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How can I switch my standard outlet to a GFCI?

I have a standard 2 receptacle outlet in my house. I am trying to switch it to a GFCI. I realize GFCI has load and a line side. There is also a switch in my room that is tied into this outlet (and ...
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Outdoor lamp installation without outlet box

I am replacing my old outdoor lamp. The new lamp has an X-shaped mounting bracket. However, my outlet does not have an outlet box (see pic), or may be there is one but the stucco has covered it. There ...
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What is the maximum current a 13Amp twin wall socket can handle?

In my country (Ghana, West Africa; however we do follow the UK regulations) a domestic wall receptacle is rated for 13 Amps. If I had a twin wall receptacle rated 13 Amps does it mean that ...
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Make outlet controlled by switch, constant hot

I have one outlet controlled by a switch. I would like to make it constantly hot. I also have a ceiling fan which is always hot and would like to have that controlled by the switch (later). For now,...
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Changing out receptacle that is controlled by a light switch

Help Please! This is the first time I am attempting any electrical project. I changed out old receptacles with new ones in our master bedroom. I used Leviton standard outlets 15A-125V. Question #1: ...
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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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Neutral wire is tied to my electric metal box, why is it so?

I have this old Depard switch box in my patio. Originally, I wanted to 'add' a receptacle in my old Despard switch 'array' stack. Now I am puzzled and afraid of doing that because I found out that ...
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Circuit Breaker Finder - Finding TWO Breakers for one outlet

I have a 1948 house that has mid-century conduit throughout. All old two-prong outlets in the old house; only the 1980s extension has your typical 14/2-G. Anyway, in the old house (as the title says) ...
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How to fix a hole above an outlet box?

I've got a hole above an outlet box in a wall. The wall has a 2x4 to the right of the box. I can feel it from the inside. It's just lightweight dry wall. There used to be cable and network lines ...
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Does running a dryer on 120 V drive up electricity costs?

So I have a ventless dryer, and it's a relatively new LG model (LG DLEC855W 4.2 cu. ft. Compact Electric Dryer) that I have hooked up to a 120 V outlet. I know it's not supposed to run on a 120&...
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Adding an outlet to a hall closet

I'd like to add an outlet to a 1st floor hall closet where I store tools. The water meter for the house is in this closet, but nothing else (e.g. no water heater, furnace, etc.). The closet is ...
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I have 10/3 wire. Can I replace my 3 prong outlet with 4 prong for a dryer?

In my house there was a 3-prong outlet for the dryer and when I opened it I saw that there is 4 wires and the ground and neutral are on the same terminal. Can I change the outlet to a 4 prong? The hot ...
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Why are some outlets still out after replacing an outlet?

So I had an outlet that was sparking and sometimes cutting out (till I moved it to an angle) so I decided to change it. Turned the breaker off, replaced it, turned it back on and find out my room and ...
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Should I cover or move this outlet?

I've got this lovely situation in my garage where there's an outlet right above the deep sink, and while I don't have my tape measure handy I'm fairly certain this is less than 6' from the sink, and ...
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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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Diagnose 125v 20a receptacle voltage

I am replacing a 20A 250V receptacle with a NEMA 5-20 and am seeing voltages I can't explain. Hot-ground: 122v Neutral-ground: 20v Hot-neutral: 95v What could be the problem here? Details Turned ...
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What is this four-outlet ungrounded receptacle called?

I found this receptacle installed and connected in an old work box with a regular receptacle plate in a U.S. house built in the early 1950s. It accepts up to four ungrounded, unpolarized plugs! Does ...
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How to run Gfci outlets

I want to run 12/3 wire to gfci-outlet-outlet-outlet-gfci-outlet-outlet-outlet. How can I accomplish that? There will also be 2 separate breakers
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Questions regarding my plan for new 50A circuit (with pictures)

Overview Pictures/diagrams at the end. I will pull permits and would like to do this correctly. I will be disconnecting an unused 40A circuit and replacing it with a new 50A circuit to my garage for ...
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Will using surge protectors with a two prong outlet adapter help against power fluctuations

I know that all surge protectors/upc's need outlets that are earthed and three pronged to safely protect against lightnings, but I would like to know if they can help against power fluctuations, even ...
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Outlet looks like a NEMA 10-50 but is only stamped at 30

There is an electric stove plugged into this outlet. I can't tell what plug it is to make an adapter for car charging. This is in the U.S.
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Use of 20 Amp Breaker and 12/2 Cable for Circuit Containing 15 Amp Duplex Receptacles

What is the rationale behind using a 20 amp circuit breaker with 12/2 cable for a circuit that only contains 15 amp duplex receptacles? I understand the rationale behind using 12/2 cable instead of 14/...
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What Kind of Outlet Allows 1 In-Wall Light Switch w 2 Outlets to Control 2 Sconces w Semi-Independent On/Off Buttons & Outlets on Each?

I have a bathroom light switch with two outlets and one light switch. The switch turns on/off two wall-mounted sconces. Both sconces have their own on/off buttons and an outlet. The buttons on the ...
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Room Full of Working 120V Electrical Outlets, Except One Doesn't

I have a room with 5 duplex outlets (including 1 GFCI) and 2 single pole switches on a 20 amp circuit. One outlet isn't working and measures 0V from hot-neutral, 1V from hot to ground and 1V from ...
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Wall-mounted Ethernet switch, how to install?

I have a wall-mounted Ethernet switch that is supposed to be mounted partially inside a wall or panel. There is a mounting bracket included that would fit a standard 60mm can, however the switch does ...
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Breaker sending power to lights but 3 outlets wont work

Our breaker flips often, and today the power shut our tv and window a/c off. I went to go flip the breaker but only the lights came on. I checked it again and again and still nothing. Only power to ...
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How do I wire this light switch?

In particular I don’t know what to think of the gray wire. Most resources online suggest gray is neutral. If I treat gray as black I would go black to black, grey to red, red to red/white, green to ...
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Adding extra outlets to reduce breaker tripping?

I have recently changed my attic to be my bedroom, the attic wasn't designed to be lived in so there are only 2 outlets. I have a 500 watt PC, portable AC, aquarium heater and heating bulb and much ...
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What is Texas code for kitchen electrical outlet near sink and cooktop

I would like to know the permitted height of an electrical outlet from the kitchen sink countertop or cooktop.
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Changing Out Receptacles

Hello I am changing out your standard electrical receptical with a USB one However, the issue I am running into is that the USB receptacle has a body that is larger than the junction box in the wall ...
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No power at outlets and lights, no bad breakers

In the living dining room several outlets and two overhead lights are dead. At the service panel I checked all the circuit breakers outputs for power, and all are live. I also checked every GFI ...
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Electrical outlet installed by previous owner had Black and Green wires wired together

I've replaced dozens of outlets in my life without incident. This time, when I pulled the outlet away from the box, I found something odd. The white (neutral) wire was as it should be. But, you know ...
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Light switch not working; both outlets are always hot

I have a single pole light switch with a hot red wire secured at the top and a hot black wire at the bottom. I then have a handful of outlets wired with the metal tab broken separating the hot red ...
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Why does my water heater stop heating when some outlets don't have power?

I just bought a house 2 months ago. The water heater has been working fine until now. We experienced some receptacles in our kitchen coming in and out (meaning they'd work and then quit, work and then ...
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Electric outlet on roof [closed]

I have a flat roof for my 1100 sqft home which I expect to replace or recover in a couple years. I'm considering whether I should mount an outdoor gfci electrical outlet, just coming straight up like ...
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4 outlets and 2 switches not working

Yesterday morning I woke up and had 4 outlets and 2 switches not working. I tested the outlets and have 0 ACV. The breaker shows 120 ACV. Took all the outlets apart and noticed one had over heated on ...
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How do I know which wire is which is this old switch?

I'm replacing the following: With this one: But since there's not a white, I have no idea which is neutral. I tried hooking it up as pictured, but only the red wire had any power (and the switch ...
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No power to some outlets after short circuit

My room is connected to the room next to it so if I switch the breaker off my room and the room next to it all power turns off. I had an extension cord with wires that were exposed; they touched and ...
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All outlets but one work in bedroom

To preface my question: I’m not too familiar with electrical and am planning to most likely have an electrician come take a look at my house. My upstairs bedroom and guest bedroom are both running on ...
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breakers all putting out power but outlet not working

Was using a power drill on a gfci outlet and power suddenly stopped. The trip light did not go on on the outlet but the test button cannot be pushed (means no power, correct?) I took off the gfci and ...
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Wall outlet trips circuit breaker

This is a normal 15A 125V wall outlet in my dining room. It consists of 2 black hot wires, 2 white neutral wires, and a bare copper ground wire. Here is the problem. If I wire all 4 wires to the 4 ...
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Can not find the circuit breaker without power

I have an outdoor outlet that when I came home, the cover was open. The outlet is dead. The GFCI is in the master bathroom and another is in the other bathroom and both are dead. When I push the ...
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GFI outlets not working - resets working

4 outside GFI outlets and 2 in the garage not working. One in the garage has a GFI red light. The light is powered on, but outlet doesn't work. The Elec Panel GFI is not tripped. Help
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Using existing outdoor outlet to run underground supply to fountain

[![I would like to run a 25' underground uf cable to power a fountain. The closest outdoor GFI outlet is pictured below. As the existing outlet is flush with the aluminum siding, I would like to ...
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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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wires to outlet died all of a sudden

There is one double three-prong outlet in one of our bathrooms. All of a sudden it stopped working. The bathroom also has four light switches. They all work. I switched the breaker to off, removed the ...
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Multiple outlets stopped working in the house

Suddenly multiple outlets stopped working in Kitchen and living room. Just some more info - I was using my insta pot in the kitchen when this happened but it wasn't the first time I used it. I ...
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adding light switch to an existing circuit

I am converting a sitting area off our master bedroom into a walk-in closet, which requires me to add two separate switches (one for ceiling lights, one for a pair of wall sconces). The previous set-...
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can I install new leviton outlet without ground wire?

I bought a leviton tamper resistant outlet(No. T5325) to replace the old one in my living room. the old one has 2 hot wires and 2 neutral wires, but has no ground wire. Can I just wire the new outlet ...
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How should I connect GFCI outlets where the wires loop over the existing outlet?

Hopefully this picture explains it all. However I'm confused what to do with my hot and neutral wires in a loop like this. Obviously these lines are connected to outlets down the line, but I'm not ...