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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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Soldering AC wires to this PCB

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 ...
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Can I use #8 wire in a 15 or 20A circuit?

I have a customer with a detached garage/shed unit that wants to install a few outlets and light fixtures/recessed lighting - common residential use, meaning no heavy power tools, washers/dryers, etc. ...
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EMT Conduit Capacity with Mixed Guage

I want to pull two circuits through 1/2" EMT. Three of the wires would be 12AWG and other three 10AWG. I've found a couple of tables that say I can run 5 10AWG or 9 12AWG. Is my mixed gauge set safe? ...
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Safe to mix wire gauges when installing dimmer switch?

I've purchased a Lutron dimmer switch (DVWCL-153PH-WH) to install for ceiling mounted LED lighting. The wires for the current switch are 12 gauge with a 20A circuit breaker while the dimmer switch ...
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60A sub panel located 220' from source…in conduit..what guage al wire to meet ONT Elec code?

I want to wire a 60A subpanel that is 220' from the main source. The wire will be AL and run through a buried conduit.... Must meet Ontario Electrical code
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Narrow conduit (old building), need to run 2xhots, 1xneutral

Currently I have two wires running through the conduit: one hot (coming from box), and one hot switched (on/off according to light switch). I would like to convert it to an outlet switch combo (one ...
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125amp feed from garage to house, required wire size, PLUS a separate 3-way light switch

I recently built a detached garage with its own 200amp service. I made provisions to run a 125amp feeder from the garage to an addition we are now building on the house. My questions are: What size ...
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Is copper clad aluminum wiring safe to use?

During remodeling I have found some copper clad aluminum wire. If I recall correctly is all 12 gauge used for outlets. It is clearly labelled as CU clad aluminum on the jacket of the insulation. I ...
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Can stranded wire handle the same high voltage as solid core?

Two 10 AWG wires for an electric fence were cut by the lawn mowers. I read that electric fences have very low amperage. So a 30 A rating is well above the call of duty: 10-2 type UF-B cable with ...
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Automatic A-B 240 V switch

My house is 150' long. The breaker box is at one end and the AC units are at the other end. I have a well pump at the same end of the house as the AC units are. I do not want to buy 8 ga uf-b ...
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Wire adjacent to water line.

In redoing the house I'm working on (to live in) I've finally gotten to the point to start Plumbing. The house has not had running water in at least a couple of years. I was going to replace the ...
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I have 10/3 wire. Can I replace my 3 prong outlet with 4 prong for a dryer?

In my house there was a 3-prong outlet for the dryer and when I opened it I saw that there is 4 wires and the ground and neutral are on the same terminal. Can I change the outlet to a 4 prong? The hot ...
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Touched wires do i need to replace

I was changing out my hot water heater, I had the water main shut off and two breakers for the mester suite apparently there was a third. When i removed the wires from the old so i could cap them they ...
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Can I use 18g cord for one light bulb?

I would Like to hang some pendant lights from my ceiling. I want to use this wire. I would only put one bulb (like this) on each length of cord and connect them all to the 12-2 at the ceiling. Is ...
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Tighten steel wire across several wood posts

I have several 4" x4" wood posts, with one single piece of steel wire going through each post. Something like this: Is there anything I can use to tighten and secure the wire in each post? The ...
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Ethernet Gauge Too Small for Patch Panel

I have run into a small issue when upgrading my home network's central hub with a larger switch and a patch panel. While I was able to patch down most of the cables with no issues, one of the cables ...
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How do you release the wires from this Slater push-in connector?

I know you are supposed to be able to push a screwdriver into a slot "under" the wire, but this old (late '70s?) Slater light switch has different slots than I see in all the examples. They are more ...
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Should the ground lug be bonded in my sub-panel?

I have 200 amp service at the house. I want to install a DP 60 amp breaker in that panel and run # 6 wire approximately 150 feet (10% added for swag) overhead to a dog rescue building. The building ...
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How to stick lamp holder to cable?

I recently bought some bulb holders and now I'm wondering how I am supposed to attach them to the wire. I don't want the whole lamp to hang only on the small, exposed power connections inside. In the ...