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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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Ceiling Fan Wiring Confusion P2

The 2 black + 1 white is my always-hot bundle. I won't use it (unless I want to power the fan 24x7 and use a remote on it). The 2 white is the neutral bundle. My fan will need that. The loose black is ...
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Does metal conduit need to be continuous to function as the ground conductor?

I'm trying to add a ground to the existing garage sub panel (240v, three conductor) while burying the elevated wires. I hope to use rigid steel conduit as the ground, but can't run it back to the main ...
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Ceiling Fan Wiring Confusion

Was expecting to find just 3 simple wires (b, w, g) and be able to hook up this ceiling fan quite easily but found this when taking out the old fan...3 sets of wires, #1 with 2 black and 1 white, #2 ...
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What is the easiest solution to add receptacle along an unfinished, exterior, insulated, basement wall?

I need to add a pair of receptacles along an unfinished, insulated, exterior basement wall. I want the easiest method possible. I have no plans to finish the basement. I need each receptacle to be on ...
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How to finish this wiring?

We hired electricians to install some recessed lighting in our living room. For complicated reasons, they will not be finishing the job, which only involves installing the dimmer switches and ...
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Double Socket Not Working (UK)

We moved into a house a couple of years ago and found that one of the sockets, at the back of the house, simply didn't work. It wasn't too much of a problem as I ran a power supply from a nearby ...
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In Australia is it not possible to install a US Water heater?

Tech support from Eco-smart say you need two inputs (two hot wires) 120 volts each but no neutral making 240 volt. Here in Australia we have 240 volts which is Active (Red) Neutral (Black) and Earth (...
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Need help with wiring a new fan. Wire colors don't match instructions and I am a bit of a novice

I purchased a new fan that I am trying to install. However, the wire colors do not match the instructions and I am a bit of a novice. The instructions say to connect - green-->bare/green, - white-->...
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Replaced lights & switches on 3 way switch circuit; not sure if I have wiring problem or product problem or both

Project description: Replaced 2 ceiling light fixtures with 4 recessed LED lights on 3-way circuit. Also replaced (2) 3-way switches, one with dimmer and one standard, and (1) standard 2-way switch ...
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Can I safely install outlets in my basement?

My house has an unfinished basement, and I want to set up a workbench in one area. Unfortunately, there is only one usable outlet in the whole basement, and it's not conveniently located, so I want to ...
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How to hardwire combined HVAC system for cooling?

I had to borrow the Nest thermostat from one of my units for another one where it was more needed, while a replacement is on the way. The unit from which I borrowed is combined HVAC (heat+cool) with ...
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Should a metal box be grounded if there's no conduit connected to it?

Should the metal box be grounded if no conduit? This is a 240V double 20 Amp breaker for an air compressor. 3 + ground wires to outlet box. Outlet looks standard round but has one hot lead ...
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Wiring AC condenser to Furnace

Hello So this is what I was left with I am trying to tie in fan on/off and a AC condenser I have 2 wires for my limit switch, 2 wires from my 24ac transformer, 2 wires from my AC condenser and 2 from ...
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A dimmer onto a circuit that controls the top receptacle of 2 plugs and also two led pot lights?

I'm wondering if, because the light switch turns on and off the top receptacle on a wall plug, can you still install a dimmer on this circuit? Thanks j-bob8
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Red wire spliced into a bundle of blacks?

This switch currently provides power to the top half of an outlet, through a junction box. I installed some pot lights and want to tie into the circuit, at the junction box. I attach the black ...
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Are lightbulbs in a wooden range hood safe?

I'm building a wooden range hood and I'd like to know if my lighting setup is safe. I have two recessed fixtures with 5 watt LED bulbs. I know that LED bulbs don't really get too hot, but is it a ...
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Switch wiring general question

I replaced a ceiling fan with a regular light a while back that originally had 2 switches that worked it. When I was done only one switch worked, I was okay with this because I didn't use the other ...
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Custom HVAC control

I currently have a Nest controlling my LP furnace. I'm getting an evaporative cooler installed and I'd like to also control it with my Nest. This post gave me a good starting point, but I'd like to ...
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Wiring IKEA light fixture into old fixture

I am installing a simple IKEA ceiling light fixture. The new light fixture has a neutral wire, a live wire, and a ground wire. My current old light fixture has 4 wires: white, red, dark blue or ...
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Custom lamp project for a non-engineer - Help needed

I'm trying to build custom 3 bulb lamp. About me: Biochemistry major so very far from electrical but I've built RC plane models before so I know soldering and stuff. Nothing really about electrical ...
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Easy way to tell 12awg from 14awg metal clad?

My house was built in 1940 and all original wiring is metal clad / BX cable. With Romex, yellow vs white can tell me wire gauge. Is there any similar tell for MC? I suspect it's all 12 awg but I'd ...
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Grounding dilemma

I'm replacing a standard 3-way toggle w/ a wifi-based 3-way switch and need a good ground connection to complete the wiring. There is a ground w/in the plastic junction box but it is a bundle that ...
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Red wire in ceiling (hot) is not sending power to ceiling fan

So I've been installing a ceiling fan and I'm encountering an issue I didn't come across in 2 other rooms, same fan model etc. At the ceiling box I've got Ground, Neutral, Red, and Black. In the other ...
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Welder rewiring

The wires of the incoming cable pulled out of my old oil cooled welder. I need to reconnect the live and neutral but there is no indication on the welder where either should go. Does it matter? I'd ...
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3 way switch that stopped working

Three fluorescent lights in my garage just stopped working. So here's the set-up: 2 switches, 3 fluorescent lights. Switch 1 has hot wire, travelers go to switch 2, switch 2 feeds all three lights. I ...
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Ecobee installation with two Rh wires, occupied G wire and HRV

I just moved to North America from Europe (hence why furnaces, HRV systems etc are totally alien to me) and I'm having trouble understanding how to wire up an ecobee3 lite to replace my Honeywell ...
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Induction cooktop connection

I have a new induction cooktop Bosch PIF645BB1E rated at 7.4 kW. According to its documentation it should be connected with 5 wires (2 phases, 2 neutrals and 1 PE wire). From a former flat renter I ...
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Rafter above location for light, exterior light box choice

Retrofitting from knob and tube. One location has a rafter directly above where the light should go (and currently is). The ceiling is 3/4 in beadboard. Can I use a 4 inch pan box cut in to the ...
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Can I use #10 wire for a 30A, 240V pump circuit?

I stand corrected, 240v not 220v so I hope my question now makes sense. I have 2 30amp breakers connected together. I believe this gives me 240v. I plan to connect this circuit to a 240v irrigation ...
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I opened a light switch and found an unterminated wire in the junction box. Is this unsafe?

I switched of the main circuit breaker to the house and opened up a light switch to see if I had a neutral wire, so I could buy a smart switch. But when I took off the plate I found what appears to ...
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Is it safe to touch wire testing at low to medium voltage on a 14 or 12 gauge wire, 15 or 20 amp (current) circuit?

Title is the question. I'm using a Klein NCVT- 3 Voltage tester with a bar graph indicating voltage, and don't see anything in the instructions, and haven't ran across anything in a textbook or ...
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how to wire GFCI and dual light switch

]My mother live in an older house and has two regular light switches in bathroom. one for light and other for exhaust for the exhaust fan I would like to add an GFCI outlet in place of one of the ...
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Can I split the feed to a duplex 20 amp receptacle from different capacity circuits?

Is it possible to split-feed a 20 Amp receptacle with one receptacle using 15amp and the other 20amp circuits?
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Running Electrical cable through Loft/Attic

So we have had a car charger installed outside the garage, which is currently powered by standard twin and earth. is it ok to run an armoured cable from the meter, through the loft, (going up the ...
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will a larger gauge wire used to extend and outlet prevent power loss

i need to get a power source 200' out from an existing outlet. Can I use a 8 gauge wire from the existing outlet to the new one to prevent power loss?
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Is there any difference in the type of wiring in common household?

I know this question is way, way below the norm for this type of place, but I just want a straight answer and not something that I have to try to glean from other places answering a different question....
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Two Poles Three Black Wires and One White - Convert to 120 V Outlets

I have a two pole breaker with three black wires and one white wire. The breaker is 50 amps. The three black wires are labeled "Load Power", and the white wire is labeled "Neutral". Where an outlet ...
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Replacing a cable in an electrical panel: Need hints and names

Previous owner left a chunk of 3 line triplex(2 insulated + ground) 4 ga aluminum into the main panel, hooked it up to a 50A breaker, and left the other end floating free in the rafter space of our ...
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How should I secure NM wire that someone ran outside of two studs?

This is behind a closet that we’re going to Sheetrock and finish. The wire runs through a hole in the corner, around two studs and into another corner. I’m thinking of notching the studs 1/4” so ...
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GFCI - should my neutral and ground have continuity?

I have a thing I'm doing.. I won't go into detail, but I have a thing that is a yellow solid core copper cable with a hot, neutral and bare ground. one end is connected to a plug I wired (I'm using ...
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Running wire through ceiling, ceiling joists blocking access to the top of the frame

So I was in my attic last night, about to drill some holes in the top of the wall to run CAT 6 ethernet cables down the wall. I found above the wall is two parallel ceiling joists that are completely ...
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Confused by wiring in box

I am finishing exchanging more than 25 switches in my home with smart Lutron dimmers and Pico remotes (no neutral wiring needed). Some of them have been single pole, some 3-way (controlling both ...
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Is there a reason the hot wire is connected to the neutral bar and the white to the breaker?

The black wire is connected to the neutral bar and the white wire is connected to the breaker. Should it be this way for any reason?
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Did the handyman screw up or is there something wrong with my AC unit?

My landlord recently hired someone to install a common wire from my Goodman AC unit on the roof down to where the thermostat is. The current thermostat works fine, but is non programmable and battery ...
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3 cables into a 2 switch box

My breaker keeps tripping because of this wiring and/or faulty switches and now with a new switch, my ceiling fan won’t turn but the light still works and it still trips. I’m trying to figure out how ...
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Help with meaning of symbols on switch for electrical blinds

I have a difficulty of understanding what is the meaning of these symbols on the back of my switch for electrical blinds? I know that the symbol is for the switch but have a hard time understanding ...
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Fan with Remote issue

I just got a fan that came with a remote. I have one wall that has 2 switches 1 for the light and 1 for the fan. You can also turn that same light on from 2 other switches. I wired everything up, ...
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Dryer (30amp) on Single Pole Breaker

My 200amp panel is pretty full so I started mapping all the circuits since I suspected that there are abandoned circuits or circuits with very small loads on them. I am used to finding dryers on 30amp ...
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Fan power/speed switch grounding

I'm making an AC unit out of a cooler, a fan, a PVC tube, and some ice. I'd like to take the fan off of the base, but its power/speed switch is screwed into it. Does this provide grounding or does the ...