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Some outlets seem to have no power

I have electricity in my bathroom and kitchen and even my porch light and security light outside is on, but there are no numbers on my meter box. What could b the cause of this? There are 2 outlets ...
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Wiring diagram/configuration 8 outlets with 1 GFCI protector

Installing new circuit 20 amp breaker with 20 amp outlets with 1 GFCI protector. Should GFCI be the fist outlet from breaker panel? How to wire this project.
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Why does my GFCI trip randomly?

I have a GFCI in the kitchen has started tripping all of a sudden. It may trip several times a day. I have the same things plugged in that I have had for months. Nothing has changed with the usage so ...
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I can't work out what this switch is for

In my new home, on onr 1 wall, there is the switch shown below. I would have assumed it was for an electric fireplace, but there are no signs around it at all. what is this switch most likely for? ...
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Why would three-way switch travelers both show as hot?

We have a three-way switch setup to control our living room light. Our staircase is on the far wall of our living room and one switch is downstairs while the other is at the top of the stairs. The ...
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What's required to wire a repurposed cooktop in my shed?

A friend gave me a stovetop that was separate from the oven which burnt out.The two pieces were inserted into cabinets .I want to hook up the stove top in my shed for cooking. Its the type that has ...
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Electric range burner functions erratically

I have a Kenmore electric range, model 790.94344700. I don't know how old it is; it came with the house. One of the 9" burners has been driving me insane. It's finicky to get to the temperature I ...
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LCD TV blinks when freezer blinks

My LCD TV, which I use as computer monitor, is connected to the same electric socket as the freezer (I do not have other sockets nearby). Whenever the freezer engine starts working, the TV blinks. ...
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Is this GFCI shot?

Last year I installed an old GFCI outlet in a switch box. As verified with a multimeter, the white wire is neutral, and the black wire is hot. Note that this picture was taken after I took off the ...
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Bathroom Electrical question GFI

Can I run a 12 2 wire off of a 20 amp breaker to a splitter box, then from the splitter box run one 12 2 wire to a light switch, then to 5 can lights? Then one more wire from the splitter box to ...
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How to install low voltage bracket through a drywall block?

When installing an old work low voltage ring/bracket in a room (for a network plug), I cut the hole where there is a block behind the drywall. The block is what looks to be a 1x4, going vertically ...
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multiple motion detectors wired together

I would like to wire multiple motion detector light kits in parallel, so when one motion detector is tripped it will turn on all three lights. Each light kit has 2 LED lights on it. Schematic and ...
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Make a wide power connector fit in a narrow slot

This seems like a bad idea but I wanted to know for sure. I am trying to extend the reach of my Christmas lights this year into a garden that is about 6 feet from my fence. I don't want to have lights ...
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Add motion sensor and timer so either can turn on front lights

I currently have 4 fixtures, 2 recessed above the garage and 2 enclosed lamps near the front door. They're controlled by a switch that has a builtin timer. I'd like these lights to come on around ...
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Powerline adapter killed my circuit

edit: apparently the powerline adapter tripped an AFCI receptacle. Resetting this solved the problem. I plugged in a a pair of powerline networking adapters (TP-LINK TL-PA4010KIT AV500 Nano ...
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Replacing an octagonal ceiling fan power outlet

How do I remove and replace the octagonal power box in the ceiling as one tip (for screwing the fan motor body into) is broken? I assume I have to remove from within the attic as there are two screws ...
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When calculating circuit load, what should I add for outlets?

I have a 15 amp circuit that powers 8 recessed lights running 8 watt LED bulbs, a bathroom exhaust fan, a bathroom vanity light fixture and a wall outlet. In case this detail is important: the wall ...
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2 switch lite switch

I have a 2 switch switch, it controls 2 different lights. When one is turned on it sparks and trips the circuit breaker. I disconnected the lite and wire nutted the wires and closed off the outside ...
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How to run an extension cord through a tight space

There's a space between my hearth and the wall that I can run coax cable through to a TV but it is too tight to get an extension cord through to that TV. It is only about 1/2 inch wide; the hearth was ...
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Is it possible to power/turn-on LED lights through a lamp switch?

I'm trying to make a lamp from my gf's favorite beer. It's a bomber(16oz) bottle that I'm running a DIY lamp kit through. I'd like to add two little red LED lights that are connected to the switch ...
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Suggestion for daylight high lumen bin-pin LED bulb [closed]

Here are some photos of the fixture. I’ve been searching around for a GU24/bi-pin base daylight LED with more 1400 lumens. Amazon and HomeDepot didn’t help much. I found quite a few bi-pin ones but ...
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What's the wattage of the heater

I have an in-wall heater with this label attached: How come it has 4 different currents/wattages listed? Which one applies?
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Add LEDs to ceiling fan

My baby seems to love watching the ceiling fan spin. Not sure if he is retarded, bored or just super fascinated. Anyway; I was thing, perhaps I could add a few LEDs to the fan blades. My question to ...
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setting up a generator

I run an EX Military genset MEP004A on 240V/50Hz. It has no voltage regulator and i get supply from the reconnector on L1/L3 which is 240V. all was running fine until when the mains power came back. I ...
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Is heating feature in an air conditioner bad?

I was looking to buy an air conditioner (split system), recently and a local dealer told to go for ACs with cooling feature only and not ACs with heating feature, as they require more servicing and ...
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Adding 2 lights, white wires only?

I am adding 2 additional light receptacles in my garage attic. I thought this was going to be pretty straightforward until I got to the currently working light in the attic (pic attached). I get ...
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Light bulb socket cover

Where can I get a light bulb socket cover for my never used outside flood light sockets? I don't use the light fixture, the flood lamps are too heavy to keep in the sockets as the fixture comes ...
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how to hardwire an exterior rope light properly?

Update: As suggested in answer by Ecnerwal, I am changing the question a little bit. Instead of asking what type of rope light this is, I am now asking what would be the proper way to bring this "up ...
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Adding exhaust fan to existing single light switch

I have added an exhaust fan in bathroom to an existing single light switch that operates one light. I'd like the switch to turn the light and the fan on together. The existing switch has one feed of ...
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Generator and auto transfer repair

I have a 100KW diesel generator with a 400amp ATS (Cummins) feeding a 400 amp service. It exercies once a week with load transfer it starts and transfers like it should however when it is time to flop ...
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Is there something that will completely cover two gangs of my electrical box below the drywall?

I previously installed a four gang box in a house. The problem with that box was it ended up being that it was so long that half of the box will be in the backsplash of the kitchen counter and half ...
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GFCI Tripping after 15 years

I have a 15 year old house, with a GFI in the basement, yesterday when I came home I found that it had tripped. I took everything off of the circuit and reset it. Within a couple of minutes it tripped ...
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Add wire to crowded switch box

I have a single-gang switch box (12.5 cu) that has 3 14/2 wires inside of it. I would like to re-wire the switch to be a 3-way switch. As far as I can tell, the 3 wires are power to the box, power ...
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How do I repair a small nick in motor windings?

I accidentally put a nick in a washing machine motor's windings when I was removing it. The nick is shallow, with mostly just the varnish scraped off, and isn't as big as the picture makes it look. ...
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Neutral sparking in panel

Why is my neutral (white) wire sparking in the panel? It's part of a circuit with five light boxes, one light connected to a switch box, one junction box. Lights one and two, the switch and outlet ...
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Adding ground to an existing conduit

Continuing my basement shop brainstorming... As I said in another question, the good news is that I've got a 30-amp 240V circuit more or less in the right place and available, and easily accessible ...
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Is there any reason to put 2 GFCI outlets in a 2-gang outlet box?

Is there a downside to using a single GFCI plus a regular receptacle in a 2-gang box? This is in a bathroom, in LA County, and the work will be inspected, if it's relevant.
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Is it normal for the voltage tester to beep when touching the refrigerator frames?

I've bought a Klein Tools NCVT-3 non-contact voltage tester and while I was playing with it I've found the tester beeps whenever it touches the frame of the refrigerator. This won't happen with any of ...
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How can I determine why my circuit is broken after replacing the switch and light fixture?

A few days ago, my kitchen light was flashing (flickering) off and on occasionally. So I turned it off. Apparently, not before it messed up the circuit though. This happened previously, about a ...
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Can I use 12/2 NM-B wire for basement outlets?

Can I use 12/2 NM-B wire for basement outlets? Also can I use 15 AMP outlets and switches with 12/2 NM-B wire?
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Installing a ceiling fan with remote

I have a white, black, red and bare cooper wires coming from ceiling. The fan I bought has a remote and the remote sensor is already installed/attached to the mounting hardware. The remote sensor ...
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Allowed distance between service entrance and breaker box

What is the distance allowed between where the service wires enter your home and the breaker box?
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How do I wire a 1/2 switched receptacle?

I am changing receptacles and one of them is 1/2 switched. I have the red to the brass screw and the whites to the silver ones and it keeps tripping the breaker. I swapped the whites to make sure I ...
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How do I wire 2 switches to control a ceiling light?

I recently bought our house in Australia, and one light wasn't working, so I took a look at it. The wiring was not connected to the light. There were lots of wires coming from the ceiling for the ...
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Where do I connect the ground wire in the disconnect?

I had to put a disconnect after my meter, and run 4 cables to my main box. I had to remove the bonding screw in the main box, and separate the white and ground wires onto their own bars. The 2 hot ...
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Should I replace a GFI in my kitchen that will not reset?

I have three wall plugs fed into a 15A wall GFI. One of the outlets has a refrigerator with a two pronged plug. When plugging in a toaster oven and countertop grill the circuit tripped and will not ...
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3 prong to 4 prong dryer cord change

My 2 year old whirlpool dryer has a 3 prong cord. My new house has a 4 prong. The dryer doesn't have a spot for 4 wires. The ground wire coming from the dryer is attached to the dryer itself. A new 4 ...
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How can I turn off the power so I can safely replace a fixture?

I have old outdoor spotlight near door that needs fixture replaced. How do I shut electricity off to the fixture? My fear is, I will be electrocuted. :) Any help appreciated.
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Question about electrical service for subpanel in pool house

I have a small existing pool house (built 1988) that has electrical service ran to it from the house distribution panel. Two breaker and two separate sets of wires go to the pool house, 240 single ...
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Floodlight randomly, dimly lights even when lightswitch is off

This problem baffles me completely. In one of our bedrooms, we have two floodlights connected to a one-way Z-wave dimmer switch. Both floodlights are Cree BR30s. When the light switch is off, one ...