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Hooking up an Australian motor in USA

I have an Australian motor (240V single phase, Type I plug) that I want to use in USA. Australian 240V is 240V+Neutral+Earth(Ground). US 240V (NEMA 6 outlets) is 120V+120V+Earth. Can I simply rewire ...
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Why is my breaker tripping after I reconfigured switch wiring?

I plugged in an outlet tester to an outlet directly below two light switches and it read "open neutral", so we pulled out the two individual light switches above and found a blue box with ...
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How do I install a smart switch with this wiring I don't understand?

I have lots of experience with wiring switches and lights/fans, when the existing wiring it's the standard hot, neutral, ground to the device and 2x neutral(tied together), 2x hot(line and load), and ...
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Replacing wires in Room from the 1980's

I have a couple questions on my rewire / remodel I am doing. I rewired a ceiling with LED potlights. I used 12/2 Romex. I just noticed for some reason the room is running on 20Amp breakers. Is ...
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Rewiring a split switched outlet to control a new ceiling light

There are a wall switch and a receptacle in our bedroom. The wall switch controls upper half of the receptacle, which a floor lamp is connected to. I would like to: install a ceiling light make the ...
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Stapling cable inside of a box when there is no room

There are rules that Romex cable has to be stapled within a foot or so from the electrical box. However, there is an exception when doing rewiring (because wall is not open). I am rewiring from knob-...
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Is this a sound plan for rewiring a 1920s house?

I am in the process of planning to upgrade my house's wiring. My house was built in the 1920s. It most likely uses tube and knob wiring. I am not sure as I have not looked in the walls yet. It ...
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How should I connect a new panel while temporarily feeding the old one?

We have a 200 amp service with the main disconnect on the meter pole outside. We will be rewiring the entire mobile home with a new breaker box but in stages, with the old panel being a subpanel until ...
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How to remove/replace wiring in vintage lamp

How do I go about removing/replacing old wiring in a LOUIS KALFF 1950's Desk Lamp? There is no way the wire will pull through! Pic included to illustrate problem.
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Replacing rose ceiling fixture with new light

So unsure if this can be answered but worth a try! I am replacing my living room light fixtures - they are currently rose ceiling fixtures. There are two lights in the room that are controlled by one ...
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Do I need to replace 14-Gauge Wire on 20-Amp Circuit?

Working on a family home remodel, there is a 20 amp circuit with 12 gauge wire. Recently, at the end of the run, 13 LED can lights were added in an inaccessible vaulted ceiling with no attic space. ...
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100 amp residential house service panel unbalanced voltage and power drain under load. Causing power outage

About a month ago I had my service interrupted - half the house lost power, one leg of breaker box had no power, then while trying to troubleshoot the issue I lost all power to both legs. Completely ...
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Puzzled by non-matching wire colors when installing a ceiling light

I am trying to install a ceiling light that is using a 3 way switch. I have a single red wire coming from the ceiling box and a single white. On the light fixture I have a single black and a single ...
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Should I rewire my house?

I am a new homeowner and have started doing some electrical upgrades. The problem I've run into is that the house was built in 1960 and the electrical system as a whole is grounded via the conduit ...
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Splitting up electrical lines to kitchen

I am beginning to renovate my kitchen and have a pair of 30 A breakers for the electric oven, and a pair for the electric stove. I am going to install gas stove and gas oven. I wanted to use one pair ...
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Replacing old light-switch with remote

I'm trying to relocate a wall light switch. I bought a nice RF module which wants to connect to Neutral and Hot but my outlet seems to have a red and a black going to the old switch. It looks like ...
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Change 110 outlet to 220

I’d like to move my clothes dryer. It requires a 220 plug. I used to have a whirlpool bathtub that was on its own 110 outlet. Can I convert the existing 110 outlet to a 220 outlet with needing to ...
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Rewire switch controlled outlet to ceiling light

I have a light switch that has one conductor cable going into it (black & white). This goes to a double outlet (top switch controlled) with 3 conductor cables running into it. Two from the top ...
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Is improving existing electric a good idea? Is it allowed?

I am rewiring a house which has a mix of K&T and older (i.e. non Romex, ungrounded) wiring. This is taking some time as I can only work on it on the weekends. As I work, I see problems on ...
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Rewiring a street side light which is operated via an inside switch and underground cable [closed]

With what wiring & conduit combination should I use to re wire a street side light (ca.40' from the house) currently with buried conductor and indoor switch. I would also like to add a outdoor ...
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Wiring question regarding replacing hardwired fluorescent shop lights with LED plug-in lights

Our kitchen has a pair of fluorescent light fixtures (2 lights each / 4 foot long) in a ceiling mounted wooden box. They are hard wired to a switch. I purchased a pair of plug-in LED shop lights. I've ...
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Rewiring a 4-Wire Generator Wire To 3-Prong Generator Plug

We have installed a generator fallback, so that we can switch between using city power and generator power. The cord socket that I we have to connect the generator to the house power-grid is 4-prong ...
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Rewiring a flat (apartment) with concrete walls

I've just had an electrical check done on my flat, and it's failed. The consumer unit is ancient, with actual fuses, and no RCDs, and the mains sockets don't have earths. Apparently the pipework that ...
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Replacing globe lights to candelabras and need to extend wire

Im changing my globes to candelabras. I bought the extension sockets to replace the short ones to fit the candelabra but Im pretty sure the wires aren’t going to be long enough to stretch the length ...
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Can I split a circuit in the middle of a 3-wire cable?

I have an existing 14/3 romex that only has two standard lights on the run. I want to cut this wire, continue that run, but also I want a simple electric outlet in my basement. This is where the 14/2 ...
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Rewiring a lamp, finishing wire ends

I bought a lamp kit to rewire an antique lamp that was not working. Basically replaced everything except the base, neck and lampshade. This is my first time doing any kind of electrical work. The ...
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Two two-way switches in same gang box on same circuit. Only works when both are "On". What to do? [closed]

I have 2 light switches in the same gang box, both connected to a ceiling light. They both appear to be 2-way switches as they both have "On/Off" printed on them. They do not work like 3-way ...
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Rewiring socket for lamp question

I was dismantling a lamp to make sure everything was alright with it after two bulbs died very prematurely. Found it was a bad batch of bulbs thankfully, but now I'm unsure of how I rewire it together....
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Need to go from 30 amp to 60amp breaker

I'm trying to get more amperage to my pool panel outside to install a heat pump. I have the right breaker to install and the 6 gauge wire to pull through. My question is do I just have to do the hot ...
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12/3 cable coming from box, is this correct?

I have the following junction box: The cable coming from the left is from the fuse box, it's 12/3 (aluminum). The cable going straight down is going to a switch (it's 12/2, aluminum). The other cable ...
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How to repair damaged fence to its original strenght

am farming with cattle. Lately my fences were cut by a team doing exploration. The fence consist of 2.24 fully galvanised steel wire, 4 strains of wire. Straining posts are 500m apart with poles ...
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Appropriate installation for a detached structure electrical sub panel?

I currently had an irrigation pump and small shed 125' away from my main panel. This pump and shed electric is fed underground in 1" pvc pipe with #10 THHN 220v (neutral/ground/2 hots). I removed ...
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Wire nuts safe to cap off live circuit

Enclosed porch on side of house for washer/dryer. Only light is controlled in kitchen, not at new entry door, so installing 3-way switches. Am bringing power in on new grounded circuit.(house built in ...
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How to wire lighting fixture with two sets of hot, neutral, and ground?

I'm installing a light fixture in my crawl space. The fixture has a set of hot, neutral, and ground wires coming into the fixture from utilities as well as a set of hot, neutral, and ground wires ...
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Turning old AC wiring into a simple 120V outlet?

UPDATE: Resolved. The ground wire was located behind the box, in the wall. It's a bit short (??) but it will do once I put the subpanel in. Thanks for everyone who responded. I am tracing the somewhat ...
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Extending 12/3 existing wiring

There’s a 12/3 existing wiring in my hallway that runs up to the light fixtures. I want to extend the 12/3 wiring to a bedroom to add a smart switch and recessed lighting. If I pigtail 12/3 from the ...
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Replacing old wires stuck on pipes inside concrete walls with new Cat6 cable

My question is similar to this. But in my case, the wires are stuck. Tried pulling one (my bad) and it broke. There's still some wire that I can pull but pulling it again won't do any good. So I was ...
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How to get new wire into old box in plaster wall?

I'm rewiring my house, which was built in 1921. I need to bring new cable to a triple-wide switch box (see photos). I cannot push the old knob & tube wire out through the knockouts--it must be ...
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Replacing old ceiling fan with new light fixture: light always on?

After turning off my breaker, I recently removed an old ceiling fan only to discover a junction box with two white wires and two black wires and a bare copper wired (GND). Upon removing the fan, I ...
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WiringTrouble With replacing blower motor in my furnace

When replacing the blower motor in my furnace I notice the old blower motor had a Brown and a Brown and white wire going to the furnace off of the motor the new motor however does not Instead it has ...
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Wiring an in-line on/off toggle switch on an LED lamp with additional controllers is not working as expected

I purchased a USB powered (5 volts) LED lamp that included a controller with (from bottom to top in the picture): power switch brightness decrease warmth selector brightness increase. I am ...
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Replacing A Trane thermostat with A Honeywell Wifi thermostat?

Heres what I have. On A Trane brand thermostat Red wire = R Black wire = W2 White wire = W1 yellow wire = Y Green wire = G Orange wire = O Blue wire = B or from what i'm told is my C wire?? And i'm ...
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Can you run an individual wire to link smoke detector together?

In my home, I have a hard-wired smoke detector / fire alarm (https://www.lowes.com/pd/First-Alert-Wireless-Interconnect-AC-Hardwired-120-Volt-Photoelectric-Sensor-Smoke-Detector/1000456469) that is ...
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12/2 connected to 8/3 wire with extra wires taped off. Is this legal?

We just got into a house and I believe the electrical is a mess. House is approximately 40 years old. We found an 8/3 buried wire that runs to a detached shop/shed and about 10 feet from the shed it ...
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Repair frayed electrical wire with strain-relief stopper

I am shocked at the condition of this wire on a Crane humidifier. Would like to repair the wire to return the device to being 100% safe. With there being plenty of "spare" wire in the 6ft length, I ...
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Should I be concerned about the size of a hole and notch in my joist?

We've just had the house re-wired (UK), and were wondering whether a hole and notch the electricians have made will significantly weaken the joist? It is the end joist in the room. Joist dimentions ...
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How to repair basic cable/wire issue for household appliances

I have a set of very old computer speakers that works fine except for one problem. One of the wires connecting to the volume control dial is loose, so that if the wire is jostled or flexed, the ...
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How do I get the bulb holder off of the wire?

There are no screws. I've tried pulling and there's no budging! No obvious signs of anywhere I can put a screwdriver to pop it off. Even if I cut the wires and try to re-wire it, I'm still not sure ...
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Single pole switch to combination switch

My light switch only has two wires, and I wanted to install a combination switch is it possible? Im in new york and I dont know if this is even up to code with the city.
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Fanimation Blitz 56-in DC - Bypass Remote

first time poster here. I just bought this ceiling fan in Lowes. The fan I'm replacing was controlled by 2 3-way switches for the light and 1 switch for the fan. I wanted to keep this setup but ...
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