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

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Using half of a 240v dual-phase circuit as a 120v single-phase circuit (US)

Usually when I see a 240v device, it is wired to its own double-pole circuit breaker, with each pole connected to a different 120v phase (to provide 240v total). If there is a 120v device in the same ...
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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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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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Where can I find information on slow blow breakers?

In a previous question, the comments mentioned slow blow circuit breakers. I have done a web search and went to Square-D's website(the maker of my current breakers) and came up empty. There is a lot ...
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Is it possible to add a “C” wire to my electric heater?

I bought a Wifi Thermostat but my old thermostat did not have a Common Wire. I can't use any of the swapping the G for the C solutions because I have an electric heater. I was told by Honeywell that I ...
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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 would an old fridge trip a circuit breaker?

I recently got an old fridge from a friend for use as a fermentation fridge for my homebrewed beer. The reason they were getting rid of it was because it was working fine, however it wouldn't cool ...
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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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Three hot wires,1 neutral on a switch

I am trying to replace an outlet, but am having trouble figuring out how to wire it properly. The top receptacle on the outlet is supposed to be connected to a switch. When the switch is turned on 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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What could cause lights to come on full strength then dim?

I just finished setting this up: There are actually 4 lights chained together at the end rather than just one. Once I finished I turned the circuit back on and tried out the switches. All of them ...
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Is “don't mix data and power cables” and “don't loop power cables” still valid nowadays?

There are two sayings I keep hearing when talking about wiring e.g. home cinema or computer hardware; Don't wrap data/network cables and power cables up in the same loop because the power cables ...
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Ceiling lights running dim

I have a persistent problem with the upstairs ceiling lights in my house where they often run dim for a while and then return to full brightness a few seconds later (at most 1 minute). Sometimes ...
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How can I convert 4 ft fluorescent tube fixture to be used as a plug in fixtures?

So I purchased four overhead 4 foot fluorescent tube fixtures and my plan is to re-wire so that I can plug them into a wall. Would it make sense to run them in (Series)? (I believe that is the ...
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How would I go about adding more receptacles to a garage?

Looking for help in trying to get more electrical outlets installed in my woefully under-receptacled garage. I have one GFCI 20A outlet at the door going into the garage, one single ceiling outlet for ...
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How to protect non-metallic cable parallel to face of joist in attic?

I would like to run non-metallic cable (Romex) along the sides of the floor joists in my attic. Code (NEC 300.4(D)) says that wires need to be 1.25" from the top or bottom of the framing member. ...
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How do I re-wire a ceiling-fan to reverse its direction?

One of the ceiling fans at home was spinning in the opposite direction (clock-wise) and so was sucking up the air rather than blowing it. I live in a hot climate so we always have the fans spinning in ...
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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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Is it wrong to connect the red ceiling wire to the blue wire on my receiver for the remote and the blue wire from the fan?

I have installed a ceiling fan with a light kit and remote control. I connected all the wires as per instructions but, there is a red wire coming from the box that is extra. I connected it to the blue ...
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How many “layers” of surge protection is considered useful?

I want to make my whole house surge protected, there are several solutions available You can install MOV based surge protection on the entire house in line entry point - first line of defense You ...
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Electrical switch installation

My 2-way light switch doesn't work. I need to replace it but all I have on hand is a 3-way. How do I wire it to function as a 2-way?
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Should I use 12/3 romex for a 240 volt 40 amp electric cooktop?

I am installing a 240 volt 40 amp electric cooktop. Will 12/3 romex suffice for this? Secondly, I know I need a double-pole breaker because 240 volts is delivered using two out-of-phase 120 volt ...
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Neutral wiring in a panel

in a panel does it matter if the neutral wire goes to a different side of the panel than its corresponding hot wire? or can I connect two neutrals in a junction box that go back to different ...
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Replacing outlet with a GFCI outlet

I'm trying to replace an outlet with a GFCI outlet and when I remove the wall cover and pulled out the old outlet it contained one neutral one ground and two lines on the hot side. The original outlet ...
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Regulations 2015 NEC regarding 12/24 volts DC, New DC wiring Light/+in my old.“ I'm Scared ”

What might regulations would there be in the 2015 national residential electrical code regarding 12/24 volts dc in residence. I want to install mostly lighting but also also all electronic devices ...
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What do I need to supply electricity to my shed 150' from my house?

I have a newly constructed shed that I want to run service to. My current panel is full and already has a 100amp sub-panel tied to it. The sub panel is not full. I want to run 100 amp service to ...
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Running underground wire to a shed

I want to run an underground electric cable to a shed which is 200 feet from the house. I was wondering what the pros and cons were of using an existing overhead line and putting in conduit. Also ...
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Wiring a gfci switch combo…I can't get the light to turn off?

I have a Pass & Seymour GFCI Switch/outlet combo. I am replacing a switch/outlet combo that was a non gfci. I haver three wires coming into the box. The hot wire, the wire to the light and a ...
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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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How do I wire a light switch and outlet in the same box?

I have a single gang box in a bathroom with a GFCI outlet. I'd like to replace it with a 2-gang box containing a GFCI outlet and a light switch for the vanity light. The outlet will have both ...
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Neutral (grounded conductor) for bathroom switch (NEC 404.2(C))?

I understand that a grounded conductor (neutral) is not required by code (404.2(C)) for bathroom switches, but is there any reason that I would want to include it - future-proofing, etc.? I'm going ...
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Need longer line behind dishwasher

Can I pig tail off a #14 wire, to short when I pull out dishwasher, and tie in a #12 wire to make line longer.?
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Help with fan and lite remote control installation

i have a red, white, black and ground wires coming from the ceiling. I have bought a remote for both the lite and fan. The double universal remote receiver has yellow, black, blue and white.The red ...
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How do I install a Leviton light switch timer?

I bought a Leviton light switch timer. It has 5 wires coming out of it - Black, White, Yellow, Red, and Green. The switch I'm trying to replace is in a box with 2 other light switches. The switch I ...
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What should I do about a switch that feels warm and arcs when toggled?

When I was turning off ligths last night on my way to bed, I noticed a switch that was quite warm. I flicked it off and on noticed that it was arcing (blue, sometimes organge flash/spark behind the ...
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How can I override a motion detector light?

I am going to be installing one or two motion detector lights to cover my backyard. I would like the ability to "override" the motion detector. What I mean by this is that I would like to be able to ...
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Do all conductors on a 20-amp circuit need to be 12 AWG?

I'm rewiring a bathroom, and will install a GFCI receptacle on a 20 amp circuit breaker (dedicated to the bathroom only). I am also going to have a fan and vanity light on the same circuit, ...
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Can I splice a main neutral in a new feed thru (meter panel) box?

I replaced an old existing meter panel with a 200 Amp feed through. The problem is I came up about 3 inches short with the neutral for the underground feed to the house. My question is: Can I add a ...
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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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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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wiring for an oldish house

I have 4 wires (red,black,bare,white) from the ceiling. From my new light fixture I have 3 wires (black,green,white). Which two switches for the light. I wired it black and red to black from fixture, ...
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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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Why would there be a 50 amp plug on a 30 amp appliance?

I have an old conveyor dryer, which my office purchased used some time ago, just sitting in storage. The dryer is for silk screen t-shirts and has a large heating element and a variable speed conveyor ...
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Replacing very old single electric wall oven and have wiring and Amperage question

I bought a new single electric wall oven to replace an old one in an old house. It says it requires 20 amp and 240 volts. The old one was running on a 10 amp breaker. The wire from the breaker to oven ...
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Can I add a sub-panel near the main disconnect outside my house?

I have an outside main disconnect of 125 amp and a inside main panel. The disconnect panel outside has an extra space that will accept a dual pole breaker. What I would like to do is add a sub-panel ...
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My appliances are shocking me…but only me

The metal parts of the fridge, stove, and sink are shocking me. However, when my husband touches them, he gets nothing. I've also found that the metal gates and latches leading to the pastures are ...
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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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What could be causing my touch lamps to come on by themselves?

I am rewiring my house with major upgraded wire. I am installing #12 armorflex wiring and conforming to commercial code. Yes, I know most people use romex for houses, but I have seen plenty of attics ...
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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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Replacing an electrical cord

I was given a couch recently, and it has electric components to recline and perform other functions. We moved this 200+ pound couch down a flight of stairs, across a city, and up 2 more flights of ...