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Strengthen repaired cable?

The other day, I accidentally cut the power cable on my lawnmower (you can guess how). I later repaired the cable by stripping off the cable coating and wrapping the relevant wires around one ...
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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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Power cut out while running floor maintainer - breaker blown?

I was running a floor maintainer in my home yesterday, and after a few minutes the power to that circuit just stopped. I went and flipped the breaker a couple times, but no changes. I noticed that the ...
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Electrical Boxes

I have one line coming from an outlet and need to branch it to two lines. Can i use a standard electrical box (blue PVC) as a junction box to branch an electrical line?
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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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Replacing 10 amp breaker for 20 amp

I'll try to keep this short but there is a bit of background info that may be needed. Couple of days I rented a floor grinder to eliminate uneven concrete floor in the basement. The grinder kept ...
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Can I eliminate a switch controlled receptacle, and use the switch to control a ceiling fan instead?

I'm planning on installing a new ceiling fan and was hoping to have a few questions answered before I dive into things. First some context: The existing wall switch controls half of the outlet on the ...
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Do separate pieces of EMT conduit qualify as “pull points”?

Question: Do two separate pieces of EMT conduit joined by a connector qualify as a "pull point"? Background: I need to make six 90 degree turns in 2" EMT conduit to route wire for a new sub-panel ...
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Can I build an electrical pole structure to hold a power wire into my property?

The power pole to my house is at the back right corner of the property. However, it's a little outside my property line. I wanted to run a power line straight down along the pole and into the ground ...
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How can I locate and repair a break in a circuit?

After some effort, I have determined that there is a discontinuity between the wire from the breaker (hot wire) and the receptacle (socket). The breaker is okay because couple of other sockets in the ...
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How can I eliminate one 3-way switch to leave just one switch on the lighting circuit it's on?

I have two sets of lights in my kitchen. At one end of the kitchen, I have a 2 Gang light switch which operates both sets of lights, and at the other end I have a single light switch which operates ...
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Two white and two black wires in ceiling box

Im trying to install a replacement light and the box has 2 black, 2 white and 2 ground wires, but my fixture only has one of each. I didn't really pay attention when i was pulling everything apart... ...
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Disconnecting wiring for chandelier

I've previously searched for some advice using Google but I'd like to confirm for my specific situation. It's simple enough to disconnect the chain supporting the chandelier but the wiring is proving ...
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Can I connect ground to neutral in a 3 wire outlet?

I have a 3 wire outlet with the entrances for hot, neutral and ground. But I know that the ground entrance is not really grounded, so in effect useless. Now, since the neutral is grounded, could I ...
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Why do my dimmer switches keep burning out?

I have a Lutron Maestro MACL-153MH (600W incandescent/halogen) controlling 5 x H1499ICAT (low-voltage, MR-16, 50W each) in my vacation house. So, that's a total of 250W. It burned out one day, so I ...
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Electrical Circuits in a Workshop

I am doing some renovation in my workshop and am considering doing something kind of unusual. I find that I am always looking for outlets to plug in tools, lights, etc. Rather than using power ...
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What is this electrical device in my basement?

Is it something to do with the doorbell? House was built in 1947 if that helps.
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How can I control several LED strips with one remote control?

I want to install several LED strips that cannot be connected to each other. Each would have it's own power supply. Is there a way to control them all with a single remote control? I seen several ...
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Oven suddenly tripping circuit breaker…bad oven or bad breaker?

We have a double Thermador oven in our house. We've owned the house for around two years, and the oven has worked fine up until the last few weeks. Now, using either of the ovens trips the circuit ...
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Lighting circuit trips breaker every time

I have a lighting circuit in my home like so: Every time I turn on the switch, the breaker trips. This circuit has existed for over four years and only now has the problem begun. I've checked all ...
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Is there a way to diagnose ceiling fan 3 speed switch wires?

I have a Hunter ceiling fan (3 speed with lights, all on one switch) and the pull switch for the fan broke. So, I went to HD and got a replacement switch that looked identical, same volts/amps rating ...
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Air conditioned made a sound while running and stopped working

Air conditioned made a sound while running and stopped working,I guess its probably short circuited.How can I repair it by myself? What all tools do I need?
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Can I replace an electric range with a cooktop and separate oven?

I'm replacing an electric range with a cooktop and separate oven. I know an electric range runs off of one 220V power source. Do I have to run a separate 220V line from the fuse box to my kitchen for ...
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How do I seperate two 3 way switches to control lights seperately?

I have a porch light and three outside lights along the garage controlled by two three way switches. One switch is inside by the front door and I would like this one to control the front porch light. ...
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Listed electric baseboard heaters that permit installation below outlets

Are there UL-listed electric baseboard heaters that do permit being installed below outlets? The FPN in 210.52: Informational Note: Listed baseboard heaters include instructions that may not ...
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Running NM Through Top Plates and Studs

What is the number limit of 15A & 20A NM circuits that can be pulled through a 1" hole drilled in a top plate (fire rated wall) and/or studs (both load bearing and not? Can NM wire(s) be tied ...
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Is this buzzing noise coming from various outlets around the house normal?

This morning I became aware of a little clicking noise coming from my inductive phone charger. I realised I'd been hearing it for a while. While I was changing, I noticed a high-pitch noise coming ...
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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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Why is the neutral wire the same size as hot wire in a 3C cable?

I thought that the wire size depends on the amperage that the current passes. However in a 3 conductor cable, the size of the neutral wire is the same as the hot wire; which puzzles me. If both hot ...
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Bathroom fan/light switch with outlet

I have a switch in my bathroom that controls both the fan and the light, and also has an outlet. Can I get anything that has two switches (one for the light and fan) and also not lose the outlet ...
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Need help adding fan to existing 3-way switch setup

I'm including a diagram, because it is difficult to describe all of the things going on here. I have 2 sets of 3-way switches on either side of a room. 1 set operates some can lights with a switch on ...
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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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Backlight moving mirror in bathroom

Bathroom will have a medicine cabinet behind the mirror. Going to use wall mount sliding door hardware to make the mirror move. Will look similar to this: I would like to use some 12v LED lights on ...
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Should I be switching just the hot, or both hot and neutral?

I'm thinking of building my own alarm clock because none of the one's I've found are meeting my needs, and because it's kind of fun. I am a bit out of my depth on at least on part though, and I want ...
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Integrating hard-wired smoke detectors with fire sprinkler waterflow sensing

If you are in a house with interconnected smoke detectors (hardwired or hardwired/battery combo), can you interconnect them with the waterflow switch for a home fire sprinkler system, or do you need ...
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GFCI circuit is contaminated

With the load side disconnected, I am reading 50 volts on the line side of the GFCI outlet...Also confirmed that everything on the load side seems fine when connected to another circuit. Could the ...
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How do I take split receptacles off of a SPDT circuit & insert lighting?

In my den, I have two SPDT switches -- mostly split receptacle outlets. Can I take the receptacles off the switch, keep the switch circuit intact by wiring it together in the back of the receptacle ...
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240 light Westinghouse shop light [closed]

I bought a Westinghouse 240 shop light. Not sure how to wire it? it has two wires and one attached to the frame of the light. Is it 240 or a 110. If its a 240 can I modify it to a 110?
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Using an induction hob through a wooden surface

I'm going to be getting a couple of induction hobs, but I am wanting them mounted underneath a thin (approx 5mm) piece of wood. Is this possible from the safety point of view and would I have a major ...
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GFCI Kitchen Circuit(s)

I understand that all wall receptacles (including counters) must be GFCI protected in a kitchen with a combined dining area but how about a separate dining area/room receptacles (separated from ...
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Any issue with running 240v and 120v THHN in the same conduit and can they share a ground?

Im running electrical for a mini split which requires a 240 line and there has to be a GFCI outlet near by so I'm running that too. The only way to get it there is through conduit (not buried) so I ...
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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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Can I wire 2 ceiling fans, 5 ceiling spot lights, and 3 closet lights on a singe 15 amp circuit?

Can I wire 2 ceiling fans and 5 ceiling spot lights and 3 closet ligthts on a singe circuit with 12 ga wire and a 15 amp breaker? Or should I wire the 2 ceiling fans on a separate circuit?
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Do I need to ground my pool?

I am have a concrete pool installed and the builder attached a ground cable to the rebar before spraying the concrete. He told me it is up to us whether we want to ground it or not. Given the lights ...
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Why is my kitchen ceiling light not turning on with the light switch?

My kitchen light is not turning on with light switch, I checked it with a two wire light gadget and when I stick them in a electrical plug socket I get a bright light on the gadget, when I touch the ...
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Sump Pump Trips GFCI Receptacle. Is a single, dedicated non-GFCI receptacle safe?

I recently replaced my sump pump in one of my two sump pits. To comply with codes, I replaced the outlet with a GFCI type outlet. Unfortunately, once I turn the power back on, the GFCI trips ...
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How can I completely disengage a gfci outlet?

I have 2 gfci outlets under my peninsula in the kitchen. I never use these outlets and would like to unwire them and remove the outlets so I can panel over them. These are on a circuit with other ...
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Confusion regarding 2014 NEC

I am having trouble trying to understand new code. It says (or so I understand) that a GD, DW and refrigerator now be on AFCI and GFCI RECEPTACLES. Is GFCI required if those appliances (GD - DW) are ...
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Why am I getting 50V at a light when the switch is off?

I am trying to put in a switch and a light it controls in a storage building and this is how I wired it. Click for larger view When I checked the wiring it registered 120V when the switch was on, ...
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How can I wire an outside PIR light?

Good evening all, I need to setup a PIR outside. This is a new installation and existing cable runs are not present. The wiring diagram for this light is very limited. I want to utilise an existing ...