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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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Two cables in a wall segment , I need to relocate the wall toward the back and they are too short (no slack) what is the recommended way to do this?

So here is a diagram of what I am dealing with The blue cable is used to connect the right side power plug to the left side power plug The left side is upstream to say so. There is no slack and no ...
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Why would a fusible AC disconnect require a bonded neutral when a non-fusible disconnect only requires the equipment grounding conductor?

According to the GE Spec-Setter TM datasheet their AC disconnects are comprised of three varieties: fusible, no fuse, non-automatic. A GE diagram on that datasheet for their "fusible" ...
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Must NM cable from floor to wall go through sill plate?

In New or remodel with floors and walls open, When routing NM from a joist bay into a wall is it required or preferred to drill through the sill plate or is it ok/normal to route over the plate and ...
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Small wire pulled from ac unit. Unit turns on, but the fan doesn't

My unit wasn't putting out cold air I looked outside and the small wire that leads from the house to the unit is pulled from the back of the unit where do I connect that wire? I can hear the ...
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blower motor wiring

hoping someone can help me verify my wiring to a AC blower motor. I think I have it wired correctly, I followed pics I took before I swapped out the motor. According to the diagram on the motor, black ...
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Adding a duplex outlet to a gang box that had capped off wires

I moved into a friends house and I noticed the room I’m in had a blank wall plate and when I removed it I noticed capped off 12 gauge solid wires and a gang box. I’d like to add a duplex receptacle to ...
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How do I connect my DSL socket?

With the blue ones or the red ones connected to 3-4, I'm getting around 1Mbps, and I'm supposed to get 24Mbps. How do I connect these proper?
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Switch with weird voltages and wiring

I went over to my parents' house and am trying to fix a combination switch. The old switch stopped functioning recently and my Dad had removed it. I do not know how it was wired previously but my Dad ...
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Can I use a NEMA 6-20r on a 15amp circuit?

I just bought a new window unit and it has a NEMA 6-15p. My previous unit had heat also and therefore was on a 30 amp circuit on 8/2. I've always been told that using a bigger wire is never a problem ...
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100amp subpanel with long 1 1/4 PVC run - what size wire will pull better?

Adding a 100amp subpanel, total run is about 70 ft - and 1 1/4 Sch40 PVC is already in the ground. There are a fair amount of turns, it looks like: Main Panel -> out rear hole through wall -> ...
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Wire type from meter base to panel, conduit end to end, underground, and through a crawl space

Here's my situation: Meter base is ~115' (conduit length) from my new 200 amp panel 2 1/2" conduit is run end to end under ground the last ~15' is in a crawl space and pops up directly into my ...
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Is it the GFI or the refrigerator? Circuit trips intermittently after a couple hours [duplicate]

I just ripped out the wall behind my refrigerator and decided to among other things, to re-run the circuit to for the fridge. The refrigerator was on a standard outlet with all of the lighting and ...
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material for low voltage conduit on FACE of wall, basement to attic

I'm looking to run CAT5E/CAT6A cabling from my basement where I have a network rack to the attic above my 2nd floor. After a lot of investigation there was no way I was going to feed the cabling ...
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How to prevent live/neutral/ground cables being swapped? [closed]

A few years ago, I made the mistake of swapping the live and neutral wires on an appliance. The switch was only connected to the live wire, but since the wires were swapped, the whole circuit bypassed ...
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What's the cheapest way to wire these lights that are 400' away at the end of the driveway?

We recently built a house and added 3/4 conduit underground from outside the breaker box to the top of the driveway for a future project to add stone pillars with LED lights (example pictures below). ...
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Can I use the same 240 circuit for hot tub and sauna outdoors?

I am purchasing an outdoor sauna that will be 240VAC and max draw of 18.5 amps. I have an existing hot tub wired to a 50A breaker that will be next to it. It draws less than 30A. Can I split the ...
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Why would a pendant light work while the recessed down lights don't? [closed]

I just moved into a new house. In the dressing room there is a pendant light and 8 recessed down lights, all controlled by a dimmer switch. The weird thing is when we turn the dimmer on only the ...
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Lava lamp UK to Canada

I've recently buy a lava lamp and it only works for EU, all of it is 220-240V. First I've buy the plug adapter (not converter for V) the light bulb is 240V R39 E14 30W, and it doesn't exist in 120V, ...
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Existing thermostat wire colors - no white?

Looking to switch from an old Honeywell CT87A thermostat to a smart thermostat, probably something requiring a common wire. There are 2 thermostats (one on each floor) in a 2 zone forced hot water oil ...
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Doing your own electrical work

In Florida, you're allowed to do your own electrical work. With that being said here is my question. A really good friend of mine bought a 12'x 30' shed for a workshop. He is doing the electrical work ...
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What's the right way to bypass non-functional ballast in bathroom exhaust?

My home has Nutone 769RLN "B" unit exhaust fan with light on them (763RL/769RL "A" Unit). The lights contain ballasts and have a provision to use 13W CFL with a G24q-1 base. ...
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Replacing a light with a ceiling fan. The fan has five wires. I only have a power wire & neutral wire coming from my box. What to do with the others?

Wiring diagram for the ceiling fan.Harbor Breeze Centreville 42" model# 41239,40689,40687,40688/ item# 0732082,0807429,0807432,0807433 I also have some images of the top side of the fan to make ...
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Replacing Power Cord for Electric Chainsaw

I have an old electric chainsaw, and want to replace the power cable as it has an old two pin fitting that doesn't match newer ones. I'm going to replace it with a three pin (I'm in the UK) plug that ...
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Replacing old receptacle that had 2 wires under 1 screw

A receptacle in the garage was falling apart and was not holding plugs firmly. Upon opening the box I noticed the receptacle had 3 whites, 3 blacks and 1 bare ground all from 3 separate cables. 2 ...
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240 to thermostat for electric heat reading 120v and 70v

I had an electrician in to replace some thermostats a few months ago. One of the thermostats that was replaced was an older analog dial type. The electrician replaced it with a digital thermostat ...
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Switch/light wiring issue I cannot figure out

house built in 1967, I have pretty extensive experience with working on the electrical of this house and others in my life, but I am not a pro or electrician. I have redone all of the lights and ...
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How to troubleshoot no power in half of mobile home?

My mobile home isn't getting power to roughly half of it. When I first lost power I was able to determine it was a bad receptacle because of some melting on the outlet which seemed to have interrupted ...
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Does a conduit running through a ceiling need to be supported? [duplicate]

I will be running wire through a basement ceiling (not a drop ceiling) and I would like to avoid cutting holes in the drywall. I know that the wire on its own would need to be supported and secured to ...
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What kind of wiring is this?

Single conductor in a very rigid rubbery or tar like jacket. Almost like a knob and tube with an outer jacket that is like a continuous tube. This stuff is long-ago decommissioned but I'm just ...
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How to run retrofit ground wire to a new (4-wire 50A) receptacle?

I will be adding a ground to an existing 3-wire setup in oder to make it safe and code-complaint. Will the new bare Cu ground wire use the same receptacle knockout (bottom) as the Al jacketed 3-wire, ...
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How should I connect my new bathroom light fixture?

I am replacing the light fixture in the bathroom. The old one has a fan, light and heater and so does the new one. I am unsure if I should connect any wires back to the white wire with the copper. I ...
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Lennox Wiring for Ecobee SmartThermostat

Confused by the wiring, hope someone can help me out. At the furnace there's only four wires in the cable (R, B, G, and W), but at the other end, a yellow wire appears. It's not reflected in the ...
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Is it possible that Thermostat Y wire and C wire is the same wire on my air handler (furnace)?

I'm trying to install Ecobee, and like many others, I do not have C wire at the thermostat, thus need to find it on my air handler. My air handler is from Allstyle and the model number is HFD36-42840G-...
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I’m trying to make a 220V power cord

My plasma cutter has a 3 prong 220V power cord. I want to make an extension cable that I can plug into my dryer's 4 prong 220V outlet. I have a 3 prong receptacle to put on the other end of my cord ...
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How to wire this 4-wire range terminal block with pin style connectors?

Could you please help me determine how to properly replace this 4-wire cord that has pin style terminal with a 3-wire cord that has ring style terminals? terminal block on the range: old 3-wire cord ...
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Pool Load Center Wiring from Main Panel

UPDATE I was able to talk to one of my county building inspectors. I am fine to run Aluminum SER. I can run it all the way to the sub panel. I have to run fully insulated copper from the sub panel to ...
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How do I attach the ground wire to my new chandelier?

I have a new chandelier, all metal, hanging in the office. It only has positive and neutral wires coming from lights up metal chain to connect in the junction box. A small ground wire is attached to ...
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Whole wall running the length of the house isnt working

I plugged a bouncy house pump into a surge protector located on one wall. The surge protector also had a TV and a internet box plugged into it. After a few minutes the pump stopped working. I came in,...
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What is this cable painted into wall going up staircase? [closed]

Have a weird wire, we think it's copper, that goes up my staircase and for most of it fits inside the moulding. But there is a part that is slacking. Not sure if I should cut the wire where it's ...
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Running wires down an internal wall of house

I am trying to run a new network cable down a wall where a TV aerial already is. I thought it would be easy: disconnect the aerial wire from the face plate, attach some string, pull it up through the ...
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how to wire a basement bathroom with 12/3 [closed]

I'm putting in a basement bathroom with a macerator toilet, 3 lights, an exhaust fan, 2 switches and 4 outlets. I ran a new 12/3 cable from the distribution box across the basement ceiling ( no ...
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Drilling through load bearing wall diagonally

I am familiar with the code requirements for drilling holes through studs in walls, whether they be loadbearing or non-loadbearing. My question is, does it matter if the holes are drilled diagonally ...
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Four Outlets Out, No GFCI

For what it's worth, I have called an electrician to resolve this, but that doesn't mean I'm not curious as to understanding what could be going on. I have an older home, built in the early 70s, so it ...
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Wiring Dual Dimmer Switch

I have a dual switch that controls my kitchen lights and my dining lights. It’s in a single pole location but has two switches, top and bottom, one for kitchen and one for dining lights. Currently ...
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How to protect outdoor low-voltage cable over concrete walkway?

I'm considering Philips Hue low-voltage outdoor lighting for my front lawn. The challenge is the outdoor 120V outlet and the yard / landscaping is separated by a concrete walkway. How do I run the ...
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what can i legally do if my landlord has the electric wiring done incorrectly? [closed]

I live in a house in Michigan that was turned into 6 apartments. My apartment is the main door on the main floor. t has recently come to my attention that the hallways and part of the house that is ...
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Is it ok to use 14-3 wire to connect fan and recessed light

We have pre wiring for fan. It's 14-3 wire - white, black, red and ground. The black wire has constant power and I am using it to run the ceiling fan. I have to use remote to turn the fan/light on and ...
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How to best Sidewire this 8 hole quickwire outlet

I’m going around replacing a few old outlets that are in sad shape. I went to change this one and noticed it is an 8 hole outlet. Cutting the power to this outlet only cut the power to one set of ...
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Bus bar lugs for 4/0 wire utility connection

Some contractor damaged the underground utility feed to my duplex. We have 2 units with a 100A breaker each and 2 separate meters. Right now they have 3 Aluminum conductors 2 AWG running in a plastic ...
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Do I need to use 2 conductor cable for lighting outlets? [duplicate]

I've recently had a metal garage put in. I had an electrician friend run power from the house to the garage, he installed an electrical box with 50 amps, and 1 receptacle outlet. (I just wanted some ...
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