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How do I handle the grounded neutral for a simple switch?

I trying to move a switch, which is currently in a 2-gang box. The 2-gang box will need to stay in place (and covered with a plate) as it is also the junction of some other stuff (currently power ...
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How should I investigate an electric feeling from an oven?

Apologies if this is off topic. I couldn't quite work it out from the asking help. I have an oven with a metal door. When the oven is switched on at the wall, I can feel an electric 'feeling' like ...
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Convert USB powered lamp to a remote controlled lamp

I have a bedside lamp that I own which is powered via USB and has a On/Off switch at the back. This is fairly inconvenient to turn on and off from bed. Is there any way to adjust the hardware of this ...
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Convert a ceiling fan controlled by two switches to a remote control

I would like to convert a ceiling fan with light from 2 switches (one for the light and one for the fan) to a single remote control. Is there a best practice or do I just pick a line and cap off one ...
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Why can the connections of a recessed light be buried in drywall, but not junction boxes?

I'm redoing lights in our kitchen and have to splice some lines. I have read numerous threads that all say you cannot bury the junction box in the drywall, it has to be accessible. The recessed lights ...
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Doorbell low voltage converter sharing breaker

Can a doorbell low voltage converter share another circuit's breaker by both wires plugging into it? Or should a single wire go into the breaker but split it inside the panel using a wire but? Or does ...
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My washer keeps tripping my gfci

I recently rewired an old house. The laundry room is on its own circuit and the washer plugs directly into the gfci outlet. Everything seemed to be working great. The lights works and the outlets ...
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old wiring inside wall gets voltage when shared switch is used - safe and to code?

I had someone run a constant hot to a new fan so it could operate with a remote. They left the old wiring inside the ceiling and it’s still contacted to a shared switch that operates other lights. The ...
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Underground Wires + Bare Ground Condutor, entering building

I had a setup in which underground aluminum wire coming from a garage (detached structure) travels through a ¾ pvc conduit into what seems to be a rather shallow depth trench. This installation was ...
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Electrical ,what voltage to use [closed]

I am confused about what voltage to use to calculate current for cable size of transformer. for example, single phase given load 140kva 120/240. if I=140/120v= 1166 A and if 140/240v=583A I know ...
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How do you install a ceilng fan to an electrical box that has 1-black, 2-white, 2-green?

I want to install a ceiling fan to a ceiling fixture that has been unused all this time. The ceiling fan has 1 blue, 1 black, 1 white and 1 green wire. The instructions indicate that I connect the ...
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Question to code-legal of space between walls where circuit breaker box is located

I have the following challenge. The building I am in is undergoing a 40 year recertification which also involves each apartment. The breaker box had been build in the a small closet which is located ...
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Replace 3-way Dimmer with Timer Switch

I have a 3 way setup, with a Dimmer Switch and a simple switch. I want to replace the Dimmer Switch with a timer switch. The dimmer switch I'm removing has 4 wires: Black (hot), Green (ground), and ...
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Round hole, rectangular junction box

I am installing a new light fixture into ceiling. There is a round hole there right now (from a recessed light that I removed). The problem is this round hole is just short in diameter of standard ...
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What eats all the electrons — or — understanding household power consumption

In January, our electric bill shows 1685 kWh. In February, 1259 kWh. The bill shows usage back a year, it does seem as if heating season consumes a lot more power than the rest of the year, in spite ...
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I have a 2 prong outlet and a surge protector

so I have just bought all the parts for a new PC, but am weary to build and use it because I noticed I don't have a grounded outlet at all in my room/house. I have been using a computer on this outlet ...
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what is code for jboxes in celing joists that I intend to cover with plywood?

If I cover the boxes and properly secure the cables per code can they be hidden or do I have to surface mount them?
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Removing dimmer switches, 4 wires

I'm trying to replace 2 dimmer switches with normal switches but I'm confused by how they are wired. Each dimmer controls a different set of lights yet they are connected in a way. 1 dimmer has a ...
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Can I replace a recessed lighting track without replacing the fixture housing?

I have 20 year old track lights that I would like to replace. They are Lightolier brand which is now owned by Philips. The track heads have transformers in them that buzz loudly. New track heads ...
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european outlets in an american building

I have seen european outlets in industrial equipment made in europe but installed in the united states (often with a 480/240v step down transformer), and I have come across a couple people who want ...
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How to determine why an AFIC or GFIC breaker tripped?

GFCI and AFCI breakers trip under specific conditions, unbalanced current, and a detected arc, respectively. However, they also trip under ordinary overcurrent conditions in the same way that ordinary ...
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How do I use a multimeter to check for power?

I need to check that power going from my light switch, to a light fixture on the same wall, as well as a light fixture on the opposite wall. How do I use a multimeter to do that?
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Existing GFCI outlet wiring to a new switch

I want to relocate a GFCI outlet in my kitchen that is currently below my top cabinets to above the cabinets so I can plug in an LED rope light and illuminate above the cabinets. With that being said ...
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Can I fuse two Neutral lines of two different power lines?

I am from India where we use 220V AC supply. There are two power supplies for my house. Can I use the Live wire of one power supply A and the neutral wire of power supply B to power my geyser? I want ...
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How do I hook this 18-bulb lamp together?

I have an 18-bulb chandelier from Globe Electric. I need to connect 19 wires together twice inside this lamp. I've bundled the wires into 4 sets of 9 using washers and electrical tape. The ...
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ELCB Trips when connected

I am facing very strange issue in my power meter & wiring. i am residing in Group society. following is my setup. electricity digital Meter is installed at bottom with a circuit breaker out of ...
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Is a GFCI necessary for a dishwasher?

I'm wiring in a new dishwasher. Now that everything is done, I find out that the breakers for my box are not made anymore. I'm direct wiring it so it will be a dedicated circuit except the garbage ...
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False positive from a non-contact voltage tester?

I'm replacing a 240-volt split-phase electric baseboard heater. I've shut the power off at both the thermostat and the breaker box. Testing the wires with a non-contact voltage tester shows an ...
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Were gfci's required in detached garage built in 2003?

Need info if gfci's were required in detached garage built in 2003.
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Changing 3-way ceiling fan/light switch to separate fan & light controls

In my kitchen I have two 3-way switches controlling the ceiling fan and light. The two controlling switches are on opposite sides of the room, but what I'd like to do is split one of the two switches ...
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GFCI Outlet Neutral Shows Hot

I have a question about whether a GFCI outlet leaks power to the neutral contact. I have a 12 AWG (Black/White/Bare) wire coming straight off the panel directly to a GFCI. Prior to wiring the GFCI, ...
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Can I hide a transformer in a metal box in my cabinet?

I put LED lights under my cabinets. I ran the wires into the cabinet where I put a 4 in metal box. Was going to put the small unit and wires inside the box but noticed the transformer gets real warm. ...
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How many circuits should I include in a sub-panel for workshop?

I am looking to run a sub panel for a basement workshop approx 60 feet from the main panel, all inside. I have a table saw, jointer, band saw, planer, and dust vacuum, as well as routers and such. I ...
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Can I bring power to the 4-way switch?

I have a standard circuit with a 3-way switch on each end and one 4-way switch in the middle. Will it work if I run power to the 4 way switch instead of one of the 3-way switches? The light is also ...
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Power to shed from dishwasher spur

At the moment, my consumer unit is right in the center of the house and I'd like to get power to my shed for a small fridge and light. Due to the position of the consumer unit, adding another breaker ...
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Connecting the four terminals of a 14-50P to a homebrew 240v system with three wires

I bought a new 240v homebrew system. The system requires a 30 amp circuit and comes with 10 gauge wires (black, white, green) but no plug (so you can connect the plug needed for your situation). I ...
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Dangers from intermittent phase issues

while experiencing a electrical phase issue (loose/failing service connection causing brief outages on one phase), what dangers is there to things plugged in? Any actions to take to either eliminate ...
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Need help with correct wiring when replacing a hardwired smoke detector

I was wondering if someone with some electrical experience or experience with these particular smoke detectors can assist with the replacement process. I have a home security alarm system that has ...
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Is this an appropriate way to add a single-pole switch (without a gang box) to a circuit with an existing single-pole switch?

I have a fun electrical challenge in my basement. I currently have power coming off of the breaker, to a single light fixture, and then on to a single-pole switch (Figure 1). I would like to add a new ...
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GFCI outlet/switch combo installation?

I currently have a receptacle/switch combination (the switch controls a light, the receptacle is hot with the switch on or off) with two black wires and one white wired, and ground, coming from the ...
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2 outlets in kitchen have no power to them

I have two outlets in my kitchen that have no power to them. I didn't change plugs because there is no power to them. I checked breakers and there is power coming out. I checked bus bar and made sure ...
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What is the correct way to tile a wall when there are existing electrical sockets

I will be tiling a backsplash in my kitchen. Currently there is none, and the new backsplash will cover areas that currently have electric sockets. So my question is this do you: Remove front cover ...
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Mystery Ceramic Electrical Component

This may be a bit off the beaten path, but these were recently found by a previous coworker at a jobsite from a building that was built in the 1920's in the Midwest United States. They exactly fit an ...
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3-way switch not working properly

I have a 3 way switch at the top of the stairs and one at the bottom that control the lights in the stairway/hall way. The problem that I have is that you can only turn the lights on from the same ...
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Ever Heard of 4/0 Lights?

An electrician I recently got a bid from made a number of recommendations involving installing what he called "Four-Oh" lights. I wasn't sure I was hearing him right, so had him spell it out. He ...
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LAN connections disconnects after turning off kitchen tubelight or fan

Whenever Kitchen tube light or fan is turned off or on ,my LAN disconnects. Are they radiating too high due to which LAN is disconnecting.Laptop is connected only to LAN cable What is reason behind ...
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Baseboard heater thermostat doesn't shut off the heat

My living room is heated by two electric baseboard heaters controlled by a single thermostat. Earlier this week, I noticed that the room was much warmer than it should be, and figured that the ...
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TV antenna installation: How to ground

I'm going to be installing a TV antenna with a mast. I want to make sure I ground everything properly. As far as I can tell, I need to ground the antenna via the coax and a grounding block, and then ...
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Installing a 3-prong dryer in an old house

I'm trying to install a dryer I got for free into this old house, and I'm not sure I have the correct wiring to do it. I've replaced one of those standard 3-prong outlets before, because it wouldn't ...
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Is this Junction Box too full?

I'm installing a flood lamp on my outdoor garage. So, I went to take look at the junction box, and to my surprise, it appears oddly filled: Filled to the point where I almost feel as though it's ...