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Do I have enough room to thread 4/3 cable with ground through my basement?

I'm planning a partial basement renovation, including installing a subpanel to supply 70A, requiring 4 AWG copper wire. I'd like to avoid installing conduit, so I hope to use 3-strand + ground Romex. ...
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How is an Xfinity coax jack activated?

I recently moved into a new flat that primarily accepted Xfinity, as it's considered LIHTC, so a lot of their residents are on the Internet Essentials plan. I had opted to get my Xfinity router/modem ...
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Does this TV cable need to be rehung in a proper manner?

The company cable installer loosely hung cable on these tree branches to cross a public road rather than using poles or at least affixing the cable to the trees themselves. Do I need to have them come ...
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Garage door spring/cable drum conundrum

Recently my garage door failed -- one side was not winding up completely, causing the door to slant and driving the other side into the track at the bottom. There are two springs, and 7-8 years ago ...
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Terminating Unused BX Cable in Place

I have an unused BX cable with power to it in my former coal cellar of my 1925 house. The main panel has been upgraded and has Romex wire. I planned to cap the ends of the BX in a metal junction box ...
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I want to install a EV charger outside and already have a bunch of NM-B 6g cabling in the crawl space - how can I make this work?

First and foremost - I will be hiring an electrician to handle the actual electrical stuff. I just want to know whether or not I can use some existing material. The former home owner had a hot tub (...
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Can I use Dyke aluminum 2-2-2-4 cable , to run underground from outdoor (200 main breaker ) to a 100 amp sub panel (indoor)

The NEC states that "Underground service-entrance cable (USE) shall not be used under the following conditions or in the following locations: (1) For interior wiring (2) For aboveground ...
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How do I drill into a crawlspace?

Trying to route some HDMI and ethernet cables through the crawlspace. There was an existing coaxial receptacle which I want to remove, so I removed that and expanded the hole. After everything is done ...
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Consolidation of many circuits from breaker panel using nearby junction box

I am combining a bunch of underutilized circuits, pulling them out of the breaker panel into an 8x6x4 junction box above it where I will combine about 10 cables into 3 circuits fed to the breaker ...
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Replacing light fitting with a lot of wires

I've tried changing the lighting in a room and I found a set of wires that I don't know to to connect in order to have a live, neutral and earth. Can anyone explain?
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2x non terminated ethernet cable - size of drill bit

This may sound like a high (elementary) school type question but, given that a standard non-terminated ethernet cable needs 8mm hole, what would 2x need to comfortably fit through given the size? It ...
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How can the slightly-warped rails of a bed frame be pulled together?

A twin-sized bed frame that I assemble on-demand for guests is made of pine. It hasn't seen that much use, and yet one of the two 75" beams has buckled just slightly. There is still plenty of ...
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can I put this cable inside the wall to hide it

Theres this cable popping out of my wall and it looks ugly, i bought a cover and was wondering if it should be ok to just push this cable inside the wall and close it with the cover
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What kind of wire is this and is it safe to leave cut like this?

A previous homeowner had cut this cable and left it sticking out of the floor (with a caddy surrounding it). Unfortunately I am unable to trace it in our drop ceiling in the basement because it's ...
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Source for 2-pin barrel-connector extension cable? 12v [closed]

My wife bought a couple of Addlon Lighting outdoor LED string lights, which connect via 2-pin barrel-type connector to the power supply. They can be daisy-chained, so one end is M, other is F, etc. I ...
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Removing NTL Internet Provider Boxes (UK)

We're doing some redecoration, have stripped wallpaper and want to replaster and paint over. We've got one of these old NTL boxes on the wall, with the cables coming in. Are we fine to plaster these ...
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service entrance cable partially underground

I have a 25’ run from an outdoor meter panel to a 200 amp home main breaker box, two phase. About 5’ of the run is through heavy conduit underground, into the basement. I have a lot of aluminum 4/0-...
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PG&E's Groundline distribution system [closed]

The other day I saw an article reporting how PG&E is planning to use "tech" to achieve its target to underground 10,000 miles. They demo'ed something called a "Groundline ...
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How can an ethernet cable from a POE doorbell be embedded in the side frame of the door?

I have a POE doorbell with a CAT6 cable coming from the attic. How can I create a vertical straight channel on the side of the door to embed the cable? I have a trim router, but it is too deep to ...
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Is SER aluminum cable okay for INTERIOR run to sub-panel?

I have a short run between a main panel and an attached garage with a sub panel. A SER rated aluminum cable is routed along rafters and between studs, not exposed to wet or sun, and not enclosed in ...
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Releasing strain relief coupling

I need to wire a new power cord into my garage door opener. This cable gland has to release the existing wire. https://imgur.com/gallery/xlwH05n It seems like I can squeeze the tab in the bottom but ...
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Correct sealant for polyethylene (PE) cable and sandstone brick (external ethernet run)

What is the correct sealant to use to make a seal between a polyethylene-sheathed ethernet cable and a sandstone brick will for exterior applications? I will drill a 10mm hole between the inside and ...
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Unused cable sitting in terminal block inside switch box

I have a cable inside the wall box of a light switch in the UK and it is not connected to anything but it is live. The wires are sitting inside plastic connector/strip. Upon opening up the connector, ...
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Use Knockout Non-Metallic Push-In Connector for NM Cable Clamps?

I'm getting ready to install NM cable clamps in recessed lighting cans: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Commercial-Electric-6-in-Aluminum-Remodel-IC-Recessed-Can-Light-Housing-6-Pack-CAT7ICRM/202057577 ...
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Speaker Wires Through Wall

Through ceiling, really. I've set up my new "office" in a 2nd floor room with accessible (insulated, blown-in) attic space above. At some point I'd like to set up my 5.1 computer speaker ...
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How to add an outlet to a light switch in this specific situation? [duplicate]

I added an outlet to a light switch (see pictures). But the light switch is not working anymore (was working properly before the outlet addition). The ceiling light is on and is controlled by the ...
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Can I run CAT6 between drywall and exterior block?

It is finally cold here in Florida, and I want to run CAT6 throughout my house from the attic. There are a few exterior walls that I want to run CAT6 down, and I am trying to figure out the best way ...
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Pulling cable through insulated exterior wall

I am trying to run ethernet cables for external security cameras in my home. I have drilled a hole in the exterior brick wall and pushed rods up. I have also made a bigger hole in the breeze block ...
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What is the technical term for the rings that protect holes for electrical through woodwork like cabinets?

I drill holes in cabinets or desks for electrical. I usually drill about a 3/4" hole and I have these little plastic rings I put in to protect the woodwork and just so it looks nicer. ...
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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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