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Is aluminum Underground Service Entrance cable safe for a 200 ampere service?

I am upgrading my power to 200 amps. My electrician wants to use 4/0 aluminum wire (instead of copper wire) from the meter loop, to the service panel located inside my mobile home. Is aluminum a safe ...
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Can I safely disable a three way fan switch to use for providing ground to remote three way box?

I have a bit of a unique electrical situation that I am dealing with. My house was wired with several three way lighting boxes that included a switch for a fan which is not used. I am working on ...
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Why did power go out to half of this mobile home? [closed]

I am remodeling a trailer for a friend and suddenly the back 2 bedrooms and bathroom have all lost power. The lights and wall sockets. I noticed a few of the electrical outlets were not working and ...
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Do wires running attached to joists need to be protected?

So after asking How to build a wall under duct work ,I was thinking of going the #2 route and running a top plate next to the existing wire. Now, I've seen that when running wires through studs, you ...
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Can I wire a dimmer in series with another dimmer?

I recently installed eight recessed LED fixtures and one hanging fixture in my living room. The hanging fixture has three small LED flood/spot lights to illuminate built in shelving on the stone ...
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adding watts to a circuit

I have two 500 watt base board heaters on a circuit that is controlled by two 30 amp circuit breakers "tied together". What would be your suggested max. wattage that I could add in the form of another ...
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20 amp circuit breaker trips after a few minutes or sometimes hours later

The 20 amp circuit breaker that controls my man cave, my rear patio lights including a lampost, and some outlets in my back yard started tripping about two weeks ago. Currently the lights and outlets ...
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What is the explicit difference between the ground and neutral wire in 110V systems?

So, I've put in or replaced several outlets following wiring instructions online and in the box. Nothing big. I know that if I fail to turn off the breaker then I shouldn't directly touch the black ...
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How can I wire a new outlet from a light switch, with light switch set-up I've never seen before?

I'm trying to add a new electrical outlet in my basement, and the only good source looks to be a light switch. I found a decent (except for how he never turns off the breaker!) YouTube instructional ...
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How do I shut off the power, so I can install a USB enabled electricity socket?

I want to replace a standard wall socket with a new USB which looks something like this... The instructions say to turn off the power for the socket. I went to the master house control and took a ...
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Can we connect 5000kvA TR from 11KV HT line? [closed]

What is the maximum limit can use 11kV/400-230V Transformer (i.e 2000kvA~5000kVA TR) in 11KV HT line ? What happen, if we connected 5000kVA Transformer from 11KV HT line? It is allow or not? IF not ...
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Reverse polarity on outlets, any negative side-effects?

I've lived in a variety of different places where polarities have been different on a per-outlet basis, ie the neutral is where the hot should be. I've never noticed any ill effects from this. Are ...
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Ungrounded outlets, what are my options?

I'm currently in a lease on an apartment as a tenant. I've done quite a lot of small-time electrical work on places I've lived in the past: changing out outlets, switches, two-way switches, etc. I'm ...
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Dead light out side

I was installing a light bulb outside of the house. Accidentally I caused a short between positive and negative. Now I cannot get power to the outlet. I did check all switches of the fuse box, but ...
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BASEMENT EMT CONDUIT + 12G THNN WIRES + NM-B

Sometime I started (slow pace) the rewiring process of a large mansonry house. Overall I intend to use EMT conduit inside walls, and in the attic mostly bx/mc conduit. Will mostly use 12G THNN and ...
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Electrical circuit breakers, how do I check

I had a 15 Amp GFIC/AFIC circuit breaker replaced. Everything is wired correctly. How do I test that the new one is not defective ? Lights still don't work.
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How do I attach both my washer and dryer to the same NEMA 14-30 receptacle?

Currently, I have a single NEMA 14-30 plug in the laundry room. I also have an ASKO W6022 dryer (manual available here: https://www.manualowl.com/p/Asko/W6022/Manual/161455) and an LG DLEC855W dryer ...
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Proper way to test AC voltage for dishwasher hookup

I am trying to connect my new dishwasher to the electrical cable coming up into my kitchen from down in the basement. This (white) cable actually houses 3 smaller wires inside of it: A white wire ...
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How do I handle an unused light fixture junction box in a bathroom?

I am in the process of adding a 3/4 bathroom to the upper of my house. The plumber just finished the rough in and all framing is complete. I am now looking at the electrical and I have a issue. There ...
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Is it worth it to pay extra for a stainless steel tank water heater?

I'm getting ready to replace my ancient water heater and wondering whether it makes sense to get to a model with a (edit: 316L) stainless steel inner tank instead of one with the standard glass-lined ...
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Can I safely hang a 17KG TV on a drywall in the UK?

I was wondering if it's possible to hang a 50 inch TV on the wall behind my PC setup? It weighs a total of 17KG. Here's a link to the TV I'm talking about: Panasonic TX-50CS520B
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Open Compute Server needs 220v to run. Can I use voltage convertor to run it?

So I bought an open compute kind of server and it runs on 220 volts and 700 watts power supply. So I decided to purchase a voltage converter(Transformer) My question is is this stable and will I ...
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Can I install a sub-panel with no ground to the main panel?

I have an old 3-fuse subpanel (screw in fuses) that currently has two 15 amp fuses and one 20 amp fuse. I want to replace it with a new breaker panel. There is no ground, only hot and Neutral. I ...
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How can I connect a zwave switch that requires a neutral to 3 way box?

I have a 3 way switch that looks like it's wired like the illustration below. I would like to remove the switch shown on the left and replace the switch shown on the right with a Zwave switch that ...
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High EMF from electric wiring

I'd recently been given an EMF meter and when I turned it on, the EMF around most of the house was around 15 head height. If I'm downstairs and raise it to the ceiling it's well above 100 and the same ...
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Fill Count For 14/3 G NM With 'Unused' Red

I have 3 hall luminaires controlled by a 4-way switching system. The electrician elected to run 14-3/G NM too all the fixtures. The most distant one is mounted on a round 4 inch x 1/2 inch pancake ...
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Distributing load in electrical panel

I am in the process of rewiring my house. The house was built in 1950 and even though the service panel was upgraded in the early 70's to a Square D 200 amp service, the system is ungrounded and will ...
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Wiring existing 3 Way Switch in basement stairs that was cut

Edit: So after reading more up on 3 way switches I may think I know how they originally wired it though, I just haven't seen any diagrams done this way. It looks like they passed the 2 traveler lines ...
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I have a neutral wire, what do I hook that wire to?

I have 4 wires on a new switch, 2 of them going to ground. One green and one silver (bare) coming from the bracket of the switch. In the electrical wiring of the house I have a neutral wire, what do I ...
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Ceiling fan & lights turn on automatically

I couldn't find someone with the same problem so here goes: I've replaced a ceiling fan (the old one had some parts missing), but as soon as I put the power back, the light and fan turn themselves on ...
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Why did my cooktop trip the breaker when I cleaned it with too much water?

I have a problem with my miele built-in gas cooktop. I was cleaning it with baking soda and stabilized hydrogen peroxide, afterwards, I rinsed it with water. I was using too much water and one of the ...
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Is my RCD Breaker faulty?

Every 2 weeks my main RCD trips and it wont reset. After an hour it will allow me to reset it and its fine for 2 weeks. The main RCD has a short spur to another mini RCD board that was installed 10 ...
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Romex into Carlon 5070 phenolic resin boxes. Knockouts?

For various reasons I'd like to use the Carlon 5070 phenolic resin boxes for my switches, with romex. The knockouts look weird: rectangle holes, two on each of the four edges in back. How do they ...
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Rewire a ceiling fan, ceiling fan on, not controllable by switch

Friends with electrical background could use some help. The top drawing was the original of how the electrical ran in my wall. The thing I messed up and did was not take a picture of the switch before ...
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Why does my washer stop during cycle for hour at time then start back up again and doesn't spin out clothes fully?

Washer stops in middle of cycle then starts back up after 30mins or so and doesn't spin clothes out all the way making loud noise but if I sit on it it calms down the noise?
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Mystery Electrical Voltages in Duplex Junction Box

So I'm finally getting around to installing the ceiling to floor bookcase in my home office. There is a single duplex outlet that I intend to reverse from facing into the office, to facing outwards ...
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get power from a common

I have a four way switch. I pigtailed two wires with the source power wire. One pigtailed wire is connected to the common screw terminal for power to the four way switch which is a three screw ...
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Can I join two switched circuits into one circuit?

I have a circuit for the kitchen lights w/two 3-way switches. I also have a circuit for the adjoining room w/three 4-way switches. Is there any way to safely join the two circuits and just use ...
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How do I turn off the power to my thermostat?

I'd like to replace my thermostat with a new one. My current thermostat is one that doesn't have a C-wire and is powered by batteries. Now, my question is... is there a switch for the power that I ...
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Ceiling Fan and Light stop working

I have a Ceiling Fan and Light stop working yesterday. I used a klein to test the voltage, the switch is OK, and when the I turn on, I can detect the voltage around the bulb. What could be the issue? ...
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I changed my thermostat, not my heat does not work… help!

I know I made a mistake, but here's the storey. When I was hooking up the new thermostat I did it with live wires, and I used metal pliers (metal touching metal). The wires may have also touched ...
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open light socket on string lights safe to use?

I have string lights in my room and my sister accidentally broke one of the bulbs. The lights are my main source of light in my room so I was wondering if I just removed the broken bulb it would all ...
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GFCI outlet doesn't work after reconnecting

I reconnected my GFCI outlet but now it doesn't output electricity even though the current coming in tests positive (with a pen like current testing device). I also pressed the reset button, to no ...
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Wiring a new pendant light to an existing ceiling box

My new light fixture has three silver wires, one is ribbed and I assume neutral, but the live and ground appear exactly the same. How can I tell the difference? Does it matter?
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LED Light Glowing

I just replaced a wall lamp with an LED lamp. When the lamp is switched off, the LED has a faint glow. It isn't a phosphorescent glow; it is receiving power. I noticed it at 4:00 AM after it had been ...
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ive lost power on multiple outlets in different rooms. The GFCI outlets are all receiving power and are working. What else could the problem be?

None of the circuit's tripped and the GFCI's are all working when I plug something into them. Could this still be the problem or is it something else?
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Why does this switch trip the breaker?

I have been living in my house for 8 years now, and there has always been a mystery switch and outlet (both located on the same wall). My wife has rearranged the room, and now we will need to use the ...
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Recessed lighting not lighting up

So I bough 6 LED recessed lights from a flea market today. $30 so why not. Each one has the log socket adapter so I tried all six on a socket and only one works. Sooooooooo. With the other five, ...
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How do I wire a new range to old wiring?

I am replacing an in-wall oven with a oven/stove. The wiring in the wall is a 2 wire #6, and a ground wire. One of the wires has red arrows on it, the other solid black. (obviously 220V) and I traced ...
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replace remote control for ceiling fan with light to wall switches

How do I use existing double pole wall switch for ceiling fan with light kit when replacing with Casa Viejo Revue that only has remote control? I don't want the remote control feature but the fan does ...