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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Garage Wiring Route Through Ceiling

I have started drilling holes in order to fish wire down from my attic to the garage. Unfortunately this house doesn't allow me to have easy routes. Where I currently have the hole through the floor ...
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wall switch burn out

Why does a 2 way light switch constantly burn out? I have replaced it twice but quits working after a few days. I have to use the switch at the other end of the room to control the ceiling light ...
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Multiple in-wall bathroom heaters on same circuit

I am designing the electrical for a new-construction home. Targeting NEC 2017. I have two bathrooms, each of which will have an in-wall heater. The heaters run on 240V and draw 8 amps each. I would ...
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non-metallic flex conduit permissible locations

Is it permissible to use non-metallic flex conduit in the garage or attic? Specifically as a short distance "whip" between a disconnect and an appliance such as a water heater or an HVAC blower ...
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How to wire a switch to a plug in

I am currently planning out a lighted fountain to give as a gift later this year. It will be a flat back wall with water trickling down the face, side lit with LED strips behind frosted plexiglass. ...
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Replacing timer with no neutral wire

I bought replacement for my bathroom exhaust fan. Basically what i bought was this: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Hampton-Bay-50-CFM-Wall-Ceiling-Mount-Roomside-Installation-Bathroom-Exhaust-Fan-ENERGY-...
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How to run wire through corner with lots of studs

I have a new garage addition that I'm doing the electrical for. I got to the point of running the wires for the front coach lights and realized a snag. I'm trying to figure out the best way to run ...
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2-pole 30 amp breaker into two individual 120 receptacles?

So i have a single 30 amp 240 volt dryer plug that is fed from this 2 pole 30 amp breaker. It has a breaker tie so it throws together. If i wanted to remove the plug and put quad 20 amp receptacles (...
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Adding an outlet to the dishwasher/disposer circuit

I have switched garbage disposal, like many people do. The switch is on a wall w/o any outlets. I'd like to convert the switch to a switch/outlet combo. I read that you shouldn't add an outlet to ...
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Add 240V to Garage through New Sub-Panel

I'm wanting to run a 30 amp 240v to my garage. Probably 30 ft to the attic from the breaker in the kitchen (1st floor),. 35 ft across the attic (which is above the second floor) and around 30-35 down ...
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physical connections to a standby generator

I'm helping my son build a house and he wanted a whole house standby generator. I did the research and found a 14,000 watt Kohler generator and service rated transfer switch the most highly rated. It ...
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Can I connect a 120V outlet to a 240v well house supply?

My well house is 300 plus feet away from our house. The pump is 240 and when we built the house the electrician ran a 3-wire from the main panel to the well house. This is the only power source in the ...
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3 way switch confusion

I've got a couple of sets of 3 way switches in my house that aren't functioning properly. Basically, one switch has to be in the "up" position for the other switch to control the light. In the set ...
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Do metal outlet boxes act as grounds?

Here’s a photo of the inside of a switch I’m replacing. As you can see it has no ground wire, plus it’s got a blue wire instead of the normal black. All the new 3 prong outlets I installed in this ...
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Do outbuildings require 4 wire service to a sub-panel

I've been helping my son rebuild a house (tear down, new construction) and I'm doing most of the electrical. He also has a pole barn that had it's own 200 amp service (believe it or not) with it's own ...
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Safety practices for 5-volt 150-watt power supply for dot-programmable RGB LED light ribbons

The electrical device in question: For my owned premises, I self-installed RGB-programmable accent lighting: NeoPixels-compatible LED light ribbon (5 meter 300 LED individual-addressible, the WS2812 /...
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GFCI vs. 40v 5ah battery for water safety

My wife has recently taken to running a cord out near our pool to watch TV. She's very careful, but I was thinking of doing what I can to make it safer, since the outlet in question is NOT a GFCI ...
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House (old around 1965) wiring and line voltage differences

I have a problem with my Comcast cable connecting to the house. It is melting and partially burned out. The burn is on the pole side coming to the house and not the house side. There is an earthing ...
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Converting Main Panel to Subpanel

Okay, I have a main panel that is a 1978 2-wire system with combined neutral/ground bar and a 100amp main disconnect breaker. I'm Replacing it with new 200-amp service and all load wiring has been ...
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Why do LED Lights Flicker on Low Dimmer Setting

I just wired up the following schematic and both sets of LED recessed lights will flicker when dimmed below full power. It doesn't matter what the other dimmer is set to (full power, low power, off). ...
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HOT prongs on 30A 240V electric dryer socket (10-30R Socket)

I have an electric dryer (Samsung DV42H5000EW) and it is connected to a 30A (I believe it dual 30A as there are 2 arms that are connected to each other both saying 30A) 240V breaker. The wall socket ...
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15A tandem Square D TYPE TIPO HOM breaker

My breaker panel is full and I want to add a sub panel (50ft on the opposite side of the basement). I need to consolidate some 15A breakers to tandem breakers. I cannot find the breaker I need (15A ...
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12/2 connected to 8/3 wire with extra wires taped off. Is this legal?

We just got into a house and I believe the electrical is a mess. House is approximately 40 years old. We found an 8/3 buried wire that runs to a detached shop/shed and about 10 feet from the shed it ...
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Why does this house have 240V outlets in all rooms?

A friend's house, in the USA, has 240V ("dryer") outlets in almost every room... even in the hallway. They have no idea why one of the previous owners would do that. I have never heard of this before,...
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Reading codes on smart meter

I have flickering lights intermittently for a week or so. A flickering episode can last an hour. My DVM measures a fluctuating 92, to 100, 112. When flickering stops it reads 119 +-1 volt. I've called ...
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Unsure why GFCI outlet is showing orange indicator

I replaced an old outlet with a new GFCI. Well upon replacing it, it now has an orange light when the one directly below it has something plugged in; also neither outlets are working. I tried to reset ...
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My head hurts - 2 separate lights & 2 separate switches affecting each other [duplicate]

Update on dining room wiring! With pics! Here’s hoping some one can help me out! A - switch with source line and line to light (B) B - light with wire connecting to second light (C) C - 2nd light (was ...
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How to correctly wire a bathroom heater switch

I have an old Honeywell thermostat-type switch that controls the heater in the bathroom. Teenagers frequently forget to turn it off and so it runs for hours. I want to replace it with a push-button ...
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Why am I getting hum and lights dimming with a new electric tankless water heater?

So, I just installed an electric water heater and I'm getting a light hum from the water heater and the breaker panel. It's also dimming some lights.. unevenly. It seems to be more noticeable when the ...
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Outdoor Outlet Non-GFCI Downstream of GFCI

Can I run a non-gfci outlet outside if it is downstream from a GFCI outlet on the same circuit?
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Why am I getting 24 volts in kitchen outlets, unless TWO breakers are on?

I have 6 power outlets in my kitchen. Two 20amp breakers in my panel supply power to them. I wanted to update my GFCI outlets, with new ones (old ones were installed when the house was built, 1994). ...
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Bosch Induction Hob Keeps Restarting

I just purchased and wired a bosch PXY675DW4E and it keeps restarting. https://youtu.be/F9wrC7jOavI https://youtu.be/7aZgkkcT6w4 Also restarting randomly from time to time. I wired it according to ...
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Is my 2-gang switch box over-full with 5 cables?

I am installing a dimmer, and I thought there were a lot of wires in this box. It looks like there are 5 cables into a 2-gang box. I tried to draw a little diagram and attach a photo to make it ...
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Appliance upgrade

I'm upgrading my stove and cooktop to electric units. Currently the house has a 50amp 220V circuit, run using 6AWG Al wire. New oven is rated at 20amp and cooktop is at 40amp. Can I replace the ...
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Trying to replace a garage light switch with old wiring

Trying to replace a light switch in the garage with a new one but the wiring doesn’t match. Old switch has white (currently matched to red/black) and black (currently matched to black) coming out of ...
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Installing a Meter Socket and Safety Switch

I’m in installing a meter socket and 30 amp fused safety switch where I’m only using one leg of service. I got 3- wire 120/240 service entrance which connect to my meter socket black and red to there ...
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GFCI receptacle will not reset

My GFCI tripped and would not reset. I jumpered out the outlet and all power returned to normal. I assumed it was a defective GFCI so I replaced it. Same problem. Power is available at the line side, ...
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Push in vs Wire Nuts? [duplicate]

So I've been doing a lot of "smart switch" upgrades around the home. A lot of z-wave and lutron stuff. If anyone is familiar with installing these they take up a TON of space compared to a normal ...
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Use a 50 amp / 240 volt outlet for car charger and snow melting system?

We have a 50 amp / 240 volt outlet in our garage for an electric car charger. We would like to use this power for snow melting our driveway in Massachusetts so as to avoid needing more power to be ...
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What width of wire for 24V DC LED driver?

I bought a 24V/25W LED driver from a local shop and the sales assistant sold me a short length of 20AWG control wire to go with it. In order to buy more wire (elsewhere) I looked up the UK (mm2) ...
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Are neutrals for several circuits supposed to be connected at the panel?

I have 3 hot wires from the breaker box, 1 goes to a 3 way switch, from the 3 way 2 tracer wires go to the other 3 way switch, the lights are connected to the load terminal of the second 3 way. The ...
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Correct way to remove a red wire from a circuit

Reference: Can I convert a 3-way switch that switches half duplex outlets into an outlet? My answer to the referenced question involves removing the red wire between two 3-way switches and converting ...
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Splicing building wire cables to accommodate door

I'm adding a doorway under a stairwell and ran into wiring running through the wall. My question is specific to the wiring. I'm planning to add a junction box on each side, splice, and then extend the ...
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Do powerline adaptors need to be plugged into outlets that are on the same leg

I used a powerline adapter like this to connect my security camera receiver to my router. This allows me to access the cameras from my cell phone which was working but now it doesn't. There's two ...
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Can I convert a 3-way switch that switches half duplex outlets into an outlet?

I have a room where all the wall outlets are half switched, bottom half always hot, top half are run by two 3-way switches. One of the 3-way switches is on a wall I am removing and turning into a pony ...
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Can I Leave Ground/wires on a GFCI outlet Un-conected?

Thx for taking my question; I bought a New duplicate Outlet/Light switch/ one outlet for my bathroom. New outlet has two black ground wires; I
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Adding new electrical outlet; ceiling insulation is sandwiched between drywall and plywood (attic)

I'm looking for a good technique to add an outlet to a wall that currently has no electrical. My initial thought until my discovery was to: 1) Identify the stud I want to anchor the outlet to 2) ...
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Changing the light switch

I am changing the light fixtures and I got stuck. The wires coming from the wall are Red (was connected at the bottom of old switch), Blue (was connected at the top) and Copper (was connected with a ...
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Relay Nest T-Stat

Can I use a nest T-Stat T3007ES to run 2, 2ooo watt cadet in wall heaters model RMC202W if I use a relay, and if so, what is the proper relay to use?
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What is the best way to handle house wiring cables with short sheathing?

I'm replacing a couple switches in a bathroom with smart switches and ran into a problem. The previous owner redid the bathroom and the switch box in question had 5 Romex cables (four 12/2, one 12/3) ...