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Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding new outlets, gfci outlet, metal snake
gfci outlet, metal snake, floor share: Good Morning Cyberwork, Based on your description of the layout of this home...it does sound like the discontinued shute may be your best chase way to reach the attic from the basement. In this scenario...we typically use a fish tape (metal snake) to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding a new receptacle to one in series, receptacle, crash
receptacle, crash: Hi. Unfortunately I answered this question right after you sent it, then the AllExperts site crashed. Yes, you can do that. Just be sure if you disconnect any wires from one end, that you also connect it from the other end. I hope this helps. Feel...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding new receptacles, amp breaker, gfci breaker
amp breaker, gfci breaker, incoming power: Hi Kevin, Sorry for any delay...we ve been straight out with electrical work here...spare time is very limited.. Your terminology is just fine....and your project is certainly possible and fairly routine work for us electricians. Where this is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding a new service to my house., tig welder, aluminum wire
tig welder, aluminum wire, power boxes: The point of attachment may have to be upgraded to something different or more heavy duty because since you are adding more power, the power company will have to increase the size of the feed wires which will be weigh more than the existing ones, and will...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding new service panel, new lug, bakersfield ca
new lug, bakersfield ca, romex: Hi. I am not aware of any temperature requirements for Romex. I think that the attics may get that hot here in NJ too, but not as long a period. You may want to ask where you buy the wire, since they would be more used to desert conditions. Sorry I...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding OUtlet Box, amp breaker, bare wire
amp breaker, bare wire, romex: Let me see if i have this, you have 4 receptacles on wall a and are adding 8 receptacles on wall b. If those 4 receptacles are the only thing on the breaker you can do it if it is a 20 amp breaker. If there are any other receptacles, lights etc., on the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding Outlet Caused Problems Down Line, garage door opener, switch box
garage door opener, switch box, light switch: Not familiar with the term two amp pull ..fill me in. Both breakers have red wires going to them? Can you tell where the black wire goes in the panel? There should be a black and a red wire coming into the panel in that conduit that goes to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding an Outlet, gfci receptacle, bob osgood
gfci receptacle, bob osgood, master electrician: Hi N. Gosselin, Just getting back in from a double shift... Yes.....you can tap into this nearby GFCI receptacle outlet...in parallel (not series). You ll probably find that all 4 screws of the GFCI have been used...a black and white on the two line...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding Outlets, amp receptacles, romex connectors
amp receptacles, romex connectors, screw terminals: Hello Joe, you are correct that it is not difficult as far as the connections, the hardest part is getting to an accessible receptacle to continue the wiring. I assume you are able to get to it, so this is the procedure. 1. If you do not know which circuit...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding outdoor outlet., household outlet, amp circuit
household outlet, amp circuit, soffet: Hi. You would need to use UF-B cable, which can be buried, and used outside. If it is a 15 amp circuit, use 14-2, if it is 20 amp use 12-2. At the breaker end, get a breaker that matches your panel. Same brand and type. Be careful what you touch inside,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding outdoor receptacle using spit receptacle technique and 12-3 wire, wire twister, cold poles
wire twister, cold poles, volt lighting: Hi. A pigtail is a short piece of wire. So you will get 2 short pieces of white wire (cut from scraps), and put one on each outlet s light colored terminal. Then use a wire nut to connect it to the white wire coming into the system. I hope this helps....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding an outlet above a fireplace, flat screen tv, electrical knowledge
flat screen tv, electrical knowledge, wiremold: Hi Minette, Attic or basement access is the best way to run wire from 1 outlet to the other, but with the fireplace and the attached chimney., it could be difficult or impossible to get a wire above that fireplace. The only other alternative I can...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding a outlet along with a switch to turn everything off., fuse box, dedicated line
fuse box, dedicated line, sunroom: Hi. The switch to turn it off has to be wired in at the first outlet. The two switch terminals will be between the black power coming in and the black wire going to the outlets. You can either put the switch at the first outlet, or run a wire to the switch...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding outlet to basement light buld socket, prong plug, light buld
prong plug, light buld, light socket: Evening Randy, Sure you can plug a florescent into a light socket with an adaptor. Like you mentioned above though, they don t make those adaptors in 3 prong.. Simply because a ground wire does not go through the light socket. You can...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding an outlet in bathroom, ac outlet, receptacle
ac outlet, receptacle, screw: Hi Dave, It sounds like you have a wire crossed. Hook the hot and neutral to the terminals for the receptacle, most have a built in tab connecting the hot and the power to the switch. The hot connects to the dark screw and the neutral connects to the light...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding an outlet in the bedroom on a series from a GFI Breaker, good evening, receptacle
good evening, receptacle, good luck: Hi Sam. It sounds like you may have miswired the new outlet. When you push it back into the box, make sure that no wire touches another, including the neutral to the ground. You should be able to do this, if you take your time and make sure of the wiring....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding an outlet to the deck., weatherproof box, foot deck
weatherproof box, foot deck, mid section: Hi Tom, Yes, use a box extension to put the box on the surface. I would then drop down below the deck with 1/2 pvc and run under the deck where you want the new outlet, then come back up thru the deck to the weatherproof box. Using a GFI at the old...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding outlet for a over the range microwave, happy holidays, range oven
happy holidays, range oven, remodel: With the power off, and usually a remodel or cut-in box for the template, cut the drywall out and insert the wire into the remodel box and install it into the wall. Complete as with any other installation, black wire gold terminal, etc. Happy Holidays, Jeff...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding outlet and rearranging kitchen wiring, finished walls, electrical socket
finished walls, electrical socket, range hood: Hi Aja, We got back late last night....sorry for the delay - very busy electrical season here.. Based on your description..for your first project...it may very well be in your best interests to derive power for this new receptacle outlet straight...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding outlet and switch to circuit, garbage disposal, ground wires
garbage disposal, ground wires, interuption: AT the orig kitchen outlet. leave all the wires as they were. Run a wire from this outlet to the new switch and a wire from the switch to the outlet for the disposal. At the orig outlet, attach the new black wire going to the switch to one of the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding an outlet from a switch, double switch, ground wires
double switch, ground wires, patio lights: Vic, What we need to have in this box accomplish your goal, is 2 white wires that are connected together with a wirenut. This would be the neutral feed to the box and is required so it can be sent to the new outlet. If the only wires that come into the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding an outlet, wire mold, wire nuts
wire mold, wire nuts, recepticle: Hi Eric, A cut and splice method is the best. Possibly if you give a tug in both directions you can gain enough wire to splice another piece of wire onto with wire nuts, giving you more wire to work with. I m sure there must be a crimp type connector...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding outlets off an existing light and switcc, switch box, light switch
switch box, light switch, renovations: Hi Alisha, Open up the switch box and tell me what you see as far as the # of wires, and how they are connected and we ll see if we can t get this going for you. I am assuming the 2 outlets you added...you ran wire from each outlet into this switch...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding outlets in my garage, electrical power tools, amp breaker
electrical power tools, amp breaker, gauge wire: Hi Mark, There is no set limit on the number of outlets on 1 circuit. The limiting factor is the current draw of the devices that will be plugged into the outlets. Adding 6 to 8 outlets should not be a problem as I assume you won t be running all the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding outlets vs. new run, amp breaker, air comp
amp breaker, air comp, shop tools: Darin: Use the 15amp GFI protected circuit. Like you said you will only use one tool at a time. And it will be the least expensive way to go. And it is safe. If you run the compressor to air up tires is one thing but if you plan to paint the house with it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding an outside electrical outlet, silver screw, bare wire
silver screw, bare wire, romex: Hi Pat, If the existing plug works as it should run the new wire to the outside outlet(14/2 romex with ground) and attach the wire to the existing plug by putting the black on the same screw as the existing red and the white onto one of the screws with...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding an outside electrical outlet, amp breaker, extension cord
amp breaker, extension cord, electrical outlet: You can t do it because outside outlets have to be GFCI protected for 1, and 2, you can t mix a motor load with another load. Also GFCIs don t work well, if at all with motors. You will need to run a new wire from the panel to this location, attach the black...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding an outside outlet, brick exterior, crawl space
brick exterior, crawl space: Hi. Yes, you can do that if you tap off the house wire in the junction box behind the lights. However, it will be on only when the light is turned on. It would be better to try to tap off a circuit in the basement or crawl space, if there is one. Or...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding an outside outlet, low voltage lighting, amp breaker
low voltage lighting, amp breaker, noel 1: Noel, It conforms to the National Electric Code, but some local jurisdictions have their own little things that are different from the NEC. You scenario would conform to most areas of the Country. Either the breaker in the panel for the outside...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding a Pull Chain, kitchen nook, cieling fan
kitchen nook, cieling fan, pull switch: We may luck out on this if your home was built in the last 15 years or so. Is there a wall switch in the area that doesn t seem to do anything? Usually these newer home were wired so a fan/lite combo could be switched. Even if this doesn t work out,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding power to a kitchen peninsula, furthest point, counter top
furthest point, counter top, slab: Hi. You don t need conduit. There is not set way of doing it, that I am aware of. The best way is probably to run it under the cabinet and then up the side, inside. The goal is to keep the wire out of your way in the cabinet and away from the drawer mechanism....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding a pull switch to new fixture, cloth wires, pull switch
cloth wires, pull switch, light fixture: JOE The way they use to wire lights was to bring a hot & neutral to the box then install a switch on the fixture. All you have to do in the box is hook up the black wire from the incoming to the switch then the other wire on the switch to the light. What...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding In a Range Hood, lighting circuits, renovating our house
lighting circuits, renovating our house, light switches: Hi. If you tie into a light switch, the power has to enter the switch first. If the power enters the fixture first, you won t have a neutral. Look at the switch, if there are only 2 wires in one cable (not counting the ground), you can t use it. I...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding Regular 120V Receptacle, work boxes, wood screws
work boxes, wood screws, screw hole: Sorry, misunderstood. What I ve done in the past is get a metal box with the ears on it, the kind used for old work. It s commonly referred to as a pop-in box. You d remove the ears, top and bottom, from the box, leaving the tab that contains the 6/32 screw...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding two range plugs, installing a basement, 2 legs
installing a basement, 2 legs, would appreciate your feedback: Hi Derek, You say you want to add 2 More range plugs? this tells me you have at least one right now. A range plug can pull anywheres from 30A to 60A depending on the appliance. Your main panel is 100A. I don t think you have the power for...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding a receptacle in a pantry, neutral wire, overhead light
neutral wire, overhead light, pantry: Hi. Any outlet in the kitchen must be 20 amps and must not be connected to any lights. So, you would need to connect it to an existing kitchen outlet, or start a new circuit at the panel. Also, if the power enters the light first, and then goes to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding a receptacle, point thanks, way switch
point thanks, way switch, receptacle: If it is wired from the light, it will only work when the light is on, unless the circuit back feeds the switch. It all depends on where the neutral is located and how the switches are configured in the circuit. You will have to remove the switch covers to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding receptacles to a builtin bookcase, kickplates, kickplate
kickplates, kickplate, kick plate: Yes they can be moved to the kickplates, but there is a minor code problem. The junctions [where the receptacles are now] have to be made accessible. A better solution would be to cut the back of the bookshelf out and with the use of box extender rings the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding recessed cans to existing sw. with 3-wire cond., wire nut, dear master
wire nut, dear master, j box: Hi GG, Sorry just responding....we got called at the last minute Thursday morning to finish up a job down-state...was only supposed to be Thursday and Friday...ended up lasting thru the week-end...just getting back in a few hours ago... In your 4...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding recessed cans to existing sw. with 3-wire cond., wire conductor, way switch
wire conductor, way switch, txstate: existing sw. outlet Is this a switched receptacle outlet or did you mean switch ? Possibly 3-way switch? Email (jt20@txstate.edu) sometime today before 2 pm and I ll respond quicker. If it s just a single pole switch that has a 3-wire conductor running...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding recessed lights and ceiling fans in gargag, ceiling boxes, garage door opener
ceiling boxes, garage door opener, romex: Hi Reed, The first thing we need to do is find a source of power. The best place for a source for our needs is an outlet or the breaker panel itself. If there is an outlet in the ceiling for a garage door opener, that s OK too. We need to run a 14/2...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding a regular 110V to a 220V electric dryer outlet, stacked washer dryer, floor laundry
stacked washer dryer, floor laundry, 110v outlet: This creates a complication. The dryer needs 22 to 26 amps to function propery. The washer needs 8 to 14 amps to function properly. You have 30amp breaker feeding the box. IF you were to break out 120 for the washer....the current draw would not let the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding Service From my House to Shop, 12000 btu, amp service
12000 btu, amp service, circuit breakers: Charles, I would run a 6/4 UF Cable from the main panel to the sub panel. (2 hots-1 neutral and 1 ground) The UF wire can be buried directly into the ground, 24 with no pipe. The only pipe it would need is where the wire is exposed leaving or entering...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding Service to Shop, amp breaker, amp service
amp breaker, amp service, pvc pipe: Ken, With that big of a shop and possible load, a 100 amp service to it would be a wise thing. It s always better to have more much power available then you will need, than not have enough. With that long of a run, I would use #2 copper for the 2...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding a Sub-Panel, amp breaker, new addition
amp breaker, new addition, amps: James What you will need to do is run a #8-3 with a ground,that will give you 40 amps.Install a 40 amp breaker in the old panel for this feed. Buy a sub panel at least a 70 amp install that in the new addition. Make sure you buy a separate ground bar with...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding a Sub-Panel, amp breaker, amp circuit
amp breaker, amp circuit, copper cable: Hi Dave, If there isn t a separate heating or cooling unit for the new addition, then a 60 amp sub panel should work just fine. It would take a 60 amp breaker in the main panel, feeding a 6/3 with ground copper cable, going to the sub panel. If the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding a Sub-Panel Help, pushmatic breakers, window air conditioner
pushmatic breakers, window air conditioner, google: Hi. You are asking a lot for 100 amps. It may be time to upgrade. By the time you buy a panel and replacement Pushmatic breakers, you may as well put it towards an upgrade. You really can t put a 125 sub panel on a 100 amp main. You will also need...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding Sub Panel, bathroom exhaust fan, square d homeline
bathroom exhaust fan, square d homeline, volt amps: Generally I d say NO, but without knowing a lot more of the specifics, I can t really give you a good answer. If you have a 100 amp service, it was probably designed for that specific load. You might get away with a 50 amp subpanel, if the COMBINED load on...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding SubPanel for New Addtion, subpanel, proper choice
subpanel, proper choice, addtion: Hi Steve. Actually, the rating of the panel will be up to you. If you think you need more breaker spaces, then use the larger rated panel, which gives you more spaces. The wire size will need to be based on the breaker feeding this subpanel. If you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding a SubPanel, flourescent bulbs, amp fuse
flourescent bulbs, amp fuse, pvc conduit: Hi Daniel, Just now getting the chance to log-in...we ve had a very busy electrical schedule so far this year..looks like it s going to be a great year electrically for us.. Based on your description...these sub-panel feeders will need to be in an...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding Subpanel, amp circuits, furnace blower
amp circuits, furnace blower, amp breaker: Well I assume you re wanting those circuits you identified to be fed from either utility power, or generator power, and what you propose is okay, with one exception...can these loads be supported by a 30 amp breaker? If you split them up evenly, assuming that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding Subpanel in the Basement, amp breaker, general lighting
amp breaker, general lighting, subpanel: Kevin, It would be best for each of these unit to have their own circuit. Each wired with 12/2 wire on a 20 amp breaker. The rest of the installation could be on 14/2 wire on 15 amp breakers. If you anticipate having a space heater or 110V air cond, these...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding a Subpanel, guage wire, grounding wire
guage wire, grounding wire, room thanks: Hi Pete, Connecting the new bare to and old bare in a junction box, would not give you the required ground in the new panel. In fact, if you did this, you could be creating an unsafe condition and could get an electrical shock at almost any outlet or light...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding a Suntouch Floor, watt light bulbs, amp breaker
watt light bulbs, amp breaker, floor pad: Unless you don t plan on plugging in anything greater than about 2 100 watt light bulbs anywhere on this circuit then I would suggest running it to its own breaker. Your allowed to load a breaker to 80% of its capacity, in this case a 15 amp breaker would...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding Switch & Floods off another Flood, flood lights, floods
flood lights, floods, back door: Hi Cathy, I m not sure exactly what your goal is. You want another set of flood lights at the back of the house. Do want them on a different switch than the existing floods, or do you want the existing floods and the back floods to come on together?...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding a Switched Light to an End of Run Receptacle, junction boxes, wire nut
junction boxes, wire nut, question thanks: Brian Yes you are correct you answer is the same as mine maybe I didn t read it correctly as we get allot of questions and I may have gotten it mixed up. Everything you did is correct and it should work. What I would try is take the wires off the light and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding Switched undercounter lights, jumper wire, screws
jumper wire, screws, screw: 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...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding second 100amp feed from Meter, pvc conduit, nec code
pvc conduit, nec code, amp service: Hi Andrew, Per NEC (Code) - based on your description, neither of your suggested approaches are Code compliant as written. Because the barn is more then 10 away - it would need it s own disconnect and 4 wire service cable (would need to be SER style...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding second 220 appliance to 60 amp fuse box, gallon water heater, gas water heater
gallon water heater, gas water heater, btu air conditioner: Hi. I m sorry, but 60 amps would not be enough. The range itself takes 50 amps. The water heater 30 amps, and the heater at least 20 amps. In addition, even if the appliances are smaller and use less, if there is no place to connect more circuits, you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding a second light in the middle of a circuit, chris answer, light combination
chris answer, light combination, wiring scheme: Hi. If the power comes in at the switch, and it is single pole, then it goes to the light, you should be able to wire another light to the current light. At the existing light, all the white wires would connect together and all the black wires would connect...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding a second service panel, rotary phase converter, wood planer
rotary phase converter, wood planer, service feeders: Morning Ornan, Well, you can upgrade your main service to 325A. Which is rather costly. Or, count your breakers, if your current panel is only a 20 or 30 space. You can have it replaced to the 40 space panel. Also costly, but you can use...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding a second service panel, orange shield, open slots
orange shield, open slots, baseboard heating: Paul, If it is possible, changing the wire to a 6/3 with ground instead of the #10 wire would be a great thing to do. You have the power in the main panel to feed this, it would giove you a lot more circuits to work with, and leave room in the sub...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding second switch, garbage disposal, kitchen sink
garbage disposal, kitchen sink, fuse: Hi. The disposal needs to be on its own circuit. So you will need to run a line from your fuse or breaker panel to the disposal. Probably not what you wanted to hear, but it is best to follow the code and do it right. A disposal pulls a lot of current....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding seperate switch to two track lights, switch box, quick response
switch box, quick response, amd: Chris, We need to tun a 14/2 with ground romex wire from the switch box one of the track lights. To find out which track lite we need to hit with the new wire, you ll need to open the ceiling box they are connected to. 1 of the boxes will have 2 pairs...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding service to garage, romex, detached garage
romex, detached garage, breakers: Hi Nicholas. You have all right ideas. If the subpanel you are talking about will be in the same building as the panel with the main, you do not need a main it it, but it will not hurt anything if it is installed. Use #2 if installing 100 amps. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding service panel, amp breaker, amp service
amp breaker, amp service, meter socket: Hi John. You could replace the disconnect with a 200amp breaker panel, and install one 100amp breaker to feed the existing panel, and an additional 100 amp breaker to feed the garage panel. Make sure your meter socket is rated 200amp, or this will need...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding a shower light, electrical store, hardware store
electrical store, hardware store, many thanks: Part of my problem from here...not seeing all the possibilites. You can purchase different switches from your electrical store and get diagrams in the boxes. Depending on the options you want, different switches have the configurations printed in them. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding a single pole switch, push button switch, wall sconces
push button switch, wall sconces, spw: Be absolutely sure that power source comes from the ceiling to the left side light box. If so, you need to run a 14/3 with ground(black-red-white-ground) from this box to the new switch location. If the new switch and new outlet are going to be side...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding single pole switch to 3 way switch, feeder cable, nearby outlet
feeder cable, nearby outlet, way switch: You are correct. The problem we have is there is not neutral wire available in the switch box, so it can t be used a new power source. The hot and neutral feed, if it hits the light first...the hot is sent to the switch, but the neutral just goes to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding socket and rerouting kitchen lines, finished walls, electrical socket
finished walls, electrical socket, best bet: Aja, We know you can get what you need from the panel so I think thats your best bet. You could tie into an existing circuit for lighting instead of using a new breaker. Not much sense in monopolizing an entire circuit for just one light. Your home...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding a sub panel, amp circuits, convenience outlets
amp circuits, convenience outlets, personal shop: 25 feet isn t that far. #6 is adequate. Technically, you should size your panel (and the circuits) off of anything that COULD be on at the same time, but since this is your personal shop, and I assume only one employee , I guess you could have as many...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding a sub-panel, amp circuit, amp service
amp circuit, amp service, max load: To do it correctly a Load Calculation needs to be performed on your existing circuits with the addition. Some inspectors require it when you upgrade your panel, some do not. Basically you need to figure out what your max load will be at any given...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding a sub panel, amp circuits, ground faults
amp circuits, ground faults, ground fault: Hi Gregg, You can install ground faults in a sub panel. A couple of questions first to make sure I have the correct picture of your project. What size is the main panel where the sub panel will be fed from? Are you absolutely sure the heater...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding a sub panel, amp circuit, duct work
amp circuit, duct work, full blast: Hi Gregg,, Anything you can find on this heater like make, serial # s etc to help us determine the power it will require to fire up will be the deciding factor as to how big of a panel you will need in the garage, and if it is even possible to do. 60 amps...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding a sub-panel, amp service, copper wire
amp service, copper wire, rubber coating: Terri You will need to install a conduit to protect the wires as they are not made to be outside of conduit. You will also need to run 4 wires over there as well. Since you are running a sub-panel it will require to have 2 hots a neutral and a ground wire,when...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding sub panel, lighting circuits, amp meter
lighting circuits, amp meter, open slots: Trust me on this Matt, there may be electrical devices that are not even invented yet you may want in the garage, and now is the time to run a 240 volt circuit while you are doing an installation. I know you only have three spots in the main panel. Use an...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding a sub-panel, laundry center, upstairs bath
laundry center, upstairs bath, curling irons: Hi Ed, 1) The main panel must have a 100 Amp, 2 pole breaker with new wires going to the sub panel attached. 2) For the little extra it costs. I d keep the outlets on their own circuit. The new hair dryers and curling irons draw quite a bit of electricity...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding a sub panel, amp service, voltage drop
amp service, voltage drop, hots: I ve had this happen before,also, with a different brand. I have enclosed some site you may try. You will need the model number or serial number of your main panel. One of these places should be able to match up the breakers with the panel you have. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding a sub-panel for a bathroom remodel, radiant floor heat, amp circuits
radiant floor heat, amp circuits, electrical closet: Hi Aaron, Just getting back in....what a busy time of year..!!! Based on your description....your bathroom is on the 2nd floor...with the main panel in the basement. Also...one 15 amp circuit apparently fed the 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms...which...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding a sub panel to my garage, service entrance, electrical inspector
service entrance, electrical inspector, thanks in advance: Hi Richard, This would not be allowed by the power company or the electrical inspector. The reason is, the main wires feeding the meter are rated at a certain amount of amps to match your breaker panel. Running form the bottom of the meter to another...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding sub-panel(s), lighting requirements, lightning protection
lighting requirements, lightning protection, accessible area: Hi John, Just getting back to office... Based on your description....the kitchen does not necessarily warrant a sub-panel - being only 40 away from the main panel. ( for example - our kitchen is over 55 away from our main...and that s typical...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding a sub panel from a sub panel, amp breaker, gauge wire
amp breaker, gauge wire, detached garage: Mike yes you can run wire to a sub-panel and it can be a 100 amp make sure you run 4 wires to the new sub-panel.How far is the new shop from the Garage I need to know that so I can calculate the wire size for you. Also what size wire is feeding the existing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding sub panel and upgrading main feed, amp circuits, amp breaker
amp circuits, amp breaker, pool pumps: Hi. When you upgrade, you will need to get the power company involved. They should be able to tell you what they need to do. You will also need to get the inspector involved too, since the power company is involved. The wire depends on the type. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding a sub panel, amp breaker, subpanel
amp breaker, subpanel, hook up: You have confused me a bit. Why a 30amp breaker if you want 60amp in the workshop. I would recommend a 100amp subpanel and a 70 or 100amp breaker to the subpanel. The subpanel is an extension of the main and is controlled by the main. Just hook up the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding subpanel, office storage, breakers
office storage, breakers, shed: Hi. The sub panel is not going to add any capacity to the main panel. If you do not have enough power coming into the house, you need to upgrade. Some homeowners can tackle it, some can t. It s not something that is easy to describe here, so if you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding subpanel to detached carriage house, robert wilber, national electrical code
robert wilber, national electrical code, woodworking shop: - * 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: Adding subpanel to disconnect switch, black conductors, alcan cable
black conductors, alcan cable, jumper wire: You can do it exactly as you are proposing, you will just be using a single pole 50 amp breaker to feed the sub panel. I would do as you are suggesting and remove the disconnect and install the panel. You will also need a ground rod at the sub panel and connect...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding subpanel in garage, meter base, subpanel
meter base, subpanel, copper wire: Hi Chris, The sub panel in the garage will have a neutral bar that comes with it. You will need to purchase another bar for the grounds. The existing neutral bar should not be bonded to the panel while the extra ground bar should be. The sub panel in the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding subpanel to garage, split bolt connector, amp breaker
split bolt connector, amp breaker, amp service: Hi. The grounds and neutrals can not hook together in a sub panel like it does in a main panel. You either need a separate bar, or you need to get a split bolt connector and connect all the grounds together, including the ground wire coming in. I hope...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding a subpanel, lightning ground, wire feeder
lightning ground, wire feeder, circuit breakers: Hi John, The answers to both your questions is ...Yes. And here s why... Once any feeder (or even a typical branch circuit) leaves the main service panel - Code requires that the neutral and ground must be kept seperated. The last place they...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding another switch, switch box, sheetrock
switch box, sheetrock, pid: Hi Roger, Here is 1 option, they come in all types and colors. http://www.levitonproducts.com/catalog/model_1754.htm?sid=6986858D41AF1CF8B915E7D8C819EA5A&pid=120...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding a switch to an existing light, plub, incoming power
plub, incoming power, time jeff: Take a piece of properly sized wire from the light down to the switch location. At the light, take apart the black wire[s] from the black going to the fixture, or fixture terminal. To the incoming power black connect the white wire going to the switch. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding a switch to an existing switch, circuit breakers, bathroom fan
circuit breakers, bathroom fan, bathroom light: Hi Joe, Stopped by the office for coffee....saw your e-mail. I must say it is refreshing (but unusual) to see such kinds words...before I even tried to answer a question....helps keep me motivated to volunteer my spare time helping others....thank you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding a switch and light to excisting circuit, detector circuits, outlet boxes
detector circuits, outlet boxes, dedicated circuits: Hi. Good point, and something else I should have mentioned. You have to tap into a wire that is on all of the time. If the power comes to the switch, and then you tap into it, it will work only when the switch is on. Once the switch is turned off, there...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding a switch to a multiple stage circuit, appers, black wire
appers, black wire: That simplifies things. In the light box, you put the switch into the continuing circuit, instead of creating a switched circuit. All the blacks go together, the black to the switch, the white from the switch is the hot side to the light black wire and connect...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding a switch and new light, voltage tester, way switch
voltage tester, way switch, hi mike: Hi Mike, In order to tap off of a 3 way switch to get power for another switch, the following conditions have to be met. There has to be a black and white wire coming into the switch box as a hot and neutral feed. This black and white is in addition...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding switch to outlet, push button switch, proper connections
push button switch, proper connections, combination unit: Hi Kelly, Yes, you can use what is there and just add 1 more wire run. Do you plan on expanding the wall box to have the switch and outlet side by side in a 2 gang box, or did you want the switch and outlet to be a combination unit that will fit into...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding a switched receptable in garage, terminal screws, hot wire
terminal screws, hot wire, wire cable: 1. If the switch mounting strap has a green colored screw, attach the ground wire to it. If not and the box is metal, attach the ground wire to the box. If the box is plastic, ignore it. 2. Placement of the wires is unimportant. One on one screw the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding switches to my pool setup, intermatic timer, hot wire
intermatic timer, hot wire, volt: Shaun What you need to do is run the 12-2 to the switch from the junction box. At the junction box take the black wire that goes to the pump from the timer and hook it up to the white wire from the switch. Now use the black wire from the hot of the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding three prong outlet to light bulb socket, prong plug, ground wires
prong plug, ground wires, socket adapter: Hi. They cannot make a grounded socket adapter, because there is no ground wire in a socket. Not all white wires are neutral. If you have a switch loop, one wire may be white, but they are both hot. The best thing to do is to replace the socket with...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding Under Cabinet LIghts, jumper wire, brass screws
jumper wire, brass screws, cabinet lighting: Hi Al, Technically speaking, you aren t supposed to add any lighting to kitchen outlets. However, it s done all the time as the expense of running a new line all the way to the breaker panel makes it usually out of the question. A 12/2 with ground jumper...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding Unswitched Outlet to Switched Circuit, voltage testers, flatscreen tv
voltage testers, flatscreen tv, fan works: Hi John, Your orig. hookup....B to B, R to R, W to W, should be correct. Possibly the connections weren t tight. However, if rehooking this way and it still doesn t work, you will need a voltage tester to make sure 1 pair of wires in the junction...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding a wall switch, silver screw, brass screw
silver screw, brass screw, wall switch: Hi Rob, Just remove the red and black wires from the outlet and see if the fan shuts down. If it does, that means the fan is fed from this outlet. Be sure to check to see if anything else has shut down besides the fan. If only the fan shuts down with...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Addition to house, occasional vacuum, gas furnace
occasional vacuum, gas furnace, swamp cooler: You are adding approximately 45 amps of need to your panel. With out the current load to calculate from, it is hard to be remotely accurate. 125 amps is a small panel, but it can work. If your new total square footage is under 1500 sf..you are safe. If...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Addition, amp service, storage area
amp service, storage area, well water: This is a bit hard to figure, not knowing the size of the existing house, the current load or the real proposed load. Lets say you have 1500 sqft now. 5000 watts are needed for standard switches and recepticles. Your addition may be another 1000 ft. 3500...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Additional Breaker Panel, awg wires, amp service
awg wires, amp service, ampacity: Being that the tapped run will be less than 25 feet. You can tap if the following conditions are met. The ampacity of the tap conductors is not less than 1/3 the rating of the overcurrent device, The tap conductors terminate in a single circuit breaker or...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Additional basement circuits, blown fiberglass insulation, lighting circuits
blown fiberglass insulation, lighting circuits, wall studs: Doug You have many options. Is the garage over the basement or just part of it? If it is then you can run the wires down to the basement area and then to the areas you need the circuits. If it is not, then if you run the wires tru the studs,it really...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Additional circuits, no screws, amp circuit
no screws, amp circuit, sorry for the confusion: Dan, You can double up the neutrals(white) and the grounds(bare or green).Usually, 2 #14 ga wires will fit under 1 screw OK. If for some reason 2 wires won t under the same screw, there is a lug that one end fits under the screw Ok, and has room to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Additional electrical outlets, attic space, electrical problem
attic space, electrical problem, kitchen wall: Hi Thomas, Yes...if the wires are routed in the attic...you may be able to put in a junction box and extend this circuit into the living room area...it is usually the easiest route on a second floor with an attic. Without being able to see what...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Additional information, wall outlets, 220 volts
wall outlets, 220 volts, 110 volts: Hi. Both of those items are dangerous. The first items allows you to plug a 20 amp item into a plug which is designed for 15 amps. Either the breaker will trip or the house wiring will overheat and catch fire. The second item will also cause an overload,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Additional light switch, switch legs, peep hole
switch legs, peep hole, way switch: I am pretty sure I understood the method, but running a single wire separated from the neutrals and grounds of the same circuit is not legal. Also having two wires under the same breaker is not legal, you could tie the two wires together along with a pigtail...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Additional outlets, wiremould, amp circuits
wiremould, amp circuits, basement crawlspace: Hi. You can consider using Wiremould or Plugmould, which mounts on the wall. It is sold in Home Depot. Lowe s has a similar product. The only other way, is to try to run the wires from below (basement/crawlspace) or above (attic) if you have the ability....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Additional Switch Circuit, ontario electrical code, andrew alex
ontario electrical code, andrew alex, switch circuit: Hi Andrew, So your only wanting to add a 22W load? Thats nothing really. And since your breaker s protection matches the wires gauge. Then you shouldn t have any problems branching this off. I doubt the 22W will make any difference to the circuit....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Additional sub panel breaker box, gauge wire, subpanel
gauge wire, subpanel, neutrals: Hi Jon You can do this, if the outside box will allow a 2nd feeder from it. If so, you will need to run #2 copper for a 100amp feeder, or #1 copper for 125amp. Run 4 wires (2 hots, 1 neutral, and 1 ground (the ground can be #6 copper)) to the subpanel,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Additional Welder installation details, thick aluminum, dc mode
thick aluminum, dc mode, installation details: Yes there are breakers rated at 70 80 and 90 according to 240-6(a) of the code. Whether in fact you can actually find one is another thing. Also does that welder show a duty cycle or can you give me the model number. Need it to find correct amp draw to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Additional wiring needed, amp breaker, amp line
amp breaker, amp line, interior panel: Hi. I am affraid it would not be safe to do that. You need the correct amp protection for each line. You will end up with wire meant to be protected at 50 amps that won t trip until it has 80 amps. So, if you had a short or an overload for say 70 amps,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Additonal Branch Circuits, amp circuits, lighting circuits
amp circuits, lighting circuits, national electrical code: Hi Ron According to the national electrical code, you can use #12 and protect lighting circuits by a 20amp circuit breaker. However, there may be a local code that rules against this, but this rule must be in writting, not just word of mouth. Check...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Aerial service cable to detached garage, amp circuit breaker, electrical experts
amp circuit breaker, electrical experts, plasma cutter: Neutral and ground wires are indeed connected at the main service panel, but that is the ONLY place where they are. There should never be more than one ground reference on a circuit. If you supply a subpanel off of a main panel, this grounding reference needs...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Aerial wiring to a detatched pavilion, amp circuit, amp service
amp circuit, amp service, tree roots: Hi Bill. You can do this, but make sure you have enough height so that you won t be able to touch the cable when standing on the ground. You may have to install masts on either or both of the buildings to get your necessary height. Good luck. Rick...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: AFCI, arc fault breakers, buss bar
arc fault breakers, buss bar, grounding wires: Evening Simon, If your panel has a ground then it should already be seperate from your utility companys return (the Neutral leg). So if you have a ground then you already have 2 return wires running from the panel. Adding more is not needed...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: AFCI, magnetic coupling, volt meter
magnetic coupling, volt meter, afci breakers: Mark: If you are using a digital meter you are getting a GHOST voltage. Digital meters are designed not to load down a circuit in test. The voltage is induced by magnetic coupling. Use any table lamp, turn it on, unplug and leave it in the on condition,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: AFCI, arc fault circuit breaker, robert wilber
arc fault circuit breaker, robert wilber, tech support group: - * Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * The arc-fault circuit breaker trips when the test button is activated. Who said it would trip with a GFI tester? How can you know your inspector s tester is any...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: AFCI, gfci trips, gfci breaker
gfci trips, gfci breaker, arc fault: Hi. Yes, that the problem. Just like a GFCI, you can t use it with a shared neutral. Otherwise, you need to either isolate the problem by disconnecting parts of it. Another way is to temporarily change the breaker with a regular breaker and a GFCI...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: AFCI breakers tripping, arc fault breakers, floor receptacles
arc fault breakers, floor receptacles, afci breakers: I really don t have much knowledge on arc fault breakers or receptacles. They are intended to trip when they sense an arc, such as what you might have when insulation on wires are damaged and there is a small short (arc) occurring between it and some grounded...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: AFCI's, afci breaker, gfci
afci breaker, gfci, vacuum: Lynne A AFCI breaker is like a GFCI it protects the person from any available shock. They are pretty sensitive to shorts one of those appliances may not have a ground and is directing any loose voltage to the AFCI ground. This is normal,try plugging it in...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: AFCI, neutral conductors, bus bar
neutral conductors, bus bar, bus bars: Simon: There are 2 things that have to be in place for this to work. 1st. The sub-panel grounds and neutrals have to be on seperate bus bars with the ground bar bonded to the enclosure, and the neutrals isolated together a bar by themselves. 2nd. The...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: AIR COMPRESSOR 2 STAGE WIRING, box model, service person
box model, service person, extension cord: Ray, Don t get me going on the crap that we the public end up with. I have never in my life seen so many instructions in 12 languages and no information, on about everything. I have cell phones that don t work , I have satellite that don t work. I...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Air Coditioner Wiring, air conditioner condenser, 200 amp service
air conditioner condenser, 200 amp service, ac condenser: You can install a second panel, but there are two considerations. One, is your incoming wire sufficient for any added load you plan on using? By that I mean, if you have wire rated for 200 amps, feeding a 200 amp panel, you can t install another 200 amp panel...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Air Compressor Electrical hook-up, clock location, wire hook
clock location, wire hook, o clock: Hi Chris, Based on your garage outlet description.....you may have a NEMA 14-50R....and if so - this is a 50 amp 125/250 volt receptacle more then likely intended for a welder or some other large load....so not only is it a receptacle outlet mis-match,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Air Compressor hook up, robert wilber, coleman powermate
robert wilber, coleman powermate, electrican: well, that s great. Glad to hear it. I guess if I had a chance to have come by and look at what you had there, I suppose I might have been able to tell you what to do as well. ... but I suppose if I told you to do something and you blew your compressor...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Air Compressor Outlet Wiring, national electrical code, amp circuit
national electrical code, amp circuit, ground terminal: Most home panels the ground and neutral bar are linked together to meet the National Electrical Code. An Exception would be an additional panel where it is not. So to answer your question you do not need a neutral as one is not required for this application....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Air Compressor Timer, pressure 24, long periods
pressure 24, long periods, connecting rods: Does this need to hold pressure 24 hours? If not, I would wire up a switch to a timer that when the switch is turned on the timer starts counting down and shuts it off after a predetermined amount of time. Otherwise, there are relays that are make...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Air Compressor Wiring, single phase motor, volt device
single phase motor, volt device, amp breaker: Ed, Just double check and make sure the motor is a 220 volt device and not a 110 volt device. If I get this correctly, there is no plug on the end of the wires coming from the motor. If this is so, then purchase a 20 amp 220 volt plug and attach it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Air Condition dedicated line, residential situation, ac unit
residential situation, ac unit, amperage: Hi The voltage is not a problem. House voltage is either a variation of 110 volts or 220 volts. It may varry a little higher or a little lower. You will not find 208 volts in a residential situation. It is 3 phase commercial. So 250 volts is really...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Air Conditioner 220 adding into box, volt circuits, amp circuit
volt circuits, amp circuit, subpanel: The short and simple answer is NO. It is possible however to have this one circuit feeding both appliances, but you d have to do some re-wiring, and both devices would have to have the same circuit requirements, i.e., both would have to need a XX amp circuit....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Air compressor hook up, bob osgood, master electrician
bob osgood, master electrician, amp breaker: Hi Robert, If this is a 208-240 volt compressor....then we can assume that the black and white leads are indeed both hot....and that there is no neutral. So - based on your description...I d recommend a 20 amp 2 pole breaker at the panel....a run...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Air compressor wiring, ceiling joists, amp breaker
ceiling joists, amp breaker, pvc pipe: Hi Charles, You can use everything you purchased except the 30 amp breaker, it should be a 20 amp 2 pole. With a 30 amp breaker, it could be possible for cord on the compressor to overheat without the breaker tripping. You really don t need the disconnect...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Air compressor, amp circuit breaker, single phase motor
amp circuit breaker, single phase motor, reply thanks: HI Greg, Assuming you found the 15 amps on the Nameplate. I mean someone hasnt written 15A on it with marker or something. What you have planned sounds fine, your just running a switched 20A 240 circuit. So yeah, your parts will work. As...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Air conditioner and circuit breaker, air conditioner blower, curcuit breaker
air conditioner blower, curcuit breaker, ac unit: Andrea The black cylinder with the markings you described sounds like a run or start capacititor and most blower motors as well as compressor motors need one to operaet properly. If it is, One end of it will have terminals which to connect wiring to and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Air conditioning electrical line, electrical line, electrical lines
electrical line, electrical lines, hi john: Hi John. Having another switch on this line is not a problem. Just don t forget it is there if you have any electrical problems, like loss of power at the outside switch. Again, it will not create any hazards having it in the line. Rick Miel...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Air conditioning wiring, awg wire, amp breaker
awg wire, amp breaker, amp circuit: Your friend put a scare into your mind. That is a good thing. There is a possibility that the #12 wire can burn up and catch fire. Reason being it is only rated for a 20amp circuit breaker and you are plugging it into a 30 amp circuit. What the home depot...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Air handler circuit, heat strips, air handler
heat strips, air handler, kitchen stove: Stepan, I ve never encountered a situation where a seperate disconnect was required for an air handler. It s not a bad idea though. If you decide to use a disconnect, chances are that a cord set like on a range won t carry the load. If your heat strips...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Air handler, amp fuse, air handler
amp fuse, air handler, kitchen stove: If the unit is out of sight of the service disconnecting means (circuit breaker or fuse) then yes, you have to have a disconnect at the unit (within sight). It does not however have to be a circuit breaker or a fusible disconnect, and if the 60 amp kind you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: AL-CU Breakers, copper clad aluminum wire, cutler hammer
copper clad aluminum wire, cutler hammer, amp breaker: AL/CU designation means it is good for either aluminum or copper. I would install new switches and recepts as they cost minimal, and after 30 years of use probably could use replacing anyway. You can put them on a 15 amp breaker and run 14/2 w/g CU. 15...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: AL-CU Breakers, copper clad aluminum wire, bob osgood
copper clad aluminum wire, bob osgood, cutler hammer: Hi Scott, All the Al-Cu equipment is 100% compatible with solid copper....it s dual rated for either copper or aluminum. Replacing the wiring is all that is necessary to upgrade this home to all copper...the devices and breakers do not need to change....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ALuminum wiring, copper aluminum, aluminum wiring
copper aluminum, aluminum wiring, recepticals: Hi Jim. You might want to visit this site http://www.alwirerepair.com/burned_purples.htm It sounds like using the wrong wirenut, or doing so improperly, can cause alot of problems. I m not sure if there are devices that are rated for only aluminum,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Alluminum wire, aluminum wiring, aluminum wire
aluminum wiring, aluminum wire, phase service: Bruce, there is a code exception that allows #4/0 AL to be used for a single family dwelling, at 200amps. Since this is not a single family dwelling, you have to use the table 310.16, which lists #4/0 at 180amps, too small for your use. You will be required...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Alternating currents and the system ground main, national electrical code, alternating currents
national electrical code, alternating currents, electromagnetic induction: Dan, chill out. I appreciate your honesty. I try to answer questions from the code stand point, as you can see from my profile. Your questions (except the one about the breaker) can t be answered by the electrical code. I was not trying to be rude,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Aluminum/Copper wire butt splices, neutral conductors, aluminum wiring
neutral conductors, aluminum wiring, service cables: Hi John, Sorry for any delay.....we ve been straight out here electrically - very little spare time on my hands this week.... Based on your description...I m amazed there have been no previous problems with a 37 year old home that has all alumninum...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Aluminum Wire, wire guage, aluminum wire
wire guage, aluminum wire, nameplate: Hi Frank. Yes you can, if the wire guage is the correct size for the range unit. Install the wire according to the specs by the range manufacturer, on it s nameplate. You should contact your local inspection office to make sure there is not a local...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Aluminum Wiring, robert wilber, aluminum aluminum
robert wilber, aluminum aluminum, aluminum wiring: I have no experience of either the AMP method nor the AlumiConn product. I can have no opinion. As, I understand it, the CPSC standard recommends a permanent non-reversible connection. The AMP method has apparently been tested and proven satisfactory....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Aluminum Wiring to a pole Barn, aluminum wiring, aluminum wire
aluminum wiring, aluminum wire, don beck: Hi Chett, Using aluminum wire is MUCH cheaper than copper. Even tough you must use 1 size larger in aluminum than you do for copper, it is still cost efficient. You could use 1 size larger aluminum romex, also, but I found the aluminum romes connections...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Aluminum Wiring vs. Copper Wiring, aluminum wiring, amp circuits
aluminum wiring, amp circuits, aluminum wire: This is huge. It sounds like a class action lawsuit has hit somewhere hard. I find it very hard to believe that yor switches and recepticle are using aluminum wire. I have never seen 15 and 20 amp circuits using aluminum. For the cost you are refering...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Aluminum Wiring, aluminum wiring, light switches
aluminum wiring, light switches, wingnuts: Hi Marie, Sorry just responding...just finishing up a coastal job (we stayed over night at the resort). No...you didn t leave too much out in your description..but - after 30 years experience and dealing with similiar problems such as yours...I can...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Aluminum wire failure, aluminum wire, outbuilding
aluminum wire, outbuilding, screws: Hi Lance, Aluminum wire does break down pretty easily, especially if it is the direct burial type and no enclosed in a conduit. Check the breaker that controls this wire and see if you have a reading on both screws. It is possible that the breaker...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Aluminum wire, robert wilber, national electrical code
robert wilber, national electrical code, downstairs bedroom: 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: Aluminum wiring, aluminum wiring, continuity test
aluminum wiring, continuity test, side terminal: With the power off, you will need to pull out all switches and recepticles affected and take wires off and do a continuity test on all pairs. This a really difficult task. With the power on, you can attempt to trace the source of the circuit and hopefully...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Aluminum wiring, aluminum wiring, aluminum wires
aluminum wiring, aluminum wires, aluminum alloy: Hi Jessie, Opinions do differ on this subject. Mine is, Aluminum wire is bad news It requires constant tightening up of all the connections, as they will work loose. If they work loose, they wires start arcing and this can cause a fire hazard. Aluminum...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Aluminum wiring - outlet works intermitenly, robert wilber, aluminum wiring
robert wilber, aluminum wiring, national electrical code: 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: Aluminum wiring - pigtail or not?, wire nuts, aluminum wiring
wire nuts, aluminum wiring, aluminum wire: If you are going to set a regular maintenance (ten years?) to tighten all connections (not just screws on outlets but joint connections in fixture boxes as well) then you re okay. The use of regular wire nuts is not an answer, unless the wire nuts carry...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Aluminum wiring in pre-1970's home, aluminum corrosion, aluminum wiring
aluminum corrosion, aluminum wiring, aluminum wire: The aluminum wire is not the problem. The fixtures....swithces and recepticles...are not rated for aluminum. Corrosion is going to happen. If you were to take all the appliances out...grease them with NO Lux..an inhibitor....your problem would be solved..but...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Aluminum wiring vs. new light fixtures, qualified electrician, copalum
qualified electrician, copalum, aluminum wiring: this is a touchy subject because it involves liability. what the disclaimer is saying that the light fixture will produce heat that is higher than recommended for older wiring. Your method of converting to Cu wire in the attic is a good one if you have access....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Aluminum wiring, aluminum wiring, wire nuts
aluminum wiring, wire nuts, electrical background: Pigtailing has to be done with anti-oxidant compounds, and they make special wire nuts with the compound already in place...you just swap old for new. Also, all of your devices (switches, receptacles) have to have a CO/ALR listing. It should be stamped on...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: AMP's and Gage wire, gage wire, air conditioners
gage wire, air conditioners, feeder: What voltage will these be operating on. It will be more cost efficient to add three separate lines as a total of 90 amps on this circuit will mean a very large supply feeder wire will have to be installed, vs three much smaller feeders for individual circuits....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: AMP load on 6-2 w/g wire, amp load, amp breaker
amp load, amp breaker, neutral wire: Hi Dave. First off, if this garge is attached to your home, then you did not use the correct wire if you want to be able to use any 120volt loads, such as lights or regular outlets. You would need the same size cable with a neutral wire included. Since...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: AMP Service, amp service, guage
amp service, guage, safety issue: Hi. I am not sure that I follow you. The exterior panel, is this the fire switch? (For the past few years, houses are required to have an outside shut off in case of fire, so that the firemen don t get shocked while putting water on live electrical equipment.)...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: How many AMP service?, don beck, amp service
don beck, amp service, plent: Paul, The size of your panel is determined by the size of the main breaker. In your case, it s 100 amps. Without going into a lot of technical explanatioin junk.....Yes, you can add another 40 amp, 2 pole breaker to your panel and it should handle it just...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: American Standard system voltage, commercial installations, system voltage
commercial installations, system voltage, residential services: Hi Rodolfo, They are all standard. The difference is, 120 V and 220 V are single phase installations used in residential services. The 208 and 250 are 3 phase and strictly used in large commercial installations, like factories are malls. Do...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Amount of Service at Box, master electrician, open slots
master electrician, open slots, electrical field: Hi Bob, Thanks for the kind words (and any ratings)...and I ve never been able to answer any question with a simple yes or no...(sometimes that s a blessing...and sometimes it s a curse..) I recall your question from a few weeks back...and based...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Amount of service available, dumb question, two bars
dumb question, two bars, breakers: You have to divide your mind. Most panels have two bars. Each bar alots the amount on the main breaker. example. a 100amp panel with a 100amp main. You have 200 total amps available. Now the generic rule in the code book, consider that 40% of all household...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Amp Capacity of 10/3 Wire, electric cooktop, bearer of bad news
electric cooktop, bearer of bad news, amp capacity: Hi. The information I have says that number 10 is rated only at 30 amps. It depends on the type of wire, length, etc. The insulation is not a help, because it will catch fire if overheated. It is best to leave a safety margin between the actual ampacity...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Amp rate of wire to countertop recepticals, amp circuits, amp breaker
amp circuits, amp breaker, amp circuit: Hi Wayne, I have no idea why the real codes books aren t available to you. Ref the kitchen outlets: Kitchens require 2 separate feeds from the breaker panel. Each feed and all wiring connected to it must be 12/2 with ground for the wire and conencted...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Amp rating for bandsaw plug, amp load, good luck
amp load, good luck, mistake: Hi Bill. Yes, you can use the larger device, but what is going to happen if you leave this location, and the next guy comes in and sees a 50 amp outlet, and decides to try to use it for a 50 amp load. The 50amp load will not work correctly, and could cause...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Amp Service, amp breaker, amp service
amp breaker, amp service, volts and amps: Hi. If you have 100 amp main breakers, then you have only 100 amp service. If you go over 100 amps, it would trip. Don t forget that there is a relationship between volts and amps. You have 100 amps at 240 volts. At 100 amps, you should have 20...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Amp sharing and the grounded conductor, overhead conductors, 200 amp service
overhead conductors, 200 amp service, branch circuits: Hi Domingo. For services, the neutral wire will be carrying only the unbalance of the 2 phases. Because of this, it can be downsized. However, if the majority of the load is non-linear (electronics, fluorescent lights, etc...) then the load may be getting...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ampacity of Disconnect v. Main Panel CB, amp circuit breaker, robert wilber
amp circuit breaker, robert wilber, amp fuses: - * Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * Fusible switch disconnect or breaker? ...not that it matters. If it is a fusible switch, well YOU find a 50-amp rated switch .... [but you WILL find 50 amp fuses...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Amperage calculation, amp breaker, circuit breakers
amp breaker, circuit breakers, electrical loads: Hi Dinesh, Based on your description...it appears you are remodeling a quad-plex. What is not clear is how it could possible have a 40 amp main breaker...that is NOT Code allowed. Minimum main service size is 100 amps. Are you sure you are not looking...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ampers, cold cathode lamps, correct voltage
cold cathode lamps, correct voltage, electrical device: Hello, Think of the mA of the PSU as what is available. For example, if the PSU is rate at 500 mA, that means there is 500 mA available for use. If the PSU is powering something that requires less than 500 mA, then it s OK. If the PSU is trying to power...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Amps, john witt, circuit breaker
john witt, circuit breaker, thanks john: Hi John. I m sorry to tell you, but you can not parallel this size of conductor. That being said, you will only be able to have a 50amp circuit feeding the shop. You cannot have a 2nd feeder to the shop, so one of these will have to be removed. Hope...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Amps in receptable, wall receptacle, amp circuit
wall receptacle, amp circuit, aluminum wiring: Hi Gerry, The amperage available at any wall receptacle depends on the size of the circuit wiring and breaker...in most homes - #12 copper is run for the circuits...making 20 amps the maximum that circuit can safely handle...and you should stay well below...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Amps -Volts, 220 volt, amps volts
220 volt, amps volts, btu: 10000 BTU = about 2950 watts. 2950/120 = 24.5 amps. 2950 watts / 240 = 12.3 amps. ** 10000 KW /120 = 83.3 amps 10000 KW /240 = 41.67 amps 5000 BTU = about 1470.5 watts 1470.5 watts / 120 = 12.25 amps 1470.5 watts / 240 = 6.13 amps ** So...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Amps, steve mumford, wood working tools
steve mumford, wood working tools, volt circuits: TRUST me Steve, you will need it sooner than later, I would go with a 200 amp service now. It will save you a lot of headache down the road when tools that have not been invented yet are purchased and you need the additional power. Been there, doing that....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ANCHORING, electrical wiring, report states
electrical wiring, report states, different things: Hi Brian, I have never heard of that term. Possibly it means grounding. Even with the grounding term, it could mean a lot of different things depending on what your situation is. If you could get him to clarify exactly what you need to do, I can...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Answer to my previous question, fuse panel, time thing
fuse panel, time thing, close watch: Hi Michael, I have had several questions from Michaels over the past few days, so I m not sure which question is yours. So, I ll give a general answer. if we are talking a 110 V circuit and that white appears to have been attached to the neutral...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Antique Chandelier, antique chandelier, incandescent fixtures
antique chandelier, incandescent fixtures, bare wire: Hi. There should be at least 2 wires, the hot and the neutral. These have to be wired up. Grounds on incandescent fixtures are for safety, not related to it working. You can make a ground by running a bare wire through the chain and connect it on the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Antique chandelier installation, antique chandelier, terminal screws
antique chandelier, terminal screws, electrical shock: The two wires may have appeared identical, but the neutral wire has ribbs on the outside jacket of the wire. It is dangerous to have the wires crossed as the neutral is always the screw portion of a bulb socket and the tab at the bottom is the hot wire. This...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Aperent Open Neutral?, Can't find where., toaster oven, line increases
toaster oven, line increases, neutral wire: Hi Luis, It seems like you covered all the bases except the main 2 hot lines that come in from the outside meter. If one of these is loose it could be creating an unbalanced load causing the readings you are getting. Tightening those down is a little...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Appliance Outlet Wiring, auto parts store, local auto
auto parts store, local auto, radio shack: It sounds like you are getting 120 volts instead of the 200 volts needed to power the elements. First, go check the double pole breaker feeding the dryer and turn them both off. Now turn them both back on and check to see if the dryer heats up. If this...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Appliance outlet update, fuse panel, mid 1950s
fuse panel, mid 1950s, ground wires: Hi Gregory, You will need a voltage tester to make sure you get a voltage reading between the hot wire and the ground. If you don t it means these ground wires are connected in the fuse panel and adding them the outlet will be of no use. If you do get...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Appliance Power On Sensor, roof fans, pilot light
roof fans, pilot light, quiet operation: Hi Robert. You can install a switch with a pilot light in place of the normal on/off switch, but this will only be lit when the switch is in the on position. If you only need to know if the switch is on, then this is the way to go. If you want to know...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Appliance Surge Protection, maytag neptune, digital circuitry
maytag neptune, digital circuitry, surge protection: Art, I am not familiar with anyone using a surge protector for a washer/dryer set. We use the Maytag Neptune and lack of surge protection has not been a problem. The important thing with today s new computer controlled appliances is that there is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Appliance Upgrade, continuous duty, new appliance
continuous duty, new appliance, fryer: The problem is that the new appliance is the maximum for the circuit. If this appliance is not rated for continuous duty, then it will work. If the appliance is rated for continuous duty, then your circuit needs to be rated for 125% of the load. That puts...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Appliance Wiring Material, appliance wiring material, wet locations
appliance wiring material, wet locations, electrical code: Hi Larry, That would be unusual, but it is rated for wet locations and I don t see anything the electrical code forbidding it, or anything allowing it. So, it appears to me it would be OK, but I would check with your local inspector to make sure. Do...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Appliance Wiring, center terminal, wire terminal
center terminal, wire terminal, bare wire: Hi Lannette, One thing you need to do that is unrelated to the non heating, if there is a green wire or ground strap running to the white wire of where the dryer cord connects, remove it from the white wire terminal; and connect it to metal frame of the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Appliance wiring, wall ovens, gauge wire
wall ovens, gauge wire, fuse box: Hi Ralph, The 16 ga does sound small to me, also, but the new units have a lot of weird things that I ve never run across. The insulation does have a lot to do with the current carrying ability so we have to take their word for it. For your end, 8...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Appliances switching to standby, digi box, circuit overload
digi box, circuit overload, recepticle: You can have any number of possibilites. You can have a bad/loose connection to that recepticle, causing it to heat up and disconnect, It can be a fail safe in the appliance that is malfunctioning, a thermal protection within that is malfunctioning, etc....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Appreciate your help, nec index, ecmweb
nec index, ecmweb, service cable: I know you won t like this answer, but it depends on what types of load, motors, just lights, etc. All have rating factors to them. For example if it was an all motor load, you would need about 115% bigger box than a simple light circuit. Check this...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Appropriate Electric Box for Ceiling Fan, ceiling fan installation, fan location
ceiling fan installation, fan location, home improvement store: Alisha, If they are that strong in pointing out that a metal box is needed, then we d better go with that. The old box is probably nailed in place and should come out without too much trouble. The new metal box should be anchored like the old one...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ARC breaker, cutler hammer breaker, local power company
cutler hammer breaker, local power company, afci: Matt, Few makes of breakers are interchangeable. I haven t tried to mix breakers in years so I don t know if any other brand will fir your panel. AFI breakers aren t cheap so buying backup would be a little expensive unless your point of purchase is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ARC Fault Breaker Problems, arc fault breaker, cuttler hammer
arc fault breaker, cuttler hammer, pioneer type: Hi Rob, Sorry just getting back to you...we got called out (emergency call) to work double shifts to finish up the week...have had NO spare computer time as of late... I appear to have gotten several copies of your AFCI question.....and I thought I...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ARC Fault Breaker Trips, arc fault breaker, robert wilber
arc fault breaker, robert wilber, wire nut: - * 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! Should you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ARC for master bedroom keeps tripping, arc fault, fault indicator
arc fault, fault indicator, bedside lamp: I believe there are a lot of problems in the ARC fault devices, and bugs weren t worked out before they went on the market. My opinion. You might have a defective device, so try changing it out for a new one. If the problem persists, you need to identify every...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ARC protection so I cannot use treadmill, arc protection, close proximity
arc protection, close proximity, exercise room: Assuming the 2.75 is horsepower, that relates to 20amps. Most bedroom circuits are 15 amps. The first best solutions... find the breaker that is affected, turn it off, find a 20amp breaker in close proximity, turn it off, take the bedroom circuit wire off...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Arc-D-Tect and GFI breakers, home improvement center, trip indicator
home improvement center, trip indicator, notch equipment: Hi Paul, I m not aware of any recall on Squard D products. However, I have always felt that Square D makes top notch equipment. I have heard that there are Square D clones that are not up to par. I would buy breakers thru a home improvement center in...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Arc FaulT CB, arc fault breakers, hi bob
arc fault breakers, hi bob, safety feature: Hi Bob, These arc fault breakers, although a nice safety feature, can real be a pain. The easiest thing to try is to change the switches to a better grade. Cheaper switches do arc a bit when turned on and the breaker reads this as a problem and trips....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Arc Fault Breaker, arc fault breakers, arc fault breaker
arc fault breakers, arc fault breaker, don leslie: Leslie, The BEST and safest way to reslove this, is to replace both of those breakers with one, double pole breaker. This breaker will have only 1 neutral wire and the 2 poles will be locked togther so if one side trips, both sides trip. This is for safety...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Arc Fault Breaker Circuits, arc fault breakers, arc fault breaker
arc fault breakers, arc fault breaker, electrical portion: There are some circuits that are required to be GFI vs arc fault, such as the outdoor receptacles, kitchen, and bathroom. The arc fault protectors are designed for bedrooms as the other contractors stated. I would keep it as such. I did rewire my entire home,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Arc Fault Breaker Tripping, arc fault breakers, arc fault breaker
arc fault breakers, arc fault breaker, wire nuts: Hi. You probably have something arcing. That may be very hard to find. Does it happen when you turn a light on or off? if so, the switch may be defective. Otherwise, you should check the wiring. But, it may be very hard to find. Try tightening all...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Arc Fault Breaker Trips, arc fault breakers, arc fault breaker
arc fault breakers, arc fault breaker, bedroom lighting: Hi Tom, You are right about arc fault breakers and fans. These breakers are just designed for outlets. This could be a difficult fix as the smoke detectors may be causing the breaker to trip. Try disconnecting them and see if it holds. If it does, you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Arc Fault Breaker Trouble, arc fault breakers, arc fault breaker
arc fault breakers, arc fault breaker, walkout basement: Hi Russ, Sorry for any delay....we made a last minute trip down-state (family emergency)...didn t get the chance to mark myself as away at the site over the week-end... Based on your description...it sounds like you may be experiencing a problem...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Arc Fault Breaker, arc fault breaker, master electrician
arc fault breaker, master electrician, fellow master: Hi Steve, Thanks for the follow-up....and yes - the early GFCI s were also quite the pain as well. Being meticulous is a good thing when it comes to electrical work due to the nature and possible safety hazards if done incorrectly. We firmly stress...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Arc Fault breaker installation, arc fault breaker, amp breaker
arc fault breaker, amp breaker, basement bedroom: Hi Nate, Based on your description....you have yourself in a fairly common scenario.....happens a lot when panels are changed out or upgraded...or as in your case...when someone one wasn t aware that a AFCI was being installed (or a GFCI - both require...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Arc Fault breakers, arc fault breakers, contractors license board
arc fault breakers, contractors license board, cell phone charger: It will cost you very little to experiment with ONE breaker.. Replace one of the Arch faults, with a standard of that brand. If that corrects the problem...its bad breakers. IF the problem remains...its a wiring situation. Inspections aside...if it is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Arc Fault Circuit Breaker Won't Stay Closed, arc fault breakers, arc fault circuit breaker
arc fault breakers, arc fault circuit breaker, cutler hammer: Jason, If all the breakers go to an off position when tripped, then that must be normal for that make and model. I haven t used that particular make. When shutting off a breaker by hand, they do go off, it s only when they trip that they go to neutral....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Arc-Fault Neutral Connection, arc fault, afci breakers
arc fault, afci breakers, pigtail: Now that would just make too much sense! Of all the breakers, see if there is not one on the left side that can be moved to the right, and place the arc fault in its place. If that is not possible, you can attach more wire to it so that it will reach. Thanks...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Arc Fault, arc fault, afci
arc fault, afci, gfci: Hi. I don t know of any way to use an AFCI if you have a shared neutral. If it was a GFCI, you could install one in each outlet. But the reason to use a AFCI is to protect the house wiring too. While GFCIs are available for outlets, I ve only seen AFCIs...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Arc Faults, gfci, electrical inspection
gfci, electrical inspection, breakers: Chris, I am not sure what an rac fault breaker is in a bedroom. Are we talking a GFCI for maybe a master bath? This is a new home and being inspected for closing? Located generally where in the world? My guess is this is a GFCI. Did you do the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Arc fault breakers, arc fault breakers, arc fault breaker
arc fault breakers, arc fault breaker, afci breaker: If the test button on the breaker in the panel does not trip the breaker, it is defective. That is the first sign. If you plug in a motor appliance, like a vacuum, unplug it while it is running, and the AFCI does not trip...it is defective. Not many stores...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Arc fault flicker, arc fault breakers, upstairs bedrooms
arc fault breakers, upstairs bedrooms, amp circuits: Dimmers are not supposed to affect arc fault breakers, that said, it doesn t mean they can t. What is the total wattage of lamps you have installed between the can lights and fan lights. Try leaving the dimmed lights off and use a lamp for a couple days and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Arc or overload?, arc fault breakers, amp breaker
arc fault breakers, amp breaker, afci breakers: It sounds like the hot wire was arcing, but it is due to the wire becoming a little loose. This is a common thing as wires work loose due to normal home vibrations if they were not tightened very tight when installed. This occurs a lot if the connections...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Assumption of Responsibility charge by licensed electrician, electrician, electrical work
electrician, electrical work, personal opinion: Hi Sandra. Boy, what a pickle! It sounds like it is time to hire a lawyer. My personal opinion is that your contract said it was to be wired up to code, and since it was not, then the contract was not met. This should fall back on the contractor, not...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ATS install and code compliance, home standby generator, automatic transfer switch
home standby generator, automatic transfer switch, pvc conduit: Good Morning Joe, Sounds like a fun project. The only question i seen in your letter was with the NM in the conduit. No, you don t need to remove the jacket. You can if you wish, but it s not needed. Far as the ATS being a sub feeding a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ATTIC WIRING, home improvement books, lighting circuit
home improvement books, lighting circuit, general lighting: Hi. Unfortunately you can t just connect things to wires in a junction box. You need to know where the wires go to. You need to find a general lighting circuit (which I assume this one is), and then find the power entering this system. Finding which wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Atmospheric Dinnning, bears nest, montvale new jersey
bears nest, montvale new jersey, automatic heat: Hello TB, I m from a place called Edgewood. I spend a lot of my time there. Maybe you ve heard of it. Ok, I m just checking the map and schedule here. You are definitely on it for saturday. The last stop of the day I believe around 5:00 PM. I m sure...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Attaching conduit to main panel, wall stucco, stucco wall
wall stucco, stucco wall, exterior stucco: Hi Barry, Your plan is sound. To do less stucco damage. you could put about a 1 hole at the bottom of the house under the breaker panel, remove the knockout and drop a small chain down to the hole, attach a wire to it and pull the wire into the panel...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Attaching Dimmer direct to lamp cord, lamp cord, colored tape
lamp cord, colored tape, neutral wire: Hi Scott, I hop you are making these connections in some type of box and the connections are not exposed. Check the lamp cord plug, the small blade on the plug is considered to be the black wire, and the large blade the neutral wire. If you can...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Attaching fat wires into old panel's neutral/ground bar, little holes, subpanel
little holes, subpanel, hot bar: Hi B.N. There are two ways of getting around this. 1) You can purchase a different grounding bar that will handle the bigger wires, and put it in place of the smaller one.(I would suggest this way). 2) There is an wire lug that will fit into one...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Attaching my new receptacle to the existing wires, receptacle, dangerous thing
receptacle, dangerous thing, screw: Phil, If the rand instructions allow you to move a ground wire around on the stove so it will operate on a 3 wire system, that s the way to go then you house wire won t have to be replaced. Check the breaker for the stove...what color are the wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Attaching receptacle boxes to bare basement walls, conduit clamps, bench grinder
conduit clamps, bench grinder, plastic anchors: There is no way to attach it to the wall without making a hole. I used the plastic anchors with screws to mount the boxes and one hole C style clamps to anchor the conduit. The anchors will remove easily and you can mix enough concrete patch in a small pan...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Attempted to install Dimmer...shorted different part of the house, copper rod, recepticle
copper rod, recepticle, two blacks: You only did damage to your psyche. You did screw up some of the configuration. I am guessing that the two blacks were power in and thru to another room/circuit. The red wire may be from the switch to a recepticle, and the blue was probably to the light...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Attic exhaust fan wiring, attic exhaust fan, junction boxes
attic exhaust fan, junction boxes, bad idea: No more that this fan will pull on the circuit, any available circuit will work. Be careful connecting to a light as the light may not have the correct wiring and would have to be on by a switch in order to have a hot circuit at the light. Check in the attic...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Attic Fan Thermostat, volt motor, attic fan
volt motor, attic fan, double switch: Adam, I am glad the mystery is solved. This is a little more advanced installation, but if you think about the set up it makes more sense to have a bypass. Let s say you want your attic fan to run (for any reason) but the temperature in the attic...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Attic Fan Troubles, noise in the attic, attic fan
noise in the attic, attic fan, volt meter: Tim, Don t rip any roof up yet. Is it a belted drive? Or a direct drive? The list of possiblibities are very long. First if it is a belt drive, try running the motor only with no belt. We need to narrow it down to the motor, the load, the controls,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Attic Fan - Troubleshooting, wistles, attic fan
wistles, attic fan, air pressure: Hi. If the fan is humming, but not moving, it is defective. You need to replace the motor. I would contact the manufacturer. Leaving a motor on that is humming can lead to a fire, so be sure it is off, and no way it can be turned on accidently. I...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Attic Fan - Troubleshooting, loose joints, wistles
loose joints, wistles, attic fan: Not sure, but the only way my vent in the ceiling works if is the fan is drawing air (I have an attic fan also). You mentioned a hum . Possible that you have a capacitor start, or start/run motor and the cap is failing? Doesn t always work, but if the capacitor...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Attic Fan Wiring, attic fan, test switch
attic fan, test switch, thermostat: Hi. The thermostat, test switch, and humidistat have to be inbetween the power source and fan. So connect the incoming black power wire to each of these devices, then connect each device to the black motor wire. The switch will override the fan on,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Attic fan, attic fan, wall switch
attic fan, wall switch, two speeds: Hi Mark, If the old attic fan wire coming from the switch is just black,white and bare then you may need to replace that wire with a 14/3 with ground.(black-white-red-ground) There should be a diagram with the new fan and switch showing what each of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Attic Light Brightens, light bulbs, light socket
light bulbs, light socket, hi tim: Hi Tim, The 1st to check is the light bulb. The filament inside may be unstable. The light bulbs we get today are made in China and the quality isn t that good unless you buy a heavy duty bulb. It has a stronger filament. Next, open the fixture and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Automatic Transfer Switch Bonding, automatic transfer switch, branch circuits
automatic transfer switch, branch circuits, thhn: If the grounded circuit conductor (i.e., neutral) is switched, then the generator is considered a separately derived system and requires a grounding electrode conductor to the grounded circuit bond. If the grounded circuit conductor is NOT switched then...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Automatic Transfer Switch, automatic transfer switch, amp breaker
automatic transfer switch, amp breaker, amp service: Hi Al. Since your 100amp breaker box is the service disconnect, anything downstream from it will have to be 4-wire, with the neutrals and grounds seperated. As far as your generator is concerned, you will need to follow manufacturer s instructions for...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Aux Electrical Panel, lighting circuits, amp breaker
lighting circuits, amp breaker, basement shop: Hi. Check with the local codes to be sure you can use a main lug panel. If you do use a main breaker, then you would need a 100 amp breaker in both the main box and the sub panel. If you use a main lug panel, then you would use a 100 breaker in the main...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Aux Electrical Panel, lighting circuits, amp breaker
lighting circuits, amp breaker, subpanel: You do need a 100 amp breaker in the main panel to feed the subpanel, and you need a separate ground ran from the main panel to the ground bar in the subpanel, and need to make sure the neutral and ground are not bonded in the subpanel. You also need to make...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Aux Electrical panel, lighting circuits, amp breaker
lighting circuits, amp breaker, basement shop: Evening Don, Your sub panel (what your calling aux) doesn t have to have its own main breaker, but i recommend that it does, especially if the main panel is a long ways away. A breaker protects the wire downstream (after it). So if...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Aux panel, lighting circuits, volt circuits
lighting circuits, volt circuits, amp breaker: I think a 60 amp sub would be borderline so going to the 100 amp panel is probably a good idea. It will power all the new stuff you want to add and still have room for more should you want to add anything in the future. The sub should be fed from...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Auxiliary panel wiring, amp breaker, aluminum wiring
amp breaker, aluminum wiring, amp service: Ron, every market is so different it would be difficult to give you a quote. Most electricians will give a quote at no cost, I would have several look at the job. Most utilities will connect to the meter at no charge, so there may not be a cost for this portion....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Availability of Circuits, amp service, empty spaces
amp service, empty spaces, amperage: Hi The only way to tell is to count the empty spaces. It takes one empty space for 110 volts and two spaces for 220 volts. If you don t have any empty spaces, then you can t really add anything. Of course, there is only so much power available. The...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Availability of H K Porter electrical parts?, floor outlets, insulators
floor outlets, insulators, hubbell: Hi Stuart, I found a couple of sites., they don t cover what your looking for, but if you contact them they may be able to steer you in the right direction. Don http://www.deltastar.com/about.php http://www.insulators.com/catalogs/hkporter...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Available Potential, amp line, amperage
amp line, amperage, green house: Hi. You can get both 110 volts and 220 volts from a breaker box if it is wired correctly. However, if there is only one line between the barn and the greenhouse, it can either be 110 volts or 220. Anything that is 220 has to be on its own circuit anyway....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Average cost for installation per fixture, room space, electrical work
room space, electrical work, detailed quote: Hi, Every contractor will be different in price depending mostly, on their overhead. So it would hard to say what a fair price would be. However, the price you have sounds way out of line to me. A qualified contractor should be able to rough in 3 rooms...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: AWG gauge to first receptacle, amp receptacles, amp circuits
amp receptacles, amp circuits, amp circuit: Hello again Steve. No offense to your BIL, but that is why he is a journeyman. #14 is only rated for 15 amps, so the circuit would have to be a 15 amp circuit. #12 wire is a little more stiff, but it is rated for 20 amps, all ciruits can be 20 amps, use also...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: AWG gauge to first receptacle, amp circuit breaker, duplex receptacles
amp circuit breaker, duplex receptacles, amp breaker: Either stay with 12 qauge on a 20 amp circuit breaker or 14 gauge on a 15 amp breaker. You can have 10 duplex receptacles on a 20 amp breaker and 8 on a 15 amp breaker. The incoming power to the panel, [200 amp] must be either 2/0 copper or 4/0 aluminum....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ac 220v wiring, central air conditioner, amp breaker
central air conditioner, amp breaker, motor applications: 220 or 240 volt motor applications other than lighting do not normally require a neutral. Anyone you need a 2 pole 30 amp breaker and attach the black to 1 terminal the red to the other terminal, and the ground to the ground bar. If you are using black,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ac adapter, volt ac adapter, dc voltage
volt ac adapter, dc voltage, volts: Hello Larry, if you are needing 18 volts ac and not dc, it seems you found the combination needed using the black and yellow. It would not matter which one attached to either wire of the barrel plug, but a barrel plug is usually only used for DC voltage and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ac compressor, wall receptacle, volt devices
wall receptacle, volt devices, don beck: Hi Mike, If possible, you can move the outlet a bit, to give you more wire to work with. If that isn t possible, like due to a nice finished wall with the wires behind it, you can remove the outlet and the box and replace the outlet box with a 4 square...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ac disconnects, amp breaker, commercial engineer
amp breaker, commercial engineer, amp max: I would not begin ( Although in many cases I would LOVE to ) tell an engineer how to design a structure or a system, and likewise he needs to leave electrical issues to the electricians. You are exactly correct. The breakers are sized according to the nameplate...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ac/furnace/ dryer on same circuit breaker, wall receptacle, furnace fan
wall receptacle, furnace fan, dining room lights: Unfortunately, there is no easy way - you are using the way that works, unless you have a circuit tracer available [which still leaves problems] Dryer is standard 5kw element usually-just over 20 amps plus controls on one leg-requires 30 amp circuit [loading...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: I accidentally cut the main phone line, phone wires, laundry room
phone wires, laundry room, question thanks: Hi. Hopefully you have enough slack to connect the wires together. Carefully cut the insulation off of the wire. Then twist the metal part of the wires together. be sure to match up the colors. Be sure that the wires are tightly twisted and use plenty...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: acoustic celing, paddle fan, acoustic ceiling
paddle fan, acoustic ceiling, construction material: There is not a specific device to install a fan in this type of ceiling because there are all types of construction material above the acoustic ceiling. It requires mounting some type of secure device to the framework above the ceiling and dropping a post...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adapter needed, prong cord, rental condo
prong cord, rental condo, power cord: Hi John, we d better make sure exactly what you have here. Are these 110 volt operated machines, or they do they require 220 Volts? This info should be with the paperwork that came with the machine or marked on the back near the power cord. Do...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adapters from 2 to 3 prong, metal boxes, gfi receptacle
metal boxes, gfi receptacle, ground fault: No. It will connect exactly as the original two prong receptacle. The only difference is the GFI has a definitive line and load side. The hot circuit connects to the line side and the downstream receptacles connect to the load side and all downstream receptacles...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: add a 20amp circut to out building, couple spots, breakers
couple spots, breakers, amp: Hi. You can add another breaker. Make sure it is the same brand and style as the box. You want to be careful what you touch when you install a new one. Outdoor wiring rules vary from location to location. Most will allow UF cable to be burried. The...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: add 240v/50a breaker to main PGE panel, power meter, empty spaces
power meter, empty spaces, receptacle: Hi. It would be hard to say where you would need new wire. You may not need it to the sub panel, but it would make more sense to combine the sub panel and main panel into one. It is hard to say what you capacity is now, if you don t have one breaker that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: add acirciut to an old panle, voltage tester, bus bar
voltage tester, bus bar, thanks alot: There is a way around this, but it can be complicated. You can install a small sub panel and to feed it, remove 2 circuits from the main panel and install them into the sub panel. Then where you removed the circuits, install the feed wires to the new...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: How to add ceiling fan where there is no wiring, power wires, light fixture
power wires, light fixture, ceiling fan: Hi. Yes, you should be able to tap into the wire. But you have to use a junction box, and you need enough slack. Be sure you tap into the right wire. If you tap into the switch wire, it won t work. If there is an outlet box for the light, you might be...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: add ceiling light/fan to a room w/ a switched outlet; no current overhead light, ceiling fan light, overhead lighting
ceiling fan light, overhead lighting, ceiling lighting: Hi Pravash, It was a common practice years ago to install switched receptacles for lighting in rooms where ceiling access was difficult...or to eliminate overhead wiring..or simply because it was requested - and it is still occassionally done today -...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: add on circuit breaker box, amp breaker, electric heat
amp breaker, electric heat, circuit breaker: Hi there. You need a breaker to connect the sub panel to, so you are not going to gain anything here. You could put whatever you take out plus the garage on the panel. There are some other options. Each amp breaker box can allow so many breakers. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: add ground bar to CH panelboard, culter hammer, ground wires
culter hammer, ground wires, question thanks: Hi. I would not recommend putting in another bar, because if the wiring comes loose, it will really mess up the circuits. (overvoltage on some undervoltage on others) If it is legal or not, I am not sure. It would be hard to wire it, because there may...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: How to add a new 220 line to breaker box, receptical, bus bar
receptical, bus bar, tanning bed: Hi Mark, A 220V line requires a double breaker and 10/3 wire with ground. Black to 1 terminal of the breaker, red to other terminal of the breaker, white to neutral bar. The same goes for the outlet. Make sure you get an outlet that matches the plug...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: add a new exterior outlet, lighting circuit, general lighting
lighting circuit, general lighting, gfi outlet: Hi. As long as it is a general lighting circuit (not a kitchen or dining room outlet) it should be OK. If you put up a lot of Christmas lights, you may want the outlet on its own circuit. You may want to consider putting a switch on the inside too, to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: add outlet to light switch controling shop light, duplex outlets, romax
duplex outlets, romax, florescent: Hi. You can take down the light fixture, and in its place, put an outlet. If the outlet box is round, they make duplex outlets mounted on a round cover. The black wire goes on the dark terminal, the white wire on the light terminal. The ground goes to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: add an outlet from a light switch, amp circuit, curling irons
amp circuit, curling irons, hair dryers: Hi. If there are any heating appliances, such as hair dryers and curling irons, then they should be on a 20 amp circuit with not much else. If it is a 15 amp circuit with a large chunk of items, then you will probably end up tripping the breaker. I...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: can I add an outlet that has power all the time off of a 3 way switch?, 3 way switches, color terminal
3 way switches, color terminal, odd color: Hi. If the power enters the system at that point you can do it. Are the wires that are nutted together white? You can put a tester between the white wires and the odd color terminal and see if it is on all the time no matter what position the switches...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: add outlet from switch, switch power, switch box
switch power, switch box, hot line: Hi Richard, To be able to run a hot line from an existing switch, the switch box must can 4 wires. 2 blacks, wired to the switch, and 2 whites, connected together. If the switch has only a black and a white wire, both connected to the switch, power...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Can I add a second dimmer in a 3-way switch?, novice questions, switch legs
novice questions, switch legs, neutral wire: It will not cause any problem as long as the spice is a good splice with tight connections. The only wires you will need to connect to will be the one hot wire that the 14/2 feed wire is connected to and the neutral and continue to the new dimmer. As I said,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: add a second light fixture, 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: add wiring to existing switching from new fan, don beck, neutral wire
don beck, neutral wire, switch control: Answer: Hi Paul, it sounds as if the switch box doesn t have a neutral wire present. If it doesn t, the fan wire would need to be run to the outlet. To see if a neutral is present, check the switch box and see if the wires connected to the switch...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: added on lights and are now dim, wall switches, daisy chain
wall switches, daisy chain, neutral wire: Hi John. You would not have to run a seperate cable from fan box to each light. You can daisy-chain them, but not series. My point was that you may have lost a neutral connection, and are depending on the lamp to provide the loop. A ground wire and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: added outlet in bathroom?, happy hunting, loose wire
happy hunting, loose wire, loose wires: Hi Eric, The problem could be in any of the outlets or switches on that circuit. More than likely, a wire has worked loose on one of the devices The only to check this out is to open each outlet, switch and light and check all the connections. Loose...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: added receptical sparks / popps, silver screw, little spark
silver screw, little spark, polarity: Are you getting this spark just when you plug in the tv? Is the tv turned off when you are plugging it in? Alot of times, tvs require power all the time, so just turning off the set will not kill all the power consuming parts of the tv. If you can turn...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding 120v outlet to 240v line, neutral conductor, range location
neutral conductor, range location, power wires: Technically I don t think so, because where you tap a feeder, you should provide overcurrent protection, and I doubt if you re going to install a breaker at your range location. In reality, you can, if the range circuit has a neutral conductor. You would...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding 14/2 to 12/2, amp circuits, amp breaker
amp circuits, amp breaker, gauge wire: Hi. If they are 15 amp circuits, why are you using 12 gauge at all? What I am concerned with, is that in the future, someone will see the 12 gauge wire at the breaker box, think that the whole circuit is 12 gauge and use a 20 amp breaker. This could cause...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a 220 outlet, hook up, amp
hook up, amp, doubt: James There are 110 volt ranges but they are not common. You need to take a #6-2 with a ground and wire from the panel to the range. You may have to install a junction box to terminate the wires. In the panel install a 50 amp 2 pole breaker and hook up the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding 220 power to barn for motor and welder, watts volts amps, single phase motor
watts volts amps, single phase motor, power watts: Sometimes they want to just have one meter per property, but it is possible to they will allow a separate meter for the barn. You are correct in that you use both phases to get 240 volts and one phase for 120 volts. You can calculate the Kilowatts (KW)...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding 220, dental work, aon
dental work, aon, electrician: Hi Pam I will try to answer your question. First of all, I need to tell you that electricity kills. DIY electrical is only a little different than DIY dental work. I have a feeling that I cant stop you and recommend you call a licensed electrician to finish...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a 220v 48amp kiln, amp service, ceramic kiln
amp service, ceramic kiln, major appliances: Hi. But, as far as I know, that is what you would have to do. The biggest residential box is 200 amps. So, if that is not enough, then you would need a second box. You may want to check with the power company, since they would have to supply you with...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding 220v receptacle with armored wiring, busy at work, receptacle
busy at work, receptacle, pigtail: The armor does act as a ground so all you really need to do is add a grounding pigtail to the box. All that is is a piece of wire, commonly green or bare, screwed to the box. That gives you the 4th wire you need for the new receptacle. Incredibly busy at...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding 240 volts, neutral wire, merry christmas
neutral wire, merry christmas, volts: Hi Phil, The ground cannot be used as a neutral wire, as the neutral wire is considered a current carrying conductor It would work as a neutral, but it is considered to be an incorrect installation. For the sake of 100 feet of new wire, possibly even...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a 2nd outlet to a circuit- connecting the ground, brass screws, outlet boxes
brass screws, outlet boxes, ground wires: Hi Chuck, As long as the incoming ground gets to both outlets you can do it either way.(both grounds around the screws, or pigtail the wires). Pigtailing the wires seems to work the best, as sometimes, depending on the wire size, it s difficult to get...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding 3 outlets, power surge, circuit breaker
power surge, circuit breaker, electrician: Hi Jim, The black wires goes onto the dark colored screws of the outlets and onto the circuit breaker. The white wires go onto the silver colored screws of the outlets and onto the neutral bar in the panel(Where all the other white wires are located)....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a 30A 240V Dryer outle, 30a, receptacle
30a, receptacle, electricity: Was that a single or double pole breaker. To get 240 you need a double pole breaker. The black wire goes on one terminal and the white wire, which by code, should be remarked any color but white, gray, or green. This will give you the 240 you need. Jef...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a 50 amp spa curcuit, gauge aluminum, amp spa
gauge aluminum, amp spa, pvc conduit: You explained it perfectly Charles. The problem is most utilities will not allow but one feed from the meter unless there is a special meter base with two load side connections, and most do not offer this. The main reason is the 6 gauge wire will not be protected...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a 50 amps range, amp fuses, fuse panel
amp fuses, fuse panel, bearer of bad news: Hi. Unfortunately, you don t seem to have enough capacity to add a range. A range would require cartridge fuses. And that would be only if your whole system has enough capacity, which is unlikely. It would not be safe to put a 50 amp range in place of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding additional cable receptacle, cable connectors, cable connections
cable connectors, cable connections, receptacle: Hi. All cable connections have to be with splitters and cable connectors. You can cut the wire and put cable connectors of each end of the cut, then install a splitter in between. Then run another wire to where you want to take it. It takes a special...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding additional fixtures to light switch, wire hook, wall sconce lights
wire hook, wall sconce lights, wall switch: Hi. Before I give you wiring instructions, I need to know where you are going to connect the lights to (outlet box or switch box). Look at the switch. If you see one cable with a black and white only, then the power comes in the from the outlet. If...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding bathroom light fixtures, bathroom light fixtures, holes in the wall
bathroom light fixtures, holes in the wall, bathroom fixture: HI, If the boxes are fairly close together, you should be able to fish the wires from one opening to another. IF you luck out and the new boxes are close to a stud, you can drill thru the stud with a small bit using the box opening. If the boxes...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding breaker panel, electrician, breakers
electrician, breakers, amp: If you are doing this for yourself I apologize for not answering at this time, let me know if this is your own building or not. If you are doing it for someone else then hire a qualified, licensed electrician to do this work. The question leads me to wonder...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding Ceiling fan in Bedrooms, ceiling fan light, ceiling light fixtures
ceiling fan light, ceiling light fixtures, fan boxes: Hi. The easiest thing is to tap off of something in the attic, but it must be a general lighting circuit. It also must have a constant power source. (If the power enters the switch first, then goes to an attic light, it will be on only when the attic light...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding capacity to my electrical service, building a pole barn, basement remodel
building a pole barn, basement remodel, amp service: I would install two sub panels. One in a convenient space to feed the basement circuits, and come out of this one to another sub in the pole building. That way you will have a convenient panel for each application. It will require 2 #3 for the hot legs from...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a ceilin fan, bob osgood, duplex receptacle
bob osgood, duplex receptacle, master electrician: Hi Orlando, Unfortunately - you caught me as we are fixing to leaving for a camping trip here shortly...so I ll need to be very brief... With the power to this circuit off at the panel (either breaker or fuse)....remove both - the light switch and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding ceiling exhaust fan to bathroom, ceiling exhaust fan, bob osgood
ceiling exhaust fan, bob osgood, master electrician: Hi Phil, Just getting back in from visiting the relatives... Based on your description...it sounds as if the fan and the light are wired in series - instead of parallel as they should be. In that mode - the load that has more current draw (in this...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding ceiling fan, wall switches, romec
wall switches, romec, ceiling fixture: Hi. That is pretty simple. At the switched outlet, connect all the whites together, plus the light colored terminals of the outlets. Connect all the blacks together, plus the dark colored terminals of the outlet. Do not break any tabs off of the new...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding ceiling fan to pre-existing wall switch, fan location, proper connections
fan location, proper connections, wall switch: Hi Albie, The most important thing to check before starting this is, check the wall switch wires. If there is just 2 wires coming into the wall box, a black and a white, and both are connected to the switch, the wire can t be run from the fan location...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a ceiling fan no previous light fixture, light in the attic, double switch
light in the attic, double switch, wall switch: Hi. At the outlet, you should have two wires connected to the plug, and two wires connected together. Make it so that the two black wires connect to the dark terminals and the two white wires connect to the two light terminals. Leave the grounds as they...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a ceiling light, switch box, receptacle
switch box, receptacle, light switch: Dan, The problem is you only have half of what you need in the switch box so here s what you need to do. Open the plug outlet that the switch currently controls and you will take the white wire in that box that goes to the switch and connect it to the other...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding ceiling light to a room w/ a switched outlet (no existing ceiling light), bottom portions, attic space
bottom portions, attic space, receptacle: Hi Corey, Sorry just responding....wrapping up a lot of electrical work as we prepare to leave for a LONG over-due 2 week vacation... Based on your description....the first thing you ll need to do is see how difficult it will be to get a run of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding ceiling light, leg power, light thanks
leg power, light thanks, switch box: No matter how you do it, you will need to get another wire down to the switch going to the light. If you only have 1 wire going to the switch, all you have is the switch leg, power in, power out. You will have to get a neutral [white wire] there. Yes, I...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a cieling fan, cieling fan, recepticle
cieling fan, recepticle, correct combination: Hi Brandt, Yes...you provided enough info for me to answer your question. Based on your description...this existing switch was ran as a switch leg over to the switched receptacle....which is not the normal approach. Generally, we pull a hot 12/2 to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a circiut breaker, circiut breaker, whole house fan
circiut breaker, whole house fan, switch box: Hi Keith, Sure can, i always dedicate a whole house fan when i wire a new home. Ok, you pull a 12-2 cable from your panel to your fan s switch box (assuming it has one, if not, get back to me). Hook it up in your panel on a 20A breaker....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding circuit breakers, circuit breakers, empty slots
circuit breakers, empty slots: Hi. Assuming that there are empty slots, it is just a matter of buying the correct breaker, and slipping them in the spot. They usually hook in from the side and then just push down on the center. Make sure to get the brand of the box, and remember what...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding circuit, amp breaker, kitchen lighting
amp breaker, kitchen lighting, fume hood: Yes it is safe. The 100 amp breaker means it will clear up to a 100 amp fault. Trust me if the MAIN trips you have a big problem. Take a normal 200 amp panel, with 42 spaces, even if you only put all 15 amp breakers in there it would still add up to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a couple recepticles.., upstairs room, fluke
upstairs room, fluke, amps: It wont be easy, but if you locate the breaker for the box...turn it off and find how much of the house is not working...that is a help. The other more expensive way, is a Fluke meter that reads amperage. It will tell the amps being used on that circuit...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding dimmer switch, high hats, gfi outlet
high hats, gfi outlet, mood lighting: OK, I must have misread something.... We know for sure the black jumper from switch 1 is the hot feed. Take this wire and touch it to the remaining black wires the we need to connect. 1 of these touches should turn on the hi hat lights. Whichever wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding doublewide, neutral line, hot lines
neutral line, hot lines, water line: Hi Ray, From the main panel to the new sub panel you need to run: 2 Hot lines 1 neutral line The new sub panel also needs a separate ground wire. You can run that wire from the main panel to the sub, or you can run a separate ground wire from the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding an electric box to a swiched line, insurance inspector, garbage disposal
insurance inspector, garbage disposal, hair dryers: Hi. First of all the disposal needs to be on its own circuit, so you should not add anything to that circuit. Both vacuums and hair dryers use too much electricity to share with a disposal. And it is also against code. If I understand you, the power...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding electric hot water heater, hot water heater, electric hot water heater
hot water heater, electric hot water heater, gas hot water heater: You will need to get the proper 2 pole receptacle most likely 30 amp and 10/3 or 10/2 to run to it. Check label for proper sizing. Colored wires, black and red go on the breaker, white neutral and green ground. You can run 10/2 as long as you change the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding electrical power to a back yard shed, volt circuit, building a shed
volt circuit, building a shed, laundry room: Hi. First of all, the heater circuit is not going to be any good for you, because they do not have neutrals. It will have 2 wires plus ground, you need 3. Unless you convert it to a 110 volt circuit and run only one circuit. The inspection laws vary...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding fan and dimmer switch, three way switches, switch combination
three way switches, switch combination, wires cable: Jeff, It s always the little projects that drive us crazy! The white wire that is coming from the switch 1, does not get connected to the white wires in the 2 conductor cables. That white goes onto the other fan/lite wire that is left. At the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a fixture to an existing quad outlet, ceiling light fixture, duplex outlets
ceiling light fixture, duplex outlets, recepticle: If I can, I will simplify this. You have a pair of wires feeding the box, and pair of wires proceeding from this box continuing the circuit and a pair of wires to/from the switch. If you want to use the existing switched wires, normally the red and white...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a fixture, oulet, ceiling fixture
oulet, ceiling fixture, mental picture: Hi Charlie, i don t have a clear mental picture of your situation. You have power coming into a switch box. You have a 14/3 between the switch and outlet #1 correct? You have a 14/3 between outlet #1 and outlet #2...correct? You want to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding another fuse box, fuse box, insurance inspector
fuse box, insurance inspector, electrical knowledge: Hi. This is not a do-it yourself project. Your new box has to be connected to your main box through a breaker. You have to determine what amperage the new box is, and that is the size breaker you will use. The wire depends on the amperage, length, and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding gfci outlet to double bathroom switch, neutral wire, double switch
neutral wire, double switch, pairs: Hi Howard. You will need to identify which wires go where. If you don t have a neutral wire, then you will not be able to add the outlet here. You say you have 4 pairs of wires. After you identfy the wires, if you do have a neutral, then you should...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a gfci outlet, gfci outlet, fuse box
gfci outlet, fuse box, basement workshop: Hi. You don t have to have a dedicated circuit. But it depends on what you are going to be using it for. If it is a high load, or if you use it the same time you have a high load in your workshop, then it would be a good idea to have a dedicated circuit....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding ground to old AC wall outlets, copper water pipe, copper pipe
copper water pipe, copper pipe, water bond: Lee, If you reside in a home that was built in the 60 s or earlier the possibility exisists that there are no grounds. The easiest way to ground an outlet is to use some 12 gage green thwn wire and run it from the outlet into the outlet and secure...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a grounf fault interruptor receptacle, low voltage lighting, low voltage transformer
low voltage lighting, low voltage transformer, gfci receptacle: Yes the GFCI is to be on a seperate circuit by the National Electrical Code. In fact the garage is to be on a GFCI. You could mount the transformer inside the garage and run conduit outside to a weatherproof box and make your connection in there. Hope this...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a hot tub, amp service, air dryer
amp service, air dryer, tubbing: Hi Dennis, It would be better if you could upgrade your electric service, but if your careful what you use when your hot tub is running you can probably live with what you have. Try to not use your washer or dryer when your using the hot tub. Happy tubbing,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a hot tub, aluminum wiring, basement crawlspace
aluminum wiring, basement crawlspace, flexible conduit: Mike, If the 6/3 copper cable is marked SEU, this cable can be run thru studs or mounted to floor joists. If it will be exposed to the weather in any way, it should be put in PVC pipe for protection. A good rule of thumb is; anywhere you can see the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding an interior door-, bob osgood, master electrician
bob osgood, master electrician, hi mary: Hi Mary, Sorry for just responding....we made a last minute trip this week-end....got back late last night. It is okay to splice....but only IF it is in an approved enclosure..such as a wall box or junction box....and this box MUST have access....it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a light to a circuit, adding a light, unfinished basement
adding a light, unfinished basement, splices: Hi. If it is an unfinished basement, then you can just track the wire from the light and see where it goes. If you don t see the wires, tell me how many wires and what color they are in each switch box, plus the light, and what they connect to, and I...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a light to an existing wall switch, fuse box, adding a light
fuse box, adding a light, sorry for the confusion: Tom, I got a little ahead of myself. The old light and outlet can t be switched, but they can be hot all the time. You probably just remove the bulb from the light so it isn t on 24-7, and the outlet can be hot all the time. First step is remove the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a light to an existing wall switch, adding a light, patio lights
adding a light, patio lights, floodlight: This all depends on what is in your switch box. Two wires, or four? You either have a situation where only two wires enter the box, hot and switch leg, therefore you have no neutral and you can t run a wire from flood to switch, or you have four wires, hot...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a light to an exsisting switch, receptical, adding a light
receptical, adding a light, recepticle: There is an easy way if your switch is not powering the recepticle, but only finishing the circuit to it. If the power is to the switch and then to the recepticle...much harder. If you can get a wire from the switch into the attic and to the OHL...you can...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding light fixture and switch, light fixture, switch box
light fixture, switch box, light fixtures: Hi. You would have to remove the old double box, which is sometimes hard to do without damaging the wall. If there is another location for a single switch, it might be easier mechanically. Electrically it doesn t matter. At the switch, you would have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a light fixture, work boxes, wall boxes
work boxes, wall boxes, chris answer: Chris, Old work boxes are a type used where the finished wall is already in place and you want to cut in a wall box. It s held in place by ears on the front, and 2 tabs that switch out behind the box as you tighten down the screws and these tabs push...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding light fixtures, patching plaster, don beck
patching plaster, don beck, bathroom vanity: Hi Jeanne, If the existing wire is long enough, it should go to one of the new fixtures, then a wire from fixture 1 to fixture 2 using fixture 1 as the junction box. If the wire isn t long enough to reach either fixture a junction box in the center would...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a light and switch, adding a light, wire nut
adding a light, wire nut, switch box: Hi David, this is easy enough to do if you have bot a hot and a neutral in the existing switch box, To find out, look at the wires in the switch box. If you have 2 blacks on the switch and 2 whites connected together with a wire nut, we can do it....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding another light switch to switch loop, wire nut, hi lee
wire nut, hi lee, light switch: Hi Lee, If the switch that is there now has a black and a white wire attached to it, it can t be done. If, however, the switch has 2 black wires attached to it and 2 white wires that are connected together with a wire nut, then it can be done. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding light and switch, downstairs apartment, adding a light
downstairs apartment, adding a light, exact sequence: Hi. You would have to find a good power source. That would be a circuit that has lighting already on it. You don t want to tap off an appliance or a kitchen/diningroom plug. You can tap off an outlet that is not switched controlled. But you may not...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a light, recepticle, swithes
recepticle, swithes, bedroom light: Normally the switch does NOT have a power supply, it is only connecting the power at the recepticle. By connecting a light to the switch you may have rerouted the power past the light. The solution is the replace the recepticle with a new one. The recepticle...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding lighting,110 and 220 outlets, amp service, plasma cutter
amp service, plasma cutter, cutter table: Hi Mike, Based on your description...you have a typical 100 amp service...and to add the loads you mention (welder,plasma cutter, 240 volt A/C, etc...) - you would first need to upgrade your electric service - perhaps to a 200 amp service. (if you only...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding lighting circuits to existing fuse box, lighting circuits, fuse box
lighting circuits, fuse box, light thanks: It will be just the opposite Darrel, you always put the switch into the line side and keep the neutral continuous. If you notice even in the panel, the breaker is in the line leg with all neutrals connected to the neutral/ground bar and are continuous to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding lights and switches in an old home, ground wires, hot wire
ground wires, hot wire, light fixtures: Hi Josh, To make your home a grounded sysytem, all the wire would need to be replaced. It s a good idea to do it, even if it s just 1 circuit at a time, but it is expensive and time consuming. Adding a switch to a pullchain type fixture is OK. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a motion sensor to existing flood fixtures, flood lights, internal sensor
flood lights, internal sensor, motion sensor: Hi Ralph, I don t think that the motion sensor that comes with flood lights is big enough to handle 3 sets of lights. There are separate sensors that handle a larger load and could take on all 3 lites. It should be installed between the switch and the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a new circuit, building a shed, utility outlets
building a shed, utility outlets, thanks in advance: HI, if all you need is a few lights and basic utility outlets. you can pull 8-2 w/g to your shed. And install a sub panel. #8 will give you 40 amps. which is roughly 4800 watts. From the sub panel branch out your ciruits. One 20A light circuit...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a new closet switch/lt, wire nut, ground wires
wire nut, ground wires, bedroom closet: Hi Jordan, if you can get a 12/ 2 wire from an outlet to the new switch location, and a 12/2 from the new switch location to the light...it can be done. At the outlet, black wire goes onto 1 of the brass colored screws, white onto 1 of the silver colored...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding new coach light, coach light, screen porch
coach light, screen porch, gauge wire: Hi. There is no way that anyone can guarantee anything will be approved by the code. Every inspector interprets things a different way. However, I see no problem of tapping off of an outlet for a light. Amps is watts divided by volts. So, if you use...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding new light fixture, power wires, wiring connections
power wires, wiring connections, incandescent bulb: Hi. It sounds like you did everything right. Did you check the connections back at the second fixture? Sometimes it looks like it is connected under the wire nuts, but it is not quite making connection. The polarity is a safety issue. The light would...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a new light/switch and receptacles, amp breaker, j box
amp breaker, j box, copper wire: Anthony, 1. In theory a 20 breaker should handle a full load of 2400watts. Most codes will limit you to 80% of that, giving you a total of 1920watts of connected load. 2. For your receptacles. connect the new black to the black from the breaker and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a new light switch, fan location, single light
fan location, single light, light switch: Mark: Sorry to take so long to reply computer hit by lighting. You need to find out if you have a hot feed, and neutral (white)into the old switch first. If so, since you are cutting drywall anyway just cut out the old switch box and add a 2 gang box. Then...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding new light/switch and receptacles, amp breaker, watt bulbs
amp breaker, watt bulbs, amp max: Hi Anthony, Assuming the lamps are 110V rather than 220V,(this is normal), it s a mathematical equation. Start by adding the total wattage of the bulbs now in use; let s for this example, 60 watt bulbs. 2 of them would equal a total of 120 watts.This...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a new outlet, existing construction, ac outlet
existing construction, ac outlet, baseboard: Hi. I can t picture exactly what you are trying to do. By AC outlet, do you mean Air Conditioner, or Alternating Current? You can only run one AC on a circuit, if that is what you are doing. All construction is different. One option is to use Wiremould...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding new outlets for bathroom lights, mark briggs, recepticle
mark briggs, recepticle, bathroom lights: Kinda hard to understand what you are wanting 2 light or 2 receptacles controlled by the switch or 2 lights and 2 receptacles. If you want receptacles over each sink, they must be GFCI ones. If you want lights, simply remove the old light fixture, cut the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding new puck lights betwn existing outlets, puck lights, ac to dc
puck lights, ac to dc, terminal block: Hi Sandie, I can t be positive without seeing the wiring diagram of the new lights and transformer, but I did sketch out the way you told me and it does seem correct. To be sure, could you send me the make and model # of the lites and transformer?...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding new puck lights betwn existing outlets, puck lights, continuous power
puck lights, continuous power, terminal block: With the connections made this way, the transformer is being dimmed. It may be designed this way, but usually the transformer will be fed continuous power. The dimmer should be placed in the red wire circuit, one in and one out and to the lights. This puts...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding new puck lights betwn existing outlets, puck lights, terminal block
puck lights, terminal block, switch box: Hi. Be sure that the wire from the first outlet that goes to the dimmer switch also goes to the next outlet. You don t want the wire from the second outlet on the other dimmer terminal, otherwise the the rest of the outlets will be dimmed, which will overheat...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a new switch, light and receptacles., amp breaker, amps
amp breaker, amps, watts: Hi. You have to use 12/2 wire (which is thicker than 14/2) if you have a 20 amp breeaker. Otherwise the wire will overheat before the breaker trips off. If you want the load to be on all the time (or have a separate switch), connect it to the wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a non-switched outlet, garbage disposal, gague
garbage disposal, gague, romex: Michael, I misunderstood your situation. I thought the switch for the dishwasher was up on the wall above the counter. You can tap into the wire using a junction box as long as the wire is hot all the time and is feeding the dishwasher switch. As long...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding outdoor ceiling fan, outdoor ceiling fan, fan light
outdoor ceiling fan, fan light, light switch: Ok, where this light switch is you are going to have to install 2 more switches, 1 for the fan and 1 for the fan-light. Then you are going to have to run 14/3 w/g NM-B [Romex] to this location and cap off the existing wires there. You are also going to have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding outdoor outlet, household outlet, amp circuit
household outlet, amp circuit, soffet: Hi Kelli, I have never heard of a #10 breaker in referring to the amperage. The amperage marking should on or near the trip lever of the breaker. If all the breakers have a #10 on them, it has to be a part number and not a reference to the amperage...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding an outlet, voltage tester, wire nut
voltage tester, wire nut, groun: Gregg, If the monitor and speakers are off or the surge protector has a switch on it that is off, there should be no spark when you plug it into the outlet as there is no load on it. It could be that the outlet itself is not grounded properly. To check...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding outlet, top screws, bearer of bad news
top screws, bearer of bad news, way switch: Hi. If you have 4 screws on the switch (not counting the ground), it sounds like a 4 way switch, or a switch that controls the light in 3 or more locations. If that is the case, then you do not have steady power. The power would alternate between the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding another outlet, wire nut, tv vcr
wire nut, tv vcr, new entertainment: It is fairly simple to make the recepticle hot, but it creates a complication of an inactive switch. It might almost be a better solution, to take the switch out...wire nut the two switch wires together, and put a blank plate over that location. Your plug...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding outlet by extending from back of another, gauge wire, attic area
gauge wire, attic area, attic fan: Hi Eric, Are you sure this is 14/3 wire (Black-red-white and bare) or 14/2 (black-white and bare). If it s 14/2 then it is OK to hook onto that outlet. Do not splice into the wire itself, just add the new wire to the outlet screws. Also, 16 gauge...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding an outlet inline, quick responce, splicing device
quick responce, splicing device, extreme right: Hi Cal. There is on the market, a splicing device that you might be able to use in this case. I can t think of the name of it, but it is similiar to the devices used to wire mobile homes. You could also install 2 boxes in the same bay, with each on...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding an outlet to a light switch, switch power supply, strip light
switch power supply, strip light, gfci: Hi. If the power enters into the switch first, you can add an outlet. If the power enters the light first, then you will need to run another wire from the light to the switch, or wherever you want the outlet. Yes, it is safe to do this. The power enters...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding outlet on own breaker to 2-conductor house, volt unit, bathroom heater
volt unit, bathroom heater, ground lead: J: If at the old panel you can kill the power to the entire house by pulling or turning a main off. Then what you need to do is to run a new 12/2 from the panel to the ac location. At this point you can eather choose to get a 120volt or 240volt ac unit. I...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding an outlet to romex, nearby outlet, gfci outlet
nearby outlet, gfci outlet, switch box: Hi Jenn, If there is only a black and a white in the switch box, both connected to the switch, you can t use that wire for an outlet as it has power in and power out, but no neutral You would neither another source, possibly a nearby outlet. Do...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding outlet, switch & light, bob osgood, gfci receptacle
bob osgood, gfci receptacle, master electrician: Hi Tony. Yes...installing a GFCI receptacle on a 2 wire non-grounding circuit offers slightly more protection and user safety then installing a regular 2 prong non-grounded receptacle...thanks to the nature of the GFCI detecting an imbalance between the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding an outlet, work boxes, holes in the wall
work boxes, holes in the wall, electrical project: Hi. You can wire the outlet, so that it is protected by an existing GFCI. Boxes fall under two categories, if you look at them at your local home center. New work boxes are used when the Sheetorck is not up yet. These are installed on the stud. Old...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding outlets, attic area, switch wiring
attic area, switch wiring, hot wire: Hi Dan. You should make your splices in a box, either the existing one, or by installing a new one, then running the existing wire into it, and out again to the old box. This way is harder. Just run your new wire into the old box. Run your hot wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding outlets, sprinkler timer, holiday lighting
sprinkler timer, holiday lighting, foutain: Hi. It depends on how much you plan to use the outlet, and how much is already on the circuit. It is probably OK. However, for example, if you had a lot of holiday lighting on the circuit, you would want to have a separate circuit. I hope this helps....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding outlets on 2nd floor, outlet location, electric outlets
outlet location, electric outlets, j box: Hi Tom, Sorry just responding...the new computers and routers came in for our office network last night....so we were off-line for awhile while I added these new systems to our existing office network. All systems are now up and running.. Based...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding outlets to garage, don beck, amp breaker
don beck, amp breaker, gfi outlet: Hi Jonte, A lot depends on what the use is going to be. If it is for power tools, I would go with 20 amp outlets. These outlets sell for about 1.50 each. Then there is the box for each outlet, about 20 cents each, the cover for each outlet, about 15 cents...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding outlets/lightswitch in basement, gfci outlet, ground wires
gfci outlet, ground wires, hot wire: Hi. First of all, make sure that it is an extra circuit, and not something else. Check to see what breaker it is on, and make sure it is either 15 or 20 amps. Use either the red or black, plus the white. The ideal situation is to run the wire to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding outlets/type of wire, adding a bathroom, romex
adding a bathroom, romex, electrical code: Hi Steve, Since your home is new, it will be wired according to the electrical code and what you are proposing won t be. The existing 14/2 circuit has other devices on it and adding more may overload that circuit, especially with a heater as they can...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding outlets, amp circuits, don beck
amp circuits, don beck, amp service: Hi Kevin, If the new things you added draw a of of power,(air cond, space heater etc), then they could cause a slight dimming in some other part of the circuit when they start up. However, once the unit(s) are running, it should stablize. Adding 20...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a photo cell to my pool lite timer, bob osgood, master electrician
bob osgood, master electrician, pool light: Hi Harry, Most unusual that your photo-cell didn t come with a wiring diagram...most do. The typical wiring layout for all the photocells I ve wired is: Black power in from timer to photo-cell BLACK....black out to light to photo-cell RED...white...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding plug sockets in kitchen, plug sockets, first house
plug sockets, first house, expert advice: Hi Linzi You could run them from the cooker point but i would advise against it as the cooker breaker will most likely be a 40amp and sockets should be 32amp. I would best suggest that you add the sockets to your excisting kitchen ring main. Hope this helps...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a plug, silver screw, brass screw
silver screw, brass screw, neutral line: Web, The 2 wire cable with a black, white, and ground is correct. The connections will be the same. How the outlet operates depends on which screw of the switch you put the black wire. On 1 screw, the outlet will be hot all the time. On the other screw,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding power to a outbuilding, amp breaker, outbuilding
amp breaker, outbuilding, lugs: Hi Daryl. If you are using a 30amp breaker, the smallest wire size would be #10 copper. Larger is better, but you have to amke sure the wire will terminate to the breaker, as some large wires will not fit the breaker lugs. Check www.selfhelpandmore.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a receptacle to switch, gfci receptacle, work boxes
gfci receptacle, work boxes, amp breaker: Hi Taryn, Based on your description....Yes - you should be able to add a GFCI receptacle outlet to this switch box area - assuming the circuit can handle the load (for example - the wire is 12/2 w/ground on a 20 amp breaker). With the breaker off...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding recepticle to a single switch, recepticle, hard job
recepticle, hard job: Hi. You need to check the switch. If there are only two insulated wires coming from one cable, you will need to run another cable to it, which would make it a hard job. If you have more than two insulated wires, it would probably be easy. I hope this...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a sauna structure, electrode system, sauna heater
electrode system, sauna heater, amp breaker: Hi Kurt. I recommend that you run a 60amp circuit (#6 wire) to a small breaker panel at the structure. From this panel you can then run the 30amp circuit for the sauna heater, and any other circuits you may need for other loads, such as lights and space...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a second breaker box for additional wiring, spare slots, amp breaker
spare slots, amp breaker, amp service: Hi. With 200 amps, you are allowed only 40 spaces. Adding a sub panel sort of circumvents that rule. Any sub panel will need to be double pole. 25 amp breakers won t do anything, since you could put in a 20 amp breaker and use that as a circuit. So,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a second breaker box, amp breaker, subpanel
amp breaker, subpanel, beaker: Hi Ben, Remove the wires from the breakers and see if the breakers still trips. If it doesn t trip, reconnect the wire at a breaker, but disconnect all loads, and see if it trips. If it doesn t trip, connect the loads one at a time on that circuit...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a second doorbell, upstairs and downstairs, trasformer
upstairs and downstairs, trasformer, new bell: Hi Joann, I had to draw this one out cuz i don t usually install 2 chimes in paraelle. But i m sorry, this can be done with only 2 wires. You need one wire connected to the transformer terminal (T screw) on both chimes. One wire connected...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a second service panel, amp breaker, detached garage
amp breaker, detached garage, electrical code: Robert, Do not tie the 14/2 into the 100 ampbreaker in the panel. That wire is way too small and would catch fire and burn up before the breaker would. If you want to use the 14/2 UF, it cannot feed a sub panel, but it could feed a few outlets and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding service to a shop, typical power, hi mike
typical power, hi mike, wielder: Hi Mike The length of the run requires us to use 1 size larger than we otherwise need. For a 60 amp sub panel: The wire should be a 4/4 copper ( 2 hot-1 neutral-1 ground) from a 60 amp 2 pole breaker in the main to the a 60 amp panel in the shop....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a shop, water pipes, phone wires
water pipes, phone wires, ground wires: Hi. Is the shop in another building? If it is not, you need a ground wire. If it is in another building, and there is any metal path between the two buildings including water pipes, cable or phone wires, then you need a ground wire. If it is in a separate...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a single pole, brass screws, neon light
brass screws, neon light, celing fan: Hi Mike, What is missing here is a neutral wire to feed the outside light. Apparently the 3 way is powered at the other switch so there is no neutral present in this box so the single pole switch will not work. We can make the single pole work by using...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding six 3in. gu10 white gimbal lights, circuit source, visual appearance
circuit source, visual appearance, switch circuit: The correct term is a recepacle as it is a receiver for the plug of a device. On any 120 volt receptacle there will be a white or neutral, a black for the hot wire, and a ground. Connect a cable with like colors to any receptacle. The neutral will go directly...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a sub - box, air cond, breakers
air cond, breakers, amp: Hi Clive, a lot depends on the size of the main breaker. 110 amp, 150 amp, 200 amp? You can usually add a breaker into the main panel to feed a sub panel. The number of devices on a circuit depends on what the devices ae used for. For example,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a sub-panel, kw heat, amp breaker
kw heat, amp breaker, gauge wire: Hi Howard, 1) I would install a 100 amp sub panel. This would require a 4/4/ cable, copper, to feed from the main panel to the sub panel. 2) I would bring 4 conductors, 2 hot, 1 neutral, and 1 ground. For the little extra cost of the wire, you then could...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a sub panel to a barn, rv hookups, hot water heater
rv hookups, hot water heater, amp breaker: Hi Jon, A 100 amp sub panel should be more than enough for anything you want to add in the barn It requires a 100 amp sub panel in the band. 4 wire from the main panel to the sub panel. I would use 4/4 copper UF wire. This wire can be directly buried...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a sub panel to existing panel, type fuses, fuse panel
type fuses, fuse panel, bus bars: I would say if you still have a fuse panel, it s time to upgrade. What is really the point, is how many amps are coming into your house, and how many amps you need to run the things you want. It sounds like you have 100 amps. Most houses need 150 amps or...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a sub panel to a GE bulldog pushmatic panel, amp circuits, amp circuit
amp circuits, amp circuit, pushmatic: Hi Bob, Based on your description...you have run into one of the most common electrical problems homeowners face...new circuits needing to be added with no place to go in the main panel. 3 solutions are possible...one is to add a sub-panel with an...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a sub panel, amp breaker, window air conditioner
amp breaker, window air conditioner, subpanel: Hi. Usually outside, you would use thhw wire in the conduit or UF non-metalic wire. I believe you would use number six wire. The best thing to do is to check the ampacity for the wire you buy, since it can varry dpending on length and use. Also, some...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a subpanel to existing circuit panel, home improvement stores, home theater system
home improvement stores, home theater system, subpanel: Hi Creighton. Most panels allow the use of twin or half size breakers, allowing you to have another circuit breaker in the space of one normal sized breaker. Search the web for the manufacturer of your panel, or look at the home improvement stores for...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a subpanel to a subpanel, amp breaker, conductor cable
amp breaker, conductor cable, authority having jurisdiction: Evening David, I wonder who told you you can t do this? I wonder if it has anything to do with your local codes? In my area this would be allowed. Since theres no safety issue with it. Instead of asking me, it d be best if you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a switch to another, ceiling fan, power source
ceiling fan, power source, comming: Hi. You don t have a power source at that switch, if you have only two wires. Are the vanity lights already installed? Or do you want to install them. If you want to install them, you will need to get power from another source. Let me know if they...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a switch, gfi outlet, gfci outlet
gfi outlet, gfci outlet, outlet location: Hi Chad, Run a wire from the outlet location to the switch location, and then another wire from the switch location to the light location. Connections: At the GFI outlet. Black wire going to switch onto the black wire on the GFI marked Line ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a switch, screws, screw
screws, screw, combinations: Hi Wayne, it looks like you can get power from this switch to feed another one. A 14/2 from this switch to the new switch should be connected: Black wire to new new switch connected to the same screw as the black wire of the old switch. White wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding switch to existing circuit, wire tie, dining room
wire tie, dining room, switches: Hi Chad, The key here is : Are there any white wires inside the boxes that are connected together but not connected to any switches? If there are you can add a new switch. If there aren t any white wires connected together, then you can t use this...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a switch to lights in the basement, pull switches, pull switch
pull switches, pull switch, baseboard heaters: Hi Mike, If I grasp this right, you want all 3 lights to turn off and on with an existing switch. If this is correct, reroute the wires that are not switched and run them to the light box that is switched. Again, if I missed something, straighten me...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a switch in the middle of the run, switch box, screw
switch box, screw, drift: Hi Lisa, I thin I get the drift.. Lets say, for example, You have 3 lites and you only want the switch to control the center lite and the other 2 are pull chains. 14/2 power wire, B&W into switch box. 14/3 (blk-red-wt)from switch box to light...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding on/off switch to middle-of-run, qualified electrician, ground wires
qualified electrician, ground wires, attic fan: Common practice is to do that with the ground wire, although if there is a provision for the ground I would recommend using it. Also it is common for the hot to go on the bottom switch terminal. Sorry for the delay kept getting a web page cannot be displayed...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding switch and more receptacles to existing wiring, feeder cable, brass screws
feeder cable, brass screws, incoming power: Afternoon Mark, For what you want, all you need is 2 wires, the hot and return. Let me see if i can describe this for you. From your existing outlet bring your black and white (cable) to your new box. I m assuming this new box...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a switch, double switch, hot wire
double switch, hot wire, crawlspace: It sounds right. As long as you have power to the two current switches, removing one and use the hot wire from it to power the new double switch should be simple. It should not require alteration. Most double switches have a brass jumper to connect both...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a switched light from a receptical., pigtail, previous question
pigtail, previous question, receptacle: The flickering lights and stability for a time once the breaker is turned off is indicative of a loose connection, but where? It could be the main breaker, but are ALL the lights in the house flickering, or just a few? It might be the panel s buss, becasue...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding/switching 3rd flr electrical to 1st flr, 3rd flr, circuit breakers
3rd flr, circuit breakers, electrical meter: It is legal, as it stands. If you make any changes you can open a can of worms as everything you do will have to be up to the current electrical code. A rule of thumb is, if it is working correctly you don t have to change anything. But, if you change...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding temporary sub-panel, conductor wire, aluminum wire
conductor wire, aluminum wire, subpanel: Hi Ken. If the subpanel is in (or on) the same building as the main panel, then you will need 4 wires, and you will not install a rod. If the subpanel is located in another building not attached to the main building, then you can do as you say, with...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding under cabinet lights, amp breaker, pvc pipe
amp breaker, pvc pipe, junction boxes: Hi John, You can use the outlets as a source of power. If you use romex as the feed , it should be in PVC pipe and be 12 gauge as the outlet wire is probably hooked to a 20 amp breaker. The short run of romex from the wall to the lite is probably not in...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding window a/c, grit sandpaper, emery board
grit sandpaper, emery board, amp breaker: Fred: If the A/C unit is just a cooling unit without heat then the 20a breaker and 12/2 home run you ran should do the job. Kill the main breaker, Take WD40 and spray the effective areas but don t wet it to the point the spray is dripping off. A fingernail...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding and wiring switch controlled outlets in barn, ground wires, confusing situation
ground wires, confusing situation, switch wiring: Hi Stephen, The hot pair of wires go into the switch box. (Black and white) From the switch box, another pair of B & W go to outlet # 1; another pair from outlet 1 to outlet 2; another pair of black and white from 3 @ to # 3. All outlets: Black...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding wiring, metallic wire, electrical panel
metallic wire, electrical panel, amp: Hi. Normally non metallic wire is not supposed to be run in conduit. However, if it is short lengths, I don t see a problem with it. make sure the conduit is plenty big for the wires, since you will be running wire and jacket through. I hope this helps....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: addition wiring, amp branch, sq ft addition
amp branch, sq ft addition, arc fault: Other than the requirement that any bedroom receptacle be Arc fault protected either at the receptacle or at the breaker [cheaper] I do not see any problem with this. 1 suggestion instead of running 12/2 w/g I would run 12/3 w/g because this will give you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: additon of a ceiling fan...., screw holes, gfci outlet
screw holes, gfci outlet, fit box: Hi. I don t think the screw holes will hurt the house. You can also use a pipe and put the outlet in the yard, even if it is up against the house. That way the pipe will hold up the outlet rather than the house. But you will have to use UF cable which...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adequate electrical, amp plug, clothes dryer
amp plug, clothes dryer, 30a: Hi Debie, You can tell by the wires gauge. It should be at least 10. If you unsure how heavy this wire is you can look at the breaker feeding this. It should at least be a 30A. Or was your question to Add another circuit? Well you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: affixing receptacle boxes in brick walls, robert wilber, brick walls
robert wilber, brick walls, brick wall: * Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * It is common practice to install a recessed box in an existing brick wall by using mortar to hold it in place. The problem is that you need to rely on your skills...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: air compressor, home wiring, air compressor
home wiring, air compressor, hots: Hi. Your air compressor should be 230 volts only. Once you buy the outlet, you can see how many screws are on it, which will probably be 3 including the ground. So you will not have a neutral, only two hots and a ground. The white will be a hot, and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: air compressor, volt compressor, volt unit
volt compressor, volt unit, compressor motor: Good Morning Maria, Based on your description...several issues need to be addressed here... Does the compressor electrical nameplate specs state that 30 amp protection is required..? (typically - a load of this size will require a 20 or 25 amp overcurrent...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: air compressor/ pressure switch, air compressor pressure switch, volt air compressor
air compressor pressure switch, volt air compressor, black a white: John, I did find some sites with that compressor, but none of them showed a wiring diagram. If there is any instructions that came with the compressor, I may be able to help if you could relate the instructions to me. I still feel it was wired for...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: air compressor wiring, amp breaker, 12 gauge
amp breaker, 12 gauge, sloe: Hi. Look at the outlet, and see what it is rated for. (If it is 20 amps be sure to use 12 gauge wire) Otherwise, If the compressor is rated exactly 15 amps, and you use 12 gauge wire, then you may want to use 20 amp breakers to give you a little extra...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: air compressor wiring, don beck, air compressor
don beck, air compressor, compressors: Hi Joe, Some compressors are built to run on 110V or 220V. You need to check the owners handbook to see how yours is designed. There may also be some type of tag attached to the compressor to give you this information. If your unit is not designed to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: air compressor, volt air compressor, amp breaker
volt air compressor, amp breaker, gigliotti: If the breaker is within sight, or as close as 15 feet in sight of the compressor, the breaker can be the disconnect. If the breaker is further away or out of sight, it does need a disconnect switch. You can install a two pole 20 amp switch near the compressor...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: air conditioner installation, vent openings, window mounted air conditioner
vent openings, window mounted air conditioner, air conditioner installation: Ed, It will you just have to be carefull you don t cover or obstruct the vent openings on the sides of the unit. A wall is obviously thicker than the window its designed to sit in so you just have to make sure the side venting is out past the exterior wall...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: air conditioners, volt unit, gauge wire
volt unit, gauge wire, amp service: Ron Yes there is first of all you can get better cooling out of a 240 volt, as with a 120 v unit it causes a struggle. on the unit and can only come in certain sizes. 240 volt is more energy efficient because it can be balanced out better with 240 volts than...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: air conditioning, correct terminology, c unit
correct terminology, c unit, amperage: Hi. The unit outside, (called the compressor) should have a plate on it with the model number and amp rating. If it doesn t, you should be able to call Trane and ask them giving them the information. If the rating is very close to 40, it should probably...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: air conditioning, system breaks, c unit
system breaks, c unit, c company: The breakers are designed for the circuit, and the circuit is designed for the load, in this case the a/c unit. There is no set wiring method based on the tonnage alone. The unit will have a maximum circuit rating on the nameplate and this determines the circuit...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: air conditioning and phone line, voice over internet protocol, voip voice over internet protocol
voice over internet protocol, voip voice over internet protocol, electrical interference: Hello Adrian. That is one I have never heard. In some manner, the a/c is causing electrical interference in the electrical system that is transmitting back to the electronics. I have no idea what can be done. Check with an electronics supply and let them know...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: air conditioning, volt outlet, don beck
volt outlet, don beck, volt ac: Hi Pamela, The wiring on the new 110 Volt outlet must also be changed from 220 to 110V. If you can shut down the circuit, and pull the 220 V outlet out, where you can see the wires and where they are attached, make a note of the colors and where they are...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: al/cu outlet replacement, personal choice, amps
personal choice, amps, gauge: Hi Kathy, The most important thing is to make sure the outlets are the correct amps. If the wire is 14 gauge, use 15 amp outlets. If the wire is 12 gauge, you can use 20 amp outlets. If you are unsure of the amps, use the 20 amp outlets. Other than the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: alarms, fault interrupters, arc fault
fault interrupters, arc fault, fire detector: Hi Joe. Dual voltage smoke detectors are common, and available just about anywhere electrical supplies are sold. AFCI are only sold as a breaker, at the present. This breaker will trip whenever there is a certain electrical signature that is only...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: alminum wire and copper wire, copper aluminum, aluminum wire
copper aluminum, aluminum wire, wire nut: Hi James, A bigger box would be a good idea with that many wires and connections. Aluminum to copper is never as good as copper to copper connections, even with all the precautions. The aluminum wire is so soft that when it heats up it tends to loosen...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: aluminium wiring, copper aluminum, wire nuts
copper aluminum, wire nuts, purple wire: Hi Ben, You can rewire it either way, it is best if you can to rewire the whole circuit at the same time. By the purple wire nuts I assume you mean those rated for a copper/aluminum connection, I wouldn t use them long term but for a few months they should...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: aluminum/copper wiring, oxidation inhibitors, aluminum wiring
oxidation inhibitors, aluminum wiring, aluminum wire: Jackie, yes there are several oxidation inhibitors on the market for this application. They are an aluminum filled petroleum compound to keep the air from causing oxidation of the exposed wire. Home centers like Lowe s will carry at least one of them. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: aluminum wiring, aluminum wiring, aluminum wire
aluminum wiring, aluminum wire, rewiring: I feel you have been given some misinformation. There is nothing wrong with aluminum wire. It is still being installed in all classifications of buildings for higher amperage appliances. It is not commonly used for household circuits, and is not flexible...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: aluminum wiring repair, aluminum wiring, aluminum wire
aluminum wiring, aluminum wire, copalum: I can t speak for Canadian Code, but in the States you have two options: 1) Do the crimp method where you join a copper pigtail to the aluminum wire, then connect your device to copper, or; 2) use a Cu/Al rated wire nut (they look similar to plain wirenuts...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: aluminum wiring vs. copper, copper conductors, heating coils
copper conductors, heating coils, aluminum wiring: Hi Brian, Aluminum wire was used quite a bit years ago, and over time, it was found out that the wire breaks down very easily and can cause wires to over heat, melt and even catch fire. The aluminum is so soft, it loosens in the connections and if used,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: aluminum wiring, aluminum wiring, national electrical code
aluminum wiring, national electrical code, electrical inspector: Hi Bob. Aluminum wiring is a drag. There are devices on the market to help you terminate this type of wires, as well as splice the wires to copper. As far as them requiring you to do this, if you want to fight it, take it up with his supervisor. Ask...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: on alumni house wiring, aluminum aluminum, wiring faults
aluminum aluminum, wiring faults, coffee pot: Hi. I found this website: http://www.inspect-ny.com/aluminum/aluminum.htm. This should give you all the information you need. It does not kick the breaker, because it is not a short or an overload. The breaker does not know if you are heating a cup...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Can ambient temperature effect main breaker, ambient air temperature, amp meter
ambient air temperature, amp meter, temperature effect: I have seen situations where a box was built to shade the steel cover. Only requirement is to keep the meter readable. A hole in the cover would suffice. Keep in mind the ambient air....up to 125 degrees is not the real issue..it is the steel absorbtion...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: amp limit, prong plug, volt motor
prong plug, volt motor, pool filter: You are saying a basic three prong plug. Are you speaking of a standard 120 volt plug with a ground? If so, the old pump was 120 volts and this new one is a 240 volt. The motor may be multivoltage and can be rewired if the label states 120/240 volts. If not,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ampage in apartment for insurance, don beck, apartents
don beck, apartents, ampage: Hi Kathy, If the main shut off circuit breaker in your apt. says 125 amps, then that is what the amperage of the Apt. is. It is illegal and dangerous to put too big of a main breaker in a panel, and since the building was upgraded not too long ago, it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: amperage/load rating, worse case scenario, gauge copper
worse case scenario, gauge copper, fire number: Hi. Number 8 is only supposed to carry 40 amps, so it looks like you are already a bit over. You definitely can not use a bigger breaker, because you will be risking a fire. Number 4 will carry 70 amps, number 3 wire will carry 100 amps. There are many...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: amperage loss, voltage drop calculator, amp breaker
voltage drop calculator, amp breaker, vd: Hi Sean. This would be voltage drop, not amperage. See http://www.csgnetwork.com/voltagedropcalc.html for a voltage drop calculator, where you can change the different parts of this circuit. You want to see a 3-5% drop, maximum. Using this calculator,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: amperage loss?, amp breaker, voltage drop
amp breaker, voltage drop, first thought: Hi Bill. My first thought was that the drill might be bad. Have you plugged into an outlet closer to the main? You may need to have an electrician come in and check for voltage drop, while you are drawing a load. If the voltage drops any more than...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: amperage for a new home, large format printer, national electrical code
large format printer, national electrical code, mike holt: Hi Sandy. There is a caluclation method to determine what size service is required for residences. The National Electrical Code has examples of this in the back of the book. You might want to obtain a copy (library, electrical supply store, etc...) and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: amperage and voltage rating of electrical service, residential dwelling, 220 volt
residential dwelling, 220 volt, amperage: Hi. A house will have 3 wires for 220 volt and only 2 for 110. I doubt if you ll come across too many houses that do not have 220. The wires should be visible either coming into the house from the pole, or connected to the panel. As far as the amperage,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: amperage, amp plug, uninteruptable power supply
amp plug, uninteruptable power supply, upss: Chad, If the power is present at that outlet that the unit requires, the wire to the outlet is the correct size, and the breaker is the correct size it should work OK. The 20 amp plug may get a little warm, but as long as it doesn t get hot where it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: amps, amp breaker, electrian
amp breaker, electrian, tieing: Steve The amp rating of the breaker is 50 amps. The voltage it produces is 120/240. For 240 equipment the power requires both lines. for 120 equip the power needs only one line and then to neutral. the 50 amps is the limitation of the generator. Tieing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: amps, amp breaker, amp meter
amp breaker, amp meter, volts: You have 20 amps at 240 volts = 4800 watts You are limited by two factors: Wire size & Breaker size both are dependant on each other. Check the wire size. If you have 10 gauge then you can upgrade to a 30 amp breaker. If you have 12 gauge, then you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: how many amps does a 3 hp motor need, hp motor, powermatic model
hp motor, powermatic model, rule of thumb: 3HP and the speed, plus the effeciency, plus the ACTUAL VOLTAGE applied to the motor will determine the amperage. What you cut, and with how sharp a blade will determine the load. All motors though will experience the highest amperage at start up, loaded...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: amps and breaker, amp service, switch setup
amp service, switch setup, existing service: Hi David. I get a little higher amount of amps, but still not what you will need to run your entire house, based on your existing service, which is rated 200 amps at 240v. What most people do is decide which circuits would be necessary, such as furnace,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: How many amps are enough?, knob and tube wiring, amp service
knob and tube wiring, amp service, cleveland suburbs: 100 amps should be more than enough, unless you have plans for a hot tub, maybe an addition, a pool possibly, or a work shop in the back yard. I d stay with the 100 amp service, although I would change out the panel to a Square D, GE or some other brand. I...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: amps for water heater, qualified electrician, replacing a water heater
qualified electrician, replacing a water heater, difficult transition: Hi Jessica, The new water heater will require a 60 amp 2 pole breaker, and the wire from the breaker panel to the W/H will have to be upgraded to a larger size. This isn t a difficult transition, but since water and electricity are involved, I suggest...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: amps/wattage, heat pads, heated seat
heat pads, heated seat, seat pads: Larry. Please excuse my alzheimers, I meant to include the below address. If you paste it into your address box on your browser and hit Enter it will bring you to a site that has a good looking heated seat pad on sale for 40 bucks. Enjoy ! PS: If...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: amps and wire sizes, ul standards, amps
ul standards, amps, gauge: Evening Phylis, UL standards regulate #12 gauge safe at 20 amps attached to a 20A breaker. And #10 gauge safe at 30 amps attached to a 30A breaker. If your looking for exacts for some reason. They don t make a wire made to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: amps, amperage, strenght
amperage, strenght, volts: Any voltage can be dangerous. I routinely get shocked with 120volts. The amperage is the power needed to operate an appliance...the voltage is the strenght it uses. A telephone operates on 24 volts...it can hurt if you touch the wires when it rings ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: answer, bob osgood, current price of copper
bob osgood, current price of copper, aluminum wiring: Hi Mike, Wiring for a 100 amp service depends on whether it is in pipe ( called a mast service) or a cable assembly (known as SE or service entrance). If the service is in cable....aluminum wiring is commonly used...and the wire is a #2 aluminum - with...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: apparent dead 220 wall socket, blown fuse, wall socket
blown fuse, wall socket, ed smith: Hi Ed. You will need to verify that there is no power at the outlet, first off. Use a voltmeter and check between any 2 of the prongs. You should have either 220v or 120v. Then check between one of the ones you just checked, and the remaining prong....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: apparent surge problem or massive static discharge?, screen duration, volt appliances
screen duration, volt appliances, copper wiring: I dont have an answer for the lamps, but the TV may be another matter. Some of the older ones actually have a glow as the tube cools. Otherwise...This would be a fun one to reseach. A surge would be voltage going from the typical 115 volts to 130 volts....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: appliance compatibility, water distiller, power considerations
water distiller, power considerations, heating elements: Colleen, You should contact the manufacturer to determine if it is compatable with US voltages. Normally, if you have 208volt powering 220volt equipment, it should work ok. Sometimes, with heating elements, it may take longer to heat up, but for motors...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: When an appliance is plugged..., time fuse, dangerous voltages
time fuse, dangerous voltages, motor loads: Hi Wayne, First off, you should never install a different size fuse. When you state you replaced the fuse with a T20 instead of the normal one, what do you mean? A T-type fuse is a time delay, which is usually used for motor loads. If by normal you mean...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: appliances don't work AFTER INSTALL, robert wilber, proper gauge
robert wilber, proper gauge, volt circuit: - * 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: How many appliances in one outlet, electronic toothbrush, small refrigerator
electronic toothbrush, small refrigerator, palm pilot: My concern is that you are still surviving on only one circuit. A heating element is a constant draw of electricity, and the other applicances are minimal and infrequent. I am pretty sure that the heater is going to put you way over on the power you have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: appliances stop working, gauge wiring, aluminum wiring
gauge wiring, aluminum wiring, amp breaker: Hi. Having a 20 amp breaker or fuse on 14 guage wire is a very serious problem. The wiring will overheat and can cause a fire before the breaker trips or the fuse blows. If your home was built in the 1970 s, you could have aluminum wiring, which is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: appliances, solid state electronics, dj mixer
solid state electronics, dj mixer, voltage dip: Hi Mike, It may be more then just an under-voltage problem...it could also be a frequency problem. As you stated, Japan has a voltage supply of 100 volts ...but certain parts of Japan also transmit at 50 Hz ...such as Tokyo, Kawasaki, Sapporo, Yokohoma,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: arc Fault breakers, arc fault breakers, ground fault outlet
arc fault breakers, ground fault outlet, sanitation issues: Not that I know of. One is looking for arching and one is looking for leakage to ground. I have not tried putting them together. The main reason of AFCI is for frayed cords or plugs that are pitted or loose and can arc and cause a fire while plugged...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: arc faullt circuit breaker, arc fault circuit breaker, lighting circuits
arc fault circuit breaker, lighting circuits, electrical insulation: Good Morning Shane, Based on your description...there may be several reasons for this arc fault to be tripping.The two most common problems we find are improper connections at the breaker (or downstream on the circuit) and faulty AFI breaker. We ve...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: arc fault & alum wire, arc fault breakers, afci
arc fault breakers, afci, rewire: Hi Greg. AFCI usage would help, but it would not be the complete answer to a home that was wired in aluminum. Replacement of the terminations at each device should also be done, if a complete rewire is out of the question. Good luck. Rick Miel...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: arc fault breaker code rule, arc fault breaker, bedroom lighting
arc fault breaker, bedroom lighting, electrical installation: Hi Jim, Unless your jurisdiction has a tougher electrical code, No special breaker is required for any electrical installation in a bedroom, lights and outlets included. It may pay to check with your local electrical Insp. to see if there are any...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: arc fault breaker code rule, arc fault breaker, bedroom lighting
arc fault breaker, bedroom lighting, electrical installation: Hi Jim, Unless your jurisdiction has a tougher electrical code, No special breaker is required for any electrical installation in a bedroom, lights and outlets included. It may pay to check with your local electrical Insp. to see if there are any...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: arc fault breaker code rule, arc fault breaker, bedroom lighting
arc fault breaker, bedroom lighting, electrical installation: Hi Jim, Unless your jurisdiction has a tougher electrical code, No special breaker is required for any electrical installation in a bedroom, lights and outlets included. It may pay to check with your local electrical Insp. to see if there are any...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: arc fault breaker code rule, arc fault breaker, bedroom lighting
arc fault breaker, bedroom lighting, electrical installation: Hi Jim, Unless your jurisdiction has a tougher electrical code, No special breaker is required for any electrical installation in a bedroom, lights and outlets included. It may pay to check with your local electrical Insp. to see if there are any...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: arc fault breaker code rule, arc fault breaker, bedroom lighting
arc fault breaker, bedroom lighting, electrical installation: Hi Jim, Unless your jurisdiction has a tougher electrical code, No special breaker is required for any electrical installation in a bedroom, lights and outlets included. It may pay to check with your local electrical Insp. to see if there are any...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: arc fault breaker code rule, arc fault breaker, bedroom lighting
arc fault breaker, bedroom lighting, electrical installation: Hi Jim, Unless your jurisdiction has a tougher electrical code, No special breaker is required for any electrical installation in a bedroom, lights and outlets included. It may pay to check with your local electrical Insp. to see if there are any...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: arc fault breaker code rule, arc fault breaker, bedroom lighting
arc fault breaker, bedroom lighting, electrical installation: Hi Jim, Unless your jurisdiction has a tougher electrical code, No special breaker is required for any electrical installation in a bedroom, lights and outlets included. It may pay to check with your local electrical Insp. to see if there are any...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: arc fault breaker getting hot, arc fault breakers, arc fault breaker
arc fault breakers, arc fault breaker, culter hammer: Hi Cam, A breaker sometimes gets warm, but it should never be hot. The usual culprit, in this situation, is the wires attached to the breaker are not tight. Try shutting off the main breaker and all the individual breakers, and tighten down all the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: arc fault breaker tripping, arc fault breakers, arc fault breaker
arc fault breakers, arc fault breaker, home bedrooms: Hi Kim, A separate breaker for the fan MAY solve the problem, but getting a new wire from the breaker to the fan switch could be difficult. You electrician could give you help in finding out if it is even possible. Even it it can be done, it may not...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: arc fault breaker, arc fault breaker, federal pacific breakers
arc fault breaker, federal pacific breakers, amp breaker: I don t know if your inspector would let this go by, but you could use the 20 amp breaker in your Federal panel to feed a 20 amp arc fault breaker in a separate load center (they make boxes that will accomodate one breaker) and then feed your bedroom from...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: arc fault breakers, arc fault breakers, arc fault breaker
arc fault breakers, arc fault breaker, two thoughts: Hi. An arc fault breaker shuts the power off when the wiring arcs, which can cause fires. As far as bedrooms, I guess there are two thoughts. One is that people sleep in them, so that is the part of the house where you don t want a fire to start. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: arc fault breakers vs ground fault breakers, arc fault circuit breakers, arc fault breakers
arc fault circuit breakers, arc fault breakers, ground fault breakers: Arc fault breakers protect from arcs, which could lead to fires. Ground fault breakers protect from shorts which could lead to electrocution. GFCI outlet if within 6 feet of the sink. Arc fault in the bedroom regardless. Lighting and receptacles on the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: arc fault breakers, arc fault breakers, neutral position
arc fault breakers, neutral position, 3 years: Hi Kevin, To reset a breaker, you must turn it to the off position by hand, wait about 10 secs, then turn it back on. When a breaker trips, it doesn t go to an off position, but to a neutral position and must be turned off by hand before resetting. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: arc-fault circuit breakers, arc fault circuit breakers, arc fault breaker
arc fault circuit breakers, arc fault breaker, voltage change: Malcolm Sometimes they will because they are very sensitive to voltage change. How they work is they monitor the voltage of the circuit and when your body comes in contact with the voltage it reads the difference and trips. So your Saw or hair dryer may have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: arc-fault circuit-interrupters, arc fault circuit interrupters, bob osgood
arc fault circuit interrupters, bob osgood, master electrician: Hi Don, Quickly searching the Hud.gov site - I could find no reference to the requirement for AFCI s in the documents there.However - as you are aware - Artcile 210.12(B) of the 2002 NEC specifically states: All branch circuits that supply 125-volt,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: arc fault phantom tripping, gfci breaker, arc fault
gfci breaker, arc fault, afci breaker: Hi. This isn t easy. Three things could be causing it to trip- a short/overload, a ground fault, or an arc fault. Temporarily connect the circuit to a regular breaker. Remember that if you have an arc, it can cause problems, so don t leave it on long....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: arc faults, arc fault, attic space
arc fault, attic space, fan switch: Hi Chuck, I have never had anything on GFCI circuits except outlets, but I don t see why a fan or lite on the circuit wouldn t wotk. It sounds as if there is a wire crossed either in the switch box for the fan or in the fan ceiling box. If you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: arc faults, amp breaker, afci
amp breaker, afci, yrs time: Remember....GFCI s and AFCI s can go bad and be faulty. I have installed many GFCI s that would trip once and not reset. It can take up to 3 different installs to get a good breaker. It is a mandatory problem causer. The AFCI s have only been required...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: arc-ing at new outlet, electrical arc, junction boxes
electrical arc, junction boxes, apparent problems: Hi Geoff, One of the 1st things that should be addressed is the wire size. #14 gauge is the smallest gauge allowed in home wiring. The #16 gauge is too small and could cause a problem. If a breaker isn t tripping under a no load condition, there...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: arc interrupters, arc fault, gfci breaker
arc fault, gfci breaker, fault interrupters: They are similar to a GFCI breaker, and are designed to prevent an arc that occurs when you plug in something that is turned on. You ve probably seen that. The NEC has mandated these for all bedrooms in residences. You only need 1 per bedroom, with the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: arch fault breakers tripping, lights dimming, & circuit breaker tripping, soft food, lamp appliance
soft food, lamp appliance, home warranty: Annette, If you can have them removed from all areas, except the bedroom outlets, it is not a hazard. It could very well be that they are required in your area as local codes sometimes are different than the National Code. The way to check is to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: arch fault breakers, afci, smoke detector
afci, smoke detector, breakers: Hi Lenny. Visit with your local inspector to see what their take on this code rule is. The way I see it, you can share rooms, and the lights do have to be protected, as does any electrical smoke detector in the bedroom. I hope this helps. Rick...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: arching at water meter, path of least resistance, water piping
path of least resistance, water piping, water shutoff: Electricity will follow the path of least resistance. The neutral is not grounded until it reaches the service point of the utility, which is usually by the ground on the pole of the transformer feeding the service. The water piping is a closer path than the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Is it arching?, line attachment points, gfi receptacles
line attachment points, gfi receptacles, circuit connections: If there are any GFI receptacles on this circuit with the test and reset buttons, replace them being careful to reconnect the wiring exactly as it is on the existing one, there is a specific load and line attachment points. If this is not the case, there seem...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: arcing at the breaker, circuit breaker, buss
circuit breaker, buss, breakers: Pat: The breaker is loose and needs to be replaced. If you have caught it early enough it is a simple replacement. The fact it is arking and not tripping yet means it is still a minor problem, but it will just get worse. I have seen breakers were they...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: arizona 3 phase electrical meter box, electrical meter, meter box
electrical meter, meter box, third leg: The third leg is not color coded at all so it remains a black wire. These colors must continue throughout the panel and the circuits to identify the different power legs. Thanks, J I was training a new electrical helper, a comical item, we were doing just...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Before I get to asking my..., volt circuits, fuse panels
volt circuits, fuse panels, zone valves: Hi Mary, Based on your description...there has probably been several fingers in the pie (so to speak) over the years on this Circa 1900 home. You state that it has a breaker panel so that too has been upgraded over the years (older homes originally had...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: attaching generator to dryer outlet, bearer of bad news, power failure
bearer of bad news, power failure, portable generator: Hi. This can be very dangerous. It can easily overheat the dryer wire and catch fire. Even with the main breaker off, the neutral is still connected. You should either get a transfer switch, or put plugs on the things you want to use during a power...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: attaching neutral wire to main panel ground, inch pvc, awg wires
inch pvc, awg wires, amp circuit: Hi Barry, Home centers should have grounding lugs that will slip into a smaller hole while taking a bigger wire. They are called different things, but someone well versed in electrical work at the home center, should be able to steer you to what you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: attic fan wiring, best guess, attic fan
best guess, attic fan, thermostat: Hi. There are a number of ways to wire it up. But my best guess is that the black power wire goes to both the switch wire and the thermostat. The black fan wire also goes to the switch and thermostat wire. The white power wire goes to the fan white wire....