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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Installing a ceiling fan into a socket with 3 wires jammed into the socket

I recently purchased a ceiling fan thinking it would be a fun DIY project but when I went to install it, I came across many problems. I have attached a photo of my ceiling fan socket on the ceiling ...
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Why won't my dimmer dim CFL Lights?

My dinning room had an on/off switch for the light which made it impossible to have romantic dinners there - the light was either too bright or off. So I decided to install a dimmer. Being energy ...
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Why would turning on one breaker trip another?

Before rearranging the main living room, I replaced two 15A outlets that were previously hidden. (The new outlets are the kind that are hard for kids to jam things into.) After doing this I discovered,...
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Can i run my cables from the outside box to the inside breaker box through 2x4 studs?

I am turning our carport into a living room and we have a 100amp breaker box outside that feeds power into the breaker box on the inside of our house. the conduit is going to be in the way of the wall ...
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How do I properly label/wire a switched subwoofer outlet?

All of my home theater components are in an under-stair closet that shares a wall with the back of my living room. I already plan to run audio to the subwoofer in the living room, with a nice cover ...
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I have a 1102 ic lightolier and the socket has gone bad

It has a plug to the junction and a small bulb near the socket. Cannot find replacement and want to know if the small bulb needs to be replaced? Or can it be eliminated? Will heat build up be a ...
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We have a light switch in the kitchen that is wired to the central ac?

We bought our house 2 years ago and thought this was just an unused switch, it doesn't turn anything on that we can see. Then the other day my husband was putting up a ceiling fan in the kitchen and ...
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OHM reading for dryer element? Bad thermal cutoff fuse indication of element overheating?

So I've read that I should get about 10-50 ohm reading on my dryer element. I do get a reading of around 10(jumps around alot) on my element, but this is with the multimeter set to 200(the lowest ...
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Can I add two motion lights to an existing circuit?

Can I use an exsisting line that feeds an outlet, and can I cut that line from the attic and use a junction box to feed power to new lights. I will be placing the ligts about 30 feet from each other.
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How can I prevent multiple socket from being damaged?

I have the following setup at home: one PC (300 W PSU) two 22 " TFT monitors a speaker system one external hard disk with separate PSU - all of the devices are plugged into a multiple socket with ...
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Why do I need 4-conductor cable to my generator?

Why do I need all 4 wires in my generator twistlock? The generator neutral and ground are bonded. I have installed a Siemens 3-pole transfer switch, but would prefer to use 3 wire extension from the ...
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How do you protect romex at the end of an EMT run?

Sometimes you need to run a circuit through both protected & unprotected space. For example, you might put a recep in workshop (unfinished walls = unprotected) over a crawlspace (protected). To ...
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What's wrong with my wiring?

I purchased a Hampton Bay remote for our bedroom fan this weekend. I have it installed and mostly working correctly, but there is one nuisance that still remains. We have two switches on the wall, ...
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How can I replace a light fixture?

I need someone to sort out this wiring question for me. I'm trying to hang a flourenscent light in the garage, however, when I took the old garage light out (one of those round, single light fixtures,...
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Is there a minimum, NEC-compliant distance that an electrical outlet can be off the floor in my home?

If I am able to lower an electrical box by a few inches, I will have enough wire to avoid having to use a junction box to splice a nick I made in the insulation of the neutral wire. It's only a three-...
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How to measure voltage in a duplex (three-way) wired switch?

Consider a light with two duplex switches. The switches work as I can turn light on/off from either switch. However, I'm not getting any voltage reading on my meter. The meter does work as I can get a ...
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Why does my ceiling lights require some other outlet in the room to be turned on and off again before it works?

Picture the scene: I walk into a room and flick the light switch. Nothing happens. I grobble around in the dark to where a baby bottle warmer is plugged into a normal outlet and turn the warmer on. ...
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How do I cap the wires in this electric smoke alarm?

I want to cap these wires with a wire nut so that I can stuff them back up in the ceiling and install a regular, battery-powered smoke alarm. What wires get capped and do I need to do anything with ...
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Is this a valid way to add an electrical outlet?

I've got a feed from my electrical panel in the garage to a single outlet inside the house (for the entertainment center). This was installed by an electrician back in 2009. Through the garage, the ...
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What happens if I shave a little sliver off electrical wire with a utility knife?

I needed to replace an electrical wire with a longer one so I could move an electrical outlet. When I went to cut away the outer rubber cover of one of the wires with a utility knife (yes, dumb, I ...
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How can I add a second light to a circuit?

I have recessed lights that are controlled by two switches. They used a black, red and white wire for each switch to a junction box then used a 14-2 wire to the recessed lights. My question is how do ...
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How can I solder a wire onto a piece of metal?

I am replacing the antenna on my radio. I removed the old antenna to find that a wire had been soldered directly onto the bottom of the antenna. I attempted to solder the wire onto the new antenna ...
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Do they make a pull-chain type outlet adapter for garage door openers to plug in to?

I have constant power going to both my garage door openers. What I'm trying to do is come up with a way to easily cut power to them without having to get out and climb a small ladder to pull the power ...
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Where can I get a switch for a 30A circuit?

I would like to add a switch to a 30A plug, but I am having trouble finding one (they are all rated at 15a/20a). Is there a reason you can't buy 30A switches or is it called something different? To ...
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Are T12 fluorescent lamps still available?

My '70s house is chock full of fluorescent tubes. the T12s look the best with the architecture. those pansy T8s are way too small. Anybody have a lead on where to get 48" 32W T12? PS. can we add '...
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What's involved in upgrading a circuit?

I have a LOT of computer equipment in my bonus room. Additionally, during the summer, our HVAC system has difficulty keeping it cool (as a side note, the HVAC was replaced recently, so it is not ...
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What should I do with a 3-way light switch that is no longer needed?

How do I get rid of a 3-way switch? I am rewiring some lights in an older home and found that one of the switches is a 3-way. However, the light it was originally for was removed years ago. So we ...
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Should I Buy Cordless Drill/Driver From USA And Use It In My Country?

I want to purchase DeWalt 18V Cordless Drill/Driver from USA where electricity standard is 120V - 60Hz and use it in my country with transformer where standard is 220V-230V - 50Hz but there will be ...
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How can I wire a panel heater?

Bought my Mum a Dimplex Panel Heater for Christmas. My plan was to plug it into the single socket beside where I am mounting it however it did not come with a plug and look like it should be wired ...
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Where can I find a Powerline Internet Adapter with DIN Rail Mounting?

There are several products in the market to create a home LAN using the existing electrical wiring at home. In all of them the point of entry(or the emitter) is a device that is connected to a wall ...
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What could be causing strange voltage readings?

My wife bought some new wall sconces for the house and asked me to install them. I'm not an electrician (obviously) but this seemed like something I could handle. So I switched them out, following ...
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Can I have multiple GFCIs on one circuit?

I have a 70s kitchen with a very long countertop. I understand that I only need one GFCI to protect the downstream outlets (for example near the sink). However, I decided instead to install 3 separate ...
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What is the proper installation of a dimmer switch?

I have a wall light that has 18 gauge wire. I want to hard wire this lamp in and put it on a dimmer switch that calls for 14-2 or 12-2 wire. Can this be done? I tried to hook it up but it keeps ...
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How do I install GFCI on multi wire branch cicuit? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I install a GFCI receptacle with two hot wires and common neutral? I am planning on changing the old large gauge/3 wire that fed my electric dryer into a multi wire ...
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How can I add a light switch to an existing lighting circuit?

I have a Light switch that runs four lights, I would like to add a switch to the last light. Is this possible and how could this be wired?
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Is there a remote switch I can use to replace a switch located in a wall being removed?

I am removing two walls that contain light switches for the dining, and kitchen ceiling lights. Is there a wireless switch I can use for control, without fishing wires into the existing walls?
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How do I wire my wall-mounted HD TV?

This image wall-mount setup should give a good idea of the current TV set up on the wall. I wanted to use a SmartStrip to power my TV and all the other devices (receiver, BluRay player, Wii, cable ...
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How to wire a lamp to a junction box?

In my bathroom, I had an old wall lamp hanging above the mirror, that was connected to a junction box. I dismounted the old lamp and didn't pay attention to which wires it was connected. Now I need to ...
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several outlets dont work on same circuit

I tested my outlet and only had 85 volts on the black side and 24 volts on the white side why? There are several outlets on the same circuit that don't work with the same readings.I checked power in ...
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Potterton EP3000 -> Horstmann C27 boiler programmer wiring

I'm in the UK, using an ancient tempermental Potterton EP3000 boiler programmer, but I have a brand new Horstmann C27 which I'd like to replace it with. Apart from the mains supply, there are three ...
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Is there any feasible way to work with live electrical wiring? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I install an electrical outlet on a live circuit? I remember back in my college days, having a badly damaged outlet plug on a built-in dresser/vanity right above my bed ...
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How to deal with abandoned wire?

There is a 240V/30A circuit in a room of my house that used to be a patio. I think it was used for a baseboard/electric heater system. It had a surface mounted outlet that I have removed, but now I ...
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half of all home outlets not working

About a year ago we started noticing outlets in our upstairs bathrooms not working, and eventually none of the bathroom outlets worked at all. Hallway outlets, bedroom outlets still work fine. However,...
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Can I use a hot wire on another panel?

I have a room upstairs that's the size of a small studio apartment. My daughter decided to move back home but my tenant noticed that the room she moved into is tied into their apartment. I went to the ...
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Alternatives to extension cord over the grass to light a Christmas tree

I have a nice little pine tree that sits about 30 feet from the corner of my house. Ideally, I think it would look nice to throw some Christmas lights on it and spread some holiday cheer. I hesitate ...
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Should the tester start flickering when I touch my chandelier's top wiring cover?

(First time quiestion here, so correct me if something's wrong) I recently installed a lamp on the ceiling (a metallic chandelier). Two wires connected to the ceiling (one phase and one "zero"). The ...
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How can I determine if my outlets can easily be grounded?

I'm not sure what to do here. I just moved into a building and my outlets are all 2 prong outlets. Here is what I know of for sure: All the outlets are 2 prong outlets The bathroom outlet has the red/...
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What do I need to do to safely reconnect an A/C-powered smoke detector?

In an unfortunate incident, the plastic plug for one of my A/C-powered smoke detectors became detached from the wires coming out of the ceiling. My ceiling now looks like so (click for full size): ...
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Troubleshooting of lamp which refuses to work after bulb change

The lamp on the ceiling of my living room consists of two bulbs. One of them recently got broke, so I removed it, checked it, and bought a similar one (60 W all of them). I fixed the new one, and now ...
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How can I provide power to a dehumidifier in the bathroom?

I have an interior bathroom which has always been damp. I want to try and do something about it and am thinking of getting a wall mounted continuous flow dehumidifier and attaching the drain pipe ...