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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 do I qualify for the 75C table in the ampacity chart?

Suppose we direct-buried some 8 AWG cable. It's now under a parking lot, and retrenching it is out of the question. Now, needs have changed and we need to get 50A out of the circuit, which is ...
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Please help identify thing wired into my home alarm

Wired into my alarm panel per the enclosed photo is a small black-wrapped device wired to the 12V+, - & Earth. What might this be for - voltage stabilisation, noise reduction, ...? Grateful for ...
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Is my electrical panel big enough for my hot tub?

I just bought a hot tub that requires a 240 volt, 50 amp dedicated circuit. My electrical panel has a rating of 100 Amps. Max. All the breaker slots are full but I am wondering if I could consolidate ...
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Strange one - Trip switch trips when switching off plug

A bit of a weird one here, but hopefully someone might be able to point me in the right direction. Last year I moved into a house (Ireland) and the following happens intermittently (once/twice per ...
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Welding (MMA): what wire and wall socket should be used?

Right now I am planning an electrical conduits and wall socket that is going to be used with a welding inverter, and encountered the following problem: Let's assume inverter maximum consumption is 5 ...
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Voltage Drop between W1 and Rc wires

I recently converted from Oil to Gas. One of my zones is no longer working post conversion (it was working, then nothing worked, and then after they replaced a defective unit on the boiler it didn't ...
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Why showing bad ground on my detached garage?

Everything has to be conduit by code. When i use my stop shock tester everything in the house shows no problems which is two wired. However, when those wires run from the panel box to the detached ...
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Issue with Red wire to a remote controlled ceiling fan replacement (14/3 to 14/2 wires)

The Situation: 20 yr old Ceiling fan replacement with a remote controlled new fan. I have two wall switches: one controls 3 ceiling canned lights in the kitchen and one provides power to the ceiling ...
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Replacing ceiling fan with remote Control and keep wall switches

I'm replacing ceiling fan. I have the following wall controls as indicated in the picture below: I must say I haven't much experimented with the functionality of each one, however I can say for sure ...
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Replaced Outlet and Switch, Now Light Won't Turn Off

I had a switched duplex receptacle controlled by two 3-way switches. An electrician installed a ceiling light using 14/3 wire running from the outlet. Everything was working - the 3-way switches ...
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Wring through out the house

My sister bought a house, in the bathroom a mirror was hanging and it fell down, revealing a big hole where a cabinet used to be. She found exposed wiring in the wall, would it be safe to assume that ...
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Double check cable and conductor type selection for remote panel

I'm not looking for help on conductor sizing here as I still have some math to do. I am looking for confirmation that the type of cable and conductors I'm planning to use are appropriate. Scenario ...
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Installing CAT6 in a wall without using trunking or conduit

I’ve just bought an old house in the UK (circa 1902) and am running CAT6 cable through most of it. I bought Outdoor Cable as I needed something a bit more durable. The downside is that I can’t run any ...
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Electric Deep Fryer Circuit

I want to hook up an Electric Deep Fryer which is located about 25ft. from the breaker panel. I would like to know what type of wire and size of breaker to use. 208 Voltage 60 HZ 38.8 18.4/JB KW 3/1 ...
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Wiring - Lights and Fan

Here is what I want to accomplish. Install a light outside our backdoor, run electric to porch to recessed lights and ceiling fans. We would like to have the light outside the door on a switch, the ...
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Installing ethernet jacks in garage just below ceiling level

I live in UK in a 2-storey semi-detached house built in 1946. We are in the process of building an extension to the side of it - with garage on the ground floor and a bedroom above the garage. The ...
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32 kw generator feeding two panels

I am feeding two 200 amp panels with a 32kw generator using an auto transfer switch. To prevent unsafe generator start up can I wire the utility sensing control using power from each panel to the ...
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How can I add a dimmer to a bathroom switch that also turns the fan on?

I would like to add a dimmer switch to the bathroom. The switch currently turns on a extractor fan with a timer. It is connected via an isolation switch. I understand I cannot run the fan on a dimmer ...
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Is ideal clear pulling lube okay for pvc conduit

I'm pulling NM 6 gauge 3 conductor (plus ground) through a 1 inch pvc conduit. I'm wondering if Ideal Clear pulling lube is okay. It says it's okay for all wiring types, but not if it's okay for all ...
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Is it legal to piggyback an existing indoor outlet to a new outdoor outlet?

I just had a deck installed and wanted to install an outdoor outlet from the inside outlet. It is just on the other side of the interior wall where it would be installed. Is this legal?
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Rewiring my 100 year old rowhome

I am running on 20A wiring (12/2) and replacing some unexpected knob and tubing-the previous owner thought it was a good idea to replace the knob & tubing in the basement and give the appearance ...
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Can stranded wire in a crimp (bootlace) ferrule be used in lieu of a pigtail to terminate to devices that require solid wire?

As we all know, some device termination types do not accept stranded wire (14-10AWG), which is quite a shame on a conduit job or when using stranded THHN for pigtailing. However, in some applications,...
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Trying to determine if I have a neutral wire

I used to have an on/off wall switch that controlled a wall socket to which a floor lamp with an LED light bulb is connected. There is another socket in the same box that is not controlled by the ...
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What gauge wire is this, and how can I tell?

Can someone tell me how to determine the gauge of this wire (circled in red), or just what gauge it is?
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Need help to re wire a outlet and light switch

Hi everyone. I already have a post about the same problem but i cant find it. Sorry I have a problem with my light switch and my outlet in my bedroom. My landlord wired them both together so i can ...
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One hot three neutrals in a box: help resolve electrical wiring mystery

I had to remove an outlet in a room and I traced the wire back to this junction box that houses a light switch. I disconnected all splices (solder + tape) in the box (foolishly without marking the ...
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How do I wire a new ceiling light with 2 red wires?

I bought a new ceiling light, but the wires are complicated. It has 2 red wires and one green ground wire. There are 2 white wires too but they are connected by themselves. My ceiling has 1 black wire ...
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motion detector clcks but no light

I'm trying to install a motion detector in a circuit with 4 halogen spot bulbs and no other switches. There used to be a regular switch before, so I know the spot bulbs work. When I pass in front of ...
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Exterior doors giving electrical shocks

Recently my front and back door started shocking me when I touched it. Also I plugged my camper up to my homes outside outlet and the camper door would shock me too. We are always having light bulbs ...
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Adding a C wire

I know this question has been asked multiple times and I'm going to try some of the methods I have read in other threads but wanted to ask this question since I didn't see anyone else's wired the way ...
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Ceiling light wire/hook up

Hello I hooked up a new ceiling light, There are 3 different color wires. Red,Black,and white, 2 of each color wire. I wired each color wire to there self and then wired the light wires (copper color) ...
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Possible of override 2 zones with one thermostat

I have a vacation home with 2 zone heating. In the winter, it would be nice to be able to have remote access to the thermostat and 'turn on the heat'. Normally when vacant the 2 zones will be set to ...
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need help reconnecting wires inside my ceiling fan housing

So i tried scavenging the capacitor from an old ceiling fan and in so doing made a mess of all the wires inside the housing. The capacitor didn't work in my other fan so now i'm trying to wire the ...
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Can I turn one set of twinkle lights into several by cutting the wire & adding new plugs?

I am working on a project for wedding reception lighting and would like to make several chandeliers using Christmas tree twinkle lights but the strands I have are way too long for one single ...
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Tripping Inline GFI Outlet

We are working on an "inline" GFI Circut (has 4 or 5 outlets on the GFI Circut). When we use a tester to test for 110 (Red prob to hot side of socket and Black prob to ground at box) it pops the GFI ...
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How do I wire multiple light fixtures on their own switch on a Modular wall?

I have a wall that will be used to display vanities. This wall needs to be able to move around and hold 3 light fixtures. Those three fixtures each need their own switch. My thought was to install ...
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Phone line part identification

I'm trying to determine the name and function of the part in the attached picture. I'm in the process of fixing dead phone jacks in my house and I've come across two of these so far. They look like ...
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Intermediate switch wiring

I'm replacing light switches through the house - so far with ease. This however has me puzzled & I'd rather get confirmation than guess [of course] Both these switches are MK, but they've ...
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Converting 120V undercabinet lighting to 12V strip lighting

We redid our kitchen cabinets and want to change from the previous hardwired 120V fluorescent under cabinet lighting and above cabinet cove lighting to 12V flexible LED strip lighting. The cove ...
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Rewiring bathroom

I added a Fan/Light and put in 3 Rocker Switch. I used 14/2 wiring, the line hot went to the Common screw and leg 1 to the light for the fan, leg 2 went to the fan and I wired leg 3 to a 5 bulb ...
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Wire Ceiling Fan and Exterior Lighting

Objective I took down my old ceiling fan and tried to put in the new one but can't follow directions because I have two wire sets coming out of ceiling. I'm trying to get one switch to turn on fan ...
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How do I cleanly install speaker wire in a mobile home?

I have a decent amount of experience with all sorts of wiring in houses and offices. However all of my experience relates to buildings which have attics or dropped ceilings. I now am installing ...
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Freezing drain problem

I have a drain that has a catch basin that runs across the span of my driveway right in front of garage door. There is a slope so water can run down all the time. Problem is ice forms in the winter ...
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Wiring a gfci switch combo…I can't get the light to turn off?

I have a Pass & Seymour GFCI Switch/outlet combo. I am replacing a switch/outlet combo that was a non gfci. I haver three wires coming into the box. The hot wire, the wire to the light and a ...
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Why does a wall plug show only 20V instead of 120V?

I have two outlets that test at 20V, or sometimes 60V. They should be 120V.
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What size fuse wire do I need for a 4 kW single phase 220V geyser?

What is the type and gauge of wire that I should use for fuse wire which is feeding a 4 kW single-phase geyser?
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30amp power cord to 20amp breaker?

I am converting a cargo trailer into a camping trailer, including wiring it to have power from and RV hookup. The most common RV hookup is a 30amp. Since i don't really need the 30amp power, my plan ...
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This light won't turn on

So, I was around my partners house the other day and they have a light on the landing that does not work - I don't think it has ever worked since they moved into the house and being an electronic ...
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Changing sconce from flourescent to halogen

The new sconce has two black wires and ground. Can it be used in existing location which has one black and one white wire?
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Radial circuit vs ring main

I have a developed an old stable, a wood clad barn, to become habitable, but unfortunately, one of the builders appears to have put a screw through from the outside and damaged part of the ring main ...