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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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How can I have an exhaust fan run if either of two switches is on?

My design includes 2 switches to control one fan, but it is not strictly a 3-way switch. I want the fan to be on if either switch is on and off if both switches are off. This is an attic mounted fan, ...
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Why does my light switch have one hot wire in and two feeds to the same light?

I'm swapping out my light switch. It has three black wires and I originally thought it was one hot, one to the light and one to the other switches (where-ever they may be). This is how my 1st floor ...
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Wonky fan wiring problem (smart switch caseta)

I have have a ceiling fan/light combo that was installed by the previous owner. I am attempting to install lutron casetas to control the fan. I had noticed that in the original set up, the fan was ...
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How can I connect extention wires to this 3-pin 8mm LED strip?

I have two LED strips like the image below: The strips are several feet apart. I plan on running some wires through my cabinetry to connect the two, but I'm looking for a clean way to make the ...
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ceiling fan wiring: 1 black, 1 white, 1 blue, 1 green on fan to - 3 black, 3 white, 1 red, 1 copper in ceiling

Trying to install a ceiling fan to where a light fixture was. When I took out light fixture I noticed that there are 3 black wires all bundled together, and not being used; 3 white wires with bundled ...
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Studio apartment only has 2 prong outlets, I need to plug my PC into a 3 prong one

I recently built my PC, and it is plugged into a 2 prong outlet through a surge protector using a cheater plug, but I get slight shocks when touching the case. While I can remedy that just by not ...
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Can I use a single jumper wire to run to two outlets and two breakers? [duplicate]

Situation: Have a jetted bathtub that requires 2 15A gfci outlets each to its own breaker. Problem only have one wire running into tub area (would have to tear up.newly installed floor to run another. ...
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Wiring two 3-day switches and a 4-way switch

My light fixture is ONLY working when I have the 4-way switch turned on in order for either 3-way switch to work. I have a 3-way switch down in the living room, a 4-way in the hallway, and a 3-way ...
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Need assistance with dimmer switch, unusual wiring? new house

New house, and so far nothing is wired as I'd expect based on my extremely limited knowledge of electrical. Are the 2 black wires acting as a pass through? Obviously, green to green, but then what? ...
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Why can't you use push connectors to extend a short wire when they are used like that when installing LED pot lights in parallel?

A typical led pot lights installation looks like this, with two or three ways push connectors in the box used to connect this light to the previous one and to extend the wire to the next one When you ...
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Electrical outlet above HVAC air return, within same wall cavity

Q: Is an outlet above the HVAC air return considered within the environmental air space? We need to move the HVAC air return in one of our rooms, and there is an existing electrical outlet in the most ...
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Extending 12/3 existing wiring

There’s a 12/3 existing wiring in my hallway that runs up to the light fixtures. I want to extend the 12/3 wiring to a bedroom to add a smart switch and recessed lighting. If I pigtail 12/3 from the ...
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Is my new wiring to the code?

I am running 4 new circuits. 6/3 (50A 240V) Romex, 8/3 (40A 240V) Romex, as well as a couple of 12/2s. Cables start at the far end of the boiler room from a panel, through 1.5" holes of several ...
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Two wire at light switch

I have a 14-2 cable at the light switch in my room. White is my hot, black is my switch leg. At my light I have some older cloth braided sheathed wire. This also is a two wire nothing is labeled. ...
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Installing a generator transfer switch on an ITE Pushmatic panel

I have purchased a transfer switch,the Reliance Controls Corporation 31406CRK 30 Amp 6-circuit. The panel in question is a ITE Pushmatic, like the one in the picture except it has two main breakers on ...
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Can I use four-wire cable from the panel to create a two-circuit duplex outlet?

I am planning on adding a server to one of the closets in my house. In order to do that I need to run electrical to the location of the server. For severs they recommend having 2 independent lines of ...
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Can I put the sub-panel for my attached garage in the attic?

I want to install a 30A outlet in my garage for my 240v compressor along with a 20A outlet for other tools. I will run a 6/3 w/g NM from a 50A dual pole breaker at the main panel at the other end of ...
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6/2 to 6/3 Junction box to extend wire

I have a 6/2 (two hot one neutral) from panel and need to move the stove about 4 feet. Electrician told me to get a 6/3 wire to convert it and add the extra length I need. But he also told me to ...
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Wiring for new bathroom fan

I am trying to add a fan in a bathroom and need some wiring assistance. I removed the switch thet controls the overhead light and found 2 black wires attached. From the research I have done it seems ...
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Do the electrical codes have a solution to extend a cable that is short?

There is an existing wire that was feeding a vanity light on a wall close to the light switch. I want to re-purpose it to feed a string of three LED lights and obviously the wire is to short to reach ...
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I want to install a motion sensor for the stairwell

Stairwell has a switch at top and bottom with no line of sight between them. Can I use two motion sensors? It looks like what I found are single pole and can be used with one 3 way switch but not ...
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Can I move a light switch from a 3 gang box to a second 3 gang box above it?

new to the forum so sorry if this is a little confusing. I just moved into a newly constructed home. At the front of the house, there are two 3-gang boxes an inch on top of one another. They are all ...
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Problem installing 3-way TP-Link HS210

I tried installing a 3-way TP-Link HS210 switch in my staircase, and I have a few questions: Both switches have: Black wire connected to a black screw (common wire?) White wire connected to a gold ...
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Electrical Removal/Dead-End of Wires for Old Intercom

Below you will see pictures of the "setup" I am wanting to remove. What I want to do, one room at a time, is remove the intercom system from throughout my house. The first room I am doing ...
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Installation options for an electric dryer

I just bought a house with a gas hookup for the dryer, but did not realize that when purchasing an electric dryer. The builder says the laundry room was built for a gas dryer after purchasing the ...
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Why would a circuit 'all of a sudden' read 50v? Its is an outdoor GFI that has worked perfectly for years and then not. Could it be at the breaker?

I've used a voltmeter on the wiring to determine its not at the plug. Also replaced the original outlet.
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Install outdoor power cable for Arlo Pro 2

Tired of going up and down to recharge battery for my arlo pro 2 in the front door, I am thinking to install a power cable for it, e.g., this. However, not sure what is the best way, here are two ...
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Replacing a ceiling fan

Replacing an old ceiling fan with a new one. Neither old fan nor new fan have a light. One existing wall switch operated old fan. New fan has blue, black and white wires. Existing wiring for old fan ...
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Connecting 30 amps to another 30 amps

I'm installing a new window to type AC using a 30 amp double pole breaker and a 10 guage wire. Since I already have a 30 amps line that runs my existing AC, is it ok? to connect to the existing line ...
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Replacing older Leviton dimmer with new Lutron different wiring

I'm trying to replace some older (late-1980s?) Leviton incandescent-only dimmers with new Lutron LED-compatible ones. There are three of them in a 4-gang box (the 4th switch seen in the pics is on a ...
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Is the 2nd black wire the ground?

I'm replacing a vanity light and there are 2 back wires 1 is hot and 1 white neutral wire. Also, the ground wire attached to the old light was connected to the hot wire.
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How can I wire several receptacles between three-way switches so they're half switched?

I have 12/2 power into first switch, 12/3 through all three split receptacles and to the second switch. I just can't wrap my head around the right connections.
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15 amp gfci on 30 amp breakers

I have 2 space heaters at opposite sides of my bathroom walls (facing into guest rooms). There is a wire that is easily accessible going between them thru the bathroom wall, which I have opened up ...
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Identifying cause of floating ground

I noticed that the ground prong of the only 5-15 receptacle in my laundry room appears to be floating. Findings: The ground wire behind the receptacle measures 0 ohm (i.e. continuous) with the ...
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Is it unsafe that these outdoor switches are on a lighting circuit?

I am in the process of replacing these two outdoor switches with one double gang unit. Reason being that between the two existing units I can see non-weatherproof wiring connecting them together. (Not ...
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Did I fry my Furnace Control Board? (C -> G rewire attempt)

So while I was attempting to figure out how to get our fan to run independent of our heating/cooling, I looked at our thermostat wiring and discovered that it only had wires running to C, W, Y, and RC/...
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Why is my garage grounded ONLY when it rains?

My garage is not connected to my house and it's on a circuit that contains a few outlets inside the house as well. I found out the first time I tried to charge my PHEV that the entire circuit isn't ...
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What's the wire size needed to supply a 125amp sub panel? [closed]

Will #6 stranded CU THHN be sufficient to supply a 125amp 12 space 24 circuit sub panel that is 80 feet away?
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How accurate is a TDR (Time Domain Reflectometer) in determining the distance to the location of a cut low voltage cable?

The builders cut an ethernet wire during construction. They put in the Foam Insulation and the dry wall up without testing the wires. Upon terminating and testing them, I found that the wire to my ...
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Why are these electrical outlets interconnected?

I need to replace a dual electrical outlet and fix some melted insulation/exposed wires inside. I found that the two sockets are wired like this: Coming out of the wall I have dedicated wiring for ...
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50 amp GFCI Tripping randomly

My 50 amp GFCI Breaker tripped periodically so I disconnected the load wires from the lugs and turned it back on And after about a minute it tripped again. I then changed the breaker and it tripped ...
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Need help with thermostat wiring

I am trying to change from an American Standard AYSTAT655 to a Honeywell RTH8560D but wiring does not match anything in the Honeywell manual. Anyone able to assist?
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What to do with ground wire in light fixture?

I’m installing a light fixture that has a white wire, a black wire, and a ground wire. The ceiling where the new light fixture goes only has a white wire and a black wire (hot). It doesn’t have a ...
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Ethernet cable choice for home wiring?

... Apologies if this is the incorrect forum for hardware recommendations... I'm planning on wiring my Portland, OR (cold & damp, but non-freezing climate) house for Unshielded Cat 6 or Cat 6a ...
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Help with ceiling fan wiring

North American home from ~1960s. Unfortunately I dont have a "before" picture of the old fan wiring. Trying to install a new fan which has a light, controlled by a dimmer switch on the wall. ...
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Use Honeywell VisionPro without EIM?

I just acquired a Honeywell VisionPro TH9421C1004 thermostat but I didn't get the Equipment Interface Module (EIM) with it. Can I still wire this directly from my furnace? It only has 3 wire ...
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How should I deal with a cable found underground on my property?

I was digging in my garden and I found a wire coming through my garden underground. It looks old and dead, and I would like to take it off the ground, but the problem is that both ends lead somewhere ...
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Extending power from 3 way switch with power coming into the fixture

I have a dining room light on a 3 way switch that also extends power into the hallway from the first switch. All the wires have been removed and now I'm lost. Trick is, there is a 14-2 power supply to ...
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Converting a timer switch to basic switch

I'm replacing an old timer switch to our closets and there is a blue, black and white wire attached to the old switch. Do I need a three way switch or do I get a normal switch and cap the blue off?
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Standard floodlight problem

I recently bought a house built in 1972. It had 4 double spotlight (standard switch controlled) at each corner of the house with the romex coming down thru a hole in the wood soffits. Two of the ...