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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How to safely and legally join building wire behind drywall

I had a small kitchen fire and the electrical wire behind the drywall in my kitchen melted. What is the best way to safely and legally (to code) rejoin the wire?
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Is there such a thing like low profile/depth electrical box to install a power outlet on a cinder wall that has no framing?

I have a small section of a wall that has just like 1.5-2" of styrofoam insulation and then it will be drywall on top of it This is because it is an old toilet drain that was put there close to ...
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Random tripping at house DB not at complex DB

We live in a community setup where a main feeder cable comes in from the street (city supply) and then is split up to each housing unit (blue on sketch). Between this point where the electricity is ...
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Minimum distance from a water pipe to a junction box

Is there any minimum distance required between a junction box and copper water pipes? This is in an exposed basement ceiling and the box is near a couple of 1/2" water lines. There is currently ...
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Wiring for smart ceiling fan with AC adapter

I have a Carro smart ceiling fan with a light and remote with two wall switches. The wiring from the ceiling is red, black, white and ground; there is an AC adapter pack plug in from the fan as well ...
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Can I branch off my main service, just past the meter base?

Can you branch off your main electrical service line to 3 beaker panels? 1 for the house, 1 for a shed and 1 for a shop. The house has a 200 amp breaker panel, the shed now has a sub panel powered ...
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Can my panel support a 60A circuit for EV charging?

I’m awaiting an EV I ordered, and in order to prepare for it, need to install a 240V outlet in my garage. The circuit would be for a 'Ford Connected Charge Station': 60A breaker (240V, 2 pole, 60 Hz) ...
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Can a circuit with three-ways be split in two branches?

I have a circuit like this: panel ======= three-way (1) ============ three-way (2) ===== ceiling-mounted fixture I would like to have another fixture a bit further, with its own new three-way, but ...
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New 115v air conditioner burnt by a 240v outlet - is it fixable?

First I'd have to admit my own ignorance and did not notice an AC outlet in my house is 240v, before I plugged in a brand new 115v window unit only to destroy it. Is this broken AC fixable, typically/...
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Bathroom fan fluctuates in power when using countdown timer switch

I just installed this new fan in the bathroom: Utilitech Ventilation Fan 1.5-Sone 100-CFM White Bathroom Fan However, if I use regular toggle switch, it works fine. But if I use countdown timer ...
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Can I use the metal cladding of a cable as ground for this range installation?

I have a pre-existing #6-3 cable (without ground) with metal cladding on a 50-A two-pole circuit that was wired into a range. As shown in the photo, this cable has only black, red, and white ...
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Can an outdoor receptacle be supplied through a GFCI in a bathroom?

My parents just bought a house that is still under the original warranty. There is a standard GFCI outlet in one of the bathrooms with outlets in the other two bathrooms connected to the load side of ...
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How do I determine the earthing arrangement for my outbuilding?

I have an outbuilding, which I believe is earthed by a TT system (because it's not bonded to the supply earth and has an RCD), but I can't find any earth inspection point. Is there an easy way for me ...
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Nest needs C wire - Goodman PGB024075-1

Complete novice here trying to install a Nest thermostat in our new home. I hooked everything up according to the Nest guide, but the thermostat gave a power/battery error message. I've gathered that ...
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How to wire 2 lights to one switch

Ontario code now requires 14/3 between the switch and the light. Can someone provide a diagram showing how to wire 2 lights controlled by one switch with power coming into the switch & 14/3 ...
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Lightly loaded breakers kicking off when hydro restored after outage

Breakers kicking off right away when power is restored after a hydro outage . Most are lightly loaded, Example-air exchanger , gas fireplace .Both of these have there own breakers. No problems with ...
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Install recessed lights and chandelier with 3-way switches

I am remodeling my entry way and dining room to give a more open feel. Existing: 15 Amp breaker 12-2 Feed directly from the box two gang box outside of the kitchen 1 standard switch and 1 three ...
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Can I use a 18AWG wire to connect a low current (LED) light to the ceiling?

I bought a LED ceiling light with the following specifications: Wattage: 15W Voltage: 100-240V AC Current: 73mA The product doesn't come with cables, and the instructions say "use a cable that ...
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How to convert Monte Carlo 3 speed fan and light remote to two wall switches

This Monte Carlo ceiling fan has 3 wires for motor speed control and is designed to use the remote. Wires are labeled - Motor one, motor 2 motor 3. I do not want to use the remote. I have two wall ...
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What is the appropriate fitting to connect an armored cable to this stand-alone receptacle product?

I have a pre-existing #6-3 armored cable (without a separate ground conductor), as shown here: I am replacing the range this was connected to, and would like to provide a 4-wire connection via a 14-...
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Recessed lighting flickers when ceiling fan turns off

my home is going through a reno and in my living room I had a ceiling fan/light combo that was wired to separate switches. We had an electrician add recessed lighting to the room and had those ...
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I am trying to provide keypad access to a remote gasoline pump at a golf course [closed]

I have 120Volt power to the pump. I would like to interrupt this power and have a keypad switch on the power for appoximately 15Min. for each authorized user. I realize a may need a contacter to ...
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GFI Outlet Tripping (A/C and Extension Cord)

Looking for any insight on my situation: I have an A/C unit that is rated 15A, 1240W, 115V. Since all of the bedroom and living room outlets in my apartment are all on the same 15A breaker, I decided ...
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How to measure voltage AC using multi-meter

In the process of looking at why my doorbell is not working, I used a multi-meter to check Voltage AC. (I am very basic at electricals though). How would you check the voltage AC on a wire? Where ...
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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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SER cable Through Crawl Space (encapsulated)

Situation: I am moving my main electrical panel 200A to a utility room at back of the house. Given this new distance, an outside disconnect will be installed, technically rendering the new indoor ...
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Need help with electrical wiring for lights

I disconnected my basement light wire by accident. In my spare room upstairs I had no light. I had this wall switch which controlled the receptacle instead. I decided to install a ceiling light using ...
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Doorbell Voltage Drops at Transformer

All, I replaced my doorbell transformer and got 22V (which was odd since it is supposedly a 16V transformer) with no wires connected to the transformer. As soon as I connect the wires to the ...
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Retrofit ground wire from water main ground

I am replacing an old oven. It is currently wired with 3 wire (AL SE cable) and has no dedicated ground run. I would like to install a proper 4 wire outlet for the new range. Am I allowed to use the ...
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Light switches On in the Off position and Vice Versa

Good Morning, I have a Levitron Two Position switch, which switches on in the OFF position. I know a cheap fix is to just turn the switch around, but there is a label at the bottom of the switch that ...
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Avoiding circuit overload with primary + battery backup sump?

In a two-pump, battery-backed sump system, how do people avoid excessive power draw when the battery charger and primary pump want to run at the same time? I'm imagining a post-hurricane scenario: The ...
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Power bar with manual reset to protect from “flash on” during power outage

We have frequent power outage in our area, and the power often glitches on (flashes on) during the black out. This causes problems with our home electronics: TV, router etc.. as some devices, when ...
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Can I upgrade from a 240V 30A circuit to a 240V 50A circuit?

I have a new range with a NEMA 14-50P plug. I find my 240V receptacle is for a dryer, with the top blade a 90° one. So I need to change the receptacle out. However, I think my range needs 50 Amps, and ...
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Can I repurpose an unused 6" radon pipe as an electrical conduit?

When the house was built, 3 radon pipes were installed between the basement and the attic. They are 6" PVC plastic are completely within the walls of the home except for their ends. Only one of ...
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What is this electrical tool?

Can anyone tell me what this might be used for? I found it in a box with some other electrical things, but I don't recall when I got it. It might have come with another tool like a soldering iron. ...
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Securing and Attaching Home Electrical Mast

I was recently notified by my electrical company that the electrical mast routing electricity from overhead wires into my house was in not in compliance for permanent service. The problem is that "...
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Converting pendant light to wired hanging lamp - what to do with ground wire?

The short: what to do with ground wire from pendant light when converting to hanging lamp? The long: I've found several tutorials on how to add a plug to my wired pendant light, and I've determined ...
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How close can CAT6 run to electrical?

I've run CAT6 throughout my house, mostly in the basement where the TV area and office are. I have a cable that goes upstairs to my bedroom along the chimney from the basement to feed a wireless ...
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Can I use an existing Ground Rod for Sub-Panel in Detached Garage (Meter box is using the rod currently)

Two buildings: Home and Detached Garage (circa '04 US). Service comes in through a Meter on the Garage to a PVC conduit into the Main box in the home (Single phase 240V with Neutral). In the main box ...
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3 way switch with 3 black wires

i have 2 3 way switches in the kitchen. One has black, black, black and red wires. WTF. don't even know where to start except the red goes on a brass colored screw?
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If I split a 240v 30amp (has neutral) circuit into two 20amp 120v circuits, would that count as two 20-amp branch circuits to meet code?

I have an extra 240v 30amp outlet in my kitchen that was originally for my dryer. I know how I would be able to split it, but I am not sure if it would fulfill the code requirement: Countertop ...
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Coil of the cooking heater overheats and burn out very often?

The coil usually burn at the points circled in red near the power connection. We have 240V electric supply.which the wire support it says.we don't have switch for ON-OFF for heater,we just use hooking....
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Powering LED strip lights at two different brightness

The Plan I am working on finishing my basement and planning on installing LED strip lights inside a lowered crown facing up. Now where it gets complicated. I'd like the lights to have a dim setting ...
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Light fixture wiring - black to black, or white to black?

USA - I’m installing a new ceiling light fixture in a bathroom. The instructions (and every how-to video I watched) said to connect white to white (neutral) and black to black (hot). However, when I ...
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4 way circuit with two 4 way switches

I have a 4 way circuit (3 physical toggle switches). I am use to seeing this setup with two 3-ways and a 4-way in the middle. Looking at what I have, I have a 3-way, and two 4-way switches! All 4 ...
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Why would my microwave continually rotate when connected to a voltage stabilizer which is also used for a refrigerator?

When I connected my microwave oven to a voltage stabilizer which is being used for refrigerator,the microwave oven motor starts working without any functions provided.The motor keeps on rotating at ...
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Ceiling fan lights brighten when fan turned on

The LED lights bulbs in my ceiling fan all went dim this week. The lights themselves are OK because they work fine in other lamps. When I turn on the fan, though, the lights go back to original ...
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Why are there 2 wires taped together? 2 white and 2 black

I'm switching out all my outlets and found that every white and black wire has an additional one taped to it. What is the reason for this and should I redo the connections with caps?
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Is my new monitor tripping my AFCI breaker?

I just bought a new computer monitor last night (a Viotek GN34C) and since then, the 15A AFCI breaker for my bedroom has gone off twice. I doubt I'm drawing too much power, since only my PC, monitor, ...
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NM-B Romex going through conduit raceway to external breaker box. Not code compliant?

I recently noticed one connection in my breaker box where 12/2 Romex exits the house in a conduit and enters the breaker box. The breaker box is on the external wall of the house. I thought this was ...

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