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

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How do I identify the speaker setup for these ten in-home speakers?

I inherited a rat's nest of speaker wires (USA), where each of the 10 cables (8 are purple, 1 is gray, 1 is blue) contains 4 wires: black, white, red and green. There are five rooms with 2 speakers ...
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wiring tube lights

I am stuck,I have direcly wired two t5 under cabinet lights to the kitchen light switch,they have their own on off switch and the two are linked together with a proper link cable,when the main kitchen ...
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How should I wire my pool heat pump?

I am wiring a new heat pump-- 50K btu, 208-230v ~60 hz. Plaque on side says 12a running current, minimum 20a circuit, max 30a. My breaker panel for the pump is a sub panel running off the main with ...
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Where do I connect a C wire in a Rheem Furnace REAB 1415J?

I'm upgrading the thermostat with a Honeywell wifi one. I found all cables at the thermostat end, but can't figure out where to connect the C wire to the furnace (Rheem REAB 1415J).
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How to Recharge Manlift?

I got my hands on an old Top Horse manlift. It looks pretty much just like this one. I tried plugging it in and turning it on and nothing happened. I think the batteries are long dead. My question ...
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How to power Honeywell wifi thermostat with external transformer

I want to install A Honeywell RTH 6580 WF thermostat in my garage for heat only . My heater is a simple LP gas, hanging unit heater; heat only and my thermostat has two wires labeled W and R . I ...
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Can I test an unwired light fixture with multimeter?

I’m looking at a light fixture on Craigslist, but I’d like to see if it works first. I have a multimeter that I needed for another project. Can I use the multimeter to test the light fixture before ...
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What's causing the popping noise from my speakers?

Several weeks ago, I moved into a new home. In office, I have my computer set up with a set of media speakers (older model of Logitech Z-550's). Every now and then the speakers will make a popping ...
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Why does my GFCI receptacle trip when anything is plugged in?

My house was built in 1994. The garage is fed from one 20amp circuit wired to the lights first, then a GFCI, then a couple regular outlets. This has worked fine for me for 19+ years. We had a ...
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Confused about wiring outside light fixture with multiple switched romex lines

So I am trying to replace an outside motion detector light fixture that was removed before I bought the house and the only things left were the plastic base in the eave and electrical taped romex ...
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12v Led Wiring Problem [closed]

I have 2 strips of approximately 200 LEDs in each strip. From the power source I run the negative to the negative on each strip and the positive to a switch. From the switch I run to the positive on ...
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Fan coil wiring problem with new thermostat

I'm trying to upgrade to a new line voltage thermostat. The new thermostat has many more connections, including three fan speeds. My current system has a manual fan switch on the wall so all I need ...
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Can a white (or other color) wire be remarked to serve as a grounding conductor?

In a question related to plugging in a device with a 6-20P Plug (240V Ground + 2 Hots) into a 10-30R (120/240V Neutral + 2 Hots) receptacle, I suggested replacing the outlet with a 6-20R and using ...
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Why won't my thermostat control the HVAC anymore after trying to switch thermostats?

I bought a new Nest thermostat which is supposed to be compatible but needs a professional installation (advice that should have been heeded by non-professional electrician me). This is to replace an ...
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Fishing Wire From Corner of Attic?

I'm running speaker wire from the 2 corners of this room. But one of the corners is way too tight for me to grab the fished wire. And the Fiberglass Wire Pull Rods i'm using are too stiff to bend from ...
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How do I wire this switch/outlet combo?

This 5 minute task has kept me busy for an hour. Old switch/outlet combo melted. Replacing with gfci combo. Red/White pair is the line. Orange/White pair is the load to the light. Strangely, ...
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Wiring fan only

Removed the light unit from my ceiling fan. The wall switch controlled the light only, had to use pull chain to turn on fan. How do I wire the wall switch to control the fan.
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Attaching a light fixture without a box

I'm replacing a light fixture, but upon removing the old light I discovered the wires are not in a box. Can I just anchor the mounting plate to the drywall or is a box mandatory?
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In a gangbox with switches on two different circuits, how can I identify which neutrals are associated with which circuit?

By 'two different circuits,' I mean 'two separate single-pole breakers'. Here is a crude wiring diagram of the switches and electrical box in question: https://i.imgur.com/yefrWHx.png The red ...
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How to hang modern fixture over old square recessed box?

I purchased a home built in 1958 and a few rooms have these square recessed light boxes. I would like to hang a larger diameter modern flush-mount fixture over them, but I'm not sure what the way to ...
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How can I replace multiple 3 way switches with motion sensors?

My tenants never turn the lights off in the stairwells of my 3 family house, so I'd like to replace all of the light switches with motion sensors. Here is a crude diagram of how this is set up now. ...
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Why does adding a C wire for a thermostat blow the fuse?

I am adding a WiFi thermostat. I have R,W,G,Y wires. Plus 2 extra coming from upstairs that go between humidifier and humidistat. So I ran an extra wire for the C wire. When I attach it to the C ...
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Light fixture powering other lights / garage door opener?

This is very confusing to me. The situation is like this... there's one light switch in the garage. This switch turns the light inside the garage on and also the lights on the outside of the garage. ...
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Neutrals from same circuit connected together…is this ok?

Just to demonstrate something, I wanted to connect a light socket to a switch, that is connected to an electrical cord that gets plugged into a wall outlet. The switch is a standard single-pole light ...
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What is this thin metal wire in wall of 50s home?

What is the purpose of this thin metal wire? It attaches to a nailhead on the other stud, which is securing an electrical box. Is this a grounding wire or something else?
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Can multiple 2-way occupancy motion sensor switches be used together?

Can multiple 2-way occupancy (AKA motion) sensor switches be used together? For the top and bottom of a staircase, I want the lights to be on if either switch senses motion and the lights stay on ...
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Removing switch from gang box. What is the appropriate way to cap the circuit?

In my new house I have a couple rooms where the wall switch controls the outlets. I would like to remove the switch and cap the wires and then install a blank wall plate. What is the proper way to cap ...
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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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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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A spark from a power strip recently made the electricity go out is it safe to turn it back on?

About a week ago my daughter plugged up her iPod to a power strip that was plugged into an outlet in her bedroom, she said she placed the iPod onto the power strip and let it sit there while she ...
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Muller TC 24.21 Timer Wiring Help

A very basic question. I've just bought a digital time switch model TC 24.21 from Muller. According to the back of the timer it takes 230V~50-60Hz, and I'm a bit stuck exactly how and what to connect ...
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Radio Coming Through Speakers In Home

I've lived in a mobile home for a long time that has bad wiring. Even the receptacles are mounted bad and I have to tape plugs to the wall for them to stay in. For years there never was a problem but ...
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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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Wiring a single pole dimmer: How to identify ground wire

I am switching an old rotary style single pole dimmer for a new single pole dimmer switch. The old dimmer had only two wires, with no identifiable ground wire. There are two other wires in the box, ...
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I want to wire in a single gang light switch for a lamp

I have a lamp with a weird switch on it so I want to attach a light switch to it and place it on the wall. I do not want to use an inline switch as they are often fiddly too. I have been trying all ...
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Need help wiring a 3-way Honeywell digital timer switch

I recently posted a request for help to wire a Woods 59018 digital timer switch, which I learned was not a three way switch but could be used an override-ON. Unfortunately the directions I followed ...
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Installing grounded light fixture on box with no ground conductor

I'm installing a brand new motion activated security light to an existing box on my garage. After removing the old light, I notice it only has white/black wiring while the new light fixture has of ...
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Is this a faulty GFCI receptacle?

Need some advice on an electrical issue I'm having in my new condo. My bathroom has a GFCI receptacle (similar to this one). I noticed one morning that the LED indicator was out, so I figured ...
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Wiring light switch with neutral (Z-wave)

I am trying to see whether or not I satisfy conditions to buy Linear WD500Z-1 Z-Wave 500-watt Wall Mount Dimmer Switch. Here is the picture of wiring I currently have: Just to provide more ...
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Why am I only getting 130 volts at some power sockets?

In my living room (in Germany) I have one line, going from the fusebox around the walls with around 7 power sockets on it. Four of those sockets have the normal 230V on them and work properly. Three ...
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Is it safe to ground a pump house using the water line?

I have a 2- 3/0 alum wires (overhead) from panel box to my pump house. Both are hot there are only 2 wires no neutral nor ground wire. At the pump house they put a ground wire from the small fuse box ...
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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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Help wiring 1-pole switch + USB in single outlet

I have the two products below and I need them to go in a single gang box that used to be a simple 1-pole switch. Product pages: http://www.legrand.ca/adorne/select/switches/aspd1531w8.aspx ...
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LED lights delayed when turned on

I had my house built last year and after moving in noticed that in our living room (6 led downlights) when we turn our lights on 5 turns on at once and the 6th one will be delayed ranging from 1/2 sec ...
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Electrical wiring of bathroom box with only black and white wires [closed]

I moved a bathroom box that contained 3 separate switches in it. It contained a light switch, a fan switch and a heat switch. When I looked on this site, it said that there is normally a red wire ...
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How to wire 3 switches and a receptacle in a two-gang box

How do you wire a three switch receptacle (all three switches are together in a stacked appearance) with a GFI outlet in a two gang box? There will be a light above the bathroom sink and a fan with a ...
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Could plugging a dishwasher into an outlet cause it to not dry as well?

I see a post saying it is OK to plug a built-in dish washer into an outlet. I have had our dish washer plugged into an outlet for years. The first dish washer never dried well. I thought it was 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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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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Ground wire in 14/2 NM-B cable is at 60+ Volts when not connected to anything

I bought two 25' lengths of 14/2 wire for installing a light. When the black wire is connected to live (say, of an outlet), with ground and neutral wires not connected to anything, the ground wire ...