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

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Adding push button to Chamberlain opener

Added a doorbell push button to newly installed Chamberlain garage door opener...linked push button wires to same contacts as the incoming control pad inputs (red and white). Doesn't work. Is this ...
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Can you break an oven with wrong wiring?

What would most likely happen if you wired in an oven the wrong way, ie double positive, or double negative, or positive to negative and negative to positive?
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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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Electric shock from pellet stove

I accidentally let some hot pellets fly out of my pellet stove while stupidly cleaning the glass while it was on. The few pellets melted some of the carpet. I put them out with some water. When i went ...
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Specialty stove wire and box fill

This armored wire shows 2 sets of wire crimped and a ground. For box fill would this be considered 3 or 5? Does this increase amprage and voltage allowances? Is there any other circumstances a ...
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Why did my RCD trip when I was working on my de-energised lighting ring?

I'm replacing a light in my hallway. Before starting, I turned the light on, turned off the lighting-ring breaker, confirmed the light went out, and then turned off the light-switch for good measure. ...
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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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Moving Virgin media modem super hub

We are having some renovation done to the house and moving the Virgin media super hub to a new room. After some previous advice I already put in place some wf100 cable in place in the new room when it ...
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What are my options for installing 240v receptacles in an attached garage?

My workshop (attached garage) is currently wired with 120V receptacles fed from the main panel in the house by #10/3 with ground (1 black, 1 red, 1 white, 1 ground) attached to a double-pole 30A ...
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Wiring a hot tub pump

What gauge wire should I use to run 8 feet from a 13 amp pump to the control box . The wire it came with is 14 ga. But only 4 feet. Could I splice it?
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Wiring problem with panasonic bath fan with 3 2 wire cables & 1 3 wire cable in box

I'm running into trouble wiring a Panasonic FV-05-11VKSL1 Whisper Select Fan/Light. In the switch box I have 3 2 wire cables and 1 3 wire cable. I'm using a single pole dual switch. For the top ...
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Installing circuit for tanning bed 220v 30 amp

I'm installing a circuit for a tanning bed to treat my son's psoriasis but I've seen some conflicting info regarding proper wire gauge. Would it be correct to use 10ga copper or 8ga alu or do I need ...
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Can induction in parallel ungrounded cables lead to false continuity readings with a multimeter?

I have two old circuits with no ground wires in which cables run parallel to each other for 20 feet or so. I had both circuits powered off today and was testing some things for unrelated reasons when ...
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Hot wire splits into two neutrals that take different routes back to panel; is this legit?

I discovered this in the course of replacing an old ungrounded receptacle with a GFCI. I connected a run of lights controlled by three-way switches (two switches) to the load side. Afterwards, as soon ...
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Bathroom Electrical question GFI

Can I run a 12 2 wire off of a 20 amp breaker to a splitter box, then from the splitter box run one 12 2 wire to a light switch, then to 5 can lights? Then one more wire from the splitter box to ...
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Replacing light switch with dimmer switch… white wire?

On a three gang switch, I'm replacing a single pole light switch with an electronic dimmer and a second single pole light switch with a WeMo switch. The third switch is getting replaced with a ...
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Taking power from double light switch to GFCI outlet

I am redoing some wiring in my bathroom. I have a vanity light on a single switch, a vent fan and ceiling light combo on a double switch and a GFCI outlet that are wired together in that order. It ...
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Wiring 3-way switch

I'm currently rewiring my basement and have done all the circuits but one. In an effort to save time/effort/money, I was wondering if it was possible to have a circuit with a 3-way switch that ...
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UK: Is it safe to bypass a light switch?

Is it safe to join the live & switched-live wires behind a switch so the light is permanently on? And if so, what would be the best method (connector block, crimp, etc)?
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How to install low voltage bracket through a drywall block?

When installing an old work low voltage ring/bracket in a room (for a network plug), I cut the hole where there is a block behind the drywall. The block is what looks to be a 1x4, going vertically ...
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How to fish NM cable up, over, and back down

I am trying to fish a cable up from an outlet/switch box, over a door, and back down to a box outside. What is the best method to fish the cable?
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Looking for or adding a ground to an existing NEMA 10-30 socket

I have an unused older 3-wire dryer socket (NEMA 10-30R) in my garage, I would like to upgrade this to a NEMA 14-30 socket with an separate ground. I'll be using this for an EVSE unit for electrical ...
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3 wire service to panel… neutral and ground wires on the same bar?

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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If I want to add an additional receptacle, which wires do I tap from an existing receptacle?

I have an existing receptacle that used to have both the top and bottom outlet controlled by a switch. I made the entire receptacle permanently hot by disconnecting the switch and connecting all the ...
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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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Add motion sensor and timer so either can turn on front lights

I currently have 4 fixtures, 2 recessed above the garage and 2 enclosed lamps near the front door. They're controlled by a switch that has a builtin timer. I'd like these lights to come on around ...
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1 nest to control all vales on UFH manifold?

We are having an extension done and intend on having all underfloor heating in the new area. Currently we have a valiant combi boiler supplying the main house which has been T'd off with a valve for ...
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Purpose of mercury switch in old doorbell

I moved recently and the new house has a vintage doorbell. It's by Friedland, but there's no other identifying information that would help me find a manual. All the wires had been disconnected by the ...
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Is surface-mounted cabling on my basement ceiling a threat to my safety?

I am concerned about a wiring issue in a basement of a home I will be moving to. Someone put paneling on the ceiling and the wiring is stapled to the paneling and some of the wires are bundled ...
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Wiring connections for cooktop range

I have a power source with black, white and bare wires. My cook top has black, white, green and red wires. After connecting black to black and white to white, not sure what to do with the bare wire ...
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Ceiling light won't switch off after replacement

I am replacing a ceiling light fixture. I thought about replacing switch at same time, but didn't. It is one light fixture on one switch using a red, black, white and ground cable. The switch is ...
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Three hot wires,1 neutral on a switch

I am trying to replace an outlet, but am having trouble figuring out how to wire it properly. The top receptacle on the outlet is supposed to be connected to a switch. When the switch is turned on the ...
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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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Can I combine two separate outdoor lights onto one three way switch?

Currently I have two outdoor lights on two separate switches. I would like to have them both on the same switch and be able to turn on with either switch location. Can a three way switch be added at ...
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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 to connect lamp to ceiling wiring (EU)?

I have three wires coming out of the ceiling socket for a lamp. 2 browns are bundled together and there's also a blue one. How should I connect a lamp to it? Does it matter which end I connect to ...
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Voltage not detected on either switch terminal when switch is turned on

I am in the process of replacing switches in my 1920's home which was renovated in 1970. While doing so I am creating notes of what wires exist and do not exist in each box. I found a light switch ...
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Can I run THHN wires through an attic without conduit?

I have a new workshop and I'm running 6/3 out to it. My run will need to go from my existing panel through the attic, down an external column (with normal housing siding) and then into an underground ...
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Is raceway wiring allowed in a bathroom?

I need to re-wire my bathroom (I live in Oregon, USA), and for various reasons, it would be much easier to install raceway than to try and get everything wired through the walls/ceiling. Is raceway ...
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Can I protect a dimmer switch circuit with a GFCI outlet?

I'm installing some line-level-dimmable LED undercabinet lighting in my kitchen. I'd like to protect it with one of the existing GFCI outlets in the area. My sequence would be GFCI > dimmer switch > ...
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Review of my electrical plans

I am finishing a basement. It is wide open with no rooms, just a structural cinder block/I-beam wall. I am adding a home office to one corner. This is a bit long, but I want to be sure to include all ...
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How To Fix Severed Sprinkler Solenoid Wire?

I re-opened my sprinkler system this season to discover that one of the zones would not go off on it's own. After visually inspecting the valves, I see that the issue is that one of the two wires ...
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How to run wires through a wall with existing wall wiring? (Tight Spaces)

So I have a coaxial cable that I need to run from my TV to my sound system and there are already holes in the wall with wires from the last home owner. I've already tried using fishtape to run the ...
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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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wiring a oven with 4 wires to home service with 3 wires

My new oven has 4 wires and my old oven had 4 wires but my home service only has 3. I found that the old oven had the white wire connected to the ground should i do the same hook up?
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Should we be rewiring or pigtailing the aluminum wiring in our condo?

We have purchased a condo home that was built in 1975. The inspector brought up the hazards of aluminum wiring. Since we have very little knowledge regarding this area we were wondering if we should ...
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Remote Switch wiring for a gas log fire place

I have a remote switch outside my gas log fireplace to turn the fireplace burner on and off. I've been having problems with the standard thermostat wiring that was supplied with my remote switch. The ...
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Metal junction box shows 5V relative to ground when circuit powered. Why?

I have a small, octagonal junction box in my basement with one 2-wire-no-ground cable going in and a standard porcelain lightbulb fixture attached to the bottom. In the process of investigating an ...
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Single breaker, split wire that is inaccessible and one wire not working

I have an upstairs bedroom and main level entryway light that are on the same breaker. The entryway light is working, but the bedroom is not. I have found a wire in the bedroom crawl/attic that ...