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Electrical Wiring in the Home: Where does the red wire go ?, bathroom renovations, recepticle
bathroom renovations, recepticle, electrical fixtures: In your case, there is a white wire to continue the circuit back to the light fixture, one black wire should be for constant power to the switch and recepticle, and the red from the switch back to the light. Whites in the light fixture box, including the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: red wire/black wire, permanent marker, fiture
permanent marker, fiture, hot wire: If you are saying how to determine the hot lead as color does not matter on a switch unless it is a three way or four way switch, you will need to use a volt tester to determine the hot wire. This tester can be purchased at any home supply. It is about the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: red wire in electric wiring, electric switch, copper
electric switch, copper, electric wiring: What wire sets are in the box where the dimmer is going to be installed. Not the wires attached to the dimmer, but the ones attached to the switch at present. Let me know and we can go from there. Common dimmer wiring is white neutral, black power in, red...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: red wire in outlet, bob osgood, master electrician
bob osgood, master electrician, prong: Hi Peter, Sorry just responding...we spent part of the week-end visiting family down on the coast...just getting back home. Based on your description...you are simply replacing the old receptacle outlets with new...so nothing should need to change...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: red wire, bob osgood, installing a ceiling fan
bob osgood, installing a ceiling fan, master electrician: Hi Peter, Based on your description, this ceiling box where you intend to install this ceiling fan may have been wired for a fan with light kit (with black for fan, red for light kit...and white common to both)....or the 12/3 wire was ran because it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: reducing an overloaded circuit, new lighting, basement walls
new lighting, basement walls, question thanks: When you have a new line run to the switch box we remove the hot feed to the old switch and cap it and use the new feed on the switch. At the old switchbox, how many wires are in that box, what color are they, and how are they now connected? Do...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: refinishing basement electrical question, amp circuits, amp breaker
amp circuits, amp breaker, fredericksburg virginia: Okay, first question...14 gauge wire on a 15 amp breaker is perfectly acceptable, BUT, if you are doing this work under a permit, be advised that a lot of municipalities require nothing smaller than 12 guage. FYI. The inspector may make you rip it out, or...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: refrid. outlet, wire nuts, wire nut
wire nuts, wire nut, power wires: Hi Rich, Stopped by my office for lunch...saw your question. Based on your description....the electrician may have forgotten about the minimum 2 small appliance circuits Code required for the kitchen....or you have several appliances - so the fridge...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: refridgerator amps, refrigerator compressor, load amps
refrigerator compressor, load amps, small refrigerator: Possibly, however I need the nameplate voltage and current rating from the refrigerator. Should be on a tag on the unit somewhere. The issues associated with answer are, there are sometimes 2 or more motors in the refrigerator. Compressor and fan motor,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: refrig wiring, don beck, extension cord
don beck, extension cord, hi mike: Hi Mike, You can use an extension cord for this purpose. Just make sure it is a heavy enough gauge to match the outlet.(20 amps). It would require a cord that has # 12 wire in it. This can be a little expensive. I think you may find that it is almost as...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: refrigerator oulets, outlet location, refrig
outlet location, refrig, cubby hole: Hi Karen Refrig. outlets are supposed to be on there own breaker. It is installed at a different height as they are usually in a cubby hole that is designed to take the refrig. and the outlet location higher than normal, makes it easier to unplug in...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: refrigerator plug in, amp breaker, prong
amp breaker, prong, refrigerator: Hi Dorothy, In your situation, you really don t have a choice. It may shorten the light of the refg and the best alternative, is to run a new 12/2 with ground from the refg outlet to the breaker panel and attach it to a 20 amp breaker. You have to do...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: refrigerator, amp breaker, extra power
amp breaker, extra power, merry christmas: Hi Tony, A 15 amp breaker would be fine if the ref. is the only thing on the circuit. The current breaker is probably tripping due to the ref and other things that are running on the same breaker. If there is something plugged into the same circuit as...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: In regards to Mobile Power outage, loose wires, mobile power
loose wires, mobile power, allexperts: Hi James, After getting all the wires tight and the problem still exists, you might want to have the power company check there lines. They will usually do this at no charge. Loose wires can be a hazard as the poor connection can cause the wires to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: reguarding floor lamp, home improvement center, rip cord
home improvement center, rip cord, lamp socket: Hi Jim, To re wire the lamp. use 18 gauge rip cord. This wire looks like a regular brown extension cord and is very cheap. I would remove all the old wiring in the lamp and replace it with this rip cord. Remove the switch and take it to any home...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: relaced bulb wont work, strange one, low voltage
strange one, low voltage, halogen: Hi Andrew. It would appear to me that the fitting you have removed may well be a low voltage fitting and there will be a transformer in the ceiling that will output 12 volts which could be the reason your normal pendant wont work. Hope this helps. Regards...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: relocating a ceiling fixture, ceiling fixture, light fixture
ceiling fixture, light fixture, electrical wires: Hi Bob, Thre are several ways to deal with this, so you need to select what is best for you. 1) If you have an attic, locate the existing ceiling box and remove it from it s attic mount and use another junction box in it s place running a new wire from...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: relocating an outlet for a builtin bookcase, wire nuts, junction boxes
wire nuts, junction boxes, bookcase: Hi. You can add a junction box and outlet for the new outlets. However, the problem is the old outlet. You are not allowed to leave any junction boxes covered. Probably the easiest thing to do is to rip the box out of the wall, and remount the box...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: relocating a receptacle, receptacle, backsplash
receptacle, backsplash, drywall: Hi Joel, If you use the old outlet box for a junction box, it must have a blank cover on it. The if possible, you could remove the wire from the outlet box and get it into the attic or basement to make the splice. The junction wouldn t be as noticeable...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: cannot remember which wire's go where, wire colors, neutral wire
wire colors, neutral wire, proper voltage: Being that none of these wire colors are typical, it will take a little work to correct this. You will need a voltmeter with a volt and an ohm scale. With the power on, put one lead on the ceiling ground wire and touch either the red or the black with the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: remodel, knob and tube wiring, junction boxes
knob and tube wiring, junction boxes, apartment units: Matt Yes you can leave the wires in the junction boxes as most likely your local code enforcement wont make you tear out wall to replace wires. If you do remove any sheet rock,plaster or wall covering then you would have to replace those wires as they will...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: remodel a/c in kitchen, 3 way switches, 3way
3 way switches, 3way, different color: Hi. Electricians use different color wires for 3 way switches. But the bottom line, is that the switch and dimmer should each have 2 wires/terminals that are the same color. The wires going to the those 2 wires on the dimmer need to go to the 2 terminals...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: remodel garage, amp circuit breaker, lighting circuit
amp circuit breaker, lighting circuit, space heaters: Hi John, The answer is yes, 8 general purpose outlets are fine. One thing to consider is what will be plugged into these outlets. Computers, TVs , space heaters, etc. Consider the continuos loads that will plugged into these outlets and that will...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: remodel in illinois, insp, electrical wiring
insp, electrical wiring, remodel: Hi Joey, it s my understanding that whatever electrical situation exists, as long as it is wired correctly, it is OK. You would only need to change it if it creates a hazard. Your local elec. Insp may be able to shed light on this or even a realtor...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: remodel can?, florescent lamps, incandescent lamps
florescent lamps, incandescent lamps, home depot: Yes they do have a overlimit switch did these cans have incandescent lamps before? IF they did they would protect the can from over wattage. If you are using par 35 lamps you stated they were florescent lamps before. They usually don t get that hot. Thank...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: remodeling with non-IC recessed cans, blown insulation, rolled insulation
blown insulation, rolled insulation, chicken wire: Hi Jim, I am guessing that if you have an earthquake large enough to move your insulation in the attic then you have bigger problems than the recessed lighting to take care of. But yeah, the insulation needs to be backed away from the can. As far...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: remote ballast, watt lamps, lighting circuit
watt lamps, lighting circuit, finished floor: If there is such an animal as a ballast large enough for 6 250w, there is no reason it can not be remote. I personally have not seen a ballast that would handle this many lamps. We have ball field lighting with the ballasts at the base but they only handle...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: remote barn panel, amp breaker, copper line
amp breaker, copper line, ground bars: Larry, That is a pretty long run so if you are using #6 wire, I would put it on a 50 amp breaker in the main panel, and run it to another breaker rated at 50 amps in the sub panel. The sub panel main is worth it if you ever want to add something to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: remote control ceiling fan, robert wilber, garage door openers
robert wilber, garage door openers, dipswitch settings: Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * Remote control fan problems: 1] Defective control unit [with a mind of it s own]. Return it for replacement. 2] Fan control unit being influenced [and remotely...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: remote control ceiling fan, manual switches, halogen light
manual switches, halogen light, switch legs: That is what I needed, the circuit goes first to the switch and then to the light. The white wire will connect to all other white wires, this completes the entire neutral circuit. The black and red are the switch wires, one will control the light, the other...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: remote control/fan install, hunter product, customer service line
hunter product, customer service line, control fan: Hi. Most remotes have an antenna which is just a piece of wire, which hangs loose. Perhaps you connected the antenna to a power source. The best way to find out how to wire a specific product, is either from the instructions or, if you don t have the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: remote control won't run ceiling fan, hunter fan company, ceiling fan light
hunter fan company, ceiling fan light, hunter ceiling fan: Hi Juli, Remotes can be very fussy. Make sure the batteries are brand new. Make sure the batteries are in the remote the correct way. Make sure the batteries are the proper size. There should be a sensor on the fan, sometimes on the outside,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: remote controlled ceiling fans, remote controlled ceiling fans, outlet boxes
remote controlled ceiling fans, outlet boxes, paddle fans: Bill, All the major manufacturers of paddle fans such as Casa Blanca, Hampton Bay, and Hunter offer a remote as an accessory. In other words its not the primary way to control the fan. Most of the time paddle fans are hard wired when it comes to controlling...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: remote switches, remote light switches, insteon
remote light switches, insteon, professional value: Hi Jodi, I m not sure what type of switches they sell you are considering. If it is the wireless remote switches they are fairly easy to set up yourself. The ones I have worked with are pretty easy to install, they come with pretty clear instructions. When...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: remote wiring, fan light, wall switch
fan light, wall switch, light fixture: Phil That will be the only way to control the fan light. Un less you run extra wires. They have remotes that fit in the canopies and then you have a remote to change the light and the fan. I have 4 of these installed in my home for about 5 years the only...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: How do remove a loop?, cabinets
cabinets: Hi Leanne, A loop? Do you mean they are switched? If so, do they come on together? Are you going to put them back after the cabinets are installed or will they be discontinued completely? Are there any other lights that operate with these lights,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: removed 3way switch & installed switch/outlet, way switch, light fixtures
way switch, light fixtures, whit: There is only one circumstance where this is possible. The switch you are installing new must be 3 way also and this location must be the source of power for the circuit. This location will have 2 pairs of blk/whit wires and one set of blk/red/white, or...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: removing overhead light, wire nut, wirenuts
wire nut, wirenuts, upstairs bedroom: There should be 4 wires in the wall box for the switch. 2 will be connected to the switch, the other 2 will be connected together. Take the 2 wires off of the switch and remove the switch from the wall box. Twist a wire nut over each wire that was on...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: removing wire from junction box, light switch, black wire
light switch, black wire, junction box: Hi Linda, The one black wire is going to your light. You would attach it to the group of blacks. Your basically eliminating the switch leg cable. You probably know this but i should mention your light will be constantly hot. Meaning on...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: How to repair a 220v line to a stove, merry christmas and a happy new year, fuse box
merry christmas and a happy new year, fuse box, neutral line: Just what do you mean by dead? This is a neutral line which has no voltage measureable voltage on it. If you go from 1 of the others to this 1 you should get 120 volts, repeat with the other 1. If both are reading 120 volts the line is fine. I can t tell...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: repair nick in underground wire, underground wire, electrical tape
underground wire, electrical tape, shovel: Hi Steve. If you did not damage the wire, then you can repair it. Strip back the outer covering, which will leave the individual wires exposed. Clean, then apply 3 or 4 layers of electrical tape, then apply tape over all wires, again at least 3 layers....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: repair power cord for pond motor, power cord, safe way
power cord, safe way, roots: Mike, Depending on what it is, either an expensive pump or a replacable pump, the best way is to replace the cord from the pump head. There are some patch kits, industrial type, but they are as expensive as some entire pump assemblies. Let me know...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: repl alum wiring, plaster walls, aluminum wiring
plaster walls, aluminum wiring, residential wiring: Kent Usually when you have arcing it is from a loose connection.Usauly with alum wire once installed it will soften up from the heat and get loose. That is why I suggest to retighten each one you will be surprised how many are loose.The ones that are brittle...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: can i replace 120/250v outlet with 120/240v outlet, time delay fuses, circuit breakers
time delay fuses, circuit breakers, minor detail: Hi. Yes, if the breaker is 30 amps, the appliance calls for 30 amps you are OK. The old outlets are 3 prong, the new ones are 4. If you don t have a ground, then you will need to replace the cord on the new unit so that it has 3 prongs, unless you want...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replace canister lighting, construction defect law, time elizabeth
construction defect law, time elizabeth, unlicensed contractors: BE WARE. Handyman is an acrynim for an unlicensed, uncredited worker. If he is licensed, he knows how to patch holes and put things together correctly. Nevada is cracking down hard on the handyman They are typically unlicensed and doing shotty work and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replace duplex switch with single switch, switch combination, dead fan
switch combination, dead fan, wire nut: Vicki, More than likely we could put an outlet/switch combination in that single space, but it would have to be a GFI outlet and they take up more space in the box than a regular outlet and I don t think there would be enough room with all the wires we...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Can I replace a light fixture with an electric outlet?, silver screw, brass screw
silver screw, brass screw, back porch: Hi Eve, Yes you can do it yourself. There should be a black and a white wire attached to the light. The black wire goes onto the brass screw of the new outlet and the white goes onto the silver screw of the outlet. If there is a ground wire in the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replace old jennair cooktop with new unit, amp circuit breaker, jennair cooktop
amp circuit breaker, jennair cooktop, amp breaker: What I read is a 40 amp circuit breaker in the main panel feeding a subpanel rated at 70amps that feeds 8 circuits. Your old Jennair was using a 20amp 4 wire (220volt) and the new Jennair is 3 wire 220volt. If your double oven is still in the use..you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replace old jennair cooktop with new unit, jennair cooktop, amp breaker
jennair cooktop, amp breaker, double oven: Hi Ron, It looks as if you would need a new cable run from the main panel to the new cooktop as the new unit eats up all the 40 amps that are available at the sub panel. The only way this might work is run a new 8/3 cable to the new cooktop off of the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replace old switchs, cold water pipe, robert wilber
cold water pipe, robert wilber, grounding wire: Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * LIFE SAFETY WARNING! [disclaimer] Electricity is dangerous! You can be injured or killed! Improper installations can cause fire, injury and death!Should you be doing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replace outdoor ac disconnect 240 v, bare wire, different perspective
bare wire, different perspective, white stripe: Lets look at it from a different perspective. There are 4 poles. 2 are line into the box, 2 are to the load after the disconnect. Are all four, red, red/w, black, and white on terminals that are paired. If the top two are black and white, that would be...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replace pull-chain light fixture, walk in closets, light fixture
walk in closets, light fixture, wall switch: Hi. Run a wire to the switch. At the switch, connect both wires to the switch terminals. At the fixture, disconnect the black wire from the fixture. Connect one wire to the black power coming in, and connect the other wire to the fixture. Put a piece...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replace pull switch on ceiling fan, ceiling fan light, chain switches
ceiling fan light, chain switches, casablanca fan: Hi Nancy, Just getting back from our Holiday vacation.... a day later then planned....sorry for the delay. Based on your description....your ceiling fan light uses a multi-contact pull switch....having 4 contact positions ( pos 1 = light 1 on,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replace toggle switch w/timed switch, screw post, outdoor porch
screw post, outdoor porch, screw terminals: The existing switch was used as a junction for a circuit to pass through. It most likely was the wire stabbed into the rear. The only three wires in question are the three black wires that were originally connected to the switch. With all three wires separated,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replace a wall outlet, circuit breaker, microwave
circuit breaker, microwave, caps: Hi Steve, Reference the 2 black wires not used, where connected together with a cap, or just a cap on each one? If they were connected together, they are probably being used and are just passing thru and should be put back the way they were. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replace all wall plugs & switches?, circuit breakers, wall plugs
circuit breakers, wall plugs, parallel series: Hi Sue, I hesitate to 2nd guess another electrician, but I think the price is WAY too high. If you are not having major problems with circuit breakers tripping, there is no need to change the existing outlets. It sounds like a scam to me! I could...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replace wiring in vandalized house, lee mason, aluminum wiring
lee mason, aluminum wiring, flex hose: Hi. First you may want to see if insurance covers it. If you are going to have professionals replace it, check with several electricians and plumbers and find one who is interested. Some may quote a very high price rather than saying no. If you are...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replaced 100amp- 125amp main, jeff c, supply house
jeff c, supply house, weak point: Hi. You should never replace a breaker with a larger one. The breaker is meant to be the weak point in the system, and if it is overloaded or shorted, the breaker trips. However, the weakest point in the system now could be your wire, which could overheat...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replaced 3 ways switch in stairs, 3 way switches, wire application
3 way switches, wire application, cable wires: Hi Paul, Based on your switch operation results - it appears you either have crossed travellers...or incorrect common wire application...or both - either will cause your scenario. One of first things I tell everybody when changing out and installing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replaced a ceiling light fixture, ceiling light fixture, light switch
ceiling light fixture, light switch, short circuit: That red wire may confuse things. It may be the switch wire, it may be a continuing circuit. More research to find the reason for the red wire. It may also be an optional fan wire if you used a fan in the location. It is temporarily abandoned. You will...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replaced old fixture, wattage, power source
wattage, power source, recess: Hi. You may have put them in series with each other. One way to tell is to unscrew the bulb in one fixture and see if the other fixture goes out. If not, it may be that recess lights were not the best choice. You can t exceed the recommended wattage....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replaced outlets, no power, wire nuts, flip switch
wire nuts, flip switch, loose wire: Hi. The wires go from one device to the next. If you have a loose wire, etc., then nothing past that will work. Be sure that none of the bridges between the screws are missing. These things can be hard to track down. Somewhere in the circuit, there...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replaced a standard light with a dimmer, wattage, light switch
wattage, light switch, bulbs: Hi Todd, The dimmer has probably gone bad. This is a common thing. When you replace it, add up the total wattage of the bulbs that it controls, and make sure the dimmer rating is big enough. The standard dimmer should be able to handle 600 to 700 watts...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replaceing blower wirer and main hot wire etc, infro, ac coil
infro, ac coil, ac unit: On almost any manufacturers web site there will be a section to order a new wiring diagram. You will need the model and serial numbers for the correct one. If you can not get it here, contact a Rheem installing contractor, they should be able to assist. Thanks,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replaceing Fluorescent Bulb, flourescent bulb, light glow
flourescent bulb, light glow, google: Touching the ballast is no hazard as long as the switch is off. eplacing the ballast can be quite a chore, so mark each colored wire of the ballast so you know where the wire goes before removing it. You will need to find an exact match as there are several...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacement of light., continuity tester, fixture wire
continuity tester, fixture wire, light fixture: Hi. It isn t easy to figure it out. You can tell the power entering by disconnecting the wires, and then testing which has power. I assume that one is a switch loop. You can buy a continuity tester, and see which wire has continuity when the switch...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacement of old wire in walls, wall sconces, good shape
wall sconces, good shape, rewiring: I have very little experience with that age, but if there were not fasteners used, then the wire would be free to pull. You might even have conduit runs in the brick. The trick is to remove a box and see if there is any pull to the wire. The other problem...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacement of outlet for new GFCI, residential dwellings, brass screws
residential dwellings, brass screws, gfci outlet: Start with a new recepticle. On the side with the green screw, that tab stays in tact. On the other side..brass screws...the tab is removed. Tear it off. The white/black source wires go on their respective screws. wht/silver blk/brass. The switch wiring...white...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing 20 amp with 15 amp, amp breaker, minute job
amp breaker, minute job, resonable price: Hi Melissa, I am assuming the Insp. means the circuit breaker needs to be a 15 amp. Switching breakers is about a 5 minute job. Shut off the breaker, disconnect the wire attached to it, snap out the 20 amp breaker, snap in the 15 amp breaker, attach...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing a 3 function switch in a bathroom, switch legs, double shift
switch legs, double shift, fan light: Hi Troy, Stopped by my office for coffee break....saw your follow-up. I m familiar with the Broan P66 (white) ....it s one of the more common 3 rocker switches we install. There are several other manufacturers of 3 switch assemblies....but they all...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing the 3-prong plug on my shampooer, carpet shampooer, home improvement center
carpet shampooer, home improvement center, prong plug: Hi Barbara, You can purchase a new end at any home improvement center. The wires on the shampooer will have 3 colors..black white and green On the new end plug, put the black wire on the dark colored screw, the white wire on the silver colored...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing 50amp range w/ 2 ovens, amp circuits, convection oven
amp circuits, convection oven, accessible thanks: Hi. You would have to have 2 15 amp circuits, not one big one. You could use a sub panel. There are different interpretation about accessibility with panels. I would think that inside a cabinet is not considered combustible, but an inspector may have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing 60 amp fuse panel, amp fuse, fuse panel
amp fuse, fuse panel, amp service: Just the loads you mention, a 60 amp subpanel should be adequate. You could upgrade to a 100 amp feeder probably, but a lot depends on what loads your service was built for, and if this 60 amp fuse panel you mention, was part of the original calculation....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing baseboard heater wall thermostat, programmable thermostat, wall thermostat
programmable thermostat, wall thermostat, themostat: Hi. As far as what is available, a HVAC expert may be better equipt to answer. You should have a four wire themostat, because you have two hot wires. I Googled the items and did not find any thermostats that you wanted. Unless the HVAC experts have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing bathroom light fixture, bathroom light fixture, work cuz
bathroom light fixture, work cuz, loose wire: Hi Delynn, When you said electricity came out of the switch, I am assuming you mean it sparked. If so, the problem is probably in the switch. It sounds like one of the wires attached to the switch came loose. You ll have to pull the switch out of the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing a breaker, tankless water heater, copper run
tankless water heater, copper run, new water: This is part of the problem when people want to upgrade the house. Your new water heater is going to require you to run new wire for it. You need to put in a #6 copper run. Typically it will be a romex type run from the panel box to the water heater,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: I am replacing a ceiling fan..., ceiling fan light, replacing a ceiling fan
ceiling fan light, replacing a ceiling fan, light combination: Hi Marcus. I would try the red to white combo. Was the existing fan/light on a switch? If so, the black wire might be the one switched. If you need a switch for the new fixture, this black wire might be the one to use. Good luck. Rick Miel...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing ceiling fan with ceiling light, ceiling light fixture, wall switch
ceiling light fixture, wall switch, ceiling fan: Hi. You always have to turn off the breaker or fuse to work on the wires. The wires frequently go to the fixture first before they go to the switch. Are you installing the fixture to the same wires as the fan? You should. I hope this helps. Bo...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing ceiling fan with ceiling light, bob osgood, master electrician
bob osgood, master electrician, fan location: Hi Steve, Just getting back to my office from the jobsite...saw your question in my inbox... Based on your description....your former ceiling fan was wired with 12/3 with ground romex wire. This is typically done in the event the user wants seperate...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing a ceiling fan with a flush mount light, replacing a ceiling fan, copper wire
replacing a ceiling fan, copper wire, cieling: Hi. The whites would connect together, and the grounds together. The black from the fixture would go to either the red or the black and then cap the other one off. If the fixture has two sockets with separate wires, you could actually make it so that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing ceiling fan, cobra style, wall switches
cobra style, wall switches, light switches: Hi. One thing comes to mind. I bought a similar switch, and did not realize the wall unit needed a battery. It could also be defective. As long as the fan works without the receiver, and doesn t work with it, and you wired it up the way the instructions...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing a ceiling fixture, incandescent light bulbs, compact flourescent lamps
incandescent light bulbs, compact flourescent lamps, bob osgood: Hi Shirley, Not sure what your asking...do you mean - can you replace a 1 bulb fixture with a 2 bulb fixture..? If so - yes if you are using standard bulbs - such as 60 or 75 watt incandescent (screw-in style) bulbs. If you use the new CFL s (compact...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing ceiling fixture, ceiling fixture, painting the ceiling
ceiling fixture, painting the ceiling, ground wires: OK, Since that switch controls that ceiling box we are working with, those black and white wires have to go from that switch to that ceiling box. That is why we heated up each black wire in the ceiling box and attempted to find which one it was in the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing ceiling fixture, professional electrician, ceiling fixture
professional electrician, ceiling fixture, kitchen ceiling: Hi Joe, Based on your description...it s not really clear what s going on here...you stated the ceiling wires came apart...were the 2 whites always tied together - and the two blacks being the wires the old kitchen fixture connected to..? Or - is this...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing ceiling light fixture insulation, ceiling light fixture, light bulbs
ceiling light fixture, light bulbs, kitchen ceiling: Hi Krista, Unless the fixture is very expensive or has sentimental value, I would advise replacing it with a new one. There may be wire damage that you can t see and this could cause future problems. If you want to keep it, recovering the old wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing ceiling light fixtures, ceiling light fixtures, first energy
ceiling light fixtures, first energy, ceiling lights: Hi. If you can see any of the exposed wire jacket, it would say NM-B rather than just NM. If the room was finished after 1990, it is probably the right thing. It may be hard to tell from the black and white conductors. The reason for this is because...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing a ceiling light, wire nuts, ceiling lights
wire nuts, ceiling lights, energy crisis: Hi. There really isn t any answer that anyone can give you other than rewiring your whole house. During the energy crisis of the 1970 s, people were insulating more and that trapped the heat in the light fixtures, and they were overheating. The code...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing a chandlier with 3 way circuit, new chandelier, light switches
new chandelier, light switches, chandlier: Hi. Unfotunately, there is no standard way to use colors to tell what went to what in a 3 way switch. However, I think it is a pretty safe bet to assume that the two white wires are where the chandalier connects to. The wire that comes from the switch...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing combination switch, bare wire, bathroom fan
bare wire, bathroom fan, proper position: I think we can get it going, but I don t have a real clear picture of your situation. The combo switch and outlet: this is a single over and under unit that takes up 1 space in the gang box, and switch controls the fan..correct? There is another switch...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing D. Room Chandelier, neutral wire, light switch
neutral wire, light switch, chandelier: Hi. You should turn the breaker off. Even if the switch was wired correctly, when you disconnect the white neutral wire, you could get a shock from feedback from other things on the circuit. It could also damage the dimmer if you have one. I hope this...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing d.r. hanging light fixture., hanging light fixtures, wood lathe
hanging light fixtures, wood lathe, work boxes: Good Morning David, Based on your description...this 80+ yr. old home still has the original wiring at this ceiling box...what appears to be cloth wrapped knob and tube (K-n-T) wiring which did not have a ground. I also note you didn t mention a box...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing a double light switch, double light switch, don beck
double light switch, don beck, voltage tester: Hi JAck, Unless you have some type of voltage tester, it will have to be trial and error. From the setup you describe, the Best Guess is all the white wires get wire nutted together. The remaining black wires should be.. 1 hot coming in 1...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing electric heat thermostat, speedy reply, 220 volt
speedy reply, 220 volt, radiant ceiling: Hi Sue, Then the heat is all 220 volt. So, you can select any thermostat that says it s: 220 Volt, double pole, and rated for at least 22 amps. All this information should be on the box that the thermostat comes in. Most home centers will have a wide...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing a faceplate with a timer, face plates, dumb question
face plates, dumb question, knobs: Hi Tonya, If you are speaking of the knobs that are on some type of shaft that sticks out thru the plate, most all are held in place by just friction and should be able to be pried off. Some guys, however, glue them on..why I ll never understand. If...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing fixtures, fixture wire, junction boxes
fixture wire, junction boxes, light fixtures: Hi. When working in any junction box, I recommend that people do not disturb any wires they don t need to disturb, and replace the device exacly the way the old one is. If the electrician did things the normal way, then the black fixture wire goes to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing a four wire ceiling fan with a two wire light, educated guess, bare wire
educated guess, bare wire, live wire: Hi Gary, Without testing the wires I can only make an educated guess. I would cap the black off. If you feel the sides of the zip cord on the fixture one side will have several ridges on the side of it, hook the white wire to that one, the red wire to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing hallway light fixtures, fire detection system, hallway light
fire detection system, hallway light, scary noise: There shouldnt be a Yellow wire. Yellow is indicative of a smoke/fire detection system. I would suggest you tackle a different light and see if it reveals the same situation. If it does...call the electrician. If it seems more normal, black and white wires....you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing hard wired range to outlet style, clock timer, brass screws
clock timer, brass screws, neutral wire: If the new range were 3 wire...then the blk and blk go the the brass screws on the receptacle and the bare copper goes on the green screw. If the new range is 4 wires...blk, blk, white, and bare..you may not be able to use it. If there is a clock timer...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing knob and tube, gfci outlets, rules of thumb
gfci outlets, rules of thumb, romex: Hi James, If you aren t going to be occupying the house while this is going on, I d suggest taking out as much of the old wiring as you can and start from scratch, wiring 1 room at a time. The way things are today, using all 20 amp circuits and 12...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing light fixture, electrician check, fluorescent light fixture
electrician check, fluorescent light fixture, wiring diagrams: Hi Dave. Could it be possible that the additional wire coming into the fluorescent fixture is coming from a switch, instead of from the sink light? You may have to verify what the wires are before getting it hooked up correctly. If you can t figure...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing light fixture, hot wire, two blacks
hot wire, two blacks, light fixture: Hi. Whenever you replace a light fixture, always wire it the same as the old. There are 3 wires coming from the 3 way switch, and they are all hot, so one white wire ends up becoming hot. If you forgot which white wire was the hot wire, put a tester...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing light fixture, light fixture, vickie
light fixture, vickie, vanity: Hi Vickie. I am presuming that the new four light fitting is a combined unit as if this is the case then you should be able to connect it to the existing wiring without any problems. Hope this helps you out,if you need any further help i will be more than...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing a light fixture-flo to halogen, halogen track, fixture wire
halogen track, fixture wire, wire hook: Stace The green & white wire is still a ground wire hook thaty up to the ground. Is there a switch for this light if there is one that what the red wire is used for. If you hook the black wire to the black the light will stay on all of the time. Thank...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing a light fixture in an old house, circulation fan, air circulation
circulation fan, air circulation, remodeling a bathroom: Ryan First see what else is on this circuit so you know if you can add more of a load the light wont be bad it is the outlet as sometime s a hairdryer may be plugged in and that takes a lot of power.Find the incoming wire to that room to see home many wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing light fixture in older home, copper wire, bare wire
copper wire, bare wire, light fixture: Hi Lisa, Tape up the bare wire, as you won t be using it. Connect the 2 remaining wires of the new fixture to the existing wires in the ceiling, 1 on each wire. If you are up to it, a ceiling box should be added to house the existing wires and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing light fixture, outdoor light fixture, check voltage
outdoor light fixture, check voltage, inch strip: Just because your tester lights up may indicate that there is voltage there, however it may not be enough voltage. I would cut the ends off the wire about an inch, strip them and test them with a meter. Cheap 1 about $10.00 at Lowe s, Menards, Home Depot,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing light switch, recepticle, light switches
recepticle, light switches, dimmer switch: It sounds like you have a switched recepticle in the equation. It makes the connections more difficult to diagnos. You will need to pull that recepticle out and determine which wires go to the switch. Then you will know which wires can be put back on, and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing light switch, pull switch, poor connections
pull switch, poor connections, mrs wilson: Afternoon Mr / Mrs Wilson, From your question i assume you want to replace a wall switch. Your old one is dangerous? i wonder what you mean by that. Do you get shocked when you turn it on / off? You mention pull switch....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing main breaker, switch type, electrical supply
switch type, electrical supply, electrical contractors: Hi Robert, That could be a big problem to locate. Even if you find one, it will probably be used and you may be getting something that isn t much better than what you have. You could try some local electrical Contractors as they may have something that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing meter,mast and weatherhead, meter mast, mast head
meter mast, mast head, overhead clearance: Typically you need 36 above the roof. You want a minimum of 10 of overhead clearance at the house. It may need to go up from there to the power pole. You need 2 rigid conduit from the meter to mast head. You may need a mast brace kit, if you exceed...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: I am replacing an old electric..., wire jumper, metal bond
wire jumper, metal bond, heating elements: Hi Spencer, Just stopped back by the office...saw your question come in.. The Code change was made to be enforced in NEW contruction..(and in fact is now required in all new construction)..but the change from 3 wire to 4 wire can be done at ANY time...even...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing old electrical toggle, garbage disposal, hi bob
garbage disposal, hi bob, polarity: Hi Audra, Was fixing to retire for the evening...saw your e-mail come in. You ve lost me a little with the description of your disposal switch...are you describing the old round surface mount toggle switches..(popular in pre-1960 homes with 2 wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing old oven/stove combo with 2 separate units, amp breaker, new appliances
amp breaker, new appliances, wall oven: Hi again. When I gave you the link, it was to show you the answers to a simiar problem that electricians were talking about. I didn t mean that you shoud ask. I am sorry I did not make that clear. Bob Hi Whenever I am not sure of the answer,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing an old spring thermostat with a new digital, honeywell model, programmable thermostat
honeywell model, programmable thermostat, heating elements: Mira Terminated means they are on the screws or on some sort of connection to the heat unit.If there is a terminal strip or bundle of wires at the furnace where the thermostat wires connect, how are they all labeled? You only have 3 wires you will need 4...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing old thermostat, honeywell model, 220 volt
honeywell model, 220 volt, thermostat: Hi. A 220 volt thermostat is nothing more than a double pole single throw switch. Do you have the instructions? It should tell you where the wires go to. The two hot wires will be the line. The other wires will be the load. It may be marked on the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing an old wall oven and cook top with a 1 piece combo, amp breaker, prong plug
amp breaker, prong plug, amp capacity: Not knowing exactly all that is involved I cannot really comment on the estimate. I do not have the literature for the oven so I cannot comment on the amperage required. If it says 40 amps then I have to belief it from where I am sitting. You are correct,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing old wiring mounded up in junction boxes, junction boxes, wire nuts
junction boxes, wire nuts, hot lines: Hi Chris, If I understand your question correctly, you want to reconnect the wires, but use 2 junction boxes so they aren t as cramped. All you need to do is find the main hot feeder, and connect the new black and white feed for the 2nd junction box...

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

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing outlets, loose connection, prong
loose connection, prong, receptacles: Hello Brian. It has to be a loose connection. You may have to pull out each device and see where the loose connection is. Start at the one closest to the panel. As a matter of information, it is not legal by code to replace a two prong with a three unless...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing outlets, outlet boxes, knob and tube
outlet boxes, knob and tube, copper wire: Hi Anita, Typically....if a building has only 2 prong receptacle outlets....with no ground prong...then it was wired decades ago before the ground wire became mandatory. Generally this also means that the power wires to the receptacle outlet boxes were...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing pool time clock, amp circuit breaker, gfci receptacle
amp circuit breaker, gfci receptacle, amp light: If you install a 2-pole, 20 amp breaker as a main breaker in this new panel, you should be allright using the 125a load center. Don t use the main lugs, as they will be too large to accept #12 wires. You should be allright using the smaller sized neutral....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing power cord on dryer, maytag neptune, maytag dryer
maytag neptune, maytag dryer, distinct connection: Good Morning Ken, Based on your description...you are upgrading this Maytag dryer to the now Code required (as of Jan 2005 on all new installations) 4 wire cord and plug. The main difference between the former 3 wire cord and the 4 wire is the seperation...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing range, three connector 220, electrical questions, thanks for your help
electrical questions, thanks for your help: Hi Jim, Thanks for following-up....and for the kind words and rating....glad I could be of help and that everything worked out. Please feel free to drop me a line in the future if you have any additional electrical questions...and I ll do what I...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing receptacles in mobile home, three walls, light switch
three walls, light switch, receptacles: The trouble with Mobile homes...they are not wired as a normal dwelling. I really would have a search going to find the manner in which your situation works. It may be just a matter of tracing which wire goes where and then attach the correct wire to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing recessed lighting, light canopy, don beck
light canopy, don beck, ceiling joist: Hi, If you can get above the recess light, you should be able to see how it is secured and be able to remove it. If you can t get above the recess light, you may want to consider leaving the recess can in place and use it to support the new hanging light,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing rotary switch on a 1940s table lamp, lamp wires, rotary switch
lamp wires, rotary switch, circuit breaker: One of the wires from the cord will go to the switch. One will go to the lights. The there should be another one from the switch to the lights. Of the two connecting to the lights one is the neutral and one is considered the switch leg. They should not tie...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing switch/receptacle, switch unit, swithes
switch unit, swithes, overhead light: Hi. An electrician may have them. They usually don t like for people to buy their own things. However, if you do, any electrical supply house would have it. That is where electricians buy their supplies. You can check online or in the yellow pages...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing switch w/ switch outlet combo, switch legs, switch one
switch legs, switch one, power outlets: Ron Correct me if I am wrong,what you are saying is that you have only 2 wires in the switch box a white and a black? If this is the case you can not install a combo sw/outlet as those wires are only the switch legs. You would have to install a outlet in...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing a three way switch with an outlet, terminal screws, brass screw
terminal screws, brass screw, wire nut: Hello Pat. The first thing to determine is which two wires to connect together for the second switch to operate correctly. The red wire on the switch is the common hot wire. Pull the switch out and connect the red wire to one of the black wires and see if...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing wall switches, wire a 3 way switch, rotary switches
wire a 3 way switch, rotary switches, wall switches: Hi. Be sure when you remove any old switches and dimmers, that you remember how it was wired. Only disconnect wires that go to the switches. A single pole switch or dimmer has 2 wires or screws and it does not matter which one goes where. If there...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacment of lights, earth witch, fixture wire
earth witch, fixture wire, incoming power: Ah, you have made the dreaded breaker tester, but fear not fixing this is easy. Turn off the breaker and remove and wirenut seperately 1 set of black and white wires. Leave the other black and white connected to the light. Turn the breaker back on and see...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: reply w/ more info on pwrw/ 2pole wiring, wire cable, sheathing
wire cable, sheathing, switch box: Your explanation is a bit confusing. I take it, you have a 2 wire cable that is the power IN, a 2 wire cable that is the power OUT to a receptacle, and a 2 wire cable that is power OUT to a light. All 3 cables are in a box, with one single pole switch, for...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rerouting wires, building a closet, gauge wire
building a closet, gauge wire, 12 gauge: Hi. Any connections have to be made in a junction box, and the junction box can not be buried behind sheetrock. About the only thing you can do is to cut the wires (with the power off of course) and put two junction boxes on either end of the area, and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: res. wiring 120/240 lights flickering when appliance dishwasher 120, dryer 240 , stove 240, are on., crackling, washing machine
crackling, washing machine, dishwasher: Rich: Many thing can cause this. You need the help of a friend. You stand by the panel when its quiet, have the other person turn off and on the appliances one at a time leave on until they are all on. Listen close to the panel any buzzing or crackling. A...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: resdential wiring - power outage, hallway lights, happy holidays
hallway lights, happy holidays, vaccuum: You need to check this circuit from the breaker through each junction box. My guess would be you lost a neutral for some reason. So you will need to check voltage both hot to neutral and hot to ground. Also, I would check to see if the bathroom GFCI is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: how to reset floodlight with motion sensor, manual mode, motion lights
manual mode, motion lights, instruction booklet: HI Cathy, I believe these lights have a manual mode. But different motion lights have different ways of triggering manual mode. Try turning the power off at the breaker for bout an hour. Then turn the power back on with the switch up. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: reset on outlet keeps popping, receptacle, reset button
receptacle, reset button, hair dryer: If the receptacle is tripping with the microwave plugged in, there is something in the microwave or the receptacle is faulty. Try unplugging the microwave and plug in a hair dryer or some other device and see if it trips. This will either eliminate the receptacle...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: How to reset the outlet power connection?, proper test equipment, don beck
proper test equipment, don beck, reset button: Vijay, Press the test button first, then the reset. If the outlet resets, the tab should be flush with the front of the outlet, and there should be power. If there isn t any power after the reset, check the breaker panel. If you aren t sure which breaker...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: How to reset the outlet power connection?, gfi receptacle, test button
gfi receptacle, test button, reset button: Vijay, Try pushing in the button that says reset and you SHOULD get your receptacles working again. Now if that does not work try pushing the test button and see if the reset button pops out. If nothing happens you might have a bad GFI receptacle or it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: reset outlets buzzing, microwave circuit, blow dryer
microwave circuit, blow dryer, buzzes: You are correct on both counts. There is an air intake on the hair dryer, be sure it is not clogged with lint, you can take a needle and scrape the lint out of the vent areas. If it still operates slowly, the motor is burning out and I would stop using it....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Cannot reset a tripped breaker, adam lee, circuit breaker
adam lee, circuit breaker, what the heck: Adam, If the cover over the breakers is installed properly, it should not interfere with the breaker toggle movement. Put a little force behind it when trying to shut it off. You should hear or feel it lock into the off position. If this doesn t...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: resetting dusk to dawn security light, dusk to dawn light, dusk to dawn
dusk to dawn light, dusk to dawn, security light: It sounds like you have the typical 3-way lighting set-up, where two switches control one fixture, but the dusk-to-dawn light also typically has a photocell that turns the light on at sunset, and off at sunrise...no switches needed. Both switches would...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: residential 100amp fused panel, hot water heater, amp fuse
hot water heater, amp fuse, fuse boxes: Hi Waverly. Most 100 amp fuse boxes have places to take a large load from the buss, either from the main fuseblock directly, or by using a 60 amp fuseblock. If you can do this, then yes you can take it to a breaker panel which will then feed the well and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: residential addition wiring, new porch, porch light
new porch, porch light, light cable: You said a former porch light (now interior) provides power to the former switch location, and then you indicated that that incoming power was 2 wire. Are you sure you have power on those two wires, and they were not just the feed and return for the light?...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: residential dimmer switches, home repair business, added resistance
home repair business, added resistance, switch legs: My only thought here is that your circuit is at, or approaching maximum capacity (500 watts on a 600 watt dimmer) with just the lamp alone, and does not take into account the added resistance in the circuit if the dimmer is turned down low. I d change the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: residential electric wiring, electrical devices, power outlets
electrical devices, power outlets, loose connection: If you do not feel comfortable working with electrical devices, do not follow these instructions. Take the screws out of the devices and pull them out of the wall by 1 or 2 . Use a testor, (available in most stores) and find the last connection that the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: residential electrical problem, amp circuit breaker, middle georgia area
amp circuit breaker, middle georgia area, clothes irons: Hi Tony, Actually, most clothes irons draw somewhere between 10 and 12 amps. So it may be small in size, but it is not small when it comes to amp draw. If the electrician wired up your bedroom on a 15 amp circuit and your iron draws 10-12 amps, that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: residential electrical problem, middle georgia area, toilet area
middle georgia area, toilet area, electrical problem: Hi Tony, This sounds like a wire that is connected to an outlet is not as tight as it should be. Shut the breaker off for this outlet and make note of all the other outlets that are now off. Each one should opened and the connections to the outlet tightened...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: residential electrical problem, qualified electrician, dead leg
qualified electrician, dead leg, main switch: Russell, you have three wires feeding your house. Two of them are normally hot. One of these is evidently dead. When you turn on a 240volt appliance, the dead leg is backfed through the appliance. The most probable cause is the main switch. If you have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: residential electrical short, loose wire, couple minutes
loose wire, couple minutes, washer and dryer: Hi. I don t think it is a short, because if it were, the breaker would trip. It is probably either an overload or a loose wire. Vacuums and hair dryers use a lot of electricity. The washer is supposed to be on its own circuit. If it isn t, you can t...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: residential electrical wiring methods, branch circuits, wooden strips
branch circuits, wooden strips, attic space: Hi George. If the cables are seperated any, such as 1/4 to 1/2 between the cables, and no place along the run are they bundled together for more the 24 , you will be alright. If they are tied togeher for more than 24 , without any seperation, then you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: residential electrical, third world country, cebu philippines
third world country, cebu philippines, noticable: Frist, shut off your Main breaker and then go check your meter to see if it is still recording voltage. If it is then oviously they have tapped into the wrong wires. From what you said, I think you are correct. If so, run new wires from the meter to your...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: residential grounds, residential dwellings, water present
residential dwellings, water present, critical areas: Hi Rob, Not being in Calif. I wouldn t be able to pin down when the grounded outlets became mandatory. Grounded systems were introduced and became the norm, in most areas, in the early to late 60 s. It would be very difficult to ground a complete home...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: residential light fixture wiring, kitchen light, dear don
kitchen light, dear don, ohm meter: Hi Chris, Everything is hooked up properly. The only thing left to try is replacing the switch, it may be defective. You ll know as soon as you take one of the wires off the switch, the lite should go out. If this happens, the switch is bad and needs to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: residential light fixture wiring, incoming power, kitchen light
incoming power, kitchen light, overhead light: Ok the incoming power black white and bare attach to the black white and bare of the receptacle. Attach the white wire going to the switch to the black wire of the incoming power. Attach the black wire from the switch to the black wire of the light. Attach...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: residential light switch, light switch, dangerous situation
light switch, dangerous situation, ballast: What type of light bulb are you using? If it is incandescent, you may need to replace the switch. If it is florescent, then it may be the ballast, starter (if applicable), or the bulbs. If it is florescent and that old, it should be time to replace...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: residential light switch, wire nut, dimmer switch
wire nut, dimmer switch, light switch: ROSE To me it sounds like the dimmer switch may be bad to verify this you will have to remove the switch after you turn off the power to that circuit, then take the 2 wires that are going to the dimmer and wire nut them together. Go back and turn on the power...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: residential service panelboard location, amp circuit breaker, amp fuse
amp circuit breaker, amp fuse, fuse box: Hi Joe. You asked: Would placing the new panel in the current fuse box location be a code violation? It is a violation to place a breaker box in a closet. You asked: Is this considered a damp location? A finished basement is not a damp location....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: residential service vs transformer, amp service, renos
amp service, renos, hi mike: Hi Mike, Your 125 amp service may big enough for the addition, depending on how many new heavy duty devices you are planning on installing lie, Central air, elect heat, dryer, stove, water heater etc. Once you determine if you have to go to a larger...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: residential sub-panels, grounding wire, code states
grounding wire, code states, hot wire: Hi Bob. The elecrical code states that the grounding wire and the grounded wire (neutral) is to be connected only at the main panel. All other locations are required to be seperated, whether it is an outlet, a switch or a panel. You are required to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: residential subpanel feeder sizing, ufer ground, electrode system
ufer ground, electrode system, authority having jurisdiction: Doesn t matter what the insulation rating is The TERMINATIONS at the breaker are only 60 degree [most aren t 75 degreee either], so EVERYTHING has to be based on the 60 degree temperature rating [lowest rated component]. Multiple ground rods is good, if...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: residential wiring, amp circuits, amp circuit
amp circuits, amp circuit, hair dryers: You are both correct, unfortunately for you there will be little that can be done now. I am certain the circuit you are using is a 15 amp circuit. An iron or a simple hair dryer will pull over 10 amps. By use of #14 wire, which is totally within code, this...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: residential wiring/remodeling, amp circuits, garbage compactor
amp circuits, garbage compactor, branch circuits: Alan, Section 210.5(B) requires two or MORE 20 ampere circuits for all receptacle outlets for the small appliance loads, including refrigeration equipment, in the kitchen, dinning room, pantry, and breakfast room of a dweling unit.The counter top receptacle...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: residual voltage, residual voltage, general lighting
residual voltage, general lighting, long distances: Being that you have a 3 way switch, two of the wires are known as travelers and the other is either the hot or the switch leg. The voltage you are measuring is commonly known as induced voltage. This occurs in A/C voltage circuits which travel long distances...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: who's responsible?, drip loop, overhead wire
drip loop, overhead wire, service entrance: Hi Jason. You need to get the correct names of the equipment, then contact the power company (or the electrician) again. The overhead wire that comes to your house is called the service drop. It will attach to an insulator (sometimes called a house...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: retreiving a lost door bell wire inside the exterior wall, bell wire, fishing expedition
bell wire, fishing expedition, previous question: Richard, A small wire with a small hook on the end may be your only hope. You may be able to stick the wire into the hole and snag the wire. You do risk, however, forcing the wire even farther down in the hole. The only other possibility is to open...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: reverse polarity, reverse polarity, silver screw
reverse polarity, silver screw, brass screw: Reversed polarity is simply having the black and white wires on the wrong terminals. Black goes on the right, as you re facing the receptacle (brass screw), white goes on the left (silver screw). Turn off your breaker and you can reverse the wires yourself...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Can reversed electrical outlet hurt a TV?, cable boxes, electrical outlet
cable boxes, electrical outlet, first tv: Hi Kevin, I have never run across this before, but if you have tried everything else, correcting the polarity on the outlets is a good shot to try. It may not be the outlet that the TV is plugged into that is causing the problem but something upstream...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: reversed polarity, reversed polarity, brass screw
reversed polarity, brass screw, screw out: Allen, It is possible. Most of these things occur upstream and should be checked first. Then, if nothing is resolved, we check downstream. If it is downstream and feeding back against the flow, then all the outlets upstream should give the bad reading...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: reversed wiring problem, champion juicer, prong plug
champion juicer, prong plug, hp motor: Sorry, I don t have a clue what the battery size thingie is, capacitor, coil, gremlin motel ... ...however, this is an alternating current motor and it shouldn t make a difference [mechanically] that you wired the hot and neutral backwards [really, really]...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: reversing direction of electric motor, marathon electric, voltage connections
marathon electric, voltage connections, ball bearings: control, The connection that says control means that this motor belonged on something that took voltage from a jumper on the motor connection block for control of something unknown, like a gas valve, pressure switch, hard to tell. My shop e-mail is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: reversing white and black wires, surge supressor, window air conditioner
surge supressor, window air conditioner, digital thermostat: Hi. First of all, is the air conditioner 220 volts? If it is, both wires are hot and you have no neutral (white). I don t think it matters too much on an air conditoner if you mix up the hot and neutral. That is getting more into the area of appliance...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewire ac outlet, volt unit, volt outlets
volt unit, volt outlets, don walter: Walter, I would run a 12/2 with ground for the new wire and attach it to a 20 amp, double pole breaker. This is a little more than you will need, but it will be big enough should you want to go a larger A/C sometime in the future. You may as well only...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewire ceiling fan/light back to just light, ceiling fan light, wall switches
ceiling fan light, wall switches, many different ways: Hello Gary, You got 2 cables in your light box, One is the feed and the other is the switch leg (going to the switch). You want to connect the blacks together in a wire nut. And seperate the whites putting each one to a wire on your...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewire electrical outlet to include on off switch, brass screws, jumper wire
brass screws, jumper wire, electrical outlet: Hi Joseph, According to the National Electric Code, the lights and the outlets can t be on the same circuit in a kitchen. However, the people who write the code don t have to spend a lot of money like we do when changing something. So, keeping in mind...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: To rewire or not rewire?, fuse box, 2d floor
fuse box, 2d floor, slab foundation: Yes it requires rewiring, and no a good electrician should not need to remove any drywall, other that what is needed to install the new receptacle box, which is the size of the box. The only place this is not true, is on a slab foundation with a 2d floor,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: To rewire or not to rewire, lighting circuits, copper pipe
lighting circuits, copper pipe, armored cable: Hi B.N. Since I m not spending the money, I would re wire from scratch. The 1st thing is, the main panel and wires coming into should be changed to 200 amp. This is the 1 big expense, but the most needed. Then it a a matter of re wiring 1 room at a time....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewiring, knob and tube, recepts
knob and tube, recepts, incoming power: Find the incoming power to the bedrooms. Run a new wire from there to both locations. DO NOT attach to the knob and tube you will create a fire hazard. Run new wire from the panel. If you attach to knob and tube your fire insurance will NOT cover a loss....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewiring, drywall repair, sole plate
drywall repair, sole plate, rewire: Unless you are experiencing problems, there is no reason to rewire a house once it s been done. 40, or 400 years old. Any changes or revisions to your existing wiring when selling your home, would only have to be done to what is VISIBLE, not what is within...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewiring 220v plug for 110v, amp breaker, spare slot
amp breaker, spare slot, 110v outlet: Hi Charles, Based on your description...you may be further ahead just pulling a new run of 12/2 w/gr. wire to the cooktop receptacle outlet location...either way you ll need to make changes at both ends of the run. Typically....10/3 with ground is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewiring 240V circuits- residential, condenser unit, arc fault
condenser unit, arc fault, bedroom lighting: Larry: Air HAndler: You can use 8/2, or just cap off the neutral in the disconnect. Condenser: 10/2 will be fine. Range: Fine sounds good. Dryer: A.O.K. Ark Fault: For each breaker run a seperate, dedicated neutral circuit 14/2 is fine for 15amp breaker,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewiring, loose wires, electrical inspection
loose wires, electrical inspection, electrical inspector: Hi Carl. Usually an electrical inspection will cover visable problems, such as loose wires, broken insulation and the such. Tracing each cable is not part of the inspection. Call your local inspection department to see just what they will inspect. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewiring, electrical inspector, rule of thumb
electrical inspector, rule of thumb, electrical wire: Hi Bryan, Doing this yourself would save a lot of money, but it is quite an undertaking unless you are willing to open up the walls and the ceilings to get access to the old wire. There is no simple rule of thumb. It s a matter of pulling out all the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewiring, gas water heater, electric water heater
gas water heater, electric water heater, electric furnace: well first a gas water heater/ gas furnace is completely different than an electric water heater or electric furnace. so replacing them would be costly to begin with. you cant just convert one to another, you have to buy a new one. and then you have to run...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewiring a bathroom, strip lighting, romex
strip lighting, romex, strip light: You did fine, this is standard wiring practice. From the first switch, a run of romex to the light, black/white/ground and connect the lights black/white/ground. In the same practice another run of romex from that light to the fan and same connections....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewiring a bathroom, strip lighting, strip light
strip lighting, strip light, medicine cabinet: Hi Mike, I think I got the drift of what your goal is....2 switches ..1 for an exhaust fan and a lite...the other for a different lite. Switch box: Black feed wire goes 1 screw of each switch. black to fan onto other screw of switch 1 black...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewiring two-bulb sconce, gauge wires, lamp holder
gauge wires, lamp holder, tight fit: Ron: The 18 gage size is ok, just be sure the insulation is rated for the 120volts not like speaker wire. Each lamp holder will need 2 wires for them to the center. then you need the white and black from the wall. Your going to wire them in parall, that is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewiring circuits that are doubled up, qualified electrician, electrical circuits
qualified electrician, electrical circuits, kitchen appliances: Hi Marcy, Unless you have a good working knowledge of electricity, electrical circuits and the National Electric Code, this i something I suggest you don t attempt yourself. It s going to take a complete rewiring of the home and this should only be...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewiring floor lamp, rotary switch, exact notes
rotary switch, exact notes, hot wire: Hi Bill, Without some type of wiring diagram that fits this lamp, it s a matter of trial and error. In most lamps, the black wire of the rotary switch gets connected to the hot wire of the plug. After that it s just a matter of trying different...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewiring fuse box, fuse box, 220v receptacle
fuse box, 220v receptacle, guage: Hi. People get so concerned about voltage, they forget about amperage. Be sure that the wire is thick enough to handle the amperage of the new air conditioner. Fourteen guage for 15 amps and 12 guage for 20 amps. Yes, to change the voltage, just get...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewiring a house, bedroom ranch, baths
bedroom ranch, baths: Hi. I really don t see the need to rewire a house that is only 20 years old. It is rare that a whole house would be rewired. Once the demand outstrips the capacity of the main panel, then it may need to be replaced. When a section of the house is remodeled,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewiring junction box, neutral wire, volts
neutral wire, volts, doorway: Hi. If you cut a white wire, then you get feedback from it. You will probably find something in your house not working. The voltage you are getting is from a black wire going to a device, but not having a neutral wire to return back to the panel. I...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewiring kitchen to add ceiling fan, drywall ceiling, light switches
drywall ceiling, light switches, lightswitch: We should be able to feed the new device off the wires that are already in the wall box, so we don t need to run anything back to the breaker panel. If you get a wire from the new device in the ceiling down into the existing switch box, we can fire it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewiring light ballast, light ballast, watt light
light ballast, watt light, couple hundred: Only if the ballast is a multitap, 120, 208, 277, 480 volt ballast. If not it will have to have a new 120 volt ballast installed. A lot of the newer fixtures are multitap, the easist way is to open the ballast area and see what the wires in there are marked....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewiring an old home, home improvement books, enforcement inspector
home improvement books, enforcement inspector, proper guidance: Hi James, Not knowing where you live I can t say whether you need conduit or if Romex is allowed. I would talk to your local code enforcement inspector to get the requirements for your local area. It is really not all that difficult to do in most cases, and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewiring old house, hollow walls, metal conduit
hollow walls, metal conduit, cables: Hi Arthur, I could be a great help to you in this undertaking as I have done exactly this type of thin hundreds of time and have learned a few tricks along the way. This may require a few e mails back and forth so if you contact me at : WWW.helpelectrician.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewiring an old house, amp breaker, don beck
amp breaker, don beck, interior wiring: Hi Eael, If you have the minimum amount of electrical appliances, a 100 amp main service should do fine. This requires # 3 wires for the main feed from the power company to your panel. If you intend to have a lot of major appliances, I would go with a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewiring outlets, aluminum wiring, afci breakers
aluminum wiring, afci breakers, lowe s: Hi. Yes, there are special outlets and switches for aluminum wiring. There aren t many choices, but I think every Home Depot and Lowe s sells the basics. They are labeled Co/Alr, and should say for aluminum wiring. Be sure you follow the directions...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewiring/plugs., volt input, volt system
volt input, volt system, hz cycle: Hi John (JC), You may be able to use your Aussie lamps in Canada....with a few modifications. Here in the USA (and most of Canada) we use a 120 volt 60 Hz system...(Australia has a 230 volt 50 Hz) having 120 volts from the hot wire (typically black)...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewiring sconces for direct connection, wall scones, sconces
wall scones, sconces, electrician: It sounds as if you have to do this yourself after the house is complete. It s a matter or running a 14/2 wire from the closet light, and down the wall where you want the sconces. You install a wall box in the wall at the correct locations and then connect...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewiring second floor, window ac units, duplex receptacles
window ac units, duplex receptacles, hi tim: Hi Tim, The only issue with your approach is that any one who may be working in that box (in the future) would need to know that there are two completely seperate circuits available in that box...and that one breaker does not control all the power to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewiring switch/outlet, present box, proper connections
present box, proper connections, ratz: A look around the attic above that room may reveal that it is possible. It s a matter of tracing the wire that exists from the light down to the switch and trying to run another wire along side of it. You probably can see where the wire goes down the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewiring switches for swim. Pool pumps, toggle switches, pool pumps
toggle switches, pool pumps, pool sweep: HI Jerry, You replaced these timers just because they were worn out. Not broken. Correct? I mean did the sweeper work before you replaced the switches? And are you asking how to tell a 110 motor from a 220V just by looking at the cord? ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: How would I go about rewiring..., receptacle, heather
receptacle, heather, colors: If the receptacle is now on a switch, there are not enough wires to allow one side to stay on. Remove the switch cover, or the receptacle cover and let me know what wires and the colors are there and what they connect to, and I can tell you if this can be...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rhahn@hahnsecurities.com, electrical service, power source
electrical service, power source, feeder: I would go from the nearest power source...your panel and head for the property line and run UF cable to your site. Depending on the size of service you need, you might be able to run 10/3 UF (underground feeder) to a point where you can put a piece of conduit...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rheostat problem, installing a light fixture, fan light
installing a light fixture, fan light, bypasses: Hi. Check your wiring. The black power in connects to one wire of the dimmer, the black wire to the light goes to the other. The white bypasses it. If it is wired correctly, then the dimmer is probably defective, which is not unusual. They are temperamental....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: romex 6-3 NMB, gfci breaker, pvc conduit
gfci breaker, pvc conduit, foot roll: There really isn t anything that specifies the conduit fill for NBM romex. I would spend a little extra money to go up to 1 1/4 or even 1 1/2 PVC for ease of getting the wire in the raceway. If you decide to stick with 1 PVC you might want to try using...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ?from romex into conduit to service panel, romex wire, 12 gauge
romex wire, 12 gauge, plastic boxes: Hi Jed. You can use bare or insulated wire (it would have to be green), and it should be #12 if that is the largest wire you ran. You can also use just the conduit, attaching the bare romex wire to it using an approved method, such as a tapped hole and bolt....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: romex re-use, furnace duct, chicage
furnace duct, chicage, little chicago: Andy, you can install this cable right next to, touching, or within the insulation, without any adverse effects. The main reason for the conduit requirement in Chicage is Mrs. Brown s cow, which, as you know, kicked over the oil-light, causing a fire. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: romex support, roxbury connecticut, guest bedroom
roxbury connecticut, guest bedroom, seperately: Nate, You can t bundle those Romex home runs together, you have to staple them individually to the beam, next to one another. You can staple them as close to each other as you can get them. If they are going to be seen and you want them to look neat I...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: romex wiring, monroe county pennsylvania, robert wilber
monroe county pennsylvania, robert wilber, authority having jurisdiction: Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * Non-metallic sheathed cable [Romex is a brand name, like Kleenex ...] is an acceptable wiring method as permitted in NEC Article 334.10, subject to approval of the authority...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: the room, rule of thumb, volt
rule of thumb, volt, amp: Hi Sean, A lot depends on what the outlets are going to be used for. The rule of thumb, is 8 outlets per circuit. IF you are going to plug anything in that heats, cools or has a motor, then you should cut back the number from 8 taking 2 outlets off...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: room AC specks, seer rating, comfort aire
seer rating, comfort aire, kwhr: Well Dennis, this is a difficult question to answer because there are so many variables. I would think you should be most concerned with the SEER rating of the unit, rather than whether it draws 6/10 of an amp more or less. How many times does the unit...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: room a/c 220v, amp breaker, frigidare
amp breaker, frigidare, receptacle: There is not a receptacle as you describe. You will need to purchase a 2 pole 15 amp breaker to replace the two separate breakers currently in the panel. It will not matter which wire goes to which side of the new breaker, just use the two wires that are on...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: One room went "dark", gfci receptacle, hunt and peck
gfci receptacle, hunt and peck, power outlets: First, turn the breaker off and then back on. It may be tripped and not visible. Second, make sure you have no GFCI receptacle that may have tripped out. Lastly, is it an entire circuit, or just part of it? How do you know? If it s just one bedroom,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no room power, don beck, neutral position
don beck, neutral position, power outlets: Hi Jim, The possible causes for this problem are numerous, so instead of listing them all, let s try them 1 at a time. First, recheck the breakers. When a breaker trips it goes to a neutral position, and not to an off position. Sometimes, while in...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: room receptacles and lights, zero ohms, double wide mobile home
zero ohms, double wide mobile home, broken wires: You say you got two outlets to work. Are they the two that show voltage but will not operate anything plugged into them? Here is how I would approach this: (Actually I would pull out my tracer and quickly find the broken wire, but lets pretend I...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: two rooms half power, professional electrician, circuts
professional electrician, circuts, best guess: My best guess is that you lost 1 leg of the incoming service either inside the panel or at the service entrance, perhaps even at the pole or underground box. To see if you have power while looking at your breakers 1, 5, 9, 13, 17, 21, 25, 29, 31, 35, and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: two rooms that wont work, afci breaker, gfci outlet
afci breaker, gfci outlet, rewire: Hi Justin. Depending on the age fo your wiring, you may have just tripped a gfci outlet, or, if it has been thru a rewire recently, you may have tripped an AFCI breaker. If it is old wiring, you might want to look at the fuses that are feeding the home....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: one rough-in for many valance lights under cabinet?, time what kind
time what kind: Hi James, reference the rough in: Is it a box with a black and white wire in it? Just a wire with a black and white in it: Is the rough in wire switched or hot all the time? What kind of valance lights are you going to install and how many?...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: run an outlet from an existing light..., romex, kitchen light
romex, kitchen light, bug zapper: Make it simple. Take all connections apart. Start with the hot wire. (black) Make all the power connections first. From the breaker, to the recepticle/switch, from the switch to the light or whatever. Now go back and connect all whites as they are returning...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: I run out of time, so I couldn't read your answer, journeyman electrician, ballast
journeyman electrician, ballast, lifespan: Lee, I wondered why you resubmitted the question. You have hit on the major difference between the two, that being the re-strike time. The cost will be higher, but you can make a point of the fact that it won t take as long to come on again, with the newer...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: How to run wire from an outlet to new fixture, robert wilber, professional electrician
robert wilber, professional electrician, national electrical code: - * Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * LIFE SAFETY WARNING! [disclaimer] Electricity is dangerous! You can be injured or killed! Improper installations can cause fire, injury and death! Are you qualified...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: running #10 guage wires in conduit, pvc conduit, conduit size
pvc conduit, conduit size, bends: Hello Pete. There has to be a better route for this circuit. Four 90 degree bends are all that are allowed under code, so you have exceeded the limit. A larger conduit, or one with sweeping bends of the 1 should do it. You can use pvc L B s instead of 90...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: running 110 outlet from a 220 source, amp breaker, copper wire
amp breaker, copper wire, main source: Hi. It makes sense, but don t forget you need to be concerned about the amps as well as the voltage. You don t want a regular outlet connected to a 30 or more amp breaker. So, you may need to change the breaker to 15 or 20 amps. You can use the thicker...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: running 110 v from 220 line, silver screw, screw terminal
silver screw, screw terminal, mark c: When I say yes, I must qualify the answer. In the panel box, the 2 pole breaker for the A/C, you have two wires for the 220. Take the 2 pole breaker out, put in 2 separate breakers or 1 breaker and a blank, take one of the wires from the 2 pole breaker (hopefully...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: running 220 to my garage for a machine lathe and band saw, volt accessories, amp breaker
volt accessories, amp breaker, open slots: Hi. Unfortunately, each 220 volt appliance requires a separate circuit. If you have only two open slots, then you should put in a small sub panel so that each tool can have its own circuit. You can put the sub panel either next to the main box or near...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: running a 220 line, robert wilber, tanning unit
robert wilber, tanning unit, time and patience: Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * Kathleen Do you need a neutral or just 240 and a ground? What is the load rating in amps or watts for the tanning unit? Can you send me a manfacturer and model number...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: running 220 volt for baseboard heat, copper wire, chance thanks
copper wire, chance thanks, yonkers: Mike, If you only have one panel and the main breaker is in that panel and there is no main breaker before this panel, then you will as you say, put the bare copper ground wire on the neutral block where all the existing white wires are and any existing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: running Elect. wire outside, expansion joint, flag pole
expansion joint, flag pole, sidewalk: The easiest way would be to saw a small slit in the sidewalk, usually at an expansion joint, then the repair is not as obvious. You can use direct burial wire and where it is under the sidewalk, slip a piece of conduit over the wire for additional protection....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: running electric line for a pond pump, basement window, pond pump
basement window, pond pump, window frame: Ellen, I m glad your heading for the panel, that is the best way to do this. When the trench is dug, lay 12/2 copper wire with ground, UF type in the trench. This can be direct buried and needs no pipe in the trench. You will need to put this 12/2...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: running electric to my pole barn, amp breaker, pole barn
amp breaker, pole barn, two spaces: Hi. You shouldn t put a 100 amp sub panel on a 100 amp main. You need to update your main panel, since 100 amps is considered obsolete for a house. The size of wire would vary by type, but it would be at least number 3 or thicker (lower number is thicker...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: running electric, outlet location, hi john
outlet location, hi john, amps: Hi John, Is the A/C you want to re-feed, 110 volt operated, and how many amps does it draw? This info should be on the A/C somewhere. You will need to figure out a path from the breaker panel to the location of the new outlet for the A/C. We will need...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: running an electrical service to a garage, window air conditioners, amp breaker
window air conditioners, amp breaker, amp service: Hi. You allowed only 40 spaces for 200 amps. if you have less, you can use breakers that fit into one space that have 2 breakers. (They won t fit into boxes that have 40 spaces) You will have one space from your 20 amp garage breaker if you move the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: running electricity to garage, spring thaw, overhead wire
spring thaw, overhead wire, trencher: Hi Tony, Going overhead is legal, but there are a lot of restrictions, such as, the height of the overhead wire. Depending on what it is crossing, the height differs. Higher if over a driveway, not as high if over a yard. Then there is the problem of having...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: running a fridge on an inverter, cell phone provider, propane fridges
cell phone provider, propane fridges, coach batteries: Josh, Pretty cool! I invent stuff, and it works sometimes and sometimes it falls flat, but I sure appreciate anyone with the courage and smarts to research and learn. I think the world is too full of video games and cell phones. Sorry for the rant...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: running a line to an electric stove, volt devices, amp breaker
volt devices, amp breaker, amp service: Hello Frank. Trust me, there will always be a need to expand in the future, possibly for tools that are not even invented yet, and this being the case, I would go ahead on this long of a run and install a larger panel now. A 125 amp panel is the least costly...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: running new 12/2 cable, cercuit, daughters room
cercuit, daughters room, kick plates: Hi. Yes, that should be OK. Just make sure that the wire does not get damaged, and staple the wires where it is not supported. Also it is best to put in kick plates on the front of the studs over the holes so that nails are not driven through the wire....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: running a new 220 line, amp breaker, welder
amp breaker, welder, receptacle: You d use an old work box, sometimes referred to as a cut-in box, and cut a hole in the drywall below the panel to accept it. Open up the panel cover and you ll see knockouts on the bottom. Remove one of these knockouts, and fish your wire between the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: running new circuit, romex, wall space
romex, wall space, new location: Hi Deryl. You can just push it out of the box, into the wall space, as long as both ends are not connected to anything. You could also just tape them up, and push into the very back of the box, out of the way of anything. I hope this helps. Rick...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: I am running a new circuit..., top of the stairs, txstate edu
top of the stairs, txstate edu, thanks for your help: The easiset way to do this would be to send the power to your switch first, then a three wire from switch to switch, then a two wire at the LAST switch to the FIRST light, then two wire, light to light. You could also take power to your first switch, then...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: running power to a lake dock, dickens of a time, amp breaker
dickens of a time, amp breaker, rigid conduit: Kurt Your best bet because of the distance is to run 3 # 8 wires and 1#10 in a 1 inch conduit to a small 40 amp subpanel. in the main panel install a 40 amp breaker (no GFCI) and in the new subpanel you will need to add a separate grounding bar to isolate...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: running power to pool, amp circuits, pvc conduit
amp circuits, pvc conduit, metal shell: Bill: I thought this was a perament concrete type pool. GFI type breakers weather 2pole or single pole work by detecting a difference between current that flows on a hot conductor and the return current that flows on a neutral. At 110volts this is possible,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: running a receptacle off a switch, circuit tester, receptical
circuit tester, receptical, swich: Hi. There really isn t enough information. I would think that only one set of wires should have power, and that would be the line coming in. What was the box used for, and how were the wires connected? Is there anything not working when the wires are...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: running several 220 lines in a single conduit, hot water heater, current carrying capacity
hot water heater, current carrying capacity, amp breaker: #8 on a 40 sounds better. And since it s a metal barn, conduit would be my choice too, just remember that you can install three current carrying conductors with no derating in a conduit (one 240 volt circuit along with a 120 volt circuit), but not two 240...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: running a switch from a wall outlet to recess lighting, absolute torture, amp breaker
absolute torture, amp breaker, laundry room: Hi Patrick, You can do that. Run a wire out of the outlet to the new switch location. Then a wire from the switch to the light. Use 12/2 wire since the outlet is probably on a 20 amp breaker. After you get the wires run and if you need help making...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: running underground wire to workshop, underground wire, underground cable
underground wire, underground cable, copper: Jake: I wouldn t run anything smaller then #8 copper (40amp) breaker that way you can do most anything shop wise you want. Put it in 1 conduit so if it ever goes bad you can replace it easy. Also make shure you run a 4 wire circuit (#8 X 2 (hots), #10 (neutral),...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: running wire to barn from shed, shoplights, pvc pipe
shoplights, pvc pipe, light switches: Hi Dan, Nope, still no problem. The usual appliances take: 60 amp.........heat/air 30 amp.........Dryer 30 amp.........water heater 40 amp.........oven/stove top I just didn t see enough breakers to handle these. Anyway, you are OK with...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: running wire to bldg, amp breaker, conductors
amp breaker, conductors, amps: Hello Lenny. Trust me, the best way to do this would be to purchase a main lug sub panel. The main would be the breaker installed in the existing 200 amp panel, so a main is not required in the sub panel. With a sub panel in the out building, you will be able...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: running wire from main to sub panel, attic floor, staple
attic floor, staple, pvc: Hi. You may want to check the local codes. However, if the panel was already there, you can probably just do it the same way. But unless a local code says otherwise, you should be able to use non-metalic wire without conduit. You should be able to lay...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: running wire to a sub panel, amp breaker, don beck
amp breaker, don beck, heavy duty power: Hi Jim, You sure can use the old panel in the garage. If you use a 50 amp 2 pole breaker in the main, ahead of the sub panel,use 6/3 cable with ground. This will give you plenty of wire size in reference to the 50 amp breaker. You can install breakers...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: running wire in the walls, wiremould, wall cavity
wiremould, wall cavity, coat hanger: Hi again. The most common thing to do is to get a six inch piece of wire and connect it with the other 3 in a wirenut. Then connect it to the outlet. I have seen an outlet a Lowe s (and other places) that has two screws with a place to connect two wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: running wire, metal pipe, crawl space
metal pipe, crawl space, breezeway: On the surface, yes. But if there was a separation between your crawl space and your garage, like your garage is separate from your house and is connected by a breezeway, then you probably drilled through a firewall. If so, you d have to sleeve your hole with...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: running wires from breaker box, physics of electricity, ground wires
physics of electricity, ground wires, safety device: Hi/ It is just the physics of electricity. It needs one wire coming and a return path to work. Ground wires act as a safety device. Older houses didn t have ground wires. Electricity works without it. But it is safer with it. I hope this helps....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rv to generator, ampacity, connect one
ampacity, connect one, expereince: Hi Unfortunately, I can not speak from expereince nor from reading up on it, I can only use my common sense. The hot wires have to be connected to the hot wires. You have two of them. The neutral has to be connected to the neutral. That leaves the ground....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rv traler plug to outside house plug, air conditioner, campgrounds
air conditioner, campgrounds, amps: Hi Richard, I don t know of an adaptor, but there are 110V outlets of various configurations that would match to your trailer cord. The only thing is if you require the full 30 amps while the trailer is parked at home, the wire feeding the outside plug...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: SAM pool light switch, sam pool, gfci receptacle
sam pool, gfci receptacle, professional electrician: No, you should find out what is causing the GFCI to open. Something is not wired or grounded properly. It only takes 5 milliamps of leakage to trip a GFCI. A DPST, is for a 240 volt circuit to open both hot legs at once. To remove the light from the GFCI...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Safety in the home., robert wilber, shock hazards
robert wilber, shock hazards, improper wiring: - * Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * The danger of improperly wired GFCI devices allowing shock hazards that they were intended to prevent has been recognized for some time, though not widely publicized....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Safety when working near outside wires, exterior brick, grounding wire
exterior brick, grounding wire, close proximity: To qualify my answer of course....do not touch live wires. That said, as long as the insulation on the wires is complete...it is totally safe to handle and work with and around. Avoid touching any two wires....safe as it is....an accident can occur...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Sameold range question-receptacle wiring, center terminal, bare wire
center terminal, bare wire, receptacle wiring: Black and red are both hot and interchangeable. The white wire is called a neutral and the green or bare wire is the ground. Red and black to the 2 outside terminal, white to the center terminal and the green ground to the green grounding screw. If...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Satellite wiring (switch boxes), radio shacks, wal marts
radio shacks, wal marts, dish systems: Hi Blake, The switchbox (also referred to as the multi-dish switch) is generally mounted a short distance away from the dish assembly itself....usually within a few feet (I mounted mine directly below my dish for easy exchange)....IF the factory coaxial...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Sauna Kit, sauna evening, sauna kit
sauna evening, sauna kit, amp circuit: Evening, Wires coming from the panel would be.. Black or Red is line 1 (L!). Another Black or Red is line 2 (L2). With these two it doesn t matter how you connect them, just as long as a hot (line) wire gets connected to a L1 or L2 terminal....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Saving electricity, kilowatt hour, watt bulbs
kilowatt hour, watt bulbs, saving electricity: Hi Todd, The electric company charges by the kilowatt hour. In my area it s roughly, ten cents per 1000 watts per hour. Unless you are talking about a large number of bulbs, the savings will be small. For example, if shut down 10, 100 watt bulbs...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Saving house electricity, don beck, electricity bills
don beck, electricity bills, nouri: Hi Nouri, The biggest source of electrci use is anything that heats(like the furnace,dryer,waterheater,stove,) or cools(air cond). Cutting back the use of any of these items will save electricity. Also, don t use lites unless they are really needed. This...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: School Project, variable frequency control, bicycle rim
variable frequency control, bicycle rim, belts and pulleys: Use the scooter motor. the torque is good through the speed/torque curve and I am assuming it is a permanent magnet dc motor. vary the voltage to the motor, starting with 0 to whatever keeps the motor from jumping to speed, It sounds like the speed is not...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Sconce Height, outlet boxes, body doesn
outlet boxes, body doesn, hi mike: Hi Mike, The location is really a personal choice. If the light is in front of you you don t want it right in your eyes. If behind you, you want it high enough where your body doesn t block the light. I d say, roughly, a little over 6 would cover most...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Sconce Lighting, building a home theater, soffits
building a home theater, soffits, soffit: Mike, The 6 -6 mark is based on an 8 + ceiling height, so even at 7 -9 your only 3 inches off that. So you could adjust downwards an inch and a half or so if you feel it looks better or the type of fixture you ve chosen warrants it. You really can t go...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Sconce wires exposed, outlet boxes, backplate
outlet boxes, backplate, drywall: Hi. That should be OK as long as the wires are not pinched or exposed. I know for large cieling fixtures, there are wires that are between the fixture and the drywall. The drywall is fireproof, so it should not present any hazard. I hope this helps....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Screw in breakers, knife switches, blade style
knife switches, blade style, 9 times out of 10: Hi Chris, If local department stores don t have em. Like Lowes, Home Depot, ect. then find an electrical outlet store I could give you the name of mine but i doubt it will do much good since Babsco only supplies my area. But this type of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Screw in type fuse box, amp fuses, amp fuse
amp fuses, amp fuse, fuse box: Hi. Putting in a 30 amp fuse will probably cause a fire. In today s houses, 100 amps is not enough. It is time for an upgrade to 150 or 200 amps. You just don t have enough power for everything you need. In the meantime, leave the fuses are they are....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: SE Cable, meter base, unfortunatly
meter base, unfortunatly, stud wall: Rob, the only question I would have would concern the meter base. The last I heard the largest line type meter available was 320amps. If the power company is furnishing the meter base check this out. If you actually need 400amps of service, that usually...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: SER CABLE, referrence, ahold
referrence, ahold, article number: Hi Danny. Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. The NEC referrence you are looking for will depend on what type of conduit you are running. If you get ahold of a code book, look in the exact article for the type of conduit. Within that atricle,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: SERVICE TO FIREWORKS STANDS, amp breaker, rv air
amp breaker, rv air, copper wires: Dean, Your lighting load is 10 x 60 watts = 600 watts 600 watts / 115 volts = 5.2 amps However, you have a voltage drop with such a long run. So you will be close with the 10 gauge. Running one circuit is different than running a multibranch circuit....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: SEVERAL DEAD RUNS IN HOUSE, amp breaker, lighting circuit
amp breaker, lighting circuit, gfc: Chances are you have a bad connection. It could be a juction box in a ceiling that lost the ground connection. I would start with the light fixtures and research the location where the circuit enters its first box. It is done often, a ceiling box is the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Second question, wall sconces, brass screw
wall sconces, brass screw, hole in my wall: Hi Dalena, OK, so you have just 1 sconce. How was it controlled before...a switch mounted on the light? You ran a new wire from the sconce to the new switch in the wall.switch....correct? So you have a Black and White coming into the switch from...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Secondary Electric Panel for Garage, garage door opener, pvc pipe
garage door opener, pvc pipe, service cable: Tony, 4/3 copper would be adequate and I highly recomend that you use 2 PVC for a nice easy pull going undergroung also use some pulling compound or at the very least use 1-1/2 PVC. You may also want to throw another PVC pipe in there like a 1 for communications...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Secondary Electrical Panel in seperate garage, amp breaker, mechanical protection
amp breaker, mechanical protection, metal conduit: 40 amp main breaker in the house, and unless you have more than six breakers in the garage, you don t need another main shut off, unless you want to install another 40 amp breaker. No conduit on the ground wire unless you need it for mechanical protection...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Secondary extension, meter base, voltage drop
meter base, voltage drop, tri plex: Bruce, by code restrictions I would say yes, however there are so many local codes and the local inspector has final authority. The code book as any inspector will quote is only a guide book, the inspector can overide any item and require more than the code,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Security Light, don beck, electrican
don beck, electrican, security light: Armando, You may have to replace the fixture, but let s try a couple of things first. With the power shut off to the light, remove the bulb and look inside the socket. You will see a small tab at the bottom. Bend this tab up, just a little bit. SOmetimes...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Security Light goes off when A/C clicks on, amp breaker, security light
amp breaker, security light, electric eye: Hi. I don t see how the air conditioner could cause it. It may be a coincidence. HID bulbs cycle on and off when they start to go bad, so it could be the bulb. Thunderstorms shouldn t make it go bad unless it was hit by lightning. The electric eye...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Security Light, dusk to dawn, ballest
dusk to dawn, ballest, corrision: Armando: If the light is a dusk to dawn type then there could be a couple of things that can be wrong. Because the cost of a new fixture with lamp is less then the cost of replacement parts. I would just replace the entire fixture, Home depot has them from...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Security Lights Installation, dawn to dusk, sensitivity control
dawn to dusk, sensitivity control, security light: Hi Houston, There should be a sensitivity control somewhere on the light. Try decreasing it. Also, if it has an automatic dawn to dusk sensor, the bulbs may be situated in such a way so when they come, the sensor reads it as daylight and shuts off,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Seem to be using excess electricity even though not at home, hot water boiler, excess electricity
hot water boiler, excess electricity, fuse box: Hi Nikki. It sounds to me that you are powering something else on your fuse box that is not in your home and when you turn the breaker off and on it is temporarily turning off the power source to the external useage source. Ask an electrician to check your...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Self grounding receptacles, buss bar, home depoe
buss bar, home depoe, neutral wire: The neutral wire is also known as a ground-ED conductor, as opposed to a ground-ING conductor (the green or bare wire), because it is intentionally grounded. The ground-ING conductor runs back to the panel to facilitate overcurrent device operation, whereas...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Self install or contractor, amp service, time is on your side
amp service, time is on your side, diy books: Part of the answer is what is your time worth. The electrician will do it in half the time it takes you, and you will have no worries. If you have the basic means to do it....and time is on your side...it is not out of your realm. It is actually simple,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Separate lights, porch light, incandescent bulbs
porch light, incandescent bulbs, front porch: Hi. First of all, I hope they are not in series with each other. Unscrew one bulb and make sure the other one is still working. Also, incandescent bulbs in closets are against code, because if anything accidently touches it, it can start a fire. I hope...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Separate Service for a Pole Barn, amp service, pole barn
amp service, pole barn, electrical service: Hi. The largest panel box for residential use is 200 amps. So therefore, you need to have a separate meter and panel box in your barn. (If you connect 200 amp service to the house it will leave nothing for the house.) Contact your power company for information....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Separate thermostats for heat and cool., automatic thermostat, heating thermostat
automatic thermostat, heating thermostat, small screws: I can see why you want the two controls, but trying to use two would probably be a real issue. First the fan speeds are different from heat to cool, for a reason. So if you pick to fast for heat, or two slow for cool you have set yourself up for some bigger...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Separating Lights & Switches, 3 way switches, switch one
3 way switches, switch one, wall switch: Hi. So you want each switch to control one thing? At the first switch where the power enters, connect the black power coming in to one terminal of a single pole switch, and to the black wire going to the light. Connect the red wire to the other terminal...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Seperating fan & light switch, vent fan, correct switch
vent fan, correct switch, happy hunting: Hi Rick, If the switch has 1 screw on 1 side, and 2 screws on the other side, then you have the correct switch. I went over you connections and they are correct. Possibly the connections with the white wires in it, isn t sound. try taking off the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Service ampacity & 4-pole breaker?, volt service, circuit breakers
volt service, circuit breakers, amp service: Hi George, Based on your description...I ll need to make some clarifications. A double pole breaker is usually the main in any home with the standard 120/240 volt single phase service here in the USA. What is stamped on the breaker (whether one...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Service-in connections, hurracanes, residential power
hurracanes, residential power, water pumps: Can you send me any pictures of what your talking about? If you have three wires at the service you do have a neutral. At the service the neutral and groun are one in the same wires. If you can give me more info I can give you more detail. Hope this helps...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Service to detached garage, detached garage, power outlets
detached garage, power outlets, water lines: Unless the load of the house combined with the load of the garage is going to exceed the 200 amps I would not get another meter. The main things you need to do are run wire big enough to handle the 200 amp panel (even if you don t use 200 amps), run a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Service to detached garage, woodworking shop, copper cable
woodworking shop, copper cable, air cond: Hi Bruce, Getting the power company to drop a separate to service to the garage would be the easiest, but they may not be willing to do it. If you feed the garage from the house, a 60 amp sub panel should be big enough for what you have listed, but...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Service to detached garage, hot water heater, efficiency apartment
hot water heater, efficiency apartment, qualified electrician: Hi Carey, You were given good advice when it was suggested you use a separate meter and electrical service. However, if you really panel want to add this unit onto the main panel, there is nothing to prohibit that except any regulations your local inspector...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Service drop/meter panel, hot tub equipment, amp service
hot tub equipment, amp service, meter panel: Hi Jim. Yes, doing it this way would be a code violation. Come from the inside panel, or add a main panel next to the meter, outside, and then feed from there to the inside panel, as well as the hot tub equipment. You will need to treat the inside panel...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Service Entrance, meter socket, service entrance
meter socket, service entrance, neutrals: Hi Kevin. I would install a multi-tap lug in the ct can, one with enough holes for the 2 incoming neutrals, as well as the 3 outgoing neutrals, as well as one for the enclosure grounding, and the grounding electrode conductor. Look for a tap similiar to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Service Entrance, neutral conductor, amp service
neutral conductor, amp service, aluminum wire: Hi Kevin, Wow!! 600 amps service. You must live in a HUGE home! You need to refer to the National Electric Code, Table 310-16, which lists all allowable ampacities of the various sizes and insulations of copper and aluminum wire. Any wire chart you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Service Entrance, wet location, underground conduit
wet location, underground conduit, service entrance: Hi Paul. I m pretty sure that it can be installed in conduit, however if it will be in underground conduit, this is considered a wet location, which would require USE. You might consider individual conductors, with THWN insulation. Good luck. Rick...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Service Entrance Calculations, residential dwellings, load calculator
residential dwellings, load calculator, mike holt: Hi Jeff. Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. I have been spending some time with my daughter, who just gave birth to my 1st grand daughter. If you do the calcs (following the code book examples), you will probably find out that 200 is indeed...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Service Entrance Wire Size, price of copper, meter base
price of copper, meter base, copper wire: I would do some checking on prices, If you ran just one set of wires to the house you would need 350 MCM CU or 500 MCM AL and then install a 400A disconnect on the house and split it there. You could drop another wire size, but depending on your load you could...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Service Entrance Wire Size, meter base, copper wire
meter base, copper wire, underground service: Hi John, (drooling) Nice! 400 amps, everyman s dream. I have a question. How exactly do you plan on splitting the two services? This is important, and have you checked with your local inspector to make sure it follows code. Please let me know....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Service Entrance, cable clamp, service entrance
cable clamp, service entrance, local authority: Hi Michael. 1st off, your local authority may have certain rules on how far in you can run wire before a disconnect is required outside. Check with them. You can run SEU without raceway, or in a raceway. The choice is yours. If you use a raceway,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Service Entry Cable, aluminum cable, dielectric grease
aluminum cable, dielectric grease, aluminum wire: Hi Dan, Since it is such a short run, do yourself a big favor, and use copper instead of aluminum and install 3 separate wires in conduit or PVC pipe, or, use UF-B cable for the run as it is highly weather and water resistant and will last forever. Putting...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Service Entry Cable to a Remote Building, amp breaker, thhn
amp breaker, thhn, copper wire: Hi Thomas, Nope, Ground and neutral can t be bonded. However you can eliminate the 4th cable with a remote ground. Which is just another ground rod at the 2nd panel location (detached structure). You don t need both however. Number 3 will...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Service Entry, amp service, future space
amp service, future space, don don: Don, Good for you on the great planning and thinking ahead! Actually another expert on here named [DON] is an electrical contractor and knows this kind of stuff as well as anyone alive. I can look this up and get you an answer, but Don will have not...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Service entrance for an addition, sq ft addition, amp breaker
sq ft addition, amp breaker, service entrance: James: I would set a disconnect at the service location, and then run conduit to the new addition. Use a main lug panel at the addition. As far as coming up in the basement there is not code that I know that prevents that. I wouldn t set the panel in the basement...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Service entrance cable, local power company, amp service
local power company, amp service, underground service: Hi Bill, 4/0 aluminum is the proper size for a normal run. However, with such a long run you may have to go 1 size larger. To be sure, check with your local power company and inspector. I don t know of any wholesalers that are nationwide. There may...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Service entrance from main panel, amp fuse, pvc schedule
amp fuse, pvc schedule, pvc conduit: You want to extend a 100 amp panel, 95 feet to a new location. Is this panel, now, the main panel, or is it some distance from the main panel? In other words, where s the meter and how far is it to this 100 amp panel you re talking about? I m going to assume...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Service entrance rewiring, neutral-ground question, ground rods, service entrance
ground rods, service entrance, neutral ground: Hi Glenn, The requirements in this case can vary from city to city. I would think most inspectors would want the disconnect grounded to a rod. Think of the disconnect as the main breaker for the sub panel and it s just an extension of the sub panel itself...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Service/feeder sizing, parallel sets, commercial job
parallel sets, commercial job, electrical inspectors: Hello Frank. I know what is acceptable in my area due to knowing the electrical inspectors and what they will require. Keep in mind the code book is only a manual of recommendations. Any inspector can exceed but not require less than the code book. I am not...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Service from home to barn, electrode system, pvc conduit
electrode system, pvc conduit, ground rods: Hi mark. 100amp breaker at main, 100amp rated wires (#2 copper ok), 100amp rated panel in barn. Run 3 insulated wires #2, and 1 insulated wire #6 for the ground. Seperate all neutrals and grounds in barn panel. Install grounding electrode system for...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Service to house and shop, hot water heaters, plasma cutter
hot water heaters, plasma cutter, real possibilities: Tough to use? You are kind or a genius. It is a bitch and only the extremely experienced have read it, took classes, spent trial and error interpretations, and still seek opinion. With an MSEE you are doing the same thing on a larger scale. The two resistors...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Service Line to Panel Box, screw out, little spark
screw out, little spark, home inspector: The only way to determine the amount of damage, would be to strip the insulation at the puncture and make sure it did not affect more than one wire. It is interesting he said you should have an electrician look at it, because my statement would have been that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Service for new home, local power company, whole house surge protection
local power company, whole house surge protection, amp service: Hi Jim, These are all excellent questions. However, most of them will need to be answered by your local power company and your local inspector. They have the final say so as to what is needed and how it is to be installed. A meeting with them and your...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Service Panel, shot gun shells, detached garage
shot gun shells, detached garage, telephone pole: Hi Ryan, The 100 amp main should be on the pole as it is against the code and dangerous to run wires from there to your garage that are unprotected. Check inside the pole box and see if there aren t some cartridge fuses inside. They look like shot...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Service Panel, copper aluminum, price of copper
copper aluminum, price of copper, amp meter: Hi Gary, Copper is always better. Aluminum requires yearly maintenance like tightening down the wires at the connection points. Aluminum just doesn t hold up as well. However, a lot of contractors still use it for service entry wires, like you are installing,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Service Panel Amperage question, amp circuits, amp breaker
amp circuits, amp breaker, amp circuit: 1) Circuits are protected in different ways. Sometimes 125% of the full load current, sometimes as much as 400%. Different reasons, and different applications, so adding up the breaker rating is always going to be more than the main breaker rating . The...

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

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Service Panel Knockouts, home improvement center, cable clamps
home improvement center, cable clamps, hazerdous: Hi Paul, The National Electric Code is guide for this information. I m not sure if it is available on line or not, but your local home improvement center should have copies. This codebook and be confusing, at times, there are just charts available to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Service Panel/Oven Addition, open slots, amp breaker
open slots, amp breaker, circuit breakers: Hi Robert, Just getting in from the end of a very long day....saw your e-mail ... Based on your description...there are a few possible options you can consider : (1). removing two of your regular single pole (single slot) 20 amp breakers and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Service Panel UpgradeReplacement, local power company, meter base
local power company, meter base, electrical inspector: Hi Heath, Even if you are familiar with working around electrical devices and are extremely handy, this is quite an undertaking. If you decide to do this yourself, you need to lay out your intentions and plans to your local electrical inspector and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Service Panel upgrade, residential load calculations, bob osgood
residential load calculations, bob osgood, master electrician: Hi Tim, Sorry for the delay....we finally got the main office computer back up and running (for the time being at least)...had some serious hard drive problems. No...you can not replace the 100 amp breaker with a 150 without a FULL upgrade (larger...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Service Panel, volt circuit, volt unit
volt circuit, volt unit, voltage circuit: Great question Denise. There are numerous ways to define a high voltage line. Some say 220, 230, or 240, but they are all refering to the high voltage. In your electrical panel, the electrical utility company feeds to the panel two separate 120 volt lines....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Service panel, amp service, junction boxes
amp service, junction boxes, acceptable method: You have two options and you may need to exercise both. Where necessary, you need to put in a junction box in an accessible location for the connections. Where possible you may need to trace circuits from panel to the first box and replace that run to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Service panel, 100 to 200 amps, 200 amp service, buss bar
200 amp service, buss bar, amp breaker: George The answer to #1 is no because this panel is only rated at 100 amps #2 This needs to be a main breaker panel form there you can go to the well and install a small panel there for protection of the pump. Then you can run a service 200 amp to the house,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Service panel, amp service, acceptable method
amp service, acceptable method, interior wall: If the new location is closer than the existing, you would just pull the wires back to the new location. If the new location is further than existing, you have to splice the wires, individually, and the only proper way to do this is by making your joints in...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Service panel for shop building, hand power tools, seperate service
hand power tools, seperate service, amp circuit: Hi Peter, Based on your load descriptions and dwelling sq. footage....a 200 amp panel at the home....with a sub-feed to a 100 amp sub-panel in the workshop MAY be all you d ever need....unless you intend to be using multiple power tools all at the same...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Service panel, amp service, junction boxes
amp service, junction boxes, electrical inspector: Hi Stephen. You will need to check with your local electrical inspector on this. There will be other issues besides how to extend the wiring to the new location. Some issues I see are if the new panel location will be allowable by code (both the NEC and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Service size…, blown fuses, amp breaker
blown fuses, amp breaker, amp service: I think you answered your own question...if the 60 amp breaker turns off ALL of your power, then that s the main disconnect and your service size is 60 amps. Probably won t be able to read the wire size stamped on the insulation, but it s probably a #6, about...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Service Upgrade, gas water heater, amp circuits
gas water heater, amp circuits, amp circuit: Tom, I would think a surge protector wouldn t be necessary since this is a new installation and everything should be up the the current electrical code standard. Most electrical devices handle surges ok, only electronic devices may be susceptible to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Service Upgrade, geothermal heat pump, existing service
geothermal heat pump, existing service, switch box: Hi Paul. You can splice conductors in either panel, as long as you don t fill up the cross-section of the panel more than 40%. Try to get as much done prior to having the power company remove their power, so there won t be much of outage. You should...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Service upgrade, mini split ac units, slab floor
mini split ac units, slab floor, aluminum cable: Hi Derek, Sorry just responding....we got called out at the last minute Thursday morning to finish up a job down-state...was only supposed to be Thursday and Friday...ended up lasting thru the week-end...just getting back in a few hours ago...what a nightmare...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Service upgrade, meter socket, electrical service
meter socket, electrical service, breakers: Hi Barry. You are correct, it is the meter socket. Some power companies provide this socket to homeowners, some don t. If yours does not, you can purchase it at the same place you are buying the panel and breakers. I hope this has helped. Rick...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Service upgrade cost, men power, cost estimates
men power, cost estimates, day job: In florida at hourly rate of $65.00. No attic, basement crawing back to back service with all new code correct breakers. Low price $1,200.00 Easy one day job 1 man Power disconnect Permit, inspection, reconnect High price $2,200.00 One day job 2 men Power...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Service upgrade, electrical work, electrical service
electrical work, electrical service, correct answer: Hi Jim. To get the correct answer, contact the power company. They will have the procedure for you. If you can, the best way is to build your new service right next to the exisiting one. Have that inspected, then have the power comapny come out to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Service Wire, co worker, britt
co worker, britt, sq ft: Britt When you say the service wire do you mean the wire that comes from the meter? and then goes to the panel. If so that wire is two small you will need to install at least a # 2 SEC service wire. You may not have a problem now but if you start to add more...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Service wire, amp breaker, amp load
amp breaker, amp load, electrican: Hello Charlie, Normally i don t double up wires to use in place of one.. like your 2 12 s in place of say a 6. For an example.. you have 2 12 s carrying a possible 30 amp load. If one of these wires becomes damaged, disconnected, ect, then you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Service, meter socket, house siding
meter socket, house siding, conectiv: I am not familiar with the fifth terminal in the meter box, this must be a local utility item or local authority item. I would check with the local inspector for clarification. As far as the nipple, it would be better to use pvc for this nipple due to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Setting Up Swtich to Control Outlet, wall switches, overhead light
wall switches, overhead light, swtich: This raises a number of questions. Does the one switch control the overhead light, or are both switches not operating anything? Also, as is, does the receptacle that is supposed to be switch operated work? Did the builder do something in the switch junction...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Setting up a three and two way switch, adult beverages, way switch
adult beverages, way switch, two blacks: Hi Mintone, I am a little confused, probably more from the adult beverages last night than your question. I m not sure what your goal is. Do you want 1 switch to control all the mentioned devices? If you could restate what exists now, and what...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Several light controlle by two switches, three way switches, switch boxes
three way switches, switch boxes, controlle: Hi Charlie, The most simple way is to run your power source into 1 of the switch boxes.(Black and white wire). Then from that switch box, run a 14/3 wire to switch box # 2(black-white-red). From switch box # 2 run a 2 wire to lite 1, 2 wire from...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Several Outlets/lights have no connection, gfci outlet, circuit breaker
gfci outlet, circuit breaker, dvm: This could be an easy fix, or, it is something that a qualified electrician should look into. The easy fix is, the breaker is not making good internal contact. The way to correct this is, shut the breaker off, wait about 10 seconds, then turn it back...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Severed Extension Cord, outdoor lamp posts, circuit breakers
outdoor lamp posts, circuit breakers, gfis: sounds like a GFI trip to me keep looking could be in the basement at the panel or a sump pump outlet I don t remember when bath circuit went solo... might be after your place was built. check the bath GFI too. early on in GFIs, we used to pick up outside...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Severed wires to outlet!, national electrical code, good options
national electrical code, good options, electrical tape: Hi Kyle, This connection is considered to be a junction of wires when you splice them back together. The National Electrical Code requires that all junctions must be in an approved junction box. and the junction box must be accessible, so an in wall splice...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: SHOP HEATER, line voltage thermostat, don beck
line voltage thermostat, don beck, 110v outlet: Hi Carl, I would use 10/3 with ground romex for the wire and a 30 amp 2 pole breaker, this would be for either unit. When you buy the breaker, make sure it is the same brand as the existing ones or it may not snap into the panel correctly. You...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: SHORT CIRCUIT?, porch light, street vibrations
porch light, street vibrations, three way switches: Hi John, It is not uncommon for the metal sheild cable to work it s way in to wires due to normal house and street vibrations. There are a couple places to check. Look where the porch light used to be and see if the cable has worked it s way into the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Shades that clip to light bulbs., light bulbs, k mart
light bulbs, k mart, affid: Hi Marybeth, They should be available at places like K-Mart and Wal Mart. If not, I have attached a website where you can get them on line. http://www.mileskimball.com/mileskimball/Shopping/ProductDetail.aspx?CID=Home&SCID=Decorative+Home&ProductID=CIOHR&SiteNum=0&SourceCode=3570800&Affid=1...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Shallow Well Jet Pump, amp fuse, volt motor
amp fuse, volt motor, sleeve bearing: John, If you have a motor shop in town it might be worth a trip to get an estimate. Being 20 years old I imagine the cost of new will be a better choice. As to the voltage, the low voltage 115 connection will draw around 8.2 amps. The fuses you find...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Share two appliances on one outlet, amp circuit, gauge wire
amp circuit, gauge wire, single pole double throw: The switch you need is called a single pole double throw. Most home centers have these. It has power coming in on one terminal. In 1 position, it sends the power out only on terminal 2, and in the other position, it sends the power out only on terminal...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Shared Neutrals, hot legs, neutral wire
hot legs, neutral wire, ejector pump: Good Morning Mike, Based on your description....this town(or the electrical contractor(s) who do most of the work) has a big thing with shared neutrals (and EMT conduit). Sharing a neutral is fine...and permitted - as long as certain criteria are...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Shared neutral, way switch, switch circuit
way switch, switch circuit, hot wire: Hi chuck. You can share a neutral if the 2 circuits are opposite phases, not just different phases. If they are on the same phase, then there is a possiblity that the return current could exceed the wires rating, when added together. I m not sure what...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Shared neutral, code question, flourescent lights
code question, flourescent lights, electric discharge: Hi Pete. You can share a neutral if the 2 breakers are on seperate phases. Shareing a neutral should not be done where the loads are flourescent lights (or other electric discharge types of lights) or computer or related computer equipment. There are...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Shared power outlet, instant hot water heater, hot water heater
instant hot water heater, hot water heater, instant hot water: Hi Kent, Just getting back in...we ve been right straight out here getting set for the upcoming Holiday break... Clearly.....these devices (the on demand hot water and microwave) should each be on there own dedicated 20 amp #12 wire circuits....they...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Sharing power for recessed lights, amp circuit, existing construction
amp circuit, existing construction, energy saver: Evening Pete, its possible it will trip, it depends on the load already on it. A 15A circuit will give 1800 watts. And your wanting to add 240 watts (60 x 4). So it really depends on what this outlet (circuit) is already feeding Pete. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Sharing power, amp circuit, existing construction
amp circuit, existing construction, energy saver: Yes. It is ok to share power for lighting from a general convenience outlet, but not from kitchen, dining room or other appliance circuits. Yes. If it overloads the circuit it will cause the breaker to trip. Try turning off the circuit and see what is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Shed Wiring, conductor wire, subpanel
conductor wire, subpanel, floor joists: Hi. If you want a subpanel, then you need to run 3 conductor wire. The box will contain 220 volts, whether you hook it up for 220 or 110 volts. Do you really need a sub panel? You could just run a wire for lights and outlets. Grounding rods are...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Shock, humidity problem, static electricity
humidity problem, static electricity, problem thanks: Are you certain it is not a static electricity shock? Try walking around and touch metal objects to see if there is a spark. It may be there is a humidity problem rather than electrical, but if it is an electric problem, this needs to be addressed asap by...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Shock from Electric stove, wire assemblies, ground path
wire assemblies, ground path, customer safety: Hi Skip, Based on your description...it sounds like your body is providing a portion of the ground path for this stove when you touch it ( a common problem on 3 wire stoves and dryers....the Code recognized this and changed wiring regulations for them...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Shock, electrician check, qualified electrician
electrician check, qualified electrician, dry climate: Tina, If you have carpeting and live in a dry climate, it;s going to happen I live in Las Vegas and am always getting zapped. I guess I; ve grown to ignore it. A humidifier in your home would help a lot. In one room, I fill a pan full of water and set...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Shocked by non-active cicuits, cicuits, main circuit breaker
cicuits, main circuit breaker, sparky: Hi. You must have 2 circuits mixed together somehow. Sometimes electricians will wire some lights with the white on one circuit and the black on another. If you disconnect the circuit where the white wire is connected, the white will still be carrying...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Shocking stove, plastic spoon, distinguishable differences
plastic spoon, distinguishable differences, sneakers: Hi Barb, Just checking to see if you got your stove tingle problem resolved. Do...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Shocks from electric dryer, 220 volt, clothes dryer
220 volt, clothes dryer, electric dryer: Load test? Not famaliar with what that is, but he should have checked to see if the dryer was grounded. If you have a 30 year old house, it could be that you have no ground wire in your receptacle. If this is the case, and your unit is cord connected, the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Shocks in shower, liability problems, tingeling
liability problems, tingeling, ground wires: Wires can work loose, over time, due to normal street and home vibrations. The electric company usually only check there lines from the street to the top of the meter, after that, it s up to a private electrician. Some companies allow there people...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Shop addition, amp breaker, amp load
amp breaker, amp load, amp service: Hello Don. Concerning a sub panel in a shop is one of the most common questions I get. I know you have a plan in mind, however, I see all too often that after the service is installed, a new piece of equipment is desired, or even invented that we must have....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Shop/garage wiring, amp circuit, open slots
amp circuit, open slots, gauge wire: Yes allegedly you can get 9 #10 THHN wires in a 1/2 conduit, I wouldn t recommend doing it though. No the breaker doesn t need to be GFCI. You can do this with #12-2 w/g wire also as it only requires a 20 amp circuit. #10 is good for up to 30 amps. FYI....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Shop Heater, amp breaker, refridgerator
amp breaker, refridgerator, headroom: Hi Carl, This heater, drawing 17 amps, would be borderline if you intend to add an outlet also. The 20 amp breaker may kick out, from time to time, if the outlet is in use and the heater is coming on. The 30 amp breaker and #10 wire would give you headroom...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Shop Heater, line voltage thermostat, don beck
line voltage thermostat, don beck, 110v outlet: Hi Carl, I would use 10/3 with ground romex for the wire and a 30 amp 2 pole breaker, this would be for either unit. When you buy the breaker, make sure it is the same brand as the existing ones or it may not snap into the panel correctly. You...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Shop heater, line voltage thermostat, don beck
line voltage thermostat, don beck, 110v outlet: Hi Carl, I would use 10/3 with ground romex for the wire and a 30 amp 2 pole breaker, this would be for either unit. When you buy the breaker, make sure it is the same brand as the existing ones or it may not snap into the panel correctly. You...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Shop heater, line voltage thermostat, don beck
line voltage thermostat, don beck, 110v outlet: Hi Carl, I would use 10/3 with ground romex for the wire and a 30 amp 2 pole breaker, this would be for either unit. When you buy the breaker, make sure it is the same brand as the existing ones or it may not snap into the panel correctly. You...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Shop heater, line voltage thermostat, don beck
line voltage thermostat, don beck, 110v outlet: Hi Carl, I would use 10/3 with ground romex for the wire and a 30 amp 2 pole breaker, this would be for either unit. When you buy the breaker, make sure it is the same brand as the existing ones or it may not snap into the panel correctly. You...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Shop heater, line voltage thermostat, don beck
line voltage thermostat, don beck, 110v outlet: Hi Carl, I would use 10/3 with ground romex for the wire and a 30 amp 2 pole breaker, this would be for either unit. When you buy the breaker, make sure it is the same brand as the existing ones or it may not snap into the panel correctly. You...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Shop Sub Panel, amp breaker, ground bars
amp breaker, ground bars, subpanel: Hi Rory, it s not so much the voltage of the machines you will have, the amps that they draw. It d probably safe to assume that not all the machines will be running at once, so unless one of those devices draw a lot of amps, I would think a 100 amp sub...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Shoplight and breaker issues, light sockets, shoplights
light sockets, shoplights, wire nuts: Hi Chris, If you have power going to the light(black wire) and it isn t coming on, then the problem has to be in the neutral wire(white). Look for a loose connection wherever this white wire is connected. It isn t unusual for wire nuts work loose due to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Short??, voltage readings, incoming power
voltage readings, incoming power, switch box: Hi Gary, Based on your description and your voltage readings...you ve clearly had some form of electrical wiring problem recently happen....where exactly it happened and why is unknown (many problems of this nature can be weather related - we ve done...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Short??, voltage readings, incoming power
voltage readings, incoming power, switch box: This appears to be a duplicate question...perhaps an accidental double send..? In any event, I ve copied my previous answer to this duplicate below in case the original was not received (this site does have periodic upload problems and slow uploads during...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Short in 220 line, fault trace, hot legs
fault trace, hot legs, splices: At each splice, test each conductor. If you have a continuity testor....test for continuity between the ground and the hot legs. This will tell if the wire itself has been damaged, or if the conduit has caused the short. Dont be affraid to test the Circuit...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Short maybe?, netural, masterbedroom
netural, masterbedroom, circuit tester: Some of the original wiring may have been crossed. The only way to be certain which is the hot wire is with a voltage tester. Pull out each device and disconnect all wiring and without any wiring touching, turn the power on and using the tester see which wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Short, gfi outlet, dual plug
gfi outlet, dual plug, garbage disposal: Hi Dan, If shutting the breaker off by hand, then turning to back on...and....pushing the test button on the GFI and then the reset button doesn t fire up the outlet and switches, then we have to start at the breaker in the panel. Shut off the main breaker....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Short? Maybe?, underground wire, question thanks
underground wire, question thanks, electrical tape: Hi. Yes, if you know where the problem is, and it is only a simple cut, you can use a UF splice kit. Underground wire tends to cause shorts pretty easily, so water, dirt or anything else could cause it to short out. I hope this helps. Bo...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Short Between Black & white Wires, buss bar, continuity check
buss bar, continuity check, kitchen remodel: Hi. You can t install normal dimmers at either end. (Just a dimmer with a 3 way switch at the other location.) However, Lutron makes a high end dimming system that I believe will do that. They should have them at both Home Depot and Lowe s, as well as...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Short circuit, continuity tester, air cond
continuity tester, air cond, motor windings: Frank, The small pump is not weird for a portable A/C. It is used to help eliminate the condensate that would usually be poured out on the ground (or down the sewer) with a stationary A/C. Does it blow the fuse as soon as you plug it in? Does it blow...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Short circuit upon shutting off, double switch control, loose wires, double switch
loose wires, double switch, ground wires: I would start with a voltmeter and be sure the switching was done correctly. Take the fan down and work the loose wires to be sure what is to be connected to. I would have thought that only one set of wires would be in that box, unless there is another light...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Short circuit not tripping breaker, wire nuts, amp circuit
wire nuts, amp circuit, hvac ducts: Hi. Unfortunately i can t think of what would be causing it other than something plugged in or turned on when you are checking it. There is a fine line between a short and usage. If you put a heating element between hot and neutral, it is usage. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Short circuit, fuse box, wire nut
fuse box, wire nut, light switch: Hi. There is probably a wire going through the box that goes to the rest of your downstairs. It either is not connected, or it is loose. Make sure all the wires are connected. if they are, make sure they nothing is loose, especially in a wire nut. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Short in Gas Stove?, company asap, many mysteries
company asap, many mysteries, kitchen flooring: Hi Connie, Aren t older homes fun? They certainly do have a lot of character and many, many mysteries. It is possible that they cut off the gas line for the same problem you are experiencing. Here is my suspicion: A GFCI was added because they were...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Short or Ground Fault but can't find it..., ceiling fan light, junction switch
ceiling fan light, junction switch, amp service: Hi Leslie, great job of laying out the problem. I wish more people would do that. First, when a breaker trips, give it a couple of minutes before resetting as it needs a little time to cool down. If it was a short circuit, the breaker would not reset,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Short in house wiring, recepticle, recepticles
recepticle, recepticles, light switches: Hi Bill, Split it again between what you have left, that should isolate it to one receptacle. Then make sure none of the wires are touching the box, check the clamps where the wire enters the box, loosen them and try to pull a little more wire in to see if...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Short while replacing chandelier, brown wires, circuit breakers
brown wires, circuit breakers, cap nut: Franco The white to ground trips the breaker. That sounds like a problem. you should look closer into it. is the liqht still hooked up and do the breakers test out with 120v? Is the dimmer on the wall? it may be blown by the short I always advise calling...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Short run PVC conduit at Grade for Emergency Generator?, auto standby generator, pvc conduit
auto standby generator, pvc conduit, nascar event: I had a mobile home set up for one week for a Nascar event and the trailer was for a fire command center. The power pedistal was only two feet from the outside wall of the unit, but the inspector would not allow it to be above ground between the pedistal and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Short switch wires, diagonal cutters, wall stud
diagonal cutters, wall stud, switch legs: Good Morning Bob, Based on your description...there may be a couple possible solutions...depending on exactly what you have. It sounds like you are describing a shallow metal wall box (more then likely under the Code miminmum size for the amount...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Short in switched circuit, volt ohm meter, outlet boxes
volt ohm meter, outlet boxes, cheap radio: I do appreciate the kind words. You are correct in all, and you also know the difficulty of writing out a problem, especially if the concept of the issue is fuzzy. I make no claims to be a proficient writer in any degree, but it is a sad statement, when...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Short?, voltage drop, watt bulb
voltage drop, watt bulb, volts: I HOPE I am misunderstanding your situation. A voltage drop is 2 to 5 volts...not 50 +. What you are describing is like a Brown out from the Utility Co. I would not hesitate to call them and describe your situation. They may refer you to an electrician...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Shorted plug, not tripping breaker?, electric hot water tank, hot water tank
electric hot water tank, hot water tank, gas appliances: Hi Patti, The items that draw the most power are anything that heats, cools, or has a motor. If your not tripping any breakers I doubt it is an interior wiring problem. Most power companies will check there lines and meter to make sure everything at...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Shortening a wall, moving a double three way switch, wire nuts, electrical line
wire nuts, electrical line, double switch: You can use wire nuts to extend any electrical line, however that will create a splice, and any splice must be accessible. By code this splice must be in a box that is accessible and can not be hidden in the wall. If there is a way to extend a new wire from...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Shunt breaker, fire suppression system, robert wilber
fire suppression system, robert wilber, liability considerations: Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * LIFE SAFETY WARNING! [disclaimer] Electricity is dangerous! You can be injured or killed! Improper installations can cause fire, injury and death! Should you be doing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: SINGLE PHASE 220 FROM TRIPLE PHASE 220, neutral wire, step up transformer
neutral wire, step up transformer, out of phase: The European 220 volts is similar to our 120 volts. It uses a single line of 220 volts with a neutral and ground. We do not have that available except in services of 480 volts where one line is 240 volts. I am not certain if there are adapters to convert to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: SINGLE PHASE TO THREE PHASE, amp breaker, subpanels
amp breaker, subpanels, factor x: Well first of all, your panel with 204 amps of load should be protected by a 225 amp breaker (240.4.B and 240.6). To find amps on a three phase circuit, were you thinking of this formula: Amperage (I) = (Sum of KVA times 1000) / (Sum of Voltage (E) times...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: TWO SINGLE POLE SWITCH, bearer of bad news, double rocker
bearer of bad news, double rocker, romex: Hi. When you have only 2 wires going to a switch, it is called a switch loop, and you can not tap off of it. Both wires are hot. You have no neutral. You will have to tap off of the existing light fixture. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. Bo...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: SIZE OF MAIN ELECTRICAL BOX, aluminum wires, don beck
aluminum wires, don beck, fire hazzard: Hi Jim,, I have heard about the fire hazard rumor of federal Pacific panels, although I have never seen any hard evidence of this. If the # 2 gaugae wire is aluminum, and from the markings AL on the coating of the wire, I suspect that it is, the the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Side-by-side breaker trip, amp breaker, central vacuum
amp breaker, central vacuum, breakers: Hi Alan, No, it can t. A breaker trips dependent on its load. Not the loads of other circuits. Your other breakers tripped cause they have problems of there own. At least if you are correct in assuming these 2 circuits are completely separate downstream...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Siemen's Trinom Instantaneous Water heater USA version, instantaneous water heater, electric water heater
instantaneous water heater, electric water heater, instantaneous electric water heater: Brian, The problem with using the 40 amp breaker instead of the 20 amp breaker, you would have to run a larger wire from the panel to the heater. (8/3). If you used the 12/3 on a 40 amp breaker and something malfunctioned, the 12/3 could overheat and catch...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Siemens Instantaneous Hot Water Trinom, hot water service, instantaneous hot water
hot water service, instantaneous hot water, terminology differences: Paul, Wow, you have a lot prettier colors than we do! I can only assume that the basic connections are the same even though the colors are different. For 220 Volts, it requires 2 hots and a ground in the US, no neutral is required. It may pay to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Signs of overheating in the main panel, hot legs, added loads
hot legs, added loads, excessive load: Hi Peter, Looking back thru my answers from last month - it appears you are referring to the case where a garage 100 amp rated sub-panel had been fed by #12..and the neutral and ground were terminated together - along with several other violations. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Simple light fixture, wall switch, original way
wall switch, original way, light fixture: Eric, Connect the hot coming into the ceiling box to one of the other black wires. Then take your beeper to the switch, shut the switch off, and see if you get a beep on 1 of the screws. If so, mark that wire in the ceiling box so you know which one it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Singl phase an 3 phase Circuit Breaker Box, phase circuit breaker, phase converters
phase circuit breaker, phase converters, wine bottling: Rob: When you talk phase converters. There are 2 main types one uses electronics to create the 3 leg. The other type looks like a motor. If the equipment has motors on it use the motor type phase converter. Also the converter needs to have at least 1.5 to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Single Circuit Rewire, PVC Conduit Use, gauge aluminum, drywall work
gauge aluminum, drywall work, pvc conduit: 1. Use the gray PVC found in the electrical department along with the glue that is made especially for it. 2. Yes you can run them across or on the face. 3. If you are going to buy romex, just pull the romex through. It can be done. You may need a little...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Single line phone wiring, phone wires, extension cords
phone wires, extension cords, single line: Hi. It may be whoever wired it up did not do it right. You should have an interface box near where the line comes from the street. If you open the part that opens, you can see what wires are hooked up. It is supposed to be red and green, but perhaps...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Single Pole Light Switch, voltage detector, swtich
voltage detector, swtich, light fixture: There should be no voltage on your light fixture with the switch off, correct, but you might read a small voltage if for some reason you have a loose connection on your neutral somewhere. But when you say sense , are you using one of those neon testers that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Single Pole Switch/GFI Outlet Combination, recepticle, possition
recepticle, possition, gfci: I suspect you don t have any power in the switch box. The white wire is most likely your hot wire from the fixture, and the black, is the switch leg that only has power on it, with the switch in the ON position. You ll either need to take power from the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Single pole and grounded outlet wiring, emergency heart, cabinet lighting
emergency heart, cabinet lighting, jumer: Hi Ryan, Sorry for any delay...Tammy s father got rushed to the hospital Sunday night for emergency heart surgery.....so I ve spent a lot of my time at the hospital the past few days... Based on your description....you ll need to make some changes...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: What Size Breaker, guage wire, gage wire
guage wire, gage wire, amp breaker: BRENT: You did not spell out the voltage,110 or 220. So here goes. 3000watt @ 120v = 25amps 1/2 HP MTR @ 120v = 9.8amps 9.8amps @ 25% = 2.45amps total load = 37.25 amps. 45amp breaker, # 8 gage (not the way to do it) 3000watt @ 240v = 12.5amps 1/2 HP...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Size of emergency transfer switch, furnace blower motors, furnace blowers
furnace blower motors, furnace blowers, natural gas heat: Jim Most homes are supplied with 200-amp service. That s the power available to you. The AC voltage is generally 120/240, 1 phase. Your electric dryer and central air conditioners will use 240 volts while most other appliances and lights run on 120 volts....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Size of feeder Wire, amp circuit breaker, don beck
amp circuit breaker, don beck, aluminum wire: Ed, 3 runs of #6 copper or #4 Aluminum for the 2 hots and 1 neutral. The ground can be 1 size smaller. An option you might want to consider is driving an 8 copper ground rod near the sub panel, then you can run a #6 copper the short distance from...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Size of ground wire for a subpanel, subpanel, thanks in advance
subpanel, thanks in advance, conductor: Hi Grant. Since the subpanel is NOT a service, you are not installing a ground wire, but an equipment grounding conductor. This size is based on Table 250-122, which is based on the rating of the overcurrent device ahead of this circuit. In your case,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Size of Pull Box, diffrent sizes, ground wires
diffrent sizes, ground wires, receptacle: Hi. I found the rules on the Net: The basics of box fill are as follows: * each #12 wire entering the box requires 2.25 cu. in. * each #14 wire entering the box requires 2 cu. in. * each device (switch, receptacle) counts as two wires (4 or...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Size of PVC for underground wiring, don beck, underground wiring
don beck, underground wiring, shaving cream: Hi Richard, If you are only going to have a fan, and maybe an outlet, use 14/2 with ground for the wire. 1/2 PVC is big enough, but for the little more it would cost, I would use 3/4 . It makes the wire pull much easier. When pulling the wire thru...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: What Size service panel do I need?, amp breaker, 12 gauge
amp breaker, 12 gauge, drawing power: I recommend putting each circuit on a 20 amp breaker using 12 gauge. The lighting can be on a 15 amp breaker, depending on the total wattage. I can t tell you about the heater without more info. It sounds like this is a 220 volt heater. You should run...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Sizing Subpanels, amp circuits, wattage lamps
amp circuits, wattage lamps, kitchen microwave: Add up the wattages in all lamps, and allow for 180 watts per receptacle. Divide this by 1920 and it will tell you have many 20 amp circuits you need. Then split the devices accordingly. Some people like to separate lights from receptacles, but that s a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Slight Delay when light switch is flipped, ventilation fan, vent fan
ventilation fan, vent fan, hot summer day: Two things...either the switching mechanism in the switch is faulty (I kind of discount this) or there is a loose connection. Possibly in the joints you made, less likely in the wiring within the new vent fan. I d suspect that the delay you re experiencing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Slight Delay when light switch is flipped, customer service person, ventilation fan
customer service person, ventilation fan, cfm fan: Hi. I am not sure what to tell you. Electricity travels at the speed of light, so they should come on right away. Sometimes motors take a second or two to get their momentum. I don t know what to tell you about the light. The electicity that a 70 cfm...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Slow start in my electrical motor, radial arm saw, delta radial arm saw
radial arm saw, delta radial arm saw, fellow volunteer: Hi Jamie, 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. As a fellow volunteer...perhaps you can also relate to the occassional lack of spare time issue... Your description...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Small current past switch., accurate test results, neon light
accurate test results, neon light, neon lights: Hi Jon, Stopped by the shop for coffee break - saw your question. Based on your description...that is indeed an extremely early failure rate for a fluorescent fixture - athough it s possible that it may have had a bad ballast straight from the factory....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Small electric motor question..., david gardner, mr cook
david gardner, mr cook, silly thing: It could have been wired either way David, but I would have to say that the high speed is the most used setting, thus it was placed adjacent to the off position. Since I wonder about these sort of things also, I have to believe it is just a sign of intelligence,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Small electrical shocks, cable modem router, electrical shocks
cable modem router, electrical shocks, static shock: Hi. I assume it isn t a static shock. You may want to get a circuit analyzer. It will tell you if the ground is not wired properly. Other than that, I guess you could try to plug in the equipment somewhere else. Get a long cord and plug it into another...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Smoke Alarm Problem, chirp signal, quality lamp
chirp signal, quality lamp, loose connections: Hi Bayard. I know next to nothing about detectors. I do know that you should replace detectors every 8-10 years, so this might be an indication to do so. As far as the flickering lights, if you have tried changing the lamps to a higher quality lamp...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Smoke Alarm, smoke detector, smoke detectors
smoke detector, smoke detectors, smoke alarm: Hi. I would think that a 10 year old house would have combination AC and battery smoke alarms. Sometimes the batteries are not easy to see without taking the smoke detector down. However, if you don t have batteries, then I would say the smoke detector...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Smoke alarms going off, ground wires, smoke detectors
ground wires, smoke detectors, beep: Hi Randy. Make sure to follow the instructions that came with the units. Different brands could be the problem, but check the wiring first. It sounds like you wired the circuits correctly. When you say they all go off, does this mean they beep? Could...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Smoke Detector junction Box Chirpping, smoke detector, watch battery
smoke detector, watch battery, chirp: Not a problem and we would have went there next, do verify the breaker is labeled correctly. You bring up a very good point and hope your reply does hit some search engines. It is very important to know which detector is making what sound. I guess...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Smoke Detector, optical sensors, smoke detectors
optical sensors, smoke detectors, smoke detector: Hi Terri. Most detectors use optical sensors, which smoke, as well as dust, blocks. If the dust block the detection, then you will either disable it or ignore it, both unwise. You can blow out dust, but any clear plastic yellows with age, and at 10 years...

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

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Smoke detector, smoke detector circuit, wiring circuits
smoke detector circuit, wiring circuits, case thanks: Randy, Here s a little twist. You don t have to run 14-3 back to the panel from the first smoke detector, just 14-2. The 14-3 only needs to be run between the smoke detectors for interconnection purposes. If you ve already run the 14-3 to the panel thats...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Smoke detectors going off, computer geeks, smoke detector
computer geeks, smoke detector, smoke detectors: Hi Tina. I have seen this happen when the detectors are dirty, or when the batteries are bad. Try blowing out the detectors, using those air cans that computer geeks use on their equipment. Make sure all batteries are replaced at the same time. If...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Smoke detectors going off, electrical problem, smoke detectors
electrical problem, smoke detectors, smoke detector: Hi Linda. Why do you think it is in the wiring? If you don t have a firm reason, then you might want to have an electrician come in, to verify that the detectors are connected correctly, and if there is some other reason for the false indications. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Smoke detectors, smoke detectors, interconnection
smoke detectors, interconnection, good luck: Hi Randy. I m sorry, but to have the interconnection, you will have to have the 3rd wire, and it needs to be insulated. Do not use the ground wire for this. Use the ground wire only for grounding. There will probably not be a ground connection on the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Smoke smell from a burnt fan motor, search google, smoke smell
search google, smoke smell, fan motor: Hi Larry. I m afraid I can not help much. Try painting, and if that doesn t work, try to get your funiture cleaned. You might want to do a search (Google?) on this subject, maybe you can get a good idea on what to do. Good luck. Rick Miel...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Socket went dead, believe old wiring, gfci outlet, stock answer
gfci outlet, stock answer, faulty wiring: Hi Cindy. My stock answer for this type of question is to look for a tripped gfci outlet. It will have a test and rest button on it s face. Just press the reset button, and you should have power. You may find a gfci in the garage, kitchen, outside outlets,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Socket positioning, chimney hood, existance
chimney hood, existance, iee wiring regulations: Hi Ian. Under the IEE wiring regulations (regulation 528-02-02 and 528-02-03)sockets and cabling are not allowed in the vicinity of other services that produce heat,smoke,steam or fume.So your installer is correct and it should not be there. Hope this helps...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Socket Replace for Light on Ceiling Fan, light sockets, gold screw
light sockets, gold screw, silver screw: The trouble with light sockets is that sometimes the inner connection points are allowed to slip around and can get in contact with each other. Quite common, really. Check the inside of the socket very carefully and see that the contacts are fully separated...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Sodium Lighting, high pressure sodium, hps systems
high pressure sodium, hps systems, weather temperature: HPS systems include the wiring, fixture socket, ballast, lamp and sometimes photocell, which you apparently don t have. Also of note, lamps will cycle on-off when they are approaching thier end of life. How old is yours? They should last about 24,000 hours,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Solar converted to DC, 12v car, 12v battery
12v car, 12v battery, definite answer: I wish I could give you a more definite answer, but the fact is that every manufacturer is different, but in most cases you would not want the charger and the solar panels connected at the same time as one will damage the other and possibly the battery also....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Solar energy, charles mann, koi pond
charles mann, koi pond, solar systems: Hi Charles. There are solar systems on the market to provide power during sunny times, with batteries for night time use. You should surf the web and visit as many solar sites as you can. You might find just what you are looking for. Good luck. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Sorry was incorrect on my last question. 2 neural 1 hot, hot wire, lightswitch
hot wire, lightswitch, joe joe: Joe You should still have another black wire in there somewhere look in the back of the box if you find that it is the always hot wire then you can break the small clip on the hot side only and put the switched wire on the top or bottom which ever you prefer...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Source for horizontal orientation GCFI ?, gte products, duplex receptacle
gte products, duplex receptacle, horizontal orientation: Hi Ron I did a little research and found this outlet. It may be what you are looking for. It doesn t give a lot of info. When you get to the site, click on pages , then page 2 http://www.passandseymour.com/literature/pdf/GFCI_brochure.pdf ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: South african sockets, hot wire, different colors
hot wire, different colors, black and brown: You really need to use a tester to identify the hot wire(s). You may have a voltage different from 120 volts, which is what this socket is rated for. I would more think the green is the ground and would connect to the blueish green, the blue is the hot and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: SPA Wiring Load vs Distance, spa wiring, spa installation
spa wiring, spa installation, amp load: It would be borderline to have any voltage drop at all on this large of a conductor, but if you have any concerns at all, now would be the time to use a larger conductor, but I am certain you will not experience any problems with #6 as #6 copper is rated for...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: SPLICE 6 GA. WIRE, split bolts, gage wire
split bolts, gage wire, home depot: Hi Steve, Yes you can splice them. I would use split bolts, you can get them at most hardware stores or Lowes, Home Depot. You should check the amperage ratings on the cook top first, they usually only take a 30A circuit and require #10 gage wire. If you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: SPLICING WIRE TO ELECTRIC STOVE., new appliances, wire connections
new appliances, wire connections, loose connections: I don t like taking chances with electricity, not that splices are risky, it is another high [relative] current joint and another spot to have a problem. Plus code, plus the age of the existing wire, versus cost. Are we talking a huge long run? Plus...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: SPST Switches, bob osgood, spst switches
bob osgood, spst switches, master electrician: Hi Shane, If it is a true Single Pole/Single Throw switch...then it will only have 2 terminal connections....one for incoming hot and one for outgoing switched power. A third green terminal is usually provided on the yoke for grounds. Some low voltage...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Spa Conduit question, romex, sheath
romex, sheath, good luck: Hi Vinnie. The size of wire listed is not allowed in a 3/4 conduit. For the number of #6 you list, you are required to use at least 1 liguidtite, nonmetallic conduit. You don t have to strip the sheath off, but could if you wanted to. Good luck....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Spa disconnect, gfci, first thought
gfci, first thought, electrician: My first thought, you are turning off the wrong breaker....it may be mis labeled. Your disconnect is another concern. It only has two positions....one of them should terminate the connection....which means you may need an electrician to come and correct...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Spa Electric, amp circuits, copper plumbing
amp circuits, copper plumbing, amp breaker: The installation proposed sounds fine Dave, and yes, I would install a separate ground rod to ground the pumps. Another suggestion, since you are going this distance, what if you installed a small sub panel at the tub instead of three separate lines and feed...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Spa electric problem, click sound, joints
click sound, joints, pumps: If the problem isn t in your equipment, it must be in your wiring. Check your joints to make sure they are tight and clean. Maybe your wire has been cut underground (if you re using cable). Completely disconnect your spa, and if your breaker still trips, the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Spa electric problem, click sound, breakers
click sound, breakers, pumps: Hello Kevin. The breaker that is tripping should be a GFI breaker for a spa. A small amount of moisture anywhere in the electrical will trip this breaker. It may also be a defective breaker. I know the GFI breakers are expensive, but this could very well be...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Spa electrical, hook ups, typical household
hook ups, typical household, electrical question: Good job. Now Don t assume there is 50 Amps in left in the main where you are going to get this power from. A typical household service is 200 AMPS. 50 would be obviously a fourth of that, so again, don t buy anything until you are sure. Your 10 gauge...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Spa GFCI and SE Cable (two parts), single family dwelling, amp unit
single family dwelling, amp unit, branch circuits: I would think Sq D makes one, but I don t have any numbers for you. The exception for single family dwelling is only for the emergency switch. This rule was put into the code after there were numerous cases of children getting thier body or their hair...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Spa grounding out, proper test equipment, gauge wires
proper test equipment, gauge wires, nutral: Hi Rob, First, under no circumstances remove the ground. That could be very dangerous. Is the GFI a breaker or part of an outlet where the spa is hooked up? If it s a breaker, what size is it? If it s just a simple thing, like a breaker, then...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Spa Install, albarino, good luck
albarino, good luck, spa: Hi Tony. If there is no load hooked up, then the breaker should not trip. However, it is a gfci unit, so it may be sensing that there is a problem with the load (no load) and may be shutting off. If everything is wired correctly, I suggest you wait until...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Spa Installation Circuit Requirements, amp circuits, amp breaker
amp circuits, amp breaker, spa installation: You re correct on the 23 amp draw, but I m sure your spa has a motor, or two, and the overcurrent protective device, i.e., circuit breaker, can be sized as much as 250% over that (start-up current) which probably accounts for the 50 amp breaker. And being...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Spa Issue, spa pack, pitched whine
spa pack, pitched whine, bay spa: Chad, Check for water residue on the control panel. Once, after installing the wiring for a spa I got a call about one month later saying that the breaker was tripped. I pulled the cover off to get to the spa wiring and found water reside from the light...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Spa wiring conduit to main panel, wall stucco, exterior stucco
wall stucco, exterior stucco, stucco wall: Hi. Are you using Liquidtite all the way? If so, it should be flexible enough to use without any special fittings. They do make L shaped fittings for Liquidtite. You can see all the fittings at http://www.carlon.com. If you were going to use PVC conduit,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Spa wiring, spa wiring, amp breaker
spa wiring, amp breaker, source of the sound: Hi Randy. Try eleminating the source of the sound. Unhook the load (the spa) and turn the circuit on. If the sounds stops, then the breaker was trying to trip due to some problem in the spa. If the sound is still there, then there is a problem with the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Space heater wiring, amp circuit, amp service
amp circuit, amp service, space heater: Your voltage will play a part in how many amps are pulled. But in any case your 15 amp circuit would not be enough. The 20 amp service is close, but again it depends on your actual voltage. Plus I am assuming that there are other loads on the circuits....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Spacing of Electrical Outlet Boxes, gang boxes, outlet boxes
gang boxes, outlet boxes, wall cavity: Hi Jon, I m not aware of anything in the National Electric Code that would prohibit having 2 outlets only a few inches apart. There may be something in your local code that prohibits this as local inspectors can make up their own rules, although I don...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Spark in Panel, qualified electrician, circuit breakers
qualified electrician, circuit breakers, blue spark: Hi Tim, Try moving the wires temporarily to 2 different breakers. If the same thing occurs with these 2 breakers, you will probably need a professional to locate the problem. If the 2 breakers hold, then try replacing the original breakers. It...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Spark - are we safe?, electrical tape, electrical wires
electrical tape, electrical wires, electrician: Hi Kristen, Just inspect the wires and the box and see if there is a nick in the black wire. If there is, use electrical tape around it, if you don t see anything forget about it. There isn t really any problem. The breaker tripping means everything...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Spark at wall outlet, aluminum wiring, screw terminals
aluminum wiring, screw terminals, metal strips: Hi Charlie, There may be a loose connection inside and a light or appliance plugged into another outlet was turned on. Each outlet does not have its own wires from the fuse or breaker box but rather the wires are in short segments going from one outlet...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Sparking ligth switches, light switches, screw terminal
light switches, screw terminal, circuits: David Sometimes when they build a new house they will quick wire the switches,that is they will strip the wire about 1/8 of a inch and insert the wire in a small hole in the back of the switch. I would take the switches that are causing a problem and make...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Sparking Outlet, aluminum wiring, periodic maintenance
aluminum wiring, periodic maintenance, fire hazard: Hi. Aluminum wiring is a fire hazard. I just got a questions yesterday from someone who had a fire caused by it. I would turn the breaker off and call an electrician before you use it again. Your wire should have periodic maintenance. The connections...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Sparking in Panel, loose connection, breakers
loose connection, breakers, sparks: Hi Andrew. Usually sparks indicate a loose connection. Turn each breaker off, then tighten the screw holding the wire. Some panel allow 2 wires under one screw, but normally you can t do this. There will be a label somewhere on the inside of the box...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Sparking when plugging in 220 dryer, budger, terminal block
budger, terminal block, hots: The frame is the shell of the dryer, the whole box where you changed the cord ends is the terminal block it has three screws on it the left one is a hot the center one is neutral the right one is a hot The green wire goes to the screw on the box where...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Sparks shot from devices, worried for safety, composite video cable, prong plug
composite video cable, prong plug, amp breaker: Evening Robert, This is a new one, with your problem, i wouldn t blame it on your homes wiring. I would think you hooked it up when the tv or the PS3 was on. Composites are bad for shorting out if the device is on. While i don t...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Sparky receptacle, blowdryer, loose wires
blowdryer, loose wires, receptacle: Hi Bobby, The bath outlet should be replaced. It is probably loose wires, but the arcing could have damaged the outlet so changing it is a good idea. As for the other outlets, the plug that goes into them is held in place by friction, They have probably...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Spit a 220(dryer line) in 2 circuits, amp circuits, reef aquarium
amp circuits, reef aquarium, amp breaker: A 2 pole breaker is really 2 breakers in one. There are 2 places to attach hot wires, each own it s own circuit. This is what should be used if you are going to have a common neutral. If one of the breakers trip, they are mechanically connected, so the other...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Spkicing into an exsisting outlet, gfci receptacle, joints
gfci receptacle, joints: Normally, there is one GFCI receptacle that protects the others in a kitchen, so if you re tapping there, be sure you connect your new black/white to the LOAD side of the GFCI receptacle. If you re tapping one of the other outlets that the GFCI protects, just...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Splice box, master electricians, electrical cables
master electricians, electrical cables, sophisticated manner: Gary, A lot depends on if the Insp. has any hands on experience is a book learned expert. Most Insps. understand that this type of thing does occur and will roll with it. Others, however, are by the book type. There is no hazard and no problem in splicing....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Splicing a 220 volt line?, volt line, electric dryer
volt line, electric dryer, dedicated line: No, it s not legal . Each appliance should have it s own circuit, because even though YOU may not use more than one at a time, there s no guarantee that someone won t try to run them both at the same time. To be legal, you d need to insert a double pole,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Splicing the 220 wiring leading to an electric stove, wire nuts, bxo
wire nuts, bxo, insulating material: Hi Lloyd, You can spice the cable in a junction bxo, but the box ha to be exposed where you could get at it in the future, if need be. Junction boxs cannot be concealed per electrical code. There are spilit bolts or wire nuts that you can use to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Splicing 240 wires, wire nuts, slide in range
wire nuts, slide in range, incoming power: Yes you could, except then you would have to put a switch on the stove to kill the incoming power to meet code. The plug receptacle combination takes the place of the switch so that service can be done on it. Oven cords come in a variety of lengths. Call...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Splicing Electrical Cable, foot piece, electrical cable
foot piece, electrical cable, splices: Hi John. You can splice wires, doing so in boxes approved for the area. If underground, use underground rated boxes and splices. If in all locations, use a box large enough for the splices and wire fill. Steel City and Raco are 2 manufacturers of boxes....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Splicing Electrical Wires fro ceiling fan, copper connectors, wire nut
copper connectors, wire nut, romex: Anytime you splice a conductor, you have to have it in an accessible box, because even though you used crimp splices, and applied a million pounds of force, a splice is never as good as a solid, uninterrupted conductor. That being said, I correct myself, because...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Splicing Into Existing Circuit, gfci receptacle, line terminals
gfci receptacle, line terminals, overhead line: Hi David, Just getting back in...(took the little lady out for supper). Yes....Code requires receptacles in the garage to be GFCI protected. This can be quickly accomplished with only one GFCI...if it is indeed the first one inline....and the power...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Splicing electrical wires, amp circuit, copper wires
amp circuit, copper wires, new appliance: Hi Peter, You can splice the wires and the spice should be in a junction box that is exposed in case you need to get at it again sometime down the line. Check the wire attached to the breaker for this electrical outlet and see what size it is. If...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Splicing the ground wire, bob osgood, split bolt
bob osgood, split bolt, master electrician: Hi Jerry, Stopped at the office for coffee break...saw your question come in. NOTE: If this is #6 copper - it must be sleeved or protected as it runs to the ground rod (we typically just sleeve it inside a short piece of 1/2 PVC) #4 bare copper...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Splicing heavy gauge wire, split bolts, wire nuts
split bolts, wire nuts, gauge wire: There are no specific criteria for making a splice, however with a load such as an oven, a better splice device would be split bolts. The only thing about them is that they are all metal, and a good rubber tape needs to be wrapped around the split bolts before...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Splicing Lamp Wires, bulb lamps, lamp wires
bulb lamps, lamp wires, wire nuts: Hello. I assume that the switch turns on one light, then the other, then both? If so, splice one conductor of each wire together. This is the neutral wire. That leaves you with one conductor left on each wire. The wire from the plug goes to the black...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Splicing Lamp Wires, bulb lamps, brown switch
bulb lamps, brown switch, lamp wires: I m not sure how you switch originally functioned (either ALL on or off, one lamp on with one position of the switch and both lamps on with the next position, etc., etc..) but one of the switch wires, red, black or brown, is the common wire, and the other...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Splicing Lamp Wires, lamp wires, continuity
lamp wires, continuity, lamps: Ok using a continuity meter find out which wires go hot when the switch is turned. The black is most likely power in and the red and brown are most likely power out. If that is true then you can wirenut one of the red or brown off and attach the black wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Splicing multiple wires in a junction box, rattail, multiple wires
rattail, multiple wires, hello george: Hello George, if you can do it this way you will not have so many wires in one splice, break the known wires as stated, add only one additional white and one black. Run this to the first receptacle and from this receptacle run to the other one. This will keep...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Splicing service conductors, fuse box, nec code
fuse box, nec code, meter socket: Hi Tim While not exactly a violation of code, it is usually not a good idea to splice these conductors. A splice is the weak link in the chain, and if there was a failure, this could be the place for problems. It sounds like he insulated it good, but,it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Splicing stranded wire, wire nut, wire connectors
wire nut, wire connectors, wall oven: Raymond, If you go to an electrical supply house they will know what a mechanical bug is. If you go to HD or Lowes they SHOULD know what it is since they sell them. If you went to your local hardware store it wouldn t surprise me that the guy didn t know...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Splicing strnded wires, wire nut, wire connectors
wire nut, wire connectors, wall oven: Using a blue or grey wire nut is acceptable, and you don t have to worry about insulating your connection like you would if you used the mechanical lugs. Solder? Not necessary, and besides, unless it was silver solder, you re spinning your wheels. Pre twist?...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Split 220v, amp breaker, anps
amp breaker, anps, receptacle: Hi Bill, If I understand the question correctly, you want to have: 1-220V outlet 2-110V outlets If this is correct, the 220 V outlet should be on it s own 2 pole breaker. 1- 20 amp single pole breaker may be enough for to handle the 2 110V outlets,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Split Bus Circuit Breaker and Alum. Wiring, buss fuse, aluminum wiring
buss fuse, aluminum wiring, arc fault: Hi. First of all, I am not an electrician. I pretty much know about everything about housewiring, from it being a hobby. I installed a sub panel at age 12. I also worked 25 years at a home center, most of it in the electrical department. I have never...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Split-wired Receptacle Without Sharing the Neutral?, electrical receptacle, landscape lighting
electrical receptacle, landscape lighting, neutral wire: If A and B are two different phases you can share the neutral, or not, but if A and B are both the same phase, you cannot share the neutral. And if you put two different circuits on the same device, which is what you propose, it has to be a double pole breaker...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Splitting a 14/2 wire into one switched and one live line, lighting fixtures, wall switch
lighting fixtures, wall switch, switch one: Hi Gil, Orig hot black gets connected to: 1) The black of the other 1/2 of the orig wire 2) The black going to the fan 3) The WHITE going to the switch ORIG White wire gets connected to: 1) All the other whites except the one going to the switch....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Splitting a 2 wire feed into an outlet and a switched line, seperate lines, light strip
seperate lines, light strip, moulding: Hi. You are talking about the point where the switch is? At that point, the whites will connect together. The black coming in would go to the black going to the outlet and to one terminal of the switch. The red would go to the other terminal of the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Splitting 220v to different locations, convection microwave, amp breaker
convection microwave, amp breaker, double ovens: Although the existing wire is big enough to handle both of the new units, you have to think of the existing 60 amp breaker as powering up 2 separate units, not 2 units back to back. So what you have is a 60 amp #6 wire feeding the 33.3 amp oven and a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Splitting a double-pole 240v into two, cicuits, neutrals
cicuits, neutrals, transfer switch: Dana All of the neutrals should have been left in the original panel. What type of transfer switch is this is it a home made one? The two hot wires can share a neutral. since the neutrals are in the panel you might as well put these new neutrals there also...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Splitting an exhaust and overhead light to 2 switches, romex cable, wire nuts
romex cable, wire nuts, overhead light: At this point you will probably have to run another cable from either your light or fan down to the switch box and add another switch. The only way around this is if these were wired with 14/3 or 12/3. If they were not wired with 3 wire, it is easiest...