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Electrical Wiring in the Home: running 10/3 and 8/3 romex
Ken Yes the NEC allows Romex to be run under the joists,the reason some electricians drill holes is they are not sure the owner is going to finish the ceiling with drywall. Now if all other trades have their equipment hidden in between the joists (which...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Strange
Hi. It sounds like the two outlets are in series with each other. It means that a white wire is disconnected somewhere. The outlets are probably in series at 220 volts, so one side could get more than 110 volts, the other side less, so it could damage...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Switch wired using only black wires
Hi. The switches are wired correctly, and the age of the house has nothing to do with the wiring. Neutral wires do not connect to switches, only the hot wires. Unless the white wire is a hot wire, it would not be connected to the switch. I have to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring gfci to be controlled by switch
Bryon You do not need to put that on a gfci as it is considered a small appliance circuit. What you need to do is bring in a power wire to the new switch box then bring another wire to the disposal outlet. Use a #12-2 wire take the two white wires in the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring gfci outlet to be controlled by switch
Hi. You don t need a GFCI under the sink, since only the disposal is plugged into it. If the power goes to the switch first, then wire it as normal with the black wires to the terminals at the switch, and the white wires to each other, and the grounds...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring issue
If you used a plain switch, and it did not turn off, it is wired wrong. Did you replace the fan? The light kit? The bulb? Did you connect it back exactly where the old one was? The black wire for the light kit might have to be connected to a red wire. (If...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 phase 20 amp plug, ELECTRICAL REPAIR, WILL BABBITT
ELECTRICAL REPAIR, WILL BABBITT, MEAR SERVICES INC: Tony I am sorry you did say three phase, so it all still applies, the only difference is you will need to put the three phase on the power prongs and by keeping the wires in the exact order around the plug, you should have it phased, but I would bump...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3-way switch
Bob, There are many ways to wire a 3 way system but we ll give this a shot How many cables are in the down stairs box and how many wires in each cable and their colors. Also exactly how are they connected to one another in that box including the switch...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3wire
Hi. You can do it with 2 wires, plus the bare ground. The white wires would connect to each other. You would need only to extend the two black wires. (You can use the new white wire as one of the black wires, but put black tape on it, so that it is marked...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Bathroom Outlet
I would more question the element in the warmer, but you can use a volt meter to check the actual volts at the outlet. Plug a drop cord into the receptacle and plug the warmer into the cord then using a meter with the warmer on check the socket of an empty...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling lamp
Hi. If you can trace the wires back to the socket (sometimes lamp cord has writing on one side, or one side is grooved), then the wire that connects to the bottom button of the socket is black, and the wire that connects to the side threaded part is white...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceilingfanlightblowout
Richard, how old of a fan are we dealing with? Have the bulbs be lighting fine for a reasonable period of time? I doubt the switch is the issue, although a carboned up switch with bad contacts could create a surge or high resistance connection, but...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: cgfi
It has to be between the two outlets. And it could make a stop at an outside outlet, garage outlet, or basement outlet. Outside outlets tend to be the biggest problem because they get wet. So, check for other outlets that are not working. Make sure that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: changing 220 receptacle for welder
Scott, Use the bare ground wire and cap the white (neutral). Using the bare ground VS the white wire you can t go wrong. However there are circumstances where using the white would be incorrect so use the bare copper wire and you ll be fine. Bob ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit Breaker/Heater
Gary, It is possible the breaker is getting weak or there may be a loose connection at the breaker creating heat and causing the breaker to trip thermally. You can check that yourself IF your comfortable going into the panel. You would shut the breaker...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dryer Running: Electric or Gas
The most likely problem is you only have 110 volts feeding the dryer. However, with only 100 amps feeding your house you might want to consider going with gas on your dryer. That would free some amps for other circuits. If you really want the electric dryer...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electricity off in bedroom.
Hi. It looks like a wire burned through before the breaker could trip. 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...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: garbage disposal
Is the switch and outlet going to be separate? Normally it is because you want the switch above the counter top and the outlet below. You would run the power to the switch. Then run the wire to the outlet. At the switch, the white wires connect to each other,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: gfci tripping
Glenn, Your situataion is not all that unusual. Some times different combinations of equipment plugged in at the same time will trip a GFI yet be fine when plugged in by them selves as you discovered. Why this happens in any given case is a mystery. The...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ground wire arcs
Phillip, Well that was pretty crappy, of the electric company but they are not responsible for anything past their service entrance, but it could be on their side, did they check? If not get a supervisor on the phone ASAP or an ELECTRICIAN ASAP...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ground wires
Hi. Unfortunately, you are not going to get an easy answer to this question. Some people believe it is OK, some do not. It really isn t covered in the code, since the code applies to new construction. I personally believe in doing it right (new cable),...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: install ceiling fan / old house wiring
Hi. You have knob and tube wiring. They really didn t separate hot from neutral. There may be some testers, including Christmas light testers that can tell the difference. (Don t touch any bare metal with the Christmas light tester). It will light near...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: NEC
Section 210.52 (B)(2) states: NO OTHER OUTLETS. The two or more small-appliance branch circuits specified in 210.52 (B)(1) shall have no other outlets. Section 406.9 (A) relates to receptacles in damp locations. Section 406.9 (B) relates to receptacles...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: open ground
Bob, Yes you have what I like to call the original romex that does not have a ground wire in it. This particular cable has a thick black outer covering and held by thick staples. Last year I ripped a lot of it out of a house in NJ along with its fore...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outdoor floodlights
Jim, It sounds like it could be defective but if you look closely at the unit and can possibly determine who makes it and get a copy of the instruction manual you will have a much better shot at getting it to work assuming there is nothing wrong with it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: oven wiring
Peter, Your appliance requires 2 actives as it shows on the wiring diagram which supplies the 240 volts the appliance needs to operate. I did not see anything on the diagram to indicate the appliance could be hooked up with one active or that you as...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: portable generator wiring
Lance, What size electric service do you have coming into your home ? 200 - 320 - 400 ? Do you have any electric heat, electric stove, electric dryer, electrically heated hot tub. How many AC compressors do you have and what do they pull amperage...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: possible blown neutral
Hi. There is no fuse or breaker for the neutral. The wire has become disconnected somewhere. Check all of the wire nuts on the circuit. Also check if the wires were pushed into the back of the outlets rather than screwed to the sides. If anything on...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: range wiring
Harry, The problem is either with the oven or with your electrical system. I would start at reading the instructions for the oven to make sure all the settings are correct and you do not have any lock out features. (I have seen this on some newer...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: SPLIT RECEPTACLES CONTROLLED BY 3 WAY SWITCHES
Hi. Yes you can, but you have to run the wire for the second switch to the first switch. You can t connect it anywhere else. You will need to run 3 conductor (plus ground) wire between the switches. If you look at the screws on the switches, you will...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: suspected ceiling fan/light fixture combo wiring conundrum
Determine which switch you would like to use, then determine which of those pigtails is controlled by that switch (test pigtail to neutral in the ceiling box). Put a wire nut on the other two pigtails you are not going to use. Connect your black wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Viking Sauna, Sauna repair Kansas City Mear Services Inc, repair shops Kansas City
Sauna repair Kansas City Mear Services Inc, repair shops Kansas City, saunas: Looks like finding info on Viking Saunas IS A BIG PROBLEM http://www.saunasteam.com/sauna.htm According to this ling which does state that the Viking line is an Amerec, the link you sent deals with a model Viking Sauna……BTR 4……serial #...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Year code articles were put into force
Couldn t tell you, but outside outlets were never specifically disallowed from kitchen circuits, more that the definition of kitchen small appliance circuits excludes the option to feed exterior receptacles from the kitchen circuits. In use covers maybe...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 110 volt line, blizzard pass, cousin lives
blizzard pass, cousin lives, pvc pipe: Jim, The difference in size between 14-2 UF cable and 12-2 UF isn t that much so either way I don t think you ll have a problem getting it into the PVC. Get some wire wire lube just in case so the cable goes through nice and easy especially if its a little...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 240 outlet, lighting circuits, general lighting
lighting circuits, general lighting, white cap: Hi. If it is a dryer or range that has a black, red and white, you can get 110 between either the red and the white or the black and the white. Cap off the one you don t use. If you have only a black and white, then you need to move the white wire in...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: amperage problem, amp line, sticky question
amp line, sticky question, wall oven: This is a bit of a sticky question. The simple answer is you don t have enough power in your apartment. The next question is can you lower you energy usage when you are using the oven? Will you be using the oven often? Can or when is your main power supply...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Bathroom and bedroom on same circuit, lighting circuit, bathroom vanity
lighting circuit, bathroom vanity, light fan: Hi. You can tie off the lighting circuit, but not the outlet. Of course, if the circuit has a lot on it, it may not be practical. For the bathroom outlet, you can either have another bathroom outlet on it, or just the lighting and fan from that bathroom....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: box fan dimmer, installing a dimmer switch, box fan
installing a dimmer switch, box fan, fan controls: Hi Emily, Installing a dimmer switch on a box fan in not recommended by the manufactures. It is not electrically correct and not allowed. I have yet to find the reason for this. My guess is you a have a remote chance of overheating the dimmer and causing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Changing 220v to 110v wiring?, wall thermostat, steam water
wall thermostat, steam water, roof leak: Ed, The roof leak could have sent water into anything electrcial with in the house like a light fixture with a similar result so as long as your connections are still good and tight I would just let the box dry out, check the connections again, clean up...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: out of code? WA State, amp circuits, electrician helper
amp circuits, electrician helper, amp circuit: Hi. The kitchen outlets are definitely out of code. There should be two 20 amp circuits. The bathroom should have one 20 amp circuit for the outlet. Only the lights and fan in that one bathroom can be on the same circuit. The rest is probably OK, esxcept...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dryer plug, electrician, volt
electrician, volt: Hi Michael, This is a common problem. You have a bad connection somewhere. I would call in an electrician for this. You need to find the bad connection and get it tightened up. Since the voltage will be high I don t recommend that you try this yourself....

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

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical odor in home, laundry room, fire hazard
laundry room, fire hazard, electrician: My answer has to be yes. I would hate to hear you had a fire if I told you no. This is more of a question about what you can live with? Was the three days of electrical arching smell enough to make you want to call in a pro? One day would of been enough for...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical outlet, wire nuts, t effect
wire nuts, t effect, voltmeter: Hi. I would connect everything back the way it was. The white wire is probably neutral. It seemed hot because you were getting feedback in it. You probably have a disconnected wire somewhere on the circuit. It could even be at a device that works, because...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical wiring in the home, upstairs bedrooms, wall outlets
upstairs bedrooms, wall outlets, loose wires: Is it possible that half of the house is having problems? It would be every other breaker in the box. If that is the case, one of the two main hot wires between the pole and the breaker box has problems. It could be the power company or the house wiring....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Exposed Wiring---External Conduit, soil line, conduit pipe
soil line, conduit pipe, exposed wiring: Kevin, The first question is: do these wires do anything ? Are they energized ? Is there a switch in the house that energizes them ? If you can definetly determine they are obsolete you can cut the pipe back as far as you want to and abandon the pipe and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Bathroom and bedroom on same circuit, lighting circuit, outlet plugs
Electrical Wiring in the Home: Bathroom and bedroom on same circuit, lighting circuit, outlet plugs, amp

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

Electrical Wiring in the Home: High speed Internet, high speed service, speed internet service
high speed service, speed internet service, high speed internet service: Ernest, When you call the cable company to initiate your internet service tell them how much cable you need and they will probably give it to you for free since your signing on for new service. This is a small price for them to pay to get you to sign on....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: High Voltage Receptacle, gas furnace, wire nuts
gas furnace, wire nuts, baseboard heaters: Hi. The white wire is not neutral in this case, it is another hot wire. When you have two hot wires on opposite phases, you have 220 volts. Most baseboard heaters are 220 volts. Someone would need to go into the breaker panel, and disconnect the white...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: HOME ELECTRIC, professional electrician, neutral wire
professional electrician, neutral wire, light switch: Hi. The reverse reading was a false reading caused by a neutral wire being loose or disconnected. By connecting the wires together, you got a short circuit. If you keep turning the breaker on, you can cause a fire. I would leave the breaker off until...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: house wiring, porch light, loose wire
porch light, loose wire, trade skill: I think you have a very minor repair. My guess is that this is an issue of craft. Electrical is a trade skill an one of your connections is not being crafted well. I think it is time you called in an electrician. I have see many DYIers go past their skill...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light doesn't turn off, wall switch, exact place
wall switch, exact place, incandescent light: You are going to need to know where the wires go to. That is why it would have been best to leave things as they were, and just connect the wires for the new light to the exact place the old light fixture was connected to. The white wire coming from the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light Switch is HOT to touch and sparks, bathroom light, dimmer switch
bathroom light, dimmer switch, wattage: Turn the breaker off, and do not turn it back on until it is fixed. Replace the dimmer. It might be best just to use a switch. If you are still getting sparking and can not see where it is coming from, call an electrician. If you replace the dimmer,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Loss of power, loose connection, tv station
loose connection, tv station, wireless internet: Khoury, This could be coincidental or maybe you disturbed something while hooking up the phone line. I don t know what you did in the process of hooking up the phone line such as drilling hole s or cutting the sheet rock or anthing else but if you did any...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low voltage on circuit, wire nuts, wire nut
wire nuts, wire nut, neutral wire: Hi. When you get readings like that, it means that some things are in series with each other. There are two causes. 1) It was wired incorrectly. or 2)There is a wire loose, usually a white neutral. (if you get 120 between ground and hot, and less between...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Moisture in underground line, electrical line, lampost
electrical line, lampost, lamppost: Hi Alfy, I would dig up the wire on either side of the bush. Then splice in a new wire to bypass the broken section. here is a link to an underground splice kit. http://www.hardwareonlinestore.com/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&view=productdetails&virtuemart_product_id=29069&virtuemart_category_id=894&Itemid=1&gclid=CM_-ld6dn7UCFUfNOgodJ3UAW...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Multiple wires in hall light fixture outlet., continuity tester, fixture wire
continuity tester, fixture wire, multiple wires: Hi. Without knowing where the wires go to, it s hard to say. If there is a switch going to the fixture in that box, then you need to find out which wires go to the switch. Both wires are hot, even though one will be white. Buy a continuity tester, which...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Replacing line-voltage thermostat, line voltage thermostat, tankless water heater
line voltage thermostat, tankless water heater, volt heaters: Derek, Ok given the information I was under the mistaken impression these were line voltage electric element heaters you have. They do make hydronic electric baseboard heaters hence the confusion but this is a whole different animal from what I now realize...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Romex Wire, gas fire place, amp breaker
gas fire place, amp breaker, junction boxes: The next step would be to use a continty tester. Tie the black and white together at one end. Send power up the black and see if it come back on the white. On a nother note: Are you sure the wire doesn t go to a switch somewhere that was turned off by...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Safe use of Wire nuts Tin wire ends, robert wilber, authority having jurisdiction
robert wilber, authority having jurisdiction, journeyman 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: over sizing a wire for a circuit breaker of a smaller size, 200 amp service, copper wire
200 amp service, copper wire, circuit breaker: Thomas, With out knowing exactly what you have I can only give you a general answer with in the context of your question. The line lugs (connection point) on a 100 amp main breaker may not accept 2/0. If you have to cut strands off the wire in order...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Strange happenings when removing outlet, double light switch, electrical skills
double light switch, electrical skills, neutral wire: It is good you know when to ask for help. I think you may want to call an electrician. You may have a shared neutral circuit. The feed to your box could be off but there could be Another breaker sharing that neutral. I don t like these types of circuits And...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: switched receptacle rewiring problem, side tab, carrying power
side tab, carrying power, two blacks: 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: under cabinet lighting, robert wilber, authority having jurisdiction
robert wilber, authority having jurisdiction, national electrical code: Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * LIFE SAFETY WARNING! [disclaimer] Electricity is dangerous! You can be injured or killed! Improper installations can cause fire, injury and death! Are you qualified...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: WALL OUTLETS, wall outlets, space heater
wall outlets, space heater, volts: Mark, A 14 volt difference is a lot, they should all be fairly close to one another. Something is pulling it down, possibly a poor connection or maybe there is a space heater connected to that circuit. Try checking the 105-108 circuit at the panel and see...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: warm spot/area in wall, steam pipe, interior wall
steam pipe, interior wall, vertical line: Luis, Its either a steam pipe going up through the inside wall from the basement to the second floor or its a hot water pipe, one of the two. Check in the basement under that area and you will probably see the pipe if your basement is unfinished. Bo...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: water-damaged wiring, wiring receptacles, junction boxes
wiring receptacles, junction boxes, kitchen cabinets: Hi. I m not an expert on water damage to wiring, but I can tell you that the box where you make any splices needs to be accessible, which means that you would have to have blank cover plates on the wall. If there is a way to make the splices in the attic,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wire connections btwn ceiling fan/light/pull chains, ceiling fan light, chain switches
ceiling fan light, chain switches, wire nut: Hi Joan, White wires normally go together. So I think you are correct. There is no color code fan manufactures have to follow so I cant tell you for sure with out looking at it. You can t damage anything if it goes together wrong. So give it a try....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wireing a older 220vac motor, overload heaters, magnetic motor
overload heaters, magnetic motor, relay switch: David, Is the motor thermally protected (it will say wether it is or not on the motor name plate)If there is no reference to thermal protection then it is not. or what you refer to as the relay switch may be a magnetic motor starter with motor overload...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring, circuit breakers, meter base
circuit breakers, meter base, enforcer: Hi Chris, Unfortunately my answers is yes, no, maybe. Yes you have to do what your power company says so upgrading the meter maybe necessary. No you don t have to rewire your home. Maybe you local code enforcer has a different opinion. I think your house...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring a ceiling fan, wiring a ceiling fan, lighting circuit
wiring a ceiling fan, lighting circuit, general lighting: Hi. It depends on how it was wired up. Most likely the power comes in at the switch, so you would need to run another wire from the switch to the fan. If there is an attic above the fan, you could wire the fan to any general lighting circuit. Check...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring a hanging lantern lite fixture outside, junction boxes, wall switch
junction boxes, wall switch, lanai: The most likely situation, is that the red and white are correct, but a wire is loose somewhere. Check all of the wiring. Check to see if you have power at the switch, and check if you have power at the lights. Make sure that the red wires are connected together...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring Shed, ground fault protection, seattle wa area
ground fault protection, seattle wa area, amp spa: Suffice it to say the first two options you mentioned you can t do and its not practical either. You don t want to terminate #10 gauge wire s on 20 or 15 amp devices that are designed for #12 or #14. You can t just tap a #4 wire with 10 and go from there....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 208 volt appliance, commercial toaster, bad situation
commercial toaster, bad situation, receptacle: Dan, If you use the toaster at home with the higher voltage the elements will run hotter and burn out faster. The toaster was designed to run at 208 where it will give off a certain temperature inside the toaster. Exceeding that temperature by running the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker panels, amp service, fuse box
amp service, fuse box, blank spot: Well, the two things you have to be concerned about is having a blank place for a new breaker, and making sure you don t overload anything. If you have a blank spot, and don t plan on using too much power on the extra circuit, you should be OK for now...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breakers and Lightning, lightning damage, lightning strike
lightning damage, lightning strike, interior wiring: Ian, Its a good question and to be on the safe side replacing the breakers would be a prudent thing to do. They are not that expensive to risk leaving them. As far as the wires go the lightning most likely came in on the outside service conductors causing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: circuit
There really is not a sent rule for this. You would need to add up all of the equipment you might be using at the same time, and make sure it does not exceed the rating of the circuit. If you are not using the garage for a workshop, and don t plan to use...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: circuit out but nothing tripped, wire nuts, bathroom lights
wire nuts, bathroom lights, curling iron: Hi. Assuming that there is not a GFCI that is tripped, it sounds like the wire burned loose from a connections somewhere in 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...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: connecting a bathroom fan/light/night light combo, fan night, screw terminal
fan night, screw terminal, light fan: Hi Noel, That is a complicated fan. The good thing is that it is easier then it looks. Th two screw terminal takes standard a 110 volt connection. In most cases it will be a black and a white. Now, on the 4 terminal block the manufacturer is showing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electric, wire nuts, nutral
wire nuts, nutral, wire nut: Most outlets have little strips between the screws. They can be removed, but that is rare, and you should not remove them. Yes, check all the wiring near where it sparked. But a short circuit there could damage the wiring anywhere in the circuit. Check...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical Outlet in Garage, flexible metal conduit, vhs vcr
flexible metal conduit, vhs vcr, fuse box: Hi Jennifer, There was a time in the development of home electrical systems before there were agreed upon standards. Many different utilities popped up and they product oddly shaped plugs. The good thing is the nation moved to a system that is universal...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical service to a backyard area, conduit sizing, personal preference
conduit sizing, personal preference, garden pond: This is a matter of personal preference more than anything. Most likely, you can put everything except for the hot tub on one breaker anyway. If you just use your main panel, then you won t have to worry about finding a place for the outside box. You will...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical Wiring: Replacing an old, existing bathroom vent/light combination on single switch/pole, computer power supply, twist locks
computer power supply, twist locks, light combination: I don t know what the deal is with the yellow wires is. They are not to be use outside of a conduit. If you are wiring the fan with them stop and call in an electrician. The fan wiring: I want you to stop thinking so hard. The drawling can be very confusing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Fan pops fuse when turned off, 30 amp fuse, hot wire
30 amp fuse, hot wire, wall switch: The fuse should not be a 30 amp fuse. That is a fire waiting to happen. If you are not sure of the gauge of the wire, put a 15 amp fuse. If you can tell that the wire is 12 gauge throughout the circuit, then put a 20 amp fuse. Did you change the wiring?...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Generator Cable, twist locks, twist lock
twist locks, twist lock, generators: Nicholas, The plug on the Generac is correct and thats what they all typically have except some larger KW units that use a 30 amp twist lock. Then you have the bigger generators that will have the 20 and 30 amp 4 wire twist locks along with the 14-30R and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Generator Cable, clothes dryers, silver screw
clothes dryers, silver screw, brass screws: Nicholas, The 14-30P is typically used for clothes dryers and I know some bigger generators use that configuration among others and thats how you ended up with that inlet config on your house. You have an L14-20R twist locking receptacle on your generator....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: heating and wiring, hydronic heating system, fire hazzard
hydronic heating system, fire hazzard, heating element: James, It is a strange place to mount it given the fact there is heat coming out of there that could in time damage the electronic components but I don t think you need to worry about it being a fire hazzard. Hydronic heat doesn t run that hot, not like...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Higher Than Rated Voltages In Electric Mains, voltage stabilisers, phase voltages
voltage stabilisers, phase voltages, threshold limit: Sorry, but it doesn t work like that. The only alternative to getting the utility to fix their problem would be to install a transformer at your end which transformed only the three phase legs and had a secondary winding neutral which would eliminate the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: hot/nuetral reverse reading, shock hazard, reading question
shock hazard, reading question, initial question: OH!! That is different. I think you have a bad wire some where. This is a bit tricky because your reading hot on the grounded conductor. That can an a real shock hazard. I don t think it will be difficult to repair. That being said I think you should call...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: junction boxes on a dryer line, junction boxes, springfield vt
junction boxes, springfield vt, voltage drop: It is acceptable as long as the work done meets code. The least amount of junction connections means less potential problems, but it is acceptable. The total length of the wire from the breaker to the outlet is a concern. If it is less than 100 feet...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Mobile Home light switch questions, master bathroom suite, jumper wire
master bathroom suite, jumper wire, wire nut: Switches only use the white if power is fed at the remote item. Since the receptacle doesn t work right now, it would seem that you have changed something. My guess is the recep now works when the light is on. I think you are stuck with one switch unless...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: How many outlet boxes can be installed, canadian electrical code, outlet boxes
canadian electrical code, outlet boxes, amp line: Tod, If you mean how many receptacle outlets, its 9 here in the US. I don t know what the Canadian electrical code says. If you mean how many switch, lighting or receptacle outlets can you have, that depends upon how many lighting outlets you need,how...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Oven hookup, convection oven, oven model
convection oven, oven model, broiler: Dan, The stranded wire you see is actually copper that is tinned which makes it look like aluminum. Manufacturers of appliances are not subject to the same amperage ratings on wires that we are as electricians and what appears to be too small really isn...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Residential water heater issue, residential water heater, electric water heater
residential water heater, electric water heater, aloha bob: Hi. Do you get 240 volts between the two wires? If you get zero, then the two wires are on the same phase. They must be on opposite phases. Make sure you are using a double pole breaker that connects to two separate adjacent slots in the breaker box. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: residential wiring/uncoded county, amp circuit, electrian
amp circuit, electrian, afci breakers: Hi Jon, Yea I would not do that. I don t know of any exceptions in the code that would allow for this. That being said I don t think the house is going to explode. Especially if he is using AFCI breakers. Running the feeder in the larger wire will lower...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: running a 110 appliance off of 220 circuit, volt circuit, according to the wire
volt circuit, according to the wire, baseboard heaters: Yes, but you may need to change the breaker according to what you are going to put on the circuit and according to the wire size. The breaker can be smaller than the amperage that the wire is rated, but not larger. Plus, if you are going to put in 20...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Sub Panel, amp circuits, volt circuits
amp circuits, volt circuits, service vans: Hi Mike, Based on your description - a sub-panel is clearly in order....but - without knowing all the existing loads...there is no way to know if you ll need to upgrade to a larger service then the 200 amp you already have....typically a 200 amp service...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Switching to gfi plug and new switches, upstairs bathroom, double switch
upstairs bathroom, double switch, gfci: You need a jumper across the two screws for most of of these types of switches. I would recommend you hire an electrician. These types of switches can be a real pain in the you know what. An electrician maybe able to add you a normal switch and a normal...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: water heater not working following outside wiring work, electric water heaters, hot water heater
electric water heaters, hot water heater, blown fuse: There is a reset button on electric water heaters. It sounds like you have at least 110 volts at your water heater. About the only thing you can do without using a voltmeter is visually check all the fuses and push the reset button on the water heater....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wire guage recommendation, gauge wire, wire guage
gauge wire, wire guage, voltage drop: Formula is Vd=K I L/ CSA Where K is material factor value I is current L is circuit length round trip CSA is conductor cross section in circular mild Vd is voltage drop Copper K value is 12.9 ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring/breaker amperage, irrigation controller, irrigation lines
irrigation controller, irrigation lines, volt circuits: Hi. No, a GFCI is used to prevent shocks, not electrical damage to materials. The reading will show that the outlet is wired correctly. However, if something goes wrong, then people can get shocked. It is just a good idea to do things right. If a fire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring garage, awg wire, amp breaker
awg wire, amp breaker, amp plug: I don t know what your cord like the RV has looks like. If it is a cord like an extension cord then the answer is no. From the meter to another breaker box it has to be hard-wired and the neutral and ground have to be isolated. The wire size has...

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

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Bathroom fixture, wire nuts, bathroom fixture
wire nuts, bathroom fixture, breakers: When it shorted out, it burned something in 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 it could be the wire leaving the working device that is not...

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

Electrical Wiring in the Home: buzzing noise coming from plugs after new ceiling fan installation, ceiling fan installation, qualified electrician
ceiling fan installation, qualified electrician, electrical plugs: It sounds like you probably have a loose wire in either the switch box or the ceiling box, or the person simply miswired your outlet circuit. Either way, at this point you have a serious situation and I recommend you get a qualified electrician to come...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan Install (with no pre-existing fixture), mpls mn, fan light
mpls mn, fan light, fan speed: Hi. Usually the hardest part is fishing the wires through the walls. You have to be careful where you pull the power from. If the wires goes to the switch first, and then to a light, you can t tap off of that light unless you want to turn on that light...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: CGFI outlet behavior, gfci outlet, cfgi
gfci outlet, cfgi, electric toothbrushes: Most houses have a GFCI outlet that protects that outlets and others. That costs around $10, the breakers cost around $35. So, you are more likely to find a GFCI outlet than a GFCI breaker. A GFCI breaker has a test button on it, so they are easy to spot....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: changing a compressor from 120 volts to 240, conductor insulation, compressor motor
conductor insulation, compressor motor, wiring connections: Accepting that what you say is accurate and you can change the connection on the motor to 240, then the only limitation which would prevent just changing the plug is the voltage rating of the cord. If the conductor insulation is rated for 300 volts or more,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: jacuzzi z110 hot tub, proper polarity, gfi outlet
proper polarity, gfi outlet, gfci: It could be the cord that is not functioning correctly. But first verify that you have the proper voltage at the outlet, and that you have proper polarity. With the cord unplugged, disconnect it from the hot tub. Tape the wires separately with electrical...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: malfunctioning breaker; only 1 side working on 220 circuit, volt devices, volt motors
volt devices, volt motors, heating elements: It is possible to damage an appliance with low voltage. However, with most 220 volt motors they wont start when one leg is lost. A purely resistive load (water heater) the low voltage will not hurt the elements, they will just not put out the heat required....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: master flow attic fan, master flow attic fan, hot legs
master flow attic fan, hot legs, fan motor: Christopher what you need to do is the incoming wire black and white are the hot legs wire the whites all together. then the incoming black wire goes to the thermostat then the other Thermostat wire goes to the fan motor this works like a switch the thermostat...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: mobile home circut piwer loss/drain/cross, split bus, meter box
split bus, meter box, burn marks: From what you are describing: There is incoming utility service to a meter and an external disconnect. From the internal disconnect there is a single feed to a circuit breaker panel with a main breaker that disconnects the entire load for the trailer. In...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Multimeter, troubleshooting electronics, 3d printer
troubleshooting electronics, 3d printer, voltage devices: Troubleshooting these type of devices fall into a couple of different categories. You have mechanical, high voltage, and low voltage. Most meters will adequately help you with the high voltage. If you are troubleshooting the low voltage devices such...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new ceiling fan install with extra wires in junction box, wall outlets, hot wire
wall outlets, hot wire, fan motor: Hi. You should always use the same wires when you replace a fixture or fan. If there was nothing there, or it is too late, then I will try to help. With 4 wires, most likely two are to the outlets like you say, one brings the power in, and the 4th wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: overhead lights don't work, neutral conductor, circuit breakers
neutral conductor, circuit breakers, wire nut: Since you have a new switch and lamps with a good breaker, that doesn t leave much to go wrong. You neglected to mention whether you found 120 volts at the switch and luminaire (lifght fixture). Sounds like all that is left, outside of a cut wire, is a failed...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: question about many questions, two choices, prong
two choices, prong, electrician: You have two choices; Upgrade your wiring to 12/2 with a ground. Run a ground wire to each outlet. There are so many variables when doing this kind of job that I do not know of a single book or website that could address all of them. There are national...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replecing a florencent light on the ceiling, time scott, incandescent bulb
time scott, incandescent bulb, bulb sockets: Your set up is called a 3-way light circuit. Here is drawing of the three different ways to wire this type of circuit. It mostly depends on where the power comes into the circuit. Yours should match one of the drawings. (the drawing shows an incandescent...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: SE Cable, amp breaker, sharp 90
amp breaker, sharp 90, vertical run: If I understand you correctly this will be a subpanel and subject to the rules of bonding and unbonding with the ground and neutral. Typically, a LB fitting is used to make a sharp 90 degree turn from the vertical run to the horizontal run in the attic....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: sub panel, amp breaker, amp service
amp breaker, amp service, hvac field: Normally adding a sub panel does not increase the amperage, since it just draws the amperage from the main panel. I m also confused on how the main panel can have a 60 amp disconnect if it is 200 amp service. The only thing the breakers do is prevent overloading...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Switch/Wiring Problem, new timer, timer switch
new timer, timer switch, gfci: OK, the wire from the power source goes into the switch box. From there it goes to the GFCI and the light and the fan? If that is the case, all of the whites connect together. The black wire coming in goes to the light switch, the timer, and the black wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring a ceiling light fixture, ceiling light fixture, brown wires
ceiling light fixture, brown wires, mechanical pieces: Hi. For safety reasons, the black wires on the sockets should end up to the black wire in the box, and the white wires on the sockets should end up to the white wire in the box. If you get it reversed, it should still work. It would be easier to get a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring Open/Off?Closed Selector, open signal, control circuits
open signal, control circuits, dual coil: Sorry, but as always, insurance requirements prevent me from providing basic design direction. There are numerous sources available on line where the diagram for your circuit can be found. Look for motor control, reversing motor starter control circuits,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 10 -3 wire, light switches, light switch
light switches, light switch, switch box: I need some clarification. You have a circuit that feeds two outlets and two lights with two switches controlling the lights. The outlets are powered correctly. Are you having a problem with one light switch or both light switches? Typically, a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ampacity issue, flood lights, amp service
flood lights, amp service, jack of all trades: Michael I would tell the power company that you are going to upgrade to a 200 amp service and that you need them to supply you with the correct drop,seems like this is a outdated service and you have every right to have a adequate supply of voltage and amps...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker installation, light switches, baseboard heaters
light switches, baseboard heaters, t effect: Hi. Other than baseboard heaters, it is not safe to connect more than one 220 volt item to a circuit. If you heard a sizzle, a wire probably burned loose. This could very easily start a fire. An electrician should look at it. Electricians may be expensive,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Bulbs for Recessed Lighting, led bulbs, cfls
led bulbs, cfls, appearence: Alan, Aside from the difference in appearence you can mix and have no issues as long as your not dimming them. Today they make dimmers specifically for CFL and LED. Some CFLs will work on dimmers specifically for incandescent or halogen but you have to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: crackling behind switch plate, crackling noise, quality switches
crackling noise, quality switches, switch plate: It sounds like your light switch is arcing when you turn it on. The switch wears out and instead of a quick snap close it allows the contacts to come close enough to arc before closing. And, on top of that the contacts get worn out and they start to pit...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dimmable Fluorescent Lights, dimmable fluorescent lights, inner components
dimmable fluorescent lights, inner components, lowe s: Mike You will need to buy dimmable ballasts to make them work,usually you can buy them at a local electrical supply house in your area,or find them on line. http://www.ballastshop.com/fluorescent-ballast/t8-ballast.html?cat=368&gclid=CKv8y_WGhLcCFYOo4AodZ0EAEw...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electric fence on deck, pet fence, wireless fence
pet fence, wireless fence, pet fences: You can use a lightweight plastic netting. It is used for keeping animals out of fish ponds, and off of garden plants. Depending how important it is to not have the cats go off of the balcony (if they might get hurt jumping off, or a lot of traffic), you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Flickering lights, electrical issues, flickering lights
electrical issues, flickering lights, loose connection: Recently I had a CFL bulb start flickering occasionally. Thankfully I was in the room when it started to smoke and catch fire or my house may have burned down. Flickering lights are an indication that something is not right. They could be from a momentary...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ground wire to outdoor spigot, cold water pipe, ground clamp
cold water pipe, ground clamp, frost free sillcock: Joe, 1.) Yes as long as its not in the middle of a storm with thunder and lightning. 2.) Try to reattach as thats the easiest thing to do or maybe you can drill through the wall and locate the ground clamp on the cold water pipe feeding that spigot if...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ground wire to outdoor spigot, ground clamp, frost free sillcock
ground clamp, frost free sillcock, cable boxes: Hi. The best thing to do might be to put a clamp on the wire before you take it off, run an extra piece of wire inside, and clamp it to pipe before the spigot. Then you can removed it from the faucet, and you won t lose your ground. I m not as familiar...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Installing a light fixture with multiple wires, installing a light fixture, wire nut
installing a light fixture, wire nut, multiple wires: It sounds like the black/blue/white combo is in case you want to install a ceiling fan. Try this: Take the black from the black/white and connect it to the switch. Take the black from the black/blue/white and connect it to the other side of the switch....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: installing new switch and gfci for well pump, neutral wire, wire nut
neutral wire, wire nut, well pump: I am not sure why you are installing a GFCI on a well pump. GFCIs are required only on outlets. Also not sure what the switch is for. The pump should be automatic. Most pumps are 220 volts, and can not have an outlet, plus there is usually no neutral--just...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Mixing Bulbs in Recessed Cans, dimmable cfl bulbs, led bulbs
dimmable cfl bulbs, led bulbs, incandescent bulbs: Usually the LED lights are made so that they are compatible with a standard dimmer. I have one dimmer where I have used LED, incandescent and dimmable CFL bulbs. If the LED bulbs say they are dimmable, it would be with a standard dimmer, unless it says otherwise...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Mysterious Crackling Sound, high voltage cable, crackling sound
high voltage cable, crackling sound, fireworks display: Kimberly, What I believe you are hearing and saw especially when you mentioned it coinsiding with rain or wet weather, is a high voltage utility line that is making contact with a tree branch some where behind your house. I experienced a similar situation...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlets and unmarked fuses, wire nuts, fuse box
wire nuts, fuse box, oulets: Hi. More likely the wire burned than the outlet is bad. So, check all of the wiring for burn spots, etc. If any outlets have wires pushed into the back, move the wire to the screws on the side. Check inside the wire nuts. It would be best to remove...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pool pump wiring, gang boxes, prrof
gang boxes, prrof, three boxes: I thought I answered this question. Sorry if I didn t. You can use two or three boxes and put them on top of each other on the pole. You may also be able to find bubbles that have interchangeable plates, so you can do an unusual configuration. Remember...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: separate garage, watt light bulb, breakers
watt light bulb, breakers, prob: Hi. It sounds like you don t have a working neutral to the garage. Check the white wire from the source in the house to where the outlet is. Since the feedback will cause the tester to register, you may want to use a 60 watt or 100 watt light bulb as a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Siemens AFCI, afci breakers, new residential construction
afci breakers, new residential construction, amber light: I spoke to Siemens tech support. They suggested you reset the breaker, as it may be showing erroneous trouble codes since it is a new install follow the instructions on the following link: [you may have to cut and paste] http://wilberelectrical.com/downloads/siemens_1_pole_AFCI_instruction_sheet.pdf...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wire & breaker size for a Frigidare duel fuel range FGDS3065KF, amp breaker, duel fuel
amp breaker, duel fuel, fuel range: According the specs that I read online the amperage for this range is 23 amps. However, the installation instructions state that you need a min. of a 40 amp breaker. Which means the wire size has to be large enough to support a 40 amp breaker. If...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring a new bathroom fan/heater/light, fan heater, bathroom fan
fan heater, bathroom fan, black white: Was there a heater there before? With only a black and a white, the light heater and fan would have to come on the same time. You need a white and a ground to operate anything. Then you need one more black or red wire for each switch you want. So,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 2 prong/wire (non-grounded) receptacle, surge protector, and GFCI, ups uninterruptible power supply, new computer equipment
ups uninterruptible power supply, new computer equipment, wall receptacle: Hi. I am not a computer or electronic expert, so I may not be able to tell you all the possible problems with the computer. To see if the system is grounded, but has 2 prong outlets, insert a tester into the smaller of the 2 slots, and on the screw....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 240 volt 45 amp kiln, pottery kiln, volt circuit
pottery kiln, volt circuit, wire nut: With a 220 volt circuit that does not use a neutral you take the neutral and tape it, or put a wire nut on it and then tape it, and push it out of the way of the outlet. We need to make sure the wire size is correct. Is the 45 amps the rated amps or...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 WIRE CORD TO 4 WIRE CORD, ground source, jumper
ground source, jumper, lore: LORE Is this a new dryer? the old type dryers used that hook up as the dryer plug had only 3 wires and usually ran a separate ground wire to the dryer from a ground source the newer dryers use a 4 wire cord and plug I have enclosed a diagram of a hook up....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: AC Unit, split system ac, blown fuse
split system ac, blown fuse, blower unit: A split system AC has the high voltage feeding the outdoor unit (220 volts) and it has an indoor unit that supplies the low voltage to the outdoor unit. Did you check the low voltage feeding the unit? The outdoor unit always has the 220 volts present...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: amps, amp generator, amperage
amp generator, amperage, air compressor: Dennis Yes you can as it is the same voltage but the problem is that the amperage of the compressor is 15 amp and the generator breaker is 20 amp if the compressor starts to overload it may not trip the circuit. What you can do is change the breaker in...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Appliances from other countries, brass screws, step up transformer
brass screws, step up transformer, followup questions: CP, 1.) No practical alternative I can see other than buying the American equal to what you have. 2.) Remove the old one, identify the ground wire of the 3 in the cable, connect the ground wire to the green ground screw on the plug, connect the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dimmer Switch, orange wire, switch locations
orange wire, switch locations, way switch: Karl, A few. To be clear there are two switches of the 4 that are 3 ways and the other two are four ways. The 3 ways have 3 terminals and the 4 ways have 4 terminals. You can put the dimmer in either of the 3 way switch locations. You either got...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Double GFCI Breakers, gfci breaker, gfci outlet
gfci breaker, gfci outlet, gfci breakers: It sure sounds like the double GFCI is the problem I am not sure but you do not need two GFI s for anything so I would get rid of the one that s tripping (literally) and hopefully that will clear up the problem. Do not hesitate to contact me if you need more...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical, several times, good luck
several times, good luck: Sure can, did it several times in my career. There are a couple things that you have to concern yourself about but neither is a big deal. Light do not take too much energy so it probably wont effect the other things on that circuit, but make sure you don t...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI's on a 2 wire system, gfci protection, bare wire
gfci protection, bare wire, two legs: The GFCI monitors for a difference on the two legs (hot and neutral). Your circuit breaker is looking for a short circuit. The ground wire ensures a path to ground if your equipment ground comes in contact with the hot side of the circuit. Lets say...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no ground with the red, black and white wire., incoming line, fan thanks
incoming line, fan thanks, test light: If you don t have power, then there is something wrong somewhere else. Was there a light fixture there before? Is the fan connected the same way as the light? If a white wire is not making contact somewhere, such as in the switch box, you may get a reading...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Guidance on 3 way switch, switch boxes, way switch
switch boxes, way switch, switch wiring: Hi Neil, Great job w/ the diagrams - pics tell a thousand stories.Looking at them - you have the standard, most common 3-way wiring layout - power in to 1st switch - run of 12/3 over to 2nd switch - then a run out to the light (if you were to access...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: J-Box to Swtich/Rec., j box, neutral wire
j box, neutral wire, light fixture: You need 3 wires between the fixtures. One will bring the neutral (white) wire from the J box to each white wire in the fixture. The second will bring power to the switch. The switch needs power to operate. The third wire is the wire that will be on when...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light, kitchen exhaust fan, neutral wire
kitchen exhaust fan, neutral wire, swatch: It is not likely that you will have voltage at the switch, not impossible, but not likely. The switch usually only has the hot leg of the circuit. I would check the outlets, normally the power would go to the outlets first, one of the outlets would send power...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light fixture installation, lighting situation, fixture installation
lighting situation, fixture installation, installation question: You have to get your switch between the power and the first fixture. Disconnect the switch from it s existing location, connect the wires back together where the switch has been removed. Run the wires from the switch all the way to the power source one side...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: loss of power on 2nd floor of house, industrial refrigeration equipment, home electrical wiring
industrial refrigeration equipment, home electrical wiring, two short planks: Well, I work with industrial refrigeration equipment and control wiring regularly, and I can tell you that nothing you learned in HVAC qualifies you in any least way, manner, shape or form to install or repair residential electrical wiring. I have taught...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Loud Chirping, adt security system, co2 detector
adt security system, co2 detector, smoke detector: I am not sure either. I would think that a smoke detector would have chirped with a low battery a long time before 15 years. Could it be some kind of insect? It s the year of the 17 year locust. Is there an attic above that you can get into and perhaps...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New bath fixture....LED works but not bulbs, test light, loose wire
test light, loose wire, led lights: The first thing to do is to make sure the bulbs are wired in. Follow the wire from the sockets and make sure it goes to the house wire. Also make sure there is no switch on the fixture. If that is OK, make as test light using a 60 watt bulb and see if...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pond pump trips GFI, double checks, pond pump
double checks, pond pump, ground terminal: Are you wiring the GFCI up correctly? If there is no water getting into the circuit then the only thing I can think of is your are not wiring it up right. If you got power coming to the GFI, put your ground to the ground terminal, don t screw with the bottom...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power keeps going off in half the house, closet area, loose wires
closet area, loose wires, relevant facts: Ashley It seems like you have a neutral problem on those circuits, or in one of the outlets there are some loose wires. Your electrician should have checked for all this by telling you there are weak breakers is the easy way out I would have them come back...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Residential Wiring, lighting circuit, wire nuts
lighting circuit, wire nuts, wire nut: The switches in question should be on a three-way circuit. Meaning both switches control the same light. They both have travelers between them. This must be an older home because the lighting circuit and outlet circuits are on the same breaker. When...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewiring lamp, halogen bulbs, 12v halogen
halogen bulbs, 12v halogen, halogen lamp: I would think that NY city has some good lamp repair shops, especially since it so cosmopolitan. Halogen bulbs can be hazardous if not treated correctly so I highly recommend you find a shop that specializes in converting appliances from overseas to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ring stove receptavle with old 220v wire, basement ceilings, rubber insulation
basement ceilings, rubber insulation, bare wire: Hi. Up until the 1990 s, the ground and the neutral was the same wire for stoves and dryers. However, all the wire I have seen has an insulated wire for this. If there is any way you can replace the wire, I would do that. Any new stove is going to have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: stumped - 30v AC to AC Duct, light switch cover plates, plastic anchors
light switch cover plates, plastic anchors, metal mesh: Not as weird as you may think. Remnant 30 volts sounds like ghost reading, especially since you said it shows up when you touch probe. I am guessing that means you are not otherwise grounded. Capacitive coupling. If you hold the lead from an oscilloscope...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Switch to outlet connection, dark bottom, garbage disposal
dark bottom, garbage disposal, dishwasher: Hi. So the disposal does not work in the top outlet, but the dishwasher does? Or does the disposal work on the top, but not shut off? Do you know if both items are on separate circuits? They should be, but may not be. I assume nothing was changed just...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: uh oh, wire nuts, cloth wire
wire nuts, cloth wire, neutral wire: Doug Do you Have a tester for electric? Sounds like you have a 3 wire coming from the switch if what you telling me is that there are only 3 wires in one cloth cable. Here is how to check this out. Take the tester and check each wire to one another when...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wall outlet and stove outlet help, odd situation, loose connection
odd situation, loose connection, breakers: To be honest with you, I don t no what to tell you, you have checked the connections, you have changed out the breaker, re-wired the circuit, looked for that unbalanced situation that I was telling you about, I thought I was good but I must confess that I...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Some wall outlets suddenly have no power., wire nuts, light switches
wire nuts, light switches, voltage tester: Hi. Is the outlet 110 volts? Air conditioners are supposed to have their own circuit, so don t assume it is on the same circuit as anything else. It sounds like a white wire has come loose somewhere in the circuit. That would cause the problems you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wires, master electrician, permanent equipment
master electrician, permanent equipment, electrical permit: There are always other ways to do something, but the options range from leaving you disconnected from the utility until the inspector comes to setting up a generator to power your entire house [very expensive and noisy proposition - and if you think the wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring for Ceiling Fan, light fixture, ceiling fan
light fixture, ceiling fan, canopy: Josh usually the red wires are the switched wire try putting the red wire only on the fan black wires and then tie the black wires together by themselves and tuck them in the box then hook up the white wires to the fan white wire and the same for the grounds...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring confusion, porch light, bedroom light
porch light, bedroom light, plug ins: Hi. In any single pole (one way) switch, one terminal is hot all the time, and the other is hot only when the switch is on. So, locate the switch that has to be on, and put the black wire going to your new items on the other terminal of the switch. Your...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 30 amp gfci circuit for rv, gfci breaker, pig tail
gfci breaker, pig tail, little pig: Karl When wiring a GFCI Breaker usually it depends on the type you would have a white wire on the breaker this wire goes to the neutral bar then the white wire form the pigtail goes to the breaker as well as the hot wire. the ground goes to the ground bar...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI Outlet, top screws, copper wire
top screws, copper wire, electrical tape: Hi. Most likely the prong of the tester went in further than a plug and contacted both the hot slot and the grounded bar behind it. It is also possible that the GFCI shifted and caused a short. You may want to get a bigger box, or put electrical tape over...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light switch, hallway light, loose contact
hallway light, loose contact, fire risk: Fair question. Good thinking. Yes and no... sorry about that, I couldn t resist! You have a three-way switch so that the power to the light always goes through both switches [trust me on this-read more about three way switch installations]. The reason...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting switch, fixture wire, hot wire
fixture wire, hot wire, switch box: Hi. You should always install the new fixture exactly the same as your old fixture. One of the pair of wires is a switch loop. With the power OFF, use a continuity tester to see which pair of wires show continuity with the switch on, but no continuity...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights and plug ins dead, dead hope, plug ins
dead hope, plug ins, hot wire: Travis Sounds like you may have lost the neutral, open one of the outlets that has no power and use a tester to check from the hot wire to the ground wire,if you have power then check all the neutrals on that circuit,if you get no power then you may have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: loss of power on 2nd floor, kidney dialysis, dialysis patient
kidney dialysis, dialysis patient, exhaust vent: Wouldn t blow up if fed from same panel bus segment (Same side of trsnsformer) Sounds like a bad splice or a burned connection at a device Turn it off and pull all devices and fixtures until you find the failed location It might be at a receptacle where...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Master breaker tripping every couple of days-no previous issues, bedroom doors, ac water
bedroom doors, ac water, condo unit: Taryn If the dryer is on and the outside main breaker trips you may have a problem with the dryer and any other appliances that may be on at the time,look too see what high amperage appliance is on like a AC,Water Heater,stove,oven the 125 amp main may not...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlets/circuit breaker problem, qualified electrician, circuit breakers
qualified electrician, circuit breakers, gfi: The two most common problems would be: 1) The gfi is not working correctly and needs to be replaced. 2) There is a short circuit on the gfi protected circuit. Other problems could be that the neutral and hot got reversed somewhere down the line, someone...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Replacing a bake element, baking times, walmart
baking times, walmart, brackets: April As long as the wattage is lower you will be ok you may have to increase your baking times as the oven may not hot enough as fast. As long as it fits and still can be installed in the same brackets and in the terminals you would be ok,where if it was...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running Romex Thru Sub-Floor, bob osgood, open heart surgery
bob osgood, open heart surgery, master electrician: Hi Ron, Based on the picture you posted - yes you should be able to run the 3 lines thru that opening where it is only a vent pipe and has plenty of space (we do it all the time in remodels and it always passes rough-in inspection). However - if the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Screws that come w/ wall/outlet plates, steel screws, wire strippers
steel screws, wire strippers, cutting area: Christina Do You have a wire stripper? Some wire strippers have multiple holes in the cutting area if you look close you should see if the holes have numbers typed on them if they do then use the one that says 6-32 here is a typical picture of a stripper...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: short in a line, light in the basement, wire nuts
light in the basement, wire nuts, neutral line: Hi. When there is an unusual voltage, it is usually caused by a disconnected white neutral line. The voltage is caused by feedback on the line. SO, you need to find the break. These things can be hard to track down. Somewhere in the circuit, there...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: small electric shock, plastic couplings, metal plumbing
plastic couplings, metal plumbing, continuous circuit: Hi. Is there metal plumbing going to the hot tub? That might be the cause of the problem. Make sure there is a continuous path in the metal pipe throughout the system. Check for any plastic couplings or filters in the line. To check the ground, put...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 220 chandelier from EBay need to convert to 110, volt power source, worst case scenario
volt power source, worst case scenario, capiz shells: I would suggest looking up the specs from the manufacturer using the model number on the fixture or the driver. If it is LED the bulbs for sure will work with 120 volts as on high voltage all I have ever seen will work with 120 - 277 volts. The transformer,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: arcing breakers, neutral wire, loose wire
neutral wire, loose wire, loose wires: angi Answer to your first question somewhere along the line there is a loose wire possibly a neutral wire what you need to do is find the circuit that is having the problem and start there by opening the boxes and checking for loose wires,make sure the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling light hook up
Curt it is possible that the white (Neutral) wire is not connected that would cause the fixture not to work even though the black has power. Remove the light and check power between the white wire and the black you should have 120 or so volts do the same...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Changing Outlet, dual fuel range, 110v outlet
dual fuel range, 110v outlet, oven range: Hi. I really can t give costs for several reasons. One is that I am a homeowner, and do most things myself. The other reason, is that it would vary quite a bit. In a big city with lots of code requirements and a higher cost of living, it would be a lot...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrcial lights flickering, neutral wire, loose wire
neutral wire, loose wire, flickering lights: Paul Check each outlet on this circuit there is a loose wire somewhere in this system. That will cause flickering lights a lot of times when outlets are used they become loose especially with the older type devices the ones where you push the wire in to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electric range wiring, serial number plate, amp circuit
serial number plate, amp circuit, romex: Hi. The official amperage should be on the serial number plate, which would be everything on and on high. However, it depends on how much of the range is being used at one time. All of the burners have different settings, plus it depends on how many are...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Expaning a single switch/single light to single switch/3 lights within a multi-switch circut., daisy chain, single light
daisy chain, single light, room 1: John Make sure you hook up all the other lights to the red wire in the 1st box as this is the switch leg the black wire is always hot so it will keep the lights on.what do you mean by saying the on the light in the 3rd room is controlled by 2 switches,is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Flickering lights, flickering lights, small appliances
flickering lights, small appliances, electrician: Frank, even though no electric motors are fed from the sub panel, any device in the main panel that is operating will affect the voltage of the sub panel. The first thing I would check is the connections of the main panel to ensure all connections are tight....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: home electrical, wire nuts, fuses
wire nuts, fuses, fuse: Hi. Replacing fuses without fixing the problem can cause a fire, so be careful. Either there are two circuits running together, and one is still working, or a white wire came loose. These things can be hard to track down. Somewhere in the circuit, there...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Interlock for Generator
The kit would take care of a major problem of the generator feeding back into utility system. However, as you say, it won t help in preventing the generator from being overloaded. Since it is not automatic, you could switch some breakers off. I am not...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Natural gas generator installation, natural gas generator, natural gas powered generator
natural gas generator, natural gas powered generator, delivery capabilities: And plumber...electricians don t do gas work...it explodes...and we have problems enough with electricity..it just starts fires Ten to twenty and your mom s existing gas service may not serve a generator, as consumption of a generator often exceeds supply...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: open ground, copper water pipe, electrical panel
copper water pipe, electrical panel, home inspector: Hi. I suspect that the problem is with each outlet, and not one problem. How old is the house? Houses built before the sixties usually are not grounded. However, that did not stop some homeowners from installing 3 prong outlets everywhere. Or perhaps...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet problem, neutral wire, receptacle
neutral wire, receptacle, 220 volts: The problem is probably more complicated than the tester can give you results for. Many hot/neutral reversed readings are caused by a neutral wire disconnected. It is feedback caused by something connected to the circuit. Sometimes kitchen outlets are...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pilot switch, silver screw, screw terminal
silver screw, screw terminal, head screws: Mary, with a red and yellow I am not sure what they are using for the hot and neutral. I looked at an identical switch. The switch with the light on one side has two terminals with black head screws. The hot circuit wire needs to be attached to the black screw...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Pool Table Light Connection, pool table light, fixture wire
pool table light, fixture wire, smooth wire: Chuck the box in the ceiling has the red wire which is the switch leg hook that up to fixture wire that is ribbed. Then hook the smooth wire to the white wire from the box. cap off the black wire as this wire is always hot. Make sure the box is grounded from...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Can I run Romex into an existing metal box, wire nut, receptacle
wire nut, receptacle, thanks in advance: This is allowed. You will need to use a typical romex connector that has the two screw clamp to attach it to the box. There will be a ground on the existing receptacle. Take it loose and attach a short wire to the existing receptacle then use a wire nut to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Size GFCI for bathroom in So California, overcurrent protection, lighting circuits
overcurrent protection, lighting circuits, gfi outlet: Great. There were three iterations of the NEC in the 80s, each one with more defined requirements for GFIs. What gauge wire was used? 12 or 14? Are all bathroom GFIs on same circuit? Is everything in the one bathroom on the same circuit as the GFI outlet?...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: SWITCHING A 22O-8 GUAGE WIRE FOR A PUMP, thermal protector, wii
thermal protector, wii, guage: Hi. I m not really a pump expert (I have city water), but it could be too small, it may be partially clogged, or it may be old and wearing out. If the pump has worked fine for a while, then it is probably the right size. Hopefully the place that sells...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Transfer Switch vs Interlock, nutone intercoms, mail gb
nutone intercoms, mail gb, briggs stratton: Jeff Yes we do work in your are we are out in Bay Shore here is our company information Thank You Ben GB Enterprises 1088 Cassel Ave Bay Shore, NY 11706 631-968-6006   Viet Nam Veteran Owned Business   Electrical Contractor, Stand-By Generator...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Unsure about electrical, uv filtration, electrical fuse
uv filtration, electrical fuse, home in the mountains: Emily First find out what size breaker feeds the out building then see what type of breaker is it a single pole or a 2 pole that will determine if you can use it or not also find out which I doubt if it is already in conduit. Wow The mountains must be nice...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Using Electrical Wire to Heat Metal
I ll have to say this was the most unusual in the thousands of questions I have answered over the years. The lamp wire would melt the insulation and catch fire or blow the fuse before it got hot. Although I guess the insulation on fire would heat the doorknob....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Using Electrical Wire to Heat Metal, spy novel, dental floss
spy novel, dental floss, hotel hallway: Alex First of all there have been stranger questions we have asked. it is a possibility that if the build door is installed on a wood frame you can then energize the steel door making sure that the door system has no ground like to the building or any...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Using Electrical Wire to Heat Metal
what fun! the problem is that hotel doors open in, so it would be difficult to impossible to rely on door opening to alert sleeper to intrusion. also, circuit protective device [breaker/fuse] would respond long before sufficient heat would be generated...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring two baseboard heaters, junction boxes, baseboard heaters
junction boxes, baseboard heaters, wire nut: I can t make a diagram, but I can tell you how to wire it. Since both legs are hot, both must go through the thermostat. The black and red wires from the source go to the line side of the thermostat. The black and red wires going to the heaters connect...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 way hall light with ft porch light, porch light, foyer lights
porch light, foyer lights, black tail: Professional electrical wiring never involves guesswork. The most likely scenario is that the 3-wire with the hot black goes to the foyer light, where the hot comes from the kitchen switch box or a receptacle. That black is supposed to feed both switches....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Book or books?, poly phase, slip rings
poly phase, slip rings, commutators: http://net.grundfos.com/doc/webnet/waterutility/assets/downloads/motorbook.pdf Free to download in pdf format, http://www.amazon.com/Electric-Motor-Repair-Robert-Rosenberg/dp/0030595843 A fairly pricey book, but is owned by nearly every motor...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker keeps tripping, amp circuit, voltage input
amp circuit, voltage input, extension cord: Dan Having a ground has nothing to do with the power supply the ground is used so if the equipment shorts out you wont get a shock. You may have a bad compressor if it does that on other circuits,if it did that on just one then that circuit would need...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Converting recessed 4-pin can lights, line voltage, ballast
line voltage, ballast, 3u: What you heard may be correct. It depends on the bulb manufacturers bulb. Most CFL replacements of this type have the ballast as part of the unit with the bulb. In this case it would work with line voltage and the can would need to be pulled down, the ballast...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dedicated 15 amp circuit for hot tub
Hi. Yes, the doorbell takes very little current, so you can add it to another circuit. However, the outside outlet needs to be on a GFCI, which is probably currently in the bathroom, so you will need a GFCI for the outside outlet. A better option...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dishwasher, voltage tester, dishwasher
voltage tester, dishwasher, screws: Hi. Are there any red wires? You could have 2 circuits on one wire. If the white wires becomes disconnected, you could get funny readings. It could also damage the appliances. Is the breaker a single or a double? If it is a single and the dishwasher...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Elecrical outlet, power consumption, alarm clock
power consumption, alarm clock, volts: If the fan has an adapter, then it isn t REALLY 120 volts...if you follow me. Does the clock go bonkers if you run the fan and turn it on and off in a different outlet than the one the clock is plugged into? Does the fan impact anything else if plugged...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: hot Neutral ground and hot wire, hallway light, porch light
hallway light, porch light, bearer of bad news: Hi. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but the only way you can tap off of a switch, is if the power enters at that switch. Most likely the power enters either at the other switch, or the light. Now, if you do have the power source there, and disconnect...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights flicker, strobe effect, refrigerator compressor
strobe effect, refrigerator compressor, volt ohm meter: So because there are only 240 volt loads in the subpanel, you don t know that the same problem doesn t exist there as well. What I was asking was if the problem diminishes if you turn on the 240 volt loads. That would support the neutral issue theory. Also...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: motion detector wall switvh
Allan Ground wires are not to be as a part of a circuit they are there for a short.The problems seem to be in your neutrals you will have to make sure your neutrals are connected in this circuit,the reason you are getting it to work when you connect the ground...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new subpanel, amp breaker, amp circuit
amp breaker, amp circuit, subpanel: Barry Actually # 8 wire is good for 40 amps and at a 4ft run there won t be any voltage drop.As your appliances and what you want to hook up you need to figure what the welder requires for a overload breaker and the lights can be figured at 2000 watts is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet sparks when lightswitch turned on, electrician, pops
electrician, pops: Hi. You can start at the outlet that was sparking. Check for any wires touching that shouldn t be. The breaker did not trip because the wire probably burned through first. The breaker could be defective, especially if it is a Federal Pacific breaker. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pump start relay, MEAR Services Kansas City electric motor repair, controls
MEAR Services Kansas City electric motor repair, controls, apparatus repair: Because there is really no TYPICAL connection involving motor starters especially single phase,without knowing more about your system, HP voltage, type of relay, brand so on, it is impossible to answer this to the exact setup you have Below are some...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Safely removing outlet from outdoor shop feed line, water proof, pipes
water proof, pipes, feed line: Marko The best way if you want it completely out of the way is to pull the wire out and install a conduit splice where you will cut off the pipes to the box. the other way is too cut the box out and lower the pipes so you could splice the wires and put a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Sharing a neutral wire, split circuits, amp circuits
split circuits, amp circuits, neutral wire: Hi Steve, Multi-wire or split circuits were quite common back in the 70 s when I first got in the field. But that s also when GFCI s - in the early stages - first started becoming Code required. We quickly found that GFCI s and split circuits simply...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Sharing a neutral wire, amp circuits, gfci outlets
amp circuits, gfci outlets, neutral wire: If you use GFCIs after the split, it will not be a problem. You can not use them before the split. While you save money with a shared neutral, it can be a problem. If the neutral becomes disconnected, the two circuits will be in series with each other...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: shocking, hot water tank, qualified electrician
hot water tank, qualified electrician, metal strip: Vicki, You need to get a qualified electrician out there ASAP to see whats going on before you or some one else gets electrocuted. A severe shock could be experienced especially if it were raining. You could also have a fire with this situation. Shut the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: using a generator to run a cottage, watt honda, honda generator
watt honda, honda generator, extension cord: Wade first you should use the 240 volts of the generator hook it up to the 100 amp panel, does this panel have utility power already in it? Whenever you add a load or remove a load your generator will change rpm s go up or down the reason is it has a auto...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wire size, wire guage, amp fuse
wire guage, amp fuse, heat dissipation: Ok three feet to a switch is 1.5 to and 1.5 back, 3 feet to and back is 6 feet, if this is just a switch in series to the fuse, no issues, 6 wire will hold 30 amps constant duty, under 15 feet, motors are a bit different load than say lighting because...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring a detacted garage, watt bulb, space wire
watt bulb, space wire, crawl space: Wire size is totally dependent on the loads you will have on the circuit. If you operate one light with a 20 watt bulb you can use #14 UF, but if you are operating a machine shop in the garage it will be significantly larger. I would have a licensed electrician...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 110 house wiring
Hi. What you are getting is feedback from the hot wire. The white neutral wire is disconnected at some point, so the power from the hot leg has no place to go, and can not complete the circuit. Check all the white wires at the wirenuts and where they...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 110volt point of use water heaters
Mel, Q1.) Yes Q2.) A 110 volt unit will only be good for the sink not the shower or bath tub. The shower will take a bigger 240 volt unit to supply the amount of hot water you would need and it would also supply the sink. In theory point of use heaters...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Does my 240V wiring meet code for new range?
Jim, Yup thats Romex Yes in order to be code compliant and covered insurance wise if anything were to go wrong you have to run a new 4 wire cable. The bare grounding wire in Romex has never been approved for use as a current carrying conductor...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Basement lights
The problem you will encounter is you are looking at a four way switch installation. Even though one is a dimmer, you have three switch points or a four way switch circuit and I do not know of a four way dimmer. There may be one, but I am not aware of it....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom ceiling exhaust fan
Steve, sure if you have the physical room to mount it up there. From my experience I like to see the fan and light in the optimal location, and then your bulb heater located a distance away If your existing unit is in decent shape, it might be more...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Changing to a light switch outlet combo
Hi. Yes, you will need to use the white wires. The black wire coming in will connect to the side that has a bridge. Do not break the bridge. The black wire going to the light will go on the other side near the switch (dark color screw). Now, you need...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: DPC and timer
Hi. It won t work, because you don t have a neutral in the switch box. All of the wires are hot, and everything is in series. I m a little confused about wiring a water heater timer to a lighting circuit. A water heater is usually 30 amps, and is too...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: earth ground as neutral wire
Rob, The simple answer is no you can not. The ONLY time voltage/current is supposed to be on the bare grounding wire in Romex cable or on the spiraling exterior metal covering of BX cable is when there is a short circuit condition. These components in...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electric gate
Hi. The reason you are getting a funny reason is probably caused by feedback on the line, which would indicate the white neutral wire is not making contact. The problem could be anywhere between the outlet that is not working and where it connects to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical wiring
Hi James, Unfortunately - despite all the advances I ve seen in my 40 years in the electrical field...they still don t make any wiring that will self-heal - clearly there is a damaging hole that still exists in the wiring run. Your screw tip more than...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electronic wiring help, battery charger, cell phone charger
battery charger, cell phone charger, EMR Repair Inc: Frank, I take it both the 2 mp chargers are made to charge that phone, and most likely you bought another thinking the first was not doing the charge correctly Am I close? Here is the problem, first you could put the two charger outputs in...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: furnace conversion from gas to electric
Eldon, 15KW divided by 240 = 62.5 amps. As you can see a 60 amp line to the heater will not be enough if both heat stages run at the same time. Assuming that is the case you would need to run a 4-2 Romex to the heater with an 80 amp breaker. As a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: gfi
Scott, Pull the GFI out of its box. Look at the back of the GFI where it says Line , Load . If there are wires coming off the load terminals then the GFI is probably protecting more receptacles down stream . Disconnect these wires and see if you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI.
A GFI can be very sensitive and can fail at any time. Try replacing the receptacle and make sure all connections are tight. If the breaker does not stay set after replacing, you may need to pull out each device on this circuit to locate a loose connection...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: gfi question
Do you know what else is on the circuit? Frequently outside outlets are on the same circuit so that one GFCI can do all of the outlets that need GFCI s (except the kitchen which must be separate.) Other outlets could be in the garage, basement or crawl space....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: high kwh-bills
There are several factors that can lead to high bills and I will write some down here. They may or may not apply to you but it is kind of a check list for you to go through. 1. Heat pump with electric back up heat. If you have this it may be that your...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: installation of 220 for a dryer..
Brandon, Retarded would be attempting it without asking. Let me ask this, do you have a 110 outlet large enough to handle a dryer? The problem is finding a dedicated 15 amp circuit, but often much easier than running 220. http://www.ajmadison.com/cgi-bin/ajmadison/SPWD1800.html...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Intermittant duplex receptacle
Hi. No, one of the hot phases is not getting power. When the stove is on, the wire connects the two phases together. However, this could cause major problems, since half the power of the house is running through the stove wiring. You may want to call...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: kitchen light replacement
Archu, The white frame is removable for relamping. The frame usually hangs on the fixture so try applying gentle upwards pressure towards the ceiling and slide the long side of the frame either left or right to remove it. Then you can get at the lamps....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Knob&tube wiring
Scott, Its possible if changes were made in the dinning room that it could be effecting the light in the kitchen but lets put that aside for now. I need to know how many wires are coming out of the ceiling in the kitchen and how is that fixture currently...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: leagle side of wiring stove to the switch board
Sam, I doubt your stoves are much different power wise than ours here in the US. A 30 inch wide electric stove here with 4 burners and an oven takes a 50 amp 4 wire receptacle. If your electrician did not run a line such as this I don t know how he plans...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lost power in master bed room
Well it likely some sort of open wire somewhere, most often a neutral wire will open causing this kind of thing, There are non contact voltage tracers that you can buy for less than $100 that follows live power and beeps/blinks without having...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Old Wiring
Henry, The two hot wire s twisted together coming from the house says to me there is another light fixture besides the one your replacing that is controlled by the same switch or at least there was another fixture at one time. Having said that you would...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outdoor post lantern
There must be something damaged in the socket or internal in the fixture. If it is convenient, switch it with a known working fixture and it the other one does work, it is definetly the fixture. If not you will need to trace the circuit to see where it is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outside light
Thomas, First be sure you are not putting in higher wattage lamps than what the fixture is rated for. Having said that, assuming your putting the same wattage lamp in all 3 sockets and not higher than the socket is rated for, the socket is either defective...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Problem: Century Motors get HOT, PSC motors, electric motor repair Kansas City MEAR Services
PSC motors, electric motor repair Kansas City MEAR Services, electric motor repair: Dear Jill, I am trying to make sure whom I am replying too, I am assuming it is TOM of TOM MCGANN LLC ? First I appreciate the very complete history of the issues, that is often not provided or partial at best, so you did very well in getting the info...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replace light switch w/Timer in drop-down box
Andrew sure, from basic low cost to fancy electronic, In the switch box is basically the hot lead to the light, they should have put a little set of black marks on the white to show they took the white and made the other half of the switch leg....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing light switch with timer
The instructions depict a switch box that has the hot circuit and the two switch wires inside. The switch that you have is called a drop down switch circuit. The hot circuit is at the light and the switch box only has the two switch legs. Without running another...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Residential, electric hot water heater with a countdown switch and DPC.
110 for control voltage, I read it as you did that by using one side of the 220 but yes the components need rate control voltage, such as a 12 volt control voltage, if you ran 220 to rated controls at 115 too much voltage, but you are thinking...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Residential, electric hot water heater with a countdown switch and DPC.
Randy, You fried the timer by imposing 240 volts through the coil of the contactor to the timer which can only take 120 volts. In other words the black wire to the timer is off the fuse which is tapped to the incoming black Line wire from the panel....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Residential outlets
Excluding dedicated circuits, there is no limit. They are called convenience outlets because they are located for convenient access. Circuit density may be determined by application, however, depending on anticipated loads. If you will have a number of eight...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Residential wiring using EMT
One the first question, it depends on the specific conductor used as the number of conductors in a given conduit is determined by the diameter of the conductor and each type of insulation has a different given diameter. With the proper connectors EMT can be...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: RV generator to house hookup
You should not do it that way. You risk a fire, shock, ruining the generator, and even shocking a utility worker. The only safe way is to use a generator transfer switch. This would require having a sub panel. The only other way is to use things that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: service upgrade
On #1, that is legal to do. #2 The size of the groung rod is determined by the size of the largest conductor. Using aluminum the conductor sizes are larger and you indicate using aluminum which required a 250 size and based on 250, the code requires a #2 electrode,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Shared Neutral
I actually do not see how this passed an electrical inspection. The electrical code requires at least one 20 amp circuit per bathroom with no other outlets. As well as this requirement, every electrician knows a GFI will not work with a shared neutral. At...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: sparks coming from light switch
Colleen, The problem in the switch box is probably not related to the plumbing repairs but the wire you refer to should at least be hooked up in a temporary manner till the plumbing work is completed. Then have it reconnected properly. The switch may...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Thermostat
Justin, The thermostat you have is a single pole (2 wire) thermostat. You need a 2 pole (4 wire) thermostat readily available at HD or Lowes. It will have two red wires and two black wirres. 1 pair of the 3 pairs of black and white wires in the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 220/110 Voltage
Rich, The 220 plug should not fit a US 110 plug. Even if it does, it would not work, the US 110 Voltage would be too low for the charger, it would raise the current trying to charge the battery/phone. There should be an equivalent charger for that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: AFCI or rewire house
William, I would advise you to get rid of the Knob and tube wiring. Its still legal to have it but some insurance companies if they know you have it will no longer insure you unless its removed. You can t insulate over K&T but you can with todays cable....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Bulbs burning out quickly?
Beckie, With enclosed fixture s the heat from the lamp is contained with in the fixture. The heat can only disipate through the fixture enclosure at a certain rate and the size of the lamp you can use is based on that disipation rate so you don t have a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling fan remote wiring
David, The black and white wires out of the ceiling box SHOULD be the correct ones. If those are all the wires you have on the remote it should go like this: White on the remote, white from the ceiling box, white on the fan all together. Black from...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit Breakers
Mike, The breaker could be tripping due to an overload or it could be tripping because its weak. You say its difficult to reset which may also play into its being defective. The best thing to do is replace the breaker as long as your up for that. If not...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: circuit protection, Electrical power problems electric motor William Babbitt Kansas City MO Lee's Summit MO JCI
Electrical power problems electric motor William Babbitt Kansas City MO Lee's Summit MO JCI : I numbered the questions it gets detailed but the problem is detailed [1.] YOU need to find a way to add outlets or circuits,First you must identify the circuits [2.] If the circuit was overloaded, the breaker should trip so this is curious,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Clicking sound
I have given much thought to your inquiry. I have heard devices click on their own, but only once, when they open the circuit. An example would be when a breaker trips or a GFI trips. They need to be manually reset to trip again. (I am possibly incorrectly...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: conundrum
Marc, You say a box, and stove so I assume this is a residential situation. By amps it looks OK, Is the local authority going to open a card on this job? by amps it looks fine, 90 + 30 + 40= 140 + 60 = 200 http://cmsapps.sea.siemens.com/step/pdfs/load_centers.pdf...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dryer flipping breaker immediately
Monica, I would feel better if your electrician took a meter and figured out the problem the problem with looking only is assumptions the colors are correct, Please watch : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6R7b4QiZNs By going from a 50 amp...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electric baseboard heat
Hi. You can test the thermostat by setting it higher than the actual room temperature and use a test light to see if there is power on the end that goes to the heater. Be careful not to get shocked. If the heaters are 220 volt, you would not want to use...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electric Heaters, William Babbitt Kansas City Electric motor repair expert Babbitt electric repair Kansas City
William Babbitt Kansas City Electric motor repair expert Babbitt electric repair Kansas City: Kenneth, the best way is to find a list of heaters with many legit reviews, at least start there you will find all kinds of bogus reviews supplied by the distributor, so watch for that, ON incoming power versus heat, amps versus wattage ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical
This is a fire hazard which could cause your house to burn down, so you need to get someone to come out. The neutral is loose, and the electricity is using the ground wire to complete circuit. It could also cause a fire at a neighbor s house. You could also...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical overload
220 volts are slanted prongs 110 are straight prongs, even if it was for an AC the TV would not plug in, so not sure what all is going on, maybe the tv just crapped out? Here is the deal on fixing tvs, if it smoked literally you got a job, and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical Wiring
Cable sheathing color doesn t matter However, the fact that the cable is yellow, as you observed 12/2, suggests that this source receptacle is probably kitchen, dining room or some other appliance circuit. If so, It should not be used as a lighting feed...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 220/110 Voltage
Electrical Wiring in the Home: 220/110 Voltage

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electric Heaters
Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electric Heaters

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI installed not working
Hmmmm, Did you look on the back where the terminals are labeled line and load? Those have to be in the right spot and the scribbing in the back is often hard to read make sure you have line and load in the right terminals, see the you tube video...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: gfi, Wil Babbitt Kansas City Missouri motor repair expert
Wil Babbitt Kansas City Missouri motor repair expert: Tony, somewhere I have a better chart, but this QA should explain, as typical it is a design thing, http://forums.mikeholt.com/showthread.php?t=136616 YOu now have options for what indicator, so mixed manufacturer GFCIs and mixed by vintage, along...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: home lights flicker off and on
Hi. There is no easy way I know to find the problem. It is probably a loose wire either in a wire nut or connected to an outlet. If the wires were pushed in the back of the outlets, the contacts may loose their grip. They may have used aluminum wiring...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: home wiring flickering on and off
Sounds like a splice or device termination failing. It is probably at the first location in that circuit that doesn t work or the last one that does. It might also be in the panel. Not a good time to start wiring 101. I suggest you call an electrician...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light problem
Not likely. How old is your house? Depending on certain constraints, your lighting could either be related to the bath receptacle circuit or a completely different circuit. Do you lose power to the switches completely if you trip the gfi or shut off the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch not working properly
Lois Not sure about Jonathan, but is it possible that one of the outlets only switches the top outlet of the two ? Sometimes there is a jumper buss bar down the side of the outlet and a wall switch turns that top outlet of the two on or...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights
William, If it worked correctly before the cable was cut and it was spliced back together exactly the way it was before then it SHOULD work like it did before. So there may be more to this situation than meets the eye but I don t have the advantage of being...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: motion activated lights
Rod if you are talking like a double pair of floods or even a single lamp light, MOST have that option built in, for example, if you want motion you flip on switch on/off for more than 30 seconds, then it is motion mode, from there you just...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Non license
Hi Kay, I have no way to evaluate your general contractors electrical skills...most GC s in this area are primarily builders/remodelers...and have little - if any - electrical training....no more than a licensed plumber or any other non-electrical...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: old wiring
It is possible you have it hooked up wrong and you have a short, or you have too much of a load on that circuit. You said you have a home run with three hot wires. Does this mean one circuit that is branched out three ways, or three separate circuits?...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Phantom voltage
Ted, that was too kind and not necessary, I am a volunteer, and you have common sense to boot, which makes it much easier to help, but thank you so much, that was very kind and I do appreciate it, please remembier if you need any further help figuring...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: re routing 220
Local codes vary, but as long as the box is the right type, the length nothing, the purists will turn their noses up, but code no way, just say you are planning to add something some day and left them there for two reasons, one to move it out of trip...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing light switch
There are switches made for aluminum wiring and they are called CO/ALR switches. Tip: Do not try to straighten out the old curved end of the aluminum wire because every time you bend it you move it closer to breaking. Instead, cut off the curved end...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing my light switch
James, If the splash is tile and its cemented right to the wall you should be fine just make sure the switches are wrapped with plastic tape over the terminals. The tile effectively becomes an extension of the box. If its a plywood or flake board splash...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: shimming a light switch
Usually in residential buildings the boxes are made of a plastic material so that is never a problem. If your box is metal the only time you will have a problem is if the insulation gets cut or the wire gets hot enough to cause the insulation to melt or...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: sylvania box
Marc, Your panel indeed says its rated for 225 amps but that doesn t necessarily mean its being supplied with 225 amps. In other words its possible that its being supplied by a 200 amp breaker not 225. It could even be a 150 amp breaker. Its hard to tell...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: usb outlet wiring
hey Dave and it gets more complex, the issue is complex and technical it would take a book to get started, Here is the problem with all this stuff going electronic so fast, the need for CLEAN POWER, AND SAFE POWER ALONG WITH ENVIRONMENTAL...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wire polarity
The wire connected to the center of the lighter is the positive and the one attached to the side is the negative. If the charger is not marked positive and negative you can take a digital volt meter and quickly find out. Put the voltmeter on DC volts...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring ceiling light with remote
Dean a remote should work fine, it is a different circuit than the load, it is called control voltage or signal, I use several Radio Shack, Modern home type remotes for lights and man are they convenient, Just from your basic question, I would say...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring new switch to unisaw table saw
http://www.amazon.com/Woodstock-D4151-220-Volt-Paddle-Switch/product-reviews/B005W17FRS Jason looks like a Woodstock non magnetic switch in the link above it gives you the diagrams for dual voltage the old switch just had the neutral IT SHOULD...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring a supply outlet to my motorhome
Art I can believe the break in, had one myself, kid they caught him but the weird stuff he took I never got back, Anyway you say your generator only supplies 120 but the ONAN above says 120/240 SO I am surprised by that OK ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 40 Amp Cicuit with #10 Gauge Wire for AC
Here are the facts so you can make your own determination: NEC 440 is dealing with A/C and Refrigeration motors. What it is saying is you must have a minimum wire size of #10 for a 24 amp 240 volt inductive load. (24amp x 1.25 = 30 amps and #10 can carry...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: baseboard heater
Robert Wilber a href= http://www.wilberelectrical.com/default.asp b Licensed Philadelphia Electrician /b /a Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * LIFE SAFETY WARNING! [disclaimer] Electricity is dangerous! You can be injured or killed! Improper...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Basement outlets
As long as the outlet is not readily accessible, you don t need a GFCI for a sump pump. If that is the only outlet in the basement (or in that area), you may want to leave the GFCI there, and then run a wire closer to the pump without a GFCI, so that no one...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker panel
You should look at the panel and see if it says weatherproof, or approved for wet locations. You can always get the model number and contact the manufacturer (or just Google the number) and see if it was meant for outside. It still sounds like it would be...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan Instalation
Hi. If you connect the blacks together, and the whites together, and the fan is on when the switch is off, and turning on the switch trips the breaker, then you have a switch loop. The white wire coming in from the power connects to the white fan wire....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: combo switch
Since you have 2 reds and a black in the box, are both NATURAL red conductors? If so my guess is that your switch is wired with individual conductors pulled through conduit/pipe, rather than a multiconductor cable. You will have to drop/open/remove the light...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical switch voltages are just... wrong
Dean First of all do you understand what a switch leg is? It is basically a hot wire brought to the switch and the switch opens and closes the ONE HOT WIRE that is it, A white wire to a switch should have a black mark, black tape something...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Generator
George, fair enough, OK are you wanting gasoline driven, natural gas, propane what is the best method for a driver driver=motor, gas engine, natural gas engine, diesel engine so on, Then we size the POWER NEEDED amps to amps is NOT THE Way...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI, Kansas City Lee's Summit Electric motors repair JCI expert motor Will Babbitt KC motor repair, J
Kansas City Lee's Summit Electric motors repair JCI expert motor Will Babbitt KC motor repair, J: Steve When you look at a normal 120-volt outlet in the United States, there are two vertical slots and then a round hole centered below them. The left slot is slightly larger than the right. The left slot is called neutral, the right slot is called...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Hooking up heater, wrong color wires
Jim, I don t know what wattage your heater is or the size of the line your electrician ran for the welder so I have to assume you know the line for the welder will handle the heater. Having said that you will use the bare copper wire from the panel for...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Limit on wattage for new chandelier?
The limit would be for everything on the circuit. The stove and other items should not be on the same circuit. If you want a lot of light without using too much capacity, you should use LED or CFL (fluorsecent) bulbs. The total allowed is 1800 watts on a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low Voltage at Light Switch
LC 5 volts is likely a phantom voltage and not real. Check the feed to the switch and any wire nuts in the box. Is this a single pole single circuit light or can you tell me more about the entire circuit? I assume you are fairly experienced...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outdoor string lights
Peter, that all sounds plausible so are you up and working? Everything is OK? If not let me know and we will keep digging, but it sounds like you did a hell of a job of diagnostics, way to go, Let me know if you need anything else at...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet wiring problem
Most likely, the problem is at the outlet where you plug things into causing the problems. You can try replacing the outlet, or you can just make sure the wires are tight. If they are pushed into the back tabs, move the wires to the screws on the side. If...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Plug vs hardwire.
Kay, The outlet is being used as a required disconnecting means for servicing of the dish washer and disposal. However a hard wired switch is far better. The switches for both items can be located under the sink where they are readily accessible to disconnect...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: re-connecting a control panel on a wall oven
Kate start here http://www.ereplacementparts.com/frigidaire-gleb27s7aba-builtin-electric-electric-oven-parts-c-377492_387476_388076.html As I cannot know exactly what you disconneted, this site includes diagrams and assembly instructions for various...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: upgrading a 15 amp 220 outlet to 60 amps
Roselle, Not a problem. The R refers to receptacle which is what it is. p would mean plug . Assuming the existing box is big enough for the new # 6 wires you would only have to upgrade the wire and the breaker. Make sure the plug is properly grounded...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Voltage issue
Linda, No problem. Ok voltage is jumping onto the cables and its allegedly coming from some where with in. This is a problem a qualified and experienced electrician should be able to pin point. Changing the panel with the hope that its going to solve the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: voltage leakage
I do not know why they started using black screws. Strsngr unnecessary change . Anyway, not the switch. It is the nature of digital meters. Read up on phantom or ghost voltage. Inductive and capacitive coupling. Take the wire off the switch and check...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: In wall Timer switch
Jeff, Determine which of the 2 wires on the existing switch is the Hot . You will need some sort of tester to do this. A Voltage sensor stick would work or a volt Ohm meter or a solenoid type voltage tester. Connect the Hot wire on the switch to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring ceiling fan
Barbara, If the fan has no light connect the red wire in the box to the black wire and you SHOULD be good to go. If the fan has a light connect the black wire(s) in the box to the black wire from the fan. Then connect the blue wire from the fan to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring to outbuilding
Have you considered putting the subpanel at the place where the wire ends, 15 feet away from building, and then run a 2 conduit from that to the building with your circuit wires in the 2 conduit (or how ever many conduits you need)? If you have overhead...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Air handler wiring
Andrew Check these links out: http://www.cozyparts.com/lennox-parts/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=4301 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lliFA8TwCgM VIDEO Let me get honed in the exact model Do you have this:? http://www.lennox.com/pdfs/installation_maintenance/lennox_cb29m_cb30m_iom.pdf...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dim lights and 220 appliances won't work
Wait you got one dead leg, you mean one hot side is open, to ground to neutral to the other hot? On the load side forward of the main breaker? That is a huge problem,, not necessarily expensive huge, but huge as to the problems, Turn all...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical. changing 240 to 120
Yes and it is fairly straight forward. At the breaker you will remove on of the hot wires from the double pole breaker and put a wire nut on it. At the outlet you will take that same wire and put a wire nut on it. Keep the white on the neutral and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical Panel
Except for number 4, replacing the box should fix the problems. The person installing the box should do number 4 correctly anyway, since he will be making sure the ground rods are correct. I would show this list to him however. He may not know that the A/C...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical Panel
Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical Panel

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Fluorescent Light switch
Like most things, every engineer has a better idea, meaning there is really no set standard wiring scheme other than this one for a single flour, http://selfdotips.com/wiring-diagram-fluorescent-light/ http://www.houseofantiquehardware.com/push-button-switch...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GE STove 1952
B either the controller went bad also, or someway you got both front and back in parallel but I just see no WAY you could have done that, somewhere on the stove should be a wiring diagram that is the short way to figure it out, if you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch.
Taylor, is this a new switch, or is this an existing switch that just started doing this? A few more things, it is not uncommon for a switch to control an outlet, even ONE plug in a duplex, old time thinking where a floor lamp was plugged into...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Microwave Lost Power
The microwave, refrigerator and stove should not all be on the same circuit. If they are then you will experience tripping. If the microwave turns on when the compressor for the refrigerator turns on it is too much for the circuit. So I am wondering if...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: momentary switch, William Babbitt Kansas City area electric motor repair JCI industries Will Babbitt electric mot
William Babbitt Kansas City area electric motor repair JCI industries Will Babbitt electric mot: Barry, I know a 10 amp switch is not going to be a problem where a 3 amp switch was, as amperage is a result the amp rating is nothing but that the amount of amps the switch will hold, now that the breaker is blowing and the old switch...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outdoor plugs
There probably would not be any more boxes. Make sure to check other areas for GFCIs. Garages, basements, other outside plugs, etc. Make sure the ones you did check actually work. Sometimes they will not reset if defective. Check the outlets and see if they...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: PK6060v hookup
Q1 : how would I make sure to stay within 230v max as recommended. You cant without having the utility come out and adjust the incoming taps on the transformer and it is not that far off, motors all act differently and it is very possible when you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no power to one outlet only
The outlet could be in need of changing, a white wire could have come loose/broken/burnt, or you have a partially tripped breaker. When checking power, one should use a volt meter so you know what exactly the voltage is from black to neutral and black to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Puma PK6060v setup
Robert Wilber a href= http://www.wilberelectrical.com/default.asp b Licensed Philadelphia Electrician /b /a Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * LIFE SAFETY WARNING! [disclaimer] Electricity is dangerous! You can be injured or killed! Improper...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Repairing a 20 year old gas dryer
Good job in isolating the problem, as to the venting fan, it gets complicated, fans and blowers are two different animals, how would you figure CFM, what would trigger it, is there a reason to consider a modification to the machine other than it exits...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Rheem air handler with 15 kw heater kit
It sounds reasonable that 2 40 amp breakers would add up to 80 amps, but that is not how it works. Your 15kw heater divided by 220 volts is 15000/220 = 68.2 amps. That is on a double pole breaker and your wire needs to be able to carry that amperage...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Tripping GFCI
It may be that the garage exterior lights are using one circuit for the hot wire, and another wire for the neutral. If that is the case, there is nothing you can do, other than run another wire and make sure both wires are on the same circuit. Probably the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Welder plug-in
Hi. There is a reason that the plugs do not match. The plug configuration is related to the amps, so that you do not plug in the wrong thing and burn your house down. You will need to figure out the amp rating of the plug, which should be the amp rating...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 120v/ 20amp circuit
I completely missed micro/convection, but this is a good question and it could go either way, most times red means 240 is brought to the appliance and split up there, but yours says 120 volt 12/3 wire, that suggests it is for the entire appliance, but...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 2 lizard tanks 2 heat pads 4 lights and one circuit.
Well quite a job for a young guy, bottom line, I still you need an electrical check by an electrician, even though I see the room labeled that is the problem child of the moment No way to know how many black wires are stuffed into that one breaker,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: arc fault breakers
They can, they normally don t, breakers are too slow the typical situation you describe. I would almost say this is a good thing, most get a spike like utility switching spike, and while the voltage gets through, the breaker never trips, but that high...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: balancing 240V panel
Hi Jim, These units require a lot of power to keep hot water flowing instantaneously. Here is a quote from their installation manual: b TEMPRA 15, 20 or 24 B/Plus: These units require two independent circuits. Use two supply cables protected...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker keeps tripping
Since you now have part of the circuit not working it could be that you have a burnt wire/connection in the wall, ceiling, attic, or basement. To be safe you should call an electrician. It sounds like something you are plugging into the circuit is tripping...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling fan to regular light
Hi. Whatever you do, do not disconnect any wires in the ceiling that do not go to the fan. Connect the two white wires from the light where the white wires from the fan connected to. Connect the two black wires from the fixture where the black fan wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit Breaker
Steve, Sometimes the duration and intensity of a short circuit may not be enough to trip the breaker. This is where arc fault breakers come in. This breaker is designed to see faults like yours as a problem and trip the breaker. It sense s the erratic...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit in home
If hot to ground is 120 volts, and hot to neutral is less, then the white neutral is disconnected somewhere. If the wire is pushed in the back of the outlet rather than screwed to the sides, it may not be making contact. Remember to check anything that is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: How to connect a kiln?
Be sure to double check the kiln as it appears this may be a 120 volt kiln with a white wire as part of the cord, but if it positively is a 240 volt, connect the black to black, the red to the white of the kiln cord and the grounds together and do not use...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dead switch
First, there is no neutral wire in a properly wired switch circuit. If there is no box at the fan/light location, it was installed by handy Andy God alone knows what was done. Draw out the several locations involved, indicating cables, and number of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical Connection
Chris, The GFI (ground fault interupter) provides shock protection for you while using anything you may have plugged into a GFI protected outlet like the snow blower or hedge clippers or Christmas lights. Even though the receptacle is not a GFI receptacle...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical outlets
Okay, I was thinking that your breakfast area may of needed gfci outlets but since that is not the case we have to look elsewhere. It does sound like a wire may have come loose in a wire nut and is touching just enough to flicker your night light. It could...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical wiring
Dan, Todays code requires a dedicated 20 amp 120 volt line to the bathroom. The code also says this dedicated line and GFI shall serve nothing else in the house except another GFI receptacle in another bathroom some where else in the house. In other words...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI on back splash wall wired to frig and micro???
Chuck, If the cabinet the receptacle is inside of does not sit on the counter then the receptacle does not serve the counter top and there fore need not be GFI protected. If this same receptacle supplies power to a built in microwave that is typically...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI help
Have you disconnected all of the wires? If you do not disconnect all the wires, you will get feedback. If you have disconnected all of the wires, and still getting a hot reading on both black wires, then you have some major problems with your wiring, and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Hall lights blew out suddenly
With CFL bulbs the initial current is normally higher than a normal light bulb, is this is a new issue that suddenly started or have you noticed flickering before? My guess is the switch, or wiring to the hallway has a problem, if the switch has bad...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: home wiring
Yes, you can do that, as long as the junction box is accessible. You can t drywall over it. There are also many other ways of doing it. You can run the wire to all of the outlets, then to the switch and fan. You can run the wire to the switch, then branch...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Hooking Generator to House Square D box
Justin, I need a picture of the 2 panels in the basement with the doors open. It appears there is a main breaker for each inside panel in the outside meter main or is one of the main breakers for the two panels inside and the other main breaker is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: L5-30 to L14-30 Wiring
John, You will need: 10-4 SJ cord, which has white, black, red, green wires. One L5-30 male plug to plug into the female receptacle from the generators. One L14-30 female receptacle that will plug into the male plug on the transfer switch. The L14-30...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lilghting problem with colonial chandelier
Chris every manufacturer is different. With the power or switch off I would experiment to see how it will remove. The new screws should be identifiable by color, the nuetral white wire will connect to the silver screw and the black to the gold or brass screw....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: mobile home hook up
Yes you can. Run a new line the 30 from the 200 amp panel to where the existing wire is on the trailer and splice it out at that point in the appropriate sized weather proof junction box. The new line must match (wire size) what is there now assuming it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: multi-meter amperage reading
OK. I focused on whether a meter would work on positive or negative side, but forgot that the load would be too great for what you have, using a meter. The maximum is usually 10 amps, and you probably have 15 amps or more. So, you really need a clamp meter,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Multiple Neutral Identification in EMT
The conduit itself with the correct fittings can be used as the ground. Personally I have NEVER used the conduit as the ground. If a fitting loosens or the conduit is damaged you loose the ground. I always use a separate green ground conductor. You are correct...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Mystified About "Legs"
You have 2 hot wires and one neutral that comes into the house. Each of the hot wires controls half of 110 volt breakers. This is called a leg. Since the wires do not connect to each other, it is hard for anything to communicate, because the signal has to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outdoor receptacles
Hi. If an in use cover is required, then there is not much choice. The only ones I have seen are gray or clear with black. They can be replaced with one screw in most cases, so you can easily replace it if you find something nicer. In use covers are made...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet wiring
Jim, Join the club you have plenty of company including myself. And maybe there is something wrong with the machine you don t know about so don t kick yourself yet. Given the age of the machine it was at least a wise preemptive move on your part. See you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: # of outlets for 1100 sq ft house
The number or outlets is dependent on the design. There is supposed to be an outlet every so many feet along a wall, so an open one room home would be very different from the same size structure with many wall divisions. Also depending on the devices that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: permanently remove wall plug
I am not sure why you have 3 black, or why one of the black is on the white side. Is the outlet on a switch? Is the whole outlet on one circuit? If the black wire on the silver terminal is a neutral wire, and there is no switch and only one circuit, you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Possible ongoing problem.
Dana, I have plugged in a lamp and there is now tingling sensation at all. Should I worry! Please translate: Do you mean: there is no tingling sensation at all or do you mean: there is now a tingling sensation ? Please elaborate. Bo...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no power in 2 rooms
Unless the two circuits share the same neutral wire, or you have lost power to half of your house, you probably have 2 problems. Check all wires under the wire nuts and where they connect to the outlets and switches. Make sure everything is tight. If any...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Question on wiring a bathroom exhaust fan.
The only legal way two circuits on a single phase circuit can share a nuetral is for all of the circuit wires be ran together, either as a single cable or in conduit with all circuit conductors in the same conduit, so even circuits that may work in theory...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Rf 1010
IT is one of two things, the transmitter is bad or you have a partial break. If you have an Ohm meter, take the boundary wire loose from the transmitter and let me know how many feet of wire you have and the ohm meter reading. That will tell us which one it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Stealing electricty from an out for a ceiling fan
Hi. Make sure that the outlet is a general lighting outlet. You are not allowed to tap off an outlet used for a washing machine, kitchen outlet, etc. If the circuit is 20 amps, be sure to use 12 gauge wire. Run the wire from the outlet to the switched....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Strange switch that does nothing...I think!
Hi. The switch seems to be a 3 way switch. So there may be another switch somewhere that goes along with it. Does the light on the switch work? If the light on the switch works, it should be connected to something. If it works only when the switch is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Sub panel Generator ground
JC, Your question is really a moot point because you can not back feed a generator into an existing electrical system the way you are proposing or any other way for that matter. Some folks try to do it through a dryer receptacle or the way your saying but...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: troubleshooting
It sounds like you have electric back up heat and either the thermostat is set for emergency heat or it was wired wrong, or a component is not functioning properly. A good HVAC technician (troubleshooter, not installer) should be able to diagnose your problem...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wi-Fi thermostat to heat pump problems.
Use my personal email at wbwill@sbcglobal.net, there is no cross reference on the stat end from the new stat? using my personal email you can send anything you want, but there is not a cross connection on the Honeywell? https://www.google.com/search?q=honeywell+thermostat+connection+diagram+5+wire&client=firefox-a&hs=c92&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=p9_7UvGrJq--2AXhnYGICw&ved=0CDQQsAQ&biw=660&bih=301...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring
I do not know of one, not that it does not exist I just have not heard of one. If you want to make something work, you can purchase a metal box called an Austin box and put access holes with bushings in the bottom and route the wires into it. The come...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 110v ac wiring
Joe, it is difficult to know, but the staples installed may have been the legal method of securing it at that time or in that jurisdiction. If the wiring is not susceptible to damage and is not tripping circuits I would not be concerned. In my opinion, if...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding 110 circuits to 240 line
You should replace the breaker with a 20 amp breaker. Put a junction box at the cable, and you can have one circuit for the heater, and one for everything else. Connect all the white wires together. Connect one black wire from one circuit to the thick black,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding to a switch
Actually, I suspect the switch works like it always did. It is the fan and light (and now the receptacle as well) that don t work. That is because you didn t understand what the wires were doing before you added the light and altered the wiring at the switch....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Amps / kw cir. breaker
Ok that confirms it. You need 12-3 going to the oven. Blk to blk, red to red, wt to wt, bare ground wire to green. You will separate the green and the white in the oven. You need a 2 pole 20 amp breaker for the panel. Blk and red connected to the breaker....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Bare Electric Wire from Pole to House
Randy, The line from the utility pole is their responsibility. You could certainly call them and let them know but my guess is unless its causing you a problem they will let it be till there is a problem. That may sound strange but the Utility has their...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan installation
You should connect the fan exactly as the light fixture was hooked up. If you did that, and it does not work, the wire may not be making contact at the wire nut, the switch on the fan may be off, or it may be defective. Hooking the light on a separate switch...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan wiring
That is the ground wire coming in. It s white because the painters painted it when they painted the room. It connects to the green wires, and any other metal parts, such as the junction box. You can use wire nuts on it. If there is any paint on it where...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan Wiring trouble!
Sorry for being slow I took my Son to Colleges and forgot to put myself in vacation mode, so much to remember, so this is odd, One wire cannot break a circuit, I cannot see the opposite side of the two switches I researched one wire switches that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Changing hard wiring to plug in on security lights
Bobbi, as you understand the technical needs involved, I will not go into detail as to the nature or options of installing such a device. Unfortunately, the installation will be governed by the NEC, and any modifications to the NEC, regarding the installation...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit keeps tripping
To see if the breaker is defective, disconnect the wire from it, and see if it still trips. If it does, the breaker should be replaced. If it doesn t, there is a short in the wiring. Resetting a tripping breaker could be a fire hazard, so be careful. Did...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Convert 12v lighting to 110v
Yes and just the overall design of the set up is geared to 12 volts which would make 120 volt operation potentially dangerous. The salty air can and does cause connection problems. They do make an anti oxidant ointment you can put on connection points...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Doerr
Where do I connect the wires to make this 230v? Yep I am confused as this statement was below the nameplate data,,,,,,,,,,,, It should look like this link http://s95.photobucket.com/user/randymcdermott/library/?sort=3&page=1 P1 to the ungrounded...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electric air compressor motor
Exactly, it will run fine you need the ground extended the fuseable disconnect is up to you, the truth is motors have almost zero protection with a breaker as the only over amperage trip, A fuse will catch a surge or other issue, where a breaker...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electric circuit question
Terence, This could be approached a few different ways as far as hard wiring goes and none of them are simple or easy for a home owner to do. You might want to consider using the X10 system which uses the existing wiring in the home so no additional...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electric Stovetop wiring
If the white with the new stove top is for a 120v supply (ie fan, light, etc) then you have to run another wire. If the white is not being used as a conductor then it gets connected to the ground wire. This is the new wiring configuration: Supply...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical USA
Randy, My experience has been that it does not. A fault on the load side of the last GFI should trip that GFI first but its possible the first one could see the fault too and trip as well. Redundancy in this case is not a bad thing but it could lead to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical wiring
Angela, Sorry to be the bearer of bad news but that you can t do. You might however be able to do something else. Some where on the tanning bed there is a small label that says what the operating voltage is and what the wattage is or the amperage (amps)....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: how to fix lamps
The first one either unscrews or has a set-screw at the bottom that releases the socket. I cannot tell without seeing the other side if it is has a set-screw or not. The second socket appears to have a large black nut holding the socket in place. So either...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights don't work
Paul, I m not a fan of wiring devices by sticking stabing the wire into the back of the device as opposed to using the screws. Its the fast and loose way of doing it but it is legal and contractors obviously use it to save money on labor. The problem...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights not working
These devices are called stab back for obvious reasons. The following excerpt is directly from a 2005 UL manual: wired clamping types are suitable for use with both solid and stranded building wires. Screwless terminal connectors...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new wiring in unfinshed portion of basement
Carl, Try not to mix receptacles with lights. Keep them separate. Its not a code requirement but it greatly simplifies wiring and keeps it organized. You will know that yellow jacket cable is receptacles and white is lights. Also makes trouble shooting...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Popping sound I believe coming out of outlet
Misty I would make the apartment aware of the problem it is their deal to take care of the basics and outlets are basic, yes something is wrong, something is arcing to make light and that means an uncontained arc is occurring in the outlet or in the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: running exterior electric cable betw adjacent properties
Mary Anne, technically it seems fine, the unknown is local codes. I take it you would prefer to run it overhead. My problem is I have no idea where you are and what local codes apply. It should not be difficult to find out, there should be a local building...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Russian Samovar - 2 pin plug, converting Russia device for use in the US a Tea Maker EMR Repair Inc Kansas City, repair in K
converting Russia device for use in the US a Tea Maker EMR Repair Inc Kansas City, repair in K: Kathie you will most likely need an adapter plug which only converts the Russian plug to a US plug configuration and then a step down transformer to reduce the voltage to 110/115 US As far as I know the cycles are either 50 or 60 in Russia in the case...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Switch used as junction
Mark, All you have to do is get a 3 wire cable, 14-3 or 12-3 depending upon which size you have there now and run it from the original switch you want to make into a 3 way, then run the cable to where ever it is you want the 2nd 3 way switch. Thats the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: T12 to T5 conversion
Jim, Aloha ! Yes there is and it is a bit expensive. Check out the link below. You would have to change the ballast and use what is basically an adapter that you rotate into the existing sockets. Then you rotate in your new T5 into the adapter....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Underground power line to house problem
Megan, Here in the US or at least in my State of NJ the Power Company is responsible for the underground line that comes from their transformer (power box) to the house (your meter). Who ever does the repair shouldn t have have to dig up the entire line,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wet Crawl Space Wires
The official position of all mitigation advisors I have ever seen say to complete a cleaning and treatment process (practically impossible) before energizing. If you can get it good enough to use at all you don t need to replace it. I guess it depends on...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wet Wires
Ed, I didn t see any BX in the one picture but that of course doesn t mean there isn t any but the estimate you sent does site the recomendation that Romex cable submerged under water should be replaced. Again unless a thorough inspection can be done to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wire problem
It looks like one of the breakers is not shutting off, even in the off position. You can carefully use a neon tester and check power at each breaker when it is turned off. You would need to take the cover off, and carefully put the probe on the breaker screw...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring baseboard with dual level temp relay
The diagram you sent clearly shows two isolated switches. Switch one has red and black leads, black being the switched load wire. Switch two has a red with white tracer and a black with white tracer. It doesn t matter which of these you connect to the feed...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring basement lights
Yes, you can use a 15 amp switch. Just make sure you don t use any of the sockets as plugs and plug something heavy into it. The picture is correct, except the ground wire should be connected to any metal boxes or green screws. If you use plastic boxes, and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 110v to 220v converter
Scott, Regardless of wether the machine is expensive or not the right thing to do is run a dedicated 220v line from the panel to the machine. By the time you mess around with portable converters that may not be big enough anyway to handle the new machine...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 220-240 Volt Question
The white wire is not connected properly somewhere between where you are checking it, and where it joins the other white wires in the house that are working properly. If your whole house is not half bright, half dim, then it probably is not at the power company...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3-way bathroom light/fan combo
OK, according to the picture, it looks like there is just one wire coming in from the switches. It also looks like the fan and light are separate from everything else. If that is the case, the white wires connect to the white wires on the fan and light, and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electric wiring main circuit breaker panel
Is the powder room on a GFCI breaker? That circuit breaker would have a test button on it. Sometimes they seem to trip for no reason. Are the outside light halogen flood lights? When they burn out, they frequently make a loud pop noise. If there is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 110v to 220v converter
Electrical Wiring in the Home: 110v to 220v converter

Electrical Wiring in the Home: strange electrical
Electrical Wiring in the Home: strange electrical

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Using two 14-2 romex in place of 14-4
Electrical Wiring in the Home: Using two 14-2 romex in place of 14-4

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Hard wire vs plug
Jerry, one thing you need to check is your local codes. Those will supersede any National NEC codes. What bothers me, is this statement that the cord is wired WITH the dishwasher. They cannot be on the same breaker, and that is how I picture this wiring....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Hot water heater constantly trips breaker
15 amp breakers? 2 single poles tied together? For a water heater? What gauge wire feeds water heater? What is water heater wattage? Send photo of panel interior busbar with the water heater breaker(s) removed. Which manufacturer s panel? Is it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Is installing two service panels to split load advisable?
Eli, It is true that breaker space (circuits) in panels get used up very quickly these days with all the electrical items you find in a home today. It sounds like your existing interior panel will get filled up with the new circuits needed for the renovation...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kick space heater causing tv interference
With this type of problem we typically start by looking at the ground wires. Since your problem is a local area it is possible that you are using the same ground wire for your tv and heater. This type of problem use to be an issue with microwave ovens in...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lennox air handler
Check to see if blower will spin by hand, before we go chasing circuits then let me know, if it is locked or has radial motion or extensive axial motion if the shaft wiggles [if you can get to it] the bearing housing[s] may be worn letting the rotor...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Overwired 15 amp circuit breaker
oh, what a surprise... 2000 plus watts on an 1800 watt circuit? It BETTER trip... The only real answers are to limit your power usage or run additional circuits where you need them. [20 amp appliance circuits....] sorry I don t have a magic solution.....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Panel Identification
Jack, Unfortunately its all about liability today. If it doesn t say it and you can t prove it in a court of law then your stuck. The insurance companys run our lives. Its an old panel, no sticker , no proof , we can t accept it. On the plus side it shouldn...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Rewiring
The wire that goes to the threaded part of the socket, most likely the silver screw would go to the wire that goes to the wider prong on the plug. You may need to lay the wire down flat and trace it from the wider prong to see which wire that is. Although...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Separating fan switch from light switch
OK, the existing wire from the light switch in the hall, you want to control the light only, so at the fan switch, connect the wire coming in to the wire going to the light. This should be all the wires except the wire going to the fan. Just use wire nuts...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: strange electrical
Donald, This is more than strange. Is your home totally electric? Let me ask this as this is so weird. The fridge works that is major power for it, the stove doesnt the microwave doesn t and the dryer doesnt at first I thought Kitchen circuit,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Using two 14-2 romex in place of 14-4
Tim, You should be able to easily add (modify) the second neutral for the lights. If that proves too difficult for some reason then tie the two cable neutrals together at the fan and splice the one white wire from the fan to the two cable neutrals (white...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: voltage problem
Larry, Yes there is something going on there. Probably a connection issue at some point along the circuit. The problem of course is where. Shut the circuit off and take stock of what is on it and where. Check any other receptacles on that circuit and see...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring
Hi. Check how many wires you have at the switch. if you have one cable with two wires, plus the ground, you can not tap into that switch. If you have more than one cable, then the white connects to the whites, the ground to the grounds. Then you need...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring
OK, the only problem I see is that the ground is not continuous. All of the grounds need to connect together. So, in every box that is not the end, there should be a wire nut with grounds in it. All of the ground wires would connect together, and then there...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring Timer Switch for Porch Light
Jason, So you are timing out the outlet? That is how I take it from the description. The gang of whites is just the way they started the circuit, it could have been in an upper fixture , it just depends, Now the timer most likely must be in series...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: AFCI Odd behaviour
Ed, All I can tell you from experience is that sometimes certain combinations of light bulb types, fans, devices etc can make these protective devices trip for no apparent reason. Just today I replaced a small timer in a new control box that we suspect...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Bath steamer, 240V, 44A
Tom, To be on the safe side here run a green #10 from the Spa box back to the panel. If its your MAIN panel you can connect directly to the neutral block. If its a SUB PANEL you can not connect to the neutral block. There has to be a separate grounding...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Bypass/secondary power to a subpanel
Keith, To answer your question the inverted AC is coming out of your UPS system. Utility power goes into the UPS system where it is changed from AC to DC by a rectifier , then the rectifier feeds the battery bank, the battery bank then feeds the inverter...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Chewed wires
Hi. The wires must be the exact match. If you not sure, you may want to get an electrician to replace them. You also need to make sure it does not happen again, by putting the wires in a chew proof protector. Not only can your puppy be electrocuted,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: clayton double wide electric H.W.H.
William, As far as I know they made aluminum Romex starting at 12 AWG and it was good for 20 amps. I ve never used it and have only come across it a few times here in NJ. I don t know what size HWH you have there in regard to what size the wire should...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Connecting a switch to a reversable motor, Dc Motor reversing Kansas City Missouri area, Google William Babbitt
Dc Motor reversing Kansas City Missouri area, Google William Babbitt, electric motor: Chuck, The only way two motor leads can be reversible is if it is DC AC won t reverse by swapping hot and neutral, it has to be cone internally in an AC motor, Now was there a switch on the original drapes? I am wondering what type of power...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electricial Panel
Nothing to think about. You already have a box of fudge. They should have changed the service when they couldn t get the main after it went south. Install a new 200 amp service [don t let them sell you a 150], 40 circuit, full-size breaker, copper bus...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: AFCI Odd behaviour
Electrical Wiring in the Home: AFCI Odd behaviour

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Bypass/secondary power to a subpanel
Electrical Wiring in the Home: Bypass/secondary power to a subpanel

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Faulty 3-way switch
OK, it now looks like the wiring is source/switch/light/switch. The black and red wires are your traveler wires, and they need to connect to your screws that are the same color on each switch. At the first box, the black from the panel connects to the odd...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI
Sean, I m sorry this is reaching you late but I answered your question and then the system here lost it before I could send it to you. I thought those days were gone but it reared its ugly head again. Very frustrating. You have to shut that circuit off...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: grounding
Jennifer, You should try to avoid adding new wiring to the old wiring you described even if it means running all the way back to the panel to do it. In an ideal world the old braided stuff should be removed and replaced with grounded wiring for utmost...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light fixture on 1st floor causing a warm spot on 2nd floor
Warm is one of those terms, can you tell me what temp it is? This is really not my area, but I would think there would be enough air gap to keep the tile above from becoming warm. You have tile, many have carpet, carpet one might not be able to feel...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch
Hi. If you don t turn the lights on, then it should not be warm. If you turn the lights on from the other switch, the current still goes through the switch that is getting warm. I would try not to use the lights, and make sure it is still not warm. Also,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no power at light
If you are getting readings, you probably have a disconnected white wire somewhere in the circuit. You can get just enough current from the feedback to light the tester, but not enough to light the light. Check all white wires under the wire nuts, and where...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Question
Ian, They should be ABOUT the same. Which volt meter is closer to the truth ? We don t really know. Does 4 volts qualify as about the same ? Well given the accuracy tolerance of both testers I suppose you could say they are close to each other or there...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Receptacle conversion
Hi. If it was wired in the normal way, there should be a red wire going to the outlet that is on the switch. If the wire goes straight to the outlet, put a wire nut on it. If there are two red wires capped together with another short piece going to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: roof fan
Rich, The vast majority of residential roof mounted dome ventilators use the same type of motor and they are held in place the same way. You can get a replacement motor at HD that will probably fit just check the diameter. There are two different sizes....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rsk-2-switch
Unless the polarity is reversed, meaning white is hot and black is neutral, you should have from the pump to the switch the following: Black to #2, green to green, and white to the other whites. You have to make sure the Line voltage (hot) goes to the L1...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: tv
Henry, When you say metal I have no idea what the metal is or how big it is but lets say its a big metal steam radiator which is about as big a metal object you could have in the vicinity of a TV. So to answer your question, no it should have no effect...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring for ceiling light
Ron, Fortunately your son spotted this. When you say you hired a contractor to do this I am going to assume this was not a licensed electrical contractor but some sort of handy man masquerading as an electrician. No it is not done to code, yes it is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring an Ikea chandelier
Blair, White from fixture to two whites in the box. Black from fixture to the single red in the box. Green from fixture to the green screw on the fixture bar. Its not clear what the existing yellow/green wire thats currently connected to the fixture bar...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 240v. electric water heater
Dave, If you have 240 volts coming into the heater, your elements are good and the correct voltage, your thermostats are also good then it should work as long as the thermostats are wired correctly. Double check your wiring and everything else. Bo...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Attic Fan
Tricia, It must be determined that the input voltage to the fan is correct and stable. I would take a very close look as this is the only thing that could burn the motor out with the exception of some sort of mechanical or manufacturing defect in the motor....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Attic Fan
I think you need a new electrician, this is very similiar to a ceiling fan qeustion you can read on my previous answers list, It is likely the same problem when it is off and won t come on, it could be the internal motor thermal opened...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Attic Fan
Very good, sounds like you have better air movement, and all is well. If you have any problems at all with the new fan, let me know. Let s put it on the first fan and now that is no longer needed, problem gone. But if anything does come up, feel free to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: burnt garage light scoket
Glenn I am trying to picture burnt ends on these sockets, I am assuming the outer threads at both ends are charred to some degree, if so, I think you have the answer, most of any older garage door opener was designed for incandescent bulbs, if...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Clicking Noise Riddle -- Outlet, Fluorescent Fixture???
Elizabeth, You ve pretty much narrowed it down to the under cabinet light. Yes leave the rocker switch off and turn everything else back on. If you don t hear it any more you most likely found your problem. Some flourescent fixture s utilize a starter...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: double 60 amp breaker / 50 amp
It is never safe to put in a larger breaker, unless an electrician specifically checks all of the wire to make sure it was designed for 60 amps. Google Federal Pacific breakers, and you will find out that most experts do not feel they are safe. It is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical problems in the home
YOU need a pro on site to measure your voltage and other conditions, when you say smell burning that is a problem real or imagined, sorry cannot be sure what you have without a meter on site try the utility first tell them you have flickering lights...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical wiring
Bruce I see what you want to do I have no data on your generator but most likely you are trying to do something that is not needed as far as capacity the 120 volt at 30 amps is not an individual winding, you have X KW out of the unit period, unless...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: House wiring surge protection, electrical surges MEAR Services in Kansas City Missouri, electric motors
electrical surges MEAR Services in Kansas City Missouri, electric motors, voltage spikes: Jim, I have one, in this day and age with voltage spikes and constantly changing feeds, I rent mine from the utility 9 bucks a month or around there, with insurance of like 25.000 if a surge burns up a bunch of electronics, I did not see a price...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Microwave Short Or Lousy "Cook"?
Stephanie, Its not unusual they would not tell you anything during an ongoing investigation. Highly unlikely it was the microwave. The pot was directly under the side of the micro that sustained the damage. Plus it took sustained heat to set the sprinkler...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: mobilehome electrical problem
Hi. It sounds like the white wire is loose somewhere and not making contact. Check all of the wire nuts and anywhere the white wire is pushed into the back of an outlet. If the white wires are pushed into the back of the outlet, you may want to move them...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outdoor lighting / outlet
It may be easier and better to run a separate line for the freezer. Most likely, the power enters the switch first, so you can t run an outlet from the light without leaving the light on. It will also prevent you from overloading the circuit, or having something...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: RUN A 4 WIRE FROM BREAKER TO kITCHEN
Patricia, if we figure portal to portal charges, the time it takes to get your location and the time it takes to return the shop, and an average rate of $100 per man hour, could be lower or higher dependent on area but lets use that for now, that is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring
Jeremy here is a link this link is for a house to garage subpanel but it is the same thing basically you will have some sort of twist connector I am assuming from a generator, depending on the amps determines the type of the mating connectors, from...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring question...
Assuming that the power coming in us connected to the line side, and the wire going to the rest of the outlets is connected to the load side, it should work. You may want to get a regular outlet (don t use it for anything else but testing), or a test light,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Bad circuit
Hi. You probably have a bad connection, either in a wire nut or at an outlet. If the wires are pushed into the back of the outlets instead of wired to the side screws, that could be a problem. You also can t rule out something that is working on the circuit,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Harbor Breeze fan switch wiring
Good job, never assume the parts are identical on anything, and NEVER assume because the part is new it is functional. LOts of bad parts in new boxes and the last thing to consider when the part is installed and nothing new happens whatever is still not...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Home Wiring Issue
Are they 240 volt appliances? What bad wiring? What short? You don t know enough to have anything seem anything to you. The termination in the fuse box could have failed. The meter base could have a problem. Is it an overhead service? It could be...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: installing 4 ceiling fans with lights
Working backwards on the question; You should only dim a motor that is designed to be dimmed and with the proper dimming device. Typically, ceiling fans are designed to work off of a selector switch (high, med, low and reverse) not a dimmer. So I would...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light voltage
OK. So it is a vapor light? The kind that is bluish or yellowish? The ballast changes the voltage and does other things. So, just use the bulb that is made for the fixture. Only one bulb is made for that fixture. You don t need to worry about the voltage...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Which is neutral?
Hi Susan, Back in the early 1900 s - cloth wiring and knob-n-tube (K-n-t) was the way to go....and everything was 2 wire - with no grounds (not required back then - the introduction of early romex in the 60 s was the first cabling with a ground wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet loosing ground?
Troy, It is safe just don t use that particular receptacle till the problem has been corrected. It is possible there are other receptacles with the same problem your not aware of or that might be the only one. The poping sound is most likely from a poor...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: how many outlets
Douglas, 20 amp circuit: 12 receptacles 15 amp circuit: 9 recpetacles Separate circuits (breakers) for microwave, dishwasher. Stove (gas) and fridge can be on one or the other of the two required 20 amp circuits for kitchen appliances. Bathroom(s)...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power Backup
I can t say that I know everything about sump pumps. However, they do make sump pumps that are made to run off of batteries. They are pretty much car batteries. You can look at homedepot.com, or just Google sump pump battery backup. They cost around $400...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pull out fuse block
Blown fuse. If the air conditioner keeps blowing the fuse, does the dishwasher work if you disconnect the air conditioner? Sounds like you may have a bad air conditioner. It would not be a bad idea to replace the service. Must be 50 years old, anyway...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Repair craftman motor model 62855, MEAR Services electric motor repair Kansas City, Will Babbitt electric motors
MEAR Services electric motor repair Kansas City, Will Babbitt electric motors, William Babbitt : Original answer below approx half way down page: Bob, it is amazing how crap gets sucked up in an electric motor. The process has to be done with some care, and can only be done WITHOUT disassembly if the motor is an open drip or vented motor, and dry...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Secondary Meter Bypass
I have never seen a set up for an electric car, but separate meters for water heaters were common. They split at the meter box. In your situation, an electrician would make the decision on how to bypass the meter socket, depending on what is on his truck...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Stray voltage to ground in lighting circuit
Paul, I see you sent this 6 days ago but I just received notification that there was a question. A few things come to mind: That circuit may not be properly grounded and or something on that circuit or another circuit may be illegally utilizing the ground...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Subpanel pros and cons
I can not think of one con to having the sub panel in the condo, as long as it installed properly. You want to have the breakers close in case you have to turn one off, especially in an emergency situation. The main and sub panel can be rated the same,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 7k standby generator
Judy, Unfortunately something like this does not trouble shoot very well over the internet. It sounds to me like the generator doesn t know that utility power is present for what ever reason and it keeps coming on. There should be 3 control size (small)...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Bathroom exhaust fan wiring
Don, If there is only one cable (2 wires) in the existing switch box then you can not do what you propose. When you measure the voltage across the terminals of the switch while the switch is off you will get 110 volts. However when you turn the switch...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical volts incoming from power pole
Regina, Assuming this is a residence that is on the high side, the norm is 240. Are you sure the instrument is accurate ? This came up once before about maximum allowable voltage coming into a home and I think it was 255. Call your utility and ask what...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical to the workshop
It sounds like you are experiencing a voltage drop. The things that can cause a voltage drop are the following: 1. The wire size from the main is not large enough to handle the loads properly. 2. You have loose wire(s). 3. Your breaker supplying...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Hard Wiring a lamp with a polarized plug
Hi. Yes, it is possible. The wire that goes to the bottom button of the socket would go to the black, and the wire that goes to the screw shell would go to the white. Now, I don t know if it would meet code and pass inspection. Different people might...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: installing the LED sensor light
Monica, Did you check for the correct voltage across the white and orange wire which should be around 120 volts and check between the orange wire and bare ground where you should also have around 120 volts. If the correct voltage is present it should work...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light switches have gotten out of sync
Tanya, Controlling a light(s) with a switch in 3 different locations means that at any given time in any of the 3 locations the lights could be on or off with the switch in the up position or the down position. Thats the nature of a 3 way switching...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlets not working
Water in the wall is always a safety issue. By law the landlady has to take care of the situation. You could take action by calling the power company and your local housing authority. Either way, you need immediate help before someone gets shocked....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: run wire for fixture
Hi. You would have to run the wire to the fan, and connect the new wire where the fan light connects. The track light would be on the same switch. If you wanted to do anything else, it depends on the order of the two switches, the power source and the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Sparks flying from extension cord
Sure, First off I have to say I can t recomend piggy backing multiple extension cords because its just not safe to do wether its inside the house or outside. For example you don t want to piggy back two 50 16 gauge ext cords to serve an 8 amp load. Better...