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Questions tagged [wire]

Questions about wires, usually seen in electrical applications. Questions with this tag are typically about sizing wires appropriately for the projected usage, but could also be about properties of or problems with a wire.

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Can't find the release for this wiring harness connector

I am unable to unlock any "tabs". The video text just says use a slot screwdriver to release the locking tabs. Any help is appreciated.
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How to attach old style stacking wire in-basket brackets

Old style stacking wire in-baskets have a heavy wire that is used for the stacking feature. How are the other ends of the wire attached to the next basket in the stack?
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Electric range stove burned black hot wire

Ok. So my range has burned off one of the 2 black wires on the terminal block, which I'm assuming was due to a loose connection. My whirlpool range goes to a 50A breaker. There is 2 red /1 white/ 2 ...
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Kenmore Elite Refrigerator Door Pinched / Broken Wires

TLDR; What is the best way to splice wires together that will be moving? I purchased a Kenmore Elite 106.51773510 refrigerator in March 2017. I had a few issues with the ice maker during my first ...
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TV cables getting stuck in conduit after mounting TV on fireplace

We are first time home owners and trying to learn basic things. We mounted our TV ourselves yesterday. I'm now trying to hide the wires. There is already a rugged conduit (something like this) behind ...
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dishwasher wiring

so the power cable I need to hook up to dishwasher has one white one tanish color and then the ground so do I go white whit black to the tanish and then green to ground the bare copper one?
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Can I use a terminal wire kit meant for a dryer on an electric range stove?

So one of the terminal wires on my families range melted off (one of the black wires) which was probably caused by a loose connection and they ordered a terminal kit but apparently it's meant for ...
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Power cable for DVD Player too short

I recently wall mounted my TV and put a shelf underneath for my dvd player. Unfortunately the power cable for the dvd player is too short. I've searched and searched for dvd players that have either a ...
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Should I increase wire size when extending a 75 foot circuit to reduce voltage drop?

I have a 1200W smoker which I currently hook up to an outdoor outlet. The outlet runs on about 75' of 12 gauge wire from a 20A breaker. There is nothing else on that circuit. I am moving the outlet to ...
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Rubber electrical tape safe under code for attics?

I'm buying a house. The attic had a wire with frayed outer insulation. I negotiated repair of the cable. The seller has responded that the repairperson wrapped the fray with rubber electrical tape (...
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Fan and Light Switch Reversed

I have a switch in my master bedroom that my family replaced. The controls are switched. The fan turns on when you put the light switch on and the light turns on only when the fan switch is all the ...
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Hit wire on concrete wall while drilling a hole - problem?

Hit a wire while drilling a hole on a concrete wall. Didn't feel like hitting anything, except there was a short, spark, and tripped the breaker. With the breaker back on, haven't noticed any ...
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Want to switch to tankless, but can I use my existing wiring?

The tankless water heaters I am looking at require 8 AWG wire but the existing wiring is 12 AWG. Can I do this without having to rerun new wire?
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Multiple port in-line push-in connector?

I've been working in some very tight light fixtures lately, and it was basically impossible to get the wires with wire nuts tucked into the fixture. So I came across multi-port push-in connectors, ...
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What's the deal with the 18ga wire in a light fixture? [duplicate]

I always read "rule #1: never use less than 14GA wire on a 15A breaker, and never use less than 12GA wire on a 20A breaker". The idea being that if the circuit gets to the max current allowed by the ...
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Does copper wire need to say it's copper?

I just saw this picture of wire. Pirelli Cable-X - 500 MCM Type THHN or THWN-2 600V Gasoline & Oil Resistant II AWM (UL) Wait a minute. It's routine common THHN, like you might use in a ...
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QT/tandem breaker wire gauge

Can I use a 14-3 Romex for two different electrical circuits on a 15A QT/tandem breaker? Or should I use one 14-2 for each? My mistake, apologize. Post edited: the QT breaker is a space saver. My ...
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Replace wire terminal connector to heating element

I have GE Range JB640SR3SS and one of the element wire connector got burnt out: https://www.searspartsdirect.com/model-number/jb640sr3ss/0432/0124111.html I cut it and here are the photos front and ...
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Soldering AC wires to this PCB [closed]

I'm working on a DIY Mirror Touch frame and am on the final stages connecting everything. I have the issue where I was unable to find a deep enough aluminum frame and therefor have the issue where ...
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What size wire gauge for 1000ft service run?

Want to run wire 1000 feet under ground from pole to house. Will be using 100 amp service single phase. Would like to know what size gauge of wire should I use.
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Name that mystery switch!

I've seen other similar questions (How to trace mystery switches), but I have some more details: This is in a master bedroom There is a 2 gang box right near the inside of the door - one switch (...
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NEC 422.16(B)(2) Built-in Dishwashers and Trash Compactors Requirement

According to the titled part of NEC, "(4)Receptacles shall be located to protect against physical damage to the flexible cord." I have installed a dishwasher recently, but the plugged to a receptacle ...
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Can I use 14 gauge wire on a 20 AMP electrical circuit? [duplicate]

Running 12-2 Romex cable from the electrical panel to a J-box located in attic. J-box will connect two GFCI outlets and extend a 14-2 cable to the ceiling light fixture box, where other 14-2 cable ...
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What is this thing for?

I've been shopping for houses and found this gadget in the garage. It's up near the ceiling and I don't know what it is for. There's nothing nearby that would give any hints. My image is ...
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Broken wire inside Rangehood, advice needed

My range hood was damaged, which caused it to flare up and spark. I immediately powered off the main to the house (as in the pictures). I can see that the connection has been damaged. I have no idea ...
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C-wire on Weil-McLain CGA Series 2

I have an old thermostat with only 2 wires connected to my Weil-McLain CGA Series 2 boiler. I would like to replace it with a Nest thermostat. I need to add a C-Wire in order for it to work. Luckily, ...
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Can 14/3 wire, with all three conductors hot, be the only cable in a switch box?

I currently have a bathroom light and a single pole switch at the door. The power for the light first comes into the ceiling box directly above the light. The hot is tapped in right there by using the ...
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Will my breaker accept #10 wire even though the chart lists #14?

I am hooking up a disconnect for heating air unit. The instructions state use a 25 amp 2 pole breaker with 10-2 wire. The breaker says wire size 14-2. It is an Eaton BR225 beaker. Will it work with 10-...
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Is a horizontal hang track necessary for wire shelving installation?

Can I install 2/4 shelves on three of four vertical standards without using a horizontal hanger? Verticals will be going into studs.
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How can I extend an electric wire without a large cross-section connector?

I want to extend a couple of electric wires coming out of a ceiling to get to a hole at the top of a lighting fixture. Let's assume for the sake of discussion the lighting fixture is fixed and will ...
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Household Wire Insulation (Asbestos Risk?)

So I am redoing light fixtures in my 1946 house located in the USA. I guess I'm overly scared of asbestos, and just wondering on your opinion if this household branch wire is asbestos containing. It ...
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Wire nut tie together for a #4 braided aluminum wire?

I have an electrician running a 220 line out to my shed, using 4-4-6 braided aluminum run underground. The wire is about 3 feet too short (after running about 150 feet). He wants to just use 3 wire ...
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Switching drill batteries [closed]

I have a Porter-Cable 20 volt impact drill and circular saw... I just came across to 6 amp hour Milwaukee M18 batteries for free... I want to run my Porter-Cable impact off the M18 battery how do I ...
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Why neutral wire connected to load wire?

I opened switch box in the basement that has two switches: one for basement and other 3way switch for stairs. I wonder why white wire thet usually neutral connected to black wire that goes to another ...
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Recessed lighting wiring questions

I have installed (5) recessed lights to my ceiling. I just wanted to double check two questions. Is my wiring sequence correct? Switch to light #1 (3 blacks, 3 whites, 3 grounds in #1), light #1 ...
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Is it safe to install a wire nut inside a base board heater?

My baseboard heater has its junction box built into it, meaning there are wire nuts in a section of the heater. However the ground has been broken off more interior / near the heating element. I ...
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What speaker wire should I use to extend the length?

I bought the Sony HT-IV300 home theatre system 3 years back. Specifications ( Impedance levels are mentioned) For the front speakers, just used the default surrounding speaker wires ( impedance of ...
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Wiring 2 or 3 outlets controlled by one switch

I want 2 ( maybe 3) outlets controlled by the same switch. Easy enough. But, in addition, I want half of each outlet controlled by the switch and the other half of each outlet always hot. Is there a ...
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How do you correctly pull the steel wire and crimp so it's tight enough for turnbuckle?

So I'm installing wire between two 4x4 wooden posts. I've done two but it seems to take forever, so I know there's a more efficient way. Here's what I'm doing: The wire's plastic-coated, so I remove ...
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Can you connect a 14 gauge electrical wire with a 12 gauge?

In the attached image, the 14 gauge wire coming from the left and into the junction box, is from a gas stove the floor above. The 12 gauge wire coming from the right is connected to the panel and is ...
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Do I need special tools to run speaker wire vertically from about light switch heigh to the floor? No fireblocks.

I have some speakers I hope to run wires for from not much higher than switch height for my 7.1 system. I'm thinking I might be able to just drill a hole and use a coat hanger to get it started then ...
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What is the smallest and lightest wire I can use?

I currently use a regular 50 foot power cord rated for 15 amps. I use it only for two laptops and one camera, making a draw of about 5 amps at 120 volts, according to the "input" label on the power ...
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How can I reliable crimp aluminum ferrules without a specialized tool?

Is there another way to crimp aluminum sleeves without having to buy a $40+ crimping tool that I will only use for this one project? Or at least is there a crimping tool that has another use? I don'...
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Are turnbuckles required for cable railing?

I'm installing wire rope for a fence. It would look something like this fence here: . I was thinking of using a hand winch to tighten the rope. So let's say the winch does its job, I crimp the ends, ...
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Would I use a reverse thread lag screw swage stud for tensioning cable?

I was watching several videos showing an installation of wire rope for a fence, and the lag screw swage stud on one end would be driven clockwise while the other goes in counterclockwise. That way it ...
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What are these called for tightening rope wire?

What are these called for tightening rope wire?
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What are wire rope thimbles for?

What are wire rope thimbles for? Will the wire rope strength be compromised if I don't use them? They will be used on a fence. Thanks.
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Unusual wiring in ceiling box for installing light

In each room of my new apartment, there are ceiling boxes under circular white plates where presumably you can install ceiling lights since there are none. When I take off the plate and pull out the ...
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Was it ever acceptable in the past to use 20A breakers with 14 AWG wire?

Background I recently bought a house which was made in 1965 and which still had the original Bryant outdoor main box and breaker, a subfeed to the original GE subpanel in the garage, and (with a few ...
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Correct crimping tool for these sleeves? Are these the correct sleeves?

I recently bought these aluminum sleeves for 3/16" wire, and this crimper tool. They will be used with this 1/8" wire coated to 3/16" I started using it today, and it seems the tool is too small. I ...