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Wondering if I should just run 2 extended circuits or a sub panel for my shed [closed]

I have a shed that is about 50-60 feet from my house where the panel is located and we are planning on turning the shed into a little hangout spot. It is 10x14 and play to install a TV on the wall, ...
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Possible to control single ceiling fan + light with separate control switches?

I have two rooms with the same type of ceiling fan: multi-speed with dimmable integrated light (Hampton Bay Sidewinder). In the first room, I can successfully control both the light and fan with a ...
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Help installing new outlet

I’m trying to install a new outlet for a wall mounted TV. My plan was to add an outlet downstream of the existing nearby outlet (below the TV). I checked the outlet and found it’s already passing ...
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Extra Neutral slots needed

I have 6 Empty neutral slots left on my bus bar that are hidden underneath the main inlet wires and inaccessible. I need those spots to finish adding the additional breakers allowed in my panel. How ...
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Replace single pole switch with 3 black wires

I am trying to replace a single pole light switch that controls a bedroom light/fan combo. Switch only controls lights, fan operated by pull chain. The old switch is using 3 black wires. All other ...
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Low Voltage In Walls with 22ga Wire - Charging

I've tried to figure this out on my own, but it exceeds my ability. I'm trying to replace my old DSC Security Screens with Android Tablets. My house was originally wired with 22ga solid core copper ...
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Do I need a new weatherhead or conduit for my heavy-up?

In the ongoing saga of my electric renovation (NEC 2023, Dayton Ohio jurisdiction), I'm nearing the time for a rough-in inspection. I'm finally ready to run the 4/0-4/0-4/0 SEU along the outside of ...
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Second floor thermostat, battery powered, does absolutely nothing and appears to not be connected to anything

I recently bought a two-level house that has a thermostat on each floor. The second-floor thermostat was not turning on; I removed it from the wall and removed some corroded batteries, cleaned it and ...
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Is it safe to move a box with a bundle of thin, multi-coloured wires coming out of it?

Not quite sure what this is, but I need to move it up slightly to fit my baseboards. Is this an electrician job? Update: Unscrewed and uncovered this, is it safe to assume it’s non functional? (This ...
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Adding a WIFI timer switch to high/low/off switch for a whole house fan

I'd like to put a WIFI timer on a whole house fan switch which has a high, low and off setting. Once the whole house fan is turned to either low or high setting, I'd like to be able to activate it or ...
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Can you still use a plug if the third prong is reattached to it properly [closed]

The third prong of my plug broke off, but I reattached it. Can I still use it.
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Wiring Confirmation from Panel for AC / Visible Issues?

In a few other questions I posted in the troubleshooting of my AC there were comments / questions noting I should check the wiring on my breaker. To my eye, I also don't see any burning or other ...
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Help figuring out how to/ the best way to get power to a new house

We are hoping to build a house that will be located about 600 feet from the nearest transformer. We have two options. 1) Let the power company cut down a lot of trees, put in more poles, run about 450 ...
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ARC type Breaker Keeps Tripping even without anything plugged in or turned on

I have a breaker that is connected to 2 rooms in my house (bedrooms) Came home one day and my daughter tells me that there was no power in her room. I flipped the breaker, and it stayed on for a few ...
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Size of generator to run a 14K btu portable A/C unit

I'm looking to run a 15k btu wall A/C unit on a generator. I've been told that the NEC specifies an 8x load rating for the generator to start an A/C unit. The specific unit I'm looking at is actually ...
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New double wall oven install on one 12 awg. With both ovens on, will that blow 20 amp breaker?

New double wall oven draws 4.0 kW each with pigtail out of each. Installation instructions say to connect one 12 awg line in to both pigtails. If both ovens are on will that not trip the 20 amp ...
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Why is a circuit drawing power with no devices plugged in?

I have an old house with glass screw-in fuses, 100 amp. Wiring is copper about 1945 in Ontario, Canada. Many prior renovations have the kitchen outlets, basement lights & outlets, sunporch outlets ...
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Grounding a dryer to a subpanel

Related to Grounding a 3-prong dryer plug, but with a small twist. I have a NEMA 10-30 that runs back to my main panel. Since we had a leak in the laundry room, I'm having to open the wall. I'd like ...
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Is a double 30 amp breaker powering three rooms bad?

I just a bought a house and discovered that a double 30 amp breaker is hooked up to three rooms with approximately 12-15 receptacles. Is this dangerous or am I good? Update: I have been informed that ...
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Help With Wiring a 4-Way Switch

I have searched about 4-Way switches and how to wire them but the "standard" set up that I find on almost all of the diagrams does not match how mine is set up and I found another diagram ...
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Can you lose power to most of panel and not all

I am trying to help my daughter out. Her and my concern is that the she rents a home from an owner that seems to do alot of his own repairs and is not licensed in any way. So my daughter's duplex ...
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Sealing knockouts of receptacles/switches and sealing low voltage boxes

I am working to tighten my 1920s house. With respect to junction boxes (receptacles and switches) the common approach seems to be sealing the gap between the box and the wall with spray foam and/or ...
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Tolerance for LRA and other settings on my AC unit from those on the nameplate?

tl;dr - How close to the compressor LRA / RLA and fan motor FLA should the meter readings be compared to the values on the plate? Do you also need to consider if multiple readings are off or too far ...
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Why does my Sensi thermostat shut down and reboot when calling for AC?

I have a Sensi smart touch thermostat. My home runs a dual transformer system with one 24v for heat and one 24v for cooling. I do not have any C wires for my thermostats. I jumped the G and Y wires at ...
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I need to put in a power line approximately 700 feet underground to a residential 100amp service. What size wire do I need and can it be aluminum?

I need to run a buried power cable from my power at the road to my cabin. It is approximately 700 feet. What size wire do I need to purchase? Will aluminum wire suffice? Thanks!
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Can I run cable through a wall into a surface-mount box?

I have a surface-mount (1/2” PVC conduit) receptacle in a metal box. Does NEC allow me to run cable through a rear knockout of this box through a wall to wire an adjacent room? Not exterior. Interior ...
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Breaker panel using stranded wire and crimp connectors

I was wondering if I properly crimp using ferule crimp connectors and I solder the copper within the crimped ferule would this not be the same as solid copper wire? When it comes to mechanical lugs or ...
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How to straighten new coiled Ethernet cord?

I recently purchased a 50 metre Ethernet cable to run from the modem downstairs to the bedroom upstairs (along the walls as I’m currently in a renting situation), but I can’t straighten the cord to be ...
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Air Conditioner Capacitor Ratings

I am changing capacitors in my 20 yo air conditioner. I looking to find out if I replace a 40+5UF capacitor with a 40+5 MFD?
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My new ceiling fan's remote won’t connect to the transmitter when attached to the ceiling plate

We purchased a Fanimation ceiling fan which wouldn’t work. The company sent us a new receiver and remote but it still didn’t work. They then sent a whole new ceiling fan which works when the unit is ...
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Power at pump house but won't run water pump

We lost water a few days ago and went and bought a new pump and everything after checking and making sure it wasn't anything more simple. We bought everything new including a new box. When we hooked ...
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3 wires, 2 switches, 1 problem!

My friend had a stacked light switch in his kitchen, 1 switch operated the can lights, 1 operated the pendent lights. No 3 way lights, that’s the only switch there, tab broken off between the 2 ...
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Do i have to bury electrical PVC conduit from house to generator? i need to go about 5 feet from corner of house

i need to connect my new generator to electrical and natural gas. the generator is about 5 feet from the corner of my house. Do i need to do the electrical underground or is just 1 foot above ground ...
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Help with contactor replacement part

I'm trying to help my dad replace the contactor in his A/C unit. The circuit is a 30amp and takes up two spots in the circuit breaker box. So I'm assuming it's a two pole. An hvac guy was supposed to ...
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1000-watt mini split needs 6 AWG?

If I'm reading NEC correctly, my mere 1000-watt mini splits will require whopping 6 AWG wire, for the legs from the attic junction boxes through the exterior conduit to the panel. MCA (Minimum Circuit ...
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How is this double switch wired up? [closed]

This is the back of a double switch. It controls two lights: entry way in the house outdoor light w/ light sensor (next to front door) It’s a 3 way switch, but we don’t have another switch that is ...
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Brand new AC turns on, then immediately turns off

I just put in a new wall AC unit this morning. My old one didn't start when I turned it on last week, a voltage sensor showed the outlet and wire was live, so I just figured the AC had finally died -- ...
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how can I connect multiple lighting wires to one power supply wire [closed]

I have a 5 pendant light fixture where each pendant has a three wires: one labeled N, one labeled E and one labeled L. These need to be connected to black power wire, the white wire and the ground of ...
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Nutone Bathroom Fan cutting out

Our Nutone bathroom fan (no light) is cutting out. We have a timer switch (10 mins, 20 mins, and so on) and the fan will start but will often shut off after two minutes. Before calling an electrician ...
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Any trick to installing a double electric wall oven "whip" so it doesn't bunch up but slides backwards when the oven is pushed back into the cabinet?

Is there a trick or "life hack" to holding the metal-shielded cable, the "whip", in place on the top of a double electric wall oven so that the 4-wire conductor cable and junction ...
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Can I add a 100 amp subpanel off my 200 amp service?

I am going to be installing a 100 amp breaker from 200 amp panel about 600 feet away. I have asked PUD to give me an average of power for the last year and the highest amount for summer and for winter ...
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HVAC create a DIY Arduino smart thermostat, AC current no control board

I have a HVAC that seem to have no control board in the ceiling near the AC unit. The thermostat is directly connected to 6 wires that measure 220V AC (see picture). When I looked for the control ...
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Height above floor to drill service feed for electrical panel in freestanding garage

I will be running new service to a detached garage. What is the minimum or recommended height above the slab to come out of the grand and drill the service wire for the panel?
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Can I install a previously used meter box with knockout plugs? [closed]

I'm trying to set up electrical service for my barn, on a budget. It was recommended to me to set up a power pole outside of the barn and then run the service to the electrical panel inside. I'm being ...
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Assistance Needed: Identifying Underground Pipes Found During Excavation

While working on some foundation projects and excavating soil, I encountered the following underground pipes: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1hn7H8wedXGZBCgGeOXvCAlkny7GZ2ynE/view https://drive....
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Proper way to extend circuits to subpanel

I would like to move 8 x 20A circuits (room lights, ceiling fans, outlets in the bedrooms, and living room), and 1 x 50A (AC) circuit from left main panel to the right sub-panel. The sub is a "...
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Wiring switch from light with no power at light

how to wire a new switch and light from an existing light that has the power source at the switch. I am having trouble finding a power source for one led ceiling light. It was originally installed off ...
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"Main" panel wiring

At my property the power company installed the meter with a box below it with a 200 AMP breaker. There are lugs inside to attach wires directly to the bar so they feed directly from that breaker. So....
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How to install an outdoor receptacle on the other side of this indoor receptacle?

I want to have access to electric on a porch, and there's an indoor receptacle right around where it would be helpful to have an outdoor one. I did some research and it seemed simple enough: Open the ...
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Can I add a GFCI receptacle to the light circuit in my bathroom?

I have a 4" sq. metal box with 2 cables feeding the location. 1 cable is standard romex with a hot and neutral- no ground. The other cable is old cloth insulated with a hot, neutral and a ground, ...
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