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Can a bathroom fan be mounted on one of the interior walls instead of the ceiling?

Can a bathroom fan be mounted on one of the interior walls instead of the ceiling, and still meet code?
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Installing a ceiling fan in a house built pre 50's

If I am installing a ceiling fan w/lights to an old house with only 2 wires coming out of the ceiling a hot (black) and white (neutral) is it necessary to connect the green ground wires from the fan ...
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Wiring a ceiling fan to an old house built pre 50's [duplicate]

If I am installing a ceiling fan w/lights to an old house with only 2 wires coming out of the ceiling a hot (black) and white (neutral) is it necessary to connect the green ground wires from the fan ...
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Can Armored Cable and Nonmetallic sheathed cable be used together?

Can metal jacket wiring, that uses the metal jacket as a ground, be used with conventional Romex wiring?
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Invert electric motor rotation

I got this Bergin AC motor which was from a pool pump, but now I want to use it to power a saw. For this I need to invert its rotation direction. How can I do that by just switching wires? The four ...
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Staple through a small electrical wire, will it still work correctly?

I'm running a small cable along a wooden beam, using a staple gun. I accidentally put the staple through one of the wires (the one with the black stripe). It's very small gauge wire and the hole is ...
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Independent circuits on a common trip CB

Is it permissible under the 2014 NEC to feed two independent 120VAC branch circuits from a common trip (aka double pole) circuit breaker? The circuits do not share a neutral wire, and are ordinary ...
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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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ADSL + Ethernet Surge Protection. What is chaining?

I would like to protect my home network setup with surge protectors. The products I am looking at are: APC Essential SurgeArrest 5 outlets 230V APC ProtectNet standalone surge protector for ...
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LED light bulbs turn off immediately after being switched on

I have 11 spotlights in my kitchen which are 12V MR16 fittings. Recently they've started giving me trouble. Only 5 out of the 11 still work correctly, the rest have gone I decided it must be a heat ...
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Connect A 3 way swotch to an existing three way switch [duplicate]

I have a 3 way switch (switch A) that controls a device. I have another three way switch (switch B) that is not connected to anything. I would like to connect switch B to switch A so that it can be ...
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Multiwire Branch Circuit with GFCI

I recently added some ceiling lights and had to tap into an existing junction box that had a 3 wire multiwire branch circuit run to it. This is a kitchen GFCI receptacle. The red wire is on a ...
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Two Three Way Switches w 14/2

I have an existing three way switch hooked up already, it works fine. I would like to add another three way switch by connecting another switch to the existing three way switch. Can this be done with ...
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How do electricians quickly choose electrical box sizes?

I've got my copy of "Electrical Wiring: Residential" 18th ed, complete with all the information, tables, and formulae for choosing electrical box sizes, but I've got to imagine that experienced ...
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Help with electrical plan. What's right, wrong, suggestions?

I'm trying to plan ahead for an electrical project on my basement. New ceiling lights (recessed and not), corresponding switches and some new outlets. I put a drawing together and I was wondering if I ...
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What could cause my newly installed electrical outlets to not work?

I replaced several electrical outlets in the house today and one outlet is not working at all, and the other two outlets only have one of two plugs working. I've looked over them again and all wires ...
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Why would a compact fluorescent lamp randomly turn off?

I have a CFL in a desk lamp that I keep on for several hours every day. Recently, the CFL has been randomly turning off. There is no flickering before the CFL turns off like I am used to with ...
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Can I use metal masonry device (switch) boxes in a stud wall?

I am installing new wiring and need to place 5 lighting switches in one location (yes, I understand the problems/issues of confusion, etc.). These will all be 3-way switches, non-dimmable. I plan on ...
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Can I use a copper ground with aluminum hot and neutral?

I want to put in two pedestal lamps at the beginning of my driveway, as well as a weatherproof outlet box. The total run from the outside panel is 30 ft. I want at least 30 amperes at the box. ...
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Bare or insulated grounding wire?

I am pulling about 120' 6 AWG wires from my main panel to a pool control center, and my question is do I use bare or insulated ground wire. Also, based on the tables it seems like even 10 AWG would be ...
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how to route cable in wall

This is probably the most amateurish question here :) I always lived in brick houses where i had conduits to pass cables thru. life was easy. Now i'm on a rented wood panel(?) house. And i want to ...
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How can I independently control a light and fan, where only a single hot wire is used?

The apartment I live in was built with a ceiling fan installed, but the landlord replaced the fan with a model that has a light built in. He's put a controller in the ceiling that has fan and light ...
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How to prep wiring for new lights in basement ceiling?

I have an old, fully finished, basement and I want to install new recessed lighting in the ceiling. My biggest scare is in wiring. Where and how can I find the necessary wires and run them through to ...
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Why Is My Dryer Vent Electrically Charged

I recently purchased a home built in the 1980s. When I went to hook up my 3-pronged dryer cord (with L), I noticed the outlet is the old 3-prong (all straight) typically used for ranges. I switched ...
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Why is my soldering iron tripping the RCD?

I have a new soldering station that I bought (probably too cheaply) from China. It's rated for European voltage and has a European moulded plug. I live in Sweden. At the moment, it trips the RCD in ...
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Better looking raceway for under the patio?

Is there a better looking conduit that would be per code that I can place under the patio root. It will be visible, and the gray sch. 40 looks bad. Is there anything better looking?
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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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How can I T splice a 120V line in a lighting fixture?

I'm designing a recessed lighting fixture and would like to T splice some of the wires in it. The wires are 14AWG, will carry up to 4AMP and I'm looking to make an elegant connection so that it fits ...
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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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changing light switches [closed]

I am changing my light switches I have it hooked up the way the directions say. When I turn the breaker on it cuts the light on, but when I turn the switch off it kicks the breaker. And with the ...
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What size junction box is needed for four 6 AWG copper wires?

Can somebody tell me what size and type of J box do I need for 4 #6 AWG copper wire? Boxes will be located outside. Both will be just and access point since I have more that 360 degree bends. Wire ...
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Can I have splices in an electrical panel?

Adding 220 to garage no room in my 125 amp main panel. Subpanel will be 10 ft from main will be removing 3 15amp and 1 20 amp breaker to add 50 amp breaker in its place. I'm I allowed to have splices ...
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Installing Coax & Cat6 in 2-Gang with Electrical?

Using a 2-gang box, can I install a (1) outlet, (2) coax, and (3) Cat-6 line without code or interference issues? I have an existing 1-gang box with electrical that I am running the coax and cat-6 ...
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How much space is required for a consumer unit and supply kit?

Were in the UK. At the moment we have a large wooden box built around the consumer unit and associated cabling which I want shot of when our flat is rewired (at the moment there are barely enough ...
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Can I convert a single circuit with multiple lights/1 switch to control 1 light/switch

I have 3 recessed lights in my house that are controlled from a single switch. Actually they are controlled from 3 places with 3-way switches, so it's not really working all that well :) What I would ...
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Is heat bending of pvc conduit allowed?

I am interested if bending of the pvc conduit is allowed using heat to 90 degrees in larger radius. Also, is there max number of 90 degree turns allowed in a circuit?
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2 prong wiring nightmare

I went to open up my outlet to see if it has a metal box. The previous owner wired in 3 prong outlets. I look and there is no ground which i suspected. But they also have 2 neutral electrical tape ...
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New install: What's causing a tripping arc fault breaker?

We remodeled our home and had all new electrical put it in to plan. For rough-in, the electrician put in regular breakers instead of arc fault breakers. Arc fault breakers are required by code now ...
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Where do I put the hot wire on a double pole 20 amp breaker?

Where do I put the hot wire on a double pole 20 amp breaker I have a 12/2 wire I have a black and white wire I need to know does the black go on top or bottom because there is 2 screws on the braker ...
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Can I cut a 240V wire half way?

I put a nail thru a new 240V wire, causing a short and the breaker to jump. Do I need to replace the complete wire or can I cut out the damaged portion and just install a junction box to isolate the ...
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What electrical work can I do legally in New Brunswick, Canada?

I've just moved in my first house a few weeks ago, a new construction, and there is a couple outlets that I want to add and some that I want to move. I'm located in New Brunswick, Canada. There ...
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Difference between blue and grey blue coaxial ports

I have blue coaxial ports in almost every room in my house. What the heck are they for? Are these regular cable jacks? Maybe I am confused since cat5e jacks are also blue colored? To add to the ...
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Why does a GFCI breaker trip when another breaker is accessed?

I just bought a new house, and on the first day there realized a breaker was tripping. It is one of only two GFCI breakers in the box. It's 20 amp with a bedroom/bathroom on it. I tested every outlet ...
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Mains switch or circuit breaker to turn off at zero voltage, for the home

I want a switch for mains electricity in my house. A switch that I can turn on and off as any normal switch, but that turns itself off when there is no power. The intended use is for a vanity unit ...
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What size breaker and wire do I need to feed a panel for a tankless water heater?

I purchased a electric tankless water heater and I would like to know the following? The unit requires 3 separate 40 amp breakers, one for each line. I have 200 amp service. The subpanel will be ...
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Unsure about wiring in electrical box

My circuit box door says that Dryer and outside outlets are connected on breaker 13 and 14, uppon opening the box and retracing wires I found that Dryer wires are just dangling inside the box not ...
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What is this odd wire that I discovered in the ceiling of my mobile home?

Took down two walls in a 1973 mobile home and removed one wire feeding two outlets on one wall and another wire feeding an outlet and light switch on the other wall. Both these wires plus the light ...
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Does a fluorescent lamp that does not light up still draw power?

First of all, I am not a native English speaker, please forgive me. I recently rented the room I am currently living in. On the ceiling there are fluorescent fixtures like the picture below (I found ...
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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 ...