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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How to wire 4way hot at 4way

How to wire 4 way switch, Hot at 4 way and light fed from 3 way on end. I have found similar picture by searching however it also fed light from 4 way.
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Wire splitting to switches

I am running 14-2 wire from a 15 amp circuit. I want to use 3 dimmer switches for 4 lights on each. Can I split or connect 3 wires in a junction box to each dimmer switch from the main wire? I am ...
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Replace thermostat wiring from my Carrier Weathermaker 8000 to my Nest thermostat

I'd like to replace the wiring from my Carrier Weathermaker 8000 to my thermostat to add a C wire. I assume I need to turn off the Carrier first, but there is no power switch that I can see on the ...
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Help me understand this power strip installation

I moved into a flat which has the following electrical setup in the kitchen: Regular looking 4-socket power strip Combi boiler plugged into power strip Washing machine plugged into power strip Front ...
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Is it okay to have exposed 12/2 romex?

I am outfitting a shed with an electrical system. The inside walls are currently unsheathed, and I do not plan to sheath them. I was not sure if I can install Romex directly stapled to the studs ...
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Wiring a ceiling pendant UK wiring

I've done this before, but maybe because I'm replacing a ceiling fan with a pendant light the wiring is different. I have 3 brown wires, with one live 1 Earth (No neutral wire.) This is the end of ...
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Is it ok to add an outlet from an Exit sign?

I'm trying to install WiFi expanders in our mostly brick building. The barrier is a lack of outlets where we need them. There are literally no outlets in locations were the WiFi expanders could also ...
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Could stove element be powered through fan switch?

I have a Jenn Air C221 modular cooktop (circa 1983). EDIT: here is the wiring diagram: By design, the downdraft fan turns on whenever a grill element is installed and turned on. This is done using an ...
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Dead GFCI Outlets

I have 4 GFCI receptacles in my kitchen that are not working. All appear to be on the same breaker. I immediately checked to see if I could reset them and could not. So next I checked the breakers in ...
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How to tell what is causing my breaker to trip

I have a 15 AMP breaker that will not stay on. Shut off lights, went to bed as usual and in the morning the lights would not come on. I inspected the breaker panel and found that circuit was tripped. ...
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3way wiring with timer AND a dimmer

I'm using an intermatic ST01 to feed the dimmer, since I don't have a neutral in the far box, and I'm told not to feed dimmed input to a timer. From there is where I'm having a problem, using a ...
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Part identification: Thermal cutoff within baseboard heater

We had a contractor paint our baseboard heaters with white thermal paint. He gutted the radiator's electrical components, in order to prepare the chassis for painting. In doing so, he snipped what he ...
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Need help with wiring of in-line ventilation fan

I've got this fan to install as part of a heat transfer system. The fan is controlled by a touch-screen thermostat/control unit and has three speeds. I understand the supplied wiring diagram, but I'm ...
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Flexible Metal Conduit length limits with grounding

Basic question - if I have a long run of flexible mc, 12/2 with a green equipment ground wire inside, am I limited in my overall length of this run as long as I meet the support requirements? I see ...
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multiple thermostat boiler connection

I have a boiler system with thermostats and valves for three floors. before i changed the boiler what ever thermostat called for heat worked for that floor. Now all thermostats have to be on or ...
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Possible ceiling fan failure

Just purchased a 1940 home with mostly 2 conductor cloth wiring installed. The ceiling fan (reversible w/light) in the bedroom wasn't working so I checked and discovered that it had been disconnected ...
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How should I connect a ceiling fan with four 12/2 cables coming in?

I had a detached garage built. The guy who ran the electrical is not available and I am having some trouble with how he ran the wiring for two ceiling fans in the loft area. There is one switch (...
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Why is it safe to use 15 A receptacles on a 20 A circuit?

OK, the one answer I got was way off target, and another commenter couldn't figure out what I was asking, so I'm restating the question... Are 15A 3-prong grounded outlets actually rated to 20A, ...
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Correct polarity of outlets from breaker

I'm putting an ice maker in my storage shed at vacation spot. Some of the convenience outlets are inverted and I can't be sure of the correct polarity?
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3-Wire 30A needs to be 4-wire 30A for new oven, can I run a ground from wall outlet?

I'm replacing an oven that was wired with 240V 3-wire 30A (Black, White, Red) and the new oven is 240V 4-wire 30A. Can I run a copper ground wire from a 15A grounded outlet two feet away?
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Is there a reason the hot wire is connected to the neutral bar and the white to the breaker?

The black wire is connected to the neutral bar and the white wire is connected to the breaker. Should it be this way for any reason?
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Brand new oven won't heat

On Wednesday we had new appliances delivered to the house. The installation was included in the purchase price so I let the retailer (not a big box but a well known and regarded local appliance shop) ...
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Testing an uninstalled outlet

Is there some way to test an outlet to see if it's good and works without going through all the effort of installing it, like maybe with DC from a battery so that the LED lights? That may not be a ...
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What type of quick disconnects for 18ga to 12ga low voltage wire connections?

I'm powering an 18ga 24V DC submersible pump for a water fountain in the yard using a 110V AC to 24V DC power supply (18 ga). I'm planning to use 12ga stranded low voltage wire (max.30V) from the ...
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Switch wiring general question

I replaced a ceiling fan with a regular light a while back that originally had 2 switches that worked it. When I was done only one switch worked, I was okay with this because I didn't use the other ...
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How should I connect my solar panels to each controllers for optimal performance (series or parallel) without buying new charge controlllers?

I have 4 355w solar panels and 3 315 w solar panels. I have a 40 amp mppt and a 30 amp mppt charge controllers with 100v Max pv voltage. The distance solar panels to charge controllers is around 15 ...
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Need help with electrical wiring for lights

I disconnected my basement light wire by accident. In my spare room upstairs I had no light. I had this wall switch which controlled the receptacle instead. I decided to install a ceiling light using ...
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Canadian (Alberta) Residential Electrical Code

Is there a homeowners version of the current electrical code for residential wiring in Alberta available at no cost? I’m renovating my kitchen and would be helpful to know the many changes and ...
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How should I connect my solar panels to each controllers for optimal performance (series or parallel)? [duplicate]

I have 4 355w solar panels and 3 315 w solar panels. I have a 40 amp mppt and a 30 amp mppt charge controllers with 100v Max pv voltage. The distance solar panels to charge controllers is around 15 ...
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Do I need license to do electrical work in any residential home?

I have 4 years apprenticeship, work on my own for 7 years in Africa, and Europe. I have also attended Montgomery college, so I have a total of 32 years in the electrical field. Do I need license ...
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What is wrong with my light

I have two ceiling light fixtures that just will not work. I checked the incoming power in the ceiling. Its fine. I did a continuity test on the wires/socket and they are fine. As a test I ...
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Fitting recessed lighting without damaging ceiling

I'm trying to add recessed lighting into my hall. There's currently a pendant light in the middle, which I'll be removing. I then want to add 6 240v (UK) GU10 fittings. There's no insulation in the ...
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Replace 240 receptacle with one or two 120

I found some similar questions but given possibly different base assumptions I would like just to check that what I want to do is possible with existing wiring. In NYC, where everything is armored ...
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Wiring a new shop advice

I am having a new shop built on Friday.The shop is located 250 feet from my power meter. For a 240 volt 100 amp service in the shop, the online calculator says I need 2/0 AWG Aluminum or 1AWG copper....
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Replacing chandelier, I have 5 different colours of wires coming out of the ceiling

I took a chandelier off and didn't took pic of the wiring. I have 4 cables with red black and green and an extra 2 cables, one with yellow( with green stripe) and black. And one with red and white. ...
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Connect Two sets of 5 meter RGB Lights

I bought two of this RGB led Strips of 5 meters and would like to connect them together. Is is possible to do this with the power supply i have or would i need something stronger or maybe an amplifier?...
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Spa pump wiring

The house we purchased has a 220/120 32 jet spa. The 220 drives a circulation pump, heater and runs the 2 hp 1-speed jet pump. The jet pump is poor quality and undersized for that amount of jets and ...
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Where would my cable modem go based on this structured media enclosure's components?

I was at a model home the other day and checked out its structured media enclosure. Inside, it had a "Standard 4 x 10 Voice Distribution Module" and what appeared to be a "1 x 6 3GHz Video Splitter ...
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Upgrade to Smart Switch for a Post Light?

Our old (circa 1970) house has a post light out front. The switch is in an inconvenient location and is thus never used, so I thought I'd drop in a smart switch - a Belkin Wemo, in this case - to ...
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Wiring for outdoor GFCI receptacle in my garden

I have dug my trench. I want to use FMC (flexible metal conduit) since some of my trench is only 8-12 inches deep. I need to know what wires I need inside my conduit. Do I just need a black, white and ...
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Fan dimmer switch wiring

Old fan dimmer switch has red black and blue, new switch Has yellow red and black plus a green ground . How do I rewrite?
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Can an electrician with 16th edition rules do work in anybody's home?

I did an elim course taking city and guilds for the 16th edition electrical installation and maintenance. Can I still do work in people's houses without having to give certificates the types of work? ...
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How to properly install a Hayward Colorlogic Light Controller…?

Trying to swap out an existing pool light switch with a new LED light w/ inclusive switch. The old switch was a standard toggle switch, 3 wires (meaning the outlet is wired white, black, ground) . ...
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new fan has 3 wires, 1-white, 1-blue, 1-black. coming out of the ceil is 1-red, 1-white, and 1-black

Help: I can not understand how to connect these wires. my new fan has 1-white,1-blue,1-black. and from ceiling 1-red,1-white,1-black and 1-copper ground? The difference in matching the different ...
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GFCI No Equipment Ground not testing

A GFCI installed near a sink has this sticker on it. From what I gather online, this means the outlet was installed on place of an old 2 wire outlet, and it's safe anyway, and up to code. But it's not ...
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What is the proper way to convert a pair of three-way (SPDT) switches into a single two-way (SPST) switch?

I'm in the process of replacing some of the light switches in my house with smart switches, Wemo Light Switches in this case. I've had no problem with the replacement of my One-way switches (SPST I ...
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Requirements for adding outdoor outlets

I would like to run a line of outlets on the front side of my house. Ideally there will be: 1 circuit of outlets that are always on for general use 2 circuits of outlets that are on timers, one for ...
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Brittle wires in recessed can light

In 2018 you answered a question regarding crumbling or brittle insulation on wires inside of a recessed can light. I have the same problem. Could it have anything to do with the fact that the wiring ...
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How do I run ethernet cable through a wall cavity?

I want to install an ethernet jack in an interior wall of one room. I'd like to run the cable up through the wall cavity (so it is hidden) into the crawl space and back down another wall to another ...
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GFCI won't reset, charges neutral when wired up

I have a single GFCI outlet on it's own circuit in a bathroom. When the breaker is on and outlet isn't wired, the hot has current (using a probe tester) and neutral and ground do not. When I hook up ...