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

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Integrating hard-wired smoke detectors with fire sprinkler waterflow sensing

If you are in a house with interconnected smoke detectors (hardwired or hardwired/battery combo), can you interconnect them with the waterflow switch for a home fire sprinkler system, or do you need ...
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Replacing an electrical cord

I was given a couch recently, and it has electric components to recline and perform other functions. We moved this 200+ pound couch down a flight of stairs, across a city, and up 2 more flights of ...
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Reverse wiring basement lights

Can existing basement lights wired in succession from the main electric panel, with the last light on a switch be reverse wired so that all of the lights can be controlled by the switch?
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Why does a wall plug show only 20V instead of 120V?

I have two outlets that test at 20V, or sometimes 60V. They should be 120V.
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Replacing Bathroom vent, heat light combo and wiring is weird

I am replacing a bathroom vent, light, heater combo. The wiring from the house has three switches, but has only two lines with three wires (black, white and ground). The new vent, light and heater has ...
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Replaced a Heat/Light/Vent with a vent only. There does not seem to be a hot wire:

The three gang box previously had a HLV combined switch plus a switch that operated a separate light. Stupidly, I removed and discarded the switches and units (light and HLV) without studying the ...
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What size fuse wire do I need for a 4 kW single phase 220V geyser?

What is the type and gauge of wire that I should use for fuse wire which is feeding a 4 kW single-phase geyser?
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Can I use a split tab switch for mains voltage and low voltage?

LeGrand (Pass & Seymour) make a multi-control single pole switch with a split tab TM8113WCC, which allows for the control of two independent circuits on a single yoke (one box). Code question: is ...
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Can a GFCI receptacle share the neutral wire of another circuit?

When I connect my GFCI receptacle on one circuit that shares the neutral wire with another circuit, it immediately faults out. If I remove the second circuit from the neutral there is no problem.
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How do I install a SensaSwitch on a 3-way circuit?

I recently purchased a SensaSwitch, Manual-ON / Timed-OFF (PDF of instructions) and I cannot install it in such a way that it performs as I desire. I have a switch at the top of my basement stairs and ...
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Why would a motion sensor cause the light to flicker?

I recently installed a motion sensor light and was called back because the light was "flickering" at half brightness rather than staying on brightly. I tested the power and found good voltage, but ...
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How to wire multi-control rocker switch

What's the correct way to wire a multi-control rocker switch (e.g. Leviton 1755) that has three switches on one yoke with a common supply? What wire(s) do I run from the switches to each of the ...
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How can I independently control a light and fan, where only a single hot wire is used?

The apartment I live in was built with a ceiling fan installed, but the landlord replaced the fan with a model that has a light built in. He's put a controller in the ceiling that has fan and light ...
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What is a GFI outlet used for, and where should I install them?

What purpose does a GFI serve? Where should they be used?
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What could cause my newly installed electrical outlets to not work?

I replaced several electrical outlets in the house today and one outlet is not working at all, and the other two outlets only have one of two plugs working. I've looked over them again and all wires ...
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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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Is it possible to replace a fusebox lever without replacing the whole box?

I'm pretty new to DIY stuff... but I'm selling my home soon and was wondering if it was possible for an electrician to fix just the part causing the lever to not come down in my garage's fusebox ...
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Why do people run 12-3 cable to feed completely different circuits?

Been updating circuits in my basement and I'm horrified at the previous work that has been done. Improperly routed cables, overloaded junction boxes and, in two separate instances, 12-3 cable feeding ...
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Running board dimensions

I need to install a running board on which to attached some cables going perpendicular to joists. Is there a minimum size that one should use? I'm planning on installing some 6x1"s.
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Is it a subpanel?

I am putting in a new one hundred amp load center. I have a present on/off main panel mounted next to the new load center. My question: Is the new load center now considered to be a sub panel? If ...
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How should I run stripped cable through conduits?

I have a 6/3 NM-B cable that is to be run through a Southwire Ultratite conduit to an external outlet for a generator. I plan to strip the cable prior to threading through the conduit: 1. for ease of ...
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30amp power cord to 20amp breaker?

I am converting a cargo trailer into a camping trailer, including wiring it to have power from and RV hookup. The most common RV hookup is a 30amp. Since i don't really need the 30amp power, my plan ...
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Why is the live wire reading live, but the neutral is not, in my lighting circuit?

A ceiling light has failed and I have removed it. The circuit that it was part of (eight other downstairs lights) is working fine. BUT the supply cable from this circuit to the failed light is 'live' ...
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How do I add wire to a rusted electric box?

I'm adding a plug to a closet so that I can put my server and router in there. I am trying to daisy chain it off of the nearest plug, but when I try to remove any of the knockouts they won't budge, ...
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This light won't turn on

So, I was around my partners house the other day and they have a light on the landing that does not work - I don't think it has ever worked since they moved into the house and being an electronic ...
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What can I use to lubricate CAT6 cables while installing them?

I am about to run some network wires inside the wall at home. I had already done so but apparently too much pressure on them while pulling caused one of the pairs to go bad and therefore prevent ...
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How do I wire a 2 way toggle switch to a flourescent fixture?

We are replacing a light that had a pull string on/off with a florescent fixture that we have put a toggle switch on. Question is... How to wire it? The toggle switch has 2 black wires and the wires ...
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Right way to add standard receptacle to this GFCI circuit

I've read Can I add a standard receptacle on a GFCI circuit and have a similar situation in that I need to add a receptacle to an existing GFCI circuit, but when I pulled the existing GFCI plug from ...
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Which side of a two-wire cable should be used for “hot”?

I bought a custom length of a 16/2 cable (two 16-gauge stranded wires, individually insulated). The two wires have identical colors and insulation; the only thing to tell them apart is that along ...
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How do I choose a recessed alarm contact switch?

With so many window and door recessed contact switches, how does one decide the best one for the application? I was leaning towards Ademco 3/8" Diameter Miniature Press Fit Magnetic Contact, for ...
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1948 fabric sheathed outlet wires, can I ground to box?

Home built in 1948. The outlets have no ground wire and use fabric sheathed copper wire.can i run a ground wire from recepticle to the metal outlet box itself, as apposed to no ground at all? How can ...
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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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How do electricians quickly choose electrical box sizes?

I've got my copy of "Electrical Wiring: Residential" 18th ed, complete with all the information, tables, and formulae for choosing electrical box sizes, but I've got to imagine that experienced ...
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Help with electrical plan. What's right, wrong, suggestions?

I'm trying to plan ahead for an electrical project on my basement. New ceiling lights (recessed and not), corresponding switches and some new outlets. I put a drawing together and I was wondering if I ...
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How to prep wiring for new lights in basement ceiling?

I have an old, fully finished, basement and I want to install new recessed lighting in the ceiling. My biggest scare is in wiring. Where and how can I find the necessary wires and run them through to ...
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Why Is My Dryer Vent Electrically Charged

I recently purchased a home built in the 1980s. When I went to hook up my 3-pronged dryer cord (with L), I noticed the outlet is the old 3-prong (all straight) typically used for ranges. I switched ...
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How can I safely splice wires inside a lamp?

I am making a Steampunk style lamp with black pipe. My intention is to use three lamp sockets as part of the design. I will have one cord coming out of the lamp as the plugin. However, I am not ...
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Can I run two 72" 7.2amp 240V baseboard heating units on one 12-3 wire supply

I would like to add two Baseboard heating units at my cottage under the front 8' windows. Is it possible and safe to run one 12-3 wire as supply? Looking at Cadet 72" units at 208V and 7.2 amps. ...
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How do I connect a chandelier to this ceiling wiring?

I just moved in to a 16 year old house and replacing a ceiling fan with chandelier. Chandelier has conventional white, black and ground. The fan was connected to red and ground only, which I guess was ...
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How do I wire an additional recessed light to an existing switched circuit?

I am installing an additional potlight to an existing circuit in an older house. I wanted to control the potlight with an existing switch that controls other existing lights. I was able to fish a wire ...
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Installing Coax & Cat6 in 2-Gang with Electrical?

Using a 2-gang box, can I install a (1) outlet, (2) coax, and (3) Cat-6 line without code or interference issues? I have an existing 1-gang box with electrical that I am running the coax and cat-6 ...
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What is the proper wiring for a NEMA 14-30 240v receptacle?

We moved into a resale home, the previous owners had a Gas Dryer, we have an Electric. The laundry room has a NEMA 14-30 receptacle installed. I hooked up our brand new dryer and it didn't get power. ...
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Can I have splices in an electrical panel?

Adding 220 to garage no room in my 125 amp main panel. Subpanel will be 10 ft from main will be removing 3 15amp and 1 20 amp breaker to add 50 amp breaker in its place. I'm I allowed to have splices ...
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3 wire receptacles in a 2 wire system

Just purchased home has 3 wire receptacles in 2 wire system which the lower of the two plug ins are controlled by a wall switch. There are 6 of these on one room. How does a GFCI replacement ...
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Exposed Romex cable on garage ceiling without conduit protection

I am working on an old house. The garage ceiling (attic floor) has exposed beams (ie. it doesn't have sheetrock on the underside that provides for a finished ceiling). The power to the garage door ...
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2 prong wiring nightmare

I went to open up my outlet to see if it has a metal box. The previous owner wired in 3 prong outlets. I look and there is no ground which i suspected. But they also have 2 neutral electrical tape ...
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Can I route coaxial cable for tv through a gas fireplace?

Cable guy told me to drill a hole from outside in right through sheet metal in gas chimney to connect tv to cable mounted on mantle?
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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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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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How do I connect a light fixture to a 3-way circuit?

hi I'm in a little pickle here. I installed/ replaced a ceiling light fixture in my foyer about 2 years ago and I forget how to connect the wires. I went from a 2 black 2 white 1 red and one copper ...