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

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How can I identify a neutral wire?

I'm trying to install a WeMo light switch in the place of an existing switch. I'm unsure which wire is neutral, or if I have one at all. Below is a photo of where I'm at currently. There are two ...
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My attic unit already has a wire connected to C, can I still connect a wifi thermostat? [duplicate]

I have an extra wire I can use for the C wire on both ends but in my attic the main unit has a wire already attached to the C spot and going away from the unit to something else. Can I attach two ...
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Could wiring a dryer incorrectly cause the control board to be destroyed?

I wired the black hot lead from my new 4-prong dryer cord to the neutral terminal, now the dryer will not power up. Did I destroy the control board?
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How can I run cables along a concrete wall?

I am living in a house with concrete walls (no attic, no basement) and I want to run Cat5e or Cat6 Cable from the router which is downstairs to my office which is upstairs. Right now running cables ...
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How can I remove the switches that control outlets?

In the house it seems that the original owner wanted all top outlets to be switched and the bottoms to be always on. I hate this and want to fix it. So I took all the outlets out from the one room. ...
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Why isn't this 3-way wiring working?

Below is a diagram that I drew to help me rewire a couple of switches. The left switch is a standard 3-way switch. The right switch Cooper 275W-BOX combination single pole and 3-way switch. The single ...
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Just bought a house, 70 years old, want to upgrade 2 prong outlets [duplicate]

I've done some searching on this already and I think I know the answer. But I'd like to ask just to double check. If i am not sure if the outlets are properly grounded, my best bet would be to ...
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Why would I have two wires feeding one smoke detector?

I found a smoke detector in my house that appears to have two wires feeding it from two different circuits. Is this OK?
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What gauge wire do I need to supply 15A to small building 440 ft from the main house?

I have a small building that is 440 ft from the main house, and I want to supply power to it. One 15amp circuit will be sufficient. What size wire is needed to do this?
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How do I identify the hot, neutral wires in a light fixture?

I have a hanging light fixture with a "plug-in" cord with a brown and a blue wire that is to be hard wired to house wiring black and white. Is the brown hot and the blue neutral?
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Can I output video single wire RCA signal out of 3 composite ports?

My projector has a single RG-6 cable with RCA terminals running to it from the console space in the front of the room. I wanted the cable to be hidden as much as possible and I didn't run an HDMI ...
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How to wire in an alternate light controller?

My townhouse complex has external lights on timed controller. The controller only supports a single on and off time which means we need to keep adjusting the lights through out the year to avoid ...
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Can I connect a whole house humidifier so that it's always on when the furnace is running?

I installed the model 500 Aprilaire. It seems to work properly, but I noticed that it only seems to maintain a max 45% humidity. So basically it's not always running when my furnace is on unless it's ...
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Extra low voltage over mains voltage circuit [closed]

Is anybody aware of any regulatory issues that forbid a domestic mains voltage spur from being driven at, for example, 12Vac / 2A / 50Hz i.e Extra Low Voltage. If this were to be legal, it could be ...
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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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Large air compressor requirement

I have a monster air compressor that I picked up from a shop (circa 1984), that on the 10HP motor data plate says it is a single phase, 230 V and 41.0 amps. Am I going to need like a 50 amp breaker ...
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What type of switch will allow two lights to operate individually or all at once?

I have two sets of LED lights and I'm looking for a single switch that will allow for the following options: OFF LED set 1 ON LED sets 1 and 2 ON (both on) I don't have extensive training in ...
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What causes an open ground on a wall outlet when I turn on the light switch to the ceiling lights?

We just moved into this 1960s era home. In the living room, when the light switch is "off", the wall outlets test ok (both amber lights are lit) using a 3 prong outlet tester. However, when I flip ...
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Can I substitute two wires for one heavier-gauge wire?

Can I substitute two 14-gauge wires together for one 10-gauge wire? Using it from the generator RB-30 remote box, to the transfer switch inside a 6', 10-3 whip in the basement.
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Does it matter if my newly installed GFCI reads “open ground”?

I just replaced a few two-prong outlets with GFCI outlets so we can plug in things built this millennium. Two of them outlets read "correct" on my circuit tester, but one reads "open ground." None of ...
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How should I run CAT6 wiring from one side of my house to the other?

I want to run CAT6 wire through my house, from the wired west wall to the east end of the house, and I would like to do so as cheaply as possible. I do have an inside storage space under the living ...
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What size panel and wiring do I need for an addition?

I am adding an addition to my house. I will be running two 20 amp heating circuits, and four general purpose lighting and receptacle circuits. What size wire, and amp breaker do I need?
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Deactivate thermostat [closed]

I have a roommate that constantly turns the thermostat down to 65 during the winter months. Is there a way I can deactivate it, while maintaining a comfortable 72?
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Can I change a 240 volt 40 amp outlet for an oven to two 20amp 240 volt outlets?

I am installing two wall ovens that each require 20 amp 240 volt outlets. I currently have wired for a single 40 amp 240 outlet. To convert without pulling new wire from the panel can I put in a sub ...
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Why is a neutral wire needed for most 'smart' light switches?

Why do most smart light switches need a neutral wire?
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Does voltage play any role in choosing the appropriate wire gauge?

Online, most household wiring guides suggest 14 gauge wire for 15 amp circuits, 12 for 20 amps, and 10 for 30 amps. Do these assume the voltage is 120, or does voltage not come into play when choosing ...
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Can I replace 3 switches with one 3 toggle switch

I have three switches by my kitchen sink. One for the dish washer, one for the sink disposal, and one for the light above the sink. Three separate circuits. I purchased a Leviton 3 toggle switch with ...
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How do I install a WiFi thermostat with a Well-McLain steam boiler?

I have a Weil-Mclain 150000 BTU steam boiler, and have only 2 wires connected to my thermostat, but would like to add a new Honeywell WiFi thermostat. I have no C wire, no A/C, or any other type of ...
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How can I wire a switch into an extension cord?

i am trying to make a extension cord with a kill switch in the middle thats going to be mounted to my desk, the cord has red(phase), black(neutral) and green(earth) wires, but the light switch has ...
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How do I wire a pull cord ceiling switch?

I'm replacing the bathroom extractor fan switch with a new one (the pull cord no longer works) The new switch only has place for 4 wires - Neutral and Live (Supply and Feed) and the earth. I have 7 ...
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Bathroom fan/light switch with outlet

I have a switch in my bathroom that controls both the fan and the light, and also has an outlet. Can I get anything that has two switches (one for the light and fan) and also not lose the outlet ...
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How do you hard wire a garbage disposal?

I do not have a dishwasher. There was no existing garbage disposal and there is no plug under the sink. I'm trying to hard wire a garbage disposal there. I want to create a light switch off an ...
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How can I install a Honeywell RTH65800WF Wifi thermostat?

I am having some difficulty figuring out the correct wiring for my new wifi thermostat. Before I bring out the A/C technician, I was wondering if anyone here might be able to help? Searched other ...
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What does breaking the tab on the neutral side do to the outlet as a whole?

I know that breaking it on the hot (copper) side allows the one receptacle to be controlled via switch while keeping the other always hot. Are there scenarios where you would ONLY cut the neutral ...
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How do I run a 3 Phase/1hp TEFC motor off of a regular household outlet?

I recently bought a brand new TECO-Westinghouse Electric motor . 3 phase HP: 1 Volts : 208-230/460 RPM: 1750 HZ: 60 Fr: 56 Cat no: ZA.0014TE2/56 Type : AEFAZA Enclosure : TEFC I would like to run ...
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Is there a way to change this circuit so that the receptacles are not controlled by switches?

I have this one outlet in my house that, when exposed, has three wires protruding from it (while there are two wrapped in a nut). As far as I can test, two are feeding power and one is acting as a ...
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What should I do with the white wire when wiring a 240 volt garage heater?

I was given a 240 volt garage heater from a friend. When I built my garage I had the electrician run a wire so I could put a heater in down the road. He ran a orange wire with 4 wires in it black red ...
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Could you explain this ceiling light wiring?

I'm changing an old pendant light into a ceiling light, but I have some difficulty in understanding the current wiring. It is controlled by 2 switches. I've checked typical rose wiring diagram, but it ...
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How should I wire this ceiling light pendant?

I'm installing a light pendant. Its wires are white, green, black. My ceiling box has wires that are white, green, red. I've attached white-white, green-green, black-red. two questions: 1) ...
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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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How should I wire multiple lights controlled by separate switches?

I need to wire about 4 light fixtures through a parallel circuit, I wanted to see if I am going about this the best possible way. Each fixture needs it's own independent switch. From the panel I am ...
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Can I use a 50 amp GFCI breaker on 15 amp circuit?

I am in the process of changing my hottub over to wood heat. I have eliminated all controls and am running the pump directly from the panel on a double 15 amp breaker (240 volts). I have my existing ...
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How do I wire a switch with 9 wires in the box?

I have an odd wiring situation at one of my switches, and like a rookie took it all apart before taking a picture. I have 9 wires running into the box, 3 white, 3 black and 3 ground.The switch is a ...
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How can I adapt a wall outlet to suface mount conduit?

I have a single gang in wall outlet in my basement. I would like to adapt it into surface mount EMT conduit to get an outlet at a different location. Ideally I would be able to keep a plug at the ...
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When wiring a mains plug, why are the cables squeezed under the screws and not circled around?

By chance, I ran into a video about a guy ranting about mains plugs used in Britain. In the video, he shows how they are wired as well. So this got me intrigued and I watched a few others. In all ...
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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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Suitability of flexible metallic conduit serving as ground

EDIT: The attached photo is the most easily accessible example of the conduit used in the entire house. This shows the conduit attached to the garbage disposal with the previously mentioned 3/4 set ...
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What wire gauge is needed to replace old wires in a vintage chandelier?

I'm replacing the wiring from a vintage chandelier and need to know what gauge wire to use. There are five lights on it. This is for the fixture only!
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Can I run electrical wiring through basement ceiling joists?

My main electrical circuit breaker panel is on one end of our unfinished basement. I need to run 2 circuits to the far end of the basement. Normally I would mount these wires on the center beam that ...
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How to connect the wires when changing from standard to electronic ballasts?

I'm changing from an old standard ballast to an electronic type. Tried match the wiring but something went wrong as the tube doesn't light? When connecting the wires to the sides that the tubes are, ...