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What is the purpose of a GFI outlet tripping on low voltage?

As I went looking for a replacement for a GFI wall outlet, I noticed that the advertised features of one outlet included "low voltage trip" – that is, the GFI will trip not only when a ground fault is ...
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can i use a sheet of 26ga aluminium instead of a 1/16" steel plate?

I'm in the process of finishing my basement (it has taken 1.5 years so far, and is still progressing). I'm working on roughing-in the electrical at the moment. Against the 2x4 studs, I installed deep ...
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Does “stacked switch with two separate legs, one 3-way and one dimmer” electrical part exist? [closed]

I have a very old house built from adobe. I have a workman trying to make a connection for a chandelier where there was previously no connection and he says he needs something to do this that he ...
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Is this switch a three-way?

I am replacing these two switches and not positive how the right switch is wired. The left switch is the only switch that runs to our porch light and the right switch is the only switch that run to ...
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Electronic ballast ratings

Hello I have a 4 bulb fixture that im working with. It currently is set up with one ballast for each bulb. I bought a philips EB-C 136 TL-D 220-240 ballast to go back. My bulbs are 18watts. The ...
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How to properly relocate wiring on different circuits

We're in the process of remodeling our kitchen and removing soffits around the perimeter of the room. I've opened up a portion of it above our cooktop and refrigerator and wanted to get some advice ...
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Melted neutral wires in a junction box

When I came home from vacation I found electrical outlets on one wall not working, so tested them. Found no neutral situation. I pulled them out but they looked good. I found a j-box in attic, opened ...
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LEDs on dimmer, left alone, eventually fade to off

I replaced some halogen bulbs in my recessed cans with some LED retrofit kits I also replaced the dimmer with a new digital LED dimmer. When I dim the lights down to a low-ish setting, I can wait ...
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Is it safe to have a recessed light be in a wall cabinet?

We have a recessed light in our upper cabinet, and I would like to know if that is safe? It is not IC or Airtight.
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sudden problem with a 3way switch

The 2 overhead lights in my garage are controlled by LIGHTED 3way switches. The wiring has been in place and operating properly for years. Recently, ONE of the lights has been going off and on at ...
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Can I wire a water heater and tanning bed on the same 220V circuit?

Can I wire a water heater and a tanning bed on the same 220V breaker. I live in Ohio.
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Dishwasher fault when directly wired but not when on an extension cord

My dishwasher which is on a spur from the kitchen ring after some minutes will trip the main switch on the CU. However running the dishwasher on the ring from an extension plug works fine. The wiring ...
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How to change a switched outlet to a half-hot outlet?

I'd like to change switched outlet to a half-hot outlet. The wiring of the outlet is shown below. Is there a way to do this using existing wires? Update on the wiring: using two-way voltage tester, ...
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Do I need a separate switch leg for a light and a fan in a combo fixture?

I'm putting in an exhaust fan light combo using a triple rocker switch. Do I need a separate switch leg for the light and for the fan? There are three silver screws on one side of the switch and a ...
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Safest Way to Contain Spliced Lamp Cord

I am interconnecting some strip lights in a closet. They are linkable LED fixtures which each come with a connector cable to link, optionally, to additional fixtures. The connector cables are a bit ...
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Can I use a GFI main breaker in series with individual QO AFCI breakers?

I'd like to install a subpanel using a 2-pole Square D QO GFCI breaker in the main panel and then installing individual QO CAFCI breakers in the subpanel where needed for the dual protection. It ...
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How to find where is the broken in the house electric wire?

I have a complex wiring problem. one of my outside house light is not working and I took out the light and found that the hot wire ( black) is not getting power. All other lights and appliances are ...
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How many electrical circuits? [closed]

Considering the following appliances, how many separate circuits should I consider for an apartment with 1 bedroom, 1 living room, 1 kitchen, 1 bathroom, and 1 access hallway? electrical oven ...
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Underground Feeder Wire OK in Basement?

I need to run a 60 AMP subpanel and have about a 45' total wire run between the main panel and the proposed location of the subpanel. I have a piece of underground feeder cable (6 gauge copper with 10 ...
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What Size Heat Shrink Tubing for Splicing Lamp Wire (SPT-2 18-2 AWG)?

I am splicing some lamp cables. The cable is SPT-2 18-2 lamp wire. First I will be using some vinyl insulated butt splices rated for 22-18 AWG and 600v to make the connection. Then, I want to cover ...
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How do I split a 60-amp subpanel into 3 20-amp circuits?

I'm putting a 60 amp service from my main breaker to a sub-panel. How would I separate that to 3-20amp breakers? And what size wire do I need to run? It is underground and 100 feet from my house.
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Relocating Main Panel

I need to move the main panel to allow for new cabinets.It will be moved to other side of exsiting wall. I'm sure there are going to be short wires. What is the best way to extend wires to reach ...
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What should I do with the extra wires in my switch box?

Upon opening the ligthswitch box, I discovered that there are 3 pairs of black and white wires. I have confirmed that one set goes to the light itself. What should I do with the extra wires? There ...
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What size plate for 2 1-gang boxes side by side

Whoever put the electrical boxes in our kitchen before we moved in put two separate 1-gang boxes side by side (an outlet and a toggle) instead of just using a 2-gang box. The plates covering them were ...
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Can I use a single insulated wire to upgrade knob-and-tube?

I took out a chimney, and this is what I'm left with. I'm considering putting a junction box in the attic, splicing in new wires to come down to the switch on the far right (I need it moved about a ...
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Does thermostat need to be grounded?

If a thermostat is connected to an air handler, which is connected to the main panel and has a ground wire, should one of the thermostat wires be connected to the ground?
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Can a 220V AC to 12V DC adapter be plugged into 120V mains?

I ordered a piece of equipment with a small low-RPM electric motor that came with DC adapter. It's marked ANGEL MODEL SG-4805 DC 12V AC ADAPTOR HA 10025-2003A AC 220V 16VA 50/60Hz DC 12V 850mA ...
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Unswitched hot in Fixture Junction Box

A comment on an answer to this question seems to be saying that its illegal for an unswitched hot to run through a light fixture junction box, even though its not connected to the fixture at that ...
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Dug up an outlet- how to safely fix it?

I bought a house from an older lady last summer with a pretty elaborate backyard. I noticed in the evenings, lights would turn on around the perimeter and shine on some of the trees. Then after a few ...
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How do I add an electrical switch for a closet light using an existing light switch?

I currently have a bedroom in which a 15amp single pole switch is wired to the light in the room. Power is coming from the light. The two brass terminals on the switch have the white (which has black ...
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Thermostat replacement in a double wide

We have a new double wide and I want to replace the thermostat with a new programmable one. We took off the old one and it has 3 red wires, 2 yellow, 1 white and 1 green. I get the 2 red indicate a ...
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What could cause a 3-bulb fixture to blink when turned off?

Two new lightbulbs(energy efficient spiral) blink rapidly when I turn OFF the switch for the 3 bulb fixture in my kitchen. House built in 1912ish. My house but previously had tenants. They only had 1 ...
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wall mounted switch to control a motor

I have a motorised shutter and I need to buy a in-wall switch to automatically stop when the shutter reaches the floor or the ceiling by only one push and not keep holding the switch.
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One 4-way switch and two 3-way switches

I decided to be handy and change all of my receptacles in the house. Everything went well until the garage. There are 3 light switches in the garage that go to 1 light source that has me stumped. Two ...
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How do I wire a 3 wire receiver unit to a ceiling fan that has 6 wires from the fan unit

Original switch was a mechanical wall mounted (plugs into an electrical outlet) push button switch (3 buttons for each of 3 speeds, 1 button for the light, one off button and one slide switch for ...
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New thermostat for electric radiant ceiling heat

I live in the Pacific NW where radiant ceiling heat is common in older homes. I a have home built in 1969 and want to upgrade the thermostat to something newer that we can program and save money. This ...
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Is it acceptable to run 10-3 wire to a 110V 20A junction box?

I have leftover 10/3 wire from a 220V outlet installation. I need to install a 110V outlet and splice to an existing junction box. Using the existing 10/3 wire will save me a trip to the store. At ...
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Which Component Is Broken in the Refrigerator

My freezer and refrigerator are too warm and I want to know why so I can fix it or at least not be swindled by a repairman. The fans work. The evaporator obviously does make the air colder given the ...
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Noisy exhaust fan starting itself

Our bathroom exhaust fan is located on our second floor bathroom. It's the original installed in 1986. Suddenly, it started to make an unbearably loud noise upon operation. So loud that the sound ...
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How to wire switch with 8 gauge wire?

I want to connect 8 gauge wires to a 30 amp safety switch (http://smile.amazon.com/Leviton-3032-2W-Toggle-Double-Pole-Grounding/dp/B002MPPTBQ), but the wire is too thick to wrap around the screws on ...
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How can I figure out where power is coming from in 4-way switch wiring?

My 4-way switches work correctly. I would like help figuring out where the power is coming in from and where the light fixture is (at the end, after a certain switch, etc.) I'm also trying to ...
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Adding a light fixture to an existing fixture

I added a new light fixture by splicing into an existing fixture. When I turn the light on, the existing light comes on, when I turn it off, the new light comes on. What have I done wrong? I want ...
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I shorted a circuit, reset a breaker, now much of the house electricity only works if I turn on a wall AC unit

I'm wondering if any of you could guess what might have happened. I live in an older 60s ranch with an older electrical system. I was cutting some shrubs this morning and hit a 3 strand wire that was ...
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What is code or common rule when securing multiple electrical lines?

What is common practice or code when running new electrical lines in a home(15 amp/20 amp) in a basement that feed up to the 1st and 2nd floor of a home? Is there a rule on how many wires can be run ...
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How to determine if a circuit breaker has GFCI

I recently discovered none of the grounds in the three-prong outlets in my house are connected to anything. AFAICT the only way this is allowed without GFCI outlets is to have GFCI circuit breakers ...
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LED bulb with slow on motion detector

Can an LED bulb be used with a retarded on motion detector? Incandescent bulbs come on slowly with this type of detector to extend the lamp life. These are externally mounted on an electrical box ...
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Baby proof 240V outlet(for air conditioning) in living room

I have a 240V outlet in living room. It is used for AC unit installed just above it. This outlet is very close to floor. Around 3 inches above floor. We have small baby in house and she has started ...
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How do I identify six light switch wires with a multimeter?

I need help identifying wires to know if I have what I need to install some new light switches that require line, load, neutral and ground connections. I'm hoping to do this with a multimeter, but I ...
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Panel switched back on fried garage door opener (need surge protector)

I shut off the power to this entire house, from inside, the larger main switch at the top of the panel. 12 hours later we started hearing the garage door opener circuit board make a noise like a relay ...
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How does a soft-start autotransformer compare to a regular autotransformer?

I'm using some commercial kitchen appliances from the U.S. in Europe, so I need to transform the voltage from 230v to 115v. I have been learning about different autotransformers, and came across some ...