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

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Trying to understand why a light would be wired this way?

Just moved in to an older home with fiancé and WAS planning to change out a light fixture with a new ceiling fan. However after turning off light switch and breaker and proceeding to remove light ...
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How To Fix Severed Sprinkler Solenoid Wire?

I re-opened my sprinkler system this season to discover that one of the zones would not go off on it's own. After visually inspecting the valves, I see that the issue is that one of the two wires ...
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How can I replace an old dial thermostat on an oil furnace with Hydrostat 3250 Plus?

I recently bought a home with an oil fired Biasi furnace that has a Hydrostat 3250-Plus attached. It uses an old analog round dial thermostat, and I'd like to replace it with a new digital (wifi) ...
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Intermediate switch wiring

I'm replacing light switches through the house - so far with ease. This however has me puzzled & I'd rather get confirmation than guess [of course] Both these switches are MK, but they've ...
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Why do my LED lights flash on cold start?

Whenever I flip on my dimmer switch, all four dimmable LED lamps flash on in unison, blink off, and then come on at the selected dim level. This happens even with the dimmer slider maxed out, so it's ...
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Trying to figure out 'C' wire

I'm looking to upgrade my programmable thermostat to a wifi thermostat. I purchased a basic Honeywell wifi thermostat but upon installation could not find a 'C' wire. I started to investigate more ...
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ceiling fan installation [duplicate]

I am installing a Casablanca isotope 5000 series ceiling fan with wall transmitter. My home is prewired. I have two wall switches. One for the light and one for the fan. Which one do I install the ...
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How can I install ceiling mounted recessed occupancy sensors?

I am looking to replace my current lighting circuit with a motion detector and wondering what is the best way to do this? I currently have 6 spot lights, controlled by 2 switches on either side of ...
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How many outlets can you have on one 15 amp circuit

In my rebuilding project i have counted 18 outlets and lights on one bedroom circuit that travels through 3 rooms. Is that ok ?
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Third Wire in 14-3 Wire Showing 50V When There Should be None

In the basement I have 19 recessed lights connected to 8 3-Way switches. There were dimmers on the 4 switches located in the main 4-gang box, and they were making a lot of buzzing noise. Not only ...
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How do I rewire two light fixtures controlled by two three way switches into two separate circuits?

I apologize if the title doesn't make sense so let me explain what I'm working with and what I'm trying to do. Currently, the light fixture in my foyer and the light fixture in my front hallway are ...
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2 prong to 3 prong outlet help

I don't know too much about replacing outlets, only what I've read online or through YouTube videos. The house was built in the early 50s. Some outlets have been replaced (brand new kitchen) but some ...
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Belkin WeMo switch short circuit: Is it the neutral wire?

I successfully connected a WeMo switch to the front porch, replacing a single pole switch. The neutral wire in the box had been capped, and I connected it to the neutral on the switch. All is working ...
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heat pump/air conditioning wiring to thermostat

We decided to change the thermostat of our heat pump/air conditionnning unit. First 3 images are the old unit. The first 3 wires(1 and 2 picture) yellow red orange were not connected to anything, just ...
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Checking wire with a voltage detector

I have newly installed and wired 4 outlets and a switch from a junction box. The live wire has not been connected yet. From the junction box goes the wire to one plug outlet on the left. from the ...
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In electrical terms, what is the definition of a “disconnect”?

Santa Cruz County, CA, USA I'm working on a project that requires an electrician to install a "disconnect" at a building/shed separate from my house (as per NEC 225.31). I'm unfamiliar with this ...
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Odd receptacle wiring

I have several receptacles with two cables: one has black and white wires, the other - black and red wires. Can I replace these receptacles with GFCIs? If affirmative, how should I interpret the red ...
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I have phantom electricity

I have three outlets in a room that are not on the same circuit as the rest of the outlets in two rooms. I have most of the circuits in the house mapped and identified on two breaker panels. The ...
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How do I wire a 3-way switch?

I have a stairway with a light at the top and bottom. There is a plugin in between the switches that is not currently connected. The bottom switch has two wires that come into the box. They have red, ...
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How to safely wire fluorescent lighting with three prong plug on the ceiling?

Recently moved in to a new workspace with some very funky wiring. Basically, there is a flourescent light installed overhead with a three prong plug. That plug goes to a power strip also attached to ...
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Can I install a Subpanel (in a seperate building) using a 3 wire connection (2 hots and 1 grounded neutral)?

Can I use a 3 wire connection (2 hots and 1 grounded neutral) to install a subpanel in a seperate structure if I install a seperate ground rod to the grounding bus in subpanel? I have 8/3 w/o ground ...
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Wire Gauge/Type for 100amp detached Shop?

I have a new woodworking shop that I built behind my house. The shop has a 100 Amp panel and I have wire the shop for 110v/20a plugs and 220v/20a plugs. My house has a 225amp service and already has a ...
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Can I replace a 15A breaker with a 20A breaker?

My new pool pump specs are for 20 Amp Curcuit 12 Guage wire. my old pump was on a 15 Amp circuit. I was connected to 15 AMP GFCI outlet with 12 Gauge wire. The pump was 13 yrs old and we had issues ...
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Should I have a 15 amp breaker instead of a 20 due to aluminum wire?

I've been digging into an addition to my house from the early 1970s (final permit signature dated 1973). It uses individual wires in flexible conduit from the panel through the crawl space, and NM in ...
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3 wire service to panel… neutral and ground wires on the same bar?

I'm getting two conflicting reports and was wondering if anyone can help me. I was told that on the distribution panel, grounded conductors (neutral) and ground wires need to be separated in the ...
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Why does my new switch keep tripping the breaker?

I am attempting to enable a light switch in a bedroom that had the wiring but had no ceiling light fixture and no switch (just a blank plate). However, I am running into an issue and I want to seek ...
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What could be causing an earthing fault in a specific socket?

When I connect a device to one specific plug socket, I get a current in the device body. When I connect the device to any other plug in my house, then the device is normal, i.e no current in the ...
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Running NM wire romex along rafters in vaulted ceilings

So my ceilings look like this: /\ I want to replace / relocate my breaker panel. The circuits run along the rafters into the attic space (small, cant stand up). My questions: Can I just fish ...
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how can i set up dusk to dawn outdoor lighting ?

My digital in-wall electric timer will only work with a single pole configuration. My wiring currently has 2 switches/poles. The simplest option is screwing in an electric eye automatic light control ...
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Is there a way to install a fan switch for a ceiling fan that doesn't have a fan wire?

Just a general question, as I was installing our new ceiling fan last night. From the ceiling, there is a white wire and a black wire (and the bare copper). I attached the two green/white wires to the ...
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How do I attach a new Rain Sensor to my ancient Hydrotek sprinkler timer?

I am attaching a Toro RainSensor which has 1 red and 1 black wire to an old Hydrotek system. I am not sure where to put the wires. In the photos, the wires coming into the box from the left go to my ...
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How can I get a shock from a circuit when the breaker is off?

While I was replacing an old outlet, I received a shock from something in the box. I think it was the metal box itself. Before I started, I performed the following to ensure the power was out: ...
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Occupancy (motion) switch wiring question

I have a single-pole light switch that I want to replace with a motion-detecting occupancy light. It is a Leviton Motion Sensor, # IPS02. When I removed the old switch, I noticed that the switch only ...
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What should I do about a stubborn screw on the middle of a dryer cord connection?

I am attaching a 3 prong dryer cord to a dryer. The middle connection is being stubborn. The screw gets to a certain point and is stuck. It will not tighten and the connection is very loose. Can I ...
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How can I add a 3-way switch to my light? (confused about existing wiring)

I'm trying to install a 3-way switch for a specific light but I'm not sure how to do the wiring. The existing switch box has quite wires inside: 3x 12-2 1x 12-3 The hots (black) are all tied ...
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Specialty stove wire and box fill

This armored wire shows 2 sets of wire crimped and a ground. For box fill would this be considered 3 or 5? Does this increase amprage and voltage allowances? Is there any other circumstances a ...
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Can I add a light fixture to an existing circuit but with its own switch?

I have a ceiling fixture in middle of kitchen. Would like to install light over sink. Can I use the wiring in the existing light to wire the light over the sink and have a separate switch for each ...
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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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Why would the receptacles in the kitchen not have power after replacing one of them?

I replaced a receptacle, and made sure the wires were in the same order they were originally in when I hooked them back up. I turned power back on and there was no power to the receptacle I changed, ...
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Can I connect my new oven to the existing circuit breaker?

I am replacing a 10 year old electric oven. There are actually two ovens I am replacing. There are four wires times two coming out of each conduit for each of the ovens. They lead to the circuit ...
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How to get switched and constant power combo on an outlet

I have electricity coming into outlet box from two sources, one is coming via light switch and another one is coming from another outlet. So I want the top of the twin outlet to be controlled by the ...
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Do I need a neutral wire when connecting a 240V device?

So this is still not very clear to me: I am trying to get 240V to an appliance that does not need a plug (direct wiring), I won't need a neutral wire, is this right? In fact there is nowhere to ...
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Can I use a cord and plug to power a wall sconce?

I have a wall sconce that my wife really likes and wants installed on an interior brick wall. The sconce she purchased is designed to sit on top of a wall box that has been prewired. I don't want to ...
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Have an unused receptacle in the ceiling that used to have a fan. What is safe way to cap it?

I have an unused receptacle in the ceiling that used to have a fan attached. Now the wires are dangling out of the box (all are wire nutted to keep separate except the ground). If I go to and get a ...
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Light sconces tripping circuit breaker

I recently installed two sconces in our kitchen to replace some old halogen lights with LED bulbs. The boxes had three (?!) White wires twisted together, two black wires twisted, and one red. I ...
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What wire type & size for sub-panel in a shed?

I need to install a sub-panel in a shed. Total run distance from main panel to sub-panel is 80 ft and includes three 90 degree turns. Burial distance will be 18". I'm thinking to install a 60-amp ...
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Can I turn one set of twinkle lights into several by cutting the wire & adding new plugs?

I am working on a project for wedding reception lighting and would like to make several chandeliers using Christmas tree twinkle lights but the strands I have are way too long for one single ...
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Why would my clothes drying machine's switch keep on getting fried?

Around a year ago, my parents got a new drying machine installed. The dryer didn't come with any cables, and the when my parents called the company, they told them that it was the customer's ...
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How do I rewire my existing garage lighting so that one fixture is controlled by a new switch?

I have one switch that turns on the 5 light fixtures in my garage. I would like to add a switch where only 1 light comes on to save wear and tear on all my light fixtures. My thoughts are to run a ...
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GfCI trips in bathroom

Hi I have a bathroom gfci which is connected to the lights , fan and receptacles in bathroom , bedroom and landing . It's about a 45 year old house . Without protecting the circuits in the bedroom how ...