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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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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 a 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 ...
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14-2 and 14-3 into one box

In my basement wiring diagram - in Box #1 -- I have a 14-2 cable from the panel and a 14-3 cable terminating a 3 way switch (6 & 7) from the same circuit. Is this ok, normal, against code, ...
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wiring switch and plug to flourescent fixture

I'm having a problem wiring a plug and a pull switch to a fluorescent fixture. The switch wiring is the problem. If I connect the hot lead to the ballast and plug and the common to the ballast and ...
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Apartment outlets troubleshooting # 3

I have solved the power outage to the circuit powering 3 different rooms but only partially. 2/3 outlets power on and 1/2 of the light switches work. In the bedroom. The working outlet is the only ‘ ...
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Installing Leviton IPS02 occupancy switch

I purchased a Leviton IPS02 motion occupancy switch to install in a lighting circuit. The problem is, I pulled out the old switch and it is a 4 way switch with 5 wires ground included. The Leviton ...
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Using Greenie grounding connectors

I'm trying to figure out exactly how to use Greenie grounding connectors. In a 2 or 3 gang metal box, can I join each receptacle's ground wire and then fasten the single wire coming out the tip of the ...
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I need a switch, 1 receptacle and 1 dual outlet receptacle on 1 circuit

I removed 2 fluorescent hard wired light fixtures from above my work bench. I installed an outlet in the box (on ceiling) where the 2 fixtures were hard wired in. There is a 4 way outlet box on the ...
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Wiring Lights with Independent switches

I have a set of hallway lights with two 3-Way switches. Currently the power source enters at one switch, then the wiring traverses through each of the lights and then terminates at the other switch (...
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How can I replace the short(screw connecting) wire for a middle-of-run outlet replacement?

I’m referring to the very short wires the come from the wire groups pigtail directly to the terminal screw. The wires that was in the old outlet before were decades old and torn. I thought since they ...
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When splitting a 240v circuit, what happens to neutral's amperage?

My garage has very limited power with only one outlet that I share with 3 bathrooms and every outdoor outlet, 4 total, on a 20 amp breaker. (House hastily thrown together in 97' for your reference) I ...
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Motion sensor with bypass switch?

I wish to have a motion sensor on the lights in my garage, but I also want to have an override switch that works normally, and does not require a specific pattern to toggle the override in the sensor. ...
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Can I just extend this blue wire in furnace for Nest thermostat?

First time doing this, don't want to burn house down. The brown bundle is coming from thermostat, the white bundle I suspect is coming from A/C unit. Do I follow these steps? Find a scrap piece of 18 ...
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Power outage in just one bedroom of apartment, then every receptacle in one circuit, tried everything. Please Help!

2/3 duplex sockets stopped working. Replaced them with Leviton 15amp. Did everything correctly, and everything worked for months. Since I had no issues replacing those and every other outlet/ switch ...
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Do junction boxes have to be 12 inches above a dock's deck if the datum plane is below it?

Does this mean that junction boxes have to be 12in above the deck even though my datum plane is below the deck (not as in picture)? My dock's deck is about 4 feet above the high-tide water line at it'...
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Sub panel and ground rod installation: “high differential potential between the ground locations”

We have a dock that is about 40 feet from the house, and +100 feet from the main panel. 4-wire (2 hots, 1 grounded neutral, and 1 ground) run to a large junction box at the start of the dock. I was ...
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Replacing outlet; found one white wire hot. How to connect?

I am replacing a worn outlet. Upon removing faceplate & recepticle, I discovered 3 romex feeds into single box. Each has 3 wires: 1 black, 1 white, 1 copper As I understand it, usually black=hot,...
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How can I provide neutral wires for my smart switches?

I'm trying to install smart switches, which obviously need a neutral wire. I'm pretty sure I am lucky enough that I have it, but, want to make sure and also find out how to use it. I've attached a ...