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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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How to wire switch for outside motion sensing light

I have an outside motion sensing light which uses a nitewatch MW-12 motion detector. There is an existing Intermatic Inc. SS7 switch on the inside of the house which is very convoluted to program (...
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Two switches what is it for and what does it mean?

I am not expertise as an Electrician here but I wanted to ask anyone here why do I have two switches here and what does that mean ? Can anyone point me a good website that can I read about it ? I ...
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Breaker Trips when I hav both switches on.

I purchased a home and I have to lights. 1 outdoor light in my shanty and 2 inside lights in my laundry room. Now Both of these rooms have outlets that go off when the breaker trips. Keep in mind ...
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How can I wirelessly duplicate a lighting switch

I have a ceiling light in my kitchen, which is nice to make the room well-lit but not convenient for actually doing kitchen work (the light is in the middle of the room, so when I stand near a working ...
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What are the allowable ways to wire a kitchen range hood? (USA)

What are the allowable options for wiring a kitchen range hood? I had my rough-in inspection this week and was intending to have the range hood plug into receptacle behind it. This recep would have ...
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C wire for old boiler

https://imgur.com/a/vXITXuk This question has come up in various similar ways, here and elsewhere. I don't think I've missed the answer for this case in those scenarios. What I did find was that the ...
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MWBC (Multi-Wire-Branched-Circuit) w/out joined breakers, how best to fix?

I was trying to replace a fan/light in my living room with a new led light, and have found that the living room branch circuit (lights and outlets) is actually fed by a Multi Wire Branch Circuit (14-3)...
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Reconnecting 50 amp service to outbuilding

I replaced a barn that had buried 50 amp service from the main house electrical. Before the old building was demoed, I removed the breaker box. I know it needs to be regrounded, as the old building ...
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Two bedside lamps question

I have two bedside swag lamps, one on each side of the bed. Each one has a plug that goes into the wall. They each have a pull chain for use in turning them on. I would like it if, when I pull the ...
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Why would the electrician use 8 gauge wire on

(Still learning) Just noticed that our electrician had used 8-gauge wire for a 240v 20amp circuit. Why would he do this? Couldn't he have just used 12 gauge? Is there a method to the madness?
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Protect electrical wiring between drywall and brick fireplace

Following the question at Frame drywall around brick fireplace I would like to figure out how to protect the electrical wiring and other wirings (HDMI) from the top down in middle of the fireplace as ...
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Existing 3 way switch light - add a light

Can I tap a wire to the switch 1 to add a light? the power source is to the light first. I can't run the wire from the ceiling light. thanks.
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Having trouble with a half hot switch

I am currently going through the process of replacing all the outdated cream colored outlets in my home with white ones. Recently I was doing the ones in the master bedroom, where there is no overhead ...
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Installed Ceiling Fan With a Remote And Think I Made a Mistake

I installed a Hunter ceiling fan with a remote control receiver about a week ago. During installation it said to connect grounds to grounds, blacks to blacks, whites to whites, etc. which I did. I ...
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Where is the C wire terminal on my boiler

I am trying to connect the T5+ smart thermostat to my oil based furnace. I see there are only two used wires at the thermostat R And W but 3 additional cores available. My boiler is a old Weil McLain ...
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How close can CAT6 run to electrical?

I've run CAT6 throughout my house, mostly in the basement where the TV area and office are. I have a cable that goes upstairs to my bedroom along the chimney from the basement to feed a wireless ...
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Relabeling 6-AWG Wire

I'm pulling 2 hots, 1 neutral and 1 ground through conduit to a subpanel and I was wondering if it's possible to use the same color wire and just relabel the endings. I was thinking of using 6 AWG ...
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Why did the high temp thermostat in my dryer fail when I disconnected the buzzer?

My wife wanted me to disable the End-of-Cycle buzzer in our laundry machine (dryer) for various reasons. I thought it would be an easy enough task, but it has since turned into a learning experience. ...
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How to Wire New 1 Way Switch From 2 Existing 3 Way Switches

I've done a lot of searching and can't seem to make sense of what to do in my situation. I had 2 existing 3 way switches that I've replaced with new 3 way dimmers and also added a third single pole (...
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help determining amp service to my house

I'm considering installing an electric tankless water heater in my house, but need to know what amp service I currently have. I read that you should look at the amps on the main breaker to the house ...
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How can I tell if this appliance, a kiln, is using 208V single phase or three phase?

My kilns have recently stopped firing and it need new elements. I have to buy elements for specific voltage/phase combination. I didn't install the kilns - it was done by my studio mate before they ...
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Can I wire a Pump Start Relay to an outdoor GFCI outlet?

I have an existing outdoor GFCI outlet. Can I wire a pump relay to the existing outlet, and put another GFCI outlet after the relay? The goal is to have the second outlet only powered when the relay ...
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Converting KFDD500ESS Dual Fuel Range from 4 wire to 3 wire plug

EDIT Thank you for the information. It doesn’t look like I was lucky enough to have a ground lurking behind the outlet. Our breaker box is located approximately 40ft from the receptacle with a ...
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I want to install a 220 heater in my garage.

I want to install a 220 heater in my garage. The heater draws 31 amps. The run will be 26 feet. Would I use a 40 amp breaker and and N0. 10 wire?
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Outlet to Outlet/Switch Combo

So I want to add a switch/outlet combo to an existing outlet line, I want the new switch to control the outlet in the fixture with it while keeping the existing outlet I had already always active. ...
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Wiring a compressor to an external building

I have run 2,2,2,4 in conduit underground to a 100amp box. In the house the ground an neutral are bonded together but in the shed they are separated(isolated). I'm connecting a compressor through a ...
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Recessed luminaire [closed]

I’m jelocum from Technical department, in a LED luminaire factory. Next year we are interested in exporting to USA and Canada but previously we are going to obtain the UL certification. The ...
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Yet another question about replacing a 15 amp breaker with a 20 - 12ga wire

long time listener, first time caller. I've got a 65 year old home that was wired in a way that makes no sense. 10 recepts on one circuit, 2 recepts on another, weird stuff. There is no 14 gauge ...
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How can I connect a new ground rod?

Illinois house, built 1963. Not sure if there is a ground rod or just the water pipes used for ground. Want to put in another/first rod. Can I connect it to the clamp on the electrical meter housing ...
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Is it a good idea to separate switch for recess lights and chandelier in living room?

I am just asking in general. I have 8 recessed lights to install and 1 chandelier in the center. There will be plenty of light so I can turn on just the recessed light and/or chandelier. The ...
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Making sure old Honeywell Thermostat (round dial) doesn't turn on

I've had to cover my baseboard heater with painter's tape and duct tape because I keep getting click beetles strolling into my apartment after 6pm (I live in Michigan, and the temps are dropping). I ...
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Diagnosing faulty ignition coil on lawn tractor

Model: 13AM662F765 Engine Model: 283H07-0197-E1 I have an MTD lawn tractor, circa 2004, that hasn't been running quite right. The mower runs for about 10 minutes and suddenly stall. I would turn the ...
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Join multiple independent electrical heaters under one thermostat or one control hub

I live in an older house where each room has an electrical baseboard heater connected to its own thermostat. Is there hardware/software to control all them from one place? For example a hub with an ...
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Kitchen wiring - required gauges and diversity

I have the following appliances: Hob (4.6kw) Oven (3.6kw) Microwave - built in (1.2kw) Extractor hood (0.3kw) The total is 9.7kw = 42A The wiring that exists in the flat is 10mm2 for the first 6m ...
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Short conduit run from attic to exterior panel. What is the correct way to run cable?

I need to add a circuit and the my panel is outside. The easiest way to run the cable would be to run a conduit vertically from the panel and up through the soffit. Then I would properly run the cable ...
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Dim LED light when single pole switch is on or off

I am currently trying to replace a single pole switch. I have a black/red/white/bare wires in the electrical box. I assumed I could just place the black and red to the switch and attach then the ...
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Shared water well and pump [closed]

We are two families sharing a water well and its pump. Can I connect the wiring such that whichever family wants water can switch the pump on and their power meter will run?
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pigtailed wires downstream of a gfci

I am installing a GFCI in the first box of a two wire non-grounded circuit. The following box(es) have the line and feed wires spliced (pigtailed) before the receptacle so only two wires are attached ...
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Running 220v for Plasma Cutter

I'm going to be helping a buddy install a 220v line/breaker/outlet for a plasma cutter in his shop at home. I've done some basic wiring but I would prefer to have some expert advice on this one. Ive ...
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Will a 3 inch (8cm) separation between CAT6 cable and 120V HV cable cause problems for 10-Gigabit Ethernet?

I recently had an electrician wire my house with CAT6 Ethernet cable and install a couple of outlets in my unfinished basement. I recently noticed that there is only a 3-4 inch (8-10cm) separation ...
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Can you connect a 14 gauge electrical wire with a 12 gauge?

In the attached image, the 14 gauge wire coming from the left and into the junction box, is from a gas stove the floor above. The 12 gauge wire coming from the right is connected to the panel and is ...
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Second LED bulb in each fixture burns out, what should I replace?

We have a number of inexpensive light fixtures in our house, each of which takes two bulbs. Most, but not all of these, are on newer dimmer switches (two with sliders, one with remote). We're having ...
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Do I need to upgrade my panel?

So I went to look at my father in law’s panel, and as far as I can see, they look like they’re trying to draw too much amperage from the panel. Does anything look amiss here?
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Best way to remove all-metal staples from NM wire?

Recently purchased an old home that has many different generations of wiring throughout it (K&T, cloth "romex", blue NM, modern NM, conduit-fed). At various points they were fond of using all-...
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Can IC-rated recessed lights come in contact with sheet plastic?

I'm installing low-profile (slim) recessed LED IC-rated lights in my living room that has a drop ceiling. Above the area that one of the lights will go is a plastic sheet seemingly filled with old ...
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Electrical wire where the copper wires keep breaking off

I have a 40w tube heater and the electrical cable copper wires keep breaking when in the terminal of the inline switch. I want to put a bit of solder on the copper wires to add strength so they will ...
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Room Light Switch Malfunction

I have a standard, on/off light switch for the fan/light in a room. The past 2 days the light does not want to turn on when the switch is flipped "up" it wants to turn on when the switch is almost in ...
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What are these cloth covered wires?

Continuing to install some new light fixtures and I pulled these wires out of an old switch box. There are 3 wires sheathed in a cloth-like material. The three wires are then wrapped altogether in ...
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Hue Light Strip - Best outdoor, long run equivalent? [closed]

Purpose is to light up a path along a dark area in the woods behind the house . Requirements Able to run 200 ft, at a price less than Hue Strips which are quite expensive. Either weather proof, or ...
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How to run second disconnect/load center from meter

I live in Medina County, Ohio, USA. This other question discusses a bit about running two load centers from a meter. I am wanting to do exactly that. I currently have service that supports 200amp (...