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

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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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Bathroom fan/light switch with outlet

I have a switch in my bathroom that controls both the fan and the light, and also has an outlet. Can I get anything that has two switches (one for the light and fan) and also not lose the outlet ...
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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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GFCI Kitchen Circuit(s)

I understand that all wall receptacles (including counters) must be GFCI protected in a kitchen with a combined dining area but how about a separate dining area/room receptacles (separated from ...
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Why is my kitchen ceiling light not turning on with the light switch?

My kitchen light is not turning on with light switch, I checked it with a two wire light gadget and when I stick them in a electrical plug socket I get a bright light on the gadget, when I touch the ...
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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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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 ...
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Can 12/2/2 cable be used with two circuits on the same leg with the neutrals tied together?

I'm rewiring an old house. It has a mix of knob and tube and romex wire. I'm planning to remove all the knob and tube. In the basement I found 12-4 Romex (Black, Red, White, White W/Red Stripe and ...
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Running power to outside workshop

I am taking power from my 200amp entrance panel to a separate building with woodworking tools. I'll start with 100amp breaker at the panel then travel 75' inside my basement before going out through 1 ...
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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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How do I convert a 3-way circuit with two lights into two 3-way circuits that control each light separately?

I have two switches in my kitchen, one on each side, that each turn on two lights at the same time. What I want to do is change it around so each light is turned on separately but still from both ...
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Install Honeywell RPLS740B with three-way switches (disable three-way?)

I would like to add a Honeywell RPLS740B to a circuit with two three-way switches to control four outside lights. I realize the RPLS740B is not compatible with a three-way circuit, but my question is ...
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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 can I use a 12VDC bilge pump with an Intermatic timer for pond circulation?

I have built a small rock water feature using a 12V bilge pump as the circulator. I purchased an Intermatic 12V light timer/transformer to power the pump. There are two connection terminals on the ...
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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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Bathroom remodel electric questions

I am remodeling my bathroom, and as I began to tackle the electric work, I discovered a couple things that were concerning: The circuit that the bathroom (as well as adjacent bedroom and hallway) ...
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wiring for wall sconces

I had someone connect some romex for some wall lights for me. I ran the wire, and just had him do the connections (they're inside junction boxes). This from a partially finished space into a finished ...
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How to wire GFCI together with two switches controlling light/exhaust fan and vanity light

I'm installing a GFCI Outlet in the bathroom using 12/2 wire on a 20 amp breaker. The outlet box contains GFCI Outlet, 1st Switch to control light/Exhaust Fan in ceiling, 2nd Switch to control ...
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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 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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Why do the two bottom wires on my GFCI have power?

I am connecting a GFCI outlet in my kitchen. The old outlet had two hot wires, two neutral wires, and two wires feeding the dishwasher jumped in with the top pair of hot and neutral wires. I'm ...
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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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Ceiling Fan and separate ceiling light fixtures

I just replaced my ceiling fan in the kitchen (has no lights). I also have a separate light fixture. Before replacing the ceiling fan, I would turn on one switch to turn the fan on or off, and the ...
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How can I completely disengage a GFCI outlet?

I have 2 GFCI outlets under the peninsula in my kitchen. I never use these outlets and would like to disconnect them and remove the outlets so I can panel over them. These are on a circuit with other ...
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How to run Ethernet cable along a brick wall?

I want to run an Ethernet wire from the living room where my TV and router are to the basement where my office is. The problem is that when I lifted the drop ceiling in the basement, I saw that the ...
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Mecury Bimetallic Thermostat?

How many wires do I need to operate only the fan on my furnace with a mecury bimetallic thermostat?
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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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Disconnecting wiring for chandelier

I've previously searched for some advice using Google but I'd like to confirm for my specific situation. It's simple enough to disconnect the chain supporting the chandelier but the wiring is proving ...
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Need help adding fan to existing 3-way switch setup

I'm including a diagram, because it is difficult to describe all of the things going on here. I have 2 sets of 3-way switches on either side of a room. 1 set operates some can lights with a switch on ...
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Should I be switching just the hot, or both hot and neutral?

I'm thinking of building my own alarm clock because none of the one's I've found are meeting my needs, and because it's kind of fun. I am a bit out of my depth on at least on part though, and I want ...
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Integrating hard-wired smoke detectors with fire sprinkler waterflow sensing

If you are in a house with interconnected smoke detectors (hardwired or hardwired/battery combo), can you interconnect them with the waterflow switch for a home fire sprinkler system, or do you need ...
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Can I wire 2 ceiling fans, 5 ceiling spot lights, and 3 closet lights on a singe 15 amp circuit?

Can I wire 2 ceiling fans and 5 ceiling spot lights and 3 closet ligthts on a singe circuit with 12 ga wire and a 15 amp breaker? Or should I wire the 2 ceiling fans on a separate circuit?
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Install Dimmer Switch in Old House

My house is circa 1910 and I dont really know how old the wiring is in it. I am trying to swap a 3 way light switch with a 3 way dimmer (Lutron CL Dimmer). I killed the power and pulled the switch ...
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Switching 3-phase power between two appliances using a 3-phase switch

In my garage I have an electrical 3-phase dryer. I want to add a new 3-phase air-conditioner. I want to be able to switch between the two of them, by using a 3-phase switch. This way, only one of ...
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Converting 120V undercabinet lighting to 12V strip lighting

We redid our kitchen cabinets and want to change from the previous hardwired 120V fluorescent under cabinet lighting and above cabinet cove lighting to 12V flexible LED strip lighting. The cove ...
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Can I use metal masonry device (switch) boxes in a stud wall?

I am installing new wiring and need to place 5 lighting switches in one location (yes, I understand the problems/issues of confusion, etc.). These will all be 3-way switches, non-dimmable. I plan on ...
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Does voltage play any role in choosing the appropriate wire gauge?

Online, most household wiring guides suggest 14 gauge wire for 15 amp circuits, 12 for 20 amps, and 10 for 30 amps. Do these assume the voltage is 120, or does voltage not come into play when choosing ...
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Wiring- Simple for you

Ok I have 2 switches right next to each-other on the box. One does the light in the fan/light combo, and lights above my my medicine cabinets. The other, JUST does the fan. Im tired of people taking ...
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Wiring new bathroom fan with old-school heat/fan wiring

I'm trying to replace an 1960's style bathroom fan/heater with a new fan. I made a chart of the wiring that left after removing the old fan and old switch (which had settings for vent/heat/vent&...
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Wiring a Sauna heater

I was wondering about the correct way to wire a 240V sauna heater/thermostat in a sauna I have built. From the heater I have a black, white, and bare wire. The black and white connect to separate ...
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Can I connect two wires to a single screw terminal in my HVAC system?

I am installing a new honeywell WiFi thermostat but the old battery operated thermostat had batteries and no "C" wire. I look at both the thermostat and the air handler and found an extra un-used blue ...
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Is it feasible to pull individual conductors out of a 20m CAT3 cable?

I am well aware that this is pushing what can be DIY-ed. I live in a student housing cooperative, and the two houses it comprises have an unused phone network running between them. The network was ...
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Why would the light switch control the fan and the fan switch control the light?

We replaced 8 ceiling fans in our house and they all worked great until the last one. It was wired correctly according to the directions, but now the switch that controlled the previous fan, ...
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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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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, ground),...