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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Lights stopped working

I have 2 flush mount led lights in my kitchen....rental. Last night, they stopped turning on. When I went up to poke around and touched them, they lit but very very dim. If I touch the mounting screw ...
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Tap into an Electrical Wire Under a Raised Cottage

I have a raised cottage that is exposed underneath. There is an nmd90/Romex/indoor-rated electrical wire running along one of the joists below it. I realize that isn't up to current code, but it isn'...
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How to wire 3 hots / 3 neutrals into this new TR outlet with 2 screws?

I'm redoing some of the outlets in our house, as they are pretty loose. Some of these have been really easy, but I came across one today where there were 3 hots and 3 neutrals. All 3 were going into ...
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200Amp Panel upgrade, Flush panel to Surface mount

I'm looking to get my house panel upgraded from a 100 amp FPE firestarter panel to new Square D Panel. The panel I want to use is surface mount and the one built into the house in the 1970's is flush ...
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Power tripped whilst drilling a wall. Restores ok, but is it safe?

Extremely stupid of me I know, but I was hanging a wall clock in the kitchen in a hurry using a corded drill plugged into a socket directly below the clock. I was drilling slowly through the brick ...
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How do I connect surface wireway to a breaker box?

I am running Legrand/Wiremold 4000 series for a garage shop. The instructions for the panel connector (4086A) consist of a tiny picture that implies all I need to do is cut a large square hole in my ...
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Why does a breaker buzz when you turn it on?

I've had an issue recently where turning on the light in one room occasionally turns off the power in that breaker. The breaker doesn't actually appear to be tripped, but resetting the breaker will ...
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Connection for a 2 switch ceiling fan additional question [duplicate]

So I separate the 2 white wires and label the hot one black? How do I determine the hot white wire without a tester? Thank you guys for your help!
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Did the handyman screw up or is there something wrong with my AC unit?

My landlord recently hired someone to install a common wire from my Goodman AC unit on the roof down to where the thermostat is. The current thermostat works fine, but is non programmable and battery ...
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Replacing a kitchen exhaust fan

Here's an exhaust fan in the ceiling of a kitchen that's probably around 40-50 years old: A non-contact voltage detector shows that the fan does get power when the wall switch is flipped on. However ...
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3 cables into a 2 switch box

My breaker keeps tripping because of this wiring and/or faulty switches and now with a new switch, my ceiling fan won’t turn but the light still works and it still trips. I’m trying to figure out how ...
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Fast flickering LED kitchen light fixture

I have a LED kitchen light fixture which has been working great for around 18 months. There's no dimmer on it and it's controlled by a standard light switch. A couple of days ago it started flickering ...
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Fan with Remote issue

I just got a fan that came with a remote. I have one wall that has 2 switches 1 for the light and 1 for the fan. You can also turn that same light on from 2 other switches. I wired everything up, ...
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pool pump wiring size

The pump is 115v 9 amp draw. The run length from breaker box to outlet is between 70 and 75'. I have a coil of 14/2 left over from my barn wiring project. I've done some online checking and think I am ...
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Why is the non-contact voltage detector beeping over large area of a wall?

Before drilling a wall (drywall at the surface; not sure what's beneath) separating the bathroom from the corridor, I took a multimeter with a non-contact voltage (NCV) detector to check that the ...
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Power surge upstairs, all power out, 1 outlet sizzling

Basically my upstairs room surged while I was in it and the entire upstairs power went out, 1 outlet in my room was literally sizzling or arcing but never burst into flames. Unplugging everything from ...
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Pendant light cord too long

How would you shorten a pendant lamp's electrical cable? It's a USA home from the 1920s. The question has been asked before, but wrapping an electrical cable around a metal caribeaner seems dangerous....
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Fan power/speed switch grounding

I'm making an AC unit out of a cooler, a fan, a PVC tube, and some ice. I'd like to take the fan off of the base, but its power/speed switch is screwed into it. Does this provide grounding or does the ...
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First time changing switches and outlets (receptacles). Anything special I should know?

I am replacing a bunch of switches and receptacles in my house. While I understand the basics, this is pretty much my first electrical project, and I figure there must be some hidden "gotchas" or ...
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3-way switches no longer serving their purpose

I apologise if there is an answer to my question in one of the other multiple 3 way switch questions, but if there is I couldn't find it. I just bought an old house, built in 1967. I'm replacing the ...
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Why do these LED light bulbs flicker when my remote control has turned them off?

I bought some LED lights for my candelabra in my master bedroom. They're E12 bulbs (I think, since they do fit). Incandescents worked fine before. When I put these LEDs in there, they flicker when ...
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Replacing an old 4 way toggle by leviton 4 way switch

There are 2 white wires on one side, 1 red on top and 1 black on bottom on other side, there is no ground/green screw as it is very old. I transferred all the wires one from the old switch to their ...
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Can I use one 3-phase circuit to power 2 separate machines?

NYC. We have 208V "Wye" 3-phase. I have two devices - a dryer and a water heater. Each takes 208V single-phase. I am also considering an air conditioning unit that will also take 208V. All are 23A ...
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Combining wires from two breakers to one appliance?

I have a wall oven and a microwave oven, connected to 30A and 20A breakers respectively, and both are 240V. Now I'm thinking of replacing it with another double-oven model that runs a single wire ...
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Enclosing cable run through living space

I will be installing a 230v 20a outlet. To run the cable, it will run down the wall of my living room (brick house). The cable will be 10/3 cable (the orange plastic wrapping). What is the proper way ...
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Any way to meet code with 40.7% or 40.44% conduit fill?

I’m running conduit along the walls in my shop (in a commercial warehouse) to provide power to some machines and additional outlets. The service is 3 phase, 208 V, 100 A. One of the machines requires ...
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Running electrical on outside of house

I need to convert an outlet to 230V 15A for a window AC. Unfortunately the outlet is on the second floor, outside wall of a solid brick house. I’m considering punching a hole through the back of the ...
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What would cause a circuit to become hot when a breaker is turned off?

First thing, I"m not an electrician but have some electrical knowledge. I'm renting in a house and am trying to help the owner with some issues. This is an older house that has a combination of old ...
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tankless water heater with four lugs

I'm replacing a old tankless with a new one. The old one is wired with 240 on two 60 amp breakers. It had two lug connects along with a ground. The new heater is 4 lugs and requires two 60 amp ...
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Putting a sub panel for a home office/bedroom?

Recently, our neighborhood had a power outage for a few days. Causing my office/bedroom to lose power completely which was a bit of an inconvenience. Out of curiosity, I began googling about ...
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Running EMT conduit through soffit into attic

I am running a couple of new circuits to the bathroom which will involve running THHN wires through the emt conduit. The problem is that my panel is on the exterior wall and the conduit will need to ...
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Electrical meter running through eves

I had an electrician in to rewire my house and upgrade my electrical box. The electrician mentioned we needed to love the box from the original position. When the box was moved, they cut a hole in my ...
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NEMA 6-15 to NEMA 6-20 A/C unit

My energy provider sent me a WiFi A/C system to hook up to my window unit, however, I cannot plug it into my wall because I appear to have a NEMA 6-15 outlet that matches the plug on my A/C unit and ...
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Damaged steel wire armoured cable

There is a steel wire armoured cable (SWA) in my back garden that was put there by the previous owner. One end leads to the fuse board but is currently disconnected. The other end is loose at the edge ...
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Multiple GFCI receptacles, Fridge is tripping one it ins't plugged into

I recently put a fridge in my garage, the outlet I am using I discovered is on the same circuit as the bathroom indoors across a hall. I believe the previous owner installed it as he is a 'contractor' ...
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Adding gfci reset

The house we bought has both bathroom receptacles on one gfci circuit. Meaning that if you trip the circuit, you have to reset in the hall bath. Can I change out one of the receptacles in the master ...
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Does this violate electrical code? (UF run plugged into GFCI to use smart outlet)

I built a deck on the back of my house last year and installed a new breaker and a handful of outdoor electrical outlets. I wanted one outdoor outlet to be switchable via a smart outlet, but my smart ...
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Remaining AC Voltage [duplicate]

So I have a three switch box and one goes to a light/receptacle outlet on the wall. The other two go to my ceiling fan. When I read the wires out when they are switched off I get 0vac. When I turn ...
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Do I need to be legally qualified to install a Hive smart thermostat?

As a competent DIY'er, am I legally allowed to install Hive myself? The reason for the question is I have been asked to provide a cert as I'm selling the house. If not, can someone point me in the ...
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Splicing or Extending 2.5mm2 Twin & Earth (UK)

I am trying to install a WiFi connected smart switch to control a ceiling light. The wall box is too shallow to accommodate this, so I need to install it inline. To do this, I need to move the circuit ...
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Switching to three-prong outlets where ground wire is present

(I absolutely welcome suggestions for improved title – there's two facets to this question) I have a 1960s home with a few three prong receptacles and many two prong receptacles. I read some online ...
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Why did my leaking pool light trip the circuit breaker, but not the GFCI?

This is, I am sure, an extremely naive question. I hope that's okay (and I hope it can be answered at a level I'll understand). The background: My swimming pool has underwater light fixtures, on ...
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Uninstalled Smart Thermostat wiring now AC won’t turn on. Please help!

I disconnected my previously working ecobee to go back to traditional non WiFi Honeywell thermostat that was installed before the ecobee3. The Heat works good but when I try to turn on AC it just won’...
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No power to outlets

Four outlets in my kitchen suddenly have no power. One is a GFCI, so I thought that was the problem when I could not get it to reset. After buying a replacement, I checked the outlet and found it had ...
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Converting a switched outlet to always on, using switch for new ceiling fan

I am trying to install a new ceiling fan in a bedroom where there currently is no light fixture in the ceiling at all, and have that fan be controlled by an existing light switch in the room that, ...
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What type of terminal block is this?

It doesn't seem to have screws nor a button. I need to rewire the cables because of them started to split. Any ideas how to get it out?
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Only 2 wires! - Replacing old 240v double pole t-stat with new digital double pole

I'm replacing a old Eaton M402 mechanical 2-pole 240v thermostat with a Cadet TH114A-240D-B double pole, 240v DIGITAL tstat. In the junction box, I only have 2 conductors plus ground. I was ...
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3 wire 240 double pole breaker to. 110v single pole breaker

I have 3 wire ( black, white,green) 240 on a double pole breaker. White and black wire connected to breaker green to neutral bar. Want to convert to 120v single pole breaker. Which wire do I connect ...
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Why am I getting an electric shock from the water in my hot tub?

I have noticed that when I touch the water of my Hot Tub when I am grounded (barefoot standing outside of tub) I am getting a very small electric shock. Using a multimeter it is reading 2Vac between ...
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My outlets have ground wires twisted together and bonded to the metal box, but not the outlet. Is this ok?

In my home, I've been replacing the outlets. The old ones are so loose that things don't stay plugged in! While doing this, I noticed that the ground wire(s) in every outlet are twisted together and ...