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Help! Need to straighten new Ethernet cord

I recently purchased a 50 metre Ethernet cable to run from the modem downstairs to the bedroom upstairs (along the walls as I’m currently in a renting situation), but I can’t straighten the cord to be ...
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Air Conditioner Capacitor Ratings

I am changing capacitors in my 20 yo air conditioner. I looking to find out if I replace a 40+5UF capacitor with a 40+5 MFD?
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My new ceiling fans remote won’t connect to the transmitter when attached to the ceiling plate

We purchased a fanimation ceiling fan which wouldn’t work. The company sent us a new receiver and remote but it still didn’t work. They then sent a whole new ceiling fan which works when the unit is ...
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Power at pump house but won't run water pump

We lost water a few days ago and went and bought a new pump and everything after checking and making sure it wasn't anything more simple. We bought everything new including a new box. When we hooked ...
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3 wires, 2 switches, 1 problem!

My friend had a stacked light switch in his kitchen, 1 switch operated the can lights, 1 operated the pendent lights. No 3 way lights, that’s the only switch there, tab broken off between the 2 ...
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Trying to see if I have bad GFCIs in my house [closed]

One day I replaced a three prong outlet for my dryer and made it a four prong outlet. It worked fine for about a day and the next day the power to one side of my house went out and the GFCIs in my ...
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Do i have to bury electrical PVC conduit from house to generator? i need to go about 5 feet from corner of house

i need to connect my new generator to electrical and natural gas. the generator is about 5 feet from the corner of my house. Do i need to do the electrical underground or is just 1 foot above ground ...
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Help with contactor replacement part

I'm trying to help my dad replace the contactor in his A/C unit. The circuit is a 30amp and takes up two spots in the circuit breaker box. So I'm assuming it's a two pole. An hvac guy was supposed to ...
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1000-watt mini split needs 6 AWG?

If I'm reading NEC correctly, my mere 1000-watt mini splits will require whopping 6 AWG wire, for the legs from the attic junction boxes through the exterior conduit to the panel. MCA (Minimum Circuit ...
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How is this double switch wired up? [closed]

This is the back of a double switch. It controls two lights: entry way in the house outdoor light w/ light sensor (next to front door) It’s a 3 way switch, but we don’t have another switch that is ...
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Brand new AC turns on, then immediately turns off

I just put in a new wall AC unit this morning. My old one didn't start when I turned it on last week, a voltage sensor showed the outlet and wire was live, so I just figured the AC had finally died -- ...
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how can I connect multiple lighting wires to one power supply wire [closed]

I have a 5 pendant light fixture where each pendant has a three wires: one labeled N, one labeled E and one labeled L. These need to be connected to black power wire, the white wire and the ground of ...
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Nutone Bathroom Fan cutting out

Our Nutone bathroom fan (no light) is cutting out. We have a timer switch (10 mins, 20 mins, and so on) and the fan will start but will often shut off after two minutes. Before calling an electrician ...
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Any trick to installing a double electric wall oven "whip" so it doesn't bunch up but slides backwards when the oven is pushed back into the cabinet?

Is there a trick or "life hack" to holding the metal-shielded cable, the "whip", in place on the top of a double electric wall oven so that the 4-wire conductor cable and junction ...
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Can I add a 100 amp subpanel off my 200 amp service?

I am going to be installing a 100 amp breaker from 200 amp panel about 600 feet away. I have asked PUD to give me an average of power for the last year and the highest amount for summer and for winter ...
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HVAC create a DIY Arduino smart thermostat, AC current no control board

I have a HVAC that seem to have no control board in the ceiling near the AC unit. The thermostat is directly connected to 6 wires that measure 220V AC (see picture). When I looked for the control ...
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Height above floor to drill service feed for electrical panel in freestanding garage

I will be running new service to a detached garage. What is the minimum or recommended height above the slab to come out of the grand and drill the service wire for the panel?
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Can I install a previously used meter box with knockout plugs? [closed]

I'm trying to set up electrical service for my barn, on a budget. It was recommended to me to set up a power pole outside of the barn and then run the service to the electrical panel inside. I'm being ...
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Assistance Needed: Identifying Underground Pipes Found During Excavation

While working on some foundation projects and excavating soil, I encountered the following underground pipes: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hn7H8wedXGZBCgGeOXvCAlkny7GZ2ynE/view https://drive....
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Proper way to extend circuits to subpanel

I would like to move 8 x 20A circuits (room lights, ceiling fans, outlets in the bedrooms, and living room), and 1 x 50A (AC) circuit from left main panel to the right sub-panel. The sub is a "...
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Wiring switch from light with no power at light

how to wire a new switch and light from an existing light that has the power source at the switch. I am having trouble finding a power source for one led ceiling light. It was originally installed off ...
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"Main" panel wiring

At my property the power company installed the meter with a box below it with a 200 AMP breaker. There are lugs inside to attach wires directly to the bar so they feed directly from that breaker. So....
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How to install an outdoor receptacle on the other side of this indoor receptacle?

I want to have access to electric on a porch, and there's an indoor receptacle right around where it would be helpful to have an outdoor one. I did some research and it seemed simple enough: Open the ...
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Can I add a GFCI receptacle to the light circuit in my bathroom?

I have a 4" sq. metal box with 2 cables feeding the location. 1 cable is standard romex with a hot and neutral- no ground. The other cable is old cloth insulated with a hot, neutral and a ground, ...
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Bringing power to two bedrooms [duplicate]

I bought a new house and needed to build two extra bedrooms. The house is my residence. In both the new bedrooms, I have six outlets and a light. I have space to add breakers in the panel when I went ...
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Loss of power to certain rooms and utilities in home

Odd random power surges and lost power to AC unit in our home. Bathroom lights surging and downstairs bedroom lost power then returned. Possible reasons? Checked the breaker box and no breakers are ...
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Is my notifiable garden pump still notifiable if I add a plug?

I need to replace my Hozelock pond pump. I contacted Hozelock who have recommended a replacement which unfortunately is 240V whereas my current model is 24V and plugs into a socket in the garage. ...
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I am thinking of installing a 40 amp direct wire car charger [closed]

I want to direct wire a 40 amp car charger. I plan on using a 50 amp breaker. The charger will only be a few feet from the subpanel. I will use #6 wire. Is there anything else to consider when ...
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What power supply adapter used to plug this 12V 1.4W fan into wall?

This is the 12V DC 1.4watt fan I want to wire up to plug into the wall. https://sun-mar.com/product/12-volt-fan/ What specification (volts,amps, watts) are required in the power supply adapter that I ...
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Two 40uF to equal 80uF capacitor for AC unit

BACKGROUND: I bought a place that has an older Armstrong Concept 1200; I know nothing about it other than the fact that the unit ran fine last year; winter came, and I disconnected the power for ...
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How are these old (1900s era) US screw-in fuse boxes internally connected?

(ignore the arrows) The above pictures show the electrical panels in a house that was built in Illinois in 1909. I do not know for sure how original this wiring is, but I would guess that some ...
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Can this 1930s box support a ceiling fan?

I live in a house that was built in 1932. I assume the ceiling fixture boxes are original to the house. It looks like the box is secured to the joist, and it has a brace running between two joists. ...
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How to disribute spotlights to provide best light results?

I'm working on wiring spotlights for my basement, which includes three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a kitchen, and a hall. Each room has different dimensions. For example, I have a rectangular room ...
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Ceiling wiring for pendant lamp

Trying to connect a pendant light with one blue, one red, and one green/yellow wire. Picture of my ceiling: Copper wire, Black single wire, two white wires (they were connected, and I found later one ...
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Do I have room to add a 240V breaker in my panel?

I’m trying to see if I have room to add a 240V line for a mini split. The mini split I got is a Gree with nominal 9 amp pull and manufacturer recommended breaker size of 20 amps. Any thoughts on an ...
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Remove outlet from light switch that controls recessed lighting

I've been searching DIY but haven't found a clear "how-to" for my exact situation. I've got a light switch that controls both the recessed lighting in a room as well as an entire outlet ...
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Running cable to sub panel 125amp

I am putting a 125amp sub panel beside my main breaker and am figuring out the correct wire sizes. For the 2 hots to the sub-panel, I will use 1/0 gauge. For the ground, I will use 4gauge aluminum. ...
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Are 1x2 walls ok for framing the bottom kneewalls in my basement?

I'm in Minnesota. We have a unfinished/partially finished basement with daylight windows that we plan to work on. I'm trying to understand if it's OK on the kneewall where the Polyisocyanurate foam is ...
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Hanging porch light junction box

When I went to install a new hanging light, the old junction box snapped as I tightened the screws. Pulling the old box out, I see only a small metal crossbar (maybe 10" long and a 1/4" ...
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Convert wall lamp from receptacle power to 120V AC cord/plug

I have a wall lamp which is supposed to be connected directly to the mains power in the wall. I don’t have access to those lines and don’t want to play with them anyway. Is it possible to connect a ...
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doorbell power value [closed]

My doorbell transformer has a 24 VAC secondary, but the power is only "3 VA" (according to the info stamped on it. Aren't they usually 30VA or similar? Is the stamped information incorrect?...
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Smart light switch wiring

I'm replacing a light switch with a smart switch and after some reading here I think I have things straight but wanted to get a second opinion before starting in on it. There are 2 decora switches in ...
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Exterior 125A subpanel for pedestal selection

I am building an outdoors area in my backyard that will necessitate of its own subpanel. I have placed 2in PCV sch40 conduit in the ground and I plan to pull wires to power a 125A panel. I will mount ...
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How can I wire multiple receptacles to one switch with power coming to the switch first

I have five outlets I'm trying to wire to one switch my power source is at the switch something I've done is not right because when I turn on the switch it pops a breaker
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Want to feed a new subpanel from a grandfathered subpanel

I have a grandfathered subpanel that feeds my 5 ton package unit. 1988 install. Recently we added an AC system and they fed the condensing unit out of that sub panel and they tied the ground into the ...
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Installation of 3 x 3kw heaters

I have 3 x 3kw heaters to install, can I find a 32a ring with a 50a breaker or 3 single 32a supply’s be best
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Can I leave standard outlets in kitchen if they’re connected to GFCI outlet?

So basically all outlets in our house that should be GFCI are currently standard outlets (at least 2 in kitchen, 1 in garage, maybe others in bathroom but not sure). However, they are all wired to a ...
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Optimal Cable Routing for Basement Kitchen Circuits

I live in Ontario Canada How should I route the cables for three circuits in my basement kitchen? The circuits are designated for the fridge, microwave, and washing machine (which needs to go through ...
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Removing Shelf for Electrical Panel Clearance

I’m getting solar panels installed, and the electrician who was here today mentioned that the inspector will need a 3 ft clearance in front of the electrical panel. The problem is, there’s a shelf ...
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Light Fixture Has Two Hot & Neutral Wires

Not sure what to do here. The light fixture has two hot/black wires and two neutral wires. It was only servicing one light fixture, so I don't know what to do with it. I didn't uninstall it originally ...
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