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 run wiring to a shed?

I have a building that will be powering 4 shop lights and 4 outlets. Things that are plugged in are air conditioner 110v 5000btu, radio, occasionally air compressor, other power tools(nothing big), ...
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Conduit size for UF cable

I need some advice that I'm having problems finding any conclusive answers for. We are moving an electric water heater that is on a 20amp circuit outdoors (we live in South Florida) I plan on ...
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Are these exposed wires?

We had an electrician move an outlet from one location to another, and he left a big outlet-shaped hole in our drywall. The hole is 2.75" wide and 4.5" high. When I looked inside, I noticed these ...
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Electrical and wiring issues

My problem: I have replaced a toggle switch with a rocker switch and wall outlet with a new one. I changed the toggle wall switch with a rocker switch that has two pigtails coming out the back: one ...
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Old house. Front porch light wiring is piped so need to know how to install an outlet box. Pic attached

I removed the old front porch light and found that the old wiring is being run through a pipe that sticks out about 1/2”. I can’t install the new light because it needs to flush to an outlet box. ...
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Subpanel for finished basement: sizing, cable, installation advice

Thanks in advance for advice! I just finished framing my basement and am moving on to electrical. Hoping for advice on the subpanel. Main 200A Eaton panel is in the garage. I'll need to run cable ...
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Doorbell Transformer

Trying to install a nest doorbell but need to change the transformer. I believe I found it here but it is attached to a switch next to the furnace. When I unhooked the wires the doorbell stopped ...
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moving light switch from closet outer wall to inner wall and turning it into Maestro occupancy light switch

I want to change a closet light switch to inside the closet and make it a maestro occupancy switch. I took the current switch off and didn’t take a picture only to find that it must be in middle of ...
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What is this braided wire?

The smooth one is coax. I'm asking about the braided ones. They're power, running from a metal junction box in my basement ceiling up to an outlet just above the pictured floor boards. It's an old ...
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How can I add a second light to my bathroom circuit?

I am new to the forum and this is my first major project. I am looking for some help for adding a vanity light above my sink, and wiring it to the existing switch that controls the ceiling light so ...
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Honeywell L6006C Aquasta wiring to a Taco 006-BC4 Hot water Circulator Pump

I have a Taco 006-BC4 hot water circulator pump installed on a mechanical timer and its been working fine. However, I would like to install a Honeywell L6006C Aquastat to drive the pump so I could ...
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Installing sensor dimmer to replace bathroom light switch beside fan switch

I'm trying to install a Lutron Maestro sensor dimmer to replace an existing bathroom light switch (on the left in picture) that is beside a fan switch (on the right in picture), however I can't seem ...
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How is “continuous wiring” defined in context of the 2017 NEC code?

First, some context: About AFCI protection in Dwelling Units, NEC 2017: 210.12(A) All 120-volt, single-phase, 15- and 20-ampere branch circuits supplying outlets or devices installed [...] shall be ...
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Replacing 2 old light switches - what kind of switches do I need?

I'm desperately looking for a bit of advice. I want to replace 2 old switches, and I don't know what kind of modern switches I have to use and how to properly wire them? Could you please help? There ...
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Weird breaker panel splice 200amp service to 125amp?

Located in the PNW. So something weird is going on with the panel on my house. I pulled the permit records and they had a permit for 200A service installed to the house but it appears to be spliced ...
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New bathroom mirror covers a junction box

I’m attempting to replace the vanity mirror in my daughter’s bathroom. The old mirror is wired for electric lighting, but the new mirror is just a mirror with no attached lighting fixture. My ...
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Why would a microwave trip house breaker?

Yes, the question is these guys. I actually bought a microwave oven for its transformer today, but it is a very nice samsung me86v model. The person I bought got it serviced and they replaced its ...
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Wiring Light Fixture with 2 Sockets into Junction Box with 2 White, 2 Black, and 1 Red Wire

I am installing a light fixture in the kitchen. How do I wire it? The light fixture has: 2 light bulb sockets 2 black wires (one coming out of each socket) 2 white wires (one coming out of each ...
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How do I determine which ceiling fixure wires are which (two black, two bare)?

I'm trying to install a basic light fixture on a switch, but the ceiling wires are not color coded, probably because it's an old house. The ceiling box has two black wires and two bare wires. One of ...
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Moving main service breaker panel lower on wall exposes feeder wires non-sheathed

I am replacing my main breaker panel and want to add a cutoff breaker inline before the new panel. To do so I will need to lower the new panel about a foot. The problem is that the sheathing on the 14/...
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Regulations for buried cable in the UK

I'm running a cable from my house to a site in my back garden where I am building a shed. The length of the cable run is about 7-8 metres. I have steel armoured cable which is OK for direct burial. ...
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Can i use 8 gauge wire with 10 gauge ground with double 50 amp breaker

So i bought 8 gauge 3 wire for my stove but after installing i seen it was 10 gauge ground wire with the wite and black being 8 gauge. Will it make a difference?
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Wiring guidance for a smart dimmer switch (Kasa HS220)

I'm working on replacing the dimmer switches in my house with smart dimmer switches and have run into a wiring issue. I've installed 2 Kasa HS 220 smart dimmer light switches so far, but when I went ...
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Help with wiring a computer PWM fan to DC voltage

I've recently purchased a "fume extractor" from China which is basically a filter with a pc fan behind it. The Fan pre-installed isn't really doing much of anything and I would like to replace it with ...
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How do I use existing cat5e wiring to distribute internet in my house?

Description My current setup is I have a single router/modem combo in my living room connected through DSL. Internet is distributed through the house via WiFi. The upstairs rooms have all been run ...
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How do I separate many devices controlled by one switch?

I just moved into a new townhome and have noticed that one switch controls 3 outlets, a light fixture inside and 1 outside AND a hallway light. The lights have their own switches but will only work if ...
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Should I use staples or attachment for 6/2 cable?

I am installing 6/2 Romex cable. I have previously installed 10/2 cable, and have installed larger cable for a subpanel feed. For my 10/2 wire, I still use staples, although it is those strap versions ...
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Dual pole light switch w/ 2 live, 1 neutral-can I remove the tab?

I have a set of two dual pole light switches that only one switch works on each(the bottom of each set)-the switch that works out of each set will turn on a all lights at once (i.e. porch and kitchen ...
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Termination point at main panel for a 4 wire feeder ground wire to sub-panel in detached structure

I plan to upgrade an older 40 amp 3 wire feeder to my shop to a safer 4 wire feeder. No issues at all running a #6 solid copper in existing conduit to an un-bonded ground bus-bar in the sub-panel. ...
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Wiring to Water Heater not getting 240v

The wiring to my Water Heater is not getting 240v, and the Water Heater won't work. I've tested the wires at the Water Heater (touching black to Black, and red to red on my electric meter) and I get ...
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How many problems does my shed's 240V receptacle have?

I have a detached shed that was wired by somebody who evidently thought codes were just a friendly suggestion. I'm slowly trying to correct the electrical sins as I find them. In this shed is the ...
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How do I connect this hot plate

This is in Germany, brand new flat. The wall socket is: The device has the following sticker: But the blue and grey wires are linked: Should I: separate the blue and grey and connect them with ...
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Two GFCI outlets on the same circuit, just for code?

I have a condo that hasn't been updated in probably decades, and I am looking to sell it in the near future. As part of my updates, I am installing GFCI outlets in the bathrooms and in the kitchen ...
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4 black wires for light switch box, 3 white w/ Picture

Was trying to replace light switch because old one was not aesthetically pleasing. Thought this was going to be easy as Ive done many before but was thrown off by so many black wires. Not sure what ...
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Wiring of simple wall switch

One of our wall switches was acting a bit flaky so I replaced it but I was surprised by how the old switch was wired. I was expecting to see a continuous white wire going through the box and two black ...
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Fishing extra wire through old Elec box, that has wires already

I'm fishing 14/2 wires through some electrical boxes (outlets, and switch boxes), that all ready has wires in it. I'm not hooking it up to the electric, I am just fishing the wire, and waiting on the ...
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Exposed wiring repair?

I am installing new ceiling fans and noticed this red wire had some exposed copper. Can I just wrap it with a cable cable repair/electrical sealant pad or do I need to have the entire wiring replaced? ...
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What's wrong with the wiring in this light switch box?

In another post it was brought to my attention (thanks @Harper) that the wiring in one of my light switch boxes might be incorrect. It was something about a shared neutral, but I don't have the ...
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Why does my new smart dimmer have an extra wire?

my single pole dimmer has a hot (black), white (neutral) and green ground. The new dimmer appears to require a hot, neutral, ground and load.... why, don't get it?
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Mounting WLAN router, switch, 2 Raspberry Pis and a power strip

Hardware I would like to mount Router: AVM FRITZ!Box 7590 Switch: Netgear GS116E-200PES 16-Port 2 * Raspberry Pis (3 & 4) various CAT.7 cables Powerstrip ??? (ideas are welcome, should be related ...
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PowerLAN in a rental apartment?

I'm wondering if I should make the investment of getting some PowerLAN adapters (connecting my router, PC and TV to LAN). I'm living in a rental apartment that has 16 floors and there are in total ...
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Splitting Wires for Thermostats

A friend of mine wants to upgrade his thermostats to WiFi thermostats but the thermostat wires ran to the thermostats are missing the C wire. There are 2 thermostat lines ran from 2 units to 2 ...
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Is it safe and legal to convert an immersion heater circuit for lights and outlets?

I have a kitchen cupboard that used to house an immersion heater....there is therefore a fairly heavy twin and earth terminating in what was once the switch for the immersion heater, on its own ...
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What happens when pulling 160A out of a busbar rated at 100A?

I bought a BusBar from Amazon to parallel connect 5 batteries in my cabin. It is rated at a 100A. I will normally never pull anything close to that out of the batteries, but I have a 1800W non-...
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Does a new manufactured home on permanent foundation need a shutoff within 30ft?

I am installing a new 2020 manufactured home on my land about 40' from a permanent underground 200A service meter-center/meter-main panel (Eaton MBE2040B200BTS). This panel currently only has 2 ...
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How do I install can-less down lights in new construction?

Two-part question: First, are the can-less, low-profile LED downlights (e.g. HALO HLB Lite 4" LED) suitable for new construction, or only for remodels? I'm getting confused about the Code rules for ...
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Can I rewire an audio amplifier with a round pin plug to fit sockets in living room made for lamps?

Basically I just bought a home theatre system but our living room has 2 round pin 5amp plugs that are locaed where I would like the amp and rear speakers. Can I wire a round pin 5 amp plug onto the ...
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Running Romex Along Shed Ceiling

We have been working on running electric to our outdoor shed recently, and are wondering what is the preferred way of attaching the romex along the vaulted/pitched ceiling for the lights. The light ...
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How can I remotely reset a circuit breaker with obstructed access?

I have a 42 foot Rv in a resort. When they put in the RV they covered the 30 amp breaker box and now if the breaker goes I have to crawl under the trailer to get to the box. Is there a way to run a ...
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Wiring a 3-way dimmer/fan control switch with two 14-3 cables in the switch box

I have a 3 way dimmer/fan control switch that I need to install in a box with two existing 14-3 wires. I want the other 3 way switch to control the light only. In the box, I have a 14-3 (on the left ...

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