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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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Internet random disconnects when fan switch is turned on/off

Hi Saviors on the internet, Recently, I have been having this issue within my apartment is that when I turn on/off my fan there will be a power surge within my house and sometimes causes my internet ...
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I removed the rear panel of my oven and the cladding is burned

i have a similar issue with my oven, I just replaced the fan element and also discovered black burn/scorched areas on the insulation cladding. Is this a worry or normal? Oven is about 15 years old.
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installing “second” 100 amp breaker inside existing 200 amp residential panel for new detach garage

I'm planning to build a new detached garage. My question is can I add a "second" 100 amp breaker to my existing 200 amp square "D" residential panel box? The existing 100 amp breaker goes to my quest ...
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Splitting bath wiring circuit

I am looking to run a new 15amp circuit to my bathroom and want to split it in attic so one sub-circuit goes to exhaust fan and another to lamp. First, does this circuit look correct? One logistical ...
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Can I plug a washing machine requiring a 15A breaker into a 20A outlet?

I am removing an old Asko washer that plugs into single outlet 20 amp box. The new Samsung washer requires "AC 120 V / 60 Hz / 15 AMP fuse or circuit breaker." Can I safely replace the 20 amp ...
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Extending or increasing volume of a quiet doorbell [on hold]

I have an old analog doorbell - there is a button for my apartment outside, and two wires come to where the chime is. When someone presses the button, a solenoid pulls back a little metal thingy with ...
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Purchased 1980 home, exterior outlet not working

Story: purchased a home built in 1980. One of the exterior outlets was missing. As in, just exposed wiring (ground, white, black). I installed a new receptacle but it doesn't work. Theres an ...
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IBT and whole house transfer switch

The inter-system bonding termination (IBT) is where other services like telephone and cable TV get their ground bonds from the house's grounding electrode system (ground rods). 2014 NEC (NJ) 250.94 ...
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Wiring new lights with 2 sets of wires

I'm installing 3 light pendants above my island. They are connected to a single pole light switch. I installed 2 of the 3 and noticed the junction boxes for both have 2 black, 2 white, and 2 ground ...
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Can I add an additional outlet using an existing outlet that has no ground wire?

I am looking to add new receptacles (15A) behind my TV by running a 12/2 romex (20A circuit/breaker) from a nearby existing receptacles (15A). The problem is, the existing receptacle has no ground ...
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light and ceiling fan wiring diagram

i have a patio cover, i want to wiring 2 light and a fan with light (one light on each side of ceiling fan, so the fan will be in the center). i want two 3 ways switch to control all the lights, one ...
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What do I make of this wiring?

I am trying to replace a toilet pull cord switch. Wiring seems unusual in the sense that there are: 2x brown wires 1x brown wire that is live and by itself 1x yellow/green earth no blue wires ...
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URD Service entrance cable for tankless hot water heater

I'm planning on running 2-2-4 URD service cable to a tankless hot water heater. It's a long story, but I have to run from an outside load center underground and through the subfloor of a building ...
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Installed dimmer switch caused another switch to stop working

I installed a dimmer in my bedroom today and I just realised that the dimmer in my mom's room and in the corridor is not working anymore... Followed standard procedure : Breaker off, changed the old ...
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NM cable from wall box to dishwaster

I need to connect my dishwasher to an electrical box in the wall under the sink but it is recessed so the cable must come out through the front plate and not side knockouts. Out of the same box will ...
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Newly installed Metal Electrical Panel door will not open easily?

I just had a new metal entry box installed on the exterior of my home. I am unable to open the metal door, even with a tool. Not sure what the problem is however if the door was installed and not ...
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Running a dryer outlet to garage

Planning to Run a dryer outlet from outside service panel along the exterior wall approx 45 feet before entering the garage. What will be the correct size wire and conduit type to use?
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Wiring generator to shed panel

I purchased a pre wired shed that has a small panel in it. The panel itself has a single bus bar for neutral and ground, and two hot rails. Currently all the circuits in the shed have ground and ...
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Exterior outlet not working

I have had a problem with 3 rooms and a bathroom all on one breaker. I originally thought I would need to split the circuit, but then decided to check the breaker first in case there were 2 wires ...
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Why don't we just use combination AFCI/GFCI breakers for every circuit in a home?

With pretty much every circuit in a home needing one of the two types of protection (AFCI or GFCI), why don't all new homes have combination breakers installed just to be safe? Would it hurt anything ...
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Are individual electric heaters more efficient to operate than an electric boiler?

(Edited to provide additional info) My wife is looking to buy an old house (I'm guessing 19th century) that'll need a lot of renovating, including the heating system. Renovation works will include (...
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Where can I buy an inverter charger at a good price? [on hold]

I have a system with 8 6 volts batteries and a modified sine wave 12 volts 750 watts inverter. I want an inverter charger that can handle that can handle a 1 kw water pump when I need to and also 2 ...
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I'm replacing a single pole switch with a dimmer

I've pulled out the single pole switch and there are three black wires, two of which are connected to the same screw and one connected to the screw on the opposite side of the switch. Both screws ...
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In my garage can a refrigerator and a separate deep freezer be plugged into the same outlet

Electrical Can a refrigerator and a deep freezer in a garage be plugged into the same outlet
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Does a ground wire to a receptacle box improve safety if appliance only has 2 prongs?

If an outlet will only ever have 2 prong devices plugged in is there any safety purpose to have a ground wire added.
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2 GFCI or not 2 GFCI

With modern Bidet Seats are becoming more common, especially models that offer an electrical plug-in option to heat and dispense water, does the Bidet Seats need to be plugged to a GFCI electrical ...
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Critique my plan for circuits

New addition to house is 576 square feet total - master bedroom, bathroom, walk in closet, house entry foyer, and porch. Here's my plan. 15amp dedicated circuit for fire alarm 20amp dedicated ...
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Acceptable voltage between earth, Line,Neutral - Single Phase

I have a 240V+-10V 2 Wire Single Phase (UK) supply with TT earth bonding (earth rod). The breakers are double pole. The issue is with a lighting radial circuit. This is a new electrical ...
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Doorbell transformer location problem

I need to find my doorbell transformer in order to change it for a more powerfull one (ring pro doorbell). I have opened the chime and i can see the transformer wire going in my basement, i did follow ...
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Convert GE Load Center to main breaker

I'm looking to add central A/C to my 1970s era home. The electric panel is a GE Load Center, 125 Amp max. It's basically "full" with no space for additional breakers. The bids for the electric panel "...
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Electrical Supply to Detached Office

I'm building a small detached office and have a few questions. More Details: The office is about 100 ft from my main dwelling. Plan is to share the current service from my main dwelling. Only 120V is ...
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Installed new breaker to relieve load in existing circuit. Still trips new breaker

I recently moved a treadmill to workout room. Whenever the treadmill is in use, it trips the breaker shortly after starting up. I figured this is because the workout room also shares a circuit with ...
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I need a 'female' 120V AC Plug / socket for a wall plate?

I cannot find what I am looking for anywhere, I don't even know what to search. Something that would be the child of these two, if they had one. I realize you can buy a kit that includes this piece, ...
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What could prevent a motorised CD player drawer from opening after not being used for an extended period of time? [closed]

Many years ago, I used to use a CD player that had an opening drawer - you'd press a button, the drawer would open, you'd insert the CD and then either push the drawer closed or use the same button. ...
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Can an illuminated switch be made to work with LED bulbs?

I have an illuminated switch (made by Viko, a Panasonic brand). The switch controls a fan with a LED bulb. The bulb flickers when it is off and the switch is off: video To avoid this, I have to ...
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Wiring help needed

Went to look at a ceiling box to install a fan, and I'm a little confused as to the wiring for the light now. Currently, the light tends to flicker depending on how tightly the globe is screwed in (...
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Can I use a clamp meter to identify wires running to overhead fan?

I have this mess of wires in a junction box of a stucco house (built 30 years ago). Couple of these are going to the overhead fan in the room. Will a simple clamp meter help me identify the relevant ...
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Wand or 2 foot long stick between my master bath fan and outdoor flood lights connecting to share wiring for power?

I'm divorced. My ex husband had a guy install a junction box on corner of house to spotlight the swing set years ago. Recently I was in the attic and discoved a 2 ft "stick' or "wand' that was quite ...
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Wiring Confusion - 3 Phase Line to a Water Level Controller?

I have a borewell with a 3-phase submersible pump that I want to control with a water level controller (when the overhead tank is empty, it should start the motor and when the tank is full it should ...
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Can I use 220 V outlets on a 15 ampere breaker and wire it up as 110 V?

I purchased a 220 V outlet and didn't realize it. My circuit is 15 amperes. I wanted to hook up a series of normal 15 ampere 110 V outlets. When I look at the outlet it looks exactly like a regular 15 ...
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What happened to my outlets?

I just had two outlets go. They were working fine and when I plugged the pressure washer in, both stopped working. My Klein voltage tester indicates red (hot). No breakers are flipped. Is this an ...
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What size wire needed for 100a subpanel 120ft away from house sub panel? Biggest amp draw will be a window A/C unit, and a pool pump

What size SER wire needed for 100a subpanel 120ft away from house sub panel? Biggest amp draw will be a window A/C unit, and a pool pump. Other than that, just a few LED lights and outlets...detached ...
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Protect plug from damages

The plug from my pressure washer was damaged while moving it, because at some point it was not tied correctly to the body of the washer, and I believe it was caught between the wheels and the washer ...
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Strange outlet behavior

I am going to be updating electrical outlets in my house, so today I checked them all with the 3 lamp tester. Only a few are properly grounded and others not. One outlet is showing strange behavior. ...
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B Phase Power Outage

What is the corrective measure when B Phase of load center is not providing power. Does the entire circuit breaker panel have to be replaced? Thanks!
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How do I wire three smart Wifi switches to toggle one another?

I have three Wifi switches that will be wired into the mains. Is it possible to have them act as a toggle for a set of lights? Ie, one switch turns on, they other two switches also turn on. Similarly, ...
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If a receptacle is added from a switch box, will the receptacle only work when the switch is off?

When I was a new electrician, one day I discovered I could read 120v across the terminals of an open switch. I was bothered by this thinking someone had wired it wrong, but I couldn't understand why ...
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Arc fault circuit with voltage bleed to neutral

I have 83 volts hot to neutral 120 volts hot to ground and 26 volts neutral to ground on an existing arc fault breaker circuit.
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Ceiling fan won’t turn off from wall switch

Have a ceiling fan with a single wall switch that controls both the light fixture and the fan. If I flip the switch to turn the fan off, the fan slows down like it’s turning off, but then immediately ...
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How can I protect this exterior outlet from water and prevent smoke leakage to the interior?

I have an exterior outlet in a carport that I want to protect from water and smoke. Water: Rain cannot reach this outlet. I am only concerned about accidental water sprays from either the hose nozzle ...