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Light switch setup using only white wire. Will it work?

I'm working on a small cabin. All black wires are run directly to lights. The white wires are run to the switches then lights... so each switch has only white wires. Would the circuit still work? ...
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Is it normal to have a light switch setup using only the hot wire?

I was changing the light switches around the house when I came upon this setup. The two switches to the right are all wired using the hot wire (black) from the two electrical wires on the back panel. ...
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Is the outlet type indicative of problematic wiring

I'm fairly competent as a DIYer, but I don't have the ability to dig in to this problem directly yet. I'm considering buying a very historic house (more than 180 years old). The wiring coming out of ...
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Circuit Breaker Upgrade Complications

I'm currently renting a unit in a commercial warehouse complex. Each unit has individual MLO panels inside the unit, and then a large split meter base with individual breakers for each unit in a ...
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Leviton USB receptacle installation - two hot and two neutral wires

I have this Leviton USB product: http://www.leviton.com/OA_HTML/ProductDetail.jsp?partnumber=T5632-W&section=63676&minisite=10251. It contains 1 hot terminal; 1 neutral terminal and 1 ground ...
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Removing light switch but keeping the power

I have a three switch outlet on my living room wall. the leftmost switch was to a can light above the mantel, the middle to the fan portion of the fan and the right to the light portion of the fan. ...
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What is causing a ticking noise in my electrical outlets?

Several electrical outlets in two rooms started making a ticking sound last fall. I checked the receptacles and tightened the wires on two of them and replaced two of the receptacles. The circuit ...
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How do I stop a dimmer switch from humming?

I installed a dimmer switch in my washroom and it's making a buzzing noise. The more I increase resistance/rotate the dimmer clockwise, the louder it gets. The humming seems to be coming from the ...
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What should I do about a stubborn screw on the middle of a dryer cord connection?

I am attaching a 3 prong dryer cord to a dryer. The middle connection is being stubborn. The screw gets to a certain point and is stuck. It will not tighten and the connection is very loose. Can I ...
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How should I apply ambient air temperature ampacity correction factors when exact temperature is unknown?

Is there a good method or rule of thumb for determining ambient air temperature for wire runs through non-climate controlled areas in residential applications (e.g. attics -- I've read literature from ...
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Why do my bedroom and kitchen lights switch off or on without operating them from the switch?

I connected a ceiling Fan to my En-Suit, and ever since that night, my Bedroom and kitchen lights are switching on and off at irregular intervals. But the fan is getting power from a circuit breaker ...
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Is some asymmetry in a breaker box normal? What about neutral to ground having voltage?

So, next in my quest to evaluate the health of my new home's electrical system, and call in professionals if needed, was some voltage checking of the panels/outlets around the house. What I have is a ...
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Convert main panel to a sub-panel (to install hot-tub)?

My wife would like to have a hot-tub. The immediate problem there is that the current service entrance is directly above where it would go. So, I am looking at undergrounding my service (added bonus ...
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How do wire this 2-gang dimmer switch?

I'm trying to fit a dimmer switch in my living room. I have two pendent lights controlled by a single wall socket with two switches one for each light. My property is a new build and in the UK. So ...
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What voltage adapter do I need for a 5 meter 5050 LED strip?

I have a 5050 5 meter LED strip and it requires an AC/DC adapter to run the full strip. I was told that I needed a 2A adapter, but I went to electronic store to buy an end adapter and they said this ...
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Replace circuit breakers with GFCI breakers when it is a 3 wire tandem setup

We have 2 carriage lights on our patio and 3 flood lights on our eves. The carriage lights are controlled by two 3-way switches and the yard lights are controlled by another set of two 3-way light ...
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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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Does a grounding wire from a breaker panel to an outside grounding rod need to be in conduit?

I've got a breaker panel in my detached garage (it is not a sub-panel, but is a primary forked off just past the meter). The panel seems to be wired correctly- the neutral and ground bars are tied ...
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Allowed distance between service entrance and breaker box

What is the distance allowed between where the service wires enter your home and the breaker box?
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Wiring a 3-way occupancy switch, says to connect a pole to ground?

I'm currently wiring up an occupancy sensor to a 3-way switch, I'm leaving one of the mechanical switches in place, and here is the wiring instructions: ...
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Can I use a WiFi thermostat without a C wire?

I have a very old Honeywell programmable thermostat. I am going to replace it with a White-Rodgers UP500W Emerson Sensi WiFi Thermostat. I just want to know if the WiFi unit will work without a C ...
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Can I add a light fixture to an existing circuit but with its own switch?

I have a ceiling fixture in middle of kitchen. Would like to install light over sink. Can I use the wiring in the existing light to wire the light over the sink and have a separate switch for each ...
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How to install 230V Light with Light-activated-resistor?

I am trying to set up light-activated-resistors that activate a light during dark hours. I have bought a ready Chinese thing that apparently contain a driver to change from AC to proper DC output for ...
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Why does my garbage disposal have a 3 way switch?

In my house I have what seems to be a plain two wire + ground flip switch for the garbage disposal. I need to replace the switch because we added backsplash tiling and want to better match the color. ...
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Chattering contactor, what should voltage be when AC is on/off?

I have a Nest thermostat that I believe is the culprit of this issue. I've already replaced the contactor once and now the new one is chattering and not kicking the AC on. When the AC is turned off, ...
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Heating element for Kenmore dryer

I cracked the ceramic piece that connects the wires to the heating coil while replacing my heating element in my dryer. It is working, but I am wondering if it is safe? Any comment?
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Is there any legitimate reason you would NOT connect the ground wire on a circuit?

I've been doing some remodeling on my house and had the need to move some electrical outlets. While doing so, I noticed that the ground wire wasn't hooked up on any of the outlets in the circuit ...
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What is the grey wire dangling from my ceiling?

We recently moved into a new apartment in Berlin. We are the first occupants and thus there are no existing lighting fixtures. In the living room there are 4 light switches (1 & 2 on the left of ...
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How should I wire my pool heat pump?

I am wiring a new heat pump-- 50K btu, 208-230v ~60 hz. Plaque on side says 12a running current, minimum 20a circuit, max 30a. My breaker panel for the pump is a sub panel running off the main with ...
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moving an outlet and switching it to a GFI

I have an existing outlet that is connected and works fine but it needs to be moved because I am adding kitchen cabinets. My question is this the outlet has 3 white wires and two black wires connected ...
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How do I determine my breaker panel's maximum wattage?

I'm trying to figure out the maximum wattage my breaker panel can supply. If I look at the breaker panel I see 2 large breakers, one with 40A and one with 50A (plus the test button, etc). I'm going to ...
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Electric range spark and house fuse blown multiple times

I have this electric kitchen range for 3 years. Yesterday, when cooking, there was a spark in the back and the home's fuse was blown. On turning things back, it worked for a few hours, and again a ...
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Electrical box - What are all these wires?

I want to install a light fixture on a box that's in the ceiling. I opened it up and I saw WAY MORE wires than I expected. I expected just a green, black and yellow wire. Here are two photos of the ...
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ring main/RCD max amps - confused (UK)

I've split my question up into two parts: Part 1 After investigating my consumer unit (after I first started to wonder about things in part 2 below) I'm confused regarding the AMPS my RCDs are rated ...
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Can I install a dimmer switch on a 2 way circuit?

I have a 6 lights controlled by 2 normal switches (2 Way Circuit). I want to replace one of the normal switches with a dimmer switch. Is this possible?
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Electrical Wire

I ordered guage 8 wire for residential electrical connection from the watt meter to the circuit breaker box. I received guage 8 wire with very fine (hair-like) strands,not solid as I expected. Can ...
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Can I split my electrical mains in two so I can have an independent meter in my outhouse?

Can I have my electricity supply split into two, so that I can have an independent meter in my outhouse, from my existing supply?
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Why do I have no power in my bedroom but other circuits on that breaker do?

In my room the ceiling fan stops and there's no light and no power in wall socket. I plug the TV, phone and DirecTV to an extension cord running to the bathtub socket which is on a breaker by itself. ...
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About AMPs and its importance [closed]

If I have to choose between a machine A and B operating at 13amp and 18amp respectively, which one would you advice me to pick and why?
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Electrical outlet right above sink

I recently moved into a unit of a 4 plex in Ontario, Canada. This thing scares me: Is an electrical outlet allowed to be above the sink like that? Was it ever allowed? It it something that ...
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Six wires in outlet box, from 3 different circuits; 4 are hot?

I have been trying to install a new outlet in a room in my 1950s house, but I am really confused. When I opened it up, there were two black wires in under one screw and one under another. Ditto for ...
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Safe way to terminate exposed electrical during remodel?

I have a few exposed electrical wires that were cut in order to remove wiring in the area being remodeled. Is there a safe alternative to terminating all these points inside boxes? I need them safely ...
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LED lights delayed when turned on

I had my house built last year and after moving in noticed that in our living room (6 led downlights) when we turn our lights on 5 turns on at once and the 6th one will be delayed ranging from 1/2 sec ...
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How can I rewire a light to use three-way switches?

I have a light that is operated by two switches. One is upstairs, and the other is down stairs. How can I make the light work by either switch? Currently if I turn the light on down stairs, I cannot ...
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Where does the ground wire go in a 3-prong dryer cord configuration?

We moved to a new place where the dryer connection is 3-prong instead of 4-prong. The dryer was originally 4-prong, so we bought a 3-prong cord and installed it. It works fine, except I am not ...
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What could cause my range burner to be bright red and really hot when the dial is set to low?

On one front burner I have a big problem. I turn it on medium high until my water (or whatever) comes to a boil -- then, I turn it down to low heat (apx #2) -- and then many times, I look at it and ...
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I need a wiring solution for an unusual situation

I have two 20amp circuits in the kitchen. One is controlling receptacles to the left of the sink AND the dishwasher. The other is controlling receptacles to the right of the sink AND the fridge. The ...
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What could cause circuit breakers to trip when power is restored after an outage?

What causes circuit breakers to trip after my power comes back on from an outage?
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Baffling light switch wiring situation

I have a bathroom that has two lights, both had dimmer switches. Next to the bathroom is a bedroom which is on the same circuit. So, for the sake of simplicity, let's say there are three lights: ...
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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 ...