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 Nest 3rd generation thermostat from Old Trane Weathertron Thermostat (Mercury one)

Nest is not detecting Power (Rh) Showing error that power is not connected. Please help. Installing Nest 3rd generation thermostat from Old Trane Weathertron Thermostat (Mercury one) New stat wiring:...
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Use of the ceiling fan's red wire

Can I use the unused red wire in the wiring from my ceiling fan to power a light in my attic space? Leaving the switch wiring the same (meaning i could turn the attic light off and on via the fan ...
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Installed smart switch but nearby circuit keeps breaking

I just installed a smart switch (Leviton Decora) in my garage and the switch works fine. But I soon noticed that the circuit controlling outlets in the closest room to the garage keeps breaking. I ...
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Honeywell RTH6500 WiFi Thermostat wiring questions for a heat pump

I'm trying to install a new Honeywell RTH6500 thermostat on an old heat pump system that has regular plus emergency heat and the closest matching diagram says to put both the white "W2" wire and black ...
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3-way to smart 2-way switch, result is hardwired either on or off

At the top and bottom of some stairs are two connected light switches (a 3-way switch). The top switch has: bare copper ground unused white neutral (in back of box; two wires in a wire nut) 2x ...
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is there a difference in URD or UF #6-3 wire? should they be in conduit?

So, after some research, I decided to go with a double pole 60amp on my main panel with a #6-3 wire to feed my sub panel on a detached shed. The shed is 70 feet away. MY question is, someone said to ...
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Remove 3-Way Switch

I know this has been asked before, but I just want to be clear on 1. what I need to test in order to be sure which box has the hot wire, and 2. the wiring steps to remove the second box. Many thanks! ...
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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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Need help with electrical wiring for lights

I disconnected my basement light wire by accident. In my spare room upstairs I had no light. I had this wall switch which controlled the receptacle instead. I decided to install a ceiling light using ...
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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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Old AC and Gas Boiler wiring for new thermostat

I need help connecting a new 'C' wire for a Honeywell RTH6500WF thermostat. As you can see the heating is an old boilder with a simple pump to circulate the hot water to the baseboard radiators. The ...
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How should I jumper the transformer to use a thermostat with my heat pump?

I am hooking up an aftermarket blower motor on my Trane XL 1400 AC/heat pump. I have a black, blue, red & white wires coming out of the new motor. I am bypassing the circuit board so I am ...
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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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Connect Two sets of 5 meter RGB Lights

I bought two of this RGB led Strips of 5 meters and would like to connect them together. Is is possible to do this with the power supply i have or would i need something stronger or maybe an amplifier?...
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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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How can I determine where power enters my bathroom light circuit?

How do I determine if the power source is going right into the 3-gang box of switches, or directly to one of the fixtures (1 vanity light and 1 light/exhaust fan combo)? What is the best way to ...
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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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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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Wiring a Tesla Powerwall into an Existing Solar Install

I've been looking at the cost and feasibility of augmenting my existing 5kWh solar install with battery-backed storage to shift usage of the solar power that I generate to more useful times of the day/...
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Confused about wiring outside light fixture with multiple switched wires

I am trying to replace an outside motion detector light fixture that was removed before I bought the house and the only things left were the plastic base in the eave and electrical taped wires shoved ...
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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 ...