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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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Sharing Neutrals - How To Correct?

I have a 12/3 NM cable landing on two separate 20 amp breakers sharing a neutral between the two. They are landing on a Dishwasher/Garbage Disposal outlet. I understand this is NOT to code since there ...
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Is it ok to tap a 220v line to create an outlet?

I have a 220v stovetop that someone tapped to add an outlet to the island. That means this outlet is 220v. It's been like this for years and has never been an issue. I'm replacing the stovetop (which ...
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Outlet problem please help. Pesky wires [closed]

If wires won't stay in holes after tightening screws can I just wrap around screws instead
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Can I use a GFCI receptacle to feed a hardwired fountain pump? [closed]

Question about a fountain pump… The fountain pump will be hardwired. Is it okay by code to feed a GFCI receptacle (line side) from the circuit breaker and then wire load side to the pump. Will this ...
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Add light mid-circuit

I'm trying to add a new light fixture to an existing circuit with four fixtures already on it (let's call them #1-#4). I'd like the new light to branch off from #1, preferably without rewiring it &...
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Is it normal that PolyLine cable is so twisty?

Is it normal that PolyLine "cable" is so wound up? Not sure the right word but it's like twisted strands that if you try and straighten them out the strands start separating but otherwise ...
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Ikea solklint wiring help

I'm trying to install an IKEA Solklint and the wires do not easily match up with my existing fixture. Where do I attach the ground wire? Will any screw be fine? Is the red or white wire the live one? ...
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Replacing what looks like a 3-way with a 2-way smart switch

I have been installing Kasa smart switches in my house. The switches require load wires, neutral, and ground. This box is troubling me. (pictured) It looks like it’s wired for a 3-way but there is no ...
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No grounded multimeter reading on two black wires in light fixture

I am using a multimeter to find which of two black wires in a ceiling light fixture is hot, so I can install a new ceiling fan. However, when I touch the black probe to the metal box and the red probe ...
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Do I need to replace this old telephone wiring?

My house was built in 1965, and I am not sure when this wiring is from. I haven't had internet connection issues in the past. When I upgraded to the AT&T Fiber network due to working from home, ...
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Smoke detector replacement

I am looking at a house to buy and after seeing it the owner stated he wired the smoke detectors with 14/2 instead of 14/3 if I buy the house could I replace them with battery only and can they still ...
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Convert Round old box to GFCI receptacle

I'm looking to install a GFCI outlet in place of a regular bulb old box. The problem is the box is fit tight and not flush with the dry wall and the hole is also larger. I've looked into circular wall ...
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Installing 2HP submersible motor wire size requirement

I am going to install a GOULDS 2 HP 13GS20 pump with a FRANKLIN submersible motor (sorry could not get a specific model on this one) In our area deep well pumps must have their own electrical meter. ...
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what kind of smart bridge do I need for a smart home new construction? [closed]

So, doing wiring for a small, new construction, upside-down house by the river. I wanted to go smart home with Alexa. I want to use Alexa exclusively if at all possible. No appliances bought, or ...
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Wiring up a ceiling fan

I have a Mitsubishi ceiling fan of this type: The given wiring diagram (pasted inside the cover of the remote switch box) is as follows: This is a 230V region, and the usual wiring color code is ...
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Doorbell transformer 16v, but only seeing ~7.5V at doorbell itself

I moved into a new home and have a doorbell transformer that is reading 16V at the transformer itself and on the wires coming right out of the transformer. The wires, though, are only showing ~7.5V ...
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Can you connect an outdoor GFCI to an indoor outlet using 14 g wire if it is a 20 amp circuit? The GFCI will be used for a sump pump only [duplicate]

I am tapping off a indoor outlet on a 20 amp line with 12 g wiring to an outdoor gfi. The wiring from the gfi is already wired by the previous owner via 14 g wire through conduit to an outlet that ...
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14 gauge pigtail on dimmer switch on 20 amp circuit?

I am replacing a single pole on/off light switch with a dimmer switch. The switch is on a 20 amp circuit. I have 14 gauge wire on hand. Can I use 14 gauge pigtails to connect the switch? Or do I need ...
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Which is the best way to cut holes in drywall to run/fish new electrical wires (Romex) behind walls? [closed]

I need to decide which is the best way to cut holes into drywall to run new Romex wire down and across a wall(s) (between studs). There are many ways, but I have narrowed it to three options: cut a ...
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What should connect to the COM contact on my new thermostat?

I am replacing a fan-coil thermostat. Unit itself is Wito ultra-s 06-2t. Old one was wired and installed by an electrician, quite some time ago. I dismounted the old one and wanted to replace it with ...
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Why is my doorbell button very hot?

This is a house that is 20 years old and my doorbell button is very hot to the touch. We had a technician out to my house four times and we still don't know the cause of the issue. We changed the ...
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I accidentally ran 14 gauge wire. Should I swap out my 20 amp breaker for a 15 amp breaker or rewire with 12 gauge wire?

I just finished installing seven LED recessed lights in my master bedroom. I had to fish wiring through the ceiling and through the wall to an existing switch. I'm changing the one gang switch box to ...
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Three way switch replacement [duplicate]

Replacing switch as in pic. Old Switch has no black terminal screw. How do I tell which is the common wire? Red is typically traveler wire but It has the white wire connected to terminal as well ...
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Wire three phase line on a normal bulb switch

Im trying to replace a switch and im not sure how the wiring should be done properly. I was expecting a simple wiring (live,nutral and earth) to be there. But once i removed the socket it looks like a ...
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What wire to use from main panel to subpanel

I am out of spaces in my main 200amp service panel. I have a double pole 40 amp breaker that is available (or I can change it). 5(3 subpanel is 33 feet away indoors. I will need 5 poles (spaces) in ...
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Whirlpool washer found loose wire

The power supply going to the drain pump has two wires that are supposed to go into the connector but one of them is hanging out of the connector. Either, how do I put it back securely or what is it ...
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Broken outlets: 110v between hot and ground, 110v between neutral and ground, but ~3v between hot and neutral, why?

So a few outlets on the same circuit suddenly stopped working yesterday, and we suspect that's due to a bad receptacle which is on the outside of the wall. We opened it up, and tried to replace the ...
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Grounding pin on Type E socket is warm to the touch

I live in an apartment building built about 40-50 years ago, with aluminium wiring and Type E power plugs. I noticed that the grounding pin on one of the sockets is somewhat warm to the touch, I would ...
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Are there any ductless mini split systems that can use standard HVAC control wiring cables

I have a worn out 1990's quad mini-split system that use a separate class 2 (power limited) 24v control cable 18/5 to each indoor unit. The power for the indoor and outdoor units comes from 2 separate ...
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Trying to figure out where the c wire is and how to connect it in my rheem rhqa-1010b

] ] ] I'm trying to figure out which one of these wires is a c wire and how to connect it
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How to wire this into new IKEA fitting?

When I was looking at other questions of other people asking about IKEA fitting most just had 3 wires. However non of these match what I have in my house, where would I begin to start fitting my new ...
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Can I add 100a subpanel to detached lean-to 25ft from main panel. Use nr2 URD buried up leg to disconnect & then THHN over to indoor garage subpanel

What is the approved method for attaching a JB to the metal leg of a lean-to? This is a manufactured metal building on concrete, basically a single car garage sized shop with a 10ft overhang in the ...
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How to wire ceiling fan in old house wiring?

I’m trying to install a Hunter ceiling fan (remote controlled) in my old house( not sure how old) in the living room. There are 2 separate light switches(1 on each side of the room) that control the ...
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HOM12L100 in a skoolie [closed]

Power (shore power) comes via extension cord from home outlet, generator or campground feed. External connection goes to GP-TS transfer switch. That in tun powers standalone battery charger, inverter (...
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How do I wire this Sensi touch smart thermometer with my old radiator furnace wiring? No panel

Four wires coming out of the wall to the old thermostat are W,G, R,Y. There is no extra wire to use as c wire, so I decided to go the route of the “use g wire as c wire” since I don’t care about ...
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Lights not work, but each wire seems to have 120v

I have a 3 way switch but the lights went out on all associated lights. I went around and tested each light. For each light black & ground together and got 120v. I then tested white/red and ground ...
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How can I safely/legally use these power distribution units in an installed/semipermanent configuration? [closed]

I bought a bundle of these old power distribution units (PDUs) from a commercial building that previously housed a small picture frame manufacturer and was being remodeled, don't know how they were ...
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Do they make cord lit extension cords? [closed]

I am not looking for a specific product recommendation. I am wondering if a product exists and what the technical name for it would be so I can find various manufactured products when doing search. ...
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Can #2 wire be used for a 100’ away sub panel

I want to add a sub panel 100’ from my main 110 panel to power my new addition to my house. Question can I use a #2 wire on a 80amp breaker to my sub panel and have the wire in place for upgrade later ...
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Why is my circuit breaker being tripped after removing a light switch?

In my dining room, there is a 2-gang switch box that houses two switches. Switch A is on a completely separate circuit from Switch B. Switch A controls a single light in the dining room, and is the ...
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One hot leg to neutral of 4-prong dryer reading 240 volts and other hot leg to neutral reading 0 volts

I bought a new dryer today and upon plugging it in it wouldn't turn on. I tested the wires on the terminal block with a multimeter and one of the hot legs to the neutral wire reads 240 volts and the ...
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Older GE Load Center main breaker problem

I have and older GE Load Center sub panel (Box TM-1210. It had a 100 amp double pole breaker at top (Type TQAL-AC) that may have been forcibly inserted as now can't get it or other similar breakers re-...
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Does house wiring induce voltage across parallel wires? [closed]

I wanted to ask a theoretical question. Can someone please explain me how wires connected together in a house circuit do not flow electricity due to induction, as one of the wires is live (the wire ...
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Installing Fan, two live wires red and black and neutral not connected to switch

I am installing a fan where a light fixture use to be. My house is pretty old, built around 1938 and retro fitted. When I went to install the fan I found that there is a red wire which both are live. ...
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3 way switch has only 1 traveller wire

I am trying to replace the old switches in my 3 way switch setup. The old switches are Jasco ZW4005 smart switch Jasco ZW2004 addon switch. I replaced switch 1 which had 2 travelers, 1 common/ load ...
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Does Power-Over-Ethernet help the DIYer?

Power-Over-Ethernet (POE) has come up in several answers recently as potential solutions to problems involving wiring and getting power to strange places. How does POE help the DIY person in achieving ...
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Help understanding wiring for exhaust fan

I’m changing out an exhaust fan in my bathroom. It has two switches installed already for separate light and fan. Here is a picture of the fan wiring. https://imgur.com/a/VO5oK8o I’m confused about, ...
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Marking 3 circuits in one conduit where 1 circuit originates in a different panel

I have a main panel (200A and an adjacent subpanel that was installed when an addition needed more breaker spaces. The work I am doing is on the interior of the garage's concrete block wall. The ...
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How to wire switch with 3 cables and outlet where only 1 is affected by switch [closed]

Here is a consolidated version of the situation. There's more outlets that repeat in series and I am not showing grounds. My Fiancee put a new fixture in the closet. It wouldn't turn on. We hired an ...
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Can I add an extra insulated wire into my 10/2?

I’m running a new dryer line upstairs with 10/3. I bought 50’ hoping it was enough but alas, I’m short about 3’. I have 20’ of 10/2 leftover from a different project and wondered if I could cut a ...
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