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Electrical Wiring in the Home: junction box, nec article, article 314
nec article, article 314, volume calculations: Mario, The National Electric Code section that covers this is: NEC Article 314.16 provides the details of box volume calculations, box fill, conductor fill, clamp fill, support fittings fill, device fill, equipment fill, equipment grounding conductor...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: junction box, don beck, sure things
don beck, sure things, layman: Hi Josh, The only device I am aware of is a HVH 602 made by commercial electric. It checks for hot wires behind walls. This should be available at wherever the electrican purchases his supplies. I hink it s around $10.00. This may or may not help you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: junction box, metal armor, relative merits
metal armor, relative merits, sure things: Josh, No problem.....and I don t put limitations on honest questions . Ok I would go with the Amprobe unit. Its not the most expensive but its probably the most effective one. I have an Amprobe tracer, not that particular one but an older model and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: junction box, spare computer time, sheetrock walls
spare computer time, sheetrock walls, fineable offense: Hi Josh, Sorry just responding...we got called out (emergency call) to work double shifts to finish up the week...have had NO spare computer time as of late...Today (Sunday) has been my only day off..in quite some time. The tester you (or this...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: junction box, junction boxes, electrical outlet
junction boxes, electrical outlet, sure things: Junction boxes behind walls? You might have a lawsuit here, against both the electrician and the city who issued the permit and did any inspections, but to answer your question, There is a tool I m aware of that can trace wiring, although I ve never used it....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: junction box, outlet boxes, relative merits
outlet boxes, relative merits, junction boxes: Hi. I ve never used any of them, other than the one to check on Chrsitmas lights. My main concern is that it may not be sensitive enough to detect through the walls, so I would get one that has adjustable sensitivity. I am having problems with my computer,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: junction box, outlet boxes, isulation
outlet boxes, isulation, stud finder: Hi Josh. first off, why do you say it s messed up? This is not very specific as to what your problem is. Most of the time electricians, let alon homeowners, do not put juction boxes in wall and cover them up. It s not unheard of, but not real common,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: junction box buzz, hallway light, loose connection
hallway light, loose connection, drywall: Sounds like a loose connection, and you can make it go away by pushing up on the drywall, which you shouldn t have done. Pushing on the drywall probably, somehow, tightens an otherwise loose joint. And if you move from that house, and I buy it, how would...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: junction box / light / in a closet, mud ring, browser address bar
mud ring, browser address bar, thomas betts: Regis, this is a product that should be readily avaidable. Look for an extension ring, mud ring, extension box or raised cover. Thomas & Betts sells one, go to their site at http://www.tnb.com/ps/fulltilt/index.cgi?part=72C3 (you will have to cut this address...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: junction box wiring, ceiling fixture, hi bob
ceiling fixture, hi bob, blacks and whites: Four wires would indicate to me that you have a power cable, a cable running to the switch, a two cables feeding something else...maybe a receptacle or light in another room that doesn t work. Start by connecting the known black power wire to the white...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: junction box, stud finders, relative merits
stud finders, relative merits, junction boxes: At Home Depot today...I saw a tool that will trace wires, energized or not...thru walls. $ 30 I think. That, however would not necesarily locat a juction box that is hidden in a wall on purpose. If your current electrician is of the opinion that the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: junction boxes, j box, correct connections
j box, correct connections, junction boxes: Steve, I think I have the picture now as far as the junction box wires are concerned. However, I read this correctly, you want to power an outlet from the switch box. To do this, we need 1 more wire from the J box to the switch. You can either run another...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: junction boxes, electrical junction boxes, city of manchester nh
electrical junction boxes, city of manchester nh, national electrical code: Hi. Junction boxes are pretty much legal as long as they are accessible. You can t bury them in the wall, etc. Most electrical inspectors can pretty much justify things that they think are unsafe for one reason or another. Could you put an outlet in the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: junction question, amp breaker, controller switch
amp breaker, controller switch, power wires: Hi Brian, Based on your description....I wouldn t go as far as say your load is well with wattage/amperage loading...14 gauge wire isn t good for much more then a smoke smoke alarm circuit..(which is the only time I ll use it any houses we do...other...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: junction question, amp breaker, switch box
amp breaker, switch box, pig tail: Hi. There is no sense in taking the neutrals down to the switches. I hesitate to say twist all the white together, because you will end up using a white wire as a hot wire to the switches. So I will say that you can twist all the neutral wires together....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: junction question, amp breaker, switch legs
amp breaker, switch legs, switch box: In the junction box, the wiring that is going thru the box...tie all commons together. blk/blk wht/wht bare/bare. The switch legs, if you are making the switching go thru the box also....heed....blk/wht for the line going thru the light/switch. You should...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: junctioning off a 3 way switch, straightforward answer, way switch
straightforward answer, way switch, ceiling fan: Tom,there are so many ways that the wiring may have been routed, a simple straightforward answer is not possible. Under most circumstances, it can be done. If you can pull the switches from the wall and try to determine at which point the power enters the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: K-N-T 3-Way Switch, hallway lights, bedroom light
hallway lights, bedroom light, way switch: Hi Chad, This wiring set up, only 3 wires in each box and all connected to the switch, indicates the circuit is powered at the light. If this is the case, then you shouldn t have lost the power to the bedroom, so something more is amiss here. To double...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kenmore cooktop, proper test equipment, qualified electrician
proper test equipment, qualified electrician, copper wires: Hi Gary, I would not recommend digging into the interior wiring of the cook top as it may void you warranty. I don t think it would be difficult to correct, just difficult to locate where the problem is. I would have a qualified electrician or a qualified...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kenmore Dryer 70 series. On but no heat., kenmore dryer, loose connection
kenmore dryer, loose connection, sears: By not putting out enough voltage I take it he meant you were only getting 120 volts and not 240? When did you recently replace the breaker ? And why? I think either you stabbed the breaker on two busses of equal potential (A-A, or B-B) or you have a broken/loose...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kenmore Electric Cooktop, voltage probe, circuit tester
voltage probe, circuit tester, hi chris: Gary, If both the black and white wires lit up the tester, then everything from the panel to the cook is good. In the cook, behind where the house wires attach, there should be wires connected to a common area where the house wires and top wires meet....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kenmore Elite HE4, residential electrical services, bob osgood
residential electrical services, bob osgood, kenmore elite: Hi Casey, Based on your description....you ll need to do some electrical work (or have it done for you)....a convertor is not recommended for higher amperage equipment. All residential electrical services in the US have to be (mandatory)a minimum...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kenmore electric cooktop, hi chris, stoves
hi chris, stoves, kenmore: Hi Chris, No problem, no reason to feel embarresed, we all need help every now and then. K, assuming the breaker that feeds this stove is a double pole (meaning its a 240 circuit, most likely it is) Then stoves black to house black, stoves...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Keyless Lampholder Installation, wire nut, lampholders
wire nut, lampholders, porcelain lampholder: Michael to your answer to #1 if the box is metal then you need to ground the box if it is plastic then cut it back. #2 It would be better to twist the wires together and just install 1 set on the fixture as you will see the screw install is flimsy. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Keyless Lampholder Installation, wire nut, porcelain lampholder
wire nut, porcelain lampholder, metal tab: 1 if there is no terminal for a ground wire, then it merely must remain in the box. 2 You are better off to pigtail and put one wire under the screw. A wire nut connection is usually better that the metal tab of the lampholder. 3 100watt bulbs are the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: KITCHEN SOCKET, live wire, 220 volts
live wire, 220 volts, couple of days: Hi. I am guessing (without seeing it) that you have a shared neutral circuit. Those are two circuits that are sharing one neutral. When you replace an outlet, you would have to break the tab on the dark side only if the red and black go to dark terminals....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kids room lost power, breaker is fine, circuit breakers, switch one
circuit breakers, switch one, light switch: Alan, Yes it is possible and probable. You said there were two outlets. Did you pull out the other one for examination ? If you didn t then pull it out and check the connections. If it looks ok and the screws are tight then check the outlets in rooms adjacent...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Killing Appliances, george foreman grill, fuse box
george foreman grill, fuse box, loud pop: Derek, It sounds like you may have an open neutral condition where the voltage at your outlets can get as high as 240 volts which will blow things out. Your lights getting alternately bright then dim is also a symptom. This is a connection issue and its...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kiln Wiring with no neutral, don beck, amp breaker
don beck, amp breaker, v line: Hi Tom,, The ground does go to the ground bar and not the neutral bar. A neutral isn t required on a 220 V line, as the voltage is AC and the each hot line acts as the return line for voltage when the other hot line is in the feed cycle. Then they...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kiln Wiring with no neutral, amp breaker, hookup
amp breaker, hookup, return path: Hi Tom A neutral isn t needed for a 220V hookup. Each 110 V side acts as the return path for the voltage when the other 110V side is supplying.The white does act as 1/2 the hot feed and the black acts like the other side. The same wiring configuration...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kiln wiring, loose connections, voltage drop
loose connections, voltage drop, circuit breaker: Hi Ralph, If the kiln draws 60 amps, the breaker should be OK under normal circumstance and a perfect world. If the kiln is right next to the breaker panel, it would, probably be OK. I suspect the kiln is located some distance from the panels and you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kilowatt hour meter, kilowatt hour meter, main switch
kilowatt hour meter, main switch, terminal 5: Jeanette, I m not sure what this device is that you want to hookup, or what the RCD is, or how to hook it up correctly. Why don t you search the manufacturer s web site for info. They may have just the answers you need. Again, sorry I couldn t help....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: King Wall heater, light switch, light fixture
light switch, light fixture, wattage: You cannot connect to that light switch or light fixture to feed a heater. You did not mention the wattage of the heater, so I do not know if 12/2 will be sufficient. However, you will need to run a separate circuit to the wall heater and you will need...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kitchen Cooktop and Oven installation, flexible metal conduit, oven model
flexible metal conduit, oven model, cooktop: Hi. To get amperage divide watts by voltage. So that would be 7400 and 3400 watts. So that looks like 40 and 20 amps. You may want to go higher to be on the safe side. You may also want to check to see if you can get the manuals from Sears to be on the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kitchen cabnet lighting, kitchen cabnet, electrition
kitchen cabnet, electrition, cabnets: It is a little tricky fishing the wire from the receptacle, but it is a common thing to do. There are flexible bits an electrician would have and other tools that would probably cost you as much to purchase as it would be to get an electrician to do you a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kitchen circuit, microwave ovens, lighting circuit
microwave ovens, lighting circuit, microwave oven: John, It s common practice to list only what is actually used in operations of appliances and motors. A motor, or example, takes 1 1/2 times the power to start then it does when it is running. That, sometimes, causes lights to dim when a motor starts up...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kitchen counter recepticals, amp breaker, kitchen counter
amp breaker, kitchen counter, receptacles: If both receptacles are fed off of the one breaker, install a GFCI in the first outlet, and connect the wires from panel to LINE and the wires to the other breaker on the LOAD terminals of the GFCI. If the receptacles are fed from two different breakers, replace...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kitchen Fan/Light Fixture, fan light, loose wire
fan light, loose wire, incandescent bulb: Hi. First of all, I assume it is an incandescent bulb, and not a compact fluorescent. Fluorescents sometimes flicker before they burn out. If the light kit and the fan is on the same switch, the problem would have to be in the fan or light kit somewhere....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kitchen Fluorescent Lights, kitchen light, light fixture
kitchen light, light fixture, ballasts: Hi. Assuming that the fixture does not require T8 tubes, and that the tubes are fully seated, the ballasts may be bad. Also be sure the fixture has a good ground, since a ground is required for the tubes to work. The switch could be bad, or the fixture...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kitchen fault, main switch, mcb
main switch, mcb, washing machine: Hi Mike. It may be that the cooker switch was not very good quality and didnt last very long. You havnt said how old the washing machine and fridge are. If you are really worried that there may be a problem with the wiring may i suggest that you get an...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kitchen GFI recepticals, amp breaker, gfi
amp breaker, gfi, kitchen counter: Hi. Yes, you can replace them with GFCI. You can wire it either so that only that outlet is protected, or that outlet plus everything downstream. Just be sure your fridge doesn t end up on one, because an accidental trip will ruin your food. I hope...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kitchen GFI'S, amp circuits, kitchen countertop
amp circuits, kitchen countertop, kitchen requirements: Hi Aires, Kitchen requirements are: 2 separate 20 amp circuits to the countertop areas. The 1st outlet on each circuit must be GFI, the ones downstream do not have to be GFI. Since you are redoing the kitchen I d run another 20 amp circuit to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kitchen Light, permanent marker, brakers
permanent marker, brakers, kitchen light: One of the best investments a homeowner can have is a volt tester. It can be purchased at any home supply. It is about the size of a permanent marker and will either light up the tip or sound in the presence of voltage. You need to check first to see if there...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kitchen Lighting, ceiling boxes, overhead lighting
ceiling boxes, overhead lighting, kitchen lighting: The usual hookup would be: The box with the 2 pairs of wires, the blacks go together and the whites got together. 1 pair is probably the feed coming in, and the other pair send the power to the 2nd box. If this doesn t work, you will need a voltage tester...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kitchen light, wire nuts, kitchen light
wire nuts, kitchen light, wire nut: Hi Edwin, You have a poor connection in a wire nut. When the lights in use.. your wires warm up. Literally changing thickness and the result is a poor connection. You can fix this by opening both boxes (switch and light) and making...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kitchen light, wire nuts, kitchen light
wire nuts, kitchen light, light fixture: Hi. Since your house was built in 1912, it won t be grounded. So, don t connect the green wire. If the other wires in the ceiling are color coded, connect white to white and black to black. Otherwise, just connect the black and white to one wire each....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kitchen light, humidity extremes, easter festivities
humidity extremes, easter festivities, flourescent bulbs: Hi Marie, Just getting back in from the Easter festivities... Based on your decription...I m not sure that the humidity is the root cause of the problem...but it could be helping to contribute to it... You stated that you ve since changed the switch...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kitchen lighting - two - 3-way switches with problems, 3 way switches, wire nuts
3 way switches, wire nuts, way switch: If you measured 120 volts to the fixture, you re switches are working. However if they are in pore condition I would replace them anyway. Now since you replaced the fluorescent bulbs and the light did not come on. One, make sure you have the correct bulb....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kitchen lighting problem, 3 way switches, lighting problem
3 way switches, lighting problem, kitchen lighting: Hi. I am assuming that neither switch is a dimmer. I would try by replacing the switches first. I had flicker problem when one of my 3 way switches wore out. If that does not work, you may want to disconnect the light and temporarily hook it to an...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kitchen lighting, remodel, inch legs, rope lights
inch legs, rope lights, close proximity: There are sooooo many options. Rope lights, low volt lights....mini florescent, mini electronic, etc. If you have a lighting store a close proximity, it would be worth a trip to see some of what is now available. Way to many for me to name or explain...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kitchen lighting, remodel, halogen bulbs, puck lights
halogen bulbs, puck lights, inch legs: Marcia, Wow! I like you decorating ideas using lighting. A lot of people overlook this possibility. Those puck lites may work in this situation,also, if they are up against the wall under the cabinets, throwing heir light on the floor underneath...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kitchen lights, florescent light, pop sound
florescent light, pop sound, breakers: Something in the process caused a short. A breaker can be tripped without appearing tripped. The only way to locate this is to make certain voltage is leaving the breaker and pull out each affected device and check all connections. Somewhere a connection was...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kitchen Outlet Replacement, oshawa ontario canada, short circuits
oshawa ontario canada, short circuits, counter tops: Hi. Are there any red wires? Do you still have the old outlets? If so, check the dark colored terminals and see if the bridge between the screws is broken off. If it is, you need to do the same thing on the new ones. Do not do that to the light colored...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kitchen outlet hights, electrical inspector, rule of thumb
electrical inspector, rule of thumb, ttb: Hi Ron, The National Electric Code does not spell out exactly about outlet height. 40 is about right. This puts the outlet about center between the upper cabinets and countertop. This height seems to work pretty well for washers and dryers, also. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kitchen outlet not working, wire nuts, voltage tester
wire nuts, voltage tester, reset switch: Hi. You would have to take the cover off of the breaker box. You would have to be careful in what you touch. If you don t feel comfortable doing this, then you can call an electrician. If you do it, take the cover off of the breaker box, and put one...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kitchen outlet, brakers, blue bottom
brakers, blue bottom, recepticle: Norbert: I think the old outlet you replaced had 2 circuits feeding to it. I hope you still have the old outlet that you took out. I want you to look closely at the side were the black/top screw, and blue/bottom screw is. On a new outlet there is a small jumper/tab...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kitchen outlets not working, wire nuts, perpendicular wall
wire nuts, perpendicular wall, gfci outlet: Hi. You may have knocked a wire loose. Take the wire nuts off and make sure the wires are making contact. Are the other outlets connected to the GFCI or run separately? Be sure that if they are separate, they are connected to the line side. If they...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kitchen/Pantry/Dining Rm Circuit, bob osgood, lighting circuits
bob osgood, lighting circuits, kitchen pantry: Hi Rob, Sorry for just responding....was away at a remote location for most of yesterday...just getting back in. Yes....per all building Codes (and especially the NEC)....you will need to protect these wires that are to be run in the notches with...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kitchen Recess Lighting wiring, recess lighting, gage wire
recess lighting, gage wire, daisy chain: Hi John. Your current wiring will handle 12amps continuiously. To convert that to watts, you can mulitply 12amps time 120volts, which equals 1440 watts. 6 recessed light times 65 watts is equal to 390 watts, so you can see that the load will not affect...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kitchen Renovation - Electrical, kitchen renovation, dedicated circuits
kitchen renovation, dedicated circuits, garbage disposal: Dedicated circuits are not GFCI required. Recepticle are required to be a minimum of 6 above a countertop, unless a special water tight box is used, to allow installation in the coundtertop. Counter top recepticles are typically 44 off the floor. I have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kitchen receptacle stopped working, don beck, gfci outlet
don beck, gfci outlet, neutral wire: Hi Jack, I suspect there is a GFCI outlet in the kitchen somewhere that has tripped. This outlet looks like a regular outlet except it has 2 tabs in the center. These tabs act like a circuit breaker. If you can locate it, just push the center tab in to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kitchen remodel electrical questions, amp circuit, lighting circuit
amp circuit, lighting circuit, electrical questions: Hi Mark, 1) 15 amp rated outlets are OK on a 20 amp circuit if there is more than 1 outlet on the circuit. Very rare when an outlet will draw more than 15 amps. No need to switch to a 20 amp. 2) If the dryer wire is 4 conductor (blk-red-wt-ground) then...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kitchen rewiring, 200 amp service, microhood
200 amp service, microhood, refridge: Hi. By code, you need at least 2 circuits for the outlets, which should be shared by the dining room. No lights are allowed on this circuit. So you ll also need a circuit for any lighting, unless you use the current circuit. The fridge and gas stove...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kitchen Swtiches, light switches, swtich
light switches, swtich, receptacle: Only one of the two wires on the switch will be hot with the switch turned off. You need to use a tester with the switch off and determine which wire is the hot circuit wire. Once located, use this wire on the hot side of the receptacle, the gold or brass...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kitchen stove new, many prongs, amp breaker
many prongs, amp breaker, gauge wire: Hi Melissa, Does the stove have a plug on the end of a cable that plugs into an outlet in the wall; or does it just have cable that you have to connect to wires in a box? If it s a plug on an end of a cord, How many prongs are sticking out of the plug?...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kitchen track lighting, halogen bulbs, halogen fixtures
halogen bulbs, halogen fixtures, track lighting: Hi Nitin, I don t think you are overloading the circuit, or the breaker would trip. If you have 2 switches that operate the lite from different location(this is called a 3 way), and the odor occurs no matter which switch you use, then there are a couple...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kitchen under sink plug in connections, recepticle, garbage disposal
recepticle, garbage disposal, duplex: There are two basic ways for it to be wired. Two wires from the switch go to the box and the recepticle has a broken tab to split it for constant (dishwasher) and switched (disposal). You should have only one plug in on the switch, but if they were lazy...one...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kitchen Wiring, neutral wire, recepticle
neutral wire, recepticle, hot wire: Split feed breaker? Not sure I understand correctly what it is you are describing. One thing you will need is a separate neutral wire, and not one that is shared by another circuit, unless both circuits feed the kitchen. Hot wire from the panel goes on the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kitchen Wiring, guage wire, split circuits
guage wire, split circuits, wire nuts: Hi. You can t put a GFCI on the circuit before it splits unless you wire it so that only the outlet is protected, and nothing downstream. The GFCI measures the amount of electricity in both the neutral and hot wires, and shuts down when it is not the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kitchen Wiring, installing a sub panel, master electrician
installing a sub panel, master electrician, dedicated circuits: Hi David, Just getting back in from downstate.... Although you could install a sub-panel...I m at a loss as to why you would need one based on your description (unless you exisiting panel is already maxed out ). The dishwasher would need one dedicated...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kitchen Wiring, amp circuit, gfi outlet
amp circuit, gfi outlet, recepticles: Hi. About the only thing I can suggest is to check the continuity between the 3 wires in the cable. With the wires disconnected, put a continuty tester on one wire in one box, then make sure that it is only the same wire in the other box. If you put the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kitchen Wiring, dedicated circuits, 12 gauge
dedicated circuits, 12 gauge, minimum distance: Hi Joe, I love that state and have visited it several times. However, I live on the other side of the country and I am unfamiliar with the specific codes for your region. I can tell you that the NEC states that you should not be able to go more than...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kitchen Wiring, bob osgood, gfci receptacle
bob osgood, gfci receptacle, master electrician: Hi Dave, Never heard the term split feed breaker...are you referring to a tandem (sometimes called a piggy-back) breaker..? Tandem breakers are two mini breakers made to fit the slot one normal sized breaker usually took. They provide two hot circuits...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kitchen wiring, watt fixture, amp circuit
watt fixture, amp circuit, coffee pot: A 25 watt fixture will only draw 2/10ths of an amp, so overloading the circuit is not a consideration in my view. You could wire all three lights to one receptacle if you so desired, but my question would be, HOW are you going to make the connections...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kitchen wiring, garbage disposal, remodeling a kitchen
garbage disposal, remodeling a kitchen, kitchen appliances: Mike B: Depending on the number of slots you have avable in your panel this is how I do all my kitchens. 2---- 20amp circuits for counter top outlets (tosters, blenders,etc,etc). The first outlet needs to Be a GFI type and then run to the remaining so they...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kitchen wiring, gfci outlets, garbage disposal
gfci outlets, garbage disposal, typical inspection: Hi. Did you tear out the walls? Usually it is inspected before and after the sheetrock is installed. If that is the case, you would run the wire. You should also connect what you can, because once the sheetrock is up, you won t know where the wires go...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kitchen wiring, gfi wiring, don beck
gfi wiring, don beck, kitchen gadgets: Hi Dave, The most inportant part of the GFI wiring, is to make sure it the outlet that the wire from the breaker panel hits first. That way, everything downstream from that outlet is protected with the GFI. There should be a diagram with the GFI outlet...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kitchenaid Built-In Wall Oven, microwave convection oven, amp breaker
microwave convection oven, amp breaker, amp circuit: Doug You may have to rewire the oven as the circuit for the new oven is not adequate for the new oven. If you put he new oven on the 40 amp breaker you may not be able to use all the function of the new oven like have the oven on and and of The burner...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Knob and Tube, knob and tube, junction boxes
knob and tube, junction boxes, tube circuit: Hi. Yes, you can replace any piece of wire in the room, as long as you replace it from end to end, and both ends are in a junction box. The advantage of replacing the whole circuit is that you can use a ground wire and 3 prong plugs. I hope this helps....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Knob and Tube and GFI's, gfci breaker, electrical shock
gfci breaker, electrical shock, knob and tube: Hi Domingo. Adding GFCI protection to any circuit will help keep you from receiving an electrical shock, but I am not sure if it will work on a knob-and-tube system. It should but there maybe something particuliar to K&T that will cause the GFCI to trip...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Knob and Tube wiring problem, knob and tube wiring, junction boxes
knob and tube wiring, junction boxes, knob and tube: Start by pulling all the recepticles and switches out of the boxes and look for connections. Broken wires, burnt connections...some of these do occur over time. Knob and tube was a really good wiring method for its time. Simple and the use of steel wire....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Knob and Tube wiring, knob and tube wiring, ball point pen
knob and tube wiring, ball point pen, junction boxes: Sometimes 2 circuits have a common neutral so it is difficult to trace the wires once they go out of sight down a wall. In some of the old K&T wiring, the electricians used the neutral on the switches instead of the hot, so you never which wire is hot...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Knob & tube light fixture, knob and tube wiring, ceiling light fixture
knob and tube wiring, ceiling light fixture, knob and tube: Hi Richard, Yes, you can do that safely. It is sometimes difficult, with the knob and tube wiring, to know which of the 2 wires is hot, and which is neutral. If you can trace this knob and tube wire to somewhere to where it connects to a newer color...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: k&t circuit replacement, duplex outlets, junction boxes
duplex outlets, junction boxes, overhead lighting: Hi. yes, you can have junction boxes in the attic, as long as they are accessible. You could also go from outlet to outlet. I don t know if it would be any harder to fish two wires than one. You may find it easier to use the old wire to fish a piece...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: kenmore convection double oven, electric ovens, copper wire
electric ovens, copper wire, electrical data: Good Morning James, Based on your description...your new oven is in compliance with the Code change (effective Jan 1st, 2005) and your existing wiring is not. As of 1-1-05, all ovens must now be 4 wire...having 1 black, 1 red, 1 white and 1 one bare...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: kenmore range, prong plug, kenmore
prong plug, kenmore, legs: Hello John. You may have to see which wires are connected to these post s. The two large wires connected to these post s will be the two power legs and it will not matter which two of the cord wires connect to these, either the black or red, one will connect...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: kenmore stackable w/d wiring?, combo washer dryer, bottom wash
combo washer dryer, bottom wash, kenmore: Hi Jonathan, An appliance electrician may be of more help then I, but I ll take a shot. The plastic plug that contains the bunch of wires, hooks 1 unit to the other. There should be a place to plug it in near the this bunch of wires. These wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: kenmore/whirlpool 3 speed motor, blue caps, middle speed
blue caps, middle speed, plastic connector: OK I get the idea now Does the motor start right up and torque pretty good? Is the motor running in the desired direction? Do you have a clamp-on to measure the current? I ask because these motors reverse and they can be configured to run, but maybe only...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: kiln wiring at home, amp breaker, cable holders
amp breaker, cable holders, bottom edge: I will assume that the #6 is strand copper....which means you can divide the strands and put under 2 adjoining screws. The code is that any wire that is within 8 of the floor needs to be protected or concealed. It doesnt actually specify what protected...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: kiln wiring at home, amp breaker, cable holders
amp breaker, cable holders, bottom edge: Hi. Some of the holes should be big enough for this wire. Sometimes they are bigger than they look. I would check for the biggest hole and give it a try. I have not heard of a wire not fitting. Is there a range or something else large there now? If...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: kiln wiring question, amp breaker, furring strip
amp breaker, furring strip, cable holders: They make adapters that will accomodate a larger wire (crimp on connection) and have a smaller projection for use in the busses where the wire won t fit. Don t cut any strands off of the wire or you negate it s ampacity. Another option, if you are using stranded...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: kitchen appliance circuit, gage wire, dedicated circuits
gage wire, dedicated circuits, kitchen appliance: Hi Paul, I m not sure I understand your question completely, I think your wanting to know how to wire the receptacles. The black attaches to the dark colored screw, the white to the light colored screw, and the green or bare to the green screw. If that isn...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: kitchen ceiling light fixture, ceiling light fixture, fixture wire
ceiling light fixture, fixture wire, copper wire: Hi. Always wire a new fixture the same way the old one was wired. The red wire is your switch wire, and the black fixture wire should be connected to it. Any green wires connect to the bare ground wires. You will get shocked if you connect it to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: kitchen circuit out after light bulb blew, home warranty company, electrical wiring system
home warranty company, electrical wiring system, inadequate wiring: It is not the wiring...it is probably a connection that went bad on the surge of the bulb blowing out. If you have a junction box off the breaker for the light circuit, and in the junction box there is a connection to branch out to other lights or switches...a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: kitchen circuit out after light bulb blew, home warranty company, electrical wiring system
home warranty company, electrical wiring system, aluminum wiring: Hi. First of all, if everything is wired correctly, the outlets in the kitchen, dining room and laundry room will not be connected to any light fixtures. GFCIs should also not be connected to light fixtures. Secondly, be very aware that many houses...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: kitchen circuit, home warranty company, electrical wiring system
home warranty company, electrical wiring system, lighting circuit: Hi Frances, The lighting circuit in question will not be part of the breaker that controls the outlets. The lighting will be on a different breaker. Check your breakers again by shutting them off, wait about 5 seconds, then turn them back on. As...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: kitchen counter outlets, metal tab, rare situations
metal tab, rare situations, recepticles: You may have one of the rare situations where they decided to split the recepticles into twin circuits. Top is one, bottom another. They share the white wire. If you have a testor...verify that each circuit is hot from the first split. If they are countertop...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: kitchen light, kitchen light, light fixture
kitchen light, light fixture, ceiling fan: Hi Scott You are going to have to check the wires and find how they are hooked up. If there are 2 switches for the fan then there are 2 switch wires in the box. The white should be neutral but you will want to check the voltage to it from the switches. As...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: kitchen light, neutral connections, kitchen light
neutral connections, kitchen light, volt meter: Hi. Most likely the switch is defective and not making good contact, or a neutral is disconnected, and the reading you are getting is feedback. Replace the switch, because they are only around 79 cents. If not, then check all of your neutral connections...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: kitchen light, amps and volts, throwing the switch
amps and volts, throwing the switch, kitchen light: Hi. This is almost impossible to answer without knowing where the wires go to. A bad switch should not throw the breaker, since the neutral wire is never connected to a switch. All the neutrals (whites) should be connected together. The black wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: kitchen light fixture, ceiling light fixture, kitchen ceiling
ceiling light fixture, kitchen ceiling, kitchen light: Hi Dana, ID each socket has it s own pair of wire, they need to be checked to make sure they are all making contact with the ceiling box wires. Sometimes the center tab in the sockets get bent. They may need to be be pried up, just a bit, so they make...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: kitchen light wiring, power pair, garbage disposal
power pair, garbage disposal, double switch: Brian, Wheee! We are 1/2 way home! Each black and white coming into the ceiling box is a pair, both in 1 cable. Heres what the wires do: pair 1, hot black and neutral white furnishing power. pair 2, black and white feeding out to another...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: kitchen light wiring, fixture wire, wire cables
fixture wire, wire cables, kitchen light: Hi. Was there a light there before? just wire it the same way the old one was wired. The fixture has two wires, and there is a 3 wire cable and a 2 wire cable? Do you know where the wires go? Most likely the black fixture wire goes to the red, the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: kitchen light, fixture wire, wire nuts
fixture wire, wire nuts, kitchen light: Hi. You have to find which wire goes to the switch. The other wire is the power coming in. Connect the white power coming in to the white fixture wire. Connect the black power coming in to the black switch wire. Connect the white switch wire to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: kitchen outlet, amp breaker, gfi outlet
amp breaker, gfi outlet, voltage tester: Kitchen GFI s are usually located at one of the outlets over the counter top, or on one of the walls in the dining room. Recheck the breakers. The kitchen should be on a 20 amp breaker and there should be 2 separate breakers, both 20 amp, for the kitchen....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: kitchen outlet not working, circuit failure, neutrals
circuit failure, neutrals, volts: Hi. The reading you are getting on the neutral is feedback from the hot. If you unplug everything on the circuit, it should be zero. That would indicate to me that somewhere in the system, the neutral is broken. Be sure to check the working outlets too,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: My kitchen outlets quit working...., gfci outlet, broken wires
gfci outlet, broken wires, electrical code: Hi Earvie. The electrical code, for many years now, has required that kitchen outlets be protected by a gfci device. Most of the time that is a gfci outlet. This type of outlet has a test and a reset button on it s face. Make sure that you do not have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: kitchen outlets suddenly quit working, time andrea, microwave range
time andrea, microwave range, wire nuts: Hi. If it is the GFCI, then push the reset button. If that does not work, then it is either defective, or the wiring was damaged with the overload. The lights would be on a separate circuit, and there should be two circuits for the kitchen/dining outlets....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: kitchen outlets, brass pin, plugins work
brass pin, plugins work, otherside: Hi. You may have a shared neutral, which tends to be quite a pain. If the neutral is disconnected, then the two circuits will be in series with each other at 220 volts, which will damage your equipment. You could also get shocked if you don t turn off...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: kitchen stove hook up, prong plug, conductor wire
prong plug, conductor wire, receptical: Hi. One or the other will have to be replaced. If you have 3 conductor wire and a ground going to the outlet in your house, then replace it with a 4 prong outlet. If there is not both a ground and a neutral, then replace the cord on the range with a 3...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: kitchen under counter lighting problem, street vibrations, lighting problem
street vibrations, lighting problem, incandescent bulbs: Hi John, if the lite are florescent, try re=seating the twist in bulbs. They have to be seated perfectly. If the are incandescent bulbs, then there is probably a loose connection. Open up the fixtures and expose the connections, remove all the wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: kitchen wiring, amp breaker, brass screws
amp breaker, brass screws, ground wires: Hi Melissa, First of all, check the wire size for this circuit. If it is 14 gauge, then switch the breaker back to a 15 amp as it could be a fire hazard. If the wire is 12 gauge, you can leave the 20 amp breaker. Somewhere in the circuit you have a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: kitchen wiring, amp circuits, recepticle
amp circuits, recepticle, arangement: Hi Dave. In the 1st box, splice the neutrals together, along with a short piece of wire, and terminate this wire to the gfci, line side. You will also terminate one of the phases (red or black) to the other line terminal. Continue the other phase, the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: knob & tube, knob and tube, bad hope
knob and tube, bad hope, hot wire: Hi. Well, at the first switch (where the power enters), you can find which is the odd wire because it has power all of the time. At the second switch, the travelers will have power on one wire when the first switch is up, and the second traveler will...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: knob and tube/ceiling fan, knob and tube wiring, switch legs
knob and tube wiring, switch legs, knob and tube: Kevin With knob and tube wiring it is very hard to see what is what on the colors.The wires at the switch may just be switch legs only as that is how they use to wire back then.It sounds like the wires in the fan box may have a broken wire going to the switch....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: knob-and-tube replacement, knob and tube wiring, knob and tube
knob and tube wiring, knob and tube, junction boxes: Hi Tony, Just getting back into the office for the day... I reviewed your pics at the URL you posted...plus bounced around a few links....(sorry to hear about the ceiling fan accident..!!)...yep - typical K-n-T wiring in this post 1900 home....a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: knob and tube wiring, robert wilber, knob and tube wiring
robert wilber, knob and tube wiring, type fuses: * Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * Knob and tube fusing * You have an older home. How old is older? My guess is REALLY older ... That fuse box on the now enclosed porch was probably your original...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: knob and tube wiring, knob and tube wiring, fear of fire
knob and tube wiring, fear of fire, knob and tube: As long as the wiring system is functioning correctly and there are no obvious signs of deteriation, don t touch it unless you wnat to spend the money to upgrade. Knob and Tube wiring is cloth wrapped, and contains no ground, so that is why his buddies...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: knob and tube wiring, knob and tube wiring, 220 volt
knob and tube wiring, 220 volt, knob and tube: I may not be as accurate as you need, but I will tell what I can. It is steel wire, or copper coated steel wire, it can handle greater electrical loads, but does not do well under higher amperages. It is rare For any wiring configurations for 220 volt, but...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: knob and tube wiring, knob and tube wiring, wire nuts
knob and tube wiring, wire nuts, junction boxes: Hi. You can splice all the wires together in the attic, as long as you use junction boxes, and that the junction boxes as accessible. If you use knob and tube wiring in a metal junction box, in 2 separate holes, you have to cut the metal between the holes,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: knob and tube wiring, knob and tube wiring, wall insulation
knob and tube wiring, wall insulation, knob and tube: Hi Robert, If you are going ti re-wire someday, do so before insulating as you will save money on electrical labor. Trying to find knob and tube wires buried in insulation is very time consuming. I don t know of any rules prohibiting insulation over...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: knob and tube, knob and tube wiring, silver screw
knob and tube wiring, silver screw, brass screw: Hi Adam, You will need a voltage tester to determine which of the 2 wires is the hot one. This wire goes onto the brass screw and the other wire goes onto the silver screw. Getting an open ground reading on your tester is normal as knob and tube...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: How do I know that my house is safe, curling iron, junction boxes
curling iron, junction boxes, horrible event: Hi Todd, I am sorry that this horrible event happened to you, but I am glad no one was hurt. You are right to be concerned. This kind of damage could of overheated your wiring. If you have an electrician strip back some of the insulation you should...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: everything to know on wiring baseboard heaters, vancover island, guage wire
vancover island, guage wire, baseboard heaters: Aaron, I don t recognize that type of wire and can find nothing on the internet about it. I have found that the more expensive computerized Thermostats have no real advantage. It all boils down to; if your cold you turn up the thermostat, if it s...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: kW Rating vs. Ampere Rating, prong plug, continuous duty
prong plug, continuous duty, oversupply: There is a 60% rule and an 80% rule. I cant find them in the code book at this moment, but if you look at the plate, it may also state continuous duty vs normal. Some plates do list the demand separately. More importantly, what size wire is feeding the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: L-N wiring, bob osgood, master electrician
bob osgood, master electrician, hi mike: Hi Mike, Based on your description...this sounds like a simple polarity problem...your hot (line/L) and neutral (N) are reversed. With the breaker off....reverse your black and white wires to the opposite sides on the new receptacle and you should be...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: L6-30 Generator to L14-30 Transfer Switch, watt honda, hz frequency
watt honda, hz frequency, honda engine: Hi, Oh - wait a minute - let s get THIS right....I see you THINK you know it all ...I guess you must be the master....or just one that likes to unfairly rate masters who VOLUNTEERED their spare time to TRY to help you out. The fact is -- your generator...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lamp that flickers with warm electrical cord, bare wire, visible damage
bare wire, visible damage, electrical cord: Hi Lisa, If there is no visible damage to the cord,melting or bare wire wires showing, the cord is probably OK. The problem could be where the cord attaches to the bulb socket. The wires may have come a little loose. It also could be where wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lamp Post Hook Up, pvc pipes, don beck
pvc pipes, don beck, lamposts: Ed, You can pick up power from either outlet, whichever is the easiest for you. Come out of that outlet with PVC to the closest lamp,using 14/2 with ground romex wire. Where the PVC hits the 1st light, I would use a weatherproof junction box. Install the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lamp repair, lamp sockets, home improvement stores
lamp sockets, home improvement stores, light bulbs: Most likely your lamp sockets are defective and not making really good contact with the lamp base. This is something a mechanically skilled person can change out (parts are available at most home improvement stores) or you can have it rewired by someone else....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lamp switches, three way switches, 2 legs
three way switches, 2 legs, wire nut: Hi. It sounds like what you need is a 3 way switch. It should have 3 wires. One wire for the bottom, one for the top, and one to the power. (The neutral bypasses the switch) Now, I assuming the switch is separate, and not part of the socket. If it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lamp wiring, glass shards, switch one
glass shards, switch one, way switch: Hi The black wire on the switch connects to the wire going to the plug. If there are other lights on their own switch, one wire goes to this too. The white wires from all of the lights, any other lights connect to the power coming in. One wire from...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Landscape Lighting Layout, lighting layout, gfci breaker
lighting layout, gfci breaker, landscape lighting: Do the installation instructions give you any guidance on this? It depends on box fill. If this is a regular octogan box it should be ok. Smaller than that and I would set an underground box and run a short pigtail wire to light #1. Good job on the description...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Landscape lighting, landscape lighting, gfci outlet
landscape lighting, gfci outlet, extension cords: Shaun: Water is getting into the fixtures, cord ends or the timer. The only way to keep them on is to keep out the water. Or hardwire the lights and get rid of the extention cords then you are allow to hook them up to a regular breaker. and the nunance tripping...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lateral Service Entrance Cable., service entrance, basement window
service entrance, basement window, underground service: Hi Patrick. This cable might be able to be spliced, but for all the work that would be involved, I recommend a new run, if possible. You might want to let your electrician give you the best way to do this. I hope this has helped. Rick Miel...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Layman speak, awg wires, amp service
awg wires, amp service, ampacity: I would agree that the answer was abit afield of your need. If you want a subpanel from the main, you will need a panel sized for the added power you seek. If you only need a subpanel for 60 amps +- you can put in a Max 75amp panel and run the #6 wire to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: LCD HD TV won't power on, hole in my wall, wall outlets
hole in my wall, wall outlets, lcd hd tv: Linda first of all plug a working light into the outlet the TV will be plugged into to see if it works. Make sure there aren t any switches to control that outlet to off or on. If the outlet works then it is fine use a extension cord to plug the TV in make...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lcd TV power cord, ground breakers, stud finder
ground breakers, stud finder, landscape lighting: Thank you for your question. If your able to run a wire through the wall, then we might as well do this right. They sell a clock recep in which the recept is recessed in the wall. All you have to do is find a good location for your cord from the tv to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lcd TV power cord, tv power, interior wall
tv power, interior wall, power cord: Hi. The code probably does not apply to plug in things. However, it is best not to, because if the cord overheats or gets damaged, it would put a fire inside your wall, which will cause it to spread. The best way is to install an outlet in the wall...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: LED, max volts, voltage requirements
max volts, voltage requirements, led lights: Hi Al. I would think that a maximum rating is just that, the maximum amount of whatever that you could apply to a piece of equipment, without damaging that piece of equipment. go over the max, and the piece will fail. You should be able to provide 3v...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: LED, battery recharger, max voltage
battery recharger, max voltage, solar panel: Al, Yes but I don;t know how long that might take with an LED. You can either alter the output voltage of the source or up the voltage of the LED. Which ever is easier. This is more of an electronics question as far as what you might be able to put in series...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: LED, battery recharger, max voltage
battery recharger, max voltage, solar panel: You need to redirect this question to someone in the electonics field, but I can tell you that if you supply more voltage to a lamp than what s it s rated for, it will burn out. You could take two 1.7 volt lamps and put them in series with one another and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: LED, electronic problems, battery recharger
electronic problems, battery recharger, max voltage: Al I appreciate you asking, however most of this pertains more to electronics than electrical and I am not completely comfortable resolving electronic problems. I do know that with this close of a range on the bulb voltage that it will burn out very quickly...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: LED lights, back porch, main switch
back porch, main switch, christmas lights: Hi. You may want to get a circuit analyzer for a few bucks at any home center and check the outlets. Perhaps the switch is turning off the neutral instead of the hot wire. You may get a hot/neutral reverse or you may get an open neutral reading. If...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: LED, max volts, indefinite number
max volts, indefinite number, incandescent light: Hello Al, the ma will not matter, this is just a rating as to the amp draw the transformer is capable of handling. Putting a higher voltage would be similar to applying 240 volts to a standard incandescent light rated for 120 volts. It will quickly burn out....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: IS THIS A LEGAL INSTALLATION, overdue vacation, meter socket
overdue vacation, meter socket, legal determination: Hi Jack, Sorry for the delay....was out all afternoon/evening yesterday on back to back service calls....was too tired to check mail when I finally got back in....fortunately - my long overdue vacation starts Monday !!( NOTE: you will not see me listed...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Length of underground drop from power pole, 200 amp service, copper conductors
200 amp service, copper conductors, hot wire: Hello Jerry. For a 150 amp service it will require two # 2/0 minimum Hot wire, a # 1 neutral, these are copper conductors, for aluminum, it will require two # 4/0 hot and a # 2/0 neutral. For a 200 amp, two # 4/0 and one # 2/0 copper, two # 300...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lengthening a residential wire, drywall plaster, tile ceiling
drywall plaster, tile ceiling, ceiling tile: Hi Mike, Sure, you can put a j-box behind a suspended ceiling. Its not permanently closed off, so its within code. Let me know if you have any other questions. ~Alex PS, no need to respond unless you have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lengthening of Wire Runs, spiral effect, copper wires
spiral effect, copper wires, intensive work: Mark, Scotch locks are fine just make sure you twist the wires together tightly before you screw the scotch locks on. In other words the wires are twisted together so well that they almost don t even need the scotch look to keep them together. When splicing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Leviton 6560M timers, mechanical timers, electronic timers
mechanical timers, electronic timers, electronic timer: Tony, I m assuming the exhaust fan is located in an unfinished area such as an attic or crawl space where you could easily install the 20 amp timer. All you would have to do is take out the timer where ever it is and splice the 2 wires there together so...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Leviton Motion Activated Light Control, compact fluorescent bulbs, control sensors
compact fluorescent bulbs, control sensors, light bulbs: Hi Rafael, Those types of flors. bulbs can be a problem. Try it with regular light bulbs and see if the problem is corrected. It not, then the wiring connections may need a little adjustment. A lot of the motion lites are wired differently, so...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Leviton Programmable timer, programmable timer, two blacks
programmable timer, two blacks, light switch: There should have been a wiring diagram with the switch that would tell you which to which. I would assume, the black power source wire connects to the black switch wire, the blue connects to the black wire for the light. white to white. green to ground...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Leviton Switch & GFCI Outlet, leviton gfci, hot wire
leviton gfci, hot wire, 3way: Based on the information provided it will be difficult to accurately assess your problem. Is there a neutral in the switch box that you will be able to use for the GFCI portion of the new switch? Is the existing switch a 3way or a standard switch? If it is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: LIGHT SWITCH, bedroom light, wire nut
bedroom light, wire nut, way switch: Hi. I ve never heard of this happening, so this may be one thing someone has to look at the figure out. Here are two possibilities: Three way switches direct the power in two directions. When wired properly, they work together to turn the light off...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: THE LIGHT SWITCH IS HOT BUT NO LIGHTS, robert wilber, electricity works
robert wilber, electricity works, light switches: Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * You replaced a light switch because the old one was not staying on. You have two light switches that are hot, but no lights, and 4 outlets with no power. The switches...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: LIGHT SWITCH?, home impr, receptacle
home impr, receptacle, light switch: Hello Mike. Locate the breaker feeding this switch and turn it off. Remove the switch and connect the two wires which were on the switch together. If the receptacle then works, it is a faulty switch. If the receptacle still does not operate, make sure you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: LIGHTING, long periods of time, volts
long periods of time, volts, watts: Hi Amps times volts equals watts. So it is 2400 watts at 120 volts. When planning a circuit, you will want to leave some extra capacity. When using a circuit that will be on for long periods of time, you should use only 80% of the capacity. Bo...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: LIGHTING, incoming service, air conditioner
incoming service, air conditioner, breakers: This is a fairly common problem. The compressor pulls so many amps on start up, if the service size is not large enough for a large load, the lights can dim. I do not believe it is a breaker problem. Something that can be tested is to see if the panel is balanced....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: LIght fixture troubleshooting, e mail address, track lighting fixture
e mail address, track lighting fixture, don beck: Hi Vince, You are on the right track.(no pun intended). IF it is the type of track where each light in the track has it s own transformer; and, all the lights in the track are acting up, then it is unlikely that the fixture itself is going downhill. My...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Licensed Electrician Assumption of Responsibility Charge, continuing education credits, insurance continuing education
continuing education credits, insurance continuing education, electrian: SANDRA: Go to were you got the permit, explane to them what you told me andthey can direct you. If he has a good licence and some what responsibe then he needs to try and keep it. Your town should have a dept called contractor licencing. They deal with complants...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Licensing, child labor laws, robert wilber
child labor laws, robert wilber, issue certificates: Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * If your friend learned on the job, he is trained If he worked at the trade, he is experienced and has skills If your friend is trained in school, he is educated...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light will not come on in all 3 bathrooms, gfci receptacle, circuit breaker
gfci receptacle, circuit breaker, reset button: Look and see if somewhere a GFCI receptacle or breaker tripped. That would be my guess. Those are the ones with the [TEST] [RESET] button on it. They could be located anywhere from an outside receptacle, kitchen, crawlspace, attic, bathroom. If that doesn...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light ad switch, continuity tester, fixture wire
continuity tester, fixture wire, ground wires: Hi. I always tell everyone to just connect the new fixture like the old one. If you take the other wires apart, you have a problem. The wires going to the switch go between the fixture and the power source. The problem, is that you can t tell which...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light Bulbs blowing Out, ceiling light fixtures, light bulbs
ceiling light fixtures, light bulbs, lightswitch: Hi Larry, Cheap bulbs do not last long( they are now made in China). Heat build up causes bulbs to give out early.(A dimmer may help if this is the cause). There are heavy duty bulbs available that have a stronger filament, this may help. If...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light Bulbs blowing, light bulbs, dual switch
light bulbs, dual switch, switch connections: Hi Phil, I am assuming this fixture is located inside and not exposed to the temperature changes. If your not tripping the breaker, the problem, probably, isn t electrical, but mechanical. Most bulbs are now made in China, and they are of varying...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light Buzzing Sound, watt bulbs, olivier olivier
watt bulbs, olivier olivier, dimmer switch: Olivier, I have some cans myself and on dimmers also. Often they buzz from the element about to go. First try another known new bulb, if you haven t already. I have had new bulbs go in a day from the vibration of shipping. If it still buzzes and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light bulb, lightbulb, circuit breaker
lightbulb, circuit breaker, filament: I believe your problem might lie with a weak breaker. Normally, a light bulb that blows when switched on will, instantaneously, cause a rise in current, but the breaker should not sense that and react. It should take several cycles of current flow for a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light bulbs, light bulbs, bottom center
light bulbs, bottom center, vaseline: This is a new one on me. I would first suggest not using vaseline on them because under the right conditions it is flamable. The only explanations I can come with are, the lamp is getting too hot, try a lower wattage, and also do not screw them as tight...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light bulbs blowing out too soon, light bulbs, center pin
light bulbs, center pin, loose connection: Check all your connections for tightness; at the panel, the switches and each individual fixture. The flicker and pop is indicative of a loose connection. You might also extend the center pin within the lamps socket a little to make better contact with...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light bulbs burn out fast in new house, light bulbs, filament
light bulbs, filament, hone: Hi Ryan, Todays light bulbs are mostly made in China and are not near the quality they used to be. There are industrial light bulbs that are more heavy duty than the standard bulbs and, possibly, those type of bulbs may last a lot longer. The cause...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light bulbs burning out b4 their time, robert wilber, light bulbs
robert wilber, light bulbs, google: - * Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * An open neutral could certainly cause these problems. Taken any voltage readings? They will be unusual and fluctuate under load if you have a neutral problem,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light bulbs stay on, wall switches, light bulbs
wall switches, light bulbs, voltage tester: Shona, If you have a voltage tester and are just a little handy we may be able to get you thru this. There is one critical thing that is required in this case, and that is...the colors of the wires in the switch boxes must be recognizable. If the wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light bulbs, neutral connections, light bulbs
neutral connections, light bulbs, mechanical connection: Well let me ask you, 20 bulbs in the same fixture, or 20 bulbs throughout your basement? If you have one fixture that seems to use more lamps than any other, you most likely have a bad contact, such as the little metal center pin in the socket not making...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light on a Ceiling Fan, light portion, wd 40
light portion, wd 40, ceiling fan: Hi Angie, Almost all makes of ceiling fans are designed in a different manner, so it would be difficult to say if this one is supposed to be that way. If the prior tenant, if there was one, didn t tinker with the fan at what time or another, we have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light Circuit Problem, kitchen light, switch one
kitchen light, switch one, light switch: You have a 3 way switching mechanism. The other switch is going to give you grief till you find it. On the switch, one end is a single wire, the other end is a pair of wires...usually blk/red. There are three ways to hook up a 3way connection. I...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light not coming on when switch is turned on, flat switch, don beck
flat switch, don beck, loose wire: Hi Elizabeth, It could be a loose wire in the switchbox, or in the light fixture box. Sometimes wires do loosen due to normal street and house vibrations. Another thing you can check is the socket where the bulb screws in. Remove the bulb and inside...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light dims, light dims, exact cause
light dims, exact cause, remedy: There are a couple possibilities. A bad bulb, a bad wire connection that is arching ever so slightly, the appliances are pulling the maximum for the circuit, bad switches. It would take a complete exam of that circuit, and related circuits to find the exact...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light dont turn off with by any breaker, breakers, circuits
breakers, circuits: Some circuits use a common neutral for more than one circuit and it sounds as though some wiring is crossed allowing back feed on these lights from another breaker when the controlling breaker is turned off. Try turning off all the breakers except the main...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light / Fan bathroom combo - two wires into box, light fan, copper
light fan, copper, job: Hi. The white fan wire goes to the white power wire. the black power wire goes to the black switch wire, and the white switch wire goes to the black fan wire. Put a piece of black tape on the white switch wire to show it is hot. I hope this helps. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light/Fan Switch, light fan, switch boxes
light fan, switch boxes, fan switch: You ve mis-made a joint somewhere, probably at the switch. You might have gotten a hot wire confused with your switch leg wire, mated those two together, and placed the other hot on the other screw of the switch. Outlets are easy (black to black, white to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light Fixture connection, ceiling light fixture, fixture wire
ceiling light fixture, fixture wire, purple wire: Hi. Are you in North America? Purple is not part of the color coding system in houses. Also, I have never heard of having 4 red wires in a fixture box. One red wire would mean that it could be the switch. It also makes no sense that there are bundles...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light Fixture Help, florescent light fixture, wd 40
florescent light fixture, wd 40, florescent lights: Hi Robert, Florescent lights sure can be fussy! Double check and make sure all the connections are tight. When this happens, it is an indication that the bulbs aren t making good contact with the pins that hold them in place.Sometimes a little WD 40...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light Fixture heating up, thermal protector, high hat
thermal protector, high hat, light fixture: Hi. Recessed lights now have a thermal protector that turns it off when it gets hot. If the bulb is the wrong kind, wrong wattage, or if the fixture is not getting the ventilation it should, it will shut off until cool. Sometimes it gets hot even with...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light Fixture heating up, wattage lamps, high hat
wattage lamps, high hat, light fixture: Hi Joe. This type of fixture has a thermal cut-out built into it, so when there is restricted air flow thru the fixture, or if oversized lamps are used, it will trip out. Make sure the air vents are not restricted, and that you are using the correct...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light Fixture heating up, high hat, loose wires
high hat, loose wires, electrical connection: My apologies, I do not know what the term high hat is, regarding a light. It may be important, but for the sake of expediency, I am going to try and help you like this was a simple floor lamp. If the fixture itself gets hot, something is wrong, and until...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light Fixture heating up, volt halogen, high hat
volt halogen, high hat, heat sensor: A Standard on/off switch should not be getting hot, unless defective. If you have a reistate switch for dimming, it will get quite warm. If there is a transformer involved in the fixture, such as a low volt halogen fixture...the transformer can get hot and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light Fixture Installation, pendent light, fixture installation
pendent light, fixture installation, ceiling joists: It appears you have a wire poking through the drywall, which might have been good for a lightweight surface mounted fixture, but not for the pendant you indicated you ll be putting back. You need a box, and you need a box supported by the rafters. They make...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light Fixture installation, 3 way switches, zip cord
3 way switches, zip cord, fixture installation: It is a safe assumption that either wire of the fixture can be hot or neutral, so the problem isn t there. If the breaker trip when you hit a switch, then you have 2 wires in the wrong place and they need to be swapped. I may be able to help you get...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light Fixture Problem, watt bulbs, don beck
watt bulbs, don beck, celing fan: Hi Kevin, From what you have told me, I don t see an electrical problem with wiring. I suspect that the 2, 60 watt bulbs are creating more heat in the fixture then the bulbs can take. The only simple solution, is to try 2, 40 watt bulbs; or, use just...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light Fixture Wiring, wall plugs, light fixture
wall plugs, light fixture, switch box: Kathleen, Ceiling box connections: Black lead wire coming into the ceiling box that is the source of power goes onto the black wire that goes down to the switch. White wire of the power in cable gets connected to the white wire of the fixture and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light Fixture Wiring - Clarafication, educated guess, light fixture
educated guess, light fixture, electrical wiring: Hi, since I don t know for sure where the cables go to, I can only give you an educated guess. Is there anything else in the house that is not working? Most likely the other cables are going other outlets or lights in the house. Therefore all the black...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light Fixture Wiring Dilemma, combinat, two blacks
combinat, two blacks, light fixture: Hi Jim, Welcome to the extremely large group of people who didn t make a note of the wiring.. club....you are certainly not alone. Based on your description....the only combination you apparently didn t try is the switch leg layout...one wall...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light Fixture Wiring Dilemma, cap one, light fixture
cap one, light fixture, halogen: Keep all the whites and grounds connected, ie whites to white and ground to ground. cap one of the black wires off and attach the other black wire to the lights black wire. then try the switch. if that doesn t do it try the other black wire. if that don...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light Fixture Wiring, fixture wire, ground wires
fixture wire, ground wires, light fixture: Hi. Is one of those wires a switch loop that goes to a switch? If so, the white fixture wire connects to the white coming in. The black coming in goes to one of the switch wires, and the black fixture wire connects to the other switch wire. Put a piece...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light Fixture, lighting circuit, output description
lighting circuit, output description, light fixture: Hi Nick, Based on your light output description...it sounds as if the circuit is now in series instead of parallel (in a series wiring layout...all bulbs split the current and will glow dimly...in parallel - all bulbs share the current and each will run...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light Fixtures Sometimes Work, Sometimes Don't, aluminum wiring, way switch
aluminum wiring, way switch, constant attention: Hi. What kind of light? Fluorsecents can be temperamental. Incandescents should come on right away. You might try replacing the fixture. If the unit was built in the 1970 s it could have aluminum wiring. This needs constant attention to keep it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light Fixtures, hi doug, loose wire
hi doug, loose wire, track lighting: Hi doug. Most track light systems have a surface mount connection box, where you just connect the cable that will feed the lights. This box, and associated track, is surface mounted to the drywall. Look at your instructions before deciding to install...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light/fan combo, fan combo, light fan
fan combo, light fan, wire nut: Hi Danny, There appears to be a couple of wires that are crossed. The ones wired to the fan are correct, so the crossed wires are in the switch box. The white wires in the switch box all get connected together with a wire nut. Take apart the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light, fan, heat / triple switch, wirenuts, light fan
wirenuts, light fan, lowe s: I guess the spark is at the switch. It is probably wearing out. I would just go to someplace like Lowe s, Menards, Home Depot and replace the switch. Do 1 wire at a time and get some yellow or tan wirenuts. Make sure to turn the breaker off before doing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light fixture blows bulbs, rough duty, ceiling fixture
rough duty, ceiling fixture, light fixture: Most lamps are rated in hours commonly around 7,000 to 10,000 hours. So your bulbs are going out around 2200 hours more or less. Most likely the bulb is not designed to be on 24/7 so turning it off in the day time might extend its life. Also vibration can...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light fixture installation, ceiling light fixture, fixture installation
ceiling light fixture, fixture installation, grounding wire: Hy Cyril, If you are just putting in a different light in place of an old one, just match up the colors. The ground can be attached to the ceiling box. It really serves no purpose in a ceiling light. The important thing is to keep it from touching...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light fixture repair / circuit breakers, light fixture repair, circuit breakers
light fixture repair, circuit breakers, electrical layout: Hi Larry, As for the fixture, a loose wire or a bad fixture could cause this to happen. Also, the tap in the center of the fixture that contacts the base of the bulb could be rusted(from the moisture) or bent. Try cleaning that tab and bending it up just...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light fixture and wall switch, fan combo, voltage indicator
fan combo, voltage indicator, light fixture: There are two ways to wire this. If the power is in the ceiling box, then a set of wires go to the switch box to do the switching in the ceiling. If the power comes to the switch box, then a set of wires goes to the ceiling. It sounds like the power is in...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light fixture wiring problems!, incoming power, power wires
incoming power, power wires, light fixture: Find out which are the incoming power wires and which are the wires going to the switch. Take the black incoming power to the white going to switch and wirenut those together. Take the incoming white power and wirenut it to the white from the fixture. Take...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light fixture wiring, neutral conductor, lighting application
neutral conductor, lighting application, wiring practices: Hi Taylor, Please excuse any delay...Just now finally able to log-in to address your question...was unable to log-in on previous attempts as Allexperts is upgrading their web-site. Based on your description...I m also just a little confused...perhaps...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light fixtures have no power..., electrical sockets, lighting circuit
electrical sockets, lighting circuit, circuit breakers: Dan, Take a closer look at the circuit breakers, a breaker thats tripped can easily look like its not, the handle on the breaker is supposed to go to a half way point between on and off and when you feel the handle it should feel loose so look them...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light fixtures, cool to the touch, watt light
cool to the touch, watt light, light fixtures: As long as the wires to them are cool to the touch there shouldn t be any need to remove them. If the wire gets to 60 degrees C most likely the house is already on fire. I wouldn t do anything for now. Don t use more than a 60 watt light and all should...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light/ Heater in Bathroom, minor emergency, j box
minor emergency, j box, romex: There are a couple ways this could have been done, so Ill take the more popular one and we ll see what happens. The black that is hot goes onto both whites going to the switches. The white that comes in with the black hot goes onto the white that goes...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light hook up, bob osgood, master electrician
bob osgood, master electrician, light hook: Hi Petr, Just getting back in from a late supper.. Here s how you ll need to re-arrange the wiring...(assuming you want the switch to turn both lights) The changes will only need to be made at light box #1 (#2 light box can stay black of 14/2 to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light Problem, sorry jeff, two blacks
sorry jeff, two blacks, electrician: Somebody to sell this house replaced the switch and screwed it up. Contact the seller and have them either contact the electrician doing the work, or you contact the electrician. Whichever they should be the ones to fix and correct this as the only way to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light Remote Control, infrared remote control, overhead lighting
infrared remote control, overhead lighting, fan controller: Yes they do make such units. Not knowing where you are from meaning country, I can only tell you from my experience most contractors will run a 3 wire system to control such devices so you can seperate fan and lights later on if you wanted to. Now in your...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light receptical, dimmer switch, electrical tape
dimmer switch, electrical tape, light switch: Sounds like the wires are shorted to the box. Try this; remove the switch and touch the 2 wires together. If the lights come on it is a defective switch. If the lights do not come on, wiggle the wires around and see if you can get them to come on. Needless...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light remains on regardless of switch position, neon light, sensor light
neon light, sensor light, switch wiring: Wow, 2 voltage testers..... Since I can t see the testers, which one do you feel is more reliable? Try the non other tester again on the same wire. Use 1 probe on the black wire where you are getting a reading, and the other probe on the BARE GROUND...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light remains on regardless of switch position, neon light, sensor light
neon light, sensor light, switch wiring: I did a little research and the tester we should be using is the one with the 2 leads. The single robe tester will give false readings as it will pick up stray voltage. Before we jump into this again I want to make sure I have a good picture. We need...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light remains on regardless of switch position, neon light, sensor light
neon light, sensor light, switch wiring: 1) Checking the switch box black wire again with a black to ground probe to see if we get a light. if not: 2) Ceiling box.... take the hot wire connect it to any other black wire then back to the switch to see if we have any of those blacks now hot....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light remains on regardless of switch position, neon light, sensor light
neon light, sensor light, switch wiring: BEAUTIFUL!!! That s what we were looking for, Reference: The unmarked wire in the ceiling that when connected to the hot, causes 1 wire in the switch box to heat up goes onto the black wire of the new light. The other end of that wire in the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light remains on regardless of switch position, neon light, sensor light
neon light, sensor light, switch wiring: The power came into the ceiling box, then on to the kitchen light area, then from there back to the switch for this light. It was the long way around, but electricians do strange things now and then, that s why it took us so long to find the hot wire to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light remains on regardless of switch position, neon light, sensor light
neon light, sensor light, switch wiring: Ok, so we ll backtrack just a bit. We are really closer to solving this than you may imagine, we just need to find which black wire is coming from the switch to the ceiling box. Leave all the white wires connected together at the ceiling box and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light that remains on, switch seems useless..., installing recessed lighting, hi amy
installing recessed lighting, hi amy, switch box: Amy, From what I can gather, If in the ceiling lite you connect the wires as follows it should operate with the switch. White wire coming in onto white wire of fixture. Yellow wire coming in onto Black wire of fixture. Black wire coming in gets...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light that remains on when switch is off..., installing recessed lighting, wiring connections
installing recessed lighting, wiring connections, circuit breaker: Somewhere in his wiring connections he has disconnected the switch and made it a hot circuit. He should take his connections apart, isolate the switch wires, isolate the power source and isolate the light wires, to get the switch wires back into the circuit....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light Socket Outlet, amp circuit breaker, gauge wire
amp circuit breaker, gauge wire, light socket: Hi Mike, The light socket is not designed to handle the large amp draw that the refg has. So, Do not use a light socket as an outlet. Also, do not use those 3 way adaptors. The outlet is designed to handle to devices, no more. If another outlet is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light Stwitch Removal, kitchen table, good luck
kitchen table, good luck, switches: Hi Dave. When you put the unwanted cable in the box (you have to leave it accessible), tie the wire that was on the black terminal of the switch you removed, to either of the other wires. Cap off the other wire. Your other 3-way will now turn it on and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light Switch, time touch, hot wire
time touch, hot wire, j cook: I hope someone learned a lesson to label the wires as they are connected. You need to get a volt tester, the type that will light up or beep in the presence of voltage. Turn the circuit off. Separate all of the black wires, turn the circuit back on and one...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light Switch, correct combination, way switch
correct combination, way switch, light switch: A three way switch has a definitive common terminal. The wires have to be properly connected for the three way application to work. Switch the wires around on the new switch until you have the correct combination for both switches to work properly. Thanks,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light Switch, hello my friend, piece of furniture
hello my friend, piece of furniture, light switch: Jim Sometimes you can get a small voltage reading on the the wires because something is plugged in on that circuit.Somewhere on the line when you cut it a wire is not connected right go back and check the connections again to make sure they are tight. It...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light Switch, switch control, electrical outlet
switch control, electrical outlet, light switch: Hi. Take a look at the outlet. If there is one cable with 2 wires in it, you can t change the way it is set up without running another wire from the switch. If there are more than one wire, then break the bridge between the dark colored screws only....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light Switch Cover Crooked, light switches, finished wall
light switches, finished wall, leveller: This could be sticky as the electrician who installed the box may have had it level but the drywall installer moved it. It will be somewhat difficult to correct. I would have the drywall installer to look at it. In my opinion he did the finished wall and should...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light Switch doesn't work, dining room lights, magic marker
dining room lights, magic marker, cieling: Yup, congradulations you have made a breaker checker. [smile]. What is going on is that 1 of the blacks and 1 of the whites are going to the switch. Take the white that you disconnected from the others, wirenut all of the other whites together. Wirenut...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light Switch No Longer Working, check voltage, meter check
check voltage, meter check, electrical knowledge: ok turn off the power to this room, remove the switch and wirenut these 2 wires loosely together. You want contact you want to be able to quickly break contact. Have someone else turn the breaker on while you see if anything comes on in the room. If it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light Switch to outlet to Light, wall switch, receptacle
wall switch, receptacle, light switch: Run the new wire down the wall where the switched receptacle is. Then with the power OFF remove the receptacle and pull about 8 inches of the new wire into the box. Attach the black white and ground to the wires currently going to the receptacle with a wirenut....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light Switch problem, robert wilber, idea what kind
robert wilber, idea what kind, bedroom light: - * Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * The hot coming in is supposed to be connected to the black that goes to the bathroom switch as hot feed, as well as being connected to one side of the bedroom switch....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light Switch problem, 110v outlet, switch problem
110v outlet, switch problem, receptacle: Hi Tom,, The outlet you describe doesn t sound like a regular 110V outlet, it sounds like a 220V outlet. You should return that one and get a 110V outlet. Now for the switching part of it. The 2 black wires go onto the dark colored screws of the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light Switch Wiring, light switch wiring, porch light
light switch wiring, porch light, many thanks: Hi Henry, It can definitely be fixed, but how cheap or easy is the variable, so lets we what the situation is. How is the upstairs light supposed to be controlled? IS there another switch in the same box as the porch light switch? If so, what does...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light Switch Wiring, light switch wiring, computer automation
light switch wiring, computer automation, automation system: Missy: I my experence the most common is the use of a digital meter. Because digital meters don t load down the circuit you can read what appers to be voltage when there is no load on the circuit. To test this all you need is a light bulb in a socket with...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light Switch, 3 way switches, lighting circuit
3 way switches, lighting circuit, dimmer switches: Hi Roger, Based on your description of the symptoms...it does sounds as if the problem may very well be within the X-10 3 way s...I am familiar with some X-10 equipment (we use X-10 remote camera s here)...but have no technical details on the 3-ways....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light Switches are not working...., rocker switches, light switches
rocker switches, light switches, switch works: Fred, The switch that has to be in the on position to make the other work is wired incorrectly. If you are using a rocker switch that allows you to simply stab the wires in the back don t use this feature, wrap the wires around the screws and tighten...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light Switches, florescent lamps, light switches
florescent lamps, light switches, light bulbs: Hi John, Sorry this took so long, thought I answered it this morning, must not have gone thru. To answer your question, it sounds like you got a bad switch, I would just replace it with another one. Sounds like the other switch is bad also, though there...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light sensors, light sensors, hallway lights
light sensors, hallway lights, nighttime hours: Ted, This is what I would do; There are switches that have motion detectors built in, so I would install that in the hallway. Then, I would install a photocell out where it can sense true daylight and run the power through it in series with the motion...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light stays on with swittch off, copper wiring, neutral wire
copper wiring, neutral wire, ceiling lights: If neither light or switch has been changed and this came on all by itself, there a re a couple things you can check.. The switch that controls these lights may be defective and letting a little power bleed thru in the off position. Changing this switch...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light switch, qualified electrician, light switches
qualified electrician, light switches, electrical problem: You have a very serious electrical problem. I highly suggest you shut this circuit off and get a qualified electrician there as soon as possible. Any time you feel a hot switch or receptical it indicates a wiring failure with the potential for an electrical...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light switch, aluminum wiring, light switches
aluminum wiring, light switches, wattage: Hi. Dimmers may get a somewhat warm, but should not be hot. I would turn off the power and make sure the wires are tight. You may want to replace the switch. Was your house built in the 1970 s? You may have aluminum wiring. It tends to get loose,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light switch, wall outlets, light switch
wall outlets, light switch, receptacle: Check the breakers again, sometimes they trip and don t really show it. Push the breaker hard to the off position, then back on. If that doesn t do it check the connections at the switch and the first receptacle that doesn t work or the last one on the circuit...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light switch, laundry room, overhead light
laundry room, overhead light, light switch: Jeremy, Measure so that the new switch box will be next to the existing and leave an inch between the two if you can. If you try to go directly above or below the existing box you could encounter the cables going into that box which would not be good, you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light switch, switch legs, light switch
switch legs, light switch, volts: Brad The red wire may be a different circuit take a tester and see if there is voltage on the red wire and the black wire. Then check both the red & black wires to see if there is voltage on them together you may get 240 volts.the wire that come from the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light switch change, pig tail, live earth
pig tail, live earth, double rocker: This may take a little experimenting to get complete as there appears to be more than one wire crossed. On the front room switch, the power leg that feeds to the back light is connected to the front switch. Determine which wire on the switch is the live wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light switch change to Timer, new timer, timer switch
new timer, timer switch, wire nut: Craig, This is a problem when we the free experts cannot see what you see. I apologize for not giving you the answer to your question, b ut while you are looking at it and cannot see a ground connection I know I can t. When anyone writes and uses...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light switch change, live earth, double rocker
live earth, double rocker, spst switch: I m sorry, but this question is not real clear as to what wires are in the box. As stated it sounds like there are 2 blacks 1 white and 1 ground. Please advise. Also did you replace this with a SPST switch, ie 1 switch - 1 ceiling fixture or a 3-way switch...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light switch controls wall outlet, metal tab, wall outlets
metal tab, wall outlets, overhead light: Hi Kimberly, The outlet that is switched: Shut off the power to the outlet in question with the circuit breaker. Pull the outlet from the box and look at the side of the outlet where the dark colored screws are. You will see a small metal tab that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light switch conversion, fixture wire, gfi outlet
fixture wire, gfi outlet, light switch: Hi. The color of the wires are not important. What is important is where they go to. Where are they connected to now? If the power goes to the light first, most likely you will not be able to add the outlet. You will need one wire going to the hot...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light switch doesn't work, hi tim, light switch
hi tim, light switch, screws: Hi Tim, If this is a single pole switch(wires attached to 2 different screws), make not of which wire is where on the switch, remove the wires from the switch and touch the wires together; if the light comes on, the switch is defective and needs to be...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light switch doesn't work, but light goes on if breaker is on, upstairs hallway, ceiling boxes
upstairs hallway, ceiling boxes, hallway lights: this happens to homeowners all of the time. sometimes the wiring in ceiling boxes are difficult to work with, especially if the wiring is a bit old. basically the way it was probably wired is that there is there are hot wires that are energized when the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light switch doesn't work after replacing outlets, screw terminal, light switch
screw terminal, light switch, top and bottom: Joe The outlet that was connected to the light switch needs to be taken back out and on the right side where the hot wires go to you will need to break the small metal brass tab between the top and bottom screw terminal. This will allow the switch to turn...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light switch to lights stopped working, incoming line, neutral wire
incoming line, neutral wire, bathroom light: Hi Pete, Pretty good job of trouble shooting! Somewhere in this circuit a neutral wire has come loose. You seem sharp in this area, so all you need is patience to locate the problem. Wires do work loose due to normal street and home vibrations....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light switch and Plug, ceiling fan light, incoming power
ceiling fan light, incoming power, light hook: Hi Matt, You are correct one of the wires goes to the switch. You will need a tester, you can get a cheap one at most any hardware store. Use the tester to determine which is the power in. Now, to figure out which one is feeding the switch, check your receptacles...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light switch has no power, lighting circuit, gfci outlet
lighting circuit, gfci outlet, painting the ceiling: This sounds like a strange setup, so we may have our hands full figuring out what the installer had in mind. 3 wires attached to the switch, and different colors is the strange part. There should be only 2 brass screws on the switch. Where are the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light switch has no power, fixture wire, gfci outlet
fixture wire, gfci outlet, painting the ceiling: Hi. You should find the cable that bring the power to the box. If you disconnect the wires, and then turn the power back on, the cable that has power with a tester brings the power in. If nothing has power, then the problem is somewhere else in the system....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light switch with no power, christmas thanks, ceiling fixture
christmas thanks, ceiling fixture, light switch: Normally lights are on separate circuits..which can make it easier to find problems. Check all the lights and switches everywhere. You may have another light fixture that is involved. In many cases the circuit runs to the light fixtures and not to the switches....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light switch has no power, needle nose pliers, light switches
needle nose pliers, light switches, hot wire: Hi Dave, To make one half on the receptacle work all the time and the other half switched, there is a tab on the receptacle that ties both halves together that needs to be removed. Check the old receptacles and see if both sides were removed or just the one...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light switch has no power - follow up, brass screws, light switch
brass screws, light switch, e mail: Sheeesh! Even the switch is strange. Most switches have 2 brass screws on the same side. Are there just these 2 brass screws on the switch, or is there another one that has nothing connected to it? If you go to my website WWW.helpelectrician.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light switch power, ceiling light fixture, nearby outlet
ceiling light fixture, nearby outlet, wire nut: Jim, You will need a tester to find out what we need to know. One pair of black and white wires in 1 of the cables will light up the tester even if the switch is off. This is the pair of wires will be the feeder pair for the new switch. If you get...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light switch trips breaker when turned off, robert wilber, light switch
robert wilber, light switch, light fixture: - * Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * The probable reason is that you are mistaken. There is something about this situation you are not conveying, because you just don t know enough to see what is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light switch trips breaker, adive, basment
adive, basment, light switch: The hot circuit is in the light fixture junction. One of the two pairs is the hot circuit, the other is the switch circuit. The hot wire, and it can be determined by separating all wires at the fixture, turn the circuit on and using a volt tester, it will...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light switch not turning light on, 3 way switches, clock news
3 way switches, clock news, o clock: Hi Mike, The fact that you touched the wires if it was one at a time and didn t feel anything doesn t necessarily mean there is no power. Unless your grounded or completing the circuit that would be normal. I would suspect you have a loose connection and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light switch turns on then off, then back on!, light flickers, light switch
light flickers, light switch, light fixture: Hi. Check all the wires around the switch and light fixture. You may also want to replace the switch, to be sure that the switch is not bad. When a light flickers, the wires can be arcing, and that is a fire hazard, so I would take care of this as soon...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light switch wiring, light switch wiring, wire nut
light switch wiring, wire nut, copper wires: This is simple, but easily confusing. You have one blk/white pair coming into the box. The power source. You have another blk/white pair actually leaving the box and going to a downline box to continue sending current. The other blk/white pair go to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light switch wiring, light switch wiring, three way switches
light switch wiring, three way switches, switch circuit: This is a three way switch circuit, and either the wiring is installed incorrectly on one of the switches, or one is defective. For the cost of switches, I would replace both with new three way switches and experiment with the wiring combinations until you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light switch not working...., robert wilber, air gap
robert wilber, air gap, dimmer switch: * Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * I changed my switch and now it doesn t work ... * Oops! I guess you did something wrong ... 1] NEVER control a receptacle outlet with a dimmer. 2] Something...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light switch, garage door opener, light switch
garage door opener, light switch, volts: There is a wiring problem. Most likely in the box containing the opener recept. I would guess what happened is they put all the white wires together instead of attaching the white wire from the switch to the black wires going to the light. Get up there...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light switches, light switches, ceiling lamp
light switches, ceiling lamp, pigtail: Hi. At the two switches you don t want controlled by the switch, get the black or red wire that goes to the part that is switched controlled (top or bottom) and cap the wire off. You then either need to replace the outlet, or run a pigtail from the that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light switches, pig tail, light switches
pig tail, light switches, switch box: OK, I hope you are keeping track of all these wires... Wire A is our hot feed in wire B is the black going to the deck lite and gets put on 1 of the screws of the deck lite switch. Now, the only other we have to find is the one that goes to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light switches, ceiling fan light, light switches
ceiling fan light, light switches, light combination: Hi Jackie, It may be possible, depending on how the wires were originally strung. If you can open the ceiling box of the fan/lite and tell me how many wires come into it, what color they are, and how they are now connected, I ll take a look see and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light switches, pig tail, light switches
pig tail, light switches, switch box: Hi Kim, I m just double checking to make sure everything is working correctly before I discard my notes. Everything working as it should or is there still an unresolved issue? Do...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light switches, pig tail, light switches
pig tail, light switches, switch box: Hot dang, now ere cookin!! These 2 black wires....1 is the hot feed in the other goes to the deck lite...now we have to find which is which. Mark these wires A & B You mentioned that there was another lite beside the 3 way lite in the kitchen that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light switches neutral, continuity test, light switches
continuity test, light switches, reconnections: OUch....complications causing complications. A true fix is a matter or pulling out all appliances and inspecting them, putting a continuity test on all wires to see of the nail is feasible conclusion and then make the proper reconnections. You need to clean...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light switches not working, wire nuts, light switches
wire nuts, light switches, way switch: Hi. It sounds like there is a break somwhere in the wiring. You can buy a circuit analyzer (under $10 at a home center) to plug in the outlet to see whether it is a hot or neutral you are looking for. Look for wires that are pushed in the back of outlets...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light switches should be down when off, robert wilber, top of the stairs
robert wilber, top of the stairs, three way switches: Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * You want matching three way switches. Is it a bit compulsive? Maybe. So what? I always install my receptacles so the ground terminal is at the bottom. Did it occur...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light went out over table, broken wires, light pop
broken wires, light pop, pop sound: Hi. It sounds like there is a short somewhere. It may be in the light fixture, or it may be in the junction box above it. Look in the junction box for any black marks or broken wires. Check out the fixture and also look for any black marks or broken...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light tripping a breaker, circuit breaker trips, kitchen light
circuit breaker trips, kitchen light, neutral wire: Keith, I have to admit, this is a new one. The only possible explanation I can think of is that the kitchen light and the garage share a neutral wire. To find this out, we need to look at the wires in the breaker panel. Find which breaker...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light turning on outside when I turn on room fan., condo renting, floor fan
condo renting, floor fan, electrical fire: If this is only occuring in that one recepticle, the wiring is wrong. If it happens in any other recepticle in that room, the sensor is bad. If it happens when the owner is there....the fan is bad . Try an entension cord to another room and see if it works...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light turns off, breaker trips, switch box, insights
switch box, insights: Hi Dan, I am assuming there was a light there before and you are just swapping in a different one. How many wires are coming into the ceiling box and what color are they? What color are the wires in the switch box, how many of them are there, and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light Wiring, kitchen light, switches
kitchen light, switches, light wiring: Hi, Well, i m a little confused how you say you have 2 switches going to one light now. If your light only needs one of these switches. Then sure you can use the 2nd switch for your outside light. But you need a cable going from this switch to your...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light wiring, pig tail, dimmer switch
pig tail, dimmer switch, dimmers: If I understand correctly, this should explain it. You have one pair of wires coming in as the source. The black wire should be pigtailed to all three switches. Then from the switchs to all three blacks to the lights. The whites are all connected. Most...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light wiring, fixture wire, minor improvements
fixture wire, minor improvements, light switches: Hi. If there are only two wires in the switch box, then you can t wire it wrong. What is in the fixture box? You should have power coming in, you should have a wire going to the switch. You may also have wires going to other places. by code the lights...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light wiring, aluminum wiring, wire nut
aluminum wiring, wire nut, home depot: Roy, aluminum wiring of this size as you have seen has been discontiued for reasons of fire hazards. There are specific ways to connect aluminum wiring to prevent this, and one is a special wire nut connector to connect aluminum to copper. There is no problem...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light that won't turn off., wire house, way switch
wire house, way switch, 3 feet: When the painter trashed the light, how do we know what he did with pairings of wires? This will be a bit long, but I don t know how to give you a short answer. For a single circuit light, 2 black and 2 white and another white is more than is needed....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light that won't turn off, short answer, 17 years
short answer, 17 years, amount of time: YES, but we don t know what someone else did. Look at it this way. Hot should be witched. Once you have hot switched, as long as the other side of the light is neutral it will work. Aomeone has tied something into the circuit, like a white wire and used...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light won't turn off, hot wire, volt meter
hot wire, volt meter, hot one: Hi Todd. This will take a little work trying to identify your wiring. Use a volt meter. With all wiring seperated at the fixture, turn the breaker on. Using the meter, find your hot wire (120volts to neutral). it will probably be one of the blacks....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light, needle nose pliers, fuse panel
needle nose pliers, fuse panel, houseing: Hi Andrew, If you meant circuit breaker instead of fuse, turn that breaker off, wait 20 seconds and then turn it back on. If it is a fuse panel and not a breaker panel then the problem probably lies in the ceiling box above the light. Sometimes when...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighted 3-way switch, bob osgood, leviton switches
bob osgood, leviton switches, 3 way switches: Hi Rick, Although I ve installed numerous Leviton switches (single poles, 3-ways, 4-ways)over the years...I ve yet to work with the illuminated 5503-LH 3-way.. I pulled the tech sheets on your model...but they didn t have a specific troubleshooting...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighted Mirror Wiring, wire nuts, metal boxes
wire nuts, metal boxes, neutral wire: Hi. At the switch, the black wire coming in and the black wire going to the light each connect to a switch terminal. The two white wires connect together. The grounds connect to each other, to any green screws, and any metal boxes. I hope I answered...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighted Switches, conductor wire, flood lights
conductor wire, flood lights, sorry bob: Hi. I am sorry, but I am not aware of any. For it to work on a 3 way switch you would need 5 conductor wire so that the light had a neutral and a hot. It works when it is off, because the light is in series the floodlights, and the power follows the least...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighted switch dim, gfci receptacle, gfci protection
gfci receptacle, gfci protection, tripped breakers: Hi Darryl, Based on your description...it s hard to say for sure what is the root of the problem without detailed electrical examination and test results of the circuit(s) affected. However...you home very well may have been fully up to Electrical...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lightening strike 30 ft from home, west central georgia, garage door opener
west central georgia, garage door opener, floor outlets: Beverly, You have done a great job of taking down the needed data. It is impossible to say what lightning damage has occurred. I would only partially settle on the known damage. I see no reason they will make you sign off on everything being OK when...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Down Lighters, lighting load, amp breaker
lighting load, amp breaker, amp circuit: Arthur, How about that, I assumed it was a typo when you stated a 5 amp circuit. So, I am NOT assuming the 1.5mm is a type that should be 15 gauge. I would rethink this whole thing since I was out of phase with what you wrote and I don t want to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting, bob osgood, master electrician
bob osgood, master electrician, lighting master: Hi Ajay, My apologies for the delay Ajay.....we got called out to an electrical job down-state at the last minute..(and I didn t have the chance to mark myself as away at the website)...and have been out of the area all week...just getting back home...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting, heat sensors, amp breaker
heat sensors, amp breaker, hi doug: Hi Doug, The call between track lights and recess light really depends on what the basement is going to be used for. The advantages of track lights are: 1) You can aim then in different direction 2) You can always add another fixture to a track...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting, garage door opener, amp circuit
garage door opener, amp circuit, garage opener: Depends on whether the garage opener outlets are on a circuit by themselves, or are part of another circuit. If it s a dedicated circuit for just the openers, then no, add your lighting. If they share the circuit with other outlets, then you ll have to find...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Can Lighting, voltage spike, light bulbs
voltage spike, light bulbs, remodeling project: Jay, When bulbs start burning out quickly its usually an older fixture and the socket is shot from all the heat over the years. This recessed light is only 5 years old so either the socket is defective and needs to be replaced or the lamps you ve been putting...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting, swedish design, power strip
swedish design, power strip, ikea: I can t tell from the picture, but where is the transformer? There are no cord caps on the wires coming out of the fixtures? Are these wires meant to be connected to the transformer, and then IT will be connected to 120 volt supply? I see from the information...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting, curtain rods, christmas decorations
curtain rods, christmas decorations, question thanks: Hi. I also happen to be the Christmas expert too under misc. You can try using clear packing tape. It usually sticks pretty well, but you may have a residue to clean off afterwards. You could also get some lightweight lumber, such as moulding and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting, electrical sockets, home wiring
electrical sockets, home wiring, switch control: Hi. You can not run a wire to two outlets or lights and then end with a switch using 14/2. Either the switch has to be the first thing, or you need to use 14-3 between the first and second outlet. Let me know if you plan to move the switch, not use...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting, flourescent light, amp breaker
flourescent light, amp breaker, poor connections: Hi Brandon, So i was of no help to you this time.. :-). But i m glad your problem is solved. As far as parts like ballast, starter, ect. I usually find its cheaper with the cost of materials and labor to just replace the entire fixture....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting, loose wire, track lighting
loose wire, track lighting, headroom: Doug When you are running new wire for any circuits including track wiring you need to install a round junction box. This way you have something to attach the track light starter into. make sure you lay out the way you are running the track so it comes out...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting, Breaker Box, Basic Wiring, labling, girlfried
labling, girlfried, ceiling fixture: Hi Michael, Based on your description...this former ceiling light box was indeed used as a junction box for other circuits and locations....commonly done years ago...and a practice that still continues today (saves on extra boxes and wire lengths). ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting in a basement, ping pong table, table ping pong
ping pong table, table ping pong, heat sensors: Hi Jerrett, It s really a matter of personal preference and what the rec room will be used for. IF there will be a pool table, ping pong table etc.; things that will be used in the center of the room, then you would want to have lights in that area....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting:Changing 120 to 240, volt outlet, multitap
volt outlet, multitap, j cook: The 120 volt outlet in question will have to be the only thing on the circuit or other outlets will be powered at 240 volts. The breaker of this circuit will be a single pole since it is 120 volts. The breaker will have to be replaced with a double pole to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting:Changing 120 to 240, electrical appliances, multitap
electrical appliances, multitap, floodlight: This is outside my expertise, but I want to offer up general knowledge. For instance, in Europe and England, the voltage is 250 to 300 for single line. That is...not 110/220, but 300 volts. That means that USA electrical appliances will not work and vise...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting:Changing 120 to 240, outdoor light fixture, volt line
outdoor light fixture, volt line, volt supply: Hi John, Based on your ballast description...and the limited info available at the KP Electric web site link...it is hard to say if this flood light will even operate properly on U.S. power supply. Fortunately....my world wide power data tells me that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting circuit failure, lighting circuit, light bulb sockets
lighting circuit, light bulb sockets, circuit failure: If a whole circuit is acting up, I always suspect the breaker 1st. To test this, take the wire off of the breaker and swap it with another wire on a different breaker of the same amperage and see what takes place. Let me know and we ll from there. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting damage to electric transformer via underground wire, lighting bolt, invisible fence
lighting bolt, invisible fence, fence installation: They dont make a surge protection for lightning strikes. A freak occurance is not likely to happen again. The wire in the ground was the rod of choice for the lightning. The appliances attached are colateral damage. You may need to inspect your underground...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting dilemma in condo!!, volt stick, fixture wire
volt stick, fixture wire, permanent marker: Brian, you need to go to a home supply and pick up a tool called a volt stick. It is about the size of a permanent marker and the tip lights up or the tool makes a sound or both in the presence of voltage. With this tool you can determine which is the hot...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting electrical color compatibility hot and ground wiring, color compatibility, light fixture
color compatibility, light fixture, home lighting: Hi. Unfortunately, both red and blue are usually used as hot wires. I don t know why someone would make a fixture that is not properly color coded. Are these incandescent? If so, the wire that goes to the button on the bottom of the socket should be...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting Fixture, fixture plate, orange wire
fixture plate, orange wire, smooth side: Okay Cliff, You are welcome for the assistance. It looks like the orange wire in your ceiling box is the power from the switch. The white pigtail in the ceiling will be your neutral. And of course the green pigtail is for your ground. Ignore all...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting Fixture Problem, wire nuts, electrican
wire nuts, electrican, j box: Karen: Most recess can lights have 3 screws holding the can in place. Remove them, and pull down the can there will be a short flexable whip connected to the j-box in the ceiling. It will have a cover you can remove to get to the wires. Remove it, now look...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting Fixture short, voltage readings, ceiling fixture
voltage readings, ceiling fixture, volt meter: Hi Robb, From your description, red is the switched lead supplying power coming from the dimmer. Hopefully you had the breaker off before you started ANY of this work...one quick short with a dimmer in the circuit and 99% of the time...the dimmer is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting Fixture, pink wire, cable modem
pink wire, cable modem, lighting fixture: You are going to have to find out where the pink wire is coming from and then see if you can determine what it suppossed to be doing. It might be just a spare wire, and was probably red at one time. Good luck, sorry for the delay cable modem died. Jef...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting fixture troubleshooting, bob osgood, three way switches
bob osgood, three way switches, master electrician: Hi again Jack, Sorry just responding....have been straight out with electrical work the past few days (very busy electrical season here..)- trying hard to get caught up with the pile of questions in the order I ve received them....I appreciate your patience....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting fixture wiring problem, robert wilber, joey smith
robert wilber, joey smith, reply thanks: Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * Didn t trip the breaker before? Then it is something YOU did. Take it apart. Take the lights down again. If it doesn t trip THEN, reinstall the lights. Look for evidence...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting fixture, bob osgood, master electrician
bob osgood, master electrician, lighting fixture: Hi Joe, Sorry just responding....been an extremely busy week here - trying to get caught up. Your new fixture will connect exactly as the temporary light the previous owners left...based on your description, this ceiling box was used as a junction...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting fron the ceiling, new lighting, lighting fixture
new lighting, lighting fixture, track lighting: Obviously something wasn t done right. Check the voltage on the black wires and if there is 120 volts, attempt to determine which is the hot and which is the neutral. Checking these between hot and ground should do that. Then place some white tape on the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting load on 20a brkr, mechanic shop, amp circuit
mechanic shop, amp circuit, lighting load: Hi. Probably more than you could possible want or need. A 20 amp circuit will carry 2400 watts. If you leave all the lights on for a period, then you should use only 80% of the capacity. Fluoresecent lights use some power beyond the wattage of the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting problem, ceiling boxes, lighting problem
ceiling boxes, lighting problem, switch boxes: Paul, You have a loose connection some where along that circuit. Open the switch boxes of the effected lights first and check to see if the feed is looping from switch box to switch box. If not then you ll have to open the ceiling boxes and remove the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Can Lighting problems, lighting problems, 90w
lighting problems, 90w, light fixture: Hi. The can lights have thermal protectors that are supposed to turn them off when the wrong bulb, the wrong wattage, or if insulation is on the fixture that is not made for direct contact with insulation. I have a heat light fixture that has everything...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting question, light bulbs, zip cord
light bulbs, zip cord, spring type: G Evening Lee, Your fixture has an internal short. You can fix it by picking up some zip cord from a local hardware store and just re-wiring it. Pulling the old wire out and replacing it with the zip cord cable. You might also need to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting sensors, override switch, hallway lights
override switch, hallway lights, nighttime hours: The two actions do conflict for a single instrument. It maybe more possible to have the timer contol only half of the lights, and the motion sensor cover the other half. The timer will have an override switch, allowing to be turned on when off. Two switches...two...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting in series, electronic ballasts, flourescent fixtures
electronic ballasts, flourescent fixtures, incandescent lighting: Hi. The key is to make sure that the fixtures and splices are only in junction boxes, and that the junction box is covered either with a fixture or a blank plate. You can either run 4 separate wires out of the existing power supply, or run it from fixture...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting transformer, watt lighting system, greenhouse area
watt lighting system, greenhouse area, volt circuit: Hi Shawn, Dual voltage grow light systems are quite common....and are designed to operate at either voltage...depending on which taps are used on the transformer. The lights will operate equally well at either voltage...the difference being how much current...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting, amp breaker, fluorescent light fixtures
amp breaker, fluorescent light fixtures, volts: That would depend on the size of breaker the feed is landed on. You are allowed to load to 80% of the breakers rating, ie 12 amps for a 15 amp breaker and 16 amps for a 20 amp breaker. To find amp draw divide watts by volts, 50/120 in this case. Which gives...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lightning Damage, furnace transformers, arc fault
furnace transformers, arc fault, lightning damage: Hi Steve. My 1st thought was to tell you to try to find and reset your gfci outlets. I now have some concerns. Do your home show any signs of being hit by lightning? Usually, a close strike will cause a surge to homes close by, damaging tvs, refrigerators,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lightning protection, lightning protection system, electricity singapore
lightning protection system, electricity singapore, chemical refinery: Hi Mohan. No amount of protection will give you 100% protection. Depending on the type of lightning protection system, you can achieve close to 100%. I suggest you search the web for lightning protection associations, such as www.lightning.org or www.ulpa.org....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights, metal shell, table lamps
metal shell, table lamps, lamp socket: Hi Rich. Did either of these lamps work? If you only have one that trips the breaker, with it unplugged, look at the inside of the lamp socket. You will see the metal shell, and two contact points. Make sure there is no visable connection between any...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights are out, upstairs hall, wirings
upstairs hall, wirings, jbox: Hi John. It sounds like you may have some loose wiring, either in the panel, or in one of the 1st jbox in this circuit. How to find out? I would suggest you hire this done, as an electrician will have a little better knowledge about the layout of the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights, loose wire, track lighting
loose wire, track lighting, drywall: Your track lighting mounts exposed to the drywall, and at the end of the track is where you need to mount a junction box, to which you ll connect the track lighting, to get the power. It all depends on what lighting you buy, since some manufacturers allow...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights, light thanks, type sequence
light thanks, type sequence, dim lights: Jeff What you need to do is go from one switch with the hot wires to the other switch then from each switch go to each one of the lights. You can not go from the light to the other switch as you are shutting off the neutral and making the light work off a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights, table lamps, lowes
table lamps, lowes, breakers: Rich I think you ve answered your own question. If you can move the lamp to two different breakers, and the outcome is the same, the fault lies with your lamp. But you did mention lamp(S), as in more than one. Did the breaker blow when only one lamp was switched...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights, three way switches, table lamps
three way switches, table lamps, lowe s: Rich, the fact that your lamps have three way switches won t make a difference unless they are faulty. If the lamps trip the breakers when plugged into different outlets, the problem is almost certainly in the lamp/s. I d take them back to Lowe s and have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights on a 30 amp circuit, amp breaker, amp circuit
amp breaker, amp circuit, recepticle: Hi Jeff. I recommend you change the wire to #10, and remove all other wiring except for the trailer plug. The wiring probably won t burn up, but it could cause problems when you have a 20amp outlet (or lights) protected by a 30 amp breaker. Good luck....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights, wattage bulb, three way switches
wattage bulb, three way switches, table lamps: Rich, I have never seen this either. I still suspect the switch in these lamps. I suspect that a wire is incorrect. With a single wattage bulb, it may be connecting more than one switch point at a time, in other words the three way switch may be connecting...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights, waterloo ontario canada, light sconces
waterloo ontario canada, light sconces, wall sconces: Hi Jason, Sorry just responding.....we worked a double shift yesterday...and will be working 12 s the rest of the week...very busy electrical season here. Based on your description...it sounds like the 2 sconces MAY be wired is series with the circuit...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights, elec co, fuse box
elec co, fuse box, ac unit: Well Ben, would this brightening and dimming be in relation to an AC unit turning on or off, or other major load starting or stopping, or is it random. Let me know what you discover, and we can go from there. My guess is, as always, a motor is drawing so...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights Out, wall switches, light switches
wall switches, light switches, upstairs: Hi. You probably knocked something loose in the box. Check the wires that are wirenutted together. They may look like they are connected, but are not making contact. It is also possible that the copper broke in a wire, but you can t see it because the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights, fan motor, fan switch
fan motor, fan switch, light switch: Hi Jason, I am assuming would control the fan motor with the pullchain on the fan. What you want to do, can be done iof a certain circumstance exists. Check the wiring in the wall box where the fan switch is located. Let me know how many sets of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights brighten when other loads applied, electronic dimmers, close proximity
electronic dimmers, close proximity, incandescent lights: Hi Ron, This is not a cause for concern as the dimmers are probably causing the lites to act that way. Electronic dimmers are very sensitive and as you draw power to the saw the dimmers think the electricity is wavering down so they react by allowing more...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights burning out, watt lamps, medium base
watt lamps, medium base, center pin: Could be bad bulb quality (try a different brand), possibly a bad lot in manufacture, or maybe the center pin that delivers power to the bulb s base is not making a good, solid contact which would draw excessive current and shorten the life of the lamp. Since...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights Going On/Off on Ceiling Fan/Light, ceiling fan light, push button switch
ceiling fan light, push button switch, way over my head: Hi Deborah, I can t be much help in this area as the internal workings of fans/lites are way over my head. I can tell you that if the wall switch and pullchains on the lites work OK, the problem is not in your home electrical system, but rather in the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights out, not circuit breaker - HELP, circuit breakers, master bathroom
circuit breakers, master bathroom, circuit breaker: Hi, There are a few things you can try first: 1). Don t trust your eye with the circuit breakers, they can fool you. Turn each breaker off by hand and then back to on. 2). Turn off the main breaker and tighten all the screws that hold the wires in...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights on EVERY circuit dimming after rewire, loose wires, 1 of the 2
loose wires, 1 of the 2, loose wire: Hi Anthony, If you aren t tripping any of the breaker, then everything you wired is probably correct. Dimming of lights can be caused by loose wires, and since the whole home seems to be affected, the loose wire is probably 1 of the 2 hot feeds or...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights not coming on at the same time, bob osgood, master electrician
bob osgood, master electrician, dangerous problem: Good Morning Scott, Based on your description...I m unable to tell if this delay is related to an underlying electrical problem...or if you may have a setting adjustment on your motion sensor set incorrectly. It s impossible to tell without further test...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights not coming on, loose wire, heat sensor
loose wire, heat sensor, wall switch: It sounds like a loose wire. All 3 light connections would have to be checked. If these are recess lights, they are equipped a heat sensor. When the heat builds up from the bulb, it shuts off the light until it cools. You could get around this by putting...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights Dim, quick responce, don beck
quick responce, don beck, amp breaker: Don, I am assuming your office is a bedroom. These rooms are wired in #14 wire on a 15 amp breaker. With just the lights on in that room, a heater or printer should not cause them to dim. It would be common if you have other devices in use in that room;...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights Dim, brkr, central air conditioning
brkr, central air conditioning, split system: Lights dimming when a motor load comes on, is normal, up to a point. I d suspect your new unit has a motor than is tighter than your old one, and therefore draws more inrush current at startup, but if the dimming is more than a brief second, see if you can...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights and Dimmer switches, gu10 halogen bulbs, dimmer switches
gu10 halogen bulbs, dimmer switches, voltage dimmers: Hi Andrew. For your first question there are not many transformers that will accept a dimmer switch unless it states that it can be used with a dimmer as the coil windings etc that reduce the voltage cant be controlled by a dimmer. Your GU10 Halogen bulbs...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights Dimming, tight connections, meter panel
tight connections, meter panel, electrical company: Obviously, everything is up to code. Remember...the code is the minimum standard. Everything works....thats minimum. What is amounts to is an unbalance meter panel. It is not a problem...in that everything works. Just that unbalance leaves room for one...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights Dimming, amp circuit, intermitently
amp circuit, intermitently, incoming power: Hello Lou. Two things need to be tested by an electrician. The first, with the a/c and all other major appliances on, see what the actual voltage reading is between the two incoming power feed wires. If in fact there is a utility problem, it would be that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights Dimming from Compressor draw, bob osgood, master electrician
bob osgood, master electrician, cooper wire: Hi Bill, Sorry just responding...been downstate all day having some medical lab work done. A 7.5 HP motor will draw fairly close to 40 amps at 240 volts...so this compressor is definitely pushing the max of the #6 aluminum and the sub-panel...especially...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights Dimming - Hair Dryer/Room Heater, resistive elements, curling iron
resistive elements, curling iron, hair dryers: Hi Scott, Just getting in....another long day here... Based on your description....you may have an overloaded circuit...or a possible loose connection...or a combination of both. But...today s hair dryer s, curling iron s and electric heaters...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights Dimming, gauge wire, meter socket
gauge wire, meter socket, tv outlets: Hi Wanda. I m guessing here, but I think the tvs might be pulling alot of power when turned on, and if the recessed lights are on at the same time, the wiring may not handle the additional load well. I would go ahead and install a seperate circuit for...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights Don't Work, voltage tester, wiring connections
voltage tester, wiring connections, loose wire: Hi Cliff, Use you tester on the switch and make sure the power is coming in, and also leaving. If it is then check inside the switch box for white wires that are connected together. This connection may have come loose. If that isn t it, then check the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights dim when a/c turns on, don beck, electric meter
don beck, electric meter, hot lines: Hi Tom There is no danger and it is a common happening, but only in older homes that are underwired for todays modern appliances. It shouldn t be happening in a new home. There are a couple of things you can check yourself to possibly solve the problem....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights dim or flicker, robert wilber, leaf blower
robert wilber, leaf blower, neutrals: - * Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * Bad Neutral If this happens to your neighbor [on the same transformer] call the utility company If not, call an electrician. You are losing your neutral. It...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights dim when the fridge kicks on, lighting circuit, drawing power
lighting circuit, drawing power, apartment building: Hi Jan, In a building that old, the fridge is probably on the same fuse or breaker as the lighting circuit. Today, the outlets in the kitchen have to be own a different breaker than lighting. When the motor starts up, it is drawing power away from the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights dim but never used to . . ., volt circuit, lighting circuit
volt circuit, lighting circuit, neutral wire: Hi Ryan, Based on your description..there are several possible causes for dimming lights ( a service call we get quite often here)....and to cover them all here in detail would exceed the file size limitations of this website. I note you state the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights go dim, amp service, meter socket
amp service, meter socket, ac units: Hi Brad. You could ask the power company to check to see if the supply transformer is overloaded, which could cause your power to dip whenever a motor starts. You can t receive more amps than what your service can handle, but you can get a hardier supply...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights diming for no reason, new appliances, home weather
new appliances, home weather, frig: A brown out is usually a situation on the neighborhood circuit. Only if the brown is incidental to an appliance coming on...frig or dryer or such, then the reason is outside of your home. Weather can affect power supply froom your utility company...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights dimming, amp service, flourescent tube
amp service, flourescent tube, broken wires: By lights I assume you mean lights in your entire house...different fixtures, different rooms. This would indicate problems with your main service, such as loose or broken wires. They could be at that point where the power company attaches to your house,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights dimming/flickering in entire home, refrigerator compressor, christmas lights
refrigerator compressor, christmas lights, clothes dryer: Chris Dimming of lights indicates a big load being put on the service. It can also be from lose connections in the panel where the load comes on and the wires are loose, and it does not make good contact and can cause problem. Having the neighborhood add...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights dimming in house, buss one, hvac company
buss one, hvac company, hvac system: Your incoming service wires could have loose or corroded connections; the neutral wire is loose or corroded and not making good contact; check to see if the ground wire is tight at the panel and the rod; your main breaker could be defective or not making good...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights dimming, loosing power, meter socket, electrical meter
meter socket, electrical meter, loose wire: Hi Daniel. It sure sounds like you have a loose connection somewhere. You say you checked all the connections in the panel, but said nothing about in the meter socket, which you indicated had to be relocated. A loose wire here will show the same thing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights dimming, digital alarm clock, amp circuit
digital alarm clock, amp circuit, bathroom lights: Jeff, your circuit is obviously overloaded. If the wiring is #12 you can increase the breaker to 20Amps. Sooner or later, if the circuit is not upgraded, the breaker will probably begin tripping. There are so many variables affecting costs, it s really...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights don't work in Master Ensuite, wattage bulb, lighting circuit
wattage bulb, lighting circuit, wiring connections: Hi Alex, Based on your description....it s highly possible that the washroom fixture wiring was heat damaged by the 100 watt bulb (...the main reason for the max rating is to help avoid overheating in behind the fixture...and possible fire) Hopefully....the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights don't work in Master Ensuite, wattage bulb, lighting circuit
wattage bulb, lighting circuit, site upload: REPEAT QUESTION - (hit the send button twice..?) I ve copied my previous answer below in case it was a site upload/download error: Hi Alex, Based on your description....it s highly possible that the washroom fixture wiring was heat damaged...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights don't work in Master Ensuite, gfci outlet, qualified electrician
gfci outlet, qualified electrician, don beck: Hi Alex, It seems as if you checked all the obvious places for the problem. I assume you pushed the test button on the GFCI outlet and then the reset. Sometimes when they trip, the outlet looks like it s OK, but it isn t. Try pushing the test, and then...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights don't work, robert wilber, light fixtures
robert wilber, light fixtures, bad luck: * Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * Three lights that stop working at different times? Either very bad luck with fixtures [bad thermal protectors] or a bad splice at one of the fixtures, which gradually...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights don't work in Master Ensuite, recepticle, gfci
recepticle, gfci, loose connection: My first thought is to look for another GFCI recepticle. That is the number 1 cause of problems. Next, the switches to make sure all connections are still good. If one had a loose connection, the wattage could have caused it to fail. Depending on the time...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights and Fan not working?, gfis, hot wire
gfis, hot wire, bed and bath: Just part of a circuit and not half the house? If so you probably have a loose or open neutral most likely, maybe a hot wire, somewhere in the circuit. First turn your breaker completely off then back on. Tighten the connection on the breaker. If you knew...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights Flicker When Waterpump on roof runs, professional attitude, helpful solutions
professional attitude, helpful solutions, waterpump: Hello Dino. If you read some of the other answers, it sounds you may have a similar problem. Either the panel is inbalanced, or the utility service voltage is dropping when the pump energizes. If you are not comfortable opening the panel, and if you have never...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights Flickering, electrical breaker box, thanks in advance
electrical breaker box, thanks in advance, flicker: Hello Tina, breakers have a set of contact points in them that the current passes through to complete a circuit. When it trips, it opens these contacts. A buzzing or arcing breaker is not completely closing the contacts and should be replaced. It is a potential...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights Flickering, electrical breaker box, burn marks
electrical breaker box, burn marks, thanks in advance: Go back inside of your panel and try tightening all of your white wires as well. And any green if you have them. It sounds like you have a loose conection, either in the wiring, or as a last resort, the breaker itself where it connects with the panel buss....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights Flickering, electrical breaker box, electrical fire
electrical breaker box, electrical fire, electrical contractor: You need to get this checked by a licensed, bonded and insured electrical contractor as soon as possible. There is a SLIM potential that this could lead to an electrical fire. I always error on the side of safety and again urge you to contact a local electrical...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights Flickering, electrical breaker box, aluminum wire
electrical breaker box, aluminum wire, thanks in advance: Hi. If this happened to me, and I couldn t fix it right away, I would call an electrician. Arcing is very dangerous and can cause a fire. The kitchen lights and outlets should not be on the same circuit. I know since at least the 1960 s this is the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights Flickering, electrical breaker box, loose connection
electrical breaker box, loose connection, thanks in advance: Hi Tina. From your discription of the problem, it sounds like you have a loose connection where the breaker attaches to the energized buss. With the breaker in the off position, carefully remove the breaker. Look at where it attaches to the buss. If...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights Flickering, washing machine dryer, qualified electrician
washing machine dryer, qualified electrician, loose connection: Tina, When you say strongly I m assuming you mean that the lights alternately get very bright then dim when things like the washing machine, dryer, etc are running. What this most likely means is that there is a loose connection on the (neutral connection)...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights Flickering, amp circuit, washer motor
amp circuit, washer motor, washing machine: You will need to put the washing machine on its own dedicated 20 amp circuit to meet the code. If it is already on its own circuit you will probably need someone to come look at it as the motor is drawing to many amps for some reason. Or, that side of the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights Flickering, electrical breaker box, don beck
electrical breaker box, don beck, thanks in advance: Hi Tina, It sounds as if the problem is in the breaker panel since you can hear the arching. The problem doesn t appear to be the black wire on the breaker, but with the breaker itself. Most breakers snap into place when installed. This may have loosened...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights flicker when air conditioning goes on, electrical contractor, multiple times
electrical contractor, multiple times, electrician: Hi Rob, That really is quite common when a motorized load kicks in, A/C, refrigerator, furnace, etc., and not a easy problem to get rid of. I would assume the electrical contractor checked all your connections to make sure they are tight. If it is real bad...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights flicker as ANY appliance turns on, coffee pots, amp service
coffee pots, amp service, gfci outlets: Hi. Some flickering is normal. If one appliance only causes flickering, it may be defective. However, excessive flickering is usually caused by a loose main neutral wire in the main panel box or in the meter box (or somewhere out in the street.) You...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights flicker when dryer starts, loose wire, loose connections
loose wire, loose connections, fryer: Hi Heather, It sounds like a loose wire. If the fryer is close to the breaker panel, then I would suggest tightening the screws in the panel, both on the breakers and the neutral bar. If the dryer is in a another location, check the outlets and switches...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights flicker electrician says change BKR, amp load, shock hazard
amp load, shock hazard, load source: Hi Jim, Been working back to back 14+ hour days...have had NO spare time as of late...sorry for the delay - totally out of my hands. The electrician SHOULD have checked these connections for you...your symptoms are typical of a loose main....or...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights flicker and go out in half of house, qualified electrician, amp circuit
qualified electrician, amp circuit, check connections: Hi Kerry, It does sound like 1 of the main power connections is loose. These places of connections are: 1) Where the power company hits your house with their lines. 2) Where the main power lines attach to the top of the meter. 3) Where the main...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights flickering, proper test equipment, bathroom vanity
proper test equipment, bathroom vanity, intermittent connection: Start looking at the main power box. Sounds like a intermittent connection on one a neutral connection. Because it is ALL lights, it is probably some kind of volt drop, through a high resistance connection. It is also affecting other appliances, but the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights flickering in 5 yr old house, ceiling fan light, halogen bulbs
ceiling fan light, halogen bulbs, amp circuit: I am not at all surprised about the flickering as a hair dryer is being used. I would bet that the bathroom is on a 15 amp circuit, which is legal, but very inefficient. A 1500 watt hair dryer pulls 12.5 amps. You do the math on a 15 amp circuit. If I could...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights flickering/breaker sparking, osram sylvania, circuit breakers
osram sylvania, circuit breakers, lighting division: Hi Jim, Sorry for the delay.....we had shut down our systems this evening while we added two new computers to the network. Just now getting everything back up and online. I m not sure what you mean when you refer to the breakers having side clips...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights flickering constant, tight connections, incoming lines
tight connections, incoming lines, breakers: Try turning off the breaker that controls these lights and see what else is on this circuit. It may be some device on the circuit causing the problem. When you see what else is on the circuit, unplug these devices and see if the light problem is cured. If...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights flickering in new home, electrician check, light fan
electrician check, light fan, computer speakers: Hi Scott, If the pole mount transformer says 25 ...it is more then likely a 25 kVA sized unit. Is this ample for 4 seperate houses..? Possibly...but that also depends on the loads the other houses have..and if they are also up there...then this transformer...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights flickering and some not working at all., household electricity, wall plugs
household electricity, wall plugs, stove top: Hmmm, interesting. I would start checking all the breakers to make sure you have 120 volts coming out of them. Just be very careful inside the panel. Really hard to say what could be the problem since the stove works, and that is usually 240 volts which...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights flickering, tight connections, loose connections
tight connections, loose connections, flicker: Hello Tina. There may either be some loose connections or this circuit is overloaded. If you do not know someone who is comfortable opening the breaker panel, and if someone has never done this and worked in a live panel I do not recommend it, but the panel...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights/garage door, garage doors, circuit breaker panel
garage doors, circuit breaker panel, breakers: Hi Sharon, It could be any number of things, so let s check them 1 at a time until we locate the problem. Check the breakers in the circuit breaker panel. Turn each 1 off, then back to on. This makes sure they are all operating as they should. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights in home go out, electricians, blackout
electricians, blackout, flicker: One whole minute, and not just a flicker? And I take it, it s just your house, and not your neighbors. If you have a transformer on the pole behind your house, you can visually verify if there s just one drop from it and not others; a pad mounted transformer...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Can Lights - Installation price in OH, wire staples, bells and whistles
wire staples, bells and whistles, s sports: A quick trip to a Home Depot will tell you that a typical can light is around $12. Installation is, or should be $20. You can spend up to $40 on custom cans with all the bells and whistles. If you take into consideration, the wire runs, holes to drill,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights mysteriously work again., garage door opener, garage area
garage door opener, garage area, motion sensor: Hi Darren, Somewhere in that circuit there is a wire that is loose and is not always making contact. Since this is the garage area, I suspect the wire may be a device that is located in the garage, a switch, lite or outlet and the something like the garage...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights in new kitchen, inch legs, lighting manufacturers
inch legs, lighting manufacturers, task lighting: Lets do the easy one first. If there is a way to run a circuit where the swing arm light is located, the cord can be shortened or removed and the light mounted and hard wired. For the lighting, a dimmable flourescent would be best for the inside cabinet lights,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights and outlets dead one day then ok again, fuse panel, gfi outlet
fuse panel, gfi outlet, voltage tester: Hi Al, we need to cover several things: Double check all the breakers. Don t just look as that can be deceiving,turn each breaker off, 1 at a time, wait a few seconds then it turn it back to on. Sometimes breakers appear to be on but they aren t and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No Lights & outlets working - Not the Breaker, garbage disposals, financial outlay
garbage disposals, financial outlay, electrical concerns: Hi. Yes, sometimes the breaker will not respond fast enough, and the wiring becomes damaged. I have a standard reply on how to find it, but if you read my reply to her, you have probably already seen it. You can try to locate the problem. Garbage disposals...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights/outlets not working in one bath but ok in the other, outlet boxes, light boxes
outlet boxes, light boxes, happy hunting: Hi Sherri, To fix the problem is easy, to find it is the difficult part. I suspect there is a loose wire in one of the devices that quit working. You will need to open up each one and check the wires to make sure they are all connected tightly. These...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights and Recepticles Gone Dead, amp circuits, dining room lights
amp circuits, dining room lights, wirenuts: Hi. All an open neutral means is that a white wire is not connected somewhere. One common problem, is that the push in terminals (rather than screwing it on) on the outlets and switches frequently go bad. You may have a bad outlet somewhere. You should...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights randomly click when turned off, watt light bulbs, florescent bulbs
watt light bulbs, florescent bulbs, electrical engineer: Hi Craig, If the power source comes to the switch 1st, I would remove the switch and not connect the wires and see if this solves the problem. If it does, I d replace the switch as there may be a leakage thru the switch, just enough to try and get the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights start out dim, wire nut, neutral wire
wire nut, neutral wire, switch boxes: Hi Deborah, in one of the outlets or in one of the lights on that breaker thee is a loose neutral wire (white).It s an easy fix, but sometimes hard to find. Each device will need to be checked for this loose wire. If you outlets and switches are connected...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights still dim after electrical upgrade to 150amp - enough ?, hurricane wilma, fuse box
hurricane wilma, fuse box, light bulbs: I don t think a 200 amp service is called for. I d have the electrician tighten all your motor feeders and connections and rebalance your panel. A momentary flicker of lights is common, but sometimes cannot be totally eliminated, when a motor load kicks on....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights stopped working, gfci outlet, light bulbs
gfci outlet, light bulbs, loose wire: Hi. Garage and outside outlets are required to be on GFCIs. The lights are not required to be on GFCIs, but maybe they are anyway. Check all bathrooms, basement, garage and outside for an outlet that has a test and reset button. Push the reset button....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights thru out house flash when use electric saw, local power company, hot wire
local power company, hot wire, loose connection: Hi Maurice, Yes, it sounds like you have a loose connection. If your only finding low voltage and not high voltage, it is likely a hot wire in the panel but check them all. If you don t find one loose have your local power company check their connections....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights turn off and on by itself, halogen light, halogen lamp
halogen light, halogen lamp, visible issues: HJ, It sounds like you had a halogen lamp in there that exceeded the wattage output of the transformer thus making it overheat and trip its thermal device making the lights go on and off. If you look closely at the fixture it should say what the maximum...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights turn off and on by itself, halogen light, hologen
halogen light, hologen, visible issues: That would also make sense. A transformer has a heat sensitive switch built into it, the same as a ballast and when it overheats it will cut off, cool down and come back on. It was a defective transformer from the factory. Glad you were able to correct it....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights turning themselves on.., home improvement center, dining room chandelier
home improvement center, dining room chandelier, don beck: Hi Michael, The problem has to be in the dimmer switch. I would replace it. Sometimes when you turn the dimmer off, it just goes to a zero position and it can tend to drift back to the a low-on position. A good dimmer that will hold it s position can...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights/wiring, qualified electrician, meter box
qualified electrician, meter box, fridge: Louis, when lights brighten, it is indicative of a poor or ineffective neutral in your power supply. It could be in your breaker box, in the meter box or at the power company transformer. Call your power company and explain that your lights get brighter...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights won't TURN OFF, flood lamps, 3 way switches
flood lamps, 3 way switches, amp breaker: Leviton makes good products, but like everything else, there are Pinto s and there are Cadillac s. If you re pulling 520 watts on a 600 watt dimmer, I d expect the fins to get hot. Not so hot that you could nt touch them, or so hot that they d discolored the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights won't turn off, don beck, wall sconces
don beck, wall sconces, jbox: Hi Paul, If the old dimmer worked fine before giving out and taking the wires off the dimmer still kept the lights on; it indicates that the 2 wires that go onto the dimmer are touching each other somewhere. If both wires that go onto the dimmer are black...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights not working in 1 year old house, upstairs and downstairs, gfci
upstairs and downstairs, gfci, bonus room: In rare occasions, this circuit is put on a GFCI recepticle. It is not a good thing. If you can locate every recepticle in the house...you might find a GFCI recepticle that is tripped and it will turn on the lights. The worst case, is that a junction box...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights, wattage bulb, watt lamps
wattage bulb, watt lamps, continuity tester: Hi Rich, Thanks for following up... The light blew the breaker because most 3-way lamp sockets are intended ONLY for use with a 3 way bulb....the lamp shell on a 3-way bulb is designed to have multiple contact points when you screw it into the lamp...that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ligthing damage to transformer, lighting bolt, invisible fence
lighting bolt, invisible fence, fence installation: Hi Len, Based on your decription.....can I assume you are referring to an invisible fence designed to help retain pets..? If so - there is not a lot of call for one in my area....we have a mandatory leash law here within city limits (strongly enforced...you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Liguid tight cable repair, cable repair, integrety
cable repair, integrety, continuity: The metal jacket provides electricial continuity, mechanical as well, in this circuit and should be continuous, without breaks. I don t know the extent that the cable is damaged, or why you don t want to simply replace it, but might it be possible to bond...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: In Line Fan, fan location, wire nut
fan location, wire nut, hi chris: Hi Chris, These fans are designed to be hard wired, not plugged in. If you have attic access, you may be able to fish a wire down the wall from the fan location to the switch for the light, and change the switch to a dual single pole. It is 2 switches,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Line splice found in wall, accessibility issue, sore thumb
accessibility issue, sore thumb, condition thanks: Loren, It actually is for both reasons. 25% safety. If the wires should come apart and arc they could catch the surround wood or insulation on fire since the arc is exposed...(not really likely). 75% accessibility, should you ever need to work on the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Line voltage when circuit break off, voltage meter, recepticles
voltage meter, recepticles, line voltage: Hi Tony. When using a small voltmeter, you may see some residual or induced voltages. A better test to see if the circuit is dead is to hook up a load to it. The new grounding rules have nothing to do with this, however. I hope this has helped. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Line voltage thermostat wiring, line voltage thermostat, thermostat wiring
line voltage thermostat, thermostat wiring, electric baseboard: The L1, L2 to me mean your switch is 240 volt, and if I was to guess, I d hook up the incoming power wire to L1, the outgoing load wire to T1, and mate both my line and load nuetrals. The switch would become a simple switch. I don t believe you d want to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Line voltage thermostat, line voltage thermostat, oil furnace
line voltage thermostat, oil furnace, voltage wires: From what I gather off of LUX s web site, reversing the wires could leave you in a situation where power is supplied to the heater (or load) even with the switch off. The load could energize if a short or ground (such as a technician working on the unit) were...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Little Power at Receptacles, maximum amperage, christmas light
maximum amperage, christmas light, light strings: Hi Dave, I m wondering what the distance is of these lights from the panel. And also how many chains of lights you have. I think 4 chains is the limit on a 15A circuit. But this depends on how many bulbs, wattage of bulbs, ect. Well before...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Live Circuit but no power in a room, wiring switches, circuit breakers
wiring switches, circuit breakers, room shares: Holy cow...I m sorry I asked.. But, we ll try and work thru this. However, I need to take it slowly so I can keep a mental picture. You have a 3 gang box on the wall. 1 switch for the a fan lit, 1 switch for the fan and 1 switch for other lites. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Live, open switch box in drywall, bob osgood, master electrician
bob osgood, master electrician, wire nuts: Hi Ernie, You are absolutely correct...electrical boxes (other then low-voltage or signal/comm boxes ...such as cable or phone)are required to be enclosed on ALL 4 sides to protect the wiring and the user from accidental contact of live wiring. Based...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Live wire, ground wire, lightswitch, hot wire
lightswitch, hot wire, live wire: Hi. Both black wires have to connect to something. One is the power coming in, the other is the power going out to the light. The ground is just a safety device. If there are only two wires in the box plus the ground, then the black dimmer wire goes...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Living Room Lighting ?, living room lighting, lighting stores
living room lighting, lighting stores, watt bulbs: Hello Paul. That is really a totally preferential decision. It depends on how the room will be used, and the amount of light desired. A single light would be plenty of light for me, but I like low ambient lighting. I have 25 watt bulbs in two lamps on opposite...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Living room light switchs get hot, halogen light, light switches
halogen light, light switches, bulbs: Hi. Are these switches or dimmers? It is normal for dimmers to get warm, but not switches. The switches should be rated for 15 amps, so it should be overloaded. If they are dimmers be sure they are not overloaded. Usually if you use dimmers next to each...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: LOW VOLTAGE, aluminum wiring, wirenuts
aluminum wiring, wirenuts, voltage meters: Hi. In my opinion, voltage meters are useless in home wiring. You either have 110 or 220 volts. Any other reading is just feedback. Feedback happens when the electricity goes through an appliance or light but can not complete the entire circuit. I am...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Load center for attached garage, direct burial cable, amp breaker
direct burial cable, amp breaker, underground section: Hi Don. You can t use direct burial cable except when direcly buried. You could run it in your underground section, and run regular cable in the other locations. splice in an approved junction box, and protect where necessary. You could use single conductors...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Load center capacity, laundry loads, amp service
laundry loads, amp service, electrical loads: Hi Robert, Just getting back in... Yes...your correct in stating the 60 amp service panel is small...it s below the Code minimum size of 100 amps....despite the size of the dwelling. Today s electrical loads simply demand a minimum of 100 amp service....once...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Load center, amp breaker, frig
amp breaker, frig, gfci: I hope I can keep this simple enough for you. After learning the code book...I can get carried away. Your dryer requires a 30 amp breaker because it may pull just over 22 amps. (each leg) 110/110. The washer/microwave/frig are the other load. If you indeed...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Load centers, robert wilber, national electrical code
robert wilber, national electrical code, neutral conductor: - * Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * I believe what you are describing [20/20, 20/30, 20/24] is the number of circuits the loadcenter is rated to contain. The leading 20, in all cases, would indicate...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Load limits, amp breaker, amp circuit
amp breaker, amp circuit, light switch: Hi Steve. To find out what the load will be, just add up the watts. 70 +70+70+70+160= 440watts. 440 / 120 = 3.67 amps. A 15 amp breaker will handle 1800 watts (if used less than 3 hours, if more, derate that by 80%, or 1800 X .8 = 1440 watts. For...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Loading 200amp service panels, breakes, breakers
breakes, breakers, amp: Hi Kathi. Yes you can any number of breakers, regardless of breaker amp total. The code has a limit of 42 breakers in a panel, so you can t go over this number, and some manufacturers make it impossible to install more that that, by requiring that you use...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Loading on a 20amp 120V circuit, 3 way switches, convenience outlets
3 way switches, convenience outlets, amp circuit: Hi Brian. For residences, there is no limit placed on this type of circuit. For commercial you are limited to 180va per device. If you were to use this figure, then 10 devices (4+4+2) times 180va = 1800va. A 20amp breaker will handle 80% (or 16amp) for...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Local Electrical Codes, local city, electrical wiring
local city, electrical wiring, electrician: Hi Randy. Some areas do allow homeowners to pull their own permit, and do the wiring. usually there is some type of form to fill out, and possibly a test to show how handy a person is in electricity. check with the local inspector to see what they will...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Locating a break in residential wiring, grass valley ca, circuit tracers
grass valley ca, circuit tracers, aluminum wire: Good show Roger..........by the way you can have two separate 2 wire circuits share a common neutral. In other words if you had two 14-2 cables you could connect them both to a 14-3 cable where the white wires from all 3 cables would be joined together. This...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Location Of Switch, zing ear, radio shack
zing ear, radio shack, sitches: Robert, Not knowing Hampton Bay, I have limited specific information. Is this the pull chain switch? If it is the pull chain type ratchet switch, I would think that any switch with multi position pull chain would work. Or there is a retro kit on...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Location of switches/outlets, gas cooktop, garbage disposal
gas cooktop, garbage disposal, 2 steps: Afternoon Mike, Sorry, no code protects you on either issue. Its mainly common sense. I would mention these issues to your electrician and have him correct them for you. Hopefully your still in the rough in phase. If your...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Long delay in switching on light to light turning on, bathroom lights, fire hazard
bathroom lights, fire hazard, electrician: Hi Jan, I doubt that it s a fire hazard and if she is at all handy probably doesn t need an electrician. It sounds like the mechanical part of the switch is giving out. Purchase and install a new single pole switch and I m fairly certain the problem...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Long Electrical Run, irrigation controller, feeder cable
irrigation controller, feeder cable, guage wire: Do utilize the FULL 20 amps, you d need 8 guage wire. Probably UF (underground feeder) cable if you re directly burying it, THHN/THWN if you re putting it in pipe. Does your irrigation controller really need 20 amps? There should be a nameplate amp rating...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Long run to our RV unit, rv unit, voltage drop
rv unit, voltage drop, volts: Hi Susan, The electric code requires #10 CU for a 30A circuit, however for that length I would use at least #8 CU or #6 AL at 30A this will give you about a 6-7 volt loss which should fall with-in limits of most equipment you would be using. If you go to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Long service run to an outbuilding, overhead wire, outbuilding
overhead wire, outbuilding, traffic areas: Joel How far away are you from the well power?First of all if you run that wire make sure you run 240 volts you can reduce the wire size better than 120 volts.In some case you can buy overhead wire cheaper than under ground you would have to set a few poles...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Looking to disconnect unused switch, electrician, feeder
electrician, feeder: You will have to trace the feeder wire to the switch and disconnect it where it is receiving power. You can turn off one breaker at a time if you do not know which circuit it is controlled by and note the devices that each breaker cuts off and check these...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Looking for fatal flaw feedback, bench grinder, amp breaker
bench grinder, amp breaker, aluminum wire: Hi Jeff, * # 2 ga wire is bigger than needed, not a code viloltion. * Neutral coming from main panel goes onto the neutral bar that does NOT have the bonding screws * Another ground bar needs to be installed in the sub panel and the ground wires to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Loose electrical outlet, screw hole, trade tip
screw hole, trade tip, j box: Feryal: I ll Give you my trick of the trade tip . Go to the hardware store and buy a plastic 3/8 dia. water supply tube about 1 foot long or better. They about 2 dollars. Remove the outlet, take the small end and touch the j-box were the screw hole is the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Loose electrical outlets, arc fault circuit interrupters, arc fault breakers
arc fault circuit interrupters, arc fault breakers, loose boxes: Hi Heidi, Loose wall boxes or outlets are just, that loose. Once they are tightened up there should be no problem and being loose will not cause a problem with a breaker not working properly. If the outlets were a problem, the breaker would trip. Replacing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Loose Neutral?, circuit breakers, recepticles
circuit breakers, recepticles, frig: Check all your circuit breakers. Resetting them sometimes helps. Some do go bad and will only put out limited voltage. Dont assume...verify. Get a cheap voltmeter and test each breaker. Test all recepticles..for low voltage. It can be a bad connection,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Loose Neutral Problem cause of electrical ?, sympatico ca, true rms
sympatico ca, true rms, wire nuts: Hi. I still believe that the problem is caused by a loose neutral. You should either try to find it, or get an electrician. These are not easy to find, and an electrician has better testing equipment and more experience to find the problem. I hope...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Loose neutral ?, electrical supplier, light bulbs
electrical supplier, light bulbs, oven control: It does sound like a bad joint on your neutral, and I d have a look at how the circuit is run from main panel to your kitchen subpanel. Four wires? All wires tight on thier respective terminals? Short of tightening all your joints, I d let another contractor...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Loose or poor fitting receptacle, face plate, receptacle
face plate, receptacle, drywall: Hi Anthony, It sounds like the ears located on the top and bottom of outlet are missing. These ears are designed to go up against the drywall as you tighten down the outlet and this makes the outlet set up firmly. You may need to replace the outlet...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Loose receptacle, light fixture, receptacle
light fixture, receptacle, guess: ahhhh, my guess is it s a metal junction box, if you can take the box out of the wall you can replace the junction box with one that can screw into sorrounding material, if the box is palstic i would simpliy set a screw from the side of the box inside...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Loose wiring connection somewhere in wall, digital multimeter, wire splice
digital multimeter, wire splice, junction boxes: Just so you know....I have done remodel work where there was a wire splice...in a wall...not in a box. That said, the law requires all splices and junctions to be in an accessible box. If you havent done so...take all switches and all receptacles out and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Loosing power one side of our house, circuit breakers, loose wires
circuit breakers, loose wires, gfci: Hi. Outside outlets not working are almost always cused by a tripped GFCI. One GFCI can control outlets throughout the house, so look in the garage, basement, outside, and all bathrooms. Look for an outlet with a test and reset button. If you lost...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Losing power on three different circuits, kitchen pantry, circuit breakers
kitchen pantry, circuit breakers, wall outlets: Ken, you re on the right track. These breakers all have something in common. The problem is almost certainly in the breaker box. While I ve never encountered a cracked neutral bus, it s possible I suppose and would create the same kind of situation. Check...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Loss of 110V, wirenuts, wiggy
wirenuts, wiggy, receptacles: Hi. Yes, it sounds like you lost your neutral. One problem is the push in holes in the back of the outlets. If the wires are pushed in, you should screw them into the sides. Don t forget to check the ones that are working, because it could be the wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Loss of Electric in part of mobile home, gfci receptacle, volt service
gfci receptacle, volt service, logical pattern: Hi Paula, Just getting back in....been one LONG day... Based on your description...and without detailed electrical testing...there are several possible causes for your scenario.. 1). You may have lost one leg of your incoming 240 volt service...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Loss of electrical circuit, neutral wire, electrical circuit
neutral wire, electrical circuit, gfci: Hi Steve, How are you measuring the 120V reading you are getting? If any of the lights or receptacles on the circuit are working, check the connections in the last one that works and the first one that doesn t work. If you have a GFCI on the circuit check...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Loss of partial power to outlets, gfci outlet, wire nuts
gfci outlet, wire nuts, blow dryer: The problem sounds like a loose connection. When current flows through a wire, it generates heat. Heat causes expansion. A loose connection will expand to the point where it s making little, or no contact. Once everything cools down, the connection re-establishes...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Loss of power in a circuit, wire nuts, faulty circuit
wire nuts, faulty circuit, strange readings: Hi. Strange readings are usually caused by feedback. Feedback is usually caused by a disconnected neutral (white) wire. These things can be hard to track down. Somewhere in the circuit, there is a break. It could even be at a device that is working,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Loss of power in detached gaage, tripped breakers, neutral wire
tripped breakers, neutral wire, loose wire: Hi Paul, If everything is dead in the garage, then it s 1 of two things: 1) Even though you checked the breakers, try it again. Sometimes when breakers trip, they look like they are on, but aren t. so, shut off the breaker that feeds the sub panel,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Loss of power in one home circuit, don beck, curling iron
don beck, curling iron, gfi outlet: Hi Randy, My best guess is that somewhere in this circuit there is a GFI outlet that has tripped. These outlets look like regular outlets except they have 2 tabs in the center. These tabs act like a circuit breaker. To reset, push in the tab. GFI outlets...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lost Electric in just one room, wire nuts, fuses
wire nuts, fuses, switches: Hi. These things can be hard to track down. Somewhere in the circuit, there is a break. It could even be at a device that is working, because it could be the wire leaving the working device that is not working. Check all outlets, switches, and lights....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lost Neutral, multi tester, neutral wire
multi tester, neutral wire, hot wire: You definitely seem to have a loose neutral wire somewhere. where the bad connection may be is the million dollar question. I would start with opening up the non working plugs and inspecting the wiring and looking for any burned or loose connections. then...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lost Power to Half the House, local power company, fuse box
local power company, fuse box, loose connection: Hi Scott, Sounds like you may have a loose connection, either in your fuse box or outside. If you don t see any problems in your fuse box or the outside disconnect I would recommend you call your local power company and have them check their connections....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lost Power in Two Rooms, circuit breakers, wores
circuit breakers, wores, apparent damage: First guess would be a bad breaker. With all breakers off remove the panel cover. Turn on only the MAIN and the breakers in question and with a voltmeter see if you have 120 volts out. If so your going to have to check each connection and see if you kind...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lost Power, fuse box, circuit breakers
fuse box, circuit breakers, voltage tester: With tester, make sure this power on every wire that is connected to all the fuses. With the fuse backed out of the circuit that controls the switches you replaced, mark down everything that is no off, lights outlets etc. so we know every device that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lost power to ceiling lights, finished room, volt meter
finished room, volt meter, ceiling lights: Randall, Check the switch again, if you put the prods of the volt meter on both screws of the switch you wouldn t necessarily get a reading if the power was on and the switch was in the ON position. If it was in the OFF position with power present...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lost power in my Living Room..., fuse panel, fuse box
fuse panel, fuse box, wire nut: Hi Tom, That price sounds pretty high to me, but I am not familiar with the cost of labor and materials in your area. would get at least 2 more estimates from electrical contractors and see if they are all in the same range. For 250.00 more, I...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lost power in my living room, circuit breakers, neutral wire
circuit breakers, neutral wire, reset buttons: Hi Again, Then 1st thing to look for is a tripped breaker. This is important because a breaker can be tripped, but it doesn t look like it a when it trips, it goes to a neutral position, not to an off position. To reset a breaker that has tripped, you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lost power in parts of the house, bathrooms and kitchens, digital multimeter
bathrooms and kitchens, digital multimeter, circuit breakers: The ones with 8 volts, hot-ground, indicate a loose/broken neutral connection, but it s what s supplying the receptacle that is the culprit. Now, this could either be a breakdown in a good receptacle that is working properly but not letting voltage leave to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lost power in room, wire nuts, wire bundles
wire nuts, wire bundles, neutral wire: Hi Bo, You have a loose neutral wire (white) somewhere in the circuit. It could be in any of the switches or outlets, even the ones that are working that are on that circuit. If the connections in the devices are the stab in type, that go into the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lost power in one room, gfci receptacle, professional electrician
gfci receptacle, professional electrician, room 2d: First I would report this person to your local building commission as he is gonna get someone killed. Then hire a professional electrician to come in and fix then damage he has done. After that sue him for all of the money he has cost you to have it done...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: "Lost" Receptacle, stud finder, electrical boxes
stud finder, electrical boxes, phone jacks: Check the other phone jacks and tv jacks in the home. Measure there height from the floor. We can assume they were installed at the height. you stud finder can locate the the nails in the studs that hold the drywall. so with this info, you will get...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Loud buzzing sound, home security alarm, gfci receptacles
home security alarm, gfci receptacles, power losses: Hi Maria This sound may be coming from a light switch dimmer, if you have one. It may be time to change it out to a new one. Or, it could be coming from any of the GFCI receptacles you have in your home. These are the type with a test and reset button...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Loud click sometimes when turning on switch, compact flourescent lamps, transient problem
compact flourescent lamps, transient problem, switch boxes: Hi Jay, The sound could be a mechanical thing in a switch where the spring is getting hung and snapping into position, annoying, but not a danger. It could also be a sign of arching. which could be a hazard. It would pay to make it a family project and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low A/C voltage at home/garage outlet, loose connection, home garage
loose connection, home garage, voltage drop: If this is a dedicated outlet, I d suggest looking at tightening the connections on the breaker, the neutral buss and the outlet itself. Never heard of this, but maybe changing the outlet too. A loose connection is causing a voltage drop once current starts...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low generator output, c bs, speed engine
c bs, speed engine, voltage regulator: It started having issues with higher loads, higher than before or just not doing what it used to do? Make sure the higher loads are not trying be energized with smaller loads that may have been added. Or are there mechanical binds in the driven higher...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low Line Voltage at Service Panel, bob osgood, master electrician
bob osgood, master electrician, 220v appliances: Hi Rusty, Just getting back in from a family trip... Yes...based on your voltage findings...I agree this does sound like a utility problem....especially where you say you get this low voltage reading on one of the legs at the main panel incoming...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low power to switch, new chandelier, pig tail
new chandelier, pig tail, thanksgiving dinner: Diane, The cable going down instead of up just means that when the wiring was originally installed they just brought that particular cable into the bottom of the box probably because the openings on top of the box were already filled or there was some other...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low Volatge Wiring of Condensate Pump, voltage connections, voltage source
voltage connections, voltage source, c unit: I m born and bread hear, ( Spelling intentional ) so be careful. There is no such thing as a stupid question. As far as I am concerned, Bill Gates is just a man just as we are, he just had a good idea and was at the right place at the perfect time. The reason...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low Voltage, lighting fixture, incoming power
lighting fixture, incoming power, wire terminal: Hi Andres, Based on your description...you could have several possible causes for the readings and light fixture operation....or depending on where you took these readings...the readings may actually be normal. It sounds like you are referring to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low Voltage, amp service, ceiling lights
amp service, ceiling lights, electric stove: Hi Mike, The good news is, it should be a simple fix. The bad news is, I would not attempt the fix yourself. It sounds as if the problem is in the main power lines and it could be anywhere between the power companies transformer and the main entry...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low Voltage on 3 Way Switch, 3 way switches, zero volts
3 way switches, zero volts, lighting company: Well, heck. Bleed through is so common these days I don t know of any other thing other than to completely do away with the 3 way and go to regular switches. Those shouldn t have any bleed through. Perhaps contacting the switch manufacturer directly will...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low Voltage damage, voltage converters, voltage sensors
voltage converters, voltage sensors, heat coil: I used motors as a quick example and NO LOW VOLTAGE DOES NOT MEAN THEY WILL SIMPLY NOT RUN. Motors are all different, but when voltage is applied, magnetic fields are created, the magnetic fields don t they are electrical. The magnets are going to oppose...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low Voltage exterior lights, kva transformer, amp battery
kva transformer, amp battery, gauge wire: It will not affect the lighting system. I have had a 100 kva transformer for the controls of a building for over 15 years. There are four thermostats and several relays that together do not need more than 35 kva, but this transformer was left over from the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low Voltage Home Electrical System, low voltage system, amp service
low voltage system, amp service, new appliances: Hi. I was only 3 when the house was built, and I have never seen the low voltage system. However, it is my understanding that it was a relay system. In any case, the voltage and other ratings of appliances and bulbs have not changed over the years,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low Voltage house home system, low voltage system, robert wilber
low voltage system, robert wilber, extension chords: * Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * Gee, Ed Whole-house low voltage control system I bet they HAVEN T seen anything like this before! Err .... you didn t happen to be clever enough to make a diagram...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low Voltage inside Home, amp circuits, amp service
amp circuits, amp service, decent load: Hi Chris, From what you have told me, your home must be fairly new. This being the case, I m sure it is wired according to the electrical code. I agree with you, in that the power feeding your home isn t what it should be. The power company probably...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low Voltage Lighting, low voltage lighting, continuity test
low voltage lighting, continuity test, lighting load: Hi Danny, Just getting back in...long day here. As I m sure your aware....your 120 run creates substantial voltage drop...and as voltage drops - current rises...increasing overall wattage absorbed by the circuit significantly. You didn t state...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low Voltage on Neutral Conductor, neutral conductor, txstate edu
neutral conductor, txstate edu, feed source: Well I d have to say you probably have a wire loose somewhere, and you just changed the switch for the experience. Lights and switch operating in the morning, but not in the afternoon, I d check your fixtures and see if something didn t come loose, or burn...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low Voltage Outdoor Lighting Design, outdoor lighting system, low voltage outdoor lighting
outdoor lighting system, low voltage outdoor lighting, handbook article: Hi Ron. You might try the website of the manufacturer of the equipment you have. I recently saw an episode on the DIY channel about this type of work, so you might try the DIY channel website. You might also try www.selfhelpandmore.com to see if they...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low Voltage Readings effecting equipment, voltage readings, computer failure
voltage readings, computer failure, insurance purposes: Howard, 95 to 96 volts on a 115/120 residential or commercial circuit is too low. I can t say it created any kin of problem unless I looked at the failed component, but more than likely it did. Way to low for a computer. Is this at all times of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low Voltage (sag) & Appliance Damage, gage wire, premature failure
gage wire, premature failure, major appliances: Hi Geno A 30 amp feed for the whole house is extremely underwired. Your major appliances will be affected by this, over time.(Refg, A/C etc). A minimum of 100 amps should be available in all homes, and this is still pretty borderline for all the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low Voltage timer (for walkway lights) question, e mail address, lead metal
e mail address, lead metal, metal wires: Hello again Andy, As far as detemining how hot something can get.. the only way to get a value for that would be to follow the manu. specs. I mean if you got a unit rated at 300w and your load is say 250w. Then you are well within range. This transformer...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low Voltage Under Cabinet Puck Lights, low voltage puck lights, loose connection
low voltage puck lights, loose connection, few days: As inexpensive as a transformer is, I would try this first as it could very well cause this problem. If the transformer does not repair it, look for a loose connection. A connection may be heating up after energizing and not making a good circuit. Thanks ...