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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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How to connect one set of wire (+ ground wire) to outlet

So I've been going through the house and have been updating our outlets and it usually involved connecting two sets of wires and a ground wire. Today however, I ran into a set up that consisted of one ...
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Can't seem to drill through floor (cut my losses?)

I'm trying to run a Romex cable down to my garage and I was hoping to go this route but I cant seem to get through the floor. I've already cut some drywall in the closet and accidentally went through ...
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Ceiling fan with light - electrical box has two cables, one with a red wire

I'm remodeling a room and someone decided to help me by taking down an existing ceiling fan with a light fixture. However they didn't make note of how the wires were connected and I'm having trouble ...
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Wiring on washing machine lock

I'm trying to replace my washing machine (Haier MHS1000TVE) lock (in photo): To do so, I have to determine the correct wiring, that is, which one is Common (C), which one is Line (L) and which one is ...
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How to correctly wire a bathroom heater switch

I have an old Honeywell thermostat-type switch that controls the heater in the bathroom. Teenagers frequently forget to turn it off and so it runs for hours. I want to replace it with a push-button ...
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Using 2 3way switches in a single pole double gang box

I have a two gang box that I am trying to install 2 3way smart light switches into that require a neutral connection to work properly. The 3 way switches have a neutral wire in, a hot wire in and two ...
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Bosch Induction Hob Keeps Restarting

I just purchased and wired a bosch PXY675DW4E and it keeps restarting. https://youtu.be/F9wrC7jOavI https://youtu.be/7aZgkkcT6w4 Also restarting randomly from time to time. I wired it according to ...
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Trying to replace a garage light switch with old wiring

Trying to replace a light switch in the garage with a new one but the wiring doesn’t match. Old switch has white (currently matched to red/black) and black (currently matched to black) coming out of ...
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Suggestions for a timer for a shop heater

I have a shop heater - 20A, 240V, 4000W - and need to put a timer in the circuit. Any suggestions?
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installing a backup second thermostat

I currently have a Honeywell T5 wifi thermostat in my workshop that works almost the way I need it to. The only shortcoming is that when the weather is -30C for an extended period the temps in there ...
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Wire size to feed a 95 amp pool panel 90' from home

I'm installing a 95 amp pool panel 90' from a 200 amp panel inside my house. What wire and breaker size should I feed it with?
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Splicing building wire cables to accommodate door

I'm adding a doorway under a stairwell and ran into wiring running through the wall. My question is specific to the wiring. I'm planning to add a junction box on each side, splice, and then extend the ...
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Do powerline adaptors need to be plugged into outlets that are on the same leg

I used a powerline adapter like this to connect my security camera receiver to my router. This allows me to access the cameras from my cell phone which was working but now it doesn't. There's two ...
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Outlet Relocation and wiring

I have an outlet I am going to move up the wall. The outlet has two cables running to it. My question is, if I run a new straight down from my new outlet location, do I just tie together all three ...
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Can I convert a 3-way switch that switches half duplex outlets into an outlet?

I have a room where all the wall outlets are half switched, bottom half always hot, top half are run by two 3-way switches. One of the 3-way switches is on a wall I am removing and turning into a pony ...
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Connecting two dimmers in one box

I am replacing one 3 way switch with a dimmer and an older dial dimmer with a new one way pole dimmer. After powering down and removing the old switch and dial dimmer I found a red wire and two ...
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How can I fish cable through a 90 degree turn?

I am looking to fish some Cat 6 network cables from the basement to the attic. Initially, I was going to attempt using my bedroom's cold air return vent, but it appears that it's not a straight shot ...
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Are my plans for adding a 240 volt circuit reasonable?

I was hoping I could run this by someone. I've done other basic homeowner electric work like adding 120 breakers and outlets. From reading online, adding a single 240 volt circuit next to my breaker ...
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Are “pigtailed” conductors at an outlet required to comply with the length requirements of 300.14 for conductors that are spliced in the box?

I normally make any pigtails at an outlet or switch box about six inches, same as the requirement found in 300.14 for spliced conductors that emerge from their cable or raceway into the box, but an ...
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Tap Oven Electricity for Outlet

I just purchased a new house that has the oven in the island in the middle of the kitchen. Not the stove, just the oven. But there are no electrical outlets on the island. Can the oven electrical ...
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How can an outlet with only 2 wires (hot and neutral) be grounded?

I live in a home that was built in the late 1930s with some old electrical wiring and some new wiring. As I was identifying which outlets and lights are controlled by which wires I discovered a ...
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What's the deal with this ground wire?

I recently purchased a home that was built in 1963 and have started changing out a few light fixtures. I have come across a wiring method I have never seen before where the ground wires are attached ...
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Putting a plug socket on a cable which was previously wired into a heater?

Can someone please tell me if the following is safe? I have a faulty electrical heater which is wired into a switch on the wall. I am trying to replace the heater as simply as possible. Is it possible ...
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GFCI in a 3-wire sub panel with bonded neutral and ground

My detached garage has 100-amp 3-wire service from the main panel in my house, with a 100-amp breaker at each end of the feed. The grounds and neutrals are bonded inside the sub panel due to the lack ...
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Electric switch

My light switch in the family room and garage light switch is on the same circuit, so if I put on the family room light the garage light has to be on and vice versa. How can I split them to work ...
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Double light switch issue

We have just wired a new 2 way, 2 gang, switch plate, which works, but for one side the 'on' position is up, and for the other it's down, which looks odd and is impractical. Is this a problem with the ...
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Leviton Dimmer 3 way remote switch only turning off

I've been trying to get this three way setup working for a few days now. The wiring diagrams that came with the kits are not consistent and when I wired according to the diagram I was not able to get ...
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Replacing receptacles

I have a 40A 240V circuit which currently is wired to a 240V 50A receptacle. I would like to run 2 240V, 20A appliances on this circuit.. Is there anything that prevents me from Wiring up 2 20A 240V ...
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Rewiring in metal conduit

My brother and his family live in an older house. It's old enough to have metal pipes as electrical conduits, quite uncommon nowadays in The Netherlands. He wants to rewire some parts, to move some ...
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Garage wiring puzzle

I'm trying to figure out the wiring in my finished garage. It has two ceiling junction boxes, with attached porcelain lights, and three wall outlets. I'll say up front that all of this was done ...
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How to properly pigtail a second light source from existing light switch

all. I'm looking for feedback on how to wire a second light from an existing wall switch. I am providing a self-drawn diagram and an actual photo of the existing box with the wires exposed in an ...
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Legal/safe? Neutral in box goes to different panel than the one that provides the hot

TL;DR: in summary: the load (light) is in the garage, it is fed by a hot that originates in the garage, and it sinks into a neutral in the garage. The odd thing is that a switch loop extends from ...
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GFCI installation help

So I just replaced an old gfci with a new one. It has two cable connected to it. With originally the two black wires connected together to a third black wire with a wire screw cap and connected to the ...
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Connecting Ceiling Fan

Power source in fixture. Two 3-way switches. How do I get constant hot to ceiling fan and work the light with both switches.
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Can I do an external splice to my chandelier wire?

My ceilings are over 20 feet tall so I want to avoid renting scaffolding to replace the chandelier at the junction box.
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What type of cable should I bury for a small utility shed?

I'm putting a 8x16 utility shed in my back yard. It will be 100 ft from the service panel. I want to run the supply line under ground. There will be one 4ft fluorescent light and two 120V receptacles....
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Can I use the ground wire as a neutral for an outlet?

I had a bulb light outlet, and I decided to convert it to power outlet. Now when I took the bulb light off, I discovered that there is only two wires in the wall, brown and yellow green, so I assume ...
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4 neutral wires bundled, two smart switches, how to pair neutrals

I have 4 neutral wires bundled together, and two switches requiring neutral. Each switch allows an in and an out for neutral, as pictured. My question is, does it matter how I pair the neutral wires ...
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My room lights' brightness pulses when I turn on my toaster oven

I have a house with old 2-prong wiring in most of my bedrooms. My toaster oven is plugged in on the kitchen countertop. Whenever I turn it on, the brightness of the lights in 3 (out of 4) of my ...
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Wall heater wiring

I'm putting in a 2000 watt 240volt wall heater that calls for 14gage wire with a 15 amp circuit breaker. There is an existing 12gage wire with a 20amp 240volt circuit breaker not being used. Can I ...
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How did my ground and neutral become energized by a short in the buried main line?

Long post, because I'm not sure what information is critical. The ultimate question is what, if anything, I need to do to ensure there are no hazardous conditions in my home. Friday night, the ...
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Do multiple ground bus bars need to be tied on subpanel?

I'm adding circuits to a subpanel. For wiring neatness sake, I'm considering adding a second ground bus bar. Do I need to tie both ground bars together (if so, what size wire), or is screwing them ...
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Is this wiring safe [duplicate]

The wall box is from the mid-1950's and my multimeter shows that it is grounded. There are a solid 120 volts when testing between live and ground. I noticed a bare copper wire coming from the cloth ...
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How can I install standard outlets on a 30A #10 multi-wire branch circuit?

I was looking for hopefully a quick answer. I have a multi wire circuit coming out of main breaker box. It is a 30 amp double breaker with 10 gauge wire that divides into the double breaker . I ...
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12/3 w/ ground run from switch to ceiling fan. Way to jump 12/2 for new light with independent switch?

Remodeling a bedroom in a 1980s townhome. The home was set up with switched outlets and no ceiling lighting in most rooms. The bedroom in question does have 12/3 cable w ground to the ceiling from the ...
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Fixing a (possibility) incorrectly wired 4 way light

I started a project to add a 16v line for a video doorbell and, as always, ran into some trouble. Split level house was built in the 70s and has a 4 way switch and a single pole right by the front ...
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Can you have 2 junction boxes on one 12/3 cable run

I have s question about junction boxes. Can i have 2 junction boxes on on cable of romex? One box is to give additional length and the second box is to provide power to receptacle. If i can’t i will ...
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SE Cable and maximum number of bends

I'm working on running some SE cable from a breaker box to a new 220V 14-50R receptacle. The old receptacle was not located within the area specified by our new electric range. I am using TYPE SE ...
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Correct gauge and jacket type for feeder wire to subpanel?

I need to install a 200A panel about 100 feet from the meter base. I have 400A service coming to the building, broken out at the meter base into two 200A exterior disconnects. One disconnect is ...
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Ceiling occupancy sensor with wall switch override

I am planning to finish my garage and currently planning the rough-in. I wanted to add a way for the lights to come on automatically if the garage door is being opened at night, or if I go out to ...