The installation of wire and/or electrical devices, to allow the transmission of electricity from one point to another.

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Odd receptacle wiring

I have several receptacles with two cables: one has black and white wires, the other - black and red wires. Can I replace these receptacles with GFCIs? If affirmative, how should I interpret the red ...
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I have phantom electricity

I have three outlets in a room that are not on the same circuit as the rest of the outlets in two rooms. I have most of the circuits in the house mapped and identified on two breaker panels. The ...
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Running NM wire romex along rafters in vaulted ceilings

So my ceilings look like this: /\ I want to replace / relocate my breaker panel. The circuits run along the rafters into the attic space (small, cant stand up). My questions: Can I just fish ...
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Why does my new switch keep tripping the breaker?

I am attempting to enable a light switch in a bedroom that had the wiring but had no ceiling light fixture and no switch (just a blank plate). However, I am running into an issue and I want to seek ...
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Should I have a 15 amp breaker instead of a 20 due to aluminum wire?

I've been digging into an addition to my house from the early 1970s (final permit signature dated 1973). It uses individual wires in flexible conduit from the panel through the crawl space, and NM in ...
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How can I add a 3-way switch to my light? (confused about existing wiring)

I'm trying to install a 3-way switch for a specific light but I'm not sure how to do the wiring. The existing switch box has quite wires inside: 3x 12-2 1x 12-3 The hots (black) are all tied ...
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Can I replace a 15A breaker with a 20A breaker?

My new pool pump specs are for 20 Amp Curcuit 12 Guage wire. my old pump was on a 15 Amp circuit. I was connected to 15 AMP GFCI outlet with 12 Gauge wire. The pump was 13 yrs old and we had issues ...
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What could be causing an earthing fault in a specific socket?

When I connect a device to one specific plug socket, I get a current in the device body. When I connect the device to any other plug in my house, then the device is normal, i.e no current in the ...
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Current-sensing circuit for pool booster pump activation [closed]

I have a Pentair IntelliFlow Variable Speed pump (wired for 230V) which has built-in timer and speed controls. I'm seeking a solution where at some current set-point a relay will send power to my ...
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3 way switch wiring

I have a stairway with a light at the top and bottom. There is a plugin in between the switches that is not currently connected. The bottom switch has two wires that come into the box. They have red, ...
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How to get switched and constant power combo on an outlet

I have electricity coming into outlet box from two sources, one is coming via light switch and another one is coming from another outlet. So I want the top of the twin outlet to be controlled by the ...
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Have an unused receptacle in the ceiling that used to have a fan. What is safe way to cap it?

I have an unused receptacle in the ceiling that used to have a fan attached. Now the wires are dangling out of the box (all are wire nutted to keep separate except the ground). If I go to and get a ...
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Can I turn one set of twinkle lights into several by cutting the wire & adding new plugs?

I am working on a project for wedding reception lighting and would like to make several chandeliers using Christmas tree twinkle lights but the strands I have are way too long for one single ...
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Light sconces tripping circuit breaker

I recently installed two sconces in our kitchen to replace some old halogen lights with LED bulbs. The boxes had three (?!) White wires twisted together, two black wires twisted, and one red. I ...
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How should I wire my pool heat pump?

I am wiring a new heat pump-- 50K btu, 208-230v ~60 hz. Plaque on side says 12a running current, minimum 20a circuit, max 30a. My breaker panel for the pump is a sub panel running off the main with ...
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How do I attach a new Rain Sensor to my ancient Hydrotek sprinkler timer?

I am attaching a Toro RainSensor which has 1 red and 1 black wire to an old Hydrotek system. I am not sure where to put the wires. In the photos, the wires coming into the box from the left go to my ...
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How do I hard wire a T8 fluorescent light fixture with grounded plug to a motion sensor?

I purchased a T8 fluorescent fixture with electronic ballast, which came with a wired three-prong plug. I also, purchased a infrared motion sensor. I want to hardwire the fixture into the motion ...
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NEMA 14-30 in 1-gang box

I recently wired a new laundry room for a family member's renovation project. He already had the electrical materials on hand and all of his boxes attached to the studs, so I ended up installing the ...
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Can I install a dimmer switch on a 2 way circuit?

I have a 6 lights controlled by 2 normal switches (2 Way Circuit). I want to replace one of the normal switches with a dimmer switch. Is this possible?
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Can I connect my new oven to the existing circuit breaker?

I am replacing a 10 year old electric oven. There are actually two ovens I am replacing. There are four wires times two coming out of each conduit for each of the ovens. They lead to the circuit ...
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50 amp wiring foe a RV

I need to run a 50 amp line from my outside breaker box to plug in my RV. the distance is 400 to 500 ft. I will have an electrican do the hook ups but I want to run the piping and wire. I think the ...
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Is this a “switched neutral” situation?

Replacing switches with new ones and wanting to add a zwave dual-relay while I'm at it. It's a 3 gang box and all are on the same circuit. I have an electronics background, but no electrical ...
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Why is my switch controlled receptacle always on?

I replaced the outlets and switches in a room. One outlet now has constant power, the switch no longer turns the power on and off (to control a lamp for example) as it originally did. For ...
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Ceiling fan works, lights do not

I will try to give as much information as I can. I have no experience with wiring so I imagine some of the things I did were incorrect and probably stupid. I purchased a Hampton Bay ceiling fan, and ...
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New Light Fixture with Old Wiring

Yesterday I replaced an old light fixture in my bathroom, and now the new light powers on with the breaker, but the wall switch does nothing. I'm not sure if the power is going to the switch first or ...
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Do I need a neutral wire when connecting a 240V device?

So this is still not very clear to me: I am trying to get 240V to an appliance that does not need a plug (direct wiring), I won't need a neutral wire, is this right? In fact there is nowhere to ...
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Is there an easy way to track where switches go/do?

My Aunt's house is a Frankenstein's Monster. Her late Husband made a number of unique wiring modifications. previous post about the her house: Question on toilet mounting; No visible bolts? 1st, ...
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Why would the receptacles in the kitchen not have power after replacing one of them?

I replaced a receptacle, and made sure the wires were in the same order they were originally in when I hooked them back up. I turned power back on and there was no power to the receptacle I changed, ...
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Best way to run electrical wire behind built-in shelves, with the least patching afterwards?

My main living room wall has a fireplace, surrounded by built-in shelves on either side. The left built-in has a 2-gang outlet in its bottom cavity, which I outlined in red. I'm going to mount my TV ...
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Electrical Issue [on hold]

My breaker kept tripping when I would plug in my ac window unit to strip outlet. Now I have no power in numerous outlets and light switches so I added two new 15 amp breakers to my panel, ran new ...
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Why would my clothes drying machine's switch keep on getting fried?

Around a year ago, my parents got a new drying machine installed. The dryer didn't come with any cables, and the when my parents called the company, they told them that it was the customer's ...
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Tripping Inline GFI Outlet

We are working on an "inline" GFI Circut (has 4 or 5 outlets on the GFI Circut). When we use a tester to test for 110 (Red prob to hot side of socket and Black prob to ground at box) it pops the GFI ...
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How do I wire multiple light fixtures on their own switch on a Modular wall?

I have a wall that will be used to display vanities. This wall needs to be able to move around and hold 3 light fixtures. Those three fixtures each need their own switch. My thought was to install ...
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How to wire an ignition switch for boat throttle controller [migrated]

I have an old Bass Tracker boat. They no longer make the throttle controller for the boat, but I need to replace the ignition switch (which is in the throttle controller). I looked online and this ...
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Phone line part identification

I'm trying to determine the name and function of the part in the attached picture. I'm in the process of fixing dead phone jacks in my house and I've come across two of these so far. They look like ...
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Hot to Neutral Short?

My wife called me home from work because the lights in several rooms stopped working. I came home expecting a tripped circuit breaker or GFCI, but I found no such thing. Instead, after pulling out ...
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Adding additional outlet - max wires and box size?

I am attempting to add an additional outlet higher up in a wall for a wall mounted TV. There is an outlet below where I've mounted that I planned to run power from up to the location by the TV. When ...
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Can a GFCI combo and a switch be independently connected to a light and a fan using 14/3 wire?

The box on the left in the diagram is a dimmer switch and the box on the right is a GFCI combo switch. The ground wiring is absent from the diagram. How can this wiring be completed to connect the fan ...
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Can I use a red wire as a neutral?

I am replacing a 240v wall a/c unit with a 120v one at my workplace. There is no main shut off at the box. Breaker is DP 20A. I would like to move the red wire to the neutral bus with the breaker off ...
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Is this a compliant way to control three circuits with two switches?

I'm planning to replace two dimmer switches -- but I found the following clever wiring when opening up the junction box. Three circuits where the neutral lines are spliced together, one live line ...
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Electrical - converting 3-way to single pole for multiple fixtures

My kitchen has 4 ceiling lights that are all on a 3-way switch (one switch at each end of the room). I would like to separate them and put 2 lights on one switch (single pole) and 2 lights on the ...
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Are power outlets in a home out of phase with each other?

I'm working on a science project and there's one aspect of home wiring I need to find out (don't worry, I'm not messing with wiring - this is all on paper). Since 120V outlets in a home can be wired ...
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How do I replace a strip light with wiring that doesn't match the old light?

I'm replacing a strip light, but the wiring on the light I'm putting up does not match that of the strip I'm taking out. Coming out of the ceiling there are two cables. The larger white cable ...
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Why am I getting a reading of 119.7 volts neutral to ground?

el. contractor has left (residential house) - checking the branch outlets: Hot to neutral: 118.8V // Hot to Ground: 0V // Neutral to Ground: 119.2V?? How come? should I be getting such voltage perhaps ...
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How do I add a light to my existing ceiling fan?

I have an existing ceiling fan without a light and want to run an outside light. The ceiling fan is adaptable to a light kit, so can I just use an on/ff switch like a pull switch to turn the light on ...
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how to wire a fan to a ceiling fixture with two conductors

I have a ceiling fixture with two conductors, one has three wires black white and red. The other has two a white and a black. They both have grounds. With the breaker on the black wire from the black ...
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Chewed-through ground-fault cord

Over the winter, my dog chewed through the power cord on an a/c window unit. I was going to just add a new plug as the cord is still long enough. I sliced into the wire and found 3 wires (ground, ...
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How to track down a short circuit in attic with pressed metal ceiling?

When switching on a light the circuit breaker tripped. On the distribution board, I switched off the sub-circuit for the light. The rest of the house and the plugs in the room with the light still ...
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What wire type & size for sub-panel in a shed?

I need to install a sub-panel in a shed. Total run distance from main panel to sub-panel is 80 ft and includes three 90 degree turns. Burial distance will be 18". I'm thinking to install a 60-amp ...
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How should I run Cat5e cable between rafters?

I've got cathedral ceilings with no attic space and 2x8 rafters. There is no space to run wiring without going through the rafters. At the moment I've got my eaves open for an unrelated problem and ...