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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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Ramset nail into concrete

I have a Home Depot ramset device using the yellow bullets and trying to fasten these wire holders into the concrete but it’s just not working, either they don’t go in all the way to hold it or they ...
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Upgrade electrical panel

I am upgrading panels at my apartment complex and presently only have 3 wire coming from main breakers at a meter bank and don’t have access to run new SER 4 wire Can I just use existing 3 wire and ...
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Is this sub panel installation according to code?

Am I missing something with the installation of this electrical subpanel? Concerned a little that the water outlet might be close but it's not in front of the panel and does not block access. This is ...
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weatherproof in use box/cover for Nema 6-20?

I would like to add 2 infrared heaters to my patio (3000w each) The Bromic eclipse heaters come with 6-20 plugs. It would be nice to have an in-use weatherproof cover so that can stay plugged in full ...
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What size breaker should I use for a subpanel?

For starters, this is in an RV in the United States. But the 120v electrical system is identical to a home just on a smaller scale. For specifics, it's a 50amp RV which is 110/220v split-phase. We can ...
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Older GE Load Center main breaker problem

I have and older GE Load Center sub panel (Box TM-1210. It had a 100 amp double pole breaker at top (Type TQAL-AC) that may have been forcibly inserted as now can't get it or other similar breakers re-...
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What to do when there's is no ground wire available in old box?

I recently decided to change my hallway light. My house was built in 71 so the wiring is obviously not that new. I used a voltage meter to determine my hot and neutral wire but I have no idea how to ...
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Does a water closet (toilet stall) require an electrical outlet?

In my master bathroom, I am creating a "water closet": a private space for the toilet. It is 6'6" x 3'6" and similar to a stall in a public bathroom. It has full walls, a full-...
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Does house wiring induce voltage across parallel wires? [closed]

I wanted to ask a theoretical question. Can someone please explain me how wires connected together in a house circuit do not flow electricity due to induction, as one of the wires is live (the wire ...
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Range hood lights on same switch as under cabinet lights?

We’re planning a kitchen redo, and we’d like to have the lights on the range hood be controlled by the same wall switch that controls the under cabinet lights. We want a standard 36” stainless steel ...
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Any reason NOT to go whole hog in surface prep for installing earth-ground bonding clamps above ground outdoors?

Background I'm tidying up the various outdoor bonding to earth ground in my 1960s era suburban Calif. house. Bare copper wire, either 6 or 4 gauge, will connect them to the appropriate termination on ...
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I am wiring up a ceiling fan in my house built in 1973, how do I hook it up with 3 black, 3 white, and 3 ground present in fixture outlet?

I do know 1 set is hot from breaker box, 1 set is feeding seperate light in same room, and other set goes to the light/fan switch on wall. When I tie all same colors together it trips breaker when i ...
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Installing Smart Switches with Continuous Line Wire

I had planned to swap out two standard switches in a double-gang box with smart switches but discovered that the line wire appears to be one continuous wire that is stripped in two sections, where it ...
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Outlets not going off with switch

So mother in law wants white outlets/switches/plates. (she has old almond colored ones) So I get to two outlets in her bedroom....one red, one white and one black in. Take out the old outlet, put ...
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Subpanel has broken hot and the other hot, neutral and ground are good. Can I just run one feeder wire to the subpanel and use the other feeder wires

if one feeder is broken. Can I run one feeder wire to use with the existing good feeder wires
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3 way switch has only 1 traveller wire

I am trying to replace the old switches in my 3 way switch setup. The old switches are Jasco ZW4005 smart switch Jasco ZW2004 addon switch. I replaced switch 1 which had 2 travelers, 1 common/ load ...
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Why does my EV charger only draw 6 or 12 amps on a 20 amp circuit?

It was installed in 2005 as part of a heavy-up. It is on a 20 amp breaker with 12/3 wire. I initially used it for yard tools. Now, I am using it to charge my EV. I am using a 5-15 plug. I usually ...
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How do you install pod lights in a finished basement ceiling where the drywall was installed with no furring strips?

I used to have two track lights which I am trying to replace (they are removed) I am left with two electrical boxes (1 and 2 in the picture) one is connected to the other, they were installed before ...
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How do I zone pod lights on a single circuit without adding more wiring from the light switch (I can only branch off two ceiling spots)?

I have this layout, this is a big entertainment room in the basement Unfortunately there is a single circuit and a light switch on that circuit Is there any solution to create lighting zones (at least ...
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What size SER and XHHW-2 do you use with a 200A meter base and a 225A load center (panel)?

I’m going to be installing a 200A meter base with a 200A breaker in it, which acts as an external disconnect (required in California). Here’s the spec sheet for it. The load center I’m using (model ...
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16 circuit load center generac to with briggs and stratton

I have a Briggs and Stratton standby generator model 040301 7kw and want to use a Generac automated standby transfer switch with 16 circuit Load center 50amp, part 0j0391. Is this ok?
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Need advice for Motel rewire 58 room one story very messy and multiple rooms on one circuit [closed]

So I have a rewire and a panel upgrade for a motel that is absolutely a disaster multiple rooms on one circuit multiple circuits containing multiple different plugs and different rooms it's just a ...
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How to wire switch with 3 cables and outlet where only 1 is affected by switch [closed]

Here is a consolidated version of the situation. There's more outlets that repeat in series and I am not showing grounds. My Fiancee put a new fixture in the closet. It wouldn't turn on. We hired an ...
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Unfinished basement: OK to mount outlet box on wall?

If I hang this off a dedicated circuit (and the 2nd outlet is chained off the GFCI outlet), is it OK to have this box bolted right to the wall? It is properly grounded and all. The plain (wrong color) ...
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15A DF breaker keeps blowing at sub panel hot connection point

Problem: My single pole 15A DF breaker has blown twice (I stopped after the second time) at the hot connection point in a newly installed outdoor sub panel. My goal: I recently installed two new sub ...
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Is This An Approved Way To Connect EMT to Outside Disconnect Through Backside Knockout?

For a clean look, I want to run EMT directly into the back knockout of a disconnect box and am wondering if my methodology is correct or if this violates code. My wiring is in the basement and the ...
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Is white wire with grey stripes positive or negative wire?

I want to re-wire an ac to dc power adapter for an ONT(Optical Network Terminal - AKA Fibre Box mounted on a wall) and replace the adapter with a standard DC plug. This is because I want to connect it ...
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Is it okay to plug 16A/250V appliances to a 10A/250V outlet? [closed]

I live in the Philippines. The power outlets at home have 10A/250V label on them except for the air conditioner outlet that's 20A/250V. I have a computer monitor, CPU case and printer from Germany. ...
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14-50 outlet -- ok to mount on floor?

Is it ok to mount this on the floor under the range? Or must it go on wall?
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bringing NM-B into outdoor panel

I'm installing a 40-amp subpanel on the outside of a cinderblock basement wall. I'll run 8-3 NM-B (aka. Romex) from the main load center into the basement. What is the best way to get the NM-B cable ...
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Ceiling light replacement for 9in square hole [closed]

I have a 10in x 10in ceiling light from the 1980s. Its a ceiling light with a heat fan with a 9.5x9.5in square hole. We want to replace it with a regular ceiling light. (we already have another duct) ...
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Compressor is intermittently turning off

I have a 16 SEER Carrier and when it works it's fabulous. Probably 8 years old. But some days it will just suddenly turn off. The Nest Thermostat keeps going, thinking it's asking for cooling, and the ...
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Decoding error LEDs from "smart" switch

I have a number of HAI/Leviton UPB switches that were installed a number of years ago. They communicate with a central controller for home automation. Leviton no longer makes these switches, though ...
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GFCI Bathroom Outlet Open Hot

For some reason the outlet keeps tripping the breaker. There are 2 other outlets on this breaker as far as now, one of the front and back porch. This is the bathroom wiring. Any help? Should I pull ...
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Need a peephole camera without modifying peephole [closed]

I searched almost everywhere. Here is my issue. I live in an apt. I cannot modify or remove the peephole. I can't add a video doorbells of any kind. I am looking to see how I can put a camera on the ...
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2 black wires, 1 hot and a red wire. Pigtail in outlet

I changed out an outdoor light and went to hook up the other one, but the new one didn’t come on when I wired the outside black and white wire. The inside outlet has 2 black wires ( 1 hot ) and a red ...
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What is this box of wires?

Does anyone know what this small box of wires are? Seems to have a bunch of potential ground wires gathering here. The box itself is just screwed to the house. Some wires go to the telco box, one to ...
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14/3 for dual 120 appliance

I am running 15 amps to a furnace that uses 2 separate 15 amp 120V circuits. 240V is not used. Is 14/3 adequate? Is a 14 gauge return good enough for both poles?
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Protecting Smoke Alarm Relay from Large (6.5 amp @ 120V) Inductive Load

We recently installed a whole house fan that has a max current of 6.5A at 120V. Due to the dangers of whole-house fans accelerating fires, we wanted to be safe and wire in a smoke alarm relay so that ...
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Changing Old Fan to new light only LED Fixture

I'm trying to change out an old ceiling fan with a newer light only LED light, but I'm having trouble with the wiring. Here is a picture of the switch box: And here is a picture of the ceiling box: ...
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Surface mounted metal boxes and smart devices

In my garage I have surface mounted metal switch and outlet boxes with conduit running to the attic. All these boxes have metal covers. On another forum I saw posted the following: "NECA 1-2006,...
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Solar panels in rental - power plug

When living in a rental, if solar panels are hooked up in the traditional way they become part of the property, and have to be left behind when leaving the rental. When placing solar panels, how could ...
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Changing 20 amp breaker to 15 amp

I have a 20 amp breaker that feeds 3 lights and 5 outlets. The feed is 12/2 wire, but it changes to 14/2 running to the outlets. Should I replace the 14/2 wire or can I just change the breaker to a 15 ...
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Visual indicator of cable temperature

I have a longish extension cord I use to run power tools. Based on some rough estimates of the cable gauge, max amperage, the power use of my tools I think I should be fine if I don't run too many of ...
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Upgrade subpanel

I am looking to add a 240v 50amp outlet to my garage for charging the EV. With the help of folks on this forum I found that I need to expand my subpanel to add more breakers before adding a line to ...
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Hang Bathroom Light Fixture [duplicate]

I've hung multiple lighting options before, but they have always been when there is a electrical box in the wall behind the drywall. In this case, I removed the old light fixture in my bathroom, and ...
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How to estimate and compare operating costs of gas vs electric furnace?

My home has an old electric, central furnace. All of my neighbors are on natural gas. I pay 5-6 times as much as they do on my heating bills during winter months. I can either convert my home to ...
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Do I need to turn off the breaker to install a pigtail adapter?

Like the title says, do I need to turn off the breaker before installing a 2-prong to 3-prong "pigtail" adapter? The instructions on the packaging state that I must, but my apartment has no ...
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Wire my house for Internet

As an IT student I have a first chance to plan a basic Internet topology in my own home. We have fiber-optic Internet and a telephone line to our home. We would like to ask for advice about changing ...
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How can I find out if an exposed outdoor cable is dangerous?

I bought a farm in Australia and near the house there is some exposed wiring attached to a star post and running back to the house underground that I think the prior owner intended for an outdoor ...
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