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Plug socket won't turn off even after replacing

I had a problem with a plug socket where the socket wouldn't turn off so I replaced with another that I got from Screwfix and now a week later we have the same issue? The socket only gets used about ...
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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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Why isn't my telephone socket working fully after installation?

The main telephone socket is giving me less internet speeds than the extension outlets. 30% less. Upload speed not affected. This is after replacing with new socket/new outlet, I never used the old ...
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what is burning smell off a new power strip?

Got a new power strip, I detect a very faint burning smell kind of distinct when I stick my nose near it, 2 cm away. The smell is there whether it's connected or not, but amplifies when its working. I ...
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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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Aquarium light plug

I was gifted this tank but it came without a power socket, I need the right kind of fitting to connect it to the power source
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Sockets burn out on light fixture

I have a ceiling fixture that uses three 40w candelabra-base bulbs. It was burning out bulbs frequently (about one per month). Over time, two sockets were not working (confirmed with a meter test) and ...
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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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Socket replacement wiring

Hi all, 2nd and final request today, this one is a replacement socket, But again the internal wiring isn't looking particularly normal. Any help will be great. I'm in the UK.
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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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Two shaver sockets on same circuit with extractor fan

I've just had a new bathroom installed(UK based) and the electrician has put two shaver sockets(110V and 220V outlets) and an extractor fan on the light circuit. With two toothbrushes plugged into ...
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UK plug socket won't turn off

I have recently replaced a double socket that had a short circuit fault on the right hand socket with a new one from B&Q. After long periods of use the right hand switch refuses to stay off. If I ...
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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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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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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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electrical Socket not getting power

I have a single pole switch that feeds power to a wall socket. with the switch ON, and the wire that feeds the switch disconnected from the socket, the point on the switch shows 120V. with the switch ...
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How to turn the contact rings in an empty fluorescent bulb socket from closed to open?

A fluorescent bulb was improperly removed from its sockets. I am unable to turn the contact rings from the closed to the open position. I would be thankful for any advice.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Electrical Socket Doesn't Work for One Particular Appliance

Under my sink is a working duplex electrical socket. My disposal works regardless of which of the two sockets it is plugged in to. The disposal has a grounded (3-prong) plug and this duplex socket ...
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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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Light bulb socket cover

Where can I get a light bulb socket cover for my never used outside flood light sockets? I don't use the light fixture, the flood lamps are too heavy to keep in the sockets as the fixture comes ...
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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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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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Replacing receptacle, ground and neutral are connected

My house was built in 1974. I have doubts the wiring has changed since then (aluminum everywhere) and have already noticed some bad things (downstairs potlights on same breaker as upstairs living room!...
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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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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 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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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 ...