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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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“Connect the ground wire from the branch circuit to the ground screw”?

This is what the directions say for my new pendant light. Both the box and the fixture have ground wires. The diagram didn't show how exactly to connect the wire to the ground screw. Do I wrap part of ...
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Help with wiring an electric oven after moving it to be underneath an existing electric hob (UK)

Photos can be seen at: https://imgur.com/a/sUqCnZd I currently have an electric oven (Photo 1) on one side of the kitchen, and an electric induction hob (Photo 3) on the other side of the kitchen. ...
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Is this plan for running a circuit in buried conduit correct?

I'm planning on running a single circuit from my sub-panel in the garage to my backyard storage shed. This is an uninsulated, unheated wooden structure (pressure treated lumber, painted T1-11 siding, ...
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How can I wire this motor’ capacitors?

I am trying to repair this low viscosity fluid pump, I have the original start and run capacitors but do not know how they are wired. When I found the pump Z2 and U1 were connected between which ...
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Can I add a second dishwasher to an existing power circuit?

Our current dishwasher has a dedicated 120v 20A circuit breaker (KY, USA). We are thinking of adding a second one. We will likely be alternating the use of the dishwashers but may use both ...
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Can I connect 2 motion detectors with one power supply to a single LED Strip?

I want to make a motion detection LED strip to the stairs. My idea is to put 5m LED Strip on the wall and put one motion sensor on both sides of the strip (one on the upper level and one on the lower ...
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Wiring for kitchen remodel - appliances, electric oven/microwave combo, fridge, 2 dishwashers

I am working on a plan for a kitchen remodel. The existing range is natural gas powered so it doesn't have a dedicated circuit (It's just plugged into a 15 or 20amp outlet). Other existing wiring ...
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Changing toggle switch (4 wires) to Caseta dimmer switch (3 wires)

I am changing a toggle switch 4 wires (including ground) to Caseta Dimmer 3 wires (Including ground). How do I attach the wires, please?
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Running Ethernet between floor and finished celing

I'm trying to run an Ethernet cable through my house, The router is in the living room, which is above the only finished room in the basement (go figure), so I'm trying to figure out how to get the ...
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Code question: Can electric range outlet with 6 Gage wire be exposed under surface mount box?

I am in the USA. I want to change my propane stove to an electric stove. I have read that I should put in a 50 amp outlet with 6 gauge wire. The employee at the big-box store said I could make it easy ...
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Can I use this neutral wire running through the switch box for my smart switch?

I'm replacing a light switch with a smart switch that requires a neutral wire. When I removed the existing light switch, I noticed there is a white wire running through the box. Assuming this is the ...
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Can I drill through the bottom plate of this first floor into the basement?

I have a 1905 balloon-framed house in western Washington. I would like to run wiring down the front exterior wall into the basement. I've tried looking up designs for this architectural style but it's ...
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Convert a Hunter Fan (with light) from a wireless remote control to two wall switches

I have a Hunter 21621 that I got for free. Based on the documentation it came with a wireless remote control and a receiver/switch (which is connected between the house wiring and the fan), but the ...
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What is the name of this plug/socket combo from a rangehood?

I have a rangehood with some lights for illumination. But they're expensive lamps, mains voltage, not very bright and they run hot. So I'm looking to remove and replace with something LED based. ...
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Can indoor cable be used under a patio roof?

Are there any special requirements I should be aware of before adding lights and outlets to my covered back patio? I know GFCI protection will be required on the outlets, but can I run regular Romex ...
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My 20 amp circuit has some 14 gauge wire in it. Is that OK?

I have a 20 amp breaker in my 1890’s home with 12 gauge wire attached to it. Further down the line (Where I can not see) there is some old 1960’s 14 gauge Romex wire attached to it within the walls ...
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Confused about strange wiring to Friedland No. 454 doorbell

I recently bought a house that has an existing Friedland No. 454 doorbell chime with two buttons. According to my wife, both doorbells worked when we moved in but one stopped working within days. The ...
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Do I have a Bad GFCI Circuit Breaker?

It looks like there has been some bad wiring done in the old house we just bought. Yesterday, I was installing a low-wattage LED nightlight in a 3-gang box on a GFCI circuit, when the whole circuit ...
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How did they get constant hot and neutral at far switch?

My sister had some renovations done and we don't know how they ran the wire (don't bury your junction boxes!!!). I have a wire tracer and am working through them, so we will get there, but I am not ...
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Ceiling light wiring

I recently replaced a dimmable light fixture with a new one. When I opened up the box there were 4 black wires and 1 live white wire, 3 white wires and the ground wires. I had to replace the box and ...
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Bedroom light turns on when hallway light is turned with new Smart Switch

I replaced a normal dimmable light switch in a bedroom with a smart dimmable light switch. But now when I turn on the dimmable normal three-way hallway light switch it also turns on the bedroom light, ...
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Help reconnecting light to existing ceiling box wiring

I had to replace an improperly used plastic ceiling box with a metal box to correctly ground existing old armored cable. I thought I took a picture of the box before but I don't have it so I'm having ...
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Two switch box with 12/2 and 12/3 circuits with cojoined hot wires, is this safe?

I was investigating a non working switch and found 2 circuits coming into the box. A 12/2 and 12/3. The first switch is serviced by the red and the black crossed wires. THe second switch is ...
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Newly installed ceiling fan shuts off

I installed a ceiling fan with a light on the patio where a simple light fixture was previously installed. The junction box (I think that's the proper term) was rated to hold much more than the weight ...
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Ghost current in 3-way light swtich

I have a 3-way light switch in my hallway with 2 light bulbs. I canceled one of the bulbs (I don't necessarily need 2 lights) and install an LED light on the other. Now, when I'm turning off the the ...
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Is this ceiling fan going to fall and cut off my head?

Would you trust this fan? Do you know how can I tell if it's secure? I can't see how the canopy is attached to the ceiling. No screws are visible. I pushed up on the rod, and the ball nestled into ...
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Why won't my replaced GFCI outlet power something plugged into it?

I have a string of outlets that was not working. I replaced the most upstream outlet GFCI with another GFCI. I also replaced some weathered outdoor outlets. Currently the GFCI is green and does send ...
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Flexible PVC to flexible metal conduit connector

I had planned to install a new run using flexible PVC conduit, but discovered a section of metal conduit already in place within a wall I can reuse. Is there a way to directly connection PVC and metal ...
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Best location for an electrical pedestal

What are the variables I should be considering in this situation? What i'm trying to decide is the best location for the pedestal. Pictured is my build site and house orientation with the attached ...
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Does a run of 1000 feet of CAT6 line need to be in conduit?

Our local fiber optic internet company wants an outrageous amount of money to run a line from the road 1000 feet back to our home, so we're doing it ourselves and then having a tech come hook us up. ...
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Connecting 3 wire timer to 2 wire circuit

I went to replace an old mechanical timer for a bathroom extraction fan with a more up to date timer. The new single pole timer has a ground of course (no more mention of that), a black hot, a white ...
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Custom device mounted in electrical receptacle box?

I designed a PCB which matches the dimensions of a receptacle box (the blue ones, just gonna call it the box). It is meant to mount next to an outlet in a double gang box and has a relay controlled by ...
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Is 18-gauge wire sold as lamp cord sufficient for replacing the cord on a vintage toaster marked 6 amps?

I like my vintage toaster, but want to replace the cord. I'd like to match the current cord, which is brown and cloth-wrapped. Many lighting supply websites sell "parallel rayon-covered" ...
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What's with this weird kitchen 120V circuit with 240V on it?

Duplex outlet with 2 hot blacks, one hot white, a neutral and a ground. Oh yeah, connected to two breakers too. Can anyone help me unravel this mess? I was planning to switch out this kitchen outlet ...
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Can I have four 120V circuits on a Quadplex breaker?

I am in the process of renovating my kitchen. My house finished construction in 1969 and has Murray branded circuit breaker panel with Murray breakers (not sure if panel and breakers are original). To ...
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Should I have all the aluminum wiring removed from my home or just the damaged portion?

My home has aluminum wiring, which was wired approximately 20 years ago. A single line of wiring connecting bathroom geyser caught fire and got burnt. I am planning to rewire my house again. Should I ...
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Can I remove my oven's wire conduit to save space?

I am wiring our new stove top & oven. They both came with probably four feet of wire that is enclosed in this heavy metal flexible conduit. I don't have room behind my oven for all of this metal ...
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Crooked light switches in loose electrical box needs fixing

I recently replaced 2 rocker switches in an existing electrical box and they are both crooked (inward) and look like garbage. They also don't feel that nice as they are indented and not flush, so ...
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GE timer switch (no neutral) to connect to a bathroom fan/light

I previously had this working, but it stopped working so I replaced the fan unit (it was old and starting to make noise) with a new one. I'm trying to retrace the wiring to make sure I have it all ...
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Can I use a regular electric box for a control panel?

I am currently planning an industrial-style automated workbench and I need to have some 22mm controls mounted. I want to use a regular metal enclosure. (Specific model here) My entire electrical ...
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Replacing light switch with motion sensor switch

I am trying to replace a light switch with a neutral required motion sensor light. (occupancy sensor). The motion switch has a black, red, white and green wire connected to it. Upon taking off the ...
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Off Grid - Panel(s) question

I currently have a 200amp Main panel in my off-grid cabin I am building. I want to feed the panel from my generator which is about 100' in a shed. Originally my contractor a few years back buried ...
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Proper wiring for irrigation pump

I'm attempting to reconnect an outdoor irrigation pump and I'm unsure which wires should connect to which terminals (labeled L1 and L2) in the pressure switch. The pump is a Myers HJ100S and the power ...
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Wiring garage ceiling light receptacle to gfci outlet

Hi I’m new to this site and new to the home improvement game so please take it easy if I am repeating others questions. So I’m a first time homebuyer and, currently, renovating my garage. I went to ...
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Adding LED Recessed - 3 Way Switch - Dim Lights

I will try and provide as much information as I can and I apologize if I call something by an inappropriate name - but this is what I have done from my research. We had a room that had a central ...
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Why does light switch not use ground wires inside of box?

I was replacing some toggle type light switches to rocker type and ran into something I thought was unusual. There were 3 switches boxes (2 boxes had 1 switch, and the other had 2 switches) I was ...
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Finishing basement - run electrical to stud wall below steel I beam

I am finishing my basement and I need to run electrical for 2 outlets, 2 wall sconces lights, and a dual gang switch box, and the wall is the 2x4 wall for my stairs, that is also below a steel I beam. ...
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In a light switch, how can I tell if the black wire is really hot and the white wire is really neutral?

I'm just a programmer who wants to add an outlet below my light switch. I did a bunch of research on this topic and decided I could tackle it. According to my research, the hot/line is the black wire ...
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Is a sub panel necessary to wire this 10.5kw 43.75amp sauna heater?

We're planning on installing this Harvia Cilindro 10.5kW Electric Sauna Heater (Model HPC11-U1H) when it gets here. The manual wants us to put a 50amp breaker in the main panel, and then run that to ...
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How to add cable to outlet box?

My house has Legrand outlet boxes for coaxial cable -- they appear to be these. I would like to run ethernet to these cable boxes, since there's space for additional cables in the box. However, I'm ...

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