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You are right to be concerned about safety. Attempting to use the sockets as they are is a hazard, the exposed conductors are an electrical and safety concern. What you have is a replacement part for repairing a damaged fixture.


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I've seen installations like this before, and I think you're missing a piece of the puzzle. First step, is to get that cord out of the wall. In a typical instsllation, the male receptacle at the bottom of the wall is connected to the upper receptacle via NM cable (or other approved wiring method). The male end of a cord (like the one in the wall in ...


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You will not find a legal or listed "adapter" for this. A 6-20 is a straight 240V grounding device. A 10-30 is a 120/240V non-grounding device, where the grounding function is provided via the neutral. This is only allowed in older range and dryer circuits, so any adapter would not be legal to use on any other circuit.


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As @mikes said, this is a replacement part - NOT a complete fixture. Rather than cobbling up some mess of electrical tape, just buy a plain porcelain (or plastic, though oddly the porcelain are often cheaper, and I assume the reason you are contemplating this at all is to keep costs down) lampholder that is designed for the job, and don't create an ...


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I presume your new 3-way dimmer switch has 4 braided wires coming out of it. Green (ground), a couple of red wires (travelers) and a black one (common/hot). Yes, just cut the wires from the old switch (leave them as long as you can) and connect them to the wires on the dimmer switch using small wire nuts (no bigger than the standard yellow ones; the dimmer ...


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Your question should be "can I use ground as neutral" since your 6-20 has only 2 hots and ground, no neutral. It is a against code and potentially dangerous to use a ground in place of a neutral. You need to pull a separate neutral wire back to the panel or sub panel. If you want to keep 240V available, install an L14-20 outlet and use an adapter off of ...


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Plug it into a circuit that's rated for the power it draws. Lacking details on the device, its ratings, and what the circuit you are plugging it into is rated at (or other things that are using power at the same time on that circuit) can't say much beyond that. The time behavior is normal for an overload. You should not continue to use it in the manner ...


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This is OK provided that the wires to the fan control switch are treated as 120VAC wires as per 725.46: Class 1 Circuit Wiring Methods. Class I circuits shall be installed in accordance with Part I of Article 300 and with the wiring methods from the appropriate articles in Chapter 3. (i.e. run using NM and not communications-type cable/wire) and ...


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Electric resistance heat is a great long-term solution for the electric power supplier; it's usually one of the most expensive heat options for the homeowner to run, barring power subsidies or absurdly cheap power, which happens a few places, but not many. The details will be local, so you'll have to investigate the relative costs of the heat sources you ...


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FYI: The local propane company requires that I maintain a 12" vertical separation with my electric line, so it must dip to 32"+, supplying 12" of separation under the crossing LPG pipe; in No. Calif.


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Here's a reference to a document published by Puget Sound Energy regarding minimum separation (both horizontal and vertical) for gas and electrical service, so you can cross them. In general it looks like at least 6" vertical separation with conduit, or 12" if the electrical is direct-bury. I'd check local code. ...


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If I wanted to use them correctly, how would I? I'm still confused about the details but this part I can answer. These types of wall plates are used to hide the wiring for wall mounted TVs. You have an outlet behind the TV so that you don't have a power plug running down the wall and you have an opening that allows access to the stud cavity behind so ...


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I can't speak to the regulatory side of this, other than to say I'd be very surprised if a custom-built circuit like you're describing would pass an inspection just for the fact that it's a non-UL/CSA approved device on a life safety circuit. Being in a private residence at least will relax the requirements compared to a commercial or multi-tenant building, ...


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Add hickeys until you can hang a box like this from it. Grind off the tabs if you don't like them, paint it to match the ceiling. You will probably need a bushing to make the connection from the last hickey to the new box. Having pulled the wires through the hickeys, install the relay. Add a cross bar to hang more hickeys, from which you hang the light. ...


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Some gas fireplaces with electric start have a thermopile that generates enough electricity to keep the valve open, even if you disconnect the mains electricity. So if the fireplace was on already and you disconnect the main power, I would expect the fire to stay on. However, starting by itself is not a good thing. I would look at two components: the ...



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