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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 black/...
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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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Installing and connecting an outside generator power inlet box

I want to install an outside power inlet receptacle for my portable generator, to be used in case of a power failure. In my house I have two breaker boxes: one is the main breaker box. A second one ...
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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 ...
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where to buy a 20 amp small round receptacle like the small round 15 amp sillite receptacle 1 3/4" diameter [closed]

my electrician has looked for a 20 amp small round receptacle to set into the false front of the wood sink cabinet to meet code so I can avoid having outlet in backsplash and (do not have uppers on ...
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what could cause my gfci to randomly trip?

I'm in the process of finishing my basement, and am almost done with the electrical rough-in. The whole thing is open studs at this time, so any sort of reconfiguration is easily possible. I have a ...
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Amperage on Main Neutral cause a High Electric Bill

My neighbours power bill was high from the electric company. They called an electrician and they noticed that the main panels, main neutral was carrying a couple of amps on it (verified with clamp on ...
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50 Amp tankless water heater and 30 amp double pole switch

I just moved into a house. I have a 50 amp max tankless water heater. The circuit breaker is 50 amps. The water heater is connected to a NEMA 10-50 power receptacle. There a switch to turn on and off ...
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Generator ATS and Neutral Bonding

Does this look like the proper layout for the neutral bonding? Each transfer switch on left has a 200A breaker and becomes my new service disconnect. Therefore, the neutral bonds should be done ...
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Breaker to outdoor Sub panel keep tripping

Need help with my outdoor kitchen fridge. A 20 amp fuse at the main box goes takes a 10/2 w/ground wire to a sub panel. The sub panel has two 15 amp breakers circuit one goes to a storage shed via ...
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Help replacing the heating element for a yogurt maker [closed]

I'm trying to repair my mother's BEL yogurt maker (model B15) and although it would be easier, faster and probably cheaper to just buy a new one I know she really wants this one to work and thought it ...
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Adding GFCI to box with 2 hot (black and red) and 1 neutral with one wire

I moved into an older home and i am trying to add a GFCI in a kitchen outlet by the sink. Its a two gang box with a switch and one outlet, it has 3 lines coming into the box, two go to the light ...
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Okay to install “HT” type track lighting without grounding it?

I'm hoping to install some "H" type track for track lighting in my house. I understand the H style is designed for a ground (it has three contacts), but our house doesn't have many grounded outlets or ...
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Circuit Breaker Upgrade Complications

I'm currently renting a unit in a commercial warehouse complex. Each unit has individual MLO panels inside the unit, and then a large split meter base with individual breakers for each unit in a ...
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What's this JML thing in my house?

I have seen these things in various walls around my house and I am just wondering what the heck they are??? reverse image search showed no useful results so now I here asking for the help of stack ...
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Roadblock installing 4-way switch

I've been trying to install a four way switch setup for a ceiling fan using a Leviton z-wave control switch and two matching remotes. I've attached a copy of the wiring as it is currently set up. I'm ...
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How to solve blinking of my samsung plasma 3d tv when connected via hdmi with pc [closed]

I am facing blinking problem in my samsung plasma 3d tv. The model number is PA43H4900AR. My observation about the problem is like this. This blinking problem occurs only when the tv is used as 2nd ...
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Can I use a ballast that is rated for four 32W T8 bulbs with a different number of 15W T8 bulbs?

If so how might I figure out how many? I don't know how the math would apply in this situation.
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Move Kitchen to Living Room-Unit

My unit is on the ground floor, I am thinking to combine kitchen and living room to create an open kitchen and renovate original kitchen to a bathroom/Laundry. I know it sounds crazy and probably ...
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Can I turn one set of twinkle lights into several by cutting the wire & adding new plugs?

I am working on a project for wedding reception lighting and would like to make several chandeliers using Christmas tree twinkle lights but the strands I have are way too long for one single ...
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Replacing a two prong outlet with a 3 prong/ 2 prong didnt have a grounding wire, can I replace them? [duplicate]

Can I just replace the socket with the 3 prong and not worry about grounding?
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Washing machine randomly tripping GFCI

I read a previous question regarding a GFCI outlet and a washing machine, but my issue is slightly different. I have 2 GFCI outlets in a washroom in the downstairs of my home. One is obviously ...
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What could have caused the chock block terminal to melt?

I installed a new light fitting approximately a year ago, which had a long flex. I shortened the flex by cutting both wires, and rejoining them with chock blocks which are contained within the ceiling ...
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Seeking outdoor 2-bulb light socket for wall sconces [closed]

We are seeking an apparently old-style 2-bulb light socket to mount on a wall through a wall sconce. I haven't been able to find this at hardware stores or on line. Here is a photo of what we need.
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Tripping Inline GFI Outlet

We are working on an "inline" GFI Circut (has 4 or 5 outlets on the GFI Circut). When we use a tester to test for 110 (Red prob to hot side of socket and Black prob to ground at box) it pops the GFI ...