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Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker not blown, outlets quit working., hidden location, recepticles
hidden location, recepticles, voltmeter: First thing to do, look for GFCI recepticles. It could be a hidden one has tripped. Second search all the recepticles that are not working, and pull them out to inspect for a bad connection. Get a voltmeter and check for low volts situations. Check all...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker box, breakers, hallway
breakers, hallway, radio: Hi Sheri, It sounds like the main breaker tripped. When it does, sometimes it takes 2 or 3 tries of shutting it off and turning it back on before the mechanical part catches. Try shutting off al the individual breakers, then the main breaker. Wait about...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker box/central air/hot tub, neutral position, promptness
neutral position, promptness, electrician: Hi Susan, Since the main breaker is not tripping, the breaker box is OK and can handle both units. Before calling in an electrician, let s try a simple fix first. When breakers trip they go to a neutral position, not to an off position. The only...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker box in mobile home, furnace blower, water pipes
furnace blower, water pipes, neutral wire: If you paid to have someone hook up your unit, I d be calling them back out to check and see what the problem is. If you did it yourself, I can only suggest you recheck your connections and make sure nothing got crossed. The outside pole set up for 4 wires,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker box in new garage, amp breaker, woodworking tools
amp breaker, woodworking tools, garage shop: A little advice first John, if you have not already purchsed the panel, you will be able to get a 125 amp panel cheaper. It can still be fed from a 100 amp breaker in the main panel and be considered a 100 amp panel. The feeding breaker can be rated less than...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker box problem, gfci breaker, hot wire
gfci breaker, hot wire, problem thanks: Martha Is this a GFCI breaker? If it is something on that circuit is shorting out the GFCI. If not you have something on that circuit that has a hot wire going to earth. Try unplugging some things that are plugged in and see what happens.Keep doing that till...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker box sizing, lighting circuits, amp breaker
lighting circuits, amp breaker, educated guess: Erik, I don t know if there is a load calc worksheet online or not. Basically you start with your square footage, add up certain loads and multiply by a factor, and stuff like that. Without doing a load calc I don t feel comfortable giving advise...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker box upgrade, foot mast, renovation construction
foot mast, renovation construction, home electricity: Hi Chris, I m not aware of sites that list the materials, but I ve attached a site that shows a typical installation. I m sure your relative will be able to ID the parts required. http://www.rona.ca/content/electricity-in-new-home_electricity_plumbing-electrical_renovation-construction...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker box, hotwater tank, amp breaker
hotwater tank, amp breaker, laundry room: Hi William. If you are feeding 100amps into a panel rated for 50amps, then you have a code violtation. Changing the inside panel to a 100amp panel, as well as making sure the feeder between the outside box and the inside box is also rated 100amps, will...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker color, orange blue, breakers
orange blue, breakers, amps: Hi. Bryant was the only company who color coded them. If I recall, the 15 amp were dark blue, the 20 amp were red, and the 30 amp were green. I don t know about orange (perhaps 50?). Normally 100 amp boxes have 20 slots. It may be 100 amps. But you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker is crackling and breaking, circuit breakers, oven range
circuit breakers, oven range, crackling: The easiest solution is replacement, however, it may be a matter of opening up the wire connection points, disconnect, grease them with vaseline and put them back together. Age and heat can affect connection...improving the connections may help or relieve...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker feeding subpanel, subpanel, detached garage
subpanel, detached garage, neutrals: Hi Jon, The 50 amp 2 pole breaker in the main panel that will feed the sub panel wire keeps the connecting bar. The wire feeding the sub from this breaker should be 6/3 with ground...4 conductors(black-red-white-ground) black and red to the new...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker Keeps tripping, pump house, indicator light
pump house, indicator light, fluke: Hi Pat, No problem with the questions, I don t mind a bit, glad to try and help. I doubt the PVC runs the whole distance or the weather likely wouldn t affect it, it probably just goes into the ground a foot or two. If you have to replace the line you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker keeps popping even when nothing is on, blackwire, gameroom
blackwire, gameroom, receptacles: Hi Mark, Since the breaker trips even with the switches off I would check the receptacles. If there is another junction box where the wires go in different directions you can undo that splice and see which one trips the breaker when you hook it back up. Sounds...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker keeps tripping, wire nuts, general lighting
wire nuts, general lighting, black burn: Hi. There can be a lot of things causing the problem. But you should not turn the breaker back on until you find and fix the problem, because something could overheat and catch on fire. Look for anywhere a black wire is touching a bare wire, bare metal...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker keeps tripping, electric fence charger, small refrigerator
electric fence charger, small refrigerator, gfci outlet: Hi Celeste, This should be an easy fix, but it could be a very difficult find. If the breakers in the barn aren t tripping, and I assume they are 15 amp or 20 amp, then the problem has to be between the 30 amp breaker in the house and the panel in...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker keeps tripping to Heat Pump, power surges, electrican
power surges, electrican, gfi receptacle: Hi Teresa, It sounds like a wire has loosened up. Call the power company first as they will check their part at no cost. If there end is OK, then an electrician should be called to check the incoming wires to the panel. This is a simple fix so it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker keeps tripping, amp breaker, neutral wire
amp breaker, neutral wire, electrical tape: Hi Rich, When touching the neutral to the hot breaker, it may have caused a wire to burn off in one of the garage outlets and now that wire is touching something it shouldn t in that box. An inspection of the outlets on the garage would be the 1 st...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker is on but lights out, wirenuts, electrician
wirenuts, electrician, breakers: Hi. First of all, turn the breaker off and back on to be sure it is on. Sometimes it looks on, but it is not making contact. Otherwise, you have a something not making contact somewhere. These are not easy to find, and it could be part of something...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker load, amp breaker, amp circuit
amp breaker, amp circuit, electrical code: Hi George. By electrical code, the dining room outlets have to be on a small appliance circuit. This means the 20 amp circuit cannot feed any other loads. You can bring in different circuits to a box, but you have to watch out that you don t exceed...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker Panel, rubber insulation, amp service
rubber insulation, amp service, breakers: 1. A new box can be added but you ll need a gutter, or box of some kind to connect both services to the one riser you probably have. Unless of course you can get the utility to give you a new drop, then eliminate the old one when it s no longer in use. Probably...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker Panel, amp breaker, hot lines
amp breaker, hot lines, ground wires: Hi Sean, I am assuming the dryer is 220 Volt electric, and not 110 V or gas operated. This would require two hot lines which are usually run in 1 cable, 10/3. This cable should contain a black-white-red and ground wires. At the breaker panel, the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker Panel, pvc conduit, service cables
pvc conduit, service cables, rigid pvc: Panel design is really a matter of preference. I do not have a specific brand I prefer. Just be sure additional breakers for future expansion are readily available as some manufacturers are difficult to obtain additional breakers. On the entrance cable, the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker Problem, crackling sound, strobe light
crackling sound, strobe light, bathroom lights: Check the bathroom receptacle. It should be a GFI with a test button and it may be partially tripped. Push the test button and then reset it and see if this cures the problem. If not, it may be a defective receptacle or breaker, but more likely the receptacle....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker Problems, crackling sound, strobe light
crackling sound, strobe light, bathroom lights: Hi. It sounds like you have a serious problem, and I would not turn the breaker back on until you find the problem. If you can t find the problem, I would call an electrician. I would open up all of the outlets, switches, and lights and look for shorted...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker Problems, crackling sound, strobe light
crackling sound, strobe light, bathroom lights: There s no danger of a fire or anything like that if you shut off the power. You might realize also that a loose connection can be loose, or it can be LOOSE. Even if it was a tiny loose, you d still hear something, and all you need is a bad connection to temporarily...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker Problems, pool area, electrical items
pool area, electrical items, electrical circuit: You aparently still have water in contact with your electrical circuit somewhere. Maybe in a box that houses a plug or switch? Maybe a cord that is frayed or cut somewhere? There also is the possibility that the breaker has tripped and been reset so many times...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker panel, weather proofing, weatherproofing
weather proofing, weatherproofing, power meter: In warmer/milder climates it is not unusual to have your main panel mounted outside. Where I live I have not seen an indoor main panel. The weatherproofing comes from the way the lid closes over the lip of the box. All of your fittings that leave the box...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker panel buzzing, amp breaker, seperate line
amp breaker, seperate line, electric dryer: Hi Monte, Based on your description...you apparently installed a new 30 amp breaker and 10/3 w/ ground wire to replace an old 30 amp breaker and old dryer wire (probably without a seperate neutral and ground now required by Code) Sometime after...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker panel, pushmatic, homeline
pushmatic, homeline, local authorities: To be perfectly honest, you cannot make splices within a panel. The correct way to have done this would be to terminate all of the wiring into a junction box first. make your joints there, then extend the new wiring into the panel. However, if all of your...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker popping, gage wire, gfi receptacle
gage wire, gfi receptacle, switch circuit: 1. Yes, you are within code to continue with #12 as long as it is not fused at more than 20 amps. 2. There is a wire crossed somewhere in this switch circuit and is creating a dead short when the switch is moved. If you can tell me every wire and color that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker pops on above ground pool pump, pump bob, gfci breaker
pump bob, gfci breaker, pool pump: Hi. You may want to wait until it is on its own circuit. If the breaker still pops, it sounds like the pump is defective. If it is a GFCI breaker, check and make sure when you are backwashing, it is not getting any of the electrical components wet. If...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker quality, breakers, amps
breakers, amps, several times: Hi Ray, The breaker is rated for when everything is on at the range, let s say, 40 amps. with just the element loose is was drawing more than it usually does, but wasn t drawing over 40 amps to trip the breaker. This normal, though it sounds crazy....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker rating, bob osgood, amp breaker
bob osgood, amp breaker, master electrician: Hi Mike, Thanks for the follow-up....I have a better grasp on your situation now. I take it this is copper 8/3 with ground romex. If voltage drops....so does available amperage....they go hand in hand. But in your scenario...using a 2 pole 40 amp...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker reading to stove, volts, electrician
volts, electrician, low voltage: This sounds like something an electrician needs to look at. You could have a high resistance ground. There could be a problem with you stove or another circuit fed from your panel. The list can go on and on. Ask around for a good electrician in your area...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker to receptical amps, amp receptacles, amp breaker
amp receptacles, amp breaker, receptacle: No it is not. If you had a problem with the 15 amp receptacle, the breaker would allow 80% (24) amps to pass the 30 amp breaker before it would trip. 24 amps flowing to a 15 amp receptacle, would not only melt the device, it would cook anything that is plugged...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker Size, amp breaker, amp circuit
amp breaker, amp circuit, receptacle: The code allows as follows: With #14 wire the maximum allowable breaker is a 15 amp. With #12 wire the maximum allowable breaker is a 20 amp, providing that all devices on the circuit are rated 20 amp, this includes receptacles and switches. A 20 amp...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker Switch, light boxes, wire nut
light boxes, wire nut, neutral wire: The problem may be in one of the light boxes. You have a ground or neutral wire connecting to a hot wire. This can happen in new wiring as well as old. Heat will make the insulation brittle and allow contact. A loose wire nut and fall off its connection...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker size, amp breaker, high drain
amp breaker, high drain, circular saw: Sorry Mike, #12 is rated for 20 amps (2400W) maximum. Its a code violation and a fire hazard to place a 30A breaker on #12. If you have #12 on a 30A now its only a matter of time before this cable run burns your home down. Bring it up to code ASA...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker size required, copper wire, information evening
copper wire, information evening, wire size amperage: Evening Dale, #6 is fully capable of carrying 60A s. But some people will only put a 50A breaker on it. Still is safe at 60. As far as a chart? I doubt you d want to pay $75 for a book, so try to find something online Dale. Try googling...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker sparking in box, hex bolts, buss bar
hex bolts, buss bar, bus bar: Hi Michael, the bolts holding it in place may have come loose and just need tightening. I would not recommend you doing this yourself as the wires attached to main are always hot and there is no way of shutting them down without pulling out the meter,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker surged out for no apparent reason, professional electrician, branch circuits
professional electrician, branch circuits, incoming power: Not sure what you mean. DO you mean that the breaker is tripping when the microwave is in use? A power surge is usually caused by the incoming power unexpectedly going way high. And it usually affects all circuits not just one. Since this is happening...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker Tripping, hot water heater, hotwater heater
hot water heater, hotwater heater, casing: The first thing I would check would be the connections at the water heater. The elements are the next point. Something is overheating to cause the breaker to trip. The water heater casing may also be a complication. If the insulation protecting the element...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker Tripping, mice in the walls, loose connections
mice in the walls, loose connections, hi bob: Hi Bob, The 1st thing to check is the breaerk, even the new one. Turn it off by hand then back to on. A breaker has 3 positions, on, off and neutral. When it trips(or sometimes when it s new) it goes to a neutral position. the only way to reset it is to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker Trips, light fixture, insights
light fixture, insights: Hi. It sounds like you connected all the white wires together and all the black wires together. Go back and wire the wires like they were. The wire that goes to the switch should have the white wire connect to the black wire of the light fixture, not...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker on (not tripped) but no power, wire nuts, driving me crazy
wire nuts, driving me crazy, breakers: Hi. You can temporarily switch the wires to another breaker of the same size. If it works, then the breaker is bad. If it doesn t, you probably have a wire loose somewhere. Check all the wire nuts. Also check the outlets and switches that have the wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker tripping, electrician, living room
electrician, living room, switches: Hi. You have a short somewhere in the wiring. Check all the outlets, switches, and lights and look for black or burnt wiring. Be careful not to turn the breaker back on until you fix the problem. The wiring could overheat before it trips and start a fire....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker NOT tripping, amp circuit, definitive answer
amp circuit, definitive answer, electrician: Hi Colin, That is not a good situation as the insulation on the 14 ga wire could melt before the breaker trips. It may be a defective breaker that is stuck in the on position. Possibly it can be saved by shutting it off and on a few times to work...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker trips after 6 hours, appliance repairman, amp breaker
appliance repairman, amp breaker, possiblity: Hi Marina, Older refgs use more power than the newer ones so the old refg may be drawing more power than the wire and breaker can handle. If it s a pretty regular thing, it sounds like when the motor starts to cool the unit, the breaker trips and there may...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker trips when light in turned off, voltmeter, light fixture
voltmeter, light fixture, light fixtures: Hi Thomas. I m afraid I don t have any answers as to why the breaker trips when the switch is moved to the off position. You might want to verify your wiring at the fixture, making sure you are tieing into a switch leg and the neutral. Use a voltmeter...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker trips, control fan, ceiling fan
control fan, ceiling fan, dining room: Hi. You either connected the neutral or ground with a hot, or something is touching when it shouldn t be. Did you change any of the wiring? Is it a remote control fan? Does it trip all the time? Or just when you turn the switch on? Please give me...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker/Wire Failure, high pressure sodium lights, high pressure sodium
high pressure sodium lights, high pressure sodium, motion detector lights: The short may have damaged the bulb on the halogen, or the bulb or ballast in the sodiums, or it could have loosened a connection in any of them. Open each fixture and check all wire nut connections and test to see if power is at the fixture. I would begin...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker, wiring, appliance? How do I know what to fix?, toaster oven, loose wire
toaster oven, loose wire, second opinion: Hi Dawn, there are several possibilities: The older microwave may be drawing more current than it used to, due to age. The breaker where the singed wire is, could be loose of defective, and may need to be replaced One of the white wires in the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker wiring, gfci circuit breaker, neutral strip
gfci circuit breaker, neutral strip, set screw: Jim, The white wire that is part of the breaker goes onto to the bar where all the other whites are attached(neutral bar). The bare ground from wire from the cable goes onto the same bar. The long bar with all the screws in is called the neutral bar,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker, bob osgood, amp breaker
bob osgood, amp breaker, master electrician: Hi Nina, Just getting in... Based on your description...a few of your terms appear to be misquotes....why would 12/3 (good for 20 amps) be run on a 15 amp circuit..? Also...a single pole breaker is only good for 120 volts....never heard of a 120/240...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breakers..., amp breaker, tub jacuzzi
amp breaker, tub jacuzzi, breakers: Hi. There is a limit as to how many breakers you are allowed to put in a box. 100 amps is usually 20, 150 amps 30 and 200 amp 40. If you have less than that, then you can buy breakers that put two breakers in one slot. However, the boxes are made so that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breakers, trip bar, subpanel
trip bar, subpanel, breakers: Hi B.N. If this sub panel has a breaker ahead of it in the main panel, then the 200 amp breakers aren t needed. 200 amp breakers are too big anyway, and should not be used. If you feel the need to have a main breaker in the sub panel, the size depends...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breakers, well pumps, light bulbs
well pumps, light bulbs, running tools: Most well pumps are 220/240volts. It only requires 2 wires to run. There should be a bare or green wire there for equipment grounding. IN the event you have a white and green for neutral and ground, that is a good thing. It will allow for a 110/120volt...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breakers, safety points, electrical devices
safety points, electrical devices, electrician: Hi Damien. It is possible to do this, but you are advised not to. You should always remove the power when working on electrical devices or equipment. Even qualified people can make mistakes. That being said, if he is careful and knows what he is doing,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breakers, interchange, westinghouse
interchange, westinghouse, breakers: Hi. Some inspectors require that you use the same brand breaker as the box. Murray will interchange with most GE, but only the Homeline line of Square D. It will not interchange with the traditional Square D. Murray will also interchange with Bryant...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breakers, amp meter, electrical knowledge
amp meter, electrical knowledge, breakers: Hi David. there are only 2 reasons breakers trip, overload and short. If you have alot of load spread out among a number of breakers, it could add up to problems. Find a local electrician that can check your total load to see if it is close to the main...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breakers are Good but still No Power!, kitchen light, wall speakers
kitchen light, wall speakers, crawl space: Hi Jon, You didn t say what room they are in, but since the kitchen light is involved I assume it is the kitchen. Before we go any farther check all the receptacles in the kitchen and see if there are one or more that have two little buttons in the middle....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breakers/service, amp service, breakers
amp service, breakers, amps: Hi Gerry, I have never seen that type of markings on a main before. So, to find out there are 2 things we can check, If the you needed to, could you remove 1 of the 100 amp breakers, without removing the other one? If so, that means you have 100 amps...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breakers, circuit breakers, branch circuits
circuit breakers, branch circuits, trip mechanism: I m not totally clear on your question, but a 120 volt breaker only has one wire, the black, connected to it and supplies power (120 volts) to an appliance (light, receptacle, etc..) and the power returns on the white, or neutral wire. You need this circuit,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Brealer Box, fuse box, lighing
fuse box, lighing, likelyhood: Hello Les. Using the #14 circuits for a feed can work. In the panel, one #14 hot leg would go to one breaker buss lug, and the second #14 hot leg would connect to the other buss lug, and the neutrals would both connect together under the neutral lug and both...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Bringing home a UK chandelier, new chandelier, north america canada
new chandelier, north america canada, bringing home: Hi Naida, Anything can be rewired, it s just how difficult it is to do is the unknown. The only thing that needs to be altered is the shell socket where the bulb screws in as it is a different twist for 220 V bulbs. The wires to these sockets...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Bringing power to a new garage, garage door opener, bringing power
garage door opener, bringing power, ground rods: I need to know what loads (in amperage) you have in the garage to tell you what size cable to run. Say you choose a #6...is it too small or too large? I wouldn t know. You could have as little as a 30 amp requirement, or so much that you couldn t run it off...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Broken neutral, neutral wire, wire nut
neutral wire, wire nut, unbalanced load: Hi Danny, It will work OK that way, but you are creating an unbalanced load on that neutral as you are making it handle to separate circuits. It would be best to locate why the old neutral wire is working. It is probably something as simple as a loose...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Broken Photo-cell box for outside lamp, lamp post, photo cell
lamp post, photo cell, townhome: Hi Paula, It is something you can replace yourself if you are at all handy. Remove the old cell,keeping track of which wires go where, and try to get an exact match to it. You may have to send for the cell from the manftr of the lamp post as physical size...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Broken wire, installing a ceiling fan, wire nut
installing a ceiling fan, wire nut, clamp: Hi Renee, If there is enough wire in the box to work with, another wire can be connected to it with a wire nut. If the wire is too short, you may be able to loosen the clamp that holds the wire in place and pull in a little more...enough to work with....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Brown "down", quality lamps, meter socket
quality lamps, meter socket, occurances: Hi Red. You could have a problem. First thing, though, make sure that you are using high quality lamps, as the cheaper ones will show more flicker. Check with your neighbors to see if they have the same conditions. If so, have the power supplier check...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Brownout protection, uninterruptible power supplies, minimum threshold
uninterruptible power supplies, minimum threshold, pool pump: Yes, They are called UPS or uninterruptible power supplies. Go the APC web-site. For your whole house it will not be cheap, so you may want to go for individual units. You should have insurance for this kind of event, if not see if you can get it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: BURY ELECTRICAL WIRING, gage wire, meter service
gage wire, meter service, electrical inspector: Hi Larry. You should check with the local inspector and your power supplier to find out these details. Some areas do not allow this, some will do it for you, and some will have different rules for this type of installation. Wire size and other questions...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: BUZZING, BROWNOUTS, BLOWN FUSES oh my!, condenser unit, blown fuses
condenser unit, blown fuses, fuse panel: Hi Elizabeth, It sounds as if there may be a loose wire in the main feed from the meter. This wire could be in the meter socket itself, or where the wire comes in from the meter to the main panel. The power company will check the meter part, usually...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Building Ground jump over valve cluster, copper pipe, qestion
copper pipe, qestion, close proximity: Hi Rich. It does not need to be insulated. There should not be any flow on this wire, so the damage could be caused but the action between the plug and the valve it is screwed into. I would contact the manufacturer of the valve to verify that you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Building A Job Site Power Distribution Box 220v to 110v, sealed power, temporary power
sealed power, temporary power, twist lock: A couple of reasons you are frying the prongs could be a loose connection between the socket and plug, the cord cannot handle the amperage being consumed by the compressor, or your plug is pitted and causing arcing. How to remedy this is, like you said...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Bulb sockets stopped working, circuit breakers, wirenuts
circuit breakers, wirenuts, detective work: Hi. It is strange that 2 sockets on different circuits would stop working at the same time. However, sometimes electricians will connect stairway lights on two different circuits. So perhaps the stairway light neutral is the same neutral as the closet...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Bulb sockets stopped working, circuit breakers, silver tab
circuit breakers, silver tab, wire connections: Either the wire connections have come loose from the sockets, or the center contact for the bulb has been pushed up into the socket enough that contact cannot be made. Turn the switch off, take the bulb out, look into the bottom of the socket. The silver...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Bulbs blowing alot, traffic light bulbs, true value stores
traffic light bulbs, true value stores, lowes: They make a 130V traffic lamp, they are rated 5,000 hours. I m surprised she is already using 130V bulbs, they are not easy to find except for some cheap ones at Lowes, which I wouldn t recommend. Is there a lot of vibration where she lives? There aren t a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Buried Ground Wire / Ground Bus, gauge copper wire, plumbing pipes
gauge copper wire, plumbing pipes, metal plumbing: Hi. To be honest with you, I have not heard about laying the wire down. The ground rules have gotten stricter recently, so I can t imagine that being allowed. The other plan is also sort of a home made idea. I think it would work, but I am not sure...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Burned Breakers, spare computer time, bob osgood
spare computer time, bob osgood, master electrician: Hi Alice, Sorry just responding...we got called out to work double shifts to finish up the week...have had NO spare computer time as of late... Based on your description....only the douuble pole breakers had this melt-down (the 240 volt 30 amp water...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Burned up doorbell transformer, low voltage wiring, doorbell button
low voltage wiring, doorbell button, voltage side: You are correct, either the chime is damaged, or the wiring itself it damaged. You can place an in line fuse on the low voltage side for 24 volts, and on the high side for 120 volts to protect the transformer and disconnect the chime and see if the fuse blows....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Burned out lights, watt spot, manufacturer states
watt spot, manufacturer states, garden lighting: Hi Peter. This type of wiring can be finicky. Make sure you have run your wires correctly, and the wires are connected to the lights correctly. Make sure that the wire is large enough for the length of run. Whatever the manufacturer states as the wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Burned up line voltage thermostat, line voltage thermostat, amp circuit breaker
line voltage thermostat, amp circuit breaker, electric baseboard heat: The breaker will trip if an overload of current passes through it. From your explanation I am not sure that you had a dead short. If you touch the wires together at the t-stat (which is basically a switch) all that will happen is the heater will turn on. If...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Burning through Light Bulbs, outdoor lamps, light bulbs
outdoor lamps, light bulbs, project thanks: HI Nathan, I wouldn t bother changing the fixture. Just change the bulb. Higher quality ones will last longer. Bulbs are just funny, they can last 2 hours, 2 years.. It just depends on alot of different factors. I doubt...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Burning smell, door bell chime, plywood board
door bell chime, plywood board, cable lighting: Isolate the room. Tape the window shut...air tight. Tape the door shut air tight...pull out the switchs and recepticles...making sure all the wires are visible. Stuff tissue paper into the boxes to try to make them air tight. If the alarm goes off....caused...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Burning smell in fuse box, crumbling paper, fuse box
crumbling paper, fuse box, poping: Hi Shawn It sounds as if there is a wire or breaker loose in the panel and it is causing arcing. This is a definite fire hazard and should be confronted as soon as possible. I would leave the breaker in question off until this can be looked at. It may need...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Burning smell, outlet boxes, extension cord
outlet boxes, extension cord, electrical outlet: Hi. The breaker could go bad, but it wouldn t cause a burning smell in another room. Breakers don t go bad that often. You should probably keep looking for the cause. Look at all of the male plugs and look for burning there. If a plug does not make...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Burning Wire Question, fuse box, interior wiring
fuse box, interior wiring, loose wire: Hi Tranell, It could be the fuse box if the smell is stronger in that area. To check, pull off the cover and expose all the interior wiring and CAREFULLY feel each wire and see if it is warm. Also, visually check the all the wires for any sign of overheating....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Burnt Insulation, wire insulation, gauge wire
wire insulation, gauge wire, black lead: Hi Chuck, That was a great job locating that problem! 1) Replacing the wire is the best solution. 2) If the cable that is connected to the dryer allows it, you might move the outlet a bit to gain a little more wire to work with. 3) You could,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Burnt wire at box, prong cord, trip mechanism
prong cord, trip mechanism, dryer receptacle: Hi Darryl, Based on your description....you appear to have had good reason to the have the be-jeepers scared out of you....your dryer circuit may have made your panel be well on it s way into an electric melt-down...and possible fire. The breaker...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Burying 220 electrical wire for hot tub, bob osgood, master electrician
bob osgood, master electrician, electrical conduit: Hi Stace, The electrical conduit has to be buried a minimum of 18 (24 if it passes under a sidewalk or driveway)...and that would more then likely put it under the gas line - although I have no idea how deep your gas line is buried. There is no Code...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Burying 220 volt 6/4 Wiring for Hot Tub, pvc conduit, traffic cars
pvc conduit, traffic cars, hot tub: Jerry What type are wiring are you using? it has to be rated for direct burial,or else you will have problems the min depth is 18 inches where it is not subject to any kind of traffic,cars,people,gardens,plants etc etc etc The best thing is go 24 inche...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Burying Cable/conduit, 2 ways, twine
2 ways, twine, 15a: Hi Mac, My first suggestion is to have 20 amps available at the patio. Just in case you add any electrical stuff later, the power would be enough. There are 2 ways to pre wire this. 1.) Dig an 18 deep trench and run PVC from inside the house near...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Bus Bar Routing, busbars, bus bar
busbars, bus bar, design stage: Hi Mohammad. I have no experience with this type of installation. I would think keeping the arrangement of the phases correct may be one problem, as will support of the buss. Like I said, I have no experience in this type of work. Good luck. Rick...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Business, location recognition, sore thumb
location recognition, sore thumb, pascack valley: Wally, Basically 3 things: Eye catching business cards to hand out or post anywhere and everywhere. And if you can afford it, an eye catching business name with some sort of logo on your truck. Its free advertising where ever you go and it does work.The...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Busted lightbulbs, basement three, lightbulbs
basement three, lightbulbs, lightbulb: Hi Martin, The bulbs could be the problem. They are now made in China and the quality isn t what it used to be. It also could be that this light recess can is not allowing the heat to escape and the the bulbs are over heating. It also could be...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Buzzing breaker, crackling noise, breakers
crackling noise, breakers, square d breaker box: Joseph, Yes find out which breaker is doing this because it indicates a bad connection that either has developed or is developing, it could even be your main breaker thats doing this which is all the more reason for concern. Take the panel cover off and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Buzzing Circuit Breaker, hot water heater, drawing power
hot water heater, drawing power, problem thanks: Hi. Either the breaker is bad, or there is a short or overload in the wiring. The main way to find out which is the problem is to replace the breaker. If it doesn t buzz, then the breaker was bad. If it buzzes, they you will need to check the wiring both...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Buzzing Circuit Breaker, spacemaker microwave, amp circuits
spacemaker microwave, amp circuits, amp breaker: Hi Donna, Where your condo is a mid 1980 design...it should have met at least the Code changes of the 1981 Code....a time when a lot of the changes still in effect today occurred. But at the same time - the receptacle for the microwave should not have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Buzzing/Humming Kitchen Light: Non-Dimmer-Type, florescent light bulb, kitchen light
florescent light bulb, kitchen light, light thanks: Hi Steve, This is a florescent light bulb, and buzzing does occur as the light and fixture age. Changing the bulb may solve the problem, but the buzz may be caused by the transformer inside the fixture. If it is the transformer, it would be time to replace...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Buzzing Noise in wall, arc fault, circuit breakers
arc fault, circuit breakers, oscilliscope: A buzzing noise would be indicative of a loose joint, or a partially broken wire. The buzz is probably an arc fault you re hearing. I d get this checked out and fixed soon, as it could result in dead outlets at best, or a fire at worst. Maybe you can...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Buzzing noise, street lamp posts, applicances
street lamp posts, applicances, time thing: Hi Sam, If it were a serious matter inside your home, I m sure a breaker would have tripped. It may have to do with the stuff going on in your neighborhood. It sounds like a transformer blew somewhere up stream from your house. This would cause a flux...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Buzzing sound from breaker box, fire hazard, extension cord
fire hazard, extension cord, electrician: Hi Delores, It can be a hazard. The buzzing sound you hear is arcing and that can cause the breaker to overheat. If it does overheat, it should trip. If this breaker isn t controlling an essential item(refrg,freezer etc.), turn it off until it can...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Buzzing sound in hallway, doorway area, don beck
doorway area, don beck, hi mary: Hi Mary, Sheeeeesh!!! I don t have a clue what it could be. Some suggestions, however, If you have a basement, check there beneath the doorway and see if something is loose or vibrating. Have some other people listen to the sound, they my know...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Buzzing from Wiring, air conditioner compressor, c unit
air conditioner compressor, c unit, safety concern: Dave The length really has nothing to do with the buzzing sound.We have ran wire 400 to 500 feet in conduit. What you are probably hearing is a bad or overloaded breaker in the panel. This should be taken care of right away as the buzzing can be another symptom...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: BX to plastic outlet box - how to ground?, don beck, vent fan
don beck, vent fan, gfci outlet: Hi Philip, What you are planning is OK. If the BX cable runs all the way back to the main panel, the bx cable itself acts as the ground. There used to be a special clamp that went around the BX cable with a screw for a ground wire to run from that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Bx wiring, aluminum wire, copper wires
aluminum wire, copper wires, hots: Jeff The wire that you have is called a 12-3 2 hots and 1 neutral the ground wire is a given as this is the code. You can use that wire for the ground as long as you do install the wire with any copper wires this will cause a dislike metals and start to react...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Bypass switch, marine flags, 3way switch
marine flags, 3way switch, sensitive switch: Either temporary remove the switch and wire nut the wires, or have a double switch box installed and use a 3way switch scenario. In a 3 way switch, two wires are exchanged by the switch to send current in opposite ways. That means one of the switch wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Bypass switch, us marine corp, roberto sosa
us marine corp, roberto sosa, timer switch: Hi Roberto, Let me make sure I understand everything correctly. You have spotlights outside that are controlled by a timer switch inside. You want to have an outlet on the same circuit that isn t controlled by the switch, but is hot all the time....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: backfeed on neutral?, 3way switches, neutrals
3way switches, neutrals, hi bob: Kevin, If what you are doing is opening the neutrals while still having your hot wires connected, you still have power going through lights and appliance s thats coming back on the neutral which will give you a voltage reading to ground which will vary...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: backfeeding generator, power disruptions, electric kiln
power disruptions, electric kiln, cool spot: It can not be connected directly to ANY wiring. It must be connected to a transfer switch that is either manual or automatic so the generator can not back feed the transmission lines while in operation. Then from the transfer switch to the existing wiring....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: backfeeding, wire nuts, insta
wire nuts, insta: Hi. I think both items are supposed to be on their own circuit. However, if you wire them together, you have to find where the power enters the system. If the power enters the switch first, then you will need to run a wire from the switch to the Insta...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: backup generator installation, load wires, circuit breakers
load wires, circuit breakers, generator installation: Tough question. It s Code legal to make joints inside of your service panel IF there s enough room, i.e., the joints don t occupy over 40% fill. However, some local authorities will not allow joints in a panel, and you d have to reroute those wires to a junction...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: backwards christmas lights, 220 volt, christmas lights
220 volt, christmas lights, prongs: Hi. The male plug has two metal prongs sticking out. When you plug it in, so that there is power in them, they are covered by the female plug so that people can not touch them. However, if you power the female plug, the prongs in both the power cord...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bad circuit breaker or short?, gfci outlet, wire nut
gfci outlet, wire nut, measure voltage: Is your kitchen circuit GFCI protected? If so, look for a GFCI outlet tripped. In not, measure voltage at the circuit breaker to neutral with the breaker on. If there is 120 volts; turn the breaker off and open the cover to the outlet and remover the outlet....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Do I have a bad circuit breaker?, bus bar, r type
bus bar, r type, j cook: I would check to be sure it is not a bolt in breaker, can you pull out one that is on the end just to see how it comes out. Usually every snap in breaker has a tab on the outside or the wire side, then snaps onto the bus bar. I will not pull straight out,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bad ground, kilowatt hours, meter connections
kilowatt hours, meter connections, pg e: Hi James, I m you are watching the bill to see if the rates have gone up. What you need to look for on your bill is to see the amount of kilowatt hours you used. This will give you an indication if something is wrong. Comparing this years Sept. bill...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bad or lost neutral, damaged appliances, amperage
damaged appliances, amperage, light bulb: Hi Rick, If you lose your neutral on a 120V circuit. the power simply won t flow. A poor connection on the neutral will give you reduced voltage. But no neutral? No circuit. Lose it on a 240V circuit and that circuit will only see 240V....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Could bad neutral bring down the whole BUSS?, voltage problems, wire nut
voltage problems, wire nut, circuit tester: Cutting a live hot wire could, could have affected the main breaker. Try turning everything in the panel OFF and seeing if you have voltage on each LOAD side of the main breaker, in other words, verify that each side of the panel s buss-to-ground connection...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bad neutral/low voltage on one leg, ohm resistor, load boxes
ohm resistor, load boxes, lighting appliances: Voltage and amperage are directly related, i.e., when one goes up, the other goes down, so the answer to your first questions is both will do damage, low voltage or high. If you had a lamp designed to work on 120 volts, and you supplied 130 volts, it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bad outlet or bad wall switch?, switch boxes, spare bedroom
switch boxes, spare bedroom, recep: Hello Christina, A switch will go bad before a recep. Unless there was a problem.. receps don t really go bad. Since a switch has moving parts they don t last forever. With your home being so new. I don t think either is bad....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bad outlet, silver side, happy new year
silver side, happy new year, neutral position: Hi Jon, The wiring you describe doesn t seem right to me either. However, if it worked before, it should work this way again. The 1st step is to check the breaker again. When a breaker trips, it does not go to an off position, but to a neutral position....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bad outlets?, dining room lights, enogh
dining room lights, enogh, neutral position: Hi Christy, You may( or may not) be surprised but there may be a tripped breaker. You really can t tell by just looking as sometimes when they trip they appear to be on as they go to a neutral position and not to an off position. The only way to reset...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bad outlets, checker
checker: I would turn off the breaker for this circuit and start at the panel and be sure the correct wires are connected starting at the breaker. Then pull out each device on the circuit and check the wiring. A crossed wire at any point on any device will make all...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bad power bill, meter reader, kwh
meter reader, kwh, breakers: . Hi Cindy, I am assuming by bad ground he means that it doesn t exist or there is a poor connection somewhere. I am not sure what you mean when you say a breaker that could take the voltage, do you mean amperage? Anyway, there are a couple of things...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bad receptacle, recepticle, neutral wire
recepticle, neutral wire, receptacle: Many times in a switch scenario, the white is a current carrying conductor to complete the circle of flow. Try to think of each situation, the recepticle, the switch and the continuing circuit as U s in/out. Black to white for a recepticle, Black connected...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bad smell, downstairs room, electrical problem
downstairs room, electrical problem, bad smell: Ann: If you have any flourscent fixtures that are say 5years or older thats were i would start. Also when you smell it again, watch the lights to see if you notice any dimming effects. It just a clue for me. If you do notice dimming try to find out is it just...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bad vibrations, vibration noise, bad vibrations
vibration noise, bad vibrations, violent winds: Lily, The winds could be making something vibrate like a loose piece of siding or something but you could call your utility and have them check the meter and its connections, if a connection in the meter is going bad it can make noise but you would probably...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bad wire?, voltage detector, hi bob
voltage detector, hi bob, problem thanks: If you wiggled the wiring at the panel, and power was restored, I d check the connections of the circuit on the breaker and neutral buss before I go any further. You might also see if the breaker itself is making good contact in the panel. Even if the wiring...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bad wiring, volt device, volt circuit
volt device, volt circuit, light bulbs: Hello Terry. I do not think at this point there is a major problem with the exception of the dryer circuit, and that may not be a major problem. It will require an electrician to do this testing, but the panel needs to be checked to see if it is balanced....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bad wiring?, moisture problem, recepticles
moisture problem, recepticles, bearing: It is unlikely the temperature has any bearing on the circuit. It could be a moisture problem or purley a bad connection in that circuit. Verify that it is only that circuit, then start with the breaker and make sure all connection on that circuit are solid....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bad wiring, wire nuts, neutral wire
wire nuts, neutral wire, ac unit: Hi. The handyman is going to burn down his boss building. Anyway, the neutral is not working, which is why he used the ground. This is dangerous both in terms of shock and fire. The funny reading is not really reversed. There is feedback on the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bad wiring, swithches, gfi receptacles
swithches, gfi receptacles, voltage meter: Hello James. There are several possibilies. Make sure there are no GFI receptacles in bathrooms, kitchen, or outdoors tripped. Second, you may have a loose connection. Start at the panel and go to the first device on the circuit, open it and be sure power...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: baffling old 3-way switch?, ceiling fan light, 3 way switches
ceiling fan light, 3 way switches, hot wire: Hi Peter. I think there could be a way to see measurable voltage (not current) on 2 seperate wires in 2 different boxes. That is what you need to verify, which is your hot wire (the one that will read 120v to gtound). I suggest you visit www.danswiringpage.com,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ballasts/bulbs/metal halide, electrical ballast, dangerous radiation
electrical ballast, dangerous radiation, home depot: Hi. I ve never dealt with a metal halide fixture in a house. Yes, you would have to match the bulb and the ballast. I don t see why you couldn t add some wire to the ballast, but making your own fixture could be rather risky, since it will not be UL listed....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: A bank of bad switches and outlets, porch light, hefty fee
porch light, hefty fee, switch works: Hi. It is a simple matter of the wires being put back in the wrong place. I wouldn t go to the trouble of rerouting the wires. Someone just needs to figure out where the wires should be. The problem is that it is like a puzzle, and it is almost impossible...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: base board heaters, base board heaters, electric heat
base board heaters, electric heat, main source: Lisa, I don t know what kind of electric service you have coming into the house but you would need 240 volts to operate the heaters and also have the capacity and room in your panel to connect them. Electric heat while cheap and easy to install is also...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: baseboard heat, baseboard heaters, thermostats
baseboard heaters, thermostats, thermostat: Hi Steve, I am assuming the heaters are 220V operated and that the colors of all the wires are black and white and the thermostats have only 2 screws or wires to connect to. If any of this isn t correct, ignore the following and straighten me out where...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: baseboard heater, resistance values, heater element
resistance values, heater element, baseboard heaters: Hi Lorne, No, don t jumper the black and white together, just use your tester leads between them. If you only have 118V between them try resetting your breaker, make sure you have 240V at the breaker. If you have it there and not at the heater check the connections...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: baseboard heater, circuit breaker, welder
circuit breaker, welder, lorne: So, red and black are attached to the breaker, 1 wire attached to each screw of the breaker....correct. Using your meter, you should get 120 V when 1 lead is touched to the black wire and the other lead to the neutral bar. you should get 120V with 1...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: baseboard heater concersion, wall thermostat, thermostat control
wall thermostat, thermostat control, wall boxes: DreAnna, This is something that is possible to do, but it can be complicated and it has to be done exactly right or a whole trainload of problems could arise including shock and fire hazard. If you are confident in your electrical skills and are fairly...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: baseboard heater installation, ground wires, thermostat
ground wires, thermostat, heater installation: Hi Ron, Ignoring the ground wires(green or bare), you have 2 blacks and 2 whites coming out of the wall at the heater locations or at the location where the thermostat is going to be. Do you know where these 2 separate black and white wires are coming...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: baseboard heater replacement, neon light, gfi outlet
neon light, gfi outlet, blue spark: Ref; outlet It is better to have a ground wire on the plug, but it is safe without one. It is quite expensive to rewire a whole house to upgrade it to a grounded system. To make it it a little safer, you could use a GFI outlet instead, this will give...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: baseboard heater/thermostat, temperture, power sources
temperture, power sources, thermostat: Hi Paul, All a thermostat is is a temperture controled switch. I don t see any problems with it operating 3 heaters. It just doesn t see the additonal load of the 3rd heater. It doesn t see the load of the first 2 either for that matter. All...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: baseboard heater wiring, baseboard heaters, kitchen window
baseboard heaters, kitchen window, thanks in advance: Steve Is the thermostat located on the wall or on the base board? If it is on the baseboard you will need to go to the base board that feeds the one you want to shut off.There you can disconnect the wires. If the Thermostat is on the wall find out which one...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: baseboard heaters, baseboard heaters, amperage
baseboard heaters, amperage, wattage: In some cases the elements are also raised to 115% so the amps or watts will be about 7 or 1300. If you use 20amp breakers...you can run 3 elements...If your wire size is #12...20amp is your maximum. If you go to #10 copper and 30amp....it will allow 4 elements...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: baseboard heaters, baseboard heater, wire nut
baseboard heater, wire nut, baseboard heaters: Hi Ron, If your sure the baseboard heater is 110 V,(most are 220V), then you don t need a double pole thermostat, just a single pole. If you want to use a double pole, you can. The black wire coming from the breaker panel goes onto 1 of the terminals...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: baseboard heaters, baseboard heaters, thermostat
baseboard heaters, thermostat, drywall: Hi Jon. If the ratings of the heaters don t exceed the ratings for the wire, then you can do it. I believe you meant you ran a wire from the line at the fist tstat, didn t you, If you ran from the load, then the 1st tstat will control power to the 2nd...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: baseboard heaters not getting very hot, amp breaker, volt heaters
amp breaker, volt heaters, amp circuit: Hi Dave, Check the heater specs and the therm specs and see if they are supposed to run on 110 volts or 220 volts. It sounds as if they are 220 Volt heaters and therms and they are only getting 110 V. Check the breaker that controls this circuit and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: baseboard heaters, thermostat, hook up, candy store, baseboard heaters
candy store, baseboard heaters, don bear: Ok, The black and white going to heater 2 get connected to the black and white that are already connected to heater 1 and the thermostat. Think of it as the thermostat black and white is feeding both heaters. So, there should be 3 blacks connected together...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: baseboard heaters, thermostat, hook up, candy store, baseboard heaters
candy store, baseboard heaters, don bear: I ll bear with you if you ll bear with me because now I m confused. We have heater # 1 working OK with the thermostat controlling it and the breaker holding. So we know everything is OK to that point. so, the cable that goes to heater # 2 has to be...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: baseboard heaters, winter thanks, baseboard heaters
winter thanks, baseboard heaters, installing a wood burning stove: I don t know how to figure the heat required given a certain square footage, so you ll probably have to ask a salesman when you buy the heaters. I m sure they can direct you to the size needed if you tell them the square footage of each room. As far as hooking...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: baseboard and thermostst wiring, electric baseboards, baseboard
electric baseboards, baseboard, thermostats: Hi Sean, Yes you would wire them the same way you would wire several receptacles on the same circuit. The thermostat would be installed before the first heater if you want to control both from one location or you can use baseboard mounted thermostats if you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: baseboards and ac, baseboard heaters, voltage wire
baseboard heaters, voltage wire, baseboards: John, From the single pole double pole switch, you can run a wire from load of the switch to an A/C thermostat, and another wire from load 2 of the switch to the heater therm. To use 1 switch for both like in most homes, you would need to run low voltage...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: basement bathroom wiring, basement bathroom, sources of power
basement bathroom, sources of power, light fixture: First, a single pole device operates a 120 volt load; a double pole device operates a 240 volt load becasue you have to break, or switch both sources of power. The existing light you want on it s own switch may not be possible. A lot depends on how the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: basement lighting, switch boxes, hot wire
switch boxes, hot wire, switch one: Your switches are three ways and they control those switched fixtures, obviously, but I can t tell you a lot about getting those other two on the switches, becasue three-ways can be wired in numerous ways, and I don t know how everything on your end it tied...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: basement lights, 3 way switches, light bulbs
3 way switches, light bulbs, wire nut: Hi Roger, There are almost endless causes. Since all 4 lights are out, I would start at the light that is closest to the switch. It sounds as if a wire has come loose and it s probably in the light box nearest the switch. It may take more than just looking...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: basement outlets, computer etc, space heater
computer etc, space heater, electricity: Hi. As long as it is light things like the things you mentioned, you are OK. Remember that anything that heats, such as a space heater, iron, etc use a lot of electricity. If you don t plan on using those things, you should be OK. I hope this helps....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: basement potlights, sound insulation, incandescent lamp
sound insulation, incandescent lamp, floor joists: Hi Fred. IC rated recessed can are the type for use in insulated spaces, and are line voltage. You state that your lights (potlights?) are low voltage, so I would not think that they will build up heat like a regular incandescent lamp would. If the potlight...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: basement room wiring, amp circuit, gfci receptacle
amp circuit, gfci receptacle, basement room: Hi George Lee, Based on your description....you may be able to tap power from the exisitng GFCI receptacle outlet....but how much you can put on any circuit depends on the intended loads you will be adding....and what loads may already be on that circuit....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: basement sub-panel installation, amp breaker, aluminum wire
amp breaker, aluminum wire, amp service: Hi Adam, In theory, your idea will wotr fine. In some areas, this would also pass code, but in other areas it will not. The National Electric code is only a guide and the final answer lies with your local inspect. It would be better to replace the old...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: basement wiring, amp breaker, amp circuit
amp breaker, amp circuit, paper shredder: Tony, 1.) # 6 2.) Don t load up the circuit to more than .80% of its rated capacity. For example: 15 amp circuit, no more than 12 amps. 20 amp circuit no more than 16 amps. Though its OK to go temporarily beyond these limits up to the maximum as long...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: basement wiring, fuse box, approximate area
fuse box, approximate area, electrical switch: You probably had a rodent chew through one of the wires going there. You will have to check each connection and see just where you lose the voltage. Then you will know the approximate area of the break and can run new wire to jump the bad spot. Jeff Sorry...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: basement wiring, arc fault breakers, arc fault breaker
arc fault breakers, arc fault breaker, duplex receptacles: Brent, Yes use the Arc fault breakers. You can have up to 12 duplex receptacles on a single 20 amp circuit so if you want to include the receptacles in the pool room , as long as you don t go over 12, thats fine. The code says you only have to have the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: basement wiring, duplex receptacles, duplex receptacle
duplex receptacles, duplex receptacle, volt amps: You are allowed to load a breaker to 80% of its rating, 12 amps on a 15 amp breaker, 16 amps on a 20 amp breaker, 21 amps on a 30 amp breaker, etc. Each duplex receptacle is counted as 180 volt amps or 1.5 amps each. 10 duplex receptacles on a 15, 13 on...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: basement wiring, amp breaker, seperate sets
amp breaker, seperate sets, switch box: Hi. It is best to start at the switches first. It should not be jammed. You can leave about 18 inches of wire in the box for the black wire that is coming in. You can skin about 3/4 of an inch of insulation off and bend the wire in a U at that point...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: more basement wiring, yellow wires, switch boxes
yellow wires, switch boxes, receptacle: Hi Deb, I m getting a headache!!!!! Some electrician was very inovative. Don t panic, the wiring is correct and safe, just different. So, now I have to figure out what his thinking was. Looks like we are going to plan C. I need you to open up...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: basement wiring, amp breaker, amp circuit
amp breaker, amp circuit, amp service: Hi Brian, I would leave the existing 15 amp circuit and use it for lighting only. The run 2 more circuits for the outlets with 12/2 with ground and they can be installed on a 20 amp breaker. You may want to run a 3rd circuit for the A/C only. If you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: basement wiring, wall sockets, time wiring
wall sockets, time wiring, bedroom light: Hi. Some local codes may require 20 amps in the basement, so check your local codes. Also, some outlets that go to appliances, such as the laundry room and kitchen have to be on their own circuit. That probably doesn t apply to you. The main thing is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: basement wiring, plastic boxes, fan lights
plastic boxes, fan lights, rookie mistakes: Bob, Here s what I would do: Run a 12-2 from your panel just for the GFI receptacle. Then run a 14-2 from the panel for everything else, fan ,lights etc. 14-2 is easier to work with and you ll only have one 12-2 cable to deal with when you terminate it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: what are the basic colors of wires in a home, neutral wire, ground cable
neutral wire, ground cable, hot wire: The most common are called a two wire cable even though they have three wires. The ground is not counted since it is not considered a power wire, but the black is commonly called the Hot wire as this is connected to the breaker. The white wire is the neutral...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: basic wiring, reverse polarity, hot wire
reverse polarity, hot wire, beeps: This is called reverse polarity. It is very dangerous for a light as the hot wire on a bulb socket connects to the tab at the bottom of the socket and the neutral to the threaded portion. If reversed, the threaded portion will be hot and as soon as the bulb...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bath fan humidistat, fan switch, bob bob
fan switch, bob bob, reno: Hi. I have never used a humidistat, however, it is nothing more than a switch. If you want to use it so that you can turn the can on or the humidistat turns it on, then connect the hot power to the humidistat and the switch, and the hot fan wire to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bath fan/light/heater combo, fan location, amp breaker
fan location, amp breaker, rocker switches: ok, take the black wire from the 12/2 and wirenut it to the white of the 12/4 going to the switch. This takes power to the switch as no neutral is needed there and gives you the 3 colored wires coming back to the fan combo. The 3 short pieces of wire are...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bath fan/light/heater combo, fan location, amp breaker
fan location, amp breaker, rocker switches: Ok, yes you can do all this, except fan above tub. You will need 12-2 w/g to the panel, a 20 amp breaker, 12-4 w/g from heater to the switch location. You will need 1-3 gang box for the switches, 3 rocker switches, 1 cover plate for the 3 switches, and 2...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bath-fan/light replacement, fan combo, light fan
fan combo, light fan, electrical inspection: Hi Keith, If you replace the existing wire that runs from the switch box to the lite with a 14/3 with ground, it will be nice looking installation and would pass any electrical inspection, and would be quite safe. When you have the new wire installed,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bath heater, fan, light combo wiring, bath heater, heater fan
bath heater, heater fan, heat fan: This can be done. It would be a lot easier if you have a voltage tester, otherwise it will be trial and error. If you know which wire is which between the unit and the wall switches, it will make it easier, also. What we need to do is send the hot...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bath ltg., wire nuts, light bulbs
wire nuts, light bulbs, incoming power: Mike, lets see what we can figure out. First, I m assuming that you have two pairs (or more) of wires coming to the switch box, each having a black and a white. With a volt meter, and the switch turned off, one of the black wires connected to the switch...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bath outlet confusion, gfi outlet, volt meter
gfi outlet, volt meter, gfci: Marc, Voltage meters don t tell the whole story when it comes to indicating power so I want you to get either a pig tail (socket with black and white wires coming off it) or a porcelain fixture commonly found in unfinished basements and available at HD...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bath outlet and hair dyrer, gage wire, circet
gage wire, circet, hair dryers: Hi Phil, You could be getting a voltage drop when the hair dryer is running. If possible have your wife run her hair dryer on a lower setting. A 15A circuit is only good for 1800 watts and you are only supposed to run that at 80% which is 1440W. You might...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom 3 in 1, light fan, dual switch
light fan, dual switch, fan heater: Hi Tyron, I m not sure exactly what you have and what you want to do.. You have 1 switch that now operates a ceiling fan in the bathroom? You have another switch that operates a light in the same unit? How do you turn on the heater now? You have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom baseboard heater, overhang, circuit breaker
overhang, circuit breaker, volt: Hi Dan, To be honest i never heard of a 240 GFI breaker. That doesn t mean they don t make them though. I can see your reasoning for it, a 240V on a bath room floor. But i m not sure if they make a 240V GFI breaker. Least i never run across...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom ceiling fan won't turn off, switch component, bathroom fan
switch component, bathroom fan, accessible area: Eric, If the fan is staying on with those two wires separated then the fan is getting power from some where so if this fan is in an accessible area like the attic, check for a junction box up there or try to trace the wire that comes from the fan and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom circit, gfci outlet, basements
gfci outlet, basements, garages: Hi Joy. In the past, you were able to have a GFCI outlet in your bathroom that could feed other outlets in other bathrooms, basements, outside, and in garages. Make sure that there is not something plugged into another outlet that is protected by this...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom electric box, gfic, gfci outlet
gfic, gfci outlet, old clock: Hi Joshua. I too am concerned. You may have a feed that is feeding 240volts instead of 120volts. I suggest you have an electrician come in to verify that this circuit is ok for use, and to install a gfci outlet, which is required in a bathroom. Good...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom exhaust fan, bathroom exhaust fan, timer switch
bathroom exhaust fan, timer switch, white leg: Evening Phil, It sounds like you hooked it up wrong. Or maybe you have a defective timer. The Switch will break the circuit when it s off. Since your fan is running while the switch is off it sounds like you bypassed the switch with your connections....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom exhaust fan, bathroom exhaust fan, bathroom light
bathroom exhaust fan, bathroom light, power source: The best way is to attach your wires where the light is wired. There are two separate wiring methods for that light. If the power source is in the light juction box, you need to attach to the same wires the light is attached to. If the power source is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom fan, bathroom fan, double switch
bathroom fan, double switch, bathroom light: Hi. The neutral shouldn t have anything to do with it. You may have connected the black wire going to the switch to the wrong wire in the light fixture box. It should connect to the wire that brings the power in, not the wire going to the light. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom fan issue...., gfci receptacle, gfci trips
gfci receptacle, gfci trips, high humidity: Hi Travis, GFI s are really a pest, but a very nice safety device. With the fan wired to the line side of the GFI, it is not getting GFI protection and should have effect on the GFI. If it is tripping, I can only assume it is sensing moisture from...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom fan/light combo wiring, lighting situation, light combination
lighting situation, light combination, fan light: Unfortunately, diagrams like that cone out in a mess as the site condenses everything into a smaller space. But, I think I have the drift anyway since the switches weren t changed at all. In the ceiling, 1 black wire goes to the fan black and the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom fan stops mysteriously, bathroom fan, trouble light
bathroom fan, trouble light, fan motor: Hi Joe. You will need to verify if you are loosing power at the fan, or if the fan motor is locking up. Take the cover off the fan, and unplug the fan motor. Then plug in a trouble light to find out if it has power. If it does, you should replace the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom fan wiring, ventilation fan, bathroom fan
ventilation fan, bathroom fan, elite: Hi Simon, Run a wire from the existing elite to the new fan. Just match up the colors for the connections, blacks together, whites together, at both locations. Take the ground wire and attach to to any part of the fan housing and the light box. It won...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom fan won't turn off, correct switch, switch component
correct switch, switch component, bathroom fan: that seems really odd. Assuming that you are at the right switch, there should be no way that the fan could run if you physically disconnect the wires at the switch. The only thing that i can think of is that somehow the hot and the switchleg are touching...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom fan, seperate controls, ground wires
seperate controls, ground wires, bathroom fan: Jeff, You have to get a new 14-2 Romex from the fan to the existing switch. Once in the switch box the white wire from the new cable will connect to the 2 existing white wires. Then the black wire on the existing switch which is the hot will go to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom fixture, old medicine, bathroom fixture
old medicine, bathroom fixture, medicine cabinet: Hi. I guess you have two cables. One is the power coming in and the other is the power going to the next device. All splices have to be made in a junction box, and the junction box can not be hidden behind the sheetrock. So, the ideal situation would...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom fixture, bathroom light fixture, wirenuts
bathroom light fixture, wirenuts, copper wires: Tom, If the old fixture used to flicker as does the new one, I dubt the fixture is at fault. I would think it is the connections aren t tight. With 4 white wires under 1 wirenut and 4 black wires under the other wirenut, that can be pretty crowded...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom fixture, bathroom light fixture, wire nuts
bathroom light fixture, wire nuts, light bulbs: Hi. Do you have power at the junction box where the fixture is? If so, you will need to replace or repair the fixture. If not, you will have to keep checking the wiring with a tester. The bathroom outlet may not be on the same circuit as the light fixture....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom fixture more info, bathroom fixture, flicker
bathroom fixture, flicker, low voltage: Tom, It s doubtful that low voltage would cause a light to flicker. Low voltage would make the lights dim, not flicker and it would affect all the bulbs. I think the center tab is the source of your current problem and bending a just a little, should...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom fixture, e mail address, lamp fixture
e mail address, lamp fixture, wire nut: Hi Sharon, Based on your description...it sounds like the same scenario we recently had at a camp we were doing...the owners bought a fixture that was much more shallow then the medicine cabinet. The 3 lamp fixture that was to be installed up over...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom GFI, hot wire, gfci
hot wire, gfci, right combination: It appears to me that the black wire from the plug, is connected to the load side of the switch, and not the line side. Check your connections. You ll have a black hot wire connected to one side of the switch, and to the black wire from the plug. The other...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom light/fan, fan light, wire nut
fan light, wire nut, light fan: Mike You have the wires on the wrong terminals. On this type of switch you have one side that has 1 link to each switch,on the other side you have 2 links for each switch. Leave the ground and white wires the way the are. Find the constant hot wire and install...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom light fixing, fixture wire, incoming power
fixture wire, incoming power, part of the loop: Find out which 2 are the incoming power, black and white with a multimeter set on volts. Find out which 2 go to the switch with the power off and the multimeter set on continuity, you will have to flick the switch off and on. that leaves 2 that continue...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom light fixutre wiring, copper wire, electrical ground
copper wire, electrical ground, bathroom light: Yes, You are removing the long metal box, ballast and and all? And install an entire new fixture with three wires and you only have two. Are the two wires you have left coming though conduit or a metal tube of some kind? It sounds like the old...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom light switch, connection integrity, mechanical section
connection integrity, mechanical section, bathroom light: Hi Barry, Sorry for the slight delay...we ve been straight out here all month electrically...have had very little spare time. Based on your description...it certainly sounds as if you are describing an arcing situation with this switch...but whether...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom light, mirror in the bathroom, pull switch
mirror in the bathroom, pull switch, florescent light: Evening Edward, Sure can, and thats pretty much how its done. Pull a wire from the light box (the box behind your florescent) To your new switches location. If you would like details on how this project could be accomplished.....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom lighting problem, merry christmas and a happy new year, lighting problem
merry christmas and a happy new year, lighting problem, bathroom lighting: Look for a bad thermal sensor in the fixture itself. When it gets too hot it cuts the power, then when it cools off it turns the light back on. Most likely you will have to replace the entire fixture as these thermal units are not usually easy to get to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom lighting upgrade, wire nuts, bathroom lighting
wire nuts, bathroom lighting, exhaust fan: Hi. Is the fan still working? If the fan is working, and you connected white to white and black to black, where the fan is connected, it should work. Check the lights to be sure they are wired correctly. Recess lights have thermal protectors to shut...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom lighting, bathroom exhaust fan, fixture wire
bathroom exhaust fan, fixture wire, incoming power: First find out where the power supply is to this light. It is either in the light fixture j-box or at the switch. If there is only a black and white wire anywhere in the switch box then the power is fed to the fixture j-box. Either the white or the black...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom lights issue, conductor wire, upstairs bathroom
conductor wire, upstairs bathroom, switch combination: Gary are you sure it is a neutral. There will be three Hot wires in each switch box for a three way switch combination. Usually there is a white, a black and a red. By using a three conductor wire, all three legs are Hot wires for this combination....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom lights are sizzling, incandescent bulbs, bathroom lights
incandescent bulbs, bathroom lights, several times: Hi. I assume these are regular incandescent bulbs? The only time I have know incandescent bulbs to make noise, is when they are on a dimmer. You may have a bad socket that is not making contact. You may want to unscrew the bulbs one at a time, to see...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom nightmare, gfi outlet, copper wires
gfi outlet, copper wires, light thanks: Alan if there are only 2 wires in the switch box not including the ground. Then you can not do this. If there are 4 wires in the box 2 blacks and 2 whites make sure you take the white wires and connect them to the neutral of the GFCI then take the one black...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom outlet / breaker question, gfci breaker, loose connections
gfci breaker, loose connections, blow dryer: Pete Sometimes a breaker gets hot after a while of being used this may occur being overloaded or having loose connections or just a bad breaker.Breakers work by heat the more heat on the breaker the weaker it will get and eventually trip.Also this sounds...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom outlet and switches, fan combo, overhead light
fan combo, overhead light, hi bob: Hi. Unfortunately is is extremely hard to figure out where the wires go when everything is taken apart. But it is impossible without being there. I can only give the basics. If everything is on one circuit, one wire should go to all switches to bring...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom outlets not hot, heavy rainstorm, gfci outlet
heavy rainstorm, gfci outlet, bath areas: The unique thing about your situation is there are a limited number of devices on this circuit, They are limited to the garage, baths, and outdoor outlets. If only these devices are out, then we should be able to trace it down, starting with the circuit breaker....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom outlets do not work, reset switches, gfi outlet
reset switches, gfi outlet, test button: Hi Marjory, The GFI outlet you are speaking of, may not be located in that bathroom, but in another area of the house. It could be in the garage, another bathroom, basement, or even in an outside outlet. It still will control the bath outlet so check those...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom outlets, circuit breakers, recepticles
circuit breakers, recepticles, unfinished basement: Hi. There may be a ground fault, or the outlet may be defective, or both. Try unplugging everything from everything on the circuit, and see if it resets. If not, then disconnect the load side from the GFCI and see if it trips. If it does, it is probably...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom and outside outlets not working, gfi outlet, test button
gfi outlet, test button, reset button: Hi Rhonda, Outside outlets, bath outlets and garage outlets are usually wired to a GFI outlet. This outlet looks like a regular outlet except it has 2 tabs in the center marked test and reset. Try and locate one of these outlets and push the test button...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom project, medicine cabinets, fixture wire
medicine cabinets, fixture wire, romex: So here it is...I hope. Using romex wire...from the juction box...run the romex to the first fixture. Wire nut the two whites of the romex back together, splice the black...one to light fixture black, the other continuing black to the white of the light...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom project, medicine cabinets, incoming power
medicine cabinets, incoming power, wire nut: Hi Luis, Just getting back in...very busy electrical season here. Based on your description...Yes - you can wire this circuit so that the switch is at the end of the circuit...as opposed to it being at the beginning....but you ll need to bring the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom recepticle, gfci receptacle, recepticle
gfci receptacle, recepticle, bathroom lights: Somewhere in the house a GFCI receptacle or GFCI breaker tripped. Common locations are garages, outside, bathrooms, and basements. These receptacles have the [TEST][RESET] button on them. Look around and see if you see 1 that is tripped. Sometimes breakers...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom switch, parallel ok, gfi outlet
parallel ok, gfi outlet, ok check: You ll probably need a couple tonight. With the current set up, The only way to make it work is take the new wire to the new lite out of the switch box, and run it to the old light where you juts put black on black and white on white. There is no neutral...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom vanity light installation, bathroom vanity, electrical boxes
bathroom vanity, electrical boxes, light bulbs: Hi. Normally there is a strap that connects between the fixture and the box. The strap has long slots so they will fit a variety of boxes. There are so many combinations of fixtures and boxes, it would be impossible to try to figure out what is wrong without...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom vanity light, bathroom vanity, long long time
bathroom vanity, long long time, electrical outlet: Hi Joan, I don t believe that type of fixture is made any more, I haven t seen one of those in a store or supply house anywhere in a long long time. The reason they don t make them is because its a way of getting around having a GFI protected receptacle...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom vent /heater/ light wiring, swithches, pilot light
swithches, pilot light, light switches: Ok Mike, I think i follow you now. Basically a switch loop is where the feed would come in at the light, not the switch. From what is sounds like to me is your white wire is mislabeled. I d imagine the black (LINE) feeding the other...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom vent wiring, bathrom, light thanks
bathrom, light thanks, ligh: Hi The person in the hardware store was totally wrong. You have the fan and light in series with each other. There is no neutral in a switch loop, which you would need to run the fan. You either have to run the fan wire to the light, or you have to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom wall outlets, gfci outlet, don beck
gfci outlet, don beck, gfi outlets: Hi Jonathan, There are a couple of things you can check. When you checked the breakers in the panel, you need to turn the breaker off and then back on. When a breaker trips, it doesn t go to an off position, but to a neutral position. In this position,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom wiring, bob osgood, ceiling light fixture
bob osgood, ceiling light fixture, master electrician: Hi Frank, Just getting back in... Based on your description...either method will work - the choice will come down as to which is easiest to get in and out of...and is the shortest and quickest run. Where this is an unfinished bathroom...it should...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom wiring, loose connections, voltage drop
loose connections, voltage drop, maximum capacity: Legal depends on when your house was wired, and under what Code was in effect at the time. You might try first plugging your hair dryer into another plug and see if the problem goes away, and if not, I can offer one or two suggestions. First, your circuit...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom wiring, fan light, wall switch
fan light, wall switch, interrupter: Phil: At the switch is there just a single cable with (blk.,wht,grnd) or is it a (blk., red, wht., grnd.). Also is it the only cable in the switch box?? Normally when you have white and black tied together in a box. The cable the white comes from is runing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom wiring, sorry bob, cable 1
sorry bob, cable 1, cables: Hi. Unfortunately, this sounds all wrong. White wires should never go to switches, unless there is a switch loop. When there is a switch loop, there are usually only a black and white wire, not a number of cables. It is very hard to tell someone where...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom wiring, gfi outlet, gfi receptacle
gfi outlet, gfi receptacle, fan switch: OK, This can get a little complicated so we ll take it slow. In the ceiling light box, you ran a new wire from there to the new switch. In this lite box there should be a black wire that is connected to a white wire. Put you new black wire onto this...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom wiring, wall paneling, fuse panel
wall paneling, fuse panel, empty slots: Hi Scott, At the very least, the bathroom should have it s own circuit. If possible, the outlet should be a GFI on it s own 20 amp circuit, while the lighting could remain tied in with the bedroom circuit. The biggest expense is getting a new 12/2...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom wiring, bathroom fan, improper operation
bathroom fan, improper operation, fan switch: Good Morning Buddy, Based on your description...it sounds like you may have connected the fan in series with the switch and existing light...which tells me this switch may be just a switch leg - meaning power is ran up at the light fixture (typical...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom wiring question, amp circuit, blow dryers
amp circuit, blow dryers, curling irons: Kelly, it sounds like you don t have the necessary wiring to do this. In order to use 3 switches, with a cable run to each of 3 fixtures, you would need an additional cable which would bring your power into the switch box. It sounds like your power may now...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom wiring, answer asap, vent fan
answer asap, vent fan, light combination: Hello Judy. Most bathroom circuits are controlled by the GFI receptacle. Make sure the receptacle has not tripped, or if so, reset it. If this is not the case, the switch will need to be pulled out and the wiring checked with a meter to be sure there is power...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: battery charger for 18 volt dewalt tools, car battery charger, dewalt cordless tools
car battery charger, dewalt cordless tools, jury rig: You can t use an AC transformer to charge a DC battery. The cheapest thing I can think of would be a Battery Tender that is sold at motorcycle shops to deliver a trickle charge. You can probably jury rig something else, but I couldn t advise you on anything....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: How to become a master electrician, master electrician, electrical apprentice
master electrician, electrical apprentice, journeyman electrician: Well short of overthrowing the government (by the ballot method as opposed to using force) you re out of luck. My state of Texas has the following requirements, and your state probably has something similar: What are the requirements for a license? ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bed room loss of power, gfci outlet, jeremiah
gfci outlet, jeremiah, electrician: Hi jeremiah. You might look for a tripped GFCI outlet somehwhere in the house. Usually they don t feed into the bedrooms, but maybe..... If you don t find anything, you had better call in a licensed electrician to troubleshoot this for you. Good...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bedroom ARC fault breaker keeps tripping, arc fault breaker, line monitor
arc fault breaker, line monitor, bedside lamp: I would have the electrician see if this circuits neutral and/or ground is somehow tied into another circuit. It would be a logical explanation. That or have them put a line monitor on it and check for surges or spikes. Sorry can t be of more assistance....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bedroom GFCI, arc fault breakers, industrial electrician
arc fault breakers, industrial electrician, amp service: Hi Joseph. What you saw in the panel were not GFCI breakers, but AFCI breakers. These arc-fault breakers are in the newer codes, and only apply to circuits in bedrooms. Unlike GFCIs, which come in breaker and outlet forms, AFCIs only come in breakers,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bedroom light, speedy reply, bedroom light
speedy reply, bedroom light, wall switch: Chris, The red wire in the ceiling box is the key. It has to go somewhere, and being red, it indicates it was designed to be switched. You might try the other outlets in the room and see if you can locate the other end of this red wire. Do...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bedroom lights not working, bathroom downstairs, gfci outlet
bathroom downstairs, gfci outlet, bedroom ranch: Hi Jerad. Could you possibly have a GFCI outlet ahead of these rooms? Look for a tripped gfci outlet in garage, kitchen, bathroom, downstairs in basement, and outside. If you can find nothing, you possibly have not reset the breakers correctly. Turn...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bending pipe, pipe line, nock out
pipe line, nock out, bender: Joe: When you use a bender you have a nose on it and a tail. The nose is were you put the pipe in at, the tail is were you put your foot on it. If you look at the side of the bender there will be two marks, usually a arrow and a star. Take a 10 foot peace...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bends, amp circuits, bends
amp circuits, bends: Four 90 degree bends are the max allowed. There is no set number of receptacles per circuit, the code only states that the connected devices can not exceed the circuit rating. You are required to have at least two 20 amp circuits for the kitchen, GFI...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: best way to ground a meter housing, amp meter, neutral wire
amp meter, neutral wire, hi adam: Hi Adam. You don t need to do anything special to ground the meter can, since the neutral wire is attached to lugs which are directly connected to the can. If you have connected the gounding electrode conductor to the neutral in your pole panel, then you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: how to bid work, 200 amp service, profit side
200 amp service, profit side, trench work: Good Morning James, I wish there really was an easy way to bid residential work effectively and with consistent profit...but out of all the homes we ve done....we ve found no two even close to the same (even when it s basically a mirror image by the same...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: How big is my service panel, computer geek, radio head
computer geek, radio head, dim lights: Your breaker panel has either a single large 2 pole breaker that tells you the Main is 100 or 125 or 200amps. Motors have a tendency to pull more current, which in the right configuration will dim lights. You may just be able to swap some breakers and correct...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: black and white wiring need a blue one, hot wire, sensor light
hot wire, sensor light, light switch: Hi Ralph. Do not connect the blue wire to white, which would cause a short. The black wire will wire to your incoming hot wire. The blue wire will connect to the black going to your fixture. The white will attach to the white. I hope this has helped....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: two black wires, no white, replacing a light switch, hot wire
replacing a light switch, hot wire, switch box: If these are the only two wires in the switch box, they are both hot wires. The power circuit is going to the light first, and the neutral attaches directly to the fixture. The hot wire is coming to the switch, breaking through the switch and going back to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: blinking lights, deep well pump, sec cycle
deep well pump, sec cycle, amp service: Are you sure you didn t loosen a connection in the panel? Maybe a breaker is not seated properly? Flickering lights are an indication of a loose connection...which could be at the bulb s socket, the joints in the wiring within the junction box, the junction...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: blow dryer, amp breaker, gauge wire
amp breaker, gauge wire, blow dryer: Hi Carole, The high powered dryers seem to be what s in, these days. They are 1 of the reasons the electrical code changed to require a 20 amp separate circuit for the bathroom outlets. You might check your outlet and circuit breaker and make sure...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Did I blow a fuse or more?, gfi outlet, extension cord
gfi outlet, extension cord, breakers: Hi Jan, rest your mind. It sounds like you tripped a GFI outlet. This outlet looks like a regular outlet but has 2 tabs in the center. It could be located in the garage, bathroom, or in an outdoor outlet. When located, push the tab marled test, wait about...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: blowed electric outlet, loose wire, little fire
loose wire, little fire, bare wire: Hi Tawanda, I m sorry, yes, I was referring to the receptacle, and yes, you can pick one up at Home Depot. I didn t mean tape up any loose wire, but any excess bare wire hooked to the receptacle if the insulation has burnt back on it. You just want about...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: blower fan wiring, volt coil, section terminal
volt coil, section terminal, duct fan: You can get a relay with a 24 volt coil rating and from the indoor fan section terminal board where the thermostat connects, locate the common terminal for one side of the relay coil, the other will connect to the G terminal, which is the indoor fan terminal....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: blowing light bulbs, rechargeable flashlights, qualified electrician
rechargeable flashlights, qualified electrician, flood light: Hi Andrew, IF it is a house thing and a room thing, it could be a power surge. This can be caused by loose wires in the meter socket, or at the power company connection. I would ask the power company to check for loose wires. There is usually no charge...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: blown breaker, don beck, celing fan
don beck, celing fan, bare wire: Hi John, The 1st thing to check is the switch in the wall. Open it up and see if there is a white wire connected to one of the screws on the switch and a black wire on the other screw of the switch. I suspect there is. If so, it means we have to find...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: blown breaker, frigde, 20minutes
frigde, 20minutes, electric dryer: You got my questions about all electric dryer and the breaker rating? The question keeps coming back. No problem but if you didn t get my replay with a series of questions, let me know. You have an interesting situation that we will fix! Wil...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: blown breaker, don beck, correct switch
don beck, correct switch, ground wires: Hi Brian, The only reason I can think of is that you have the wrong type switch installed. It appears you may have a 3 way switch installed instead of a single pole. The correct switch, single pole, can be identified by the 2 screws on one side of the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: blown circuit breaker, amp breaker, recepticals
amp breaker, recepticals, broken wires: Hi. You must have a short somewhere in the system. You may have to disconnect wires one at a time, until you find the bad wire. Or you may need to call an electrician who has experience in tracking things like that down. I hope this helps. Bo...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: blown circut breaker, street vibrations, amp breaker
street vibrations, amp breaker, don beck: Hi Scott, The load you have told me about on that circuit, isn t really to large for a 20 amp breaker. Is this the 1st time it has tripped or does it happen often? If the breaker has tripped a lot, then the spring inside does get weak and will...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: blown electrical outlets, circuit breakers, toaster oven
circuit breakers, toaster oven, electrical outlets: Double check the breakers first. A breaker will sometimes trip and not appear to be tripped. Actually turn off and back on all breakers and see if this resets the circuit. If it does not, there has to be a bad connection on one of these two receptacles. Thanks,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: blown fuse, blown fuse, asap thanks
blown fuse, asap thanks, master br: If, after removing the fan and the breaker resets, then turn the switches on(being sure the wires in the ceiling box aren t touching each other). If the breaker doesn t trip, it indicates the fan is shot as the windings in the motor overheated and shorted...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: blown fuse or light fixture?, watt light bulb, blown fuse
watt light bulb, blown fuse, qualified electrician: Hi Luke, I assume the fixture takes 60 watt light bulb. These tags are universal and are really meant for fixtures that have 2 or bulbs in them. In theory. the bulbs could heat the wires and melt the insulation.(I ve never seen that happen). With a 60...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: blown fuse, blown fuse, master br
blown fuse, master br, orange color: Ok first let s get the terminology fixed, incase you are calling someone locally. The device that trips is a breaker. A fuse is a device with an element in it, that once it trips [opens] it it now useless. You don t have a fuse. I can t imagine a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: blown light bulbs, robert wilber, incandescent lamps
robert wilber, incandescent lamps, physical shock: - * Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * Why do incandescent lamps [light bulbs] burn out very quickly? In a perfect situation where the lamp is never subjected to any temperature swing, vibration and/or...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: blown outlet or circuit??, breakers, fuse
breakers, fuse, ivan: hopefully you have a tripped breaker. sometimes it is difficult to recognize that a breaker is tripped because it only goes about halfway to the off position. go through all of the breakers and firmly push them off and then on. it should reset. hope this...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: blown out outlets, how could I fix it?, wire nuts, audio components
wire nuts, audio components, downstairs: Hi These things can be hard to track down. Somewhere in the circuit, there is a break. It could even be at a device that is working, because it could be the wire leaving the working device that is not working. Check all outlets, switches, and lights....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: boat trailer wiring, electrical history, volt meter
electrical history, volt meter, volt dc: Hi Sally, Just getting in.... What are your missing...? Not sure...I can tell you I haven t done a whole lot of boat trailer wiring (maybe 2 in my entire 30 yr. electrical history)...but there isn t a whole lot to it. The trailer lights are simply...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: boiler rewire, twin and earth, boilers
twin and earth, boilers, boiler: Hi Philip I have always had boilers on its own circuit as if the rest of the house goes off you can still have heating and hot water. To your second question,you should use 1.5mm twin and earth and ensure that the earth wire is connected. Hope this helps...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bonding of metal pipe, natural gas business, stainless steel tubing
natural gas business, stainless steel tubing, metal piping: Well I can tell you that studies have shown that a #6 wire (the largest required for an earth ground) conducts just as much electricity to ground as a 750 MCM, in fact the larger the wire, you tend to create a bottlenck as far as safely passing a fault current....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bonding metal pipe, natural gas business, lightning phenomenon
natural gas business, lightning phenomenon, stainless steel tubing: Don, I attempted to go to the above website but for some reason only got a blamk page. The first part of your question is accurate in that bonding will prevent a static or errant potential difference between a conductor and ground. regarding your question...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bonding question, metal conduit, subpanel
metal conduit, subpanel, buss: The metal conduit, withing bonding bushings, would suffice as bonding the cans together (i.e., no ground wire), but if you use plastic, run a wire from ground buss to ground buss, and in any case, do like you said and do not bond neutral and ground together...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bonding wire, cold water pipe, hot water tank
cold water pipe, hot water tank, hot wire: Hi Joyce, I have never heard of this either. Running a ground wire from the hot wire to a cold water pipe would be very dangerous, at the least. If it didn t trip a breaker, every cold water pipe in the house would be energized and a severe shock would...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bonding wire, ground clamps, metal piping
ground clamps, metal piping, copper wire: Hi Jeri, Just a piece of 14 gauge copper wire attached to screws at both locations will give the bond he is requiring. If the pipe has no visible means of attachment, there are ground clamps that are adjustable that will fir around the pipe and the wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: boned / floating neutral generator hook up, power conductors, neutral wire
power conductors, neutral wire, grounding system: If you re zapped by the neutral, either you are a better gound path, or you need to investigate your grounding system for breakdown a/o failure. As far as your generator goes, how you hook it up is up to you. If you are using it as a Separately Derived...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: both my outlet holes are live, hot wire, holes
hot wire, holes: How are you testing to see if they are live ? This would mean that you disconnected a neutral and connected it to a hot wire somewhere along the way. Or you jumped across with your hot wire on the back of the outlet. You should have hots on the two...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: box/wire fill, metal boxes
metal boxes: Hi Todd, If they have been working for some time, it s best not to tinker with them. There is no hazard. Deeper boxes are used so when the device is first installed, it is easier to accommodate the wires. I think you can leave them as they are with no problem....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: boxes in new construction, ceiling joists, toggle bolts
ceiling joists, toggle bolts, cieling fan: Hi Rebecca, The track light only needs a box at 1 end. The track itself is supported by screwing it to the ceiling joists, or using toggle bolts to anchor it to the drywall. You can use any ceiling box you want to support the fan. It must anchored...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: boxes for new construction, ceiling boxes, electrical fires
ceiling boxes, electrical fires, cieling fan: You will only need 1 box for the track lighting, it is only fed from 1 end. The ceiling fan needs to be in a ceiling fan rated box, as it is made differently to be able to support the fan while in use. We used to use regular ceiling boxes for fans but...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: braker - hot tub, proper test equipment, 200 amp service
proper test equipment, 200 amp service, cutler hammer: Hi Chris, There isn t much you can try without putting in a new GFCI breaker. If the tub works on a regular breaker, then the GFCI may be bad,(that does happen), or; the GFCI is still good and is trying to tell us something that we need to know. If...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: brakers, bob osgood, master electrician
bob osgood, master electrician, excessive load: Hi Cassandra, Sorry just responding....we went camping down on the coast over the week-end...it was a last minute trip. Based on your description....your maintenance crew is correct....if they install a larger breaker on that one circuit - the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: branching of existing light circuit, jumper wire, flood lights
jumper wire, flood lights, hi tim: Hi Tim, I don t have a real clear picture of your situation or what you want to do...can you give me a nice detailed description so I can get it straight in my head? Where is the source of the power for the new switch, another switch? Is the new...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Which brand of 320 amp combo meter panel to buy?, home depot stores, cutler hammer
home depot stores, cutler hammer, amp meter: Hi Jero, Sorry just responding...we have been straight out here the past few days.. Home Depot stores all carry a different line of products from city to city and state to state....I ve found no two of their stores to have the same merchandise line...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breacker pannel, amp breaker, pvc pipe
amp breaker, pvc pipe, curcuits: You can use the 100 amp panel, but you probably don t need more than a 60 amp breaker. That would be #8 wire (two hots, one neutral and a #10 ground) THHN/THWN wire in a 1 PVC pipe, 18 inches deep in the ground. Use a 60 amp breaker in your main panel and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker?, 12000 btu, amp breaker
12000 btu, amp breaker, don beck: Hi Dan, There are a couple of things you can check. If the A/C was stored during the winter, make sure the back and side vents are free from debris or dust, this can cause a heat build up inside the unit and will trip a breaker. Check the size of the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker, gfci breakers, amp breaker
gfci breakers, amp breaker, copper wire: Hi Allen, 10/s wire is correct for a 30 amp sub panel connected to a 30 amp breaker in the main panel. The sub panel, however, will need a ground. To do this, you can drive an 8 X 5/8 copper ground ron near the sub panel and run a # 6 copper wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker, kitchen microwave, spaceheater
kitchen microwave, spaceheater, space heater: Hi, Sounds like the breaker needs replaced. Maybe it was defective to begin with and the heater and the mic overheated the breaker and it just didn t trip right away. You might see some damage on the breaker itself if you pull it out of the panel....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker, air conditioning units, electrician
air conditioning units, electrician, wit: JC Yes you can do it yourself. The only thing is you need to find out why the breaker is tripping is it a bad breaker,or something wrong with the equipment. You may want to try swapping the breaker out with another one that is the same as that one. Then if...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker box, don beck, electrican
don beck, electrican, loose wire: Angie, The humming can be caused be a lot of different things. Normal vibrations,slightly loose wire, slightly loose breaker. If you aren t tripping any breakers, then you probably do not need a new breaker box. Possibly, just changing the breaker that controls...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker box, electrical supply, supply house
electrical supply, supply house, hardware stores: Hi. If an electrical supply house doesn t have it or can t get it, they probably are not available. These are the places that sell to electricians, but also sell to homeowners too. The only other thing is to check with some local electricians. Perhaps...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker box, wet environment, shoddy work
wet environment, shoddy work, vapor barrier: Hi Chad, Well, technically you can do this work yourself. Look at the work inside the panel and make sure the original job was done well. You don t want any wires coming loose when you move the panel around. Also make sure the wires are long enough...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker box, flickering lights, hi bob
flickering lights, hi bob, electrician: Hi. First of all, fix the leak. You may either want an electrician to look at it, or you may want to check for rusty or corroded connections. It may take a while for the problems to show up, so keep looking. If you have any flickering lights or any...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker box, general lighting, breakers
general lighting, breakers, circuits: Hi Jared, The first thing to detrmine is how many more breakers are you going to need, and what will they be used for. This will determine the size of the sub panel you will need and the resulting wire size. Besides just the general lighting and outlet...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker box, loose connections, hot one
loose connections, hot one, breakers: It is not uncommon for a breaker to buzz slightly when a large appliace such as an a/c compressor starts, etc. Feel all of the breakers to be sure one is not very hot, it can be warm but no breaker should be hot. If there is a hot one, it should be replaced...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker box, circuit breakers, switch boxes
circuit breakers, switch boxes, doublewide: Hi Debbie, The switches you refer to are called circuit breakers. They do the same thing as fuses do only they can be reset. Take these breakers, 1 at a time, turn it off and wait about 10 seconds, then turn it back on and see if this helps. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker box, volt circuit, ground bars
volt circuit, ground bars, hot wire: Hi. No, it does not matter what order you put them in. Sorry, I don t have any photos. When wiring, put all the whites on the bar that has a big white wire on it, and put all the grounds on the bar that has the big ground on it. All the blacks and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker box, gage wire, volt circuits
gage wire, volt circuits, amp breaker: Hi. I have no diagrams, but it is pretty easy. You have a lot of wires, but most of them wire the same way. However there are several problems. First of all, you have to have the right amperage breaker. Any 14 gauge wire must be connected to a 15 amp...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: putting a breaker box in a detached garage., church parsonage, amp breaker
church parsonage, amp breaker, pvc pipe: Adam, I doubt there are any local electrical codes on line, there isn t even a National Code site. 60 amps would be more than adequate for your needs, even if you added heat and air conditioning. A 60 amp sub panel requires a 60 amp breaker in the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker box issues, fuse box, amperage
fuse box, amperage, circuit breaker: Hi Erin, I don t know about any local codes in your area. As far as the National code goes, the circuit breaker box doesn t have to be in your apartment, however they are required to give you access to it 24/7 It should be possible to rewire the apartment...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker box issues, qualified electrician, reasonable access
qualified electrician, reasonable access, fuse: 1. You need to have reasonable access to that panel. (since I am there you would need a local inspector or electrician look at it to verify that it meets local codes) 2. It depends on how much amperage the panel can handle. (I could not give you an...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker box issues, bearer of bad news, legal recourse
bearer of bad news, legal recourse, fuse: Hi. I doubt if there is any legal recourse. If the apartment was being built, I am sure an inspector would not be happy. But since it has gone through changes, there is not much you can do. The codes apply only to new wiring. The circuits on the far...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker box problems, video game systems, branch circuits
video game systems, branch circuits, things computer: Hi. You can replace the breaker box whenever you are ready, then replace the branch circuits afterwards. It doesn t sound like there is much to work with now, so you may as well replace everything. If you remodel any rooms to the studs, then it is easy....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker box - tankless hot water heater, tankless electric hot water heater, hot water heater
tankless electric hot water heater, hot water heater, electric hot water heater: Hi. I would check the wiring going into the meter and between the meter and the box to be sure it is thick enough for 200 amps. If it is OK, then you need to replace the main panel box. Normally the power company has to get involved, since they have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker box wiring, amp breaker, gfci breaker
amp breaker, gfci breaker, gfci outlet: From the 30 amp breaker from the main box what size wire did you run to the subpanel in the green house? Is the only breaker in the subpanel a 20 amp breaker? Why do you have a GFCI breaker and a GFCI outlet on the same circuit? What is the order...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker box /wiring, amp breaker, time and patience
amp breaker, time and patience, 40a: Hi Susab, I would use a 20 amp outlet instead of a 15 amp outlet. It just matches the whole system better, in this case. The breaker is really, two , 20 amp breakers, not a 40 amp breaker. Wiring the whole system as you described, and using the breaker...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker box, amp receptacles, amp circuit
amp receptacles, amp circuit, gfi receptacles: Hello Marty, if only more would ask these type questions. I would get a 42 circuit box. The cost difference is minimal considering the problems encountered when out of space in a panel. There will be additions you never considered and are possibly not even...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker boxes, electric meters, electrical inspection
electric meters, electrical inspection, electric meter: If I understand you correctly, on your two meter setup, you either have two separate drops from the utility, each drop to a meter, then to its respective panel, or, you have one drop to a gutter, and from the gutter it separates into two meters/panels. If...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker burns and smokes, qualified electrician, aluminum wiring
qualified electrician, aluminum wiring, amp breaker: Quickly get a qualified electrician familiar with mobile homes to check out your electrical system. If it was the fault of the installing company make sure you have proof and you should try to get back the money it cost you to have the electrician fix...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: The breaker that controls..., amp breaker, car vac
amp breaker, car vac, garage area: Hi Reggie, I am assuming that the double breaker is connected together. That is, if one trips, they both trip. This can be maddening. You can replace that double breaker with 2 single breakers. 1 a 15 amp for the BR and 1 a 20 Amp for the garage. under...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: The breaker that controls..., car vac, neutral wire
car vac, neutral wire, garage area: Hi. First of all, NEVER replace a breaker with a larger one. As it is now, the weakest link is in your breaker box, and the breaker trips. If you put a bigger breaker in, the weakest point is in your walls, and if the wire overheats, it will start a fire....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: The breaker that controls..., amp breaker, car vac
amp breaker, car vac, loose connections: These should be two separate 15 amp breakers. With a problem on one circuit, it will effect the other. Your freezer and the power tool are probably overloading the circuit (15 amp breaker will only handle about 12 amps before it trips). If the freezer and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: The breaker that controls..., amp breaker, car vac
amp breaker, car vac, garage area: Reggie, unfortunately there is a deeper problem, and it gripes me to no end. #12 wire costs pennies more than #14 wire. #14 is rated at only 15 amps but #12 is rated for 20 amps. I am sure the wire in the garage and the bedroom is only #14, so without creating...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker didn't trip, work boxes, electrical boxes
work boxes, electrical boxes, kitchen backsplash: Hi. If the boxes were attached to the drywall using special brackets, it is OK. These are called old work boxes because the are used after the wall is installed. The breaker could be defective, or perhaps the short did not last long enough to trip...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker enclosure wiring hookup, amp circuits, capacity circuits
amp circuits, capacity circuits, enclosure wiring: Hi Bob, I m glad i could help. I wonder why the others on this site would not help you though? What i told you Will work (in therory anyway). As far as holding someone liable on this panel.. I don t see how you could, i mean were not making...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker expantion, pool pump, tanning bed
pool pump, tanning bed, breakers: Matt The best way is adding a 100 amp sub-panel this way you wont put that much of a stress on the old panel. Just make sure when you run the sub panel you run 4 wires from the panel to the sub-panel and keep the neutral and the ground separate in the panel....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker heating up & buzzing, electric baseboard heaters, wall fan
electric baseboard heaters, wall fan, fan heaters: Hi Daren, There are restrictions but there are so many variables it wouldn t be possible to list or explain them. It has to do with size of wire, insulation type covering the wire, inside or outdoor use, conduit fill etc. etc. Just common sense...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker keeps blowing, fuse box, light switches
fuse box, light switches, switchbox: Hi Celine, I have never run acorss this problem before. There are a few things I need to know to help out with this situation. How many wires are in the switchbox in question, what color are they and how are they connected? Is this switch a single...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker keeps breaking, amp breaker, load amps
amp breaker, load amps, plastic piping: First, you can only put a 30 amp breaker in there if the wiring is #10 or larger. If you put a 30 amp breaker on smaller wire the wire will burn [not a good thing] long before the breaker every considers tripping. The underground wiring is from the breaker...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker keeps tripping, metal boxes, junction boxes
metal boxes, junction boxes, burn marks: Hi Jeff, You might try replacing the breaker or swapping the wires around with another breaker to rule out a bad breaker. If it continues, make a note of everything that is turned on or plugged into that circuit to try and determine if it is a light fixture...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker in panel heating up & "buzzing", electric baseboard heaters, metal fatigue
electric baseboard heaters, metal fatigue, wall fan: often breakers that are run near their capacity will get very warm and buzz a bit. some breakers will even get pretty hot and make homeowners nervous. you are probably just fine. If you really are concerned, open up the panel and visually inspect anything...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker panel and outlet box wiring, robert wilber, wtre
robert wilber, wtre, sheathing: - * Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * Length of cable sheathing at entry termination in box or enclosure * The standard I was taught, and always followed, is 1/4 sheathing past end of connector...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker panel, detector circuits, amp service
detector circuits, amp service, smoke detector: Hi. No, that won t work at all. First of all, they assume that all the circuits will not be used to capacity at the same time. Some circuits, such as dedicated smoke detector circuits may use only a fraction of the capacity. Also, 200 amps at 220 volts...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: same breaker pops periodically for no reason., recepticle, electrician
recepticle, electrician, different things: You need to have the entire circuit surveyed for the cause of the problem. If it is not the breaker....then there is another problem that needs to be found. It may be as simple as replacing every switch and recepticle on the circuit, and checking all connections...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker problem, voltage tester, loose connection
voltage tester, loose connection, please answer: Unplug the dryer, see if the breaker holds. If it does, the problem is in the dryer. If it doesn t hold, then the problem is in the wire itself between the breaker and the dryer outlet. For this, we will need a voltage tester. It looks like a big...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker problem, handi man, light fixture
handi man, light fixture: Hi. he either wired it wrong, or something came loose and shorted out. I would leave the breaker off and give him a call. If there is anything important on the circuit, run a temporary cord. Do not keep resetting it, or it could cause a fire. Leave...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker problem, heat potential, west face
heat potential, west face, mr hughes: You have a couple of options. Is the panel box on the South or West face of your home. The Sun can and will heat the breakers to a point that they reach their heat potential early. Are the breakers connected to alumimum wire. Aluminum gets hotter than...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker proplem, 3 way switches, circuit breaker
3 way switches, circuit breaker, light switch: Hi Kathy, PART II I was hoping I d catch you before you signed off. Anyway, if you are talking about a circuit breaker, you have to turn it all the way off first, before trying to turn it back on. Are saying a light switch is the problem, or a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker question, rubber tape, outdoor lamp
rubber tape, outdoor lamp, underground wiring: Yes, but you need to tape the joints up pretty good to keep out water, thereby creating a short, and tripping your breaker. They make special underground connectors for things such as this, that have a compound inside of them that prevents moisture from entering....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker or receptacle, electrical experience, electric dryer
electrical experience, electric dryer, special test: Hi Jamie, With nothing plugged into the dryer outlet, shut off the breaker by hand wait 5 seconds, then turn it back and see if it holds. Breakers can go bad so trying a new one would be the only to find out if the old one is bad , or not. If the new...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker shorting out, voltage tester, loose wires
voltage tester, loose wires, easy solution: Hi Clyde, If shorting out means tripping to off, there is no easy solution. 1st, shut the breaker off,and tighten the wire attached to it. Also, tighten all the white and bare wires.Turn the breaker back on and see if holds. If not, then it s a matter...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker size, gage wire, weak point
gage wire, weak point, breakers: Hi Art, It s not the voltage that determines the breaker size, it s the size of the wire. If you install a larger breaker than the wire is rated for you make the wire the weak point instead of the breaker. 14 gage wire needs a 15A breaker, 12 gage takes a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker size feeding subpanel, wire guage, guage wire
wire guage, guage wire, detached garage: It doesn t matter what size the panel is, because the panel doesn t use electricity, merely acts as a junction point. The breakers are what passes current through to the load, and the cumlative current is how your feeder is sized, both in wire guage, and circuit...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker size, bob osgood, master electrician
bob osgood, master electrician, duplex outlets: Hi Kevin, Thanks for the follow-up...and for posting the pictures...the pictures tell a thousand stories.. I saved the pictures to my photo editor so that I could blow them up for a closer look... The first panel (which I referred to earlier...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker still popping, amp breaker, amp circuit
amp breaker, amp circuit, extension cord: Hi Stephenie, 1st thing, don t use a 20 amp breaker on that wire, it could be a fire hazard. Go back to a 15 amp. Take the wire off of that breaker and put on another 15 amp breaker somewhere else in the panel and see if it holds OK. If not, get back...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker switch, good shape, power outage
good shape, power outage, furnace: Hi Mary, When you reset the breaker make sure you are firmly pushing it to off before you try turning it back on. If that fails to solve it turn your lights on that circuit off also and try again. If that fails also I would start opening up the boxes and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker switch off, space heaters, fires
space heaters, fires, several times: Hi. Yes, if you trip a breaker often, it can become defective, especially if it is old. So, assuming the overload is not there anymore, if it won t reset, it needs replacing. Space heaters use a lot of power. You can put only one on each circuit. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker tripped?, fuse panel, micrwave
fuse panel, micrwave, amp meter: Jim, Unless there are other things on that circuit your not aware of the breaker should be holding. So its one of two things, theres something wrong with the micro or the breaker is weak and needs replacing so try a new breaker and see what happens, if...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker tripping, poor quality control, amp breaker
poor quality control, amp breaker, magnetic elements: Hi Michael, Just getting back into my office....been a very BUSY week here electrically....we ve been straight out Most unusual scenario you have going on with your 2 pole 60 amp breaker...and it may take an electrical analysis to get to the root...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker tripping, good starting point, good luck
good starting point, good luck, chain pull: I would start at the 2d device from end of the circuit and work towards the source. Disconnect the last device and see if the problem is fixed. If not the last device and wiring is good. Go to the next one upstream and disconnect the last 2 devices. If...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker trips, continuity test, wall switches
continuity test, wall switches, overhead wiring: Hi Brian, Thanks for the follow-up...I ll address your follow-up by the number: 1) all the receptacle boxes are plastic - there really is no chance of shorting out in that location - correct?. No...that is not correct - see below. What else coould...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker trips, wall switches, ceiling lighting
wall switches, ceiling lighting, pool installation: I had the same problem last week... It requires literally taking each appliance off the circuit and test each feed. Point A to B..B to C etc. Wire nut them without the appliance one at a time. At some point you will find the little menace. It took me...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker trips, loose ground, light fixture
loose ground, light fixture, light switch: This is the most difficult of wiring scenarios a kitchen can have. It used to be common, but most electricians found it too difficult to teach. You actually have two circuits in each box. Hopefully they are on the same leg of the panel so you dont have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker trips in storm, arc fault breakers, arc fault breaker
arc fault breakers, arc fault breaker, hot water dispenser: Hi Jeremy, If your bedroom wiring is fairly new, the outlets will be protected by an arc fault breaker. These breakers are super sensitive and will trip VERY easily. If you have arc fault breakers on these circuits, it is quite normal for them to trip...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker trips, amp breaker, amp circuit
amp breaker, amp circuit, overhead lighting: Good morning Doug, Based on your description...this does indeed sound like a direct short downstream in that 15 amp circuit - and it could very well be the result of excess water having entered a box from the storm (and is still there) and the water...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Which breaker should I use?, lighting circuit, garden lighting
lighting circuit, garden lighting, wattage: Hi Phil, Just add up all your wattage to figure your total load. With the numbers you give a 20A double pole should be plenty. You can go with a 30A if you want the extra space for future upgrades. So you know.. 15A = 1800w (each...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker and wire difference, lighting circuits, typical household
lighting circuits, typical household, don gilbert: 14/2 is the common reference for Romex NM cable. It is 14gauge wire in pair with a bare ground. It is also known as 14/2 w/g. This is typical household electrical wire for lighting circuits. 14/3 is typically used for 3way light switches, but call also...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker and wire sizing, column c, nameplate
column c, nameplate, circuit breaker: You must be looking in an old book, because in my 2005 NEC, Table 220-55 deals with ranges. You have one appliance, under 12KW, and per Column C, you calcualte your branch circuit off of 8KW, not the nameplate. And this is at full load...there is no derate....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker, loose connection, nothing works
loose connection, nothing works, breakers: Hello Michelle. Something causes a breaker to trip. Often times a loose connection will result from an overload or short that caused the initial trip. Also a breaker heats up when it trips and may not reset immediately. Try turning off each breaker, let it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breakerbox connection, bus bars, bus bar
bus bars, bus bar, subpanel: If you have an new stove you should also be able to buy a 4 wire range cord to go with it. But if your running new wire from the panel which is what I gather your doing in this instance, than yes, 6/3 to a 50amp breaker is correct, red/black to the Double...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: more breakers, don beck, circuit breakers
don beck, circuit breakers, amp service: Hi Brian, Yes, you could change the panel over to a larger capacity, but it would be fairly costly. An alternative would be to replace some of the existing breakers with tandem breakers. These breakers give you 2 breakers in the same space as a regular...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breakers, bob osgood, amp breaker
bob osgood, amp breaker, amp circuits: Hi Ray, Breaker sizing is directly related to load and wire size...with load determining minimum wire size (per Code tables)...and then that wire size affecting breaker size. Typically...that all breaks down like this: 15 amp = #14 gauge wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breakers & 220 outlet, prong, breakers
prong, breakers, screws: Mitch, At the breaker: Black to 1 screw of the breaker(either one) Red to other screw of the breaker White and bare to the neutral bar(where all the other whites are. At the outlet: White to the center terminal red and black to the 2 outside...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breakers, amp breaker, circut breaker
amp breaker, circut breaker, amp circuit: Hi Bill, Based on your description...yes - it s possible the breaker has failed internally. Most household style breakers use a thermal magnetic type of sensing device - designed to trip out the breaker when excessive heat (depending on it s amperage...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breakers, calcium buildup, power consumption
calcium buildup, power consumption, breakers: You are getting moisture into that panel and it is a calcium buildup that will cause breakers to fail, and add power consumption to the circuits. It would be a wise thing, turn off the main breaker and wash all the connections down with vinegar to remove...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breakers, gfci breaker, arc fault
gfci breaker, arc fault, troubleshooting procedure: Hi Nick, It sounds like there is a neutral/ground issue. Remove the wires from the breakers that aren t holding and see if they will stay on with no load attached to them. This will tell us if the problem is upstream or downstream from the breaker....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breakers, cutler hammer, wire cable
cutler hammer, wire cable, breakers: Hi Larry, It is best to use the same make breaker as the panel, as they are designed for each other. Some makes are interchangeable, most aren t. The cable from the main panel to the sub panel should be a 4 wire cable, 6/3 with ground. A 2 pole...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breakers, cutler hammer, home improvement projects
cutler hammer, home improvement projects, circuit breakers: Larry, if the breakers physically fit and are firm in their location, they are OK to use. You don t want a lot of play when they are in position, as it can cause arcing. You should be able to tell when you snap it in place that it sounds and feel like...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breakers keep tripping, amp breaker, time don
amp breaker, time don, 15a: Hi Rene, Having 2 A/C s on a 15 amp breaker could tax it to the max and cause the breaker to trip. There are a few things you can try, if it s convenient or feasible. Try running just 1 A/C at a time. Running anew line from the breaker panel to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breakers/wiring, amp breaker, breker
amp breaker, breker, hot wire: Hi. Double pole breakers are for 220 volts. If you can take the thing off the handle that holds them together, you can use them as single pole breakers. But they have to be wired correctly. Hot wire (black) to the breaker, white wire to the neutral bar....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breakers, federal pacific breakers, electrical distributor
federal pacific breakers, electrical distributor, code numbers: Not off hand I couldn t but your local electrical distributor should have the information and if he doesn t carry them should be able to tell you where to get them. You will need the code numbers on the breaker or inside the panel it should say Use breaker...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: brick building, brick house, amp
brick house, amp, strand: The conduit needs to run the straightest, shortest distance. Drilling may be the only way. An exterior light is not fun, but again a hole may be the answer. If you can put a conduit run from a reasonable distance...not a bad option. Once you start a conduit...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bright lights, neutral wire, clothes dryer
neutral wire, clothes dryer, blow dryer: Hi Deni, That is an indication of a loose neutral wire. This wire could be anywhere from where the power company connects to your lines all the way to the main breaker in your panel. The power company will check their lines, usually at no cost. If...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bringing supply from multiple switched box, double switch, switch box
double switch, switch box, safety hazard: Hi. If you use a big enough box, then you can put as many wires as you want. It just seems easier to try to go from device to device so that there are less wires in each box. Connecting a lot of wires with a wire nut becomes difficult. I hope this helps....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: broken insulation on service wire, qualified electrician, metal cable
qualified electrician, metal cable, good eye: Hi Bill, Good eye.....good catch. Most people wouldn t notice that and it could be a hazard. Most electric companies furnish the wire to where it attaches to the house, after that it is the homeowners responsibility. So, it sounds like it s your responsibility,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bryant circuit breaker/ water in box, circuit breakers, circuit breaker
circuit breakers, circuit breaker, electrician: Hi Billie, Most breakers by brand are not interchangeable. There are still some Bryant breakers available. I took the liberty of trying to locate some and came up with this web site, hopefully you can get 1 there. http://www.bestcircuitbreakers.com/Circuit-Breakers/Bryant/BJ/BJ2200H.html...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: buck boosters wiring, dc wiring, proper connections
dc wiring, proper connections, voltage output: Hello Matt. I do not have a total wiring diagram for this powerformer. I would call the manufacturers technician line. They are familiar enough they can guide you through the proper connections based on the voltage you have incoming and the required outgoing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: out building wiring, fuse box, circuit breakers
fuse box, circuit breakers, amp circuit: If you want to control what you use in the shed, it is a good idea to have it. If you are using #12 wire, you need to limit the protection to 20amps. As for the connetions. Red and black will be on two separate breakers... white and bare go to the common...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: putting in a bulb that is too small for the socket, lamp holder, electrics
lamp holder, electrics, electrician: Hi Catherine. Unfortunately for you the electrician is correct as there is a live and neutral in the lamp holder and it sounds like the metal on the smaller bulb touched both live and neutral and caused the end of the bulb to blow up. I wouldnt think your...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bulbs not lasting, low voltage lights, watt bulbs
low voltage lights, watt bulbs, volt outlet: Hi Robert, It sounds like a mis match of what the voltage of the transformer is putting out compared to what the bulbs require. The transformer is big enough to handle quite a few 7 watt bulbs, but the voltage it s putting out is probably too high....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bulbs going out, lamp shell, center pin
lamp shell, center pin, loose connection: Are these flourescent? have a ballast that might be overheating and fixing to fail? If it s incandescent, does it stay out or come back in after a short spell? If it cycles, you might try cleaning the center pin within the socket, and maybe bending it up a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: burned out bulb, ceiling light fixture, voltage spike
ceiling light fixture, voltage spike, florescent: You are correct to assume that your circuitry is different from your neighbor. It would take a Large surge to affect anyone else. Lightning perhaps.. My reasoning on the florescent was the ballast affect used for heating up the bulb, less instantaneous...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: burned neutral wire, neutral wire, wire nut
neutral wire, wire nut, fan lights: A wire could burn for several reasons, one being that it was carrying more current than it was designed too, or it was terminated in a loose connection for example. That would build up heat, and you d see the wire burnt at the lug (or wire nut) and for several...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: burning smell, bob miller, indulgence
bob miller, indulgence, fire department: IMMMEDIATELY TURN OFF THE CIRCUIT FEEDING THIS!!!! JUST HIT THE MAIN BREAKER AND THEN LEAVE THE PREMISES AND CONTACT YOUR LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENT. ELECTIRCAL IN WALL FIRES CAN SMOLDER A LONG TIME. IT IS BETTER TO BE SAFE THAN SORRY. And the fire department...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: burning smell, ball bearings, hp motor
ball bearings, hp motor, dip switch: Nathan, NO not really, they should have ball bearings of some sort in them and the bearing grease should never smell. Motors do get hot it is how they convect heat to the ambient. But these sound like they are really hot. How big are these fans? I take...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: burning smell, halogen lights, dimmer switch
halogen lights, dimmer switch, full blast: Hi Kat, Halogen lights do get VERY hot. I would suggest that you check above the lights and make sure there is no insulation touching the light cans. These lights, if not installed correctly, can easily start a fire. A remedy would be to install...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: burning smell in home after installing new light fixture, voltage halogen, electrical fire
voltage halogen, electrical fire, light fixture: Hi. This is a hard question to answer online. But I would definitely be very concerned. Although if the smell was there only with the new fixture, it may be the fixture. Does the new fixture have a transformer (low voltage halogen) or a ballast (fluorescent)....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: burning smell, cartridge fuse, waterheater
cartridge fuse, waterheater, distribution board: Hi Jason, I need to know if the shower is a 220V unit or a 110V unit. For now, I am assuming it is a 220V unit. Also, is the heating device used just for the shower or is it a waterheater for the rest of the house also?If so, the max amp draw is close...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: burnt up electrical outlet, robert wilber, cigarette lighters
robert wilber, cigarette lighters, aboveground pool: - * Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * 1] Loose connection 2] Equipment continuously operated outside rating 3] Defective equipment 4] Some other condition created by the unique configuration of your...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: burnt ground in electric meter socket, burnt ground, meter socket
burnt ground, meter socket, lightning strike: Hi Beverly. If this was indeed the ground that was burnt, then you have some major problem within your electrical system. I suspect that it was at the termination where the neutral was terminated, instead. This could be caused by a loose connection, or...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: burnt wires, amp breaker, fuse box
amp breaker, fuse box, ground wires: Hi. If the smell is there only when the power is on, then something may be still burning. You don t have to replace all the wires, but you do have to replace anything that burned or is burning. Finding the problem may be easier said than done though....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: burried cable for sub-pannels 200' and 700' away, internet calculators, gage wire
internet calculators, gage wire, tank heater: For the 200 foot run, #10 is the minimum wire size. For the 600 foot run it would be #6, minimum. You might consider going up at least one size for unknowns you might want in the future. And this is based on a 240 volt circuit, 240 volt for the heater, and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bury electical, concrete slab, amp service
concrete slab, amp service, overhead light: Hi Ryan, If you use a separate breaker in the shed, then your talking about adding a ground rod to the shed, and you can avoid this by just using the light switch switch to shut off the lights and the outlets, so when the lite switch is off, the outlets...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: burying house service wire, aluminun, overhead wire
aluminun, overhead wire, weatherhead: Hi. You would need to buy special wire made for conduit. The overhead wire is made for overheads. You can t splice wire except in a junction box, which would have to be above ground. You would need conduit for the entire length of the wire. I hope...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bus bar replacement, copper bar, bus bar
copper bar, bus bar, replacement bus: Hi Jeff, If you can find a replacement bus bar, it is MUCH cheaper to put in than replace the whole panel. You can use the 150 amp bus bar if it fits OK into your panel.You can always go larger in this area. If you electrical supply outlet handles...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: business lighting, tube lighting, 110 volts
tube lighting, 110 volts, electrician: Hi. The track lighting should be 110 volts, so be sure you get fluorescent lighting that is the same. Some commercial fluorescent fixtures are 277 volts. It depends on how the track lighting was wired as far as how easy it is to do. You may want...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: buss bar for branch loads, residential USA, buss bar, multiple wires
buss bar, multiple wires, subpanels: Not real clear on your buss adapter but they do make mechanical lugs that attach (bolt) to the copper buss in a panel, and have one to many holes to attach multiple wires. If you re looking for a lug that would insert underneath a terminal in a breaker...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Are busses dedicated in the Main panel, grounding wires, referrences
grounding wires, referrences, neutral wire: Hi Bob. I m snowed in at my house (30+ in 2 days) so I can t give you code referrences, but if the panel is your main panel, you can mix them up. To make sure, read the label inside of the panel. A good way to determine if this is the main panel is to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Are busses dedicated in the Main panel?, grounding wires, code references
grounding wires, code references, electrical inspector: Bob When you have a panel with a main breaker in it that is considered a main breaker panel in the N E C. It is when you add a subpanel to the main panel that the neutrals and the grounds need to be separated as in the N E C states. So you can mix them in...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: buzz/hum in circuit box, cutler hammer, master electrician
cutler hammer, master electrician, afci breaker: Hi. Yes, it could be an arc, a short, or an overload. If something is arcing, it should not be left on that long. It could cause a fire. You may want to replace the breaker with an AFCI breaker, which will shut off if something is arcing. I hope this...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: buzz/humm in dimmer situation, rubber washer, rheostat
rubber washer, rheostat, tiny little thing: A dimmer is similiar to a rheostat, except dimming is done electronically (I believe) as opposed to the sliding resistance in a rheostat. I don t know what brand you bought, but maybe the original dimmer is defective. Buying a better brand of dimmer might...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: buzzing in breaker box, don beck, ground wires
don beck, ground wires, loose wire: Hi Monty, You didn t indicate whre the buzz and sparks are coming from. If it the breaker panel, it may be just a matter of tightening the screws that hold the wires in place. Tighten all the screws on the breakers and all the screws that hold the white...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: buzzing electrical in bedroom, ipod docking station, alarm clock
ipod docking station, alarm clock, electrical problem: Hi Julie, Put your ear against the clock and you should be able to tell if the buzzing is from the clock or not. Unplug the clock, if the buzzing continues it is an electrical problem. If he buzzing stops, it is the clock itself and you electrical...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: buzzing in ground fault plug, receptical, pluged
receptical, pluged, reputable dealer: There obviously is a problem with this unit. I would call the seller and ask them to have a service tech sent out and if they refuse return it to them and purchase 1 from a more reputable dealer. I would not use this until it is corrected to prevent a lethal...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: buzzing sound from stereo?, paradigm speakers, interferance
paradigm speakers, interferance, permanent damage: This might be a fun research project. Find the breaker that operates the circuit for those speakers. Turn everything else off. If the buzz is constant, it is that circuit. If not, then you turn on, one at a time, the rest of the breakers and find the circuit...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: buzzing in steel, steel work, steel structure
steel work, steel structure, dangerous situation: unfortunately it is difficult to say what exactly is the problem without looking at your house. What i can say is you may have a dangerous situation. it is very possible that you have a wire shorting out against the steel structure. this can be even more...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bx to nm grounding, mc cable, connector type
mc cable, connector type, preferred method: BX is sometimes called MC...metal clad. The box needs a connector to hold the metal clad and the NM needs the bare copper connected to the box using a green grounding screw, or the green ground clip. Sufficient bare ground wire needs to then attach to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bypass/isolation/transfer switch, stand by generator, transfer switch
stand by generator, transfer switch, load applications: You are correct Larry. I appreciate the information as I have had this similar question many times. It is legal according to the code to just directly connect a portable residential generator directly to a panel back feeding to a receptacle or directly to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: A/C Condensor Motor, intelligent answer, motor manufacturer
intelligent answer, motor manufacturer, condensing unit: Not to use the black OR yellow, or to use just ONE color? It would seem that your new motor has a high and a low speed, and you ve wired it to the low speed. I m not really familiar with motors such as this unless I can see a wiring diagram, but you said it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: A/C circuit, gauge type, condensing unit
gauge type, condensing unit, amperage: Hi Ryan, everything is based on the amp draw of the A/C, so it s critical to find out what the amperage requirements are. Possibly you can call the supplier and find out. A 2 pole breaker will be required, but the size also depends on the amp draw...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: A/C compressor wiring, wire ampacity, compressor unit
wire ampacity, compressor unit, nameplate: Hi Eric. This cannot be answered without more info. The units will have a nameplate, which will give the maximum breaker size along with the minimum wire ampacity. You may find that the wire size could be a #14, and could be installed with a 40amp...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: A/C DISCONNECT SWITCH, yuba city ca, split system
yuba city ca, split system, hi john: Hi John, The National Electric Code requires that a disconnect be present within site and within 50 feet. In the large city just south of you they require just a disconnect, it does not have to be fused, as long as there is a properly rated circuit breaker...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: A/C Disconnect, two colors, line connections
two colors, line connections, circuit breaker: You should have four connections, two for Line and two for Load , and one ground lug. Your A/C should take 10-2 with a ground. However, 10-3 will work, you just don t need one of the wires. You hook up the red and black from your two pole circuit...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: A/C & Dryer Turn Lights On, incoming power, loose connection
incoming power, loose connection, dangerous situation: Your terminology was perfect. You have a potentially very dangerous situation. It appears there is a very loose connection somewhere. I would call an electrician immediately and explain what has happened. He needs first to check the incoming power line to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: A/C dedicated plug, ac unit, 10min
ac unit, 10min, volts: Hi Constanin, 2 things we have to be absolutely sure of before checking into this: 1) The new A/C is designed to operate on 115 Volts. 2) The outlet you plug this unit into is on a breaker all by itself. --------------------------------------------------------...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: A/C electrical braker problem., electrical problem, electrician
electrical problem, electrician, breakers: Hi. I can t even give you a ballpark price. it jsut depends on what they want to charge. It isn t that much work, so it shouldn t most much more than a service call. The main thing is to be careful what you touch, because even with the main breaker...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: A/C and heater, unit 15a, ac unit
unit 15a, ac unit, double space: Hi Ray, Um, yeah you can put a heater and AC unit on the same breaker. If for some reason they both kick on i garuentee your breaker will trip. Is this an air conditioner or a central air unit? 15A just seems kinda low. Do you know...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: A/C Outlet, volt outlet, horizontal slot
volt outlet, horizontal slot, c unit: Well it depends. There is a 120 volt TWENTY amp outlet that has one vertical and one horizontal slot, but looking at it, it would depend if it s the left, or right slot that is horizontal, to determine if it s 240 volt or 120 volt. If you checked the panel,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: A/C outlet, volt circuit, plug configuration
volt circuit, plug configuration, tv vcr: Chances are somewhat slim, but yes you could damage the electronic devices on this same circuit. The best solution would be to have the other receptacle converted, but this requires not only replacement of the receptacle, but this is a 240 volt circuit and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: A/C outlet, plug configuration, recepticle
plug configuration, recepticle, ground terminal: I would normally say yes, but I need to qualify that. If the wiring for that plug is Normal, then yes it can be reconfigured for 110volts. You will need to change the circuit breaker as well. Assuming that it is on a 2pole breaker....assuming that the black...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: A/C Unit wiring and breaker., master electrician, amp breaker
master electrician, amp breaker, amp ac: Hi Mark. The master is correct if he based his findings on the nameplate for the compressor. The info given on this nameplate is the manufacturer s recommended wire size and breaker size, and may, at first glance, appear to conflict with normal code rules,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: A/C Units, amps, sq ft
amps, sq ft, dwelling: Hello, You should check the unit before pulling in any wire for it as there is a great variety in the power draw from unit to unit. On the unit there will be a tag advising how many amps it draws. Use this tag as a guide for wire and breaker size. 40...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: A/C Wire Replacement, electrician, circuit breaker
electrician, circuit breaker: Hi Marie, Call another electrician, this is way out of line! Have that other electrician come back or ask him where the wire is broken. Get as many details from him as you can. Even if a wire did break, and that s not likely, replacing it would...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: A/C Wiring, amp circuit breaker, amp breaker
amp circuit breaker, amp breaker, romax: Gary, It does make sense. And I see no reason if your paralled the two 12s there would be a problem. I am not sure what inadequate means to whomever wrote it, or checked it. Is it possible they thought it was one 12? Can you find the person who...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: A/C window unit power, duplex receptacle, amp circuit
duplex receptacle, amp circuit, 110 volts: Hi Andy, If the outlet you want to use is part of a string outlets on the same breaker, it cannot be switched over to 230 volts, as all the other outlets would then be 230 volts, also. There are only 2 alternatives, exchange the A/C for one that operates...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: A/C wiring, hot legs, wire cable
hot legs, wire cable, whit: There is no neutral for a 240 volt appliance. The white wire on a four wire cable such as a range is an additional ground wire, in this instance with a three wire cable, the white is one of the two hot legs and should be color coded black at both ends. Thanks...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: CALLING ALL PRIESTS, continuity tester, shock hazards
continuity tester, shock hazards, kitchen light: Hi Jason, Sorry just responding....we were out of the area most of the week-end... Clearly you have some type of system short going on here...but exactly what is cuasing it and where to start looking is impossible to tell based on the information...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: CAUTION!!!, proper safety gear, bob osgood
proper safety gear, bob osgood, death by electrocution: Hi Emilio, I fully understand your concern for your Uncle s safety....clearly there is a serious potential of dangerous electrical shock (or death by electrocution) when doing any live/hot work...unless you are trained for this type of work and are using...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Cabin ceiling, fire alarm system, groove ceiling
fire alarm system, groove ceiling, tongue and groove: Depending on the local building codes, the fire alarm system could possibly be run in free air. Other than that I would have to recommend one of the Wiremold products. They come in a variety of colors and can be painted to hide the run. Just a guess but...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Cable too big for Breaker, split bolt connector, peaces
split bolt connector, peaces, larger sizes: Steve: If you can find #4 aluminuim get 2 peaces each about 1 foot long. Use them to connect to the breaker and then with a split bolt connector tie them to the 1/0 conductors. And tape up the bolts. The # 4 is rated to carry the 50 amps and it will fit....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Cable current capacity, current carrying capacity, cable diameter
current carrying capacity, cable diameter, code books: The issue you are relating to...the insulation or isolation of a wire. Without insulation a wire will carry more current...but to it s detriment. The insulation is mainly to protect the wire from contact with another object. As for ampacity...the code books...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Cable and Electrical, receip, cable outlet
receip, cable outlet, veru: There has to be a barrier in the box, between the voltage and the coax, metal, the same thickness as the box. The insulation on either wire has to be rated for the highest voltage within the box. Your wiring most likely carries a 600 volt rating, and the coax...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Cable runs throught he attic space - Truss, floor joists, nec 2002
floor joists, nec 2002, space truss: Hi Phil, Just getting in...long day here in the northeast.. You can read all the electrical DIY books on the market...but the main book that you should be reading IS the one where they get most of the information from - the Code book...specifically...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Cable TV wiring, cable tv wiring, ground wires
cable tv wiring, ground wires, subpanel: Hi James. This panel is a true subpanel, and you will be required to keep the neutrals and grounds seperated from each other. The label on the inside of the panel should list the part number for a ground buss, which will mount to the enclosure. This buss...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Cabling, machine bolt, stiff wire
machine bolt, stiff wire, electrical question: First you need to be fairly close to having your holes, top and bottom, aligned. If your walls have insulation in them, you ll need a stiff wire. You d bend a curve in the end, like 180 degress so it doesn t hang up on anything, and work it down until you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Calculating Load for Small Generator?, briggs straton, size generator
briggs straton, size generator, wattage: Hi. I would think that would be enough. The lamps fan and TV are small. However, you should check the plate for the amp or wattage of the microwave fridge and feezer. (amps times volts equals watts). The plate is somewhere on the appliance and lists...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Calculating # of recessed cans on a circuit, watt bulbs, volts amps
watt bulbs, volts amps, sheetrock: The formula to determine this would be: Watts divided by volts = amps. Total up the wattage of the bulbs to be used, divide by the voltage and the amps will be the circuit required rating. 10 200 watt bulbs = 2000 watts, divided by 100 volts = 20 amps. This...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: What Do You Call This Converter?, voltage converters, film scanner
voltage converters, film scanner, 115v ac: Hi. Not all appliances can be used from one country to another. I don t know about the film scanner. However, some computer equipment can be adapted to either. A transformer converts the voltage. However, you still have the frequency to worry about....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Campfire smell in house, ballest, random times
ballest, random times, campfire: Sandra: If your house is older, and you have flourscent fixtures the ballest may be getting ready to quit. Use your hands, and when you smell it touch the fixtures to see if they are hot. Also have you been noticing any flickering of lights when you smell...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Candle Lights with timers, robert wilber, mechanical timers
robert wilber, mechanical timers, merry christmas and happy new year: Fascinating. I can t imagine what could cause such behavior. Contact the manufacturer. Electronic or mechanical timers? Your unattached garage wouldn t happen to be someplace where there is 18 feet of snow and the garage is at minus 20 degrees or something...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Canister light replacement?, neutral wire, hot wire
neutral wire, hot wire, stairwell: Hi. Just about every fixture or fan would have a hot wire, a neutral wire, and a ground. If you have recess there now, you will to patch the hole, and install a fan junction box. The recessed light would come out of the ceiling. If you have any...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Canister light sensors, thermal sensors, light sensors
thermal sensors, light sensors, watt spot: Hi. The thermal sensors in the recess lights came out well after 1954. There could be several causes. One is that the wattage is exceeded. Another is that insulation is around it, and the fixture was not designed for that. Another is the wrong type of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Canister lights / Ceiling fan, ceiling fan, stairwell
ceiling fan, stairwell, mother in law: Yes you are going to need a ceiling fan rated box. After turning off the power to this circuit, remove the can light, and let the wire hang down. place it through the opening in the box and install the box. You should have a ground wire, probably bare or...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Canned lite problem, wirenuts, live wires
wirenuts, live wires, question question: Evening Robert, Sorry its taken so long to reply, the holidays have been busy for me. Anyway, your question.. Question is if power seems to be lost, upstream of the lights, are the lights really the problem. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Canned lites in ceiling, happy hunting, speedy response
happy hunting, speedy response, switch box: Robert, If you manually put the breaker in the off position and your tester still lights up its because your have a cheap tester that is merely detecting voltage leakage. Also I reread your question and believe that since you have 10 can lights that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Capacitor for pump motor, defective capacitor, installing a capacitor
defective capacitor, installing a capacitor, motor doctor: You are having no luck at all. No motor data, no cap data? The best you can do at this point is one of two things: Take the capacitor to a motor shop, of if you are close to a Graingers or other company you might try them. Have them get you a capacitor...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Capacitor, cold water pipe, don hi
cold water pipe, don hi, mtr: Hi Gordon, I think I got this question before, so there is probably a glitch in the system...... Shut down the breaker for the furnace. Use a single wire and touch 1 end to one side of the CAp. and the other end of the wire to a cold water pipe. Then...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Capacity of 1.5, pvc conduit, amp breaker
pvc conduit, amp breaker, type cables: Hi Mark. I think the main issue is that underground conduit is considered a wet location, and the insulation of romex is not approved for wet locations. This is an issue that generates alot of discussion, so you might want to visit with your local inspector,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Cardio Room, exercise bikes, water coolers
exercise bikes, water coolers, room thanks: Pat Well the code requires that you install convenient outlets inside a gym every 15 feet,for vacuuming,buffing etc etc.If you have a 2ft space by a wall near a door one needs to be installed,usually it is calculated by the load. This is just for reference...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Casa Vieja outdoor ceiling fan sounds an alarm!, outdoor ceiling fan, casa vieja ceiling fan
outdoor ceiling fan, casa vieja ceiling fan, battery alert: Hi Tim,, I ve never run across this before so I m not sure of the cause, or the cure. But, you did come to the correct site. All experts Will can answer this for you, I m sure. He is really an expert in this area so I refer you to him. Do...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: CB and CB Panel, zinsco breakers, electrical gadgets
zinsco breakers, electrical gadgets, amp capacity: Hi Dave, The capacity of the panel is limited by the size of the main breaker; or, main fuses. If it s a breaker panel, the size should be marked on the main breaker or on the panel somewhere. If it has worn off, or you can t find it, see if you can find...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kitchen Range Electrical, amp breaker, size combinations
amp breaker, size combinations, amp circuit: Roy, I have checked on several occasions for NEC, but all I could find is places where I could buy the book. Solid of stranded makes no difference. The 10/3 ga wire should be on a 30 amp breaker. If the 30 amp isn t big enough for the device it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: CEILING FAN BULB FAILS TO LIGHT, ceiling fan light, bedroom ceiling
ceiling fan light, bedroom ceiling, hi bob: Hi. You have to get into the canopy. There should be a white wire a black wire and either a blue or striped wire. Connect this blue or striped wire to where the black fan wire is connected. Cap off the wire that it was connected to. Leave the white the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: CEILING FAN LITE SOCKET, lighting store, small fortune
lighting store, small fortune, thread sizes: Rob, You mean you have to put a toothpick between the light bulb outside threads, and the socket inside threads? What size /type bulbs are you putting in there? It almost sounds like you are trying to put candralaba bulbs in standard socket, if the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: CEILING FAN WIRING, ceiling fan wiring, sorry for the confusion
ceiling fan wiring, sorry for the confusion, switch boxes: In each fan/lite unit there will be 3 wires to deal with The white fire of the unit goes onto the white wire of the ceiling box. The other 2 wires(not the green ground) goes onto the black wire of the ceiling box. Ground wires (bare or green) get connected...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: CEILING FAN, bob osgood, fan light kits
bob osgood, fan light kits, top of the stairs: Hi Kevin, Sorry just responding...worked a double shift down state to finish up an electrical job... Based on your description...you are replacing a former light fixture - that was controlled by two 3-way switches - with a remote controlled fan/light...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: CEILING LIGHT, florescent light, light fixture
florescent light, light fixture, electrical work: There can be a multitude of problems, or None at all. Are you installing 1 incandescent fixture. A tremendous loss of ambient light. Several light fixtures, spacing and running wire can be difficult. Electrical work is either or, hard or easy. It always...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceeling fan, light switch wiring, light switch wiring, fan location
light switch wiring, fan location, fan light: If all you have going to the switch are those 3 wires B W & G, you do not have a neutral there, just power in and power out and the ground. To do what you want you will have to bring power to the switch, hot and neutral, and then take them to the fan location....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling downlight wiring, replacing a ceiling fan, ground wires
replacing a ceiling fan, ground wires, fan unit: Hi Brent, Is the switch you mentioned part of the old fan unit, or are you talking about a wall switch that controlled the old fan? If it is a wall swtich, check the switch box and let me know how many wires are coming into it, what color they are,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan, upstairs bathroom, fan thanks
upstairs bathroom, fan thanks, ceiling fan: Shalah, You did the right thing removing the fan and letting things dry out. If you didn t have any problems starting the fan up again then you most likely will not have a problem in the future. Even if there was a problem your electrical system is designed...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan, don beck, ground wires
don beck, ground wires, two blacks: Hi Peter, Your thinking is correct, in most cases. To be sure, look at the wires connected to the wall switch, if there is a red wire connected to the switch on 1 screw with no other wires attached to that screw, then the red wire is the one you need to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan, hampton bay ceiling fan, antenna wire
hampton bay ceiling fan, antenna wire, wire nut: Hi. The fan has 3 wires, and the remote has 4 (not counting the power in or the antenna)? Either there should be a wire somewhere for the top light, or it is wired with the bottom light. If you can t find another wire, then you would have to cap off...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan, ceiling fan, switches
ceiling fan, switches, red ground: Hi. Is there just one switch for that junction box? If so the red wire should go on and off with the switch and the black will be on all the time. The black wire from the fan goes to the fan, the blue goes to the light kit. If you want both the fan and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan, frequency harmonics, filter circuit
frequency harmonics, filter circuit, dial type: Carol, many ceiling fans hum, especially on the lower speeds. Sometimes it is impossible as it is the natural frequency harmonics from the motor. Is the fan controlled by a pull cord, wall switch, and is it three separate speeds or a dial type control...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan, wire nut, copper wire
wire nut, copper wire, fan system: In most cases, the black wire of the fan is for the fan, and the blue is for the light part. Possibly the blue wire isn t making good contact in the wire nut. Try removing the wire nut and putting it back on. Also, sometimes the pull chain part of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan, direction switch, voltage wires
direction switch, voltage wires, open fan: There should have been line voltage wires indentified for connections. Either the fan has a black wire and the light has a blue wire to connect to the black of the circuit, or the fan wire is blue and the light wire is black and both devices have a white that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan, bob osgood, master electrician
bob osgood, master electrician, wall outlets: Hi Al, Sorry for the delay.....we are experiencing technical problems (our cooling fan malfunctioned on our main systems and overheated the CPU) and have been down since Thursday morning. We are in the process of restoring the system and should be back...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan, residential power, fan design
residential power, fan design, fan blades: Lisa, this is often misunderstood. References to 110volt or 120volt appliances or fixtures are the same thing. Any new fan or appliance or fan will be identified as your new fan. Any residential power in the US will be the same standard. If the fan turns...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan, e mail notification, best case scenario
e mail notification, best case scenario, digital voltage: Hi Lisa, I never got e-mail notification of your question....just now found it while logging in to answer other questions.(happens from time to time with this site..) The standard USA voltage is 120/240 volts...years ago some mistakeningly referred...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan with 5 Wires, No Switches, speed choice, best guess
speed choice, best guess, fan website: Charles, my best guess is this: black hot white neutral blue light red speed choice gray other speed choice tough question and a good one, can you download the manual from the fan website? If I can help with anything else let me know. Wil...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan, question thanks, fan blades
question thanks, fan blades, safe side: This should just be the new cooking off of the motor and other parts. Some manufacturers state different voltages, but an a/c device will operate on +/- 25 volts without damage. A d/c device does have to operate on exact voltage. Good question, thanks for...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan, fan blades, safe side
fan blades, safe side, ceiling fan: Low voltage differs from area to area. It could be as little as 110 in some areas and as much as 125 in others. A 120 volt appliance should run on any voltage within that range. I d check that all your connections are tight first, that will usually generate...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan, pull switch, best bet
pull switch, best bet, lowes: Sean, Most likely the pull switch is bad that controls the speed of the fan and turns it on and off. Its not that difficult to change if you want to try it. The replacement switches are availble at HD or Lowes. If you d rather not dive into the unkown...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan, ceiling fan, fuse
ceiling fan, fuse, junction box: I ve never seen a fuse installed in a ceiling fan, so, if the fan quit working but the lights still do, then I d suspect your motor burnt out, but if your fan AND lights quit working, I d be checking the circuit to see if anything came loose, and there s no...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan, qualified electrician, inaccessible area
qualified electrician, inaccessible area, interior wiring: If you dont have an attic or crawl space to get the wire there...demolition is the only option. Ceiling patchwork is no fun, but it is done alot. A qualified electrician my be able to offer up some different options with a site inspection. You may be able...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan to Chandelier Conversion=Big Headaches, new chandelier, 3 way switches
new chandelier, 3 way switches, wire nut: Ok.. It will be very easy for you. The 2 black wires that are connected Leave them as is. Make sure you have a wire nut on them. Now to hook your light up. First of all, make sure power is OFF!!!! I didn t get my nickname Sparky for no reason Now,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan to Chandelier conversion=electrical headache, new chandelier, 3 way switches
new chandelier, 3 way switches, way switch: Hi Ryan, The lite black gets attached to the single black and the lite white to the other whites, and ground to ground. This single black in the ceiling is the one that is controlled by the switches. The other blacks, connected together in the ceiling,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan Connection, bob osgood, ground path
bob osgood, ground path, incoming power: Hi Kevin, Based on your wiring description...yes - the fan will operate that way...but the connections will need to be changed to correct the ground path - here is what you should have: If you need to operate the ceiling and fan off the same power...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan Connection, hampton bay light, blk wht
hampton bay light, blk wht, hampton bay fan: Hampton Bay follow-up Good Morning Rick, It s good to hear that the room was still in rough-in stage (gutted).and that you were able to re-route power to the wall box. Although I was unable to get specific detail on your Hampton bay Light/fan switch...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan Control, fan thanks, romex
fan thanks, romex, fan speeds: Lets assume that you have a single gang box. You buy a control that is double toggle to fit in that box and control both features separately. Assuming the power is in the switch box, you would wire the switch hot and the black wire from the dual switch would...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan Control Installation, 3 way switches, correct switch
3 way switches, correct switch, wall switches: Yes it does, At the other switch location, you can remove the switch. Connect the black wires together with a wire nut and cap the red, as it won t be used. Leave the whites and grounds connected as they are. At the fan/lite switch location,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan Control, switch legs, remote email
switch legs, remote email, fan speeds: Are you sure the three wires in your switch box are hot-neutral-ground, and not hot-switch leg-ground? But either way, you d need two switch legs in the box, one for the light, another for the motor and the common hot wire. I only see two solutions. 1) Add...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan and Dimmer Switch, robert wilber, national electrical code
robert wilber, national electrical code, wire bundle: - * Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * LIFE SAFETY WARNING! [disclaimer] Electricity is dangerous! You can be injured or killed! Improper installations can cause fire, injury and death! Are you qualified...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan Dimmer Switch, neutral wire, wire bundle
neutral wire, wire bundle, ground wires: If the black dimmer wire is connected to the black circuit wires that are bundled together, the red wire will be the switch side of the circuit and this should work. A tool everyone needs is a volt stick. This is a small tool about the size of a permanent...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan to Existing Wall Switch, red hot wire, fan location
red hot wire, fan location, question thanks: The best thing to do is ignore the red wire and make it white again. Then at the outlet connect this white to the one of the silver screws on the outlet. That will send the neutral over to the switch box on the now white wire, this gets connected to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan with no Ground Wire, brown wires, wire nut
brown wires, wire nut, ceiling fan: Willie: With out a tester, you got a 50/50 chance of getting it correct. The ceiling fan will have 4 wires if it is new and maybe 3 wires if it is older. If it has 4 wires take the 2 colored wires and twist together, that will leave the white and a (green...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan Installation, ceiling fan installation, wht blk
ceiling fan installation, wht blk, lighting fixture: Dennis, there are several possibilities. The most likely goes like this: If I understand you correctly, you have one three wire cable with a ground and one two wire cable with a ground. If so, connect the two black wires together and to nothing else. Connect...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan Installation, ceiling fan installation, recepticle
ceiling fan installation, recepticle, wall switch: Hi Steve, I am assuming the fan is controlled by a wall switch.If it isn t, disregard the following. You will need to identify each et of black and white wires. One set of B&W is the hot feed coming into the box, the other set of B&W is coming from...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan Installation, ceiling fan installation, bob osgood
ceiling fan installation, bob osgood, gfci receptacle: Good Morning David, As I m sure you know - because of the inherent dangers of the electrical field, there simply is no room for assumptions ...especially when it concerns electricity versus water (a potential lethal mix)...which is why the Code has...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan Installation, ceiling fan installation, neutral wire
ceiling fan installation, neutral wire, mr cook: No more than a fan pulls you can connect it to any circuit and should not have a problem. The problem you will have however is locating a junction box with the hot and neutral wires both in it. Many ceiling lights are fed from the switch first, so if you tie...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan Installation, ceiling fan installation, volt ac
ceiling fan installation, volt ac, 12 gauge: Mike, No you have to know what your tapping into. A friend of mine once did what your doing and he tapped into a 240 volt AC line in the attic and wondered why his fan almost took off through the ceiling. So you have to be very care full. If its not too...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan Installation, ceiling fan installation, fan location
ceiling fan installation, fan location, celing fan: The only way to do this is to run a new wire and add a new switch to the existing switch location. If the power goes to the switch first. If the power does not go to the switch first you will have to come out of the existing light to the fan location and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan Installation, ceiling fan installation, fan location
ceiling fan installation, fan location, ceiling fixture: Bill one question is there more then one 1/2 hot outlet in the room. If not then try this. Kill power to circuit. Then carefully remove the duplex outlet. Make note, take picture if need be. Most 1/2 outlets have a ground, neutral, switched hot, constant hot,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan Installation, ceiling fan installation, norther illinois
ceiling fan installation, norther illinois, purple wire: Hi Marshall, Due to the odd color of the wires, I am assuming the wires are run in some type of conduit. Check the wall switch box and see what 2 color wires are attached to the switch. There may also be some other wires in this box wire-nutted...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan Installation, ceiling fan installation, hunter ceiling fan
ceiling fan installation, hunter ceiling fan, fixture wire: J The wires coming from the ceiling are used in the following order Black wire always hot red wire switched from a switch white is the common or neutral wire. There should be a green wire or a bare copper wire that is the ground. If not then there is no ground...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan Installation, ceiling fan installation, installation question
ceiling fan installation, installation question, wall switch: Jeffrey, The problem here is there is no neutral in the switch box and the fan requires one. What the wires do coming from the outlet is send the power to the switch from the outlet on 1 wire, then when you turn the switch on, it goes back to the outlet...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan Installation in Very Old House, ceiling fan installation, fuse box
ceiling fan installation, fuse box, electrical tape: Thomas, The voltage meter won t tell you which is which. But you have wired it correctly. The black should be switched and connected to the blue/black. If there is power to the circuit and you have them reversed black/white power it won t hurt anything....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan Installation, ceiling fan installation, ceiling beams
ceiling fan installation, ceiling beams, steady source: Bill, You can make this a lot easier on yourself if you use fans that have remote controls which eliminates the most difficult part of the wiring which is getting the new wires down to a switch because you won t need one with the remote s. The remote control...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan Issue, direction switch, fan 2
direction switch, fan 2, j box: Hi Matt, If you are reading 110V in the ceiling box, then the problem is in the fan. I have several guesses as what to look for, but if you would send this question to expert Will Babbitt, he ll solve it at lightning speed as he is a genius in this...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan installation - no ground, ceiling fan installation, lighting circuit
ceiling fan installation, lighting circuit, overhead lighting: Hey Trey, Based on your description....you are either in an older home that had only 2 wire circuits....with no grounds...or some of the wiring had since been updated but only at the receptacle outlets and not the overhead lighting circuit (common approach...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan installation, ceiling fan installation, wht blk
ceiling fan installation, wht blk, lighting fixture: Dennis, Since your getting voltage from the red to ground even though its white, certainly seems to say its not a neutral (white) wire. So here s how it all probably was before you took the connections apart so try this: Bare ground to bare ground, white...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan installed and now outlets not working, circuit breakers, gfi receptacles
circuit breakers, gfi receptacles, bath rooms: Hello Anne first check your electrical panel, be sure the circuit breakers for the bed, and bath rooms are on. Check any other GFI receptacles you have, most require to be manually reset,(button on GFI face) after a circuit has been turned off, and then turned...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan instilation, ceiling fan light, ground cable
ceiling fan light, ground cable, best guess: Hi Vici This sounds correct. The only way to know for sure is to test for power with a volt tester. My best guess is that the black/white/ground cable is supplying the power. So that white wire would go to the white wire on the ceiling fan. The...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan Light Bulbs, ceiling fan light, light bulbs
ceiling fan light, light bulbs, ceiling fixture: You might have sufficient vibration to allow the bulbs to rotate out of the sockets. I would suggest a bit of WD40 and reinstall new bulbs. Try not to put them in as tight as you think you can, but tight enough to not back out again. Check them after a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan Light Kit Installation, ceiling fan light
ceiling fan light: Hello Michael Re-check your connections the black wire in the fan is usually for the lights, and the blue for the fan, also there could be a second white wire (for the lights), that may not be connected. Make sure both the black and blue wires are connected...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan-New Install, amp breaker, gauge wire
amp breaker, gauge wire, metal brace: Hi Bruce, The wire size is determined by the size of the wire that feeds the outlet where you want to pick up the power. If it is on a 20 amp breaker, use 12 gauge wire and if it s on a 15 amp breaker use 14 gauge wire. If you are controlling the fan/lite...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan-New Install, chain switches, metal brace
chain switches, metal brace, bruce wilson: If you are going to use the pull chain switches on the fan itself to switch the fan and the light, a 2 wire will work. If you ever think you would add two switches on the wall to control these, you will need a 3 wire. I agree, I personally never use #14 wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan Outlet controlled by switch Part 2, fan outlet, silver side
fan outlet, silver side, wall switch: Hi Scott, Again, another strange set up. Not counting your new wire... There are no black wires in switch box? In the outlet: The 2 pigtailed blacks, are they connected together? Do they connect to the outlet? Is there a white wire connected...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan Outlet controlled by switch, silver screw, brass screw
silver screw, brass screw, scott reference: Yes it was, as it was wired backwards, The blacks were supposed to be on the brass screws and the white on the silver, as they are now. In the switch box: The loose black wire gets connected to the WHITE going to the fan. The black going to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan/Outlet, brass screws, jumper wire
brass screws, jumper wire, fan outlet: Hi Mitch, I must have misread something in our exchanges. I thought that the outlet was 1/2 hot and 1/2 switched, but apparently, it was all switched. Simple fix though. Remove the jumper between the the 2 brass screws and take apart the 2 black wires,...