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What do I need to make my amplifier work without breaking it? [on hold]

My soon-to-be father-in-law gave me his unused electric guitar and amplifier. The problem is the power rate here is 220V~60Hz while the amplifier is 230V~50Hz. I know that there is something I should ...
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What is this copper-looking wire on my light fixture?

I had an electrician install two hanging pendants over a kitchen island. The install went well and the pendants work fine. However, after the install I've had an opportunity to look at the fixtures ...
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A light fixture with 2 white, 2 black wires, 1 copper. How do I connect this light fixture to a ceiling junction box? (See drawn diagram)

I have a problem with this configuration and can't figure it out on my own. Configurations I've tried: 1: Bulb1 and Bulb2 white and black wires connected to light switch black and white wires. ...
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No power in one room (circuit), breaker not tripping

I have one room with no electricity, flipping the breaker has no effect, and using a multi-meter to test the breaker, says there's 120 volts coming out, so its not the electrical panel. I used a ...
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Receptacle not working

I have a receptacle that notoriously trips a breaker. However this time the receptacle stopped working as in nothing plugged in will work but will work everywhere else, and it did not trip the breaker....
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Do all conductors on a 20-amp circuit need to be 12 AWG?

I'm rewiring a bathroom, and will install a GFCI receptacle on a 20 amp circuit breaker (dedicated to the bathroom only). I am also going to have a fan and vanity light on the same circuit, ...
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Ceiling fan with light. [duplicate]

My ceiling fan does not work. I have a ceiling fan light and the fan does not turn. It just hums but the light works. What can be the problem?
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3 way switch still showing 52 volts when turned off

On a 3 way switch with just the line wire connected why do I see 52 volts on the inactive terminal of the 3 way switch?
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Is it safe to remove a plug, and wire a light fitting into the wall?

I've moved into a house, and am fitting a series of 5 halogen downlights beneath a shelving unit. The wall on which I am fitting it previously had an uplighter. I removed this so now have exposed live,...
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Why does my Ring doorbell keep repeating the chime?

I installed one of those fancy new Ring doorbells (the video / WiFi connected doodads) and it keeps repeating my doorbell chime. When you press the button to "Ring" me, the doorbell chime rings and ...
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Dimmer switch with ceiling fan instead of remote [duplicate]

Is there any reason to use a remote control with a ceiling fan (that most come with), which requires a battery and can get lost, when a simple dimmer switch can be installed to regulate the speed? Is ...
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Can different gauge wiring be used in the same circuit?

I am extending a lighting and outlet circuit in a basement. The current setup has the following characteristics 15 amp. circuit breaker (200 amp service) 4 existing lighting fixtures using CFL bulbs ...
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GFCI wont work correctly

i have an older, 1930ish, home with only 2 conductors on the branch circuits. im trying to install GFCI outlets in kit/baths. im running new romex to the single-pole Pushmatic (ancient, i know) ...
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Dead circuits with breakers across from each other

I have 4 dead circuits which were intermittent off/on at first- now dead. The 20 amp dual tandem breakers are across from each other in the breaker box. The breakers/circuits above and below the ...
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Can I install a sprinkler system timer underground?

I have a 4-zone sprinkler system. I had a construction crew at my house, and it appears they cut 1 of the 5 wires before pouring new concrete on top. Therefore, only 3 of the 4 sprinkler zones work. ...
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Beeping Electrical Panel

There is an intermittent beeping noise coming from my electrical panel. It started yesterday. I have never heard of this problem.
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Noisy exhaust fan starting itself

Our bathroom exhaust fan is located on our second floor bathroom. It's the original installed in 1986. Suddenly, it started to make an unbearably loud noise upon operation. So loud that the sound ...
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Is there a motion sensor light switch that does not need ground?

My house was built in early 1950's and all electrical switches do not have a ground. This was found out with an electrician when I asked them to install Lutron Maestro, but it would not power on since ...
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Would you ever wire white and ground together?

I was replacing some outlets in my house with tamper-resistant ones, and came across one where the white and ground were wired together, as seen in this picture. Why? Is that okay or appropriate ...
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3 Way (4 Switch) Insteon Setup for Ceiling Fan Light

We have been replacing all our light switches with Insteon Smart Switches (http://cache-m2.smarthome.com/manuals/2477d-en-03-26-2015.pdf page 11) to control them via our phones. Ultimately, they work ...
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How can turning on or off a circuit beaker affect a ground on a different circuit?

I am addressing electrical issues in my parents house and came across this situation..Circuit breaker "A" controls the downstairs bedroom outlets. Circuit breaker "B" controls the upstairs bedroom ...
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Adding a light fixture to an existing fixture

I added a new light fixture by splicing into an existing fixture. When I turn the light on, the existing light comes on, when I turn it off, the new light comes on. What have I done wrong? I want ...
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Will this solar panel setup work?

Fairly new to using solar. I have been reading up on volts vs. amps in terms of what makes the most efficient system. I am considering a 24v battery bank with 4 12v batteries connected together. These ...
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How can I use these “closed” power outlets?

I just bought a new home. It seems that the builder had some outlets open (where I can plug any devices), while some are closed (I can't plug anything). Is there a device I can rent or buy from any ...
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Turn one light bulb ON and another OFF at the same time with one switch

I am trying to operate two AC current light bulbs with one switch so that while the switch is in the OFF position, bulb B1 is OFF and bulb B2 is ON, and while the switch is in the ON position, bulb B1 ...
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My furnace has a C - common wire but air conditioner uses it - how to hook up smart thermostat?

I bought an ecobee3 smart thermostat which requires the C wire. At my furnace there is no circuit board but there was a diagram and I was able to locate the C - common wire, but it seems to be used ...
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removing and capping a wall plug that works in series with other plugs

I need to remove a wall plug. There are 4 wires connected to the plug. Two are black (actually one is black and white and one is all black) which are connected to one side. Two are white connected ...
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Will this solar charger work with my solar panel setup?

I recently bought some used solar panels that are about 25 years old, because I got a great deal on them. They have some odd operating values, which is confusing me as to which solar charger will work ...
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Confused about wiring outside light fixture with multiple switched wires

I am trying to replace an outside motion detector light fixture that was removed before I bought the house and the only things left were the plastic base in the eave and electrical taped wires shoved ...
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Acceptable ground to neutral voltage?

First of all I'm pretty sure I know the theory behind the effect. I know about the inductive and capacitive coupling, about 3-phase balance problems and about ground bounce, so this question isn't ...
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Why did I need to switch several appliances in order to power my electric stove?

This is a bit more theoretical but I am confused as to how this may have happened. I own an electric stove that is plugged into one of those large 240V sockets on the wall. Yesterday when I switched ...
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Intermitten (shuts off randomly) power to one leg (hot) wire in sub panel

This is an apartment complex. The service panel has two rings, or meters, and 2 Murray 2-pole 50 amp breakers. The service panel is about 25 to 35 years old. Each 2-pole 50 amp breaker services a ...
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Buzzing sound relates to domestic fuse problem, or bigger issue?

I noticed the light in the fridge was flickering, same with the coffee machine LEDs etc on the same plug circuit. Fortunately, I noticed that in the garage...this house built about 18 yrs ago; this ...
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Is my ceramic hob wired correctly?

My 5.8kw ceramic hob has been wired into a 30 amp junction box with the electric ignition cable of the old gas hob and then wired into the cooker switch with .6 mm cooker cable. Is this correct wiring?...
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Switching from Gas to Electric?

We currently have a 4 burner gas hob, but we want to switch to the electric one to make cleaning easier. Bearing in mind that our oven is already electric, what should be considered to make this ...
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Installing and connecting an outside generator power inlet box

I want to install an outside power inlet receptacle for my portable generator, to be used in case of a power failure. In my house I have two breaker boxes: one is the main breaker box. A second one ...
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Re: 240V electric furnance - what is Dual Supply Circuit Vs. Single Supply

I am having a Intertherm 012H 240v electric furnace installed. The installer asked me which wiring system would i prefer. The manual offers a choice: A.) Single @ 51.2 total amperes with a max over-...
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What smart device options do I have for poor lighting in living room?

My living room does not have great electrical lighting. The room is about 18'x12' with a fireplace on the far, short wall. Above the fireplace there are two angled recessed lights (can aim them in a ...
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Ground Fault in Underground Wiring?

We've had loads of rain the past weekend, and now my garage has no power. I've traced the issue to a GFCI outlet that protects the rest of the circuits in the garage - It keeps tripping. The Power ...
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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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How should I wire a subpanel for a tiny house?

I have a subpanel almost wired in our shed, it's being converted into a tiny home for a few months, it's about 25ft from the main panel which is inside of a mobile home. The main panel I believe is ...
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In wiring a doorbell, what is an alternative to using a transformer? [closed]

We have a 1915 bungalow that I tore out all of the old knob-and-tube wiring, including the original ginormous doorbell transformer, and installed all new circuits throughout. I purchased a new, ...
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Sealing off a live wire

I bought a project house last year, and unfortunately it's turned out that one of the previous owners was a keen amateur electrician. Sadly his enthusiasm wasn't matched by competence or any sense of ...
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What could have caused the loss of power in one bedroom and one wall in the living room?

Loss of power in one room and 1 wall in living room have replaced all outlets that were affected and checked all light switches and light fixtures Using a voltage meter on the white wire and on the ...
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Tester indicates hot/ground reversed after lightning strike

Another post-lightening strike problem: we have a run of outlets that no longer make a connection when you touch black & white wires, yet get a connection when touching black to the ground wire ...
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Should water heater thermostats be set to the same temperature?

Should the top and bottom water heater thermostats be set to the same temperature? I did a quick google search and saw all kinds of differing opinions. for instance, this guy seems like he knows ...
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sub panel breaker box

I am wanting to install a breaker box inside of a house addition and the box I bought has a 100 amp main breaker for cut off. I'm only going to be pulling around 4500 to 5000 watts at the most so I ...
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GFCI breaker tripping to pool pump

I have an in ground swimming pool. There is an outdoor sub panel with a 20amp GFCI breaker is connected to the pump. Today we had a bad rain storm...water coming down cats and dogs in every ...
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Repairing Basement Wall Framing After Subpanel install notched to 75%

I have a home I bought a few months ago and I'm working on finishing out the basement space. The builder put in a 2x6 wall 12" on center. I quite certain it's a load bearing wall. 2 Story house with a ...
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3-phase power to NEMA L14-20 receptacle

At my place of work, which is in the US, I had an electrician install a 3-phase outlet. He used a NEMA L14-20 receptacle and left us a NEMA L14-20 plug to connect to the device which uses the power. ...