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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LED flood light problem [duplicate]

The new LED strobes while the old incandescent light works fined. I replace one of the two bulbs on the motion detection light fixture with a 150w incandescent flood light bulb....and the LED flood ...
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My fan assisted oven trips when it's pre heated

My oven has been working fine since we moved in 2 years ago. I must add it was the last occupiers oven so not sure on age or how long it's been here. It kept tripping the electric every time it ...
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What is the max number of outlets on a GFCI circuit?

I found a couple of related questions about one GFCI for several outlets How do I properly wire GFCI outlets in parallel? How can I find the first receptacle in a circuit? But I am not finding ...
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Outlets are hot but nothing turns on

Last night power in living room went out. Flipped all breakers and bought a gk7 voltage detector. Outlets and breakers show hot but nothing plugged up comes on...?
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Does Inverter refrigerator need automatic voltage regulator?

I just recently bought LG inverter refrigerator. I am just wondering if I still need to purchase AVR - automatic voltage regulator during brown outs to protect my newly bought appliance? Thanks in ...
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How do I fix this 3 way switch mess?

I just moved into my house and replacing switches and receptacles when I come across a 3 way circuit not working correctly. I pulled the 2 switches to find someone had replaced one with a single pole ...
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Breaker keeps tripping even when nothing plugged in

My bedroom breaker keeps tripping even when nothing is plugged in to any of the outlet linked to this breaker. Sometimes it will keep tripping when I try to push it back up and after 10-20 min' turn ...
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Dishwasher chassis outputting an AC voltage

I've recently noticed that touching the metal interior of my dishwasher gives me a slight tingling. I put that (stupidly) to static electricity. For "fun" I then decided to touch a finger on the ...
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Replaced lights & switches on 3 way switch circuit; not sure if I have wiring problem or product problem or both

Project description: Replaced 2 ceiling light fixtures with 4 recessed LED lights on 3-way circuit. Also replaced (2) 3-way switches, one with dimmer and one standard, and (1) standard 2-way switch ...
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How can I mount a light to a square junction box?

In my entryway, there is a lighting fixture box that is sticking out of the ceiling drywall. (See attached image below) The box is 4 inch by 4 inch. I assume that it came with some kind of ceiling ...
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Replacing a light fixture [duplicate]

How do I ground a new overhead light fixture? I'm replacing a 2 wire fixture with no grounding wire with a new 3 wire fixture which includes a ground wire. The new fixture is suspended not flush ...
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Can I safely install outlets in my basement?

My house has an unfinished basement, and I want to set up a workbench in one area. Unfortunately, there is only one usable outlet in the whole basement, and it's not conveniently located, so I want to ...
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Can I paint a load center cover?

I would like to paint the cover and door of my flush mount load center to match the wall color more closely. The manufacturer does offer a white in addition to the standard grey cover, but it is hard ...
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How do i ground a new overhead light fixture? I'm replacing a 2 wire fixture with a new 3 wire fixture wich includes a ground wire

How do I ground a new overhead light fixture? I'm replacing a 2 wire fixture with no grounding wire with a new 3 wire fixture which includes a ground wire.
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Can I convert a fused dryer outlet to two 20 amp circuits?

We have a dryer plug we no longer use. We would like to make it a quad outlet box instead. The outlet is wired to a fuse panel with 2 30 amp cartridge fuses. Is it within code to switch those 2 fuses ...
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Two switches, one controls both [duplicate]

I have a ceiling light that is controlled by two switches, however when one of the switches is off the other switch does not work. What is the issue and how can I fix it?
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Can I locate a junction box in a wall that will be accessible through a vanity cabinet?

I am remodeling a master bath and I have removed a knee wall that contained an electrical outlet. I have rerouted the wiring up next to the drain stack. I would like to locate a junction box in the ...
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Red wire spliced into a bundle of blacks?

This switch currently provides power to the top half of an outlet, through a junction box. I installed some pot lights and want to tie into the circuit, at the junction box. I attach the black ...
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Are lightbulbs in a wooden range hood safe?

I'm building a wooden range hood and I'd like to know if my lighting setup is safe. I have two recessed fixtures with 5 watt LED bulbs. I know that LED bulbs don't really get too hot, but is it a ...
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Philadelphia Code for Distance of Switch from sink for garbage disposal?

How far from the garbage disposal should the switch be to meet code?
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AC service disconnect keeps blowing fuses

About 1-3 times per summer the same fuse blows in my AC service disconnect. Always the one on the left. The fuses are 30A and on the panel there are two 30A breakers. The fuse blows typically on a ...
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Help adding a 3 way switch

I have a 4 season room with some lights but the switch is in the kitchen. I installed a 2-gang box in the room and ran a 3-wire romex wire from the new box to the existing box (they are on the ...
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Wiring IKEA light fixture into old fixture

I am installing a simple IKEA ceiling light fixture. The new light fixture has a neutral wire, a live wire, and a ground wire. My current old light fixture has 4 wires: white, red, dark blue or ...
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Can my remote-controlled ceiling fan be connected to a wall switch?

My Casablanca fan remote control no longer works and I have to turn the breaker on and off every time. They no longer have a remote control replacement. Can I have an electrician connect it to a ...
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How often should alkaline batteries be checked when they are in a device?

I have the problem of leaving alkaline batteries in various devices, and have lost some I could not clean with vinegar. If I don't use the device, I take the batteries out. But a lot of devices are ...
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Wiring through attic

I want to run a new 240V eletrical line to the garage as in the picture below. The dark blue one is the panel and the light blue is the garage. The problem is the roof is very sloped so it is almost ...
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Adding a spacer block between king stud and switch box

I'm framing a small wall to create some closet space. If I mount the light switch box directly to the king stud of the doorway, the door trim will interfere with the switch plate, so I wanted to bump ...
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Custom lamp project for a non-engineer - Help needed

I'm trying to build custom 3 bulb lamp. About me: Biochemistry major so very far from electrical but I've built RC plane models before so I know soldering and stuff. Nothing really about electrical ...
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Should the main circuit breaker be AFCI, CAFCI or just standard?

Let's say all the other breakers in the panel are standard (i.e. not ACFI). Would it help to have the main breaker AFCI or CAFCI? Conversely, let's say the other breakers are all CAFCI. Can I use a ...
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What Cause Hum from Electric Oven after Replacing Wire and Ring Connector to Broil Element?

What Cause Hum from Electric Oven after Replacing Wire and Ring Connector to Broil Element? After the wire melted at the connector to the broil element, I replaced the 16 gauge wire and 22-18 high-...
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We now have two cars that are plug in, and we can't charge both at same time!!! Can we “split” a circuit? [closed]

The entire garage and one outdoor outlet are on the same 15amp breaker (110v) and it cannot handle that kind of load as each charger pulls about 11 amps. I am trying to guestimate the cost of adding ...
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Splice to repair damaged 100A aluminum feeder

I recently drilled through the floor to run a CAT6 cable and hit the main feed to our panel. I'm in a duplex with a meter main panel with 2 meters and 2 100A breakers, one for each unit. The cable ...
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Easy way to tell 12awg from 14awg metal clad?

My house was built in 1940 and all original wiring is metal clad / BX cable. With Romex, yellow vs white can tell me wire gauge. Is there any similar tell for MC? I suspect it's all 12 awg but I'd ...
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How to wire a portable generator to a irrigation pump

I have a portable gas generator that I want to connect to a 1hp, 240 volt irrigation pump. The pump is out in a field and not connected in any way to power at the house. I want to use a twist lock ...
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Converting outlets in 3 3/4 boxes to GFCI

Have 4 outlets in one box and 2 outlet box with a light switch that measure about 3 3/4". Have to convert to GFCI. Are there any other options for faceplates to fit the existing boxes or will I have ...
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Multiple breakers controlling the same lights - how can this be?

We have started having trouble with our outside package unit A/C stopping on its own, before it reaches the correct temp. I can identify 3 issues: There are multiple lights (bath, just one light over ...
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Can I use an outside feeder tap to run power to a garage?

I have a newly built garage that I would like to add a sub panel. I have a QO load center QOB8-16L 100S which is rated for 100 amps. However, I think 60 amps would be more than adequate for my needs ...
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Bathroom exhaust fan issue after new switch install

I just installed a new Leviton Switch for my bathroom exaust fan/light. After turning the power back on the fan is now on all the time and the switch only controls the light, all available wires are ...
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Replacing light switches and outlets without electrical boxes

I have a '96 manufactured home I'm getting ready to sell and most of the outlets and switches are a tan color that doesn't work with the color scheme I'm changing it too, plus they just look dirty. I ...
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What size wire and breaker should I use for a small one bedroom cottage?

Have a small one bedroom cottage. I need to install a subpanel in it. I have a two hundred amp panel 30 feet away. The only things I will power in the cottage are two can lights, six outlets, small ...
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Is it safe to daisy-chain power bars (power strips)?

So, is it safe to plug a power bar in to another power bar that is connected to a power source? I don't really want to try it, as if it is unsafe, then I don't really want to try it.
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Can I replace a single watt (100 max) socket with a 3-way socket on a table lamp?

I just bought a table lamp which I assumed used a 3-way bulb since it has the knob that you typically have on a 3-way lamp. However when I went to put the bulb in I saw that it says 100 watt maximum. ...
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I want light controlled by one switch, not two

I have two switches that control one light. I would like to close one of the switches, so that the light is only turned on and off by one of them. I removed the light switch from one of them (pictured)...
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Ceiling lights powered, but not from main panel

My contractor seems to be creating energy from thin air. He uncovered some old wiring while replacing the ceiling plaster in my living room. I had him use this wiring to install low voltage can lights ...
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External Air Conditioner Condenser Capacitor replacement

I have a couple of questions about testing and replacing the capacitor on my home heat pump external condenser unit. 1. How can I reliably test the capacitor (what tools do I need?) 2. What safety ...
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Will petroleum jelly applied to the rubber on the outdoor power outlet help prolong the rubber life?

After just a few years say 8 to 10 the rubber has been 'eaten up' by micro-organisms. Will petroleum jelly prevent that meaning prolong the life of the rubber?
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Can fuses be intermittent?

While I was at work today I had a power outage in one of my rooms. I know because I had multiple computers in there that were off for several minutes(fully booted back up in 14 minutes), but the ...
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Is it more efficient to turn my AC unit off periodically vs. keeping it on only while in the room?

I have an AC unit in my bedroom + workspace. I use its "auto" fan speed and "energy saver" mode (rather than "cool" or "fan only"). I'm wondering, which strategy is more energy efficient and by ...
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Does unblocking power bar outlets through short extension cords increase fire risk?

Power supply units are often large relative to the outlet and block access to adjacent outlets in a power bar. A simple solution is to use 1/2 ft or 1 ft (15cm, 30cm) power extension cords to keep ...
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Induction cooktop connection

I have a new induction cooktop Bosch PIF645BB1E rated at 7.4 kW. According to its documentation it should be connected with 5 wires (2 phases, 2 neutrals and 1 PE wire). From a former flat renter I ...