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

learn more… | top users | synonyms

0
votes
1answer
78 views

Why am I reading 20V at the receptacles on one household branch circuit?

I have a series of three household receptacles through which I am getting maybe 20 volts. All other receptacles in the room on other circuits have normal voltage. I replaced the breaker and ...
2
votes
1answer
62 views

Can non-metallic cables pass through one large opening at top of electrical panel?

Does the 2014 NEC eliminate the need to secure each cable to the cabinet? Or can all cables pass through one large opening at top of panel?
2
votes
3answers
640 views

Can I use #10 wire instead of #12 when wiring a new house?

I am wiring a new house. I bought a boat load of new Romex wire size 10, 12, and 14. I've used all my 12 and 14; is it alright to use the number 10 in place of number 12?
-2
votes
1answer
126 views

Is 6/2 Romex the correct wire gauge for a 100' run to a workshop?

I bought an old house that has a fuse box. The place has a milk barn that I want to convert to a workshop. Can I run 6/2 wire from the the two 120 volts wires coming from the fuse box? I want to ...
0
votes
3answers
120 views

Help me understand electricity - is the neutral always dangerous?

I've read the basics of modern domestic electrical systems, but I have a few questions about the very basic premise that I don't think was really explained. The analogy used in the book compares ...
1
vote
3answers
428 views

Is it okay to connect 2 ground wires to a single ground screw?

I have 2 ground wires that I can get around the ground screw on an outlet. Is it okay to do this or do I need to use a pigtail to join the wires and have only one wire attach to the ground screw?
0
votes
0answers
39 views

How should I secure cables in attic trusses?

When running NM cable across attic trusses, is it required to 'secure' the cable (with stables or straps) every 4.5 ft or is the support from trusses every two feet sufficient?
2
votes
1answer
815 views

Sub panel and neutral and ground bus bar

Some HVAC people under previous home owners put in a sub panel box and ran the AC as well as some lighting and outlet circuits from the sub panel. The bus bars on the two sides of the panel box were ...
9
votes
5answers
6k views

Why would there be a 50 amp plug on a 30 amp appliance?

I have an old conveyor dryer, which my office purchased used some time ago, just sitting in storage. The dryer is for silk screen t-shirts and has a large heating element and a variable speed conveyor ...
5
votes
1answer
121 views

What would be the most economical way to run wire for a driveway light?

I want to run electrical power through my woods to end of driveway. There will be no driving or walking over this area of 300', but I do have squirrels, deer and other "critters" that might chew. What ...
2
votes
2answers
291 views

What could cause my bathroom exhaust fan to stop working?

I've got a Vent fan with heater in the bathroom, and recently the vent fan stopped working while the heater worked fine. Thinking this might be just a bad switch issues, I took the cover plate off the ...
3
votes
2answers
358 views

How can I extend a circuit so I can plug in my under cabinet lighting?

I am replacing halogen under cabinet puck lighting to LED. The old system was hardwired right into a switch with a power source that was starting to make noise so I thought I would replace the whole ...
7
votes
5answers
4k views

Is it safe to run a USB cable inside a wall?

I need to extend a USB device from a corner of my room to the above the fireplace. Since I'm already going to be installing some HDMI and audio cables through the wall, I'd like to have my USB device ...
0
votes
0answers
137 views

Wiring light switch with neutral (Z-wave)

I am trying to see whether or not I satisfy conditions to buy Linear WD500Z-1 Z-Wave 500-watt Wall Mount Dimmer Switch. Here is the picture of wiring I currently have: Just to provide more ...
0
votes
1answer
42 views

Double Oven Wiring

We are replacing the old double oven with a new one. The circuit in the wall has all copper wires, however, the wires in the oven are silver. Can you attach silver wires to copper wires?
0
votes
0answers
49 views

After moving stove and rewiring, why don't I get any heat from my stove?

I changed where my stove outlet was and rewired it to another wall. Now I have little heat on my ceramic top and my oven takes a long time to heat. My stove is two months old. Why is this?
0
votes
1answer
45 views

Wiring a double oven on a wall opposing the wiring?

I upgraded from a single to a double oven and need to move it to the other side of the kitchen. Is it safe to run a 220V extension cord from the wiring to the oven under the flooring? If not what is ...
3
votes
0answers
120 views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
73 views

How to wire three-way switches to light fixture with a fan?

I have a light fixture with a fan, and two switchboxes with space for two three-way switches each. I would like each switch box to have two switches, one which operates the fan and the other which ...
1
vote
0answers
39 views

Newly installed 4" halo can lights have a slight odor when on

I just installed 6 new 4" halo can lights. When they are on I can smell a slight odor coming from them in the attic. Is this normal? I felt the light housing in the attic and is just warm. I also felt ...
0
votes
0answers
237 views

Honeywell WiFi Smart Thermostat Wiring

The Honeywell WiFi Smart thermostat was operating fine when on AC until the heat went on this fall. Now, each time the fan goes on, the thermostat loses the connection, turns blank, then reboots ...
3
votes
1answer
60 views

How can I install a regular light fixture where a ceiling fan used to be?

Removed an old ceiling fan. There was one wall switch that only controlled the lights. The fan portion could be on regardless of wall switch position (by pullchain on the unit). I'm left with two ...
1
vote
2answers
90 views

How can I identify a neutral wire?

I'm trying to install a WeMo light switch in the place of an existing switch. I'm unsure which wire is neutral, or if I have one at all. Below is a photo of where I'm at currently. There are two ...
1
vote
1answer
80 views

Can you wire a 30A 2P standard circuit breaker “downstream” from a 60A GFCI 2p circuit breaker?

Will this still provide GFCI protection? Is this against code? Does this represent a hazard? I have a subpanel with a 60A GFCI circuit breaker, that I want to use that to feed to 2 30a 240v ...
9
votes
12answers
29k views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
44 views

Could wiring a dryer incorrectly cause the control board to be destroyed?

I wired the black hot lead from my new 4-prong dryer cord to the neutral terminal, now the dryer will not power up. Did I destroy the control board?
2
votes
2answers
125 views

How can I run cables along a concrete wall?

I am living in a house with concrete walls (no attic, no basement) and I want to run Cat5e or Cat6 Cable from the router which is downstairs to my office which is upstairs. Right now running cables ...
1
vote
1answer
407 views

Why isn't this 3-way wiring working?

Below is a diagram that I drew to help me rewire a couple of switches. The left switch is a standard 3-way switch. The right switch Cooper 275W-BOX combination single pole and 3-way switch. The single ...
0
votes
1answer
291 views

My attic unit already has a wire connected to C, can I still connect a wifi thermostat? [duplicate]

I have an extra wire I can use for the C wire on both ends but in my attic the main unit has a wire already attached to the C spot and going away from the unit to something else. Can I attach two ...
2
votes
3answers
39k views

Where does the ground wire go in a 3-prong dryer cord configuration?

We moved to a new place where the dryer connection is 3-prong instead of 4-prong. The dryer was originally 4-prong, so we bought a 3-prong cord and installed it. It works fine, except I am not ...
0
votes
1answer
105 views

Just bought a house, 70 years old, want to upgrade 2 prong outlets [duplicate]

I've done some searching on this already and I think I know the answer. But I'd like to ask just to double check. If i am not sure if the outlets are properly grounded, my best bet would be to ...
2
votes
1answer
104 views

What causes an open ground on a wall outlet when I turn on the light switch to the ceiling lights?

We just moved into this 1960s era home. In the living room, when the light switch is "off", the wall outlets test ok (both amber lights are lit) using a 3 prong outlet tester. However, when I flip ...
0
votes
2answers
195 views

Can I output video single wire RCA signal out of 3 composite ports?

My projector has a single RG-6 cable with RCA terminals running to it from the console space in the front of the room. I wanted the cable to be hidden as much as possible and I didn't run an HDMI ...
8
votes
1answer
41k views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
33 views

How to wire in an alternate light controller?

My townhouse complex has external lights on timed controller. The controller only supports a single on and off time which means we need to keep adjusting the lights through out the year to avoid ...
0
votes
1answer
187 views

Can I connect a whole house humidifier so that it's always on when the furnace is running?

I installed the model 500 Aprilaire. It seems to work properly, but I noticed that it only seems to maintain a max 45% humidity. So basically it's not always running when my furnace is on unless it's ...
0
votes
0answers
31 views

What size panel and wiring do I need for an addition?

I am adding an addition to my house. I will be running two 20 amp heating circuits, and four general purpose lighting and receptacle circuits. What size wire, and amp breaker do I need?
0
votes
0answers
71 views

Extra low voltage over mains voltage circuit [closed]

Is anybody aware of any regulatory issues that forbid a domestic mains voltage spur from being driven at, for example, 12Vac / 2A / 50Hz i.e Extra Low Voltage. If this were to be legal, it could be ...
4
votes
2answers
142 views

Can I substitute two wires for one heavier-gauge wire?

Can I substitute two 14-gauge wires together for one 10-gauge wire? Using it from the generator RB-30 remote box, to the transfer switch inside a 6', 10-3 whip in the basement.
0
votes
0answers
58 views

Large air compressor requirement

I have a monster air compressor that I picked up from a shop (circa 1984), that on the 10HP motor data plate says it is a single phase, 230 V and 41.0 amps. Am I going to need like a 50 amp breaker ...
0
votes
1answer
129 views

How should I run CAT6 wiring from one side of my house to the other?

I want to run CAT6 wire through my house, from the wired west wall to the east end of the house, and I would like to do so as cheaply as possible. I do have an inside storage space under the living ...
5
votes
1answer
100 views

Does it matter if my newly installed GFCI reads “open ground”?

I just replaced a few two-prong outlets with GFCI outlets so we can plug in things built this millennium. Two of them outlets read "correct" on my circuit tester, but one reads "open ground." None of ...
0
votes
1answer
139 views

How do I properly install GFCI outlets with existing 12/3 wire in parallel and on a switch?

I am trying to help my inlaws with a problem in their living room. Two of their outlets stopped working and I don't really know why. The outlets were wired to a switch in the hallway, which ...
8
votes
3answers
221 views
-1
votes
1answer
56 views

Deactivate thermostat [closed]

I have a roommate that constantly turns the thermostat down to 65 during the winter months. Is there a way I can deactivate it, while maintaining a comfortable 72?
9
votes
3answers
2k views

Does voltage play any role in choosing the appropriate wire gauge?

Online, most household wiring guides suggest 14 gauge wire for 15 amp circuits, 12 for 20 amps, and 10 for 30 amps. Do these assume the voltage is 120, or does voltage not come into play when choosing ...
3
votes
0answers
288 views

How do I install a WiFi thermostat with a Well-McLain steam boiler?

I have a Weil-Mclain 150000 BTU steam boiler, and have only 2 wires connected to my thermostat, but would like to add a new Honeywell WiFi thermostat. I have no C wire, no A/C, or any other type of ...
0
votes
3answers
89 views

Can I replace 3 switches with one 3 toggle switch

I have three switches by my kitchen sink. One for the dish washer, one for the sink disposal, and one for the light above the sink. Three separate circuits. I purchased a Leviton 3 toggle switch with ...
1
vote
1answer
124 views

How can I wire a switch into an extension cord?

i am trying to make a extension cord with a kill switch in the middle thats going to be mounted to my desk, the cord has red(phase), black(neutral) and green(earth) wires, but the light switch has ...
1
vote
1answer
163 views

How do you hard wire a garbage disposal?

I do not have a dishwasher. There was no existing garbage disposal and there is no plug under the sink. I'm trying to hard wire a garbage disposal there. I want to create a light switch off an ...