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Is it safe to store an extension cord outside under a carport?

I have a 25 foot 16/3 extension cord. The instructions say it should not be stored outside, but it doesn't say why. I would like to store it out in the open under my carport. It would not get hit ...
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Why would a person get shocked by the front door handle?

Why would a person get shocked by the front door handle when the porch light is on? If the light switch is off, the door handle is fine. No shock.
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Repairing a circuit when the break is unknown and inaccesible.

Background: 100+ year old house with lots of really janky, messed up stuff. Some novice before me has been monkeying around, so don't assume that the current wiring is sane, safe, legal, modern etc. ...
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Can I replace 3-way switches with 4-way switches?

Can I replace 2-3way switches with 2-4way switches as I have a couple of new 4ways just sitting around and the 3way switches are the older style ( every other switch in the house is the new style)
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wiring a wall plug correctly with the black and white wires

With the black wire going to the breaker does the black wire got to the small or large blade plug socket?
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Do I need a special receptacle when more than the standard number of wires need to be connected?

I've got two regular wall outlets controlled by one single pole switch. I want to replace them with new ones, and thought I just needed to grab a couple duplex plugins for them. Except there's more ...
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Replacing recessed lights with pendant lights

I bought "conversion kits" which supposedly do the job in 5 minutes, but the I discovered that the kit is designed for the current type of can, and is not suitable for the ones that are up there (22 ...
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what do you call a female single socket extension-style plug?

I can't for the life of me figure out what this female plug is called. I just need to buy the UK female plug, no cable, can anyone help please?
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GFCI to light not working

I put a gfci outlet in my front yard for use during christmas time for lights and such i ran it to on my front porch light so it only turns on when my front porch light is on i also added to the gfci ...
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Is AC power really worth it anymore? Is it time (or almost time) to switch to DC? [duplicate]

Houses have historically only offered AC power throughout, but I'm wondering if that makes any sense anymore. If I were building a large addition, or even building a new home from scratch, would it ...
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Nice looking on-wall wiring

I need to run some standard AC wiring for wall lights etc. in the living room and some telephone/broadband wiring too. The problem is I can't do it in-wall for various reasons. The only option I am ...
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One of my breaker switches buzzes when I flip it on, should I replace it?

I recently installed a ceiling fan in a bedroom, and when the fan is active the electromagnet was a little louder than I was use to, but figured it may just be a cheap fan. However today when I went ...
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old 230 volt transformer style arc welder on an old square d 125 amp panel

I have a an old 230 volt S.D.LEE arc welder (that I can not find any info about) printed on the front is says "PRI volts 230 max OCV 78 arc volts 25 PRI amps 65.7 SEC amps 230 temp rise 115c 60 cycles ...
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Installing of Honeywell Wi-Fi Programmable Thermostat

I need to install new wifi thermostat but I don't have the C wire. There are G, W, Y and R wires attached to my old thermostat. There is also one blue wire not connected on the wall.
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How to install thermostat with plug in heater?

My house has three electric wall heaters in different rooms used to augment the gas forced air that heats the whole house. These electric heaters are mounted on the wall, but plug into standard 120v ...
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Does the circuit providing a light at the electrical panel have to be ONLY for that light?

Does the circuit providing a light at the electrical panel have to be ONLY for that light? I'm fairly sure there specifically has to be a light at the panel, as well as a circuit with an accessible ...
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How many lighting circuits are needed in the LED era…? (US - NEC)

This is in a two story, ~1000square foot per floor building. With the advent of affordable, decent (IMHO) LED fixtures (finally!) the entire lighting load for the structure looks to be 500W - 1000W at ...
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How can I know the 'capacity' of an electric socket?

I bought an electric oven, and the safety instructions say that it should be plugged to an electric socket with "capacity at least 10 Ampere". How can I tell the capacity of my electric sockets? I ...
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Need help wiring switches with several wires

Background: This started out as a simple addition of a recessed light in a hallway. The beginning issue was that the wire to power it was live all the time. So I took apart the switches in "Box 1" ...
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Light fixture buzzing sound

Today I replaced our dining room's old 70s chandelier. When I opened it up I noticed pretty quick the rubber shielding on the lamps cords had been melting a bit towards the tips as it got all over my ...
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NM-B insulation repair?

I'm doing some work up in my attic, installing plywood decking over my garage for storage. During installation, I accidentally rubbed the edge of one plank of plywood against a run of NM-B, tearing ...
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L14-30 Plug & Generator

Please move if this is the incorrect place. I have a portable generator that is mounted to a car trailer. No earth grounds are made from the generator to the ground. There is a service panel inside ...
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Is there a way to get hot water without altering plumbing or electrical wiring too much?

Is there a way (other than collecting water and heating it on the stove ) to get hot/warm water from the tap without having to alter existing plumbing or electrical wiring ?
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How do I stop lights from flashing when I turn on my table saw?

I just installed a hanging fixture for two 40W T-12 fluorescent bulbs over my table saw. If I power up the saw when the lights are on, they flash off and come right back on (after the usual ...
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How can I be sure I connected the electric power socket correctly?

I just installed a new power socket (instead of an old one) for the first time. I plugged in a light lamp and it seemed to work OK. But the socket should be used with much heavier instruments (kitchen ...
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CFL bulbs flash slightly even when turned off

I've noticed in the last two houses I've lived in that CFL bulbs will periodically flash even when not turned on. It's about one flash a minute, and it's not very bright. You can only notice it when ...
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Circuit breaker does not trip - but produces no voltage under load

Some lights and outlets started going out intermittently in my home. Circuit breaker did not trip off but under inspection with a multi-meter, produced no voltage. I disconnected the load from the ...
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What could have caused my GFCI to trip, and what can I do about it?

About a week ago, a GFCI tripped. I noticed that because appliances in my kitchen stopped working. The short story is that something was put into an outlet that shouldn't have been. That's not the ...
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Is there a motion sensor light switch that does not need ground?

My house was built in early 1950's and all electrical switches do not have a ground. This was found out with an electrician when I asked them to install Lutron Maestro, but it would not power on since ...
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Japanese Appliance has a Green/Yellow Ground Wire coming out of it, What should I do?

So I recently purchased a Japanese Toiletseat thing (I can't read japanese but I've just been translating little by little), and it has a ground wire (a green/yellow wire) Coming out of the back, ...
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Molten wire nuts on recessed MR16 halogen lights

In one room of the apartment we rent, there's recessed 12v MR16 halogen lighting. There are 3 different circuits with dimmers. I noticed that two of the bulbs were humming loudly even when dimmed all ...
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wiring for wall sconces

I had someone connect some romex for some wall lights for me. I ran the wire, and just had him do the connections (they're inside junction boxes). This from a partially finished space into a finished ...
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Is it against code to splice wires inside of the load center?

So I was working on breaking a tandem 15A single-pole breaker into two 15A single pole breakers, one being a Combination AFCI. After getting the panel open and moving one circuit to a new, 15A single ...
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Is it okay to staple romex to a floor joist when running it perpendicular behind a finished basement ceiling?

Taking down my ceiling to run some wire to new outlets. The outlets are going in an area with an unfinished ceiling, so I know the romex there will need to be ran through the joists when going ...
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Can two circuits feed one sub-panel while remaining separate?

I'm turning a shed into a workshop. I already have two circuits that run to nearby exterior outlets that I want to tie into to power my shed/workshop. I would like to have 1 circuit for lights and the ...
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What could be causing my three way switch to malfunction?

Ok we recently moved in. There is a problem with our kitchen three way switch. I have not opened the box yet, but feel comfortable doing so, and working with a volt meter and what not. Here is the ...
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Is turning off a power strip adequate?

When using power strips, is it OK leave all the electronics, such as TV etc. plugged in and just turn the power off when leaving on vacation?
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Can I use a transformer to power a thermostat? [duplicate]

So I bought a Nest Thermostat off amazon, I read they used batteries and what not and after I purchased it I was looking at the description on amazon and it said it was a built in rechargeable battery ...
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Is this buzzing noise coming from various outlets around the house normal?

This morning I became aware of a little clicking noise coming from my inductive phone charger. I realised I'd been hearing it for a while. While I was changing, I noticed a high-pitch noise coming ...
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Why are some light switches giving shocks?

Some of our light switches are giving light shocks and sometimes you can see a spark. What
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How can I dim landscape lights permanently?

I googled this question before posting here - I cant seem to find anyone with my exact needs, so I am asking here. I have a light switch connected to an outlet that is under my house. From here I ...
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Can I use a dimmer on a fan IF I only use at 100%?

I have an IRIS home automation system. I want to put my fan on an IRIS switch however the on/off switches require a neutral - the dimmers do not. The neutral in the box is nearly impossible to get ...
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How should I wire RV hookups?

I want to put an RV hookup on a post next to an RV pad. Some RVs take 30A/120V, while others take 50A/240V. The main reason for the latter is to let you run two AC units at once, but in our mild ...
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What would cause a Spur Switch light to go off when the device is turned on?

I have a fused spur switch in my kitchen with a dishwasher attached. Recently the dishwasher stopped turning on, so I removed it from the bay and noticed two things. The neon light is quite dim. ...
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Does HVAC lineset need to be grounded?

My HVAC contractor says the installation of the line set between the air handler and the condenser outside is complete but he has not grounded the lines. Do HVAC copper pipes need to be grounded?
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Can I install a receptacle outlet below a window?

I need to add a receptacle outlet to an existing line. I will run the line from an existing receptacle outlet. Is it okay to locate the new outlet below an existing window?
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Copper pipe identification using electrical current

My HVAC contractor installed two linesets, one from my basement apartment, one from the main unit, both going to the roof where the air condensers are. The problem is, he did it over several days and ...
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Ligth Switch with 4 wires

I removed an old light-switch and the following appeared: I went to Brico, showed them the old switch, and got the one below. I am wondering a bit how to connect it. I am a bit worried that I only ...
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Finding the cause of a tripping breaker

A 15 amp breaker has started tripping. It takes it a minute or two to trip after being reset. I swapped out the wires with the 15 amp breaker next to it, and the "new" breaker now trips instead, so I ...
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Is it safe to use Extension Cord to Power PC/Routers on already used circuit?

Note: I have very little clue about electricity/circuits so I can only provide info on what I know. The setup: In our upstairs bedroom we have two wall sockets on either side of the room, with two ...