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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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Installing smart switches, instructions don't match my wiring?

I'm trying to replace a couple switches with smart switches and the instructions provided with the switch I have (TP-Link HS200) don't match my wiring set up 100%. I'm thinking (hoping) I have the ...
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3-way switch wired with jumper between load and traveller

Background -- I've been replacing all the switches in my house with casetta smart switches. On 3-ways, I've been abandoning one of the switches and replacing with the lutron remote controls. The ...
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What is the difference between a Combination AFCI Breaker and a AFCI Breaker

After reading many articles and comments concerning AFCI and GFCI breakers I set out to my local Lowes. In the old days buying a fuse or a circuit breaker was pretty straight forward. Not anymore! ...
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AC Common wire disappears

On my furnace there is a wire that is labeled C/Common. But at my thermostat there is no common wire. Wires on furnace control panel: W - White Y - Yellow G - Green C - Common Wires at my thermostat: ...
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Ring Doorbell w/ Digital Chime

I purchased a ring doorbell 2 for my sister for Christmas. I am pretty tech savvy and offered to install it for her last night. I went through the instructions several times but I was not able to get ...
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Replace 3-way toggle with Lutron Caseta Smart Toggle

I'm trying to replace a toggle switch in a 3-way setup with a Lutron Caseta smart toggle switch. I'm not able to figure out the correct wiring configuration to get everything to work correctly. ...
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3 way chandelier wiring 2 black wires

I'm trying to install a chandelier which comes with 2 black wires and a ground of course. The box is at the end of a 3 way run with a white, a black, a red and a ground. I know what to do with the ...
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Replacing fan/light with 2 wall with fan/light controlled by remote

I am replacing an old fan that runs off 2 wall switches. Switch 1 controls the light. Switch 2 controls the fan. The new fan has remote only. The power source is 2 wire (Black, White, Bare). The ...
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Wiring a string of outlets

I have 10 outlets on a 20-amp circuit (not all will be used simultaneous). Do I start wiring from the first outlet and then to the second and so on until my last outlet? Or, do I pull my wire to my ...
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Adding separate wire to convert 6-2 Cable to 6-3 Wiring

I have an installed but not hooked up 6/2 cable (black, white and ground, like this) in my garage for potential future use with an EV charger. I am finishing the garage and will be covering up the ...
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Can nonworking half of light set be removed?

I have a set of regular Christmas lights, and one half of the set doesn't work. Can the half that doesn't work be removed and somehow join or solder the two remaining wire ends? The last working ...
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Should I solder stranded wires when connecting them to a plug?

I'm about to perform a few electrical changes in my house in order to be able to control lighting fixtures (230V, 30 to 200 mA) from a PC. I have some doubts about the way stranded wires should be ...
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Should I build a shield to protect building wire installed inside cabinet?

I had a new custom made cabinet installed and it forced me to move an electrical box from the wall to the inside of a cabinet. Work was done by an electrician. The outlet is now on the outside of ...
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No Junction Box for Ceiling Light

Today I discovered that (at least) one of the ceiling lights in my house isn't mounted on a junction box. As an added bonus, most of the wiring is fabric insulated copper. You can see the single ...
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Wiring two switches same box

I'll start with, I'm not an electrician. I have wired several different outlets and switches successfully though. Every one of these boxes seemingly have different wiring and this one has me perplexed....
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How should the green and bare wires be used when installing a new light fixture? [closed]

I understand the connecting white and black wires. What do I do with a green grounding wire and copper grounding wire that is attached to the light fixture?
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Any idea what these cables are for?

We moved into a new house and I see these cables in our garage. They come from the ceiling and are right near our water heater and breaker panel. There are 2 cables. One cable is labeled “System to ...
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breaker trips when switch is turned OFF

I have installed two LED pots in parallel, controlled by SPST switch. The lights are from Amazon (China?), the 14/2 wire and 200a Siemens panel are from Home Depot. The 15a breaker came with the panel....
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Adding a new switch with an independent light in an existing circuit - With photos [duplicate]

I have two switches at the bottom of my stairs in the basement. One switch is a three way to the switch at the top of my stairs. The other switch lights a series of lights all connected to the same ...
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Adding a new switch with an independent light in an existing circuit

I have two switches at the bottom of my stairs in the basement. One switch is a three way to the switch at the top of my stairs. The other switch lights a series of lights all connected to the same ...
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changing from a 4-way switch to a 3-way switch

Hi, I have a 4-way switched light in my entryway. I am hoping to install a 3 way smart switch for this light and cap off one of the switches. Referencing the attached picture, I am hoping to replace ...
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Can I use a single 20-amp breaker for a bathroom and adjacent small bedroom in my basement?

I am in the process of wiring my basement. 1. Main area 2. Hallway 3. Small Bath 4. Small Bedroom with egress window. I have a single 15-amp and 20-amp wire coming in from the electrical panel ...
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Modifying electrical boxes with field mounting and knockout provisions

I had to replace an entire coax run and noticed that someone who installed my Aunt's TV put a outlet behind the TV and used a low-voltage box! I know why they did this, mostly because there is only 1" ...
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Different gauges of wire

My house is 54 y/o. Years ago the circuit panel was upgraded to all 20 amps with the exception of the AC and oven. I am adding a can light which uses 12 - 18 gauge wire. I chose 14 gauge. I am ...
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Is it acceptable to use a lighted switch with a switched outlet?

The bedrooms in our house in California each have a light switch that controls power to an outlet in the room. The switches are the single-pole type, interrupting the black/hot wire. Is it acceptable ...
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What powers a Nest thermostat? [duplicate]

I have an older thermostat I'd like to replace with the more modern Nest thermostat. The online Nest compatibility checker tells me that I have a compatible device. However, I'm not sure how it could ...
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Who can I ask to install a 30 amp rated range on a 30 amp circuit (not as easy as it sounds)

I realize there are lots of similar questions, and I've read most of them. Thanks in advance for advice on this particular flavor. In my home I have a (broken) dual fuel range. It's installed on a 30 ...
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Wiring garage heater to fit a NEMA 14-50 range plug

Living in an old farmhouse that's hard to heat, furnace quit this fall so I'm using a heat pump, space heater and electric dryer to keep the pipes/me from freezing. I'd like to use a 5000 watt 240v ...
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Connect Sonoff and physical switch with a lamp

I want to connect smart Sonoff switch to lamp with physical on-off switch I want these all scenarios to work: when physical switch is off, I can turn the lamp on/off via sonoff switch when ...
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Can I run wire along a finished wall/ceiling in a basement?

I want to add a light in the stairway to my basement: Left side is a garage, right side is the basement with the other lights I'll need to tie into. However, I don't see how I could run a wire up ...
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Adding common wires for nest thermostats

I recently installed some Nest E thermostats for heating only usage. They’ve been great so far, but my HVAC guy warned me I would likely run into issues without a common wire. In the newer part of the ...
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New 20amp circuit via old conduit or not?

I plan on creating a new circuit and running 12/2 to my microwave for an dedicated circuit. The current outlet for the microwave is old wiring running through conduit. The wiring comes in through a ...
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How to handle 4 wires using 3-port AlumiConn connectors?

I'm rewiring outlets and switches in our 1960's California home using AlumiConn connectors to connect the aluminum wiring to copper pigtails. Most cases are straightforward, but I've run into a case ...
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Gas stove trips GFCI outlet

Any ideas why a LP gas range would suddenly start tripping GFCI breaker when the oven turns on? Should i be looking for a short somewhere and if so, where?
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Bathroom light fixture above sink and ceiling fan/light combo wiring issue

Hey so I'm having an issue hooking up a bathroom light fixture above the sink with a bathroom ceiling fan/light combo. 1) for the light fixture above sink: coming out of the wall there appears to be ...
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Why would my GFCI breaker trip when I flip a switch?

I am working in my basement where the wiring is from the early 70s. I am replacing a couple of fluorescent lights with new ones so I can put in LED bulbs (the others are original). I am not new to ...
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Light fixture measuring 120V for both hot and neutral

Hello I’m replacing a lighting fixture and I’m finding that both white wires are reading 120V. To be clear - it doesn’t matter where I place the red and black leads of my multimeter - I get 120V ...
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What size sub panel do I need

I need to install a 30 amp 120v RV outlet 140 feet from main box. I thought I would use a sub panel to allow for a few lights and two 110 outlets. Can I use a double pole 30 amp breaker with number ...
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Two hot wires in switch junction box

I have a switch on the wall that doesn't seem to do anything. I decided to investigate by pulling the switch out and to my surprise, it was a 3-way switch with only two connections (black and white ...
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2 light switches controlling one light fixture?

In my family room I have a light fixture. There are two light switches controlling this fixture. Yesterday I decided I want to get rid of the ugly brown switches, and change these to light. I have ...
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Trenching and running power to outside shed

I'll require power for the use of a window unit heat pump (8,000 to 12,000 BTU 120 volt), a treadmill, 5 or 6 outlets, and lighting. It's an 80 foot run and will be burying the supply underground. I'...
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All lights have tripped out!

The existing kitchen light was taken down, it was always blowing the bulbs. Currently, there's no light fixture up, just a connector type thing. Is this wired correctly? I've attached a photo, the ...
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How would I identify the grounded (neutral) conductor when using URD cable as an underground feeder?

I have a line on a length of URD 2-2-2-4 at a local electric supply house. The smaller conductor, which I gather is intended as the neutral in some cases, would be my ground. One of the unmarked ...
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3way wiring with timer AND a dimmer

I'm using an intermatic ST01 to feed the dimmer, since I don't have a neutral in the far box, and I'm told not to feed dimmed input to a timer. From there is where I'm having a problem, using a ...
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Does the cloth jacket on my wiring contain asbestos?

I grabbed this photo from another Q&A of the same wiring in my house. It is labelled Diamond DTX NM 600V. It looks like cloth wrapped wiring. Does anyone know anything about asbestos with it? ...
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3-way switch tied to box, one switch removed, can't make sense of it

I'm starting the question over.I'm having a hard time making sense of what's going on and I found out the other switch wasn't removed. I have a light connected to two switches. One switch isn't ...
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Exposing a 220v socket in my condo

I live in the US and own a few appliances (mostly audio) that are European, designed for 220V and don't have a built-in converter to deal with 110V. I'd like to find a way to use these in my condo, ...
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Basement lighting four rooms

So in my basement I want to add lights to 4 rooms. A total of 18 LED lights on 5 switches from one power feed. This would be a 15 A feed all 14-2 wire. Switches 2 & 3 would be a 3 way switch ...
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How to wire this to Levinton IPS02

I have been trying to wire this to a motion sensor switch, but after turn back on the power, the sensor is blinking, but the lights won’t turn on.
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What is this in my electrical box? Can I attach my ground wire onto this screw? Will it be securely grounded?

I am trying to wire a dimmer in an old outlet box and need to attach a ground. All other holes are too big or small, except the two that are being occupied by what looks like a wire clamp. Is it safe ...