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

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how to wire a 220v 110v transformer at the circuit breaker

does some have a diagram that shows how to wire a 220->110v transformer at the main circuit breaker.. i have a wire ready with 220 and a another ready to receive 110v .. the 220v ready wire has has ...
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Can anyone tell me what this little white box on my outlet is?

Recently bought a house that's about 40 years old. The previous owner was clearly very fond of doing the wiring himself and has left me some idiosyncrasies to work out. One is this box in one of my ...
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How do I convert from 3-way switches to dimmers?

I'm hoping you can provide me with some guidance on where I'm going wrong with my wiring of my new dimmer switches that I'm using to replace a pair of three-way switches. I've gotten everything wired ...
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Is this 230v motor wired for 115v operation

I have the following wiring diagram for the motor I am replacing. After looking at the wiring as shown here, I see one black and one purple wired to the terminals. There is a second set that is ...
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Ceiling Fan is hot 6' down, but lights nor fan comes on

I've hooked up my hunter ceiling fan with black/blue wire connected to the black(hot) wire and my white to white(neutral) and green to ground wire. My sniffer says that I'm hot not only at the ceiling ...
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What size conduit should I use for Coaxial and Ethernet?

I'm looking at feeding both a coaxial and an Ethernet(probable cat6A) cable too multiple locations in my house shortly. I was wondering what size conduit should I use?
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Sorting out the 3-gang box for smart switches

first time question here so grateful for any help. I am trying to install some "smart" switches (GE Quirky). Switches which live by themselves in the box are really easy (just follow the ...
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Is this a faulty GFCI receptacle?

Need some advice on an electrical issue I'm having in my new condo. My bathroom has a GFCI receptacle (similar to this one). I noticed one morning that the LED indicator was out, so I figured ...
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What to do with white neutral wire?

I am installing an electric cooktop that has black and red conductor wires (plus the ground wire). However, the circuit line has black, red and white wires. Since there isn't a matching white wire ...
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Typical process of rewiring a house

Last week an electrician started rewiring our whole house. They started by running new wires into all the rooms and running the wires into gangboxes and into a subpanel in the garage. I assumed to ...
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controlling a light fixture with a wireless switch

I would like to add a light fixture in my basement workshop controlled by a switch in my first floor kitchen but without running new wiring. Is there a wireless solution available?
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Two appliances fried on same circuit after replacing receptacle. Did I screw up?

I'm in the US. I recently swapped 6 old receptacles on a single circuit out for the tamper-resistant variety. It was a straightforward process--all the boxes except one had a single cable coming in. ...
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please help me understanding this wiring

From what I understand the black wire on the side is the Live wire. I was thinking that the other black wire would be the Load but I usually see them connected to the other side. The red probably is ...
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How to minimize wall tearing when installing new wiring?

We have bought a new house with knob and tube wiring. We are now looking into replacing all of it with new wiring and understand that significant wall-surgery will be required to run the conduits. ...
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Wiring a single pole switch next to a 3-way switch

I am doing a kitchen remodel and I would like to wire a new single pole switch to an additional light. See the attached diagram (the new single pole switch is labelled 2 way). This is exactly what ...
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Protecting multiple outlets with one GFCI; is it possible with this wiring scheme?

I have a family-room circuit with 5 outlets and a one-year-old who thinks it's funny to try to stick things in them. So I thought it would be a good idea to add GFCI protection (and tamper ...
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New House Wiring in Attic + Conduit

I own an old house (50s) for which the electrical is outdated (no ground, etc), so I am in the process of rewiring the whole house. The attic has tons of insulation (loose insulation atop fiberglass ...
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New Thermostat installed but compressor comes on immediately

I have a new Insteon Thermostat that I'm using to replace my prior Honeywell t-stat. This is installed to a relatively new HVAC system (both AC and Heat) that DOES have a "c" wire. I've attached the ...
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Wiring through an ethernet wall plate

I need to 'fish' a cable through two Ethernet wall sockets. I have one in my living room and another one in my bedroom. I want to put an Ethernet cable between them. How do i do that?
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Leads from wall fan control switch are aluminum wire?

My new house in the US has a Harbor Breeze combination fan/light switch with a remote control as seen here (different brand is shown, but it's basically identical). While checking some wiring ...
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Benefit to running electric wires through walls vs attic/basement? 1-story house

We're planning on getting some updates to the electric wiring in our house. Installing more wall outlets, removing some knob & tube in the attic, installing GFCI outlets in required places, and ...
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Running wire in wall between floors

I am running a wire from my attic, through second story wall, down to first story. I cut a small hole in the second story wall to drill through the floor but I am hitting something about 10 inches ...
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Two 3 way switches, only one works

I have 3 way switches at the top and bottom of the stairs operating two cans in the ceiling. For 20 years, they've never worked right. Either switch would turn the lights on or off, like a single ...
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Would my fridge be causing the 20amp gfci to trip

I recently bought a house and when I went to plug the fridge in it worked fine however the next morning. I wen to check on it and found that the circuit had been popped as well the ice machine was on ...
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How do I wire a modern wall sconce to a power source with 6 wires?

I bought a house that was built in the early 70's. I replaced a wall sconce which had the usual white, black and ground wire. The power source for the wall box has several wires; two white, two ...
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How is ground wire handled on 240V outlet?

I'm in the process of moving 240V outlet. The outlet has three wires connected. See the image: In the junction box I can see the ground coming out of the outlet. See the image: So where is the ...
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How can I extend the circuit to add under cabinet lighting?

I am adding under cabinet LED lights in the kitchen. I would like to extend the circuit that includes 2 LED recessed cans above the sink in the soffit. Can I run an outlet off of the last LED ...
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Adding exhaust fan to existing single light switch

I have added an exhaust fan in bathroom to an existing single light switch that operates one light. I'd like the switch to turn the light and the fan on together. The existing switch has one feed of ...
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How do I wire a gcfi outlet in this situation?

While attempting to rewire a duplex receptacle under my sink to power a garbage disposal and a dishwasher (half-switched), I ran into a problem. The existing receptacle only had 12-2 romex and ...
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New thermostat wire: maximum number of wires?

Background: I'm upgrading from a failing ecobee smart thermostat to an ecobee3. The ecobee3 requires all wires for the components it controls to be run all the way to the thermostat (including ...
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How can I run power from an end-of-run light switch to a second switch?

I currently have a ceiling light that has the power at the light. It is switched with a single pole and both white and black wires are connected to the switch. The white is hot. I take it there is no ...
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Can I use auto primary wire to add a new receptacle in my garage?

I need to add one more power outlet to my garage. The wiring for the existing ones uses 14-2 gauge solid wire. I have an entire role of this, worth of $60 which I don't entirely need but I bought it ...
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How do I affix wires to an E27 T210 lamp holder?

I have a E27 T210 connection for a lamp holder, and there are no screws to fix wires into. It is also unclear how they push in. If this a push connection are the wires supposed to be soldered?
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In a gangbox with switches on two different circuits, how can I identify which neutrals are associated with which circuit?

By 'two different circuits,' I mean 'two separate single-pole breakers'. Here is a crude wiring diagram of the switches and electrical box in question: https://i.imgur.com/yefrWHx.png The red ...
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Thermostat wiring splice

I need to relocate a thermostat and have the additional wire needed but I am not sure of the ideal way to "join" the cable sections. Will using wire nuts and zip tie be good enough?
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40 bulb chendelier wiring project - Does dimmer affect amps?

I am a DIYer and have made pendant/ chandeliers before with great success but I may be over my head with this one... The question is boiled down to this: is the current wiring I have adequate for the ...
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House Grounding

I was just wondering if somebody could please explain to me the importance of a ground wire in a house panel. My neighbour was having really high electrical bills and was told his ground wire (going ...
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Roman Nose - Where can I get it or what is an alternative cable entry cover?

I have a couple of holes in my siding that I've patched with silicon but I'm looking for something to cover it (like a cable entry cover like a roman nose). But I can't find it anywhere. Any ideas ...
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replacing a light switch i discover too many wires in the wall? 3 bundles of wires and a ground wire?

I tried to replace a dimmer switch with a new one, when i discover too many wires in the wall? I have 3 bundles of wires and a ground wire in the wall now? are these bundles the other outlets being ...
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perimeter wiring LED lights thru pipe fence

I have a some used airport taxiway lights, and want to place some around perimeter of 4 acre property on top of existing pipe fence for looks. Want to install about 16 lights total. Will rewire with ...
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Fitting recessed lighting without damaging ceiling

I'm trying to add recessed lighting into my hall. There's currently a pendant light in the middle, which I'll be removing. I then want to add 6 240v (UK) GU10 fittings. There's no insulation in the ...
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Ceiling Fan Wires

I'm trying to install a ceiling fan in my new construction home. The fan's instructions call for 3 grounding wires (green, green/yellow stripe, or bare copper) to connect to the hanging bracket, 1 ...
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Light fixture wiring

I might be a bit paranoid but it's electricity! I removed an older light fixture from my kitchen ceiling and am ready to attach the new one (Ikea). I just want to make sure that I am doing it ...
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Ethernet jack near power cable

I have an un-shielded Cat5E cable that I'm pulling down a wall along a stud. Near the bottom of said wall there is a 120v line running parallel to the floor. 1) Is it OK to terminate the ethernet in ...
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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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Schematic for dual fixtures/wiring

Two light fixtures controlled from four different locations using three way and four way switches; the feed is at the first light fixture.
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Installing a PIR Motion Detector - Not working because it requires a neutral wire

This is going to make me sound daft but I am new to DIYing and by no means an electrician! But I am trying to install a motion sensor light switch on the ceiling where a pull cord switch used to be. ...
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Does a neutral-to-ground voltage of 0.0 indicate a bootleg ground?

As described here (for example), in a correctly-wired receptacle, there will be a small potential difference between the neutral and ground wires that increases slightly with increasing load. I'm ...
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Staircase light , three wires not four, no red

Ours is an old house. We want to put in some nicer switches. Staircase light is wired to two switch at the top and bottom of the stairs. There is no red wire as seen on many installation diagrams. ...
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Can a 110v 3-wire thermostat be hooked up to a 110v 2-wire condo setup?

My condo that was built in 1968 has an old thermostat(rheostat type) which supplies 2 thick gauge black wires of which one is live and the other isn't. This regulator is hooked up to a blower ...