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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 ...

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Should I seal up this outlet?

I've got this lovely situation in my garage where there's an outlet right above the deep sink, and while I don't have my tape measure handy I'm fairly certain this is less than 6' from the sink, and ...
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Grounding my 4 gang metal electrical box

I have a 4 gang metal electrical box with a receptacle, a fan switch, a light switch and a timer for a towel warmer. The honeywell timer does not require to be grounded. For the receptacle i would ...
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Replace Old 200A Main Breaker with Newer Breaker

Going through warranty hell. Main breaker is crap, and alternating pairs of breakers are not getting power (so, 50% of appliances/outlets are out). I've been fighting for a new panel because the ...
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How would I feed a subpanel from this service mast?

I would like to power a shed at a total run of 80 feet from this 200 amp service. How would I go about connecting the feed cable, and can I also supply the existing outlet?
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Shared Neutral for Hot and Line Side of AFCI Recepticle

Good Day I am planning a MWBC. At the start of this circuit will be an AFCI Recepticle in a Hallway. This will then Branch to Hallway Lights in one direction, and Dimmer Lights & a second ...
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Does new panel needs to be up to new code?

I'm adding a 40A breaker to the existing panel in my condo to charge an EV (Electric vehicle). I called the city and they said that as long as I have space for the breaker that would be ok. I do have ...
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Electrical - GFCI tripping

I was replacing an outlet in my bathroom with a gfci outlet. When I throw on the power, it trips but not only that, it takes out a set of lights over the mirror which are connected to a double switch ...
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Diagnose 125v 20a receptacle voltage

I am replacing a 20A 250V receptacle with a NEMA 5-20 and am seeing voltages I can't explain. Hot-ground: 122v Neutral-ground: 20v Hot-neutral: 95v What could be the problem here? Details Turned ...
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Led ceiling light has extra wires!

I recently bought a ceiling light from Costco. The Artika - Zane. The fixture has 2x black (one is thin) 2x white (one is thin) 1x gray (thin) 1x red 1x copper(grounding) My ceiling only has 1x ...
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What is this four-outlet ungrounded receptacle called?

I found this receptacle installed and connected in an old work box with a regular receptacle plate in a U.S. house built in the early 1950s. It accepts up to four ungrounded, unpolarized plugs! Does ...
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Bedroom/Bathroom Rewiring Design

In Oregon: I am remodeling our master bedroom/bathroom, and moving the location of the bathroom, hence I need to rewire everything. The house was built in 1989 in the following manner: 20 amp ...
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LED strip forgets last setting when turned off

In the staircase at my home an electrician installed a LED strip in the handle. I can dim the lights to desired intensity using a springloaded switch and a timer turns on the light in the morning and ...
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Outlet to conduit junction recommendations

I've got a recessed outlet box on the outside of my house. To be more specific the outlet (when removing the weatherproof cover assembly) is flush with the stucco. I need to decommission this as an ...
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How can I tell if my furnace common wire is “properly grounded”?

I've been experiencing occasional short cycling of my A/C compressor (turns on/off quickly several times in a row) and Nest senior support is speculating that my common wire may not be properly ...
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Can i get electrocuted with boiler

I just got my new electric Bosch boiler because my old one has been making strange noises, now im a little bit scared.. can i get electrocuted trough water while im showering..should i turn it off ...
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a. c. nielsen equipment causing damage to outlets

I became a member of the Nielsen tv monitoring group, The tv is is in my living room on a back-to-back wall in my kitchen. Only the tv was on when I tried to make a cup of coffee with my Keurig ...
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12 Volt DC wiring in existing home for under soffit LED lights

I am toying with the idea of putting in down facing LEDs under the soffits in an existing vinyl sided home. I have an old 300 W landscape lighting transformer I wish to use for this. What kind/gauge ...
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Electric panel update, should I do wiring too? [on hold]

Ok the home was built in 1966 and the panel seems to be that old. It's a 400 amp service coming in and no real issues other then the main a.c dimming lights here and their. But the panel is rusty (...
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New florescent fixture install

I just purchased a new florescent fixture with a fancy plug connector, and I will be replacing an older fixture that is connected (twisted with wire nuts), so I have no place to plug the new fixture. ...
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Ceiling Light Won't Turn Off After Replacement

So I wanted to replace a broken chandelier in my new house and after doing so with a simple flush mount light, it won't turn off despite what position the switch is in. I am sure I re-connected them ...
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Replacing Light Fixture with Extra White Wire

So I took off a broken chandelier and wanted to replace with a simple flush ceiling light. When doing so, I found two black and two white connected properly, but found a lone white wire that was ...
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I’m having a 12x24 cabin put on deer camp. What is suggested for sub panel in my cabin?

Having a small cabin dropped at deer camp and I’m wanting to run two 20amp 120v circuits. One will feed outlet for window unit a/c and additional outlet and other will supply outlets and lights. We ...
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wiring 4 gang light switch

I bought a Wifi enabled light switch to smarten up my living room but i cant figure out how to wire it. Here is the back of the original switch: And here are the wires from the socket: Finally here ...
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There is a white wire connected to the C terminal at my furnace but NO C wire at thermostat?

I purchased a new Honeywell RTH6500. I installed it this evening but used my “G” wire as the “C “ wire. I followed all of the video tutorial step by step. The Problem: I opened the furnace cover to ...
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Wiring between chimeny and brick facade

Mounting a tv on a brick wood fireplace. Been debating a few options regarding wiring. The room has a brick facade (hearth, mantel, and up to the ceiling). Removing a brick from that, I noticed ...
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Can I add a non-GFCI receptacle in the garage for a freezer?

It seems that GFCI-protected receptacles are required in all areas of the garage (even on the ceiling, where the garage door opener plugs in). Can I install a non-protected (15A) receptacle ...
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Attic Fan Box Vapor Barrier

This past weekend I installed a ceiling fan to replace an already existing light fixture. I had to replace the plastic electrical box from when the home was built in 1992. I am unable to get into the ...
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Why is one mounting screw left behind each electrical panel's cover?

I have three electrical panels in the house and with each one, one of the face screws is under the cover as seen in the picture. So it's clearly intentional. What's the purpose of it?
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Dimmer and switch connected to outlet to always hot

I have a dimmer + switch that is connected to an outlet on the other side of the room. That outlet is where I'd like to plug in my TV, and using that outlet specifically makes a buzzing sound come out ...
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Vent hood throwing bedroom breaker

Let me start by saying that electrical is not my strongest area. With that being said, I'm experiencing an issue where the breaker for two of my bedrooms is thrown approximately a minute or two after ...
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Adding subpanel to transfer switch

I have a transfer switch that connects one of the line sides directly to the main electric meter breaker. The load side of the transfer switch goes to the interior in cement main service panel. Due ...
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Can I use 18g cord for one light bulb?

I would Like to hang some pendant lights from my ceiling. I want to use this wire. I would only put one bulb (like this) on each length of cord and connect them all to the 12-2 at the ceiling. Is ...
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3 Phase Delta - Wiring a New Machine

I have old-school delta 3 phase (no neutral 240v) service to my shop that has 60 amp fuses on the main. I'd like to hard wire a new machine (max 30amp) about 40 feet away by running #6 wire in conduit ...
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Electric Bidet Toilet seat started tripping GFCI

I have an electric bidet toilet seat that plugs into the GFCI outlet in my bathroom. After about 6 months it started tripping the GFCI instantly upon being plugged in. Does this mean the toilet seat ...
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Sub panel for 8 double pole breakers

I need to wire 4 220 Volt Inverter ACs, a 220 Volt Water Heater, and a 220 Volt well pump. I'd like to have at least 2 empty spares. What type of BR Breaker box should I look for? Is something like a ...
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What is this terminal called in my service panel?

only ground wires are terminated in here. I'd like to buy another one for the other side of the panel but I'm not sure what this is called.
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Please help with this wiring diagram

I want to be able to control the chandelier's light (off and on) using the remote. My configuration is in the image above. I can only get the chandelier to turn on but can't get the remote function to ...
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Universal fan remote for light function only (chandelier) [duplicate]

I have three wires hanging from my ceiling (black, white, and copper). I have connected a chandelier and it is working fine. However, it remains on at all times because there is no wall switch. A home ...
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Why did all ceiling fixtures (light and fans) stopped working at the same time?

Why did all ceiling fixtures (light and fans) stopped working at the same time, while everything else works? Ceiling fans/lights are in different rooms. The breakers are all on.
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How should ground wires be handled when updating switch loops in an older home?

I have a house built in the 1950’s with fabric covered NMC wiring still present in most circuits. Those original wires are all 12/2 with no ground. I am currently in the process of replacing some of ...
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Powering 7700W Surge Motor with a 3kVA./6kVA Inverter?

I have a 220VAC/50Hz motor with a nominal power consumption of 1700VA, but surges up to 7700VA when starting (~35LRA). I measured the power draw from my household outlet, but I want it to be available ...
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Lights Dim on Electricity as well on Generator

Got a 30 year old fixer-upper recently. Lights dim in house when using garbage disposal or blow dryer. Lights almost turn off when new AC comes on. Had electrician and electric co-op out and they didn'...
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Can I run electrical raceway on a baseboard?

I have a Panduit ldp5 I'd like to mount on a baseboard. As you can see from the photos, the path above the baseboard is blocked by an existing outlet and further down, by a radiator. The box fits ...
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How to switch an HDMI cable through and existing wall (hole)? [closed]

This is my challenge: I have a 60" 4K UHD TV, Home Theatre System, 4k Blu-ray player, and cable box. The guy who installed them ran all cables through the wall. I need to switch one of the HDMI cables ...
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Is there harm in using a GFCI outlet as a switch?

I have a GFCI outlet in my garage which is about 4 feet off the ground. I have a couple work lights plugged into it which can only be turned on and off by plugging/unplugging them. I have recently ...
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Shortening a pendant lamp cord without cutting it

I need to install a pendant lamp that has a cord that is way too long for the room it's being installed in. The lamp has a canopy (I believe that is the correct term in English; the small cup screwed ...
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Should this Grasslin UWZ48-L hour counter in my septic pump box be rolling or ticking over?

Should this counter be moving forward if it is working properly? Would it tick 1 hour at a time (tick at the hour) or slowly roll forward minute by minute (slow roll)? Background: My septic alarmed ...
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Questions about re-purposing double gang electrical box with two circuits

Currently I have a double gang box containing two paddle switches on two separate circuits: the kitchen lights circuit and the living room outlets circuit. Ironically enough, the living room outlets ...
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Questions regarding my plan for new 50A circuit (with pictures)

Overview Pictures/diagrams at the end. I will pull permits and would like to do this correctly. I will be disconnecting an unused 40A circuit and replacing it with a new 50A circuit to my garage for ...
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Install ceiling light with wireless switch

I’m looking to install a ceiling fixture where none exists. I believe power is already routed through the joists where I’d like to install. Can I have a contractor open the ceiling and put in a ...