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Convert a switched outlet to a non switched outlet

This is a code question and I live in the US. Some background. My house originally had no overhead lights except for the bathrooms, kitchen and hallways. The rest of the rooms had just one switched ...
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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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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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Blower motor wires crossed

I bought a direct replacement blower for my furnace but when it arrived I noticed two wires were crossed. the original motor has a red, white, and black wire in the connector. The new one has a fourth ...
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Partial home electrical rewire

I am a new homeowner. My lady and I have lived here for almost one year now. I've lived through a near-complete home restoration throughout my youth in my parents' home, and have picked up quite a few ...
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How to convert L609 4wire to L6 3wire

My electrical feed to location is L6 3wire (grnd+X+Y). My cabinet is L609 4wire (grnd+neut+X+Y). The cabinet feeds 4 blocks of 110V. Should the grnd+neutr be plugged into the grnd on the L6? or do I ...
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What is this drill guide/template used when fixing electrical sockets called and where do I buy one?

My dad used to have one, you use it as a drill guide/template when fixing electrical sockets, but I cannot find anywhere that sells them, and as I don't know the name Google is not much help! ...
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Wire Ceiling Fan and Exterior Lighting

Objective I took down my old ceiling fan and tried to put in the new one but can't follow directions because I have two wire sets coming out of ceiling. I'm trying to get one switch to turn on fan ...
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Why does my dusk to dawn light go off when the furnace kicks in?

My dusk to dawn light goes off whenever my furnace kicks in throughout the night. It obviously comes back on right away, but it takes a minute or so to be fully restored. What is the reason behind ...
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Why are my recessed IC lights overheating?

I was sitting in my new home with dimmable recessed incandescent lights when I noticed one light fixture "click" off and then 10 minutes later click back on. Then the fixture on the other side of the ...
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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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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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Does one need to be certified in order to do residential electrical work?

I have a Bachelor in electrical engineering, a lot of hands-on experience with electrical work, and I'm very familiar with NEC 2011 and electrical codes. Can I do residential electrical work without ...
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One outlet trips breaker but not others

In my spare bedroom, there are four electrical outlets. If I use a vacuum cleaner in one of those outlets, the breaker trips. However, if I use any of the other outlets, it works fine. Is the outlet ...
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Is it acceptable to use a ground wire from one outlet to ground another?

I live in a condo/apt. Two of my three prong electrical outlets were not showing up grounded when I plugged my surge protector in. I think from lightning or something. I need to plug computers and an ...
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How to wire 240 volts fluorescent lamps

How many 240 volt fluorescent (2 X 4 recessed, 4 tubes) fixtures can I connect to a 30 amp breaker using 4 mmsq cable?
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Can I use #16 duplex wire extension to a 2800 watt chop-off cutter?

Is it possible to use #16 wire as extension wire for 2800 watt cut-off machine?
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Oddities when replacing power socket

Yesterday I replaced a power socket in my home. Before hand, I plugged a light into the socket, switched it on, then flipped the relevant switch in the fuse box and verified the light was out. When ...
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How to connect multiple light fixtures to one switch?

I am remodeling my basement, currently I have 5 light fixtures and each one has its own switch. I would like to make it so when I turn on the switch at the bottom of the stairs all the lights turn ...
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How can I install a lighting circuit in a long corridor which meets the following requirements?

draw the schematic, wiring diagram both in joint box and looping in system for a lighting ckt in a long corridor which meets the following requirements: when a person enters the corridor from one ...
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GFCI to light not working

I put a gfci outlet in my front yard for use during christmas time for lights and such. i ran it to on my front porch light so it only turns on when my front porch light is on. i also added to the ...
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How to connect a earth leakage detection GFCI/ELCB?

My specifications are as follows: 2 in phase 120V lines 1 Neutral 1 Ground So, I should use a 240V GFCI, right ? This is the one I plan to use: Heavy Duty - High Power GFCIs part no- 23250 003-1 ...
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Can I use metal masonry device (switch) boxes in a stud wall?

I am installing new wiring and need to place 5 lighting switches in one location (yes, I understand the problems/issues of confusion, etc.). These will all be 3-way switches, non-dimmable. I plan on ...
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Is there a simple way to convert from a pull switch to a toggle switched light fixture?

I would like to replace a bathroom vanity light fixture in 100 year old house. It currently has a pull string on/off switch. Is there a simple way to convert to a switched light fixture? The switch ...
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What could cause my bathroom exhaust fan to stop working?

I've got a Vent fan with heater in the bathroom, and recently the vent fan stopped working while the heater worked fine. Thinking this might be just a bad switch issues, I took the cover plate off the ...
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How can I control two ceiling fans and lights with one single pole switch?

I have two ceiling fans with two aftermarket light kits installed, all controlled from one single pole switch. So when switch is flipped, both fans and lights turn on or off at the same time. Only way ...
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Copper Water Pipes used as Electrical Ground

I am replacing a section of copper water pipe that burst behind tiled shower wall. Since the pipe run is along an exterior wall subject to winter temperatures, I'm considering replacing this section ...
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Can having a bad grounding situation destroy a circuit breaker?

We moved into a home, built a while ago. there are wires hanging and covered in black tape on a chimney. I bought 2 sconces and put them in place. i did not hook up the ground wire on one of them, ...
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Is it okay to connect 2 ground wires to a single ground screw?

I have 2 ground wires that I can get around the ground screw on an outlet. Is it okay to do this or do I need to use a pigtail to join the wires and have only one wire attach to the ground screw?
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Can two 30 ampere circuits be combined in an outlet?

Cooktop and oven are running from 2 separate 30 amp circuits. I want to replace both by a free standing dual fuel range which requires a 40 amp circuit Can the 2 30 amp circuits be combined in the ...
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Is it possible that I could have a 240V circuit with no circuit breaker?

Is it possible to put in an electrical circuit without any way to interrupt the circuit? I tried to work on a 240V outlet, and it wasn't marked in the breaker box. I threw every breaker, and that ...
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Can I power a separate cooktop and wall oven from a single circuit?

I am replacing my 240V electric cooking range with a glass cooktop (with 4 heating plates) and a separate wall oven. The old cooking range was a plug-in. The two new appliances (the glass cooktop ...
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Which cable/conduit should I use to run a new 240 volt line for an oven?

I'm in the middle of a kitchen remodel and have hit a slight snag and need some advice on how to proceed. I'm moving the oven into an island, which requires moving the 240 line used for the oven. The ...
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What is this device?

It's a bit off topic, but let's see... I live in a condo, and the devices pictured below are found everywhere: in flats, in corridors, even in the car park (they are attached to ceilings) and I have ...
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Can I replace the knob and tube wiring in the ceiling but not the walls?

We are planning to replace the K&T in the attic so we can put in some insulation. Is it possible to leave the K&T in the walls by hooking them up to the new wiring at the ceiling/wall edge? ...
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How should I power 6 30W (30-36v 1.05A) LEDs from the mains?

Was reading about transformers, so basically, which transformer will be optimum, could i get a 36-30v one and not worry about resistors?
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Why am I reading zero volts phase to earth?

When i measured the voltage reading on the socket I got an unusual reading phase to neutral is 220V (expected reading ) phase to earth is 0V (unusual) ?? neutral to earth is oV (expected reading) I ...
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How many circuits are recommended for this basement game room remodel?

Ok so this paint photo is roughly what I want to do to my basement. The lights are 6 inch recessed lights. The fireplace blower was on the old 15 amp circuit so I dont see a problem there. It ...
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How is it possible to get an electric shock even with mains power off?

I was changing a socket outlet yesterday. I switched off the mains power at the consumer unit (the big red switch) so thought all was safe. I disconnected the old socket, but when I went to fit the ...
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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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Why does my GFI keep going off? Is it dangerous?

I have a small condo with one bathroom. There is a GFI in the kitchen and bathroom. The GFI in the bathroom trips off on a regular basis. It started slowly (like 1/week) and now it happens multiple ...
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Electrolux vacuum lightbulb keeps burning out?

Asking for a relative. Older Electrolux Canister Vacuum with a light in the power head. May be model 6500. Bulbs keep burning out quickly. In a month he's gone through 4 bulbs. Any idea what could be ...
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How can I install a switch to power a bathroom TV off safely and discreetly?

Firstly, I'll start by saying that I have no electrical skills apart from basic changing a socket skills... I have a small bathroom that I've decided to put a waterproof TV in. The TV is going to go ...
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2-wire switch loop controlling 2 outlets - replacing with 3-wire to fix?

I am in nearly this exact situation: Can I use a switch loop to power a ceiling fan? We are trying to install a fan, but instead of having a single duplex outlet on the same wall as the switch, we ...
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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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Are grounded receptacles with open grounds causing my electrical problems?

I have a room that has six outlets. Two of which are healthy with ground and ~120V coming through. The other four report open ground with one of the four not working at all (no juice). I've checked ...
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$400 electric bill traced to heater - what could be wrong with it?

Back in December/January, we got a real shocker; a $400+ electric bill. I thought there must be a billing error, so I went out to the meter, and found that not only was the number probably right, we'd ...
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Why is my refrigerator tripping breaker?

I have been troubleshooting this problem and I have narrowed it down to the ground in the unit. When I disconnect the ground from the frame, it runs fine, and has no problems. When I reconnect the ...
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Ceiling fan wired for 4 way control?

I want fan and light controls in three wall boxes. Ie fan/light control one on each side of the bed, and one fan/light controller at the entrance to the room. Does anyone know of a way to do this. ...
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5 wire hob to 4 wire junction

Looking for verification before I have this wired. The hob is 220-240v 50/60Hz 11Kw being wired to a 50 amp breaker. The hob has 5 wires; 4 hot 1 ground. Me Electrical has 4 wires; 2 120v hot, ...