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What can I do about a severed grounding wire?

After doing some yard cleanup, I realized that my panel ground wire was severed. I went to Home Depot and was told that they only carried a temporary solution (see attached photo) and that I should ...
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Used 12/2WG NMB wire for internal recessed LED lights, is that bad?

I had some 12/2WG NMB wire left over and decided to use it rather than buying some 14/2 in order to wire some indoor recessed internal LED lights. Other than the fact that it was a pain to work with, ...
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How can I improve power quality into my house?

I live quite remote and power quality is not great. Currently I run all my computer devices through a 1.5kva UPS after having several power supplies and chargers fry. Since doing that, none of our ...
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How to leave low voltage wiring behind wall?

I am having a new home built and I am putting in my own low voltage wiring. In addition to standard network wiring, I am hoping to install CAT6 wiring for a few potential future tasks: surveillance ...
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Using a 100A main breaker in a 200A panel

So I purchased a 200A Siemens panel to replace the old 100A sub panel in my house. The main panel is in the garage and is also 200A Siemens and has a branch circuit to the house of 100A. I bought a ...
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Can I use electrical tape for making a splice? If so, how?

What is the approved method for creating an electrical splice to 14 gauge wire intented to carry 110V, 10 amps (standard residential power) in USA? What does code say about tape-splices? The splice ...
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Is twisted and taped splice on cable, objectively any less stable than wire-nuts or terminal blocks?

In Brazil, electrical connections are almost always done splicing electrical cables by twisting the strands together and insulating them with electrical tape. Here is a video showing some of the ...
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Should I install GFCI outlets or run new grounded cabling in my older home?

I am renovating an old home(90 years) that my wife and I just purchased. The electrical system in the house is outdated - some of the outlets appear to be knob and tube but most are the brass and ...
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Kitchen LED ceiling light blinking

Hopefully someone can help with this issue. Everything I have researched seems to be related to a type of light I do not own. I have a kitchen LED light that has been working fine up until just ...
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Are breakers directional?

I am installing a breaker/overcurrent protection device and I have realised I don't know if it matters which terminal sees the incoming phase wire, and which one is for the output. The device is ABB ...
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Electrical sheathing removal for pool light?

Can I remove the sheathing from the pool light junction box to the panel, to make it easier to pull through existing conduit?
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What size conduit for a standard wire?

I have a standard Romex (ground/hot/neutral) wire that needs to come out of the side of my kitchen countertop for an outlet. It's already a hot wire, taped off with electrical tape. What size conduit ...
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Why does electricity turn on and off in one part of my house?

For the past week, one side of my house will lose power for a few hours at a time. It extends from the living room into the far bedroom and will happen any time of the day and last for hours. But it ...
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Breaker trips after attempting to install a new outlet

I was updating my daughters bedroom and decided to replace all the outlets with new ones. (the old ones were painted over) everything was good until I got to the last outlet and tried to reconnect the ...
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I want to install two dimmers on tied neutrals

I want to install two dimmers that require neutrals. Currently, the box has 3 neutrals tied together. Could I split them up to use for each dimmer?
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Trouble with ceiling fan speed control

I recently installed a Minka Aire Java ceiling fan (F753-WHF) which came with a 3 speed remote controller, but which I installed with a Minka Aire hard-wired 4 speed wall control (WC105). The fan ...
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Help wiring new ceiling fan

I am replacing 2 light fixtures on screened porch I have wired them up to switch for light and one for fan( switches were already wired in house). I have 2 more switches by bedroom door also. Now ...
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Rewiring house and replacing breaker panel. Wiring layout and breaker selections

I'm doing a major kitchen and bathroom remodel project and decided the old federal pacific breaker box needs to be replaced. Since I'll be rewiring the bath and kitchen, I figured it makes sense to ...
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Well Pump Breaker tripped & chatters when tried to click it on

I woke this morning with no water. I have a sub well-pump and it was not running. Meter read zero pressure. Came in and saw GFI breaker tripped and not well pump breaker half tripped. GFI clicked back ...
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Oven elements don't heat, though electrical continuity and voltage exists

I have a leisure (range type) cooker. However the left hand oven has stopped heating up. When I turn the dial I get 230v at each element but no heat is produced. I have checked continuity on both ...
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Can I run conduit in an open ceiling on top of the bottom part of the rafters in a commercial building?

Wiring an old pole barn to be used as a commercial building
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GFCI receptacle works partially when switch is turned off; not at all when on

I had an electrician install an outdoor receptacle recently, and it's not working as expected. Before the receptacle was installed, the only thing I'm aware of that was on this circuit was a single ...
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Replacing 3-way dimmer switch with 3-way switch

I've recently installed smart (ZigBee) LED bulbs in my kitchen. These lights are on a dimmer switch, and even when I have the dimmer all the way up, the bulbs flicker when their internal dimming is ...
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Can't turn off security light permenantly

I've just moved into a house which has a secuirty light. It's off during the day and it comes on frequently during the night even when there's seemingly no motion outside. I'd like to be able to ...
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3 phase electricity

Hi we have a property in corfu greece and my 3 phase electricity has blown, the electricity board came out and mended a cable and the 3 phase was working again and coming into the property. We tried ...
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How to fit an LED transformer / driver

In my front room I have 4 wall lights. Each light takes 2 G4 bulbs. I've put some 2.5w dimmable LED bulbs in them and they work fine. However, I want to make them dimmable and currently when I put an ...
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light switch trips breakers at random, but never itself

I recently installed a monorail lighting kit in my home office; I wanted another spot-light which meant I need to swap out the included transformer to something that would allow more than 100 watts. ...
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What problems might a single ground rod above 25 ohms resistance cause?

The Electrical Code (USA) requires that a single ground rod have a maximum resistance to ground of 25 ohms (NEC 250.53(A.2)). If this isn't met, an additional ground rod is required, but no resistance ...
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Electric Smoker Trips GFCI

My outside outlet is tied to a GFCI receptacle. When I plug in my smoker, the GFCI TRIPS. What con I do to avoid this besides running an extension cord to another receptacle (inside the apartment)?
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Converting appliances from 120v -> 240v

I've been getting U.S. appliances sent to E.U. where the voltage is doubled. I'm using autotransformers so they can work, but this isn't ideal. I do this to save money. EU retailers add their ...
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Outlets and lights don't work but plug-in receptacle tester indicates all ok

I have two bedrooms and a shared bath that are on one circuit. Through some initial remodeling/updating, all of the outlets were replaced (3-prong), and all of the light switches. All is fine in ...
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Voltage between Red and Copper; and Black an Copper, but not white

I have some 14/3 Romex coming out of the wall. It used to power ceiling fans with a light on different switches (one turned on the light, another the fan). I did some work down circuit and was ...
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Three-way switches to control top outlet of multiple receptacles

I am in the process of renovating the livingroom in my 1930's era house which only has two non-switched outlets in one 12x12 room. I would like some receptacles to have one switched and one non-...
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Can I take a 240 volt 33 amp male plug an slice [closed]

Okay. So I wanna wire my garage. My old home has an old unused 3 prong 240v plug just chilling. My home is limited to 100amps. Old old home. So, the garage, 60ft away has no power. No power=no man ...
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Removing bulb causes a different fixture to go out

I have ceiling fixtures, let's call them A and B. Normally, both fixtures are always on (lit) -- no switch controls them. When I remove the bulb from A, fixture B goes out. Here's how it looks ...
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Why do I need such thick wires in household electrical installation?

I am running electricity (for light and a couple of outlets) into my garden. I am trying to decide on which wire thickness I need to choose. FWIW, I am in Europe. The whole house is wired with two ...
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Wiring Transition from Inside of wall to Outside of Wall for hard-wired appliance

I am installing an electric kickspace/toe kick heater as part of my kitchen remodel. I do not quite understand how to transition the supply wiring from inside the wall to the space underneath of the ...
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Whole front wall of house, outlets not working / no power

[]Moved into our house 4 years ago. None of the outlets/lights that are currently not working ever worked from day 1. 4 outlets and 2 front porch lights do not work. My outlet plug checking tool has ...
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Would a wall mounted TV count as an appliance for the purposes of tamper resistance outlet code requirements?

I was reading this review on Amazon for a recessed outlet where someone points out that it isn't tamper resistant and, as such, is worthless. There is a discussion between the rater and other people (...
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Is tungsten wattage different from regular wattage?

I bought a new in-wall timer rated 20 Amps. and it says '1350 w Tungsten', so I'm wondering if there are watts which are measured different then other watts? In my calculation it should be 20 x 120 = ...
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Wiring a plug. Non UK coloured wires

I am trying to wire a plug into a 6" inline fan for our bathroom but I do not recognise the colours used for the wiring. I am based in the UK. I've attached an image. Which one is neutral? And I am ...
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How do I install this lamp on my ceiling?

I'm a big time novice but determined not to hire an electrician for what is probably a simple job. This is embarrassing, I think. Here is an exposed light fixture that I have in my attic I want to ...
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Does the 50 foot extension cord my refrigerator is hooked up to cost me double the electricity? [duplicate]

Does the 50 ft extension cord my refrigerator is hooked up to cost me dbl in electricity?
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Can I rewire my ceiling fan to make it move faster?

I installed a fan outside and it has no light, just a fan. It does have remote though. I capped off the red wire and used white, black and green. The fan at its highest setting does not move very fast ...
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Lamp not working

I have a lamp (see picture) that has stopped working. I replaced it with a new bulb and that did not help. Any guidance for a novice regarding next steps?
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Can cable splice devices be concealed?

Devices exist that claim to be able to splice nonmetallic sheathed cables together outside of a box, and in concealed locations. Are these types of devices allowed by National Electrical Code? Here's ...
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It it safe to have a 15 amp GFCI outlet on a 50 amp GFCI breaker?

My friend just got rid of her hot tub. The person that took it put an outlet where the tub was. He put in a 15 amp GFCI at the outlet but left the 50 amp GFCI breaker in the panel box. Is this ...
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Does it cost more to run a refrigerator on an extension cord?

My new mini refrigerator is plugged into a 50 ft extension cord that is plugged into my house. Does it cost more to run because of the cord?
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How should I end this wiring?

I am doing a minor reno in a new house. I took out a wall and in it was two strands of 12-2 that went to one outlet. That wiring will not be used anymore, I don't want to splice into them or run ...