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Is twisted and taped splice on cable, objectively any less stable than wire-nuts or terminal blocks?

In Brazil, electrical connections are almost always done splicing electrical cables by twisting the strands together and insulating them with electrical tape. Here is a video showing some of the ...
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How do I feed an ethernet cable through a doorway without damaging the door or wall?

My wife and I recently moved into a new apartment. We've had it for just a few days. When our internet company came to hook up our landline, I had them hook it into one of our bedrooms and set up ...
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How to cut off and insulate live 3-phase power?

I need to disconnect my 3-phase cables from the power pole to my house. I'm building directly under it and though the contractors say they are okay with it, I would prefer to disconnect for a week or ...
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What size extension cord should I use for multiple computers?

We're hosting a LAN party (several computers, 50+) and I had some questions about power draw; I hope this is the right place to ask. Currently, we're assuming each PC will draw an average of 3.5 amps....
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How do I crimp an F-connector onto RG-6 cable?

My current home project is putting RG-6 in the walls instead of through the cold-air returns and across the carpet between rooms. Thanks to some forethought during previous remodeling projects, laying ...
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Does a (non-splitting) cable splitter degrade the signal?

I have cable and cable internet in my new apartment. The cable comes in to the water-heater closet from the roof and comes out an outlet in the wall of the closet, but there is a 4-way splitter in ...
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Running ethernet under ground to another building

I'm trying to run ethernet cable about 250ft underground to the garage. It is going through a hard plastic/rubber tubing under the yard and into the garage. Is there anything I should know before ...
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How to repair basic cable/wire issue for household appliances

I have a set of very old computer speakers that works fine except for one problem. One of the wires connecting to the volume control dial is loose, so that if the wire is jostled or flexed, the ...
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How should I run cables through interior wall to garage?

Please excuse me if this has been asked before, I searched previous questions but didn't find anything similar... I have my computer in our garage because of less noise, heat, dust, etc... also it's ...
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Why doesn't duct tape work well on cables?

In the past, I've used duct tape on cables (e.g., Power, LAN). For instance, I taped cables to a wall, I taped cables together for storing etc. The taping often failed after some time: The taping ...
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how to properly remove these cable connectors

Do I twist or pull them off I tried by hand and wasnt getting anywhere so next step is going to be the pliers and i just want to make sure im not breaking it.
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Can I use existing telephone wire as a pull for new cables?

I am moving into a new home shortly, built in the 1990s, and it has telephone jacks with POTS wiring that I do not plan on using. Ideally, I would love to run twisted pair cabling where the telephone ...
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What's the purpose of the paper in NM-B cabling?

I mean isn't it a (slight) fire hazard?
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How can I get bulk riser cable back into the box?

I recently ran a cat-6 cable from inside my house to the office, and I bought a bulk box of 500 feet. I pulled lots more out of the box than I ended up needing, and so now I have about 100 feet of ...
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Is my plan for wiring ethernet reasonable?

I would first of all like to start off by saying that I am a software developer by profession, so my networking knowledge is relatively basic. My question is therefore aimed at figuring out if I am ...
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How to poke coaxial cables out of a wall nicely?

I have coaxial cables that are poking out of walls in numerous places all over the house. I don't use them and I don't know why there's so many coming out of each hole. These were left by the previous ...
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How to remove old wires of utility companies

I have a bunch of old wires between my house and a pole across the street. How do I get rid of them? I don't even know what companies they belong to. I only know that I use the electricity cable ...
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Using fire retardant sealant for low-voltage cables through walls

I plan to wire my house with CAT6 cables, running inside the walls (drywall, wood). I would have to drill through the floor and probably through fire blocks in between the studs. Lot of guides advise ...
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Cable TV, Antenna, Coaxial - what is this thing?

I'm looking to add an OTA antenna to my home. Over the years, many different cable and dish installers have left thier mark on the home, prior to my ownership. In fact, a dish and all its cables are ...
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Is it safe to cut and put a compression end on a live cable TV wire?

Just moving into a new US location. The location has both Verizon and Comcast available. I am trying to use Comcast. The Verizon installer appears to have cut the Comcast cable that went to an ...
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Running electrical cable within dry wall

First of all, I'm a beginner. Secondly, I've a renovation started in the basement (see picture here), so I need some help. So in the bedroom, there's actually a socket already present just as you ...
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Can I Connect RGBW LED Strips With LAN Cable?

I'm in the process of remodeling my kitchen. I plan to install RGBW led strips on the top of the upper cabinets, below upper cabinets and below ground cabinets. I have to close off any wall holes and ...
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How to run cable down wall near where the slope of the roof meets the ceiling?

I can't really get my body close enough to the point where the hole needs to be to drop down the wall since the slope of the roof meets the ceiling in the attic and leaves only about a foot-and-a-half ...
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How should I get the service entrance cable to my new adjacent panel location?

How do I have to run the SER cables from the original hole(where the SER cable goes through the wall) to the side of the new panel? Can SER cable be exposed or needs to be inside a conduit? Conduit ...
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What's the name of this connector?

I have a ceiling light fixture with four bulbs and a fan. A while back, two of the bulbs stopped working, but the bulbs themselves were not broken, as putting them into another lamp showed the bulbs ...
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Repairing 1000W wall heater: Burnt cable, serious issue?

European here. I'm repairing a simple 1000W wall heater (brand: BEHA) - about 10 years old. The heater itself is in good condition, but the thermostat panel (completely detachable) and its connections,...
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How can I connect my LED strip lights?

I bought this white-only LED strip lights off amazon, and it has a DC jack. However, when I search on the internet, there seems to also be 4-wire cable and 2-wire cable. I'm asking this because I ...
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How to fish thermostat cable using an existing cable

So I have an existing thermostat cable on my 2nd floor that only has 4 wires, and I need a 5th wire to use as the common wire. Can I use the existing cable to fish or guide a new 6 wire cable through ...
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Electrical cable between buildings

I have a building (still under construction) with 220V power to it. I have a second building, already constructed also with 220V power to it. Between them is a path and rocky ground. The path needs ...
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Is it feasible to pull individual conductors out of a 20m CAT3 cable?

I am well aware that this is pushing what can be DIY-ed. I live in a student housing cooperative, and the two houses it comprises have an unused phone network running between them. The network was ...
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What are these blue and yellow cables coming out of my house for?

I recently purchased a house built in 2007. All houses in the area have those cables on the side of the house. The white cable on the picture is for cable/tv. But what about the blue/yellow cables? ...
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Wiring GU10 Sockets: Cables are of same color - which one should be “live”?

Question: How can I know which cable should be "live" and which one should be "neutral", or does it not matter? (GU10 socket).
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How to turn a cut component video cable into coax?

I need to use a component video cable whose connectors have been cut off as a coax cable. Is that possible? Here's the story: My TV is at location A). The OTA signal arrives by coax to location B) in ...
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Potential complications running data cables

I just got the idea to run cables through the walls to transmit data around the house. In particular, I was thinking of buying a few HDMI/RCA/Coax/Ethernet wall plates and installing them in a couple ...
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Connecting TV to better external speakers: Type of connection [closed]

I have a Philips 32PFL4738 81 cm LED TV but the built-in speakers don't give great sound. I want to attach external speakers but am having a hard time figuring out what kind would match. The TV ...
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How can I effectively hide cables under my carpet or around the room?

Current situation: I have recently hooked up my PC to my new room setup. The problem is, the LAN cable is exactly in the middle of the other side of the room. Here's a quick sketch of my room (...
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Do you leave the heating cables for the roof/ gutter on 24 hours a day?

Do you leave electric heating cables for the roof/gutter on 24 hours a day?
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Is this patch panel used for phone, security, or data?

I just moved into a townhouse. Each bedroom has a CAT5e panel on the wall. I've went up in the attic and I can see the blue ethernet cables running from each bedroom to a central location right above ...
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How can I extend a surge protector's cable?

I want to buy surge protected socket however these products generally has 1.5-2 meters long cable but it isn't enough for me. On socket there is a warning: "Plug in this product directly to.wall plug ...
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What is the antenna connection on a European TV called?

I am looking for the name of the cable that goes from a 4-way TV splitter (the Power pass out input) to the back of my TV, as mine has broken and needs replacing. This is to get my antenna and ...
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1200 foot fiberoptic and power pull

I may have to run 1200 feet of fiberotptic cable and AC power cable. I would run PVC conduit in a trench with the fiber inside. I can buy pre-terminated non-conductive outdoor fiberoptic cables in ...
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Is using a shielded industrial cable a bad practice when used as an outdoors AC mains cable?

As a part of a project I have noticed that some are using this cable for powering a smartphone on the top of a 120 meter mast. This cable goes from the ground all the way to the mast to power the AC/...
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Can you crimp a tubular lug without a crimper plier?

I want to use these lugs on my electrical installation, but I can only find pliers for up to 16 mm2 cables and the mains cables are 25 mm2. I found one store that carried pliers able to do up to 50 ...
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What type of terminal block is this?

It doesn't seem to have screws nor a button. I need to rewire the cables because of them started to split. Any ideas how to get it out?
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Hiding cables when moving network switch down from attic

We had an installer put in security cameras a few years ago (PoE-powered), and he decided the best place to install the network switch would be in the attic, since that made wiring the cameras easier (...
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Ethernet Cables and Coax Cables running outside house? How to Modify to Home Distribution Panel

I want to build a Home Media Network for my new house that will have mass storage (probably about 16TB for movies and all that), that I can hardwire throughout the house using Ethernet ports, and then ...
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What are the methods of attaching cable to OSB

I'm making a shelf from a sheet of OSB, I'm planning to rig it with 4 cables in the corners. From the answer to this question: How should I attach the cable of a cable-supported shelf? - I get it ...
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Can I fish Romex cable through concealed part of basement ceiling in Canada?

I am running two 2-wire and one 3-wire Romex cables from the panel in the basement to another part of the basement. For most of the run I have access to the ceiling joists, but I need to cross a 2.5 ...
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Can I use 16mm or 10mm DC cable for AC home appliances?

I am going to install wiring in my home and I am curious if I can use 16 mm or 2 core DC cable for AC small appliances like fans and TV?
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What kind of cable is this? (standing desk motor to power supply)

I need an extender for the cable below. It's directly attached to a motor that powers an electric standing desk. What kind of cable is it? More images of the cable and power supply: Cable: https://...