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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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Bringing power to two bedrooms [duplicate]

I bought a new house and needed to build two extra bedrooms. The house is my residence. In both the new bedrooms, I have six outlets and a light. I have space to add breakers in the panel when I went ...
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With my circuit breaker open I have found 0.67 VAC between my light switch common wire to ground, is this acceptable?

I have opened the circuit breaker at my box to diagnose why my outside light is not working. I verified that there is no VAC at the switch and I have disconnected the light switch from the circuit to ...
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Why am I reading 69 volts across the terminals on my outlet?

I have three receptacles and one light tied to one AFGCI breaker. When I measure across the neutral and “hot” terminals of the receptacles and light, I measure 69 volts. When I measure from the “hot” ...
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Remove outlet from light switch that controls recessed lighting

I've been searching DIY but haven't found a clear "how-to" for my exact situation. I've got a light switch that controls both the recessed lighting in a room as well as an entire outlet ...
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Can I leave standard outlets in kitchen if they’re connected to GFCI outlet?

So basically all outlets in our house that should be GFCI are currently standard outlets (at least 2 in kitchen, 1 in garage, maybe others in bathroom but not sure). However, they are all wired to a ...
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Wiring two duplex switches

I have two duplex switches (4 controls) which I would like to replace with just two normal single switches. Current setup: 1 switch for the ceiling light within the ceiling fan, 1 switch for the ...
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Are 15 amp outlets in the same junction box as a 20 amp outlet acceptable by code?

So I went through a project to add a handful out outlets to the outside of my house, and being one to only do things once I decided it was going to be a 2-gang box, one 20 amp receptacle and one 15 ...
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Google Nest Outdoor Camera - Re-Wiring (Wire Type)

Last year, I had an ADT system installed, along with some Google outdoor cameras. I have an extra camera that I acquired recently and would like to follow a similar setup as the other cameras. From ...
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Three Way Switch Receptacle Combo

I currently have a 3 way switch controlling a single light. What I was hoping to accomplish, was replace one of the switches with a switch receptacle combo. Switch1 = image 1, left as is Switch2 = ...
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How can I safely pass power from an extension cord through a shed wall?

I just purchased a shed and would like to run a few things (light, fan, etc.) inside. The shed is not wired for power, so I was going to just run an extension cord to the shed. Rather than drill a ...
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Why do electrical fixtures with multiple live/neutral terminals have only one earth terminal? [duplicate]

As can be seen in this illustration: I became curious about this while rewiring my house recently, in which I've installed a lot of these. Live and neutral almost always tend to have paired line and ...
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Outdoor outlet on round box

I have 2 of the following round boxes at my home hidden behind a cover: Now I'd like to mount an outlet on it, and I'm trying to understand what the right things to use are. To my understanding, this ...
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After replacing bathroom outlets they dont work

I replaced my Mom's bathroom outlets. I put the wires from the older ones directly to the same spots on the new outlets.. same style and same types. Most regular flat faced outlets and one GFI after ...
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Single Outlets Failing

I have three (so far) outlets that have no power. Three different locations through the home. I have checked the breakers and all seem to be fine. All worked within the last month or so. Rooms with ...
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Correct breaker for electrical panel [duplicate]

I am installing a dedicated circuit for a bathroom outlet. Attached is a picture of the old Sylvania panel. My understanding from looking at this is that this panel does accept tandem breakers seeing ...
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How to convert unused 3 prong, 250V, 50A, F receptacle to regular 120V one?

I have an unused 3 prong, 250V, 50A, F receptacle in my basement. Is there an adapter out there that can convert this to 120V? Since it is 3 wire (including neutral), I believe we should be able to do ...
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Adding 2 new outlets to existing GFCI's in two bathrooms

In the middle of a remodel. So I have two bathrooms connected on the same 20A circuit and both currently have GFCI. Bathroom 1(B1) GFCI is wired to the LINE/source and its LOAD powers Bathroom 2(B2) ...
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How to break off outlet yoke tabs without bending

To install an outlet in a metal box cover plate like this one: I have to break off the tabs of the outlet. The ones I've shown in red are trivial - just grab the ear with some pliers and rock back ...
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Need to install a new outlet : from Light Fixture or GFCI? How to go about it?

I need to install a new electrical outlet in the bathroom, that would connect to the vanity as well as a new bidet in the future. I have two sources for this: Vanity light fixture, that's connected ...
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Why won't my breaker reset after it tripped, even with no devices connected? [closed]

One of our kitchen outlets made a pop when my wife unplugged an item from it. The breaker tripped and now won't reset after I unplugged everything on that circuit. Is the outlet bad and not allowing ...
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Wiring an electrical outlet under a sink with 2 black wires a red wire and 2 white wires but 1 white wire is hot

I am replacing an electrical outlet under the sink that connects to a garbage disposal switch. There are five wires, 2 black wires (hot), 1 red wire that I believe connects to the garbage disposal ...
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Replacing old light switch (not a professional)

To preface, I have little to no experience with electrical work and terminology, with the only thing I've done is replacing a broken ceiling light receptacle. We have a really old house, and one of ...
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Installing gfci on chained 2-prong receptacles in a room

I have 4 2-prong receptacles in my room and I want to get them converted to 3 prong so that I don't have to use any adaptor for my devices. I opened them and saw that there is no ground wire in these(...
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Disabling Switched Outlet at the Switch

I currently have a 3-switch box (as a single unit) that controls fan, fan light, and one switched outlet, but want to disable to switched outlet and leave the other two functional. The switch seems to ...
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My range outlet is lying on the floor

I would like to replace my old electric range but the outlet it is plugged in is lying on the floor (under the range) and not attached to the wall (see the picture). Does anybody know if this is a ...
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Multiple outlets (4), in different rooms not working

Two outlets in master bath, one out on back patio, and one next to front door (exterior) aren't working. They have no power going to them so I replaced the circuit breaker but that didn't fix them. ...
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120 outlet in an outdoor electrical cabinet

I have an existing 110V outlet behind a weatherproof cover in my side yard, on the exterior wall. Above it the backyard patio company has installed a small metal outdoor electrical box (6”x12”x5”) ...
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Outlets in Series stopped working. No Breaker Tripped

My wife turned on a space heater and a heated blanket in my living room plugged into separate outlets but in a series of 3 visible outlets. At once, all items in the series stopped receiving power. No ...
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Dimmer wired to 2 lights and half wall outlet

I am pretty comfortable with wiring in a DIY sense but this has me stumped. We have two ceiling fans, each with a light set. At one end of the room is a standard toggle for turning fan lights off/on....
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Is my kitchen wired in an incorrect way?

There is a circuit in my kitchen that does not power any of the major appliances (Stove, fridge dishwasher, etc). The circuit only has 3 outlets. The 1st outlet is a 20amp GFCI, The 2nd outlet is a ...
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Why are wires connected only to the line side of one GFCI outlet?

I am replacing two 25-year-old (original) GFCI outlets in my kitchen with these: I am confused as to why they are wired differently (one has both sets of leads in to/out of same contact screws, the ...
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Is this the correct way to replace electrical outlet with red wire

Whats the best practice on replacing an electrical outlet with a red wire? Can I wire nut all of the red and black wire together? Do I need to pull the metal tab off? I read that allows you to control ...
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Why do I get power from line through load's neutral?

I replaced a GFCI outlet. The old one was good, but I wanted one with USB sockets. After removing the old outlet, I double checked the wiring. One black wire was hot and the other was not. So ...
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Is there a reason to use both top or both bottom screws on a standard outlet?

I have a receptacle that was wired with the black on the top right side screw and the white wire on the bottom left screw. Why didn’t they just use either the two top screws or the bottom two screws? ...
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How do I wire grounded receptacles if I don't have a ground wire in the box?

I own a house built in 1948 and want to update the duplex receptacle outlets in my kitchen. I was told by an electrician that our electrical box is grounded and I can see the grounding wires outside ...
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Can I have two service outlets for two separate pieces of equipment on the same circuit?

Location: Seattle, USA. I've got an existing service outlet, on a dedicated circuit, for my heat pump compressor (exterior of my house). I plan to add a hot tub (spa) in the near future, and this ...
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converting a 10-30 receptacle to a 6-50

I have a 10-30 receptacle in my garage that has never been used. It is attached to a safety switch. I have added a picture to show what is there. Wiring into the box looks to be individual wires run ...
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Wiring 6-50 Welding Outlet [closed]

A couple clarifying questions on my welder outlet install. Prior thread: 240v Welding Outlet Right Near Breaker Box One issue is that since I don't have any real NEC knowledge - it seems that every ...
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What's the proper way to remove/decommission an outlet and its cable from a circuit? [duplicate]

We're doing a really small renovation in our house (WA, USA), and as part we're removing a small (and non-loadbearing) wall. This wall contains the last outlet on a branch circuit. What's the proper ...
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What are the dark spots on wall around electric outlet?

The mark does not come off when rubbed or scrubbed lightly. It doesn’t streak or smudge. It is to the side and the bottom of the outlet cut-out. The outlet is in the sub-grade lower level of a split ...
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Outlets breaker all of a sudden tripping?

Just starting tonight, if I plug my power bar into the same outlet it’s been plugged into for two years, it trips the breaker. There are admittedly a lot of things plugged into that power bar but I ...
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Does Kitchen's 2' Outlet Spacing Apply if Counter is Beneath Window?

I am remodeling my kitchen and trying to bring it up to code for wiring. I had an electrician out to scope the project and he mentioned that you need an outlet every 2' of counterspace. My question is,...
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Pigtailed switch from outlet

I'm in the process of wiring an outlet and a switch to control a light fixture. I wanted to check if my wiring is correct before proceeding further. Here's the setup: I have a 14/2 wire entering a 2-...
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AFCI/GFCI 15amp vs 20amp outlet ratings

This may have been answered before but I have a question about receptacles. Excluding the load, the wiring, and the panel breaker - what is the difference between a 15amp AFCI/GFCI receptacle and a ...
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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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Code-compliant way of permanently wiring a hidden 120v appliance

I'm finishing my basement and want to install an inline booster fan for one of the bedrooms. The fan will be accessible by removing a rain shower head in the bathroom, since the duct runs right above ...
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Why one outlet on a branch suddenly shows lower voltage?

I have a branch with few outlets and ligths on it, and one outlet developed a problem overnight, in the sense that whatever was plugged into it was energized last night, but was not in the morning. ...
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when I use my microwave I can see and hear Sparks coming from behind my refrigerator. What's going on? What can I do to fix it?

Dude I don't know I just want to know why when I use my microwave the outlet behind my refrigerator starts sparking and I can see and hear it and that's the only time it does it the only time the ...
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What could cause my furnace and Outlets to go out at the same time circuit breaker not tripped

My furnace will lose power and I will lose power in the bathroom that shares the wall with the furnace but I will also lose power to the outlet in my kitchen next to my sink in my laundry room that's ...
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