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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Correct gauge of wire to power 2 ceiling lightnings

I was attempting a simple home improvement project that has slowly become a bigger job than I expected. So my aunt had a light bulb hanging from the ceiling in the corridor and wanted it replaced ...
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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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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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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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I need a 'female' 120V AC Plug / socket for a wall plate?

I cannot find what I am looking for anywhere, I don't even know what to search. Something that would be the child of these two, if they had one. I realize you can buy a kit that includes this piece, ...
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Installing a 4 wire timer on a 3 way/3 wire outlet

I want to control an outside light with an inside timer switch. This is on a 3 way switch arrangement. The new timer has 4 wires(B/W/R and Green) and the feed only has 3(B/W/R). The diagram shows the ...
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two dryers on the same circuit [duplicate]

I would like to have two dryers in my laundry room. Can I run both off of the same circuit? Can the outlets be run in series? What upgrades do I need to make for this to work. I have room for another ...
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(How) Can I use existing stapled electrical wire to fish new wire?

I nicked an electrical cable while doing a plumbing repair and so need to fix it. I previously asked about repairing the damage in place, but there are receptacles 6-10 feet away on either side of the ...
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Is this weird wiring in outlet safe?

I was replacing an outlet and saw this. It Looks like a wire got split in half and joined together to create a new outlet. Is it safe?
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How to find heater wire cut?

I have an old and damage sidewalk with a heater wire inside it. The wire is cut somewhere but I don't know how to find where. Is there any electrical tool or way to find where is it cut? This is ...
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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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How to repair after drilling through an electrical cable

Drilled directly into this wire. Didn't trip a breaker, no sparks, didn't get zapped, didn't lose power anywhere. I know when we had previous work done on the house, there was a 220 wire that was ...
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Wiresize required for air conditioner of 1.5 tonne is 2.5 sq mm will work?

My home has copper wire of 2.5 sq mm fitted with 15 Ampere plugs for running appliance. All wires are connected to main electricity meter with max distance (i think it is required) of 40 foots/feets. ...
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How can I protect a vending machine wire from being cut again? [closed]

A friend of mine operates a vending machine in a school. Oftentimes, there are issues when a snack gets stuck in the machine, the students will rock the machine. Rocking the machine is an issue, ...
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Is ceiling fan missing grounding wire from the ceiling box, and is this safe?

I recently had a contractor/handyman install a Hunter ceiling fan for me. It worked great, but my wife came home and thought it was too big. I ordered a different Hunter fan, and figured I could ...
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What gauge wire is typically used for the input to a home breaker box?

I have a moderately-sized home (~2400 sq. ft.) in the United States that was constructed in 1999. I am looking to build a home energy monitor to track my electricity usage versus time. Obviously, in ...
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Recessed Lighting Junction Box Cord

A little while ago I bought some of the below recessed lights for the basement. Had an issue where one wasn't working so I punched a hole into the ceiling and pulled the junction box down, re-nutted ...
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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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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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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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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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One outlet, two hots, one neutral, no power to the other outlets

Here it is my scenario: All 120V outlets. Several outlets and I don't know how they are wired between them. Everything was working, but I decided to replace one outlet that was too old. This outlet ...
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Is Insulated Ground Wire Required?

I am installing a new 240v receptacle in the garage to charge my electric vehicle. The charger requires a 20 amp breaker and will pull 16 amps. I plan to run 30' of 12/2 UF-B wire beneath the floor ...
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Oven 3 Wire in Subpanel

I keep looking for a situation like mine on this website and other websites, but I was unable to find one. A 3 wire oven (two insulated hots and 1 bare twisted wire) is connected in an old main ...
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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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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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What are these called for tightening rope wire?

What are these called for tightening rope wire?
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GFCI outlet and breaker

I recently bought a house. In the dinning room, the previous owners added a gfci outlet connected to a gfci breaker. What might they have used this for? I can’t seem to find any relevant case. ...
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How do I wire this ceiling lamp?

I have this metal ceiling lamp but it have two earth wires, one for the holder on the ceiling and one for the cover of the bulb, and I don't know if I have to connect them to the house wires or just ...
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Install wire rope to several steel tubes?

We have 13 1.5" round steel tubes that go around a small area in our backyard Each tube has a small hole that crosses the tube. I'm including the basic design: I would like to use wire rope (or steel ...
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Should I install a grounding rod near my light post to protect against lightning?

We have a very old house, which has had an old run of electrical cable (2-wire) from the basement about 40ft to a lamp post that has been unused. The old cable has been disconnected, and the current ...
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How to terminate wires?

I'm trying to terminate some wires after removing a light fitting. Will it be fairly safe to terminate the wires using screw terminal blocks like these?
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How can I conceal interior camera wiring?

I'm trying to install 4 cameras, but from other people's place it look not that good that cable can be seen along the wall. is there anyway to hide it? its going to be from left wall to all the way to ...
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What type and gauge of wire is this?

The wire in question is that top wire. The black one with the red stripe.
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How do I detach the wires from this lamp ceiling socket?

This is a very stupid question, but I just cannot figure out how to detach the wires from this lamp ceiling socket. I know these wire connectors usually have a screw or some sort of lever to tighten ...
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Old Wiring to New Light Fixture With Switch

I bought a new light fixture to replace an old outdated light-bar the bathroom of my apartment. The building was constructed in 1926 so everything is super old. When I took the old fixture down, I ...
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Electric line to subpanel

I'm running 2 100 amp 110 lines 35 yards from my well house main to a sub panel in my garage. Do I need to run a ground wire and a neutral wire or can I just run one of them from the sub panel to a ...
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Can you add a cable connector in knockouts in a breaker box after the wires are already in place?

A sub-panel has a cable of three 12 gauge wires for HVAC coming into the box through a big knock out hole. The HVAC people did not put a connector on the cable. Is there a connector designed to be ...
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Networking Phones Together in Building

I have a number siemens optipoint 500 economy phones. They have been used in an office environment in which the networking of the phones were managed by a third party. I would now like to use them in ...
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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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grounding wire extension

I have an above ground pool which was grounded for safety. I had to buy a new pump (motor) and unfortunately the ground wire was too short to reach the pump. I had to move the filter and pump to reach ...
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Removing light switch permanently

I have a light switch that powers an outlet when it's turned on. I want to remove the switch, connect the wires and make the power in the outlet permanently on. In that case, what am I supposed to do ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...