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Outlets and switches

I changed the outlets and the switches for looks in two rooms. I copied same wiring same position from old to the new outlet, or light switch. Figures, not that hard. Tested - everything, outlets good ...
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Adding an outlet to a 3 way switch on 'far' end

I'd like to add an outlet near a 3-way-switch as it's the closest potential source. My issue is that there is no constant load at this location; when I toggle the other switch the red and black wires ...
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Capped off outlets and light switch wiring, now no power to half the house

I am in the process of removing a wall from my home separating the kitchen and dining room. To do this, I needed to remove the wiring from the wall. Steps I took: Shut breakers off to kitchen lights, ...
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Can I connect a Lutron Caseta switch to a half hot outlet?

I recently installed a Lutron Caseta (PD-6ans) switch that connects to a half-hot outlet. I noticed there is still a trickle of electricity coming out of the switch even when it's off. Enough to make ...
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Grounding my 4 gang metal electrical box

I have a 4 gang metal electrical box with a receptacle, a fan switch, a light switch and a timer for a towel warmer. The honeywell timer does not require to be grounded. For the receptacle i would ...
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Wiring an outlet from a light switch?

I've just moved into a new place which has an outhouse. In there, there is an overhead fluorescent light (and two more under the floorboards for some reason) as well as two 2-socket outlets. The ...
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Light switch with two wires, but with voltage between them

I have an older light switch, with just 2 wires. One is energized, the other is not. So, I assume the later just brings energy to the light when switch is on. However, using a multimeter, if I test ...
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What is the weird wiring on these old light switches?

Bedroom light switch, two of them but only on works to turn on the lights. There is a socket below it, and it gets it's power wires from this light switch box. The socket below has green and blue ...
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Electrical: Wiring a dimmer switch in a circuit with fixture, outlet, another switch powering 2 other fixtures

I have a 3 gang box, and the following is all on one circuit. Power is coming from the breaker box into a grounded outlet receptacle. Outlet receptacle continues along to two switched devices: 1 ...
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Suggestion for outdoor receptacle

I need to run a pool pump outdoors with an all weather extension cord. I also have string lights and lamps and other outdoor items I can plug into outdoor type receptacle with enclosures that hinge at ...
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Convert light fixture to receptacle

Current situation On my garage ceiling there is a light fixture which has been converted via the adapters pictured. It is controlled by a switch which I don't like because I never want to turn off ...
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Using 10-2 vs. 12-2 for wiring

I am considering using 10-2 to wire the opposite side of my house because of 12-2 voltage drop over 60ft distance. My house is 54x58 (see blueprint below). I called up Leviton and tech support says ...
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Puzzled installing combination GFCI outlet/switch to replace switch in old house

In brief: in replacing an old light switch in an old house with a GFCI combo switch/outlet, facing existing wiring that doesn't quite match instructions, I get the GFCI outlet working but not the new ...
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Need help to re wire a outlet and light switch

Hi everyone. I already have a post about the same problem but i cant find it. Sorry I have a problem with my light switch and my outlet in my bedroom. My landlord wired them both together so i can ...
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Converting an outdoor light socket into a light socket and outlet

I've just moved into a new apartment on the top floor of an old home. It's got a balcony / porch area big enough to put some seating out on, and the whole place is surrounded by tall trees. What I'd ...
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Want to add lights to existing outlets - beginning of circuit or end?

thanks in advance for help Question is this. I have romex running from the panel to a set of 6 outlets. If I want to add lights and a switch, can I simply add them FROM the first outlet? Details ...
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Dug up an outlet- how to safely fix it?

I bought a house from an older lady last summer with a pretty elaborate backyard. I noticed in the evenings, lights would turn on around the perimeter and shine on some of the trees. Then after a few ...
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why are 120v coming out of my light switch plate screws?

While troubleshooting a dead GFCI receptacle in my bathroom I discovered that a nearby light switch plate's screws have 120 volts coming out of them. The GFCI was reading 1.5v from hot to ground on ...
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Adding a new electrical outlet to lighting circuit

My house was built in the mid 70s, MBWC everywhere. Many lighting circuits are also connected to the outlets. What I want to do is connect a receptacle upto the switch for the pantry so that when ...
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Replace Light Fixture with outlet

I have a projector I plan on mounting to the ceiling in my basement. It just so happens that I have an unused light fixture receptacle which had been covered with a plate, right next to where I am ...
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Do I NEED to use correct colors when wiring always?

What I am wondering is if there is any code that is violated if the wrong colors are used in wiring outlets? For example, it is standard to use white as neutral and black as power but if I only had ...
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Can you install a ceiling fan with a hickey and crossbar?

I have a concrete ceiling with an old-style electrical box that has a stud for a hickey, but does not have the traditional mounting holes for fixture screws, like the box in this diagram: Can I ...
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2 hot wires into light switch and no neutral

I recently bought a home built in 1908 and I've found some funky electrical issues - such as the entire main floor on one 30 amp circuit. This morning I went down to the bathroom on the main floor and ...
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How can I extend a circuit so I can plug in my under cabinet lighting?

I am replacing halogen under cabinet puck lighting to LED. The old system was hardwired right into a switch with a power source that was starting to make noise so I thought I would replace the whole ...
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How can I toggle two wall sconces, without also turning off power to receptacles?

I'm renting an apartment in a century home and in the living room there is a wall switch that controls 2 wall sconces (both that have independent knobs on them to control the lights), but it also ...
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How many circuits do I need and can I bundle wires in the wall?

I'm looking into running new electrical circuits to my attic and second floor. The attic is two bedrooms + a small bathroom, the second floor is four bedrooms + another bathroom. I'd like some advice ...
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Did I make a mistake with this fluorescent light installation?

I bought a fluorescent light fixture with 2 light bulbs. I wanted to test if the light bulbs where good before mounting the fixture to the ceiling. So I simply plugged the cable to a 120V outlet. I ...
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Can a mix of receptacles and light fixtures be installed on a single circuit?

A while ago we had some renovations done in our house. After the electrician was done, we realized we now had one light switch in our kitchen that was no longer connected to anything. It is in a 2-...