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The installation of wire and/or electrical devices, to allow the transmission of electricity from one point to another.

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Why my circuit breaker trips when I turn off my motor?

I have a 1/2hp single phase motor that I wired to a switch. I reused an old wall light switch for testing. I believe my wiring is correct as I am able to turn it on. But when I turn it off, it trips ...
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How should my three-way switch circuit be configured?

sorry, I am new to this site. I am in Northern New England (NH) I have added a couple pics. Any help would be greatly appreciated!! 20 amp circuit at the panel. On one wall in my kitchen by the side ...
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Wiring combo outlet & switch but box w/ 3 wires

So I have a light outlet I want to turn into a combo outlet and switch. I purchased the combo outlet / switch. However I open and pulled the wires out of the wall box and it has 3 white wires tied ...
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New cooker needs wiring

Hi I just bought a new cooker that says on the back it's 9.5kw to 10.7kw so was wondering what cable would be best 6mm or 10mm iv got a 35amp fuse in the breaker but do have a 50amp one I can put in. ...
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Running wire through exposed beam

Searched through existing questions and couldn't find an exact answer. My screened in porch has an exposed beam ceiling, and I'm trying to figure out a wiring issue. The ceiling is actually the roof ...
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Can a light fixture that uses three bulbs be changed out for one that uses one bulb, using the same wiring?

I have two outside light fixtures by the garage that use three 60 watt flame shaped bulbs. I am wanting to change the fixtures out for ones that use just one regular 60 watt bulb. Will the same wiring ...
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Electrical: Replace light switch with smart switch, odd wiring question

I have a very simple switch attached to my attic fan. Between the switch and the fan is a temperature sensor that will only trigger the fan when the attic is hot enough. I’d like to replace the ...
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Did my dryer stop because the ground and neutral wires were connected?

The ground wire from the cord and the neutral wire from the dryer were wired together the dryer ran great for about 25 min then quit. Would that be a reason for it to stop?
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Is it normal for a doorbell transformer to be warm and make noise?

To make a long story short I am in the process of hooking up my ring door bell and I need to follow these instructions: (I want to wire directly to transformer) To my understanding I need to wire my ...
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Removing wires from “standard” electrical switch

Unlike other switches where the user or contractor has installed by pushing in the wires, it has no small "clips" to push underneath the wire on the switch to remove them. I finally just ...
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Hooking up AC compressor to an old Lennox furnace

I'm trying to connect an ac compressor to an old Lennox G12Q3-110-3 furnace. Tried it a couple of ways and can either get the compressor to turn on or the furnace fan. Not both. Any ideas on how to ...
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Do AFCI and GFCI protect against cheap equipment and bad wiring?

Generally I only buy electrical fixtures (lights, fans, etc.) from a reputable seller out of concern for fire risks, but if AFCI breakers and GFCI receptacles are installed, would that eliminate any ...
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Adding a new light fixture to existing circuit without destroying the walls/ceiling

This may be a stupid question, but is there any way to add a light fixture at the top of the staircase without directly wiring it to the existing light fixture at the bottom of the staircase? There ...
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Correct Wiring for Furnace Blower Motor

After getting my furnace blower motor replaced, it now runs only in the following scenarios: 1. Mode "Cool" Fan "Auto" 2. Mode "Cool" Fan "On" 3. Mode "Heat" Fan "On" In other words it will not run ...
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How to properly strip silicone wire insulation?

The silicone high temperature double (fiberglass weave?) insulated wire is not getting stripped by wire strippers because it is very soft and seemingly molded onto the wire. How can I remove the ...
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What to do with a new duplex outlet when the tester says Hot & Ground are Reversed?

I switched out a regular outlet with a LeGrand Radiant Duplex Outlet, connecting all of the wires (2 White, 2 Black and 1 Green) exactly as the previous outlet was wired and according to the ...
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Why do phone and cables companies leave their cables behind, and what to do about it?

Lately while walking the dogs I've noticed a lot of unused cable dangling down from the (quaint) phone poles all around our town. As far as I can tell from both its position on the pole and the ...
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NM Range/Cook Top Wiring - Under Counter Protection

In order to finish wiring up my range and cook top (Splicing 6/3 wire to multiple 8/3 wires (or even other 6/3 wires) inside a junction box), I will be pulling 10/3 and 8/3 NM wire, respectively, from ...
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Attach Smart Switches to Shared Neutral

I am trying to figure out my options for installing a smart switch in my configuration without running a new wire with a neutral. This is quite similar to other questions I'll reference later, so ...
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Why is Electrical Panel Rating based on Amps

if the feed wires into my panel are large enough to support all the loads of all the breakers in my panel... why is the panel rated with a max amp load. I mean... none of the breakers will trip if all ...
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I ran a nail through a wire at home, should I worry?

I was trying to fix a nail on my wall and it seems that I may have ran the nail into a wire. Pulling the nail back causes the lights in my room to go dark. I pushed it back in and my room seems fine, ...
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Shouldn't a kitchen 'fridge be on it's own circuit?

I thought major appliances like refrigerators in newer houses were supposed to be on dedicated circuits. I just replaced a melted outlet in my kitchen. It was a 15 amp outlet, wired as a pass-through ...
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Low Voltage C-Wire at Thermostat

Looking to install an ecobee thermostat and decided to measure my common wire before unhooking anything. I tested the R, C wires and see they are only reading 14v, whereas R,Y, and R,W are reading 28v....
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What is the height dimension to mount a stove outlet in drywall above the kitchen floor?

The stove outlet is a 50 amp,220 volt receptacle that is flush mounted.
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How should I wire a ceiling fan remote where one switch is used to control the fixture?

Ceiling has red, black, white, and ground wire. Remote box has black and white wires on top (to ceiling) and black, white, and blue wires on the bottom (to fan). The fan has black, white, blue, and ...
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What are the wires in this old switch box?

Summary I'm trying to replace a broken adjustable switch fixture in my house. I'd like to replace the switch myself. However, I am a total novice, so I am reluctant to proceed without understanding ...
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Bathroom light fixture above sink and ceiling fan/light combo wiring issue

Hey so I'm having an issue hooking up a bathroom light fixture above the sink with a bathroom ceiling fan/light combo. 1) for the light fixture above sink: coming out of the wall there appears to be ...
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How do I run the PVC conduit into a garage with a ground-level foundation?

I need to run conduit underground to a new garage. My problem is I don't understand the proper way to run the 2in PVC conduit outside to the sub panel. The wall sits on a 3ft 8in stem wall. The top of ...
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After changing service panel one light in the house fluctuates in intensity when the AC runs

I have changed out a service panel from an old obsolete unit to a newer plug on neutral unit. I also installed a whole house surge protector. I did experience a problem in changing out the panel, the ...
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Is it possible to get 240v from one 15amp breaker?

I have a shed, that has a sub-panel, with a main breaker at 30 amps (Green). On each side of the 30amp breaker is a 15amp breaker (Black). Form what I can tell, one of the 15am breakers goes to one ...
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How should I connect the wiring for a Rheem A/C motor?

enter image description hereI had my AC motor stolen from inside my outside Rheem unit. I installed a new motor today. I connected the white to orange and the black to black wire. I have a red, a ...
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Best method for NMB cable to enter an outside junction box?

I intend to install motion-activated lights outside a garage (there is a breaker panel with available capacity for lighting). I can run regular NMB #14/2wG wire within the open walls or down from the ...
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Three Way Switch Weirdness

Switch AI went to replace two three-way switches in a bathroom. I turned off the breaker and pulled the two three-way switches out. One switch had red, yellow, and orange wires connected to it (with ...
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Running 6/3 Romex into 1" LB Conduit

I’m running 6/3 Romex through a concrete block wall to the outside. Can I use a 1” LB conduit body on the outside of the wall to receive the Romex without splicing? Then will use 1" SCH 80 to the ...
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Probably “orphan” hot lead

So I decided to replace the ailing motion sensor light on the garage eave of my nearly 50 year old split-level. I have replaced motion sensor lights several times in my small barn, but all the ...
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How to wire 2 lights to one switch

Ontario code now requires 14/3 between the switch and the light. Can someone provide a diagram showing how to wire 2 lights controlled by one switch with power coming into the switch & 14/3 ...
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Brand new oven won't heat

On Wednesday we had new appliances delivered to the house. The installation was included in the purchase price so I let the retailer (not a big box but a well known and regarded local appliance shop) ...
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All wires hot in 3-wire cable to 3-way switches?

Need help identifying wires and solving a mystery of everything being hot. Ultimate goal is to install a zwave switch on this circuit, requiring me to identify hot, load, traveler, and neutral. I just ...
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Is it safe to plug a freezer into a computer power cable (as an extension cord)

The freezer is 110V and 1.6A (based on the specs on the back) The power cable is 3x18AWG 300V (from the jacket). Based on reference data, it seems like a 3 core cable is rated for 5A. (I assume 3x18 ...
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AFCI breaker issue

I finished my basement and installed an AFCI breaker for my outlets. I have 12 outlets on the breaker. I passed all electrical inspections and all seemed well. I had used some of the outlets with no ...
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Cannot find the common wire in “box #2” on a three way circuit

I have a three wire circuit wired incorrectly and it doesn't work the way it should. If the switch with the hot wire is switched on (Box #1), the other switch works as it should (Box #2). However, ...
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Nest Thermostat wiring for heat pump

I am trying to replace my Honeywell Thermostat that is connected to a Honeywell EIM with a Nest Thermostat. I only have a 4 wire (G,B,R and W) ran from the EIM to the thermostat. My understanding is I ...
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Can you splice wires in the middle of a wireless dog fence?

I am trying to build a 'barrier' wireless dog fence. I could simply run the wire around my whole yard and be done, but much of it is already fenced in and I do not want to restrict access to that ...
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Bathroom wiring

How do I wire 3 switches and 1 GFCI receptacle into one box, and 1 additional receptacle by itself, all on the same circuit? One switch is a smart switch going to the exhaust fan, one switch is going ...
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Fix issue with 2 independent lights on single source

I inherited an electrical conundrum. In particular, two hallway lights on the main floor and upstairs, sharing a circuit and each independently controlled by two switches, both on the main floor. ...
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Can anyone tell me where I can get a replacement thermostat(see PicS)

Just wondering if anyone can tell me where to get a replacement thermostat for the one in the pics. I put it in in 2010 and I'll be darned if I can find a replacement. It's a three wire RWG Thanks Thx
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New Eaton AFCI/GFCI breaker signals (5 blinks) ground fault, but doesn't trip. How to track it down?

Where to start? *We bought a new house on a day's notice, and now I have to sell this 1885 Victorian. I'd like to minimize the scope of a home inspector's report. *The house is mostly the original 2-...
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ceiling fan from a switch with only black and red wires?

The current switch controls an outlet in the corner of the room for a lamp. I pulled it out and noticed three sets of individual wires: two set of wires coming up into the box from the bottom, and one ...
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Funky Wiring for Half Hot Receptacle in Bedroom

I am in the process of upgrading switches and receptacles in an older home (DIYer). I love learning electrical, but I am stumped on the wiring for a circuit with a half hot outlet. Wondering if a kind ...
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Illuminated Light Switch Flickering / Pulsating

I have a 3-way light switch that I just replaced with a new illuminated one (glows when off). The light inside the switch is pulsating, like a heartbeat! I thought it was maybe a defective switch and ...

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