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Should I rewire my house?

You don't know what you have! You already have the best wiring method made. 90% of my brand new work is exactly this stuff, and it's required in industrial installations. We just need to get you up ...
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What is this lamp base wire clip and how do I remove the wire without breaking the clip?

That is a Heyco bushing. You need to squeeze, preferably with a needle-nose pliers, in what I would call a top-to-bottom position considering the orientation of how it is installed. If you squeeze ...
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Should it take a while to get supplies to rewire a 1100sq ft house?

At the risk of throwing someone under the bus, NOTHING he would need could not be acquired at a real supply house (or even home center) in less than an hour and totally in stock. Even the ethernet ...
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Should I rewire my house?

the electrical system as a whole is grounded via the conduit with no ground wire present That is perfectly fine. As long as it is all metal conduit (conduit can also be PVC) and connects to metal ...
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Electrical line has no juice after being shortened

Usually there is a switch before the disposal. You push a button, or flip a switch to turn on the disposal. Did you turn the switch on? If this is the case, then this was not the best option for this ...
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What is this lamp base wire clip and how do I remove the wire without breaking the clip?

Speedy's answer is an excellent one. I here want to add a picture of what these clips look like in the raw so that it is more apparent how they work. The groves along the areas pointed to by the red ...
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Can I get 240v out of a 120v generator?

What you describe won't work, and it's not safe for you (or anyone else) to do what you describe. If you have a single phase 120 volt generator and you need to supply power to a 240 volt split phase ...
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Repair frayed electrical wire with strain-relief stopper

Well, it's hard to tell. That part is called a "strain relief" but in these types of mass produced products, it's often molded onto the cord when manufactured. Unless the manufacturer sells a ...
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How to repair basic cable/wire issue for household appliances

There's no good way to repair just that wire, and the adjacent wires are also probably close to failure. You'll need to remove a section of cable and rebuild. Label the cable a ways from this end so ...
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Wiring an in-line on/off toggle switch on an LED lamp with additional controllers is not working as expected

Yeah, this is a "throw parts at the problem and hook stuff up randomly" type deal. There is a significant knowledge gap here. Not least you did not notice the circuit is on with the ...
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How do I rewire a switched receptacle and make it permanently hot

The 2 black wires are piggy-backed, indicating that one is the incoming hot and the other is the hot to other device(s). The red appears to be the switched hot supplying the receptacle in question, so....
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How to repair basic cable/wire issue for household appliances

Generally you are better off to remove the problematic section of wire and just solder the unbroken wires to the connector, shortening the cable slightly, rather than try to patch the section which ...
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Adding wall light switch for future ceiling fan light option

Number one thing, I'd mark the reserved wires in the switch box and the ceiling box so when you open things up in the future it's clear what's what. I also write myself notes inside the cover plate ...
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Is it safe to replace a lamp's UK 5 amp round 3 pin plug with a 13 amp rectangular 3 pin plug?

Yes - almost certainly. You need to get the wiring right (the wires should be colour coded in the usual way - if in doubt post pictures). The pins are in the same positions in both plugs. The 13A ...
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How to rewire house electrical?

If your basement is even somewhat functional then I would try to wire to the attic. I think a good rule of thumb would be would you let your out of work cousin stay in your basement a few days? If ...
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Replacing old light-switch with remote

Connect the new switch where the hot is black, lamp side is Red and the neutral goes to the white. Be sure the two black wires are under the screw or have a wire nut to connect them. It appears it is ...
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Should I rewire my house?

I would certainly not replace the metal conduit in a house. Replacing it with romex is arguably a lower-quality installation. As to the need for grounded receptacles, a proper quality receptacle will ...
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How to rewire house electrical?

Rewiring a house is an advanced activity; you have to understand what is code and what is reasonable, and then understand how to get wire to the places where you need to get wire. This will probably ...
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Should it take a while to get supplies to rewire a 1100sq ft house?

Wire, Cable, outlets, switches, conduit, panels, breakers etc. to wire a house are commodities. Easy to find. If you ordered special fixtures, that might be different. A good electrician would have ...
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How do I make two wall switches work in coordination, wirelessly?

There are half a dozen ways one could do this, but I would do it this way Purchase 2 Lutron RF Maestros. ( The RF part is important, as they sell none RF Maestros too) ( for non dimming use MRF2-6ANS ...
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Should it take a while to get supplies to rewire a 1100sq ft house?

A total rewire is a big job. He probably hasn't managed his time well and doesn't have time to do your job right now. The "waiting for stuff" is likely to be not correct.
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Can I get 240v out of a 120v generator?

Transformers are your friend! Easy peasy, if the numbers work. Start by looking at the air conditioner. You need to know the number of "watts" the air conditioner uses, probably between 1000 and ...
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Repair frayed electrical wire with strain-relief stopper

Nice pun. Your plan will work to get this appliance working again. You can crimp or use blue wire nuts for the connections. As far as the stopper, try cutting it at the seam and then peeling it off ...
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Repair frayed electrical wire with strain-relief stopper

The strain relief is molded on but can be recovered and reused. The technique I use is to pull out the copper then drill out the plastic using a hand drill or pin vice until the strain relief is ...
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12/2 connected to 8/3 wire with extra wires taped off. Is this legal?

As a tap to a second building with no sub panel NO It would not be legal. The term tap usually means connecting a smaller conductor to a larger feeder and there are some cases where a tap is legal ...
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Appropriate installation for a detached structure electrical sub panel?

One circuit or feeder to an outbuilding If you install a 120/240V split-phase #6 feeder, you have to get rid of the #10 circuit. Then you would feed the well from the subpanel you plan. The only ...
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How to repair damaged fence to its original strenght

There's more than one way to join galvanized wire, and a few ways you can do this. Some are better than others: Solder: you can use solder to join ends. This is cheap if you have the equipment, and ...
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Can I split a circuit in the middle of a 3-wire cable?

You can splice into a 3-wire cable just as you'd splice a 2-wire cable, assuming it's not for a three-way switch or some other specialty case. Do it as you've drawn. You'll need slack. If you don't ...
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Replacing old light-switch with remote

OK, so your box has a red-black-white /3 cable, and a /2 cable. The whites are joined with a hokey splice. The blacks, plus a black pigtail to the switch, are joined with a hokey splice. It's ...
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