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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Electrician recommends to replace 50 amp with 60 amp breaker

After 20 years the stove blew the breaker. The Home Warranty Company sent an appliance guy out. He said it was the breaker. Home Warranty Company sent out a electrician. He put his gauge on it and ...
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30 Amp Cooktop on 40 Amp Breaker

The installation specs for my cooktop read as below: -Connected Load (kW Rating) @ 240 / 208 Volts = 7.2 / 6.2 kW -Amps @ 240 / 208 Volts = 35.0 / 35.1 Amps -Recommended Circuit Breaker – 30 Amps ...
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Coupling two 15 Amp circuit breaker for 20 Amp

My Bosch micro/oven need 120 volt 20 Amp receptacle. I do not have a 20 Amp circuit breaker for this purpose. Can I couple two separate 15 Amp breakers as a dedicated source to provide higher Amperage ...
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Room lights flickering when I connect my desktop computer when running on Inverter

I have all LED lights (tubelights and bulbs) in my house and has been backed up by an inverter (Luminous Eco Volt +1550 with Inverlast 150Ah Tall Tubular Battery). The issue is when I connect my ...
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Branch circuit sizing for 5 HP 3-phase 230 V motor run on 208 V?

If I'm reading NEC 430 Part III correctly, a 5 HP, 230 V, 3-phase motor with 12.8 A full-load current needs a 16 A circuit (125% of full-load current). So, 12 ga wire with a 20 A breaker should do. ...
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Switch power between two appliances or power strips?

I am constantly having to unplug my computer's power strip to plug in my portable AC unit, both because only one will fit into the one available plug I have and because the AC unit claims it can draw ...
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GE Profile Cooktop and element replacement

I have a GE Profile Cooktop model PP945. The right rear heating element is out. The right rear element is the small 1200W unit. I disassembled the unit and found the heating coil burned out (...
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How can I add lights and a switch downstream of a pull-chain fixture?

I have a challenging wiring question. I have power coming in to a pull chain light fixture(beginning-of-run). it needs to stay in its current position. I need to borrow power from it and add two ...
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going to cross black to white wire,… but which one?

So I replaced all of my fire detectors. They were hard wired with battery backup, and so are the new ones... accept for one. I put the wireless combo CM and fire detector in the ceiling of my common ...
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Can I replace my halogen with led? [duplicate]

So, long story short: An Halogen (MR16/GU5.3) light in my bathroom went out and I replaced it with an led light (from Wilko UK, 3 pack). I know nothing of electrics, but thought heck, I should be able ...
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Voltage between neutral and ground

I will need your help with something. I have some strange voltages between the wires in an electrical panel in Uk (see below): L-N = 120V L-G = 240V N-G = 80V The voltage between N-G should be close ...
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LED light needs replacing every few weeks

I have two GU5.3 bulbs in my bathroom - one of them went off a month or so ago so I bought the following 3 pack: https://www.wilko.com/en-uk/wilko-3-pack-gu53-led-345-lumens-spotlight-bulb/p/0437672 ...
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using two outlets as extension cord

I'm helping a friend build a cabin and we have a generator. I was wondering if I could wire an outlet on the outside of the cabin and another inside. The outside outlet would be for power in and the ...
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MWBC for Fridge and Microwave

I've recently learned about Multi-Wire Branch Circuits and intend to use one to provide dedicated circuits for both my built-in microwave and refrigerator. I understand the requirements around handle ...
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How to safely unplug an outdoor extension cord that got wet?

I plugged a indoor floor lamp outside using an indoor extension cord not realizing it was going to rain (i know - stupid!). Now I am afraid to unplug it, as everything is wet. What can I do to ...
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How can I control 2 lights, that are controlled by 1 switch, independently without having to re-route wires?

My contractor installed 2 beside lights dropping from the ceiling but only provided 1 switch to turn both ON/OFF simultaneously. Obviously that's a poor design because one person may want to go to ...
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Meter breaker box disconnect box

Can I run 2/0 wire from my meter to the barn to 200 amp breaker box then go below and add 200 amp disconnect box and then hook into disconnect box and run to my breaker box on my little house
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Brand new lamp has me stumped

I bought a very expensive lamp with a 3-way switch. I noticed when I got home that it has a red sticker stating 60 watt maximum. The lowest A1 bulb I could find in 3 way was 30-70-100. Are there ...
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What weather resistant, non aluminum quad cable can I use to run an overhead line to a 220V 20 amp subpanel?

This question was asked, but the answer is not practical as the subpanel is only for 20 amp 220 VAC So, quadruplex cable is overkill. What about something like marine cable? Or a 10-3 with ground (...
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3-way light switch mysteriously works, then stops working, then starts working again

I have a three-way light switch that is exhibiting really odd behavior. Sometimes it works and sometimes it does not. For example, just now the following happened. Lights are off. I go to switch A ...
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Converting a ceiling recessed light to a wall outlet

So, Round two of this post, I've given up combining two wall outlets to 240v and realized that I need another 120v outlet to safely power everything with an 80% margin. we have GX24Q-1 outlets for ...
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vdc to vac inverters [closed]

I have four 12v 7ah sla batteries in series and parallel and ups 500 battery back up transformer.I want to power universal washing motor for bicycle.I need 120vac anywhere from 300/500 watts and 5/...
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Is it normal for a power strip/plugs to have a metallic smell?

I had most of my computer stuff plugged into a (rather new - about 2 months old) surge protector. I noticed a weird metallic smell coming from it for about a month, but I figured it was just because ...
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Breaker Mapping Questions

I recently moved into a new house and I've been mapping my panelboard. I've got pretty much everything mapped except for a couple circuits. I know there are some experienced folks on here so I thought ...
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Can this outlet be used with an adapter for generator power?

Greetings to anyone who can help: can this (halloween-type face outlet) be used to plug my generator into the house for backfeed power? I'm guessing I'll need an adapter, if such a thing exists? I'm ...
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Hot - not hot breaker w voltage tester

working on a paint job in utility room. I was showing my wife how a voltage tester works. While the dead front cover was off, the breakers at the top of each row were showing hot w tester. When I re-...
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AIC rating for residential 100A main breaker

I'm having an electrician replace my 2-unit meter main Zinsco panel with a new Siemens WP2211 panel. There will be two 100A breakers for the two units in the complex. The panel lists the following ...
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Two socket fluorescent lamp OFF switch hot / not working with single bulb

I have a two-socket fluorescent lamp. Initially only one light tube was inserted and it worked fine. At some point, it started to go off seconds after being turned on. I thought the tube went bad, so ...
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Requirements for electrical wiring project for a house

I am remodeling a house and need to put in place a completely new electrical wiring along with security and surveillance systems (wiring for motion sensors and CCV cameras outside). I am going to ...
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Combining 2 110v wall plugs (different breakers) to be 220v?

Good morning electrical geniuses, here's a problem for you. I have a piece of equipment that requires a 220v connection, and I do not have the ability to run a 220v line from the breaker. Is there a ...
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Fuse box coming off of fuse at meter socket

House built in the 50’s has an old fuse box that is being used to power lights and outlets in one of the barns on the property. The fuse box in this barn is fed from a 60 amp breaker at the meter. The ...
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DIN Rail Splitter?

We have a DIN rail with multiple terminal blocks on it, used to extend circuits from their original location to a new location a few feet away. This is all fine and proper for the most part. The issue ...
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New 40A EVSE Wiring Install

I want to install a 40A electric vehicle charger (probably a ClipperCreek HCS-50) in my unfinished attached garage in the Puget Sound area of Washington State. I intend to have this inspected and ...
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Do two circuits on one receptacle require shared trip breakers?

In California I have two separate circuits powering a single a single receptacle (such as for a dishwasher and disposal). This is not a MWBC. Does current code require these circuits to be on shared ...
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Ceiling fan replacement, one wire is always hot

So when we moved into our place, the dining room light was always on unless you used the pull cord to turn it off, the wall switch did nothing. Replaced the switch, no change. Trying to change out ...
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family member installed new outlet

A family member installed a new electrical outlet. The 3-light tester lit up, but the one of the lights was red. Is it safe? Will it work properly?
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Why is hot-ground reading a different voltage from neutral-ground?

I recently replaced a 20a simplex receptacle with a new 20a simplex Decora receptacle. I checked everything at the new 20a receptacle with a multimeter and here are the results: Power on Hot to ...
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What's the best way to separate house light from garage lights?

Currently, I have an outdoor house light connected to the same light switch as a couple other garage lights (see sketch). I would like to separate the garage lights from the outside house light using ...
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Blender killed outlet?

tl/dr: It seems a finicky blender killed my outlet - My blender initially turns on but then stops after a moment, and won't turn back on. I plugged a night light into one plug and it turns on ...
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Exhaust fan in lighting circuit

There is an exhaust fan in the lighting circuit, Is it acceptable as per NEC to accommodate Exhaust fan and lighting load in same circuit
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What is the correct way to attach two grounding sources to my electrical panel?

I replaced my existing electrical panel with this electrical panel in order to have more available slots to redo my kitchen. I have one 6# copper wire ran & attached the water main and one 6# ...
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Installing outlet receptacle in unfinished basement furnace/water heater room

Recently bought a house with a furnace/water heater utility room in the basement surrounded by a bedroom and playroom space. We just had a water filtration system put in this room that requires a plug....
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Light switch doesn't turn off lights

I just recently installed a light switch. It's not a dimmer switch, so there's just an off and on. Now, the lights are constantly on! When I turn the light switch off, they dim slightly, and when I ...
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Why does my bath fan turn off when light switch is on and vise versa?

I just put a new exhaust fan in the bathroom and connected it to existing light switch, which is connected to the bathroom light. When I turned the power back on, the bath light came on but not the ...
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How do i connect multiple ground wires? There are 3 green and 1 bare wire on my light fixture

Fixture has 3 hanging lights, each light has 1 green, 1 white and 1 black wire. There is also a bare copper wire on the base of the new fixture. How do i properly attach the green ground wires and ...
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Switch(es?) blowing AFCI breaker

So I need some help (again) with an electrical issue. I wired the basement and due to some new building code all the breakers are AFCI (which I am suspecting is a part of the problem). In the ...
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LED Tape Lights Strobing

I have tape lights that have worked perfectly for 6 years. They were wired into a switch and I have no idea if, or how a transformer was used. They are not on a dimmer. Even you you turn off the ...
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How can I configure my wireless power switches to default to on after power outage?

I currently have ETEKCITY remote power switches. I need to use two of these for ceiling LED lights that needs to be default on after power cycle. This video shows someone being able to configure it ...
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Best motor or mechanism to convert recliner chair arm to electric actuation

I have a recliner chair that has a manual arm, I was wondering if there is a way to place a motor on the shaft the arm spins to make it 'electrically actuated'. What I'd like is for it to freewheel ...
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Run conduit perpendicular to ceiling joists in garage

I have a sub panel on a finished wall in my garage. I want to add two 20 amp circuits and run them go outlets on two unfinished walls on the sides of the garage. Is it okay to run metal conduit ...