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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What are the safety concerns in running low voltage wire to LEDs behind a wall?

I've been using some fairly cheap 22AWG wire for running between flexible LED strips and their transformers. Some 24V some 12V, but all well below the amperage rating for this gauge. The wire says it'...
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How can I easily verify that appliance housings are grounded properly?

I'm looking for an easy way to verify that the metal casing of appliances are grounded, such as a range, without needing to disconnect and pull them out. If I use a multimeter set to continuity and ...
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How much #12 NM-B can I put in PVC conduit?

I am going to be upgrading a full, very small 6-space panel in my attached garage to a much larger (40+ space) panel soon. I will have a number of circuits to run from this panel to a planned addition,...
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Where to strip direct burial cable?

I'm using 12/2 direct burial cable to get power to my shed. When using the conduit to bring it up from the ground to the breaker box, where does one start to strip the cable? Would it be from where it ...
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Can I connect a 1-3 adapter to a 12/3 extension cord?

Before I ask, I understand how extension cords work to a point. I understand if anything is plugged in, it needs to stay under the rated wattage and amperage. I also understand the way cords are rated ...
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Building out wall for electric panel

I am replacing a tiny 6 circuit subpabel in my detached garage with a larger panel and have been trying to find some info on this but haven't been able to locate anything in NEC or other threads. My ...
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How to convert eaton type BRD to type BR and is this a good idea?

There seems to be a shortage of breakers around me. No one has the Eaton type BR breaker in a 20 tandem. Electrical supply house handed me a BRD type and I had heard about removing the metal plate in ...
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How do you properly use metal conduit as a ground?

I have read here that metal conduit can be used as the ground and you needn't then pull a separate ground wire: What are the NEC rules governing this? How do you avoid "weak ground" links ...
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Replacing both 3-way switches I found 2 hot wires one in each box

Since the new switches were not same make\model as the old ones I had to remove both switches (6 wires) and test for the hot wire and I found 1 hot wire in each to the 2 boxes. Now what? It seems ...
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Help Identifying hose

So in the back of the property i'm currently running direct burial cable to the shed,, while digging the trench i came across the hose pictured. I know for a fact it has nothing to do with us,and ...
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Wire at the end of the circuit activates my tester at about 12-14 inches away

Have a new circuit in the basement that includes a dimmer switch and 4 recessed lights, in addition to 6 outlets. The switch and the lights are at the end of the run. The order is:: panel > AFCI ...
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Expanding two gang box to three gang with metal conduit

I live in Chicago so everything in my walls is in metal conduit. In what is currently a two gang box, all three of the top punch out holes are connected to metal conduit. I'd like to expand this to a ...
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2 switch to one - Similar but not the same

I have outside security lights on two separate switches. I am remodeling and have removed a door and now only want one switch to control the security lights. When disconnecting the one switch I ...
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Controlling ceiling fan and light with a single pole switch using caseta for apple home control

How can I control a ceiling fan / light which currently is controlled by a single light switch and pull chains using a caseta switch to integrate with the home app on the iphone
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Electrical switch for outdoor security light(motion activated)

I would like to have the switch work to give power to outdoor lights when we are active on the patio, then hit the switch and turn off outdoor lights and send power to motion activated light. This way ...
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2-gang switch with 3 black wires, how to wire up smart switches?

A friend and I have been wiring up my new home (built 2012, neutrals everywhere) with Lutron Caseta smart switches (specifically in this case, PDW-5ANS-WH-A) and he was working on my guest bathroom ...
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How can I fix the mounting of these outlets in this box that is taller than the outlet?

I have 4 outlets in my garage mounted in an exposed box where they do not seem to be centered. (This seems to be a 4-11/16" box.) Removing the cover plate reveals that each pair of outlets is ...
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Which wires go where for the extra switch on a HPM doublepoint outlet with extra switch?

I am replacing a double powerpoint that has an extra switch to activate the insinkerator (under the kitchen sink). There is a red wire that comes out of the wall with the black wires and that is one ...
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Direct Burial Wire for 200 Amp Sub Panel from 200 Amp Main

I'm trying to get the right info to price out my project. I plan to install a 200 amp sub-panel in a shed with a 125 to 150 amp feeder breaker. The shed is about 180 feet away from the main panel. The ...
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Can I control a heat pump and boiler heat with one thermostat?

I want to swap out the old air handler for a new one and the old straight AC for a heat pump. I will not be putting a heat package in; I will use my boiler as the emergency heat. The boiler is in the ...
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Wiring low voltage doorbell wire through exterior wall and studs

I currently have a battery powered doorbell that I would like to replace with a hardwired doorbell. Problem is, my house is not wired for a doorbell. My solution is to replace the outlet in the ...
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Wiring a blank face afci, gfci and a regular outlets in a circuit, made a loud noise in gfci box

I've a new basement kitchen 20amp circuit (with regular 20 amp breaker) that has a blank face AFCI (near the panel), GFCI outlet (first outlet in the kitchen) and regular outlet at the end (used a 15 ...
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Pull power from hard-wired smoke detector?

I'd like to put a power outlet in a closet to power some tech. I have access to the attic above the closet so I'm looking for possible sources to tap into. I first thought about ceiling-mounted lights,...
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Is it possible to install a bathroom fan, vanity power plugs, LED lights, a small towel dryer and a smart toilet on just 2 circuits?

I have this small toilet and I am surprised that it requires its own circuit https://www.ovedecors.com/en/stan-toilet.html POWER OUTLET REQUIREMENT This product must be plugged into a ...
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“Old Work” electrical box: should it be screwed into the stud?

I'm interested in replacing an existing outlet (in a wall that's finished with drywall) with a two-gang duplex (four outlets total), using an "old work" box. This box is located in the ...
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electric meter move advice

I am carrying out some major driveway works soon, but would like advice on what to do with the electric meter. The mains supply runs in the front of the property, goes into a garage there where the ...
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Which cable straps / staples for 12/2 BX/AC90

I am currently in lock down and can only do curbside so I can not browse the packaging of the staples and cable straps in store. I'm having a hard time finding out what I should be using to secure my ...
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Running Electrical Wires exterior to interior

I need a new line placed in a certain area of my house, (for a fish tank) but running it inside isn't a super realistic option, as it's a good distance and the joists run perpendicular to where I ...
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Running ser cable from 200amp main to 100 amp sub panel

I'm running ser wire from my 200 amp main box in my garage to a 100amp service box for tankless water heater. I'm running the cable along the top edge of my garage around a corner about 30ft run total....
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2 cables in same conduit

I am needing to run 2 underground 12/2 UB (gray wire) cables for a 20 amp pool pump and a 20 amp gfci socket. Can I run both cables through a single, buried 3/4” schedule 40 conduit?
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Small diameter multimedia cable?

I would like to install multimedia outlets (RJ45) in my house. The installation tubing is diam. 20mm (inside is 13.9mm). In the worse case, I have a diam. 6.5mm cable inside. So I would be able to add ...
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Running Wire to Electrical Panel Box

I have to run approximately 8-10 home Romex (14/2 and 12/2) wires to Electric panel box. So, Can I run those wires to the panel box as per the picture, Is this sound ok ? Is there any limit, I can ...
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Does running at 240 use less power?

My computer runs on a normal 120v plug at 1000w at the wall which is about 8.5 amps. the PSU works on 240 and 120 so i decided to plug it into a 240 outlet i use for homebrewing and it only pulls 4.2 ...
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Wiring for an IsEasy cooktop

wiring picture from an IsEasy cooktop. The picture shows 3 wires marked 240v each going into the unit with a common and a ground. Does this mean I would connect both sides of the 240 wiring coming ...
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How to attach ground wire for ceiling fixture, if mounting bracket does not have a green ground screw, and no ground wire coming from junction box?

My ceiling metal junction box has 2 white wires(twisted together) and 1 black wire. No copper or ground wire inside that I can see? The new fixture has a black, white and green/yellow ground wire. ...
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Why can't my light illuminate the room [closed]

The newly installed electric light can't be used. After changing several rooms, there is still no way. What should we do? What is the problem
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Handling electrical inside a galvanized pipe gazebo

I am constructing a gazebo on my flat roof deck out of 2" galvanized metal pipes and joints. I would like to attach a light fixture on one of the upper pipes. Can I pull electrical through the ...
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Potential danger installing longer strike plate screws?

Just changed the locks on my house today, and I noticed that the strike plate screws that came with my new deadbolts are much longer than the existing strike plate screws. I'm using the old screws for ...
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Connecting new GFCI in the middle of a circuit run

I have 4 outlet locations in a circuit run. From left to right, the line feed is directly to outlet location #3. I want a GFCI to protect all 4 outlets, so I want to put the GFCI in location #3. Can I ...
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Does it matter if my underground conduit overlaps or crosses over existing conduits?

I'm planning on digging a trench for underground electrical conduit. I recently called my state "call before you dig" underground locating service. They finished marking the locations of ...
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Can I have net-metering with an ATS between utility and batteries and diverse power inputs (solar, wind, generator) behind the batteries?

I would like to participate in net-metering until I have a solar array large enough to disconnect from the grid entirely. However, for various reasons, I am going to have an undersized solar array ...
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200 wired with 110?

Background: My Dad passed a few years ago and I have hired several people to upgrade cabinets and lights in his 70's home. Zip code 85001. Come to find out, there is 220 attached to the 110 and ...
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Possible to use trim with routed out channel to hide 12/2 or 12/3 wire instead of using Wiremold?

I plan to add some lighting in positions on the ceiling that doesn't have nearby wire available. The there is no free space between the ceiling/roof in which to run a wire (there's the wood, then ...
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Is it normal for GFI test button to trip GFI when the circuit is dead?

My welder has been tripping the GFI on the circuit in the garage after I have been using it a while. I finally took the cover off and discovered the electrician saved himself, what? $2 and used a ...
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Can I connect multiple outputs into a single output?

For example, connecting 4 outlets into a single outlet. |}-----------|}-- | | ^ | | ^--||--| | ^---- || ----^ 4 electrical outputs connecting into 1.
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How to remove this fitting from hard wired dishwasher

I'm wondering how to remove this connector from my dishwasher, or what it is called? It seems like it was pushed through the opening, after which little wings depressed, preventing it from being ...
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What is the correct cord and plug for my forklift charger?

I am installing a forklift charger in my shop. I have what appears to be a NEMA L16-20 receptacle wired to a 480v 20amp 3 phase breaker. I had expected the charger to ship with an appropriate cord and ...
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How can I mount a side-mount light onto a top-mount area?

I have an existing light on top of a retaining wall: I found some light fixtures that I will be using everywhere else around the house, but they are side/wall mount: Is there some way for me to ...
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Using 10/2 and/or 8/2 for a 240 only 3-prong

I have 2 dedicated circuits: 40 amp water heater 30 amp electric range Both have 2 hots and a neutral grounded at the panel. One runs through a junction box where the wires are connected and ...
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Generator GFCI Outlet Tripping

Recently I purchased this 4375 watt generator from HF: https://www.harborfreight.com/merchandising-promotions/brands/predator/predator-generators/4375-watt-gas-powered-portable-generator-epa-iii-63962....

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