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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 should I connect my new light fixture to green and yellow wires?

I am replacing a pull chain light fixture in my closet. The new ceramic fixture has a black, white and thin ground copper wire. The wires coming out of the ceiling are green and yellow. should the ...
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Is fine stranded wire ok for main supply line?

I’m changing the load panel in a mobile home with additions to gain additional circuits. Outside a few feet from home is the service pole with meter and a 100 amp disconnect. I became concerned ...
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Is “14 AWG” NM-B allowed by the newest NEC for new residential construction?

Is "14 AWG" NM-B allowed by the newest NEC for new residential construction? My concern is what the NEC says concerning 14 AWG NM-B for new residential construction. I have been told that the "NEC ...
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Two switches, one turns both lights on, the other just one of them

I have two separate lights in a room. And two separate switches (actually one switch and one motion sensor). I want one switch to turn both lights on, and one switch to turn just one of the lights on. ...
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Wiring ethernet cable from AT&T fiber Modem to a specific room

I currently have internet service with At&t and interested in wiring an Ethernet connection into one of the rooms in the house (I will call this room1). I called At&t to ask how much it would ...
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can i wire 2x 30amp double pole circuits to a 60 amp device

In the USA, I am replacing a 4x 30amp tankless water heater on double pole circuit breakers with one that is 1x 60 amps. Can I reuse 2x 30amp double pole circuits and wire them both to the L1-L2 ...
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How to add tiny 0.5A 120V load to very remote split phase 240v 3 wire well house

Given that I don't have neutral, sounds like, even for just running a simple irrigation controller, that I don't want to use the ground wire for my neutral and simply pull 120v off the split phase ...
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Replacing Single switch with timer switch - Original two switches connected

I want to replace a switch with a timer switch, however on checking out the wiring the two original switches have a black wire connecting the two. The switch I want to replace is the rightmost switch. ...
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What is this metal cylinder with a connected wire that i found in my apparement

I live in a rental appartement in Sweden, newly renovated, and just above the floor, on the wall, I found a plastic housing. When I removed the housing I found a rather thick, dense, metal cylinder ...
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Replacing formerly half-hot converted to always-hot receptacles with NEW receptacles

I have four receptacles in my family room that I just replaced. These receptacles used to be half-hot. One of the previous owners converted them to always-hot by removing and capping the wires in the ...
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Black paste inside wire nuts?

I have read that older houses may have aluminum wiring, and to splice copper to it there is a less than desirable method of purple wire nuts using corrosion inhibitor paste. My house was built in ...
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Can I add outlets using #14 wire on a circuit with #12 wire and a 60 amp breaker?

I started to remodel one of my rooms and I have had to look into the wiring, now that I'm adding outlets and switches. I checked a wire in a room early on and it was 14/2. That's what I decided to go ...
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Do I need a neutral on the other end of a three-way switch?

I'm looking at adding a three-way switch to a room. I'll probably drop the hot and neutral into Box #1, but 12/2/2 (hot, 2x travelers and a neutral) is fairly esoteric cable (nobody locally sells it ...
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Wire colours reversed on switch

I've just installed a new (1 way, ceiling pull cord) switch in my bathroom since the old one broke. When I came to change it, it was not wired the way I expected with the live into the COM terminal ...
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Can I span conduit 15 feet between my home and unattached garage?

I have a porch separating my two bay garage and was looking to add a subpanel to the garage. The porch is attached to my house and butted against the garage, but not mechanically fastened to the ...
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Does it matter which wire goes where on single pole dimmer?

I’m updating the switches throughout my house. I have an old rotary style single-pole dimmer controlling the just-as-old chandelier in my dining room. This dimmer shares a double-gang box with a 3-way ...
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How can I combine two wall switches into one?

As you can see in the picture the top switch doesn’t work at all. The bottom switch is the one that actually works. How can I change this 2 switches to just 1 - when I would buy a brand new one ...
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Can someone explain this wiring configuration to me?

See my previous question for more detail on my household's bizarre wiring. Three of my bedrooms have dimmer switches connected to outlets and ceiling fans, which is electrically unsafe and just ...
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Adding a vanity light to a switched knob and tube ceiling light

I shut off the main breaker, disconnected an ancient light fixture, taped new wire to the existing knob and tube and pulled it all up into my attic. Next I pigtailed from the K&T to two new (WBG) ...
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Electrical wiring hook up sequence

I have found a box that as three duplex electric cables connecting. The neutral (white) from wire 1 and wire 3 are connected. The hot (black) from wire 1 is connected to wire 2, and the hot from ...
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Pilot light device with

I want to upgrade the light switches in a room. I have a 3 gang box, two single pole switches and an indicator light for one of them (the basement light switch). The indicator light is its own thing ...
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Junction Box Blank Cover in HVAC Duct

I am starting a bathroom remodel second story that requires a length of NM wire to be lengthened by a few feet. I realize I can't do this hidden in a wall or floor and need this done in accessible ...
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two dimmer switches in one box operating two ceiling fans and lights…how to wire

In my current box I have two single pole switches. one turns on the lights for two ceiling fans. the other switch turns on the fans for both ceiling fans. I want to put dimmers on both fans and ...
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Garage door opener

I have a open close and stop button on a garage door but I want to add a pull switch about 20 feet from the door to just pull a rope and open it then the next time it’s pulled it would close. Any ...
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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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Can I move a GFCI outlet from the end of a circuit to the middle to protect another oulet?

I have a single, feed cable that comes up behind my counter into a single gang box. This box has an unprotected outlet. This cable is then teed off to the left and right. The left cable feeds a GFCI ...
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Trying to install smart switches - came across something that looks wrong

I am putting in some wemo dimmers to replace my existing dimmers in a three gang box, and came across this wiring: I marked areas of concern with red circles. It seems that the two dimmers are ...
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replacing 62 year old 3 way switches

I have replaced both my 3 way switches but only one works correctly. I was told by the local hardware store that you wire each switch the same. red and black on top on the brass screws. and the white ...
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GFI Outlet wiring a new outlet [closed]

Your diagram is excellent, I had 1 question, attaching new wires to existing GFI, attach to screw on side of outlet, or tie into nut back in box that has 3 wires tied into already ? Thanks Bob
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Can I split a large amp 240 circuit into two lower amp 240 circuits?

I just bought a house. It has a double oven unit installed on a 50 amp 240V circuit. I need to replace this unit with two separate units, one 30 amp, 240V and the other 20 amp, 240V. Can I split ...
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Replacing chandelier

I tried to change an old chandelier, but when I removed the ceiling rose all I have is an earth and one large brown cable and a block connector with red, blue and earth each side of connector but not ...
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How can I power a vanity light from a ceiling light switch circuit? [closed]

I have power coming into a LED can light then to a regular bulb light then to a double switch (single gang). Then trying to use the second switch to power two other vanity lights. How is this wired?
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What kind of four wire connector is this?

Would someone be able to identify this four wire connector (red/black/green/white)? It's behind a blank panel on a wall adjacent to a light switch. I believe there's a second one in the wall cavity. ...
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Electrical power to a detached shop, 60 amp panel, 80 feet of wire, what size wire do I need?

I am running power through a conduit to a detached shop, 80 feet of wire, a 60 amp panel. What size and type of wire do I need?
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Wiring high amps

I will be installing a Tesla wall charger in the garage and have a few questions about the codes and such. It will have a 100 amp breaker and it will be pulling 80 amps for 2-6 hours at a time so with ...
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How should I connect my new light fixture to three bundled whites?

Old ceiling light fixture had three bulbs. There are one black and three white wires in box. Whites are twisted together. Do I wire the one white to the connected three whites?
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Two black wires into same terminal on light switch

I've replaced a number of switches in my house following the Lutron instructions, but the wiring below is not covered. My question is: on my new Lutron switch (one is already visible in the picture), ...
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Thermostat Upgrade, furnace C-wire reading low voltage

OK so here is the scenario. Upgrading thermostat from dumb to smart (Ecobee). I've done 2 others in my house that required re-wiring so I have a good sense for what should be done but I'm stuck. My ...
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Black wire crossed with white in box

I was helping my dad install Alumiconn pigtails in his home when I spotted something weird in a 1-gang outlet box: a black wire shorted with a white wire. Alarm bells went off in my head, so I spent ...
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Wiring light switches in two rooms help

I am changing some wiring in two rooms of my house. Room 1 had two switches that controlled an outlet. We have since taken one of those switches and installed a ceiling light. The other switch ...
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How can I wire 7 outdoor posts correctly?

I've seen a few posts on how to wire a single post/column for lighting outdoor but I can't find anything that relates to multiple posts/columns. I have 7 posts/columns outdoor and I'd like to add ...
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“dead end” electrical box

I have a small closet under my stairs that doesn't have a light switch. I've been wanting to tie into a circuit from somewhere to wire up a light. While crawling around under there I found a (junction?...
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Electrician connected new water well to house panel, but confused about wire size in generator transfer switch?

Is my new, 278 ft water well, wired in safely? Electrician ran 100 ft of #6 wire from ( transfer switch out to well house control box ) & then ( 278 ft of 3 wire #12 going down csg to 1 1/2 hp ...
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How to split a circuit

I have a one floor house with semi finished basement. On the main floor the Living room, Bath, 2 Bedrooms, garage and Microwave outlets are on 1 circuit. If I go to skinny breakers I have room to run ...
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Dimmer switch back to normal switch

Original wiring To wire to this new switch Hi all, I'm trying to convert an existing switch back to a normal switch but it keeps tripping. Can some one give me some suggestion. I used the black (3 ...
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Swapped out light switch and now WIRES have no power?

We’ve been swapping out all our outlets and switches in our house....with minimal problems until today. In our living room we have a dimmer switch on one wall that controls our overhead light. On ...
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External pole Lighting help

Planning to run 6 lights from a sub panel around my pool. 20 Amp GFI breaker in-place. Planning to run THWN 12 gauge wire in plastic conduit for the lights (pole lights) with at least 2 switches. Want ...
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Upgrading to smart light switches but have only one neutral wire in the box

I am working on upgrading some of the light switches to smart light switches for lighting automation. I bought this GE Enbrighten Z-Wave Plus. This requires a neutral wire. When I opened the light ...
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Why is there two sets of black and white wires connected together in my wall?

Don't understand what this is, I was told it was probley a splice in the wires to extend wiring but I thought white had to be with white, black with black and ground to ground.....is this something ...
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70 amp service from 200 amp main

We need to run conductor from a 200 amp main service panel to a sub panel that is approximately 200 feet away (50 inside garage, and 150 underground.) The breaker in the main panel that will feed ...