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

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Two appliances fried on same circuit after replacing receptacle. Did I screw up?

I'm in the US. I recently swapped 6 old receptacles on a single circuit out for the tamper-resistant variety. It was a straightforward process--all the boxes except one had a single cable coming in. ...
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controlling a light fixture with a wireless switch

I would like to add a light fixture in my basement workshop controlled by a switch in my first floor kitchen but without running new wiring. Is there a wireless solution available?
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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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Why is there no power on the load side of a GFCI outlet?

I ran a new electrical line in my basement to include a GFI receptacle for a portable sump pump followed by a switch that controls four LED can lights. All parts are brand new. I wanted to have the ...
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Correct way to rewire for a ceiling fan + light from a switched outlet

I want to know if this is the correct way to do this. There is a switch that controls a single receptacle in a double receptacle outlet across the room. Power comes into the switch box via 3-wire ...
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What is the easiest way to install multiple 5A BS546 sockets next to one another?

I intend to replace a wall light fitting with two or three 5A BS546 sockets for table-lamp-style lights: As far as I know there is no 2- or 3-gang variant for this socket, but I assume that it will ...
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Is it possible to convert a switched light into an unswitched outlet?

I am installing an overhead automatic garage door opener. My only power source close to where I will be hanging the motor is an overhead light socket that is operated by a switch on the wall next to ...
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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 ...
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Adding a C wire to a new Honeywell WIfi Thermostat

I am trying to install a new Honeywell touchscreen WIFI thermostat and need to add a C wire to my terminal inside the furnace (using the help found at How can I add a "C" wire to my ...
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Cat6 shielded cable or no?

I'm planning on running cat6 solid cable throughout many areas of my house. The best way for me to get from the basement to the second floor is through a pvc pipe my builder installed with the house ...
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Installing Coax & Cat6 in 2-Gang with Electrical?

Using a 2-gang box, can I install a (1) outlet, (2) coax, and (3) Cat-6 line without code or interference issues? I have an existing 1-gang box with electrical that I am running the coax and cat-6 ...
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Red wire to green? Old electric wiring circa 1949 to new dimmer

I installed a lighting fixture in the hall, running off an older fixture. It worked fine with the existing switches. Then I wanted to replace one of the two old switches (circa 1949) with a dimmer ...
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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. To a cable that used to be for the security light. However this ...
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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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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 do I install a ceiling fan remote?

I am trying to replace a busted Hunter ceiling fan remote. The receiver unit from the old remote had 5 wires - live and neutral, and then 1 that was labeled "fan out", 1 that was labeled "light out", ...
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need help reconnecting wires inside my ceiling fan housing

So i tried scavenging the capacitor from an old ceiling fan and in so doing made a mess of all the wires inside the housing. The capacitor didn't work in my other fan so now i'm trying to wire the ...
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How can I install a regular light fixture where a ceiling fan used to be?

Removed an old ceiling fan. There was one wall switch that only controlled the lights. The fan portion could be on regardless of wall switch position (by pullchain on the unit). I'm left with two ...
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Is it possible to convert a switched light into a non-switched outlet? [duplicate]

I am installing an overhead automatic garage door opener. My only power source close to where I will be hanging the motor is an overhead light socket that is operated by a switch on the wall next to ...
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Wiring for Ceiling Fan and Light

I removed an old ceiling light/fan fitting. There were 4 wires coming out of the attic into this old unit: copper, red, black, white. I have a new light/fan combo to fit. It only has 3 wires: green, ...
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Bad ceiling fan wiring?

I want to update my ceiling fan. I uninstalled the old fan. It was controlled by 2 switches. One controlled the light, the other the fan. There are only 3 wires coming out of the ceiling. Black, ...
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Old wires in kitchen ceiling seem wrong. Any thoughts?

Just bought a new replacement ceiling fan/light for kitchen in house we just bought, which was built in 1912 and has obviously had a wiring update, but many years ago. I switched the wall switch off ...
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Adding recessed lighting to room with ceiling fan/light already installed

Ok, First off I have done small electrical projects like add outlets, but never anything major. I have a loft with a ceiling fan/light that is just not bright enough to light up the entire room. The ...
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How can I install a ceiling fan where there is no ceiling box or wiring?

I want to install a ceiling fan with a light in a spare bedroom with no ceiling wiring. What size wire do I need to use to install with cord management channels and plug into an outlet controlled by a ...
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What would cause a ceiling fan to stop while the light still works?

Installed a new fan/light today. Wiring appeared to be identical to old fan we removed. green ground to green ground on mounting bracket. white to white. black and blue to black. Turned it ...
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Ceiling Fan is hot 6' down, but lights nor fan comes on

I've hooked up my hunter ceiling fan with black/blue wire connected to the black(hot) wire and my white to white(neutral) and green to ground wire. My sniffer says that I'm hot not only at the ceiling ...
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Ceiling Fan Wires

I'm trying to install a ceiling fan in my new construction home. The fan's instructions call for 3 grounding wires (green, green/yellow stripe, or bare copper) to connect to the hanging bracket, 1 ...
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Connecting a pump to wall socket using a transformer

I'd like to connect following components: From the wall socket .. to a cable .. to a pressure switch .. to a transformer Use the outer wires on the transformer to get 24V (2x12V) to the pump ...
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Should I leave outlet covers on or off for electrical inspector?

I've got an electrical inspection scheduled for 4 circuits I added to my garage. I did the work myself and my city uses the most current NEC. All wiring is running in open stud walls in my garage. I ...
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How do I rewire LED security light to bypass motion detector - without burning out solid state board

I purchased a deluxe motion activated light for my porch. I assumed that there would be an override feature to bypass the motion sensor for manual operation; after a few days and nights of various ...
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upgrade to a 200 amp service, cable wiring sizes

The house currently has a 3/4 inch conduit to feed the main wires coming from the power company to the breaker box. This is very much inadequate. I plan to upgrade to a much bigger breaker box. My ...
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What is this mystery component

My father and I have been re-wiring our home's telephone lines, and in doing so, we found these components attached to loose wires. They are both labelled "3M". One says "C22" and the other says ...
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Possible of override 2 zones with one thermostat

I have a vacation home with 2 zone heating. In the winter, it would be nice to be able to have remote access to the thermostat and 'turn on the heat'. Normally when vacant the 2 zones will be set to ...
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Help installing a ceiling pendant light fixture

I recently bought a pendant-type fixture that contains three, silver (or aluminum?) stranded wires encased by a decorative braided cord. Two of the wires are sheathed in clear plastic and the third is ...
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Why aren't my three-way switches working?

I've searched on this site and many others, and have not been able to discover a solution. I was wondering if you guys could help me out. I have 2 3-way switches in my hallway that control a set of ...
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Hot and neutral terminals are switched in a outlet

I am wiring a 30A-125V locking plug for an industrial toaster, however the outlet in the wall has the neutral and hot terminals switched, can I swap the terminals in the plug?
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Why did I lose power to half the house when the breakers did not trip?

Using a voltage detector I determined that three breakers in the panel are not conducting voltage, yet they are fully on (not tripped). Thinking they were bad, I replaced a double throw 15 amp and a ...
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Why won't a NEST that shares control of a furnace with a conventional thermostat turn on the heat?

I have three floors in my home. The bottom floor has its own gas furnace and the 2nd and 3rd floors share another gas furnace. Everything was working great until I added a NEST to the first and ...
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Three-way from two panels

My home used to have a three-way circuit setup to control the upstairs hallway light from downstairs. However the home was built in 1930 and had old knob and tube wiring. The last owners renovated the ...
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Traditional Recessed Lights or the New “clip” LED Panels?

I'm finishing my basement (exposed ceiling, will be putting in roxul safensound) and I have a dilemma. Home Depot just released these new 4" puck/panel lights with integrated LED driver. I'm ...
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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 to wire a light fixture to a plug?

I have a light fixture that I want to wire to a plug-in wiring setup. The fixture has three white wires and three black wires, it also has a separate, bare ground wire. My plug style wiring is a ...
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When wiring outlets should I use pigtails or both sets of outlet screws?

I'm replacing the outlets in our house and pulled out one that had two black and two white cables. My first thought was that it was two circuits, one of them being switched, but then realized the tab ...
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Better way to fit wires in electrical boxes?

So in pretty much every video I watch with installing a ceiling light or fan they just sort of 'stuff' all the wired pigtails up in the box. Is there a better way to do this? maybe it's my distrust ...
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Why does my receptacle tester say open ground on my new outlet?

I replaced an outlet and the tester says open ground. I checked all the wires and they are secure including the ground wire. What could be wrong?
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GFCI installation in bathroom switch box doesn't work as expected

My bathroom wall switch controls the old light above the old medicine cabinet but it only has 1 cable with a black and a white wire. I took off the old switch and put the black wire on the hot side of ...
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Link potentially smart tv with router on different floor

I want to link a smart tv with my router on a different floor using a plug-in powerline adapter. How do I check the continuity of the neutral wiring (by which, I understand, the signal should be ...
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Installing an outdoor inlet for a portable generator

I've purchased a portable generator that I'm planning to use in case of an outage. I'm not wanting to wire this to my house wiring; I'm just planning to install an outdoor inlet wired to a dedicated ...
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Sub panel and neutral and ground bus bar

Some HVAC people under previous home owners put in a sub panel box and ran the AC as well as some lighting and outlet circuits from the sub panel. The bus bars on the two sides of the panel box were ...
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Duplex Outlet-Open ground only on top

I had a regular 15amp duplex outlet in my kid’s room. Because it is on the third floor, the heat doesn’t work that great and we had a small ceramic heater plugged in. She called me into her room. ...