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

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Reverse wiring basement lights

Can existing basement lights wired in succession from the main electric panel, with the last light on a switch be reverse wired so that all of the lights can be controlled by the switch?
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Why would a 5-amp refrigerator need a 20 amp circuit?

I'm re-wiring my kitchen and I'm taking notes on the load of all the appliances and lighting, etc. I noticed the following about my refrigerator: It states a 20A circuit requirement, but why? The ...
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How can I wire a switch into an extension cord?

i am trying to make a extension cord with a kill switch in the middle thats going to be mounted to my desk, the cord has red(phase), black(neutral) and green(earth) wires, but the light switch has ...
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What wire gauge is needed to replace old wires in a vintage chandelier?

I'm replacing the wiring from a vintage chandelier and need to know what gauge wire to use. There are five lights on it. This is for the fixture only!
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Do I need conduit for an indoor sub-panel feeder line?

I'm adding a 100A sub-panel to feed a stove and water heater. The sub panel is indoors and in the same building as the mains panel. Do I need to run the supply feeder in conduit? I'm in Michigan and ...
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Honeywell T6360 wiring - follow installation wiring guide positions or numbers?

The following picture shows a Honeywell T6360 Room Thermostat wiring connections. You will note they are numbered in the order 2 3 4 1 5 6. The Installation Instructions that accompany this unit, ...
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How can I rewire this circuit?

In my basement, I am removing an existing fixture and planning on installing pot-lights. Previously when I have switched out a fixture, I generally find white + black + ground, which is pretty easy ...
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How to trace mystery switches

Since I moved into my house last year there are a couple of wall switches that remain a mystery to me. I don't know what they do, if anything. What are my options for tracing these switches? I'm ...
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How do I wire this kitchen fluorescent ceiling fixture?

I bought a new Home Depot kitchen ceiling fixture but am not sure of the proper way to install it. The fixture itself has black, white, and bare copper. The ceiling wiring is red and gray(white?). ...
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It is dangerous to have a power outlet run from a light circuit?

Re this answer regarding wiring a garage door power point from a light is this legal I thought it wasn't but just checking. Edit: Legality will depend on location as mentioned in answers, I worded ...
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Ground wire is hot, drop ceiling carrying current?

I am no electrician by any means but I have ran thousands of feet of wire, hooked up receptacles, lights, hot water heaters, breakers, etc... the average things with never an issue. I ran some new ...
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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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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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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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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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Two white and two black wires in ceiling box

Im trying to install a replacement light and the box has 2 black, 2 white and 2 ground wires, but my fixture only has one of each. I didn't really pay attention when i was pulling everything apart... ...
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Replacing 60-year old light switch - which wires go where?

A light switch in my house won't go to the off position, so I need to replace it. Every direction I've read about how to do this says to keep the wires in the same configuration (top, bottom, ...
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Replacing outlet with a GFCI outlet

I'm trying to replace an outlet with a GFCI outlet and when I remove the wall cover and pulled out the old outlet it contained one neutral one ground and two lines on the hot side. The original outlet ...
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How to wire multi-control rocker switch

What's the correct way to wire a multi-control rocker switch (e.g. Leviton 1755) that has three switches on one yoke with a common supply? What wire(s) do I run from the switches to each of the ...
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Does the NEC limit the maximum size of junction boxes?

In this question, the OP has constructed a large junction box out of several extension boxes attached to a "regular" junction box: Is there any upper limit on the size of a junction box (either ...
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How do you replace existing wires behind walls

Existing wiring installed in walls. May or may not be stapled. Some of it is stapled with newer plastic staples, older runs with metal staples. I've had varied success with this by twisting and taping ...
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How can I make a sunken electrical outlet line up with an outlet cover?

I recently replaced drywall in my bathroom but made the mistake of not checking to see if the existing electrical outlet boxes lined up properly. The result is that the electrical outlet box (and ...
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How to connect the wires when changing from standard to electronic ballasts?

I'm changing from an old standard ballast to an electronic type. Tried match the wiring but something went wrong as the tube doesn't light? When connecting the wires to the sides that the tubes are, ...
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Running a new kitchen light circuit from a receptacle with a “traveller.”

I'd like to power a set of three ceiling-mounted down-lights from an existing receptacle in a kitchen reno. A picture of the existing receptacle is attached. My confusion is it has a fourth wire ...
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A splitter for low-voltage wire

I want to run some low-voltage wire in my yard for path/accent lighting. I want to avoid connecting everything to a single segment of wire, mainly to reduce power loss associated with long runs. So ...
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3 wire service to panel… neutral and ground wires on the same bar?

I'm getting two conflicting reports and was wondering if anyone can help me. I was told that on the distribution panel, grounded conductors (neutral) and ground wires need to be separated in the ...
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Joining 8 wires into one

I have the cables from 9 bulbs joined into one using a screw terminal temporarily. What is the best thing to use to do this in a way that's waterproof and suitable for outdoor use. Whatever i use ...
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Is it safe to wire a plug-in sconce directly to the junction box?

There is a wall sconce that I would like to buy, but it is a plug-in variety and there is no power outlet nearby (only an existing light fixture). Is it safe to cut off the plug and wire it directly ...
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How do I wire this bathroom fan?

I am replacing a bathroom fan. The switch on the wall has three switches that were in use (one for the fan, one for the light, and one for the night light). I already took out the old fan and now ...
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Can I run a single 12 guage wire outside of 12-2 to provide power to a fan?

I have regular 12-2 wire going to a bathroom fan. Tell me about code issues with just running an extra 12 gauge shielded wire up to the fan so I can do the fan and light separate. Any restrictions, ...
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How does one typically do “Old Work” with metal junction boxes?

I am trying to add a light fixture to a room. I have access to the studs in the wall (new wall being added to the room), but the ceiling is drywalled. There is no attic access. Unfortunately, the ...
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How can I install 3 way switches that cut power to several 2 way switches?

I'm rewiring my unfinished basement. It has two entrances - a cellar door to the outside and the normal staircase in the house. Even though it is unfinished, the basement is kind of divided into ...
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Is there a required spacing between where high and low voltage lines attach to a house?

If both the high and low voltage lines are strung from the pole to the house, is there a minimum spacing required between where they anchor to the structure? The AC lines enter through the ...
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Why would lights plugged in to lamp holder outlet adapter be testing as live?

We bought an old pendant light for our flat, with a two prong plug. Rather than rewiring it in to the existing outlet, I just bought one of those $2 lamp holder outlet adapter. To be on the safe ...
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Could a power outlet be ruining hair straighteners?

I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask this. We've gone through 3 hair straighteners in the past 2 months. 3 different models, 2 different brands. The outlet is a normal outlet (No GFI) and ...
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In Canada (Ontario, specifically), is 'CL2' rated cable acceptable for in-wall installation?

I've got a bunch of cable to install in the wall for my basement reno and have an excellent source for various cable types (speaker, video, cat6, etc), but the cable 'only' has the US CL2 rating, and ...
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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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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 can I make a 240 volt 4 wire to 3 wire extension/adapter cord?

I have an existing 240 outlet wired into the wall of my shop. It's there to run a phase converter that I use about 2 hours a week. I want to use this circuit to run a 240 window air conditioner when ...
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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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Got a used Electric oven - not sure what wire and breaker to use

We just got a used electric oven. We had propane, but no longer have access to propane. Currently there is only a standard wall outlet behind the oven. I realize I need to run a new wire, etc., but ...
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Contractor cut wire in wall - all still works fine - is this dangerous?

A contractor who is not an electrician tried to be "helpful" and opened an outlet box (and other nearby boxes that were drawing the same power) that wasn't working to try and fix it. He changed some ...
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Condensate pump wiring

[In the UK] I need to replace the condensate pump in my basement (for pumping condensate from the boiler), and the current one is simply wired up to a standard 13A plug, but reading the instructions ...
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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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Can I use 10 gauge wire off of a 20 amp breaker?

Can I use 10 gauge wire off of a 20 amp breaker for outlets, lights or a window unit? I am wiring a barn and have a lot of 10/3 wire I would like use up.
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Which wire should be capped when replacing an old 4 wire smoke alarm with a 3 wire alarm

We have to replace an old 4 wire smoke alarm, wire colours are: white, black, orange, brown, in our condo with a 3 wire smoke/co2 alarm. My question is which wire from the old system should be capped ...
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Electrical switch installation

My 2-way light switch doesn't work. I need to replace it but all I have on hand is a 3-way. How do I wire it to function as a 2-way?
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How do I add wire to a rusted electric box?

I'm adding a plug to a closet so that I can put my server and router in there. I am trying to daisy chain it off of the nearest plug, but when I try to remove any of the knockouts they won't budge, ...
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How should I connect a chandelier from France?

I purchased a chandelier from France. The 3 wires are blue, yellow and brown, rather than the standard black, white, and ground. How should I connect them?
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Do I need a junction box for a hardwired stove?

I'm replacing my drop-in electric stove with a free-standing electric stove (both are rangetop + oven). The drop-in stove was hardwired and the wiring comes up out of a hole in the floor about 3" from ...