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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Dedicated circuit for **Sub Zero** refrigerator - any code requirement?

I have just moved into a new construction home. The home came with a sub-zero refrigerator. I found that the fridge is not wired on a dedicated circuit, but is on one shared with outlets above the ...
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garage light with two hots and one neutral

I was in the process of replacing a 23-year old fluorescent tubelight fixture in my garage with a similar (physical) size LED fixture. When I opened up the light, I found that from the ceiling box ...
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Powering a Window Air Conditioner — 10' 12/3 SJTW extension cord vs new outlet?

TL;DR: Is it fine to use 10' 12/3 extension cord or should I really have an electrician come out & install a new outlet? I recently installed 8,000 BTU window air conditioner (the LG LW8016ER). ...
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Fluctuations in electricity use while we are on vacation

We went on vacation for two weeks recently and I noticed that our PG&E bill had some unusual behavior. Our overall bill wasn't that much lower than it was when we were home. Different days had ...
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Add Electrical Socket to a light circuit

I have a garage in the building where I live, is equipped just of light, so switch to power on and off and the bulb at the ceiling, i don’t have any power point to plug any simple tools like drill, or ...
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15A air compressor blowing 15A breaker

I got a used air compressor rated at 15A (120V). When plugging it in to either of two 15A circuits I have in my basement, it will work for 8-10 minutes, then the breaker will trip. You'd think the ...
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Metal camera housing sparking on a metal building

When installing a camera with a metal housing on a metal building powered up by a POE switch located on a different building, sparks are generated when the metal housing touches the metal building. ...
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replacing line to the garage (canada)

I am running a line to the garage to replace the existing one. The garage has two standard lights, two LED motion detector lights, 2 quad (4 places to plug in) electrical outlets, 4 double ...
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What kind of electrical outlet is this? Red, winking-face shape

I found this outlet on the second floor of my apartment. I thought the plug could be an isolated ground plug, but then why is the connector so weird? And I dont live in a hospital. Important: I ...
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Wiring a dimmer and timer side by side

I'm trying to replace old dimmer and timer (sitting side by side) with new Leviton dimmer and Lutron timer, however the box got me confused as it appears all neutral white wires are tied together in ...
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Power fluctuates enough to make bedroom fan almost turn off

It's been happening a while. Lights flicker throughout house and my bedroom fan slows down a lot, kind of like when my ex used to bear down on her hair straightener. I mainly notice it when I go to ...
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Installed new LED transformer with spring terminal, light won't turn on

Transformer: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1AcPLA2Pc8bgubRKxyaK6iwiYcjKNx6BZ/view?usp=drivesdk LED light: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1A_YCzH6FLdCCPRd5q3_LZW30tqzxeZZ5/view?usp=drivesdk Things ...
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How to set up this LED R7s lamp?

I would like to install an Osram LED R7s lamp using this holder in my living room. Now I'm wondering whether I can just hook it up with the AC like I would do with regular LED bulbs or do I need ...
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Changing outlet with 3 live wires, 3 neutrals, and 1 ground. Question / seems kinda crowded? [duplicate]

Images: https://imgur.com/a/NbXxkFl I was going to change out this outlet. It was previously all shoved together in a back-wire type outlet (The kind you just stab in). Was going to replace with a ...
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Electrical Appliance Killing Extension Leads

I've got a circular saw that has been responsible for damaging a total of three extension leads. Not in the typical sharp bit cutting the cable you may have expected. I've had the saw for a year and ...
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Grounding problem

When I ground my panel to an 8ft grounding rod the lights flicker almost like half power kind of thing but when I ground the panel to my water pipes everything works normal what would be causing this ...
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Is wiring the neutral in a circular path correct?

I have a bathroom that was re-wired to add a bathroom fan some years ago. I am wondering if it was wired correctly. Originally, I believe the overhead light was wired in a switch loop to a single wall ...
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How to wire cables - 2-gang switch 3 lamps

I've got a 2-gang switch in the wall. It's connected to a cable in a ceiling, that contains 4 cables: black, brown, blue and yellow-green (not included in schema). Schema: Expected result: Left ...
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Can I power a two-phase home service with a single-phase generator?

It is hurricane season here in Florida, so naturally I pulled out the generator to check it and had a question. The generator I have says it can output 30amp single phase. Let's say you wanted to ...
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Electrician recommends to replace 50 amp with 60 amp breaker

After 20 years the stove blew the breaker. The Home Warranty Company sent an appliance guy out. He said it was the breaker. Home Warranty Company sent out a electrician. He put his gauge on it and ...
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30 Amp Cooktop on 40 Amp Breaker

The installation specs for my cooktop read as below: -Connected Load (kW Rating) @ 240 / 208 Volts = 7.2 / 6.2 kW -Amps @ 240 / 208 Volts = 35.0 / 35.1 Amps -Recommended Circuit Breaker – 30 Amps ...
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Coupling two 15 Amp circuit breaker for 20 Amp

My Bosch micro/oven need 120 volt 20 Amp receptacle. I do not have a 20 Amp circuit breaker for this purpose. Can I couple two separate 15 Amp breakers as a dedicated source to provide higher Amperage ...
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Room lights flickering when I connect my desktop computer when running on Inverter

I have all LED lights (tubelights and bulbs) in my house and has been backed up by an inverter (Luminous Eco Volt +1550 with Inverlast 150Ah Tall Tubular Battery). The issue is when I connect my ...
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Branch circuit sizing for 5 HP 3-phase 230 V motor run on 208 V?

If I'm reading NEC 430 Part III correctly, a 5 HP, 230 V, 3-phase motor with 12.8 A full-load current needs a 16 A circuit (125% of full-load current). So, 12 ga wire with a 20 A breaker should do. ...
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Switch power between two appliances or power strips?

I am constantly having to unplug my computer's power strip to plug in my portable AC unit, both because only one will fit into the one available plug I have and because the AC unit claims it can draw ...
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GE Profile Cooktop and element replacement

I have a GE Profile Cooktop model PP945. The right rear heating element is out. The right rear element is the small 1200W unit. I disassembled the unit and found the heating coil burned out (...
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How can I add lights and a switch downstream of a pull-chain fixture?

I have a challenging wiring question. I have power coming in to a pull chain light fixture(beginning-of-run). it needs to stay in its current position. I need to borrow power from it and add two ...
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going to cross black to white wire,… but which one?

So I replaced all of my fire detectors. They were hard wired with battery backup, and so are the new ones... accept for one. I put the wireless combo CM and fire detector in the ceiling of my common ...
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Can I replace my halogen with led? [duplicate]

So, long story short: An Halogen (MR16/GU5.3) light in my bathroom went out and I replaced it with an led light (from Wilko UK, 3 pack). I know nothing of electrics, but thought heck, I should be able ...
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LED light needs replacing every few weeks

I have two GU5.3 bulbs in my bathroom - one of them went off a month or so ago so I bought the following 3 pack: https://www.wilko.com/en-uk/wilko-3-pack-gu53-led-345-lumens-spotlight-bulb/p/0437672 ...
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using two outlets as extension cord

I'm helping a friend build a cabin and we have a generator. I was wondering if I could wire an outlet on the outside of the cabin and another inside. The outside outlet would be for power in and the ...
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MWBC for Fridge and Microwave

I've recently learned about Multi-Wire Branch Circuits and intend to use one to provide dedicated circuits for both my built-in microwave and refrigerator. I understand the requirements around handle ...
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How to safely unplug an outdoor extension cord that got wet?

I plugged a indoor floor lamp outside using an indoor extension cord not realizing it was going to rain (i know - stupid!). Now I am afraid to unplug it, as everything is wet. What can I do to ...
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How can I control 2 lights, that are controlled by 1 switch, independently without having to re-route wires?

My contractor installed 2 beside lights dropping from the ceiling but only provided 1 switch to turn both ON/OFF simultaneously. Obviously that's a poor design because one person may want to go to ...
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Meter breaker box disconnect box

Can I run 2/0 wire from my meter to the barn to 200 amp breaker box then go below and add 200 amp disconnect box and then hook into disconnect box and run to my breaker box on my little house
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Brand new lamp has me stumped

I bought a very expensive lamp with a 3-way switch. I noticed when I got home that it has a red sticker stating 60 watt maximum. The lowest A1 bulb I could find in 3 way was 30-70-100. Are there ...
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What weather resistant, non aluminum quad cable can I use to run an overhead line to a 220V 20 amp subpanel?

This question was asked, but the answer is not practical as the subpanel is only for 20 amp 220 VAC So, quadruplex cable is overkill. What about something like marine cable? Or a 10-3 with ground (...
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3-way light switch mysteriously works, then stops working, then starts working again

I have a three-way light switch that is exhibiting really odd behavior. Sometimes it works and sometimes it does not. For example, just now the following happened. Lights are off. I go to switch A ...
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Converting a ceiling recessed light to a wall outlet

So, Round two of this post, I've given up combining two wall outlets to 240v and realized that I need another 120v outlet to safely power everything with an 80% margin. we have GX24Q-1 outlets for ...
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vdc to vac inverters [closed]

I have four 12v 7ah sla batteries in series and parallel and ups 500 battery back up transformer.I want to power universal washing motor for bicycle.I need 120vac anywhere from 300/500 watts and 5/...
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Is it normal for a power strip/plugs to have a metallic smell?

I had most of my computer stuff plugged into a (rather new - about 2 months old) surge protector. I noticed a weird metallic smell coming from it for about a month, but I figured it was just because ...
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Breaker Mapping Questions

I recently moved into a new house and I've been mapping my panelboard. I've got pretty much everything mapped except for a couple circuits. I know there are some experienced folks on here so I thought ...
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Can this outlet be used with an adapter for generator power?

Greetings to anyone who can help: can this (halloween-type face outlet) be used to plug my generator into the house for backfeed power? I'm guessing I'll need an adapter, if such a thing exists? I'm ...
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Hot - not hot breaker w voltage tester

working on a paint job in utility room. I was showing my wife how a voltage tester works. While the dead front cover was off, the breakers at the top of each row were showing hot w tester. When I re-...
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AIC rating for residential 100A main breaker

I'm having an electrician replace my 2-unit meter main Zinsco panel with a new Siemens WP2211 panel. There will be two 100A breakers for the two units in the complex. The panel lists the following ...
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Two socket fluorescent lamp OFF switch hot / not working with single bulb

I have a two-socket fluorescent lamp. Initially only one light tube was inserted and it worked fine. At some point, it started to go off seconds after being turned on. I thought the tube went bad, so ...
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Requirements for electrical wiring project for a house

I am remodeling a house and need to put in place a completely new electrical wiring along with security and surveillance systems (wiring for motion sensors and CCV cameras outside). I am going to ...
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Combining 2 110v wall plugs (different breakers) to be 220v?

Good morning electrical geniuses, here's a problem for you. I have a piece of equipment that requires a 220v connection, and I do not have the ability to run a 220v line from the breaker. Is there a ...
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Fuse box coming off of fuse at meter socket

House built in the 50’s has an old fuse box that is being used to power lights and outlets in one of the barns on the property. The fuse box in this barn is fed from a 60 amp breaker at the meter. The ...
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DIN Rail Splitter?

We have a DIN rail with multiple terminal blocks on it, used to extend circuits from their original location to a new location a few feet away. This is all fine and proper for the most part. The issue ...