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How can I completely disengage a GFCI outlet?

I have 2 GFCI outlets under the peninsula in my kitchen. I never use these outlets and would like to disconnect them and remove the outlets so I can panel over them. These are on a circuit with other ...
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How do I add a light fixture to an existing 3 way circuit when the existing one is powered directly?

I am trying to add another light fixture to an existing 3 way circuit. The power source feeds to the ceiling light fixture which is connected to the first three way switch using a 2 wire cable. That ...
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My LED strip lights just went boom, how to diagnose?

I live in a rented house (in singapore), where the master bedroom alone is fitted with a pair of LED strip lights, and about a month back, when we tried to turn it on, it went a (soft) boom, and hasnt ...
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Wiring of Combination Switch and Outlet

I just purchased a Leviton Combination Switch and Outlet and I wish to have the switch actually control that outlet. I wired it to the switch end without breaking any of the tabs, and the outlet is ...
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Can I wire 2 ceiling fans, 5 ceiling spot lights, and 3 closet lights on a singe 15 amp circuit?

Can I wire 2 ceiling fans and 5 ceiling spot lights and 3 closet ligthts on a singe circuit with 12 ga wire and a 15 amp breaker? Or should I wire the 2 ceiling fans on a separate circuit?
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How can I wire an outside PIR light?

Good evening all, I need to setup a PIR outside. This is a new installation and existing cable runs are not present. The wiring diagram for this light is very limited. I want to utilise an existing ...
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Electric range's clock/timer went out and oven bake/broil will not operate

After 2 years of normal operation, my Kenmore range's clock/timer shut off and oven elements don't heat. Surface burners work fine. I replaced the clock/timer board, but that was no help. I hired an ...
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Can I split a 60 amp split-phase circuit to multiple 15 or 20 ampere circuits?

I have two 60A (to my knowledge) split-phase outlets (14-50R) in a commercial building, which I'd like to break out semi-permanently to 120V outlets, ideally without having an electrician modify the ...
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Confusion regarding 2014 NEC

I am having trouble trying to understand new code. It says (or so I understand) that a GD, DW and refrigerator now be on AFCI and GFCI RECEPTACLES. Is GFCI required if those appliances (GD - DW) are ...
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Running NM Through Top Plates and Studs

What is the number limit of 15A & 20A NM circuits that can be pulled through a 1" hole drilled in a top plate (fire rated wall) and/or studs (both load bearing and not? Can NM wire(s) be tied ...
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Should I be switching just the hot, or both hot and neutral?

I'm thinking of building my own alarm clock because none of the one's I've found are meeting my needs, and because it's kind of fun. I am a bit out of my depth on at least on part though, and I want ...
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Power connected to dishwasher isn't tied into breaker panel - now what?

I'm in the process of ripping up old tile from a house we just bought, and started to take out our old dishwasher today. During the process I noticed it's hardwired from the wall. I went and flipped ...
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Moody electrical outlet

The sink disposal came unscrewed, leaked, and shorted the unit. It died. I replace the disposal and plug it in. Nothing happens. The breaker is not tripped. The new disposal turns on when an ...
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Connect open neutral in box?

I am adding an outdoor floodlight and when I opened the motion sensor box for the existing lights, I found the neutral wire feeding the light was not connected in the box. I think this neutral should ...
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Why is my kitchen ceiling light not turning on with the light switch?

My kitchen light is not turning on with light switch, I checked it with a two wire light gadget and when I stick them in a electrical plug socket I get a bright light on the gadget, when I touch the ...
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Covering hot outlet and waterline

Can I cover up a wall outlet and water line to an old icemaker with a drawer base cabinet? Or do I need to cut out the back of the cabinet to allow access?
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How can I splice strings of patio lights together?

I have 6 strings of patio lights, each string with 10 bulbs. They can be plugged together like Christmas lights into a 60 bulb string. Each string is rated 9.6 watts (0.08 amps) and each string has ...
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Where does the C wire connect in a dual transformer system?

When wiring a common ground (C wire) for a dual transformer system, does it matter which transformer you connect the ground too? I'd assume that the ground on either transformer would serve as a ...
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Exterior wiring was damaged by bricks, is replacement wiring ok to turn back on?

Some bricks to my home fell off last winter. These were holding my electrical wiring that fed into the breaker box which is on the second floor. We have replaced the wiring and have secured the back ...
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what should i use to wire this bathroom?

I'm in the process of finishing my basement. So far, framing's done, HVAC ductwork's done, and I'm now working on the electricals. So I've got a 60amp subpanel bringing in power, and off of this, I ...
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How To Fix Severed Sprinkler Solenoid Wire?

I re-opened my sprinkler system this season to discover that one of the zones would not go off on it's own. After visually inspecting the valves, I see that the issue is that one of the two wires ...
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Can I connect two wires to a single screw terminal in my HVAC system?

I am installing a new honeywell WiFi thermostat but the old battery operated thermostat had batteries and no "C" wire. I look at both the thermostat and the air handler and found an extra un-used blue ...
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Using 12 ga wire to pigtail a receptacle

I have a family room with 15 amp breaker feeding a few receptacles. I replaced an old receptacle but had to use 12 ga wire as pigtails on that one receptacle. Is that ok or no?
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why does my power keep going out to most of my house?

My power frequently goes out, mostly at night or early morning. Sometimes it goes off multiple times in a row, sometimes just once. Most of the time, I can get it to come right back on by flipping the ...
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Is it kosher to splice wiring in the “can” portion of recessed LED lighting?

I've recently installed some 4" recessed fixtures (IC rated if it makes any difference) that had an incompatible plug for the lights I bought. The cans came with a two-pin orange colored plastic ...
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Power to kitchen receptacles out after receptacle shorted

Today I plugged a blender into a kitchen outlet and the outlet appeared to short circuit and broke (I saw giant spark and lost power to my kitchen). The circuit breaker for the kitchen jumped. After ...
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Completing a prior subpanel install

I recently bought a home built in 2007. I had the chance to meet with the original homeowner who shown me some of the things that were on his list to finish before he sold the house but never got the ...
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How can I replace a recessed light with a ceiling fan?

I've installed a few ceiling fans before and found them to be pretty easy so I'm trying to add them to each room in my house, I don't have great knowledge of electrical work but I can install a ...
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Installing Challenger Series A breaker

I'm installing a Challenger series A double pole 30A breaker in a 30 year old Crouse Hinds box. ...
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Central AC Tripping Circuit Breaker (sometimes)

When my AC first turns on, it will typically trip the circuit breaker shortly after the compressor and fan start up. If I reset the breaker, and turn the AC back on, it will usually run just fine and ...
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Circuit Location Detection

We recently got a nearly double electrical bill during the previous cycle. I, wrongly, assumed it was just a fluke and my family had left some things on longer than they were supposed to. This ...
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Replacing 60-year old light switch - which wires go where?

A light switch in my house won't go to the off position, so I need to replace it. Every direction I've read about how to do this says to keep the wires in the same configuration (top, bottom, ...
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Wiring- Simple for you

Ok I have 2 switches right next to each-other on the box. One does the light in the fan/light combo, and lights above my my medicine cabinets. The other, JUST does the fan. Im tired of people taking ...
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Circuit troubleshooting. Need input on discovery

Using an extension cord (like new, great condition), I checked a disconnected circuit attached to the same service. First, I checked the disconnected circuit: Hot -> Ground ~0V Hot -> Neutral ~0V ...
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Installing new ceiling fan. Don't think there is a white (neutral) wire

I purchased a new ceiling fan with a remote and installed it. I had three wires coming out of the plastic box in the ceiling. Black, bare and red or white. The reason I am not sure if the wire is red ...
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Hissing noise coming from the lights in my bedroom

I have a ballast in my bedroom with three 60 watt led lights in it. The switch they are connected to is a brand new Lutron dimmer specifically made to work with led lights. The hissing is constant ...
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Will a fan cause pendant lights to move?

I know this may be a silly question, but didn't know if anyone else has run into this. I have an 11 x 11 kitchen and existing fan and some track lighting. I want to use track pendant lights and was ...
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How safe is it to just cram all the wires to a ceiling fan up in the canopy?

This is just a very general question about whether or not I should worry about how tidy my wires are in the ceiling box when replacing a fan? When I finished the installation, I basically just let the ...
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Is there a way to install a fan switch for a ceiling fan that doesn't have a fan wire?

Just a general question, as I was installing our new ceiling fan last night. From the ceiling, there is a white wire and a black wire (and the bare copper). I attached the two green/white wires to the ...
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Pump control panel (electrical diagram attached). Could someone tell which ones of 1 2 3 4 5 6 are hots and which one are neutral?

Pump control panel (electrical diagram attached). Could someone tell which ones of 1 2 3 4 5 6 are hots and which one are neutral? http://www.docdroid.net/zjph/wd-s115.pdf.html
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How do I add an independently controlled light fixture to an exiting three way circuit?

In my garage I have a two way switch near the rolling door and another one located next to the entry door going into the house. Both switches control the garage main light that barely gives enough ...
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How to ensure that water heater is mostly on or mostly off?

My friend just rented an appartment (in the UK), and during the inventory the janitor showed her the programmable water heater, and said it was configured to turn on for a few hours during the day. ...
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Electrical outlet wiring question

How serious a problem is it for an outlet's ground wire to be extended from an outlet that is part of a different circuit than the circuit providing the power and neutral wires? I have an old ...
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motor hums, light works, fan won't turn

Just hung a ceiling fan with light fixture. Wired black to black and white to white. Fan and light are operated by a remote. Light will go on, motor hums, but fan won't turn. I have installed many ...
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Can I bury RG6 in the same conduit as electric?

I am burying electric wire in a PVC conduit from my house to my shed, I want to run RG6 cable for cable TV also, can I run the RG6 in the same conduit as the electric wire? without any trouble or ...
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What can I do about electric code violations in a rental unit?

My fiance and I are currently renting an apartment in Baltimore, MD and recently we have become alarmed by much of the house's wiring. Things we have seen included: countless wires that are spliced ...
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Where does the blue wire in my fan go to?

I took my fan down because it was not working..... I cleaned it thoroughly, and recut all the wires. I checked everything and it worked fine. Next, I went to fully assemble it, (knowing that the ...
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Distribution of circuits for two bathrooms

I currently have two bathrooms serviced by one circuit. Each bathroom has lights, a single GFCI counter-top receptacle, and one bathroom has in-floor resistance heating. I will be adding in-floor ...
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Why do I have saw out the bar the electric box hangs on to replace it with a fan rated bar and box?

I had a ceiling light and it had a metal bar and a electrical box. The home is not that old but The electrical box was not ceiling fan compatible so I removed the box. Now the bar is solid I could ...
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Clarification on sharing a neutral for 2 circuits

This is a followup question to this answer I plan to do something quite similar to the diagram Tester101 posted. I will pull 3-wire (10/3+g) into a junction box and then pull 2 separate 2 wires ...