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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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Inconsistent/odd Behavior with Broan Hood Range

We have a Broan Allure III hood range that was installed in 2003. It has a three-level light system and a five-level blower speed. Both are controlled by front mounted push-buttons. It is wired into a ...
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Loud buzzing, pop, smoke and odor from oven

I was using my electric oven last night baking something inside it and also using one burner to cook some food. The stove has 5 burners that I could use but I was only using one. While I was standing ...
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Seeking Wiring Schematic or owners manual for my 1977 RV 4000 Watt Onan Generator model: 4NH-3CR/12014D

I'm have trouble getting my Onan Generator that I acquired about a year and a half ago to run. It turns over and had an exceptionally weak spark. The coil seemed to be okay and the plugs and wires in ...
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Siemens Replacement Parts to Refurbish old ITE EQ Load Center

I am re-wiring some areas of my new home to install new outlets, receptacles, and replace some fun (by fun I mean terrifying & dangerous) wiring that was installed since the house was built in the ...
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Changing a light switch with 9 wires , just a normal 1way

I am trying to change a light switch from a dimmable to a normal 1 way light switch. There are 3 red 3 black and 3 earth's. One red black and earth are producing current the others are not. Can ...
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How to switch combination switch for two smart switches?

I'm trying to swap a combination switch for two separate smart switches (Meross Smart Dimmer). It seems, going by the existing switch wiring that the white 'neutral' wires are actually providing the ...
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Is this wire sufficient for a run to my new sub-panel?

I'm installing a sub-panel in a metal building. I want to put in a 220V 100 amp service. I have 500 feet of 3 AWG THHN wire. The distance is 90 ft and it will be run in 1-1/2" PVC Conduit. Is the ...
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What is the safest way to pigtail aluminum wiring? [duplicate]

I'm looking for a way to remediate the aluminum wiring in a home built in the 1970s. Currently, the whole house is wired with aluminum and the switches/outlets are original and not aluminum rated. ...
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How to wire a 2 stage heat pump with gas furnace

I bought a new house last year and this is the first winter I've been in it. It have a gas furnace that we've been using as the only heat source. The other day, I went to clean the condensor coils and ...
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Can I run NM-B cable along exposed studs instead of through them?

I have an unfinished room and on one wall it is open on the back of the studs where there is plumbing and duct work running the length of the room. Can I strap six 12/2's together and strap them to ...
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Looking for a combination 400 amp meter socket & (2) 200 Amp Main Breakers

I'm going to erect a power pedestal on my lot that will initially allow me to power my RV (50amp). I will locate this pedestal so that when the barn / shop is built it can be fastened directly to the ...
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What is this noise I heard while nailing into drywall above an outlet?

About 2 weeks ago I stupidly drove a nail into drywall in the area directly above an outlet (about 4 ft above). The nail went in probably 1.5". At some point, I hear a noise like a coin or small ...
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How do I keep the lights on permanently?

Current Situation My upstairs hallway gets rather dark as it has no windows. It is also at the top of a set of stairs, which too has no light source. To ameliorate this, I have recently installed LED ...
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I need to extend the black wire at the input to the light switch on the inside of the garage [closed]

There is no tubing for me to run the extension black wire through. I think they ran NM/Romex just through the walls which are now covered. I don't want to tear out the wall board in order to run the ...
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Underground feeder wires or cable?

I am planning an underground feeder to a barn. I am intending to direct bury instead of installing in conduit. I can find various cables (4 wire) that are rated for direct burial, but due to ...
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Generator automatic transfer switch + main panel not configured as sub panel

I bought a house in Massachusetts (USA) that was built around 2009. It has a generator with a service rated automatic transfer switch (ATS) connected to a main panel that is set up as a main panel (...
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Wall wiggly, how to make outlets straight?

The wall behind the tile is not flat in this area, and, even if it were, the tiles are quite variable in thickness. I am trying to get the outlets and switch to sit in the same plane. The problem is ...
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Installed a new two separate single-pole switches, cannot turn on one of the lights

I replaced my two separate single-pole switches and now I cannot turn on one of the lights. The left switch is able to turn off and on the lights normally but the right one doesn't do anything to the ...
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Connecting large gauge wires to outlet

The electrical in my home (old house, newly purchased) is a nightmare. In other posts on here I've mentioned how my zone valve for heating wasn't working because I discovered that the zone valve was ...
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Replace oven timer with switch

I have a Moulinex Series O35 convection oven. The timer has stopped working, and after taking it apart, I found that the timer was broken (one of the connections had broken off). I'm wondering if I ...
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The historical frequency of neutral failures in household wiring

Please do not mistake this for an attempt to question the point of code; I'm honestly curious about the history of failures that led to the code we've got. I am also very possibly not clear on some of ...
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Viconics E117 / P117 replacement by Honeywell Lyric T5

I just moved into my old neighbourhood after being away for 15 years. We bought this old house (1957) and it seems that the heating/cooling system got changed through times (Oil to electric in 2001 ...
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Wiring new light fixture to 2-wire ceiling rose

Any word of wisdom greatly appreciated. Wanted to install a new light in the living room and unexpectedly (for amateur as myself) i see 2 sets of wires in the ceiling rose i.e 2x L/N/E. The room has 2 ...
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Aluminum SER cable for 60 ft run

I plan to relocate a manual transfer switch (RONK 7103) to allow me to install in the future a solar system to power my essential loads The switch is presently located between the main panel and an ...
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Removing outlet with 3 sets of wires

I have 3 conduits (1 2 3), each with a set of black B, white W, and ground G wires. They were previously connected to an duplex outlet I want to remove. The duplex outlet have 2 screws each side (L ...
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Adding a wall sconce off of an existing 3-way switch

I have a basement stairwell with 3-way switches (at the top and bottom of the stairs) and a light at the bottom of the stairs. Each switch only has a single 12-3 Romex cable, and the light has two 12-...
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Grounding wire on plug in lamp, what do I do with it?

I have this new lamp that says it’s a convertible pendant lamp that can be used either as hardwired into the ceiling or just plugged into a wall socket. I just want to plug it into the wall socket, so ...
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Making sure I'm connecting wiring in new ceiling fixture to the box

We wanted to replace a light fixture in our dining room, and I thought it would be straightforward, but I find myself second-guessing myself. The fixture comes with four wires and instructions that ...
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Three 40 A breakers vs one 125 A breaker (2-pole)

I'm upgrading residential water heater to tankless. No extra spaces on 200 A service panel. Existing heater uses two spaces (30 amp, 2-pole). I know I'll need new wiring and breaker, but I'd like to ...
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Is there a good way to get 12v into an electrical box?

I have a bit of an odd situation. I have a standard outlet (120v, 15 amps, just a normal United States receptacle). I'd like to run some raceway conduit up from the outlet*. At the other end of the ...
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How do I replace a generator's 4 pin socket with a 3 pin socket?

I acquired a Briggs & Stratton "Storm Responder" 6250 watts, 8500 starting watts 1850-series 425cc generator. It´s American. I now live in Spain - were 240 volts as normal. The generator ...
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Outlet outside on the porch of my apartment not working

The 15amp outlet(was not GFCI) outside my home on the porch stopped working. When I pulled it out to replace it with a 15amp GFCI outlet I noticed both wires were inserted into the top and bottom ...
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Exhaust wiring problems in a old house

I'm remodeling a bathroom from 1932, at some point someone put an exhaust fan/light/heater combo in. With all 3 functions on separate switches. It has 3 stacked switches in a single 1 gang box. The ...
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How do I connect to C230B contactor?

I bought a contactor to wire a rely from 110V to 240V sauna heater. What kind of connector do I need to connect to the terminal? There is no documentation at all.
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3-way-switched controlled and GFCI protected receptacles

My wife has a fish tank in the living room. It requires continuous power for the pump/filter, and automatically controlled power for lights and a CO2 solenoid. Since water is nearby I'll be putting it ...
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Is my subpanel wired incorrectly for a 240v circuit?

I have a subpanel in a detached workshop which is supplied by two 50 amp circuits from my home's main panel. My goal is to add a 240v receptacle to power an air compressor. I have an existing 14-50R ...
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How do I wire my ceiling light?

I have 2 black wires, 2 white wires and 2 exposed wires. I connected the light's white to the 2 white wires, the black to the 2 black and the green to the 2 exposed, but when I turn my breaker back on ...
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Can I tee off an entirely #12 circuit with some #14 if I replace the breaker with a 15A one?

Is it wrong to transition a circuit to thinner wire somewhere along its path even if the breaker is correct for the thinner wire? Specifically, if I have a circuit that currently is 20A and all #12 ...
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Replace old armored bx with new or convert to Romex in this instance?

I wanted to install another outlet box on the opposite side of this wall. This outlet is 15A and grounded via the metal box and BX cable (verified with GFCI outlet tester before disassembly). Upon ...
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How Many Homeruns should I run?

I have a master bath framed out. Please excuse the crude drawing I did. There will be a GFI just above the double vanity. There will be lights above the vanity. There is an exhaust in the middle of ...
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Installed new switches - ground wire connection touches wood?

I ended up swapping out all three switches in my box. The two new dimmer switches are not the same design as the old and these have the ground wire woven through holes in the metal base. (See photo) ...
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Why does my bath fan timer will only work if the light is off?

The switch and the timer are together in a two gang box. There is power to both however the fan timer will only work when the light is off.
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Replacing Subpanel in Garage - Double Check

First, thanks to all for the wealth of info on here. Been a huge help. Fortunately or unfortunately, the information I found helping me install a transfer switch also turned me to the fact that my ...
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What specific type of wire goes to my duplex and NEMA GFCI outlets?

I am installing 2 outlets in my basement. A buddy is an electrician and is going to come over next weekend and take care of the hookup and breakers inside the service panel. My job is to physically ...
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What gauge wire is needed to feed a 100A subpanel that's next to the main panel?

The subpanel will be just a few inches from the main panel. Looks like more or less 3 feet of cable will be used. How thick should the copper conductors be?
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Outlet with 2 white and 1 red connected, 2 unconnected black wires

I am replacing some outlets and switches in my home as most of them are old and discolored. When I pulled this one out it had 2 white and 1 red wire connected, and 2 black wires in the box which were ...
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How to split a 220v wire?

Tldr: I want to 3 way connect an electrical wire and I don’t know what’s the best connection solution. I don’t know if I’m missing some vocabulary or why I can’t find an easy solution for this online. ...
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Best way to transition from conduit through finished walls/ceilings to main panel for 100 amp subpanel

The conduit and outside wire has already been run, it's 1.5" sch40 pvc with 2-2-2-6 xhhw-2 wire running from the shop panel to inside the house (A). My plan was to splice it in a 12x12x6 junction ...
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Replacing existing light switch - what the...?

Located in the US, I have done some basic rewiring of fixtures and have replaced a few switches in this house. But I am stumped as to what is going on in this box. No idea how to proceed and ...
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Crossing the neutral wires between line and load on a conventional (non-GFCI) duplex outlet?

I'm replacing a the middle outlet/receptacle on a non-GFCI circuit with two receptacles and I can't for the life of me figure out why the neutral wires are swapped on the middle receptacle. It appears ...

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