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 piggyback a thermostat with a C Wire hookup on a furnace?

I'm trying to install a new thermostat that needs a C wire hookup. There are currently 4 wires running from the thermostat to the furnace, none of them are a c wire. When I look at my furnace itself ...
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What hardware do I need to have a wireless light switch in UK/Ireland?

Builders are converting my attic at the moment and stupidly, the electrician only installed the light switch for the attic at the bottom of the stairwell so there's no actual light switch in the room. ...
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How do I detect and repair faulty wiring?

Recently, during a storm, an outdoor spotlight was broken in its socket, its internal wiring shorting out. The lights happen to be on a motion sensor, and in turn on switch, and a breaker at the ...
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How do I wire these dimmer switches? The current wiring is crazy

I've installed light switches in other parts of our house, but there is one pair of dimmers that mystifies me. One is a normal dimmer and one is supposed to be a three way dimmer, but the latter is ...
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What wire gauge should I use with a 30 amp breaker for a 220V welder?

I am installing an outlet in my garage for a 220v mig welder. The welder specs call for 30A breaker. The outlet for the welder is only 2 feet from the garage sub panel. The wiring refernece charts ...
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How can I override a motion detector light?

I am going to be installing one or two motion detector lights to cover my backyard. I would like the ability to "override" the motion detector. What I mean by this is that I would like to be able to ...
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Does a grounding wire from a breaker panel to an outside grounding rod need to be in conduit?

I've got a breaker panel in my detached garage (it is not a sub-panel, but is a primary forked off just past the meter). The panel seems to be wired correctly- the neutral and ground bars are tied ...
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Is it within code to complete 12g wiring circuit with 10g wire?

In installing a dishwasher on a dedicated 20amp circuit on 12g wiring, I've come short about 5 feet to run a line. I have some surplus, heavier, 10g wire. Would it be safe to install a junction box ...
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What voltage/amperage garage circuits should I install for welding tools and an air compressor?

As a part of renovating my garage this fall, much of the wiring is being re-done. Since doing the work before putting up walls will be much easier now than adding circuits in the future, I'd like to ...
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How do I know if my lightswitch is wired incorrectly?

I recently replaced a couple of the really old lightswitches in my house. Shortly afterwards I heard Shirlock Homes on the StackExchange podcast and he mentioned that you can shock yourself if you ...
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Is my dimmer switch failing or is it bad wiring?

A few days ago my wife mentioned that there was a "burning smell" near the kitchen, but it went away before I could investigate. Today I turned on the dimmer switch in my kitchen, and the lights began ...
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What is a minimally intrusive way to move a wire that is in a wall 3.5" to the left?

I need to move a speaker that's mounted on a wall about 3.5" to the left. Here's what the actual mounted speaker looks like: The wire comes out inside the bracket that attaches to the wall, and ...
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Why does power loss leave my split/ductless AC unit inoperable for hours or days? [closed]

I've got an LG Ductless 12000 BTU unit that does the most annoying thing.. It is wired into a semi-standard (one of the prongs is sideways) 15A or 20A (can't recall) GFCI outlet inside - and if the ...
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Is running ethernet cable through an air return allowed under US code?

I'm looking to wire up the second floor of my house and the cold air return provides a convenient, straight run from the office to the utility room. Is it safe and within code to run ethernet cable in ...
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Why does my fluorescent light fixture ruin bulbs within six months?

My bathroom has a fixture for twin 48" fluorescent bulbs. About every six months, the bulbs start to go bad. At first they will only come on about half way, and they flicker dimly for a few seconds ...
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adding new power outlet, ceiling fan/switch kills the power to it when on

I'm adding a new power outlet for some electronics. I'm dropping a 12/2 wire from the attic where I'm attaching it to a junction box. The junction box has an existing wire, 12/2, and a 14/2 wire ...
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Buying a programmable thermostat to replace a manual one: any considerations?

I'm about to look for a programmable thermostat to replace a manual one. There are already a couple of good questions on thermostat replacement that make the task seem pretty straightforward for ...
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Is there a standard wiring scheme for AC/heater thermostats?

I have a project idea where I would really like to be able to make my own thermostat to control my home's AC and heater. I have just two questions Is there any standard wiring/color code? Are any ...
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Is earthing required for a submersible water pump?

I have a submersible water pump with a power cable that ends with a three-pronged plug with a protective neutral contact. Having a matching outlet is problematic - there are only unearthed outlets at ...
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How can I protect a hose and wire in a high-traffic area?

It's about 20' from my RV to the water supply and electric receptacle. This is a high-traffic area, and having foot (and car!) traffic on the hose and wire seem like a bad idea. Ideally, I'd run ...
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Is it within code to branch an exterior outlet off an interior outlet in the middle of a circuit?

My city adheres to the 2008 NEC. I've got a run of outlets around a basement room on one circuit. On an exterior wall I've got a weatherproof outlet that's on a different circuit and somewhere in ...
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How do you know when and where it is safe to drill into a wall?

Lots of home projects involve cutting or drilling through walls (everything from nails, screws, or hooks to mount things to cutting through drywall and drilling through studs to run wire). In ...
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How to disconnect a weird looking wire

I'm renovating my Kitchen, and my stove is connected in such a way that I'm not sure how to unplug, I added pictures that might explain it better. I would like to either disconnect it, or make it ...
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How to chain two recessed lights together?

Disclaimer: I am one of the most non-handy people on the planet, so forgive my total "newbie" question. We are in the middle of a kitchen remodel. I need to install two housings for recessed lights ...
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Does anyone find any problems with this method of running speaker wire under the carpet?

I am putting new carpet down and want to run my rear 5.1 speaker wire under the carpet. I know that I will want to replace it once a year (I am weird like that), so I thought I'd get a few of these: ...
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What gauge speaker wire do I need?

I am looking to run some speaker cable through my unfinished basement. I will need 35 ft long cables for a couple of Technics SB-A10 speakers. What gauge of cable will I need? How is the gauge ...
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Electrical - How to power 12V LEDs from a 12V AC power supply

I have a 12V power supply that I am using to power some lights in my garden. I want to also power (in parallel) a set of 12V LED lights which (of course) require a 12V DC supply. Is there a simple ...
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Modulate Hi-Def signal from HD-DVR or HD-DTV receiver

I have coax running through my house that was installed before HDTV became the norm. Currently I have a non-HD satellite receiver in a central location in my house and am broadcasting the output from ...
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Should I use 12/2 or 12/3 to wire a 220V electric baseboard heater and thermostat?

When I bought my baseboard heaters, thermostats and 220V breakers I was advised to get 12/3 wire. When I attempted to install the heaters I found that the thermostats, heaters, and even breakers have ...
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Can I tap into an exterior light in order to power a security camera?

I have an exterior light (shown below) that I was wondering if I could tap into, in order to power an outdoor IP cam. I understand I would have to pull appart some cables and potentially purchase ...
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How do I run a wire underground to an outdoor post lamp?

I live in Geauga county Ohio. My question is three part. First what type of wire do I need to run from the house underground to a post lamp 100 feet away? Second,does it need to be in conduit and ...
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Should I have multiple cable runs for a room, or just one?

My girlfriend is finishing up her basement and has set up a good layout for electrical outlets throughout the rooms (family room, bedroom, and office), but she's only accounted for a single coaxial ...
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furnace creating a ground?

our gas furnace has a junction box on the side of it for the 110 feed for the blower, the feed has no ground wire , if i put a meter on the hot wire and metal box i get 110/120 , without a ground wire ...
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How do I add a receptacle from a switch located on the end run of an existing split receptacle?

I need to add a new receptacle to a room. The only convenient source of power for that receptacle in behind a light switch. The challenge is that the aforementioned switch is located on the end run of ...
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Why is my AFCI breaker tripping and my surge protector clicking?

I've really got two possibly related issues here. We have a basement office that we wired ourselves. Code required that we put in an AFCI breaker. From what I've read these can be pretty temperamental ...
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Is it ok to wire light switches and lights with 12/2 cable?

It sounds like light switches and lights are usually wired with 14/2 cable. Is it okay to use 12/2 cable instead? Would I need special switches?
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What to do with an apartment with only 2-pronged outlets

I just rented an apartment (Colorado, for what it's worth RE code) that has 2-pronged outlets throughout the place except for two GFCI's, one in the bathroom and one in the kitchen. I bought the ...
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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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Why is there so much metal-clad wiring in my house?

My house was built in 1893. I was recently doing some electrical work in the attic, adding some light fixtures. While doing that, I noticed that several of the upstairs outlets were wired with old, ...
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What is the proper wiring for a NEMA 14-30 240v receptacle?

We moved into a resale home, the previous owners had a Gas Dryer, we have an Electric. The laundry room has a NEMA 14-30 receptacle installed. I hooked up our brand new dryer and it didn't get power. ...
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How do I wire an old house with Cat6?

I have a older home (build in the 50's) with 1/2" dry wall and then plaster on top. I would like to run Cat6 cable through most of the house (living room, kitchen, entertainment room,etc). So, I'm ...
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How should I wire this White-Rodgers fan and limit control? What about the thermostat?

I have a wood-burning stove, that is used as an auxiliary heat source in the house. There's a regular electric furnace, and adjacent to it is the stove. The warm air duct (out) from the stove ...
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What is the right way to strip power wires?

I've been working with electrical circuits as a DIYer for years, including electronics and powerline work. But one thing I always feel like I do a terrible job at is stripping wires: both the outside ...
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How do I take a live wire off of a two way switch?

if I know how to take the live wire off then my job is easier.
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Borescope recommendations (features)

I'd love to get a borescope, but I've never used one. Should I try to find a place to rent one first(does such a place even exist?), or should I bite the bullet and buy one. What features should I ...
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How does the cost of conduit compare to conventional wiring?

I know I want to future proof my new construction by installing conduit instead of trying to guess what wires I'll want in 50 years. But I want to understand the cost of conduit vs. non-conduit, at ...
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Could home phone wiring cause a one-sided phone call (where I can hear them but they can't hear me)?

I have wired my phone from our cable modem to the phone junction box for our home in the basement. I stripped and hooked each of 4 teeny tiny delicate wires to the junction box. For the most part this ...
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Do speaker wires need to be protected at exposed end-points?

Ah the joys of new home ownership. In preparing to prime/paint our family room ceilings, we took down some old (really old) speakers the previous owner had set up. We're not planning to use them ...
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How do I properly wire a 5-wire thermostat? What is this ambiguous '4' label?

I took the old thermostat off, and had G,Y,W,Rc and '4' terminals connected to the Green, Yellow, White, Red and Black wires respectively. Voltage from Rc to G|Y|W was 24VAC as well '4' to G|Y|W ...
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What is your best wire management solution for an entertainment system and a home office?

What gadgets or devices have you used to help manage wires or cords at home for the entertainment system are and for the home office?