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Need help wiring a ceiling fan and exterior lighting at fan 3 wire and 4 wire 1 switch fan 1 switch ext lighting [on hold]

I took down my old ceiling fan and tried to put in the new one but can't follow directions because I have two wire sets coming out of ceiling. I'm trying to get one switch to turn on fan and other ...
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Is there any difference in home electrical outlets?

Residential duplex outlets come in a variety of styles. The two most common seem to be: and Does it matter? Is the difference purely aesthetics, or is there any technical difference?
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What could be causing me to occasionally hear an arcing sound when toggling a switch?

Several light switches in my house occasionally (<2% of the time) make an arcing sound when being switched on or off. Occurrence is totally random and as far as I can tell, uncorrelated with ...
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is it dangerous if the ground peg of 3 prong plug breaks off in out let?

The grouding prong of a 3 prong plug broke off in an outlet.could this be an electrical hazard should a child touch it?
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Connected C-Wire to new Smart Thermostat and Furnace board and still no power

I need help. I've been surfing the internet and have had no luck finding answers to my situation so am hoping for some guidance. I've seen other questions here answered but none that suit my issue so ...
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Fan coil wiring problem with new thermostat

I'm trying to upgrade to a new line voltage thermostat. The new thermostat has many more connections, including three fan speeds. My current system has a manual fan switch on the wall so all I need ...
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Does adding a disconnect box below the meter mean that my service panel is now a subpanel?

I don't understand the bonding at my main disconnect. My problem is that my main panel in the house was wired OK with the neutral bonded to ground. The power company added a disconnect box below the ...
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How can I make 3 wire sub-panels compliant with current codes?

The sub-panels in my house are all split-phase 3 conductor with neutral and grounds mixed. Is there any way to make this compliant without running new 4 conductor feeders? (Some of the feeder cables ...
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Why does the outlet work for a washer, but not a light fixture?

Light fixture works in one room but when I plug it into the outlet in the laundry room it doesn't. The washer works when you plug it in to the same outlet.
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Is it safe to use a water pump without a ground wire?

I am using a submersible water pump whose plug has only 2 prongs. I'm assuming the third 'ground' prong is missing. I also doubt if there is any fuse or circuit breaker inside it as it is an ...
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Can I use any transformer with a Honeywell Rpls540a?

Bought Honeywell Rpls740b recently. Works fine initially for a week and it went blank. Understand that it works on 110v but my house works on 220v. Probably because of this. Now would like to ...
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Why won't my lights stay bright with a dimmer switch?

I installed a 700W incandescent dimmer. Lights go dim after about 10 seconds when I turn on.
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Extension cord and power strip safety

I've heard that there are some safety and building code issues involved with using extension cords or power strips (surge protectors) for anything other than temporary use. What are the issues, and ...
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Do under cabinet electrical outlets meet code and be passed by NEC in new construction?

I would like to have the quartz back splash be clear of outlets and have them in a strip at the back under side of my kitchen cabinets. The electrician currently is telling me that these strips will ...
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What could cause my recessed light to not work?

I replaced a flood light lightbulb in recessed light fixture, thinking the previous bulb had burned out, but that new bulb isn't working either. I've tried a regular lamp bulb to ensure my new ...
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What causes power to enter ground?

In trouble shooting this we found that an outside outlet had 70 volts coming through its ground. We went inside and disconnected everything but what is shown. The white is to the common, the red and ...
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How do I rewire my existing garage lighting so that one fixture is controlled by a new switch?

I have one switch that turns on the 5 light fixtures in my garage. I would like to add a switch where only 1 light comes on to save wear and tear on all my light fixtures. My thoughts are to run a ...
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Should I install 10 AWG or re-use the existing 8 AWG?

My new built in oven uses a 30 amp/10AWG wiring connection. My old oven has 40 amp/8 AWG wiring. Is it possible to use this connection with just switching a breaker?
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Can I cover junction boxes in the attic with insulation?

This may be a duplicate of What are the codes for electrical wiring in attics? I have an attic which is accessible via a ladder through an access panel in the garage and in a bedroom. The trusses ...
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How should I run electrical wire perpendicular to exposed joists in my basement?

I have some questions in regards to running electrical in an exposed, unfinished basement environment. I understand that wire running parallel to floor joists should be at least 1.25" above the bottom ...
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Replace single pole light switch with 12 gauge backstab

I would like to replace a single pole light switch in my family room, but the configuration is not one that I am familiar with. Other than the ground wire, there are 3 12 gauge wires in the following ...
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How to connect 6x12 AWG wires?

I'm replacing an electrical box in my bathroom that connects to both a vanity light and a fan. The idea is to put in a GFCI outlet and a duplex switch for separate light/fan switching. Right now I'm ...
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How do I wire a bath fan?

I installed a new bathroom fan. I ran a wire to the light switch, but when I opened the box, there were only two wires inside. How do I wire it so I have a switch for fan and light?
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“Stringing” conduit together

Is it OK to take a piece of string and slip the conduit pieces you are putting together onto it before you assemble them? I was thinking that doing this would be easier than trying to fish or feed a ...
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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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Why is it good practice to remove sheathing from NM wire when going through conduit?

I've been discussing specifics of an electrical job with a licensed electrician and he mentioned that in my area, it's acceptable/recommended to feed 12 gauge NM wire through an outdoor conduit but ...
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Can fluorescent recessed lighting with four wires be converted to a two wire incandescent socket?

I have ceiling lights in the kitchen that are fluorescent recessed can lighting with four wires, can they be converted to a two wire incandescent socket?
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What size wire should I use for 60amp subpanel

I am installing a 60 amp subpanel in a workshop in my backyard and I will have 2 - 20 amp services with 4-5 outlets on each and 1 - 15 amp service for lighting. The length from the main panel to the ...
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Is my CL dimmer compatible with my light switch fixture?

Bought a Lutron CL dimmer after googling around and seeing how easy it is to install a dimmer, but when I got home and took a look at my light switch I'm not sure its compatible? The dimmer has 4 ...
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Extending extension cord 16/3 with 12/2 cable?

I have an extension cord that is 15ft and it is a 16/3. I have a 20ft of 12/2 cable. Can I use it to extend the extension cord for about 5 more feet? The devices connected to the extension cord will ...
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Can I control a 1500-watt electric wall heater with a motion-sensing switch?

I want to buy a 1500-watt electric wall heater with a built-in fan to supplement heat in a basement room. I want to wire it to an occupancy-sensor wall switch that I can turn off entirely in the ...
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Can GFI breakers or GFI outlets allow grounded outlets to be used? [duplicate]

I have a 1963 house in Texas with Square D breakers and mostly duplex plugs. All metal outlet boxes. However, there are 8 romex style cables (12-2 with ground) tied to the breakers in the service ...
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How can I use a 16A appliance in a UK 13A socket?

I have recently moved from India to the UK and carried a Philips air fryer with me. The plug on this appliance is marked 16A 250V. Wattage is 1425. The UK house I have moved into has standard 13A ...
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Can I use one of the phases in a 2-phase circuit to power a 120v appliance

I am wondering if I can take one of the phases from a 220V circuit that is used to power my cooktop, to power a 120V appliance (small wine cooler) and a 60W led light transformer. The specifications ...
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Is it okay to place two battery chargers on one 30 amp circuit?

I have a 30 amp 240 volt circuit out side in my garage and I want to hook up two 10 amp 240 volt circuits. The equipment I am hooking up are battery chargers. Can I install fused down disconnects on ...
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Copper Water Pipes used as Electrical Ground

I am replacing a section of copper water pipe that burst behind tiled shower wall. Since the pipe run is along an exterior wall subject to winter temperatures, I'm considering replacing this section ...
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Why is my dimmer switch buzzing?

We had 2 dimmer switches that had stopped working (lights were on 100% regardless of how turned the dimmer switch was. I checked the back and went out and bought 2 new ones, turned the electricity ...
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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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What's the difference between “physical damage” and “severe physical damage” in the NEC?

The 2014 NEC uses "physical damage" at various points to refer to well, hard knocks, if you know what I mean. However, certain passages in the NEC, such as 358.12 point 1 on EMT: Where, during ...
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Is my water heater installed properly?

Why do all 3 pipes..the hot, the cold, and the over flow valve run hot water. I can tell by the touch. the overflow which I'm used to having a free flowing tube attached to a pan is connected to a ...
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Locating buried electrical cable/conduit in yard

Our house, which we purchased about a year ago, has a shed in the back of the yard which has electricity and is roughly 100 ft away from the main house. From what I can tell the previous owner had ...
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Is my electric stove receptacle wired correctly?

When I test the four prong electric stove outlet by touching one of the prongs and the ground, one prong reads 120V and the other 220V. Is this normal or is it wired wrong?
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How do I replace a 3-way switch on 2-wire cable with a programmable timer switch?

I'm using the same Honeywell Programmable Timer from my last question, but under different conditions. In particular, I'm replacing a 3-way switch on 2-wire cable. Here is a schematic showing the ...
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Would it be entirely crazy to cover my lawn with solar panels?

I was just wondering how viable this would be and if this seemed too crazy. I have a fairly large lawn that just so happens be sloped and facing east. Assuming the city ordinances don't bar me from ...
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When does a sleeve become a conduit, and how much can I fit in a sleeve?

According to National Electrical Code, the conduit percentage fill table does not apply to sections of conduit used to provide protection from physical damage (sleeve). National Electrical Code ...
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running romex in pvc outdoor under porch

I would like to know if it's allowed to run 10/3 romex in 3/4 inch in pvc pipe 15 ft.long outside under the floor of an open porch to be wired to a 30A power outlet for a portable 6500 watt generator. ...
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I ran into two hot lines when replacing a three way switch

I've read up on three way switches, and have replaced a few over the years. I recently installed a bathroom fan, and so had to replace two three way switches. Very simple setup - two switches, one ...
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Specialty stove wire and box fill

This armored wire shows 2 sets of wire crimped and a ground. For box fill would this be considered 3 or 5? Does this increase amprage and voltage allowances? Is there any other circumstances a ...
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Are there any other reasons to use 130 volt halogen light bulbs instead of 120 volt bulbs?

I recently had PAR30 50W Halogen light bulbs installed. I would have gone with 75W, but 50W is the max wattage supported by my light (shallow 6" can). I'm very disappointed with the how dim the lights ...
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How do I replace a single pole light switch with a programmable timer switch?

We have a light switch box containing three single pole switches (no ground terminal) in the foyer near the front door. I would like to replace the light switch controlling the porch lights with the ...