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How do I wire a 1/2 switched receptacle?

I am changing receptacles and one of them is 1/2 switched. I have the red to the brass screw and the whites to the silver ones and it keeps tripping the breaker. I swapped the whites to make sure I ...
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How do I wire 2 switches to control a ceiling light?

I recently bought our house in Australia, and one light wasn't working, so I took a look at it. The wiring was not connected to the light. There were lots of wires coming from the ceiling for the ...
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Where do I connect the ground wire in the disconnect?

I had to put a disconnect after my meter, and run 4 cables to my main box. I had to remove the bonding screw in the main box, and separate the white and ground wires onto their own bars. The 2 hot ...
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Should I replace a GFI in my kitchen that will not reset?

I have three wall plugs fed into a 15A wall GFI. One of the outlets has a refrigerator with a two pronged plug. When plugging in a toaster oven and countertop grill the circuit tripped and will not ...
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3 prong to 4 prong dryer cord change

My 2 year old whirlpool dryer has a 3 prong cord. My new house has a 4 prong. The dryer doesn't have a spot for 4 wires. The ground wire coming from the dryer is attached to the dryer itself. A new 4 ...
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How can I turn off the power so I can safely replace a fixture?

I have old outdoor spotlight near door that needs fixture replaced. How do I shut electricity off to the fixture? My fear is, I will be electrocuted. :) Any help appreciated.
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Question about electrical service for subpanel in pool house

I have a small existing pool house (built 1988) that has electrical service ran to it from the house distribution panel. Two breaker and two separate sets of wires go to the pool house, 240 single ...
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Floodlight randomly, dimly lights even when lightswitch is off

This problem baffles me completely. In one of our bedrooms, we have two floodlights connected to a one-way Z-wave dimmer switch. Both floodlights are Cree BR30s. When the light switch is off, one ...
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Need Help with Pool Plug

The plug/electrical for my pool is connected to one circuit breaker. I bought a new pump that only needs a regular outlet with a ground. Does it have to be a GFI outlet if it's got it's own circuit ...
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Can I replace a single pole light switch with a GFCI switch combo?

I have an older house that has a single pole light switch in the bathroom. it powers a single bulb vanity light above the mirror. I would to replace it with a switch and GFCI outlet there is just a ...
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Chewed-through ground-fault cord

Over the winter, my dog chewed through the power cord on an a/c window unit. I was going to just add a new plug as the cord is still long enough. I sliced into the wire and found 3 wires (ground, ...
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Is it safe to have a wall wart plugged in to a receptacle in an attic?

I'm trying to move my router to get better reception through my house. There is a perfect spot just below the ceiling in the middle of my house. I can run the CAT5 no problem, however, I'm worried ...
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What could cause my range burner to be bright red and really hot when the dial is set to low?

On one front burner I have a big problem. I turn it on medium high until my water (or whatever) comes to a boil -- then, I turn it down to low heat (apx #2) -- and then many times, I look at it and ...
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Power cut out while running floor maintainer - breaker blown?

I was running a floor maintainer in my home yesterday, and after a few minutes the power to that circuit just stopped. I went and flipped the breaker a couple times, but no changes. I noticed that the ...
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Electrical Boxes

I have one line coming from an outlet and need to branch it to two lines. Can i use a standard electrical box (blue PVC) as a junction box to branch an electrical line?
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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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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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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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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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Electric line to subpanel

I'm running 2 100 amp 110 lines 35 yards from my well house main to a sub panel in my garage. Do I need to run a ground wire and a neutral wire or can I just run one of them from the sub panel to a ...
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wire on the floor. What is it likely was used for?

I bought a rehab house. This is what I think was a laundry room because of the drier hookup. What is this wire laying on the floor? What was it used for? my current thoughts: a) There are many ...
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hampton bay ceiling fan quit working

my ceiling fan is hard wired with no switch only operated by remote control.it stopped working so I replaced the remote control,which worked for about a year.i opened the remote and could find no ...
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Does installing electric heated floors require dedicated electrical?

I would like to install electric heated floors throughout a home built in 2008 (In BC, Canada) to replace a forced air furnace system. I am wondering if this project will require running a new set of ...
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Trouble with solid state relay

I have a fotek SSR-25 relay I want to use to control a light (just a 120V led bulb). The wire connected to the #1 contact is 120vac. I have nothing connected to the load side (#2). The inputs are ...
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electric shock from brass light switches

I went to put out 2 light switches at the same time and got an electric shock from both of them. I'm just wondering whether this was static as I was sorting laundry from the tumble dryer or a more ...
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Will I get electrocuted if I contact a live wire on an earthed appliance?

I have an appliance that has the wires connected well and it has been grounded (earthed). If I accidentally get into contact with a live wire will I get electrocuted considering it has already been ...
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What concerns should i have about moving into a 100-year-old nj farmhouse? [closed]

The house was lived in and well-kept up til 5 years ago when my grandfather passed away. There's no three-prong outlets except in the kitchen; i have a gaming pc pulling 750 watts or so, plus ...
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Exposed Romex cable on garage ceiling without conduit protection

I am working on an old house. The garage ceiling (attic floor) has exposed beams (ie. it doesn't have sheetrock on the underside that provides for a finished ceiling). The power to the garage door ...
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What's the standard for specifying power and voltage characteristics of domestic appliances?

I'm planning to buy a space heater with the following electrical specifications: Power : 2000 W Operating Voltage : 220-240 V Many of the reviews say that the heater requires a 15 A socket to work ...
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can I combine electrical cords and their dimmeers?

I have three identical floor lamps grouped together. Each came with its own cord and slide dimmer on the cord. I would like to combine the three cords and have them all run on the same in cord ...
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How can I add a GFCI receptacle on a circuit with split receptacles?

I have a typically wired living room with all receptacles switchable on the top outlet. We are installing a large fish tank and decided to add GFCI protection. I'm trying to change a single duplex to ...
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How can I convert this hard wired fixture to a plug in?

I want to covert my hard-wired pendant light fixture to something that can be plugged into the wall as our new apartment isn't wired to direct-wire ceiling fixtures. I already wired another (vintage) ...
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Why does one of two lights stay on when they share a neutral?

I have one source of power (1 hot wire) for 2 loads (living room lights and breakfast nook lights) I am replacing the dimmers with Insteon dimmers. The previous switches didn't use the neutrals, but ...
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Can I take the cover off my fusebox to attach an energy monitor?

I have bought an Energy Monitor to track our electricity usage (hard times...). I now need to put the sensor on one of the cables either next to the fusebox or the meter. Unfortunately I cannot ...
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Can I add an outside switch to exterior floodlights?

I have an exterior floodlight that is switched from inside the house. I want to be able to switch it on at its outside location, as well. I don't want a motion detector light. I hope I can avoid ...
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Is it safe to leave exposed black wire from doorbell transformer?

Is it safe for the time being to leave a loose black electrical wire from my doorbell transformer? (I think this is the transformer based on what I have read) I tried to push the box into the wall ...
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How do I install a Leviton light switch timer?

I bought a Leviton light switch timer. It has 5 wires coming out of it - Black, White, Yellow, Red, and Green. The switch I'm trying to replace is in a box with 2 other light switches. The switch I ...
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Can I add 8 more lights to a circuit?

I have a recessed light (75w) in one corner of my room (on 15 amps breaker) and I am thinking of the extending the input to this light circuitry to fill the room with 9 more bulbs. I plan to arrange ...
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In an AC circuit, where does hot end and neutral begin?

I understand the differences between "hot" and "neutral" and their positions in a circuit, but it's not clear to me where hot ends and neutral begins. In principle, you could cut the wire at any ...
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Are my outlets unsafe?

Some (but not all) of the electrical outlets in my kitchen look like this: (I don't know what this kind of outlet is called.) One of those outlets is where I plug in my toaster oven. In the last 6 ...
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Can you add a cable connector in knockouts in a breaker box after the wires are already in place?

A sub-panel has a cable of three 12 gauge wires for HVAC coming into the box through a big knock out hole. The HVAC people did not put a connector on the cable. Is there a connector designed to be ...
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Adding a mast to a house [closed]

I have to add a two ft. mast to my house. Could I use a wire connector to add wire so that I do not have to run new wire? If I can, is there something I can use to allow me to get to the splice if ...
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3-way switch w/ dimmer

I have a 3-way switch in our dining room (just 2 switches) and have replaced the one we use the most with a 3-way w/ dimmer. The light turns on just fine, but will not dim. I have installed a Lutron- ...
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Re-use circuit breaker handle tie?

I have a double pole 30 amp breaker controlling a 230 volt load that I need to replace. I cannot obtain one at this moment; perhaps tomorrow but maybe next week. Either way, I have two good used 30 ...
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Bypass the Timer FM-DS3(e) on Hyundai heater

I have the oil heater Hyundai with mechanical Timer FM-DS3(e). I want to baypass the timer. Let the energy go on the heater. Looks like energy (red)cabel comes to 4 and one part of (white) cabel comes ...
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Ceiling Light Wiring Confusion

I replaced two sockets in my dated pantry pull chain ceiling light. I tried to put it all back together but blew a fuse. Each new socket has one white & one black wire, the newly installed pull ...
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Convert pair of 3-way switches to a one single-pole with neutral

I have a circuit controlled by a pair of 3-way switches wired like this: where there is 12/3 from the panel to the first switch box with the white not connected. I'd like to replace the switch in ...
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How do I put multiple lights on one switch on a timer?

I have 4 lights outside that are all wired to 1 light switch inside. What is the best/cost effective way to put all these lights on a timer?
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Why won't my washer turn off when breaker is off?

I have switched off all the breakers and my washing machine continues to run. How is that possible? How can I fix it?
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how to calculate sub breakers from the main breaker

how do I calculate exert amount of sub breakers to match a specific rated main breaker. e.g 200A main breaker to sub breakers