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Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixture, don beck, chandalier
don beck, chandalier, dim the light: Hi Jen, I m glad to hear it is the ceiling box that is supporting the new fixture. If it is a dining room light, I think 60 watts is plenty big. You may find that a dimmer switch might be useful to dim the light down, even more, if you are having a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixture, electrical boxes, electrical plumbing
electrical boxes, electrical plumbing, chandalier: No, it does not sound right. Electrical boxes are weight rated for specific devices and a standard box will not support a ceiling fan or a large light fixture. A word of advice for future reference, be sure anyone working on the electrical, plumbing, or heat...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixture, watt bulbs, chandalier
watt bulbs, chandalier, light fixture: If the box was already there, that still doesn t answer the question Is it strong enough? , especially when you said, he said, check it every so often to make sure its in good , but as for your bulb question, (2) 75 watt bulbs would be the maximum you should...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixture, compact flourescent lamp, bob osgood
compact flourescent lamp, bob osgood, wattage bulb: Hi Jon, Most (if not all) recessed lighting fixtures are UL and Code required to have a thermal cut-out that is designed to shut down power to the fixture in the event the can assembly hits a preset temperature...to prevent potential fire....and this...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixture cover, lowe s, light fixture
lowe s, light fixture, last resort: Hi Tracy, I ve run across that before, it seems each plastic cover is made a little differently. It should push a bit on 1 end and the plastic should bend enough to get the other end out, or 1 side out. If the end pushing doesn t work, try pushing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixture - exterior, light fixture, light fixtures
light fixture, light fixtures, hookup: John, If the breaker or fuseing is not tripping when the lights are connected in this manner than I see no issue but whoever wired these lights did something different that is for sure. The breaker will let you know if you have a problem, so if a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixture installation, light sockets, yellow wires
light sockets, yellow wires, fixture installation: Hi. Are you in the United States? Yellow wires are very rare. If you are not in the United States, then I really can t help since other countries are very different. Judging by what you say, it would seem that the yellow wire is the switched hot...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixture installation, fixture installation, lowe s
fixture installation, lowe s, tube light: Hi. If you can t use the wire clamp in the new fixture, and you don t have an outlet box above the old fixture, then you can install one pretty easily. There is a plastic round one made by Carlon that is for old work. It has ears that clamp onto the drywall....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixture installation, fixture installation, size hole
fixture installation, size hole, light bulbs: Patti, That is a pretty good sign that there may not be a box up there. But you won t know for sure until the light is down. Since we already covered what to do if there is a box, we will talk about what to do if there is no box. The location of the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixture installation, plastic ears, ceiling boxes
plastic ears, ceiling boxes, fixture installation: Hi Patti, A box should be installed. There are boxes that are made for this type of work. They metal or plastic ears on the sides that spring open when the box is inserted into the ceiling holding the box in place. If the new fixture is going to be supported...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixture installation, fixture installation, tube light
fixture installation, tube light, light fixture: If there is no box, that is not good, but correctable. You can buy an old work cut in box for ceiling lights. It is a plastic electrical box that has wings that rotate outward to grab the sheetrock. If you carefully cut a hole for this box to fit, watching...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixture installation, toggle bolts, screw holes
toggle bolts, screw holes, romex wire: Patti If the light is mounted on the ceiling there should be a box above it for the wires, if not they should have had a romex wire there. Either way if it is wired you can do it yourself. Use Toggle bolts 1/4x 20 3-1/2 inches long if there are no studs by...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixture installation, light sockets, fixture installation
light sockets, fixture installation, copper wire: You re replacing the ceiling fan for a light fixture? Or adding a light fixture to the ceiling fan?? From your wiring description, the blacks in your ceiling box are hot, the whites are your neutrals. The yellow wire is the switched wire that becomes hot...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixture with an outlet, ground wires, light fixture
ground wires, light fixture, test light: Derek No problem ok here we go if you have wires in the light box and if there are 2 sets of wires (black & white) find the set that goes down to the switch. and then find the hot wires coming in. Now take the black hot wire and hook it up to the white wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixture problem, contactor, light fixture
contactor, light fixture, contactors: A sizzly light usually means the connector at the base of the bulb is not in full contact with the bulb. Many times, the bulb gets screwed in too far, forcing the contactor to be pushed almost too far away to make contact with the next bulb. With the light...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixture problem, bathroom light fixture, hallway lighting
bathroom light fixture, hallway lighting, ceiling light fixture: Somewhere there is a loose connection or the hallway switch is controlling both. Pull the hallway switch and see what color of wires are going to it. Turn the power off before you do that. Then pull the hallway light and see if there is a wire you missed....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixture replacment, ceiling light fixture, watt bulbs
ceiling light fixture, watt bulbs, don beck: Hi Chuck, The first thing to check is, make sure the bulbs are good. Take the one that lights OK and put it in the other socket. If it doesn t light up, then check your wire connections. Take the wire nuts off and put them back on again, Sometimes these...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixture just stopped working, top of the stairs, copper bar
top of the stairs, copper bar, climbing to the top: It sounds to me that your fixture had developed a short, and then cleared itself. I m afraid that you re going to have to open it up and check the wiring from that in the ceiling box, right down to where it makes contact on the lamp bases, to see if you can...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixture/switch problem, ceiling light fixture, light combination
ceiling light fixture, light combination, switch problem: Hi. About the only advice I can give is to connect the red from the box to the black from the light, and all the whites together. Perhaps the red wire is not connected to the switch. Or the switch is defective. At the switch box, the black wire should...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixture / switch problem, robert wilber, sheckels
robert wilber, sheckels, switch setup: Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * You have a headache. That is a three way switch, so there is another switch somewhere that also controls that light. The fact that there are two white wires connected...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixture troubleshooting, light fixture, ballast
light fixture, ballast, ballasts: Jack, if all four tubes went out at the same time the problem is probably ahead of the ballasts. Normally in this kind of fixture the two inside tubes are on one ballast and the two outside tubes are on the other. If only two tubes are out it could be the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixture wiring, cooper lighting, balck and white
cooper lighting, balck and white, light fixture: There s something here you re leaving out. If you have a black/white/ gold which is your bare ground wire, in your junction box, black is hot (or switched), white neutral and gold ground. Hooking up a fixture with a black and white to black and white within...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixture wiring, hot wire, light fixture
hot wire, light fixture, black out: Hi Gene, One set of wires is probably the power coming into the light, the other is a switch leg to the switch and back. You need a tester to determine which is the power in, then hook the black (hot wire) from there to the white wire on the other set, then...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixture wiring, light fixture, screws
light fixture, screws, ground wire: Take the two black wires and connect them to the black wire of your new fixture with a wirenut. Take the two white wires and connect them to the white wire of your new fixture with a wirenut. Connect the ground wire to the metal box. Hope that helps...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixture wiring, ground wire? snapped, copper wire, light switches
copper wire, light switches, light fixture: Hi Elye. I m not following your question very well. Are you saying that you had some dead outlets after this wire broke? If so, you may have tripped a breaker. To repair the ground wire, you can twist it together and then install a wirenut on the connection....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixture wiring, light socket, cieling
light socket, cieling, light fixture: To make this up wirenut all the black together, all the whites together and all the grounds together. As far as the 90*C rating it means that the wires supplying the light should be rated for 90*C. Almost any house built after 1970 has 90*C wire. Earler...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: one light fixture not working, qualified electrician, porch light
qualified electrician, porch light, gfci outlet: The only way to troubleshoot this problem will be to get a voltage tester. Most home centers sell them for around $5-10. If you are uncomfortable with testing live wires (and I wouldn t blame you) then you will need to get a qualified electrician to take...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixture, wire hook, bare wire
wire hook, bare wire, pull switch: Darayl, if the new pullchain and light are all one piece (factory assembled as a unit) and there is just one black and one white wire coming from it, connect the white from the light to the white coming from the ceiling. Then connect the black from the fixture...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixtures quit working, red hot wire, voltage tester
red hot wire, voltage tester, light fixture: Hi Rebecca, It sounds like you have some sort of voltage tester, and that makes finding the problem much easier. Something is not quite right in the bath fixture as the white wire should not be hot, so may may have to deal with this later. I am...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Two light fixtures on one switch, light fixture, circuit breaker
light fixture, circuit breaker, light fixtures: Hi. Do you plan to run the second light from the first light or the switch? If you are running the light from the switch, just run the wires from the same places that the first light connects. The black wire goes the switch termminal that goes to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Two light fixtures on one switch, light fixture, extension cord
light fixture, extension cord, light fixtures: This should be quite simple, connect additional wire to the same wires that currently connect to the light, as it would be an extension cord to the new light. For wire size..14/2 is sufficient, however, it is best to use the same size wire that is currently...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Two light fixtures on one switch, amp breaker, light fixture
amp breaker, light fixture, light fixtures: Hello Paul, the wire size is determined by the size of the breaker for the circuit. If this circuit is on a 15 amp breaker, #14 is good, if it is on a 20 amp breaker, you will have to use #12. To add a second light, you need to feed from the first light and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Two light fixtures on one switch, light fixture, voltmeter
light fixture, voltmeter, light fixtures: At your existing fixture, just extend the black/white and ground wire to your new location. Use 12/2 with ground Romex. Your switch will now control both fixtures. Or, if you are coming off of the switch, and not the existing light fixture, connect your...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Two light fixtures on one switch, amp fuse, amp breaker
amp fuse, amp breaker, light fixture: 12/2 if on a 20 amp fuse/breaker 14/2 if on a 15 amp breaker. You would just wire the new black wire to the black wire on the old fixture leaving the present connection there as it is just add the new black wire to it. Then do the same with the white and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixtures, copper wire, ligth
copper wire, ligth, light fixtures: Hi Shawn. The bare copper wire will be your ground wire, which will connect to the hanger bar that supports the fixture, or to the the supply ground, if there is one. The black wire will connect to the incoming black, and the white will connect to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light flickering, bob osgood, entrance doorway
bob osgood, entrance doorway, light pulses: Hi Larry, This site was down last night and this morning...could not log-in...they finally got their server problem fixed I see... Clearly there is a problem in this 3 way switching set-up...but whether it is directly because of the the switch...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light installation, conduit pipe, lamp cord
conduit pipe, lamp cord, wiremold: Hi Stephen, The main idea is to get a wire from the switched outlet to the ceiling light. Depending on how close the light will be to the outlet, this can be a tricky undertaking and there are 3 ways to do it. 1) If you can get above the ceiling(an...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light kit, wall switch, ceiling fan
wall switch, ceiling fan, canopy: Hi. Most likely whoever wired the fan did not wire the light kit wire to the house wiring, since there was no light kit. If you open the canopy above the fan, you will probably find the other end of the wire for the light kit. Connect it to the same...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: How to light a living room?, lighting stores, wall areas
lighting stores, wall areas, electrical devices: Hi Paul, A living room usually requires more light than,say, a bedroom as the living room is used for entertaining and sometimes requires a lot of light. With 1 light in the center of the room, the outside wall areas would be a little dark. This would...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light mirror, hot source, light bulbs
hot source, light bulbs, screw: You d wire them in parallel, that is, each black would tie to others, and each white to other whites. Black from your hot source to one screw on your switch (to turn them on and off), then another black from the other screw on the switch to the black on...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: One light goes out when other is turned on, kitchen light, happy holidays
kitchen light, happy holidays, fire hazard: Hard to say whether this is a potential fire hazard or not but it is something that needs checked into by a qualified licensed electrician as soon as possible. To the best of your ability I would refrain from using this circuit until it is diagnosed and corrected....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light and outlets wont work, gfci outlet, vaccum cleaner
gfci outlet, vaccum cleaner, loose wires: Hi. If the outlet is in a bathroom, kitchen, basement or garage, it may be connected to a GFCI outlet. So check all the outlets in these rooms for one with a test/reset button and reset it. If that is not it, then you should open up the outlets and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light post, digging up the ground, outlet boxes
digging up the ground, outlet boxes, hunting expedition: Colleen, If the pose is fed from an outlet, that outlet could still work and the wire leaving the outlet could be loose or damaged. Is there enough wire going to the post where you can read what it written on it? If it is not a wire designed for underground...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light sensitive flood light on garage, home improvement centers, don beck
home improvement centers, don beck, flood light: Hi Rosalie, I do suspect that the sensor has died. There a very inexpensive ones now available at most home improvement centers and they are simple to install. You just screw it into the light bulb socket, and then screw the bulb into the sensor. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light socket eating bulbs, ace hardware store, ceramic socket
ace hardware store, ceramic socket, loose wires: Hi Kenneth, The lamp holder could be loose where it is riveted to the terminals creating heat and burning the bulbs out. Replacing it may help, you might also try buying 130V bulbs instead of 120V bulbs, If Ace doesn t have them they should be able to order...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light sockets/extension cords, light sockets, amp breaker
light sockets, amp breaker, flood lights: 20 years isn t that old, you can remove the light if you no longer want it or come out of the back of the switch box with another wire set [black, white, ground] to an outside GFCI. Just get a remodel cutin box, and run the wire to it. If you get on the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light stays on, top of the stairs, basement stairs
top of the stairs, basement stairs, wire nut: Hi Bob. Most likely the common wire you found in the lower switch was not the switch leg to the existing light, but the hot to the switches. It will stay hot all the time, no matter what position the switches are in. You will need to come from the existing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch, handy randy, wire cables
handy randy, wire cables, screw driver: Hi Handy Randy, Sorry for just responding....we ve been working down State most of the week..(with very limited computer access and spare time)....just returning home late last night. Based on your wiring description....you are describing the connections...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch, metal screw, light switches
metal screw, light switches, light switch: Hi Rebecca, 9V isn t really enough to hurt you, but I would be concerned about the cause, it could at some point get worse. I would shut the circuit breaker off and determine everything on the circuit. Then turn the circuit back on, turn everything on the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch, brass screw, brass screws
brass screw, brass screws, wire nut: Alan, Take a look at the side of the outlet where the red wire is attached, you will see a small tab that runs between both of the brass screws. Break off this tab. Attach the 2 black wires that are connected together to the remaining brass screw. Break...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch, double light switch, basic electricity
double light switch, basic electricity, proper connections: Ken, this is one of the most complex circuit to attempt to explain in writing and I have no way to ssnd a diagram. The best solution is to go to a home supply. Look in the self help manuals for one titled Basic Electricity . It has many different circuits...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch, dip switches, fan light
dip switches, fan light, fan works: There are several possibilites. The fan wiring is corrupt. The There is a remote in the switching. The dip switches may be inharmonious. Take the switch out and tie the wires together with out it. If the fan works...but not the lights...it is a defective...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch, green pot, way switch
green pot, way switch, light switch: Hi. It sounds like a 3 way switch. Are there two switches controlling the outlet? If so, you can t connect the lights there. It would have to be either at the outlet, or where the outlet connects to the switch. I hope this helps. Feel free to ask any...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch, friction springs, wire cables
friction springs, wire cables, handy randy: Hi Randy, I don t have a very good mental pitcure of what you are telling me, however, the general rule here is: Whatever wires you remove from the switch you are changing, go onto the new switch in the same screw locations. The wire that seems to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch, new chandelier, mile hike
new chandelier, mile hike, problem thanks: Don t you just hate it when you know nothing you have done can possibly cause another problem, but there it is. I did all necessary preventive maintenance this spring on my mower and the first time I used it the battery died to the point it cut off leaving...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch, silver screw, terminal screws
silver screw, terminal screws, brass screw: That was correct Ed, the switch only breaks the hot leg. In order to install a receptacle in this box, you will have to determine which of the black wires on the switch is the hot wire and the other will be going to the device that is switched. When you identify...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch, porcelain insulators, fuse panels
porcelain insulators, fuse panels, lighting circuit: Hi Christy, Sorry for any delay...just finishing up an electrical job downstate.. Based on your description...this is probably an early to mid 1900 s vintage home....and unless the wiring has been updated over the years...could be full of outdated...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch, plastic connector, loose connection
plastic connector, loose connection, light switch: Hi Sam, If the foyer switch works OK it means that there is power to the wall box. There should be a black wire coming into the wall box that runs to both switches.There should also be white wires that are connected together. The solution to your problem...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch, sensible reason, loose wire
sensible reason, loose wire, switch plate: Hi Teri, The plastic switch plate is glowing? I have never run across that before. If the plate isn t hot or warm I can t think of any sensible reason for it to glow. IS the switch warm or hot to the touch? If so, that could be caused by a loose wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch, wire nut, hot wire
wire nut, hot wire, 3 pieces: Chris What you need to do is make a pigtail out of the one hot wire that comes in to the switch box. This is how it is done get 3 pieces of wire around 4-5 inches long the same color as the hot leg. Strip off about 1/2 to 3/4 of a inch off the ends. Take...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch, wall switch, human contact
wall switch, human contact, light switch: Hi Dan, Ya, most of the older ones don t. I wouldn t worry about it. With the plastic toggle and plastic wall plate. A switch really doesn t need a ground since the only human contact points are non conductive. A wall switch without a ground...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch box, wits end, switch box
wits end, switch box, light switch: Hi. If you put a tester at that outlet from black to white and it does not work, but black to ground and it does work, then the problem is the white wire. The white wire is probably in the back of the box wirenutted with other white wires. It may have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch/celing fan wiring, switch legs, wall switches
switch legs, wall switches, light switches: Josh, I think so, the red sounds like it was for the light. So your power is coming from the wall? Black and white on right? Or is that a switch leg that starts the fan? You can do all you want to do with two wires. You have five, two start the fan,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch combo, switch one, wall switch
switch one, wall switch, switch box: Hi Rob, I m assuming your connections are in a switch box, correct? I don t know if your light has a wall switch or if its keyed (a pull chain). What you basically wanna do here is have power (your black wire) go to the outlet and the light...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch/ electrical plug-in replacement, light switches, voltage tester
light switches, voltage tester, loose wire: You will need a tester to check for voltage. The 1st place to check is the breaker panel. With the breaker on, see if you get a voltage reading on the wire that is attached to the breaker. If not, replace the breaker. If you do get a reading, that means...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch getting hot to the touch, watt bulbs, light switches
watt bulbs, light switches, burn your house down: Andy, You should sign up for this site, what else is there? It is obvious that hot swithes are overloaded, a fire hazard, the wiring dictates the breaker and switch sizes. If someone is determined to put 500 watt floods in there lamp, something will...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch issue, floor joists, light switch
floor joists, light switch, ceilings: Hi Derek, The problem lies between lite 1 and lite 2. The hot feed from the panel needed to by pass lite 1 and go lite # 2 where it gets connected to the white wire to the switch, which electrically speaking, the black wire from the panel goes directly...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch, mobile home, don beck, wire nut
don beck, wire nut, cuss word: Hi Debbie, Yes, it s just a matter of getting the wires on the switch on the correct screws. One of the wires coming into the switch box is hot 1 of the wires is the switch for the light, and the others are hot going to feed the bedroom and bathroom....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch part2, message receipt, laundry room
message receipt, laundry room, sorry for the confusion: In the outlet: Let s assume 1 pr is hot in 1 pr is hot feed to the garage 1 pr is a hot feed to the switch Look at the laundry switch box and let me know what color wires come into the box and how many of each color is there? We re getting...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch for pool light, pool light, curcuit breaker
pool light, curcuit breaker, test buttons: Hi Susan, the pool lite shouldn t be too big for the circuit, the problem, I think, lies elsewhere. reference the breaker with the white button. When this button is pushed, it shuts the breaker down. To reset, you must shut the breaker off by hand,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch quit working (no modifications involved), 3way switch, light switches
3way switch, light switches, 3way switches: Kami: It really sounds like the switch to me also. Kill the power. Unscrew the switches, pull them out but do not disconnect the wires yet, wait untill you have the new switches. Count the screws on the side of the switches 2 would be a single pole switch,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch and recepticals, wire nut, receptical
wire nut, receptical, wall plugs: Hi. Unfortunately knowing the number of wires and the color really doesn t tell me where they should connect. Just remember that the wire going to the switch should go directly to the terminal on the outlet that you want controlled by that switch. The...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch replacement problem, hot wire, open hole
hot wire, open hole, old couple: I dont think anything went wrong. You are dealing with a power source wire and two branch wires and the neutral return wire. Now, if I thought I could give a clear description of how to connect them....I would surprise myself. I hope that you can connect...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch snafu, continuity tester, alligator clips
continuity tester, alligator clips, voltage tester: Hi. All the wires on a switch are hot. It does not matter which wire goes on which terminal, if it is a single pole switch. However, all the wires that should be on all the time need to go together on one terminal. The other terminal should have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch voltage not correct, measurement points, correct question
measurement points, correct question, question thanks: I thought it was in the fixture. The problem is all the neutrals and other parallel circuits, when you go to find something like that. Sometimes they bleed to ground just a bit, sometimes it is intermittent, it can be a challenge. Nice job. glad you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch wiring, light switch wiring, programmable switch
light switch wiring, programmable switch, way switch: Sorry but I don t have enough information to help. Does the old switch have 2 terminals or 3? 3 terminals would suggest a 3 way switch [ie 2 locations] and 2 terminals would suggest a single switch. Never seen a switch marked 1 way. Please provide more...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch wiring, light switch wiring, programmable switch
light switch wiring, programmable switch, best guess: Hi Tom, It s pretty hard to give you an exact answer, as almost all the makes are different. If you could describe the wiring diagram that came with the new switch, I may be able to of more help. I can, however, give you a best guess . That would...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch wiring, light switch wiring, programmable switch
light switch wiring, programmable switch, medical work: Hi Tom, Sorry just responding....have been downstate having medical work done at the lab. The marking for your switches are most unsual...and not common for switches used in the US (is this question from a country outside the US..?) I m...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch wiring, light switch wiring, programmable switch
light switch wiring, programmable switch, educated guess: Tom, the configuration you describe is unorthodox for the U.S. But an educated guess, would be the following: Connect the two red wires that are together on the conventional switch to the live terminal on the new switch. Connect the red from the 1 way...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch wiring, light switch wiring, copper wire
light switch wiring, copper wire, light switches: Gregory: One older trailers I have seen what you described. What has happen is that someone in the past had problem with the circuits and instead of fixing it correctly they have use the ground wire for a conductor to make the circuit work. You NEED TO HAVE...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch wiring, light switch wiring, robert wilber
light switch wiring, robert wilber, electrician: Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * Insufficient info Too many questions raised Simply replace an existing switch? Install anything else new? Problem a product of new wiring install and first activation?...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch wiring, light switch wiring, porch light
light switch wiring, porch light, hot wire: Hi. This is hard to answer without seeing it, and may be hard to figure out even I did see it. If the neutral and ground are properly attached at the panel and make a complete circuit, you should not get shocked and you should not get any feedback. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch wiring, light switch wiring, wire nut
light switch wiring, wire nut, loose wires: Hi. The ground would not affect things not working. It is there for safety. If you got a shock, then you could blame the missing ground wire. Assuming you do not have a GFCI which tripped, most likely a wire is loose somewhere. Probably under a wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch wiring, light switch wiring, touch dimmer
light switch wiring, touch dimmer, loose connections: Hi Kevin, A warm to the touch dimmer is normal, but hot to the touch is not. Check for loose connections which may be causing arcing and the heating up of the switch. The switch may be going bad and not making good contact, but check for the loose...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch wiring, light switch wiring, programmable switch
light switch wiring, programmable switch, low voltage: Hello Tom, this sounds like possibly a low voltage item that I am not familiar with. There should be a wiring diagram supplied with the new switch, if not you may have to check with the manufacturer, I would not want to give you incorrect information, but...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch not working properly, wire tester, neutral wire
wire tester, neutral wire, light assembly: Bob......if you are putting the leads of the tester across the two terminals on the switch when it is off then the tester is in series with the light and will not burn as bright as it would if it were connected directly to the hot and neutral wire (white)which...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch works when it wants, motion sensors, dip switches
motion sensors, dip switches, emergency mode: Pat, A motion sensor behind your house. On what? A pole or on your house over a door? Can you get to the unit easily? Many of these units have settings, that set sensitivity, time the unit is on, test mode and so on depending. Some are designed,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch, light switch, switch box
light switch, switch box, receptacle: Hello Johnny. If you are wanting to feed from this switch to a receptacle, the wires connected to the switch will both be hot wires. There would have to be another set of wires in the switch box that pass through without connecting anywhere on the switch to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switches, light cable, light switches
light cable, light switches, box bottom: Hi Sue, I didn t forget about you, I was up all night so I slept in this A.M. until noon. I m not getting a good mental image of the wires, colors, and their locations, so can I have them 1 at at time as I m drawing a wiring diagram. To save time,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switches, fixture wire, light switches
fixture wire, light switches, continuous energy: Hi. Have you tried the red wire to the black fixture wire? Or hold a test light between the red and ground to see if it lights when the switch is on? Here are the basics of a 3 way switch wiring, no matter where the power comes in and the lay out of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switches, programming capabilities, wire nut
programming capabilities, wire nut, light switches: Joan, We can t have that! The black wire that fed switch # 1 and then jumped to switch # 2 should be the hot feed coming into the box. This wire still has to feed switch # 1 and jump over to the new timer so it can feed both devices. The other black...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switches, porch light, light switches
porch light, light switches, intermittent problem: If you still have any of the bad switches, try one in a different location and see if it operates. If not, something is causing these switches to burn out. This could be an easy fix, but difficult to locate. Let me know how the old switch works in a different...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switches in bedroom, light switches, fan switch
light switches, fan switch, test light: Hi. The first thing would be to put a test light on the switch, to make sure the switch is working. (test light should light only when the switch is on, on one of the sides) If so, then look at the fan and see where the fan wire is hooked to. If the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switches and wall plugs, light switches, wall plugs
light switches, wall plugs, screws: Hi. Most plugs have tabs that can be broken off. These are located between the two screws on both sides. You should not break off these tabs. If you didn t break off any tabs, then look to see if perhaps someone broke the tab off before you bought it....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switches not working, arc fault, light switches
arc fault, light switches, reset buttons: There is a good chance that there is either a tripped arc fault or ground fault receptacle. Look at all receptacles and make sure none with the reset buttons are tripped. If all breakers are on, this is the only item that can interrupt power. Thanks, ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switches, professional electrician, 3 way switches
professional electrician, 3 way switches, brass poles: Whenever you remove the switches from 3 way switches unless you do each wire individually, off from the old, and onto the same location on the new switch. You are probably going to have to do a lot of trial and error with the wiring to get it right. That...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light swith becomes hot, bob osgood, candelabra base
bob osgood, candelabra base, master electrician: Good Morning Mike, Based on your description...you may be stressing the wattage limitations of the dimmer...if you have a standard dimmer on this chandelier (most standard dimmers - whether toggle, slider or rotary - are rated at 600 watt maximum load...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light toggle issue turning on power to outlet, light switches, ground wires
light switches, ground wires, neutrals: I may need further information regarding how the circuit runs, but I will assume since the switches controlled the receptacles, the circuit goes through the switch first. In the switch junction box if this is correct, there are two white neutrals and two black...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light wiring, double reds, double light switch
double reds, double light switch, don beck: Gail, If I have the situation down correctly, there are 2 red wires are joined together with a wire nut, but are not connected to the switch. If this is correct, do the following; if it isn t correct, get back to me and straighten me out... on the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light wiring, hot wire, power supply
hot wire, power supply, light wiring: Hi. The color of the wires do not matter as much as where the wires go to. Do you have any white wires in the box? It makes no sense that there would not be any. Most likely the black wire from fixture goes to the red wire and the white wire from...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light wiring, two blacks, reds
two blacks, reds, light wiring: I m afraid I don t understand your question. Single fitting ? Is this a fixture? Out of the roof ? Is this an outlet box with wires in it? Two blacks and two reds? No white or bare? And describe this fitting with the e and L please. Can you take a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light wiring, light cable, incoming power
light cable, incoming power, grounding wire: Black and Red should be hot [power] wires, white should be neutral and the bare one is the ground. As for how it is wired i can only guess. It usually is black is incoming power to a switch and red is outgoing from the switch. But if all you have is the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: a light that won't turn off at all, radio light, overhead light
radio light, overhead light, gas leak: You shut down the main breaker and a light is still on? If so go get a lamp or radio or something you know works and is on. Shut everything down again. Plug the test radio light or whatever in some outlets. Note which ones. Call an Electra regardless...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: One light won't work, light switches, april one
light switches, april one, kitchen light: Hi April, One of the wires that attache to the light have worked loose. This is not uncommon and is caused by normal house vibrations. The other possibility is, inside the shell where the bulb screws in, you ll see a tab at the bottom. Sometimes this...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light, electrician
electrician: Hi Jen. It sounds like your husband may have miswired the new fixture. Have him double check all connections, and verify that he is using the correct wires for the fixture. If he can t find anything out of the ordinary, you had better call in a licensed...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lightbulb broke in socket, hanging lamp, haa
hanging lamp, haa, pliers: Hi Kathy, The potato will work in mist cases, if there is enough glass left in the socket for it to grab onto. If this doesn t work, you can remove the canopy at the ceiling and disconnect the black wires from each other. This will ensure that there...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lightbulbs blowing out, florescent lamps, lamp holder
florescent lamps, lamp holder, dimmers: Hi Sheryl, Since it is only a couple fixtures it is unlikely a problem with your electrical system. The fixtures may be getting old and the lamp holder is wearing out, you might want to replace the fixtures. You might also consider installing dimmers on the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighted switches, thermostat switch, 3 way switches
thermostat switch, 3 way switches, flood light: Hi The problem with wiring them so that they are on at the same time, is that they would need a neutral. Also, only at the final switch, does the power work properly. In other words, at the switches before the end, turning on the end switch would have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighted three way switch, three way switch, hi doug
three way switch, hi doug, time don: Hi Doug, How many wires are on the switch, and do you still have the wiring diagram for it? If so, could you describe what the diagram looks like as far as color of wires and how they are connected? I m leaning toward it may be a defective switch,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighted wall switches, robert wilber, national electrical code
robert wilber, national electrical code, screw head: 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: lighting, bob osgood, master electrician
bob osgood, master electrician, back ups: Hi Dave, Sorry I couldn t get to you sooner...the situation was out of my control. We have since powered back up our systems using an external fan to keep the CPU and equipment from over-heating again...crude set-up but it gets us back up and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting, little luck, light fixture
little luck, light fixture, wht: Oooops. I will assume that the ceiling box is a junction box for the circuit and then I can say that of the 3 pairs of wires...only 2 pairs will be blk/blk and wht/wht but of the remaining pair, one should connect to either the blk or the white while the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting, how to wire a light switch, attic ladder
how to wire a light switch, attic ladder, wirenuts: Find a power source, preferably a receptacle, near this area. With the power to this off, the black wirenuts to the black with a short piece going back to the receptacle. Do the same with the whites. Take this new wire to the switch location. Take a new...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting, acoustical tile, sprinkler heads
acoustical tile, sprinkler heads, light fixture: I don t know of any restrictions other than the distance between sprinkler heads and walls, fuurdowns or any other obstruction that would impede the flow of the water. I see heads one foot away (center of the next acoustical tile) from 2x4 s all the time...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting, live feed, recess
live feed, recess, stairs: Hi Stuart, There are several possibilities, so lets try to narrow our search. Does the light just go out or does a breaker trip? What type of light is it?(flors, recess, track, etc.) Is the light controlled by a switch or a pullchain? How...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting, bathroom light fixtures, s system
bathroom light fixtures, s system, circuit breaker: Hi. Turn off all the breakers and see if they go off. If not, either the breaker is bad, or if you live in a condo, perhaps they were wired into your neighbor s system. perhaps you have a sub panel. But turning off all the breakers in the main should...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting, 3 way switches, lighting circuits
3 way switches, lighting circuits, fuse box: Hi Jack, The 14-3 between the 3-ways is fine. 14 ga is usually plenty for lighting circuits. # 14 will safely carry 1800 watts on each circuit. Thats alot of light Jack. As far as running 12 for a fan? A fan does not pull that much amperage....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting, switch services, kitchen light
switch services, kitchen light, main switch: Hi. Hopefully you have a little knockout to place it. It is a place about half inch in diameter that will push out easily. You can buy a pull chain at any home center. To wire it, turn the breaker off. Then disconnect the black wire going to fixture....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting, lighting circuits, electrical field
lighting circuits, electrical field, basic questions: Hi Ted. This is a calculation that is one of the more basic questions, one that everyone involved with the electrical field should know. Use the examples in the NEC (Annex D, page 717 of the 2005 NEC), which give you several examples of this calculation....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting, light bulbs, wattage
light bulbs, wattage, light fixtures: Hi Garth, A couple of things could be the problem; Your light bulbs are the wrong type, Your light bulbs are the wrong wattage, If your can is not rated to touch insulation you may have insulation surrounding it in the attic. These are the things...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: can lighting, volt circuit, 220 volt
volt circuit, 220 volt, crazy house: Hi. Most likely it is coincidence. The only thing that can cause an incandescent bulb to burn out prematurely is heat, vibration and over voltage. We can rule out heat since can lights have thermal protectors. Most likely there is no vibration. As long...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting, single light, light fixture
single light, light fixture, light bulb: David, How old is the fixture........if its 10 to 20 years old the socket is most likly worn out or if it is a new fixture the socket may be defective. The voltage you measured is correct, thats what it should be. And make sure the bulbs your using are...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting, power source, screws
power source, screws, lighting: Stephen Go from one light to the other light then down to the switch make sure the wires in the switch are fed from a power source then you hook up the whites and the grounds together. Now take the remaining black wires and place them on the switch screws....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting, romex, electrical cord
romex, electrical cord, extension cord: Karen, There are two ways to do this: Run romex from the ceiling (in the attic) down the wall to the switch. or, Run wire on the outside of drywall (in the office) from the ceiling to the switch AND incase the wire in a metal raceway. It looks better...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting, lighting store, flush mount lighting
lighting store, flush mount lighting, light fixtures: Debra, Supposing that the lights are all in acceptable areas, there are lights that fit right over existing can lights. You do not have to remove the can lights with these type of fixtures. Of course weight will have to be considered. Recessed lights...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting, amp breaker, watt bulbs
amp breaker, watt bulbs, dimmer switches: The wire size is okay (14 gauge = 15 amps), but your breaker is too large. You will need to change it to a 15 amp breaker. Dimmer switches are known for generating heat. A dimmer switch is technically a resistive load. It reduces the voltage to the lights...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting, loose wire, culprit
loose wire, culprit, screws: Hi Joey, It s not a short or that would trip the breaker. It sounds like you have a loose wire somewhere in the circuit. Shut off the breaker for this circuit and make note of everything that shuts down. then starting at the breaker itself, test for voltage...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting, intuition, watts
intuition, watts, ivan: well i may suggest using 8 fluorescent fixtures. it depends on how much light you want and how much you want to spend. maybe you want to just space about 2 to 6 of them out. just use your intuition on laying them out and figure about 1-3 watts per square...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting, lowes home, strobe effect
lowes home, strobe effect, watt tungsten: Bob, You could get good light level s and coverage using 6 recessed lights that will handle the PAR 38 size halogen flood light. This is the largest size recessed light available at such places as Home depot or Lowes. Home Depot carries Halo brand recessed...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting, electrical pvc, don beck
electrical pvc, don beck, pvc pipe: Hi John, A 14/2 with ground romex is the proper size. I would, however, put this wire inside a 1/2 pvc pipe wherever it may be exposed...like attic or above rafters in the garage etc. Use the gray electrical PVC pipe and not the white which is used for...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Can lighting, fifteen minutes, can lighting
fifteen minutes, can lighting, insulation: Can lights are thermally protected. Is the insulation touching the can? Is there any air movement available for the can? Are they rated I C in contact. This is quite a common occurance. Many people do their own...not knowing the consequences...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting, shock hazards, motor loads
shock hazards, motor loads, electrical demand: Hi Kendall, Based on your description...you find yourself among a large group. The majority of A/C s (and most large motor loads) pull a substantial amount of power when they first kick-in....known as in-rush current. Depending on the overall size of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting, maych, assisstance
maych, assisstance, physicaly: Hi Dave, It sounds as if you have tried everything. Inside the cover you mentioned something that looks like a capacitor. This could be the starter you were searching for. From what you describe, it does sound like a bad starter. The other item inside...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting, electrician check, qualified electrician
electrician check, qualified electrician, flood lights: On first impression it sounds like it is getting a power surge. Have a qualified electrician check voltage over a period of time, with various appliances running. That should indicate wherein the problem lies. Good luck, if I can be of further assistance...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting in added on room, compact florescent bulbs, dimmers
compact florescent bulbs, dimmers, dimmer switch: Hi John, if I read everything correctly you will be using 800 watts. Most dimmers are 600 or 700 watts, so you should go with a 1000 watt dimmer. Or, you can spilt the lights into 2 banks and use to 600 watt dimmers. You could even use 2 dimmers and have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting circuit issue, lighting circuit, voltage sensor
lighting circuit, voltage sensor, wire nut: Hi. You may have a loose connection in a wire nut, or you may have a borken wire. You may want to get a circuit analyzer to tell you if you have an open hot or an open neutral. The best place to start is in the breaker box. Either get a neon tester,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting control, lighting circuit, photocell
lighting circuit, photocell, photo cell: Jack You can not use a Photo cell on that because the photo cell will take over the circuit until it gets dark.the timer will turn the circuit on from 8 am to 10 PM but your photo cell will keep the power off until it gets dark. unless you live in the South...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting/fan separation, bob osgood, master electrician
bob osgood, master electrician, wall fixture: Hi Joanna, Due to a cooling fan malfunction on our main computer system - we are temporarily down until the new fan arrives next week. (I m on a remote system). I will not be able to log-in and answer any questions until the network computer is back...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting fixture, hot wire, lighting fixture
hot wire, lighting fixture, wall switch: Hi Joseph, Your math is perfect...it would be 50-50 to be correct and the hot wire is the one that should be interrupted by the switch. If there is no difference in the wire markings and you can see where they go, the one that goes to the center of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting fixture trouble, circuit breakers, copper wire
circuit breakers, copper wire, overhead light: Hi. Your friend is correct in how to wire it. Perhaps the switch is bad. Wire it correctly, and if it does not shut off, remove the switch. (make sure the power is off when you do this and make sure the wires from the switch aren t touching anything....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting fixture trouble, circuit breakers, copper wire
circuit breakers, copper wire, switch wiring: Hi Chris. The way your friend said to wire it is the usual way to do it. You will need to open up the switch box and verify that the cable you think is from the switch is indeed the right cable. You may have to remove the switch and replace it to get...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting fixture trouble, circuit breakers, copper wire
circuit breakers, copper wire, overhead light: If you read my introductory thing, I have no faith it ever worked. You have to remember that from the switch you are just opening and closing one wire, a hot wire. http://www.hometips.com/content/wallswitch_intro.html Take a look at the above address...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting fixture, bob osgood, master electrician
bob osgood, master electrician, switch boxes: Good Morning Raul, Based on your description....it sounds like you may possibly have a 12/2 black/white power in, a 12/2 black/white power out (perhaps going to a receptacle outlet - such as a possible GFCI, exhaust fan or other area)....and a run of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting and heating in the bathroom, light fan, fan unit
light fan, fan unit, time switch: Hi Narinder. Without actually looking at and going into your parents bungalow i could not say either to your first or second question how easy or how expensive it would be to accomplish what you require. I suggest that you instruct an electrician to survey...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting/hvac fan, cieling fan, hvac unit
cieling fan, hvac unit, front porch: I have just recently seen a similar situation. Some other electrician pulled a circuit off a stove circuit in the attic...It powered the front porch and bathroom lights by backfeeding from the stove circuit. It was hard to find and fix....but removing it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting and outlet failures, power surges, faulty connections
power surges, faulty connections, flourescent tube: I think I would start with a cheap (so so) volt meter. Pull the recepticles and switches out to get to the terminals. Check each for similar voltage. Anything from 108v to 122 volts. If the meter shows less...you have some faulty connections somewhere....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting quest, bathroom lights, recepticles
bathroom lights, recepticles, exhaust fans: Normally the recepticles and lights are different circuits. Your problem is else where. It will take a different research to locate the origin of the circuit to your lights. Check for any other lights that dont work. It may require opening up other light...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting question, halogen lamps, commercial premises
halogen lamps, commercial premises, downlighters: Hi Nick. Firstly you should have used 1.5mm cable for lighting 1mm cable is no longer used for fire regulations especially in commercial premises. Secondly i would have left the 2 switches controlling the groups of 5 and added another switch for the extras...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting receptacle, tracklight, light fixture
tracklight, light fixture, receptacle: You re correct except for one thing...you shouldn t have any left over blacks, capped, in the light receptacle. If you do, something isn t working. Black is continually hot and red is only hot when the switch is on, and passing current, like you have it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting in series, moses series, next box
moses series, next box, black white: HI Moses, Series really isn t recommended. You will probably run into power problems since a normal feed won t work. And if one light fails, they all go out. But the connections are black in to black in on light white out on light to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting swithches in the hall and stairs, top of the stairs, 3 way switches
top of the stairs, 3 way switches, fixture wire: Hi. Unfortunately, I can t tell you where the wires in your house go, and there is no standard color coding for 3 way switches because there are so many different combinations of switches, lights and power entering. About all I can do is tell you the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting system bottom andtop of stairs, downstairs hall, light boxes
downstairs hall, light boxes, system bottom: Hi Sue, It sounds as if 1 wire is connected wrong. You ll need to open up both switch boxes and let me know hoe many wires are present, what color they are and how are they connected in each box. You ll need to do the same with both ceiling light...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting wiring, dimmer switches, main switch
dimmer switches, main switch, ceiling lights: There is a way to have a main switch turn the power off to all of the individual dimmers and then turn power back on to them. But note that we would only be restoring power to the dimmer switches. It would be the up to the dimmers to turn on and turn off...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting not working, aluminum wiring, wire nuts
aluminum wiring, wire nuts, loose wire: Hi. The switches may have worn out, or perhaps you have a loose wire somewhere. If your house was built in the 1970 s, you may have aluminum wiring. This is known to come loose, and is also a fire hazard. It also requires special devices. If you have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting, neutral wire, toggle switch
neutral wire, toggle switch, receptacle: Thanks for asking Michael. You would connect the powered black wire to the new switch. Connect the black going toward the light to the other side of the switch. This breaks the circuit feeding the light. Then you have a white and ground left going toward the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lightning arrestor, electrican, meter base
electrican, meter base, portable generator: Hi again Dennis, Although I remember us writing some time back - I couldn t recall your last question...so I looked back thru a huge pile of questions and found it from back in May....about the 6/3 and grounding with the spa. Your right - that s...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights on 1 circuit, in multiple rooms, stopped working, street vibrations, overhead lighting
street vibrations, overhead lighting, wire bundle: Hi Brian, You neighbors assumption of a bad or loose neutral wire is correct. The problem may be in the wall box that contains the switches, or upstream from there. The first thing to try is remove the wire nut from the group of white wires,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights, low voltage wiring, max volts
low voltage wiring, max volts, don beck: Al, I couldn t respond to your question as low voltage wiring is not my expertise. However, after thinking about it for a bit, there are some basics that apply whether low voltage or standard voltage. The onat applies here is: Whatever the device...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights, garbage disposal, unbalanced load
garbage disposal, unbalanced load, electrical load: I am getting alot of complaints along this line. Most of the time it is an unbalanced load center. Most electricians dont know how to balance an electrical load for a residence. You have two bars in the electrical panel. Each bar is 120 volts..both bars...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights, garbage disposal, looseness
garbage disposal, looseness, terminations: Hi Eric. I suspect that you have a loose(or non-existant) neutral. This is a hazard, so get an electrician to come in to check out your service equipment. He will check terminations for looseness, or damage. If he can t find anything on your equipment,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights out, gfi receptacles, electrical socket
gfi receptacles, electrical socket, vaccum cleaner: Check to be sure in the restrooms, kitchen and any outdoor receptacles that there are no tripped GFI receptacles with a reset button. If not, I would begin with the receptacle you plugged the vacuum into to see if it damaged a connection. It may require starting...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no lights, merry christmas and a happy new year, trip meter
merry christmas and a happy new year, trip meter, happy new year: No idea on the cost of the repair. It could be as simple as replacing the receptacle that you initially plugged the vacuum into. Could be as complex as rewiring that entire circuit. I would turn the power to this circuit off, remove the receptacle, check...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights come on at will, don beck, dimmer switch
don beck, dimmer switch, light rain: Hi William, I would think the problem lies in the dimmer switch. They tend to go bad after a few years of use and it s not uncommon. They sometimes get warm, cold, or dusty and any of these will cause the dimmer to act up over time. It is a simple matter...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no lights, multimeter, circuit breaker
multimeter, circuit breaker, receptacles: Hi. I suspect the neutral is disconnected somewhere. Sometimes the meters give false reading because of feedback. I would put a tester between the black wire coming in and the ground at the switches to see if you really hve power there. If you do,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: some lights out, robert wilber, google
robert wilber, google, lightbulb: - * Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * You most likely tripped a breaker, and it didn t flip over turn your breakers off and back on-firmly. You will probably find one that is kind of loose After...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights, work evening, kitchen area
work evening, kitchen area, light bulb: Evening Noeleen, There could be several causes for this. But i m thinking most likely you have a poor connection on the neutral leg, the white wire on this circuit. Go to the panel and check each box on this circuit leading from the panel till...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights, flourescent lights, florescent
flourescent lights, florescent, different things: Hi Dan, Do you have access to the wiring? Can you tell me how these are wired? Are they all in parallel? Or is the incandescent parallel to the florescent and the florescent are in series? It could be different things.. but if you can tell...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights out, fuse box, circuit breaker
fuse box, circuit breaker, thanks in advance: Hi Paul, the breaker panel is the 1st place to start. Shut off the breaker, wait about 1 minute to give it time to reset and cool down, then turn it back on. If it doesn t help. move the wire from this breaker to another breaker and see if everything...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights, max volts, voltage ratings
max volts, voltage ratings, max voltage: Al, Max operating voltage is important. You must adhere to the max voltage ratings or you ll burn out the LED s. The only way you could apply 30 volts to 10 leds rated at 3 volts each would be if you had them connected in series VS parallel which of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights, max volts, 3v supply
max volts, 3v supply, watt lamps: Amperage (mA in your case) is determined by the load in a circuit. Your device won t put out amperage, but rather that is the rated amperage, or the maximum that the device will handle. Here s an example...say you have ten 60 watt lamps. They are all...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights, bob osgood, max volts
bob osgood, max volts, volts and amps: Hi Al, It sounds as if you are talking about either the extreme low WATTAGE (still draw 120 volts like anything else that plugs into a house receptacle..) neon or indigo night lights. These babies only draw as little as 1/4 of a watt !! Extremely efficient...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights, feeder lines, garbage disposal
feeder lines, garbage disposal, incoming service: Hello Eric. There could be a couple things. One, the panel is imbalanced. The main panel has two main feeder lines, each 120 volts. There could be more of the load on one line than the other, this causes an imbalance and the results are often things you have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights, amp service, garbage disposal
amp service, garbage disposal, neutral wire: Hi. It depends on how dim. Starting any motor will cause the lights to dim momentarily. Just like flushing the toliet will cause the water pressure to drop. I have 200 amp service, and the washer especially causes the lights to dim. If the lights stay...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights, don beck, amp meter
don beck, amp meter, garbage disposal: Hi Eric, There are 2 common causes for this. 1) The wires between where the power company attaches to your house and where the come into your main panel may be not be tightened down all the way. Sometimes they work loose due to normal house and street...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights in bathroom, amp breaker, electrical code
amp breaker, electrical code, bulbs: Hi Terry, The 15 amp would probably handle it all, but the outlets should be on their own 20 amp breaker.(12/2 wire) and they should be GFI protected to get this up to the electrical code. So, I d suggest you bring 2 circuits to the bathroom, or use...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights blinking/flickering, loose ground, real hazard
loose ground, real hazard, electrical devices: David, It very well could be the same thing. You have a condition were there is either a loose ground, or power drop or surges, or something not right. It is also very bad on the appliances, and when the strain from a an appliance starting is what you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights are blinking a little all over the house, loose connections, beth ann
loose connections, beth ann, electrician: Beth Ann: If the blinking occurs at the same time all through the house, then the problem will most likely be a loose main neutral or main hot feeder connection. If it only occurs in the rooms at separate times then it will be a hunt and search type job starting...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights blowing in motorhome, definite possibility, light switch
definite possibility, light switch, receptacles: Charles, Did the circuit blow before you put the new switch back in the box or after ? In other words its possible that after you put the new switch back in the box you accidentally pinched a wire in doing so. The only other possibility is you grabbed...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no lights - breaker OK, wire nuts, correct voltage
wire nuts, correct voltage, wiggy: Hi. The problem is much more likely to be in a junction box, and not between them. 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...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights go bright and dim, bedroom light, wire termination
bedroom light, wire termination, light dims: Mark: The reason the lights dim is due to a voltage drop, a voltage drop is cause by resistance, resistance can be in the form of a bad wire termination, or a loose connection which now is cooking and when the light dims it is arking like a tiny ark welder....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights get brighter, desperate person, voltage drop
desperate person, voltage drop, volts: Obviously you have a wiring problem on these 2 circuits or the lamps are defective. Something is causing this voltage drop and it is way more than allowed by the code of 3%. You are going to have to track the wire from the breaker to the lights and see if...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No lights in certain rooms, qualified electrician, daughters room
qualified electrician, daughters room, loose wire: Scott, Yes. When the lights go out, you have lost 1/2 the power coming into the house, while the other 1/2 is still running. You should get this checked as a loose wire can cause arcing and could be a fire hazard, and could damage the main breaker....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights changing in intensity, lighting fixtures, home wiring
lighting fixtures, home wiring, water pressure: Hi. It sounds like that it is the power company. Flickering could be caused by home wiring. It sounds like you learned about possible causes from what you have told me. But your lights are not flickering. Voltage is just a measure of pressure. It...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights going off then coming back on, volt circuit, incoming lines
volt circuit, incoming lines, meter box: Hello Dan. Since the stove is on a 240 volt circuit, and the other lights are on a 120 volt circuit and they will all be out at the same time, I suspect a loose connection either in the panel where the main feeders attach, or in the meter box. These would...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights come on after delay, timing delay, question thanks
timing delay, question thanks, ceiling lights: I totally agree Fred. I am sorry we could not pin point it closer, but some circuit problems require testing the entire circuit, and I am afraid for safety this is one of them. Let me know what is found and I hope I can assist in the future. Thanks, ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights come on after delay, timing delay, time delay
timing delay, time delay, circuit breaker: You dont want to hear this, that increasing delay is worrying me. That tells me that something really wrong is getting wronger. If it is not the bulb, not the switch, then it is a wire or a connector that may be arching in bad place and could be a fire waiting...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights come on after delay, light switches, ceiling lights
light switches, ceiling lights, time delay: Hi Fred, Let s take the simple approach first. I suspect the switches are not making good internal contact. To test this, remove the wires from both switches, touch the 2 wires that were on switch 1 together then the 2 wires that were on switch 2 and see...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights dim when h2o pump activates, amperage, first thought
amperage, first thought, flicker: My first thought is the start up on the pump is drawing the maximum current for the breaker and short term overloading the breaker. Since is only causes a flicker, the load is not great enough to trip the breaker. I would think the wire size for the pump...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights dim intermitently, center screw, amp circuit
center screw, amp circuit, light bulbs: Dave, if a breaker is at fault, the most common problem is one of overheating. If the contact point between the breaker and the bus bar is pitted or corroded, heat is the consequence. Usually a visual inspection will reveal such a problem. Pitting of the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights dim when laser heat circuit comes on, amp breaker, laser heat
amp breaker, laser heat, printers laser: Jeff, It doesn t surprise me that the lights are dimming. You ve got a lot on that circuit and its probably borderline over loaded when the lazer printer(s) are operating. So don t be surprised if the breaker starts tripping at some point in the future....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Why do some lights dim while others grow brighter when.., neutral connections, fuse box
neutral connections, fuse box, neutral center: Hi Mike, Check the neutral connections in your main panel and outside disconnect if you have one. If they are all tight call your utility company and have them check their connections. The different phases is what gives you your 250V, each phase is 125V,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights dim/not working when kettle plugged in, using a digital multimeter, fuse panel
using a digital multimeter, fuse panel, electric clocks: Hi Richard, It sounds like 1 of your main wires coming into the fuse panel is loose or broken. It could be in the power company lines that come to the house, or in the lines from where they tie into the power company wires, go to the meter, and then to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights dimming, upright deep freezer, gauge wires
upright deep freezer, gauge wires, amp service: The electrical code requires 2/0 copper or 4/0 aluminum for 200 amp service. That is probably the problem. Also make sure all the lugs are tight. The 3/0 is fine, its the 1/0 that is probably causing the problem. Replace it with 2/0 or 3/0 and all should...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights dimming, e mail notification, upright deep freezer
e mail notification, upright deep freezer, gauge wires: Hi Byron, Never received a prior e-mail notification of your question...just now found it while going thru the pile of questions I had tonight (the site must be having problems...)...sorry for the delay. Based on your description...your voltage reading...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights dimming, coffee pot, exhaust fan
coffee pot, exhaust fan, voltage drop: I think having the microwave on is taxing the circuit and therefore the lights dim. It could cause a voltage drop, and your lights will burn out faster than normal, although I don t think there s any risk of fire, but the original exhaust fan circuit...was...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights dimming, hurricane katrina, junction boxes
hurricane katrina, junction boxes, garbage disposal: With NO pun intended....with Katrina...everything is possible. I think your fixture is going bad, and it could be caused and related to a bad junction box affected by a wet condition. If debris was washed into a junction box, the cause can develope slowly...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights dimming, light switches, limited power
light switches, limited power, sockets: It is not as hard to believe as you might think, one of your circuits is now wired through an appliance, making the appliance a switch. As more load is involve, the appliance is causing more drain on the circuit and dimming more of the house. It will require...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights dimming and brightening, utility engineer, amp meter
utility engineer, amp meter, garbage disposal: The electrical contractor needs to put a 24 hour line register on aa many of the obvious breakers there are. He should also be taking several amp meter readins with appliances starting and stopping even this means convincing some things to start, ie having...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights dimming, buzz in breaker box, electric consumption, household needs
electric consumption, household needs, electric appliances: Hi Terry, Sorry just responding...been away down-state on a remote job... Based on your description....your symptoms sound as if you are having brief power dips ...and where it only happens during the warmer summer months...it may all be related...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights dimming when other loads start, coffee pot, incoming power
coffee pot, incoming power, neutral wire: Your symptoms all point to either low voltage, too many loads on one circuit, or a loose neutral or hot. All of these result in a large voltage drop when heavy loads are being used. Normally a residential home does not get 3-phase, but it is possible...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights dimming, upright deep freezer, gauge wires
upright deep freezer, gauge wires, copper wire: Byron, your wire sizes are correct and the length is not a problem. Your symptoms strongly suggest a faulty neutral at the power company transformer. Describe the problem to them, particularly the fact that the voltage goes up on one leg and correspondingly...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: two lights one double switch, conductor cables, conductor cable
conductor cables, conductor cable, double switch: Originally one switch for one light, so I m guessing you had two, 2 conductor cables in the box...one was the feed or source of power, and the other ran to the fixture. Both blacks should have been on the switch, and both whites should have been mated together....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No lights unless the dryer is running...then dim, plumbing components, doors and windows
plumbing components, doors and windows, bad situation: Somebody some how tapped into the dryer circuit or wiring to get to the light circuit. It could be a very simple fix, or it was their way of correcting a really bad situation. Put a contingency in your offer that all electrical components must be working...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights in the first floor, floor question, junction boxes
floor question, junction boxes, neutral wire: It only takes one bad connection to end the supply. One way to verify, use the ground lug of any recepticle and test the hot/ground connection. If you can get voltage from hot to ground, the neutral is disconnected somewhere. It is a pain to trace it down,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights flicker, go out, come back on, untrained person, flicker
untrained person, flicker, electrician: You need to have the electric utility check from the meter to the pole. You also should have a qualified, licensed electrician check the breakers and the wiring. There are too many possibilities for an untrained person to look for in this instance. It could...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights flicker &/or burn out, wall receptacles, neutral wire
wall receptacles, neutral wire, light intensity: Hi. I would say that you have a neutral not making contact somewhere. The reading you are getting is probably feedback, or a problem relating to a shared neutral problem. If your light fixture got brighter than it should, then it sounds like it may be...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights flicker on one circuit only, aluminum wiring, wire nuts
aluminum wiring, wire nuts, loose wire: Hi. It could be anywhere. Once place is when the electricians push the wires in the back of the outlet rather than screwing it to the sides. Under wire nuts is another possible place. Yes, it would make sense to start at the breaker. If everything...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights flicker, motor circuits, clothes washer
motor circuits, clothes washer, rare possibility: This is becoming a very common occurance. Your panel load is unbalanced. You have too many motor circuits on one side of the two legs. If the lights and washer are on the same side it will affect the circuit and cause a minor brown out during a peak...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights flickering, incoming service, incoming lines
incoming service, incoming lines, refrigerator: Either the incoming service is not large enough, the panel is not balanced, or there is too much of a load on some of the circuits. If you take an amp reading of the incoming lines in the panel, the left side should be very close to the amp draw on the other...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights flickering, neutral connections, power wires
neutral connections, power wires, electrical panel: When a motor load comes on, such as your refrigerator, it draws a lot of current (amperage) at start-up, then settles down to what it needs to run normally. This large draw, causes a temporary voltage drop, and your lights will dim for an instance, hence the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights flickering, washing machine, laundry
washing machine, laundry, amp: You need to check the laundry circuit amp draw. If this is just happening with a older machine the motor is probably starting to go bad, and drawing more current. Probably be a good idea to have it checked. If it checks ok, I would replace the breaker and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights flickering, flickering lights, fan speeds
flickering lights, fan speeds, loose connection: Flickering lights would be caused by a loose connection. It can be dangerous because of the overheating that could develop. Since this sounds a little complicated to fix, I d suggest you call a contractor. Or you could just take the time to open up every device...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ALL lights flickering!!!, volt appliances, incoming power
volt appliances, incoming power, incoming service: Hi Renee, Just getting back in from the coast...saw your e-mail.. Based on your description...yes - it certainly does sounds like you may have suffered from storm related wiring or connection damage....we see it a lot with mobile homes after bad...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ALL lights flickering, fridge, renee
fridge, renee, mobile home: Consider the switches themselves. If they became damp....the contacts are now corroded and starting to fail. It can be house wide if the moisture was consistently dispersed. Rare as it is...it can become dangerous, if the flickering starts to cause arching...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ALL lights flickering, electrican, fridge
electrican, fridge, renee: Renee: since you described the flickering in the whole place, and the stove and fridge. More than likly the main service feeding the place is got a loose or burning connection. It cane be from the pole up to the meter (power companys side) or between the meter...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ALL lights flickering, wet wires, loose wires
wet wires, loose wires, loose wire: Hi Renee, Wet wires should not cause the lights to flicker. I suspect there are loose wires in the main breaker panel. To check this, turn off the main breaker, and tighten down all the screws on each breaker that hold the wires in place. Then...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights flickering, household appliances, meter box
household appliances, meter box, electricians: Hi. Some flickering is normal. Did the electricians tighten the wires in the meter box? Perhaps you should call the power company. The problem could be in their wires. It is usually a loose neutral that causes flickering. I hope this helps. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights flickering, air conditioning units, wiring connections
air conditioning units, wiring connections, loose connection: Hello Paul, I would suspect a slightly loose connection in the heat pump wiring. Turn off the breakers feeding the heat pump and check the main wiring connections, especially at the disconnect on both sides, and inside of the unit where the disconnect wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: not all the lights are on at home!, voltage meter, electrician
voltage meter, electrician, balcony: Hi April I am assuming you replaced the breaker and it will not stay on. You have a dead short somewhere. You will need to trace out the circuit, visually inspect it and check it wiht a voltage meter, find the problem and repair it. Or call a licensed electrician....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights in house flickering throughout, amp service, wire nut
amp service, wire nut, nuetral: First it is a good idea to label all your breakers as to where they are and what they cover. Make a list to refer to. Then when the problem occurs...you will have a starting point for the search. Leaving the circuit on that flickers and turn off surrounding...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights in Japan, 60 hertz, american appliances
60 hertz, american appliances, light fixture: The Japanese voltage you say is 100 AC @ 50/60 Hertz. I know nothing of Japanese electrical supply, but it is one or the other 50 or 60. So to answer the questions I need to know if it is 100 50, or 100 60. Then if possible, what are the tolerances...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights keep dimmingin hiuse, poor power quality, 200 amp service
poor power quality, 200 amp service, tight connections: Hi Keith, Just getting in... Based on your description, it appears your local power provider has a distribution problem in your immediate area. If changing out their transformer didn t help them...it sounds as if they are now going to change supply...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights no longer working, 600w dimmer, voltage meter
600w dimmer, voltage meter, dimmer switch: Hi. I would use two switches until you get it working. Dimmers are a problem in themselves, so get the wiring right then worry about the dimmer. Each switch has 3 terminals. Two are one color. One is another color and called common. The two terminals...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights/outlets not working, buss bar, bedroom light
buss bar, bedroom light, j box: Jerry: You have a connection thats loose or burning out. Start at the main panel. Find the breaker that controls the room in question. Kill the main breaker. Now carefully pull the breaker out look to see if the buss bar is burnt. Check the wire connection...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights and receptacles do not work, furnace room, light switches
furnace room, light switches, electrical problem: Wayne, sounds like you have been thorough in trying to correct your problem. I have a question and a couple of comments. 1. what does the first switch you describe operate? Lights or receptacles? 2. In the first receptacle where the power begins you state...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights and receptacles not working, visual appearance, copper wire
visual appearance, copper wire, j cook: Thats great Wayne. I still have a concern in the one switch as described that the black wires were nutted together and it appeared the switch was controlled with the white neutral wires. It will still work this way, but it in fact the neutral is being switched,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights and receptacles not working, furnace room, light switches
furnace room, light switches, electrical problem: From your description, I see one wire leaving the first outlet, but two wires entering the switch 6 inches away. By wire , I mean a two conductor cable. You also mention wires entering on the top, and leaving from the bottom, receptacle to receptacle, but...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights and receptacles not working, furnace room, light switches
furnace room, light switches, electrical problem: Wayne, You almost broke the All experts record for longest question. Anyway I believe all or at least part of your problem is in the light switch box where you said the 2 white wires were the hot because they go to the switch and the black wires were...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights and receptacles not working, furnace room, light switches
furnace room, light switches, electrical problem: Good Morning Wayne, Your question came in long after we retired for the evening (we are on eastern time)...and I m fixing to leave for a job site down-state here in a few minutes...so I ll need to get back to you when I return later today. But quickly...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights and receptacles not working, furnace room, light switches
furnace room, light switches, electrical problem: Let me make sure I got this. Everything works up to the first switch bow and then nothing until the last switch box. I noticed something on rereading. You have 3 whites and only 2 blacks there. Hmmm. Lets try this. Remove the last switch and wirenut...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: two lights on one switch, desirable results, switch box
desirable results, switch box, black and white: The switch box contains the hot and the switch leg...no neutral. The simplest way to add another light is to come off of one of the existing lights, with two wires, connected to the black and white that operates that fixture. You can t accomplish what you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: two lights, one switch., top of the stairs, watt bulb
top of the stairs, watt bulb, paster: Afternoon Jon, Pull your lights out and check all the connections in the boxes. Your problem sounds like you have a poor nuetral connection. Make sure you have good connections in your wire nuts. If this does not solve your prolem...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights on-switch off, bob osgood, master electrician
bob osgood, master electrician, incoming power: Hi Bryan, Sorry for the delay....just returning from a down-state trip visiting family. Based on your description...clearly something changed between removal of the old fixture and installation of the new. If the fixture was hot (on) as soon as the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights come on by themselves, rural electric co, don beck
rural electric co, don beck, touch lamps: Hi Jake, If you get an excorcist, make sure he is licensed! It sounds like a loose wire. The most likely places are: 1) Main fuse box/breaker panel. There are 3 main wires coming in from the meter. 2 black, 1 white. Tighten these wires down.(Turn...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights come on by themselves, power hiccup, metal shaft
power hiccup, metal shaft, touch lamps: Jake, It sounds like you have a loose main connection given the number of circuits involved and it most likely is on the utilitys end. But before you call them just check your main panel and or sub panels to make sure all your main connections are tight...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights in whole house flicker, nuetral, funny noises
nuetral, funny noises, electrical co: Hi. Well, if the lights flicker only once in a while, the power company may have missed something. Most of the wiring that affects the whole house is the power comany s wiring. Most flickering that is the homeowners problem is caused by loose neutrals,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights wired in series, hot wire, voltage drop
hot wire, voltage drop, crawlspace: John, To start with, they are not and should not be wired in series. I have heard the term wired in series misused a lot. Let me explain: In series means that the hot from the switch feeds the hot at the first light, the neutral from the first light...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: My lights won't, flood lamps, 3 way switches
flood lamps, 3 way switches, amp breaker: Usually as a rule I will only put up to 80% of the load rated for a dimmer. Which in this case that would be 480watts. But generally, dimmers are subject to get extremely hot anyway. If you dont like the amount of heat being put off, you can get the next...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights won't work, wire nuts, switches
wire nuts, switches, circuit analyzer: Hi. It sounds like the wire may have burned loose somewhere in the circuit. These things can be hard to track down. Somewhere in the circuit, there is a break. It could even be at a device that is working, because it could be the wire leaving the working...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: some lights won't work, fuse box, light switches
fuse box, light switches, bedroom light: Hi Alan. It sounds like you have not connected the switch wiring back into the switches correctly. Do your switches have 3 connections as if so and it is operating a single light it needs to be connected to com and L2. Hope this helps. Regards Le...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Some lights work some don't on same circuit, circuit breakers, wall outlets
circuit breakers, wall outlets, gfci: A switch circuit will not test hot. ONly the power supply will test. If the switch is in the circuit, after the power source it will test hot with it ON You only worry about the power to the switch, then to the light. Take the switch out and twist the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Our lights no workie., lighting circuit, 3 way switches
lighting circuit, 3 way switches, whole house fan: Patrick, From a professional point of view, unless there are compelling reason s to do otherwise I would run the new circuit. The whole house fan could make your lights dim when its starting which you might find anoying. If your lighting circuit is 15 amp...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights not working, wire nuts, loose wires
wire nuts, loose wires, breakfast room: Hi. The outlets and lights in the kitchen and dining room should always be on separate circuits. You probably have a wire loose somewhere. If everything not working is on one switch, the switch could be defective. Check the wiring, looking for loose...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights not working, robert wilber, light bulbs
robert wilber, light bulbs, thanks in advance: You said several lights have stopped working in your house, yet the fuse hasn t blown and the light bulbs are stiil good. What do you check or do next? The following answers have been posted about the same situation by other people. Doesn t help? Follow...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights, 1 peter, e mail
1 peter, e mail, cables: Peter, Because All Experts only sporadically notifies me of new questions VIA e-mail I didn;t get your question till just now so you may have the answer to this already but in the event you don t here s your answer. You have three 14-2 cables in Light...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lightswitch, 16th edition, electrical requirements
16th edition, electrical requirements, water heater: Hi Rod. Under the electrical requirements 16th edition it is illegal to have any hand operated switch no matter what it is for installed in any bathroom or enclosure. Which means the switch has to be installed outside the bathroom unless you have a ceiling...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lightswitch in series with wall outlets, copper wires, anybody guess
copper wires, anybody guess, hi doug: Hi Doug, End of another long shift...just getting online for the evening... Based on your description...they have connected the wiring wrong at the switch...one pair of the black and whites is the feed....one pair is a feed-thru for power out to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: from ligt to switch, fixture wire, junction box
fixture wire, junction box: Hi. You have to run the wire from the wall light to the junction box, which is what it sounds like you did. Just connect the light the same way th existing light is wired. Where the black fixture wire is connected, connect the black wire going to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lilght switches stopped working, circuit breakers, light fixture
circuit breakers, light fixture, multimeter: Your descriptions is very curious. Black to ground hot, white to ground hot, black and white dead. The ground is being energized somewhere. Not a good thing. You will need to isolate that particular circuit and start opening up boxes and junctions. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: limit of extension cords in one wall plug, sewing machine, extension cords
sewing machine, extension cords, amps: Hi. Most likely, if you have only 2 parallel slots then the rating is 15 amps. If the longer slot has a T in it, it is 20 amps. Of course, you are also limited by the breaker or fuse. An iron uses a lot of electricity. The others don t. However, I...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: limitations of 100 amp service, amp breaker, amp service
amp breaker, amp service, electricity users: Hi Tamara, The 100 amp service will be plenty big. If possible, you might want to run a separate circuit from the panel in 12 gauge wire and a 20 amp breaker to the practice area. The power there should handle it OK, it s just that with band equipment...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: line to line and line to neutral, volt meter, electrical services
volt meter, electrical services, 220 volts: I am unsure of the question as far as conditions. I can say that if using a volt meter, the voltage from line to line would read 220 volts, if reading from either line to neutral, it would read 120 volts. I know 50hz is common in European electrical services...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: line loss and correct guagewire to use, wire weather, gauge wire
wire weather, gauge wire, tuff time: I use the below site when I don t have the code book handy, and I usually don t. There are so many things to be considered when picking the size of the wire. Weather conditions, conduit fill, type of insulation...on and on. If you go with the 10 gauge,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: line to neutral readings, old timer, pool pump
old timer, pool pump, pig tail: Take the pump to your main panel. If it works there, then to the disconnect. Pigtail before the disconnect. It would be rare, but your disconnect may be malfunctioning. Keep in mind, your ground is only for safety...it is not an electrical connection...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: line problem, amp line, surge suppressor
amp line, surge suppressor, surge protecter: Hello Rick it sounds like a characteristic of the dimmer, the voltage would increase as the dimmer is turned up. However I m not sure how the surge protector picks up the dimmer, it may be due to the common neurtal. Or the problem could be unrelated to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: linking florescent ceiling lights, ceiling lights, floor joists
ceiling lights, floor joists, nice day: Hi. The easiest way to link them together is to start from the first to the second and so on ending with only one cable on the 5th. the first to the 4th will have one cable in and one out to the next until the 5th which will have one cable meaning each of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lite switch or wiring malfunction, ground wires, dimmer switch
ground wires, dimmer switch, swith: Hi Jerry, I love it when someone has a tester, it makes troubleshooting so much easier. In the ceiling box, are there just the black and white wires that go to the fixture or are there other wires in the ceiling box? Ignore the bare or green ground...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: little fuse, fuses
fuses: In the industry, these are called mini s for obvious reasons. I know the manufacturers would disagree, but personally I do not use them. There are points inside of a breaker that heat up with a large load and open causing the breaker to trip. On the mini s,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: live earth wire, lighting circuit, live earth
lighting circuit, live earth, dimmer switch: Andy What it sounds like is that the dimmer may have a problem with bleeding off the voltage. That is why you need a ground wire for the box to ward off any voltages that may go astray. It sounds like the dimmer may be going bad and that you still do not...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Sensor/Relay, uninterruptable power supply, frequent power outages
uninterruptable power supply, frequent power outages, horsepower motor: Hi John, Sorry I couldn t be so prompt this time around...we all pulled some double shifts so I could let the rest of the crew have the week-end off...first week-end off in over a month...been that busy of a Spring electrical season here. Yes....based...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: living room light flickers, wire connections, low energy
wire connections, low energy, light bulb: Hi Warren, Well, that s a new one. With the switch in the off position now power should be getting to the light at all. I have to suspect a wire connected correctly, or, the switch is defective and allowing some leakage to get thru it when in the off position....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: living room power problem, ohm cable, computer router
ohm cable, computer router, satellite dish: Sebastian, get what looked at and fixed? Sparks from cable outlets? are you telling me you see sparks when wiring up like a 75 ohm cable from a satellite dish or cable service? Or are sparks coming out of wall outlets? If sparks are coming out of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: My living room used to have..., bob osgood, master electrician
bob osgood, master electrician, incoming power: Hi Brent, Just getting in....we are having a bad storm here in the Northeast....getting buried. You MAY be able to make the 14/3 work...depending on how it s all wired. If the box that still has the switch has both - a run of 14/3 over to where the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: load on 20 amp ciruit, radio lamps, amp circuit
radio lamps, amp circuit, hand tools: Hi Steven, In theory, it should be OK. It mostly depends on what you are going to use the outlets for. You are already using up about 12 amps on the lights, but if the outlet load is going to be just small items like radio, lamps, or hand tools you ll...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: load center - breaker box, amp service, breakers
amp service, breakers, amps: Hi Gary. There is no rule that says the total of all breakers shall not exceed the main breaker rating. There are calculations to follow to size the service, and certain breakers sizes are required. You can follow the examples in the back of the code...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: load center knockout, stucco exterior, pullbox
stucco exterior, pullbox, wood siding: Jason, the grounds all need to pull into the panel just as the neutral and hot wires, and I would keep the circuits separated, even though they will all connect to the same bar in the panel. You can install a bolt in lug in the pull box and run a separate...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: load on neutral wire, neutral wire, hot wire
neutral wire, hot wire, wall socket: Hi. The hot water does not have a neutral because it is entirely 220 volts. It has to be on its own circuit. You can not add anything to it. In any branch wiring in the house, the neutral has to be as thick as the hot wire. I hope this helps. Bo...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: load on service box, electrician, hot tub
electrician, hot tub, feeder: Hello Chuck. The only way to get a true reading is with an amp clip meter. If you have not worked in a hot panel, I would let an electrician do this, but you open the panel to access the main incoming feeder wires, attach the amp clip to one of them at a time...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: locating electrical short, metal pipes, house trailer
metal pipes, house trailer, water heater: Hi. It would definitely sound like a grounding problem to me. I am not familiar with any special codes for mobile homes. But in general, there should be a ground at your main panel to the water line. New codes require a grounding rod too. It would seem...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: locating a receptacle under a window, wall space, receptacle
wall space, receptacle, good luck: Hi Jim. According to the NEC, you can have an outlet under a window. If you, by moving the outlet, create a wall space that is more the 12 to the next outlet, or is more than 6 from a door or opening, then you have a code violation. I can t answer for...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: long long run to pier, amp breaker, voltage drop
amp breaker, voltage drop, boat lift: Hi Chas. Check out this calculator for voltage drop. You will need to know load & distance, then you can play around to find a voltage drop you can live with, using different size conductors. A 3-5% voltage drop is ok. More than 5% could cause problems...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: a long run of outdoor wire, robert wilber, cross sectional area
robert wilber, cross sectional area, gauge wire: * Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * 1500 watts at 240 volts will draw 6-1/4 amps. 10 gauge wire is rated for 30 amps, continuous duty at 24 amps. No problem there. * Formula for voltage drop on a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: long switch leg, bob osgood, master electrician
bob osgood, master electrician, switch legs: Hi Earl, Sorry just responding...had to replace the cooling fan/ heatsink assembly in our main computer system tonight...took a little longer then expected - just getting it all back up and online. Based on your description....and to minimize voltage...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: longer dryer cord, stackable washer and dryer, laundry closet
stackable washer and dryer, laundry closet, pvc pipe: The violation really has to do with the length of the extension cord being exposed. Anything that long carrying 220 Volts is supposed to be protected by conduit so it can t be damaged by walking on it, hanging something on it etc. If you can get a dryer...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: looking for an electrician, valparaiso indiana, quality labor
valparaiso indiana, quality labor, subpanel: Here, it s the contractor s job to get and arrange for permits, but nonetheless, call your cities inspection department and ask what it is you do, and what s required. Normally if a homeowner is doing the work, by himself, permits are not required. I assume...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: looking for a tool, ampmeter, iron rings
ampmeter, iron rings, e 110: No. Think of amps like water in a pipe, and volts like the movement of that water. A voltmeter will measure the flow of current, i.e., 110, 125, 230, but you need an ampmeter to measure the amount of water. An ampmeter clamps around the individual wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: loop switch, loop switch, switch setup
loop switch, switch setup, two choices: Hi. If there is full power in the other switch, meaning it is not a switch loop, then you can get the power from there and reverse the wiring. In other words, the power would enter the switch first, then go to the fixtures. It would not longer be a switch...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: loose connection causing power fluxations, junction boxes, bathroom lights
junction boxes, bathroom lights, loose connection: First, don t pay him, and contact his company, that is not how to do this, he apparantly was too lazy to do the job properly. After mapping all the receptacles, lights, switches, etc on this circuit turn the power off. You are going to have to open, remove...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: loose electrical neutral, circuit tracer, amp meter
circuit tracer, amp meter, time record: If you invest in a decent non contact circuit tracer, the indicator on the tool may beep or light enough to tell. or AMPROBE sells a recording volt/amp meter. You can hang it on each circuit at a time, record for a period, download the data and see which...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: loose neutral in meter pan, fuse panel, stable power
fuse panel, stable power, strange problems: Ryan, The meter cover is sealed to the meter housing by some type of locking device. These can be cut, the cover removed and the meter just pulls straight out. It s not a difficult procedure and can be done in a few minutes. When the lugs are tightened...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: losing half of circuits-no breakers tripped, robert wilber, family watches
robert wilber, family watches, google: As I indicated initially, your original symptoms suggest a partially or completely open neutral. Your observation that there is an arc burn behind one of the incoming conductors concerns me. I would expect that to be an indication of the cause or location...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: loss of power, robert wilber, national electrical code
robert wilber, national electrical code, light switches: 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: loss of power, street vibrations, danny mann
street vibrations, danny mann, recepticals: Danny, You might try checking each device on the circuit before going to all the trouble and expense of rewire.I am almost certain that it is a loose wire somwhere. It could be in any of devices on that circuit. Since the whole circuit goes out,I would...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: loss of power, robert wilber, national electrical code
robert wilber, national electrical code, junction boxes: 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: loss of power, recepticals, master bedroom
recepticals, master bedroom, many things: Hi. It sounds like the circuit may be overloaded. Are you sure there is not some kind of heating appliance plugged in? Frequently they use almost the entire capacity of the circuit. The heater may be plugged in another room, but those outlets may be...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: loss of power in bedroom, aluminum wiring, wire nuts
aluminum wiring, wire nuts, strange readings: Hi. You probably need to check all the connections. Sometimes wires come loose from behind the wire nuts. Also many outlets and switches have contacts in the back which weaken over time. These are used instead of the screws on the sides because they...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: loss of power in mobile home, sewage lines, sons tv
sewage lines, sons tv, electrical shock: Hi Wanda, This could be a VERY SERIOUS situation where a severe electrical shock or a fire is a real possibility. Leave all the breakers off and call an electrician. This is a dangerous situation and something only an experienced professional should...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: loss of power, bedroom light, fish pond
bedroom light, fish pond, bathroom light: This should be a breaker problem. A faulty breaker can be tripped....and not show tripped. Have you tested all the breakers to be sure they are on. Is there a GFCI recepticle that is tripped...in the garage. This may be a true research project. Box by...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: loss of pwr, overhead light, receptacles
overhead light, receptacles, pwr: Hi Daniel. First off, make sure there are no loads connected, which may require you to remove all the lamps and anything that might be plugged in. If the breaker holds, then reinstall each item one at a time until the breaker trips angain. If the breaker...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lost neutral, screw terminal, neutral wire
screw terminal, neutral wire, light switch: Evening Brad, Ok, if your lights work when you use the ground for a return. Then, like you said, you lost your neutral. Most likely you will find this poor connection in a wirenut. But its possible it will be on a screw...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lost power to half my house, qualified electrician, loose wire
qualified electrician, loose wire, overhead light: Hi Michael, it sounds as if there may be a loose wire in the main power lines. There are 4 locations that should be checked: 1) where the power company hits your house. 2) At the top of the meter where the power lines attach 3) At the bottom of the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lost power to outlet, kitchen countertop, circuit breakers
kitchen countertop, circuit breakers, gfci: This is the number one question I get from all homeowners. The outdoor, garage, bathroom, and kitchen countertop circuits are protected my GFCI recepticles. Some are in the kitchen, some are in the bathrooms and some are in the garage. On some rare occasions...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lost power in part of house, minimal power, electrician
minimal power, electrician, company problem: Hi. Most likely there is a power company problem. I would call them first. If it is something with your house, they will tell you, and shouldn t charge you. If you call an electrician, he will charge you and then tell you it s not in your house. There...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lots of wires, robert wilber, wirenuts
robert wilber, wirenuts, google: - * Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * Sounds like you walked into a minefield ... The situation is too complicated to work on using this kind of process. You don t have any idea what the installer...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: low ac reading in wiring, bob osgood, ceiling boxes
bob osgood, ceiling boxes, master electrician: Hi Alan, Sorry for the delay...because of a material delay, we had to work a double shift - but it gave us half of tomorrow off - so it wasn t all bad. Based on your description, it sounds as if this 52 year old home may have knob and tube (K-n-T)...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: low bay light switches, gang boxes, metal hallide
gang boxes, metal hallide, circut breaker: Hi R, Thanks for following up...if all 12 of these will all fit on a 20 amp #12 circuit, then these would have to be either 200 or 300 watt 240 volt rated low bays...any larger wattage size WILL overload the circuit ...IF all 12 are ever switched on at...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: low current in wiring, wire nuts, ceiling lights
wire nuts, ceiling lights, volts: Alan, I would suspect a loose or poor connection. It could be in either the black or white wires. If the house was built in 1952, chances are that all the joints are made with wire-nuts or similar connectors. Check first in the fixture nearest to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: low electrical power, loose wire, exact problem
loose wire, exact problem, logical explanation: Hi. Unfortunately there is no logical explanation for this. Of course, there is probably an illogical explanation, because funny things can happen. Theoretically, if there is too much on one circuit, the breaker or fuse should shut off everything. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: low energy bulb, energy saving bulbs, energy bulb
energy saving bulbs, energy bulb, wall switch: Hi Lindsay, How do you control the lite? A wall switch, a pullchain, or some other method. What type of light fixture is it? Is this the only light that is acting up? If the house is rewired and has been inspected, I doubt the wiring is faulty....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: low ground voltage, 12 gauge, time carl
12 gauge, time carl, bare wire: Somewhere, and I am guessing you ran romex the bare ground wire is touching the neutral. Check them all, couple wraps of electrical tape never hurts. Make sure the black wire is on the gold terminal, the white wires are on the silver terminal, and the bare...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: low and high voltage on different circuits in house, electrical panel, high voltage
electrical panel, high voltage, volts: David: It sounds like the neutral connection in the main panel is starting to go bad. The first step is to call the power company because you need to know if its on their side of the meter or your side of the meter. Let them know you have high voltage is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: low or hiigh votage outlets, brass screws, light switches
brass screws, light switches, screw driver: Hi Emmanuel, IF you are changing the devices just to get a different color or different style, the swap should be easy. You ll need a voltage meter(or just a lamp) to make sure the outlet is dead, and a screw driver. Unless there is something very...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: low power in circuits, dust collection system, amp service
dust collection system, amp service, curcuits: Kevin, Since the 240V circuits are not affected, this indicates a loose neutral wire (white). In some setups, 2 circuits share a neutral and that would explain why 2 circuits seem to be affected. If you have 6 120V breakers, then there should be 6 white...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no or low power to light fixture and outlets, double wide mobile home, neutral wire
double wide mobile home, neutral wire, proper voltage: I has to be a loose connection at one of the outlets on that circuit, more than likely a neutral wire(white). Opening up each box and checking the connections of the white wires should turn up something. Also, if the outlets are connected by the stab...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: low voltage, loose connection, finished basement
loose connection, finished basement, low voltage: It appears there is a loose connection in the circuit. You need to start at the breaker to be certain there is full voltage leaving the breaker and that the associated neutral is tight in the panel. After confirming this, you will have to pull out each device...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: low voltage, j box, underground cable
j box, underground cable, hi mike: Hi Mike. It sounds like you may have a wire that is bad, so a replacement is needed. You will need to use the same size that is there now, and if it is in direct contact with the earth, the wire needs to be rated for direct burial. There are alot of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: low voltage, hi doug, electrical work
hi doug, electrical work, one don: Hi Doug, In most areas you do not have to be certified or licensed to do any type of electrical work if it is in your own home. The inspectors only require you take out a permit and have it inspected. In some areas, a permit and inspection is not required,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: low voltage in circuit, loose wire, ecept
loose wire, ecept, recep: Hi Tim Check the outlet and light and the switch for the light, that show the low reading. You are looking for a loose wire, probably white. If you can t locate loose wire in those 3 devices, it could be in a working device and the loose wire is the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: low voltage dimmer switches, mr16 bulbs, recess lighting
mr16 bulbs, recess lighting, leviton switches: Betty, You ve done everything you can from your end. It has to be, either, a defective batch of dimmers or a power surge from your power company. If it s the power company,it s probably on 1 leg of the house current. This would affect every other breaker...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: low voltage drop, incoming service, voltage drop
incoming service, voltage drop, problem thanks: Sounds like you migth have a problem with your panel or incoming service. Start by tightening all your connections and make sure the one to your ground rod is clean and tight. If that fails, you really need to call a contractor to determine the cause...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: low voltage house wiring, low voltage lighting, lighting controls
low voltage lighting, lighting controls, lighting equipment: Hi Chuck. Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. I know leviton has low voltage lighting equipment, but it is a newer generation that what you are talking about. I have only seen a couple of homes with this type of lighting controls, so I don t have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: low voltage on interior wiring, many different reasons, ceiling plates
many different reasons, ceiling plates, interior wiring: Hi Jimmy, There are many different reasons for the voltage readings you are getting. It has to do with other loads on the circuit and how the whole electric system is balanced with the 2 main wires in the main panel. It also is affected by the ground wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: low-voltage light problem, nodding acquaintance, voltage light
nodding acquaintance, voltage light, meager resources: No problem Tom, glad we corrected the problem. The low voltage is an ususual animal. The reason you were able to read 12v, is the neutral was the broken wire, and on low voltage, the common or neutral, is grounded. So the earth was directly grounding this...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: low voltage lighting, low voltage lighting, low voltage system
low voltage lighting, low voltage system, fan thanks: Hello Rob, I am not familiar enough with this type of low voltage system to advise you about it. I would check with the supplier or manufacturer about your concerns. I would rather have you do this than offer a suggestion that may damage the system. Thanks,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: low voltage lighting, foot track, track lighting
foot track, track lighting, low voltage: Manufacturers are very particular and have encountered problems which I am sure in the beginning they had to repair or replace under warranty. If the fixture states not to use a dimmer, there has to be some part that will fail if you do. I would not recommend...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: low voltage on two lights, neutral wire, voltage meter
neutral wire, voltage meter, way switch: Hi. They may accidently be in series with each other, or there may be a loose neutral wire somewhere. If you made any changes recently, check the wiring. If not, check the system for any loose neutral (white) wires. I hope this helps. Feel free...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: low voltage magnetic dimmers, residential lighting, fan switch
residential lighting, fan switch, fan light: Hi Bill, If you look real close in the switch box, you will see that 1 wire on each of the switches that are there now, come from the same connector All these wires are hot in . Each 1 brings power to each of the switches. So, make sure 1 of these wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: low voltage in multiple switch circuit, carbon buildup, switch circuit
carbon buildup, switch circuit, switch box: Hi Jeff. This could be caused by induction, but it is more likely that the switches are actually letting a little voltage thru. If the switches are old, I recommend changing them to new ones. This happens with carbon buildup in the internal parts of the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: low voltage in neutral leg, light bulbs, control receiver
light bulbs, control receiver, remote controller: Hi. Most readings on the neutral are caused by feedback from other things on the same circuit. Most fluorescent bulbs can t be used with dimmers, if the remote has a dimmer. Even without a dimmer, the electronics may not be comparable. I hope this...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: low voltage in neutral or white wire, return to the source, low voltage
return to the source, low voltage, light bulb: Hi. I am not sure why they are not connected. However, if white wires are not connected, they can have the power from the black wire if anything is connected to them. For example, the power enters the black wire, goes to a light bulb. If it doesn t...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: low voltage outdoor lighting; can timer be inside?, low voltage outdoor lighting, walkway lighting
low voltage outdoor lighting, walkway lighting, fuse box: I suppose so, even though I m not a big fan of going against installation instructions, just check the temperture everyonce in a while until you are sure it is not overheating anything. If possible, mount it where it is not directly exposed to other heat...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: low voltage outdoor lights, low voltage lighting, bob osgood
low voltage lighting, bob osgood, master electrician: Hi Randy, One of the major factors to consider in low voltage lighting or landscape lights is the distance of the wire runs...and the voltage drop that will be encountered over these distances. In your scenario....where a distance of 250-300 would...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: low-voltage in outlets with switch off, readind, wall switch
readind, wall switch, volt meter: Hi. Readings like that are usually caused by feedback. I would get a circuit analyzer and see what it says. It almost sounds like the neutral is switched instead of the hot. If the hot is shut off from the switch, there should be no reading. I hope...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: low voltage outside lighting, low voltage transformers, lighting transformers
low voltage transformers, lighting transformers, voltage side: Then I think your plan is a good one. Let me know if you come up with WHY, they say to put them outside. There may be a reason they know and I don t. But that only pertains to their stuff. If I built you a transformer, supplied you with the low voltage...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: low voltage problem, digital multitester, recepticle
digital multitester, recepticle, slow speeds: Pull the recepticle out and test the wires not the recepticle. It is possible that you have a bad connection related to the box...not necessarily the connections to the recepticle. Wiggle wires...test each wire. Bad connections are hard to find...but easy...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: low voltage problem, wirenuts, neutral wire
wirenuts, neutral wire, 110 volts: Hi. The voltage reading you are getting is feedback from other appliances plugged in the circuit. Most likely you have a white neutral wire that is not making contact somewhere. Put the meter between the black and ground, and you will probably get 110...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: low voltage problems???, signal computer, voltage problems
signal computer, voltage problems, tv signals: Joe, the problem sounds more like a loose connection rather than low voltage. It could be electrical but if so, you would notice the lights flickering. If your internet, phone and TV signals come via cable, I would suspect a loose or poor connection here...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: low voltage question, pwr supply, beam detector
pwr supply, beam detector, gauge wire: I think this is very borderline. This is a very small gauge wire to run this long of a distance as you actually have to double the length to go to the sensor and back to the relay. Since the wire is in you may as well try it, but first before connecting it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: low voltage recessed lights, low voltage lights, colored bulbs
low voltage lights, colored bulbs, low voltage recessed lights: Hi Bill, Low voltage are cheaper to operate, but they also have more things that can go wrong, like the transformer. If the low voltage lights are halogen, they really can throw out a lot of light but they run very hot so you will probably need a dimmer....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: low voltage at several outlets., voltage readings, neutral wire
voltage readings, neutral wire, hot wire: Hi. Low voltage readings are usually caused by a disconnected white neutral wire. The reading you are getting is the feedback through an appliance from the hot wire. If you put a tester between the black and ground wire, you should get 110 volts. I...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: low voltage in storage building, wire burns, neutral conductor
wire burns, neutral conductor, fuse box: Harold: Your (2) 120volt circuits I bet share a common neutral. Because you said you get 120volt untill something is pluged in and then it drops to 50. Eather the wire (neutral conductor) has gone bad in the ground. Or a connection (wirenut, busbar in panel)...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: low voltage switch system, plaster walls, swithches
plaster walls, swithches, circuit breakers: Hi George, Sorry just responding....we ended up staying downstate overnight...got back to the office this morning. Based on your description....yes - there may be too many low voltage circuits under control of this problem area. But without knowing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: low voltage switches, low voltage lighting, low voltage lighting systems
low voltage lighting, low voltage lighting systems, voltage switches: Hi Warren. In the early 70 s, there was a trend towards low-voltage lighting, using relays to control lighting. Low-voltage wires were run from switches to a relay box. In this relay box were the regular voltage circuits, which were turned off and on...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: low voltage throughout house, loose screws, arking
loose screws, arking, brownout: Eddie: I would start looking at the main feeder wires to the panel. There are 2 hots that connect to every other breaker in the panel. They need to be tight and not burnt. Then turn off all the other breakers and tighen down to see if any are loose screws....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: low voltage wire in dry wall, wire staples, amplifier system
wire staples, amplifier system, laminated beam: Hi Mike, Just getting in... Based on your description...yes - it would be acceptable to run the speaker cable as you described..as long as it is ONLY speaker wire or other low voltage (comm cables, etc) that is ran that way. You may have to attach...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: low voltage wire, low voltage lighting, class 2 transformer
low voltage lighting, class 2 transformer, sure what type: Hi Kris. Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. I m not sure what the rating is for speaker wire. I m not sure what type or size of cable you would be able to run. If it has a class 2 transformer, you have to use at least that rating, or higher,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: low voltage wiring, low voltage wiring, photo cell
low voltage wiring, photo cell, electrician: I would say there seem to be multiple problems. The lights that will not go off may be a defective photo cell, that is the way a cell fails, it keeps the lights on. The ones that will not turn on may be damaged wiring from the ones that work feeding towards...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: low voltage, strange power, low voltage
strange power, low voltage, refrigerator: Hi. Many strange power events are caused by a loose neutral. I don t know how just some circuits can have low voltage, since they are connected to the same place, plus the power company checked it out. Momentary dimming is normal when something large...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: low volts at plug, buss bar, bar screw
buss bar, bar screw, search mission: Ray: First when you kill the power to only that circuit, find out what all has been turned off. After determining that. Test the other outlets if any to see if they have low voltage. If only the 2 outlets are at fault then. It becomes a hunt and search mission....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: low votage in ground wire to receptacle, votage, ground wires
votage, ground wires, receptacles: Hello Phillip. This should not happen. The grounds could be crossed with a neutral somewhere. This is happening because some device is drawing current and there is some amount of voltage on the ground wires. You could try turning off one breaker at a time...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lowering an outside light fixture, cedar siding, weather proof
cedar siding, weather proof, light fixture: Hi Noreen. If you can fish the wall, you could run a new cable from the old box to a new one, located directly below the old one. Install a suitable cover on the old box. Tie the cable color for color. If you can t fish the wall, you could install...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: MAIN CIRCUIT BREAKER IN SERVICE PANEL, shock hazards, service cable
shock hazards, service cable, hi chris: Hi Chris, Site unseen....and without being able to remove and inspect your breakers, your buss bars and all connections...it s hard to say exactly what is causing your symptoms...BUT - I can tell you I ve seen many similiar scenario s over the decades...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Main Braker Problem, amp breaker, sky meadows
amp breaker, sky meadows, amp service: Michael You have to contact the Power company to upgrade your incoming service to 400 amps. If you add another 200 amp panel you will be increasing the load from the power company.Then you can add a new 200 amp service to help balance out the load of the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Main Braker Problem, amp breaker, sky meadows
amp breaker, sky meadows, michael lindsey: Hi Michael. Since this is a public campground, I suggest you contact a local electrician to see if there is anything that can be done. Most areas of the country forbid anyone not licensed to do this type of work. Sorry I could not help. Rick Miel...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Main Braker Problem, robert wilber, 200 amp service
robert wilber, 200 amp service, amp breaker: - * Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * The reason you had a 200 amp service was because a 100 amp service wouldn t serve the camp. If you add a second 200 amp panel with the original service conductors,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Main Breaker, cutler hammer breaker, voltage differences
cutler hammer breaker, voltage differences, voltage drop: Hi Bill. A loose or broken neutral will cause voltage differences, but are usually greater than only 10 volts. Never overlook the obvious. If the breaker is buzzing, there is a problem with the breaker. The only sure way to verify that is to replace...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Main Breaker, circuit breakers, entergy
circuit breakers, entergy, 3 ways: Hi. There are 3 ways I can think of. 1)You are using more power than the system was designed for. 2) The panel is overheating 3) the breaker is defective I suppose a short in the panel could cause it too, but that would be rare. Feel the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Main Breaker box, amp breaker, blown fuse
amp breaker, blown fuse, two legs: The only thing I can think of, is you do not have two legs of power, i.e., 240 volts. One leg is not functioning for some reason. Loose connection? Broken wire? Blown fuse? Faulty main breaker? There are however panels that have the buss configured in such...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Main Breaker Panal and Gas Water Heater, gas water heater, panal
gas water heater, panal, restriction: Hi Rian. The only restriction is a 30 wide area directly infront of the panel, going from the floor up to structural ceiling. This 30 wide area can start on the left side of the panel and extend 30 to the right, or start on the right edge of the panel...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Main Breaker will not turn off, cutler hammer, oxidation
cutler hammer, oxidation, 18 years: Hi Dave, They may have heated up a few times over the years and become stuck in that position. They are pretty hard to move even when they are new. It might take a little effort, but don t be afraid to use a lot of force to break the oxidation that may...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Main Breaker, zinsco breakers, don beck
zinsco breakers, don beck, electrician: Hi John, You may, indeed, have a bad main breaker. Another cause is that the wires installed in the breaker may be loose and moving around causing the lights to flicker and change intensity. I would urge you to call a licensed electrician in this case,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Main Breakers, initial construction, electrical panel
initial construction, electrical panel, circuit breaker panel: Hi. Usually main breakers are part of the panel, so it is not likely it was removed. Fuses were used more often the breakers in the mid 1960 s. Either main breakers were not required then, or someone used a sub panel as a main. It is time for an upgrade...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Main breaker haphazardly trips, apartment refrigerator, lighting setup
apartment refrigerator, lighting setup, bathroom heaters: It sounds like you need a bigger main breaker, however you can only install one if the supply wire is big enough to support a larger breaker. I do not know your situation but I would recommend either contacting your landlord and/or the electric company...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Main breaker location?, national electrical code, electrical panel
national electrical code, electrical panel, superintendant: Bhishma, That main breaker is probably where the meter is located. Ask the superintendant and I m sure he will either show you where it is or if its in a locked location he has to give you access to it. If there is no main breaker then somebody made a big...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Main breaker sizing, outer sheath, amp service
outer sheath, amp service, master electrician: Hi Bob, I note you state that the service drop looks to be # 1/0 aluminum (which is actually rated to 125 amp service)...does this imply that you can not see any labeling on the outer sheath of the wire....and you have simply estimated the size..? ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Main Circuit Breakers, zinsco breaker, circuit breakers
zinsco breaker, circuit breakers, bare wire: You can shut down the mains, and pull each breaker out of the panel, 1 by 1, and check for any corroding or signs of arcing. If there are signs of arcing, replace the breaker. If corrosion seems to be the problem, a good cleaning with steel wool may make...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Main Circuit tripping, digital amp, amp breaker
digital amp, amp breaker, amp meter: Hi Alan, Based on your description...it s possible that your main breaker may be worn internally...but more in depth testing would be needed to confirm that. When you arrived at the 43 amps...was this with an actual true amp-meter reading (such as a clip-on...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Main distribution Panel, shower pipes, ample lighting
shower pipes, ample lighting, junction boxes: Hi Kirt, Based on your description...the Inspector should have just said this was an illegal installation in his summary...it clearly violates several NEC Codes ( Article 320, 250,etc). Combine those serious service violations with the other 4 that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Main Electrical Panel, lighting circuits, don beck
lighting circuits, don beck, real estate sale: John, I see your confusion, and have an opinion, but I would suggest this. Copy and paste your question and send to DON BECK. He is brilliant in resolving these kinds of issues, and we have talked regularly for almost a year. He is on the same list,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Main Home Electrical Panel, home electrical panel, amp service
home electrical panel, amp service, electricans: Hi Frank. One source was the inspector. You could have asked him, and possibly he could have given you some suggestions. A visit with local electricans might give you some ideas also. You might want to look at the photos section at www.electrical-contractor.net...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Main Lug in Detached Garage, amp breaker, ground bus
amp breaker, ground bus, ground rods: Hi Greg, The only way to know for sure is to dig the conduit up at a couple locations in between the house and garage and see if there is conduit. A 120V reading would give a good indicator that it could be or at least that you do have a ground. If your installing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Main lug load center, metal enclosure, neut
metal enclosure, neut, neutrals: Robert: The main lug panel will be OK. But you must run a 4 wire circuit to the panel. 10/3w grnd. The grounds and neutrals must be seperated on seperate bus bars. The grounds will go to a bar that fastens to the metal enclosure. Usually you have to buy that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Main Panel, zinsco breakers, lighting circuits
zinsco breakers, lighting circuits, question pool: Hi Ogn, I found this in the question pool and thought I would address it because it is a very, very popular question. I noticed you did not mention a water heater. Does this mean that it is gas? It can get expensive going from a 200 amp panel to a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Main Panel, elect, photos
elect, photos: Hi Mike, I don t have any photos on file of that, but at this site, there are some photos that may help. IF you don t see what you need, let men know exactly what you info you need and I may be able to guide you thru it http://www.hammerzone.com/archives/elect/panel/breaker/install.htm....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Main Panel Board, amp breaker, amp service
amp breaker, amp service, receptacles: I am not certain of the reason to want a main breaker? I am surprised this panel passed inspection with additional spots to place breakers as 6 are the most that can be in the main panel if there is not a main breaker. Theoretically there can be no more than...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Main Panel; garbage disposal, lighting circuits, cable clamp
lighting circuits, cable clamp, garbage disposal: If there is a connector on all the wires entering the panel, then I m not sure exactly what he is talking about. As for the NM cable to the disposal. In some areas of the country, NM cable or a rubber cord is acceptable, in some other areas it isn t....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Main Panel question, amp breaker, amp meter
amp breaker, amp meter, xl 200: Hi George, Based on your description...it sounds like you may have installed the Milbank U4424-XL-200 combination 200 amp meter/load center with 12 circuit breaker spaces (usually used for outlying barns or sheds, etc)...or similiar model. (you can...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Main Panel reclocation, branch circuits, incoming power
branch circuits, incoming power, junction boxes: I can t give you specifics, not having seen your condition, but generally, you d relocate your incoming power and your branch circuits to two separate junction boxes, where you d make joints on the wiring, and extend new wires to the new panel location. You...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Main Panel to Sub-Panel, ufer ground, well pumps
ufer ground, well pumps, amp service: Hi Bob. If the new panel is in a seperate building from the main panel, then you should use 4 wires, seperate the neutrals from the grounds, and still tie the ground buss to the ufer ground. You can use a #4 copper for your ground wire between the two...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Main Panel and Wires from Electric Company, central air conditioner, electrician
central air conditioner, electrician, hot tub: Hi. The wires to the box should be thick enough to cover the load of the main breaker (150 amps). If they are not, it is not safe. The capacity of wire depends on the length, type, etc. If you think it is too small, an electrician should check it out....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Main Panel, arc fault breakers, live wire 3
arc fault breakers, live wire 3, 200 amp service: Ron Sorry about that I got involved in another question. the arc fault breakers are only required in Bedrooms NEC The most recent edition of the National Electrical Code, the widely-adopted model code for electrical wiring, will require AFCIs for bedroom...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Main Pole Wires, bob osgood, volt circuit
bob osgood, volt circuit, master electrician: Hi Vicjuf, The connections are determined by whether the panel is a primary or secondary (sub) panel...and where it is a weatherproof pole mount panel...it should have the main buss configuration. In that case - if this is a 120 volt circuit, the black...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Main panel input, building a house, lugs
building a house, lugs, amps: My supplier said a fused disconnect with double lugs on the load side is available, but is usually a special order item where I am located. You will have to check with your local supplier on this item, but a 400 amp fused disconnect with double load lugs would...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Main panel upgrade, meter base, grounding wires
meter base, grounding wires, service entrance: You have hit upon the biggest problem with upgrading a residential service. You should visit with your local inspector and utility to see if they have any problems with you doing it the 1st way, or if the inspection process can help get the service inspected...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Main pannel problems, amp breaker, volts
amp breaker, volts, breakers: Ryan WHAT IS THE PROBLEM? I don t understand you say you have 240 volts going to your panel and it has a 100 amp main breaker in it. Then every other breaker on one side will give you 240 volts every breaker across the same breaker it is on the same leg....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Main power supply, electrical tester, meter box
electrical tester, meter box, electrician: Hi. I would call the power company. It might be in the meter box which is probably your responsibility, but it is more likely the power company. Let them prove where the problem is rather than paying an electrician do it. I hope this helps. Bo...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Main Service Panel, pvc conduit, meter socket
pvc conduit, meter socket, scoket: .......No problem Marie, if you need to do another follow up write me @ my personal address robert.mossman@verizon. You see I used to answer questions at All Experts up to 5 a day but it just got too crazy so now I only do one a day which can sometimes make...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Main to Sub-Panel for a detached WorkShop, wire thhn, 220v receptacle
wire thhn, 220v receptacle, copper wire: Hi Daniel, it seems like you have a pretty good handle on this.... 1) If you haven t already run the wire for the 220V outlet, it should be 12/3 with ground (2 hots, 1 neutral and 1 ground). This will allow you to use this outlet in the future should...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Main to Sub-Panel for a detached WorkShop, e mail address, wire thhn
e mail address, wire thhn, copper wire: Hi Dan, First of all, everything you have done so far is perfect! As for the sub panel main vs lugs, I always install a main breaker so I can shut everything down when leaving the the garage. The code says if you have 6 or less breakers in the sub...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Main to Sub-Panel, well pumps, amp service
well pumps, amp service, isolated ground: The first question I have is the feeder for your meter main. If it only feeds the well, the wiring may have been downsized for that load. If you intend to extend that service, be sure it was wired with 3/0 aluminum to have the 200amps available. If you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Main to Subpanel, 200 amp service, aluminum wire
200 amp service, aluminum wire, wire insulation: Hi Dave, Copper is always better, though much more expensive. Aluminum wire tends to break down with weather changes and can be a headache in the long run. I ll assume you are going to use copper and base everything on that. Should you decide to use...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Main service panel location, toilet area, amp service
toilet area, amp service, meter base: Ho Bob, We are in very iffy territory. Some jurisdictions will allow what the panel to remain where it is, other inspectors will force you to move it to another location. I would call your local insp. and see what he wants, he is GOD in these situations....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Main wiring of modular, ahj, modular home
ahj, modular home, electric co: Hi Bryan. Normally, you would use #4/0 aluminum (3 wire) from their transformer to a meter & disconnect located outside of the home. Due to the length of this run, you should upsize it to the next size up. If you use copper, use #2/0 in normal cases, and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Mains sockets not working, strange one, mcb
strange one, mcb, loose connection: Hi again Javaid. It certainly is a strange one this. It could certainly be that one of the sockets does have a leakage on it but it will be trial and error to locate it. Remove each of the sockets in turn and use connectors to join the circuit back together...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Major Sub Panel Issues, ground electrode, industrial electrician
ground electrode, industrial electrician, earth ground: Nick What happens when a installation is done this way,it is the unbalanced load that is in the original panel that gets carried to the sub panel.This is why they want you to run 4 wires so that the unbalanced load gets shunted. Running the ground wire and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Making 120V circuits from a 240V circuit, spa equipment, bus bar
spa equipment, bus bar, subpanel: Am I correct that the double pole breaker should be replaced with two single pole (40A or 50A) breakers to achieve my goal? No, do not change to 2 singlepole units. Using a 2-pole unit will insure that when you shut off 1 hot, both will be dead. I assume...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Making 2 110v 20amp into 220 for basboard, baseboard heater, thermostate
baseboard heater, thermostate, tool room: You need to first make sure you have 240v in that panel. If so you need to check the wattage of the heater to make sure the wire can handle it. If so you need to replace one of the existing breakers with a two pole. Assuming the existing wire is #12AWG the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Making a 2 wire line into a 3 wire curcuit, instant hot water heater, hot water heater
instant hot water heater, hot water heater, instant hot water: The circuit wiring is actually the black hot wire, the white neutral, and a bare or green ground wire. On the receptacle on the gold terminal side, there is a bar that connects one gold hot terminal to the other. Connect the neutral and ground to the receptacle....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Making an adapter, mud ring, nema configurations
mud ring, nema configurations, google: Hi Aaron. You will need a matching plug to plug into the genset. You will also need an outlet that will match your equipment plug, and a short 3-wire cord (sized at least a #8) On the plug (14-50P) you will connect a White wire (of the 3-wire cord)...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Making a light board ( basicly like a sound board) for studio, ot ot, metal boxes
ot ot, metal boxes, light controller: Hi. I am not familiar with light or sound boards, but I will take a stab at it anyway. I assume it is just a board with 4 switches (including dimmers) and 4 outlets that plug in? Sorry, we can t do diagrams. I will be calling the dimmers switches, because...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Malfunctioning 3-way switch, upstairs and downstairs, light switches
upstairs and downstairs, light switches, basement 3: Hi Coleman, If the 3 way in the basement is affecting the other switches, they are probably on the same circuit. They are probably sharing a hot feed wire which means on one of the 3 ways you replaced, 2 of the wires are in the wrong place. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Manufactured Home Wiring, fuse box, motion switch
fuse box, motion switch, home wiring: Hi Jim, Hook the black wire from the fuse box, the outlet and one of the black switch wires together. (doesn t matter which one) The black wire to light and the other black wire on the switch together. All three white wires together. That should...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Manufactured home outlet and switch, switch control, manufactured home
switch control, manufactured home, dishwasher: Hi Vikke, Clear something up for me and we ll get it going. The dishwasher is plugged into an outlet, or is it hard wired?(no plug on the end) If dishwasher is plugged in, do you want to plug the disposal into the same outlet and have a switch...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Marley base borad heater, amp breaker, wire nut
amp breaker, wire nut, power wires: Paul You have a 12-3 coming from your breaker box, You can use the red & black for the power wires, the white wire will not be used.Hook up the red & black to the control you can do it this way if this is a single pole control then wire nut the red wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Marrets, aluminum wiring, wholesale house
aluminum wiring, wholesale house, wire nuts: Hi Jack, These wire nuts are color coded. Yellow and red are the most widely used, but they do make gray and blue. Gray is 1 size larger than red, and blue is 1 size larger than gray. Home depot should have these, but if the don t, you could try an electrical...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Master BobI have a home..., bob osgood, master electrician
bob osgood, master electrician, amp breaker: Hi Reggie, Just getting back in... Anytime a large motor load kicks in...such as any A/C unit...it draws a short-term inrush current on the main service...and this sudden electrical load can often be seen as a brief dimming effect on any lighting...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Master bedroom electrical issue, aluminum wires, aluminum wire
aluminum wires, aluminum wire, fuse box: The electric codes do change...but not that much. Some municipalities do not allow aluminum wire any more...but it is still a valid manor. The breaker that you replaced...the same breaker that is supplying this area.? Have you taken the cover off the box...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: MasterCool Evap Cooler MC/64, orange orange, evap cooler
orange orange, evap cooler, yellow orange: Charles, Black goes to PUMP. Black/Yellow is not used (cap it). White and White are connected together and goes to COM. Orange and Orange are not used (cap them separate). Blue/White goes to HIGH SPEED. Red goes to LOW SPEED. Green and Green go to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: MasterCool Swamp Cooler MC/64, swamp cooler, orange orange
swamp cooler, orange orange, electrical appliances: There is a wiring diagram for all electrical appliances. Some where it should spell out the LINE in. A black wire connection, a white wire connection and the ground symbol for that connection. All the other wires are the different switches involved...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Matching up my ceiling fan wires, pink wire, fan switch
pink wire, fan switch, hi bob: Hi. There is no way to know for sure, but the most likely case is white to white, black to black, green to green (or bare) and the blue to red (which may seem pink). If the fan switch turns on the light and vice versa, then switch the black and blue...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Max 14G Wires Pigtailed, split bolt, wire nuts
split bolt, wire nuts, wire nut: Hi Dale, There are wire nuts available that will handle that many wires. If you go that way, make sure you twist the wires together before applying the wire nut or one of them could slip loose, over time. For a more secure connection, you might want...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Max Amp Ratings of Appliances vs. Generator Ratings, max amps, generator load
max amps, generator load, veterans hospital: Brian Sorry for getting back to you so late I had to be hospitalized while working on a job 3 hours from my house and went to the Good ol VA for the veterans Hospital I was in there a week and a 1/2. The Name plate rating on the appliances is what it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Max Amps Subpanel/Service?, max amps, amp service
max amps, amp service, electrical toys: Actually you can add a second 200amp panel and 200amp breaker into the main panel. It would be non sensicle as you would not have the power available at either location to pull 200amps. Assume that 40% of all consumption is in the house....you have 120amps...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Max number of junction boxes on a ring main, junction boxes, subpanel
junction boxes, subpanel, gotchas: Hi Andy, I m not sure what a ring main is. Least its a term i never heard before. Maybe i call it something else? Anyway, Is your question how many junctions can you have to a second main (subpanel)? Or how many junctions you can have on a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Maximum/Safe distance with 12ga. 20amp circuit, voltage drop, safe distance
voltage drop, safe distance, low voltage: Hi William You can go to MikeHolt.com. There is some voltage drop calcultors on that site. To help you with an answer, I need some info: Where are the lights? On the ground? How bright and what wattage of the fixtures How often, every 100 feet? Volt...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Maytag Dryer, maytag dryer, electric dryers
maytag dryer, electric dryers, volt drop: Nick, You might as well save the bullet, it will just ricochet and hit you. If you go to an appliance store before heading to home de pot, they may have a scratch and dent, or at least a genuine front line appliance as opposed to the hardware store stuff....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Maytag Electric Dryer, limit thermostat, maytag dryer
limit thermostat, maytag dryer, thermal fuse: There is a thermal fuse because I looked it up in the parts list for that model. Infinity means open, not closed. The high limit should be closed until the temperature gets too high and then it opens. No, don t shoot it yet. Send me a private ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: MECHANICAL TIMERS INSTALLATION, bob osgood, master electrician
bob osgood, master electrician, timer switch: Heather, Based on your description...as written...you lost me completely. I reread your question 3 times - still couldn t make any sense of how you state that you ve connected this timer...and what exactly is connected to what . Based on yout...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: MELTED OUTLET/CHARRED, gfi outlet, breakers
gfi outlet, breakers, gfi outlets: GFI s do go bad....often, Breakers go bad, wires could have been slightly frayes and caused to overheat. Some times we humans overload circuits because we just dont add the numbers. Circuits only carry so much load, and if the load is spread out of 1000...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Meaning of L1, tankless hotwater heater, three phase circuits
tankless hotwater heater, three phase circuits, guage wire: I can t tell you exactly how to hook this up (need a wiring diagram or a web link to the manuf. web site) but to answer your question L1 refers to a terminal where you land the power wires. For 240 volts, there s usually a L1 and an L2 (black and red), but...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Mechanical protection, pvc conduit, partition walls
pvc conduit, partition walls, mechanical protection: Scott: If the job has to be inspected then yes, support and protection are the code reasons. Even if you use armord cable. You will need to at each furstrip install a nailplate so that it extends down just past the level of the wire. If you don t need it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Megatesting three phase motors, three phase motors, insulation breakdown
three phase motors, insulation breakdown, copper prices: Daryl, One more thing, I should explain from just years of knowing motors. The emperical value is not as important as the trend. For example the motor is showing 500 megohms in January, 600 in April, 900 in August and then back to 300 in November. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Melted coating on hot wire, oil filled radiator, oil filled radiator heater
oil filled radiator, oil filled radiator heater, lead 12: Hi Larry, Make sure the breaker that feeds this circuit is a 20 amp or smaller. When a wire over heats and melts a bit, there are 2 possible causes. 1) The breaker feeding the wire is too large and allowing a wire to melt before the breaker trips....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Melted coating on hot wire, oil filled radiator, oil filled radiator heater
oil filled radiator, oil filled radiator heater, lead 12: Hi Larry. From the sound of it, there was a loose connection on the outlet. Pulling the load through the outlet to the heater casued heat, which damaged the wire. If you can, strip back the burned insulation until you get to good insulation, then terminate...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Melted coating on hot wire, oil filled radiator, oil filled radiator heater
oil filled radiator, oil filled radiator heater, lead 12: Larry, Its a combination of 2 things: The high draw of current and a poor conection to the GFI. The burned insulation clearly indicates a poor connection on that particular wire to that particular terminal on the GFI. When you have an appliance pulling...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Melted coating on hot wire, oil filled radiator, amp circuit
oil filled radiator, amp circuit, oil filled radiator heater: The molten/burned/missing insulation was caused by 1) too much current passing through the conductor which caused it to heat up, or 2) a loose connection with the screw on the outlet, which is high resistance, which again, can cause overheating. This would...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Melted coating on hot wire, oil filled radiator, oil filled radiator heater
oil filled radiator, oil filled radiator heater, lead 12: Larry, the kind of problem you describe is nearly always the result of an unsound or loose connection. In this case the binding screw on the GFCI where the melted insulation was found. There is not much way that a problem anywhere else would result in this...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Melted coating on hot wire, oil filled radiator, wire insulation
oil filled radiator, wire insulation, delonghi oil filled radiator: Hi Larry, Just getting back from a family gathering... Based on your description....wire insulation melt-down usually does mainly occur with an amperage overload on that circuit...BUT - where you state this is #12 (hopefully #12 copper and NOT aluminum)...which...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Melted coating on hot wire, oil filled radiator, branch circuits
oil filled radiator, branch circuits, mike holt: On 900 watts it is drawing 7.5 amps. On 600 watts it is drawing 5 amps. The black is the incoming power so it would seem that it is drawing more than the rating for this wire which is 30 amps. The NEC at 210-11(c)(2) states: Laundry Branch Circuits: In...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Melted coating on hot wire, oil filled radiator, oil filled radiator heater
oil filled radiator, oil filled radiator heater, lead 12: Hi Larry, Make sure the breaker that feeds this circuit is a 20 amp or smaller. When a wire over heats and melts a bit, there are 2 possible causes. 1) The breaker feeding the wire is too large and allowing a wire to melt before the breaker trips....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Melted coating on hot wire, oil filled radiator, amp meter
oil filled radiator, amp meter, oil filled radiator heater: Larry, my bet is that the connection was not tight on the melted screw. This will generate a great deal of heat and cause exactly what you are describing. The heater on the 900 watt setting is only pulling 7.5 amps. ( Watts divided by Volts = Amps ) This would...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Melted electrical outlet, ge electric range, circuit breakers
ge electric range, circuit breakers, electrical installation: Hi Chris, We need to check the range name plate near the electrical installation on the back and it should say how many amps is needed. From that info we can determine if the outlet is too small, the wire is too small or the breaker is the wrong size....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Metal Barn Wiring, florescent lights, electrical pvc
florescent lights, electrical pvc, amp breaker: Hi John, 1) Gray 1/2 or 3/4 electrical PVC should work very well for you. There are wall boxes that accept PVC connectors and are also gray in color and made of plastic. They should be available at Lowes or Home Depot. If there aren t any. weatherproof...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Metal conduit in basement, metal conduits, electrical section
metal conduits, electrical section, home depot: In a 1/2 conduit you can fit (2) 14/2 s, or (1) 14/3. Also (2) 12/2 s, or (1) 12/3. In a 3/4 conduit you can fit (2) 10/2 s. or (1) 10/3. I would use 1 for # 8, and #6 cable. Derating has to happen when 4 or more current carrying conductors for different...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Metal studs, metal studs, metal framing
metal studs, metal framing, electrical boxes: Steve, I am unaware of any building ordinances that would reequire you to ground the metal framing. There may be, however, a local building department or inspector that will require it. Chances are that the framing will become grounded unintentionally by...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Metalux 48 flourescent problem, duplex receptacle, flourescent fixtures
duplex receptacle, flourescent fixtures, lighting problem: Hi Dale, Not sure which Q/A you are referring to...I ve answered many flourescent lighting problem questions over the years...here and at other expert sites I belong to. Based on your description....I m not sure if your problem ever was a ballast...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Meter and Breaker Box install, amp circuits, amp breaker
amp circuits, amp breaker, amp service: Hi Colby. I would suggest you install a 200amp panel, and use this to feed the seperate 15 amp circuits you want to use, for now. Then you will have that part ready for the building, when you get to it. The cost should not be much different. Good luck....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Meter on detached garage, complete electrical service, electrical inspector
complete electrical service, electrical inspector, detached garage: Hi Matt, I have never used a private metering system, and I m not sure such an animal exists. IF this is going to be a separate residence with all the regular stuff in it, then you can just install a complete electrical service, similar to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Meter and disconnect boxes, subpanels, proper terminology
subpanels, proper terminology, meter box: I hope I understood you correctly. If not, please send me more info. Depending on the distances it is sometimes cheaper to add a subpanel than run each circuit all the way out to the main panel. What you should do is add up all the circuits you will run...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Meter housing ground/bonding grounds and neutrals, meter socket, subpanel
meter socket, subpanel, neutrals: Hi Adam. You asked: do I need to ground the meter housing to the panel? Answer: It depends. Normally the grounding electrode conductor runs from the grounding electrode to either the panel, where it terminates into the grounding buss, or into the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Meter Reading High Usage, evap coolers, electicity
evap coolers, electicity, major malfunction: Hi. You can contact the electric company. They should be able to check out the meter. You can try turning off all of your breakers and see if the meter is still running. About the only other thing to do is to have an electrician check out the electrical...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Meter to service panel, pvc conduit, amp service
pvc conduit, amp service, meter box: Hi Myles. I would suggest you contact the power supplier to find out if you can use this pole, and if you are required by them to have a disconnect on the pole. A call to your local inspector would also be in order, and he will be able to give you any...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Meter showing power to plug but still wont work, coffee pot, recepticle
coffee pot, recepticle, power reading: If your meter is showing 122volts at each location, but one particular is showing 122volts, but wont run any appliance...I would suggest that it is a defective recepticle, that the contacts are defective. Worst case...start from that first one...install the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Meter Trim and Riser, conduit clamps, aluminum wire
conduit clamps, aluminum wire, meter base: A meter trim would be the metal covering over the meter. Unfortunately you have to buy the whole meter base to get the cover. The riser is either the metal pipe rising from the meter base, either through the roof, or near the eave, within a foot, that the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Meter, meter panel, city inspector
meter panel, city inspector, supply houses: This is part of your meter panel, which IS your responsibility. It may have gotten too hot at some time, like direct sunshine getting the panel to 130 degrees. The aluminum parts expand and contract. This will cause breakage because of the torque on the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Microwave Circuit?, microwave circuit, dedicated circuits
microwave circuit, dedicated circuits, nearby outlet: It is a good caution to keep in mind...microwaves are put on dedicated circuits...in some kitchens. It is not necessary in your case. Modulars are not wired as dilegently as a house. Most microwaves are energy efficient enough to run on a standard circuit...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Microwave Circuit, microwave circuit, kitchen renovation
microwave circuit, kitchen renovation, outlet location: Hi Dan, A 20 amp circuit is more than enough to handle a microwave. There are ow possible causes. 1) Something else that is plugged into one of the 4 outlets is drawing more current than the circuit can handle. Try unplugging everything but the microwave...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Microwave causes hum in outside box, curcuit breaker, mechanical vibration
curcuit breaker, mechanical vibration, lethal voltages: Hi Ray, There are a couple of possible causes for this. The buzzing could be either a mechanical vibration or the contacts arcing. This is, unfortunately, one of those problems that someone has to check in person. The breaker may be on the verge of tripping...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Microwave & Frige outlets, don beck, amp breaker
don beck, amp breaker, amp circuit: Hi Jeff, If you are using # 12 wire for these new outlets, the 1 new, 20 amp breaker should take care of the wiring. However, if it isn t to expensive or complicated, I would run the microwave on a different wire and breaker. Anytime you can split the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Microwave and GFCI, gfci trips, gfci outlet
gfci trips, gfci outlet, gfci protection: Hi Bryan, Based on your description....this inspector appears to have not been an electrical inspector - or one well trained in electrical inspections...and perhaps he has training in other aspects of home inspections (structural,plumbing, etc..) ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Microwave too good for my house!, microwave convection oven, kenmore elite
microwave convection oven, kenmore elite, amp circuits: Hi Shirley, It really should have it s own dedicated circuit, but sometimes this can be difficult to install depending on the location of your breaker panel and how difficult it would be to get a wire from the panel to the new unit. It would probably...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Microwave outage, microwave oven, light flashes
microwave oven, light flashes, electrical problem: Judie, I located this site on the internet. Possibly you can get some idea as to what is going on with your unit by reading about others with similar problems. Sorry I couldn t come up with a solution. Don http://www.epinions.com/pr-Samsung_SMH7174BC_Microwave_Oven/display_~review...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Microwave/Refrigerator circuit, microwave oven, door switch
microwave oven, door switch, refrigerator: Two problems here. One, your circuit might be overloaded and you need to have two, or the breaker is weak and could stand to be replaced. Second problem is with your fridge. Apparently, the door switch is somehow opening up the circuit. I don t have an idea...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Microwave Shorting, short periods, carbon filter
short periods, carbon filter, electric oven: Christina, the microwave and the totally electric oven short out? What do you mean short out? Both devices quit functioning? Both at the same time? Or can one short out and the other not? And when they do short out or quit working you do not have to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Microwave, cupboards, microwaves
cupboards, microwaves, microwave: Brad, Microwaves come in all different sizes and draw different amounts of current. If you have a larger unit you should definitely run a dedicated new line to it. Or even if you don t and may upgrade to a larger one in the future you should still do it,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Middle light in 3 three light run, three way switches, ground wires
three way switches, ground wires, wiring diagrams: If I understand, you are in the middle of 3 lights. You should have blk white and ground for the light, 2 blks 2 white 2grounds coming and going to/from the middle light. You have 2 too many wires in that box for your description. If the middle light is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Middle of run GFCI controlling a light, gfci receptacle, test button
gfci receptacle, test button, light switch: Hi. Anything connected to the line side of the GFCI is not protected, which would include your other bathrooms. Anything connected to the load side is protected. If you want to see what is protected, then just hit the test button and see what stops...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Military Generator connection, hot water heater, military generator
hot water heater, military generator, amp breaker: Being that this is a generator....you will not necessarily have a N neutral leg. If any of the recepticles are connected to a neutral leg for ground...that terminal will be the ground/N connection. A generator is a separately derived source... Neutral...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Miswired switches and outlets, wall receptacle, duplex receptacle
wall receptacle, duplex receptacle, volt stick: I am still trying to sort the circuit out. With two black wires on one side of the receptacle switch, and a red on the other side, only one should be the hot circuit. You may have to remove the switch keeping the wires separated to see which is the hot circuit...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Mix Lighting & Receptacles On Same Circuit, amp breaker, electrical circuits
amp breaker, electrical circuits, personal preference: As long as it is all 12 gauge then you are fine. In the example of the lone bathroom the whole circuit has to be on 12 gauge. There is an exception to mixing lighting and receptacles and that exists in the kitchen. You cannot put lighting on the small...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Mixed Neutral & Ground in breaker panel, gfci outlet, neutral ground
gfci outlet, neutral ground, copper wire: In the main panel, all the grounds(bare or green) and all the neutrals (white) should be connected to the same bar. If there are 2 bars, there may be a wire or metal strap connecting the them, this is OK. Some panels do this to give you access to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Mixed wire sizes in newer house, light switch plates, switch legs
light switch plates, switch legs, amp circuit: Evening Stephen, I get this type of question alot to be honest with ya. #14 switch legs on 20A breakers. Technically, no, this is not allowed, It is a violation of the NEC. However many electricians do it anyway. They consider it a tap...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Mixup of hot and neutral sides, neon bulb, ficture
neon bulb, ficture, test light: Hi Andy. With switches in the off position, you read 120v between the white wire and the ground. You also read 120v from the black to ground. Is this correct? If so, then there is some other load that is on, either by a lamp filiment, or a mother load,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: MOVE AN EXISTING RECEPTACLE, hole in the wall, drop ceiling
hole in the wall, drop ceiling, good shape: If you have access from below, you are in good shape. You should be able to guess pretty close to the location of the box above and drill a hole up thru the floor to it, and another hole up thru the floor to the new location. Next, cut the fasteners loose...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Mobile electrical problem, electrical problem, loose connection
electrical problem, loose connection, buss: Hi Dave, It sounds like you may have a bad breaker or loose connection. When you had no power leaving the breaker box, did you have power going into it? Does the main breaker feel hot when you have things turned on? If so have it checked to see if the bussing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Mobile Home Electrical Problem, meter socket, hazerdous
meter socket, hazerdous, electrical problem: Hi Jenny, It sounds as if you have a loose wire, either in the main panel or in the meter socket. You can tighten these down yourself, but it can be a little dangerous as you would be working with 220 Volts and no way to shut the power off so you can...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Mobile home electrical outlets, electrical outlets, circuit breaker
electrical outlets, circuit breaker, computer room: Hi Dan, They should be tightened down. If the outlets are moving around, so are the wires connected to them and they could easily come loose or break off. This could cause a an arc or a fire, and will cause the circuit breaker to keep tripping out. It...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Mobile home partial power outage?, electrition, loose wires
electrition, loose wires, bedroom area: Chrissy: Since you said that one outlet in the master bedroom was working when all the others are off. Start there. Pull it out and see if there are any loose or burnt signs in the back of the outlet. You might get lucky and the outlet it self has a bad or...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Motion detector lights, motion detector lights, don beck
motion detector lights, don beck, sensor lights: Hi Bob, There s always something when you come back from vacation. Sometimes the motion sensor gets stuck . To unstick it, shut the breaker off that controls this lite, wait about 2 minutes, then turn it back on. This resets the operation. You ll...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Motion dtector lights stopped working....., motion detector lights, receptacle
motion detector lights, receptacle, fuses: You have only two wires in the box? And touching them together doesn t get you a spark? I d have to say I think these fixtures are on a switch somewhere, that has been turned off, OR, these fixtures are part of a circuit that is GFCI protected, and the receptacle...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Motion light question, motion detector lights, designers edge
motion detector lights, designers edge, edge model: Hi Al, Sorry for the delay....we ve been away all day down on the coast visiting family...just getting back home. Not familiar with the brand name you posted...and was not able to obtain any detail about the product. Most motion detector lights we...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Motion Sensor Light, motion sensor light, incandescent lamps
motion sensor light, incandescent lamps, motion sensors: Hi Nina I assume you are referring to fixtures that will bypass the motion sensor and stay on when you flick the switch 2 or 3 times. Sorry, the fixture cannot be repaired and it is not in the house wiring. The motion sensor is a black box that can only...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Motion Sensor Switches, sensor switch, motion sensor
sensor switch, motion sensor, hot wire: Hi Alan, What you have now is a 3 way system and what you are trying to achieve is a 4 way system.. The only way to achieve this is by breaking the travelers that go from switch 1 to switch 2 with a 4 way switch. This switch has 4 terminals and the travelers...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Motion sensor light, motion sensor light, lightning strike
motion sensor light, lightning strike, garage wall: I would suspect that a brief power surge, possibly from a lightning strike, fried the electronics in the light. You ll probably have to buy you a new one. First you might try and and disconnect the fixture totally from the circuit and see if somehow it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Motor 110/230 V., electric motor distributor, stage air compressor
electric motor distributor, stage air compressor, phase motor: Is it better to run motors at 110 or 220? http://www.faqs.org/faqs/electrical-wiring/part2/ Theoretically, it doesn t make any difference. However, there is a difference is the amount of power lost in the supply wiring. All things being equal, a 110V...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Motor tripping heaters, voltage spikes, amp fuse
voltage spikes, amp fuse, boiler room: Hello, 30 years! I been at it a bit longer and now know two of us need our heads examined. Actually it is impressive you stuck with a job that difficult for so long. It is a cold job and hot job if you are in the right climate and then not many have been...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Motor Wiring, doerr electric motor, motor web
doerr electric motor, motor web, doerr motor: Gene: If you have access to a good ohum meter, I need you to test for resistance and write it down as you do it. P1 to T1, P1 to T4, P1 to T5, P1 to T8. Then test T1 to T4, T1 to T5, T1 to T8. Then test T4 to T5, T4 to T8. These will eather be open (infinity)...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Motor wiring, doerr electric motor, thanks in advance
doerr electric motor, thanks in advance, mental picture: Hi Gene, I Honestly have no idea.. :-). I don t do a lot of motors. Is there any chance you have the schematic (diagram), can scan it and send it to me? My email is alexnapier1@aol.com Sorry, but since i m not familier with this motor...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Motor, single phase motor, frequency hertz
single phase motor, frequency hertz, nameplate: 20 to 30 is a big spread. Loaded or unloaded current? Depending on speed an unloaded motor can draw from one third of full load current to near FLA at no load. So this is a tough one. You have no HP rating, but what all do you have? Voltage, amps,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Mounting a Light Fixture to ceiling, ceiling light fixture, approved hardware
ceiling light fixture, approved hardware, grounding wire: Sheryl, the mounting strap is a flat metallic piece that directly attaches to the ceiling box, and has either tapped holes to receive screws holding the canopy, or a middle tapped hole that accepts a large hollow nipple, which then extends down past the bottom...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Mounting outlets in wall, outlet boxes, junction boxes
outlet boxes, junction boxes, madison company: Hi. There are several ways to do this. Probably the best way to do this is by using something called as a Madison bar. (They may have another name if they are not made by the Madison Company.) After you patch the sheetrock, then install these. However,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Move an electrical outlet, electrical outlets, electrical outlet
electrical outlets, electrical outlet, boxes: Hi Michael. Usually, different heights of outlets means that the wall has obstructions, which prevent the lowering of the outlets. If the wall is open, and there are no obstructions, you can extend the conduit, if conduit is used, and repull the wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Moved dryer from US to South America, whirlpool washer dryer, robert wilber
whirlpool washer dryer, robert wilber, whole caboodle: - * Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * 110 volts 3 phase? no kidding? How is that hooked up? I would love to see a wiring diagram of the transformer connections... Maybe has no neutral...? * Anyway.......

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Moving a 220 outlet, wire nuts, pvc pipe
wire nuts, pvc pipe, foot cord: Hi Jim, An 8 dryer cord would be great, but the longest I am aware of is 5 So, the next best thing is remove the outlet from the wire in install a box in it s place and splice a piece of 10/2 with ground to the old wires using wire nuts and install the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Moving a 220v outlet, electrician, willow
electrician, willow, budget: Hi Willow, If the location is closer to the main panel, you can shorten the wire to fit. If the locations is farther away, you can splice another wire to the existing one, provided the new wire is the same size and the a box is installed to house the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Moving breaker panel to laundry, laundry room, washing machine
laundry room, washing machine, cabinets: John, I take it that you just want to flip the panel so its facing the other way into the laundry room. Technically this is not acceptable but if its possible for you to slide the washer down so its not in front of the panel that would be fine. And you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Moving Electric Range, split bolts, wire nuts
split bolts, wire nuts, cable splice: 1. Stick with the original 3 prong outlet. This is not a new installation, rather a remodel becasue you simply extended the circuit. It existed before you bought the new replacement range. 2. Yes. You can use the big BLUE wirenuts (maybe grey...check...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Moving Electric Range, prong, conductors
prong, conductors, hardware store: Hi Skip. You can splice, using a box large enough for the conductors. Use approved wirenuts or split bolts. I would change to the 4-wire outlet and cord. You will need to use a box (either metal or plastic) that is large enough for the wire and outlet....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Moving Electric range/ bringing up to code, awg wire, amp breaker
awg wire, amp breaker, amp circuit: Hi Aaron. If you look at the nameplate of the range, you will find the info you need to size the wire and breaker. As far as running a 3 wire instead of a 4 wire, since this is a new installation, you are required by code to run the 4wire cable. An existing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Moving light switch, demolition work, junction boxes
demolition work, junction boxes, power cables: My fellow Buckeye, you are on the right track. If you can keep the junction box accessible from an attic access point then you are solving your problem in the approved manner. All Junction boxes must be accessible. If a problem occurs in the future, it must...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Moving an outlet, wall cavity, cooktop
wall cavity, cooktop, moisture content: Evening, If you pull this box out there is a chance you might find the wire coming in from the left. If this is the case then just eliminate this box and put in an old work box where you would want to install the new outlet. Pulling the wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Moving the Panel, overhead conductors, garage wall
overhead conductors, garage wall, electrical panel: The main panel is immediately connected to the meter. It will mean running some very large wire to another location, then bringing all those circuits from that location to the new location. Major Demolition to relocation circuit. $5000 is not out of line...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Moving Pool Wiring, gage wire, pvc conduit
gage wire, pvc conduit, junction boxes: Hi. Yes, that seems reasonable. Remember that you can t splice the wire anywhere but in a junction box. There can t be more than 360 degree total bends in the conduit between junction boxes. Theoretically, the pool filter would be better be on its...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Moving a stove outlet, bob osgood, master electrician
bob osgood, master electrician, computer access: Hi John, Sorry for just responding....we ve been working down State most of the week..(with very limited computer access and spare time)....just returning home late last night. When you are talking stove wiring (typically #6/3 with ground)...it is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Moving thermostat, home improvement center, sun blazes
home improvement center, sun blazes, programmable thermostat: You re going to have at least four wires on a heating/cooling thermostat. If you re just using it for heating, you simply wouldn t connect anything to the cooling side. You can extend the existing wires by splicing on a new conductor, and they have thermostat...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: MR16 fixture, corrosion problem, receptacle
corrosion problem, receptacle, pins: Hi. First of all, be sure you never touch the bulb with your bare hands because oils from your skin will ruin the bulb. You probably know that, but I should mention it anyway. My guess is that the socket is bad and not making good contact. So it may...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Mr Miell,Thanks for reviewing..., upstairs hallway, adding a front porch
upstairs hallway, adding a front porch, chaplinsky: Hi Paul. I don t think I will be able to help. You should call in a licensed electrician to check this out. One thing you could do is purchase one of those voltage pens, that light up and/or beep when the end is near a voltage source. With the breaker...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: MULTIMETER, solar panel supplies, ampmeter
solar panel supplies, ampmeter, milliamp: The straight line with the 2 dots is for DC voltage, ie batteries, the squiggly line is AC voltage ie 120 house voltage. The 20M etc is resistance not amps. Most multimeters don t measure amps. You have to use an ampmeter for that. The LED would probably...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: MULTIMETER, solar panel supplies, dc volts
solar panel supplies, dc volts, volts and amps: Hi Joe. Since this is DC voltage, I would think that any voltage or amps above the rating for the led will shorten it s life. While it may work at 3 volts and 1 amp, it may not last as long as if it was 3 volts and only 20 milliamps. Increase either the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: MULTIMETER, solar panel supplies, milliamp
solar panel supplies, milliamp, digital multimeter: Volts vs Amps. The volts are the power to the appliance the amp is the strength available. I think your meter is rated for AC and DC. ie red is ac and black is dc. A squigly line is probably a + -. It may be restricted to Milliamps. Unfortunately....you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: MULTIMETER, solar panel supplies, ac volts
solar panel supplies, ac volts, dc volts: Joe, As long as the LED is being supplied with the correct voltage it operates at, in this case 3 volts, it won t draw more than its rated current of 20 milliamps regardless of how many amps your solar panel can supply. The resistance of the LED prevents...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: MULTIMETER, solar panel supplies, accurate voltage
solar panel supplies, accurate voltage, milliamp: Hello Joe, the LED will burn out by exceeding the 20 milliamp rating, with the panel rating of 3 amps, it will burn it out, or damage it. On the meter, in the voltage settings there will be several different settings so you can get the most accurate voltage...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Mulitple feeds into a 3 gang box, 3 way switches, three way switches
3 way switches, three way switches, box assembly: The codes allow for 2 circuits in any box assembly. I would caution you to be sure that you split the breakers so you dont have the possible 240volt when you accidently get confused. When you have the two circuits in the box...test them...each one to ground...120...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Multi-gang Dimmers, don beck, wire nuts
don beck, wire nuts, lighting circuit: Hi Lloyd, You seem to have nailed it. That is the correct way to connect up the dimmers. I would suggest using blue or gray wire nuts to connect the 5 wires wires together, thenred or yellow for the daisy-chain hookup. To make sure the wires stay connected...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Multi-gang wallbox 1?, robert wilber, watt bulbs
robert wilber, watt bulbs, lutron: - * Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * You had me going there until I read the material attached to your link. Reread it yourself. What you will find it talks about is what is required to gang four...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Multi Recepticals, recepticals, home depot
recepticals, home depot, maximum number: The code has no limitation on a maximum number. You can put all the receptacles on Home Depot s shelves on one circuit. What the code does say is that the attached loads, or what all will be plugged into these receptacles, can not exceed the rating of the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Multimeter readings at outlet, ground 0, bare wire
ground 0, bare wire, prong: You should get 120 hot to neutral and hot to ground, 0-20 neutral to ground. The hot to bare and neutral to bare voltage needs to be investigated and corrected. That is dangerous and potentially fatal. As far as the other receptacles, with and without ground,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Multiple built-in ovens, bob osgood, master electrician
bob osgood, master electrician, amp breaker: Hi John, Based on your electrical nameplate data...yes - you should put both ovens on a seperate 10/3 with ground run...along with the mandatory seperate 6/3 with ground run to the cooktop. ( NOTE: I recommended 10/3 instead of 12/3 for the ovens...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Multiple Cables Through Joists, storage rooms, ceiling joists
storage rooms, ceiling joists, hole size: If you are running across the joists I would suggest running them on top and then protect them on both sides with 1 by whatever. This way you don t have to drill through each joist. Then you can just drop down and run it along the joist to each drop. I...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Multiple Ceiling Lighting Problems, three way switches, hallway light
three way switches, hallway light, lighting problems: Hi Max, It is possible for all the switches to go bad around the same time, as they all all about the same age. While this is possible, it isn t real likely. The breaker panel is the place to start looking for a problem. If you have a tester, make...