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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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Help wiring a ceiling fan switch with oscillating and fan switch

Here is what I have going on. I currently have a motion sensing switch wired in the garage to a single light. From that light two outlets have been added to plug in two additional overhead shop lights....
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Second circuit breaker downstairs

I just moved into an apartment and would like to do some work such as upgrade the wires to allow a greater amperage to flow through to prevent my appliances from tripping the circuit breakers when too ...
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Electrical outlet that has 2 white wires, 1 black, 1 red, and a ground. Does it matter which white goes where?

I did some searching on the site, but I wasn't able to find anything about this. That being said, I have an electrical outlet that has 2 white wires, 1 black, 1 red, and a ground. I know the red line ...
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What's the most rational way to connect a Tesla Powerwall to a preexisting solar install?

Say a residence has an existing grid-connect solar install that (at a very high level) looks approximately like this: If an AC Powerwall 2 is added to this setup, while simultaneously doubling the ...
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Adding a GFCI to my bathroom light switch

I have 2 bathrooms that have no receptacle's at all in them. I'm having to use extension cords that are ran from the bedroom to the bathroom to use any type of power instruments such as a hair dryer, ...
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Re-wiring a light switch

The power source is from a receptacle to three lights. A switch was inserted in the box at the first light. Is it better to wire the switch between the power source and the first light? If not, how do ...
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How to wire a light with two white wires and one black wire

I bought an old house, and I have a light fixture with two white wires and one black wire. I tested the wires, and one of the white wires and one of the black wires are hot, the other white wire (the ...
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Unable to turn on two separate lights from switches in one box

I have a box with a 3 way switch for a kitchen light. I installed a dimmer for a new dining room light in the same box. The power comes into a box in the attic. All ceiling lights run from the same ...
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Sprinkler solenoid won't activate

My sprinkler solenoid won't activate and I would like some advice on trobuleshooting. Here is a picture at the manifold: https://ibb.co/kRoR5Q Here are the facts: The solenoid at the top, attached ...
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Use PVC connector with flexible conduit?

I need to run some Cat5e cable outdoors for POE cameras. I want to run them through a flexible conduit. There's a place where I would need a 3 way (T piece connector). There isn't a 3 way for the type ...
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Split single ceiling fan into two

I am probably overthinking this, but since I'm more of a carpenter and less of an electrician I thought I best ask for help to make sure. I have two rooms in my house that are 15 x 30 and only have a ...
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Can I share my water heater outlet with another appliance?

I have a water heater point and I would like to piggy a water pump to the same outlet. My country's voltage here is 240V 50/60hz. I prefer not to add new wiring as it very costly. My water heater is ...
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Replacing switch for pool spa

The switch that controls our pool spa is currently located on the side of the house, behind our AC unit. It's a very awkward, hard to reach location, so I'm currently looking into replacing it with a ...
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How can I reconnect a 3-way switch circuit and restore power to downstream outlets?

I had an attic fan hooked up to a 3 way switch...It seems the power went into Switch A to the Fan, then out of Fan to Switch B. I recently had the Fan removed to install an Attic Stairs by a handyman, ...
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Wiring a pull switch ceiling fan (with light) to a wall switch

If I am wiring an existing ceiling fan with a light that is currently controlled by a pull chain switch for light and fan speed to a wall switch, and I'd like to use 14/4 AWG (with ground) wire to do ...
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Two light switches, one light bulb, new switch

Recently I decided to replace a light switch in my garage with a RRW600U motion sensor switch. The previous switch had three wires; black, red and white. There's another switch on this circuit that ...
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Need new wire for ceiling fan replacement. What gauge wire should I use?

My question is "what gauge wire do I need to replace the old wire?" There is no power from the source. What gauge wire should be used to run the new fan?
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How to fix this switched hot wiring with voltage on both wires?

I while ago I asked this question while trying to install a smart switch. What's going on with this switch wiring? The previous dimmer is a standard dimmer and it works fine. Lights have been ...
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How to wire stationary air compressor

I am considering purchasing a stationary air compressor to install in my home’s garage. It will require a 220-240v circuit. Currently, there is no existing circuit in my garage that can power the air ...
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Porch & Foyer on same circuit?

Will it pass code if I put the Porch and Foyer (both receptacles and lights) on the same circuit?
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Can I install an AFCI outlet in series to a GFCI outlet?

I have a 100amp fuse panel and I have already installed some GFCI outlets as the first device for each circuit. This is working fine. I had tried to find some AFCI/GFCI combo outlets with no luck(...
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How can I identify what is causing my GCFI to short

I have a GCFI outlet with another outlet and an extractor fan coming off it. It seems to randomly get tripped every week or so. How can I diagnose what is causing it to trip? If it is thinning ...
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Getting 24v for my new wifi t stat

I just got a Honeywell RTH6500 thermostat and I don't think my existing boiler has a spot to hook up a C wire or to get me the 24v I need. Can anyone tell me if I can grab that voltage off of ...
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Wiring Humidifier using W and C Terminals vs using Humidifier Terminals

I found info at this thread, and would have placed this question there, but I can't comment since I'm too new. I have HUM terminals on my control board, but they're line voltage (120VAC). I don't ...
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Dimmer switches + outlet stopped working after vacuum caused a problem, breaker not tripped

I have a new tenant in my new home and one of the first things he did was plug in a vacuum that caused the lights in his room to go out. I was able to restore power to half his room by flipping the ...
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How can I determine if a light switch shorted out?

I have a light that's controlled by 2 switches. I rewired one of them recently. I tested it and it worked after I did so. Now, the light isn't turning on anymore when I flip the switch. When I use ...
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Proceed with wiring replacement ceiling light in bathroom after finding how it's rigged?

New to switching out light fittings as of Wednesday; fitted a couple since then, isolating the supply at the consumer unit and double-checking the wires are no longer live using a contactless voltage ...
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How do I wire up a 4-wire light switch when I only have 3 wires from the wall?

I am upgrading my light switches in a couple of places in my house. I opened up one wall and there are the typical 2 hot (black) wires and 1 ground (green) wire coming from the wall. My light switch ...
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How to wire multiple switches and how to know when to use single or doubl

I have a box with three sets of #14 cable black white ground on 2 sets and black red white and ground on the other why would one turn on and the other off at the same time?I can't use both lights at ...
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my box has been upgraded to AFCI breakers Tennessee?

I have an old house, my box has been upgraded to AFCI breakers. Can I replace the 2 prong plugs with GFCI plugs & the "GFCI PROTECTED / NO EQUIPT GROUND" labels & meet code requirements for ...
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Could I wire an LED strip so it goes RGB-RGB-R-R?

I have 4 LED strips. I would like to be able to change the colors on the first two but have the last 2 strips stay red. I have an idea of how I could do this but I am not sure if it would work. I ...
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Placement of Disconnect switch

I am trying to finish a job an electrician abandoned. A line was run from the house to a garage for power at the garage. I was going to hook things up. I understand that I need a disconnecting ...
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Can we remove this wiring - just one wire tied together?

I just removed my kitchen soffit and found suspect wiring inside. It's a 100-year-old house with mostly knob and tube, but the kitchen was redone in the early 90s. Going through the house flipping on ...
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Ceiling fan switch tripping breaker

My ceiling fan previously operated with a wall switch which controlled the light, and a pull chain which controlled the fan speed independent of the switch. After disconnecting and reconnecting due to ...
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i need help with ceiling fan installation

Beautiful fan..problem... We connected it the lights and fan do not work independently of each other. I have two wall switches it has an internal receiver and remote. It has 4 wires, green white black ...
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Power flickering on one of five receptacles

I finished the basement for my son, his wife and children 2 years ago. The apartment consists of 2 bedrooms, kitchenette, 3 piece bathroom and living room. In the master bedroom I used some of the ...
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how to split phone line for internet without using a splitter?

ISP sent a technician to fix dropout issues, he split the phone line wires into two, one taped into the bare wire end of a normal splitter, the other into an unused bare end of phone cable, and then ...
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old light switch looks like a 3way?

in replacing a ugly old light switch, i see that inside the box, the white wire is connected through from top/bottom, and the switch has 2 blacks and a red, no ground. This switch controls an outdoor ...
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3 cluster electrical socket

Trying to rebuild 3 socket porcelain light fixture which suspends in a Tiffany style lamp over my dining table. What is the proper way to wire the 3 sockets together? Thanks.
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Electric box and lights

Ok my test breaker doesn't trip like itit's supposed to. And I don't have power to my light in my bedroom was my outlets in my bathroom aren't working and breaker in my livings room keep flipping and ...
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Light wiring - wires snapped when disassembling

I was taking down a light to replace it for a newer one for my wife. The wires coming out of the ceiling are ancient and they snapped as I pulled down the housing (incredibly brittle). Now I do not ...
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3 light tester shows dim yellow lights

I test the circuit with power on and tester shows circuit is good, with the switch turned off I get two yellow lights that are dim. What would cause this? Thanks Charles
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Replacing Bath Fan/Light Switch wiring

I'm installing a new bath fan and the old fan had dual wall switches with wiring like so: (One switch turned on/off the light and the other switch turned on/off the fan) The new fan has a single ...
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2 ceiling lights into 2 switches? Or not…?

**PS there's more images in the comments as I couldn't post them all in the post! Right so we've recently moved house and we're having a few issues in one of the living rooms.... There are 2 ceiling ...
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Three hots and a neutral in a recessed light

I was wiring a Lightolier recessed light (model 1000AICM) and I noticed that the junction box has three black wires and one neutral. I've never encountered this before. I conjecture the following: the ...
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LEDs on dimmer, left alone, eventually fade to off

I replaced some halogen bulbs in my recessed cans with some LED retrofit kits I also replaced the dimmer with a new digital LED dimmer. When I dim the lights down to a low-ish setting, I can wait ...
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Easy way to mass map wires inside a wall

I am going to put some more wiring into some empty house (mostly CAT6 and audio) and want them to be in the walls. For that I borrowed some saw that can cut nice slits for them into the wall, but of ...
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Fastest way to install wire trunking?

My hand is not that strong to hammer those concrete nails into trunking+wall. May I know what tool should I use for this purpose?
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How to hide DVR for a wall mounted TV

I want to mount my TV on the wall but I'm not sure what to do with the set top box. I have Comcast and the set top box doubles as DVR as well. I don't think I can mount it behind the TV because I need ...
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I need help wiring a double switch in the bathroom

I have a new build. I need help connecting the wires to the switches in the bathroom. Here is what I have: a double switch: one runs 2 lights and the other runs the exhaust fan I have 3 black wires,...