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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Determine what a wall switch does

I have 2 wall switches in an electrical box, 1 controls the ceiling fan, and I cannot find out what the other one does. I've tested everything in the room. It does not control the light in the fan, ...
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Brand new LG washing machine tripping AFCI combination breaker in new house

Hey this is less of a question than a problem I was able to trouble shoot, but I have a feeling other people might be going through the same situation and might have come up with other solutions to ...
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Replacing 3-way Dimmer with Smart Dimmer

I'm trying to replace a 3-way dimmer set-up (currently a Lutron MACL-153M) with a smart dimmer. I have C by GE Smart Dimmers. After a lot of tinkering yesterday, I was unable to get it to work. I've ...
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Can I install a switch upstream of my service panel for regular shuttoff duty?

I lived in Europe where it is common to have on/off switches on all electrical wall outlets. I asked my electical parts store if I could replace the cicuit breakers in my home with switch rated (swd) ...
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Do branch circuits sharing conduit with sub-panel feeder wires require separate grounding?

I have installed a 75 amp sub panel with three #6THHN and a #8 ground from the main. I need to move two branch circuits from main to sub since I do not have space in the 200amp main for the sub panel ...
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Use existing neutral wire for ground and switch neutral to ground in breaker panel?

My garage has an existing receptacle for NEMA 10-50 which has hot-hot-neutral. I plan to install a NEMA 6-50 which requires hot-hot-ground. Can I just use the existing neutral wire as ground at the ...
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Splitting Service Equipment Across Two Enclosures

My house has a 200 amp service with a (circa mid 1980s) GE TM2020R Mod1 panel where all 20 spaces are occupied with THQP breakers. In order to provide room for expansion and to allow for GFCI and AFCI ...
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Removing a GFI outlet in laundry room

I had an electrician come and add an outlet so that the washer could have a dedicated outlet. They added a second outlet (GFI) that trips both outlets when I run the heavy duty washer on a big load. ...
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Challenger Bus panel

I have a challenger panel with a burned bus and bad breakers. I'm looking to replace them. I called my local shops and they said they don't carry this anymore. Is there a replacement option without ...
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Can I remove the circuit breaker handle ties and treat them as individual circuits?

o.k., I get what handle ties will do, just not sure why you would use them? in the panel of my new home, there are quite a few (7-8) and I would just as soon remove the ties and treat all individual ...
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Option for some light between broken fluorescent lights and new LED recessed lights

I'm working to fix our our basement - nothing top of the line / dream basement - just some nice enough upgrades relative to our 1970's wood paneled basement, to enjoy a few years before we sell the ...
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Eliminating an outlet with 2 white 1 green and no black wires

I would like to eliminate an electrical outlet. When I removed it I was expecting to find blackk, white and green wires. However, I found there were 2 white wires and a green but no black. My ...
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2015 Samsung Refrigerator/Freezer keeps tripping circuit

I move my Samsung unit to the garage and plugged it into a receptacle. It has been there for a year with no problem. Two days ago it started tripping the circuit every couple hours. I plugged it into ...
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Zero power after new Gfci installed

While using hairdryer power went out. Nothing was tripped in the breaker panel. The gfci switch would not reset. Bought new gfci switch and replaced it for old one. Still no power in master bathroom, ...
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Wiring Bathroom Fan

Need help on wiring my new bathroom fan. Should have been more attentive when removing the old one. The new fan has three wires: white, black and green. In the ceiling are two sets of wires. The ...
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Safe to use 220V electric clothes dryer when building has been bridged down to 110V?

We live in a building with 220V service with primarily 110V outlets but a few specialty ones at 220V. Earlier this week electrical service in half the building across all three apartments went out. ...
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Electric Wire Size for Grain Bin Motors

I am having a grain bin erected and need to power it. I have a 100 amp service at the pole. The grain bin in 250' away from the pole. I will have a second grain in built next year right next to it. ...
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Three Circuits In One Box

First question here. Hope I get the terminology correct. We have a three switch panel in our living room. Position 1 is a 3-way switch that toggles lights on the underside of a covered patio. ...
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18 gauge wire on 18 branches

I have 12 gauge wire to a 20amp circuit going around a bedroom. Then I have a fixture with 18 G9 LED bulbs on a chandelier. Do I just wire all hot leads to the hot 12 gauge and wire all the whites ...
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Electric apartment sockets catching on fire

I live in an apartment building, within the past year 4 of my sockets sparked and then caught on fire for a few seconds. The apartment manager claims there’s nothing wrong with the sockets because the ...
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Can I run a second cable to add another hot conductor for a range? [duplicate]

I have a range that needs 10/3 wiring w/ ground, and the wire in place is a 10/2 w/ground. My question is can I just run an additional 10/2 wire and use the black in that 2nd run for the "red" wire, ...
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How can I fit a face plate to two devices in separate single-gang boxes?

I ran into an issue when changing an outlet and switch in what I thought was a double gang box. After opening it up I found it was 2 single gang boxes next to each other. The previous switch and ...
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Two ovens on one breaker: NEC says OK, but installation manual wants dedicated circuit

I have a situation very similar to using two oven in one outlet. I'd like to install a 30 amp GE Advantium 220v oven and a 20 amp GE thermal oven on an existing circuit with a 50 amp breaker. However, ...
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Wired to Wireless Doorbell

I am looking at replacing my doorbell (original to the house, circa 1978) with something more modern looking. Now, the problem I have is that most of the modern doorbells are wireless. Mine is wired......
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Old electric baseboard heater thermostat wiring

I have a question about an old federal pacific baseboard heater thermostat's wiring. I disconnected this thermostat 2 weeks ago, thinking that we were going to remove the heater. Now we've decided to ...
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Conduit fill - number of circuits .vs. number of branches

I think I get this one, but just to verify or clarify... (USA NEC) When running multiple circuits (different breakers) in a single conduit, you have to derate after (is it 4?) sharing the one conduit....
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3-way switch issue

I'm having an issue with a 3-way switch that I have not gotten around to fixing in many years. When I use switch A to turn on the light and then use switch B to try to turn it off, it flickers off and ...
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Wire splitting to switches

I am running 14-2 wire from a 15 amp circuit. I want to use 3 dimmer switches for 4 lights on each. Can I split or connect 3 wires in a junction box to each dimmer switch from the main wire? I am ...
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How do I connect two switches with two lights?

How do I wire two switches and two lights such that the second light can only be turned on if the first light is on? The second switch has no effect on the first light.
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Is it okay to have exposed 12/2 romex?

I am outfitting a shed with an electrical system. The inside walls are currently unsheathed, and I do not plan to sheath them. I was not sure if I can install Romex directly stapled to the studs ...
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Why does one phase of my buildings mains line show a significant amount of voltage (~60V) when it goes down?

The other day one of the phases of our power faulted and the fuse tripped on the power company side. I measured the voltage at 60-65V. Lights were flickering, and some devices kept running (like a ...
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Is it a concern that 120v cables hang down from the ceiling in my crawl space?

Recently went in my crawlspace to fix some plumbing issues and noticed that all the electrical seems to be just hanging, with some on the ground. I'm fairly certain that this is nowhere close to code, ...
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Is it safe to put a microwave in a walk-in closet?

My spouse and I like to sleep with rice bags in the winter, which we microwave to heat up. To avoid having to go back down to the kitchen, we’re considering adding an outlet in our closet and plugging ...
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Which electrical box to use for old-work outdoor light fixture and vinyl siding mounting block?

I have a garage which already has vinyl siding on it but the inside is unfinished and accessible. I would like to add an exterior wall lantern. The vinyl mounting block I purchased looks like this ...
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Identifying wires in strange configuration

US 120v system. I’m replacing a light fixture in my living room. When i took the fixture off, the two wires broke. Therefore I can’t identify how the fixture was previously wired. There are five ...
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Is it ok to add an outlet from an Exit sign?

I'm trying to install WiFi expanders in our mostly brick building. The barrier is a lack of outlets where we need them. There are literally no outlets in locations were the WiFi expanders could also ...
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Different light fixture in basement on pull switch

I have more than six light fixtures in the basement each has its own pull switch each fixture is getting it's power from some where from each room upstairs and I like to know how can I add a switch so ...
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Crazy wiring issue

I have a room downstairs with two light fixtures that operate off of a pair of 3-way switches on opposite sides of the room. The breaker these lights are on has other receptacles and lights on it as ...
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Can I safely remove/reattach the back of a fitted wardrobe?

I've recently gotten a new flat, and the second room has fitted wardrobes along one wall (e.g second picture). I would like to put a TV and playstation in one of these as I don't need the storage ...
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Three wires in an outlet box

I have an outlet box with a 1957 two pronged outlet with three wires connected. I want to switch it to a GFCI outlet. When I connect the black 120v lead wire and the white load wire I get power to ...
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How to tell what is causing my breaker to trip

I have a 15 AMP breaker that will not stay on. Shut off lights, went to bed as usual and in the morning the lights would not come on. I inspected the breaker panel and found that circuit was tripped. ...
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Single pole to three lights

I have a single pole switch that is hooked up the three lights. The lights will work just fine for about 3 minutes then will flicker. The first of 3 lights will turn off and the other two will ...
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Future proofing for 240V outlet

I currently have a 12A EVSE that takes either 120V or 240V and uses a normal three-prong (NEMA 5-15) plug. I am looking to install a 240V outlet on a 50A circuit breaker to use with this EVSE, but I'm ...
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3-Wire 30A needs to be 4-wire 30A for new oven, can I run a ground from wall outlet?

I'm replacing an oven that was wired with 240V 3-wire 30A (Black, White, Red) and the new oven is 240V 4-wire 30A. Can I run a copper ground wire from a 15A grounded outlet two feet away?
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How urgent is it to resolve two-prong problems?

I have read How do I use three-prong appliances when my outlets are mostly two-prong?. I have recently moved into a house that has some two-prong and some three-prong outlets. The place in the ...
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Ceiling fan trouble/question

I have been working with a ceiling fan for the last few days and I feel utterly defeated. The fan in question is the Clarkston 2 44in. LED. I went into the previous light fixture and disassembled it....
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Light Switch/Dimmer Question

Looking to re-wire a room with a bit different design. Goal: I have a room which is a living room on one end and an office on the other (two zones if you will) where I am installing can lights. I ...
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Need Help: New TV + Stabiliser

I really need help. I bought a 65 inch LG OLED TV 2 weeks ago. Since its an expensive TV so i bought "V Guard digi 200" from amazon, but here comes the problem. When electricity goes then it switches ...
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Splice or replace

Accidentally cut power cord while pruning shrub and needed to repair by splicing wires together without making contact or needing to repair again. Asked associate at local hardware store and he ...
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Canadian (Alberta) Residential Electrical Code

Is there a homeowners version of the current electrical code for residential wiring in Alberta available at no cost? I’m renovating my kitchen and would be helpful to know the many changes and ...