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Warped Light switches

I have 5 (paddle type) light switches in my home that are warping. Four of them are double pole switches (two on the same circuit, the other two on a different circuit). The 5th one is a single pole ...
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How can I combine three switched circuits into one? [closed]

I have 3 light switches in my basement. Each one operates 4 recessed lights. I'd like to get all the lights on one switch. Is it as simple as getting an appropriate sized switch and combining the ...
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Switch loop light convert to ceiling fan

I am wanting to convert a ceiling light on a single pole switch that is switch looped to a ceiling fan light combo and have that controlled by the currently exiating single pole switch.. is this as ...
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4 motion sensors to cover 2 lights

I have a hallway where 4 switches control 2 lights. I want to switch out all 4 switches with motion sensors so what ever room you leave it will kick on the hallway lights. I am trying to figure out ...
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Question on Kitchen Switches and Wiring

I stumbled upon a situation while making some mild upgrades to my kitchen. I will try to be as detailed as possible to minimize follow-up questions. I have two switches next to the kitchen sink; one ...
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Replacement cord for a window air conditioner, what guage cord should it have if it's a 0651515LY with the numbers 14478 on the plug?

Cord guage for a replacement 120 volt Air conditioner to an extention cord
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Trying to figure out a Light switch going to a a bathroom exhaust/light, wired a new switch the same way as old on but now it turns on or off both?

I am switching out an old light switch because one of the switches broke off. I replaced it with a new one and wired it up the exact same way but instead of being able to turn off the bathroom exhaust ...
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Which extension ring for stucco?

I installed single gang boxes for my exterior wall: https://www.homedepot.com/pep/202077343 My stucco contractor said all of these boxes are not deep enough and he needs an extension ring to bring the ...
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Replacing a three-way switch

I'm planning to replace a broken light switch. It is a three-way switch (one simple light controlled from two ends of a room). I plan to simply replace all the wires - after carefully labeling. But ...
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How to test this wire to see if it's neutral

I am trying to determine if I can have a smart dimmer switch installed to replace this old dual light switch. There is an unconnected wire that comes into the switch box on one side and runs out ...
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Changing faceplate on Casablanca Intellitouch [closed]

I’ve got a switch box that I am replacing all of the old dimmers in. That box also includes some model of Casablanca IntelliTouch (1990s if that helps). The old one was ivory, but all of the new ones ...
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Changing out light switch, only controls ceiling light, 2 screws on old swotch, 1 red wire on 1 screw, 2 black wires on 1 screw, how do i change

Old 1960s light switch only controls ceiling light with just 2 screws, 1red wire to 1 screw, 2 black wires wrapped around 1 screw, I want to change to new switch that has 3 screws, I tried separating ...
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LG LRE4213st Burnt Rotary Switch [duplicate]

We had a burner that would only heat to high so my husband replaced the rotary switch 6-7 months ago. Its worked fine until now. We were thinking it was the heating element this time, so we bought a ...
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How can I switch between high-current 240V devices in my workshop?

I am the only one working in my shop. I do not have to worry about anyone else switching power cords etc. I have a double 50 amp breaker, and only one 240v 50 amp outlet connector. I have to manually ...
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Why does this light switch have three black wires connected?

I am changing out an old light switch in our condo. It controls an outlet inside the room, as well as one directly on the other side of it, on an exterior wall. I'm using a Decora push click paddle ...
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Fan switch power

The entire switch assembly is removed from the fixture. No connection to any power source. Why did I get shocked and then was able to produce spark with a screwdriver at plug in point, still connected ...
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Can I just use wire capped neutral for a smart switch?

I am a DIYer and have a single pole switch which I’m swapping out for a smart single pole switch. Since the previous one was a dumb switch it doesn’t connect a neutral as it has no need for a circuit ...
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Replaced ceiling fan, had 2 working switches, now only 1

I replaced a ceiling fan that had a burned out motor with a new one, a Hunter Channing. The single wall switch has 2 throws. Previously the top one turned the fan light on and off, and the bottom ...
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Cannot get Lutron Diva dimmer wiring to work

I have a single 2 way switch that has a supply coming into it which then goes to the source. The previous working switch was wired like so: When I try connecting the dimmer switch following their ...
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Where do I connect the receiver for my wireless light switch?

I want to install a wireless switch with receiver to control my kitchen lights. They are 4 recessed lights currently controlled with a single switch which is accessible only from one side of the room. ...
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Ceiling fan makes noise on high speed after using lamp string

I have a 3-speed ceiling fan installed on a sloped ceiling. The unit has an extension from mount to fan which is about 2 feet. It was installed 2 years ago. When the fan is set to lowest and middle ...
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How is this double switch wired up? [closed]

This is the back of a double switch. It controls two lights: entry way in the house outdoor light w/ light sensor (next to front door) It’s a 3 way switch, but we don’t have another switch that is ...
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Nutone Bathroom Fan cutting out

Our Nutone bathroom fan (no light) is cutting out. We have a timer switch (10 mins, 20 mins, and so on) and the fan will start but will often shut off after two minutes. Before calling an electrician ...
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3-way switches On/Off Positions Changed

The lights in my garage are controlled by two 3-way light switches. One in the hallway leading to the garage door and the other in the garage itself. For the last 5 years, the lights would be off if ...
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Light switch wiring help [closed]

The dimmer switch in our bathroom was replaced about a month ago. Recently the breaker just started popping. I'm not too sure if the wiring is right or what is going on. Any information on what I ...
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Smart light switch wiring

I'm replacing a light switch with a smart switch and after some reading here I think I have things straight but wanted to get a second opinion before starting in on it. There are 2 decora switches in ...
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Rewire light switch and socket with multiple wires in same connector

I'm changing my switches and sockets at an apartment I bought, but I have serious problems with the way they are currently wired. Let me give you two examples: 1 way, 4 gang switch wired as: 1 hot ...
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How can I connect 4 wires to this light switch?

I'm trying to change the Bathroom light switch. (It is a single switch) Both the light and the extractor are connected to this switch. I have now purchased a new switch that looks like this: How can ...
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How should this fan and light be wired correctly?

I need to replace a combination switch because I don't think it's wired safely and I think the variable speed control killed the current ceiling fan. The light is a three way switch - a second switch ...
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Help me understand my 3-way light switch installation

I'm trying to automate light switches, but struggling to understand the way my switches were installed. Electric eng. is obviously not my field, but I've researched 3-way switches, so I have a basic ...
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Transfer switch "inline" to well pump as opposed to vicinity of breaker panel

I'm looking to install a generator transfer switch to power the well pump as needed. The question I have comes in due to an unorthodox setup - the breaker for the well pump is in the main panel in the ...
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Running two dryers same circuit, controlled by switch [duplicate]

I have two dryers side by side in my basement, one is for a dog washing business. One is for my clothes. I don't need both running ever at the same time so I currently just unplug and plug in ...
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Why does the rest of the circuit go off when my new light switch is on?

I have one outlet, three lights and three switches in one circuit. One switch is Dalia rcl-153pnl dimmer. The problem is when the light with dimmer on, others outlets and lights go off. I attached two ...
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Three Way Switch Receptacle Combo

I currently have a 3 way switch controlling a single light. What I was hoping to accomplish, was replace one of the switches with a switch receptacle combo. Switch1 = image 1, left as is Switch2 = ...
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not sure why this ground wire keeps tripping the breaker

I'm putting in a new switched ceiling outlet in a garage for ceiling shop lights. I want to have a 2-way switch to allow control from either side of the garage. For some reason the breaker trips if I ...
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Is this wiring of the neutral correct?

I want to change that old switch for a new one. I add both pictures. I am surprised the neutral is connected to the switch and not to the neutral bundle. In the new one, I dont see space for those ...
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smart switch wiring with no neutral, but the switch is giving me issues

So I have a smart switch I wanted to pop in to my house. 3 gang. I do not have neutral at the switch, so i put a capacitor over live and neutral (that was supplied with the switch) at the first light. ...
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Bonaire Durango Window Evaporative Swamp Cooler 4500E (2022) High speed only works. Last year all ok--Low, Med and High. Capacitor? Easy to replace?

Bonaire Durango Window Cooler 4500E (2022) High is only working speed, Last year was fine-Low, Medium and High. Capacitor? Easy to replace yourself? I just cleaned it and removed control knob when I ...
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Can you identify/explain the wiring in my bathroom based on this diagram?

I'm in USA. I'm changing an old bathroom light/exhaust fan out. The image below is of the ceiling, and the connection to the light/fan. Image of how switch is wired. Not of actual switch Cables/...
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How to hook up electrical wiring to a heat pump and safety switch to pool pump

My heat pump is 240V on a 30 Amp GFI breaker the pool pump is 120V 30 Amp GFI. What size wire do you use for the safety switch?
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How do I add a 2nd light to an existing 3 way switch circuit

I want to add a 2nd light to an existing 3 way switch circuit which has the light in the middle of the run. I do not have access to the 1st switch which is connected to the power source. Connecting to ...
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Replacing old light switch (not a professional)

To preface, I have little to no experience with electrical work and terminology, with the only thing I've done is replacing a broken ceiling light receptacle. We have a really old house, and one of ...
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Why is my voltage tester beeping only when the lights are off?

I am trying to figure out what's going on in the junction box from a bedroom in my home. A part of this involves using my tester to see if any wires/components react to having certain things turned on/...
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Suddenly no AC power to wall switch

Got a led can light over shower that suddenly stopped working. No AC to the feed wires of the can. No AC to the wall switch that controls the light. Both black wires connected to the switch are not ...
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Disabling Switched Outlet at the Switch

I currently have a 3-switch box (as a single unit) that controls fan, fan light, and one switched outlet, but want to disable to switched outlet and leave the other two functional. The switch seems to ...
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Disengage microwave door switch from connector

I'm in the process of replacing my Whirlpool microwave's door faulty switch but unable to remove the connectors to install the new switch. I'm afraid I'll damage the wiring if I apply too much force. ...
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Why does only one of my three-way switches work suddenly?

I have two toggle wall switches at opposite room ends that control a ceiling light fixture. Only one switch (main) now works for off and on of fixture, the other will only turn fixture off not on. ...
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I am changing a light switch and need your help

Ok I am trying to install a Wifi switch 2 on 1 that I bought. If you see in picture 1 . The switch has 4 cables. A hot, a red one, and two load ones that goes to a light in the garage and by the ...
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Old wiring into new light switch

I'm trying to replace an old light switch. I was thinking that I'd have to pigtail all the neutrals and all the hot and the grounds but that caused an arc so I'm not sure how to go about wiring these ...
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Installing a smart switch: weird wiring at my current one

I have recently bought a house and doing some renovations. I am planning to change my switches to smart switches. To check if possible (neutral wire etc), I bought one and tried to wire it to one of ...
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