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

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Size and kind of wire required to go from main panel to garage 400 ft away

What kind and size wire do I need to run underground, from the main panel in the house to a garage 400 ft away, to get 60 AMPS (usable) at the sub panel in the garage?
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Replaced outlet still not working

I have 1 light switch and 1 outlet in a 2 gang box in the kitchen. The old gfci outlet stopped working so I replaced it with another but it still doesn't work. The new outlet is gfci too and I can't ...
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Ceiling Fan update with Metal Sheathed Cables and Romex

I have a few questions here. I was checking out my ceiling fan to see if I could install a separate switch for the fan and the light. When I got into the attic, this is what I found. Questions.. I ...
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Unusual three-way+ light configuration

I have been working through the wiring in my house to add in gfci's in the appropriate locations and update outlets and switches. I am familiar with usual three-way and four-way light set-ups 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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Ceiling fan wiring question

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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Cloth wiring trying to install remote ceiling fan

Ok so I am trying to install a ceiling fan that has both cables and they are not color coded so not sure which one is which. I am wondering if it matters which cable is connected to the transmitter? ...
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Replacing Non-Working Single-Pole Dimmer Switch

Ok- so I hope I explain well- I will also attach photo. Dimmer switch and switch to fan located in same box. When we removed the plate, the cords came out of there locations before we could see what ...
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Can I wire 3 switches to 3 devices through conduit with a single hot and ground?

I have a bathroom fan/light/night light combo unit that allows for all 3 features to be switched separately (a connector for each). I want a timer for the fan, and separate switches for each light. ...
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Drop Ceiling Carrying Current?

After we use our shower, our ceiling makes a buzzing noise (sounds like a bug stuck up there). When my husband moved the drop ceiling tiles he noticed one rail is carrying current (it was throwing off ...
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Replacing main lights throughout house

I'm replacing the main lights throughout the house and was removing a wire from the junction box the light came with. The wire was 100% jammed in and this metal casing came off. See pictured below) ...
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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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Ceiling rose with twin wire, no earth?

I have a ceiling rose with a twin live / neutral wire and no earth. This is unexpected as the house was built in 1986 and the light switch does have an earth. Can I still use this with light ...
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Is this ceiling pendant double insulated?

I bought this ceiling rose off Amazon (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Modern-Antique-Brass-Ceiling-Lighting/dp/B00CJ9GE9Q): It's not like others I've seen as it has a black input sheath to a connection ...
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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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Putting a plug on a light fitting

I bought one of these: http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/50279373/ I would like to plug this in to the wall rather than hard wiring it in to the ceiling. Am I right in thinking I can connect ...
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Less-than-common home wiring systems? [closed]

I am wondering if those wiring would be useful in a home environment: Low-voltage DC wiring (isolated from mains,) for example a DC 12V system, in addition to the mains power. Optical fiber instead ...
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Ground wire sparking

I have a metal junction box with a main feed. If the ground wires touch the metal box the breaker pops and the ground wires spark. The main feed comes out of a ceiling light fixture box. The ceiling ...
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Identifying the conductors in a light fixture

The lead on my chandelier was too long so I cut it, only to find the wires are not colored (there are 3 of them, all white). Is there anyway I can still wire it up? I don't want to have to throw it ...
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How to test/record evidence of intermittent electrical outages?

We recently had the electrical systems in our 80 year old house completely brought up to code, removing and replacing everything from original knob & tube up through modern romex. As part of the ...
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GFI false trips, but everything checks out. (????)

Any load trips a new GFCI breaker: Conditions: Brand new construction. New 75' 4wire feed to new subpanel from a long working and reliable main subpanel. One GFCI breaker feeding 4 outlets from new ...
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Are wire splices actually fire hazards?

I'm redoing wiring during a remodel and am reading about burying boxes behind drywall, and how it's a fire hazard and not up to code etc. My question - Are wire splices actually a fire hazard in and ...
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Why can the connections of a recessed light be buried in drywall, but not junction boxes?

I'm redoing lights in our kitchen and have to splice some lines. I have read numerous threads that all say you cannot bury the junction box in the drywall, it has to be accessible. The recessed lights ...
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old wiring inside wall gets voltage when shared switch is used - safe and to code?

I had someone run a constant hot to a new fan so it could operate with a remote. They left the old wiring inside the ceiling and it’s still contacted to a shared switch that operates other lights. The ...
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Replace 3-way Dimmer with Timer Switch

I have a 3 way setup, with a Dimmer Switch and a simple switch. I want to replace the Dimmer Switch with a timer switch. The dimmer switch I'm removing has 4 wires: Black (hot), Green (ground), and ...
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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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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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Removing dimmer switches, 4 wires

I'm trying to replace 2 dimmer switches with normal switches but I'm confused by how they are wired. Each dimmer controls a different set of lights yet they are connected in a way. 1 dimmer has a ...
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Wire Type for Sauna Heater

I am replacing an existing sauna heater and I am in need of identifying the proper type of wire. It requires an 8 gauge copper wire with a temperature rating of 90 degrees Celsius. I would ...
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How do I use a multimeter to check for power?

I need to check that power going from my light switch, to a light fixture on the same wall, as well as a light fixture on the opposite wall. How do I use a multimeter to do that?
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How do I hook this 18-bulb lamp together?

I have an 18-bulb chandelier from Globe Electric. I need to connect 19 wires together twice inside this lamp. I've bundled the wires into 4 sets of 9 using washers and electrical tape. The ...
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Can I run NM wire through this type of flex legally

This flex is sold along other types of NM wire molding, but I can't find anywhere where this product explicitly allows NM or not.
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Changing 3-way ceiling fan/light switch to separate fan & light controls

In my kitchen I have two 3-way switches controlling the ceiling fan and light. The two controlling switches are on opposite sides of the room, but what I'd like to do is split one of the two switches ...
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Question About Fluorescent Ballast Substitution

I have a fixture that uses one 36" T12 lamp. The recommended replacement ballast is a GE140RS120DIY. I am unable to find that ballast. I purchased a GE240RS120DIY ballast and wired it in. I wire ...
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How many circuits should I include in a sub-panel for workshop?

I am looking to run a sub panel for a basement workshop approx 60 feet from the main panel, all inside. I have a table saw, jointer, band saw, planer, and dust vacuum, as well as routers and such. I ...
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Can I bring power to the 4-way switch?

I have a standard circuit with a 3-way switch on each end and one 4-way switch in the middle. Will it work if I run power to the 4 way switch instead of one of the 3-way switches? The light is also ...
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Power to shed from dishwasher spur

At the moment, my consumer unit is right in the center of the house and I'd like to get power to my shed for a small fridge and light. Due to the position of the consumer unit, adding another breaker ...
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Wire in two lights to a switch plus a fan to a switch when power is coming in between the lights without using 14-3 wire

I am redoing some work in my bathroom. I have a hot wire running between two lights with the switch outside one of the lights. How do I wire it with 14-2 wire without running the power source to one ...
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Is this an appropriate way to add a single-pole switch (without a gang box) to a circuit with an existing single-pole switch?

I have a fun electrical challenge in my basement. I currently have power coming off of the breaker, to a single light fixture, and then on to a single-pole switch (Figure 1). I would like to add a new ...
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Why do only some DSL ports work for internet in my house?

I recently tried moving my modem from the ground level to the second floor, where I just put in a PC in my office. I have 3 phone jacks upstairs (2 in the guest room and 1 in my bedroom), but it would ...
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3-way switch not working properly

I have a 3 way switch at the top of the stairs and one at the bottom that control the lights in the stairway/hall way. The problem that I have is that you can only turn the lights on from the same ...
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Installing new bathroom vent

Installing new bathroom vent. Adding a second switch to this existing light switch. Can I just piggyback off the existing hot wire, just like the light switch? I don't need to do anything with the ...
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Why doe the AFCI immediately trip?

I move an outlet 12" and rewired it the exact same; now the AFCI trips immediately, when turning the power back on. It's a 14/ wire in sequence with a pig tail to the outlet. Any help would be ...
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Controlling 110v swamp cooler using Nest thermostat

I currently have an HVAC system that is connected to a Nest thermostat (2nd generation) and I'm planning to use the same Nest thermostat to control a 110 swamp cooler that is currently not connected. ...
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Unused live electrical wires in kitchen

I have unused live electrical wires coming out of wall in kitchen where new cabinets are going. How should I handle this?
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How do I handle ground wires in 2-gang box with circuits coming from separate breaker boxes

In my house, I have 2 breaker boxes- in the basement there is a 200-amp main box, with the ground and neutral bars bonded. Feeding the main floor, there is a 100-amp sub-panel (branched off the main ...
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Is wiring a 240 volt heater from a sub panel different from wiring it to the main panel?

Since the neutral and ground are isolated in a sub panel, is wiring a 240 volt heater from a sub panel different from wiring it to the main panel?
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Changed an old Led light to pendant and it keeps shorting

I recently just replaced an old LED ceiling light with a simple pendant and as soon as I switch it on it shorts. I've made sure that I kept everything in place but as soon as I switch it on, POP it ...
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How can I add additional lighting fixtures to an existing 3-way circuit?

I have a light on a pair of 3 way switches. I want to add 5 recessed cans to that circuit. It is currently set up with power at the light fixture and 14/3 wires ran from the fixture to both ...
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When using US-colored 14/3 for a simple switch does the red wire need to be marked?

In a typical switch loop (from the past) where 14/2 is used, the white wire should be marked on both ends with black tape to indicate it is a "hot" wire just like the black wire. In a 14/3 cable, the ...