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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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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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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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Wire guage needed for standard stove/oven combo

I am running wire for a standard Kenmore stove/oven and wire for a stackable washer dryer unit. Both runs are less than 50'. What amp breaker and guage wire is needed?
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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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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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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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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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2 wire sub-panel corrective action

Can I correct 2 wire supply by adding a bare copper wire buried to sub-panels? I have two out-buildings with sub-panels fed by 6/2 wire w/ground. The main is 100 amp The sub-panels each has a 50 amp ...
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How to trace mystery switches

Since I moved into my house last year there are a couple of wall switches that remain a mystery to me. I don't know what they do, if anything. What are my options for tracing these switches? I'm ...
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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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Adding push button to Chamberlain opener

Added a doorbell push button to newly installed Chamberlain garage door opener...linked push button wires to same contacts as the incoming control pad inputs (red and white). Doesn't work. Is this ...
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How would I connect several speakers to an amplifier for multi room sound?

I would be happy if anyone can help me with the following project I wish to build : I have an old amplifier 4ohm impedance with A and B zones, support for mono and stereo and playing A and\or B. I ...
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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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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 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 ...
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LEDs stay on (very dim) when switch is off

I have a problem similar to Why do my LED lights stay on, even when the switch is off? except that one of the lights in question is not attached to any switches that might cause the ghosting effect, ...
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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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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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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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Two switches, two lights, one light always on.

I would like to use two switches to operate two lights, where as one light goes off the other light goes on so there is always one light on. When you flip either switch one light turns on and the ...
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What Size Heat Shrink Tubing for Splicing Lamp Wire (SPT-2 18-2 AWG)?

I am splicing some lamp cables. The cable is SPT-2 18-2 lamp wire. First I will be using some vinyl insulated butt splices rated for 22-18 AWG and 600v to make the connection. Then, I want to cover ...
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how to wire a 2 way switches with 2 pendants [duplicate]

How do I wire a 2way 2light system. On the upstairs landing I want to switch 2 lights on and off at each end of the corridor.
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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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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 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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Light fixture wiring

I might be a bit paranoid but it's electricity! I removed an older light fixture from my kitchen ceiling and am ready to attach the new one (Ikea). I just want to make sure that I am doing it ...
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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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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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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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I am replacing a ceiling fan in a bedroom and the wiring in the receptacle is confusing me

I am replacing an old ceiling fan and combination switch in a bedroom in my house. I am trying to connect a new switch that controls both functions (fan and light) separately, as well as a dimming ...
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Upgrade Electric Service from 100A to 200A

Essentially, I want to upgrade the electric service to my house from 100A to 200A (or more). Now for the details: 1) I called my utility company and I was told by them that my meter and service ...
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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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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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determining if neutral or ground

I have 4 black wires coming up to feed a spa. I have been able to determine the two hot wires but not able to tell which of the two wires is ground and which one is neutral. How can I distinguish ...
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wiring lights and continuing the circuit to another light circuit

I have 1 switch running the 1st 3 lights then the next switch runs 1 light. I mocked this up with spare wire and it works, but is it OK to do it like this?
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How to fix this switched hot wiring with voltage on both wires?

I while ago I asked this question while trying to install a smart switch. What's going on with this switch wiring? The previous dimmer is a standard dimmer and it works fine. Lights have been ...
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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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Why is the white wire hot in my switch box?

I have been replacing my light switches with zwave switches but some of them are wired a bit differently and am having some difficulty understanding them. This one is a single light switch to control ...
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How should this light fixture be connected?

Replacing kitchen light, house wiring to box: 2 white twisted together (neutral), 1 red (hot when switch is on), no ground. Fixture: 1 D shaped ridged wire, 1 smooth (round) wire, 1 ground wire. My ...
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Converting EVSE with 6-50 to 14-50

Is it safe to replace a 6/3 soow on a 6-50 adapter with a 14-50 adapter? I have an additional 6/3 soow to use. The adapter says it must be used with a 4 wire, but the charger only uses a 3 wire cord ...
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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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Total wires in a receptacle duplex box

What is the most 14 ga copper wires (hot/neutral) according to NEC should fit in a duplex receptacle standard(single gang) outlet metal box? This number should also include piggybacks?
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Light switch setup using only white wire. Will it work? [closed]

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? ...
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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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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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Change GFCI outlet/switch with regular switch

I have 2 switches in my bathroom: a fan (power comes into the fan and it's just a simple black/white to the switch) and a switch/outlet GFCI combo where the switch powers the lights but the outlet ...
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How to wire several 12V DC LEDs in serial

I want to connect about 9 LEDs (12V DC) using a simple wiring. For that I prefer serial wiring. But when I connect the LEDs in serial they don't working. When I connect in parallel, they are working. ...