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Electrical Wiring in the Home: electricity, garbage disposal, coffee maker
garbage disposal, coffee maker, prongs: It could be a problem, and most likely is a problem. New codes require multiple outlet circuits in the kitchen for this very reason. You should find out what all is on that circuit. Is the refrigerator on the circuit, is the dishwasher, garbage disposal,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electricity wiring trouble, BAD WIRES
BAD WIRES: Hi Stumped48, I you have done a good job looking for the simple problem but it sounds like you have a bad connection somewhere. You should call in an electrician for this. It could be a fire hazard. Here is a video of a home that was having a similar problem...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 142 Volts at Receptacle, branch circuits, countless times
Electrical Wiring in the Home: 142 Volts at Receptacle, branch circuits, countless times, motels

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 2 hole outlet to 3 hole outlet, ground wires, pigtail
Electrical Wiring in the Home: 2 hole outlet to 3 hole outlet, ground wires, pigtail, screws

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Well pump motor is hot
Electrical Wiring in the Home: Well pump motor is hot

Electrical Wiring in the Home: fan/light dimmer switch, ceiling fan switch
ceiling fan switch: Hi Bill, It sounds like you have your line and load reversed. Here is a drawing of how the fan switch should be wired. http://www.philadelphia-electricians-how-to.com/2011/08/ceiling-fan-light-switch-and-controller.html The colors are not always...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: floursent light fixture, light fixture, lamps
light fixture, lamps, len: Len Check the lamp ends and you may also have to replace the lamps as they get older the pins will spread further apart,and new ends are not that much money. The lamps have a tendency to arc causing weakness on the fixture ends. To make sure replace the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Generac Generator, transfer switch, box style
transfer switch, box style, good food: Deb Yes the #3 wire is good food for 125 amps,if you put in a whole house panel then you will have to use that wire if you are just installing a breaker box style transfer switch you have more than enough. Just make sure if you use a whole house TXF Sw...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI wiring incorrect?, load wires, circuit breakers
load wires, circuit breakers, correct expression: John The GFCI Is rated for the outlet only the load wires are rated for 15 amp so the outlet you are using is fine. As far as the 2 load wires what you can do is make a pigtail for the outlet by wire nutting the 2 whits with a single white wire sorta of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI box close to outside water tap, amp breaker, water tap
amp breaker, water tap, gauge wire: The GFI box for your hot tub can be close to a water tap, without trouble. The breaker in the panel does not have to be a GFI as the protection for your hot tub comes from the one outside. Assuming that what you call a GFI box actually has a GFI breaker...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFIC, ground fault protection, neutral wire
ground fault protection, neutral wire, burn marks: A loose connection or the amperage on the circuit running at max can cause a breaker to burn and not trip. When you remove the breaker you have to examine the buss that it plugs into for burn marks. After you replace the breaker you need to make sure the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: grounding, neutral ground, rewiring
neutral ground, rewiring, chasis: Hi. Different people have different opinions about running grounds separately from the rest of the wire. However, if you are going to do it right, the ground should be part of the wire going to the appliance. Grounds were not required for stoves and dryers...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: grounding wire, earth ground, grounding wire
earth ground, grounding wire, circuit tester: Hi. Ground is ground no matter where in the world you are or what the voltage in the receptacle is. The tester may not work (worse, it will likely burn out) if used on higher voltages, but where you find a ground hole you can safely plug in your mat. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: high voltage, robert wilber, professional electrician
robert wilber, professional electrician, authority having jurisdiction: 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: Home electrical issue, electrical power outlets, neutral wire
electrical power outlets, neutral wire, spare bedroom: Greg You may want to check the neutral wire on this circuit,find the breaker that feeds the circuit and shut it off then follow the wires to the neutral make sure the wire is tight,if you tighten any of the white wires you have to make sure that the breaker...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: hooking up dryer to generator, generator
generator : Hi Paul, No-there id no adapter. The female and male plugs need to match each other to work safely. What you can do is add a transfer switch to your electrical service that matches your generator. Then wire your dryer into that part of your electrical service....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Hot wall swich, watt bulbs, aluminum wiring
watt bulbs, aluminum wiring, heat problem: Hi. Is it a dimmer or an on/off switch? A dimmer can get warm. Also, how many watts are all of your lights. Check the wattage and add them together. Most on/off switches are rated at 15 amps, which is 1800 watts. If it is a dimmer check the wattage...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Installing a fan speed control switch/dimmer into an extension cord, fan speed control, extension cord
fan speed control, extension cord, control switch: If the fan motor is not equipped to run at different speeds you could burn up the motor. Which is why I wanted to know what you are wiring the speed switch to. You need to know more about the fan. If it does not say on the nameplate you will need to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Installing a spring-wound timer switch, timer switch, dimmer switches
timer switch, dimmer switches, bare wire: Hi. If the house was built before the early to mid 1960 s, it probably is not grounded unless the wiring was replaced. If you connect the ground from the timer to anything, and it malfunctions, then whatever you connected it to would be electrified,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kilowatt Hour Usage Issue, kilowatt hour, landscape lighting
kilowatt hour, landscape lighting, circuit breakers: If you are convinced you have a problem then all you can do is keep looking. Identify every device and appliance and fixture and determine exact usage. Chart perod of use for everything and compare to metered result. I suppose you could have a fault somewhere...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Front light (on post), light sensor, photo cell
light sensor, photo cell, lost one: Len More than likely the light got wet and shorted out the photo cell on the post. it can be that circuit is on the same circuit as the front door lights from the entry switch. If you can remove the post light and then remove the black wire and cap it off...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting, electrical heater, weird noise
electrical heater, weird noise, electrical problem: In my opinion, you have electrical problems that require fixing. Your landlord should call an electrician. Some problems can become bothersome if not checked, and if it all was working before it does not mean something can t go wrong. Just because you ve...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lost electricity?, water fuel, lamppost
water fuel, lamppost, fuel pump: What makes you think they use more than you do? Make a chart for each outlet and load in your house and chart power usage and time period for each load. Then you will know what you really use, and where. Don t forget automatic loads like water heaters...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Nat'l Electric Code, meter socket, hardware store
meter socket, hardware store, sq ft: What you need to do is have the local inspector come out, or go their office, and find out what they require (in writing hopefully). Their requirements trump the NEC. They abide by the NEC but often add their own requirements on top of the NEC. So even...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New attic fan install dropping performance of ceiling fan, attic fan, humidistat
attic fan, humidistat, ceiling fan: The old motor may have quit working because it was miswired. I recommend you turn off the power and disconnect the wiring to the attic fan, thermostat, and humidistat. Go to the junction box and remove the cover. Take a good picture of the wiring and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: old house wiring total upgrade, knob and tube wiring, john hubbard
knob and tube wiring, john hubbard, neck of the woods: Hi, John. In my neck of the woods, we use the CEC, not very different from the NEC, but there could be just that bit of altered requirement. Generally, you can leave any unused knob-and-tube wiring in place without worrying about taping the ends, as long...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Older Electrical wiring +HW heater, hot water heater, top screws
hot water heater, top screws, fuse box: You are right in calling an electrician. It may be that both wires are the same phase. Regardless, this circuit needs to be on a double pole breaker with two phases. Also, it should be a 30 amp circuit. Hopefully your electrician will bring this up to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outdoor Light, electric eye, test light
electric eye, test light, light sensor: Hi. You would have to look for corrosion on the socket and wires. It probably is OK. If the sensor got wet, it may need to be replaced. You would have to see where the wire comes in to the house, and try to trace it. You can also test the wires and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outdoor Light, outside light
outside light: Hi Len, I don t think the light is water damaged. The light will still work even if it were submerged. The wind could have mechanically damaged the light. In that case you would have to look for something broken. My bet is you tripped a GFCI outlet somewhere...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlets do not work, gfci works, gfci outlet
gfci works, gfci outlet, correct voltage: chip When a circuit is wired for a GFCI they usually wire the GFCI outlet to the line side of the GFCI then they wire the rest of the outlets on this circuit from the load side up to 10 outlets for bathrooms,garages,outside no kitchen outlets are allowed...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Oven wiring, interior oven light, appliance repairman
interior oven light, appliance repairman, pilot light: It sounds like you need either an electrician or appliance repairman. It would be preferable to get one that does both, but that is a rare find. You could have a voltage problem at your house, or you could have a critter that is chewing wires. If a small...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Portable Generator Backup, volt circuits, portable generator
volt circuits, portable generator, transfer switch: The problem I see is that your 120 volt circuits should be divided across the two phases in the panel. This means you would have to jump across the phases to feed all the circuits. If you have a panel that does not even have two phases, or all your circuits...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No power to outlets and light switch, circuit switches, faulty circuit
circuit switches, faulty circuit, light switches: Hello, Dee. Your kind of question is not an easy one, as there may be several possibilities and I cannot assess which one from where I sit. However, the problem suggests a few possibilities I can suggest. Let s start at the main panel. Is your kitchen...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power to outlets but not light switches, wire nuts, light switches
wire nuts, light switches, wire nut: Hi. Yes, all the black wires should connect to each other. If the wiring is old, maybe the metal part broke inside the plastic cover. I guess there is a chance that the problem is somewhere else, but it seems that the problem should be there, since you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power/surge protector strips, power surge protector, ul rating
power surge protector, ul rating, power strip: Hi Dan, I m sure it could be don but I think you will lose your UL rating. I don t think it is a good idea. http://www.philadelphia-electricians-how-to.com/2011/03/blog-post_8013.html http://www.philadelphia-electricians-how-to.com/2011/03/blog-post_21.html...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pump, low voltage lighting, holiday lighting
low voltage lighting, holiday lighting, pool pump: Hi. Intermatic pretty much makes most of the timers used today. I have 5 of them installed for my Holiday lighting and pool, and they work fine. 14 is good for only 15 amps, at a relatively short distance (around 100 feet or so). If the distance is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Query about Washing Machine Wiring, bp3, appliance store
bp3, appliance store, printings: Your washing machine should have a schematic located somewhere in it. Sometimes they are located in the console area near the timer. After looking at the schematic you cannot figure it out you can scan it or take a digital photo and send it to me and I...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: question / generators, coleman 6250, whole house generator
coleman 6250, whole house generator, recepticle: You would need to make ana adapter cord set. The reason you have 3 prongs on your dryer outlet is because your house was built when it was still allowed to install a line using the neutral to ground the dryer frame. You will still need the 2 hots and neutral...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Replace a three way switch with an outlet, three way switches, screw cap
three way switches, screw cap, metal boxes: Hi. In order to do that, you need to know where the wires go to. You would need to know where the power enters the system. If the power enters downstairs and the two switches are connected together without the light in between, then the black power...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: RF-1010 Standard, rf 1010, lightning protection
rf 1010, lightning protection, lightning strike: That would switch the signal to a previously unused capacitor and let it flow through. So now, the most likely scenario is that you took a hit, it took out a cap, and you switched to the other one. You are lucky it did not take out the microprocessor (black...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No room for electrical box behind bath fixture, bathroom light
bathroom light: Hi Sunflower, It is a common for there to be no box on bathroom vanities. You can to use a pancake box mounted to the cinder block wall. (chip some block out to fit a wire connector on from behind) Here is a link to a pancake box for a ceiling fan. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: service upgrade, 100amp to 200 amp service
100amp to 200 amp service: Hi Tad, Every township or local authority have different requirement as to how much of the distribution needs to be changed at once. For you description I agree with you. You need to re-do everything. Federal Pacific panels always need to be replaced....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: timer, swimming pool heater, intermatic t101
swimming pool heater, intermatic t101, circuit switch: Hi Dan, I would not use a different brand. The t014p is the basic model. The t104p3 provide cooridinated control for heater and filter pump operations. This two circuit switch is designed to turn off a gas fired swimming pool heater approximately 20 minutes...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Tork 1103 Timer, clock motors, first timer
clock motors, first timer, god bless our troops: Richard Yes you probably have 2 bad time clock motors make sure you check the hot to the neutral not the ground.We have 2 sons in the service 1 is in the navy over in the Philippians.The other is in the army as a 1st LT in Afghanistan he just received the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Trouble wiring flourescent fixture to 3-pronged plug, wire nuts, carnivorous plants
wire nuts, carnivorous plants, silver button: There is no way for me know over the internet what the red/grey wire is for in your fixture. You can take the guess work out by using an ohm-meter to test where the red/grey wire goes, which is what I recommend. Unplug the fixture, remove the bulbs, and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Troubleshooting power surges, amp circuit breaker, metal pipes
amp circuit breaker, metal pipes, water lines: Hi Sony, It sounds like you electrical service is going bad. That happens ever 30-40 years. http://www.philadelphia-electricians-how-to.com/2011/07/when-to-upgrade-your-electrical-service.html If you get your electrical service updated your problem...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: using neutral wire, neutral wire, pigtail
neutral wire, pigtail, volts: Hi. This is called a shared neutral, and I do not recommend it. If the neutral becomes loose, then both circuits are in series with each other at 240 volts, which could ruin whatever is on the circuits. The breaker must be a double pole breaker. This...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wall timer, new timer, neutral wire
new timer, neutral wire, wall time: There are only two wires in the box and they both have power? How did you test that? Did you get a wiring diagram with the new timer? So with the new timer you have a red, black, and white wire? Does the timer have a built in switch or are you talking...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Well pump motor is hot, amp meter, amp motor
amp meter, amp motor, rla: Terry21 Actually it is probably the pump it self if you have a amp meter check the amps while it is running,if this is a 20 amp motor then the amps should run less than that. Any more than that the motor is going bad. On start up up the amp draw is higher...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring, electric scooter
electric scooter: Hi Keith, I would contact the scooter manufacture for this question and answer. My thought is your scooter battery doesn t need a ground since it works off 12 volt DC. The ground on the original charger is there as an extra bit of safety because the nature...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring Double ovens, double ovens, oven elements
double ovens, oven elements, work elements: What would independently provide power to the elements? Here you go again: Answer: Controls are usually 120v. (You have one good hot which is why your controls work!) Elements are 240-You either don t have 240 because: you have a bad breaker or a loose...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring through home 2nd story, attic space, crawl space
attic space, crawl space, electrical outlet: It seems every home today is constructed a little differently. It is not like the 100 year old home such as I live in with 9 ceilings in my attic and a stand up crawl space. I would contact several electrical contractors locally and let them see the actual...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring of multiple fans, gfci outlet, relative speeds
gfci outlet, relative speeds, loose wire: It could be that this circuit is simply overloaded. Or it could be that they are wired in series. It is easy to check to see if they are wired in series or parallel. Just pull the cover down on each one and you should see the black from the switch wired...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring outlet, constant power, neutrals
constant power, neutrals, pigtail: Hi Phil, The answer to your question should be yes . The two wires on the switch should be the hot and the switched hot . The two white wires should be the neutrals . You need a the hot and the neutral for constant 120 volts of power. Use a tester...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: what do I do!!!!!, Power out. Smoking wires
Power out. Smoking wires: Hi Kristin, That sounds scary. I don t think this is something you should be fixing on your own. It sounds like you have a bad connection that could be a fire hazard. I would not blame your 6 year old. There should not be anything in your electrical system...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 12/4 Romex cable, three hots, home depot
three hots, home depot, fan light: It should not be that hard to run two romex cables. I do not know where you can find that cable by the foot. You could run a 12/3 and a 12/2 (sold in 25 rolls). That would give you your three hots and you do not have to mark any wires. Although, marking...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 120 v / 240v ?, amperage, wattage
amperage, wattage, air compressor: Probably the most helpful thing you can do is to perform a load calculation on your home. Once you figure out what your load requirements are you can then subtract that from what you have, and it sounds like you have a 200 amp panel. By load , I mean...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 2 WAY SWITCH, SLIGHT SHOCK, FLORESCENT CEILING LIGHT
SLIGHT SHOCK, FLORESCENT CEILING LIGHT: Hi Jerry, I sounds like you have energized the ground some how. Here is a video of someone else how had the same problem. http://youtu.be/HKhA_Q7h5SY This can be very dangerous. I think you should contact an electrician who can get this corrected...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 220V vs. 240V, garage heater, wattage
garage heater, wattage, amperage: Voltages, in the US, vary from 208 to 240 volts. The manufactures have to take that in account when they make their appliances. Anything less that 208, or above 240 volts will cause problems. But as long as you are within the range you should be okay. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 phase wiring, 3 phase wiring, secondary coils
3 phase wiring, secondary coils, clear lacquer: For a transformer to work, the wires need to be insulated. A current flow through one coil excites the electrons in the next coil. To keep transformers from becoming too large and unwieldy, the insulation on the wires consists of a very thin but hard layer...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 prong dryer outlet, prong plug, receptacle
prong plug, receptacle, hots: In a 3-prong dryer the neutral and ground travel back to the panel on the same wire. If the ground wire is insulated you can use the ground as the ground/neutral. If the ground wire is bare you cannot send the neutral back on that. The wire needs...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding lights in the attic, ceiling boxes, light bulb sockets
ceiling boxes, light bulb sockets, wall sockets: Well, you need a live wire. Many wires you see in the attic will be switched wires to ceiling boxes, you cannot use those. You may find a wire perfectly aligned with a receptacle below, where there is no switch in the area below. That s a good candidate....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: appliances, http www youtube, wine refrigerator
http www youtube, wine refrigerator, kegorator: Hi Jared, You do not have a need to upgrade your service because of that load. I would check the age of your panel. If it looks to be 30 to 40 years old I would get an upgrade and go for the 200 amp panel. Bill lutz http://www.youtube.com/user/Generation3electri...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Bad Neutral or Ground, home warranty, meter box
home warranty, meter box, cable line: Hi. Somewhere the neutral is not making contact between your panel and the street. Sometimes the power will use the ground as a neutral and take the power from your neighbor s house. This can be dangerous. You should make sure that the power is going...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bath, http www youtube, voltage tester
http www youtube, voltage tester, gfci: Hi Scott, That is a hard one to help you with over the internet. You could have a definitive GFCI. The GFCI could have power but not be letting it out to anything down stream. You may want to determine what circuit it is on by using a tone tester on the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom lights, 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: Blown fixture or wiring?, http www youtube, wall sconces
http www youtube, wall sconces, wire nuts: Hi Justin, It sounds like your best option is to borrow or invest in an electrical tester. You need to know where you lost power. I also noticed that you mentioned the word loose. I m not sure if you meant the hardware of wire nuts either way that concerns...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker size for baseboard heaters, amp breaker, baseboard heaters
amp breaker, baseboard heaters, wattage: As you realize, the 12 awg wiring is just to small for the heaters and the breaker. Your options, as I see them, are to get the total wattage down to 3500 (you have 4500 now), or to run 10 awg. Even if you get the wattage down to 3500 you would still...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan Remote Installation, replacing a ceiling fan, wall switches
replacing a ceiling fan, wall switches, replacement fan: Without knowing how the original fan was wired, I would assume there is a black wire, the normal hot wire that fed either the light or the fan and the red controlled the other. Since you will be using a remote and not the switches, you should be able to use...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: CIELING FAN, wire nuts, light fan
wire nuts, light fan, fan switch: Whoa, turn off the caps I can hear you okay. It sounds like you forgot to write down what wires were connected to what before you disconnected them. That would have saved you a lot of time and frustration. You probably have one set as hot, one set goes...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: circuit breaker buzzing at timed intervals, time delay relay, timed intervals
time delay relay, timed intervals, amp breaker: Check to see if your A/C compressor is short cycling during those times. If it keeps short cycling it will most likely burn out the new breaker. Also, make sure the wire size is correct from the panel to the disconnect and from the disconnect to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit breaker keeps tripping, electrical panel, main circuit breaker
electrical panel, main circuit breaker, electrical system: Hi Bee, A house that is 82 years old should be looked at by an electrician. We suggest that the homes electrical panel be replaced every 30-40 years. The homes wires should be replaced every 50-60 years. If you are outside this date range I would start...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Will this circuit fry a motion sensor light fixture?, motion sensor light, outdoor light fixtures
motion sensor light, outdoor light fixtures, daylight sensor: First, your 3-way switch circuit is a good idea and should not harm the devices. Remember, in AC the current flows both ways (60 times a sec here in the U.S.A.) Most of our AC loads are very forgiving. Second, typically when you cycle the switch quickly...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: cracks in wire insulation, wire insulation, plastic insulation
wire insulation, plastic insulation, outer fabric: The cause is simply aging. The old (plastic) insulation gets slowly broken down by sun light, becomes brittle and cracks. As long as it is not actually falling off, it keeps the wires insulated by distance, which will be OK for a while. If the wire to your...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Creating an Outlet in a piece of furniture, gfci receptacle, osha standards
gfci receptacle, osha standards, fish tank: Hi Dave, Looks like you did a good job. I can t tell if you assemblyman is OK or not. I would have sujjested that you us a pre-build GFCI extension cord. See Link: http://www.labsafety.com/search/gfci+cord/?CID=PG0260_GFCI+CORD_SCH/&mkwid=sub64mS1O&pcrid=5985853826&gclid=CMP8r5uPi6sCFQUJ2godTl_uuw...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dryer tripping main breaker, long periods of time, fire hazards
long periods of time, fire hazards, thanks in advance: Hi. Make sure that the total use of electricity does not exceed the capacity of the main breaker. For example, if you have a 60 amp main breaker, and the dryer is on, you are using half of your capacity. So, it would not take much more to overload it....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electric, adjustable thermostat, amps
adjustable thermostat, amps, amp: I am suspecting you have a locked up compressor. The high amp draw on a locked up compressor will cause the lights to dim. If you have an amp clip, you can turn the outdoor disconnect off, set the thermostat to call for cooling and place the amp clip on ONE...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electric outlets, upstairs bedroom, electric outlets
upstairs bedroom, electric outlets, loose wire: It is possible that the GFCI, that controls that room, has gone bad. It is also possible that you have a burnt or loose wire in the circuit somewhere. The question you need to investigate is why the gfci is tripping. Look and see what all you have plugged...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electric utility due diligence for meter box overheating, meter box, degree weather
meter box, degree weather, smart meter: I think you answered your own question when you said you had to replace the meter enclosure. That is how it works here as well. You are responsible to maintain the meter enclosure and all related wiring. All the utility does is promise to set a meter and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical, electrical question, kitchen light
electrical question, kitchen light, speed switch: It sounds like you have a multicircuit, meaning that two circuits share the same neutral. Or, someone has reversed the polarity of the black and white. If you touch white to ground and the fan/light works it means that you have a broken neutral somewhere....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical Fluctuations Dirty Power, analogue digital converter, honeywell air cleaner
analogue digital converter, honeywell air cleaner, electrical fluctuations: Hi. Are any outlets over in voltage? If so, there is a neutral disconnected somewhere between the power grid and your fuse panel. The two phases are in series with each other at 220 volts. This is something that an electrician needs to take care of, unless...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical outlet, save money on electric
save money on electric: Hi Cari, That makes me worry more about your safety than your electric bill. A burning outlet can waste energy just like a leaky sink. The difference is the electric leak can start a fire. Check out this leaky electric. http://youtu.be/oRpjCfPhMwY Bill...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical outlets, scotch tape, vacuum cleaner
scotch tape, vacuum cleaner, rule of thumb: April Have you checked the night lite s out to make sure there not the problem?To me it sounds like the night lights are not making a good connection. go get a new one and try that.Some of the cheaper night lights have a tendency to get hot around the prongs...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical panel, amp breaker, transfer switch
amp breaker, transfer switch, subpanel: I cannot tell you to do something the manufacture is telling you not to do. If you need more room you can install a subpanel, otherwise you can install a transfer switch. You should check local code and check with your utility company before using an...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical switch, http www youtube, insteon
http www youtube, insteon, switch works: Hi George, Without testing the wires myself I can t tell you how to configure them. That is OK. I have a different idea for you. If you look on www.smarthome.com you can install an inline relay with a remote. http://www.smarthome.com/2475S2/INSTEON-In-LineLinc-On-Off-Module-Non-dimming-w-Sense/p.aspx...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical wiring, electrical wiring, receptacles
electrical wiring, receptacles, breakers: There are several ways you can do this. The most expensive would be to take two breakers out and use this space to feed a 240 volt sub panel with more circuits. A less expensive way would be to install a few mini breakers that are half the size of normal breakers....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical wiring for flood lights, amp breaker, flood lights
amp breaker, flood lights, gauge wire: Kellen Since they are over 100 feet away the wire size has to be increased,also you should wire the voltage to a 120 VAC fixture. It doesn t have to be exactly 120V that is just a industries standard number.If the first post is 175 feet then use a #12-3...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Energy Usage Electric Hot Water Tank, hot water tank, electric hot water tank
hot water tank, electric hot water tank, www youtube: Hi Tiffany, You both could be right. It all depends on insulation of the unit. For higher end units I would side with you Tiffany. Builder grade units I may favor your cousin. To find out the answer you would need to test the unit directly with some...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: an existing 125 amp ITE panel, amp breaker, answer asap
amp breaker, answer asap, aluminum wiring: Hi Richard, The panel in the picture looks have been installed in the 1960 making it and it s breakers 50 to 60 years old. My suggestion would be to replace the 16 circuit sub-panel with a new 20 or 30 circuit sub-panel. Trying to juggle breakers in this...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring for generator to panel.
Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring for generator to panel.

Electrical Wiring in the Home: fan noise, http www youtube, professional electrician
http www youtube, professional electrician, fan control: Hi Dave, All fans do make this noise at some level. It may go away in time. If the wrong type of dimmer or fan control is used the noise more noticeable. Give it a week or two. If it still bothers you I would replace the fan. Bill Lutz http://www.youtube.com/user/Generation3electri...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: fan noise, Hampton Bay, hampton bay, fan noise
hampton bay, fan noise, previous question: It is possible. In fact all the fans in my house make a noise. Of course some fans are more quiet than others due the quality of the materials and the workmanship. Some fans need to be balanced and I cannot tell you if that would make a difference in...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Feeder Cable, http www youtube, professional electrician
http www youtube, professional electrician, feeder cable: Hi Richard, This type of job should be done by a professional electrician. It is not the type of thing that you should research over the inter-net. It sounds like you could order 100amp SER for this job.SER is cable pre-bundled for this type of work. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Frequent Power Outage, http www youtube, power outage
http www youtube, power outage, tree limbs: Hi Steph, Yes, Tress are often the problem. Beautifier tree lined suburbs and power line equals power outages. You have two options. Move or get a back up generator. Sorry for the bad news. Bill Lutz http://www.youtube.com/user/Generation3electri...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: garage sub-panel, http www youtube, lutz
http www youtube, lutz: Hi Dan, You need the breaker to be in the main panel. The breaker is there to protect the wire so it needs to be in the beginning of the circuit. I have a sub-panel video on our youtube Channel check it out. http://youtu.be/8P6fzJcXzeE Bill lutz...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI Keeps Tripping*, neutral wire, electrical device
neutral wire, electrical device, gfci: Hi. This is usually caused by a ground and neutral wire that is touching. I assume you have tried everything in every outlet, and it is only the outlets causing the problems. Try to narrow down the problem by disconnecting the outlets one at a time. Look...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI Keeps Tripping*, gfci outlet, wall outlets
gfci outlet, wall outlets, prong: With the power off, pull the GFCI outlet out and see where the wires that feed the other outlets are connected. You should have black on Load L1, and white on Load Neutral, and the grounds tied together. Then, make sure at the two outlets that the black...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Heat Pump Power Circuit Adequate, aluminum wire, amp circuit
aluminum wire, amp circuit, circuit breakers: I can understand you wanting to wait to go in the attic. And btw, Phoenix is not as hot it is hotter than heck this time of year. The damage, if any, would most likely be done to the wiring and possibly the breaker. Aluminum wire is more susceptible...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: High amp water heater, http www youtube, demand water heater
http www youtube, demand water heater, gauge wire: Hi Doug, I would replace your electrical service with a 200amp service. The problem is similar to flushing the toilet when someone else is in the show. The water pressure drops and the person in the shower gets burnt. In your case the water heater is calling...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: hot neutral in part of circuit, voltage measurements, wire nuts
voltage measurements, wire nuts, earth ground: Hopefully my answer is not just a shot but a direct hit. If you are sure this is not a multiwire circuit it means that you now have reversed polarity, due to either a wire(s) burning and touching each other, improper wiring, or something has chewed...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: house voltage, household appliances, water hose
household appliances, water hose, amperage: Commonly, your utility charges you for the electricity based on usage, it is not stored anywhere, it can only be used by things like your household appliances. So a higher bill in the summer means that in that period you use more electricity, with the use...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Inadequate Wiring?, inadequate wiring, decent load
inadequate wiring, decent load, inadequate supply: First off, they are wired in parallel or else you would not be able to run two devices on them. But what you said is a common mistake made by non-electricians. Yes, the wires run from one outlet to the other, but they are not wired in series. Now to your...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Install new electrical box, http www youtube, fuse size
http www youtube, fuse size, wood stud: Hi Bob, You can pigtail three wires together and then use a jumper to attach to the outlet. You need to use 12-2 because that is the fuse size. You can t use a smaller wire size. If your box is plastic there should be a stamp on the inside telling you how...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: installing light fixture ., bare wire, light fixture
bare wire, light fixture, copper: David With this outlet the whiet continues to other boxes as well as the black wires. The red wire is the switch wire from the switch to this box.the bare wire is the ground wire for the fixture and to the box to protect this from,energizing and causing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Installing a Rauland 2522 Hardwired clock, Clock
Clock: Hi Nick, I would go directly to the manufacture for this question. http://www.rauland.com/contactus.cfm That clock looks to work off 12V 24V or 120Vs. It should not need any phase power. You need to make sure it is set up for your power supply or you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Installing a sub panel in a detached garage, pvc glue, installing a sub panel
pvc glue, installing a sub panel, pvc conduit: Dave, 1) I prefer PVC. Glue it above ground and sit it in the ditch. 2) Not if you pull the ground from the main. 3) #6 is good for a 50 amp panel. If you do not believe you need more then it seems ok. However, run your pvc larger in case you want...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light switches, lutron dimmer, kitchen light
lutron dimmer, kitchen light, laundry room: I have seen a similar situation where a 3-way was wired wrong, and to make matters worse the circuits were on a multiwire circuit (sharing the same neutral). It was a mess. When people say the neutral is hot it makes me wonder how they know that. If your...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lightning, network interface device, nid network
network interface device, nid network, continuity tester: Hi Ian Clearly - a direct Lightning strike can do quite a bit of damage - a tremendous amount of electrical energy just looking for a place to go...and it simply loves metal - a quick trip to ground. Based on your description...your scenario was...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: in line furnace fan, furnace fan, fan switch
furnace fan, fan switch, duct work: Actually there is already a switch like that built into your furnace. When you have the t-stat turned to heat and the fan switch set to auto, there is a switch that senses when the heat exchanger is warm enough for the fan to come on. What you can do is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: losses in internal wiring circuit, http www youtube, heat loss
http www youtube, heat loss, lutz: Hi Santat, I m not certain I understand your question. Take a look through my blog and youtube page. I may have answers for you. More the 3-4 pages. Bill Lutz http://www.youtube.com/user/Generation3electric http://www.philadelphia-electricians-how-to.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: marbled light bulbs, light bulbs, distinctive pattern
light bulbs, distinctive pattern, wet air: Hi. The bulbs look like they got air in them some way. Bulbs have all of the air removed. So either you got a bad batch of bulbs without all of the air removed, or something is causing the glass to crack to allow the air to get inside. Even if there...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Musty smell coming from wall outlet, foam product, electrical tape
foam product, electrical tape, face plate: Electrically speaking, yes, you may use electrical tape. Hardware stores sometimes carry a foam product the same shape as your outlet cover for sealing drafts. Otherwise, I would recommend trying to find out where that smell originates, if moisture is the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: nema L14-30 PLUG, straight blades, configuration table
straight blades, configuration table, white hope: The L14-30 on the generator has four contacts, it is rated 125/250 Volt and can therefore be used for either voltage or both. The one with a bent tip is the ground, the small one opposite is the neutral. The air conditioner is rated 220 (what the NEMA configuration...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: nemal14-30 plug, generator to power
generator to power: Hi Anthony, You need to install a transfer panel to your electrical service. You plug your generator into the transfer panel. That panel is where you feed your AC. Go here for more info: http://www.philadelphia-electricians-how-to.com/2011/08/generator-backup-for-philadelphia-row.html#links...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new house., http www youtube, electrician
http www youtube, electrician, lutz: Hi Dee, Don t be scared you have nothing to worry about. All you need to do is call an electrician and have you electric line moved from one side of the meter to the other. You will not get in trouble for correcting this. I don t even think it will cost...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: odd to me., http www youtube, info e mail
http www youtube, info e mail, meter box: Hi Brent, That sounds wrong to ma as well. I would look in to having that replaced. On some larger electrical services you could have two smaller wire running in tandem to provide more power on smaller wires. I would not expect to see this on a residential...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outdoor outlet plan, http www youtube, roof ice
http www youtube, roof ice, easy heat: Hi John, I do not recommend using a shared neutral an a 12/3. The reason I would not do this is because it is too easy for a future electrician or homeowner to accidently place both hots on the same leg. this would over load the neutral and could cause...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outdoor sensor light, sensitivity switch, sensitive eye
sensitivity switch, sensitive eye, sensor lights: They can be tricky. There should be a manual, if that is missing, it becomes difficult. Different manufacturers install different electronics. If you are testing the lights in the day time, there can be a light-sensitive eye that keeps the circuit off. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlets not working, wire nuts, loose wire
wire nuts, loose wire, safety device: Hi. A GFCI is usually used for an outlet that is near water. It not only controls the outlet itself, but other outlets on the circuit. It has a test and reset button. Try pushing the reset button. It is a safety device to make it less likely to get...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Overheated Electric Meter, power bills, electric meter
power bills, electric meter, fuel costs: Michelle, The faulty connection just made it difficult for the electricity your were using to get through at that point, it didn t increase the amount of power coming through. Fuel costs went up dramatically and your usage are probably whats causing your...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Remote control switch, remote control switch, heath zenith
remote control switch, heath zenith, wall framing: I normally do not promote one brand over the next, and I am not doing it here, but if you look at Heath Zenith Wireless Switch Outlet or GE Z-Wave Wireless Lighting Control that will point you in the right direction. The outlet part would go where the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Removal of a Canned Light/Install a Chandelier, http www youtube, installing ceiling fans
http www youtube, installing ceiling fans, lighting project: Hi Adam, You need to remove the recessed light completely back to the house wiring. What you have is a flourescent recessed light. The power is not 110 at the light bulb. You need to remove the can and find the house wiring that supplied that light 110...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Replacing Outlet Controlled by Switch, light switches, switch control
light switches, switch control, entryway: Hi. Did the switch control only half of the outlet? If so, you need to break the tab only on the dark side of the outlet (black or red wires connected to that side). If there are other outlets that are only half controlled by a switch, you need to break...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: safety of toaster (home appliance), heater element, heating elements
heater element, heating elements, bottom plate: Sarah The green glow is the heater element having corrosion on it. Try cleaning the wire carefully with out the plug in the wall by taking off the bottom plate. These wires are very brittle so be careful when you clean it. If that doesn t work get a new...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Smoke Detector won't shut off, electrical wire, smoke detectors
electrical wire, smoke detectors, smoke detector: Hi. They are probably battery back-up, and you can t shut them off. There is no way for them to know if the power was shut off by you, or a fire burned through the electrical wire. You should be able to see which one is causing the problem. It will...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Smoke Detector won't shut off, smoke detectors, battery backup
smoke detectors, battery backup, safety reasons: They all went off together because they are interconnected so a fire in a closed room will notify you anywhere It sounds like they have battery backup so they will work if the power fails You will need to find the detector that was triggered and clear it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Smoke Detector won't shut off, smoke detectors, circuit breaker
smoke detectors, circuit breaker, smoke detector: Richard The reason they all went off is because they are wired in a series,so if you have one in another room & it goes off you may not be able to hear it in the room you are in,this is the way your life will be saved,before the fire or smoke over comes you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Standard for low voltage wall box, screw holes, screw hole
screw holes, screw hole, electrical boxes: Hi Harry, humm. Good question. I see the two boxes you measured have two different dimensions. Could there be a tolerance range the boxes need to be in? The electrical boxes we stock are the 3-5/16. Bill lutz http://www.philadelphia-electricians-how-to.com/...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: sub panel, pvc conduit, ground wires
pvc conduit, ground wires, ground rods: Dan you do not have to install a ground rod,hook up the ground wire from your new sub panel to the ground bar in the main panel. Make sure in the new panel the neutral & ground wires are terminated on separate & not bonded to the panel with the neutral...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Sub panel wiring, volt devices, ground rods
volt devices, ground rods, 18yo: The 240 volt devices would have worked fine as they do not require a ground or neutral to operate, but would not be code to operate this way. I would use the two smaller wires to pull in two larger wires rated for at least 60 amps or go ahead and get wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Subpanel Feed, basement workshop, return shipping
basement workshop, return shipping, coils: AL Use the 6/2 with a ground and install it in a sub panel,you will not be able to run a 120v circuit at 50 amps those breakers are hard to get and are very expensive. Don t try to use a 2 pole 50 amp,that is too dangerous and will not trip unless both terminals...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Testing voltage of a wire, electric baseboard heaters, bare wire
electric baseboard heaters, bare wire, ac voltage: Hi, Sue. If the wires are fed by a double-pole breaker, you should have 240V. I assume you have three wires, two insulated ones and a bare ground. First make sure your meter is set for AC voltage. Your voltmeter has two test leads. Touch one of these,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Timers, selector switch, amperes
selector switch, amperes, timer: The simplest way is to power both timers, then have a selector switch wired to the load, which determines which timer output is required that day. The selector switch is a single pole (or double pole if the load is 220V) double throw, it needs to be rated...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: underground wire size, underground wire, time doug
underground wire, time doug, j box: Doug You can use a 12-2 uf wire for the low amperage lights. Run around 2 -3 new runs from the new panel to each of the locations,or you can run a 250 ft run of 10-2 from the house to a j-box and then split it off there with s 14-2 wire NM You can use...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: universal remote for a ceiling fan, harbor breeze fans, ceiling fan light
harbor breeze fans, ceiling fan light, harbor breeze remote control: Hi Kerrye, I don t know what model fan you have but most Harbor Breeze fans have 4 wires. 1. Green wire for grounding 2. Solid White wire. Neutral. 3. Solid black wire For fan motor. 4. Other marked wire. Can be black with whit strip, Red, Blue. The...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: vanity light with wall switch, zero volts, vanity wall
zero volts, vanity wall, gauge wires: It sounds like the power goes to the wall switch first and then to the light. Disconnect all the wires and take the two wires at the box and separate them. Turn on the power and put a voltmeter across the two wires. You should get 110 volts with the light...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: voltage to ground, shock hazard, copper clad aluminum
shock hazard, copper clad aluminum, small appliances: Certainly. Even though the voltage from hot to ground measures 50V, the current is most likely infinitesimally low, therefore it does not create any hazardous conditions. No worry about fire or shock, as the neutral is clearly doing its job. Hearing a bit...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: window unit a/c /heater, prongs, receptacle
prongs, receptacle, kenmore: The reason for different sizes is directly related to the amps they are rated for. Be sure the replacement you installed is not a larger amp rated receptacle as it may now overload the circuit. If the wiring and associated breaker for this circuit are the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring an fan light combo, lighting kit, neutral wire
lighting kit, neutral wire, dual switch: jon A ceiling fan requires a neutral wire (white), a ground wire (green), a hot wire for the fan (black), and on fans with light kits a hot wire for the lights (blue). These examples will assume that a lighting kit is going to be used, but if it is not terminations...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring a garage, amp service, detached garage
amp service, detached garage, alterations: I must assume that the wiring from the mobile home to the garage has a breaker disconnect in your 200A panel. You should be safe to make any alterations if that breaker is off. If that breaker is a double-pole one, you already have a 240V line to the garage....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring for generator to panel., home standby generator, volts amps
home standby generator, volts amps, transfer switch: There are many variables in play. Does the generator have a main breaker? If so, the wiring must be rated for this breaker and any electrical supply can advise on this. To determine the load capabilities, the formula is: WATTS DIVIDED...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring a light fixture, wiring a light fixture, zero volts
wiring a light fixture, zero volts, brown wires: If both wires were hot you would have 220 volts. If you measure from one wire to the other and the light tester lights up that does not mean they are both hot. If you do not have a good ground wire at the ceiling box, the best way to tell is to measure...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring Meter to Panel, electrical inspector, nuetral
electrical inspector, nuetral, home applications: According to the code table for UF direct buried, you would need 250 copper as 4/0 is only rated for 195 amps. You also need to check with the local electrical inspector who can over ride the code, but according to code, if the meter is more than 6 feet away...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring a new over the range microwave, http www youtube, amp circuit
http www youtube, amp circuit, romex: Hi Anthony, The microwave should be on a 20 amp circuit by code. Now since you wiring is pre-existing you could use the 15amp circuit. You may have some nuisance tripping. It is slightly more dangerous not being a direct line but only slightly. If can can...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring New RV/Tractor Shed, rv trailer, receptical
rv trailer, receptical, c unit: Get snookered and use all #2 and then the #4 for your RV outlet. Keep the rest of the #4 for any future projects. As long as you keep the wire out of the rain it will last forever. The #2 on both legs and the neutral will allow you to do a lot without...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wolf Tanning Bed Power and Control, wolf tanning bed, line resistance
wolf tanning bed, line resistance, tolorance: Unless this is a totally unique item, every electrical device, motor, control, etc. I have ever seen has a high and low tolorance as there is no way for every electrical supply system to maintain an exact voltage. Most 240 volt rated motors will operate normally...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 12/3 wire or a seperate run, aeration system, amp circuit
aeration system, amp circuit, pond area: No, you cannot do that! And even if you did you would not put red on neutral and white on hot. Read my answer again and follow the running two circuits part of it. You cannot use one phase of the 220 volt circuit (for the pond) for your outlet. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 120/240 outlet, plasma cutter, horizontal slot
plasma cutter, horizontal slot, vertical slot: Hi Bryan, You will have to consult the owner manual on how the machine operates. The plug end is governed by NEMA. That make the standards that tell you what voltage and amperage goes to what plug. For more info Google NEMA plug chart. My guess is you need...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 20 amp circuits, amp circuits, amp circuit
amp circuits, amp circuit, amp breaker: Allen You would need to replace the cord and plug to a 20 amp,sometimes 15 amps will not work. Your best bet is, if you can supply a dedicated 20 amp circuit just for this welder. If you use the 15 amp you may be subject to doing some damage with the wiring...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 way system in late 60's home, way switch, switch system
way switch, switch system, light fixture: Hi. There are too many wires, plus the wiring of a 3 way switch is never standard, so I really can t tell you how yours was wired up. I can give you a basic overlook of 3 way wiring. Colors are not standard. Between the two 3 ways switches are two...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 way system problems - New Fixture Hookup, switch system, way switch
switch system, way switch, light fixture: Hi Laura, Wow that sounds like a mess. There is no way for me to solve this without a tester and seeing the wires. I do have one work around that could work for you. Smart Switched You can by switches now that only need 120 volts(a black and a white)...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Attic Wiring, floor beams, wiring questions
floor beams, wiring questions, junction boxes: Craig, Before the 2X4s and plywood you have to use steel plates (made for the purpose) over the cable s that go over the tops of the beams. They are available at HD or Lowes. Don t notch the top of the beam to recess the cable into it, you can weaken the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ballast Replacement, wire nut, fluorescent light fixture
wire nut, fluorescent light fixture, ballast: Hi Thomas, You have a 50/50 chance of it working. Most ballast have a wire diagram printed on them. You need to follow that diagram not how the last ballast was installed. Ballast designs change from year to year and manufacture to manufacturer. Look up...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan with light and switch connection, light hunter, fan work
light hunter, fan work, ground wires: Hi Mary, I missing some information. Do you have more then one wire? You described two ends of one wire with (RED-BLACK-WHITE) conductors. You should have a feeder wire with only a Black and white conductor. The feeder wire powers the switch and then you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit blown, appliance repair company, digital multimeter
appliance repair company, digital multimeter, electrical problem: You could have a shorted wire to ground, or a shorted wire to neutral. Is the oven breaker on at the panel? Because you may also have a bad breaker. It is not uncommon after a dead short for the breaker to go bad. If you are handy with a multimeter...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit breaker, sugestions, circuit breaker
sugestions, circuit breaker, receptacle: There has to be something on this circuit that has shorted out. Trace the dead circuit and unplug or turn off anything that is on the circuit then see if it will reset. If so, turn it back off and turn on or plug in one item at a time until you find what is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: circuit breaker no longer indicates power, occasional interruption, blown fuse
occasional interruption, blown fuse, connection failure: There are near endless possible causes. You need an electrician because: 1-Possible utility problem-partial loss of utility lateral or bad treansformer or connection failure 2-Partial loss of service entrance at metering or panel, disconnect or other 3-Blown...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit Sizing, ceiling light fixtures, amp circuit
ceiling light fixtures, amp circuit, storage room: It sounds like you are going to enjoy your new addition. If you are running 12/2 to all your outlet circuits why not just go ahead and make them all 20 amps? The lighting can be 15 amps, but the outlets should be 20 amps. I would suggest having at...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Combination Switch/Outlet, levitron switch, receptacle
levitron switch, receptacle, jumper: Dave In this switch combo you have a set of screws the colors are the way to determine how to do that. This is a situation where your desired result is a receptacle controlled by the switch in the combination device. Letís say you have a task light for...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: combo switch difficulties, brass screw, double switch
brass screw, double switch, kitchen light: Writings are NOT adequately descriptive! That is why we use blueprints, drawings and schematics. Send: 1. Photographs before any work was done, and any other photos you have since then. 2. Explanation of why making this work isn t the installer s problem....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Connection of generators to residential service, using jumper cables, circuit breakers
using jumper cables, circuit breakers, subpanel: Double-Pole, Double-Throw, better known as a transfer switch. Properly installed, it should not be possible to connect utility and generator together. Jumper cables? Share? Perhaps misnomers for an otherwise named concept? Why would the main panel have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Detectors alarming, smoke alarms, electrical problem
smoke alarms, electrical problem, electrical fire: Theresa usually when the power gets turned off the battery back up takes over. What they are telling you is that the battery s are going dead. Replace the battery,s after the power gets restored. This is so if you were sleeping & the power went off because...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dimmer switch, wall switch, colors
wall switch, colors: Hi glennsr. The colors do not matter on basic dimmers. All a switch is break the line between the hot and the light. A basic dimmer breaks the line and varies the voltage. They are non-directional and do not require a neutral. You only time you need a neutral...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dimmer switch wireing, 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 Wiring Reverse Polarity Effects?, MEAR Service electrical repair Kansas City, wiring Kansas City
MEAR Service electrical repair Kansas City, wiring Kansas City, electric motor repair Kansas Cit: Howard, sounds like this guy wanted to use multiple syllable words to sound educated, I am with you, what the hell does that mean? True incidental as opposed to false incidental? Basically if we are talking reversed polarities even measured with a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: eletrical, phase to phase, phase transformer
phase to phase, phase transformer, phase system: I am not sure what you are asking. Are you asking why is it 214 instead of 244, or are you simply wondering why any two phases is twice that of any one phase? Each phase in a 3 phase system are basically equal. Which means that any phase to phase reading...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ballast Replacement, ballast, bulbs
Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ballast Replacement, ballast, bulbs, jumper

Electrical Wiring in the Home: flickering lights, fuse box, washer motor
fuse box, washer motor, terminal voltage: Hi Bud, That is a sign that you have a problem with your electrical service. How old is it? If it is older then 30/40 years I would replace it. If the service is newer I would call in an electrician to tighten the connections to the power grid. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Gas stove power requirements, gas stove, electric stove
gas stove, electric stove, amperage: Nalin You can not use the same outlet as the range outlet it is 45-50 amps 240 VAC. The new gas stove outlet is probably 15-20 amps 120 VAC. You can run a new wire for this look at the wiring spec s for the new range and the amount it draws you may be able...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI/GFI and downrange outlets on breaker, circuit breakers, gfci outlet
circuit breakers, gfci outlet, code states: The GFCI outlet and all outlets that get fed from it should be on the same breaker. The outlet is fed from one breaker, therefore all outlets fed from that outlet should be fed from the same breaker. There could be a situation where there is a multicircuit...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI, circuit breaker, amp
circuit breaker, amp, bedrooms: Bill This depends on how many other outlets are on that circuit,most time if they are outlets in the bedrooms or any other room except the kitchen,you can add a outlet. They will have to be what ever the circuit breaker for that circuit if it is a 15 amp...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ground vs. neutral, neutral wire, hot wire
neutral wire, hot wire, neutrals: Hi. Most likely, there is a break in the neutral, so someone used the ground as a neutral, which is dangerous. Check to see if you can find the break where the neutral is not making contact. Another possibility is that whoever wired them up, wired them...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Hall Light won't turn on and it's not the bulb, voltage tester, troubleshooting suggestions
voltage tester, troubleshooting suggestions, hallways: Hi Jude, Your next step would be to go through everything with a voltage tester. This is something that most homeowners should call an electrician for. I don t think the problem will be hard to fix but it can become more difficult if you start to mess around...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: hard wire of garbage disposal, ground fault outlet, garbage disposal
ground fault outlet, garbage disposal, metal conduit: Hi. You should not need a GFCI for a disposal, since it will be permanently plugged in under the sink. However, if you want to use it, then make sure that the wires are on the line side of the outlet. If they are, the GFCI may be defective. There really...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: home wiring, blown fuse, permanent marker
blown fuse, permanent marker, home improvement store: Being in the vestibule it may be on a circuit with an outdoor GFI receptacle. Check all outdoor receptacles to be sure one is not tripped. If you can not locate one, turn off the breaker feeding these lights, pull out the switch to them so the wires are not...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: installing electric baseboards, gage wire, amp breaker
gage wire, amp breaker, electric baseboards: It is not unusual to run more than one heater on a circuit. However, you may have local codes to prevent it. If you divide watts by volts, you get amps. You should use only about 80% of the capacity. 14 gauge is for 15 amps, 12 is for 20 and 10 gauge...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: installing a switch/outlet combo, silver screw, brass screw
silver screw, brass screw, ground wires: As you can see from the instructions/diagram this is made to control a light and supply an outlet. What you want to do is control the outlet with the switch, so the diagram is of little help to you. Here is what you need to do to make this work the way...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: k and t, wire nuts, knob and tube
wire nuts, knob and tube, celing: Hi Tiffany, I would make all the circuits in the panel that power knob and tube. I would then rewire the rooms that have knob and tube on them. When you can turn a breaker off and it no longer powers anything in the house remove the breaker. Until then...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kitchen Appliance Problem, electrical arc, volt meter
electrical arc, volt meter, hot wire: One of your appliances (or both) are looking for a path to ground or neutral. So two things you need to look for: A loose or broken ground and neutral. A hot wire that may be touching the chassis. Either way I recommend getting an electrician...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixture, amp circuits, double switch
amp circuits, double switch, question thanks: Hi. You should just cap off the red wire. That should not be a problem at all. It would be better to take the switch out and disconnect both ends of the red wire. If part of the circuit works only when the switch is on, then the wire going to that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light fixture changing, moderate experience, electrical changes
moderate experience, electrical changes, light switches: Hi Sherry, I would call an electrician for this. The problem is a simple one. The issue is because you turned two rooms into one you could have more then one circuit in that box. It is best to let an electrician figure this one out. I don t want to to get...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Liton can light buzzing, surface mount transformers, electronic transformers
surface mount transformers, electronic transformers, electronic transformer: Mitch There are two types of transformers that you can choose from. The most common type of transformer is the magnetic transformer. This changes voltage by emitting an electromagnetic field. The problem with these transformers is that they emit a very...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: loose ground wire??, amp circuit breaker, wire terminations
amp circuit breaker, wire terminations, circuit breakers: Charles ground wires are not used to supply power or return power to anything. They are only used to protect you if a short occurs by forcing the short to ground. What you are talking about is the neutral. here is some information for you. Here s what...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: loss of power, aluminum wire, wire nuts
aluminum wire, wire nuts, loose wire: Hi. Most likely it is a loose wire. These things can be hard to track down. Somewhere in the circuit, there is a break. It could even be at a device that is working, because it could be the wire leaving the working device that is not working. Check...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Loss of power to part of my home, gauge power cord, light switches
gauge power cord, light switches, good answer: Hi Louis, I m sorry but I don t have a good answer for you. Here is what I would try before calling an electrician. 1. Unplug everything. 2. Turn all the light switches off 3. Turn every circuit breaker Off 4. Turn every breaker back on. one at...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: mobile home electrical receptical problem, 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: Motion sensor light failures, motion sensor light, lightning surges
motion sensor light, lightning surges, professional electrician: If you look through my past responses, you will find that I consider motion sensors nothing more than expensive landfill I did one job, with motion sensors, that I designed. The sensors were expensive, not the big box junk that everyone uses. Further, the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Old lead wiring to copper wiring cconnection, robert wilber, circuit conductors
robert wilber, circuit conductors, 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: OLD TWO WIRE HOUSE PROBLEM, using electricity, wire house
using electricity, wire house, cable box: Hi Deborah, That doesn t sound good. It is unlikely that your home will catch fire. There are many old homes with old wires. Still some homes do and you would lose a lot. You should plan on having your home re-wired. But until you can just don t leave thing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: older model remote not working with new fan, hunter model, ceiling fan
hunter model, ceiling fan, black and white: It may be that your control has a recall on it. Check out http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml94/94085.html It may also be that your old receiver is not functioning correctly. Remember that the code has to be the same on both the receiver and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Open Ground, ground wires, bare wire
ground wires, bare wire, power bars: Hi. An open ground means that the ground wire is not making contact somewhere from the outlet to the panel. If the house is old, it may not even have a ground wire. If that is the case, you either need to put 2 prong outlets in, a GFCI in, or run new...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlets, wire nuts, gfci
wire nuts, gfci, reset button: Hi. What room? If it is a room that has water in it, it could be a GFCI that tripped. Check for an outlet with a test and reset button. Otherwise, you probably have a disconnected wire somewhere. These things can be hard to track down. Somewhere in...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Petsafe fence problem, fresh batteries, transmitters
fresh batteries, transmitters, fence: 3.5 Ohms is right on for 700 feet of wire. There is no way for me to troubleshoot this effectively over email. Call PetSafe customer service and they will be able to help. There is no reason why this fence should not be working with this resistance reading...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No power at only 3 areas of the house., basement press, mud room
basement press, mud room, reset buttons: Hi. It sounds like a GFCI problem. They have test/reset buttons and make it harder to get shocked. They can be outside, bathrooms, garages, and basements. (The ones in the kitchen should be separate from the other rooms.) You may need to look for outlets...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Quartz Heater Burned Poweroutlet, quartz heater, oulets
quartz heater, oulets, duraflame: Hi. It is not a good idea to plug electronic things in the same circuit as a heater. When the heater comes on, the power will dip and could damage the electronics. Also, the heater is probably using the maximum amount of power for the circuit. You...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Replacing a bathroom vanity light, have extra wires from wall, bathroom vanity, wire nuts
bathroom vanity, wire nuts, matching colors: Hi Kaisa, I would just use the black and white that went to the old light and put wire nuts on the ones that went to the outlet. Test it to see if the light works with the switch when you are done. You cant do anything wrong here as long as you are matching...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Require Assitance, 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: Reuse existing wiring, hot water heater, amp breaker
hot water heater, amp breaker, gfci outlet: It sounds okay as long as the ground wire is properly protected, and properly connected at each end. Plus, you need to replace the 30 amp breaker with a 20 amp breaker. You can install a single pole breaker and cover the hole with a plate cover (sold at...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Reverse Polarity issues..., correct ac voltage, reverse polarity
correct ac voltage, reverse polarity, electrical difficulties: Howard Initially, reverse polarity (DC voltages) will have a negative effect on electronics. However, this would not be applicable to a wall outlet as the power available in these outlets are AC voltage. By definition, AC is alternating current and as...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: RV Question, ground faults, rubber tires
ground faults, rubber tires, neutral wire: Chuck The ground wire system and the neutral wire system are two separate wire systems. By code, they are to be connected together at ONE point and only one point. If there is more than one bonding point in the wiring system, you can create ground faults,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Sparks and tripped breaker, robert wilber, lennox furnace
robert wilber, lennox furnace, major appliances: 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: treadmill - electrical interference, Treadmill, frequency drives and problems
Treadmill, frequency drives and problems, MEAR Services repair electric motors and drives: William, good name, yes is the short answer, I am guessing if you unplug the treadmill the cable and computer go back to working as expected or as it worked before install? Many treadmills of recent technology do use frequency drives and can cause...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wall Humming in the morning, keurig coffee maker, kitchen remodel
keurig coffee maker, kitchen remodel, heater element: Liz Sounds like you have a problem with the Keurig, I have one also and had to return it as the water heater element was causing problems by over heating the thermal cut off switch,this is so the water doesn t boil out when heating the coffee water. I would...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: washer trips circuit, gfci outlet, romex
gfci outlet, romex, receptacle: Julie yes you should change that receptacle to a 20 amp 120V & also the breaker to a 20 amp. Your are correct to make sure that the wire is a 12-2 w/ground that would be called a Romex Depending on how old your house is the color could be white or yellow...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wire heat rating, conductor insulation, circuit conductors
conductor insulation, circuit conductors, power conductors: JJ yes that is what the UL requires a rating. make sure that your cable is only NM? If it is in fact NM-B you can use it for this application per NEC 334.112. It reads as follows 334.112 Insulation. The insulated power conductors shall be one of the types...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wire size for dry sauna, amp breaker, dry sauna
amp breaker, dry sauna, conduit box: I cannot tell you if the white is being used as a neutral, meaning you have something that uses 110 volts, or if it is being used as a ground. What could be using 110 volts? The light bulb, the control panel, etc. But, it may not be using 110 volts from...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring, wire terminations, volt lighting
wire terminations, volt lighting, volt circuit: lyndy Actually the ground is not the problem your neutral is the usual cause. Here is some help for you that you may use to solve your problem. Sounds most likely to involve a loose neutral connection, causing 120 volt lighting and appliances on each leg...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring a 3 way switch, tied to single pole,then to outside light & receptecles, wiring a 3 way switch, gfci outlets
wiring a 3 way switch, gfci outlets, gfci outlet: I will work on a drawing. If you have 110 volts to your gfci outlet, and it is wired correctly, but you cannot operate anything from the outlet it means you have a broken or loose neutral. It could be at the panel or anywhere in between that and the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring equipment, power cord, l2
power cord, l2, l1: ed something is missing in your question. What type of equipment are you talking about? There has to be a wire cut off somewhere,is this equipment from a different county it wold have to be as over there these use 230 volt on allot of things. I would check...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring switches in bathroom, three way switches, wiring switches
three way switches, wiring switches, bathroom light: Hi Dave, You may want to have an electrician wire this bathroom for you.It sounds complicated. You don t want to over kill the wiring because you are using 12-2 and the wires will not fit into the box if there are too many. (Make sure you read the the total...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring wall switch, brass screws, screw terminals
brass screws, screw terminals, wire terminals: If you look at the old receptacle outlet, and at the new outlet, you will see that there is a jumper tab between the screw terminals on the brass screws on the hot side between the red and black wire terminals. If you look you will see that this tab had...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 phase motor on houshold 220v, doerr electric motor, 3 phase motor
doerr electric motor, 3 phase motor, 3 phase motors: Phil, You can t use it on regular house current with out modification and the motor itself can t be rewired economically lets put it that way. There is a device called a static phase converter where you can run a given 3 phase motor on single phase using...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 way switches, 3 way switches, flat rocker
3 way switches, flat rocker, way switch: Wendy, Mark each wire with a different color tape. Put the wires back on the new swich and make note of the common terminal and which colored wire is on it. Try both switches and see if they work properly. If they don t rotate the wires on the new...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding add power outlets, amp breaker, amp load
amp breaker, amp load, san mateo county: As far as the wire size goes it is rated in amps, and goes up to 600 volts. So 12awg copper wire is rated for 20 amps regardless of 240 volts or 120 volts. Again, the amps that a circuit can carry is related to the size of the wire. If you have 12awg...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Air conditioner 240v hook up, volt devices, c unit
volt devices, c unit, unit thanks: Both of these are 240 volt devices and neither actually uses a nuetral for the electrical circuit, but with the stove indoors and more likely to cause a shock with faulty electrical the neutral gives a totally separate path for a short in the circuit of the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Aluminum wire, aluminum wire, ox
aluminum wire, ox, nec: I am not aware of any codes that would prevent that from happening in a residential setting. The ends do need to have anti-ox applied to them. There may be local codes that would limit the use of aluminum, and those codes would supercede the NEC. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ampers at boxes / ampers at light sockets, electrical voltage low, electrical insurance
electrical voltage low, electrical insurance, fire insurance: First Bruce, amps are a RESULT, be it inductive or resistive, the amps are a result of the voltage into the electrical load, How are you measuring the AC amps? With a clamp on amp meter? I would expect amps to change from box to box dependent...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Bath fan with light and night light., conductor cables, conductor wire
conductor cables, conductor wire, light fan: Hi. You will need four conductor wire plus the ground. Since 4 conductor is rare, you can use two 2 conductor cables. Be sure to put them in the same cable clamp. The white wire will connect to all of the devices. Then you will need one conductor...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: box extensions, screw holes, tongue and groove
screw holes, tongue and groove, electrical boxes: These extensions are open in the bottom and attach to the original box using the same screw holes as the device would connect to. They are the same size as the original box so if the wood is cut the same size as the original box they will easily install. Thanks...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker panel, amp breaker, hottub
amp breaker, hottub, hot tub: Ed, If the cable running to the hot tub is 12-2 then you can up the breaker to 20 amps. If its 14-2 you can not. Its not difficult to do, its going into a live panel thats the potential problem for the novice. If your not comfortable with it and theres...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Bulb wattage for a floor lamp, fire issues, wattage
fire issues, wattage, bulbs: Hi Ellen, Interesting question. The bulb wattage is for fire safety. I would look at the fixture s construction if it is not labeled. Is the socket ceramic or plastic? If you socket is ceramic I think you will be OK with the higher wattage. To be safe you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Burned red wire in panel to dryer, amp breaker, heating element
amp breaker, heating element, loose wire: Virginia The reason the breaker did not trip can be many reasons #1 The breaker was bad #2 It didn t short to ground #3 the dryer did not exceed the amps the breaker was rated for. To install a breaker 100 Amp to replace a 60 is wrong unless he replaced...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling box wiring, replacing a ceiling fan, wire nut
replacing a ceiling fan, wire nut, electrical problem: Hi William, Normally the red wire is the switched hot wire. The black wire is always hot. On your fixture you will need to figure out witch of the black wires goes to the light and witch goes to the fan. Then you need to deiced how you would like it controlled....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling fan control knobs, hampton bay fan, control knobs
hampton bay fan, control knobs, fan control: Hi. There is no set amperage for a fan, so you would need to see what it is rated at. There is also no set standard for controls, so you may be able to find one that will control more than 1.5. You don t want to overload it, because it could overheat...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan speed is low, capacitor company, printed circuit board
capacitor company, printed circuit board, speed problem: The first thing I would is put new batteries in the remote. Then I would check the incoming voltage to make sure the voltage has not changed. Then, I would bypass the remote (remove it) and wire it directly. I would also make sure all the blades...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling light,no power, light in the basement, wire nuts
light in the basement, wire nuts, nearby rooms: Hi. If neither are getting power, then you need to check the other devices on the circuit. If there is only one cable in the switch box, then the power comes from the ceiling. The power could come from a ceiling fixture in another room, or an outlet in...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dead circuit, test probes, dimmer switch
test probes, dimmer switch, volt meter: Electrical troubleshooting has a fairly high degree of difficulty to it, so do not feel bad. What it, now, sounds like to me is that you have a 3-way switch/circuit that is not working correctly (maybe someone wired the switch incorrectly or took one of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dryer melting prong, kenmore dryer, hotter than the rest
kenmore dryer, hotter than the rest, outlet connections: Four things need to be checked: 1. The outlet connections (both the socket and the connections on the back). 2. The connections from the cord at the dryer (theres a little access plate). 3. The connections at the breaker. A loose connection at any...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: elect connection switch to multiple outdoor lights, pole lamps, photo cells
pole lamps, photo cells, exterior door: Hi. It just depends where the wires from the lights and power go to. If everything enters into the switch box separately, then you can do that. If the wire goes from the switch to the door light, and then to the pole lights, you can t. However, in that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electric, vent fan, neutral wire
vent fan, neutral wire, bathroom light: To have two switches you would need to run another set of wires. To have one switch control both the light and fan you need to connect the white of the fan to the white of the light (at the box holding the light) and the black of the fan to the black of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical connection for microwave, electrical connection, electrical code
electrical connection, electrical code, microwaves: Hi Susan, There is no electrical code that requires microwaves to have plugs. I think it would be better for the consumer if all appliances had plugs. But until that happens electrician will still get calls to replace hard wire appliances. We never get...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical switch/outlet outage, loose wires, loose wire
loose wires, loose wire, electrical switch: Jennifer Before you add any jumpers open a outlet that is not working (make sure the power is off) check to see if there are any loose wires,usually when a outlet goes bad the wires become loose. If that outlet is wired good try the others eventually you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Floor Heat Thermostat, warm tiles, wire nuts
warm tiles, wire nuts, heat cable: Mes, There is no need for the white wire (neutral) , your warming cables are 240 volt so you only need the black and red wire in the 12-3 which will connect to the LINE screws or wires on the stat and the red and black wires from the warming cables will...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: garage heater, garage heater, electrical panel
garage heater, electrical panel, receptacle: Hi. You also have to worry about amps. The breaker size, the wire, and the plug all have to match. Most likely the heater will be less amps. In that case, you can use the thicker wire, but will need to replace the breaker and the outlet. If you use the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: getting a generator's power into home box, time anthony, transfer switch
time anthony, transfer switch, lowes: Anthony, It can be done a couple different ways. A single manual transfer switch where you would then pick out which circuits in your panel you turn on or you can use one of those premanufactured sub panels that comes with a wip and has numerous wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: generator power to house, 5500 watt generator, amp fuse
5500 watt generator, amp fuse, amp line: Mark, Sorry for the slow response but very busy with storm damage and generators here in Jersey. The best thing to do is upgrade the line going into the house to match the 30 amp output of the generator. I don t know how your electrician wired the 20...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ground fault circuit, wire amperage, garage door openers
wire amperage, garage door openers, hvac service: Pete, It doesn t take much to trip a GFI and there are numerous reasons why they trip. Utility fluctuations, lightning, certain combinations of devices can trip a GFI for no apparant reason, water or moisture, the neutral coming in contact with ground...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: In ground fenceTransmitter Issues, rf 1010, petsafe rf
rf 1010, petsafe rf, visual evidence: Hi Sawyer, The short answer is that you are seeing the visual evidence, but I am sure that the microprocessor was taken out during the strike. No matter how much repair you do to the board, you cannot replace it as it is di-bonded to the board and sealed...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Honewell 8500 Thermostat installation - 2 wire, high efficiency furnace, thermostat installation
high efficiency furnace, thermostat installation, zone valve: Some systems keep the water in the line at a certain temp and use the wall stat to open and close zone valves, these employ a bypass line. Some systems use the wall stat to call for heat, which calls for the circ pump first. The water flow flips a flow...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Hot but no amps?, prong plug, neutral wire
prong plug, neutral wire, electrons: Sorry for the delay on answering this question. This is typical of a loose/broken neutral wire. The connection is enough for voltage to be read, but not good enough to carry enough amps to power a load. Think of it like a partially blocked drain at...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Hot neutral wires in a box, gfi outlet, bathroom remodeling
gfi outlet, bathroom remodeling, neutral wire: What it sounds like you are dealing with is a multi-wire circuit. That is were 2 hot wire on different legs of the panel share a neutral. The two hot wire in theory cancel each other out when returning on the neutral. I would leave this work to a professional....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: House wiring question, neutral wire, aeas
neutral wire, aeas, receptacle: John The only requirement is for the neutral wire to be pigtailed,no other wires need to be unless you have more than 2 hot wires then of course they need to be pigtailed.As far as the Code This depends on whre you live I can not quote a code other than...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: HVAC 3Phase compressor, load amps, voltage measurements
load amps, voltage measurements, semper fi: Those stand for RLA= Running Load Amps and FLA= Full Load Amps. Those numbers indicate to you how much overload protection you need to provide. The actual amps drawn will be different because there are variables, such as; supplied voltage, ambient temp,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: How to increase low voltage to normal, step up transformer, arun
step up transformer, arun, low voltage: ArUn, No problem. You could put in a step up transformer to get 230 but the question is: do you have enough capacity (amps) coming into your house to run these appliances ? You need to know what you have coming into your house from the street, in terms...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light Ballast, light ballast, electronic ballasts
light ballast, electronic ballasts, electronic ballast: Mike, You need to dig a little deeper into the fixture to expose the actual Ballast which is a rectangular metal box like item. Its size will vary with the size of the fixture. Some older florescent fixtures utilize an item called a starter which looks...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch, conduit pipe, two blacks
conduit pipe, two blacks, motion light: The only kosher way I can think of you could have two blacks and one white is if the installation was made in conduit [pipe]. If such is the case, you will need to find the other end to find out why there are 2 blacks unless perhaps one black is always hot...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light switch - wiring..., light switch wiring, way switch
light switch wiring, way switch, swith: Hi. There are 3 screws on a 3 way switch, not counting the ground. Each switch has one screw that is a different color than the other 2. On one switch, it goes to the power source, and on the other one, it goes to the light. The other two screws connect...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switches, 3 way switches, gauge wires
3 way switches, gauge wires, fixture wire: Unfortunately, colors really don t mean much when it comes to 3 way and 4 way switches. Every multiple switch circuit has 2 3-way switches. Any others are 4 way. One screw is a different color on each 3 way switch. The odd color screw goes to the black...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting circuit connected directly to main lug, spring flower bulbs, lighting circuit
spring flower bulbs, lighting circuit, circuit breakers: Any overload on a circuit could potentially cause a fire. Until this can be replaced, I would remove this wire and connect it with another fused line. Two wires can not be placed under one breaker, but you can remove a wire from a breaker, add a short piece...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No Main Breaker, national electrical code, position virginia
national electrical code, position virginia, 3 feet: Virginia There should be one outside next to the meter you have what they call a Main Lug panel. Because the meter is more that 3 feet from the panel this is required by The national Electrical Code.The only reason to shut off each breaker is if you need...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: meter pan, top cable, half that amount
top cable, half that amount, electricians: I will not speak to local service rates. Costs here vary from contractor to contractor. I know that some people charge much more for their time than I do for mine, while others charge much less, but I can do things many other electricians can t or won t....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: motor for sliding gate, sliding gate opener, europe italy
sliding gate opener, europe italy, nameplate: the motor from Italy is probably 50 cycle rated versus US 60 so it would run slower everything being EQUAL, but you will have to get the voltage up, or get the motor connected up to 220 and it will run if that is done, it will not run as...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Multi voltage Transformers Generic, transformers, control transformers
transformers, control transformers, dual tap transformers: Yes there should be a transformer that has dual secondary outputs yellow is a secondary common tap, used with blue for 24.5 volts, and with red for 9 volts, you need 115 to 120 rated primary input, it need not be exact, I CANNOT imagine this...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Occ sensor, conductor cable, national electrical code
conductor cable, national electrical code, load switch: Hi Keith You don t have a hot and neutral. Color actually means nothing except as a standard coding method. What you have is a switch leg, with the white as the hot feed from the light and the black as the switched return. This is a standard practice and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outage, tripped breakers, meter base
tripped breakers, meter base, incoming line: This indicates a loose connection somewhere. I would start with a call to the electrical utility and tell them you occasionally lose part of the power in your home and there are no tripped breakers. The problem may either be their incoming line or where it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outdoor receptacle, neutral wire, gfci outlet
neutral wire, gfci outlet, circuit tester: Hi. The neutrals need to be pigtailed only when it is a shared neutral. That is a situation where there are two circuits using a one neutral wire. The hot/neutral reverse is usually just a disconnected neutral. It is getting feedback on the neutral wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet, wire nuts, circuts
wire nuts, circuts, electricity: Hi. The wire goes from outlet to outlet. If there is a problem, it will not allow the electricity through. There is a break somewhere in the wiring. These things can be hard to track down. Somewhere in the circuit, there is a break. It could even be at...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Popping sound from wall outlet, loose connection, coffee maker
loose connection, coffee maker, rental house: Jerrod this is a tough one, popping sounds from an outlet usually indicate some kind of loose connection and the POP is really an arc, so shutting it down is prudent, but it should be on a string of outlets, so it should have shut down several...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power spikes and drops, power spikes, incoming lines
power spikes, incoming lines, cable problem: As I read this my first instinct was the two incoming lines had rubbed together and were making a slight connection somewhere, which would be on the electrical utility. As I read further, with the cable problem, I still think the incoming electrical lines...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: programmable heated floor thermostat wiring, floor thermostat, thermostat wiring
floor thermostat, thermostat wiring, load wires: Vic On a single phase circuit in which you have you can hook up either one as when it was wired they would use the wire for a 240 Volt circuit with a 12-2 or a 10-2 depending on how many amps Check the breaker first to make sure it is a 2 pole/240 Volt breaker....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: proper electric source pleacement under sink, island tile, stove cabinet
island tile, stove cabinet, concrete slab: First off, it is your house so you have the say where that box goes. Especially if someone messed up and didn t properly run the wires in the first place. You should not have to settle because of their mistake. You do not want a junction box on the floor...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: RE: fan speed is too low (10-20-12), fan speed control, wiring hub
fan speed control, wiring hub, heavy dude: The next step would be to bypass the remote receiver and see if that makes a difference. While you are up there bypassing the receiver you should check for the voltage that is going to the fan. Make sure it is 108 to 120 volt. If bypassing the receiver...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Recessed Lighting, blown insulation, vapor barriers
blown insulation, vapor barriers, vapor barrier: Randy, You have nothing to worry about. You do not need to install a vapor barrier. If you were to you need to make sure that it is rated for 90C. I don t install vapor barriers but I suspect that 90C is a common standard. It is also the tempter most wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing switch with combination switch, gold screw, silver screw
gold screw, silver screw, lighting circuit: I am trying to keep you from making a mistake and possibly burning down your house. So it is very important to know more about that particular circuit. It will be against code for you to put an outlet on a lighting circuit that is not just serving the bathroom,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Residential Electrical Question, circuit breakers, electrical question
circuit breakers, electrical question, question question: That is always a possiblity. Hard to say without looking at it. Since the power came on it maybe hard to tell if you were looking at it. I would take the circuit apart and replace all the devices. Unless you come accross an obvious cause I would change everything...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: upgrading elec outlet, robert wilber, authority having jurisdiction
robert wilber, authority having jurisdiction, national electrical code: One house, one service! It is, however, allowed to have as many as six disconnecting means grouped together. Be that as it may, the service drop and meter enclosure would need to be increased in size to add any substantial load, for example changing from...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: upgrading outlets, san mateo county, electrical panel
san mateo county, electrical panel, square footage: Hi Richie, NO!!! you can increase the breaker size. The breaker size is determined by your wire size. Not the amount of outlets you have on the circuit. You do not want your wire to heat up like a toaster coil. I would not put more then 8-10 outlet...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Voltage difference toohihg between buss bars, buss bar, oven model
buss bar, oven model, heating elements: You should call your utility company out and have them test their supply to your panel. This will tell you if the problem is theirs or yours. FYI, when you turn on the light you are using the neutral leg, so that is the difference of just using the oven...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: WALL FAN, step down transformer, nasty shock
step down transformer, nasty shock, direction switch: Hi Richard, Fan remotes are not designed to be taken apart. I don t recommend messing with the circuit boards. Unlike consumer electronics there is no step down transformer in this circuitry. You could get a nasty shock or damage the remote in a way that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wireless light operation, hunter ceiling fan, paddle fan
hunter ceiling fan, paddle fan, light button: Bruce, The best thing is to install a switch for this ceiling outlet from a reliability stand point. I don t know how easy or difficult that might be in your situation. Yes it is possible to use a wireless paddle fan controller of the type where the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring a bathroom fan/light/nightlight combo, fan combo, bathroom fan
fan combo, bathroom fan, electrical experience: Hi John, This looks confusing but it is really easy. You have 3 switched wires. On the light plug you have the main light and the night light. On the fan plug you just have the fan. 1st all the ground(bare/green) and neutral(white) wire just get tied...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring fan light combo, digital voltmeter, present tense
digital voltmeter, present tense, check voltage: When you describe the switch wiring you are talking in the past tense, does that mean you changed the switch or just using the past tense as present tense? I sometimes use the wrong tense and just need to make sure I understand you correctly. I need to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring issues, electrician check, 250w psu
electrician check, 250w psu, motherboard specs: If you have never worked in a live panel I would never advise trying to. An electrician can open the panel to see if there is room for an additional circuit. This is the most basic of circuits so it should not cost a lot to have a dedicated circuit installed...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring an old 240v space heater, robert wilber, authority having jurisdiction
robert wilber, authority having jurisdiction, earth worm: Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * LIFE SAFETY WARNING! [disclaimer] Electricity is dangerous! You can be injured or killed! Improper installations can cause fire, injury and death! Are you qualified...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring a single phase inducion motor, dust filter, electric motor filter
dust filter, electric motor filter, repair electric motors: Excellent, and sorry the answer was so long, but most people simply will not listen, So I try to put the info out there, and maybe it will save some people some grief, I also don t want to make sawdust into radiation poisoning. The problem is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 100 amp panel box, robert wilber, authority having jurisdiction
robert wilber, authority having jurisdiction, national electrical code: Sounds more or less right, but I can t see what you are doing or how you are doing it. Don t you have electricians on the site? * LIFE SAFETY WARNING! [disclaimer] This information is provided for the use of parties as they see fit! I am not responsible...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 100amp to 200amp, jude jude, service entrance
jude jude, service entrance, conductors: Jude, The utility is not bound by the NEC like we are, they have their own rules and in residential area s this is typical. Also conductors in free air as service drops from the pole are, have a higher current rating than the service entrance conductors...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 2-up box with single switch, bathroom remodel, light switch
bathroom remodel, light switch, drywall: The problem is mounting the switch in the center. There are plates that have a switch on one side and the other is blank. You could take a blank cover and cut the hole out for the switch. You could take a double cover and put a night light on one...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 2 broken TV's since I tinkered with the circuit, broken tv, tube tv
broken tv, tube tv, ceiling lights: Hi Adan, This could be a simple coincidence. It is odd that the only thing damaged is the TV. The TV could be the most sensitive device you have. I think you need to call in an electrician to look over this. You could have a problem with the voltage on...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 20 amp outlets, amp service, gauge wire
amp service, gauge wire, outdoor outlets: Hi. You may have a wire touching something it shouldn t. Try disconnecting what you did, then try it. Put the outlets back one at a time. This will narrow down the problem. Make sure that the power coming in connects to the line side of the GFCI, and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 240/120 volt generator, 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: 4 wire to 3 wire, ground straps, thick wire
ground straps, thick wire, neutral wire: Hi. The best thing is to run new wire to the panel and replace the outlet. Otherwise you are going to have this problem with every dryer. Normally, before the code changed in the 1990 s, a wire goes from the neutral wire block to the chasis of the dryer....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding motion sensor to existing light circuit, floodlight, motion sensor
floodlight, motion sensor, manual switch: First make sure the the circuit with the three lights can handle the load of the floodlight. If so, you will want to disconnect the power to the floodlight. You do not want two circuits feeding these lights. Go into the box holding the floodlight (after...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Basement finishing, arc fault breakers, electrical inspector
arc fault breakers, electrical inspector, bad idea: Mark, Call your building dept and ask the electrical inspector if your state has adopted the arc fault requirement. Its certainly not a bad idea to put them in anyway. You do not have to change existing circuits but again its not a bad idea to have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Basement Finishing, kick plates, staple
kick plates, staple, holes: I don t know of anything that directly says you can t do it. However, you may run into some problems. That is a lot of wires for one staple. And you don t want to damage the wire. That is a pretty big hole in the stud at one place. You also have to be...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bath fan/light, wire cables, bare wire
wire cables, bare wire, fan light: Then you should have two house wire cables. The black wire coming in goes to the white switch wire. Put tape on the white wire to show it is hot. The black switch wire connects to the black and blue wires on the unit. The white wire coming in from the power...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom wall gets warm, upstairs bathroom, handy person
upstairs bathroom, handy person, bathroom wall: I agree this could be a reason for concern. I assume this is not the main panel but a secondary panel. In either case, I would have an electrician look at this to ensure the panel is not being overloaded and the wiring is of the correct size for the load on...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom wiring, running to the light, running power
running to the light, running power, light switch: Hi. If you are running power from the outlet, to the switch, then to other outlets, here is how it should be wired: Power coming in black goes to black wire to the outlets, and also to one screw of the switch. All white wires connect together. Black...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Two black/white wires confuse me!, light glows, porch lights
light glows, porch lights, wire nut: Tenille, It sounds like you have a switch leg issue. A switch leg is a speacial switching circuit. The two wires you have at the light don t use the black and white wires the same way. One of the wire is the feed. The black is the hot wire and the white...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Bulbs keep fusing, fuse box, atari 2600
fuse box, atari 2600, light switches: Hi NR, Your home is 30 years old. What have you done ti up date your electrical system since then? Think about what electrical devices were used in 1978. For perspective the Atari 2600 is a video game console released in October 1977. For a 30 year...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Burnt Wiring?, amp meter, burn mark
amp meter, burn mark, outdoor security: That is a sign that the circuit is being overloaded for the wire size. You want to replace that cable ASAP. You also want to determine what you are using on that circuit. It may be that you need to split that circuit with another new circuit. You...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan works but porch light does not, ceiling fan light, porch light
ceiling fan light, porch light, source side: Hi. Assuming that the fan and the porch light has the same power source, it is just a matter of a wire not making contact in a wire nut. Check the white wires, and make sure they are all making contact. Check the black wire that connects to the porch...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: comparing wires, awg wires, awg wire
awg wires, awg wire, electrical world: I am not talking about thickness. In the electrical world we talk about resistance, impedance and ampacity. A rope is thicker, but has a really high resistance so we do not speak of thickness . So, if all three wires are 14 awg and tied properly...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: connect wiring, baseboard heaters, amperage
baseboard heaters, amperage, wattage: Hi. There are a lot of things to check before you connect them together. All the heaters together have to be under the amperage of the breaker, and under the amperage of the wire. You also have to make sure that the voltage is the same. The heaters would...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electric Panel/Circuit Breaker, wiring receptacles, electrical panel
wiring receptacles, electrical panel, voltage drop: The lack of breaker in the middle or the panel not filled on the end is not a problem it is simply there is no circuit being started from that position, I would be more concerned with the condition and strength of the neutral bar itself, a high resistance...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical, tiny screw, light bulb
tiny screw, light bulb, electrician: Ron, I would start by turning all the breakers in the house off and then back on twice. This should be done every year anyhow. I that will fix your problem. If not I would like you to call an electrician. The other problem would be loose wiring. An electrician...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical, bathroom fan, fan light
bathroom fan, fan light, volts: Matt, If you have 123 volts on the cable leaving the switch going to the fan you should have it by the fan also unless the cable has been compromised somewhere along the way or some one burried a splice and the splice is going bad. This maybe the more likely...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Switch/light wiring, test light, pigtail
Electrical Wiring in the Home: Switch/light wiring, test light, pigtail, power wire

Electrical Wiring in the Home: gauge 10 or 3 x 14 ?, awg wires, awg wire
awg wires, awg wire, cross sectional area: Rick, they do make things confusing, your 14 should be two conductors for power with one more 14 to be used as an earth ground, all in one sheath, individual conductors are all insulated RO cable or other descriptions describe the type of sheath,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Genrator and electric hot water heater, electric water heater, hot water heater
electric water heater, hot water heater, generator transfer switch: You are correct that the elements cycle in order to keep the entire tank heated and they are never on at the same time. I would say to try the generator with the heater and see how it does. The generator has many overload safety controls so if it pulls so...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI circuit, gfi receptacles, gfci outlet
gfi receptacles, gfci outlet, circuit 3: If you are saying with the breaker off you are turning off 3 individual GFI receptacles and there are also two standard receptacles, this may be the problem. These can be wired so they are individual GFI receptacles, but typically they are wired and the first...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI tripped to bathroom circuit, outdoor outlets, loose wires
outdoor outlets, loose wires, crawl space: Hi. The GFCIs usually goes to the outdoor outlets too. So, check them for any water damage. You may want to replace the outlets, even if they look good. If that does not fix it, make sure that the power coming in goes to the line, and the wires going...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: home trouble, robert wilber, 12 gauge
robert wilber, 12 gauge, utility source: Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * LIFE SAFETY WARNING! [disclaimer] This information is provided for the use of parties as they see fit! I am not responsible for the application of this information...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Hot tub wiring, gfci outlets, diy projects
gfci outlets, diy projects, incoming power: Donny What was the problem in the first place, you were obviously trying to get something to work that didn t. With the limited information I can at least guess, if the breaker is switched on and the heater starts running right away, then somehow...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: laundry outlet, problem thanks, receptacle
problem thanks, receptacle, circuit breaker: You did not say what you tested the wire with, a meter or tester and what voltage was present. It is common to use the same neutral for two circuits, so both breakers using this neutral would have to be turned off to totally kill this neutral. This seems to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light circuit design, air hockey table, metal boxes
air hockey table, metal boxes, amp circuit: Hi. If you are going from switch to switch, then the black wire going to the light connects to one screw of the switch. The black wire coming in and the one going out connects to each other, plus a short piece goes to the other switch screw. All of the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Main Panel/Circuit-Breaker Issue, wiring receptacles, electrical panel
wiring receptacles, electrical panel, circuit breaker: If I understand what you are saying, that is not the neutral [intentionally grounded conductor] that burned up Breakers plug onto the hot [ungrounded] bus Install a panel blank in the cover to prevent intrusion into energized areas of the panel...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Motor for a heater, incoming line, fan motor
incoming line, fan motor, ac motors: The fan motor has to have something to trip it off, like a thermostat, for example if you had a line level thermostat in series with one side of the incoming line, the thermostat would reach a temperature, open up and cut power to the motor/fan,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Need help installing a sub panel outside off the main for multiple A/C units, installing a sub panel, thhn
installing a sub panel, thhn, common ground: Carlos, I don t know what your AC load is but the size of your pipe is going to dictate the size of the line that can go up there. You could use two #4 THHN and one #10 THHN which will give you 70 amps. If the pipe travels along the surface of the roof...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: NEMA L14-30R, pb 50, hot legs
pb 50, hot legs, transfer switch: Thomas, From the description of what you want to do here it sounds like the 6 circuit transfer switch already has a 4 wire male twist locking plug built into it. Not all of them do. The cable from the outside PB-50 should go directly into the 6 circuit...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: overhead powerlines, plans elevations, building a new garage
plans elevations, building a new garage, garage roof: Jerome, The Utility will have to adjust the angle of the approach to your neighbors house so their drop does not interfere with your addition. You can contact them directly regarding this and pose the question. I doubt they will do anything till you decide...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Pole light problem, high pressure sodium, photocell
high pressure sodium, photocell, florescent: Amy, It could be the photo cell, if you disconnect it and wire straight through to the light and it works then you know it was the photo cell. I don t know what kind of light you have but if its florescent or an HID type light (High pressure sodium)...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power at light, voltage gradient, residential distribution
voltage gradient, residential distribution, pull switch: You can t just put a tester to one point and get a voltage reading. Voltage is the difference in potential between two points. What two points give you a voltage difference of 220 volts? South Africa uses the European model, probably based on a 230/400 volt...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Prong broken off in an electric outlet, side cutters, gfci outlet
side cutters, gfci outlet, earth ground: The standard answer is NO, but if it is reachable with enough left to grab and just pull out you can do it, if you have to fuss or pull or dig, or anything then the next best thing is to remove the outlet, by unscrewing or pushing the release clip...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Question about Transfer Switch on a generator, portable electric heater, professional electrician
portable electric heater, professional electrician, baseboard heating: Sorry I guess I didn t catch that, most hot water heaters are on a dedicated circuit, I see no problem going through the switch, you have room, it is not one of the instant type heaters is it? http://www.generatorjoe.net/html/FAQtransfersws.html...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Range Hood Wiring, wires and cable, correct cable
wires and cable, correct cable, range hood: Sam, You are most likely correct the wires and cable come from the box in the cabinet. That box is removeable where you could extract the cable that went to the hood and pull it out completly then reset the box in the cabinet. Doing it this way you are...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Re-wiring Basement Fluorescent lights, nail screw, side question
nail screw, side question, i beam: Stapling in your situation seems to be the best way to do it. There are staples that have a plastic sleeve to protect the wire. You need the wire to be tight, not drooping, and you need it far enough away from the floor above and the ceiling so a nail/screw...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: recessed lighting, bedroom walls, dimmer switch
bedroom walls, dimmer switch, light fixture: Ali, No problem, the room will be far better illuminated with four 50 watt halogens VS two 60 s in the middle. The light distribution is far better and the halogen pure white light VS the yellower incandescent. The difference is huge and entirely different...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Remodel can project, two blacks, blacks and whites
two blacks, blacks and whites, switch box: Your Outlet has a black and white wire connected to either side of it. The black and white wire gives the Outlet 120v all the time. You want to run a black and white wire from the outlet to the switch bringing 120 V to the switch-box. You then run a black...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing outlets possible problem, ceiling fan light, gfci outlets
ceiling fan light, gfci outlets, gfci outlet: I would not suggest that approach. Most likely you have a loose wire in the box you replaced the outlet. It is possible that the switch controlling the fan/light has quit working correctly. To test that you can turn off the breaker, remove the two...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewiring a mobile home, amp breaker, recepticles
amp breaker, recepticles, bathroom lighting: Hi. The kitchen and the bathroom outlets have to be 20 amp and 12/2. The lighting can be 15 amp and 14/2, assuming there is no local codes saying otherwise (which there usually isn t). You should have two circuits in the kitchen for outlets, and normally...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: space heater/outlets, space heater, electrical fire
space heater, electrical fire, electrician: It sounds like the amp draw on the heater may exceed what that circuit can handle properly. If so, you could start a fire. You may need to run that heater on a dedicated circuit. It is cheaper to have an electrician run you a dedicated circuit than...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Stove connections, digital multimeter, copper connection
digital multimeter, copper connection, warm heat: It could be that the cord is faulty, the oven has a short, the outlet has a short, or the wiring is not conventional. Typically; Red and Black are hot, white is neutral, and copper/green is ground. You need to verify this with a voltmeter. To check...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Sub-Panel wiring, 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: submersible well pump wiring, thoughts and prayers, pressure switch
thoughts and prayers, pressure switch, well pump: First, let me say I cannot image what you guys are going through with the storm damage and our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Typically, and according to the NEC, you should have some sort of disconnect means at the pump house. It could...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Surge mystery, qualified electrician, internal electronics
qualified electrician, internal electronics, extension lead: I do not get many requests to indicate what the problem is without offering a solution, but I will attempt to do so at your request. You could have one or more of the following problems: 1. Dead short 2. Weak main breaker 3. Too many amps for your...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Switch/light wiring, jumper wire, double switch
jumper wire, double switch, switch box: Hi. The black power wire coming in needs to go to one screw on each switch. The black wire from one light goes to the remaining screw. Same for the other night and other switch. All white wires together. If this does not work, then something came loose...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: The switch at my wall socket will not switch off., wall socket, mid cycle
wall socket, mid cycle: I do not think the problem is in the socket, it appears to be in the dryer control. It probably ran until the plug and socket got hot. I would have the dryer control replaced and try it then and keep an eye on the socket feeling it during the cycle to make...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Tanning bed wireing, 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: Test voltage leakage?, outdoor light fixture, electrical fires
outdoor light fixture, electrical fires, romex: I agree that would be a huge and expensive job to check each wire. Electricians use a device to follow electricity in a wall, but that would only show where there was a break, not what you are finding. The other tool electricians use is a megger , which...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: trouble with outdoor light staying on
Hi. Most likely the sensor is too close to the light. It sees the light, thinks it is daylight and shuts off. Then it is dark, and it turns on. It keeps doing this. Try to point the sensor away from the light. If this does not help, the sensor may...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Understanding Heat Pump Wiring, electric heat, heat pump
electric heat, heat pump, thanks in advance: Are those breakers double pole breakers each? Are there two wires coming from the breaker? If so, they are double pole. If you have two 60 double pole, one is for the electric heat back up (KFCEH3101C15). The 30 should be for your heat pump. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: vanity light wiring, hot wire, sheath
hot wire, sheath, vanity: Hi. One cable is the switch leg. Carefully test the wires to see which one has power in it. The OTHER cable is the switch leg. Put black tape on the white wire. It is the hot wire. Connect the black power coming in to the wire with tape on it. Connect...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Whole house surge protectors, lifetime product warranty, whole house surge protector
lifetime product warranty, whole house surge protector, whole house surge protectors: 1. Closer to the main breaker is typically consider better. Most Manufacturers do not specify the location. 2. Yes 3. I would be looking for a manufacturer with a trusted guarantee. After all it s not the technical specs that you care about. It s the stuff...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring, fan light, high hat
fan light, high hat, connect one: Hi. To run another switch for the fan, run the cable to the fan. At the fan, one wire goes to the black power supply, the other wire to the black fan wire. (Put black tape on the white wire to show it is a hot wire.) Connect one wire to each switch screw....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring cooktop, toghether, black white
toghether, black white, suggestion: John, I can find no information on this cook top. I can only assume it operates at 120/240. Check to be sure your getting 120/240 out of the line coming from the panel. 240 across the red and black and 120 from black to white and 120 from red to white....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring a light fixture, wiring a light fixture, slow reply
wiring a light fixture, slow reply, fan light: Mike, Sorry for the slow reply but I ve been busy with storm related repairs. I am assuming the the fan turned on and off using the pull chain on the fan and the light on the fan operated off the switch. You must use the two white wires for the new fixture....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring in mobile home, mobile home question, digital voltmeter
mobile home question, digital voltmeter, sense of urgency: Now you will need to use a voltmeter. If you are not comfortable working around live circuits then it is time to call an electrician. The best place to start is right at the panel. Just because a breaker seems fine you don t really know until you test...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring a portable generator, prong cord, chris eaton
prong cord, chris eaton, converter cable: The difference in these is that one is 4-prong and one is 3-prong. The 4-prong means the ground and neutral should be kept separate. The 3-prong means there is no ground. On your generator you do not have a separate ground so it uses a 3-prong cord....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring question, bathroom exhaust fan, fan light
bathroom exhaust fan, fan light, reds: Terry, Tape or cap the white and red wires to the night light. Connect the remaining 2 white wires from the fan to the white wire from the cable. Connect the black wire for the fan to the black wire from the cable. Connect the black wire from the light...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring for stackable washer and dryer, kacie, washer and dryer
kacie, washer and dryer, electrician: Hi Kacie, This should not be too hard or expensive. I do not recommend doing this yourself. It is too easy for you to over load a wire and then you will see some real expenses. I think you contact a local electrician and see how bad the cost is before you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring a timer switch, timer switch, way switch
timer switch, way switch, honeywell: Hello Scott. Electrically that will not matter at all. The more important question is...Why is the box wired that way? It would be unusual to have an end run with a neutral in it as you described. From your description it sounds like you are looking at...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ZING EAR TP-01 ZH, zing ear, google
zing ear, google, lamp kit: Hi peter, Here is a different model of the same type touch light controller. Bright Image 01000 Touch & Glow DIY Replacement Touch Control Lamp Kit https://www.google.com/shopping/product/4406085961574867750?hl=en&rlz=1C1SKPL_enUS403US421&q=Touch%20light%20control&bpcl=37189454&ion=1&um=1&ie=UTF-8&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.r_qf.&fp=9c1cce0e350d61fd&biw=1050&bih=1543&tch=1&ech=1&psi=CDuYUKT9JaWa0QGdxYCgBA.1352153894128.5&sa=X&ei=PzuYUJ3LNKTr0QGAqIDoDA&ved=0CHkQ8wIwA...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 240 Volt Portable Heater wire requirements, amp configuration, farenheat
amp configuration, farenheat, maximum watts: I don t like plug in portable heater. If you can get a direct wire heater you will be better off. The wire size of your heater can be #10 or #12. I m more concerned with the connection quality then the wire size. #10 is better for the run but more difficult...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 b;acks/3 whites, mild shock, wire nuts
mild shock, wire nuts, screw type: If there are no switches, and you are pretty sure there aren t two circuits (the tabs would be broken between the screws), then most likely all of the blacks connect together, and all of the whites connect together. Probably a wire nut problem, as you suspect....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 way lamp socket, correct screw, silver screw
correct screw, silver screw, lamp socket: Len, You got the right one. Also the wire that has very fine ridges on it goes to the silver screw on the socket. The wire that is smooth goes to the brass colored screw. You should be able to feel the ridges and see them on the back side of the wire. This...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 way switch., 3 way switch, three way switches
3 way switch, three way switches, middle position: There are two switches or should be on a 3 way, so how does the other switch operate ..... correctly? It sounds like a wiring issue to the switches more than a bad switch, and impossible to diagnose without seeing it, but there is a website that has...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 50 amp service, amp circuit, volt ac
amp circuit, volt ac, amp service: Hi. If it is a 50 amp subpanel, it should have space for only 10 breakers. A 220 volt AC would use two of those spaces, so you would have 8 left. While there is no code that says how many, it really depends on how much is on each circuit. Remember that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding a 220 volt circuit, volt circuit, amp capacity
volt circuit, amp capacity, amp service: Hi. I did not realize they were still making houses in the 21st century with only 100 amp service. Yes, you can do that, but it still does not up the capacity of amperage. So, be careful you do not exceed the 100 amp capacity. The size wire depends on...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding ceiling light to family room w/a switched receptable (n0 existing wires), saw 2, electrician
saw 2, electrician, chandelier: Most likely (if the electrician followed standard wiring), the red wire and the white wire would give you a switched line. The black wire and the white wire would give you a line that is on all the time. So, if you want the light on the switch, connect...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adl question Viking Sauna BTR 4, mr hughes, high limit
mr hughes, high limit, contactor: #4 and #5 are the two heater wires, #2 and #3 are the manual reset limit control (high limit cut out), and it appears that #1 is the ground. You can double check by testing the resistance of the #1 to the chassis. It would read zero if it is the ground....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: AFCI Protection, afci breaker, afci breakers
afci breaker, afci breakers, load option: Hi Randy, If you panel is already using the smaller size breaker I would advise you to update your panel it is too small. The next panel you install should have room 80% open space. The issue in panels that are too small is people start to look for little...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Arc Fault Circuit?, arc fault, fault protection
arc fault, fault protection, smoke detectors: Hi. I don t think you would want one. Someone pulls the cord of a vacuum cleaner while it is running, and it would throw the whole building into darkness, shutting off heat and critical things like fridges, pumps and smoke detectors. Or it would take...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ARC Fault Tripping, arc fault breakers, meter box
arc fault breakers, meter box, neutrals: You need to check your neutrals to make sure they are all tight. Even the neutral in the panel and the meter box. Make sure the neutral of the dishwasher is not shared at all with the AFCI circuits. Make sure all connections in the AFCI circuits are...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Basement Wiring for Recessed lighting, circuit tester, light socket
circuit tester, light socket, odd problem: Hi John, It sounds like you have a bad neutral connection. This should be an easy fix for an electrician but it would be very difficult for a home owner. I would advise against it. The main issue is that connection could easily be loosing voltage and heating...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Bathroom Light fixture wiring, bathroom light fixture, pigtail
bathroom light fixture, pigtail, light fixtures: At your light fixture you will have a black, white, and ground. You will take your new wire (14/2 with a ground) and connect black to black, white to white, and ground to ground. You will also connect a pigtail at each connection and use that to connect...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Bathroom wiring problem, neutrals, light switch
neutrals, light switch, electrician: Depending on the type of timer, some require a neutral to operate and if this one does I am suspecting a defective timer, but I am more inclined to think it has nothing to do with the wiring in this area at all. The neutral appears to be damaged somewhere...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Buzzing noise, phase transformers, circuit breakers
phase transformers, circuit breakers, gfci outlet: There may be several reasons. When you transferred to another outlet that didn t cause buzzing, it may have been on a different circuit on the other leg of the transformer. Most residential service is provided from single phase transformers with a center-tapped...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: buzzing sound from outlet when iron is in use, stationary objects, neutrals
stationary objects, neutrals, electrician: I would question this too. Tapping a neutral from another circuit is an old school way of making a repair. It can lead to overloaded neutrals. Since the neutral is not fused they can over heat. I would call a different opinion from a local electrician. I...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Buzzing spa pack, spa pack, connecticut electric
spa pack, connecticut electric, shimming: Robert, It is just a PITA and most likely the transformer inside thats doing it. They like to hum and buzz sometimes due to the magnetic field. If you smack the control box it might stop it for a while or shimming the transformer with a piece of cardboard...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: A/C broken thermostat caused high electric bill+ leakage, William Babbitt electrical motor repair, MEAR Services Inc electric motor repair Missouri
William Babbitt electrical motor repair, MEAR Services Inc electric motor repair Missouri, electr: Ann, believe me I feel your pain. My house caught fire from of all things, a bad coffee maker cord back in February, and we just got moved back in home with all kinds of insurance and builder problems, going on and on and on, But your problem is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: cans for recessed lighting, air seal, energy savings
air seal, energy savings, insulation: Ali, With blown in insulation all around those cans I don t think it will be overly important and you have to ask yourself how long will it take to make back the extra $28 in energy savings ? I don t think its that crucial if you stick with the basic...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling fan control, type curve, control question
type curve, control question, hello bill: That makes sense. I can t tell you the engineering reason it is against code. Form my experance when I have seen it done the dimmer runs a litter warmer. Some fans makes a humm. There could be a fire issue with over heating but I have never seen it and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan with light, fuse box, light fan
fuse box, light fan, dimmer switch: Remove dimmer, that should shut the light off, then kill power and tie the light switch together, that should turn the light on like a normal switch, Impossible to say what is what, without seeing, it, but my guess is the dimmer is the cause of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling fixture contains 4 sets of 2 wire, continuity tester, fixture wire
continuity tester, fixture wire, lamp fixture: Hi. The wire going to the switch gets connected differently. The white wire to the switch is really a hot wire, so put a piece of black tape on it. This connects to the black fixture wire. All of the remaining whites connect together, and all of the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling light/receptecal, wire nuts, prong
wire nuts, prong, correct wiring: Somehow the lights and the outlets are in series with each other. This happens when someone tries to tap off of a switch to run another light. Since you did not change anything, a wire must have come loose. Most likely the problem is in the box with the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Connecting a combination switch to a garbage disposal, vent pipes, screw head
vent pipes, screw head, screw driver: Edmundo, Coming from the outlet under the sink is defintely the easy way to go. So you can play it two ways: the easy way and the real easy way . The easy way is to cut a new switch box in above the counter where you want it. Before you make the hole...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: connecting a US dryer in a 220 volt country, volt wall, voltage wires
volt wall, voltage wires, ge electric: Sorry for the delay. This won t work. US Dryer uses 120 for controls, power derived from hot to neutral There is no 120 available where you are planning to install this. Maybe you could get a 240 to 120/240 volt transformer to allow use of dryer....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Convert 240volt two-pole to two 120 volt circuits, amp circuits, amp circuit
amp circuits, amp circuit, gauge wire: Dave, The plan is correct. Its right, to code and insurable as long as you change the current breaker to two 20 amp single poles, use GFI receptacle s on the kitchen end and clearly mark the panel directory what those two circuits go to. If one...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Correct voltage but low amperage, horse tank, tank heater
horse tank, tank heater, 110v outlet: Sounds like you need to update your underground wire. I would call in an electrician. From your description I think you cold be do this I a way that is not allowed by code. You are not allowed to split a 220 line to run a 110 load. If that is what you are...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: cut wires, pain in the butt, electrican
pain in the butt, electrican, pairs: That stinks. What a pain in the butt. I would look at the markings on the wire. Then look at where the wires are heading and start to figure out the most likely pairs. Once the obvouse combos come together the hard wire have less options. For this problem...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Door bell transformer wiring, volt ohm meter, incoming power
volt ohm meter, incoming power, door bells: Logical diagnosis and easy to start with, the odd thing is three buttons on one chime, so someone comes to one of three doors and pushes the button, how do you know which door it is? Normally two buttons on one chime/buzzer, the chime is on the front...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical, pushmatic breakers, amp breaker
pushmatic breakers, amp breaker, wall oven: John, Check the size of both cables the 30 amp breakers are on. If its 10 gauge then you have to upgrade the cable. If its 8 gauge then you don t have to but I doubt you will be this lucky. Also check how many wires are in the cable and if its BX (outer...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical Problem, wire nuts, hi space
wire nuts, hi space, electrical problem: Hi. Space heaters use a lot of electricity, and there should be very little on the same circuit with it. Apparently, a wire burned loose somewhere in the circuit. These things can be hard to track down. Somewhere in the circuit, there is a break. It...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical wiring, electrical wiring, red wire
electrical wiring, red wire: Did you get it? Normally the black wires are hot wires on all the time, and red wires are hot wires which are on only when the switch is on. (In this case, red can mean other things for other applications.) Whites are neutral and are not switched...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: flickering pot light, wattage bulb, work style
wattage bulb, work style, light fixture: You don t replace the socket. You replace the entire can. Inside the can there are 3 screws that hold it to it s frame. You undo the screws and drop the can down and replace it with a new fixture. If this is outside your skill level you should call an electrician....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Furnace transfer switch .... Amp question, amp receptacles, generator transfer switch
amp receptacles, generator transfer switch, watt generator: Hi. Electrically, as long as you do not exceed the amps, you are OK putting it on any circuit. The reason the furnace has its own circuit, is not because of the power it draws, as much as it is a critical item, and you do not want to lose it with something...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: hardwiring rope lights on dimmer, rope lights, rope light
rope lights, rope light, shock hazard: Yes, you can hardwire them into the switch. But you cannot leave the wires exposed, even with the wire nuts on them they cannot be exposed. It is a serious shock hazard. You have a couple of choices; you can install a box extension (or wiremold box) on...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Hardwiring a stove, prong plug, range c
prong plug, range c, receptacle: Stoves come with a connection point. In the past the standard was to hardware them. Now we in stall plugs. You can do either but plugs make changing the stove easier in the future. I would call an electrician to disconnect your stove and install a new outlet....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: hot water heater, hot water heater, amp breaker
hot water heater, amp breaker, reset button: Lela, #1 you have to change the 60 amp breaker to a 30 asap. This isn t the cause of your problem but its very important that you change it. #10 wire can safely carry 30 amps. The 60 amp breaker will allow up to 60 amps which is potentially dangerous. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: house fuse, amp fuses, amp fuse
amp fuses, amp fuse, bearer of bad news: Hi. You should not have a 30 amp fuse for outlets. It probably should be 15. You run a real risk of causing a fire with 30 amp fuses. Space heaters use up most of the capacity of a circuit. That means that there should be very little else on the same...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: house ground and plumbing, galvanized steel pipe, plumbing question
galvanized steel pipe, plumbing question, dialectric: I am surprised there is not already a pressure regulator on that line. Yes, you should have a dielectric union. Yes, you should jump across it with a heavy copper wire. Leave some play so you can keep the wire attached when taking the union apart...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: hugger vs. non hugger fan with recessed lighting, casablanca fan, ceiling fan
casablanca fan, ceiling fan, bottom line: Ali, The difference is almost 4 inches which on an 8 ceiling is pretty significant but like I tell all my customers its an esthetic call and its what they like thats the bottom line. Personally I would want it 4 inches higher especially if there is nothing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: infared wide flood par 30 bulb, watt lamps, mbcp
watt lamps, mbcp, ge bulb: Ali, The 40 and 60 watters are an odd size and you will not find these at HD or Lowes. You would have to special order them but you don t need them anyway so no problem. You will find the 50 and 75 watt in both the long and short neck versions at...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Installing dryer in 220v country, small kitchen appliances, volt wall
small kitchen appliances, volt wall, voltage wires: Sal, No can do. I looked up this unit and your dryer on line. First, this voltage regulator can only handle 3000 watts, your dryer is 24 amps X 240 = 5760 watts. You would overload the regulator. And the regulator will only output 110 volts or 220-240...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Installing electrical box for outdoor light fixture, outdoor light fixture, vertical siding
outdoor light fixture, vertical siding, flood light: John, NYC has its own standards that in some cases supercedes the NEC so I can t say for sure that what you want to do is OK. Most importantly I don t know if NYC allows its residents to do their own electrical work which I kinda doubt because they are...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kitchen outlets and dishwasher wiring, installing a gfci outlet, hot wire
installing a gfci outlet, hot wire, circuit breaker: You should run another circuit. The shared neutral will cause you problems with the GFCI. The current codes call for 12/2 to the dishwasher, and 12/2 to the kitchen outlets. The outlets and dishwasher should not be on the same circuit, nor share the neutral....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: LED bulb flashing, power fluctuations, installing recessed lighting
power fluctuations, installing recessed lighting, high hats: Liat, The flashing could be due to power fluctuations from the storm or it could be defective, or maybe it doesn t like being exposed directly to the elements with out a cover. Recessed lighting is the best in my opinion so you can add more to your exisitng...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch problems, wire nuts, wire cables
wire nuts, wire cables, test light: Okay, this where some good old fashioned trouble shooting comes into play. We have to find out everything and write it down. You need to look at the switch and see how many wires are at the switch. If you are sure it is not a 3-way or double pole,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights shut off, MEAR Services electrical repair Kansas City Missouri, repair EMR Repair in Kansas City Missouri
MEAR Services electrical repair Kansas City Missouri, repair EMR Repair in Kansas City Missouri: Ralph, you have no power to your bedroom, hallway to it, and the outlets in the bedroom and any in the hallway, correct? You say they go out, do they come back on? Does a breaker trip? I do not want to panic you, but if you have lights and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Livingroom and Kitchen electrical problem., robert wilber, american homestar
robert wilber, american homestar, home improvement contractor: I sent a note to American Homestar: ****************** To whom it may concern I received the following inquiry from a party who owns one of your homes. The issue at hand is obviously unrelated to the failure of the electrical service feed conductor. It...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: making fluorescent light fixture into incandescent, compact fluorescent bulbs, fluorescent light fixture
compact fluorescent bulbs, fluorescent light fixture, incandescent bulb: Hi. It s probably better best not to. How safe it is depends on how well you do it. If someone uses an incandescent bulb, not knowing it is supposed to be fluorescent, it could overheat and damage the wire. This could lead to a fire, even years later....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: making a fluorescent light into an incandescent one, conversion of light fixture, electrical repair kansas city
conversion of light fixture, electrical repair kansas city, EMR Repair Inc: I see no problem scraping out the guts and correctly installing regular screw in bulbs, using the threaded fluorescent bulbs, the only issue I could see is if the new bulbs are larger in diameter and somehow touch a cover, but if you have clearance, and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Neutral vs ground in main panel, ground wires, meter box
ground wires, meter box, grounding wire: The neutral and ground in the main panel are one and the same. They are suppose to be bonded. In a subpanel (a panel that is fed from the main) the ground and neutral are different and kept separate. This is the way it has been for a long, long time....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: nutral bar hot, nutral, neutral wire
nutral, neutral wire, copper wire: You need to perform a voltage check with the wires that come from the main panel to verify which two are hot. If the third wire is insulated it gets connected to the neutral in the main panel. The ground in your sub panel gets connected to the ground...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Open Ground, gfci, electrician
gfci, electrician, assumption: Hi Warren, I m afraid you are making too many assumption that are unrelated. There is obviously something wrong. I feel it would be best for you to write down you believed solution but then hire an electrician. I have see people with just enough knoeledge...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Plug quits working when light switch is on, neutral wire, light fan
neutral wire, light fan, double switch: Hi. Does the power enter the switch first, then go to the lights and fan? If so, then the outlet (which must be a GFCI in the bathroom) should connect to the same wires that bring the power in. Now, if the power enters the light first, you probably...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Plug receptacle compatibility, pluging, power cable
pluging, power cable, tanning bed: I would change the socket not the plug. I don t think it is a good idea to share one power cable. So if you are using the dryer I would run a new line. Repetive pluging and unplugging is bad for the socket. Dryer socket tend to loosen up when used that way....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: plut doesn't work when light switch is on, light fan, double switch
light fan, double switch, celing: For your outlet you need a hot that is always hot, and for the neutral you need a neutral. It sounds like you tied into the switch leg. However, it would be best to run another dedicated circuit for you outlet. You do not want to overload a circuit...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Portable Generator Transfer System Question, generator circuit, expert feedback
generator circuit, expert feedback, portable generator: Raj, The interlock kit is the way to go. It is inexpensive and effective. Being able to energize any circuit in your panel is a definite advantage you just have to decide in advance what circuits you will keep on during an outage, then manage what you do...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: reinstallation of Viking sauna, complete wiring, great distance
complete wiring, great distance, contactors: According to the name plate it should be 14 amps total. The wires going to the contactor have to travel a great distance, plus they carry the whole load of your sauna. This is why they are larger. Two wires because you have single phase at your home....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing fluorescent light box, unfinished basement, floodlights
unfinished basement, floodlights, electrician: Hi. Normally you do not have to worry about it. The wiring should be good for at least 1800 watts. That is everything that is on the circuit. Unless you house is very old, you should have enough capacity. What you are adding is not excessive. Now, if...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: reverse wiring, correct polarity, brass screw
correct polarity, brass screw, metal cable: Tom, Most 2 prong plugs today for table lamps, radios and the like are polarized meaning one prong is sized to go into the side of the receptacle thats hot and the other prong is sized to go into the side thats the neutral. Both openings are of a different...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Series of lights not working, wire nuts, loose wire
wire nuts, loose wire, electrician: Hi. You probably have a loose wire somewhere. By code, the outlets in those rooms should not be on the same circuit as the lighting, but there may be outlets in the adjacent rooms that could be the problem. Remember, that the problem could be with the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Splicing a wire., line screw, gfi outlet
line screw, gfi outlet, gfci: Hi. If there is only one cable going to the GFCI, the only thing you can do is connect black to dark colored line screw, white to light colored line screw, and ground to green. (or to the wires, if there are wires instead of screws) If you did that, and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Stove/Oven Surge, electronic control panel, electrical surge
electronic control panel, electrical surge, electrical outlet: Ted, Yes its possible and after 3 in a row in the past year its hard to believe they were all defective so I would take a close look at the power coming into your home and have it checked by the utility first which won t cost anything. Just call and tell...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: switch doesn't operate any receptacles, wall receptacles, wall receptacle
wall receptacles, wall receptacle, wall switches: There wouldn t be a red wire at the receptacle, as there is none at the switch White in switch leg does not have to be re-identified with tape One outlet is probably wired wrong - find where the white wire is tied into the black wires in the box. Depending...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Switch and outlets don't work after fan/ light install, 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: Tab on outlet, short circuit, circuits
short circuit, circuits: If the outlet is wired correctly and everything is on the same circuit, it should not trip the breaker. If they are on different circuits, you will either have a 220 volt short circuit, or you will conjoin two circuits. Neither is a good thing to happe...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: timer wiring, hot black, timer
hot black, timer, combinations: Jeff, I can only assume what you may have there so here goes. You must determine which of the two black wires is the hot and which wire goes to the lantern. Once you know which is the hot the other black wire is going to the lantern. Hook it up as follows:...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: transfer switch wiring, 8000 watt generator, switch wiring
8000 watt generator, switch wiring, transfer switch: Jeffry, Assuming your generator has a 30 amp 125/250 volt twist locking receptacle on it run 10-3 which is good for 30 amps and matches the rating of the receptacle and the circuit breaker on the generator protecting it. No problem with voltage drop at...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Very Unusual problem, path of least resistance, electrical circuit
path of least resistance, electrical circuit, cable wire: Hi Andrew, That doesn t sound to be too unusual. There is an issue with the return path of your electrical circuit. When a house is wired correctly that path is clearly determined by the electrician. Electricity follow the path of least resistance. In your...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Can I use a dehumidifier in my condo with Cu/Al wiring?, aluminum house wiring, ac power supply
aluminum house wiring, ac power supply, wall receptacle: Charles, Your fine and you absolutely can use that dehumidifier with no worries. Your using a 20 amp circuit which is better than 15 so your above minimum. BTW they stopped using aluminum wiring in houses a long time ago. My daughter lives near by in...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Is a warm breaker normal, amp plug, amp circuit
amp plug, amp circuit, watt heater: It is typical for this type of heater to make a circuit warm and should be no cause for alarm. The formula to calculate the amp draw is the watts divided by the voltage, so 800 watts divided by 120 volts = 6.67 amps so the circuit is not even at half capacity...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Did I wire my ceiling fan backwards?, fan wiring kansas city, fan repair MEAR Services INC
fan wiring kansas city, fan repair MEAR Services INC, EMR Repair Inc Kansas City: Beth, From what I am reading you have three wires from your new fan? And how many from your old fan? It does have a light kit. Is the fan and or light switch controlled from wall switches or pull cords on the fan or both, or a combination? First...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring problems, fuse panel, wire nuts
fuse panel, wire nuts, junction boxes: Hi. It probably is not the problem. Unless the wire came loose. Most likely there is just a wire loose under the wire nut. All you can do is check all of the wire nuts. If those 3 are on a separate switch, the switch could be bad too. Be careful if...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: writing chandeliers and table lamps from 110v to 220v, volt bulb, volt outlet
volt bulb, volt outlet, table lamps: Christine, The only thing you have to modify is the plug. The current plug will not go into a 220 volt outlet. And of course you will be using 220 volt rated lamps instead of 120 volt. Leave all your 120 volt lamps behind. If you screwed a 120 volt...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 2 circuit double duplex box wiring, magnetic ballast, circuit breakers
magnetic ballast, circuit breakers, amp circuit: Hi. Yes, that is correct. The problem comes if the white wire comes loose. Then the two circuits will be in series with each other at 220 volts. The breakers should be double pole, so that if one trips, it knocks the power out to everything. It also...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 way switch delete, 3 way switch, three way switches
3 way switch, three way switches, three ways: Hi. The easiest way is to get the wire that is connected to the screw that is one color and connect it to either wire that is connected to the two screws that are another color. Then cap off the wire that is not used. It would be a good idea to disconnect...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Aluminum + Copper Feeder, conductor sizes, common service
conductor sizes, common service, service entrance: Aluminum is common service entrance conductor material Aluminum is common acceptable feeder conductor material in sizes 6 gauge and above. Gauge 12 and 10 aluminum were used for a period but have proved problematic and are no longer installed. In my opinion,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: baseboard heater, feeder cable, national electrical code
feeder cable, national electrical code, amp circuit: Tad You have 2 2000 watt heaters on a 20 amp circuit? I hope they are 240 volts. Installing 240 volt heaters is best as wire sizes and number of circuits are significantly reduced. The National Electrical Code allows a 15 amp circuit to carry up to 12 amps,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom light fixtures, bathroom light fixtures, sliding mirrored doors
bathroom light fixtures, sliding mirrored doors, electric shaver: Without a volt meter you are just guessing. It sounds like you have replaced all the parts to the light. New parts do not mean they are good parts so we have to keep that in mind. You could have a broken wire or loose connection. The sockets could...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling fan capacitor problem?, Will Babbitt electric motor repair Kansas City Missouri, MEAR
Will Babbitt electric motor repair Kansas City Missouri, MEAR, ELECTRIC: Because most three speed single phase motors are PSC or permanent split capacitor motors, I have to assume we are talking about a cage type fan, most likely a furnace blower or some application like that, Common from the motor and line from the incoming...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Cooktops don't work, amp circuit breaker, electrical tester
amp circuit breaker, electrical tester, cooktop: You may be getting a false reading as it may be reading the same 120 volt leg. Try reading leg to leg, black to red at the cooktop connection to see if you have 240 volts. If not, either the breaker is not feeding both legs or a leg is not being fed to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Doorbell ringing on its own at same time everyday, garage doors, mockingbirds
garage doors, mockingbirds, logical explanation: Hi. There is no logical explanation. The only far out cause I could think of is the sun shines on the button and heats it to the same temperature to cause it to short out. But that is a pretty far out guess. If it was remote control, perhaps something...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: elec. hot water, hot water heaters, hot water heater
hot water heaters, hot water heater, electric hot water heaters: Don Have you check to make sure you are getting the correct voltage to the elements? You need to check across the elements to make sure you have 240 volts,the breaker may be bad check the circuit breaker to make sure you have the correct voltage. Then if...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical breaker tripping, light fixture, dining room
light fixture, dining room, ground wire: Hi. Always wire the new fixture up exactly as the old. If the power comes in to the light first, then the power goes to the switch, DO NOT connect all whites together, and all blacks together. If the light is on when the switch is off, then turning the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical outlet, gas shut off valve, pressure reducers
gas shut off valve, pressure reducers, gas meters: Sara If the gas pipe obstructs the outlet then it needs to be removed as the NEC States that all outlets need to be accessible. Under the NEC you re required to maintain clearance (IIRC 3 ) between all electrical equipment and any gas devices that may vent...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical service panel, cinder block, electric wires
cinder block, electric wires, corner cabinet: Jon No you wouldn t have to rewire,you need to install a new sub panel, with the meter having a New main breaker panel not more than 3 ft away that is the code.Then from the main breaker you go to your new sub. What you would have to do in the old panels...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 way switch delete, 3 way switches, way switch
Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 way switch delete, 3 way switches, way switch

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Fixture wiring, smart switches, voltage switches
smart switches, voltage switches, electrical switches: Hi Jay, My grandfather had a system like that in his home. I can remember it from when I was a child. I think GE made them. I did replace one of these systems for someone one. You have two options. Option #1. We wire the house. Option #2. Install...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: gfci / switch combo, gfci outlet, medicine cabinet
gfci outlet, medicine cabinet, hot wire: You cannot hook the neutral to the ground in any case. If you want to use the gfci you would hook the hot to Line Hot, and the neutral to Line Neutral. (the hot wire goes to the prong that is the smallest). You need to get the polarity correct. Then,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI Switches, national electrical code, purchase assistance
national electrical code, purchase assistance, exhaust fan: Hi Carmel, I don t think there is anything in the NEC that would state that the shower light needs to be on a separate circuit. The responsibly of stating the code violation should be on the inspector who is calling this a violation. I would ask them to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Green wire exposed, satalite dish, time warner cable
satalite dish, time warner cable, dish network: Eva this wire is used for grounding,yes it can be removed only if it is not used for anything if the dish network is disconnected. I would remove that also the grounds protects anything metal from coming in contact with a live circuit.it will trip that circuit...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: grounding for 200 amp reidential service panel, feeder cable, mcb
feeder cable, mcb, lugs: John this depends on what type of panel it is not name brand,what I mean is this a main disconnect panel (main Breaker installed) or is it a main lug panel ( The main breaker is located somewhere else. A Main Breaker Panel (MCB) has a Main breaker built...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Grounding a sub-panel, buss bar, ground rods
buss bar, ground rods, gas pipe: Hi. At the sub panel, the grounds and neutrals must be kept separate. You will need two bars, one for grounds, one for neutrals. Be sure that the neutral one is not bonded to the panel. Do not use the bonding screw. Actually you should have two ground...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Grounding wires, ground wires, grounding wires
ground wires, grounding wires, romex: I see your problem and I am glad you are seeking advise rather just covering it up. The code has all connections of this type inside a box that is accessible. All splices have to be in a box. This is my recommendation: Install a box under the one...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Half of father's home is going out, meter base, neutral wire
meter base, neutral wire, 110 volts: Dan The reason you are having a problem is that you have a loose or a bad neutral wire,that is why when you shut off the main you get power back when it is on it is not making a complete circuit AC (Alternating Circuit)Check to see if the neutral connection...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: hot switch, boiling point of water, subjective values
boiling point of water, subjective values, service temperature: Sounds like you need to contact the manufacturer for guidance. You haven t given a model number or temp. I suggest you get a temperature rather than almost burn your hand What temperature is that? 120 F or 180 F? Subjective values are meaningless. Some...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Intermittent beeping from unit., protection circuitry, lightning protection
protection circuitry, lightning protection, educated guess: There are many different kinds of transmitters so I am not sure which model you are talking about for sure. This kind of behavior indicates to me that you either have a partial short in the lightning protection circuitry, or the micro-controller in the unit...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Invisible Fence Installation, fence installation, invisible fence
fence installation, invisible fence, exact layout: BB, First off, I apologize for taking so long to answer. I read your question at 8:00 this AM, but had my son in my arms and was reading from my phone. What you want to do will not work. What you will have to do is run a loop, two single wires 3 feet apart,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: LED bulbs in home curcuits, step down transformer, led bulbs
step down transformer, led bulbs, replacement bulbs: LED s pull very little power. I would either check at an electrical supply or most likely at a supply for refrigeration or HVAC parts. A step down transformer is common in all of this equipment for the controls as a thermostat operates on 24 volts and you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light switch issue, dimmer switches, fan switch
dimmer switches, fan switch, switch box: Hi. Find the wire bringing the power to the fan switch, and move the other end from the current wire on the pot light switch to the other wire of the pot light switch. In other words, the wire bringing the power in needs to go to one wire on each switch....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Mobile home, duplex outlets, 15a
duplex outlets, 15a, granddaughter: Hi. You should never reset a breaker without finding and fixing the problem. It could lead to a fire. There is probably a short in the wiring. That is something that is very hard to find. You may want to check the outside light first, since it could...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: MULTIPLE PULL CHAINS, silver screw, switch hook
silver screw, switch hook, metal boxes: Hi. The pull chains will work only with the fixture it is on, and the wall switch will need to be on, For fixtures, you would just connect all the blacks together, all the whites together, and all of the bare ground wires together, plus to any green...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Ceiling Fan with Light, wire nuts, wire nut
wire nuts, wire nut, fan light: Hi. White wire going to fan connects in wire nut with other whites. Red and black wires to fan each connect to one screw of the new switches. Run a short piece of house wire to the back wires in the wire nuts and connect it to the remaining screw on each...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new range electrical connection, aluminum wire, wire nut
aluminum wire, wire nut, electrical connection: The question can you safely connect both the ground and neutral... is the problem. The code was changed from 3-wire to 4-wire because of safety issues. So I cannot say that putting the neutral and ground on the same wire is safe. Your instruction...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Non-working outlets and lights, safety caps, hair pin
safety caps, hair pin, loud pop: Hi. No, it is dangerous, both as a shock and fire hazard. The outlet may need to be replaced, or something burned somewhere in the circuit. An adult needs to turn the power off and replace the outlet. If that does not work, then someone needs to check...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Oven Tripping Breaker, heating elements, outer shell
heating elements, outer shell, ohm meter: Most heating elements are designed with a rod in the middle, ceramic covering the rod, and the outer shell. If the ceramic forms a crack in it, at any place, it can cause the element rod to short out to the outer shell. You can test this by using an ohm...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no power, electrician, circuits
electrician, circuits: Hi Kevin, Unplug everything. Turn off all the light switches. Turn off every breaker and back on twice. This will fix most bad circuits. You could have lost 1/2 the power coming into your box. In that case you will have to call an electrician...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power failures mystery, kitchen wall, power failures
kitchen wall, power failures, kids rooms: Sounds like a splice or termination may be failing. I think you need a real electrician, since you suggest the wiring is likely improper. Kitchen and bedroom would not be together, but this must be a really old house. Sounds like time to upgrade your wiring...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: recessed light, flood light, new carpet
flood light, new carpet, floorboard: Hi Bill, 99% of the lights can be accessed from below and repaired or replaced. It can be difficult to figure out if you have never done it before. There should be some way to make the can drop out of the ceiling. I would not cut up you floor to repair...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Replace switch outlet combo with switch GFCI outlet combo, gfci outlet, amp circuit
gfci outlet, amp circuit, sponaugle: Hi. The unit will work with 3 wires. However, the code now requires outlets in bathrooms to be 20 amp. You may not be required to upgrade it, since you may be grandfathered. However, most things in the bathrooms, such as heaters, hair dryers, etc., need...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Replace track lighting, track lighting, single light
track lighting, single light, junction box: It depends on where the junction box is to the track lighting. It could be in the center or anywhere along the track lighting. If the box is centered at a location you would like the new light, it should not be a problem. If the box is not where you want a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Replacement of electric baseboard heaters, electric baseboard heaters, fha inspector
electric baseboard heaters, fha inspector, fha loan: You take the size of the wire (the most important factor) and the voltage supplied to figure how many watts can safely be ran on that circuit. For example: If you have 10 awg copper wire, that supports up to 24 continuos amps or 30 amps non-continuos....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Replacing a light switch with a GFCI switch/outlet combo, replacing a light switch, wiring circuits
replacing a light switch, wiring circuits, gfci outlet: I cannot recommend doing it. You have to realize that it is a safety hazard and not to code. There are products such as wiremold that can be used to move an outlet without tearing into the wall. But since the wiring is not to code I cannot recommend...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Residential Wiring, residential wiring, c unit
residential wiring, c unit, breakers: Terry It is a shame people have to stoop so low just to steal for money. i am surprised they did not get electrocuted seeing that the power is on that type of circuit. What you can do is cut in a box where the wires come out,they make a 2 gang box that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewiring the house, small refrigerator, gfci outlets
small refrigerator, gfci outlets, space break: Hi. The first thing is to upgrade the main panel. It sounds like you have 100 amp, and you want 200 amp. You need to get the power company involved. They may need to upgrade their part, and they will tell you what part you will need to upgrade. If it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Service disconnect for a pump?, knife switches, knife switch
knife switches, knife switch, community water: Typically you would use the double pole knife switch. This would disconnect the two hot wires. I have seen a double pole switch used as well. If you have a local housing authority you can ask them if they have a code for this type of disconnect. It...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Short or loose neutral wire, neutral wire, hot wire
neutral wire, hot wire, ground wire: Ryan If you are getting power from the hot wire to the ground then most likely you have a open neutral somewhere along that circuit.Check the outlets on the circuit starting halfway turn on the power then see what you have, if you have the same then go back...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Stove arcing, splash guard, splashguard
splash guard, splashguard, bare wire: Hi. This is a very serious problem. It could start a fire or electrocute someone. You need to figure out which breaker will stop it, and turn it off. It probably is a wire inside of the wall. Perhaps a screw holding the splashguard went into the wire....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Switches/chandelier, pendent lighting, loose connections
pendent lighting, loose connections, electrical outlets: Hi. If the outlets do not shut off, and half of each outlet was controlled by a switch, then you need to break off the tabs on the dark side only. Be sure it is only the dark side, and only the outlets that were half switched, half always on. All outlets...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: under eave wiring, electrical inspector, electrical inspectors
electrical inspector, electrical inspectors, best bet: Richard As far as your local codes you will have to ask the electrical inspector that question. Each area of the Country has their own requirements on how wires are run.Usually romex wire is only made to be installed inside walls,not where it is exposed to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Unusual connection to dishwasher, repair job, supply cable
repair job, supply cable, dishwasher: Hi. There are such things are shared neutral, but there would be a red wire in there somewhere too, plus the breaker would be a double. If there isn t, it may be a poor repair job. Yes, it is dangerous because the white wire could become overloaded, and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: upgrading breaker panel, amp service, meter base
amp service, meter base, reality check: Hi. Unfortunately, it is not that simple. You will need to get the power company involved to make sure their wire is strong enough, and for them to take the meter out and reseal it when they are done. You may need to replace more than just the wire between...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wall oven/stove top and outlet question, surface unit, wall oven
surface unit, wall oven, reset buttons: Yes, I mean EXACTLY that his equipment must be faulty. Circuits are designed to allow delivery of a certain level of current to a location, based on the conductor size. The circuit protection, breaker or fuse, is intended to limit the current to levels that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring, duplex receptacle, hallway light
duplex receptacle, hallway light, 3 way switches: Hi. Probably not. You would have to connect it to a switch where the power wire enters the system first. If the power wire enters the light first, or another switch (in case of 3 way switches)first, then you would not have all the wires you need. If...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring, copper aluminum, fpe panels
copper aluminum, fpe panels, aluminum wire: Hi. The conductors should be copper. Aluminum wire was used only from the late 60 s to the early 70 s. However, most people would agree that FPE panels are not safe. They are no longer in business. You should look into getting the panel replaced...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring issues, timer switch, fan switch
timer switch, fan switch, bathroom fan: What are the instructions that came with the new switch? In your existing box you have the following: The power is the wire that is tied to both of your old switches. The wire that feeds your fan would be the black wire on your old fan switch that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring in My New Shop, delta unisaw, dust collection system
delta unisaw, dust collection system, power hog: I personally like to keep things simple. I would not use the converter unless there was no saw available that met your needs without it. I am not a fan of sub panels. When everything is on the main panel, you don t have to worry about overloading the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: #10 wiring from water heater to circuit breaker box in separate room, hot water heater, water heater repair
hot water heater, water heater repair, leaking water heater: I would have the water heater ran as a direct line without any junctions. It is not a code violation to have junctions. It is just poor craft. The wire needs to be 10-2 for the whole run. 14-2 or 12-2 is too small and the wire could heat up like a toaster...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 12 v light, quantum level, light bulbs
quantum level, light bulbs, lamp socket: I would suggest that: 1.] one of the new bulbs is bad 2.] regardless of what you think, there is something wrong with the fixture or wiring - got 12 volts at the lamp socket? [bad socket, failed riveted connection, splice failure, broken conductor, any and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 1960 Fender tube amp-110v vs 120v, state rectifier, fixed bias
state rectifier, fixed bias, step down transformer: I agree with you, the difference between 110 volts AC and 120 volts AC supply to the amp, would normally not even be noticed, think about it, many of these old amps are plugged into more modern circuits and 110 is low now days, but the tolerance on the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 2-wire/no ground to proper grounded wiring update, amp service, tool section
amp service, tool section, unfinished basement: Hi. If you have an unfinished basement or attic above or below the areas, then you can work from there and fish the wires through the walls. If you have firestops (wood blocks between the studs), then it will make it harder. If you don t, then you will...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 220 hot water, electric hot water tank, hot water tank
electric hot water tank, hot water tank, amp circuits: Hi Terry, Electric hot water tank should probably be installed by an electrician. This is not the type of project I would recommend for a homeowner. 30 amp circuits are more power than I like to see people learn with. There are two things that I think...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: add plug to boiler, transfer switch, boiler
transfer switch, boiler, several ways: You would have to make the plug separate from your house circuit. There are several ways to do this. You can make an adapter so the boiler can be unplugged from the house circuit and plugged directly into the generator. You can install a separate outlet...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding a 240v outlet, electric water heater, volt circuit
electric water heater, volt circuit, subpanel: The cons to the generator are exhaust fumes, gas, and noise. Otherwise the pros are you do not have to run all that wiring. What you described in running your wiring would be some work but nothing too hard. The pros are you do not have to keep gas on hand,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding a GFCI and replacing 2 switches with 1, gfci, constant power
gfci, constant power, light switch: Hi. What room is the microwave in? No outlets in the kitchen or dining room should be on the same circuit as anything in the bathroom. If the microwave is a permanently installed unit, it should have its own circuit direct to the breaker panel. Find...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding light to 3 way circuit, 3 way switches, way switch
3 way switches, way switch, light fixture: Hi Franco, I don t think that you will be able to add a light from the octagon box with the three wires in it. In a three-way switch there are only three wires that go between the two switches. The three wires between the switches are one common and to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ajax elec motor, nema standards, shop address
nema standards, shop address, air compressor: Not with a model and serial number, too many OEM connections that are non NEMA I need the lead numbers or letters, how it is wired for 220 if still wired for high voltage, if it is NEMA should be no problem if OEM hard to say what proprietary...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker to wire size, amp circuits, gauge wire
amp circuits, gauge wire, amp breaker: Hi. You should add two 20 amp circuits. You should not use 30 amps for outlets. 30 amp breakers are less likely to trip for a short circuit, and a fire could result. You should never use 12 gauge wire for any 30 amp circuit anyway. Everything except...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Buss Fuse Box Question, buss fuse, buss fuses
buss fuse, buss fuses, amp fuses: Hi. Most likely you should be using 15 amp fuses. Using fuses that are too large is a fire hazard. If you are still using fuses, the wiring is probably very old. If any of the wire is 12 gauge, you can use 20 amp fuses. 14 gauge wire, even though it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: chandelier and household wiring, new chandelier, fixture wire
new chandelier, fixture wire, household wiring: Put the tester on the black and white, then the black and ground. If you get a better reading on the black and ground, the white wire is bad. With one bulb in the chandelier, you can connect it to the black and ground. But do not leave it on the ground. If...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: changing wiring, pottery studio, kilns
pottery studio, kilns, kiln: Hi. 208 volts is generally found only in commercial buildings. The power company would have to do a lot to switch it (if they were willing), and you would need to replace your main panel. So, for all practical purposes, you would need to replace the kiln....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit breaker issue or wire damage?, pool light, power washer
pool light, power washer, patio lights: The outdoor receptacle was either a GFI with a reset switch, or it is controlled by another GFI somewhere on the circuit or by a GFI circuit breaker. A GFI is very sensitive to a motor start up and a power washer pulls a lot of power on start up and likely...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit Out, Breaker OK, best guess, hallway lights
best guess, hallway lights, t break: Hi Steve, You have done a good job at trying to fix this yourself. I think you need to call in an electrician. This is a safety issue. Wires don t Break they have bad connections. Bad connections can start fires. This is an issue I think you should call...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit Breaker Will Not Reset, prong plug, side legs
prong plug, side legs, bare wire: Hi. The clamp is inside the box, when it should be the outside. From the black marks, it looks like it shorted out the wire. When the clamp is installed correctly, it clamps all of the insulation with the wire. The way it is there, it looks like it pierced...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dimmer switch problem, white cooper, switch problem
white cooper, switch problem, hot wire: Hi David, It is Okay to call in an electrician for this. Your description makes me question the wiring. Where is the other end of the red wire? Normally you would match the colors. The black and red wires are both Hot wires. Your switch gets placed between...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: "double" hot in circuit, lighting circuit, circuit tracer
lighting circuit, circuit tracer, circuit delay: The delay is interesting. I suppose that the circuit could be 286,000 miles long but I doubt it. Other than that I have no explanation. Don t assume anything in electricity, especially about knob and tube neutrals. I suppose a circuit tracer and a good imagination...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electric cooktop, electric cooktop, wire nuts
electric cooktop, wire nuts, hookup: Hi Len, If you are not sure how to hook this up you need an electrician. I can t tell you safely over the internet without reading the cooktop s installation instructions. The questions are around the White Bare and Green wires. Bare and Green are both...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical, wire mold, junction boxes
wire mold, junction boxes, electrical inspector: John Using conduit in Residential is uncommon,it is not part of the NEC. Usually a homeowner can do this if they choose to.This is very costly and I really do not think the the local building code requires you to install conduit, I would call the building...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical, many prongs, amp breaker
many prongs, amp breaker, bed manufacturer: Hi. You should get a cheap neon tester for a few dollars and check for power. You should get a reading between one hot side and the ground, the other hot side and the ground, and between the two hot sides. If you get a reading between each hot and ground,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical circuit
Hi Charles, You should be able to use the established circuit for your power needs. There is not enough information in your description for me to give you advice on how you should do this. I think you would best be served by speaking with a local electrician....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical Code question, roof rafters, furring strip
roof rafters, furring strip, code question: In awg talk the lower the number the larger the cable, so 10 awg is actually smaller than 8 awg, not larger. There are height requirements as well so a person does not accidently snag or hit the wiring with something they are holding. So in a typical setting...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical Outlet Problem, gfci outlet, downstairs bathroom
gfci outlet, downstairs bathroom, upstairs bathroom: Hi. Did you find the GFCI outlet for that circuit? There has to be one somewhere. It would be in a bathroom, outside, garage or basement. Sometimes the outlets in the garage or basement get covered with clutter, so keep looking. I assume you checked...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electronic access, maglock, act right
maglock, act right, motion sensor: No, either the motion sensor is defective or not wired correctly. It may have contacts that either release or make on sensing, or the push button may work the same way, either release or make. Try removing the wires from the switch first and let them be apart...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: exhaust to light switch on same switch, exhaust fan, light switch
exhaust fan, light switch, top and bottom: Hi. It sounds like it is wired wrong. The blacks should go to the switch, the whites should connect together. If it was wired correctly, the new fan would connect to the same two places as the wire going to the light. The white wire with the other white...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Exploding light bulbs, light bulbs, tube problem
light bulbs, tube problem, knob and tube: Hi Cathy, I would call the electrician back. (If you like him). Or call a new electrician if the first one made you feel like he did not know what he was doing. The problem is you have the wrong voltage on that circuit. It could be a simple mistake. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Petsafe Transmitter Beeping Problem, radio signal, radio frequency
Electrical Wiring in the Home: Petsafe Transmitter Beeping Problem, radio signal, radio frequency, electricity

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Possini Light Problem
Electrical Wiring in the Home: Possini Light Problem