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NCV fails to still detect voltage once the circuit is loaded?

The light above the cooktop in our kitchen started flickering occasionally, and eventually just was steadily very dim. I hated the fixture, so thought I'd replace it, and also just hoping the ...
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Electricity tripping off after installing Nest [closed]

I just replaced my old thermostat and timer for a Google Nest, but every time I turn the electricy back on, it goes off shortly after. I have an oil boiler for heating. Before I call an electrician, ...
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How to test an electrical switch to ensure the power is off

I used a voltmeter to test for power on my electrical switch and I was surprised by a blast of electricity. You can see the damage in the picture. Why did I get a reaction? Did I test it ...
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Replaced Blower Motor, but A/C won't stay on unless power button is held down

My HVAC has an electric furnace blower motor for both heating and cooling. I called a repair guy out who explained that the capacitor was good, I just needed a new motor because it had gone out. I ...
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Voltage tester detecting voltage in non-hot wires when the light switch is off [duplicate]

I just switched the wiring of a single-pole light switch from back wiring to side wiring and noticed that my voltage tester (non-contact pen-style one, Klein Tools NCVT-3) detects voltage in both the ...
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Why do my new basement lights trip the breaker?

I am upgrading my basement and the builder initially put the family room and two lights in the basement all on one circuit. During the remodel I tried adding two more lights to that same run and it ...
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Wiring a light fixture

I am replacing a light fixture in my bathroom with a LED fixture. My house is from the late 20s so there are some quirks. In this case I have 3 sets of wires into the box. There are 6 other lights, ...
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Proper way to test AC voltage for dishwasher hookup

I am trying to connect my new dishwasher to the electrical cable coming up into my kitchen from down in the basement. This (white) cable actually houses 3 smaller wires inside of it: A white wire (...
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Fried dimmer turns lights on/off but new dimmer won't

I had two black wires, one red wire and two white wires coming from the ceiling (I suspect there used to be a fan with a light). In the switch box, there was a black and a white wire (with a green ...
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How to wire LED light to old wiring layout

Bought a new LED strip light to replace an old fluorescent light. After removing the old light I'm left with 3 grey cables coming from the ceiling.There are 3 copper ground wires are all sleeved into ...
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No power to room

Left heater plugged in drying floor all night. Woke up to no power in room and no breaker kicked. Can't figure out what happened. Checked plug in and shows hot and ground reversed but don't no how. ...
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3 Way Switch Spark

I am trying to figure out why a spark was created when I was testing the voltage across a three way switch I have. So to make a long story short, I was trying to move some switches because I didn't ...
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How to work out which wire goes where when replacing light fixture

There are 2 neutral wires and 3 black ones and a ground. The ceiling light is on and hard wired in and I can't turn it off. The adjacent bedrooms are without power. I know I scrambled the wires so ...
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Old house--no neutral wire for Nest Protect?

I'm not particularly electrically inclined, but am giving a go to setting up a wired Nest Protect where an old smoke detector was installed. The device says to connect its white wire to the white (or ...
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Installed ceiling lamp, but phase meter screwdriver lights up when testing its body, neutral line

I had to change a ceiling lamp, electrical installation (Europe, 240V) is quite old and i've no idea how it works. The old lamp had 3 bulbs and a wall double switch can light up 2 of the bulbs and/or ...
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