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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 ...
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Double Socket Not Working (UK)

We moved into a house a couple of years ago and found that one of the sockets, at the back of the house, simply didn't work. It wasn't too much of a problem as I ran a power supply from a nearby ...
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How to remove fluorescent bulb from a stuck rotary lock socket?

I'm trying to change a fluorescent bulb but it gets stuck when I try to turn it 90 degrees to remove it. The socket appears to be of rotary lock type, the same as the one in this question: How to ...
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3-wire dryer plug with mismatched voltages

Just moved into a house built in the 1950s and, I discovered that one of the hot prongs for my dryer plug is giving me 120VAC (A in picture) and one is giving me 60VAC (B in picture). In addition, ...
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Sockets not working but circuit breaker hadn't tripped

We came back from holiday to find that some of our mains sockets were not working. I checked the circuit breakers but none of them had tripped. Eventually I found out that by turning the switch on the ...
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Extend radial circuit with new socket - diagram

Similar to this question (Can I use Wago connectors to extend a ring main?) I am planning on using Wago connectors & boxes to add a new socket, however I don't know if my circuit is a ring main ...
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Lawnmower stopped working after the outlet it was plugged into bent

I was mowing the lawn with my electric corded lawnmower and went as far as I could with the cord. Unfortunately this put pressure on the outlet (which was already a little wobbly) causing it to ...
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Are there vampire-like power sockets?

I will be renovating my apartment (not by myself) and one of the issues I constantly face are power sockets: the place where I intended them to be ends up being the worst one (the majority hidden ...
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I need to drive a 7/16" nut but am unsure how to use the socket I bought for my screwdriver

I have this 7/16" hex nut (in front) and I tried to order in amazon an adapter that can make my 1/4 hex bit torque screwdriver drive it. When I received the package. It was all wrong. The 7/16" was ...
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Why doesn't my light switch have power after replacing the adjacent outlet?

My house is 125 years old. I bought it 3 years ago. I am trying to upgrade a wall socket and a light switch in the same wall mounted metal box. I took the old wall socket out which was pretty new and ...
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Exposing a 220v socket in my condo

I live in the US and own a few appliances (mostly audio) that are European, designed for 220V and don't have a built-in converter to deal with 110V. I'd like to find a way to use these in my condo, ...
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two-phase 50amps electric switch

I will be installing a NEMA 14-50 outlet/socket for my Level 2 EV charger. On average, it'll be about one connect-disconnect cycle a day. To avoid wear, I'd like to install a two-phase switch that ...
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how to rewire this 3 prong to 2 prong

During an inspection in this house which was built in 1913, we found this outlet that is a 3 prong with an open ground. I pulled it out to replace it with a 2 prong but am not sure what wires go ...
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3 wires hanging from fixture

I have a light fixture that no longer works after a space heater blew the circuit. I removed it from the ceiling and it looks like a few wires were burned. i was able to connect the black and white ...
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Lamp socket question

What are the endings at the end of the wires of this light bulb socket called? I can't seem to find any like this online. Thank you
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How to get rid of ants on ceiling?

I tried Borax with sugar as bait but these ants are not taking it. They wonder aimlessly on ceiling, they come from an electrical junction box in kitchen. There is no visible path it's just circling ...
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Speaker wall plate wiring

I have standard speaker cables and a wall plate that supports 2 speakers (i.e. 4 wires): The front is obvious but I'm confused about the back. Should I pass the wires through the little hole on each ...
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Power Connection for Oven

I moved to a new house in the Netherlands. I have a oven-induction stove combi which has a 4 pin plug, but I do not have any socket for that in this house. What are my options if I need to make a new ...
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What kind of sound input socket is this?

I have this surround sound system at home that is very old and have these strange sound input sockets that I have never seen before. Does anyone know what kind of input socket this is?
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LED light flickering in one socket but not others, and any other bulb works fine with the socket

I got a batch of LED bulbs which have been working well until now. Some of these are having an issue. Let me describe the issue. A bulb start to flicker after while and if I try it on another socket, ...
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Electric sockets keep shorting

I have an electric outlet to which I have connected an electric socket of 13amp and max wattage of 3250. I only connect an electric stove and a rice cooker to the socket but the fuse of this socket ...
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Do I need an ADSL faceplate if I am not using my phone line?

I have a bulky ADSL faceplate on my phone socket, and it's taking a lot of room, so I can't put furniture in from of it. I don't use my phone line, so I was wondering if I could use a slim standard ...
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Switching out old broken shaver socket for new one. Having trouble working out how to unwire the existing socket

I'm trying to work out how to unwire an existing shaver socket. There are no obvious fasteners to loosen, just these weird red tabs that click backwards and forwards and can be pulled out entirely. ...
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What are these connectors on UK plug socket internal wiring?

My friend is renovating an old house in the UK. I was interested to notice that all of the (removed) mains sockets had these plastic terminals on the ends of the wiring coming out of the wall. I've ...
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Spark detecting screwdriver doesn't light up upon touching live wire

For one outlet I'm working on, the tester screwdriver stopped lighting up, it used to before with same exact wires a few days ago, but now doesn't. I was cutting and replacing old wires whoch took ...
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Are light socket to outlet adapters safe for outdoor holiday lights?

We just moved into a split level house about 40 years old. This will be our first Christmas and I cannot figure out how to put up lights because we don't seem to have any outlets outside. I could ...
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What is the weird wiring on these old light switches?

Bedroom light switch, two of them but only on works to turn on the lights. There is a socket below it, and it gets it's power wires from this light switch box. The socket below has green and blue ...
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How to create an off switch for a socket that doesn't have one using a light switch?

Two pronged European style sockets don't have an on off switch for sockets. I would like to have one, to stop the current from reaching the devices connected directly to the socket. I can place a ...
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Connect USB device to a ceiling light

I have a single bulb pendant ceiling light in a funky shade and I'd like to run some led strip lights around the shade. I've seen this: https://www.olenstechnology.com/product/lampchamp/ Which would ...
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GU10 socket re-wiring

Does anyone know if it is possible to rewire GU10 light bulb socket? When I was changing the bulb last time one wire got disconnected (see attached).
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How to wire G9 socket base?

I'm trying to replace broken lamp part, but have no idea how to wire G9 ceramic socket base like presented below. How to attach wires inside these little holes? Is there some additional parts - plugs ...
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How do i add a socket?

Hi, I would be grateful to receive advice on my proposed way of adding a socket from bath 1 to bath 2 by tapping on bath 2's existing socket (i plan to tie the new set of wires in with socket A's ...
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How many recesses of a '5-pin' socket should light a voltage tester?

Pretty simple question, but I couldn't find the answer anywhere. Suppose I have a standard '5-pin'/5 recesses wall-socket and I check it with a voltage tester. How many recesses should show a voltage? ...
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Is it safe to convert a shunted tombstone lamp socket to a non-shunted socket by cutting the shunt?

I am looking into converting a T-8 fluorescent tube fixture to a direct-wire LED tube fixture. In addition to removing the actual ballast, I understand that the "tombstone" lamp sockets in an ...
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"NEMA 1-15 & 14-50 in same faceplate

Looking to install two outdoor sockets for charging an upcoming EV purchase, and if I am to put conduit in for running the extra wires, also to make it easier to power outdoor appliances than running ...
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One of my 3 pin socket is not working

I have a dual 3 pin plug socket which one of them is not working now. Previously, all I had to do was to kind of palm-slap onto the plug of my laptop a couple of times to get it working and sometimes ...
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line locator indicates voltage over the whole wall, I need to drill some holes

I am living in a 1950s apartment house in Germany, with a TN-C installation (that is, a combined earth / neutral in every socket). Now I need to drill some holes. Usually it's quite obvious where the ...
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Wall outlet is making a hissing noise

I've seen a lot of thread about this question but it seems that it doesn't suffice what I'm looking for. So this what happened: My wall outlet has three sockets and all of which was used. The bottom ...
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Need a porcelaine socket for a recessed light fixture [closed]

I just looked at the picture of the recessed light and read all the comments. Well, I need to replace the socket but I do not know what the name is and where to find this porcelain socket...Help ...
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How do I detach the wires from this lamp ceiling socket?

This is a very stupid question, but I just cannot figure out how to detach the wires from this lamp ceiling socket. I know these wire connectors usually have a screw or some sort of lever to tighten ...
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Are push-connect sockets intended to be reusable?

are push connection light sockets a one time use only. I disconnected the lamp cord to replace it but now the wire holes will not grip the wire.
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why is a lamp socket labeled “FOR TEMPORARY USE ONLY”?

i am hanging a ceiling lamp which came with an cord set only rated 60W -- insufficient for my purposes. poking around in my parts bins, i found a rubberized E26 socket rated something like 660W, but ...
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how to split phone line for internet without using a splitter?

ISP sent a technician to fix dropout issues, he split the phone line wires into two, one taped into the bare wire end of a normal splitter, the other into an unused bare end of phone cable, and then ...
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Is it safe to replace a lamp's UK 5 amp round 3 pin plug with a 13 amp rectangular 3 pin plug?

UK electrical question. I've recently come into a nice pair of lamps. Unfortunately, their plugs are 5 amp and 250v with 3 round pins (BS546A). I do not have round pin sockets in my home. Is it safe ...
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Hard wiring light bulb socket onto whire/black wires — small shock when touching housing

I tried to wire up a light bulb housing (just the part with the socket for the bulb) by connecting the neutral (white) wire to the silver screw and the hot (black) wire to the brass screw. I should ...
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Two white, two black, two ground, and red wire in ceiling box connected to switch

I'm trying to finish installing a receptacle in my ceiling started by an electrician. All the wiring is ready, but I just need to connect the outlet. The receptacle is between two can lights in the ...
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Why are shaver outlets standardised worldwide, but regular electrical outlets aren't? [closed]

Wherever I go in the world, the electrical outlets I plug my shaver in to seem to be the same. However, depending on where I am the regular power outlets will be different: some have three pins, some ...