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

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What wire gauge do I need for a 100 Amp subpanel at the end of a 60' wire run?

I am adding an attached garage to my house. I'm going to be putting in a 100 Amp subpanel which is about 60 feet away and run through the basement joists. What gauge wire do you recommend for ...
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Ceiling lights not work

Previous owner left a loose cables in the ceiling. There is 8 cables, 3 blacks, 3 reds, 1 earth green and 1 extra grey. We've connected 3 blacks to neutral, 3 reds to loop and grey single cable as ...
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How should I run speaker, HDMI and electrical wiring for my ceiling mounted projector theater room?

BACKGROUND: New house built 5 years ago. I have a basement theater room with 12 foot drywall ceilings that have HVAC conduit and recessed lighting (in other words there is some space behind/above ...
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Confused about wiring

So I'll come clean, I'm a first year electrical student at a tech school and I have a question regarding a diagram I'm supposed to draw. The line diagram is presente: 《-- light -- switch -- light -- ...
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Safest Way to Contain Spliced Lamp Cord

I am interconnecting some strip lights in a closet. They are linkable LED fixtures which each come with a connector cable to link, optionally, to additional fixtures. The connector cables are a bit ...
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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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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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Converting 4 wire supply to 3 wire outlet

I have a 4 wire supply wire. It has a black, white, red and ground wire. I want to supply a 3 wire outlet. Do I combine the white and ground wire?
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What could cause a 3-bulb fixture to blink when turned off?

Two new lightbulbs(energy efficient spiral) blink rapidly when I turn OFF the switch for the 3 bulb fixture in my kitchen. House built in 1912ish. My house but previously had tenants. They only had 1 ...
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Is it OK to use 12-3 awg to wire a ceiling fan and light?

In a 2000 era home in Georgia, I replaced an overhead lighting fixture with a combo ceiling fan and light. (Yes, I reinforced the junction box appropriately.) The wiring was simple enough, the ...
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Is it acceptable to run 10-3 wire to a 110V 20A junction box?

I have leftover 10/3 wire from a 220V outlet installation. I need to install a 110V outlet and splice to an existing junction box. Using the existing 10/3 wire will save me a trip to the store. At ...
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How should I wire my pool heat pump?

I am wiring a new heat pump 50,000 btu, 208-230v ~60 hz. Plaque says 12a running current, minimum 20a circuit, max 30a. My breaker panel for the pump is a sub panel running off the main with a 60a ...
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What is code or common rule when securing multiple electrical lines?

What is common practice or code when running new electrical lines in a home(15 amp/20 amp) in a basement that feed up to the 1st and 2nd floor of a home? Is there a rule on how many wires can be run ...
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How can I figure out where power is coming from in 4-way switch wiring?

My 4-way switches work correctly. I would like help figuring out where the power is coming in from and where the light fixture is (at the end, after a certain switch, etc.) I'm also trying to ...
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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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Wire guage needed for standard stove/oven combo

I am running wire for a standard Kenmore stove/oven and wire for a stackable washer dryer unit. Both runs are less than 50'. What amp breaker and guage wire is needed?
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What type of connector is this and how do I remove it?

I was trying to install a ceiling fan in my apartment and came across these connectors when removing the light. What is this and how do I take it off?
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How do I wire this ceiling fan?

I'm trying to wire a new ceiling fan. The outlet box wires are White, Red, and Black. The ceiling fan wires are Black, Blue, White, and Green. The installation manual states to connect both ...
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Can I wire a dimmer in series with another dimmer?

I recently installed eight recessed LED fixtures and one hanging fixture in my living room. The hanging fixture has three small LED flood/spot lights to illuminate built in shelving on the stone ...
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Keeping hot tub (spa) circuit line inside attic properly

I have a house with a circuit for a backyard SPA that is no longer present. I want to remove all wiring coming down from the attic, but want to leave the fat 220V line in place (in case I need in the ...
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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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Can Romex (NM-B) be run through conduit?

A few days ago I asked an electrician if I could run Romex through conduit - he gave me a funny look and said "No, Romex is not allowed in conduit." When I searched online, there seems to be a wide ...
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How to minimize wall tearing when installing new wiring?

We have bought a new house with knob and tube wiring. We are now looking into replacing all of it with new wiring and understand that significant wall-surgery will be required to run the conduits. ...
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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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What are the 4-wire cables use for?

I am trying to figure out what's the best way to get electricity from my garage to the garden. In the garage, I have the normal 230 V outlets/lamps, and the power gets there via 1.5 or 2.5 mm^2 (still ...
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I want to wire in a single gang light switch for a lamp

I have a lamp with a weird switch on it so I want to attach a light switch to it and place it on the wall. I do not want to use an inline switch as they are often fiddly too. I have been trying all ...
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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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How to wire 3 switches and a receptacle in a two-gang box

How do you wire a three switch receptacle (all three switches are together in a stacked appearance) with a GFI outlet in a two gang box? There will be a light above the bathroom sink and a fan with a ...
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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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3 wire service to panel… neutral and ground wires on the same bar? [duplicate]

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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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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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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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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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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Hot water twin impeller pump wiring to my boiler

I have installed a new Stuart Turner Monsoon twin impeller pump to increase the hot water pressure in my house. The pluming side of things seems to have gone well, however, I am not receiving any ...
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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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Can stranded wire be used for pigtails in a junction box?

I replaced a fixture today that had a piece of 12Ga stranded (probably THHN) wire used as a pigtail. The building has some wiring in conduit (other wires in this box were solid), so I'm guessing ...
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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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Are non-GFCI outlets that are downstream of a GFCI outlet ground fault protected if they are fed from the GFCI outlet's load side?

Are non-GFCI outlets that are downstream of a GFCI outlet ground fault protected if they are fed from the GFCI outlet's load side? If those non-GFCI downstream outlets were not fed from the GFCI ...
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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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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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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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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 do I connect a light to a switch when the light receives power first?

I have a power source running from the light how do I connect it to a switch?
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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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Does a single-gang double timer switch exist?

I have a single gang outlet that current has a double/split switch installed controlling an inside light and an outside light. Ideally I'd like to have the outside light on a timer. Does a single ...