always have power unless you jiggle the plug), so I want to change it. I've changed a few plain outlets, but I found ...
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Motion sensing light triggered by fan on the same circuit

I have an inexpensive motion sensing light on the outside of my house, which is on the same circuit as a 120V thermostatically controlled duct fan that pulls warm house air into the space (it's an ...
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Are there any issues with having a garage and a washer on the same circuit?

Background My project this weekend is to get my garage repowered so my tenant will be able to plug his car in during the winter months. When I bought my house it was recently renovated by house ...
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Should I be worried about this gap in electrical conduit?

Background My project this weekend is to get my garage repowered so my tenant will be able to plug his car in during the winter months. When I bought my house it was recently renovated by house ...
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Why does my dusk to dawn light go off when the furnace kicks in?

My dusk to dawn light goes off whenever my furnace kicks in throughout the night. It obviously comes back on right away, but it takes a minute or so to be fully restored. What is the reason behind ...