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Neutral and Live both hot when switch is turned off. How do I connect my new light?

I'm attempting to swap out a ceiling light in a 100 year old house. I have found what appears to be 3 hot (black) wires bound to one of the previously installed light's wires, and 1 hot (black) wire ...
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Why doesn't my tester trip the GFCI?

I have a GFCI that does not trip with the plug tester. I tried troubleshooting the issue. I looked in a junction box, and found all the neutral wires coming from the subpanel were all connected at the ...
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Double Outlet, Half Hot, 3-way Switch

I have a project where I need to install two boxes into the ceiling of a basement. Each box will have two outlets, one on a switch and the other always hot. Both boxes will be connected to 3-way ...
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What would be the cleanest way to wire a wyze security camera from a light switch in a staircase?

I am planning to install a wyze security camera at the top of a staircase. There is a light switch right there I can draw from. Was thinking about wiring a romex from the light switch to the ceiling. ...
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Fuse blew, outlet didnt work, replaced outlet, still not working

I was using some power tools in my garage and the fuse blew. I replaced the fuse but the outlet still didnt work. It was an older outlet without buttons so its not GFCI. The outlet is in the garage, ...
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In a light switch, how can I tell if the black wire is really hot and the white wire is really neutral?

I'm just a programmer who wants to add an outlet below my light switch. I did a bunch of research on this topic and decided I could tackle it. According to my research, the hot/line is the black wire ...
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Needing to add an outlet but confused why builder used 14-3 wire on a non-switched outlet

I am trying to add an outlet behind my tv by picking off the outlet below it. When I took off the outlet cover I noticed its in the middle of a run and the builder (house built in 2000) had used 14-3 ...
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Wiring two receptacles to an existing one

I have a 40 year old house. There is a receptacle in the garage that has two sets of wires coming into the box. One set is black, white and neutral. The other set is black, white, red and neutral. If ...
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Wiring 2 prong outlet to 3 prong outlet

hi so i brought a old house and some of the rooms have 2 prong outlet with only hot/neutral wire and i changed the 2 prong outlet to a gfci 3 prong outlet but it doesnt have a ground. My question is ...
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Miter Saw tripping breaker, but

I bought a new DeWalt 779 Miter Saw, rated at 15A. Worked fine for a few days in the garage, then I added two more outlets on the same 20A circuit that I had been using. After a few cutting sessions, ...
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Code question: Can electric range outlet with 6 Gage wire be exposed under surface mount box?

I am in the USA. I want to change my propane stove to an electric stove. I have read that I should put in a 50 amp outlet with 6 gauge wire. The employee at the big-box store said I could make it easy ...
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How to wire a ceiling fan to a switch that controls outlet

Switch has only 3 wires. 1 black, 1 white, 1 neutral. They are coming from outlet. No other incoming power source. Outlet has a source to the bottom half. Top half is controlled by the switch. ...
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Is it possible for a microwave to damage outlets and after a while cause a breaker to pop under load?

I tried searching for an answer but couldn't come up with what I was looking for, so sorry if this has been asked before! My wife and I recently moved into a new place which had been recently flipped....
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How do I access this external GFCI outlet? The cover doesn't seem easily removable

An electrician installed this outdoor outlet on my deck a couple of years ago. When we went to use it, we couldn't figure out how to expose the outlet to plug anything in. This stubborn cover seems ...
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Electrical outlet popping sound when plugging in anything?

So a lot of the questions asked about outlets here indicate that the circuit breaker trips when the outlet pops, but mine does not. When I connect even low power stuff like my HomePod or phone charger ...
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Is it OK to replace a 15A outlet with 20A outlet as long as it's already on a 20A breaker?

My circuit panel has a 20 amp breaker on the circuit that leads to the garage (I know this only by the little 20 on the head of the breaker switch). The garage has one 15A outlet, a few lights, and ...
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Receptacle Tester Showing Open Hot

The last 30 years we've lived in this house, we've had a problem with 1 of the bedroom's electrical receptacles. On the same wall, there are 2 receptacles about 10 feet apart on opposite sides of the ...
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What do you mount an outdoor electric box to when it's not near your house?

We'll be laying out several new driveway slabs for our daughters to park on when commuting to college, and need a couple of NEMA 14-50 outlets near those slabs as they both want Nissan Leafs. We will ...
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Installing Outlet for Welder; Possible Dual Use for RV

I'm doing some electrical upgrades to my garage/workshop with upstairs apartment; I'm going to be replacing its 1960s-vintage subpanel which is fed by #4 wire from a 200 amp service entrance panel (on ...
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7 wire outlet to 6

I think I wired my outlet wrong. I have 7 wires coming out of the wall, 2 red, 2 black 2 white and a ground. I only have 4 holes on the back of my new outlet so I put both red wires under 1 screw ...
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Outlet Wiring Identification

I'm replacing an outlet and I don't know which wires attach to which screws. I'm partially color-blind, and two of the wires look like different shades of red and one looks black. I know that the ...
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Can I replace a single dedicated 20A/120V receptacle with a 20A/240V receptacle?

I have a newly-installed, 20A/120V receptacle that is wired using 12/2 copper on a single home run back to my main electrical panel. This was to support an air conditioning unit in a section of new ...
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Is it OK to use 15 amp receptacles with 12 gauge wire?

Is it OK to use 15 amp receptacles with 12 gauge wire? With a 15 amp breaker? With a 20 amp breaker?
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What purpose does a 3+1 outlet/circuit provide when the neutral bus is grounded?

I'm trying to wrap my head around what the benefit is of having to use a 4-prong outlet for newer appliances when it appears the neutral and ground both end up in the same spot. In a dual pole ...
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Which Kitchen outlets do NOT need GFCI?

I have the 2 circuits in the kitchen with GFCI outlets, but I'm not quite sure which other ones do NOT need GFCI. Other circuits in the kitchen include Microwave, Fridge, and Dishwasher. It makes ...
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How to clean a burnt wall socket?

I had a dishwasher plugged into the wall. The dishwasher plug has always been a little iffy but we have never had a problem with it before. It shorted while the dishwasher was running and I caught it ...
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need advice for installing electrical outlet inside soffit/eave

I'm going to be running new 14/2 from an outlet mounted on the inside of the same wall, through the header, and into the eave/soffit cavity outside. This new outlet will be used to power a nest camera ...
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How to select a good quality Duplex Outlet . . .?

I tend put a lot of effort into select products. I am searching for recommendations on good quality duplex-outlet and how much I should consider paying for it. At the local box store, I can purchase ...
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Two 20-Amp circuits in one box for outlets

I would like run two 20-Amp circuits to a 2-gang box with two duplex outlets. One duplex outlet on Phase A and the other on Phase B. I know to keep the hots and neutral separate and that the grounds ...
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Replacing gfci and switch lost with wiring

I am trying to replace a GFCI and a switch that share the same box, the old one had line and load opposite of the new and and I have now gotten lost. I have 4 black wires 2 white and 1 ground, hot ...
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One Outlet in Circuit Briefly Losing Power

There is a 20 amp circuit in my house which includes 5 outlets: 2 in the kitchen (on the wall towards the floor, no appliances plugged in, just a small water fountain for the cat) and 3 in the office. ...
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Receptacle replacement

I an trying to replace a receptacle that has 4 push-in wires and 2 more wires attached to the side screws. New receptacles won’t accept the 12ga. wire in the push holes. What’s my options?
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Adaptor for 6-awg wire to wire receptable

I need to wire in a receptacle for a sump pump,115v, 15 amp. The run from the fuse box to the receptacle is 200' so #6-2 wire was used. The #6 wire is too thick for the terminals. What do I us to make ...
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Pigtail off before kitchen 20A GFCI for Cabinet Lighting?

I'm struggling finding a power source for the cabinet lighting in our remodel. The breaker box is very full and I'd rather not re-wire/double up breakers are this time. Is it ok to pigtail off of ...
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negligable voltage at receptacle

I replaced my kitchen faucet the oter day and when I hooked the garbage disposal back up to it's dedicated outlet, nothing happened. Next, I plugged a lamp into the outlet and flipped on the switch ...
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What conduit and wire for an outdoor outlet directly to outdoor breaker panel?

I would like to add an outdoor receptacle directly to my outdoor breaker panel for some simple string lights. The idea would be to install new breaker, run flexible conduit from knockout on bottom of ...
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Why would a dryer receptacle trigger another receptacle to quit working

I have my dryer plugged in in my laundry room (Circuit Breaker 5). I have my T.V. plugged in in my living room (Circuit Breaker 7). The dryer is tumbling, but no heat and timer not working. Power in ...
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Help diagnosing power outlet that sometimes works

I have a power outlet in my kitchen that has been impossible for me to figure out what is wrong. Problem: The outlet works for seemingly random amount of time, then stops working for a random ...
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Powerline Adapter Into prong Converter

I live in a pretty old house that has only 2 prong outlets on the floor where my router is. I have bad WifI in my room, two floors up so I bought This Powerline Adapter However, the Adapter is 3 ...
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Why does my receptacle tester say open ground on my new outlet?

I replaced an outlet and the tester says open ground. I checked all the wires and they are secure including the ground wire. What could be wrong?
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Wiring outlet with a switch for garbage disposal

I took out my kitchen and took some photos of the "old" kitchen's garbage disposal wiring: As you can see, it has 2 black lines connected but only one white line connected, while one is capped off. ...
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Replacing two-plug outlet with one plug + one guidelight

I am replacing a two receptacle outlet in a hallway with a newer Leviton outlet-guidelight combination. I noticed that the outlet box has two wires coming in, both with one hot/one neutral. The new ...
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electrical wiring with 12/2/2

An electrician used 12/2/2 for a home run to the south side of my garage from my garage breaker panel. Not being connected to a breaker yet, can I use this wire for 6- 110 outlets and also 2-220 ...
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Outlet turning on ceiling fan

I have two switches in my kitchen for the ceiling fan. One red, white, black and ground wire. It was replaced with a receptacle but the fan and other lights on that circuit only work when you plug ...
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What is causing a ticking noise in my electrical outlets?

Several electrical outlets in two rooms started making a ticking sound last fall. I checked the receptacles and tightened the wires on two of them and replaced two of the receptacles. The circuit ...
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Is my repair to this plug safe?

The red copper wire was burned so I took out the burnt part of the wire and reinserted all the wires by myself.
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Multiple outlets w/bottom switched from two switch locations

Can someone provide a diagram for this? I am finishing my basement and will have multiple outlets where the bottom outlet will be switched from two locations. I understand how to do this with one ...
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120V on hot and neutral wires… just started happening

So last week i was cutting down a small tree with an electric chain saw. I was in a tough spot and the chain saw stopped working. I couldn't find any breakers blown, so i switched to another outlet to ...
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How do I diagnose an open circuit where several outlets are not working?

Breaker tips the second I turn it on. Exactly 5 outlets aren't working. None of the outlets are CFCI, all look like the one in the picture, but others outlets aren't next to light switches and have ...

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