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Distributing load in electrical panel

I am in the process of rewiring my house. The house was built in 1950 and even though the service panel was upgraded in the early 70's to a Square D 200 amp service, the system is ungrounded and will ...
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New ceiling light not working

I installed new ceiling lights and one of them is not working. Nothing was existing, it was all new. I tapped into an existing electrical outlet, wired that to a new light switch, and then wired that ...
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Why isn't my mini fridge staying cold?

My mini fridge has full power, but I come home after a couple of days to find that the compressor has shut off and everything has defrosted and the fridge isn't cold anymore. I can turn the knob and ...
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Current sensor for pc [on hold]

I would like to get power consumption of electrical devices, and be able to monitor it from a computer. I have found this: Can I plug the jack into a microphone input and get instant power ...
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Wiring existing 3 Way Switch in basement stairs that was cut

Edit: So after reading more up on 3 way switches I may think I know how they originally wired it though, I just haven't seen any diagrams done this way. It looks like they passed the 2 traveler lines ...
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Ceiling fan & lights turn on automatically

I couldn't find someone with the same problem so here goes: I've replaced a ceiling fan (the old one had some parts missing), but as soon as I put the power back, the light and fan turn themselves on ...
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I have a neutral wire, what do I hook that wire to?

I have 4 wires on a new switch, 2 of them going to ground. One green and one silver (bare) coming from the bracket of the switch. In the electrical wiring of the house I have a neutral wire, what do I ...
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Ontario kitchen reno: does a gas range require a 240V 50A receptacle?

I've been getting conflicting opinions from electricians on this issue... I'm doing a kitchen reno. I have removed the existing electric wall oven and gas cooktop. A new Gas Range (all gas, not ...
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annoying vibration, deep humming noise in home

What in my home could possibly vibrate and/or make a very low humming noise? I have been driven mad by a low droning vibration type noise for nearly two years. I have gone through testing various ...
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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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Mystery Electrical Voltages in Duplex Junction Box

So I'm finally getting around to installing the ceiling to floor bookcase in my home office. There is a single duplex outlet that I intend to reverse from facing into the office, to facing outwards ...
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Rewire a ceiling fan, ceiling fan on, not controllable by switch

Friends with electrical background could use some help. The top drawing was the original of how the electrical ran in my wall. The thing I messed up and did was not take a picture of the switch before ...
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Is my RCD Breaker faulty?

Every 2 weeks my main RCD trips and it wont reset. After an hour it will allow me to reset it and its fine for 2 weeks. The main RCD has a short spur to another mini RCD board that was installed 10 ...
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Why did my cooktop trip the breaker when I cleaned it with too much water?

I have a problem with my miele built-in gas cooktop. I was cleaning it with baking soda and stabilized hydrogen peroxide, afterwards, I rinsed it with water. I was using too much water and one of the ...
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Romex into Carlon 5070 phenolic resin boxes. Knockouts?

For various reasons I'd like to use the Carlon 5070 phenolic resin boxes for my switches, with romex. The knockouts look weird: rectangle holes, two on each of the four edges in back. How do they ...
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Switching between 3 30a 120v loads

I have one 30a 120v single phase circuit and three 30a 120v single phase loads. How do I switch between the three: one on-two off?
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Why does my washer stop during cycle for hour at time then start back up again and doesn't spin out clothes fully?

Washer stops in middle of cycle then starts back up after 30mins or so and doesn't spin clothes out all the way making loud noise but if I sit on it it calms down the noise?
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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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What size wire should I use to feed a subpanel in my garage?

My main panel has been upgraded to 100 amps. I would like to add a subpanel in the garage which would supply: 20 amp Mig welder running on 120 volts, but later upgrade to a larger Mig welder as i ...
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Should all Federal Pacific panels be replaced?

I understand that Federal Panel Stab Lok breakers have the potential for becoming stuck, overheating, and starting fires. My home has a Federal Pacific panel but no outward markings of being a Stab ...
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Wiring a new pendant light to an existing ceiling box

My new light fixture has three silver wires, one is ribbed and I assume neutral, but the live and ground appear exactly the same. How can I tell the difference? Does it matter?
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Can I join two switched circuits into one circuit?

I have a circuit for the kitchen lights w/two 3-way switches. I also have a circuit for the adjoining room w/three 4-way switches. Is there any way to safely join the two circuits and just use ...
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How can I shut off circuits when I have a generator with an automatic transfer switch?

We had professionals install a generator with an automatic transfer switch. I showed them our circuit-breaker box and told them which circuit numbers should be on generator power. Okay, everything's ...
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GFCI outlet doesn't work after reconnecting

I reconnected my GFCI outlet but now it doesn't output electricity even though the current coming in tests positive (with a pen like current testing device). I also pressed the reset button, to no ...
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get power from a common

I have a four way switch. I pigtailed two wires with the source power wire. One pigtailed wire is connected to the common screw terminal for power to the four way switch which is a three screw ...
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How do I install a SensaSwitch on a 3-way circuit?

I recently purchased a SensaSwitch, Manual-ON / Timed-OFF (PDF of instructions) and I cannot install it in such a way that it performs as I desire. I have a switch at the top of my basement stairs and ...
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How do I turn off the power to my thermostat?

I'd like to replace my thermostat with a new one. My current thermostat is one that doesn't have a C-wire and is powered by batteries. Now, my question is... is there a switch for the power that I ...
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Fire place and stove turning themselves off

A few months ago my stove starting randomly turning off. Now as of the last week or so my fire place is doing the same thing. Though my stove can sometimes take days to turn back on, my fire place ...
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Ceiling Fan and Light stop working

I have a Ceiling Fan and Light stop working yesterday. I used a klein to test the voltage, the switch is OK, and when the I turn on, I can detect the voltage around the bulb. What could be the issue? ...
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Is it possible to use an older GE service panel as sub panel?

I'm upgrading my electrical service from 100A to 200A and am hoping to leave the existing panel as is and feed it from the new main as a sub panel. I know for a sub panel the neutral and ground bars ...
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Switched outlet still has some power when off

We have an outlet that is controlled by a switch, but we haven't had anything plugged into it since we moved in. This year we thought it would be a great idea to plug in the Christmas tree LED lights ...
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I changed my thermostat, not my heat does not work… help!

I know I made a mistake, but here's the storey. When I was hooking up the new thermostat I did it with live wires, and I used metal pliers (metal touching metal). The wires may have also touched ...
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Using powerline adapter over 3 floors

I have been using a powerline adapter without a hitch for a few years now, but I am moving from a ground floor bungalow, to a 3 floored house. Will the powerline adapters still work over the ...
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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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Adding exhaust fan to existing single light switch

I have added an exhaust fan in bathroom to an existing single light switch that operates one light. I'd like the switch to turn the light and the fan on together. The existing switch has one feed of ...
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open light socket on string lights safe to use?

I have string lights in my room and my sister accidentally broke one of the bulbs. The lights are my main source of light in my room so I was wondering if I just removed the broken bulb it would all ...
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I have a ceiling fan w/light on a single pole switch. I want to replace it with a 3-way switch. [on hold]

I want to replace a single pole switch that operates my ceiling fan w/light to a 3 way switch. I also want to add a new single pole switch to operate the new porch light next to the 2nd switch for the ...
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How can I install ceiling mounted recessed occupancy sensors?

I am looking to replace my current lighting circuit with a motion detector and wondering what is the best way to do this? I currently have 6 spot lights, controlled by 2 switches on either side of ...
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Ceilling light wont switch off after a new installation

I have bought a new ceiling light to replace an old-fashioned one. I have 3 grey cables hanging from the ceiling: 3 red wires connected together and 3 green wires connected together and 3 black but ...
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What should I do with the ground wire on a replacement bathroom fan motor?

I bought a new motor for my bathroom vent fan and it came with a ground wire. The old motor does not have a ground wire, or not that I can see. What should I do with the ground wire?
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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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LED Light Glowing

I just replaced a wall lamp with an LED lamp. When the lamp is switched off, the LED has a faint glow. It isn't a phosphorescent glow; it is receiving power. I noticed it at 4:00 AM after it had been ...
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How to chain two recessed lights together?

Disclaimer: I am one of the most non-handy people on the planet, so forgive my total "newbie" question. We are in the middle of a kitchen remodel. I need to install two housings for recessed lights ...
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ive lost power on multiple outlets in different rooms. The GFCI outlets are all receiving power and are working. What else could the problem be?

None of the circuit's tripped and the GFCI's are all working when I plug something into them. Could this still be the problem or is it something else?
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Why doesn't my dishwasher power on?

I couple weeks ago, I had an electrician come in and remove two wires from two circuit breakers from the main panel. Those circuits power a sub panel across the basement. I found out that sub panel ...
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Kitchenaid Mixer 220v to 120v conversion [on hold]

have a european 220v kitchenaid mixer model 5k5sswh. can I purchase and adater to plug into 120v US? also is it possible to convert the unit by replacing the armature and related housing, and motor ...
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Why does this switch trip the breaker?

I have been living in my house for 8 years now, and there has always been a mystery switch and outlet (both located on the same wall). My wife has rearranged the room, and now we will need to use the ...
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Recessed lighting not lighting up

So I bough 6 LED recessed lights from a flea market today. $30 so why not. Each one has the log socket adapter so I tried all six on a socket and only one works. Sooooooooo. With the other five, ...
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Loose wire caused significant blackening in plug. How much do I need to inspect/replace?

The cable coming out of my dishwasher ends in an L5 plug of the type that has screw terminals inside for attaching wires. In my continuing quest to inspect all the accessible electrical connections in ...
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Are there “uncommon” 3-way switch wirings?

We have a 3-way switch in the garage that I would like to upgrade to a Lutron Maestro 3-way occupancy sensor. I have tried (and failed) to do so twice now... and I'm pretty handy. I'm starting to ...