Electrical device used to open and close an electric circuit.

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Replacing a PIR light switch with a timer switch

I thought I'd try to be all helpful around the house and replace the PIR light switch in my dad's room with a simpler timer switch. After flipping the breaker, I pulled out the PIR and found that ...
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A spark from a power strip recently made the electricity go out is it safe to turn it back on?

About a week ago my daughter plugged up her iPod to a power strip that was plugged into an outlet in her bedroom, she said she placed the iPod onto the power strip and let it sit there while she ...
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wall outlet when bottom is tiled and top is drywall

Our handyman may have planned poorly when tiling the bottom half of our bathroom wall. The light outlet's bottom is within the tiled area, white the top half is within the drywall. There is a space ...
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Convert One 3-Way Light Switch to Belkin WeMo Light Switch (Single Pole)

Our foyer chandelier has three outlets that control it. I want to control it with a Belkin WeMo light switch, which specifically states is not compatible with 3-way switches/fixtures, sadly. Well, if ...
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Home Light Automation - Emulate 4 way switch with relay

I've been thinking of ways to do home automation that is somewhat future proof (hardwired); and the best idea I have is to use relays for lights on a 3 way switch circuit. Put in a dual pole dual ...
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Replace 1 gang 2 way with 2 gang 2 way

I currently have downstairs in the hall, a 2 gang 2 way switch that has 5 wires, two red wires coming from 1 cable, and 3 wires (red, blue, yellow) coming from a second cable and they are wired to ...
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How can I tell what dimmer switch to use with LED lights?

I replaced the halogen GU10 bulbs in my kitchen with LED bulbs... I'm really pleased with the results but as the bulbs I bought are dimmable, how do I know what dimmer switch I can use? I did try ...
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How can I separate the fan and the light in my bathrooms?

We've got four bathrooms, all wired so that the light and the (extremely loud) fan are on the same switch. Each one appears to have two blacks wires (both connected to the switch, different screws on ...
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How can I wire a WeMo into this circuit?

Ok so I have figured out (I think) how to make my three way switch act like a single by solving red and black in the middle box and red in one box. Now those two switches are dead. My question would ...
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Why is the red (common) wire giving me a shock?

I was replace a 3 way switch and noticed when I touch the red ( common ) wire while it's connected to the switch I get a little "buzz" or shock. I was curious if this is normal. Obviously while ...
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Need a water sensor/switch for basement that I can interface to a PC [closed]

What I want is something that detects the presence of water, and sends a signal. It will be used to detect when the main drain in the basement gets clogged so that I can take preventative measures ...
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Are there motion light sensors available for multi-gang switches?

I suspect this is not available but I have rooms and bathrooms, all of which are multi-gang. 2 plus switches per plate. Are there slim line automatic switches for these configurations? Kids are ...
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What type of switch is this?

I am trying to replace the switch in my space heater, but am unsure what type it is to do a search for it. It has three terminals one one side and 2 on the other. This part is from a Duraflame heater ...
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How do I replace a dimmer switch with a single switch?

I'm trying to replace a dimmer switch with a regular light switch. The same box also has another dimmer and fan control switch next to the one I want to replace. The dimmer has 2 wires, a pink and ...
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Use existing light switch to also power bathroom exhaust fan?

The builder of my house neglected to place an exhaust fan in my guest bathroom. When I brought that to their attention, they replied that code only requires fans in bathrooms that don't have ...
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New Fan Switch Grounding Cable issues

I installed a new switch for a new ceiling fan. For power, I pigtailed the 3 wire cable to my new switch from an existing light switch. My problem is with the newly installed ground cable. The 2 ...
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Ceiling Fan - Single Switch, but Dual Switch installation

I have a two switch plate & installed a ceiling fan using dual switch instruction (white/white, black/ungrounded, blue/ungrounded). Fan & light work fine from one switch, but I learned second ...
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How to identify the purpose of this switch?

I have three switches in a box. One controls the light on the ceiling fan and one controls the ceiling fan. I cannot figure out what the third switch is used for. I thought it might have controlled ...
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How to control a dimmable LED light?

I was thinking of attaching a simple dimmable LED light strip to the ceiling of my room. Ideally the finished look is to have a 20 meter long strip fit around the ceiling nested and hidden from view, ...
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How can I wire a GFCI combo switch so that the switch controls the receptacle?

I want to install a Cooper Combination Switch/Receptacle GFCI device. Everything I've seen shows the switch controlling a light or garbage disposal and the outlet always hot. I want the switch to ...
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How do I wire a 3-way motion sensor?

I am trying to install a motion sensor switch on a 3-way switch in my laundry room. both 3-way switches function normally if I use them now. One 3 way switch, we will call it #1, is by itself. It has ...
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How to install this double switch

After totally re-shape my stairwell i got some issue to re-cable my double switch. I tried a lot of combinaisons, read some docs but nothing works... Here is the settings: That switch is a double ...
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How do I wire a switched outlet with the switch downstream?

Can I simply use the same switch loop technique as with a light? in combination with this: replacing the light with the final outlet?
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When I turn on my light switch, there is a delay before the light comes on

We have a ceiling fan light. One swith controls the fan, the other the light. When I turn on the light switch, there is a noticable delay (like a full second) before the light comes on. Is it a ...
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Where do I run neutral from/to when replacing a SPST switch with one that requires neutral?

I have a basic/good understanding of electrical wiring and I'm taking all necessary precautions. My research indicates that the old setup does not have a neutral going to the box, and that since the ...
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5 ampere to 15 ampere

I want to ask two questions done go on title. I'm from India. Can I connect 15 ampere switch in 5 ampere socket. If I want to replace a 5 ampere socket to 15 ampere will the 15 ampere socket work ...
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Do I need a special receptacle when more than the standard number of wires need to be connected?

I've got two regular wall outlets controlled by one single pole switch. I want to replace them with new ones, and thought I just needed to grab a couple duplex plugins for them. Except there's more ...
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Stack Switch Problem in Bathroom

I have a bathroom with a single switch that simultaneously turns on the light and fan. I wanted to put in a double stack switch to allow independent control of the light and fan. Behind the old ...
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What could be causing my three way switch to malfunction?

Ok we recently moved in. There is a problem with our kitchen three way switch. I have not opened the box yet, but feel comfortable doing so, and working with a volt meter and what not. Here is the ...
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What would cause a Spur Switch light to go off when the device is turned on?

I have a fused spur switch in my kitchen with a dishwasher attached. Recently the dishwasher stopped turning on, so I removed it from the bay and noticed two things. The neon light is quite dim. ...
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Can I put a switch in after a GFCI and still have proper protection?

I am about to install a fan in the shower stall. It is code to do so as long as the fan is GFCI protected. However, I don't want the switch that controls the fan to turn the receptacles on and off. ...
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Should a timer switch 'reduce' load?

I bought a Leviton Decora Present Electronic Timer Switch...the kind with several button each set to different minutes for a bath fan. The fan is just a cheapo whatever-the-builder-got-in-bulk fan. ...
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How do I update two 2-wire switches housed in a single box? Both switches are combination switch and PILOT light

I have a very OLD wiring so it isn't clear how to install my new switch per the provided wiring diagram. I have 2 COMBINATION SWITCHES, each has a switch and a pilot light on them housed in a single ...
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“Walk/Don't Walk” street sign wired into bathroom light

I have a game room type area that has it's own bathroom. Above the door to the bathroom I would like to place one of those "Walk/Don't Walk" street signs. I would like the "Don't Walk" to be wired ...
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What is the best way to solve my unusual lighting and wiring challenge?

I moved into a home where the wiring is fairly modern (from the 1980s) but some unusual choices were made in the wiring. At some point, someone put in a lot of single pole switches that didn't work ...
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how to wire two three way switch to a ceiling fan & add one switch for the fan and one for the light

I have two three way switch when I'm closing one of them switch , the fan is automaticly close with the light & I hate that because it's a big place & I'm short so it's hard for me to grab the ...
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Doorbell for a rectangular switch box [closed]

I have a doorbell button that goes on a rectangular switch box that is outside my house. The rectangular switch box is inside concrete. Since the doorbell button is outside exposed to the weather, the ...
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How do I secure electrical wiring to a pocket door frame?

I recently installed 2 pocket door kits together from one room to an adjacent in my house. The building inspector said he saw no problem with me installing a light switch in a shallow electrical box ...
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Safe to install Illumra wireless switch kit with 2-Pole wiring?

I have 2-pole wiring in an old house and the switch is in a weird place. The Illumra wireless switch kit looks easy, but didn't want to overload anything and was wondering if it's safe to wire? (Think ...
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How can I switch between two generator inlets?

I recently pulled a permit and installed a 30A generator inlet and backfeed breaker w/ interlock. However, I actually would like to install a second inlet in an alternate location and be able to ...
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Change half switched outlet

In my house I have various rooms where the builder installed a light switch which only activates (1) half/switched outlet. The problem is, the outlet they chose in most instances was stupid / ...
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Hallway light with multiple switches doesn't always work

I have a light in the entry hallway that has four switches that can turn it on. Lately if I turn this light off using the upstairs switch, none of the others can turn it back on until I turn the ...
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How can I get my Self-Destruct switches to do something?

In my house, there were some confusing panels of that had lots of switches on them, so I bought a labeling machine and put labels over all the switches in the house. There are two blank switches next ...
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Can I use a normal 240v weatherproof on/off switch for an electric fence cut out?

A normal mains switch can be much cheaper and you could have a light to show when its on
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How should I rewire a miswired 3-way switch?

I have a 3 way switch that was wired incorrectly when the switches were replaced with a different color switch. Is there a methodical way for me to identify which wires represent which piece of the ...
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Wiring the Auxiliary switch on a 3-way switch

So, I am currently trying to wire a 3-way switch, but specifically the Jasco 45609 and its auxiliary switch counterpart the Jasco 45610. The Jasco 45609 has 5 wire inputs: Load Line Ground Traveler ...
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How do I find the switch plates behind the plasterboard walls?

We were having a house built and the builders have gone bankrupt so we have been left to finish everything off ourselves. The plasterboard walls have been put in and the wires are behind the walls for ...
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How do I convert an A/C window unit from thermostat to humidistat control?

I've managed to get my hands on a really nice window unit AC that can cool my entire living space (about 900 sq ft), but the downside of it being so powerful is that I either have to leave it ...
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Switched outlet in my attic - requried by code to not always be hot?

I was installing an HDTV antenna in my attic and there's an outlet up there to which I can plug in the amplifier. The problem is that both outlet plugs are switched - they're connected (along with two ...
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How do I wire a switch/receptacle combination?

Here's my current situation. I've got 14/2 to the ceiling. The hot wire has a runner, which runs down to the switch, and the other wire is a switched hot, back to the light. The other side of the ...