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how to wire two three way switch to a ceiling fan & add one switch for the fan and one for the light

I have two three way switch when I'm closing one of them switch , the fan is automaticly close with the light & I hate that because it's a big place & I'm short so it's hard for me to grab the ...
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Doorbell for a rectangular switch box [closed]

I have a doorbell button that goes on a rectangular switch box that is outside my house. The rectangular switch box is inside concrete. Since the doorbell button is outside exposed to the weather, the ...
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What do I do with the third set of wires in this switch box?

I am wiring in a new light fitting however there are three live/neutral/earth combos, plus a live/white which will be the switch. What do I do with the third live/neutral/earth? (And more importantly, ...
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Why won't a NEST that shares control of a furnace with a conventional thermostat turn on the heat?

I have three floors in my home. The bottom floor has its own gas furnace and the 2nd and 3rd floors share another gas furnace. Everything was working great until I added a NEST to the first and ...
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Why did my electric range wiring burn out at the terminal block?

Turned on our 2 year old stove (Whirlpool Gold) and heard fizzing noises, then smelled electrical burning. Went downstairs and shut off the breaker (40 amp). That was the only way to get it to stop "...
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Can I run the cord for plugged ceiling lights through the attic?

I purchased 2 hanging lights from Ikea and they are wired with plugs. I was wondering if I could run the cords with the plugs through the attic and down the wall to the plug. Will the wire get to hot ...
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If neutral carries current back to the breaker panel, why doesn't it need to be connected to a switch?

I've got some limited field experience as an electrical helper, but no real classroom experience yet. (saving up for school) I am of the understanding that the neutral wire carries electricity back ...
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Getting shocked by a neutral wire

I'm trying to figure out how I got a shock from a neutral wire. I didn't think it was possible until I read this article on being "in series with the neutral." Here's what happened: I was ...
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How do I wire new recessed lighting and a fan?

My home office has two wall switches (double gang switch box w/incoming power), one controls a half switched outlet on opposite wall, the other controls a ceiling fan (w/light kit; not independently ...
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How to open old under cabinet halogen light?

How do I open this to change the bulb? It is an under cabinet 12v halogen fixture installed in 2001.
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How do I handle an extra black wire when replacing dimmer switches?

I am replacing 2 light switches that are in the same box each controlling a separate light, one was a dimmer switch and the other was a regular so now I want to replace both with new dimmer switches. ...
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Did I use the ground wire right? (Light Fixture)

I took down an old ceiling fan in my home, and replaced it with a basic light fixture. When I took the fan down, I saw the normal white and black wires, but no ground coming out off the ceiling. The ...
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What type of adapter should I use to turn a cordless drill in to a corded drill?

I have old Bosch PSR12 driver/drill that all NiCA are dead. I've modified it successfully to work as Corded after removing batteries and connecting 12V 1.5A (220v) adapter. The drill works but when I ...
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Breaker box or heat pump problem?

We ran our forced air heat pump today. 15 min. in we noticed it just stopped running. Looking in the breaker panel I could see that the breaker for the heating unit had tripped. When I tried to ...
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How do I move my shower isolation pull cord switch?

My parents have an electric shower with an isolation pull cord switch, both in the bathroom. The switch has stuck, fortunately in the ON position. He'd like to replace it with a simple switch, moved ...
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Is it dangerous if a fluorescent lamp ticks when off? [closed]

I installed fluorescent lamp in my bathroom. When the switch is off the lamp ticks at frequency of around 6-7Hz. That means there is a voltage when it is off. The switch has no backlight. First of ...
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What would happen if I used a 3 speed fan control with a 4 speed fan?

I have a 4-speed Hampton Bay ceiling fan. I want to use a wireless remote control. I can only find wireless remote control kits that offer 3-speed settings. If I use a 3-speed wireless remote ...
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Can I run THHN wires through an attic without conduit?

I have a new workshop and I'm running 6/3 out to it. My run will need to go from my existing panel through the attic, down an external column (with normal housing siding) and then into an underground ...
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Change half switched outlet

In my house I have various rooms where the builder installed a light switch which only activates (1) half/switched outlet. The problem is, the outlet they chose in most instances was stupid / non-...
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Wiring diagram to split one circuit for ceiling lights in multiple rooms?

I would like to replace some Knob & Tube wiring in my attic. Currently, the ceiling lights in most of our rooms are all on a single circuit and are branched using many knob & tube soldered ...
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Plug-In Power Monitor causing washing machine drum to become electrified?

I bought this plug-in power monitor four years ago. I have used it all over my house without issue. I should note that it is designed for UK plugs (I'm in Australia), so I've had to use some plug ...
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How to poke coaxial cables out of a wall nicely?

I have coaxial cables that are poking out of walls in numerous places all over the house. I don't use them and I don't know why there's so many coming out of each hole. These were left by the previous ...
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Do I have to obtain a permit if an electrician does the work?

I'm looking at installing a new 220V outlet in my home garage. My town requires a permit for any alteration to an electrical system. Typically, if a certified electrician installs this for me do I ...
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What gauge wire is typically used for the input to a home breaker box?

I have a moderately-sized home (~2400 sq. ft.) in the United States that was constructed in 1999. I am looking to build a home energy monitor to track my electricity usage versus time. Obviously, in ...
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Turning two switched outlets into a half switched outlet when only 2 wire is used.

I have power coming into a switch and then proceeding on to two outlets. Only 2 wire is used. Am I able to half switch one of the outlets if there is only 2 wire available?
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Hallway light with multiple switches doesn't always work

I have a light in the entry hallway that has four switches that can turn it on. Lately if I turn this light off using the upstairs switch, none of the others can turn it back on until I turn the ...
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Is a multi-strand conductor better suited for house-hold wiring than a single-core?

Back-ground: The wiring at the residence dates back a century - almost. The old wires were wound in cloth, and are pretty thick aluminium/tin-coated copper. The old energy meter (one with a marked ...
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Why are two breakers controlling the same circuit?

I don't know too much about wiring and such, but I can get my self into trouble. At the church I go to there is a set of chandeliers (4) in the sanctuary. Each one of them has two sets of lights in ...
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What kind of wall switch is needed for a natural gas fireplace to ignite consistently?

When we moved in, our natural gas fireplace worked well: Flick the switch & it would ignite. Years later, it started acting erratically: Sometimes, the switch worked, other times, no luck. We'd ...
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How to install this double switch

After totally re-shape my stairwell i got some issue to re-cable my double switch. I tried a lot of combinaisons, read some docs but nothing works... Here is the settings: That switch is a double ...
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Is this a normal fault mode for an arc fault or what is happening in my wiring to cause my AFCI to trip

Sorry for the long preamble. I'm doing a remodel which involves adding a new guest room which shares a wall with the kitchen. I remodeled the kitchen a few years ago, so I have a good handle on the ...
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Live wires everywhere?

I wanted to install a shelving system into my closet. The stud finder seems to detect live wires over a large area (approximately 4 by 4 feet!) The closet is in the basement, with no power outlets ...
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Replacing existing 9“ dome fixtures with new 13” ones

I purchased three 13" LED dome fixtures for my kitchen over the sink and the two bathrooms. I removed the original fixture and the existing brackets screws are only 4" apart. The new fixtures do not ...
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What is this type of lead called and how do I wire to it correctly?

I'm becoming more frustrated than I'd like to admit trying to wire this button up, and I often find the easier method it was designed for when I'm having this much trouble. Sorry for the poor man's ...
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Are T-8 lights and T-12 lights safely interchangeable?

I have a fixture that came with T-12 lights. Is it safe to use T-8 bulbs instead?
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Newly installed ceiling fan, lights turn on and off on it's own - dimmer switch, breaker or light bulbs causing issue?

Help, I have a newly installed ceiling fan that is controlled by a remote control and the wall has a dimmer switch. (We had a smaller ceiling fan in place and replaced it with a larger fan to fit the ...
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Do you have to mount the main electric panel on a piece of plywood?

Do main panels have to be mounted on a piece of plywood? Can it be mounted in between two studs then insulating fiberglass behind it?
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How to identify circuit breaker to non-functioning built-in microwave oven?

I have a wall-mounted over-the-range microwave oven that is completely non-operational at the moment; from the user's point of view, it's as if it were unplugged, but it is. Unfortunately, access to ...
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Why are my dimmer switches malfunctioning?

I have two dimmer switches that have started malfunctioning. They are in the same box with two other standard switches. Each controls a set of three small flood lights. There is no other way to ...
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Is it safe to replace a GFCI breaker with an arc fault breaker?

We recently had our electrical panel replaced/upgraded and I noticed that our GFCI breaker was replaced with an Arc Fault breaker. Is that safe? Are GFCI breakers obsolete now?
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Does this arc fault breaker manage one or two circuits?

I recently tested our breakers to see what was mapped to what. In the process of doing this, I noticed that our arc fault breaker is handling a LOT. Specifically: 4 bedrooms 2 bathrooms Family ...
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What's the minimum amount of electricity used by an appliance?

My Kill A Watt P4400 by P3 International shows 3 watts electricity usage if anything is plugged in. Do things plugged in, regardless of whether they are ON or OFF, really use a minimum of 3 watts or ...
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How do I fish a wire into an existing electrical box?

I have a 2-gang switch box that houses two light switches. I'm replacing one of the switches with a Honeywell Programmable Light Switch PLS751, which requires both an ungrounded (hot) and a grounded (...
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Can I prevent power theft?

I have heard stories about miswiring and other, less accidental ways that power gets stolen, especially in rentals and condos. I would like to protect myself from false charges if I end up moving into ...
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237V seen across terminals of a dimmer switch when 'off'

I have a household, dual module dimmer switch. One module is working and dims a 3A sidelight loop, the downlight loop with 4 drivers doesn't work and I'm fault finding. I noticed on the working ...
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Do I have to hardwire my electric garage heater, or can I use an existing 240V receptacle?

I just purchased a 17000BTU heater for my garage. The instructions say to hard wire it with 10/3 and 30amp breakers, 240 volt. The company says the warranty is void unless it is hard wired. I have an ...
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Can I use a normal 240v weatherproof on/off switch for an electric fence cut out?

A normal mains switch can be much cheaper and you could have a light to show when its on
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Is it OK to run 12-3 cable to a ceiling fan from a switch that's wired with 12-2?

I'm installing a ceiling fan into a room that has no existing ceiling mount (no light or ceiling fan previously existed). I've got a ceiling fan mount in place with a supporting brace that can support ...
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What should I do if my vacuum trips my AFCI device?

I have a vacuum that trips the AFCI device of the circuit that services my bedroom. The vacuum has some age on it, and there is some wear on the motor's commutator. This wear causes electrical ...
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How can I insert a receptacle into this junction box?

I want to install a receptacle into an existing junction box (photo below). Within the box, there are three neutrals (white) and five hot (two black, two blue, and a red). All of the wires have wire ...