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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Device to share power between service panels [duplicate]

Is there a device that can evenly split the load on two separate panels? For example, Panel A ——————-\ >-[ device ]— Load Panel B ——————-/ The use case is, up stairs and down ...
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how can i attach a t-post to my well casing to allow an outlet to be mounted?

There is no ability to drive the post into the ground as there are close gas, water and power lines. Hose clamps don't seem to be strong enough, nor wire ties. I could consider a 'doghouse' right on ...
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Wonky fan wiring problem (smart switch caseta)

I have have a ceiling fan/light combo that was installed by the previous owner. I am attempting to install lutron casetas to control the fan. I had noticed that in the original set up, the fan was ...
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Turning old AC wiring into a simple 120V outlet?

UPDATE: Resolved. The ground wire was located behind the box, in the wall. It's a bit short (??) but it will do once I put the subpanel in. Thanks for everyone who responded. I am tracing the somewhat ...
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How to reinsulate a water heater ignition wire?

My water heater ignition wire's insulation melted off below the insulating base of the electrode, so now the spark gaps across to a nearby metal bracket instead of gapping across the electrode. I need ...
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ceiling fan wiring: 1 black, 1 white, 1 blue, 1 green on fan to - 3 black, 3 white, 1 red, 1 copper in ceiling

Trying to install a ceiling fan to where a light fixture was. When I took out light fixture I noticed that there are 3 black wires all bundled together, and not being used; 3 white wires with bundled ...
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Studio apartment only has 2 prong outlets, I need to plug my PC into a 3 prong one

I recently built my PC, and it is plugged into a 2 prong outlet through a surge protector using a cheater plug, but I get slight shocks when touching the case. While I can remedy that just by not ...
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Can I use a single wire and run two jumpers to two gcfi outlets and on the other side run two wires off the single wire to two gcfi circuit breakers?

Situation: Have a jetted bathtub that requires 2 15A gfci outlets each to its own breaker. Problem only have one wire running into tub area (would have to tear up.newly installed floor to run another. ...
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Wiring two 3-day switches and a 4-way switch

My light fixture is ONLY working when I have the 4-way switch turned on in order for either 3-way switch to work. I have a 3-way switch down in the living room, a 4-way in the hallway, and a 3-way ...
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Upgrading to GFCI, and the outlet box isn’t screwed into anything

I’m attempting to upgrade an old two prong outlet to GFCI, and all was going well until one of the outlet boxes turned out to not be secured to a stud or anything. As best as I can tell, it looks like ...
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how do I transition conduit through a half-inch OSB shed wall?

I'm running a 15 amp circuit to a small shed using underground 3/4" PVC conduit. I'm using an LB box to enter the side of the shed as shown in the picture below. The female end LB box protrudes ...
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Why can't you use push connectors to extend a short wire when they are used like that when installing LED pot lights in parallel?

A typical led pot lights installation looks like this, with two or three ways push connectors in the box used to connect this light to the previous one and to extend the wire to the next one When you ...
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Can I Swap Ceiling Fan and Light Wires?

I bought a home with a ceiling fan that is wired in this manner: the light is on a single switch, and the fan is wired to two switches, on either sides of the room. It makes more sense to me to have ...
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Ceiling fan falls

My outdoor ceiling fan fell and pulled the wires out so far that we can't get to them to put wire nuts on them. Could this cause a fire or can I wait to get an someone to come fix it in a day or two?
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What could have happened to the two traveler wires in previously working three way light?

The high-hat lights (retrofitted with LEDs) in kitchen stopped working. They were controlled by two three-way light switches, one a dimmer. I played around with different configurations of the ...
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Electrical outlet above HVAC air return, within same wall cavity

Q: Is an outlet above the HVAC air return considered within the environmental air space? We need to move the HVAC air return in one of our rooms, and there is an existing electrical outlet in the most ...
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Extending 12/3 existing wiring

There’s a 12/3 existing wiring in my hallway that runs up to the light fixtures. I want to extend the 12/3 wiring to a bedroom to add a smart switch and recessed lighting. If I pigtail 12/3 from the ...
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How do I run a new conductor on an existing kopex tube?

I'm trying to add smart light switches (I was thinking of Shelly 2.5) to my appartment, but the problem is my lightswitch enclosure doesn't have neutral wires. It just has a live wire that enters the ...
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Is it possible to wire a 240v outlet so that after I don't need 240v anymore I will have two 120v circuits?

I'm in the US. I will be installing a 240v outdoor outlet for an EVSE (electric car charger). However, in a few years I will have a garage built (elsewhere) and will move the EVSE to the garage, so ...
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Is my new wiring to the code?

I am running 4 new circuits. 6/3 (50A 240V) Romex, 8/3 (40A 240V) Romex, as well as a couple of 12/2s. Cables start at the far end of the boiler room from a panel, through 1.5" holes of several ...
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Replacing 23 year old 190 limiter for ceiling fan

I have a 23 year old Harbor Breeze ceiling fan. The 190 limiter burnt out. Removed the limiter which has just two blue wires coming from it. Limiter was made in China. Can only find a replacement ...
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GFCI has power but outlet doesnt work

Im installing an exterior gfci. It comes from the breaker to a juntion box, to the exterior box. Inside i have a 20amp single pole switch controlling the gfci. Its supposed to be for running power ...
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Can I split an existing sub-panel feed to feed a 2nd sub-panel?

I currently have a subpanel that is fed from my main panel with 6ga wire on a 50 amp circuit breaker. Is it OK for me to add in a junction box and split the subpanel feed so that I can feed a spa ...
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Subpanel capacity

I will be installing a 125A subpanel using a #2 Cu THHN via 2" x 3"(L) conduit secured with four 2-in conduit locknuts (inside and outside of panels). The sub-panel shut-off will be a Q2125 ...
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What is the purpose of a ground in a GFCI outlet?

What is the purpose of a ground in a GFCI outlet since the GFCI is just measuring the current between HOT and Neutral? Does it add any functionality or safety if it is grounded? I've seen it ...
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Can I use four-wire cable from the panel to create a two-circuit duplex outlet?

I am planning on adding a server to one of the closets in my house. In order to do that I need to run electrical to the location of the server. For severs they recommend having 2 independent lines of ...
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Dryer not turning on. Potential component isn't getting a Ohm (200) or continuity reading. Next steps?

My issue can be a bit lengthy and I am learning this as I go as well. I don't do any electric work and just want to do more DIY to fix things around the house. From checking on youtube there were some ...
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tankless electric hot water heater

I had a rheem retex-13 (13kw) electric hot water heater installed and it requires 60-A breaker and it was put on a 2 pole double 30-A can I switch that with a 2 pole double 60-A?
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6/2 to 6/3 Junction box to extend wire

I have a 6/2 (two hot one neutral) from panel and need to move the stove about 4 feet. Electrician told me to get a 6/3 wire to convert it and add the extra length I need. But he also told me to ...
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Do the electrical codes have a solution to extend a cable that is short?

There is an existing wire that was feeding a vanity light on a wall close to the light switch. I want to re-purpose it to feed a string of three LED lights and obviously the wire is to short to reach ...
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Duplex outlets in series AND parallel after GFCI

I am planning to add some devices/receptacles to a 20amp circuit in my house. The following image shows the original circuit and my proposed additions. I'm specifically concerned about my plan for ...
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I want to install a motion sensor for the stairwell

Stairwell has a switch at top and bottom with no line of site. Can I use two motion sensors? It looks like what I found are single poll and can be used with one 3 way switch but not two motion ...
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What does “class 2 input only” mean in my LED desk lamp?

What does "class 2 input only" means in my LED desk lamp? Is it the power supply? And is it the same as class II (can I use a power supply that is class II)?
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What do I do with the ground wire in a smoke detector install?

The electrician ran 14/3 to a metal box. There is no grounding post on the Kiddie i12010s smoke detector. Can I just cap the ground and call it done? Doesn’t seem right but I’m not sure how to ...
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Can I move a light switch from a 3 gang box to a second 3 gang box above it?

new to the forum so sorry if this is a little confusing. I just moved into a newly constructed home. At the front of the house, there are two 3-gang boxes an inch on top of one another. They are all ...
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Is there a good way to add a rebar-type concrete encased grounding electrode AFTER the slab is in?

My workshop project has a 1200 sqft slab with 40 cu-yards of concrete! and 900 lbs of rebar in it. Unfortunately, I didn't set up to put in a proper concrete encased grounding connection... is there ...
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Change Bulb Socket in Light Fixture?

I have a lighting fixture that uses CF13DT bulbs. How can I replace just the socket to use Edison screw in bulbs or the bi-pin GU24 bulbs?
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Want to install Lutron Occupancy Sensor, but confused on current switch wiring

This is the original wiring, once I saw it I decided to not touch it. I don't know enough about this to make guesses. I know the bare/green from new switch would wirenut tie to the existing bare, but ...
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How to mount a 12V transformer for indoor lighting

I'm installing 12V lighting in my basement in the exposed joists. I bought this LET-75 transformer to run them, but I'm not sure how to mount it. There are no mounting holes of any kind, for one ...
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Turning an unneeded outlet into a light switch to power LED lights

I would like to turn an outlet into a light switch to control I light fixture at another outlet in the wall at another location. I already installed the new outlet (that I'd like to have power when I ...
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Connectors on wires entering a plastic box

I brought a 14/3 U/F cable into a single plastic nail-on box, through a hole that I drilled through the back of the box. Do I need a connector on that wire, and if so what would you recommend a black ...
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Can a light fixture cover another junction box?

I have a relatively large light fixture (Hampton Bay 20" LED round ceiling puff) that mounts like normal to a round ceiling box. I need to place a junction box (old work drywall box) in the ...
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Why does my desk lamp(LED) seems to flicker very fast when capturing through camera lens? [closed]

Does led work this way? I have tested two LED light bulbs by capturing them through phone's camera(Galaxy Note 8)and both seems to flicker/flash very fast. Is this a problem with my table desk lamps? ...
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Electrical circuit demand & diversity

I have a generator with a 100amp panel. The A/C only system is on the emergency panel. I want to add a frost protection heater to a crawl space. Can I connect the heater to the A/C circuit even though ...
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Is it ok to have a 15 amp 240v outlet in close proximity to a sink?

Our new home has a dedicated shop space. I'd like to add a utility sink and the best place for it would be on a wall that has a 15a, 240v outlet on it. The outlet would be below the top of the sink ...
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Problem installing 3-way TP-Link HS210

I tried installing a 3-way TP-Link HS210 switch in my staircase, and I have a few questions: Both switches have: Black wire connected to a black screw (common wire?) White wire connected to a gold ...
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Electrical Removal/Dead-End of Wires for Old Intercom

Below you will see pictures of the "setup" I am wanting to remove. What I want to do, one room at a time, is remove the intercom system from throughout my house. The first room I am doing ...
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How I connect 4 gang wifi switch?

I'm well aware of the risk of replacing in wrong way switch box. I will not change the switch box by myself and I will ask an expert to do the job. For my personal experience I would like to know how ...
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Are expansion joints required when running wire to an outbuilding? [closed]

I have a question very similar to How to attach to electrical subpanel?. I'm in Washington State, Jefferson County. PoCo is Mason PUD 1. AHJ is WA state L&I. I want to run at least 70A, but future ...
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How can I fix a circuit where the outlet tabs were erroneously removed?

I believe I messed up quite a few outlets. I ripped the tab off every Hot side of the new outlets I installed and tossed the old ones. Now I’m having a problem with outlets no longer working in the ...