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Electrical Wiring in the Home: Home grounding issues, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Your electrician did the right thing. By improving you grounding it has given you electricity a better path to return to it s source. I m afraid that your old wiring s insulation is leaking voltage in to your plumbing. The ways to correct that is to replace...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Home Sauna Wiring, building a sauna, amp breaker
building a sauna, amp breaker, sauna heater: You are very close on this one. The max length, given the voltage drop, is 119 feet with #8. If you have less than 240 volts to begin with, then this distance will go down. You will need to go to #6 wire and the amp draw should be in between 30 and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Home service or bad wire, screen flickers, neutral wire
screen flickers, neutral wire, incoming service: Hi. Extreme dimming is usually caused by a loose neutral wire somewhere between the panel and the street. Part of it is your wiring, part of it is the power company s. However, since you are having problems with the voltage difference, and the problem...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Hot Electrical Smell, local power company, circuit breakers
local power company, circuit breakers, insurance agent: Hi Jackie, You might want to shut off the circuit breakers for the affected circuits. It is hard to say what the cause is without being able to do some testing. Having said that, as wide spread as the problem seems to be my guess is you have a loose neutral...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Hot Neutral, minor renovation, voltage meter
minor renovation, voltage meter, way switch: Richard You have what we call a open neutral somewhere along this circuit the white wire (neutral) is not connected to the panel it may e loose somewhere. heck the panel first to make sure the neutral is tight on this circuit. Then check each box that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Hot Tub, amp circuit, correct voltage
amp circuit, correct voltage, different story: The voltage figures do not matter as some manufacturers say 110, 115, or 120 but all are referring to the low voltage in an a/c voltage panel. The amps are a different story. A 20 amp device will trip a 15 amp circuit. If you change the cord end, it will overload...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Hot tub wiring, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: When you are powering something over 100 feet away from your power source you stat to experience something called voltage drop. It is basically electrical friction. To avoid any problems associated with voltage drop wire size is increased by one size. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: hard wired smoke detectors, smoke detectors, reset button
smoke detectors, reset button, smoke detector: Hi. Usually smoke detectors have to be replaced every 10 years or so because they do that. You are supposed to vacuum them every once in a while, but most people don t. All of the smoke detectors have to be the same model, so even if one is bad, all...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: hidden doorbell wiring, doorbell, new button
doorbell, new button, layman: Edie The way this can be done with out making a lot of holes is to get a Toner the toner has a special devise you can hook up to the old wires inside and a receiver that will help you find the outside wires depending how far back in the wall they are.You...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: home electical wiring, home electical, lighting
home electical, lighting: Hi. You need to find the other end of any wires in the room and disconnect them. With any luck, it may be only one wire that goes into the rest of the house. You can turn the breaker(s) off, destroy the room, and then see what wires remain and trace...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: home wiring problem, incoming lines, meter box
incoming lines, meter box, home wiring: The first avenue is to contact the utility to check their incoming lines. There is a loose connection somewhere and theirs is the most likely. If this does not cure it, the meter box and panel connections need to tested by an electrician as these can not be...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: home wiring problem, electricity cuts, home electricity
electricity cuts, home electricity, couple seconds: Hi Barry, I would check the connections at the main breaker or the outside disconnect. You might feel the surface of the breaker with the back of your hand, if it feels hot it may be about to fail. If everything is tight and you can t see any signs of a problem...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: house fire, fire trucks, floodlight
fire trucks, floodlight, light fixture: Hi Rick. Every light fixture is required to be mounted on a box, whether in the ceiling or an a wall. I can t say for sure that if the fixture was mounted on a box that the fire would not have started, but there is a good chance that, in the event of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: house wiring, spotlight
spotlight: i am not sure by the wording of your question. it looks like you have three wires: a hot, a hot feed throuh and a switch leg. the hot has power all the time. it goes to the other hot feed to give power to the rest of the circuit. there will also be a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: houseboat, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: If the blue wire test hot then that is what it is. Which one work on the switch the blue or the black? That is the one you use for the light. There is no rule that the hot wire can t be blue. It just can t be green or white. Note: White wire are often...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Indicator for Electric Service Power On/Off, automatic transfer switch, neon light
automatic transfer switch, neon light, light bulbs: Hi Paul, They make a automatic transfer switch that will automatically switch when the power goes off or on to switch to/from generator power. Radio Shack should have some small indicator lights that would do what you want or you could rig up a couple small...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Installation of GFI combination switch, silver screw, terminal screws
silver screw, terminal screws, wire nut: Hi Lyne, Connect the set of wires from the panel as you did on the line side of the combo switch, then connect the black wire going to the light to the switch and the white wire from the light to the other silver screw under the tape. This assumes the combo...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Installation of GFI combination switch, silver screw, terminal screws
silver screw, terminal screws, wire nut: Hi. Assuming you don t want the light protected by the GFCI. The black power coming in goes to the dark colored screw on the GFCI and one of the switch wires. The white wire coming in goes to the light colored screw on the GFCI and the white wire going...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Installing GFCI, gfci receptacle, gfci outlet
gfci receptacle, gfci outlet, oulet: Hi. If the only outlet protected by the GFCI is that outlet, then everything connects to the line side. To tell you exactly how to wire it, I would need to know why there are 3 wires coming in. When replacing any wiring, you have to connect the new...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: installing new ceiling fan, ceiling fan light, light fan
ceiling fan light, light fan, two choices: This means that power is most likely being supplied at the light fixture and the two wires to the switch is called the switch leg. One is hot and the other is waiting to be made hot when you flip the switch. Although, some times the neutral is being switched...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: installing new door chime, low voltage transformer, button location
low voltage transformer, button location, mr cook: At the button location see what color wires are feeding it, this will verify two of the wires. I am betting there are two red wires on the button. The circuit is most likely another red and the white with green as ground. It is powered by a low voltage transformer...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: installing a new overhead light, overhead light, wall switch
overhead light, wall switch, floor model: Hi. The fixture should be wired the same way as the fan. One wire should go to the white. Most likely the other wire from the fixture goes to the red. If it does not work with red and white, then probably something is not making contact the way it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: installing photo cell, wire nut, photocell
wire nut, photocell, photo cell: Hi Sharon, Is there a switch that turns the light on also, If so one set of those wires likely go to the switch. You would need to determine which set is your power and which one goes to the switch and back. It would make a big difference if one is a switch...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: installing a subpanel, amp load, lighting circuit
amp load, lighting circuit, subpanel: Hello Devin. I will go in question order. 1. It depends on the load that is already on the panel. The only way to know is to turn everything on fed by this panel, using an amp clip, clip it around either of the two feeder wires feeding the main breaker...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: junction boxes & dropped ceilings, junction boxes, ceiling grid
junction boxes, ceiling grid, thanks in advance: Hi David. If by dropped ceiling you mean the type of ceiling grid with removable panels, then no it is not a violation. If you mean a rocked ceiling, that is, a sheetrocked ceiling with a space between the old ceiling and the new one, without access, then...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kitchen Wall Outlets Out, wire nuts, wall outlets
wire nuts, wall outlets, oven type: Hi. The GFCI probably does not reset because it does not get power. You probably have a loose or burned 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,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: kitchen wiring, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: This is a hard question to answer by e-mail. First off your not going crazy. This stuff is confusing. I would call the seller and have them fix it. The are still responsible. If not them I would be looking for three thing. #1 A bad GFCI. I find about 1...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: knob and tube nightmare, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Hey Joe. Yep that kinda stuff happens in Knob and Tube. You could look are and find some one to fix it but I would suggest that you start replacing it. If one electrician declined then move on to the next one. I would look for some one who offered you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lamp socket replacement sizing, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Why don t you try this site for some more detailed information. http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.armorplans.com/photogallery/40035.JPG&imgrefurl=http://www.armorplans.com/cradle.htm&h=466&w=692&sz=58&hl=en&start=4&um=1&tbnid=g6hPSPG0EQAtVM:&tbnh=94&tbnw=139&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dthree+way+socket%26um%3D1%26hl%3Den%26rls%3Dcom.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox%26rlz%3D1I7SUNA%26sa%3DN...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lennox start capacitor not grounded, yellow wires, fan connection
yellow wires, fan connection, capacitor: Start caps have a tolerance whereas run caps do not. The start cap should have a % of tolerance marked on it. If it says exactly 40/370 it is most likely a run cap. If it is a run cap you are slow cooking your motor and need to get the right cap in there....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light Fixture and Ceiling Fan, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: You need a test to tell for sure. With out one I can tell you that the whites are your neutral and get connected to to the whites of the fans and the light. I would expect that the blacks are constant hots. You might want to connect rhat to the black of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light Switch Stuck, puff of smoke, light switch
puff of smoke, light switch, receptacle: it looks like the dimmer just needs to be replaced. it is hard to say if it is safe in a damaged state, so to be safe, leave the breaker off. it probably will not be a problem but it will definitely be safe without power. it should be easy to replace. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light shorting at the panel?, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: I have no good answer for you. If you land lord is unwilling to repair the problems I would Send him a certified letter explaining the deficiencies in the home. I would then hold rent until my security was eaten up. If the problem was not resolved I would...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights, basic electricity, amp circuit
basic electricity, amp circuit, switch circuit: This is a three way circuit and something is crossed. It is a very difficult circuit to describe in writing and I have no way to send a diagram. The best solution is to purchase a manual at any home supply stores in the do it yourself manual section. It is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Can Lights, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: I Philadelphia we don t have such a code. I do think that is the code in Washington either but I could be wrong. A GFCI is required in wet locations. So outside or in bathroom a GFCI circuit would be a good choice. AFCI circuits are required for bedroom. You...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Looking for an SPST push button switch NC, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: I would try Granger http://www.grainger.com/Grainger/wwg/start.shtml?cm_mmc=PPC%3a%20Google-_-TPN%20-%20Brand-_-Granger-_-granger or http://stores.mechtronicscontrols.com/StoreFront.bok Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Loss of power to light fixture, gfci outlets, flood light
gfci outlets, flood light, light fixture: Hi. Lights are not supposed to be wired on GFCIs, but sometimes they are anyway. So check your GFCI s. It wouldn t hurt to look there for problems. It s very hard to say where to look for power. It can be almost anyplace. Houses are usually wired when...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lost Circuit but no circuit breaker tripped, aluminum wiring, wire nuts
aluminum wiring, wire nuts, aluminum wire: Hi. I did not think they used aluminum in 1968. Aluminum wire can be quite a hazard unless it is maintained. All of the screws need to be tightened periodically and you have to use special devices and wire nuts. It sounds like a wire burned through...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low voltage in several outlets on the same circuit, laundry room, t power
laundry room, t power, front steps: if the gfi can interrupt the ciruit, there are contacts, right? my first guess would be a bad gfi-does condition correct if GFI is eliminated? -replace the gfi... otherwise, you just have to look for the problem an outlet at a time draw the circuit...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch, junction boxes, light switch
junction boxes, light switch, productid: you can use this tool to see if you have power: http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10051&langId=-1&catalogId=10053&productId=100081850&N=10000003+90401+502726 if there is no power, you can trace the line to it s...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch, conductor wire, receptacle
conductor wire, receptacle, light switch: If you have a live receptacle to add a switch, run a two conductor wire with a black, white and ground to the switch. At the switch, connect the black wire to one side and the white to the other side. At the receptacle, remove the black wire from the receptacle...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch, bare wire, overhead light
bare wire, overhead light, light switch: Hi. Yes, you can do that. Turn off the power. Run a piece of nonmetallic cable from the light to a box for the switch. At the switch, connect the two wires to the switch terminals, and the bare wire to the green screw and the box, if metal. At the light...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch quit working, wire nuts, wall switch
wire nuts, wall switch, light switch: Hi. It sounds like you have a broken or disconnected 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...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light will not turn off, light thanks, romex
light thanks, romex, hot wire: The black wire from the switch should be connected to the power black wire and nothing else. The white wire from the switch is now the switched hot wire and should be color coded black and connected to the black of the first light and the black feeding to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: low voltage home electrical system, low voltage system, electrical system
low voltage system, electrical system, distraction: Hi Angie, It could very well be what the buzzing is, it is quite common for some to buzz. If it is too much of a distraction you could have it replaced with a different one. It could get expensive to replace it with one that doesn t buzz. You might try sound...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Main breaker for boiler, electric boiler, amp breaker
electric boiler, amp breaker, peak service: Hi. You should probably use the 70 amp breaker. It is not safer to use a higher breaker, because it may not trip off when it is supposed to. It is safer to use higher rated wire however. If you use a 60 amp breaker, then it may trip off before it should....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Main Load Panel & Portable Generator, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: What you need to install is called a generator Transfer switch. Each switch will have instructions on how to balance the load and who much wattage it can handle. Here are some links with diagrams and more detailed instructions. I hope they are helpful. If...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Malibu Lighting, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: The company that make Malibu lighting is called Intermatic. they offer really great customer service at http://www.intermatic.com/?action=div&did=1 To me it sound like you may have a bad line. You may want to test it on just a single fixture to see...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Mercury Light Switches, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: It sounds like your switch is going bad and needs to be replaced. This is one of the typical signs of a bad connection. I would have this taken care of soon. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com http://electrician-in-philadelphia.blogspot.com/...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Mixing BX and Romex, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: If your house is wire in BX I would replace it all. BX does not have a desdicated ground and uses it s outer jacket as a ground. The problem is that the conectors make bad conductors as they get older. I would feel safer in a house wire in ungrounded Knob...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: MOBILE HOME ELECTRICAL, refrige, loose wire
refrige, loose wire, ac unit: The first place I would look is in the main panel. It sounds like either a main breaker going bad or a loose wire. It sounds like one leg of your power is being interrupted. If you are not comfortable checking voltage in a main panel with the cover off...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Motor wiring, ao smith motors, wire colors
ao smith motors, wire colors, grayish black: Kevin, even amongst AO Smith motors the wire colors can be controlling different items. The only way to get the correct diagram is to get the motor number and contact AO Smith. Most likely on their web site with the correct numbers you can download a diagram....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: making a 3 way light for timing - parts?, colored light bulbs, light sockets
colored light bulbs, light sockets, switch repair: I do not know of an existing device to use, but making one out of wood and painting it you can design a nice set up. It will also not carry voltage, so it would be safe and easy to attach the parts to. For safety, I would go through a small fused one arm disconnect...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: meter base to service panel, 200 amp service, pvc conduit
200 amp service, pvc conduit, gauge wire: Hi Bob. #4 wire is not approved for 200amps. You will need to use at least 4/0 aluminum, or 2/0 copper. You can connect your ground wire to the meter can, if approved to do so. There will be a seperate lug for this wire. You would not need to then...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: mobile home, aluminum wiring, aluminum wire
aluminum wiring, aluminum wire, copper wiring: Aluminum wire expands and contracts more than copper does, so it is more prone to become loose and cause arcing which can cause fires. Some people have their aluminum wiring bonded to copper at each device. There are special companies that do this kind...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: mobilehome, amp breaker, breakers
amp breaker, breakers, amps: Hi. You can t change any breakers without changing the wiring that goes to it. If you are upgrading the main panel, the power company has to get involved to upgrade their wiring. Once everything is set, you ll probably need to upgrade the box that the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: FOR NEW RECEPTACLE, neutral wire, light fixture
neutral wire, light fixture, receptacle: Will, You can not take it from a switch where you only have one cable and the white and black wire present. You have to get it from a source that is always on unless you don t mind this outlet going on and off with the light fixture, then you could tap...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Need 120V from 240V on a water heater, electric water heater, phantom waves
electric water heater, phantom waves, volt coil: The best solution would be a proper transformer. Almost every a/c units control voltage is 24 volts achieved by converting 240 volts to 24 for control voltage. That is also why you were able to locate the contactor with a 24 volt coil, it is for a/c use. Try...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New breaker box in detached garage, buss bar, volt circuits
buss bar, volt circuits, amp breaker: You are correct, #10 is only rated at 30 amps, so it will not take much to overload this wire. If the run is this short, I highly recommend replacing this with a larger wire, but that is up to you. I can only recommend a legal installation, so if the wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Elec. Range, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: I prefer to use a new cord with new appliances myself.(I don t get paid for call backs) If you old cord is in good condition you can reuse it. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com http://electrician-in-philadelphia.blogspot.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Stove, amp breaker, wall oven
amp breaker, wall oven, electrician: Russ The wiring that you found sounds like a 120 v circuit on a 20 amp breaker. They probably used that for a microwave separate from the oven. The new oven should hook up to another wire somewhere in the wall that should have 2 hot wires and a ground....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New switch, prong side, garbage disposal
prong side, garbage disposal, hot touch: Yes it is possible. With the power off, run your romex (12/2) from the switch to the outlet. You will have two wires coming from the supply to the switch box, and two wires going to the outlet from the switch box. To verify which wire is hot, with the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: need more amps to garage, amp fuse, fuse panels
amp fuse, fuse panels, amp max: it looks like you need an upgrade to the power to your house. commonly a new electrical service is 200 amps. you can then run power to the garage for the welder. that is usually a done by an electrician because most homeowners don t have the experience...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: need home generator connection to house help, home generator, central ac
home generator, central ac, transfer switch: Do you think that will work as a temp fix thru this storm? All indications that I have seen you guys are in for more of the same for a bit. So I cannot answer that question. Is it going to be safe? That depends on a couple of factors. Of course...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: neutral wire, neutral wire
neutral wire: Hi. First of all, make sure it is a neutral wire. Not all white wires are neutrals. If it is a true neutral, then there is probably a break somewhere in it, and the hot power you are getting is feedback going through an appliance on the circuit. To...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new house wiring, flood lights, light boxes
flood lights, light boxes, receptacles: Hi. I would contact the builder. If you have power at one end of the wire, but not the other, then it sounds like the wire is not making it to where it should be. Did you check all of the locations? Unless the wires are twisted together, there is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new oven, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: If it was wire into another unit then you are dealing with some sort of control wires. I would run a new wire back to the feed wire or the panel. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. www.Generation3electric.com http://electrician-in-philadelphia.blogspot.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Old Wiring In Old Bungalow, kitchen cabinets, tiny place
kitchen cabinets, tiny place, chicken wire: Sheri Move out the house it is a death trap,the wiring problem is because the voltage is too low and the neutrals are not working correctly,which can cause a fire,shock and possibility of burning the building down. The insurance company does not cover old...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Older Home wiring, amp circuits, bearer of bad news
amp circuits, bearer of bad news, kitchen remodel: Hi. When you are remodeling a room, you need to totally upgrade the electric to that room. This would include a separate circuit for a dishwasher and one for a disposal (if you have one). It also requires two 20 amp circuits for nothing except the outlets...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outdoor Ceiling Fan, outdoor ceiling fan, cross brace
outdoor ceiling fan, cross brace, rafter: Hi. The neatest way is to run the wire behind the wall into the box, and then either put a blank cover over the box, or continue to use the wall light. An easier way, would be to use a blank weatherproof cover with a threaded hole in it, and use a weatherproof...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outdoor GFCI got wet, gfci receptacle, gfci outlet
gfci receptacle, gfci outlet, weather thanks: If the pump was plugged in and the cover was open to accommodate the plug then it is very possible to get water in it. If you had one of those plastic covers that fits over the plug it is still possible to get water in there in a violent storm. My suggestion...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outdoor lighting and convenience outlet, amp circuit, string lights
amp circuit, string lights, outdoor lighting: Way off. You can easy do with 10 gauge. 300 is a large run, but consider that 12/2 is sold in 250 rolls and has many home runs from that point. As for the appliances...you may need to pigtail 14 gauge wire to the 10 to make the connections. Taps...as...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet for Welding Machine, wall receptacle, amp breaker
wall receptacle, amp breaker, amp circuit: Will Actually this is on the border line because the wire for the welder is a 14 Gauge black white and a ground.That wire is rated for a 15 amp circuit. The 50 feet is not the problem it is the breaker you may want to keep the 15 to protect the wire from...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outside AC wiring, ac wiring, home wiring
ac wiring, home wiring: Hi Wil. I assume that you are talking about type NM-B cable, normal home wiring cable usually called Romex. This type of cable can not be used in damp locations, so could not be used without protection, and even installing it in conduit would not remove...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outside Garage Lights, wall attachment, light socket
wall attachment, light socket, attachment points: Mike, This is an old trick that sometimes works. We usually do not reveal it because it is dangerous if you do not turn off the power at the circuit breaker. So, if you promise to turn off the power at the circuit breaker I will tell you. With the power...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: old 3-prong plug and new cooking top, prong plug, voltage meter
prong plug, voltage meter, hots: Hi. Usually the bottom one is the ground. If you look at the outlet, there may be markings near the screws. G or N would be neutral. 1,2, etc would be the hot wires. You can also get a voltage meter or light. Between the two hots would be 240 volts....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: open ground, gfci outlets, circuit tester
gfci outlets, circuit tester, coffee makers: Hi. How old is your house? If the house is not grounded, but someone installed 3 prong plugs, then you would get that reading. You either need to put 2 prong outlets back in their place, or install GFCI outlets. A motor should work without a ground....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: open ground, gfi outlets, circuit breakers
gfi outlets, circuit breakers, amp service: Hi Jim, Sorry your having this problem. Sounds like you have been very thorough. Even though I might have a idea what might be causing your problem doesn’t mean we can solve it through e-mail. I might recommend you hiring a licensed electrician to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outdoor chandelier, chandelier, pergola
chandelier, pergola, rain: Fern Probably not as the rain or snow would start to corrode the fixture and may short the fixture out. What you can do is buy a plug in kit that would allow you to hang the chandelier and plug it into a outlet,So on nice days you can use it if it looks...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlets went out on kitchen side, gold screw, silver screw
gold screw, silver screw, gfci breaker: i am having a hard time following your description. it seems like you having problems with the circuit as it downfeeds from the gfci. the most direct solution is to not feed down from the gfci. therefore you should only attach power to the line side...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Photo Sensor for Flood Light, dusk to dawn, flood light
dusk to dawn, flood light, wire sensor: Hi. If you look closely at the picture, there is a wiring diagram under the wires. So you should be able to follow that when you buy it. In most cases, the white connects to the other two whites, the black connects to the black wire coming in, and the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Pink & Orange wires?, light switch, electrician
light switch, electrician, norm: Manufacturers are now using every color of wire known to man, nothing is standard any more and as long as the wiring is installed correctly, color does not matter with the exception of green and it has to be used only as a ground. The 200 amp panels can have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Plug in sconce in lieu of hardwire, sconce, hardwire
sconce, hardwire, extension cord: Hi. You just need to wire the fixture wires to a cord and plug. You can get a fancy gold colored wire and plug in the lamp department of any home center. If you don t mind white or brown, you can cut off the female plug of an extension cord and use that....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Plugs not working, little prong, digital voltmeter
little prong, digital voltmeter, wire nuts: The testers that light up merely tell that there is voltage present, but not how much. It also depends where you place the probes. Hot to ground only tells you that you have voltage present and if your ground is good. Hot to neutral tells you if you have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: POOL PUMP GROUND, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: You motor is leaking voltage. You need to have it replace is my guess without looking at it. I would call an electrician or you pool repair to look at it. You better safe then sorry. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. www.Generation3electric.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Pool pump trips GFI, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: One of your components is going bad. I would start by replacing the GFCI. Sometime they go bad. If it is not you GFCI it could be your pool motor. A GFCI trip when an electrical circuit leaks power in to its environment. Is something getting wet that shouldn...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power went off in some of my house, wire nuts, upstairs bathroom
wire nuts, upstairs bathroom, breakers: Hi. It sounds like a wire became disconnected. 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: panel location, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: We do most of our work in Philadelphia where you can find basement that are only 5 feet tall. It is acceptable here to install panels in such basement even thought the code requires a 6 or 7 head room and 3 feet all around. I would talk to you electrical inspector...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: phase question, voltage specifications, coffee maker
voltage specifications, coffee maker, hots: Hi Akhi. You can use any 2 hots out of the panel, just like you would for a 220v load. Install the outlet to match the cord on the coffee maker. It will still run on 208v, but it may take a little more time to complete it s cycle. I hope this helps....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: possible short/loose wire, blown fuses, mulitmeter
blown fuses, mulitmeter, faulty equipment: Hi Charles, Can you test the voltage when it is acting up? It sounds like you may have a loose neutral and are getting high voltage on one leg of your power. Also check the voltage between the neutral and ground, and hot and ground. Let me know what you get....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no power, wire nuts, esle
wire nuts, esle, switches: Hi. The wire may be broken, or not making contact. It may be burned in another location. 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...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: getting power for 230v 50amp welder, amp circuit, brakers
amp circuit, brakers, amp service: First of all does this friend not care for you very much? If you attempt to connect to the wires feeding the main, it is straight from the meter which means also straight from the utility and if you touch either of these wires with the meter in place you are...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no power or lights, moblie home, gfci receptacles
moblie home, gfci receptacles, tralier: Hi Donald, You might try to contact the manufacturer and ask them where it is. On most I have worked on there is a junction box in a closet close to where the panel is, rarely it is underneath the mobile home. You might check the GFCI receptacles in the bathrooms...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No power to lights in bedroom, light boxes, what on earth
light boxes, what on earth, breakers: if you never messed with the wiring, it is hard to tell, but the problem seems like it has to be in the panel. my only guess is that you somehow turned off another breaker and didn t turn it back on. check the panel for any breaker that you may have turned...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no power to switch for light and outlet, porch light, wire nuts
porch light, wire nuts, voltage tester: Hi. Dining room outlets should not be on the same circuit as any lighting. You should be getting power from only one set of wires in that box, all the other wires get the power from the wires bringing it in. For electricity to work, it requires a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: powering a lincoln ac 225 s welder, volt device, volt devices
volt device, volt devices, amp service: It would be really pushing the 40 amp stove circuit as this is the max rating on the circuit and the minimum rating of the welder. You are correct in that a single phase 240 volt device uses two 120 volt power legs and the connections are two hot legs and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Question about capping a wire to a wall heater, national electrical code, suitable enclosure
national electrical code, suitable enclosure, tapping the wire: YOU DO UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A HIGHLY SKILLED, EXPERIENCED PROFESSIONAL GIVING INFORMATION AS HE ADVISES HE WILL, ACCORDING TO INSTRUCTIONS WHICH ENABLE HIM TO PRESERVE HIS VALUABLE TIME FOR PEOPLE TO WHOM HE DONATES HIS KNOWLEDGE AND TIME, AS...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: questions re: outage problem, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: The only thing you can do now is start to trace the wires back until you find the problem. If you are not experienced with doing this it could take a very long time. I would call in an electrician. I good electrician will make this look easy. Bill Lutz...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Range Hood, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Not only is it not right it is dangerous. Extension cord are only for temporary use. That was done as a permanent wiring job. The jacket on most extension cord goes bad after several years and the need to be replaced. You need to call in an electrician who...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: REset button on switch doesnt reset, gfci receptacle, recepticles
gfci receptacle, recepticles, wet locations: This is a GFCI recepticle rated for wet locations. However, it is governing the following recepticles. They go bad. The problem is that they trip with a fault current apparent. If one of the downstream recepticles is faulted it will not reset. If...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Re: Convert nema 10 to nema 14-30, wall ovens, metal conduit
wall ovens, metal conduit, receptacle: Hi. I looked up the answer, and while you can use the conduit as a ground, it is best to run a ground wire. Frequently the conduit comes loose and you lose your ground. If you are pretty certain the conduit won t be damaged, you can do it. I hope this...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Recessed Lights Wire Gauge, wire gauge, wattage
wire gauge, wattage, guage: Hi. It is just a matter of calcuating the wattage. Since the lights may be on continuously, you should use only 80% of the capacity. So with the 80% figured in, that is 1920 watts for 20 amp and 12 gauge or 1440 watts for 15 amp and 14 guage. You should...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Removal of outdoor outlet, replacement siding, floor deck
replacement siding, floor deck, splices: Hi Bill. I take it you don t want the outlet anymore, is that right? If so, then you can t just bury the cable, or box, without making it so you can open the box back up in the future. You can install a box to terminate the wires in, and install a blank...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Replace breaker box., gage wire, amp load
gage wire, amp load, amp service: Hi Richard. Depending on the area of the country you live in, you may not be able to do this type of work. check with your local inspector to make sure. I can answer most of the questions, but, again, the local inspector may have different rules to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Replacing bathroom/fan light with another one, fan light, bathroom fan
fan light, bathroom fan, switches: Hi. I am not sure exactly what you mean. You will probably have to replace the entire unit, since they don t sell parts for very old fans. It may be a little different size, but shouldn t be too hard to replace. Ask a follow up question with more details...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Replacing ceiling light fixture- aluminum wiring, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Hi Jenna, You need to hire an electrician to work with this. I would make sure that you hire someone who have experience with this type of wiring. We have several technicians working here and I will only use certain technicians who have the experience to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Replacing Furnce, brick ranch, extreme weather
brick ranch, extreme weather, high efficiency: Having been factory trained by Carrier, worked for factory authorized Lennox - Trane & Carrier; And having worked on most other brands such as GE, Bryant (Carrier owned), Goodman, Coleman, etc, etc. Let me say that they are not made by the same company or...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Replacing Glass Fuse Box in Condo, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Hi Howie I would suggest that you call a few electrician to look at your situation first hand and have them give you an estimate for your upgrade. You are living in a condo so everything you do needs to be professional handled. If you wire gauge is #4 it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Replacing light fixture, light fixture, electrician
light fixture, electrician, remodeling: Hi. The red wire should be controlled by a switch. Perhaps the wire was disconnected from the switch, or the switch was removed. So, the main thing to do is track down the switch, and make sure it is connected. Mainly by finding the other end of the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Replacing light switch and receptacles, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: With out looking at it it is hard to answer this problem. Here is how I would start. I would remove the switches. All the wires that attach to the switches I would place under one wire nut and the test to see if the power came back on. If it cone on you will...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Replacing thermostat 240v, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Yes. A 240 volt heat need two hot wires to work at all. If you cut the power to any one of the wires the heater will go off. You can tie one line and load wire together from the old thermostat and the other line to the thermostat. Bill Lutz Generation...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Residential remodel wiring, arc fault, electrical inspector
arc fault, electrical inspector, gfci: It will probably be better to isolate the bedroom outlets like you are thinking. This will also lighten the load on the other circuits. This will cause the inspector to look at your work so make sure you follow codes in running the new wires in the attic....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Residential Wiring, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Hi Bill- This is a job for a professional electrician. I would also think that a job like this should be inspected by and outside inspector to make sure that the work is done is some standard. here are some general answer. When the service enters...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Run Seperate Bare Ground to Stove, amp breaker, metal pipe
amp breaker, metal pipe, water pipe: Dennis Yes you can run a ground separate because the ground just protects the appliance only if the hot wires touch any part of The frame. Go to the closet water pipe as long as it is a metal pipe. Put a tester on the pipe and make sure you get a high resistanc...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running entire home electrical system from a phase converter, single phase motors, commercial woodworking
single phase motors, commercial woodworking, metalworking shop: From the information I can obtain it appears this converter is rated for 100 amps. Just as with an electric utility service of 100 amps, each power leg can handle 100 amps. I am not sure why equipment would start better on the converter power vs utility power...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running entire home electrical system from a phase converter, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: I think you are fooling your self. 3 phase equipment uses 3 110 volt line that are out of by 120 degrees. Single phase has 2 lines out of phase by 120 degrees. By using a converter you should be less efficient then if you had all single phase equipment....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running wiring to the shed, drywall ceiling, cement foundation
drywall ceiling, cement foundation, amp circuit: Hi. NM-B is regular wire, sometimes known as Romex. It s only for indoors though. So, if you mount the box on the house, you can run the indoor wire to the back of the box. If it s going to be 20 amps, it has to be at least 12/2. Pool pumps outlets...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running wiring to the shed, electrical pvc, pvc box
electrical pvc, pvc box, drywall ceiling: you can use two types of wiring. the easier method is to use type UF cable. it is a grey direct burial wire. the second method is to use electrical pvc pipe with individual thhn wires. if you use UF, you need to sleeve it with pvc until it makes it to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running wiring to the shed, drywall ceiling, cement foundation
drywall ceiling, cement foundation, pool pump: Many cities allow a home owner to do an electrical upgrade under builder-owner as long as a permit is pulled and an inspection is done. There are variations though. For example, one town near me requires that the electric company inspect your plans onsite...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: re-wiring a house?, knob and tube wiring, shock hazard
knob and tube wiring, shock hazard, gfci outlets: Martha Who ever told you that was wrong if you have only 2 wires (normal in Knob & Tube) you can not install a 3 prong receptacle unless you run a ground wire for each outlet including the GFCI. The reason is if anything shorts out there is no protection...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: recessed lights, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: That depends on the the wattage the switch is rated for. I would not do more than a 100 watts on most switches. 1000 watts / 65 watt light bulb = 15. If you are going to use a dimmer it is extra important that you check the wattage rating. Bill Lutz ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: How to reconfigure lighting/switches in room, three way switches, light switches
three way switches, light switches, way switch: you may be able to. are you referring to three way switches? are the single pole switch and the three way switch in the same box? actually i don t quite have enough info to completely answer you question technically. however you may have the switched wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: removing a smoke detector, smoke detector, light fixture
smoke detector, light fixture, power source: Hi. Yes, if the original wires were removed, a new wire would have to be run from a power source to the fixture, which may require cutting into the drywall. It can be done, it just depends on how much work it would take. I hope this helps. Bo...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replace circuit breaker, circuit breaker, breaker breaker
circuit breaker, breaker breaker, metal bar: Hi. Perhaps the breaker will not reset because there is a short. Did you remove the wire from it, and then try to reset it? If it resets, then there is a short that needs to be fixed. If it does not reset, then replace it. You have to match the rating,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: How to replace an receptacle?, 220 volt, precise area
220 volt, precise area, thick wire: First you should find out if it is 220 volt or 110 volt. This will help you if you decide to use the outlet in the future. You also need to discover which breaker(s) turns off the power to this outlet. You should be able to find a suitable cover for...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing a ceiling fan with regular spot lights, replacing a ceiling fan, volts
replacing a ceiling fan, volts, halogen: that is odd. you need to use a tester and test the wires at the ceiling. test from either the black or red to the white wire. when the switch is on, you should get 120 volts AC. you should be able to identify which wire, the black or red is energized...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing an outside receptical, receptical, wall switch
receptical, wall switch, receptacle: Hi. You should wire the new outlet the exact same was as the old. I have no way to know where the wires go to. Probably the red wire was connected to the dark terminal, and the blacks were tied together. I would try that if you don t remember. I...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing a receptacle, wire cutters, metal tab
wire cutters, metal tab, light switch: There is a small metal tab on the side of the outlet where the screws are that needs to be broken. Turn off the power and take the outlet out far enough to turn sideways. On the hot side of the outlet, take a pair of wire cutters and snip the tab that connects...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing switch with swith/pilot light, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Are you sure you have the right switch? A 110 volt switch should only have two screws. Did you get a 110/277 volt switch? Here are some examples http://www.doityourself.com/icat/switchandpilotlight Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewiring 1200 sq ft house, gas appliances, electrician
gas appliances, electrician, sq ft: Since an electrician is personably liable for the wiring, I do not believe there is much you can do. The cost would depend on how many circuits are required. One house may have gas appliances and not require a great deal that a total electric house would....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Screen porch Wiring for fan & 4 recessed lights, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: I wound not be too concerned about this. I would use the UF for this installation. The insulation does not cause any problems with the UF wiring. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com http://electrician-in-philadelphia.blogspot.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Shed feeder question, square d homeline, amp supply
square d homeline, amp supply, pvc conduit: I am surprised that the inspector is allowing you to put in a 100 amp service panel on #4 wire. This is normally not allowed. As far as the clip goes, there is a center bar (as well as the sides) on the cover that keeps the breakers from being pulled out....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Shop Wiring, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Hi Ernie, This job is really to detailed to inform you over the Internet. It takes years of training to know how to do something like that correctly. Even still, when I do some thing like this I need to have it inspected by a third party because if it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Short, continuity testers, continuity tester
continuity testers, continuity tester, gfci outlet: Hi Jay, You said the GFCI outlet is wired correctly. Does it test correctly? Some outlet testers have a GFCI button on them to check the trip function. Try this if you haven t yet. Make sure the ground wire is not broken along the table saw cord and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Siemens Quad Breaker, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: You really need to up grade you service with more space. I will not use those breakers because I don t trust them.They are more of a band aid then a solution. What you need is a larger panel will enough space to fit in standard size breakers. Bill Lutz...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Son's bedroom, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: Did you test power was leaving the breaker. Just because they say on doesn t mean that it is true. After that I would replace the outlet and switches in that area of the house. The working one and the bad ones. It is likely that you have a bad connection in...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Splicing 240 lines to Spa, amp spa, thick wire
amp spa, thick wire, electrical tape: Hi. Thick wire is harder to splice. It has to be done in a box. You would use split bolt connectors (at any home center) and a lot of electrical tape. Be sure that the junction box is not buried in a wall or any other place where it is not accessible....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Splitting 220 into 110, box scheme, thick wire
box scheme, thick wire, hi bob: Hi. You need 4 wires, a ground, a neutral, and 2 hots. Sometimes stoves do not have neutrals or grounds. If they are missing, you can t use it. The junction box has to be accessible, so it can t go behind the cabinets. The circuits would have to be...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Square D Safety Switch, submersible well pump, amp fuse
submersible well pump, amp fuse, fuse size: OK then. I don t think this should be blowing the 15 amp fuse The only thing I can think is that you are using single element fuses, which will open at 15 amps on motor start-up, which can be several times the running amperage. Try dual elements fuses-they...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: STOVE WIRING, amp circuit, studio apartment
amp circuit, studio apartment, beaker: Hi. The stove needs to be on its own circuit. Most likely a 50 amp circuit with wire made for 50 amps. (Check the stove rating) You would need space in your panel, a double pole breaker, wire, and the outlet. The two hot wires connect to the breaker,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Standard 15 amp outlets and wire guage, amp breaker, no screws
amp breaker, no screws, wire guage: Hi. UL will not allow press ins for 12 gauge wire, so you won t find them anywhere. In my opinion, they should eliminate all press ins, because these often fail. The CU means copper wire only. You can t use with aluminum. I hope this helps. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Sub Panel, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Jay. Your sub-panel can be on up to 90 amp breaker. The 90 amps is to protect the line that feeds that panel. You can add as many other breaker in that as you like. If you draw more then 90amp in in the sub-panel it will trip. If you draw more then 100 amp...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Sub panel, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: No, you will not have the enough power and you could melt you wires. It would not be safe. (I have seen this exact situation melt not too long ago) Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com http://electrician-in-philadelphia.blogspot.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Subpanel service, meter base, ground rods
meter base, ground rods, copper wire: By code you have to use a 4 wire cable from the main panel. This change was made almost 10 years ago. Before the change, you could either run a 3 wire cable and use a separate ground rod, or a 4 wire cable and eliminate the rod, but now it requires both a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Switch for Hot Water Heater, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: I would goto an electric supply house and ask them. They will be able to help you out. You could also go to a home center and pick up an AC disconnect. You home AC work on the same power as you hot water heater. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric,Inc...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Switch parallel to GFCI, gfci receptacle, line terminals
gfci receptacle, line terminals, ground terminal: Hi. The wire going to a switch is a switch loop, and there is no neutral in a switch loop, just two hot wires. So, you can t operate an outlet from a switch loop. You need to run a new wire from a power source to the new outlet to get it to work. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Switching a 220 volt element, pid controls, smoke generator
pid controls, smoke generator, pid controller: You can do it exactly as proposed. A similar use is a 240 volt baseboard heater. The thermostat on a simple heater only breaks one leg, so there is a constant 120 volts on the heater until the thermostat makes applying the other 120 volts and energizing the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: service setup, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: Your cabin is only 1500 sq ft. You would really have to working hard to over load that. If you add up all you electric needs it is always more then the main but remember you are not using everything at the same time. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: single phase 220v, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: I sure this can be done. I know that with a little leg work all you would need is the right converter between the electric box and you German outlet. Here is a link of a company that just does thing like that. http://www.walkabouttravelgear.com/electg.htm?gclid=CNOmqYS-9JQCFQQrFQodth93qw...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: slater light switch, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Look harder every switch has a way to open it. It least it is that way in the United States. I m not sure where you are finding this problem but I would have to belive that it had to be opened to install it in the first place. Bill Lutz Generation...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: stove outlet/ braker & check up, helpfull info, code man
helpfull info, code man, condemed: The size of the wire really can be deceiving as the insulation thickness or the number of strands can make a lot of difference in the rating. In the panel, you should be able to see enough of the cable to see the size of the cable. A stove should at least...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: sub panel, amp fuse, amp line
amp fuse, amp line, volt compressor: Good Morning Tim, Sorry for any delay - have been out of the area working 6-12 s...just getting back in. In reviewing your description - there are a couple things that need to be determined: The size and conductor count of the original stove...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: sub panel, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: You could run the feeder cable into a feeder troft under the panel then bug the 2/o with some 1/o before you bring it into your panel. This way you you can use the larger cable to avoid some voltage drop. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: sub panel installation, foot rule, case hi
foot rule, case hi, acceptable method: Hi David. If you can meet the 6 foot rule, this location would pass inspection. However, drians do leak over time, so if there was any way to move the panel a couple of feet one way or the other would help you out. I hope this has helped. Rick Miel...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: sub panel relocation, branch circuits, junction boxes
branch circuits, junction boxes, concrete wall: Hi. Plastic should be OK, but you might want to check local codes. In the sub panel, the grounds and neutrals are not connected together like in the main panel. So, be sure that the ground wire that goes to the main panel connect only to the grounds,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: submetering, amp fuses, emon dmon
amp fuses, emon dmon, current transformers: i see your problem. most of the time those are installed in a distribution panel where you have access to additional circuits that you can install for power for the meter device itself. however since you are using a buss plug you will just have that main...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: submetering, emon dmon, bus duct
emon dmon, bus duct, metering system: That is exactly how the systems are metered in my location, but before I invested a lot of time and money in a metering system, you need to check with the local inspection department to verify they will allow it as proposed as they are the final authority...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: subpanel, mod1, detached garage
mod1, detached garage, breakers: You gave me the model of the subpanel, which does not have a main breaker. I believe you are talking about the breaker that feeds this subpanel at the main panel, is that right? I am not following the locking part of the inspector s request. Unless...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: subpanel, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Hi Del, Every state and county has their own inspectors. Each group of them have authority to make up their own rules about how they want the work in that area done. I have not yet had an inspector request anything like you are describing. I would first...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: swamp cooler motor, belt tension, driven fan
belt tension, driven fan, maintenence: The first thing to check is the voltage supplied to the motor. If that is okay then you did the second thing, replace the capacitor. The thing about capacitors are they need to be the same rating, exactly. Some motors do not have oil ports because...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: switch, switch wiring, fan switch
switch wiring, fan switch, switch box: It looks like you may not have the correct number of wires in your switch box to do this. From your description, I would think that you don t have a neutral (white) in your box, just the 3 wires for the 2 switches, which may include a red, black and a white...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: switch cuts power when tempature is high, wire nuts, overhead fan
wire nuts, overhead fan, bedroom light: Hi. No, there is no kind of adjustment anywhere. If the problem is truly temperature related, then somwwhere there is a wire that is expanding and contracting that is becoming disconnected and conneted again. These things can be hard to track down....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: switch & outlet, ground wires, power wires
ground wires, power wires, bare wire: Hi Tom, In the box where the switch is are the power and light wires. There should be two or more bare ground wires (all connected together), two or more white neutral wires (all connected together), one black light wire (connected to switch and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: switch wiring, gfci outlet, garbage disposal
gfci outlet, garbage disposal, switch wiring: Hi. Most likely the wire from the breaker panel connected to the disposal, then a wire went to the switch. In order to get power where the switch was, you will need to find out where these wires are, and connect them back together. White to white, black...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Tap splices, fluorescent light fixtures, tricky code
fluorescent light fixtures, tricky code, lowe s: Vince, I can see the ease of use for conduit systems, but for cable systems it would a non-issue, as you can t run the cable unbroken between boxes. I might try some of these the next conduit system I put together. Thanks for the info. Rick Miel...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Telephone Wiring, butt connector, dial tone
butt connector, dial tone, telephone wiring: Hi. This is something that is very difficult to answer without being there. Usually the jacks are wired one to another to another. So you really can t cut one out. If you connected all the wires back together, and it still does not work, then perhaps...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: THHN Stranded wire in PVC Conduit, guage wire, pvc conduit
guage wire, pvc conduit, wire nuts: Hi Adam. Stranded wire is easier to work with than solid, and standard wirenuts will work to terminate them. One way to solve the problem of stranded terminations is to add a short piece of solid wire to the stranded wire, using a wirenut, then terminate...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Thermostat Wiring Question, thermostat wiring, minimal experience
thermostat wiring, minimal experience, multimeter: Hi. It looks like your old thermostat was for 110 volts. If you have 220 volts, then the white wires would connect to the R s, and the blacks to the B s. The white wires should be hot wires. The thermostat should shut off both poles, where you old...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Three-way swithches on row of can lights., swithches, wire cable
swithches, wire cable, cans: Hi Warren. You will not be able to do this with a 3-wire cable. You could do it by using a 4-wire cable between the cans, but not with a 3 wire. You could also do this by running a 3-wire from switch to switch, then use a 2-wire from the far switch...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Total load allowed for an electrical panel, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Stop adding. It doesn t work like that. You have a three or four bedroom house you will be fine with 200 amps. You don t even use half of that electricity at one time. The 80% the extra space you you allow on each circuit. How many of the electric load do...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Troubleshooting Interior Wiring, interior wiring, thanks john
interior wiring, thanks john, one at a time: John The first thing is to find out what makes it trip,like you said find out exactly what is plugged in the outlets for this circuit. You may have too much of a load on the circuit.Also check the white wires in the panel some may be loose tighten them...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: TV turns off when Stove is turned on, new apartment, hd tv
new apartment, hd tv, voltage drop: It sounds like your surge-protector is doing it s job. An A/C draws a lot of power when it turns on and if you live in a home/apartment that is not wired to help with this you are going to have surge issues. Since you live in an apartment you are pretty...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: table lamp socket replacement, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: The Hot got to the smaller metal part in the very bottom of the socket. The neutral wire goes to the larger threaded part of the socket. This way it makes it harder for accidental shock Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: tanning bed, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Tanning beds are not all the same so I can t answer this with out the specks. Once you do get the specks you can look up the wire size at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_wire_gauge The Nema number can be found here. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NEMA_connector...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: three-way switch wiring issue, three way switches, wildmind
three way switches, wildmind, down stairs: Newer three-way switches are wired differently than older three-way switches. If you replace an older type with a newer type they will not work. At this point in time you should take a look at the images I will send you and determine which setup you have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: three-way switch wiring issue, three way switches, fixture wire
three way switches, fixture wire, down stairs: Hi. Color coding means very little on three way switches. There are two wires that go between the switches on the non-common side. These are called travelers. On one common terminal, the black power source is connected. On the other switch common terminal...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: track lighting, track lighting, flexible track
track lighting, flexible track, t direct: Yes. I really hate to go against any instructions. But no one has any answer on what to do. It doesn t help getting instructions saying what not do, when you can t avoid it. So, yes, you should be Ok with it. With track lighting, you should have no...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: track lighting dilemma, ceiling fan light, track lighting
ceiling fan light, track lighting, manual switch: Hi Kimberly, You didn t mention the location of the track light but I am assuming it is located on the ceiling. You could have a licensed electrician install a switch on the track light but this would be hard to turn on and off. In order to have a switch...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: troubleshooting switch replacement, bearer of bad news, neutral wire
bearer of bad news, neutral wire, switches: Hi. You need a neutral wire for the light to work. Right now, you have a switch loop which is only two hot wires. So, you need to run another wire from the light. They do make lighted switches that do not need a neutral. Sorry to be the bearer of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Having troule getting my ceiling fan to work, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: It sound like you installed the controller with the power on. This will sometime break the controller. You need to return that controller and start over. This time test your wire so you know what is what. Test the fan with out the controller. Turn the power...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Under Cabinet Lighting Help, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: 1. Your wiring plan sounds correct. Remember to use a low voltage dimmer. 2. I would not use BX. (I don t think that BX is even made any more. It was replaced by MC) I don t see any problem with using the professional Ambiance wire in the wall. Some inspector...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Underground wiring from pole to apartment, small apartment, underground wiring
small apartment, underground wiring, wire type: Hi. If a meter is involved, you will need to get the power company involved, and see how much is their responsibility. It is best to check your local inspector s office, since that is a major project to see if a homeowner can do that. I would check...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Uneven Voltage, refrigerator compressor, member answers
refrigerator compressor, member answers, fan outlet: What makes you think it isn t the power coming into the building? Open neutral Main panel, meter enclosure, service tap, transformer connection You need a good electrician, maybe the power company ...and I am NOT union .... you think think some union...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Updated bedroom outlets and now no power, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Hi Vincent, I would pigtail the blacks and whites. This means all the white under one wire nut and one jumper wire from that wire nut to the outlet. Same thing for the blacks. This should fix you problem. It sounds like you may be better off hiring...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: understanding wiring, volt circuit, plumbing system
volt circuit, plumbing system, fuse box: Hi. All white wires are not always neutral. In a switch loop, both wires are hot. In a 220 volt circuit, both wires are hot, but one wire could be white. Neutrals should never be connected to switches, so it is a hot wire that happens to be white....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: using switched outlet for a light, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Here is a diagram of a single pole switch only it is controlling a light and dot a n outlet. http://electrician-in-philadelphia.blogspot.com/2008/05/how-single-pole-switch-works.html The only thing a switch does is break the connection between the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Voltage Drop/Long Run/Wire Selection, wire selection, volt drop
wire selection, volt drop, voltage drop: Hi Becky, You didn t give the amperages of the equipment you will be using. However if you use #10 CU with a 20A load at that distance you will have about a 6 volt drop which shouldn t be a problem. If you only have 10A on the circuit (which sounds about...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: voltage fluctuations, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Put you meter away. That is not really that odd. Voltage coming from your utility does fluctuate. This is especially true in the summer with AC compressor kicking off and on. 127 volts is a bit high but not too surprising. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wall Outlet, light glows, wire nuts
light glows, wire nuts, wall switches: Hi. It sounds like a white neutral wire became disconnected. 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...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wall Oven Wiring, amp breaker, lighting works
amp breaker, lighting works, lighting circuit: 1. It will be no problem running the oven on a circuit with wiring rated for 50 amps, which would be #8 copper, cut since the recommended circuit protection is 40 amps, use a 40 amp breaker. This way if you need the 50 amp circuit later, all you will need...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Water in Light Fixture, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: The water doesn t draw enough amperage to trip the breaker. Nothing really happens if water touches electricity. It is like a bird sitting on the wire and not getting hurt. The bird is full of voltage but it has no where to go. The water becomes full of voltage...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: WELDER HOOK UP, amp circuit breaker, amp breaker
amp circuit breaker, amp breaker, voltage drop: The voltage drop should not be a concern for 60 feet. I would recommend #4 gauge and a 60 amp circuit breaker. The 60 amp breaker will be very close, so if you have trouble with it you can go up to a 100 amp breaker on the #4 wire. Or you can simply just go...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Whole House surge protector, whole house surge suppressor, qualified electrician
whole house surge suppressor, qualified electrician, whole house surge protector: Hi. In the past, the whole house surge suppressor got connected to two 20 amp breakers. So, there was no disconnecting the main electric wires. However, in reading some current instructions online, it may be a little more complicated now, and the instructions...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Window AC Unit, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: 230 volt 20 amp requires is a special outlet that will only work with you air conditioner. It is a great idea and should work well. You may need an electrician to add this circuit. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric,Inc http://generation3electric.com ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wire Caps, electrical wire, live wire
electrical wire, live wire, microwave: Hi. If the old wire is still connected, it has to be terminated in a junction box, and the junction box needs to be accessible. (not behind a wall or cabinet) It should have caps in the junction box. You may want to bring this to the attention of someone...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wires have 120v but no power to good outlet, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: It sounds like you did a good job checking that out all the basics.. Microwaves draw a lot of power and can burn out connections. For safety reason you can t find the cause I would have an electrician check out the circuit. Bad connections start fire and you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Great your doing good. The fan has a white, ground, black and green wire It is not likely you have a ground wire and a green wire. One of these two wire powers the fan and the other is the ground. You might want to tap them off (Tap Off: electrician...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring for a 30 A dryer questionable, gauge wire, amp breaker
gauge wire, amp breaker, google: Hi. You have to be absolutely certain that the wire is 10 gauge. If not, you should replace it. The codes have changed since the 60 s anyway, and the wire should be grounded. Dryer wires did not have a separate ground wire until the 90 s. You should...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring in Abandoned Gas Line, masonry fireplace, wood burning insert
masonry fireplace, wood burning insert, romex: Hi Dan. If you are just using s short piece of pipe as a sleeve through the brick, then you can do it. If you are planning on running it some distance through the pipe, or through exisiting elbows, then no, you can t do it. I hope this has helped. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring two add'l sockets and flood light, flood light, metal boxes
flood light, metal boxes, single run: Hi. You probably don t need 10 gauge wire. Twelve should do it. At the outlets, connect black power in to the line side of the GFCI black. Same with white. If you want everything else protected by the GFCI, then connect the wire out to the load side...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring my addition, sanity check, amp circuit
sanity check, amp circuit, panel heaters: Hi. You may need a 20 amp circuit (12/2) for the heaters. You should leave 20% margin for the circuit, which is only 1440 watts. I don t know if the heaters are going to help much, but best to ask a heating expert. Obviously it depends if you are in Miami...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring a bathroom exhaust fan, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: You need to find voltage some where or the lights/fan;/heater will never work. The feed is probly in the unit itsself. You need to send a hot to the switches and thne back the the three parts of it. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring a bathroom fan/light fixture, light harness, wire bundle
light harness, wire bundle, live wires: Hi. It sounds like the power enters the fan and light. Since the power has to go to the switches first, it goes to the switches. The power wire coming from the source goes to both switches. So, look at the switches, and see what color wire goes to both...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring a ceiling fan, wiring a ceiling fan, installing a ceiling fan
wiring a ceiling fan, installing a ceiling fan, light in the attic: Hi. As long as the light is a pull chain fixture, you can tie into it. If it has a wall switch, then the power entering would have to enter the light first. Otherwise, the attic light would have to be on for the fan to work. I hope this helps. Bo...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring a ceiling fan with dimmer, switch, wiring a ceiling fan, wire cables
wiring a ceiling fan, wire cables, switch one: Hi. If you have three wires between the switch and the fan, and you don t have any other wires in the fan box except for the fan, then you can do it. First of all, do you have a dimmer or a speed control? You can t use a dimmer with a fan, or a speed...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring ceiling fan from a switched outlet, silver screw, ceiling lighting
silver screw, ceiling lighting, neutral wire: Hi. Do you want the outlets to still be on the switch, or do you want them on all of the time? If you are connecting the fan to the outlet, the red is the switched wire, so connect the black wire from the fan to the red, and connect the whites together....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring a detached garage, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: It sounds like you are in the middle of a professional argument. I don t think it will matter to you one bit. What will look better? who do you like to work with more? How much will it cost you? Are the questions you should be asking yourself. Either way...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring a garage, way switch, underground conduit
way switch, underground conduit, switch one: Hi. You are not supposed to run nonmetallic wire in conduit. You should be running THHW wire through it. If you want two circuits, plus a 3 way switch, you will need to run at least 8 wires through the conduit. Three for the 3 way switch, 2 for each...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring in the garden, electrical line, garge
electrical line, garge, good shape: Hi. If you unplugged the outlet to the shed, and it still won t set there may be two causes. 1) The GFCI (the outlet with the buttons) needs to be replaced because it was damaged. 2) It is not getting power because the breaker tripped or the wiring...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring to Heat Pumps, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: It in not required by the national electrical code as long as the wire is rated for outdoor use and is not in mechanical danger. Your inspector in K.Y. may have a different idea. The electrical code always defers to the authority having jurisdiction. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring Methods-unfinished basements, running board, ceiling joist
running board, ceiling joist, sheathed cable: I totally agree, and apparently many inspectors do also. The electrical code is a guide, but any local inspector can supersede its direction and I have seen many installations that has the romex stapeled to the rafters as well as to floor joists. I have no...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring new ceiling light, light fixture, karen brown
light fixture, karen brown, two blacks: Karen Is this on a switch? The wires up in that ceiling should be 120 volts take the meter and test those wires from the black to the white and then the black to the ground. You should get a reading of 120 v on the ground and on the white. If there is no...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring of new stove top (with a twist), timer clock, hook up
timer clock, hook up, welcome thanks: Mitch The reason the new stove has a 4 wire connection is because of its features, Timer,clock etc etc they need a neutral to run correctly. the old stoves used the the ground to do the same thing Hook up the white to the ground that would be fine.Now if...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring Runs, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Your wood stove should have a fire wall between the the fire box and anything outside of it. That would include the location of the your plug. Since there is no fire approved metal wire, romex wire or plug assembly that I know of I would not think it would...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring a shed, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: You would be foolish not to hire an electrician for this one. I would get at least 3 estimates from electrical contractors.You may get lucky and be able to find some one who will work along side of you and teach you as he works. It takes years to have the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring a standby generator, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Dave for something like this you will need to know what is expected by your local governing body. Half of your questions I know are OK with my L&I inspectors but would not be OK one county over. That may be why you are having to go through so many posts....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring my Triton Ceiling Fan with Habour Breeze Remote., Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: The red and black wire from the ceiling are booth feed wire. One or both will be a feed wires controlled by a switch. Since you are adding the remote you don t need two control wires. All you have to do is cap the red wire and use the remote to control the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring Wall Oven 6-4 to old 6-3, amp breaker, unbalanced load
amp breaker, unbalanced load, wall oven: Etienne The reason there is a 4 wire on new ovens is because when they just used a 3 wire the ground was use to protect you from the equipment from a short. The white wire is the neutral and used for any unbalanced load to go back to the panel.The correct...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: WV codes, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: I have never heard of such a thing. What you need to get is a 220 volt 50 amp breaker. 50 amp range cable and a 50 amp plug. This should all be easy to find at your local home center. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wall mounts, fixture wire, hot wire
fixture wire, hot wire, wall switch: Hi. Is this a wall mount light fixture? Do you have a wall switch? Does the power enter from the light? The new one should be installed exactly the same way as the old one. If you have a wire from the switch, the white wire is a hot wire. One wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wall plugs without power, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: If your renovating you rooms it would be a wise choice to rewire and replace as much of that Aluminum wiring as possible. You could spend the time an find where the wire went bad. I would suspect that some of the wire melted and it can be repaired. I would...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: washer and dryer grounding???, cold water pipe, cold water line
cold water pipe, cold water line, prong plug: The middle one should be the neutral, which is white on the dryer. Remember to bond the neutral terminal to the chassis of the dryer. Usually there is a green screw on the back of the dryer. If there is not a strap that connects you can use a piece of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: washer and dryer plugs and outlets, bosch dryer, laundry room
bosch dryer, laundry room, wiring harness: I think I see red,black, white and green. That tells me you have 2 hots and a neutral to have 220/110 available. You can wire the washer with the 110 plug separate from the dryer 220 plug. If room permits...you can add any combination you need as long as...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: weld machine wiring, amp welder, phase power
amp welder, phase power, duty cycle: Philip, a welder is a somewhat unique device. It converts energy similar to a transformer to have the power to weld. This unit is a 3 Phase unit which requires 3 120 volt power legs and you only have two or single phase power. I am not certain if it would...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: whos right, hot water heater, braker
hot water heater, braker, stick welder: Paul, I think I am as ready for you to get this completed as you are. First, I can not believe a master electrician would recommend using a 60 amp circuit on a device rated for 50 amps. The 50 amp circuit is designed to protect the circuit, not the welder...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wire connection, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: The best way is to buy the correct parts. Outlet strips and power cords are not made to be cut and spliced. You can do it with wire nuts but the stranded wire will eventually fail. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wire length in main panel, wire nut, schools of thought
wire nut, schools of thought, right angle: You can have a wire nut in the panel. Two schools of thought; you get to pick which one. Bring the wire up and then right angle into the breaker. This looks very nice and tidy. Or, bring the wire up and the down to the breaker in case you need to move...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wire repair, fence wire, invisible fence
fence wire, invisible fence, ogle: Hi Jeff, Sorry to hear about your fence. Since your yard is so big, I do suggest that you obtain the tool from Petsafe / Invisible fence. Call Petsafe and ask for an RFA-50 (Wire Break Location Device). It is a transmitter that you hook up to your wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: How to wire single pole and 4 way switch on same circuit, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: As a first wiring job I would not recommend doing a four way switch. It is great that you are willing to take on a project like this but wiring can be dangerous. Mistakes you make now could set your home on fire years later. I strongly recommend that you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: what wire size to use, circuit conductors, national electrical code
circuit conductors, national electrical code, wire gauge: Hi Frank, I am sorry to say I cannot answer your question with the information you gave me. I can tell you where this information is located. There is a National Electrical Code (NEC) which was written to safeguard persons and property from the hazards...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: two wires, ground wires, receptacle
ground wires, receptacle, microwaves: Hi. The ground is for safety. If the house was old, grounds were not required. So I would leave it without a ground. If the wiring was done since the mid 1960 s, and there is no ground wire, then someone who wired it used the wrong wire, and it should...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring, volt meter, hot black
volt meter, hot black, gfi: Look very carefully in the ceiling box. One cable has either one black, one white and one bare copper, or one black, one red, one white and one copper. With two black wires, it appears there is a white and bare copper missing. Usually one of these two cables...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring, gfci receptacle, wire gauge
gfci receptacle, wire gauge, message thanks: Hi Scott, To add this GFCI install a wire that has three (3) conductors (Black, white and green) in it from your power source to the location of the new GFCI. Your power source will be a existing light switch or receptacle. Depending on your local electrical...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring, double switch, wall switch
double switch, wall switch, electrical outlet: Hi. Ok, it looks like it is a double switch loop. You need to look at the switches and see which color wire goes to both switches. That wire connects to the black wire coming in. The white wire coming in connects to the white wire on the fan and the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring a 220v transformer, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: Every transformer is a little different. Did it come a set of directions or a diagram? What is the out put voltage you are looking for(what country are you in?)? If I wan not sure I think I would try 220/0 on the line side. And with a multi meter test the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring in a barn, romex wire, metal boxes
romex wire, metal boxes, pole barn: Buddy Yes that would work. The only thing is that rodents may chew on the romex wire. They are good for chewing and destroying things. There is also a wire thats is called MC it has a metal covering to protect the wire comes in a lot of different configurations...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring a bathroom exhaust fan, bathroom exhaust fan, junction boxes
bathroom exhaust fan, junction boxes, splices: Hi. Don t cut any wires. All splices have to be made in junction boxes. You won t have enough slack to work with. Just run the wire to the existing light. Connect the fan wire to the same wire that the fixtures wires are connected to. I hope this...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring for a bathroomceiling fan, bearer of bad news, pig tail
bearer of bad news, pig tail, screw terminals: Hi. If you have a switch loop on the light switch (only one cable with one black and one white wire on the switch), it is useless for you. Now, if you are adding the fan, there is two ways to do it. 1) find a suitable power source for the fan and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring in a ceiling fan, orange wire, silver screw
orange wire, silver screw, northwest suburb: The way I told you to wire it would make the outlet hot on both upper and lower prongs. If you are replacing the outlet you have three choices: 1. Leave the Orange wire in the switch box disconnected (with a wire nut on it) and do not break the tab on...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring christmas lights, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: It sounds like you need to use a heavy duty 12 gauge all weather extension cord. New for your tripping problem. You may need more circuits. Do you have an all weather GFCI cover? That could stom you triping in the rain problem. Bill Lutz Generation 3...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring two electrical switches, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: I don t No of any code that mandate the location of your light switches. You may want to check with your local inspector but I will have to say you can do that. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com http://electrician-in-philadelphia.blogspot.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring an exhaust fan, fan thanks, exhaust fan
fan thanks, exhaust fan, match: Hi. I need to know where the power enters the system before I can answer that. Does the power enter a light, and then go to the switch? Or does it go directly to the switch? Check and see how many wires are at the switch, and where they connect to....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring to a GE WB30X356 stove burner, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Brandit, I don t know the answer for certain. What I can tell you is if this is a metal coil that heats up to produce heat you can t break it if you do it wrong. I would try it and if it did not work I would hook it up a different way. Bill Lutz Generation...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring a garage, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: #8 wire is too large unless you are feeding a sub panel. You need #12(12amp) or #14(15amp) wire. The wire should have a voltage written rating on it. Most wire is rated up to 600 volts. Did you receive an estimates from any electricians? This is not a job...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring outlet, brass screws, multitester
brass screws, multitester, strange result: My first thought was, and still may be correct, is this receptacle is fed by two hot wires, the red and black and each side of the receptacle is a separate circuit and they are sharing a common neutral. If you still have the old receptacle, see if the brass...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring outside the house, pvc pipe, holding tank
pvc pipe, holding tank, underground wire: I guess that is why they are plumbers and not electricians. You are going to need to find where the wires are going into the wall and make a junction box there and then feed longer wires through new conduit that you will need to run through the wall. Hope...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring swichs and outlets, conductor wire, filter outlet
conductor wire, filter outlet, metal boxes: Hi. You will have to get a duplex outlet and break the tab of between the screws on the DARK side only. I am not sure if you are putting the outlet and switch in the same box, or separate boxes. But I ll assume separate boxes, since that is a little more...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring: two switches powering two lights independently, fixture wire, lighting fixtures
fixture wire, lighting fixtures, switch box: Hi. Always install the new fixtures the same way the old fixtures were wired. Most likely, the red wire you capped off is the switch wire. So the black fixture wire in that box, need to connect to that red wire. The whites all connect together. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring three way to outlets!, wildmind, upstairs bedroom
wildmind, upstairs bedroom, recepticals: Here are the different ways to wire it according to where the power comes in and if the light is between the switches, at the end, or at the start. http://wildmind.home.comcast.net/~wildmind/HCC/3_way_wiring3.jpg http://wildmind.home.comcast.net/~wildmind/HCC/3_way_wiring2.jpg...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring three way switch to outlets!, wiring three way switch, upstairs bedroom
wiring three way switch, upstairs bedroom, wire nut: Hi Sean, I don t have time right now to explain this, I will later. But to get you started run your power (a 12-2 w/g) to the first switch box (find a 20 Cubic Inch box at least, bigger is better). From there run a 12-3 w/g to the other switch box, and a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wrong fuse?, 30 amp fuse, time delay fuse
30 amp fuse, time delay fuse, amp circuit: Gary, You should have no 30 amp fuse s on any circuit in your home thats for lighting or receptacle s for plugging in table lamps, TV s, radios, vacume cleaners, microwaves, refrigerators etc, absolutely none, these circuits are either 15 amp or 20 amp...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Yard night lighting on a post, typical diagram, night lighting
typical diagram, night lighting, intermatic: Hi. If you know who makes it, such as Intermatic, you can go to their website and check. They are very temperamental, so it is very likely it is not working. Usually the black goes to power in, red to the black light wire, and all the whites connect...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 100 or 200 amp service, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: You most likely would be fine with a 100 amp service but it is not worth the guess work. If you can afford the 200 amp service I would do it. It will last longer and add to the value of your home. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 120v outlets read 50-70v, volts, breakers
volts, breakers, living room: Hi Ross. I would check that you have not lost a neutral connection on one of your outlets. Take the last good outlet out and check it s connections. Then go to the next bad outlet to see if there is a problem there. Hopefully this will solve your problem....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 1950's home that does not have wiring in family room and bed room, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: It sound to me like you Husband doesn t want to be bothered whit the work that would be involved. There is always a way to put in a light in the ceiling. The only question is if it is worth the trouble. Since your moving I don t think so either. I would buy...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 1956 Home Wiring Issue, basement stairs, room upstairs
basement stairs, room upstairs, ground wires: Hi. You really can t change the wires without knowing where the wires go to. The red wire is probably a hot wire, and connecting it to the ground could probably cause a shock. If the house was built in 1956, there probably is no ground. Ground wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 1956 rambler w/5 rooms on one circuit, fed circuit, confusing place
fed circuit, confusing place, place thanks: Hi. Every electrician does things differently, but most likely everything connects in a row. You can go to some place that may be the middle, and disconnect a wire. You can start a new circuit at that point. You really don t need one circuit for each room....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 1960 house wiring, gfci outlet, receptacles
gfci outlet, receptacles, circuits: Hi. You can either use the conduit as the ground, or add a green wire. It is best to add the green wire, because you will lose the ground if the conduit comes apart. You can just put a GFCI outlet where you need it. Usually when the circuit is already...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 2-200A+200A ATS??, amp breaker, heated walkway
amp breaker, heated walkway, electrical utility: You need a little more clarification. There will not be 3 - 200 amp breaker boxes with this proposal. The generator is apparently rated for 200 amps. In order to load the generator and power the most circuits possible, the contractor is proposing installing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 2 branch circuits with shared neutral, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: I think this is a bad plan. Not because it will not work but because you are exposing your self to future problems and bad craftsmanship. If you need to use 1/2 size breaker you need to up grade your panel. I will not let my guy share a neutral on a double...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 2 Ground Rods, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Have you thought about hiring an electrician? This work is dangerous and people can and do get hurt. I don t want to be rude but I m not sure you have enough of a base knowledge to be doing something like this by yourself. At the very least you need to be...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 2 hot wires, fixture wire, ikea
fixture wire, ikea, electrical tape: Hi. Was the fan connected to both hot wires, or just one? If it is both, you probably had the fan and light on different switches. If the fan was connected to one wire, connect the black fixture wire to that one. The green is ground and should connect...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 2 prong outlets, button type, electrician
button type, electrician, push button: Hi Rick. A plug in tester will not show if there is a ground on a 2-wire outlet, in fact, it will not fit into a 2-wire outlet, so I m not sure how the inspector was able to test for a ground on these outlets. I recommend you hire an electrician, having...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Will 2 timer switches in one circuit work?, timer switch, light in the basement
timer switch, light in the basement, work question: Hi. If you use a spring wound timer, and run the switches parallel, then if either switch is on, the light will be on. However, you have to be really careful in wiring it, so that you don t have a short or accidently combine 2 circuits. An easier way...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 20 Amp outlets vs. 15 Amp outlets, amp circuit, range oven
amp circuit, range oven, receptacles: Hi Marlin, It is legal to have 15A receptacles on a 20A circuit as long as there is more than one receptacle on the circuit. If you want to install 20A receptacles where you have appliances that carry a heavy load that is fine, they may last longer. If you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 20A breaker with both 15A and 20A receptacle, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Sub panel? That sounds like a lot of extra work. If you can get to the main panel pull a #14 15 amp circuit for the #14 wire you have. Then also pull a #12 20 amp circuit for your saw. Or replace the #14 wire with #12 wire and make it all 20 amp. Bill...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 220 dryer no heat, kenmore dryer, amp breaker
kenmore dryer, amp breaker, heating element: If the motor turns...either the thermostat for the element is defective, or the heating element burnt out a terminal. It might be economical to get it fixed...vs replacing. From the back side, the element is readily available to the repairman. I would...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 220 dryer plug, receptacle, lost one
receptacle, lost one, electrician: Hi Julie, A dryer can run but not heat if you have lost one side of the power. Check the breaker and receptacle and make sure you are getting 240V. You might try pushing the breaker firmly off then back on, sometimes they will trip and not change the position...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 220 outlet, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: The two hots go to what ever you are powering. If you are powering a 220 outlet it goes to the space for the two hots. If you are powering a 220 piece of equipment it goer to the 220 hook up. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 220 single to 220 3 phase conversion, static converter, electrical supply
static converter, electrical supply, temporary home: Randy there are a couple of options, you can use a converter just for this one device, or a transformer. Either will have to be rated for this motor. Check with your local electrical supply as they should have one or the other in stock or both. Thanks ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 220V Single Phase machine with Three phase socket?, prong plug, phase machine
prong plug, phase machine, espresso machine: You need to change the outlet to match the plug on the espresso machine. Typically you have two flat prongs and a rounded one. _ _ o The two flat prongs get the black and the red, and the rounded one gets the green. You might have one like this....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 220v line ?, amp line, stoves
amp line, stoves: You can do that for a stove and oven, and you can do it in the garage for loads that will not be used at the same time. But I have not seen a stove and dryer on the same circuit. The first problem is that the stove is most likely a 40 or 50 amp line, and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 230 volt airconditioner plug, amp breaker, using a voltmeter
amp breaker, using a voltmeter, fan mode: Hi anthony. You did not state what the nameplate of the unit calls for as far as voltage is concerned. If it says 230v, and you have supplied 230v to the unit, then there must be something wrong with the unit. Verify that you have 230volts at the outlet...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 230volt to the outside condensing unit, condensing unit, fan motors
condensing unit, fan motors, volts: Hi keven. I suggest you contact the manufacturer to get this info. Normally an amount of 5%(+-) is allowed. In your case, 5% of 230 volts is equal to around 11 volts, much less (230 + 11 = 241) than what you are receiving from your utility. If the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Getting 25 volts with circuit breaker switched off!?, wire nuts, voltage readings
wire nuts, voltage readings, circuit breaker: Hi. Strange voltage readings are usually caused by disconnected neutral wires. So, check for a break in a white wire. These things can be hard to track down. Somewhere in the circuit, there is a break. It could even be at a device that is working, because...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 gang switch wiring, amp circuit breaker, wall receptacle
amp circuit breaker, wall receptacle, wire nuts: Hi. All of the black wires, except the night light, plus a pigtail to the switches would go all together. You can run a long pigtail and run it to all of the switches, so you would have only 4 wires in the wire nut. You should be able to get all the wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 lights , 3 seperate switches wired together, seperate rooms, running light
seperate rooms, running light, t power: Hi Jessica, In the first light connect the black (power in), black going to the next light, and white wire going to the switch together. Connect all the remaining whites including the white for the light itself together. Connect the black coming from the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 lights go on at the same time, panel switches, laundry area
panel switches, laundry area, laundry room: Only the switches need to be addressed. It sounds like a wire got crossed in the box...the power to the other switches???it is now on the switch instead of hot to the other switches. It should be a simple take apart..put together situation. 2hrs?...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 phase, neutral wire, 3 phase
neutral wire, 3 phase, grey and green: Hi. If it is a true 3 phases set up, that is 3 hot wires, not all wiring will accept it. It is not available in residential areas. I don t know about schools. If you have a blue wire, it may be 3 phase. It would go to the breaker too. With 3 phase, you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3-way rocker switch, leviton decora, 3 way switches
leviton decora, 3 way switches, rocker switches: The new 3-way switches are wired differently than some of the old ones. If you replace it wire for wire sometimes it does not work. Why did they change them? I do not know but it has been causing a lot of confusion. Tell me where the power originates and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 way switch??, bob osgood, 3 way switch
bob osgood, 3 way switch, switch boxes: Hi Matt, Just getting back in....saw your question in my in-box. Based on your description....the wiring here isn t ideal for connecting up 3-ways switches (typically we bring the 12/2 power into one switch box....a run of 12/3 over to the other...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 way switch replacement, 3 way switch, brass screws
3 way switch, brass screws, correct combination: The only connection that is critical is the common terminal of the three terminals. It will be indentified in some manner on each switch and as long as you put the correct common wire back on the new switch on the common terminal, the other two do not matter...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 way wiring, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: You sure can tie the wire through (black to black, white to white) and blank the sconce light boxes. Your center light will work fine. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com http://electrician-in-philadelphia.blogspot.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3-wire for two circuits, line tester, volt meter
line tester, volt meter, circuit breaker: The tester is seeing back feed voltage from the neutral because these two circuits are sharing a neutral. A tester will indicate voltage, but if you use a volt meter, it is a very small amount and if this circuit breaker is off, it is safe to work with. Thanks...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 30 amp breaker, convection microwave, amp breaker
convection microwave, amp breaker, fire hazard: Hi. When wiring appliance circuits, it is best to have the breaker as small as possible but yet be enough for the rating of the appliance. The wire is the opposite. It is best to have the wire as thick as possible, but at least thick enough for the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 4-panel flourescent lights, chasis, t8 lamps
chasis, t8 lamps, sockets: Hi. Fluorescent lights need a good ground to start properly. Be sure that the ground wire connects to the chasis of the fixtures. If that is not the problem, it may just be the sockets, or the way the sockets are mounted on the unit from the factory....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 4 pin flourescent lights, flourescent lights, electronic switch
flourescent lights, electronic switch, strange things: Hi. You don t have a dimmer, do you? Fluorescent lights do not work with dimmers. Timers, remote switches, and any other type of electronic switch will cause problems too. Be sure that the lights are wired correctly. Also make sure they are all grounded...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 400amp meter socket replacement, meter sockets, meter socket
meter sockets, meter socket, google: Hi Anna. Milbank is a anufacturer of meter sockets, so you might want to google for it. A 400 amp socket is unusual, and not a job for the DIY rs, so you could also rely on your electrical contractor to provide it. I hope this has helped. Rick...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 5 way light fixture wiring, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: I suggest that you call it quiets and call in a pro. It will take a technician only 5 minutes to fix this problem where you may be playing with this for day. The problem is really really really small and simple I m sure. I know the it does take years to know...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 50 amp welder outlet question, amp welder, electrical panel
amp welder, electrical panel, extension cord: Hi. Most likely the welder does not use a neutral. It is not like a stove or dryer that has both 110 and 220 volt components. So there would be only 2 hot and a ground wire. So, both the wall outlet and plug on the welder should have 3 prongs. I hope...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 60 Amp Appliance, aluminum wiring, oven elements
aluminum wiring, oven elements, aluminum wire: Mark The Aluminum wire is a # 8 wire the 2 hots and 1 neutral this wire is rated for 50 amps only The purple wire means nothing it is just a hot wire.Look at the new range and see what the correct amps are as long as you don t run all the burners and both...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 60A Electrical Cable, ampacities, copper wire
ampacities, copper wire, electrical cable: Hi. My chart says it is OK (as long as it is not a long run.) However, different types of wire have different ampacities. So, when you buy the wire, they should have a chart for the wire they are selling. It will also take into account length. I...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding an electrical outlet from a switch, bearer of bad news, electrical outlet
bearer of bad news, electrical outlet, switch box: Hi. This is called a switch loop, and both wires are hot. You don t have a neutral, and without a neutral, you can t have an outlet. You need 3 wires between the light and the switch to add an outlet. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. Bo...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding GFCI with odd wiring, gfci outlet, gfci outlets
gfci outlet, gfci outlets, wall boxes: Hi. If you want only that one outlet protected by a GFCI, then you would wire nut all the white wires together, and all of the black wires together. You would connect this to the line side of the GFCI. If you want anything else protected by the GFCI,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding ground wire to old 2 wire outlet, penny savers, outlet boxes
penny savers, outlet boxes, home depot: Your conditions are unclear. I can t tell without seeing the installation or getting a better description. Was there a permit? An inspection? You may have to hire another electrician to have the work checked. ...or require the installer to come back and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding light/fan to existing setup in bedroom., Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Hi Josh, Your fan need two things to operate. It needs a hot and a neutral. The hot and neutral come from the panel and if you attached your fan to that it would run 100% of the time. So instead you can tie the whites together(neutrals) and put the black...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding a neutral wire, neutral conductor, conductor cable
neutral conductor, conductor cable, neutral wire: Hi Randy. Replacing the 2-wire cable with a 3-wire cable will add a grounding conductor, which is ok. If you are talking about a grounding conductor when you say it s against code to add a single wire into an existing circuit, then there are certain rules...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: AFCI tripping (but not because of anything connected to it), afci breaker, neutral wire
afci breaker, neutral wire, question thanks: Hi. It sounds like the two circuits may be intermixed. If that is the case, the AFCI won t work. Perhaps the neutral of the fan is on that circuit. Disconnect both the hot and neutral wire of the AFCI that trips and see if the fan works. I hope this...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Air line in electrical conduit, hybrid cables, pvc conduit
hybrid cables, pvc conduit, wire cables: Hi lewis. Tempting as it may be, it is a code violation to install anything other than wires in this conduit. There are some hybrid cables on the market that may have a setup like you want, in which case it would be allowed since it was a manufactured...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Aluminum Wiring, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: I would not buy a house with Aluminum wiring unless you were planing to rip it out and replace it. It have out lived it s usefulness. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com http://electrician-in-philadelphia.blogspot.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Amperage on Ground wire, clamp meter, water pipes
clamp meter, water pipes, grounding wire: Hi J. It does sound like you may have a loose or bad neutral feeding your home. I would contact the power supplier to have them check their connections up to and including in the meter ocket box. You can, or hire someone to do it, but the wires in your...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Appliance connections, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: You need to run new circuits size to the appliance that you will be installing. You can reuse the bigger wired but it need to be fused to the specifications of the appliance it is powering. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Arc Fault Breaker tripping on new ceiling fan, arc fault breakers, arc fault breaker
arc fault breakers, arc fault breaker, fan light: since it happens when you try EITHER the fan OR lights, I don t see why it would be the fan.. does the problem go away if you disconnect the fan and/or light? was it ok before you installed the fan/light? ....or was there nothing there? bad splice? damaged...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Arc Fault Circuit, coleman powermate, arc fault
coleman powermate, arc fault, receptical: Tom The reason the Arc fault is tripping is because you have not ground the generator. The neutral is floating and the unused power has no where to go so this causes the Arc fault to trip.First thing I would check is to see if the neutral is making contact...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding an extra celing light, gold screw, jumper wire
gold screw, jumper wire, screw terminals: Hi Paul, Yes you can get your power from the existing kitchen light. 1) Install 3 wires (black, white and ground) from the adjoining kitchen light switch to the new conservatory light switch location. In this kitchen light switch box you will have one...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding more lights, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Hi Susan, Well there are some trick to working in such a situation that you learn with experience. It is hard to advise you without knowing or seeing your building. Here in Philadelphia we find this in may hight rise building. Some of the wall can be chiseled...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a new electrical outlet, flat screen television, wire nuts
flat screen television, wire nuts, oulet: Hi. Yes, you can do that. All the blacks connect together, as do all the whites. If all the screws are filled at the existing outlet, you will need to use wire nuts and connect a short piece of wire to the outlet. I hope this helps. Feel free to ask...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding new wiring, lath and plaster, metal lath
lath and plaster, metal lath, cinder blocks: There is a product called Wiremold that goes on the outside of the wall. This may be what you will want to do. Otherwise you will need mason bits and a rotohammer to open holes. This can be messy and sometimes the blocks and cement will crack. Plus,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: arc fault breaker, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Yes, you can do that. They trip due to different conditions. An Arch Fault trips if it scenes a loose connection. A GFCI trips if it scenes electricity leaking out of a circuit. They should not inter fear with each other. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: attic sub-panel installation, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Hi Mark, This should be handled by a professional and inspected by a third party. This is not a DYI project. With that said I would run up 100 amp SER. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com http://electrician-in-philadelphia.blogspot.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: attic wiring, paper face, knob and tube
paper face, knob and tube, combustible materials: Hi. The wires are not supposed to get hot. If they do, then there is a problem. The insulation will not make them get hot, overloading them will. Fiberglass will not burn, but the paper face will. Romex is full of paper and other combustible materials...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Bad breaker??, electrician check, heating elements
electrician check, heating elements, thermostats: It is possible that you can put the wires from that breaker to another close breaker to test. If by some chance the elements are not pulling over 20amps....a nearby breaker may pull the load to be sure the water heater is good...and breaker is bad. Before...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Bathroom GFCI outlet not working, gfci outlets, circuit breaker
gfci outlets, circuit breaker, couple times: Hi Michelle, Sorry this has taken so long, trying to clean up and catch up after Ike went through. Check to see if you have power to the receptacle, if you do it has gone bad and needs to be replaced. Sometimes GFCI s are hard to reset, you might try that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Bathroom Light Not Working., bathroom light, exhaust fan
bathroom light, exhaust fan, light fixture: Hi. Use a cheap neon tester, and check some points to narrow the problem. Is the other side of the switch getting power, when the switch is on? If not, replace the switch. Is there power at the wire going to the light, if not the wire is bad. If so,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker remains tripped following install of ceiling fan, outles, working tv
outles, working tv, fan thanks: Hi. There is a lot of places where a problem could exist. A ground wire could accidently be touching a switch screw. A hot wire could be touching a metal box. Something could be wired wrong. Check all the wiring, and especially look for any black marks....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker not showing to be tripped, tester test, reset switch
tester test, reset switch, receptacle: Hi Michael, The breaker could be tripped even if it doesn t show it, try pushing it firmly to off, then back on. If that doesn t solve your problem you may have a bad receptacle down line from it or you could have a bad connection between the panel and receptacle....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Brinks 7295 Motion sensor wiring, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: The red on motion sensor goes to the light. The red wire is the switched conductor. The black on the motion sensor needs to be tied to a hot wire. All the white wires get tied together. motion sensor red to black power this is your problem. Bill Lutz...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Bryant breaker box, cutler hammer, breakers
cutler hammer, breakers, slots: Hi. There are interchangeable breakers that fit into other brands. The regular Cutler Hammer load center will not work with type BR breakers. But the BR load centers will. However, there is another problem. Many inspectors will not allow mixed brands...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bad ground or no ground, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: It is not likely that this is being cause by the power line. My guess is you have some loose connections in your panel that are going bad. I would call in an electrician right away and have this checked out before it starts a fire. Bill Lutz Generation...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom exhaust fan - wire run question, bathroom exhaust fan, heat duct
bathroom exhaust fan, heat duct, point thanks: Hi. As long as it is a heat duct, and not the exhaust going to the chimney, you should be OK. It is not legal to put it inside the duct, but touching should be OK. I was having problems with the website, so if you got any other messages from your question,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom gfi, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: I don t see the hair dryer causing any harm. You might just have a bad GFCI. Sometimes when GFCIs trip that also break. You may just need to replace it. To do that turn the power off to that circuit. Use a tester to make sure the power is off. Then install...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: black light bulbs and metal part detaching, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Do you live in a humid environment? It sounds like you sockets have corroded making them hard to work with. The good news is they are not dangerous just a pain as I am sure you know. You could go to an electrical supply store and pick up and electrical lubricant...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: blinking light, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: The problem then is going to be a loose connection coming into the house. Since this is a new house you should not have this problem. I would call the builder and demand that this problem be repaired. If that is too much trouble I would call an electrician...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker problem, recepticle, gfci
recepticle, gfci, receptacle: Hi Chris, Sorry this has taken so long, trying to clean up and catch up after Ike went through. When you reset the breaker did you push it firmly off then back on? Did you lose power to the GFCI at the same time the others went off? I would check the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breakers, using a voltmeter, breakers
using a voltmeter, breakers, receptacles: I hate to say it, but you have confused me a bit. If the breakers are off, how did you test them for power to show they are hot. If you are using a voltmeter, that is good to have, but it also tells me you can check more accurately the receptacles that are...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: burnt wires, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: It is wire incorrectly or you machine broken. This is not something to play with. Call an electrician don t play with burnt wires. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com http://electrician-in-philadelphia.blogspot.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: CEILING FAN--STOPPED SUDDENLY!, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: It sounds like you have a loose connection. I would not call my friends husband to fix this. It really should not cost too much to have this fixed. I would look up an electrician and pay them to install it correctly. I would also never tell your friend that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan Light Kit, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: If it is not marked what you have to do is go up there and find the feed wires. What you could do is use a click tester. The kind that beeps when it gets close to live wires. Turn the power on. Turn the fan off at the fan. The wire that beeps should be your...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling fan install, romex wire, ceiling boxes
romex wire, ceiling boxes, junction boxes: Many older electricians use ceiling boxes for junction boxes for light circuits. The red should be for a branch circuit continuing to other areas of the house. I would hope that in that box...another red wire..or separate black wire is waiting to be reconnected...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling fan wiring, ceiling fan wiring, electrical circuits
ceiling fan wiring, electrical circuits, wire nut: Hi Jan, Do not worry, this is not a stupid question. Are the two lines present at the switch box or light box? If they are at the light box you will take the feed wire that is hot (usually black) and wire nut it to the black switch wire. Then you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Change dryer circuit to a range circuit, amp fuses, amp fuse
amp fuses, amp fuse, amp circuits: Regardless of the rating of the buddy box, of course it does have to be at least 50 amps and this one is rated for 60 amps, the wiring feeding it is the critical part. With 4 20 amp fuses it should at least be fed by a #6 copper feeder. The run to the range...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit Breaker Tripping, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Collage kids are energy pigs. You can t keep on adding plug strips on too outlets. You problly need to add an extra circuit to that unit. As for the tripping problem, you could have a bad plug strip. I don t know how many trip a circuit breaker can have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit Breaker Tripping, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: You have a dead short. I can t under stand how it is wired by your description but I might be able to give you a hint. I would take the wires apart and then put one on at a time and test the switch. I would do this until I found what was the causing the shout....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit Breaker Tripping, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Well it sounds like it is broken that is for sure. First I would replace the breaker but I don t think that will be the problem. Secondly I would replace the post light. You have a good change that it went bad. If that doesn t work you will need to replace...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Considerations when upgrading to 200 amp, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: I woulds look at getting a two hundrad 30 or 40 circuit panel. I would also check your contactors out with the BBB and Angies s list. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com http://electrician-in-philadelphia.blogspot.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Convert ceiling light to use on ceiling fan, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Electrically it is a matter of connecting two wires. The same two wires that the light is attached to now. The really problem is mechanical in mature. Can you find a way to physically attach this light to that fan. I have done it before so I know it can be...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Converting ceiling fixture to plug into wall plug, electrical plugs, wservice
electrical plugs, wservice, north america canada: search google with the phrase male cord cap this was on first page of results: http://americanlight.com/scripts/cgiip.exe/WService=wsbroker1/wcart.html?v-sort1=0056&v-subcategory=1E50&v-category=1E&v-screen=detail2&v-choice=products&v-custno=new&v-pkey=2&v-sessionid=37060466...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Converting light switch to switch/outlet, fixture wire, gfci outlet
fixture wire, gfci outlet, light switch: Hi. Yes, you would have to run another wire to the switch box. At the fixture. the black would connect to the power coming in if you want it on all the time, or the black fixture wire if you want it on when the fixture is on. The white would connect to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan, tiny switches, garage door opener
tiny switches, garage door opener, wall switch: Hi. I would say that either the remote is defective, or there is something in the area that gives off the same frequency as the remote. I ve heard of a mockingbird opening and closing a remote garage door opener. There may be a bank of tiny switches...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan light, ceiling fan light, fixture wire
ceiling fan light, fixture wire, light fixtures: Hi. Maybe the wires for the light kit do not connect through the fan. See if you can fit two more wires from the light kit to the junction box, and wire the light kit independent of the fan. If that does not work, the light kit may be bad. I hope this...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan and light wiring with 3 switches, ceiling fan light, fan switch
ceiling fan light, fan switch, swich: Hi. If a dimmer switch turns the light on and off, but does not dim, it is defective. If the fan switch does not work, you have to trace the wiring and see where it has power, and where it doesn t. For example, if the power is going in the switch, but...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan/light won't shut off with wall switch, ceiling fan light, wall switch
ceiling fan light, wall switch: Hi. It sounds like there may be wires touching that should not be. The wires going to the switch may be touching each other, either at the switch, the fan, or inside the wire. If you are adventurous, try disconnecting the wires at various places to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fans trip GFI outlet, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Hi Kathy, That should not trip you GFCI. You fan maybe wired incorrectly. If you want to replace the GFCI you can put all the wires on the side of the GFCI marked line and then the GFCI will only protect that outlet and not down stream equipment like...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling light, cross braces, fish tape
cross braces, fish tape, overhead light: The big obstacle is the circuit is at the receptacle, not the switch so the wire will have to ran to the receptacle. This of course can still be done by using a fish tape down the wall providing there are no cross braces in the wall. The switch is being back...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: chandelier, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: You have on of two problems. 1. Your switch is broken 2. You hooked the light up to the wrong set of wires in the light box. The light box will have a neutral, a hot and a switch leg. It sounds like your wires are on the neutral and the hot. you need...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: circuit breakers, circuit breakers, volt meter
circuit breakers, volt meter, loose connection: You need a volt meter and check between the two large slots at the dryer receptacle to ensure you read 240 volts. It is true that the motor operates on 120 volts, only one of the power legs and will turn the barrel, but produce no heat. If you have 240 volts...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: one circuit/part of circuit out, hallway lights, receptacle
hallway lights, receptacle, breakers: Hi Steve, When the power is working, turn the breaker off and find everything on the circuit. When it goes off check each light and receptacle on the circuit until you get to the point where it stops working, check the connections in that box and and the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: conductor size, AWG, 1/0
AWG, 1/0, 4/0: Hi Raji. The numbers listed are the AWG (American Wire Guage) size designator for a certain size of wire. Sizes 1/0 to 4/0 are listed as follows: 1/0 = 0, 2/0 = 00, 3/0 = 000, 4/0 = 0000. To pronounce these sizes, you would say, for example, I need a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: connecting wires in an older home, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: I would put the new light up the same way the old one came down. If you can t tell it really wont make a big difference which wire you use. If you have a tester the hot wire will go to the black. The wire around the screw should be the ground. The most important...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: converting outlet to light switch, undercabinet lights, light switch
undercabinet lights, light switch, vertical line: Pull out the receptacle you want to add the switch leg on. Use a two wire cable with ground, which will have a black, white and ground wire. Attach color for color to the wires connected to the receptacle. Go to the switch and attach just the black wire. You...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: converting socket on chandelier, sockets, chandelier
sockets, chandelier, bulbs: Hi. The easiest way is to use medium to candelabra adapters. They screw into the sockets. The candle bulbs will screw into them. However, if you want smaller sockets, it is best to check and see how the sockets are installed, then go to a store and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: converting a switched fan to a "constant" power fan, drywall repair, workout area
drywall repair, workout area, wire nuts: Mitch You do not need to any drywall patches at all. In the switch box remove the switch for the fan and tie them 2 together with wire nuts go buy a 2 gang plate with a switch opening and a blank. Make sure in the fan that the wire that was the switch wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: counter top plug in, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: You have a switch led here. I can t tell for sure where it is by the picture. I know that you need to take that white wire attached to the red wire and add it the other whites in the junctuion box. All whites together. The black wire that is in the same jacket...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dedicated outlet, loose power, receptacles
loose power, receptacles, receptacle: Hi Ethyle, There could be other receptacles on the circuit, turn off power to the receptacle and see if you loose power to other receptacles or lights. If you do it is not a dedicated circuit. Depending on what else is on the circuit and if it is used or...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Detached shop wiring, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: #4 wire will give you a 60 amp main. Also, If this is a sub-panel you need to run over 4 wires. You need a separate ground and neutral. I would use 100 amp SER if I was doing this job. Sorry about the Buss box Welder. The 225 number is not the amperage it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Discharge from plug receptacles, copper wiring, basement workshop
copper wiring, basement workshop, workshop area: Hi Patrick, It could be from condensation or maybe water getting into the receptacles some how. I would make sure no water can get into them, if it is just condensation you may have to replace them more often or try a dehumidifier. If it isn t real bad I...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dryer pigtail, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: It doesn t not sound too bad.It was most likely caused by a loose connection. If a connector get loose heat builds up until the part breakers. If you go to an electrical supply store they will probably have a replacement part for you. Bill Lutz Generation...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dryer wiring, insurance inspectors, bearer of bad news
insurance inspectors, bearer of bad news, electrical inspector: Hi. This is VERY dangerous. You can use the neutral as the ground, but not the other way around. The ground wire may not be as thick, and even if it is, it is wrapped in paper. It would be too easy to get a shock or start a fire. When insurance inspectors...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dryer wiring problem, drywall, wiremold
drywall, wiremold, insulation: Mark, There is product called Wiremold that you can run on the outside of the wall. What you need is one #10 wire ran in that. There are many accessories with Wiremold that hopefully will help you with this. Other than that you can go in the attic and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dual meter socket wiring, water bonds, meter socket
water bonds, meter socket, water bond: Brian What size wire did you use for the water bond, and are the wires in the trough full sized for 200A (i.e. 2/0 or 3/0 copper)? I m assuming the two panels each have a main and are grouped so this is like a common 400A service (using dual 200 s) but...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dual outside light switches, wire nuts, copper wires
wire nuts, copper wires, light switches: Hi Mike, The switches that have only 2 wires going to them are not 3-way s. They are just single pole switches. My guess is the third switch may have been for a light pole in the yard or maybe a switched receptacle at some time. You might be able to go into...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dead switch, permanent marker, hot wire
permanent marker, hot wire, marker: A tool every homeowner needs is a volt tester. It can be purchased at any home supply and is about the size of a permanent marker. The tip will light up or it will make a tone in the presence of voltage. It is sensitive so that the actual hot wire must be...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dimmer, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Unless you rewire your place you can t do anything with the ground wire. Just tuck it away inside the box. I would start to think about up dating your wiring. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com http://electrician-in-philadelphia.blogspot.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dryer connection, original 3, receptacle
original 3, receptacle, hookup: Hi Bill. You will need to replace the cord with a 4-wire type. At the connection for the cord, there will be some type of link between the middle terminal and the chassis of the dryer. This link could be a wire or strap. It will need to be removed....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dryer/ curcuit breaker, amp circuits, amperage
amp circuits, amperage, message thanks: Hi Deb, You didn t say whether your dryer is electric or gas. Electric dryers require a minimum of 30 amps with 10 gauge wire...with some requiring 40 with 8 gauge wire. Gas dryers only need 15 or 20 amp circuits. I don t think the wire (between the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dryer wiring, wire nuts, j box
wire nuts, j box, bob johnson: Hi Robert. You can splice these cables, using the correct sized j-box and approved wirenuts. Also, since this will be a new installation, make sure to use all 4 wires (2 hots, 1 neutral and 1 ground), and use a 4-wire outlet and cord for the dryer. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dryer wiring, drywall, insulation
drywall, insulation, ground wire: Mark, actually this is how dryers were wired for years before the code update. Personally this is how my current dryer is wired but it was wired before the update. I would use the circuit, just attach the dryer neutral white and ground wire to the circuit...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dryer wiring error, wiring error, wire cable
wiring error, wire cable, olden days: Hi Mark. since this is a new install, code says to use the 4-wire cable. In the olden days, you could use a 3-wire cable, and meet code. I would try to talk with your local inspector to see if there was a way that they would allow this, but if they...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dryer wiring error, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: If you are just using a basic old fashion electrical dryer. Not the one filled with all the electronic fancy stuff I would just change the dryer cord to a three wire cord and share the neutral and ground. That is the way they were wired in the past before...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: duel lug meter, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: This is an unusual installation. I would bond the neutral in each panel separately. I would also ground each panel separately. But before I did that I would advise you to check with you local electrical inspector. In the end that will be the man who passes...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electric Bill Went Up for no reason, fridge magnets, full time job
fridge magnets, full time job, fuse box: Hi. An electrical malfunction still can t cause the power bill to go higher, unless something was overheating in a big way. The types of equipment that use the most electricity are heating appliances. Do you use a kiln to make the magnets? That would...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electric Clothes Dryer, electric clothes dryer, amp breaker
electric clothes dryer, amp breaker, double switch: Hi. If the wire is made for 20 amps, replacing the breaker with a bigger one will likely lead to a fire. You must have 10 gauge wire to replace the breaker to 30 amps. If unsure, get an electrician. It is a lot cheaper than dealing with a fire, and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electric current in my shower, ground currents, pinched nerve
ground currents, pinched nerve, electric fence: You could always just be nuts, have a pinched nerve, etc., but your kid says he feels it too. ...of course, you ARE related... Yes, it is absolutely possible. Farms have endless problems with animals because of stray ground currents caused by minute differences...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electric furnace wiring, electric furnace, conductor size
electric furnace, conductor size, circuit breaker: Go with the 2 gauge. A two-pole breaker connects to both legs so you can get 240 volts between the two connections. A breaker for 240 volts will have a connector between the two breakers that makes them act as one. This way if one leg trips, it will trip the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electric panel boxes, amp service, rule of thumb
amp service, rule of thumb, breakers: Ted, the rating (capacity) for the panel is 200amps. If either leg on the main breaker draws more than 200amps, the breaker will trip. This means any combination of loads on either leg which exceeds 200amp will trip the breaker. The individual breakers...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electric socket keep failing, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Hi Joe, It could be bad luck. It could be that you are using 15 amp GFCI outlets a you wife is burning the sockets out. It could also be that there is a loose connections that is damaging in the GFCI. It could be due to some power surge. The bad thing is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electric Water Heater Timer, electric water heater, volt device
electric water heater, volt device, step down transformer: I have never seen this particular type timer. All timers I have seen break either one or both lines to a 240 volt device and the incoming circuit also powers the clock. I would try it without it and if it does not work try to get a wiring diagram from the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical conection - hot water tank, hot water tank, heating elements
hot water tank, heating elements, electrical tester: Chip You have to verify that you are getting 240 volts to the elements. Take the bottom element wires off so you have 2 bare wires.Check the voltage against each wire you should have 240 volts now from each wire check to ground you should have 120 volts.Verify...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical Panel Upgrade, amp circuit breaker, amp fuse
amp circuit breaker, amp fuse, fuse panels: Hi Rick. Normally the main breaker rating is the rating for the service, but you would also check on the incoming wire size, that is, the wire between the meter and the main breaker. I m not sure why your setup is as it is, but you should be able to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical subpanel addition, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Yes, It does. You can get a knock out tool a your local home center to cut a one inch hole. I think the most common on is made be Greenlee. Here is one on ebay. http://cgi.ebay.com/GREENLEE-7806SB-QUICK-DRAW-hydraulic-punch-driver-used_W0QQitemZ230285321070QQihZ013QQcategoryZ73117QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical Wiring Problem, crackling noise, 3 way switches
crackling noise, 3 way switches, less than three years: Hi Rainer, It sounds like one of the 3 way switches for the dining room light is bad. For the outside light if you can trace it back to where the power comes from, check for a loose connection. If you have a GFCI receptacle on the porch check to see if it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: EMT conduit, cross sectional area, wire awg
cross sectional area, wire awg, awg wires: Hi. It gets complicated, so I cut and paste this from the web: Approximate Number of Wires in Conduit Chart for Thhn wire Check Code Book for actual types and charts; ************************************************************************************...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Existing 3-way switch replacement, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: You will have two travelers. They are usually the two conductors that come out of the same wire. The other wire is either the feed or the switch leg going to the light. The second hot wire that you are seeing with your tester may be one of your travelers....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: elec dryer/fuse problem, philadelphia electrician
philadelphia electrician: Stop!!! Fuse are not picked randomly. The need to be sized the the wire you are powering. Too big and you can start a fire. You still have fuses? You should call in an electrician to up date that. I think you will find that you dryer is only getting...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: elec dryer issue, amp fuses, amp fuse
amp fuses, amp fuse, contractor friend: A dryer typically takes a 30 amp circuit. The problem may be the circuit rating. It has to be fed by at least a #10 wire to be rated for 30 amps. My guess is the wiring is too small and overheating and causing the fuse blowing. Using a 30 amp fuse on 20 amp...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electric power to outside light, swith, bla
swith, bla, light wire: Hi. It sounds like you have a short somewhere. Either a wire is hooked up to the wrong place, or you have a wire pinched by a grounded metal piece, or a black wire is touching a metal grounded piece. The white should connect to the other white. It...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: You feed wire will first go to the switch and then from the switch it will go to the two plugs. the white wire get wire nutted together and the black wires go on either side of the switch. In the outlet black wires go on gold screws and white wires go on...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical light switches, electrical light switches, leviton decora
electrical light switches, leviton decora, way switch: Hi Bobbijo, I tried looking up the switch at Leviton, I couldn t find the exact switch. The ones they have closest to it have a black, 2 reds, and a green so I m not sure why they have a white wire on your switch, does it have a green or yellow stripe on...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electricity kWh went up dramatically, electricity usage, electricity kwh
electricity usage, electricity kwh, amprobe: Something is consuming more....or more is on than you are aware. TV s have transformers that are on constant. If a motor is under stress from age...it can draw more current to continue operation. IF you feel that you have a particular problem, an Amprobe...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electricity goes out and later comes back, drywaller, electrical wire
drywaller, electrical wire, dangerous situation: When the power goes out you will need to trace the circuit and check each junction box and fixture until you find the source. I would start closest to the breaker and find a box that does have power on that circuit and work my way towards the next connection....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: erratic table saw behavior, mechanical switch, spring pressure
mechanical switch, spring pressure, circuit breaker: a clue here is the it starts when I spin it by hand note. circuit breaker? [thermal cutout unit?] Sounds like a start/run winding or capacitor has bought it, or maybe just developed a bad connection. Depending on the motor design, it could be a mechanical...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: FLOURESCENT WIRING, ballasts, sockets
ballasts, sockets, tombstone: Hi. The two inputs on each side of the socket are the same. So, connect the wires to the outer two inputs, and you ll be safe. The purpose of the extra slots are to run the power in and out, since some wiring requires two sockets to be wired together....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: FLOURESENT LIGHTING, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: I don t think so. The new ballast (electronic ballasts) will work but the model you are discribing doen t sound like it has a newer ballast. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com http://electrician-in-philadelphia.blogspot.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Floor mount receptacle, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: You sure can. You need to order a special box rated to be used on the floor. They normally come with a nice brass cover to resist breaking. Here are some pics. Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com http://electrician-in-philadelphia.blogspot.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Fluorescent Light, electronic ballasts, u tubes
electronic ballasts, u tubes, straight tubes: Hi. I tried to look up information on the electronic ballasts for the U tube fixtures. In general, the electronic ballasts are much more dependable. They use less electricity, run cooler, and don t require the tubes to be in series with each other. However,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Fluorescent lighting connectons, hi chris, hot wire
hi chris, hot wire, nothing works: Hi Chris. You will need to identify your wires, then post back. What color of wires at fixture, what color of wires at switch, which wire is hot and which is neutral, and which is switch leg from switch, and which is power to switch. good luck. Rick...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Follow-up, gfci breaker, amp breaker
gfci breaker, amp breaker, fuse box: Hi. Usually strange voltage readings are caused by a loose or disconnected neutral (white) wire. The outlet in the laundry room is supposed to be on its own circuit, so are you sure that it is part of the problem? Check all your neutral wires. These...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding ground wire to old 2 wire outlet, jumper wire, copper wires
Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding ground wire to old 2 wire outlet, jumper wire, copper wires, redundency

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Arc Fault Circuit, afci breakers, arc fault
Electrical Wiring in the Home: Arc Fault Circuit, afci breakers, arc fault, generator motor

Electrical Wiring in the Home: black light bulbs and metal part detaching, light bulbs, neutral wire
Electrical Wiring in the Home: black light bulbs and metal part detaching, light bulbs, neutral wire, two legs

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electric current in my shower, shock, shower
Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electric current in my shower, shock, shower, cooper wire

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI breaks when use shop light, gfci breaker, gfci outlets
Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI breaks when use shop light, gfci breaker, gfci outlets, receptacles

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI Won't Reset, gfci breakers, circuit breaker
Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI Won't Reset, gfci breakers, circuit breaker, freezers

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Hard Wiring a Motion Sensor, strobe light, motion detectors
Electrical Wiring in the Home: Hard Wiring a Motion Sensor, strobe light, motion detectors, stairs

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lightbulbs keep blowing, florescent bulbs
Electrical Wiring in the Home: lightbulbs keep blowing, florescent bulbs

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New lighted doorbell button doesn't work, doorbell
Electrical Wiring in the Home: New lighted doorbell button doesn't work, doorbell

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Portable Generator to a house 220 volt Dryer Plug., temporary power, transfer switch
Electrical Wiring in the Home: Portable Generator to a house 220 volt Dryer Plug., temporary power, transfer switch, paranoid web

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Portable Shower Pump Solution, deep cycle battery, dc pump
Electrical Wiring in the Home: Portable Shower Pump Solution, deep cycle battery, dc pump, water pumps

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No power after changing outlets and light switches, gpo, earth
Electrical Wiring in the Home: No power after changing outlets and light switches, gpo, earth, multiple wires

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running 3 Phase motor on single phase 220
Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running 3 Phase motor on single phase 220

Electrical Wiring in the Home: run 2 new circuits using #12/3 wire, yolk, receptacle
Electrical Wiring in the Home: run 2 new circuits using #12/3 wire, yolk, receptacle, circuits

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Standby Generator Sizing, transfer switch, breakers
Electrical Wiring in the Home: Standby Generator Sizing, transfer switch, breakers, generators

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Switch & GFCI Outlet installation, white lead, black lead
Electrical Wiring in the Home: Switch & GFCI Outlet installation, white lead, black lead, hot wire

Electrical Wiring in the Home: surge protection, surge protector, surges
Electrical Wiring in the Home: surge protection, surge protector, surges, vacuum

Electrical Wiring in the Home: whole house fan switch/timer, lra, electrician
Electrical Wiring in the Home: whole house fan switch/timer, lra, electrician, rotor

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring multiple outlets, small appliance, faults
Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring multiple outlets, small appliance, faults, arc

Electrical Wiring in the Home: back feeding a generator, dryer air, heavy load
dryer air, heavy load, main circuit breaker: It sounds like you are trying to use the 30amp cycle of the generator for the house, and then suppliment the 20amp also. Not good. It confuses the wires... If you use the 20amp circuit separately...for a saw or such...that would not affect the house wiring...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: flood light sensor, dusk to dawn, flood light
dusk to dawn, flood light, power wires: Hi. The black line wire goes to the power coming in. The red load wire goes to the black flood light wire. All 3 whites connect together. If it still does not work, it may have become defective. They are very sensitive. I hope this helps. Bo...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Garage Wiring/ Basement Wiring, gfci circuit breaker, hi mike
gfci circuit breaker, hi mike, electrician: Hi Mike. To answer your questions, in order: All 125v outlets installed in a garage are required to be GFCI protected. There is no max or minimum spacing for garages. It might be a good idea to have a different circuit for the fridge and for the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GCFI installation, fuse panel, two bridges
fuse panel, two bridges, installation question: Hi. You have a shared neutral, and you can not use the load feature of a GFCI when you have that. You will need to put a GFCI at each outlet. If you have 2 outlets with just a black, then the second outlet can tap off of the first GFCI, if you want them...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GENERATOR OUTLET, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: You need to cut you cord and make a new one to work in this situation. One end will share the ground and neutral the other end they will be split. You can buy the part at your local home center. Here is a chart of the part # and a Pic of what the parts will...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI breaks when use shop light, electric clipper, amp breaker
electric clipper, amp breaker, gfci outlet: Hi Charles, Even though I might have a idea what might be causing your problem doesn’t mean we can solve it through e-mail. I might recommend you hiring a licensed electrician to remedy your problem. The Internet is wonderful but it doesn’t replace the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI Plug, voltmeter, hot black
voltmeter, hot black, gfi: Your statement seems problematic. You say that the one black wire shows 120 volts when connected to ANY of the 4 whites. If the whites are not all connected together in the box, that would suggest a problem in and of itself. There should only be ONE white...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI Problem, gfci outlet, garbage disposal
gfci outlet, garbage disposal, neutral wire: Hi Robert. The only thing you did not mention that you did was to check the switch for the disposal. Make sure that the connections are tight on the switch, or better yet, remove the switch from the circuit for testing purposes. If the gfci works ok now,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI Won't Reset, load wires, circuit breakers
load wires, circuit breakers, ground wires: Hi. If it keeps popping, you probably have a ground fault somewhere in the system. The other possibility is that the GFCI is defective. Disconnect the load wires, and see if it still pops. Check the wiring for white and ground wires touching. You...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI off branch panel in punp house, gfci receptacle, button branch
gfci receptacle, button branch, gfi outlet: Hi Mark, There could be a few different causes,: 1) the GFCI is faulty 2) The ground wire is not actually grounded. 3) the GFCI is not wired correctly. A GFCI receptacle will still give you protection on a ungrounded circuit, but it will not trip...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI - Covering multiple outlets, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: GFCI were expensive when they first came out. Because of that electrician tried to protect every thing with one GFCI outlet. I would replace all of your outlet with GFCI. Hook ever thing up on the screws mark Line. The line side of the GFCI protect the local...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI Outlet Installation Issues, gfci breaker, amp breaker
gfci breaker, amp breaker, gfci outlet: Hi Robert. Newer GFCI outlets will not test correctly if they are wired wrong. This may be your case, tho a bad GFCI is not that far out of the question. Verify that your incoming power is connected to the line side of the outlet, and any outgoing lines...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI outlet, afci breakers, arcs
afci breakers, arcs, toaster: Hi. That happens sometimes. Sometimes the breaker does not know what is overheating. For example, a toaster getting hot is good, but the wiring getting hot is not. Sometimes AFCI breakers will prevent that. They detect arcs and shut the power off. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI plugs, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: You can t find what is not there. If you want a grounded outlet you need to rewire that outlet from the main panel. The code allows you to replace ungrounded outlet with GFCIs. This will not ground the outlets it will only protect you from ground faults....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Green wire, loose wires, tube light
loose wires, tube light, light fixture: Hi. If a fluorescent fixture is not grounded, the tubes will not start properly, as you described. The green wire should connect to the bare wires in the ceiling. If your house is old, and there is no ground, you will continue to have problems getting...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Grounding question when replacing pullchain fixture, parallel circuit, copper wire
parallel circuit, copper wire, ground wires: The bare copper is for equipment safety...and GFCI protection...public saftey. It dare not carry any current. As long as the copper connection is continuous...it is good. As for the previous light...because it had the switch built in...it can be wired...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: gang box, mud ring, acceptable practice
mud ring, acceptable practice, sheetrock: Hi Gary. A better idea would be to install a 4-sq box and a single device mud ring, which will give you the desired area for wire fill. see http://www.hubbellcatalog.com/raco/raco_datasheet.asp?PN=7232RAC&FAM=RacoBoxes&P=1974 for and example. I hope...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: garage door opener wiring, garage door opener, door switch
garage door opener, door switch, conductors: 18 ga. should be fine, but I would decide what door opener I want to install first and see what wiring is required. It would be a real pain to do all the work and finish the garage and find out they want 3 or 6 conductors instead of 2 and that you need a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: gen tran, Philadelphia electrician
Philadelphia electrician: The ground and the neutral are the same wire in this situation. When you make you extension cord You you need four prongs you separate you ground and neutral. If it is only three prong you put the ground and neutral on the same screw. Bill Lutz Generation...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: generac guardian ultra source 12500 portable, generac guardian, ac output
generac guardian, ac output, portable generator: Penny How do you know for sure the rotor is bad? Have you tried flashing the field?? Try that and see if you get it to work. Unless you are skilled with generators the cost to fix it would be around $150.00 plus parts as you need a special puller. Good...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: generator, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: I would contact the manufacture of your transfer switch to be 100% of what their recommendation is first of all. I expect that what you need to do is install a three prong outlet on the transfer switch and make sure you grounding to an earth rod and the cold...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ground hot reverse, proper polarity, amp breaker
proper polarity, amp breaker, wire nuts: Hi. These funny readings are caused by a loose or disconnected neutral wire. The readings are caused by feedback through appliances and the electricity unable to complete the circuit via the neutral. Broken wires can be hard to track down. Somewhere...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Hard Wiring a Motion Sensor, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: This sould not be too hard. First thing, all white wires(neutrals) and grounds go together. Second the black feed wire goes to any switch you desire then to the black of the motion detector. The red wire (the switched wire) from the motion detector goes...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: High Voltage, high voltage, appliances
high voltage, appliances, power company: Hi. That seems a little high. And most likely everything in the house is getting too much voltage too. I would call the power company and have them check it. However, your tester may be off too. The power company s equipment is probably more accurate....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Hit Electric Wire in Ceiling with Drill, stud finder, copper wires
stud finder, copper wires, ac unit: I am glad to hear you are getting an electrician out there. The danger depends on several aspects. If you can turn off the power and use electrical tape to cover the nicks and keep them from touching each other or anything else you should be okay until an...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Home wiring troubleshooting, amp breaker, water in the basement
amp breaker, water in the basement, light switches: Hi Brian, It sounds like you have a short in that circuit, probably in the conduit with rust in it. I would check to see if you have continuity between the hot and ground and hot and neutral. Turn the breaker off make sure all the light switches are in the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Hooking a 240 to a fuse box, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Hi Heather, Still has fuses? My answer to this question is you don t a hot tub to a panel that still uses fuses. There was no such thing as a hot tub when that fuse panel was installed originally. It is not made to handle that type of load. Also you will...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Hot tub Installation of Electric, concrete block walls, hot tub installation
concrete block walls, hot tub installation, concrete porch: Hi. If you need to run wires through concrete block, you can use a star drill, which is like a chisel to make the holes. You use a hammer with it to make the hole. I hope this helps. Feel free to ask any follow up questions if I did not answer your...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Hot tub outlet question, outdoor extension cord, warranty guidelines
outdoor extension cord, warranty guidelines, gfci protection: Hi Travis. There is no problem with wiring this tub the way you state. All outside outlets are required to have gfci protection, so that part is up to code. If the unit has it s own gfci protection, then all the better. Remember not to install an...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: half of circuit not working, receptacle, ceiling fan
receptacle, ceiling fan, electrician: Hi Marion, I am sorry your having all these problems. I am recommending you hiring a licensed electrician to remedy your problem. The Internet is wonderful but it doesn’t replace the relevance of actually being there. There are to many variables...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: half switched half on outlet, electrician, screws
electrician, screws, screw: Hi. The colors are used by the electrician to keep them separate. White is sometimes neutral, but not always, so you can t go by the color. To make half the outlet switched, the wire from the switch would go to one dark terminal (sometimes red). A...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: home 2 seperate gradge power install, cover requirements, underground wiring
cover requirements, underground wiring, garage feed: Hi Joseph. I will answer with the National Electrical Code answers, but you should check with your local inspector, who may have different rules for this type of installation. Direct burial cables or PVC in normal yard, or under normal residential driveway...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: home wiring, gfi outlet, home wiring
gfi outlet, home wiring, source line: Hi Tim, Yes you can. Install it so that it only gives GFCI protection for the outlet. This way the lights and fan will not be GFCI protected. Or, you can run the power source to the lights and fan first and then to the GFCI. I hope this has helped....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: hot water heater, hot water heater, amperage
hot water heater, amperage, fuses: Hi. No, the wires won t tell. Look and see if you have a double pole breaker (2 connected together) or two fuses that go to the water heater. That would indicate 220 volts. You also need to match the amperage of the new heater too. I hope this helps....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: hvac, reversing valve, uniform method
reversing valve, uniform method, honeywell rth7000: You will need to physically look at which wire goes to the reversing valve, which wire goes to the compressor, which wire goes to the back up heat, which wire goes to the fan, which wire is hot, and if there is a common available at the t-stat. This is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Installing a ceiling fan, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Will the breaker stay on it the switch is off? In some light a white wire is tied to the hot black wires to power the switcher. When the switch is turned on the power comes back up the black or red wire to turn on the light. If you put that whit on with the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Installing ceilingfan/light combo switch, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Your lost because I don t think the switch you bought will work in you situation. For that switch top work you need an extra wire for the fan. That wire is only there if the electrician was planing to put a fan in that location. You could buy a switch that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Installing a Floodlight, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Take it one step at a time. Wire no box does the GFCI trip. Wire and box does the GFCI trip? Wire, Box, hot hooked up to the light does the GFCI trip? Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com http://electrician-in-philadelphia.blogspot.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Installing A Three Bulb Fixture, beautiful stained glass, ceiling fixture
beautiful stained glass, ceiling fixture, hi bob: Hi. Make two wires by combining one wire from each socket together. In other words, one wire from the ceiling will connect to one wire from each socket. The fixture wires are usually smaller than the house wire. That is not a problem. I hope this...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Invisible fence problems, invisible fence, screw driver
invisible fence, screw driver, continuous loop: Hi Mandy, Hmmm. This is an odd problem. When you twist the wires, the signals are 180 degrees out of phase and should cancel each other. Can you try turning the fence range knob down a little? One you try that, call petsafe or invisible fence. It sounds...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: installation of a chandlier, chandlier, fan switch
chandlier, fan switch, switch one: If you have 1 switch controling the ceiling box, then that is the dimmer control. If you have 2 switches controling the ceiling box, one is the fan switch, one is the dimmer. Find out which is which, cap off the fan, and just use the dimmer wires. In your...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: installing a ceiling fan, installing a ceiling fan, fixture wire
installing a ceiling fan, fixture wire, flip switch: Hi. The fan wires up the same way as the light fixture. Whichever wire had the black fixture wire gets the blue and black fan wires. Whichever wire had the white fixture gets the fan white wire. The green wire from the fan goes to the bare wires. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: installing ceiling lite fixture, permanent marker, neutral wire
permanent marker, neutral wire, light fixture: You will have to use a volt tester or meter to determine which wires are the returning hot wires. I would assume the yellow and purple wires are two hot wires to the switch and the red is the return, but verify this with a tester. You can get a volt tester...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: installing new wall outlet controlled by light switch, continuity tester, light switch
continuity tester, light switch, probes: Hi. If you disconnect all the wires, then put a tester on each one, the pair that lights up would be the power on. Be careful what you touch when the power is on. With the power off, use a continuity tester and put the probes on each pair of wires. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: jenn air cook top, jenn air, copper wire
jenn air, copper wire, neutral wire: This should have been correct. On a four wire appliance, the white would be connected to the neutral wire if the home had four wire circuits, but since it does not have the neutral ran, it would connect to the ground along with the actual ground wire from...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kitchen floor electrified!!, upright freezer, reverse polarity
upright freezer, reverse polarity, earth ground: Some where you have a reverse polarity occuring. The hot leg has been connected to the neutral side. The earth ground is not sufficient to trip the breaker, but current is being allowed to flow into the neutral cycle. Call an electrician to have it fixed...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kitchen Outlets, kitchen walls, outlet covers
kitchen walls, outlet covers, gfci: Hi. You probably have a GFCI somewhere in the kitchen. It has a test and reset button. Press the reset button. One outlet can control other outlets. If that doesn t help, a wire could have come loose, but that is much less likely than a GFCI problem....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light Switch, hectic morning, laundry room
hectic morning, laundry room, message thanks: Hi Steve, Looks like you ve had a hectic morning. If the insulation on the wires is not damaged or melted you should not have to replace the wire. Hopefully the problem was just the switch and nothing else. Good luck. I hope this has helped. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light switch/wall plug combo, silver screw, lightswitch
silver screw, lightswitch, light switch: Hi. For the white, you would run a pigtail (short piece of wire) from the other whites that are capped together to the silver screw on the outlet. I am going to guess that some of the blacks are capped together. A pigtail from those wires would go to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights, boys tv, voltage drop
boys tv, voltage drop, funny things: The unit is plugged into a circuit that cannot properly support it. You will need to either place the unit on another circuit or have a dedicated circuit ran for it. As the compressor comes on it draws max current (it is because of the law that states an...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lincoln welder wiring., Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: It may or may not work. I can t tell you for sure. I follow what the name plate on the welder tells me. Now you wire is too small for a 50 amp breaker. I sounds to me that you guy saved money on wire. He could be right, it may work but I would not let my men...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low Voltage Outdoor Lighting, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: I would trust the box over your (or my) math. Here is what I come up with if I run you numbers. 877Watts / 120 volts = 7.3 amps. I m not sure how you got to you numbers but I don t think it was the right answer. Trust the box and good luck with the lights....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low voltage to certain outlets., computer outlets, fios
computer outlets, fios, electrician: Hi. This sounds like something that requires in-person investigation. However, funny voltages are usually caused by loose or disconnected neutral wires. It is possible that a neutral is loose either in PECO s wires, or yours. I hope this helps. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lamp wiring for a 3-way bulb, wall receptacle, lamp cords
wall receptacle, lamp cords, coach light: Hi. First of all, 3 way bulbs do not last very long upside down. so, you may want to take this into account. My guess is that the bulbs and sockets are not compatible. The bulb base may not be making good contact the with socket. As far as the wiring,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: putting in a light fixture, neutral wire, switch circuit
neutral wire, switch circuit, way switch: You will have to open devices before and after this box to determine what is there. These could be part of a three way switch circuit in which case there is no neutral wire. Also any of these could be hot at all times or switched. You need a volt tester to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixture, fixture wire, light fixture
fixture wire, light fixture, lighting fixtures: Hi. The fixture should have a black and white, not a red and black. So, I can t tell you the polarity. You should connect one wire to the white, and the other wire to where the blue or the striped wire from the fan was connected to. It is probably the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light stopped working, fan light, ceiling fan
fan light, ceiling fan, breakers: Hi. Are all the lights not working, the light kits with the fans? Are they on separate switches? The wires for the fan light kit are either blue or black/white striped. If the light kit is on the same switch as the fan, the blue or black/white wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lightbulbs keep blowing, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: There is not much you can do about this. I find that most to the time bulb burn out is a combo of bad luck and or vibrations in the home. Kids running around, Hvac systems, heavy traffic and lights under the floor of a hallway. Bill Lutz Generation...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting, wire hook, amp breaker
wire hook, amp breaker, storage units: Hi Dean. There is no way to do both A & B. The attached drawing shows how to wire it for B. This will allow the 1st room s switch to turn all lights off, but will not allow the 1st room switch to be off and still allow the other switches to turn on the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting, metal halides 208 versus 240, robert wilber, greenhouse tomato
robert wilber, greenhouse tomato, metal halides: have the equipment examined I think it likely you will find that the ballasts are multi-tap units rated for various voltages that can be selected by changing a connection internally. Are these new or used fixtures? Depending on age, they may need new lamps...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no lights, wire nuts, neutral wire
wire nuts, neutral wire, clamps: Hi. If you are showing power at the switches, but no lights, you probably have a loose or 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,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: low volta lights, low voltage lighting, gauge wire
low voltage lighting, gauge wire, amperage: Hi. That is normally not done. I also have not heard of 24 volt lighting, only 12. The main thing is to see what gauge wire is required. You can t go any less than that. The amperage of low voltage lighting is higher because the voltage is lower, so...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Main Panel wiring of circuit breakers, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: First thing. That is not a main panel it is a sub-panel. You don t have a main breaker. The wire nut in the panel is acceptable here in Philadelphia but it may not be acceptable every where in the country. Different inspectors have different views on this....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Malibu Lighting, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Hey Jim, If the power is getting to the other light then that must mean your spot light is bad or it has a bad connection. I would just replace it. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com http://electrician-in-philadelphia.blogspot.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Mixed gauge wiring, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: If the circuit is 15 amp then it is not a problem if they use 12 wire. If the circuit is 20 amp the it is a problem. Pig tailing is the better way to do it but it can be done as you described with out any problems. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: motion detector light, covered front porch, motion detector light
covered front porch, motion detector light, lowe s: Hi. The problem with putting a motion light on the same switch is a non-motion is that the motion light will come on only when the switch is on. If you leave the switch on, the other lights will be on all the time. But you can mix all types of fixture...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New 200 amp service, philadelphia electric
philadelphia electric: This is not a job you should do yourself. That would be a foolish thing to do. There are so many small details that you will never know unless you deal with this stuff every day. As far a brands go. I would look to see what the most common brand is in your...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Bathroom light fixture but now the light won't work with the switch, bathroom light fixture, light switch
bathroom light fixture, light switch, elec: Hi. You don t have any red wires in the light box? Did you do anything with the light switch? There has to be something different. See if there are other black wires in the box that the light should connect to. About all you can do is trace the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New breaker box replacement, power company
power company: Hi. Yes, if you do not have a shut off switch outside the house, the power company will have to turn the power off. You may need to get a permit, since the power company is involved. You can do the wiring either way, whichever you find easier. Just...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New lighted doorbell button doesn't work, doorbell button, home improvement project
doorbell button, home improvement project, button works: Hi. The lighted button works by being in series with the doorbell. It sounds to me that the button and doorbell are not compatible. If you can find the brand and model number of the doorbell, you may want to call their customer service department and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New main panel, cable clamps, wire nut
cable clamps, wire nut, ac unit: Hi. It looks like a 100 amp panel. There should be 10 breakers for every 50 amps. Also, the wire coming in is not thick enough for 200 amps. The wiring is rather sloppy, and cable clamps were not used. This is a violation of code. So, I would say...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Range wiring, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: If you are going to run a new wire you need 6-3 romex. That is what I would do. If you use the existing wire I would not find a separate ground. I would use the ground for both neutral and ground. This may not be legal or acceptable in your township. I find...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New sub-panel, conductor wire, conductor cable
conductor wire, conductor cable, gas furnace: Hi. You will need 3 conductor wire plus the ground. You need grounding rods only for separate buildings. So if the garage is attached, no. If it is detached, yes. Normally number 3 copper would be OK, but it depends on the type of wire, and how over...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New wiring outlet, 12 gauge, gfci
12 gauge, gfci, drywall: Hi. It depends what is on the circuit now, and what you plan to use the new outlets for. If there is not much on the circuit now (count everything controlled by that breaker) and you don t plan to use a lot, then you are OK. Remember that you need to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: my neutral bar had aspark in it, drain pipe
drain pipe: Hi. You should never do the neutral last. Connect it first. Also be sure that the breaker is turned off for the circuit. There is power in it that feeds back from the load. It is like hooking up the water first, then connecting the drain pipe. If the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new kitchen wiring, amp breaker, rough wiring
amp breaker, rough wiring, amp service: Why cant I laugh...it is not that often. I like most of what you are doing. If you need 3way switches for the kitchen area...a good thing...once you get the schematic worked out....it gets simple. In the Box that the 3 way switches usually come in, is a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Older ceiling fixture replacment, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: The new light gets attached to the same wires as the old light. What were the extra wires attached to before? If you do not know what wires go where don t worry. You really can t hurt any thing if you put the wire in the wrong order here. There are only a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Open Neutral, using a multimeter, continuity test
using a multimeter, continuity test, screw posts: Hi. You just have a white wire not making contact somewhere. Frequently, it is at an outlet where the wires are pushed into the back. Another place is inside a wire nut. When tracing the problem, do not rule out anything that is working, because it could...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outdoor Electrical Outlet, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: This might sound dumb but it is the best advice I can give you. First turn the power off. Then take the old outlet apart. Not where every thing was. Put the new one together the sane way the old one way. It sounds like the the outlet just broke on the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outdoor wiring question, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: You should be fine. It might take longer to heat up due to voltage drop but I don t think you will have too many other problems. Make sure all you connections are good and tight. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com http://electrician-in-philadelphia.blogspot.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet Plug/Wall Switch, wire nut, lowe s
wire nut, lowe s, wall switch: Hi. You normally can t put two wires on one screw. So, you will need to get both wires and connect them with a wire nut, along with a short piece of the same wire to go to the one screw. I have seen some outlets at Lowe s which have a metal plate over...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outside light, porch ceiling, j box
porch ceiling, j box, sensor light: Hi Scott. If there is no way to look at the j-box, then you may have to rewire, providing you can find a hot cable in the attic, and if you can fish to the switch location. PS. did you look in the switch box to see if the neutral is run thru it? That...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: the obvious is not workiing, baseboard wiring, double pole thermostats, electric baseboard heaters
double pole thermostats, electric baseboard heaters, room thermostat: If you connected the feeder cable with the white on one side of the breaker and the black to the other side, which is correct, when you joined them together in the junction box, you created a dead short with them connected. With individual thermostats, the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: I have an odd power loss, 220 volt appliances, fuse sizes
220 volt appliances, fuse sizes, fuse boxes: Hi. Somehow it sounds that the two phases in your house are somehow on the same phase. That could be a power company problem. Someone would have to get a test light, and put it between the two phases. If there is power, the phases are separate, and that...