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

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Leaving the extra wire from a 12-3 run un-connected

I'm embarking on a re-wiring of my Garage/Workshop. I've identified 3 new circuits I'm adding. I have a large roll of new 12-3 wire, which I'm looking to use up in this project. After completing the ...
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How should I wire for a security system during construction?

I would like to run wires in anticipation of a future hard-wired security system. However, I have yet to find any information that pulls everything together regarding what is required. From what I ...
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residential electrical [duplicate]

I have a room that has one light switch one light and three electrical outlets the power source is coming from one of the electrical outlets when I touch the hot lead to one of the black wire going to ...
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Wiring residential internet router through existing smoke detector

My internet router is setup at one end of the house thus the other end gets bad coverage. I'd like to move it at the center of the house to provide better coverage. The gear in question is located in ...
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How do I install a Leviton light switch timer?

I bought a Leviton light switch timer. It has 5 wires coming out of it - Black, White, Yellow, Red, and Green. The switch I'm trying to replace is in a box with 2 other light switches. The switch I ...
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What is the risk of leaving a well pump on a 3-wire system?

A home inspector noted that well pump and septic were incorrectly grounded with a 3 wire system using the neutral wire for grounding. What is the risk of leaving "as is" vs installing a 4 wire system ...
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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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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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How does one upgrade garage electrical from an In-House main?

tl;dr Want to know the easiest way to upgrade electrical in garage from 15A to 20A. Actual Post Garage is on a 15 amp circuit, doesn't work out too well for a 15A air compressor. The main is in ...
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Is this dimmer switch wiring correct?

I live in a rented flat filled with dimmer switches. One day we knocked a rack of halogen lights connected to a dimmer and blew a fuse. I reset the fuse but the circuit with the rack of halogen lights ...
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Wiring a Tesla Powerwall into an Existing Solar Install

I've been looking at the cost and feasibility of augmenting my existing 5kWh solar install with battery-backed storage to shift usage of the solar power that I generate to more useful times of the ...
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Is rodent damage considered “physical damage” under the NEC?

Does the potential for rodents to access/gnaw on a cable under normal circumstances render it subject to "physical damage" in the sense the NEC intends that term to be used?
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Is the insulation/jacket of UF cable rodent-resistant/rodent-unpalatable?

Is there something in the insulation/jacket of type UF cable that makes it unpalatable to rodents or resistant to rodent attack? Or does it need to be protected from rodent damage when run outdoors, ...
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Do I NEED to use correct colors when wiring always?

What I am wondering is if there is any code that is violated if the wrong colors are used in wiring outlets? For example, it is standard to use white as neutral and black as power but if I only had ...
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6 Terminals Coming Off Switch?

I have a switch in a ceiling fan's wiring. It controls the direction of the fan. So it's a two position switch, but it has 6 terminals coming off of it! Is this switching the phase and the neutral ...
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How do I read the markings printed on the outside of electric wires?

In my recessed lighting project, I finished roughing-in the Romex copper wires and I was about to connect the recessed lighting wires when I noticed the wires from the lights are of a silver-colored ...
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How to connect a 2 wire light fixture to a 3 wire ceiling box?

How do I wire a light fixture with one white and one black wire to a ceiling box with one white, one black, and one red wire.
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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 many outlets can you have on one 15 amp circuit

In my rebuilding project i have counted 18 outlets and lights on one bedroom circuit that travels through 3 rooms. Is that ok ?
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How to get experience handling power outlets without electrocution?

I want to start connecting electronics (micro controllers) to run/manage power outlets, but everyone always states to leave it alone unless you have experience. Well, how does one get started without ...
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Wiring a remote control switch?

I recently bought a Chinese remote control switch using radio frequency, it's great but has a problem (note I am a newbie), I have a light switch receiving a hot wire only and giving it to the light ...
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Thermostat/electrical

I have a Honeywell RTH2510 series thermostat that I want to install in a condo with baseboard heating. I took off the very old thermostat that was previously installed and there are only two very ...
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how to wire a 2 way switches with 2 pendants [duplicate]

How do I wire a 2way 2light system. On the upstairs landing I want to switch 2 lights on and off at each end of the corridor.
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I am going to install a ceiling light.

Our bedroom doesn't have an existing ceiling light. The switch controls the top plug in an outlet on the other side of the room for the lamp. I have been up in the attic already and can see the wire ...
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Can I use 12 awg ground copper for 14 awg electrical box wirings?

My electrical box has 14 awg wires and I have a 12 awg copper ground wire lying around. Can I use the 12 awg copper or do I need to get a 14 gauge?
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LED TV connected to CCTV DVR through HDMI cable is causing a problem

I have connected an LED TV to my CCTV DVR through an HDMI cable and the picture quality is very good, but it is causing a problem. Whenever any electric switch is turned on or off, the picture goes ...
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Is there any issue with me splicing a continuous neutral wire and connecting a Wemo switch to it?

I have installed 3 wemo switches no issues at all. The neutral wire has been capped of with a wire nut in all the installs. I am trying to install another wemo switch in another location and it ...
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Need copper to ground electrical box

I need to ground my switches by connecting the grounding wires from switches onto an electrical twist nut and pig tailing it it to the box. Does Home Depot or other stores sell little pieces of ...
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Rewiring a house, breaker panel and all, while living in the house

Our current home (mid-50s ranch in the Midwest US -- my AHJ has adopted the 2011 NEC save for the AFCI requirements, btw) is in good shape, save for the electrical wiring, which is a major bodge job. ...
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Ceiling Fan Universal Remote Wall Switch Install… Which wires?

Let me first state that I am very green to anything electrical. I know enough to hopefully not kill myself, such as to turn off power at circuit breaker AND to still test wires and switches with a ...
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Wiring a Z-Wave 3-way auxiliary with neutral from other switch? (w/ diagrams!)

I found my question difficult to phrase, so I mocked the wiring diagram up in Photoshop. I have a 3-way switch setup like so: I am going to upgrade this to a Z-Wave enabled pair of 3-way switches ...
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How do I connect this saw's motor to 220 volts?

I finally found a motor for an old DeWalt radial arm saw but I don't understand the diagrams on the motor plate. I want to run it at 220 volts but without terminals I'm not sure about which wires go ...
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What wire type & size for sub-panel in a shed?

I need to install a sub-panel in a shed. Total run distance from main panel to sub-panel is 80 ft and includes three 90 degree turns. Burial distance will be 18". I'm thinking to install a 60-amp ...
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Electrical wiring question

These are the wires I found in my ceiling : I couldn't identify the color code (we live in the UAE, so there is no "natural" convention, and I'm used to EU convention). There is tension (voltage) ...
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How do I connect this light switch?

I'm trying to replace my light switch, but I'm not sure what needs to connect to what. The first picture is the wires for from the new switch. The other pictures show the old switches and how it's ...
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Is having cloth touching a grounding wire ok?

In my basement, the ceiling of one of the closets is the copper grounding wire that runs from the breaker box to my water main. This wraps around the perimeter of the basement on the top of the rooms ...
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Why are the neutral wires not connected in this box?

I want to connect the wiring from my shed into a junction box on the ceiling in the basement. I opened the box to see what I was dealing with, I figured it should be simple, there is only 2 wires ...
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Electrical wiring does not work

Okay so I just got a new place it was built in the 80s. It is Also a mobile home. I am redoing all the light switches and outlets. I've done most of em and they have worked but with this particular ...
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LED Strip connectors

my led RGB strip does not fit the connectors I have. The strip is waterproof and is covered in a fairly heavy plastic coating. This may sound stupid but does this plastic need removing or do I need ...
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breaker size for 600' run using #4 wire

I am trying to find out what breaker size to use for a 600' run to my wellpump(2 horse)------I am using #4 wire-also do I need breakers at both ends-maybe one in the middle?? thanks
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Electric baseboard wiring

I have a 240v 1500w 6.5a electric baseboard heater with a wall mounted thermostat. What I found out is that the the thermostat and all the outlets in the room are on the same 20a breaker with this ...
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How can I wire my WIFI thermostat to control my millivolt fireplace?

I have a gas fireplace that has an millivolt on/off switch on my wall (and a remote that includes flame on/off, a countdown timer and a thermostatic flame control). I want to be able to program ...
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How to terminate a circuit

I am wiring a Sub Panel to an area near my 5th wheel approx. 100' distant. I have read that I can terminate the circuits in two ways. Sub Panel to a pedestal. Sub Panel to an electrical receptacle ...
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Mounting a relay socket to a junction box?

How can I mount a relay socket (such as this one) to a junction box with a blank cover in a way that: complies with the 2014 NEC won't surprise the next electrician working on the circuit (as I ...
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Can I use a switch to toggle the neutral bonding on a generator?

I am in the process of attaching a 2-Pole transfer switch to my breaker panel and powering it by a 7500W generator. The generator is neutral-bonded-to-ground. I understand I have to disconnect this in ...
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help needed to fit a new chandlier to a loop system

i need help as i dont know how to connect these 3 blue and 3 brown to this chandlier i have tried to look for the answer online but couldnt find anything
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3 way switch with multiple outlets

I'm wiring the new workshop and want to use 3 way switches to control four outlets running across the ceiling for plug in lights. Right now, each switch is functioning like a single pole, turning ...
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Can I change the socket of a light fixture by simply cutting the old one off and re-wiring?

I currently have a wall light fixture that is only for small bulbs (I believe they are E14's): Currently, Philips Hue does not manufacturer bulbs of this type. As a result, I am wondering how I can ...
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Wire type for outdoor sub panel

I am adding an exterior 120v, 100 amp sub panel 2' from the existing service panel. I am going to use #2 individual, stranded copper wire in schedule 40 raceway. My question is: what "type" wire ...