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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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Lights don't work on the ceiling fan but the fan does. Did investigation and found out that the problem is a black wire burned. How do I replace it?

The black wire is burned to the end of some type of square plastic it's in along with other wires but they all have their own slots. How do I replace it or take it out. And what do I replace it with?
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Do you pay to power 220/240v devices and/or appliances? [closed]

You say no return neutral needed since the return is in the opposite leg which would reverse the amps sent to the device from the meter therefore making the net current used equal to zero. So, using ...
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conduit above drop ceiling

I'm going to run wires above my drop ceiling and want to know if they need to be in conduit to meet code. this is for a 5 unit apartment building but just one unit.
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Cutting plaster walls

I have to rewire a old home that currently has knob and tube wiring. Would I be able to cut a small thin line all the way up the plaster wall in the middle of two studs, then use that small (1/4”) ...
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Is my wiring to subpanel adequate?

Here’s where I am at. I have a metal shop building about 160 feet from my main panel. I have a 400 amp service. I ran 2 inch pvc conduit about 36” deep. My wire is 3 wire 2awg use 2 aluminum with ...
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Do I need to run romex wires if it's in conduit?

I'm wondering if I will be able to just pull single wires since I'm going to be putting the wires in conduit. I'm going to need 120 V. I was also wondering if my box is metal, would I just be able to ...
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USA - Split 240vac to feed two GFCI circuits

So I have a situation where I need to use a direct burial 10/2 with Ground to feed Two 120vac branch circuits by using the ground wire as a shared neutral. Worse yet, the 10/2 cable has no neutral ...
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Luminaire disconnect

I saw this a menards and was wondering if I could use this to splice wires together ? it seems like it accepts a couple wires in at one end and then another at the other and then in order to connect ...
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Adding Light to Existing 3-Way Wiring

I have a poorly lit hallway with 3-way wiring setup as shown in the image below: I want to add an additional light in the position shown below and can't figure out if it's possible or not. The wire ...
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How to connect up a new light fixture

I'm trying to install a new light fixture (I'm based in Canada in case that matters) and I am having some trouble figuring out which wires to connect to which. The existing outlet has (see picture ...
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Replaced standard Siemens 15 amp light circuit breaker with new Siemens 15 amp dual function. Standard was fine but new dual trips immediately

Code changes require all living areas to be arc and ground fault protected. Finishing basement and initially used standard breakers with no issues. When I learned of code changes, replaced all ...
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I wanted to eliminate backsplash outlets only to have holes cut into my lower cabinets. Contractor says this is code for Atlanta GA

My house is on a slab with the electrical coming from the ceiling. I thought that using the outlet strips and having them hard wired with the connections being accessible through the fixture would ...
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TV Wire Concealer

I bought this wire concealer with outlet off of Amazon that uses 6’ of romex wiring. I know Chicago has a big problem with romex, is something this short allowed or does anyone know if it’s a total ...
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Do I need 5 separate disconnects for my 9k btu 5 zone mini split?

I’m installing a 5 zone 9k btu mini split and I’m not sure where to start with the wiring. Looked in the manual there’s a few different ways. I was hoping to use one box for my upstairs units (2) put ...
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How to replace this outlet when there’s a potentially broken ground wire

My wall outlet was sinking into the wall so I went to replace it. I expected the normal wiring: black (hot), white (neutral), green/bare (ground) but found that the outlet was wired differently. First ...
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Vintage look push button dimmer switch [closed]

I have a ceiling fixture with 3 pendant light sockets. I wired it to a vintage-style push button dimmer switch (top button on/off, bottom button turn to dim). All was fine for about a year, then one ...
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How to wire replacement bathroom fan and light switches?

I'm wanting to replace a bathroom's light and fan switch. Current wiring: Switch X controls the fan and switch Y controls the light. I want to replace them with a Leviton single pole switch and a ...
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how to wire ceiling fixture with only black white and ground wires into box with black red green and white wires?

Moving into a new building and wanting to wire a new ceiling fixture into the box built into the ceiling. The fixture has only black, white, and an uninsulated copper wire. It does have green screws ...
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Are outlet cables required to be run in a single sequence? [duplicate]

Is it okay to run a 12-2 wire directly to each outlet from a panel box or do the outlets in a circuit have to be wired in sequence? How many hot wires can be terminated at the breaker in the sub-panel ...
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Need Help with Replacement Light Fixture Grounding Choices

I am replacing my ceiling lights and needed a suggestion on how to ground my wire. The current ground wire from the old light is connected to the old bracket and because of the way its connected, I ...
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Is this bathroom wiring correct?

I am in the United States. The vanity switch has power at the switch. The light/fan has power at the light.
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running new electrical through old metal ceiling

this question will not be for the faint of heart, just an FYI. I have an upstairs apt that was wired with knob and tube. I am going to upgrade the whole entire circuit and pull new romex wire to each ...
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How do I get my 4-way switch to work correctly with two 3-way switches?

I have two 3-way switches and one 4-way switch controlling multiple lights. When the 4-way is toggled up, one 3-way is toggled up and the other is down. These switches can turn the lights off and on (...
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Is there a maximum length for L14-30 generator cables?

My home has an L14-30 type generator hookup that is located in an attached garage. About 50 feet away I have a barn with an LPG quick connect. In the event of a power outage my plan is to hook up a ...
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Do I need an GFCI Breaker if my outdoor outlets are GFCI

I am building an outdoor kitchen and have Alcan 3/c 12awg insulated and shielded wiring running underground from the house to the outdoor kitchen (This was left over from a previous gas heated hot tub)...
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Changed vanity light to a switch light but only works with ceiling light on

In my bathroom there was originally a ceiling light on a switch & a vanity light with a pull chain. I bought a vanity light to wire onto a switch & tried to wire it to work independently of ...
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wiring diagram for double gang box bathroom

enter image description hereI have an existing double gang box in my bathroom that contains a gfci/switch combo and a single pole switch. The switch on the gfci controls the exhaust fan and the ...
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Wilo Star S 21 FX pump for outside wood burner using only a 2 wire power supply (hot and neutral)

I have a Wilo Star S 21 FX pump (water circulation) on an outside wood burner that needs to be installed. The wire that fed the original pump (an off brand) has a black and a white wire. The 2 wire ...
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Is THHN allowed inside cavity of the wall less than 3 feet to main panel?

I have 1 inch EMT conduit in the garage on the wall, passing (4 wires) 4AWG THHN wire through conduit body inside the cavity of the wall into the main panel, is this allowed?
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How can I measure the actual amperage rating of my circuits so I can match it with correct fuses/breakers?

My house has a fuse panel instead of a circuit breaker panel, and as such it's way easier for the wrong ones to be installed. I don't trust that the previous tenant had the right ones in the right ...
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How to patch underwater power line

We're rural and the house plumbing is from a lake-draw system with a submersible pump. We just noticed that the power wire out to the pump had its sheath damaged in the spring time by either the ice ...
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I have a ceiling fan with light and pre wired remote that only has 3 wires to connect blk, wht, grn but I have two switches and 4 wires at the ceiling

the two switches are 1,standard on/off leviton with red & blk wires that also controls two wall outlets, the second switch is a speed control knob with off, hi, med, low and it also has red & ...
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What precautions are needed when doing electrical work on cables containing asbestos?

I need to install new lighting and old cloth wiring has tested positive for ACM. I am not doing the work myself, I am hiring an electrician but I will let him know what I have found. Is there any ...
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Why is my ceiling light permanently dim?

I'm trying to figure out the wiring situation here for a surface-mounted ceiling LED light. There are 2 black wires, 1 white and a ground. As it currently stands the light won't turn on or off, it's a ...
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How to wire this 220 wire

Bought this induction coocktop that says "220" but the wire is this one My question is How can I connect this if it does not have a second wire for the 220? Live in Mexico, we use 4 wire, ...
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Where is the neutral hooked up to this old fuse box?

I am wondering how the neutral is being fed back to the source? In new breaker box they usually have a neutral/ground bus. This does not
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Diagnosing lamp electrical issues: 3-socket floor lamp has resistance for each socket, but no power

I am trying to fix this floor lamp It is a standing floor lamp with 3 bulbs and a rotating switch that has 3 positions: 1 bulb on, 2 bulbs on, 3 bulbs on, or off A couple of weeks ago I saw a spark ...
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Why does one LED light turn off/flicker when adjacent dimmer switch is at 100%

We have an LED light fixture over our kitchen island. After about 2 years of use, it just stopped working (when you turn the fixture on via dimmer switch you can hear a humming coming from the fixture,...
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Need specific instruction how to wire UK 3-wire 240v appliance to US 240v wiring and plug

I am looking to install a SIEMENs induction cooktop and downdraft extractor. They operate on 240v 50/60 hz. I’ve confirmed with Siemens both pieces will run on US 60 hz service. I’d like to know so I ...
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When did Handle Ties become mandatory for MWBC?

I was extending a circuit in my kitchen last week as part of a remodel and discovered something that had been under my nose the whole time I've lived here but I just paid enough attention to notice. ...
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How to wire a NEMA 6-50 receptacle to a 240V GFCI breaker?

When wiring a 240V GFCI breaker to an NEMA 6-50 receptacle, does one leave the neutral terminal on the breaker open and run the ground wire from the receptacle to the panel ground bus-bar? Does the ...
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Strange wire when connecting Wifi Relay to electrical heater

I am looking to install a WiFi relay for my electric heaters (I'm planning on connecting them up to my smart home system so that they can work on a thermostat) I was just looking to install the relay ...
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Is it code compliant to have this many things on a single circuit?

Due to noisy 24/7 bathroom exhaust fan the breaker was turned off. Turning off the breaker feeding the bathroom, it de-energized the exhaust fan, bathroom lighting and counter outlet, bedroom lighting ...
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Male plug installed in wall

Have a male plug installed into drywall about a foot above the baseboard level. Above that, at tv installation level, is a normal female outlet with a tv cable line. What would the male plug be used ...
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Can I have 2 boatlift motors (rated for a total of 22 Amps), on a old 20 amp circuit if I replace the circuit breaker with a 30amp breaker? [duplicate]

I replaced my 2 boatlift motors with new ones that are each rated for 15amp starting & 11amp continuos,, this takes a total of 30amp starting & 22amp continuos & after a few seconds they ...
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Installing 50 amp Hubbell receptacle on wall inside fully finished garage to charge Tesla

I have 50'of Romex 6/3 wire, 50 amp Square D breaker and a Hubbell 50 amp receptacle - that I want to install with metal conduit on the inside of my garage on wall by car. The 100 amp sub panel box ...
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Service Entrance Wire To Drop Splice - 200AMP

I am replacing the old service drop wire from 4AWG to 4/0, as the panel has been upgraded for 200A service. The service has been shut off at the pole, and I was able to remove the old service drop ...
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Overloaded wire/outlet

My wife was trying to “multi task” and now I’m freaking out that we maybe damaged some wires in walls ( I’m paranoid ) She had connected hair dryer and clothe steamer to bedroom outlet Outlet 15 AMP @ ...
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Center of a wire nut holding neutral wires is burned, but it doesn't seem loose

The outlets in my garage are on a circuit breaker with AFCI protection. The outlet closest to the circuit breaker is a GFCI outlet, and the rest of the outlets are just normal outlets. When the GFCI ...
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Did I ground my ceiling fan correctly?

Hello. I'm trying to wire a new ceiling fan. The instructions for the fan say to attach the ground wire from the fan mounting bracket + fan motor to the ground from the house (romex) But, the ...
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