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Replacing a toggle dimmer switch with a regular light switch

I am replacing a dimmer switch with a regular switch. The dimmer switch controlled a chandelier light that I just replaced with a ceiling fan. There is also another switch that controlled the light, ...
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How to detect whether there is a signal on TV cable

I'm not receiving TV in my room and the cable guy has determined that there is no signal on my coax outlet in the wall. There is a signal in other rooms, so there must be a broken or disconnected ...
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Installing a ceiling fixture; connecting to existing switch + wall outlet, no attic access

In my dining room, I would like to install a ceiling light in the center of the room. This room is on the ground floor of a colonial two-story, so there is no attic access into the ceiling; my work ...
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Is there a way to unscrew a light bulb that has broken?

The recessed light in my bathroom broke while trying to unscrew it, and only the metal collar remains. What is the best way to get that remaining part out?
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How do I wire a GFCI with 5 wires?

How do I install a GFCI receptacle with 2 black and 3 white wires plus a ground? I have two such regular receptacles next to sinks and should replace them before the upcoming home inspection, please ...
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Are these three-way switches?

I have 2 bedrooms and I want to replace the light switch for a dimmer. I though it would an easy job for a beginner like me but after I opened the first switch, I realized there was a 3 wires (I was ...
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When wiring outlets should I use pigtails or both sets of outlet screws?

I'm replacing the outlets in our house and pulled out one that had two black and two white cables. My first thought was that it was two circuits, one of them being switched, but then realized the tab ...
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Are push in connectors up to code?

Just came across a neat product at the local hardware store, but I wonder if they are up to code and safe to use. They are a wire nut that allows you to simply push the wires in, instead of twisting ...
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Running conduit near knob and tube wiring

I have some new AC ducts in our new house that will soon be concealed behind new drywall, but before the drywall goes up, I wanted to run some conduit from the upper floor down to the basement for ...
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Can I wiring LED light fixtures in parallel?

I have 4 120 v 20 watt LEDs. I want to put them over my desk. They are the Lusa Lighting Model #33000 (If you want to see the PDF). They come with plugs so you can plug them in separately. I want 1 ...
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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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Why don't I have any power in my kitchen despite a socket testing hot? [on hold]

I have a socket with 2 black wires and 2 white wires. When I test them they read hot but when I connect them to the plug I have no power. I don't have power in the kitchen at all: no plugs or lights ...
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What features should I look for in a full-house surge protector?

How does one select a surge protector for a typical home? We get surges and slight drops in line voltage. We are the last pole on a small town electric provider, three miles from town. Surge ...
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How can I repair damaged corrugated transformer tank fins? [on hold]

I need help regarding repair of damaged corrugated transformer tank fins. Oil leaks from damaged fins. I tried to apply different sticky material like epoxy and magic but of no use. Is there any ...
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Conduit Underground - Ways for tunneling under obstructions?

I'm running into a situation where it's increasingly difficult to bury this PVC underground 18" in some spots due to massive tree roots. Changing directions and/or destroying the roots isn't an ...
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NEC, use more extension boxes or an access panel?

What is the maximum number of extension boxes you can hang from a ceiling? This is ridiculous and I probably need one or two more to meet the new drywall ceiling. Are junction boxes permitted behind ...
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Should a heavy duty transformer (used predominantly for LED lights) be on the mains ring or the lighting circuit?

I am putting RGB LED strip lights in a room, powered by a fairly heavy duty (30A) 12V transformer. The transformer will also power a Raspberry Pi (volatage will be split to give it 5V)that will be ...
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Why are my dimmer switches malfunctioning?

I have two dimmer switches that have started malfunctioning. They are in the same box with two other standard switches. Each controls a set of three small flood lights. There is no other way to ...
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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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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 ...
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2-wire switch loop controlling 2 outlets - replacing with 3-wire to fix?

I am in nearly this exact situation: Can I use a switch loop to power a ceiling fan? We are trying to install a fan, but instead of having a single duplex outlet on the same wall as the switch, we ...
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Electric shock - was I stupid, unlucky, or a combination of both?

One of the double sockets in our garage needed replacing (damaged after a washing pole hit it) - a pretty trivial job that I'd done before. So I flipped the MCB for the ring main, used a non-contact ...
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Is a multi-strand conductor better suited for house-hold wiring than a single-core?

Back-ground: The wiring at the residence dates back a century - almost. The old wires were wound in cloth, and are pretty thick aluminium/tin-coated copper. The old energy meter (one with a marked ...
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Testing and proper breakers for a multi wire branch circit?

How do you determine if an outlet is part of a unidentified multi-wire branch circuit? Also, does code say MWBCs need to be on double throw circuit breakers and is it permissible to link CBs with that ...
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2 circuits connected in one box?

I'm swapping out outlets and this one has me stumped. This is in a room of switched outlets (top outlet is always hot, bottom is switched) so the red/black side tab on each outlet is broken off. The ...
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How many circuits do I need? and can I bundle wires in the wall?

I'm looking into running new electrical circuits to my attic and second floor. The attic is two bedrooms + a small bathroom, the second floor is four bedrooms + another bathroom. I'd like some advice ...
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Tripped breaker

We bought a mobile home with a master bedroom that consists of an ensuite and master bathroom. The three rooms combined are 20 feet by 20 feet with their own electrical breakers. We bought our home ...
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Smoke detecor Insulation problem [on hold]

I am working in a hospital. Our new hospital project team is going to hand over the fire alarms to a fire safety department, and before the hand over I went on an inspection. I found that the smoke ...
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Trying to hook up 2 new lights and 1 outlet

We are trying to get two vanity lights and one plug in hooked up in our living room which were not there before. We have the power turned off of course, and then when we turned it on, the lights went ...
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How would I wire a thermal circuit breaker and switch together?

I want to wire a circuit breaker and switch to a GFCI and some other outlets. This is for power outlets on a work bench. Something like: I have this for a circuit breaker: and this for a switch: ...
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A/c makes the lights turn on and off! No Joke!

The lights on the first floor, upstairs bathroom and upstairs Laundry room won't work. The breakers did NOT pop The air conditioning was running this morning but is not working now. When the ...
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Kitchen fixture pulled lose from ceiling

My kitchen fluorescent fixture has pulled lost from the ceiling and is dangling just by the electrical wires. It is an older home(25years) and the anchor bolts have pulled thru the drywall. I have ...
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What do the buttons on a Comelit Okay Simplebus2 Intercom/door entry system do?

I've got a Comelit Okay Simplebus2 door entry system which yesterday wasn't able to be used to let someone into the building, however I'm not sure if the buttons next to the phone were being used ...
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After binding the three live (brown) wires together, remaining ceiling lights won't turn off

I've got the three separate ceiling lights all on the same switch. The other two are simple with a single grey cable fitting. But this one is obviously the key light because it has three main grey ...
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What would cause my LED tape to flash when plugged in?

I just removed our new tape lighting and plugged it in. The brand name is Patriot Lighting 12 volt 16.4' flexible LED tape light. All it does is flash on and off. Any suggestions?
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How do I remove a 3-way switch?

I am taking a non bearing wall down that has electrical work in it, including a 3 way switch for a single light. I want to disconnect this switch so the other one works. How do I do this?
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How can I figure out what mystery wall switches might do?

I have a two-story house with blown-in insulation in the attic. There are at least four wall switches in my house (some on the ground floor, some upstairs) that seem to serve no discernible function. ...
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Why does my circuit breaker keep tripping?

Every time I switch on one specific circuit breaker, the residual-current device (RCD) switches off. I've disconnected every device that's on the group, and even took out all light bulbs, but the ...
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Can I install wiring in the space used by a sealed air duct and PVC water supply lines?

I have a space between walls that is about 14" deep and 8 foot wide, and goes from the floor to the ceiling. This space is on the second floor. Petty much in the center of the house. The space ...
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Does anyone know how to get rid of magnetic field from water line?

I have horrible wifi reception in one side of my house, even with an expensive wifi router. So I purchased a magnetic field meter and confirmed everywhere it peaked the wifi was non-existent. Walking ...
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Can I install a light between two three-way switches?

is it possible to add a light to a three way switch circuit between the two three way switches (ie can i tie into the three wire connecting the two switches in anyway to make them work the new light ...
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How do I determine what size Generator I need?

What are the number of factors and considerations to be taken into account before sizing a prime rated generator ??
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How do I connect up a ceiling rose in a 2-way switch circuit?

I removed a ceiling rose and forgot to at least take an image or draw the wiring before replacing it. It is part of a 2 way switch (the other switch is upstairs). However, the wiring colours are ...
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Why would my TV turn off/on when connected to a surge suppressor?

I have a very strange problem which may or may not be the TV. The TV is plugged in to a surge suppressor with the rest of my home theater. Satellite box is also plugged in to the suppressor, ...
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How to wire a light fixture with 3 white wires in box?

I just removed a light fixture which was connected to three wires. One light wire (both are brown) was hooked up to two white wires, and the other wire from the light (also brown) is connected to one ...
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Why is there a one second delay before the lights turn on with this new dimmer switch?

I just installed a new dimmer switch (Lutron Skylark (SCL-153PH-WH)) in my dining room. The previous switch was a single pole dimmer switch that would turn on the lights on immediately when switched ...
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How do I wire a gazebo

I just purchased a outdoor pavilion that came with an electrical package. It includes a #12 two wire plus a ground wire going into an electrical box for the on and off switch to run the fan and ...
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How can I get my ceiling fan lights working again?

After my light kit on my hunter type 2 fan stopped working I determined there is power entering this device (white wire) but none exiting it (pink wire). The pink wire runs to the pull chain for the ...
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What could cause a condensing units fan to stop working?

My AC unit fan stopped working suddenly. I tested the 3 pole condenser (capacitor) and the it looks OK ( 45 uf , 5 uf is what is mentioned in the spec of capacitor). I tested the resistance in the the ...
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What should I do about a recessed light without a housing?

I looked into my attic today and found one recessed light mounted directly in the ceiling (sheetrock) without a can/fixture. Isn't it dangerous (in terms of fire hazard) to have so. What do you guy ...