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Why one outlet on a branch suddenly shows lower voltage?

I have a branch with few outlets and ligths on it, and one outlet developed a problem overnight, in the sense that whatever was plugged into it was energized last night, but was not in the morning. ...
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Attic “floor” insulation

I have a cabin soon to be my house. Recently added on to it. I reinsulated the attic of the original house and insulated the addition. Both should be insulated to r40-r60. We turn the heat down during ...
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Can I hook up IKEA light using red 14/2 wire?

I just uninstalled a ceiling fan with the intention of installing an IKEA light in its place: After removing the ceiling fan I noticed that the wire in there looks like regular 14/2 lumex to me, but ...
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Replacing two adjacent thermostats with one

My home has two adjacent thermostats, each one controls a single 1000W 240V baseboard heater. The heaters themselves are on opposite walls of the dining room. I’d like to replace both thermostats with ...
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How do I turn off my radiator without a knob?

One of the radiators in my apartment has a knob that I can turn to turn the radiator on/off: But the other one doesn't have a knob in that place: How do I turn the second one off? I tried turning ...
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Flooring issue in a house we just sold, new owners want us to foot the bill for the repair [closed]

We recently sold our 36 years old house to two brothers in their 20s. Two weeks later, we get an email from them telling us that the varnish of the floor in the bedrooms was not done properly and ...
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Securing a junction box to an exterior brick wall

I was replacing an external wall sconce, and noticed that this octagonal junction box doesn't seem to be affixed to the brick wall around it. There's no visible nails, screws, mortar, etc. around it. ...
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Connecting toilet vertically to a horizontal T with a 45

I always see toilets connected to an elbow then drain to Y with a short horizontal pipe. Is there an issue with connecting a toilet flange directly to the 45 deg pipe inserted in a Y directly under ...
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Kitchen receptacle not working even after replacement?

The situation is the following: We had a microwave and a toaster oven connected to the same receptacle in the kitchen – actually, even to the same socket of that 2-plug receptacle, using one of these ...
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Is it a violation of the Canadian Electrical Code to re-label circuits in my electrical panel?

I have an old house, and some of the labels for the circuit breakers are incorrect or extremely vague. I have mapped out where the breakers actually go. I would like to use a label maker to print ...
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In Canada, are we allowed to have 240V and 120V outlets in the same box?

I am located in the province of Québec in Canada and I would like to know if it is permitted here to have these two sets of plugs in the same outlet box: These 240 Volts outlets: and these 120 Volts ...
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Double-pole breaker but all 120 V receptacles [duplicate]

I'm trying to map outlets to breakers in my house and noticed that there is a double-pole, 15A breaker that control outlets/ceiling lights in my garage but they are all 120V (15A) receptacles. How is ...
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Should I put a Turbine Vent in a Quonset Hut [closed]

I have a Q-Style Quonset Hut in eastern Canada where it gets quite cold in the winter time. We have that white batton style insulation pinned to the walls but I know the building isn't ventilated ...
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Outdoor 50A welder outlet best practices?

What's the best practice for installing a code-compliant 50A 240VAC welder plug outlet on an exterior wall? I can run 6/3 90°C wire to the location from an appropriate breaker. Where should conduit be ...
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How to make a 2 feet long concrete pillars for deck posts in Quebec

I live in Quebec and I read articles from CAA and Rona (Lowes in the rest of Canada) stating that the concrete pillars for building decks posts should be between 4 or 5 feet tall in ground below the ...
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Replacing single duplex outlet on MWBC with two of them in kitchen?

My kitchen has a single duplex outlet (so two devices can be plugged in) on a multiwire branch circuit. I'd like to tear that out, replace it with a larger box and install two GFCI duplex outlets. ...
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How can I fill floor gaps near the door and gaps in parquet units?

There are some gaps in the floor near the door frame. I am a new homeowner that's why I am not sure whether it is by design or it needs to be fixed. It looks ugly, can I put some kind of filler to ...
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How to fix the crack in the external wall?

I bought the house about a couple of months ago, the house inspector missed many things during the inspection. Recently I noticed that there is a crack on the external wall. The crack is thin and ...
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Can I mix AV and Power cables in the same raceway?

I've read that you cannot mix power cables and low-voltage cables (in my case: HDMI, CAT6, USB) in the same raceway (that plastic conduit that stick to the outside of the wall) But in every home I've ...
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Installing a humidistat-controlled inline bathroom exhaust fan

We have a master suite bathroom with a corner tub, shower stall, and a sort-of enclosure for the toilet. There's a typical switch-controlled exhaust fan above the toilet that vents out to the roof. My ...
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How do I re-route my main plumbing stack to make room for in-the-wall taps?

We're in the middle of renovating our upstairs bathroom. My lovely and amazing wife has bought two vessel sinks and in-wall mounted faucets. After removing the drywall we have sorrowfully discovered ...
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Does this basement HVAC register/vent plan make sense?

Located in Ontario Canada, so winter tend to be cold and summer mild. We are finishing basement, the finished area is about 900 square feet. We have came up with the following locations and numbers ...
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Chipped material in all electrical boxes a cause for concern?

I live in a condo that was built in 1980. I've replaced a few switches and outlets around the unit. Every single electrical box is filled with chips of this material, and the wires are coated (either ...
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Hot/Ground reverse on all outlets of every circuit, and every outlet works

Before starting any DIY electrical work in my new (to me, built circa 1990) house, I picked up and used an outlet tester, and promptly discovered the "hot ground reverse" error occurring for ...
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What kind of strain relief should I use for PVC conduit at a metal box?

The old owners left an unfinished electrical box that was the to be outlet for an EV car charger and I am thinking of gearing up to finish it( 3 foot run from the panel) however the only thing that is ...
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Is it safe to screw into a single support beam holding up an entire house?

I have a (roughly 40 year old) house with a crawlspace, and then an upstairs above it - I believe this considered a 1.5 storey house. The upstairs is being held up by a long wooden support beam, and ...
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Apartment electricity potentially harming electronics; how to fix?

I've been having some issues with the electricity in my apartment (potentially 1950's built) going to my electronics. I have two laptops (one of which is my work laptop) and an iPhone. Laptops are ...
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Grounding cable TV coax near cable entrance: can I run a ground wire into a breaker panel? or defer grounding to 50 feet inside the house?

My new cable TV coax will enter my house at the far corner relative the location of all my other utilities (main electrical panel, water, gas, telephone, and a wire to an existing buried ground plate) ...
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Proper replacement for dying Honeywell Thermostat

I have a Honeywell TH800 Series thermostat controlling a heat-pump and furnace for forced air and aux heat. Last week the touchscreen stopped responding. After playing around with it I took it off its ...
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New light fixture won't turn off

I tried installing a light fixture in a previously unused light box (so cannot use how previous light was wired as a baseline). My light fixture has a black live wire, a white neutral wire and a green ...
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USB outlet in narrow wall box

I have a 1950s house that has narrow wall boxes, they are about 1-7/8" wide inside, not 2". The boxes are metal, with a metal conduit, in this case there's no ground wire but the conduit is ...
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Fence post footings

I am looking to build about 60' of wooden fence, with 6x6 posts. I will hire a company to come and dig the holes, but I first wanted to find out the best way to fasten the posts. I know that many ...
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Can a circuit with three-ways be split in two branches?

I have a circuit like this: panel ======= three-way (1) ============ three-way (2) ===== ceiling-mounted fixture I would like to have another fixture a bit further, with its own new three-way, but ...
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Can you wire a 120 volt receptacle off a 240 volt plug?

I want an over-the-range microwave, but my circuit panel is maxed out, so it can't be on its own circuit, and it would be a headache to run a new wire there anyways. My stove has two 120 volt plugs on ...
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Water heater on 30A breaker with 12/2

The water heater that came with my home when I purchased it is on a double pole 30A breaker and wired with 12/2 romex. The breaker seems to be sized correctly for the wattage (4500W) but should it be ...
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15A receptacle in kitchen in Canada

We have a 15A circuit in the kitchen. Right now there it runs to to a single gang box where it connects to wires that go to the fume hood. I think the the box was put there to accommodate a switch ...
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Can I replace a portion of a furnace exhaust pipe by using two couplings?

I live in York Region (Vaughan Ontario). The gas company came by and performed a visual inspection. They identified my furnace exhaust pipe (black APS 2") is starting to crack at the coupling (...
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How often should ducts / furnaces be cleaned?

Asking for a house with a dog located in Canada but any general answers would be welcomed.
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Running a neutral wire to a switch box

I live in Ontario, Canada. My place was wired pre 2011 code, so it doesn't have a neutral in (most of?) the switch boxes. I would think that the easiest way to fix this is to run a neutral line from ...
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Wire nut use safety/legality with dangling cord?

Im getting a new light fixture installed and the electrician has decided to use wire nuts from the fixture box on the roof, to the ground (with the cord dangling in the center of the room)to power ...
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Electrical wiring to indoor light switch -- two black hot wires or one line/load wire?

I'm replacing a light switch that controls outdoor house lights with a hardwired timer switch. I tried attaching one of the top black wires in the pictures below to the timer's line wire and I ...
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Installing 6-20R receptacle in the kitchen (Ontario)

Was thinking of installing one in order to take advantage of 240V countertop appliances (i.e. a heavy-duty induction cooktop) Are there any specific Canadian electrical code requirements for ...
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Canexel warping - How to evaluate the risk, cost of maintenance and cost of replacement?

Here's the situation, we are interested into buying this home for our new family but there seems to be an issue with the siding. It's hard for me to evaluate the risk of it. I mean, should I negotiate ...
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Botched grounding in receptacle junction boxes

Background: I recently moved into an apartment building in Canada (built in 1969). I don't know much about the electrical code, how grand-fathering works within it, etc., but I have an intermediate ...
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Electrician strangely cut and capped hot wire of receptacle

Background: I recently moved into an apartment building in Canada (built in 1969). I don't know much about the electrical code, how grand-fathering works within it, etc., but I have an intermediate ...
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How should I decide between an HRV and ERV for a northern climate home?

I have a 33 years old house in Bedford, Nova Scotia, Canada. The existing air exchanger is out of order and need to replace with something newer. Question is should I get a HRV or ERV system. As I ...
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Multiple holes in exterior wall studs for electrical wiring

Our home in Toronto was built in the early 70s with aluminum wiring. Since we are doing a bunch of renovations we took the decision.to replace the existing aluminum wiring with copper wiring. The ...
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Wired to Wireless Doorbell

I am looking at replacing my doorbell (original to the house, circa 1978) with something more modern looking. Now, the problem I have is that most of the modern doorbells are wireless. Mine is wired......
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How do I replace and insert what kind of missing pin - bolt in a home fused disconnect box?

Power from Hydro (the electric company) runs into this disconnect box then continues to the meter. I'm looking for help as to what I should use to replace the missing bolt or pin that connects the on/...
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Hardwood Floor Layout Question

Background: I am installing prefinished 3/4" solid oak hardwood floors throughout the main level of my house. I have never installed hardwood before. I have a 3/4" plywood subfloor nailed (and now ...
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