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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Incoming supply dropping to 66 volts

I have a problem in my house. If I test the incoming supply on top of the main circuit breaker I get 220 volts with the breaker set to OFF position, but if I test with the breaker ON, I get 66 volts. ...
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Running Romex Along Shed Ceiling

We have been working on running electric to our outdoor shed recently, and are wondering what is the preferred way of attaching the romex along the vaulted/pitched ceiling for the lights. The light ...
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Power Supply Req: Need 20A 240V

Sorry for the basic question, I am not especially electrically minded. I have a system that requires 16A and 240V power, however we only have 10A wall outlet power available. I did consider ...
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What is this? (1972 house)

This was on the wall of a 1972 house.
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Back-to-back conduit bodies for wall transition

I am running an 80A (4AWG Copper) line for EV charging in my garage. I am using EMT conduit and I need to transition through drywall. Since the studs are not deep enough (2x4) for the minimum radius ...
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Wiring a fan to a 3 wire switch off wiring question

So, I recently moved into a house with some old fabric like covered wiring. In attempting to put in a fan I have a switch wired to control a plug on a 20a circuit. The weird part is I have a red, a ...
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Can two circuits with dual function breakers share a box?

Corded Dishwasher and Disposal each have own 20a circuit with dual-function breakers; however, they each go to a single receptacle that share the same 2-gang box. Am I correct that splicing the ...
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Short Inside Radiant Electric Cooktop

I seem to have a short inside the (semi?) sealed enclosure of my GE Profile radiant electric cooktop (model #JP3530TJWW). It is not a lift-top style that is common, so for whatever reason, there is ...
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When to change Cutler-Hammer electrical panel and breakers?

I bought a house about a year ago and I have an old Cutler-Hammer electrical panel. I see the number 2001 written on there, but no idea when it was installed. I have a few questions about this panel: ...
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Error Code C01 on Maax Hydromax jetted tub

I have a Maax HydroMax jetted tub about 20 years old. It gets a C01 error code when trying to turn on the jets. The pump runs for a second or less and then shuts off. I have the install and ...
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Can i hook run a 110 plug off my dryer out let and still have my dryer outlet and a plug out side for things

Can i run a 110 outdoor plug off my dryer plug in my laundry room.i have new wire to run and new plug
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Old Steam Furnace

I have a old steam furnace that is running fine now but it’s not hooked up to the switch or the transformer. I have a brown wire (cable with brown insulation) containing a red and a white wire coming ...
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Deta In-line Smart Switch

Just checking that I got this correct. I’m in Australia.
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How can I remotely reset a circuit breaker with obstructed access?

I have a 42 foot Rv in a resort. When they put in the RV they covered the 30 amp breaker box and now if the breaker goes I have to crawl under the trailer to get to the box. Is there a way to run a ...
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Tankless water heater dims lights, interrupts the internet and caused static on the radio

I recently replaced my Rheem RTE13kw tankless water heater with the newer version of the same heater(RTEX13KW). The new water heater causes a group of wall lights that are all on the same switch to ...
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Very unsafe-looking receptacle

While I was searching for duplex receptacles where one was NEMA 5 (120V) and the other was NEMA 6 (240V), I found a few normal ones that were what I was looking for (Leviton 5031, 5842, 5844, Hubbell ...
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Help with Receptacle Inside Cabinet

I'm trying to create a giant medicine cabinet here on this wall, and hoping to put a receptacle on the inside of it. I don't want wires to channel inside of the cabinet itself. Right now, I have a ...
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How to abandon one 3way switch and convert the other end of the line switch to put in a smart dimmer?

I am a fairly savvy DIY and am perplexed on how to proceed. I want to remove one 3 way switch with a red, white, black and ground. I am assuming the white is a neutral, but does not appear to be part ...
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Wiring 2 pull chain operated lights in series

How do I wire 2 pull chain operated lights in series from the same single power source so that both lights are powered and will work independently. There will be no other switch on the line and power ...
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2 different sets of downlights off the same switch. How to wire?

I am going to be changing a bedroom ceiling rose into 2 different sets of downlights. The first set is the main room lighting and the second is in cabinet lighting. Both of which I would like to ...
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Installing panel off the meter box through 60A breaker

I am installing a 60 amp (main lug) panel (240v) from the meter panel 75 feet. I plan to use copper buried in PVC conduit using 3- #6 thhn and one bare solid #8 ground. I will install 2 grounding ...
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EMI / RFI filters for reducing dimmer-switch noise (what is available, where to install)

I don't have many light-dimmers in my house right now, but I'm doing some renovation, adding recessed lights in some areas that I have temporary open access to the floor joist areas and circuit runs, ...
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replace fireplace switch with nest thermostat

I have a fireplace wired up to a switch (simple off/on), and I want to throw a Nest thermostat on there. It has a black and white wire coming out of the wall. I think the white goes to the W1 and ...
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Is service entrance cable rated for outdoor use without rigid conduit?

I need to replace the service line for 200A service and the current line is just fastened to the exterior wall with straps. It does terminate at a service head but the rest is unprotected, including ...
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Outlet drawing too much power

So this is confusing me a lot. I have a gaming computer in my office, connected to an UPS (battery backup). If I plug my space heater in and turn it on in my bedroom (same breaker), the outlet the ...
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Trying to wire up my new cooktop to my junction box

My cooktop has yellow and green wire, black wire, brown wire - I think it’s sort of a brownish-red, and then I have a blue wire and a grey wire which are wired together. My junction box has three ...
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My 240 volt outlet seems to be delivering 219 volts

I am seeking help with my confusion about where my problem lies and what to do next. I had a home renovation and got new appliances and upgraded circuit box two plus years ago. But not the "heavy ...
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Making an extension cord

I went into home depot to get an extension cord that was 5 foot 14 gauge. I couldn't find anything that small in that gauge and I asked the employee for his recommendation. He told me to just make my ...
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Dual GFCI/AFCI breaker to support regular TRR USB outlets on kitchen counter: to code?

I would like to replace some outlets that run along my kitchen countertop because the TRR plugs are hard to plug in, and I would like to put ones that have USB jacks. I know that GFCIs are required ...
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Installing Sub-Panel in Detached Garage

Seeking some advice on installing a sub panel in a detached garage. I have a 200amp main in my house and I plan on installing a 90 amp sub-panel in a detached garage approx. 100FT away from the main ...
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Can I wire-nut together and cut a switch out of my overhead fan?

I have replaced my bathroom extractor fan with a new model. The new model comes with a single-gang controlled switch which is wireless. You can slot it into the 1-gang box, but it doesn't need any ...
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Help understanding the wiring in this electrical box

I am working on adding outlets to my garage and decided to open up this strange double switch box that is 6 or 7 feet up on the wall. There are two separate circuits in this box, one that the ...
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How do you comply with NEC receptacle requirements in row homes with brick walls?

I'm rewiring a Philadelphia row home, which like many others, has brick and cinder block for the side walls. There is no framing, just lath and plaster. I know some flippers will put in 2x3 studs to ...
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Connecting to small clock battery terminals

I want to connect wire leads to small battery terminals. This is a battery terminal for a 1.5V AG13 battery in a small clock. My question is how to connect leads to it in an easy and non-destructive ...
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Replacing an on and off switch with a mechanical timer

I have an outdoor light that is run by a regular wall switch. I want to change this to a mechanical timer switch. The mechanical timer switch has two ports for wires. When I opened the wall switch ...
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240 Volts - No Neutral Required - How does Power Return to Earth?

I think this question is appropriate here in order to help DIYers (me) to understand why a neutral isn't needed on a 240 volt outlet. I understand that two 120 volt power sources that are 180 degrees ...
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Cooktop wiring (stranded alu + copper) w/ downdraft

First, thanks to all the users who take the time to respond to all the questions on here. I've learned so much over the years but this is my first post/question. I'm wanting to replace my ~15yr old ...
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Range Hood has plug, no outlet on the wall

I removed my upper cabinets and bought a range hood. There is a BX coming from the hole above my stove. There is no wall outlet. Is there any way I can convert this to make the new range hood work? I ...
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Making sure only one of electric shower or instantaneous hot water heater can operate at once

I'm completing the renovation of an annex. The annex shares the mains supply with the main house which has a single phase connection rated as max 90A. I'd like to fit an electric shower (9.8kW) and an ...
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Weird 3 Way switch wiring

I've gone through a few dozen different threads, videos and whatnots, and can't seem to figure out how to wire up my new 3-way switch. Let's call the top of the steps Switch A and bottom Switch B. ...
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Wiring problems installing ceiling fan

I recently bought a house and decided to put a ceiling fan in the master bedroom. There was no light fixture when I got there, but there was wiring and a switch, so I figured it was fine. Installed ...
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Can I use multiple wire nut splices on a single wire in a wall can?

I have an in-wall space heater in a wall can that recently started smelling of burnt plastic, and when I opened it up, I found that one of the wires had come loose from the wire nut, and the weak ...
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How to wire black and white wires from new light to existing wiring

while installing a new light to replace the existing i found that there was only the black wire that was being used from the box. both the red and white wire in the box ran straight thru the box and ...
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Using drywall screws for electrical boxes?

I am installing the following items: and I am using regular 1 1/4" drywall screws to secure them. Is there any concern in regards to shear strength or rot that would make me regret using drywall ...
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GFCI's on BLACK/RED dual 15-amp circuits

I am in the process of updating the wiring for my dock. It was originally wired with a single 15-amp GFCI outlet into which the two motors for the boat lift were plugged into. The problem I’ve had ...
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replacing 3 wire outlet with 5 wire electrical outlet

my wall has two hot wires and my new outlet has places for 4 hot wires. Can I use this outlet and if so do I just leave any one on each side unused
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Plugin 220 adapter OK for higher amperage appliances?

I have used 220 volts from European outlets before via an adapter tool (it probably cost me 20 dollars and I probably have it around the house somewhere). But that was only for limited uses like ...
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Orange Outlets Near Breaker Box

I haven't noticed these over the years I've owned my home. Only recently I happened to look down and think "huh, that's odd, why are those outlets colored bright orange." I have, over the years, ...
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1 light, 2 switches and 1 outlet

I'm adding a second switch in my hallway The layout is power box and switch at one end, light in the middle second switch at the other end and outlet in the next room. This is a mobile home. Would ...
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Which terminal to use on my multimeter

I have read the manual for my new multimeter but unsure which (red) terminal to use for what. The meter has one VΩmA fused 500 mA max terminal and one Unfused 10A Max terminal. I just want to measure ...