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Wall Outlet with three sets of wires!

have another issue with another outlet in this very improperly done house I just bought. During my slow replacing of all the wall outlets, I came across this new one which has me baffled on how to ...
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Adding an outlet above this metal box

I'm trying to install a new outlet about 3 feet above an existing outlet (for a wall-mounted TV). It appears that the existing outlet is in the middle of the run, so I'm not sure how I would add the ...
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Can I convert a wall lamp into a usb socket?

I've recently moved house, and there is a wall lamp, see picture, which we never use, and i was wondering if i could put a usb socket there instead so i could charge bike lights and similar ...
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When GFCI trips, metal enclosure becomes energized

Sooooooo, the box is grounded to the receptacle. Also the outlet has no power coming out of it, though when I hit the test button the metal box becomes energized. But the outlet lets me test/reset at ...
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What kind of plug adapter do I need?

See the image below. This is from a lamp. Clearly it needs some kind of adapter to go into an outlet (I assume it came with one many years ago). Any idea what the name is of the kind of adapter I need?...
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Switching a 240 volt 3 wire to a 250 v 2wire

I want to use my generator to power my welder. It runs off a 250v, 50 amp receptacle in my shop. The generator receptacle is not a 3 prong as the cord is to my welder. I picked up a receptacle, 250v, ...
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Moving electrical outlet 3 feet to the left

this is my first post here. Thanks in advance for any help you can provide. I recently bought a new home and basically I need to move an electrical outlet 3 feet to the left so that it is hidden by ...
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Outdoor outlet lost power

Christmas decoration lights were plugged into outlet while sprinklers were running. Came to find out lights were out, outlet had no power, and all other outdoor outlets around the house lost power. ...
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All my outlets seem to be dead

So after an overload from a power tool, I completely lost all my outlets but the breaker didn't trip. I pulled that outlet and even removed the box to inspect as much wire as I could but there was no ...
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Does an existing unprotected conductor need to be immediately rewired?

While cleaning up under the sink, I noticed that an existing owner wired the disposal outlet as shown: It has a red conductor traveling into the crawlspace without a plastic or metallic sheath. I ...
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Outlets not working after space heater was plugged in

So this all happened when someone plugged in a space heater into a bedroom outlet. it caused a breaker to blow and a few outlets to stop working aswell. At first i just thought it was a breaker that ...
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Add double outlet to existing circuit

I can't find a question like this, but I might not be using the right terms. I am in the US. I need to add a double outlet to an existing circuit. I have all the wires in place, but I don't know how ...
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USA Mains black to device black & Mains red to device white

First of all let me get this out of the way: Some things are not designed to work with the higher voltage and if that's the case then obviously you wouldn't attempt it with that specific device. ...
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Adding new 240v 30 amp outlet by tapping into existing NEMA 10-30 outlet box

Here's the situation: House was built in the 1980s. My laundry room has an existing NEMA 10-30 outlet that is not being used since we have a gas dryer. I am thinking about getting an electric car so I'...
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Are AC-DC 5V power supply modules legal in USA if mounted inside an outlet box?

I'm wall mounting a tablet and need to supply 5V. I've seen posts on how this can be achieved but my question is specifically about these types of power supply modules: https://www.ebay.com/sch/i....
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I have one outlet that gets power, but does not work

I have an electrical outlet that stopped working. I replaced the outlet, still not working. I tested the outlet for power using my sperry meter and I have power. Why would it still not work?
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Is this outlet wired to a switch correctly?

I have been upgrading to grounded outlets in my 1950s house and I just want to make sure that this particular outlet was wired appropriately by the previous homeowner. This outlet is controlled by a ...
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How do I ground a new outlet that only has the black/white wires?

I am adding a new outlet but want to make sure it is correctly grounded. I have outlet A that I am going to be creating a new outlet B. I tested A and it says it is grounded and want to ground ...
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Receptacle load voltage drop to 10 vac

Kitchen outlets raise to 130 vac when coffee pot or toaster is on. At the same time bathroom lighting dims and voltage drops by same amount. About -112/113 vac I’m a little confused after checking ...
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What does it mean when one wire goes into load, and one goes into line

I am replacing my kitchen outlets with GFCI. The inspector told me I just needed to install one at the first outlet in the circuit. I looked at the outlets on either side of my kitchen; at one end ...
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Outlet not working before/after replacement

There is a room in my house that has three outlets. For the longest time, I knew that one of them was causing an issue where it would just suddenly stop working. me being a procrastinator however, I ...
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Are outlets near kitchen sink required to be protected by GFCI?

I have 2ea 4 plug outlets on either side of my kitchen sink. They are about 6in away from the edge and about 1ft up. There is no GFI on either outlet. I'm wondering if this is allowed by code? My ...
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How can I rewire my bathroom fan, light, and receptacle?

My bathroom has one switch that powers the fan and light. In that electrical box, there is also a hard wired electrical outlet that sits in the bathroom. Since I don't have room for a 2 gang box in ...
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Why don't electrical receptacles have more than one ground?

All modern receptacles have places for additional hot/neutral wires so you can add more outlets in series, but they all have a single screw or hole for the ground wire. Why don't they have two ground ...
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What else would an hot red wire be for in a split-tab outlet?

We are replacing some older outlets in our home with newer, more modern outlets. In one room, we found that two of the old outlets have two hots: a black and a red wire. The tab has been removed on ...
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Wiring question for replacing old outlet with Legrand Adorne

I recently bought a new Legrand Adorne outlet to replace an old one in my bedroom (dual outlet). I watched Legrand's installation video and it seemed pretty straightforward. But after removing my old ...
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Why do my outlets start working when something is plugged in?

I am in an apartment and have a small bar between living room and kitchen. In that bar is an outlet. It is NOT on the same breaker as the living room lights, fan, or outlets. Recently my lights and ...
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Now I realize I used too many GFCI outlets. How can I reclaim them?

Yeah, so the building inspector redflagged a bunch of outlets for not being GFCI. Before I understood how the LOAD terminals work, I just replaced every single one with a GFCI outlet. Most had a ...
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My dryer quit and I am getting a strange power reading at the outlet

I have a 3 prong plug for my dryer. When I take a voltage reading between X and Y I am getting 320VAC. Between X and W or between y and W I am getting 160VAC, and my dryer has quit running. Can you ...
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Is there any benefit to tripping a GFCI receptacle when it's not in use?

I have a few outdoor GFCI receptacles. (They are on different circuits.) I probably use these receptacles for 2 hours in a given year. In other words, I rarely use these receptacles. Keep in mind ...
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How can i run my counter top convection oven and counter top microwave at the same time without tripping the breaker?

Looking to be able to run my counter top toaster oven and my counter top microwave off the same breaker without tripping. I need to save my counter space by stacking the units and sharing the outlet.
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Electrical Question for Receptacles in guest house

Wiring a out door shed that has everything that a home does; bathroom kitchen living room and extra bedroom. Pretty much like a guest home you can say. When I run my wire in the bathroom of it. The ...
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Connecting 120/240 receptacles on the same circuit breaker

I want to add a branch circuit to the control panel using 12/3 wire and protected by 20 amp double pole circuit breaker. Is it safe to connect multiple duplex receptacles 120 volts and 240 volts on ...
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NEC 422.16(B)(2) Built-in Dishwashers and Trash Compactors Requirement

According to the titled part of NEC, "(4)Receptacles shall be located to protect against physical damage to the flexible cord." I have installed a dishwasher recently, but the plugged to a receptacle ...
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GFCI daisy chain problem

I'm in a 2006 mobile home that has a GFCI plug in behind my microwave it's the only plug I have for it. Theres five more regular plugs down stream from it that all say GFCI on them because they're ...
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Outlet with power won't supply power to anything plugged in

Today we came back from church and our bedroom outlet did not supply power to the tv or cable box. Breakers were fine but reset. Power tester (stick like unit that sticks into the slot and buzzes) ...
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How should I connect a new outlet with two pairs of wires?

I have a kitchen outlet that stopped working. I"m in the process of replacing it. I've discarded the old outlet. I purchased a Hubbell duplex receptacle. It has brass screws on the left side with a ...
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Electrician strangely cut and capped hot wire of receptacle

Background: I recently moved into an apartment building in Canada (built in 1969). I don't know much about the electrical code, how grand-fathering works within it, etc., but I have an intermediate ...
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Botched grounding in receptacle junction boxes

Background: I recently moved into an apartment building in Canada (built in 1969). I don't know much about the electrical code, how grand-fathering works within it, etc., but I have an intermediate ...
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Panamax Surge Protector says outlet is faulty; Radioshack tester says its AOK

I have a surge protector / line conditioner for my AV equipment. I just moved it to a new receptacle and the unit is indicating there's a problem (see attached image). However, when I test with my ...
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Add outlet to existing outdoor UF cable

I'm looking to add an outdoor outlet to the back of my house. There's an existing UF cable line that runs from the exterior basement wall to the exterior first floor wall, entering directly behind a ...
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How do I wire a switched outlet with the switch downstream?

Can I simply use the same switch loop technique as with a light? in combination with this: replacing the light with the final outlet?
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How can I rerun cables along stairs where a wall is being removed?

I want to partially take down the wall that currently serves as my staircase handrail. I will replace that portion of the wall with a cable rail. . The picture above was taken while the house was ...
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Kitchen rewire gone wrong

We're renovating a hundred-year-old house that's been through several owners and has hodge-podge wiring. I've redone all the wiring from scratch in the rooms we've re-walled. Everything has gone well ...
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Can an outlet be installed in the blank door panel in front of a sink?

According to the code what does it say about a receptacle outlet installed on a kitchen sink drawer? Can you do it or not? The panel is assumed to be fake.
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Cable trunking terminology

I have a few cables running between my desk to a nearby tv screen and an electric outlet. I was thinking about tucking them in a pvc raceway stuck to the wall. For a more tidy solution, I'm looking ...
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What is the easiest solution to add receptacle along an unfinished, exterior, insulated, basement wall?

I need to add a pair of receptacles along an unfinished, insulated, exterior basement wall. I want the easiest method possible. I have no plans to finish the basement. I need each receptacle to be on ...
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First time changing switches and outlets (receptacles). Anything special I should know?

I am replacing a bunch of switches and receptacles in my house. While I understand the basics, this is pretty much my first electrical project, and I figure there must be some hidden "gotchas" or ...
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Why doesn't my GFCI outlet work when a regular outlet does?

Ok GFI outlet was put in, no power through GFI , put in a regular outlet works fine, as a matter of fact everything on that line works just fine. Put back that GFI it won't work, other items on that ...
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Run 12/3 through insulated wall to surface mounted electric panel

Should/can I run the 12/3 wire inside the wall or just run a conduit up to the attic? The project: I want to install split receptacle 20 amp outlets in my garage. The subpanel in the garage is ...