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How to safely secure AC adapter wire to a skirting and a door frame?

I purchased an adapter for my doorbell and need to secure it to skirting and a door frame before it is fed through the door frame to the doorbell outside. I thought it would make sense to use a ...
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Is this the correct cable wiring for a dewalt generator and a Lincoln pro-MIG 180?

I have a Lincoln Pro-MIG 180 and a DeWalt DXGNR7000 generator. I have found a cable that is supposed to work. Can someone confirm this is correct wiring? The generator does in fact have an L14-30R ...
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How to differentiate which cables is which if there is no color codes

I am trying to change my ceiling lamp to ceiling lamp with fan. However, when I took the ceiling lamp off, I see that the cables have the same color so I have no way differentiating them visually, ...
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Power & Cables to outside workshop

(I am in the UK so UK Regulations apply) I want to run mains power from my (new) house to an outside workshop, a cable length of about 50m. The workshop will have its own separate consumer. I also ...
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Single bulb pendant to 4 bulb pendant

I am replacing a basic single bulb pendant light with a 4 bulb fitting. There are 4 white cables coming from the new light fitting. Do i bundle them together?
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Wire my house for Internet

As an IT student I have a first chance to plan a basic Internet topology in my own home. We have fiber-optic Internet and a telephone line to our home. We would like to ask for advice about changing ...
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Replacing Power Cord for Electric Chainsaw

I have an old electric chainsaw, and want to replace the power cable as it has an old two pin fitting that doesn't match newer ones. I'm going to replace it with a three pin (I'm in the UK) plug that ...
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How to prepare for future Cat6 installation in new home construction

I am working with a builder to build a two-story house with unfinished basement. The house was already deep into construction when we signed the contract (framing complete, HVAC complete, ready for ...
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How can I replace the plug on this cord?

My cable looks like in the picture. However i want to replace the B plug with a specific one for my wall socket. I don't want to mod the original cable. Is the A plug standard and can i get a cable ...
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Identifying a Chinese cable from a ceiling light

I have bought a ceiling light manufactured in china. It's cable looks strange to me, it doesn't seem to be a copper wire and I'm not sure if is safe to use WAGO Copper connectors for it. Here is the ...
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How to safely secure plywood running board on ceiling joist

I am installing a plywood running board to hold multiple electrical NM cables on top of ceiling joist in my attic. I need a stronger way to secure them than drilling screws into the plywood and top ...
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How can I repair/reattach loose cable covers to the wall?

I recently purchased a home and several of the wall cable covers are loose. The wall anchors are essentially just resting in the wall instead of anchoring the cover. What would be the proper way to ...
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Is it possible to install a LAN-socket into this empty one?

Our router in our appartment is plugged into from what i've gathered a telephone line socket in the living room. The same telephone line socket can be found in two other rooms, where about 10-15 years ...
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Anchoring cameras to Hardie Plank and brick

I am trying to anchor several cameras to Hardie Plank board and to brick. I wanted to ask before I make a mistake in the install. For both Hardie and brick, I was going to use #10 anchors and screws ...
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What is this electrical cable?

Found this behind my house, not sure where it goes. It’s black with a single thin yellow line(see image below) and there’s a second black wire behind it. I assume the yellow line has some significance,...
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What kind of cable is this? (herman miller standing desk motor to power supply)

One of the cords from the desk motor to power supply was snapped in half by the movers and I need to replace it on one side. I still half of the cord with the connector pictured on the right side but ...
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Help identify network cables & connectors in home network? [duplicate]

I moved into a new house that appears to have network cables run from a closet to all the bedrooms. (Bedrooms all have wall plates with RJ-45 ports.) However, I need help understanding/identifying ...
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Proper Insulation or Casing for Running BNC Camera Cable Outdoors in the Cold

I am installing closed circuit surveillance cameras outdoors in a very cold climate (reaching as low as - 30 deg. Celsius). What would be a sufficient way to protect the wires in this climate? I plan ...
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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 ...