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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Grounding dilemma

I'm replacing a standard 3-way toggle w/ a wifi-based 3-way switch and need a good ground connection to complete the wiring. There is a ground w/in the plastic junction box but it is a bundle that ...
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Red wire in ceiling (hot) is not sending power to ceiling fan

So I've been installing a ceiling fan and I'm encountering an issue I didn't come across in 2 other rooms, same fan model etc. At the ceiling box I've got Ground, Neutral, Red, and Black. In the other ...
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Welder rewiring

The wires of the incoming cable pulled out of my old oil cooled welder. I need to reconnect the live and neutral but there is no indication on the welder where either should go. Does it matter? I'd ...
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3 way switch that stopped working

Three fluorescent lights in my garage just stopped working. So here's the set-up: 2 switches, 3 fluorescent lights. Switch 1 has hot wire, travelers go to switch 2, switch 2 feeds all three lights. I ...
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Ecobee installation with two Rh wires, occupied G wire and HRV

I just moved to North America from Europe (hence why furnaces, HRV systems etc are totally alien to me) and I'm having trouble understanding how to wire up an ecobee3 lite to replace my Honeywell ...
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Induction cooktop connection

I have a new induction cooktop Bosch PIF645BB1E rated at 7.4 kW. According to its documentation it should be connected with 5 wires (2 phases, 2 neutrals and 1 PE wire). From a former flat renter I ...
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Rafter above location for light, exterior light box choice

Retrofitting from knob and tube. One location has a rafter directly above where the light should go (and currently is). The ceiling is 3/4 in beadboard. Can I use a 4 inch pan box cut in to the ...
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Can I use #10 wire for a 30A, 240V pump circuit?

I stand corrected, 240v not 220v so I hope my question now makes sense. I have 2 30amp breakers connected together. I believe this gives me 240v. I plan to connect this circuit to a 240v irrigation ...
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I opened a light switch and found an unterminated wire in the junction box. Is this unsafe?

I switched of the main circuit breaker to the house and opened up a light switch to see if I had a neutral wire, so I could buy a smart switch. But when I took off the plate I found what appears to ...
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Is it safe to touch wire testing at low to medium voltage on a 14 or 12 gauge wire, 15 or 20 amp (current) circuit?

Title is the question. I'm using a Klein NCVT- 3 Voltage tester with a bar graph indicating voltage, and don't see anything in the instructions, and haven't ran across anything in a textbook or ...
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how to wire GFCI and dual light switch

My mother live in an older house and has two regular light switches in bathroom. one for light and other for exhaust for the exhaust fan I would like to add an GFCI outlet in place of one of the ...
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Can I split the feed to a duplex 20 amp receptacle from different capacity circuits?

Is it possible to split-feed a 20 Amp receptacle with one receptacle using 15amp and the other 20amp circuits?
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Running Electrical cable through Loft/Attic

So we have had a car charger installed outside the garage, which is currently powered by standard twin and earth. is it ok to run an armoured cable from the meter, through the loft, (going up the ...
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will a larger gauge wire used to extend and outlet prevent power loss

i need to get a power source 200' out from an existing outlet. Can I use a 8 gauge wire from the existing outlet to the new one to prevent power loss?
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Is there any difference in the type of wiring in common household?

I know this question is way, way below the norm for this type of place, but I just want a straight answer and not something that I have to try to glean from other places answering a different question....
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Two Poles Three Black Wires and One White - Convert to 120 V Outlets

I have a two pole breaker with three black wires and one white wire. The breaker is 50 amps. The three black wires are labeled "Load Power", and the white wire is labeled "Neutral". Where an outlet ...
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Replacing a cable in an electrical panel: Need hints and names

Previous owner left a chunk of 3 line triplex(2 insulated + ground) 4 ga aluminum into the main panel, hooked it up to a 50A breaker, and left the other end floating free in the rafter space of our ...
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How should I secure NM wire that someone ran outside of two studs?

This is behind a closet that we’re going to Sheetrock and finish. The wire runs through a hole in the corner, around two studs and into another corner. I’m thinking of notching the studs 1/4” so ...
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GFCI - should my neutral and ground have continuity?

I have a thing I'm doing.. I won't go into detail, but I have a thing that is a yellow solid core copper cable with a hot, neutral and bare ground. one end is connected to a plug I wired (I'm using ...
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Running wire through ceiling, ceiling joists blocking access to the top of the frame

So I was in my attic last night, about to drill some holes in the top of the wall to run CAT 6 ethernet cables down the wall. I found above the wall is two parallel ceiling joists that are completely ...
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Confused by wiring in box

I am finishing exchanging more than 25 switches in my home with smart Lutron dimmers and Pico remotes (no neutral wiring needed). Some of them have been single pole, some 3-way (controlling both ...
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Electrical problem in the breaker box

The black wire is connected to the neutral bar and the white wire is connected to the breaker. Should it be this way for any reason
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Did the handyman screw up or is there something wrong with my AC unit?

My landlord recently hired someone to install a common wire from my Goodman AC unit on the roof down to where the thermostat is. The current thermostat works fine, but is non programmable and battery ...
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Air conditioner unit wires

I was trying to weather proof yesterday and my unit fell out of the window. I grabbed the cord and yanked out some of the wiring on accident. Can someone help me figure out how to reattach?
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3 cables into a 2 switch box

My breaker keeps tripping because of this wiring and/or faulty switches and now with a new switch, my ceiling fan won’t turn but the light still works and it still trips. I’m trying to figure out how ...
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Help with meaning of symbols on switch for electrical blinds

I have a difficulty of understanding what is the meaning of these symbols on the back of my switch for electrical blinds? I know that the symbol is for the switch but have a hard time understanding ...
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Fan with Remote issue

I just got a fan that came with a remote. I have one wall that has 2 switches 1 for the light and 1 for the fan. You can also turn that same light on from 2 other switches. I wired everything up, ...
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Dryer (30amp) on Single Pole Breaker

My 200amp panel is pretty full so I started mapping all the circuits since I suspected that there are abandoned circuits or circuits with very small loads on them. I am used to finding dryers on 30amp ...
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Fan power/speed switch grounding

I'm making an AC unit out of a cooler, a fan, a PVC tube, and some ice. I'd like to take the fan off of the base, but its power/speed switch is screwed into it. Does this provide grounding or does the ...
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3-way switches no longer serving their purpose

I apologise if there is an answer to my question in one of the other multiple 3 way switch questions, but if there is I couldn't find it. I just bought an old house, built in 1967. I'm replacing the ...
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Possible to have more than one wire connected to “G” terminal in furnace?

I have a 25 year old gas furnace without A/C. I had a 2 wire basic thermostat that I have replaced the wiring with 5 wires and also a new Nest 3rd generation thermostat. On the wall beside the ...
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Enclosing cable run through living space

I will be installing a 230v 20a outlet. To run the cable, it will run down the wall of my living room (brick house). The cable will be 10/3 cable (the orange plastic wrapping). What is the proper way ...
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Running electrical on outside of house

I need to convert an outlet to 230V 15A for a window AC. Unfortunately the outlet is on the second floor, outside wall of a solid brick house. I’m considering punching a hole through the back of the ...
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Does this violate electrical code? (UF run plugged into GFCI to use smart outlet)

I built a deck on the back of my house last year and installed a new breaker and a handful of outdoor electrical outlets. I wanted one outdoor outlet to be switchable via a smart outlet, but my smart ...
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Splicing or Extending 2.5mm2 Twin & Earth (UK)

I am trying to install a WiFi connected smart switch to control a ceiling light. The wall box is too shallow to accommodate this, so I need to install it inline. To do this, I need to move the circuit ...
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Switching to three-prong outlets where ground wire is present

(I absolutely welcome suggestions for improved title – there's two facets to this question) I have a 1960s home with a few three prong receptacles and many two prong receptacles. I read some online ...
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Existing 50 amp breaker to 40 amp

I have an existing cooktop with a 50 amp breaker and #6 wire Replacing cooktop with a new induction top that requires a 40 amp circuit Is it ok to leave the 50 amp breaker box or should I swap with ...
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Fan and light switch wiring

I'm trying to wire 3 ceiling fans from 1 power source using push button light and fan speed.switch , Hampton bay switch push button fan and light controls.
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light turns on when window ac unit is on

Why does the light in the same room as my window air conditioner unit dim ON when the air conditioner unit is on? this happens when the light switch is on the OFF position and only happens on one ...
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Do GFCI breakers provide necessary protecting for multiple outlet surge protector?

I just got results of home inspection on house I'm buying and discovered they had illegally replaced two prong outlets with three prong ones without correcting wiring. I understand my options may to ...
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120vac outdoor wifi camera? [closed]

Is there a wifi camera out there that has a built in power supply and can be directly wired to 120vac? I've looked and looked and all I can come up with is one with a separate power supply. I want to ...
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Problem encountered with installing an exterior light

This will likely be an easy question for an electrician if one is reading because I cannot believe that I invented this issue but it requires a bit of set-up. I want to attach an exterior light to ...
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How do I replace and insert what kind of missing pin - bolt in a home fused disconnect box?

Power from Hydro (the electric company) runs into this disconnect box then continues to the meter. I'm looking for help as to what I should use to replace the missing bolt or pin that connects the on/...
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What size wire for a 100 amp sub panel in a barn?

I am installing a 100 A sub panel in my barn which is 170 feet from the main panel. 100 feet will be underground and 70 feet will be through the crawlspace underneath the house. My main panel is 200 A....
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Why is it important to have a receptacle next to load centers?

Why is there a receptacle next to a load center? Is it necessary to have this circuit dedicated to one breaker by itself? Or can I pigtail it at the load center?
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Rewire attic fan from switched to always-on

I have an attic fan wired to a thermostat that I'd like to come on whenever it's hot enough. The problem is, the fan is wired to a circuit that's operated by the light switch for the stairs into the ...
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Removing baseboard heater and installing elec oven on that wall

We are purchasing a home that has a baseboard heater on the wall that will be ideal for an elec oven can I just remove it and use that wiring for the oven socket?
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Oven wiring - needing to add a ground, can I retrofit?

I'm dealing with a 1970-built home and the oven has 6-3 without ground running to the oven. 2 hots and the neutral. Got a new oven coming in and want to make sure it's wired right. I could run new ...
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How can I fix my garage's existing wiring

My non-attached garage is currently fed with a 10-2 w/ground wire from my main service panel via a single pole breaker buried in conduit. When the wire enters the garage it enters a junction box were ...
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Can I use a tandem 20A breaker for two kitchen circuits?

I am in the process of renovating the kitchen in my 100+ year old home, including cleaning up the electrical “situation” the previously owner attempted and bringing up to code. NEC requires that ...