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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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How do I replace a strip light with wiring that doesn't match the old light?

I'm replacing a strip light, but the wiring on the light I'm putting up does not match that of the strip I'm taking out. Coming out of the ceiling there are two cables. The larger white cable ...
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Converting a Single-Bulb Light to a Dual-Bulb Light - Your Opinions Please?

There are tons of questions about installing and replacing ceiling lights already, and I was looking through them but I didn't feel like checking 106 pages of results to make sure my question isn't a ...
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Wires barely fit in gang box, is this okay? If not, where to get deeper boxes?

What to do when the wires barely fit in the box? We got them to fit with a lot of fusing, but I'm not sure if that's okay or not. Lots of smushing down and the outlet covers don't fit flush on some. ...
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Guidance please? Rewiring the light switch in an old bathroom house that I can't figure out for the life of me!

Not sure how best to word this without getting tedious. But this old house is such a pain. Basically I am trying to figure out how to rewire a light switch in a bathroom that used to control two ...
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What's the best way to add a neutral wire for smart switch?

I know this has come up before and I have done a quite a bit of reading around stealing a neutral from another circuit, and I understand why this is bad. So, here is my situation: I want to add a ...
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How can I convert a 240V dryer outlet to two branch circuits?

I'm converting a former laundry area into a bar/coffee area. There's a relatively new 240V, 40A circuit that is now unused, so I'd like to repurpose it for 120V service. I'm hoping to run 1/2 of it ...
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Adding a C wire

I know this question has been asked multiple times and I'm going to try some of the methods I have read in other threads but wanted to ask this question since I didn't see anyone else's wired the way ...
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Is it up to code to do a parallel circut with 220V? Is there a limit to number of splices?

State is Florida. I am wiring a continuous run non-submersible irrigation well pump. I am using a 30A breaker with #10 THHN in Sch 40 PVC conduit buried 18". I could have gone direct bury but I ...
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Can I use a red wire as a neutral?

I am replacing a 240v wall a/c unit with a 120v one at my workplace. There is no main shut off at the box. Breaker is DP 20A. I would like to move the red wire to the neutral bus with the breaker off ...
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Confusing ceiling fan wiring

Long story short, moved into this house 2 years ago, 2 gang switches in bedroom, one for ceiling fan and light, one supposedly for switched outlet. Finally got around to finding which outlet was ...
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How do I wire a humidifier without a 24 VAC IN terminal?

The instructions for the humidifier I'm installing says to connect the humidistat wiring to the two terminals "marked 24 VAC IN". My furnace doesn't have terminals marked that. I have R,C,W,Y.G. Am ...
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Leads from wall fan control switch are aluminum wire?

My new house in the US has a Harbor Breeze combination fan/light switch with a remote control as seen here (different brand is shown, but it's basically identical). While checking some wiring (...
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Requesting Evaluation of Power Plan at Rural Cabin

What I am looking for is guidance and honest evaluation. I'm not afraid of being wrong. I want to save some bucks and learn some things, without blowing myself up. So please tell me if I'm doing ...
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Do I really need 10 AWG wire for a AC condenser that says 15 AMP max?

I'm buying a used AC condenser for a rental property. The unit says max amps = 15 (see below), however the HVAC guy tells me I want a 20AMP double pole breaker with 10 AWG? I would have though 15 AMP ...
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How to attach 10 AWG wire to LED strip lights?

I'm running LED light strips from a location that is over 50 feet from the LED transformer. In order to account for voltage drop 10 AWG CL2 wire has been used. Questions Since the 10 AWG wire is so ...
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Wire that was stripped inline and loops over the side screw

I found a light switch that has a wire that was stripped inline and then loops over the side screw. The same wire is also connected to a second switch. Is this allowed? I thought that normally, it ...
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How do I take a live wire off of a two way switch?

if I know how to take the live wire off then my job is easier.
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Should in increase wire size for a well sub-panel?

A friend wants me to help add a electrical socket in his well house. The house is OLD, and was not wired to code (rural, multiple additions over many decades). The well is about 100yds from his ...
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How do I convert a 3-way circuit with two lights into two 3-way circuits that control each light separately?

I have two switches in my kitchen, one on each side, that each turn on two lights at the same time. What I want to do is change it around so each light is turned on separately but still from both ...
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Hooking up switches only with white wires. Will it work?

I'm working on a small cabin. All black wires are run directly to lights. The white wires are run to the switches then lights... so each switch has only white wires. Would the circuit still work? Why ...
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Issues with 4 Prong to 3 Prong Conversion

I've really been at a loss trying to figure this out. Quick backstory: GF moved into apartment built prior to NEC code change so it has a 3 prong outlet. Her GE Profile dryer had a 4 prong plug ...
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How to Wire 3 baseboard Heaters with 2 Thermostats

I have one 20 amp double pole circuit that I am planning to run 3 baseboard heaters on with 2 line voltage thermostats. I have already made sure the watt consumption for the 3 heaters will not exceed ...
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What is the correct way to wire a utility light with an outlet?

I had a light fixture in a utility closet go out. The replacement fixture has an outlet but my original light did not have an outlet This complicates things for someone like myself. And I wish I had ...
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Does the NEC limit the maximum size of junction boxes?

In this question, the OP has constructed a large junction box out of several extension boxes attached to a "regular" junction box: Is there any upper limit on the size of a junction box (either as-...
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Is is safe to only use a gfci with no ground wires downstream?

If you use a GFCI outlet and the rest of the outlets downstream don't have a ground wire attached, are they still considered grounded and are they safe?
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Can you wire a 30A 2P standard circuit breaker “downstream” from a 60A GFCI 2p circuit breaker?

Will this still provide GFCI protection? Is this against code? Does this represent a hazard? I have a subpanel with a 60A GFCI circuit breaker, that I want to use that to feed to 2 30a 240v ...
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Where do I attach C-Wire in this old Rheem Air Handler

Trying to attach a c-wire to old rheem air handler for a cooling system only. System is so old I didn't see what I thought I'd see when I got up into the attic. In going over the pictures I think I ...
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How do I install a high intensity infrared heater and thermostat

I picked up an old Lambert L-40 high intensity infrared gas heater but it didn’t have a thermostat. I can’t find any info about this heater online and I am hoping someone on here can help. I ...
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Shouldn't a kitchen 'fridge be on it's own circuit?

I thought major appliances like refrigerators in newer houses were supposed to be on dedicated circuits. I just replaced a melted outlet in my kitchen. It was a 15 amp outlet, wired as a pass-through ...
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Securing conduit to HardiePlank

So I've decided to buy this conduit to run some Cat5e cables outdoor (POE cameras). I've also bought clamps for the conduits. My question is should I nail or screw the clamps into the HardiePlank ...
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How many Outlets can you put on a 14-2 [duplicate]

Barcode how many outlets can you put on a 14-2 Wire
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Can I use a switch loop to power a ceiling fan?

Need your help, please. I have a single pole switch that controls the wall’s receptacles. It has one 14/2 cable, white/black/ground, where the white is hot. I would like to install a ceiling fan. I ...
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3 white wires & 3 black wires coming from ceiling box

I am replacing an old light fixture with a new one, which normally I do pretty easily. However, when I took down the old fixture, there are 3 black wires all tied off with a wire nut, 2 white wires ...
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How many “layers” of surge protection is considered useful?

I want to make my whole house surge protected, there are several solutions available You can install MOV based surge protection on the entire house in line entry point - first line of defense You can ...
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Light switch wiring

hi all, went to replace a dimmer with a conventional light switch and found this wiring, it's different to what I've seen before (I'm a bit of a novice and can do basic wiring). Anyone able to point ...
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How can I make 5 lights work with 2 switches and one light common to both?

I have 5 lights and 2 switches. When I press switch 1 I want light numbers 1 and 2 and 3 to come on and when I press switch 2 I want light numbers 3 and 4 and 5 to come on. Note that the 2 switches ...
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New Light Wiring SNAFU

The wiring box in the ceiling has black, white and red wire in it. Also a ground screw. The new light has black and white wires, plus a ground wire. Light also has dimmer feature. I hooked all up, ...
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Trying to add a light at the end of a 3-way switch

Let me caveat by saying that I am a new homeowner with relatively little electrical experience, so please bear with me... Our house has a standard 3-way switch with the light between the two switches....
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What type and gauge ground wire do I need when using 1/0 hot and neutral wires

I have a 260 ft run from my main 225A panel to a 100A subpanel in a steel shop out in my yard. I have a #4 bare copper wire grounded to the rebar in the foundation of the shop. Not knowing what I ...
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How can I convert a 220v lighting circuit to 110v?

My electrician wired a single bulb light fixture with 220vac instead of 110vac.There are two 110 vac wires and the Ground.How can i reduce this to 110vac at the fixture?
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Wiring for 3 switch in a 3 gang box (1 switch is a switch with fan speed control)

I have a similar situation to wire as mentioned in this post. Mine is different in the fact that 1 switch is for a light, another switch is for another light, and finally, there is a ceiling fan that ...
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Why doesn't my ceiling fan's light kit work? [closed]

I have a ceiling fan that has a remote. The fan speed control works on fan and the switch at wall works cutting fan on/off. The light on fan does not work either by remote or switch. I am using one ...
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Open electrical circuits?

Old house. Some wiring is knob-and-tube. All connections to circuit box is Romex. Here is what I can't figure out. I'd like advice on what it might be and how to fix it. I shut off the breaker to ...
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Light wiring - wires snapped when disassembling

I was taking down a light to replace it for a newer one for my wife. The wires coming out of the ceiling are ancient and they snapped as I pulled down the housing (incredibly brittle). Now I do not ...
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Installing a Smart Light Switch

I would like to install a Smart Switch (in the UK). I am confused regarding what wires go where and the fact that this requires a neutral wire. This is the back of the new switch: Although I know I ...
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Converting a ceiling recessed light to a wall outlet

So, Round two of this post, I've given up combining two wall outlets to 240v and realized that I need another 120v outlet to safely power everything with an 80% margin. we have GX24Q-1 outlets for ...
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Ceiling light won't switch off after replacement

I am replacing a ceiling light fixture. I thought about replacing switch at same time, but didn't. It is one light fixture on one switch using a red, black, white and ground cable. The switch is ...
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Removing Dimmer Switch, 3 wires

I want to remove a dimmer switch and cap off the wires. This switch will no longer be used - my question - I have two black hot wires and a red wire. I believe the black wires will be capped together ...
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What to do about a switch without neutral, in MA, USA? [duplicate]

I'm upgrading switches in my older (1978) home, putting smart switches in. I have found many "interesting" wiring situations, some I have remedied, some I have just left as-is. Recently I opened a ...
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Can I use a receptacle and switch for a dishwasher and garbage disposal?

I would like to install a receptacle under the sink to control the dishwasher and garbage disposal, with a single pole single throw switch mounted in the wall above the counter top to control the ...