Questions tagged [electrical]

Distribution and use of electricity throughout the home. Electrical standards vary greatly worldwide, so you need to provide your location in your question or profile to 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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Troubleshooting Neutral Wire

A fixture, installed in a 1995 storage facility, suddenly stopped working. The bulb tested good, the fixture was remove and tested on a workbench: good. When good / tested bulb and fixture were ...
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I need a drill for driving ground rods

I'm absolutely tired of renting here. I need a drill for driving ground rods and soil is moderately hard one I wanted to know how big/heavy drill I need for ground rods. 10-13 amps, and around 12-15 ...
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Stud contact of IC / non IC rated can light (yes, it is both IC and non IC)

I'm installing a bunch of pot lights that have all 3 labels on the cans: IC rated, max 7W LED GU10 Type IC max 7W GUI10 LED / Type Non IC max 50W GUI10 Warning: do not install insulation within 3&...
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240v at the breaker not the other end

I have a well pump on what I pretty sure is a dedicated 240v/60a circuit. I have had to run a new line for part of this circuit and replace a segment. I connected the new segment at the same point ...
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Easy way to rig a power source switcher for a 110v appliance? [closed]

I have a generator and a battery bank with an inverter. I have an appliance which I want to be able to press a button and have it switch power sources between the two. Ideally if there's an extension ...
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Wiring dedicated circuits for multiple treadmills

I would like to know if you can have more then 2 circuits in duplex box, for example splitting 2 duplex outlets into 4 individual circuits. Treadmills are all residential and require dedicated 20amp ...
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Exterior surface mount outlet w/ conduit through soffit

I'm looking into mounting a TV on my patio on the exterior wall of my brick home. Only problem is, the best place for it is the exterior of a masonry fireplace/chimney, so I can't drill through the ...
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What guage of wire for 10.5 amps at 240V

I have a washing machine that requires 240 volts at 10amps. It uses 60 hertz and has a max wattage of 2,300. Am I ok to use 14-3 on a double pole breaker (dedicated circuit) to power this or is a ...
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Where are the two pole CAFCI/GFCI breakers?

Why aren't there very many (any?) two pole dual function breakers? Is a GFCI + CAFCI breaker less useful for 220 or MWBC? Is it be prohibitively expensive? Or is there no demand because not many want ...
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Generator hookup

I am looking to install a portable generator for supplying some things when there is a power outage. I have my main panel outside and a sub panel inside. The breaker at the main panel suppling the sub ...
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Using old knob and tube wiring to pull new non-metallic cable

I am attempting to run some new cable on the second floor of my 100-year-old house. The cable is for a thermostat for a 240V baseboard heater, and needs to be located roughly in the center of the ...
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Dehumidifier switch gives line voltage without load but <1V with load

I'm trying to troubleshoot and understand an issue with my dehumidifier. Its fan still runs but the compressor wouldn't turn on. I measure <1V between "Compressor" and "Neutral" ...
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Ground Wires Not Connected to Anything in Light Switch Box

I'm trying to install a dimmer in place of a light switch in our bathroom. In opening the 3-gang light box, I see that none of the switches has a ground attached to it. The light box is plastic and ...
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Kasa HS200 Smart Light Switch Wiring Question (multiple neutral wires)

I'm trying to install a Kasa HS200 smart light switch into a box that has 2 light switches already: an exterior light and an interior light. I'd like to replace the switch for the exterior light. The ...
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Non-contact voltage testing on 12vac landscape lighting

I have 12V AC landscape lighting. Some of the lights are not turning on, so I got one of these 12v AC non-contact testers to try to determine if the cables have been chewed through, etc.: https://www....
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Oven Igniter Going Bad Quickly

I have a hotpoint RGB535GET1AD gas oven. Around three years ago the igniter died and the landlord replaced it. Nine months ago it went bad again, and I replaced it myself. Yesterday the igniter went ...
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Changing some light switches around the home

Old 3 ways light switch... Hey guys I hope yall ok. I came this three way switch in the home. It's out of date. Trying to change then I notice something different. Around the house is black wires ...
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Hot tub wiring?

I would like to set up my hot tub wiring a few months before my tub arrives, I would also like to do it DYI. The run I'm panning is 100' from the main panel to the tub. The hot tub (Bullfrog) requires ...
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Why does my Uninterruptible Power Supply produce lower watts on backup battery than line power for my pellet stove?

SOLVED Problem: When my UPS does the switch-over from line power loss, the pellet stove runs but you can hear the stove motors slow down, and the wattage meter on the UPS drops from ~150w nominal to ~...
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Turning on light no matter which switch is on

I have 3 lights in my house which are controlled by 3 individual or single pole switches. Now I want to add another 4th light which should be controlled by these 3 switches meaning if at least one out ...
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What is this item?

I'm buying a house built in 1949. This item is located outside near the front door, door bell and mail slot. Anyone know what it is?
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Can I safely plug a washer into a heavy duty power strip?

My washing machine plug causes the washer to stick out about 4 inches too far because the plug is not 90 degrees. Can I safely plug the washer into a heavy duty power strip with a 90 degree plug?
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Is touching a ground wire nailed to the brick wall safe?

So I am living in an apartment. This apartment is kinda old so it does not have the ground contact (Every electric outlet in this building comes out in 2 sockets only - no ground). I have a running ...
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How do I connect a bathroom fan to existing switches?

I have 6 wires. One white one black and one ground from each bundle of 3. I need to power a vent fan that requires 1 ground 1 white and 1 black. The grounds are easy as they get pigtailed together. My ...
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Can I replace a bulb with one with more watt?

I have a lamp (from IKEA) that had a light bulb 3W 200lm 67lm/W 26mA I bought a light bulb that says 4W=35W 230LM Can I replace with that light bulb or even with higher watt? I mean is the only ...
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Need help understanding which occupancy switches can supply an outlet powering equipment that draws 15 amps

So, I rent an apartment and I am allowed to use the basement for woodworking. Problem is, the outlet that I use to power my tools (table saw and planar) is supplied by an occupancy sensor switch that ...
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How would you patch such a coaxial low-power cable?

Short story How would one solder, or in general patch, these two pieces of the same cable? Can I just separate the inner from the outer cable, solder and properly isolate one from the other? Longer ...
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Rewire switch controlled outlet to ceiling light

I have a light switch that has one conductor cable going into it (black & white). This goes to a double outlet (top switch controlled) with 3 conductor cables running into it. Two from the top ...
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How can I tell whether a fluorescent tube has failed, or an electronic ballast?

The light fitting in my utility room is a 5' fluorescent tube, and it's stopped working. It's about 7 years old, with a quick starting electronic ballast. The failure has been a little odd - a ...
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wiring portable generator to home service panel

I have a portable generator neutral bonded to the frame, I use a 4 prong twist lock extension cord plugged into a 4 prong inlet which is wired to my 200 amp home panel green wire to ground bar white ...
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Grounding a Light Fixture

I am trying to hook up a new flush mount LED light fixture in my basement. The existing metal box has the ground wire screwed into it, so there is only a loose white and black wire. The light ...
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Should electrical box face plates be caulked?

I am in a dilemma whether to caulk electrical box face plates or not. The reason to do it is to improve the R value of the house but a downside is that any removal will be slightly more messy and will ...
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Dual fuel generator - using natural gas on propane input

Instead of using a conversion kit to make a generator be able to take natural gas through the gasoline side of it (e.g. Nash Fuel or Century Fuel Products), is there a way to feed natural gas in ...
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Reverse surge protection

This is somewhat related to the question I found here: Will a spike protector work in reverse? I have a trusty old 3D printer running on the same power strip as my two computers including a screen. ...
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Running cable for a new outlet

If putting in a new outlet and junction box behind my TV (it's one of those USB and socket outlets that I'm putting in a box to run wires in the wall). I know I'm supposed to take the wire from the ...
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Mounting ceiling light to junction box with 1 white (running with no ends) and yellow wires only

I have an unused junction box on the ceiling that I would like to install a light fixture (1 white and 1 black wire). When I open the lid, the junction box has 1 white wire with no ends (just running ...
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Replacing a 4-way switch with just an outlet

I have a 4-way switch which I want to replace with just an outlet. The switch box has 2 red and 2 black wires, as well as ground and white neutral. Black wires are always hot. There's a 3-way before ...
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Why does my circuit breaker trip after using an oven for 15 minutes?

I recently moved into a new apartment, and found that when I leave the oven running for about 15 minutes, the circuit breaker trips. The oven is a Zanussi ZOB31471XK. The label on the appliance gives ...
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What can I do to put in a new light here

I’m looking to add a new light here, when I wire it all up I can not push the wires up into the box, what should I do, you can still see the wires from the new light?
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My boss gave me this chart of engineering symbols that I need to know I know some of them but I can't find the meaning for all of them please help [migrated]

My boss gave me these and said I need to know them all but I can't find out the meaning of a lot of them please help.
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How to correctly rewire this outlet?

I have an outlet that has 2 live wires that are black and red, 1 black load, 2 neutral and a ground. How can I safely attach these back to the new outlet? I currently have the neutrals pigtailed. Can ...
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I want to remove a lighted medicine cabinet

I paid a guy to come in and put a gfci receptacle using the electric wire that goes to a super old (lighted but non-working) medicine cabinet. The medicine cabinet is ugly and I planned to replace it ...
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Solar "side tap" configuration

I am finalizing my configuration for a solar upgrade, and want to do a sanity check. Jurisdiction: US, NY The service is 200A, which routes to the meter and then to the main panel in the house. Off ...
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Replacing old dimmer ran into incomprehensible tangle of wires

There are two old dimmer switches in this box, I wanted to remove one and replace it with a normal switch and now I am facing this -- I accidentally removed two of the three wires of the dimmer I want ...
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What could have caused my power outlet to melt when it's on an AFCI circuit?

I had an outlet that had plastic socket covers inserted for child-proofing. Recently I tried to removed the top cover and noticed that was quite stuck. When I eventually forcing it out, I saw burn ...
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Old subpanel has dual 60A breaker feeding lighting

We've inherited an old house, and the original panel for the house seems to be a subpanel to the new service panel that primarily has electric baseboard heating, and two 20A circuits of receptacles in ...
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I have done minor electrical work on my property, is it a violation?

so I live in NYC and I recently become a homeowner. I'm handy and I tend to fix/repair small things myself most of the time. in my condo, I replaced old/broken sconces and kitchen ceiling lamps, ...
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Does Electrical Outlet always run current even without anything plugged in? [closed]

In a situation where there is no device plugged in a normal house electrical outlet, does it still run an electric current, if so then how large? I would assume there is no electric current in this ...
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Pair of 3-way switches, one is functional, while the other trips the breaker when in the toggled down

I have a three-way switch that was wired in the configuration shown below. The switch with the load wire to the light is fully functional. however, whenever the other switch is positioned down it ...
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30a outdoor generator inlet box to transfer switch

I have a 8K watt running (10k peak) tri fuel generator with a cord to a 30a inlet box, which is on the exterior of my home. Can I run a single 35ft run of UF 10/3 straight from my inlet box to the ...

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