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Distribution and use of electricity throughout the home. Electrical standards vary greatly worldwide, so you need to provide your location in your question or profile to 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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Circuit Breaker rating vs Stove

The datasheet for this Bosch 800 series stove calls for a "50 amp circuit breaker". My current stove is on a 50amp circuit in my house (Washington state). Could I replace my current stove ...
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Is this 12V battery backup setup correctly for a 120V sump pump?

I'm trying to replicate the battery backup setup described in this video and in text below. I'll state what the video demonstrates, then share the parts and plan I have. I'm looking for input on how ...
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honeywell programmable light switch

I identified the hot wire (bringing in electricity) as black, and the black wire without electricity as the one connected to the light fixtures. Once I determined which switch controlled the fixtures, ...
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Can I use a double pole 60 amp breaker on a 40 amp tankless hot water heater

How can I properly wire a double pole 60 amp breaker at the breaker box to be use on a 40 amp tankless hot water heater
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Requirements for how electrical ground bonding jumper enters structure and reaches subpanel?

Burbank, CA I added a 125 A subpanel to my detached garage (2/0 feeders), and ran copper ground between it and the main panel. I’m now installing a pair of grounding electrodes for the subpanel, and ...
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9 Watt LED Doesn't Work in My Lamp

Our utility company sent a box of various energy conservation items. One was a 9 Watt LED bulb. Made by simplyconserve. It won't work in my table lamp. I can use a regular 60 watt bulb - no ...
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Corded lawnmower slowly stopped working

I pulled my corded electric lawnmower out for the first mow of the season, and noticed that was kind of weak. Over the next 5-10 minutes it got weaker and weaker, and then finally it just stopped ...
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Only 2 Neutral wires in my panel?

I recently got this old condo, the electrical panel looked concerning. The previous owner renovated 4 years ago and I believe some electrical work was done. I only see two neutral wires connected to ...
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What is this outdoor electric component called and used for?

This box was previously linked to an outdoor artificial pond filter, as far as I can see. However, now nothing in the system works. The outlet next to the unit also doesn't work. Does anyone know ...
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3 Way Lamp That Is Now 1 Way - Can It Be "Cured"?

My lamp WAS a wonderful 3 Way. Then it became a 1 Way in the last week. I changed the bulb to a new 3 Way bulb, but no dice. It still doesn't do 3 Way, only 1 Way. Is there a way to correct this ...
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Only 3 Wires going to a sub panel

I have an old Siemens sub panel (1990s) that I would like to replace soon. I took the panel cover off and and there is 3 wires (2 hots and a neutral). if I am correct, you need 4 wires (2 hots, a ...
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I need to control confessional lights for a church [closed]

I have a confessional light system I want to install. There are two different sides to the confessional. A green and red light control both sides. If one side or the other is occupied the red will ...
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Connecting C-wire to 1989 Forced Air Electric Heater

Can anybody figure out where a C-wire would be connected in this old forced air electric furnace? How do you test it with a multimeter to make sure? Big 240V cables are at 1 (pink circle) in picture; ...
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Greenhouse build and electrical

Is there a big cost difference between having electrical set up directly outside the greenhouse vs inside? Foundation has yet to be done.
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Can you identify/explain the wiring in my bathroom based on this diagram?

I'm in USA. I'm changing an old bathroom light/exhaust fan out. The image below is of the ceiling, and the connection to the light/fan. Image of how switch is wired. Not of actual switch Cables/...
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Mini junction box

Our designer picked out a picture light, but when it showed up the base plate for the picture light is only 1 3/4 x 4.5”. That means if I install it on the smallest box that I can think of, a handy ...
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What size wire in conduit before feeding 20A nm circuit?

I want to run five 20A 120V circuits and one 20A 240v circuit from my panel (13 circuit carrying conductors, 6 grounds), through a 25' long conduit in my crawlspace, to a junction box where I then ...
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3 way switch, possible compatibility issue?

I’ve been remodeling houses for 20+ years and have never seen the issue I’m having before ,if a dimmer wasn’t in the circuit. Replacing switches to new style (not “smart” rocker switches. Replaced ...
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do dielectric unions preserve continuity or do the two pipes need to be jumpered to preserve continuity?

Scenario: old house (not mine) with a mix of galvanized steel pipe and copper pipe. Pinhole leak in galvanic pipe, and it was replaced by plumber with a brass nipple and a dielectric union where it ...
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Raceway wiring in a bathroom next to sink

I am rehabbing my bathroom in a 1923 bungalow in Chicago. I have one outlet on GFCI above the sink and it's to the left of it. I want to run a raceway wire to my wall and up and install a ventilation ...
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Why do I have a curiant running on only the out side around a comper [closed]

I have a camper I'm working on someone installed a breaker box an ran house wire and there's a 12 volt box that runs the interior lights it also has a I'm bored battery charge but the problem is I'm ...
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Dual-function (AFCI/GFCI) and 2-POLE breaker

I recently bought my first house and have been investigating the GFCI fix to branch circuits that (due to installation date) do not have equipment grounding conductor installed. My receptacle boxes ...
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3-way switch wiring is not making any sense at all [closed]

So, this is gonna be a long post but I’ll try and be as descriptive as possible: I’m replacing all the outlets and switches in the house, because the previous owner did the landlord special on the old ...
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Electrical modular switch screwless cover plate [closed]

I had fitted my house with Legrand Electrical screwless switch cover plate. The problem is it is such a pain to remove i.e. put a flat screwdriver and twist. The painful part is also that the snap ...
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Why does my outdoor light sensor not turn the lights off during the day?

Bought our house just over a year ago, and the outdoor lighting has a Tork 2021 Photocontrol sensor (pic attached below) that has been working absolutely great until about a month or so ago. The ...
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Adding 2 new outlets to existing GFCI's in two bathrooms

In the middle of a remodel. So I have two bathrooms connected on the same 20A circuit and both currently have GFCI. Bathroom 1(B1) GFCI is wired to the LINE/source and its LOAD powers Bathroom 2(B2) ...
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Can I split a group (1 circuit) of neutrals in 2 inside a 4 gang box

I have a 4 gang box with 7 neutral wires twisted with a nut, it's all 1 circuit on 1 breaker, I need to add a new wire to it, but I don't have a bigger nut, can I split that in 2 and link them ...
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What is causing some of the receptacles in my trailer to not output 120V?

Out of the blue my oven/stovetop, my microwave and various other appliances along with some light fixtures stopped working. Making a long story short, it has rained here for days and I don't know if ...
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Are outlets required to be near the floor where there are shorty foundation walls?

I have friends who own a 3 year old house. The lower part of the basement wall is concrete. That concrete wall is about 3 feet off of the concrete floor. If they want to add outlets to the basement,...
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Humming Spa Motor

Have a strong spa hottub. When jets button is pushed to turned on, motor begins to Humm but no water is rotating. I manually spun the shaft in the back of the motor/pump and it spins with a slight ...
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How to break off outlet yoke tabs without bending

To install an outlet in a metal box cover plate like this one: I have to break off the tabs of the outlet. The ones I've shown in red are trivial - just grab the ear with some pliers and rock back ...
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Protecting kitchen outlets with GFI outlets

I have an issue similar to others wanting to add GFI to upgrade their kitchen outlets having multiple daisy-chained outlets with three wire service (220V with a neutral). I have a split phase wiring ...
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KitchenAid Oven (Model KDRP407HSS13) - Oven Part Lost Power; Gas Range Still Working

I have a KitchenAid oven (model KDRP407HSS13) that's lost power to the oven part. Last night I cooked tenderloin in last night no problem. Later that night I went to clean up and noticed that the ...
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Can this hook up be possible?

I'm installing a northflo 50000 btu heat pump it say runs at 12 amps..@) 20 amp breaker at main panel , can i replace my 40 gfi breaker in spa pack with a 20 amp?
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Need to install a new outlet : from Light Fixture or GFCI? How to go about it?

I need to install a new electrical outlet in the bathroom, that would connect to the vanity as well as a new bidet in the future. I have two sources for this: Vanity light fixture, that's connected ...
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How can I correctly replace this section of a circuit powering 4 individually-switched lights?

I have 4 exterior lights, each independently controlled by switches on the interior of my house. During a renovation some of the wiring was damaged and needs to be replaced (the span between the two ...
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How to install soft start module on table saw?

I"m installing a soft start module on my Craftsman 10" model 315.34972. This saw starts SUPER hard, so I bought a soft start module from Amazon: Hitachi 371468 Soft Start Module. Here is the ...
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Connection of Protective Earth for EV charging

I am reading about the EV charging at J1772, where a connector image is displayed. The connector has a PE terminal. I read that the Protective Earth is connected to a earth rod on the charging station ...
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Why is my electrical panel buzzing?

I hope you can help me identify where this is coming from. First my electrical is all metallic with 2 wires only, and ground via metal conduit. After some troubleshooting I've found the following: On ...
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Adding 240 V Circuit Through Attic

I am planning to add a new 240 V circuit to install a induction style range. There is an abandoned 240 V outlet at the location when a gas range was added however this is a 2 wire system without ...
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Does my freezer really need a dedicated breaker? [closed]

I just purchased a garage freezer: GE FCM22DLCWW. On the side of the freezer, it says 115 VAC 60Hz 2.0 AMPS. In the Q/A section of the website I bought it from, it says that the running wattage of ...
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Can I connect 3-core electrical wire to a 2-socket load?

I am completely new and inexperienced with electrical work but wanted to learn how to DIY a very basic exhaust fan installation in my kitchen. I built a hood that mounts onto a small window and bought ...
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Installing 3 Bulb Chandelier

This used chandelier came with 3L, 3N & 3E wires, plus 2 spare wires, one marked with electrical tape. Which wires should I attach to the spares, and where do I attach the 3 Earth Wires?
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Replace 3 way switches with Four way switch

three way switchesI have two three way switches operating two different lighting circuits in a 2 gang box. Power feed for both circuits is in the same box. Is there a way to combine both circuits and ...
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10/2 pigtail question

USA Poster. Im by no means a professional but have done some amount of electrical work and am having a brain fart moment. I discovered a 10/2 splice inside a wall. No box, just spliced with some nuts ...
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How do I safely ground and bond my circuit?

I'm trying to design and install a very simple little off grid power setup for a one room cabin. It would have a main solar power source and a backup generator. I'm trying to design a simple AC ...
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Is a GFCI outlet subject to NEC 250.130.C.4, ground supplied from same enclosure as power?

According to 250.130.C.4 the ground connection for an outlet may be borrowed if needed from another junction box so long as it comes from the same "enclosure" (subpanel). If a two-prong ...
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Can I run a gas pipe in front of my electric meter pedestal?

I want to run gas pipe to my patio for a gas grill. I'll be connecting to the grill with a quick connect hose. I would be starting back by the air conditioner and would like to come as far around the ...
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Using a 4” hole saw on wood panel walls to install a round electrical box?

I am mounting a 24 inch vanity light into wood panel walls. The light fixture is lightweight and there is no stud available, so I intend to use this 1 gang old work round electrical box. I need to ...
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Why does static electricity on my couch cause my TV screen to turn off? [closed]

Background: I have recently moved into a new house. It was built in the 70s and I had some remediation work done on the wiring. All the outlets were replaced and connected via alumicon connectors. The ...
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