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

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Is it safe to ground a pump house using the water line?

I have a 2- 3/0 alum wires (overhead) from panel box to my pump house. Both are hot there are only 2 wires no neutral nor ground wire. At the pump house they put a ground wire from the small fuse box ...
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Electrical wiring of bathroom box with only black and white wires [closed]

I moved a bathroom box that contained 3 separate switches in it. It contained a light switch, a fan switch and a heat switch. When I looked on this site, it said that there is normally a red wire ...
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Why am I only getting 130 volts at some power sockets?

In my living room (in Germany) I have one line, going from the fusebox around the walls with around 7 power sockets on it. Four of those sockets have the normal 230V on them and work properly. Three ...
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Could plugging a dishwasher into an outlet cause it to not dry as well?

I see a post saying it is OK to plug a built-in dish washer into an outlet. I have had our dish washer plugged into an outlet for years. The first dish washer never dried well. I thought it was the ...
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Half of electrical circuits remain out after exterior neutral failure

Half electric works in house. Had broken neutral wire outside on house. Had electrician change all wiring from power company to meter then from meter to breaker box and put a new breaker box in and ...
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Ground wire in 14/2 NM-B cable is at 60+ Volts when not connected to anything

I bought two 25' lengths of 14/2 wire for installing a light. When the black wire is connected to live (say, of an outlet), with ground and neutral wires not connected to anything, the ground wire ...
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Need help wiring a 3-way Honeywell digital timer switch

I recently posted a request for help to wire a Woods 59018 digital timer switch, which I learned was not a three way switch but could be used an override-ON. Unfortunately the directions I followed ...
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How to wire 3 switches and a receptacle in a two-gang box

How do you wire a three switch receptacle (all three switches are together in a stacked appearance) with a GFI outlet in a two gang box? There will be a light above the bathroom sink and a fan with a ...
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Why is there no power on the load side of a GFCI outlet?

I ran a new electrical line in my basement to include a GFI receptacle for a portable sump pump followed by a switch that controls four LED can lights. All parts are brand new. I wanted to have the ...
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Correct way to rewire for a ceiling fan + light from a switched outlet

I want to know if this is the correct way to do this. There is a switch that controls a single receptacle in a double receptacle outlet across the room. Power comes into the switch box via 3-wire ...
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What is the easiest way to install multiple 5A BS546 sockets next to one another?

I intend to replace a wall light fitting with two or three 5A BS546 sockets for table-lamp-style lights: As far as I know there is no 2- or 3-gang variant for this socket, but I assume that it will ...
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Cat6 shielded cable or no?

I'm planning on running cat6 solid cable throughout many areas of my house. The best way for me to get from the basement to the second floor is through a pvc pipe my builder installed with the house ...
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How to connect a 3 wire cable to a 2 wire outlet?

I have recently had a conservatory built and want to wire an internal light fixture that has a live and neutral and Earth terminals. To a cable that used to be for the security light. However this ...
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Red wire to green? Old electric wiring circa 1949 to new dimmer

I installed a lighting fixture in the hall, running off an older fixture. It worked fine with the existing switches. Then I wanted to replace one of the two old switches (circa 1949) with a dimmer ...
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Is it possible to convert a switched light into an unswitched outlet?

I am installing an overhead automatic garage door opener. My only power source close to where I will be hanging the motor is an overhead light socket that is operated by a switch on the wall next to ...
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Is it possible to convert a switched light into a non-switched outlet? [duplicate]

I am installing an overhead automatic garage door opener. My only power source close to where I will be hanging the motor is an overhead light socket that is operated by a switch on the wall next to ...
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Should I leave outlet covers on or off for electrical inspector?

I've got an electrical inspection scheduled for 4 circuits I added to my garage. I did the work myself and my city uses the most current NEC. All wiring is running in open stud walls in my garage. I ...
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What is this mystery component

My father and I have been re-wiring our home's telephone lines, and in doing so, we found these components attached to loose wires. They are both labelled "3M". One says "C22" and the other says ...
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Possible of override 2 zones with one thermostat

I have a vacation home with 2 zone heating. In the winter, it would be nice to be able to have remote access to the thermostat and 'turn on the heat'. Normally when vacant the 2 zones will be set to ...
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Hot and neutral terminals are switched in a outlet

I am wiring a 30A-125V locking plug for an industrial toaster, however the outlet in the wall has the neutral and hot terminals switched, can I swap the terminals in the plug?
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Three-way from two panels

My home used to have a three-way circuit setup to control the upstairs hallway light from downstairs. However the home was built in 1930 and had old knob and tube wiring. The last owners renovated the ...
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Loose wire caused significant blackening in plug. How much do I need to inspect/replace?

The cable coming out of my dishwasher ends in an L5 plug of the type that has screw terminals inside for attaching wires. In my continuing quest to inspect all the accessible electrical connections in ...
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Better way to fit wires in electrical boxes?

So in pretty much every video I watch with installing a ceiling light or fan they just sort of 'stuff' all the wired pigtails up in the box. Is there a better way to do this? maybe it's my distrust ...
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Connecting a pump to wall socket using a transformer

I'd like to connect following components: From the wall socket .. to a cable .. to a pressure switch .. to a transformer Use the outer wires on the transformer to get 24V (2x12V) to the pump ...
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Link potentially smart tv with router on different floor

I want to link a smart tv with my router on a different floor using a plug-in powerline adapter. How do I check the continuity of the neutral wiring (by which, I understand, the signal should be ...
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Duplex Outlet-Open ground only on top

I had a regular 15amp duplex outlet in my kid’s room. Because it is on the third floor, the heat doesn’t work that great and we had a small ceramic heater plugged in. She called me into her room. ...
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How could other breakers have been switched off when one was tripped by a short?

is it possible if one breaker trips, the rest (or some) of the other breakers in the panel will also trip at the same time? we had put in a separate breaker for the bedrooms, once we connected this ...
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GFCI installation in bathroom switch box doesn't work as expected

My bathroom wall switch controls the old light above the old medicine cabinet but it only has 1 cable with a black and a white wire. I took off the old switch and put the black wire on the hot side of ...
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How can I detect the total ground fault leakage current in my home?

In Europe, houses often have all breakers chained beneath one or more RCDs (their word for GFCI). I would not want the nuisance of multiple circuits shutting off at once, so I'm glad in the US we ...
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Add circuit off main disconnect or sub-panel required?

I have an outside main disconnect of 200 amp and a inside main panel in the garage. The disconnect panel outside also has 8 or 10 breaker slots in it, four occupied with double breakers for ...
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Ceiling Fan Wiring

I just installed a new ceiling fan with a light and have a question about the wiring. The ceiling has ground, black, red, and white wires. The room has two switches. The fan has ground, black, blue, ...
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Installing an outdoor inlet for a portable generator

I've purchased a portable generator that I'm planning to use in case of an outage. I'm not wanting to wire this to my house wiring; I'm just planning to install an outdoor inlet wired to a dedicated ...
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Adding push button to Chamberlain opener

Added a doorbell push button to newly installed Chamberlain garage door opener...linked push button wires to same contacts as the incoming control pad inputs (red and white). Doesn't work. Is this ...
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Should light fixture with outlet be grounded to metal box?

I'm replacing an old ceiling light with chain with a light with outlet attachment in a grounded metal box. Do I need to ground the fixture since I have a 3 prong outlet, or since box is grounded I ...
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Wiring a fan/light/Bluetooth fixture

I am wiring a fan with a white/black/green wires. The cable going to the switch box to fan has an extra red wire that was twisted with the black. I capped the red and connected the matched colors to ...
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Electric shock from pellet stove

I accidentally let some hot pellets fly out of my pellet stove while stupidly cleaning the glass while it was on. The few pellets melted some of the carpet. I put them out with some water. When i went ...
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Why did my RCD trip when I was working on my de-energised lighting ring?

I'm replacing a light in my hallway. Before starting, I turned the light on, turned off the lighting-ring breaker, confirmed the light went out, and then turned off the light-switch for good measure. ...
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Can you break an oven with wrong wiring?

What would most likely happen if you wired in an oven the wrong way, ie double positive, or double negative, or positive to negative and negative to positive?
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Moving Virgin media modem super hub

We are having some renovation done to the house and moving the Virgin media super hub to a new room. After some previous advice I already put in place some wf100 cable in place in the new room when it ...
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How do I identify the speaker setup for these ten in-home speakers?

I inherited a rat's nest of speaker wires (USA), where each of the 10 cables (8 are purple, 1 is gray, 1 is blue) contains 4 wires: black, white, red and green. There are five rooms with 2 speakers ...
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Wiring a hot tub pump

What gauge wire should I use to run 8 feet from a 13 amp pump to the control box . The wire it came with is 14 ga. But only 4 feet. Could I splice it?
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Wiring problem with panasonic bath fan with 3 2 wire cables & 1 3 wire cable in box

I'm running into trouble wiring a Panasonic FV-05-11VKSL1 Whisper Select Fan/Light. In the switch box I have 3 2 wire cables and 1 3 wire cable. I'm using a single pole dual switch. For the top ...
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Installing circuit for tanning bed 220v 30 amp

I'm installing a circuit for a tanning bed to treat my son's psoriasis but I've seen some conflicting info regarding proper wire gauge. Would it be correct to use 10ga copper or 8ga alu or do I need ...
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Can induction in parallel ungrounded cables lead to false continuity readings with a multimeter?

I have two old circuits with no ground wires in which cables run parallel to each other for 20 feet or so. I had both circuits powered off today and was testing some things for unrelated reasons when ...
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Hot wire splits into two neutrals that take different routes back to panel; is this legit?

I discovered this in the course of replacing an old ungrounded receptacle with a GFCI. I connected a run of lights controlled by three-way switches (two switches) to the load side. Afterwards, as soon ...
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Bathroom Electrical question GFI

Can I run a 12 2 wire off of a 20 amp breaker to a splitter box, then from the splitter box run one 12 2 wire to a light switch, then to 5 can lights? Then one more wire from the splitter box to ...
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How to install low voltage bracket through a drywall block?

When installing an old work low voltage ring/bracket in a room (for a network plug), I cut the hole where there is a block behind the drywall. The block is what looks to be a 1x4, going vertically ...
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Repair AC adapter at plastic head

How can I repair this adaptor wires?
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How to fish NM cable up, over, and back down

I am trying to fish a cable up from an outlet/switch box, over a door, and back down to a box outside. What is the best method to fish the cable?
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UK: Is it safe to bypass a light switch?

Is it safe to join the live & switched-live wires behind a switch so the light is permanently on? And if so, what would be the best method (connector block, crimp, etc)?