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How to open/unlock the BMA 2215 cable box for connecting a ceiling lamp?

I was going to install a newly bought ceiling lamp when I found this connection box which I have never seen before. It has "BMA 2215" written on it and an internet search led to websites ...
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Easiest way to identify which of many cut Ethernet cables is live?

I’ve got around 40 Ethernet cables bunched together. They’re sticking out of a wall in a basement room. Their ends are cut, so there are no connectors on them. All of them lead to endpoints elsewhere ...
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RJ45 Connection Test Fails for 4/6 Constantly

I am punching RJ45 keystones (configuration A) on each end of a Cat 5e cable. When I do a connection test, lights 4 and 6 doesn’t flash. I punched the keystones again, but no luck. Again lights 4 and ...
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Does Cat6(A?) cabling require special considerations?

I'm doing a bit of renovation at my home and as part of that I'd like to better hide my internet cable. The current situation: The cable is an old one, installed in 2003 or something. It's a bog ...
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How can I know if one extension cable and outlet can handle so much electricity use?

I intend to run an extension cable from an outdoor outlet to power four pond pumps. Currently I have a mess of different wires running across the yard from three places. The cable runs from the outlet,...
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60A Subpanel with feeder wire spanning a finished section of the basement

I just recently had my GE 20 space main panel with 100Amp service replaced with a 40 space GE panel and 200Amp service. I am looking to install a 60 or 80Amp subpanel in the garage fed by this main ...
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How to avoid electrical tape becoming lose

The low voltage side of my charger cable needed a layer of electrical tape because the outer insulation became brittle. This works fine most of the year, but during summer when the sun is shining on ...
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Is this an Ethernet cable running to my alarm panel?

8 conductor cable, not plugged into anything nor terminated. Thank you! EDIT: Just to clarify, I'd like to use it as an Ethernet cable and it is not currently being used for anything, so I want to see ...
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Vertical position of cable railing tightening anchors for stairs

I am installing cable railing parallel and below my stair banister. They will be anchored in the newel posts. I am using a simple anchor (picture right) on one side and a tightening one (picture left) ...
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What is this cable in my yard, why is it exposed, and what can I do about it?

UPDATE 5/25 - The electric company spliced and re-buried the cables. It's a 120V line and should have been buried at least a foot below ground. They'll come by again to locate the rest of the line ...
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What are the two-strand wires used for?

Just got a new house. In the house, I saw many blank patch panels and when I open them, hiding behind them are these two-strand wires (AWG 22). Any idea what are these wires used for? I'd like to hard-...
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Wire guage needed for adding a 100 amp breaker box in garage

I'm running a wire buried wire from my indoor breaker box to an indoor breaker box in my detached garage. I have a 200 amp main breaker box but in the garage I am using a 100 amp breaker box. The main ...
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Running ethernet cable from living room (main floor) to second floor office

I've seen some similar posts but not necessarily addressing my particular situation. Our house has an unfinished basement , main floor, and second floor. We have our router set up next to our TV on ...
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What height to attach SWA cable to brickwork

I am about to fit SWA (Steel Wire Armoured) cable to the outside of my house to supply power for a garden office. The cable is mostly underground but will run along the back wall of my house for a few ...
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How to use Wiremold 700 Series Metal Surface Raceway (grounding, wire vs. cable)?

Planning to use Legrand Wiremold 700 Series Metal Surface Raceway. Couple questions: It is a metal box (raceway) but I don't see a green screw to ground it. Does it require grounding? Is it allowed ...
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How to safely pull Internet cable out of soil?

My internet company installed a heavy 70 ft long cable across my lawn 6 months ago. They dug up a trench about a foot deep using a trench digger. I would like to move the middle section of the cable ...
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I have a CAT5e cable with only 3 pairs (6 wires working) and need to do POE over it

I have a cat5e cable that has 1 pair (orange / stripped orange) damaged -- it's a 100 foot line and the damage is like 40 feet in behind a wall [repairing it is not an option]. I need to power a unifi ...
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Replace coaxial cable

I have some coaxial cable on my wall, I need to replace it with a different cable, but when I pull the cable, it doesn't move at all. I know in the US it's common that these cables are stapled, but ...
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What is this cable popping out of my lawn?

There's a black cable cutting diagonally across one side of my front lawn (askew to my house, not going towards it, also not going towards the local electric transformer or my neighbor's house). The ...
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Is there a pulley configuration that can both reduce distance and weight?

I'm trying to find some kind of clever workaround to engineer a solution to the fact that a typical pulley can't reduce both distance and weight. I am designing a counterweight system for a hangar ...
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Why is there insulation in the common wall between housing units?

I need to run electrical and network cables (cat6) from the third floor of my house down to the basement where there are different breakers and different computers. So I did a relative measurement in ...
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Is it safe to pull CAT6 via old POTS line?

My basement has this mounted on the joist: Which appears to be a POTS/coax panel(?) Each room has panels that are coax and rj11 combined. What I was thinking of doing was using electrical tape around ...
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How tight should a cable clamp be?

When using metal junction boxes for electrical work, it is required to use a cable clamp to hold the cable at the edge of the box and to protect it as it passes through the potentially sharp metal. ...
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Extend Wi-Fi to second floor [closed]

I live in a building that has 2 floors, a friend living on the ground floor has a broadband connection which he uses by connecting the broadband cable to a WiFi router. New he has agreed to share his ...
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What to use to seal an exterior cable penetration in brick?

A Comcast tech came to our 3-unit building, ran a new cable into the utility room, and pulled out the seal that was there before, leaving it open as we're getting cold and wet for fall. What should I ...
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How do I untwist a very long, very twisted Ethernet cable? [closed]

A few years ago I bought what should be a 45m flat Ethernet cable. After a long period of disuse the cable has gotten very tangled but I need to use it again. I've unknotted the cable so it is now one ...
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Can SER labled XHHW-2 be buried in conduit

I've read many good answers here regarding what types of cables (conductors) can/cannot be buried. I've come across blanket statements like "SER cannot be buried, even in conduit." I want ...
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What type of Cat 6 cable to run behind basement studs?

I have a finished basement and would like to install and consolidate my house's wired ethernet cables in a data panel in one of the cabinets. I need to run wires around to the other side of the ...
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Run a Tunnel on existing Comcast cable?

Comcast has wired our farm so that we have two taps coming off of the telephone pole. One runs to the barn and one runs to the house. While we need WiFi access in the barn to handle security camera ...
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Is it okay that my Sony TV power cord replacement has a slot for a third prong that the original doesn't?

I have a Sony TV that has OEM cable on the left. I want to replace it with a longer cable on the right. The new cable fits into the TV's slot but would not have the third prong. Is this safe to do? ...
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Identify this 12 wire cable

I was looking to run cat6 between my 2 properties for security cameras. It currently has a cable line between the two buildings that was once used for dish network and probably used for cable TV a ...
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How to protect an outdoor electrical cable which can’t be buried?

Last week we had an electrical point installed at the bottom of the garden (about 15m from the house). The cable runs alongside the property boundary. The electrician did not bury the cable as the ...
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Running Ethernet between floor and finished celing

I'm trying to run an Ethernet cable through my house, The router is in the living room, which is above the only finished room in the basement (go figure), so I'm trying to figure out how to get the ...
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How do I remove plastic-headed wiring staples?

I have this type of wire staple in my attic holding wires together in certain places but I need to move the wires. How do I remove these?
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Cable conduit catches water?

Below is the picture of how the ISP cable enters my house. Just wondering where all the rain water that gets into the same conduit goes? Doesn't seem right that no measures were taken to prevent water ...
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Metal clad (MC) cable: cut or rearrange it? Plus other questions on the options to install it

I need 6 feet of metal clad (MC) cable. The stores only sell 25. Is it possible to buy only what I need? If not, may I just hang the extra wire, or I must cut it to the length I need? The only ...
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Options for current armored cable 12/2 but need 12/3

I currently have an armored cable 12/2 with green (ground) leading to a light switch, running outside the wall (simply runs from the light fixture to a surface mounted box where the light switch is). ...
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Threading cable through existing pex-like tubing

My apartment (top floor) has runs of 3/4" (-ish) pex-like tubing (photo attached, Switzerland if it's relevant) running from a central point. One such tube carries an existing coaxial cable (landlord ...
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What to do on the siding around a cable going into the house

I had AT&T Fiber installed today. The technician had to create a hole on the side of my garage for the fiber optics cable. As you can see, it doesn't look pretty. But I'm not really concerned with ...
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Can I fish low voltage cables through my plumbing chase?

Generally speaking, is it a good idea to fish low voltage cables through a plumbing chase? I want to specify that I was wondering about using the same cavity (A plumbing chase), not using the actual ...
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( bathroom van fan ) which wire goes where?

I bought a basic bathroom van fan, its Vents 100 S L. So I unmounted the old one and replaced the new one on the wall I noticed the cables in the old fan and the new fan are opposite as below : old ...
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Running Romex Along Shed Ceiling

We have been working on running electric to our outdoor shed recently, and are wondering what is the preferred way of attaching the romex along the vaulted/pitched ceiling for the lights. The light ...
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What is the best practice for grounding a shielded cat 7 ethernet cable?

I'm in the process of ducting the aforementioned cable through a conduit that I've "trenched" between my house and my office which is in an outbuilding 30m away. Since buying the cable and starting ...
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How to run single ethernet (no PoE) in trench through garden?

I've never buried a cable before, or even run a conduit in a wall/floorspace, so this is all new to me. I've dug half the trench across the garden so far. It's only 6" deep in some places as below ...
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What type of cable is this?

What type of cable is this? I found it in the wall without any junction box just taped off at the end with electrical tape. Thanks!
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What width of wire for 24V DC LED driver?

I bought a 24V/25W LED driver from a local shop and the sales assistant sold me a short length of 20AWG control wire to go with it. In order to buy more wire (elsewhere) I looked up the UK (mm2) ...
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Name of this blanking plug

I am trying to find this blanking plug, for a cable outside. It's flat and plastic I found this on eBay however it has a bit that sticks out for the cable however I don't need the bit that sticks ...
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Can I run CAT6 FTP cables parallel to electrical cable in the same conduit?

Can I run CAT6 FTP cables beside to electrical cable (220v 1 amp) in same PVC Trunking ?
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How can I extend this outdoor signal cable with waterproof?

I need to repair a broken cable with four wires but there will be no option to solder. So I have to use a screw terminal to extend the cable. The broken cable looks like as follows: And here is the ...
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Laying your own telephone cable (from demarcation point)

So my telephone cable from the demarcation point to my apartment is broken and there's no way to get a proper technician to fix it in the next few weeks. So I tried to do it myself, but the router ...