Questions tagged [electrical]

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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Baseboard heaters turn off before reaching desired temp

We recently renovated our condo and replaced the baseboard heaters. An licensed electrician did all of the electrical. Now, during a cold snap, the heaters on one thermostat are turning on and off, ...
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Alternatives to replace tandem single pole MWBC breakers?

Thinking about making some panel wiring changes and have some questions I could use some wisdom on. Background: - House built 1979. Two panels in the unfinished garage (Murray plug in panels). Both ...
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Can I connect two neutral wires from a Single pole switch and a 3 way switch to a set of neutral wires as shown in the picture?

I am replacing these two switches with smart switches (Brand:Kasa). One of the smart switch is Single pole another is a 3-way switch. Both switches will need their neutral wires to be connected. My ...
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Protect or re-route electric cabling crossing main beam in unfinished basement?

I am doing some work in the basement of my 100 year old house to improve usability and reduce heating bills. In the process, I'm going to remove some abandoned wiring, and clean up some of the work ...
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Installing New Wall Light Switch with 2 Black and 1 Red Wire to Single Pole

Trying to install new switch to turn on a ceiling light. There are 2 black, 1 red, and ground (bare copper) wire. How do I wire this to a single pole switch? Or do I need double/3-way switch? The ...
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Are these too many wires, just insulation tape, should i address?

Was opening this up to replace one with a smart switch that needs a neutral. All the 8 leads go into a single bundle which was just covered with rubbery fabric insulation tape. Upon removal of tape ...
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No power after replacing GFCI outlet

We just moved into our home and the previous owner upgraded the master bathroom. There is a fancy toilet that has features that require electricity, a heated floor, a heated towel rack that never ...
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Can i replace a 200-amp Ite panel with a Homeline 225-Amp panel? Burnt stabs on a 50 yr old panel in a 40-50 yr old town home we recently purchased

All I'm finding locally are 225-Amp panels. We have 200-amp service and the main breaker for each residence is outside with unit # labels. I don't have a need for add'l circuits etc at this time, ...
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Hot water heater causing buzzing/grinding sound in circuit breaker panel

I just installed an AO Smith 50 gallon hot water heater in my basement in May of 2021. It has been working great for the past half year or so. Today, I found that I only had luke warm water for my ...
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Getting voltage on both travellers on a 3-way switch

I recently moved into my current home. I tried to replace a lot of the switches to smart switches, and most of them worked except one. After switching that one (one of the two 3 way switches) to a ...
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3 Way Switch Issues

I am swapping out one of my 3-way switches with a smart switch. I am able to get each switch to turn the lights on independently, but neither switch can control the light while the other switch is on. ...
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New extension and wiring. Speakers cut out when something is turned on/off

My father recently had a new extension done to his house. (British, early 80s, if that helps) One wall was removed, and moved backwards to extend the lounge. This involved new wiring being installed ...
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How to transform the mains from 110 V to 220 V and do proper grouding for house on limestone rocks near the ocean?

I would like some guidelines and advice on how to transform the mains supply from 110 V to 220 V for an entire house. This means the wall outlets should permanently deliver 220 V instead of 110 V (...
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Can removing one outlet in a room affect the power in the whole room?

I'm in the process of replacing a few of the 2 prong outlets in my home with GCFI outlets. My house is old and does not have a ground wire through it so from what I've read it is unsafe to install ...
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How to avoid hidden junction box when renovating a room without breaking adjacent rooms?

I'm renovating a second floor bathroom. The room is going back to studs. I have easy access through a shaft to the unfinished basement and breaker panel so can put in all new cable and boxes in this ...
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Upstream GFCI trips regularly with new microwave use

Moved into a new house in 2019 and installed a new microwave right off the bat. Found out that using the microwave (a new Samsung) trips the upstream GFCI maybe 5% of the time. Weird thing is that ...
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Why might a circuit panel have limited capacity on the labels but full capacity in its hardware?

I am making a breakout box for my portable generator's 120/240 outlet. It is a small GE Powermax load center with added outlets in attached metal boxes. (I will be adding the extra ground bar for ...
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How far off the ground PVC conduit be attached to house?

I am installing a hot tub disconnect going from outside panel 50' to disconnect. How far from the ground can I mount the PVC to the house?
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Aluminum Wire Restrictions

I am (hopefully) getting some major electrical work done soon by a professional electrician. While it probably won't matter much (meter is only a few feet from existing panels, and new panels will be ...
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Wiring a ceiling fan w/light to old wiring of 4 white, 2 black

When I removed the existing light fixture, it was connected to two white wires and one black wire. However, there are two white and one black nutted off together, not being used. So I thought to use ...
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My dimmer is not dimming. What should I do?

I have a dimmer. But once I connect the dimmer. The light always on. Even when I switch all the way the dimmer. When I disconnect the dimmer there is no light, and no power. I need the dimmer for 4 ...
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Retrofit Fluorescent Tube Fixture with LED Tubes

I'm retrofitting the T8 fluorescent tube fixtures in my house with direct wire LED tubes. Essentially, the LED tubes come with drivers inside, so I have to remove the fluorescent lamp ballasts from ...
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Use halogen transformer for Ring video doorbell wired

I am planning to install a Ring branded video doorbell at a home I am visiting for a few days. We are struggling to find a doorbell transformer on short notice, but did find a halogen light ...
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Split AC Unit won't turn on after an explosion sound

I have a Split AC Unit and it had been working fine for a while, but one day I turned on the switch for my AC and I heard a loud explosion sound emanate from the indoor unit. After that, I couldn't ...
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Adding 12 gauge wire to 14 gauge circuit

I am converting an existing single switched light/fan combo to separate switches for each function. There is already a light/fan combo on the circuit, wired with 14/2 Romex. Power comes in at the ...
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Add electric to a shed from a full 200-amp breaker panel

I bought an older house that the previous owner had rewire the whole house and have 200-amp panel which is a good thing. But there is a shed in the backyard that have absolutely no power. I am trying ...
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Potential risk of fire in attic insulation? [duplicate]

I was checking something in the attic today and noticed there are some black spots on the "paper/lining" side of the insulation (picture attached), obviously the black spots are the areas ...
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Why are there 2 breaker circuits running into a single light switch?

I have a large bank of fluorescent lights in a detached garage ceiling that pull of lot of electricity if someone leaves them on, so I was going to install a smart switch to be able to turn them off ...
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Use American power tools in Philippines..?

My 1st post here Merry Christmas..! Typhoon Odette damaged or destroyed most homes in my father-in-law's Cebu, Philippines neighborhood..! They have no electrical power phone service etc... I am ...
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Power out to only one room

There is only power out to this room, light off and electrical sockets not working, no tripped breakers and no gfci outlet (sorry if I spelled gfci wrong) we've tried everything we know
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Speed oven replacement: Four-wire or three-wire & if conduit necessary?

I currently have a single regular microwave(120V 15amps) and a single oven (240V 30amps) I want to replace them with a Single new oven (240V 30amps) and a speed oven (240V 16amps) The breaker of the ...
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Why do I have 80v from my black wire to the ground and 30v from the neutral wire to ground on my single pole switch^

I just bought a house and looking to fix things up. I encountered a single pole light switch in a metallic box with three NM white cables coming in (2 wires and a ground). With the switch on the "...
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Can I use an inlet with a 5-15R plug to connect a 120v 20A generator to a transfer switch?

I got a pretty modest generator in case we lose power this winter and I'm learning a bit about limitations of power, running the extensions, etc. I'd like to wire up the house with an inlet and a ...
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Need a wiring diagram for separate switches to a ceiling fan/light

Anyone have a wiring diagram for converting a single switch that controls a ceiling fan/light kit into 2 separate switches that control each separately? Power is at the switch and is in the middle of ...
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Suggestions for connecting a small UPC (battery backup) to a single receptacle/outlet that will power a wifi mesh router

tl:dr What is a safe way to connect a simple plug-in UPC battery back-up so that it can power a single receptacle on another side of a wall? We have an older farm house that has been expanded a few ...
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Reduced voltage on circuit

Short version: We had low and possibly fluctuating voltage on one circuit in my house. 4 wall plugs and ceiling fan with light kit. Around 90 volts. Long version: Entertainment center has Ring alarm ...
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Lines from 2 Breakers, Terminiating in Single Box

I just found that one of my outlets was wired with wires from 2 seperate breakers feeding it. Meaning I had to turn off both breakers to kill the outlet (and they are not adjascent breakers that are ...
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test GFCI tripped circuit in garage, would not reset, then power came back by itself later

In the garage, I've got two wall GFCI outlets, some other non-GFCI wall outlets, several overhanging lights, and a garage door opener. The conduits from these all comes together in a couple junction ...
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Consequences of reverse polarity outlet for security camera

I'm looking at installing some security cameras at my place. I have an outdoor outlet that is ideally positioned to power one of the security cameras, however, using a test to figure out if it was ...
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Which is the live, neutral and earth wire?

Currently doing a small renovation and replacing all the lights around the house. I have just dismantled the previous lighting, and trying to figure out which one is the live, neutral and earth. The ...
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how can a generator inlet peacefully co-exist with grid-connected solar?

I have a small grid-connected solar PV system. If it is connected to my main load center via a two-pole breaker, how can I safely add a generator inlet to this system ? The usual method is to ...
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Plastic coating defect in electrical wire

Below is a close up photo of one of the hot wires to my dryer. Recently several of my outlets and one bank of lights went out; no breakers were tripped. Then the dryer quit heating, but will turn on ...
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How can there be voltage in this electrical configuration. Is there a short?

I'm having a hard time understanding this electrical setup. I was wiring a GFCI so I decided to test to see which was the line and load. I have a switch that seems to control two boxes mounted to my ...
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Oil radiator making sparks

My oil-filled radiator emits sparks when the thermostat switches off. A loud click can be heard (this, I’ve seen, is normal) but when the room is dark I can see a spark through the slits in the casing ...
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Installing a new dimmer switch with screw terminals in place of old rotary dimmer

I have an existing rotary dimmer in my dining room. It is the only light switch in that room and as far as I know only controls that light that is in that room. I want to install lutron maestro dimmer ...
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Voltage detected on outlet's live wire with circuit breaker off

I'm installing an outlet plate sealers in my home, so I turned off the circuit breaker for all the outlets. However, when I removed the plate cover, and used a Non-contact voltage tester, it detected ...
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I am trying to change my bathroom fan plug, but don't know where to start?

My bathroom fan has not been working for a few years now, and I was thinking of changing it. I tested the wall switch, circuit breaker, GFCI outlet, and I believe the issue is the actual input plug/...
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Smart switch in a 4 gang box

I am trying to replace 4 switches from old style to smart switches. I first tried to just hook up the wires like they were on the old switch (no light). I then undid the bundle of white wires (8 of ...
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code-compliant to put smaller main breaker in a load center?

I am considering purchasing a 225-amp Siemens panel, to do a replacement of my main load center. But I wish to replace its 225-amp main breaker with a 200-amp main breaker. I am wondering if this ...
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If you plug a 100v mini split AC into a wall outlet rated at 15a or 20a, what possible complications could occur, if any?

A 110v mini split AC is typically wired to an AC disconnect and then into the breaker box. However, many have simply wired it directly into a standard outlet receptacle, or even to a standard plug, to ...