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Electrical Wiring in the Home: hot electrical box, light boxes, problem thanks
light boxes, problem thanks, light fixture: Hi. Is the heat coming from the light fixture, or the wiring? Bulbs put out heat, so some heat would be normal. If it is the wiring, be sure the hot and neutral wires enter the same hole in the box. Check for any damaged wires. Are the wires thick enough...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: "hot" light switch plate, energy saver bulbs, light switch plate
energy saver bulbs, light switch plate, dimmer light switch: Hi. If the dimmer does not work, it should be replaced with a regular switch. Energy saver bulbs (CFLs) should not be used with dimmers, unless they are made for it. I can tell you from experience that even if they are made for dimmers, it does not mean...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Installing underground fence near power lines, hog wire, underground fence
hog wire, underground fence, wire fencing: I do not anticipate any problems with your installation. It does happen at times that something funky will happen when you install as you describe, but I d say 95% of the time, folks have no problems. The best thing to do is to call petsafe and describe your...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kitchen light fixture replacement, selling energy, kitchen light
selling energy, kitchen light, light fixture: Hi. The new fixtures are much more energy efficient, and it is easier to replace the whole fixture. I believe they will only be selling energy efficient ballasts, which would be harder when the fixture wasn t made for it. It is always best to turn the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: kitchen wiring - countertop and dishwasher/disposal, amp circuits, amp circuit
amp circuits, amp circuit, garbage disposal: As far as I know you can install as many outlets you want on the counter, as long as a 24 cord can reach an outlet from anywhere on the counter and they are GFCI. The outlets should be on at least two circuits and every other outlet should be on the same...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light Switch, daughters room, hot wire
daughters room, hot wire, lead line: Hi. You most likely have the switch installed between the neutral and hot wire. It should be between the black power source and the black fan wire. This is the case when the white wire going to the switch is a hot wire and not a neutral. So the blacks...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights Out!, wire nuts, upstairs room
wire nuts, upstairs room, electrical lighting: Hi. It sounds like a wire came loose somewhere. These things can be hard to track down. Somewhere in the circuit, there is a break. It could even be at a device that is working, because it could be the wire leaving the working device that is not working....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights out, aluminum wiring, wire nuts
aluminum wiring, wire nuts, loose wire: Hi. It sounds like there is a loose wire. These things can be hard to track down. Somewhere in the circuit, there is a break. It could even be at a device that is working, because it could be the wire leaving the working device that is not working. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights flicker and burn out, energy efficient bulbs, downstairs rooms
energy efficient bulbs, downstairs rooms, motion sensors: Hi. Are these incandescent, fluorescent or CFL bulbs? If they are CFL bulbs, they won t work with dimmers, timers, remote switches, motion sensors, or any other type of electronic switch. If they are fluorescent fixtures, then probably the ballast is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Load Center MB / MLO, cutler hammer, amp circuits
cutler hammer, amp circuits, nec requirements: Hi Mark, I see nothing wrong with you using the MB panel. Actually, it would provide you extra convenience and safety. I find it a little nerve-racking to be working on sub-panel when I can t see the main shutoff supplying power to it. I hope this...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Loop Indicator Light on Until Level 3, indicator light, reliable systems
indicator light, reliable systems, level 3: Those are very reliable systems. It sounds like you have a break in your wire. Call Petsafe 888-284-6234 and tell them of the problem. The will walk you through a short loop test to determine if the problem is in your wire, the transmitter, or the receiver...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Losing B phase ,voltage drops, meter panel, phase voltage
meter panel, phase voltage, mlo: Hi. It sounds like a loose or disconnected neutral between the pole and the breaker box. If the power company checked their wiring, then the problem would be from the panel to where they checked it. However, power company people are not always right....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low outlet Voltage, watt light bulb, energy meter
watt light bulb, energy meter, wire connections: Hi Pete, The voltage varies according to resistance. Look for loose wire connections in the wiring system. Also, I would check with your utility provider to make sure their voltage is not low coming into your place. I hope this has helped. If you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low voltage, hot wire, multimeter
hot wire, multimeter, receptacles: Hi. You have a loose white neutral somewhere. The reading is feedback from the hot wire. Do not rule out an outlet that is working, because it could be the wire leaving that outlet going to the other outlets that is loose. If any wires are pushed into...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light bulbs burning out, watt bulbs, incandescent bulbs
watt bulbs, incandescent bulbs, david answer: Hi. The way you did it is the best way to tell. If you get two circuits mixed up, it is possible to get 220 volts, since it takes two 110 volt circuits to make a 220 volt circuit. Try other bulbs. The wattmiser bulbs may be pretty old. I don t think...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: How many light switches on a 20 amp circuit, amp circuits, hazardous wiring
amp circuits, hazardous wiring, amp circuit: Hi. How many circuits depends on how many square feet, by code. The thinking is that if there are less outlets, people will just use extension cords. The disposal, microwave, and AC need to be on their own circuits. There should be 2 20 amp circuits...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights per circuit, amp circuit, ballast
amp circuit, ballast, amps: Jim, First, you can load a 20 amp circuit up to 80% of its capacity. .80% X 20 = 16 amps so this is the number you have to actually work with not 20 amps. Now if you look at the ballast in the HO fixture it will say what its line current is in terms of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights dim and brighten, laundry room, red light
laundry room, red light, dining room: Hi. An iron uses a lot of power, and some dimming is normal. If there is excessive dimming, then perhaps a neutral is loose somewhere. You might see if you can iron your clothes in the kitchen, dining room, or laundry room where there is more capacity....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: long distance wiring, amp service, copper wire
amp service, copper wire, rule of thumb: The rule of thumb is for every 100 over 100 you go to the next bigger size for copper wire. The size of conduit is determined by size of wire and how the number of bends. You want big enough conduit to be able to pull the wire. Is the panel at your...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: loose light switch, overhead light, bath fans
overhead light, bath fans, switch unit: Hi. Yes, it is always best to keep everything tight. It may be the old despard system. I doubt if they make it any more. But you may be able to tighten it. If not, you can probably buy a triple switch where they sell the bath fans. You ll just have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: motion sensors, motion sensors, wall switch
motion sensors, wall switch: Hi. Normal motion sensors will not work. You may be able to use X10 sensors with a remote switch. These send messages through the wires. You can see these at smarthome.com. But it can get complicated. These are battery powered sensors that send a message...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Neutral wire, aluminum wire, ground bars
aluminum wire, ground bars, neutral wire: Why are you suddenly installing a larger cable than existed in an obsolete panel, pray tell? Neutral bars are not hard to change. It just requires the right tools and an understanding of the process, which is fairly obvious-remove old bars, install new...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Bathroom Vent Installation, gfci outlet, ventilation fan
gfci outlet, ventilation fan, fan night: Hi. New outlets in bathrooms should be 20 amp, and should only have that bathroom on the circuit. If it is already wired, then you are allowed to keep it. But 20 amps is better if you can change it. 14 gauge is OK for 15 amp as long as it is not an extremely...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Construction Recessed Lighting with no access, vinyl soffit, installing recessed lighting
vinyl soffit, installing recessed lighting, nec code: Lets use some good old common sense for this situation. If you install new construction in an area that you cannot access what will you do if a wire comes loose in the junction box attached to the light? If you have to tear out the whole ceiling or part...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Nutone 665RP Wiring Problem, wire nut, hot wire
wire nut, hot wire, 628c: Hi. It would be funny that both the fan and heater are not working. Is each part connected to the neutral? You would get a reading on the hot wire, but the unit would not work. Check the wire nut and make sure everything is making good contact. I hope...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new 15 amp circuit, amp circuit, bus bars
amp circuit, bus bars, powermark: Hey John, No, you should not try to replace the buss bars. The panel was UL tested and listed just as designed. You cannot modify it. The vertical prongs you mention allow the GE thin breakers to be installed there. These are type THQP breakers....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new LG 240v. 18,000 ac wall unit, 200 amp service, wall receptacle
200 amp service, wall receptacle, loose wire: What do you get when you measure from hot prong to hot prong? You mentioned 123 at each prong but we need to know what you get across them. If these units are strictly 240 volts you did not need 10/3. So let us forget about the white wire and cap it at...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new switch, brass screw, fan lights
brass screw, fan lights, way switch: Hi. You can t tap off of a switch to get power. You have to tap off of the wire that brings power in. If one wire brings power in, then connect the new switch to black, and the white wire from the recess to the white wire coming in. If the power enters...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Open Circuit ?, junction boxes, light switches
junction boxes, light switches, proper voltage: Look for gfci outlet(s) that could of tripped. If that is not it start checking each circuit at the main panel with a voltmeter to establish that each circuit is receiving voltage through it s breaker. If there are any sub panels I would do the same....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outdoor Outlets, weather proof, outdoor outlets
weather proof, outdoor outlets, basement garage: Hi. You should have a GFCI somewhere in the house. Basement, garage, any bathroom or outside. It has a test and reset button. Press the reset button. If you can t find it, look behind things in the garage and basement. I hope this helps. Bo...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outdoor Xmas lights, low voltage system, outdoor xmas lights
low voltage system, outdoor xmas lights, volt outlets: Hi. You can use different strings, but you can t use one string with different bulbs. All of the strings plug into 110 volt outlets. I really haven t seen any LED spotlights, but the transformer should be part of the fixture, and the fixture should plug...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet in the bathroom and 220 not working., gfci, ground fault
gfci, ground fault, reset button: Hi. The two problems are probably unrelated. If the GFCI does not reset, you either have a ground fault in your wiring, or the GFCI is defective. You can disconnect (with the power off) any wires on the load side of the GFCI to see if there is a ground...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlets work, switches do not, overhead lighting, double switch
overhead lighting, double switch, switch one: Jason The reason the switch does nothing is because the black wire is always hot so it won t allow the red wire on the switch to do anything.Like I said be for there are small tabs on the right side of the outlet connecting the top and the bottom outlet....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: OVEN/STOVE, amp breaker, copper wire
amp breaker, copper wire, number 8: Hi. Most stoves are 50 amps, but you have to look at the plate, probably inside the oven door to get the exact amp rating. You will need at least number 8, if not number 6 copper wire. It will need to be 3 conductor, plus the ground. I hope this helps....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Oven and Microwave Electric Supply, kitchen makeover, subpanel
kitchen makeover, subpanel, single oven: If the two are one unit all you do is wire it to the existing wire and check to make sure you have the proper size breaker and wire. If the two are separate that get wired separately you will need to either install a subpanel with the existing wire and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: open grounding/ground loop?, cold water pipe, ground clamps
cold water pipe, ground clamps, basement remodel: Hi. No, you do not need to upgrade all of your wiring, it is grandfathered. You can use GFCIs in place of 3 prong outlets. To be legal, there has to be a sticker on it that says no equipment ground. Yes, definitely bridge over where the water softener...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Have one outlet, need another and add light fixure, brass screws, gfci outlet
brass screws, gfci outlet, ligths: Hi. The black wire from the outlet goes to one wire of the dimmer. The other black wire of the dimmer goes to the black wire going to the light. The white wire from the outlet bypasses the dimmer and connects to the white wire going to the light. I am...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet problems, screw, wiring problem
screw, wiring problem, outlet box: Hi. When there is a wiring problem, many people forget that there are two ends to the wire. If there is a problem with the outlet, it could be at the outlet, or it could be where the wire comes from. Sometimes it is hard to tell, because the wire is in...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: oven bake element, free standing oven, connect one
free standing oven, connect one, element: At this point you should look at the schematic. But, normally the two black wires go together while the other wires goes to the other side. Why the second black wire? It usually feeds the broil element. If this is a free standing oven the schematic...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Panels, split bolt connector, amp breaker
split bolt connector, amp breaker, necessary thanks: Hi. The only place you can put the neutrals and ground together is at the main panel. You either have to have a separate neutral and ground bar, or you have to connect all the ground wires together with a split bolt connector. The neutral bar can not be...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Petsafe RF-125 underground fence, underground fence, foot antenna
underground fence, foot antenna, diode: It sounds like you have taken a hit somewhere in that 4000 foot antenna you have out there. I am guessing that the transmitter is fried. Check your fence. For 4000 feet, hook up and ohm meter to each wire coming from the fence. If your fence is good, you should...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Photocell switch, wall switch, photo cell
wall switch, photo cell, switch box: Andrew, Yes it will work but you have to find the first fixture the power comes into from the switch. Thats where you want to locate the photo cell, on that fixture. In other words there should be 1/2 threaded holes on the fixture where you can easily...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Porch light and switch, porch light, old porch
porch light, old porch, wire nuts: Hi. It is probably not related. The bathroom plug should have a GFCI somewhere in the house. Garage, outside, basement, or another bathroom. The GFCI will have a test and reset button. Press the reset button. If you can t find it, look behind things...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No Power after outlet replaced, circuit breakers, reset buttons
circuit breakers, reset buttons, gfci: Hi. All bathroom outlets should be controlled by a GFCI. These are outlets with test and reset buttons. They can be found in garages, outside, basements and bathrooms. One outlet will control all the other outlets in areas that require them. (Kitchens...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Proper wire sizing, waffle maker, volt circuit
waffle maker, volt circuit, resistance heating: Hi. The manufacturer of the wire usually has an ampacity chart that they send the retailer, so when you buy the wire, they should be able to look it up. it is based on the type of wire and the length. The waffle maker should be on a 20 amp circuit. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Pulsating lights in home, dimming, flickering lights
dimming, flickering lights: Bill, I would definitely look to the dimmer switch itself as the culprit, particularly if it were several years old or if it were very new. Here are the steps to follow to verify that: ** Shut off the power to that circuit. ** Remove the knob and faceplate...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No power at outlet, rear wheels, tall grass
rear wheels, tall grass, basement garage: Hi. The kitchen ones are supposed to be on their own circuit, so you can rule that out. If there are outlets not working in the garage, it is probably related. There still may be another GFCI that you did not find. Or there is a break in the wiring....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power in outlets and top floor, but no power in ceiling lights of basement and 1st floor, wire nuts, ceiling lights
wire nuts, ceiling lights, fuse: Hi. Most likely there is a wire not making contact. Go back and make sure everything was wired as before. Check to make sure that the wires under the wire nuts are making contact. Even if you did not mess with the wire nuts, pushing the wires back in...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: programmable thermostats, line voltage thermostat, vancouver island canada
line voltage thermostat, vancouver island canada, programmable thermostats: This is a little out my expertise too, but I ll try to answer it so you don t get a run around. A programmable line voltage thermostat is like a regular thermostat, except it changes the temperature automatically rather than having someone do it. So, I...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pull chain for ceiling light, chain switch, switch assembly
chain switch, switch assembly, tugs: Hi. If it is a typical porcelain or plastic fixture that is used in the basement, then the socket needs to be replaced. If it is nicer fixture, it may have a replaceable pull chain switch assembly. If you replaced only the chain, and not the part that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: question regarding sub panel, woodworking power tools, calculation sheets
woodworking power tools, calculation sheets, gas appliances: First you need to establish how many amps you need for your house and that will tell you the available amps for the garage. If you have all gas appliances I would say you are probably in good shape. If you have all electrical appliances then you will not...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Recessed light & cold weather, wattage bulb, light reflector
wattage bulb, light reflector, thermal protector: Jenny, I suspect it is the small thermal protector that is inside the fixture where it would be exposed to a change in temperature in the attic area where I assume it is. Its the only explanation I can think of where a change in temperature would have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Replace fan with standard light fixture, 3 way switches, wire cables
3 way switches, wire cables, porch light: Hi. There should be one white wire with the old fan, and one white wire with the new fixture. They would go to the same place. This should be connected to the white wires coming from the panel and going to the other rooms. I hope this helps. Bo...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Replaced bathroom switch, now GFI trips, wire jumper, spst switches
wire jumper, spst switches, gfci: You need to find out if you have reversed polarity, meaning the white is hot and the black is neutral. To do this you will need a voltmeter and with both in wires disconnected you will touch one probe to the black with one to ground, then one probe to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Replacing a Light Switch Problem, replacing a light switch, wire nut
replacing a light switch, wire nut, bringing power: Hi. Do the outlets in the south rooms come on only when the switch is on to that room? If so, then one of the black wires needs to move. The black wire bringing power to the room and black wire going to the other rooms needs to be on one side of the switch,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Residential Power Fluctuation, gfi receptacles, residential power
gfi receptacles, residential power, power changes: Hi. It sounds like you have a loose neutral somewhere between the street and your panel. If the problem is intermittent, then the power company really can t pinpoint it. It could be your problem or the power company s. See if they have a graph which will...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Rewired switch connected to junction box, light switches, fan switch
light switches, fan switch, wire nut: Hi. When you wire a switch, you put the power coming into on one terminal. That terminal is always on. The other terminal is on only when the switch is on. So, you need to make sure that only the ceiling fan is connected to one terminal, and all other...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: reading tester, duplex receptacle, hot wire
duplex receptacle, hot wire, sperry: Hi. It means that the black hot wire is not making contact. Is it connected to a GFCI circuit? Perhaps the GFCI is tripped. Otherwise, check all connections at the outlet and where the power enters the wire that goes to it. I hope this helps. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: recepticals, conductor wire, receptacle
conductor wire, receptacle, power source: Hi. If you put a receptacle between the switch and the lights, then you need 3 conductor wire between the light and the outlet, or switch and outer (depending where the power enters). If you used 2 conductor wire, then the lights and outlet are in series...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: recessed lighting, gauge wires, amp circuit
gauge wires, amp circuit, digital pic: Ryan, Based on the information you provided because thats all I have to go on, a shorted black wire seems to be the only explanation. Check your splices carefully particulary the black wires to make sure they are free on any nicks, cuts or pinches. Bo...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing old non grounded receptable, 3-prong, ground
3-prong, ground, NM-B: Replacing that old wire with 12/2 NM-B cable is an excellent solutions unless the current wiring runs through conduit. In that case, the National Electrical Code (NEC) requires you to use individual wires (but you can use the old wires to pull the new ones...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: resident wiring, grounding system, wall outlets
grounding system, wall outlets, volt meter: The only time a broken ground would affect your reading is if you are testing to ground. If your house does have a grounding system and you are reading 22.4 volts from hot to ground then it would be smart to get an electrician out there to see if you have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Shop Wiring using house outdoor 15amp GFI outlet, conductor cable, recepticals
conductor cable, recepticals, wall outlets: Hi. If you want the first outlet to be switched, you can t connect the switch to the second outlet without an extra wire between the outlets. Is that what you are doing? You would need to either run 3 conductor cable (plus ground) between the outlets, or...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Short Circuit?, cutler hammer breaker, florescent lamps
cutler hammer breaker, florescent lamps, wall outlets: John What this sounds like is the neutral or ground may be bad or nicked. Check the voltage between the hot wires and the ground you should get 120 volts.Voltage drop may not be a issue as this building had no problem before so that is not a problem. If you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Short cirucit?, cutler hammer breaker, ground continuity
cutler hammer breaker, ground continuity, florescent lamps: The wires could of been nicked originally and the conduit leaks somewhere. Once the ground became wet enough it seeped into the conduit shorting the wires. If you find water in the conduit you will need to dig it all up and since pvc conduit is pretty cheap...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Single pole light switch to light, 220 volt outlet, pigtail run
220 volt outlet, pigtail run, receptacle: Hi. This is a shared neutral circuit. You can tap off either the black or the red. Also, tap from the white. By code, the white is not allowed to go through the outlet. The white wires have to be wire nutted together, and then a pigtail run the outlet....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Size of wire, volt tools, amperage
volt tools, amperage, detached garage: Hi. Everything depends on the amperage. You can either run a sub panel in the garage, or you can run separate lines. The compressor will need a separate line. If you have any other large tools, it may need a separate line, plus one for the lighting...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: SMOKE COMING FROM ELECTRCAL OUTLET, loud pop, loose connection
loud pop, loose connection, service man: If the unit was running at the appropriate amp draw then it may be that you had a loose connection in the outlet. If the plug is pitted then you had a loose connection between the plug and the prongs of the outlet. You want to replace the outlet, making...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Splicing in a switch to turn light bar on/off., question thanks, fuze
question thanks, fuze, light fixture: Hi Tim, The turn switch should have two black wires. Take one of these black wires and connect to the wire feeding power to the 4 bulb light. Take the second turn switch black wire and connect to the 4 bulb light black wire. Connect the 4 bulb light...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Square D Panel - Buzzing/Humming Sound, gas water heater, bussbar
gas water heater, bussbar, heat strips: Hi. You may want to call the customer service department at Square D. You might also try calling the water heater manufacturer. However, it sounds like the water heater is drawing more electricity than it should. This could be caused by a defect or...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Stove not receiving enough power, surface elements, new appliances
surface elements, new appliances, appliance service: Michelle sounds like the breaker is on the wrong buss bars.Make sure that the breaker is sitting on each pole of the panel.The breaker is divided into 2 sections 1 has to be on 1 pole the other on the next pole.If that doesn t work look for a splice box somewhere,in...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Subpanel Safety, metal armor, outgoing lines
metal armor, outgoing lines, segragation: Hal, Yes the metal armor of the BX cable serves as the grounding means as opposed to a separate grounding wire you would find in Romex cable. They both provide the same purpose. The fact that its BX makes no difference what so ever. Connecting a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Switch Leg Issue, installing a light switch, string light
installing a light switch, string light, computer outlet: You really should have two separate circuits for the lights and outlets. I always recommend putting the computer outlet on a dedicated circuit if at all possible. Which usually is possible on new construction or remodels. If it is too late to run another...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Switch to outlet wiring, bare wire, screws
bare wire, screws, gauge: Hi. The white wire will connect to the silver colored terminal on the outlet. The black wire will connect to either terminal of the switch. Get a piece of wire the same gauge and connect it to the other switch terminal and run it to the brass colored...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Switch to three ceiling lights, gauge wire, wire nut
gauge wire, wire nut, ceiling lights: Hi. Since you can only wire one or two wires to the outlets themselves, you will need to get all of the black wires plus a short length of the same gauge wire and wire nut them. Run the short black piece to the outlet dark screw. Repeat for the whites...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: service enterance, amp breaker, basement wall
amp breaker, basement wall, tight fit: Charles, Before you mount the panel to the board, tack up a small tarp to the board first, then mount the panel over the tarp. Once the panel is on the board you can then fold the tarp down on top of the panel and around the panel for a nice water tight...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: shock, needle nose pliers, hot wire
needle nose pliers, hot wire, wall socket: Hi. I would turn the power off before working on it. Theoretically you should not get shocked. But if you accidently touch the metal, the rubber wears away, etc., then you could get shocked. If you accidently touch a grounded surface and the hot wire,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: switched outlet?, little holes, electrical wiring
little holes, electrical wiring, screwdriver: Hi. The push in outlets are still around. However, it is better to use the screws, since the tabs sometime fail. They do not take the place of wirenuts, so that would not explain it. The information I gave you is only if one wire is the switch, and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: T8 Wiring, amp breaker, flood light
amp breaker, flood light, floodlight: Hi. Perhaps the ballast is bad. Sometimes when they are brand new it takes a few minutes to reach full brightness. If it is cold, it won t reach full brightness. Also, be sure that the floodlight is wired correctly, so it is not in series with the lights....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: THHN wire, amp load, load amps
amp load, load amps, voltage drop: Gilbert, It depends upon the size of the load on each respective size wire you have listed. In other words a 5 amp load on 14 THHN can go a longer distance with less voltage drop than a 15 amp load on 14 THHN at the same distance. So you need to know the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Track lighting, set screw, neutral wire
set screw, neutral wire, voltage sensor: Hi. You may have a loose neutral wire. It is detecting the voltage on the hot wire, but without the neutral wire, it won t work. Carefully put a tester between the black and white and black and ground, and if it lights up only for the ground, the neutral...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Troubleshoot invisible fence problem, fence dealer, invisible fence
fence dealer, invisible fence, ohm meter: That is correct, Petsafe bought IF about 3 years ago. Yes, if your wire is good, you should be able to purchase a petsafe fence at Walmart or Petsmart (walmart is cheaper) and it will do the same job. You will have to buy 2 new collars though, as the IF and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Troubleshooting Panel problem, volts, woody
volts, woody, storms: Woody Sounds like when you had the storm the power company may have a broken wire coming into your house. I would call them to make sure you have 240 Volts to the top of the meter. They will come out if you call them,they have no way of knowing unless you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: testing, metallic conductor, continuity test
metallic conductor, continuity test, intermediate switch: hi pete sorry-don t know what you mean by R1-R2 test also, what is a strapper? intermediate switch? [we have different terms here] define earth - are we talking about a metallic conductor serving as a grounding means or dirt? What are you trying to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: track lighting problem, halogen bulbs, lighting problem
halogen bulbs, lighting problem, track lighting: Hi. You may want to call the manufacturer to get their opinion of the situation. Since that model uses a transformer, it may be defective and giving too much voltage. Also, touching the bulb with your bare hands can cause it to burn out early, since...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Under cabinet lighting, xenon puck lights, fixture wire
xenon puck lights, fixture wire, voltage wires: Hi. If they are the plug in type, they should not be hardwired. If you get the type with a transformer, then you have more flexibility. All you have to do is wire the transformer to code, and what you do with the low voltage wires really doesn t matter....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Weird Voltage, weird voltages
weird voltages: Double-check the wiring to the new GFCI receptacle. There are usually 2 sets of connections, 1 set labeled Line ; the other labeled Load . The wires from the breaker panel should be connected to the Line set, and the wires to the other outlets should be...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring Help, romex, fan work
romex, fan work, swich: Hi. The best thing is to wire the new switch exactly as the old switch. It sounds like there are two switch loops there, one for the outlet and one for the light. Since they didn t need the switch for the outlet, they just tied them together, which...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring an outlet, ceiling fan, wall switch, ceiling fan light, fan boxes
ceiling fan light, fan boxes, light combos: Hi. What you have is called a switch leg, and you have no neutral. So you either have to bring power from the fan or another source, or change the way the outlet is wired, and no longer use the switch to control the outlet. If you don t need the outlet...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wall fan switch, afci breaker, circut breaker
afci breaker, circut breaker, wall fan: Hi. Normally you just leave the switch at the fan to high and use the wall switch. If the breaker is shutting off, either the wall switch is defective, or it is wired wrong. There should be no neutral wires connected to the switch, so it should not kick...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: warm wall, aluminum wiring, vent pipe
aluminum wiring, vent pipe, nearby rooms: Hi. If the warmth is caused by electricity, then it could be very dangerous. If your house was built in the 1970 s, it could be aluminum wiring, which could be dangerous. However, it could be something else, such as a heating vent pipe or something similar....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wire gauge for distance, gauge wire, wire gauge
gauge wire, wire gauge, max voltage: Hi Dan, You mentioned cottage and power shed . Are these the same? I am assuming the following: 100 amps 240 volts 240 feet in distance 75 degree Celsius copper wire 3% max voltage drop (should not be more than 5%) This calculates to 1/0...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: How do you wire with no neutral?, heat lamps, wire nut
heat lamps, wire nut, fan heater: Hi. Nothing can work without a neutral (unless it is 220 volts, then you need 2 separate hots). So there has to be more to it than that. Perhaps someone tried to use a ground as a neutral, but that is dangerous. I really can t tell you too much more...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring, water leak, water heater
water leak, water heater, electrician: Hi. It sounds like the neutral is loose. You probably have the two halves of the power system in series with each other at 220 volts. This can damage your appliances and anything else in use, so it is important to leave everything off and call an electrician(unless...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring /3 way switches, wiring 3 way switches, 3 way switches
wiring 3 way switches, 3 way switches, conductor wire: Hi. At the track light, the white power wire goes to the white fixture wire and the white wire going to the other fixture. The black power wire coming in goes to the black wire going to the first switch. The white wire from the switch is hot, so put a piece...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring a ceiling light, power source, wiring a ceiling light
power source, wiring a ceiling light, dining room: Hi. Yes, if there is a power source in that box, plus the wire for the new fixture is in there, you can do it. The black power coming in should go to one terminal of each switch. The black wire from the light goes to the other terminal. The white going...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring cfl's in series, fluorescent lamp ballasts, compact fluorescent lights
fluorescent lamp ballasts, compact fluorescent lights, light bulbs: Hi. They probably won t work at all. And they will probably burn out quickly. Fluorescent lamp ballasts (which are built in) try to regulate the voltage going to the light. It will not be able to, and will probably be damaged trying. It also takes...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring dimmer and toggle in a 2-gang box, toggle switches, leviton acenti
toggle switches, leviton acenti, dimmers: Hi. All dimmers and toggle switches should wire in the same, no matter how fancy they are. They would wire in exactly as the old switches. Hopefully you did not remove the switches and get the wires mixed up. It s not easy for anyone to figure out where...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring gfci, gfci receptacle, question thanks
gfci receptacle, question thanks, recept: Hi Ernest, Yes you can. To do this, do not connect the wires to the load side of the GFCI receptacle. At each location connect the wires to the line side only. I hope this has helped. If you need additional information please send me a follow-up...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring kitchen fan, assemply, fan unit
assemply, fan unit, range hood: Hi. As far as I know you can do that legally. Just get a short appliance extension cord, and cut off the female end, or get a replacement cord for a power tool and connect it to the range hood. (or cut off the old cord from the microwave) Be sure it is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring two lamposts to duplex switch, gauge wire, lamposts
gauge wire, lamposts, bringing power: Hi. The black wire bringing power in goes to one terminal of the switch. The 3 white wires connect to each other. Normally the two wires going to the lights would connect to the other screw. However, since you can t put 2 wires on one screw, you will...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring recessed lights, amp service, wiring recessed lights
amp service, wiring recessed lights, main circuit breaker: Hi. You can tap off of an outlet as long as it is not in a kitchen, bathroom, dining room, laundry, or any outlet made for just one appliance. You would have to add up the wattage of everything on the circuit, and make sure it does not come close to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring a switch, adding a light, nasty surprise
adding a light, nasty surprise, unsuspecting person: Roger, Yes there is a danger to it and there is a reason the hot is switched and not the neutral which is the potential danger. While the light still goes on and off switching the neutral it leaves the hot wire to the socket hot all the time so an...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 10 AWG Splicing, electric water heater, bob osgood
electric water heater, bob osgood, amp load: Good Morning Tim, When done correctly....there is nothing wrong with splicing any wire - whether it be #12 or #10...or any size. If you look at the average room full of receptacle outlets...each box is technically a splice - a break in the run (but in...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 100 amp vs 200amp, amp service, amperage
amp service, amperage, volts: Hi. It does not matter how many volts you run appliances on. You are billed for watts, and that does not change with voltage. Changing your amperage will give you more capacity, but will not change the amount of electricity you use. I hope this helps....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 110v to 220v, volt outlet, air compressor
volt outlet, air compressor, 220 volts: Hi. You really can t change a 110 volt outlet into 220. You would have to run a new circuit from your breaker panel to the outlet. The ones that are 220 volts are more powerful. So, if they are 30 amps at 220 volts, they would be 60 amps at 110 volts,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 12/3, gauge wire, milliamperes
gauge wire, milliamperes, gfci: At 3000 feet you are going to have major voltage drop issues. What type of voltage and wattage do you need at the end of the run? 14/3 would be worse than 12/3. Please explain more you are trying to do with the wattages of the loads at the end of the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 120A service to shop from two 60A Breakers, underground wires, better solution
underground wires, better solution, breakers: Hi. You can run two separate 60 amp panels, but you can t run one 120 amp panel. This should be as good, since I am assuming no one item will use more than 60 amps. You will also need a ground wire if there is any other metal path between the buildings...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 120v tape off a 220v line, amp breaker, thick wire
amp breaker, thick wire, microwave: Hi. The best thing to do is to run a new wire. Using a neutral as a ground is dangerous. You can put green tape on the red wire and use it as the ground. However, you will have a thick wire to attach to your new 20 amp breaker (you can t use the old...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 12X3 wiring, replacing a ceiling fan, cans
replacing a ceiling fan, cans, lighting: Hi. If you don t need the red wire, then cap it at both ends. However, it depends on why there is a red wire. If there is one switch, and the circuit continues, then you need to leave the black wire alone and connect the new lights to the red wire,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 1930's school clock, clock controller, school clock
clock controller, school clock, master clock: How the schools kept all the clocks running at the same time, which is very important when you have all those classrooms, is they used a low voltage master clock controller . The master clock controller sent a pulse ever minute to one of those wires that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 2-Way Wiring, neutral wire, hot wire
neutral wire, hot wire, safety hazard: Hi. No, if the hot and neutral wires are reversed, it would be safety hazard, since a device would get power while it was off, since the neutral would be switched. It would not trip a breaker however. There are testers that plug in which can tell you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 208 volt power sourcde, ac power source, heating elements
ac power source, heating elements, 220v ac: Charles Supplying a 208 appliance with 240 is a violation and not something I would not do for a customer. It would make the heat running so much hotter than designed. The heaters would have a reduced life.You can install a buck transformer,it is costly.The...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 208 volts for a cooktop, jennair cooktop, electric cooktops
jennair cooktop, electric cooktops, pots and pans: The cooktop, and most electric cooktops in the U.S., are rated at 208/240 volts. Which means the cooktop is designed to work within those two voltages. If you have 208 volts now, it makes sense that you had 208 volts with the Maytag. Voltages affect wattage,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 220 breaker on a dryer, amp breaker, amp meter
amp breaker, amp meter, awg wire: Electric dryers require a double-pole 30 amp breaker and at least 10 awg wire. After you make sure that is what you have and you still have problems you will need to take a voltmeter and make sure the dryer outlet and cord are wired correctly. If all...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 220 V 2 pole Breaker, amp plug, prong
amp plug, prong, prongs: In the U.S.A this is how we would do it: If you buy 10-2 with a ground you will connect the ground to the ground bar in the panel. The other two wires, black and white, each get connected to one of the breakers and then on the horizontal prongs at the outlet....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 220v compressor, pressure switches, step up transformer
pressure switches, step up transformer, avalible: Hi. No. For some reason one phase is 110 volts, 2 phases is 220 volts and 3 phases is 208. So, I am not sure why you are getting only 208 volts. Is the breaker larger than 20 amps, and the wire thick enough for the size breaker you have? I hope this...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 22o v to a garage, laundry room, amperage
laundry room, amperage, extension cord: Hi. No, you have to be concerned about the amperage of the circuit, and also the number of hot/neutrals/ and grounds. Each appliance is difference. At the dryer outlet, you have only 30 amps max. You have 2 hots and a neutral. You may not have a ground...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 phase to regular household, volt circuits, ph panel
volt circuits, ph panel, drop wires: Danielle If you are planing more building then install a 3 ph panel and then you will have 120-240v. Now you can use any of the circuits for what you need. Example if you wanted to hook up the mobile home you can run a 100 amp run with 4 wires in the conduit...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 pole dimmer, correct combination, dimmers
correct combination, dimmers, switch box: New 3-ways are wired differently than older ones. Now you will need to find the two commons (not neutrals) and get them on the correct screws (or wires if your switches came with wires). Then the other two wires at each switch are travellers and you can keep...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3-stage touch light swich not responding, xenon lights, touch lamps
xenon lights, touch lamps, electrical supply: You need to check the rating on the switches. You may have overloaded them with the number of lights they are controlling. When the circuit is cool, they make work fine, but after being on and the wiring heats up they will not function properly. I would check...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 way single pole and 3 way combo, basement entrance, nut house
basement entrance, nut house, way switch: Though your description is unclear - [really] - I have derived the impression that there are THREE locations that control the stairwell lights. Is this correct? Also there were 3 switches at the back door. ...and just what is a single pole 3 way? ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 way switched recepts, robert wilber, national electrical code
robert wilber, national electrical code, residual voltage: I appreciate that. I am an a href= http://www.wilberelectrical.com/default.asp electrician, working in the Philadelphia area /a for 35 years. br I answer questions on a href= http://www.faqfarm.com/ FAQFarm /a and contribute to a href= http://answers.google.com/answers/...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 30 amp, amp breaker, amp plug
amp breaker, amp plug, camper: Camping supply stores and many home centers sell all kind of adapters for trailers and campers. Your question was can you do it, well yes I guess you can do whatever you want. 20 amps is enough for lights in a camper, but I am not sure about the such. Such...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 4 switches and 1 outlet out, circuit breakers, daisy chain
circuit breakers, daisy chain, light switches: Hi. The outlets in the kitchen and dining room should never be on the same circuit as any lighting, so I am not sure it would be on the same circuit. The problem would be between the last thing that works in the chain and the first thing that does not....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: AC Voltage, water pipes, volt meter
water pipes, volt meter, ac voltage: Hi. The neutral is not making contact, so the two phases are in series with each other at 220 volts. This can ruin your equipment. It s also dangerous, since you now have power going through your ground system. It can also try to use the water pipes as...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Add outlet into old concrete slab floor, slab floor, pvc conduit
slab floor, pvc conduit, concrete slab: GARY First Welcome brother. Now The dept needs to be at the dirt level because of you don t the concrete will be weak there you can even bury it below the ground,which would be better.The width at least 4-6 inches so you can work in the trench. I would...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding An Additional Breaker Panel, amp breaker, heat strips
amp breaker, heat strips, supplemental heat: Do you have lack of room in the panel or lack of capacity? There is a difference. If you have lack of room you simply install a subpanel or go to the skinny breakers if you have not done that. If it is a matter of lack of capacity then you will need...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding recessed lighting to my kitchen, daisy chain, amp circuit
daisy chain, amp circuit, initial connection: Hi. You probably won t overload the circuit. If it is a 15 amp circuit, you can put a maximum of 1800 watts on it. But there will be a lot of other things on the circuit. Your TV and other things may be on the same circuit. But heating appliances are...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: AFIC breakers trip once a week, fellow master, wiring receptacles
fellow master, wiring receptacles, aluminum wiring: Hi Rich, I joined a very LARGE group of fellow Master s who were not impressed with the Code adopting AFCI s for use in Bedrooms back in 2002 - a move pushed hard by Square D - one of the largest backers for the product...and who also had the most...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Aluminum Wired House, food waste disposer, aluminum wiring
food waste disposer, aluminum wiring, copper wire: Hi. Aluminum wiring is bad news. You can Google it to find out more. However, it needs to be periodically maintained by an electrician. This would include tightening all of the wires. You should be on the lookout for flickering lights, warm outlets...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ark fault, arc fault breakers, aluminum wiring
arc fault breakers, aluminum wiring, afci breakers: Hi. Arc fault breakers could trip when you don t want them to. If the switch or relay arcs, it will trip. I have not heard to too many complaints about appliances, but then again AFCI breakers are usually not used with appliances. Aluminum wiring can...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding ceiling light in existing room, finished wall, romex
finished wall, romex, joists: Pulling wires is partly technical and partly an art form. Having the right tools makes all the difference. If you do not have attic or crawl space above the ceiling this is very tricky. You say the joists travel inline but is there any blocking? There will...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a couple of dual outlets with a switch leg to any already existing outside gfi dual outlet, robert wilber, national electrical code
robert wilber, national electrical code, dual outlets: 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: adding an outlet, flat panal tv, wire nut
flat panal tv, wire nut, seperate: Hi. Since there is only 2 screws on each side of the outlet, you will need to get the two old wires, your new wire, plus a short piece of wire the same gauge and wire nut them together. The short piece will go to the outlet in that box. I hope this...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: amps volts, uk circuits, ok uk
uk circuits, ok uk, amps volts: Sorry. I don t know ANYTHING about UK and Australia electricity, not even voltage levels. What I find suggests that you ought to be ok. UK type G plugs [230 volt, 13-amp rated] have a fuse, which you may have blown, so your equipt may still be all right....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Bathroom exhaust fans, bathroom exhaust fans, electrical fixture
bathroom exhaust fans, electrical fixture, fan combo: Any electrical fixture above the shower or tub area needs to be on a gfci circuit. Doubtful your existing fan is on a gfci circuit. It is impossible for me tell if you have enough left on that circuit to add more lights and a fan. Your fan needs to be...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Bathroom Fixture, copper color, lighting circuit
copper color, lighting circuit, gfci: Hi. This sounds very strange. The GFCI should not connect to any light fixtures. It s OK if it does, but it s not required. Perhaps somehow the bathroom outlet circuit got mixed with the lighting circuit. Or perhaps the fixture is supposed to be connected...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Bathroom fan, bathroom fan, hot wire
bathroom fan, hot wire, 2 ways: Hi. It s hard to say how the person wired it. You should connect the new unit exactly as the old unit was wired. There is probably one white wire (or 3 white wires connected together), and that goes where the old white wire was connected to. The each...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Bathroom Vent Fan, bathroom ventilation fan, vent fan
bathroom ventilation fan, vent fan, wire nut: Hi. The easiest is to tap off of the light fixture itself, and just wire it exactly where the wires for the fixture go. If you wire it to the switch, then the black connects to the switch, and the white with the other whites. Since you can put only one...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker Panel, 200 amp service, meter box
200 amp service, meter box, electrical inspector: Hi. You have 100 amp service. Changing the panel is usually not a homeowner job. The power company and electrical inspector have to get involved. The power company will have to upgrade their wires, and you will need to change your wires. They should...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bath heater/light/fan wiring, installing a bath, light fan
installing a bath, light fan, bath heater: Hi. You actually need 4 wires. One white neutral that goes to all of the white wires. Then one hot wire for each device. You will need to run another cable between the switches and unit. I hope this helps. Feel free to ask any follow up questions...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom exhaust fan, bathroom exhaust fan, electrical connection
bathroom exhaust fan, electrical connection, couple of days: Hi. Get a cheap neon tester and see where you have power. Check the power at the switch, then at the wire and plug at the fan housing. It s just a matter of seeing where you have power and where you don t and fixing it in between. I hope this helps....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: battery operated plug, christmas village, christmas decoration
christmas village, christmas decoration, china cabinet: Hi. If the village is 110 volts, then you can t use a battery (other than a car battery). You might be able to make a small hole in the back and push the wire through it. Then attach a plug to it. However, you would have to use an extension cord, since...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bedroom not getting power, wire nuts, loose wire
wire nuts, loose wire, power outlets: Hi. It sounds like a loose wire somewhere. These things can be hard to track down. Somewhere in the circuit, there is a break. It could even be at a device that is working, because it could be the wire leaving the working device that is not working. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: blowing fuses in a 2 bed mobile home, amp circuits, fuse box
amp circuits, fuse box, computer lights: Hi. If the microwave is in the kitchen or dining room, there has to be 2 20 amp circuits in those rooms, and they can not connect to any other rooms. So, it looks like the landlord did not wire it to code. You re going to have to find another circuit...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: blown lightbulbs, halogen bulbs, refridgerator
halogen bulbs, refridgerator, dimmer switch: Hi. Lighting should not be on the same circuit as kitchen outlets. However, this would not cause the bulbs to blow. Bulbs blow either by over voltage, vibration or heat. Also, halogen bulbs will burn out quick if they are touched by hands, so if they...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker, base cabinets, coffee pot
base cabinets, coffee pot, outlet boxes: Hi. The wiring part is easy. The running the wires is harder. If you have an attic, basement, or crawl space, it will make it a bit easier. Perhaps you can run the wires inside the base cabinets, and then between the studs is the walls. It s easy to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker trips, bearer of bad news, homeowners policy
bearer of bad news, homeowners policy, electric heater: Hi. If you change the breaker without changing the wire, you will cause a fire, so do not do that. (Homeowners policy will not cover damage caused by homeowner wiring.) Electric heaters can t be used with much else on the circuit. They are not very...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: buzzing sound wall, bathtub drain, water heat
bathtub drain, water heat, water heater: Hi. In a 7 story building, the utilities may be passing through. It could be anything from sewer to water, heat, etc. I had a strange buzzing noise and it turned out to be the bathtub drain. So, it could be almost anything. If it is very annoying,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bypassing a switched receptacle, wire nut, receptacle
wire nut, receptacle, yellow wire: Hi. All you need to do is cap off the yellow wire, then wire the new outlet as the old one except for the yellow wire. You should use a wire nut. If there are 2 other wires with a short piece of the yellow wire, then just remove the short piece and re-cap...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Box, cable clamp, ground wires
cable clamp, ground wires, internal cable: Hi. Here are the rules for the space you need in the box, which I found online: Each black, white, or red wire counts as 2 units if #14, 2.25 units if #12. Count 1 unit as above for all the ground wires. Count 2 units for each device yoke installed...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fixture Wiring, ceiling fixture, light fixture
ceiling fixture, light fixture, live wire: There is most likely a circuit feeding through this junction and also a drop down switch leg. Do you know which wires connected to the original fixture? If not, you will need to use a voltage tester to determine the live circuit. The least expensive tester...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling fan, gauge wire, fan outlet
gauge wire, fan outlet, ceiling fan: Hi. I am not exactly sure what you mean by the fan connected to the light. Any lights are usually part of the fan. To move the fan, you will need a fan outlet box installed in the center of the room, and run a wire to where the box is now. The box...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling fan, fan light, switch control
fan light, switch control, wall switch: Hi. It depends where the power enters the system. If it enters at the outlet and 2 wires run to the switch, then connect the blacks together on the dark screws of the outlet, and the whites together at the silver colored screws. At the switch, blacks...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling fan lighting issue, ceiling fan light, ceiling fan lighting
ceiling fan light, ceiling fan lighting, lighting issue: Voltage in Japan is 100 volts, ungrounded, and either 50 hz or 60 hz depending on what area you are in. So the first thing in troubleshooting is to check the voltage to make sure it is in the proper range. Then keep checking the voltage while the lights...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling fan shorted-out, fuse box, light fan
fuse box, light fan, inteli: Hi. This should be fixed ASAP, because you probably have a bare wire somewhere, and it can short out again. Hopefully the problem is in a junction box, which should contain the sparks, but you still want to play it safe. I hope this helps. Bo...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling fixture, fixture wire, hot wire
fixture wire, hot wire, ceiling fixture: Hi. IF one wire is the switch loop, and one is the power in, then carefully disconnect the wires and see which wire has power. That would be the power in. The other wire would be the switch loop. So, put your tape on the white wire to the switch loop...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling lights stopped working, low voltage lighting, ceiling lights
low voltage lighting, ceiling lights, dimmer switch: Hi. Most likely either the dimmer or the transformer is bad. Was the dimmer made for low voltage lighting? You can bypass the dimmer temporarily to see if the lights work. If they do, the dimmer is bad. You can check and see if you have power going...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Centering a chandelier, ceiling joist, safe solution
ceiling joist, safe solution, 2x4: The ceiling joists are rarely found in the center of a room so you will need to have attic access. What you should do is find the center or wherever you want the light to be mounted and drill a small hole in the ceiling. Poke a piece of wire through long...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Changing a light fixture with spliced K & T wiring, changing a light fixture, fixture wire
changing a light fixture, fixture wire, wh: Hi. You may need to find where the wires go to. However, it sounds like there is a switch loop. The power in (black) would go to one wire going to the switch, the wire returning from the switch would connect to the black fixture wire. The white power...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit Breaker, circuit breakers, amp meter
circuit breakers, amp meter, wall outlets: If you remove the wire from the breaker (when it is in the off position) and it trips when you turn it on, you need a new breaker. When replacing breakers you always want to examine the bus bar under it for pitting. If it is pitted you need to use another...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit Breker keeps tripping, black prong, prong plug
black prong, prong plug, gauge wire: Hi. You may need to replace both the dryer cord and the wall outlet for the dryer. Sometimes it does not make good contact, and arcs and overheats. Once it overheats, then both devices are ruined and need to be replaced. Be sure the power is off at the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Converting 240 wire to TWO 120 plugs., amp breaker, breakers
amp breaker, breakers, toasters: Hi. If the wire is very thick, it will be hard to connect it to the smaller breakers (You should use a double pole 20 amp breaker), and to the outlets. Also, you need both a ground and a neutral. If you don t have both, you can t do it. This will...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: capacitors, parrell, lugs
parrell, lugs, capacitor: Caps wired in parallel are added together because you have increased the plate size. It is like putting two pieces of metal next to each other. It is the opposite for series. Here is an image of how to wire them. This is a common practice and they do not...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan, hi bob, baby carriage
hi bob, baby carriage, wall switch: Hi. The remote part is not defective, but the part in the ceiling may be. Or something may be sending it a message. Strange things have happened, such as a mockingbird imitating a garage door signal or a baby carriage changing the TV channel. But if...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling light wiring, metal boxes, copper wires
metal boxes, copper wires, polarity: Hi. It sounds like there is another problem there. If you have 2 wires on the fixture and 2 in the box, it should work. If you had the polarity reversed, it would be less safe, but should still work. I am not sure why you have a yellow wire. White is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: changing a 240v baseboard heater, amp breaker, baseboard heaters
amp breaker, baseboard heaters, breakers: Jeff How the set-up in the panel works is each breaker is a pole if you put a 20 amp breaker in the space you get 20 amps. Now when you add the other breaker at 20 amps you still only have 20 amps on each wire. It is the voltage that changes. 1-breaker 120...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: closet light 34 watt 48inch problem, plumbing department, electrical department
plumbing department, electrical department, ballast: Hi. If the fixture is stamped with use T-8 lamps only, then you have to use the thinner bulbs. If you are, then perhaps the ballast is bad. If both bulbs went out at the same time, it is very likely the ballast. You can either replace the ballast or...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: connecting 12/3 GFI receptacle to 14/2 wiring, red hot wire, gauge wire
red hot wire, gauge wire, amp circuit: Hi. No it is against code and not safe to use 14 gauge wire on a 20 amp circuit. You will need to use 12 gauge wire. I don t know why you have a red wire. Is it a split neutral circuit? Is it a 220 amp circuit? I would need to know why there is a red...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: defestive rheostat?, rheostat, cfls
rheostat, cfls, ceiling fixture: Hi. Rheostats went out a long time ago, they have been replaced by electronic dimmers. Dimmers can be very temperamental, and many things, including wiring them with the power on will cause them to go bad. I would get the fixture to work (make sure...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: direct wiring a european model waterheater, instant water heater, volt line
instant water heater, volt line, model unit: You will need a dedicated line from the breaker panel to that outlet under the sink. If your outlet is dedicated, meaning that nothing else is on that circuit you can convert it to a 220 volt line. If you convert it to a 220 volt line and something else...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dryer wire, split bolt connector, prong cord
split bolt connector, prong cord, prong plug: Hi. The code changed in the 1990 s, and you are now required to have a ground wire. At the dryer end, you should now have a 4 prong plug. The dryer should have a 4 prong cord. Inside the dryer, there should be a jumper between the chasis of the dryer...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ELECTRIC DRYER, center screw, gauge wire
center screw, gauge wire, electric dryer: Do not use your dryer until it is wired correctly. Connecting a dryer with 12 gauge wire can cause a fire. You need at least 10/3 wire. At the old end, connect the wires black to black, red to red, white to white and ground to ground. At the dryer end,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electic, installing recess lighting, amp breaker
installing recess lighting, amp breaker, tile system: Hi. NM stands for non-metallic, which is sometimes called Romex, which is a trade name. B is the upgrade that happened in the 1970 s. All light fixtures say to use it with wire rated for 90 degrees, which is the B. Everything now is B, so you don t have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electric, installing recess lighting, amp circuit
installing recess lighting, amp circuit, daisy chain: You can Daisy Chain from light to light. The calculation to determine how many on one circuit is: Watts divided by volts = Amps So, 10 100 watt lights = 1000 watts divided by 120 volts = 8.33 amps, so these 10 lights can be installed on a 15 amp circuit....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electric to detached shed., ground rods, grounding kit
ground rods, grounding kit, subpanel: Steve, 1. 30 amp 2 pole. 2. You could use a 12 circuit 100 amp sub panel which sould be plenty and give you plenty of room to work as opposed to a smaller panel but remember you only have 30 amps to work with on all 12 circuits. In other words you couldn...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electric Stove Burner, stove burner, electric stove
stove burner, electric stove, reputable company: Something could be miswired, or the wrong burner put in. If it is a reputable company they will come back out and inspect the work. Ask for a different technician and make sure you tell them you are getting shocked. BTW, don t use the cooktop until it gets...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical Flickering - Lights/Computer/TV etc., amp breaker, fire marshal
amp breaker, fire marshal, flickering lights: Hi. Replacing a 15 amp breaker with a 30 amp breaker is a sure way to start a fire. Obviously, these people know nothing about electricity and should not be working with it. I would notify the owner. If he refuses to have it fixed, I would call the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical light problem, hook ups, wire hook
hook ups, wire hook, outlet boxes: something is missing here How is it you have 2 white and three black wires? [or 2 black, 2 white and one white painted black...] Sounds like it is miswired. Is this in conduit? cables? How many wires [cables and conductors] are at the light? [blah, blah,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical Questions, electrical questions, harsh environments
electrical questions, harsh environments, service pipe: Charles Uf wire is made to direct burial in the ground,your installation has a hole in the concrete and then foam sprayed in the hole ,probably to keep out vermin and other creatures.This wire will be fine as it has a tougher insulation cover on it to protect...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical wiring, volt outlets, 220 volt
volt outlets, 220 volt, pressure tank: Hi. With all 220 volt outlets, the outlets have to match what you are plugging in. That is determined by the voltage, and amperage, and if it requires a twist-lock plug. Normally well pumps are direct wired, which would be easier. Also, you should not...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical wiring, exact code, electrical inspector
exact code, electrical inspector, electrical wiring: Hi. I am not aware of any rules against it, but it does not make sense, since that would leave very little left for the main house. The electrical inspector can still make decisions made on common sense rather than the exact code. I hope this helps....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electricity intermitedly goes on and off, hallway light, neutral wire
hallway light, neutral wire, neutrals: crystal Maybe it s haunted?? What is happening there are wires loose in the panel or at the service. The neutral wire being loose will cause this. I would suggest you hire a electrician as this involve working in the panel while it is hot and if not done...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Eletrical line problem, bad shape, gfci
bad shape, gfci, electrical wiring: You are talking about two things, fuses and tripped circuits. Fuses blow and are not resettable and breakers trip which can be reset. If you have breakers and one trips you must turn it all the way off and then back on. If none of your breakers are tripped...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electric furnace, electric furnace, h 120
electric furnace, h 120, google: http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.southwire.com/images/products/seu_alum.gif&imgrefurl=http://www.southwire.com/products/AlSECbl.htm&usg=__UNmHWzvZVMPmb__v4c9ffEQbnMs=&h=120&w=526&sz=26&hl=en&start=21&tbnid=_v118jaxzuZyWM:&tbnh=30&tbnw=132&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dseu%2BCABLE%26gbv%3D2%26ndsp%3D20%26hl%3Den%26sa%3DN%26start%3D20...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electric wall oven installation, copper wires, wall oven
copper wires, wall oven, aluminum: Hi. Copper wires are safer. However, aluminum was more common in large wires. Make sure, if you use it, you use connectors made for aluminum. The code changed in the 1990 s, and you now need a ground wire in addition to two hot and a neutral. So,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electric wire, weather proof, plastic trash
weather proof, plastic trash, leak water: mark No that is not safe at all,if it does leak water then you will eventually have corrosion and leakage from the electric. You need to either do 2 things #1 Get a under ground splice kit, you can get them from a local electrical supply store or maybe...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electric wire, gfci outlet, absolute max
gfci outlet, absolute max, grd: Hi. It depends on what you use the outlet for and how many watts the lights are. The absolute max on 15 amps is 1800 watts, but you should keep under that. I am also assuming that the run is not an extremely long one. I hope this helps. Bo...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical, hood vent, proper voltage
hood vent, proper voltage, voltmeter: Without a voltmeter you are just guessing. And you should never touch electrical wires without testing them with a voltmeter. If you still want to DIY then you will need to get a voltmeter, not just a light, that tells you the exact voltage. Then you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical panel box blanks, electrical panel, electrical supply
electrical panel, electrical supply, supply houses: Hi. Are they the where breakers were? If so, you can buy them at some home centers (where the boxes are). If not there, then an electrical supply house would have them. Be sure you know what brand the box is. If it s a wire knockout, they make those...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical wire ground, ground, ground rod
ground, ground rod, ground clamp: Hai, I apologize for the delay in responding. We ve suddenly had several family medical issues to deal with in the last few days, so I haven t been online. Relocating or upgrading a main box is the ideal time to upgrade the system Ground to current electrical...

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

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Fan w/light fixture wiring, light delay, switch delay
light delay, switch delay: David, I can only assume that the light is a CFL or other type of fluorescent light. There is almost always a slight delay when these are turned on (and often an additional delay until the reach full luminence). This is due to the physics of how fluorescents...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: First flip of switch doesn't work, yesterday morning, hardware store
yesterday morning, hardware store, hallway: Amanda, It sounds like you have a wire coming loose or maybe more likely, a switch going bad. I suggest that you replace both switches that control the light. If that doesn t work, replace the socket that holds the light (all of these can be purchased...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Four Way Switch, way switch, system doesn
way switch, system doesn, thanks in advance: If it worked before you changed the switch it means you have miswired the new switch. The new switch probably came with a wiring diagram. With a four way switch you two sets of wires, one coming in and one going out. The ones coming in attach to one...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Fridge cutting out, fridge freezer, circuit breaker
fridge freezer, circuit breaker: I am not a fridge expert, please see my qualifications. Most likely, you have a part on the fridge (like a motor) that is drawing too much current. The only other thing I cab think of is that your circuit breaker could be going bad, but that is unlikely...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power in Backyard Shed Quit Working, recepticle, rhyme
Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power in Backyard Shed Quit Working, recepticle, rhyme

Electrical Wiring in the Home: flouorescent lights, electronic ballasts, magnetic ballast
electronic ballasts, magnetic ballast, ft cord: Hi. Yes, that is warm enough not to affect them. You can use a circuit analyzer to check the grounds. If the voltage is correct, you may want to replace the fixtures (or just the ballasts) with electronic ballasts. In the long run, the cost of the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: full panel, breakers, amp
breakers, amp, circuits: Lee what you can do is add a sub-panel you need to make sure the sub panel has the 2 hots a neutral and a ground. Keep the ground and neutral separate by not using the bonding screw. You will have to bring the circuits over to the sub panel using all the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Generator hookup, wire nuts, wire nut
wire nuts, wire nut, standby generator: There are splicing blocks available but you have to wrap (insulate) them well. I would splice in the basement so it is not subject to weather. Wire nuts that are tight and filled with an anti-ox should not be a problem with overheating as long as you get...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Generator hookup to breaker box, estimate range, transfer switches
estimate range, transfer switches, own insurance: Jim You can not wire it to the breaker box with out the generator hooked up to some sort of transfer switch,it is dangerous.You will need to have the person who gave you the estimate explain what they are going to do. If they say they have to install some...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Generator hookup to furnace, shock hazard, extension cord
shock hazard, extension cord, transfer switch: Hi. You are correct, it is very unsafe to alter an extension cord that way. Once one male end is plugged in, then the other male end will be a shock hazard. Also, turning off the switch will not completely cut off the power. That could do a lot of damage....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI, wire nuts, overhead light
wire nuts, overhead light, exhaust fan: These things can be hard to track down. Somewhere in the circuit, there is a break. It could even be at a device that is working, because it could be the wire leaving the working device that is not working. Check all outlets, switches, and lights. Check...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI Outlet problem, exhaust vent, hi bob
exhaust vent, hi bob, exhaust fan: Hi. I have never heard of a GFCI making a clicking sound. You can start by replacing it. If that does not solve the problem, you can disconnect the load, and see if that fixes it. Then you may have to disconnect parts of the circuit to narrow down...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI Protected Receptacle - Moving it, wire nut, receptacle
wire nut, receptacle, junction box: Hi. Yes, you can do that. Remember you can t hide the junction box inside the wall. It has to have a plate accessible from the room. Four wires are OK with a wire nut. Just be sure it is big enough. The package will tell you how many wires you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI problem, low voltage lighting, sprinkler timer
low voltage lighting, sprinkler timer, christmas lighting: Hi. There are no 3 prong Christmas lights, because there is no metal to ground. It s all plastic except the hot parts. Ground wires have nothing to do with GFCI. The ground fault is between the hot wire and the dirt ground. The electricity is going...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI to wall switch to garbage disposel, garbage disposals, amp circuits
garbage disposals, amp circuits, bearer of bad news: That is very immature to give me a low rating, just because it is against the code to do what you want to do. Do you want me to win a popularity contest and burn down a few people s houses? If you don t like the answers you get for free, then pay an electrician...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ghosts in my Wiring, dedicated circuits, neutral wire
dedicated circuits, neutral wire, ac circuit: Hi. You may have a wire that is not making contact. A neutral wire broken will cause the two phases to be in series with each other at 220 volts. A broken hot wire will cause power to go through any 220 volt appliance (The AC) to power the bad phase....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ground and neutral?, brass screws, wire nut
brass screws, wire nut, course c: Hi. Open ground just means that it is not making contact somewhere between the outlet and the breaker panel, so you need to see why. See if a wire is loose somewhere, or perhaps one wire does not have a ground. If you have a white, a black, and a ground,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Grounding, cold water pipe, hot water heater
cold water pipe, hot water heater, copper rod: Paul, What the inspector said is correct. You do need to run a separate wire from the water meter to the panel as long as the cold water pipe is not plastic in which case you would not need to do anything but if it is indeed copper you must do it and the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: gfci switch/outlet combination, weatherproof box, pool pump
weatherproof box, pool pump, combination unit: Hi. First of all, you have to figure out which wires/terminals are for the switch, and which ones for the outlet. The black power coming in will connect to the switch wire. The other switch wire will go to the black wire or brass terminal for the line...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: gfci switch wiring, outdoor lantern, neutral ground
outdoor lantern, neutral ground, switch wiring: Hot from the load terminal will go to the switch. Neutral from the load terminal goes to the switch box and then connected to the neutral going to the light. Hot going to the light gets wired to the switch. Neutral to neutral at the light, hot to hot at...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: gfi breaker, coffee pot, amp circuit
coffee pot, amp circuit, ground fault: Hi. The pot may be defective and have a ground fault. Is there anything else on the circuit? The maximum on a 20 amp circuit is 2400 watts, so you can add up everything on the circuit and determine if it is overloaded. Putting a bigger breaker in could...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no ground wire, electrical outlets, electrical system
electrical outlets, electrical system, boxes: Hi. It is easy to upgrade the main panel. But to upgrade the whole system requires replacing all the wires, which usually means tearing the walls out. So, most likely only the main panel was upgraded. You would need to run new wires from the panel...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: grounding 2 prong receptacles, robert wilber, national electrical code
robert wilber, national electrical code, illegal modification: 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: grounding wire, wire nuts, circuit tester
wire nuts, circuit tester, grounding wire: Hi. An open neutral means that the white wire is not connected somewhere. It has nothing to do with the ground wire. So, you need to check everything on that circuit for a white wire that is not making contact. The problem could be at something that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No grounds., fuse box, insurance inspector
fuse box, insurance inspector, empty boxes: Hi. A ground is an additional safety device. If the house is old (around 1950 s) it does not have to have grounds. But if the house is newer, and the person just cut the grounds off, an insurance inspector or anyone else would not be too happy to see...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Home voltage too high, providor, home wiring
providor, home wiring, undervoltage: Hi. You would need to check the power coming in at the panel (very carefully not to touch anything you shouldn t) to see what the power is coming in. If you have any shared neutral circuits, a loose neutral will cause an overvoltage on one circuit and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Home wiring, split bolt connector, amp breaker
split bolt connector, amp breaker, cloth type: Hi. Something that thick would need a split bolt connector and tape. The code has changed in the 1990 s, and now requires a separate ground, so it would be a good time to change the wire from the stove to the panel. You can t tap off the circuit for another...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Hot Ground - Fixture Screw Shock, wet carpet, copper wire
wet carpet, copper wire, bottom hole: Hi. Things can get pretty complicated. To get the exact problem, a very experienced electrician with special tools may have to spend some time tracking it down. On an outlet, the white wires should be on the large prong side with silver colored screws,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: help!, electrical wire, bedroom wall
electrical wire, bedroom wall, electrician: Hi. I would turn the breaker off until it is fixed. It won t be easy to fix because you can t just splice an electrical wire. A splice has to be in a junction box, and the junction box can t be buried behind the wall. There is rarely enough slack to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: home electrical problem, front porch, electrical problem
front porch, electrical problem, electrical devices: Hi. There is another problem besides the living room outlet. It sounds like half of the electricity is off. This would be caused from the main panel to the street. Also, it is not safe to leave things capped off if there is damage in the system. Do...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: home wiring, ceiling lights, home wiring
ceiling lights, home wiring, switch power: Hi. You should be able to get power from the red and white wires (the red wire should be switched, the black wire on all the time). However, if the white is capped at the switch, it may also be capped at the other end at the outlet. So, you may need to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: hooking 220 wire to 60 amp breaker, amp breaker, heat strips
amp breaker, heat strips, emergency heat: Linda The breaker in the heat pump is only for servicing the unit,it offers no protection.The wires go into the panel with required fitting to protect the wire from shorting out.Find 2 empty space s next to each other and install the breaker there.The breaker...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: house wiring, counter circuits, yellow cables
counter circuits, yellow cables, hole thing: Thomas, Follow this simple rule: Use 12-2 for receptacle s and 14-2 for lighting and never mix the two. In other words don t use 12-2 for lighting and don t use 14-2 for receptacles. So as you rewire you will know that the yellow cables are for receptacles...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Installing Appliances, gfci outlet, installing a dishwasher
gfci outlet, installing a dishwasher, qualified electrician: I am not familiar with local codes for your area and you may need a permit for what you are doing. Mobile homes are different from regular homes and they have codes for them that some time differ from regular homes. If you have aluminum wiring I strongly...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Installing Recessed Lights but Tripping Breaker, florescent light fixture, sears catalogue
florescent light fixture, sears catalogue, installing recessed lights: Hi. It sounds like you either have some wires crimped, or even more likely a switch loop wired wrong. The wire to the switch should connect to the black power in, the other wire from the switch connects to the black fixture wire. They are both hot wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: installing a subpanel, tools and things, electric stove
tools and things, electric stove, amperage: The most common and thus usually the least expensive sub panel is a 125 amp main lug without a main. The breaker feeding this receptacle now has to stay the same rating as the feeder wire is rated for this amperage, so the panel will be limited. You can install...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kiln, amp breaker, best bet
amp breaker, best bet, surface damage: Hi. Sometimes, either the male or female plug does not make good connection, and the electricity arcs and causes heat. So, I would definitely replace both plugs. However, it could be something wrong with the kiln that is causing it to draw more current...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kitchen ceiling lights, kitchen ceiling lights, new chandelier
kitchen ceiling lights, new chandelier, antique chandelier: Hi John, The existing wire (should be no smaller than 14 gauge) will be able to handle the chandelier. The question is whether the breaker will be able to take the additional lights. You didn t mention the wattage of the new chandelier. The existing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kitchen ceiling lights, kitchen ceiling lights, antique chandelier
kitchen ceiling lights, antique chandelier, amp circuit: Hi. You will have to replace the recess light with a junction box and patch the hole in the ceiling. As far as the wiring, you ll have to see what else is on that circuit. A 15 amp circuit will carry 1800 watts max, a 20 amp circuit 2400. You should try...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Knob and Tube Wiring with new., knob and tube wiring, knob and tube
knob and tube wiring, knob and tube, romex: Hi. I have never heard of breakers in the attic. I am not a fan of sub panels. But if you do have one for upstairs it should be installed in a room. It is hard to get to in the attic. If you ever need to shut it off in an emergency, it would take longer....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: kitchen circuits, amp circuits, amp circuit
amp circuits, amp circuit, faulty wiring: If you are pulling permits for this job you will have to follow what the AHJ dictates. So you will want to check with them to find out what they require. Personally, if you are doing a remodel or update I feel like you should actually update the wiring....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Leviton oven power cord, voltage and amperage, power cord
voltage and amperage, power cord, electric oven: Hi. What is the voltage and amperage of the oven? If it is a regular oven, and not a microwave, it will probably need its own circuit with a special plug. Wall mounted microwaves also need their own circuit, but the outlet looks like a regular one. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light Bulbs Burn Out, light bulbs, laundry room
light bulbs, laundry room, high voltage: Hi. You should have the voltage checked. The circuit could be accidently wired for 220, or the power company could be supplying high voltage. A meter will tell you what the voltage is. The only other cause of bulbs burning out is vibration or heat....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light burns out after you turn switch on, light burns, incandescent bulb
light burns, incandescent bulb, light bulb: Hi. If it is an incandescent bulb, then only overvoltage, heat or vibration will cause a bulb to burn out. The last 2 would take a while, so it may accidently be wired at 220, or the bulb may be for lower voltage. If the fixture has a transformer or ballast,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light delay in coming on, light delay, loose wires
light delay, loose wires, kitchen light: wanjie First of all who did the wiring was it a Electrician? What sounds like somewhere there may some loose wires. Having a bad connection sometimes will do that as the power gets turned on but not enough volts are making contact as the wires start to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light fixture problem, halogen bulbs, electrical problem
halogen bulbs, electrical problem, light fixture: Hi. This seems strange with no explanation. I assume it is an incandescent fixture. The only thing that causes those bulbs to burn out early is overvoltage, heat and vibration. But both bulbs should be exposed to the same conditions. Are you using the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights flicker, TV, Computer, & Aplliances Kick on & off?, wire nuts, loose wire
wire nuts, loose wire, couple seconds: Hi. Where is this problem? One circuit? The whole house? If it is the whole house, it sounds like the the neutral going into the house is bad. That could either be your problem or the power company s problem. If it is one circuit, then it sounds...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Loss of Power to Ceiling Lights, question thanks, ceiling lights
question thanks, ceiling lights, feeling something: Hi Ryan, I have a feeling something was not connected back the same way. Maybe a wire was pushed out of the way to make painting easier or painted over and the wire is not making good contact. Check the voltage at the switch to make sure the power is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lamp post, wire nut, lamp post
wire nut, lamp post, bulb sockets: Hi. At some place in the fixture, there has to be a place where the wiring branches off. Where the one wire going to the fixture goes to the 5 sockets. Most likely the problem is there. Perhaps not all the wires making contact at the wire nut. I hope...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light dimmer, 3-way, dimmer
3-way, dimmer, switch: Shawn, I apologize for the delay in responding. We ve suddenly had several family medical issues to deal with in the last few days, so I haven t been online. It sounds like: (a) you have a wiring error, (b) you have the wrong dimmer, or (c) the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: can light in kitchen, screw driver, attic space
screw driver, attic space, question thanks: Hi Nicole, Are there other lights on the same switch which are working? If so...the problem is in the non-working light. If not...the problem is the switch. I am assuming this is the only light not working. Inside the recessed light can is a thermo...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light sensor, roof overhang, flood light
roof overhang, flood light, halide lights: Hi. Yes, it sounds like the sensor if it works when it is covered. However, make sure it is at will, and not caused by car lights or any other lights hitting it. Also make sure that it always works when covered, because halide lights go on and off when...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch, robert wilber, national electrical code
robert wilber, national electrical code, fuse box: 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: MY lights went out when changing a light bulb., light bulbs, electronic control
light bulbs, electronic control, short circuit: It is possible that part of the old bulb is still in the socket and creating a dead short. With the breaker off, take a flashlight and examine each socket real good. If you have a piece of metal touching the base and the threads you have a dead short. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights dim slowly and go out or don't come on in kitchen, weird phenomena, 3 way switches
weird phenomena, 3 way switches, circular spot: Hi. It sounds like one of the switches is defective. Strangely enough, it may not be the one your wife used, because 3 way switches use 2 separate wires, and the switches switch back and forth to the wires. You can either replace both, or replace one,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: low voltage on 240V outlet, using a digital multimeter, relays
using a digital multimeter, relays, low voltage: Hi. This is very strange. It indicates that all the wires are making contact. I would try the panel. If you are getting the same readings, I would call the power company. You are only 6 volts short of what it should be, so I don t think it would affect...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Main disconnect, outside disconnect
outside disconnect: John, Code requires an outside disconnect switch, even if the Main Breakers can act as one. That is because of the need, in case of fire, for firemen or police to shut off power to the house to prevent electrocution hazards that exist in fires, particularly...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Moving a bathroom wall mounted light fixture, bathroom vanity, light fixture
bathroom vanity, light fixture, electrical supply: Hi. Yes, you have to keep the old box and cover it. Then run a wire to the new box. If you don t see anything decorative at a home center, you can always try an electrical supply house, where the electricians go. You can just call it a blank decorative...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Multiple outlets stopped working, digital voltmeter, downstairs bathroom
digital voltmeter, downstairs bathroom, upstairs bathroom: First, throw the tester with lights in your drawer and get a digital voltmeter (they are less than $10.00). Start at the breakers and read the voltage from the breaker to neutral. If it is good, 108 to 120 volts a/c, walk around the house and carefully...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Need a heavy duty wall timer for bathroom fan/heater installation, amp line, heater element
amp line, heater element, ventilating fan: Hi. No, most timers are electronic, and they have to be incandescent only. Your best bet is to go to an electrical supply house, and talk to the people there, and see what they have. Another idea would be to call Leviton s customer service department...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Neutral wiring, transfer switch, amp circuits, lighting circuits
amp circuits, lighting circuits, propane air: Pete Yes you can change the breakers and use the twins as long as you do not exceed the panel amperage. What I would do is Install a larger capacity neutral bar in the ATS,you can buy these at the big box stores or a electrical supply house.Just bring...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New electric range, prong plug, gas range
prong plug, gas range, receptacle: Very excessive. Locate the breaker feeding this receptacle to ensure it is of the proper amps for the new stove. If so, the new stove will have a four wire cord. All you need to do is turn off the breaker, install a four prong receptacle jumpering the green...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: need to know, receptacles, subs
receptacles, subs: Just as there is no limit to the number of receptacles on a circuit, there is no limit to the number of sub panels fed from one main. The code only states that the attached load must not exceed the rating of the circuit, in this case the main breaker rating...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new electrical run in garage, garage door motor, work bench
garage door motor, work bench, temporary power: David When you say temporary do you mean you are going to do a permanent installation later? I am sure this is all on the same circuit. IF So you need to run a wire from the switch to the new location where the lights go. Now run from the motor, down...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: noises in home scaring my dog, signs of nervousness, electrical appliances
signs of nervousness, electrical appliances, source of the sound: I am not able to help you with your appliances as my area of expertise involving wiring is with invisible type fencing for dogs. I can guess that maybe your clicking is coming from older appliances or just an older house going through expansions and contractions...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: nutral wires hot, beeper, receptacle
beeper, receptacle: There is either a damaged device on the circuit, or the wiring itself. I would start at the breaker and follow each device on the circuit. You can pull out each receptacle and remove the wiring feeding downstream until you locate the faulty device or section...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Old Breakers, heating and air conditioning, breakers
heating and air conditioning, breakers, heating and air: HACR breakers react differently than the older standard breakers. Even fuses for HVAC equipment act differently. When your A/C kicks on it pulls a lot of amps momentarily. If it were on a regular older style breaker or fuse it would blow the breaker or fuse....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet connect, switch box, aquarium
switch box, aquarium: George, First you need to find out if the neutral (white wire) is available in the switch box. If there is only 1 cable in the box with a black and white wire connected to the switch you can t do it. If there is more than one cable you have a shot. Let...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlets go dead, wire insulation, switch boxes
wire insulation, switch boxes, question thanks: Hi Dennis, This is a tough one to solve. It takes a lot of patience and time. You will need a multimeter to check voltage. Start with the breaker or fuse WHEN the power goes off. Check the breaker or fuse on the load side (where the circuit wire connects...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: very old hall ceiling light fixture, ceiling light fixture, cap screws
ceiling light fixture, cap screws, steel type: Steve The ceiling box has 2 screws holding up a bracket for installing each fixture. Remove the cover of the fixture where it go up in the ceiling there you should see the box.Then you can remove the old bracket and install a new one. Make sure that the box...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: only getting 52 volts from 110 volts, terminal bar, neutral wire
terminal bar, neutral wire, short leg: How I would troubleshoot this is to check all the connections in the switch box (with the power off) to make sure everything has a good connection. If everything is good in the switch box, I would turn off the power and jump the switch (bypass it) and then...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlets and lights, wire nuts, vacuum cleaner
wire nuts, vacuum cleaner, vacuum cleaners: Hi. Vacuum cleaners use a lot of power, and it probably overloaded the circuit. Instead of the breaker tripping, it probably burned a wire loose. These things can be hard to track down. Somewhere in the circuit, there is a break. It could even be at...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outside outlets not working, gfci outlet, red button
gfci outlet, red button, laundry: Debbie What you need to check is the bathroom,laundry,outside outlets for a GFCI outlet they have a rest button on them which may have tripped.Push the red button to see if goes off,if it does reset the GFCI by pushing the black button.If the power comes...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Partial electrical outage, amp circuit breaker, air furnace
amp circuit breaker, air furnace, amp breaker: Hi. Is the 30 amp breaker for a sub panel? These items should not be directly on a 30 amp circuit. If the wire is not 10 gauge, it would be a fire hazard. Even with 10 gauge wire, it would not trip as easily as it should at 30 amps. You may have a loose...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power in Backyard Shed Quit Working, heat lamps, stray cats
heat lamps, stray cats, electrical line: Hi. You should check each end of the wire going to the shed. If you have power at the house end, but not the shed end, then the wire is broken. Did you do any digging where the wire runs? It would have to be replaced. If you have power at the shed end,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Probably simple but..., wall switch, ceiling fan
wall switch, ceiling fan, new location: Hi. In addition to eliminating the red, you would have to replace the outlets where the tab is broken off. Another way of doing it, is to connect the red to the black anywhere in the circuit. That will make it so that the red has power all the time. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: part of wire burnt, gyprock, electrical panel
gyprock, electrical panel, sheetrock: Hi. I would turn off the breaker to that circuit until you fix it. All connections have to be made in a junction box, and the junction box has to be accessible (not buried behind Sheetrock). You probably don t have enough slack to put one box where...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: photocell, photo cell, electrician
photo cell, electrician, suggestion: Hi. You can try another brand of photo cell. I don t think one is more sensitive than another. Just made differently. But a lot has to do with where it is in relation to the sun. If they are on a north wall, they will be on longer. I don t know how far...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: potential shop power need, delta shaper, vacuum system
delta shaper, vacuum system, phase service: You need to contact the utility new service department or whatever they call it where you are. Try to talk to a detailer, who will evaluate your service needs and what they can provide. Research and select an electrician. Consider talking to an engineer....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: proper wire size from pole to service head?, diameter wire, aluminum wire
diameter wire, aluminum wire, electrical resistance: TOM The power company has no juristicton on wire sizing.Basically they install what they think they need. The way they installed the wire is what we call free air meaning that it is out in the open and has a better chance of not breaking down like a wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Range Outlet, stray strand, adequate knowledge
stray strand, adequate knowledge, strain relief: You should test the outlet for power after you turn off the breaker and before you disconnect it, and you should carefully mark which wires go where on the outlet. Pay attention to not cut any of the strands if you are going to shorten the wire and be careful...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Repairing cut Romex wire, wire nuts, pvc pipe
wire nuts, pvc pipe, minimal loss: Hi. You should get a UF splice kit. They are sold in most home centers. It should be where the wire nuts are, and is made by GB. They use heat shrink tubes to protect the splice. You shouldn t need any slack to fix them. I hope this helps. Bo...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Replacing heater cable with 20ft. SJ00W cable, electric fireplace insert, old chimney
electric fireplace insert, old chimney, greenway home products: Hi. It depends on the gauge of the wire. I really don t understand why it says rated to 2025 watts when it draws 1400 watts. It sounds like you will need number 12 wire. It is usually not a good idea to change the wire that comes with the unit. It...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Replacing switches and outlets, overhead light, light fixture
overhead light, light fixture, screws: Hi. Everywhere the outlet was half switched and half on all the time, the bridge must be broken on the dark brass side only where the red and black wires are connected. NOT the light colored screws where the white wires are connected. This must be done...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Residential wireing AMP capacity, amp breaker, amp capacity
amp breaker, amp capacity, gauge wire: Rick 16 gauge wire ??? that is not used in residential wiring at all,maybe 14 G or 12 G. You can not exceed the wire capability of amps 14 G is 15 Amps 12g is 20 amps. Your GFCI may just be going bad,or the equipment you are using may have a problem.Try installing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running a drop, underground run, ampacity
underground run, ampacity, connect 4: Hi. Wires have different ampacity depending on the type and length. Usually the retailer should have a chart for each type of wire they sell. It would have to be at least number 2 copper or number 1/0 aluminum. THWN with conduit is probably what you will...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: receptacles have power but won't "work", neutral wire, hot wire
neutral wire, hot wire, power source: Hi. Funny readings like that are usually caused by a disconnected neutral wire. The reading you getting is feedback from the hot wire. Check the white wire from the power source to the first outlet that is not working. I hope this helps. Bo...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: reduce 240v to 110v, 240V vs. 120V
240V vs. 120V: JD, I assume (correct me if I m wrong) that you still need the 240V to power the pump, but also want to have 120V available there for other uses. This is easily doable. Please don t be offended, but I believe that you should consider hiring an experienced,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: removing a dimmer switch on a circuit with 3 switches for 3 lights, wire nut, bedroom light
wire nut, bedroom light, bathroom lights: Hi. If the only live wire is connected to the bathroom, that is why it is the only thing working. It has to also connect to the other two switches. Could the white wires be connected together and pushed behind the switches? The power in wire needs...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing 2-hole socket with 3-hole, prong plug, ground pins
prong plug, ground pins, earth ground: Hi. You can not replace a 2 prong outlet with a 3 prong outlet unless there is a ground. The only exception is a GFCI protected outlet. Then you need a sticker that says no equipment ground. So, you have to replace that with a GFCI or a 2 prong outlet....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing bath light, extra red wire, fixture wire, black a white
fixture wire, black a white, fluorescent light fixture: Hi. What was connected to the old red wire? If the old black fixture wire was connected to it, then the new black fixture wire should be too. If the black outlet wire was connected to a different wire, then it should be capped off. I hope this helps....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Is replacing the entire subpanel overkill?, circuit breakers, true firewall
circuit breakers, true firewall, 45 years: If you have a certain type of panel then I would say yes you need to update it. That panel is over 40 years old and the breakers may be hard to replace so a newer panel would be much better. Plus, you may need to have your circuits divided or new ones added,...

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

Electrical Wiring in the Home: residential electricity, residential electricity, kitchen lighting
residential electricity, kitchen lighting, starters: Hi. Are they florescent lights? They can be temperamental. They need a good ground to start. Also, make sure the tubes are seated in the sockets correctly. U shaped fluorescents do not always start the first time. If the fixtures are older and have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: romex to knob and tube switch leg in wall, knob and tube, dangerous incidents
knob and tube, dangerous incidents, thanks a bunch: In my experience some of the most dangerous incidents of k and t is in the wall so I hope you are not thinking of keeping that while replacing it in the attic. Usually it is simply dropped straight down without being secured to the studs so it is easy to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: room lights and plugs went out, wire nuts, circuit breakers
wire nuts, circuit breakers, master bedroom: Hi. The heater and iron can t be used at the same time. You probably burned a wire loose somewhere on the circuit. These things can be hard to track down. Somewhere in the circuit, there is a break. It could even be at a device that is working, because...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Sensor Light, fixture wire, sensor light
fixture wire, sensor light, whits: Hi. It looks like the instructions he gave you was to purposely not have the switch do anything. If you want to switch to control the light, then disconnect the floodlight hot wire (probably black) from the black wires in the junction box. (leave the remaining...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Shop Wiring, magnetic ballast, electronic ballast
magnetic ballast, electronic ballast, woodworking tools: The amount of lighting will depend on several factors. One is your age, another is what type of equipment you will be using, and the other is how much natural lighting there will be. If you will be using machinery that spins you will want to install florescent...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Shutting off when hot, wattage bulbs, wall plugs
wattage bulbs, wall plugs, kitchen light: The first things to look for are wrong wattage bulbs and wrong type of bulbs. Each light is built for a specific type of bulb with a max wattage. Also, you will want to look at the wire or hire an electrician to make sure your circuits are not overloaded...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Single duplex to double toggle switch, ok code, double switch
ok code, double switch, linen closet: Hi. As long as all the connections are made in the boxes, and the wires between the boxes are the proper type (NM-B, etc) then it is OK to put the boxes on top of each other. Yes, it may look funny, since they will be at different heights. I hope...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Size &t ype, amp circuits, subpanel
amp circuits, subpanel, detached garage: What you need to know is how many amps you plan on using. Add up your lighting, your air compressor, and at least two 20 amp circuits for power tools. Then think about what you might like to add in the future, such as heating, cooling, welder, etc. You...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Sub Panel, max amps, amp breaker
max amps, amp breaker, underground run: I know that RVs can run very close to the 30 amps so the question is what will be the total max load on the circuit? Normally #2 awg copper is for 125 amps under 100 . But if you are going to run close to the max amps you may need to go up one size. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Sub Panel for Wall Oven OR Run a New Line, oven area, aluminum wire
oven area, aluminum wire, wall oven: Hi. No, if you change the breaker without changing the wire, you will likely have a fire. You can t run 50 amps on wire designed to carry 30 amps. You will need to run new wires for both units. Aluminum wire is considered dangerous, so it is good time...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Sub panel wiring, cutler hammer, amp breaker
cutler hammer, amp breaker, basement ceiling: Hi. By connecting a 100 amp box to a 50 amp breaker, you are going to end up with too many breakers for the load. So, you may want to consider matching them up more closely. For example, if the heaters are 20 amps each, you have only 10 amps left for everything...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Subpanel voltage loss, amp breaker, underground wire
amp breaker, underground wire, outbuilding: Steve When you get a lower voltage on a wire,it can mean 2 things 1 the neutral may be bad 2 the wire has a break in it. Since you have 120V on one wire that eliminates the neutral problem. Type USE-RHH-RHW-2 building wire and service cable is recognized...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Switched row of lights, ceiling joists, conductor wire
ceiling joists, conductor wire, daisy chain: Hi. The only way you can connect the switch at the end of the circuit is to use 3 conductor (plus ground) wire. This may cost more, and will be more work than just running the 2 conductor wire from the breaker to the last light or to the switch itself....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Switching breakers, fire space, baseboard heaters
fire space, baseboard heaters, space heaters: Hi. Never replace a breaker with a higher amperage, it will cause a fire. Space heaters use too much electricity to run more than one on a circuit. And if there is much else on the circuit, one may be too many. They tend to be dangerous, so I really...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: sensor light, fixture wire, sensor light
fixture wire, sensor light, whits: Hi Perry, Yes, connect the black fixture wire to the other black wires and the white fixture wire to the other white wires. This will supply continuous power to the sensor light. The sensor should turn the fixture on and off automatically. The red...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: smoke det, neutral wire, copper wire
neutral wire, copper wire, nuetral: Hi. It is dangerous to use the ground as a neutral. There is current in a neutral wire, there should not be current in a ground wire. Plus, you would not have a ground. If you use the neutral and ground as the same wire, you could get shocked. I hope...

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

Electrical Wiring in the Home: static phase converter, static phase converter, capacitor control
static phase converter, capacitor control, static converters: Contact the manufacturer. By the way, did you know that most sources state something similar to the following: Static Phase Converters are not true phase converters. They are usually manufactured with a capacitor control box and an electric motor. They...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: switch for blower, dimmer switch, different company
dimmer switch, different company, wood stove: They are different because they were made at different times, perhaps from a different company, both wires are hot so it makes sense that they are black, and it is easier for them to stock the same color wire than two. Read the instructions that came with...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: switch tripped, trys, craig
trys, craig, good college: Craig, You can but its not going to help you much with the one breaker your having a problem with. If you have a breaker thats balking at resetting try this: Very firmly push the handle of the breaker to the off position. Then very firmly push it to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Testing low volt transformer, low voltage transformer, low voltage lights
low voltage transformer, low voltage lights, thermal fuses: First you test the high voltage being supplied to the transformer. Since a transformer merely takes the voltage coming in and transforms it there is a need for the supply voltage to be correct. If the supply voltage is correct you can test the low voltage...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Tracing wire, dead wires, wire tracers
dead wires, wire tracers, bringing power: Mike, The tracer you mention is for live circuits only and yours are not live. What you could use is a device the phone company uses to trace phone lines. HD and Lowes carry it. You connect the toner module to one end of the cable and from that point...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Tripping breaker, underground cable, underground wiring
underground cable, underground wiring, GFCI breaker: Bill, First, you should know that #10 wire is rated for no more than 30 Amps, not 50. Therefore you should be using a breaker no larger than 30A on that circuit. For a 50A circuit, you would need #6 wire or larger. If you really have #10 wire on a 50A breaker,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: trouble shooting house circuit triiping breaker, wall space, space heater
wall space, space heater, trouble shooting: Hi. You can try replacing the breaker, and see if the breaker is weak. That doesn t happen often, but it is going to be hard to find the problem, since it doesn t happen all the time. It could be anywhere in the circuit. You can try to disconnect parts...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: voltage drop in part of a circuit, electric space heater, volt amp
electric space heater, volt amp, amp meter: Hi. There is a neutral white wire disconnected or burned somewhere. Don t rule out a device that is working, because it could be the wire leaving that device going to the things that have stopped working. The reading you are getting is feedback through...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: voltage reading in one circuit, loose wires, hot wire
loose wires, hot wire, prong: Assuming this was a working circuit at one time, there has to be a section of damaged wire allowing the neutral to pick up bleed through voltage or a damaged device on the circuit. Start at the device closest to the breaker and remove the wires feeding back...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: voltage surges/ uneven voltage in breaker panel, lightening strike, incoming lines
lightening strike, incoming lines, power voltage: Hi. To me, the power company s answer is totally unacceptable. I would call them again. Yes, it is dangerous, both in terms of damaging your equipment and getting shocked with a ground. If it was me, I would turn the main off. The power from the two...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: WALL SWITCH DIMMER WITH CEILING FAN, cloth wire, wall switch
cloth wire, wall switch, fan light: Hi. You can t have a motor on a dimmer. Check the wiring in the box of the fan. If the red wire goes to the fan and you have 2 black wires connected to each other, then you can connect the fan light to the red wire for the switch, and the fan to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Water heater keeps tripping., electric water heater, heating element
electric water heater, heating element, heating elements: Hi. The main parts are two thermostats and two elements, so if you replace everything, all that is left is the wire between them. I don t know if you saw this, it is very helpful: http://www.wikihow.com/Test-a-Water-Heater-Thermostat Remember that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring, hot wire, gas stove
hot wire, gas stove, circuit breaker: Hi. Is the circuit breaker a double pole breaker? If it has a shared neutral, it should be. Also, GFCIs will not work properly on a shared neutral circuit, unless it is at the end of the circuit. If you replaced all the outlets (check the dining room...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring, garbage disposal, pud
garbage disposal, pud, neutrals: Russell It may be the problem of PUD. Sounds like something is loose either at the pole,meter or the panel.Check to make sure all the neutrals are tight,do not remove them under a load as you will get shocked.Make sure the big neutral is tight if they are...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring 3-wire countdown timer (no neutral) to bathroom exhaust fan works, but is there a risk?, bathroom exhaust fan, countdown timer
bathroom exhaust fan, countdown timer, neutral type: Hi. You don t have a neutral, so you can t use a timer that requires one without running another wire to the switch from the fan. The 3 wire timer may be for incandescent lights only. Check and see if it says that. If it does, you should not use that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring of GE Cook Top Range, range model, bare wire
range model, bare wire, grey white: Hi. Black and red are both hot, so red and blacks can connect together (As well as the black and black). I would think that the grey wire was meant to be white, which would connect to the white. The bare wire is the ground and connects to the green. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring hot tub, bearer of bad news, incoming power
bearer of bad news, incoming power, subpanel: Hi. Unfortunately, you need to change your priorities. If your house is only 60 amps, it is in immediate need of upgrading. If your garage is 50 amps, and the hot tub is 50 amps, what are you going to do for power in the garage? It also sounds like the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring a motion sensor light switch, motion detector, switch
motion detector, switch: Scott, This is an easy one if you follow my logic. == First, you were probably right in using the Green for Ground, as that matches Code (Ground can only be Green or bare copper), however some manufacturers use that as a Neutral connection with no Ground...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring outlets on backporch, conductor wire, wiring outlets
conductor wire, wiring outlets, metal boxes: Hi. That is easy, and you don t need 3 conductor wire. At the first outlet, all the blacks to the brass terminals and the white to the silver terminals. At the switch, the blacks to the switch terminals, the white to each other. At all the other outlets,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring recessed lights, ample lighting, dimmers
ample lighting, dimmers, wiring recessed lights: Hi. I have heard that the lights should be as far apart, as the distance of the height of the ceiling. So, an 8 ceiling would mean having them 8 feet apart. With the dimmers, you can adjust them anyway. For the bathroom, you should have a light over...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wall outlets, pvc conduit, outlet boxes
pvc conduit, outlet boxes, conduit system: Hi Martin, Yes, you can use PVC conduit. Also PVC outlet boxes, instead of metal, if you wish. Just make sure to install a properly sized ground wire in the conduit system and GFCI protection to all the added outlets. I hope this has helped. If...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Can I wire 3-wire countdown timer (no neutral) for bathroom exhaust fan?, bathroom exhaust fan, countdown timer
bathroom exhaust fan, countdown timer, timer switch: MCW Is this your model #6652 Leviton Variable Countdown Timer Switch (Incandescent / Inductive) Rotary-dial variable countdown timer switch 500W incandescent 500VA inductive 1/6HP at 120AC 60Hz neutral connection required. Or this one Model # 6651...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wire gauge size to amperage, gauge size, wire gauge
gauge size, wire gauge, gauge wire: Hi. It s not quite that simple. It depends on the type of wire and the conductor and the length. If it is not too long, and it is copper, then 8 gauge can be 50 amps and 6 could be 65 amps. Retailers usually have ampacity charts based on length for each...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wire size?, neutrals, screw
neutrals, screw, wire size: Ray you would need to run 2-#3 and 1-#4 neutral.Then the ground would need at least a #6. You have to run 4 wires as the new panel is now a sub-panel with the ground separate from the neutrals. You will have to install a ground bar to the panel frame and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wire size calculation, long wire run, voltage drop
long wire run, voltage drop, wire size: Voltage drop is the limiting factor, with 5% maximum drop being the rule of thumb (5% of 120V is 6V), although I recommend 4% or less. In your case, it will also depend on the conditions: (a) ideal: entire run inside a normal building with no temperature...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring, conductor wire, live wire
conductor wire, live wire: Hi. I am not sure which light the switch goes to. You can t use the switch to control the first light without using 3 conductor wire between the first light and the switch. If you need more information, feel free to ask a follow up question. I...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring for ceiling fanhoe do you, question thanks, ceiling fan
question thanks, ceiling fan, several ways: Hi Michael, There are several ways to do this depending on the wiring configuration of your home. For this reason...go to this site and choose which way your wiring is done. http://www.selfhelpandmore.com/switch-outlet/ I hope this has helped. If...

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

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring dimmer switch to chandeleir, fixture wire, voltage tester
fixture wire, voltage tester, hi bob: Hi. Dimmers can go bad easily, including your old one. I would buy a cheap switch to use to get it to work, then replace it with a new dimmer once it is working. The power must be off at the breaker box when making any connections with the dimmer, otherwise...

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

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring a jacuzzi and heat pump, indoor jacuzzi, power electricity
indoor jacuzzi, power electricity, heat fan: Hi. You probably can t do it if the Jacuzzi draws more than the heater. You would need to know how many amps the wiring is you have from the heater, and how much the Jacuzzi draws. You also need to know if the Jacuzzi requires a neutral. Most likely...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring microwave and refrigerator, kitchen construction, knob and tube
kitchen construction, knob and tube, time terry: Terry, I apologize for the delay in responding. We ve suddenly had several family medical issues to deal with in the last few days, and I didn t check my e-mail until this afternoon. I recommend separate circuits for these two uses because both tend...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring for range hoods, first time homeowners, ventless range hood
first time homeowners, ventless range hood, cable clamp: Hi. Theoretically, it should not be on the same circuit as the kitchen and dining room outlets. Living room outlets are fine, and kitchen light circuit is fine. Usually you put a cable clamp in the hole, and make the connections inside the hood where...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring a stacked 3way switch, wiring a 3 way switch, 3way switch
wiring a 3 way switch, 3way switch, hot wire: You break off the tab at the switch that has two different commons. If the other switch has a common hot wire then you would not break that tab. Otherwise they are just like any other 3 way switch. It has a common and two travellers. So the things you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Is 100 amps enough power, central heat, compleat
central heat, compleat, deference: Mike It depends what you are adding,I would upgrade to 200 amps 1 reason it is a most used service. If you use 150 amp you will pay more for the panel because 200 amp is the most common.The deference will be the wire cost from #4 for 100 to 4/0 for 200 amps...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 2 lights on one switch, hi bob, dimmer switch
hi bob, dimmer switch, switches: Hi. You will need to run another wire from one of the lights to the switch. If the switch is a switch loop with the only wires connected to the switch (no other insulated wires in the box), then you will need to run the wire to the light that has the power...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 2 phase, hots, 110 volts
hots, 110 volts, dryers: Hi. Yes, you do not need a neutral. Only certain appliances such as dryers and ranges have a neutral because some components are 110 volts. So, the black and white go to the breaker, the ground with the other grounds. I hope this helps. Bo...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 20 amp twist to 30 amp twist., 6500 watt generator, type of plugs
6500 watt generator, type of plugs, straight blade: Hi. You can replace the male plug on the cord, since it is less. It is OK to draw 20 amps on a cord made for 30 amps. (However, you could not replace just the female end) There are no adapters for these type of plugs, unless you make on with wire and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 20A 250V commercial outlet, amp breaker, trip bar
amp breaker, trip bar, 110v outlet: You need to open the breaker panel and remove the breaker cover. Figure out which double pole breaker is feeding that outlet. Turn it off. You have two choices; install a single pole breaker or remove the trip bar and use the existing breaker (if it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 220 Volt Wiring, prong plug, national electrical code
prong plug, national electrical code, 220 volts: Hi. The outlet would have to be grounded to meet code. So, I don t know of any way to wire it by code. I suppose you could change the plug on the charger. But everything that is 220 volts that I have seen is grounded. I hope this helps. Bo...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 220v 3-4 conductor termination, conductor cable, chasis
conductor cable, chasis, power distribution: Hi. You have to have at least 3 insulated wires for the dryer. If you have two insulated wires and a bare ground wire, it is not safe to use the ground as a neutral. You would have to run another cable. In the 1990 s, the code was changed to require...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 240V Thermostat Connection, line voltage thermostat, electric baseboard heaters
line voltage thermostat, electric baseboard heaters, amp breaker: You are too close to the 20 amps to start with and if you used 12 gauge you need to go with 10 gauge. Check to see what the t-stat is rated at for amperage. If you are having problems at the screw you could solder on a ring connector (steel) to your wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 240V Wiring, grounding wires, garage heater
grounding wires, garage heater, ground terminal: You should of ran four wires, unless you have a ground rod at the garage, from the main to the sub in the garage (black, black or red, white, and ground). The white and ground should of been unbonded at the sub panel. From that panel to the next panel...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 way 4 way wiring, top of the stairs, basement entry
top of the stairs, basement entry, basement steps: Is there or did there used to be an outside basement entry? Might be a 4-way as you suggest. Where do the wires go and how many conductors are REALLY at each box? Splices at lighting outlets? The possibilities are nearly endless, limited only by the imagination...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 way switch, 3 way switch, 3 way switches
3 way switch, 3 way switches, switch box: Hi. No, you can t wire in a 3 way switch with less than 3 wires. You might be able to use a remote control type switch. This can work with no wires. The switch would work like a TV remote, but connects to the wall and looks like a switch. I hope this...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 way switch with pilot light, 3 way switch, pilot light
3 way switch, pilot light, silver screw: Hi. I can t do diagrams. However, you need one black wire to go from the common terminal of the far away switch to the black connection of the pilot light (A wire going to the light fixture is already connected to that switch, so you would need to connect...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 way switches to 2 way, 3 way switches, electric knowledge
3 way switches, electric knowledge, minimal home: This will most likely require running more wires. I will attach diagrams of how 3-way switches can be wired and you have to figure out which way yours are wired. Once you figure out which way yours are wired you can decide what is the best way to do it....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 way switches, 3 way switches, switch boxes
3 way switches, switch boxes, automatic switch: There are motion sensor 3-way switches. What you need to know is the common at each switch. The other two wires will be travellers. The new switch should tell you how to wire it. If you get the common on each common terminal (not neutral, but common)...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 6-3 alum, anti oxident, amp breaker
anti oxident, amp breaker, blanket approval: Hi. Most web sites would be affraid of giving blanket approval of a certain size wire, because it depends on the type of wire and the length of the wire. According to the chart I have, it is the minimum size of a short run. When you buy the wire, most...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 94samaya, switch lines, lens line
switch lines, lens line, light thanks: The older light will probably cause problems with the GFI, so this method does not have the light GFI protected. The main line from the breaker called the feeder, connect two short black wires to the black feeder wire and connect one to the gold terminal of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding ceiling lights, halogen track lights, ceiling lights
halogen track lights, ceiling lights, hot wire: Hi. You have a switch loop. There is no neutral in a switch loop, so you can t tap off of those wires. The white wire is a hot wire in this case. It also is not a good idea to splice in the middle of a wire. Did you use a junction box with cover, and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: AFCI breakers, cutler hammer breakers, afci breakers
cutler hammer breakers, afci breakers, subpanel: Hi. That is probably just the nature of AFCI breakers. They are supposed to trip when there is an arc. A switch or just pulling the plug can cause an arc. Perhaps they are a bit too sensitive. You can try returning the worse ones and see if that helps....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Aluminum to copper @ cooktop, wire nuts, split nuts
wire nuts, split nuts, friction tape: To be the safest you should run copper. If you absolutely do not want to do that the next safest is to have an electrician certified in bonding al to cu to install a copper pigtail for all future connections. If you absolutely do not want to do that then use...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: What Amperage should a fuse cartridge be for a dryer?, amp fuses, gauge copper
amp fuses, gauge copper, happy holidays: Hi. Dryers are normally 30 amps. However, if the wire is not equipped to handle 30 amps, putting in 30 amp fuses would cause a fire. So, you need to check the wire going to the dryer and make sure it is at least 10 gauge copper. I hope this helps....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Amps, robert wilber, buss bar
robert wilber, buss bar, feeder line: 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: Automatic Switch for Water Heater, electric water heater, peak periods
electric water heater, peak periods, amp circuit: If you go to most electrical supply or HVAC supply stores, most will have a 240 volt time clock with contact ratings that will work for your water heater. There will be a very simple wiring diagram on the clock. The two power wires connect so the clock is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding 220 power to my garage, robert wilber, national electrical code
robert wilber, national electrical code, electric plugs: 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: adding an exterior outled, roof slopes, fire block
roof slopes, fire block, foundation wall: With the walls having a fire block, it is almost impossible to do this. You may be able to go underneath and go through the foundation wall, or through the back of an existing inside receptacle by removing the box and drilling through the exterior wall and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a light, adding a light, light switch
adding a light, light switch, pantry: Hi. You have to see where the power enters the system. If it enters at the switch, you are OK. However, if it enters at the light, both wires going to the switch are hot, and you don t have a neutral, so it won t work. If you have two wires from one cable...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: aluminum wire, furnace closet, electric furnace
furnace closet, electric furnace, aluminum wire: Hi. The grease would keep the wire from corroding. If it corrodes, it could overheat. However, the grease goes on the aluminum wire, not the copper wire. I would call a professional who can check the furnace (in case it is pulling too many amps), as...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: aprilaire, furnace fan, many different ways
furnace fan, many different ways, humidistat: You could wire it many different ways but you should contact the manufacture to see what they recommend. The humidistat could be wired through the fan control wiring instead of the heat but it would have to be shut off during calls for A/C in the spring...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: arc fault breakers, arc fault breakers, arc fault breaker
arc fault breakers, arc fault breaker, cutler hammer: Hi. I have not heard anything negative about Cutler Hammer. However, the problem with arc fault breakers, is that arcs happen pretty often. It can happen in a switch, or in a motor. The breaker does not know when it is safe from causing a fire or when...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Bathroom Exhaust Fan Wiring, bathroom exhaust fan, sure what kind
bathroom exhaust fan, sure what kind, light fan: Hi. To make the fan and light independent, connect the power coming in to the side with the bridge. The other wires should go on the other side. If you don t know which wire is bringing the power in, turn everything off on the circuit (but breaker on),...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Bathroom Switch, bathroom vanity, dimmer switch
bathroom vanity, dimmer switch, dim the lights: Hi. Assuming that it is a single pole switch, there should be two wires on the dimmer. The switch would also have two screws. So the wires that were on the dimmer will go on the switch. It does not matter which is which. Be sure to turn the power off...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Blowing light bulbs, light bulbs, amp service
light bulbs, amp service, nothing works: Hi. The wiring or amp service to the house does not affect it. I would ask the power company to check the voltage in your house. Or you can buy a tester and test it yourself. They may have a bad transformer that is allowing too much voltage in the house....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker in Breaker Box getting Hot., amp breaker, aluminum wires
amp breaker, aluminum wires, lowe s: Hi. The furnace may be pulling more than 60 amps, or the wire that connects to the breaker may not be making good contact. If it is aluminum wire, there is a good chance of that. Most likely if the connection is bad, the wire and the breaker may be already...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker tripping, qualified electrician, amp breaker
qualified electrician, amp breaker, lighting circuit: Hi Earl, A rule of thumb is 600 square feet for each general lighting circuit. Lets see... 40 breakers (piggy backed) = 80 circuits times 600 square ft = 48,000 square feet! You say...this is only the left side of the breaker box? Please have a qualified...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: "Buzzing" Light Switch, weather phenomena, stair case
weather phenomena, stair case, mild winter: Hi. Dimmers can buzz, but a switch should not. Are you sure there is not a pipe or duct in the wall near the switch? Turn the breaker off to that switch, and see if you still hear the buzzing. If the buzzing stops when the breaker is off, I would call...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bath gfci, above tb light, and single pole switch, robert wilber, national electrical code
robert wilber, national electrical code, electrical resistance: Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * LIFE SAFETY WARNING! [disclaimer] Electricity is dangerous! You can be injured or killed! Improper installations can cause fire, injury and death! Are you qualified...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom fan wont turn off, detective work, bathroom fan
detective work, bathroom fan, power source: Hi. It would take some detective work, and some experience to locate the problem. You can try turning off the power at the breaker and replace the switch and see if that helps. There should be two wires coming in from a power source, and and two wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom light blows bulbs, bathroom light fixture, light bulbs
bathroom light fixture, light bulbs, question thanks: Hi Shirley, I am assuming this problem is isolated to this fixture and no others...right? For this reason I suggest replacing the old fixture with new one. If you had mentioned other fixtures are acting the same way, most likely the problem would lie...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom wiring, receptacle outlet, lighting
receptacle outlet, lighting, room outlet: This practice is no longer allowed. You cannot feed any new receptacle from a new or existing bathroom receptacle, with the exception of a receptacle in another bathroom, and that only if the source receptacle is not on a circuit feeding the lighting in...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bedroom door switches, recepticles, switch control
recepticles, switch control, light fixture: Hi. Most houses just have outlets on the switches. Did you check the top and bottom of all outlets? It is possible to have the switch control only part of the outlet. I don t think the house would pass inspection if the switch did nothing. But I guess...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: blocking signal over door threshold., door threshold, mask
door threshold, mask: The only way to block a signal in this situation is through the use of a Mask transmitter in the area. Please explain your application. Are you attempting to surround only the back yard or similar application and you want the dog to be able to come in...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling fan wiring, ceiling fan wiring, black hope
ceiling fan wiring, black hope, wiring connections: It is common to have two separate switches on the wall, one controlling the light and one controlling the fan. This is why you have a red and a black. Someone gave you the option of having two switches or just one switch controlling both. If you open up...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: CFL use in chandelier, incandescent bulbs, wire nuts
incandescent bulbs, wire nuts, loose wire: Have you tried incandescent bulbs? Do your CFL bulbs all come with their own ballast? Do the ballast seat in the socket correctly? Bottom line: If it is wired correctly, it sounds like a broken or loose wire. It will read the proper voltage until a load...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Christmas Lights not working now, christmas lights, gfci
christmas lights, gfci, reset button: Hi. There should be a GFCI somewhere in the circuit. This is an outlet with a test and reset button. That could be the problem. The other possibility is that a wire burned through somewhere. You would have to check the connections on the circuit to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Christmas lighting, amp breaker, gauge wire
amp breaker, gauge wire, xmas lights: Hi. Putting a breaker in the box bigger than the wire can handle will probably cause a fire, so do not do that. You can not use more than a 20 amp breaker for lighting. And, that is ONLY when the wire is 12 gauge. The best thing to do is just make...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Christmas lights, open sockets, flood lights
open sockets, flood lights, linear circuit: You probably have a bad GFI or it is tripping because of too heavy of use on the circuit. What else do you have plugged into this outlet? Remember that these GFI s are usually installed as one in a linear circuit and also reacts when any other single or...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Christmas lights tripping every circuit, yard decoration, christmas lights
yard decoration, christmas lights, dampness: The dampness is most likely the culprit. You are connecting the lights to a circuit that is GFI protected and the dampness is tripping the breaker. You can try to locate a circuit that does not have a GFI on it and see how it does. The dampness may have caused...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit breakers that don't work, circuit breakers, general lighting
circuit breakers, general lighting, neutral wire: Hi. Did you put in a speed control? You can t use a dimmer. Rheostats have been replaced by electronic devices years ago. Anyway, if you have a shared neutral circuit, then the two circuit breakers that share that neutral are required to be connected...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Cooktop & Wall Oven electrical connection, amp breaker, amp circuit
amp breaker, amp circuit, wall oven: If I see this correctly, the oven and the cooktop needs a 40 amp circuit. The existing circuit needs to have the breaker changed to a 40 amp breaker and this will take care of one of them, but a separate 40 amp circuit needs to be ran for the other unit to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan and light wiring, fixture wire, fan lights
fixture wire, fan lights, bare wire: Hi. Yes, it is very likely you are not getting power on the neutral side. The little bit of power you are getting is from feedback. Check the white wires. It might help to use a 60 watt bulb in a socket, so that you can tell if you have full power or...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan stopped working, continuity test, neutral wire
continuity test, neutral wire, watt bulb: Hi. You should use at least a 60 watt bulb to test the circuit. If there is a neutral wire loose, you may get enough feedback to light a neon test light or a meter. If you can get the 60 watt bulb to work at the junction box, the fan is bad (they wear...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling mounted garage heater, amp breaker, garage heater
amp breaker, garage heater, ac unit: Hi. It was not wired correctly. Number 12 wire should never have a breaker bigger than 20 amps. So, you may need to replace the breaker or wire. You would need a double pole switch rated at either 20 or 30 amps, depending on the rating of the heater...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: chandelier wiring, light chandelier, wire nuts
light chandelier, wire nuts, installing light fixtures: Hi. Since some of the lights are working, the problem has to be where they split off. That is usually in the bottom of the chandelier where the arms branch off. Once you take the cover off, there should be wirenuts. Take them off and make sure all the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: changing water heaters, gas water heater, wire gauge
gas water heater, wire gauge, flex cable: You cannot convert it unless the wire gauge is large enough to handle the wattage of the heater. If it is, then you simply install a double pole breaker, take out the old outlet and make that box a junction box, and run flex cable from the junction box...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: chrstmas lighting, safe side, fuse
safe side, fuse, bulbs: Hi. You can probably buy just a plain set of lights and replace the ones there as long as the clips grip. If there are a lot of circuits not working, maybe you had a bad fuse. I would try that again. if it is just one or two circuits, then check for...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: circuit breaker, amp breaker, modem router
amp breaker, modem router, trip bar: First, and most important. If you have two breakers sharing the same neutral (which is the case with 12/3 unless it is used for 220 volts) you must have these two breakers on a double pole breaker with a trip bar. The reason is that you can have back feed....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: circuit breakers, circuit breakers, nec code
circuit breakers, nec code, extension cords: Dick First of all the 2 breakers serving the double outlet should have a tie on the breaker so when you shut the circuit off everything is off in the outlet,you could also use a 2 pole breaker instead.That is in the NEC code. As far as the 2 extension cords...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: colors of 240v wires, hot legs, infrared heater
hot legs, infrared heater, two colors: I would need to look at the installation instructions or a wiring diagram of the specific unit. Typically green is ground, white is neutral, and the last two colors are the two hot legs. However, I am not familiar with the unit you have and I would need...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: cost, feasibility of running 800' of Romex up a hill..., amp circuit, running 800
amp circuit, running 800, romex: Hi. Usually when you see what size wire you need to prevent voltage drop, you check a chart. However, 800 feet would be off the chart. Usually if someone needs power that far away, they connect to the power lines and have a separate meter. Of course, if...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dayton G73, quartz heater, btu
quartz heater, btu, 220 volts: The first thing to check is to make sure it has been wired correctly for 208/240 volts. It is possible that it has been wired for 120 volts. It is also possible that you have a loose or broken wire. Go to the breaker and make sure you have 220 volts across...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dimmers/TV interference?, satellite message, tv interference
satellite message, tv interference, electronic dimmers: Kim Since you have slider dimmer I really believe that they are causing this problem,specially if they are electronic ones. This also depends on the age of the dimmer.One effect of the use of electronic dimmers are chopping the AC sine wave is to add electronic...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dryer receptacle to subpanel?, amp circuits, amp breaker
amp circuits, amp breaker, duplex outlets: You do have the option of installing two 20 amp circuits from this circuit. What you need to do is install a double pole 20 amp breaker, with the trip bar, in the breaker panel. At the panel, with the breaker off, you will remove the black from the existing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: disposal, garbage disposals, installing a dishwasher
garbage disposals, installing a dishwasher, garbage disposal: The disposal and dishwasher are not normally on a gfci outlet. Where did you pull power for these two appliances? Your outlet circuit for the countertop in the kitchen was not designed for these two to be added to it, and it is not to code if that is where...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: NO ELECTRICITY, broken wires, voltage tester
broken wires, voltage tester, neutral wire: Hi. Usually the wires go from one to another to another. It s hard to say where the wires go. However, it is very rare for the problem to be in the wires unless someone accidently drive a nail through it. The problems are always at the outlets themselves....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electric fluctuations, local power company, power fluctuations
local power company, power fluctuations, electric connections: Daniel What you have is a bad neutral somewhere in the panel or at the meter or even at the pole. The neutral is making a bad connection.That will cause flickering and weird electric connections. Check the main neutral in the panel. Also you may have to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electric heat with low-voltage thermostat, electric baseboards, baseboard heaters
electric baseboards, baseboard heaters, line voltage: Hi. You should be able to buy relays with transformers, which will fit line voltage heaters so you can use a low voltage thermostat. Check at an electrical supply house. That is where electricians buy their materials. Most will sell to homeowners too....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electric wiring, gold screw, screw terminal
gold screw, screw terminal, wire nut: Identify the hot feeder wire and add a small piece of wire to it and run it to the new switch on either terminal. Add the black of the new wire to the other switch terminal and the white to the two already nutted together. At the receptacle put the black on...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical Outlets, surge suppressor, surge suppressors
surge suppressor, surge suppressors, lowe s: Hi. Yes, in order to ground the outlets properly, the house has to be rewired. You can use GFCIs with 3 prong plugs, but you have to put little stickers on that say no equipment ground. While I am not a computer expert, I have heard that a surge...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electical short in heat pump, reversing valve, heat pump
reversing valve, heat pump, refrigerant: This is strange. What is the use of a heat pump if you are told not to use it. I would need to know what part they replaced to be able to help you. The fact the A/C works in the summer is good news. It means the major components are fine. The difference...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electric ceiling heat - covering thermostat, room thermostat, thermostat control
room thermostat, thermostat control, lighting candles: A thermostat measures the air around it and then tells the heat to turn on or off accordingly. If you keep your t-stat from getting a true measurement by restricting airflow then the result will be an inaccurate temp. The t-stat will keep the air surrounding...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical, Electrical, motors
Electrical, motors, EMR Repair: There is not one answer to this question, it could be anywhere from a failing breaker in your main panel, to a high resistance connection in any connection in your living room. Dependent on how your living room is wired, the entire room could be wired in...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical, amp breaker, drain pipes
amp breaker, drain pipes, amp circuit: Hi. If the pump is critical to preventing the house from flooding, it is a good idea to have a separate circuit. It depends on how the GFCI is wired, wether it protects other outlets. If everything is wired to the line side, then only that outlet is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical problem, maple grove mn, light bulbs
maple grove mn, light bulbs, electrical appliances: Does the fan above the oven work? It could be a switch quit working or a wire came loose at the switch box. Either that or a wire came loose in a junction box. Most likely a problem with a switch or switches. Breakers can be in the on position and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical questions, what is reverse polarity, screw base
what is reverse polarity, screw base, electrical questions: Hi. These questions are kind of general. So, if they are study questions, the answer I give you might not be the same an instructor is looking for. But for general knowledge, a cross connection could be two circuits that are accidently connected together....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical wiring - slight shock & spark when cleaning off stove, electrical shock, surge protector
electrical shock, surge protector, prongs: An electrician needs to come fix the problems. Simply changing a two-prong outlet to a 3-prong without adding a ground is against code and can be dangerous. Electrical shock should be taken seriously and you need to remind your landlord of that. You...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical wiring - slight shock & sparks when washing off stove top, prong plug, gfci
prong plug, gfci, surge protector: Hi. If the system is not grounded, it is not safe to put a 3 prong plug. If one item causes a shock, it will cause everything to cause to a shock, because the power has nowhere else to go. It s like putting in a sink drain without running a pipe to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrocution, terminal screws, circuit breakers
terminal screws, circuit breakers, thomas edison: Hi. The advantage of higher voltage is that you can get more watts in a smaller wire, making it cheaper. My guess is that people just started using 110 volts in the US, and it stayed that way over the years. It was probably Thomas Edison himself who started...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: exhaust fan, bathroom exhaust fan, light amp
bathroom exhaust fan, light amp, double switch: If the fan has a safe place to mount a pull chain I do not see why you could not do that. If the fan has not been secured well to a joist you may end up pulling the fan down through the drywall so you want to check that first. It would probably be in your...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: extending 220 wire for elec dryer, wirenuts, laundry room
wirenuts, laundry room, household type: Hi. Yes, you can extend the wire, as long as you use a covered junction box, and the cover is accessible. Just make sure you don t go real far otherwise you would need thicker wire. Ten gauge should still be OK for wirenuts. For thicker wire they use...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: exterior receptacles, basement garage, mounth
basement garage, mounth, gfci: Hi. Assuming that the house was built in the last 25 years or so, there has to be a GFCI somewhere. If there are no GFCIs, then it would be unlikely that the front and back outlet would be on the same circuit. It could be in a bathroom, basement, garage...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker in Breaker Box getting Hot., arc fault, shock hazard
Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker in Breaker Box getting Hot., arc fault, shock hazard, electrician

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom wiring, gfi
Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom wiring, gfi

Electrical Wiring in the Home: florescent lights, upstairs neighbor, electronic ballasts
upstairs neighbor, electronic ballasts, plumbing problems: Hi. Florescent lights will have problems starting if there is not a good ground. Make sure the ground wire is connected to the fixture. Take the cover off and see if the wires are tight and check for water damage on the ballast. I don t know how old...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Gauge Wire, proper gauge, gauge wire
proper gauge, gauge wire, copper wire: Hi. It depends on a lot of things, but especially the amp rating of the wall over. The other factors are length, and type of wire. For most copper wire at relatively normal lengths, 10 gauge for under 30 amps. Number 8 for under 50 amps. It s better...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GCFI outlet, gfci outlet, faulty outlet
gfci outlet, faulty outlet, line terminals: A gfci being fed from a gfci should be getting it s power from the line terminals, not the load so you want to check that. If it is a standard outlet that is gfci protected from a gfci outlet then it would be wired to the load terminals. If your first...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI Breaker triping, amp circuit breaker, circuit breakers
amp circuit breaker, circuit breakers, steam shower: Hi. There is only one place in your house where you can connect the ground and neutral together, and that is at the main panel. In the sub panel, they are always separate. I ve never heard of using a sub panel to turn off the steam shower. I ve never...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI Installation, gfci outlet, kitchen light
gfci outlet, kitchen light, led light: Hi. Was the outlet already installed? Did it work? It sounds like someone tried to tap into the switch of the kitchen light, and it is a switch loop with no neutral. All of the wires should connect to the line side of the GFCI. The only purpose of the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI Outlet, amp circuit breaker, ground faults
amp circuit breaker, ground faults, aluminum wiring: Hi. Most GFCIs that are 15 amp, still have a 20 amp feed through rating. This means that you can use 20 amps anywhere else on the circuit, but only 15 from that one outlet (assuming the wire is made for 20 amps). GFCIs trip only for ground faults, not...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI Outlets, arc fault breakers, gfci outlets
arc fault breakers, gfci outlets, gfci breaker: Hi. These are arc fault breakers which are required. They make it less likely to have an electrical fire by shutting off if something is arcing. If your treadmill does not work on the outlet, I would contact the treadmill company. It sounds like there...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI switch question, temporary one, hot water
temporary one, hot water, steam: Hi. Another possibility is that the GFCI was damaged. You don t need to have the light on a GFCI, but there is still some type of problem. You can wait longer. You can also disconnect the fixture and put a temporary one there to narrow the problem down...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI trips, gfci trips, amp breaker
gfci trips, amp breaker, voltage sensor: Richard You may want to check for some sort of leak. If the voltage sensor on the GFCI finds a deviation in the voltage you will get this. Is there anything plugged in? Check to see what maybe plugged in,sometimes a item plugged in will cause this...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI Not Working, wire nut, line connections
wire nut, line connections, bare metal: Hi. You have to determine if the problem is in the wiring, or the GFCI. If you find power at the wires, then you know the GFCI is bad. If you have no power coming into the wires, then either the wire is bad, or it became disconnected at the other end....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI PROTECTION, robert wilber, national electrical code
robert wilber, national electrical code, qualified electrician: 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: GFIC breaker for hot tube, bare wire, hot wire
bare wire, hot wire, hot tub: The ground is normally bare and only becomes a problem if you have a nicked hot wire in the conduit and they touch each other. For instance, if you have a bare ground and the insulation is nicked in the conduit and moisture gets inside the conduit it can...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ground wires in light switch, 3 way light switches, metal boxes
3 way light switches, metal boxes, ground wires: Hi. Assuming that these are bare grounds, and not neutrals, they should connect to each other, any metal boxes, and any green screws and wires. You should not break the connection, but rather add another wire to it to run the dimmer or switch if it has...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Grounding to the common, robert wilber, national electrical code
robert wilber, national electrical code, volunteer assistance: 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: gfci, shower IC can light, switch wiring, authority having jurisdiction, switch lines
authority having jurisdiction, switch lines, j box: Hi David, If you had wanted to protect the shower light with GFCI protection you needed one more 12/2 from the j-box to the GFCI. The shower light will not have GFCI protection. Check with your local authority having jurisdiction over electrical installations...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: grounding a sub panel, amp breaker, woodworking shop
amp breaker, woodworking shop, subpanel: Hi. The end of your question is correct. Since it is in the same building, it does not need a ground rod. However, it needs a ground from the main panel, and the grounds and neutrals must be kept separate, the the neutral bar should not be bonded the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Heated base for poultry water heater, heating element, neutral wire
heating element, neutral wire, ground wires: The important thing is to get the ground wires connected properly. You want the ground from the supply going to the ground of the base. I have drawn a diagram of what you have described so all you have to do is wire it according to the diagram. To know...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Humming electrical outlets, aluminum wiring, periodic maintenance
aluminum wiring, periodic maintenance, electrical outlets: Hi. Are you sure it is the outlet? Not a pipe or duct running near it? Did you turn off that circuit to see if the humming stops? Is there a transformer plugged into it? If the outlet is humming, it could be serious. If the house was built or rewired...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: HVAC grounding, finished walls, ground rods
finished walls, ground rods, electrical ground: Hi. Any house built in the mid 1960 s or so, should be fully grounded. Even many houses before that have the main panel grounded. If the main panel is grounded, then the wire between the furnace and the panel should be grounded. If it was never installed,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: heater, amp circuit, volts
amp circuit, volts, appliances: Yes, but it has to be on a dedicated 25 or 30 amp circuit. In the U.S. we have anywhere from 208 to 240 volts supplied to our homes. Appliances are made to work within that range because we have no control over what the utility company gives us. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: home wiring, bearer of bad news, fan switch
bearer of bad news, fan switch, home wiring: Hi. Unfortunately, you can t do it. You would need 4 wires. One neutral, one hot when the fan switch is on, one hot when the light switch is on, and one that has power on all the time. You will need to run another wire between the switches and unit....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: house electrical, circut breaker, short circuit
circut breaker, short circuit, receptacle: Hi. Be careful you do not have two circuits in one outlet. If you wire it wrong (by leaving the tab on), you will have a 220 volt short circuit. These would typically have a red wire and a black wire connected to one side of the outlet. If that is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Install a second switch, dual switch, switch one
dual switch, switch one, exhaust fan: Hi. If you have only one white and one black wire going to the switch, you only have a switch loop. Both wires are hot, and there is no neutral. You can t tap without a neutral. You would need to run another wire from the power source in the light to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Installing a combo, switch and outlet, silver screw, pig tail
silver screw, pig tail, terminal run: Hi. Disconnecting all the wires could be risky if you forget where they go. Turn the switch off. If you put the tester between the ground and each switch terminal, the one that lights up will be the power wire for the common. The other one will be the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Installing A GE In Wall Digital Timer Switch, conductor wire, timer switch
conductor wire, timer switch, digital timer: Hi. Without ever seeing that model, it would appear that it requires a neutral. If you have white wires in the box, it would connect to that. If not, you don t have any. You would have one only if the power entered the switch first. So, you would either...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Installing new breaker box, amp circuits, type fuses
amp circuits, type fuses, fuse holder: You need to know the wire size to your shop. If you cannot read the writing you have a couple of choices. You can use a micrometer to measure the diameter of the wire, or you can go down to your local home center and get an inch or two of the most likely wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Installing a new light fixture, electrician check, current carrying capacity
electrician check, current carrying capacity, qualified electrician: They are trying to ensure that their product is used appropriately. Wire is rated in several ways; it is rated in current carrying capacity, temperature, voltage limitations, etc. At first glance it seems like a no-brainer but you would be surprised at...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Installing a new meter/disconnect/panel, ground clamp, nec code
ground clamp, nec code, meter box: In my neck of the woods, any electrical wire on the outside needs to be in conduit to protect it (exception for low voltage). If the ground wire is buried or if it is a ufer ground it does not need to be in conduit. However, if the wire exits the panel...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Installing a new service meter, disconnect and panel, service meter, meter box
service meter, meter box, water meter: These are all great questions. Since you are pulling a permit for this, which I assume you have to, it would be best for you to ask the inspector or AHJ what they want. The reason? There is the NEC, and then there are local codes. Local codes can be added...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: How to identify if a wire is hot?, wire nuts, garbage disposer
wire nuts, garbage disposer, garage door opener: Hi. They do make some testers that will discover power without taking off the wire nuts. However, you still need to be careful because sometimes there are more than one circuit in a box. If you touch the insulated part of the wire and the plastic wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: installing oven power supply cord, jumper wire, chasis
jumper wire, chasis, electric oven: Hi. Usually there are instruction on how to do that. There should be a jumper wire between the neutral connection on the oven and the chasis of the oven. However, make sure you have the right 3 wires. You need a red white and black (or 2 blacks and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: instant hot water heater, instant hot water heater, hot water heater
instant hot water heater, hot water heater, refrigerator freezer: The only way to give it less amps is to change the voltage. So when it attempts to heat the water it is going to pull whatever amps the heating elements want. If that amount is more than you can supply it is going to trip something. In other words, if you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: JACUZZI IN-LINE HEATER, jacuzzi tub, metal pipes
jacuzzi tub, metal pipes, copper wire: Hi. You have to connect the motor with number 8 wire to any metal pipes that are in the area using a ground clamp. A separate circuit means that the outlet has to be on its own breaker. You can t connect it to the existing outlet. So, you will have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Killing electrical switch and Outlet, wire nuts, wire nut
wire nuts, wire nut, electrical switch: You have a couple of choices. Since you are removing the drywall I would suggest (with the power off) disconnecting the switch and the outlet and pull the wires up into the attic. Terminate the ends in a metal junction box with wire nuts. One wire nut for...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kitchen lights shorting basement?, kitchen light, special tools
kitchen light, special tools, kitchen area: Hi. If they are not on the same circuit, then it sounds like the two circuits are intertwined. It s not easy to find, and you ll probably need an electrician with special tools and knowledge to fix it, unless you recently made some changes that you can...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kitchen sounter area wiring, cabinet lighting, light switches
cabinet lighting, light switches, outlet strips: Hi. If the wire comes from the top, it won t be so hard to move them up. But if the wires come from below, you won t have enough slack to move them. By code, you have to have a certain amount of space in the junction box, so they have to take up so...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: I keep getting shocked in one corner of my house!, electric shocks, new apartment
electric shocks, new apartment, metal leg: Hi. If you live in an apartment, that sounds like a problem for the landlord. If you owned the place, then you should call an electrician. This is not something for a do-it-yourselfer, and can be pretty serious. I would turn the breaker off to those...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: kitchen light, kitchen light, wire nut
kitchen light, wire nut, neutral wire: Hi. It sounds like a white neutral wire came loose. The tester will say where is power there because of feedback. You can try using a tester with a real 60 watt bulb. The loose wire could be at a device that is working, because it could be the wire coming...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light Fixture Wiring, voltage detector, feedthrough
voltage detector, feedthrough, light fixture: Hi. The white wire should never be hot. When it shows hot, it is usually because it came loose somewhere, and there is feedthrough from a device on the circuit. You can look and make sure that the white wire does not connect to the switch. But the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light fixture, ceiling light fixture, wire nut
ceiling light fixture, wire nut, power wires: Ah, the disappearing voltage. It is usually the white wire that has become loose, but it could be the black wire. You should check at the switch box. What you are looking for is a wire that is loose in a wire nut or loose on the switch. The switch could...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light outlet sizzles, aluminum wiring, overhead light
aluminum wiring, overhead light, periodic maintenance: Hi. That sounds like it could be a fire hazard. I would turn the breaker off until an electrician can look at it. If the house was built in the 1970 s, you could have aluminum wiring which needs periodic maintenance. But no matter when it was built,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light switches, light switches, light switch
light switches, light switch, power source: Hi. Obviously it was wired wrong. You will have to find the wire going to the switch, and run that wire between the power source and the fixture. If there is an unused red wire in the box try running the black wire from the fixture to it. There is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights dimming, tankless water heater, tankless water heaters
tankless water heater, tankless water heaters, electric tankless water heater: Hi. Tankless water heaters use an extraordinary amount of power. I personally would never install one, although a lot of people like them. You may want to turn it off, and see if the problem persists. A little dimming is normal when the AC comes on. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Load Center/Breaker box, power consumption, question thanks
power consumption, question thanks, amperage: Hi. You may need to get several estimates. There is no reason why the BX would need to be replaced. Even if it is not up to code, it should be grandfathered. If you got 4 estimates and they all said they box needed to go, then maybe there would be a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Load Estimation, split foyer, max load
split foyer, max load, square footage: Something being a hassle should never be the reason to do not do something smart. This is a highly debated and discussed topic among professionals. I doubt I can do it justice in a few sentences but I will try to condense it down for you. It is the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Locate white wire for circuit breaker, electrical expertise, basement remodel
electrical expertise, basement remodel, hot wire: You can disconnect the black and white and then connect them together, or you can place a jumper across, or you can stick a piece of wire in the outlet across the two prongs. But the power has to be off! What you have created is a short circuit. The...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low Voltage, wire nuts, voltage readings
wire nuts, voltage readings, neutral wire: Hi. When you get funny voltage readings, it s because a white neutral wire came loose. The reading is feedback. Check all the white wires. If any wires are pushed in the back of the outlet, move them to the screws on the sides. Check any wire nuts. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixture switch loop, ceiling light fixtures, fixture wire
ceiling light fixtures, fixture wire, wire nut: Hi. If the cable with the tape on it goes to the switch, and the cable without the tape comes from the power source, then the white power source wire (untaped) goes to the white light fixture wire. The black power source wire goes to either switch wire....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: can lighting to regular fixture., cfl bulbs, suggestion
cfl bulbs, suggestion, junction box: Hi. No, there is no easy way to do that. It would probably be easier just to add another fixture. otherwise, you have to patch the hole and put a standard junction box in its place. You might also want to consider using CFL bulbs in the fixtures. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lost power, ceiling light fixture, drywall repair
ceiling light fixture, drywall repair, wire nut: Hi. Yes, Just make sure there are no bare wires. Wire nut the wires back together. If there are wires at the fixture that were connected along with the fixture, make sure they are together. Either put the switch back in the box or wrap electrical tape...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: low voltage, feedback on 110 volt circuit, incandescent light bulbs, volt circuit
incandescent light bulbs, volt circuit, wire nuts: First of all moron If get your act together you will see that I did not write the last or 2nd answer. If your such a good electrician you could have figured it out your self, How the hell do I know what you have installed you said the lamp is a screw in....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Main braker pops, braker, repairman
braker, repairman, last winter: Hi. That does sound like a mystery. Perhaps something is taking more amperage only once in a while. Either something shorted out, or a motor that is not working properly. The problem with it happening so seldom, is that it is hard to catch it. Of course,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Mix wiring, 3 way switches, gang 12
3 way switches, gang 12, hot wire: Hi. People usually use 12-2, unless they need another wire. If you don t need another wire, you are OK with 12-2. The third conductor can be used for: a switched circuit combined with a non-switched circuit, 2 switches on one wire, 220 volts, 3-way switches,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Moving a light switch, folding doors, supporting wall
folding doors, supporting wall, overhead light: Hi. It depends on how many wires are going to the switch. You can t make splices anywhere but in a junction box, and the junction box must be accessible (It can t be inside the wall). If you have enough slack and only one wire it will be easy. But...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Moving subpanel and wiring, series continuation, copper aluminum
series continuation, copper aluminum, dissimilar metals: stephen 110.14 Electrical Connections. Because of different characteristics of dissimilar metals, devices such as pressure terminal or pressure splicing connectors and soldering lugs shall be identified for the material of the conductor and shall be properly...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Multiple Faulty Light Switches, light switches
light switches: Hi. I don t see how the problem can be caused by anything other than bad switches. However, if they smell like they are burning, I would replace all of the switches in the house. You might want to see who made them, and contact the manufacturer and see...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: motion detector light not working, motion detector light, voltage readings
motion detector light, voltage readings, neutral wire: Hi. You can get strange voltage readings due to feedback. Check all the wires, especially the neutral wire going into the motion unit. You may want to use a socket and 60 watt bulb to prevent getting false readings. If you don t have power there, then...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: motion shed lights, coach lights, amp breaker
coach lights, amp breaker, motion sensor: Hi. Either the fixture is defective, or it is wired wrong. Start by checking to make sure you don t have any wires pinched. Be sure that the new ones are wired exactly as the old ones. Some people make the mistake of connecting all the blacks together...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Natural Gas Furnace, natural gas furnaces, hot air furnace
natural gas furnaces, hot air furnace, natural gas furnace: I am not familiar with the NAC, but oil furnaces are suppose to have a shut off switch as you enter the mechanical room. As far as natural gas furnaces they need to have a shut off device in view of the furnace. Other than that you would have to look at...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Electrical Outlet, wire nut, flat panel tv
wire nut, flat panel tv, electrical outlet: Hi. You can do it either way. Assuming there is room in the junction box, you can connect an extra wire there. You can t connect then all to the outlet though. You would have to connect the wires together with a wire nut, then run a short piece to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New wall oven, wall oven, amperage
wall oven, amperage, electrician: Hi. The amperage is as important as the voltage. If the breaker and wire is strong enough for the new oven, then it is just a matter of not using the white wire. However, if the oven draws more amperage than the wiring is made for, the wiring would need...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new GFCI will not work, gfci outlet, amp fuse
gfci outlet, amp fuse, whirlpool tub: Shawna If the wires are swapped for sure it wont work,you said you took this GFCI out a wall heater? Was this heater near a pool,shower,sink or any other wet locations?If I was you I would never mess with a old GFCI for the Hot tub you are risking getting...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new wall oven, old house, middle 1960s, grounding wire
middle 1960s, grounding wire, wall oven: Hi. The codes changed in the 1990 s requiring a ground wire for ranges and dryers. They were grounded through the neutral, which really wasn t a good idea. So, you should replace the wire between the breaker box and the oven. Make sure you are using...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Old Triplex Receptacles, ground wires, hot wire
ground wires, hot wire, receptacle: Hi. You should test the grounds by putting a tester between them and a hot wire to make sure they are connected all the way though. You will need a short piece of wire to connect between the ground wires and green screw on the new outlet. It should be...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Old wiring for a Ceiling fan, fabric coating, light fixture
fabric coating, light fixture, multimeter: You need a tester to see which wire is hot. It works both ways because we use Alternating Current. What that means to you is that one way you are energizing what is suppose to be the neutral, and the other way you are energizing what is suppose to be the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Older wiring question, light fixtures, ceiling fan
light fixtures, ceiling fan, black wire: Hi. Always wire new fixtures the same way the old fixture was. The black wire could be on all the time (not switched). If it was a newer house, I would say it could be for a ceiling fan. But they were not common then. I hope this helps. Bo...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outdoor Receptacle, outdoor christmas lights, dusk dawn
outdoor christmas lights, dusk dawn, bit of wind: Hi. If the outlet was installed in the last 25 or so years, it should have a GFCI somewhere. it could be a bathroom, garage, basement, or outside. Check the outlets in these rooms and see if they are working, and see if any are a GFCI. The outlet could...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outdoor Receptacle Issue, outdoor extension cord, wire nuts
outdoor extension cord, wire nuts, outlet boxes: This is odd because 20 years ago outside receptacles were put on gfci circuits. So either someone got away with this when it was built or this was added on later. The outlets need to be changed to gfci outlets and you will probably find the problem when you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet issue, digital voltmeter, window air conditioners
digital voltmeter, window air conditioners, volt outlet: This sounds like a 220 volt outlet. These are typically used for window air conditioners, but can be used for other 220 volt loads. A 220 volt and 110 volt, 20 amp outlet look very similar. So, moral of the story; Always use a digital voltmeter to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet wiring, conductor wire, florescent lights
conductor wire, florescent lights: Hi. The power should enter the switch first. Then, the outlets are wired up as normal, since the wire entering the outlets will be controlled by the switch. You could also run the power to the outlet closest to the switch, and wire the switch as a switch...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlets not working but getting voltage readings, voltage readings, neutral wire
voltage readings, neutral wire, few days: Sounds like you have a loose or broken neutral wire. The place to start is at the panel, however it is dangerous with the breaker plate off of the panel. It is possible that the neutral is loose at the neutral bar. You want to check black to the white neutral...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: odd GFI light, bringing power, laundry room
bringing power, laundry room, bathroom light: Hi. Lights do not need to be GFCI protected. If it is in a bathroom or laundry room, it should not have any other lights other than the bathroom light on the circuit. However, it would not cause the problem. The problem is the lighted switch. They...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outdoor christmas lighting, outdoor extension cords, outdoor christmas
outdoor extension cords, outdoor christmas, christmas lights: Hi. Try to keep all of the connections off of the ground. If you have any lights laying on the ground, it could cause a problem. Even a socket touching a wet live tree or grounded siding could cause a problem. When it rains, I usually just let the GFCIs...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlets in garage, gfci outlets, weather proof
gfci outlets, weather proof, question thanks: Hi Brian, The outlet must be protected by a GFCI somewhere...possible in the garage. These are the outlets that have a test/reset button on the front. Check all the GFCI outlets by pushing the test button and then the reset button. This should clear...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outside outlet not wokring, basement garage, xmas lights
basement garage, xmas lights, gfci: Hi. It has to have a GFCI somewhere in the house. This is an outlet with a test and reset button. One outlet can protect other outlets. They can be found in the bathrooms, basement, garage or outside. If it is in the basement or garage, it could be covered...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: overhead light, kitchen light, loose wire
kitchen light, loose wire, crackling: Stephanie You just have to keep in mind that the furthest light is not the problem,if you checked that, then try the one before it and keep going on this circuit.There has to be a loose wire somewhere along this circuit. Even thou you checked to see if all...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Permanent Generator Installation, general lighting, pool pump
general lighting, pool pump, generator installation: What is the actual load? Is that 90 feet walking distance or conductor distance? You need to know conductor distance, round trip, full-load current and starting draw. What are allowable voltage drop values at the various equipment? How far from the transfer...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power off, Breaker not Tripped, gfci outlet, neutral wire
gfci outlet, neutral wire, loose wire: You should be concerned. You need to put a gfci outlet back in the bathroom. When the power goes out is a great time to start troubleshooting, but you will need a voltmeter. You can troubleshoot without the problem present but it may be more difficult....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power sockets are tripping breaker, power sockets, hi space
power sockets, hi space, baseboard heaters: Hi. Space heaters use a lot of electricity. They also are not very safe. Even in a newer house, they are iffy. But you definitely can t use more than one on a circuit. It also sounds like your whole house is overloaded. The electrician will be able...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: For a Project, Want to light a bulb using the wires and battery when the correct answer selected., electricity works, thin wire
electricity works, thin wire, google: The subject of electricity and how it works is way too deep for me to explain it in this type of forum. There are many websites that go in to detail how electricity works and how to do what you are attempting to do. So a simple google of the web should...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: paddle fan/light question, paddle fan, fan lights
paddle fan, fan lights, fan light: Hi. electricity goes at the speed of light, so it is just a problem with something. Are you using CFL bulbs? They can take a little time to start. Otherwise, it may just be a problem with the fan. If you buy the fan and the electrician installs it,...