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

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Adding a C wire

I know this question has been asked multiple times and I'm going to try some of the methods I have read in other threads but wanted to ask this question since I didn't see anyone else's wired the way ...
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Replacing GFCI Plug on Hairdryer

I have a fairly old hairdryer, this morning one of the wires going into the plug frayed enough to cause one of the wires to burn up. I love this hairdryer and it should be a very easy fix. I just ...
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Several dead outlets, but breaker is fine

In my living room, when I first moved in, there was a dead outlet. Everything was tested by an electrician before I moved in, and there are a lot of outlets in the room, so I ignored it. Then some ...
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Wiring hanging pool table light into outlet plug?

I'm moving into a new apartment soon and getting a pool table. I will obviously need to hang a light fixture from the ceiling above the table. Normally these fixtures are supposed to be hard-wired in ...
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Does MA require permit to replace old K&T and if no how do I know if work is done to code?

Is it required to pull a permit in MA to replace knob and tube wiring? If no, how can one determine if the work done adheres the the proper codes? Who should be sought after to confirm this if no ...
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Trying to switch 2 prong socket to 3 prong socket

I am trying switch an outlet (in Guatemala) from 2 prong to 3 prong. I am not an electrician by trade, but I have read a few books, and have done it a few times at my house in the 'states. But this is ...
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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 blue)...
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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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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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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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Can I easily add a thermostat to a whole-house fan?

Is there a straightforward way to add a thermostat to an existing (basic no-frills) whole-house fan? I'd like to be able to set it to shut off when the outside temp rises to a certain point--so that ...
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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. I have removed my old security light and I am left with a cable ...
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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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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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How do I reconnect a garage to a house with existing underground wires?

I've got an existing garage about 30 feet from the house which I need to reconnect (wires were cut during house construction project). I have three 2-conductor cables running to the garage, as well as ...
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Adding a subpanel, but have one question.

I decided to add a small subpanel to accommodate extra outlets for my garage. I have an older Square D 100A main panel. Only cat no I could find is QOC-20m e6. First thing I noticed after pulling the ...
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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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Purpose of mercury switch in old doorbell

I moved recently and the new house has a vintage doorbell. It's by Friedland, but there's no other identifying information that would help me find a manual. All the wires had been disconnected by the ...
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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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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 to wire electric blinds (UK)

I'm looking to purchase 4 remote controlled blackout roller blinds in the UK. I'd like to have them connected to 4 switches in a single grid plate, so they match my light switches. I'd like each ...
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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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how to wire a light with only 2 wires available?

I have some outdoor lights that are broken and need replacing. I have bought some new ones which I thought were suitable. However the problem I have is only 2 wires appear from wall recess (active and ...
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Wiring my ceiling fan

There are 3 wires coming from the junction box in the ceiling: black (hot), white (neutral), and bare copper (ground). My ceiling fan has three wires: black, black with a white stipe, and white. To ...
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Identifying positive and negative speaker wires

My house came with 2 wall speakers. There is wiring for both of them. The right and left speakers have 2 wires each. I'm trying to hook them up to my amp but I have no idea which wire is positive or ...
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How to add a surge protector on 240 circuit at pool sub panel - neutral or ground connection?

Trying to add a surge protector at a sub panel by pool. The 240 circuit runs from the main load panel on side of house to sub panel by pool - red, black and green only - to a disconnect and the pump. ...
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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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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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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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What do I do with the neutral and ground when wiring a transfer switch?

I know there are a lot of questions about wiring a generator to a home electrical panel, but I can't find the answer to the questions that I have. I would like to wire a generator that has the ...
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How to Wire Fan with Black/White/Green to Ceiling with Black/White/Red/Bare?

We had a fan in our living room that started smoking so we're replacing it. However, the wiring on the new fan is different from the old fan so I can't figure out how to wire it into the ceiling. ...
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How to wire A/C Thermostat given different wiring conventions

I've just moved to a new apartment in which I'd like to replace the current central A/C thermostat with a new one with WIFI control. I hope it's possible! I have basic diy electric skills but no ...
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Aluminum wire size needed for new 60 amp garage panel 130' from main 200 amp service in house?

What size aluminum wire for a new 60 amp garage panel to be fed from a 200 amp main service in my house 130' distance? How many wires?
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How do I install a SensaSwitch on a 3-way circuit?

I recently purchased a SensaSwitch, Manual-ON / Timed-OFF (PDF of instructions) and I cannot install it in such a way that it performs as I desire. I have a switch at the top of my basement stairs and ...
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main breaker panel to sub panel

The main breaker panel has the grounds and nutural hooked together and has bonding screw installed. Where do I put the ground wire for the sub panel . Do I put it on the nutural bare where the white ...
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Wire two 14-50 outlets to 50 amp breaker

Was wondering can I add two 14-50 outlets to one 50 amp breaker using 6/3 wire and connecting with wire nuts? Also, recommend PVC or liquid tight flex conduit? Will be in the garage. I want to add ...
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With 3 lights on one switch, why doesn't the last one work?

The first light has 3 sets of wires in it. The others only have one set of wires. I am changing light fixtures and now the last one has no power. In the first one there is the line in and another ...
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Hardwiring a plugged light

I have a light that has a switch on the fixture and then plugs into the wall. I want to wire this directly into a circuit in my camper. Overall, I'm just looking for a quick explanation of how to do ...
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Loose wire caused significant blackening in plug. How much do I need to inspect/replace?

The cable coming out of my dishwasher ends in an L5 plug of the type that has screw terminals inside for attaching wires. In my continuing quest to inspect all the accessible electrical connections in ...
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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: How do I connect copper ground wire to metal wire passing through switch box?

I'm replacing a light switch with a smart home keypad (Insteon KeypadLinc). The wall receptacle has three conduits coming into it, each of which has three wires coming out: one in a black plastic ...
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How do I connect a new fixture to a box with two black and two white wires?

I am attempting to change/update a chandelier in our dining room. I (mistakenly) disconnected the previous fixture without noting the connection first. When I attempted to connect the next ...
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Grounding short section of metallic conduit or raceway used solely for protecting NM from physical damage without junction?

I would like to run NM wire in a short section of metallic conduit (e.g. EMT) perpendicular to the joists in my basement so I do not have to drill any additional holes in the joists as allowed by 334....
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What safety/testing measure should I take for this whole-house electrical project?

I have a house built in the 70s with aluminum wiring. I am well aware of the specific risks and needs when working with this wiring in my home. There was work done in the house by the previous owner ...
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Wiring a Ceiling-fan and switch while disconnecting an outlet from the switch

A couple of years ago I replaced a ceiling light in the MB with a ceiling fan/light using a remote control wall switch (light off/on with dimmer; fan off/on, high, med, low). There is only one switch....
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Shared neutral with two separate breakers

As I continue to make sense of the wiring in home, I have come across some shared neutral configurations. In one, I find two breakers that have been connected to one NM-3 line i.e. black and red are ...
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Yellow wire connected to C terminal, blue wire connected to Y terminal at furnace

I'm trying to install a new smart thermostat the requires a C wire. My old thermostat operated on batteries. The pre-existing wiring system of the old thermostat looked normal (ie. red wire to Rc, ...
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How do I properly feed coax through an outside wall?

I would like to add a new cable outlet to an outside wall and wanted to find out what kind of drill bit is needed to drill through and feed the coax cable as well as anything else to be mindful of. ...
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Is it OK to mount outdoor electrical outlet box to deck trim board?

I see most places have outdoor outlet either standing by itself (via post or something hard) or mounted to wall. If I run my wiring under the deck and when it comes out, can I mount it on the side of ...
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Stucco wall electrical box

Do I need a deep rework box to fit to the 1 inch wall thickness. Do they manufacture one that the tabs are back about 1-2 inches?