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How do I attach both my washer and dryer to the same NEMA 14-30 receptacle?

Currently, I have a single NEMA 14-30 plug in the laundry room. I also have an ASKO W6022 dryer (manual available here: https://www.manualowl.com/p/Asko/W6022/Manual/161455) and an LG DLEC855W dryer ...
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Another sub-panel questio

Improving unfinished basement in 7 year old log home to have a small shop and a mancave Installing sub panel 40 wire feet from main panel mainly because i don't want to home-run all my circuits to ...
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Electric shock from pellet stove

I accidentally let some hot pellets fly out of my pellet stove while stupidly cleaning the glass while it was on. The few pellets melted some of the carpet. I put them out with some water. When i went ...
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Can induction in parallel ungrounded cables lead to false continuity readings with a multimeter?

I have two old circuits with no ground wires in which cables run parallel to each other for 20 feet or so. I had both circuits powered off today and was testing some things for unrelated reasons when ...
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Hot wire splits into two neutrals that take different routes back to panel; is this legit?

I discovered this in the course of replacing an old ungrounded receptacle with a GFCI. I connected a run of lights controlled by three-way switches (two switches) to the load side. Afterwards, as soon ...
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Repair AC adapter at plastic head

How can I repair this adaptor wires?
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Power outlet that works off a switch no longer shuts off after replacement

There is one power outlet (double) in my room where the top outlet turns on/off from a wall switch and the bottom one is always on. I just replaced the outlet with the new one, making sure all the ...
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Can I install this array of circuit breakers in my sub-panel?

I have a 30 amp breaker in my main panel, with 12/3 wire ran about 100 ft. To my sub panel in my shed. I'm wondering if I can put a 20 amp breaker for my outlets and a 15 amp breaker for my light in ...
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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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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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Rewire polarized power receptacle that is installed backwards

The extension of the house I just bought seems to have the US 120V recpeticals wired backwards. The large blade tests hot and the small blade tests neutral. This and a bunch of other issues where ...
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Get electricity to outlet behind wall mounted TV

I want to install a recessed outlet behind my TV but I am not sure how to get electricity to the outlet. There is an outlet at the bottom of the wall, below the TV. Can I run a Romex 14/2 wire from ...
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What do I do with the red wire on the new switch if there are only three wires in my box?

It looks like white should go to white, black to black, bare copper to green. What do I do with the red?
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Manufactured home light fixture junction box mountings

I have a Clayton manufactured home. We replaced the light fixtures in a number of rooms and now the bathroom light fixture as well as the box it is mounted to has fallen out of the ceiling. We have ...
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Conduit fill size when using multiple cables of different sizes

I have a main panel in my garage and I would like to install a subpanel in my basement. My plan is to run a 60A circuit to the subpanel (using 6/3 NM) as well as 2x 12/3 NM homeruns; one to feed 2 ...
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Connecting circuit with two hots to breaker(s)

I was swapping a breaker inside my panel and noticed something that struck me as odd--the garbage disposal and dishwasher are both being served by a single cable that contains a pair of red/black hots ...
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What circuit does the samsung NE58H9970WS induction range need?

I tried looking through samsungs install manuals. The manually helpfully says the oven should only plug into the circuit with the correct amps - however it doesn't say what those amps should be. I ...
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Can I paint the exterior of a meter socket?

My meter socket is on the front of my house in a prominent grey color against my home's tan brick exterior. While it certainly makes a bold statement to the world that I am not part of an Amish ...
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Should exterior receptacles be on a separate circuit from interior receptacles?

For some reason, I thought I remembered reading in the 2011 or 2014 NEC that exterior receptacles/lights need to be on a separate branch circuit than one powering interior receptacles/lights, but now ...
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How to check a Quick connect control power transformer is working?

I have a square D quick connect transformer in a control box system connect to the vacuum pump. The input supply for the primary side of the transformer is 220V. The output side is 110V. When i ...
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I was told to replace the breaker for my dryer, but I don't really know what breaker to buy? It's very old and worn and I can't visibly see what it is

Like it says in the title, I was told to replace the circuit breaker for the dryer I have because it is not giving out enough power. Only problem is, I don't know what to replace it with. It looks ...
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Do I need a breaker in main pannel for sub pannel?

I have no breaker space in the main 200amp panel. I'd like to set a 100 amp sub panel with its own breaker. Can I connect the sub panel to the main entry lugs on the 200 amp panel?
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2-State Wall AC Switch

What happens to load in electrical installation which is switched by 2-State Wall AC Switch, when switch is not fully in ON or OFF state, but in middle state? Can that middle state damage load or ...
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Fixture Pan for 3/8 drywall - do they exist?

I am installing a sconce pancake box in a bedroom. The plan was to put the sconce over a stud with one of these. All lined up and 4" hole cut, and then I realized I am working with 3/8 drywall (the ...
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What could cause circuit breakers to trip when power is restored after an outage?

What causes circuit breakers to trip after my power comes back on from an outage?
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Can I install a light switch on the end of a wall?

I just recently moved into a home and there is a 3 switch light switch at the end of the wall near where the fridge was. We have purchased a wider fridge and the switches would now be covered. I ...
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Under Nec 2011, I need neutral to every switch box; can I just use 2 14/2's instead of paying extra for 14-2-2?

I have two deadend 3way switches planned for the box (on the same breaker). I have 14/3 for each one going on, but then learned of the new rule about needing neutral at every box. I thought to replace ...
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Installing electrical plug without a stud and where can I find parts

I need to place an electrical outlet where there is no stud. Where can I find outlets to do this?
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How many lumens are there in one watt?

I have a problem to sale electric lamp and LED bulb. So I want to know how many lumens equal to how many watts?
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Electrical - 50 amp abandoned wiring from hot tub connected to breaker (outside)

I have 50 amp wiring sticking up in the deck from a hot tub that was removed. The breaker is outside that it is connected to, how do I remove or terminate with a box and cover?
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Why would unplugging an A/C unit restore power to a circuit?

Last night, we got a brownout. Everything came back except the master bedroom circuit. I checked the circuit breaker and it wasn't tripped (reset it anyway, for good measure). After a hot night ...
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Why would the light switch control the fan and the fan switch control the light?

We replaced 8 ceiling fans in our house and they all worked great until the last one. It was wired correctly according to the directions, but now the switch that controlled the previous fan, ...
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Use in repairing wires [closed]

Can these connectors be used for a splice inside of a wall in order to fix a damaged wire? If you have a damaged wire inside a wall - not a box - will these type connectors meet code as a permanent ...
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What could be causing this strange behavior of a branch circuit?

My uncle lives in an older house with crazy wiring. The kitchen lights, microwave, most receptacles and fridge stopped working yesterday for 4 hours. Then they came back on with us doing nothing. Well ...
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Why does only one light burn out constantly

I have recessed lights and the light on one of them only lasts around 2-3 weeks all the other lights on the same circuit works just fine
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How can I protect a vending machine wire from being cut again? [closed]

A friend of mine operates a vending machine in a school. Oftentimes, there are issues when a snack gets stuck in the machine, the students will rock the machine. Rocking the machine is an issue, ...
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Installing a fixture with no ground, no ceiling box

I recently bought some nice track lighting to brighten a room who's only light source was buried in a corner. I removed the old fixture and found (to my horror) this: Two wires, no ground, no box ...
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What's the name of type of AC Circuit where you can remove an element?

There are different type of circuits, such as parallel and series. I'm wondering the name / type of the [AC] circuit where there are n number of circuit elements and even if one element is removed ...
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Beeping light fixture

I have been renting a house for a week. The light/fan woke me up beeping every 30 seconds. It continues if the light/fan is switched off. Its the middle of the night, and I am not handy. What should I ...
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Is ceiling fan missing grounding wire from the ceiling box, and is this safe?

I recently had a contractor/handyman install a Hunter ceiling fan for me. It worked great, but my wife came home and thought it was too big. I ordered a different Hunter fan, and figured I could ...
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FPE panels replaced [closed]

Does any of you who is electrician know if my home insurance can refund me for having the Federal Pacific E panel and wiring replaced? I got it replaced with new one because I was warned that the ...
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How to fix my ceiling lights? [closed]

I have a bunch of ceiling lights that don't work when I replace the bulbs. Electricians are too expensive but although I don't have experience in this area I'm willing to learn and do it myself if ...
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Cut cord on window A/C

I have a window A/C unit mounted through a hole in the wall. It's bolted in place, so fairly permanent. It has a 6ft power cord with what looks like a GFI on the end. I think the cord is ugly, so I'd ...
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How can I bend wire that is too thick to manage easily?

Such a silly question but please help me! The wires leading to my pool pump are probably 10 or 12 gauge. When i bend them in a loop i cant get them around the screw because there is no give to the ...
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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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None of the outlets in the kitchen are working

The other day I switched on the garbage disposal and now none of the outlets in the kitchen work. This circuit is GFCI protected from the panel but the GFCI breaker in the panel is not tripping. When ...
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“Walk/Don't Walk” street sign wired into bathroom light

I have a game room type area that has it's own bathroom. Above the door to the bathroom I would like to place one of those "Walk/Don't Walk" street signs. I would like the "Don't Walk" to be wired ...
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Can I use a normal 240v weatherproof on/off switch for an electric fence cut out?

A normal mains switch can be much cheaper and you could have a light to show when its on
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How do I replace this switch with a timer?

I was trying to wire in a timer switch for a vent fan. When I went to replace the switch (which I knew was a 3 pole) I was baffled by the way it was wire. 4 wires run into the box, two of the hot ...
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Why is there a copper wire attached to this water pipe?

The outdoor faucet was turned on today(45 degrees), shortly after we discovered a leak in the house. We're not sure if the faucet broke or the pipe fractured/burst. After pulling back the drywall we ...