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What are these marks on the Romex wire in the wall?

I was replacing some damaged siding and decided to replace the old dirty insulation at the same time. After pulling out the insulation I noticed that the Romex running to two outlets had some brown ...
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How do I connect original to new wiring when repairing an electrical fault in an AC unit?

The AC failed at a neighbor's house and the problem was quickly diagnosed as electrical. I saw that a few of the wires had corroded and one had actually burnt through. The unit is only 5-6 years ...
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Why is the red (common) wire giving me a shock?

I was replace a 3 way switch and noticed when I touch the red ( common ) wire while it's connected to the switch I get a little "buzz" or shock. I was curious if this is normal. Obviously while ...
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Why won't any light in my house turn on after a range hood was installed?

My contractor installed a range hood and after that no light in the house will come on. We have a breaker system, not sure of the load. What could be the possible problem?
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Is my thermostat transformer voltage too low?

I measured the voltage at the thermostat Rc to G and Rc to Y terminals, and they read 16.2V and 16.34V respectively. Shouldn't I be measuring 24V+/-? I purchased a Nest thermostat and it will not ...
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Connecting 14 AWG to 12 AWG for oven operation

I have a new wall oven to install. Both old and new oven are 30Amp units. Old wiring from local oven junction box is 14 AWG (pig tail - 6ft). New oven is 12 AWG, 3ft pig tail (will not reach ...
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14-2 Tap Branched From 12-2 Feed on 20amp Circuit…What To Do?

I have a switch by my front door that supplied power to a receptacle. I want to wire that switch to an existing ceiling fan/light combo in the same room. I've already made the outlet constantly hot. ...
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Fireplace switch: wiring length/gauge limitations?

We have a propane fireplace insert that can be wired up for a switch. Right now, there are two 6" 18g single-strand leads that when nutted together complete the circuit allowing the fireplace to turn ...
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Curcuit breaker not accesible

My dryer stopped working and I found out that the circuit breaker (fuse) had burnt out. I measured the voltage in the socket and it's none. I live in an older house in USA and the cable is inside the ...
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Are the connections in the pictures below an attempt at stealing power for another apartment

I need help indentifying if the connections here are stealing power from one apt. for use in another.suspect
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What do I do with the neutral and ground when wiring a transfer switch?

I know there are a lot of questions about wiring a generator to a home electrical panel, but I can't find the answer to the questions that I have. I would like to wire a generator that has the ...
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Can I use a junction box to splice together wires that are on a different circuit?

I'm doing some work inside a wall that has some 12/2 NM cable running through where I need to put something. The cable doesn't have any additional slack for me to route it around the obstruction. I ...
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A splitter for low-voltage wire

I want to run some low-voltage wire in my yard for path/accent lighting. I want to avoid connecting everything to a single segment of wire, mainly to reduce power loss associated with long runs. So ...
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How do I connect a switch and receptacle in the same box?

I have extended wire at the end of an existing circuit. I’m installing a 2-gang box with a switch and a receptacle. I want one of the outlets to always be hot, and the other to only be hot when the ...
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How do I wire a new fan that I'm replacing

We are replacing old fan with a new fan The wall switches: 1 switch for the light in the fan 1 switch for the Fan 1 switch for the fireplace which is not used The wires that come out of the ...
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Pre-Romex AC circuits to DC for offgrid Solar

We live in a rural 250 year old colonial that was wired for ceiling and wall sconce electric lights sometime in the mid-1940s. In the early 70's outlets were added, then updated to Romex when a ...
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How do I convert a 3-way circuit with two lights into two 3-way circuits that control each light separately?

I have two switches in my kitchen, one on each side, that each turn on two lights at the same time. What I want to do is change it around so each light is turned on separately but still from both ...
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Voltage fluctuations and GFCI ripping drivng me crazy

Voltage at a GFCI pug in the bathroom goes down 20 volts when I plug in a 1800 watt hair dryer from 120 to around 100. At the same time when I measure the voltage at a plug in the kitchen it goes up ...
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How safe is this power configuration?

I have a regular 2 socket, 15 amp outlet in my garage. I need to run my miter saw and shopvac at the same time, the saw draws 15A and the shopvac 8.5A. I've currently been running them off one ...
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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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How do I replace a dimmer switch with a single switch?

I'm trying to replace a dimmer switch with a regular light switch. The same box also has another dimmer and fan control switch next to the one I want to replace. The dimmer has 2 wires, a pink and ...
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Touch Lamps Misbehaving

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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Cut cord on window A/C

I have a window A/C unit mounted through a hole in the wall. It's bolted in place, so fairly permanent. It has a 6ft power cord with what looks like a GFI on the end. I think the cord is ugly, so I'd ...
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How do I wire LED lights directly from the panel?

I am finishing my basement and would like to do 2 sets of LED strip lights. One will go in a small 4x8 room under my stairs, another a large theater room 13' x 15'. I am a beginner when it comes to ...
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Do I need to ground Ethernet cable run beneath a pier & beam house?

I'm fairly amateur when it comes to home networking, though I get the basic concepts. I bought a 1000' spool of this Cat6 Ethernet cable, simply because it was the only outdoor-rated cable sold by ...
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Does the NEC allow a 14ga branch on a 12ga circuit?

Is it within the NEC to wire ceiling light fixtures with 14ga NM from a switch wired with 12ga NM, where the power originates at the switch and the ceiling fixture is a branch? The breaker ...
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What happens if you wire a four-prong dryer cord backwards?

What happens if you get the red and black wires of a four prong dryer cord backwards? This question assumes: we are talking about U.S. Residential wiring the person doing the wiring gets the green ...
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How do I wire a new ceiling light from an existing fixture? [closed]

How do I extend electrical service to a new basement ceiling light fixture? I want to extend from a standard ceiling light that is wired as follows: two 14/3 gauge wires enter the box. Both black ...
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Fried ground wire

What caused the ground wire in my ceiling fan to fry? When I turned on the fan it "popped" and a spark flew out. When I disconnected the fan the ground wire was blackened.
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What's the best way to run a wire from inside my garage to the outside?

I'm installing an underground fence for my dog, which requires putting the receiver inside the garage (plugged into an outlet) and running the insulated fencing wire to the outside where it will be ...
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How do I properly feed coax through an outside wall?

I would like to add a new cable outlet to an outside wall and wanted to find out what kind of drill bit is needed to drill through and feed the coax cable as well as anything else to be mindful of. ...
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What is the best way to install speakers to interior/exterior of house?

I want to install 4 interior speakers and one exterior speaker, as shown on the diagram below. (S indicates speaker, S (?) indicates 2 possible locations). There is dry wall between the rooms and ...
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Where do I attach the earth conductor on a plastic fixture?

I'm replacing some outdoor lights. The old ones were metal, and the earth wire was connected to a screw on the base. The new fixtures are plastic, and there's no earthing screw. Where should I connect ...
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Can I wire a Bathroom Fan to two Switches in Parallel?

I want to control a bathroom exhaust fan with a wall timer, and a 24 vac relay. Basically both switches would be wired in parallel. Is this safe to do?
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Is there any code for running Ethernet cable (through attics)?

We have an unfinished attic - the insulation-everywhere, step-in-the-wrong-place-and-fall-through-the-ceiling kind. I'd like to run Ethernet cable through the attic. I know for Romex, I'd have to ...
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daisy chain more outlets; wiring

I have an outlet in a bedroom and want to add a couple more outlets in the room adjacent... I'll be running 12/2 wire for the new outlets the problem is that the outlet in going to tap into has two ...
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Ceiling fan wall switch issue

I installed a ceiling fan without a light in a location that previously only had a light. The fan has been working well for almost a year, but the wall switch has always had the speeds reversed (0 is ...
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How would I wire a 4 position switch?

I work from home in a house with roommates and I would like to set up a light system to let them know if it's OK to disturb me during my work. I was thinking a stoplight system of Red: Do not disturb ...
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What size wire to use [duplicate]

What is the maximum distance from a 220V/20amp circuit breaker to an 2000watt electric baseboard heater using 12/2? At what distance would it require 10/2?
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What is the maximum 12/2 wire length from a 20A breaker to a baseboard heater?

What is the maximum distance from a 220V/20amp circuit breaker to an 2000 watt electric baseboard heater using 12/2? At what distance would it require 10/2?
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How can I bend wire that is too thick to manage easily?

Such a silly question but please help me! The wires leading to my pool pump are probably 10 or 12 gauge. When i bend them in a loop i cant get them around the screw because there is no give to the ...
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Replacement thermostat wiring

I have an American Standard heat pump AC. I'm replacing a White-Rodgers manual thermostat (where I move a switch from cold to heat) with a Honeywell RTH7600 (which will automatically switch from cold ...
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How to protect against shock from exposed romex?

In my attic, the truss upright in the picture below is really the only hand-hold available when pulling oneself up the last few steps on the attic access stairs. It has always bothered me that I have ...
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How do you wire multiple outlets between three way switches?

I am trying to put my basement lights onto a three way circuit and can not find any examples of how to wire the circuit correctly. I have power (12/2) coming into a box with a three way switch, then ...
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Wiring a switch to an outlet to control Garbage disposal

I have a gfs outlet with the power coming to it.Can i install a swith next to it to go to a outlet under my sink to power the garbage disposal
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Choosing a power supply, breaker amperage and wire size for a 220V welder

I have a new SMAW welding machine (80-250A) and I want to use it at home. I don't know yet how to make an outlet for it. Would it be correct to plug it into an outlet in my house with a 15-amp ...
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Why would a light switch be wired with the neutral wire?

I'm having trouble installing a WEMO wall switch. The light I want to use it on is a single on/off switch, not a 3 way switch. When I remove the face plate, the neutral wire is wired to the light ...
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Problem with service drop

I have overhead wire providing my two phase electric service. The line from the pole appears to be relatively new and the splice connectors appear to be in good condition as well. However, there is ...
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How do I wire a switched outlet with the switch downstream?

Can I simply use the same switch loop technique as with a light? in combination with this: replacing the light with the final outlet?
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How to solve a miswiring of neutral and ground

An Outlet in the dining room which had a microwave plugged into it stopped working. I found 120+ volts from hot to ground and 96+ from hot to neutral. Also at one point my "three light tester" showed ...