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Electrical Wiring in the Home: Changing a 220 from 3 to 4 prong, stackable washer and dryer, waher and dryer
stackable washer and dryer, waher and dryer, thanks a million: Hi Shane. What you have is an older 3-wire circuit, where the ground is being used as a neutral, and both the black and white wires are hot. This used to be ok codewise to use, but in your case, with both a waher and dryer in one unit, you will be using...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Changing out 220 wall socket for dyrer, prong plug, hook ups
prong plug, hook ups, wall socket: Hi. You need 4 wires to hook up the new outlets. You need a bare ground wire. If you don t have that, you either have to run a new wire to the panel, or replace the dryer cord with a 3 prong one. The code was changed so that the neutral and ground...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Changing a 220v 3-prong plug to a 4-prong dryer plug, neutral wire, prong
neutral wire, prong, electrical problems: Without knowing the particulars about your Vulcanizing machine, and since you said it was a 3 wire originally, I d suspect it s a true 240 volt appliance without the need for a neutral wire. Your contractor assumed otherwise, and that s why he installed...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Changing a 220v Circuit, volt devices, slim line
volt devices, slim line, breakers: Hi Jim, 220 volt devices require a double pole breaker. It may be possible to make room in the existing box by replacing some of the single breakers with slim line breakers. These breakers are 1/2 the size of a regular breaker so 2 of these fit into...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Changing out a 220v outlet, receptacle, amps
receptacle, amps: Check the breaker for the dryer. I have not heard of one rated less than 30 amps, so it should be fine. Replacing the receptacle or the dryer cord is all you can do without installing a new circuit. Whichever is done, the white wire will be the unused wire,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Changing 240 to 110, wall oven, range hood
wall oven, range hood, gas range: Hi Tim. I would suggest you not use the 240v line to power a 120v outlet, too many things to change if you do it. Run a line from an existing 120v outlet, maybe the range hood, a counter top outlet close by, or even an existing outlet on the other side...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Changing 240V cicuit to 120V circuit, hot wire, move one
hot wire, move one, home gym: Yes. Just purchase two single pole breakers and use one for the circuit and the other will be a spare just to cover the empty space. They make a blank for most panels, but odds are you will use this at some point and will then already have a spare, also the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Changing 3 prong cord to 4 on a dryer, center terminal, prong
center terminal, prong, prongs: Hi Caitlin, Either way will work, but I would change the outlet because the dryer wa designed to operate ona 3 prong unit outlet. The new outlet gets wired: Black and red on the 2 outside terminals. White to the center terminal Ground wire(green...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Changing a 3-way switch to single pole, ceiling light fixture, hallway light
ceiling light fixture, hallway light, way switch: A white wire usually indicates a neutral wire. Since the neutral wire is already in the ceiling light with the new hot feed, the white isn t being used. Black usually indicates a hot wire and red indicates a switched wire . So in out case, the black...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Changing from 4 prong to 3 prong on dryer..., flat blade, screw driver
flat blade, screw driver, nut driver: Dennis, They certainly don t give anyone any room to work in. You re taking a four prong cord off of a dryer, then you are going to put on a three prong cord? This is different, most are faced with what to do with four wires on a three prong. So the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Changing a 40 amp to two 20 amps, electric cooktop, kitchen remodel
electric cooktop, kitchen remodel, new appliances: Hi Terri, The 40 amp breakers in the panel can be removed and replaced with 20 amp single pole breakers to power up the outlets. It is possible to use the old 40 amp cable to power the new outlets id the cable contains hots, a neutral and a ground...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Changing an air compressor voltage requirement, amp breaker, voltage requirement
amp breaker, voltage requirement, hp motor: Hi EJ, Based on your description...and as you mentioned...the compressor cord s plug will need to be changed back to a 120 volt plug end to fit the receptacle....more then likely a standard NEMA 5-20P or possibly a NEMA 5-30P. The 240 volt plug end may...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Changing a ballast, robert wilber, t12 lamps
robert wilber, t12 lamps, lamp type: * Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * You want to convert a light fixture from 220 [240] volts to 110 [120] volts. The fixture has four each 48 t12 lamps. What ballast do you need to operate this fixture...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Changing a breaker without a main breaker switch, power outage, circuit breaker
power outage, circuit breaker, breakers: Hi Kim, You do have a main breaker, but it may not be in the panel, it may be outside under the meter. As for the bad breaker, shut it off by hand, wait about 10 seconds then try to turn it back on. You may not need to change it, just reset it properly....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Changing a Circuit Breaker?, changing a circuit breaker, reputable brand
changing a circuit breaker, reputable brand, copper wire: AS for the second request....I have no clue. As for the breakers.....You may need to change the breaker. Problem...to use a 20amp breaker the wire size needs to be # 12. #14 is the wire size for 15amp...and that concerns me for a garage. Most are wired...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Changing a ceiling fan into 2 flush mount light fixtures, hanger support, joist
hanger support, joist, exact spot: It depends on where you want the lights. If they have to be in an exact location and other than the one is now, then yes I would make a junction box out of the existing one. However, you will have to cover it. To wire the two lights. Run two romex cables...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Changing ceiling light, incoming power, switch circuit
incoming power, switch circuit, voltmeter: Neil, can you tell me what the connection was to the old fan and light? first thing is to try and identify the switch circuit. Do you have a voltmeter, if not you will need one for this. Process of elimination, find the switch leg or wires to switch....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Changing a circuit Breaker, changing a circuit breaker, toni marie
changing a circuit breaker, toni marie, wire connector: There are 3 basic types of breakers, and for the most part they are simple to remove. The Sylvania style...long and thin...clip on to two separate bars, so pulling them off is difficult. QO which is standard sized, it has to clips that hug a bar on the back...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Changing circuits on a generator transfer box, generac guardian, power failure
generac guardian, power failure, dual circuit: Unless you are absolutely confident working with electricity, I would call an electrician. One little error could cause a major problem with the breaker panel and/or the generator. An electrician should be able to switch it around the way you want in less...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Changing a combo switch/outlet to a reg switch and adding a gfi outlet, gfi outlet, gfci
gfi outlet, gfci, light fixture: ok, add 1 short white wire to the whites and land it on the silver terminal of the GFCI. Take the black and add 2 short wires to it. 1 goes to the bottom terminal of the switch, and 1 goes to the gold terminal of the GFCI. The yellow then goes to the top...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Changing the cord on my dryer, neutral point, lowes
neutral point, lowes, google: I think if you follow the green wire in the machine, it will come to a splice point, from which it will go to both the neutral point in the wiring and to the frame [there should be a wiring diagram on the panel somewhere which will show this or something like...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Changing Dimmer Switch results in outage in other room, twist caps, ground wires
twist caps, ground wires, wall outlets: Hello Keith, no black wires will be ground wires. A switch simply interrupts the main feed wire, usually black, through the switch and continues to the light. I am not sure what the wire you are speaking of that is about an inch away from one of the black...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Changing Dimmers, wire connections, leviton
wire connections, leviton, reds: Hi Jim Check the wire connections at the on/ off switch. 2 wires will be connected to the light colored screws of the switch. Use these 2 colors on the 2 reds of the dimmer. 1 wire on the on/off switch will be connected to the dark colored screw of the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Changing electircal parts, 60 hertz, voltage in france
60 hertz, voltage in france, crepe maker: Hi Rafael, Sometimes it is possible, but I wouldn t recommend it. The problem isn t really in the voltage, which could be converted, but in the frequency of the voltage. In France it s 50 hertz and in the USA it s 60 hertz. This difference will quickly...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Changing Fuse box and old wiring, fuse box, improper wiring
fuse box, improper wiring, home warranties: I agree with what you say, but, knowing how little most home inspectors know about electrical wiring, I would not trust them to look at my electrical system anyway. A licensed electrican could come in and give you a good idea on possible troubles, and also...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Changing GFCI outlet to non-GFCI, amp circuit, gfi outlet
amp circuit, gfi outlet, freezer: Jennifer Since it is a dedicated 20 amp circuit, you can change out the GFI to a regular 20 amp outlet. If the freezer were plugged into a GFI, it more than likely would trip, as the GFI reads the motor starting up as a fault and would kick out. Do...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Changing everything in home, kitchen appliances, electrical work
kitchen appliances, electrical work, heat pump: I am not sure if any electrical is existing at the present and if so if any of it is usable. You must determine if you are installing circuits for kitchen appliances, stove, dishwasher, etc. and also circuits for a washer, dryer, a/c or heat pump, etc. Make...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Changing interior panel from 20 to 32 spaces, amp service, interior panel
amp service, interior panel, waterheater: Hi Joe, If the only major appliance that is electric is the dryer, the 100 amp service is plenty big for now and for the future. Most home in the 60 s were wired with 100 amp panels and they could handle, stove,dryer, and waterheater with no problem. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Changing a light fixture, changing a light fixture, fixture wire
changing a light fixture, fixture wire, globe: Hi. Always wire the new fixture the same way the old fixture was wired. Most likely that beige wire is a red wire, and the black fixture wire should connect to it. The black wires in the box are just passing through, and are on all the time. I hope...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Changing a light fixture...Upgrading, changing a light fixture, don beck
changing a light fixture, don beck, light switches: Hi Linda, I m not getting a good mental picture of what you want to do. Do you want to leave the recess fixtures, and have a pendant hanging down from inside the recess light to a few inches from the ceiling? Or, am I missing the boat completely? If you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Changing light fixture!, light combination, fan light
light combination, fan light, light fixture: There is a bit of humor in this one. That beige wire is getting old. It was white. In most cases, the red is for installing a fan/light combination. If it was wired correctly, the black would go to the fan, and the red would go to the light. It kinda...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Changing can light to pendant light, ceiling boxes, excess space
ceiling boxes, excess space, drywall: Hi Heather, The only difficult part is if the recess light opening in the ceiling is larger that the covers of the pendant, there is the excess space around the cover which would have to be patched and paint matched. If you have access above the lights...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Changing and light switch into a receptacle, top of the stairs, hallway light
top of the stairs, hallway light, light switch: Hi. It just depends where the power comes into the system. You would have to change the wiring at the other switch and the light too. I need to know where the power enters the system, and the relationship of the wires between the two switches and the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Changing a light switch, screw driver, light switch
screw driver, light switch, screws: There is a small slotted hole beside the round hole the wire is in. In that slotted hole is a lever that releases the wire. It takes something like a paper clip or mini screw driver. It usually only takes a push in and it releases. Sometimes you have to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Changing line voltage., washer dryer combo, amp breaker
washer dryer combo, amp breaker, metal conduit: Hi. It would trip at 30 amps, not 60. Using one breaker gives you 30 amps at 110 volts, two breakers give you 30 amps at 220 volts. It would be best to replace the breaker with a 20 amp one. Replace the outlet with a regular outlet. As you mentioned,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Changing Outlets, don beck, correct connections
don beck, correct connections, gfi outlet: Hi Ron, Yes you can and it s a great idea to do so. There will be a printed sheet inside the box, or on the box of the new GFCI outlet. Just follow the directions carefully and you should have no problem making the correct connections. Good Luck, ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Changing an outlet, don beck, gfci outlet
don beck, gfci outlet, mom and dad: Todd, Don Beck, your all experts electrician, now has his own web site for helping people with electrical problems. If you ever need an electrical problem solved, go to: WWW.HELPELECTRICIAN.co...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Changing an outlet into a light switch?, installing ceiling fans, new cabinets
installing ceiling fans, new cabinets, switch mechanism: If you are building a wall, you can easily mount a shallow box on the wall of one of your recepticles, and run conduit up the wall to the ceiling and to a ceiling box. You can either run more conduit down to your new switch, or incorporate it into the new...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Changing an outlet, don beck, light switch
don beck, light switch, table lamp: Hi Joyce, To do this is to too terribly difficult. You ll need to run a 14/2 wire from the outlet to wherever the switch is going to be. After that it is a simple chore. If,and when you get that wire run, get back to me and I ll tell you how to connect...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Changing outlets, wire nuts, flip switch
wire nuts, flip switch, light switch: Hi. It looks like you have the wires mixed up. The black power in connects to the wires going to other outlets in the house, plus one terminal of the switch. The black wire from the outlet that is switched, connects to the other terminal of the switch....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Changing outlets - lost power, recepticle, electrical outlets
recepticle, electrical outlets, light switch: He may have replaced a switched recepticle with a standard one and not got the wiring back the way it was. This will disconnect the circuit from that recepticle forward. The same holds true at the switches....if not rewired to the previous configuration,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Changing outlets - one sparked - not working, ground terminal, ground wires
ground terminal, ground wires, electricty: Hi Terry, Check the breakers to see if one looks a bit out of line with the rest, then push that breaker firmly towards off then back on. If there isn t one tripped check the connections in that receptacle that sparked. Also were there ground wires available...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Changing the plug on a dryer, menards, neutral ground
menards, neutral ground, hots: Hi Lori, You should be able to change the cord. There is a small panel cover where the cord attaches, when you remove the cover you will see a short bar with 3 screws. On a 3 wire cord the hots (red and black) attach to the screws on the outside and the neutral/ground...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Changing a pull chain light fixture, light fixture, screws
light fixture, screws, pull chain: Hi Dan, You have 2 black and 2 white wires in the ceiling box and BOTH blacks were connected to the old black fixture and BOTH white were connected to the old fixture white....correct? This is unusual, but if that s the way the old fixture was connected,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Changing shed wiring, robert wilber, national electrical code
robert wilber, national electrical code, electrical resistance: * 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: Changing out a shop 220 to 110 use, sized garage, fuses
sized garage, fuses, 110 volts: Hi. If the wire between the main panel and the garage has 2 hots, a neutral and a ground, you can put a sub panel and break it down to 110 volts. If there is no neutral or no ground, the wire would have to be replaced. If I am not getting the right...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Changing a single box to double with existing GFCI, brass screws, brass screw
brass screws, brass screw, water pick: Hi Pabloco, The 2nd outlet does not have to be a GFI as the 1st when will also protect the new one. Run a black wire from the LOAD side brass screw to the one of the brass screws on the new outlet. Run a white wire from the LOAD side silver screws...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Changing out switch that operates 3 devices, light fan, missing space
light fan, missing space, heater fan: I m not totally clear on what it is you have here. Your mention of 3 sets of black/white wires and a 3 toggle switch plate would indicate to me that you have three separate switches in one box, and each switch is responsible for controlling only one device...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Changing switches, pull switch, bathroom lights
pull switch, bathroom lights, switches: Hi. We don t do diagrams on All Experts. Sorry. You will need to run new wires behind the walls. In order for me to tell you where, I would need to know exactly where the power comes in, and exactly what wires are between the existing lights and switches....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Changing a three light connection to an inline switch for control of one light, motion sensor light, lighting arrangement
motion sensor light, lighting arrangement, inline switch: Nice job of figuring all that out. We should be able to make it work. We can still use the same switch that controlled the lights, even though it is a 3 way and not a single pole. What we need to do with the wires that are present is: The red wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Changing a wire type and conduit depth, pvc conduit, shrub beds
pvc conduit, shrub beds, electrician: Sorry, we use pull strings in conduit or fish tape because usually we run all the conduit and then go back and pull in the wires. I have tried putting the wire in while I would run the conduit a couple of times, it was a pain in the posterior after about...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Changing wiring between receptacle and fuse box, amp fuse, fuse box
amp fuse, fuse box, kittchen: Hi. Yes, it sounds like something may have melted somewhere in the circuit. With two circuits involved, you ended up with a 220 volt dead short which could cause this to happen. Another cause may be that the white connection was severed, and it shouldn...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Channel lettering problem, neon gas, j box
neon gas, j box, lettering: The transformer feeding this probably went bad. It is small and plugs in or is directly wired into a j-box near the sign. A possible cause would be a loss of neon gas. About the only thing I can tell you is to have your sign company check it out. Sorry wish...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Charger for cordless drill, black decker, batteries
black decker, batteries, memory: Jim, I don t believe you will damage the battery although I also do not believe you be able to charge to it s full potential. Also if you use the 12.5 volt charger, batteries have a memory and after a few uses it will not allow you to charge it to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Chargers and Transformers around the house, power brick, electronics expert
power brick, electronics expert, riding toys: Hi. This question may be better answered by an electronics expert. However, I would use the correct charger. Electronic items can be damaged easily. So, I would not risk damaging something expensive. It may be OK some of the times, but very expensive...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Checking a balast on a flourescent lighting fixture, screw out, flourescent lighting
screw out, flourescent lighting, balast: To check the switch you ll need a voltmeter, or a lamp socket and bulb, with two wire leads. By touching one wire to a good ground and the other wire to one screw on the switch, you can tell if you have power. One screw is hot all the time, the other screw...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Chirping Ceiling Fan, variable speed fan, high pitch
variable speed fan, high pitch, fan switch: Hi Pat, Boy, that s a new one! The only thing I can think of would apply only if the fan has a remote control operation. The chirping could be caused by a low battery. With the fan switch in the off position, there should be no electricity going...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Choosing breaker sizes, amp circuits, amp breaker
amp circuits, amp breaker, window air conditioners: Hi Brian, Based on your description....you ll definitely want to consider some wiring upgrades/circuit changes on top of the 200 amp service upgrade....you clearly have pointed out some overloaded circuits in this home - some of which are also Code violations...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Christ mas Lights, amp circuits, moisture problem
amp circuits, moisture problem, gfi: Hi Cindy, When it rains the GFI kicks a breaker Do you mean the GFI recep trips? Or is your breaker in your panel actually tripping? If your GFI recep is tripping, most likely its from moisture shorting out the hot to the ground....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Christmas decorations, aa batteries, christmas village
aa batteries, christmas village, village buildings: Hi. I think they make a transformer with multiple plugs that plug into the battery holders, so you don t have to use batteries. If they don t, you can always buy rechargeable batteries. You can t wire them up without a transformer, because they are...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Christmas Icicle lights, christmas icicle lights, circuit breaker
christmas icicle lights, circuit breaker, cameron: Unfortunately...it only takes one. When a bulb goes out in a string like that...it can take the entire string with it. Test each string independently....put a lamp or such that you know works, at the end of a string and prove the current flow completely...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Christmas Lights, christmas lights, extension cord
christmas lights, extension cord, sure what your question: Hi John, I m not sure what your question is here. Do you wanna know why this is happening? Your fuse is blowing cause there is to much load on it. To many light stings on it or its possible there is a short in the string that doesn t make...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Christmas lights, e mail address, amp breaker
e mail address, amp breaker, don michael: Michael, I m not very savvy on computers so I don t know how to send a digital picture. I do know that you can t send it thru All Experts, so you have to send it to my E mail address,if you can get someone to explain how to do it. Send to: CRUISIN1@COX.NE...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Christmas lights, volt bulbs, volt bulb
volt bulbs, volt bulb, voltage circuit: You can see how long they will last, but most likely they will either immediately burn out, or burn out very quickly as the voltage is almost double. Are you feeding it currenty 6 volts? If not, this is the reason for the high heat. If you did the opposite...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Christmas lights, c9 lights, fuse box
c9 lights, fuse box, rooflines: It is always a good idea to test lights on the ground before putting them up. Test each strand, then connect them. If the problem starts on the ground, you have good chance of fixing or relocating connections. It is hard to diagnos a problem in the air,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Christmas lights, amp circuits, c9 lights
amp circuits, c9 lights, fuse box: Hi. You will need more circuits. I have 14 breakers just for my Christmas lights. C-9 bulbs (made after 1976) are 7 watts each. You have enough to fill two 15 amp circuits almost to capacity. If you add much more, then you will need to add a third circuit....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Christmas lights, c9 lights, fuse box
c9 lights, fuse box, rooflines: Michael: If the fuse trips when you turn on the lights, look for a bad string. If it takes a while for the fuse to trip add up the wattage on 375 c9 lamps. If the outlet that you plug them into is powering other items in the house then you are just overloading...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Christmas lights, c9 lights, amp circuit
c9 lights, amp circuit, fuse box: Michael Seems like there may be a problem with the lights or the circuit it is plugged into. Take the lights and plug them into another plug and see what happens after you have them on for a while,if you have access to a amp probe you can check the amperage...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Christmas lights, weather proof, professional insight
weather proof, professional insight, outlet boxes: Michael If you want outlets on outside corner of the house this is more difficult and could cost more. If there is anyway that you could plug the lights in next to the meter this would save you money. Another thing to get outlets on the corners...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Christmas lights outlet, christmas lights, dobbin
christmas lights, dobbin, fuse: I dont want to sound stupid..but have you tested each strand independently? A fuse usually goes..when the draw is greater than equiped for. If the strand is being used to carry the load of additional stands downstream...it may be too weak to carry that load...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Christmas lights, c9 lights, watt lamps
c9 lights, watt lamps, amp breaker: My first thought is that you ve overloaded the circuit...15 strings of 25 bulb strands? That s 375 bulbs at what wattage? Seven watt lamps would be 2625 watts divided by 120 volts equals 21.875 amps. This would trip a 20 amp breaker. If they are 10 watt lamps,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: CIRCUIT BREAKER LOADS, watt light bulbs, lighting load
watt light bulbs, lighting load, rough wiring: I d say circuit #1, 2 and 3 are about half loaded. A 15 amp circuit can carry 1440 watts safely, and your circuits are running around 900 watts, so each circuit has the potential to be increased about 540 watts, or nine - 60 watt light bulbs. Just split your...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: CIRCUIT BREAKERS, gauge copper wire, amp breaker
gauge copper wire, amp breaker, circuit breakers: Hi Ken, Sorry just responding...we ended up staying downstate last night....too tired to drive back home after finishing up a large job and a 16 hour work day (we didn t want to have to travel back down Monday....so now it s 100% done). Based on...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: CIRCUIT KEEPS TRIPPING, home improvement centers, neon light
home improvement centers, neon light, loose wire: Steve, It sounds like a wire has worked loose in this circuit and touching something it shouldn t. To find this can be frustrating and time consuming as you need to open every device that is not working, that includes, all outlets, switches and lights....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: CIRCUIT TRIP, remode, light switch
remode, light switch, recess: Hi Jesse, To reset the breaker, you have to shut it all the way off by hand, wait 10 seconds, then turn it back on. The cause of the breaker tripping can only be an overload. Unless you can get these lights on a different circuit, the only way to keep...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: CIRCUT BREAKERS, circut breaker, heating element
circut breaker, heating element, circuts: Hi, The circuit breaker should be a double pole 30 amp in the breaker panel. It is twice the width as a regular breaker. Locate this breaker and see what color wires are attached to it. With this breaker off, open up the dryer outlet and tell me...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ciciut breaker, amp breaker, gauge wire
amp breaker, gauge wire, clothes dryer: Hi. I have never heard of a 10 amp breaker in North America. If you are in Europe, things are very different there, and I don t like to give advice. In North America, the breaker should be 30 amps for a standard dryer. However, you can t change the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Cieling Fan and Closet Light from Recepticle Switch, constant power, murphy bed
constant power, murphy bed, fan light: Okay everything you need is in the switch box. The group of black wires together are all hot, as is the black going to the switch. The red is hot only when the switch is ON. That tells us the RBW combination supplies the receptacle with a switched outlet...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Cieling fan dual switch; 3 black wires in junc bx, ceiling fan light, brass screw
ceiling fan light, brass screw, dual switch: Hi Larry, 1 black wire in the ceiling box is in the same cable as the red wire. This black wire will be the one to control the fan and should be connected to the fan wire only. The other end of this wire will be in the wall box and also be in the same...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Cieling fan install, installing a ceiling fan, pig tail
installing a ceiling fan, pig tail, bottom post: Hi. At the outlet, all you have to to is disconnect the red wire, and connect a black wire where the red wire was. If you have 2 black wires in a wire nut, you can connect one wire on each terminal of the outlet. I am assuming that the bridge was not...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Cieling fan pull chain switch replacment, chain switch, wall switch
chain switch, wall switch, white lead: Hi Rich, Sorry just responding...my daughter was having her appendix taken out...been up visiting her at the hospital...just getting back. Based on your description....here s what you ll need to do: Determine which set of black/white goes to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Cieling fan, fan speed control, fan side
fan speed control, fan side, j box: Matt, It sounds like the you need to change terminals with the wire that comes from the dimmer to fan switch. The one that feeds the fan switch, needs to go onto the other terminal of the dimmer, possiblt this terminal is marked line . That s the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit Breaker, crackling sound, buss bar
crackling sound, buss bar, amp load: Hi Byron, Checking the specs for the Cen-Tech 7 function P30756 mulit-tester...No - this tester is not reallly designed to check for amperage loads....it s amp scale only reads DC amperage - and then only to 200mA which is trickle amperage. (scale is:...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit Breaker, 3 way switches, electricity problem
3 way switches, electricity problem, way switch: For out purposes we ll call the sensor switch #2 and the stairway switch # 3. I think the problem is, there are 2 wires crossed; 1 on switch #2 and 1 on switch # 3. If you look closely in this switch box, you will see that a lot of black wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit Breaker, permanent marker, circuit breaker
permanent marker, circuit breaker, bunches: Steve, As an electrician, I would hook up my device that finds breakers for certain circuits. If you do not own such a devise I recommend you shut down one half of the breakers (one side) and try turning on the fan. If the fan is off, turn on the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit Breaker, amp circuit breaker, hvac contractor
amp circuit breaker, hvac contractor, lowe s: The price is not out of line for a panel replacement, however I know that Lowe s and Home Depot would not carry this sort of an item. Before committing to the changeout, call an electrical supply that handles GE parts and see if they can acquire this breaker....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit Breaker, porch light, circuit breakers
porch light, circuit breakers, front porch: Hi. Breakers rarely trip for no reason. You most likely have a short. If you keep turning it on, you risk having an electrical fire. You can disconnect the wire from the breaker, and see if it still trips. You should either contact an electrician,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit Breaker, continuity tester, electrical testing
continuity tester, electrical testing, computer tv: Good morning Rob, Based on your description...there are several possibilites for this scenario....which one fits can only be determined by careful examination or electrical testing. When a breaker trips - and then will not mechanically reset (keeps...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit Breaker, don beck, amp breaker
don beck, amp breaker, fuse box: Hi Nancy. Am i correct in presuming that you do not reside in the UK if so could i suggest that you contact Don Beck as he is the expert within your part of the world. I would not like to give you the wrong advice and for anything to happen to you with regards...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit Breaker 220V, amp breaker, 12 gauge
amp breaker, 12 gauge, circuit breaker: Hi, Breaker size is limited by the size of the wire attached to it. All the breakers you have listed are probably too small to power a stove, Proper wire size to proper breaker size is: 15 amp breaker.....14 gauge wire 20 amp breaker.....12...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit Breaker, gfci receptacle, amp circuit
gfci receptacle, amp circuit, curling irons: Hi Darren, Based on your information...where your home is only ~ 8 years old....it should have had GFCI protected receptacle outlets in all the bathrooms (Code required)....on a 20 amp #12 gauge wire circuit (not Code required but a general rule of thumb...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit Breaker, hot water heater, electric hot water heater
hot water heater, electric hot water heater, heating elements: There are (normally) two separate heating elements...upper and lower. It could be the circuit breaker went bad with the electrical problem of the previous water heater. You may need to replace it as well. If it weakened one half of the breaker, it trips...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit Breaker, don beck, tandems
don beck, tandems, circuit breaker: Hi Don, I m not sure I understand the question. I think you are saying, you have 2 wires attached to 1 breaker. If this is so, what you need to do is add another breaker in the panel. If the panel is full, you can get tanderm breakers. They are 1/2 the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit Breaker, outdoor outlets, inconvenient times
outdoor outlets, inconvenient times, conections: Hi. That circuit breaker is a GFCI, which is supposed to prevent people from getting shocked. If it trips while it is raining, it means that the wiring is getting wet and is hazzardous. I doubt if the breaker is defective. You should keep all of the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit Breaker, split system air conditioner, split system air
split system air conditioner, split system air, service feeders: It will have to be from the panel, a dedicated circuit for the unit only. There are live wires still in the panel with the main off, the incoming service feeders to the breaker are always hot unless the meter is pulled by a licensed electrician or the utility....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit Breaker, float switch, sump pump
float switch, sump pump, circuit breaker: Christine: I think its time to replace the pump. Because you said it was running every 30 minutes for more then 3 months. The float switch is bad thus causing the frequent cycling, and if the pit was dry the pump was run dry. Its usually nt good to run pums...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit Breaker, circuit breaker, kitchen counter
circuit breaker, kitchen counter, inbetween: Howard, Unless the breaker is bad which is unlikely, the breaker is letting you know you have a problem in the kitchen known as a short . Two wires are touching inside an elecrical box that should not be touching and/or an outlet got wet. You can...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit Breaker for Air Compressor, amp breaker, amp line
amp breaker, amp line, don beck: Hi Joe, A fusetron is the screw in type fuse. If it is rated at 20 amps, it will take a little more than that for a short period of time before it blows. I don t use Squrare D materials, but I m sure they make a 20 amp breaker that will take that little...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit Breaker Box, electrical inspector, electrical panel
electrical inspector, electrical panel, circuit breaker: Susan Yes it is the code will require that a electrical panel will not be allowed in any bathroom, closet less than 3ft or kitchen or in a area where it is not accessible. If you are not sure about the electrician s policy you can always ask the local Electrical...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit Breaker Box, spark arrester, arc fault
spark arrester, arc fault, circuit breaker: Hi. There is a breaker called an AFCI (Arc Fault Circuit Interupter). However, they are not supposed to hum. Apparently they are more proned to humming, because I had one that did. If it is one breaker, it can be replaced. You may want to contact...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit Breaker Buzzing, amp breaker, afci
amp breaker, afci, circuit breaker: Hi. The breaker may be going bad, or there may be a short somewhere that isn t bad enough to turn the breaker all the way off. Did you try turning the breaker off and back on? Unless there is something you missed, there obviously in no overload. I had...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit Breaker Opening, amp circuit breaker, overhead fan
amp circuit breaker, overhead fan, ceiling fan: Sounds like the motor on the fan is shot, the blades will turn freely as the motor is not strong enough to stop the rotation, and/or the motor is shot so the blades rotate freely anyway. If you are sure everything else is off the circuit and still getting...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit Breaker - Outlets, wire tester, wire nuts
wire tester, wire nuts, hot wire: Hi. Sorry it took so long to answer. I was traveling and my laptop died. Did you check the kitchen outlets? The wire that leaves one of the kitchen outlets bringing power to the dining room may be loose. Again, check wire nuts and push in tabs...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit Breaker Panel, circuit breakers, amp circuit
circuit breakers, amp circuit, amp service: Hi Donald, This was probably caused by loose wire on the breaker or the breaker itself was not seated properly and either the wire or the breaker was arcing. You may be able to buy just the guts of the panel leaving all the wire connections coming...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit Breaker Panel, circuit breaker panel, breakers
circuit breaker panel, breakers, cracks: Hi Vince. I m thinking you have a bad breaker in the panel. cut the power and pull the breakers out one by one and visually inspect them. Do you see any cracks or do they appear to be melted? If you see anything out of the ordinary then replace...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit Breaker problem, wall switches, circuit breaker
wall switches, circuit breaker, downpour: If you can safely remove the cover, and then take the wire out of that breaker and put it into another breaker, it will tell you whether it is that circuit or the breaker. If the trips another breaker, it is the circuit. It is simple to replace breakers....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit Breaker Question, wooden spoon, wire nut
wooden spoon, wire nut, crazy story: Sorry, he pinched the wire, but you trying to turn it on more than once contributed to the problem The breaker sparked because the contacts opened under fault ... just what they are supposed to do. None of this will cause any problem with any other wiring...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit Breaker Removal, cutler hammer, type ch
cutler hammer, type ch, circuit breaker panel: Hi. Just about all breakers have a hook on one side (the center of the panel) and it has a slot on the bottom that grips a metal plate. Be careful what you touch, since some of the metal is energized. Pull the breaker out and towards the center of the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit Breaker Replacement, american standard air handler, amp configuration
american standard air handler, amp configuration, volt circuits: Hi John, Based on your description...you wish to replace a true 2 pole GE 240 volt 60 amp breaker with a half size (2 breakers in one slot) to run an air handler. These 1/2 breakers do NOT provide true 2 pole....the 2 combined mini breakers fit the slot...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit Breaker size for Submersible pump, amp breaker, horsepower motor
amp breaker, horsepower motor, literature states: Hi Paul, Hopefully the amount of amps needed for the pump is marked on it somewhere. If not, it should be less that 20 amps so you could use a 20 amp breaker and # 12 wire. This should be ample to run the pump. The only concern is it may be way too much...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit Breaker Temperature, induction heat, circuit breakers
induction heat, circuit breakers, amp circuit: Mike When you use a electric heater it is called induction heat. That means it is just a bunch of elements getting hot that is the most use of power. They will always cause breakers to get warm as they are a resistance to the wire.This is normal if you feel...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit Breaker Tripped A While After Reset, short burn, microwave oven
short burn, microwave oven, loose connection: Hi Lee, It sounds like you have do have a short somewhere in the circuit. Turn off the lights and see if it still trips the breaker, if it does the problem is probably in a receptacle. If not turn your lights on one at a time to see which one is causing it....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit Breaker Tripping, bare wire, daily basis
bare wire, daily basis, electrical tape: Splicing is allowed for old work as long as the splices don t take up more than 40% of the available space. It s not advisable though. Wrapping with tape is not a Code issue, unless the wire carried current, then it d be a good idea. They make circuit...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit Breaker Trips, circuit breaker trips, lighting fixture
circuit breaker trips, lighting fixture, switch one: Ravi, If the breaker will not reset and its sparking and making a noise when you try to reset it and it won t reset then you have a dead short some where. You might be able to find the problem yourself if you unplug everything thats on that circuit and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit Breaker Wiring, gage wire, metal copper
gage wire, metal copper, ampacity: Hi Yes, number 10 does sound way too small. The ampacity of the wire depends on the length, the type of wir , the metal (copper of aluminum) etc. I don t have a chart, but most places that sell wire have the ampacity charts based on the type of wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit Breaker, gauge wiring, window air conditioner
gauge wiring, window air conditioner, amp breaker: Larry, Take a closer look at this breaker because I don t believe you have a 10 amp breaker. Maybe the paint has somehow been scratched off to make it appear that it looks like a 10. But in answer to your question if you have 12 gauge wiring and its copper...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit Breakers, electricity works, circuit breakers
electricity works, circuit breakers, bus bars: First if it is on a double pole breaker it is using 240 volts. Most well pumps are and while it may be marked furnace my bet is it is the outside A/C unit which almost always is 240. Common wiring practice is that any colored wire other than white, gray,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit Breakers, vacuum research, circuit breakers
vacuum research, circuit breakers, vaccuming: Fortunatley...it worked, did what if was supposed to do. Now the problem is finding the reason for the trip It wasnt the vacuum... Research all the recepticles and switches that do not work now. Take each one and look for anything out of the ordinary....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit Breakers, circuit breakers, meter socket
circuit breakers, meter socket, bus bars: Hi Ralph, This sounds like a loose wire in the breaker panel. it could be a wire attached to any of the breakers or any of the white wires attached to the neutral A tightening down of all those wire would be a good idea. Do this with the main breaker...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit Breakers, phase wiring, circuit breakers
phase wiring, circuit breakers, pool contractor: Hi Thomas, Are the 30 amp 40 amp breakers all 1 unit, or are they completely separate breakers? The voltage readings on the A/C seem odd to me. 208 voltage is not standard for a house. Homes use 220 volts. 208 is used in 3 phase wiring used in commercial...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit Breakers Tripping, hot water heater, circuit breakers
hot water heater, circuit breakers, circuitry: George, your situation is very unusual. The water heater breaker tripping immediately is indicative of a short. The other breakers taking some time to trip suggests an overload. However, none of the symptoms should be related in that their circuitry should...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit Breakers, volt devices, volt circuit
volt devices, volt circuit, circuit breakers: Hello Marie. Good question. Only 240 volt devices should be fed from a double pole breaker. There may have been a replacement of the furnace, well pump, or some other device that was originally a 240 volt and the new one is a 120 volt, but in this case, the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit braker, circuit breaker, bed bath
circuit breaker, bed bath, few minutes: Hi. It sounds like you have a short in your wiring, and if you keep resetting the breaker, it could cause a fire. You should try to find out why it is tripping. If it s a new home, it may be under warrenty. I hope this helps. Feel free to ask any follow...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit brakers and wiring, gauge aluminum, amp breaker
gauge aluminum, amp breaker, amp load: Hi Paul, I ll admit...I m somewhat biased when it comes to aluminum wire (especially the smaller gauge aluminum such as #12 or #14)...but 25 years in the field has taught me to be....just seen way too many problems with it. But...with that said...number...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit breake panel wiring, jumper wire, amp breaker
jumper wire, amp breaker, ground leads: Hi Alex, If the panel is the main panel for the house, not a sub panel in a detached garage or building, then the neutral(whites) and grounds(bare or green) are connected to the same bar. In your case, there is probably a jumper wire that is connecting...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit breaker, changing a circuit breaker, single mom
changing a circuit breaker, single mom, tight budget: If you can turn your main breaker off first, that would be a good idea, and yes, they just snap into place. The branch breakers that is. Question...ask yourself why it is tripped? If the breaker is really old and has tripped quite a few times in the past,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit breaker, changing a circuit breaker, single mom
changing a circuit breaker, single mom, tight budget: Hi. I would say that most likely there is another problem. There is probably a short somewhere. Well pump motors get a lot of corrosion since they are always in water. But anyway, to answer your question-- Be careful when working in the main box because...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit breaker, circuit breakers, square d qo
circuit breakers, square d qo, circuit breaker: I strongly suspect you have a problem with your underground feeder. It might not be much of a short to trip the main, and then again, it might only be on one leg of your service. This is something that a homeowner is really not qualified, or equipped, to repair....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit breaker, type fuses, amp breaker
type fuses, amp breaker, circuit breakers: Not that I am aware of. Your only allowed to load a circuit breaker to 80% of its rated capacity, ie 12 amps for a 15 amp breaker, and 16 amps for a 20 amp breaker, etc. Also motor breakers must be 125% of the locked rotor amps. Yes the motor will fail before...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit breaker, power conductor, damp weather
power conductor, damp weather, recepticle: Easily. If the failed power conductor is making contact with the ground conductor of the circuit and it is connected to the dryer, it could easily happen. It could also be a faulty connection in the dryer itself, so before doing any repairs to the circuit...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit breaker, circuit breaker, amazement
circuit breaker, amazement, breakers: Hi Tim, You have the wrong breaker. Plug something into the outlet and turn each breaker off 1 at a time until the outlet is dead. The outlets in that room may be wired to different breakers. some outlets on 1 breaker and some on another. This is not...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit breaker, amp breaker, amperage
amp breaker, amperage, circuit breaker: Hi Frank. Technically speaking yes a breaker can operate higher than the rated capacity BUT that depends on who manufactured the breaker as not all will operate much higher than the specified rating but most will work satisfactorily a few amps over the stated...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit breaker to the AC, screw terminal, wire nut
screw terminal, wire nut, contactor: The indoor unit is on a separate breaker than the outdoor unit, so the indoor fan can operate without the outdoor unit having power. The outdoor unit may have a problem, but the most simple place to start is with this breaker. If it is replaced, but trips...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit breaker box, qualified electrician, hi mary
qualified electrician, hi mary, one hope: Hi Mary Beth, Ah, but where do you plug in the hair dryer with the power off? Yes, you should be concerned. I do not recommend you do this, but if it was me, I would turn off the main breaker and pull each breaker and check behind to make sure there...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit breaker box wiring, wire insulation, wire nuts
wire insulation, wire nuts, circuit breakers: Hi Tom, Just getting in... Based on your descriptuion...this is a MAIN panel...and as such - the neutral and ground must be bonded (they can be on seperate bars as long as they both attach to the metal trim or a jumper connects one to the other) or...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit breaker box, amp breaker, amp service
amp breaker, amp service, circuit breaker: Hi Gary There are two things to check. 1. The rating of the panel which should be on a tag on the panel. This is the maximum amps that the panel is rated for. 2. The wire size. This is actually what the size of your service is based on because the wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit breaker clamp, robert wilber, place thanks
robert wilber, place thanks, thanks in advance: Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * It is called a breaker lock It is to keep someone from inadvertently turning the circuit off Breakers trips internally anyway, so lock doesn t reduce effectiveness...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit breaker leaking voltage, amp breaker, amp circuit
amp breaker, amp circuit, voltage detector: Hi Bob, It sounds like you have a good handle on what needs to be done and how to do it. This sub box is considered to be a sub panel so you will need an extra ground bar in the sub for the ground wires(bare), as the neutrals and bares do not go onto...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit breaker at main panel, amp breaker, circuit breaker
amp breaker, circuit breaker, electrician: Hi. It could be the breaker, or it could be something the electrician didn t see. There could be a staple in the wire behind the wall for example. You can try to replce the breaker and see if it helps. If not, then there is something wrong that is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit breaker Options in Case of Fire, stupid thanks, electrical fire
stupid thanks, electrical fire, circuit breaker: Hi. Yes, it is a good idea to turn the power off. However, if anything has already caught fire, it won t help. But it can keep the wiring from sparking and causing more problems, and also make it safer to throw water on the fire. I hope this helps....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit breaker/plug, hot water heater, faulty circuit
hot water heater, faulty circuit, voltage capacity: Hi. I have never heard of an outlet for a water heater. Usually they are hard wired in. Perhaps there is a GFCI somewhere that has tripped. Outlets in the bathroom are required to have them. They can be in the basement, garage, outside or another bathroom....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit breaker problem, circuit breakers, burn marks
circuit breakers, burn marks, oven range: Hi Merv, I m not sure from your question which breaker is tripping, one of the 50A for the A/C unit or the main controlling them all. Either way, yes, breakers do wear out. Before you replace it check to make sure the connections are tight, if you do replace...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit breaker problem, little known fact, don beck
little known fact, don beck, neutral position: Hi Lisa, A little known fact is, to reset a circuit breaker, you must turn it off by hand, then back to the on position. When a breaker trips, it goes to a neutral position, not to the off position. So, it must be turned off by hand first, then back to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit breaker sizing, bob osgood, amp breaker
bob osgood, amp breaker, master electrician: Hi JL, Based on your load descriptions...it does sound like your cabinet saw will require a 30 amp double pole breaker for protection...and #10 wire. Most motor loads have to have oversized protection for potential short term lock rotor (bound up motor)...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit breaker switches, circuit breaker, air compressor
circuit breaker, air compressor, conductor: I agree it is dangerous to upsize without checking the wiring. The breaker should be sized according to the conductor rating, so upsizing a breaker could cause the wire to heat up and burn before the breaker would trip. You need to use an amp clip on one of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit breaker trip, gfci trips, amp breaker
gfci trips, amp breaker, initial test: Hi. The breaker being the wrong size is another issue. It is not safe and should be changed back to a 15 amp. However, that should not cause the GFCI to trip. If the GFCI keeps tripping without the fan connected, there is a problem with the wiring....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit breaker tripping, street vibrations, circuit breaker
street vibrations, circuit breaker, switch box: Hi Bill, Using the 12 GA solid connected to the 14 Ga stranded is OK. If all the connections in the switchbox, the outlets and the lights are tight, and the hair dryer runs for a little while, then the culprit has to be the circuit breaker. It s a long...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit breaker tripping, mechanical spring, pool pump
mechanical spring, pool pump, electrical line: Hi Tom, Breakers are set to trip because of heat. If this breaker worked for a long time and is now acting up, it is probably dues to a loose wire(s). Check the connections on this breaker and make sure the wires attached to it are snug. Do the same...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit breaker tripping, tanning bed, beaker
tanning bed, beaker, circuit breaker: Hi. The breaker could be bad, but more likely the circuit is overloaded or has a short. Do you know how many amps the tanning bed is? What else is on the circuit? To replace the breaker, take the cover off, the pull the beaker from the center of the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit breaker tripping, watt microwave, ground faults
watt microwave, ground faults, circuit breaker: Jon, it would be logical that the breaker is tripping prematurely. Check the wire connected to it. If the terminal is loose, that could cause the problem. A simple way to check it would be to swap wires with a different 20amp breaker and see if it holds....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit breaker, changing a circuit breaker, single mom
changing a circuit breaker, single mom, tight budget: With RARE exception this is quite simple...for any welder. The end with the trip switch does pull out...not easily,on purpose. It is a little harder to put back in, but after you see how it goes...just a bit of force and you re back in business. All this...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit breakers, amp circuit breaker, circuit breakers
amp circuit breaker, circuit breakers, improper wiring: Hi. It gets more complicated when there isn t any more room. Perhaps you don t have enough amperage to run everything. There is a point where the main panel needs to be upgraded. Unfortunately fixing the problem is not a do-it-yourself project. Grounding...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit breakers, wall sockets, circuit breakers
wall sockets, circuit breakers, upstairs hall: Hi Steve, Try that breaker shut off thing again, but wait at least a minute before turning them back on. If this is isolated to 1 breaker, and it continues, then the breaker may need replacing. They do go bad. If after replacing the breaker, the problems...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit breakers, branch circuits, circuit breakers
branch circuits, circuit breakers, food warmers: Branch circuits for houses usually have the capacity of either 15 or 20 amps. surge protectors usually have an overload breaker for 15 amps. each of your food warmers are 1440 watts. amps x volts = watts so 1440w / 120v = 12 amps. therefore 2 food warmers...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit breakers, and wiring, upstairs loft, amp breaker
upstairs loft, amp breaker, amp circuit: First try a different circuit breaker, then consider a 20amp breaker as a test run. If a different 15 amp breaker works...problem solved. If it takes a 20amp breaker to power the circuit....you may be at its limit of run at the 12.5 amps. Bedrooms are required...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit breakers, amp circuit breaker, circuit breakers
amp circuit breaker, circuit breakers, major appliances: The 20amp breaker is rated for a minimum 2400watts. If you add up the lights that are on....say 7 at 100watts each..You are still far short of enough energy to trip the breaker under normal conditions. Try trading breakers in the panel box. If you have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit breaks, gfci receptacle, circuit breakers
gfci receptacle, circuit breakers, amp circuit: Hi. No, if you were testing the outlet only, there should be only one breaker. The exception would be 220 volt outlets. If two breakers had to be shut off, it sounds like the wires are crossed or some other strange situation which would be very unusual....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit dead, ceiling light fixtures, wall sockets
ceiling light fixtures, wall sockets, loose wire: Hi James, Yes, if there is a short the breaker should trip, especially a new one that should be in perfect working order. This sounds like a loose wire somewhere in the circuit. It is an easy fix, but may be difficult to find. Each non working device...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit Fuse/Circuit Breaker Keeps Blowing/Operating, location loft, lighting circuits
location loft, lighting circuits, fuse blows: From your explanation, it would appear that your problem is in the one fixture and not the other four that share the circuit. Assuming that the wires on the lampholders are good, tight and not grounded somehow, I d suspect you have a bad ballast, and if it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit Ground is Hot, drywall screw, cover plates
drywall screw, cover plates, circuit breaker: Hi. You may want to try several things. One is to get a circuit analyzer which is under $10 at any home center. Another is to put a tester light between the ground and neutral to see if it lights. Hopefully you can isolate it to the section of wire is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit help, wiring circuits, kick plates
wiring circuits, kick plates, wallers: Hi. There is no general answer. (which is why you can t find it in books) It can be done any way that is convenient for you. Electricians do it however they want. Some may run the power to the lights, then run all the wires down to each outlet. Usually...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit is hot at ground wire, florescent light fixture, wire nut
florescent light fixture, wire nut, bare wire: We know that this circuit is not alone on the breaker, can you determine the rest of the recepticles or switches on the circuit and test those connections before or after this one. It may be a nail broke the ground in some wall. A broken connection in a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit keeps tripping during rain, underground wire, easiest thing
underground wire, easiest thing, rain: Hi. The easiest thing to do is to check out the lamp post itself. Check for any damaged wiring, etc. If you don t see anything, try disconnecting the fixture and see if the breaker still trips. Perhaps the head needs to be replaced, or at least the socket...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit Panel Ground, bus bar, grounding wire
bus bar, grounding wire, ground bus: install at least an 8 foot ground rod, run bare copper wire into the panel to either of the neutral bars. Then make sure the 2 neutral bars are connected. This is required to meet code. Then you can move all the grounds to one bar and all the whites to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit Problem, arc fault, amp circuit
arc fault, amp circuit, circuit testers: The easiest possibility...the bare ground and neutral can be touching in a box. Otherwise... It also sounds like a switched receptacle where the switching wires are not correctly connected to either the switch or the receptacle. If the light does not work...power...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit panel, lugs, breakers
lugs, breakers, amps: Hi Greg, There are lugs on in some panels are always hot unless the main breaker is off. However, these lugs are usually used to feed sub panels somewhere else in the house. Is it possible you may have another breaker panel in the house that feeds the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit has power but nothing will turn on, circuit location, recepticle
circuit location, recepticle, miriad: These are the fun ones. Everything defies logic. Start with the breaker. voltage to ground/neutral. Go to the next known circuit location. Pull out the appliance and test the wires. Dont test the appliances...test the wires. Test wires in each and all...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit powered by two breakers?, knob and tube wiring, circuit tracer
knob and tube wiring, circuit tracer, upstairs bedroom: I don t think you have an immediate need to fix this, however I wouldn t forget about it. You say that the circuit drops in from the attic. One circuit? Or you couldn t find the other? Somewhere the two hots are joined I feel, but it would hard to identify...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit problem?, bare wire, copper wire
bare wire, copper wire, bathroom lights: Hi Sheryl, I am assuming the wires that are pigtailed in the back of the box are white and are connected together. If so, that s good.(probably 3 connected together) Now for 3 black wires and the bare wire. If the switch has a small green screw on,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit problem, bathroom lights, breakers
bathroom lights, breakers: Hi Brian, The main could be bad, but it s unlikely. To check this, use your tester and see if you are getting a full reading at the output of the single breakers. If the main is bad, 1/2 of the breakers will not read correctly. Try shutting each breaker...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit problem in home, digital cable box, loose wires
digital cable box, loose wires, volt outlets: Hi. This sounds like a serious situation, and you should get a good electrician. It seems like the person who came to your house didn t want to be bothered. He should check for loose wires, not tell you to do it. He has a lot more experience, and can...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit problem, don beck, circuit breakers
don beck, circuit breakers, problem thanks: Hi Jim, I don t think this is an easy one step process to correct. It appears the problem may hace come from someone adding on outlets and lighting after the inital wiring was completed. If you could send me the diagram of house and the locations...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit question, flood lamps, watt bulbs
flood lamps, watt bulbs, amp breaker: Mike, Even if all 10 lights have 75 watt bulbs, that is 750 watts. A 15 amp breaker can handle apprx 1500 watts. 75 watt bulbs in recess cans may be excessive. Most recess cans have a heat sensor built into the can and a 75 watt bulb, running full...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit stopped working, wirenuts, extension cord
wirenuts, extension cord, unfinished basement: Hi. Unfortunately you have to check all the rest of the circuit. A wire may have either burned loose or just came loose. If the outlets are wired with the wires pushed in rather than screwed to the sides, check those because they can fail. Also check...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit going out without tripping breaker, fan installation, fan operation
fan installation, fan operation, floodlight: Hi Larry, If everything worked OK before the fan installation, then the ceiling box for the fan is a good place to start. If there are more wires in this fan ceiling box then the 2 connected to the fan,that would be a good place to look. There may be wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit going out without tripping breaker, detective mission, bus bar
detective mission, bus bar, floodlight: Larry: This is a detective mission. The first thing I want you to do is go to the breaker box and locate the breaker feeding the circuit by turning it off, so that you know which one it is. Then carfully remove the cover to the box. Now pry the breaker...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit trips when ANY device plugged in, cell phone charger, outlet strip
cell phone charger, outlet strip, way switch: Mike The reason it would trip when you add a load is because you are making a circuit from the hot to the neutral,so somewhere along the line a white wire may be loose causing a imbalance on the neutral and that would cause a fault on the breaker, especially...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit trips when light is turned off., way switch, ground wires
way switch, ground wires, light fixture: Hi. Is this a 3 way switch (two switches controlling the light)? Does the switch have more than two terminals not counting the green ground? In order to have a short, a hot wire has to be touching a neutral or ground. Assuming this is not a 3 way...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit use of white and ground wire, circuit breakers, amp circuit
circuit breakers, amp circuit, spare cable: Steve, usually the breakers will stack in columns on either side of the bus bar. Odd numbers going down one side and even numbers on the other. With this arrangement, the breakers that are stacked on one another alternate phases. For example going down...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit won't turn on, porch light, laundry room
porch light, laundry room, cooktop: It means that the circuit is starting elsewhere and untill you find the beginning and correct the connection...the circuit will not perform. It can be extensive to find and trace a circuit...it can have a juction box in an attic or crawlspace that you are...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit not working with current, source panel, circuit tester
source panel, circuit tester, loose connection: Sebastian, I feel that you have diagnosed the problem correctly i.e. a poor or loose connection. In that both 120v circuits are affected, I would suspect that the neutral, feeding the neutral bus is the problem. The 220 circuit doesn t need a neutral. The...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit not working except for one outlet, fuse panel, aluminum wiring
fuse panel, aluminum wiring, aluminum wire: Hi Marc, I think all your assumptions are good ones. The place to start is at the working switch. Aluminum wire is famous for contracting in size, and it may have stopped touching the other wires. Sometimes just screwing all the wire nuts down a little...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: One Circuit out, dave emery, warner robins ga
dave emery, warner robins ga, gfi: Dave, Double check the breakers by turning each one firmly off, then back on again firmly. Sometimes a breaker can be trippped when it doesn t appear to be. If this doesn t do it you probably have a connection issue in one of the outlets. Are all the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuits overloaded?, cieling fan, electrical device
cieling fan, electrical device, filaments: You should not have odd sounds from any electrical device. The 1500 hr bulbs...they can advertise whatever they want to...to sell them. A cheap bulb can last Years...or minutes. Sometimes it is the shock the bulb has gone thru to get to your house. Thos...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuits with recepticles and lights, fan location, bringing power
fan location, bringing power, incoming power: There are 2 ways to do this. The first involves bringing power to the switch and then going to the light. The 2d involes bring power to the light and then run a switch wire to the switch location. For the 1st option run the wire to the switch location,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuits reset/dead, no breaker tripped, battery backups, digital clocks
battery backups, digital clocks, teeth marks: Hi Joe, It sounds as if 1 of the main lines coming into the panel has come loose and doesn t always make firm contact. It could be in the meter socket itself, at the connection point where the power company hits your house, or in the main panel. The...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuits have "rewired" themselves?, upstairs bathroom, neutral wire
upstairs bathroom, neutral wire, blowdryer: It sounds like you have a loose neutral wire somewhere in the circuit. You can try and fix it yourselves. I would recommend turning the breakers off that feed that part of the house. Then open up each junction box and check all the connections paying particular...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuits, cicuits, armoured cable
cicuits, armoured cable, electricity supply: Peter. Sorry, it does sound like we have 2 different electrical systems. Ours, in the USA, uses AC current, and requires a complete circuit to a load. It sounds like your is similiar to a DC circuit. I m afraid to try to answer anything, since I have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circurt Breaker, cutler hammer, outer edge
cutler hammer, outer edge, square d qo: Hi. The breaker is probably bad unless there is still a short or overload that is causing the problem. Everyone is comfortable with different projects. It s not hard, but you have to be careful not to touch anything that is energized. The breaker should...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circut Box Amps, base amps, glass fuses
base amps, glass fuses, electrical panel: For the most basic items, 100amps should work. If you are planning to add alot of electrical items, such as a range, dryer, water heater, hot tub, garage/workshops, etc..., then you should consider upgrading to a 200amp service. I hope this has helped....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circut Breaker, amp circuit breaker, loft area
amp circuit breaker, loft area, ligths: Your on the right track Jim, you have a dead short some where which means where ever the short is its solid but I would follow your theory that water has gotten into a junction box or fixture some where near the water damage. I m confident that if you follow...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circut Breaker, robert wilber, everthing
robert wilber, everthing, watching tv: - * Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * both WHAT went out on main floor? put back to off? the breaker? It sounds like you lost something. Are your neighbors having a similar problem? [could be a utility...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circut Breakers Going Out, bearer of bad news, baseboard heat
bearer of bad news, baseboard heat, electric heaters: Hi. You are overloading the circuit. In order to increase the capacity of the circuit, you would have to replace all the wire in the walls. If you change the circuit breaker with another size, you will catch your house on fire. You can use only one heating...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circut Breakers, c marsh, light boxes
c marsh, light boxes, voltage detector: Hi C Marsh, Based on your description, it sounds as if you are experiencing all the symptoms of a backfeed ...when one circuit inadvertently connects to another anywhere downstream. Either circuit by itself is fine...UNTIL you turn the other one one....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circut breaker won't turn on, electronic device, light fixtures
electronic device, light fixtures, short circuit: Hi. Constantly trying to turn on a tripped breaker can lead to a fire. You have a short circuit in your wiring, and this must be fixed before attempting to turn the breaker back on. Open up every device on the circuit, all plugs, switches, and light...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circut for Welder, amp breaker, circut breaker
amp breaker, circut breaker, welder: Hi. If it plugs in, I would buy the plug, and then see what it is rated for. If it is a 50 amp outlet, then you need a 50 amp breaker. All 220 plugs have different configurations for different amp ratings. Should it wire in, I would go with 60 amps to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Clarification on Correct Grounding, amp breaker, hot legs
amp breaker, hot legs, ground cable: Hi Ben, How far is the pedestal from the house? Your neutral is bonded to ground at the main service panel. It sounds like it is your responsibility to run wires from the pedestal to your house panel, is this correct? If so, you should run four...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Clicking noise from canisters when off, aluminum siding, thermal protector
aluminum siding, thermal protector, master bathroom: Hi. There is a thermal protector on recessed lights. But if the lights do not go off when the switch is on, they should not be activated. It may just be the metal expending and contracting. If you ve ever had a house with aluminum siding, that happens...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Clicking Wall Outlets, aluminum wiring, whirlpool tub
aluminum wiring, whirlpool tub, wall outlets: Hi. Assuming that you have turned off the correct breaker, and there is only one circuit in the box, then the problem has to be non-electrical. Perhaps it is the water pipe behind it. The same thing happened to me in my whirlpool tub. After all of the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Closing off an electrical box, wire nut, electrical tape
wire nut, electrical tape, hook up: Hi Connie If there are any wires connected to each other, make sure the connection is tight and use electrical tape over them. If the wires are free in the box and not connected to anything, put a wire nut on each wire and use electrical tape over...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Clothes Dryer, clothes dryer, half moon
clothes dryer, half moon, pigtail: Morning Randy, While i m not totally sure i see your question. I m thinking you have a 4 prong outlet and a 3 wire whip (dryer cord). If your asking where the white on the outlet is going to. Your ground (white) in the whip...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Clothes Dryer, dish detergent, lint trap
dish detergent, lint trap, month old baby: Either the timer circuit has departed life, or the overheat sensor has, would be my first 2 guesses. Other than that it could be a thermal sensor in the motor, the motor needs oiled [as applicable] the rubber drive is shot, a bearing is getting hot and seizing....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Clothes dryer installation, ceramic capacitor, voltimeter
ceramic capacitor, voltimeter, amp breaker: New doesn t always mean good. Many products are defective right out of the box. Your voltages are correct. So lets make sure the configuration is correct. The outlet should have two openings that are straight and a L shaped opening. From straight...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Clothes dryer outlet in an older home..., clothes dryer, electric dryer
clothes dryer, electric dryer, good solution: Julie, Your 220 dryer needs a 220 source, there is no good solution, other than to run a dedicated 220 line to the spot you need it. Sorry there is just no simple trick to get 220 at a 110 outlet. I am assuming this is totally electric dryer, and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Clothes dryer, volt motor, heater element
volt motor, heater element, clothes dryer: You need to use a meter and check for voltage at the receptacle. Check between the two Hot sockets to be sure you have 240 volts. The motor could be a 120 volt motor and is operating on one of the power legs, but it requires both for the heater element....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Clothes washer keeps blowing circuit board, board replacements, household wiring
board replacements, household wiring, clothes washer: Hi Pauline, This could be caused by, too much voltage surging to the outlet; not enough voltage to the outlet. Either of these could be caused by loose connections on the outlet or in the breaker panel. A visual inspection of the outlet with the breaker...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: CO/Smoke detectors, pet peeves, incoming power
pet peeves, incoming power, signal devices: I replied directly. I forgot to tell you that the fie department came by and inspected my shop last week. I got no answer worth repeating. Which figures. I am still very interested in the outcome of this. If I ever get a minute I am going to find...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: COLD GLITCH, loose connections, weak spot
loose connections, weak spot, clod: DEBBIE Ok lets try to narrow this down Is the light outside? what type of light is it? You say this happens when it is cold by cold do you mean when the weather is cold? Or the light is cold ( by clod meaning not turned on yet). Sometimes loose connections...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: COMMON AND GROUND IN ELECTRIC PANEL, neutral source, subpanel
neutral source, subpanel, 220 volts: Hi. No, it is not OK to connect them together in a sub panel. If the neutral became disconnected, the ground would carry the power overloading the wire, and making anything grounded electrified. It is OK at the main panel, because the electricity would...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: I AM CONNECTING 2 LIGHTS WITH..., way switch, good luck
way switch, good luck, travels: Basically power comes into the switch on the black common terminal, travels to the other switch from the 2 wires on the gold terminals and then goes to the light from the black common terminal on the 2d switch. The neutrals just go from power in to each light....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: CONNECTING SUB PANEL FROM MAIN SERVICE, gfi outlet, ground bus
gfi outlet, ground bus, subpanel: Hi Bruce, Yes, add a grounding bar in the sub panel that is connected to the metal panel itself, bonding it to the metal panel. The neutral bar should be insulated from the metal of the panel, not bonded. All the grounds(green or bare) in both...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: COOKTOP WIRING, amp breaker, fire hazard
amp breaker, fire hazard, insulation: Hi Robert, The max breaker for # 10 wire is 30 amps. The new cooktop will require a 40 amp breaker and the wire needs to be #8 gauge. Attaching the 10 wire to a 40 amp breaker would be a fire hazard as the #10 wire could heat up can start burning...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Code: dishwasher elevctrical hook-up, electrical inspection, water valve
electrical inspection, water valve, drain pipe: Hi Denis. I think the code is silent on if you can plug in a dishwasher, instead it leaves the decision up to the manufacturer. If the manufacturer says it can be plugged in, then you can. If they say to hard wire, you have to hard wire. The reason...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Code requirements for Bathroom Fixture, studds, bathroom fixture
studds, bathroom fixture, sheetrock: Hi Tracy. I believe this is a common way to connect a vanity bar light. If you will be replacing the bar light with just a single fixture, then you will have to install a box. You can use a remodel box which holds itself in the sheetrock, instead of needing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Code Violations in NYC Apt, don beck, housing board
don beck, housing board, shower leaks: Hi Katherine, It sounds as if there are some things that need looked at by the city. Although I m not versed on the NY code, there are a lot common things. Having everything on only 2 breakers is not a good idea. The breakers should be 15 amp. That is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Code violation for light fixture?, dry wall anchors, electrican
dry wall anchors, electrican, hollywood style: Hi Beth. Some inspectors would say it is a violation, but I think that if the cable is attached to the back of the fixture with a cable clamp, then the fixture itself becomes the box, if there is ample room iside for makeup. If it is too slim, tho, that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Code, riverside california, personal choice
riverside california, personal choice, jurisdiction: There is no Code requirement for solid versus stranded. It s a matter of personal choice, and possibly local jurisdiction. A solid wire won t fray under the pressure of a screw tightening like a stranded wire would, but then if you reverse twist a stranded...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Codes for Basement Wiring, joists, five feet
joists, five feet, electrician: Hi Tessa. I wondered when this problem was going to arise. Uncovered breaker panels, exposed and unprotected cables, and such problems are not code approved. I have no way of knowing if any of this is up to code, but it doesn t sound like it is. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Coiled heating in ceiling, electric coils, volt devices
electric coils, volt devices, voltage tester: Hi Mindy, I have not installed or worked on a heating system of this type. However, it does sound like 1/2 of the 240 volts is out. If you have any other electrical, 240 volt devices in your home...like a dryer, stove or water heater, see if they...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Cold cathode cove lighting, cold cathode lights, cove lighting
cold cathode lights, cove lighting, lighting application: Hi Brian, Just getting back from Holiday vacation....a day later then planned - sorry for the delay. No....I do not have any direct hands-on experience with CCF lighting for home lighting but I have installed them in commercial applications - although...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Color coding of 100 amp breaker wiring, amp breaker, amp service
amp breaker, amp service, ground wires: Doesn t matter which is which or even if they are on different ones from panel to panel, however common practice is black is on top or to the right and then red. Not quite sure the wire is correctly sized. I believe it takes 1/0 copper or 2/0 aluminum for...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Colorado Code, colorado code, parallel wiring
colorado code, parallel wiring, correct terminal: Hi Daniel. I don t know what the Spring s code is, so I would urge you to contact the local inspector there, to answer your question. Normally, you run a wire to the 1st outlet, then run another wire to the 2nd outlet. Tie the blacks together in the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Combination Receptacle, terminal screws, kitchen cabinets
terminal screws, kitchen cabinets, receptacle: Hello Jeff. The switch is only in the hot side, so coming from an existing receptacle, the black hot feed from the receptacle instead of going directly to the next receptacle would connect to either of the switch terminal screws, and the second terminal screw...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Combination Receptacle, maintenance engineer, receptacle
maintenance engineer, receptacle, light switch: Whats up Charlie, Its definitely possible but you need to be able to access the neutral (white wire) in that box. Take the existing switch out and let me know exactly whats in there. How many cable s and the number and color of wires in each. Also how they...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Combination Switch/Outlet wiring, copper wires, black lead
copper wires, black lead, screws: Hi. You need only 3 wires, and 2 of them are on the switch already. The wire coming from the power connects to the right side. You need to connect only one of the two screws. That is probably the black wire on the switch. The other wire connects to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Combination Switch, low voltage lighting, pilot light
low voltage lighting, pilot light, metal strip: Good Morning Phil, Based on your description...it sounds like you may have one of the wires on the wrong side at the combination switch...and there s certainly no need to feel silly...I get a fair amount of questions with the same problem...it s rather...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Combination single pole switch, ground wires, exhaust fan
ground wires, exhaust fan, hot wire: Hi. The side with the one screw should be the black wire power coming into the system. The other side should be one black wire for the fan, one for the light. So, it sounds like it is wired correctly. I hope this helps. Feel free to ask any follow up...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Combination single pole switch and grounding receptacle, tile wall, electric razor
tile wall, electric razor, pilot light: Hi John, An outlet run off of the wires on the switch will not work as there is no neutral in the box. The switch box only contains a hot it, and a switch leg out to the lite. It is possible to add an outlet somewhere in the bath, if you have access...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Combination switch receptical, time ie, hot wire
time ie, hot wire, electrical outlet: There should have been instructions in the box to explain your needs. There is a brass tab on one side of the switch/recepticle. That tab needs to be broken off. This separates the two. It then is a single recepticle and a single switch. If you need...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Combination switch, conductors, switches
conductors, switches, black wire: Hi. Do you have all the wires you need? Some people try to install a combination switch and outlet in the place of a switch that has only two conductors. I am not sure exactly what you are trying to do. You now have two siwtches? Or a switch and an...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Combination TSPS, jumper wires, bathroom light
jumper wires, bathroom light, test light: Hi. First of all, see if there are any jumpers built in. If there are, there is probably the word common printed on one side of the switch. If there is, the wire coming in will connect to that side. If there is not a built in jumper, then the power...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Combination Wiring Device, gold screw, silver screw
gold screw, silver screw, correct combination: Hi Denise, Based on your description...it appears either you have a typo in your model number....or you are referring to a switch/receptacle combo no longer made or supported by Cooper. I ve searched all my catalogs....as well as www.cooperwiringdevices.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Combining circuits in a single box, low voltage systems, amp light
low voltage systems, amp light, amp circuit: Welcome back AJ, #1. If your still in the rough in phase its best to put them both on dedicated circuits. A fridge uses roughly 8-10 amps. Granted, theres still 10 amps on a 20A circuit, but in the kitchen thats not much if you was to pull...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Combining two and three wire wires into light switch, switch wiring, light switch
switch wiring, light switch, light fixture: ok, put all the black wires together, except for the ones going to fixtures. Now take all of the black wires going to fixtures and wirenut them to the red wire. In the switch box, put the red on 1 terminal and if there is more than 1 black, put a short 6...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Combo 3 way switch & oulet, gold bottom, way switch
gold bottom, way switch, switch box: Sorry Rod, but I think your three way doesn t have a neutral, even though you see a white wire. It s common practice to run a 3-wire between switches, using one wire as the hot or switch leg, and the other two as travelers . There are several different methods...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Combo Box, gfci receptacle, combo box
gfci receptacle, combo box, light switch: Hi Todd, If you have a voltage tester check to see if you have 120V between the wires feeding your switch and the white wire that is capped off. If you have 120V you should be able to install a receptacle fed by those two wires. With it being in the bathroom...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Combo Dimmer/Switch Install, dual switch, hi tim
dual switch, hi tim, lutron: Hi Tim, If the old dual switch worked, this new one should OK too. Can you send me the wire configuration of the new switch as shown on the directions and, if possible, send a photo of both sides of the switch? This site mulls up photos so if you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Combo switch outlet wiring, gold screw, silver screw
gold screw, silver screw, wire nut: I do not have this wiring diagram, but based on the terminal markings it should work as follows: 1. Add a short piece of white wire to the two existing white wires along with the white of the new light. Wire nut all four together. This gives a neutral connection...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Combo switches, way switch, hot wire
way switch, hot wire, s box: If it s a four way switch, and I think it is from your description, you re not going to be able to get power for your new lights, if you thought you could tap a circuit somwhere. If you had the same setup in your 3-way that you succesfully wired, there must...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Combo Washer/Dryer 3 prong plug (huge), combo washer dryer, washer dryer combo
combo washer dryer, washer dryer combo, 220 volt: Hi, You brought the washer/dryer combo with you, or it was already there when you moved in? Is the washer dryer a 220 volt set up or a 110 Volt set up? This info should be on the back name plate somewhere. How many amps does this unit need? Also...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Combo wiring device, gfci outlet, pilot light
gfci outlet, pilot light, screw: Jack: That switch / pilot device will have a screw that needs the hot feed . There is a screw that the neutral (white) has to be connected to. Then last there a screw that when you work the switch it turns on and off . Heres what you need to do. First find...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Comment on Fluorescent Circlin Lights, sales clerks, replacement ballasts
sales clerks, replacement ballasts, electrical advice: Hi Mary-Jane, Just getting off a double shift - but it allowed me to give everybody a 3 day week-end - so I guess it was worth it...now - if I could just get thru this pile of paperwork - I might even get a day or two off myself...such is life. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Commercial Electrical, upstairs and downstairs, electrical expertise
upstairs and downstairs, electrical expertise, amp service: You should contact another Electrician. Part of my problem is the fact that all commercial buildings are not rated the same. There are many catagories for them. The use of the building or tenants can dictate the load requirements. As for the CATV and PHONE...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Commercial light switch boxes, bob osgood, electrical code book
bob osgood, electrical code book, national electrical code: Hi Edd, For some reason this site is not currently notifying us Experts that we have new questions (must be a glitch in the program) ....only found yours while logging in to answer a question I did get an email for days ago... NEC Table 314.16A...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Commerical Wiring, neutral ground, recolor
neutral ground, recolor, nameplate: You have to have a double pole breaker sized according to the nameplate rating of the appliance. The wire feeding it must also be of the proper size. Then put the black on one breaker s terminal and the white, recolor it any color but white, gray, or green,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Complete circuit out, hallway light, wire nuts
hallway light, wire nuts, laundry room: Hi. These things are always hard to find. Open up all the outlets, lights, and switches (one at a time) Look for any black areas. If the wires push into the back of the devices, rather than screw to the sides then either check with a tester or move the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Complete Home Re-wire, temporary hookup, local power company
temporary hookup, local power company, fuse box: Hi Bill, For a temporary service, you must go thru your local power company. They have to furnish you with a temporary power to a temporary meter. Also, they won t give a temporary setup without the approval of your local electrical inspector. You...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Complete power loss, diyer, random times
diyer, random times, loose connection: Hi Mark, This sounds like a loose main wire. This loose connection can be where the power company hits your house,at the top of the meter, at the bottom of the meter or at the main breaker where the power comes in from outside. The power company...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Compound Problem-reply, compound problem, fan light
compound problem, fan light, light assembly: Hi. To wire the fan, the black power source that goes to the light switch will also go to one terminal of the fan switch. The black wire to the fan would go to the other terminal on the switch. The white wire would go to the other white wires. I...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Compound problem, ceiling fan light, compound problem
ceiling fan light, compound problem, light fixture: The recessed light in the bedroom is correct. All blacks together, and the fixture feeds off of the red and white. The white is your nruetral, or common wire, the red, hot only when the switch is on. I think your problem is in the switch you rewired....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Compressor motor wire sizing, ingersol rand air compressor, pvc conduit
ingersol rand air compressor, pvc conduit, gauge wires: Hi David, With a 30 amp breaker, you only need to run 3, #10 gauge wires for the 2 hots and neutral, and you can use the existing 12 gauge wire for the ground. However, if I were doing this, I would run a separate ground wire, 12 gauge, for the new 220V...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Computer restarts when I turn off my lights, don beck, computer equipments
don beck, computer equipments, computer restarts: Hi Kevin, How the Apt. is wired, depends a lot on how old it is. Apts. that were built less than 15 years ago sometimes have an outlet switched with the lights. Usually, the outlet is hot on one half, and switched on the other half. To find out, plug a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Computer & wiring, computer wiring, proper voltage
computer wiring, proper voltage, multimeter: Yes you can purchase an outlet tester almost anywhere. It has 3 lights on it and tells you the condition of the outlet. It will tell you if the outlet is ok. Whether the hot neutral is reversed etc. Cost is around $5. Also you could get a multimeter,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Concerned about electrical system in new house, room conversion, light bulbs
room conversion, light bulbs, best guess: Hi. Without seeing it, all I can do is make a best guess. Lights can dim with a major appliance comes on. If the house is near capacity, then it may happen more often. A loose neutral between the pole and the main panel can also cause excessive dimming....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Concrete Outlet, outlet configuration, electrical boxes
outlet configuration, electrical boxes, concrete patio: Hi Chris. There are masonry boxes designed for this exact purpose. The come in all sizes to accommodate the depth of the concrete. When laying in the pipe and boxes, I always put in 1 wire in the conduit, that way you can attach the wires to this wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Condensation in buried plastic conduit, electrical conduit, underground conduit
electrical conduit, underground conduit, underground pipe: There s not an underground pipe laid that doesn t have water in it, over time. I d go with the PVC if it were me so that I d have a raceway to repull wire in the event that I need to. I d also lay it as straight as possible with the fewest bends, and if it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Condensation in Main Panel, northern plains states, robert wilber
northern plains states, robert wilber, exterior sheathing: - * 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! Should you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Condensation on wires in light fixture, bob osgood, hallway light
bob osgood, hallway light, master electrician: Rod, Based on your description...further examination to determine the root cause / source of the liquid material is necessary. Until it is found and corrected - further use of this fixture is NOT advised.....and the switch should be left off. There...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Conductor fill/box fill/raceways, wireway, bedroom light
wireway, bedroom light, lowes: 1. What you are describing in a homemade device similiar to WIREMOLD. The only difference I can ascertain is WIREMOLD carries a UL listing, yours probably hasn t been submitted and approved. 2. My mistake. Typing error. 314-16(B)(4) says For each yoke...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Conductor sizing, rigid pvc pipe, conductor sizing
rigid pvc pipe, conductor sizing, amp meter: Hi Richard, Just getting back in... Okay....the service ISN T tapped yet...makes more sense to me now. I take it you installed an actual weatherproof panel with breakers...in order to control the 120 volt attached GFCI outlet. Not sure why...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Conduit?, home improvement center, dennis crowley
home improvement center, dennis crowley, pvc conduit: PVC conduit can be used anywhere that hazzards will not cause harm. Attics....usually pretty safe place, except for summer heat. It would need to be supported to prevent sag. You can see where the metal has the advantage in attics. Some attic areas have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Conduit, flexible metal conduit, cable check
flexible metal conduit, cable check, restriction: Hi. It is rare that conduit is used in houses. Unless you have a local code restriction, you can use plastic covered wire or metal covered cable. Check with your local inspector. Big cities usualy have more restrictions. I hope this helps. Bo...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Conduit capacities, four inches, bends
four inches, bends, switches: I don t have my book here at the house, but I m guessing no more than 5 - #12 s in a 1/2 and 9 in a 3/4 . A lot depends on how many bends you have and the distance you re pulling. Take a bundle of wires and cut them about three or four inches long, and insert...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Conduit fill restrictions, motor loads, insulations
motor loads, insulations, solids: What insulation? How long is the run? Controlling any kind of inductive load at the other end? Like a motor? or anything with high in rush current? I ask because of starting flex from motors, if we have room and there is motor loads we might want to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Conduit fill restrictions, feeder lines, inch pvc
feeder lines, inch pvc, junction boxes: As long as both circuits have overcurrent protection, and insulation rated for the maximum voltage that they could be exposed to, you can do what you suggested EXCEPT, panelboards are not to be used as junction boxes. Even if your wire just passes through...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Conduit &Juction Box Size, amp circuits, gage wire
amp circuits, gage wire, washington county oregon: I would run at least 3/4 and possibly 1 pvc outside. Schedule 40 would be fine. I would use a 4 11/16 junction box with 1 or 3/4 knockouts. The romex connectors would have to be that size unless you used reducing washer so you could use 1/2 romex...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Conduit Question, side edge, punchout
side edge, punchout, subpanel: Hi Jason, Just getting a chance to log-in and answer your question....very busy electrical season here... Trying to visualize your layout based on your description...and if I m seeing it right - you have an 1 1/4 run of conduit running directly...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Conduit required in open wall detached garage, open stud, romex
open stud, romex, excessive moisture: Hi Matt, We were away for most of the week-end....just now getting a chance to answer your question... How the circuits to the GFCI boxes will need to be run is determined by several factors such as: - will the wire be exposed to possible physical...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Conduit requirements for SE aerial service to meter, pvc schedule, nec codebook
pvc schedule, nec codebook, branch circuits: Adam: I ll answer in the order you asked. 1. The power company in your area has minium requirment for equipment up to the meter. I would use eather IMC or RIDGID 2 conduit its a one time install and forget it. 2. The NEC codebook allows for 120/240volt...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Conduit size., pvc conduit, amp service
pvc conduit, amp service, conduit size: Hi Bill, Although I m not a fan of aluminum (especially for inside wiring)...I do occassionally use it myself for for services and larger applications - only because the lugs are larger and that can help limit some of the negatives of using aluminum....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Conduit for THHN Conductors?, professional electrician, two walls
professional electrician, two walls, safety hazard: yup need an accessible [not in an attic] disconnect and circuit overcurrent device where the service first enters the building. Single THHN doesn t cut it - conduit or SER cable Get a new inspector who knows something. You are looking at thousands...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Conduit wiring, wire insulation, electrical wiring
wire insulation, electrical wiring, cdt: Hi. To be honest with you, I am a homeowner who has been interested in electrical wiring since I was about 5. However, as a homeowner, I don t use too much conduit. So I looked it up in the web at http://www.westpenn-cdt.com/pdfs/T183.pdf. It goes by...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Conduit, conductor insulation, insulation thickness
conductor insulation, insulation thickness, pvc conduit: It depends on the specific wire due to different insulation thickness, also on the specific conduit, PVC, METAL, etc. However as a guide, the most common conductor is a THHN conductor insulation, and 12 of these conductors in a #12 guage can be installed in...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Confirming Wire Size for Hotub, conduit sizing, hotub
conduit sizing, hotub, amp service: From the code book....#6aluminum (XHHN) is rated to 50amp. Your concern will be to be sure the GFCI is aluminum rated for connections. At the spa, for conduit sizing, I recommend going to #8 copper to use the Probable 3/4 conduit that most are equiped to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Confused wiring, incoming power, lighting fixture
incoming power, lighting fixture, wire nut: First identify the pairs of wires black and white. One of these is incoming power obviously. With masking tape tag both the black and white with a number 1. Then take another set of wires and wire nut the black to the black and the white to the white of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Confused, amp breaker, gfci
amp breaker, gfci, gfi: You should have the b/w/g coming from your switch made up to the b/w/g in your GFCI but on the LINE side of the receptacle as opposed to the LOAD side (we don t want the light fixture on the GFCI). The b/w/g coming from the switch to your fixture will make...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Confusing circuit, old refrigerator, neutral wire
old refrigerator, neutral wire, weird situations: Hi Pat, There are several weird situations that can cause this and only of them you can find yourself without special test equipment. Either in the breaker panel or somewhere between the breaker panel and this outlet there is a neutral wire (White)...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Confusing light fixture, bob track, track lighting
bob track, track lighting, light fixture: Jo, What your describing as being track light heads is apparrantly something else. Track light heads don t have loose wires coming out of them because they plug into the track and thats how the connection is made. So I don t know what you have there. Maybe...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Confusing wiring diagram Cooper Wiring 6109 180deg motion-sensing switch, motion sensing switch, volt circuit
motion sensing switch, volt circuit, hot wire: Sam No not at all if you do that you probably burn out the switch. Usually the hot wire goes to one wire on the switch,The second wire goes to the switch leg (load) Then there should be a place for The neutral wire to go on the switch, maybe to make the motion...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Connect Microwave and Wall Oven to 240/120 service, amp breaker, wire nuts
amp breaker, wire nuts, amp capacity: If your original oven was say, 50 amps, and your two new appliances don t exceed that, then the wiring is big enough. One thing I forgot to mention is your new appliances need thier own protection, not the single 50 amp breaker in the panel. It s okay to leave...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Connect new 208/240V washer to dryer outlet, ac power supply, amp breaker
ac power supply, amp breaker, gauge wire: Hi. The outlet and plug you are describing are generally used for dryers. (a big 4 prong plug) A washing machine uses a standard plug and outlet. Here is a link to see pictures of the outlets. http://209.85.165.104/search?q=cache:9XsQAa3y1qwJ:en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NEMA_connector+NEMA+14-30+R&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=1&gl=us&ie=UTF-8...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Connecting 14-3 and 14-2 wiring, pool heater, connect one
pool heater, connect one, scotch: 1) You shouldn t be hiding your junction box. How would you access it if you needed to troubleshoot a problem? 2) Just make joints on your wiring with scotch locks. The black in the 14-3 feeds one 14-2 and the red feeds the other. All whites together, and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Connecting 14-3 and 14-2 wiring, conductor wire, conductor cable
conductor wire, conductor cable, pool heater: Yes. Connect the neutrals and grounds as before. The changes will be to keep the black of the 3 conductor feed connected to the 3 conductor feed to the pool and the black of the 14/2 to the light. At the pool connect the black for the pump and the pump and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Connecting 220 VAC plug to line cord, core wires, ground terminal
core wires, ground terminal, copper wire: Hi Jeff, Sorry just responding....been away visiting family for the day... Must be the season for welder related questions...this is one of several I ve had in the past couple months....and the question behind this is also welder related. Based...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Connecting a 220 v air compressor, ingersoll rand, neutral wire
ingersoll rand, neutral wire, lowes: Calvin, In your dryer outlet, the red and black will be the hots and the bare the ground. The white won t be used. Consider the white white of the new unit as a red wire and match it up to the outlet that way. In the breaker panel, make sure...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Connecting 240 Volt garage heater, volt device, amp breaker
volt device, amp breaker, garage heater: Hello John. You are correct that the heater is similar to any other 240 volt device. The two 120 volt lines will connect - one to L1 and the other to L2. There is no neutral on this device and the ground will connect to the chassis ground that you located....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Connecting 240v air compressor motor, compressor motor, way switch
compressor motor, way switch, air compressor: Hi Chuck, I m Alex, i ll help you if you like. You need a DPST (double pole, single throw) switch. They look just like a 4-way switch. With one toggle and 4 screws. When you flip the toggle this switch will open both paths (circuits)...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Connecting an American Dryer, american dryer, 220 volts
american dryer, 220 volts, 110 volts: If your appliance says 50/60 hz and if you can get 110 volts from the 220 volts. Remember, your elements are the only thing that requires 220 volts. Everything else uses 110 volts (timer, motor, etc). It is probably worth contacting a local electrician...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Connecting two baseboard heaters in series, hydronic baseboard heaters, electric hydronic baseboard heaters
hydronic baseboard heaters, electric hydronic baseboard heaters, minimal heat: There should be 2 wires coming from the thermostat to the heater # 1. One of the wires from the thermostat gets connected to 1 of the wires of heater 1 AND 1 of the wire from heater 2. The remaining wire coming from the thermostat gets connected to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Connecting a Clothes Dryer, copper spike, amp breaker
copper spike, amp breaker, ground cable: It sounds like you have a voltage tester, great! At the outlet, you have 3 wires: Between 1 pair of wires only, you will get a reading of 240 volts, these 2 wires go to the outside terminals of the outlet, the remaining wire goes to the center terminal....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Connecting ceiling fan, fan thanks, hot wire
fan thanks, hot wire, ceiling fan: In the cable with the red, white, and black, there should also be a bare copper. The bare copper will connect to the green, the white to white, and for a hot wire, unless there are two switches, one intended for the fan and the other for the light on the fan,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Connecting two ceiling fans & four switches, wall switches, switch wiring
wall switches, switch wiring, hampton bay: Hi John in Ft. Lauderdale, Based on your description (ie. 4 switches controlling 2 fans)...it does sound like the former switch wiring is indeed for 3-ways switches....and the control switch for the new Hampton fan is intended to replace single pole...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Connecting a ceiling fixture, incoming power, don hi
incoming power, don hi, ceiling fixture: Hi Don. You need to identify which set is your incoming power, using a volt meter. Then you need to find out if the 2nd set runs down to your switch. Usually you would tie the incoming hot (black) to the white going down to your switch. Then from...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Connecting a chandelier, color combinations, bob bob
color combinations, bob bob, chandelier: Wayne, Use the two free white wires and you should be fine, you see who ever made the connections in that box didn t use the right color combinations, you should have one black wire and one white wire to connect to instead of the two whites but it will...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Connecting a cooker hood, pole socket, electricians
pole socket, electricians, jenny: Hi Jenny, I m not sure what you mean when you say socket.. Do you mean an outlet Anyway, what does the manual or name plate on the unit say about power requirements? Are there just wires hanging it out of the unit...if so what color? Do...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Connecting a garage heater to electrical panel for new install., garage heater, electrical panel
garage heater, electrical panel, input terminals: Hi Chris. I would think by using #10 wire, and a 30amp breaker, you would be good to go. Wire the two hots from the breaker to the input terminals, or connect to the black and red wires. Your ground wire will connect to the green wire. Make sure...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Connecting a garage to house panel, stancil, gas water
stancil, gas water, preferred method: Hi Jim. To answer your questions, in order: #1.#2 aluminum or #4 copper #2:yes #3: You have two options for this. a: if you have not run the 4th wire with your feeder, & you have no other metallic paths common between the house and garage (gas,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Connecting a generator to the house, amp generator, transfer switch
amp generator, transfer switch, portable generator: Richard First of all you are absolute right When using any kind of generator. You NEED TO INSTALL a transfer switch not only to protect the generator but to also protect any person working on repairing the problem the reason the power went off. He is trying...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Connecting a generator, surge generator, transfer switch
surge generator, transfer switch, l6: Your generator web site indicated that the unit comes with a L14 receptacle, yet you state that it came with an L6. Either they sent you the wrong generator or it s mismarked. Both ratings are for 240 volt, but the L14 has a neutral, and four wires. If you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Connecting to House Ground, matter what type, question thanks
matter what type, question thanks, electrical panel: Evening Louie, No this doesn t need to be buried (but it can be). Its simply a ground and theres a 99.9% chance it will Never see current. Its just a safety incase something goes wrong. As long as its intact between the 2 points...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Connecting Low Voltage Transformer to Romex, low voltage transformer, splice boxes
low voltage transformer, splice boxes, wire nuts: Gerry: I have been turning wirnuts for betterpart of 30 years. If done correctly( tight, dry, can t pull auy wire out) most of the time will last 20+ years. The problem is trying to find a small 1 T X 2 W X 3 L box that wil hide behind the light rail on the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Connecting a light fixture, ground wires, voltmeter
ground wires, voltmeter, radio shack: There is just two wires? Alternate means reversing them right? Not another set of wires? Well without any other circuits being involved and because it is just a light on a single circuit, it don t really matter. Except if you have them reversed and someone...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Connecting Non-Grounded BX to Grounded NM, wire nuts, metal boxes
wire nuts, metal boxes, whitehouse pressroom: YOu have a rare situation if your electrician is correct. Even in the 50 s the metal boxes had a ground wire attached in the wall to the box mounting nails. Sort of like the entire house was sewn together with a copper wire, box to box to box. As long as...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Connecting outside garage light, dusk to dawn, nearby outlet
dusk to dawn, nearby outlet, security light: Hi Marcus, If the power comes to the switch 1st, and then to the lights you need to refeed the outdoor light with a new power source, like a nearby outlet. If the power comes to the light 1st, then it s just a matter of switching a couple of wires around....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Connecting Panel to 150 AMP Subpanel in addition, amp service, subpanel
amp service, subpanel, logical method: I would doubt that your electrical service is 300amps. Most utilites require CT metering for services over 200amps. If you don t have special metering, then your service is most likely 200amps or less. That being said, adding another 150 amps to it may...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Connecting power to recessed lights, wall receptacle, brass screw
wall receptacle, brass screw, david answer: Those are off colors, so we need to check something else. Take a look at the outlet that is switched now; what color is the wire connected to the dark colored screw, and what color is the wire connected to the silver colored screw? Also, at the switch....is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Connecting power to a switch, circuit breakers, power loop
circuit breakers, power loop, lightswitch: Hi. This is almost something that has to be seen. Is there a junctiobn box above the door? Are the wires cut or broken? You have to be careful when running a loop, because if you connect two hot wires together from another circuit, you may cause...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Connecting recepticle and lights on one circuit, watt lamps, chain switch
watt lamps, chain switch, light bulbs: 1. One ciruit yes, and exisiting circuit maybe. You are adding considerable load and might trip an otherwise unloaded circuit. 2. Same as #1. Each receptacle can be figured at 1-1/2 amps, light bulbs are wattage divided by voltage, for example a 60 watt...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Connecting Sub- Panel, hot water heater, base board heaters
hot water heater, base board heaters, pvc conduit: Larry, You can pull more than the 70 amps at a given time so I would go up in size. You should run #3 copper and #6 for a ground for your sub panel. #3 is a little tough to bend but you should be okay. Remember to isolate your neutral from ground...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Connection for 220v well pump on main breaker panel, volt device, 220v appliances
volt device, 220v appliances, electician: Hello Leon. It is obvious that whoever told you about the right and left breakers is not an electician. From top to bottom, every other breaker is on a different power leg, that is why a double breaker is used for a 240 volt device. There are two power legs...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Connection for 220v well pump on main breaker panel, volt circuits, 220v appliances
volt circuits, 220v appliances, well pump: Negative on the two individual breakers. You need a two pole breaker on ALL 240 volt circuits. If you re using separate breakers, and have a problem on one side, only one breaker will trip, and then you ll get 120 volts fed to a 240 volt motor, burning it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Connection for 220v well pump on main breaker panel, national electrical code, 220v appliances
national electrical code, 220v appliances, well pump: Smack whoever told you that with the biggest piece of wire you can find it ain t true but did give us a good laugh so it served some purpose. Even though it violated a few sections of the National Electrical Code. As far as why the well pump doesn t work,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Connection for 220v well pump on main breaker panel, well pump, left hand side
well pump, left hand side, help take care: Bad information will always haunt you. When you are working with 2pole breakers...they MUST be side by side. They MUST be connected by a jumper handle to trip on or off together. If the pump was on a 30amp breaker, why would you reduce it to 20amps. If...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Connors, bare wire, missus
bare wire, missus, receptacle: Hi Gerry. First of all, THANK YOU for your service, what branch did you serve in? Now to answer your question, I assume the receptacles you are referring to are the old switches, If that is the case hook the black wire to one of the leads from the new...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Considered an NEC Raceway?, pipe diameter, gas pipe
pipe diameter, gas pipe, chemical residue: Correct on both counts Zeb. A raceway has to be listed and intended for this purpose. The concern with an abandoned gas pipe is the chemical residue could be flammable and a short could cause an explosion. There would be no way to completely clean out the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Constant / Variable Outlet, silver screw, brass screws
silver screw, brass screws, brass screw: Hi Tim. On outlets, the white or silver screw is for the neutral, while the brass or dark screw if for the hot. When installing a switched outlet, you do break off the tab, but only on the hot side. You need to verify that you have a constant hot, which...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Constant / Varible Outlet - Part 2, screws, bridge
screws, bridge: Hi. Open neutral means that the white wire is not connected. The bridge should not be broken on the white side. Either replace the outlet, or run a white wire to both screws. If the bridge is there on the white side, I don t see how you can get a correct...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Constant / Varible outlet, wire nut, orange box
wire nut, orange box, screws: Hi. He was half right. Break off the piece on the dark side only. Since you already broke off the light side, you can either bring it back and get a new one, or connect a white wire to both screws and wire nut it to the other white(s) that go to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Constantly Tripped Breaker w/gas furnace use, gas furnace, loose wire
gas furnace, loose wire, cold weather: Hi Dwayne, It is either the breaker itself or the wiring to the furnace from the breaker panel. To find out which one is acting up, shut off the furnace breaker and swap the wire attached to it with another breaker of the same size(probably 15 amps)....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Continuity in circuit, tripped breakers, zero volts
tripped breakers, zero volts, hot wire: I hope your power was off when measuring continuity because you would yourself have created a short, and possibly blown your meter. I really don t understand your question, or how you took your measurements, but if you had zero ohms between hot and neutral,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Continuity with cuircuit breaker open?, ground continuity, ground faults
ground continuity, ground faults, neutral wire: Roger, its not unusual at all because the white wires are connected to ground in your panel so no mystery there. Now your black wires connected to the breakers will register a reading to ground with the breaker off because the current in the tester will go...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Continuity, residual voltage, negative terminal
residual voltage, negative terminal, multimeter: Hello, I m assuming you have a wiggy . I have the same tester and it does the same thing. Its a good meter for checking voltage. But the continuity meter on it is so so. Even if your meter is different. If you turn on the breaker, it would...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Control light/fan from 2 locations, 3 way switches, light fan
3 way switches, light fan, voltage network: Marc, I have included a site for you to look at. Probably the way to go is with RF or some type remote. they have switches that will attach to a wall with no box. Other than that you would be talking a low voltage network with relays. Check out the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Control light/fan from 2 locations, robert wilber, conductor cable
robert wilber, conductor cable, 3 way switches: - * Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * I hope you changed the box to a fan-rated box... To control the fan and light separately, you would need another set of traveler conductors [another three-conductor...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Conversion of electric cooktop tro gas cooktop, downdraft electric cooktop, gas cooktop
downdraft electric cooktop, gas cooktop, yankee gas: Hi Sammy, I found this in the question pool and this question has been in the question pool for a few days so I thought I would give you some kind of response. I have currently a 30 inch jennair downdraft electric cooktop. Nice appliance! ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Conversion of hardwire to 240V Receptacle, time hack, bottom slot
time hack, bottom slot, hardwire: Hi. It is relatively simple. First make sure that the wire is thick enough for 50 amps. Then you just buy the receptacle and follow the directions. Usually the red and black go to the sides, the bare wire to the round hole and the white wire to the top...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Convert 110 air compressor to 220 service, air compressor, receptacle
air compressor, receptacle, breakers: Simply put, No. There is no way to do this as the motor on the compressor would have to be multitap. It would be easier to convert the 240 to 120 by simply removing 1 of the hot wires and caping it in the panel and receptacle box and installing a 120 breaker....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Convert 2-way switch to two 3-way switches, 3 way switches, wire nut
3 way switches, wire nut, neutral wire: Marty: Your on the right track. What you are trying to do is wire a 3way dead ended run. 1st Run the 3 wire from the orignal switch to the new switch location. 2nd. At the new switch locations wire the switch as followes::: tape the white wire with black...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Convert 2 wire lights and switch to three way switches, how to wire a 3 way switch, three way switches
how to wire a 3 way switch, three way switches, 3 way switches: Hi. It is hard trying to describe the wiring without pictures, but here goes. Run the wire between the two switches. At the new switch notice that two terminals are the same color. Connect the red and white wires to these two terminals. (Put a piece...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Convert 220 dryer to 120?, don beck, volt
don beck, volt, cheers: Hi Allen, You cannot convert a 220V dryer to 110. It would run, but it would only get warm, not hot. You can convert a 220V outlet to 110 Volt outlet, but then you need to purchase a 110 Volt dryer. A 110 Volt dryer is usually used when there is no 220V...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Convert 220 Fuse to 110 Circuit Outside Main Panel, microwave convection oven, fuse panel
microwave convection oven, fuse panel, fuse holder: Hello Rob. There are several alternatives. The first and the one that I would recommend it to replace the existing fuse panel with a breaker panel. For the peace of mind, it would be worth the cost. Any fuse panel still in use has to be dangerous in some fashion...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Convert 240v dryer outlet, guage wire, amp circuits
guage wire, amp circuits, amp breaker: It s 30 amps per LEG, but not 60 amps total. If you split this 240 volt circuit into two 120 volt circuits, each circuit could carry 30 amps, or like you say, two 15 amp circuits, each leg. Mind you that s still 24 amps per LEG that you shouldn t exceed...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Convert 3 way to 2 way with 2 ceiling lights, installing a ceiling fan, wall switches
installing a ceiling fan, wall switches, light switches: Hi. You are going to need to rewire the entire system. When all is said and done, you probably won t have enough wires going to the right places. However, to answer the question, I need to know exactly what path the wires follow, and how many conductors...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Convert a 3 way switch to a 2 plug receptacle, 3 way switches, travel lines
3 way switches, travel lines, neutral wire: Hi James, If there is a neutral wire available in the first switch you can, but only if you want to remove the switch, you can t have both. If that is what you want, hook the black wire to the hot wire feeding the other switch, hook the white to the neutral...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Convert 60 amp circuit to 4/ 15 amp circuits., amp circuits, factory holes
amp circuits, factory holes, amp breaker: Hi Donald, Based on your description....you have the standard 30 amp dryer circuit (the 2 side by side 30 amp breakers equals one double pole 30 amp breaker...not 60 amp - the amps are not additive).....and could then mount a 30 amp sub-panel in the former...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Convert two of five recessed fixtures to ceiling fans, curve ball, fan 2
curve ball, fan 2, changing my mind: Just waht you need is another curve ball. A little know fact is, you can run the fans on a dimmer also, to vary the speed. You use a regular dimmer switch. Just make sure the fan pull cahin is always on high speed. When turning on the fan, run the dimmer...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Convert hard wired to 3 pronged plug, electric baseboard heater, plug style
electric baseboard heater, plug style, correct configuration: Hi. Yes, as long as you use the correct wire, male plug and female plug. You have to make sure that the wire is thick enough to carry the amperage, and that the plug is the correct configuration for the amperage and voltage. You probably wonm t be able...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Convert switched receptacle, light thanks, receptacle
light thanks, receptacle, switch box: Hi Fletcher. I can t get a good picture of what the wiring is, from your description. You might want to visit www.danswiringpage,com for diagrams on doing this type of work. Write back with more details on number of wires, color of wires, and descriptions...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Convert unused 3 prong dryer outlet to feed subpanel for attached garage addition, subpanel, incoming water
subpanel, incoming water, far wall: Joe, Interesting dilemma. My first question is will 30 amps be enough for the garage? If so, the ground wire has to be insulated in both panels and properly marked as Neutral. In a sub panel the neutral and ground are not bonded. So you have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Converting 120/240 circuit to 240 only, ceramic kiln, prong plug
ceramic kiln, prong plug, amp circuit: In a 240/120 volt outlet you will have a black and red hot leg. The white is neutral and green/bare is ground. In a 240 volt outlet you normally have black hot, white hot and green/bare is ground. In your case you most likely already have a red hot and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Converting 15 amp to 30 amp, amp receptacles, amp plug
amp receptacles, amp plug, rv shop: The thing you have to watch out for is accidently getting 220 volts. I am not sure I follow what you have and what you are trying to do. You have a RV with a 30 amp cord that has a 30 amp plug on the end of it? You pull into a spot that has two 15...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Converting from 2 to 3 prong outlets, gfci receptacle, mechanical connections
gfci receptacle, mechanical connections, metal conduit: Depends. Is your house wired in metal conduit? If so, all your mechanical connections need to be clean and tight. If they are not, you have no ground. Your best bet would be to replace the first outlet in a circuit, with a GFCI receptacle, then all the others...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Converting a 20 amp 125/240 4 pronged outlet to a 3 pronged, receptacle outlet, hots
receptacle outlet, hots, prongs: Hi Richard, Lets discuss the difference between a 4 pronged and 3 pronged receptacle and then it will be clearer for you. A 4 prong receptacle/outlet has two hot prongs, one neutral prong, and one ground prong. One hot prong to the neutral prong gives...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Converting 220 line to 110, amp breaker, volt outlet
amp breaker, volt outlet, liquid paper: Hi. It sounds like you ll have to make one of them white. Use some white tape or liquid paper to make part of it white. Since you have two wires the same color, you ll need figure out which is which. One way is to leave one red wire on the breaker. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Converting a 220 outlet to a Dryer outlet, circuit breaker, heavy duty
circuit breaker, heavy duty: Hi Ryley, An outlet in a closet is probably too small to handle a dryer and is probably on a circuit with other outlets. The dryer wire has to be 10/3 with ground and the wire in the closet is probably a 14/2 with ground, 2 sizes too small. Also,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Converting 220 wiring, amp breaker, thick wire
amp breaker, thick wire, circuit breaker: Hi Theoretically you can, but working with the heavy wire trying to connect it to lower amerage plugs is going to be a pain. Same thing on the circuit breaker end trying to connect the thick wire to a 15 or 20 amp breaker. If you have a red wire, ignore...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Converting 220v to 110v circuits, amp circuit, neutrals
amp circuit, neutrals, chip chip: Chip, the neutrals (white) will all connect to one another. The grounds (bare/green) will connect together. The black #6 wire will connect to the black #10. The red #6 wire will connect to the black #12. What I would have done in this case would have been...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Converting 220v chandelier to 110v, light bulb sockets, don hi
light bulb sockets, don hi, copper wire: Hi, Of all the colors in the fixture, you need to determine where the ones to the bulb socket are connected. Whichever color wire goes to the bottom of the bulb socket, and connected ti that little tab at the base of the socket gets connected to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Converting 240v to 110v, control transformers, commercial sewing
control transformers, commercial sewing, volt motor: Hello Cathy, This is Will. I found your question in the question pool, it looked like you had not received an answer yet, so I thought I would try and help you. You have a 240 volt sewing machine, and you want to replace the motor? You want to replace...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Converting to a 3 prong plug, electric baseboard heater, baseboard heaters
electric baseboard heater, baseboard heaters, prong plug: It makes sense if you wish to create a dead short. You are crossing the phases in electrical terms. The thermostat is only in the hot wire side, or on a 240 volt unit, only on one of the two power sides. The white cord wire will connect directly to one of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Converting 3-way to 2-way switch, 3 way switches, switch boxes
3 way switches, switch boxes, neutral wire: OK Henry, I think we can do this. The critical part is the old junction box, we need to change some wiring connections around. In this junction box, there should be a black and a white wire coming in that are not part of 3 wires that go to the switches....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Converting a 3-wire prong plug to a 2-wire prong plug, prong cord, light socket
prong cord, light socket, socket adapter: Hi Randy. If a device has a 3-prong cord on it, it needs to be connected to a 3-wire outlet. Do not cut the ground prong off, or otherwise modify it. Run a short cable out of the box that the light socket is mounted to, and install a device box, where...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Converting an Air compressor to 110 from 220, garage shop, eric eric
garage shop, eric eric, 3 things: Eric: There are 3 things you can try. 1st on motor look closly at the name plate it is usually a engraved metal plate. There should be a diagram on it. If it is old, and that is not there remove the cover plate were the wire actually goes into the motor, sometimes...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Converting a ceiling fan from a one switch control to a separate control for light and fan., independent wire, dual switch
independent wire, dual switch, switch box: More than likely. if you had two switches on the wall before and have two hot or black wires from each switch, on to the blue and one to the black of the fan, no problem. Take the black from the switch for the light and hook it to the blue you put in. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Converting from gas to electric tankless water heater, tankless water heater, gas water heater
tankless water heater, gas water heater, electric tankless water heater: Hi Joe, It sounds as if the connections are correct. You probably need some type of tester to make sure you have 220V across the 2 hot keads, amd 110V from each hot lead to ground. A tester like this runs less than 10.00 at most home improvement centers....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Converting half hot outlets, brass screw, switch wiring
brass screw, switch wiring, overhead light: Hi Tammy. You are correct in thinking that by changing the wiring a the outlet will do what you want to. With the power off, remove one of the outlets you wish to convert. Remove the wire that is attached to the brass colored screw on the outlet that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Converting a light switch to plug, pool bath, gfci outlet
pool bath, gfci outlet, light switches: Hi. What do you plan to do with the outside light? Leave it connected and use a motion detector? Assuming the power enters at the switches, which it should, a white wire to the light colored terminal of the outlet would be added to the white wires....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Converting lightbulb socket to an electrical outlet, knob and tube wiring, knob and tube
knob and tube wiring, knob and tube, awaiting surgery: You have most likely made this repair by now. I apologize for the delay but I have been injured and am awaiting surgery and this is the first time I have been able to use the computer. If you have not resolved this, another expert can assist. Thanks for the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Converting old 240V to two 120V outlets, cold water pipe, propane water heater
cold water pipe, propane water heater, electric water heater: Hi William, The problem you ahve to watch for is,that from your description, there is no neutral present. The normal feed to a 220V waterheater is 2 hots and a neutral.@ blacks and a white or black/red and white. I don t think the water heater was wired...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Converting old dedicated wiring, silver screw, brass screw
silver screw, brass screw, thick wires: At the box where the wires connected to the old stove, you will need to splice a piece of 12/2 with ground onto the old wires. The old wires are too big to attach to an outlet screw. Attach 12/2 black to old cable black white to old cable...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Converting plug fixture to hardwire, ceiling fan light, fan lamp
ceiling fan light, fan lamp, dim the light: If I understand correctly, you have a switch, that controls power to two dimmers. Switch has to be ON for the dimmers to work. Don t the dimmers have an ON/OFF control? Why do you need the switch? If I am correct, power enters one side of the switch, leaves...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Converting pool pump motors to solar, pool pump motors, tight seals
pool pump motors, tight seals, pressure gage: A lot. You would have huge solar collectors, something to change the solar to AC Voltage, regulate it, it is very complex, or everyone would do it. If the pool pump is eating you alive with electrical costs. Here are some reasonable do-able ideas....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Converting switched outlet to on full-time; using switch for overhead lights, wall receptacle, gold screw
wall receptacle, gold screw, silver screw: Hi Candi. The only thing I can think of is that this cable feeding the outlet might come from some other outlet location, where the white wire (the same one that was not used in the switched outlet) is not connected to a good neutral. You also mentioned...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Converting switched outlet to be on full-time; use switch for recessed lights, wall receptacle, gold screw
wall receptacle, gold screw, silver screw: Unless I misread something my best guess is that there is a missing white wire in the receptacle box, that runs with the black and red pair. Without that there is no neutral going to the recessed lights and without the neutral it won t work. THe reason is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Converting switched outlet to full time; using switch for recessed lights, wall receptacle, gold screw
wall receptacle, gold screw, silver screw: Everything you described sounds good. It would appear in the old setup, one black was the POWER wire, and the other black fed the switch. Power returned on the red wire. By my calc, you should have two whites and two blacks in the outlet box, with pigtails...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Converting switched outlet to overhead lights, wall receptacle, gold screw
wall receptacle, gold screw, silver screw: Candi: First of all excelent job on the discription. For the lights to work you need 2 things 1 is a hot and 2 is the neutral. Without one or the other the circuit will seam dead. In the Switch box the black is probably the constant hot, the red was...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Converting swtiched outlet to full-time; using switch for overhead lights, wall receptacle, gold screw
wall receptacle, gold screw, silver screw: Hi Candi, The problem lies where you ran the wire from the recess light. It needs to go to the old switched outlet location, not to the switch location. When you re-route the wire to the outlet location, put the black wire from the recess light onto the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Converting wiring of electric motor from 220v to 110v, incoming power, voltage ratings
incoming power, voltage ratings, electrical motors: Hi, You did fine, but we are still short some information. I can tell it is a 56C Frame 1750RPM Class F insulation rigid mount but nothing about the connection. If it is wired for 220 now, then they know it is wired in series internally. So on...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Convertinga 110V to 220V, volt appliances, permanant change
volt appliances, permanant change, electrical job: Hi Twana, Sorry for the delay....just returning from an emergency electrical job down-state... Based on your description....it s not clear whether this question is coming from the United States...or from outside the USA...here in the US the national...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Cook Top & Oven Wiring, amp breaker, range location
amp breaker, range location, demand factors: 1) Your feeder cannot be less than the sum of the loads on the circuit but there are demand factors than can be used (I d need to know the KW rating); 2) Your range and/or cooktop can be permanently connected, or cord and plug; 3) The tap cannot be over...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Cook Top, bob osgood, master electrician
bob osgood, master electrician, wire gauge: Hi Frank, Standard romex is fine inside the walls...conduit is only required if wire will be subject to damage...which this wire shouldn t be. Is 10/2 w/gr the correct gauge..? Unknown - you didn t state the electrical nameplate data for this cooktop..there...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Cook top with 3 wires instead of 4, cooktop, hi bob
cooktop, hi bob, happy holidays: Liu, Apparantly this cook top only requires 240 volts to operate thus only the red, black, and ground wire. Just confirm this in the installation instructions. If you don t need the neutral its certainly not a problem, you ll just tape it up and only use...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Cook top wiring, cook tops, new cook
cook tops, new cook, bare wire: HI Steve, The white in your junction box is a hot so connect it to red or black on the stove, connect black from the junction to red or black on the stove (the one you didn t put on the white) and the stoves white and green go to the bare wire in the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Cooker tripping electric, 12 gauge, new appliances
12 gauge, new appliances, amprobe: Hi Tony, Without being able to be there to test the circuit and cooker....I have no way of determining why your cooker is tripping out the circuit more often. The heating components in most cookers are basically just resistive heat elements (similiar...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Cooktop elements cutting-out, amp breaker, kitchen renovation
amp breaker, kitchen renovation, money maker: I would start with the manual. This may be the manner for the element to work. The old elements were using a constant flow of energy to heat up, but it was regulated by the volts to be more hot or less hot. This sounds like an energy saving feature. On/off...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Cooktop Replacement, exact model number, wire hook
exact model number, wire hook, volt unit: Good Morning Mike, Based on your description....your old cooktop had the standard 2 wire feed with ground - presumably a straight 240 volt unit with no neutral. Some newer units now require the neutral (although from your diagram description - it appears...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Cooktop Wiring, kurt zimmerman, ground wires
kurt zimmerman, ground wires, magic chef: Hi Kurt, The wire hookup depends on if your cooktop operates on 220V or 110V. 110V operation......your hook up is correct 220V operation......wall white to cooktop red wall black to cooktop black wall...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Cooktop Wiring, wire nuts, iside
wire nuts, iside, splices: Hi Stephen. You need to have a box to contain the splices, however the box does not have to be metal. It could be non-metallic. You do have to install a cover on the box when finished, and the box needs to be accessible, which means you can t sheetrock...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Cooktop Wiring, cooktop manufacturer, viking cooktop
cooktop manufacturer, viking cooktop, control switches: Hi Ray, Based on your description...it appears the Viking unit may NOT comply with UL and the NEC....but implies that some local Codes may permit the suggested connection...and it may indeed be permitted - if the unit actually draws straight 240 and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Cooktop Wiring, jenn air cooktop, volt devices
jenn air cooktop, volt devices, hook up: Darren The black and white coming from the breaker panel are both hots and get connected, 1 to the black of unit and 1 to the red of the unit. You can connect the white of the unit to the ground wire coming from the panel and the unit will work but...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Cooktop Wiring Vs. Freestanding Range, hurricane katrina, new appliance
hurricane katrina, new appliance, nameplate: I would not expect the wire to be large enough, since a cooktop is realitively a smaller load than a full size range, and you answered your own question when you said the new appliance had a cooktop AND two ovens. If I knew the nameplate rating of your cooktop...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Cooktop Wiring, prong plug, vacation feature
prong plug, vacation feature, receptacle: Sorry for the delay...I was out of town and forgot to use the vacation feature. You really should change out the receptacle for a 3 wire and make the green and white common, but yes you could get away with what you suggest. Make sure you connect color...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Cooktop wiring, jenn aire, peek
jenn aire, peek, andrea: Hi Andrea, Splitting off of the 220V for a lite, should not make any changes to the cooktop operation. I believe the cooktop may be wired wrong,possibly when it was built, or when it was wired into the 220V line. If you have a model #, I ll look it up...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Cooktop wiring, amp breaker, plastic sheathing
amp breaker, plastic sheathing, wound wire: Robert, To calculate the draw in amps you take the kilo-watt rating (7.6 Kw) times 1000 to get watts (7600) then divide this amount by the voltage. (7600/240 = 31.666666). The second question concerns the rating of the wires. The code has a table that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Cooktop wiring, bob osgood, master electrician
bob osgood, master electrician, metal conduit: Hi Jim, Based on your description...your new unit indeed requires an actual branch neutral (so it will have both the 120 volts and the 240 volts it needs to operate)and will not function properly with your current wiring. No...the metal conduit...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Cooktop wiring, wire conductor, new appliances
wire conductor, new appliances, new cook: Bill yes if you were to wire this unit with a brand new feed then you would use a 4 wire conductor,1-red leg 1-black leg 1-neutral/white and 1 for the ground. Since you have only 3 wires then the only way is the way I explained. yes some of the new appliance...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Cooktop wiring, double ovens, folling
double ovens, folling, electric cooktop: Hi. It is always best to get the instructions and see what they say. The most likely scenario is that the cooktop has no neutral. Bare and green are always grounds. One of the black wires is probably a neutral, so you need to figure out which one it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Cooktop wiring, kenmore, volts
kenmore, volts, mate: Assuming the old unit was 240 volts as well as your new one, black and white from the wall mate to black and red on your new cooktop. White and green on your cooktop mate to bare from the wall. Let me clarify just a little...black from the wall, to black...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Cooktops /Cutting Corners /Wiring, david answer, allexperts
david answer, allexperts, new appliance: What you did isn t code, but no, I don t think it would hurt anything. Yes, you will get about 240V between the hots and 120V between either hot and neutral or ground. Anything rated 240V does not use a neutral, just two hots and a ground. If it is rated...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Cooper piping corroding externally with green colored stuff, copper piping, licensed plumber
copper piping, licensed plumber, water bowls: Hi Richard. The green corrosion is something that happens to copper. I suggest you call in a licensed plumber to check this out. It probably is not caused by electricity, but your plumber will know for sure. I hope this has helped. Rick Miel...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Copper-clad aluminium wire, copper clad aluminium, aluminium wire
copper clad aluminium, aluminium wire, electric outlets: There was a major problem with some of this type of wiring, not necessarily the particular wiring you have, but this style. I would see if you can see a section of this wirings outer jacket, get the manufacturer and any other information and contact the manufacturer...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Copper vs AluminiumI'm in, aluminum aluminum, romex
aluminum aluminum, romex, larger sizes: Dan, if at all possible change out the aluminum. Aluminum in larger sizes and properly installed, rarely causes problems. In the smaller sizes like in your mobile, have caused frequent hazards, usually overheating because of oxidation of the wire, breaking...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Copper WIre for basic wiring, copper wire, strands
copper wire, strands, strand: Strand wire is far easier to pull thru conduit, and depending on the appliance connected at the end run, the strand or solid makes a difference. For instance, if you are pulling for switches and recepticles...you want solid for the screw or push in connection....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Copper wiring, copper wiring, copper wires
copper wiring, copper wires, roof leak: Copper will turn green when exposed to mosture, due you live in a colder climate?? and are the plugs which seep on outside walls? It sounds like condinsation to me, if they are on a common wall maybe a water pipe or roof leak might be to blame. Also due they...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Cord on electric heater, oil filled portable heaters, oil filled heater
oil filled portable heaters, oil filled heater, better cable: Hi. I had a short extension cord for my oil filled heater, and even though it was rated well over the capacity of the heater, it still overheated. I insisted my wife plug the heater directly to the wall. Heaters require special wire, called HPN cable....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Correct Circuit Breaker, wiring & receptacles, amp circuit breaker, amp breaker
amp circuit breaker, amp breaker, amp receptacles: Bob, If the saw operates on 110 Volts, then the regular plug is OK. Id the saw is 220 Volt operated, then it should be changed. The problem you are having is the saw draws 18 amps, or more when it first cranks up, and is kicking out the 15 amp breaker....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Correct Grounding, buss bar, ed alexander
buss bar, ed alexander, lightning arrestor: Hi Ed. Article 810.21 of the 2005 NEC has the grounding requirements for antenna and equipment. 810.21(J) states that a bonding jumper of a #6 minimum shall be connected between the radio equipment and the power grounding system. In other words, you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Correct wire for hot tub?, insulation paper, pvc conduit
insulation paper, pvc conduit, wire insulation: Since you bought this wire already we can make this work. #4 wire will work for this application. the only problem i see here is that i don t recommend putting a #4 NM cable with a jacket in a conduit. Honestly i don t even know what will happen to it if...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Correct wiring of 230v 15a air compressor, neutral wire, archived questions
neutral wire, archived questions, correct path: You are correct...four wires between main panel and subpanel, keeping neutral and grounds separate in the subpanel. No ground rod at the outbuilding. #2 seems rather large unless you re feeding more than 100 amps at the subpanel, or it s a very long way....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Correct wiring of a GFI, gfi receptacle, test button
gfi receptacle, test button, gfci: Hi. Make sure that it is wired correctly. There should be line and load written on the unit. The wires coming in should be connected to the line side. The wires going to the other outlets should be connected to the load side. If you are not sure...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Correctly sizing conductors/breakers for furnace and water heater, sizing conductors, payne furnace
sizing conductors, payne furnace, amp breaker: Hi Benny, I haven t heard back from a few sources yet, but I did contact Payne thru there website, and the were less than helpful They said I should contact my local dealer..... A water heater of that size is normal run on 19 Gauge wire on a 30 amp...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Cost for a Remodel, amp service, rough estimate
amp service, rough estimate, light fixture: Last time I had a sharp pencil, the main electrical service was running $6-$8 an amp, translated, $600-$800 for a 100 amp service. A rough quide too would be $20 an opening , translated, $20 for every switch, receptacle or light fixture. If I were to guess,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Cost of wire, amp breaker, crawl space
amp breaker, crawl space, electrician: Heidi Someone is getting soaked and it is not from the hot tub. If he goes into the crawl space he wont have to run conduit under there, so labor is less, the panel no more that $100.0 the 50 amp breaker in the panel,$35.00 if it is a GFCI estimate around...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Counter Attack halogen light fixtures, halogen light fixtures, halogen lights
halogen light fixtures, halogen lights, best bet: Liz, The only place I know of where you can get these lights is where I get them. Krell Lighting in Park Ridge NJ.(201-391-7685) I don t know where you live but I m sure they would ship them to you where ever you are. They also have an internet presence....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Counter-Top Stove, wire nuts, wire nut
wire nuts, wire nut, case thanks: Hi Jeff, If you have a voltage tester check to make sure the black and black/red are the hots and white is the neutral/ground. If they are, make sure the connections are tight. You should have to use grey or blue wire nuts. Do you know what size the wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Cove / soffits indirect lights, flourescent lights, halogen lamps
flourescent lights, halogen lamps, lighting store: There are all kinds of can lights you can use, that use both incandescant, comapct flourescent and halogen lamps. If you re leaving the cove, you could also consider track lighting. You should visit a lighting store and look at all they have on display, or...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Covering knob & tube wiring, knob and tube wiring, cellulose insulation
knob and tube wiring, cellulose insulation, ceiling insulation: Hi Jim. The one thing you want to watch out for is loose splices, which can cause heat. If this splice is covered with insulation, the heat would be trapped, and could cause a fire. Have an electrician come in to check out the wiring before you insulate...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Covering a residential Electric Panel with a cupboard, circut breaker, wall space
circut breaker, wall space, cupboard: Hi Julie. You would not be able to do this. The panel must have access from directly in front of the panel, for a distance of 36 deep. from the floor to the ceiling. You might want to see if the panel can be turned around to face out of the opposite...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Coverting a 3 wire plug to 4 wire, hot legs, ground wires
hot legs, ground wires, hots: In general, you need 3 wires to operate the dryer. 2 hot legs and an equipment ground for safety. In a 4 wire system...they are adding additional grounding. If you connect the 2 hots where they go...any ground wires can go on the other 2 terminals...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Crazy Residential Electrical Problem, gfci outlets, problems areas
gfci outlets, problems areas, loose connection: Hi Travis, Sorry just responding...just finished up a coastal job (we stayed over night at the resort)....and getting settled back in at my office. Based on your description...and the fact that the problem cured itself after the main breaker was...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Crazy Voltage, problem surfaces, phase service
problem surfaces, phase service, ground connections: You sure that the service side is good? Connections at the service drop? Underground wiring to the transformer? All ground connections tight? Unbalanced voltages would indicate that you ve lost your common wire, or neutral at some point. Start with everything...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Crazy Wiring Question, workbench area, outdoor extension cord
workbench area, outdoor extension cord, long term solution: Dave, The hot end would be if you unplugged the cord from the outlet in the shed, white leaving the other end plugged in at the house. If you intend to leave the shed end plugged all the time, and just unplug the cord from the house, then that would work...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Creating a combination outlet and wall switch, new timer, combination light
new timer, combination light, odd situation: Hi Ted, This is a very odd situation but we ll see what we can do. The problem as I see it is, with only 2 wires one is feeding in hot and when the switch is turned on, it sends the power to the light. So, there is no neutral in the box to power the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Crooked electrical wall cover, light switches, cover plates
light switches, cover plates, leveller: Hi, They do make enlarged wall plates that might cover it. If that don t work then you will have to put some mud around it and re-paint that area. Depending on the switch, outlet layout you have, you might have to get this wall plate custom made since...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Crossed hot/ground wire problem, animal damage, ground wires
animal damage, ground wires, hot wire: The electrician missed something. I would begin on this circuit at the first device closest to the panel. Disconnect the wires feeding past the first device and see at this point if the voltage is correct. If it is not at this point, it is a problem with the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Crossed Thermostat wiring, thermostat wiring, wire colors
thermostat wiring, wire colors, heat pump: With an O terminal, it indicates you have a heat pump. The red wire will connect to RC with a jumper to RH so the red is connected to both of these. The white will connect to W, the Green to G, and the yellow to Y. Test all settings with this wiring and let...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Curcuit Loss of Power Alarm, google search, 9 volt
google search, 9 volt, opportunity of a lifetime: Arnold I have heard of such a device, but I cant remember where I saw it. I am assuming you have tried a google search with no luck. Radio Shack or some other gadget type store might have it. Or perhaps this is your opportunity of a lifetime. Invent it yourself....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Curcuit problems, stairway lighting, top of the stairs
stairway lighting, top of the stairs, curcuit breaker: Hi Bill, Based on your description....some connection troubleshooting will be involved....starting at the 3 way switch box that is on the same level as the other areas affected. As always...be sure the breaker for that circuit is OFF before opening any...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Current in neutral wire, volt ohm meter, best guess
volt ohm meter, best guess, neutral wire: I use one of these devices myself, so I am not making fun of you as I do use one, but many call this device and idiot stick, especially the electric dept guys I work with. They are great to verify current present, but not much for true diagnostics. It is not...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Cut Romex, butt splices, weep holes
butt splices, weep holes, romex cable: Yes, Before you read all the commercial links I have provided, here is the way I would do it. Can you get both ends out and away so you can use a torch? If so slide some kind of sleeving that you can later slide down on the patch. Cut some romex stips...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Cut Wire, robert wilber, sea isle city
robert wilber, sea isle city, heater boxes: - * 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: Cutler Hammer CH8125, amp circuits, cutler hammer
amp circuits, cutler hammer, amp breaker: Art, thank you for your question. When you add up the total wattage for your 15 amp circuits, you come up with 8640 watts possible use. That is allowing the max 80% capacity on the wire and breakers. Divide 8640 by 240 and you come up with a total of 36...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Cutler Hammer Panel, cutler hammer, amp service
cutler hammer, amp service, safety device: Hi. No, you would need to replace the wires going to the panel, and the panel itself. All the breaker does is turn the power off when it exceeds the limits of the wiring. Putting in a larger breaker will eliminate the safety device, not change the capacity....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Cutting a wire, electric contractor, hot wire
electric contractor, hot wire, phase power: Hi Joe, I don t understand why the power company doesn t just replace the 120V meter with a 240V meter. However the wire is on the power companies side of the meter and they should cut it loose and pull the meter so you can safely remove the wire. Dal...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: a/c, fuse box, fatality
fuse box, fatality, occupant: NO Never protect two devices with one fuse. The fuse or breaker also protects the wire from over heating and fire. Just yesterday in KC there was a fatality from an overloaded circuit. House caught fire and the occupant did not get out. You are worth...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: a/c compresser, volt devices, way over my head
volt devices, way over my head, question thanks: Brent because the 2 wires coming in from the power company are from a transformer that puts out 240 volts and when you split the legs and use a neutral as a resistence you get 120 Volts. And you can get 240 volts out of 2 sockets only if the 2 sockets are...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: a/c compressor 30 amp breaker, amp breaker, air conditioning compressor
amp breaker, air conditioning compressor, compressor unit: Mike, If you can see what the amp draw of the A/C unit is and what size wire is attached to the breaker, we may get the bottom this. I only need the amp rating of the A/C and the wire size as 30 amps seems a little small for a central air unit. If...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: a/c condenser fan stopped, motor windings, amp motor
motor windings, amp motor, condenser: I m not sure where you re getting your readings, but all things being equal, the motor windings should read the same unless there s a short in one of them. The cap is out of the circuit when you did the measurements? If the motor just stopped, change out the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: a/c mini split disconnect, 12000 btu, amp breaker
12000 btu, amp breaker, rob rizzo: Line 1: Black from the breaker panel Line 2: White from the breaker panel Load 1: Black to the unit Load 2: White to the unit Ground post: Ground wire from panel and ground wire to unit. In the main breaker panel: Black to the 20 amp breaker...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: a/c outlet 220 volts 15amp wiring, partition wall, disconnecting switch
partition wall, disconnecting switch, resistive circuit: Elm, If your A/C pulls 15 amps then 14 gauge, which is rated for 15 amps, would be right on the border and not allow for start up and any fluctuation. So we compensated with the 12 gauge. 12 gauge is rated at 20 amps. It won t hurt to run the 10 gauge,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: A/c outlet wrong size., case senario, amp breaker
case senario, amp breaker, wire colors: I m hearing that you replaced your A/C and the new one has smaller electrical requirements than the old one. Correct? The old outlet seems to be 30 amp, with two blacks and a bare ground wire. You can remove this 30 amp outlet and install a 20 amp outlet (240...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: a/c recirculation fan question, c frame, amps
c frame, amps, new location: Chris: Does the frame say it requires 35 amps. Or is it saying it uses 35 amps at 220volt. If it uses 35 amps when runing then the wire must be able to carry 43 amps or 125% of the 35 amps. If you use romex it will need to be # 6. If you use conduit then #...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: a/c wiring, fuse size, amp breaker
fuse size, amp breaker, orange yellow: Breaker and wire size depends on your unit, and there should be a nameplate on it somewhere that says something like Maximum OCP or Maximum fuse size . Also, I assume it s 240 volts, so if your unit says OCP 30 amps, you d use a 30 amp breaker and #10...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: a/c wiring, overcurrent protection, don beck
overcurrent protection, don beck, pvc pipe: Hi Dave, That unit will require a 40 amp, 2 pole breaker and # 8/3 with ground for the wire. When you get the breaker, make sure it is the same make as the other breakers in the panel or it may not fit into the panel correctly. If you are going to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: a/c wiring, ampage, electric bills
ampage, electric bills, c unit: Hi. If the wire is getting hot, it could add to the electric bill. But more importantly, it could cause a fire if it gets hot enough. Electricity has gone up quite a bit a long with other energy costs, so that may be the cause. You may also want...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: a/c wiring, condensing unit, nameplate
condensing unit, nameplate, maximum size: Hi Michael. I don t know the formula for figuring this, but all the required information should be on the electrical nameplate of the unit. It will tell you the minimum size wire, and the maximum size breaker. Follow these instructions. Good luck....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: a/c wiring, low voltage wiring, copper conductors
low voltage wiring, copper conductors, thermostat wiring: As stated, #10 wire is good for 30 amps, but I have encountered enough wire damage with overheated wiring, that in my own home, I used #8 for the dryer, and I have 3 - 2 ton heat pumps, and I used #8 on all of the 30 amp outdoor units. For me, the peace...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: a/c, home improvement centers, don beck
home improvement centers, don beck, electrical shock: Hi Edgar, You ll need to replace the damaged area of the wire. Check and see how many wires in the cable and what color they are, then match up the number and colors with a small piece of wire...match colors and spilce in the new section. This wire can...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: cabin wiring, screw line, baseboard heaters
screw line, baseboard heaters, base board heaters: Hi Randy, The white wires and the ground wires both go onto the neutral bar. It doesn t matter where they get attached on the bar, just as long as the connected to it. Heaters are correct. Your dryer and air conditioner may require 10/3 with ground.(2...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: cable cealing heat repair, heat repair, electrical firm
heat repair, electrical firm, heating elements: Monte, I strongly suggest you find a local electrical firm familiar with this type heating. The wire could be nichrome or a type used in heating elements, splicing it may no even be possible, it may need to be replaced. Nichrome wire is not a type of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: cable code needed, drip loop, pvc conduit
drip loop, pvc conduit, overhead cables: Nevin, the 1999 edition of the National Electric Code (the most recent that I have) allows for the use of #3 copper with a THHN insulation (rated at 110amps) where there are three conductors in a conduit. Generally it s permissable to reduce the neutral wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: cable confusion, test light, independent check
test light, independent check, soffit: Hi. If it is a switch loop, then both wires are hot, and there is no neutral. You can t connect a fixture to it. It sounds like it is, without additional information. You will get a reading, because the test light is in series with what the switch controls....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: cable guage, run, circuit, amp breaker, 12 gauge
amp breaker, 12 gauge, cable size: Hi Mark, To determine the correct breaker and wire size, the amp draw of the fan must be known. 0 to 15 amps......15 amp breaker....14 gauge wire 16 amps to 20 amps. 20 amp breaker...12 gauge wire 21 to 30 amps.......30 amp breaker....10 gauge...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: cable size and type ?, national electrical code, plug sockets
national electrical code, plug sockets, cable size: Hi Zeb. Since you are using terms that are not common in the US, I believe you are overseas somewhere other than the US. I can only give answers based on the National Electrical Code, for the US. I would not be able to help you unless you were here in...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: cable stacker ok for horizontal runs, voltage cables, furring strip
voltage cables, furring strip, overview photo: Hi Jim. I would think you could use these supports as you want to. You will need to look at the instructions of this this stacker to see what pairs of cables you can clip in. I would try to keep the low-voltage wires seperate fromn the normal power cables....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: cable wiring, electrical line, cable line
electrical line, cable line, cable wiring: I meant even at the pole. The electrical and cable lines are mounted to the same pole and the lines may be touching anywhere on the utilities lines. If the high voltage is present where it enters the house box, it is a cable company problem, if it is good...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: # cables in plastic conduit, tankless water heater, electric tankless water heater
tankless water heater, electric tankless water heater, aluminum wires: The first item is the #2 aluminum. You have to use the 75 degree C column for ampacitiy, and #2 aluminum is only rated at 90 amps. If you use aluminum, it will require a #1 which is rated at 100, or use #3 copper also rated at 100. Also, #2 copper is only...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: cadet heaters&electric furnace, electric furnace, cadet heater
electric furnace, cadet heater, cadet heaters: Joe, If you are at all handy you should be able to swap elements yourself. Just make notes of every screw and wire as you remove them so you don t have any parts left over when done....like I usually do! It may be the element that is in the unit...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: How do I calculate the gauge of wire to connect a subpanel to the service panel?, pvc conduit, gauge wire
pvc conduit, gauge wire, thhn: Hi Jason, Thanks for kind words (and ratings?) and for following-up. Stopped by my office for lunch...saw your new e-mail come in... If you plan to use PVC conduit for the feeder run...and are planning to buy it at Home Depot....you might as well...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: how to calculate, e mail notification, boy scout days
e mail notification, boy scout days, best case scenario: Hi Nick, Sorry just responding...I never got an e-mail notification of your question...just now found it while logging into answer a question I did get contacted about. (typcial problem with this site...they have a few bugs in the program) We ended...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: calculations, american wire gage, national electrical code
american wire gage, national electrical code, electrical code book: Lee: First and most important when figuring out sizes of wire to use is amperage. You got to know the total amp load the the wire your installing is going to carry All of the wire uses the american wire gage standard, or AWG .. Find a copy of the 2005 NEC...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: camper, correct cable, air cond
correct cable, air cond, grat: Rob, I am not sure how an A/C can be considered to be working great if it trips the breaker. You need to find what your A/C is rated for amp draw, and then you need to add up the rest of your amp usage to find out how much power you need. Then, you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: canister type lighting, wood paneling, resess
wood paneling, resess, lighting effect: Bob: I would use 2 6 Resess can lights for each of the 7 fixtures for a total of 14. The key is the spacing of the units. Measure the room, devide it by 2 wright it down, now divide that measurment by 2 wright it down, thats the 1/4, 1/2, 1/4 rule. Measure...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: cannister lighting, floodlight bulbs, foot circle
floodlight bulbs, foot circle, foot ceiling: It depends on how much light you want. If you use floodlight bulbs, the area of the floor covered is the same as the height. So, if you have an 8 foot ceiling, then it will light an 8 foot circle. If you have not put up the ceiling, you may want to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: cant identify wires to wire doorbell, doorbell chime, three bells
doorbell chime, three bells, household wiring: Mark, you are OK, here is what happens, one pair comes from the transformer, one pair goes to a bell, the other pair goes to a bell, and the one you are working on is in the middle, we have three bells right? Regardless all you need is a $6.00 VOLT METER,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: capitor charged water circulator motor, wood furnace, line circuits
wood furnace, line circuits, water circulator: Mark, I am trying to get the jest of what you are needing to know. You have a 3,500 watt backup or secondary genset. You have a 1/6 HP circulator [fan motor with capacitor] on your wood fired furnace. The little 1/6 HP circulator motor sounds different...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: capping unused wires, doorbell button, wire nuts
doorbell button, wire nuts, light switches: Hi Charles, Just put a wire nut on each individual wire. This way, you can always put another chime in if you decide to do so in the future. Do not connect any 2 wires together, all just single wire nuts. Any home center will have small wire nuts designed...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: carlon floor receptacle, wall receptacle, distant wall
wall receptacle, distant wall, floor receptacle: Hi Pam, When we install floor boxes...they are usually intended to run equipment that sets in the middle of the floor - which then sets up over the box....so that no cords need to run from a distant wall receptacle outlet....avoiding a trip hazard and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: What can be causing my voltage to fluctuate?, gas refrigerator, neutral connections
gas refrigerator, neutral connections, amp service: Hi Dave. First off, are the other homes having the same problem with voltages? If so, there must be a loose neutral on the transformer or the connections. Call the power company. If not, then you should hire an electrician to come in and check all...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling electrical box, ceiling light fixture, screw hole
ceiling light fixture, screw hole, nails: Possibly your ceiling box is the kind that is nailed to one side of a stud. The nails have come loose somehow, letting the box fall down on the side away from the stud. If you re lucky enough to somehow renail the box...problem solved. If you can t, one...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan, electrical companies, light fan
electrical companies, light fan, safety cable: Ron, Ahhh !.....the mystery is finally solved. Thank God. Well as I said the reason that part was in there I believe was to allow separate control of the fan and light because there was only one switch. So in order for you to have separate control of the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan, don beck, wall switch
don beck, wall switch, ceiling fan: Hi Jeanne, Sparking and electricity is never a good thing. It sounds as if the switch that the pullchain controls may be acting up, it is probably not making good contact inside. You can replace the switch, but if the fans are fairly new I would return...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan, light bulbs, light feature
light bulbs, light feature, fan work: Hi. There could be a loose wire in the fan or in the junction box above. Or the switch can be bad. It s just a matter of tracking down where the electricity stop flowing. Be sure if your light has both a wall switch and a pull chain, that both are turned...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan, hot wire, fan motor
hot wire, fan motor, ceiling fan: You need to get the type of volt tester that will light up or beep on the hot wire. You may be correct about the splice, but it may be the doubled wires were meant for a neutral and a ground. With the wires free hanging and not touching each other, see which...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan, cable sets, hunter fan
cable sets, hunter fan, switch box: Hi Ted, Sorry for any delay....I did not get an email notification of your question...just now find it while logging into to answer a question I did get e-mail for. (happens from time to time due to the high volume of questions at this site..) Based...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan, neutral wire, hot wire
neutral wire, hot wire, fan unit: Hi Greg, Was there a light located at the ceiling box before, or just a blank cover? If there was a lite there before, check the box where that lite was switched and let me know hiw many wires are in that switch box, what color they are and how the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan, robert wilber, standard lighting
robert wilber, standard lighting, fuse box: - * Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * Please don t be offended, but I guess you shouldn t have gotten involved in this project, then. Or I guess you should have paid attention to what you were doing,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan, 3 way switches, gang boxes
3 way switches, gang boxes, color terminals: Hi. OK, I am assuming that there will be 2 switches in each box which will control the fan and light? First of all, a dimmer wires exactly as a switch, so to simplify things, I will give you the info as if they were all switches. In the first box,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan, romex, switch connections
romex, switch connections, ceiling fan: Hi Daniel, If you intend to use 1 switch for the light and the other switch for the fan, the romex has to be a 14/3 with ground. (black-red-white and bare wires). Switch connections: Black hot feed into the 2 gang box from the source needs to connect...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Putting up a ceiling fan, celing fan, proper voltage
celing fan, proper voltage, voltmeter: You say you put the three wires from the fan together on the wire from the ceiling. Do you have all three wires from the fan on one ceiling wire? That is how it reads. Please verify that. The three blacks are most likely another hot circuit tied...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan, robbie the robot, voltage tester
robbie the robot, voltage tester, control fan: Great, The black marked switch leg goes onto the black of the fan. Inside the cable with the black switch leg, there is a WHITE wire. This WHITE wire goes together with all the remaining BLACK wires. the remaining white wires in the box, and the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan, light test, loud pop
light test, loud pop, recepticle: Trouble shoot, disconnect the black and leave the blue on. TESt. Disconnect the blue and leave the black on...test. This will either show the fan bad, or the circuit wiring is malfunctioning. You might even try connecting a recepticle to that wiring and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan, ceiling fan light, question fan
ceiling fan light, question fan, wall switches: Hi Al, Thanks for following up. I went back thru my questions to try to find the original question and answer...it appears it was back on Feb 28th, 2007 - copied below as follows: Question: Fan works, light stopped working. As far as I can tell,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan, installing a ceiling fan, fan kit
installing a ceiling fan, fan kit, canopy: Hi Kathy, Not really, the canopy could cut into the wires and cause a short. You need to get a rubber grommet just big enough for the wires to fit, drill a hole in the canopy to fit the grommet. When you put the wire thru, tie a loose knot in it to prevent...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan, conductor wire, fan light
conductor wire, fan light, wall switch: Hi. If you want the switch to control both the light and the fan, then you would use two conductor wire plus the ground from the panel to the switch, to the fan. If you want the switch to control only the fan or the light, and use use the pull chain...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan, pull switch, wall switch
pull switch, wall switch, switch box: Hi Todd, There seems to be a white wire missing in the switch box. Recheck it and see if there is any whites in there and how they are connected. Check the cable that comes into the switch box, the red and black are probably in the same cable, but there...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan, ceiling fan, ceiling fans
ceiling fan, ceiling fans, job: Hi Lisa, It s not difficult of a Job as the directions that come with are pretty good. It s MUCH easier if you have someone to help you, though. Just write down how the existing wires are connected so you can duplicate it when it comes to connect the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan, proper test equipment, don hi
proper test equipment, don hi, light switch: Hi Gina, It s possible the remote needs a new battery. Check your breaker panel to see if a breaker is tripped. Shut each one off by hand, wait about 10 seconds, then turn it back on. IF that isn t the problem, it s possible a wire has come loose....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan, voltage readings, electrical data
voltage readings, electrical data, electrical problem: Good Morning Jeff, Sorry for an delay - must be the week for motor problems...the cooling fan in our main system failed Monday morning and I am on a remote back-up system...and needless to say - this problem has got me backed up in every direction...I...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan and 3 switches, fanlight, fan work
fanlight, fan work, dimmers: Ok first you need to kill the power, then find the incoming black power wire. You will need to add 3 short 6 pieces of wire to that. They will feed the switches. Take the white of the 12/3 and wirenut it to the white going to the receptacle unless the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan and 3 switches, conductor wire, exact sequence
conductor wire, exact sequence, dimmers: Hi. Tell me in exact sequence where the power source, each switch and the fan is located, and I can tell you exactly how to wire it up. If you are running separate switches, then you need to run two pieces of 3 conductor wire. Let me know in a follow...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan on 3-way switch, bob osgood, master electrician
bob osgood, master electrician, incoming power: Hi Eric, Based on your desired outcome...I d eliminate the fan lead completely from the 3 way set-up....use the 3 ways normally strictly for the light....and leave power to the fan hot....so you can use the pull chain only. This would be the set-up...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan, voltage tester, exact question
voltage tester, exact question, ground wires: Hi Lynn, You will need some type of voltage tester as we need to ID which pair of black and white is the hot feed. A cheap tester runs around 5.00 at home centers. Also, check the wall switch. How many wires are coming into the box, what color are they...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan, fan combo, wire nut
fan combo, wire nut, wall switch: Vince, The red wire in a ceiling box usually indicates that is controlled by a wall switch. If this is the case, then the black ceiling wire goes onto the black fan/lite wire, this allows the fan to be controlled by the pull chain only. The red wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan, variable speed fan, don beck
variable speed fan, don beck, fan installation: Hi Randy, If both the switch and the fan installation is new, then the problem could be in either location. If,recently, either the fan or the switch was replaced then we need to look at that location. If the fan was recently replaced, The only things...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan, rotary speed, paddle fans
rotary speed, paddle fans, speed controller: Paul, The rotary wall switch must be of the type for controlling paddle fans. If its a dimmer for lights the fan will not function correctly. If it IS a speed controller for fans then the 3 speed switch (pull chain) on the fan must be set on high speed...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan, whole 9 yards, 3 way switches
whole 9 yards, 3 way switches, three way switches: Okay...this is your wiring as I understand it. If not correct, email me back at jt20@txstate.edu You have 2 wires from a source going to Three-way switch #1. From this switch, you have 3 wires going to the fan/light and 3 wires going to three-way switch...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan, watt halogen bulbs, watt bulbs
watt halogen bulbs, watt bulbs, don beck: Hi Jeanne, The halogens will appear much brighter than a regular bulb. The downside is, the halogens also throw out much more heat and the fan sockets may not be able to take the heat if they maker reccomends 40 watt bulbs and not 60 watts bulbs. The 40...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan & amp feedback, amp circuit, surge suppression
amp circuit, surge suppression, sound waves: Joe, the amp is on the same circuit as the fan and the amp is sending back emf into the line and ending up as either an electrical frequency or a possible mechanical frequency making what sounds like feedback, but not true feedback like a guitar too close...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan balancing, hunter ceiling fan, replacement fan
hunter ceiling fan, replacement fan, s center: Balancing a fan is not hard, just time consuming and tedious. First I d get eye level with the blades and see if one of the blades is higher or lower when they spin around. Maybe your arm is bent a little or the screws on the arm and blade have loosened. Second...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan box installation, electician, hot source
electician, hot source, wire connections: Hi Sara, There are 2 basic things that are important, the correct wires and connections, and the correct anchoring of the ceiling box... 1) The ceiling box has to be firmly anchored to a rater so the fan doesn t come crashing down or wobble while running....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan cabling, light fans, wall switch
light fans, wall switch, ceiling fan: Hi Marc, What kind of wall switch are you using to control the fan? Have you checked the power from red to white? Does the fan also have a light? Fans that have a light kit attached, or available to be attached give you the option of installing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan dilemna, kitchen light, ceiling fixture
kitchen light, ceiling fixture, dilemna: Hi. You would connect the new fan exactly how the old fan is wired. If you disconnected everything, you are going to have a hard time figuring where the wires go to. The black wire of the fan goes to either color wire going to the switch. The other...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan/dimmer switch, hampton bay ceiling fan, overhead lighting
hampton bay ceiling fan, overhead lighting, incoming power: Hi. There are several options, and they all involve going back to the fan. The only thing you can do without going back up is to remove the dimmer and replace it with a switch. It can be dangerous to have a fan on a dimmer. You would need another wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan without existing wiring, dual switch, table lamps
dual switch, table lamps, ceiling fixture: Hi. I don t understand why you ran the wire from the closet light and the outlet. You need to get power from only one place. Run the wire to the fan, then run another wire to a switch. If the wire from the closet light goes to a switch, you can t use...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan/fuse blown, ceiling fan, circuit breaker
ceiling fan, circuit breaker, fuse: Hi Sarah. How was the fan turned off? If the pull chain was used, it could have shorted out something in the fan. You can partially remove the fan till you can get to the wiring, and disconnect all wiring and cap them off. Then try to reset the breaker....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan hum, inexpensive fans, dial type
inexpensive fans, dial type, wall switch: Bam, Not a personal question, but what price category fan do you have? If it is less than a $50.00 fan at a hardware store or such, it is probably just a natural harmonic noise from the fan motor. It hums because the motors are multiple pole motors...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan instalation, light chains, direction switch
light chains, direction switch, metal boxes: Hi. At the switch, the white wires connect together, as do the bare ground wires (plus to the green screw on the switch and the box if it is metal). The remaining two black wires each connect to one terminal at the switch. At the fan, the whites connect...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan install, bare wire, shade of green
bare wire, shade of green, flash light: Bill There has to be a wire in the box that s a black. Unless this is a commercial installation where they have run conduit. The one that you said looks like a shade of green I would look at that more closely with a flash light,it may look green but I am...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan install with 3 way, ceiling fan light, wire fan
ceiling fan light, wire fan, fan fan: Hi Cory, There was never any fan or a lite attached to the ceiling box before? What we need to know is: Ay each switch, there are 3 screws with a wire attached to each screw. 2 of the screws at each switch are lt colored, and 1 of the screws,...