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Electrical Wiring in the Home: Panel box capacity, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: No breaker that has ever tripped. Ted- What are you worrying about? I m not sure I understand what you want to know. The box capacity is 30 circuits with a total load of 200 amps at any one time. If you were to use more then that the 200 amp the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Panel box capacity, amp service, rule of thumb
amp service, rule of thumb, smoke detectors: Hi. Normally a 200 amp box has 40 slots. If it has less, it may be set up to use 2 breakers in one slot. Normally you do not need to worry about adding up all of the breakers. First of all, 200 amps at 240 volts is 400 amps at 120 volts. Plus, as...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Photocel Light and Switch, fixture wire, thanks for your help
fixture wire, thanks for your help: Hi. If a switch is wired properly, it has to turn the power off. The switch goes between the black power wire, and the black fixture wire. If there are two wires between the switch and the light, then the two wires connect one to the black power wire and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Portable Generator to a house 220 volt Dryer Plug., Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: NO, NO, NO!!!!!!! It might work but this is dangerous. You could kill the electrician who are working to fix the lines from the power company. You need a transfer switch if you want to do this. Here is a link. http://www.steadypower.com/catalog/rc_intro.php...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Portable Shower Pump Solution, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: To tell you the truth I m not an expert on DC power. I might start looking at computer power supplies they run 12 volt DC. You might be able to find a wall wart power supply that you can hook it to your pump. I think it may be easier to just replace the pump...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power keeps going out!!, meter box, receptacle
meter box, receptacle, electrician: Hi. This sounds like it may need an electrician. You can start with the power company and have them check their part of the power. If it is, it shouldn t cost you anything. If it is somewhere else, they may be able to tell you where. But the problem is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power to wires no power to outlet, metor, power wires
metor, power wires, receptacle: You are telling me that the wires have 120volts...but when connected to the receptacle...no power. Check your breaker again. It is possible that you are not getting amperage, just voltage. It can happen. Pull the breaker out, and re insert it. Bad connection...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Pre-wired ceiling light box, where's the switch?, outlet boxes, using a voltmeter
outlet boxes, using a voltmeter, paddle fan: Josh, there are tracing devices out there, but they are fairly expensive. You know that you have a 3-wire cable, with a black, red and a white wire in it. I would look at a few of the outlet boxes nearby to see if the wires end up in one of them. You...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Programmable thermostat help, honeywell thermostat, baseboard heaters
honeywell thermostat, baseboard heaters, programmable thermostat: Most 240 volt heaters only break one circuit leg, when doing it this way one leg is always hot to the heater. On a 4 wire stat, both legs are broken and this is the positive off as no power is on the heater when the stat is off. I do not have the stat wiring...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Puck Lights, puck lights, bulbs
puck lights, bulbs, screw: Hi Suzanne, You should be able to replace just one of the lights, the problem may be being able to buy just one light. You may have to buy a set. If a screw has pierced a wire you will need to replace the wire also, If a wire has just come loose and touched...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Puck lights and suspended ceilings, low voltage puck lights, pool table light
low voltage puck lights, pool table light, ceiling lights: Hi Sean. I would think the restriction would have to do with the actual light output of the puck. On a counter, it only has to light a couple of feet away, but for a ceiling it has to travel alot further. One thing you could do is to build a lowered...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: is my panel box up to code?, electric water heater, fan lights
electric water heater, fan lights, course computer: You would need a copy of the NEC in force when your house was wired and/or the service was upgraded. Tell the electrician you plan to use for the water heater you want to know what it will cost to do what you want. If there is something wrong, I am certain...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pendant light, neutral wire, bottom button
neutral wire, bottom button, hot wire: Hi. See if you can figure out where the wires go. One thing you DON T want to do is to connect the ground wire of the fixture to the hot wire from the house. The ground wire should be bare and connect to the metal frame. The neutral wire should connect...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: plug receptacle, aluminum wiring, receptacle
aluminum wiring, receptacle, receptacles: Hi. Does the wire coming in to the box have power? If not, you ll have to check the nearby boxes to make sure that the power is leaving, so that it can enter the box you are having problems with. Aluminum wiring can be dangerous if not properly maintained....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pool load center, pool light, pool pump
pool light, pool pump, breakers: Hi. I would replace it with the same size. The wiring is already set up for what you currently have. As far as the brand, it really doesn t matter. Just make sure that the box and the breakers are the same brand, and that they are compatible. Many companies...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: popping sound?, ceiling light fixture, loose connections
ceiling light fixture, loose connections, safety reasons: Hi. It is hard to say without seeing. It might be hard to say even if someone did see it. Are you sure it is the fixture, and not something else, such as the building settling, or a duct? If it is electrical, it could be a short circuit. Normally...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no power here, junction boxes, recepticles
junction boxes, recepticles, warning signs: Hi Ray, Sounds like you have done everything you can. Even though I might have a idea what might be causing your problem doesn’t mean we can solve it through e-mail. The Internet is wonderful but it doesn’t replace the relevance of actually being there....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power bill too high, consumption, power supplier
consumption, power supplier, power bill: Hi Roger. I doubt that the new units will be the cause of this increase. Check the consumption this year against the same period last year. You will probably see that any 2 months with the same amount of consumption will be more expensive this year, due...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No power after changing outlets and light switches, light switches, fuse box
light switches, fuse box, loose wire: Hi. It sounds like you have a loose wire. It takes only one loose wire to stop everything on the circuit from working. It could be something knocked loose in the junction box, or it could be a wire not making contact on an outlet or switch. It s not...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no power after chaning outlets and light switches, little glitches, light switches
little glitches, light switches, complete connection: I hate these little glitches. It can be the simplest thing, and take forever to find. I would first guess that the circuit was part of a switched receptacle situation. That means that one or more receptacles was wired split...half hot..half switched. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power off and on in one room, aluminum wire, kitchen microwave
aluminum wire, kitchen microwave, time reset: Hi. You have to look very carefully. You will probably need to unscrew the wire nuts to be sure the wires are connected underneath, then put them back on. If the wires are pushed in the back of the outlets, you may want to take them out and screw them...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power out in two rooms, wire nuts, upstairs rooms
wire nuts, upstairs rooms, window ac: Hi. It sounds like there is a break in a connection. These things can be hard to track down. Somewhere in the circuit, there is a break. It could even be at a device that is working, because it could be the wire leaving the working device that is not...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power usage, frige, electrical problem
frige, electrical problem, washer and dryer: It is possible to overload a circuit, but that should turn the breaker off. If the breaker is off, the frige is warm. If the breaker is not tripping, but the fridge is not cold...try another circuit for couple of days. Besure the fridge is working on a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Two prong plug-in, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: It sounds like you outlet is just ungrounded. This is common in older homes. There is no adaptor that will make this outlet grounded. It is ok by code to install a GFCI and market as ungrounded. I think you may wan to call a local electrician and see what...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Two prong plug-in, national electrical code, copper wire
national electrical code, copper wire, stringent regulations: Hi Danielle, FYI: There is a National Electrical Code (NEC) which was written to safeguard persons and property from the hazards arising from the use of electricity. State and local agencies may adopt regulations above and beyond the NEC. Local authorities...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Questionable wiring, amp fuse, gauge wiring
amp fuse, gauge wiring, amp circuit: If the lights were added on, it should not be too difficult to change the wire. With the power off, tie a pull line to the wires at the switch and when you pull the wires up (in the attic) you can use the pull line to pull your new wires down. Hope that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: RESIDENTIAL WIRING, plastic grommets, metal studs
plastic grommets, metal studs, residential wiring: Hi. I ve never used metal studs. I looked up, and you should be able to use Romex with metal studs as long as you use plastic grommets and fasteners. However, your local codes could be different, so questions like that are always best asked to a local...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Re-installing haning lamp, hanging lamp, hot wire
hanging lamp, hot wire, receptacle: I would say that somewhere in your wiring..the hot is touching metal. In the lamp, in the ceiling... Take the lamp down and stick the wires into a receptacle (carefully) It can work or trip the breaker, but that will isolate some of the trouble area...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Re-Wiring Table saw for 220, volt operation, paddle switch
volt operation, paddle switch, sears: The receptacle you describe sounds like a 20 amp 120 volt receptacle. You need to verify the voltage on this receptacle with a meter by checking into both slots and see what the voltage is before rewiring the motor. Let me know what the reading is. Thanks...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Recepticle Replacement NOT So Simple - Spagetti Wires, wire nut, garbage disposal
wire nut, garbage disposal, room foyer: Hi Jeanie. The pigtailed wires (the short pieces of wires connected to the black wire) are providing the hot power to the switches. The single blacks coming off the other side of the switch are called switchlegs, and provide power to the light fixture...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Recepticles not working, dimmer switch, loose connection
dimmer switch, loose connection, quiet night: It would be rare, but if the receptacles are on that switch...it can cause the switch to hum, and create a low volt situation to prevent them from be affective. If you get a low volt reading...at the switch and at the receptacles....you may have to remove...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Removing ceiling fan, replacing a ceiling fan, fixture wire
replacing a ceiling fan, fixture wire, light fixture: Hi. Whenever replacing something, use the same two wires. Whichever the black and blue fan wires were connected to, the black fixture wire will connect to. Wherever the white fan wire was hooked up to is where you connect the white fixture wire to. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Replace bathroom exhaust fan, bathroom exhaust fan, fan light
bathroom exhaust fan, fan light, bathroom fan: Hi. You either have to run another wire between the switch and the unit, or combine the light and fan, which is safe. The heat part takes a lot of electricity, so if there is a lot of other things on the circuit, it may overload it. If that is the case,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Replacing Kitchen Ceiling Light, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Why did you take it all apart??? ;-( When replacing a light all you have to do is take two wire off and put two new wires on. Remember electric work should be slowly. Always mark your wire as you take them apart. Ok don t worries. It still should have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Replacing overhead kitchen light, neutral wire, kitchen light
neutral wire, kitchen light, ground wires: Hi. Replace the old fixture exactly how the old one is replaced. I do not know why a red and white wire would be connected together. In order to find that out, someone would need to trace the wires. Could the white wire connected to the red have paint...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Reroute outside outlet through attic back outside, ac unit, j box
ac unit, j box, ac compressor: Hi Greg. You can do this, with no restriction on height of the disconnect, tho there is a rule that the disconnect cannot be directly behind the AC unit, so position it just to the right or left of the unit. If you can get into attic, you might want...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running 3 Phase motor on single phase 220, cnc plasma cutter, 3 phase motors
cnc plasma cutter, 3 phase motors, plasma cutters: Hi Dan. If the unit requires 240volts, 3-phase, then that is what you are required to use for it to run. I m not sure what your question is. I have no knowledge of servos or plasma cutters, so I m afraid I won t be of any help to you. Good luck....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running Electric in Attic addition, conductor cable, daisy chain
conductor cable, daisy chain, oulets: Hi. You may need one or two circuits, depending on what you use. (more for heavier appliances) You need run only one wire to the panel for each circuit. Yes, you daisy chain them from outlet to outlet. You will need 3 conductor cable between the light...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: When replacing a light bulb doesn't solve the problem, light sockets, light switch
light sockets, light switch, light bulb: Hi Jennifer. You did not say what type of fixture this was. If it is a recessed can, then the over-temp sensor may have failed, and would need replaing. If the fixture is a normal ceiling mounted type, then you will have to remove the fixture to get at...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing range hood with over the range microwave, wire nuts, range hood
wire nuts, range hood, cupboard: Chris The hood wire is probably connected to other outlets in the house. Check the wires to see what else is on that circuit. The microwave should be on it own circuit.To terminate the old hood wires is to put the wires in a electrical box with wire nuts...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing a switch with a receptacle, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: My answer work because you can t just drywall over live electrical boxes. You need to cut the drywall to expose the boxed. Once you do that you can go back to my first answer and install you outlet. You need to open the boxes because you don t want to start...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewiring lighting fixtures, wire nuts, mirror in the bathroom
wire nuts, mirror in the bathroom, amp circuit: Hi. You will need a junction box on either side of the mirror. Try to move the wire from the existing center box to one side or the other to the junction box. Then run a piece of 14/2 (if 15 amp circuit) or 12/2 (if 20 amps or if you are not sure) from...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: run 2 new circuits using #12/3 wire, amp circuits, amp breaker
amp circuits, amp breaker, circuts: Hi. Yes you can do this. You have to use a double pole breaker so that both go on and off at the same time, so they have to be next to each other in the breaker panel. You can not run the white wire through outlets. The white wires have to be wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Security Light, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: You will just need to run the power to the switch before it get to everything else. Wire wise you will need either a 14-2 for an 15amp circuit or a 12-2 for a 20amp circuit. They are booth acceptable. If you need to ask in detail how to wire it you would be...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Service Entrance Disconnect, meter socket, service entrance
meter socket, service entrance, physical location: Hi Ronald. I m not sure what 6 rule this is, most likely a local rule, so you should check with your local inspector. In my area, we has a rule that the length of conductor between the meter socket and the main disconnect, inside of a house, cannot...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Shop wiring, copper conductors, amp shop
copper conductors, amp shop, empty slots: Hi Roger, Because you have a 200 amp main, I am not recommending you install a 100 amp shop load. That is 50% of your existing load. Consider installing a 60 amp to shop with #4 copper conductors. I hope this has helped. If not or you need additional...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Spa pump trips gfci, gfci trips, component one
gfci trips, component one, power cable: Hi. Does this pump connect to the two hot wires, or to a neutral and a hot? A GFCI trips when things are out of balance. So, you can connect things only to the hot wires. I hope this helps. If it doesn t, you might want to see if there is an expert...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Standby Generator Sizing, cutler hammer, household usage
cutler hammer, household usage, sizing calculator: There is a little know factor. A tap can be less than 18 long and carry significantly more than the wire is rated for. # 10 is rated to 40amps for a residential Dedicated load. That is NOT considering the tap feature. I would rate #10 at possible...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Sub panel install in Garage, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Hey Keith, This is a job for a pro. There is too much Information need then I can give over the Internet. As far as cable size I would order 60amp or 100amp SER. All your conductors will be the correct size in the SER. If you use metal conduit make sure...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Subpanel fill, hi bob, sum total
hi bob, sum total, breakers: Hi Bob. There is no real answer for this question. The basis for overloading the panel would be the actual loads, which cannot exceed 125amp for more than 3 hours. If the breaker feeding this subpanel is other than 125amps, then that is the limit for...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Subpanel for shop, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: #2 cable is plenty big it will carry up to 100 amps. You can t use SEC cable for this job. You need SER cable. It has a fourth conductor for your neutral. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com http://electrician-in-philadelphia.blogspot.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Swimming pool timer, neutral wire, intermatic
neutral wire, intermatic, toggle switch: Hi. Where is the toggle switch? The toggle switch would have to come after the timer, otherwise the switch will turn off the clock too. Be sure that the power coming from the panel box is connected to the line side of the timer, and that there is a neutral...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Switch on Electrical outlet, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Use a tester. Turn the switch on and note what wires are hot. Then turn the switch off not which wire is no longer hot. Put that on the with the broken tab. Question. You only broke the gold tab. The hot black wires go on the gold side. The neutral white...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Switch at End of Circuit, conductor cable, neutral wire
conductor cable, neutral wire, hot wire: The switch is a back fed device when using the white wire, if it was at the beginning of the circuit, the black would pass through it. Don was correct. From the breaker panel, a black and white would go to the first light. Exiting the first light and going...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Switch & GFCI Outlet installation, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Ok, this should not be too hard. A switch works by opening a gap between two wire. One wire is the hot wire and the other is the wire going to the light. You need to find those two wires and put them on the leads coming out of the GFCI. In short the two...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Switch loop proble,, light glows, source line
light glows, source line, swich: Hi. It sounds like you wired it correctly. Perhaps something is wrong where the source is? There is nothing else with the switch, and it is not a lighted switch, is it? I can t come up with any other possibilities. I hope this helps. Bo...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Two Switches 1 Live Line, top of the stairs, wall sconce
top of the stairs, wall sconce, switch box: If that switch only has two wires coming to it then it sounds like the power goes to the light box and from the light box to the switch and back. Which means that you cannot pull power from that switch because there is no neutral. If this is true, you will...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Switching a panel, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: I would do some web research and find reviews on who I was hiring. Google, yahoo, yelp, angieslist all have places where people can post reviews on the performance of past contractors. It is a good way to find out who is any good. Bill Lutz Generation...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: I screwed up a circuit in my house!, wire nut, ground wires
wire nut, ground wires, whole time: Switch leg.. one of the cables goes from the receptacle to the switch.. [there is only the one cable at the switch, right?] well, you didn t really say that.... Is there more than one cable at the switch? maybe a second one with a red wire? how many...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: second floor lights are not working at all, wire nuts, switches
wire nuts, switches, circuit analyzer: Hi. It sounds like the wire is not making contact somewhere. These things can be hard to track down. Somewhere in the circuit, there is a break. It could even be at a device that is working, because it could be the wire leaving the working device that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: sensor light and 2 lights, sensor light
sensor light: Hi. You will need to run a 3 wire line between the switch and the sensor light. The black wire would connect to the power before the switch and then to the black sensor light wire. The red would connect to the switch, bypass the sensor light, and then run...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: sensor light, sensor light, wire nut
sensor light, wire nut, amps: Hi. You have to connect to a place where the power enters first. Most likely a 2 gang switch has the power entering it. Take off the cover, and if you see white wires in a wire nut, you should be OK. The wire you run has the white connect to the other...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: service entrance, amp service, fuse box
amp service, fuse box, overhead wire: It sounds like you need an electrician to inspect your wiring and you may need to pull a permit. Sometimes upgrades are not up to code and become unsafe over time. One of the reasons you need an electrician is because local codes need to be adhered to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: service entrance, national electrical code, fuse panel
national electrical code, fuse panel, meter base: Hi James. The National Electrical Code is silent on this issue. I recommend that you contact your local inspector to see if you can proceed the way you want to. PS. You might also want to contact your power company, to see if they still require the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: shop subpanel, amp breaker, amp service
amp breaker, amp service, meter base: I am not sure how much power is being used in the shop, or how much you want to use in the trailer, but if your shop has a 200 amp service on it and the trailer needs 200 amp service, one is going to overload the service. If you are comfortable with adding...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: short circuit, terminal screws, problem thanks
terminal screws, problem thanks, circuit breaker: If this receptacle is not controlled by a switch, there are silver terminal screws on one side that the white wires attach to and the other side has gold terminal screws and the black wires attach on this side. Let me know if there is any other problem. Thanks...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: short circuit, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Hummm. Did you replace your breaker. That would be the most likly cause. The second thing could be a bad conection in that circuit. There is no easy way to find it. What will need to be done is a lot of leg work. The circuit will need to taken apart...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: short circuit, gfci, receptacle
gfci, receptacle, circuit breaker: Hi Ryan, Check the receptacle in the bathroom and see if the GFCI has tripped, if it doesn t reset or trip when tested it may be bad, check to see if there is power to it. What color and how many wires do you have in the receptacle you tried to replace? ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: size of wire needed?, mail panel, circuit breaker
mail panel, circuit breaker, amp: Ken When wiring a sub panel that is a 100 amp you will need to install 4 wires to the sub 2 #4 hots 1 #6 for the neutral and 1 # 8 Ground. In the sub panel you will need to keep the ground and neutrals separate,Do not bond this panel from the neutral let...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: small chest freezer amperage use, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: You need to check out the amperage rating on your freezer but I don t think it will be more the 16.6 amps. There should be a tag on the freezer that gives you this information. You may only be able to find the wattage. In that case you divide the watts by...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: sockets, loose wire, gfci
loose wire, gfci, reset button: Hi. Most likely it is a tripped GFCI. They are outlets that have a test and reset button. One outlet can control others. Also check your breaker by turning it off and back on again. I hope this helps. If that doesn t work, you may have a loose wire,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: splitting 220, buss bar, romex cable
buss bar, romex cable, ground wires: It is not providing a safe ground as it is. Since this circuit goes to a dock at any point, the feeding breaker conversion I suggested needs to be a GFI breaker and this will give all the protection it can get according to code. If there is a need for additional...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: stove wiring, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: I don t think so but you need to read the receptacle it will have a mark on it for Cu Copper and Al Aluminum wiring. I always buy range receptacles that accept booth. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com http://electrician-in-philadelphia.blogspot.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: stove wiring, microwave oven, 240v receptacle
microwave oven, 240v receptacle, advantium microwave: Hi Cindy, If the microwave is the only thing on the circuit all you need to do is replace the double breaker with a single pole breaker, take the extra wire and move it to the neutral bar (the white wire if it has a black and white connected to the breaker)...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: sub panel, grounding kit, hi tim
grounding kit, hi tim, buss: Hi Tim. For a Sq D panel, you have to install a seperate grounding buss (or grounding kit, see label on inside of panel for cat. #), which mounts by two screws, usually about 1/2 way down the box, one side or the other. You install all the grounding conductors...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: sub-panel for attic expansion, volt circuits, ampacities
volt circuits, ampacities, copper wire: Hi. That seems like a lot of circuits, especially for the lights. If they are normal rooms, such as bedrooms, usually people put several rooms on one circuit. An electrical engineer might come up with formula for an exact amount. I can t see you needing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: subpanel, hot tub, pvc conduit, inch pvc
pvc conduit, inch pvc, electric appliances: Dale What is the amperage of the hot tub? You can run a new wire from the main panel to the sub-panel. This way you have enough power out there if you decide to add more circuits.SER wire is good for the outside not for under ground.If you use 3 # 6 and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: surge protection, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, Electric: You should not have a problem as long as your surge protector is rated to handle the wattage that your vacuum draws. On both the vacuum and the surge protect there should be a a wattage number. The vacuums number needs to be less then the surge protectors...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: switch loop with multi lights and switches, conductor wire, noob
conductor wire, noob, pickle: Hi. The power has to enter, and the switch loop has to go to the same light. If you have the switch loop at one light, and the power enters another light, then you need 3 conductor wire (plus ground) between those lights. I can give you more information,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: switch and plug, switch control, receptacle
switch control, receptacle, crawl space: Hi Scott, You can have a receptacle switched with just 2 wires, however the power must go to the switch first then the receptacle. To find the switched receptacle could be a bit difficult depending on how your house was wired. You may have to disconnect 1...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: switch plug combo, silver screw, running power
silver screw, running power, mirror: Hi. The outlet is on all the time? The incoming black goes to the screw marked common. The incoming white goes to the silver screw, and the white wire going to the light. The black wire going to the light goes to the other dark terminal near the switch....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: two switches and two outlets in my living room are not working, loose connection, fuse
loose connection, fuse, living room: Hi Ben. If these devices are on the same breaker/fuse, then you should start at the last working outlet, and open it up to check for loose connection. If none is found, then move to the 1st non-working device, also checking for loose connection. I hope...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Three prong cord to 4 prong outlet??, speedy answer, lowe s
speedy answer, lowe s, prong: Hi. The code was changed about 10 years ago requiring the ground and neutral to be separated. It would be safer to have separate grounds and neutrals, but the code allowed 3 wires for decades before the change. But be sure that the jumper between the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Three way? Maybe?, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: The green coated wire floating free is probably a ground wire. The cloth wire if it has a ground included may not be so bad. The flickering may be coming from old connections. You may want to hire an electrician to replace all your old switches and outlets....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Three way circuit, th bottom, light switches
th bottom, light switches, two blacks: I hope this works... Separate out the hot and neutral for the circuit from the breaker. Now separate out the black white to each light. Consider each switch to light a circle. Black from power to the switch, on the bottom. On the top the black going to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Toggle Switch With Outlet, random wire, leviton decora
random wire, leviton decora, toggle switches: Hi. You need two wires for the outlet to work. One is the neutral, which you can get from the bundle of white wires. It goes to the silver colored terminal. The other is a hot that is on all the time. See which black wire connects to both switches,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Trane shop heater wiring, speed motor, fan motor
speed motor, fan motor, single speed: The four wires indicate that it is either multispeed or requires a capacitor. The wiring diagram on the motor should tell you what the wires are for. Basically you have a burner that comes on and heats up a thermostat at the unit. Once the thermostat...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Transformers, jbox, receptacle
jbox, receptacle, transformers: Hi Ted. Most 24v transformers are meant to be mounted so the 120v side is in a jbox. There are some that just plug into an outlet. If you want the plug-in feature, just buy the one that plugs into an outlet. I hope this has helped. Rick Miel...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: tanning bed tripping my breaker, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: I m assuming that the cord was provided by the manufacture and is properly sized. If this is true then either you have a problem with the bed it s self. (I can t tell you how to fix that with out looking at it) or the breaker is bad. I would start with the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: temporary short, best solution, insulation
best solution, insulation, screw: Depending on how bad it damaged the insulation, it may never be a problem. The best solution would be to open the area of the piercing and visually inspect the insulation and based on the amount of damage, either replace the wire or tape the damaged area....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: third wire has electrical charge, neutral wire, hot wire
neutral wire, hot wire, electrical charge: Hi. It sounds like that in the light fixture box, one hot wire is on all the time and the other one is on when the switch is on. Connect the black fixture to the wire you want. The other wire can be capped. It will have power. I hope this helps. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: This time with picture, toggle switches, toggle switch
toggle switches, toggle switch, random wire: Hi. The only thing I see wrong with the picture, is that the white wire should connect to the bundle of white wires you say you have. I don t see them in the picture, but hopefully they are there. If you don t have a bundle of white wires, you may have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: tracking an open?, jim mcclelland, junction boxes
jim mcclelland, junction boxes, loose connections: The term accessible applies. It means at an attic access, or at the main panel..or other very accessible location. If remodeling was done that you are not aware of...or an electrician screwed up...quietly...it could then be hidden and real hard to trace...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: traveller but not a three way, two blacks, wall switch
two blacks, wall switch, switch box: Hi. It looks like the black carries the always on power, and the red carries power only when the switch is on. So, the red wire connects to the black wire of the fixture, and to one terminal of the dimmer. The blacks in the light box connect to each...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: tv turning off, electrical ground, flatscreen tv
electrical ground, flatscreen tv, lightswitch: Hi Kyle. Hopefully you mean it shuts off. The only thing I can recommend is to make sure that the unit is grounded to a good electrical ground. By installing a UPS this should have been done. You might want to contact the manufacturer to see if they...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Under Cabinet Lighting: Tapping into Existing Outlet, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Yes you can tap into the that outlet to feed your under cabinet lights. As for the wire size, I would match the wire size of the outlet for any wires that are in the walls. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com http://electrician-in-philadelphia.blogspot.com/...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Underground wiring, national electrical code, amp service
national electrical code, amp service, electrical line: Hi Dennis. To answer your questions in order: #1: This will depend on what you load at the bard will be. Usually a small barn will have at least a 100 amp service. For this size of service, you would need to use at least a #3 copper feeder (it has...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Upstairs lighting circuit not working ?, blown fuse, ceiling roses
blown fuse, ceiling roses, upstairs and downstairs: The voltage pen tester only detects if voltage is present, not if you have a good circuit. If you have a broken neutral the pen is misguiding you. You need a volt meter with two probes that actually tell you the voltage (not just a light or buzzer) because...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: URGENT!! Think I have a fire hazard on my hands!, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Amanda, I hope your all right. What you need to do in that situation is throw off the main breaker. If you don t know which one that is throw them all off. Then you need to call an electrician. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: two or more undercabinet lights in series, brain cells, undercabinet lights
brain cells, undercabinet lights, white lead: If you are using the built in switches then you need to run one black, one white, and one ground to the first light. Connect black to black, white to white, ground to ground. Then run another black, white, and ground to the next light. Connect the same way....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: underground wiring, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: I m not sure if it is legal or not. It may be but I don t think I would do it. Water will find its way in to that conduit. I would use UF wire. UF (underground Feeder) I know ill work and that means I will not have to go back and fix it in the future. Sincerely,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: upgrading to electric baseboard heat in 100 Amp Panel, electric baseboard heat, amp breaker
electric baseboard heat, amp breaker, nec codebook: Hi Joe. I would not think you would have any problems adding these loads to your service. You can basically throw away the loads for the a/c, since the heaters will not be on the same time as the a/c units. I would say go ahead with your plans. Good...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Voltage drop, neutral conductor, loose screw
neutral conductor, loose screw, gfis: 1] GFIs are not designed to control voltage levels. 2] You shouldn t be able to read voltage to ground without tripping the GFI If there is a loss differential between your neutral and ground [which are supposed to be at the same potential] and the ground...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: vandels strippped the copper wiring from the house I'm considering buying., copper wiring, existing home
copper wiring, existing home, vandals: Hi Pao. If this is an existing home, not just being built, then I would bet the cost would be substantial. It would still be costly if it was under construction, but it would be easier to get to the wires to replace them. I recommend you contact some...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wall Mount Oven, copper wire, bare wire
copper wire, bare wire, code states: Hi Bob. In the past, the electrical code allowed the neutral (white) wire to be connected to the ground (green) wire for ranges and dryers. Now days, the rule has become an exception, and the preferrence is that you seperate the neutral and ground for...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Water Heater Wiring, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: 90% of all hot water heater installed in home are the 30 amp #10 wire type. If the water heaters says 25 amp max breaker then that is what you need. Whit I think you are looking at is the total amp the unit uses and not the breaker size. This should be smaller...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wire to stove, power interruption, aluminum wire
power interruption, aluminum wire, top knobs: Hi Lisa, It sounds like you do have a bad connection somewhere in the circuit or a bad breaker. I would replace the aluminum wire completely. Do you have any thing else acting up? You might check all the connections in your box (you should turn the power...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring a 240v compressor, load amps, amp breaker
load amps, amp breaker, amp plug: Hi. If the compressor does not come with a plug, just use a 20 amp plug that has two hot wires and a ground. I don t have a chart, but it should look like an air conditioner plug, unless you want to use a twist lock plug. I hope this helps. Bo...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring a detached metal building, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: You need to call some of your local licensed electrician over to your building and ask for some free quotes. This is not something you should be doing alone. I would advise you to call out three electrician to look at your job and help you figure out what...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring double pole 30A Breaker, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: You should wire nut the wire before placing them on the breaker. Putting two wires on one breaker is call double taping and it is not allowed. The ground wire does go onto the neutral bar. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring a fan where no fan was before, wall switches, ceiling fan
wall switches, ceiling fan: Hi. You need to see if the power enters the light first or the switch. If it connects to the switch first, run a wire the switch and just connect the wire going to the fan to where the lights were connected. Disconnect the wire for the lights. If the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring of hot-tub, subpanel, voltage drop
subpanel, voltage drop, preferred location: Hi. The main problem is using most of your capacity of the garage. If you don t need it, you should be OK. As far as voltage drop, you need to use thicker wire. When you buy the wire, they should have an ampacity chart that takes into account distance....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring a Lamp Post to exisitng Outdoor Lights, lamp post, ground fault
lamp post, ground fault: Hi. As long as the power enters the switch first, you could run the wire for the light to the switch. If your system is not grounded, the you can t ground the lamp post. GFCIs are required only for outlets, not lights. Be sure to use UF wire underground....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring multiple use 220 cicuit, conversion cables, amp plug
conversion cables, amp plug, dedicated circuits: Hi kevin. I will only address the code parts of this question. It is a code violation to install a lower amperage outlet on a higher amperage circuit, that is, a 20 amp outlet on a 30 amp circuit. This is a code violation and is a hazard, as more could...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring new overhead fan/light to existing light switch, ceiling fan light, overhead fan
ceiling fan light, overhead fan, switch one: Hi. Do you want to connect the fan to the switch, or the outlet? You can have the outlet on the switch, or on all the time. To connect the fan to the switch, connect the black fan wire where the red wire is on the switch, and connect the whites together....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring problem, speedy reply, fixture wire
speedy reply, fixture wire, lamp light: Hi. If you want the plug to be hot all of the time, just disconnect the switch, and wire nut the two wires that were on the switch together. When you wire the fan, the black wire from the source will go to the switch wire. So, the power will go to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wall sconce, electrical boxes, flicker bulb
electrical boxes, flicker bulb, dimmer switch: For conversation sake..take each wire independant. You want the black wire...power source...to go to the switch. From the switch the black wire goes to each light. If you have full power at each location...then the wires are good making the switch or lights...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: want to get rid of middle of the run receptacle, receptacle, light switch
receptacle, light switch, mirror: Hi. If the 2 black wires were connected to the outlet, they now get connected together. Same with the white. The grounds also get connected to each other. Remember that the junction box has to remain accessible, in the sense it can not be buried behind...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: water heater, dip tube, water heater
dip tube, water heater, hardware stores: Hi Ken, Sorry it has taken so long to get back to you, trying to clean up and catch up after Ike went through. It shouldn t make it run all the time, it would likely cause you to run out of hot water very quickly. Is the tank over heating, what exactly...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: water heater breaker box, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: The breaker needs to match the wire size #10 for 30 amp, # 8 for 40 amp. It also has to matched the tag on the hot water heater. Every water heater in built for a certain size breaker. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: whole house fan switch/timer, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: It sounds like you fans are getting old and may have a hard time starting. It is not you thermostat. That is only controlling the flow of power not the amp needed. It should not trip the breaker. This sounds like you motors are rusting up. Bill Lutz...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wire size for 100 amp sub panel, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Go to an electrical supply house or home center and ask for 100 amp SER. This will be a prebundled cable that have your two hots, neutral and ground all sized and ready to go. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: You may not have a ground wire if you home was built before the fifties. Don t worry about it. As for the direction the wires come from it doesn t matted. What your looking at is a diagram and not a plan. The wires can come from any direction. If it is a single...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring in cement, voltage tester, concrete base
voltage tester, concrete base, front yard: Steve Yes it is possible that the concrete may have damaged the wire,What you can do is dig up around the wire before the concrete and see if you have power there. Use a voltage tester which can trace voltage tru the wire covering. if you find the wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring for a dummy, receptical, receptacle
receptical, receptacle, dishwasher: At first it appears you need to know how to wire in the disposal, but at the end you are going to connect it to a switched receptacle, so on the disposal, I am confused. For the dishwasher, if you pull out the receptacle, there will be a white side of connection...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring a hvac unit, amp max, hvac unit
amp max, hvac unit, nameplate: Hi Ralph. I recommend that you take a look at the electrical nameplate for the unit. It will give you the required size of breaker (or fuse) , along with the minimum size of conductor that is required by the manufacturer. If you follow these ratings,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring multiple outlets, electrical contractor, home runs
electrical contractor, home runs, refrigerators: This depends on the application. For example, bathroom outlets need to be on their own home run , as well as refrigerators and other specific outlets. Bedroom and living room outlets can be wired in parallel with each other. If you are going to wire a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring in our new house melted our dryer, bosch dryer, doing laundry
bosch dryer, doing laundry, heating element: The two causes that I can think of are the outlet is wired wrong and you got 220 volts on the neutral instead 110 volts, or wires came off during the move and touched the heating element box. You need to check the outlet. The two holes that are at a diagonal...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring outdoor security light, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Well in this situation you either rewire the circuit from the panel or you just don t use the ground wire on the old light. Don t drive a ground rod into the ground. You might cause yourself more problems it that rod doesn t work well enough. A ground rod...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring a welder, bob osgood, master electrician
bob osgood, master electrician, amp load: Good morning Jason, Based on your description...it sounds like you are describing a NEMA 6-20P ( code for plug configurations - for an online picture of these codes and what plug or receptacle outlet they belong to - see: http://www.stayonline.com/reference-nema-straight-blade.aspx...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wrong voltage on outlet, track lighting, breakers
track lighting, breakers, multiple times: If it is not the breakers...it can be a switch in the circuit, it can be a bad connection in a junction box, an appliance on the same side of the panel that is interfering...a bleeding switch...off, but still allowing current flow....and several other possibilities....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: not sure., screws, good luck
screws, good luck: Hi Kristen. It sounds like you are talking about the light flickering and not coming on, is this correct. does it start to work when the switch is moved around? Replacing a switch is fairly easy, just turn the power off and replace the switch wire for...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 110 V under ground wiring, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: Hi Ralph, You can use 12-2 UF for that run. I would dig it down about two feet and if there is yard work that get done in that area I would use conduit for extra protection but if not you don t need conduit. UF stands for underground Feeder. Bill...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 120v light on 240v line, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: Hi John, I would not try to run a 110 volt light bulb on a 220 volt line. What I would do is order a 220 volt light bulb. You can find this on the net at sites such as this. http://www.lightbulbsdirect.com/page/001/PROD/Tubular/25T8CLN220V Bill...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 15 amp breaker max load question please, fpe breakers, google search
fpe breakers, google search, amp breaker: Hi. As long as you don t go over the max with the lights, you are OK. If you plan to leave the lights on for a few hours, then you should use only 80% of the max, which is 1440. It is best to leave the sump pump on its own circuit, so that a problem...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 18 Volts when circuit is turned off, amp circuits, neutral wire
amp circuits, neutral wire, unsafe condition: Hi. If you have two breakers on cable, they should be a double pole breaker so that they are both on or both off. Also, they have to be on opposite phases in the panel, or the neutral wire will overheat with nothing to shut it off. The reading you are...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 2 dead outlets, tongue and groove paneling, tongue and groove
tongue and groove paneling, tongue and groove, outlet connections: It is time consuming, but NOT damaging to pull all the receptacles out and inspect them carefully. It can be a bad or burnt connection that is easily fixed. It can be a junction box in the attic with bad connections. It can take alot of time to research...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 2 outlets not working, tongue and groove paneling, tongue and groove
tongue and groove paneling, tongue and groove, outlet connections: Yes, we do have secrets but unfortunately if I tell you what they are they cease to be secrets. j/k. Tearing out walls would only be necessary if there is a junction box hidden behind the wall, (which is why the NEC does not allow for hidden J-boxes in...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 2 outside gfci's, pigtail, circuit breaker
pigtail, circuit breaker, 220 volts: Hi. I do not understand why you are required to use 14-3. If there are 2 circuits for the outlets, then you need to use a double pole breaker. The white would go to both outlets, the red to one and the black to the other. When you have a shared neutral,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 2-prong outlets, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: Hi Matthew, I thing you electrician friend is putting peoples safety at risk. The neutral and ground are separated at the panel for one reason. The neutral is the return path for electricity and the ground has 0 voltage. By jumping the neutral to the ground...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 20 amp breaker tripping, amp breaker, copper wire
amp breaker, copper wire, electrical inspector: Hi Roderick, First take a look at the name plate on the treadmill to see what the wattage or amperage usage is. If they give you wattage divide that by 120 volts to get the amperage. I am guessing it would have to be less than 15 amps, otherwise it would...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 200 amp service, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: Hi Jim, I have little doubt that you will have any problem adding that to your panel. If you use AC in the summer then the extra laod of the heater will not interfear with anything if you add a heater in the winter. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no 220, hots, circuit breaker
hots, circuit breaker, electrical service: Hi. It sounds like everything in the house is running on one phase. That would be the power company s fault in most cases. There should be two hot wires running into your house, When you connect something between those two hot wires you get 220. Between...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 220 outlet, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: Hi Wally, Did you install a 220 amp breaker. The two 120 volts coming from the panel have to be on different legs from each other to equal 220 volts. If they are on the same leg the they equal 0 volts. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 220 plug to 110 wealder, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: Hi Chris, This should be really cheap to have changed. A 220 volt plug has two hot wire and a 110 volt plug has one hot and one neutral. This can be changed at the panel and at the outlet. You will not need a converter. Since the work is in the panel I...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 220 plug, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: Hi Pat, You can t do this legally. You need to run a dedicated 110 volt outlet. A 220 volt breaker may not trip if you are stealing 110 volts off of it. That is why you need to have a separate 110 volt circuit. That is the code sorry. Bill Lutz ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 220 v for welder, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: Hi Jeff, I would look at plug end of the welder and match it to a socket. The socket that you match it to will have a rating either 20 or 30 amps. I would the buy everything to match the cord that the manufacture installed on your welder.It sound like from...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 220 WIRING, wire nuts, wire nut
wire nuts, wire nut, clamps: Hi. Yes, you can do that if it is thin enough to wire nut. If it is something thicker than number 10, you ll probably need to use split bolt connectors. Remember that the junction box must be accessible (not hidden inside of a wall). Buying a junction...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 220V converter, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: Hi Jana, There is no such converter that will work for that. I would contact an electrician and get a baseboard heated installed. I would ask for a oil filled heater. They do cost more but heat up much better and are much safer to operate. Bill Lutz...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 240 plug install, brother inlaw, safety hazard
brother inlaw, safety hazard, amperage: Hi. If it is truly a 50 amp kiln, then the breakers should be 50 amps. However, if anyone replaces the breakers without replacing the wire, it could cause a fire. If the breaker is not tripping, I would not worry about it. Using breakers that are too...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 240V Cable Extension, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: Hi Tim, In general I think that is a bad idea. Electric heat draw a lot of power and ever connection point is a point of failure. Plus with 125 feet you will have extra voltage drop. If this fails you could stare a fire. It may not be likely but it is not...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 240v to3phase, fly by night, bad move
fly by night, bad move, air compressor: Darren You may be able to find one at grainger, http://www.grainger.com or search the internet. You will find out that it will cost you quite a bit of money somewhere between $800.00 to $3,000.00 dollars. I would suggest selling this or trade with someone...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 Way Switch, ceiling fan light, 3 way switch
ceiling fan light, 3 way switch, porch light: Hi. My guess is that what was intended in the first place. The only place you need to make a change is up at the fan. The fan wire is probably black, the light wire in probably either blue or black and white striped. Just reverse what those two wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 Way Switch with Light at Start and Finish, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, Electrician: You can only feed the light from one of the switches. You can t feed some from one and some from the other. It will not work that way. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com http://electrician-in-philadelphia.blogspot.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 way switch gang box, amp circuit breaker, 3 way switch
amp circuit breaker, 3 way switch, lighting circuits: First, if it is a 20 amp circuit you will need to run 12 gauge all the way through. Do not make the mistake of running 12 gauge and then branching off with 14 gauge. And you cannot run 14 gauge off of a 20 amp circuit breaker. Total up the lighting wattage...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 4 prong to a 3 prong, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: Hi Julia, If you dryer is build in a way that the cord doesn t come off they maybe trying to keep you from putting on a 3 wire cored. I think you might want to look into installing the correct 4 wire power supply. If you can get a 4 wire line from the panel...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 4 prong outlet wired wrong?, neutrals, chassis
neutrals, chassis, power supply: Hi. Do you have 4 wires going to the outlet? Usually the end 2 slots are hot, the green screw is ground, and the remaining screw is neutral. It is not safe to run the dryer on the ground wire. It was not made to carry current on a regular basis. Make...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 40Amp fuse panel to 120 Amp breaker panel, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: Hi Tim, You need to hire an electrician for this work. I do not want to offend you but I would not let a two year apprentice do this work alone even if he knew the the correct wire sizes. Electric work can be dangerous and it is hard to know when you are...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 50 Vac on my ground to neutral, getting power
getting power: Hi. It sounds like you have a neutral not making connection somewhere. The power is coming from feedback. Something is plugged in or wired in that is getting power from the black, but it is unable to return it to the neutral. So look at white wires not...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 50Vac on ground to neutral?, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: Hi Bryan, You have a loose connection in your return pathway. You need to trace out your circuit and tighten the connections on that circuit. Turn off the breaker that powers that circuit and find out what is on that circuit. Then follow the wire back to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 60A Sub Panel, 220 volt appliances, fuse panel
220 volt appliances, fuse panel, fuse holder: Hi. What you are proposing is safer than what is there. But you also have to realize that 100 amp main panels are obsolete today. If the dryer and AC is on, that leaves you only 40 amps in your main panel. So the proper solution is to upgrade to 150 or...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding additional ceiling fixture (using exsisting switch), Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: Hi Kevin, Question 1: All you need to do is fish or stitch a wire over to the existing light box and run it to your new light box. In the old light box you just have to match the colors and the new light will come on with the old one. Fishing: Is the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding Light and Switch to Existing Outlet, ceiling light fixture, j box
ceiling light fixture, j box, ceiling fixture: Hi. Number one will work. In number 2, I am confused as to why you want to add a wire from the old light to the old outlet. If the power enters the light, the you can use that as a source of power. Or you an tap into the wire between the light and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: AFCI, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: Hi Dave, I here in Philadelphia we are only required to have AFCI circuits in the bedrooms. I would check with your local code enforcer. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com http://www.philadelphia-electricians-how-to.com/...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: AFCI tripping, electrical malfunction, two occasions
electrical malfunction, two occasions, spare bedroom: Hi. It is hard to find an arc. Sometimes switches arc when turned on or off, so be on the watch to see if that sets it off. Arcs should cause sparks which leave black marks if it is the wiring itself. Also plugging things in and out can cause arcs. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: AFCI tripping, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: Martin, You can t really tell where the problem is. How old is your home?(older the 3 years) If you have the first generation of AFCI s you may conceder replacing the breaker. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Aluminum Wire Ground?, aluminum wire, wire nuts
aluminum wire, wire nuts, info bob: Hi. If the ground wire is inside the cable, that is perfectly normal. You do not need to worry about it being bare. After all, it was connected to the metal of the range hood. If the black and white wires are aluminum, you need special wire nuts. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Amp Loading/Breaker size, amp breaker, electrical service
amp breaker, electrical service, battery charger: Hi. With number 10, you should be able to use 30 amps (breaker and load). If it was a longer distance, it would be less. Are you using a small sub panel? If not, then lights and outlets should be on a 20 amp breaker. I hope this helps. Feel free...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adapter question, 220 volt appliances, electric kiln
220 volt appliances, electric kiln, arc: Hi. All 220 volt appliances should have their own circuits. Plugging large plugs in and out can cause them to loosen and eventually arc and overheat. So running another line would be the best thing to do. If both appliances are 220 volt, 30 amp, making...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding 240 line to existing breaker, baseboard heaters, garage heater
baseboard heaters, garage heater, amps: Hi. Baseboard heaters are about the only things where you can put more than one 220 volt appliance on a breaker. Although running two wires to a breaker is controversial, you can do it as long as the wire you use is at least 10 gauge. You also have to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding 30 amp outdoor recepticle, amp load, amp breaker
amp load, amp breaker, amp plug: Jack You need to find out how many amps is the garage panel rated for.Then you need to see what size wire you have going over to the garage panel from the main panel. If the panel is rated for over 30 amps then you will need to make sure that the wire is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding motion sensor to switched lights, flood lights, motion sensor
flood lights, motion sensor, switches: Hi. About the only thing you can do is put a motion sensor on each fixture. They will work only when the switch is on. The manufacturer may put in extra features, like allowing the lights to stay on if you turn the switch on and off and back on. I...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a switched, gfci protected outlet, ground fault protection, gfci receptacle
ground fault protection, gfci receptacle, lighting circuit: Hi. The outlet will not be affected by the switch. You can do it the way you planned. Be sure that the wire you tap into is a general lighting circuit, and not a dedicated line or a kitchen, dining room, or laundry outlet circuit. Also be sure you have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: addition, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: Hi Isaac, A.1 - Operator error. The odds are you miss read the tester. If you were cycling down to 28 volts you would no because the light on that circuit would not work. I thing you miss-read the tester. A. 2 - This is OK but backwards. Normally the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: amp conversion, amp breaker, lighting circuit
amp breaker, lighting circuit, amperage: Hi. You have to match the purpose of the circuit to the amperage. In other words, if it is a lighting circuit, then it can be only 15 or 20 amps. If it is an appliance, then you have to match the amperage on the appliance. You always have to match the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: arc fault breaker, arc fault breaker, afci breaker
arc fault breaker, afci breaker, prong plug: The AFCI is not a great invention. It may trip with the use of any motor....brush arch...and thus it is sensed. It may be as simple as a bad AFCI. If it is a branch circuit...the neutral being shared...that will trip it. Similar to the GFCI...it must be...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: attic light installation, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: Hi Clyde, This is a really easy job. You need to find a feed in the attic and tap into it. Run a wire to a round box. Add a pull chain. If you have not done this before you should hire an electrician. The attic is a bad place for you first electric...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Bad breaker?, electric furnace, neutral wire
electric furnace, neutral wire, company men: Hi. It sounds like there is a neutral wire that is not connected. This could be anywhere from your box to the street, and most of it is the power company s problem. You can either try calling them again. You can also call an electrician who can probably...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Bath exhaust fan replace, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: Hi Blake, You may want to call in an electrician. Something in your description sounds funny. No wire should be going out of the inclosure and attaching to the piping. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com http://electrician-in-philadelphia.blogspot.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Bath Light with Vent and Heat, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: Hi Vanessa, You need to find the feed (the hot wire). On the switch there should be one odd screw. It is usually black. The feed goes on that one. If the feed is on one of the other screws so it only works when that switch is on. Bill Lutz Generation...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Bath light with vent and heat, permanent marker, double switch
permanent marker, double switch, hot wire: If these are the ONLY five wires in the junction box, we are in luck. Only one of these five is the hot circuit wire. Use a volt tester, it is about the size of a permanent marker and the tip will light up or the device will make a tone when touched to a hot...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Bathroom ceiling light (fluroscent circuline) issue, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: Hi Alie, It is easier to replace that type of light fixture then replace them. I would pick out a new lighting fixture. You can buy a replacement ballast if you like the fixture you have. The are sold at most home centers. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Bathroom wiring - room in the box, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: Hi Carl, Everything you wrote sounds correct but it would be easy for me to misunderstand what you are writing. If you look in the back of your box you may be able to find a stamp that tells you how many wires are allowed in it. Bill Lutz Generation...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Bonding requirements for feed thru load center, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: Hi Joe, I would treat that build ing as a sub-panel. That means you need to run a ground and a neutral over to the building. To make the wire sizing I would order 100 amp Ser. It will your all the correct wire in it and properly marked. As far as the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker Shutting Down, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: Hi Cheryl, The problem is either your dryer itself or the breaker the dryer is on. The wiring should be fine it is not likely the cause for this problem. I would first decide what looked at booth the dryer and the panel and take a guess as to what looks...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker Size, amp breaker, hot legs
amp breaker, hot legs, amp motor: Hi James, Common trip: a 2 pole breaker that is internally tied together such that if one pole trips, both poles will open. This is the most desirable for 220 applications where you are using both poles on the same circuit, like your 220v motor. You...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Burning component smell at disconnect breaker, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: Hi Jason, Is this a new spa. The smell could be oil that gets on the equipment during manufacturing. It may just need to cook off. The smell could be normal if that is the case. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Burnt component smell at disconnect switch, spa builders, jet motors
spa builders, jet motors, fear of fire: I am suspecting a heater problem. The heater should only be pulling 23 amps, and reading 46 - 47 amps is excessive. The motor that is running with the heaters should not be pulling an additional 13 - 14 amps on 240 volts. Try disconnecting or removing a wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Burnt component smell at disconnect breaker, spa builders, jet motors
spa builders, jet motors, fear of fire: You do not add the two phases together, so your 95 amps is incorrect. However, your 47 and 46 amps seems a little high. I believe you should be around 1/2 of that. There are several things that can cause this: A motor not kicking out of the start...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Buzzing sound in wall, exterior noise, time home owners
exterior noise, time home owners, water pipes: Water pipes can vibrate from either moving water or expansion. The pipes dont actually need to be in the wall....adjacent will reverberate into a wall. An exterior noise can also reverberate into the attic which can then sound like its in your walls...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: baseboard heaters, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: That is what I would do and why. All the different way can work but in my experience the way I described will have the least amount of problems in the future. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com http://www.philadelphia-electricians-how-to.com/...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: baseboard heating problem-won't shut off, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: Hi William, First lets start with what we know. You baseboard heater works. There is no problem with it. Second, Your power supply works and there ins no problem with it. The problem is in the thermostat, it s wiring, or design. Honeywell can giver...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom circut, cables and wires, unterminated
cables and wires, unterminated, gfci: It doesn t have 3 wires, it has 3 cables. Draw out the boxes, cables and wires [unterminated] and send me the drawing. [find me with google] while you are at it, take a swing at drawing how you think the wires should be connected and send that too ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom GFCI outlet, wire nuts, fuse box
wire nuts, fuse box, gfci outlet: Hi. Make sure there is not another GFCI between the panel and the GFCI you are replacing. If not, it sounds like there is a break somewhere in the line between the panel and the GFCI. These things can be hard to track down. Somewhere in the circuit,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bidding, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: Hi Rene, I look at it this way. Material should only be about 25-35% of total job cost. I do my rough estimate rounding up and figure it at the 35% total job level. If after the job I my figure out what the actual cost were. Since I round up all my cost...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: blown outlet?, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: Hi Mike, I can t see your electric so I can t tell you exactly what needs to be done. If I were your you I would call an electrician to come out and give your electric a once over. It should not be too costly and is much cheaper then a house fire. In general...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: brass pole ? live or neutral, brass screw, brass pole
brass screw, brass pole, hot wire: Hi. The brass screw is the hot wire, which should be black. The silver colored screw is the neutral which would be the white wire. When you plug it into a house outlet, the short slot is hot, the longer slot is neutral. I hope this helps. Bo...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker, gfci breaker, outdoor outlets
gfci breaker, outdoor outlets, question thanks: Hi. If anything is plugged into the outlets, unplug everything and see if it stops. If it does, try plugging in one thing at a time to narrow it down. If it is the wiring: Most likely there are outdoor outlets on the circuit. The problem is most likely...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker tripping, ceiling fan light, watt bulbs
ceiling fan light, watt bulbs, light bulbs: Hi. Bedrooms in new houses are required to have AFCI breakers. These trip when there is an arc or a spark. The most likely cause is the switch itself. It may be sparking when it is turned on. I would start with that. If not, try temporarily replacing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breakers, baseboard heaters, hot metal
baseboard heaters, hot metal, electric heat: You are getting an odor when turning off a breaker? This not consistant with electric heat. I would start looking for an amperage draw from another breaker somehow in that loop. Hot metal does give off considerable odor, but only when hot....if its off....not...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breakers, breakers, safety issue
breakers, safety issue, amps: Hi. You aren t supposed to have more than 10 breakers per 50 amps. That is the way panels are designed. The main problem is that you will end up overloading the system. Assuming there is a main breaker that is working properly, it will shut off rather...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: brown type thick liquid inside can light, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: Hi Dennis, I can tell you the problem is not electrical if you have water dripping from a recessed light. Since the problem is coming from the attic I think we can rule out plumbing. My guess is that you have a ruffing problem or a ventilation problem....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan Sparked, wire nut, fan motor
wire nut, fan motor, ceiling fan: The switches in a ceiling fan have very small contacts in them and most likely the switches were fried as you had a dead short since the green wire melted. It may have also damaged the fan motor. I believe before I replaced the switches, I would just replace...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Light Question, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: Hi Holly, I would replace the fixture and check the wire for damage when I did this. This should be an easy fix. If you don t know what wire should look like I would call in an electrician. It is a common problem and should not cost much to have checked...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Chandelier with 230 volts bulbs., lighting stores, light bulbs
lighting stores, light bulbs, google: I just typed: 120v european lamps in the search window in google. These sites were among tons that came up: http://www.bulbtown.com/EUROPEAN_LIGHT_BULBS_s/603.htm http://www.normanlamps.com/index.php/cPath/70 Lamps can often be obtained...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit Breaker for dual A/C Compressors, amp load, amp breaker
amp load, amp breaker, copper wires: Doug, 10gauge copper wire can carry 35 amps, so the largest breaker you would want to use is a 2 pole 35 amp breaker. If the air conditioner spec. calls for a smaller breaker, then use what is recommended in the air conditioner specs. You will definitely...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit out in home, wire nuts, neutral wire
wire nuts, neutral wire, screwdriver: Hi. Those screwdriver testers test only for hot wires. So, if the light does not work, but it tests OK, then you have a broken or disconnected neutral wire. These things can be hard to track down. Somewhere in the circuit, there is a break. It could...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit keeps tripping, aluminum wiring, circuit breakers
aluminum wiring, circuit breakers, plasma television: Hi. It sounds like the circuit is overloaded. Air conditioners should be on their own circuit. Constantly resetting a tripped breaker can be a fire hazard, so the problem should be fixed before resetting it. The half way point means there is a short...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Clothes Dryer Connection, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: Hi Howard, That sounds like a shoty job. I would run a new 10-3 AWG from your panel to your dryer. I would never double up two 120 volt line. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com http://electrician-in-philadelphia.blogspot.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: COMBINATION SINGLE POLE SWITCH AND GROUNDING RECEPTICLE, silver screw, brass screw
silver screw, brass screw, garbage disposal: Hi. Is the disposal on the same circuit? Normally they should be on their own circuit. This combination outlet is different from any that I have ever seen. I see the instructions under it, and that is actually what I would need to see since I have never...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Connecting 14/2 wire to existing 12/2 wire, watt halogen bulbs, amp circuit
watt halogen bulbs, amp circuit, range hood: Hi. The person in the store was wrong. Assuming it is a 20 amp circuit, you must use 12/2 wire. Even if you think the range hood won t need the thicker wire, a short could cause the wire to overheat without tripping the breaker. I hope this helps....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Cook top wiring, induction cook top, authority having jurisdiction
induction cook top, authority having jurisdiction, amp breaker: Hi Leigh, Your correct....the gauge to use is 8 for a 40 amp breaker. As for the type, romex or bx, check with your local authority having jurisdiction over electrical installations. It is different in parts of the country. I hope this has helped....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Coverting A Switch To A "Single Pole Switch w/Ground Outlet, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: Hi Andrew, The reason you are having such a hard time is you don t have all the right wire to power that type of switch outlet. Every switch is not powered equally. Some a know as switch legs. Switch legs don t have a proper neutral in them. That is why...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan light, ceiling fan light, wall switch
ceiling fan light, wall switch, light fixture: Most remotes are placed in the crown that covers the ceiling wiring. If you have a built in remote, you may need to install a new remote and bypass the built in. It is also possible, if a built in remote, that it is not repairable, or able to bypass...which...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: checking wiring of a house, ulterior motive, elderly parents
ulterior motive, elderly parents, independent assessment: To give you a very clear and reliable answer...I need some other info. Do they have white rubber coated wires....or black cloth like wires. Is it screw in fuses or typical breakers. Is there an attic access that you can verify anything. If you take a switch...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Too much on one circuit., watt microwave, flood lights
watt microwave, flood lights, law of gravity: You have about 600 watts in lighting and an 1100 watt microwave. I would expect the circuit to trip if the water cooler compressor starts when the microwave is running. The purpose of the 80% rule is to allow practical continual usage without nuisance tripping....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: cold air coming out from high hat lighting, robert wilber, high hat
robert wilber, high hat, sheet material: There are 2 types of recessed light, those that are rated for direct contact with insulation and those that are not. The easiest way to tell is that the contact-type are designed with an integral enclosure which isolates the shell of the recessed light from...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: combining14 awg & 12 awg, amp breaker, gauge wire
amp breaker, gauge wire, light fixture: Hi. Yes, you can use only a 15 amp breaker. That is because if you used a 20 amp breaker, and the 14 gauge wire was overloaded, it would overheat and possibly catch fire before the breaker would trip. You might say that you don t plan on overloading...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: conduit buzz, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: HI Tom, This could be normal or it could be a sign of a bad or loose breaker. What you are hear is the vibration cause by the electro-magnetic force of electricity coming from the panel and going to the AC unit. I would not worry too much about it unless...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Direct Wiring Puck Lights, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: Hi Scott, Yes you can do this type of thing. I don t know where you live but if you can find an electrical supply and not a home center you should be able to find under cabinet splice kits that will do exactly what to do. There are different brand that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Direct Wiring Undercabinet lights, low voltage puck lights, bearer of bad news
low voltage puck lights, bearer of bad news, lowe s: Hi. Yes, when you have the transformer type, the transformer has to be properly wired. But pretty much anything goes with the low voltage part, because it usually isn t enough voltage to shock someone or cause a fire (although you still have to be somewhat...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Disposal hookup, silver screw, brass screw
silver screw, brass screw, brass screws: Look closely at the receptacle terminals on the side with the brass screws only. You will see a small metal tab connected between these two screws, break it out with a pair of pliers. There is also a similar tab on the silver screw side, but leave this one...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dedicated circuit for heaters, baseboard heater
baseboard heater: Hi. Pretty much so. It depends on the wattage, but most heaters are pretty high in wattage. If it is a little heater and there isn t much else on the circuit, you might get away with it. I hope this helps. Feel free to ask any follow up questions....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: determining single phase vs 3 phase 240, delta service, phase service
delta service, phase service, phase voltages: Matt By going to the outlets that will not tell you if you have a 3-Phase service. What you will to look for is the outside of the building to see how many wires come in to the building at the service mast. A 3-Phase service will have 3 hot wires a Neutral...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dimmer switch on ceiling lights, dimmer switches, google search
dimmer switches, google search, power consumption: For that to be true, the power not consumed at the light would have to be lost at the dimmer as heat, so that when the lights were REALLY dim, the switch would glow in the dark from the heat created there. Common dimmer technology today relies on triacs,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: diy electrical problem, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: Hi Dalce, Not all lights have ground wires. For the most part it would be hard to hurt yourself on an ungrounded lighting fixture. You can just curl up the ground and not use it in this case. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: front door sconces -- wiring, measuring power, light bulbs
measuring power, light bulbs, wall switch: I need to know how you are measuring power, exactly how you did it and what type of voltmeter did you use? How many wires are at the switch? What colors are they? How many wires at each fixture? What colors are they? Are the wires in conduit? ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: front door sconces -- wiring, long periods of time, volt circuit
long periods of time, volt circuit, light bulbs: Hi. The bulbs burned out in a month because they were probably left on for long periods of time, and because the bulbs are enclosed. The only thing that can cause them to burn out early on a 110 volt circuit is heat and vibration. It sounds like the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: front door sconces -- wiring, cables and wires, light bulbs
cables and wires, light bulbs, burnouts: Not enough info here to solve your problem. How many cables and wires at which boxes, and where do the cables and wires go? One cable at each sconce? Two at one sconce and one at the other? How many switches in the switch enclosure? How many cables? How...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dryer throwing the main breaker, amp breaker, amp meter
amp breaker, amp meter, heating element: You could have a short in the motor or heating element(s). An amp-meter can be used to find out the source of high amp draw. It sounds like you probably should have Whirlpool Factory Service or another company you trust to fix this for you. There is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electical Stove, wall receptacle, dryer manufacturers
wall receptacle, dryer manufacturers, neutral wire: Hi Gsil, Sorry for any delay - just getting back in from visiting family over the Holidays...because the trip was last minute - I didn t have the chance to mark myself as away on vacation at the site before we left. Over the past decade, in an...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electric Service Change, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: Hi Jim, I would like to be able to answer this for you but I can t. I can tell you that the only one who will be able to tell you the answer is the detailer for your electric company and only the guy that covers your district. I know that if I go 5 miles...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electric Switches, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: Hi Jack You need to install a door jam light switch. http://cgi.ebay.com/Door-jam-closet-light-switch-normally-on-AC-DC_W0QQitemZ310100300587QQcmdZViewItem You run a 14-2 wire from you light to the switch. The White carries the hot to the switch...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electric Washer/Dryer combo wiring, washer dryer combo, electrical plug
washer dryer combo, electrical plug, kenmore: Hi. It sounds like the plug is wired right. I don t understand how it can be getting only 28 volts. If it is wired right, you should get 220 volts between red and black, and 110 between red and neutral, red and ground, black and neutral, and black and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: Hi Greg, You can do this if at the switch you have two Black wires and two White wires. The one wire is the feed and the other is the light and the switch breaks the circuit in between. If you have this then you need to run your new light wire to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical Fluctuation, 3 way switches, rewiring
3 way switches, rewiring, strange thing: It sounds like there is a circuit that is wired from two different sources and perhaps shares a neutral. I saw this in a kitchen where instead of two 3-way switches they used two regular switches, each powered from a different breaker, and both feeding the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical interference With TV, paper shredder, ferrite cores
paper shredder, ferrite cores, electrical interference: Well, you have got me stumped. Know anyone with an oscilloscope? I had a commercial customer once with unusual computer data problems which I resolved using a scope, but I can t think of how to use the results of obvious tests to solve your issue, except...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical Outlets near ceiling, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: Hi Linda. Sometime I have seen Chresmas lights or rope light plugged into outlets above the kitchen cabinets. It have a nice mood lighting effect. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com http://www.philadelphia-electricians-how-to.com...

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

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical outside the wall!, silver tubes, modern houses
silver tubes, modern houses, laundry room: Hi. How safe and modern the wiring is would depend when the upgrade was made. The agent is right about being cheaper to do. You can see how many circuits you have. If you don t have many, then the wiring is probably not in good shape. Modern houses will...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical Panel, amalgamated electric, inch slots
amalgamated electric, inch slots, fuse panel: Where did you read that about the dryer? The concern I have is if you are overtaxing the 100 amp main. Simply adding a subpanel will not help your main breaker if it is overburdened. If it is just a matter of needing more room in the main and you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical subpanel, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: Hi Bill, I would buy SER type wire from a home center. It should match the breaker. 100 Amp SER cable goes onto a 100 amp breaker and 60 amp SER cable go on to a 60 amp breaker. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical Wiring in the Home>RV Wiring, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: Hi Cindy, I can see no reason why this can not be done. You should be able to make the addition out a few outlets to accommodate your modern life style. This will not be something that you as a home owner will be able to do yourself. That is unless you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrician Certification, master electrician, degree in electrical engineering
master electrician, degree in electrical engineering, time bombs: Hi Chris, Sorry for any delay....been away visiting family for the Holidays. Where our trip was last minute - I didn t have the chance to mark myself as away on vacation at this site. Needless to say - I now have a pile of back-logged questions. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: easy one for you, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: It will not matter which way you do it. I do understand your confusion. To put your mind at easy put all three wire together and call it a day. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com http://www.philadelphia-electricians-how-to.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electric to a shop, volt circuits, pvc conduit
volt circuits, pvc conduit, goodyear tire: You can either use two strands of 10/2 or one strand of 10/3 and share the neutral and still have two separate circuits. You will not need a panel in the shop. Since both are 120 volt circuits, it only has to be 12 deep and if you use UF or underground feeder...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electric sub panel - troubleshoot, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: Hi Al, You have a bad connection or a bad breaker. If you can t find it and tightening it up and adding NOLOX does not fix it I would replace the whole thing. The problem is that heat could cause anther breaker to fail and start a fire. In general electric...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: Hi Walter, 1.Unplug everything and turn off all the lights. Does the GFCI work? 2.Did you install the replacement correctly? 3. Did you swap the white or black wire on the GFCI on the line and load of the GFCI? 4. Do you have a water leak or was it raining...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical, wire nut, light socket
wire nut, light socket, pigtail: Hi. Any switch will do. The better ones will last longer, but they all do the same job. The two black feed wires connect together, along with a short piece of wire to one terminal of the switch. The black light wire connects to the other terminal of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical, light switch, switches
light switch, switches, patience: All the switches should have the tabs snug against the box. If they are not, then yes you probably need to move wires. If the switches are back as far as they should be notice that when loosened each switch can be moved from side to side. You need to adjust...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical main service, private dwelling, amp circuit
private dwelling, amp circuit, 2 legs: Hi. The 75 amps is for each leg, so you are OK for now. However, even 100 amps is considered obsolete now, so you will need to upgrade when you put the hot tub in. It will draw close to 50 amps on both legs, since it is 220 volts. It usually does...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical run to workshop, load calculator, rv parking
load calculator, rv parking, ampacity: Ken The first problem is voltage drop from the main panel to the work shop. You have a total of 150 ft of wire to run at 30 amps 240 volts you will have the following. Estimated Drop 5.4 Volts Load At Circuit End 234.6 Volts Voltage Drop 2.3 Percent...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical upgrade, apples to apples, aluminum wire
apples to apples, aluminum wire, wire house: Scott, this varies so much by location, will the panel be replaced, the meter box, the devices? Most will offer free estimates for this large of a job. Call several contractors and have all specifics written down to compare apples to apples and get estimates....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical wire and heating ducts, open basement, heating ducts
open basement, heating ducts, basement ceiling: Hi. The wiring can go outside of the ducts. Although it is probably best to leave a little space if you can. Remember to get the wire away from the edge of the joist so that it doesn t get nailed into, and make sure no sharp edges from the duct damage...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical wiring, pig tails, light combination
pig tails, light combination, fan switch: Part of this does not make sense, in the three wire cable it leaves the white wire connected to nothing. The white in the two wire cable if connected to the pig tails of all three switches is indicative of it being the hot wire feeding all three switches which...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical wiring, 3 way switches, switch image
3 way switches, switch image, ground cable: William Yes you can if you bring the hot wire into the switch box and then take a wire 14-3 w/g to the light then a 12-2 to the receptacles. In the ceiling box take the red wire from the 12-3 and hook that to the light fixture. Then take the black wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: empty spaces in fuse box, fuse box, fire marshal
fuse box, fire marshal, question thanks: Hi Rick, When you mention fuse are you referring to breakers? If so...you will need to get some Federal Pacific panel blanks . These are plastic inserts that are positioned in the empty spaces where breakers would go. You can normally get these...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: exterior wiring, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: Hi Michael, No. BX or MC is not rated for outside use. You can use conduit, UF wiring, Carflex or liquid tight for outside wiring. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com http://www.philadelphia-electricians-how-to.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Feedback through stereo speakers from wiring?, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: Hi Ryan this is a hard problem to correct. More often then not it has to to do with the grounding in the house. I would make sure your house is properly grounded and then I would run a dedicated line to you entertainment equipment. That will solve 90% of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Finding break in line, fence system, underground fence
fence system, underground fence, temp wire: Hi Tim, Petsafe sells a kit similar to what you are using that has always worked for me. You can call them a 888-284-6234 and ask for an RFA-50. They have a special transmitter to send the signal through the wire. I believe they are around 50.00 give or...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Flickering light and burnt switch, lamp fixture, heat buildup
lamp fixture, heat buildup, light bulb: One bulb flickering means the problem is at the gate. Switch looking burnt could be caused due to high current through the switch because of bad gate lamp/fixture, but the switch should be able to handle whatever the breaker allows. Switch might be damaged...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Fluorescent Lights in Garage - Take Two, fluorescent light fixtures, two blacks
fluorescent light fixtures, two blacks, dumb question: Parallel simply means that each light is being fed from the source. Normally the power gets ran to the first light. Then another wire is ran to the next light from that light, and so on. At each light you have all three blacks wired together and all...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Fluorescent lighting, shoplights, shoplight
shoplights, shoplight, amp circuit: Hi. It sounds like they ended up in series with each other. Make sure that the blacks are all connected together, and the whites are connected together. You also need a good ground for them to start properly. The ballasts sometimes go bad, so if it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Follow-up Question, fixture wire, holes in the wall
fixture wire, holes in the wall, central hole: Hi. You would install a junction box at the second location, and run house wire between the two boxes. The wire should be the same gauge as the rest of the wire. If you are not sure, then use 12/2. At the first box, you will have probably have 2 wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: amp conversion, amps, volt
Electrical Wiring in the Home: amp conversion, amps, volt, amp

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit keeps tripping, plasma tv, new apartment
Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit keeps tripping, plasma tv, new apartment, circuit breaker

Electrical Wiring in the Home: determining single phase vs 3 phase 240, phase service, hots
Electrical Wiring in the Home: determining single phase vs 3 phase 240, phase service, hots, weather

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical, gfci receptacle, gfci receptacles
Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical, gfci receptacle, gfci receptacles

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Feedback through stereo speakers from wiring?, meter box, cable lines
Electrical Wiring in the Home: Feedback through stereo speakers from wiring?, meter box, cable lines, power meter

Electrical Wiring in the Home: grounding in a new work plastic box, loose wire, porcelain
Electrical Wiring in the Home: grounding in a new work plastic box, loose wire, porcelain

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lost Power on a circuit, gfci
Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lost Power on a circuit, gfci

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet, master bedroom closet, recepticle
Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet, master bedroom closet, recepticle, basement bathroom

Electrical Wiring in the Home: NO POWER TO SEVERAL OUTLETS, working lamp, way switch
Electrical Wiring in the Home: NO POWER TO SEVERAL OUTLETS, working lamp, way switch, hot wire

Electrical Wiring in the Home: switched duplex, lighting circuit, unexpected shock
Electrical Wiring in the Home: switched duplex, lighting circuit, unexpected shock, outlet location

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wire size and capacity, wire guage, power watts
Electrical Wiring in the Home: wire size and capacity, wire guage, power watts, wire gauge

Electrical Wiring in the Home: faulty disposal switch, double switch, hi bob
double switch, hi bob, extension cord: Hi. The disposal should be on its own circuit, so anything else working nearby really doesn t matter. Did you check the breaker? It may have tripped. If you are not getting power at the switch, then check for power at the breaker to narrow down the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: feeding two panels, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: If I understand you correctly you have a disconnect box by your meter outside that you want feed your garage with instead of out of your house panel. You can do that as long as all the power form that service can be cut off with in 6 disconnects. You will...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: finding the wire, perimeter, brakes
perimeter, brakes, pricerange: Call petsafe and ask for an RFA-50. I think they are about 50.00. Your other alternative is to visually inspect the perimeter and find the most likely place for a break. Then, replace a section of wire until you find the one that is causing the problem...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: One fixture works the other does not on 1 sw, vent fan, switch wiring
vent fan, switch wiring, switch one: Hi. It is just a matter of narrowing it down the best you can. Carefully use a cheap neon tester and see where you have power, and where you don t. If you have power going into the fixture, then the fixture is defective. If you have power going into...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: flood lights, flood lights, light bulbs
flood lights, light bulbs, wire connections: It is generally bad wire connections. It can require that you take junctions apart and just redo the connections. Check the bulb sockets for contact points. In some cases, the bulbs will push the center contact down too far and cause a problem making future...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: fusebox hot, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: Hi Ray, It sounds like you are a good friend. I think that your friend may need to consult with a professional electrician for this problem. One who can be on site. It sounds as if his electrical service is going bad and he is in need of an upgrade. I m...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: fusebox has power, reverse polarity, fuse box
reverse polarity, fuse box, vaccuum: If the neutral had power, it can be from another circuit, a branch circuit, a light circuit, almost any number of choices of something being on and it is conducting current to the neutral lug. It can be a reverse polarity situation..someone put the white...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: fuses assigned in an odd way, fuse box, laundry room
fuse box, laundry room, hall closet: Hi. Normally a wire leaves the fuse box and continues into several rooms until it ends. There should not be separate wires for each room. If you do have separate wires, then someone should actually see what is there before giving advice. I am sure you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Garage Wiring, amp breaker, gfi receptacle
amp breaker, gfi receptacle, gfci: Hi. Yes, you can use thicker wire than is needed, which would be 12 or 10 gauge. I would not have the GFCI on the lights, because if something causes it to trip, you will be in the dark. So you can use a GFCI, then run the load wire only to the outlets....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Generator hook ups, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: Hi Kendall, Something doesn t sound correct. Do you have a generator transfer switch? I would call out an electrician if you are not sure. This can so dangerous so be careful. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com http://www.philadelphia-electricians-how-to.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Generator - Proper cord from Gen to House, gas water heater, coleman powermate
gas water heater, coleman powermate, furnace fans: The formula to convert watts to amps is: Watts divided by voltage = amps So on the high end of 5000 watts divided by 240 volts = 20.82 watts or 5000 watts divided by 120 volts = 41.67 amps so you can see with this...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Generator - Proper cord from Gen to House, gas water heater, coleman powermate
gas water heater, coleman powermate, furnace fans: ej Yes it should as long as you do not overload the generator. You need to buy a 10-3 cord with ground such as a SO cord or any type of rubber cord for outside use. Then buy a L14-30 RECEPTACLE END and a NEMA 6-15 240 V 15 Plug. Go to a supply house...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Generator - Proper cord from Gen to House, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: Hi EJ, I can t tell for sure if this is the best fitting generator for you with out looking at your life style and knowing how often you expect to be with out power. It should defiantly improve your life when you have a power failure but you will have to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI, Neutral to Ground Voltage, neutral conductors, voltage difference
neutral conductors, voltage difference, gfci outlet: Hi. There should be no voltage difference between them if they are connected all the way through. But if the neutral is disconnected anywhere, then it can be feedback from the black wire. The GFCI measures the difference between the hot and neutral...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI and older wiring, rubber insulation, j box
rubber insulation, j box, basements: Hi William, Sounds like a lot to do. Is all of this practical or would a complete rewire be better? This depends on the way the house is constructed. Single story homes are easier to rewire than two story. Homes with basements are easier than...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: Hi Tammy, It sound as if there is a problem in you wiring. The GFCI breaker is detecting a problem and is doing it s job. I would call in an electrician to check out this problem first hand to evaluate the problem. It may not be anything but an over sensitive...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI Alarm notification, shallow well pump, virginia beach virginia
shallow well pump, virginia beach virginia, solinoid: There is no alarm to my knowledge for this purpose, but it is contrivable. You would need a 120volt solinoid and a 12volt switch. When power would cease, the solinoid would release to turn on the 12volt switch to battery to turn on a sound of some sort...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI Breaker, surge protector, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: Hi Mark, It should not cause an issue but it can. The problem is on of two thing. The surge protector is broken and should be replaced with another one. Or this model is just not comparable with GFCI protection. Some surge protectors will use an MOV circuit...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI/Circuit breaker, bathroom remodel, general lighting
bathroom remodel, general lighting, loose connections: If this is the only bathroom, the lights and outlets can be on the same circuit. Otherwise they need to be on separate circuits. Normally the outlets are gfi protected and the general lighting and fan are not. It is possible that the person did not install...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: general wiring advice, wiring advice, bare wire
wiring advice, bare wire, maximum load: You will need 8/3 to have both 120 and 240 volts into the shed. If you do not have a neutral you do not break down to 120. You can have 240 with 2 wires and ground...but it takes 3 insulated wires to get 120 and 240. If you will get to 60amps possible...upgrade...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: generator, propane tank, minimum distances
propane tank, minimum distances, inch clearance: Kenneth The minimum distance between a tank and the closest part of any fuel fired appliance is 2 feet, with a minimum 18 inch clearance on one end and one side, and a minimum 2 inch clearance between the tank and a wall. If at all possible these minimum...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: generator wiring, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, Electrician: Hi Jerry, I don t write the code I just follow it. The reason that this code exist is some one some where did this but did not turn off the main breaker. The power found its way back onto the utility line and hurt a lineman. The transfer switch only lets...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: gfi, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: Hi Jerry The feed line goes to the Line side of the GFCI. You take a wire out of the Load side of the GFCI and go to the switch. Black goes to gold White goes to Silver Ground goes to green Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: gfic, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: Hi Steve, You can install a GFCI outlet at the end of a 12-3. This can protect only the one point where the outlet is installed. You can not use a GFCI breaker to protect the entire line while sharing the neutral on a 12-3. As a rule I do not let my...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ground fault or short circuit?, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: Hi Jason, Don t be too embarrassed to call an electrician. This is what they do. In this economy you could be helping someone stay on their feet too. The cost for this repair should be quite miner and the job will be done correctly. You could easily shot...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: grounding in a new work plastic box, universal code, question thanks
universal code, question thanks, follow ups: Hi. There just isn t anything to hook the ground wire to. If it is the end of the run, no metal box, and no ground on the fixture. You can contact your local electric inspector and see what he says about the codes. It always varies. For example, in...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Hard-wiring of low voltage undercabinet lights, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, Electrician: Hi Shane, If you have no transformer then your lights are not low-voltage. That really doesn t matter the same concern should be taken. The extension or any junction needs to be in an electric al box. The electric box is there to keep sparks from starting...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Home Circuit, outlet plugs, space heater
outlet plugs, space heater, loose connections: Hi Tony, First thing to try, maybe you have already, plug the space heater into another circuit. See what happens. If this does not happen with another circuit...the problems lies with the first circuit. Start with the first outlet on the circuit,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Home Electric Fire Alarm Problem, electric baseboard heaters, smoke emissions
electric baseboard heaters, smoke emissions, smoke alarms: Teri, Seems odd that the pellet stove and smoke alarm problem happened at the same time. So, it is certainly possible that there was some electrical problem that caused this. However, if you cannot smell any smoke then it is probably a problem with...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Home wiring, wire nuts, home wiring
wire nuts, home wiring, t touch: Hi. There could be 2 circuits in a box, or perhaps the outlet or radio just didn t work. You can switch the wires at the breaker box. Just get 2 breakers the same amperage, and switch the black wires connected to those two. Be careful because even with...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Hot/Neut Rev, wall outlets, neutral wire
wall outlets, neutral wire, question thanks: Hi. The circuit not being grounded would not affect it. You are getting power from the neutral, because the power in the hot wire is going through whatever is plugged in or wired into the circuit, then unable to return back to the panel. If the neutral...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: hallway light, florescent bulbs, hallway light
florescent bulbs, hallway light, doubt change: Hi Errand, It sounds like the fixture was the problem, especially if it was old or made of plastic. Check the wiring going into the fixture and make sure the insulation is in good shape. Put an AC Volt meter on the lines and make sure you have the appropriate...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: hbl2411 wiring, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: Hi Daniel, I can t make an assumption on what you are doing or the exact product you are using. This can be a dangerous job and should be left to the experts. If your brother plans on doing this himself he will need to install a generator transfer switch....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: home wiring, double wide mobile home, gfic
double wide mobile home, gfic, bus bars: Hi. Many times people have GFCI s, but can t find them. They can be outside, or in a bathroom. If it was built since the 80 s, there should be a GFCI somewhere. However, if that is not the case, then it might be easier to run a new wire from the panel to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: hooking up a remote telephone in garden, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: Hi Franz, You can I don t know of an phone specific switch. I have use regular switch in the past with no problem. With the switch you only need to cut one wire and connect it the two ends to the two screws. Here is what I would do if you can t get...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: hot and neutral reversed?, exact diagnosis, electrical switch
exact diagnosis, electrical switch, hot wire: Hi. Yes, it does seem strange. However there has to be 3 wires between the switch and light, if there are devices past the light that are on all the time. Normally the white would bypass the switch, the black would connect to the switch and continue on,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: house wiring, wattage bulbs, electrican
wattage bulbs, electrican, cfl bulbs: Hi. There really isn t much you can do without rewiring everything. The wiring was changed in 1985 to withstand more heat. If it is a chandelier where the heat of the bulbs won t affect the wiring, it doesn t matter. If the bulbs are close to the wiring,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: house wiring, three way switches, question thanks
three way switches, question thanks, neutrals: Hi Q, Your neutral is loose or broken somewhere along the circuit. Start with the first outlet or switch on the circuit and inspect and tighten the neutrals. Do this at each location along circuit until you find it. Also check in the breaker box...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Installing a Double Oven in place of Single Oven., amp breaker, amp circuit
amp breaker, amp circuit, starter project: Hi. Before changing any breakers, you must have the correct wire size for those breakers. Using a wire that is too thin will likely start a fire. When wiring a 220 volt appliance, you always use double pole breakers. You can t use two single pole...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Installing a new light with switch and outlet, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: Hi John, On the outlet. Gold is for the hot or black wire. Silver is for the neutral. Green is for the ground wire. On the switch: The switch needs to be before the light or what ever it is controlling. The white neutral wires get tied through with...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Installing a sub panel in my garage, gauge copper wire, volt compressor
gauge copper wire, volt compressor, installing a sub panel: Hi. It depends on the amp rating of the welder and compressor. 6 gauge copper wire will handle 65 amps at the max. Normally UF wire should not be run in conduit, unless it is a very short piece that you don t want to damage with a shovel, etc. Most...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: installing 220 vlt outlet, volt outlet, voltmeter
volt outlet, voltmeter, prongs: The two hots get connected to the two straight prongs and the neutral gets connected to the the L shaped prong. Do not rely on a voltage pen. Get a voltmeter that gives you the exact voltage. If you wire it incorrectly you will create a direct short...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: installing a light shorted out my bathroom, wire nuts, gfci
wire nuts, gfci, electrician: Hi. First of all, make sure there is not a GFCI on the circuit. There shouldn t be one for the light, but there should be one for the outlet. Otherwise, it sounds like there is a break in the circuit. These things can be hard to track down. Somewhere...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: installing outdoor outlet, wall stucco, ac outlet
wall stucco, ac outlet, gfci: If this was new construction or remodeling the outdoor outlet would not be on the same circuit as the bedroom. However, when the house is not being exposed, I have seen the bedroom circuit gets tapped into because running a new circuit is somewhat prohibitive....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: invisible fence, invisible fence, petsafe
invisible fence, petsafe, existing system: Hi Robin, I am not familiar with that specific model. Please call Petsafe at 888-284-6234 and they can help identify the transmitter setting. I can answer some of your other questions. Correction level: If the dog is strong willed, I d start him out...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: isolated grounding, path of least resistance, prong plug
path of least resistance, prong plug, noise mitigation: Robert When a Isolated ground is used it must be Isolated from the complete grounding system of the panel.What you will have to do is Install a separate grounding system,that will ground other than on the panel ground. Now here is another opinion that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kitchen Oven, Micro wave and Cook Top, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: Hi Tom, I think you should hire an electrician for this project. It is a bit over what I think a DYI project should be. I would personally a 100 ser wire to feed the subpanel. Then I would have to look through the manuals that came with you equipment to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kitchen WIring, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: Hi Ken, I can not tell you weather you appliance will have the same or different electrical needs as your current appliances. You will have to find the current breakers size, wire size and number of conductors and compare them with the new appliances. If...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Knob and Tube, knob and tube wiring, screw type
knob and tube wiring, screw type, fuse box: Hi. It is not unusual for the neutral to show power if they are disconnected from the power source. The reading you are getting is feedback. In other words, the power goes through the hot wire, through a bulb or appliance, and then shows up on the neutral...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lamps and Bulbs., incandescent bulb, watt bulb
incandescent bulb, watt bulb, wattage: The type A is the shape and size of the base of the bulb so you have to follow that. If the manufacture wrote requires ... instead of max .... then without seeing the lamp I have to go with what the manufacture recommends. Normally they say max...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light switch, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: Hi David, I think the problem you are having is due to the type of switch you are replacing. Is the switch in the wall a 3-way switch? A three way switch can controll a light at more then one location. A 3-way switch will not hav the ON and OFF written...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Loose neutral fire/future damage to system, electrical diagnosis, home technician
electrical diagnosis, home technician, days before the fire: Locate a MOBIL HOME TECHNICIAN...that is important. Have an electrical diagnosis done of your wiring. DO NOT CALL an Electrician. Most Electrical companies are NOT certified for Mobil and RV service. If you have the ability to take it to a Service/Sales...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Loose switch connection?, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: Hi Ann-Marie, It is my guess that you have a bad light switch. This should be easy to fix. All you do is buy a 3-way switch and replace the old one with the new one. Turn the power off and the wires go back in the same order that they were taken off. You...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lost Power on a circuit, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: Hi Al, The breaker detects short circuits. You could have a bad connection. A breaker will not detect that. It could be the cause of your power failure. I would keep that breaker off and call an electrician. Bad connections can heat up and start a fire....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lamp switch, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: Hi Gina, The switch you need is called a three-way switch. It sound like your husband installed the wires in the wrong order. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com http://www.philadelphia-electricians-how-to.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch, brass screws, light switch
brass screws, light switch, black and white: Hi. Connecting all the blacks to the outlet and all of the whites makes sense. (Blacks on brass screws, whites on silver colored screws) However, it is the black wires that need to be switched. The white wires will bypass the switch and connect to each...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light that wont turn off, fixture wire, childs bedroom
fixture wire, childs bedroom, light fixture: Hi. Did someone change the wiring? If the power enters the light first, then the black coming in should go to the switch. The wire coming back from the switch should go to the black fixture wire. If the power enters the switch first, the the blacks connect...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting switch, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: Hi Jon, I don t know of a pull that replaces a threaded rod. I m sure that there is a way that some where else a small hole can be drilled into the fixture and a pull switch can be added and held on with a lock ring on the out side of the fixture. You can...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights dim when a/c energized, aluminum cable, mechanical failure
aluminum cable, mechanical failure, heat buildup: Don t worry about the aluminum cable or alloy bus. Just check terminations for mechanical failure and heat damage. So how bad does the voltage drop when these units start? The key here is the more circuits comment Sounds like a systemic problem. I...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights flicker but don't lose power, loose connections, underground service
loose connections, underground service, question thanks: Hi Russ, Sounds like you might be having problems with your service. Call your utility company, which provides power to you, and ask them to check all their connections to your house. In my part of the country these same symptoms are noticeable when...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: locate wiring, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: Hi Bill. There is no really go way to do this. There are some tracer but they don t work really well. I would just disconnect the wire off the switch. Install a single switch and not worry about that switch unless I find that something is no longer working....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: low power in some room, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: Hi Nishant, It sounds like you have a bad neutral connection. You need to turn off the circuit breaker and call in an electrician. I bad neutral circuit can easily heat up and start an electric fire. This should not be too expensive to fix now but if you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: low voltage wiring, low voltage wiring, doorbell button
low voltage wiring, doorbell button, converting a garage: Hi Roy, Sounds like you have a great project going on. Can I simply cut it, drape it over a roof joist out of the way and reconnect with a wire cap? ..... Yes Do I need to shut off the electricity ..... Yes, to the transformer only. This is for...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Main wiring to horse barn, stall horse barn, aluminum wire
stall horse barn, aluminum wire, outlet boxes: Hi. There should be a double pole breaker in the main box that goes to the sub panel in the barn. At the barn, you need a box with a main. The neutral and ground wires should be kept separate on separate bars. The hot wires connect to screws that go to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: MC / FMC in residential, outer sheath, mc cable
outer sheath, mc cable, armored cable: Mark You can use mc inside walls any length Although MC resembles its close relative, armored cable, there are some distinct differences. Whereas armored cable has a grounding strip in intimate contact with the inside of the metallic sheath, which can...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Motion Detector Wiring, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: Hi Gillie, It sounds like you did it right. All ground wire (Bare Copper wire) all ways go together. The blinking is another issue. It has to do with the setting on you motion detector. I would set it with its longest settings and then wait a day. Sometime...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: main breaker, watertank, electrician
watertank, electrician, breakers: Probably the best thing to do is have an electrician take a look at your system and see what the problem is. There are too many variables for me to help you troubleshoot. There could be problems with the panel, breakers, wiring, and other things, so you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: main lug wiring from 60a 220v disconnect, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: Hi James, It sound like you have a basic understanding of electricity. Unfortunately that little bit of understanding can get you into a lot of trouble sometime. This sounds like a job for a pro. This side of the meter have little in the way of built in...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: main panel, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: Hi Curtis. First thing I would do is turn all the circuit breakers to the off position. Then after they are all off I would turn them back on, one at a time. If this doesn t correct the problem you should call an electrician. You may have a safety Bill...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: moving an outlet, window seat, boxes
window seat, boxes, junction box: Hi. The hard part is that you are not allowed to make a splice in a junction box, then bury it behind a wall. So, you will either need to re-run longer wire from the existing source(s) or put boxes and blank covers (or additional outlets) on either side...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New recessed lighting, switches, boxes
switches, boxes: Hi. Something isn t wire right most likely. But I would need to know the exact wiring sequence, how many switches, where the power enters, etc. to tell you how it should be wired. Also check for anything touching in the boxes that shouldn t be. I hope...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: neutral with low voltage, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: Hi Chris, This is not a problem to play with. You, right now, could have a connection that is burning up. Only part of your electricity is getting through and the rest could become lost as heat. I can t tell you for certain this is the case but I know it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new room, wall sockets, new addition
wall sockets, new addition, air conditioners: Hi. You can have one circuit for the whole room, assuming that it is not a kitchen, dining, laundry or bath room. However, if the power goes out, then the room will be dark. That may not be a problem for most people. Also, if you plan to use any high drawing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: OUTLET PROBLEM, gfci breaker, gfci outlet
gfci breaker, gfci outlet, broken wires: This outlet may be on a gfci breaker or being fed from a gfci outlet. That is the first place to look. If nothing is tripped then I would test all the breakers to make sure each one is feeding the proper voltage. If that is not the problem then you will have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outdoor light, neutral wire, copper
neutral wire, copper, circuits: Just to keep the conversation clear...you should have a white neutral wire and a bare copper ground wire. Do NOT connect any thing other than bare copper or a green colored wire to that. White is white. You may have a branch circuit with red and black...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet Boxes Spacing, outlet boxes, wainscotting
outlet boxes, wainscotting, electrical hazard: Hi. Here is something that may work. You don t need to get to the original box: http://www.aifittings.com/m_9.htm. There are other ones too that just screw onto the existing box. There should not be a big gap between the box and the outlet, because...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet stopped working suddenly, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: Hi Ted, It sounds like you did a good job at tracing this out. Now it is time to call in a pro. I m sure with a bit more time you would find your problem but to me it sounds like you have a loose neutral connection. This could start a fire so it is not...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet with a switch, wiring details, switch box
wiring details, switch box, light switch: Hi. If the outlet is wired to the light, and the power enters the switch first, then the outlet will work only with the light on. If you want the outlet to be on all the time in that case, you either need to run a wire from the power source in the switch...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet and switch replacement, gfci outlet, electric boxes
gfci outlet, electric boxes, lighting circuit: Hi. The light and disposal do not need to be controlled by the GFCI, so you don t need to use the load side. However, you do need to know which wire brings the power into the box. It should be the one that connects to the two switches currently. If...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlets with no ground plug, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: Hi Glen, The answer is yes, no and maybe. It is not a major safety concern. Yes can rest safe and sound at night. You do have wiring that is at least 60 years old and it would be a good idea to up date the wiring before it becomes a problem. So that is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: old home wiring, microwave convection, convection oven
microwave convection, convection oven, garbage disposal: Your new microwave will need its own circuit (20 amps). The refrigerator should be on its own circuit. The old wiring needs to be inspected thoroughly and each circuit needs to be sized correctly for the loads. Remember that just because you got away...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: old house wiring, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: Hi Carl, If you have an older house that still has not been upgraded with grounded wiring you should consulate with an electrical contractor and plan on having the wires upgraded. The electrical code does allow you to replace ungrounded outlets with GFCI...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: old house wiring upgrade, neutral wire, knob and tube
neutral wire, knob and tube, gfci: Hi. No, this is very dangerous. If the neutral wire comes loose, then everything that is grounded will become energized and cause a shock. (Feedback from the hot wire.) I get a lot of questions dealing with loose neutrals, so it happens a lot. You can...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outdoor outlet install, installing a ceiling fan, lighting circuit
installing a ceiling fan, lighting circuit, general lighting: Hi. Bad news on both questions. The kitchen/dining outlets have to be on their own circuits without anything else. You can tap off a general lighting circuit, such as a living room plug, or the kitchen light. The smoke detectors also need to be on...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet, loose connections, breakers
loose connections, breakers, getting power: Patrick Have you checked the wires in that box for power from hot to ground? What you may have to do is shut that circuit down and check the outlets that are on that circuit. You may find that one of those wires may be loose.Go to the outlet that is the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlets, dining rooms, electronic equipment
dining rooms, electronic equipment, air conditioners: Hi. Unless there is a local code, there really isn t a limit on the number of outlets, it depends where the outlets are, and what they are used for. An inspector can also use his discretion on how many outlets he allows. Kitchens, dining rooms, bathrooms,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outside sockets, fuse box, outdoor outlets
fuse box, outdoor outlets, christmas light: Hi. The outdoor outlets should have a GFCI somewhere. It could be in a bathroom, outside, in a garage or in the basement. This is an outlet with a test and reset button. Press the reset button. Make sure to look carefully in the garage and basement,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: oven malfunction, gas valve, voltmeter
gas valve, voltmeter, selector switch: The first thing to check is that you are not in time bake mode. If you have verified that all the modes are correct you can test the ignitor. I would probably never recommend Frigidaire anything. If you feel like tackling this yourself you can...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: oven / range wiring, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: Hi Glen, You will have to follow the manufactures instructions foe each of the new units. Normally they will require you to run separate circuits. These circuits will be smaller in size then the circuit for the all in one unit. Note: I avoid splicing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: oven wire splicing, friction tape, loose wire
friction tape, loose wire, home wiring: Excellent question. The answer depends on if you feel like you ever need to separate the wires again. If so, then you should use wirenuts or male/female plugs. Then tape them. If not, then you could solder them and use shrink tube to cover them and then...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Panel Box, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, Electrician: Hi TTL. Only one of the leads is hot? Did you check down stream to the main panel. It probably is a bad breaker or loose connectional there. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com http://electrician-in-philadelphia.blogspot.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Partial power loss, wire nuts, swiches
wire nuts, swiches, loose wire: Hi. Is this all on one circuit? Assuming you checked the breakers it sounds like you have a loose wire somewhere. These things can be hard to track down. Somewhere in the circuit, there is a break. It could even be at a device that is working, because...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Photocell wiring three lights together, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: Hi Danielle, I would install a photo eye at each light personally. I have found that they last longer and are easier to repair if I do it that way. If you want one to control all of them here is what you do. Take your out going wire. The wire that goes...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: NO POWER TO SEVERAL OUTLETS, amp circuit breaker, wire nuts
amp circuit breaker, wire nuts, gfci outlets: Hi. There could be a short in the wiring. You should probably check every box for good connections, nothing touching the terminals, etc. Check the wire nuts to be sure they are tight. Also, if the wires are pushed in the back of the outlets, they may not...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Portable Generator for Home Use, ground fault protection, nec code
ground fault protection, nec code, gp series: Brad When they say power derived from an electric utility company or from an on-site-generated power source. What they are talking about is if power comes from the Power company or a generator that is on site only. It Must have a GFCI Device to protect...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power over an extended distance to a bldg, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: Hi Robbie, Yes you can run underground cable but it usually cost more then adding pole. You should get quotes from local electricians. If this cabin is not going to require much power you could go green and go solar. It is costly to install but so is getting...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Premature Bulb Failure, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: Hi Robert, That is a hard question to answer. Most of the time it is loose socket or building vibration that is the cause. If the fixture is mounted to a joist that vibrates as people go up and done the stairs you light bulb will have a short life. Bill...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Problem with 18 watts 4 pins in kitchen, metal cans, ballast
metal cans, ballast, watts: Hi. Do these fixtures have starters? They are small metal cans usually under the tube. They go bad sometimes. Otherwise, make sure that the tubes are sitting in the socket. The ballast can also go bad. These are inside the fixture and look like transformers....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: partial electric outage, different space, wall outlets
different space, wall outlets, question thanks: Hi. I still think an overload is more likely. Dead shorts are easy to spot, because you can disconnect certain parts of the circuit and narrow it down. But when it is a slower short that happens once in a while, it is very hard to find, and likely an...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: popping noise and a rubbery burning smell, bathroom area, wiring connections
bathroom area, wiring connections, bedroom area: I would be concerned but I am not sure where to tell you to begin looking. Since you heard the sound near the bathroom, I would start there and probably with the vanity light. I would turn off the breaker to this light and remove it and check the wiring connections...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power on box, fuse box, detective work
fuse box, detective work, wire nut: Hi. If the white wire is connected, you should not get a shock from it, and there should be no reading. However, if the white wire is not connected, then you can get a shock and get a reading because the power is entering the system through the black wire,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power to celling fan, wire nuts, hot line
wire nuts, hot line, ceiling fan: Hi. In order to get electricity to a certain area, there has to be an uninterrupted path for the electricity to travel. It sounds like there is a break somewhere. These things can be hard to track down. Somewhere in the circuit, there is a break. It could...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: powere surge in home, circuit breakers, garbage disposal
circuit breakers, garbage disposal, many sounds: Kee I would call the power company and tell them the problem they may have a bad connection on the service. You may want to check to see if your service is grounded properly. The neutral should be checked to make sure it is tight.If you were having a problem...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pushmatic 40 amp breaker faults, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: Hi Randy, You should not touch that panel with out training. You can t turn the power off to the main breaker with out disconnecting it from the power company. Also if you panel is pushmatic it need to be replaced. It is no longer a safe electrical panel....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Questions about installing sub panel, amp breaker, safety issue
amp breaker, safety issue, two feet: Hi. Sub panels do not add amps. So, make sure that everything combined won t overload the system. As long as there is a main breaker that works in the main panel, it is not so much a safety issue. But there is no sense in going to that trouble if you need...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Questions re: electrical fire, hook ups, fuse box
hook ups, fuse box, fuse panel: Hi Susan, Since the wiring is probably 50 years old too, the insulation on the wire could be getting bad. Over time the insulation dry rots (dried and cracked). This probably allowed a short circuit to happen between some wires and the smell was the insulation...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: question, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: Hi Michelle, I m sure you the answer is No you should not put an 100 watt bulb in a 60 watt socket. Yes it could cause a fire. Did you think about getting a Fluorescent bulb that is equivalent to a 100 watt bulb but only uses less the 60 watts? Bill...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Range 120-240 wiring coversion, small screws, volt circuit
small screws, volt circuit, gas range: Hi. The easiest thing is to disconnect the 240 volt circuit. The range can be plugged into any kitchen outlet. An outlet can be added by tapping off the existing kitchen outlets. You could run 120 volts through the 240 volt wire, but it is very hard...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Re-wiering light in my finished bacement, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: Hi Kirk, That makes a lot of sense to me. To do this you will need to run a wire from each light the light switch. The light switch have the feed or hot wire that is powering the lights. Currently it is powering only one switch. The feed can be jumped across...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Receptacle Outlet Switch, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: Hi Alex. It sounds like you have a short circuit. You need to start open up the circuits at different point until the breaker hold. The first point is the breaker its self. Remove the wire off the breaker and see if it hold. Then go down the circuit open...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Receptical to Switch, installing under cabinet lighting, fuse box
installing under cabinet lighting, fuse box, copper wires: Hi. Neutral wires never connect to a light switch. The light switch has 2 terminals, not counting the green ground. One is for the black power coming in, the other is for the black power going to the light. The whites connect to each other, bypassing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Recepticle/blown breaker, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: Have Dave, If you can t find the problem with a general visual inspection of the wire I would call in an electrician. You could have a damaged wire that could burn the house down if not repaired properly. It sounds like this would be an easy fix for someone...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Remove outdoor fixture and switch, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: Hi Lois, If you remove the light fixture and only see one wire in it you can safely patch that box over. Then when you move down to the switch you should only find two wires. Disconnect each of the wires. Put a wire cap on each wire. Tuck them into the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Replacing bathroom wall light, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: Hi Graham, It is very common for that to be done with that type of light. It is not legal but it really will not hurt any one if there is no box in the wall. That type of light almost acts as a box. Now, I m not telling you to do this but i would not be...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Replacing light switch, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: Tracy, It doesn t matter if you don t know which wire is hot. It is sometimes better not knowing. You MUST treat all wires as if they are hot. If you do that you will be much safer then if you assume a wire is dead and find out the hard way you are wrong....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Replacing outdoor light fixture, outdoor light fixture, ground wires
outdoor light fixture, ground wires, well thanks: Hi. The red goes to the black. However, the white should not be connected to any bare ground wires. The white from the house should connect to the white of the fixture. The bare from the house should connect to any bare or green wires of the fixture....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Replacing Porcelain Lampholder, porcelain lampholder, screws
porcelain lampholder, screws: Hi. The wires are going in and then back out to another device. You should get a short piece of wire the same thickness, and wirenut the 3 wires together, then connect the other end of the short piece to the new lampholder. I hope this helps. Bo...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: re: Electrical, good chance, fuse
good chance, fuse, dishwasher: Hi. If the items that are not working are every other row on the breaker panel, then you have one out of the two phases not working. (also anything on a double breaker will not work.) The problem could be anywhere from your panel to the street. It is a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: removing obsolete wiring, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: Gary, I would advise you to remove it to be certain that it is no longer in use and can t start a fire after you insolation. It really should not take too long to remove but a house fire will take really long to recover from. To me it would just be worth...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing ceiling fan/light with track lighting, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: Hi Esther, You can probably find a receiver and a remote that will work for you in this situation at www.smarthome.com. I would just explain your situation to their customer support and they will be able to fine the best parts for you. Bill Lutz Generation...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: reverse polarity, reverse polarity, residential wiring
reverse polarity, residential wiring, hi mary: Hi Mary, Find the breaker which controls power to the living room outlets. Have someone help identify which outlets and lights go on and off when flipping the breaker. There should be other outlets and lights on this same circuit. Check to see if this...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewire laundry room, gauge wires, washing machine and dryer
gauge wires, washing machine and dryer, gauge wire: Hi. Unless you have local codes that say otherwise: yes, you can use the same boxes. In order to meet the new code, you will need to run a new wire from the panel to the outlet in order to have 2 hots, a ground, and a neutral. 10 gauge is 2.5 per...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewiring a light switch, ceiling fan light, chain switch
ceiling fan light, chain switch, wall switch: Hi. It is strange that all the outlets would be on the switch. usually just one outlet. There would be no way to run a clock in that room. There may or may not be a separate wire for the outlets. Or maybe it was wired wrong for a long time. I hope...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Safety, junction boxes, safety question
junction boxes, safety question, subpanels: If the sub panel is rated for 125 amps then you need to run wire that is appropriate for 125 amps, which happens to be #2. Even if you put a 100 amp breaker in the main you still have run wire that can handle the sub panel rating. If you want a to go with...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Service Panel Wiring, split bolt connector, volt circuits
split bolt connector, volt circuits, installing a sub panel: Hi. Normally all panel boxes are two phase, whether you use 220 volts or not. If you don t have enough 110 volt circuits to need two phases, then you probably really don t need a sub panel anyway. It would be easier to run one or two circuits from the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Service problem., circular mils, current carrying capacity
circular mils, current carrying capacity, conductor size: Bad news. Sure sounds like a bad conductor [if your tests are right] and, yes, it happens all the time. I assume from your lament about digging that you are direct buried straight into a trench. Most people don t dump an adequate [cable sand or equivalent]...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Service upgrade: 100 to 200 amps, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: Hi Doug, I don t think you will like my answer. It is great that you can do some of your electric work yourself. How ever I have come to believe that a man with a little knowledge can be dangerous to himself. The most important peice of knowledge is to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Shorted out chandelier, new chandelier, wire nuts
new chandelier, wire nuts, electrical tape: Hi. You will need to look at the wires, and make sure that none of them have the insulation burned off of them. The proper way would be to replace the wires, but that would be very hard. So, you can probably get away with electrical tape. Also check...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Space Heater, baseboard electric heater, amp breaker
baseboard electric heater, amp breaker, amp unit: It sounds like you bypassed the switch. Yes, there is no neutral in your heater because it is purely 220 volts. Each leg is wired to 110 volts and together they supply 220 volts. But it is important to connect the ground wire to the ground connection...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Splitting power at recepticle, recepticle, question thanks
recepticle, question thanks, continuous power: Hi Mitchell, You must know a little about this since you mentioned snap-out tab . If you have a wire going to this plug which contains black, red, white and bare conductors your job is simple. If you only have black, white and bare conductors your...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Sub Panel Wire Size, lighting panel, amp service
lighting panel, amp service, light fixtures: James If the sub panel is rated at 100 amps then it should be feed with a 100 amp service wire.The reason for that is the panel can accept more circuits causing the panel to be overloaded. What ever is in the sub can be adjusted to a percent usually 40-60...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Sub Panel Wire Size, volt circuits, amps
volt circuits, amps, 220 volts: Hi. Generally, you should run the breaker in your main panel, and the wiring to match the size of your sub panel. The number of breakers allowed is determined by how many amps it is. With a 100 amp sub panel, you are allowed 20 breaker spaces. If you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Sub Panel Wire Size, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: Hi Jame, I m sorry to say but judging by the way you worded your question you should not be doing this job. I m sorry and don t want to be rude but I also don t want you to hurt your self. At this level of power you are entering a danger zone that is best...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Sub Panel Wire Size, national electrical code, amp breaker
national electrical code, amp breaker, question thanks: Hi James, Is the amp rating of a sub panel supposed to be higher than the total load of the panel if everything wired to it was turned on? Or is it a percentage? ... No it doesn t have to be higher. The National Electrical Code (NEC) allows the load...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Sub Panel Wire Size, maximum load, subpanel
maximum load, subpanel, feeder: The panel needs to be rated for at least the maximum load to be implied, the Wire feeding the sub needs to be rated for the maximum load to be implied. It is a general rule that the wire for the sub panel should be rated for the maximum load of the panels...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Sub Panel Wire Size, amp breaker, conductors
amp breaker, conductors, conductor: There is no hope, only the rules. Conductor is protected by breaker. 50 amp breaker-50 amp conductor. 100 amp panel? If you protect the conductors feeding the panel with a 20 amp breaker at the main panel, do you need to use conductors larger than 12 gauge?...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Sub Panel Wire Size, subpanel, breakers
subpanel, breakers, feeder: The wire running to a subpanel has to be rated for whatever that panel is rated for. No matter what breaker you put in there, the wire has to be able to handle what the panel is rated for. #6 or #8 will not suffice for a 100 amp subpanel. A load calculation...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: SWITCHING OUT LIGHT FIXTURES, watt bulbs, compact fluorescent bulbs
watt bulbs, compact fluorescent bulbs, cfl bulbs: Hi. The easiest way is to buy compact fluorescent bulbs which use less electricity, but are brighter. If you had 100 watt bulbs in the fixtures for very long, they should be replaced anyway. The problem with the higher wattage isn t the wattage, it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Switched light and outlet to switched light and unswitched outlet, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: Hi Henry, No you don t have enough wire to do this conventually. You could go to www.smarthouse.com and find an RF cheat to control a switched wall wart. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com http://electrician-in-philadelphia.blogspot.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: simple wiring, compact florescent bulbs, laundry room
compact florescent bulbs, laundry room, faint glow: Is there only one black and one white wire in the light junction box? If so, this should be correct. If there are more than these two wires, the circuit drops to the switch and this may not be correctly wired. Was this the same way the original light was wired?...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: sizing a residential disconnect, amp fuses, amp fuse
amp fuses, amp fuse, fuse boxes: Hi. The sum of the breakers is almost always more than the main breaker. They assume you don t use everything at once. yes, it would be 200 amps per leg. Number 2 is only 125 amps in copper or 100 amps in aluminum. it sounds like you have a 100...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: spa sub panel, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: Hi Harold, They will sell this type of stuff at most home center or hot tub suppliers. If that doesn t work you should look up your local electric supply house in the phone book. This may not be the project for a non-electrician. Electricity and water ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: space heater on a 15 amp circuit, amp breaker, amp circuit
amp breaker, amp circuit, room downstairs: Hi Aamer, Based on your description....with a 1500 watt heater...you are simply too close to 80% maximum load for this 15 amp circuit and wiring. Turn on the lights, TV or any other load...and your way past 80% maximum. NOTE: we use 80% for short-term...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: stacked single pole switch, romex, fan switch
romex, fan switch, hot wire: Hi. The only way 2 switches can work with 3 wires is that the power enters the fan and light first, and only the hot wires go to the switch. One hot wire bringing the power in, one hot wire for the light switch, and one hot for the fan switch. If you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: stuff, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: Hi Frank, I do agree with you. We are no subitution for a real electrician. I often tell people that they need to have an electrician come out and have a first hand look at their problem. On the other hand some people just have simple questions that need...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Putting in a sub panel off of 150 AMP main, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: Hi George, This sounds like it will be easy for for you. The type of wire you need is Called SER. You should order a piece of 100 amp SER for this job. You can but it at any home center. You should not have to use conduit unless the wire could get mechanically...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: sub panel, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: Hi Rick, That sounds OK. The subpanel will have two lug connection at the top of the buss bar for your two hots. You will find a ground bar and a neutrals bar in the panel. They will be bonded by a bonding bar. That bonding bar needs to be removed. A bonding...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: subpanal for elecric heat, electric baseboard heater, base board heaters
electric baseboard heater, base board heaters, amp breaker: Hi Mike, You should consult with a live local electrician before you do this. It should be possible. 2(20amp x 220watt) = 8,800watts should be enough for your heating project. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com http://www.philadelphia-electricians-how-to.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: subpanel/feeder, problem thanks, feeder
problem thanks, feeder, amps: Not legally. #4 is only rated for 85 amps. #3 is rated for 100 if you are pulling copper and #1 for aluminum. You also have to pull 4 wires to have the separate ground as well as the neutral and it also has to have a separate ground rod connected to the ground...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: subpanel feeder, copper conductor, feeder cable
copper conductor, feeder cable, bx: Hi Harold, Since I specialize in breakers, I do not know the cable names (bx), but according to NEC Table 310.16, you will need at least a #3 Copper conductor to handle 100 amps (see below for other sizes and amperages). Assuming you are talking about...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: suddenly dead circuit with 3 outlets wired in series without tripping circuit breaker, wire casing, neutral wire
wire casing, neutral wire, voltage tester: Hi Shelli, If you have voltage on the load side of the breaker, where the wire goes out to your three outlets, then you probably have a broken wire or loose connection somewhere in the circuit. First let s make sure the connection at the breaker and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: switched duplex, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: Hi Carl, I not completely sure what you are doing but I think I can walk you through how it work so that you can configure the outlet to work for you. Take your 1/2 switched outlet out of the wall and look closely at the gold screws and then the silver...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Thermostat will not follow commands, honeywell programmable thermostat, hot water baseboard heating
honeywell programmable thermostat, hot water baseboard heating, white rodgers: I could not locate the model for the White Rodgers. But at this point you need to find out what those three wires are. Typically R is for power, W is for heat, and B is for common. But you need to verify this because it does not sound like that is what...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Thermostat Problem, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: Hi Chandra, I would stop what you are doing and call in an HVAC contractor. I m afraid that you may have done something that shorted out the control board on the heater. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com http://www.philadelphia-electricians-how-to.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: TV Kitchen Light,Refrig Stove on rt side of house, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: Hi Daniel, Don t be foolish if this has gone on for six months and you can t find it. It sound like you have a bad connection that is cooking up some where in the circuit. If you don t find it it can burn you house down. This is not something to pay with...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Type of wire, circular mils, conductor area
circular mils, conductor area, acceptable voltage: CSA=KIL/Vd CSA=Conductor Area in circular mils K=Conductance factor I=Load Current in amps L=Round trip conductor length Vd=Acceptable Voltage drop in volts [3%] This is all explained in a number of questions I have answered myself, here. It is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: tankless water heaters, demand water heater, tankless water heaters
demand water heater, tankless water heaters, warranty work: Hi Sarah, What assurance would I be able to have that they were qualified? Check with the local BBB to see if any complaints have been brought against them. Ask to see their trade license. Make sure it is current cause all licenses have a expiration...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: tanning bed blowing 15amp breaker, homeowners policies, amperage
homeowners policies, amperage, prong: Hi. If you change the breaker without changing the wire, the wire will overheat and very possibly catch on fire. Homeowners policies usually do not cover fires caused by homeowners wiring, so it might be better to consult an electrician. Otherwise, you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: total rewire: 2 questions I think are simple, ground receptacles, whole house surge protector
ground receptacles, whole house surge protector, old chimney: This is going to be a fun project. Conduit is always acceptable to connect buildings. You should not need to isolate grounds if you are on complete surge protection. Not to mention you dont want to invite an inspector to ask why and what are your reasons....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: track lighting - power but no light, wattage bulbs, lighting power
wattage bulbs, lighting power, wattage bulb: Hi. It sounds like there is a hot wire going to the lights, which will cause a tester to register, but no neutral. Also, the transformer may be damaged from overloading it. I doubt if the wrong fuse would cause these problems. It is probably easier...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: treadmill, reptile room, treadmill
reptile room, treadmill, dana: Dana, I have the same problem in my reptile room. What is happening is that the circuit is not wired for something that pulls as much current as a motor. Try moving the treadmill to a circuit with a bigger capacity. Look on your breaker box and find one...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: tripping breakers, commercial dishwasher, dripping point
commercial dishwasher, dripping point, faulty work: Phill First of all if your basement gets that humid I would invest in a dehumidifier if the panel is in the same area then you may have corrosion in the panel. Causing the problem.You said the dishwasher is hooked up to 240v is this a commercial dishwasher?...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: troubleshooting pendant lighting, rope ladder, light socket
rope ladder, light socket, portfolio model: Before you climb the rope ladder to the ceiling...check the light socket... Are they screw in or two prong plug in bulbs. Make sure that they are not loose. If you are correct....call an electrician...30 is not for a homeowner to be working electricity...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: vintage ceiling light wiring, bedroom light, light socket
bedroom light, light socket, hot check: Hi Paula, Outlet screws are color coded. One is silver and one is gold. The silver one is the neutral (negative, for you) and the gold one is the power (positive, for you). Normally the white wires will go to this neutral and the black wires will go...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: voltage in outlets, supply voltage, will most likely need
supply voltage, will most likely need, electrician: You did not say, but I will assume you are in the U.S. This could be a problem for some loads and it needs to be addressed ASAP. The first thing to do is to get the utility company out and check their supply voltage to your panel. If their supply...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wall Recepticles, duplex receptacle, red push
duplex receptacle, red push, recepticles: Just one red wire? Turn the power off. replace receptacle with a new duplex receptacle. do not break off brass tab on hot side install all wires as they are now EXCEPT do not reconnect red wire. Put a wirenut on the red wire and push it into the back...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Water in Light Fixture, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: Hi Jeff, It sounds like you have a plumbing problem and I have no answer for that. The water shows up at the light fixture because it is where the ceiling is cut open for the wires. Water can also travel down the wires from some distance and then come out...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wire connectors for fan, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: Hi MK, OK that is good that your house is not wired in Aluminum. The ceiling fan wire is coper stranded wire with a silver metal coating on the outside. It is not an aluminum wire. CU/CU wire nuts will be fine. If you look on the back of the box of wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wire nuts inside breaker panel, wire nuts, ground wires
wire nuts, ground wires, bus bar: Robert What may have happened is the ground wires were either too short when they installed them or they were cut. If this is a older house they may have done a service change on the house. This all ok and within the code,I just wonder why they didn t get...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wire popped with arc, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: Hi Pat, I would think it is one of two reasons. 1. You wire is damaged and needs to be located. 2. When feeding it through the hole you pull the 14-2 and a connection at the end of the wire wiggled and shorted. You do need to find the source of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wire Splicing In Breaker Box, wire thhn, buss bar
wire thhn, buss bar, wire nuts: Yes, you can legally do this type of a splice within the panel. A suggestion, if you think you may be adding more circuits later, I personally do not like the small breakers as the contacts are smaller and also they only catch a small section of the buss bar...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wire size, arc welder, max voltage
arc welder, max voltage, voltage drop: #6 is very, very close to the max voltage drop allowed by the NEC. Note the words max allowed which means to me that you should drop a wire size to #4 to be safe. It is not a matter of if you are going to max out the amp draw, it is a matter of the wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wire size for circuits., circuit breaker trips, hots
circuit breaker trips, hots, awg: Hi. No, you can t do that. If you overload it, there will be no breaker protection for it. Also, if one circuit breaker trips, there will still be feedback from the other circuits, and someone could get shocked. You can run 2 hots on one neutral (same...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wire size/length of run, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: Hi Mat, I m not there so I can t tell you for sure but it sound like a 12-2 would work. The 10-2 will work as well and sometime better safe then sorry. The other electrician may be seeing something I m not or he may just be building in an extra level of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring a 4 gang box, cable clamp, cubic inch capacity
cable clamp, cubic inch capacity, ground wires: Hi. It s not that easy. I found this online. It depends on the cubic inch capacity of the box. Each black, white, or red wire counts as 2 units if #14, 2.25 units if #12. Count 1 unit as above for all the ground wires. Count 2 units for each...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring an addition, carbon monoxide detector, authority having jurisdiction
carbon monoxide detector, authority having jurisdiction, public servants: Hi John, Q#1... The circuit wire (14/2) to first alarm is correct. The 14/3 to the second alarm is correct. The 14/2 to the third future alarm should be 14/3. This way you can use the interconnect wire to tie all three alarms together. Q#2... ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring a Chandelier, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, Electrician: Hi Jim, In this case the red wire should be your switched hot. That goes to the black of the light. The black wire in the box just get tucked away in the box. It is always hot. The white wire goes to the white of the light. It is the return neutral...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring a ceiling light, 3 way switches, green copper
3 way switches, green copper, electrical questions: Hi Gretchen, Sorry for any delay - just getting back in from visiting family over the Holidays...because the trip was last minute - I didn t have the chance to mark myself as away on vacation at the site before we left. Needless to say - I had a pile...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring a fluorescent fixture as a plug-in lamp, metal chassis, lamp fixture
metal chassis, lamp fixture, zip wire: I cannot tell you to disregard the ground wire that came with the fixture. If it comes with one then you should use it. I always recommend updating your wiring to get a ground to your outlets. So many new devices use ground to function properly. The...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring a light to an existing switch, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: Hi Sue, There is no hard or fast rule as to which wire is switch. In your situation I would have to agree with you. I will bet that the red wire is switched. You can use a tester to tell for sure or open up the switch and see if the other end of the red...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring a Mini Split HVAC, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: Hi Dale, In this situation you should first install with 115 Volt and a neutral connection to L1 and L2. If it is under powered it will not work but it will not break either. If that doesn t work move up to the 2230 volt connection with two hots. My...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring a Porcelain Lampholder w/pull chain, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: Hi Bryan. This is easy. Cut the wire. Add a third wire that will go to you pull chain. Match all like colors where you cut the wire. Black to black and white to white. All grounds go together too. On the pull chain. Black goes to gold and white goes to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring a Porcelain Lampholder w/pull chain, silver screw, brass screw
silver screw, brass screw, metal boxes: Hi. I usually warn people not to splice into just any wire. But if there is already a light on the circuit you should be OK. The pull chain will control only the socket that it is mounted to. You have to have enough slack in the wire to install a junction...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring question for Dishwasher and Disposer, garbage disposer, dish washer
garbage disposer, dish washer, wire nut: Hi. Just the neutral from that circuit. Somewhere in the system it is not making contact. Be sure that all the wires are tight under the wire nut. It is possible, but less likely that the white wire is broken somewhere in the wire. I hope this helps....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring two switches for two lights with one traveler wire, porch light, voltage detector
porch light, voltage detector, overhead light: Some of this does not make sense. A white wire connected to the switch tells me it is a switch circuit only. If both black and white are hot....someone has made a 240volt box instead of 120volt....or....2 separate breakers are controling that box. Both...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring Track Lighting, light bulb, hadn
light bulb, hadn, last time: Hi. If the system is not grounded, do not connect the ground to anything. You should wire the track light exactly as the old fixture was wired. The black to the one black and the white to the other wires. This seems strange, but new fixtures should...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring temporary power to a shed, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: Hi Dave, I would not do a temporary electrical set up to heat your shed in the winter. I would dig a trench and run a 60 amp SER line in PVC conduit and add a sub-panel. Then run circuits for the heaters. I would be afraid of any temporary set up because...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wall outlets gone, wall outlets, loose connection
wall outlets, loose connection, circuit breaker: If you had a loose connection in any outlet in that circuit, it is possible that the arch, caused a separation. It most likely is a matter of pulling out all the receptacles for a wire inspection. Be sure that the new breaker is providing power, and the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wet wires, ceiling fan light, wet wires
ceiling fan light, wet wires, bathroom sink: Hi. I had a similar situation with water leaking into a heating vent and onto a fan. You can let everything dry out, and then see if it is OK. I would keep on eye on it for a while. Make sure that the fan is running, and that all the lights are on...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wire and breaker sizing for electric central heater., amp breaker, thin style
amp breaker, thin style, inch diameter: Hi. According to my charts, number 6 is Ok with 50 amps. However, you need to be sure it is number 6. Also, I am not sure why there is a heater and AC on the same circuit. Usually they should be separate. Also, if the AC needs a 40 amp breaker, a 50...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wire size, amp breaker, gauge wire
amp breaker, gauge wire, trane: #12 is only rated for 20 amps and with this long of a run it is adding to the problem. This wire needs to be at least a #8. I am certain this is a major part of your problem. This will not only affect the lighting, it is damaging the compressor. Thanks ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wire size and capacity, amp breaker, gauge wire
amp breaker, gauge wire, good fire: No. The breaker controls the amount of current that can pass through a circuit. If you pass too much current through a small gauge wire, heat will be generated and the wire will open or at least the insulation will burn. Sure way to make a good fire though...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring a 120/250v plug, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: Hi Michael, First you should look at the way it is put together originally and make sure it goes back the same way you took it apart. The right color code may not be what the original installer did. Y= Hot wire either Red or Black X= Hot wire either...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring, snap crackle, lightbulb
snap crackle, lightbulb, electrician: Hi. It is possible that other damage was done to the wiring. It probably won t cause any further problems. However, it just depends on how worried you are. Most likely the first thing an electrician will do is turn the breaker on anyway to see if it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring, wire nut, light fixture
wire nut, light fixture, wall switch: You need to have a least 2 wires available to connect to another light. It sounds like the box is a junction for a continuing circuit, so you need to know which pair of wires are from the switch, which pair are feeding the box and which pair continues to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring a 2 rocker switch, vent fan, rocker switch
vent fan, rocker switch, fan light: David You will need to get a stacked switch or 2 switches depending on what type of box you are using. take the wires from the vent/light and bring them into the switch box you need to use a 14-3 with a ground wire. Run the wires in the box use the black...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring 2 switches 1 light, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: Hi Mike, This should be easy do this in order. As you use up wires it get easier to figure out. The problem is you are not using the correct travelers on your threeways. Take your 14-3 and put the black and red on the the two screws that are the same...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring 3 set of recessed lights on dimmers, constant power, thanks in advance
constant power, thanks in advance, cans: Hi. You shouldn t need 14/3 to run to the other dimmer. The black power coming in will go to both dimmers in the double box, then the black wire going to the further dimmer. Each of the black wires going to the lights will connect to the other dimmer...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring for automatic transfer switch, automatic transfer switch, existing service
automatic transfer switch, existing service, electrician: Hi, Normally you would get a sub panel for what you want on the generator. That would connect to your current panel, so you would not need another main panel. Unless he has something different, which I have not seen that would incorporate the sub panel...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring a band saw home run to panel, electrical panel, receptacle
electrical panel, receptacle, circuit breaker: Paul To do this correctly get some 12-2 wire with a ground. Purchase a box a receptacle and a plate. Now depending where this goes in the shop will have a effect on those items. If the wall is just open studs then a plastic 1-gang nail on or bracket box...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring bathroom fan/heater, timer switch, bathroom heater
timer switch, bathroom heater, fan heater: It sounds like the black/white/ground is the source power. To verify, disconnect all wires and make sure they are not touching anything and with the power turned back on, use a voltmeter. You should have 110 volts between black and white. If this is true,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring compressor to breaker panel 220V, conductor wire, pressure switch
conductor wire, pressure switch, hots: Hi. The only way to get 220 volts is to use two hot wires. Some appliances have both 110 and 220 volt components, so they need both 2 hots, and a neutral. Most 2 conductor wire is white and black, but if it is for 220 volts, the white is hot. it is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring of door bell, bell chime, back door
bell chime, back door, safety issue: Hi. No, both wires come the transformer. However, one wire has the button between the chime and the transformer. It only matters if there are wires coming from two buttons. In housewiring, there switch would be the hot side. But there is no hot or neutral...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring electrical heaters, Philadelphia, electrician
Philadelphia, electrician, 19104: Hi Mark, 2000 watt/ 240 volts= 8.3333Amp. Your 20 amp circuit will be fine with that heater. 12/2 is fine for most heaters. 12/3 with the extra wire for the neutral is normally not necessary but the neutral may come in handy if you find some fancy thermostat...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring a garage, phone cable, detached garage
phone cable, detached garage, nothing fancy: Hi. You need at least number 6 wire through the conduit. You also have to use THHW conduit wire. You can t use Romex style wire in conduit. So, I would go with what you were doing, not his plan. Remember that you need grounding rods in the garage....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring old home, ground wires, fire hazard
ground wires, fire hazard, wire cable: Hi. If you do not have a ground all the way to the panel, it is unsafe to attempt to connect any ground wires anywhere on that circuit. If there is a malfunction where a ground would work, instead of tripping the breaker, it will electrify everything that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring a oven range, 220 volt appliances, hot legs
220 volt appliances, hot legs, oven range: Your house was built during the time the NEC allowed for 3-wire connections (two hots and a ground/neutral) for 220 volt appliances. To comply with the new codes you would have to run another wire to make it 4 wire. If your new appliance needs 4 wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Where does it go?, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, PA: Hi Jason, As an experienced electrician I have learned to let sleeping dogs lay. Most often that switch will control an outlet. Sometime it is just an abandoned circuit that was not reuse during a remodel. If I were you I would turn the switch off and wait...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 1 switch in a 2 switch box not working, wire nut, double switch
wire nut, double switch, loose connections: Chris Have you changed the switch? Switches can go bad,what you can do is remove the switch and take the 2 wires off the switch and connect them together with a wire nut and then turn the circuit back on,if the light comes on then the switch is bad if not...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 110/220 circuits, gauge wire, 220 volt
gauge wire, 220 volt, boat lift: Hi. make sure that the motor is intended for 220 volts. There should be a separate circuit for 220 volt things, so you shouldn t put anything else on this circuit. Also, check your amperage. 14 gauge wire will carry only 15 amps at the max, and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 110 outlet 400 feet away, amp service, underground wire
amp service, underground wire, voltage drop: David Wow that s a long way for a pump run,one of the things if you can do, is change the pump to a 240/230 volt pump. That is way more efficient. To do what you need is to run a #6 wire copper x 3 in 1 inch conduit If you used a 240 volt pump then...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 120v to 240v, amp breaker, bearer of bad news
amp breaker, bearer of bad news, garage door opener: Hi. The heater would use up the entire capacity in the garage, and you could not even wire up the other things. The main being 70 amps is a major problem. Even 100 amps is considered obsolete. You should have at least 150 amps. So, until you get the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 14 gauge wire on a 20 amp circuit, underwriters laboratories inc, fire underwriters
underwriters laboratories inc, fire underwriters, amp breaker: Hi John, The 14 gauge wire is rated for 15 amps. If you put it on a 20 amp breaker, the breaker could have 20 amps going through it all day and never trip. No big deal for the breaker, but the 15 amp wire is different. Five more amps going through...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 220 dryer plug, dryer vent hose, service man
dryer vent hose, service man, voltmeter: At this point you need to take a voltmeter and verify which wires are supplying the 220 volts and which wire is the neutral. The problem with 3 wire is that the neutral and ground are connected together. This is why the new code requires 4 wire so the ground...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 220 line problem, amp meter, good connections
amp meter, good connections, relative term: One option is to have the factory service come and look at the new dryer to establish that the dryer is okay or not. The factory service tech should have an amp meter that they can use to determine if the breaker is weak. They can also test your dryer cord....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 220V/# 10 3 wire, ductless air conditioner, amp breaker
ductless air conditioner, amp breaker, question thanks: Hi David, Yes you can. Please follow the recommendations in the instructions or manual. The black and white wires would carry the 240v and the ground with the bare. I hope this has helped. If you need additional information please send me a follow-up...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 240 in a 120 outlet, wire nuts, wall switch
wire nuts, wall switch, c white: Bummer... My bet is that the cable with the red and black has 240v between the red and black. Either of the red or black read 120v to the white. With all cables disconnected, no other cable has any voltage. This is a standard practice to bring 2 circuits...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 240V double pole fuse amperage, amp fuses, volt circuit
amp fuses, volt circuit, hot legs: Two 30 amp fuses. You have up to 30 amps flowing through the two fuses so if you have 15 amp fuses they would most likely blow. In a 110 volt circuit you only need one fuse or breaker because the electrons flow from a hot directly to a neutral (with a load...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Putting two 240v heaters on one circuit?, wall thermostat, thermostat control
wall thermostat, thermostat control, amp breaker: Hi. No, you should not put the heaters together. Using 10 gauge wire with a 40 amp breaker will cause the wire to overheat and possibly catch fire. You also have to be concerned about the rating of the thermostat. You can put smaller heaters on the same...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 cables/2 baseboards w/TStat, jumper wires, sorry one
jumper wires, sorry one, baseboards: Ok I didn t mention this because you had an existing situation but for 240 volt BB htrs like you have, the code requires a 2 pole relay not a single like you have. Both types will turn the heat on or off but the single pole relay you have only breaks one side...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 electrical connections/2 baseboard heaters, electric baseboard heat, baseboard heaters
electric baseboard heat, baseboard heaters, screw terminals: Tim, The relay has 2 screw terminals on it just for the coil , which when energized is what pulls the contacts on the relay together to turn the heat on. How many other screw terminals are there on the relay besides these. I m trying to determine if this...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 switches control 3 lights, swiches, relative position
swiches, relative position, intermix: Hi. The only way you can do that is to run the other two lights from one light. In other words, you will be wiring it up like there is one light. Then you will tap off that one light to power the other two. You can t intermix switches and lights. The...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 Way Switch - Dim Fixtures?, 3 way switch, top of the stairs
3 way switch, top of the stairs, 3 way switches: Hi Scott, Questions to think about: Have you measured the voltage? Do the lights dim with the 3/way switches in all positions or just some? Are there other lights, on the same circuit, which do not dim? Lights dimming indicate low voltage... can be...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 way ceiling light switch replacement, chain switch, way switch
chain switch, way switch, light switch: Hi. Without seeing it, all I can do it tell you the most common way it is wired. Normally the black wire from the switch connects to the power in wire. The red wire from the switch connects to some of the black wires from the sockets, and the blue wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3-way dimmer switch, 3 way dimmer switch, toggle switch
3 way dimmer switch, toggle switch, ok bob: Harvey, The key to replacing an existing 3 way switch or in your case installing a 3 way dimmer, you have to know which of the 3 wires on the switch your replacing is the common . The wire that is the common is connected to a copper colored screw on...