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Is there any reason to prefer non-impact sockets?

Most manufacturers of sockets produce two varieties: impact, and chrome. As far as a I know the only difference is impact can be used in impact wrenches. Why would you ever get a socket set that isn't ...
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Rewire a ceiling light to a double socket

Is it legal and safe to remove a light fitting and use the three standard wires to wire up a double socket or gang plug? I want to mount a projector exactly where my light fitting is in the way.
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How to safely repair this lightbulb holder/socket with threaded attachment?

I have a hanging bulb holder near my bunk bed and I sometimes accidentally hit this holder when sleeping on the top bunk. Unfortunately, the holder is now detached from the ceiling due to the ...
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wiring outside lights and adding a double socket

I've just wired up a daisy chain of GU10 LED fence lights in my garden and my plan was to run my 2.5mm cable from the house to an outdoor light switch and then carry on to the first light. My wife ...
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Why did my lights go out when I accidentally dropped a charger plug on a power cord with empty sockets?

I unplugged my computer charger from a multi-plug extension cord with many empty sockets and the wires were still tangled on the floor so I pulled on the charger to get it loose, but I accidentally ...
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How do I add an external power socket to a lighting circuit?

I'm installing some ELV garden lights and would be grateful for some advice on connecting up. I'd like to control them from a spare light switch (the 2nd switch controls the exterior wall lights) just ...
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Socket for UK bathroom

I want to add a USB socket to the bathroom but when I was checking it said that I could only add a shaver-supply unit. Since I was adding these to use with my shavers/toothbrush and they are low ...
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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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What does 13A on my computer monitor power plug means?

I have a BENQ GW2470HL computer monitor. The monitor power plug says 13A. What does that mean exactly? The monitor specs say it needs 30W. In my country(India), the voltage is 230 V. If I divide 30w/...
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How to fixate RJ-45 double coupling

I have the following RJ-45 network double coupling: I have a 3d printer and am trying to print an enclosure or "mount" where I can put that in so that it is properly fixated and I can plug ...
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Where does ground of wall socket actually go?

Where does ground of wall socket actually go? Like maybe a nail in soil beneath building? Or maybe high voltage power grid utility has it's own ground, which connects to a power plant, and our ...
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7 Watt CFL Socket -- is there a specific tool to close these copper prongs on wire?

Having spent a lot of time getting the right parts, I don't want to blow this up by not connecting it properly. Please see picture and tell me, is there a specific tool to close the wire connection? ...
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Maximum connection of devices to a single socket

I'm from India After searching many sites I signed up here to clarify my doubt as I don't know much about electricity... I recently brought a fridge(250litres) (3 months ago) and it was working fine ...
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Adding sockets to a ring circuit in the UK

I have recently moved into a house that has had very little work done on it since it was built in the early 60's. There are a total of 3 plug sockets downstairs and 4 upstairs. This may have been ...
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Can I add a socket to my boiler power circuit?

I would like to add a socket for my daughter to charge her phone and tablet by her bed. her bed is against the cupboard which houses the boiler, inside the cupboard is a socket which the boiler is ...
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Have 3 machines on 1 wire

In the laundry room, I currently have 1 socket, with 1 underlying wire of 1.5 mm2 of section. This connects to a 16A circuit breaker. In the country I live in, voltage is 230V. I need to install 3 ...
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At a wall socket, is using thin wires at ground pin dangerous?

I paid a hardware shop owner to modify my wall light switch to socket for my washing machine in bathroom. The power in my area right now is 3 phase 220V AC. At first it is a switch. Then we modified ...
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Buying a home with 2 prong outlets but the bathroom has 3 prong outets

I'm looking at a home for my family and trying to assess the amount of work needed (no home-inspection is present). I saw that most of the electrical ports have 2 prong outlets and am worried that I ...
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Safe to use electrical tape on cracked microwave light socket?

I recently purchased a house with an over-the-stove microwave and discovered the two lights under the microwave (above the range) were blown out. When I went to change the light bulbs, I found the ...
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Why are British "shaver sockets" limited to using a single plug at at a time, and given this, how are you supposed to use two appliances?

Is the only option either for everyone who needs another socket to get an adapter and charge things in their own rooms or constantly swap which appliance is plugged in? I live in a shared rental where ...
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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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Smart Outlet wiring- (GWB to GWBO)

I have bought a smart outlet which has only three wires (Green, White, Black), however, the wiring available in my condo has four wires. I would appreciate it if you could help me in properly setting ...
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Red wire with 40 Volts

I have a switch that I believe controls the lower socket on a split outlet. There is a red wire from the lower socket that goes into the switch, but it appears to be carrying 40 Volts AC relative to ...
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Load on one socket

I have one electrical socket at home on which I put a plug multiplier (with a very small cord) and I plug two machines on it : a wahsing machine and a tumbler dryer. I was about to ask a company to ...
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Light socket to outlet adapter not working

I typically use two socket to outlet adaptors with a light bulb socket to put the bulb back in to the fixture to light two holiday wreaths with a small strand of lights each. They have always worked ...
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All my outlets are 220-240v , one shows 130-140v. What could the problem be?

I recently wanted to use an outlet that I had rewired 5-6 years ago (along with the whole house) and all my other outlets are 220-240v, but this one shows 130-140v. What could the problem be? I intend ...
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Options for adding a timer on heated towel rail socket in UK toilet

I live in the UK - my downstairs toilet consists of just a small sink and a toilet. Next to the sink is a heated towel rail which is wired straight into the socket, and is controlled by a switch. I ...
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Light bulb sockets in ceiling fan damaged due to corrosion or arcing: Can clean to repair or must replace?

My ceiling fan has 3 light bulb sockets of roughly candelabra bulb size E12 For many years the lights have been unreliable even with new bulbs, frequently flickering on and off spontaneously or when ...
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How to fix the metal part of socket?

(I first apologize for my lack of knowledge on correct names and terms.) The other day, I wanted to change a light bulb and the inside metal part of the socket came undone with the bulb. How can I fix ...
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Meaning of socket connector labelled 'A'

I have disassembled a (single phase) mains outlet and found the usual L, N and ground cable connectors but to my surprise there is also a 4th connector labelled 'A': Green/Yellow is ground, blue is ...
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Can i make a switch a socket?

I have a switch in my kitchen that switches on/off a socket underneath the cupboards for a washing machine. I have now moved the washing machine and would like to make the switch a socket so I can ...
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Change Bulb Socket in Light Fixture?

I have a lighting fixture that uses CF13DT bulbs. How can I replace just the socket to use Edison screw in bulbs or the bi-pin GU24 bulbs?
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Why do my light bulbs glow when off and make noise when on?

The situation: I want to replace incandescant bulb in a ceiling socket with LED or CFL. The conditions: When I plug in a CFL, it glows when the wall switch is in the off position, gets brighter when ...
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Switching between two appliances on a single power socket [closed]

Is there a device on which I can plug in 2 appliances, however with a button/switch, I can switch between these two appliances so only one is active at a time? I don’t want to plug and unplug ...
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How to remove cover/surrounding area of button

I want to replace the button encircled red But i don't know how to remove the cover/surrounding area Where should i insert my flat screw driver to remove the cover?
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What is the name of this plug/socket combo from a rangehood?

I have a rangehood with some lights for illumination. But they're expensive lamps, mains voltage, not very bright and they run hot. So I'm looking to remove and replace with something LED based. ...
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How do I know what light bulb size I should get for a socket? The socket is smaller than the average socket [closed]

There is a light bulb socket which is much smaller than a regular light bulb socket, so I think I need some sort of specialty light bulb. How do I know what size to get?
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How can I extend an in-wall electrical cable?

I have a cable which is attached to a three way socket. The socket is oddly placed halfway up the wall and I’d like to extend the cable by 30cm or so. What’s the best way to do this? Is a screw down ...
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How to insert bulb in this fluorescent socket?

I hope someone can advise me. I'm trying to insert an F40 bulb (1.5" diameter, 4' long) into the socket shown below. With every other fluorescent socket in my home, I simply orient the two bulb pins ...
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3 black, 3 red, no earth, spur, help

I'm in the UK, very old flat, I want to add an SFCU spur (to be on the safe side) for an electric oven. I have two practical questions regarding the double socket wiring in the picture. How come ...
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Dehumidifier with power socket to hang on the wall [closed]

Goodmorning everyone! I am looking for a dehumidifier to put in the garage that has the following features: the plug to be inserted into the socket (unusual as a thing because usually dehumidifiers ...
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Baseboard socket plug replacement

So up in the attic guest room of our century home, there’s a baseboard electrical outlet that looks like a light socket (see picture below). I’m not sure what exactly to call it, and various Google ...
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How do I change a bulb from my recessed lighting fixture?

A light bulb went out in my storage room and to my surprise its socket and peripheral looks quite complex and all bolted into one piece, meaning I couldn't find screws which I can loose to open it. ...
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Led 57884-4 one light socket dim's when the light is on

I have purchased led 57884-4.. It worked great for 3 months.. But since one week ago one of the leds doesn't 'light' up as it should. I've tried changing the 'bulbs' but the problem persists on that ...
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How to remove and re-insert wires into socket?

I'm replacing ballast on a lamp and need to connect wires to 4-pin socket. I tried to pull the wires gently and it did not work. What is the safe way (in terms not breaking) to do so?
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Does anyone know how to remove the wires from this light socket, does anyone know how I find information about this type of socket?

The socket is from a wall mounted light fixture, the side of the socket says AI YACHT AT578 4/250. I've tried googling this product information but all I get is advertisements for yachts. Does anyone ...
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Can I connect the ground pin of the wall socket to neutral?

I have leaking currents issues in my apartment. There are some appliances in the apartment that don't have a problem with a wall socket that doesn't have a ground; like, TV, mobile charger, laptop ...
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Chandelier socket removal for arm replacement

Hi I need to remove this light socket from a crystal chandelier I’m restoring. I need to replace one of the arms and I can’t seem to figure out how to get this weird screw loose. Everything I’ve ...
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Identifying a (power?) socket

We found this socket in a house in Belgium of the 50's. There are no wires connected, and there seems to be no numbers or identification on it. Does anybody know what it is?
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Is this cloth jacket surrounding my electrical asbestos?

Checked to see what was going on behind the electrical socket, and discovered this fibrous wire insulation. Also, I think who ever installed this 3 prong outlet in the first place did so illegally ...