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 is the correct way to attach two grounding sources to my electrical panel?

I replaced my existing electrical panel with this electrical panel in order to have more available slots to redo my kitchen. I have one 6# copper wire ran & attached the water main and one 6# ...
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Installing outlet receptacle in unfinished basement furnace/water heater room

Recently bought a house with a furnace/water heater utility room in the basement surrounded by a bedroom and playroom space. We just had a water filtration system put in this room that requires a plug....
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Light switch doesn't turn off lights

I just recently installed a light switch. It's not a dimmer switch, so there's just an off and on. Now, the lights are constantly on! When I turn the light switch off, they dim slightly, and when I ...
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Why does my bath fan turn off when light switch is on and vise versa?

I just put a new exhaust fan in the bathroom and connected it to existing light switch, which is connected to the bathroom light. When I turned the power back on, the bath light came on but not the ...
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How do i connect multiple ground wires? There are 3 green and 1 bare wire on my light fixture

Fixture has 3 hanging lights, each light has 1 green, 1 white and 1 black wire. There is also a bare copper wire on the base of the new fixture. How do i properly attach the green ground wires and ...
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Switch(es?) blowing AFCI breaker

So I need some help (again) with an electrical issue. I wired the basement and due to some new building code all the breakers are AFCI (which I am suspecting is a part of the problem). In the ...
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LED Tape Lights Strobing

I have tape lights that have worked perfectly for 6 years. They were wired into a switch and I have no idea if, or how a transformer was used. They are not on a dimmer. Even you you turn off the ...
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How can I configure my wireless power switches to default to on after power outage?

I currently have ETEKCITY remote power switches. I need to use two of these for ceiling LED lights that needs to be default on after power cycle. This video shows someone being able to configure it ...
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Best motor or mechanism to convert recliner chair arm to electric actuation

I have a recliner chair that has a manual arm, I was wondering if there is a way to place a motor on the shaft the arm spins to make it 'electrically actuated'. What I'd like is for it to freewheel ...
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Run conduit perpendicular to ceiling joists in garage

I have a sub panel on a finished wall in my garage. I want to add two 20 amp circuits and run them go outlets on two unfinished walls on the sides of the garage. Is it okay to run metal conduit ...
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Question about new inverter for solar power system

I am new to this community so I hope this is the right place. I am looking into buying a new inverter for my off grid cabin running from solar. I would like to purchase THIS 3000w inverter. My ...
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Wire break diagnosis help

I am diagnosing my well line electrics. I have a non-contact voltage detector. At about 10" from the box, it shows live, and after that dead. Oddly, on the other side of the wire, the live signal ...
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What kind of cable is this? (standing desk motor to power supply)

I need an extender for the cable below. It's directly attached to a motor that powers an electric standing desk. What kind of cable is it? More images of the cable and power supply: Cable: https://...
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Can I connect 12 gauge wire to 18 gauge wire for an outdoor light post and plug?

I am replacing a front yard light post that has a GFCI outlet attatched. The old post has 12 gauge wire connected from the house thru the post and outlet to the the light. The new post is prewired ...
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Replacing old plug-in 220V range with new hardwire 3-wire electric cooktop: remove outlet or add a plug?

My apartment had an electric range which plugged into NEMA 10-30P/10-50P and was served by two 50A circuits. I will be installing electric/220V induction cooktop using the same circuits. There are ...
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Temporary no reading to ground on a Delta system

This seems to be a transient problem however if I turn a disconnect switch off on any one of several other systems the problem goes away
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Wiring a ceiling pendant UK wiring

I've done this before, but maybe because I'm replacing a ceiling fan with a pendant light the wiring is different. I have 3 brown wires one live 1 Earth (No neutral wire.) This is the end of the ...
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No power to all the Breakers [on hold]

Has power from main source to new panel box in “man cave”’ only one out of 4 receptacle is reading 120v when testing.
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How to report LIVE electrical wiring dangling in public swimming area for children?a [on hold]

5 live electrical lines and inadequate junction box dangle in the childtens' swim area every medium and high tide at Boston Harbor Marina. They refuse to change it. It us an eminent ESD waiting to ...
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Problem with GFCI at start of circuit with both lights and two receptacles

With normal receptacle at first device in circuit all works fine--all lights and both receptacles. (I inherited the circuit--didn't do it myself.) I thought, "Why not install a GFCI as first device?" ...
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Can a grounding conductor from equipment terminate in a metal box grounded via EMT?

I have EMT leading to a metal junction box, and from that box goes plastic liquid tight to some equipment. Currently I have a ground conductor running all the way back to the panel, but I'm wondering ...
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1 switch controls lights and fan, the other controls nothing. How can I make one control lights and one control the fan?

It seems like this was the way it worked originally, but someone had it changed. There is another area in my apartment that is in the same situation. I measured 114VAC from the right switch (I'm ...
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Can I change a 15a breaker with a 20a breaker?

I upgraded my bathroom fan to a bigger, more powerful fan. The problem is it is on the same 15a breaker as the 2 bedrooms and the bathroom. It is connected to a light above my tub and the three wires ...
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3white wires and one black from the ceiling. How do I wire up a two wire fixture?

Three white wires and one black from the ceiling. How do I wire up a two wire fixture? I've checked with a meter and it seems like the two wires to the far right are hot
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Adding another line/wire in metal conduit

I have an outlet box in garage that contains two No. 6 wires that was used for an electric heater. Would like to covert it to a NEMA 14-50 outlet to be used to charge an electric vehicle. The No. 6 ...
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Low voltage transformer on both doorbell & furnace

I have ring video doorbell constantly have to be recharged I am thinking it's because my low voltage transformer. my transformer currently has the doorbell wire to it and the furnace both. Which I ...
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Hallway Smart Switch help

I’d like to change my hallway switches to Lutron Caseta Smart Dimmers but I’m not sure how to proceed. I’ll preface with I’ve done pretty basic electrical (swapping to GFCI outlets, changing junction ...
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Is it OK to draw different current from L1 and L2 on NEMA 14-50?

I want to power a rack of commodity servers with 110v power supplies from single NEMA 14-50 outlet. I plan to distribute servers between L1 and L2 such that even at full tilt current on either side ...
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My Philips TV turns on only after I plug it out many times. How can I fix it?

I have a 42PFL3507H/12 Philips TV which I bought in 2012. It hasn't been working fine for a couple of months now. It won't turn on normally when I press the power button either on the remote or on the ...
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Diagnosing RCD tripping to decide whether to fix or junk basic electric oven

Excuse any incorrect terminology in this question (I will correct if advised). I'm in the UK. I have a house with relatively new wiring (past 5 years) which has circuit breakers on the power and ...
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Landscape Lighting Wiring: Looping vs Straight

Context I'm looking to install some low voltage (12v) landscape lighting in front of my house. I had helped a friend in the past install some in their front yard using the straight method. However, I ...
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How might one trip a breaker from a GFCI outlet?

Somewhat derivative of How can I trip a breaker from the outlet, how could someone relatively safely and quickly, with basic tools, trip a breaker at a GFCI outlet (relatively safely meaning not ...
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What is the easiest way to separate house light from garage?

Hopefully this isn’t too confusing, but currently the three lights pictured are all connected to one switch in the house. I would like to separate the dusk to dawn light because I currently have to ...
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Is 10/2 wire ok for a 125 foot run?

Previous owner of house ran 10/2 to his outbuildings which are 125 feet. He has lights and would run power tools like a mitre or smaller air compressor. At the breaker is a 20 amp for each run. Is ...
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Power 240 v ac light from two power sources

I have existing led lighting in my garage 240 v ac which operates from a pull switch. My garage door opener provides a facility to power a light with 240 v ac as well. What if any additional circuitry,...
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Possible to ground-fault protect both legs of a MWBC with two single-pole breakers?

To get a MWBC working, with both legs GF protected, I installed 2 Single Pole GFI breakers, on adjacent slots, with a handle-tie. Since there are 2 lugs for Neutral wires, and only one neutral coming ...
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How to diagnose a problem in a Jet AFS-1000B Air Filtration system

I've had a Jet Air Filtration unit (AFS 1000B) system for years and it's worked perfectly. Recently I took out the filters for cleaning. When I put them back the unit would not start. All of the ...
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Replace forced air heater with electric radiant floors

There are forced air in-wall heaters in my house which are quite noisy. I am considering to replace those with electric radiant floors. What would be the least invasive way to do it? Current heater ...
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Electrical box in ceiling has too three cables coming in. How do we know which ones to use for hook-up?

Three sets of wires come into our overhead light electrical box. Two with white, black, ground, one with white, black, red, ground. Which wires do we use to hang our fan/light? It comes with white, ...
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Outlet box has voltage when a device is plugged in on another circuit

Our house was built in 1964 and I wanted to replace some of the electrical outlets. However, there's something bothering me. When I turn off the circuit for an outlet, my low range non-contact ...
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Does code allow a main-lug-only panel connected to the meter lugs?

We have a single family home with 200 amp service. One main breaker inside the house. We needed a 220v 40amp power supply outside. Instead of running a circuit from our main breaker, he connected a ...
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Adding a 50a breaker in main panel to feed 30a rv breaker and plug

I recently purchased a prewired 30a rv subpanel to plug in a travel trailer while sitting at home. The subpanel is complete with a 30a breaker and receptacle. Is it acceptable to run the romex (10-2) ...
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What are the requirements for a bathtub or steam shower in a bedroom?

We live in a suburb of Minneapolis. Our master bedroom has a decent amount of unused space. My wife really wants a steam shower. Rather than remodeling an existing bathroom, I've started thinking ...
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How to power a well water pump on the local electric grid

I have a well water pump which I have been operating on a 10KW generator at 220V. Lately, the generator has been having problems so I need to power the pump on my local electrical grid while the ...
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Can I use existing wiring for installing an OTR Microwave?

We are looking at installing an over the range microwave in our house but I have a few questions concerning the electrical hookup before we pull the trigger and get one. Currently there is a range ...
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Overcurrent Protection

I am trying to find a device that I can plug into the wall, then plug another device into that will offer overcurrent protection. Basically, a circuit breaker that will trip before the actual circuit ...
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Help with re-wiring a two circuit outlet with one controlled by switch

(https://i.stack.imgur.com/Y7RKV.jpg) (https://i.stack.imgur.com/yb0Ns.jpg) I am trying to reconnect the wires for this outlet but have run into an issue. The pictures above were taken before ...
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Retro fit can light ghosting

I recently installed some feit retro fit can lights in an older home. Had a regular single pole switch and lights stayed on very dim when switch was off. Replaced switch with a dimmer, same issue. ...
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mounting fan/light in very tight enclosed space over shower

I am installing a combo shower fan/light over a walk-in shower; it is meant to be installed in the typical fashion (for recessed fixtures) of two adjustable-length brackets meant to span the gap ...
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Do 120V pool lights need GFI protection

I have a pool at our recently purchased home. The pool system in about 22 years old and consists of a Hayward / Goldline AquaLogic controller. The breakers in the controller are marked type QP but I ...