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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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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Repeated loss power to lights but not receptacles without breaker tripping

I'm having an issue with two recessed LED lights that are wired in-line. The power comes from a junction box (nothing else on this breaker has lost power, see below) down to a wall switch, back up to ...
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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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Ceiling fan wiring problem

I took down my ceiling fan and there are 4 black wires together 3 white wires together and 1 white wire by itself. I want to connect and chandelier there to work by switch. The fan that was up before ...
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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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Changing a three-way switch to a two-way and connecting a timer switch to it

I abandoned the idea of connecting this timer (Intermatic) to a 3 way switch. I was hoping to change the wiring to a two-way switch set up, but this didn't work for me. I thought I could disconnect ...
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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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Help with c wire on American standard air handler

there is no"C" indicated. Model TWE040E13FB I have taken pictures of the connections and looked at the wiring diagram however I cannot figure out which wire is any help would be appreciated thank you
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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,...
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Can a GFCI receptacle share the neutral wire of another circuit?

When I connect my GFCI receptacle on one circuit that shares the neutral wire with another circuit, it immediately faults out. If I remove the second circuit from the neutral there is no problem.
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Running board dimensions

I need to install a running board on which to attached some cables going perpendicular to joists. Is there a minimum size that one should use? I'm planning on installing some 6x1"s.
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Dual relay motion sensor, only one relay active?

I have a bathroom with a fan and a light in it, the light is on one switch and the fan on another. Since the fan was an add on, they were put in a single gang box with two switches. I want to make ...
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Honeywell WiFi Smart Thermostat Wiring

The Honeywell WiFi Smart thermostat was operating fine when on AC until the heat went on this fall. Now, each time the fan goes on, the thermostat loses the connection, turns blank, then reboots ...
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How do I wire a GFCI with 5 wires?

How do I install a GFCI receptacle with 2 black and 3 white wires plus a ground? I have two such regular receptacles next to sinks and should replace them before the upcoming home inspection, please ...
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Replace 1 gang 2 way with 2 gang 2 way

I currently have downstairs in the hall, a 2 gang 2 way switch that has 5 wires, two red wires coming from 1 cable, and 3 wires (red, blue, yellow) coming from a second cable and they are wired to ...
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why does my heat pump wiring diagram show 7 wires going to the thermostat but the thermostat only says it needs 5?

Here is a link to the wiring diagram for my heat pump. The thermostat that I am planning on buying has the following terminals C, G, Y, O/B, RC, R, Aux, E, and L. The instructions say to jump the RC ...