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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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Circuit Load - With addittion of LED recessed and cabiniets lighting

I’m renovating my 1984 kitchen and I’m worried about exceeding the maximum load on the circuit. I’d like to add Recess Lighting and Upper/Below Cabinet Lighting as well. I know that 12 devices are ...
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Is my 4-way switch replacement job safe and up to code?

I recently replaced a 4-way light switch setup with a smart dimmer setup (GE Enbrighten 14294 and GE Add-On 12723) and wanted to check wanted to check that everything I did was safe and up to code (...
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BATHROOM ELECTRICAL

I currently have a light switch in my bathroom that controls the light and also the only outlet . Can I remove the bypass the switch so the outlet stays hot or do I need to run a new line for the ...
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What to ask an Electrician when upgrading a service and adding circuits for a kitchen remodel

I have a Federal Pacific Panel and I read that I need to replace ASAP. I’m getting some bids from several electricians. Can you please help me learn what I need to ask? In addition to replacing the ...
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How to fix old BX wires

I have a house that was built in 1923 which has the original BX armored cable throughout. At the switches, fixtures, and outlets, some of the cloth-over-rubber sheathing has become brittle, cracked, ...
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Screw Sizes for Electrical Connection box lids

Am having to install covers to several different types of electrical connections boxes in my house. Some are round, blue ones and some are a grayish tan with corners rounded. None of them have cover ...
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Can I tighten unused terminal screws on my outlets?

I bought some receptacle extenders in 1/4 and 3/8 to bring outlets more flush to drywall. The outlets have push-in connectors on the back. Is there any harm in screwing down the terminals screws on ...
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Can I use #8 copper to replace a #6 ground wire?

I need to replace the ground wire that runs from the panel to the rod embedded in earth. it looks like the existing wire is 6 g. i'm having trouble finding that gauge and wonder if I can use 8 gauge ...
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LED not working on some sockets

So I've gotten one of those wifibulbs that you can change the color through an app and all that. My problem was that it works with table lamps and standing lamps but it doesn't with the hanging ...
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How to Make extension for transformer Busbar [on hold]

I'm trying to make extension for transformer busbar to install CT's as attached picture but i have some concerns about if The ext. busbar will accept the wight of cables without any damage ? Check ...
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Replacing 2 split receptacles with 2 GFCIs

I have a similar situation to How do I install a GFCI receptacle with two hot wires and common neutral? in my kitchen. The solution looks good and I'm ready to go ahead, but with one reservation... ...
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Rewiring house and replacing breaker panel. Wiring layout and breaker selections

I'm doing a major kitchen and bathroom remodel project and decided the old federal pacific breaker box needs to be replaced. Since I'll be rewiring the bath and kitchen, I figured it makes sense to ...
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What does “No Other Outlets” mean for a kitchen 20A branch circuit?

I'm trying to wire my kitchen up to code, which means (based on the outlet spacing rules) I need 6 counter-top outlets. How many branch circuits do I need? When the NEC talks about the 2 "appliance" ...
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Unplugging Alarm System

The house I am had an alarm system put in when the house was being built. The previous owners of our house used it but we haven't and all its been is a pain in the butt. Before it would beep when ...
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Unexpected voltage with switch turned off

I am doing some work on a ceiling light and I notice that, even though the light-switch is off, my voltage tester shows voltage present. Answers to other questions (below) explain about phantom ...
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Running wire in basement with drop ceiling

I’m continuing on updating my basement and have a few questions I hope someone can answer since I’ve had luck here before. The basement has a drop ceiling too. The lighting used to be tracking ...
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While flipping breakers on and off, I had my hand shocked

Going through breakers on my panel my hand got shocked. Went to the off position and felt hot current go thru my hand. Nothing too bad, but made me jump. My panel is unlabeled, so I'm not sure what ...
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electrical - Basement stairs 3 way switch with 2 lights

Can anyone help with a solution? I have a 3 wire coming from a smoke detector in the basement into a switch at top of stairs (3wire providing the hot) and from that switch it feeds two light fixtures ...
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What is this copper-looking wire on my light fixture?

I had an electrician install two hanging pendants over a kitchen island. The install went well and the pendants work fine. However, after the install I've had an opportunity to look at the fixtures ...
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Bathroom GFCI trips when I plug into different outlet on separate breaker, but in same bathroom

My GFCI in my bathroom trips when I plug anything into another standard outlet across the room. They are on separate breakers. If I turn off the breaker that powers the GFCI, the other outlet works ...
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How can I stop my lights dimming when my Air Conditioning turns on?

I have no noticeable problems with my house's electricity, but when my Air Conditioner kicks in (and here in Central Texas, it kicks in year round) my lights dim for a second or so and then run ...
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Why does my laptop charger make a spark when plugged in?

From time to time (not always but often enough) when I plug my laptop's charger in the wall outlet it makes a spark (even if I use different outlets it's the same). Why does it do this? Is this a ...
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How to find leak in washing machine?

My Bosch WAS32783SN washing machine that is 7 years old, and often I get Error F-23, which according to this list is F23 is flood protection in base of machine activated. Pull machine forward onto ...
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Outlets for 2 sheds

I want to run a couple of lines from my main box, 1 for 50 amp for my RV and then I want to have 9 shop lights installed (4 to run on one switch and the other 5 on a second switch) and 5 110 outlets ...
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How can I check the wiring in my home?

I am renting a flat (in Germany, in case that matters), and since we moved in, within 7 months, 3 of our kitchen-appliances broke down with bad smell or even smoking. It did not happen AT ALL in the ...
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Power outage in one room

My roommates share a room and they have been experiencing frequent outtages that last anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour. There are 4 outlets in the room, and when this happens only 3 go out. No ...
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How to add a simmer function to an electric pot?

I have an electric pot that heats water quite quickly. It is either on or off, with no temperature control or simmer setting. It has an automatic shut off. Is there a device that can reduce power ...
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Why American homes are wired TNC-S and not TNC

I wonder why American buildings are mostly grounded TNCS and not just TNC. They have virtually no RCD protection, and also an RCD could work fin on TNC system as long as PE on outlet is connected on ...
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Confusing switch wiring… Need to repurpose the switch to power/control new light strip

I have a double gang box with two single pole switches in it. My goal is to re-purpose one of the switches to control a soon-to-be-installed strip light to be mounted on the wall. One of the existing ...
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Using 2 Separate NM Cables to Make 1 4-wire conductor?

I have 2 6/2 with ground cables installed in my attic. I got a oven that requires a 4 wire (2 hots, 1 neutral, 1 ground). Is it code to utilize the 2 insulated conductors off of 1 nm cable and 1 - off ...
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Cover deck - wiring options

I want to install fans in a covered deck. The room is timber beams and trying to hide wiring best I can. What options do I have, if I use UF-B can I cover with wiremold raceway (which would be ...
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Wiring ceiling fan/light properly on 2 different floors

I have a room with a cathedral ceiling and a mezzanine. On the ceiling I installed a ceiling fan with a light. I want to be able to control "three-way style" the fan and the light from the 2 floors (...
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Replacing GFCI and found two hot wires

I was testing the GFCI in my garage and the "test" button would not work. The receptacle had power but pushing the test button would not cut power. I turned off the breaker and took the receptacle ...
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garage outlets stopped working

So 3 outlets, and an exterior light (bulb is fine) in my garage stopped working. These outlets (and light) have been working fine for years, this is a recent development. I already toggled the circuit ...
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Can I operate a well pump with no pressure tank by using the breaker as a switch?

Working on my cabin. Have a drilled well about 100 feet away (maybe a bit more, uphill). 1 inch black PVC well pipe comes into dirt crawl space, pier construction, under cabin. I brought it ...
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What size wire gauge for 1000ft service run?

Want to run wire 1000 feet under ground from pole to house. Will be using 100 amp service single phase. Would like to know what size gauge of wire should I use.
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Can PVC Conduit be Used on an Unfinished Basement Wall?

I'm interested in installing outlets on my basement wall, and I saw that PVC conduit is available. Is this acceptable to use PVC conduit on unfinished basement walls?
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30 amp GFCI neutral

I recently swapped out a 40 amp breaker (previously for an oven/range) to a 30 amp GFCI, on the other end will be a L6-30 receptacle (2 hots, 1 ground). My question is what to do with the neutral wire ...
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Why is the neutral tied to ground in my home's electrical panel? [duplicate]

What keeps the Electric from shorting to ground? On my electric panel the Neutral is tied to the ground. The ground is a bare copper wire run back to my water main. a. Electricity chooses the path ...
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Can I run a 120v/15amp 120 watt Hard Wire towel rack connection to the existing GFCI within the same bathroom

Can I run a 120volt 120 watt Hard Wire towel rack connection to an existing GFCI with-in the same bathroom ?
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New oven to old junction box [duplicate]

I am connecting a new oven with 4 wires, black, white, red & copper to an existing junction box with 3 wires, white, black & copper. What goes where?? Any help is appreciated
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Figuring out electrical connections for THREE electric baseboard heaters with single pole thermostats

I recently purchased a home (triplex) and in the basement unit, which is a one bedroom apartment, there are three baseboard heaters (bedroom, washroom, and living room). The issue is that the living ...
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Why does this receptacle have the ground tied to the neutral?

I was replacing some outlets in my house with tamper-resistant ones, and came across one where the white and ground were wired together, as seen in this picture. Why? Is that okay or appropriate ...
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No neutral in metal switch box for three-way switches in an older 1930's home

This is a 1936 home in Virginia with BX wiring and metal switch and outlet boxes. We went to replace original three-way light switches located at the top and the bottom of the stairs controlling a ...
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Fix issue with 2 independent lights on single source

I inherited an electrical conundrum. In particular, two hallway lights on the main floor and upstairs, sharing a circuit and each independently controlled by two switches, both on the main floor. ...
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Can I use three phase existing wiring for a single phase a/c unit?

I am replacing an old 3 phase a/c unit with a new single phase a/c unit. Can I just use 2 of the three legs at existing unit disconnect to power the new single phase unit? Is that done by capping one ...
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Ceiling Fan Tripping breaker

I installed a new fan. Since I will be controlling the fan and light from the unit itself, I changed the existing fan controller on the wall to a 15/20 amp on/off switch. Going to the wall controller ...
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Commissioned to build a row of lights, want to make sure I'm doing it right/ no easier way

I'm building a set for a theater group and they want me to build a row of lights to go along with it. They want it to look as though a row of Edison lights, 5' high and sitting atop 1/2" black pipe, ...
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How can I remove a 240V heater to make 110V outlet

How do I remove a 240V baseboard heater and install a 110V wall outlet. 2 heaters are on the circuit. Both are being removed. On 20 amp double pole in breaker box with 2 wires. I want to remove that ...
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Why don't my devices have power after separating one room's wiring?

I’m rewiring an upstairs room so it is separate from the other three rooms and found two wires which are both black and separated from each other. One is hot and the other is not. After tracing it ...