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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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Odd wiring at switch. Please help

I plan to run a ceiling fan/light to this switch which is already connected to an outlet. Can you explain this wiring and if it is safe? I don't understand how or why there is a black wire sitting ...
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Is it unsafe to hide a power strip in a cardboard box?

In a attempt to find a solution to the multiple cables running wild in my room, I thought of hiding them into a box, but I am concerned about a possible fire hazard. The power strip has five sockets,...
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How can I repair a power cable with missing jacket insulation?

About 1 inch of the cable jacket is missing. The inner copper wires are intact and insulated. Can I repair the yellow shield with an acceptable tape or shrink wrap? I need to pass an inspection and ...
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Can I back feed my panel with a lower amp breaker than the service inlet?

I believe I can run my whole house off my current generator 3500W/4000Max if I don't use the electric stove and oven. The generator subpanel has power meters for both legs, which, even when my oil ...
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Have I derated my cable correctly?

I am based in Canada. I am planning to install an electrical outlet above a gas fireplace in which to mount a TV. I plan to fish 14/2 NMD90 to that outlet which means the cable will be routed ...
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Two mysterious white thermostat wires in an unfinished wall outlet near the floor — what?

About 10 years ago, our house's builder added a small room above the garage. Since they left in a rush, they left an unfinished wall outlet located 1' above the floor. For 10 years, we ignored it. ...
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How Do I Wire A Toggle Switch between (2 ) 24V heating only thermostats to switch between thermostats?

I have a gas-fired forced air furnace which I need to control two separate heating zones from. One zone is to heat a crawl space only to 45 degrees and the other is the space temp of the cabin. I ...
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Can I do a 125A subpanel feeder with slightly-larger-than-#3 wire?

How they are all connected: With all the details and data given below. So Can I do a 125A subpanel feeder with slightly-larger-than-#3 wire? This is detail directly related to the post. Question. ...
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Wiring up a shop with underground conduit

I am wiring a 36' x45'shop that will store my RV and other equipment. I have 200 amp service already in. I want to put utilities in under the concrete pad before I have it poured. I would like to ...
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Adding an outlet in kickspace of kitchen cabinet kickspace, meet code?

Some time ago I added an outlet in the bottom/side of a kitchen cabinet. I took out the drawer, cut an access panel in bottom of cabinet and ran the wire up from the basement, through the floor. Used ...
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Can a wire go bad

I recently touched a wire on fuse box and now I have no power. Fuses are all good breaker good. Can the wire be dead? Is that a thing?
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Afraid I hit a wire

I was drilling a hole through a wall next to the floor in the corner to put Ethernet cable through. All went fine, however, when I got to the other side there was a piece of copper wire on the drill ...
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Discovered neutral line has juice with breaker off

I have a box with 3 switches in it and was replacing 1 switch for a smart switch. I switched off the breaker and verified none of the switches worked. The initial wiring had all the neutral lines in ...
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Replacing attic light switch with Leviton combo

I want to replace and old Leviton attic light switch with a Leviton combo switch/outlet. The junction box has two Romex cables in and one out to the current light. The two in have each a black wire ...
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fishing wire from second floor to garage in first floor

I was trying to drill a 1” hole on the horizontal beam in the wall to fish cable from second floor to garage in first floor. After drilling about 12 inch deep, I cannot go further anymore. Here is few ...
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Light fixture box has 3 sets of wires and I’m confused

I took out a light fixture in the basement with the intent of installing a new one which ive done before and I come across 3 sets of wires (3 black, 3 white, and 3 ground wires) i didn’t take a pic or ...
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Powering bookcase spotlights from existing outlet

Installing a cabinet and upper bookcase on wall where outlet exists (but is never used). Wanted to fish a line from top of bookcase (thru wall) down to new wall switch and on to outlet box to use ...
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Securing Cable when installing old work box

I am installing an electrical outlet above a gas fireplace for TV. I understand that electrical code requires securing the NM cable within 12" of outlet box. I am curious how one goes about ...
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3-way switch not working properly: why will one switch not turn off the light?

I wired this setup approximately 15 years ago. It worked perfectly, it’s in the master bath. I changed a single light switch in the bedroom, a regular black white and ground. After that, the 3-way ...
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Replacing grounded outlets with grounded metal junction box

Replacing several 3 prong outlets in my 1968 home. Tried searching to find an answer but most questions seem geared towards replacing 2 prong outlets with 3 prong and don't apply here. My wiring ...
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Can I replace this light switch with a switch/outlet combination?

I live in Minnesota, in a house that was gutted and rewired within the past 5 years. There's a big closet I'm converting into a reading room. It doesn't have a wall outlet, but does have a light ...
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How do I safely extend electrical wiring without replacing it entirely?

I'm in the process of replacing a light fixture with a ceiling fan. I replaced the old mount with a pan ceiling support box. The wiring is old (1920s) and inside armored cable coming through the stud. ...
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Installing one way light switch

I accidentally bought a one-way switch for a receptacle that is wired for a three-way switch. I found that the only way it works so far is: Connect the two black wires from the wall to the black wire ...
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Dryer cross-wired - loud pop and no longer works?

We were changing our dryer from a 4-prong to a 3-prong cord and my husband accidentally put the center wire on one of the other terminals. He plugged it in and ran the dryer for a few minutes, then ...
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adding sockets to rooms

In my house in Cambridgeshire England I added 2 sockets to front room and bedroom the sockets was added into the ring main. This was done 10 years ago. Now that I am selling my house, do I need to ...
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How do I rewire 2 different switches controlling 2 different lights so that each switch is a 3-way switch controlling both lights? [closed]

Current situation: I have two regular switches (SW1 & SW2) and two ceiling lights (L1 & L2) in a long hallway, and each switch controls one of the lights. So SW1 controls L1, and SW2 controls ...
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Trying to add an outlet on other side of wall, 3 pairs of white/black wires and ground

I have a new build house about a year old and I'm trying to add an extra outlet to the other side of the wall in the picture where I already have one outlet. I am fairly good with electrics, but this ...
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What is this strange coiled wire and should everything be redone?

Problem 1 So I'm going through my house, replacing the switches and came across this switch that controls a fan in my bathroom. It looks like this may have been something the previous owner did, and ...
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Wire type for under floor heat film

I am preparing to install under floor heating film. The instructions say: Type UF single conductor or equivalent. I have THWN-2 wire, would anyone consider that equivalent, or can you think of a ...
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backfeed generator to house

Can I backfeed my home with two suicide cords, 110 each? I do not have a 220 gen, only 110. I do not have any 220 outlets in the house. Have natural gas for furnace and dryer and water heater. House ...
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Wiring up new light fitting

I am trying to fit a new light fitting. The connections on this fitting equates to a 4 pin plastic junction box with live, earth, and neutral in that order with the 4th blank. I removed the old ...
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Big Voltage drop

Had an instance before when I had a voltage while running on a treadmill. I flipped all the breakers and it seem to work again for a month and now it is back and now when we use a high load appliance ...
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Running Wire in Updated Kitchen and Living Room [closed]

I'm trying to plan out how to run the wire for my electrical outlets. I thought I could save wire by branching my hot wire in two different directions. Is this code? Is there a drawback? I would ...
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Neutral and ground wire switched

I want to change my over stove microwave single outlet to a 2 outlet plug. When pulling out the old outlet, I see that the white wire is attached to the green screw and the bare copper wire is ...
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Can You run two 2, 20amp Ground fault circuits using 12/3 wire and duplex 20amp plugins

I was wondering if you can have 2 20amp breakers at the box using 12/3 wire and use a single 20 amp GFi at the first box of the circuit and by breaking the duplex tabs on the duplex recepticals ...
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Capped off outlets and light switch wiring, now no power to half the house

I am in the process of removing a wall from my home separating the kitchen and dining room. To do this, I needed to remove the wiring from the wall. Steps I took: Shut breakers off to kitchen lights, ...
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How to safely cap a wire coming from a wall

I'm in the UK. I have taken two electric radiators off the wall, one behind where my fridge goes, and one behind a set of shelves. Each radiator has a standard (live/neutral/earth) wire coming out of ...
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Need help on wiring on these kind of outlet

I live in the philippines, and i'm no electrician. but I have some ideas about wiring. I want to know how these 2 separate outlets should be wired correctly on one power source(only 2 wires). They ...
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How to wire humidifier to furnace

I have a Goodman high efficient furnace with a carrier humidifier attached to the back. The humidifier wasn't working because the solenoid coil was burned, so I replaced it with a new solenoid. The ...
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Considerations for hardwiring electronics project in wall

What things will I need to consider for hardwiring a planned electronics project into the wall? The plan is a DIY smart thermostat. An LCD touchscreen panel will be flush with the wall. Attached to ...
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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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1 Hot Wire. 2 Breakers. 2 Circuits

I have a duplex outlet that appears to wired in series. The outlet appears to have 12/2 in and 12/2 out. My hot wire from the breaker box remains hot unless I have 2 different breakers off. I am ...
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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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How can I correct wiring of a half switched receptacle?

In the living/dining area (of a home I just purchased in a new city/state where I don't yet know an electrician) there are 5 outlets with the lower-half switched. I was attempting to eliminate ...
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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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Trying to install Leviton smart switches replacing two older switches

Am I installing this correctly? I'm trying to install two new Leviton smart switches. Had two neutrals tied off, so pig tailed them. Does first switch need be replaced as well? It's a Lutron dimmer. ...
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How to convert 2 3-way switches to one single pole switch with dimmer?

In the past I've purchased Kasa's smart switches (HS200). I have two wired right now, and working properly. These were single pole switched that replaced single pole switches. So, pretty straight ...
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Is UF allowed everywhere NM is allowed?

NM is interior Romex; UF is similar but is rated for outdoor and direct burial. Randomly checking Home Depot prices there seems to be an anomaly on 100' 12/3; UF is less than half the price of NM. ...
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Light on when should not

We replaced our light fittings to ceiling fans with LED lights remote controlled, so the switch is always on but the remote controls the light and fans. There is a problem on the top floor where 3 ...
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How to wire 3 separate switches to a single exhaust fan

I have installed multi port exhaust fan in the attic to serve 3 separate bathrooms. How can I wire the fan so that the fan can operate independently from a switch in any of the bathrooms?