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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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12/2 Burrial Wire Split

I have 12/2 burial wire that runs outside to my sewage pump. Is it possible for me to split off of it with a ground junction box to run a light to my shed 30 ft away?
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Can I install a NEMA 14-30 outlet to 100 amp panel

I received a pricey estimate for a NEMA 14-50 installation because I apparently need an automatic transfer switch. Now I think I will go with a NEMA 14-30 DIY install instead. I am just wondering if ...
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Can I use old cloth-jacketed wiring to power a new light?

I removed some wood paneling in a hallway closet and found this wire bundle between the studs. Is this electrical wires? Can I reuse this to install a light source for the closet?
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Nest 3rd Gen 24VAC two transformer issue

Hopefully this will finally solve the issue with my Nest. I bought a Nest 3rd Gen Learning Thermostat and followed the instructions to the tee. I have a two transformer system (Forced Air A/C and ...
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Apartment outlets troubleshooting # 3

I have solved the power outage to the circuit powering 3 different rooms but only partially. 2/3 outlets power on and 1/2 of the light switches work. In the bedroom. The working outlet is the only ‘ ...
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Installing Leviton IPS02 occupancy switch

I purchased a Leviton IPS02 motion occupancy switch to install in a lighting circuit. The problem is, I pulled out the old switch and it is a 4 way switch with 5 wires ground included. The Leviton ...
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Power outage in just one bedroom of apartment, then every receptacle in one circuit, tried everything. Please Help!

2/3 duplex sockets stopped working. Replaced them with Leviton 15amp. Did everything correctly, and everything worked for months. Since I had no issues replacing those and every other outlet/ switch ...
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How to identify a c wire?

I have 3 wires coming out from the wall at my new house (red, white, blue). It is a water boiler heat only system. The tstat was already removed unfortunately. I thought the blue wire was the C wire, ...
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Electrical workaround for wiring a smart switch

There's the following setup in my bedroom: I need to wire the WiFi Switch in the setup above so I made the following workaround: Basically I dimissed Light Bulb 2 in order to get the power line to ...
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Switch Controls Outlet, Not Ceiling Light

When we bought our house, the switch to the ceiling fan did not work, unless pushed to the side, or pushed in before being used. It seemed to be a simple enough task to replace the switch. However, ...
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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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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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Valid number of Cat 6 + Coax cables for pipe conduit?

Here's some old wiring done in my absence as my parents could only monitor so much. Hate the use of Skinnier version on Flexi Pipe that won't allow any movement or pull once initial install is done. ...
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How do I determine wiring colors for ceiling fan?

I'm trying to install several ceiling fans for our newly built house. I've noticed the wires have a ground (metal wire), white (assume hot), black (neutral), and a red wire. What's the red wire for? I ...
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Safe wiring on linkable shop light?

Question about  Smart Electrician® 3650 Lumens 46" LED Linkable Shop Light Model Number: 0053-0011 | Menards® SKU: 3481400 I bought several of these and am having the same glowing issue referenced in ...
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house power off but wires still hot

I'm trying to change a light fixture that's on a switch loop. It's the craziest thing, but I can't find the circuit for the switch loop wires. I tried cutting every single circuit, then I cut power to ...
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Wiring- changing from a fan light combo to a fan light combo with remote control

I am replacing an old fan/light combo that was operated by side by side light switches. I have replaced it with a light/fan combo that also has a remote. I can only get the light switch to operate ...
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Wiring under cabinet range hood to a power cord

I’m trying to install an under the cabinet range hood to a power cord. Our old hood had a power cord attached so there is no electric wiring to attach it to. The instructions don’t have much to go by ...
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Is this slightly exposed wire dangerous?

I accidentally cut through the insulation on this cable earlier with a small metal saw and noticed that part of the wire is now exposed. I don't know what the wire is actually for; it runs inside a ...
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Shared Neutral for Hot and Line Side of AFCI Receptacle

Good Day I am planning a MWBC. At the start of this circuit will be an AFCI Receptacle in a Hallway. This will then Branch to Hallway Lights in one direction, and Dimmer Lights & a second ...
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How can I tell if my furnace common wire is “properly grounded”?

I've been experiencing occasional short cycling of my A/C compressor (turns on/off quickly several times in a row) and Nest senior support is speculating that my common wire may not be properly ...
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Wirelessly adding an intermediate switch into a conventional 2 way wiring system

I have at home a normal conventional 2 way switching electrical wiring for a lamp I want to have 3 switches to control the lamp, using an intermediate switch on a certain spot, though such third spot ...
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How to identify which wire is associated with switch?

I have two ceiling boxes in my kitchen, when I moved in one was already hooked up to a light and a switch. When I opened up the second box I saw 4 cables in the box, all of which passed though box ...
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WiFi garage door controller installation

Currently I have the normal garage door remote but in addition to it I would like to add a WiFi controlled system. https://imgur.com/a/TmViiSt Those pictures show the current control box and the new ...
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Question about 3-way switch replacement

So I've got a three way switch that controls a light fixture. One at the top of the staircase and one at the bottom. You can see the configuration here: https://imgur.com/gallery/tgu9VCH I want to ...
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Wiring Help in a Camper/Tiny Home

So, my father-in-law just recently bought a camper/trailer and the bathroom light was busted. He disconnected all power to the trailer, removed the busted light, and then ordered a new one off of eBay....
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Nest for this setup

Is this the correct wiring setup for nest.
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How to wire a light to existing junction box that has red, black, white, ground wire coming in

I have a little bit of a conundrum. I've inherited a cabin that was 90% complete, but there a few little jobs left, one being a light junction box in my pantry that I need to hook a light up to. It's ...
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My breaker remains on OFF and instantly returns to OFF when reset

I was replacing a light switch in my basement. I switched the breaker for "Basement Lights" OFF, then replaced the faulty light switch. Then the breaker would not stay switched ON, and went instantly ...
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Wiring an outlet from a light switch?

I've just moved into a new place which has an outhouse. In there, there is an overhead fluorescent light (and two more under the floorboards for some reason) as well as two 2-socket outlets. The ...
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Dimmer switch on 3-way circuit only working 90% of the time, is it a bad switch or something else?

I installed a dimmer switch on a 3-way circuit that was working correctly. The other switch is a standard on-off switch. The fixtures they control are halogen light fixtures. About 10% of the time, ...
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Plugging load into any of the last few downstream duplexes trips the gfci

In an old house with no ground wires and metal duplex boxes, we installed a GFCI in the first box in one circuit, and new 3-prong duplexes downstream named A through E. When we plug a load into duplex ...
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What's going on with the electrical wiring (or devices) in this room?

I was soldering components onto a circuit board that was placed on a rubber-like soldering mat on a table. Simultaneously, I was listening to audio from my desktop computer, using wired headphones. ...
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wiring a bedside lamp

I have a light socket that I was going to replace and the new socket has 3 terminals but I only have 2 wires (typical lamp cord) coming to the socket. How should I hook up the wires
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3 lights and 4 switches

I currently have a 3 gang box and a single gang box. The single gang box operates the hall light(A)3 way. The 3 gang box operates the hall light(A)3 way, the outside light(B)2 way, and the ...
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New Switch and Light Won't Work

OK. So I had a kitchen ceiling light. too big. Took it out and put in a light w/ enclosed fan. Light worked on a single switch. No biggie, light/fan comes w/ remote. Excellent. New light works on same ...
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How should I connect my new light fixture?

I’m trying to install a bathroom light fixture. It has one white, one black, and one copper wire I opened the wall and I have 2 black 2white 2 copper and one red. I can get the light to come on but ...
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I have male nema L14 30 P PLUG OFF OF MY PANEL

I have a Nema L14 30p plug off my power panel and want to run a short extension with multi female 110 plug on the other end . How do I do this conversion ?
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Electrical: Lighting Fixture Switch Wiring Predicament

I'm looking for help with a peculiar (at least to me) wiring situation involving my dining room ceiling fixture. I've managed to replace most of the fixtures in the house, but this one is giving me ...
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Phantom voltage is haunting my curiosity

While working a bathroom remodel I encountered an odd issue. The lights are on a 3-way setup with one switch at each end of a walk-through bathroom. Housing the switch at one end is single-gang box ...
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Looking to boost radio signal around the house

The set up is that my house is located in a valley. If I try and use a standard fm radio I get terrible reception. There is an areal mounted on a pole at the side of the valley that receives good ...
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Replacing Kitchen Fan - Wiring Problems

Replacing an old ceiling fan in a 1960's era house. Unfortunately I took out the old ceiling fan and didn't look at what was connected where. The old ceiling fan was a fan/light operating on 2 ...
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Bad and deteriorating TV signal

I use a WISI OR 152 set-top box to receive a DVB-C TV signal. A couple of months ago I rearranged my living room and as a result I had to connect the receiver to the wall outlet with a rather long (~...
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What size wire should i use for a 125 foot underground run to a garden shed

I want to run a buried 125' line to a 30A subpanel in my garden shed. I will only be running hand tools and lighting. Was planning on using 12/3 from the house to the subpanel. Does that sound like ...
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Fixing constant humming from mechanical doorbell with video doorbell ringers (ring/skybell)

We have an old house with a neat mechanical doorbell. The bell is one of the hammer/bell kinds. I've installed 2 video doorbells which have been powered by this just fine. I tried to add a 3rd but ...
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Gfci installation

I'm having problems with Gfci tripping. My outlet box has 6 wires...2 white, 2 black & 2 red wires. The 2 black wires are controlled by a socket/switch on lower part of the wall (turns on outdoor ...
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Spark detecting screwdriver doesn't light up upon touching live wire

For one outlet I'm working on, the tester screwdriver stopped lighting up, it used to before with same exact wires a few days ago, but now doesn't. I was cutting and replacing old wires whoch took ...
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fireplace thermostat will turn off fireplace but won't turn it on

I have a propane fireplace that wouldn't start. Cleaned the thermopile and thermocouple and got the pilot to work fine. Then the main burner wouldn't light from the thermostat--it only lit if I jumped ...
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updating a kitchen light with a LED unit

I went to the panel which is marked but not correct...I flipped off every breaker one at a time but the light did not go off.I did not shut off the main..I lowered the old unit and there are 2 sets of ...