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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 Fails when wires capped but not when light is inline

curious to hear your thoughts. It's on old 1960's house and I can't trace all the wiring. In the diagram: when the porcelain single bulb light is hooked-up the Black and dotted white wire, the light ...
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Minimum clearance between tree branches and overhead electrical (Indiana)

What is Indiana code for minimum clearance between power lines overhead and tree branches? I was able to find some things talking about how high cables should be off the ground, but nothing about tree ...
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Connecting a shaver socket

I would like to install a shaver socket in my bathroom and the closest power supply is the bathroom light switch. Instead of lifting all of the loft insulation to find the lighting junction box, is ...
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Are USB sockets on wall outlets live all the time, even when the switch is off?

I got a USB wall socket fitted. When it was installed, I tested the USB port with a tester with the switches off, but the USB outlet was live. Is this normal?
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Are there vampire-like power sockets?

I will be renovating my apartment (not by myself) and one of the issues I constantly face are power sockets: the place where I intended them to be ends up being the worst one (the majority hidden ...
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Wiring Advice for Pole Barn

I am looking to wire a pole barn. To avoid trenching from the box at the meter. I am wondering if I can put a 100 amp breaker in my 200 amp box in my house and pull from there. If so, what size of ...
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How to properly install a Hayward Colorlogic Light Controller…?

Trying to swap out an existing pool light switch with a new LED light w/ inclusive switch. The old switch was a standard toggle switch, 3 wires (meaning the outlet is wired white, black, ground) . ...
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Adding an outlet to a 3 way switch on 'far' end

I'd like to add an outlet near a 3-way-switch as it's the closest potential source. My issue is that there is no constant load at this location; when I toggle the other switch the red and black wires ...
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2 pole 15 amp breaker off of a 2 pole 20 amp breaker

I have a 4 wire 220v circuit coming from my main box with the power running through a 2 pole 20 amp circuit breaker. I now need 2 110v circuits near that 220 line. I want to put in a load center where ...
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Adding 2 X GFCIs to protect Switched and Unswitched Hot sharing same Neutral and Ground

I currently have a switched and un-switched hot running underground in conduit sharing the same neutral and ground. Its important to note that they are both on the same circuit. Basically I have 4 ...
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New fuse box installed, tripping!

Recently had a new fuse box installed, apparently we had a very old system that wouldn’t pass the safety check. Had no problem with the old system, but the new one has tripped the sockets/cooker, the ...
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Safe to put nail into drywall when stud finder finds “live voltage”?

I'm trying to hang a calendar on the drywall. Tried 3M small Command hook, but it falls off after a few days. Now I'm considering to use a nail or a drywall hook like this. I used a stud finder ...
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Regarding GFCI outlets

When a GFCI outlet trips, does it open both the hot and the neutral, or only the hot? An outlet beyond the GFCI outlet has an open neutral and I wonder if that is normal when a GFCI trips?
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Touch Lamps & Static Electricity

We have 6 identical table lamps in our home that are touch lamps. We have used them for three years. One evening recently my husband touched the lamp on his bedside table and there was a small static ...
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electrical wiring from pole to house

Just bought a house where electrical wires from pole first goes to detached garage. Main breaker is there in the garage. But it should be in the house. Who is responsible for this incorrect wiring. If ...
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Voltage difference to pool motor

At my house the load center has two blue wires going to the pool pump panel. At the load center the voltage between these two blue wires is 240V. At the other end of the blue wires it measures 127V ...
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Help - Light switches

My basement is long and mostly finished- There are three light switches at both ends, I built a bedroom in the centre of the room, so I moved the lights and tried to put a new light switch for four ...
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Can a standard outlet be protected by a GFCI outlet?

Kitchen sink: on one side is a Gfi outlet, the other has a non gfi outlet. Both are wet areas, but through some kind of technical wiring, both outlets are protected by the single GFI unit and ...
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Wiring for smart switches

Can anyone tell me what the blue and yellow wires are? I know the red is the hot. Is the blue or yellow wire a neutral wire?
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Sub Panel for Floating Boathouse/Dock

I am upgrading the electrical service to a floating boat dock in a home I purchased last year. The lake is managed by the Army Corps of Engineers and has specific regulations I'm required to follow. ...
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Range box wires only

Wiring a new range when your box had three wires and no plug. I have a new Kitchenaid induction range. My old range was directly wired with no plug. Wires were twisted together and a nut was placed ...
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Service Entrance Breakers Rain Shield

This is our townhouse (5 house) service entrance. We only put plastic sheet above to partially cover it from rain, but when it is strong, the breakers got wet (this being going on for the past 20 ...
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is it permitted to invert the line/neutral polarity on an AC->DC power supply?

I'm trying to work through the parts required for an LED strip light project. I'm considering this power supply as the driver, driving about 20' of 24V LED strip. I've worked with similar but ...
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No Power at Switched Outside Outlet

I have a switched outside outlet (the switch is inside and the conduit runs underground to the outlet). When I flip the switch, my voltage reader reads power at the switch. However, when I test the ...
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Trying to replace a cracked light switch for my bathroom lighting

The existing light switch once I removed it from the junction box has three black wires. There is no white nor green for ground connected to the existing switch. I see white wires bundled in the back ...
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Old electrical box - how to cover?

I'm replacing and old Rittenhouse doorbell transformer as part of a smart doorbell upgrade. My problem is that the screw spacing of the cover (of which the transformer is embedded) doesn't seem to ...
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3-way switch and top only hot outlet troubleshooting

We're trying to fix some electrical issues done by our house's previous owners and while doing so, somehow we lost the ability to control the top half of our outlets using a light switch. Long story ...
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How can I hook up a second light when the first lacks enough power?

I added a light to my shower. I ran wiring from new light to an existing single switch intending to add a second switch, but the existing switch only has one set of wires coming directly from an ...
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Dryer only getting 120v

There is something wrong with my dryer/electrical and I just can't figure out what it is. Is this a dryer issue or an electrical issue? I just need to know who I should call to fix it. I did all I'm ...
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replace both thermostat element; My wires incoming are 220/240 but is 120 volt tank

Can I replace both thermostat element on electric water heater? My wires incoming are 220/240 but my water heater is 120 volt tank; In need of help to know if I can do this safely.Thank to all of ...
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No ground on any receptacles in my entire house?

I noticed one of my surge protectors didn't have the ground indicator light on. I tested each receptacle with a tester and every single one in the house said "bad ground". I confirmed the tester ...
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Replacing a 1963 GE 125 Amp, 240V service panel [duplicate]

In a recent question I asked about finding parts for my old 1960s electrical panel. I've given up on finding parts, and this new question is about replacing it with a new, modern panel: One of the ...
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How can I figure out cordless drill terminal polarities?

I just got this Black and Decker SS18 drill and wanted to run it with my existing batteries but the drill has no polarity markings. Anyway to figure out which terminal is which?
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No C terminal on furnace to connect a wifi thermostat

I have an new Emerson thermostat and would like to connect a c wire so it always has power. I have an extra wire that's not being used, but I don't have a C wire terminal on my furnace. I'm wondering ...
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Running 240v power to detached garage for electric vehicle

We have a detached garage approx 95ft away from the main house and we are looking to run a 240v circuit there. Currently we have Romex wire running straight into the ground. (This is how it was when ...
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Wiring new light switch

I am trying to install a motion activated light switch in my basement of my condo in the United States. On the switch it states that it's max load is 500 watts which should be plenty since the switch ...
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Why are some of the outlets and lights on a breaker not working?

House 15A breaker is not tripped but no power in line with 6 outlets and one ceiling light not working, EXCEPT for one light is working and it is closest to the breaker panel. I checked its wiring and ...
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What options do I have to replace a failed service panel?

What are my options to replace an old service panel? We had a terminal get burned up in our old 1960s GE (TRX2012S if it matters, it's a split-bus/rule-of-six panel). The tech who looked at it ...
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Need help identifying a light switch

At work we have some light switches that look like this, and I've seen similar ones at school and at other commercial offices. This one is installed in Vancouver, Canada The lights also have a motion ...
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Can I use a neutral wire from another outlet to repair a broken neutral?

Recently one wall of outlets quit working. Testing shows the hots are all good and the grounds are all good but the neutrals are all dead. They are all connected to each other but somewhere have lost ...
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Are 15A receptacles safe on 20A circuits? [duplicate]

I recently got a circuit added to my spare room to grow some tomatos, the lighting I am going to be using is 8amp on each plug, I noticed the electrician didnt install a 20A rated receptacle with the ...
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lutron sensor switch - wiring help

I have the Lutron Maestro 2 Sensor Switch. As seen in the picture, it has a ground and 2 black wires. My junction box has black and white, and is a metal junction fully grounded. Im not sure what I ...
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Is adding a Time Delay/Dual Element Fuse a good idea for pump motor install

I have 240v circuit with 12awg wire that will service a 3/4hp motor (about 5amps max at 240v). That circuit is protected by a standard 20amp breaker. I was wondering if it is a good idea/warranted ...
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How to protect sumbersible pump ‘pumpsaver’ device

I have a 600 ft well and submersible pump in a mountain home at 9500 ft elevation prone to lightning storms. I typically have to replace the ‘pump protector’ relay (i.e., protects pump from either ...
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How to correctly ground long distance from main disconnect to first panel

I've got a property with an existing very sluggish electrical installation which consists of a service drop at property entrance, no main disconnect and a 130' underground run to the living space (...
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GFCI outlets - can they be repaired? Are they really needed at the end of a circuit?

My house just went through a flood and there was 7 feet of muddy water on the first floor, so all the AC outlets were underwater. After the water receded, all the unprotected outlets continued to ...
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Installing 200amp service in my old house

New 200amp meter box from Consumers Energy to a GE 200amp 240V transfer switch box to my 200amp Sq. D Homeline breaker box. Do I bring my new ground cable into my breaker box and do I use the bonding ...
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Confusion about main disconnect ampacity

I am currently reviewing and redesigning the electrical installation of my property which came with a 100A SquareD QOD6S MLO load center very badly abused and about 130' away from the service drop ...
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Can I hook these wires up to find the connection to a dead outlet?

I have an outlet in a small bar area that does not have any power coming in to the wires. It's been like this for as long as we've been here (4 years, house is 20 years old). I checked every breaker, ...
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Paddle switch Pass and Seymor model RCD38

I have the following model paddle switch/receptacle Pass and Seymor Legrand Radiant Model RCD38 Can I configure this switch paddle/receptacle so that the switch controls the outlet only ?