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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 ...

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Double earth on metal case light fitting Qld?

Good morning, We have purchased a recently renovated home, and all of the pendant lights have metal casings around where the actual bulb goes in. The electrician we are using to rewire the house has ...
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Range Bernard lights and open lights light up however the burner to not get hot and the oven does not get hot

My Electric stove top burners on my GE range and he open on my GE range post light up when I turn them on however they do not heat up.
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Is my Milwaukee drill defective?

I have a Milwaukee M12 Fuel hammer drill I purchased in July. Last week I was drilling holes through studs with a brand new 5/8” auger bit and the drill was constantly stopping due to overload ...
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Are Sonoff smart switches actually UL listed?

Sonoff is a system that comes up often on this stack. However, I notice it seems to be of unusually low cost, not available in retail shops, sold widely in the "dodgy side of the internet" (eBay, ...
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Adapt a 3prong dryer outlet for other use

First post here, I have a practical understanding of basic electronics, but my problem is way out of my depths. I come from the UK, just moved to Ecuador, and with me I brought a coffee machine (220-...
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Connect Sonoff and physical switch with a lamp

I want to connect smart Sonoff switch to lamp with physical on-off switch I want these all scenarios to work: when physical switch is off, I can turn the lamp on/off via sonoff switch when ...
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Why would my two-pole arc-fault breaker trip when motors are used on other circuits?

I have a two-pole arc fault breaker that is on its own. It’s used for a bedroom with one circuit used for a plug in wall heater. The other circuit is for the remaining outlets and lights in the room. ...
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Installing ceiling fan but voltage is confusing.

I’m installing a ceiling fan and the wires coming out of the ceiling have 120V from hot to neutral, about 45V hot to ground, and 45V neutral to ground. How do I find out why? And is it still safe to ...
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my ceiling fan and light do not work

Recently I turned the light switch and my ceiling fan/ light flickered a few times and then turned on. The next time I turned it on there was nothing so I tried the ceiling fan itself and it came on ...
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Can I use a two-pole single handle breaker for mwbc?

I have a mwbc with two 20A breakers with their handles clipped for common trip. Can I replace this ensemble with a single two-pole 20A breaker with just one handle? New panel in CA. I'm unsure ...
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Doorbell wiring

My house was built in 1982. I moved in over a decade ago but never bothered to fix the non-functioning wired doorbell. I’m trying to diagnose it now to see if it’s worth trying to fix or if I should ...
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Can I run wire along a finished wall/ceiling in a basement?

I want to add a light in the stairway to my basement: Left side is a garage, right side is the basement with the other lights I'll need to tie into. However, I don't see how I could run a wire up ...
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Adding common wires for nest thermostats

I recently installed some Nest E thermostats for heating only usage. They’ve been great so far, but my HVAC guy warned me I would likely run into issues without a common wire. In the newer part of the ...
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What insulation can be used between electrical cabin and heater?

Good day, I work in a paper factory and we have a heater directly behind an electrical cabin. The positions of the two must remain the same. The heater heats plastic packaging to 160 degrees celcius ...
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Does a ground need to be install in a 2' x 4' outside junction box?

i have a bunch of outdoors 2' x 4' open bottom concrete junction boxes. the question is, does each box need to have a ground rod installed and bonded to the ground wire? if so can someone please point ...
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Outdoor light fixture not working

I am a newbie with anything electrical so please forgive my ignorance. All of a sudden, my front porch light fixture stopped working. Changing the light bulb didn’t work so I’m trying to figure out if ...
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Operational Electrical Panel in an unfinished building — safe? Sane? Legal?

Is it realistic to have an operational and functioning load center panel (with power supplied only to temporary outlets mounted near the panel), fed by an offgrid solar system, in a half-built ...
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Hot tub heater not working and making noise

I'm working to fix a free hot tub that I got with a number of issues. Now it seems that my heater is not working and also making a clicking noise. I am wondering what peoples thoughts are on what ...
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New 20amp circuit via old conduit or not?

I plan on creating a new circuit and running 12/2 to my microwave for an dedicated circuit. The current outlet for the microwave is old wiring running through conduit. The wiring comes in through a ...
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Lights out in part of the house

I read the post about a similar problem but we have circuits on both even and odd sides of the panel that are down. We've had flickering lights for about a month now and finally it's caused and outage....
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GFCI outlet trips from any heating element

I have two GFCI outlets in my kitchen one each side of the sink. Each outlet then has three outlets after it which when the GFCI trips interrupt their connection as well. I feel this is pretty normal ...
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How do by-room electrical code requirements work for a house with open plan or nontraditional rooms?

The electrical code imposes a variety of requirements for different rooms of the house, in a way that implies that the house is divided up into non-overlapping, specific-purpose rooms at construction/...
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How to handle 4 wires using 3-port AlumiConn connectors?

I'm rewiring outlets and switches in our 1960's California home using AlumiConn connectors to connect the aluminum wiring to copper pigtails. Most cases are straightforward, but I've run into a case ...
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Conductive coating for aluminium

What would be the best conductive coating for aluminium for good electrical contact and that isn't too expensive ? The goal is to use aluminium as conductive busbar and would like to avoid the ...
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Do the abbreviations O, N, F mean anything on the electric meter terminals?

I am trying to troubleshoot a dual-energy heating installation. I found this diagram from the electrical company. The terminals below the meter face are labeled O, N, F, 12, and VCA. 12 I think is ...
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Light switch wiring with two yellow wires

I just installed an outdoor porch light with a camera and I can use the app to set a timer. So I had a timer on the light switch inside and wanted to replace it with a regular switch. Now I'm not ...
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Gas stove trips GFCI outlet

Any ideas why a LP gas range would suddenly start tripping GFCI breaker when the oven turns on? Should i be looking for a short somewhere and if so, where?
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Need to run underground wire 530 feet from main 200 amp box, not sure how to get started?

Basically i have the electrical server pole routed down to my main meter, then a 200amp box off of that. Outside permanent. I need to add power from that above, to a small cabin 530ft away to a 100 ...
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Bathroom light fixture above sink and ceiling fan/light combo wiring issue

Hey so I'm having an issue hooking up a bathroom light fixture above the sink with a bathroom ceiling fan/light combo. 1) for the light fixture above sink: coming out of the wall there appears to be ...
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Light fixture measuring 120V for both hot and neutral

Hello I’m replacing a lighting fixture and I’m finding that both white wires are reading 120V. To be clear - it doesn’t matter where I place the red and black leads of my multimeter - I get 120V ...
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New Switch for Outdoor Area Lights

I'm working on replacing an old rotary timer switch with a new smart switch, that controls two outdoor area lights. However after getting everything wired up, the switch is not turning on the lights. ...
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Help identify this G9 socket

One of my light fixtures has worked on and off for years. Finally it works no more. Taking it apart, I found that the G9 socket had a lead fried right through. I'd like to order a new one, but of the ...
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Can i use normal extension cord for a Surge Protector

As stated in the above pic, is this OK for a connection? Now, i don't know much about electrical and stuff. I was worried that the normal extension cord in the middle might trip off, worse heats up ...
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Outdoor three way switch and outlet on light pole GFI

Placing a new outdoor pole light with a three way switch and outlet. Using 12/3 wire in conduit with One 3way switch in house. Question: what is the best way to have ground fault on outlet and switch?
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2 light switches controlling one light fixture?

In my family room I have a light fixture. There are two light switches controlling this fixture. Yesterday I decided I want to get rid of the ugly brown switches, and change these to light. I have ...
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Old-style electrical conduit connector?

See photos. I'm having trouble finding this on the internet. Looks like it's some kind of compression connector for EMT conduit, with dimples. The conduit is 3/4" What is this style of connector ...
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I want to install a two gang outlet

This is in the basement and I want to install a two gang outlet just under a currrenlty run wire. I am trying to figure out the correct components that I need. I know I need a two gang outlet box ...
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Trenching and running power to outside shed

I'll require power for the use of a window unit heat pump (8,000 to 12,000 BTU 120 volt), a treadmill, 5 or 6 outlets, and lighting. It's an 80 foot run and will be burying the supply underground. I'...
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Regular Outlet Tripped, Now Various Outlets Are Dead

Recently, I purchased a new small appliance and when I plugged it in, it did not work. After using an extension cord, I used another outlet and figured out that the original outlet was at fault. As ...
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How to stop coil burners from cycling off and on

I have Frigidaire cooktop stove not smooth top. The burners cycle off and on. I would them to stay on until I turn them off, can that be changed on my stove?
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CAR duct in same bay as electrical wire

I'm going to install a cold air return (CAR) duct through an interior wall that has some electrical running through it. The CAR duct will run vertically, but near the bottom third of the bay there is ...
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Indoor vs outdoor lighting

I have a 1.5 foot tall plastic christmas character. The cord has a UL tag rated for indoor and outdoor. The manufacturer tag says indoor only, though. Am I safe putting outdoors?
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How to fix bad contact on busbar?

I have an ITE electrical panel from the 1970's. We noticed some flickering in the bathroom and some noise coming from the electrical box. There was a single breaker arcing in the panel. I pulled it ...
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How can I properly remove (not cover) an unused receptacle?

First of all, if this is a duplicate question please point me in the right direction as I couldn't find one with my specific situation. I am relocating a bathroom shower to the opposite side of the ...
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How would I identify the grounded (neutral) conductor when using URD cable as an underground feeder?

I have a line on a length of URD 2-2-2-4 at a local electric supply house. The smaller conductor, which I gather is intended as the neutral in some cases, would be my ground. One of the unmarked ...
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what is the likely cause of a single fluorescent tube not working in a light fixture with a ballast that supports two tubes?

So I've got a warehouse with many fluorescent tube fixtures. We are slowly transitioning piecemeal to LED as we run out of replacement ballasts and bulbs. I've got a fairly simple troubleshooting ...
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Can I add a subpanel?

Let me start off with the facts: I have 125 amp service that is fed via overhead lines to a center fed panel. I am maxed out on breakers, as every 110v breaker is now a tandem breaker. When other ...
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Why can't I (or: shouldn't I) run a power cord through a wall?

I would like to wall-mount my TV and have the wall be as clean as possible. I found this box and my idea was to mount this on the back side of that same wall , then run the power cable (and other ...
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Junction box for different unit's circuit

If my basement apartment and main unit have each their own electrical panels, can I have a junction box (located on the ceiling) in one unit that belongs to the other unit? For example, can there be ...
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400 Amp service to 2-200-Amp Sub-panels

I used to be an electrician many years ago (trained by the USCG, worked commercial/residential at EOE). Is been about 13 years since I wired up a service panel. I am building a new home and need a ...