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

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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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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 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 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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Should I use 12/3 NM cable for a 240 volt 40 amp electric cooktop?

I am installing a 240 volt 40 amp electric cooktop. Will 12/3 NM cable suffice for this? Secondly, I know I need a double-pole breaker because 240 volts is delivered using two out-of-phase 120 volt ...
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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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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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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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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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Do all conductors on a 20-amp circuit need to be 12 AWG?

I'm rewiring a bathroom, and will install a GFCI receptacle on a 20 amp circuit breaker (dedicated to the bathroom only). I am also going to have a fan and vanity light on the same circuit, ...
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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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My appliances are shocking me…but only me

The metal parts of the fridge, stove, and sink are shocking me. However, when my husband touches them, he gets nothing. I've also found that the metal gates and latches leading to the pastures are ...
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wiring for an oldish house

I have 4 wires (red,black,bare,white) from the ceiling. From my new light fixture I have 3 wires (black,green,white). Which two switches for the light. I wired it black and red to black from fixture, ...
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Can I add a sub-panel near the main disconnect outside my house?

I have an outside main disconnect of 125 amp and a inside main panel. The disconnect panel outside has an extra space that will accept a dual pole breaker. What I would like to do is add a sub-panel ...
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Do I have to run new wire when replacing my electric oven?

I bought a new single electric wall oven to replace an old one in an old house. It says it requires 20 amp and 240 volts. The old one was running on a 10 amp breaker. The wire from the breaker to oven ...
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Replacing an electrical cord

I was given a couch recently, and it has electric components to recline and perform other functions. We moved this 200+ pound couch down a flight of stairs, across a city, and up 2 more flights of ...
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Wire Gauge/Type for 100amp detached Shop?

I have a new woodworking shop that I built behind my house. The shop has a 100 Amp panel and I have wire the shop for 110v/20a plugs and 220v/20a plugs. My house has a 225amp service and already has a ...
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Reverse wiring basement lights

Can existing basement lights wired in succession from the main electric panel, with the last light on a switch be reverse wired so that all of the lights can be controlled by the switch?
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Why does a wall plug show only 20V instead of 120V?

I have two outlets that test at 20V, or sometimes 60V. They should be 120V.
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Replaced a Heat/Light/Vent with a vent only. There does not seem to be a hot wire:

The three gang box previously had a HLV combined switch plus a switch that operated a separate light. Stupidly, I removed and discarded the switches and units (light and HLV) without studying the ...
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What size fuse wire do I need for a 4 kW single phase 220V geyser?

What is the type and gauge of wire that I should use for fuse wire which is feeding a 4 kW single-phase geyser?
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Fan coil wiring problem with new thermostat

I'm trying to upgrade to a new line voltage thermostat. The new thermostat has many more connections, including three fan speeds. My current system has a manual fan switch on the wall so all I need ...
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Can I use a split tab switch for mains voltage and low voltage?

LeGrand (Pass & Seymour) make a multi-control single pole switch with a split tab TM8113WCC, which allows for the control of two independent circuits on a single yoke (one box). Code question: is ...
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Can a GFCI receptacle share the neutral wire of another circuit?

When I connect my GFCI receptacle on one circuit that shares the neutral wire with another circuit, it immediately faults out. If I remove the second circuit from the neutral there is no problem.
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Why would a motion sensor cause the light to flicker?

I recently installed a motion sensor light and was called back because the light was "flickering" at half brightness rather than staying on brightly. I tested the power and found good voltage, but ...
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How to wire multi-control rocker switch

What's the correct way to wire a multi-control rocker switch (e.g. Leviton 1755) that has three switches on one yoke with a common supply? What wire(s) do I run from the switches to each of the ...
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How can I install ceiling mounted recessed occupancy sensors?

I am looking to replace my current lighting circuit with a motion detector and wondering what is the best way to do this? I currently have 6 spot lights, controlled by 2 switches on either side of ...
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Converting 4 wire supply to 3 wire outlet

I have a 4 wire supply wire. It has a black, white, red and ground wire. I want to supply a 3 wire outlet. Do I combine the white and ground wire?
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Can I change a switch within a circuit from powering multiple lights to a single light?

I have a family room ceiling fan connected to a single pole light switch. However, that switch also controls a bathroom light, staircase light and a bedroom receptacle. There is only 1 cable coming ...
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What could cause lights to come on full strength then dim?

I just finished setting this up: There are actually 4 lights chained together at the end rather than just one. Once I finished I turned the circuit back on and tried out the switches. All of them ...
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Why do people run 12-3 cable to feed completely different circuits?

Been updating circuits in my basement and I'm horrified at the previous work that has been done. Improperly routed cables, overloaded junction boxes and, in two separate instances, 12-3 cable feeding ...
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Running board dimensions

I need to install a running board on which to attached some cables going perpendicular to joists. Is there a minimum size that one should use? I'm planning on installing some 6x1"s.
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Is it possible to replace a fusebox lever without replacing the whole box?

I'm pretty new to DIY stuff... but I'm selling my home soon and was wondering if it was possible for an electrician to fix just the part causing the lever to not come down in my garage's fusebox ...
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How should I run stripped cable through conduits?

I have a 6/3 NM-B cable that is to be run through a Southwire Ultratite conduit to an external outlet for a generator. I plan to strip the cable prior to threading through the conduit: 1. for ease of ...
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Is it a subpanel?

I am putting in a new one hundred amp load center. I have a present on/off main panel mounted next to the new load center. My question: Is the new load center now considered to be a sub panel? If ...
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30amp power cord to 20amp breaker?

I am converting a cargo trailer into a camping trailer, including wiring it to have power from and RV hookup. The most common RV hookup is a 30amp. Since i don't really need the 30amp power, my plan ...
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What should I do about a stubborn screw on the middle of a dryer cord connection?

I am attaching a 3 prong dryer cord to a dryer. The middle connection is being stubborn. The screw gets to a certain point and is stuck. It will not tighten and the connection is very loose. Can I ...
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How to convert L609 4wire to L6 3wire

My electrical feed to location is L6 3wire (grnd+X+Y). My cabinet is L609 4wire (grnd+neut+X+Y). The cabinet feeds 4 blocks of 110V. Should the grnd+neutr be plugged into the grnd on the L6? or do I ...
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How do I add wire to a rusted electric box?

I'm adding a plug to a closet so that I can put my server and router in there. I am trying to daisy chain it off of the nearest plug, but when I try to remove any of the knockouts they won't budge, ...
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This light won't turn on

So, I was around my partners house the other day and they have a light on the landing that does not work - I don't think it has ever worked since they moved into the house and being an electronic ...
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What can I use to lubricate CAT6 cables while installing them?

I am about to run some network wires inside the wall at home. I had already done so but apparently too much pressure on them while pulling caused one of the pairs to go bad and therefore prevent ...
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Why is the live wire reading live, but the neutral is not, in my lighting circuit?

A ceiling light has failed and I have removed it. The circuit that it was part of (eight other downstairs lights) is working fine. BUT the supply cable from this circuit to the failed light is 'live' ...
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How do I wire a 2 way toggle switch to a flourescent fixture?

We are replacing a light that had a pull string on/off with a florescent fixture that we have put a toggle switch on. Question is... How to wire it? The toggle switch has 2 black wires and the wires ...
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Right way to add standard receptacle to this GFCI circuit

I've read Can I add a standard receptacle on a GFCI circuit and have a similar situation in that I need to add a receptacle to an existing GFCI circuit, but when I pulled the existing GFCI plug from ...
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1948 fabric sheathed outlet wires, can I ground to box?

Home built in 1948. The outlets have no ground wire and use fabric sheathed copper wire.can i run a ground wire from recepticle to the metal outlet box itself, as apposed to no ground at all? How can ...
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How do electricians quickly choose electrical box sizes?

I've got my copy of "Electrical Wiring: Residential" 18th ed, complete with all the information, tables, and formulae for choosing electrical box sizes, but I've got to imagine that experienced ...