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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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pigtailed aluminum replacing regular receptacle to GFI

Need to replace a receptacle closest to panel that has a light and another receptacle inline. All are aluminum. They have alumiconns on them (purple) pigtailed. Need to replace sink receptacle with ...
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Two Fixtures, one Circuit. How does this work?

I have two adjacent light switches in a bedroom. One switch is intended to operate 4 recessed lights, the other is intended to operate a ceiling fan/light (via a wired remote). When I bought the ...
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Adding subpanel - how to run wiring

In my new addition I'll be adding a subpanel due to lack of space in existing box. The issue I've got right now is the walls that I could add a panel in, have a truss directly above the top place, ...
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If I install a 30 amp breaker in my breaker box, can I use 15 amp outlets on the circuit, provided none of the appliances used exceed 15 amps?

I have a shed that has outlets wired with either 14 or 12 gauge wire and 15 amp receptacles. I already know that my total usage will be almost 30 amps. If I use a #10 on the first receptacle and a 30 ...
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Getting UPS Power from One Room to Another

I’d like to run power from a Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) in ROOM A to where a work computer is used in ROOM B. I was thinking of installing an outlet box in ROOM A near where the UPS is plugged ...
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Replacing pool light switches with smart switches… is this correct?

I'm trying to replace the switches to my two pool lights with smart switches. The way it is wired now, the neutral wire bypasses both switches and goes directly to the lights. The smart switches ...
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Will GFCI breakers protect my outlets?

I'm about to move into an older home at the end of the month. Upon inspection, the inspector found that the outlets aren't grounded. I've been doing a lot of reading on how to fix the situation. I ...
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Is triplex wire legal for running a sub-panel?

When I bought the house it had a section of triplex wire that ran to a 50A breaker with the remainder coiled in rafter space of the covered porch. (When I discovered this, the triplex was hot. That ...
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Can you tell me if Neutral wire is burned?

We have checked all the outlets and light switches and they all work. The power went out in three rooms and breaker did not trip. We took pictures of the breaker wires and noticed this one wire looked ...
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Wiring 2 gang light switches

I have a two gang box with a dimmer switch to recessed lights AND a remote switch to operate a fan/light. There are 3 romex bundles leading into the box, however, only one of the black wires is HOT, ...
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Is USE-2 or RHW-2 individual wire fit for direct burial or open-joist use?

I see companies selling USE-2/RHH/RHW-2 individual wires. Many claim they are fit for direct burial or fixation to joists. They are individual wires, and lack an outer jacket like SE-R or MH feeder ...
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converting two lights from two switches to two lights from one switch

I have a double gang box with two switches that run different lights, from the same incoming cable (power through the switch first). Therefore, I have one "incoming cable" and two "outgoing cables", ...
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Switch in 3 Gang Hall Bath Does Nothing, Want to rewire to 2 gang with blank

Have three gang hall bath switch panel in which the first two control the fan and light; third does nothing. Have tested all outlets and other lights; third switch seemingly inert yet wired to other ...
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Wiring for light switch and exhaust fan

Let me start by saying I don't really know what I am talking about, so my vocabulary may be incorrect. This is all based upon my best interpretation of the problem. I am replacing some old light ...
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Using conduit with THHN

May I run THHN above ground under a house unprotected or is a conduit required for this? The wires consist of 3 4AWG wires with an 8AWG ground going from a 60A breaker at the (100A) service to a newly ...
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Wiring from Main to Subpanel

I posted a question a few weeks ago regarding wiring to a pool sub-panel, and I'm grateful for the wonderful information I received. Since then, I learned a little more about the area between my main ...
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How should I reconnect my light fixture with red, white, and blue wires?

So I have switched a lot of fixtures in my house, but this is a first. I had drywall repairs on the ceiling, so didn’t remove the fixture the contractor did. I have no idea how it was wired in before ...
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Light Fixture Stopped Working After Replacing Its Three-Way Switch

I have a halogen light fixture that is powered by a three-way switch at the top of the stairs and another three-way switch at the bottom of the stairs. After I replaced both switches with new 3-way ...
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issues wiring ceiling fan with remote and 2 switches

I've done some basic wiring but seem to be in over my head on figuring this one out. We have a solarium the had a ceiling light fixture and a switch at each end of the room. I removed the light and ...
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When running crawl space conduit, must the conduit be run through the joist via drilled holes, or can they be attached underneath?

I'm wiring my home for 110V and cat6e(48-0V). There is currently no wiring, just an air tight shell with interior studs exposed. There is a crawl space where I would like to run all of the conduit ...
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Why does my outlet have an extra neutral wire connected?

I am installing an infrared sauna and came across an electrical outlet problem. I had two people (one an electrician) check it out and both were stumped on why there are 2 white wires (along with 1 ...
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Why does my electric oven present the option of 40A and 50A breakers?

The oven in question states 40A with 120/240 volts. In the installation manual: This range is manufactured with the neutral terminal connected to the cabinet. Use a 3-wire, UL Listed. 40- or 50-...
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Can I wire a 120v 20A outlet with #8 wire

I am installing an outlet on the front of my house to charge my Kea Niro. The current charger I am using requires a 120v 20A circuit. In the future I expect to get a charger that will require a 240v ...
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Heater 240 wiring question

I am looking to hook up my electric heater. I have a line that was used for an electric dryer and not being used. Can I divert the wires to the heater? I would like to hook it up with 2 hot wires ...
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3-wire dryer plug with mismatched voltages

Just moved into a house built in the 1950s and, I discovered that one of the hot prongs for my dryer plug is giving me 120VAC (A in picture) and one is giving me 60VAC (B in picture). In addition, ...
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Replaced breaker, and still no power to outlets, but at circuit test 110

I hope you can answer my question. I recently replaced the circuit breaker because it would not reset the power to the outlets thinking it was the problem. I tested with a volt meter and it reads ...
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Is this light switch installation safe and legal?

I did this wiring in my bonus room years ago, and now I'm wondering if it is in fact legal and safe. This is a built-in book case that I built and installed myself. The bookshelf went in over a ...
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How can I safely bury unused speaker wires in my wall?

Just bought a new place, and I've got a speaker wall plate with 2 binding posts sitting chest high in the room that are driving me nuts aesthetically. (two actually, one on either side of the room). ...
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Electrical tape vs Wago connector

I live in Argentina where everyone use tape and nobody know Wago connectors. Should I use tape or Wago for my house? Wago can be purchased on Ebay, not in local shops.
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Help with strange wiring in light switch box

Recently purchased a new home and went to swap out a broken single pole light switch with smart switch that requires neutral. A quick clance into the switch box and I thought it had what I needed. ...
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Connect a lamp wire to one wire or three

A lamp fell off the ceiling and is hanging from one wire. Which wire connector to reconnect it to? There are four wires coming from the ceiling, three of which go into one wire connector and one to ...
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How do you properly install backup power delivery?

I have a backup power bank made of an inverter and car batteries. It charges when the grid power is on and turns on when the grid power turns off. However, my "electrician" repurposed the grounding ...
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Can 3 phase power on grill be converted to regular 240vac?

Hi I have bought an Electrolux Hsg grill second hand. These cost £7000 new. It has a 3 phase plug on it. Can this be switched regular 3 pin plug?
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120V outlet from 240V load center?

I want to install a 120V outlet for my deck, and I'm not sure if I can run this from the same load center that my hot tub uses. It's a 240V load center that is fed from a double pole breaker in the ...
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Can I connect circuits for a dishwasher and sink disposal unit to the same breaker?

Can the garbage disposal and dishwasher, each with its own GFCI receptacle, share the same 20 amp circuit at the main electrical panel?
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Swapping L15-30 with L21-30

I have some plugs in my warehouse that have L15-30 receptacles. Inside the boxes are four wires: Orange, Black, Red, and Green. I would like to swap one to an L21-30 receptacle. It looks like the main ...
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Where do I find 4-4-4-6 direct bury copper cable? [closed]

Installing a 100 amp subpanel approximately 160 feet from my main panel to a new garage. 4-4-4-6 copper I understand will be more than sufficient for a 240v/60 amp load at the subpanel and have less ...
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Attaching cable to attic rafters [duplicate]

I am running approx 40' of cable thru the unfinished attic in order to install two additional receptacles in the kitchen. The easiest and least obtrusive way for me to do this is to attach 1x3 or 2x4 ...
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3 prong range outlet

I wired a 3 prong range outlet using 8/2 wire. I had a black insulated, white insulated, and a bare single strand copper wire. In the outlet I wired the black wire to one hot side and the white wire ...
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Replacing a light switch that has 2 red wires and 1 black- one red was on the screw the other red was back stabbing the same portion

I am replacing a light switch that had 2 red wires(one connected to screw and one backstabbing) and the one black was backstabbing the upper part of the switch. I understand I should use the screw to ...
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Wiring from basement main panel to garage

I have a couple questions concerning a garage wiring project I have coming up. Here is the situation, I have a 200-amp main panel in my basement. I am building a detached garage behind my house and ...
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How many wires should be in a new thermostat cable?

When roughing in thermostat wire, how many pair wire would you use to cover most thermostats? I'm asking because keep seeing questions about C wire and wifi.
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Where to install C wire?

I need to run new thermostat wire since I don't have a C wire to power my smart thermostat, but need some guidance on where to hook it up. I have five wires at my thermostat, two going back to my ...
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Wiring question for detached room

Would it be possible to power the detached room from the breaker box with two 30 amp breakers to the room with UF 10-2 wiring underground from the breaker box and then landed into the junction box at ...
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Requirement for splicing neutrals in a switch

I am going to install 4 LED downlights on a 3-way switch. My plan is to do panel-switch-switch-lights... similar to this image I will be using THHN inside conduit from panel to first switch, and ...
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Should I have paid attention to polarity when installing a new light fixture?

I just installed a pull chain fixture in a closet. The light works but I paid no attention to black wire to brass screw or white wire to silver. Of course when I am tossing the box I see the ...
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Neutral and ground connected to one bus bar in subpanel; should I change?

At my house, there is a subpanel that serves a pool area, served by one 30 amp 240v circuit. The panel, which I think was installed about 30 years ago, has just one bus bar that the neutrals and ...
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Wiring from house to garage

What size wire 125’ to garage,will have 50 amp welding machine and led lights only use at the same time.Plan to use underground cable.
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How do I wire my 4 way switch?

At the bottom is the stairs is the first 3 way switch in this circuit - it doesn’t need to be messed with because it was never changed and works good. Then go up the stairs a little where a 4 way ...
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Wiring Pool Subpanel for Pump and Receptacles

The project is to wire a sub-panel and three pool circuits. My 400A main panels (2) are about 35' away, and I don't have room inside the basement to mount the sub panel inside. I plan to use an ...