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The installation of wire and/or electrical devices, to allow the transmission of electricity from one point to another.

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Yet another question about replacing a 15 amp breaker with a 20 - 12ga wire

long time listener, first time caller. I've got a 65 year old home that was wired in a way that makes no sense. 10 recepts on one circuit, 2 recepts on another, weird stuff. There is no 14 gauge ...
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Kitchen wiring - required gauges and diversity

I have the following appliances: Hob (4.6kw) Oven (3.6kw) Microwave - built in (1.2kw) Extractor hood (0.3kw) The total is 9.7kw = 42A The wiring that exists in the flat is 10mm2 for the first 6m ...
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pigtailed wires downstream of a gfci

I am installing a GFCI in the first box of a two wire non-grounded circuit. The following box(es) have the line and feed wires spliced (pigtailed) before the receptacle so only two wires are attached ...
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Running 220v for Plasma Cutter

I'm going to be helping a buddy install a 220v line/breaker/outlet for a plasma cutter in his shop at home. I've done some basic wiring but I would prefer to have some expert advice on this one. Ive ...
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Will a 3 inch (8cm) separation between CAT6 cable and 120V HV cable cause problems for 10-Gigabit Ethernet?

I recently had an electrician wire my house with CAT6 Ethernet cable and install a couple of outlets in my unfinished basement. I recently noticed that there is only a 3-4 inch (8-10cm) separation ...
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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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Best way to remove all-metal staples from NM wire?

Recently purchased an old home that has many different generations of wiring throughout it (K&T, cloth "romex", blue NM, modern NM, conduit-fed). At various points they were fond of using all-...
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Proper craftsmanship to mount Wi-Fi AP and ethernet cable to ceiling?

I'd like to add a ceiling-mounted Wi-Fi Access Point to the upper floor of an already existing house (USA, wood studs, built 1998). I have access to the attic above and would run Category 6 ...
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re-wiring/retro-wiring a Carrier 40MVC024 ductless A/C for external thermostat: guidance

My server room has two air-conditioning units, with acutely counterproductive controls. I want to rewire them for external thermostats. Can I simply splice a traditional thermostat inline with the "...
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Electrical wire where the copper wires keep breaking off

I have a 40w tube heater and the electrical cable copper wires keep breaking when in the terminal of the inline switch. I want to put a bit of solder on the copper wires to add strength so they will ...
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What are these cloth covered wires?

Continuing to install some new light fixtures and I pulled these wires out of an old switch box. There are 3 wires sheathed in a cloth-like material. The three wires are then wrapped altogether in ...
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Hue Light Strip - Best outdoor, long run equivalent? [on hold]

Purpose is to light up a path along a dark area in the woods behind the house . Requirements Able to run 200 ft, at a price less than Hue Strips which are quite expensive. Either weather proof, or ...
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Do I need to replace the thermostat wiring leading to my boiler?

I have a boiler in an old building with four different apartments. There are two thermostats that call for heat from the boiler, and valves that direct the hot water to the respective part of the ...
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Can I replace a plug with a switch?

I have a dilemma. In my kitchen, there has always been an unused electrical box in the ceiling. On the wall in my kitchen, there has always been a switch that doesn't control anything. I always ...
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Two capped hot wires in wall box

I'm installing a light fixture in my dining room and there is an existing wall box just below where I want to put the light switch. I'm assuming this old box also contained a switch. I was going to ...
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Do dishwashers and clothes washers require dedicated circuits in an older home?

2 part question Thanks in advance. My home was built in 1969. My dishwasher is currently on a 20 amp circuit. It is also shared with the garbage disposal and 1 gfci electrical outlet. We rarely use ...
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Hide electrical for future TV outlet

We are in the wiring phase of our house and there is a wall that there is a high probability that at some point in the future we'd like to wall mount a TV on. With not knowing what TV that will be or ...
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Would my grounding conductor be “choked” out by metallic conduit?

I’m in Hawaii. The G.C./engineers have told previous electricians that they want the bare ground coming up through slabs to building steel to be in a short piece of rigid conduit for protection of the ...
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How should I set up a camera for monitor my baby? [closed]

I have a closet which is big , with window and in the master bedroom. So I want to set up as baby room. There are two ceiling lights only. There is no power outlet. If I want to set up a wifi camera, ...
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Running romex across 2x4s of drop ceiling

Just bought a house built in 1902. I want to add a new light fixture in the dining room that requires running 12/2 Romex to it since there is no existing fixture. From putting an endoscope in the ...
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How to wire L1, L2, n1, n2 and pe wires to install 220v-240v stove?

I'm trying to install a stove but I'm stuck on the wiring. There's an l1, l2, n1, n2 and pe wire sticking out of the wall. The stove has four attachment points for the wires. I don't know how to ...
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House power flicker

I just had a couple power flickers, power didnt quite come back fully. I was only getting 80 volts at my 120 outlets. The culprit seems to be my stove receptacle. I first checked voltage at the 200v ...
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Upgrading from a two wire analog tstat to a Nest, need help

I am looking to upgrade from an old analog tstat to a Nest. My old stat had only two wires connected (R and W) but the wire bundle had three. So I tried connecting the green wire to C and then turned ...
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How to splice into existing underground rigid metal conduit below ground and hide junction box?

I have an existing rigid metal conduit run from the service panel to a junction box location that was previously powering an outdoor appliance. The circuit is 20A and running 12 guage wire. The RMC ...
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Alternating 3 LED wiring question [migrated]

I am making a Halloween costume for my son and it needs some light. Basically he's a character from the Mario Bros universe that carries a traffic light on a fishing pole. I am trying to figure out a ...
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Do the quick connectors in my new bathroom fan need to be in a junction box?

I recently replaced a bathroom extractor fan. The new model uses "quick connect" electrical connectors, where I stick the house wiring into this little plastic device, and apparently that's all! The ...
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Yellow electrical wires

I was replacing an old light fitting in the garage, and noticed that there was a red power wire, two joined dark blue wires and the rest were yellow. The switch had a red feed and a black return to ...
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How bad is using a 200 amp breaker box on a mobile home that only has 100 amp underground wire?

I just found out my parents breaker box is 200 amp in there mobile home but the underground electrical service line is 100 amp. The mobile home park has existed since 1979 and landlord has said ...
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Recessed lights keep flickering!

It’s driving me insane. A licensed electrician installed about 12 recessed lights and a couple of them keep flickering. I have tried: 1) Changing the LED inserts 2) Changing the switch to a flip ...
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Replacing a vintage 2 prong outlet that has 4 sockets?

In one of my rooms I have a very old 2 prong outlet that has 4 places to plug things in. I want to know where I can find a wiring diagram for these types of outlets? Any help is greatly appreciated.
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Home Automation

I want to automate lightings and fans in my home. I am planning to use RPI and SSRs for that. My question is about powering them. Can I have a single 5V 5AMP or 10AMP unit for the entire house, or ...
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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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What wire do I need when replacing with a higher gauge for a new cooktop?

I'm getting a new cooktop installed that requires 240V 50A wiring. The old cooktop only needed 40A so I need to replace the old 8/2 wiring with 6 AWG wiring and change out the breaker to a 50A breaker....
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GFCI with 2x 20 amp 1 pole breakers

I had a 15 amp 1 pole breaker connected to a gfci in my backyard. Now I need more juice. I decommissioned this 15 amp circuit. I fished a 12/3 from a 2 x 20 amp 1 pole breakers thinking I was ...
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Possible ceiling fan failure

Just purchased a 1940 home with mostly 2 conductor cloth wiring installed. The ceiling fan (reversible w/light) in the bedroom wasn't working so I checked and discovered that it had been disconnected ...
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3 way switch with outlet always live

First box has 14/2 from panel, 14/2 to outlet, 14/3 to the other switch Second box has 14/3 from the first switch and 14/2 to the light.. how can I wire these up for 3 way switch.
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Wiring for ecobee3 lite

I recently purchased the ecobee3 lite and am now stuck trying to install them. I have 3 Honeywell thermostats I am looking to replace and my heating system is oil/hot water. My home was built in 1970 ...
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Installing a new fan with old wiring

I'm trying to install a new fan (which I've done more times than I'd like to admit). This is the first time I've seen such odd wiring. The house is from 1975, and there are three different wiring ...
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LED lights dimly lit when off

Here is a link to my home earthing condition when the lights are dimly lit https://youtu.be/eqR-CawKdgw Measuring a socket I am seeing 225 volts between hot and neutral as expected... But 91V from ...
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Why is the circuit shorting after connecting a new light fixture?

Working on a project that another contractor left halfway through. All the demo was complete when I came to site, now I'm 90% done, and just reconnecting new fixtures/plates ect(I did no electric work ...
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Mixing PVC Conduit Schedules

I grabbed sched 80 heavy wall PVC conduit for my run to the shed, but later noticed the elbows are sched 40. Is it legal to use them together (mixed in the same conduit run) in the trench or anywhere ...
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Trying to replace a standard outlet with a GFCI, but found 1 white wire unused and a different white wire used in its place. What am I missing?

The current setup shows a switch that controls a ceiling fan. There is another switch (not pictured) that also controls the ceiling fan. Both switches also control power to the outlet shown in the ...
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Blue cable in 220v air conditioner plug & cord?

I'm looking to replace the plug on a window air conditioner unit that uses a 6-20 240v plug. However, in addition to the cord having two hots and ground, there's a small blue cable that I'm not sure ...
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Residential wiring mapping

I wanted help to verify the results of me mapping our house wiring in order to replace it with circuit breakers Here's the fuse box: The main lines also go through, will try to get in the attic to ...
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Australia: Does this show a neutral wire?

New to home automation but based on initial research I’ve worked out that I need to determine whether the new flat is wired with a neutral wire to determine what options are available.. (Note this is ...
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Can I add a light fixture (with a switch) to an existing switch/outlet circuit?

I'd like to drywall/finish the 'closet' under my stairs, but I'd like to add a light fixture with a switch inside the closet first. Inside this closet already, the back of an outlet box and the back ...
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Wiring a UK plug without coloured wires - help!

I am trying to put a UK plug on an old record player and the wires (please see picture) are not colour coded! How do i wire it up?!
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Constant amps maximum

I did some wiring and want to make sure i calculated it all safely. I have a 30 amp breaker, single phase 240volts wired to a dryer outlet, don't know the awg of that as it's in the walls and has been ...
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How to manage wiring if replacing ceiling rose with anchor for heavier light

I have just moved house and have brought a dimmable multi-bulb ceiling light with me. It needs to be connected with an anchor to the ceiling. Here is the light. The light above is attached to the ...
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Buzzing noise coming from metal conduit when circuit under load

A few years ago, I had a 20A 240V circuit for an electric car charger professionally installed. The circuit runs from the service panel through metal conduit to the hard-wired charger (EVSE) in the ...