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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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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 ...
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Flexible Nonmetallic Conduit inside wall?

I’m finishing up wiring a sub panel in an outbuilding. There is an underground run of PVC conduit with THWN, which comes up to an LB on the exterior wall. On the inside I used flexible conduit so I ...
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Removing a switch

I have a light switch that turns on an electrical outlet. I want to remove the light switch completely and leave the electrical outlet always "on". When I turned the power off to the room and ...
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How should I connect my solar panels to each controllers for optimal performance (series or parallel)? [duplicate]

I have 4 355w solar panels and 3 315 w solar panels. I have a 40 amp mppt and a 30 amp mppt charge controllers with 100v Max pv voltage. The distance solar panels to charge controllers is around 15 ...
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When are you required to use a junction box extension to make it flush with the wall?

Say you have a junction box whose face is recessed significantly into the wall. For instance, if the face of the junction box is actually at the back of the drywall or perhaps 1/2" too deep. Is it ...
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Identifying a (power?) socket

We found this socket in a house in Belgium of the 50's. There are no wires connected, and there seems to be no numbers or identification on it. Does anybody know what it is?
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Is there any way to either 'break in' or live with tamper resistant outlets?

I've read of many people have trouble with TR outlets, mostly plugging into them. What mechanisms are there for either breaking them in, or otherwise living with them when you don't have Little ...
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Generator transfer switch manufacturer compatibility?

I am in the process of trying to finalize selection and installation of a standby generator for my house. A couple of years ago, while the house was under construction, the electrical contractor on ...
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Legal requirements for generator installation?

I would like to have a standby generator installed for my house. Based on my own assessment of our electrical needs, along with my desire to have a slower-running generator to reduce noise, and my ...
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I have 5 regular receptacles outside with one GFCIS on same circuit is this legal?

I have a new house come to find out there are regular receptacles on same line as GFCI. Is this legal
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Wire layout attic conduit

I'm running a pretty heavy circuit from my sub panel to the adjacent wall in the garage. I'll be pulling 6awg THHN wire through smurf tube, and then switching to PVC tube and running it down the wall....
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How much power do LED smart bulb wireless control systems consume when the light is turned off?

I've been shifting to LED light bulbs due to the energy savings but I've a question about the new smart bulbs that are controllable via Alexa etc. These need to be kept "on" via the switch for them ...
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Can an outlet be installed at a splice?

In the bathroom in my new house there is a blank wallplate. When I remove the wallplate, I see the wires in the following photo. When I asked the builder's electrician, he said that this was a Jacuzzi ...
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30 ampTankless Water heater

I have a shop that has a 100 amp service underground from my home's service entrance. The service entrance in the shop has a single pole 30 amp going to a disconnect in a closet pre-wired for a water ...
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Portable AC trips circuit breaker

The portable ac in one room trips the 15 amp circuit breaker after about 45 minutes, can the breaker safely be changed to a 20 amp breaker?
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feeding both sides of load center from 120vac backup source

In a situation of temporary backup power (short-term grid outages), is it ok to feed both "sides" of a standard split-phase main load center from a single 120vac backup source (e.g. an inverter driven ...
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How is the service drop or service lateral of a residential electric service protected from overcurrent?

In typical North American residences, a pole transformer supplies two leg 120 V electrical service to a home. My service is rated at 200 A. If I were to draw excess current from the triplex service ...
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Height Adjustable Kitchen Island on Casters

I am planning to build a kitchen island with two features Height adjustable Movable using casters The reason for #1 is it can be used as dining table during parties The reason for #2 is that can be ...
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Replace 240 receptacle with one or two 120

I found some similar questions but given possibly different base assumptions I would like just to check that what I want to do is possible with existing wiring. In NYC, where everything is armored ...
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Spa pump wiring

The house we purchased has a 220/120 32 jet spa. The 220 drives a circulation pump, heater and runs the 2 hp 1-speed jet pump. The jet pump is poor quality and undersized for that amount of jets and ...
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How should I connect my solar panels to each controllers for optimal performance (series or parallel) without buying new charge controlllers?

I have 4 355w solar panels and 3 315 w solar panels. I have a 40 amp mppt and a 30 amp mppt charge controllers with 100v Max pv voltage. The distance solar panels to charge controllers is around 15 ...
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Upgrade to Smart Switch for a Post Light?

Our old (circa 1970) house has a post light out front. The switch is in an inconvenient location and is thus never used, so I thought I'd drop in a smart switch - a Belkin Wemo, in this case - to ...
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subpanel tied to main thru 50 amp double. One 20 amp outside receptacle. Can I put another 20 amp on the subpanel?

hot tub gone but subpanel still being fed from main that has a 50 amp double. Can I run two 20 amp outdoor receptacles from that 50 amp subpanel?
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Relay for Westminister Doorbell with Nest Home?

I'm curious as to how I would be able to wire up a relay for my chimebox I have using the Nest Hello doorbell. I recently discovered that my Westminister chimebox is incompatible with the est Hello ...
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Should I replace a stove wall outlet that became loose but we bent back the prongs?

The stove suddenly quit working, with only the broiler still working. Upon investigation, the 3 prong stove outlet prongs inside of the outlet appeared to have been spread apart too far so the 3 prong ...
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Furnace relay - old one says 18 LRA, replacement says 48 LRA - Does it matter?

forgive me if this is a newbie question. I am replacing a relay inside an electrical furnace/air handler. It is a relay model 90-293Q. The original one I have specifies it as "8 FLA, 18 LRA" but the ...
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Can an electrician with 16th edition rules do work in anybody's home?

I did an elim course taking city and guilds for the 16th edition electrical installation and maintenance. Can I still do work in people's houses without having to give certificates the types of work? ...
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GFCI No Equipment Ground not testing

A GFCI installed near a sink has this sticker on it. From what I gather online, this means the outlet was installed on place of an old 2 wire outlet, and it's safe anyway, and up to code. But it's not ...
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Removal of electric shower and replace with “digital” mixer shower - any significant electrical work needed to “complete” the change?

I currently have an electric shower with cold water feed and its own "isolator" with a string pull outside the shower. Looking to have it replaced (by a professional, so I'm asking more out of ...
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How is the phase of 120V AC established in a North American home?

I am in the early stages of reading about converting 120V AC to 240V AC to power an electric dryer. One way to create 240V AC is to "find" two out of phase 120V outlets. My question is HOW does ...
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nail through romex copper wire

I'm replacing my flooring, when I removed one of the baseboards it revealed a electrical wire nailed to the floor. What really has me worried now is there WAS 1 area where the previous owner has a ...
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How should I protect trimmed wires in a push-in connector?

I need to reroute the wires to a set of recessed lights. The lights have push-in connectors inside of their junction box. The wires were cut at the connectors but there are enough extra terminals. ...
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Wiring 3-way switch (power at light and switches meeting in junction box)

Always have trouble wrapping my head around 3-way switches. I have a good book that I usually turn to, but didn't see a diagram for this pattern when a junction box is in the middle. How can I wire ...
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Surge Protection for Line Voltage LED Fixtures

I'm installing 120v LED recessed lights in a room, and I'm concerned about them wearing out prematurely. I've had bad luck in the past with florescent lights on the same circuit as the refrigerator. I ...
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Kitchen light wiring

Just moved in and there is no kitchen light. There is a ground, two whites nutted together and two blacks AND a white nutted together. My new fixture has a standard hot and neutral. How do I connect?