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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How can I add an outlet off of a conduit body?

I want to add an electrical outlet near this point. On the other side of the wall from this junction is my main breaker panel so I intend to run the wires from the panel through this junction. The ...
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Wiring timer switch with only two wires in the box [duplicate]

I am attempting to wire a Honeywell in wall timer switch to where an existing single pole switch is. The timer has 3 wires black, white(neutral) and blue(load) and the wall only has two black wires ...
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Wire regular outlet from this installation?

These are the three wires in a cable that goes into the water heater. I understand that water heaters use 240v, but when the electrician installed mine, he said that it was only 120v. So this is a ...
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Ok for dryer socket to be in surface box with box extension?

I'm replacing my dryer. Old one came with the house. There is a NM 10/3 plus ground cable coming out of the floor of the laundry closet with about 4 feet loose in the closet, and attached to a 4-pin ...
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I cut a wire too short, where there needs to be 6 inches of wire coming into the box. What can I do to fix it to be up to electrical code?

I didn't have extra wire to connect a bundle of neutrals to a switch, so I cut some off of an existing neutral wire that had some extra wire. I then found out about the electrical code that requires 6 ...
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Can an ethernet cable look OK to a cheap cable tester but still have a problem?

My home office is at the end of a 15-20m ethernet cable that a friend ran 15 years ago, and it recently stopped working. I tested it with a cheap continuity tester, hoping to discover a fault near one ...
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I want to insert a wifi switch into a light that is controlled by 3 switches I still want all the switches to work but need the wifi (alexa) controll

I have a central Hall light that is controlled from 3 switches I want to convert it to wifi (Alexa) control. One switch is at the front door and one is at the back door and one is in the centre of the ...
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Electric Furnace Hot Despite Not Running

I bought my house with an electric furnace, brand is Nortron. The following is the exact situation: Thermostat is set to 18 Celsius. Air temp (from thermostat) is 21 Celsius. So furnace should not be ...
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Why does my 3-way, switch looped light not work properly?

I'm trying to understand why a switch loop in my house was wired in this manner and if I need to correct it. I'm assuming it is incorrect because I cannot turn the light off and on from both switches. ...
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Can a 12 gauge wire be clamped onto a light switch using the side screw?

I was simply replacing a existing dimmer switch for my kitchen lights with a newly bought Feit electric smart 3 way dimmer switch. After studying, I have located where the dimmer switch should be ...
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Wire size issue

I am running a circuit for electric car charging from my house underground through schedule 80 pvc conuduit to my unattached garage. It’s a 240 volt 50 amp circuit so I must use # 6 AWG. But since ...
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Installing Switch/outlet combo so that outlet is separate from the switch

I had posted a question earlier (Switch/outlet combo with constant power in outlet?), and although it received thorough answers, they didn't answer the question. I then edited it so that the question ...
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How to identify type of wire running in attic?

One of my guest bedrooms in 1977 home has no ceiling fixture/wiring. I want to add wiring for a ceiling fan. I know I have 20amp circuit breakers and I know I will have to splice to an existing wire ...
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Wiring in conduit - TH? Color coding? Grounding?

Installing tankless water heater - 18kW, requires 2 x 40A circuits. I have a lot of 8ga Black TW wire AND 3/4” conduit. Is TW still legal ( I have some THHN, but want to use up the TW where I can)? ...
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How to wire new 3 way dimmer switch with continuous loop hot wire

Old switch has a loop wrapped around screw. [red wire on brass screw] New dimmer has 4 wires (no screws to wrap around). How do I connect red wire (looped) to new black wire? Do I cut red wire and ...
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Switch/outlet combo with constant power in outlet?

I want to wire this regular switch&outlet receptacle so that the outlet has constant power. This receptacle will replace the switch in the picture. The current receptacle (where the switch is ...
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I am putting a 800sf mobile behind my shop can i run my 100amp 3-3-3-5 supply line through my rafters to the disconnect to the back of my shop for it

I have a sub panel in the front of my shop. I'm putting a 800sf ADU in for my motherinlaw behind my shop. I need a disconnect on my shop to the mobile because it is over 35' away from my shop. I have ...
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ceiling light is not connect with new smart switch

this is my new smart switch. These three gangs are linked to live line. I transfer three switch line to each L1,L2 and L3 and live line to L. There is a bunch of black wire which is combined of 5. and ...
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Do I have neutral wires here?

I'm trying to install a Brilliant smart switch and it requires a neutral. This particular circuit has two boxes on it, the switch in the picture, as well as a powder room light switch on the other ...
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hooking up a bathroom light

I have a three switch wall plate, left is overhead light, middle is the bathroom fan, and third is the vanity light on the wall. I removed the vanity light, and I find 4 wires, two white, and two ...
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Sub panel neutral and ground

Our building (built in 1960) has 5 sub panels everything being run in rigid or emt conduit. The neutrals are isolated. If I need to add some 15A receptacles can I add a ground bar to panel cabinet ...
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Is it okay to use multi-cable staples/hangers on a running board for NM wiring?

As part of a basement project, I am trying to tidy up the previous homeowner's electrical work. One thing I have encountered is a number of NM cables run perpendicular to joists and stapled directly ...
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Should I ground outdoor speaker wire? If so, how?

[I’m not sure if this is the right place to ask or if I should ask over in the electrical SE but…] I have outdoor speakers in my backyard that are all connected via the same copper run (speaker wire ...
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older wiring, neutral wire voltage spike (and lamp flickering) when turning on/off white-noise machine

I'm debugging an issue with flickering lights in a house with older wiring (1950s, braided sheath, two wire, no grounding). I have a lamp with a solid state switch (touch lamp) and LED bulb inserted. ...
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CAT6 Cable crossover with Electric cable

My CAT6 cable is running parallel to Electric cable in the floor. Although it has a gap of 1 feet, but due to my room setup/requirement there are few places where both need to cross over (refer the ...
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How do I change a 1 2 light switch to a L1 L2 com light switch?

I am replacing the light switches in my house. This one has thrown me a bit, as it is labelled differently to the others. The new switch (a BG Electrical Nexus 812-01) is on the left and the old one (...
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My Light switch and outlets in a different location and light switches no longer work after replacing a dimmer switch?

I replaced a dimmer switch bc it was buzzing at the switch. I got the new dimmer switch to work but I no longer have power to my outlets and other light switches in the same circuit. Some background ...
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Wiring ceiling light fixture with 4 wires

I previously had a fan installed here. There are 4 wires in the ceiling: red; white, black, and copper. I don’t have a pic of the wiring going to the switch, but black wire connects to one switch and ...
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Need a GFI that will notify me remotely when it is tripped, and let me reset ist remotely [closed]

I travel frequently and have a GFI that goes off occasionally - average 1-2 times a month. Reason it goes off is that it has a circuit that is wired underground and I don't want to go to the expense ...
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How should I mount conduit to my wood-laped siding?

I was thinking about using superstrut to hang conduit on the side of the house, but hangers would be easier because siding is wood-lapped so it is not a flush surface. I'm open to other options as ...
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Connecting 6.5kw sauna heater to 20 amp plug

I have a sauna in a trailer and I want to buy 6.5kw 220V single phase heater and connect it to electricity in the house I rent(US). I have access to 6-20R outlet and I understand that it supposed to ...
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This is my doorbell transformer, right?

Before I screw something up, I just want to verify that I’ve identified the right thing. I’m putting in a new transformer for my doorbell as my Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus is no longer charging ...
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Can 6/3 cable be run in PVC conduit? [duplicate]

An electrician friend is installing a new Nema 14-50 plug in my garage for my Tesla. I ran 125' of Romex 6/3 cable from my panel to the garage. He will be installing a 50A breaker as well. My ...
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How do I update daisy-chained RJ11 to standard punch-down style keystone jack?

So I have a wallplate with just an RJ11 port on it. I have wired an ethernet connection and now want to swap the wall plate out for a 2 port keystone wall plate and leave the RJ11 connection ...
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Rheostat controller for swamp cooler motor?

Will a rheostat variable controller work to slow the rpm’s in a single phase swamp cooler motor? I have it hard wired on the common and slow leads only, so it’s already on it’s low speed. I want it ...
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Recessed LEDs, Wall Socket and Other Light Working Intermittently

I have 4 recessed LED lights above my fireplace mantle that have been working intermittently (ie. they work for a few days, and then won't come on for months). This issue also affects the wall socket ...
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Rewire fully switched outlet to half-hot

I've read this question and its answers and my situation is the same: there are only 3 wires in the outlet box: switched hot, neutral, and ground; but I need another wire for always-hot. The switch ...
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Can I run 10 gauge wire in 3/4" schedule 40, (100 feet) to a 20 amp outlet for a 110 pool pump?

Can I run 10 gauge wire in 3/4" schedule 40,(100 feet)to a 20 amp outlet for a 110 pool pump ? I am concerned about amps & voltage drop to a sensitive 110V swimming pool pump. and.........
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Wiring smart thermostat with existing wire?

I've had a thermostat(2xAAA powered) for my gas heater wired via two wires from the second to first floor. My question is I'm looking into the actual wire that is in the wall and it looks like either ...
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Kasa 3 way switch with 3 black wires

I'm trying to install my smart switch in my hallway and keep other one a regular switch The hallway has two lights and two switches One light switch has a red, copper and two black wires. The other ...
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Providing a ground to old 2-wire connection in a detached garage

I just moved into a house built back in 1961. The house was totally rewired in 2018 so is up to code. The garage is detached and has two old 2-wire, 15 amp 120 volt circuits with no ground wire ...
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How did a circuit that was shut off at the breaker almost kill me?

I just had a near-disaster while trying to install new smoke detectors. My house has AC hardwire connections for the smoke detectors. I wasn't sure which circuit the smoke detector AC connection was ...
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Convert 30 amp outdoor outlet to 30 amp ac disconnect

I'm planning on connecting a mini-split condenser to an unused 30 amp outlet I have outdoors. My plan was to add a 30 amp fused disconnect. How do I go about handling the outdoor gang box? Would I ...
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Two Neutral Wires on Light Switch

I want to install an in-wall lighting timer for my front outdoor lights, replacing an existing light switch. I turned off the breaker to the switch I wish to replace and I've determined which black ...
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Breaker cannot turn on with nothing connected at other end

After a heavy rain, I cannot turn on the breaker for my washer. I removed connection at wall outlet, no both hot and neutral wire are open, but still can not turn on breaker. try 2 different breakers, ...
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How to wire ceiling fan with 24" down rod

I'm replacing a ceiling fan that has a 24" down rod. The old fan had 16 AWG motor leads 12 inches long. Additional 16 AWG was wire nutted to the motor leads and run through the down rod to the ...
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Can 3-way wiring that works be wrong/dangerous?

I recently replaced a single pole switch with a 3-way. After following diagrams on many sites and watching several instructional videos on how 3-ways work (learning terms like "traveler" and ...
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Bathroom Switch Wiring

I need some help with confirming the wiring in my bathroom so I can replace some of the switches. It's a double rocker with three main wires coming from the back of the box. It looks like they grouped ...
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GFCI Mystery Wiring? Odd outages

I've got a house where lots of duplex sockets are wired through a single Ground-Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) I'm pretty sure this is the appropriate diagram. There is a GFCI socket on the inside ...
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Replacement ceiling light wont turn off

I know i will be told i should have gone to an electrician but this seemed easy enough. Photo attached, the light i took down had one brown and one blue wire, the light i replaced it with had one ...

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