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Why are my recessed IC lights overheating?

I was sitting in my new home with dimmable recessed incandescent lights when I noticed one light fixture "click" off and then 10 minutes later click back on. Then the fixture on the other side of the ...
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Wire Ceiling Fan and Exterior Lighting

Objective I took down my old ceiling fan and tried to put in the new one but can't follow directions because I have two wire sets coming out of ceiling. I'm trying to get one switch to turn on fan ...
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GFCI Kitchen Circuit(s)

I understand that all wall receptacles (including counters) must be GFCI protected in a kitchen with a combined dining area but how about a separate dining area/room receptacles (separated from ...
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Why does one outlet trip the breaker, but not others?

In my spare bedroom, there are four electrical outlets. If I use a vacuum cleaner in one of those outlets, the breaker trips. However, if I use any of the other outlets, it works fine. Is the outlet ...
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What could be causing these oddities when replacing a power socket?

Yesterday I replaced a power socket in my home. Before hand, I plugged a light into the socket, switched it on, then flipped the relevant switch in the fuse box and verified the light was out. When ...
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Is it acceptable to use a ground wire from one outlet to ground another?

I live in a condo/apt. Two of my three prong electrical outlets were not showing up grounded when I plugged my surge protector in. I think from lightning or something. I need to plug computers and an ...
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Blower motor wires crossed

I bought a direct replacement blower for my furnace but when it arrived I noticed two wires were crossed. the original motor has a red, white, and black wire in the connector. The new one has a fourth ...
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How can I control two ceiling fans and lights with one single pole switch?

I have two ceiling fans with two aftermarket light kits installed, all controlled from one single pole switch. So when switch is flipped, both fans and lights turn on or off at the same time. Only way ...
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What is this device?

It's a bit off topic, but let's see... I live in a condo, and the devices pictured below are found everywhere: in flats, in corridors, even in the car park (they are attached to ceilings) and I have ...
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Electrolux vacuum lightbulb keeps burning out?

Asking for a relative. Older Electrolux Canister Vacuum with a light in the power head. May be model 6500. Bulbs keep burning out quickly. In a month he's gone through 4 bulbs. Any idea what could be ...
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Is there a simple way to convert from a pull switch to a toggle switched light fixture?

I would like to replace a bathroom vanity light fixture in 100 year old house. It currently has a pull string on/off switch. Is there a simple way to convert to a switched light fixture? The switch ...
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Can two 30 ampere circuits be combined in an outlet?

Cooktop and oven are running from 2 separate 30 amp circuits. I want to replace both by a free standing dual fuel range which requires a 40 amp circuit Can the 2 30 amp circuits be combined in the ...
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More than one circuit in a fluorescent fixture, OK?

I'm adding some more circuits to a finished garage. Most of the wiring is going in the joist cavities (or in EMT otherwise). Perpendicular to the joists, in the middle of the garage, is a steel ...
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Turning off a towel rail

My friend moved to a flat in UK a few months ago, and his electricity bill is soaring. There is no gas in the flat, only electric heating. One curious thing I noticed is that the towel rail (similar ...
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Why does my bathroom light go off and on after switch gets turned on

I am curious to know if there is an electrical short in our home. I experience turning on light switches and then light goes off at times. It sounds Like my tv sparks at times.
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Can I just replace the heating coil in my dryer, or do I have to do the whole element?

My dryer heating coil in my heating element broke in two. It seems like it'll be simple enough to just put a new coil in and be on my way. The part is available and this move would save me about $40. ...
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Thermostat Where Do The Two Wires From Condenser Go?

First let me say that I'm a newbie and have zero electrical experience. I'm an IT Guy and thought "Hey, its electronic, so I can probably figure it out." WRONG I appreciate any feedback/suggestions ...
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Wiring a Receptacle wth USB ports

I am wiring a receptacle with USB ports on it. It has 3 wires coming from it, a white,black and green. My wire has 4 a red,white ,black and ground wire that is bare. How do I do this?
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Ceiling fan wired for 4 way control?

I want to set up fan and light controls in three wall boxes, i.e. one fan/light control on each side of the bed, and one fan/light controller at the entrance to the room. How can I do this?
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Why am I reading zero volts phase to earth?

When i measured the voltage reading on the socket I got an unusual reading phase to neutral is 220V (expected reading ) phase to earth is 0V (unusual) ?? neutral to earth is oV (expected reading) I ...
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How should I power 6 30W (30-36v 1.05A) LEDs from the mains?

Was reading about transformers, so basically, which transformer will be optimum, could i get a 36-30v one and not worry about resistors?
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Can I put two 240V 10 Amp outlets on a 240V 20 Amp circuit?

I presently have a single outlet NEMA 6-20 outlet on a 20 Amp 240 V circuit. Can I install two NEMA 6-15 outlets on the same circuit instead? Duplex Nema 6-15 outlets are rare, but Leviton does make ...
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How many circuits are recommended for this basement game room remodel?

Ok so this paint photo is roughly what I want to do to my basement. The lights are 6 inch recessed lights. The fireplace blower was on the old 15 amp circuit so I dont see a problem there. It ...
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Continue with Back Wire on GFCI when the wire keeps coming out?

Having trouble with the back wire on GFCI's popping free. 20amp, 12 gauge wire. When I fold the wires into the box, they like to come free of the back wire hole. I suspect this is due to the ...
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What wattage cable will be used for this oven installation?

I was wondering if I bought an oven like this what wattage cabling would I need to power it? I'm a complete novice at electrical engineering and trying to learn a thing or two. If watts = voltage * a, ...
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Can I replace the knob and tube wiring in the ceiling but not the walls?

We are planning to replace the K&T in the attic so we can put in some insulation. Is it possible to leave the K&T in the walls by hooking them up to the new wiring at the ceiling/wall edge? ...
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Can I run power from a GFCI receptacle to a standard receptacle then to a light switch?

I have a single GFCI outlet and I want to add a few standard receptacles and a light from it. I am curious if it is possible to go from the GFCI, to two standard outlets then on to a light switch?
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Adding 2 led flood lights to 15amp breaker

I currently have a 15amp circuit that runs outside to a 4 outlet receptacle that was for a pool pump which is no longer in use. It was run with #8 wires with a #10 ground. I want to hook up 2 ...
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Will this non Contact voltage detector be adequate for my use case?

Read somewhere that if I want to be super safe I should not only cut the breaker, but also use a voltage detector to be 100% sure there really is no current. Looking on ebay they are real cheap: ...
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Installing a dimmer to control multiple lights

I recently asked a question about installing a dimmer and got a great reply. Now I want to install another dimmer, but this one might be tricky. In our hallway there are three lights that are all ...
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How many receptacles can I place on a 20 ampere 120 volt breaker?

How many receptacles can I place on a 20 amp breaker if it's a 120 volt circuit? How many on a 15 amp circuit? I'm trying some DIY on my bathroom and bedroom. Help would be appreciated.
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Can I use a 120 volt 50/60 Hz. tool on a 230 volt 50 Hz. circuit?

I want to get the Dewalt DW660 cut out tool, it has been made for the north american market so it runs on 120 volts. It has the following specs: 120V ~ 50/60 Hz 5 Amps 600 Watts The voltage ...
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How to locate In-wall speaker cables (behind dry wall)

I moved into my new house about a year ago and discovered a wall plate that has 4 pairs of speaker wires stuffed in there. According to the labels on the ends of the wires, there are speakers for our ...
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How is it possible to get an electric shock even with mains power off?

I was changing a socket outlet yesterday. I switched off the mains power at the consumer unit (the big red switch) so thought all was safe. I disconnected the old socket, but when I went to fit the ...
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Why does my stove vent fan take time to turn on

The vent hood is quite old. For some reason when I flip the switch to turn it on it takes 10-30 seconds to actually turn on. I've checked it and there's no power flowing for those 10-30 seconds. ...
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Which cable/conduit should I use to run a new 240 volt line for an oven?

I'm in the middle of a kitchen remodel and have hit a slight snag and need some advice on how to proceed. I'm moving the oven into an island, which requires moving the 240 line used for the oven. The ...
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Can I use 10 gauge wire off of a 20 amp breaker?

Can I use 10 gauge wire off of a 20 amp breaker for outlets, lights or a window unit? I am wiring a barn and have a lot of 10/3 wire I would like use up.
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How can I change this light fixture in my closet?

I wanted to change the light fixture in my front closet. Simple enough task. I've done this sort of thing hundreds of times. I turned off the circuit breaker. I took the old fixture off. ...
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How can I wire a receptacle to a switch?

I have an empty double gang box on my patio. I have a 12/2 wire which is hot coming into it. There's an underground PVC pipe going about 25 ft away, to a single gang box near an outdoor pond. What ...
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Replaced a fixture and now power is out to half the house, need help

I took down a light fixture in kitchen to put up a ceiling fan. I have three brown wires and three black, and a cable that has a white and and a black that a electrician put in for a problem we had a ...
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How should I add additional receptacles in a storage room?

The storage room is 12x20 with one receptacle on the far back wall, in the middle of the 12'wall. I want to add 2 more gfci receptacles on both sides, 10" from the flush outlet in drywall. I want both ...
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How do I convert a double 60 amp breaker(hot tub box) to run 15 amp breaker powering an outside light and GFI receptacle?

I am trying to run an outside light with a switch and GFI receptacle from a former hot tub panel that was double 60 amp breaker. My problem is that the switch does not function as normal. As soon as I ...
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How do I add a light fixture to an existing 3 way circuit?

Existing basement with 2 simple pull chain light fixtures. We want to add 1 more on the end of the room where the junction box for the circuit is. Can someone provide me a sketch?
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Rain Bird ESP-6 Sprinkler controller buttons no longer functioning—do I need a new controller?

I am trying to manually cycle through my sprinkler zones with my Rain Bird ESP-6 controller (from 1996), but the membrane button to manually cycle the zones does not work. In fact, none of the 4 ...
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How should I wire two floodlights from a switch midway between them?

I have 2 floodlights on opposite ends of my den. I have a switch about midway between them and would like to use it to control the lights. I'm getting my power from a 15 amp breaker and am going to ...
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Why are the lights flickering when the a/c is on?

The lights flick on and off when the a/c is on and the sound of a/c is too noisy and look like it's going to blow. I already checked the connection if they have a short circuit. Did not found any ...
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What do volts and amps imply for angle grinders?

I have several home improvement projects that would be made enormously easier if I had a decent angle grinder with both grinding and cutting wheels to attach to it. But I've never used or bought one ...
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How can I eliminate one 3-way switch to leave just one switch on the lighting circuit it's on?

I have two sets of lights in my kitchen. At one end of the kitchen, I have a 2 Gang light switch which operates both sets of lights, and at the other end I have a single light switch which operates ...
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Why would two circuit breakers be connected inside the service panel?

I was trying to locate the circuit breaker for an outlet in my garage and found a truly baffling setup. Two breakers control the same outlet (both plugs). After some head scratching, I opened the ...
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How can I combine two switches on two circuits on 1 timer switch?

I just purchased my first house (new construction) and I got tired of remembering to switch the outdoor lights on/off every day. So, I got a Honeywell solar econoswitch, which is essentially a timer ...