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For questions relating to the neutral wire, or "grounded conductor" as it's sometimes called. The neutral, or "grounded conductor" in NEC, is the normal return path for electricity in a household AC circuit.

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No obvious neutral in breaker box

Just bought a house built in 1960. No grounds to outlets, not a big issue, just GFI the circuits. Bought GFI breakers, for the box. I identified the circuits that need the GFI breakers. There are ...
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Can I remove the pigtails on an AFCI breaker if I have a panel that supports plug-on-neutral?

I have an Eaton Plug-on-Neutral subpanel and I inadvertently purchased AFCI breakers with pigtails. I have plugged the neutrals wires from my circuit into the breakers but would like to remove the ...
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Is this wiring of the neutral correct?

I want to change that old switch for a new one. I add both pictures. I am surprised the neutral is connected to the switch and not to the neutral bundle. In the new one, I dont see space for those ...
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Upgrading one smart switch in a double gang but there are 3 neutral wires [closed]

I am changing only one switch to smart in a double gang. The box has three neutral wires. What do I do with the third after using two for the smart switch?
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Stove plug wiring

This guy was installing a stove plug and the only wires inside were size 6 and 2 hots and a ground and he split the ground wires in half and put half on the neutral screw and half on the ground screw ...
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question about neutral/ground bonding when a generator runs a furnace

Looking to power my gas furnace blower with an unbonded inverter generator. Furnace has a hard-wired on/off switch (like a light switch) at the furnace. I don't want to power the circuit at the main ...
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Why are my new switches operating in reverse?

I was replacing three old switches with two new switches a timer. The prior owner's install was as follows: White wires all bundled One black wire (hot) running across all three switches The ...
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Neutral Ground Bonding with 2 Main Breakers

My electrical service has a meter outside, followed immediately by a 200A breaker, then feeder wires head into my basement and supply a “main” panel with another 200a main breaker. This main panel has ...
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White wiring for everything?

I'm converting a shed to a tiny house. I'm disabled and I don't have a lot of money. My neighbor gave me 350 feet of neutral white. 12×32 is the space. My question is, may I re-task it to be used for ...
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Issue with Neutral Wire grouping to install Kasa Smart Dimmer

I want to make it clear that I am a complete and utter novice and know next to nothing about electrical wiring, I just about have a grasp of the basics. I've wired up a lot of other smart switches in ...
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How do I install a smart switch with this wiring I don't understand?

I have lots of experience with wiring switches and lights/fans, when the existing wiring it's the standard hot, neutral, ground to the device and 2x neutral(tied together), 2x hot(line and load), and ...
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New switch ports to be correctly identified as Common (Red) and Neutral

Need to identify the correct porst for Common (Red) and Neutral (Black) on new switch backplane. I have indicated as "1" where the Common --Red wire should connect. The word Loop is between ...
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Is an outlet with a switched neutral dangerous?

I have a switch that control the outlet at my home. The outlet is located on the ceiling of a room. The switch opens/closes the neutral line (not hot). How dangerous is this for a house? I plan to ...
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Can I provide a neutral wire from another point on the same circuit?

My house is from the 1950's and I've been replacing some light switches with smart ones that require a neutral wire. In my bathroom, the wiring appears to be a switch loop like the image below. There'...
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Help identifying neutral for exterior lights switch upgrade

I bought a programmable timer switch for outside lighting in an older home (Canada). I peeked in the gang box so I could make this rudimentary drawing. I have "X'd" out Switch 2 and Cable 3 ...
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All circuits show low voltage / lights flickering

Problem started two weeks ago and was first noticed when our microwave sounded very low-power. Later, a power tool was used in the home and it blew a surge protector on a different circuit. Three ...
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Ground backstabbed into neutral with neutral on ground terminal on a series outlet?

1960s build, electrical redone with a 200 A Siemens panel (where each breaker is labeled with/serves two circuits) about 15ish years ago. Replacing a receptacle, I came across this series outlet with ...
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How can I make sure I have a ground wire connection for my range?

I recently replaced my electric range. While doing so I notice that the previous range had neutral and ground bridged, even though it had a 4-wire cord. I'm now a little bit insecure about what to do, ...
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Can I use ground as neutral for a smart switch?

How bad an idea is it to use the ground from a switch loop light switch as the neutral (and ground) of a smart switch replacing the existing light switch?
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Replacing a 4-gang standard switches with smart Kasa switches

I am trying to replace a 4-gang standard switches with Kasa smart switches. How do I connect all the neutral white wires from the switches to the white neutral bundles in the box? There are too many ...
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Ground has power

Half of circuit works other half doesn't, until I use ground wire instead of neutral with black wire. Why does white wire read only 53V? All wires are hooked up the way they were previously and there ...
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New 6800/5500 watt generator, neutral connected to frame, replacing similar generator with floating neutral. Need help to rectify connecting to panel

The original generator had a 3 wire cable connected to a 3 prong locking plug on the generator. It feeds a 240 volt 20 amp Stab lock breaker (with a fitted manual interlock to prevent feedback) on the ...
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dimmer with neutral wire (not a smart dimmer)

I have a Lutron Diva dimmer, gray color, that was installed by a manufacturer in 2016 to operate some [fancy expensive] LED ceiling lights. this dimmer is not a smart dimmer, has no light to it, but ...
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Need to confirm if there is a neutral wire in this electrical box

I am trying to determine if my light switches have a neutral wire, as I need to know if I can order smart switches with neutral wiring required. Here in this picture you can see two example outlets: ...
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Where to Tap Into Neutral Wire for Smart Light Switches Install? (country: US)

Originally, there was a set of 3 light switches in one box. The 1st one switched my porch lights, the 2nd one switched my garage lights, and the 3rd was to switch an electrical outlet outside (used ...
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How do I figure out why I have current on electrical panel ground line?

I live in Maryland in a house built in 2007. The house has 400A service so I have two main panels of 200A each. There are two electrical service lines, one for each panel and two solid copper ground ...
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Is a switched neutral light fixture up to code in canada?

In Canada, is it legal to have a single pole switch turn off a light by switching the neutral wire only? I'm pretty sure it's not to code, but my brother in law is adamant his way is okay. I'd like to ...
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Entire (Mostly) Home's Lights Flicker when Resistive Loads are Energized

Thanks for taking a look at my question. I am troubled by a strange issue that I think I may have an idea about, but I am not 100%. So I would appreciate anyone else's feedback to hopefully set me ...
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Why are all the neutral wires in a sub panel burnt or melted?

My barn had a small (6-space) main lug sub panel with four 20A 120V breakers and one 20A 240V breaker. The panel itself was protected by a 50A 240V breaker in the main service panel. It was wired up ...
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4-prong dryer outlet (NEMA 14-30R) with asymmetric hot to neutral readings (110v and 130v)

I recently renovated my home and re-did all the electrical from the service drop on down. Everything appears to be working correctly so far except one circuit. I have a NEMA 14-30R receptacle wired up ...
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Wiring thru the wall A/C

I need to wire a 20 amp, 240 volt, single yoke, double pole breaker for a thru the wall A/C. Also reknown as "115/240". Using 12g wire running 40 feet. I've seen this done using 12/2 and ...
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Can I wire smart switch to two panels?

I've seen some similar questions but not my exact situation (forgive me if I missed it). I am wanting to replace a switch that controls the light in my swimming pool with a smart switch. Background... ...
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Provide another example in which a metal appliance can become energized besides the hot wire coming in contact with the metal frame of the appliance

A dangerous situation where no ground path is available is typically cited as the hot wire coming in contact with the metal frame of an appliance and thus energizing it and potentially shocking or ...
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How does lightning get to your ground rods directly without first traveling through your electrical system and then back through neutral/ground?

Let's say there is a lightning strike on a nearby power line and the excessive voltage/current makes it to your house. I often read that grounding rods are there to protect against surges like ...
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Is my understanding of why ground is bonded to neutral (vs not being bonded at all) on a 3 prong dryer connection correct?

I understand the need for a separate ground path back to the panel to trip the breaker on a ground fault when possible. For dryers that connect to a NEMA 10-30R, the manufacturer always indicates to ...
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All 4 outlets on the same circuit shows Open Neutral

I am facing open neutral issue but I am not an electrician therefore hoping if someone might be able to help out here. I figured it is most likely an wiring issue. so I have 4 outlets that on the same ...
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If I move a 120v breaker, do I also have to move the neutral wire? [duplicate]

I need to rearrange the breakers in my main panel box in order to make room for a generator breaker. If I move a single pole 120V breaker from the left side of the panel box to the right side, do I ...
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Is it a problem that ground was used a neutral for a 120v branch off a range circuit?

Condition: My house is 37 years old and our kitchen remodeler (not an electrician) did the following. He tapped into one of the oven’s 120 volt legs to power a 120 volt duplex receptacle. There is no ...
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Two neutrals and two Commons in the same box. Attempting a new switch

Remodeling and reinstalling light fixtures in an old room of an old house. There is only one light switch That single light switch activates a fan on one side of the room and a separate light on the ...
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Pigtail two hot wires from different locations at single pole switch?

I replaced a ceiling fan with a ceiling fan/light combo in a bedroom. Previously the fan did not have a switch to control it. Power goes directly to the fan and was controlled by a pull cord. I ran ...
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Issues with switching over from mains to generator

This is my basic diagram: I'm facing an issue here - I have mains supply and generator supply and in order to incorporate a time delay I have have a UPS system in between. The UPS is just powering ...
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Can different wire gauges be combined in same box?

Wiring 3 gang switch, have 4 cables coming into box. (2) 14/3 cables coming from 3 way “primary” switch that also feeds to two different light fixtures. Also have a 12/2 cable from different circuit ...
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Neutral wire in red-black cable (Canada)?

I have a bunch of 10/2 cable with red and black (plus ground) wires in Canada (from a removed air conditioner). It's perfectly good cable, so I'd like to repurpose it in a few spots on 15 or 20 amp ...
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Dishwasher and disposal wiring on seperate circuits to one yoke and common neutral

Greetings from unincorporated Texas. Home was built in 2000. We’ve been in it for five years. This little adventure started with a push on RO supply line coming loose one night and soaking everything ...
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Is it safe to use the ground wire in /2 as neutral (with no ground)?

I am building a cabin, we had a discrepancy with someone down at the property about wiring. I am feeding the cabin off the main breaker with a 50 A double pole breaker only using 120 V (single pole of ...
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Can I use unused Neutral for ground on a 240V cooktop?

My cooktop has black, red and bare ground wires (brand new pre wired this way). Power supply has a neutral and no ground. Do I just leave it disconnected as shown? Is this connected correctly? Or ...
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Switching dimmer switch with 2 black wires to regular switch

I just wanted to confirm before wiring this up. When I took this off I see that two black wires going to the dimmer switch when it is normally black, white, and ground. Not sure how you tell which is ...
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Why is a ground wire wrapped around the bare portion of a neutral wire at this outlet?

Why is a ground wire of this outlet wrapped around the bare portion of a neutral wire at this outlet? This ground wire is a pigtail that is joined with the two other ground wires in the box. This ...
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UPS 30 AMP 240V question

Okay here is what I am trying to accomplish. I have a computer rack in my basement and since I am an IT guy to the extreme it has a lot of servers in it. I have a UPS 240V 6000KVA unit. It is rack ...
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New wafer lights stopped working after a week

I have two wafer lights connected to a switch at the end of a circuit. Here's what my diagram looks like this. I replaced the 2 wafer lights about a week ago and they worked fine. They stopped ...
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