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

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Can I join two switched circuits into one circuit?

I have a circuit for the kitchen lights w/two 3-way switches. I also have a circuit for the adjoining room w/three 4-way switches. Is there any way to safely join the two circuits and just use ...
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How to wire half-switched outlet with two black and two white

I had done pretty well rewiring a number of normal outlets in my house. However, I managed to mess up the first switched outlet I tried to do. The box had one wire coming in on the left (same side as ...
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Voltage readings not right

At my moms new house there is complete circuit down and the ground to neutral wire is reading 120 volts could someone please help me with this thanks Larry
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How do I wire a new range to old wiring?

I am replacing an in-wall oven with a oven/stove. The wiring in the wall is a 2 wire #6, and a ground wire. One of the wires has red arrows on it, the other solid black. (obviously 220V) and I traced ...
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I am trying to install a Pull-chain light and get the power from a 3 switch, wall switch box [on hold]

I don't want any of the wall switches to operate that light. I want it only operable by the pull-chain whether the wall switches are on or off. What should I connect the white and black wire from the ...
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Running a new 240v circuit for a dryer

I just bought a home with a gas hookup for the dryer, but I have a fairly recent, perfectly working electric dryer, so I've decided to run a 240v line instead of purchasing a new gas dryer. This is ...
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Can I use extra wire from two separate cables to add a washing machine in a garage?

I have two existing 12/3 NM-B cables that are used to connect two different circuits, which are distributed from a junction box close to the location I want to add a washing machine. The washing ...
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How do I add a switch/closet light to the existing end line light switch?

I have a wall switch to control a bedroom ceiling fixture at the end of its run (2-wire power source). I would like to install an additional switch/closet light connected to the end of the run. I ...
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Confused about wiring

So I'll come clean, I'm a first year electrical student at a tech school and I have a question regarding a diagram I'm supposed to draw. The line diagram is presente: 《-- light -- switch -- light -- ...
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How can I eliminate the need for the switch controlling living room receptacles?

I am new to home improvement, so please be patient with me. I'm sure my ignorance and lack of vocabulary are going to shine through! I'll try to answer any questions and clarify anything to the best ...
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Light fitting with power but no 3-way switch function

I have a 3-way setup with one switch at the top of the stairs and one at the bottom for a light at the top of the stairs. It all appears to be wired fine and I have power and light but the switches ...
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How to wire switched light fixture in place of ceiling fan

I removed a ceiling fan that had four wires. I have installed a normal ceiling light that remains on regardless of the position of the switch. The switch worked with the ceiling fan light. How can I ...
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Installing a new pendent light fitting

Wanting to install a new pendent light, the pendent light has 3 connections for the wires, and the house wiring has 4 wires ( red, black, green/yellow and 1 white wire) how do l wire this up to suit ...
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120v outdoor lighting, dual poser source 150w light

So i was trying to think if there was a way to make a 120v XOR or OR "device" to turn on a lamp. Perhaps with some relays or something to accomplish this general idea. I want to accomplish this ...
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What are the 4-wire cables use for?

I am trying to figure out what's the best way to get electricity from my garage to the garden. In the garage, I have the normal 230 V outlets/lamps, and the power gets there via 1.5 or 2.5 mm^2 (still ...
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Are tone circuit testers sensitive enough to find a hidden junction box?

I need to find junction boxes on a circuit with open neutral. I've found the breaker it's connected to and the last box (receptacle). I just moved into the house and it has worked for 3 months and ...
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GFCI pops when the heater comes on

Just wired a new heater like this and the GFCI pops when the heater comes on. Can someone explain to me why this is happening?
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Adding a new electrical outlet to lighting circuit

My house was built in the mid 70s, MBWC everywhere. Many lighting circuits are also connected to the outlets. What I want to do is connect a receptacle upto the switch for the pantry so that when ...
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Another sub-panel questio

Improving unfinished basement in 7 year old log home to have a small shop and a mancave Installing sub panel 40 wire feet from main panel mainly because i don't want to home-run all my circuits to ...
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wiring tube lights

I am stuck,I have direcly wired two t5 under cabinet lights to the kitchen light switch,they have their own on off switch and the two are linked together with a proper link cable,when the main kitchen ...
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How to power Honeywell wifi thermostat with external transformer

I want to install A Honeywell RTH 6580 WF thermostat in my garage for heat only . My heater is a simple LP gas, hanging unit heater; heat only and my thermostat has two wires labeled W and R . I ...
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How to Recharge Manlift?

I got my hands on an old Top Horse manlift. It looks pretty much just like this one. I tried plugging it in and turning it on and nothing happened. I think the batteries are long dead. My question ...
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Can I test an unwired light fixture with multimeter?

I’m looking at a light fixture on Craigslist, but I’d like to see if it works first. I have a multimeter that I needed for another project. Can I use the multimeter to test the light fixture before ...
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Where do I connect a C wire in a Rheem Furnace REAB 1415J?

I'm upgrading the thermostat with a Honeywell wifi one. I found all cables at the thermostat end, but can't figure out where to connect the C wire to the furnace (Rheem REAB 1415J).
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Can a white (or other color) wire be remarked to serve as a grounding conductor?

In a question related to plugging in a device with a 6-20P Plug (240V Ground + 2 Hots) into a 10-30R (120/240V Neutral + 2 Hots) receptacle, I suggested replacing the outlet with a 6-20R and using ...
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Fishing Wire From Corner of Attic?

I'm running speaker wire from the 2 corners of this room. But one of the corners is way too tight for me to grab the fished wire. And the Fiberglass Wire Pull Rods i'm using are too stiff to bend from ...
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Wiring fan only

Removed the light unit from my ceiling fan. The wall switch controlled the light only, had to use pull chain to turn on fan. How do I wire the wall switch to control the fan.
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Attaching a light fixture without a box

I'm replacing a light fixture, but upon removing the old light I discovered the wires are not in a box. Can I just anchor the mounting plate to the drywall or is a box mandatory?
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Light fixture powering other lights / garage door opener?

This is very confusing to me. The situation is like this... there's one light switch in the garage. This switch turns the light inside the garage on and also the lights on the outside of the garage. ...
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Neutrals from same circuit connected together…is this ok?

Just to demonstrate something, I wanted to connect a light socket to a switch, that is connected to an electrical cord that gets plugged into a wall outlet. The switch is a standard single-pole light ...
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What is this thin metal wire in wall of 50s home?

What is the purpose of this thin metal wire? It attaches to a nailhead on the other stud, which is securing an electrical box. Is this a grounding wire or something else?
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Removing switch from gang box. What is the appropriate way to cap the circuit?

In my new house I have a couple rooms where the wall switch controls the outlets. I would like to remove the switch and cap the wires and then install a blank wall plate. What is the proper way to cap ...
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Muller TC 24.21 Timer Wiring Help

A very basic question. I've just bought a digital time switch model TC 24.21 from Muller. According to the back of the timer it takes 230V~50-60Hz, and I'm a bit stuck exactly how and what to connect ...
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Is this a safe thing to do

I've bought a portable generator that I'll use when the power goes out. The instructions in the paperwork state that the generator needs to be grounded before use. Can I use the house ground at the ...
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Radio Coming Through Speakers In Home

I've lived in a mobile home for a long time that has bad wiring. Even the receptacles are mounted bad and I have to tape plugs to the wall for them to stay in. For years there never was a problem but ...
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Installing grounded light fixture on box with no ground conductor

I'm installing a brand new motion activated security light to an existing box on my garage. After removing the old light, I notice it only has white/black wiring while the new light fixture has of ...
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Is it safe to ground a pump house using the water line?

I have a 2- 3/0 alum wires (overhead) from panel box to my pump house. Both are hot there are only 2 wires no neutral nor ground wire. At the pump house they put a ground wire from the small fuse box ...
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Electrical wiring of bathroom box with only black and white wires [closed]

I moved a bathroom box that contained 3 separate switches in it. It contained a light switch, a fan switch and a heat switch. When I looked on this site, it said that there is normally a red wire ...
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Why am I only getting 130 volts at some power sockets?

In my living room (in Germany) I have one line, going from the fusebox around the walls with around 7 power sockets on it. Four of those sockets have the normal 230V on them and work properly. Three ...
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Could plugging a dishwasher into an outlet cause it to not dry as well?

I see a post saying it is OK to plug a built-in dish washer into an outlet. I have had our dish washer plugged into an outlet for years. The first dish washer never dried well. I thought it was the ...
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Half of electrical circuits remain out after exterior neutral failure

Half electric works in house. Had broken neutral wire outside on house. Had electrician change all wiring from power company to meter then from meter to breaker box and put a new breaker box in and ...
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Ground wire in 14/2 NM-B cable is at 60+ Volts when not connected to anything

I bought two 25' lengths of 14/2 wire for installing a light. When the black wire is connected to live (say, of an outlet), with ground and neutral wires not connected to anything, the ground wire ...
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Need help wiring a 3-way Honeywell digital timer switch

I recently posted a request for help to wire a Woods 59018 digital timer switch, which I learned was not a three way switch but could be used an override-ON. Unfortunately the directions I followed ...
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How to wire 3 switches and a receptacle in a two-gang box

How do you wire a three switch receptacle (all three switches are together in a stacked appearance) with a GFI outlet in a two gang box? There will be a light above the bathroom sink and a fan with a ...
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Why is there no power on the load side of a GFCI outlet?

I ran a new electrical line in my basement to include a GFI receptacle for a portable sump pump followed by a switch that controls four LED can lights. All parts are brand new. I wanted to have the ...
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Correct way to rewire for a ceiling fan + light from a switched outlet

I want to know if this is the correct way to do this. There is a switch that controls a single receptacle in a double receptacle outlet across the room. Power comes into the switch box via 3-wire ...
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What is the easiest way to install multiple 5A BS546 sockets next to one another?

I intend to replace a wall light fitting with two or three 5A BS546 sockets for table-lamp-style lights: As far as I know there is no 2- or 3-gang variant for this socket, but I assume that it will ...
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Cat6 shielded cable or no?

I'm planning on running cat6 solid cable throughout many areas of my house. The best way for me to get from the basement to the second floor is through a pvc pipe my builder installed with the house ...
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How to connect a 3 wire cable to a 2 wire outlet?

I have recently had a conservatory built and want to wire an internal light fixture that has a live and neutral and Earth terminals. To a cable that used to be for the security light. However this ...
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Red wire to green? Old electric wiring circa 1949 to new dimmer

I installed a lighting fixture in the hall, running off an older fixture. It worked fine with the existing switches. Then I wanted to replace one of the two old switches (circa 1949) with a dimmer ...