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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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Wire type to outside box through wall

I'm sorting out some wiring at my Uncles house. There is a box outside that has two pvc conduits going in to it. Power in, and power out to the pool lights. This box also feeds in to the house via ...
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Basic electric transformer questions (ring doorbell install)

To make a long story short I am in the process of hooking up my ring door bell and I need to follow these instructions: (I want to wire directly to transformer) To my understanding I need to wire my ...
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What is best way to wire a ceiling receptacle in this situation?

I was trying to rewire this garage door opener where in current situation it is not code compliant to where it is. The picture above shows where a porcelain light socket was wired. I had hoped to use ...
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Can Romex (NM-B) be run through conduit?

A few days ago I asked an electrician if I could run Romex through conduit - he gave me a funny look and said "No, Romex is not allowed in conduit." When I searched online, there seems to be a wide ...
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Gas Oven Keeps Tripping GFCI (Moisture?)

My gas oven frequently trips my GFCI outlet. The GFCI outlet is upstream of the oven. Every outlet on that wall is on a shared circuit (I understand this is suboptimal, but I imagine there isn't a ...
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A light switch with current that has a red and black wire attached but does not control a light or receptacle

I recently purchased a used park model home, located in USA, with stick built attachment. I have a light switch ,with current, that does not control any light or receptacle,that I can find, in or ...
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How can I remotely turn on and off the heat to my ice house within a 2000 meter (1.243 mile) radius?

How can I remotely turn on and off the heat to my ice house within a 2000 meter (1.243 mile) radius? In order to turn on and off the heat at the ice house, I would have to turn on the propane tank ...
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How can I add a single pole switch next to a 3-way switch?

I currently have a 3-way circuit in the family room. I would like to install a 2 gang box @ one of the switch locations and add a single pole switch to control an exterior light. Can I wire the single ...
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60amp panel install in an attached garage, do I have my ducks in a row?

I have been considering putting a sub-panel out in my attached garage, wanted to know if I have all my ducks in a row before starting the process and pulling a permit. Items to be powered - Table ...
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Wiring a Tesla Powerwall into an Existing Solar Install

I've been looking at the cost and feasibility of augmenting my existing 5kWh solar install with battery-backed storage to shift usage of the solar power that I generate to more useful times of the day/...
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Are there any QO boxes with the neutral screws along the breakers like the Homeline?

I am having my panel replaced with a panel that has more real estate as well as having my Knob and Tube replaced. Currently I have an older 24 Circuit/Spot Square D QO box. I would like to reuse some ...
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Ceiling fan and light Installation

Our home was built in the mid 60's. I am trying to install a new fan/light assembly. Currently there are two brown wires and one red wire coming out of the ceiling box. At the very back of the box, I ...
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Why is one mounting screw left behind each electrical panel's cover?

I have three electrical panels in the house and with each one, one of the face screws is under the cover as seen in the picture. So it's clearly intentional. What's the purpose of it?
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Low voltage track lighting flashing at low frequency

I have two sets of track lighting on the same switch, and one of the tracks flashes at a low frequency at seemingly random times. Video of the behavior. Some relevant details: The two tracks are on ...
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How can I connect a replacement ballast to my single-pin fixture?

I have an old ballast gone bad in and 8ft t12 fixture. I have a replacement ballast but it is a single pin bulb. The old ballast has 1 red 1 blue 1 black and 1 white new ballast has 2 red 2 blue 2 ...
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Ceiling fan gets voltage but lights do not turn on

I just connected a new ceiling fan with lights and the lights and fan won't turn on. I tried to hunt down the problem and used a non contact voltage detector and the voltage does flow to the wires on ...
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using a relay to swich between main and solar power

I have both solar and mains voltage at my house and since the solar isn't enough to continuously power the house , we switch between it and mains when there is less sun.I was hoping to make an ...
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Switches in other bedrooms turning on different lights after I put new light up

I recently put up a light in my bedroom but the switches in other rooms now turn on different lights, there are 9 wires altogether coming through the ceiling, 3 earth which are connected together, 3 ...
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How do I make this wiring inside cabinet safer?

tl;dr: How do I make this wiring meet code, or at least safer? The pic below is inside one of my kitchen cabinets. Once upon a time the stove was located below these cabinets, and that wire must have ...
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Wiring 4 gang box

I habe done some renovations in my bedroom/bathroom and while doing so I had to remove the 4 gang box for the lights in my bathroom. Now I'm in the process of hooking the switches back up to the power ...
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Cutting stainless steel vent chimney to fit sloped ceiling

Looking for thoughts on how to cut a stainless steel hood vent chimney to match the profile of a angled/sloped ceiling. BEHIND the drywall is 1” of insulation and then the roof. Should this be done ...
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Why is are the lights in my 60 year old house flickering?

My lights will flicker throughout the house when I have a lot on. Also, the ceiling fan will go (beep, beep BEEP beep) then reverse all by itself when the bathroom light is turned on down the hall. ...
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Do I need to upgrade my panel?

So I went to look at my father in law’s panel, and as far as I can see, they look like they’re trying to draw too much amperage from the panel. Does anything look amiss here?
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Bathroom outlet

Our portable AC unit has been plugged into our bathroom for several years. It's now tripping the main breaker. The bathroom outlet has a breaker but it's not tripping it. I think it needs to be ...
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Why does my light box have 2 cables for this one switch?

Took down a ceiling fixture and discovered what looks like a possible switch loop, except I don’t understand how the connection gets completed with the current set up. Basically, 2 lines coming into ...
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Can a buried electric line cross a buried sewer line?

What are the code requirements for crossing a buried electric line (from meter to panel) with a sewage line?
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Is fine stranded wire ok for main supply line?

I’m changing the load panel in a mobile home with additions to gain additional circuits. Outside a few feet from home is the service pole with meter and a 100 amp disconnect. I became concerned ...
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GFCI breaker is tripping when it rains on completely internal circuit

I have a three story house. The first floor is an apartment that is completely covered by the second floor. It has it's own panel which is inside the apartment and mostly uses GFCI breakers. There ...
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3-way switches don't have power

My house is 100 years old. Two bulbs (one on the first and one on the second floor) are controlled by two switches (one on the first floor and one on the second). I checked the both switches. They ...
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How should I use the ground wire for this welder?

So I want to use "ol big red", my trusty arc welder in my new home. I intend to use the electric range circuit since we have a gas range. I re-routed the range wire and was about to hook it back up ...
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Is voltage on the ground conductor a sign of short circuit?

When we touch the ground wire(!) on some of our power outlets, the tester lights up. Not as bright as when touching the live wire and the circuit breaker doesn't tip, but there is definitely "...
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What is the power consumption of my LG refrigerator?

Can you help me find out what is my lg fridge wattage from the attached pictures? These are pictures for all the stickers on my fridge. Unfortunately I cannot find the manual. The reason i am asking ...
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Switch a condenser dryer from drawer to pipe

How does one switch a condenser (ventless) dryer such as the Electrolux edc78550w from collecting the water in the drawer to pushing it through the back pipe?
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light switch trips breakers at random, but never itself

I recently installed a monorail lighting kit in my home office; I wanted another spot-light which meant I need to swap out the included transformer to something that would allow more than 100 watts. ...
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How to change switched outlets to half switched and half always hot [duplicate]

I'm trying to make my two switched outlets to be half hot. I tried breaking the brass tab on outlet 1 to accomplish that but that didn't work. It only made one receptacle work from the switch while ...
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Did I replace receptacle with exact same configuration?

I recently changed a few receptacles and am seeking confirmation that I duplicated functionality in one particular receptacle. This receptacle is in the middle of a circuit. It had 2 screws for ...
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Sealant for external outlet

What type of sealant should I use for this? I'm assuming 100% silicone.
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Garden light connected to main lounge light stopped working

I have recently moved into a new property and all light fittings came with no shaders/were pretty basic. I have then proceeded to (safely) remove the light fitting of the living room, replaced it with ...
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Standard 15A circuit breaker trips randomly under no load

A few months ago I came home and turned on a light switch with no result. Checked the breaker panel and found the a lighting circuit breaker tripped. It reset with no issue. A few days/weeks go ...
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Adding a switch and receptacle

I have a pull chain light in my shed. Power comes in to the light. I want to add a switch to the light so I don't have to use the pull chain. Is it possible to run electricity down to a 2 gang box and ...
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Replacing light fixture from 2 wires and ground to 2 wires only

I want to change a chandelier with 2 wires and ground to a small 2 wire with no ground light. Is this safe and possible? It is also on a three way switch..
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Replacing a ceiling fan with light kit on 3-way circuit

How do I wire a replacement ceiling fan on a 3-way circuit? I have four supply wires; red, white, black and ground. Do I just hook it up the way the old fan was wired or is there any rewiring i need ...
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LED lights strip quickly flashes and goes off

I've just recently constructed some cut to size RGB LED strips to fit around some shelves using T & L connectors. When I finished and connected the 12v adapter to turn them on, all the LEDs ...
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Identify older breaker type. Pictures

Older house built in florida in 1950's. states it was "rewired" at some point. Looking to add a breaker. and do some shopping Wondering if someone can ID these breakers so i know what im looking ...
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How to split a circuit

I have a one floor house with semi finished basement. On the main floor the Living room, Bath, 2 Bedrooms, garage and Microwave outlets are on 1 circuit. If I go to skinny breakers I have room to run ...
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Why is attic wire controlled by two circuit breakers?

I live in a condo built in the late 70s. I'm installing a ceiling fan in the master bedroom and need to run electricity to it. I went in the attic and there is an existing romex wire near the ...
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Washing machine housing is electrified

If I bring my non-contact voltage tester within about an inch of any part of my washing machine's metallic housing, it beeps. If I touch the machine, the tester stops beeping, but I don't feel a ...
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LED light turns on

I have an led light in the ceiling fan in a bedroom that turns on at will. I thought it was the bulb needing replacing but I’ve replaced the bulb and still middle of the night the light turns on by ...
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Garage Light mystery

I have 4 fluorescent fixtures in my garage and one was broken, so I replaced it. But now 2 of them will not turn on even though there is 120v going to each one. So, I replaced both of those and they ...