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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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Wire type to outside box through wall

I'm sorting out some wiring at my Uncles house. There is a box outside that has two pvc conduits going in to it. Power in, and power out to the pool lights. This box also feeds in to the house via ...
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Basic electric transformer questions (ring doorbell install)

To make a long story short I am in the process of hooking up my ring door bell and I need to follow these instructions: (I want to wire directly to transformer) To my understanding I need to wire my ...
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What is best way to wire a ceiling receptacle in this situation?

I was trying to rewire this garage door opener where in current situation it is not code compliant to where it is. The picture above shows where a porcelain light socket was wired. I had hoped to use ...
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Can Romex (NM-B) be run through conduit?

A few days ago I asked an electrician if I could run Romex through conduit - he gave me a funny look and said "No, Romex is not allowed in conduit." When I searched online, there seems to be a wide ...
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Old AC and Gas Boiler wiring for new thermostat

I need help connecting a new 'C' wire for a Honeywell RTH6500WF thermostat. As you can see the heating is an old boilder with a simple pump to circulate the hot water to the baseboard radiators. The ...
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What is minimum height a wall junction box must be from ceiling?

i would like to raise my wall light a bit (moving box in the process). How high from the ceiling must it be?
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How can I add a single pole switch next to a 3-way switch?

I currently have a 3-way circuit in the family room. I would like to install a 2 gang box @ one of the switch locations and add a single pole switch to control an exterior light. Can I wire the single ...
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3 wire cooktop, 4 wire stove, 4 wire supply - what to do about neutral and ground?

The supply has black, red, white and ground. So does the stove. The cooktop only has black, red and ground. What do I do with the white wire from the stove? Connect it to the white on the supply, or ...
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Wiring a Tesla Powerwall into an Existing Solar Install

I've been looking at the cost and feasibility of augmenting my existing 5kWh solar install with battery-backed storage to shift usage of the solar power that I generate to more useful times of the day/...
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Old Thermostat with just R and Y wires?

UPDATE: this may be R and V, not R and Y, although I'm still not sure how it was set up. I am replacing an old thermostat in my house (the house is from the 60s, I'm not sure how old the thermostat ...
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Low voltage track lighting flashing at low frequency

I have two sets of track lighting on the same switch, and one of the tracks flashes at a low frequency at seemingly random times. Video of the behavior. Some relevant details: The two tracks are on ...
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Wiring new range hood exhaust fan motor

Now, my current range hood exhaust fan motor has 3 wires coming from the harness, a red wire, a white wire and a black wire. The NEW motor only has 2 black wires coming off of it- how do I hook it up?
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How do I make this wiring inside cabinet safer?

tl;dr: How do I make this wiring meet code, or at least safer? The pic below is inside one of my kitchen cabinets. Once upon a time the stove was located below these cabinets, and that wire must have ...
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Why is this odd 3 wire light not working?

I have a very odd light problem. We took down the ceiling to move a light. We have two switches in the dining room that control two lights. After moving the one light, I tested the light I moved and ...
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Why does my light box have 2 cables for this one switch?

Took down a ceiling fixture and discovered what looks like a possible switch loop, except I don’t understand how the connection gets completed with the current set up. Basically, 2 lines coming into ...
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Is fine stranded wire ok for main supply line?

I’m changing the load panel in a mobile home with additions to gain additional circuits. Outside a few feet from home is the service pole with meter and a 100 amp disconnect. I became concerned ...
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Wire cladding selection

120V wire an be clad in Aluminum 'whips' or in PVC as shown in the photo. When is it appropriate (required?) to use Aluminum? PVC?
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Is voltage on the ground conductor a sign of short circuit?

When we touch the ground wire(!) on some of our power outlets, the tester lights up. Not as bright as when touching the live wire and the circuit breaker doesn't tip, but there is definitely "...
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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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Adding a switch and receptacle

I have a pull chain light in my shed. Power comes in to the light. I want to add a switch to the light so I don't have to use the pull chain. Is it possible to run electricity down to a 2 gang box and ...
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Wiring a ceiling light to a switched receptacle

Please note that I am a diy newbie, and the only electrical experience I have is changing out switches & light fixtures. I want to install a new ceiling light to a switched receptacle, and I ...
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How can I add a C-wire to a Venstar T5800 thermostat?

I am trying to replace my existing thermostat. My old thermostat has: Rh, W (coming from the heating unit). Rc, Y, G (coming from the AC unit). On the Venstar T5800, I can map as follows: Rh+Rc -...
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How to split a circuit

I have a one floor house with semi finished basement. On the main floor the Living room, Bath, 2 Bedrooms, garage and Microwave outlets are on 1 circuit. If I go to skinny breakers I have room to run ...
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Install recessed lights and chandelier with 3-way switches

I am remodeling my entry way and dining room to give a more open feel. Existing: 15 Amp breaker 12-2 Feed directly from the box two gang box outside of the kitchen 1 standard switch and 1 three ...
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Wiring Question - one switch, two lights

Hopefully straightforward wiring question, but I can't seem to figure it out. In my kitchen we have two ceiling light fittings. One has white, black, & copper wires, the other had white, black, ...
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Removing wires from old breaker

I'm changing my first breaker, a GFCI. There is no main Breaker in the panel. Everything was going fine until... I couldn't remove 2 of the 3 wires from the old breaker because there was no screw to ...
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Ceiling fan wiring problem

I took down my ceiling fan and there are 4 black wires together 3 white wires together and 1 white wire by itself. I want to connect and chandelier there to work by switch. The fan that was up before ...
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Installing Nest 3rd generation thermostat from Old Trane Weathertron Thermostat (Mercury one)

Nest is not detecting Power (Rh) Showing error that power is not connected. Please help. Installing Nest 3rd generation thermostat from Old Trane Weathertron Thermostat (Mercury one) New stat wiring:...
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Help wiring occupancy sensor

I had a Lutron Maestro MS-OPS2 occupancy sensor wired in a small handy box and it worked fine. Here is a photo of how it was wired then: Since the box was too small and I wanted to put a finished ...
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Swapped out light switch and now WIRES have no power?

We’ve been swapping out all our outlets and switches in our house....with minimal problems until today. In our living room we have a dimmer switch on one wall that controls our overhead light. On ...
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Remove ceiling fan/light combination replacing with a light and remove 1 of 2 switches that controlled the ceiling fan

I am replacing a ceiling fan/light kit combination with a light fixture. The ceiling fan is controlled by 2 switches; one for light on/off and one for the fan on/off + 3 speed control. My desired end ...
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What's the “correct” way to install LED drivers for accent lighting?

I want to install LED strip lighting behind crown molding in my office. In my particular install, I'm using 3 strips of SMD 5050 RGBW LEDs, which draw about 72 W per strip. From what I can gather, ...
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3-way switch and top only hot outlet troubleshooting

We're trying to fix some electrical issues done by our house's previous owners and while doing so, somehow we lost the ability to control the top half of our outlets using a light switch. Long story ...
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100 AMP garage sub-panel from 200 AMP house

I've checked a number of the other questions but not finding the specific answer I need. I'm wiring a 100 AMP garage sub-panel from a 200 AMP main in my house. I plan to install a 100 AMP circuit ...
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Causes of Corroded or Burned Wires

Beginning Disclaimer - I am not a Serious DIYer. (I'm more of a Seriously Try to Avoid Paying Someone Else to Do Iter). So anyways, I've been having trouble with lights flickering or not working in ...
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Convert bathroom exhaust fan/light combo to light only with 3 way switches

I have a Nutone exhaust fan/light fixture in my bathroom. The fan and light are each controlled by their own 2 pole switch, one is inside the bathroom and one is outside. I want to replace the ...
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Blue cable in 220v air conditioner plug & cord?

I'm looking to replace the plug on a window air conditioner unit that uses a 6-20 240v plug. However, in addition to the cord having two hots and ground, there's a small blue cable that I'm not sure ...
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Can a white neutral wire be used as a three pole traveler wire?

I live in a 1977 vintage apartment building in the US. I have two 3-pole switches for my bedroom entry light, which are not working correctly. The one switch must be left in the "up" position all the ...
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How do I wire my ceiling fan with two switches (one for lights the other for fan)?

So I am replacing my bedroom ceiling fan. I messed up and forgot to take a picture of the wiring. I know I screwed up, but now it is a learning opportunity. I am sure that electrical standards vary ...
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LED light is on when it should not be

I have 3 12v LED under cabinet lights that I plan to install. The final install goal is to have the line power (120v) controlled by a pre-installed light switch (1-way) which currently operates 4 pot ...
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Building a house in sections over time

Say I someday want to have a large estate, but for right now I just want to build the living room, kitchen, one bathroom, etc. and next year add another bedroom, library, etc. either adjoining or ...
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Replacing formerly half-hot converted to always-hot receptacles with NEW receptacles

I have four receptacles in my family room that I just replaced. These receptacles used to be half-hot. One of the previous owners converted them to always-hot by removing and capping the wires in the ...
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How do I replace a 3 wire switch with a 4 wire motion detection switch?

I added two images showing knob and tube wired light fixture and two wire light switch. Romex out of fixture goes to switch. Original message: I have one hot (black), one neutral (white) and a copper ...
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Two live and one common wire

First post here so apologies in advance. There is a ceiling fan up and a 4 set of recessed lights. The lights are controlled from a dimmer/switch in the wall and they work fine. Next to the switch ...
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Please clarify wiring to and for remote pool load center

I am replacing an old remote mechanical timer power box for a swimming pool with a new "Pentair Easytouch 4 Load Center with circuit breaker sub-panel". Background: 200A Main Panel (Sylvania - ...
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connecting a 2-wire (red, blue) ceiling light to a 3-wire (red, black, green) ceiling power source

In Sydney Australia, how do I connect a 2-wire (red, blue) ceiling light to a 3-wire (red, black, green) ceiling power source?
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How do I install a SensaSwitch on a 3-way circuit?

I recently purchased a SensaSwitch, Manual-ON / Timed-OFF (PDF of instructions) and I cannot install it in such a way that it performs as I desire. I have a switch at the top of my basement stairs and ...
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Can I connect a Lutron Caseta switch to a half hot outlet?

I recently installed a Lutron Caseta (PD-6ans) switch that connects to a half-hot outlet. I noticed there is still a trickle of electricity coming out of the switch even when it's off. Enough to make ...
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Checking ground current

Background: I had a contractor finishing my basement, and part of that was installing underfloor heating using several heating mats in parallel. It worked initially but soon after it just started ...
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Ceiling fan electrical wire confusion

I was planning to replace an existing ceiling fan. The photo shows the current wiring situation after removing the old ceiling fan. The Neutral wire is alone, I’ve pulled it off to the side and taped ...