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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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Wiring solution for 240V EV charging outlet in garage with long run to breaker box

I am trying to come up with a wiring solution for a NEMA 14-50 240V outlet in the garage for an EV. Specifics of my situation: Max charging current will be 32A, so I need #8 wire. Breaker box is on ...
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20/240 Outlet split to 2 16/120 PDUs

I have an L6-20R outlet that is rated at 20-amp 240volt. The circuit breaker is a 2-pole 20/120. I have 2 16-amp 120v power distribution units with L5-20P ends. Could I run an L6-20P to 2X L6-20R ...
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What is a good way to protect the low voltage wiring on a doorbell transformer?

I'm quite afraid of accidentally hitting the doorbell wiring and breaking the wire since the transformer is located in a somewhat accessible location n the garage. What's a good way of protecting the ...
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How to connect existing wall switch to a new remote controlled fan?

Just replaced an old fan with a new remote controlled fan but would still like to use the preexisting wall switch to either power the fan off or at least control the light. Is it possible to do this? ...
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Wire type to outside box through wall

I'm sorting out some wiring at my Uncles house. There is a box outside that has two pvc conduits going in to it. Power in, and power out to the pool lights. This box also feeds in to the house (not ...
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What is best way to wire a ceiling receptacle in this situation?

I was trying to rewire this garage door opener where in current situation it is not code compliant to where it is. The picture above shows where a porcelain light socket was wired. I had hoped to use ...
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Basic electric transformer questions (ring doorbell install)

To make a long story short I am in the process of hooking up my ring door bell and I need to follow these instructions: (I want to wire directly to transformer) To my understanding I need to wire my ...
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Gas Oven Keeps Tripping GFCI (Moisture?)

My gas oven frequently trips my GFCI outlet. The GFCI outlet is upstream of the oven. Every outlet on that wall is on a shared circuit (I understand this is suboptimal, but I imagine there isn't a ...
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A light switch with current that has a red and black wire attached but does not control a light or receptacle

I recently purchased a used park model home, located in USA, with stick built attachment. I have a light switch ,with current, that does not control any light or receptacle,that I can find, in or ...
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Ceiling fan and light Installation

Our home was built in the mid 60's. I am trying to install a new fan/light assembly. Currently there are two brown wires and one red wire coming out of the ceiling box. At the very back of the box, I ...
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60amp panel install in an attached garage, do I have my ducks in a row?

I have been considering putting a sub-panel out in my attached garage, wanted to know if I have all my ducks in a row before starting the process and pulling a permit. Items to be powered - Table ...
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Bathroom outlet

Our portable AC unit has been plugged into our bathroom for several years. It's now tripping the main breaker. The bathroom outlet has a breaker but it's not tripping it. I think it needs to be ...
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How do I make this wiring inside cabinet safer?

tl;dr: How do I make this wiring meet code, or at least safer? The pic below is inside one of my kitchen cabinets. Once upon a time the stove was located below these cabinets, and that wire must have ...
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Sealant for external outlet

What type of sealant should I use for this? I'm assuming 100% silicone.
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How to change switched outlets to half switched and half always hot [duplicate]

I'm trying to make my two switched outlets to be half hot. I tried breaking the brass tab on outlet 1 to accomplish that but that didn't work. It only made one receptacle work from the switch while ...
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GFCI breaker is tripping when it rains on completely internal circuit

I have a three story house. The first floor is an apartment that is completely covered by the second floor. It has it's own panel which is inside the apartment and mostly uses GFCI breakers. There ...
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Adding a switch and receptacle

I have a pull chain light in my shed. Power comes in to the light. I want to add a switch to the light so I don't have to use the pull chain. Is it possible to run electricity down to a 2 gang box and ...
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Standard 15A circuit breaker trips randomly under no load

A few months ago I came home and turned on a light switch with no result. Checked the breaker panel and found the a lighting circuit breaker tripped. It reset with no issue. A few days/weeks go ...
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Why is attic wire controlled by two circuit breakers?

I live in a condo built in the late 70s. I'm installing a ceiling fan in the master bedroom and need to run electricity to it. I went in the attic and there is an existing romex wire near the ...
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Washing machine housing is electrified

If I bring my non-contact voltage tester within about an inch of any part of my washing machine's metallic housing, it beeps. If I touch the machine, the tester stops beeping, but I don't feel a ...
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Replacing light fixture from 2 wires and ground to 2 wires only

I want to change a chandelier with 2 wires and ground to a small 2 wire with no ground light. Is this safe and possible? It is also on a three way switch..
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Garage Light mystery

I have 4 fluorescent fixtures in my garage and one was broken, so I replaced it. But now 2 of them will not turn on even though there is 120v going to each one. So, I replaced both of those and they ...
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Comparison of dual function breakers brands

This is a follow up to this breaker and panel selection question. Apparently, there are gfci failures, and differences between outlet and breaker protection. In particular, gfci breakers are not ...
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Identify older breaker type. Pictures

Older house built in florida in 1950's. states it was "rewired" at some point. Looking to add a breaker. and do some shopping Wondering if someone can ID these breakers so i know what im looking ...
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Remove ceiling fan/light combination replacing with a light and remove 1 of 2 switches that controlled the ceiling fan

I am replacing a ceiling fan/light kit combination with a light fixture. The ceiling fan is controlled by 2 switches; one for light on/off and one for the fan on/off + 3 speed control. My desired end ...
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Geyser timer malfunction

Why would a geyser timer malfunction after only 14 months.? We had our entire DB board replaced and all new components fitted about 14 months ago. One evening about 5 days ago, I smelt burning wires ...
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Help wiring occupancy sensor

I had a Lutron Maestro MS-OPS2 occupancy sensor wired in a small handy box and it worked fine. Here is a photo of how it was wired then: Since the box was too small and I wanted to put a finished ...
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Electric breaker box not producing 220

Electrical box not producing 220. All 220 appliances are only pulling 110 happened last night still going on today never happened before.
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Derating 6 current-carrying conductors?

I'm having a hard time understanding 310.15(B)(2)(a). Here's the boat I'm in: I hooking up a tankless water heater that calls for 3 40 amp breakers (it's a 24 kw Ecosmart). So I put in a sub panel in ...
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LED light is on when it should not be

I have 3 12v LED under cabinet lights that I plan to install. The final install goal is to have the line power (120v) controlled by a pre-installed light switch (1-way) which currently operates 4 pot ...
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How do I wire my ceiling fan with two switches (one for lights the other for fan)?

So I am replacing my bedroom ceiling fan. I messed up and forgot to take a picture of the wiring. I know I screwed up, but now it is a learning opportunity. I am sure that electrical standards vary ...
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Replacing a GCFI plug on my fan

I have an indoor/outdoor fan that has a GCFI reset plug at the end of the power cord that has tripped and will not reset. Can you tell me the proper method to replace it? I have extremely limited ...
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Do GFCI protected devices need to be labeled as such, if they are protected from another location?

I'm doing a fairly substantial rewire of about half my house. In many places, like kitchen, bath, and outside/garage, I've replaced circuit breakers in my box with GFCI or dual function breakers. ...
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Low voltage track lighting flashing at low frequency

I have two sets of track lighting on the same switch, and one of the tracks flashes at a low frequency at seemingly random times. Video of the behavior. Some relevant details: The two tracks are on ...
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Is it safe/allowed to adapt a shaver socket (BS4573) to a standard BS1363 plug (UK)?

Bathrooms in the UK may have a shaver socket that is (to my understanding) limited to supplying 200mA, is protected by an isolation transformer and uses a two pronged plug similiar but not identical ...
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Allen Bradley 800 T psd16 c

How do I hook up a 800 T Allen Bradley Dule input pilot light on my Ingersoll Rand 220 single phase 7.5 hp compressor
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Wiring a 5 ton rooftop unit and a 220 plug

Can I run 3-#8(2 pole 40amp) breaker and 4-#10(2 pole 30amp breaker) in the same pipe
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Two GFCI outlets were just replaced and have power but don't work

Two GFCI outlets were just replaced in kitchen. Green light is on but no power to the GFCI outlet or the downline outlets. There is power to the wires and the TEST / RESET buttons don't work. Any ...
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Are switch screws sufficient for load grounds?

In California, in a metal gang box with the line ground attached to the box with a ground screw, I understand that I don't need to attach a ground wire to a switch (screwed tight, captive washers ...
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My light wiring only has white wire

Basement finished few years ago, and electician did all the wiring and gone. All lights have been working fine for several years. Rececently had the need to change a light fixture, and noticed ...
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Electrical Bonding for an exterior building

I have to upgrade the service I have for an exterior building. The wiring follows the old code, and I'll need a permit to do it. So I am going to have to update the service and everything to the ...
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Electric light wiring with no black wire

My basement was recently wired. Some of the light fixtures only have white wires, nut no black wire. I want to connect new light fixtures that have white and black wire in it, and so am confused ...
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Power out, but no GFCI, no breakers tripped

My wife's grandma has been in her house over 50 years. Can't find A GFCI anywhere in the house. I have two bedrooms without power from her plugging too many things in at one time. All other rooms have ...
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Light and fan switches

I would like to have a double wall switch for the toilet where one switch (#1) turns on both the light and the fan while the second switch (#2) turns only the fan. Please note the light and the fan ...
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Outdoor 50 amp 4-wire Outlet Install

I want to install an outlet for outdoor connection of an RV. However, the location of the service entrance box is close to a inside corner of the exterior of the house so the easiest location is on ...
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Can I use a terminal wire kit meant for a dryer on an electric range stove?

So one of the terminal wires on my families range melted off (one of the black wires) which was probably caused by a loose connection and they ordered a terminal kit but apparently it's meant for ...
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Phantom or real voltage determination

Can a 120 V/ 0.35 A input for a phone charger help to determine if voltage is real or phantom? I don't have a multimeter with impedance function. I have a problem circuit which shows to have 120V AC ...
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Does anyone make a 3 circuit switch?

I would like to run 3 separate 120 volt items 10.2 max amp per item using 3 separate circuits, but only have a single switch box to use. I have seen single circuit in 3 switch out, but want 3 in 3 out....
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How to mount meter base to cedar siding on old house

I'm in the process of rewiring my small 1910 home. The utility company has requested I move my meter to the front of the house. I plan on mounting my service panel on the inside of the house, directly ...
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Run a 15 amp motor on a 30 amp breaker?

I have recently purchased a 220v 15 amp jointer ( 12/3 wire). The only 220v outlet that is nearby is my dryer. The dryer is on a 30amp circuit with 10/3 wire. Can I make an extension cord (say 10/3 ...