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Questions tagged [wiring]

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

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How do I rewire 2 different switches controlling 2 different lights so that each switch is a 3-way switch controlling both lights?

Current situation: I have two regular switches (SW1 & SW2) and two ceiling lights (L1 & L2) in a long hallway, and each switch controls one of the lights. So SW1 controls L1, and SW2 controls ...
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Trying to add an outlet on other side of wall, 3 pairs of white/black wires and ground

I have a new build house about a year old and I'm trying to add an extra outlet to the other side of the wall in the picture where I already have one outlet. I am fairly good with electrics, but this ...
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What is this strange coiled wire and should everything be redone?

Problem 1 So I'm going through my house, replacing the switches and came across this switch that controls a fan in my bathroom. It looks like this may have been something the previous owner did, and ...
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Wire type for under floor heat film

I am preparing to install under floor heating film. The instructions say: Type UF single conductor or equivalent. I have THWN-2 wire, would anyone consider that equivalent, or can you think of a ...
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backfeed generator to house

Can I backfeed my home with two suicide cords, 110 each? I do not have a 220 gen, only 110. I do not have any 220 outlets in the house. Have natural gas for furnace and dryer and water heater. House ...
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Wiring up new light fitting

I am trying to fit a new light fitting. The connections on this fitting equates to a 4 pin plastic junction box with live, earth, and neutral in that order with the 4th blank. I removed the old ...
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Big Voltage drop

Had an instance before when I had a voltage while running on a treadmill. I flipped all the breakers and it seem to work again for a month and now it is back and now when we use a high load appliance ...
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How do I convert a 3-way circuit with two lights into two 1-way circuits that control each light separately?

How do I convert a 3-way circuit with two lights into two 3-way circuits that control each light separately?
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Running Wire in Updated Kitchen and Living Room

I'm trying to plan out how to run the wire for my electrical outlets. I thought I could save wire by branching my hot wire in two different directions. Is this code? Is there a drawback? I would ...
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Neutral and ground wire switched

I want to change my over stove microwave single outlet to a 2 outlet plug. When pulling out the old outlet, I see that the white wire is attached to the green screw and the bare copper wire is ...
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Can You run two 2, 20amp Ground fault circuits using 12/3 wire and duplex 20amp plugins

I was wondering if you can have 2 20amp breakers at the box using 12/3 wire and use a single 20 amp GFi at the first box of the circuit and by breaking the duplex tabs on the duplex recepticals ...
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Capped off outlets and light switch wiring, now no power to half the house

I am in the process of removing a wall from my home separating the kitchen and dining room. To do this, I needed to remove the wiring from the wall. Steps I took: Shut breakers off to kitchen lights, ...
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How to safely cap a wire coming from a wall

I'm in the UK. I have taken two electric radiators off the wall, one behind where my fridge goes, and one behind a set of shelves. Each radiator has a standard (live/neutral/earth) wire coming out of ...
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wiring diagram for a hanging lamp with two bulbs and a single switch

I have a hanging lamp with 2 lamps, which the wires inside twisted off. The switch inside has a ground wire connection,a brass connection and 2 aluminum connections. There are 2 wires coming from the ...
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Need help on wiring on these kind of outlet

I live in the philippines, and i'm no electrician. but I have some ideas about wiring. I want to know how these 2 separate outlets should be wired correctly on one power source(only 2 wires). They ...
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How to wire humidifier to furnace

I have a Goodman high efficient furnace with a carrier humidifier attached to the back. The humidifier wasn't working because the solenoid coil was burned, so I replaced it with a new solenoid. The ...
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Considerations for hardwiring electronics project in wall

What things will I need to consider for hardwiring a planned electronics project into the wall? The plan is a DIY smart thermostat. An LCD touchscreen panel will be flush with the wall. Attached to ...
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Too many wires coming out of ceiling fixture

Wiring in ceiling.1I'm trying to replace my kitchen ceiling light fixture but... coming out of the ceiling I have 3 black wires, 3 white wires, a red wire and a ground! I didn't take a picture of how ...
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1 Hot Wire. 2 Breakers. 2 Circuits

I have a duplex outlet that appears to wired in series. The outlet appears to have 12/2 in and 12/2 out. My hot wire from the breaker box remains hot unless I have 2 different breakers off. I am ...
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Probably “orphan” hot lead

So I decided to replace the ailing motion sensor light on the garage eave of my nearly 50 year old split-level. I have replaced motion sensor lights several times in my small barn, but all the ...
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How can I correct wiring of a half switched receptacle?

In the living/dining area (of a home I just purchased in a new city/state where I don't yet know an electrician) there are 5 outlets with the lower-half switched. I was attempting to eliminate ...
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Why don't my devices have power after separating one room's wiring?

I’m rewiring an upstairs room so it is separate from the other three rooms and found two wires which are both black and separated from each other. One is hot and the other is not. After tracing it ...
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Trying to install Leviton smart switches replacing two older switches

Am I installing this correctly? I'm trying to install two new Leviton smart switches. Had two neutrals tied off, so pig tailed them. Does first switch need be replaced as well? It's a Lutron dimmer. ...
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How to convert 2 3-way switches to one single pole switch with dimmer?

In the past I've purchased Kasa's smart switches (HS200). I have two wired right now, and working properly. These were single pole switched that replaced single pole switches. So, pretty straight ...
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Is UF allowed everywhere NM is allowed?

NM is interior Romex; UF is similar but is rated for outdoor and direct burial. Randomly checking Home Depot prices there seems to be an anomaly on 100' 12/3; UF is less than half the price of NM. ...
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Light on when should not

We replaced our light fittings to ceiling fans with LED lights remote controlled, so the switch is always on but the remote controls the light and fans. There is a problem on the top floor where 3 ...
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How to wire 3 separate switches to a single exhaust fan

I have installed multi port exhaust fan in the attic to serve 3 separate bathrooms. How can I wire the fan so that the fan can operate independently from a switch in any of the bathrooms?
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Correct wiring of 4-wire cooktop to 3-wire 240V supply

I have a new cooktop with 4 wires (see pic) - black, red, white and bare. The 240V supply cable has black, white and bare. I measured ~250V across the supply black & white (no load). The ...
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Why is neutral wired to ground at this switch?

I was looking to add an outlet near my light switch in the garage. When I opened the box for the switch I noticed that the neutral is wired to the ground. In the picture of the switch, the top wire ...
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12/2 Burrial Wire Split

I have 12/2 burial wire that runs outside to my sewage pump. Is it possible for me to split off of it with a ground junction box to run a light to my shed 30 ft away?
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determining if neutral or ground

I have 4 black wires coming up to feed a spa. I have been able to determine the two hot wires but not able to tell which of the two wires is ground and which one is neutral. How can I distinguish ...
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Defiant security light installed..Motion senser flashes red But no lights

I just purchased a new Defiant model# DFI 5852 BK security light to replace an older one. After installation..the motion sensor flashes red but lights do not come on..Tried adjusting sensitivity, &...
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Can I provide low-voltage power for an HVAC humidifier from a standard outlet?

I recently bought an Aprilaire humidifier to replace an old one that came with the house, which I thought was broken. After connecting the water (which does work and isn't clogged) and the wiring to ...
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Can I add a second thermostat in my basement for more control?

I would like to install a second thermostat on the lower floor of my home. My thinking is that when we have guest staying on the lower floor I could turn the upper floor thermostat off and the lower ...
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Can I use a 15A breaker for a 10A baseboard heater?

First off, I wear many Hats (jack of many, master of...some) I refer to the 2017 NEC often and able to answer my questions most of the time. This one bounces my brain too much. Providing this answer ...
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Spark from light switch

I just installed a new led switch in a box with two other switches. When I ran power to it and tested the non led switch in the box I received a big spark. I went and turned off power again, removed ...
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Is it okay to reuse Alumiconn connectors?

After having redone the aluminum-to-copper pigtails in my house's electrical outlets using AlumiConn connectors, I subsequently had to undo a few to debug a wiring problem. All I did is unscrew the ...
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Ceiling fan with 2 switches with remote

Where are the wires I have, I am confuse to where the red from the ceiling goes, nothing in the manuals talk about a red wire. Right now we have 1 switch controlling the light, and 1 controlling the ...
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Can I install a NEMA 14-30 outlet to 100 amp panel

I received a pricey estimate for a NEMA 14-50 installation because I apparently need an automatic transfer switch. Now I think I will go with a NEMA 14-30 DIY install instead. I am just wondering if ...
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How to wire a sub panel from a 15 amp circuit existing run

I'm adding power for an outdoor pond, I will need four outlets in the end. I have an existing 15 amp circuit out of my main house service panel that connects to an outside wall. I want to tie into ...
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Mystery current on neutral wires coming into outlet box

In reworking outlets and switches in our 1960's California home to use AlumiConn connectors + copper pigtails where needed (instead of older wire nuts + Noalox), I came across a duplex wall box in the ...
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Is it acceptable to run 22/4 security wire along side Cat6 and Coax cables, or is there any possibility for interference?

Security wire is connected to motion/vibration/magnetic sensors and alarm keypad. Can it disrupt the alarm system? or cause speed/performance loss in the cat 6 transmissions?
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Can I use old cloth-jacketed wiring to power a new light?

I removed some wood paneling in a hallway closet and found this wire bundle between the studs. Is this electrical wires? Can I reuse this to install a light source for the closet?
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Capping Wires in Junction Box

I was removing some wall plates and noticed that behind a blank wall plate I had the mess of wires as shown. It looks like it's a white wire with a red and yellow wire inside. I used a contact tester ...
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Need help replacing light fixture

I purchased a new LED flushmount ceiling light. I removed the old flushmount fixture that used two standard light bulbs. The old light fixture required two black and two white wires at the fixture, ...
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Rewire a string of lights using 14/3 or can I add a red wire?

I have a situation where I have a switch at the bottom of the stairs that turns on a set of canned lights on the same circuit. The current wire used is 14/2. I am in the process of finishing the ...
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Nest 3rd Gen 24VAC two transformer issue

Hopefully this will finally solve the issue with my Nest. I bought a Nest 3rd Gen Learning Thermostat and followed the instructions to the tee. I have a two transformer system (Forced Air A/C and ...
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What is this object on my exterior wall?

This object is attached to the exterior wall of my three-year-old, estate built house. It sits immediately above the patio doors and internally, on the same wall, there is a black cable protruding ...
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3 wire to 4 wire for new stove

I just bought a new dual fuel stove. My 1993 house only has the two hot wires and the ground behind the stove, no common. Question: because the common is only for the 110v functions of the stove, ...
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Removing the vibration from a loud motor

VIDEO showing my situation below... I have an electric heater in my garage and the fan motor is vibrating, resulting in a lot of noise. I noticed that if I press my finger against the back of the ...