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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Shared neutral on the same leg

I have a two bedroom cape with 14-3 running to the second floor where it splits. I noticed at the panel some time much later that the two 15 amp breakers that power up the individual rooms, are ...
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I want to add a light box to an existing light circuit

I have one regular light with a single pole switch. I want to add 4 more lights to it, but I don’t want the new lights and the light I have up controlled by the one switch. Is there a way to wire it ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can I use Multi-Cable Staples to run wire horizontally?

I am running 5 or 6 runs of wire in my attic and thought I would use the Multi-Cable Staples to give myself more room. Here's a picture of what it looks like: They definitely seem strong enough to ...
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What is code or common rule when securing multiple electrical lines?

What is common practice or code when running new electrical lines in a home(15 amp/20 amp) in a basement that feed up to the 1st and 2nd floor of a home? Is there a rule on how many wires can be run ...
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Light and GFCI off 240v well circuit transformer

Due to costs of pulling I decided to try a used transformer as of infrequent usage of the GFCI and more of lighting. I opened the mobile home's 200 amp breaker box at the pole. It has a double breaker ...
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Borescope recommendations (features)

I'd love to get a borescope, but I've never used one. Should I try to find a place to rent one first (does such a place even exist?) or should I bite the bullet and buy one? What features should I be ...
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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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How to power 12V LEDs from a 12V AC power supply

I have a 12V power supply that I am using to power some lights in my garden. I want to also power (in parallel) a set of 12V LED lights which (of course) require a 12V DC supply. Is there a simple ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 this light fixture tripping the GFCI?

I recently replaced an outlet with a GFCI outlet in a bathroom in an older home (1960s), and added a light/bath fan. In the same box as the outlet I replaced was a single pole switch to a light over ...
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What are the legalities associated with mounting splicing wire connectors?

There are some situations, such as those involving large junction or pull boxes that serve as central takeoff points for many-plexed homeruns or homerun banks, enclosures that form central splice ...
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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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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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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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Can I run CAT5/6 cables parallel to electrical cables?

I am building a new house and am planning to hardwire network cables into each room. Can I run CAT5/6 cables parallel to electrical wires without introducing any general safety issues or losing much ...
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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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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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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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240v Outlet with 120v and 215v - How?

Ok this is a weird one and maybe I just don't understand how mains work (though I feel I have a good enough knowledge to stay safe and do basic breaker work & wiring). Buddy moved into a new shop ...
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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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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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4 way circuit with two 4 way switches

I have a 4 way circuit (3 physical toggle switches). I am use to seeing this setup with two 3-ways and a 4-way in the middle. Looking at what I have, I have a 3-way, and two 4-way switches! All 4 ...
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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 ...