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

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Electrical problem with GFCI

I just bought this house, and the circuit in the garage was functioning fine. I have a GFCI and one downstream receptacle on a certain branch. There are other GFCIs on this circuit, but not in line ...
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Dead circuits with breakers across from each other

I have 4 dead circuits which were intermittent off/on at first- now dead. The 20 amp dual tandem breakers are across from each other in the breaker box. The breakers/circuits above and below the ...
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How should this light fixture be connected?

Replacing kitchen light, house wiring to box: 2 white twisted together (neutral), 1 red (hot when switch is on), no ground. Fixture: 1 D shaped ridged wire, 1 smooth (round) wire, 1 ground wire. My ...
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Help with c wire on American standard air handler

there is no"C" indicated. Model TWE040E13FB I have taken pictures of the connections and looked at the wiring diagram however I cannot figure out which wire is any help would be appreciated thank you
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Type AC cable — why is it still made/used?

Old-style armored cable (Type AC) is still made and widely distributed. Why is this, given that type MC cable is more versatile (more conductor configurations, more Code-permitted applications) than ...
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What is the proper way to solder two different gauge stranded wires?

How does one properly solder a 10 AWG copper stranded wire with an 18 AWG copper stranded wire. There are plenty of tutorials on how to solder same gauge wire, but what is the recommended way to ...
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When connecting LED tape lights to a transformer, should I daisy chain the strips or install home runs for each strip?

I'm in the planning stage for adding under cabinet LED tape lighting. I have four seperate cabinet areas to reach. Before I drywall I'm planning to install a standard wall switch that goes to an ...
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Can I jump the “Cool” and “Hi-Heat” terminals to run at the same fan speed?

My Goodman blower came from the factory with the black wire for Hi fan speed and the blue wire for the next lower or Med. Hi fan speed for the Hi-Heat (2 stage). I have found that I like the A/C ...
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2 sets of 3 wire cable wiring problem [on hold]

I just removed a ballast fixture to install a regular light fixture I noticed 2 sets of 3 wire cable coming out of the ceiling whe all I have with the new light fixture is a white and black cable do I ...
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Electrical fault tracing

Red Hot leg of 14/3 cable disconnected at panel but still picking current somewhere from the other leg. Circuit breaker does not trip. Everything works ok on the good leg. How do I find the fault?
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Ground rod for detached sub panel

My contractor sunk a length of rebar in the footing of my shop to be used as ground rod for the sub panel. I'm not sure but I suspect its just a 10 ft. length of rebar, and isn't tied into the rest ...
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Adding a light fixture to an existing fixture

I added a new light fixture by splicing into an existing fixture. When I turn the light on, the existing light comes on, when I turn it off, the new light comes on. What have I done wrong? I want ...
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Home receptacles measure from 24 to 96 volts

I have a home that is about 14 years old so it is better than the knob-and-tube wiring in my last home. However, there are no less than three receptacles in the house that couldn't be used as the ...
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Confused about wiring outside light fixture with multiple switched wires

I am trying to replace an outside motion detector light fixture that was removed before I bought the house and the only things left were the plastic base in the eave and electrical taped wires shoved ...
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USB wall outlet charger not working

By not working I mean even when installed in the simplest configuration, it does some sort of low power pulsating. It will cycle between charging and not charging a USB device every half second or so. ...
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Fan motor wires [on hold]

I have a new fan motor with brown, brown and white, white, and black wires. I want to splice these to the old cord and plug, but the old cord wires are green, red, brown and black. Can anyone please ...
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What size wiring and what type breaker should I use for wiring an above ground pool?

I'm installing an 18'X33'X52" above ground pool. I need to run two circuits from my panel to the pool. The run will be approximately 300' with about 75' buried. What size wiring and what type ...
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GFCI Problem wiht Three-Way Switch WAS Two Switches Neutrals Only, Switched Hots Not Used

I replaced an old two-prong receptable with a three-prong GFCI (no ground) yesterday. It won't reset. I found out that "downstream" there is a light on the next level down that is controlled by two ...
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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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How to properly support 2-3 with ground nm-b cable from floor joists

I bought a house where the previous homeowner hung 2-3 with ground nm-b (cable) with metallic conduit hangers from wall studs below the floor joists. It looks like the hangers are cutting through ...
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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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Converting two three-way switches to a single dimmer

I recently replaced my kitchen lights to dimmable LEDs. Right now there are two 1 gang 3-way switches, so I can control the same lights from two switches. I wanted to replace one of the switches with ...
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How do I wire this switch/outlet combo?

This 5 minute task has kept me busy for an hour. Old switch/outlet combo melted. Replacing with gfci combo. Red/White pair is the line. Orange/White pair is the load to the light. Strangely, ...
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Old wiring into appliance has 60V neutral to hot and 120 either to ground?

I have an appliance (stove hood) and it is hooked up to wiring that supplied the previous stove hood. It isn't working and the voltages measure 62 volts between neutral and hot, but 120 volts between ...
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Ceiling fan remote not working

I lost the canopy bracket along with the receiver and remote to my ceiling fan while moving. I then ordered an exact replacement receiver and remote for the fan, and when I had someone install it, the ...
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Can multiple 2-way occupancy motion sensor switches be used together?

Can multiple 2-way occupancy (AKA motion) sensor switches be used together? For the top and bottom of a staircase, I want the lights to be on if either switch senses motion and the lights stay on ...
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Outlets and lights don't work but plug-in receptacle tester indicates all ok

I have two bedrooms and a shared bath that are on one circuit. Through some initial remodeling/updating, all of the outlets were replaced (3-prong), and all of the light switches. All is fine in ...
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What size metric wire is required for 240 VAC 30 Amps located in house with run of 90M or <100 feet to a garage

What size metric wire is required from a 240 VAC 30 Amps breaker located in house with run of 90M or <100 feet to a garage for washer, drier, fridge and lighting on 3 X 10 amp and 1 X 5 amp ...
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Ungrounded outlet indicates grounded when an APC is plugged in

I moved into an old apartment that has a mix of grounded, ungrounded, and gfci ungrounded outlets. My computer is plugged into an ungrounded GFCI outlet. Plugging in a tester indicates open ground. ...
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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 is the meaning of the term “trade size”

While shopping for electrical parts for the next project, I keep seeing the term Trade Size. What exactly is this a measure of?
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installing sub panel in garage off of house main

My garage is between 80 & 100 ft. from the main panel . In the garage will be 2-3 flourecent lights , a 17,000 btu 240 volt heater , eventually a welding machine (either 240 volt or a 120 volt ...
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Are there any restrictions for drilling holes in solid lumber joists regarding how close to the ends of the joist? [duplicate]

I've read to not drill a hole greater than 1/3 the depth of the board (I want to drill a 3/4" hole in a 12" board for wiring, so that won't be an issue) as well as not to do it within two inches of ...
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Light wiring advice

hi all, what have i done wrong? I replaced like for like (or so i thought) and the light won't work? Thanks in advance
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How do I wire a 3-way motion sensor?

I am trying to install a motion sensor switch on a 3-way switch in my laundry room. both 3-way switches function normally if I use them now. One 3 way switch, we will call it #1, is by itself. It has ...
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Installing a dual switch from a single switch which powers two wall sconces

My living room has one wall switch that feeds two different lights/ sconces . The switch has only two black wires on the side of the switch. one on the top and one to the bottom . I would like to ...
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Service conductors between meter box and 100 panel. Can I still use #2 Aluminum? Manitoba

Can I still use #2 Alum between meter box and 100 amp panel? Meter box is on the side of the house and panel is at the back.
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Want to add a WIFI thermostat, but no 'C' wire… only 2 wires to each thermo

i have a 5 zone radiant floor, oil fired heating system. Each thermostat only has 2 wires running to it. i have a TACO SR506 switching relay that receives the wires from each thermostat and controls ...
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Ceiling fan wiring switch question

Recently, I was replacing a fan switch at the ceiling fan on an older ceiling fan. While I had the power off, I decided to try to correct some wiring at the wall switches. The light switch at wall ...
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Wiring switched-controlled GFCI outlets outdoors

I have a dedicated outdoor 20 amp circuit (GFCI breaker) in my yard that was for a pool we got rid of. 2-gang box w/weatherproof cover. I want to install a GFCI outlet that is controlled by a switch....
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New remote-controlled ceiling fan doesn't respond to wall switch

I replaced a ceiling fan in my bedroom that no longer worked. I didn't pay attention to the wiring when removing the old fan but diligently followed the instructions. The new fan has a light kit and ...
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how much can i have on a 20 amp breaker?

I have a 20 amp breaker, with two lights and a outlet in on it, (the outlet normally runs stereo equipment), can i add another outlet for a tv and a fan?
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Installing a “key cylinder” to open and close the garage door

I have a Chamberlain LiftMaster Professional Garage Door opener (June 2007) with a wireless keypad to open the door but does not open consistently in cold weather. I would like to install a hardwired "...
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GFI false trips, but everything checks out. (????)

Any load trips a new GFCI breaker: Conditions: Brand new construction. New 75' 4wire feed to new subpanel from a long working and reliable main subpanel. One GFCI breaker feeding 4 outlets from new ...
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How many power cables can a coaxial cable cross?

I am running coax RG6Q to my FiOS box. I know to cross electrical cables perpendicular, but is there a limit to how many wires I can cross in a short area? See my picture: the coax is the black line ...
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How do I replace an Australian light switch?

I'm trying to replace my light switch with a new one. The switch has two switches on it. The replacement switch I bought has two switches but is slightly different than the old one. This as far as I ...
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Replace Track Lighting To Recessed Lights Utilizing 3-Way Switch

I had a Switch on one end of the kitchen and a Switch on the other end of the kitchen that would turn on/off the Track Light I had (3-Way Switch). I want to add 6 Recessed Lights, so I removed the ...
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Controlling 110v swamp cooler using Nest thermostat

I currently have an HVAC system that is connected to a Nest thermostat (2nd generation) and I'm planning to use the same Nest thermostat to control a 110 swamp cooler that is currently not connected. ...
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GFCI outlets fail repeatedly in new home

I purchased new home which has never been lived in and I have had to replace three different ground fault outlets. They just quit working. Now I have one in bathroom, which had been previously ...
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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 ...