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

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Electric Range Element Replacement

I've got an old Philco electric range that needs a couple of 6" elements replaced but parts are near impossible to find. The Philco elements have 3 wires while modern elements only use 2 wires. ...
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Ungrounded outlet indicates grounded when an APC is plugged in

I moved into an old apartment that has a mix of grounded, ungrounded, and gfci ungrounded outlets. My computer is plugged into an ungrounded GFCI outlet. Plugging in a tester indicates open ground. ...
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What size metric wire is required for 240 VAC 30 Amps located in house with run of 90M or <100 feet to a garage

What size metric wire is required from a 240 VAC 30 Amps breaker located in house with run of 90M or <100 feet to a garage for washer, drier, fridge and lighting on 3 X 10 amp and 1 X 5 amp ...
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Installing a dual switch from a single switch which powers two wall sconces

My living room has one wall switch that feeds two different lights/ sconces . The switch has only two black wires on the side of the switch. one on the top and one to the bottom . I would like to ...
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Want to add a WIFI thermostat, but no 'C' wire… only 2 wires to each thermo

i have a 5 zone radiant floor, oil fired heating system. Each thermostat only has 2 wires running to it. i have a TACO SR506 switching relay that receives the wires from each thermostat and controls ...
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Can anyone tell me what this little white box on my outlet is?

Recently bought a house that's about 40 years old. The previous owner was clearly very fond of doing the wiring himself and has left me some idiosyncrasies to work out. One is this box in one of my ...
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Oddball wiring for ceiling light

My garage has a light connected to a switch and a garage door opener. The garage door opener was hard wired to a line coming out from the space between the porcelain light fixture and the ceiling. The ...
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Wiring a fan and recessed lighting to a double switch

I currently have a single switch operating a ceiling fan. I'd like to add some recessed lighting to the room. Can I replace the single switch with a double switch to operate the ceiling fan and (4) ...
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Can I change a switch within a circuit from powering multiple lights to a single light?

I have a family room ceiling fan connected to a single pole light switch. However, that switch also controls a bathroom light, staircase light and a bedroom receptacle. There is only 1 cable coming ...
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New remote-controlled ceiling fan doesn't respond to wall switch

I replaced a ceiling fan in my bedroom that no longer worked. I didn't pay attention to the wiring when removing the old fan but diligently followed the instructions. The new fan has a light kit and ...
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Wiring switched-controlled GFCI outlets outdoors

I have a dedicated outdoor 20 amp circuit (GFCI breaker) in my yard that was for a pool we got rid of. 2-gang box w/weatherproof cover. I want to install a GFCI outlet that is controlled by a ...
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Installing a “key cylinder” to open and close the garage door

I have a Chamberlain LiftMaster Professional Garage Door opener (June 2007) with a wireless keypad to open the door but does not open consistently in cold weather. I would like to install a hardwired ...
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How do I replace an Australian light switch?

I'm trying to replace my light switch with a new one. The switch has two switches on it. The replacement switch I bought has two switches but is slightly different than the old one. This as far as I ...
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What can I do about a severed grounding wire?

After doing some yard cleanup, I realized that my panel ground wire was severed. I went to Home Depot and was told that they only carried a temporary solution (see attached photo) and that I should ...
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Is it legit to turn a dedicated combi bolier supply into a ring circuit with outdoor socket?

I would like to install an external socket. Conveniently located on the other side of the wall where I'd like to put said socket is the combination boiler which has a dedicated supply from the ...
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my furnace fan stays on even when at temperature

I recently installed a 2nd generation NEST thermostat. I'm not home very often, but I was paying particularly close attention to the furnace after installing this thermostat and I noticed that the ...
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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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Electric wire fishing

So I've started finishing my basement. First thing is to put LED recessed lights in. I'm going to string 4-6 LEDs together......problem is the ceiling is fixed and I don't feel like tearing the ...
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What size wire and subpanel for a pergola with an outdoor kitchen?

I am putting an outdoor kitchen in and would like to have a subpanel to run the electrical needs. Their would be a mini fridge, grill rotisserie, 5 receptacles, 3 ceiling fans and some lights. I plan ...
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GFCI outlets fail repeatedly in new home

I purchased new home which has never been lived in and I have had to replace three different ground fault outlets. They just quit working. Now I have one in bathroom, which had been previously ...
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How to leave low voltage wiring behind wall?

I am having a new home built and I am putting in my own low voltage wiring. In addition to standard network wiring, I am hoping to install CAT6 wiring for a few potential future tasks: surveillance ...
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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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When NOT to use GFI outlets

Recently renovated a kitchen, including adding 2 GFI outlets: one by the sink and one on the opposite wall near stove. City inspector ordered that the one by the sink be removed. What reason would ...
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Z-Wave Three Way Wiring

We purchased a set of Z-Wave three way light switches a while back, finally getting around to installing them. However, our wiring does not match the instructions. Instructions call for power to the ...
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Ethernet cable instead of Thermostat wire?

I need to pull new wire from my furnace to my thermostat and was wondering if there would be any problems in using an Ethernet cable instead of standard thermostat wiring. The reason being is I have ...
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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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How do I wire a pull cord ceiling switch?

I'm replacing the bathroom extractor fan switch with a new one (the pull cord no longer works) The new switch only has place for 4 wires - Neutral and Live (Supply and Feed) and the earth. I have 7 ...
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Which one of these 5 pin 3 phase connectors is more standard? [closed]

Images: http://imgur.com/a/BItbR One is rated 16A "Dafr-164m" and another is rated 32A "Typ 2" We have a 16A breaker quite a ways from our house ~50m. We asked someone and they said they use both. We ...
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Did I wire my Nest thermostat correctly?

I installed a Nest 3rd Gen thermostat in my house over the weekend, and am not 100% sure I did it correctly. It powers on, and air does come out, however the force of the air isn't strong as it used ...
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What could cause fluorescent lights to sporadically not come on?

My kitchen has 9 26W fluorescent can lights (not CFLs - they have external ballasts). Often when I turn the switch on, particularly after they've been off for at least several minutes, about 4 of ...
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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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Where do I connect the C wire in my furnace?

I am upgrading my thermostat to a Nest, and would like to add a common wire. My current furnace controller doesn't have a C terminal, but the current thermostat wire has 2 unused wires (black and ...
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How can I add a C-wire to a Venstar T5800 thermostat?

I am trying to replace my existing thermostat. My old thermostat has: Rh, W (coming from the heating unit). Rc, Y, G (coming from the AC unit). On the Venstar T5800, I can map as follows: Rh+Rc ...
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New House Wiring in Attic + Conduit

I own an old house (50s) for which the electrical is outdated (no ground, etc), so I am in the process of rewiring the whole house. The attic has tons of insulation (loose insulation atop fiberglass ...
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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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why does my heat pump wiring diagram show 7 wires going to the thermostat but the thermostat only says it needs 5?

Here is a link to the wiring diagram for my heat pump. The thermostat that I am planning on buying has the following terminals C, G, Y, O/B, RC, R, Aux, E, and L. The instructions say to jump the RC ...
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Wiring for New Thermostat

I just bought new programmable z-wave thermostats (Honeywell TH8320ZW). I thought I had the wired correctly, but I woke up to a pretty chilly house this morning. The fan is working, but it seems to ...
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Correct Wiring for Furnace Blower Motor

After getting my furnace blower motor replaced, it now runs only in the following scenarios: 1. Mode "Cool" Fan "Auto" 2. Mode "Cool" Fan "On" 3. Mode "Heat" Fan "On" In other words it will not run ...
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Rewiring house and replacing breaker panel. Wiring layout and breaker selections

I'm doing a major kitchen and bathroom remodel project and decided the old federal pacific breaker box needs to be replaced. Since I'll be rewiring the bath and kitchen, I figured it makes sense to ...
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Z-Wave Dimmer Wiring in 3-Way Configuration

I have an existing dimmer and a toggle switch configured in 3-way configuration. The toggle switch has a single 12/4 attached. The dimmer has 2 12/3s (I guess). Both of the grounds are wired to a ...
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Do i need a n extra wire to address this wiring issue?

Ok I pulled 1 cable which was- 14-2 gauge wire outside to a gazebo. I want to hook up in order a switch(gfci)( All switches in this diagram will be gfci even if not needed). A switch for a ...
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Reconnecting light to box fed by a 3-way switch

Running into my overhead light fixture from light switch 1 is red, White and neutral. From other switch is white and black. My new light has 2 wires. Which wires in box do I connect to what?
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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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New Thermostat installed but compressor comes on immediately

I have a new Insteon Thermostat that I'm using to replace my prior Honeywell t-stat. This is installed to a relatively new HVAC system (both AC and Heat) that DOES have a "c" wire. I've attached the ...
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I have a 2 prong outlet and a surge protector

so I have just bought all the parts for a new PC, but am weary to build and use it because I noticed I don't have a grounded outlet at all in my room/house. I have been using a computer on this outlet ...
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How to wire/replace this bathroom light switch?

I have a motion sensor switch controlling bathroom light and a single pole switch controlling exhaust fan in the same box. I want to replace the motion sensor switch with a single pole switch. Below ...
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Light fixtures flicker after replacement

I have replaced the two lights in my kitchen with updated fixtures. These lights are controlled by the same switch. The first light went in with no problems. The second one is a little bit more ...
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Rewire a ceiling fan, ceiling fan on, not controllable by switch

Friends with electrical background could use some help. The top drawing was the original of how the electrical ran in my wall. The thing I messed up and did was not take a picture of the switch before ...
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Coast 3-way — does this conform with Code?

For those who aren't familiar, the California or Coast 3-way switching arrangement is a method of wiring a three-way switch circuit that is used when both a switched and an unswitched hot are desired ...
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Wiring receptacles to light switch

I am wanting to install 4 receptacles that are controlled by a switch. I am running 12/2 wire lights are (4) 4 ft led lights this is all that will be plugged into the receptacles. The breaker box is ...