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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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 ...
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Newly installed 4" halo can lights have a slight odor when on

I just installed 6 new 4" halo can lights. When they are on I can smell a slight odor coming from them in the attic. Is this normal? I felt the light housing in the attic and is just warm. I also felt ...
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How to wire an in-celing recessed projection screen

So, I have a in-ceiling recessed projection screen. This sits flush to the ceiling so all projection screen box lives permanently inside the ceiling. However, odly, it ships with a 3 prong electrical ...
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Fireplace switch: wiring length/gauge limitations?

We have a propane fireplace insert that can be wired up for a switch. Right now, there are two 6" 18g single-strand leads that when nutted together complete the circuit allowing the fireplace to turn ...
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Why won't a NEST that shares control of a furnace with a conventional thermostat turn on the heat?

I have three floors in my home. The bottom floor has its own gas furnace and the 2nd and 3rd floors share another gas furnace. Everything was working great until I added a NEST to the first and ...
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circuit breaker problem after removing ceiling fan

I removed a Hunter Ceiling Fan. I went to my circuit box and turned off the power from the circuit breaker it was on. I capped the wires and then went to my circuit box to reset my circuit breaker. ...
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How to finish the wiring of a shared GFCI receptacle

My neighbor who is an electrician helped me start an electrical project in my garage but has been MIA for 3 weeks and I'm not sure how to finish the wiring of the receptacles. He didn't seem to start ...
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How do I wire a bathroom exhaust fan/light to two switches?

I could use a diagram to wire the following: a bathroom exhaust fan with light on two separate switches. I also need a 3rd switch for a vanity light and a GFCI. My power comes from the attic (12/2 ...
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Can I convert my front intermediate light (with only 1 wire) to a junction box with live, neutral and ground wires?

I want to change my entire front light housing because it is old and uses an intermediate-base light bulb. The new one I have purchased has black, white and copper wires. The old one only has a wire ...
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Where can I connect the ground wire when replacing my oven heating element?

My old heating element finally burned out and had to be replaced. That element is not made anymore, but an appliance store gave me the part # for a replacement that works for that oven. I took out ...
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How can I add a common wire to the existing furnace wiring?

My current furnace has Rh and W1 to the thermostat. I'd like to add a C for my new networked thermostat, but I'm not sure where to connect it. From my research it sounds like I should be able to just ...
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Remove light switch

I have a back room that was converted from a back porch to a room. It has a light switch on one wall that doesn't appear to work anything. I checked to see if it has current coming to the switch and ...
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Connecting the motor to 12/2 wire and a 6 position dial in an evaporative swamp cooler

I'm connecting a new evaporation cooler to an existing 6 position wall dial using the existing wiring. The idiot owner who wired the original cooler put in 12/2 Romex, intead of 12/3 for the motor (...
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circuit breaker trips

I have a breaker that keeps tripping even when no load is on it. I have already replaced the breaker with a new one, replaced a ground fault outlet and a dimmer switch (all on that circuit), and the ...
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How to add more light and outlets in garage

I would like to be able to add a fluorescent light fixture (T8's) and outlet to my indoor garage. I plan on running 1/2 inch conduit with 12 gauge romex wires. I have an existing 60 Watt light fixture ...
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Anything wrong with this ground wire? Is it supposed to be insulated?

Panel is from the late 1970's. Looks like there was some insulation on the ground wire, but most of it has come off. It's the same way through the crawlspace.
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Why is my kitchen ceiling light not turning on with the light switch?

My kitchen light is not turning on with light switch, I checked it with a two wire light gadget and when I stick them in a electrical plug socket I get a bright light on the gadget, when I touch the ...
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multiple thermostat boiler connection

I have a boiler system with thermostats and valves for three floors. before i changed the boiler what ever thermostat called for heat worked for that floor. Now all thermostats have to be on or ...
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What is wrong with my light

I have two ceiling light fixtures that just will not work. I checked the incoming power in the ceiling. Its fine. I did a continuity test on the wires/socket and they are fine. As a test I ...
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Fan dimmer switch wiring

Old fan dimmer switch has red black and blue, new switch Has yellow red and black plus a green ground . How do I rewrite?
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Does the amp size have to match?

My home has three bathrooms in it and the outlets for all three are combined off one 20 amp breaker in the panel. Do I have to use one of the 20 amp breakers on the transfer switch or can I use one of ...
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going to cross black to white wire,… but which one?

So I replaced all of my fire detectors. They were hard wired with battery backup, and so are the new ones... accept for one. I put the wireless combo CM and fire detector in the ceiling of my common ...
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Mobile Home Light

What do i need to do to add a light with two wires (outside backdoor light) to the existing inside the door hall light switch that has a hot, neutral & ground wire, it is the only wire going into ...
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Converting a ceiling recessed light to a wall outlet

So, Round two of this post, I've given up combining two wall outlets to 240v and realized that I need another 120v outlet to safely power everything with an 80% margin. we have GX24Q-1 outlets for ...
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Replace thermostat wiring from my Carrier Weathermaker 8000 to my Nest thermostat

I'd like to replace the wiring from my Carrier Weathermaker 8000 to my thermostat to add a C wire. I assume I need to turn off the Carrier first, but there is no power switch that I can see on the ...
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replacing a ground wire with a neutral

Have a three prong outlet schematic that shows two hots and ground. The appliance has a three prong 40 plug. The appliance case has a separate ground terminal. Can I replace the outlet ground with a ...
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How do you add a chandelier to a ceiling fan?

I found a gorgeous chandelier that I want to replace the light fixture on my fan with. How do I do this?
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Ceiling fan wiring, fan 2 runs slower

I have 2 fans on one switch , wired from switch to fan #1 then to fan #2 - fan #2 runs slower do I need a higher amp switch
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how to install a 4 wire switch to 2 wire switch

My new switch has a green wire, brown wire, black wire, and red wire, how to attach them to a switch that only has two wires for light switch.
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Wiring AC condenser to Furnace

Hello So this is what I was left with I am trying to tie in fan on/off and a AC condenser I have 2 wires for my limit switch, 2 wires from my 24ac transformer, 2 wires from my AC condenser and 2 from ...
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Switch wiring general question

I replaced a ceiling fan with a regular light a while back that originally had 2 switches that worked it. When I was done only one switch worked, I was okay with this because I didn't use the other ...
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3 way switch that stopped working

Three fluorescent lights in my garage just stopped working. So here's the set-up: 2 switches, 3 fluorescent lights. Switch 1 has hot wire, travelers go to switch 2, switch 2 feeds all three lights. I ...
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Ecobee installation with two Rh wires, occupied G wire and HRV

I just moved to North America from Europe (hence why furnaces, HRV systems etc are totally alien to me) and I'm having trouble understanding how to wire up an ecobee3 lite to replace my Honeywell ...
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Running Electrical cable through Loft/Attic

So we have had a car charger installed outside the garage, which is currently powered by standard twin and earth. is it ok to run an armoured cable from the meter, through the loft, (going up the ...
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Did the handyman screw up or is there something wrong with my AC unit?

My landlord recently hired someone to install a common wire from my Goodman AC unit on the roof down to where the thermostat is. The current thermostat works fine, but is non programmable and battery ...
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Dryer (30amp) on Single Pole Breaker

My 200amp panel is pretty full so I started mapping all the circuits since I suspected that there are abandoned circuits or circuits with very small loads on them. I am used to finding dryers on 30amp ...
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Fan and light switch wiring

I'm trying to wire 3 ceiling fans from 1 power source using push button light and fan speed.switch , Hampton bay switch push button fan and light controls.
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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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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?