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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Automatic timers for 4-way switch, or how to automatically turn off lights in a stairwell

We have a stairwell which goes from the first to third floor of the house, with a landing on the second floor. It's a straight shot all the way up, with the landing in the middle. There are switches ...
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Ceiling fan old wiring only reds and blacks connected

Need some help wiring. Should I use a three way switch here or 4 way like the old switch. Switch one had red and black connected to switch with neutral connected in box. Switch 2 has two black ...
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Troubleshooting power for bathroom fan/heater/light fixture

Situation: installing new switches for 3-in-1 heater/fan/light fixture. Old custom switch set (broken) had three switches and an indicator light. New generic set has three switches and an outlet. ...
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Ceiling fan replacement motor amperage difference, is it a problem? [closed]

I have a fan in my bathroom, but it appears to be dead. I took the fan apart, the "fan" is a motor piece which has a standard (US) two prong plug that you just plug into the fan outlet. The outlet ...
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Voltage imbalance on phase-neutral of three phase generator under load

Complaints of occasional voltage spikes blowing electrical items (computer, ac) in a compound. A three phase four wire generator is powering a residential building with primarily single phase 230 ...
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Fixing constant humming from mechanical doorbell with video doorbell ringers (ring/skybell)

We have an old house with a neat mechanical doorbell. The bell is one of the hammer/bell kinds. I've installed 2 video doorbells which have been powered by this just fine. I tried to add a 3rd but ...
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Floor heating system increased resistance

I have a Danfoss floor heating system installed ( properly, qualified electrician) and now after concrete and tiles have been set up my Ohmmeter shows a triple value that it should be. Can someone ...
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My dishwasher suddenly stopped working, and I don’t know much about electricity. Any tips

Hello! Recently our dishwasher stopped working in our apartment. The plug above it and the garbage disposal also stopped working, leading me to believe it’s a power issue. I followed the wires and ...
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Gfci breaker will not turn on at hot tub disconnect

I installed a new GFCI breaker for a hot tub on the deck in a separate box from the main panel. Wired it to the hot tub . but it will not turn on. Would a wire at a lug not fully secured cause the ...
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Spark detecting screwdriver doesn't light up upon touching live wire

For one outlet I'm working on, the tester screwdriver stopped lighting up, it used to before with same exact wires a few days ago, but now doesn't. I was cutting and replacing old wires whoch took ...
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Main breaker outside as disconnect. Do i need a main breaker inside too?

I have a 125 amp main disconnect outside. I have an old fp panel inside back to back. Can i get a lug panel inside or do i need a main breaker inside too to comply w 2014 nec?
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Cutting stainless steel vent chimney to fit sloped ceiling

Looking for thoughts on how to cut a stainless steel hood vent chimney to match the profile of a angled/sloped ceiling. BEHIND the drywall is 1” of insulation and then the roof. Should this be done ...
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Plugging household device into T-Blade extension cord does not work

I have a 50Amp to 15/20Amp T-Blade extension cord. Here is the link. The 50Amp end is plugged into an unused Stove outlet. When I plug in a surge protector the extension cord does not seem to work. ...
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Mount LED Batten light to allow Rotational Direction change at various positions/ angles up & down using Hinge type mechanism?

I've got this LED batten light to replace old Tube lights. It's pretty light in weight and is full electrical fixture in itself, not needing electrical fixtures like before. It simply mounts on 2 ...
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Dead outlet that make a volt sensor sing

I have an outlet that makes a volt sensor ring but nothing works when plugged in. My outlet tester doesn't do anything either...does that mean I have an open hot somewhere?
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Rewiring European Chandelier

I have a chandelier that was bought in Europe in early 1990s, and I would like to hang it in my house in the US on a standard 120V AC circuit. There is nothing in the box or in the manual stating that ...
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How to add small 220 Volt Heater from an existing 220V 30 Amp receptacle

I recently upgraded my laundry room from an electric dryer to a gas dryer. The 30 amp circuit was left in place including the receptacle for for the dryer, which was very handy for the floor ...
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How do you install a light switch with neon lamp

I need to replace a switch with a neon lamp that is connected to the geyser. The neon lamp stopped glowing a long time ago, and now the geyser does not work. I suspect that something in the switch has ...
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LED bulbs or dimmer switch causing buzzing?

I installed a light fixture that contains 4 dimmable GU10 LED lightbulbs. I also installed a dimmer switch (Feit Electric Model 72200) for the fixture. When I dim the bulbs to 50-85% on, I hear a ...
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Does this picture look like a burnt out LED lighting or is something wrong with the fixture itself?

Does this picture look like a burnt out LED lighting or is something wrong with the fixture itself? The apartment was built a year and a half ago with these types of fixtures put in. Is this just the ...
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Indicator Lamp (LED) on 3-Way Switch

So I bought this home a few months ago and I removed all the outlets and switches to replace room by room. In the breakfast room just inside from the garage, there was a switch plate with a small ...
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Why would a power surge kill my dishwasher, and another surge bring it back to life?

This one is strange. My house seems to have electrical issues - we used to burn out lots of light bulbs way too frequently, some of the outlets can't be used, and blackouts kill my appliances. Last ...
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How high should I install an outlet in my bathroom?

I would like to install a GFCI outlet in my bathroom. I attempted to install it beside our vanity mirror on first the left then the right side, but was unable to due to the construction of the wall, ...
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Is it safe to have power cables dangling outside the house?

The bedroom split air conditioner gets it's power cable from the switches in the kitchen and goes under the tile floor to the bedroom. Problem is, it leads to an old switch fuse box thing that is far ...
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How to use a water motor in two-way switch for two different electric connection

My house is G+2. Each floor is with each brother& its family. All three floor has three separate electric connection of three phase. We have single underground water tank for storage. We have ...
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Are there good reasons to install 120V 20 AMP receptacles “upside-down” instead of in conventional upside-up position? [duplicate]

In the US, most 15 and 20 AMP receptacles are installed with the hot and neutral on the top and the ground below. However, sometimes they are installed the other way around, with the ground above. I ...
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voltage drop on 1 phase

I have been having problems with partial power loss. one of the phases drops from 124 volts to 12 volts, sometimes for several minutes but also can last for an hour or more. I changed the main because ...
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Why are my appliances failing and the breaker tripping?

10 yr old washer would not come on so it wash replaced with a working 4yr old one. I did 3 loads of laundry not on same day then tonight it would not come on. The breaker was off. I flipped it on and ...
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Two circuit breakers, how to determine which one jumps

In my home I have two sets of circuit breakers. One is upstairs in my home, and another is downstairs in a shared area of the residence I live in. When too many appliances are connected one of the two ...
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Replaced 2 prong with gfci--power--but not working

I recently switched out a two prong outlet with a gfci outlet, but when the power is turned on, the volt meter reads current exists but the outlet doesn't work. I've double checked the wiring and it's ...
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bath fan, white is hot and switch doesnt disconnect

I bought a delta breeze fan . I removed the old fan and upon labeling and disconnecting the wires the ones going to the fan connector are always hot, no matter where i move the switch, and it is the ...
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Is the light/fan combo in my shower safe? [duplicate]

In all of the bathrooms, there is a recessed light/exhaust fan combo installed. I assume, due to the combo feature, is the reason there is no cover over the light fixture. However, the same light/...
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Electrical outlet that has 2 white wires, 1 black, 1 red, and a ground. Does it matter which white goes where?

I did some searching on the site, but I wasn't able to find anything about this. That being said, I have an electrical outlet that has 2 white wires, 1 black, 1 red, and a ground. I know the red line ...
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frigidaire gallery electric range cfef388jeb1

I had a power outage and now my Frigidaire electric range is making a screeching sound no lights on the knows or oven temperature model CFEF388JEB1 Can anyone help
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Advice needed on running UF wire to lantern pole

I am electrifying a pole gas lantern and want to run outdoor wire to the pole. I would appreciate some advice on how to accomplish this project. The interior side of a brick wall close to the pole ...
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Turn 1 Switch Into 3 Switches That Control Outdoor Lighting?

We've added a patio to our backyard. Currently we have 2 lights near our backdoor that are controlled by a switch inside. We wanted to add an outlet (always on) near the patio, in addition to a pole ...
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12V AC wire run to light fixture?

I am adding a ceiling fan to an existing junction box in my house. There was nothing there before, just a junction box which is rated for a ceiling fan. The house was built in 2016. There is a ...
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Replace GU-10 lights

I have GU-10 recessed lights in the bathroom. Unfortunately they do not sell replacement 4" kits that have the GU-10 connection. I'm replacing because the light is terrible even with led light bulbs. ...
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Switch a condenser dryer from drawer to pipe

How does one switch a condenser (ventless) dryer such as the Electrolux edc78550w from collecting the water in the drawer to pushing it through the back pipe?
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Dimmer Switch Installation in Multi Gang Box

I want to install a smart dimmer switch in a 3 switch box (which requires neutral). However the one switch I need to replace is one of the simple toggle switches with 2 black wires connected inside ...
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How to wire a light with two white wires and one black wire

I bought an old house, and I have a light fixture with two white wires and one black wire. I tested the wires, and one of the white wires and one of the black wires are hot, the other white wire (the ...
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Disconnect from a three way switch set up

The porch lights and porch fan (Separate fixtures) are wired to a single switch in one room. This single switch is part of a three way switch configuration that is located in another room. From the ...
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Why do my LED bulbs refuse to work in one socket but CFLs will work?

I have 3 lights over my desk operated by 1 simple switch. I replaced all 3 with LED bulbs. Two of the lights work fine, but the other will work for a while and then stop. I tried 4 of the bulbs ...
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Random tripping at house DB not at complex DB

We live in a community setup where a main feeder cable comes in from the street (city supply) and then is split up to each housing unit (blue on sketch). Between this point where the electricity is ...
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How should my new outlets be connected to this circuit?

So I'm adding some more outlets to my room. It's an old farm house and my room has the wires run in the plastic things you can just stick to the wall. Well I just put two more outlets in on the ...
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Is it ok to run 2 NM-B cables in 1 EMT protective conduit in an unfinished basement? [duplicate]

I would like to add 3 new 20 Amps outlets in my unfinished basement. I'm going to run some NM-B cable along the ceiling joists and I will use metal boxes attached on the concrete walls as well as use ...
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Use PVC connector with flexible conduit?

I need to run some Cat5e cable outdoors for POE cameras. I want to run them through a flexible conduit. There's a place where I would need a 3 way (T piece connector). There isn't a 3 way for the type ...
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Running New Electrical Line

I found a junction box under my deck that has grey cable, with each individual wire wrapped in the gray sheathing. So for example, the white wire has the white insulation around the copper wire, and ...
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Ceiling fan issues

Ok a while back I had asked about my ceiling fan not being able to come on or spin very slow. I have a lot of responses saying that my capacitor had failed. So I replaced my capacitor and I am STILL ...
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Is this large exhaust fan in bathroom installed right?

This window is right where the shower is. Can't have any fan but there. It opens upwards. Hired someone to install this fan but his idea was what you see in the picture. It's not sitting flush on the ...