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Electrical Wiring in the Home: megger testing, blank report, work bench
blank report, work bench, megger test: Ah, the old Megger Test. To be honest I have not needed to use a Megger since I left the Navy. As an electrician onboard the ship we used it quite frequently. Basically, a Megger tests the insulation of the wire by pushing a lot of voltage through and measuring...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: I messed up BIGTIME, atta boy, 3way switch
atta boy, 3way switch, wall switches: Jorge: You didn t do that bad. Atta boy for a least trying, you can t learn if you don t try. 1. Disconnect the red wire and expose it. Now with a tester turn on and off the light switch see if the red wire goes on and off. Make shure the breaker is on for...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: another meter, initial intentions, main switch
initial intentions, main switch, landlord: Hi. Yes, that should make it easier. Assuming that the circuits are divided properly. (Everything on the studio box in the studio, and everything in the other box in the rest of the house.) I assume that the wire for the studio probably goes to a breaker...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: meter can change, ground rods, electrical inspector
ground rods, electrical inspector, line thanks: Wayne It depends on your local codes. Most times you put in 2 ground rods at 10 ft apart and the ground wire must be continuos from one to the other. Then you would need to run a ground wire from the meter to the panel ground bar then a ground to a copper...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: meter to detatched garage, local power company, amp service
local power company, amp service, electrical inspector: Hi Jeremy, no, that would be against the electrical code since you would now have 200 amps coming off the meter and the wire feeding the meter is only rated for 100 amps. This could cause the wires to overheat and catch fir. Installing a 200 amp new...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: meter mystery, mystery question, ge model
mystery question, ge model, electrical contractor: Wow, I had no idea electrical service was that outdated there. Pretty cool to have three phase though. If you could find enough three phase appliances it would be great. My gut feeling is from your description of the hodge podge of things over there,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: meter panel, blow dryers, meter panel
blow dryers, meter panel, recepticles: I think it is safe to say...no. The A/C unit will take 38-42 amps as a constant when running. The spa is the same thing. The house is going to need 30 amps for fridge, Dishwasher, TV, computer, etc. Only if you plan to limit uses of A/c and spa...one...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: meter quick disconnect, electrician, good luck
electrician, good luck, circuits: Hi Frank. I would not be able to answer this without looking at it. If you need to, you could trip it and then test all your circuits in the home to verify that it does kill all, but don t assume that it does. You may want to get an electrician in to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: metercan loose connection, local power company, spot checks
local power company, spot checks, street vibrations: Hi Donna, A loose connection happens often as connections tend to work loose, sometimes, due to normal house and street vibrations. Some tell tale signs are, your electric bill may increase slightly or the lights in the home may flicker at times. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: meters, subpanel, single home
subpanel, single home, neutrals: Hi. You will still have 2 meters, and will be billed for a service charge even if you don t use one of them. If one box is smaller than another, you can do that, but then you would need to change all the neutrals and grounds at the sub panel, because...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: microwave wiring, amp circuit, circuit breaker
amp circuit, circuit breaker, amps: Hi. It depends on the microwave, but most are less than 15 amps. However, it doesn t cost that much more to install a 20 amp circuit, and then you are prepared for anything in the future. 14-2 for 15 amps, 12-2 for 20 amps. If it is a counter top microwave,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: microwave wiring, hood vent, microwave oven
hood vent, microwave oven, alternate method: Hi Wayne. Cutting off the cord cap will void any warrenty that there might be on the unit. Instead, install a box to the end of the existing cable, and install an outlet. Then you can just plug in the microwave. I hope this has helped. Rick Miel...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: middle of run single pole light switch, screw terminal, ground wires
screw terminal, ground wires, light switch: Leave the white connected together as they are, and remove all 4 black wires. taking 1 black wire, touch it to each of the other black wires, 1 at a time. The do the same thing with the 2nd black wire, then the 3rd and then the 4th. One of these combinations...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: mig welder outlet, amp input, open circuit voltage
amp input, open circuit voltage, instruction booklet: Kelly: I have the next bigger hobart mig welder myself. The instruction booklet that came with the mig will state the circuit needed to power it. The 50 amp is a little big for this unit. Look at the cord on the mig to see the configuration of the prongs....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: mini-split a/c installation, c unit, wall unit
c unit, wall unit, amp: Hi Rob, Where is this A/C unit going to be installed? Is it a window unit in the house or a thru the wall unit? How far away is the unit from the breaker panel? Where is the disconnect going to be relative to the A/C and the breaker panel? Do...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: mis wired and now not working, light switches, definitly
light switches, definitly, hallway: Sometimes it is difficult to recognize the common terminal. If you get that confused or miswired..it stops the process. Fortunately there are only three wires to deal with at each swithc. I am hoping that one of them was purely three wires in the box....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: mis-wiring of receptacle, jumper wire, grounding wire
jumper wire, grounding wire, referrence: Hi Bob. It is a code violation to tie a neutral (or grounded) conductor to the equipment grounding conductor in any location other than the service. I believe the code referrence would be found in Article 250, and perhaps Article 110. Using the conduit...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: miss connect thermostat wire cost stop working, line voltage thermostat, control thermostat
line voltage thermostat, control thermostat, wall thermostat: Hey Fred, nice job. the burnt from yellow to black is not an issue so far. Did you clean it at all? If you had a ohm meter and could have it de-energized you could check for continuity between them. I doubt you burnt the cable but probably blew the fuse....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: missing grd on outlets, outlet boxes, ckt
outlet boxes, ckt, grd: Dick: Do not connect neutral to grnd strap. Try to find the first outlet in a circuit replace with GFI type outlet, then replace downstream outlets with 3 prong type. Make small lables no ground place on installed outlets. This way they will have GFI protection...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: missing switch on outside light, diagonal holes, daylight sensor
diagonal holes, daylight sensor, pull switch: It is very possible that this is a Hardwired light except that it is controled by a daylight sensor. That little hole you found, should be the light sensor. If this is the case, there is no wall switch for this fixture. It will be controled by a circuit...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: miswired circuit, volt stick, recepticals
volt stick, recepticals, electricty: Hi. There should be a bridge on the outlet where the red and black wires are connected. That bridge should be removed on the dark side only. That will fix it so that the switch works for the outlet. As far as the rest of it not working, somewhere there...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: mobil home 220 putting in dryer with 3 plug but trailer has 4 plug, center terminal, mobilhome
center terminal, mobilhome, prongs: Hi Christie, The easiest remedy to this is to but a new 4 wire dryer cord and replace the 3 wire cord. The black and red of the new cord go to the outside terminals on the dryer, and the white goes onto the center terminal. If there is a strap...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: mobil home wiring, aluminum wiring, aluminum wire
aluminum wiring, aluminum wire, meter box: Hi. First of all, for something that serious, I would call the power company or an electrician right away. It sounds like you may have a neutral wire loose in either the meter box or the breaker panel. If it is in the meter box, the power company can check...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: mobile home, wire nuts, bedroom window
wire nuts, bedroom window, washing machine: Hi. If you reset a breaker constantly without fixing the problem, you are likely to burn up the wiring. All Air conditioners should be on their own circuit as should the washing machine. You need to add a separate circuit for the air conditioner and a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: mobile home circuit, cross sectional area, screw terminal
cross sectional area, screw terminal, faulty circuit: Evening Angie, I m surprised you own an ammeter. Not many home owners do. Anyway your microwave is not getting the current it requires on this circuit to run properly. Most likely this is due to a poor connection somewhere on...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: mobile home electrical power pole, central maine power, electricity provider
central maine power, electricity provider, provider central: David and Sally What we usually will do is install a 20 ft 6x6 pressure treated pole then mount the service on the pole the meter on top and the main breaker panel below it. The we would go under ground to the mobile home to the main panel.You are not allowed...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: mobile home electrical, circuit breakers, recepticles
circuit breakers, recepticles, mobil homes: I want to appologize in advance. I am not licensed to work on Mobil homes or modular homes, and have NO experience with the wiring methods used. I would start by checking all the circuit breakers, or fuses if you have them. Beyond that, I would have to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: mobile home power hookup, power hookup, meter base
power hookup, meter base, grounding system: Evening Allan, I m not sure what exactly your wanting to do here. Are you wanting to bring power from a disconnect / meter base to a service panel? Basically hooking up a new service? The $800 bid seems high if you only need to pull...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: mobile home power hookup, power hookup, well thanks
power hookup, well thanks, thanks in advance: Allan On the outside you should have a disconnect box with a meter near it or above it. Depending on you mobile home s panel it should be equal or less than the breaker on the outside.Yes wire has gone up quite a bit,you can do this your self and will have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: modular home wiring, loose power, home wiring
loose power, home wiring, modular home: Sounds like you have lost part of the circuit between where you checked it and where you first loose it. You can only check continuity with the power off and then only between the neutral and ground. To check the hot side you have to shut off the Main breaker,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: moisture in my power outlet, condensation, air condition
condensation, air condition, summer time: Ryan, the inside of the outlet in the wall is probably much warmer than the inside air right above it, this cause condensation to form when hot and cooler air meet. It would only happen in the summer. I would think the easiest solution would be to move...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: mother inlaws dual ac systems going beserk, low voltage wiring, erratic problems
low voltage wiring, erratic problems, ac systems: It is possible that the thermostat wires were nicked at one point and are shorting together. The quickest way to determine that is, when the unit comes on when the thermostat has not called for it disconnect the red wire at the thermostat. If the unit is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: motion detector flood lights, bells and whistles, flood lights
bells and whistles, flood lights, motion detectors: Brenda Most Motion detectors are pretty good even the cheap ones they just don t have that many bells and whistles. Having that many going bad means that possibly the circuit may have a problem or that you have obstructions in the way trees,street lights,other...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: motion detector light, heath zenith, motion detector
heath zenith, motion detector, motion sensor: Bill, I don t know how old this unit is but its been my experience with Heath Zenith that it isn t very good or long lasting. The photo cell working periodically seems to support my theory. If you want something reliable and long lasting try the motion...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: motion detector replacement, motion detector, black white
motion detector, black white, wire system: Hi Brian, If you are replacing the whole thing, then a 3 wire system will work OK. If you intend only on replacing the detector and not the whole unit, you would need to get one like the old one that gave out,with 4 wires. For the little extra...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: motion detector switch, mail notice, 3 way switches
mail notice, 3 way switches, garage door opener: Good Morning Rich, Have no idea when your question first came in ( never got an e-mail notice...just now found it while logging into the site...this site has a few kinks in it...especially while they are upgrading) Based on your description....what...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: motion detectors floodlights, motion sensor lights, detector switches
motion sensor lights, detector switches, flood lights: Wayne, I can layout the wiring for both situations, but I m not sure the sensor will handle 4 lights when it is designed for only 2. There is a way we can do this but the lights would operate like this: Situation #1... Motion detector that is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: motion detectors floodlights, detector switches, light bulbs
detector switches, light bulbs, floodlight: Yes, you can do this. Make sure all the hots are on the same phase! Either detector turns on either light: Take the wire from the detector to bulbs (in both lights) and run a common wire between them. (the detector will have to be rated high enough...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: motion detectors floodlights, detector switches, x10 switch
detector switches, x10 switch, good customer service: Hi. There is no way that I know to do it with hard wire. You may want to go to a site like smarthome.com and look at the X10 items. They use electronic frequencies to communicate with each other. For example, you can buy a battery operated motion detector...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: motion detectors, wireless motion detector, motion detectors
wireless motion detector, motion detectors, light fixture: There are replacement parts for motion detectors that you may be able to incorporate into your existing fixtures. I guess it would be the physical installation into the fixture. You may have to drill holes for the wires and be able to mount the detector...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: motion light, dusk dawn light, motion sensors
dusk dawn light, motion sensors, detector sensitivity: You took 50 feet of 12/2 to this motion light and it is tapped off a junction where an attic switch is? Why did you change the attic wiring? From 12/2 to 12/3 and then wire this in? I am trying to figure out if you were compensating for amps or what....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: motion light comes on with other switches, wall switches, neon light
wall switches, neon light, voltage tester: Hi Bruce, The motion detector part of the fixture acts like a switch. The wire feeding this detector should be hot all the time, just like an outlet. So, either the wire feeding this detector is connected wrong in the box where all the switches are...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: motion lighting, switch locations, handy feature
switch locations, handy feature, motion sensor: Good Morning Terry, Sorry for any delay....been working down-state...just getting back in. Based on your description...there may be several options available for you to achieve your goals...but which approach will fit your situation will depend...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: motion sensing 3-way wall switches, don beck, wall switches
don beck, wall switches, trouble shooter: Don Beck can answer this one in about two seconds. If he is not available write me back and I will see what I can do. I am more a trouble shooter and motor guy. Don knows every circuit in the world and a couple thousand more than haven t been invented yet....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: motion-sensor, motion sensor light, sensor activity
motion sensor light, sensor activity, sensor unit: Hi Jeff, Well this depends on your light.. lights are different i mean. Well one example, you can put it in manual by turning your light switch off, then back on. One way to eliminate manual mode.. turn the breaker off for an hour or so, then...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: motion sensor, robert wilber, national electrical code
robert wilber, national electrical code, electrical resistance: - * Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * LIFE SAFETY WARNING! [disclaimer] Electricity is dangerous! You can be injured or killed! Improper installations can cause fire, injury and death! Are you qualified...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: motion sensor art project, proximity detectors, sculpture class
proximity detectors, sculpture class, motion sensors: Well your motion sensor should have worked. Don t know why it blew unless it wasn t wired right. There are a host of other things available that could be used as well, like proximity detectors, infrared beams, etc., etc., but you d have to have the knowledge...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: motion sensor deck light, motion sensors, back porch
motion sensors, back porch, deck light: Hi. Assuming that the manufacturer made it in the usual way, the sensor goes between the power and the lights. If there is only one white coming from the sensor, connect all the white wires together. Connect the black wire from the wall to the black wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: motion sensor flood light, flood light, outdoor motion
flood light, outdoor motion, motion sensor: Hi Ken, This type of lite does lose sensitivity over time. How long they last depends on the weather in your area. Direct sunlight or rain can cause them to weaken. You might try a little CLR or windex on the lens. This may help the detector to see better...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: motion sensor light, motion sensor light, dusk to dawn
motion sensor light, dusk to dawn, motion sensors: Hi Sandi, If the test button lights up the light, then the problem lies in the fixture itself. These motion sensors aren t built very well and act up all the time. It may need replacing but there are a couple of things you can try 1st. The detector...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: motion sensor light, motion sensor light, white stripe
motion sensor light, white stripe, blacks and whites: With two fixtures and three wires, it looks like you d have one black/white from your power source, and the other two black/whites from the two fixtures. The red and black w/white must be from your motion sensor. That being the case, I d connect all whites...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: motion sensor lighting, motion sensor, bulbs
motion sensor, bulbs, switches: Has the temperature outside changed dramatically just before this started? There should be TWO settings, one for sensitivity and one for time. Have you adjusted the sensitivity? Take a look for a sensitivity dial, and if nothing is there let me know,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: motion sensor lights tripped circuit?, motion sensor lights, security light
motion sensor lights, security light, hot wire: In some cases, the black does not go to black and the white to white. Depending on how it is configured, it can be the opposite. It could also be that while moving the wires around in that box, you accidentally made a ground connection with the hot wire....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: motion sensor wiring, motion sensors, light bulbs
motion sensors, light bulbs, way switch: Dustin, Some motion sensors come pre-wired so you all have to do is wire black to black and white to white. Some of them come with all the wires apart and you have to read in the instructions how to wire it correctly. But let me ask you this, is the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: motion sensor, incandescent lights, motion sensor
incandescent lights, motion sensor, line voltage: Hi. No, that should not be a problem at all. Just connect the wires going to the sockets to the power line coming in. If the fixture is anything else than normal line voltage incandescent lights, make sure you are not bypassing any ballasts or transformers....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: motor efficiency, commercial dishwasher, motor efficiency
commercial dishwasher, motor efficiency, approximently: You really will not be saving any energy, it will draw less amps on three phase due to three power legs vs two, but the three will add up to the same cost as the two on single phase. The main advantage of three phase is the wire size can be smaller due to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: if you have a motor that must..., flexible metal conduit, bob osgood
flexible metal conduit, bob osgood, homework type: Hi Hassouna, Sorry, but your questions have all the sound of homework type questions....and that is not allowed here. However, if these are not school related questions, please follow-up as to why you need these answers...and I ll do what I can...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: motor testing, megger tester, ohm meter
megger tester, ohm meter, volt motor: Michael, Good question, yes isolate incoming power. If you have a 460 volt motor with three leads 500 is good enough. If all the choices you have are 1000 that is OK also. Three leads from the motor will allow megger testing of the entire motor. Or...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: motor, capacitor, craftsman
capacitor, craftsman: That is most likely. As inexpesive as a capacitor is, replace it and see if it cures the motor problem. Even if the motor requires replacing, a new capacitor is always installed with a new motor, so you will already have this part completed. Thanks, ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Did I mount the plastic recepticle boxes incorrectly??, don beck, switch boxes
don beck, switch boxes, merry christmas: Hi Paul, The boxes being an 1/8th of inch from being flush, should be no problem. It s when they stick out too far that problems arise. Most electrical Insps. are not that fussy in this area. I don t recognize the term plug in circuit breaker . Terms...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: mounting light on vinyl siding, inch gap, vinyl siding
inch gap, vinyl siding, inch hole: Hello Gary you are correct, you don t just screw it to the block. Since there is a space between the box and block, you need to cut the block to the same size as the box, most likely two by three. Install a box extension, they are available at all electrical...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: mounting recessed lighting, dave simmons, watt bulbs
dave simmons, watt bulbs, electricain: Hi. I am not aware of any code about how close to a wall or another fixture the light should be. Codes vary from location to location and change, so there could be something I am not aware of. But I doubt it. But don t forget that recess spot lights can...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: moving 220v outlet, using a voltmeter, casing
using a voltmeter, casing, flashlight: Hi Gina. You should be able to do this, but my question to you is: Why is it 2 short? Is your dryer cord too short? How about just changing the cord to a long one? If you turn the dryer breaker off, and verify that is is off by using a voltmeter...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: moving a electrical stove receptacle, clock works, hot legs
clock works, hot legs, heating elements: Hi Winks, This is a 120/240V recep. It has 2 hot legs each carrying 120V. On the appliance your clock is a 120V while the heating elements (over,cooktop) are 240V. Since the clock works that tells me you have one 120V line hot...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: moving an outlet, fire wall, receptacle
fire wall, receptacle, redone: Hi Kathleen, Yes, it can be done. It should be fairly easy if you install the new one directly above the existing receptacle. You will need to cut in a old work box and drop a wire down to the existing box. Connect the wires together and install the new...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: moving outlets, granite countertops, holes in the wall
granite countertops, holes in the wall, backsplashes: Hi Brian, You can install new boxes where they need to be, but the problem could be the wires aren t long enough to reach the new location and you aren t allowed to splice them. If the all the wires are fed from above, it would be no problem but if they...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: moving range to another side of kitchen, fuse box, kitchen remodel
fuse box, kitchen remodel, concrete block: Aixa: Sounds like a kitchen remodel going on.. You did not say if you have space such as a crawspace below or a attic above. If you have eather and are they are accesable. If you can get at it from below there should be very little patching or drywall removal...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: moving a receptacle, don beck, white on whites
don beck, white on whites, wire nuts: Hi Tom, Either way will work. According to code, the way to do it is splice 1 new wire onto the 2 old ones. Black on blacks, white on whites, and bare(or green) onto bares. Leave the old outlet box as it is and use a blank cover over it. This will allow...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: moving refrigerator receptacle, frig, recep
frig, recep, receptacle: Hi David, If you still want to use the old outlet, then run a wire from the old outlet to the new outlet using 12/2 with ground romex wire. The connections at the old outlet: New black wire onto 1 of the dark colored screws, New white wire onto...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: moving/replacing light fixtures in old house, sheetrocking, metal conduit
sheetrocking, metal conduit, romex: HI Marc. So the question is, would I violate code if I did use them as a junction and then sheetrock over them? The answer is yes, it would be a violation. The easist fix would be a purchase a special cover that would dress up the junction box,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: moving wiring in a 1982 ceiling, present box, celing
present box, celing, splices: Hi. Don t forget that any splices have to be made in a junction box, and the junction box has to be accessible. If you are going across the joists without access above, then you would normally have to cut and patch. They do make very long flexible drill...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: moving wiring, partition wall, recepticle
partition wall, recepticle, recepticles: Hi. It sounds OK, if I follow you. Just some basic rules: All connections have to be made in a junction box, and it has to have a cover. The junction box has to be accessible. Leaving it in the attic is OK. I hope this helps. Feel free to ask...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: mulitple blow dryers burning out, blow dryers, electrical problem
blow dryers, electrical problem, pulling power: It may be an electrical problem, but unlikely if you aren t tripping any breakers. These new hair dryers are like tornados and draw a tremendous amount of power and bathroom circuits are usually only 15 amps and this allows for a max of 1800 watts. A lot...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: multi gang switches, robert wilber, commercial application
robert wilber, commercial application, electrician: - * Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * You have simply repeated the original question without change. The answer to the repetition is the same as the original answer. With three phase present, this...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: multi outdoor christmas outlets, electrical pvc, amp circuits
electrical pvc, amp circuits, outdoor christmas: you kind of lost me there on the route of conduit, but i can generally answer the question. you can put around 8 or 9 #12 thhn wires in a 1/2 pipe. if you have a long run with alot of bends, maybe you want to put only about 6. to run 4 20 amp circuits,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: multi-outlet power strip and fire safty, arc fault breaker, fire safty
arc fault breaker, fire safty, outlet power strip: Hi Ellie, As far as what you can do to help prevent a fire like that in the future, they now make what is called a arc fault breaker that detects that type of arching that typically starts fires and shuts the power off. These breakers can t stop all fires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: multi-wire branch circuit, don beck, glass projects
don beck, glass projects, wood working projects: Hi Sharon, Good for you to take on the task yourself. To save time in our communicatins, you can E mail direct at; CRUISIN1@cox.net. Also, some jurisdictions require that all work been inspected by the city electrical insp. If this applies to you,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: multiple 220V appliances on one circuit, 220v appliances, amp circuit
220v appliances, amp circuit, transfer switches: In theory this will work, however according to code, the attached loads can not exceed the rating of the circuit and with both units attached even with only one on at a time, the possibility exists to power them both and the circuit would not be legal. A separate...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: multiple ceiling fan/light installation, ceiling fan light, wall switch
ceiling fan light, wall switch, ceiling fans: Hi Rob, The switch should be changed to a little more heavy duty, if it now just a normal wall switch. There s no difference in appearance, it will just handle the extra load a little more easily. That converter thing is pretty neat! Just make sure...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: multiple circuits feeding a rtu, electric resistance, hvac contractor
electric resistance, hvac contractor, connect one: Hi Brian. One place to connect one set of wires to, huh? If the rating of the unit is the same as one of the two feeder circuits, then you can use just one of the circuits, insulating the 2nd feeder. Don t tie them together. If the rating is more than...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: multiple gang switches and dimmer, mechanical engineer, way switch
mechanical engineer, way switch, 3 ways: Hi Duane, Yes, 1 dimmer can be put in place of 1 of 2 switches. 2 switches in this system are 3 ways....3 screws where wires are attached. The other 2 switches are 4 ways...4 wires attached. You can replace 1 of the 3 ways switches with a 3 way dimmer....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: multiple motion sensor lamps, gfi outlet, sensor unit
gfi outlet, sensor unit, front porch: Wayne: It sounds like the fixture is in the test mode. Most have small switch settings that you need to adjust at dark Some of the adjustment are, sentivity, range, time on, etc, etc. I think if you read the manuall that came with them you will find you probably...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: multiple switches in a single gang box, robert wilber, multiple wires
robert wilber, multiple wires, control wires: Hi Monte, There is a wall box that is almost as deep as a stud, and is apprx 4 square. This plaster ring that covers the box has a 1 gang opening in the center. When it is covered with the drywall, only the 1 gang opening is exposed. This would be perfect...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: multiple switches wired together, gold screw, switch legs
gold screw, switch legs, speed one: Well I counted five switches: One three-way, one for the light on the ceiling fan, one for the speed on the ceiling fan, one for can lights, and one for lights in another room, but that s neither here nor there. But to your question...when you remove the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: multiple switches, brass screw, wire nut
brass screw, wire nut, incoming power: Hi Brian, Just getting in for the day... How best to go about this will depend on whether you have brought the 12/2 power straight to your 2 gang switch box...or if the power is at a different location. Bringing the power directly to the switch...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: mv on gfi, lawn sprinklers, don beck
lawn sprinklers, don beck, mercury vapor: Hi Adair, There is no logical reason why it should trip after that length of time. If there is somethin wrong, it should trip right away. This leads me to believe the problem may be elsewhere in the circuit. Is there anything else on this circuit that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: mysterious beep, casablanca ceiling fan, circuity
casablanca ceiling fan, circuity, richard gross: Hi Richard. I m not sure I can help. Does this unit have a remote switch? Perhaps the fan has a battery that needs changed. Is the any remote button stuck? Are you sure it is the fan, and not a smoke detector close by? I can t think of what would...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: mystery beep, casablanca ceiling fan, don beck
casablanca ceiling fan, don beck, minute interval: Richard, I did some checking around, and no one seems to able to give me a sensible answer. One party did suggest: locate the actual device that does the beeping and disconnect the wires from it. Several partys indicated it is probably an electronic...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: mystery beep, casablanca ceiling fan, faithful servant
casablanca ceiling fan, faithful servant, richard gross: I d say there s a breakdown in the fan s electronics, and you d need to replace the motor unless you can live with the noise. I m 99 and 44/100% sure it isn t a problem in your wiring. Is the fan speed controlled by a wall mounted device, or do you have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: mystery short circuit, ge breakers, three way switches
ge breakers, three way switches, basement stairs: This doesnt sound like an easy quick fix. I would start by pulling out all appliances in that circuit. Open all wires and check for insulation. You might want to mark at each box the way the wires are connected. At some point you will have a clean circuit....then...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Narrow Antique Sconce No Backplate J-Box to big, quality fixture, wire nuts
quality fixture, wire nuts, j box: I would think the lath and plaster people can do just about anything you need. Electrically speaking, as long as there is a box in the wall where the wire connections are made, you are on solid ground. The whole box need not be exposed, only a hole big...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: NEC allow switches on different breakers in same outlet box, bob osgood, master electrician
bob osgood, master electrician, hot source: Hi Drew, Just getting back in... Yes....the Code does allow seperate circuits to be in the same box (think of how many circuit there are in your one circuit panel box...or in a run of conduit, etc..)...the only time it is NOT permitted is when the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: NEC Code changes and 4-prong receptacles, nec code changes, electrical supplier
nec code changes, electrical supplier, electrical material: Afternoon Sherry, Your right, new construction requires a 4 prong. If you want a written reference to show your contractor you can get a copy of the NEC. You can get em from just about any electrical supplier. Ask your...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: NEC and cable run question, arc fault circuit interrupter, duplex outlets
arc fault circuit interrupter, duplex outlets, afci: Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter (AFCI) and they are required now in residences. I don t like them, but I have no say. They are supposed to trip when they sense an arc, but if you have ever disconnected a lamp, that s ON, by pulling out the cord from the receptacle,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: NEC code ref., national electrical code, nec code
national electrical code, nec code, circuit breakers: Hi Joe. The code (National Electrical Code, 2005) does not address location of switches, it just says you have to have a wall switch-controlled lighting outlet, with a few exceptions, such as attics, underfloor spaces, etc...which give specific location...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: NEC QUESTION, turkey cooker, continuous loads
turkey cooker, continuous loads, continuous load: Hi. Since the NEC is open to many interpretations, I do not like to answer. I usually refer questions to the inspector that will be inspecting. However, for continuous loads, you can t use all the capacity, so it will have to be more than 20 amps. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: NEMA 14-50 plug, silver screw, brass screws
silver screw, brass screws, proper connections: Morning Larry, I m not familier with this type of plug. I m sorry but i can t offer you much help on this one. The screws (terminals) on the plug, are they color coded? If they are your hots go to the brass screws. Your nuetral...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: NEMA 5 -30 NEMA vs 515 NEMA plug and receptacable, amp circuit, circuit configuration
amp circuit, circuit configuration, circuit breaker: Morning Scott, I doubt your 15A circuit will carry this load. the circuit requirements are from 110v circuit breaker with 30 amps If the tool requires 30A s. How do you expect it to run off a 15A source? It will just keep tripping your...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: NEMA 6-15 plug, duplex receptacle, amp breaker
duplex receptacle, amp breaker, gauge wire: Hi Ryan, Possibly....as long as your new A/C doesn t draw that much power. Where the old receptacle was a NEMA 6-15R - it tells me that they more then likely used #14 gauge wire and a double pole 15 amp breaker to power that circuit. If your new...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: NEW ceiling fan wiring, ceiling fan light, ceiling fan wiring
ceiling fan light, ceiling fan wiring, armored cable: Hi. The two white wires connect together. The black wire coming in goes to one terminal on each switch or dimmer. You can run short pieces from the switches and connect all 3 together. The dimmer may already have a wire coming from it. The red going...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: NEW ELECTRICAL PANEL, amp circuits, electrical panel
amp circuits, electrical panel, hi mike: Hi Mike, What you are describing is only 1/2 of what needs to be done. To upgrade to a larger electrical service, everything has to be changed from where the power company hits your house with their lines, all the way into the new breaker panel. With...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: NEW HOME CONSTRUCTION, copper cables, aluminum wire
copper cables, aluminum wire, new home construction: Hi Jim, If you move the load center to the center, you will still have home run circuits of apprx. 50 feet, in each direction. You might want to consider leaving the main panel where orig planned, and running a 100 sub panel in the center. This would...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: NEW home without recessed lighting, drywall person, purchasing a new home
drywall person, purchasing a new home, joists: Hi There, Without removing the ceiling, there is no way to get a wire across the joists. The lights themselves are easy to install, but getting a wire to each of them would be impossible without removing small pieces of the ceiling to drill holes thru...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: NEW York City Electrical Code, don beck, fuse box
don beck, fuse box, electrical code: Hi Dave, SInce I reside in Las Vegas, I m sure the codes there are different then they are here. You local electrical Insp. Can give you the information you want.They they probably have an online site where you can get the information you need. I m almost...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Need a 230V line installed for a welder., amp breaker, curve ball
amp breaker, curve ball, wire conduit: 6/3 with ground is run from the main panel and feeds the sub panel. A ground is required at the sub panel. This is a separate ground then the one you are carrying in the 6/3 E.g. cable. a 60 amp 2 pole breaker is what should be installed in the main...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Need bathroom vent and light on seperate switches, double switch, individual control
double switch, individual control, connect one: Hi. You will need to run another wire from the fan to the switch. Connect one terminal of the switch to the power coming in. Connect the white wire to the fan to the other whites. Connect the black wire to the fan to the other terminal of the switch....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Need to change from 110V to 220V, wattage bulbs, watt bulbs
wattage bulbs, watt bulbs, lightbulbs: Hi Len, First of all, I d get a new electrician! Voltage does not determine how bright the bulbs will be, it s the wattage. I assume you are using 60 watt bulbs and want something brighter. You can go to 75 watt or 100 watt. You must be careful...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Need Diagnosis Of Wiring Problem, circut breaker, space heater
circut breaker, space heater, different space: Your right to err on the side of caution. It sounds as though there is a serious problem with this circuit. I think what has happened is that the wiring has been so abused that it may need to be replaced. Also the circuit breaker has probably faulty at...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Need dimmer switch help, installing a dimmer switch, copper wire
installing a dimmer switch, copper wire, going out of business: N.H. Yes 1 wire from the dimmer goes onto 2 of the wires in the wall. The two wires in the wall are the 1 that is stuck into the back of the switch and also, the one that is around the screw that is the closest to the 1 stuck in the back. simply put, the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Need Help with A/C Unit Breaker, amp breaker, amp circuit
amp breaker, amp circuit, circuit breakers: Hi Robert, I just love these home inspectors. 1 week of school, hand them a clipboard, and they know everything! There are 25 amp circuit breakers, but I have never installed one. Breakers are matched to wire size. For example, 30 amp breaker.......10...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Need Help Hooking Up Home Stereo to Pre-Installed Home Speakers, home speakers, speaker terminal
home speakers, speaker terminal, speaker wires: Hi Julie, I am assuming the speaker wires are all 2 conductor. The speakers will work either way, no matter which wire you use for hot and ground, but they ll sound a little better if we keep all the polarity of all the speakers the same. Each pair...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Need help with older home wiring, wire colors, fabric type
wire colors, fabric type, continuous circuit: With the strange color combinations, we would only be guessing. If you could get a voltage tester, we could pin this down It s just 2 leads connected to a neon light that glows when voltage is present. It runs around $5.00 at home centers. Just guessing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Need help - pictures!? - on how to connect the wiring in my new four light chandelier., light chandelier, crystal chandelier
light chandelier, crystal chandelier, sketchy instructions: The blacks go together, the whites together, the silvers together, all of these are the light wires. In the box the fixture attaches to, there should be a black, which will connect to the blacks, a white that will connect to the whites, and the silver will...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Need help splitting fan/light switch into two separate switches, lutron dimmer switch, ceiling fan light
lutron dimmer switch, ceiling fan light, push button switch: The red that is taped off should be up at the fan and a switch leg, the split is i the fancy switch with relays on a circuit board. If the red runs up there to the fan, then split out the two hot legs and use red for one and the black for the other. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Need help Wiring a Ceiling Fan/Light separately, ceiling fan light, wiring a ceiling fan
ceiling fan light, wiring a ceiling fan, fan switch: Ryan What you are showing me in the diagram is that the ceiling fan box is feeding the electrical outlets Then they must of used the black wire leaving the red wire for the fan switch. If this is the case then you can not use the 14-3 to the switch as a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Need help wiring a new outlet for a 220V Dryer, neutral wire, grounding wire
neutral wire, grounding wire, current systems: Hi Ismail. In order to run power to a 220v load, you need two hot wires, a neutral wire, and a grounding wire, if this is not an existing installation. If it is an existing installation, then you don t have to use the neutral wire, unless this is in...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Need high amp outlet for Stereo, amp breaker, copper wire
amp breaker, copper wire, music system: Hi Andrew, sounds like a great music system. Getting a 20 amp wire to the system is fairly simple, but to go bigger, say to 30 amps, requires all kinds of special stuff .. For a 20 amp dedicated outlet, use 12/2 with ground, copper wire. A 20...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Need longer dryer cord, volt device, space reasons
volt device, space reasons, extension cord: Hi Dennis, Making an extension cord a 220 Volt device is not a good idea an would not pass inspection. You can use the old outlet as a junction and run a new line from that box to the new location overhead, around the baseboard etc.That would be much...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Need to rewire?, gas water heater, electrical usage
gas water heater, electrical usage, portable heaters: Hi. First of all, you should compare killowatts, not dollars. It seems that overnight putting gas in the car doubled, but it is not using more gas. If your electric rate hasn t gone up, then the most likely thing is that the electric company read the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Need to setup new fuse box., fuse box, img photobucket
fuse box, img photobucket, extra power: Hi. It is always hard to answer because there are so many things that can come up. For example, sometimes it is the power company s job to upgrade the wiring to the house, sometimes they will make the electricians (or you) do some of the upgrading. Since...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Need simple adaptor to quickly convert 220V 30A into three 3 110V 20A, amp circuits, volt circuits
amp circuits, volt circuits, bearer of bad news: Hi. No, I am afraid it is not possible. First of all, not all 220 volt circuits have a neutral, which you need for 110 volts. But also, when you have a 30 amp 220 volt circuit, you have 2-30 amp hot wires. so you might be able to get 2-20 amp circuits...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Need to update?, mid sixties, visible problem
mid sixties, visible problem, estetic: Billie, That all depends upon the overall condition of your entire electrical system and what your own electrical needs will impose upon it and the ability of the current system to provide it. If you start blowing breakers or don t have the capacity to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Neeed help, lighting contactor, amp circuits
lighting contactor, amp circuits, convenience outlets: Lee What you will need to do is get a lighting contactor and rate it for the 20 amp circuits if you are using 6 receptacles and they are all on separate circuits you will need a 6 pole contactor. You can put all of the receptacles on one circuit if they...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Neeed help, aluminum wiring, well thanks
aluminum wiring, well thanks, insulation: Lee What that involves is a lot of work the wires are stapled in the walls to the studs. It would take a lot of wall fishing to fix that. A job like that would be very costly.The wire color is not a big deal as long as it doesn t look like a overheating problem,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Neeed help, calgary alberta canada, troubleshoting
calgary alberta canada, troubleshoting, canada lee: Lee: If any lights come on when any 240 volt appliance is turned on. You have, are, about to loose the neutral connection. It is usually the main neutral wire . Eather in the panel, or meter, and sometimes the wire coming from the power company connection...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Nema 14-50 to 6-30, intents and purposes, neutral wire
intents and purposes, neutral wire, garage heater: this is a type of question that i have to weigh being technically correct vs. being easy to install and relatively safe. This is a way that i would do this, and while not 100% correct, for all intents and purposes is going to work fine. what you want to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Neutral Bus Bar, cutler hammer, circut breaker
cutler hammer, circut breaker, bus bar: Hi Charlie. Some panel manufacturers allow you to connect up to 2 grounding conductors under one screw. Just the grounding wires, not the neutrals. Check for a label on the inside of the panel, usually in real small print. If you can, double up a few...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Neutral bar VS Ground Bar, thanx bruce, neutral wire
thanx bruce, neutral wire, neutral grounds: Hi. In your main box, everything is hooked together, grounds and neutrals. In any sub panels or any other location in your house, the grounds and neutral shouls be separate. So, when you run your wire to the main panel, they can go to the same place....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Neutral not bonded to ground, plastic piping, piping system
plastic piping, piping system, shock hazard: Hi Jim, Yes...what you found is a Code violation - IF it is indeed the main panel (it violates Articles 250 and 320). However, keep in mind that the neutral and ground ARE bonded out at the meter...by way of the neutral connection inside the meter trim...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Neutral to Ground Bond, generator equipment, ground bond
generator equipment, ground bond, straightforward question: If your generator is a separately derived system (neutral is switched) the the generator s ground is bonded to it s neutral, as well as the ATS. If your generator is NOT a SDS (neutral not switched) then the generator s ground is attached to the ATS, the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Neutral/Ground Connection Square D Box, neutral wire, woven material
neutral wire, woven material, neutral ground: Anthony, I hate to say it, but I think you uncovered a rats nest of potential problems. I believe it would be in your best interest to spend the money and have a licensed electrician come in and look the whole thing over. There are several things that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Neutral / Ground trips GFI, switch link, neutral ground
switch link, neutral ground, power source: More likely that something else was on in the circuit which gave the neutral power. Not uncommon. That is a big reason why the ground and neutral wires are always to be separated. When the white wire becomes a power source in some configurations...it can...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Neutral and Ground wires on same bar., shock protection, ground wires
shock protection, ground wires, safety reasons: In the main panel it is all tied, the power company uses the Equipment ground as the ground for neutral, and the house is tied to the power company. After that point, the ground and neutral need to be separate for safety reasons. The ground is continued...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Neutral and Ground, volt circuit, unbalanced load
volt circuit, unbalanced load, bare wire: Larry yes that would work but it is not safe it is like driving around on one of those donut tires you never know when it will blow. With electricity you never know when it will short,plus the ground wire is a un insulated wire and the unbalanced load will...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Neutral and ground, single phase motor, amp breaker
single phase motor, amp breaker, 110v outlet: First of all, you have a 30 amp two pole breaker, which gives you 30 amps per leg, not 60 amps total. And if you re using a three wire dryer-type receptacle as your disconnect, don t run the neutral wire since your compressor motor probably doesn t require...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Neutral and ground blocks in panel, robert wilber, ground blocks
robert wilber, ground blocks, conductors: - * Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * It is absolutely proper for neutral and grounding conductors to be connected to same neutral bar at the main panel. [This assumes there is not a prior disconnecting...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Neutral and ground, continuity test, recepticle
continuity test, recepticle, ground wires: Hi D.B. Jumpering the neutral to the ground wires is a direct violation of the code. Doing so will cause voltage to be placed on the ground wire, and on anything plugged into the outlet, which is a hazard. Say you have a refrigerator and a floor lamp...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Neutral and grounds?, stray strands, gfci breaker
stray strands, gfci breaker, load wires: The spa connections would be my first look see. Make sure the wires at the correct locations.....they probably are...and look for any stray strands of wire that may be touching something they shouldn t. At the disconnect is the neutral bar isolated from...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Neutral Lead Fried in Circuit Box, gauge copper wire, cutler hammer
gauge copper wire, cutler hammer, dining room lights: I would not use any of this wire as it has been overheated. It is a short run to the meter from the panel and new wire should be installed. The labor should be minimum. It was caused by a loose connection during the installation. Some connections can loosen...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Neutral Line and voltage, 220 volt appliances, infinite ohms
220 volt appliances, infinite ohms, electrical fence: Your answer is voltage drop . If you study electrical theory you will understand how these three components work together (resistance, current, voltage). The neutral does carry current which is why the NEC decided to go back to the 4 wire requirements on...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Neutral sharing, phase conductors, phase circuits
phase conductors, phase circuits, unbalanced loads: Color schemes vary with locality. There is no color specified in the Code, but usually you ll see black, red and blue for the phase conductors and white for the neutral. There is no restriction in sharing the neutral between conductors because the transformer...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Neutral Termination's, reno nevada area, return bus
reno nevada area, return bus, ground bus: Afternoon Mark, I assume your talking about the neutral and ground bus bars. Right? It really doesn t make a difference how you hook em up since they are going to the same place anyway. Personally i hook up all my...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Neutral used as Hot on 240, neutral conductor, paint pen
neutral conductor, paint pen, spa tub: Hi Jeff, I m not sure I totally understand your question, but I ll take a stab at it. It is common practice when using 12-2 w/g romex on a 240V circuit to use the black and white as the hots and bare CU for the ground, and is allowed by the NEC as long as...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Neutral vs. Ground, copper conductor, grounding techniques
copper conductor, grounding techniques, previous question: Hi Bob, I find your first question a little confusing. When you say Service and Main, Do you mean meter base /or disconnect and Main panel? Or main panel and sub panel? Your second question, getting a ground to the shore. You can pull another...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Neutral vs ground, hot legs, ground path
hot legs, ground path, proper flow: Hi Frank, Sorry just responding...just finishing up a coastal job (we stayed over night at the resort). Having originally gone to college to major in computer technology/electronics ( class was full so I switched majors and got my electrical degree...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Neutral Wire Burned at Panel, fuse panel, circuit breakers
fuse panel, circuit breakers, neutral wire: Steve What may have happened is the neutral wire was not tighten down properly,this wire carries the unbalanced load back to the panel and if it loose it will arc and eventually short out. I would check all the wires in the panel to make sure they are tight....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Neutral Wire Burned at panel, fuse panel, circuit breakers
fuse panel, circuit breakers, neutral wire: Hi Steve, Theres really nothing you need to measure. Make sure the breaker size fits the wire. 15 amp for 14 ga and 20 amp for 12 ga. I suppose you could check and see if the wire gets warm to the touch. But thats not necessary as long as the breakers...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Neutral Wire Burned, neutral wire, nuetral
neutral wire, nuetral, good connections: Hello Hetesh, So when you pulled the terminal block out the nuetral was loose? Yeah, that will make it go bad. A poor connection increases the resistance of the circuit and will burn the part out. And arcing will scorch the wire A...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Neutral wire, don beck, gfi outlet
don beck, gfi outlet, screw driver: Hi Alex, The corrosion on wire usually happens when the wire is aluminum, rather than copper. To correct this, there is paste that you put on the exposed part of the wire. This keeps it from interacting with the metal that the ground bar is made of. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Neutral wire carrying power, carrying power, neutral wire
carrying power, neutral wire, window ac: Tom, I think I have a good picture of your situation. But, before I ask you to tear out all the walls, let me kame sure.LOL With your voltage tester, 1 lead on the white wire and 1 lead on the ground wire of the wires coming from the breaker panel...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Neutral wire, volt line, copper rod
volt line, copper rod, neutral wire: I really don t understand what it is you re asking here, unless it has something to do with voltage drop. Tapping a 120 volt line will get you 120 volts. Potential difference between neutral and ground should be somewhere around zero. In fact it should BE...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Neutral wiring, jeff sullivan, neutral wire
jeff sullivan, neutral wire, wire cable: Hi Jeff. Your service will have a neutral. If your dryer outlet only has 3 wires, then you will have to change the cord to match. If you need to run a new feeder for the hot-tub, run a 4-wire cable, which will contain 2 hots, 1 neutral, and a ground....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Neutrals and Grounds in detached building, ground cable, neutrals
ground cable, neutrals, ground fault: Morning Bob, Yeah, they should be seperate. But since they have been this way for 15 years i wouldn t bother with em. The main reasoning to keep em seperate is you should have 2 seperate returns, should nuetral fail you got your ground...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New 200 Amp Service Ground, water line connections, cold water lines
water line connections, cold water lines, 200 amp service: Hi JP, You d have to check with your local power company on the ground leg. For example my area has 2 local service providers. One will not connect without a continous ground from the panel s lug through the meter base s lug to the ground rod....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New 200 Amp Service, 200 amp service, weather hood
200 amp service, weather hood, conductor cable: Hi John, Sorry just responding...been away most of the weekend visiting family... For a 200 amp service -(if running separate conductors) we generally have 3 runs 3/0 copper for the 2 hot and 1 neutral..with a #2 bare copper ground. The pipe size...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New 220 Volt circuit?, window ac, ac unit
window ac, ac unit, subpanel: I would not use my 240 volt stove circuit to feed two appliances. It is possible however, to turn this circuit into a feeder, but you should hire a contractor to do this...or at least give one a call and have him estimate what it would cost. If you don t have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New 230v circuit, cutler hammer, flat blade
cutler hammer, flat blade, flat blades: Connect the red to one of the flat blades and the black to the other flat blade. The cable is plenty for this circuit, so I would just not use the bare wire and connect the white to the ground screw and to the ground bar in the panel. Use green tape on each...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New 50-amp circuit for a range, 200 amp service, amp circuit
200 amp service, amp circuit, subpanel: I can t answer this question accurately, since I don t know how much load is on the 100 amp panel, and if adding a circuit for a range would overload it or not, technically, but in all probability, you could add the range to the subpanel since it appears to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Appliances, conduit size, pvc pipe
conduit size, pvc pipe, new appliances: Matt, You shouldn t have to increse eaxh cable to a 6/3, as 2 separate 8/3 s should be more than enough to run your new equipment. However, should you wish to use #6 wire, that would be six, #6 wires plus the grounds. If you are going to use cable, rather...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Basement wiring, jumper box, box downstairs
jumper box, box downstairs, lighting lines: Hi Dave, It is unusual that the main electrical service panel was not installed in the basement..( frees up space in the home by locating it there...and any extra wiring is easiest to add when the panel is in the basement)..but IF it were - then clearly...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Box, gauge wire, 220 volt
gauge wire, 220 volt, 220 volts: Hi. You will need a neutral. The only time you don t need a neutral is when you are running an appliance that is totally 220 volts. Many appliances, such as dryers and ranges are 110 and 220 volt and require a neutral. With only two hot wires, you have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Bsmt Circuits, finished job, finished wall
finished job, finished wall, staples: Circuits already stubbed in? The walls drywalled? How do you know the wires were not stapled? The Code does call for stapling wires, and it s in the middle of the stud, so your dimensioning is correct, however the Code does also allow for fishing wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New basement wiring, watt lamps, amp circuit
watt lamps, amp circuit, electrical wiring: A 15 amp circuit should be loaded to no more than 1440 watts, and a 20 amp circuit, 1920. Each outlet (receptacle) counts for 180 watts, fixtures at whatever the lamp rating is, and switches nothing. Five outlets (180 x 5 = ) 900 watts, would leave you 540...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New bath fan trips GFC circuit, constant run, fan trips
constant run, fan trips, defective unit: Jeff, That is quite possible. If this fan is like many other fans I ve installed , there is a plug within the housing that you plug the fan guts into. Try unplugging the fan and see if it still trips. If it doesn t then you may very well have a defective...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New breaker Panel, meter base, hot legs
meter base, hot legs, factory maintenance: You will need to install a 200 amp outdoor fused disconnect at the meter to feed to the new panel. You will need to run two 3/0 hot legs, one 1/0 neutral, from the meter base to the disconnect and from the disconnect to the new panel. You will also need a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New breaker and wiring for small heat pumps., amp breaker, wiring outlets
amp breaker, wiring outlets, wall boxes: The only accurate way is to a special meter that measures the current flow going thru any given wire. I thin you would need an electrician for this as he should have a meter like this and can give you a pretty precise number for the amps going thru the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Ceiling Fan, cieling lights, light fan
cieling lights, light fan, necessary connections: Hi. It just depends what is in the attic. If the electrician brought the power to the ceiling lights first, then to the switch, you would be OK. But if all the cieling lights get power from the switch first, you won t have power that is on all the time....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Ceiling Fan + Existing Switch, fan location, light fixture
fan location, light fixture, ceiling fan: Hi Mitch, The best way to do this is run a wire from the fan location to the outlet that is now being switched. IF you can do this, let me know when the wire is installed,. If this can t be done, let me know, and we ll try another route. Do...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Ceiling Fan + Existing Switch, fan location, fan 2
fan location, fan 2, light fixture: Mitch, way to go! So, here we go...... 1/2 of the outlet is operated by the switch. You now have a 2 choices: 1) You want 1/2 of the outlet still controlled by the switch as well as the fan. 2) You want the outlet hot all the time and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Ceiling Fan to Existing Outlet, ceiling fan light, technical jargon
ceiling fan light, technical jargon, remote control: Thuan: Whatever outlet you use make should it is a constant hot outlet, meaning that it only has a ground(bare or green), Neutral (white), And Hot (black) powering it. If you see red hooked up to it then stop and wright back..... Other then that you are doing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Ceiling Fan on Switch for Half Recepticle, mail notice, recepticle
mail notice, recepticle, murphy bed: Hi Ron, Sorry for just responding....never got an e-mail notice of your question.....just now saw it when I logged in to answer other questions....that happens from time to time with this site....especially if the traffic is heavy. It also appears your...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Ceiling Fan Wiring, ceiling fan wiring, wire nut
ceiling fan wiring, wire nut, two blacks: Hi. At the outlet, you ll want all the white wires connected together and all the black wires connected together. You ll also want the dark terminal to be connected to the black wires and the light colored terminal to the whites. If there are only two...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Ceiling Fan, light combination, neutral wire
light combination, neutral wire, fan light: With the existing wiring, the light and fan will be on the same switch, without doing additional wiring, they will not be on separate switches, but the fan will have a hot wire for the light and one for the fan, and a separate neutral wire. Both the fan and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Ceiling fan to a 3 way switch, hallway light, way switch
hallway light, way switch, fan thanks: Jim, You can get an over and under switch. That would be 2 switches that it into a single wall box. If you are putting a new wall box instead of using one already there, you can also use a 2 gang box which would house 2 switches side by side. This...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Ceiling install from outlet, amp breaker, wire nut
amp breaker, wire nut, proper connections: Hi Dennis, Yes it will. You need to run a wire from the outlet that will feed the new circuit to either the light 1st, and then from the light to the switch, or from the outlet to the switch 1st, then from the switch to the light. IF you are using a kitchen...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Ceiling Light Fixture, ceiling light fixture, ceiling fan
ceiling light fixture, ceiling fan: Hi. There are no red wires in the box? If there were, then the black fan wire would go to that. If there is only a black, white and ground wire, there is no way to wire it wrong so it wouldn t shut off. Did you make any changes with the switch? ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Construction/Lighting problem?, lighting problem, construction lighting
lighting problem, construction lighting, neutral wire: Hi. Somewhere these two circuits are intertwined. It isn t going to be easy to find out how. The light is superbright probably because it is getting power from both circuits which would make 220 volts. Perhaps you can turn off one circuit, and check...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Cooktop / Double oven kitchen wiring, amp load, wire hook
amp load, wire hook, double oven: Hi Bryan, Based on your description - and the amperage these devices draw...NO - you do not have the correct breakers - although you do have the correct wire....as long as it is 8/3 with ground (actually having 4 conductors - 2 hots, 1 neutral and 1 ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Cooktop, amp breaker, gauge wire
amp breaker, gauge wire, electrical projects: Hi. No, it is 240 volts needing a double pole breaker. They are saying that each line should be 150 or less (more like 115 actually). But when you put two lines together, then it is 230 volts. The red and black each go to the breaker. Use the neutral...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New ceiling fan, now GFI ciruit for garage keeps popping., gfi outlet, recepticle
gfi outlet, recepticle, gfci: It may not be a matter of what you did wrong, but more a GFCI recepticle is going bad. They are cheaply made crap. If you can find another in your house and swap it out...that is a good test of the GFCI. It a swap one trips...then you have a fault to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New ceiling fans, light switches, bad reputation
light switches, bad reputation, crawl space: Hi. I would think it could be done in one day. It depends on how many people they send out too. When fishing wires, two people can do it a lot faster. When you hire trades people, you never know what their level of expertise is, how motivated they...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New ceiling fixtures won't turn on!, light sockets, voltage tester
light sockets, voltage tester, switch box: Hi, Sorry it took so long to get back to you on this exchange, I had company and had to entertain them. anyway, I can say there is nothing wrong with house electrical system. The problem lies in the new fixtures. Either it is defective or, in some...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New chandelier fixture not getting power, new chandelier, dining room chandelier
new chandelier, dining room chandelier, double switch: Hi Bob, If all 3 switches are dead, the problem is in the feed to that double box. 1st make sure the breaker is on and there is power on the black wire leaving that breaker. Sometimes they appear to be on, but really aren t. If the wire leaving the breaker...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New circuit for a 240 table saw, 220 volt appliances, hp 230
220 volt appliances, hp 230, receptical: Hi. Many 220 volt appliances work with two hots and no neutral. So you only need 2 wires plus the ground. In this case, the white is hot. If you have the wire installed already, just don t connect either end of the white wire. Use the red and black as...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New circuit, buss bar, amp branch
buss bar, amp branch, upstairs room: Bud The wire and the breaker is more than enough for that load of 19.8 amps,you have a 30 amp branch circuit going to the bed.Check the breaker it may not be sitting on the rails and the buss bar of the panel tight. You could try moving it up towards the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New circuits drain power on stove, amp circuits, oven elements
amp circuits, oven elements, drain power: Hi Darren, If the stove worked before you added the circuits, it should work now. Since the clock and light bot work you are getting power, but since it doesn t heat, it means you are only getting 110 V olts and not the 220 volts required. I suspect...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New conductors in existing BX cable?, flexible metal conduit, stuart kern
flexible metal conduit, stuart kern, junction boxes: Stuart: It really is just not pratical and you would find it almost impossable to do.Flex is just that flexable conduit which you would size to the conductors you are pulling through it. Bx has the insulated ground wire in its construction. And ac cable has...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New connention shorting out. at switch., brass screws, voltage tester
brass screws, voltage tester, hot wire: Bob, lets figure out the switched outlet. Where does the power come from for these 2 devices...the ceiling light box? Where does the power go to 1st, the outlet or the switch? Is there a wire run between the outlet and the switch? Do...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New construction electrical, amp service, amop
amp service, amop, electrical question: Hi. The firemen need to turn the electricity off to the house before spraying water on it during a fire. The safety switch prevents the firemen from having to go into the burning building and looking for the panel. It also turns off all of the power in...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New dryer wrong plug, middle prong, prongs
middle prong, prongs, lugs: Kate, I think you are fine. Just to be sure, your new dryer/used dryer requires a thirty amp cord and you have an old dryer with a 50 amp cord plug? If that is correct and the new dryer requires LESS current than the older unit it will be no problem...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New duplex wiring, duplex receptacle, amp meter
duplex receptacle, amp meter, washing machine: Peter, It depends on how many amps your washing machine is using and how much your power tool is using. It also depends on if you actually use the washing machine and the power tool at the same time. You could put an amp meter on your washing machine...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Electric Oven, amp breaker, incoming line
amp breaker, incoming line, neutral wire: Hi Cory, Thanks for following up. Due to the high volume of questions I receive (here and at other expert sites I belong to)...I m often maxed out. Between running a small electrical company and family/social needs...I don t have a whole lot of spare...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Electric Service, hp induction motor, dock builder
hp induction motor, dock builder, boat lift: Joel, The generator MAY give you enogh power for the start up. However, a generators power output is not as steady the power companys feed. The generator tends to drift some. I just looked up some generator prices and about fell of the my chair. Since...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Electrical Circuit, romex, electrical circuit
romex, electrical circuit, washing machine: Hi Tom, Using a common neutral (white) to feed 2 circuits is a common practice but it is against the code in many of the cities. A call to your local building Dept. would answer this for you. I would run to separate lines. It s a little more costly...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Electrical Service Grounding, neutral conductor, meter base
neutral conductor, meter base, water bond: 1) Will the utility supply you with two meters? Most localities will not. 2)Article 250.32 is about buildings supplied by a feeder or branch circuit and says two things: One, an equipment grounding conductor shall be run with the supply conductors to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New electric heater, portable electric heater, question pool
portable electric heater, question pool, milkhouse: Sorry John, I found your question in the question pool and I am sorry I didn t find it faster. I am trying to figure the best way for you remedy the situation. Since you have to run another line anyway, you might consider running a bigger circuit and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New electric range w/ old wiring, electronic clock, slot center
electronic clock, slot center, neutral wire: Hi John, Sheeeeesh!! The power is there, the range works OK at the store, there s nothing left! Most new ranges do not require a ground wire, but this one may. Since it s the electronic part of the range that isn t working, that means it s part of a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New electric stove with different plug, don beck, plug configuration
don beck, plug configuration, copper wire: Matt, The 4th wire is the ground wire. This wire can be attached to anything on the new outlet that is metal, Possibly around the screw that holds the outlet to the wall. If there is no obvious place to attach the ground wire, you can put it under the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New electric wall oven, gas wall oven, amp breaker
gas wall oven, amp breaker, load thanks: Bob commonly used of all above remember that when using smaller conductors, then if your conductor is sized 14 awg through and including 10 awg, you must size the ampacity of those conductors by using NEC Article 240.4.D which says that copper conductors...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New electrical box, amp circuit breaker, hot water heater
amp circuit breaker, hot water heater, amp service: Hi. I would contact the electrician first, and see what he says. You have to find someone willing to take up where you left off. What you want to do won t meet code, but if it is temporary, he may be willing to let you do that. I hope this helps....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New electrical installation, chris bauman, electrical installation
chris bauman, electrical installation, gfci: Chris Since you are running a freezer I would recommend using a 12-2 wire as most freezers will draw about 8-16 amps upon start up.I would run a additional 12-2 for the bench and the lights this way you have enough branch feeders if you would ever want to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New electrical installation, distribution transformer, panelboard
distribution transformer, panelboard, correct components: If the meter is more than 6 feet from the panel, there will have to be an external disconnect mounted at the meter before feeding to the panel. Many panels are mounted internally directly behind the meter and in these cases no disconnect is required, but more...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New electrical for kitchen, cement block, electrical boxes
cement block, electrical boxes, junction boxes: Hi Ted, 1) Yes, if the wires are laid way back against the outside overhang. It is always better to drill the joists. Protection of the wires from damage is top priority. 2) If you lay them on top of the rafters, I would use a staple on every rafter....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Fixture in Open Ceiling House, wire mold, roof sheeting
wire mold, roof sheeting, ceiling fixture: Second question first...if the fixture has its own internal junction box, you can make connections there. First question...I think you re going to have to do this install exposed and rather than conduit that you d have to paint later, have you considered...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Fixture Wiring from Existing Switch, stud sensor, wire nuts
stud sensor, wire nuts, sawsall: First using a stud sensor determine if a 3 gang switch box will fit between the studs in this location. Sometimes yes sometimes you have to cut a stud apart. Then, turn off the power and then remove the cover plate. Remove the 1st switch and label the top...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New fixture creating short, bathroom light fixture, neon light
bathroom light fixture, neon light, ground wires: The black wire marked switch goes onto the black wire of the light. All the rest of the black wires get connected to the WHITE wire that goes to the switch. All the rest of the white wires get connected to the white wire of the light... That...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New fixture, older wiring, electricity costs, circuit breakers
electricity costs, circuit breakers, space heater: Hi Barry, Finished up the paperwork...and was heading out the door when I saw your follow-up come in... Yes...there seems to have been a little confusion...but you ve cleared it up with this follow-up. I agree....odds are this exisiting circuit...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New freestanding range, oven, amp circuit, freestanding range
amp circuit, freestanding range, range oven: It is strickly up the the instructions that came with it. If it calls for a 50, and is equiped with #8copper conductors, then 50 it needs. If it calls out an option for 40amps, and lists the wattage used at 8000 +-, then 40 may be assumed. I dont want to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New freezer sharing furnace circuit, furnace efficiency, professional electrician
furnace efficiency, professional electrician, qualified electrician: G evening Elizabeth, Ok, as long as the breaker isn t tripping. Meaning the circuit is able to feed both the furnace and the freezer, then basically your good. As far as the other electrician claiming its a bad idea,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Garage, bob osgood, master electrician
bob osgood, master electrician, lightning protection: Hi John, Just getting back in from visiting family for the day...full of turkey (a little overfull). Based on your description....everything seems in order and Code compliant - as written. I note you drove a ground rod - which is required for any...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New GE clothes dryer blow circuit, electric clothes dryer, amp breaker
electric clothes dryer, amp breaker, circuit breakers: Barbara The dryer needs to be on a 30 amp 2 pole circuit with a #10-3 wire. The dryer may have been hooked up to a 20 amp breaker and that shouldn t hurt it but will not make it run. I would tell sears the next time they send a installer send one out who...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New GFCI won't reset first time, gfci receptacle, gfci receptacles
gfci receptacle, gfci receptacles, duplex receptacle: Hi Donald. It sounds like you have it wired correctly. I suspect that somewhere you have a neutral to ground short, possibly in the last outlet. Or you may have a loose wire touching the box or ground. double check all connections. I doubt that the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New GFI Tripping, load wires, yellow indicator
load wires, yellow indicator, cooper wiring devices: Alan, There is no logical reason for this GFI to trip. I assume that there was a regular outlet in this box before, and it worked fine. If you have a tester, check the feed wire coming from the main panel and see if you get a 110V reading from the black...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Home Addition wiring questions, wall cavity, cold air return
wall cavity, cold air return, hvac contractor: Hi Keith, 1) My understanding is a wire cannot be run down a stud bay where cold air returns to the heat source because if the romex would catch fire, toxic fumes from the insulation would spread thru the house via the heat ducts. As for the the adjoining...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Home Addition wiring questions, lighting circuits, gage wire
lighting circuits, gage wire, wiring questions: 1) 200 amp panel to 100 amp panel, #4 copper minimum, hot and neutral. #8 for the ground wire. 2) You need an overcurrent protective device, i.e., main , at the point where your wire recieves the supply. You ll also need a single disconnect at your subpanels...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Home Dryer Outlet, prong cord, safety issue
prong cord, safety issue, different times: Jason, the National Code adopted the 4 prong system years ago. However, the National Code is only a guideline and the local codes are is what must be followed. Local codes are adopted at different times so in your city, it may not have become code until...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Home electrical issues, arc fault circuit interrupter, robert wilber
arc fault circuit interrupter, robert wilber, thermal protector: - * Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * Recessed lights have a thermal protector to prevent overheating. Too high a wattage of lamp will activate thermal protector. Do they go out one at a time [thermal]...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Home electrical Panel, home electrical panel, projector system
home electrical panel, projector system, ventilation system: A lot will depend on whether you use gas or electric for your big loads (heater, water heater, oven, dryer, etc). It sounds like with your geotherm you will need some sort of backup heat which will either be gas or electric. If you are using a General...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Home has flickering lights, bob osgood, lighting circuit
bob osgood, lighting circuit, flickering lights: Kelly, Just getting back in.... Actually.....in most of today s house wiring...most electrical contractors rarely make electrical blueprints - unless a customer has requested it for reference or the home has an unusual wiring layout or is extremely...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Home Multiple Circuits Flickering, circuit breakers, real heat
circuit breakers, real heat, air conditioning condenser: The GFCI breaker is probably bad. The internal mechanisms you mention is really nothing more than a switch. It s probably not making good contact, and hence your flickering. Or there might be a problem on that portion of the buss where the breaker plugs...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Home Power Panel, sq ft garage, amp breaker
sq ft garage, amp breaker, amp power: Personally it sounds cheap. You would not believe the difference in price of just a 400 amp breaker compared to a 200 amp. If his load calculations will prove a 200 amp service will suffice, I would stay with the 200 amp. I have a 200 amp service on my home...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Home Rough Electical wiring, amp breaker, electical wiring
amp breaker, electical wiring, amp circuit: This is within code guidelines as long as the insulation rating on all wiring is the same. Good question, now is the time to ask. Its not my home, but if you have any input at this point, I would not allow any #14 wire to be used and insist that all circuits...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Home, robert wilber, national electrical code
robert wilber, national electrical code, beginner level: - * Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * LIFE SAFETY WARNING! [disclaimer] Electricity is dangerous! You can be injured or killed! Improper installations can cause fire, injury and death! Are you qualified...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New House wiring follow up, interior utility, amp breaker
interior utility, amp breaker, lacation: Hi Dick, Thnaks for the follow-up and clarification...first chance I ve had to get back to you. It s been crazy here electrically....non-stop. Based on your information - you d need to run 4 wire SER (either #2/0 if copper or #4/0 if aluminum in...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New home main service grounding, concrete footing, ufer ground
concrete footing, ufer ground, reason check: Hi Steve. The 2005 NEC does contain provisions for a concrete-encased electrode, and most areas have been enforcing it s use as the main electrode. A concrete-encased electrode is a minimum of 20 of #4 copper wire, laid at the bottom of a footer, or 20...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New house - lights dimming and brightening, washing machine dryer, special test
washing machine dryer, special test, kitchen bathroom: Hi Jim, There are several things that can cause this. The easiest fix is to shut off the main breaker and tighten down all the wires attached to the breakers(NOT THE MAIN BREAKER WIRES...as they are always hot), and all the wires attached to the neutral...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New house pops gfci's, robert wilber, hunter ceiling fan
robert wilber, hunter ceiling fan, craig taylor: I was speaking of the other 110 side of the panel. There may be something wrong with the way it is wired, but I can t say that without checking. I thought perhaps that there may be some stray signal interacting with the GFIs. Good luck find me with google...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New kitchen lights, flood light, new lighting
flood light, new lighting, light strip: Ryan.....this typically can be caused by the refrigerator when it first comes on or an air conditioner......apparantly it wasn t happening before you removed the older fixtures but you ve added more wattage with the new lighting which maybe making it more...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Light, dark hallway, attic area
dark hallway, attic area, switch box: John, I don t recomend messing with the smoke detector if you don t have to. You have to cut a switch in the wall no matter where you pick up a feed from so I suggest you grab a feed from the basement or the attic area and drop it into the switch box. Let...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Lighting in Basement Family Room, doorway area, doorway entrance
doorway area, doorway entrance, top of the stairs: If you have a couple of inches between the duct work and the wire, it should be no problem. Just staple the wire to the side if the rafter as far away from the duct as possible to keep the wire from every getting a little loose and touching the ductwork....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New light fixture, volt ohm meter, neutral wire
volt ohm meter, neutral wire, grounding wire: Hi Raymond. If you have a volt/ohm meter you can trace each wire to the lamp socket. The neutral wire will be the one that is connected to the screwshell of the socket, while the hot is the one going to the middle prong inside of the socket. Good luck....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New light fixture, new chandelier, dining room table
new chandelier, dining room table, question the answer: Lewis, This is a good question. The answer is; because this is AC current the light will still work. In other words, current flows both ways (hence the term Alternating Current). The reason they do not want you to reverse the wiring is so the center...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New light fixture trips circuit breaker, continuity tester, internal shorts
continuity tester, internal shorts, wire nuts: Hi Ann, Just getting back in from the family B-B-Q..... Based on your description...it clearly sounds as if a new short has been introduced to this circuit....and the short is either in the new fixture itself....or connecting the new fixture has...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New light fixture wiring, ceiling fixture, wire nut
ceiling fixture, wire nut, switch unit: Ok, With this configuration we have an outside chance of making this work. If it doesn t then everything will have to be connected the way it was before, and the wire from ceiling light have to go to the outlet, so, let s take a shot it. The worst that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New light fixture, tiffany reproduction, brown wires
tiffany reproduction, brown wires, grounding wire: Hi Raymond, you will have to be able to trace one of the brown wires into the fixture and see where it goes. The wire that goes to the base of the bulb socket is considered the black wire, and the wire that connects to the shell of the bulb socket is considered...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New light fixtures are tripping the breakers, wall sconces, copper wires
wall sconces, copper wires, wattage: The Type of bulb refers to the shape of the bulb. You should have more info than Type A, or B, or C. It should have a number after the letter, with a max wattage. The silver is most likely just the tips dipped/soldered for a better connection. Did you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New light in off-postion trips breaker, electric lighting, hyperlink
electric lighting, hyperlink, one thing: Somehow you have a direct short when the switch is off. Make sure first that the position of the switch is off when the breaker was tripping. Regardless somehow the switch wires you have are not opening and closing the hot usually black wire. One...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New light switch connected to an outlet, light switches, receptacle
light switches, receptacle, light switch: Katie what THE ELECTRICIANS forgot to do is break off the tab on the receptacle. Shut off the power to that room and take each receptacle out till you find one wit a red wire on the receptacle. There is a small brass tab that connects the receptacle together...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New light switch to a wall sconces., wall sconces, light switch
wall sconces, light switch, eye sight: Hi Dalena, Does each wall box for each lite have a black and a white wire coming out, or does one of them have 2 blacks and 2 whites? When you ran the wire to the switch, did you run from each lite to the switch? The switch has 4 screws? 1 green,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New lights on new breaker, lights are all dim, amp breaker, j box
amp breaker, j box, voltage drop: You wired the lights in series but they need to be wired in parallel. You have created a voltage drop across each light of approximately 40 volts at each light. Which is why they are dim. At the first can you should have the hot from the switch, black...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New lights trip fuse box..., fuse box, two blacks
fuse box, two blacks, switch one: Well you obviously have a wiring problem, and I d start where you say Original wiring had 3 incoming cables which I have joined together (Live + Live etc..) into the new light s connector. One of those wires had to be the switch leg. The old light was controlled...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New line to Ceiling fixture, don beck, overhead lighting
don beck, overhead lighting, ceiling fixture: Hi Chris, From what you are telling me, you have it wired right. The only possibility I can think of is the bare wires in the box are touching one of the screws on the switch. Try running some electrical tape around the switch to cover them and see if...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New load center?, heat stove, catalog numbers
heat stove, catalog numbers, heat water: Hi dustin. It sounds like you may not have wired the power to this load center correctly, or your breakers are not installed correctly, in order to get both phases to these loads. You may need to check for upstream fuses that may have been blown while...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Outlet, microwave wattage, numerical displays
microwave wattage, numerical displays, amp circuit: Hi Dennis, It really depends on what this outlet is going to be used for. If it is just normal kitchen appliances, you should be OK. The only problem you may run into is if the microwave is being used, the outlet is being used and the fridge motor...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Outlets, hi tim, st louis mo
hi tim, st louis mo, menards: Hi Tim, Going through plaster and brick is not impossible. But i guess you could say it s difficult. As far as your question. Sure, they make floor mount receps. I use them. They are handy when you want to eliminate cords. Like a recep right...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Outlets, amp breaker, wire nuts
amp breaker, wire nuts, light switches: Hi. It is much easier to connect the outlets and switches, one to another. If you bring all 7 into the box, you are going to run out of places to put the neutrals and grounds. Plus it will make it very busy in the box. If you don t want to rewire the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New outlet, wire nut, switch box
wire nut, switch box, gfi: Hi. It sounds like it should work. Although if you connected it to the wrong screw on the switch, the outlet would work only when the switch was on. I hope you have at least 3 cables in there, each with a black and white wire. If not, you may not have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New outlets don't work., wire nuts, loose wire
wire nuts, loose wire, light switch: Hi. All you need is one loose wire for everything not to work. Check under all of the wire nuts to be sure the wires are making contact. Also make sure that the bridges between the 2 screws are NOT broken off. It s just a matter of following the wiring...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New oven. Add breaker or replace panel, amp breaker, amp service
amp breaker, amp service, electrical issues: I believe Allis-Chamers has bought the Federal Pacific line and is now making replacement breakers that actually work. I d upgrade to the 40 amp breaker and run new wire, unless you have the money for a new panel. Figure roughly, about $6 an amp, i.e., $600...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New phone jack to old 3-wire connection, dial tone, trial and error
dial tone, trial and error, wire connection: Hi Darcy, Yes it can. A single phone line uses 2 wires. You just have to find out which w are being used and match those 2 up to the jack. It can be done by trial and error. Attach the wires and see if you get a dial tone. If not, try another 2 terminals....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New pool wiring, amp breaker, pvc conduit
amp breaker, pvc conduit, pvc conduits: NM is fine for the electrical box mounted on the house. 2 PVC conduits not more than 18 above and not less than 12 below ground will support the exterior box. A concrete deck is not required to have steel imbedment, but it is a good idea. The deck concrete...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Range - Going from hard wired 240 to 4 prong outlet, dual fuel range, kenmore elite
dual fuel range, kenmore elite, duel fuel: Hi Dave, There is no standard height. It mainly depends on he new range itself. You just want to get the plug into a position where it doesn t interfere with the range when sliding it back against the wall. Sounds like your all set with everything...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Range Wiring, wire insulation, don beck
wire insulation, don beck, amp breaker: Hi Bob, I would use 8/3 SEU cable with ground, if the run from the panel to the range isin t too long.(apprx. 100 feet or less). If it is a lot longer run than that, I would use the 6/3 SEU cable. If possible, use the 8/3 cable as it is MUCH easier...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Recessed Lighting, hot wire, light switch
hot wire, light switch, light fixture: Sal You could leave them on the outlet, then you would have the outlet and the Recess cans all switched at the same time. Or you could take the wire (Black wire )that go to the outlet from the switch and tie it into the always hot wire on the other end of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New range has 4 prong plug.........., prong cord, prong plug
prong cord, prong plug, hot legs: I would make a similar assumption. Replace the recepticle for the 4 prong plug. If you have red/black/white/bare or green in the wall,,,,you need to use 4 prong. If you only have 3 wires in the wall...you will not have the option of 110/110 if needed...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New range installation, amp circuits, convection oven
amp circuits, convection oven, lighting circuit: Hi Alan, I would use the old circuit and see if it handles it OK, if so, you are set. If the breaker trips, you may still be able to use the old circuit, just don t run the fans while using the new range. A dedicated circuit is always best, but I can...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New recepticles caused problems, recepticle, recepticles
recepticle, recepticles, overhead light: Somewhere in there, most likely closest to the switch there are some wires floating around in the box. Or, the light is fed off a receptacle, and then to the switch. white in to switch, black return to switch. Somewhere something is not connected or connected...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New/replaced circuit breaker will not reset . . ., gfci outlet, professional electrician
gfci outlet, professional electrician, eletrical wiring: Hi Ross, You may have a burned wire touching something it shouldn t and needs to be checked by an electrician, but before that try... Shut off the breaker in question all the way by hand, wait 10 seconds, then attempt to turn it on. Sometimes they take...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Sears Convection Stove, neutral wire, convection
neutral wire, convection, sears: Hi Rick, The appliance companies have not fully switched over to the NEC s decision about 4 wire instead of 3 wire. So until then, this area is a little grey. It is always best to follow the manufacture s design for wiring up the appliance. It sounds...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Secondary Service, voltage drop calculator, phase service
voltage drop calculator, phase service, underground service: Hi Jon. The code has ampacity table, Table 310-16. There is also a note for residences, which you can use for this. For a 200amp, 120/240v single phase service, the required wire size would be, per Table 310-15(B)(6): 2/0 copper or 4/0 aluminum. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Service to Detached Garage, level garage, subpanel
level garage, subpanel, wire conduit: Hi Derek. First off, I would take time to visit with your local inspector on these questions. That being said, you asked: 1)Do I need 2 grounding rods -- or is one adequate? A) to meet code, you need to have 1 rod, and if that one rod does not meet...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Service Panel, electrician, good luck
electrician, good luck, dean: Hi Dean. Yes it can be changed, however the power company needs to be contacted to remove the power for you. This may be job for an electrician, since they can, with power companies permission, rehook it up after they change out, until inspection. Most...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Service Panel, amp breaker, amp service
amp breaker, amp service, top of the mast: Gene, I would check with the local electrical inspector. In our county, once a meter has been removed, before it can be installed again, the entire structure must be brought up to electrical code. This may require a certain amp service as part of the upgrade,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Service, spare computer time, bob osgood
spare computer time, bob osgood, master electrician: Hi Heath, Sorry just responding...we got called out (emergency call) to work double shifts to finish up the week...have had NO spare computer time as of late...Today (Sunday) has been my only day off..in quite some time. Based on your load description...I...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Stove problems, wire hook, electrical section
wire hook, electrical section, heating elements: Hi Corrie, Sorry for any delay...this website is having a recent problem e-mailing Experts to let them know they have new questions...(they updated the site...have a few bugs in the program)...only found your question by accident while logging in to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Sub-panel, voltage drop calculator, amp breaker
voltage drop calculator, amp breaker, amp service: Hi Allen. #1 copper would work good for you. You could probably even go 1 size smaller, if you wanted to. You would need to terminate in a breaker, in your main panel. Check out www.homewiringandmore.com for more helpful info on this type of wiring....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Sub-panel in Detached Garage, plumbing pipes, pvc conduit
plumbing pipes, pvc conduit, nec code: Chuck In the NEC code Book it states that there shall be only one ground system that is connected to the same service which includes sub-panels,large motors,garages,shops,out buildings.What you should have done is run a ground wire along the same wires that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Sub-panel, guage wire, amp breaker
guage wire, amp breaker, inch pvc: Same conditions...1-1/4 inch PVC raceway continuous from panel to panel, adding additional load really depends if your main service can handle it ( there are calculations you can perform), no ground rod at the new panel and separate your neutral and ground...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Subpanel for woodworking, woodworking question, amp breaker
woodworking question, amp breaker, woodworking shop: That type of wire is OK to use for your purposes. The important thing is the SE markings. The markings on this wire indicates it may be aluminum and not copper. If you use a 6/3 with ground SE or SEU type wire, it s OK..just make sure it is copper. If...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Switch and Outlet, silver screw, trapper
silver screw, trapper, screws: Hiya Trapper, 14/2 wire from old wire to 2 gang box. 4/2 wire from 2 gang box to lite Connections at old out outlet: Black wire to dark colored screw white wire to silver colored screw ground wire to green screw Connections at lite:...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Switch and undercounter lights, jumper wire, undercounter lights
jumper wire, undercounter lights, screws: Hi Brad, Connect the white wire going to the new lites with the other white wires. The black wire going to the new lites goes onto 1 of the screws of the new switch. Run a jumper wire from the other screw of the new switch to the hot screws of the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Switch, switch box, power source
switch box, power source, ceiling fan: Hi Randall, If you have access above the ceiling, then it is possible, but it isn t an easy task. We have to find where the power source is for this switched circuit, it could be in the switch box, the fan box, or the light box. Once we find that out,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New service with Ac out problem, gauge wire, amp service
gauge wire, amp service, 220 volt: Hi. Yes, by putting the white wire to the neutral rather than a hot, you get only 110 volts, which is not enough to run a 220 volt A/C. By connecting it to a double pole breaker, it will be 220 volts. It does not sound like the electrician was too swift....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New service Panel / Meter Base, meter base, rigid conduit
meter base, rigid conduit, busbar: The service panel is your main panel, even though you have a disconnect outside. And even if you wanted to separate neutrals from grounds, this can be accomplished by removing the green colored screw that is in the neutral buss. When this is installed, the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New service panel location, gas appliances, working space
gas appliances, working space, hi bob: Hi Bob. There is no restriction, but there are restrictions to the working space in front of the panel. You need to have at least a 30 wide space in front of the panel, and it needs to be at least 36 deep, and continues up to the ceiling. this working...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New service, gauge copper, amp breaker
gauge copper, amp breaker, amp service: Dan, It sounds OK, but I need to know what you mean by bug , so I don t give you bad information. If you mean connect, tap into, or splice, it shouldn t be dome. Separate wires should be run from the bottom of the meter, 1set to the 100 amp panel...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New stackable washer and dryer, but only one plug!, foot extension cord, stackable washer and dryer
foot extension cord, stackable washer and dryer, amp surge: Hi Will, The situation you created there is very unsafe and should be corrected as soon as you can. A new space for a circuit breaker can be created in the breaker panel by installing 2 slim line breakers in place of 1 of the existing ones. These slim...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New stove in old home, knockdown texture, don beck
knockdown texture, don beck, aluminum wire: Hi Greg, De-ox is a lubricant used in electronic device to help keep them free from dirt. Similar to WD-40, but used for electronic devices. In electrical installation it goes onto aluminum wire to keep from oxidizing. Not often used, but it is a good idea....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New stove wiring to old house, whirlpool girl, sears
whirlpool girl, sears, circu: Steve, If the 2 hot lines in the wall are black and white, you can think of them as black and red. Double check the connection on the circuit breaker and make sure the black and white are connected to it. As for using the bare in the wall as a neutral,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New subpanel in detached garage, pvc conduit, subpanel
pvc conduit, subpanel, colemancable: Laurent The first problem is that you can not use a #10 wire in a 70 amp panel.10 wire is only rated for 30 amps. I was told that using a single 10 gauge wire is not recommended when running more than 10 feet. As far as the length you are ok until...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New subpanel for garage, amp circuits, open slots
amp circuits, open slots, panel space: Eric: The main thing to watch for when using slimline breakers is not to take a 14/3, 12/3 ciruit and putting both red and black on the same slimline breaker. Black should be on say A leg breaker and red should be on B leg breaker this way the neutral...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New subpanel for pool and pool heat pump, pool heat pump, pool shed
pool heat pump, pool shed, ground feeder: Hi Michael. It looks like you have a good plan. To answer your questions: #1: This looks correct. #2: 100amp circuit can be #4 copper, or #2 aluminum. #3: Neutral can be reduced 2 sizes, so use either a #6 copper or a #8 copper (I recommend the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Water Heater, hot water heater, volt device
hot water heater, volt device, electric hot water heater: That is correct for the wiring, however instead of two separate 20 amp breakers, it should be one double pole 20 amp breaker. A 240 volt device is required to cut off both hot legs with a single switch throw, and this can not be done with two single breakers....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Wiring to Building, electrical project, electricity
electrical project, electricity: Hi. Assuming that everything is on one circuit, it is just a matter of running a wire underground. If you want a sub panel in the building, then it is much more complicated. Usually you have to use UF cable and bury it 18 inches. But local codes may...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Wiring for a kitchen remodel, prong plug, thick wires
prong plug, thick wires, idea what kind: Hi. If it is a normal stove, then you would use a 50 amp range plug. The code now requires a 4 prong plug. It is hard to splice thick wires. The box would need to be accessible, and you would have to use split bolt connectors with a lot of tape inside...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Wiring, amp line, recepticle
amp line, recepticle, drillpress: Sounds like a fun project. There are 15amp rated recepticles and 20amp rated recepticles. Mostly for commercial applications. In most cases they are physically interchangable. Most residences use the 15amp rated equipment even for 20amp circuits. The...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New wiring to barn, amp breaker, meter base
amp breaker, meter base, meter socket: Hi Bernie, The wire feeding the meter from the power company will be rated for 200 amps,the sum of both your main panels. IF you add the disconnect to the meter socket, let s say 60 amps, now the potential to pull 260 amps thru the main power feeds is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New wiring box??, crawl space, artisanal
crawl space, artisanal, breakers: Hi Daniel, A sub panel next to the orig one would give you more circuits to work with but an alternative would be to replace some of the breakers in the old box with tandem breakers. Tandem breakers are 1/2 the size of regular breakers so 2 breakers fit...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New wiring to circuit breaker, don beck, air cond
don beck, air cond, unfinished portion: Hi Bryan, You probably can add more to the basment wiring without overloading the circuit. It depends on what you are adding. If it is a few outlets and a couple lights, there should be no problem. If it is something like an air cond or heater, the breaker...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New wiring recess lights 3 switches, switch legs, jbox
switch legs, jbox, switch wiring: Hi Heather. Yes you can, but it will take better diagrams than I can put on this site. Visit www.danswiringpage.com to see diagrams for switch wiring. You will need to run one 2-wire and one 3-wire cable from the switches to the jbox. Run hot down...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New wiring, amp breaker, 220 volt
amp breaker, 220 volt, c unit: Depends on how many amps it draws. 12 amps on a 15 amp breaker, 16 amps on a 20 amp breaker You need a double pole 15 or 20 amp breaker. Looks like 2 breakers joined together. A piggyback breaker will not work. Connect the black to 1 of the breaker s terminal,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New workshop wiring, underground run, amp breaker
underground run, amp breaker, acre section: Steven The wire size will depend on you using copper or alum.the breaker will be the same.if this is a temp install you wont need to run conduit. You can use direct burial wire,if it allows and there is no way the wire will get run over you can just lay it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Newly installed box on switch, nearby outlet, proper connections
nearby outlet, proper connections, wiring connections: The outlet will have a neutral. You may have more options, which one you want, will dictate how we connect the wires; I am assuming 1/2 of the outlet is hot at all times, the other 1/2 is controlled by the switch, this in the usual setup. Option...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Newly installed lights, digital volt meter, voltage surges
digital volt meter, voltage surges, halogen lights: Hi Ryan, Based on your description of the lighting effect - it sounds like you are describing the effects of a voltage dip ...a typically short lived scenario where available voltage drops for a brief moment - then returns to normal. This is most often...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: NM 12-3 for 15 amp circuit, amp circuits, don beck
amp circuits, don beck, amp circuit: Hi Charles, You can use the #12 wire for everything, including the 15 amp circuits. You can always use a larger size wire than is required, just not a smaller size wire. The wire size should pass inspection. Good Luck with your project, Don Bec...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: NM through drywall, garage door opener, piece cable
garage door opener, piece cable, junction boxes: You do not need any special fittings to come thru the wall. It is my understanding that NM wire cannot be exposed. If behind drywall or above a ceiling, that s OK, but anywhere it is exposed it must be in some type of protective pipe. PVC is the easiest...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Nob & Tube Wiring, knob and tube wiring, knob and tube
knob and tube wiring, knob and tube, electrical devices: Hi Melissa, The basics of rewiring are the same. A few rolls of wire, some boxes, outlets, switches, etc. It s the labor where the price really varies. Not only does the hourly rate vary from city to city, but also from electrician to electrician. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Nob & Tube wiring, knob and tube wiring, knob and tube
knob and tube wiring, knob and tube, splices: Hi Sheri. First off, knob-and-tube wiring is still an approved method for wiring homes, tho it is not use, due to the cables that are available today. To truely find out what condition your wiring is in, you need to have an electrician come in and look...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Noise caused by floursecent lights, don beck, ground wires
don beck, ground wires, circuit breaker: Hi Buddy, This sounds like a loose or missing ground wire. If this problem didn t exist before the flor. lite was installed, then I suspect the problem is in the light or in the switch that controls the light. In these 2 locations, check for a loose...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Noise freom behind a wall, kitchen applicances, heat duct
kitchen applicances, heat duct, freom: Hi. My best guess is that you may have a heat duct behind the wall. (Or perhaps a water or sewer pipe-does this noise happen when the dishwasher is running?) There should be no motors or any kind of electrical device that should be making a noise. I...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Noise With Light Turned On, kitchen light, light switch
kitchen light, light switch, pops: Hi Maria. You didn t mention what type of fixture you have. If fluorescent, then this noise may be signs of a bad socket or starter. If incandscent, then it may be a sign of a loose lamp. Try screwing in the lamps tightly. If it still persists, you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Noise, furnace fan, tv speakers
furnace fan, tv speakers, loud pop: Hello Steve, with this low of a service rating, I believe it is just causing such a drain on the electrical system, that any sensitive electronic component would be affected. I am afraid the only permanent remedy would be to increase the service size, which...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Non-functioning circuit, black burn, loose wires
black burn, loose wires, circuit breaker: Hi. You may have two circuits in one box, or perhaps the circuit breaker looks off, but is really on. If there is power in the box and you can t turn it off, it s going to be a problem in trying to fix it. If the breaker is defective, you need to disconnect...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Non-fusible Disconnect for IG Pool, amp spa, pool motors
amp spa, pool motors, amp breaker: If I m reading you correctly, you want to save some money and run the wire from the inside panel, to an outside location, yourself, and let the installer hook up there. Correct? First, as long as you use a 60 amp breaker in your panel, you can run run to a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Non-Grounded Outlets, ground fault circuit interrupter, square d homeline
ground fault circuit interrupter, square d homeline, prong cord: Hi Clinton. First off, you need to find out if there is a grounding means in the existing cable. If so, then you will just need to connect it to the receptacle, making sure that the other end is connected in the panel. If there is no grounding means...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Non grounded outlets, reverse polarity, qualified electrician
reverse polarity, qualified electrician, new cabinets: Hi Aaron, This is a question that is really hard to answer because there are so many factors that we cannot see through cyberspace. However, you are right about getting that fixed. The load we place on our electrical panels now compared to 1945 is substantial...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Non-Working Light Switches, porch light, light switches
porch light, light switches, light bulbs: Hi Brandi, You would be surprised at how many light bulbs I have been paid to replace over the years. Sounds like you have lost power to the switch s. Did you check the connection feeding both switches? If your lights all seem to be on one circuit check...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Non-working outlet, motion sensor light, basement garage
motion sensor light, basement garage, reset button: Hi. In the past 20 years or so, garage outlets are required to be on a GFCI circuit. So, somewhere there is probably an outlet with a test and reset button. It could be in a bathroom, basement, garage, or outside. Or even the breaker panel. All you have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Non working recessed lighting, pilot light, light bulbs
pilot light, light bulbs, light indicator: Elliot The switch has a pilot light which lets you know there is power to the switch. when you turn the switch on the pilot light will go off and the source will come on. The problem may be in the first light fixture I would make sure the wires that come...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Novice mistake, ceiling light fixture, electician
ceiling light fixture, electician, fan location: The switch has to be on the same ciruit as the light, so I am trying to figure out what we have here. The first thing to do is with the power off to this circuit, separate all of the black and white wires, leave all grounds connected as regardless of the configuration...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Nuetral and ground bus bar, ground bus, bus bar
ground bus, bus bar, ground wires: Hi Wade, If the neutral wires(white) and the ground wires(green or bare) are all connected to the same bar, then all that needs to be done is the bar itself should have a bonding strap that connects the bar to the metal panel itself. Is this the way...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Number of chimes on a 30VA transformer, don beck, chimes
don beck, chimes, doorbell: Hi Victor, Wow, that s the first time I ever got that question. I have never tried it, but in theory, it should work. It would be like adding an extra light to one that already is switched. The only flaw could be the 30 VA may have to be increased...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Number of Receptacles, stereos tv, stray voltage
stereos tv, stray voltage, vacuum cleaners: Hi Don, It is not uncommon to have 8 outlets on 1 circuit, but it all depends what is going to be plugged into the outlets. If it lights, stereos, tv, then it isn t much of a load, but if it is something like space heaters, air on that, vacuum cleaners...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Number of receptacles on one 15 amp breaker, amp breaker, basement renovations
amp breaker, basement renovations, stereo air: Hi Shawn, As usual, no hard and fast rule. It mainly depends on what you are going to use the outlets for. For example, lamps, clocks, and other low power devices, 8 outlets would work fine. However, computers, TV s, Stereo, air conds etc. fraw more...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: nail through wire, hot water tank, bearer of bad news
hot water tank, bearer of bad news, finishing nail: Hi. Sorry it took so long to answer. I was traveling and my laptop died. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but you either have to replace the wire, or try to get enough slack to install a junction box. The junction box cannot be hidden behind the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: near fire / loss of neutral, meter socket, company connections
meter socket, company connections, fire loss: If the wires are all tight in the neutral bar, it coming loose from the panel should not cause the loss of a neutral. The neutral bar also is the ground bar, I suspect spark is arcing between the neutral and the metal can of the panel. There should be...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: nec wireway, thwn conductors, 0384
thwn conductors, 0384, chapter 9: I agree with you this answer is incorrect. I could not locate any table these figures came from either. On page 70-632, the top table is for THWN, and in this table: 3/0 = .2679 sq in. x 4 = 1.07 #6 = .0507 sq in. x 6 = 0.30 #12 = .0133 sq in. x 20 =...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: nec wireway, thwn conductors, sure what type
thwn conductors, sure what type, phoenix area: Evrim, You sure know how to ask a question and I apologize for any delay in my response to you but I had to wait til I had a time where I could sit and figure this on out. Using my Ugly s book which could be out of date I came up with the following:...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: need 100 amps to attic, amp breaker, c handler
amp breaker, c handler, metering unit: Hi Jim Your plan sounds sensible to me. However, check with your local building Dept. as, in some areas of the Country, sub panels are not allowed in the attic. Also, there should be a 200 Amp main shutoff. If not part of the panel, it may be part...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: need 220 v for new dryer, fuse panel, water heater
fuse panel, water heater, several ways: Hi Donna, There are several ways to determine if you have 220V available. 1)Check the fuse panel. If there are 3 wires coming into it from the meter, then you have 220 available. 2)Call your power company and they will tell you if you have 220...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: need a ?answer, line voltage thermostat, small screws
line voltage thermostat, small screws, thick wires: Hi. If the heater has a relay, then usually you would use a low voltage thermostat, not a line voltage one. A line voltage thermostat would have thick wires or big screws. A low voltage one would have small screws for small wires. A line voltage...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Do you need to clamp a grounding wire to a load center?, bob osgood, pvc heat
bob osgood, pvc heat, cable clamps: Hi Jason, Your #4 ground wire can enter the panel either way - thru a romex (NM) connector tightened down all the way in one of the factory 1/2 knock-outs....or optionally - thur the small 3/16 knock-out holes in the bottom of the panel....either is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: do I need conduit?, electrical inspector, electrical inspectors
electrical inspector, electrical inspectors, 3 feet: Hi Gary, This question is usually decided by your local electrical inspector. In most cases, the wires would have to be in conduit where they are exposed. There are several issues you will have to deal with and you should get your power company and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Do I need conduit?, romex, detached garage
romex, detached garage, electrical code: Hi Jeff. Conduit is required. You should not have more than 4 90 degree in any one run. If you need more, you will have to install a junction box. You might want to have someone come in to either show you how to do this, or do it for you. Good...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: need electric for microwave, amp circuits, watt microwave
amp circuits, watt microwave, absolute max: Hi. You should have 2 20 amp circuits for the kitchen and diningroom. The absolute max is 2400 watts on each circuit. While it would be better if it had its own line, you may be OK to plug it in. Just remember what else is plugged in. Especially remember...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: need to fix wiring, amp service, subpanels
amp service, subpanels, outbuilding: Hi Chad. The best way would be to install the breakers in your main panel, and feed the 2 outbuildings from there. You can add another panel, like you suggest. I suggest you get some estimates from local contractors, and go from there. Good luck....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Do I need another ground rod for new box?, fuse box, circuit breakers
fuse box, circuit breakers, garage room: Hi Adrian. without know for sure where this wire comes from, it is impossible to answer your question. As far as the grounding system for your electrical service, you are required to install it and have the grounding electrode conductor attached to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: i need help with a celling fan, celling fan, light switch
celling fan, light switch: Hi. It depends if the power comes in at the switch, or at the outlet first. I assume you want the outlet on all the time? If the power goes to the switch first, connect all the white wires together. Connect the black wire coming from the power to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: need to install 240v breaker, amp breaker, electrical panel
amp breaker, electrical panel, s 220: Hi Jim, You can share a neutral with 2 loads if the loads are connected to different poles. When connected this way the neutral will carry the difference between the loads..not the sum of the loads. If you were to get the 2 breakers on the same pole however...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: need to install a eagle30amp 125/250 dryer surface outlet., middle prong, screw
middle prong, screw, slots: Hi. Usually the outlet comes with instructions. Generally, the hot wires go on the sides. The neutral goes on the middle prong. If there are 4 slots, then the green screw should be the ground. Also see if you have dark and light colored terminals....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: need more light out of a 60 watt fixture, lumen output, watt bulbs
lumen output, watt bulbs, watt fixture: Hi Jim. You can use the compact fluorescent lamps, without worry. Like you said, they are rated 23 watts, and the fixture is rated for 60 watts, so all is good. The main enemy of the fixture is heat, which is why they limit the lamp to 60 watts. A fluorescent...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: need another opinion, master electrician, amp service
master electrician, amp service, pvc pipe: So this is a 600 amp feeder? Table 310.15(B)(6) lists a 4/0 at 250 amp service rating, doubled, would be 500 amps. Your suggestion of 350 would push it to 700 service rating, and if I was doing it, I d use a slightly smaller wire, parallel runs of 250 mcm,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: need opinions on options for getting electricity to the barn, hot water heater, electrical company
hot water heater, electrical company, detached garage: Paul, The big amp draw here is the water heater. If you can be happy with a small one that runs on 120 V, then the least expensive way of doing this would be to run 2 separate 20 amp, 120 volt lines from the garage sub panel into the barn. 1 for the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Do I need to replace junction box with missing knockout, plywood floor, junction boxes
plywood floor, junction boxes, cheap solution: at any hardware store they sell plugs that pop in open ko s. It s very simple and cheap solution. they sell all sizes 1/2 3/4 etc. Also if you cover up a box with plywood, sheetrock or other similar covering you will be violating the accessibility rule....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: I need to run 220wiring for a stove, fuse box, electric stove
fuse box, electric stove, fuses: Hi. It sounds to me that the stove will draw more electricity than everything you have already. It looks like it is time for an upgrade with a new panel, and new wiring running from the street. I am sure this isn t what you wanted to hear, but an electric...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Do I need to upgarde my service, amp breaker, amp service
amp breaker, amp service, aluminum wire: I can not believe the previous owner paid for an upgrade and only went with a 100 amp service. You should upgrade to a 200 amp service even though this one is new. I know it will require another panel and meter base but you can then install a 100 amp breaker...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Do I need to upgrade to 200 amps?, professional electricians, amp service
professional electricians, amp service, double oven: Hi. Based on the size of your house, you need 200 amps. However, if everything is working without tripping the breakers from an overload, you may not need it. Everyone uses different amounts of electricity, so you probably don t need as much power as the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Do I need to upgrade main panel ?, amp breaker, amp service
amp breaker, amp service, avista utilities: Something sounds wrong from the beginning here. You have to have at least a 60 amp service to keep the line from blowing when the 60 amp breaker[s] are in use. Anyway, tell them you want to upgrade to a 200 amp service for the house and garage. They should...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: neutral bar bridge, home owners insurance, electronic stove
home owners insurance, electronic stove, ac theory: Mike, Absolutely. With out getting overly technical with AC theory basically what happens in this situation is the voltage going to the affected circuits on this neutral bar become very unstable because they are not connected to the neutral. So the output...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: neutral bar to ground buss bar, buss bar, screw holes
buss bar, screw holes, subpanel: Hi Rhonda. First off, if this is on the main disconnect or main panel, they are to be tied toegher. If it is anywhere else, such as a subpanel in the basement or attached garage, you have to keep them seperated. Every new panel includes a box bond device,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: neutral bar, encloser, subpanel
encloser, subpanel, neutrals: Hi roger. copper turning green is usually caused by moisture. If the two panel (or disconnect and subponel) are in the same building, then you do need to seperate the grounds and neutrals. Failure to do so could cause the breakers not to trip in an...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: neutral/ground at service/panel question, milbank meter socket, vent a hood
milbank meter socket, vent a hood, clock circuit: Usually the utility runs three wires to your drop, and the contractor runs three wires from there, through your meter, and then to the panel. It is the panel where the ground conection is made to the neutral buss, but I have seen the ground made up in the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: neutral/ground, insulated conductor, circuit path
insulated conductor, circuit path, ground wires: Jim: A neutral is a insulated conductor thats used to make the return circuit path and current flows through it nornally in normal operations. A ground can be, but not allways insulated. And it main purpose is to keep all metal parts that can be accidentaly...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: neutral is hot, neutral wire, switch boxes
neutral wire, switch boxes, loose connection: Hi Kevin, Depending on how old your house is your right, the switches shouldn t be a part of the problem. There may be a neutral connection in the switch box though. Since you say nothing on the circuit works I would start at the beginning of the circuit,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: neutral sharing, conductor wire, 2 legs
conductor wire, 2 legs, circuts: Tom: Being in the US. Our power to Houses is 120v/240v This is created by having 2 hots and a common neutral between them. That means we have a a , and b leg. If the wires for the 2 legs is wired correctly 1 on the a and 1 on the b and you load down...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Is neutral wire created at each home?, home improvement retailer, neutral wire
home improvement retailer, neutral wire, hot legs: If you step outside and look at your line coming from the utility pole you should see 3 wires. Two hots and one neutral. Every 1/60 second the phase changes and electrons change direction. Technically you can run your house without a ground. Ever hear...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: neutral wire between two GFCI receptacles, gfci receptacle, kitchen countertop
gfci receptacle, kitchen countertop, copper wires: Hi Mark, It is not uncommon for a nail to puncture the romex and short wires, and it sounds like this might be your case. But just to make sure, I would turn off the power and disconnect the wires at the 1st receptacle that feed the 2nd receptacle. Then...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: neutral wire is hot, robert wilber, national electrical code
robert wilber, national electrical code, electrical resistance: - * Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * LIFE SAFETY WARNING! [disclaimer] Electricity is dangerous! You can be injured or killed! Improper installations can cause fire, injury and death! Are you qualified...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: neutral wire issue, don beck, electrical expert
don beck, electrical expert, neutral wire: Hi Lori, This looks like a follow up question meant for another electrical expert....Bob? I m Don. It would be better for you to contact him as he is familiar with your situation and I don t have access to the orig question sent to him. Don Bec...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: neutrals and grounds (Home wiring), volt circuit, amp circuit
volt circuit, amp circuit, termination time: Slip: Just one, I allways sized it 1 wire size bigger then the biggest (amp) circuit thats in the cluster. Example: 3 120 volt 20amp (#12ga.) and 1 240volt 30 amp (#10ga.) circuit sharing a conduit. I d make my single ground a (#8ga.) If all circuits are...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new 100 amp feed, buck boost, voltage drop
buck boost, voltage drop, vaccum: Hi Scot, The normal voltage your local utility company delivers could affect the wire size you would want to use. At 120/240V 100A you would need 1/0 copper or 2/0 aluminum to stay around a 5% voltage drop. If your local voltage is higher you may be able...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new 125amp sub panel install, thick wire, detached garage
thick wire, detached garage, conductor: Hi. the gauge will depend on the type of insulation, the type of conductor, the type of wire, and the length. So it is best to check where you buy the wire. The wire you pick out should have that information on it. The ground rod depends if the box...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new 200 Amp service, 200 amp service, elec co
200 amp service, elec co, meter box: Yes you could run a single ground wire in the same group as the power wires, not seperately. The ground rod should come from the panel, never going near the meter box. Look around where the phone box is outside, they usually attach to the ground rod. Jeff...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new 220V circut for an AC, prong cord, amp breaker
prong cord, amp breaker, receptical: Marty, I would put both the neutral on the ground terminal. This way, if you ever want to change the outlet to 110V, the neutral will be there. The ground war can be attched to the back of the box.Both the neutral and ground go onto the ground bar in the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new 240 lines, demand water heater, basement ceilings
demand water heater, basement ceilings, westminster co: Bill, I would suggest you visit with the local inspection department to get these answers, as they may have different rules for this type of installation. Normally, to figure conduit fill, you need the dimensions of the cable, and then convert it to a size...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new addition, metal boxes, gfci outlet
metal boxes, gfci outlet, security light: Hi Bill, You are a very wise man! Speaking with inspector can build a lot of bridges with him. The NEC is only guide and each local inspector can amend it to his specifications. Going to him will stroke his ego some and you ll be able clarify exactly...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new addition, amp breaker, story addition
amp breaker, story addition, wattage: Hi Jim. According to your figures, these 2 circuits will handle the load. To figure loads, you multiply the number of lamps by the wattage, and then divide by 120. In your case, you have (assuming 100 watts max on each recessed fixture): 10 X 100 =...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new breaker box in shop, yellow caution tape, neutral wire
yellow caution tape, neutral wire, subpanel: Hi Neil, You supposed right about the outlet not carrying a 125 amp panel. 125 amps sounds like a little overkill, and after you price the material you may rethink it. But lets say you do run wires for a 125 amp sub panel, you will need to run 4 wires....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new breaker panel, amp breaker, electricain
amp breaker, electricain, power wires: Heed my advice...you don t want to be working with live wires. A qualified electricain MIGHT do it under certain circumstances, since we understand the dangers involved, but I daresay, if we can turn off the power, even we don t work things hot. Pulling...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Putting in a new Ceiling light, ceiling fixture, light fixture
ceiling fixture, light fixture, new model: Hi Richard. How was the old fixture hooked up? Usually the red is a switched leg, and the white is the neutral, while the black is the hot. You will have to use a voltage tester to determine which wire is your hot, which is the neutral, and which is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new ceiling fan installation, ceiling fan installation, robert wilber
ceiling fan installation, robert wilber, hunter ceiling fan: * Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * Voltage problem involving new installation * LIFE SAFETY WARNING! [disclaimer] Electricity is dangerous! You can be injured or killed! Improper installations...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new ceiling fan wiring, ceiling fan wiring, ceiling fixture
ceiling fan wiring, ceiling fixture, rewire: Hi. If the switch has only one set of wires, you can t get electricity from there. You could change the outlet to being on all the time, then rewire things so that you can tap off from there. If you want instructions on that, please me know. You could...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new ceiling fixture, trickle charge, ceiling fixture
trickle charge, ceiling fixture, easy job: Hi. Yes, I would say that is right. Probably just one or two places where a device has a neutral on one circuit and a hot on another. I found that in my house built in 1987. To save a bit of wire, they used two wire cable for 3 way switches, then tapped...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new ceiling fixture, voltage tester, ceiling fixture
voltage tester, ceiling fixture, hot wire: Hi Marlene, You will probably need a voltage tester. This tester looks like a big crayon and beeps and lights up when you touch it to the HOT wire. This will be the black. It runs around 5.00 at home centers, and is very useful device so it s a good investment....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new ceiling fixture, trickle charge, ceiling fixture
trickle charge, ceiling fixture, easy job: Hi Bill, You sure didn t need any help with this one. You are right. That old of wiring probably doesn t have a ground wire in some places which would allow the stray electricity to discharge to ground. It is a pretty common thing and is a big source...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new ceiling light tripping breaker, ceiling fan light, hot wire
ceiling fan light, hot wire, light fixture: Hi, It sounds like the hot wire in the ceiling box is pinched or the bare is showing and touching the metal box. I think a close inspection of the wires coming into the box will reveal that there is a small part of the black wire that has copper showing....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new ceiling light, switch box, black and white
switch box, black and white, traveller: Hi Dave, You have one cable in your switch box? And 3 cables in your light box, correct? The 3 cables in the light box.. Ok, your feed is coming into your light (constantly hot). You have a cable going from the light to the switch (switch...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new circuit box, seperate line, upfront price
seperate line, upfront price, electrical question: Hi Casey That question is not so much an electrical question as a business practise question. The amount of a Hot tub circuit or any other wiring installation will vary depending on where you live. The best way to do this is to call 3 master licensed electricians...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new circuit breaker box problems, electric meter, main switch
electric meter, main switch, circuit breaker: Hi Diana, Try resetting your main breaker, push it firmly to off then back on. If that doesn t do it, look outside by your electric meter and see if there is another disconnect out there, do the same with it, that should solve your problem. Dal...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new circuit breakers panel boxes, amp receptacles, amp circuits
amp receptacles, amp circuits, amp circuit: Since you are in the situation you are without enough incoming service, who knows what will be required in the future. The most common residential service is 200 amps. I would go with this size service and you will be set for future expansion if needed. This...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: A new circuit for a table saw - wire length to circuit, gauge wire, hi adam
gauge wire, hi adam, altronix: Hi Adam, Measuring the exact distance from the panel is important in this case. If I were installing this, I d use 10 gauge wire due to the length of the run. I pasted a website that shows you how to figure voltage drop in case you want to do the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new circut breaker, circut breaker, circut board
circut breaker, circut board, lightning strike: If you have a GE panel you should require your electrician to install a GE circuit breaker. Ask him to show you what is wrong with the wire. If you want you can hook the wire up to another circuit breaker to see if it holds. This will let you know if the wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new construction, meter base, new construction
meter base, new construction, fuse: Hi Nick, I m afraid your Inspector is correct. 3 to 5 feet is the code requirement for having to hit some type of breaker or fuse once the wire enters the building. A lot of local inspectors have their own version of parts of the code, but this one is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new cook top wiring, bare wire, new appliances
bare wire, new appliances, proper job: Good Morning Bill, Here s the translation: Your 1992 home...if it passed inspection - clearly has a bare grounding conductor in all circuits...( so for this circuit from your panel - you see a black, red, white and bare ground supply coming to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new cooktop old AL wire?, wire nuts, cu wire
wire nuts, cu wire, cooktop: George: I got one question. Does the new cooktop have electronics in it. And does it have a 4 wire tail to connect to. If eather if these answers are yes then I would replace the wire. If the answer is no then use the big blue wirenuts, get some vasoline jelly,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new cooktop & wall oven wiring, electric cooktop, amp breaker
electric cooktop, amp breaker, seperate lines: Hi. Unfortunately, each 220 volt appliance needs to be on its own breaker. If you don t have enough slots, you can add a sub panel and put two breakers in that. The grounds and neutrals should go together only at the main panel. In any sub panels, they...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new cooktop, gas cooktop, amp power
gas cooktop, amp power, amp circuit: Hi. Everything is set up for 40 amps, but you are using a 50 amp outlet. Since your breaker is only 40 amps, it isn t a safetly problem. But if anyone tries to plug in a 50 amp stove at a later time, it will trip the breaker. The code may not allow it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Having a new deep water well..., earth ground, pressure switch
earth ground, pressure switch, safe side: Hi Mike. You cannot drive a rod near the pump and have a code compliant job. The purpose of the grounding conductor back to the service is to clear a fault that might occur. without the grounding conductor, the fault will not trip the breaker, or blow...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new dryer, stray strands, fuse
stray strands, fuse, trisha: Hi Trisha, Wherever the sparks are coming from, that is the place to check, either at the outlet or at the dryer. It sounds as if a strand of wire is touching something it shouldn t. Unplug the dryer and remove the panel where the dryer cord connects....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new electric cooktop install, frigidare cooktop, metal cable
frigidare cooktop, metal cable, wire cable: Rich Just keep the wires they way they are on the cook top as that is the way the manufacturer designed it. You can take the white wire from the power source and cap it off.if this was a mobile home then when you purchased it that is what you needed to order...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new electrical outlet, light switches, light switch
light switches, light switch, electrical outlet: Hi. If you are sure you put the wires back in the same place, then the switch could be defective. Otherwise, the wires going to the light and outlet are somehow accidently connected to the wire going into the switch rather than the wire going out of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new electrical panel, wire insulation, best guess
wire insulation, best guess, odd situation: Hi Jerry, You did the right thing by calling an electrician and I d take it one step more and shut off that breaker until your electrician can look at it. This is a very odd situation if everything else on that circuit is working as it should indicating...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new entrance, wire gages, conductor type
wire gages, conductor type, pvc conduit: I will try to help, in florida were I am located at, we use pvc conduit a lot more then metal conduit, due to the salt air, in new york I think metal would be use due to the cold in winter time.This job should be inspected and a lot of these question could...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new exhaust fan, wall switches, romex
wall switches, romex, exhaust fan: Hi Ann, If you aren t going to use the 2nd switch for anything, just screw a wirenut over the end of the red wire, and leave unused in the box. If you ever want to use the 2nd switch for anything else, you can always go back and use that red wire. Do...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new fan installation, don beck, excess wire
don beck, excess wire, source connection: Hi Jason, The switched outlet box will be a little full when adding an extra black and white wire, but it should be OK if keep the excess wire down to a minimum. The black wire coming from the fan ceiling box goes onto the same scre as the red wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new fan/light and extra outlets, curling iron, circuit breakers
curling iron, circuit breakers, fan light: Hi. That is true only if it is the main box. I assume it is not a sub panel. The ground is an emergency drain, that should not carry current if everything is working. The white wire returns the power back from the device. So, the white wire actually...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new fixture ..new switch, 3 way switches, conductor cable
3 way switches, conductor cable, switch one: Hello Tom, Yes and no.. you cannot have two separate switches operating the same light.. but you can have 2 common switches operating the same light. Turning it off or on from 2 locations. Otherwise known as a 3-way set up. This is accomplished...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new garage electric loads, volt amps, flourescent lights
volt amps, flourescent lights, amp circuits: Flourescent lights....there should be an amp rating on the fixture s ballast. This takes into account the lamps the ballast runs, and the ballast itself. A 120 volt 2 lamp, 4 foot ballast pulls about 0.73 amp with F40W lamps, about 0.63 if you re using an...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new garage, amp service, service entrance
amp service, service entrance, meter box: Hi Matt, Installing a separate service for the garage is a HUGE undertaking...special permits, license, specs etc. Bewteen the power company and the inspector, the hassle is enormous. You are better off to replace the house service with a 200 amp,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new home electrician recommends 400 amp service, walkout basement, amp service
walkout basement, amp service, cape cod style: Hi Scott, A 200 amp service can handle a pretty big load. Even if everything was electric...dryer,stove, water heater, air cond, a 200 amp will handle that If anything is going to be gas, the 200 amp is more than enough. If all the major appliances...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new home service grounding, 200 amp service, water lines
200 amp service, water lines, electrical contractor: Hi George, This varies from State to State, and even from city to city. My area, no ground rod is needed when panels are grounded to rebar. However, you local regulations may be different. A quick call to your local inspector or an electrical contractor,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new home service, 200 amp service, cable check
200 amp service, cable check, underground conduit: Gary: Just a thought, why not trench to the power pole and just set another meter. Down the road for renting, usage, future sale. It would be better. The wire I would run because of the distance is 2/0 alum. And to connect that to a 100amp breaker and not...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new home wiring, arc fault breakers, amp circuits
arc fault breakers, amp circuits, journey men: Hi Jeffery, Your brother has a good eye! In most areas, arc fault breakers are only required in bedrooms. The wire going to the garage should not be part of the living room circuit. The kitchen circuit should not be part of of an outside circuit....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new house buy....aluminum vs copper wiring, aluminum wiring, aluminum wires
aluminum wiring, aluminum wires, mariposa county: Hi LaVerne. By 1983, most of the issues involving aluminum wires had been resolved. However, the existing wiring is now 24 years old, and the condition of the wiring terminations at outlets and switch, breakers and light fixtures, should be inspected to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new house wiring, pvc conduit, wood studs
pvc conduit, wood studs, amp service: Hi Dick, Sorry just responding....we ve been working doubles all week in prep for the 3 day week-end...have had no spare time as of late..just now getting caught up on e-mails.. Trying to get a good picture of your layout...it appears all future...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new light is very dim, watt bulb, bulbs
watt bulb, bulbs, sockets: Hi. Most likely they are in series with something. To see if they are in series with each other, remove one bulb and see if the remaining bulbs works. If not, then the sockets are wired wrong. The two black go together, the two white go together. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new light fitting/wiring problem, incoming power, abscence
incoming power, abscence, light fixture: Obviously the switch or the light fixture is wired incorrectly. Let s look at the switch first. If there are only 2 wires, black and white coming to the switch then 1 wire goes on each terminal in the switch; the black would be made up with the incoming...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new light fixture, qualified electrician, new globe
qualified electrician, new globe, home depot: Hello Ron. This is cya for the manufacturer, however anytime wiring this old is disturbed, there is a very real risk of the insulation breaking off of the wire. I can not say with certainty it will not cause a problem if disturbed. You will have to make the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new light fixture, display model, light fixture
display model, light fixture, those letters: Hi. I am not sure what those letters mean. The main thing is to be sure that the ground wire is connected where it should be. If you can trace the wires at all, the ground wire will go to the metal frame of the fixture, the white wire will go to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new light fixture, bathroom light fixture, fixture wire
bathroom light fixture, fixture wire, way switch: Hi. 1) all the ground wires together 2) white wire from the breaker to the white wire of the fixture 3) black wire from the breaker to one of the switch wires 4) the other switch wire to the black wire of the fixture. That should get your...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new light fixtures, aluminum wiring, google
aluminum wiring, google, true thanks: Hi. I have never heard that. The age of the house should not matter. If you use recess lights, you have to make sure you either get the kind that will accept insulation over it, or move the insulation away from it, if there is insulation. However,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new light switch will not turn off new outlet, silver screw, brass screws
silver screw, brass screws, brass screw: You probably should replace the outlets. You could put a jumper wire between the 2 silver screws, but this would be difficult due to the number of wires involved. Without having the red wire that would indicate it is switched, you will need some type...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new light switch, light switch, switch box
light switch, switch box, ceiling fan: Depends on what is in the first switch box. Two wires? Probably not, since this would be the hot and switch leg to another fixture...no neutral. If you have two wires IN and two wires OUT with the white wires tied together, then yes, you have a hot and neutral...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new lighting fixture, new lighting, lighting fixture
new lighting, lighting fixture, ceiling fixture: Hi dottie. You will connect the green to the green or ground in your box. You will connect the white to the white in the box. You will then connect the black wire to the black in the box. If you have one wire left over, then this is probably the switched...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new main breaker in multi-dwelling home, panelboards, panelboard
panelboards, panelboard, appartment: Brian sounds like a do it yourselfer did this job,do you not have a local inspector?yes you can install a breaker in each panel, as that is the only way to protect your service now,if a inspector sees you doing that he may have you get a permit to do it right...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new main breakers in multi-dwelling home, panelboards, panelboard
panelboards, panelboard, conductors: Hi Brian. I would think your local inspector would require you to have mains at each meter, to keep unfused conductors from running in the building. You should visit with the inspector to see if they would require anything different, or to help with some...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new outlet, electric ovens, volt outlet
electric ovens, volt outlet, wire gauge: Hello, First, I would use 2 separate breakers. If you use the 1 to power both ovens, then it would have to be big enough to run them both, 1 1 could cause trouble and since the breaker is so big, the oven could catch fire by over heating it s wires, and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new outlet to old wire, porcelain insulators, silver screw
porcelain insulators, silver screw, knob and tube: Hi Bill, I m not familiar with the term Knuckle wiring . I am assuming it is knob and tube where porcelain insulators are used and the wires are run separately instead of in 1 cable. The new outlet cannot be grounded unless a new wire is run to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new outlet, correct cable, wire connectors
correct cable, wire connectors, replacements: The code allows certain types of replacements for non grounded outlet replacement. If you don t have a grounding means in the cable or box, then you can either rewire with new cable, or install a grounding conductor, which is usually very hard to do. Another...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new outlets in basement, amp circuits, arc fault
amp circuits, arc fault, amp circuit: Good Morning Jim, If you are asking these questions to experienced licensed electricians that are Code updated - your answers should all be along the same lines...the Code is specific in regards to basements and circuit allowances, etc. With that said,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new outlets don't work, hi mary, light switch
hi mary, light switch: Hi Mary, try shutting off the breaker again, wait about 10 seconds and turn it back. If the power still doesn t come back on, try the breaker thing a couple of more times. Sometimes they don t catch when they are turned on. If it still isn t back on,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new outlets, static charge, electrical problem
static charge, electrical problem, probable cause: That is very possible, especially if you have carpeting in the room. But to make sure it isn t an electrical problem Male sure all the green screws are real tight, and all the silver colored screws on the outlets. If they are, static elec. is the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new overhead light, guage wire, wiremould
guage wire, wiremould, amp breaker: Hi. This is pretty simple. At the outlet, you want to tap off the hot (black), ground (green), and neutral (white). If all of the screws on the outlet are being used, then you need to connect the new wires to the old wires in the box, and then run a short...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new panel to be install in new house, meter location, laundry room
meter location, laundry room, neutrals: Hi Daniel. If the area in front of the panel will meet the requirements for clearance (30 wide, 36 deep, up to ceiling, all needs to be without anything, like a washer or dryer etc...) , and You install a 200amp disconnect on the outside (or directly...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new pannel, amp meter, amp service
amp meter, amp service, power cables: Hello Ellery with a new service you can do anything you want. For a 100 amp. service use the #2SEU, a 100 amp. meter enclosure, a 100 amp. panel. For 200 amps. use the #4/0SEU, 200 amp. meter enclosure and panel. However check with your local utility company,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new pool pump, fuse box, new pool
fuse box, new pool, sf 1: It sounds like you have a wired wrong. There is a jumper for 115 vs 230. The jumper needs to be in the right place, and the wiring needs to accomodate either the 115 or 230 voltage. You should have a breaker rated for the motor. I am guessing that it is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new power saving device???, radio controlled cars, mains socket
radio controlled cars, mains socket, don beck: Hi Glen, I really don t see how that can work, but I m no electrical engineer, either. I suppose anything is possible. Since all the power that comes into your house has to pass through the meter socket before hitting the main panel, I can t see how...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new receptacle for 90amp tig welder, tig welder, occasional basis
tig welder, occasional basis, max capacity: Mario what you will need to do is install the wire off the main panel with a set off wires off the lugs in the main panel. then install a 100 amp fused disconnect for the welder to protect the welder and you! Now realize this you, may not be able to weld...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new recessed lighting., three way switches, lighting fixture
three way switches, lighting fixture, voltage tester: Not exactly, What you have in the orig ceiling lite with the 2 B&W pairs coming in, 1 of these pairs is hot and other feeds to another location, probably the switch we are working on. So, under normal circumstances, the hot black coming in goes onto...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new recessed lights, dia hole, floor lamps
dia hole, floor lamps, stiff wire: Tito: If you not intimidated by cutting holes big enough fish wires through. And the walls have the depth I would fish from the outlets to a switch and then up to the lights. The first thing you need to know is at the locations were you waht the individual...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new service, david burns, amp service
david burns, amp service, island of hawaii: Hi Dave, I m not sure of any books that would tell you how to install a service. I mean i never ran across any so i cant recommend any. Can always visit your local library though. If you have certain questions pretaining to your project i would...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new service, chief warrant officer, household electricity
chief warrant officer, household electricity, pvc conduit: Jeff THANKS FOR PROTECTING OUR COUNTRY!! What you can do is run romex wire in a 1 PVC conduit to a junction box outside you home. Then from there you can run 1 PVC to the shop,to a small sub panel in the shop this way you can run branch circuits to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new service, meter base, meter location
meter base, meter location, ground wires: Service ends at disconnect below meter. Ground rod connected to neutral at disconnect below meter. Neutral at both house and garage must be isolated from ground and enclosures. Neutrals and grounds do NOT go together at these panels, only at meter disconnects...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new service to a garage, amp circuits, volt circuits
amp circuits, volt circuits, gauge wire: Hi Tom, You have limited your self to how much power you can bring to the garage by installing 3/4 pipe. Is it too long of a run or too difficult to do....replace the 3/4 pipe with a larger size? We need to get 4 wires from your main panel to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new service; subpanel needed?, amp breaker, copper wire
amp breaker, copper wire, subpanel: Hi James, I guess it really depends on your reason to want to shorten the circuit runs. Sometimes it s necessary, but it s not done very often because the expense involved. The cost of the cable from the main panel to the sub panel can be huge. For...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Putting in new service, 200 amp service, electrode system
200 amp service, electrode system, amp breaker: Hi Joe. Your breaker size will depend on the rating of the conductor. You need to find out what size it is (approx. doesn t work, look for writing on the insulation of the wires), and then go from there. You do need the exact wire size to make sure. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new shed, interior wiring, x20
interior wiring, x20, receptacles: Hi Jesse, That isn t too big of a load so it would be a lot cheaper to think of the shed as just another room and run 2 separate circuits from the main panel to the shed. That way you don t need a sub panel, the wires to feed a sub panel and no special...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new stovetop wiring, plain copper, new cook
plain copper, new cook, copper wire: Hi Tim, I m a little surprised that the new cook top doesn t have 4 wires.(B-R-W-g). Most all of them do. If there is no white wire in the new cook top, consider the white house wire as a ground. At the panel make sure this white wire is tied to to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new subpanel, amp breaker, gauge wire
amp breaker, gauge wire, circuit breakers: Hi Tom, Connecting the 3 hots to the sub won t work as only 1 wire will conduct. Electricity will take the shortest path and even the conductors were all exactly the same length, the current would only go thru 1 wire. Electricity is lazy that way. Do...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new subpanel for 2 220V breakers, amp breaker, seimans
amp breaker, seimans, subpanel: Hi. It s too hard to tell what the problem may be without seeing it. However, with nothing plugged in, you have either 3 or 4 wires (2 hots, 1 neutral, and 1 ground) going from the main panel to the sub panel, and then to the outlets. Either the two...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new subpanel in outbuilding, aluminum wire, subpanel
aluminum wire, subpanel, typical installation: Hi David, The 100 amp sub should have 4 wires from the main panel to the sub panel 2 hot..1 neutral and 1 ground. # 2, if aluminum wire, is OK. If the wire is copper, it s larger than you need...but even more OK. If you turn off the main breaker,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new subpanels, subpanels, current meter
subpanels, current meter, well pump: Hi Keith. You can do this, as long as there will be no other metallic paths between the location of the main panel and the others. I assume that the main panel will be on a pole, seperate from any of the buildings. Is this correct? If so, i can t see...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new switch, test light, circuit breaker
test light, circuit breaker, receptacle: Hi. They make Circuit Breaker Finders, but if I recall, they run around $30 or more. If you have someone who can help, you can put a test light between the switch terminal and a ground wire or metal box. Have someone turn them off one at a time, and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new wall oven, wall oven, 220 volts
wall oven, 220 volts, good luck: Hi Mike. The black and red wires are your hot wires, the white is the neutral, and the green or bare is for the ground. In order to connect this new oven to your existing circuit, you will need to remove the outlet, with the breaker off, of course....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new wall oven, robert wilber, wall oven
robert wilber, wall oven, life safety: Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * LIFE SAFETY WARNING! [disclaimer] Electricity is dangerous! You can be injured or killed! Improper installations can cause fire, injury and death! * The red is one...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new wall oven, power wires, wall oven
power wires, wall oven, 220 volts: Your old range was three wire, your new, four wire. On the old range, black and white were the power wires, on the new range, black and red are the power wires. You had no neutral in the old range, only a ground, so on the new range connect ground to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new wires, electrical company, safety issue
electrical company, safety issue, remodeling: Hi Phillip. It could be. I recommend you hire an electrical company that has experience in al/cu wiring to come in and do an evaluation for you. You may find that everything is ok, or you may find some problems. On site evaluation is the only way to find...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new wirimg, amp breaker, air cond
amp breaker, air cond, amp circuit: Hello Jimmy. If you have not already purchased the wire and breakers, I highly recommend using 12/3 on 20 amp breakers. It is not that much more for #12 and if a hair dryer, or any other device is plugged in, it will overload a 15 amp circuit. The reason for...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new wiring of 2 outlets, one switch 2 lights, wire nuts, loose wires
wire nuts, loose wires, light switch: Hi. The original wiring description sounds correct. Although the results don t sound like it was wired that way, so I would double check the wiring at the light fixtures. Also make sure all the wires are tight. Frequently the wires come loose when you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new wiring in attic renovation, outlet boxes, wire nut
outlet boxes, wire nut, attic renovation: Hi. You just run the wire from outlet to outlet. The whites go on the light terminals, the blacks go on the dark terminals. The bare wires connect together with a wire nut along with a piece going to the green screw, and the box if it is metal. Of course,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new wiring for elec. range, amp breaker, kitchen makeover
amp breaker, kitchen makeover, begining: Hi Dave, It would be easier and cheaper to remove the 50 amp breaker and install a 40 amp breaker. You could replace the cable with 6/3 and keep the 50 amp breaker but is more than the new range needs, so it would be overkill. If you decide to swap...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new wiring multiple lights to dimmer switch, time paul, wall switch
time paul, wall switch, switch box: Connections: Hot incoming black wire goes onto both WHITE wires that go to the switches. White wire that is in the same cable as the incoming hot black, goes onto the 2 white wires that go to both recess lights. Black wire going to switch goes...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new wiring ,recepticles, duplex receptacle, amp breaker
duplex receptacle, amp breaker, volts amps: Yes, there are codes and requirements, NEC 2004 code book is available at electrical supply stores. You are permitted to load a receptacle to 80% of its rating ie, 12 amps on 15, and each duplex receptacle ie your normal 2 outlet recpt is 180 volts amps or...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new wiring, receptacle, guess
receptacle, guess: I would start with a guess that the second light you added is in series now, making it like a switch. That will make both lights dim. Why you have power in a wire that should not have, is a research type issue. You will need to find the source for, and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: newer stackable washer/dryer combo, stackable washer dryer, prong plug
stackable washer dryer, prong plug, washer dryer combo: Sounds like you have it correct. Black to black would register 240 volts (or 220, or 230...depends on your area), and black to white, 120 volts. Also, on the outlet, the black make up to gold colored screws (I assume left and right) while the white makes up...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: newly changed switch box only working 1/2 of the outlet, wire nuts, switch box
wire nuts, switch box, wall switch: Hi. Was the outlet originally half switched and half always on? Either a wire is loose, or it is not wired correctly. Check under wire nuts, etc to make sure everything is tight. I really can t tell you how to wire it up unless you tell me where the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: nichrome heating elements, cut of my jib, heating element
cut of my jib, heating element, heating elements: Daniel, Sorry to hear you are not getting help from this site like you would want, I really have nothing to do with the site,, I just volunteer as part of my civic duties. I appreciate the very kind words, and you can contact me directly concerning about...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: night light stuck in outlet, nightlight, prongs
nightlight, prongs, pliers: Hi ginny. Turn off the power to this outlet, then wiggle it sideways while pulling it out. If it breaks, then you might need to use pliers to pull the prongs out of the socket. If the outlet gets damaged, then replace it. ONLY DO THIS WITH POWER OFF!!!...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: nob and tube to new, porch ceiling, metal trim
porch ceiling, metal trim, safety level: Hi John, Based on your description....you are trying to connect recessed lighting in an older home that has outdated Knob-n-Tube (K-n-T) wiring...which traditionally did not have a ground. With that scenario....you only have 2 viable options...one...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: nob and tube to new, porch ceiling, metal trim
porch ceiling, metal trim, safety level: This is a repeat question...I have copied my earlier answer below in the event there was a site error or you did not receive it. Hi John, Based on your description....you are trying to connect recessed lighting in an older home that has outdated Knob-n-Tube...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: nob and tube wiring, nob and tube wiring, copper water lines
nob and tube wiring, copper water lines, home owners insurance: Allow me to qualify my response. According to your description of the electricians description....I would say he is at least 90 percent accurate. I would suggest that the ground be verified at each box to some degree. In the knob and tube....the boxes...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: nob and tube wiring, nob and tube wiring, home owners insurance
nob and tube wiring, home owners insurance, time home buyer: No, I do not agree. I have a 100+ year old home that we have been renovating since 1978, and it just so happens that this week, we completed. Don t get discouraged that it will take you this long to get it as you would like. We installed all new beaded ceiling...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: nob and tube wiring, nob and tube wiring, home owners insurance
nob and tube wiring, home owners insurance, time home buyer: I agree with your electrician. As long as the knob and tube is still functioning, although it doesn t have that third (ground) wire, it s still safe. Be forwarned though, that you cannot remove the two wire outlet and install a three wire. Where someone has...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: nob and tube wiring, nob and tube wiring, lending institutions
nob and tube wiring, lending institutions, electricans: It is old, the code still allows it, however I have heard that most lending institutions Including the FHA, will not approve a loan unless it is upgraded to NM-B [Romex]. You will also pay a lot more in fire insurance. Hope this helps, Jeff. My personal...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: nob and tube wiring, nob and tube wiring, knob and tube wiring
nob and tube wiring, knob and tube wiring, home owners insurance: While knob and tube wiring is still permitted by the Code I would rather have it replaced with new wires. I say this for several reasons, 1. With knob and tube your fire insurance is going to be extemely higher than with new wiring, there is no ground so...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: nob and tube, nob and tube wiring, romex wire
nob and tube wiring, romex wire, wire nuts: Hi. I am not sure exactly what you are trying to do. Disconnecting would not be any different than disconnecting Romex wire. If you can disconnect it from the starting ppoint, that is best. If not, then you need to terminate it in a junction box and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: noise from sauna contactor, sauna heater, voltage coil
sauna heater, voltage coil, heating elements: Marke, The contactor was replaced for the second time, and at the end of the question you ask if it will help to replace the contactor for the second time. I have to assume it has been humming and replaced once due to the hum. When the contactor is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: noises, hearing voices, bugging device
hearing voices, bugging device, random location: You are not crazy, unfortunate maybe. Harmonics can occur in random location, and in random situations. If communication lines are too close to electrical transmittion lines...they can pick up signals. Codes require a 12 separation of the two types of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: nokia6600, bob osgood, other search engines
bob osgood, other search engines, master electrician: Hi Max, Based on your description...is this a trick question..? We use all Motorola phones and pagers here at RKO Electric..(part of a multi-package unlimited plan)...we re not really big on Nokia...but running a quick search - I see the Nokia 6600 Video...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: non-functioning outlet, outdoor outlets, gfi outlet
outdoor outlets, gfi outlet, romex: Hi Michael, Outdoor outlets are required to be protected by a GFI outlet. A GFI looks like a regular outlet but has 2 tabs in the center. If located, push test then push reset. These outlets can be located almost anywhere but are usually found in bathrooms...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: non grounded and new wiring, gfci, prong
gfci, prong, ground wire: Hi. If your system is ungrounded, then you either need to run the wire to the panel, or just use two wires and not connect the ground. You can use a GFCI with an ungrounded system, and that will allow you to have a 3 prong outlet. But you still can...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: non-working outlets, wire nuts, loose wires
wire nuts, loose wires: Hi. It is impossible to know what is behind the walls. Perhaps the working outlets between the non-working ones were added later (or before) and are on another circuit. You should check for loose wires, especially in wire nuts. Also check if the wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: non working wall outlet, loose wire, elec
loose wire, elec, wall outlet: Hi Steve, If this the only outlet not working, you have a tripped breaker or a loose wire in the panel or in the outlet. Turn breaker off for this outlet, wait 5 secs, turn it back on. Then check the wires attached to the breaker and the the neutral...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: novice of electrical terms, electrical terms, loose connection
electrical terms, loose connection, electrical circuit: Arcing is basically as it sounds, which is never good. This means a connection is so loose, that when a load turned on such as a hair dryer or an appliance, or any other load, that the circuit will arc at this connection. It could eventually cause a fire....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: nuetral to ground, zero volts, ground wires
zero volts, ground wires, electrical outlet: Hi Alan In theory, you will read zero volts. In reality, because of induced voltages (lines run close to this line) you may read some , but not over 10 volts. This could also be caused by having a connection (somewhere other than the service) between...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: nutreal wire and ground on panel, aluminum block, shock hazard
aluminum block, shock hazard, mechanical connections: Nuetral and ground wire are bonded at the service panel, and are, for all intensive purposes, the same wire, EXCEPT, the Code allows for the neutral wire to be broken at devices (some times people will cut the wire and place one on the top lug of a receptacle...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: nutural wire, power conversion equipment, electrical distribution system
power conversion equipment, electrical distribution system, power conductors: A Neutral represents a reference point within an electrical distribution system. Conductors connected to this reference point (Neutral) should, normally, be non current carrying conductors, sized to handle momentary faults (short circuits) occurring in electrical...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Occasional tripping of circuit breaker, amp breaker, watt microwave
amp breaker, watt microwave, circuit breakers: Hi. If you replace a 15 amp breaker with a 20 amp breaker, there is a good chance it will start a fire. Breakers are rated to protect the wire that is on the circuit. If the wiring is made for 15 amps, then only a 15 amp breaker will protect it from overheating....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Odd hot/gnd reverse problem, wire nuts, accessible thanks
wire nuts, accessible thanks, neutral wire: William it sounds like there are either some crossed or damaged wires. I would start at the breaker and with a voltmeter, make sure you have 120 volts leaving the breaker by checking between the outgoing wire from the breaker and the neutral wire to this circuit....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Odd Outage, bob osgood, gfci receptacle
bob osgood, gfci receptacle, amp breaker: Hi Mike, We ve were away for the week-end...just getting settled back in at the office.. Based on your description..I m a little confused...did you mean to write yesterday we noticed that the foyer and the outside lights are NOT working ..?..If...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Odd Voltage Reading, neutral wire, likley
neutral wire, likley, correct voltage: Mike: The problem will more the likley be a bad, loose or burnt wire under a wirenut connection on the neutral. I would like for you to try these 2 test with you meter. 1. kill power to the receptial in question. Set your meter to make a continunity test,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Odd Voltage Reading, robert wilber, loose screw
robert wilber, loose screw, neutral wire: Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * A receptacle at the end of the circuit gives a voltage reading of 118 volts between the hot wire (black) and the bare ground wire. There is a voltage of 76 volts between...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Odd voltage Reading - Hot & Ground Reversed?, garage door opener, exterior lighting
garage door opener, exterior lighting, neutral ground: Hi Peter, Do you have a good brand name VOM? Or have you dropped it alot? With the reading you get between neutral and ground, it indicates a ground fault. I m wondering if your VOM is accurate? With your readings though. Your GDO...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Odd voltage reading, neutral wire, hot wire
neutral wire, hot wire, loose connection: Hi Mike. Yeah, it sounds like you have a bad connection somewhere ahead of this outlet. Finding it could be a real chore. I suggest that you turn off the circuit, and start going backwards from this outlet. Pull the outlet, or switch, or fixture, then...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Odor from new breaker panel, distribution panel, cool to the touch
distribution panel, cool to the touch, new materials: Hi Ron, Cant say i heard of this one before. I assume all your breakers, And wires coming from them are cool. Does your panel make any noise? Might not be a bad idea to pull each breaker out and check the casing for cracks Ron. It might...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: My Office, metal filing cabinets, electrical shocks
metal filing cabinets, electrical shocks, qualified electrician: Melinda, there is no excuse for equipment shocking your personnel. Proper (and universally required) grounding methods will completely eliminate shock hazard. Your employer should recruit a competent, qualified electrician and have the situation corrected....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ohms on hot water heater element, ohms law calculator, hot water heater
ohms law calculator, hot water heater, university of southern illinois: I don t have my original Q/A to reread. Maybe I meant watts, and typed ohms? My hot water heater has two, 4500 watt elements in it. You cannot fill a tank with water unless you have a valve open somewhere. Pouring water into this vessel will compress the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: OLD Federal Pacific Load centers, fpe panels, amp breaker
fpe panels, amp breaker, circuit breaker panel: Hi Lou, To check the 125 amp main, just shut it off and see if that part of the house goes dead. If it does, it s doing it s job. Another thing to check is try to wiggle it a little, if it s firm it should be OK, if it wobbles at all, it should be changed....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: OLD HOME WIRING, tube wiring, home wiring
tube wiring, home wiring, electrical code: Hi Jon, Based on your description...and the age of the home...you more then likely are talking about the old cloth covered Knob-n-Tube wiring ( what we call K-n-T ) Typically....K-N-T wiring did NOT have grounds...it was simply two wires (usually...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: OLD HOUSE NEW BUILT IN OVEN, lighting circuit, bathroom lighting
lighting circuit, bathroom lighting, hookup: The new oven has diagram for a three wire hookup (what you have), and I suppose has lights or something that you need 110 volts, and hooking it up by the three wire method won t get you those lights? I think your unit is probably self contained, but I d need...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: OLD PLUGS, wall walls, studio apartment
wall walls, studio apartment, surge protector: This is good news. Can you remove a metal box, remove the earth round, slide in a plastic box and wire it up as a three prong outlet? Is there enough room? If there is enough wire to work with why not wire in two new boxes with outlets? At the very least...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: OLD WORK WIRING, kitchen light, double switch
kitchen light, double switch, hot wire: I am understanding you to say, that you re wiring a kitchen light and an outside light, to be controlled by two switches, and the feed (power) comes from the kitchen light. From the kitchen light feed, the black HOT wire goes to the switch box, and then...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: OLD WORK WIRING, load wires, wire nut
load wires, wire nut, outdoor lamp: Hi, Sounds like its wired wrong. Try these connections. Put All whites in a wire nut. Put the black load wires. The wires coming from the kitchen and outside on one screw of each switch. Put the black hot wire on the other screw of both switches....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Old 2 wire to new 3 wire, gfci outlets, plastic boxes
gfci outlets, plastic boxes, ground wires: Hi. If the system isn t grounded, you should not connect the ground wires. If something shorts out, it will electrify everything that is on the ground wire, since it is not connected to a ground. This includes the outlets and the light fixture. You...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Old 2 wire system., metal pipe, hot wire
metal pipe, hot wire, gfci: First, you cannot install three wire outlets on a two wire system, UNLESS, you change out the first outlet in the circuit with a GFCI, and wire the LINE side to the breaker, and the LOAD side to all the other outlets. Otherwise, you have to replace the outlets...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Old 220 to garage subpanel?, overhead lighting, occasional power
overhead lighting, occasional power, electric dryer: Hi Jon, Good question. I don t know how far your dryer is from your main panel, and that is going to be the determining factor. You will need to find out that distance and add it to the 50 feet so we will know what the voltage drop is, and therefore...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Old 3 Way switch, way switch, switch boxes
way switch, switch boxes, kitchen light: Hi. It is just wired wrong. If you look at a 3 way switch, there are two screws that are the same color. The wire that connects on those two screws must connect on the same two screws on the other side. The only problem, is that it is hard to tell...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Old 3-way Switch System, 3 way switches, switch system
3 way switches, switch system, way switch: Hi. My guess is that both wires are hot, despite the colors of any wires. But all 3 way switches need 3 wires, so I really don t know how it could work. The wiring of 3 way switches have not changed over the years. Without seeing it, unfortuately I...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Old 30 AMP dryer circuit?, amp fuses, amp circuits
amp fuses, amp circuits, hi adam: Hi Adam, Since there is no ground wire present you won t be able to get 2 circuits out of the existing wiring. You can, however, get 1 circuit out of it by using the black wire for the hot, the white wire for the neutral, and the red wire for a ground....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Old BX with Switch, top of the stairs, bx cable
top of the stairs, bx cable, fuse box: Ok Kevin, It would be so much easier if i could just visit you. Just kidding. OK, we only have 1 switch box then. the two junction boxes are mounted in the basement ceiling joists. So i m assuming that refers to your diagram. The NEW JUNCTION...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Old cloth covered wires, ceiling light fixture, brown wires
ceiling light fixture, brown wires, permanent marker: Not necessarily as it would work either way. The danger problem is if the wires are reversed, the screw part of the fixture is hot instead of the tab at the bottom of the socket and if a bulb is being replaced and the screw part of the bulb is touched, you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Old or out dated receptacle, wire colors, hat color
wire colors, hat color, receptacle: Hi Joe, First of all, I don t recognize the left device at all..... You still can replace it with an outlet, just make sure you ID each wire connected to it as to what color screw the wire is on and hat color the wire is that s connected to it. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Old electrical wiring, metal conductors, bearer of bad news
metal conductors, bearer of bad news, fabric type: Hi. Sorry it took so long to answer. I was traveling and my laptop died. If the insulation is around the metal conductors, the wires will have to be replaced. It is dangerous to have exposed metal, and there is no way I know to patch it safely. If it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Old fuse box / screw in fuses, 30 amp fuse, amp fuses
30 amp fuse, amp fuses, fuse box: Hi. Putting in a larger fuse will cause a fire, so do not do this. They don t make larger fuses anyway. Panels wear out, so you may need to replace it. Also, there could be something wrong with the air conditioner. Turning an AC off and back on could...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Old Home Wiring, installing ceiling fans, neutral wire
installing ceiling fans, neutral wire, voltage probe: Your local electrican may be right. The power could come in on 1 black wire, connect to the other black wire which sends the power down to the switch. When the switch is turned on, the power comes to the light on the white white wire and the other white furnishes...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Old House + Ceiling Fan = Wiring Problems, ceiling fan wiring, voltage readings
ceiling fan wiring, voltage readings, wall switch: Your black is hot, your white is neutral and your brown is the switch leg. You have no ground, and the reason the brown has any voltage on it when the switch is off, is because you are reading a back voltage, or ghost voltage, because you are reading through...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Old House with No ground outlets, conductor cable, ground cable
conductor cable, ground cable, ground wires: It depends on the framework Andre. Technically you can re-wire anything. But depending on how the home was framed, could make it more difficult then it has to be. Since you have K & T, I m gonna assume this house is at least 30 years old, so theres a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Old home wiring, gfi outlet, home wiring
gfi outlet, home wiring, gfci: Hi. No, that is not safe. If the neutral breaks or comes loose, anything plugged into the circuit will become electrified. Since there is no ground in the system, then they should leave it disconnected. The GFCI will protect almost as well as a ground....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Old house with 2 prong outlets that need to be upgraded, load wires, wire colors
load wires, wire colors, gfci: Preston, it is permissable to replace ungrounded receptacles with GFCI s in order to provide protection against shock. In the instance where there are two pairs of conductors, one pair will be identified LINE which is the pair that bring power to the outlet....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Old humidity control needs removed, humidity control, waterline
humidity control, waterline, thermostat: Hi Brandi, If you are no longer using this control, you can cut them and cap each one. If you can locate the other end, it would be a good idea to remove and cap them also. It probably controls a valve that opens a waterline, somewhere near the furnace....