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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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New light fitting coming on with wrong switches

I've replaced several lights in my house no problem, house is 70's build old wiring etc My kitchen light had an old tube light that was on the way out so I bought an LED replacement. When coming to ...
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Replacing old fixtures, double wiring

I am replacing old fixtures with LED's in a 1994 mobile home. In taking an old fixture down I find 2 black, 2 white and 1 ground. The new LED has only one of each. There are 3 lights on one line. I ...
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What is the most efficient way to install my new outlets?

An electrician is installing a brand new 200amp panel (upgrading electric company service) right next to my existing panel in the basement. My current panel is in the wall flush with the drywall. The ...
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Two switches have to be ON for light to work

I recently purchased a house from the 1970's and I have noticed a wiring issue. There are two switches to turn the garage lights on. Both use wiring that includes one red wire, one black wire, and ...
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Changing a 240v outlet for a 120v

There's an unused 240v outlet on a double 30 amp breaker in my house. I believe it was one used for a stove.bI'm hoping to use it for my AC that's a typical 120v, as it's decent location and would ...
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3 way switch bathroom wiring to code

I am remodeling my basement and have a bedroom connected to a bathroom. Between them is a walk-in closet. A door leads from the bedroom to the closet, and another door from the bathroom to the closet. ...
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Repairing/salvaging fan forced heater

I have fan forced heater (Pelonis HF-1030TB) that recently starting giving off burning smells whenever I turned on the heat. I opened it and saw that one of the contacts was burnt. Can someone please ...
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Bathroom 3 in 1 switches in seperate locations

Intent: To have heater/exhaust/light unit installed with the light switch separate from the heater/exhaust. Why? I have a light/exhaust on one switch (next to door), but would like a 3 in 1. The ...
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ground wire to two switches

I just installed two Lutron Caseta switches in a 2-gang switch box. When I opened the box, I was expecting to find a separate ground wire to each switch. However, what I found was a single ground wire ...
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Do I need another relay?

I have an existing boiler with 4 zones and 4 separate pumps. I also have an electronic damper that opens when the heat is called. I am adding another zone for pex hydronic underfloor heating and I ...
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Proper way to ground a 240v metal outlet box?

I am replacing the circuit to our stove and am doing the rough in currently. We may one day want a stove requiring more amperage than our current 40 amps and so I am replacing with 6-3 w/ground. I ...
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Replacing middle of circuit outlet with doorbell transformer

I am replacing an outlet in the middle of a run with doorbell transformer. The outlet is not required for code and the transformer is one that is rated to be installed in a 2 gang box. Yes, I will be ...
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I have a 14/3 wire coming off 14/2 with power at fixture looking for diagram for proper wire connection

I have extinguishing 14/3 wire coming off 14/2 with power at light/fixture going to 15A combination switch/outlet on outside wall of a room . I had to disconnect for demo and forgot to take a pic of ...
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Plug molding rated at 15 amps, for kitchen it should be 20 amps

All Legrand plug molding is rated at 15 amps yet kitchen circuits are 20 amp with 12 guage wire. How do I make this work. Connections inside plug mold need to be "butt type" as there is no ...
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How to properly ground new three way switches being installed?

I am replacing two existing 3 way switches. The existing ones did not have a ground attached. The electrical box is plastic. There are ground wires in the back of box that are twisted and crimped ...
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Can I connect a 1-3 adapter to a 12/3 extension cord?

Before I ask, I understand how extension cords work to a point. I understand if anything is plugged in, it needs to stay under the rated wattage and amperage. I also understand the way cords are rated ...
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Please help me understand how to wire a circuit for this welder

I have a dual voltage tig welder I want to wire a circuit for in my garage. The welder will be the only equipment plugged into this. Attached is the spec sheet, requiring a 30a breaker (and will be ...
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Replacing both 3-way switches I found 2 hot wires one in each box

Since the new switches were not same make\model as the old ones I had to remove both switches (6 wires) and test for the hot wire and I found 1 hot wire in each to the 2 boxes. Now what? It seems ...
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Can two GFCI outlet loads be powered by two separate circuits?

My garage outlets and my outdoor outlets are all on the same GFCI circuit. If outdoor circuit gets wet my garage outlets lose power.
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Wire at the end of the circuit activates my tester at about 12-14 inches away

Have a new circuit in the basement that includes a dimmer switch and 4 recessed lights, in addition to 6 outlets. The switch and the lights are at the end of the run. The order is:: panel > AFCI ...
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Controlling ceiling fan and light with a single pole switch using caseta for apple home control

How can I control a ceiling fan / light which currently is controlled by a single light switch and pull chains using a caseta switch to integrate with the home app on the iphone
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Finding where the C “Common” wire should be in my heating unit

I'm trying to understand where the common wire would be from my system's wiring diagram. The thermostat itself only has the R and W connected. Is my understanding correct that it would be the wire ...
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2-gang switch with 3 black wires, how to wire up smart switches?

A friend and I have been wiring up my new home (built 2012, neutrals everywhere) with Lutron Caseta smart switches (specifically in this case, PDW-5ANS-WH-A) and he was working on my guest bathroom ...
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Which wires go where for the extra switch on a HPM doublepoint outlet with extra switch?

I am replacing a double powerpoint that has an extra switch to activate the insinkerator (under the kitchen sink). There is a red wire that comes out of the wall with the black wires and that is one ...
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Dimmer function does not work after replacing light fixture with 3 lights

I have replaced a light fixture and the 3 lights. Old lights worked fine and were dimmable. I had to replace the lights because of a diff size fitting, they are LED and according to the package are ...
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Direct Burial Wire for 200 Amp Sub Panel from 200 Amp Main

I'm trying to get the right info to price out my project. I plan to install a 200 amp sub-panel in a shed with a 125 to 150 amp feeder breaker. The shed is about 180 feet away from the main panel. The ...
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Wire gauge needed for outbuilding with welder

I have a standalone building that I'm going to start welding and doing other metal work out of. When looking over the current wiring I came across a wild shock that all I could do was laugh. The ...
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Wiring low voltage doorbell wire through exterior wall and studs

I currently have a battery powered doorbell that I would like to replace with a hardwired doorbell. Problem is, my house is not wired for a doorbell. My solution is to replace the outlet in the ...
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Wiring a blank face afci, gfci and a regular outlets in a circuit, made a loud noise in gfci box

I've a new basement kitchen 20amp circuit (with regular 20 amp breaker) that has a blank face AFCI (near the panel), GFCI outlet (first outlet in the kitchen) and regular outlet at the end (used a 15 ...
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Wire guage needed for adding a 100 amp breaker box in garage

I'm running a wire buried wire from my indoor breaker box to an indoor breaker box in my detached garage. I have a 200 amp main breaker box but in the garage I am using a 100 amp breaker box. The main ...
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Wiring in false chimney breast

I am installing a wood burner with a false chimney breast around a double skinned flue. The chimney breast will be metal stud (or do you only call it a stud if it's wood?) with fire board as per regs ...
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Running Electrical Wires exterior to interior

I need a new line placed in a certain area of my house, (for a fish tank) but running it inside isn't a super realistic option, as it's a good distance and the joists run perpendicular to where I ...
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Running ser cable from 200amp main to 100 amp sub panel

I'm running ser wire from my 200 amp main box in my garage to a 100amp service box for tankless water heater. I'm running the cable along the top edge of my garage around a corner about 30ft run total....
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Running Wire to Electrical Panel Box

I have to run approximately 8-10 home Romex (14/2 and 12/2) wires to Electric panel box. So, Can I run those wires to the panel box as per the picture, Is this sound ok ? Is there any limit, I can ...
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Multiple motion sensors for multiple led strips wiring

im trying to prepare a wiring schema for my home lighting: Lobby sensor should control only lobby led strip. Stairs upper sensor should control lobby and stairs led strips. Stairs lower sensor should ...
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Wiring for an IsEasy cooktop

wiring picture from an IsEasy cooktop. The picture shows 3 wires marked 240v each going into the unit with a common and a ground. Does this mean I would connect both sides of the 240 wiring coming ...
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How to attach ground wire for ceiling fixture, if mounting bracket does not have a green ground screw, and no ground wire coming from junction box?

My ceiling metal junction box has 2 white wires(twisted together) and 1 black wire. No copper or ground wire inside that I can see? The new fixture has a black, white and green/yellow ground wire. ...
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Trying to wire for Ecobee thermostat

I have an ecobee thermostat I'm trying to hook up, but I can't figure the wiring out. We have fuel-oil boiler and an AC, with the oil boiler using radiant water pipes (as well as heating our water for ...
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Connecting new GFCI in the middle of a circuit run

I have 4 outlet locations in a circuit run. From left to right, the line feed is directly to outlet location #3. I want a GFCI to protect all 4 outlets, so I want to put the GFCI in location #3. Can I ...
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Is converting a BSW to Ethernet jack ends possible?

I have a spare ex. 5 pair, gel and armored BSW between my home and my shop app. 120’ away. Range ext. don’t work. Can I convert BSW to Ethernet jack ?
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Live and Neutral reversed: cable colours wrong or the socket tester wrong?

I have bought a house in Germany and there were some different color sockets in some rooms so we decided to change them. I will now explain for just one socket not to confuse the matter further. ...
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How should I connect mains wires to those in my exterior light?

I have an old 500W halogen PIR floodlight secured to an outside wall. It currently has mains wiring coming out the wall and terminating inside the floodlight. The floodlight has been broken for a ...
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Is it normal for GFI test button to trip GFI when the circuit is dead?

My welder has been tripping the GFI on the circuit in the garage after I have been using it a while. I finally took the cover off and discovered the electrician saved himself, what? $2 and used a ...
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Can I connect multiple outputs into a single output?

For example, connecting 4 outlets into a single outlet. |}-----------|}-- | | ^ | | ^--||--| | ^---- || ----^ 4 electrical outputs connecting into 1.
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How to remove this fitting from hard wired dishwasher

I'm wondering how to remove this connector from my dishwasher, or what it is called? It seems like it was pushed through the opening, after which little wings depressed, preventing it from being ...
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Using 10/2 and/or 8/2 for a 240 only 3-prong

I have 2 dedicated circuits: 40 amp water heater 30 amp electric range Both have 2 hots and a neutral grounded at the panel. One runs through a junction box where the wires are connected and ...
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Old Subpanel with 3-wire Feed, with Neutrals and Grounds Bonded Together, but With Metallic Path Between Structures – Wrong or Not

I own a home with a main panel on the corner of the house and a subpanel in the garage that is sort of separate and sort of attached in that the two structures are connected by an outside wall, like ...
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Install outlet above fire place in 70's era stone wall

I'd like to install an outlet above my wood burning fireplace so that I can mount a tv. Problem is the entire wall is a 70's era stone wall. I thought I had a slick solution. There is a smaller ...
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Connecting a ceiling fan with lamp to white and blue house wires

I've purchased a Hampton Bay ceiling fan with a lamp and I'm trying to connect it to my house wiring. I can see the following house wires: 2 connected (twisted) white wires one wire of blue'ish color ...
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Replacing smart switch 3 gang box neutrals all tied up

Just moved in. Have a three gang box trying to replace switches with smart switches (they each require neutral). I'm unsure though how I'm supposed to wire the neutrals, since they are all bundled up ...

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