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can i change out (2) 30-amp breakers with (2)40 amp breakers

replacing water heater with a tankless one, breakers have to be (2) 40 amp I have (2)30 amp breakers now the electric wire is 10-2
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can a 20 amp gfci outlet be daisy changed to 15 amp outlets

I am using 20 amp breaker. My stating point is a a 20 amp gfci outlet daisy changed to four 15 amp outlets. Is allowed by code?
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Is raceway wiring allowed in a bathroom?

I need to re-wire my bathroom (I live in Oregon, USA), and for various reasons, it would be much easier to install raceway than to try and get everything wired through the walls/ceiling. Is raceway ...
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Installation of a GFCI without a ground wire

I'm installing a GFCI plug in a house built prior to 1962. The receptacle box is plastic and has only a 'HOT' & 'Neutral' wire coming into it. Do I need a ground wire to properly install the GFCI? ...
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Measuring only 71 volts at light switch

My wife asked me to replace a switch in her room because the ancient ceiling light was not working. The house is over 90 years old. The wiring for the switch had fabric insulation, which is easy to ...
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Power supply and dimmer/pot specs needed for LED A19 bulb in DIY desk lamp

I'm making a desk lamp using a single dimmable A19 7w LED. My questions: What kind of dimmer/potentiometer can I use? Can I simply run an extension-type cord from the A19 bulb socket/base into a ...
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Review of my electrical plans

I am finishing a basement. It is wide open with no rooms, just a structural cinder block/I-beam wall. I am adding a home office to one corner. This is a bit long, but I want to be sure to include all ...
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recessed lights not working after outage, and problems removing housing clips

The day we had a power outage, we also noticed that one bank of recessed lights stopped working. (Assuming they are related, but can't be 100% sure.) The lights are on a dimmer switch. I confirmed ...
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New ceiling light not working

I installed new ceiling lights and one of them is not working. Nothing was existing, it was all new. I tapped into an existing electrical outlet, wired that to a new light switch, and then wired that ...
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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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GFCI won't catch

I have a GFCI in my garage that was working, but now won't catch at all. I pulled the downstream circuit by disconnecting the load wires and it still won't reset. I have 120 to the GFCI itself. I ...
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Protecting electronics from electrical surges - plugs with fuses

i was just wondering why the UK 3 pin plug has a fuse ? in South Africa the the Grid is significantly more volatile and lighting strikes abundant ( in the area i live in anyway) i have moved here ...
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Changing a pull switch to a hard wired wall switch Ceiling fans

Hi have have 3 new ceiling fans that have a pull switch cord for the light and fan. I am wanting to change them to a hard wired switch on the wall and a light switch. They have 3 speeds and have ...
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New Thermostat Ecobee3 to Old Galaxy GG-75 boiler - Needs common wire

I would like to replace my old thermostat with a new Ecobee3 thermostat. HVAC system is a Slantfin Galaxy GG75 boiler - single zone. (No air conditioner.) Current set-up has only a red and white ...
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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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Checking light switch for grounding problems

I have a light switch in my building that frequently gives me a "shock" when I push it. The shock seems to come from the two mounting screws. It has a photoelectric sensor that turns the light off ...
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Why are my circuit breakers not tripping?

I live on Vancouver Island. My house is less than 10 years old. It is equipped with Siemens QT circuit breakers. I could not find a specific breaker so I intentionally shorted the circuit at the ...
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Voltage detected on ceiling light no matter the switch is on or off

I just moved into a new apartment and I would like to install simple ceiling light. As shown in the picture, there are two wires outside the ceiling, a blue one and a red one. The light switch ...
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Do I need to seal / moisture-proof an outdoor plug?

I have an outdoor plug socket (UK) in my garden that is ip66 sealed (basically the plug is inside a box that you can open and close). I intend to use this plug for a hot tub in our garden, but there ...
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Switched outlet still has some power when off

We have an outlet that is controlled by a switch, but we haven't had anything plugged into it since we moved in. This year we thought it would be a great idea to plug in the Christmas tree LED lights ...
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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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Metal junction box shows 5V relative to ground when circuit powered. Why?

I have a small, octagonal junction box in my basement with one 2-wire-no-ground cable going in and a standard porcelain lightbulb fixture attached to the bottom. In the process of investigating an ...
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Two power sources, one 3-way switch?

I am attempting to build a charging station for all of our electronics. I would like to set it up so for each device there is a light switch and an outlet for its power adapter. If it is switched ...
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Using powerline adapter over 3 floors

I have been using a powerline adapter without a hitch for a few years now, but I am moving from a ground floor bungalow, to a 3 floored house. Will the powerline adapters still work over the ...
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Can I use a bat handled toggle switch instead of a boring standard toggle switch on the wall?

I want to create a steampunk-themed chandelier, including a steampunk-look switch on the wall. Is there a fundamental difference between the standard light switches sold for home lighting and a ...
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Construction heater in garage

I would like to run an underground wire from my driveshed to my garage to run a 4800 watt construction heater. I think they draw 20-25 amps. I don't have 220 in the garage. The distance is 200 ft. Is ...
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Are there “uncommon” 3-way switch wirings?

We have a 3-way switch in the garage that I would like to upgrade to a Lutron Maestro 3-way occupancy sensor. I have tried (and failed) to do so twice now... and I'm pretty handy. I'm starting to ...
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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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Switches and outlets not working after short to ground

I was replacing a outdoor GFI when putting back in box the ground touched the lower unused terminal and fried the ground, shorted GFI out. Now I have some switches in the house that do not work mainly ...
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Old Mobile Home Electrical Repair

Going to start by describing the mess that I found. Symptom: 220VAC Hot water heater not heating. Cause Discovered: 1 phase missing in main panel. Upon investigation I discovered that the main ...
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Why would a central vacuum breaker trip once every time I used it?

This will be a hard one to find out. I have a central vacuum Drain Vac 2G20028-c , 12.5 amp at 120 volts. It has a mini 15 amp breaker on the unit. The power going to the vacuum is on a normal square ...
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Breaker in circuit panel doesn't appear to do anything?

I just finished mapping every light and electrical outlet in our house. I made a map of the entire house and marked every light and outlet on the map. I have everything (I think) accounted for, ...
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PVC conduit crossing a wire run

I have a garage which was wired up by an electrician to be my workshop. There are several runs of electrical cable (including one 60A, 220V circuit) running along the ceiling of the garage. They are ...
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Replacing switches with connecting wire

I live in a home that was built in the 1960s. The switch for the front porch light started to go out and sizzled when turned on. I replaced another switch in the house that had the same problem. ...
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Light fixture has no ground on it

Putting a light fixture up but there is no ground wire on it, there is a ground comeing from box in celling , how would I hook this up Peterborough Ontario Canada
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2 switches and 2 lights, how to separate?

In my living room, I have 2 lights and 2 switches. Both witches turn both lights on. I want to separate them so that each switch turn on only one light. How is this done? Does this require re-wireing ...
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which wires to connect when installing a dimmer switch?

I have a new dimmer switch that to replace an old standard light switch. The old switch has 4 cables coming into it as in the picture. and the new one purchased from amazon is Lutron GL-600H-DK. It ...
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If I want to add an additional receptacle, which wires do I tap from an existing receptacle?

I have an existing receptacle that used to have both the top and bottom outlet controlled by a switch. I made the entire receptacle permanently hot by disconnecting the switch and connecting all the ...
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Can I arrange my light fixtures in a branch configuration or must they be in a linear daisy chain?

I'm tapping an old ceiling light in the center of the room to power 4 new recessed lights. Can I arrange the new lights in a branch configuration where Light #1 connects to Light #2 and Light #1 also ...
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Is my AC not controlled by a breaker?

The 2 240v-breakers labeled "AC" do not control the ACs. No idea what they do. No other 240v breakers control the AC either. I tested the breakers with a multi-meter. They turned on and off correctly. ...
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Is this outlet wired for 240 volts?

I wired an outside outlet plug on my back porch and ran it off my breaker box, used a 20 amp breaker, used 14/2 wire, hooked the white and black wires to the outlet plug and cut the ground wire off ...
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According to NEC 210.52 can this receptacle be counted as part of the required outlets in a dwelling?

Under NEC code artcile 210.52 Dwelling Unit Receptacle Outlets ...The receptacles required by this section shall be in addition to any receptacle that is: (1) Part of a luminaire or appliance, or ...
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Oven Hood Light Fixture Borked - Help Please

Country: Canada I was replacing my oven hood light fixtures with LED bulbs. One of the LED bulbs swapped in no problem. The other LED bulb was having trouble getting contact and subsequently a ...
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Adding a new dimmer switch to old wiring?

How do I wire a dimmer switch to replace my existing old switch? Dimmer has with 1 green wire and 2 black wires . My existing light switch has 1 black and 1 white.
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What does “Split” label mean on circuit breaker panel?

I'm attempting to map out our home electrical breaker panel. The labels written by the electrician 20+ years ago aren't super helpful, so I've having a go making things a bit clearer. I have ...
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200 amp panel box with some circuits not working

200 amp breaker box in a mobile home. Power just suddenly goes out on all but two breakers/circuits. Each functional circuit is on opposite sides of the panel left side is one breaker down the right ...
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how do I wire a duplex outlet that will always be hot from a switch outlet combo?

I have a combo switch outlet that has one hot outlet and the switch controls a floodlight over my pool. I want to add a duplex outlet further down my patio to be able to plug in my aerator pump and ...
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Uniform size and type for two gang in UK?

Our current wall sockets look tired and I want to replace them. I am confident I can change then safely, following all manufacturers advice, but I wanted to know if all the plugs in the UK are a ...
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Plastic electrical box tabs - ok if broken?

I've come across this using "old-work" boxes, but all plastic boxes for switches and outlets are basically the same: These boxes have 4 knock outs per gang and they open at an angle. They seem to ...
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what steps to take after removing a cable from a breaker box?

While building some shelves in my basement, I noticed an electrical cable than ran along a joist and dead-ended. I tested it and discovered it didn't have power. As the dead-end is not particularly ...