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Electrical Wiring in the Home: Three to One, 3way switch, kitchen light
3way switch, kitchen light, fan light: I am going to guess, Is there red/black/white in the switch box? If...you have power into the ceiling box via the bl/wh pair, you would have power going down to the switch via the white wire, and white being the feed for the switch. YOu would have red and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Three-way switch w/outlet in 2 gang, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: What box is the wire that goes to the light in? What you are doing in a three way switch is switching the hot wire from one traveler wire to another. The traveler wires or common wires are the black and red conductors that are in the same wire jacket. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Three way switch wiring, bathroom exhaust fans, hot source
bathroom exhaust fans, hot source, hello bill: hello bill, sorry i took so long, i have been very busy. you will have to rewire the two switches and fans. it actually kind of depends on how it was originally wired. there are several ways to do it but i don t think it is likely that you can use the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Timer Switch, timer switch, vent fan
timer switch, vent fan, model switch: Without the exact model switch I can not be 100% certain, but the circuit should connect color for color with the white circuit, the white timer and white from the fan connected together. The grounds should also all connect together. The black circuit and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Tracing Old House Wiring, household wiring, source panel
household wiring, source panel, confidence levels: it is difficult to deal with a lack of grounding in a house that has 1920 s era wiring. the source panel in this case is not properly grounded so that is the first step in establishing a proper electrical system. until you can accomplish this, you might...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Trailer Main electric breaker box, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Bad Idea. I would not use bolts from hardware stores. The metal parts for you electric box are designed to conduct electricity and heat in a certain ways. The wrong metal will do cause you problems in the long run and may even be dangerous. Bill Lutz...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Trouble with wiring 3-way switched kitchen light, vaulted ceilings, fluorescent light fixtures
vaulted ceilings, fluorescent light fixtures, kitchen light: Hi. Perhaps there were other lights in the kitchen. The power wire may end at light number one. The wires then go to light number 2, then light number 3. If you were to check light number two, you would have 2 cables, with no power in any of them. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: my TV, TiVo, and laptop all died last week -- could be power problem?, ups power supply, vertical slits
ups power supply, vertical slits, power fluctuations: get a digital volt tester. use the prongs to test the power from the vertical slits of the outlet(s) in question. it should be 120 volts +-10 volts. if it is different, then you have a problem with the power. there can be several causes. there may be...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: table saw with 3 phase motor/how to run on residential 220, three phase motors, single phase motor
three phase motors, single phase motor, century electric: You will have to purchase a single to three phase converter, which is known as a converter/VFD, the vfd controls frequency to the motor and can provide some great options like variable speed, braking, coast, ramp, reverse, etc, the 230/460 is normal dual...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: trying to add a chandelier light off of recessed lights, chandelier light, wall sockets
chandelier light, wall sockets, small screws: you are on the right track. you will see some small screws on the upper portion of the can and you can remove that part to get to the junction box with the house wires. you do not want to tie on to the small lamp wires. from there you can fish the wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Underground Electrical and Mechanical Services, restriction requirement, mechanical services
restriction requirement, mechanical services, seperation: Kevin, in the NEC there is no such restriction, but in real life you do want to have some seperation, in case you need to dig one or the other up in the future. Keeping them apart will lessen the chance of damaging the other if you need to dig to repair or...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: useing an electrical plug as a source for a new light, electrical plug, electrical outlet
electrical plug, electrical outlet, drywall: Hi. You can use the circuit for the new lights. However, you are not allowed to cover up a junction box. (It has to have a cover that you can get to.) So, if you can move the old outlet junction box to an attic, or a wall with a blank plate on it, you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Various 220v Outlets, hi bob, electric stove
hi bob, electric stove, amperage: Hi. The plugs don t match because the amperage does not match. As long as the wire is thick enough, you can change the outlet and the breaker to the correct size. But if the wire is thinner than required, it has to be changed too. I hope this helps....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Voltage drop, Philadelphia electrician, voltage drop
Philadelphia electrician, voltage drop, wire: Your are supposed to make up for voltage drop after every 100 feet. In this case it may not hurt to use a bigger wire but I would not change the breaker. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. www.Generation3electric.com http://electrician-in-philadelphia.blogspot.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: voltage and amperage, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: If you already have a 240 volt circuit I would replace the AC unit with another 240 volt Ac unit. To find what the amperage is all you need to do is read the number the is written on that breaker. It is most likely a 20 amp line. Bill Lutz Generation...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: voltage drop in wiring for ceiling fan, wire nuts, strange readings
wire nuts, strange readings, neutral wire: Hi. Strange readings are usually caused by a disconnected neutral wire somewhere. These things can be hard to track down. Somewhere in the circuit, there is a break. It could even be at a device that is working, because it could be the wire leaving the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Water bonding of a well, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: You need to have two sources of grounding. If you well is plumbed in plastic you will need to add a second ground rod at least ten feet away from the first ground rod. The earth in Philadelphia, where I work, is not a very good ground. For that reason I might...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Water Heater hookup/supplies, hot water heat, oil furnace
hot water heat, oil furnace, inch pvc: Hi. Local codes vary, but normally you should either run the conduit on your house, or bury it at least 18 inches. You should use THHW wire in the conduit. (You need to use conduit all the way, or splice the different types of wire.) You can probably...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Weird noise coming from breaker panel, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: It sounds to me that you just have a bad computer. I have not had any problems with running computer on arc faults. If I did I would be getting a call back every time someone made a spare bed room into a home office. I m sorry to say but I think your computer...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Welder hook-up, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: A Nema 6-50P is rated at 250Volts A Nema 10-50P is rated at 125/250Volts. You need to just buy the outlet that matches your plug. If you want to know why you welder is designed to work with a certain plug I suggest you direct your questions to the manufacture....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: WHITE WIRE, drain pipe, hot wire
drain pipe, hot wire, switch box: Hi. If the white wires are not connected (either on purpose or accidently) they will become hot because the power comes through the light from the hot wire and goes into the white. (Sort of like water pouring out of a drain pipe that is disconnected.)...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring without an attic, vaulted ceilings, wood strips
vaulted ceilings, wood strips, joists: Hi. About the only other way is to cut and patch the ceiling. That will be around 4 patches in 5 feet, since the joists are probably 16 inches apart. Wiremould surface conduit is made to be run where it is exposed. It looks better than regular conduit,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring ceiling light, correct assumption, conductor cable
correct assumption, conductor cable, two blacks: in the box, there is a three conductor cable (black, red and white, plus maybe a bare or green ground) and a two conductor (black and white, and maybe a ground). hopefully thats a correct assumption. turn off the power. all grounds go together....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring a Detached Garage, amp breaker, amp service
amp breaker, amp service, detached garage: The only thing different from what you have so far is the ground needs to be connected to the ground bar in the main panel. If it does not have a separate ground bar as in an older panel and only has a neutral bar, then yes it would connect to the neutral....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring a Detached Garage, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: In the main panel the Neutral wire and Ground wires are treated as the same thing. Anywhere past the main pane the Neutral wire and ground wire are separated. The reason for this electricity is always trying to find it s way to ground. When we use a wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring a Fan, electrical sockets, fan switch
electrical sockets, fan switch, electrical socket: Hi. The next thing is to try to figure out where the other lights connect to the system. If they connect to the switches, then the white wire would go to the other white wires, and the black wire would go to the switch. If they connect at the fan...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring Light Fixtures, light fixture, light switch
light fixture, light switch, light fixtures: Hi. Assuming that the switch is wired to the hot side, and is working, then when the switch is off, there should be no power to the hot side. Of course, some people change the bulbs with the power on. So, it is best to connect the fixture correctly. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring two light fixtures where there used to be one, junction boxes, light fixture
junction boxes, light fixture, light fixtures: ALL Junction boxes are required to be accessible. If you can put in another box...near where you need it...can put the current wire feed into that box....then remove the old box...then add the second box and feed from the first new box...you are good...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring mulipule lights with one switch, far light, position thanks
far light, position thanks: Hi. Where are you tapping the power from? And I assume the closet light has its own switch. If you are tapping the power from the switch, it won t work. If it is from the far light, then connect the wires to the same wires that bring the power in. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring new receptacles on new ckt, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Hey Eric, It is great to see you trying to take the initiative and doing this your self. If you are installing multiple outlets in one box all you have to do is match all the black together and attach them to the gold side of the outlets. Then you need...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring new wall oven, wall oven, 10 years
wall oven, 10 years, ground wire: Hi. Is the white wire the same thickness as the red and black? If so, then connect it as you said. If the white wire looks more like a ground wire, you may need to replace the wire. In the last 10 years, ranges are now required to have a separate ground...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring in a second light to an existing switch, Philadelphia, electric
Philadelphia, electric, repair: As long as your connections are tight and you ran the right type of wire it should be safe. I don t understand why you did not attach the new light to the same wire that the old light is attached to? If you did that it would work on the switch too. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring standards and grounding., Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Yes, I would think that it is starting to become a hazard. It may or may not be a code violation. That depends on your city s building code. Some stuff gets grandfather in. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. www.Generation3electric.com http://electrician-in-philadelphia.blogspot.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring upgrade?, clamp meter, open slots
clamp meter, open slots, incoming service: Regardless of the number of breakers or the current incoming service size, it depends on the current load. You can take an amp clamp meter, turn on all possible devices and take an amp reading on either of the incoming hot leg wires and see how close to 125...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: welder+miss., volt circuit, welder
volt circuit, welder, pump house: for a 240 volt welder (same as 230 volt), you need three wires: a two hots and a ground. so in general, you will need one more wire to safely run the welder. if you want to use 120 volts, you will need another two wires. one hot and one neutral. you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wires, Philadelphia, Electrician
Philadelphia, Electrician, repair: You buy a voltage tester. Here is a picture of a tester that will light up if it gets close to a live wire. You can find testers like this at most home centers Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. www.Generation3electric.com http://electrician-in-philadelphia.blogspot.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring 12 volt low voltage MALIBU LIGHTING OFF OF A 24 VOLT TAP OF A ELECTRIC GATE OPENER, Philadelpha, electrician 24 volts
Philadelpha, electrician 24 volts, outside light: This should make you happy. Did you think about using 24 volt bulbs? You can just replace the bulbs as long as everything is rated for 24 volts. I belive you can find outside lighting with that rating. Here is a link to a store that sells 4 volt bulbs that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring, metal boxes, power source
metal boxes, power source, screws: Hi. The switch connects only to the black wires. The white wires bypass the switch. be sure that the ground wire is not touching any of the other terminals. So, the black wire from the power connect to one terminal. The black wire to the light connects...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring, metal appliances, metal boxes
metal appliances, metal boxes, electrical shock: Every type of voltage requires a Hot and a common or in higher voltage commonly called a neutral. Even with a battery there is a positive and negative and this is similar with a/c voltage. In a vehicle, there is usually only one wire ran to each device...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring, garge, swith
garge, swith, safe way: Hi. I really need to know exactly what you have. What happen to the lights that were there? The safe way is to connect the string of new lights to where the old lights were. Ask a follow up question and tell me exactly where the power comes in, what...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring, 3 way switches, wire nut
3 way switches, wire nut, way switch: Hi. The main thing is to find the cable that brings the power in. You want to connect the white wire going to the fan to the white wire coming in. You want to connect one terminal of the switch to the black wire coming in. You then connect the black...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring 2 220volt switch in one box, volt switches, volt applications
volt switches, volt applications, pool heater: Hi. The pool heater should probably be on its own circuit. Three amps does not sound enough to run a heater. The main thing on 220 volt switches, is that both wires have to be turned off, which means a double pole switch. If you were to run both on the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring a 3 speed ceiling fan, light with dimmer, ceiling fan light, wire nut
ceiling fan light, wire nut, rheostat: If you can test to see if one pair is the power source and the other pair is to/from the switch, that will help me. If you only had one round switch to control the light....I would assume that you have power in the ceiling, the hot black wire was connected...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring a 3-way lamp switch, lamp switch, sockets
lamp switch, sockets, screws: Hi. I need more information. Is it a single socket that uses a 3 way bulb? Is it a socket with a switch that controls another light on the lamp? Or is it a switch that is separate from all the sockets. Please give me as much information as you can as...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring blower, furnace blower, furnaces
furnace blower, furnaces: Hi. I am not an HVAC expert. However, the furnace blower should come on only when the system wants it to. If you were to put a plug on it, it would be on all the time. I think also the code frowns upon putting plugs on furnaces, which some people do...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring ceiling fan, naked ground, porch light
naked ground, porch light, light switches: Hi. My guess is that the switch is supposed to control part of the outlet or outlets in the room. You can look at the outlets and see if they have a red wire on one terminal and a black on the other on the short blade slot side. If the tab between these...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring in a mobile home, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: It sounds like you just need to run a dedicated 20 amp AC line and all your problem will be gone. When you house was build there was no expectation that you were going to be using a window AC unit. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. www.Generation3electric.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring problem, neutral wire, hot wire
neutral wire, hot wire, switch box: Hi. You have a switch with only one white and one black, and you are trying to tap off of it for something in another room? If so, that won t work. That is a switch loop, and there is no neutral wire. (The white is a hot wire) You will need to fish...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring service to woodshop, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: I would go to the electric supply store and ask for 60 amp SER (Service entrance round) cable. Actually since you are running a 150 feet and digging up the earth you might want to use 100 amp SER. I would buy SER because It will have you two hot wire, neutral...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring tranfer switch box, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: It sounds like you just don t have the correct tools for the job. I would invest in the correct 30 amp generator for this transfer switch. As an electrician I have to make sure that the ratings match up on all the equipment that I install. The different...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Can I make this work?, 220 volt appliances, bearer of bad news
220 volt appliances, bearer of bad news, work question: Hi. 110, 115, and 120 is all the same. Voltage is like pressure and can vary a little. The only problem you could have is amperage. If you use other things on the circuit at the same time, it could overload it. But hopefully you will be OK. Bo...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Can I make this work?, volt unit, countertop
volt unit, countertop, volts: generally speaking freezers are not 220 (actually it is 240 volts). they usually can be plugged into a regular outlet. usually they need to plug into an outlet that does not have much or anything else on the same circuit. if the freezer is a 240 volt...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Can I make this work?, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: You will have a hard time finding an extra 220 line in an apartment with out changing the wiring. The bigger question I have is wether or not you freezer is 220 volts. Most the freezers I have in people s home are only 110 volts and would work on a standard...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: working spaces, telephone boxes, basement window
telephone boxes, basement window, working space: I would absolutely get the inspector who will pass the job s input. By code, the area in front of a panel is all inclusive, as such an invisible box are directly in front from floor to above the panel that nothing can be in. Some local inspectors will allow...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 118 volts but no light, fuse box, neutral wire
fuse box, neutral wire, bare wire: Hi. Make sure the bathroom switch is not a switch loop too. You need more than one black and one white. No, if the wire was cut at both ends, you would not get a reading. Switch loops are usually in one piece of Romex. I hope this helps. Bo...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 12-3 wire for power tools, 12 gauge, breakers
12 gauge, breakers, power tools: Hi. If you want 20 amp, you have to use at least 12 gauge wire. (14 is smaller). You would normally use 12/2 with ground. You can run 2 circuits on 12-3, but it can cause problems down the road. It is better to run 2 sections of 12-2. I hope this helps....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 1963 Home Wiring, false sense of security, electronic appliances
false sense of security, electronic appliances, gfci outlets: Hi. One problem, is that you have a false sense of security. People will think the outlets are grounded, but they are not. The outlets should either be replaced by 2 prong outlets or GFCI outlets. You should check with an electronics expert to see if...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 2 single switches, change one to switch/outlet, national electrical code, switch legs
national electrical code, switch legs, neutral wire: Hi Tom, First off, I must tell you that the NEC (National Electrical Code) requires outlets in bathrooms to be GFCI protected. This is for you and your families protection. Depending on the age of the house, the box that houses the switches might not...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 2-wire electrical system vs. 3-wire, gfci, electrical hazard
gfci, electrical hazard, safety hazard: i wouldn t say that it is a serious electrical hazard. it is not as safe as a new wiring system. my best analogy would be driving a 1951 car versus a new car. they can do the same thing but one lacks the modern safety features. one easy upgrade is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 20 amp breaker, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: First of all if it is a Federal Pacific panel you should call in an electrician you might have a fire hazard Now you back you your original question. You can t increass the breaker size. What you need is an additional circuit with its own breaker. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 2000 mobile home, drywall screw, gfci trips
drywall screw, gfci trips, work boxes: there is a possibility of both. you may want to disconnect the wires on the gfci downfeed and make them hot independent of the GFCI. then go to the outside plug and install a gfci there. that way if there is a water problem on the outside, it will not effect...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 220 eletrical hook up, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: Sorry for the delay my answer are normally quicker. I was away yesterday. First thing you need to do is find the amperage and get the Nema # for the tanning beds plug. I would take that to my electrical supply house to get the material. If you go to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 220 Range wiring, freestanding range, thanks in advance
freestanding range, thanks in advance, breakers: you outlet should not be connected to the cooktop or oven circuit. you need to check elsewhere. if it is indeed on that circuit, it was done incorrectly. either way, make sure all of the breakers are on. you can cap the wires and install a blank plate...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 220 volts to garage, amp fuses, gauge aluminum
amp fuses, gauge aluminum, garage door opener: Hi. You always have to use a grounding rod in a separate building. You also need to run a ground wire if there is any metal path between the two buildings, including phone, cable, water, or gas lines. Your wire may not be thick enough. Number 8 aluminum...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 220 vs 110, neutral connections, neutral wire
neutral connections, neutral wire, terminal bar: Hi. Probably not, unless something was stolen out of it that you weren t aware of. Are there two blocks for the neutrals? If so, are they connected together. If they are not, that is probably the problem. Someone probably took that piece of copper too....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 220V electric shower, electric water heaters, bathroom showers
electric water heaters, bathroom showers, electric bathroom: I looked at the manual, but I do not understand the language, and it appears that there are two models; 110 volt & 220 volt. These are water heaters very much like the electric water heaters here in the U.S. Except we use rods instead of coils to heat...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 240 wireing, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: The most common brand of timer is intermatic and they have a great website and costumer service department. If that is your brand of timer I would suggest that you contact them they will be able to give you much more detail then I am able to. What it sounds...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3-Wire Light Switch Replacement Not Working, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: Three way switches can be confusing for home owners. One of the main reasons is the different brands of switch can have the screws in different orders. I still think there is hope as long as you only took wire off the switch and not out of ant wire nuts. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3-way switch vs 2-way switch, 3 way switch, hot wire
3 way switch, hot wire, screw: Hi Atila, I assume you mean can you use a three way switch in place of a single pole switch. If I am correct, yes you can, hook the hot wire to the dark colored screw and the switch leg to either of the other two. You might want to turn the power back on...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 wire dryer - where does Ground wire go?, dirty clothes, center terminal
dirty clothes, center terminal, image c: A dryer circuit is a dedicated circuit. As long as you have 2 hot wires...the dryer works. If you connect the neutral and ground together, you are making use of the neutral, which you do not need. The ground wire is for protection of the equipment...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 30 amp circuit breaker-20 amp outlets, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: You are correct in noticing that you are over fused. The correct thing to do is install a 20 amp breaker on that line. Your sump pump should be fine on 20 amps. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com http://electrician-in-philadelphia.blogspot.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 30 amp RV to house current, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: You can tell what the voltage is by the plug style. If it fits into a regular outlet it is 110 volts. What I think you need is a direct circuit from your panel to each AC unit. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 4 Prong cord into 3 Prong outlet?, copper aluminum, silver screw
copper aluminum, silver screw, explicit detail: First read the Manual. Before I give some wrong advice, is there an indication that this wiring is for 120/240 volt stove. In some cases the lights or timers in the appliance are 120, while the elements re 240. If you do not have a 120 rating anywhere in...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 4 prong to 3 prong adapter, electrical cord, prong
electrical cord, prong, electrical outlet: Hi Goey, I have not seen the type of adapter your needing. You will need to buy either a 3 prong dryer cord and replace the one on your dryer or buy a 4 prong dryer plug and replace the one in your wall. Instructions will come with both to show you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 40 amp/30 amp circuit sharing, amp circuit, authority having jurisdiction
amp circuit, authority having jurisdiction, receptacle: Don t quote me on this, but I think that you can use 10 gauge if terminated properly under the 25 or ten foot tap rule. I would say that you should protect the 30 amp machine with proper size fuses, though. Check with your Authority Having Jurisdiction...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 400 amp service, amp service, meter base
amp service, meter base, rtm: actually the requirements vary from location to location. the local utility will provide a guideline on the installation requirements. i am all the way in Texas, so it wouldn t surprise me if you folks in Canada do things differently. generally what...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 4wayswitch with 1 outlet, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: I would run a 14-2 out of the light switch that has your feed directly to the outlet. You can do it other ways but why add more complication to this light situation then necessary. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 50amp GFI circuit, volt circuits, gfci breakers
volt circuits, gfci breakers, gauge wiring: Hi. You can t use a 50 amp double pole GFCI for 110 volt circuits. You probably wouldn t want to anyway, since it would be very hard to track down the specific item causing it to trip. You would need to replace the double pole GFCI with a regular breaker,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: AC wiring, condenser
condenser: Hi David, You didn t mention where the 35 came from so I will start from the beginning. The gauge of the wire and the size of the fuse/breaker is determined by the Name Plate on the condensing unit. There will be a plate or permanent sticker fastened...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding 100 amps to a Pool Shed, necessary options, main switch
necessary options, main switch, wood working machinery: Hi. You should put a breaker in your main panel for the sub panel. It is best to have a main breaker in the shed panel too. You really can t put a main panel in the shed without another meter. You always need a grounding rod when putting a box in a separate...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding a receptacle, gold screw, receptacle
gold screw, receptacle, new ground: yes you can. for the ground wire you will have to disconnect from the screw and twist it to the new ground wire. then use a short wire together with the other two to make a tail . that tail goes back to the receptacle green screw. also you can do the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: AMP Upgrade/Breaker box, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Other then using a test in the room he did not work in I would have no idea what he was doing. This type of problem is expectable after you service gets changed. It only take on missed connection for something not to work. We try to test the whole house and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adapter 230 Volt AC to 9 Volt DC 1000 mA, maximum capabilities, 9 volt
maximum capabilities, 9 volt, radio shack: Yes. A transformers rating is based on its maximum capabilities, so anything under this will work as long as the voltage is correct. I have many 24 volt controls that totally use about 50kva and to operate all on the same transformer, I am using a 100kva transformer....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding an additional switch to existing switch, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: The closet light only needs 12-2. You use 12-3 for the fan because you are switching 2 thing. The light and the fan. The closet light you are only switching one thing and can use one less wire. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a bathroom fan, adding a bathroom, dual switch
adding a bathroom, dual switch, bathroom fan: It depends on the type of dimmer. Some require a neutral connection also, but that can just be jumpered from the other neutrals, but most standard dimmers just have one power wire in and the fixture wire out, so it would connect just as a standard switch connects....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding another breaker box, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: I would favor the opinion of the first electrician.If you are going to add a 120amp water heater your 100 amps service will not do.You need to up grade to a 200 amp service. Now if you are trying to save money why would you use a tankless hot water heater....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding ground to 220v 3 wire outlet, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Don t waste your time. If you can pull one bare copper ground you can pull one now Mordred wire. If I were you I would put a plan together to start rewiring your home. I do it here in Philadelphia all the time for people. Some of these old house need to be...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: aluminum wiring, gage wire, aluminum wiring
gage wire, aluminum wiring, deoxidizer: Hi Phil, It would be best to replace all the small gage wire if at all possible. It is time consuming but 95%+ can usually be replaced without making any or at least making very few holes in the walls. If you don t replace it I would recommend checking ALL...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: aluminum wiring, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: This is a job that you would be best advised to hire a professional electrician to do. A professional electrician can run the new wire with minimal damage to your wall. They can pull all the necessary permit and inspection to comply with your local building...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ammount of service i have entering into my house, brakers, utility meter
brakers, utility meter, braker: Hi Scott, I wish it was as simple as adding the numbers on the breakers but that is not the case. If you have no main breaker the only way to tell is to determine the service wire size. It might come to your house through the air (overhead) or underground....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: How many amps is a 3HP treadmill, treadmill motor, hot wire
treadmill motor, hot wire, nameplate: It should be stated on the nameplate label, but a positive way to know is to connect it to a drop cord that the wires without tearing the insulation are separated and use an amp clip meter on the hot wire to read the actual amps of any device. The actual amp...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: attic fan motor, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: Here are two suggestion. 1. Did you get the correct motor. The spin direction is built in the motor and does not have anything to do with the power supply. 2. Did you put the blades on backwards? If the blades are reversed the fan may blow the wrong...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ballast from t12 to t8, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: There should be a diagram that comes with or on each ballast. Typically the 2 color wire on the old magnetic ballast just get doubled up with the new electronic ballast. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com http://electrician-in-philadelphia.blogspot.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Bathroom light switches suddenly fail, wire trace, gfci receptacles
wire trace, gfci receptacles, light switches: It is always a challenge to figure out how some person wired a house and why. It sounds like taking the receptacles and switches that are related...and test each wire. Trace the source and try to follow the route. Not an easy task...but it will uncover...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Bathroom wiring, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: You do have to GFCI protect the fan. If you did the fan should not trip the GFCI. I would probably GFCI protect the fan if it was up to me. The hot tube should be on its own circuit. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker question & kiln, amp circuit breaker, professional electrician
amp circuit breaker, professional electrician, amp breaker: How long does the kiln run at (basically) 50 amps? If the kiln runs at 50 amps for 3 hours or more than you have to apply the continuos load calculation. Which would put you over the 60 amp mark. Even without the continuos load calc, the amp draw is too...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Buzzing Light Switch during turn-on/off, crackling sound, ground terminal
crackling sound, ground terminal, watt bulb: Hi. I don t see how the ground could affect it. If the system is grounded, the switch should be grounded. If the system isn t grounded, don t worry about it. The switch should be turned on or off quickly. You shouldn t do it slowly. Unless there...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bad recptacle, wire nut, wire bundles
wire nut, wire bundles, loose wire: It is a good idea to have the bathroom outlet on it s own gfci circuit. However, it sounds like you have a loose wire feeding the bathroom and it sounds like it is being fed from one of the bedrooms. The power could be coming from the light fixture in the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom exhaust fan wiring, bathroom exhaust fan, electrical conductors
bathroom exhaust fan, electrical conductors, national electrical code: Hi Cristina, I m sorry you are having trouble with your fan. The green wire is a ground wire. It is there for your protection. There is a National Electrical Code (NEC) which was written to safeguard persons and property from the hazards arising...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: blown switch/outlet, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: It sounds like you refrigerator is getting old and has a ground fault. As for your sprinkler outlet. I ll bet there is a GFI somewhere that you just can t find. The way to know would be to start taken thing apart and testing for problems. Bill Lutz Generation...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker box, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: There a too many opinions on this one to give you a clear answer. I don t think I have seen a Crouse Hinds panel installed here in Philadelphia. They may have been popular in other parts of the country. I think a Siemens breaker would work but may not be technically...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker tripping, way switch, 3way switches
way switch, 3way switches, black and white: It is easily possible that in your parralel wires...you may have crossed one...and made a white hot...instead of the black. With 3way switches...things get confusing. I suggest you take things apart...and check all your connections. I would assume that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker tripping, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Yes, I have some idea. I belive that you have some bad grounding. This can be dangerous. Some of your plumbing could be energized and you don t even know. Just like bird sitting on high voltage line you wont get shocked until you cross two different voltage...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bulbs for light fixture, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: The 220 volt light bulbs will just be dim. That is assuming that you have a regular incandescent light. If the light is fluorescent or low voltage you will break the fixture. If the light has a standard A medium base socket or Edison socket just install...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: buried wiring in pvc, violent electrical storm, pvc pipe
violent electrical storm, pvc pipe, hole in the water: if the wires in the pipe are fine, i think it would be ok to just wrap it with waterproof tape. if the wires are damaged you will have to replace the whole run of wire. that means pulling the wire out. while the pipe is empty, you can repair the pipe. then...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Cabinet Lighting, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: This question is mostly a matter of taste verses price. I belive that lighting a kitchen is one of the better places to invest in you lighting. I would see it you could get your contractor to install Ambiance® Low Voltage Linear Lighting Systems. That...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: CEILING LIGHTS, multiple wires, light boxes
multiple wires, light boxes, voltmeter: Yes, ground can actually be hot. Which is why electricians are taught to use a voltmeter before grabbing a ground wire. But for your situation my guess is that you did not wire the lights exactly as they were before. I am not sure which box you are talking...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan Install, ceiling fan, drywall
ceiling fan, drywall, doorway: Hi. Yes, it sounds like you can get power there. If you want the fan to work with the outlet switch, connect the black fan wire to the red outlet wire. If you want the fan to be controlled by the chains or if you are adding a switch, connect the black...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan/Light to be turned off and on from wall switch, ceiling fan light, wall switch
ceiling fan light, wall switch, receptacle: the red wire that goes to the plug is the switched power. it is energized only when the switch is on. that wire goes to the black of the wires that goes to the ceiling fan. therefore when you turn on the switch, it will turn the fan on. the other wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan / Swag Wiring, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: I don t know it that is such a great idea to start. A ceiling fan vibrates. Swaging a wire in to a fixture can cause the insulation to rub in ways it was not designed for. I would advise you to just hire a pro and have it done right. Bill Lutz Generation...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan Wiring Problem, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: The black and red wires in your ceiling box are mostly booth controlled by the switches as you entry the room. I would use a tester to find out for sure. The tan wire is you neutral the same as your white wire. I would check the fan connections after...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling fan/light wiring question, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: What i think you have there is an extra wire for a fan control switch option. If you were to buy a fan control switch you would need that extra wire to control the fan and light separtly. I you are using a regular switch you can just cap that red wire and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling fan noise when running, loose screw, celing fans
loose screw, celing fans, wabble: Rattling is either from the fan blades being loose, a loose screw in the housing or the chains hitting the housing. No other rattles should be found. If the motor is rubbing the housing it would be more of a scratching sound. In any event...I would concur...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling light control from outlet, wall switch, fan room
wall switch, fan room, ceiling fan: Hi Marilyn, No, you will not have to totally rewire the house. You didn t mention whether you want the wall switch to continue to control the wall outlet also. If you want the wall switch to control BOTH the wall outlet and the ceiling fan do this:...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Celing Fan Installation Headaches, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: If I read this correct I think your problem is: The wires going to your light switch from the outlet don t have include a neutral.You only a hot wire Black coming from the switch. And a blue that returns to the outlet when the switch is shut. No neutral....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: CHANDELIER LIGHT SWITCH, chandelier light, light switch
chandelier light, light switch, wattage: Hi. Dimmers can get warm, especially if it is set at dim. Add the wattage of the bulbs and make sure it does not exceed the capacity of the dimmer. The capacity should be stamped on the dimmer, and you can see it if you take the cover off. I hope...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Chandelier from ornate plaster medallion in 135 yr old house, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: That sound correct. We have a lot of old plaster work here in Philadelphia. You might find visiting the plumbing section of the hard ware store useful for finding threaded pipe that works with these fixtures. After all they were originally gas lights in the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Changing an apartment fixture, unit buildings, cfl bulbs
unit buildings, cfl bulbs, ceiling lights: Hi. Yes, you can do that. All fixtures are pretty much interchangeable. Although your landlord or the building department may frown on people doing wiring in multi-unit buildings. Another option is to use CFL bulbs which are much brighter per watt,so...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Changing Electrical Outlet and Master switch in box, bearer of bad news, fuse box
bearer of bad news, fuse box, electrical issues: Hi. The best thing is to have the panel replaced. The total amperage is limited by the original box, if you do not change it. Unless you add a new panel and use the existing panel as a sub panel. But you would need to change the grounds if you did that....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Confused about wiring my new kenmore H2 Dryer, national electrical code, prong
national electrical code, prong, kenmore: Good question and I am glad you asked. The 4-prong is the way the National Electrical Code wants us to go. The 3-prong is the way it has been accepted for many years. Which is safer? Well, technically the 4-prong is because it keeps the ground and neutral...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Converting 220 to 110, deck lighting, spare space
deck lighting, spare space, volts: that 220 is probably a on a 12-2 wire. that means it is just a black, white and bare. you need to identify that wire in the panel by turning off a two pole breaker. you will note that when energized, you have 240 volts between the black and white. once...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Converting a switch to control 1 outlet on a 2 outlet recep., brass screw, empty brass
brass screw, empty brass, screw terminals: If you turn off the circuit controlling this receptacle and pull it out of the wall, you will see that on the black wire side there is a small metal tab connecting the two brass screw terminals. The screw with the wire on it will be the one controlled by the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan: 3-wire to remote, ceiling fan light, wire nuts
ceiling fan light, wire nuts, explicit direction: i think you did it correctly. the black comes from one switch and the red goes to the other switch. so as long as you have the switch for the black on, the fan should work. you may not know which switch is the black, so just turn both on. the other will...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: It sound like when you took the fan apart you took too much apart. All those extra wires are pat of the fans controlls. I would not bother trying to save this fan. Fan almost never work as well when they are moved. I think you deserve a new fan for all of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan, electrical problem, electrical problems
electrical problem, electrical problems, ceiling fan: Hi Matt, Please let me explain a few important things when trouble shooting electrical problems. Sometimes a electrical problem is simple to diagnose and other times very difficult. Since I cannot be there in person, I need to “paint” your case in...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan, light fan, electrical problem
light fan, electrical problem, message thanks: Hi Deron, I am sorry to hear you are having this problem. Sometimes a electrical problem is simple to diagnose and other times very difficult. Since I cannot be there in person, I have to visualize your situation in order to understand what might be...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan/light and additional light switch, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: Ok, It would take too long to tell where to put each wire. You sound like a smart fellow so I think a little advice will go a long way with you. 1. Get ride of all the easy wires. That put all your neutral together (white wires) and all your grounds together...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan/light and additional light switch, ceiling fan light, pig tail
ceiling fan light, pig tail, water proof: Just to be sure....you have two switches...you are not attempting to control the fan/light separately...switch for fan, switch for light. YOu will need to pig tail two black wires to the switches from the hot wire from the breaker. This powers both switches....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan repair, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: I have never done this but can t see how it would cause any sort of problem. It is not dangerous and the worst you will do is break a broken fan so I say go for it.. Good luck. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com http://electrician-in-philadelphia.blogspot.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan wiring, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, repair: How may wall switches do you have? If you only have one wall switch then you don t need to be using a 3way switch you need a signal pole switch. Do you know where the feed wire is. That is the wire that is still hot when everything is taken apart. After...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan wiring, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: I think you are asking to get ride of the switched outlet for the ceiling fan. That should be easy. The outlet has that weired wiring because of the control wire for the switched part of the outlet. If you take everything apart and put all the black together...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan wiring, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: This should not be too hard. First: Replace your outlet. Only use the blacks and the whites. Blacks go on any gold screw and whites go on any silver screw. (I would replace it because the old outlet has a tab removed between the two gold screws.) Wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fans, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: I completely understand the confusion. I would not expect to see that color combination either. Where is this building? Is it a high rise condo? The work we do here in Philadelphia doesn t involve such oddly marked wires. I think I can still help. What...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling light- two wires vs four, light fixture, light fixtures
light fixture, light fixtures, ceiling light: Hi. Wire the new fixture exactly as the old fixture was wired. If the power enters the switch first, and the wire goes from the switch to the first fixture and then to the second fixture, then all the white go together, all the blacks go together, and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling and wall lighting, wall lighting, track lighting
wall lighting, track lighting, joists: Hi. You just have to be creative. Is there an attic or basement next to the room? Is there an outlet you can tap off of. Remember that you can fish the wire from top to bottom without making extra holes. In the ceiling, you can go in the direction of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: central vacuum inlet face plate, qualified electrician, central vacuum
qualified electrician, central vacuum, two choices: Hi Maria, The builder might have used 4 wires to divide the inlets up into 2 groups. Or they did this to allow them a 2nd set to use in case the 1st set was damaged. It is hard to say without being there to look at the whole system. I would contact...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: changed GFCI but no power in the outlets, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: The GFCI is probably detecting a problem down stream. You need to take the other devices on he circuit apart and then reinstall them one at a time until you find the cause of the problem. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: circiut power loss, waser, voltmeter
waser, voltmeter, fluctuation: If you use a voltmeter and test the main breaker during these situations...if the main also shows the fluctuation in voltage....call the power company. If the main breaker stays constant...it is wiring or appliances within your home that are causing the irregularityes....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: circuit box, test buttons, gfci outlet
test buttons, gfci outlet, white test: Yes, if the test button is on the circuit breaker it will trip the breaker. If a breaker trips for any reason it has to be pushed fully into the off position before you can reset it. A gfci outlet test button is accompanied by a reset button. Since...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: concealing an electrical service panel, national electrical code, cabinet doors
national electrical code, cabinet doors, code states: national electrical code states that you must have 3 feet clearance in front of the panel at all times. therefore if you build a cabinet over the panel, the inside of the cabinet doors must be 3 feet away from the front surface of the panel. my guess is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: condensate pump, montgomery county maryland, control wires
montgomery county maryland, control wires, voltage wires: There is usually a molded cord on the pump to allow it to plug into a regular receptacle for power, then there are two low voltage wires that are in the compressor control circuit that shuts it off when the pump is full and not operating. Connect the two wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: How to connect a ceiling light to a wall switch?, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: It sounds like you have a good chance that there is wires in the in the switch box that go to the light. I think you might save your self some aggravation by calling some one in on this one. Any half good electrician will be able to look and tell you quickly....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: connecting broken wire to air conditioner, butt connectors, wire nut
butt connectors, wire nut, crimpers: Hi. If the wire is 22, 20 or 18 gauge, you can use it. Most likely the wire is thicker, and you will need a thicker splice. If you have enough slack, it may be easier to use a wire nut. Special crimpers are better, but pliers should work too. I hope...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: conversion, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: That is probably more involved then you want to get in to. To do that you would have to rewire one of the lights. The way that you lights are most likely wired will not allow to do this without rewiring. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: crackling noise during thunderstorm, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: I don t think the thunder storm had much to do with it other then maybe the change in air pressure or humidly. That sound normally means you have a loose or bad connection. This should be fixed right away or it will damage your panel and cost you more money....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dimmer Switch in Kitchen, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: I would cut out the box and install a two gang box. I think that would look the best. Now, If you can t do that for some reason like you don t have the space you still have choices. I would go to an electrical supply and talk to a counter man to see what...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dimmer switches, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: You hit the nail on the head. Three way dimmer are expensive. I m sorry there is not much I can do about that.You might want to try smarthone.com. There you can find some cool solutions that will be in the same price range. http://www.smarthome.com/2494m3.html...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dimming lights, bathroom light, double sink
bathroom light, double sink, water ground: The sink part of your story worries me. If you are feeling any sort of electricity in the sink,,,you have a defective ground. You are having a neutral/ground connection that is taped into the water ground. I would start by turning off all breakers,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dryer Electrical outlet, amp breaker, amp load
amp breaker, amp load, amp service: The only reason this could void the warranty is the 50 amp breaker that will not trip if there is a 30 amp load which the dryer is rated for. You can use any receptacle and cord as long as it is rated at least 30 amps, but you need to replace the 50 amp breaker...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dual-pole light switching, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: You need to buy a three way timer or motion switch They all will work a little bit differently so each will come with a wire diagram. Follow the diagram and you should be all right. If you purchase an Intermatic brand time you will also be able to call their...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dead wires?, tripped breakers, dead wires
tripped breakers, dead wires, voltage readings: Rain fried an outside receptacle (my fault, no GFI). **What do you mean by fried ? COuld there be a tripped GFI somewhere else? --------- My meter shows all wires good on Rx1, but no juice at the new receptacle s ends. **What type of meter? In what...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: What is this device?, lighting contactor, central furnace
lighting contactor, central furnace, electrical problem: Hi John, Sometimes a electrical problem is simple to diagnose and other times very difficult. Even though I might have a idea what might be causing your problem doesn t mean we can solve it through e-mail. The Internet is wonderful but it doesn t replace...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: different plugs, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: The socket that is in the wall sounds like a standard 15 amp outlet. The pug on your tread mill is a 20 amp plug. If you breaker is 20 amps and the wire is 12 gauge that all you need to do is change the socket to match the plug. This 20 amp socked is not...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dimmer switch, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: The dimmer just needs to be replaced. They are sensitive and the power should be off when you are working with them or they will break. The good thing is now you know what breaker it is. That is if you remember which one striped. Bill Lutz Generation...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: doorbell, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: Does your button have a light in it? That would be my first thought. My second thought is that the door bell system is such a low voltage system that I would not even worry. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com http://electrician-in-philadelphia.blogspot.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: doorbell step down transformer, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: One transformer can power all 20 door bells. I would look for problems in the buttons first. The weather tends to break them. Then I would check the chimes. Finally I would look for a bad junction in the basement or behind a working door bell. To check...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: double switch, double switch, three ways
double switch, three ways, switches: i looked around and i cant find one anywhere. you can try to keep looking on the Internet, but i have never seen one either. i cant think of any way to do it in one device. i do see double three way devices. if there is some way you can rewire the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dryer receptacle, amp line, laundry room
amp line, laundry room, clothes dryer: Ok you seem to be saying instead of a 30 amp dryer receptacle being installed on the 30 amp line for the dryer he put a 50 amp receptacle instead. If this is the case no harm can come of this. You can t magically get 50 amps out of a 30 amp line plus everything...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: US dryer in Spain, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: I would try a find a Samsung appliance repair person. If it is a newer unit it may just have one module in it that needs to be replaced so that it works on European electricity. That should be easier then converting European power back to American power...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical outlets not working in 2 rooms, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: The next thing I would check for is a loose conection. If you switches and outlet are older you might want to start replacing them. The chances are you will find your problem in the process. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical Pull Box, cement slab, light switches
cement slab, light switches, home depot: Hi. Normally 15 amp circuits use 14 gauge wire, 20 amp circuits use 12. The 220 volt applications have to be matched for the amperage. If these are very long runs, you will need to get the next size up. Also, the type of wire matters too. The best thing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical Wiring problem, nearby state park, rising gas prices
nearby state park, rising gas prices, amp power: It is possible that you have a loose or broken ground wire. Try plugging the motorhome into a grounded, but not gfci protected outlet and see if the breaker trips. If it does not trip (on a non-gfci circuit) then look for a broken or loose ground wire....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Exterior wall outlet woe ..., recepticles, heavy thing
recepticles, heavy thing, coat closet: Lets isolate and check the obvious. It is an exterior recepticle. Two possibilities...is is tied to an interior recepticle inside.. outside plug wired from inside plug. Have your checked ALL the GFCI recepticles in your house and garage. It should be...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electric cooktop wiring, whirlpool electric cooktop, conductor cable
whirlpool electric cooktop, conductor cable, wire colors: i am sorry to say that the wiring from your house is inadequate. your cooktop requires a four conductor cable: a 6-3 with ground romex cable needs to be run from your panel to the cooktop location. depending on the demand of your cook top, you may be able...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electric eye, electric eye, motion detectors
electric eye, motion detectors, motion detector: my first suggestion is to try to use a wireless chime. i think that would be so much easier than trying to pull some wire for an eye. also, a motion detector is make for a light, therefore it will activate a chime for at least a minute, which would be annoying....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electric range, copper wire, conductor
copper wire, conductor, amps: Hi. Most ranges are 50 amps, which requires 8 or 6 copper wire. However, check the range to make sure. Also check when you buy the wire, since it depends on the type of wire and the length. You will need 3 conductor plus a ground. I hope this helps....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no electric on one side of house, transfomer, jcp
transfomer, jcp, breakers: It is more likely the Main breaker is bad. If any of your 240volt appliances are not working...it is the breaker. It is very rare for transformers to not serve the house...Most transformers are serving multiple houses...it would affect your neighbors...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electric wiring for pool, pool pump, new pool
pool pump, new pool, energy test: I ll take another approach. If your pool pump is capable of being wired in either 120volt circuit or 240volt circuit...it would use 8-10amps in the 240volt mode, but 20amps in the 120volt mode. That is still normal...but depending on the duration it runs...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: Sure, I don t know of any reason why you can t use that panel. The wire size for a living space is normally either 14 or 12 gauge. If you a putting on an addition you really need a pro to set up the electric. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical, basic electricity, market thanks
basic electricity, market thanks, switch circuit: Nathan, this would be a three way switch circuit. It is very difficult to explain this in writing and I have no way of sending a diagram. The best solution is to go to a home supply. In the do it yourself manual section there is one titled Basic Electricity....

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

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical boxes, steel studs, self tapping metal screws, steel studs
self tapping metal screws, steel studs, outlet boxes: you can mount the box using sheet rock clamps. it can be held directly with the sheet rock without the support of the metal stud. if you wanted to fasten the box to the stud, you can use self tapping tek screws. they usually do not require a drill tap....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical installation, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: I thought you must be in another country. I do know a lot about electric but I m afraid that I don t know how the business side work in South Africa. I would think you will need more then 80 amps so I guess the 3 phase is the way to go. If I were you I would...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical outlet replacement, recepticle, black and whites
recepticle, black and whites, wall switch: To be safe...take them out again. Look at each situation. If you only have black and whites in each box...it is just blk/blk and white/white on the recepticle. If you have a red in one or more boxes..it can be a switched recepticle. If you did not match...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical panel, electrical panel, safety hazard
electrical panel, safety hazard, circuits: You will need to run it to the main panel. The existing 220v circuit has been broken down into two 110v circuits by the contractor. If you try and bring it back to a 220v circuit you will also have the 110v circuit tied into it. The breaker will either...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Do I have an electrical problem?, intermittent problem, electrical problem
intermittent problem, electrical problem, electrician: Hi Ellen, Good morning to you also. It does sound like you may have a problem. When the power is flickering bad, touch all the breakers with the back of youe fingers and see if they feel hot, if they do call an electrician, if not I would first call your...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical short?, pool spa, intermittent problem
pool spa, intermittent problem, intermittent problems: if the power outage is that widespread i tend to think that the problem may either be in your panel or maybe a utility problem. you can examine your panel for any signs of arcing, burning or similar fault. unfortunately it is very difficult to find the problem...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical - sockets/lights not working, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Becky, This is making me a bit nervous. It sound like it is is above your technical ability. You need to hire a professional. Electricity can kill you if you don t know what you are doing. I m really sorry to say but I don t feel comfortable teaching so...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical - sockets and lights not working, electrical sockets, gfci outlet
electrical sockets, gfci outlet, electrical panel: Were you experiencing a problem that caused you to mess with the electrical panel? Mosts likely a gfci outlet or breaker has tripped. See if you have any breakers with a button on the front of it. If so, turn it all the way off and then all the way back...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical surges, electrical surges, intense lightning
electrical surges, intense lightning, loud boom: You could have a hiddend delema. If you had remodel work done on the house, in years past...that had no permits, inspections or proper electrical done...yes you can be at risk. Light affects the house by phone lines, cable/coax lines and overhead power lines...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical wiring, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Almost every house in the United States has 220 Volt available. If you are not sure the best thing to do is call some local electricians and get some free estimates for the job your looking to have done. Once you switch to electric you can kiss your gas problems...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical wiring, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: Hi Geeta, Here is a link that has everything I think you are looking for, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fluorescent_lighting Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com http://electrician-in-philadelphia.blogspot.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrifying old chandelier (formally gas), gauge wire, fixture wire
gauge wire, fixture wire, candelabra base: the capacity for power varies from cable to cable. generally speaking, most chandeliers are wired with 18 to 16 gauge wire. if you can possibly move up to at least 18 gauge wire, you don t have anything to worry about. generally 20 gauge wire is not the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electronics fail in one room only, voltage levels, electonics
voltage levels, electonics, surge protector: ..sounds like you would just be preparing top discard a UPS if you do. Check your voltage levels for fluctuations caused by other loads. My expected culprit of choice here would be an open neutral or high resistance neutral Could be in your panel or a utility...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Not enough voltage, loose connection, circuit breaker
loose connection, circuit breaker, receptacles: Good morning Michelle, Is it just one breaker or half of the breakers? Does the other side have high voltage If it is half the breakers it sounds like the line coming in could be loose. If the other half have a high voltage the neutral could be loose. Is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: expanding from one outlet to three, installing a gfci outlet, pig tail
installing a gfci outlet, pig tail, gfci breaker: The first thing you want to check is if this outlet is on a GFCI breaker, or fed from another GFCI outlet. The breaker will have a button on the breaker and will look different than the other breakers. If there is no breaker like that feeding it, look for...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: extension cord for dryer, Dryer cord
Dryer cord: Hi Susan, Please let me explain a few important things when trouble shooting electrical problems. Sometimes a electrical problem is simple to diagnose and other times very difficult. Since I cannot be there in person, I need to “paint” your case in...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Fan/Light Kit Wiring, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: You red and black are your hot/switched hot conductors. They can be used in any combination of ways. It is most likely that the red is the switched conductor and goes to the blue light kit wire in the fan and the black goes to the black of the fan. Bill...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Fedd wire size for sub panel, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: What you want to do is go down to your electrical supply store or home center and ask for 100 amp SER. That is a pre-packaged cable with properly sized 2 hot wire(black and red), 1 neutral (White) and 1 bare ground. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Feed wire size for sub panal, empty slots, grounding system
empty slots, grounding system, temperature ratings: Hi Clark, Use #3 copper subfeed wire. (The wire sizes are based on 75°C (167°F) conductor temperature ratings.) Make sure you install four (4) wires for the subfeed.... Two (2) hots, one (1) neutral and one (1) ground. Yes, you will use the main panel...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Fixing a someone elses Mistake, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Wow, that sound like a hand man special if there ever was one. It just goes to show that just because something work it doesn t mean that it is right. I glade to hear that you were able to catch it before anyone was hurt. With out looking at everything...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Fixing a someone elses Mistake, pool pump, subpanel
pool pump, subpanel, hot tub: You should check local codes because you probably do not have to have the 50a gfi disconnect fed from a 50a gfi breaker. That would save you some money. Normally the 50a gfi disconnect is feed from a regular breaker. Just make sure you have good grounds....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Fixture Question, home improvement stores, question question
home improvement stores, question question, electrical supply: Hi Mikey, Great job.... you now have light! There are switches made which attach to cords without having to cut the wire. They split in two so the wire can be run through them and when the covers are reattached the prongs inside pierce the jacket of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Fluorescent Light Troubleshooting, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: You need to test if you have power at the light? If so you need a new ballast or fixture. If not you need to test the switch. If you have power your switch is bad. If not you will have to find where your switch is getting it s power from. Bill Lutz...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 30 amp RV to house current, amp breaker, amp plug
Electrical Wiring in the Home: 30 amp RV to house current, amp breaker, amp plug, ac units

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 4 Prong cord into 3 Prong outlet?, terminal block, jumper
Electrical Wiring in the Home: 4 Prong cord into 3 Prong outlet?, terminal block, jumper

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding another breaker box, bathroom sinks, good tank
Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding another breaker box, bathroom sinks, good tank, tank heater

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker box, gfi, junction box
Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker box, gfi, junction box

Electrical Wiring in the Home: concealing an electrical service panel, panelboard, maintenance purposes
Electrical Wiring in the Home: concealing an electrical service panel, panelboard, maintenance purposes, service man

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Exterior wall outlet woe ..., problem thanks, frustration
Electrical Wiring in the Home: Exterior wall outlet woe ..., problem thanks, frustration, gfci

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no electric on one side of house, previous question, volts
Electrical Wiring in the Home: no electric on one side of house, previous question, volts

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical installation, amp circuit, circuit breakers
Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical installation, amp circuit, circuit breakers, bus bar

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Do I have an electrical problem?, loose connection, corrosion
Electrical Wiring in the Home: Do I have an electrical problem?, loose connection, corrosion

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI's without ground wire, leviton gfci
Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI's without ground wire, leviton gfci

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ghosts, voltage spikes, inductive loads
Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ghosts, voltage spikes, inductive loads, grinder

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Heat rating for home wiring, rubber insulation, sheathed cable
Electrical Wiring in the Home: Heat rating for home wiring, rubber insulation, sheathed cable, romex

Electrical Wiring in the Home: hot water heater timer override switch, water heater, timer
Electrical Wiring in the Home: hot water heater timer override switch, water heater, timer

Electrical Wiring in the Home: multiple circuits in one conduit, phas
Electrical Wiring in the Home: multiple circuits in one conduit, phas

Electrical Wiring in the Home: requirements, family dwellings, nec code
Electrical Wiring in the Home: requirements, family dwellings, nec code, recirculation system

Electrical Wiring in the Home: stripped threads in plastic J box, drywall screw, drywall ceilings
Electrical Wiring in the Home: stripped threads in plastic J box, drywall screw, drywall ceilings, molly bolts

Electrical Wiring in the Home: subpanel, white lead, voltmeter
Electrical Wiring in the Home: subpanel, white lead, voltmeter, water pipe

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring issues, battery backups, computer battery
Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring issues, battery backups, computer battery, best buy

Electrical Wiring in the Home: fan with light, double wall switch, wire nut, light hook
wire nut, light hook, fan light: Hi John, The 2 wire with the black and white should be your power in, if you have a tester you should check to make sure. On the 2 wire romex, hook the white together with the white in the 3 wire romex, then wire nut two short pieces (6 ) of wire together...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: finding fault in home circuit, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: You wiggle the outlet to see if you can make it trip. You look for signs of sparking or burning. If that doesn t work you replace all the outlets and check the wire as you do it. If you still can t find it you need to call in a professional. Bill Lutz ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: florescent lighting, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: It is tricky but they do clear the metal sides if you take them all out of their sockets and then slide one end of the bulb to one Connor of the light and the other of the bulb to the other corner of the light. With that angle they should come out. Even doing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: fluorescent bathroom light with plug, decorative bulbs, bearer of bad news
decorative bulbs, bearer of bad news, gfci outlet: Hi. Because outlets in the bathroom now has to have a GFCI outlet, you probably won t find one with a built in plug. They are considered obsolete. If you need an additional plug, you ll need to wire one in the wall. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: frequent wall switch failure, leviton switches, switch failure
leviton switches, switch failure, failure rate: It does not figure, but reverse the situation...change the bulb....with a new switch. Read what the switch says....if you see MADE IN CHINA.....Tell the President. We are having a tremendous failure rate of appliances in electrical components that are M...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GARAGE/APARTMENT, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: I would get at least two more quotes. How to do a job like this is subject to a lot of professional differences. A good electrician should be able to give him several options and explain the advantages and dis-advantages of each. Bill Lutz Generation...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Garage Door Opener (GDO), garage door opener, motor applications
garage door opener, motor applications, capacitor: This sounds like a start capacitor. A run capacitor has an exact micro f. rating. A start capacitor quickly brings the motor almost to full speed. The short run time of a GDO really negates the need for a run capacitor. Whatever the specs are on the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI's without ground wire, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: I have had this problem. There are way to check but it involves using bare live conductors. It may be dangerous for someone else to do it this way. I won t explain it over the Internet. I would check with the manufacture and find out how they would want you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI, amp breaker, curling irons
amp breaker, curling irons, gfci outlet: Good Morning Joe, Based on your description...and using only the written word - it appears everything is order - as long as all work was done to Code and everything properly connected. (such as the line and neutral to the proper terminals...and that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: It is not really a code issue. I would never wire a sump pump on a FOCI. You should put the pump on it s own circuit with a single plug outlet just for the pump. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com http://electrician-in-philadelphia.blogspot.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI, gfci trips, receptacle
gfci trips, receptacle, bathrooms: Hi. A GFCI does not need a ground to work. Be sure that the power coming in goes to the line side, and the wires going out connect to the load side. If the GFCI trips when the wires are connected, then there is a problem with the wiring. A properly...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ghosts in the wires..., Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: I can solve this problem and have a good idea what is going on. Unfortunately it would take me sometime to find the problem if I was there and it is nearly impossible for me to direct you over the Internet. You will need to hire a good electrician to sort...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ghosts, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: I don t think you have ghosts. If I am correct your coffee grinder has a switch on it. This switch should cut the power off of the grinder by disconnecting two wires in the switch. With only one wire there is no way the grinder should work. For that reason...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ground rods, GFI & Arc-Fault breaker questions, arc fault breakers, arc fault breaker
arc fault breakers, arc fault breaker, copper clad steel: Ken, For the ground rods you should consult your local building inspector because each area can vary in their requirements. I can tell you what the NEC states but your local ordinances trump the NEC. On the GFI issue, yes you need to have the outlets...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ground wiring, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: That is commonly done. In reality as long as you use a plastic cove there really is little reason to ground a light switch anyway. The grounding is meant to protect you from electric shocks. If everything is plastic you can get shocked because plastic doesn...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Grounding a shoplite, shoplite, bare wire
shoplite, bare wire, question thanks: Hi Dick, In the shoplite, there should be either a bare wire, green wire or a green screw (all these are called grounds ) attached near where the wiring takes place. In the light box, in the ceiling, there should be either a green wire or bare wire....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: garbage disp and dishwasher, gfci breaker, gfci outlet
gfci breaker, gfci outlet, loose wires: It is possible that he tripped a gfci outlet or breaker. Check the kitchen and bathroom for a gfci outlet and hit the reset button. If it is a gfci breaker then the breaker has to be turned all the way off and then back on. If that doesn t work, check for...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: generator wiring, 5600 watt generator, welder
5600 watt generator, welder, prong: the generator has two hots, a neutral and a ground. the welder only needs two hots and a ground. no neutral is needed. therefore in the generator plug, you will see a terminal marked W. that is not needed. leave it open. just hook up the other three wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: gfci, gfci receptacles, gfci circuit breaker
gfci receptacles, gfci circuit breaker, close proximity: i don t fully understand your situation but i think the answer is yes. if you have a two redundant GFCIs it will be fine. often gfci breakers are expensive and gfci receptacles are a cheaper. either one will work fine or even if you have both, it will work....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: gfci switch combo hook up problem, gfci outlet, line terminals
gfci outlet, line terminals, hook up: I am thinking..the back should be marked line and load . The power should be connected to the line terminals. When you do, then the reset button should stay in/on. I am hoping that the black wires coming off, go to the light wire...black and white. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: grounded outlets, earth ground, light switch
earth ground, light switch, breakers: Grounding is a matter of connecting the appliance to earth ground to protect us from accidental shock. If an appliance goes bad....the electricity could be directed into the metal of the appliance and cause a hazzard. The earth ground prevents that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Hard wire to a plug in? Can it be done?, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: First, I don t trust Ikea fixtures. I would be very careful to make sure no one ever put a larger wattage light bulb in that fixture. I have see more then one melt. Now with that out of the way. You should be able to walk that fixture down to the local...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Heat rating for home wiring, sheathed cable, electrical costs
sheathed cable, electrical costs, cfls: All romex wires are rated at 40 C. Only single insulated wires...THHN THWN and such are rated for the 90 C. I think the fixture is indicating the wire used to connect the fixture to the bulb socket is require 90C. The bulb compartment will get very hot,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: High pitched noise coming from our recessed lights, recess, bulbs
recess, bulbs, 10 years: Hi. Dimmers usually cause the bulbs to hum if they are not on full brightness. You may want to temporarily replace the dimmer with a switch, and see if that helps. The next thing is to take the bulb out and try it somewhere else temporarily and see...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Home electrical, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: I don t know what to say about the wire in the back of your box but if they have been there for a long time I would not be disturbing them. As for you three way I would bet that it worked at on time. Some one could have replaced the switches and miss wired...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Home phone connection, wall jacks, connect one
wall jacks, connect one, one at a time: there are two phone lines: red with green makes line one. black and yellow makes line 2. most of the time you only have one line hooked up using green and red. you may have some interference with a bad phone or something. disconnect all locations and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Home standby generator, home standby generator, transfer switch
home standby generator, transfer switch, backup generator: Hi. If you run a 30 amp connection to the transfer switch at 220 volts, you will still have 60 amps of power at 110 volts. The transfer box and the sub panel will have two phases, each of which can handle 30 amps at 110 volts. So the total will be 60 amps...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: House Wiring Question, garage door opener, garage wall
garage door opener, garage wall, receptacle: Hi Whit, Yes it is possible but take your wire to one of the garage outlets to get your power for the garage door outlet. The wire is already spliced inside the box. Make sure you connect wires to the same color in box. Depending on the type of receptacle...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Hum in house wiring, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: Next time you hear the hum turn the power to the house off. If the hum goes away you know it is electrical. Then turn one breaker off at at time until you find what circuit it is on. Then find out what else is on that circuit. Good luck Bill Lutz Generation...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Humming in the house, water pipes, flourescent light
water pipes, flourescent light, possiblities: Start by turning off all electricity to the house. It will only be a minute or so...if the hum stops...it starts a more defined search. If the hum persist...it is not electrical. Next would be a plumbing search...water pipes can rattle from water flow...ie.sprinkers...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: hampton bay ceiling fan, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: If switching the wires doesn t work, and if you followed the wiring instructions provide with the fan light I would guess that the light kit it s self could be bad. Hiring an electrician for this job may not be a bad idea. After all us electrician need to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: hampton bay ceiling fan, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Did you hook up the blue wire in the base. I think you that in that fan there is a blue wire that hooks up to the light kit and a blue wire in the base. As for fan control you need to install a fan remote control kit. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: hi, boiler room, bldng
boiler room, bldng, remining: Be advised...unless they can get to the wires Before it reaches the meter...they cannot steal from the Electric company. Any electricity that they can get after the meter....someone is paying for it. They can be stealing from the Landlord or another tenant,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: hi, boiler room, bldng
boiler room, bldng, remining: There will always be some electricity lost from damaged lines, weak transformers etc. that the utility will never be able to collect money for, but be assured, they know where these losses are and any electricity stolen will quickly be located and they will...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: hi, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Soon or later you will get caught. It depends where you live but here in Philadelphia the fine is really high and the can go for jail time. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com http://electrician-in-philadelphia.blogspot.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: hi, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: Hi Jill, It is very easy to steal electric. I guess that is why the fines are so high, I don t recommend doing it. Electric is dangerous. If you are dumb enough to steel it I will bet your not smart enough to do it safely. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: all home air fan, proper tension, whole house fan
proper tension, whole house fan, air fan: Is it a whole house fan that takes air from the house and blows it into the attic, or an attic fan that blows air from one end of the attic and out the other end? Is it controlled by a thermostat? Some fans are controlled by a thermostat and shut off...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: home electrical., dear ivan, continuity check
dear ivan, continuity check, ground cable: what you have is a common wiring method used several years back. the white wire in the back is not used. the reason they did that was because 12-3 romex was not available at the time. if i am correct: there are two, two conductor cables going into the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: home wiring problem..fire hazard???, arching, popping noise
arching, popping noise, intermittently: Hi Jane, Please let me explain a some important things when trouble shooting electrical problems. Sometimes a electrical problem is simple to diagnose and other times very difficult. Even though I might have a idea what might be causing your problem...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: hooking up fans w remote, Minka Aire, Ceiling Fan
Minka Aire, Ceiling Fan: Please let me explain a few important things when trouble shooting electrical problems. Sometimes a electrical problem is simple to diagnose and other times very difficult. Since I cannot be there in person, I need to “paint” your case in my mind. I...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: hot tub wiring, gray metal, elite series
gray metal, elite series, hot tub: That is all it will take. If you have never working in a live panel before though, keep in mind that even with the main breaker off, the wires feeding the main breaker will be hot, so be very carefull when removing the cover and do not get near the main breaker....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: hot tub wiring, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Hi Joann, Sure you could just turn the main breaker off to the panel. After you have done that it is just a normal let of screws and jugs that need to be undone to remove the hot tub wiring. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: hot tub wiring, split bolt, wire nuts
split bolt, wire nuts, screw terminal: Hi. The main thing is to make sure that what you leave behind is safe. If you can unscrew the wires from a screw terminal, then just unscrew it. If it is connected with wirenuts or split bolt connectors, you should use wire nuts or electrical tape to be...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: hot water heater timer override switch, hot water heater, override switch
hot water heater, override switch, intermatic timer: Hi Jolyn, You didn t mention which model of timer you have. Most of the time, the manual override switch will do just the opposite of what is going on at the time the override switch is activated. If the timer is on....the override switch will turn...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: house wiring, top of the stairs, way switch
top of the stairs, way switch, beaker: Let me see if I understand this correctly. It sounds like your 3-wire switch is a 3-way switch that works in conjunction with another switch at the top of the stairs. Is this correct? Then it sounds like you have two more wires going to a separate switch...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: house wiring/lightning, copper rod, aluminum wire
copper rod, aluminum wire, lightning flashes: It sounds right in your panel. In the first distribution...ground and neutral are connected evenly to the ground rod. Lightning is a blue/white flash. If you had an arch surge..you would see a burnt mark or scortch. It all sounds good.....!. You do have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Improper wiring in outlets, power interruptions, improper wiring
power interruptions, improper wiring, utility wires: Hi Betty, Please let me explain a few important things when trouble shooting electrical problems. Sometimes a electrical problem is simple to diagnose and other times very difficult. Even though I might have a idea what might be causing your problem...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Increasing a 15amp breaker in a mobile home, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: It is against the code. I have seen it done many time with out problems but I would not do it myself. Why not add a new 20 amp circuit for the microwave? This would be the correct way to handle this sitsuation. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Install wall oven, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Hi Glenn, In a situation such as this you should always defer to the manufactures specifications. The breaker and wire size should be detailed in the instillation manual. We have install hundreds of these types of units and unless we know the exact...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: install a ceiling fan in a old house, ceiling fan, black wire
ceiling fan, black wire: That is old. YOu should be able to remove the cloth cover and see a difference in color. It might be grey instead of white, but the black should be black. Connect the two black wires together...connect the black wire of the light to one white wire...the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: installation of electrical service for inground pool pump, pool pump, pvc pipe
pool pump, pvc pipe, adequate power: you can use a uf cable that is rated for direct burial. you also can install a pvc pipe and pull individual thhn wires. you will probably want to use a #6 (rated for 50 amps) or #8 (rated for 40 amps) and use the corresponding breaker. that would give you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: installing an air conditioning unit in an older house, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: No. I would not install a window AC into Knob and Tube. You need an AC line for your window unit. When the knob and tube was installed in you home no one had window AC units. The wire was not designed for that type of load. It is fine foe lamp and alarm clock...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: installing a dimmer on a single pole, screw terminals, power voltage
screw terminals, power voltage, toggle switch: Hi Teri, Which wires are live and where are you putting your meter probes? I am assuming the toggle switch is what you are replacing. This switch should have two (2) black wires connected to the screw terminals. One (1) wire should go to your light...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: installing dimmer switches, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: Lutron Makes nice dimmers. There should not be any problem with the plates. They are made to fit over the standard switch boxes. The type of dimmer you need is called a three way switch. They come with detailed instruction. You should be fine if you take...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: installing motion sensor floodlight, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: -No you dint need a switch. -It can be on a circuit with the exhaust fan but if it is wired in before the thermostat it will only work if it is hot enough. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com http://electrician-in-philadelphia.blogspot.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: installing a sub-panel, amp circuits, installing a sub panel
amp circuits, installing a sub panel, lighting load: Depending on what loads you will be using, I would still go with the 20 amp circuits and put two on each leg. The lighting load will be minimul and the receptacle circuits will most likely have power tools used on them, but unlikely more than one at a time...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: installing wiring for ceiling light, switch circuit, switch power
switch circuit, switch power, receptacle: If you have power to the switch from the receptacle, you can run the wire from the switch to the ceiling. If you have a split receptacle, you chance that with a standard receptacle, and use the switch circuit as if you were just adding another receptacle...ie...the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Jacuzzi and gfci, amp fuse, hots
amp fuse, hots, test button: if you press the trip (test) button, it should trip immediately. it will not trip if you did not use a ground wire. old dryer outlets use two hots and a neutral. new dryers use two hots, a neutral and a ground. a Jacuzzi also needs two hots, a neutral...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Junction Box wires in living room have no voltae, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: I m sure this is a simple problem to fix. I don t know the exact answer from here. I would guess that you would only have to pay a small service charge to have an electrician install this. I would budget between $75 to $150. Price do vary between areas of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kitchen remodel wiring. Adding outlets., romex wire, cooper wire
romex wire, cooper wire, garbage disposal: Hi. It sounds like someone jury rigged it. The white neutral and ground should connect nowhere in the house except at the main panel. Perhaps the white wire broke, and they used the neutral in its place. Or maybe they tried to ground something after...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kitchen Wiring, amp breaker, brass screw
amp breaker, brass screw, circuit breaker: first of all let me explain what is going on at your refrigerator plug: there are two circuits. the black is on one breaker, the red is on another breaker. they are sharing the neutral white. also, there is one ground wire present. therefore, the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kitchen Wiring, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: In the kitchen you are best off running every appliance on a 20amp circuits. That means that the wiring should be done in the Yellow 12 gauge wire. You can do your lighting in White 14 gauge 15 amp wire. The more circuits you run now the less problems you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kitchen Wiring, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: I m sorry to say this but your assumptions are wrong. A kitchen is an expensive project. You really need to get a professional in there to setting you up right. If you are unwilling to hire a professional the second best option is to go to your home center...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kitchen wiring, installing a sub panel, amp circuit
installing a sub panel, amp circuit, cabinet lighting: Why wouldn t GFIs be ok in a subpanel? Switches don t need to be GFI protected, but the receptacles they control will be. .. and you are right, if they are receptacle outlets - 20 amps. Ground and neutral go back to the main service - isolated neutrals at...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: kitchen wiring, fuse panel, brass screw
fuse panel, brass screw, garbage disposal: Hi. My guess is that the wire starts at the breaker panel, then goes to where the disposal was, and then to where the switch was. The wires have to be connected at the breaker panel, and where the disposal was to work at the end. Perhaps when the disposal...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lampshade voltage, plug configuration, volt bulb
plug configuration, volt bulb, volt circuit: I am sure the plug configuration is different and the internal components are only rated for 120 volts, so you will taking a chance with a fire by using it. If you want to take the risk, you will have to change the cord end to fit the receptacle and use a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light fixture popped and sparked, ceiling light fixture, afci circuit breaker
ceiling light fixture, afci circuit breaker, hot wire: Hi. I would definitely have an electrician check it out. There are hot wires in the junction box that are on all the time. The fixture is probably grounded, and if a hot wire and a grounded device touch, it will spark. For peace of mine, you may want...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light fixture wiring, open joints, outlet boxes
open joints, outlet boxes, light fixture: the general rule is that if you have a wire joint, it must be in a box or fixture. if you have three outlet boxes and you only need two, you can simply put a blank plate on the box that you don t use. if the box that has only one wire is the one that is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light switch popped when switched on, 1st time in 10 years of use, loose wire, light switch
loose wire, light switch, electrician: Hi Cheryl, Sorry this happened. I know electricity can be frightening. The arching might have been a loose wire connected to the switch or the contacts in the switch went out. There are contacts inside the switch that Snap shut when turned on. You...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light switch wiring question, light switch wiring, push button switches
light switch wiring, push button switches, ceiling light fixture: Hi. If you are getting a test light, but not enough power for anything to work, it is probably a neutral that is not working. Can you run a new Romex wire from the junction box in the basement to the switches? Although, you may not have a working neutral...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light not working, faulty circuit, light switches
faulty circuit, light switches, j box: hello curt, sorry i have taken so long. it is very likely that the problem was caused by an overload from the compressor. the most likely thing that happened is that a breaker tripped. are you sure that all of the breakers were energized? if that is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting 277 from 480, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: Brian, I m sorry but that voltages that you are talking about are too dangerous for me to be giving advice out about over the Internet. If you are a fellow professional electrician you should understand and if you are not please consider learning more about...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting fixture, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: It was OK 50 years ago but now we require boxes. The box is there to contain sparks that could cause fires in your home. I would advise you to hire an electrician to install boxes for you. When your electrician is there he will be able to look at the condition...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting System for church outdoor Poster, pvc tubes, extreme climate
pvc tubes, extreme climate, 12 gauge: Wow, a lot to answer here. First I would suggest using a photocell instead of a timer. This way you do not have to keep changing the time as the seasons change. Yes, you need to ground the lights and any switching devices used. Typically 14 gauge is used...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights blinking, c unit, loose connections
c unit, loose connections, ac unit: Define fire... It could be a bad breaker or an impending panel bus burnout due to loose breakers [anything hot to the touch?] which might be caused by a loose connection It could be just the AC unit, but you hear it in the panel Could be another case of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights dimming, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: 10 gauge wire will carry 30 amp just fine with out voltage drop up to 100 feet. It will not hurt you to up grade your wire to 8 gauge wire but it is not necessary. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com http://electrician-in-philadelphia.blogspot.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights dimming, amp breaker, amp service
amp breaker, amp service, ac unit: Hi. It wouldn t hurt, but probably wouldn t help either. Some dimming is normal when a large appliance comes on. The voltage drop by having too thin wire usually affects the appliance itself, and not the rest of the house. I hope this helps. Bo...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lightswitch and outlet died simultaneously, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Did you start looking in you working outlets and light switches. They might be working but the power may not be leaving. Do not cut into your walls before you hire an electrician. Only once every few year do we have to cut into wall. 99.9% of your problems...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Loss of power to part of house, kitchen light, electrical problem
kitchen light, electrical problem, electrical problems: Hi Diane, I am sorry you are having these problems. They can be very annoying. Please let me explain a few important things when trouble shooting electrical problems. Sometimes a electrical problem is simple to diagnose and other times very difficult....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low Voltage Under cabinet Lighting, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: That is not the wire I would use. Outdoor wire is not rate for use in the wall. What problems this could cause I don t know. I do know that inspector here in Philadelphia will not allow it. The correct wire to use is 12-2 NM cable in the walls. The larger...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light bulbs, upstairs bathroom, light bulbs
upstairs bathroom, light bulbs, gu10: is the GU10 a LED Light like this one? http://www.amazon.com/Light-bulb-GU10-20LED-White/dp/B000M178Y8 those are ultra efficient but they are new technology for lighting. maybe you can convert the fixture to a standard fixture that uses standard bulbs....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixture problems, bathroom light fixtures, wire nut
bathroom light fixtures, wire nut, eye ball: Hi. It is likely a wire or switch burned up somewhere in the system. Check all the wires for black marks. Check the wire nut connections. Try replacing the wall switch. You may want to get a small neon tester, and see where you have power to find...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: Did you use the wrong switch? If you used a three way switch (has three screws)and hooked the ground to the wrong screw this could happen. You need to use a single pole switch. Other wise I wound need more information. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch controlling outlet, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: If you want the switch to control the recessed light and the outlet all you have to do is run your wire from you new recessed lights and connect it to the back of the switched outlet. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting and electrical surges, local power company, electrical surges
local power company, electrical surges, porch lights: You cannot protect the whole house. Lightning is abstract. It goes where it is easiest. You can loose low volt appliances...and low volt wire very easily. The breakers can trip for a multitude of reasons. You may want to contact your builder for an analylsi...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lightning/surges, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Ok- then the UPS is not the cause of the problem. Do you have any other electronic in the bonus room? Did they go bad too? Are the Computer and TV on the same breaker in the panel? It sounds to me that you could have a loose neutral connection....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights/circuit, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: The symptoms that you described sound like you have a broken neutral. This would make voltage back up to places where you would not expect it to be. Are you using a voltage test with a read out or just a light up tester. The light up tester will give you strange...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ligts blink, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: It might but it is too hard to tell. I would tighten all the connections in the panel first. Then the connections coming in to the house. It is a good chance that might help. It could also be a problem with the utility. If you are at the end of the line...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: low voltage, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Hi Joe, I m sorry to hear that you are having this problem. I don t for sure of any such device. The product that they might be talking about could be a power factor corrector unit. You can try looking into a Powersave1200 or a Kvar unit. Just google power...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: low voltage lighting, low voltage transformer, halogen lights
low voltage transformer, halogen lights, cable diameter: The transformer is not emitting 300 watts, it is only emitting what load is attached, ie 140 watts, it just has the capability of 300 if you added more lights. The 14 wire is no problem, even for this length on low voltage as it is rated for 15 amps. The formula...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Main breaker in house blowing, generic answer, breakers
generic answer, breakers, breaker breaker: The generic answer is you are drawing too much current from all the breakers. You have only so much available at the main...you can have 400amps of breakers available, but you only have access to 200 on the main. When you exceed the available...it trips....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Marine grade wire for home use, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: I not sure what the technical name for the wire you are calling Marine Grade is so I can t comment on it s usability. but if you are running 60 amp I would use #4 wire. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com http://electrician-in-philadelphia.blogspot.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Moving ceiling light fixture, ceiling light fixture, romex
ceiling light fixture, romex, 2x6: If you have good attic access then this is not difficult. You will need to run the romex from the old light to the new light. Plus you will need to install a new box. If it ends up on a truss you can use a shallow ceiling box, if not you will need to either...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: what does it mean? marking problem, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: The two unmarked slots are Line 1 or Line 2. The order de=oesn t matter. The round hole is the ground wire. The botom slot is the neutral or white wire. You can look up more information about this outlet if you did a search for it s NEMA number on...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: motion detector lights, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: I would try and see if you can t just turn the settings back to the way they were. You also may have broken the sensor. Sometimes if the is disturbed after it has been set for a long time it just breakes. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: motion lights, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: If you are able to install 4 new one and they work it will still be cheaper the hiring an electrician to do the same thing. Test the voltage. You should have 110 volts or just hook up the wire to a lamp socket and see if you can light up a plain old light...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: multiple circuits in one conduit, amp circuits, thhn
amp circuits, thhn, neutral wire: four hots and one neutral will definitely burn up the neutral wire. this is how it is done: if one circuit is on phase A and the other is on phase B, then those two circuits can share a neutral. otherwise you will need one neutral per hot. therefore...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: multiwiring issue, gfci outlets, nec code
gfci outlets, nec code, pig tail: Hi Bob, You did a great job in describing your situation. Have you had any electrical training? I could go on and on in referencing the National Electrical Code to your wiring setup but I am not going to do that. Instead I am going to use simple language...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Need subpanel for new A/C system, variable speed fan, airhandlers
variable speed fan, airhandlers, electrican: Without seeing the job there is no way for me to estimate a cost. There are too many variables. However, I do question whether 4 tons is enough for your home. That is one ton per 600 sq.ft. You are doing it the best way, getting quotes from different...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Breaker and Outdoor Recepticle, bearer of bad news, pool installation
bearer of bad news, pool installation, new pool: Hi. You can t tap off an air conditioner line to run a pool. The air conditioner must be on its own circuit. There is no extra capacity to run anything else. Also, there is no neutral in an air conditioner, which you need for 110 volts. The line must...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Fan with Light, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: It is hard to understand the exact problem from your description but I did notice one possible problem. The white wire (your neutral) should not be on the switch. If you look on my blog and search switch you can find a simple switching diagram that might...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Thermostat Wiring, electric baseboard heat, thermostat wiring
electric baseboard heat, thermostat wiring, electronic thermostat: Hi. It might be best to get their opinion, but there are two issues. They can reassure you, and tell you where to get a double pole thermostat. One is the rating. The wires and other materials are made for so many volts and so many amps. That is what...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Woodworking Shop, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: What you want to do, does seem to be reasonable. Any advice that you receive over the Internet can not replace an experience man in the field. I do think that this is a job that you should hire a local electrician for. Every area of the country has their...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Old Light Fixture, bottom button, light fixture
bottom button, light fixture, light fixtures: Hi. You should try to connect the wire that goes to the bottom button of the socket to the black, and the wire that goes to the side threaded part of the socket to the white. This will prevent a shock from touching a partially unscrewed bulb. I hope...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Old-to-new dryer receptacles., Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: I would change the plug on the dryer and not the outlet. If you change the plug you just have to add a jumper between the white neutral and the green ground. The dryer often come with this jumper from the factory hanging around the ground terminal. good...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outdoor Lighting, photo cells, neutral connections
photo cells, neutral connections, wire nuts: Hi. This does seem very strange. I assume there are no photo cells involved. You might try replacing the switch. About the only thing I can think of is that something is getting warm, and when it does, it is disconnecting the circuit. Do they both...

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

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet/Recessed Lighting, household appliance, recepticle
household appliance, recepticle, unrelated questions: In reverse...a 15amp circuit is good for 1800 watts. Use the 75watt for calculations. In general, household recepticles are not the typical 15amp for 15amp circuits and 20amps for 20amp circuits. Commercially it is required. It is extremely rare that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outside light issue, light thanks, light fixture
light thanks, light fixture, light switch: Have to tested the light fixture for voltage? It is possible, the center contact for the bulb, can be depressed too far down for the bulb to reach. It has happened. If you have current in the socket but the bulb does not work....pull up on that center...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outside lighting, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: You can use up to 80% of your circuits wattage. example: 120 volts x 15 amps= 1800 watts 1800 watts x800% = 1440 watts 1440 watts/90watt bulbs= 16 lights Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: oevn install, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: It sounds like you have it wired correctly. Did you turn on the breaker? Did you use a tester to see if you have power at the Black/black and Red/white connections. You should have 220 across the two and 110 to ground. If all that works you have a problem...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlets, receptacles, breakers
receptacles, breakers, joints: in general, breakers rarely fail. Also it is very suspicious that you lose power after you change the outlets. the first thing i would do is inspect all of your wire joints at the receptacles that you replace. more likely than not, you have a faulty wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Pendant Lamp Installation, lamp installation, ground cable
lamp installation, ground cable, wiring connections: I need a little more information Tara. Did you replace an existing fixture? Also, there is a switch somewhere and depending on where the circuit is fed from will depend on the wiring connections. Do you know if the hot circuit is in the switch junction box,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Pool Electrical Work, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: I m glad to hear that you are smart enough to use an electrical contractor for this. Pool wiring is not something home owners should do by them selves. To find a good contractor to do this for you I would do my checking on the Internet as well as get at least...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Possible exposed wire in wall, arc fault circuit interrupter, light flicker
arc fault circuit interrupter, light flicker, national electrical code: Hi Kelly, I am sorry your having such difficulty with your wiring. Sometimes a electrical problem is simple to diagnose and other times very difficult. Even though I might have a idea what might be causing your problem doesn’t mean we can solve it through...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power failure?, intermittent problems, power failure
intermittent problems, power failure, wiggle: intermittent problems are hard to find. however you definitely have some bad connection somewhere. you need to find where the wire goes from location to location and you will be able to find some type of wiring fault along the way. it may be hard to find...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: panel load max, amp line, amp breaker
amp line, amp breaker, aluminum wiring: The only way to truly tell is to turn on all possible loads and with an amp clip, put it around either of the incoming feeder wires to the main breaker and see how many amps the loads are pulling. Whatever below 125 amps you are pulling will tell you how much...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: panel location, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: That is questionable. I m not the person who can give you that answer. For that question you will need to talk with your local electrical inspector. I know here in Philadelphia we have many older home with basements like that and we are allowed to do that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: panelboard cover, screws, screw
screws, screw, gage: Hi Bill, Every manufacturer is different, there is no standard screw for the covers. Most use about a 10 gage screw. I would just find one that fits and use washers if you need to to keep the head of the screw from going through the hole in the cover. Dal...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: May have partial break in my petsafe wire, worst case scenario, full disclosure
worst case scenario, full disclosure, splices: Travis, It sounds like you have a partial break. You should be reading under 7 Ohms. Petsafe has a wire break detector. It is a RFA-50 (part number). Partial breaks are hard to find, actually the hardest. Check any splices first. Worst case scenario, re-run...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: plug in to hardwire?, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Yes you can. All you need to do is cut it to the length you want and buy a mounting base. You will need one link of chain for the mount but that is all. Here is a diagram. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com http://electrician-in-philadelphia.blogspot.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: plug socket under the sink, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: It is legal and I would not worry too much about it. Outlets are placed under the sink most often to power garbage disposer on Inata hot water heaters. In may upscale home it is almost a given that there will be an outlet installed under the sink. Bill...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pool equip. and subpanel, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: #1 I would use at least #4. I would more likely use 100 amp SER. You don t need to use all the power but it is nice to know you can. Down the line you may want to add a hot tub. #2 You can splice it but I would not. If you use 100 amp SER all your conductors...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pool pump wiring, gauge wire, pool pump
gauge wire, pool pump, underground wiring: Hi. Local codes can vary a lot on underground wiring. In most places, UF wire is acceptable. But some places require conduit. When you buy the wire, there should be ampacity charts based on the type and length of the wire. Because of the distance, you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pot lights tripping circuit, metal boxes, e mail
metal boxes, e mail, electrical problem: Please let me explain a few important things when trouble shooting electrical problems. Sometimes a electrical problem is simple to diagnose and other times very difficult. Since I cannot be there in person, I need to “paint” your case in my mind. I...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no power along one wall in garage, idea what kind, two walls
idea what kind, two walls, water softener: It sounds like there is a good chance the breaker needs to be replaced. But the outlets need to be checked also for wear and damage. Plus, you need to make sure that the wiring and breaker are sized correctly for the loads you have on that circuit. You...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no power to bathroom outlet., wire nuts, gfci
wire nuts, gfci, troubleshooting tips: Hi. Assuming there are no other GFCI s, then you have a broken or disconnect wire somewhere. These things can be hard to track down. Somewhere in the circuit, there is a break. It could even be at a device that is working, because it could be the wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no power in my bathroom plugs, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: What s up? You did something wrong. It is most likely a simple fix like you tripped the breaker or a GFCI needs to be rest. If it is not that you have a loose wire, you forgot a wire or put the wires back in the wrong order. Next time you try something...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power blinks in house after flipping breaker, aluminum wiring, poor connections
aluminum wiring, poor connections, intermittent problem: it is hard to say. do you have aluminum wiring? that sometimes happens with aluminum wiring. other causes include power company problems, poor connections in your panel or poor connections in the branch wiring in your house. so basically, it can be anywhere....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power loss, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: Some dimming can be normal when you use large motors. especially if you are far away from your power company s step down transformer. [NOTE: YOU NEED A PROFESSIONAL TO DO THIS. THIS IS DANGEROUS] Now, excessive dimming is usually a result of poor grounding....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: some power is out, but the rest still works, kithen, gfi
kithen, gfi, couple days: Hi Kyle, When the power is on locate the breaker that controls that circuit and check to see what all is on it. I would then start checking the connections on the last one working and the first one not working. If you don t find the problem there let me know....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: A problem I don't understand...., corectly, ground wires
corectly, ground wires, subpanel: Ground wires can have voltage due to voltage coming up from the earth through the ground rod, from being used as a neutral, from a subpanel that the ground is not isolated, etc. Check out at your main panel and see if it is at the main ground. If so, call...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Is this project possible?, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Hi Greg, Yes this can be done some times. Really long drill bits flex so that the can bend to make that angle. This plan is not fool proof. If you electrician hits a SNAFU don t be shocked. The chances of it work could be 50/50 or 70/30 but they are not...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pull chain light, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: It should be possible. What you would have to do is put the same wires on the second light as are on the first light. You might need to run an extra conductor if you don t have enough wire but that is not too hard. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pump wiring, amp circuit, volts
amp circuit, volts, amps: It will require a double pole to get 230 volts and with a rating of 8 amps, to allow for start up you need a 20 amp circuit with a 20 amp double breaker. I would use #10 wire even though 12 is rated for 20 amps, on a motor circuit I like to step up to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Two questions, worst case scenario, invisible fencing
worst case scenario, invisible fencing, invisible fence: Hi Kathy. I am not qualified to answer your house wiring question (please see my profile). I am qualified to answer your fence question. In the interest of full disclosure, I am an employee of Petsafe / Invisible Fence. In a word, yes. If you are willing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: RELIANCE TIMER FOR INGROUND POOL, timer clock, pool pump
timer clock, pool pump, incoming power: The incoming power wires SHOULD connect to the front two screws and the pump wires to the other two, but this can be verified by using an ohm meter to see if there is continuitiy between the front left and back left and same for the right when the clock is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Recessed Lighting and Parallel, metal boxes, power source
metal boxes, power source, screws: Hi. The power should either enter the switch first, or the light where the switch is connected to, to make things easier. If the power enters the switch first, the black wires connect to the switch, the whites to each other. The wire will go from light...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Remove outlet from the switch, fixture wire, switch box
fixture wire, switch box, exact location: Hi. I would need to know the exact location of each wire to give you a specific answer. If everything goes into the switch box separately, then the black wire going to the outlet, would connect to the other side of the switch. In other words if the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Replacing bad floodlight wiring, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: Yes you can cut the wire and use an in door junction box. The type of wire you want to use is called UF (underground Feeder) wire. This type of wire will not split when it is exposed to the sun and weather. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Replacing kitchen range with induction cooktop and single oven, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: NO!You Can t just change the breaker. That would be dangerous. This is a tricky situation. I think you should get some free estimates from local elections to start. The price to have it done correctly may be surprisingly affordable. You might have to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running electricity to an outside brick shed, electricial, dj equipment
electricial, dj equipment, electrical wires: Drilling the holes is okay but you would need to run conduit. Anytime you have electrical wires on the outside of a building they need to be in conduit. Actually, it is better to say anytime wires will be exposed they need to be in conduit. For example, if...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: re-wiring 3 way, buss fuses, cloth type
buss fuses, cloth type, pennie: Hi Pennie, If you replace the wire from the fuse you only need a 12-2 w/ground, as old as it is, it is probably a good idea. Does the 12-3 go directly from switch to switch or does it pass through the box for the ceiling light? If not you will also need a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: recessed lighting, electrical outlets, light switch
electrical outlets, light switch, power source: Hi. Hopefully the power enters the system at the switches. If you have only a black and white, it makes it harder. If you have more wires at the switch, then connect the wire going to the outlets (probably red) to the black wire going to the switch from...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: recessed lighting wiring in attic, ceiling lights, page id
ceiling lights, page id, staples: you can lay the wire on the exposed insulation. the wire is adequately insulated for that use. you just have to secure it with staples every 5 feet or so. you can even run the wire in a chain from each light and attach the original wire to the first light....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing backyard switch, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: I know this may sound like a bad answer but it should work for you. The type of combo switch you are installing is difficult to in stall. I will even take a minute to look over the switch to figure it out. One reason for that is each brand does it differently....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing exhaust fan in bathroom, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: An exhaust fan only needs two wire. The standard color for that would be black and white. Sometime you can have a fan with a built in light that works on two switches. The extra wire will be red. If you are not using the red wire you can just wire nut it....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: requirements, jacuzzi bath tub, national electrical code
jacuzzi bath tub, national electrical code, authority having jurisdiction: What inspector? A Housing Inspector ? Like the guy who gets $300 to tell some buyer what is wrong with your house? ....who has a total of zero years experience in the construction industry? ....who doesn t know that the National Electrical Code is a publication...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewiring a switch and an outlet, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: I have read over your question several time and think I understand what it is that you are doing. I don t belive that you are doing anything incorrect. Make sure you work with the power off when you are doing this. Also, be certain that all your connections...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Sconce Lights, sconce lights, seprate
sconce lights, seprate, power source: Hi. If the power enters the switch first, then you can get your power source there. If the power enters the fan first, then you need to use another source. If the power goes to the fan first, you can use the fan as a power source. How many wires are...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Self-grounded electrical outlets, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: I don t see you causing any additional harm changing out your outlets with self-grounding outlet. I would not assume that the outlets are grounded with out a testing the wires. This is a simple task. I would not normally recommend that a professional need...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Sensor light, model pf, dual master
model pf, dual master, sensor light: A standard sensor light is connected to a constant power source and when the sensor detects motion it turns on. In order to control two lights by both sensors would require interconnecting wiring between the two lights and relays to allow either to control...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Service panel wire upgrade, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Hi Jerry, First thing is I don t recommend that this type of work be done by Non-Electricians. There are small details in how this work is preformed that are important to your safety. It take years of training to learn all of these details. For the wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Shocked by Dryer, cold water line, prong plug
cold water line, prong plug, electrical shock: Hi Dacus, Did you remove the bonding strap from the neutral terminal to the frame of the dryer also? If you have a tester you might check between the frame of the dryer and the frame of the washer or the cold water line and see if you get a reading. Unless...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Short Zzzzzt !, entrance light, neutral wire
entrance light, neutral wire, light thanks: it seems like you do have a short but i don t think replacing the breaker will solve the problem. when a short circuit occurs, the hot wire is somehow making contact with a ground or neutral wire. the purpose of the breaker is to turn off the circuit to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Stackable W/D, stackable washer dryer, dryer vent
stackable washer dryer, dryer vent, 220 volts: Interesting problem. It sounds like a wire came loose, or the plug is not making good contact in the outlet. It sounds like the current is backtracking. In other words, one of the Line wires is dead (the one to the washer) and when you turn on the dryer...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: SUB PANELS, amp meter, amp load
amp meter, amp load, amp service: there are lots of options. your main meter will technically be a 325 amp meter, although for most purposes it is a 400 amp meter. you can install a 400 amp distribution panel that feeds other 200 amp load centers. you can feed many heavy branch circuits...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Sub Panel Installation, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: That wire is too small. I would pick up a piece of 100amp SER for this job. You ground and neutrals need to be separated for the point of the main buss bar. Your sub panel needs to be bonded at it s grounding buss and the neutral buss needs to be isolated....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Sub Panel Wire question, amp breaker, aluminum wire
amp breaker, aluminum wire, grade aluminum: The 70amp breaker should easy take up to #1 copper wire. It is a shame that you are using aluminum. You down grade aluminum one size. #4 al equal #6 copper. It is not as good a conductor. It works...but 70amps is tops. Yes the #4copper for ground...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Subpanel, tankless, water heater
tankless, water heater: Hi Martin, It would be nice if the subpanel idea would work. That would save a lot of time and money. I am sorry to say it will not work. The old electric hot water heater most likely had a 30 amp 240 volt circuit run to it. In some cases, I have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Subpanel wiring, amp circuit, electric dryer
amp circuit, electric dryer, romex: if it is only a 30 amp sub panel, then it will not have the capacity to run both a water heater and a dryer. the dryer takes a 30 amp circuit and the water heater takes a 30 amp circuit. therefore you must run a new circuit from the main panel using a 10-3...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Switch flips breaker, electrical problem, electrical problems
electrical problem, electrical problems, low voltage: Please let me explain a few important things when trouble shooting electrical problems. Sometimes a electrical problem is simple to diagnose and other times very difficult. Since I cannot be there in person, I need to “paint” your case in my mind. I...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Switched outlet, hot wire, receptacles
hot wire, receptacles, scenarios: First you want to establish if the wires from the switch are hot or not. And you want to establish if the white wire from the switch is neutral. Then you have two scenarios: If the wires from the switch are not hot and the black is connected to one...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: second meter box, meter box, electrician
meter box, electrician: Hi. Yes, it should be checked out ASAP. You can call the power company to rule out their equipment. If they can t fix it, an electrician can. The power company may be able to determine how dangerous the situation is. They are the only ones who should be...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: service panel, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: I would have to say No. To find out the real answer to this question you have to look at the manufacturer s instillation specifications that come with each panel. There could be some design reason that a certain panel is orientation such as heat build up....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: shed subpanel, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: You may have to install a new panel to get the extra breaker space. I would use UF type wire and I might put in PVC conduit if it was in a location where it might get damaged. For a 30 amp circuit you will need to use #10 gauge wire. For a 150 foot run you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: smoke detector circuit, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: I have to be honest I m not entirely sure if smoke detectors need to be on there own circuit or not. I have had inspector offer me two different schools of thought on this subject. #1. The should be on there one circuit because if some one trips out...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: strange voltage readings on a 240V receptacle, voltage readings, 240v receptacle
voltage readings, 240v receptacle, volt meter: Hi. The two hots have to be on opposite phases. That means breakers in adjacent slots. If they are next to each other, you might want to carefully check the power coming in on the main wires. Put the tester across the two hot wires and see if you get...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: stripped threads in plastic J box, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: If the box it plastic a coarse thread #8 drywall screw should be able to cut in to the plastic box and hold it. Another trick that might work is to find the joist and aim screw directly into that. You can do this by shooting the screw in on an angle or...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: sub panel, amp circuits, aluminum wires
amp circuits, aluminum wires, aluminum wiring: Hi Phil, Unless your adding more load to the panel other than a couple receptacle circuits I would worry more about replacing the aluminum wires if at all possible. If you do replace the wire, leave enough slack in the attic or wherever you can to run them...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: submersible pump, gfci breaker, tank pond
gfci breaker, tank pond, stock tank: the pump should be on a gfci breaker or gfci receptacle. it will prevent someone from being shocked in the event that the pump fails in a way that can cause electrocution. the gfci will not prevent the pump from failing for any reason. it does not protect...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: subpanel, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: It sounds like you have a bad connection in either the Red wire or the black wire. It might be a bad buss bar but I doubt that. I would use a voltage tester test all the way back. All you need to do is put one lead on the neutral and the other on the breaker...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: subpanel, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: Without looking at I really can t tell you what you did wrong. I would have to guess that you crossed you feeder wires. It is impressive that you took on this job yourself. Now, that you have tried I think it is time that you hire a pro to go over your work....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: one switch connected to 2 separate lights in ceiling of different rooms, copper wire, switch circuit
copper wire, switch circuit, two blacks: Normally that is a junction box. You have one set of black and white as the power source , the other pair is the switch circuit. Put black to black...that sends the power to the switch... Connect one of the whites to the black of the light, the other white...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: switched receptacle, recepticle, receptacle
recepticle, receptacle, dims: In the receptacle box...black is always hot...to the bottom of the receptacle. Red is tied to the black that goes to the switch. White from the switch will connect above the black on the receptacle...it is hot from the switch. There is a bras tab on the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: two switches for a storm closet, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Yes it is possible. If you unscrew the door switch you will find two wire, probably black and white. When the wires touch the light goes on (closed position) when they are apart the light goes off (open position). You can tap in to the wire that goes...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: swith to light in garage, ground fault circuit interrupter, national electrical code
ground fault circuit interrupter, national electrical code, home improvement stores: Hi Debbie, I have a question about the wires inside the switch box. You mention there are only three (3) wires. Are there more wires in the box but just three of them are hooked up to the switch? I am assuming there are six (6) to nine (9) wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Three prong devices into 2 prong receptacles, prong plug, gfci outlets
prong plug, gfci outlets, ground terminal: the plug adaptors actually do not do anything. the problem is that there are only two wires going to the old outlets. modern outlets have three wires and thus use three prong receptacles. the preferred way to fix the problem is to rewire the house. you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Three Way Switch with multiple lights, 3 way switches, three way switches
3 way switches, three way switches, way switch: there were a few ways to wire a three way switch. here are some diagrams: http://www.homeimprovementweb.com/information/how-to/three-way-switch.htm basically you have power using a 14-2 going to the first three way switch. then a 14-3 from the first...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Titan SCR2 Electric Tankless Water Heater, tankless water heater, electric tankless water heater
tankless water heater, electric tankless water heater, ground terminal: i am curious why someone would go through all the trouble to run the line and not go that extra step to hook it up. generally the line to the water heater will have two insulated conductors and a bare or green wire. the bare or green goes to the ground...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Toggle switch connection to existing outlet, neutral wire, hot wire
neutral wire, hot wire, kitchen wall: You could replace the outlet with an outlet that has a switch, or you can install a cut-in box near the outlet and tap off the power from the outlet to a switch. You will have a hot wire go to the switch, on the other side of the switch you connect the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: tankless w/h-breaker tripping, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: You have a dead short.You either wired it wrong or you have a bad heater, maybe both. I would advise you to hire an electrician who can come out and look over you installation. I don t want to give you advice over the Internet because I don t want you to cause...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: U Tube Ceiling Fixture in Kitchen, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: I sure you can find a replacement if you look hard enough but really the fixture is 20 years old. You will save time and energy by buying a new fixture. This time get one with a shatter proof lens so you won t run into this problem again. Bill Lutz Generation...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: upgrading breaker box, hot water heater, tankless hot water heater
hot water heater, tankless hot water heater, tankless hot water: you have to upgrade the whole electrical system. don t even think of getting the second electrician to do the work. it may be cheaper but it will be more expensive when you have to build a new house after he burns it down. make sure that you have a licensed...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Vent Pipe Shock, journeyman electrician, vent pipe
journeyman electrician, vent pipe, circuit breakers: What were the two vents for? Are the vents well grounded? Is one well grounded and the other not? Check to see if your ground has voltage. You may have stray voltage on the ground due to a neutral and ground tied together, or coming up from the earth through...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Vent Pipe Shock, journeyman electrician, vent pipe
journeyman electrician, vent pipe, circuit breakers: Hi Ron, Is this a sub panel or the main? Did you test between the neutral and ground in the panel? The only time I have came across something similar to what your describing I found one of the wires on the line coming in was pushed up against a screw which...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Voltage difference between breakers, lightning strike, voltage difference
lightning strike, voltage difference, service entrance: you have a faulty neutral. there is no connection by the neutral to the main service entrance neutral. you need to trace the connection to the connection to the power source. it should be fairly obvious where the faulty connection is because it is a big...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Voltage spikes, whole house surge suppressor, voltage spikes
whole house surge suppressor, voltage spikes, sensitive equipment: usually voltage spikes are from the power grid. they may result in problems with electronics and other sensitive equipment. you can help this problem by plugging in electronics to a surge protector. you can even have a whole house surge suppressor installed:...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wall Oven, authority having jurisdiction, split bolt
authority having jurisdiction, split bolt, qualified electrician: The only reference I can find about anything like this was a cooktop rather than a wall oven, and the fact is that either method was allowed. I don t do much kitchen appliance work, so I am not up to speed here. I would suggest you check with your local...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Watthour meter, wind energy system, neutral conductors
wind energy system, neutral conductors, induction motor: i think so. you will need to go buy a meter base. the meter base will have six lugs. the two on the top will be for the incoming two hot conductors. the middle is for the neutral conductors. the bottom two is for the outgoing hot wires. the meter plugs...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Whole house fan, uf capacitor, whole house fan
uf capacitor, whole house fan, speed switch: generally the capacitor is for the start of the motor. but if the motor starts but eventually overheats (overloads) then it is usually a bad motor. you can find a replacement motor for $100 or so, or even find a motor shop that may be able to rebuild it....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Whole house fan switch plate, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Some electrical switches can get warm. It sounds like the switch you are talking about is a speed control.Speed controls do get warm. I would not worry about if you can hold your hand against the plate for 5 to 10 seconds without the heat building up to a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: WIRING AND BREAKER, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: You can all ways use a smaller breaker. If you are not tripping it i would not worry about it. Is it a GFCI breaker. Check out my blog. I think I have a diagram of a pool GFCI breaker on it. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: WIRING TO OUTLETS, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: You probably have one bad connection some where. Like anything else your electrical connections will eventually fail as they get older. The reason four outlets went bade at the same time could be because power goes into one outlet and then out to the next...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wire capacities, installing a sub panel, wire gauge
installing a sub panel, wire gauge, subpanel: If local codes are stricter than the NEC, the local codes supercede the NEC. Which is why it is good to check with a local building inspector. For 60 amps at 70 feet you can use #4awg for the legs and #6 for the ground. Obviously #2 is better but #4...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wire nuts and ground wires in outlet circuit, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Sorry, for the slow response. It has been a crazy morning. Now your question is completely back wards. As a 54 year old election you probably never saw the code that made you use wire nuts on your ground because it did not come in existence until the 1990s....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wire Size for 120 amps, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: I just put one in. I would read over the manufactures specifications carefully for this one. 60 amps can run on # 6 wire but it may call for #4 wire depending on distance or other things. This is not a good home owner s, plumber s, handyman s job. I hope...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring 240V Circuit, question pool, amp motor
question pool, amp motor, panel switch: Hi Ken, I picked up your question from the question pool. You might have already fixed it. If not, can you give me the Model # of the saw and possibly the switch? Switches are made differently so the wiring will not be the same amongst them. You...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: L&G Reverses when off I can t help you with. I m not sure what it means. GND OPEN means that not all your outlets are grounded. This is common in house built before the 60 s. You may want to talk to an electrician to see how hard it would be to upgrade...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring, computer locations, ground wires
computer locations, ground wires, tv locations: i am sorry i don t quite understand what you are reading from the tester. if you have an old house, it is likely that it was not wired with ground wires. that is because they used two conductor wires where now we use three conductor wires. improving to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring a 2nd breaker box separate from Main breker box, buss bar, amp breaker
buss bar, amp breaker, amp circuit: You will like this. You must maintain ONE ground. With a subpanel...you run 2 hot wires...one neutral and one ground...to any other subpanels. The buss bars must be isolated from each other. One is bonded to the box...the other is floating. What is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring connection - Cooktop, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: To give you an exact answer I would need to read the manufactures specifications on the cook top. Everyone of these types of appliances goes together slightly differently. It is always important to refer to the manufactures wiring diagram. It sounds to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring & Domestic 5-20P sockets, box labels, gauge wire
box labels, gauge wire, circuit breakers: Hi. Air conditioners should be on their own circuit. One per circuit without anything else on the circuit. What you describe sounds sloppy, and is probably the result of many changes over the years. It is probably not against the code. The code applies...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring detached garage!, philadelphia, elecrician
philadelphia, elecrician, repair: My inspectors here in Philadelphia would expect my to run a ground from my main service to the sub-panel. The ground and neutral are supposed to be separated after the main service. I would not find it hard to belive that inspector in different township...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring a Generator to the House, volt meter, electricity
volt meter, electricity, legs: If the outlets are only 110/120volt output, it will only work for one leg of your panel box. It does take both legs for electricity to cycle. If you can get 220/240 on a volt meter using those two outlets, then you could connect each to a bar, that would...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring a gable attic fan., electrical boxes, fire proof
electrical boxes, fire proof, master flow: If you have a junction box available for the wire for the fan, it is best to use 14/2 romex from the junction to the fan junction/connection box. This does not need to be GFCI protected, if you have another source available. 2 prong outlets...yes a pain....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring to gazebo, low voltage landscape lighting, amp breaker
low voltage landscape lighting, amp breaker, small refrigerator: if it is tripping with no load you have a short somewhere. the rating of the breaker will have nothing to do with this. the best way to eliminate a short is to systematically eliminate sections of the circuit and see what happens. start with the first...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring a Light Switch to a GFCI Circuit, wiring a light switch, wall outlets
wiring a light switch, wall outlets, connect one: Hi. What do you want the switch to control? The GFCI, or a light? If you want the switch to control the GFCI, then connect one terminal of the switch to the black wire coming in, and the other terminal to the black line wire of the GFCI. If you want...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring Pendant Lights, j box, junction boxes
j box, junction boxes, box test: Hi Steve, You hooked up the wires as I would have. Have you tested the wires in the j-box to see if there is power there? If no power in j-box, your going to have to find the source and find out why power isn t getting to the j-box. If power is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring storage building, detached garages, amp breaker
detached garages, amp breaker, garage door opener: yes you can use whatever circuit you want. 30 amps will be fine for just a few lights and plugs. if you wanted to run it in #6 that would not be a bad idea but you can downsize the circuit to #10 as long as you use no greater than 30 amp breaker. if you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring upgrade using GFIC to extend outlet to patio, buss bar, gfci breaker
buss bar, gfci breaker, bus bar: Hi. The white wire going to a GFCI breaker has to connect to the breaker, not the Buss bar. As far as the other GFCI, it sounds like it is right. There may be a point where the neutral and ground touch. This will cause it to trip. Or, whatever you are...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring from ventilation fan to single pole switch, bathroom ventilation fan, conductor wire
bathroom ventilation fan, conductor wire, bringing power: Hi. You will either need to replace the 2 conductor wire between the bathroom light and the switch with 3 conductor wire, or add another 2 conductor wire between the bathroom light and switch. If you run the 3 conductor wire, connect the new red wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring a wall light fixture, national electrical code, wall sconces
national electrical code, wall sconces, wall sconce: Hi Kathy, I see no problem in wiring the sconces to the outlet near the floor (unless this will overload the outlet circuit). Also, I do not have knowledge of any local electrical codes which might prevent this. There is a National Electrical Code...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: water heater, electric water heater, test light
electric water heater, test light, t touch: Hi. You might also check the thermostat. The thermostat tells the elements when to come on. You can disconnect the power, and use a continuity tester to see if the elements are making a complete circuit. You can also use a neon test light. Carefully...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wireing, amp breaker, washer and dryer
amp breaker, washer and dryer, electrician: Hi. I would contact an electrician to be safe. My guess is that the dryer plug may not be making good contact, and the arcing caused it to overheat. It shouldn t overload it at 30 amps, and the breaker should have tripped. I hope this helps....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring in 1960's home, romex, hot wire
romex, hot wire, black wire: As I recall...this that time...the romex was cloth covered...Almost not a decernable white black. If you take the cloth off...I think is resembles a gray and a black wire. The ground was in the wall, from box to box. If you test the hot wire, to the metal...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring 220 outlets, amp receptacles, wiring 220
amp receptacles, wiring 220, amp circuit: Hi Terry, Thanks for the additional information. Grounding-type receptacles shall be installed only on circuits of the voltage class and current for which they are rated. Table 210.21(B)(3) of the 2008 National Electric Code (NEC) will not allow receptacles...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: put wiring in the ceiling, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: Sure that will work. You can junction in one point and go two or more different directions or you can go in and out from light to light. It will not make a difference. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com http://electrician-in-philadelphia.blogspot.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring fault, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Oh yea, This is the world wide web. I would check you connections are tight, make sure your not in a switch leg, And make sure you taped onto the feed in parallel and not series. I m not sure what your wiring standards but they would be the first set of thing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring hot water heater, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Anything you take apart goes back in the same way you found it. The color don t matter as much as that rule. Second rule if you don t know what wires are hot don t touch them. And finally I think you might need to call a plumber the electric to hot...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring issues, voltage drop, electrician
voltage drop, electrician, feeder: you probably have a very old service. the surge of power from the a/c causes a significant voltage drop and causes power problems. the professionals who installed your A/C should have recognized that your power is not adequate for that machine. i guess all...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring a light, romex wire, wire colors
romex wire, wire colors, wire gauge: Good morning Chad, You didn t mention the wattage of the bulbs used in the lights. I am assuming it is 60 watts for each light. You can get the power from the end or middle. Just go to one of the existing plug outlets and match wire colors when connecting...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring a light switch, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: Wow your asking a lot from a little information. Let me see what I can do. First what kind of switch do you need? I think you need a single pole switch. A single pole switch only work a light from one location. Second how to wire? You need to find...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: can wiring be ruined by blowout?, tripped breakers, recepticle
tripped breakers, recepticle, tiime: Yes...wires can confuse you. If you have an arched location...you can have continuity, with nearly NO voltage registering. When you take the recepticle out, was there any sign of burnt wires? Have you looked at all locations to verify no other GFCI recepticles...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring two separate light switches in the same box, conductor wire, metal boxes
conductor wire, metal boxes, light switches: Hi. If the power comes into the switch box, all of the whites connect together. The black power coming in connects to one terminal of each switch. The black wire from one light connects to the other terminal of the one switch. Repeat for the other light...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring vacancy sensor switches, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Question one: I m not sue what brand motion light you have. It may work without a neutral it may not. Since you do not have a neutral wire you are limited to switches that don t need neutrals to work. Question two: I will have to guess that the extra wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring wood shop, amp breaker, volt outlets
amp breaker, volt outlets, volt outlet: Hi. Unfortunately there are a lot of safety issues that need to be addressed. The main thing is having a 40 amp breaker, using wire rated at 30 amps, and running 110 volt outlets on the circuit. The 110 volt outlets need to be on their own circuit....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring up a workshop, information warrants, stick welder
information warrants, stick welder, amp breaker: Hi Kevin, I m glad you mentioned this....my initial response is No . You are treading in thin water to add this much load to your 100 amp service. Your new information warrants more questions. What is the Living square footage of your house, what...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: how do i ?????, bathroom exhaust fan, bathroom wall
bathroom exhaust fan, bathroom wall, light switch: you probably see a white tied to the two black. you will have a a lone black, and two whites together. the black of the fixture goes to the lone black. the white of the fixture goes to the two whites together. all the bares and greens go together. good...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 1 power source to 2 switches, pig tail, ground wires
pig tail, ground wires, switch box: Brian Yes it can be done bring the power source and the 2 wires from the lights in to the new box. Now install the ground wires together and the white wires together. Now you can take the power wire and pig tail it to each new switch, You will have 2 black...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 110VAC to 220VAC, bearer of bad news, stick welder
bearer of bad news, stick welder, converters: Hi. You have to run a separate circuit for the welder to the breaker panel. All of your regular outlets are probably 15 amps, maybe 20. If you were to connect a 54 amp welder to it, you d burn the wires and possibly start a fire. Sorry to be the bearer...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 14/2 or 12/2, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: You can do that but it can cause problems with the connections. The two different size wires don t splice together as well as two of the same size wires. How far are you from the panel. I would try to run the fridge on it s own direct 20 amp 12-2 circuit....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 15 amp circuit, neutral conductor, volt circuit
neutral conductor, volt circuit, amp circuit: Hi Bob, 2008 NEC, Chapter 1 General :: ARTICLE 100 Definitions Neutral Conductor. The conductor connected to the neutral point of a system that is intended to carry current under normal conditions. The term hot is normally used to describe the conductor...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 2-120 volt cords to 220 volts, amp load, volt heaters
amp load, volt heaters, dilly: Hi Ray. For this size of load, the only thing available would be a transformer. The minimum size of the transformer would be 6Kva (or 6000 va) to handle a 25 amp load on 240vac. The real problem would be the supply side of the transformer. In order to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 2 breakers controlling 1 light?, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Your circuit is double feed. One of the breaker needs to be removed or the circuit needs to be split in the middle. I would look for an electrician to do this if I were you. Good job spotting this problem. I will bet it was caused by some home owner sigh...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 2 power wires going into 1 electrical outlet, power wires, bringing power
power wires, bringing power, wire nut: Hi. Did you replace the outlet? When you use a split outlet, you have to remove the tab between the screws. So, if you unsplit it, you need the tab back, which means replacing it. It is best to disconnect any unused wires from both ends. But if you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 20 Amp, 5-20P to 30 Amp, L14-30 Twist Lock, amp generator, bearer of bad news
amp generator, bearer of bad news, twist lock: Hi. The purpose of different outlets is to prevent using the wrong size plugs and overloading the circuit. If your house is wired for a 30 amp generator, and yours is 20 amp, then it can be overloaded and cause problems. So, I don t recommend using...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 20 amp circuits, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Almost any. You will have to read the amperage rating on the tool. If it fits in to the 20 amp socket it should work. I have seen 30 amp floor sander, welders or air compressor. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com http://electrician-in-philadelphia.blogspot.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: what 20 amps will take, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Save you money until you can afford the 10/3. At 300 ft you will have too much voltage drop. You might want to run it in 12 wire extension cord first. If that works then you may be al right with the 12 wire. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 200 amp service on a 100 amp feed, amp electrical service, amp breaker
amp electrical service, amp breaker, amp service: you have a 100 amp service entrance on the pole? Does it go through a 100-amp breaker at the pole? does it convert to underground? Does it go overhead ffrom the pole to the house? where is the meter in all this mess? Where is your grounding and bonding...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 208 VAC, hot legs, phase voltage
hot legs, phase voltage, oulet: 1.The diagram was scanned at too low of resolution for me to read. I can see that it is telling us what to jump, I just cannot read what exactly it is saying. 2. I do not believe you have the correct cord. 3. 3 phase has 3 hot legs, which is why I asked...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 208 VAC, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: From what I can tell you have the wrong receptacle. The NEMA numbers have to match on the plug and the outlet. The last letter in the NEMA code (R or P) stands for plug and receptacle. I think the receptacle you need is a nema 6-15R. I can t read the diagram...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 220 conversion from propane breaker wire problems, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: The white wire is the neutral wire it goer with the cooper wire on the buss bar. It is used to give the clock and other electronics 110 volts. The black and red wire go on the breaker. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric,Inc http://generation3electric.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 220 single phase exceed a 125 amp panel?, bridge crane, aluminum wire
bridge crane, aluminum wire, access panel: Dave The 4/0 wires is usually for 200 amps if this is aluminum wire. All you needed was a #2 Aluminum even with voltage drop.The lugs in a 125 amp panel will fit up to #2. What you can do is strip away a few strands of the wires so they fit in the lugs...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 220 Volt Wiring, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: I m not 100% sure about Canadian but I suspect that you will only need a general use outlet. In which case you will cap the red. Put you black wire on the gold side of an outlet and the white on the sliver side. The ground goes to green. You will also have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 220 v with 110v machine?, brother sewing machine, national electrical code
brother sewing machine, national electrical code, electrical industry: Hi Sharon, If the sewing machine is under warranty then I would definitely recommend what Brother says. If not, it is your decision. In the electrical industry we always follow what the manufacturer recommends. In fact, it is written into the National...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 220 volt wiring(moving dryer), Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: You work on satellites and you messing with an 8o year old fuse box? It might be time to hire and electrician to up grade the electric service. Now you problem is that you have a 4 conductor cord but only three wires going to it. The bare wire is not you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 220v to 110v, dedicated circuits, neutral line
dedicated circuits, neutral line, electric dryer: Hi. There is no adapter. You can use the existing wires. However, you will now be connecting them to devices that are made for much thinner wire. So, this will be a pain, especially the stove wire. You will need to change the breaker to 15 or 20 amp...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 220v - 110v, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: No you can t. You will have to run a 110 volt line. If you tried to split the 220 volt line you would have problems with your GFCI protection. It will not be able to correctly protect that circuit. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 240 to 120 volts hand dryer, hand dryer, bare wire
hand dryer, bare wire, volts: Hi. First of all, make sure that the wire and breaker is strong enough for the new dryer. You do not need to use the red. The black should be L1, and the white N. The bare wire is the ground. Disconnect the red from the breaker. I hope this helps....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 240 Volt AC Receptacle issues, amp circuit breaker, ac receptacle
amp circuit breaker, ac receptacle, volt meter: Hi Matt, Sounds like you either have a faulty connection at the receptacle or a faulty breaker. Try resetting the breaker before you take anything apart, push the handle firmly to off then back on. If that doesn t do it check the voltage right at the breaker....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Not Getting 240 Volts from breaker, local power company, window ac
local power company, window ac, ac unit: Hi Matt, Try resetting your main breaker and also the disconnect under the meter if you have one. Test the voltage at the disconnect and/or the main breaker if you don t have 240V there call your local power company. If you have 240V going to the main but...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 240 wiring, electric dryer, gas dryer
electric dryer, gas dryer, home wiring: Hi. Everyone s ability is different. But this is something more of an intermediate level. So, if you don t feel comfortable, it would be best to get an electrician. You would need to run a line to the breaker box, and install a breaker for 220 volts....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 24v supply for humidifier, furnace blower, xfmr
furnace blower, xfmr, humidifier: The HUM is for your humidifier connection. This is only energized when the furnace in is the heat mode (for obvious reasons). If you want to use a separate xfmr you are welcome to do so. However, you will need to install a relay so it only energizes the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 conductor wiring, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: It sound like you have everything correct by they way you described it. Did it work before? Did you put it back the same way you founded it? If so it should work. If you did all then then lets look for silly problems. Did you check the bulb did not break...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 prong to 4 prong cord for dryer, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: The middle screw on the dryer is the ground and the neutral. For a four wire cord the ground and the neutral can be separated. The ground should have a jumper wire from the from of the dryer to that post. The neutral stays on the post. Bill Lutz Generation...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 Way Issues, knob and tube, switches
knob and tube, switches, red wire: Andrew You have to trace down where the red wire goes to.Open the switches up and look for a red wire if you find that in a switch then that wire goes on the fixture. Then the 2 blacks get wired together by themselves. Here is a diagram that may help you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 Way Issues, special tools, switches
special tools, switches, red wire: Hi. The new fixtures should be installed exactly the same way as the old fixtures. There probably is not another red wire. Unfortunately, in order for me to tell you how to wire up the fixtures if you forgot how they are wired, I would need to know...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 Way Switches, 3 way switches, conductor wire
3 way switches, conductor wire, switch one: Hi. It sounds like the lights are in series with each other. If the power enters the first light, then the second light, then the switches, you need 3 conductor wire between the lights. One to bring the hot to the switch, one to bring the neutral to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 way ceiling fan/light control, ceiling fan light, 3 way switches
ceiling fan light, 3 way switches, fan company: Hi Heather, Based on the way this would be wired in the Houston area the answer is no. The only way to control the light separately from the fan is to install another wire (NM-B) from one of the switches to the light location. One of the switches...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 way dimmer switch, fixture wire, way switch
fixture wire, way switch, lutron: Hi. The traveler wires connect to the same two non-common wires on each switch. The black power source connects to one common, and the black fixture wire connects to the other. So, yes you are correct. However, dimmers are very sensitive. So, it may...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 way switch, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: You can either use an x-10 or smart switch type solution or go wireless. A good place to shop for that type of stuff is www.smorthome.com Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com http://electrician-in-philadelphia.blogspot.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 wire into Panel for D/W and Disposal, qualified electrician, business thanks
qualified electrician, business thanks, 220 volts: Hi. This sounds like a shared neutral circuit. Even though it is not 220 volts, it still gets wired the same way, The red and black will connect to a double breaker. The down side to a shared neutral circuit, is that if the neutral comes loose, the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 30 amp outlet, volt circuits, amp circuits
volt circuits, amp circuits, volt circuit: there are a few types of 30 amp circuits. you say that you are running 120 volts? generally, 120 volt circuits are no more than 20 amps. you need to check with the rv to see if that is correct. you may have a 120 volt circuit, a 240 volt circuit or even...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3wire dimmer switch change to single poll, dimmer switch, way switch
dimmer switch, way switch, poll: Hi. If you replace a 3 way switch with a single pole switch, then you can use only that switch, if I understand your question. If the switch goes to something else, it should still work. I hope this helps. Feel free to ask any follow up questions....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 5500 watt generator, amp breaker, watt generator
amp breaker, watt generator, electrical panel: Hi. The only safe way to connect a generator is to use a transfer switch. This involves setting up a sub panel for the circuits you want to use. When you buy the transfer switch, it should have all the instructions on how to wire it. I hope this helps....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 60 amp to 100 amp Panel, amp service, local authorities
amp service, local authorities, message thanks: Hi Daniel, I am not sure if I understand your question. Do you want to install a 100 amp service panel but limit it to 60 amps? First off, check with your local authorities to see if they require a minimum size of service. Where I am from, some cities...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 600 Amp panel, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: No, you are not taken power from everyone else. I have to recommend that every unit be feed with at least 100 amps. I know that most likely that much power will never be use by any one unit. The reason I think that you need a 100 amp is for insurance....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 60amp to 100amp cost, 200 amp service, fuse panel
200 amp service, fuse panel, insurance purposes: Most residential services are 200 amps. I would go ahead while it is being upgraded with a 200 amp service. The only thing at this point that will be more expensive is the actual panel and feeder wires. You do not have to use the entire panel, but it will...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 90 degrees C supply conductors in older house, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: The best way is to replace the wire. Do you know what the wire is rated for? There are commons sense ways to deal with this but I don t like post them over the INTERNET. If the rating isn t too far off you could separate the light fixture and the wires with...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Add an outside outlet to existing, cavities, power source
cavities, power source, brick: Hi. The idea in installing the new outlet is to do it as easily as you can. If there is another power source closer than the old outlet, I would use it. Just be sure it is a general circuit that is on all the time. That is, not a dedicated circuit for...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Add an outside outlet to existing, minimal damage, sheetrock
minimal damage, sheetrock, abrasion: you can run the wire in the same stud space as the gas line. that is not a problem. when you penetrate the brick, install a short pvc sleeve to protect the wire from abrasion. other than that, you may have some difficulty fishing the wire in where you want,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding Electric Tankless Water Heater, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: I have installed them in similar situations with out any problem. It I had the option between an electric tankless heater or a standard hot water heater I would go with the standard heater. I hard only hear of complaints about the tankless. Mainly it can take...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding Electrical Outlet, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: I was going to try and work hard to answer your question. Then I thought why should I do that when I can point you to some diagrams. Pictures are worth a 1000 words some times. Here go to this site . http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.rd.com/images/tfhimport/2006/200609_FishCables_003_sz2.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.rd.com/familyhandyman/content/53299/&h=521&w=646&sz=39&hl=en&start=14&um=1&usg=__I7zoMY9pYjvEErih5MfBJsKh5m8=&tbnid=8qDL1fpZk8dR6M:&tbnh=110&tbnw=137&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dfish+wire+up+wall%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26rls%3Dcom.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox%26rlz%3D1I7SUNA%26sa%3DN...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding GFI beside a light switch, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: That will work. I would try and find a way back to the panel. That I would run a 12-2 20 amp line and the outlet would be up to today s code. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com http://electrician-in-philadelphia.blogspot.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding Outlet in Kitchen, otr microwave, bearer of bad news
otr microwave, bearer of bad news, countertop: Hi. If the dishwasher or microwave say dedicated circuit only or single circuit only, then you have to run a separate line to the breaker panel. I am pretty sure that will be the case for the dishwasher. I am not sure about the microwave. Sorry to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding an outlet to recessed lighting, pig tails, armored cable
pig tails, armored cable, wire nut: Hi. Yes, that is all you need to do. Wrapping together that many wires is not always easy. Perhaps the wire slipped down and is not making contact. So, try to connect the wires again. You may need to take out all of the wires and straighten the tips...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding outside outlet, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: I don t see any problem with that. You might want to see if you have an outlet on the inside. maybe on the second floor where you could drill out the back of to wire up a light that worked off of a motion sensor. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding a power outlet in a shed., florescent light fixtures, encased wire
florescent light fixtures, encased wire, copper wire: Hi. You will need to get another cap, and connect a short piece of wire to the switch to the cap along with the black power in, and the black to the outlet. The white to the outlet would connect to the other whites. The ground to the outlet would connect...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Aerials & Lightning, lightning arrestors, surge suppressors
lightning arrestors, surge suppressors, lightning strike: Hi Richard. Just for your infomation, there is no way to protect from a direct lightning strike. You can try to reduce the damage, and grounding the mast is a start. If you can, try grounding to the existing electrical service ground also. You should...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: AFCI breakers, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: The breaker are about $40-$60 each. I would figure between $100-$150 installed. I would think that the builder needs to be accountable for them byt good luck with that. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com http://electrician-in-philadelphia.blogspot.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Aluminum wire, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: For a friend of a friend I would them that you don t really have any options but to hire an electrician to work with that. An electrician who is experienced with aluminum wiring. That type of wire needs to be handled with care and experience is advises. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Attic Ventilation Fan problem, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: You have to remeber that I m not looking at this so I can t really explain the colors. That is, not with out following the wires myself. It does sound like it was some internal switching system. The good thing is it doesn t matter. If the black and red...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: add outlet to light switch, light switches, neutral wire
light switches, neutral wire, circuit tester: Hi. I do not understand why the white was connected to the ground and the red was connected to the white. This makes no sense. Anyway, if the power source enters the switches, then you can connect the neutral wire to the light colored terminal of the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding Ceiling lights, electrical experience, ceiling lights
electrical experience, ceiling lights, hot wire: Hi. There are a lot of things you have to learn, so if you can get a good book and learn the details, that is fine. You have to be careful in where you splice. The circuit has to be a general purpose 110 volt line. It also has to be on all the time,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a ceiling light, neutral wire, j cook
neutral wire, j cook, switchbox: Jay I am glad I was able to help earlier and will assist at any time I can. You will have no problem adding the ceiling light. In many cases the switch is back fed from the light as the hot circuit is often in the light, but in this case the hot circuit is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding electrical outlets to my home, electrical outlets, electrician
electrical outlets, electrician, dining room: Hi. Some homeowners feel comfortable, some don t. If you think you can do it, you can try. But you should read a book on all the details to make it safe. The dining room outlets have to be 20 amp and either on their own circuit, or with the kitchen...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a GFI in bathroom, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Hi Debi- To test for neutral you need to find a Hot first. After you find a hot you connect a tester on the wire you think is a neutral and the hot. Your meter should read 120 volts. You should consider hiring an electrician. This should not be too...