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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Safe to plug a travel adapter into a power strip?

I've got a dual voltage (110/220V) lamp that has a European plug and want to plug it into a North American outlet that has a power strip plugged into it. So I will have to use a plug adapter (not ...
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How do I choose GFI plug end replacement?

Would it be safe to replace a 16Amp GFI plug end (hair dryer) with a 15 Amp GFI plug end?
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Can I run low voltage undercabinet lighting wire under overhead microwave oven above the stove

I would like to run low voltage undercabinet lighting wire (in PVC covering) under an overhead microwave oven above a gas stove. Otherwise, I would have to drill many holes in the cabinetry to go up ...
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Need help identifying this old style fuse box

I’m in the middle of replacing this 30 amp fuse box, but I’m not sure if this is that safest way to just replace with the same fuse box or if they even make it to this day.to be honest it looks over ...
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My dryer on my laundry center stopped working

Can i run my laundry center on 120v for the washer portion only and disconnect the dryer completely? I only have 1 240v outlet and a 120v outlet with a 20 amp breaker. I called a repair shop and they ...
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DCS RGU-366 Oven will no longer heat

I have: DCS RGU 366-N oven What happened: Wife ran oven with the door slightly open, heating up all control knobs. Symptoms: Oven will no longer heat up. Ring-light for oven knob no longer lights up. ...
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If I pull an electrical permit for my home in FL can I hire a licensed journeyman electrician to do part of the work?

If I pull my own electrical permit for adding a subpanel and 2 circuits in my Escambia County, FL home, can I hire a licensed journeyman electrician to do all or part of the work with me? He cannot ...
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Does drywall surrounding breaker panel pose fire risk?

My breaker panel for my house is covered partially by drywall. We are located in maryland but this house is built in the 80s so I’m guessing code back then was not super strict about this. The ...
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Is it safe to run servers in a room that contains a boiler? [fire safety]

My landlord says I can use the garage in our house for an office. The garage contains a gas combi boiler. Is it safe to setup servers in this garage? If not, is there any way to make it safe? I'm ...
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Heater reset numerous times this year

I have an 8 year old RUUD and this year I have had to reset my heater numerous times? My fault code only says to reset "power cycle" the unit? I have cleaned the flame sensor as well.
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Ground wire seems to pass through light switch

I am trying to install a Kasa smart switch and ran into what looks like a ground wire that just passes through the switch(see image below). This switch is one of two that control a single bank of ...
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Can you have 2 circuits in one box?

Can fixtures in a single box be powered from 2 different circuits? I' planning on installing a 5-gang box with 3 light switches and 2 receptacles. The lights and receptacles would be on different ...
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Junction box with 12 and 14 guage wires

I'm remodeling a kitchen. I need to junction 14 guage wires for a lighting circuit that are near impossible to get to or re-route. Is it permissible to junction 14 guage wires in the same box with a ...
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Why do my outlets show 80 volts?

The six outlets in a bedroom suddenly show a voltage of 80 and lights do not work. Everything was functional before. The breaker does not show anything unusual. Last month we rewired a bathroom which ...
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Roughed in electrical wire tucked in the ceiling by builder/electrician

When I was checking my unfinished basement I found two very long wires being folded/tied and left between joists by the builder/electrician. What are they and how to find what are they for? Each wire ...
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What are the most reliable push-in connectors for pigtails [closed]

I would like to know what is the most reliable push in connectors on the market compared to wire nuts. There are so many options from latch to screw down to spring loaded that it’s hard to decipher ...
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Switch designed to take #14 only

I am using a 15 amp rated switch that only has 14 gauge stab in connections. The house is wired with #12 with 20 amp breakers for the lighting circuits. If I made #14 THHN whips that would stab into ...
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Can I still use a burnt plug?

My washing machine plug is burnt due to overheat socket. The plastic shield has melted and I am wondering whether this plug can still be used (on a different socket).
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Can you split a 3 phase outlet

To be clear. I have a 3 phase outlet, that a commercial oven is plugged into, and want to make another. Can I run wire from the existing plug/outlet and make a new plug/outlet from it. With the ...
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Surface mounting a metal weatherproof junction box on a concrete slab

US, Southern CA, NEC 2017 Background I'm currently in the planning stages for a project that will include running a circuit in some buried conduit (likely RMC) to a concrete slab. At the slab I'd like ...
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Do i need a subpanel for a single circuit with less than 4 receptacles equaling less than 600 watt load. Washington state

I'm trying to get a few opinions as I have had 1 electrician tell me i need a subpanel but his whole reason was so i could expand in the future and he didn't really listen to what I wanted. I have ...
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Can you safely install high-pressure sodium wall packs indoors?

I really like the appearance of old street lights (the high-pressure sodium kind). To get the same effect indoors, I was thinking of getting an ordinary high-pressure sodium wall pack (like this one, ...
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Levition FBBOX installation

I am doing preliminary design of the wiring for a shop to be built next year. The floor will have a concrete slab. I want to use the Leviton FBBOX system to put some outlets in the center of the shop ...
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Allowed wiring methods for running power between two structures above a walkway

US, Southern CA, NEC 2017 I have a pergola 5ft away from an exterior wall that I'd like to run power to. Are there wiring methods that would allow power to be run through the air between two ...
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Is my Electricity still being used even after I have to unscrew the lightbulb from the ceiling fan because my switch won’t turn it off [closed]

Is my electricity still being used when my light switch does it turn off my light so I have to unscrew the Bulb in order to turn on the light I am because I have to unscrew the bulb and can’t use the ...
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Have 3 machines on 1 wire

In the laundry room, I currently have 1 socket, with 1 underlying wire of 1.5 mm2 of section. This connects to a 16A circuit breaker. In the country I live in, voltage is 230V. I need to install 3 ...
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I need 30 amps in a single room to run vegetable grow lighting. How to accomplish?

I have an 1800sf home with a 200amp service. I want to convert family room into an indoor vegetable growing room. The lighting (which will be on as much as 18hours/ day) will need 3.8amps each and for ...
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240v to 120v by using only one leg?

I have an unused 240v 50 amp circuit. I would like to put a 15 amp 120v hardwired load on one of the legs. Is this ok? Is there an issue of current imbalance?
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Why do light fixtures, dimmer switches, etc. use stranded wire?

As the title puts it , why is stranded wire used for most light fixtures and dimmer switches. I have never dealt with stranded wire until recently doing a few upgrades in the house and i feel like ...
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Electricians, do you see any problems with this wiring diagram for power at light shared between independent light groups?

I'm looking for input on the safety and code compliance of the wiring plan i've detailed, shown in the photos below. Description of the broader project My jurisdiction is subject to the 2014 NEC. I'm ...
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Code regarding exterior disconnects, outlets and fixtures

What are the code requirements for wiring to outdoor disconnects, outlets and outdoor lighting fixtures? I've usually just ran the type NM cable directly to the box. It seems difficult to transition ...
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Looking for small outside breaker box [closed]

I have a barn on the property fed by a separate meter that is mounted on a pole. Just below that meter is an old 1978 breaker panel that feeds the building. For some reason, two circuits run to that ...
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What sort of Power consumption should I be able to get down to when turning everything off

My electricity consumption is higher than I would expect. I have an old-school turn-y dial meter, so I can measure the power consumption of the house at any given time. I tried going round and turning ...
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How should transitions from inside to outside be handled when running a circuit?

I'm planning a 220v circuit from a subpanel in my garage to an outdoor A/C disconnect for a mini split install. The cable would up run from the panel into the attic, across the garage along a running ...
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Where to check for neighbors stealing power?

I recently bought a 900 sq ft house (84m²) and the electricity bill is insane, saying I'm using 4000 kWh per month. Winters are mild, the temperature floats to around 25°F (-5°C) at night, not much ...
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What do I do if some of my smoke alarms ac power doesn't work?

I have 5 smoke detectors in my home, 2 of them have the green ac power light on and are interconnected. Those 2 are on opposite sides of my home from each other but I have 3 on 1 side but those don't ...
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240V on all 120v outlets and ceilings lights [duplicate]

In a remote studio have a Sub-Pannel with Multimeter readings. With No Circuit Breakers In Place (L1 to N 120v) (L2 to N 120v) (L1 to G 120v) (L2 to G 120v) (L1 to L2 240v) (N to G 0v) slim type ...
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How do i wire this 2 switches light switch?

This light switch was failing for a while and I removed it from the wall so I could see what the problem was. After inspecting it, I realized that it was a bad connection on the wires in the light ...
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Double pole breaker partial failure?

Yesterday I was connecting a large toroidal transformer to an unused 240V 15A circuit in my apartment (US split phase) for testing. I plugged it in and I heard the breaker trip after a few seconds. I ...
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Why does this junction box cover have an “under side”?

This junction box cover is labeled "under side" on the side that is supposed to go inside the box. Why? What is different about this side? Here, for comparison, is the other side. EDIT: ...
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Extending branch circuit to outdoor shed and additional exterior outlets

US, Southern CA, NEC 2017 I have a 15A* kitchen branch circuit not feeding countertop outlets that also feeds a single outlet on an exterior wall. The existing circuit consists of three indoor outlets,...
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Converting existing 3-way switches to smart switches

I have an existing 3-way switch setup that I'm trying to convert to "smart" switches and I'm feeling "not smart" after mapping out where I think the wires are going. Unfortunately ...
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Correct Single pole switch orientation

I had two old switches I replaced and purchased some new eaton switches from Lowe’s. I installed them similar to the older switches where the ground was on the bottom right. Come to find out the ...
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Did I mount this light too close to a post?

I was adding 2 new additional basement lights today, I thought I was doing a good job of mounting everything correctly and securing the wire. However when I finished and got someone else to look at ...
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Does this electric panel meet code and does the wiring from it meet NEC standards

I have an apartment building, with a panel that supplies 2 different apartments. Breaker #15 supplies all electricity to 2 bedrooms and a living room including lighting and electric outlets. Breaker #...
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Safely mounting television or shelves above breaker box

I am looking to wall mount a television above the breaker box in my garage. It would either be this or storage shelving. Either way, I would like to have an idea of whether this can be done safely ...
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How can I run electricity to a shed from an outlet on the external wall of the house?

I have a shed that I am using as an office. Since everything that I will need to power (lights, computer, space heater) are already being powered by an extension cord to an outdoor outlet on the house,...
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I am replacing a burned upper thermostat to my water heater. How do I replace the wire leading to the thermostat?

The upper thermostat of my whirlpool water heater burned, and I am going to replace it. I'm pretty sure I figured out why. My problem is that I don't know how to get into it to replace the wire that ...
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Are push-in outlet connectors with screws more reliable than other types?

I have an 18.5 cubic inch box that has three 14/2 nm cables coming in. I am putting in an Eaton AFCI/GFCI outlet but the limited space is making it hard to get back in. I noticed that the outlet has 2 ...
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Installing a Dimmer Switch with Existing Ceiling Fan/light

I will be installing recessed ceiling lights in my living room. Currently I have a wall switch with a traveler to another wall switch that operates the same fan and light. Next to the wall switch is a ...

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