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How do I wire a switch when the wire colors do not match? [closed]

Black, Red and bare Ground at outlet. New switch has Black, Black, and a Green. Tried switching each black with a red and vice versa with no luck. Tried each black and left switch black and red ...
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Combination box/switch - two wires only

The original owner of our house had this wired apparently and the outlet has never worked. Plugging a device in turns off the overhead light. Wife wants me to use vacation time off to fix, but I'm ...
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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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Does Sewage Ejector system need a dedicated circuit?

The sewage ejector system in our basement is on a GFCI outlet that is on the same circuit as the adjacent bathroom (fan, light and switch). Someone told me it needs a dedicated circuit. Does the NEC ...
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What is causing a ticking noise in my electrical outlets?

Several electrical outlets in two rooms started making a ticking sound last fall. I checked the receptacles and tightened the wires on two of them and replaced two of the receptacles. The circuit ...
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Can I use a transformer to run a 120V/60Hz appliance on a 220V/50Hz electrical system?

I live in a country where the electrical supply is 220V/50Hz. I would like to buy a electric grill in Canada, where the supply is 120V/60Hz. Can I run this appliance using a transformer? The ...
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Where is the ground wire on this light fixture controlled by a motion detector?

I bought a Utilitech motion-activated floodlight 0072837. The installation instructions tell me to match up the white, black, and green (ground) wires to the house. I don't see any ground wire coming ...
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Why are two outlets on one circuit suddenly reading 16V?

I have two 110V outlets that suddenly only have 16 volts. Both are in the same wall, about 6' apart. The breaker has not tripped. Other outlets on the same circuit work fine. They are only about 10 ...
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What size wire to use from house to wood shop?

What type/size of wire should I use for running power from the 200Amp service panel at my house to a subpanel at my wood shop? The length of the run is 300 feet. I need 220V service at the shop and ...
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What causes power to enter ground?

In trouble shooting this we found that an outside outlet had 70 volts coming through its ground. We went inside and disconnected everything but what is shown. The white is to the common, the red and ...
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How can I wire a recessed light from an existing remote controlled fan?

I have a remote controlled fan/light and I am trying to fish the red (hot) unused wire that became redundant with the remote to wire a neighboring can light- my questions are? Can that unused wire ...
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How to install flush mount lights when ceiling electrical box is 1/4 of an inch below sheetrock?

We recently bought a house and are changing the lights. The ones that are currently installed have a dome base. We bought ones that will sit flush. The issues is that some of the electrical boxes hang ...
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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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How do I rewire my existing garage lighting so that one fixture is controlled by a new switch?

I have one switch that turns on the 5 light fixtures in my garage. I would like to add a switch where only 1 light comes on to save wear and tear on all my light fixtures. My thoughts are to run a ...
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subpanel ground requirement - attached vs unattached structure - what difference does it make?

Subpanel in the garage is currently fed by 10-2 w/ground romex and is grounded both at the main panel via the ground wire and to the plumbing next to the subpanel (underground iron pipe). I want to ...
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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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How can I use these “closed” power outlets?

Just Bought a new home. It seems that the builder had some outlets open (where I can plug any devices), while some are Closed (I can't plug anything). Is there a Device I can rent or buy from any ...
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Can old ceiling fan with red, black, green wires be replaced with one that has light?

There's a very old ceiling fan (without light) that I would like to replace with a new ceiling fan that has a light. I took off the switchplate to see how many wires, and there are three (black, red, ...
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Is Switching the Neutral OK?

What’s the worst that can happen if i put a switch in the neutral instead of the phase? I just found out that 3 light bulbs sockets in my home are connected this way, it first came to my mind to ...
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Plugged in computer, sparks went off in outlet, now 2 rooms are without electric [closed]

I plugged in a computer and spark went off. Now electricity is off in two rooms. Checked breaker it is fine. No electric coming in to outlets. I reset breakers 5 times.
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Should both ground and neutral in an electrical subpanel be bonded to the service ground?

I put in a 100 AMP sub panel from a 200 AMP service. The neutral and ground are separated in the sub panel. Would this bond the sub panel to the ground and neutral coming from service ground wire? I ...
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Removing switch that turns on / off the outlet

I have an outlet which gives electricity only when corresponding wall switch is on. I need to remove the wall switch because I need to put a cabinet on it's place. How do I make the outlet permanently ...
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Which wires do I connect to my new ceiling fan?

I looked all over the internet and my outlet box seems to have unorthodox wiring/ colors. On the ceiling outlet box I have 3 thick wires, red, white and green, and a fourth single little wire that ...
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How do I wire three 3-way switches in one gang box to three switches in another box?

I have two 3-gang boxes (with 3-way switches) to control 3 sets of lights within our kitchen. Since there are two entrances to the kitchen, I have a box at each door. My main question is how to ...
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How do I wire a 2-pole dimmer switch to control an exhaust fan? [duplicate]

I have 2 black and 2 red wires from the gang box on a 220V 7 amp exhaust fan. The new switch has 2 black wires and the ground. How do I wire the new switch?
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Is it okay that the earth wire is exposed when installing an outdoor security light?

I have just installed an outdoor security light with a junction box I bought (weatherproof). I wired the old red source wire to the new brown, old black source wire to the new blue in the terminal ...
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How should I wire an exterior light where there's a load bearing post in the way?

I'd like to put an exterior light fixture between my two garage doors. The spot where it "belongs" has a post made of six (!) sistered 2x4s in the wall (presumably supporting the headers for the ...
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Can I add another cable to this 3-gang electrical box?

I have a 3-gang metal (ca. 1980, three boxes with removable sides) electrical box that currently has 4 NM cables entering it; at least 3 of them are 12/3, the 4th is either 12/3 or 14/3. All four ...
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USB wall outlet charger not working

By not working I mean even when installed in the simplest configuration, it does some sort of low power pulsating. It will cycle between charging and not charging a USB device every half second or so. ...
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Help wiring 1-pole switch + USB in single outlet

I have the two products below and I need them to go in a single gang box that used to be a simple 1-pole switch. Product pages: http://www.legrand.ca/adorne/select/switches/aspd1531w8.aspx ...
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How can I add a new light fixture off of a ceiling fan wired to two switches?

I have an existing ceiling fan rough in that is wired with 3 conductor wire to two switches, allowing the light and fan to be controlled independently. The fan that I installed however uses a ...
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Why is this transformer in my garage?

I am moving into a house, and the previous owner doesn't know the answer. Up high in the corner of the garage, the drywall was cut out to install a small transformer. The input comes from a garage ...
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Need help replacing 2 switches, fan + light

I need some help. I want to replace the 2 old switches, fan + light, by 2 Leviton decora 1 way switches. I am confused by the wires (see attached pics), especially by the black one that goes from one ...
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Has this light earthed itself?

After accidentally earthing the live wire going to the outside light whilst putting a faceplate back on (patched up now), the light has stopped working. I've just been out with a multimeter to see if ...
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Backlight moving mirror in bathroom

Bathroom will have a medicine cabinet behind the mirror. Going to use wall mount sliding door hardware to make the mirror move. Will look similar to this: I would like to use some 12v LED lights on ...
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How to waterproof metalic electrical conduit entrance in concrete wall?

I have concrete garage inside the hill below house level. Electrical metal conduit runs underground and enters the garage at the top of concrete wall. It may 12"-15" below surface. See pictures. It's ...
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Proper method to wire through different surfaces

I have added a 6" deep bump out with a TV and an electric fireplace in the center of a wall. There is a recepticle behind the feature wall which the tv and fireplace plug into. I am also creating a ...
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Wires barely fit in gang box, is this okay? If not, where to get deeper boxes?

What to do when the wires barely fit in the box? We got them to fit with a lot of fusing, but I'm not sure if that's okay or not. Lots of smushing down and the outlet covers don't fit flush on some. ...
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Relay for electric oil filled heaters - does it have to be so noisy?

On a new build, (the conversion of an old stable block into a habitable annexe), our electricians installed three electric oil filled heaters which are controlled by a thermostat, which operates a ...
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Best way to splice together 20/22 gauge wiring?

We have some holiday lights that had wiring snipped it seems and wondering what others have done to permanently splice 22 gauge wiring (fed from 3.5V plug). Update: On one set I have soldered the ...
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How can I determine what is causing these electrical problems?

My kitchen lights are having electrical issues that I am trying to identify probable causes for. When I bought the house, there was an overhead light in the kitchen and several plug-in light fixtures ...
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I am wondering can I add a new electrical connection for a gas range to this line? [duplicate]

I found the electrical line with only with one receptacle for a garbage disposal. I am wondering can I add a new electrical connection for a gas range to this line?
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How do I bring a recessed wall outlet flush with newly installed paneling?

I paneled a wall with three quarter inch thick paneling and now the two wall plugs are recessed in. Do any of you know if the have specialty plugs that would plug into the wall outlet to bring it to ...
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Can I splice grounding wires together to reach an old outlet that needs a ground?

I have a two prong outlet in my house and there is a ground wire behind it, not connected. The ground wire ends in a junction box halfway to the breaker box. Only the neutral and hot wire continue ...
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How can I install an electrical panel in my shed?

I recently purchased a house that has two 30 amp breakers going to a shed for lights and outlets. How would I go about doing that correctly? Can I tie the two 30 amp breakers to the shed together and ...
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Is is safe to deal with wiring after only shutting off the room's fuse, but not the main switch?

I think the question title says it all: Given a distribution board in the house (220 VAC), is it enough to shut off only the room's fuses, or must one shut off the main switch for the board before ...
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What could cause a digital circuit breaker finder to not find a breaker?

I just purchased a Klein ET300 Digital Circuit Breaker finder. I tested it with known circuits so I can figure out how it works. One room in my house that I have always had problems with is not ...
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How do I convert a ceiling fan with 2 separate wall switches to a separate fan & light switch?

How do I convert a ceiling fan with 2 separate wall switches, 1 for the light and 1 for the fan, to a separate fan & light switch? My next question is it possible to convert the second switch from ...
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Can I connect 12ga wire for a gas range to 10ga wire from the service panel?

I am remodeling my kitchen right now. Can I use the existing 10ga line which already been built and used in my house for an electrical range to hook up 14ga or 12ga wire for my new gas range?
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How do I determine the capacity of my generator when it has a separate starting watts capacity?

I have a Briggs & Stratton Storm Responder generator that is rated at 5500 watts with a 8250 startup watts capacity. The user manual is a little confusing: it seems to state that I have to take ...