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

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How can I run USB to every room in the house?

I want to run USB to every room in the house. I saw USB wall sockets on the internet. Is it possible (using multiple Raspberry PI or some sort of extenders) to have USB in every room? I'm thinking I ...
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Should I install 10 AWG or re-use the existing 8 AWG?

My new built in oven uses a 30 amp/10AWG wiring connection. My old oven has 40 amp/8 AWG wiring. Is it possible to use this connection with just switching a breaker?
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How should I run electrical wire perpendicular to exposed joists in my basement?

I have some questions in regards to running electrical in an exposed, unfinished basement environment. I understand that wire running parallel to floor joists should be at least 1.25" above the bottom ...
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Wiring an outside outlet

I have Cedar Siding and would like to tap into a inside outlet and put a outside outlet on the siding.. Can I use a plastic old box and but in siding or do I need to use a metal box and have it on the ...
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“Stringing” conduit together

Is it OK to take a piece of string and slip the conduit pieces you are putting together onto it before you assemble them? I was thinking that doing this would be easier than trying to fish or feed a ...
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When wiring outlets should I use pigtails or both sets of outlet screws?

I'm replacing the outlets in our house and pulled out one that had two black and two white cables. My first thought was that it was two circuits, one of them being switched, but then realized the tab ...
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Why is it good practice to remove sheathing from NM wire when going through conduit?

I've been discussing specifics of an electrical job with a licensed electrician and he mentioned that in my area, it's acceptable/recommended to feed 12 gauge NM wire through an outdoor conduit but ...
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replaceing a toggle switch for EXHAUST fan for small bathroom with a rocker switch

I have a bathroom with two SEPARATELY TOGGLE switches;one for the light and one for the exhaust fan.I have updated the light switch with a dimmer/motion sensor rocker style switch. NOW my question is ...
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Which wire should be capped when replacing an old 4 wire smoke alarm with a 3 wire alarm

We have to replace an old 4 wire smoke alarm, wire colours are: white, black, orange, brown, in our condo with a 3 wire smoke/co2 alarm. My question is which wire from the old system should be capped ...
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How do I replace a 3-way switch on 2-wire cable with a programmable timer switch?

I'm using the same Honeywell Programmable Timer from my last question, but under different conditions. In particular, I'm replacing a 3-way switch on 2-wire cable. Here is a schematic showing the ...
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Adding work shop to garage

I am planning on building a wood workshop attached to my garage. I have a 220 line already on the outside wall of my garage with two 20 amp breakers. Can I install a 60amp sub box in place of the ...
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How do I replace a single pole light switch with a programmable timer switch?

We have a light switch box containing three single pole switches (no ground terminal) in the foyer near the front door. I would like to replace the light switch controlling the porch lights with the ...
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How do I rewire this ceiling fan?

Hi someone was cleaning the dust off a ceiling fan in my house today and the screw broke off from the ceiling so we had to take it apart to fix it. Now we are trying to figure out the wiring the ...
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How do I rewire this box?

In an '80s Canadian house I took out a wall switch and now I can't figure out how to rewire it. The box has three cables coming into it. They all come off the same panel breaker. Two of the cables ...
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Replace one of the 3way switch to sensor switch in the hallway

I have TWO 3-way switch in my hallway for light fixtures and I tried to replace one of the them to be a motion sensor switch. Both are working before the replacement, I can turn on and off with both ...
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How should I run power wiring and Cat-5 to the perimeter of my huge yard?

I have a house that sits on about 4 acres of land. There is a very large front yard and an even bigger one in the back. I want to get both power and Ethernet (for security cameras) located at various ...
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i may have crossed some blackwires on a switch [closed]

I am replacing switch in the basement and switch has 3 black wires. That switch is now turning the kitchen light on. What happened. I believe I know what I did but not sure which way to put the wires ...
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How to handle ground and neutral in multi gang box containing both branch and traveler further down on same branch?

I have a 15 amp branch circuit where the first box from the breaker contains a switch for a ceiling light at the door leading to the garage. This box supplies the rest of the branch. On the same ...
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Acceptable “3-way” switch wiring solution?

I would like to use a raspberry PI to turn lights on remotely from a raspberry PI. In this diagram, I am proposing 2 paths for completing the AC circuit and therefore turning the lights on: 1) the ...
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Change GFCI outlet/switch with regular switch

I have 2 switches in my bathroom: a fan (power comes into the fan and it's just a simple black/white to the switch) and a switch/outlet GFCI combo where the switch powers the lights but the outlet ...
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Freezing drain problem

I have a drain that has a catch basin that runs across the span of my driveway right in front of garage door. There is a slope so water can run down all the time. Problem is ice forms in the winter ...
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Can stranded wire be used for pigtails in a junction box?

I replaced a fixture today that had a piece of 12Ga stranded (probably THHN) wire used as a pigtail. The building has some wiring in conduit (other wires in this box were solid), so I'm guessing ...
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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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How can I install Z-Wave switches in these different situations?

I am trying to install z-wave lighting switches into my apartment. What I have discovered is that every light switch in my apartment that I have taken apart (4) is wired differently. The switches I am ...
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Is there an NEC-compliant method of repairing minor damage to electrical wire insulation without a junction box?

While trying to pry loose a stubborn cable staple that fastens a 14-gauge electrical cable to a stud, I accidentally tore a very small hole through both the outer jacket and the insulation around the ...
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Can I wiring LED light fixtures in parallel?

I have 4 120 v 20 watt LEDs. I want to put them over my desk. They are the Lusa Lighting Model #33000 (If you want to see the PDF). They come with plugs so you can plug them in separately. I want 1 ...
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Is there a 3-way occupancy switch with one sensor being external?

I have two lamps wired to a 3-way regular switch: one in a hallway and another one on the staircase following it. I would like to change the regular switch with motion detection occupancy one, but ...
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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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Is my breaker box aluminum compatible?

I have been advise to convert old aluminum branch wiring with AlumiConn connectors and maybe also in the breaker box, unless the circuit breaker is AL & CO compatible. How do I determine this? Can ...
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Using half of a 240v dual-phase circuit as a 120v single-phase circuit (US)

Usually when I see a 240v device, it is wired to its own double-pole circuit breaker, with each pole connected to a different 120v phase (to provide 240v total). If there is a 120v device in the same ...
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Where can I find information on slow blow breakers?

In a previous question, the comments mentioned slow blow circuit breakers. I have done a web search and went to Square-D's website(the maker of my current breakers) and came up empty. There is a lot ...
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Is it possible to add a “C” wire to my electric heater?

I bought a Wifi Thermostat but my old thermostat did not have a Common Wire. I can't use any of the swapping the G for the C solutions because I have an electric heater. I was told by Honeywell that I ...
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How can I replace multiple 3 way switches with motion sensors?

My tenants never turn the lights off in the stairwells of my 3 family house, so I'd like to replace all of the light switches with motion sensors. Here is a crude diagram of how this is set up now. ...
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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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Is “don't mix data and power cables” and “don't loop power cables” still valid nowadays?

There are two sayings I keep hearing when talking about wiring e.g. home cinema or computer hardware; Don't wrap data/network cables and power cables up in the same loop because the power cables ...
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Ceiling lights running dim

I have a persistent problem with the upstairs ceiling lights in my house where they often run dim for a while and then return to full brightness a few seconds later (at most 1 minute). Sometimes ...
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How can I convert 4 ft fluorescent tube fixture to be used as a plug in fixtures?

So I purchased four overhead 4 foot fluorescent tube fixtures and my plan is to re-wire so that I can plug them into a wall. Would it make sense to run them in (Series)? (I believe that is the ...
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How would I go about adding more receptacles to a garage?

Looking for help in trying to get more electrical outlets installed in my woefully under-receptacled garage. I have one GFCI 20A outlet at the door going into the garage, one single ceiling outlet for ...
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How to protect non-metallic cable parallel to face of joist in attic?

I would like to run non-metallic cable (Romex) along the sides of the floor joists in my attic. Code (NEC 300.4(D)) says that wires need to be 1.25" from the top or bottom of the framing member. ...
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How many “layers” of surge protection is considered useful?

I want to make my whole house surge protected, there are several solutions available You can install MOV based surge protection on the entire house in line entry point - first line of defense You ...
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Electrical switch installation

My 2-way light switch doesn't work. I need to replace it but all I have on hand is a 3-way. How do I wire it to function as a 2-way?
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Neutral wiring in a panel

in a panel does it matter if the neutral wire goes to a different side of the panel than its corresponding hot wire? or can I connect two neutrals in a junction box that go back to different ...
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Replacing outlet with a GFCI outlet

I'm trying to replace an outlet with a GFCI outlet and when I remove the wall cover and pulled out the old outlet it contained one neutral one ground and two lines on the hot side. The original outlet ...
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Wiring a gfci switch combo…I can't get the light to turn off?

I have a Pass & Seymour GFCI Switch/outlet combo. I am replacing a switch/outlet combo that was a non gfci. I haver three wires coming into the box. The hot wire, the wire to the light and a ...
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How do I wire a light switch and outlet in the same box?

I have a single gang box in a bathroom with a GFCI outlet. I'd like to replace it with a 2-gang box containing a GFCI outlet and a light switch for the vanity light. The outlet will have both ...
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Neutral (grounded conductor) for bathroom switch (NEC 404.2(C))?

I understand that a grounded conductor (neutral) is not required by code (404.2(C)) for bathroom switches, but is there any reason that I would want to include it - future-proofing, etc.? I'm going ...
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Need longer line behind dishwasher

Can I pig tail off a #14 wire, to short when I pull out dishwasher, and tie in a #12 wire to make line longer.?
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Help with fan and lite remote control installation

i have a red, white, black and ground wires coming from the ceiling. I have bought a remote for both the lite and fan. The double universal remote receiver has yellow, black, blue and white.The red ...
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What should I do about a switch that feels warm and arcs when toggled?

When I was turning off ligths last night on my way to bed, I noticed a switch that was quite warm. I flicked it off and on noticed that it was arcing (blue, sometimes organge flash/spark behind the ...
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How can I override a motion detector light?

I am going to be installing one or two motion detector lights to cover my backyard. I would like the ability to "override" the motion detector. What I mean by this is that I would like to be able to ...