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

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Can I use the tabs to chain 15A outlets on a 20A circuit?

When wiring 15A-rated outlet receptacles on a 20A circuit, is it acceptable to use the tabs & screws to chain the circuit from one outlet to the next? My instinct to overengineer says to use ...
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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 do you replace existing wires behind walls

Existing wiring installed in walls. May or may not be stapled. Some of it is stapled with newer plastic staples, older runs with metal staples. I've had varied success with this by twisting and taping ...
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Do I need a junction box for a hardwired stove?

I'm replacing my drop-in electric stove with a free-standing electric stove (both are rangetop + oven). The drop-in stove was hardwired and the wiring comes up out of a hole in the floor about 3" from ...
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Can I use a three wire cable to feed a whirlpool tub?

If I'm required to add 2 dedicated GFCI circuits for a whirlpool tub and inline heater, can I run 3 wire cable (red,black,white,ground) or do I need 2-2 wire cables?
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Why won't my thermostat control the HVAC anymore after trying to switch thermostats?

I bought a new Nest thermostat which is supposed to be compatible but needs a professional installation (advice that should have been heeded by non-professional electrician me). This is to replace an ...
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Can old ceiling fan with red, black, green wires be replaced with one that has light?

There's a very old ceiling fan (without light) that I would like to replace with a new ceiling fan that has a light. I took off the switchplate to see how many wires, and there are three (black, red, ...
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Why would I have two wires feeding one smoke detector?

I found a smoke detector in my house that appears to have two wires feeding it from two different circuits. Is this OK?
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What options are there to achieve both grounding/ground-fault and arc-fault protection on old 2-wire circuits?

The three receptacle circuits in my house are 2-wire NM, but have 3-prong receptacles. My electrician recommended and installed GFCI breakers to provide "grounding" to these circuits. I now realize ...
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installing a replacement fixture with three lamps in one on a two way switch

I am replacing a single pendant-type ceiling light with a new pendant fixture that has three individual pendants that go into the single "hood" that attaches to the box in the ceiling. There are two ...
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How should I attach the grounding conductor for a replacement switch?

I'm attempting to replace an old Leviton light switch with a new Lutron dimmer switch that connects to our house's Wink system. The old switch had 3 black wires attached to the light switch and no ...
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Which wires do I connect to my new ceiling fan?

I looked all over the internet and my outlet box seems to have unorthodox wiring/ colors. On the ceiling outlet box I have 3 thick wires, red, white and green, and a fourth single little wire that ...
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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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rewire ventilation fan to use pull chain instead of wall switch

I'm converting part of an unfinished space to make a darkroom. I'm installing a bathroom ventilation fan over the sink but there is no convenient place to install a switch for the fan. I purchased a ...
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Is it ok to run a new a power line under the roof as opposed to the ceiling?

I am planning to run a new circuit to install ceiling lights, fan, etc. My attic is very low (approx 3 feet), and there is insulation between the joists (B in picture), so it is going to be a hassle ...
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How can I add a GFCI receptacle on a circuit with split receptacles?

I have a typically wired living room with all receptacles switchable on the top outlet. We are installing a large fish tank and decided to add GFCI protection. I'm trying to change a single duplex to ...
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What is the easiest method to fish cable through the ceiling?

I need to fish some speaker wire through my ceiling downstairs to the lower part of the adjacent exterior wall. To compound the problem, the ceiling joists run perpendicular to the direction I need to ...
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Replacing dumb wall switch with smart one (wiring)

Based on the first diagram below (which is the current wiring for my wall switch), is the way I have the second diagram set up correct? My biggest point of confusion is the line/load wires. Judging by ...
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How can I determine which wire is which when putting a new plug on an extension cord?

My question has to do with identifying the hot (black) and neutral (white) wires on the plug, when both wires are unmarked twisted copper? The other end of the cord (outlet) is well marked with white ...
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Can I add a three way switch to a light circuit when I only have access to light switch and it just cuts the power to the switch?

I have a light switch that controls 2 lights in the hall. The wire to the switch carries power to the switch with the black wire and the white wire carries the power to the light. I have access to ...
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What size conductors would I need for a 10 ft. extension cord for a plasma cutter?

I would like to have a 10ft extention cord for my 220v plasma cutter. I just put a 3 prong (crow foot) connector on it to match the plug for my Lincoln arc welder and I would like to be able to move ...
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Nice looking on-wall wiring

I need to run some standard AC wiring for wall lights etc. in the living room and some telephone/broadband wiring too. The problem is I can't do it in-wall for various reasons. The only option I am ...
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How do I wire a brand new cooktop that has no white neutral wire?

My old cooktop which is being replaced connects to a j-box with black, red, white, and bare ground wires, which goes to a 40 amp circuit breaker (US here, noticed this site is popular with Europe ...
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Why does one of two lights stay on when they share a neutral?

I have one source of power (1 hot wire) for 2 loads (living room lights and breakfast nook lights) I am replacing the dimmers with Insteon dimmers. The previous switches didn't use the neutrals, but ...
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How can I convert this hard wired fixture to a plug in?

I want to covert my hard-wired pendant light fixture to something that can be plugged into the wall as our new apartment isn't wired to direct-wire ceiling fixtures. I already wired another (vintage) ...
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20 amp breaker with 12 gauge and 14 gauge wire

I am looking at replacing a couple of old, porcelain style single bulb fixtures in my basement with some 4 lamp fluorescent fixtures. I am actually running new wire to the fluorescent fixtures from a ...
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2 hot wires into light switch and no neutral

I recently bought a home built in 1908 and I've found some funky electrical issues - such as the entire main floor on one 30 amp circuit. This morning I went down to the bathroom on the main floor and ...
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Proper method to wire through different surfaces

I have added a 6" deep bump out with a TV and an electric fireplace in the center of a wall. There is a recepticle behind the feature wall which the tv and fireplace plug into. I am also creating a ...
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How do I wire a new fan that I'm replacing

We are replacing old fan with a new fan The wall switches: 1 switch for the light in the fan 1 switch for the Fan 1 switch for the fireplace which is not used The wires that come out of the ...
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Which wires go where in this non-standard GET dimmer switch?

I am replacing some touch sensitive dimmers - where the touch doesn't work half the time - with another unit made my GET, I think. The manufacturer has decided on making up their own naming and ...
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2 circuits connected in one box?

I'm swapping out outlets and this one has me stumped. This is in a room of switched outlets (top outlet is always hot, bottom is switched) so the red/black side tab on each outlet is broken off. The ...
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Running romex around switch box that is not being terminated to said switch box

Can I run a romex cable not going to a switch box around the switch box as long as it is stapled at both sides of switch box. From a vertical perspective
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How is pre-wiring done for motion sensors / alarm system in new construction?

In new construction, how is pre-wiring done for alarm systems, when then alarm may not be installed right away (or ever)? It makes sense to me to actually install recessed door contacts (they're only ...
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What is the proper 'per code' method for running nonmetallic sheathed cable above a ceiling in the attic?

Can the wiring be run over the top of the ceiling joist, or must it be run through bored holes when running perpendicular to the joists? This is a non-habitable space, will have an attic entrance ...
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Why is it safe to use 15 A receptacles on a 20 A circuit?

OK, the one answer I got was way off target, and another commenter couldn't figure out what I was asking, so I'm restating the question... Are 15A 3-prong grounded outlets actually rated to 20A, ...
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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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Why is my wiring hooked up like this

Some background: I wanted to replace a light fixture but I wanted it to be lower than the previous one so I had to move the wires but when I cut away the wall I saw there was a lot more going on than ...
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Suitability of flexible metallic conduit serving as ground

EDIT: The attached photo is the most easily accessible example of the conduit used in the entire house. This shows the conduit attached to the garbage disposal with the previously mentioned 3/4 set ...
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Electric stopped working after I moved my microwave?

"We moved the microwave to a different spot in the kitchen and didn't realize the amount of electric wasn't enough to support it. The whole wall quit working. We changed out the actual breaker in the ...
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How do I connect the common wire in a Carrier air handler?

I am trying to install a new wifi thermostat in my home and need to locate the common terminal for my air handler. I have a Carrier model FB4CNF030. It's a new construction home and I have the blue ...
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How can I remove the switches that control outlets?

In the house it seems that the original owner wanted all top outlets to be switched and the bottoms to be always on. I hate this and want to fix it. So I took all the outlets out from the one room. ...
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Combining circuits for higer amperage [duplicate]

I now have two single ovens - each on a 30 amp breaker with 10 gauge wiring. I want to replace the two single ovens with a double oven - which requires a 40 amp breaker. Can I connect the two 10 ...
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What is the danger of reversing the polarity while connecting a dishwasher to the electrical service?

What is the DANGER, if any, of connecting the white neutral line of the dishwasher, to to black hot line at the power source--- and of course similarly connecting the black hot line of the dishwasher, ...
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What is code for installing a dishwasher in the U.S.?

I will be replacing my dishwasher and I am curious what is the current code for the wiring of the dishwasher.
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How do I change a single-pole switch to a timer with 4 wires?

I a want to change out a pole switch to a timer switch. All makes sense except, there are only two wires on the pole switch and 4 on the new switch. So I only have the white and black and no ground ...
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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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How do I identify the hot, neutral wires in a light fixture?

I have a hanging light fixture with a "plug-in" cord with a brown and a blue wire that is to be hard wired to house wiring black and white. Is the brown hot and the blue neutral?
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Wire guage needed for standard stove/oven combo

I am running wire for a standard Kenmore stove/oven and wire for a stackable washer dryer unit. Both runs are less than 50'. What amp breaker and guage wire is needed?
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What gauge wire do I need to supply 15A to small building 440 ft from the main house?

I have a small building that is 440 ft from the main house, and I want to supply power to it. One 15amp circuit will be sufficient. What size wire is needed to do this?
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How do I wire a gazebo

I just purchased a outdoor pavilion that came with an electrical package. It includes a #12 two wire plus a ground wire going into an electrical box for the on and off switch to run the fan and ...