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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Open neutral bedroom outlets

My daughter’s bedroom has 4 outlets. 1 of the outlets is connected to a wall switch. All 4 outlets are currently out and each is an open neutral (ground-hot=120V; neutral-hot=0V). I checked the ...
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In Wall Panel for Security System and Camera Cabling

I'm in the process of overhauling my home network and installing some door and motion sensors. I'd like to drop everything down into the Master bedroom, where I will install a panel that is set in the ...
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RV sub panel on main feed

I want to add an RV subpanel to our cabin, but the location where I want it is very close to the main service switch, but pretty far from the circuit panel inside the cabin. Currently, there is about ...
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phase drop and now appliances dead

A few weeks back I started getting intermittent outages without breakers tripping. It would self resolve after some time. During one outage I was eventually able to troubleshoot and found that ...
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120v receptacle measuring 220v

I have a 120v 20a receptacle that is measuring 220V at the outlet: In the panel this circuit is controlled by a double pole 30amp breaker: I was using a 120V window AC unit in this outlet and it was ...
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Will GFCI breakers protect my outlets?

I'm about to move into an older home at the end of the month. Upon inspection, the inspector found that the outlets aren't grounded. I've been doing a lot of reading on how to fix the situation. I ...
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Can I connect the ground wire for my dryer to a different hole in the chassis?

I am installing a new GE electric dryer (model GTD42EASJ2WW) and attempting to connect the 4-wire cord. The last step is to connect the green ground wire with a supplied ground screw. The hole that ...
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Why do you have to bond the neutral and the ground wire in the main panel? [duplicate]

Why do you have to bond the neutral and the ground wire in the main panel? Not in separat ?I don't know how that works
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Two electrical questions: Tripping GFCI, and unlocatable GFCI

Question 1: We had a pool installed. It has been out of service. I am trying to get it back up and running. It was installed after the house was built. There are separate breakers added by the ...
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Extremely low suspended ceilings? (NEC)

Here are the key points: Condo in NYC with concrete ceilings Recessed lighting "Exactly" The ceiling is to be dropped by only 2-1/2" The light in mind is a 1-1/4 LED light (Extremely low profile) Ex: ...
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Thermostat wiring for ac

I recently installed a nest thermostat for our AC system. Unfortunately I was short sighted and just assumed all the wires were the color I needed. Since installing the thermostat our system won’t ...
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Outside receptacles

I just installed two outside receptacles with plastic weather covers, and I’m wondering if I made a mistake. Would the Legrand CRB5262WCC12 work OK, or should I opt for something else? There’s a GFCI ...
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Is USE-2 or RHW-2 individual wire fit for direct burial or open-joist use?

I see companies selling USE-2/RHH/RHW-2 individual wires. Many claim they are fit for direct burial or fixation to joists. They are individual wires, and lack an outer jacket like SE-R or MH feeder ...
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Wiring three light fixtures to a headboard for my bed

Hi I’ve made a few lamps and a few small electrical projects. But have never done some thing like this so was wondering What the best way to wire them would be and I don’t want to burn my house down ...
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converting two lights from two switches to two lights from one switch

I have a double gang box with two switches that run different lights, from the same incoming cable (power through the switch first). Therefore, I have one "incoming cable" and two "outgoing cables", ...
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Using conduit with THHN

May I run THHN above ground under a house unprotected or is a conduit required for this? The wires consist of 3 4AWG wires with an 8AWG ground going from a 60A breaker at the (100A) service to a newly ...
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Ceiling fan lights wont turn off?

Moved into a new home and theres a hunter ceiling fan in the room. When I put light bulbs in It they dont turn off. The pull switch dims and brightens the lights but doesnt not turn them off. There is ...
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Static electricity from all of my devices

I am not sure that my question is suitable for here but I can't find an answer anywhere. I live in Europe and I just moved to a new apartment. In my bedroom I have 1 electrical socket. I connected an ...
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Wiring from Main to Subpanel

I posted a question a few weeks ago regarding wiring to a pool sub-panel, and I'm grateful for the wonderful information I received. Since then, I learned a little more about the area between my main ...
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using 14/3 with 20amp

I want to install a wall mount mini-split a/c (115v20amp). The panel is 50+ feet away and routing a new (12/2) line will be extremely difficult. However, when the house was built an extra 14/3 line ...
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GFCI Outlet in Bathroom, Lights not working

I completely lost power only in bathroom, so I reset the GFCI and then I turned on the light switch. As soon as I flipped the light switch up the lights flashed on then off and the GFCI outlet made a ...
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issues wiring ceiling fan with remote and 2 switches

I've done some basic wiring but seem to be in over my head on figuring this one out. We have a solarium the had a ceiling light fixture and a switch at each end of the room. I removed the light and ...
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Can I split an electrical load across smaller wires for a bridged connection?

I have 4 terminals on my appliance, L1 L1 and L2 L2. I have 2 incoming wires on a 220v circuit, 8AWG, 40 amps. Can I use a wire nut and connect each 8 AWG wire to 2 12 AWG wires and connect each 12 ...
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Is it possible to control my light and ceiling fan using both wall switches and a remote?

I have two wall switches. One controls my ceiling fan and one controls my light. I would like to add a remote into the mix. Ultimately I would like to control my light and fan using both the wall ...
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Lighting & Wall Outlets

If your branch circuit coming from the panel is 12-2 w/grd and protected with a 20A breaker at the panel, what is the standard number of outlets used in most residential parallel circuits with GFCI ...
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When running crawl space conduit, must the conduit be run through the joist via drilled holes, or can they be attached underneath?

I'm wiring my home for 110V and cat6e(48-0V). There is currently no wiring, just an air tight shell with interior studs exposed. There is a crawl space where I would like to run all of the conduit ...
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Need help understanding amperage ratings for panels and sub panels

Im trying to understand the concept of amperage ratings for panels, and sub panels, but I'm not sure I have it figured out, sorry for any novice terminology. I'm in America. Grounds omitted for ...
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Understanding the wiring of 2-Pole Quad Circuit Breakers

I only want to understand the concept, so you dont have to address if my panel accepts tandem breakers or a certain brand of breakers. I will also omit any reference to ground wires for clarity. I ...
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Why does my electric oven present the option of 40A and 50A breakers?

The oven in question states 40A with 120/240 volts. In the installation manual: This range is manufactured with the neutral terminal connected to the cabinet. Use a 3-wire, UL Listed. 40- or 50-...
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Can I wire a 120v 20A outlet with #8 wire

I am installing an outlet on the front of my house to charge my Kea Niro. The current charger I am using requires a 120v 20A circuit. In the future I expect to get a charger that will require a 240v ...
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Why don't I have ground wiring on any of my outlets?

My house in California was built in 1989 (I believe) And in the last 5 years I've replaced at least 20 outlets myself (successfully), and noticed there were never any ground wires to connect to the ...
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Can a light circuit be split out of the ceiling fan?

I have 2 ceiling fan boxes wired (and properly anchored to a beam), with 12-3 wire and separately switched. Obviously the intention was for somebody to eventually hang 2 fans with integrated lights ...
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connecting bulk propane to generator

I live in a rural area and have a ~125 gallon propane tank on a concrete slab that is serviced by a mobile propane delivery company. We use it for hot water, the gas range, and our forced air heating ...
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3-wire dryer plug with mismatched voltages

Just moved into a house built in the 1950s and, I discovered that one of the hot prongs for my dryer plug is giving me 120VAC (A in picture) and one is giving me 60VAC (B in picture). In addition, ...
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What is a “solar ready” electrical panel and how does it save money in a solar installation?

I see these listed as a seperate category "Meter Mains - Solar Ready" at my supply house. Eaton MBE2040PV200BTS is an example.
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Replaced breaker, and still no power to outlets, but at circuit test 110

I hope you can answer my question. I recently replaced the circuit breaker because it would not reset the power to the outlets thinking it was the problem. I tested with a volt meter and it reads ...
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Can I hardwire an LED retrofit disk

My contractor messed up and put junction boxes into my new house instead of using recessed cans like I was expecting. They were planning on using something like these LED disks. They wire directly to ...
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Ceiling fan installation

I am installing ceiling fans in a brand new home that had pre wiring for ceiling fans installed. The issue I am running into is I have two switches in my wall, one controls an outlet and one is a ...
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Is this light switch installation safe and legal?

I did this wiring in my bonus room years ago, and now I'm wondering if it is in fact legal and safe. This is a built-in book case that I built and installed myself. The bookshelf went in over a ...
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Testing GFCI Outlet with a switch

How to test GFCI outlet with a Switch to determine if it is working?
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Does the ground pigtail to the jbox need to match the largest circuit?

In California, I have a metal jbox and, in it, there is a junction for a 10/2 NM and a 14/2. These have different size ground conductors. Does the code require a specific size ground conductor to ...
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Inverter Power draw from 12V battery

Given a 12V, 100A battery with a 1000w inverter, how many amps would a generic standard european 220V, 500W appliance draw per hour from the battery itself? I know wattage equals volts times amps, ...
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Installing IKEA Lillangen high cabinet (with feet)

I need to install a Lillangen high cabinet that has feet on the floor but as it's tall it needs to be secured with four screws. There is a stud I can use but I am scared of not screwing right into the ...
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GE Powermark Electrical Panel - What Did the Last Guy Do?

Basically, I want to do two things - add two dedicated circuits for the garage shop and add a 50 amp 240 breaker for my welder. I've been reading for days about what is going on inside my panel (GE ...
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Problem with a circuit that has only 2 outlets, one is fed from breaker and that one feeds a 2nd outlet, 2nd is not working anymore

Charleston Sc- Inland, not on any beach or anything like that. I have 2 outlets, front porch and back porch. Both porches are covered but outside, nevertheless. They dont get wet when it rains, just ...
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I would like to run two new outdoor electric lines to two locations in my yard

One location is a 3 vehicle carport which I just need some lights, 2 ceiling fans and some receptacles. Nothing too fancy except it might be nice to be able to run a compressor in there for working on ...
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What are these (utility?) boxes at the side of the house?

What are the four boxes in the picture below for? The fat pipe to the left goes up to the electricity meter. I've also included pictures of the two labels I could find. Also, why is there a green ...
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Is it better to install temp service or permanent outdoor service with future home as subpanel?

This is for a 10 acre new residential lot in NW Washington. The transformer is 200ft away and this will be a new underground service to the home site. I'll be working on building the house myself over ...
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Electrical socket working for washer but not sump pump

My washing machine is below grade, so is dependent on a sump pump. both appliances have been plugged into the same 3 prong duplex outlet, for years. The sump pump stopped working, and after cleaning ...
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Outlet with No Power Source - Outdoors

Last fall, I had a cover break to an outdoor outlet. I haven't used it since. I wanted to replace it today. What I've discovered is that the outlet seems to have no power going go it somehow. All ...