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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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How do I connect a stranded wire to a bus bar?

A typical bus bar has this design: and connecting a solid wire to it is more or less easy. But how do I connect a stranded wire? I expect the following to happen: when I drive the screw in, the screw ...
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Separating 2 Light Switches (1 is a 3 way) Hardwired Together

I have 2 light switches (in one box) in my laundry room. The one switch is a 3 way which operates the light in my garage (just behind the laundry room). There is only 1 switch to the laundry room. I ...
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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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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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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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What wire to use to extend omlopp ikea lights

I have some omlopp from Ikea drawer lights and the correct transformers, but unfortunately the cable on the lights is pretty short and needs extending for quite a few. I'm happy enough to break into ...
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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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EMT Conduit Capacity with Mixed Gauge

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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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 wire C wire to the transformer of HVAC?

How are you all doing? I tried to connect the digital thermostat (Ecobee3) instead of my old honeywell thermostat. The original wiring is below (figure 1) HVAC is located on the ceiling of bathroom ...
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Wiring 4 gang box

I habe done some renovations in my bedroom/bathroom and while doing so I had to remove the 4 gang box for the lights in my bathroom. Now I'm in the process of hooking the switches back up to the power ...
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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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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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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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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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two appliances on one 220 breaker?

I am trying to install a dryer at the far end of a large house. There is already a 220 circuit on a designated circuit running back there to operate a hot tub. The breaker box is full so no room to ...
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Run 12/3 through insulated wall to surface mounted electric panel

Should/can I run the 12/3 wire inside the wall or just run a conduit up to the attic? The project: I want to install split receptacle 20 amp outlets in my garage. The subpanel in the garage is ...
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Adding wires to EMT conduit to add circuits

unfortunately, the kitchen wiring in our new condo is severely outdated. Just two circuits; one 15amp for lights and one 20amp for fridge, microwave, gas stove and oven, garbage disposal, dishwasher ...
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How many wires can safely be secured in a Marrette 33 wire nut?

I need to secure four 14 AWG solid copper wires and I have black wire nuts stamped Marrette 33, which look something like in the following photo except that the spring is copper: Should it be ok? I ...
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How critical is it to use the correct wire colors within the same electrical outlet?

I am replacing "razor only" receptacles to GFCI. The outlet contains a LINE cable (black, white, bare copper). The previous receptacle of course did not use three prongs, so the ground was just ...
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Smoke detectors (wired/wireless) - how much is enough

Our house is fairly new (2013 build year). We moved in 2016. On the second floor we have 3 wireless smoke detectors and 1 wired and on the first floor we have 1 wired smoke detector and 2 wireless. ...
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Removing a switch

I have a light switch that turns on an electrical outlet. I want to remove the light switch completely and leave the electrical outlet always "on". When I turned the power off to the room and ...
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Ground Wires in Bathroom Vanity Light

I am replacing a vanity light in my condo. I removed the old fixture, which was a cheap long shallow box with five round bulbs. Lo and behold, there was no junction box behind the fixture, as all ...
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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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RCD wiring with heating cable

Hi, I want to use the heating tape (constant wattage) and I was told that I should use RCD for the safety. I am new to RCD so I wanted to double-check if this is a correct way to wire the RCD with ...
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Does this wire covering contain asbestos?

I am wondering if anyone (who actually knows) can say whether this wire is likely to contain asbestos. Thank you in advance! Jack
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Can I connect 12 gauge wire to 18 gauge wire for an outdoor light post and plug?

I am replacing a front yard light post that has a GFCI outlet attatched. The old post has 12 gauge wire connected from the house thru the post and outlet to the the light. The new post is prewired ...
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How to extend a power outlet from an existing outdoor light

There is an outdoor light owned by HOA, located outside of the door of my apartment unit. And I'd like to install a security camera near the light. There is no outlet there, and How can I extend an ...
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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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Reading electrical clamp tester higher voltage/amp 400A

A sub panel CH 60AMP 3 Pole breaker keeps tripping. I'd like to test the AMPs on the three wires. My clamp tool measures 7.9A while on the 400A AC setting. That seems awfully low to trip a 60 AMP ...
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Is this cloth jacket surrounding my electrical asbestos?

Checked to see what was going on behind the electrical socket, and discovered this fibrous wire insulation. Also, I think who ever installed this 3 prong outlet in the first place did so illegally ...
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How to repair basic cable/wire issue for household appliances

I have a set of very old computer speakers that works fine except for one problem. One of the wires connecting to the volume control dial is loose, so that if the wire is jostled or flexed, the ...
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What is this lamp base wire clip and how do I remove the wire without breaking the clip?

I'm trying to replace the socket in an old desk lamp, and I need to pull the wire through. However, the wire is secured tightly by a black plastic clip at the base. I'm wondering what this clip is ...

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