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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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Tracing individual conductors most effectively

I recently moved in to a 20 year old house, and have started to unravel some of the unfortunate short cuts the previous owner left, with regards to the electrical work. One trouble in particular I'm ...
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Can I use the same junction box for two appliances?

Complete noob here. I'm finishing building my kitchen and the last part - the wiring of electrical oven and glass cooking plates, is presenting me with some challenges. I am located in Germany. ...
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Wiring new lights with 2 sets of wires

I'm installing 3 light pendants above my island. They are connected to a single pole light switch. I installed 2 of the 3 and noticed the junction boxes for both have 2 black, 2 white, and 2 ground ...
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Installing a “key cylinder” to open and close the garage door

I have a Chamberlain LiftMaster Professional Garage Door opener (June 2007) with a wireless keypad to open the door but does not open consistently in cold weather. I would like to install a hardwired "...
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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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What do I make of this wiring?

I am trying to replace a toilet pull cord switch. Wiring seems unusual in the sense that there are: 2x brown wires 1x brown wire that is live and by itself 1x yellow/green earth no blue wires ...
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Stove top ground wire connected to neutral wire

We were removing the in-wall oven from my in-laws' old house (which we rent) to replace it next weekend. The wall oven and cook top were fed from the same supply. In the junction box the cook top ...
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Exterior outlet not working

I have had a problem with 3 rooms and a bathroom all on one breaker. I originally thought I would need to split the circuit, but then decided to check the breaker first in case there were 2 wires ...
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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 a 40amp breaker be used safely and without issue with a 40amp device on 6AWG wire?

We are installing a Cooktop that calls for a 40amp circuit. I was given 6AWG wire (instead of the 8AWG wire I asked for) by mistake. The electrician saw the 6AWG wire (that I had already run) and used ...
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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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How should I get the service entrance cable to my new adjacent panel location?

How do I have to run the SER cables from the original hole(where the SER cable goes through the wall) to the side of the new panel? Can SER cable be exposed or needs to be inside a conduit? Conduit ...
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Wiring a bath fan/light fixture

I have a light fixture with a pull switch. I want to replace the light with a bath light/fan. I also need to install and wire a switch for this fan. How do I do this?
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Running a dryer outlet to garage

Planning to Run a dryer outlet from outside service panel along the exterior wall approx 45 feet before entering the garage. What will be the correct size wire and conduit type to use?
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Loadcenter relocation — how should I handle the resulting “trunk” of conductors, short of rewiring the house?

Background So, I've been considering my options for fixing the known major Code violation in the house I have in SW Missouri, namely that the house's only loadcenter was placed in the second floor ...
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Why would a 5-amp refrigerator need a 20 amp circuit?

I'm re-wiring my kitchen and I'm taking notes on the load of all the appliances and lighting, etc. I noticed the following about my refrigerator: It states a 20A circuit requirement, but why? The ...
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Zinsco Panel wiring

This is a Zinsco Panel. Please see the image below. Can anybody tell me what are the copper plates on the left side and what is the purpose to have those? On the right side the first two 15 Amps ...
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How do I get the bulb holder off of the wire?

There are no screws. I've tried pulling and there's no budging! No obvious signs of anywhere I can put a screwdriver to pop it off. Even if I cut the wires and try to re-wire it, I'm still not sure ...
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Critique my plan for circuits

New addition to house is 576 square feet total - master bedroom, bathroom, walk in closet, house entry foyer, and porch. Here's my plan. 15amp dedicated circuit for fire alarm 20amp dedicated ...
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What gauge wire for 1HP pool pump?

Have a 1hp 11 amp above ground pool pump that is going to be about 50 feet away from the breaker. Will 12 gauge wire be enough to run it? Photo of the pump can be seen at link below https://photos....
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Twin breaker allowance

I plan to use a tandem(AKA duplex, slimline, twin, half-height, half-inch, double or wafer breakers) circuit breaker for kitchen. The 20 Amp Tandem Single Pole Type QT Circuit Breaker ( here is the ...
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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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How can I replace a 4-way mechanical switch with occupancy sensor(s)?

There is a stairwell in our house, which is currently lit by a fixture controlled by three switches: a 4-way and two 3-ways. The wiring was done very recently and, I'm certain, in accordance to modern ...
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Swapping High voltage breakers; change 50amp to 40amp

I have 6AWG wiring with a 50amp breaker; no device is yet connected to the circuit. I need to swap the 50amp breaker for a 40amp breaker. I have popped the breaker loose from the bus bar in the panel. ...
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Can I use 220 V outlets on a 15 ampere breaker and wire it up as 110 V?

I purchased a 220 V outlet and didn't realize it. My circuit is 15 amperes. I wanted to hook up a series of normal 15 ampere 110 V outlets. When I look at the outlet it looks exactly like a regular 15 ...
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Wiring help needed

Went to look at a ceiling box to install a fan, and I'm a little confused as to the wiring for the light now. Currently, the light tends to flicker depending on how tightly the globe is screwed in (...
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reuse hot tub wiring for an EVSE?

I need to install a 240V 40A circuit into my garage. The end goal is to plug in a level 2 EVSE. (maybe it can be a 50A circuit? not sure). I have an existing 50A GFCI breaker hooked up to 6 gauge 3 ...
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What size wire needed for 100a subpanel 120ft away from house sub panel? Biggest amp draw will be a window A/C unit, and a pool pump

What size SER wire needed for 100a subpanel 120ft away from house sub panel? Biggest amp draw will be a window A/C unit, and a pool pump. Other than that, just a few LED lights and outlets...detached ...
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Electrical breaker panel

I have a new compressor. It is 15 amp 240 volt. I have an old Sylvania panel. What are make and model options?
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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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Two Fixtures, one Circuit. How does this work?

I have two adjacent light switches in a bedroom. One switch is intended to operate 4 recessed lights, the other is intended to operate a ceiling fan/light (via a wired remote). When I bought the ...
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Wiring Confusion - 3 Phase Line to a Water Level Controller?

I have a borewell with a 3-phase submersible pump that I want to control with a water level controller (when the overhead tank is empty, it should start the motor and when the tank is full it should ...
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Where Should the Sub Panel Go? What Size Wire?

Been lurking for awhile getting ready to install a 60 amp sub-panel for my back yard. I have everything I need figured out except for three important items as I get conflicting stories depending on ...
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Can I use a clamp meter to identify wires running to overhead fan?

I have this mess of wires in a junction box of a stucco house (built 30 years ago). Couple of these are going to the overhead fan in the room. Will a simple clamp meter help me identify the relevant ...
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GFCI Outlets work… receptacles & lights in 3 rooms don't

lights and plugs have died in 3 rooms of my home. None of the Circuit Breakers were tripped and they all test fine with my multimeter. I have turned the circuit switches on and off (all the way OFF ...
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Wand or 2 foot long stick between my master bath fan and outdoor flood lights connecting to share wiring for power?

I'm divorced. My ex husband had a guy install a junction box on corner of house to spotlight the swing set years ago. Recently I was in the attic and discoved a 2 ft "stick' or "wand' that was quite ...
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Dishwasher wires twice

I removed my old dishwasher and found that it was wired to the wall and another wire ran behind a plug box under the sink. Why would there be two wires? And do I need to hook the new dishwasher up to ...
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Why is there no neutral in a switch box?

I'm a bit confused about the wiring in a light switch that I changed. I am accustomed to seeing black (hot), white (neutral) and green/bare (ground). This box has TWO black, a red, and a green. No ...
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pigtailed aluminum replacing regular receptacle to GFI

Need to replace a receptacle closest to panel that has a light and another receptacle inline. All are aluminum. They have alumiconns on them (purple) pigtailed. Need to replace sink receptacle with ...
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Can I use a standard on-off switch for lights on a magnetic low voltage transformer?

My closet has two magnetic low-voltage halogen fixtures and a regular halogen fixture wired to a pair of Lutron Maestro dimmers. The full-voltage halogen fixture has stopped working, and I measure ...
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How do go from a single light/fan bathroom switch to a double paddle with no ground or hot wire?

The old switch had just 2 side wires, one for the fan and one for the light. There was no ground of hot. I'm installing a legrand radiant 2 in 1 paddle switch, and it's not working. I'm assuming that'...
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Getting UPS Power from One Room to Another

I’d like to run power from a Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) in ROOM A to where a work computer is used in ROOM B. I was thinking of installing an outlet box in ROOM A near where the UPS is plugged ...
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What size sub panel do I need

I need to install a 30 amp 120v RV outlet 140 feet from main box. I thought I would use a sub panel to allow for a few lights and two 110 outlets. Can I use a double pole 30 amp breaker with number ...
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Simple light switch wiring isn’t working

I have power coming into box from black and white wires. When wiring black to light switch and white to white leading to fixture, the breaker goes every time. When wiring the two whites together ...
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Adding subpanel - how to run wiring

In my new addition I'll be adding a subpanel due to lack of space in existing box. The issue I've got right now is the walls that I could add a panel in, have a truss directly above the top place, ...
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If I install a 30 amp breaker in my breaker box, can I use 15 amp outlets on the circuit, provided none of the appliances used exceed 15 amps?

I have a shed that has outlets wired with either 14 or 12 gauge wire and 15 amp receptacles. I already know that my total usage will be almost 30 amps. If I use a #10 on the first receptacle and a 30 ...
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I need a switch, 1 receptacle and 1 dual outlet receptacle on 1 circuit

I removed 2 fluorescent hard wired light fixtures from above my work bench. I installed an outlet in the box (on ceiling) where the 2 fixtures were hard wired in. There is a 4 way outlet box on the ...
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Replacing pool light switches with smart switches… is this correct?

I'm trying to replace the switches to my two pool lights with smart switches. The way it is wired now, the neutral wire bypasses both switches and goes directly to the lights. The smart switches ...
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Is triplex wire legal for running a sub-panel?

When I bought the house it had a section of triplex wire that ran to a 50A breaker with the remainder coiled in rafter space of the covered porch. (When I discovered this, the triplex was hot. That ...