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What type of cable should I bury for a small utility shed?

I'm putting a 8x16 utility shed in my back yard. It will be 100 ft from the service panel. I want to run the supply line under ground. There will be one 4ft fluorescent light and two 120V receptacles....
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Can a 240V light fixture be used in the US with a 120V light bulb?

The title is pretty much my entire question. If I order a 240V lamp from Europe that takes removable light bulbs, can I simply use a 120V light bulb? I understand that I would change the plug for a ...
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Confusion over 220 and 230 volt outlets

We have a 220 outlet for our A/C. We are shopping for a new unit and all I am see is 230 volts on the units. Will we have to rewire with a new outlet for a new A/C?
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Can I replace a bulb with one with more watt?

I have a lamp (from IKEA) that had a light bulb 3W 200lm 67lm/W 26mA I bought a light bulb that says 4W=35W 230LM Can I replace with that light bulb or even with higher watt? I mean is the only ...
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Why does one phase of my buildings mains line show a significant amount of voltage (~60V) when it goes down?

The other day one of the phases of our power faulted and the fuse tripped on the power company side. I measured the voltage at 60-65V. Lights were flickering, and some devices kept running (like a ...
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Why bother referencing neutral to ground in residential transformer?

I'm going to list the 3 scenarios for electrocution I can think up for both a residential transformer with grounded neutral and an isolated transformer. I find that the grounded neutral transformer ...
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Is it possible to downconvert 30A/240V to 15A/110V by replacing a circuit breaker?

I recently moved into a new apartment with... "curious" wiring. There is a single 15 amp/110 volt outlet that is directly wired to a 30 amp / 240v breaker. I suspect there used to be a drier ...
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Which terminal to use on my multimeter

I have read the manual for my new multimeter but unsure which (red) terminal to use for what. The meter has one VΩmA fused 500 mA max terminal and one Unfused 10A Max terminal. I just want to measure ...
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If using an old 240v cable to make two 120v circuits, is there a risk of overheating the shared neutral return?

I've seen discussions of using an old 240V wire (two hots, a neutral, and a ground) and reconfiguring it to have two 120V circuits. As an example, if it is a 20A cable, you could have two 20A circuits,...
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Why am I measuring 60v at some outlets?

The house I bought a couple years ago had a couple outlets in a small room in the basement that didn't work. Now I'm troubleshooting them. It's a finished basement so I can't tear down walls. There's ...
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Electrical hook up for new stove top

The cook top I am replacing (a small, old Credo unit) uses a 2P 30A Circuit breaker. The similarly small new Summit cooktop I plan to install has the following electrical specs: Connection voltage: ...
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Strange Voltage at Receptacle

One of my home's 120v circuits measures: Line to neutral = 120v Line to ground = 52v Ground to neutral = 45v What should I look for to resolve this issue?
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Electric power loss over distance

I am working on a project where I install an electric system by my property entrance, than I have to run a wire about at least 700 feet. I do want to deliver 240VAC and I know that voltage drop is a ...
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120v house equipment with 240v generator question

Tornado took out power around here for a good while. Parents aren't here and I'm stuck with the task of hooking up a generator. I'm not savvy with this stuff very much at all. Here's the issue. The ...
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Voltage in incomplete circuit

This might be better asked over on electrical engineering, but it concerns household voltage and I know we have a some smart electricians on this site, so maybe one of you might be able to shed some ...
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Why do I measure high and low voltage on a shop panel circuit?

I have power running to my shop, shop panel has a 100 amp main breaker, voltage on one leg reads 109 volts. The other shows less than 100 volts. If I turn 1 20 amp breaker on in the panel I then read ...
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What are some reasons that my 240V clothes dryer connection (outlet) suddently only has 18V per side?

My clothes dryer suddenly stopped working and I wasn't sure if it was my (new) dryer or the power outlet. Things I Tried I checked the circuit breaker and reset it but the dryer still didn't work. I ...
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How do I convert an old Satchwell/Sunvic TLX2203 thermostat wiring to line voltage wiring?

I have an old Satchwell/Sunvic TLX2203 thermostat. It has 3 wires connected to it which look to be: switched live (green) live (red) neutral (black) (at least I think that's the case) I would like ...
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how do i troubleshoot a substantial AC volatge neutral to ground?

I've been having some problems with my computers at home. Today I decided to check voltage from the receptacles. I have 120VAC hot to Neutral, as I would expect, but then I have 50VAC Hot to GND, and ...
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NEMA 6-15 to NEMA 6-20 A/C unit

My energy provider sent me a WiFi A/C system to hook up to my window unit, however, I cannot plug it into my wall because I appear to have a NEMA 6-15 outlet that matches the plug on my A/C unit and ...
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Three way switch circuit leaking voltage

I have a hallway light fixture controlled by three switches (panel -> 3 way -> 4 way -> 3 way -> fixture). Lights in this fixture routinely burn out within 6 months (incandescent, cfl and ...
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GFCI outlet reading between 80 and 640 volts on multimeter

I am adding a circuit to feed off a live GFCI outlet. At the outlet I read 118V in both receptacles and the reading is stable. With the new cable, I connected the neutral white to the silver screw ...
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When a ceiling fan is turned on I get 440v in the room circuit

I installed a new ceiling fan. When switched it on, I get 440v in the entire room circuit; I had stabiliser that showed the voltage. I was surprised. I took a multimeter and measured the voltage it ...
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Can I use a 240/120 transformer and adapter cable to connect a generator to my house?

Tornado took out power around here for a good while. Parents aren't here and I'm stuck with the task of hooking up a generator. I'm not savvy with this stuff very much at all. Here's the issue. The ...
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Why do I measure 12VAC on old thermostat wires?

I'm installing a nest thermostat in my house - it's the UK version with a heatlink. I have successfully wired the heat link into my combi-boiler, disconnecting two existing wires in the process. I ...
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How to determine if a light bulb is compatible with a lamp?

All my life I was laboring under the misconception that if a bulb fits in a socket, it will also work well. Recently, a line lamp in our bathroom stopped working, so I bought a brand new LED line lamp ...
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Voltage/current stabilizing

I am running a wire 300+ feet. I'll need to place a transformer every 100 feet that would maintain voltage/current, therefore I wouldn't get any drop so that I can maintain 110vac 20 amp. Which ...
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Lights go dim with a moderate load imposed: how to troubleshoot?

I just bought a house built in 1964 which features switches and outlets that have the "strip wire and insert into hole" connection method. In one of the rooms, turning on a ~500 watt load ...
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Temporary (multi-hour) voltage drop that seems instigated by running an appliance?

I have a 15 amp circuit that runs to the laundry room and has on it: An indoor receptacle with a lamp plugged into it An indoor receptacle with an exercise bike plugged into it An indoor receptacle ...
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Safe to plug a travel adapter into a power strip?

I've got a dual voltage (110/220V) lamp that has a European plug and want to plug it into a North American outlet that has a power strip plugged into it. So I will have to use a plug adapter (not ...
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House's Power Cycling Between High and Low Voltage [duplicate]

Around 2am I noticed the voltage in my house changing. The only reason I noticed was because my bedside fan kept speeding up and slowing down. Usually my house has around 122v, so I got a meter and ...
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Voltage tester 220v

Will a 110v pen tester pick up or test a 220v socket? It doesn't sound or light up near the 220 socket. I want to make sure it works before I replace it.
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Solar panels: converter has AC Voltage out of range

Since about six months our house has solar panels. There's a converter (4600 W) with two inputs hooked up to 6 and 7 solar panels respectively of 325 watt peak performance. Overall this setup runs ...
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Why do different meters show different voltages between hot and ground?

I am measuring voltage between hot and ground wires on a light box. Why does one voltmeter show 4 volts. And another shows 0 volts? How many volts should there be between these two wires?
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Would a transformer protect a 24V digital flow meter if it received 48V?

I purchased a new water softener for the house. It has a digital flow metering device. It worked great for a few days and then stopped working. Long story short, I finally figured out that the outlet ...
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Power issues in out-building sub panel - What's the best way to repair?

I am having electrical issues in my out-building shop. I think I might have an idea of what is wrong, but I want to hear others opinions, and I also want to know the best method of repair. I will try ...
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Why does my digital multimeter report small voltage between a battery and unattached metal and my fingers?

I was performing some 12 volt DC voltage drop tests and I got a reading that I did not understand. Hopefully someone here can satisfy my curiosity. I had the positive lead on a 12 volt battery ...
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What sort of device plugs in to this outlet?

I am looking to buy a window air conditioner. I would like the get the most powerful air conditioner my electrical system can support. I have this plug on my wall: I have never seen this plug before, ...
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Can a 208-230/460 blower motor be wired for 220 plug

This is my motor I have this blower fan squirrel cage thing and is belt driven by this 3 phase motor and I just want to know if it is possible to wire to plug in my shop wall outlet? If so I probably ...
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Voltage still present after breaker is off

My home built in 2016 has a pre-wired car charger line in the garage, I am trying to install a NEMA 14-50 outlet there. Before I started, first thing I did was turning off the breaker to the car ...
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What size and type of wire should I use for a 1000 ft run to create an standard outdoor 120 volt outlet?

I'm looking for advice on what type of wire and size of wire to use to create an outdoor 120 volt outlet that is 1000 feet away from my home. The device I'm going to plug in will pull a maximum of 80 ...
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Low light illumination on ceiling fan

I have a 15 yr old Hampton Bay ceiling fan with light fixture and remote. Worked well when we bought home for a few years but suddenly the bulbs in the 3 bulb fixture are extremely dim. The bulbs ...
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What explains a sudden voltage drop to laundry room?

We have a 20 amp circuit running from the service panel to our laundry room, where we have a gas washer and dryer on 120v. We've not had any problems with the electrical system in our house since we ...
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GFCI seding low voltage to downstream devices

We just purchased a cabin and suddenly several lights stopped working. Initially I thought it was just the light over the kitchen sink. So I replaced the bulb and it still didn't work. I then checked ...
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How do you wire and replace an old bathroom vanity light fixture

I am replacing a bathroom light fixture in an old condo built in the 70s. There is armored cable coming into the fixture from the wall. From my understanding is that I need to do these steps, 1) ...
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Getting various non-zero voltages between neutral and ground on daisy-chained extension cords

Backstory: I am running power (temporarily) to a workshop through a 25' and a 50' extension cords. I was worried about the voltage drop over this length so I was measuring voltage to see if it ...
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How to protect electric appliances from high or low voltage or short circuit or any other electricity related thing

I have so many electric appliances installed at my home(India). I have been recently reading in newspapers that some electric appliance are getting affected due to voltage or short circuit issues. I ...
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Can I use a transformer for a 240v stove/oven on a 120v outlet?

I'm remodeling a section of my house to add a second kitchen, but I don't have a 240v outlet in the room (I'm in North America). To my surprise the 120v North American outlet next to the future stove ...
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Voltage based switch. Ceiling fan on dimmable lights

Excuse my ignorance in the subject, below i will try to explain what i have and what i am trying to achieve. In my living room I have about 15 led dimmable recessed lights on a dimmable switch. From ...
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Confusion while diagnosing an open ground

I have an outlet tester and it says the outlet in my bathroom has an open ground and I'm trying to see if I can fix this by replacing the receptacle or if the problem is elsewhere. With a voltage ...