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Can anyone tell me what this little white box on my outlet is?

Recently bought a house that's about 40 years old. The previous owner was clearly very fond of doing the wiring himself and has left me some idiosyncrasies to work out. One is this box in one of my ...
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What are the dimensions of US outlet holes?

I am specifically referring to the standard NEMA 5-15 three hole outlet that is used in North America. What are the dimensions of the holes in the outlets? Surprisingly, I am having difficulty in ...
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Are CAT 5 sockets compatible with CAT 7 cable?

I am planning to add Ethernet wiring to my house (semi-detached three-storey town house). I will be using this network to connect several (4-6) computers together in a typical (geek) home setting. I ...
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What are these male sockets called, and what are they used for?

This has taken me an embarrassingly long time to figure out, but how the heck do male sockets work? Or, what are these different tools called? A socket wrench is usually male. A socket usually has ...
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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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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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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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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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Help on identifying light socket? (Japanese apartment)

Bear with me if I did something wrong. Long story short, I rented a rather cheap old apartment in Japan and the main rooms didn't come equipped with light bulbs. Can anyone help me identify what type ...
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How do I shut off the power, so I can install a USB enabled electricity socket?

I want to replace a standard wall socket with a new USB which looks something like this... The instructions say to turn off the power for the socket. I went to the master house control and took a ...
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How to fix falling out electric socket?

I've a Type C electric socket that not holds solidly in a wall slot. It uses metallic lateral ears and a pair of screws which controls their angle to hold itself into a wall socket. Wall socket is ...
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What could be causing these oddities when replacing a power socket?

Yesterday I replaced a power socket in my home. Before hand, I plugged a light into the socket, switched it on, then flipped the relevant switch in the fuse box and verified the light was out. When ...
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Can I take a 220 line and convert it to a regular house outlet what would be the damage?

I have a electric 220 dryer hook up in my kitchen now I want to convert it over to use for a higher grade power supply for my microwave blender and toaster without converting Any wires or touching the ...
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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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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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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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Replaced 3-way lamp socket and cap doesn't fit

I bought a replacement 3-way lamp socket and the cap on the new one is too small to thread into the lamp base. I went to the hardware store and purchased an adapter so it would fit on the new lamp ...
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When I turn the light on/off on one circuit, it makes the light “blink” off/on on another circuit

I apologize for the long post, but I wanted to provide as much info as possible. Recently I started a DIY home electrical project to replace a lot of light fixtures, the light switches, and the ...
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For phone jack, which terminals are used by modem?

I have a new telephone jack to replace the old on the wall outlet. The new jack is confusing and I'm new to this. I think I may have messed with the wiring, and I don't understand which wire should go ...
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How can I use a 16A appliance in a UK 13A socket?

I have recently moved from India to the UK and carried a Philips air fryer with me. The plug on this appliance is marked 16A 250V. Wattage is 1425. The UK house I have moved into has standard 13A ...
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Add an electric socket to an existing light circuit (230v AC)

I have an existing single light controlled by a single switch in understair storgae space. Now I need an additional electric socket there as its an ideal location to power my security alarm. (No heavy ...
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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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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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Why my wall sockets are buzzing when I plug something in?

Problem: So whenever I plug something into the wall socket, it gives a little electrical buzzing noise, a bit faint but i can hear it. It stops when its pluged all the way in. The plug is loose in ...
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What kind of electrical projects are safe for DIY in the US? [closed]

I have a lot of ideas for electrical projects — upgrading electrical sockets to USB combo sockets, changing light fixtures, adding new sockets...ect. As a general rule of thumb, what kinds of ...
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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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What is the easiest way to install multiple 5A BS546 sockets next to one another?

I intend to replace a wall light fitting with two or three 5A BS546 sockets for table-lamp-style lights: As far as I know there is no 2- or 3-gang variant for this socket, but I assume that it will ...
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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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Patio Light Fixture To Electrical Socket

So we are putting up some string lights on our covered patio and want to use those instead of our patio light fixture right outside the door. I've removed the light fixture and there is an octagonal ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Repairing wall around a plug socket

The wall has broken quite badly around a plug socket in our bedroom and I don't know how to fix it. First time buyer as of yesterday and TOTAL DIY newby! Any help, gracefully appreciated. You can find ...
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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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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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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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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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Will 2 multi-port USB chargers overload a 13A socket?

I am a bit confused about some supposedly basic electronics concepts :/ (I kind of have an answer but just want to confirm) So let's say I have got this setup: A 13A 220V mains socket A 13A ...
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Need help choosing correct Allen or Hex tool

I need to loosen a 3mm hex bolt in side an appliance. The simple"Allen Hex "L" shaped key does not let me reach and turn the bolt located in a tough position inside the appliance Have been told to ...
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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 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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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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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 ...