Questions tagged [electrical]

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Do I need to spend extra for a special oven light bulb?

My oven light went out and I need a new bulb. That would be something like this one, which is over $20 for a single light bulb! I understand that the oven gets very hot and so maybe some kind of ...
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How do I wire a new duplex GFCI-enabled receptacle to run two 15 amp appliances simultaneously?

Original situation: I have a 14/2 circuit, where the circuit powered 7 lights and 3 outlets. One of those outlets was in the kitchen and was powering a microwave and sometimes an air fryer. During ...
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FMC as ground through the house

Is it acceptable to use FMC as a ground from the outlets to the box? I see in the electrical code it says it can be 50ft for a branch circuit and 6ft for a feeder. I'm just really looking to ...
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Code-compliant outlet in attic crawl space for ceiling-mounted, USB-powered sensor? What about in-wall?

I have these Aeotec Multisensor 6 devices that are pretty neat, and they have a recess-mounting bracket. They can be battery- or USB-powered. I’d like to USB-power them and recess them in my ceilings, ...
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Can I wire a switch to toggle between the top and bottom outlets of a 1 gang receptacle

Pardon any misused vocabulary, I'm still kinda new to this stuff. I have a dedicated 15 amp circuit wired to a 1 gang, 2 outlet receptacle under my kitchen sink that powers the disposal. The entire ...
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Why run the same phase twice to a series of outlet?

Just found the setup in the photos below. This circuit was run with 3 wires + ground. White is neutral, Black and Red are on the same phase. There's a single pole 15 amps breaker feeding it. This is ...
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Is my plan for wiring lights and outlets correct?

Could someone take a look at this wiring plan and let me know if this looks ok? I've done basic wiring in the past, but never had occasion to use 12/3 wiring before. Something about having two hot ...
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Circuit with GFCI/CAFGI breaker trips on a branch that turns off

Scenario: GFCI/CAFGI circuit with a branch that is set up as: breaker then switch then light 1 then light 2. Light 1 has a socket on it already. Switch is in a box that contains switches for all the ...
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Use a 10-3 cable to supply 120v power to 2 duplex receptacles?

I have a 10-3 cable to a double box that used to have 240v power. I want it to have 2 duplex outlets on 120v. Can I use the 10-3 for the 2 circuits?
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Some outlets non working on same circuit

In my kitchen I have the following issue: Spontaneously, some of the wall outlets did no longer work. Others however continued to be working. After some time, all outlets worked again. I know that I ...
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Openings in 3 phase distribution box cover?

I live in rural Indiana. I have a standalone woodshop. Since I have 3 phase equipment, I installed a converter and use a 3 phase distribution box to send power to each machine via a dedicated fused ...
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Is clamp meter misreading or am I using it incorrectly?

I just bought an Ideal 61-737 Clamp Meter from Lowes and watched several instructional videos on how to use it. I'm interested in using the Non-Contact Voltage (NCV) feature which allows me to touch ...
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What does the ground wire on a light's mounting bracket connect to?

I am replacing a chandelier in our dining room. I turned off the breaker and took the chandelier off and see two wires (hot and neutral): The replacement light only has two wires (hot and neutral): ...
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How do you power an Amazon Echo Dot in the ceiling?

I would like to mount Echo Dot units in the ceiling of all the rooms in my house in England. I have found a flush ceiling mount which will allow this. The rooms on the top floor are not a problem as ...
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What kind of breakers might work in this panel? [duplicate]

I want to install a double pole 30 amp GFCI breaker in this panel, but I can't figure out what kind of breakers I need. Is there a way to tell from the pictures I have attached?
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What specifications should be for a dimmer for those bulbs?

I really want be able to dim my lights in the sleeping room. This is the bulbs I have. I can buy another bulbs. But for now this what I have. Four bulbs E14 warm light. It was written it the store ...
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Delay + 'Click' in Garage Light Switch Since Getting Cold

When I turn on my (non-insulated) garage lights (LED), there is a 2-4 second delay. After 2-4 seconds, I hear a solid "click" from the light switch, and then the lights come up. The click ...
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Switched outlet after non-switched

I added an outlet after the one for my garage door. The problem is that somehow the garage door (first in the chain) is not switched but the outlet after it is. This is how the garage door outlet is ...
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Why is my entire townhome flickering? Circuit box is replaced. Whole house has copper wiring

My whole house flickers. It is a townhome. Here are some things to cross off the list: I just replaced the circuit box which was old and faulty. It is brand new, not refurbished. The house is wired ...
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Do I need to update my NEMA 10-50 receptacle with no neutral for NEC 2017 code compliant?

I have a lengthy 6/2 run with no neutral and two hots. The oven appliance is configured in 3-wire with the grounding strap connected on the appliance. I have to extend this run by 4 feet via splicing, ...
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How do I connect my new dimmer?

I have a new dimmer for Led lights. I need to dim 4 leds of 5-watt each one. The dimmer is for 220 V AC. The problem is that I see 4 connectors in the back. But I have only 2 wires in my wall. If am I ...
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Box too small for TP link Kasa smart switch

Attempted to install a TPLink Kasa 3way switch in asingle gang box. spent hours yesterday replacing wire into this box to add a neutral. This is now electrically functional but I can't get this ...
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Can Electrical Leak into Copper Pipes Cause Corroison?

My Lg Washing machine is leaking electrical current into my copper water lines when idle. 16v from the cold water line and 3v from the hot line. After purchasing this washing machine, I began to ...
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Receptacle Grounding for a Sump Pump

I have installed a sump pump in the basement. This house was made in the sixties so it has a two prong receptacle and does not have a ground wire available. I put a GFCI receptacle to plug the pump ...
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Hard wire 5V DC home alarm system to 29V AC Output

I recently purchased and installed a new home alarm system which is supposed to be powered by a USB cable plugged into an adapter rated at AC100-240V input and DC5V 1500mA output. The problem is that ...
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Confusing behaviour from gas fireplace

I recently moved into a house with a gas fireplace. The fireplace did not turn on when I flipped the wall switch, so I started poking around to try to figure out what’s going on. I have absolutely no ...
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Why does my ceiling fan turn off after 20min?

This fan has a remote, but no light. The remote has a bunch of buttons that do not seem to help (e.g 1H 2H 8H). The fan just runs for 20 min then shuts off on its own. I have to press the remote again ...
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What are benefits of a subpanel over pre configured 6 , 8 or 10 circuit Transfer Switch Kits? which one is better for Portable Generator?

I am planning for a Generator based power back up. Need to have the back up to run the sump pump in case the there is a power outage in Spring when the snow melts making water flow in my sump pit and ...
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Which Siemens breakers are used for ITE Load Center?

I am replacing some faulty breakers and I am trying to locate the type of breakers that I can use. I know that ITE was acquired by Siemens, so I am assuming they carry breakers that will fit. Plus, I ...
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Is it safe to have 2 power drivers and if so, why does my LED not work

I am attempting to replace a lighting fixture in my shower. The light has broken and so has the unit that holds the light. I have a new one and am putting it in. As you can see in this picture, there ...
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Can I change the plug on this 240 V device?

(In the US, Ohio): We had our electric to our home professionally redone a couple years ago, so that we could hook up a kiln in the garage. This all works great. We recently got another smaller kiln,...
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New dimmer switch has 2 wires, box has 3

I'm replacing a dimmer switch with a new one - its the sole switch for the light. The new dimmer has 2 black wires. The box however has 3 wires going into it (none going out); a red (120v), a black ...
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86 volts between neutral and the electrical box?

Context: I'm swapping out a dual electrical outlet in my kitchen with a combination switch/electrical outlet. I want the switch to control two small LED lights in adding to the room and the outlet to ...
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How do I convert a double backbox or pattress into a triple?

I have a double backbox in my kitchen that currently houses the oven switch and an electrical socket. I need a double socket, so need to extend the backbox. As you can see, the tiler has very neatly ...
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Blank gfci with no light when reset

Located in my bathroom, this blank gfci is orange when I hit test button, then no light when I hit reset button. There is a spa in the room that works. Is this normal? House was built 2003-4. We ...
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Does the NEC require cable to not be twisted?

I had a coil of cable in my attic that I pulled through to a light switch. Is there any danger with a twisted wire, or multiple wires that twist around each other in a wall?
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Connecting conduit to back of sub panel

I’m installing a sub panel in my shed, and I’m not quite sure the best way to secure the conduit to the panel. I’d like to run the conduit on the outside of the wall and connect into the rear of the ...
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4 wire electric supply into 3 wires oven outlet

We've got a new oven which shows a diagram requiring 3 wires for our wanted configuration. The old oven however is supplied with a 4 wire cable. The Old oven has each wire marked as follows: green ...
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Why does my kitchen light switch have a third wire connected?

While at a house from the early 90's in Wisconsin, USA, I encountered the below setup. This switch, to my knowledge, controls a single-light fixture - so could wire #3 be an oddly-colored ground? ...
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Underground garage supply conduit standoff

I had 100 amp underground service to my old garage. In 2” conduit PVC SCH 40, 24” trench, code USE wire size, slip joints, etc While building the replacement garage, Contractor poured the new slab in ...
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Do I really need a 1/0 conductor to bond my copper water pipes?

I will be replacing my electrical service soon. I have copper water piping in my house, and my understanding is that it will need to be bonded to the service enclosure. My service is supplied with ...
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Open neutral wire at the breaker panel

We just moved into our house and the previous owner remodeled the master bathroom. There is a GFCI outlet in the master bathroom and it was ungrounded and I took it out and discovered that the ground ...
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Circuit breaker problem with well and house

So everytime we have a power outage and have to run our generator, I turn our main off and start the generator, when I turn the breaker to the well off after it fills the house to save gas on the ...
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Wiring an AC disconnect during rough in phase of new construction?

What is the proper way to run wire to an AC disconnect box with new construction, knowing that there will eventually be siding on top of a rainscreen? Mockup Here is a mockup of my wall assembly. ...
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Smart 3-way switch with light in the middle of 2 switches

I've been installing Meross MSS550 smart 3-way switches at my house and most of them have been a breeze. However, I have an atypical setup that I have not been able to figure out. I've tried many ...
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How do I add a pigtailed receptacle to an existing, continuously wired set up?

UPDATE 01.01.22 - thanks everyone for the comments and feedback. I’ve tested the circuit and determined everything is fine. I.e. no dead neutral. I also tested bulb contact on the existing fixture (in ...
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Wire too short for buried conduit, can I use a junction box to splice additional wire?

I'm running a subpanel to a new workshop and after a couple of hours of pulling, I finally got the wire to start coming up the other side just to run out of wire on the other end. The wire was ...
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Does NEC allow mixing wire gauge in distinct sections of conduit when derating?

Here's the hypothetical scenario. I have two segments of conduit: Conduit 1 (Distributor), direct from electrical panel to a distribution junction box 1 Conduit 2 (Branch), from distribution junction ...
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Is it possible to add a C-wire to a Honeywell R7284 Oil Primary Control (current two-wire system)?

I currently have a two-wire system (R/W) going to my thermostat. The furnace is an oil heat system with a blower to force air. There is currently a Honeywell R7284 Oil Primary Control where the ...
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How do I test voltage without a ground/confirm a good circuit?

For context, I recently moved (into a very old home) and I have a series of recessed lights operating on a single switch. All but one light fine... what I assume is the last in the series does not. ...