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Questions tagged [electrical]

Distribution and use of electricity throughout the home. Electrical standards vary greatly worldwide, so providing your location in your question or your profile helps ensure you get answers that are relevant to you. Posting photographs of wiring junctions or drawing a wiring diagram and posting it is also highly recommended.

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Smart switch wiring

I’m swapping out a single light switch for a smart switch. The wiring from the gang is a single cable with red, black, ground, white. The neutral wire was unused in the original switch. The smart ...
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1 Hot Wire. 2 Breakers. 2 Circuits

I have a duplex outlet that appears to wired in series. The outlet appears to have 12/2 in and 12/2 out. My hot wire from the breaker box remains hot unless I have 2 different breakers off. I am ...
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Should I Ground a Generator Powering an UPS?

My inverter generator's manual states that "If this generator will be used only with cord and plug-connected equipment, National Electric Code does not require that the unit be grounded." I am not ...
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Will improved panel grounding resolve AM radio static?

I live in a manufactured house. I have two electrical panels--one outside on the electrical pole where the electrical meter is at and another one in a utility room in the house. The one on the pole ...
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48AMP kiln on 60 AMP breaker *must be* direct wired in Canada?

I am trying to find out what part of the Canadian electrical code requires that the 48AMP kiln, on a 60AMP breaker requires that it must be direct wired, instead of using the NEMA 6-50 receptacle ...
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very fine solenoid wires won't burn from AC source?

I've seen tiny solenoid electromagnet (that is the solenoid used to open contacts inside a GFCI receptacle) with very fine wire used in the winding.. won't it burn if exposed directly to 120v ac power ...
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How can I correct wiring of a half switched receptacle?

In the living/dining area (of a home I just purchased in a new city/state where I don't yet know an electrician) there are 5 outlets with the lower-half switched. I was attempting to eliminate ...
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Can I replace the receptacle and breaker on a 40A circuit with 30A equivalents?

I have a 40-amp circuit that previously was used for the oven/range in my house, though I switched to gas so the circuit is no longer in use. If I wanted to install an L6-30r (30-amp receptacle) on ...
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Much higher energy use, maybe due to an old electrical heater?

We had an 100% increase of power consumption last and this year. It is mostly the night-tariff, which we now consume 27'000 kWh The day-tariff is only around 2'500 kWh. First we thought this may be ...
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Can I extend cloth cable with romex?

I have a house from 1960s. I need to extend a cloth covered wire (contains hot, neutral and ground wire). Can it be safely done with a romex 12/2? This is for a light bulb. So I just wire the ...
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Why don't my devices have power after separating one room's wiring?

I’m rewiring an upstairs room so it is separate from the other three rooms and found two wires which are both black and separated from each other. One is hot and the other is not. After tracing it ...
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Trying to install Leviton smart switches replacing two older switches

Am I installing this correctly? I'm trying to install two new Leviton smart switches. Had two neutrals tied off, so pig tailed them. Does first switch need be replaced as well? It's a Lutron dimmer. ...
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Question concerning power outlet

EDIT: the outlet is not freely moving behind the cover; I just managed to move it to the side by a fraction of a millimeter and moved it back with some effort. Also, the main question is whether what ...
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Is UF allowed everywhere NM is allowed?

NM is interior Romex; UF is similar but is rated for outdoor and direct burial. Randomly checking Home Depot prices there seems to be an anomaly on 100' 12/3; UF is less than half the price of NM. ...
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Light on when should not

We replaced our light fittings to ceiling fans with LED lights remote controlled, so the switch is always on but the remote controls the light and fans. There is a problem on the top floor where 3 ...
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Installing WiFi Light Switch - No Neutral

Hello I am trying to install a WiFi light switch that requires a neutral line. I could look at the Lutron but I figured I would ask about this possible solution as I have these switches elsewhere. I ...
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Old Work Box for Vanity Light?

So I went to go change my bathroom vanity light today and discovered that it simply had the wiring coming through a hole in the wall and the previous vanity was literally just screwed into the wall ...
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Reducing voltage drop to shed

I ran about 90 feet of direct burial 14/2 wire from an existing breaker box from a 20 amp breaker to my new breaker box also 20 amp. I had everything done but now it is tripping the breaker in the new ...
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Why is neutral wired to ground at this switch?

I was looking to add an outlet near my light switch in the garage. When I opened the box for the switch I noticed that the neutral is wired to the ground. In the picture of the switch, the top wire ...
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Do I need to use an outdoor or wet electrical box for garage sink area?

I'm installing some metal surface-mounted boxes for receptacles in my garage utility sink area, with emt between them. I will use a GFCI receptacle, but do I need to use water-tight conduit and boxes ...
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How can I add a switch into an existing circuit but only control some of the circuit?

I'd like to put all the lights in my unfinished basement on one switch. I've got carpentry experience but only novice level wiring experience. Right now the lights are all on pull-chains. The ...
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Breakers for living room was working, but has stopped after I turned breaker on/off

I have one circuit of outlets and lights in my living room that stopped working one day. This happened after I turned off all the breakers to the house and when I turned everything back on I noticed ...
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Hot line creating circuit with ground

Two receptacles and a sconce -- all sharing a wall -- stopped working the other day. I took everything apart looking for loose connections and found the following: The two receptacles only have one ...
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Steve's electric Spa inbstallation [duplicate]

I have four wires coming out of the conduit. I have located the two hot wires. Hoe can I distinguish which of the others is neutral and which is ground?
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determining if neutral or ground

I have 4 black wires coming up to feed a spa. I have been able to determine the two hot wires but not able to tell which of the two wires is ground and which one is neutral. How can I distinguish ...
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Induction charger [on hold]

I hope it's ok to ask this here. I have purchased an induction charger for my iPhone XR. I have tried it in 6 outlets in my home, and 4 outlets in two other homes and it doesn't work. When I take ...
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electrical amps

Could anyone tell me how to calculate the start up amps of my vacuum pump, The information I have is: Thomas motor. 115v 60HZ 4.2amps 370V AC cap rat 15mfd AMB 40c Any help would be much ...
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Why is the power to three bathrooms' lights out?

I have no lights in any of my bathrooms which i have 3.i checked all outlets and they have power. I reset all breakers and still no lights. Any ideas?
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Can I use a 15A breaker for a 10A baseboard heater?

First off, I wear many Hats (jack of many, master of...some) I refer to the 2017 NEC often and able to answer my questions most of the time. This one bounces my brain too much. Providing this answer ...
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Replacing 3 bulb fixture with LED fixture

I have a kitchen light fixture with 3 bulbs. Each bulb has a black and white wire attached. This fixture is on a 3 way switch. I am replacing the current 3 bulb light fixture with an led fixture ...
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How do I switch a ceiling fan to a regular light fixture?

I live in a trailer that was built in 1974. I took down a ceiling fan that was hanging way too low for my height. I was very surprised to find 6 wires hanging down from the ceiling. Two of the wires ...
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Can I install a new 30A breaker in an empty slot in 125A panel?

I got one of these Wen #3403 Dust Collectors as a Christmas gift and I'm wondering if hooking it up is a matter of installing a new breaker and running a 10/2 line to the garage. I have air ...
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Furnace Repair Gone Wrong?

My furnace stopped working last Saturday so I started troubleshooting to find the problem. I found that the board was not providing 110V to my inducer motor. So I determined that I needed a new board. ...
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Is it okay to reuse Alumiconn connectors?

After having redone the aluminum-to-copper pigtails in my house's electrical outlets using AlumiConn connectors, I subsequently had to undo a few to debug a wiring problem. All I did is unscrew the ...
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using cental ac circuit in winter for regular outlets

Is there a way to have your 240 central ac unit circuit double as a regular outlet in winter time for use in christmas decorations
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Best way to get power to stair lights

I'm looking to install a stair light above my stairs. I plan on using a proper box, stress clamp, and all that. The wiring will have to come from my basement, through the wall. The question I have is ...
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Dryer Outlet Splitter - Buy or Make? 10-30

I need to splitter for my 10-30r dryer outlet. I use that for my planner, jointer, table, and dryer. I’m over having to unplug them and don’t want to wait much longer to have my dad wire in some 220s ...
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“Wet location” mains outlets

Our electrician installed a "Wet location" NEMA 5-20R outlet under our sink recently and have been trying to figure out what makes it special? He states it isn't GFCI, which by my understanding would ...
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What kind of electrical tape is this?

I have found this electrical tape in several of my switch boxes. It appears that -- instead of wire nuts or wall nuts -- the wires have been twisted, soldered a bit, and wrapped in this odd tape. ...
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GFCI Protection for Garage Lights?

I know all receptacles in a garage require GFCI protection. But what about garage lights? I plan to hard-wire some new wiring to new garage lights and I'm wondering if this circuit needs to be on a ...
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Main Breaker Panel or Main Lug Panel for Sub-panel in Attached-Detached Garage

I am installing a ~100-amp sub-panel in my "attached-detached" garage (an "attached-detached" garage is a detached garage that shares a continuous roof with the home). The sub-panel will be fed by my ...
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Can I install a NEMA 14-30 outlet to 100 amp panel

I received a pricey estimate for a NEMA 14-50 installation because I apparently need an automatic transfer switch. Now I think I will go with a NEMA 14-30 DIY install instead. I am just wondering if ...
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Trying to hook up dimmer/fan switch but have an extra wire?

I am trying to replace a switch that had a 4 position light knob and a 4 position fan knob. The old one had three wires coming out of it and the new one has 4. Below is a picture of my wall and the ...
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Power to fixture to switch - How to wire?

I'm working on installing some recessed lighting in my basement and am looking into how to wire it. The way it is now, the power is fed to the current light fixture now and then to the single pole ...
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How can I use a 15A momentary switch (switches) to replace my multi-button wall-mount garage door opener?

My wall-mount garage door opener was pretty beat up when I moved in and has only gotten worse to the point the open/close button is cracked and is difficult to operate for my kids. I would like to ...
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Mystery current on neutral wires coming into outlet box

In reworking outlets and switches in our 1960's California home to use AlumiConn connectors + copper pigtails where needed (instead of older wire nuts + Noalox), I came across a duplex wall box in the ...
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Is it acceptable to run 22/4 security wire along side Cat6 and Coax cables, or is there any possibility for interference?

Security wire is connected to motion/vibration/magnetic sensors and alarm keypad. Can it disrupt the alarm system? or cause speed/performance loss in the cat 6 transmissions?
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Can I use old cloth-jacketed wiring to power a new light?

I removed some wood paneling in a hallway closet and found this wire bundle between the studs. Is this electrical wires? Can I reuse this to install a light source for the closet?
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How to switch off/on a Hot Water System

I believe I have what is called a gas-boosted, solar HWS (although there is only one solar panel on the roof). On the outside of my system, apart for the valves/pipes/wires leading into and out of it, ...
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Can I fit a 16 amp fuse into a UK domestic 13 amp plug?

As title, would like to know please? Thanks. Peter.