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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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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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 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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Nut size of earth stud on a can light

This should be a simple to answer but I am not sure how to phrase it for google. For a standard recessed light (aka can-light) in the US, what is the nut/thread size of the earth stud on the inside ...
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Capping off a single (large) wire?

I have a five-conductor 2 AWG cable (three phases, neutral, and ground) connected into a 22.5 kVA (i.e., very big and dangerous) power supply. This is being used for research relating to ground faults,...
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How to Run an Electrical Wire from a Breaker inside the house to the Deck

I just got a deck made at the back of a house in Alberta, Canada. House is wooden with PVC siding on the outside. I do have access in the basement to drill a hole and run a cable outside, but, not ...
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Ac Induction or Broken Wire?

I'm making a DIY wall mounted pull-up bar (I'm too tall for the normal kind, and can't fit a commercial wall bar due to a sloped ceiling) and I just mounted the heavy duty brackets I'm using, but I've ...
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Wireless Track Light Switch [closed]

My goal I want to run a single track light rail all across the entire ceiling (about 38ft) in my family room using one junction. My problem I also want the ability to turn off certain light segments, ...
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Replacing a switch where power comes thru the fan to the timer switch, with only 2-wires? [duplicate]

I can see an answer where it suggests a 3-wire run from the fixture but I'm hoping to use existing wiring and it only has black and white wires coming from the bathroom fan to the old timer switch. ...
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Unistrut Spacing - Electrical Conduit

When suspending electrical conduit from the ceiling in a warehouse (EMT or Rigid), that runs perpendicular across unistrut, how far apart are the unistrut allowed to be? What type of conduit is ...
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What is the best wire (material, construction and gauge) for a 30 meter wire telephone? [closed]

I am asking about constructing a non-electric telephone made of two thin plastic cups (these seem to resonate the best) and wire between them to exchange secret messages with my neighbor across the ...
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Breaker Tripping - Need advice on upgrade

I am in the processes of consolidating all of my home audio / networking equipment into a server rack I picked up recently. This will give me some flexibility of keeping it all together and make ...
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Replacing light switch with dimmer - can't identify wire colours; no ground

I'm trying to do a straight replacement of a single pole light switch from a regular rocker switch to a dimmer. I pulled the old switch out of the box and found the following: two wires coming out ...
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Do neutral wires need to connect?

I'm replacing a few light switches to new WeMo smart switches. The instructions show the neutral wire from the new switch connecting to the existing neutral wire. I have an outlet with 2 switches and ...
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Electrical ,what voltage to use [closed]

I am confused about what voltage to use to calculate current for cable size of transformer. for example, single phase given load 140kva 120/240. if I=140/120v= 1166 A and if 140/240v=583A I know ...
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hallway lights not working [closed]

ok to start with I was going to change my hall way lights but first was going to install a dimmer at the top of the stairs, well long story short when I pulled out the old switch and yes I did not ...
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Can a connection be established from copper wire to stainless steel bus for power connection? [closed]

I have this question. A copper cable to be connected(either crimped/ soldered/ pressure/screw fitted) to stainless steel bus bar and the bus bar is to be connected to the power supply of 12 V DC. ...
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Muting PC audio when doorbell rings

So the setup is as follows. I've got one of those wireless doorbells in which the button is powered by a 9V battery and is stickied to the door and the sound comes from a speaker plugged in a wall ...
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How should I hook up this phone jack?

By accident I pulled the little outlet out of the wall and the wires came out. I remember the electric guy once did it, and put only these 2 wires in, but somehow i'm not getting any phone signal... ...
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What type and size conductors and conduit should I use to feed a detached workshop?

I'm planning to install a 100 amp sub panel in a new detached workshop in my backyard. I will run power from my home main 200 amp service panel which I have a dedicated 120/240v double pole 100 amp ...
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Previous tenant did some shoddy DIY, should we be concerned?

Not a typical DIY question, but I was hoping some people here could help us out. The previous tenant did some construction work that seems sketchy at best. (Pics below) http://imgur.com/a/8tIRg He ...
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Is it possible to replace my phone wires t network wires in the walls?

In my house I have telephone access point in each room. Is it possible to replace them with network cables? I have tried every option I know to get WIFI signal in my top floor but always getting poor ...
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How do I wire a door bell?

Can anyone make an educated guess on how to wire so the door bell rings? The flat used to have door phone entry system, but it doesn't work anymore. So it is used as normal bell. In flat we had a ...
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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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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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Remaining AC Voltage [duplicate]

So I have a three switch box and one goes to a light/receptacle outlet on the wall. The other two go to my ceiling fan. When I read the wires out when they are switched off I get 0vac. When I turn ...
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higher amperage rating

Ok, I live in an historical home and am required to minimize the visual imperfections {conduit} So I would like to get the highest amperage capacity possible running #6 wire so I can stick to 1" ...
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Ground wire goes nowhere from another property into mine

I live in a flying freehold and doing a renovation found a yellow and green ground wire that goes nowhere from the property below.Is it safe to cut it?
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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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Rubber electrical tape safe under code for attics?

I'm buying a house. The attic had a wire with frayed outer insulation. I negotiated repair of the cable. The seller has responded that the repairperson wrapped the fray with rubber electrical tape (...
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Multiple port in-line push-in connector?

I've been working in some very tight light fixtures lately, and it was basically impossible to get the wires with wire nuts tucked into the fixture. So I came across multi-port push-in connectors, ...
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What's the deal with the 18ga wire in a light fixture? [duplicate]

I always read "rule #1: never use less than 14GA wire on a 15A breaker, and never use less than 12GA wire on a 20A breaker". The idea being that if the circuit gets to the max current allowed by the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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What's the purpose of a wire from stud to outside?

On a couple of my studs there is a small gauge wire that seems to go through the outside wall to the outdoors (into the flue cavity) as shown in the picture. What is its purpose? This is on the wall ...
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transmission wire amp rating [closed]

I have a cable which has 3 wires, each wire is 7 strands of SWG 22. I need to find the transmission amp rating for this cable. How do I go about it? Thanks
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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 can I run wire rope around the corner of my railing with a turnbuckle?

I have a rooftop that looks like the following. I'll be using turnbuckles to connect each tube to the wire rope. The issue is: what do I do with the corner tubes? If I use the turnbuckles for the ...
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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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How should I wire this ceiling fan?

I need to install a ceiling fan. I uninstalled the old one. there are 5 wires. and I was expecting just 3. there are 2 white, 1 green, 1 blue and 1 gray wire. the green wire and one of the white ...
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C Wire in HVAC Unit

I am looking to install a new style thermostat in my apartment and it requires a C wire. I do have an extra wire run from my HVAC unit to where my thermostat is. But when tracing it back to my HVAC ...
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How important is it to completely insulate bare wire in outlet?

When i tried replacing a receptacle, I first found the wires sticking out of the back holes, not completely insulated. As in, insulation was stripped 1 cm too much. So I did the same thinking its the ...
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Do I need 10/2 or 10/3 wire for a 220V heater? [duplicate]

I am wiring a receptacle for a 4800 watt (220) construction heater ( the standard type found in home stores). Do I need a neutral wire or not? Do I use 10 awg wire 10/3 or 10/2.
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Installing a light designed to be hard wired as a corded light- what happens to the ground?

I have a pendant light (single bulb) that used to be hard-wired in my previous house. I would like to install it in a closet as a plug in light (with an in-line switch). The fixture has a ground wire ...
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On a Marley baseboard electric heater 2500 does it matter what wire connects to what wire of a dial thermostat?

An electrician friend of mine told me to get a Marley 2500 heater, and I was wondering if there's any specific order to connect wires to outside of no crossing color paths outside of the heater itself?...