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Is it possible (and safe) to adapt a 4-prong dryer outlet to a NEMA 6-20?

I'm considering an appliance that is 240v 16A 3500watt with a NEMA 6-20P plug. Is it possible and safe to create an adapter for this so that it can be plugged into a standard 4-prong 14-30R dryer ...
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There are bare copper wires in the light box?

I opened the light switches and electrical outlets on the walls before the painting job and found in the metal casing boxes there were two bare copper wires attached on the same screw, they were laid ...
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For installing a new exterior light on a brick wall, can I connect the wires in a junction box mounted on the opposite side of the wall?

There is plenty of room to install the junction box on the other side of the wall and I would rather not put a box on the outside of the wall. Can I simply connect the wires in the junction box on the ...
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How do I properly ground a light fixture?

I installed a light fixture in my bathroom and need help grounding it properly. The previous fixture wasn't grounded. When I removed the fixture, there were two wires, one black and one white, from ...
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Why is my bathroom vent fan tripping the GFCI when being shut off?

I have a GFCI tripping when a vent fan is being shut off. I saw in KeithS's answer to a similar question that the blades rotating after shut off causes an imbalance, tripping the GFCI. In my case the ...
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Is it OK to have more than one neutral wire in the same connection on the neutral bus bar on a main panel?

I'm installing a new 100 amp panel and have almost run out of openings on the neutral bus bar and still have 4 more breakers to install. Can I double up on the neutral side or should I start using ...
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What could cause a circuit breaker to trip when an exhaust fan is turned off?

In my bathroom, I have a switch for the light and a switch for the exhaust fan. It seems that on occasion, not all the time, the power will trip when I turn the fan off, not on. It also seems to be ...
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I have 220V cable on a 110V circuit. Should I be worried?

I'm reconfiguring my kitchen and moving some stuff around, which necessitates moving some outlets and switches. This is my first attempt at any kind of electrical work, so finding weird things makes ...
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Could power fluctuations have killed my refrigerator?

Bought a house (built in 1937) recently. When the clothes washer runs (particularly, when it agitates), lights in the house flicker. I've read in numerous places online that this is possibly due to ...
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How can I tell if there's an electrical issue or if I have a bad dryer?

I purchased a dryer from Sears: recently, which didn't work upon being connected. I performed a couple electrical checks (more on that in a moment), then called them up and told them that it was dead ...
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Why isn't my GFCI receptacle working?

I am installing a GFCI outlet and I am having some issues. I have identified the hot and neutral wires. They test positive with the voltmeter when I turn on the switch. I connect the receptacle to ...
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How far does a ground rod need to be from the foundataion?

I need to ground an antenna strapped to my chimney, which requires hammering in a new ground rod. However, the entire side of my house is paved, meaning I can't dig it up to find the foundation ...
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Can I drive a ground rod near a gas meter?

I am redoing the electrical in my 1940s house. The house has no grounding electrodes but the meter and panel are grounded to my water pipe outside in the front of the house. (This actually looks like ...
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What size wire do I need for a 100amp underground 300 ft run?

I want to put in a 100amp subpanel in my garage. The run will be underground and 300ft long. I have a Siemens panel with breakers rated at 60/75 deg C. What is the proper wire size I need? I was ...
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What to do about hot neutral in switch?

The light switch only controls a ceiling fixture. But, the cable powering the switch also powers 2 grounded outlets. The neutral wire on the switch is live/hot. The black wire is not. Right now all ...
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How do I change which half of a receptacle is controlled by a wall switch?

I have a switched outlet in a bedroom. The top receptacle is controlled by a wall switch while the bottom is always hot. Can I make it so the top is always hot and the bottom is switched by just ...
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What could be tripping multiple GFCI breakers?

I have 14 ground fault circuits split 7 on each side of my panel. I have recently had 5 or six trip on the left side and 1 or 2 on the right. It happens at all hours. It appears I have some kind of ...
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Can two ground rods be bonded via a PVC conduit above ground?

According to my understanding, if a supplementary ground rod is installed, it must be bonded to the existing rod via a buried 6 AWG cable (NFPA 70). However, because virtually every side of my house ...
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Unplugging Alarm System

The house I am had an alarm system put in when the house was being built. The previous owners of our house used it but we haven't and all its been is a pain in the butt. Before it would beep when ...
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Is it okay to drill a ground rod through pavement?

All the sides of my house are paved, and I need to drive a new ground rod for an antenna. Would it be against code (NEC) to drill a hole in the concrete to pound in a ground rod? Bonus question: How ...
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What's the standard height for an outlet?

I am installing outlets in my patio room. What is the standard height recommended above the ground for these to be installed?
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Why use AFCI receptacles rather than AFCI breakers?

Is there any reason to use an AFCI receptacle rather than replacing the breaker with an AFCI type? It seems that providing protection on the whole circuit makes much more sense than to just one ...
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Which thermal circuit breaker should I buy?

I live in a small house in Argentina where we use 220 volts. I have a thermal circuit breaker that do squeak noises when the iron starts or the fridge starts. I adjusted the four screws of the breaker ...
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Beeping light fixture

I have been renting a house for a week. The light/fan woke me up beeping every 30 seconds. It continues if the light/fan is switched off. Its the middle of the night, and I am not handy. What should I ...
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Running a new kitchen light circuit from a receptacle with a “traveller.”

I'd like to power a set of three ceiling-mounted down-lights from an existing receptacle in a kitchen reno. A picture of the existing receptacle is attached. My confusion is it has a fourth wire ...
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Is ceiling fan missing grounding wire from the ceiling box, and is this safe?

I recently had a contractor/handyman install a Hunter ceiling fan for me. It worked great, but my wife came home and thought it was too big. I ordered a different Hunter fan, and figured I could ...
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Home Light Automation - Emulate 4 way switch with relay

I've been thinking of ways to do home automation that is somewhat future proof (hardwired); and the best idea I have is to use relays for lights on a 3 way switch circuit. Put in a dual pole dual ...
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3-way switch for light with fan controlled by switch built into fan. Odd wiring layout. Wiring assistance required

My electrician and I have parted ways. This has resulted in my having to finish off various projects. I have managed to get 2/3 lights operating the way they were intended. However, I am having ...
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How do I troubleshoot a ceiling fan that suddenly stopped working?

I've got a ceiling fan in my kitchen that all of a sudden stopped working one day. No lights, no fan. Power is still up in the rest of the kitchen, and no breakers tripped. Is it common for a ...
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How do I know if my wiring is aluminium or copper?

In this answer, Chris has mentioned that, before replacing a worn-out electric outlet, it is important to know whether the building has an aluminium or copper wiring. How can I get this information? ...
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Can you put a small breaker panel after a 30 amp breaker from main panel in the house?

Looking to run lights in my garage. If I put a 30 amp breaker in my main panel on a 10 wire to a small breaker panel in my garage, can I put 2-4 15 amp breakers out there for the lights? Likewise, ...
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Can a NEMA 6-15 Device be connected to a NEMA 6-20 receptacle?

I have a new -80 deep freezer that calls for NEMA 6-15R receptacle, but the old one it is replacing called for a NEMA 6-20. I note that the plug actually seems to fit in the 6-20, but is there a ...
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How do I wire a ceiling fan?

I recently purchased a ceiling fan - Harbor Breeze Tilghman WITHOUT a light - to replace a ceiling fan WITH a light. The wires coming from the (old)ceiling are red, black, white, green, and copper. ...
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Are the connections in the pictures below an attempt at stealing power for another apartment

I need help indentifying if the connections here are stealing power from one apt. for use in another.suspect
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Can you terminate more than one common on the furnace C terminal?

TL;DR: Can you terminate more than one common on the furnace C terminal? Background: I've linked a diagram of how my non-programmable thermostat is currently hooked up. I want to replace it with a ...
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How can I use a separate transformer to provide a C wire to my thermostat?

I Purchased the Honeywell WiFi Prog Thermostat to replace my Round Digital Honeywell Thermostat. I have separate Heating and Cooling (Heating is a Weil McLain Boiler for Hot water baseboard and Hot ...
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How to open old under cabinet halogen light?

How do I open this to change the bulb? It is an under cabinet 12v halogen fixture installed in 2001.
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How to determine polarity on cloth covered wires?

I am wiring a ceiling fixture. There are three cables in the ceiling box. Only one of the cables has power. This cable powers the others that go on to power switches to ceiling fixtures in two ...
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How does 4-quadrant metering of 3-phase electricity work?

I have a 3-phase 4-quadrant electricity meter installed because I have a photovoltaic plant on the roof of house. A 4-quadrant electricity meter means it can measure both consumption and generation of ...
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How to rewire house electrical?

I just had an electrician replace the old 100A fuse box of my 1954 house, with a 200A breaker box. The breaker on my meter base and wires between breaker and breaker box were also replaced with 2/0, ...
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Drilling holes behind existing walls/ceilings

We are remodeling a 1914 house, and want to keep damage to the walls and ceiling to a minimum. We had to take a few walls down already, and as a result have the ability to drill new holes behind the ...
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Can I use a UPS as a Voltage Stabilizer for 32 or 42 inch LED TV? [closed]

I need a voltage stabilizer for 32 inch or 42 inch LED TV. Can I use a UPS for this? I'm expecting the Voltage control when the input power is beyond 270V or 290V and to produce output 240V range. ...
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Should I replace a receptacle with a small burn mark?

I have a window A/C in my room. I turned it on last night and power from that socket, the restroom lights, second bedroom and hallway lights are not working now. The plugs in the restroom do work. The ...
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Should a neutral wire ever be connected to the neutral for the power meter?

I was not working with this circuit breaker box but I was interested to see what was going on with only 3 breakers for the entire apartment. I found a neutral from the apartment going into the ...
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GFCI to light not working

I put a gfci outlet in my front yard for use during christmas time for lights and such i ran it to on my front porch light so it only turns on when my front porch light is on i also added to the gfci ...
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Can I use a 20 amp breaker in the situation of having 15 amp wire connected to a 20 amp main wire?

Can I use a 20 amp breaker in the situation of having 15 amp wire connected to a 20 amp main wire? If I can't would using a 15 amp breaker be ok?
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How can I run a coaxial cable into an existing single gang electrical outlet?

The cable outlet in my girlfriend's living room is in a strange place. She wants to move her TV to a different wall but the landlord doesn't want any new holes in the wall or floor. If the wall was ...
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Networking Phones Together in Building

I have a number siemens optipoint 500 economy phones. They have been used in an office environment in which the networking of the phones were managed by a third party. I would now like to use them in ...
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How do I convert a 3-way circuit with two lights into two 3-way circuits that control each light separately?

I have two switches in my kitchen, one on each side, that each turn on two lights at the same time. What I want to do is change it around so each light is turned on separately but still from both ...
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Why doesn't my motion sensor light work?

I want to install a simple motion sensor (Lutron Maestro MS-OPS2) on a single pole switch in my garage. When I installed it the light would not turn off. The instructions (PDF) that come with the ...