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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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Should I reconfigure my shared neutral breakers to have tied handles

I have several shared neutral circuits in my house (built in CT approx 1980) that do not have ties between the breakers to ensure that both are turned off together. I'm not 100% positive that they ...
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Installing a fixture with no ground, no ceiling box

I recently bought some nice track lighting to brighten a room who's only light source was buried in a corner. I removed the old fixture and found (to my horror) this: Two wires, no ground, no box ...
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In a multi-gang box, are neutral wires paired with specific hot wires?

I have a four-gang box that I'm installing new dimmers in. Currently all of the neutral (white) wires coming into the box are connected together (and not to the dimmers). The new dimmers require ...
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What size replacement fuse is required for this hot tub?

I recently had a power outage that blew one of our air conditioning fuses (which we were able to fix) and one of the fuses (out of two) in our spa equipment service control board. Next to both fuse ...
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How do I wire a GFCI receptacle using two black wires and two white wires?

I recently purchased an older home and wanted to install GFCI outlets in the kitchen. When I opened up the outlet, there were four wires (two black and two white) in addition to the ground. I ...
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Why do I have a green light on my GFCI but the outlet will not come on?

While cleaning, my niece sprayed my GFCI outlet causing it to go out. I attempted to reset it but came up with negative results. I purchased another one, hooked it together (green light came on ...
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Swapping dishwasher pump [on hold]

I've got a problem with my dishwasher pump and I've got a replacement already here based on the model I currently have (obviously) and there's a wiring problem. I have two blues and a black from the ...
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Is a weather resitant gfci required outside in a metal box with in use cover?

I have a pool that is just off my deck. The gfci i have went bad so i need a new one. It was a 15 amp gfci in a metal box attached to 1/2 in emt conduit with a metal box and a non in use cover. Thi is ...
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Did I make a mistake with this fluorescent light installation?

I bought a fluorescent light fixture with 2 light bulbs. I wanted to test if the light bulbs where good before mounting the fixture to the ceiling. So I simply plugged the cable to a 120V outlet. I ...
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What's the name of type of AC Circuit where you can remove an element?

There are different type of circuits, such as parallel and series. I'm wondering the name / type of the [AC] circuit where there are n number of circuit elements and even if one element is removed ...
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Wiring GU10 Sockets: Cables are of same color - which one should be “live”?

Question: How can I know which cable should be "live" and which one should be "neutral", or does it not matter? (GU10 socket).
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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 foundation?

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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What's the amperage on a circuit breaker that's “linked” together?

On our circuit breaker, we have several circuits that are linked together by a metal handle. For instance, there are several cases of three 20A circuits all linked together, meaning you can only flip ...
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Pre-Romex AC circuits to DC for offgrid Solar

We live in a rural 250 year old colonial that was wired for ceiling and wall sconce electric lights sometime in the mid-1940s. In the early 70's outlets were added, then updated to Romex when a ...
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What codes are invovled in running an overhead subpanel feeder to a detached garage?

This subfeeder will be going to a detached garage about 30ft away, and powering a 100amp subpanel. I'm not sure what codes are involved in this feat. I'd like to know the codes involved for ...
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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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How do I wire two switches for two ceiling fans? [on hold]

I came across a problem and was looking for some help. I have a two way switch that one is connected to the ceiling fan in the living room. The other one I was going to connect to the porch that is ...
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What are the different gauges of electrical wire available?

What are the different gauges of electrical wire available for homes and how do you determine which gauge you should be using? If it helps, I'm wondering specifically about recommendations as I finish ...
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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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Looking for a higher cost-efficiency Multimeter [on hold]

Could you please tell me which one is higher cost-efficiency? Multimeter MS8268 OR MS8229?
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Home Theater projector re-searches for input when power surges (light/ac/fridge turning on or off)

I live in the US and have an interesting problem with my home theater system that Google couldn't quite solve for me. My home theater setup is as follows (I can provide model numbers upon request, if ...
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Controlling two fixtures on same circuit independently

I currently have an existing loud bathroom and a ceiling light on he same circuit. The wiring goes from the switch to the ceiling box and then to the fan. Both of these are controlled by the same ...
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How to fix double-tapped 14-3 cable to boiler

I have an oil boiler for heat. 14-3 cable runs from the panel to a thermal cutoff above the boiler, then into the boiler's control box, and from there to a Taco controller that manages three zone ...
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What amp breaker for 20 Amp electrical oven and 40 Amp electrical range on same circuit

What amp breaker should I use for a 20 Amp electrical oven and a 40 Amp range? Currently, I have a 6 gauge wire and a 50 Amp breaker, and my current electrical cooktop and electrical oven are both ...
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Why does my fluorescent light fixture take minutes to turn on in high heat and humidity?

Our kitchen fixture won't come on for 3 to 5 minutes when the temperature goes over 90°F (32.2°C) and 90% humidity. It flickers and only reaches 80% brightness after that. It will occasionally ...
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Why do my fluorescent lights turn on slowly or not at all in the summer?

We live in Florida, and the fluorescent lights in the kitchen turn on very slowly (if at all) in the summer. Other clues are: They work fine in the early morning Later in the day (hot day) they ...
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Adding circuits in a sub panel

I have a 50 amp sub panel in my basement with 6 circuits in it, which is not enough. How many circuits can I run with a 50 amp service?
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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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In the UK, what type of flexible conduit should I use for electrics in shed that run underground and emerge through the concrete base?

In the UK, what type of flexible conduit should I use for electrics in shed that run underground and emerge through the concrete base? I see various standards quoted such as IP66. Would this be ...
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What do I do with the neutral and ground when wiring a transfer switch?

I know there are a lot of questions about wiring a generator to a home electrical panel, but I can't find the answer to the questions that I have. I would like to wire a generator that has the ...
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How do I diagnose voltage fluctuations that affect my receiver?

I recently moved into a town house and have noticed that my home theater, in particular the receiver seems to freak out and show only snow when I turn on and off fans and other electrical appliances. ...
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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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Why are “Wire Nuts” not used in the UK?

I have never seen a wire nut used in the UK, but they seem to be very common in the USA, why?
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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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I rewired my two bulb ceiling light

one of the bulbs was not working. I took the wiring apart and rewired them in series Now neither one works.
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How to wire Two dimmers controlling a string of recessed light?

Refinishing my basement and have an open ceiling at the moment. I have hung 12 recessed lights and connected them in 3 groups (groups of 2, 6 and 4 lights) using 14/2. I then ran 14/2 from the start ...
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How do I wire one switch in a circuit with two “fixtures” but only one being operated by the switch?

I am setting up low voltage 12v landscape lights in my backyard using one transformer with have to runs/branches - one for two lights and other to operate tow small pond pumps. I have no room for two ...
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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 can I install a light fixture in the ceiling of a finished room?

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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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 wire MR16 LED lights?

I am building a wall cabinet with downlights in the shelves, for which I would like to use MR16 LEDs. However, my first attempt was obviously deficient, since two of the LEDs blew. I'd appreciate some ...
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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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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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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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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 ...