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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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Do GFCI breakers provide necessary protecting for multiple outlet surge protector?

I just got results of home inspection on house I'm buying and discovered they had illegally replaced two prong outlets with three prong ones without correcting wiring. I understand my options may to ...
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120vac outdoor wifi camera? [closed]

Is there a wifi camera out there that has a built in power supply and can be directly wired to 120vac? I've looked and looked and all I can come up with is one with a separate power supply. I want to ...
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Problem encountered with installing an exterior light

This will likely be an easy question for an electrician if one is reading because I cannot believe that I invented this issue but it requires a bit of set-up. I want to attach an exterior light to ...
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How do I replace and insert what kind of missing pin - bolt in a home fused disconnect box?

Power from Hydro (the electric company) runs into this disconnect box then continues to the meter. I'm looking for help as to what I should use to replace the missing bolt or pin that connects the on/...
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What size wire for a 100 amp sub panel in a barn?

I am installing a 100 A sub panel in my barn which is 170 feet from the main panel. 100 feet will be underground and 70 feet will be through the crawlspace underneath the house. My main panel is 200 A....
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Why is it important to have a receptacle next to load centers?

Why is there a receptacle next to a load center? Is it necessary to have this circuit dedicated to one breaker by itself? Or can I pigtail it at the load center?
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Rewire attic fan from switched to always-on

I have an attic fan wired to a thermostat that I'd like to come on whenever it's hot enough. The problem is, the fan is wired to a circuit that's operated by the light switch for the stairs into the ...
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Removing baseboard heater and installing elec oven on that wall

We are purchasing a home that has a baseboard heater on the wall that will be ideal for an elec oven can I just remove it and use that wiring for the oven socket?
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Oven wiring - needing to add a ground, can I retrofit?

I'm dealing with a 1970-built home and the oven has 6-3 without ground running to the oven. 2 hots and the neutral. Got a new oven coming in and want to make sure it's wired right. I could run new ...
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How can I fix my garage's existing wiring

My non-attached garage is currently fed with a 10-2 w/ground wire from my main service panel via a single pole breaker buried in conduit. When the wire enters the garage it enters a junction box were ...
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Can I use a tandem 20A breaker for two kitchen circuits?

I am in the process of renovating the kitchen in my 100+ year old home, including cleaning up the electrical “situation” the previously owner attempted and bringing up to code. NEC requires that ...
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GFCI Circuit Breakers Wired Incorrectly

Just moved into 5yr old home, was looking to expand a garage outlet to afford more outlets. The outlet is below the panel is a GGCI outlet, however, the circuit breaker is not, so, I am going to ...
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Goodman furnace - C Wire connection

I'm trying to connect the C wire in my Goodman furnace in order to install a new thermostat. I've read all the posts on this forum about this specific issue so my question is whether i'm in the right ...
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Separate Thermostats for Heating and A/C

I recently purchased a vacation home that has two thermostats for a forced hot air gas furnace and a separate A/C unit that shares ductwork. The A/C also cools better when both the A/C and furnace fan ...
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Can you attach more than one wire in a given hole on a bus in an electrical panel?

Is it permissible to attach more than one neutral or ground wire to any terminal screw on the service panel bus? A home inspector says this is not allowed. THAT DOESN'T SEEM RIGHT, because all of ...
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Add switches for two new lights to an existing switch box

My question is a bit complex. I'll try to be short and to the point as best I can. I am trying to add two more light switches to make a total of three at a light switch. The first one that was there ...
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Replacing receptacles - why are white and black wires crossed?

I am in the process of replacing all receptacles and wall plates in my home. Most of the receptacles are pretty straight forward to replace as they have only one black and one white wire (and ground). ...
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not sure how to wire a troffer

The troffer I bought comes with a disconnect, two black, two white. I had no problem wiring in two of them but the third one is difficult. The light bulb that was in there before had its black wire ...
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Can the wire from the y terminal on thermostat be connected to the c terminal on heater board as pictures show?

My nest was installed with no c wire and it lost power. At this point the tech looked at the wiring diagram in a/c unit outside but I do not know what he did. A/c worked but later nest had no power. I ...
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Install a Wi Fi thermostat

Trying to install a WiFi thermostat. I have the unused blue wire which I believe is the common wire. It is unused both and the furnace level as well as on my current thermostat. However there is ...
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Three-way light trips new AFCI breaker

I recently replaced my home's load center. As part of that surgery, my breakers were also updated to (combination) AFCI breakers. My house has many Multi-wire branch circuits, so I also got a couple ...
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I installed an exhaust fan in the attic. I want to power the fan from one or two separate bathrooms

Can I see the wiring schematic for option 0 above
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Wall socket tripping out when putting the two screws into the faceplate

I have put an outside socket on the wall with new wiring into the back of an inside socket. It all works until I screw the two screws in to hold the faceplate on the inside wall. If I just leave it ...
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Dimmer is controlling outlets

I have a walk-in closet that was wired with one hot lead from the bathroom. I want to put in a dimmer for the lights but there are also 2 outlets coming off of the hot. When I put the hot wire ...
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very confused on the wiring for recessed lighting

Trying to retrofit LED can lights by bypassing the ballast. First light I retrofitted had 1 white, 1 black, and one green ground wire in the junction box, along with 2 red and 2 blue leading to the ...
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Rewiring a small appliance [closed]

I have a small appliance with a 110vac transformer that broke off where I cannot reconnect it. Can I replace that 110vac transformer with a 120vac and does it matter which side the wires go on? Can ...
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150 volts at outlet?

I tested my outlets the other day and found 148-152 volts at all my outlets. I then tested all my outlets with a commercial electric ms112h outlet tester and all tested good but still 150 volts. I ...
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Tracing individual conductors most effectively

I recently moved in to a 20 year old house, and have started to unravel some of the unfortunate short cuts the previous owner left, with regards to the electrical work. One trouble in particular I'm ...
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Can I use the same junction box for two appliances?

Complete noob here. I'm finishing building my kitchen and the last part - the wiring of electrical oven and glass cooking plates, is presenting me with some challenges. I am located in Germany. ...
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Wiring new lights with 2 sets of wires

I'm installing 3 light pendants above my island. They are connected to a single pole light switch. I installed 2 of the 3 and noticed the junction boxes for both have 2 black, 2 white, and 2 ground ...
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What do I make of this wiring?

I am trying to replace a toilet pull cord switch. Wiring seems unusual in the sense that there are: 2x brown wires 1x brown wire that is live and by itself 1x yellow/green earth no blue wires ...
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Wiring a bath fan/light fixture

I have a light fixture with a pull switch. I want to replace the light with a bath light/fan. I also need to install and wire a switch for this fan. How do I do this?
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Running a dryer outlet to garage

Planning to Run a dryer outlet from outside service panel along the exterior wall approx 45 feet before entering the garage. What will be the correct size wire and conduit type to use?
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How should I get the service entrance cable to my new adjacent panel location?

How do I have to run the SER cables from the original hole(where the SER cable goes through the wall) to the side of the new panel? Can SER cable be exposed or needs to be inside a conduit? Conduit ...
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Zinsco Panel wiring

This is a Zinsco Panel. Please see the image below. Can anybody tell me what are the copper plates on the left side and what is the purpose to have those? On the right side the first two 15 Amps ...
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Exterior outlet not working

I have had a problem with 3 rooms and a bathroom all on one breaker. I originally thought I would need to split the circuit, but then decided to check the breaker first in case there were 2 wires ...
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How do I get the bulb holder off of the wire?

There are no screws. I've tried pulling and there's no budging! No obvious signs of anywhere I can put a screwdriver to pop it off. Even if I cut the wires and try to re-wire it, I'm still not sure ...
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Critique my plan for circuits

New addition to house is 576 square feet total - master bedroom, bathroom, walk in closet, house entry foyer, and porch. Here's my plan. 15amp dedicated circuit for fire alarm 20amp dedicated ...
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Twin breaker allowance

I plan to use a tandem(AKA duplex, slimline, twin, half-height, half-inch, double or wafer breakers) circuit breaker for kitchen. The 20 Amp Tandem Single Pole Type QT Circuit Breaker ( here is the ...
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Can a 40amp breaker be used safely and without issue with a 40amp device on 6AWG wire?

We are installing a Cooktop that calls for a 40amp circuit. I was given 6AWG wire (instead of the 8AWG wire I asked for) by mistake. The electrician saw the 6AWG wire (that I had already run) and used ...
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Swapping High voltage breakers; change 50amp to 40amp

I have 6AWG wiring with a 50amp breaker; no device is yet connected to the circuit. I need to swap the 50amp breaker for a 40amp breaker. I have popped the breaker loose from the bus bar in the panel. ...
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Wiring help needed

Went to look at a ceiling box to install a fan, and I'm a little confused as to the wiring for the light now. Currently, the light tends to flicker depending on how tightly the globe is screwed in (...
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Can I use a clamp meter to identify wires running to overhead fan?

I have this mess of wires in a junction box of a stucco house (built 30 years ago). Couple of these are going to the overhead fan in the room. Will a simple clamp meter help me identify the relevant ...
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Wand or 2 foot long stick between my master bath fan and outdoor flood lights connecting to share wiring for power?

I'm divorced. My ex husband had a guy install a junction box on corner of house to spotlight the swing set years ago. Recently I was in the attic and discoved a 2 ft "stick' or "wand' that was quite ...
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Wiring Confusion - 3 Phase Line to a Water Level Controller?

I have a borewell with a 3-phase submersible pump that I want to control with a water level controller (when the overhead tank is empty, it should start the motor and when the tank is full it should ...
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Can I use 220 V outlets on a 15 ampere breaker and wire it up as 110 V?

I purchased a 220 V outlet and didn't realize it. My circuit is 15 amperes. I wanted to hook up a series of normal 15 ampere 110 V outlets. When I look at the outlet it looks exactly like a regular 15 ...
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Electrical breaker panel

I have a new compressor. It is 15 amp 240 volt. I have an old Sylvania panel. What are make and model options?
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What size wire needed for 100a subpanel 120ft away from house sub panel? Biggest amp draw will be a window A/C unit, and a pool pump

What size SER wire needed for 100a subpanel 120ft away from house sub panel? Biggest amp draw will be a window A/C unit, and a pool pump. Other than that, just a few LED lights and outlets...detached ...
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Dishwasher wires twice

I removed my old dishwasher and found that it was wired to the wall and another wire ran behind a plug box under the sink. Why would there be two wires? And do I need to hook the new dishwasher up to ...
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How do go from a single light/fan bathroom switch to a double paddle with no ground or hot wire?

The old switch had just 2 side wires, one for the fan and one for the light. There was no ground of hot. I'm installing a legrand radiant 2 in 1 paddle switch, and it's not working. I'm assuming that'...