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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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Why is my 200 amp home electrical box in the wall being supplied with only 100 amps from the pole/meter? [closed]

I'm renting a trailer thats causing problems with my major applianes. I discover that my 209 amp box inside the home is only being supplied with 100 amps from the pole. Could tghe was my landlord has ...
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Why does dryer manufacturer not recommend runs of 10/3 cable longer than 15 feet (4.5m)?

I'm moving my dryer from one side of the laundry room to the other one, and extending my circuit from the existing outlet box -- the new length of the run (old+new) is roughly 25 feet. During an on-...
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Could someone help me with an electrical load calculation for my home?

I am installing a lot of electric heavy equipment in my new home, and could use some help confirming I am up to all code standards and can safely run everything. I need a bit of help making sure I am ...
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Combining 2 AFCI circuits into 1 AFCI circuit using pigtails -- pigtail hot only? or hot & neutral?

My house has two unused bedrooms that each have their own dedicated circuits in my panel. Both circuits are on 15 amp AFCI breakers. Since these are never used, and certainly never used at any level ...
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Changing a 3 gang Australian light switch to a 3 gang Smart switch

I am wanting to replace my old 3 gang switch with the latest 'smart' 3 gang switch, but I'm a little bit confused about how to wire it correctly. Obviously I know that I should employ a licensed ...
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Bathroom Exhaust Fan/Can Light/Fan Light Wiring

I'm looking for some help on wiring my bathroom remodel. Cable coming from breaker into GFCI as the first receptacle on the circuit. From the LOAD side, I'm going to wire another outlet. Also from the ...
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How can I determine if a generator is internally or externally insulated?

I have a TroyBilt 8000 watt generator (model #030247 rev 2). I need to be able to tell my well company whether it's internally or externally insulated so they can get me info about a well pump. The ...
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Do we need to staple non-metallic cables near box when there is a nearby hole in stud? (BC, Canada)

I wish to extend an outlet with another run of cable (14/2). I have a horizontal run of cable to make along the wall, and the stud closest to the outlet will be bored less than 30mm away from the ...
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Fused disconnect fuse size question

I am installing a steam generator. The unit draws 42 amps. I have a two pole 50 amp breaker at the service box per the instruction manual. Per the manual, The unit needs a fused disconnect at the ...
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Switch loop issues and properly fixing

I bought a home w some remodeling done. After being here a little bit, I realize that the front door switch when in the off position it will power a single outlet just below the switch. When I flip ...
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Can you put a sauna heater for a higher cubic footage in a smaller room?

I am wanting to build a sauna in my master closet. The room is 250 cubic feet. The two sauna heaters I'm considering are a 6kW unit and a 9kW unit. The 6kW unit is for rooms 160-275 cubic feet, and ...
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diesel powered heating - identification and advice request

I bought a house and the owner is a few steps removed from the last user of the house which leaves me at a loss as to who I even need to speak to about the machines and systems. My hope is that I can ...
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Two electric baseboard thermostats on one circuit. The first box has six wires, the second just four (ignoring the grounds)

At the first thermostat is the group of two wires the line, and the group of three wires the load? The second thermostat along the circuit only has four wires. I put in a new thermostat on the second ...
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Alternative approach (without new wire) to splitting single switch into 2 switches controlling bathroom fan and light separately

We have this bathroom with just one switch on the wall. Both the wall light near the mirror and the ventilation fan in the ceiling are controlled by this single switch. I want to replace it with a 2-...
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Creating 3 Way switch with existing wiring and smart switch

I am doing the wiring in the basement, and have messed up. I did not run the necessary cabling to do the 3 way switch the traditional way. I have 14/2 cable that comes from the breaker to a 3 way ...
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When can I use my lights again after a ceiling leak

We had a leak from a second floor sink that went under the baseboards and dripped through a recessed light fixture on the first floor ceiling. It wasn't much water. Only a few oz made it through. I've ...
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Box sticking out of ceiling. Will round shallow box fit?

I am updating a light fixture. It appears to be a 4 inch rounded square 1 1/4 inch box in the ceiling sticking out about 3/4 of an inch. This will not work with the new fixture and bracket. Will a 4 ...
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When I apply a load anywhere in the gym the power offsets dramatically. What can cause it? [duplicate]

After a storm they returned to the gym and the lights were flickering which prompted them to contact me after evaluating the panel with the breakers on the reading at the feeders in the panel and main ...
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Leviton GFCI is not working [closed]

I am helping a friend who had a circuit trip. Reset the breaker and it tripped again. Saw one of the GFCIs was tripped. They replaced with a new one but the circuit still is not working. The breaker ...
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Hissing in wall after drilling hole in drywall

I poked a hole into the drywall in my house using a hand awl. After I finished the hole, I hear a hissing sound coming from the hole. It seems like I may have punctured a duct or worse electrical ...
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How could my electric switch reverse the on and off positions!

I have a plate with 3 switches in a row. All "up" lights are all on; all down lights are off. After changing a bulb, I noticed that one of the the three switches got reversed. It's now off, ...
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Running PVC conduit in converted attic

I have an attic that is semi-converted. I want to install eclectic outlets at 7 locations. I am wondering which conduit is better to use the PVC rigid one (pipes) or the flexible one. From what I ...
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How can I build an electronic transistor? [migrated]

I’m looking to build XOR and AND logic electronic gates with the most basic materials. What methods can I use without expensive machines?
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Electrical on NXR gas oven not working

My NXR Pro oven has been having some issues. Before the oven would only sometimes ignite. And when it did ignite it would take 3-4mins. After some research it seemed like it was the igniter. I ...
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Newly installed lutron motion sensor switch is always ON

This question is for Lutron Maestro Motion Sensor Switch | No Neutral Required, 150W LED, Single Pole | MS-OPS2-WH, White It similar to this question here: lutron sensor switch - wiring help I have ...
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Can an NMD90 8/3 cable be used instead of a 8/2

I have a pre-existing NMD90 8/3 cable running from the electrical panel to the basement bathroom. I decided to add a steam generator and build a steam room. The generator only needs a NMD90 8/2. Can I ...
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How to wire recessed lights off a previously switched electric outlet with 14/3 between them and why is red always hot

Thank you in advance for your help. I recently purchased a home and while removing some built-ins I found that they had a 14/2 wire running inside the built in between an outlet behind the built in ...
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code for adding an outlet to lighting circuit

I live in the state of Washington. I want to add an outlet receptacle (not controlled by a switch) to a 15A lighting circuit in my garage. It should be just a short cable run of 2 feet from the light ...
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How to ground partial run of flexible metal conduit between pvc end points?

The conduit will carry three 2/0 Aluminum cables (2 hots, one neutral) and one 6AWG bare copper grounding conductor from main panel to sub panel. Edit: Can I use an Insulated Metallic Grounding ...
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Do two switch loops to one box require two neutrals?

If you run two switch loops from the same circuit to a single box do you need to run two 14/3 cables so that smart switches will utilize a neutral from the "correct" cable for their own ...
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Can I run cable through the center of my garage door header?

I'm trying to find the building code for drilling or notching in headers under the California building code from 2019 or beyond. I have only been able to find drilling and notching in studs for 2019. ...
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Clamping electrical outlet to concrete wall without drilling?

This is what my receptacle looks like. The outlet works fine, but it's sticking out since the outlet can't clamp to anything. The wall is solid concrete and it's an apartment, so I prefer not ...
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Surge protection

I have an outdoor meter socket with a 150 amp panel for the heat pump and just inside the house I have a 200 amp whole house service. Where is the best place to install this surge protector. I would ...
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Should I replace 20 amp breaker with a 30 amp breaker? [duplicate]

We had an addition built and the dufus wired too many outlets into a 20 amp breaker. We have to run a couple of electric heaters occasionally in 2 different rooms and they always trip the breaker. Can ...
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Where do I connect my unused C wire to my Goodman Heat Pump?

I understand similar questions have been asked but I have been unable to extrapolate what has worked for others to my own system. I am trying to upgrade my thermostat to the Ecobee Lite. I have an ...
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Adding outlet in middle of run

I want to add an outlet in the middle of a run in my kitchen. The start of the run has a GFCI outlet. The outlet I want to extend off of is a regular 15amp with both line and load connections used (...
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My 52”brockton ceiling fan will turn on then right off and there is nothing wrong with any of the wiring ive checked it 4 times

Ok this is an actual question since i cant post on electrical questions on my 52" brockton ceiling fan turns on for an second or two then turns right off and i checked all the wiring and there is ...
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How should I bond my CSST given my gas entry distant from my electrical entry?

I live in VA and used 3/4" CSST to run 5ft from LP Tank up the inside of the wall to the first floor's floor joists, then switch to 3/4" black pipe to run 72 inches to the kitchen where the ...
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4 way toggle sometimes not toggling up/down reliably compared to other switches

I purchased these Leviton 4-way switches and replaced older ones, along with some 3-way switches on the same circuit. The switches are in a series of two 3-ways, and one 4-way switch. The switches all ...
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Installing an additional ground bar in a vintage main service panel

I'm in the process of attempting to perform some cleanup in this panel and also reconfiguring and adding several new circuits. This panel is a vintage Westinghouse/Bryant Electric 100 amp main service ...
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Running wire from service panel to workshop

I want to run electrical cable from service electrical panel in utility room to workshop. I would need to run the cable about 50' under the house to get to the outside, then I could bury the cable to ...
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Wiring junction box to supply power (low demand using all LEDs) for hall light switch, bathroom Switch and switch for duplex outlet (display case)

We are rewiring the entire old house. Completely removed the bathroom wall and rebuilt it to expand the size of the bathroom and remodeled. The new L-shaped wall will have 3 separate light switches on ...
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Old service entry cable left inside former main service panel

My Stab-Lok split bus subpanel has what I assume to be the previous service entry cable still inside. The black aluminum wire is spliced together with 12 gauge copper wire on a 20 amp circuit. The red ...
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Found bonded Ground and Neutral in electrical box

Recently purchased a 1993 house and have been updating all the switches to the rocker type switches. When I got to my box near my front door, I noticed that the neutral and ground were twisted ...
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Electric shower: turning up heat causes low flow cutout

I have an electric shower. It has the usual two dials, one for the heating elements and one for the flow rate. In summer it works fine, but in winter when the mains water is cold turning up the heat ...
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Can I run 24v LED strip lights over 14ga wire?

I want to wire up some LED strip lights. Assuming I properly go through a transformer to the apropriate 24v the strip lights require (that is, the transformer these particular strip lights come with), ...
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Breaker for subpanel keeps tripping after rainstorm

My neighbor has a large main panel where pg and e comes in, and his panel has a breaker that feeds a subpanel which sends power to a cabin(mine) my landlords shop, her house and some outdoor gfi ...
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Need to add some type of distribution panel to extend electricity from the power pole [closed]

We are located in central Texas. I am needing to run across the road to some type of outdoor distribution panel, as in this image. I have done some wiring. The power company has already hooked up the ...
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What is the distance between staples when using a running board under floor joists in an unfinished crawl space

What is the max distance between staples when using a running board to cross floor joists in an unfinished crawl space?
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How to switch 2 different outlet circuits in your home easily

I'm trying to connect my PC to the internet using Internet over power. My room's outlets are on a different electrical circuit to the rest of the house. Is there a easy way to switch my rooms outlets ...
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