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Is there some kind of adapter for an old ceiling box?

I was replacing a light in the entry vestibule at our new house with a cheap flush mounted light fixture. When I removed the old light I discovered that the ceiling box is an old type with a cross bar ...
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What is the preferred method for removing & replacing electrical wiring in the garage?

I just purchased a house built in the mid-1990s in Kansas, U.S. The garage is generally finished: It has sheetrock walls and ceiling. It also has outlets spaced every 6 feet or so about 4 feet above ...
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Three-way switch problem, potentially faulty

I have a fairly specific question related to three-way switches. While I understand in principal how they work and how to wire them (I think anyway), my specific wiring is not generating the expected ...
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trying to wire a light fixture in a 1923 house with knob and tube wiring

I am installing a new light fixture in my bedroom ceiling. Up in the attic, at the fixture there are three copperish looking wires (wrapped in cloth tape) coming in from different directions. I can ...
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Three dead power outlets, no tripped breakers

A few days ago I was using a multimeter to check for current to the thermostat on my garage refrigerator. I wasn't thinking and did something wrong (wrong HOT, I believe) and power to the refrigerator ...
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How do I properly install GFCI outlets with existing 12/3 wire in parallel and on a switch?

I am trying to help my inlaws with a problem in their living room. Two of their outlets stopped working and I don't really know why. The outlets were wired to a switch in the hallway, which ...
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Testing circuit breakers?

I have a panel of type XO circuit breakers in my house. One of them has failed closed (!) and I need to replace it. However, a few minutes on Google seems to indicate that this type of breaker is no ...
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new electrical outlets and switch pop breaker [duplicate]

We have a house from the 1960s with armored cable and metal boxes. I was trying to replace the outlets and a switch in the kitchen so they weren't almond/painted but the new outlets and switch keep ...
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Lighting in the hall: How to substitute a missing wire?

I have a problem with the lights in my appartement. The current setup is below (and photos further down): simulate this circuit – Schematic created using CircuitLab There are two ...
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Adding USB Dual Port Charger Receptacle Blows Mains

I purchased a Hubbell "USB Dual Port Charger with 15A Duplex Receptacle" from Lowes to replace the duplex receptacle on my kitchen island. I first opened the circuit labelled for the island. The ...
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Can I use these replacement ballast even though the yellow wires are on the opposite end?

I am trying to replace a ballast for my garage lighting. I removed the old one but there are absolutely no markings, numbers, diagrams or anything on it. It is a 2 lamp 120V fixture with 40W T12 ...
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Electric panel distance from windows and/or gas service entry

I can't find anything specific anywhere else, but what is the minimum distance a main electrical panel can be from a window when the panel is mounted on the outside of the house? Additionally, is ...
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Garbage disposal Power source

I just replaced my garbage disposal following the instructions from a youtube video. I followed the instructions which to summarize were: 1. Flip the breaker to off 2. Switch the garbage disposal ...
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Do under cabinet electrical outlets meet code and be passed by NEC in new construction?

I would like to have the quartz back splash be clear of outlets and have them in a strip at the back under side of my kitchen cabinets. The electrician currently is telling me that these strips will ...
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Should I reconfigure my shared neutral breakers to have tied handles

I have several shared neutral circuits in my house (built in CT approx 1980) that do not have ties between the breakers to ensure that both are turned off together. I'm not 100% positive that they ...
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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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Is a weather resitant gfci required outside in a metal box with in use cover?

I have a pool that is just off my deck. The gfci i have went bad so i need a new one. It was a 15 amp gfci in a metal box attached to 1/2 in emt conduit with a metal box and a non in use cover. Thi is ...
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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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In a multi-gang box, are neutral wires paired with specific hot wires?

I have a four-gang box that I'm installing new dimmers in. Currently all of the neutral (white) wires coming into the box are connected together (and not to the dimmers). The new dimmers require ...
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What's the amperage on a circuit breaker that's “linked” together?

On our circuit breaker, we have several circuits that are linked together by a metal handle. For instance, there are several cases of three 20A circuits all linked together, meaning you can only flip ...
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What size replacement fuse is required for this hot tub?

I recently had a power outage that blew one of our air conditioning fuses (which we were able to fix) and one of the fuses (out of two) in our spa equipment service control board. Next to both fuse ...
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Wiring GU10 Sockets: Cables are of same color - which one should be “live”?

Question: How can I know which cable should be "live" and which one should be "neutral", or does it not matter? (GU10 socket).
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What codes are invovled in running an overhead subpanel feeder to a detached garage?

This subfeeder will be going to a detached garage about 30ft away, and powering a 100amp subpanel. I'm not sure what codes are involved in this feat. I'd like to know the codes involved for ...
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Why do I have a green light on my GFCI but the outlet will not come on?

While cleaning, my niece sprayed my GFCI outlet causing it to go out. I attempted to reset it but came up with negative results. I purchased another one, hooked it together (green light came on ...
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Controlling two fixtures on same circuit independently

I currently have an existing loud bathroom and a ceiling light on he same circuit. The wiring goes from the switch to the ceiling box and then to the fan. Both of these are controlled by the same ...
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Why do my fluorescent lights turn on slowly or not at all in the summer?

We live in Florida, and the fluorescent lights in the kitchen turn on very slowly (if at all) in the summer. Other clues are: They work fine in the early morning Later in the day (hot day) they ...
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Adding circuits in a sub panel

I have a 50 amp sub panel in my basement with 6 circuits in it, which is not enough. How many circuits can I run with a 50 amp service?
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How to fix double-tapped 14-3 cable to boiler

I have an oil boiler for heat. 14-3 cable runs from the panel to a thermal cutoff above the boiler, then into the boiler's control box, and from there to a Taco controller that manages three zone ...
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Home Theater projector re-searches for input when power surges (light/ac/fridge turning on or off)

I live in the US and have an interesting problem with my home theater system that Google couldn't quite solve for me. My home theater setup is as follows (I can provide model numbers upon request, if ...
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In the UK, what type of flexible conduit should I use for electrics in shed that run underground and emerge through the concrete base?

In the UK, what type of flexible conduit should I use for electrics in shed that run underground and emerge through the concrete base? I see various standards quoted such as IP66. Would this be ...
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What amp breaker for 20 Amp electrical oven and 40 Amp electrical range on same circuit

What amp breaker should I use for a 20 Amp electrical oven and a 40 Amp range? Currently, I have a 6 gauge wire and a 50 Amp breaker, and my current electrical cooktop and electrical oven are both ...
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I rewired my two bulb ceiling light

one of the bulbs was not working. I took the wiring apart and rewired them in series Now neither one works.
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How to wire Two dimmers controlling a string of recessed light?

Refinishing my basement and have an open ceiling at the moment. I have hung 12 recessed lights and connected them in 3 groups (groups of 2, 6 and 4 lights) using 14/2. I then ran 14/2 from the start ...
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How do I wire one switch in a circuit with two “fixtures” but only one being operated by the switch?

I am setting up low voltage 12v landscape lights in my backyard using one transformer with have to runs/branches - one for two lights and other to operate tow small pond pumps. I have no room for two ...
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How can I install a light fixture in the ceiling of a finished room?

In my dining room, I would like to install a ceiling light in the center of the room. This room is on the ground floor of a colonial two-story, so there is no attic access into the ceiling; my work ...
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Replacing a toggle dimmer switch with a regular light switch

I am replacing a dimmer switch with a regular switch. The dimmer switch controlled a chandelier light that I just replaced with a ceiling fan. There is also another switch that controlled the light, ...
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Running conduit near knob and tube wiring

I have some new AC ducts in our new house that will soon be concealed behind new drywall, but before the drywall goes up, I wanted to run some conduit from the upper floor down to the basement for ...
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How do I wire a GFCI with 5 wires?

How do I install a GFCI receptacle with 2 black and 3 white wires plus a ground? I have two such regular receptacles next to sinks and should replace them before the upcoming home inspection, please ...
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Can I wiring LED light fixtures in parallel?

I have 4 120 v 20 watt LEDs. I want to put them over my desk. They are the Lusa Lighting Model #33000 (If you want to see the PDF). They come with plugs so you can plug them in separately. I want 1 ...
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Conduit Underground - Ways for tunneling under obstructions?

I'm running into a situation where it's increasingly difficult to bury this PVC underground 18" in some spots due to massive tree roots. Changing directions and/or destroying the roots isn't an ...
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Should a heavy duty transformer (used predominantly for LED lights) be on the mains ring or the lighting circuit?

I am putting RGB LED strip lights in a room, powered by a fairly heavy duty (30A) 12V transformer. The transformer will also power a Raspberry Pi (volatage will be split to give it 5V)that will be ...
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NEC, use more extension boxes or an access panel?

What is the maximum number of extension boxes you can hang from a ceiling? This is ridiculous and I probably need one or two more to meet the new drywall ceiling. Are junction boxes permitted behind ...
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Is there a way to unscrew a light bulb that has broken?

The recessed light in my bathroom broke while trying to unscrew it, and only the metal collar remains. What is the best way to get that remaining part out?
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Are these three-way switches?

I have 2 bedrooms and I want to replace the light switch for a dimmer. I though it would an easy job for a beginner like me but after I opened the first switch, I realized there was a 3 wires (I was ...
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Tripped breaker

We bought a mobile home with a master bedroom that consists of an ensuite and master bathroom. The three rooms combined are 20 feet by 20 feet with their own electrical breakers. We bought our home ...
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Testing and proper breakers for a multi wire branch circit?

How do you determine if an outlet is part of a unidentified multi-wire branch circuit? Also, does code say MWBCs need to be on double throw circuit breakers and is it permissible to link CBs with that ...
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Electric shock - was I stupid, unlucky, or a combination of both?

One of the double sockets in our garage needed replacing (damaged after a washing pole hit it) - a pretty trivial job that I'd done before. So I flipped the MCB for the ring main, used a non-contact ...
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Kitchen fixture pulled lose from ceiling

My kitchen fluorescent fixture has pulled lost from the ceiling and is dangling just by the electrical wires. It is an older home(25years) and the anchor bolts have pulled thru the drywall. I have ...
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A/c makes the lights turn on and off! No Joke!

The lights on the first floor, upstairs bathroom and upstairs Laundry room won't work. The breakers did NOT pop The air conditioning was running this morning but is not working now. When the ...
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Does anyone know how to get rid of magnetic field from water line?

I have horrible wifi reception in one side of my house, even with an expensive wifi router. So I purchased a magnetic field meter and confirmed everywhere it peaked the wifi was non-existent. Walking ...