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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220ft Feeder Run to Storage Shed

The Objective: Run a combo Heat/Cool Window unit, 1 switched light and some outlets to a detached storage shed 140 ft from home. Temperature goal is 60F min in winter and 80F max in summer. Located in ...
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Help with replacing a light switch

I’ve changed multiple switches around the house but I have come across one in the kitchen that has me confused. The light switch has two red wires and one black. I tried connecting the new one ...
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Can a 4/0 al wire be used for the neutral conductor on 200amp service?

Upgrading my house to 200 amp service. I can get a really good deal on some 4/0 al wire, so was wondering if there would be any reason I couldn't / shouldn't use 4/0 gauge for the neutral as well.
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RK1 service insulator

I was told by the electrical inspector that I needed to install a RK1 insulator. I have looked everywhere and I find a myriad of devices that look similar to what he described, but nothing explicitly ...
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Sauna heater wiring from 3 prong to 4 prong

30 amp sauna heater that I need to wire. I plan on using my dryer outlet which is 4 prong but my sauna heater is 3 prong if I'm not mistaken as it has "L1, L2, ground." My question is could I ...
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Adaptor for 6-awg wire to wire receptable

I need to wire in a receptacle for a sump pump,115v, 15 amp. The run from the fuse box to the receptacle is 200' so #6-2 wire was used. The #6 wire is too thick for the terminals. What do I us to make ...
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Bathroom fan do I use 12-2/20a or 14-2/15a

Hey guys I am hooking up my bathroom fan and wanted to get clarity on the electrical requirements. The fans requirements state: “Run 120V AC house wiring to the location of the fan” On the box is ...
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Electrical Ceiling Lights: Torsion vs Friction Clips Installation Differences

Is there any difference between Using Torsion springs vs Friction clips in installing ceiling lights? I am trying to understand the advantages/differences between the two methods. https://www.youtube....
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Installing occupancy switch in a 2 gang scenario

I'm attempting to install Lutron Maestro (no neutral required) It has 4 wires, 2 black, 1 green and 1 bare. The switch which needs to be replaced has 3 wires attached that come from the wall: green ...
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Help connecting unused C wire for Smart Thermostat

Looking to connect a newer WiFi thermostat which requires the connection of a c wire. My old thermostat didn’t use a c wire however there is a c wire present in the bundle of wires ( unconnected at ...
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Prevent Electrical Wires from Cutting/Tearing in Ceiling Light

I installed a Recessed Ceiling Light. The Manufacturer Halo Eaton built Silver Metal Mounting Rack with Very Sharp Inner Edges. Wires loop through the center sharp edge . So when installing or ...
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Metal clad (MC) cable: cut or rearrange it? Plus other questions on the options to install it

I need 6 feet of metal clad (MC) cable. The stores only sell 25. Is it possible to buy only what I need? If not, may I just hang the extra wire, or I must cut it to the length I need? The only ...
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Smart Switch Wiring Question: What is the Need for a Neutral Wire? How to Provide One?

I plan to install a Smart Switch to control an outside outlet. The existing electrical box is in my detached garage and it does not have a neutral wire. The box currently only controls a single GFCI ...
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4 prong wire outlet, 3 wire dryer - can’t find ground screw

So I’m not entirely sure where to put the ground wire. Do I need to buy a ground screw for that hole? Or is there something else I can attach it to?
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Is wire arcing a potential danger?

I have a cable running along my basement ceiling. There is a cord connection (looks like an extension added to it) but where they connect is all metal (it looks like an AUX jack). There is slack in ...
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How to wire this back up?

I was trying to replace my ceiling fan and well of course I didn't take a picture of how the wiring was before I tore it apart so I'm trying to figure out how to put it back together so everything ...
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Grounding in main panel without visible ground wire or ground bar

I am exploring a way to install an outdoor outlet out of my main electrical panel but I couldn’t find any visible ground bar(s) that the ground wires (in green color) can connect to, nor do I see a ...
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Options for current armored cable 12/2 but need 12/3

I currently have an armored cable 12/2 with green (ground) leading to a light switch, running outside the wall (simply runs from the light fixture to a surface mounted box where the light switch is). ...
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Two lengths of 12/2 romex to substitute for 10/2

Can I run 2 lengths of 12/2 romex 100 feet to substitute for a single run of 10/2? I'm not needing to meet code, just trying to get 120 v at 20 amps to my shop with as little light dimming as possible....
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Upgrading apartment: GFCI/AFCI breakers and wires

I'm making plans to replace electrical wiring (new wires) and breaker in my apartment. I live in New York city (for code purposes). My breakers are rated as 20 A, NOT GFCI/AFCI. I have some outlets in ...
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Circuit end mismatches panel connection

Some years ago, before finishing my basement, I ran a Romex 12/3 cable from my main unit's panel to the kitchen to supply the dishwasher and garbage disposal, each on its own 20A circuit. I ran the ...
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Stud hole for Romex electrical wire filled with Green-glue acoustic sealant - Cause of concern?

I am helping my brother with his unfinished basement when I realized he made a mistake. I told him to use a fire stopping sealant in certain stud holes where Romex wire was being fed through. ...
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Is duct tape okay to use for insulating very small, low current wires?

I'm currently in isolation due to covid, so I can't go out to get electrical tape. My keyboard's sustain pedal wires (~1 mm diameter) got cut, so I was planning on splicing them (no solder) and ...
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Can I use #12 ground wire as jumper when the other wire in the box is #14?

If everything is wired with 14 gauge romex on a 15 amp breaker, can I use 12 gauge ground as a jumper inside a box? This would be to either ground the box itself or as jumper between to outlets.
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( bathroom van fan ) which wire goes where?

I bought a basic bathroom van fan, its Vents 100 S L. So I unmounted the old one and replaced the new one on the wall I noticed the cables in the old fan and the new fan are opposite as below : old ...
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Cutting insulation of speaker wire without damaging inner wires

I bought some speaker wire and an adjustable auto-stripper. I don't remember the gauge of the wire, but I wanna say it's 16ga. It's got a pretty sturdy plastic outer insulation and the speaker wires ...
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Wiring a fan to a 3 wire switch off wiring question

So, I recently moved into a house with some old fabric like covered wiring. In attempting to put in a fan I have a switch wired to control a plug on a 20a circuit. The weird part is I have a red, a ...
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Best tool to cut 4mm thick straining wire

I need to cut several 1.5m hoops of 4mm thick galvanised steel wire. What's the best tool to do this at a decent pace?
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Subpanel breaker size and wire size

I'm looking to add a subpanel for a basement kitchenette. Here are the power requirements and intended new circuits. Appliance Voltage Amps Slot Circuit Amps Oven/Range 220 28.0 ...
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Pulling Wires Through a Plastic Tube

I have a 2 meters long plastic tube with 8 mm inner diameter, and I need to pull 5 wires with a 6 mm diameter silicone tube through it. But all the different ways I tried were unsuccessful and It ...
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Can you run an individual wire to link smoke detector together?

In my home, I have a hard-wired smoke detector / fire alarm (https://www.lowes.com/pd/First-Alert-Wireless-Interconnect-AC-Hardwired-120-Volt-Photoelectric-Sensor-Smoke-Detector/1000456469) that is ...
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8/2 wire for 240v EV charger

I'm new here. I would appreciate any helpful info. I have installed an EV level 2 charger in my garage. It is a 30 AMP charger. I is around 8 feet away from the breaker box. I used 8/2 wire to be on ...
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Can I lay an attic floor over electrical wires?

I've been told that the electrical wires in the roof can heat up and potentially start fires if you cover them up. How can I get around this to lay the floor for an attic? The type of floor is just ...
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Wood beams for pallet rack wire decking

What size, type, and grade of lumber would I need to use as joists to support wire decking used for pallet racks over an 11-foot overhead span? 42D" x 46W" wire decks supporting up to 2,500 lbs. are ...
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Safe to screw on a paper towel holder way above socket?

I'm probably overthinking it, but I'm trying to mount the SimpleHuman horizontal paper towel holder. It turns out that the best place for it is in the middle of the inner wall (5.1 inch wide) but ...
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Wiring 240v where 12/2 wire using a 20 amp circuit breaker is present

I have a 20 amp breaker that is providing juice to the new outlets I installed in my basement. I would like to put a space heater in the three rooms. The space heater allows for (1000/1500/1600W, 120/...
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270 feet subpanel feed

I need to connect a 100Amp subpanel at a guest house that I am building in the back of my property. My main panel is 400Amps. I need 120/240V at the subpanel to run a couple of mini split ACs that ...
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Separating 12-3 wire from panel to feed a bathroom fan and light

I am replacing an existing heater, light, night light, exhaust fan unit with a new unit that only contains a light and exhaust fan. The existing wiring has a 12-3 coming straight from the panel with ...
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no neutral wire for smart thermostat

I want to install a smart thermostat 240 volt but there is no neutral available. Can I connect to the neutral of an adjacent 120 gang box (receptacle)?
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Is it up to code (anywhere) to have a ground wire poking out the end of a wire nut?

A few days ago there was a hot question about wiring with several pictures, here's one. Ignoring all the other issues with this wiring job, on the right hand side we see a green wire nut with the ...
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Repair frayed electrical wire with strain-relief stopper

I am shocked at the condition of this wire on a Crane humidifier. Would like to repair the wire to return the device to being 100% safe. With there being plenty of "spare" wire in the 6ft length, I ...
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Different amp draw from breaker box

When I test for amperage on the hot wire at breaker, with 4 tower fans going, 3 lights, Christmas lights, a computer, a TV, an Xbox, a router and an air purifier it shows 0.45 on the universal AC ...
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How to compute breaker size for electric Stove + Oven?

I currently have electric appliance, and I want to replace them with newer units. These are the ratings of newer units I am considering: Induction Stove VICU53616BST - Maximum Amp Usage 240V - 48....
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Ceiling box has 2 black wires and 1 white wire

I just moved into a newly built condo, and there wasn't a light fixture installed before. This is what it looks like right now: There are two wires, black and white, marette'd(?) together, and there ...
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Wiring a Smart Wall Switch

I’m considering on buying a Xiaomi smart wall switch but I had to consider the neutral or no neutral switch which led to me opening my wall switch to check. Which got me even confused... May I know ...
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How to stop current originating from common ground wire?

A building has all the apartments' electric panels connected to a common ground wire. Theoretical situation: 1. one of the building's electric panels has its differential circuit breaker broken 2. it ...
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Hit metal piece while drilling through condo concrete ceiling

I am trying to install wide rectangular light fixture. Something similar to this: https://www.amazon.ca/Feit-Rectangle-Ceiling-Lighting-Diffused/dp/B00Y86OROW I Hit a metal piece while drilling ...
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Is there an age limit on wire in NEC?

I have unused 12-3 wire dated 1992. It seems fine. Is there a code limitation that says it can’t be used? I couldn’t find one.
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Cwire terminal on Goodman furnace

I have a Goodman furnace gmp075-3. Trying to install wifi thermostat. I have a C wire, but cannot find where to connect it at the furnace.
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Can I reuse old electrical wire?

I'm adding new lights to my basement ceiling. I pulled out the old messy tangle of wires and ran new romex, but was missing the 4ft needed to reach the last box. I reused the old wire. Will this ...

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