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Center of a wire nut holding neutral wires is burned, but it doesn't seem loose

The outlets in my garage are on a circuit breaker with AFCI protection. The outlet closest to the circuit breaker is a GFCI outlet, and the rest of the outlets are just normal outlets. When the GFCI ...
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Dimmer switches without connected ground wires

I've recently replaced all my incandescents with LEDs and found that the dimmer switches were of a type that... disagreed with the dimmable LEDs. While I was replacing the switches I noticed that 2/3 ...
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What is the proper way to flush-mount an outdoor electrical outlet?

There are many outdoor electrical outlet boxes such that the entire box is mounted to the surface and then a wire comes in from the back. ... but what is the proper way to mount a box behind an ...
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Can I side-mount metal box with holes in the back?

I would like to side-mount this double gang box as shown to install two switches. My concern is that the 1/4” holes in the back of the box will be a code violation. I have looked at other 2 gang ...
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Does the NEC allow chaining wire connectors within a single junction box?

In this box, I have a green ground wire nut with a through-wire connected to the metal box ground nut that connects it to four other ground wires on conductors entering the box. I connected three more ...
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Okay to remount this metal box from a metal wiring cabinet directly to the stud?

I have some network equipment inside of a Suttle wiring cabinet. There is a punch out for an electrical outlet and it was like this when I moved in to the house. This might be convenient if you just ...
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No ground wire doorbell transformer

Recently got a new video doorbell and noticed that it was flaky, especially at night when the IR was active. Tech support suggested my 16v 10va transformer could be the reason and suggested a 24v/40va ...
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Can I splice an existing wire in a wall where I want to put an outlet?

I'm looking to add a new receptacle for a TV. The nearest existing outlet is a new work metallic box nailed to the stud with barely room in the knockouts for a new piece of wire to go to new ...
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Pigtail two hot wires from different locations at single pole switch?

I replaced a ceiling fan with a ceiling fan/light combo in a bedroom. Previously the fan did not have a switch to control it. Power goes directly to the fan and was controlled by a pull cord. I ran ...
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Which small (1-gang) surface mount box is code compliant with NEMA 14-30R receptacle?

I would like to install this NEMA 14-30R in a surface mount single gang box for my dryer. Can I put it into this box? The box has 19 cu-in. I am not proficient with fill calculations but 3x10AWG + ...
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How do I wire a timer for a fan to a GFCI receptacle?

I have a 20A GFCI outlet that I want to wire a timer to that will control a ceiling exhaust fan. However the timer I have requires connection to a 3 wire (B,W,R-G) box, but the GFCI outlet is only ...
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Is conduit required for a new exterior outlet?

(In Pittsburgh, PA). I am installing a new exterior outlet on a brick wall (surface mount). I've drilled through the brick veneer and CMU, but now I am wondering - is conduit required here? All the ...
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Fan timer switch only works when adjacent light switch is off

I have a bathroom ceiling fan with a light. The fan is controlled by a mechanical dial timer switch and the light is controlled by an on-off switch in the same wall box. The mechanical dial has been ...
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Drill hole to mount metal junction box

I am trying to install a metal junction box behind existing drywall. I cut a hole in the drywall next to the stud, and want to screw the left side of the box into the stud, but the holes that are pre-...
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Outdoor light without recessed box

My tree contractor accidentally broke my light fixture and decided to leave it like this (yes those wires are live). I'm planning to replace it with a new fixture, but would the recommended plan be to ...
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