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

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Thermostat wiring splice

I need to relocate a thermostat and have the additional wire needed but I am not sure of the ideal way to "join" the cable sections. Will using wire nuts and zip tie be good enough?
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40 bulb chendelier wiring project - Does dimmer affect amps?

I am a DIYer and have made pendant/ chandeliers before with great success but I may be over my head with this one... The question is boiled down to this: is the current wiring I have adequate for the ...
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House Grounding

I was just wondering if somebody could please explain to me the importance of a ground wire in a house panel. My neighbour was having really high electrical bills and was told his ground wire (going ...
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Roman Nose - Where can I get it or what is an alternative cable entry cover?

I have a couple of holes in my siding that I've patched with silicon but I'm looking for something to cover it (like a cable entry cover like a roman nose). But I can't find it anywhere. Any ideas ...
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replacing a light switch i discover too many wires in the wall? 3 bundles of wires and a ground wire?

I tried to replace a dimmer switch with a new one, when i discover too many wires in the wall? I have 3 bundles of wires and a ground wire in the wall now? are these bundles the other outlets being ...
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perimeter wiring LED lights thru pipe fence

I have a some used airport taxiway lights, and want to place some around perimeter of 4 acre property on top of existing pipe fence for looks. Want to install about 16 lights total. Will rewire with ...
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Fitting recessed lighting without damaging ceiling

I'm trying to add recessed lighting into my hall. There's currently a pendant light in the middle, which I'll be removing. I then want to add 6 240v (UK) GU10 fittings. There's no insulation in the ...
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Ceiling Fan Wires

I'm trying to install a ceiling fan in my new construction home. The fan's instructions call for 3 grounding wires (green, green/yellow stripe, or bare copper) to connect to the hanging bracket, 1 ...
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Light fixture wiring

I might be a bit paranoid but it's electricity! I removed an older light fixture from my kitchen ceiling and am ready to attach the new one (Ikea). I just want to make sure that I am doing it ...
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Ethernet jack near power cable

I have an un-shielded Cat5E cable that I'm pulling down a wall along a stud. Near the bottom of said wall there is a 120v line running parallel to the floor. 1) Is it OK to terminate the ethernet in ...
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Ceiling Fan Universal Remote Wall Switch Install… Which wires?

Let me first state that I am very green to anything electrical. I know enough to hopefully not kill myself, such as to turn off power at circuit breaker AND to still test wires and switches with a ...
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Schematic for dual fixtures/wiring

Two light fixtures controlled from four different locations using three way and four way switches; the feed is at the first light fixture.
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Installing a PIR Motion Detector - Not working because it requires a neutral wire

This is going to make me sound daft but I am new to DIYing and by no means an electrician! But I am trying to install a motion sensor light switch on the ceiling where a pull cord switch used to be. ...
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Does a neutral-to-ground voltage of 0.0 indicate a bootleg ground?

As described here (for example), in a correctly-wired receptacle, there will be a small potential difference between the neutral and ground wires that increases slightly with increasing load. I'm ...
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Staircase light , three wires not four, no red

Ours is an old house. We want to put in some nicer switches. Staircase light is wired to two switch at the top and bottom of the stairs. There is no red wire as seen on many installation diagrams. ...
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Can a 110v 3-wire thermostat be hooked up to a 110v 2-wire condo setup?

My condo that was built in 1968 has an old thermostat(rheostat type) which supplies 2 thick gauge black wires of which one is live and the other isn't. This regulator is hooked up to a blower unit(fan)...
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8 channel camera system - can i put more than 8 cameras?

I purchased a lorex 8 channel camera security system http://m.costco.com/Lorex-8-Channel-IP-NVR-with-2TB-HDD,-8-1080p-Cameras-with-130-Night-Vision.product.100217003.html. Everything works fine ...
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Keep losing power and after some time it comes back on?

Keep losing power to 1 living room and all kitchen outlets, light above sink, clothes dryer and porch light. The circuit breakers are not tripped, and after a random amount of time the power comes ...
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Identifying unspliced pass-through wires in a receptacle box

I have existing 1/2" emt conduit servicing 20 amp receptacles connected to a single pole 20 amp breaker. So there are 3 12G wires, 1 black, 1 white and 1 green in the existing conduit. I'd like ...
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installing new meter base and rerouting path of electrical to house

is it legal to split an electrical connection in a Hoffman box one set of wires coming from meter to the garage where I would "T" in the box first set to a breaker box in the garage and second set ...
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Is this wiring suitable suitable for 3-way Z-Wave switches?

I'd like to install a Jasco Z-Wave switch (45709) and its add-on switch (45710) in this newish (2004) house, but the wiring instructions do not correspond to what I have behind the current (mechanical)...
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Is the Thermostat Wiring Correct

When I moved in to the house the first thing I changed was the old mercury style T-stat to a digital one, I went wire for wire, and it has works (knocks on wood) so far. Now that I have been reading ...
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What size wire to run use from house to garage 120' away

What gauge wire should I run to a 100 amp sub panel in a garage 120' away from a 200 amp service panel in the basement
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Does UF wire allow direct burial or require conduit?

I'm working with 6-3 UF-B wire in a wet location (under a deck). Does this wire need to be in conduit or buried? In other words, can the wire be exposed to the elements as is under the deck? If there ...
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Fastest way to install wire trunking?

My hand is not that strong to hammer those concrete nails into trunking+wall. May I know what tool should I use for this purpose?
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wiring lights and continuing the circuit to another light circuit

i have 1 switch running the 1st 3 lights then the next switch runs 1 light. I mocked this up with spare wire and it works, but is it ok to do it like this?
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Can a 15 amp electrical switch be used to replace a push button switch for garage door opener?

My garage door opener switch was run to a 3 gang box and just dangles through the opening in the switch cover plate. Can I use a 15 amp switch to open/close the garage door or do I need some other ...
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What are best practices to run wires from outside in?

I am installing my own security cameras. My house is pretty stretched out. So I may need about 5-6 cameras in different spots. I am still researching, identify tools I need, different security ...
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Wiring Light to Wall

I have built a light that I am going to screw to the wall. The light's cord was originally a male plug at the end that I cut off. See below. I have wiring access from a junction box in the wall. ...
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Light Switch Replacement; 2 black wires, 2 attached white wires?

I'm trying to replacement my bathroom's light switch with a combo switch and outlet. It looks like this: However when I opened up my light box I had two black wires and two white wires. The two ...
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How safely bring lamp wire into house?

I'm considering replacing an outdoor lighting fixture with an LED motion-sensitive fixture, but I'm not sure how to safely do the wiring. The location is protected (under a porch) but still needs to ...
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How to control system with 2 condersors+evaporators and 1 blower

I have problem with the control the HAVC system using 2 condensors + 2 evaporatora with one blower. I used 2 thermostats (4 wires/thermostat) to control. But the problem is when i turn on (cool ...
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Running single phase appliance from three phase socket?

Can a single phase appliance (Australian 230 V) be wired directly to a three phase socket using a single active plus the neutral wire? If not why?
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How easy is it to run coax cable with the given configuration?

I am about to hook up a cable box, and the current configuration of the television and existing coax junction box have me scratching my head a little bit. Please refer to the below picture of what I ...
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How much NM cable can I fit in a conduit?

I am replacing my 55 year old, 100 amp, 12 space outdoor service entrance panel with a new 20 space 200 amp outdoor panel. Since the new panel is 12" above the rim joist, I was thinking of using PVC ...
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Electrical: Can a neutral wire just be capped?

In redoing my main level I have misplaced my electrical diagram showing what was there before I started (so annoying!). Now I am unsure if my new solution is safe or not. I have seen diagrams which ...
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Wiring multispeed PSC motor from ceiling fan

I disassembled a ceiling fan to replace seized bearings. Unfortunately the pics I took to aid re-assembly are no longer accessible and the fan is an '80s era no-brand which I can't find any info for ...
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Replacing light timer using LED fixtures with slow flicker

Replacing exterior garage lights timer (connected to 2 lights) that stopped working with a new timer. When opening up the outlet with existing timer, there are three wires - one connected to white and ...
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Is this a valid layout for a stairwell light?

My pair of lights and pair of switches was working in my basement stairwell. I'm redoing the wiring because I added more switches but I can't get the stairwell lights working again. The only thing I ...
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How can I determine why my circuit is broken after replacing the switch and light fixture?

A few days ago, my kitchen light was flashing (flickering) off and on occasionally. So I turned it off. Apparently, not before it messed up the circuit though. This happened previously, about a ...
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Connecting an oven

i'm trying to connect my oven.I live in Europe,Greece so the voltage is 220-240.Behind the oven there are 5 screws which you connect and tighten the wires.But i don't how which one goes where.I have ...
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Multiple wall switch wiring issue

I am replacing wall switches and unfortunately did not label the wiring before removing. I also changed 2 outlets that were switched on the bottom and always live on top to always live. Wires 2W &...
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How do I install an insteon light switch where wire colors don't match?

Electrical noob here. I know enough to turn off the breaker. I've read a couple of other answers and want to get a second opinion. I have three wires coming out of the existing switch socket, 2 ...
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Wiring for 2 plugs to replace a 2-in-1

Good day, all. Could you please help me with a wiring question? A 2-in-1 plug panel on wall but it’s damaged. I only have 2 separate plugs so planning to replace it. There are 3 wires I found ...
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I would like to eliminate 2 3-way switches on one circuit

I have 2 3-way switches operating the electrical plugs (No lights) in the living room. I would like to eliminate both switches so the plugs are on all the time.
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Does this wiring look normal? If so, how can I connect a porch light to it?

I'm getting ready to (finally) connect a porch light for my outdoor office. The overall wiring looks like this: 1) A sub-panel outside feeds a circuit into the shed: 2) The line goes from the ...
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Is conduit required for running wiring in an attic?

Do I have to put the 120 volt wiring in my attic inside of conduit? I don't recall ever seeing any wiring inside of conduit in an attic but I'm not sure.
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How many ceiling fans and switches can I put on one breaker [duplicate]

I have a person that wants to wire in four light boxes and four ceiling fans with switches and I need to know if I can run all four of them safely from one breaker and if so what kind of breaker? This ...
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Can AWG 6 be used in the middle of a 20a AWG 12 circuit?

Can AWG 6 be used in the middle of a 20a AWG 12 circuit? Would this affect the performance of a 20 Amp Single-Pole CAFCI Circuit Breaker? I have an existing, never used, buried, 6-3 Romex NM-B W/G ...
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can I put 3 new light fixtures and switches on the same breaker

I have a person that wants to wire in four actually light boxes for ceiling fans with switches and I need to know if I can run all four of them safely from one breaker and if so what kind of breaker? ...