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

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Do I need to run a ground from my main panel to the new sub panel 100' away?

Do I need to run a ground from my main panel to the new sub panel 100' away or can I establish the ground at the shop location ie. UFER?
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What is the appropriate wire gauge for 30A DC? [closed]

If my project uses 30A DC, what wire gauge should I be using?
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Is a splice permitted in a PVC conduit body?

I'm talking about something like this Type LB Conduit Body
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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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How should I go about installing a 12 volt DC residential circuit?

I have a couple deep cycle batteries that trickle charge from a solar panel, for emergency use. Right now the only way I get useful power from them is to use a 12VDC -> 120VAC inverter, e.g. the type ...
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I have a pool pump on a 30 amp circuit. Can I add a 20 amp GFCI outlet to that same 30 amp breaker. Pump is on 12 gauge wire

I want to put a 20 amp GFCI receptacle on a 30 amp breaker. Is this ok? The 30 amp breaker is for a pool pump on 115v.
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how to replace single pole switch with red wire to an occupancy sensor

I have an outlet that is currently controlled by a single pole switch. There are other receptacles on the same breaker that are always on. I want the Leviton IPSD6 Occupancy sensor (that is also a ...
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Should neutral be bonded to ground in main and subpanels?

I had a licensed electrician replace my main panel and also install a subpanel in my garage. At the time I knew nothing about electrical, and now I know just barely more than nothing. I have ...
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240 volt house wiring, 130 volts on one leg and 112 volts on the other?

In my folks old farm house, at the panels main input from outside. L1 is 130v. L2 is 112v. When a load is applied both legs down voltage, allot! Anywhere from 10 to 20v. The wires running from the ...
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Hooked up new programmable timer, but concerned about red wire

Ok so I hooked up the new switch its a Defiant Model # 49814 purchased from Home Depot and I have another question, the red wire when tested with the NCVT is registering high voltage along with the ...
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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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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 code legal to mark neutrals that actually are neutral?

USA/NEC question, Another recent question has a white wire which is marked with tape, but is actually a neutral. So what? Suppose you have 4 neutrals running in a raceway, and you need to ...
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Do I need to change my wire?

I am not an engineer nor an electrician but I just installed an Atmor 5.5kw water heater with a 12mm wire and a 30amp breaker at 220 voltage. I install it separately with plastic molding outside my ...
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Replacing pendant lights and have a question on all the ceiling box wires

I'm trying to change our existing 2 pendant lights over our kitchen island to new ones we purchased. House was built in 2005 (modular home). After removing 1 of the existing pendant lights I panicked ...
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installing sub panel in garage off of house main

My garage is between 80 & 100 ft. from the main panel . In the garage will be 2-3 flourecent lights , a 17,000 btu 240 volt heater , eventually a welding machine (either 240 volt or a 120 volt ...
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Stuck light switch

My light switch is stuck in the off position. What has caused this and is it dangerous? We haven't been doing any electrical work. It seems to have gotten stuck by itself.
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How can I install ceiling mounted recessed occupancy sensors?

I am looking to replace my current lighting circuit with a motion detector and wondering what is the best way to do this? I currently have 6 spot lights, controlled by 2 switches on either side of ...
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Are power outlets in a home out of phase with each other?

I'm working on a science project and there's one aspect of home wiring I need to find out (don't worry, I'm not messing with wiring - this is all on paper). Since 120V outlets in a home can be wired ...
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How to properly relocate wiring on different circuits

We're in the process of remodeling our kitchen and removing soffits around the perimeter of the room. I've opened up a portion of it above our cooktop and refrigerator and wanted to get some advice ...
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LEDs on dimmer, left alone, eventually fade to off

I replaced some halogen bulbs in my recessed cans with some LED retrofit kits I also replaced the dimmer with a new digital LED dimmer. When I dim the lights down to a low-ish setting, I can wait ...
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What Size Heat Shrink Tubing for Splicing Lamp Wire (SPT-2 18-2 AWG)?

I am splicing some lamp cables. The cable is SPT-2 18-2 lamp wire. First I will be using some vinyl insulated butt splices rated for 22-18 AWG and 600v to make the connection. Then, I want to cover ...
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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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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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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 ...