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

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Electric wire fishing

So I've started finishing my basement. First thing is to put LED recessed lights in. I'm going to string 4-6 LEDs together......problem is the ceiling is fixed and I don't feel like tearing the ...
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How to leave low voltage wiring behind wall?

I am having a new home built and I am putting in my own low voltage wiring. In addition to standard network wiring, I am hoping to install CAT6 wiring for a few potential future tasks: surveillance ...
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When NOT to use GFI outlets

Recently renovated a kitchen, including adding 2 GFI outlets: one by the sink and one on the opposite wall near stove. City inspector ordered that the one by the sink be removed. What reason would ...
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Z-Wave Three Way Wiring

We purchased a set of Z-Wave three way light switches a while back, finally getting around to installing them. However, our wiring does not match the instructions. Instructions call for power to the ...
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Ethernet cable instead of Thermostat wire?

I need to pull new wire from my furnace to my thermostat and was wondering if there would be any problems in using an Ethernet cable instead of standard thermostat wiring. The reason being is I have ...
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Is it ok to wire light switches and lights with 12/2 cable?

It sounds like light switches and lights are usually wired with 14/2 cable. Is it okay to use 12/2 cable instead? Would I need special switches?
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Which one of these 5 pin 3 phase connectors is more standard? [closed]

Images: http://imgur.com/a/BItbR One is rated 16A "Dafr-164m" and another is rated 32A "Typ 2" We have a 16A breaker quite a ways from our house ~50m. We asked someone and they said they use both. We ...
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Did I wire my Nest thermostat correctly?

I installed a Nest 3rd Gen thermostat in my house over the weekend, and am not 100% sure I did it correctly. It powers on, and air does come out, however the force of the air isn't strong as it used ...
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What could cause fluorescent lights to sporadically not come on?

My kitchen has 9 26W fluorescent can lights (not CFLs - they have external ballasts). Often when I turn the switch on, particularly after they've been off for at least several minutes, about 4 of ...
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New House Wiring in Attic + Conduit

I own an old house (50s) for which the electrical is outdated (no ground, etc), so I am in the process of rewiring the whole house. The attic has tons of insulation (loose insulation atop fiberglass ...
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Rewiring house and replacing breaker panel. Wiring layout and breaker selections

I'm doing a major kitchen and bathroom remodel project and decided the old federal pacific breaker box needs to be replaced. Since I'll be rewiring the bath and kitchen, I figured it makes sense to ...
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Do i need a n extra wire to address this wiring issue?

Ok I pulled 1 cable which was- 14-2 gauge wire outside to a gazebo. I want to hook up in order a switch(gfci)( All switches in this diagram will be gfci even if not needed). A switch for a ...
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Coast 3-way — does this conform with Code?

For those who aren't familiar, the California or Coast 3-way switching arrangement is a method of wiring a three-way switch circuit that is used when both a switched and an unswitched hot are desired ...
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When doing electrical work, what do I use to check wires are safe?

If I am thinking of replacing a light switch, a light-fitting, a socket/outlet or doing other work with household wiring where there may be 120 Volts or 240 volts present ... There is already a ...
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How can I convert two recessed lights on a single pole switch to two separate lights with light controls?

I have a bedroom with two recessed can lights operating from one wall switch. I would like to add a ceiling fan/light to one of the outlets and convert the other to a track light with its own light ...
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Changing out programmable Light Switch, wire help needed!

When we moved into our house 4 years ago that was built back in 1960 we had the programmable light switch that controls the front porch light replaced by an electrician that was doing some other work ...
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Replacing Ceiling Fan/Light with light only wiring mystery

My daughter in law called because she had tried to replace an ugly ceiling fan and light fixture with a light only fixture and whenever she threw the wall switch it tripped the breaker. I thought it ...
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Why do I need such thick wires in household electrical installation?

I am running electricity (for light and a couple of outlets) into my garden. I am trying to decide on which wire thickness I need to choose. FWIW, I am in Europe. The whole house is wired with two ...
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How to wire a bathroom fan with a timer?

From what I understand there are 3 ways to wire a bathroom fan: Together with the lights (both are on or off); Individual switches for lights and fan; Put the fan (and maybe the light) on a presence ...
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Voltage between Red and Copper; and Black an Copper, but not white

I have some 14/3 Romex coming out of the wall. It used to power ceiling fans with a light on different switches (one turned on the light, another the fan). I did some work down circuit and was ...
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Three-way switches to control top outlet of multiple receptacles

I am in the process of renovating the livingroom in my 1930's era house which only has two non-switched outlets in one 12x12 room. I would like some receptacles to have one switched and one non-...
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While replacing a GFCI I find it has 2 circuits running into it. New GFCI trips

House sale, inspector pointed out the GFCI at the front of my garage was failing his tester. Trip light was always on but it still fed power. Skip to the end if this is too wordy, but I wanted to ...
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What gauge wire do I need for my dryer?

I want to add a washer & dryer to my garage, but breaker box is on the wrong side of house. No matter which way I run the wire, its 110 feet of wire required. Will 8-3 with ground work? Or is ...
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Removing bulb causes a different fixture to go out

I have ceiling fixtures, let's call them A and B. Normally, both fixtures are always on (lit) -- no switch controls them. When I remove the bulb from A, fixture B goes out. Here's how it looks ...
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What to do with white neutral wire?

I am installing an electric cooktop that has black and red conductor wires (plus the ground wire). However, the circuit line has black, red and white wires. Since there isn't a matching white wire ...
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How to power Honeywell wifi thermostat with external transformer

I want to install A Honeywell RTH 6580 WF thermostat in my garage for heat only . My heater is a simple LP gas, hanging unit heater; heat only and my thermostat has two wires labeled W and R . I ...
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“Professional” termination of mains wires

I am looking for a way to terminate stranded wires like this: But in the DIY shops and I only find isolated ferrules with coloured plastic tubes to be put on top of the isolated part of the wire. ...
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Wiring Transition from Inside of wall to Outside of Wall for hard-wired appliance

I am installing an electric kickspace/toe kick heater as part of my kitchen remodel. I do not quite understand how to transition the supply wiring from inside the wall to the space underneath of the ...
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Wiring a plug. Non UK coloured wires

I am trying to wire a plug into a 6" inline fan for our bathroom but I do not recognise the colours used for the wiring. I am based in the UK. I've attached an image. Which one is neutral? And I am ...
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Does this NM cable require protection?

We're selling our home and the buyer's inspector says the white cable in these photos must be protected from damage, by either a conduit or instead using a metallic cable. It's connected to the ...
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Service box with no neutral bar

I'm trying to add a 30amp, 110V RV connection box to my house but the service box has no neutral bar, what do I do with the white neutral wire? This is a picture of the main panel by the meter. ...
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Can I rewire my ceiling fan to make it move faster?

I installed a fan outside and it has no light, just a fan. It does have remote though. I capped off the red wire and used white, black and green. The fan at its highest setting does not move very fast ...
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It it safe to have a 15 amp GFCI outlet on a 50 amp GFCI breaker?

My friend just got rid of her hot tub. The person that took it put an outlet where the tub was. He put in a 15 amp GFCI at the outlet but left the 50 amp GFCI breaker in the panel box. Is this ...
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How should I end this wiring?

I am doing a minor reno in a new house. I took out a wall and in it was two strands of 12-2 that went to one outlet. That wiring will not be used anymore, I don't want to splice into them or run ...
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How do I connect my whole house humidifier to my furnace?

Connecting Desert spring Humidifier to the furnace: Do I eliminate the 24V transformer that came with it? The furnace Keeprite has the the electronic board says Humidifier W1 and C. where can I ...
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When is it OK to use stranded wires in fixed installation?

I have heard many times that fixed installation requires single core wires while the flexible stranded wires are designed for movable devices like vacuum cleaners and TVs. I know that a stranded ...
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One specific light fixture seems to be killing my LED bulbs

I have all LED bulbs in my house, the nice CREE models that look like this. They've all been great, except for the ones I put in my bathroom's four-bulb fixture. One by one, all the bulbs in this ...
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NEMA 14-30 in 1-gang box

I recently wired a new laundry room for a family member's renovation project. He already had the electrical materials on hand and all of his boxes attached to the studs, so I ended up installing the ...
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Why is an outlet box outside of the wall?

I'm considering putting an offer in on a house and am questioning this outlet prior to being able to do a home inspection. Is there any reason to be alarmed that this outlet is boxed outside of the ...
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What is the proper way to bring power to this pump?

I purchased this pump to transfer water from a holding tank in a self remodeled travel trailer up to the sink. The pump is an "on demand" style where it will pump pressure in the water line up against ...
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Moving electrical panel. Do I need to rewire all circuits?

We are planning a large remodel in our home. As part of creating a basement apartment we have to relocate the electrical panel so that it's accessible to us as well as the tenants. We will do that by ...
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How can I get a shock from a circuit when the breaker is off?

While I was replacing an old outlet, I received a shock from something in the box. I think it was the metal box itself. Before I started, I performed the following to ensure the power was out: ...
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How to properly wire a ceiling light fixture?

I rent an apartment and a tenant installed ceiling fan that was not well secured to the ceiling. I removed the fan and attempted to re-install the original light fixture after he moved out. I am ...
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How is the Air Conditioning wiring supposed to connect to my furnace?

My dog has chewed through my wires on my unit that turn on my fan at the ac unit. This is not the first time. Its always been an easy fix until now. He actuall pulled the wire from the unit and I ...
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Can I change an outlet circuit to 240V (NEMA 6)?

I'm in an American house sitting in a jurisdiction that applies NEC 2014 unaltered. I've got a home office room with all the outlets on one 20A circuit. It is legal to 2014 code in all respects. Who ...
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When is it generally safe/acceptable to use a wire nut?

Can someone please clarify for me when exactly it's safe/acceptable to use wire nuts? Regional building codes withstanding, I think the general rules of thumb are: Only use wire nuts in enclosed/...
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What should I do if the AFCI breaker neutral pigtail is too short?

I am wiring a house that I built, and code says I need an AFCI for the bedroom circuit. The panel that I will be installing this AFCI breaker in is a subpanel, so my ground/neutrals are on 2 ...
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Can I use 6/3 NM-B cable for a 120v 20 amp circuit?

I just removed a hot tub spa from my backyard. I am wondering if I might be able to use the 6/3 cable for an outdoor electrical outlet? Could I change the breaker to a 120v 20 amp breaker. Then ...
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How do I rewire two light fixtures controlled by two three way switches into two separate circuits?

I apologize if the title doesn't make sense so let me explain what I'm working with and what I'm trying to do. Currently, the light fixture in my foyer and the light fixture in my front hallway are ...
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What's the best way to track buried electrical wire that's not live?

We bought a house that has light posts in the yard, scattered across 100 feet or so. I know there is buried wiring (probably no more than 12" deep) that supplies these lights, but this is a crazy old ...