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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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What type cable and size should I use for my shop?

My existing overhead wire is triplex 1/0, 2 insulated and one bare. The power company is out of the picture because they do not provide service to a customer supplied pole. My existing wire is at ...
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Is my 4-way switch replacement job safe and up to code?

I recently replaced a 4-way light switch setup with a smart dimmer setup (GE Enbrighten 14294 and GE Add-On 12723) and wanted to check wanted to check that everything I did was safe and up to code (...
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Can I tighten unused terminal screws on my outlets?

I bought some receptacle extenders in 1/4 and 3/8 to bring outlets more flush to drywall. The outlets have push-in connectors on the back. Is there any harm in screwing down the terminals screws on ...
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Found mismatched breaker and wiring while replacing kitchen outlet in older house

I have a few experiences wiring outlets and lighting but still am a novice. We have a 1941 2BR house in the US. A duplex outlet had chipped plastic on one of the outlets where the ground prong ...
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Plug too hot to touch after using toaster

I've used a toaster in the same outlet for a few years, today when unplugging it immediately after use I noticed the metal prongs on the plug were uncomfortably hot. The outlet was hot too, but ...
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Light fixture with 3 white, 3 black, 1 red wire

I'm trying to replace an old fixture for cosmetic reasons. Unfortunately I've pulled apart the wiring to the old fixture and don't remember how it all connected. The wiring in the ceiling has the ...
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How to fix old BX wires

I have a house that was built in 1923 which has the original BX armored cable throughout. At the switches, fixtures, and outlets, some of the cloth-over-rubber sheathing has become brittle, cracked, ...
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I want to add a few outlets in my spare room

Okay, so here is what I got. I have done a fair amount of replacing switches and outlets but this is my first time adding outlets. I have a 15 amp breaker in the box running a couple of lights and ...
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Rewiring house and replacing breaker panel. Wiring layout and breaker selections

I'm doing a major kitchen and bathroom remodel project and decided the old federal pacific breaker box needs to be replaced. Since I'll be rewiring the bath and kitchen, I figured it makes sense to ...
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Switching wiring from one transformer to another

I am considering getting a Nest Hello doorbell. The requirements state: Nest Hello needs to be powered by wires delivering 16 - 24 V AC, and at least 10 VA (in North America) I had a brief look ...
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Are all switches in a 4-way circuit the same?

I have a four way switch in the house (I assume that is the correct term, 4 switches all controling the same light; flipping any one of them toggles the light; no other lights are affected). I am ...
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What is this copper-looking wire on my light fixture?

I had an electrician install two hanging pendants over a kitchen island. The install went well and the pendants work fine. However, after the install I've had an opportunity to look at the fixtures ...
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Bathroom GFCI trips when I plug into different outlet on separate breaker, but in same bathroom

My GFCI in my bathroom trips when I plug anything into another standard outlet across the room. They are on separate breakers. If I turn off the breaker that powers the GFCI, the other outlet works ...
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What is the official name for wiring hole stops/plugs and where can I buy them?

We have several holes in our house (floor and external wall) that are used for cables (coax and cat5e). The holes are bigger than the cable that goes through them so we'd like to minimize the excess ...
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Outlets for 2 sheds

I want to run a couple of lines from my main box, 1 for 50 amp for my RV and then I want to have 9 shop lights installed (4 to run on one switch and the other 5 on a second switch) and 5 110 outlets ...
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Power outage in one room

My roommates share a room and they have been experiencing frequent outtages that last anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour. There are 4 outlets in the room, and when this happens only 3 go out. No ...
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Replacing GFCI and found two hot wires

I was testing the GFCI in my garage and the "test" button would not work. The receptacle had power but pushing the test button would not cut power. I turned off the breaker and took the receptacle ...
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Too many wires coming out of ceiling fixture

Wiring in ceiling.1I'm trying to replace my kitchen ceiling light fixture but... coming out of the ceiling I have 3 black wires, 3 white wires, a red wire and a ground! I didn't take a picture of how ...
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Safe to combine GFCI switch with non-GFCI switch?

I have two switches by the front door. One controls the exterior door light. The other controls a light on a pole by the driveway. I want to replace the two switches with a single timer switch that ...
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Fix issue with 2 independent lights on single source

I inherited an electrical conundrum. In particular, two hallway lights on the main floor and upstairs, sharing a circuit and each independently controlled by two switches, both on the main floor. ...
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Can I use three phase existing wiring for a single phase a/c unit?

I am replacing an old 3 phase a/c unit with a new single phase a/c unit. Can I just use 2 of the three legs at existing unit disconnect to power the new single phase unit? Is that done by capping one ...
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Probably “orphan” hot lead

So I decided to replace the ailing motion sensor light on the garage eave of my nearly 50 year old split-level. I have replaced motion sensor lights several times in my small barn, but all the ...
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Why don't my devices have power after separating one room's wiring?

I’m rewiring an upstairs room so it is separate from the other three rooms and found two wires which are both black and separated from each other. One is hot and the other is not. After tracing it ...
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Question about a bathroom wiring I do not understand

I just bought an old condo and am doing a renovation. At the hallway ceiling just out of the bathroom door, there is an exposed junction box with no covering, and I try to figure out what it can be ...
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Can I use two 30amp breakers instead of one 60amp?

I bought a heater (ecosmart11), it needs 60amp. In the building I live I can't change the wiring from 40 to 60 (I bought the place, tho). So my 60amp breaker is useless. But, I can put two 30amp ...
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How to run cable from attic inside an external brick wall?

My exterior walls are brick. inside it's dry wall. My house was built in 1950. I'm not sure what's between the drywall and brick but I'd like to fish a cable down from the attic to this wall where my ...
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Is it acceptable to use a lighted switch with a switched outlet?

The bedrooms in our house in California each have a light switch that controls power to an outlet in the room. The switches are the single-pole type, interrupting the black/hot wire. Is it acceptable ...
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If I install a GFCI on the first outlet in a circuit will the other receptacles on that breaker circuit have GFI protection?

I have three electrical outlets in my garage which appear to be connected to one circuit breaker. I am assuming the outlet closest to to the panel is first in the three receptacle circuit. How ...
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Is it considered safe to connect ground to neutral with GFCI outlets?

I am retired electrician. I have had contractors tell me to change ungrounded (2 prong) outlets to 3 prong and connect the ground to neutral (bootlegging). There was only 2 conductor/no ground cable ...
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Ungrounded outlet indicates grounded when an UPS is plugged in

I moved into an old apartment that has a mix of grounded, ungrounded, and GFCI ungrounded outlets. My computer is plugged into an ungrounded GFCI outlet. Plugging in a tester indicates open ground. ...
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Curious “open ground” when using testers in series

I added 2 new wall sockets starting from an existing wall socket. After wiring them up and connecting the power I plugged a GRT-500 into the two sockets - I happened to have two so I plugged one into ...
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Is wiring a motion sensor switch with 18 AWG wire on a 20 amp circuit innapprorpiate?

I bought some motion sensor switch. They don't come with screw mounts, just 18 AWG wires that pop out. The load is 2 light fixtures maybe drawing 200 watts total. It's on a 15 amp circuit though. I ...
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Are my wires in this junction box too short?

This my first attempt at a junction box . I am kind of worried the wires are too short. They are all in the push connectors. Is this safe?
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Why is neutral wired to ground at this switch?

I was looking to add an outlet near my light switch in the garage. When I opened the box for the switch I noticed that the neutral is wired to the ground. In the picture of the switch, the top wire ...
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Why are my new switches tripping the circuit breaker sometimes?

Here's the scoop: There are 3 switches in my hallway. One switch on side A and two switches on side B. Side A switch controls same light as one switch on Side B. I replaced the switch on Side A ...
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How to drill a hole for an ethernet cable between first and second story? [on hold]

I was wondering how could I drill a hole directly through my first story ceiling to the second story floor without severely damaging neither floor nor ceiling. If possible, could someone give me ...
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How to fish thermostat cable using an existing cable

So I have an existing thermostat cable on my 2nd floor that only has 4 wires, and I need a 5th wire to use as the common wire. Can I use the existing cable to fish or guide a new 6 wire cable through ...
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Help with adding outlet to middle of run; new outlet not powered

(Preface: I have read all of the related, earlier questions I can find... still stumped.) I added an outlet to a run by cutting (before Outlet A) what I thought I had identified as the line in to ...
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Can I add a second thermostat in my basement for more control?

I would like to install a second thermostat on the lower floor of my home. My thinking is that when we have guest staying on the lower floor I could turn the upper floor thermostat off and the lower ...
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Moving electrical panel. Do I need to rewire all circuits?

We are planning a large remodel in our home. As part of creating a basement apartment we have to relocate the electrical panel so that it's accessible to us as well as the tenants. We will do that by ...
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CO/ALR Outlet Wire Mount Screw Torque

When installing a CO/ALR outlet is there a recommended torque specification for the mounting screws? Unfortunately, I have some aluminum wiring in my home.
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Can I combine red & black wire from ceiling to black wire on remote reciever

enter image description here I have 2 switches on wall, 4 wires from ceiling. The ceiling fan I purchased only has 2 wires to be hooked up. Can I combine the red & black wires from ceiling to ...
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Power Comes into Light fixture from Panel, connected to switch how to wire always on outlet in

In my workshop I want to wire in some outlets. The power comes into the room into a light then is branched to other lights and a switch in the room to control said lights. I know how to hook up the ...
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Replacing outlet; found one white wire hot. How to connect?

I am replacing a worn outlet. Upon removing faceplate & receptacle, I discovered 3 romex feeds into single box. Each has 3 wires: 1 black, 1 white, 1 copper As I understand it, usually black=hot,...
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Multi-wire branch circuit

I have a long distance from my breaker cabinet to my basement. I ran a 12/3 with ground to the basement. Now I would like to add some outlets. Can I do as shown in image? or do I need to run 3 wires ...
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2 way switches controlling 1 outlet [on hold]

I have a dust collector in my shop and I want to run 6 @ 2 way switches to operate 1 @ 20 volt outlet... The outlet would be there to plug in the dust collector, just 110 volt, I then want to run ...
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Why is my 3-prong dryer outlet showing 240V between hot and neutral/ground 'L' prong?

I'm trying to tell what might be wired wrong with our dryer outlet. Using a Fluke 75 set to AC, I read 238V between the hot leads, 118V from one lead to ground, and 238V between the other lead to ...
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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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Flexicore ceiling electrical install

I live in a condo with flexicore ceilings. I would like to install another light fixture in my family room. Can I cut into the core of the flexicore and install greenfield or BX in the channel to the ...
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Installing Levitron Digital Dimmer with Matching Remote

I have a Levitron Digital Dimmer (DDL06-1LZ) and matching remote (DD00R-DLZ). Dimmer is at bottom of the stairs and the remote at the top. Wire it all according to the diagram and dimmer doesn't ...