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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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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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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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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How would I go about grounding this light switch?

I am trying to replace a light switch (so it's white and matchs the room, it still works) but the switch in this room is not grounded (there is no ground screw, it's an older switch). There are two ...
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Adding led strip in living room. Is 14-2 gauge wire sufficient to draw current?

I am planning to put led strip behind our false ceiling. It requires 50ft of LED strip. So planning to use 3 5M led strips of these (https://www.amazon.com/SUPERNIGHT-5-Meter-Waterproof-Flexible-...
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Could I use this Speaker Wire for my thermostat?

I had this wire left over and thought I might as well use it if I can. I think it will work but I just wanted to make sure! So can I use this speaker wire for the Rc and C terminals on my thermostat? ...
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construction heater wire requiarements

i want to install a 4800 watt construction heater in my garage that is already wired with a 60 amp subpanel. It has lots of room for extra breakers in the sub panel so i plan to install a 30 amp ...
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Cutting wire/cable in close quarters

I need to cut some steel wire/cable (the type that's a bunch of little wires twisted together--not sure the technical term for it). The wire is maybe a bit more than 1/16in in diameter. The access ...
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Is it possible to splice this garage door safety sensor wire with some other wire?

I currently have these sensors: http://www.amazon.com/Chamberlain-Liftmaster-41A4373A-Safety-Sensors/dp/B00283Q9AW An accident occurred a few days ago and the cable to the receiver was snapped apart....
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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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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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Staple Through Electrical Wire

I was installing a new bath fan and had it all done. I was cleaning up the wires in the attic and accidentally put a staple through the wire as I was securing it to the lumber. I put some electrical ...
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Making sense of wire colors and connections

I am having trouble identifying which wires are in my box despite all the colors being quite clear. The voltage drop between: White-Ground= 123.5 Red-Ground= .3 Black-Ground= .3 Black-Red= 0 Black-...
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Are Ideal Greenie 30-192P Ground Wire Nuts approved for use with stranded wire?

I looked at page 4 of the UL document here: http://www.idealindustries.ca/media/pdfs/products/ideal_ul_listed_combinations.pdf And I notice that it says you can use up to 4 #12 wires. However, it ...
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3 Switch Wall plate to 1 Wall Plate Ceiling Fan

This is for U.S. based electrical in a house built in 2001. Current State I have a ceiling fan with a light that I am going to replace. With this new fan I want to change the 3 switch configuration ...
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Octagonal Electrical Box Wire Capacity

The wiring for a bathroom light and a receptacle are in a 3.5 x 1-1/2 in. octagon electrical box. Is this the correct size for this number of wires? There are 3 blacks, 3 whites, 1 red, and 3 grounds. ...
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In Wire Gauges Is ga shorthand for awg?

Is GA shorthand for AWG (American Wire Gauge)? Someone seemed to use the terms interchangeably in this question and then never let me know if they were interchangeable terms.
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How Do I Connect 00 AWG Wire to a 100A breaker?

I'm hooking a 100A service panel to my meter pan. There is the 100A disconnect panel on the right side that feeds the little house, I'm installing another panel on the left side to service my barn, an ...
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grounding wire from ceiling with no place to attach to the fixture?

I was took down my parents 45 year old kitchen light fixture to tighten a screw and when i went to put it back up i noticed that there was a grounding wire coming down from the ceiling but no place to ...
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Can I use flux core wire in a MIG welder that was designed to use argon gas?

My friend gave me a MIG welder that has normal wire with the Gas attachment. I was trying to get argon gas cylinder but had more trouble then expected. Now I'm thinking of just buying flux core wire ...
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Should I replace the neutral wire that I accidentally cut in a Romex cable when installing a new outlet?

So I'm installing a new outlet in my home. There's an existing Romex cable that goes up the wall into my attic above the new outlet. When I was stripping the wire to go in the box, I accidentally ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Technique or tool to properly expose LED strip wires?

So I have cuttable, weatherproof led strips with the flexible silicone coating domed over the strip. I just have cut a correct length piece of a strip. Now both ends has four copper connectors. I ...
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Warehouse Lighting Wire Size Calculation

Warehouse Lighting Wiring Size Question Total distance from panel to end of the longest line is 310 feet. Each fixture is 42 watts, and there will be up to 30 fixtures on each circuit. The first ...
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Can Closetmaid wall clips be reinstalled after painting? [closed]

I have Closetmaid wire shelving in my laundry room. I want to remove these so I can paint the walls. Can I re-use the clips to re-install the shelves once I finish painting? Thanks for any help!
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Do I need to upgrade wiring to replace a 50A breaker with a 60A breaker for a new hot tub?

Our 23 year old hot tub finally gave out so we are having a new one delivered but were told it needed a 60 amp breaker. When checking the panel I saw that the old tub used a 50 amp breaker. How do I ...
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How can I wire my bathroom light and fan?

In the bathroom I am remodeling there is a fan in the ceiling and a light above the sink. The light currently works on the switch shown in the box below. The fan is not currently hooked up to power ...
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How to protect wire from excessive heat?

I'm running led strip lighting, on a hallway floor, for accent lighting. The floors are Warmboard subfloors, which house radient pex tube. Here is the Problem: When running the 18 awg cl2 wire, the ...
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What are the methods of attaching cable to OSB

I'm making a shelf from a sheet of OSB, I'm planning to rig it with 4 cables in the corners. From the answer to this question: How should I attach the cable of a cable-supported shelf? - I get it ...
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1mm² wire load capacity

I have used a 1mm² wire to power my refrigerator and my ro water purifier? My electrician had set that up and he told me that he is using a 1.5mm² wire! so is 1mm² wire ok to power up my refrigerator ...
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What size wire to use from house to wood shop?

What type/size of wire should I use for running power from the 200Amp service panel at my house to a subpanel at my wood shop? The length of the run is 300 feet. I need 220V service at the shop and ...
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Can I use #16 duplex wire extension to a 2800 watt chop-off cutter?

Is it possible to use #16 wire as extension wire for 2800 watt cut-off machine?
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Leaving a hot wire in the wall or ceiling

I am redoing a ceiling fan with new wiring. I have the walls open at the switch box. There is an old knob & tube hot wire coming in and then it goes out to the ceiling fan. I have run new wiring ...
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Can 22 AWG Solid Copper carry 24 VAC?

I have this irrigation caddy unit, and it requires 24VAC. There's a location outside my house with one ethernet cable and another brown cable with four solid copper wires (black, red, yellow, green). ...
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Should I run cable through an always damp crawl space or a dry soffit in the living area?

You guys are one of the best electrical help web-communities, so thanks for your time and efforts! I am advising some homeowners who need to rewire their first floor on Long Beach Island, NJ after ...
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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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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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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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How to bring solar panel wires inside house?

I have a pretty simple solar panel setup in the backyard which links to the charge controller to the batteries. I wanted to run wires inside the house so I can use it for smaller stuff like charging ...
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WiFi Thermostat - C Wire

I am trying to install an Ecobee 3 thermostat to replace the upstairs one I have now but the 3rd wire isn't connected to anything on either end. I added the basement thermostat just to complete the ...
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Attic wiring for a chandelier

To wire a chandelier I have attached it to already installed ceiling recessed lights. I bought a Appliance Power Cord and attached to one of the ceiling lights and the plug to a female plug attached ...
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Electric service wire size

I have to put in a new service wire I was Given service wire that was told was ok. they said it was 4/0 aluminum. I looked at the jacket and it said, 3 cdr awg 2 compact al. aluminaflex. I am putting ...
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How to add extra 24VAC wire (C wire) [duplicate]

I have recently bought a Honeywell rth9580 programmable WiFi thermostat. Unfortunately I have old electric heating/cooling system probably from 70's. The system is based on two relays (I guess ...
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Why “W” (heat contactor) and “E” Aux Heat connected in Thermostat

I'm trying to update my thermostat to one that has a scheduling feature. My plan is to just copy how it was hooked up in an old 129N Thermostat from Armstrong however, I can't figure out why the "W" ...