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Electrical Wiring in the Home: Extending outlet connections in kitchen, splice boxes, sofit
splice boxes, sofit, outlet connections: Hi Larry. Splice boxes are ok in attics, as long as you can get to them after all the remodeling is complete. Make sure to install covers on the boxes used in the attic. Normally electricians use a 4-o plastic nail on box with a metal or plastic cover....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Extra wiring with no receptacle, toggle bolts, live wire
toggle bolts, live wire, receptacle: Hi. You would have to find the other side of the wire going to the one you don t want to use, and disconnect it. You can t terminate a live wire in the ceiling without a junction box that is accessible. (You can add a junction box, but you probably don...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electical problem in a residential home, amp breaker, water heater
amp breaker, water heater, electrician: Eric What this sounds like is that used the 30 amp breaker to possibly feed a sub panel some where and then they came out of that panel to feed the rooms.That is not a good thing as the 30 amp breaker has too much of a load on it.Check the rest of the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electric overhead lights, supply cable, nashville tn
supply cable, nashville tn, lugs: The panel needs to be opened and this supply cable checked to see if the ground and neutral wires are on the correct lugs and that the black wire is connected to the breaker. I believe you will find the problem in the panel, but if not, each device needs to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electric range breaker, amp breaker, amp circuit
amp breaker, amp circuit, performance thanks: you can run a 40 amp appliance with a 50 amp circuit but not vice versa. therefore it is a good idea to run a 50 amp circuit. however it is more expensive. remember, the purpose of a breaker is to protect the wire from overload. a 40 amp circuit uses a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electric space heaters, electric space heaters, baseboard heaters
electric space heaters, baseboard heaters, volt circuit: A 240 volt load that does not require 110 volts only needs the black and white plus ground. (Actually, it can be any two colors except green). For instance, a 240 volt water heater only uses 240 volts so a person can run 2 wires plus ground. Black is one...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical neat plumbing stack, nec guidelines, vent stack
nec guidelines, vent stack, 3 feet: Brad No there is no requirements other than you can not use another s trade to support your trades device.If I were you to save time and money is run 1- 12-3 w/ground wire to a 1 gang box install the switch there for the disposal as long as it is within 3...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No electrical power in two joining rooms. Mobile Home, room bedroom, receptacles
room bedroom, receptacles, electrical power: Sure Frank, we can walk through this one till we find the prob. First off verify you have 120V on the screw on the breaker. Telling us its good. Its possible to buy a new, bad breaker. If it checks out, then find the white wire on this circuit in...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical problem with manufactured home, i beam, electrical problem
i beam, electrical problem, return path: Anthony Some where there is a wire loose and it is using the trailer and AC for a return path. The best way is too shut off the ac and see if it stops. IF it does ground the ac correctly and the trailer also,inspect the wires in the unit and in the panel....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical socket, amp breaker, electrical socket
amp breaker, electrical socket, 220 volts: Hi. Double pole breakers are usually for 220 volts. In a sub panel, the grounds and neutrals (whites) have to be separate. In the main panel, they connect together. So if it is a sub panel, the white goes to the white coming in, and the ground goes to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical wiring for steamshower, gfci breaker, amp breaker
gfci breaker, amp breaker, polle: Susan, No problem you can use the existing cable and just size down the 40 amp breaker in the main panel to a 30 or the 40 amp breaker could stay and you could have a small 2 pole sub panel installed by the steam gen where you would size down to 30 amps...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: emigration, electrical licensing board, qualified electrician
electrical licensing board, qualified electrician, electrical examiners: Each state has its own Electrical licensing board. Check with the state you are moving to at the State Board of Electrical Examiners. Some states allow other state licenses to be used, but most will not and it will require a different license in each state....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Faulty Light, chandelier, watts
chandelier, watts, lamps: Dave You may have a bad dimmer make sure this dimmer meets the load of the chandelier wattage. count the # of lamps and add them up. If they are less than a 1000 watts then you can use a standard dimmer. If this is more than a 1000 watts then you need to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: FEED WIRING VS: CUIRCUT WIRING, amp breaker, branch circuits
amp breaker, branch circuits, clairification: technically it is the second description. the word feeder is used to described the wire that feeds an electrical panel. for instance you may have a main panel and a sub panel. the wire between is a feeder. the wire from a meter to a panel is also a feeder....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Flickering Lights In Entire House, homeowners warranty, flickering lights
homeowners warranty, flickering lights, meter box: If it is a loose connection, yes it could possibly be dangerous. I would have the electric utility first check the incoming feeder wires to ensure there is no problem on their end. Next, have the electrician check all connections in the meter box and panel...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Flickering lights, etc., flickering lights, american idol
flickering lights, american idol, breakers: If it is not the breaker..you can have a bad connection...maybe a junction box....a wire is loose...aching...and creating a larger problem. Do all of the obvious....check breakers...pull recepticles out and inspect connections...then call for help. This...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Fuse Box, fuse box, circuit breaker
fuse box, circuit breaker: Hi. Generally electric codes apply to how something should be wired. It does not make someone change what is already there, unless the area is being remodeled. So, unless there is some local law, or a buyer wants a breaker box to close the deal, it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 20 amp dual circuts with GFCI, clown, circuits
Electrical Wiring in the Home: 20 amp dual circuts with GFCI, clown, circuits, double pole

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Bulbs going out, earth
Electrical Wiring in the Home: Bulbs going out, earth

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Celing Fan to Light Switch, wall switch
Electrical Wiring in the Home: Celing Fan to Light Switch, wall switch

Electrical Wiring in the Home: change 220V to 110V, awg wire
Electrical Wiring in the Home: change 220V to 110V, awg wire

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Garage Overhead Lighting Wiring, continuity tester
Electrical Wiring in the Home: Garage Overhead Lighting Wiring, continuity tester

Electrical Wiring in the Home: kitchen wiring, electrical safety code, ontario electrical safety code
Electrical Wiring in the Home: kitchen wiring, electrical safety code, ontario electrical safety code, receptacle

Electrical Wiring in the Home: mysterious wiring issue, at least to me...., email
Electrical Wiring in the Home: mysterious wiring issue, at least to me...., email

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Three Way Switch Question, fan switch, light switch
Electrical Wiring in the Home: Three Way Switch Question, fan switch, light switch

Electrical Wiring in the Home: can't turn breaker back on, keeps springing back to off, afci breaker, arc
Electrical Wiring in the Home: can't turn breaker back on, keeps springing back to off, afci breaker, arc

Electrical Wiring in the Home: faulty circuit breaker finder, faulty circuit, circuit breaker
faulty circuit, circuit breaker, electrician: Hi. You can use a tester between a ground wire and each terminal on the breaker. If one does not light, it is not getting power. If they all light, the problem is somewhere else. Be careful what you touch, so you do not get a shock. I hope this...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: flickering lights, popping noises,, amp service, meter box
amp service, meter box, loud pop: The loose neutral certainly could of caused what you described. It is possible that the utility tech downplayed how loose/corroded it was, but we do not know. Surge protectors are more sensitive than other devices, so it is possible for a surge to destroy...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: florecent, loose connection, ballast
loose connection, ballast, receptacle: check the wiring closely. you must wire it exactly according to the diagram. also when you change the ballast, use new bulbs because a faulty ballast will cause bulbs to foul. you may also have a loose connection at the end receptacle. a fixture consists...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: fluorescent bulb burn out, bathroom lights, bulbs
bathroom lights, bulbs, tubes: Hi. Are they the same tubes? Certain tubes may burn out faster than others. Yes, turning fluorescent lights on and off will cause them to burn out faster. Starting puts more of a strain on them then if they are on all the time. Another factor, is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: fluorescent light fixture, fluorescent light fixture, artices
fluorescent light fixture, artices, hot wire: Hi. Is the fixture grounded? In addition to safety reasons, the ground is needed for the fixture to work properly. It sounds like you changed everything else, so that is about the only thing left. Also, are you using the fat t-12 tubes? The thinner t-8...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Garage Overhead Lighting Wiring, overhead lighting, light socket
overhead lighting, light socket, splices: so, let me guess... you remade the splices in the lighting box, huh? didn t it occur to you that they worked the way they were? I once had someone pay me for two days of labor because they did this. Get a piece of paper and draw where the cables go ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Garbage disposal wiring question, international plumbing code, international fire code
international plumbing code, international fire code, international mechanical code: If this will ever be inspected, using flex from the disposal will be the least of your worries. You are exactly correct, this wire should not be coming out of a hole in the drywall. It has to be from a box in the wall and accessible. Apparently the box this...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI along side light switch, gfci outlets, gfci outlet
gfci outlets, gfci outlet, hot wire: Your lighting and receptacle circuits shouldn t be tied together in the kitchen unless your house was built in the sixties Also, if the kitchen was remodeled and the electrical work was done properly, you should have distinct kitchen receptacle circuits....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI along side light switch, gfci outlet, gfci outlets
gfci outlet, gfci outlets, sacrificial service: Hi. If there is nothing connected to the load side of the GFCI, that should not be happening. If the neutral wire for the light is on the load side, and the black is on the line side, that will happen. If that is not the problem, it sounds very strange....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI Keep Popping, gfci breaker, vent hood
gfci breaker, vent hood, gfci outlets: The first thing to do is not plug it into a GFCI protected outlet, ever. Refrigerators, and other inductive loads, can trip a gfci breaker/outlet, which is why they are not required to be on a gfci protected outlet. In a kitchen the dishwasher, garbage disposal,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI wiring, gfci receptacle, gfci breaker
gfci receptacle, gfci breaker, recepticle: Hi Mike, How do you have the wire hooked to the GFCI breaker? On the 12-2 w/g you hook the black to the hot terminal on the breaker, the neutral to the neutral terminal on the breaker, the ground to the ground bar of the panel. The white wire from the breaker...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFIC Recepticle in bathroom, gfci outlets, line terminals
gfci outlets, line terminals, recepticle: there is something along that circuit that is tripping the GFCI. it may even be something plugged in. maybe the best solution is to install a gfci at each location instead of using one gfci to feed downstream locations. therefore you know what exactly...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Not Grounded, junction boxes, ground wire
junction boxes, ground wire: Hi. There has to be a solid metal path from the main panel to the outlets. So, you will need to check in all the junction boxes to try to find a ground wire that came loose or is not connected. It s probably not the outlets, but the wires going to them....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Grounding Ungrounded Receptacles, bearer of bad news, couple options
bearer of bad news, couple options, ground bus: Hi. There is always a controversy if any of those grounding methods are allowed. Most interpretations of the code do not allow it. You can also use 3 prong GFCIs on an ungrounded circuit, if you put a sticker saying no equipment ground. So, if you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Grounding wire, neutral wire, grounding wire
neutral wire, grounding wire, unbalanced load: chuck The neutral wire is what we called the unbalanced load.This wire carries unused power back to the panel,and it is normal for that to spark when the wire is loose or not connected. This is very dangerous.Tighten down all the white wires try to do it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: genarator, volts amps, watt generator
volts amps, watt generator, hair dryer: I am not sure on this particular model or what you are attempting to operate, but the formula for the attached load is: Watts divided by Volts = Amps So your 1300 watt generator divided by 120 volts = 10.83 amps which means this small of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ground wire, copper plumbing, plastic filter
copper plumbing, plastic filter, supply pipe: Randy To connect the ground wire to the plumbing you would need a ground clamp. Many hardware and big box stores carry these. The answer to why you just can t use one ground wire is the following. The NEC states that you must bond the ground to a cooper...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Hair dryer problem, hair dryers, volt outlet
hair dryers, volt outlet, bad luck: Hi Ron, If it was a voltage prob, it would be present everywhere in the house and other items would be burning out prematurely. Your prob just buying cheap hair dryers, or the Mrs is running them with the vents covered or something causing them to over...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Halogen Pendants, transformer type, input side
transformer type, input side, kitchen island: it is possible. i have seen lots of those quirky transformer type pendants go bad. you can check to see if the transformer is getting 120 volts AC on the input side and 12-18 volts AC on the output side. if you are getting power in but no power out, then...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Home electrical wiring, stanley garage door opener, customer service hotline
stanley garage door opener, customer service hotline, home electrical wiring: Hi. You can check Smarthome.com. I have a Stanley garage door opener that will do that. Unfortunately they sold the division to Whistler, and then went out of business. There are definitely things at Smarthome.com that will do the remote control...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Home Lighting, home lighting, heat sensor
home lighting, heat sensor, light bulb: Are they recessed lights? If so you may have the wrong wattage light bulb in them. Recessed lights have heat sensor in them and will turn off if they get too hot. The lights will come back on after they cool down. I hope this helped. Bill Lutz Generation...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Home tanning bed, amp circuit breaker, home tanning bed
amp circuit breaker, home tanning bed, circuit breakers: Rachel For now you can use the bed that way make sure you plug it into a outlet that has only a small load on it ,meaning 1 that has a few things plugged in. Do not use a extension cord to do this if possible, if you have to use a cord do no use a cheap 2...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Hot neutral and more, holes in the wall, strange readings
holes in the wall, strange readings, variable voltage: Hi. I would still be looking for a disconnected neutral. The power comes from the hot line, connects to an appliance or light, and tries to return on the neutral line. It is broken, so the reading you are getting is the power that went through an appliance...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Hot Water Heater Timer, electric water heater, hot water heater
electric water heater, hot water heater, hot water heaters: Hi. The water heater is probably 220 volts. 220 volts consists of 2 hot wires that are 110 volts each. The timer sounds like 110 volts and will not work it. If the timer is made for hot water heaters, call the manufacturer and see if they can explain...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Hum from Electric Box in Basement, electric boxes, laundry room
electric boxes, laundry room, poping: Henry, If the transformer for your door bell is attached to this box it could be the source of the hum or its possible you could have a bad connection in the making inside that box which can emit noises but usually its not a steady humming sound its more...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: halogen lighting problems, halogen lighting, qualified electrician
halogen lighting, qualified electrician, lighting problems: If they are truly in series then they are wired wrong. However, I suspect you mean that they are all wired to the same switch in parallel. If you have wired them in series you need to fix that. Where is the transformer located and does it feed all three...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: hanging chandelier, reostat, ground wires
reostat, ground wires, chandelier: Hi. How was the old one wired up? Wire it the same. Most likely the black wire of the chandelier should go to the red, but I can t tell for sure since the wires are behind the wall. The whites should connect together. I hope this helps. Bo...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: hanging light fixture, question thanks, light fixture
question thanks, light fixture, step at a time: Hi. The junction box is where the top of the fixture is mounted to. It would be in the ceiling. That is where the house wires stop and the fixture wires start. It s not too hard. Just do it a step at a time, and remember how everything was done originally....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: help please, amp breaker, electrician
amp breaker, electrician, new location: you are planning a complicated job. in most areas, it is required that a licensed electrician do the type of work you want. the utility company does not move the meter. it is all your responsibility to do so. they can only come and cut off the power...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: home wiring, gfci outlet, home wiring
gfci outlet, home wiring, breakers: You should see if there is a gfci outlet controlling those outlets, it may be tripped. Plus, you should check each outlet and junction box in that circuit for burnt wires. It can take a while but it is worth examining each box to make sure there are no...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: hot fuses, fuse boxes, fuse panels
fuse boxes, fuse panels, downstairs bathroom: Linda When a circuit gets hot that is a indication of a overloaded circuit. Check to see what s on this circuit.If it was a short the fuse would blow quickly,and not get hot. yes this can be a fire hazard because if you keep installing new fuses each time...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: my house, whole house generator, volt line
whole house generator, volt line, pool system: Hi. These are pretty major undertakings, and probably best for an electrician. You can t tap off a 220 line for 110 legally. So, you will need to bury the 110 volt line along with the 220 volt line. The 110 volt line would need to be 15 or 20 amps,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: house wiring, watt bulbs, volt circuit
watt bulbs, volt circuit, cfl bulbs: Hi. There are 3 things that can cause an incandescent bulb to burn out early. They are heat, vibration, and overvoltage. You can probably rule out the first two, since the fixtures were made for those bulbs, and recessed lights shouldn t vibrate. There...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: hvac wiring, random connection, speed motor
random connection, speed motor, blower motor: Because it is a two speed motor...you need to find on the motor...the motor is supposed to be labeled...which wire is which speed. YOu may also have a reversable motor...that means that leads can be reversed to put the fan on for the opposite direction. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Improper mid-run electrical outlet wiring, wiring books, long long time
wiring books, long long time, electrical outlet: That was done a long long time ago. It was known that cutting a wire would reduce current flow by some degree. It was steel wire...a lousy conductor. Since copper is predominant...splicing has improved...conductability has increased. I would simply suggest...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Install pump start relay, pump start relay, control wires
pump start relay, control wires, t 120: You should place the start relay as close to the pump as possible. If there is no box you can install one. If it is not feasible then you can place it at the house but you need to get the proper wire size. The start relay only stays energized long enough...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Installing a Celling fan to a Switch Outlet, drywall work, celling fan
drywall work, celling fan, best bet: Without drywall work your best bet is Wire Channel or Wiremold. It is channel that goes on the outside of the drywall (or whatever material you have) and is a system of connectors and boxes. The box holding the ceiling fan will need to be securely fastened...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Installing a new ceiling fan/light, ceiling fan light, ceiling lighting
ceiling fan light, ceiling lighting, light switches: Hi. To eliminate the switch, take the wire on the terminal marked common and connect it to either one of the two other wires. The wire that you do not use gets capped off. Remember that the connections still need to be in a junction box. I hope this...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Installing an over the range microwave., ge over the range microwave, metallic wire
ge over the range microwave, metallic wire, romex: Hi. You may want to find a copy of the instructions for the microwave. You can probably get it online. Most likely you will have to get a piece of non-metallic wire (Romex) that is 12 gauge and run it from the junction box with the outlet to the microwave....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Installing A Switch Outlet Box In Plaster Lathe, sorry bob, hi bob
sorry bob, hi bob, lathe: Hi. You can use either a sabre saw (jigsaw) or a keyhole saw. You can use a drill to cut some holes first. Just be careful of wires and pipes behind the wall. You may want to put masking tape around the hole to keep from marking the wall, unless you plan...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: installing light switches, installing light switches, jumper wires
installing light switches, jumper wires, halogen lights: Disconnect all wires. Find the pair bl/wh that are the main circuit. Put 3 jumper wires from the hot black and to all 3 switches. From the 3 switches connect the 3 black wires to prospective appliances. If you have a pair of bl/wh wires that dont go to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No Juice for Fixture, light fixture, volts
light fixture, volts, placements: it can be a few things but most likely from your description you have a faulty neutral. i am assuming you have 120 volts like we have in the US. you have a hot and a neutral. from the hot to the neutral you should measure 120 volts. if it is something...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: jenn air cooktop, cooktop, acceptable range
cooktop, acceptable range, volts: Are you sure it is 3-phase? 3-phase is mostly found in commercial buildings. 208 volts is at the bottom of the acceptable range of voltages for 240 volts. Go to your circuit breaker and see what is being supplied by the power company, then see what...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kitchen Wiring, amp circuit, dedicated circuits
amp circuit, dedicated circuits, track lighting: First, the #14 wire is illegal on a 20 amp circuit as it is only rated for 15 amps. I rewired my entire home and personally for the cost, I did not use ANY #14 wire and made all circuits 20 amp with #12 wire. According to code their must be at least two separate...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kitchen wiring, gfi outlet, amp circuit
gfi outlet, amp circuit, question thanks: Hi. Assuming you are using the same code there as here, other things can be on the washroom outlet. But nothing else can be on the kitchen outlets. Also, in the USA, the washroom outlet has to be 20 amps. Not sure if it is the same there, but it is a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: kitchen wiring, convection oven, amp circuit
convection oven, amp circuit, gfci: Hi. Yes, you can use a 15 amp outlet on a 20 amp circuit. It is assumed that not all 20 amps would be used in one outlet. You don t need a GFCI for a dishwasher. All outlets in the kitchen are required to be 20 amps, and only outlets in the kitchen...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: LIGHT FIXTURE, center location, light fixture
center location, light fixture, electrician: This may not be an easy task but here are some options that have work in similar situations. 1) If you don t mind a little patch and paint you can run a new wire to the right location. 2) You can install a track system that gets it s feed from the off...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light Swith, light switch, ceiling fan
light switch, ceiling fan, nephew: Hi. The problem is likely to be at the fan, not the switch. If you have 2 wires, and they are both connected, then the problem is at the fan. To fix it, you would need to know which wires go to the switch, which is hard to do when the wires are behind...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light switch to a plug, ohatchee alabama, copper wire
ohatchee alabama, copper wire, hot wire: Hi. Gray is not a normal color in housewiring. So I don t know what it is. If the white wire connects to the switch, it is a hot wire, and you have no neutral. So you could not connect an outlet there. If you can ask a follow up question and tell...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights Dim or Brighten, bathroom exhaust fans, clothes washer
bathroom exhaust fans, clothes washer, toaster oven: Hi. It sounds like the electrician has his work cut out for him. But it does sounds like a bad neutral. If the neutral wire became completely disconnected, half of the house would be in series with the other half at 220 volts. (Half being every other...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights dim part of the has no power and outlet buzz when plugging in, hot water tank, shock hazard
hot water tank, shock hazard, fuse box: Hi. It sounds like the main neutral is disconnected somewhere. It could be in your wiring, or it could be the power company s wiring. This has the potential to ruin all of your electrical appliances, so you should turn the power completely off at the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights out in three rooms, wire nuts, basement bedroom
wire nuts, basement bedroom, mechanical room: Hi. It looks like there is a loose wire somewhere. These things can be hard to track down. Somewhere in the circuit, there is a break. It could even be at a device that is working, because it could be the wire leaving the working device that is not working....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low Voltage on 120 Circuit while Switched Off, troubleshooting methods, machine safety
troubleshooting methods, machine safety, fan motor: sometimes sensitive digital testers will pick up a small voltage even though the switch is switched off. it is actually a magnetic field that it is picking up due to to the proximity to a live circuit just on the other side of the switch. a heavy duty 277...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light bulb turns off by itself, dumb mistake, thermal protector
dumb mistake, thermal protector, added heat: The thermal protection is on the can and not in the wire connections. If you take the can out, you may be able to wire thru the switch and bypass the thermal protector..but the bulb will still get hot. It may have some parts in the can that would be adversely...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light burn out in bathroom, grady jones, gfci outlet
grady jones, gfci outlet, test switch: that test outlet is a GFCI outlet. it may or may not be on the same circuit but if it was not tripped it probably does not relate to the problem. the likely problem is in the fixture itself. you have to open up the canopy at the ceiling and carefully check...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: My light will not turn off / even without the switch, c term, ground cable
c term, ground cable, light fixture: Allan, We need to retrace a bit first. How many wires are in the light fixture box? It is possible that you bypassed the switch accidently. This is not related to the problem, but in an A/C circuit there is really no negative . That is more of a D/C term....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights flickering, aluminum wiring, loose wire
aluminum wiring, loose wire, periodic maintenance: Hi. If it is a big fan, a little flickering when it first comes on would be normal. If that is not the case, then perhaps there is a loose wire. Check all the wiring between the fan and the bedroom. If your house was built in the 1970 s, you may have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: load center balancing, electronic devices, feeder
electronic devices, feeder, one at a time: It does need to be balanced or a 240 volt appliance coming on and pulling a lot of amps can cause lights to dim and seriously affect electronic devices. You can use an amp clip on each incoming feeder wire one at a time to read the amp draw with all devices...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: load centers, lighting circuits, general lighting
lighting circuits, general lighting, amps: Hi. The legs should be somewhat balanced to make sure that it does not get overloaded. However, it has no affect on the electric bill. The best thing to do is to split like circuits. For example, if you have 4 general lighting circuits, put 2 on each....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: locating a break in an invisabile fence canine system, innotek cs, invisible fence
innotek cs, invisible fence, service folks: In the interest of full disclosure, I am an employee of Petsafe in Knoxville, TN. Yes, that is correct. There is a device that will help you find the break. We have a lot of good Customer Service folks who are knowledgeable and will help you as well. Please...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Main Panel (Load Center) Wiring, parallel path, ground bus
parallel path, ground bus, ground wires: Richard When it comes to a main panel with a main breaker installed the neutrals and the grounds are connected to the same bar. It is when you add a sub-panel that you have to separate the grounds from the neutrals. The reason for this is to avoid a parallel...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Mess of wires in the garage, wire nuts, neutrals
wire nuts, neutrals, receptacles: One of the simple ways to figure wires...start with a piece of paper...take the not wire....draw a loop, including recepticles, switches and the light..and make a circle back to the white wire. Switchs and lights are effectively wired in a circle. After...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Microwave keeps tripping breaker, worst case scenarios, microwave installation
worst case scenarios, microwave installation, amp circuit: I found a unit like the one described. GE Profile 36 Spacemaker Over The-Range Microwave Oven - JVM3670SS 1000 watts, promises 1480 watts at 120 volts, which is over 12 amps, but if your voltage is 125 or 130, your current may be slightly higher. max...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Mobile home electrical issues, electrical issues, electrical appliances
electrical issues, electrical appliances, meter box: Hi. It sounds like the main netutral for the house is loose or disconnected. Running the power could cause damage to your appliances and lights. It may be the power company or your problem, depending where the break it. It could be in the meter box,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Motion sensor with multiple lights, correct voltage, motion sensor
correct voltage, motion sensor, wall switch: If you were happy with the system but it draws too much power for the sensor I would suggest adding a relay. Wire the relay coil in series with the motion sensor and then have the power of the lights run through the heavy contacts. A contactor, which is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: major electrical issues in the home, amp service, meter box
amp service, meter box, electrical issues: Afternoon Mike, Sorry, the site messed up and i didn t get a notice your question was in my inbox. So forgive my late reply. As far as your questions. What you describe could be multiple different problems. But everything happening at once.. i would...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: major electrical issues, amp service, meter box
amp service, meter box, electrical issues: sounds like a scene from a scary movie! considering the rain at the time, it is likely that the problem was with the incoming power from the utility. something like a wet limb could have fallen on a line and caused problems until it fell off. anything...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: mobile home electrical issues, electrical issues, electrical appliances
electrical issues, electrical appliances, electrical system: I would start by unplugging or disconnecting everything. Turn off all breakers....then turn on the main. One by one each breaker and its related area...test to be sure it is working. As some point, you should find something not working and be able to narrow...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: mobile home wiring, lawn chores, volt battery
lawn chores, volt battery, home wiring: Hi. Yes, it definitely sounds like a grounding problem. But it could be complicated. The ground for the mobile home should go to a ground rod, the meal chasis, and your water pipe from the breaker panel. So the first thing is to make sure everything is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: mysterious wiring issue, at least to me...., light switches, switch boxes
light switches, switch boxes, auto turn: you need to draw out the circuit and figure where each wire goes to and comes from then you will really be able to isolate the likely center of the problem I like your recp D for the problem, since it seems to be the common focus Sounds like a loose...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Nail through a wire, nail holes, fire hazzard
nail holes, fire hazzard, circuit breakers: You could have a simple fix, it could get very complicated. Unfortunately, it is a possible fire hazzard but on the low percentage side. It may be a matter of taping the wire for protection where it is....or patching. Worst case...you need a pair of junction...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Circuit, amp breaker, copper ring
amp breaker, copper ring, amp circuit: Justin, These are all good questions and I am glad you asked before doing the work. Your outlets should be on a 20 amp breaker. Your wiring should be 12/2 with a ground (assuming a ground is present). Yes, if it is residential you can have that many...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New chandelier won't work with dimmer switch, new chandelier, wire bridge
new chandelier, wire bridge, black chandelier: Alan, Ok this will be fairly easy, you will need a voltage tester to determine which of the 2 old wires is the Hot by putting one prod of the tester on either of the wires then put the other prod any where on the metal of the box. When you get a reading...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Kenmore cooktop installation, copper wiring, wirenuts
copper wiring, wirenuts, customer service number: Hi. Check the instructions, or call the customer service number to see if the wires are aluminum. If they are (or if you aren t sure), then you will need to get split bolt connectors rated for copper and aluminum. You may need to get them at an electrical...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Kitchen on Sub Panel, amp breaker, subpanel
amp breaker, subpanel, electrician: You are most likely all right with your sub-panel. I would put it on a 90 amp breaker but feed it with 100 amp SER cable. A sub-panel should be fused lower then the main breaker. I see you added up a total of 70 amp going to your kitchen but it is unlikely...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Non-grounded outlets to grounded, copper wire, electrical panel
copper wire, electrical panel, voltmeter: If you have a metal box in the wall...test to see if it is currently grounded. A voltmeter would show current flow to the box is it is. It it is not grounded, you will need to get a bare copper wire from either the main electrical panel, or a copper water...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Number of wires/cables per between joist/stud spaces covered by sheetrock/etc., piece of furniture, sheetrock
piece of furniture, sheetrock, joists: Hi. There is no limit to how many wires between the studs. However, you should use stackers to prevent the wires from being nailed into. These are plastic things that stack several wires on top of each other to keep them in the center of the studs so...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Old Wiring, volt stick, brown fabric
volt stick, brown fabric, permanent marker: The most simple device every homeowner doing any electrical work needs is a volt stick. You can get one at any home supply. It is about the size of a permanent marker and the tip will light up or the device will make a sound in the presence of voltage. It...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: OPEN GROUND, metal boxes, grds
metal boxes, grds, romex: Hi. The grounded wire should have never been mixed with the nongrounded. If you don t have grounded wire all the way back to the panel, I would disconnect all of the ground wires, and either use 2 wire outlets or GFCI s. You should put a sticker on the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Open Ground, wire device, open ground
wire device, open ground, wire system: Danny Someone must have added a circuit to this or extended the wires from a 2 wire device. See if you can trace it down,if it goes straight to the panel then make sure the ground is connected. This really sounds like a wire was added from a 2 wire system(which...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outdoor Outlet, weatherproof boxes, back door
weatherproof boxes, back door, low profile: Hi. You have two options. You can either get an extension and run the wire from that. the extensions are with the weatherproof boxes in the store. If you don t want it sticking out, then you will need to wire it to the box inside the wall somehow....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet distance, 3f, landlord
3f, landlord, lol: If a wall is 2ft or more it needs an outlet. From the beginning of a wall the first outlet must be no further than 6ft. The next outlet cannot be further than 12ft from that outlet. The next is the same. The reason is that any device must be within 6ft from...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet Wiring, constant power, silver side
constant power, silver side, power source: you may want to double check your wiring. very often a black wire will be there in the box. that wire is always hot. the red is hot only when the switch is on. by the fact you have two whites, it indicates to me that you must have at least one or two black...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: open neutral, loose connection, receptacles
loose connection, receptacles, receptacle: look for a loose connection or damage at the outside receptacle, as this sounds like the first device in the circuit. [it works, though it could be pulled off parallel to the rest of the circuit.] ...other than that, find the first device that doesn t work....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: open neutral wire detected in garage, wire nuts, strange readings
wire nuts, strange readings, voltage detector: Hi. Open neutral means that the white wire is not connected somewhere. When that happens, everything else on the circuit can give you some strange readings caused by feedback. Make sure that the tabs between the two screws are NOT broken off on either...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outdoor wiring, irrigation system, educated guess
irrigation system, educated guess, voltage drop: Hi. Most manufactures have ampacity charts when you buy wire. The longer the wire, the thicker the wire is needed to counteract voltage drop. If I had to make an educated guess, I would say number 10 for 20 amps at 250 feet. But check the chart where...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outdoor wiring, fuse box, underground wire
fuse box, underground wire, bare wire: your 12-2 from the panel goes to the switch/plug combo. out of it to outside you will need one 12-3. in the 12-3 will be a black, red, white and bare wire. at the plug switch combo: the bare is the ground and all grounds go together with two tails to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outside wire - we drove a nail through it, nail holes, circuit breakers
nail holes, circuit breakers, volt meter: Hi. Unfortunately, the only safe way to fix it is to replace the wire. A junction box can be added in the middle if there is enough slack, but the junction box has to be accessible either from inside or outside and can t be covered. Perhaps you can reroute...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: overhead lighting, overhead lighting, adequate lighting
overhead lighting, adequate lighting, overhead wiring: It depends on the ceiling construction. It is possible to fish wiring into some ceilings. A cheaper alternative may be to use the type of tall floor lamps that reflect from the ceiling. I personnally do not like a bright overhead light and I use this type...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Panels , grounds, and neutrals, local power company, pvc conduit
local power company, pvc conduit, metal pipes: Hi. That sounds correct. Only at the main panel, should the neutral and ground be together, and it sounds like the breaker on the pole is considered the main panel. The purpose of this is because if the neutral comes loose, you don t want current going...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Plasma Cutter, volt circuit, plasma cutter
volt circuit, plasma cutter, wire colors: I would not trust the wire colors on the plug as it was field installed and could be any combination. You need to check the receptacle it was plugged into to see what is what. It could either be a 120 volt circuit with the white wire or a 240 volt circuit...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Plug wiring controlled by wall switch, recepticle, receptical
recepticle, receptical, wall switch: The question is do you have white red and black at the recepticle, or do you have white red and black at the switch. If you have power coming to the recepticle box...you can make the hot/switch in that box...if the power is at the switch, you need red white...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Pool pump bonding, intex easy set pool, easy set pool
intex easy set pool, easy set pool, earth ground: Ed Grounding {Equipment Grounding} (Green or Bare) is the conductor which is not designed to be, except only on a momentary emergency basis, a current carrying conductor. This equipment grounding conductor is normally designed to carry the electrical fault...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power going on and off, aluminum wiring, loose wire
aluminum wiring, loose wire, periodic maintenance: Hi. If the power goes off at every other circuit breaker, it could be a power company problem, since it is one phase out of the two. I would give them a call. If your house was built in the 1970 s, you may have aluminum wiring, which requires periodic...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No Power to Bathroom Outlets, wire nuts, gfci
wire nuts, gfci, circuit analyzer: Hi. If you have power at the GFCI that controls that circuit, then you probably have a break somewhere in the wiring. These things can be hard to track down. Somewhere in the circuit, there is a break. It could even be at a device that is working,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power goes off, just comes back, aluminum wiring, two legs
aluminum wiring, two legs, remodeling: Hi. If it is every other breaker in the box, then it may be one of two legs in your house. It may be a power company problem. So, I would call them first. You may try calling the person who did the remodeling to see if they will check it out, in case...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power to GFI then to switch then to light?, gfci, power source
gfci, power source, thanks in advance: Hi. There is no need to have a light on a GFCI, so I would connect everything to the line side. That should take care of any tripping. Assuming that the power source enters at the switch, and you are tapping off for the second light there, the wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power Supply for Battery Charger, v line, supply house
v line, supply house, input voltage: Rodolfo If the charger is 230 volts and you use the 208 volts to this you would eventually shorten the life of this charger,it may not work also.You can use a transformer to boost the voltage to what you need.Check your local supply house they may help you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pendant light, direct wire
direct wire: You have a ceiling cover that the wires fit through and if it is the proper ones for the new lights than you should be able to cut off the plugs and direct wire it. But if you cut the plug off you will not be able to return the lights, so you need to make...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: please help, brass screws, two blacks
brass screws, two blacks, prongs: there is something wrong with the lamp. you need to have it repaired or repair it yourself. with no bulb, you can test that the two prongs have no continuity between each other. if they have continuity, there is a short and it will spark when you plug it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: please help, prongs, light switch
prongs, light switch, electrician: Forget saving your landlord the cost of an electrician and save yourself a lot of trouble by calling an electrician. This outlet was probably wired wrong when you moved in so you need it checked out by a professional. It is the landlord s responsibility...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: please help, terminal screws, prongs
terminal screws, prongs, wire cable: You need to verify what is going where. It appears the cable with the black, red and white is the power in and the other black and white is the switch leg cable. Also, do not use the push in section, always wrap the wires around the screws instead of the push...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: plug - switch combonation, silver screw, little pilot
silver screw, little pilot, pilot light: Hi. Do you have 2 cables with a total of 4 wires, plus ground? If you have one cable with 2 wires it won t work. If you do have the two wires, the black wire coming in goes to the side with the tab. Do not break the tab. The black wire going to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pool subpanel in shed, utility outlets, pool pump
utility outlets, pool pump, pool cleaner: Dave, 1.) The panels are OK in the shed. 2.) Romex is fine. 3.) No ground rod required but it certainly doesn t hurt if you want to put one in. Use # 6 and one rod should be sufficient, if you want to do two then so much the better but not necessary....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power cutting out in doublewide, laundry room, doublewide
laundry room, doublewide, furnace: Michelle, The problem is most likely on your utilities end but it is possible it could be in your main panel. Call your utility first because it won t cost you anything to have them come out and check. Tell them that half the power is going out and that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no power to outlets, space heater, gfci
space heater, gfci, hallway: Depending on the circuit...and what else it is feeding...you could have a junction box....with a bad connection....a switch/recepticle box with a broken or burnt connection. It is a matter of opening up all the related boxes and inspect all connections. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No power two rooms in mobile home, mr alex, wire nuts
mr alex, wire nuts, nappier: Hi. It is basically a matter of making sure that the electricity has a solid path between the breaker box to each of the outlets. Here is the standard information to check that: These things can be hard to track down. Somewhere in the circuit, there...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: A problem with my TV working on a Yamaha EF1600 2-Stroke Petrol 1.6kW Generator, sony television, ac generator
sony television, ac generator, cable signal: I m not sure if I understanding the problem correctly. It sounds like the power go off to your house so you switch to a back up generator. Your TV will work but you are not getting a cable signal. I think this is occurring because your cable company...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pull switch to ceiling light., good luck, switches
good luck, switches, ceiling light: you want to use the pull switch with two wires. the switch simply is between the hot from the house and the black wire to the fixture. the white of the fixture goes to the white of the house. the black of the house goes to one wire of the switch and the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Question about three way switching / lines, three way switches, logic gate
three way switches, logic gate, digital components: i think you did a good job describing the circuit. yes unfortunately you cannot combine the travelers to give you a constant hot. double check that you do not have a constant hot at that box but it seems like you are correct that you only have a switched...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Reconnecting a chandelier, pig tail, hot wire
pig tail, hot wire, chandelier: Bryan Either wire on the chandelier will work on the fixture wires.You will see one of them has a different look to it maybe a small ridge or a mark somewhere.Are you hooking up these wire hot? Try shutting off the switch and hooking them up.This should work...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Replacement of 3 way switch with Pilot Light, gold screw, 3 way switches
gold screw, 3 way switches, three way switches: Hi. There is no standard color coding for 3 way switches. You would need to know where every wire goes to. I am also not sure what you mean that you are replacing a switch with a pilot light and two ceiling lights. You may not have the enough wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Replacing ceiling fan with a light fixture., light fixture, ceiling fan
light fixture, ceiling fan, sockets: the old ceiling fan has two switches for it. one was the black wire and one was the blue wire. since you light only needs one switch, you can just cap off the blue. otherwise you have it right. you will now have a spare switch that does nothing and the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Replacing a ceiling fan with light on a 3 way switch with other ligths on the switch, replacing a ceiling fan, ligths
replacing a ceiling fan, ligths, way switch: all the bares go together. of the cable with the black and white only(12-2), the white goes to the white of the new light. the black goes to the white of the 12-3. the black of the 12-3 goes to the black of the light. the red of the 12-3 is capped off....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Replacing a celing fan light with a new light fixture, ceiling fan light, celing fan
ceiling fan light, celing fan, light fixture: Hi. Assuming that the fan has a junction box, just remove the fan. Pay attention to where the black and white wires are connected to and connect the fixture to those two wires. If there is no junction box, you will need to add one. I hope this helps....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Replacing light switches, replacing a light switch, terminal screws
replacing a light switch, terminal screws, screw terminal: no you do not use the green screw. that screw is for the bare ground wire if available. the plug in hole and the screw terminal are attached inside the switch. therefore the bottom hole and the bottom screw can be considered together and the top hole...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Replacing an outlet, receptacle, screws
receptacle, screws, cover plate: Turn off the breaker feeding this receptacle. Remove the cover plate to expose the receptacle, remove the two screws holding the receptacle in and pull it out. Depending on its location in the circuit, there will either be two wires only, or two on each side....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Replacing plug-in ceiling light, ceiling light fixtures, pin type
ceiling light fixtures, pin type, spring action: Joon, Try removing the receptacle. The screws that are holding it to the box you should be able to use to attach the fixture bar that came with the new fixture so you can mount it to the ceiling. The two wires that are on the receptacle should be black...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Replacing service wiring & meter bases, meter base, increased service
meter base, increased service, emergency basis: Cheryl It is wise when changing the service to change the service wires and meter base and any related items for this. If the meter base you have now is rated at the new service amperage and is in really good condition,then you could use it. The same as...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running out of ideas, gfci outlet, porch light
gfci outlet, porch light, flood lights: Sounds like a perfect candidate for a tripped gfci outlet or breaker. If it is an outlet it will have two buttons inbetween the two receptacles. One will be test and the other reset . You want to push the reset button. Places to check are outside outlets,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: RV electrical problem, receptical, time ron
receptical, time ron, electrical problem: Ron Sounds like you have a loose neutral somewhere on that circuit open the panel and check each white wire with everything shut off.If they are loose, then tighten them down. If this doesn t fix the problem then you have to check each one on that circuit...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: RV wiring, rv wiring, side terminal
rv wiring, side terminal, copper wire: the main issue would be that the neutral should not be bare and the ground rod alone would not be a sufficient ground. in the case you have something faulty in the RV it can shock somebody. it only takes a moment to hurt someone even for a day. you need...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: range outlet, amp line, bare wire
amp line, bare wire, dryer receptacle: Helen, Generally speaking full size free standing elec range s use a 50 amp line which allows full use of the stove. In other words you could turn every burner on and the oven full blast with out blowing the breaker. Now most of the time people only use...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: re wire, halogen bulbs, usa standards
halogen bulbs, usa standards, electrical shop: Hi Susan. I would think that you could adapt it to the USA, using 120v bulbs, and possibly with a little rewiring. I recommend you ask a local electrical shop if they will do the work on the fixture, which should not be to expensive. I hope this has...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: recessed under cabinet lighting (pucks), kitchen remodel, cabinet lighting
kitchen remodel, cabinet lighting, zip cord: Mark, I understand why you don t want the plugs to show but code wise you can t run the zip cord from the lights directly into the outlet box. You could however install a receptacle in the cabinet where it wouldn t be seen and you could plug in there....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: reconnecting, blk wht, bare wire
blk wht, bare wire, fan work: Hi. I can only tell you the most likely, since the wires are behind the walls. The black wires in the ceiling connect together. The white wires connect together along with the fan wires. The red wire goes to the black fan wire. All the bare grounds...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: removing 3-way switch, 3 way switches, way switch
3 way switches, way switch: Hi. No, you need to connect the common to one of the other wires. Then cap off the one you don t use. If the remaining switch seems upside down, then either connect the common to the wire you capped then cap the other one, or just turn the switch you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing ceiling fixture, fixture wire, ceiling fixture
fixture wire, ceiling fixture, dimmer switch: Hi. If you are replacing a light fixture, wire the new one exactly how the old one is wired. You can check the dimmer box. If there is only one black and one white, then one of the cable in the box is the switch loop. Disconnect the wires, turn the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing an outlet... all 3 wires are hot?, voltage detector, staple
voltage detector, staple, fuse: Hi. A white wire could test as hot if it is broken and something else is plugged in or turned on in the circuit. This is called feedback. You should not ever get a hot reading for a ground wire. Perhaps the wire is damaged somewhere, where all 3 wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Who's responsible power company or me?, local power company, plastic insulation
local power company, plastic insulation, bare wire: Hi. It sounds like it is the power company s responsibility. However, the rules are made by your state utility commission, and perhaps they are different. I would call the power company and ask someone for a second opinion, rather than asking the repairman....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewiring, amp circuit breaker, amp breaker
amp circuit breaker, amp breaker, aluminum wiring: Hi. You need special wire nuts to mix the wires. There is somewhat of a safety problem using any aluminum wiring, and also connecting it to copper. It really doesn t matter what amperage. House wire should never be less than 14 gauge, so assuming it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Second Meter Base, meter base, subpanel
meter base, subpanel, watt meter: If your shop is separate from the home they should allow this. But I am sure you can see their reasoning for one feed to a single home. You want to be able to kill the power to your house from one main breaker. What you can do is create a subpanel that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Service Main Disconnect, company specs, amp service
company specs, amp service, electrical supplies: Hi Susan. Normally this disconnect is just that, a disconnect. However, if you want to add feeders to additional outbuildings, then you will need to install a main disconnect breakerbox, with spaces for additional breakers. You might want to visit www.homewiringandmore.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: SPA, amp load, pool pump
amp load, pool pump, pool company: Hi. Everything in your house has to go through the main panel. There needs to be one place to turn everything off, and the main also protects the wiring from overloads. It is theoretically possible to have a 200 amp load on wiring made for 150 amps....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Split Circuit with shared neutral and ground, red hot wire, branch circuits
red hot wire, branch circuits, circuit breakers: Yes it is allowed, if you mean having two branch circuits sharing a neutral. Yes, you can. It is advisable to do it that way, but each will have it s own breaker and they will be side by side. I have a book that covers this pretty thoroughly, what...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: SUB-PANEL, size loads, ammeter
size loads, ammeter, room addition: I don t know the total loads of your home and numbers on breakers are pretty much meaningless for adding up total loads. Best way to answer your follow up would be to turn on Everything in your home at once, then place an ammeter on each service leg to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Sub panel fusing, amp fuses, subpanel
amp fuses, subpanel, electrical code: The first thing you need to do is make sure your main panel can support the extra load you are putting on it. If you want 220 volts you will need two 50 amp fuses. If you are adding a subpanel with just one leg than you need one. Without seeing your panel...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Sub panels, lugs, power source
lugs, power source, viseversa: Hi. The two hot wires for the sub connect to a breaker in the main panel. The neutral and ground connect on the bar in the main panel. At the sub, the hot wires go to the lugs, and the neutral and ground to separate bars. I hope I answered your question....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Subpanel Ground Wiring, conductor cable, bus bar
conductor cable, bus bar, neutrals: Richard The ground wire needs to hooked up to panel frame via a bus bar or some sort of lug.Now in this panel there should be a bus bar for the neutrals and if this is new it should have come with a screw to bond the bar to the panel.Do not use this screw...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Switched Duplex outlet, gold side, hot wire
gold side, hot wire, pliers: If you look at the gold side of the outlet you will see two screws and a tab between them. I you break the tab with pliers you can make the top of the outlet switched and the bottom always on. Just place a hot wire on one of the gold screws and a switched...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: a short?, aluminum wiring, loose wires
aluminum wiring, loose wires, flickers: Hi. Usually breakers do not go bad. So it is most likely a short if it keeps tripping, or the power flickers. If your house was built in the 1970 s, it could be aluminum wiring, and you definitely need an electrician to check things out. You can look...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: getting sparks, loose slots, metal boxes
loose slots, metal boxes, electrician: You outlet may be old with loose slots. You may need to replace them. If you are plugging in something like a vacuum or an iron that is on or running some sparking could be normal. I hope this helped, Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. www.Generation3electric.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: split circuit wiring for my new workshop, wirin, gfi receptacle
wirin, gfi receptacle, safe side: You are running 12-3 circuit to bring over two feeds and sharing one neutral. What you need to do is at you first junction before you get to a GFCI outlet switch your wire to two 12-2 with separate neutral wires (white wires) A GFCI is looking at differences...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: splitting a circuit, electricity
electricity: the only way to do that is to trace the wires. you will have to just logically follow the wires and determine where they go from plug to plug. sometimes it is easier to run new wire. often houses that have one circuit feeding several rooms are very...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: sub-panel, amp breaker, two bars
amp breaker, two bars, amps: honestly you must be very careful in this type of installation. first, you may be overloading your existing panel which only has a capacity of 100 amps. that considered you will need a 6-3 with ground romex cable. you will install it on a two pole 50 amp...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: sub panel, hot legs, thhn
hot legs, thhn, wire cable: If it is a cable vs individual conductors, a cable will not have to be in conduit. You need a 4 wire cable with 2 #3 for hot legs, 1 # 6 for neutral, and 1 #8 for a ground wire. Also at the sub, you will have to drive a ground rod and connect it to the ground...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: sub panel, neutral conductor, neutral wire
neutral conductor, neutral wire, unbalanced load: in a sub panel a neutral and ground should be separated (isolated neutral) for safety reasons. the theory is a dangerous situation may arise if the neutral wire were to somehow become disconnected or fail. in that case if the neutral was bonded to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: subpanel grounding, split bolt connector, ground wires
split bolt connector, ground wires, neutral wire: Hi. You need to add another bar for the ground wires. You can also connect them all together with a split bolt connector. But grounds and neutrals can be mixed only at the main panel. Do not bond the neutral to the box. I hope this helps. Bo...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: subpanel needed for AC, amp breaker, nec code
amp breaker, nec code, amp service: In the long run it would pay to upgrade to a 200 amp service, this is the most common in residential, but if not feasible now, you can add a sub panel. You can use a 125 amp sub panel fed from a 100 amp breaker and use a main lug panel with no main as the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Tankless Heater, tankless water heater, aluminum wiring
tankless water heater, aluminum wiring, copper wire: Hi. Tankless heaters can not be installed in many houses because there just isn t enough power. You will be using 80 amps at one time. That will put a strain on a 150 amp panel, would be impossible with a 100 amp panel, and would probably work with a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Tanning bed receptacle, home tanning bed, woman in need
home tanning bed, woman in need, small appliances: Hi. Unfortunately, you can t change the outlets. They are made not to fit each other for a reason. It will need its own circuit. The outlets are available at electrical supply houses. It will be easier to have it plugged in all the time anyway. Heavy...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Temporary Power / 50 Amp GFI Breaker, amp plug, amp breaker
amp plug, amp breaker, aluminum wire: Todd I believe you are mis-understanding how GFCI devices sense a ground fault. Very very simply: a GFCI looks at the amount of current flowing out of the device on the line conductor and compares it to the amount of current coming back on the neutral...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Three Way Switch Question, three way switches, logic gate
three way switches, logic gate, good starting point: Yes, If you look at www.smarthome.com you will be able to find switches the control loads digitally. That means you could make the travelers act like feeds. I m not sure what would be the best product for your application but it should be a good starting point....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Three way light switch, color terminal, odd color
color terminal, odd color, way switch: Hi. You have to run 3 wire cable to the existing switch from the new switch. The terminals that have 2 the same color on each switch connect together with 2 of the wires. That leaves one odd color terminal on each switch, and those 2 terminals are connected...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Tricky 3-way setup, 3 way switches, switch setup
3 way switches, switch setup, setup question: Hi. There is no way to run a light at the end of the circuit and the middle of the circuit without 4 wires between the light and the second switch. If you have that now, and it works, they would have to be using the ground as a neutral, and that is very...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Turning off Main Power to an Old Circut Box, damp basement, breakers
damp basement, breakers, electrician: Hi. Very rarely is a tripped breaker defective. It is usually something else that is wrong. Turning a tripped breaker back on could cause a fire. I think an electrician needs to evaluate the situation, see if the sticking breakers should be replaced,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: can't turn breaker back on, keeps springing back to off, wire nuts, wall switches
wire nuts, wall switches, metal boxes: Hi. First open each outlet and switch and make sure that the terminals are not touching the metal boxes or the bare ground wires. Look for any black or burned spots. It might help to put electrical tape around the screws of the outlets and switches. Also...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: taking power off a switch circuit, switch circuit, neutrals
switch circuit, neutrals, power source: It depends on how the switch is fed. Open the switch junction box, if there are white neutrals connected together and not attached to the switch, you can connect a circuit from this location. If there are only wires attached to the switch, there are no neutral...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: a tripping gfi, gfi outlet, hot wire
gfi outlet, hot wire, gfci: Hi. You may have shared neutral wires in the kitchen. That is when two hot wires share the same neutral. Or it may have somehow ended up on one circuit s neutral and another circuit s hot wire. A GFCI shuts the power off when the hot and neutral and not...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Underground feed to a bunkhouse, deck footings, rocks and soil
deck footings, rocks and soil, pvc pipe: if your circuit is ground fault protected, it can be 12 inches deep. also if you are going to pour concrete, do not let it contact the uf cable or else it will damage the insulation. make sure concrete only touches the pvc pipe. you need to drive the ground...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ungrounded outlets in house., renovation phase, huntsville alabama
renovation phase, huntsville alabama, parcel of land: Hi. I rather doubt if the wiring has to be upgraded, unless it is totally rewired. Although it is not legal to put in 3 prong outlets without a ground, unless the circuit is GFCI protected, and no equipment ground stickers are put on the outlets. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Upgtrading electric panel, amp circuits, lighting circuits
amp circuits, lighting circuits, amp breaker: Hi. All generally lighting circuits have to be 15 or 20 amps. You can t use a higher breaker, even with thicker wire. And it would not be easy connecting little things on very thick wire anyway. So split it so that it does not exceed 20 amps. I...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: unbalanced panel?, cold water pipe, neutral conductor
cold water pipe, neutral conductor, faulty connections: you may have a faulty neutral or faulty grounding. you can check the panel to see if you have any poor connection on the main neutral conductor at the main neutral bar. you may also have faulty connections at the weather head. you also need to check to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: unbalanced panel?, unbalanced panel, tight connections
unbalanced panel, tight connections, incoming service: The first thing I would do is call the utility to check the incoming service to ensure there is no problem with the service. If the service is good, the panel need to be balanced and all connections checked for tight connections by an electrician. If this...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: undersurge?, stackable washer dryer, apartment units
stackable washer dryer, apartment units, apartment manager: Andrew After reading your message it sounds like the apartment has the problem. What I am referring to is is the main breaker or the panel itself.If there are a number of apartments and your is the only one then it may be coming from your main breaker or...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: using different brand breakers for replacement, cutler hammer breakers
cutler hammer breakers: Hi. If it is the beige Cutler Hammer breakers, then you have to use Cutler Hammer breakers. If they are the interchangeable type, other brands may fit, but an inspector may require you to use the same brand as the panel. I hope this helps. Bo...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Water Heater problem, screw type, water recovery
screw type, water recovery, type connectors: Both elements work at 240volts. If one has gone bad...it may only be sending 120. If you jumper the wires from the first to the second....it may prove something of the first. The thermostat on each may also be affected. Alot goes on with electric W/...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Water Wire HOT, bad water, amperage
bad water, amperage, water heater: My first thought is why are you holding a wire to your water heater? Second thought is what gauge is the wire, how long is it, and what is the amperage of your breaker. Third thought is what size is your water heater and the amp draw? Fourth thought is that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Weird GFI problem, step down transformer, branch circuits
step down transformer, branch circuits, circuit breakers: Be sure first that it is not a circuit overload...be fore you consider a fault load. If a fault detection...remove all wires related...inspect...and reattach. Making good connections is not a guarantee every time. GFCI breakers are the best approach...but...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wire guage question, wire gauge chart, american wire gauge
wire gauge chart, american wire gauge, wire guage: #3 wire is rated at 85 amps and is too small for this job. 4/0 is rated at 195 amps and will work plus some. Here is a link to a wire gauge chart you can see for yourself. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_wire_gauge If you are running over 100...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wire and install a new GFCI outlet, gfci outlet, bare wire
gfci outlet, bare wire, screw: Hi. If you are just replacing the regular outlet with a GFCI, turn the power off, disconnect the wires. Then connect black to the line side black wire or dark terminal, the white to the white line side wire or light terminal, and green screw or wire and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wire splicing, wire nuts, wire splicing
wire nuts, wire splicing, fundamental rules: sorry but it is a fire hazard. two fundamental rules of wiring: all joints must be in a box and you must use wirenuts for all joints. if your joints were to fail, there is nothing to contain a fire. you want to correct the problem very soon. good luck...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wire Types, romex, service entrance
romex, service entrance, insulation: SE is a service entrance wire and the consensus of distributors is the U possible stands for Ultraviolet indicating it can be used exposed to sunlight. It has a much heavier insulation than typical wire and thus will carry more load that a same size conductor...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wire type in lamp, copper wires, aluminum
copper wires, aluminum, good luck: HI Frank. You are probably seeing a wire that has been tinned, and will be copper underneath. The tinning helps strengthen the wire, for easier connection to another wire using wirenuts. I m sure you won t have any problems with this installation. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring Applications: Stranded v Romex, wiring applications, romex
wiring applications, romex, fridgidaire: all romex is solid wire. you can replace it with a SO cord. that is basically the same wire that is used for extension cord. you can use it as long as it is less than six feet. make sure you use 12-3 gauge and you use a connector as you enter the dishwasher...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring a Ceiling Fan w/ dimmer switch and motor control on the wall, wiring a ceiling fan, electrical knowledge
wiring a ceiling fan, electrical knowledge, dimmer switch: The best way to do this is to run another cable from the fan to the switch. Remove the existing black wire to the fan and make sure the others are wire nutted together. Connect the new wire to the fan control on the switch and to the wire feeding the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring a ceiling vent fan and a light, double light switch, vent fan
double light switch, vent fan, fan light: Brian, Your first challenge is to get another 2 wire cable from the switch box to the fan light. In the fan light there are two separate plugs , one for the fan , one for the light, pick either one and connect the new cable to that plug while the existing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring a double switch to a double box, double switch, electrician
double switch, electrician, black wire: Hi. Just install the new switch the same way the old one was wired. The black power coming in goes to one terminal, the black wire going to the fixture connect to the other. I hope you did not disconnect everything without remembering where things...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring existing pull chain light to new pull chain and adding switch prior to drywall, brass screw, pig tail
brass screw, pig tail, wire nut: I am sorry, but I do get confused as I read it. Can you simplify just alittle. As for the wires on a screw...1. Pigtail as needed. What I think I get. Existing light in ceiling. New circuit to a new ceiling box...from there to new recepticles. Not good....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring a new light switch, vent fan, switch legs
vent fan, switch legs, fan combo: Brian What you have in the bathroom may be 2 hot wires and 1 switch leg.Maybe in your situation you may have 2 switch legs and 1 hot leg. Take off one of the wires that is twisted together and hook that up to the switch if that shuts off the fan or the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring a new structure, amp breaker, amp service
amp breaker, amp service, overhead lighting: Arnie The wire size you would need in conduit is # 12.A 20 amp or 15 amp breaker can handle this. Bring the 4 wires R BK WH GRN from the fan to the switch. In this switch you should have a BK WH GRN wire. hook up the greens by themselves and then the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring a recessed light, gauge wire, lighting circuit
gauge wire, lighting circuit, general lighting: Hi. You have to be careful what you tap into. It has to be a general lighting circuit, and it can t be the wire going between a light and a switch. You also need to make all splices in wires with a junction box that has a cover and is always accessible...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring a spa with 10 year wiring, new spa, romex
new spa, romex, rewiring: it seems like they used indoor romex inside a conduit. the wire was subjected to moisture it got wet. it probably wont effect the wire honestly. the spas that i have hooked up use a neutral. but that does not mean your particular model does not use...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring of switched outlet, gfci outlets, lilly pond
gfci outlets, lilly pond, pvc pipe: Hi. Assuming that each switch should control one outlet, then the wires should go to the first switch. Black to one terminal of the switch, and the to the second switch. Another wire from the other switch terminal to the outlet dark screw. white wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: warm receptacle, ambiant air, air vent
ambiant air, air vent, heat value: Without current flow there is no heat value. If there is a heat source other that an appliance...heat is possible. If you let it coool overnight...and it remains warm...I would look into pulling the recepticle out....feel all the wires....and the ambiant...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: weird readings, tube circuits, knob and tube
tube circuits, knob and tube, tube circuit: Try turning off just one half of the panel. If you turn off, every other breaker...and all double pole breakers...to isolate one bar only. Now test all your circuits to see if bleeding is occuring via the white/neutral wires. I suspect the neutral is bleeding...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: whole house fan, gable vent, timer switch
gable vent, timer switch, whole house fan: if you can put them on the same circuit, you do not need a relay. if they are on two different circuits, you will need a relay. you need to look at the two motors and determine if they are both combined to be less than about 15 amps. then you need to see...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiresize, gage wire, drop 8
gage wire, drop 8, voltage drop: Hi Paul, Thank you for your kind words, I should have put this site in with my answer. Here you can put whatever you want in and it will tell you what the voltage drop is. http://www.csgnetwork.com/voltagedropcalc.html Dale Hi Paul, It is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring, professional bill, hot wire
professional bill, hot wire, electrical devices: The #1 rule when replacing functioning electrical devices: Put it back the same way you found it. This rule works 90% of the time and will keep most people out of trouble. Now, if you over looked the first rule here is how I would proceed to put this switch...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring a 220 timer switch, timer knob, conductors
timer knob, conductors, electrician: You should always refer to the manufacturer s directions for a situation like this because products can vary slightly. Normally you will have a white and black conductor coming from the one wire that has a Charge of 220V. This wire should go on the line side...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring circuit, lighting circuits, amp circuit
lighting circuits, amp circuit, licensed builder: Amy Outlets and lights are allowed on the same circuit. The reason the lights are dimming is because the bedroom and lighting circuits are 15 amps,where a Iron would require at least 5-8 amps thus causing the circuit to draw current from the 15 and causing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring in the floor, residential carpet, layed
residential carpet, layed, high risk: i don t think that is legal. actually if there is a product that is designed to go under residential carpet for a floor outlet i am not aware of it. if there is one i am sure it is very expensive. it is quite dangerous to put wire under carpet because the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring a lighting fixture, lighting fixture, new lighting
lighting fixture, new lighting, living room: Hi. It sounds like it is connected correctly. I guess all you can do is check the wiring, and make sure that nothing is touching that shouldn t be. You may want to check the switch, and make sure there is a red wire on the switch. This is one of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring new cooktop into older home, cooktop, safed
cooktop, safed, red tape: Michael For some reason and we as electricians don t know why. They always make wire with a white in it when it is romex. Go to the panel and verify that the wires you are using are hooked up to the breaker. Even if it is the white one. Then you can hook...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring prior to drywall, amp breaker, wire nuts
amp breaker, wire nuts, light fixture: Hi. You can connect only one wire to each screw. So you will be pigtailing most of the wires. However, what you need to be concerned with is how many wires you are allowed in the box. This is the rule, which is rather complicated: It depends on...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring under a slab, amp breaker, gauge wire
amp breaker, gauge wire, light thanks: Brian, I don t recommend running UF under the slab, it has no protection and if it gets damaged during installation and fails in time you can t fix it so I m advising you to install PVC which is easy, fast and you just pour the concrete right over the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: workshop wiring, 2 legs, air compressor
2 legs, air compressor, buzz: Hi. There should be two hot wires, one ground wire, and no neutral. The ground goes with the other grounds. The two other wires go to the breaker. Be sure the breaker box is wired correctly also. The two hot wires go to the main box with a branch...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 1/2" Conduit, emt conduit, circuit breaker
emt conduit, circuit breaker, job: Hi. I looked it up online, and found out that you are allowed 9 number 12 wires in a half inch EMT conduit. So you should be OK. However, you may want to check with an inspector. When there are conflicting opinions, the inspector inspecting the job...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 1-exhaust fan, 2-rooms, 2-switches, volt fan, giving you the benefit
volt fan, giving you the benefit, romex: why four-ways? there are only 2 control locations for one device... why double pole? isn t this a 120 volt fan? use a three way to control it from either/both locations or use 2 single-poles in parallel I don t know what you are thinking, but you obviously...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 10-3 wiring and breaker, american wire gauge, amp breaker
american wire gauge, amp breaker, electrician: 10-3 wire is a 30 amp breaker. He is a chart for you to reffrence http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_wire_gauge I hope this helps Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc.www.Generation3electric.comhttp://electrician-in-philadelphia.blogspot.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: make two 110 lines from a 220 line, fuse box, hots
fuse box, hots, breakers: You are describing a black and a white wire that are both hot. That means you do not have a neutral for common use for two hot wires. You only have a single 120volt circuit if not the single 240volt circuit. You need a separate neutral for the two hots...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 110 volts between neutral and ground, wire nuts, amp circuit
wire nuts, amp circuit, bath rooms: Hi. It sounds like you have a disconnected neutral (white) wire. You are getting power from feedback. These things can be hard to track down. Somewhere in the circuit, there is a break. It could even be at a device that is working, because it could...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 110v Sub-panel Addition, subpanel
subpanel: it seems like it is fine. your subpanel will still be 240 volts, not just 120 volts if you are using a two pole breaker and two line conductors plus a neutral and ground. if you use #12 wire, you can use 20 amp breakers, if the wires is #14, you use 15 amp...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 2 wire 240VAC?, fuse panel, spare bedrooms
fuse panel, spare bedrooms, gauge wire: you do not just want to tap a neutral from anywhere because you can overload it. your best option is to convert that two wire 240 to a 120 volt circuit. you simply move one wire from B to neutral (or A to neutral). that will give you an extra circuit. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 2 wire to 3 wire outlets, neutral wire, ground terminal
neutral wire, ground terminal, prongs: The ground and neutral wire are common at the panel but after they leave the panel the neutral becomes the return path for electricity and can have a voltage on it where the ground should always be 0 volts. DON T use your neutral as a ground it could hurt...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 200 amp, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: You can upgrade the main electrical service to 200 amp breaker box without rewiring the cabin. This will not improve the older wiring in the cabin. If you wiring id 60 years old and ungrounded you may want to think about having it rewired. Bill Lutz Generation...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 220 single phase to 220 2 phase, different voltage, clothes dryer
different voltage, clothes dryer, voltage system: Unless there is some sort of a converter available at an electrical supply, I do not see how it can work. The motor is wound for a specific voltage on each power leg and will burn out if connected to a different voltage. Let me know if a converter is available...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 220 volt 30 amp dryer, park model trailer, amp fuses
park model trailer, amp fuses, amp fuse: Hi. If the dryer is 220 volts and 30 amps, you can use only 30 amp wire (10 gauge at least) and a double pole 30 amp breaker. Remember that amps and volts are related. Two 15 amps circuit at 110 volts does not equal 30 amps at 220 volts. I hope this...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 220v hot water hookup, electric water heater, whirlpool electric water heater
electric water heater, whirlpool electric water heater, water hookup: Joe, with existing wiring who knows what is actually attached to the breaker. Go to a home supply and purchase a volt stick. It is a small volt tester about the size of a permanent marker and the tip will light up or beep or both in the presence of voltage....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 230volt connection, sprinkler pump, amperage
sprinkler pump, amperage, 220 volts: Hi. Why do you want a plug? All circuits for 220 volts can be only for one item, and the amperage must match. You can get a male and female plug. The configuration of the plug depends on the amperage. It has to be weatherproof for outside use,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 24 volt trolling motor, polarity, motors
polarity, motors, trolling: Mark, to get 24 volts, you need a jumper [the size is determined by the amp rating of the motor, from a positive terminal on one batter to a negative terminal on the other, leaving a positive on one, and negative on the other, and wire accordingly to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 240 v wiring for water heater,dryer,and range/oven., delta system, range oven
delta system, range oven, rewiring: you have to be careful. there are two types of three phase panels. there is a wye and delta. for a wye, all three poles are 120 volts to ground and from a to b to c is 208 volts. the delta is different. a and c are both 120 to ground but the b pole...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 240v Home wiring, volt circuits, bussbar
volt circuits, bussbar, sheer fact: first of all i implore you to be very careful when working on the inside of the electrical panel. preferably you should get someone that is experienced for the sheer fact that if one is injured, the other can help. that said, your panel consists of a bussbar...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 AND 4 WAY SWITCHES, upstairs hallway, 3 way switches
upstairs hallway, 3 way switches, color terminal: Hi. It is important to make sure that the wires on the input go to the same switch, and the wires on the output go to the other switch. The input would be the wires coming from the switch where the current is hooked up. Output would be wires going toward...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 AND 4 WAY SWITCHES, upstairs hallway, silver screw
upstairs hallway, silver screw, brass screws: SEAN First of all you can only use a 3-way for power or switch legs. The 4 way is only used to change the direction of the power.How this should be wired is to have one of the 3-way with the power and the 3-wire to a 4-way then from that 4-way another 3-wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 Phase 120/240 400 amp, philadelphia electrician, 3 phase
philadelphia electrician, 3 phase: Wow, I don t think this will work out for you. 3 Phase is a commercial electrical service that is provided by your electric company. You have a residential electrical service. I doubt that your electric company will provide you a 3 phase service if it is not...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3-prong dryer plug, 4-prong outlet, philadelphia electrician, 220
philadelphia electrician, 220: Wow,3-prong to 4-prong adapter great idea. You need to just install a 4-prong plug on the old dryer. The old dryer should have three post that the dryer cord attaches to. They are in this order 1. Hot wire (black or red wire) 2. Neutral wire (wire wire)...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 way with ceiling fans, fan control, fan speed
fan control, fan speed, light switch: Where ever your power comes to this circuit, start with that box. You need a 3way dimmer for the lights...only one. I dont think you can get a 3way fan control. You feed the first light switch with power, YOu have 12/3 going from switch to switch. From...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 way lamp switch, 3 way switches, info bob
3 way switches, info bob, exact path: Hi. If it worked with non-lighted switches, there are 3 possibilities. 1) the lighted switches do not work in your situation. 2) you accidently didn t put the wires back in the right place. or 3) you accidently knocked something loose inside the box when...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 way switch, 3 way switch, color terminal
3 way switch, color terminal, odd color: Hi. Either way. If you use it, make sure one wire is on the odd color terminal, and the other wire is on one of the two other terminals. The third terminal will not be used. If it seems upside down, either turn the switch over, or switch the wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 way switch controlling a receptacle, wiring 3 way switches, 3 way switch
wiring 3 way switches, 3 way switch, 3 way switches: I hope this works. You have 12/3 red/black/white from the recepticle to the switch. You have 12/3 going from switch to switch. Power gets to the switches from the recepticle.. Black from the recepticle to the first switch. Black from the recepticle to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 way switch controlling a receptacle, wiring 3 way switches, 3 way switch
wiring 3 way switches, 3 way switch, 3 way switches: There is a tab on the hot or black wire side of the receptacle. It connects the two terminal screws the black wires are connected to. If all of the wiring was put back as original, breaking the tab out will cause the switch to control one side of the receptacle....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 way switches, 3 way switches, new lighting
3 way switches, new lighting, way switch: The original switch has a hot leg coming to it and a hot leg leaving to feed the light. It is unusual to have two blacks and no whites. It makes me believe that someone ran a wire that is not part of a cable or romex. If the old dimmer worked than...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 30 AMP BREAKER AND OUTLET, amp breaker, gauge wiring
amp breaker, gauge wiring, electrician: If you goto my blog you can find a Nema chart. Just search nema and it should come up. Most outlet have a Nema #. The Nema # will tell what amperage and what voltage a certain outlet can have on it. Find the plug that matches your saw and you will have your...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 30 AMP OUTLET, amp breaker, gauge wiring
amp breaker, gauge wiring, volts: You did not say, but I will assume it is 115 volts. If so, 30 amp outlets are pretty common and most of your building stores have them in stock. They have two horizontal openings (as opposed to two vertical for 15 amps) and a ground. They look like this:...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Is 30 amps enough for a condo?, phialdelphia electrical contractor repair, 100 amps
phialdelphia electrical contractor repair, 100 amps, panel: 30 amp may be enough to run you condo but I have seen insurance companies demand that every unit have at least 100 amps. It sounds like your condo is on it s last leg. I don t know if I would want to be involved with a condo association when it is time for...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 307 volts on 240 volt circuit, lighting circuit, volt coil
lighting circuit, volt coil, electrican: Well, unlikely anyway, but it would not be unusual to see 260 volts. Now 130 volts is not an uncommon voltage on a lighting circuit where it was 110 volts 40 years ago. Voltages have crept up over the years with utilities pushing voltages up to make up for...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 50 AMP 220V SERVICE, number 8, amp
number 8, amp, copper: Hi. You need a minimum of number 8 copper. However, different types of wire have different ampacities, so it is always best to check with the retailer to be sure the wire is the right size based on the info the manufacturer supplies with the wire. I...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adapting a foreign appliance, philadelphia electrician, 220
philadelphia electrician, 220: I don t want to give you incorrect advice so I located a web site the specialized in such converters. http://www.walkabouttravelgear.com/electg.htm?gclid=CMPNvMj5qJMCFRIkxgodmH9yoA They have a direct phone number too 1-800-852-7085 As an electrician...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Add a 120/240 switch to my genset, diesel genset, volt appliances
diesel genset, volt appliances, distribution panel: the newer generator outlet is properly rated at 15 (or 20) amps. the older one with the rating of 25 amps is actually too much amperage to safely run 120 volt appliances. the best strategy is to divide up the loads so that you use the two outlets evenly....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding 100 amp fuse panel to garage from main house panel, amp fuse, amp breaker
amp fuse, amp breaker, fuse panel: Hello John. I hope you have not purchased a panel yet. Considerable savings can be had by using a main lug panel without a main breaker. It will not need a main because the feeding breaker in the main panel will be its main. Get a 100 amp breaker for the main...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding 220 service, hot water tank, worse case scenario
hot water tank, worse case scenario, electric baseboard heaters: Hi. You normally don t subtract the whole value for the breaker, unless it is used to capacity. For example, a stove may be 50 amps, but it is rare that all burners would be on high with the oven on. In a worse case scenario, you always have the option...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding an additional light, top of the stairs, lighting problem
top of the stairs, lighting problem, hot wire: No prober. Remember you could run the wire to one of the light in the basement. All you need to do there is tap onto a black and a white wire. Gook Luck, Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. www.Generation3electric.com http://electrician-in-philadelphia.blogspot.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding an exterior GFI outlet onto a porch light switch, porch light, gfi outlet
porch light, gfi outlet, amp breaker: Hi. I assume that the outlet is going to be on all the time? There is no problem in sharing a neutral, as long as there is nothing connected to the load side of the GFCI that shares the neutral. You should not need to connect anything to the load side...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding a new service panel in garage coming from main panel, split bolt connector, amp breaker
split bolt connector, amp breaker, two bars: Hi. Yes, #2 should work. If you have not bought it yet, you can ask at the retailer and see if you can use a thinner wire. At the main panel, you would add a 100 amp double pole breaker, then run the wire from that. (White and ground goes to the bar)...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Air Conditioner Wiring, little help from a friend, sure what type
little help from a friend, sure what type, c unit: Hi. You have to check the rating of the compressor, but if it is a central unit, it is usually 10/2 nonmetallic wire for 30 amps or less. You ll also need a cut off box near the unit outside, and use flex conduit between the box and the unit. If it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Antique Clock Lamps, watt bulbs, antique clock
watt bulbs, antique clock, lamp life: Stephen, Sockets are the usual culprits when bulbs begin to burn out quickly but you say you ve already replaced it. The only other thing I can suggest is you may have hit a rash of bad bulbs which may make it appear that there is something wrong. Another...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Apprentice for a day, electrical tasks, friendly relationship
electrical tasks, friendly relationship, electrical company: i wouldn t mind at all. it just depends on the electrician. you may have better luck getting a one man electrical company versus a large electrical company. try to get recommendations from people you know or talk to the electrician ahead of time. one...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding to an existing circuit, switch legs, insurance investigator
switch legs, insurance investigator, romex: Hi. This is controversial, and I don t recommend it. Especially if they are on different circuits. The inspector or insurance investigator (hopefully you ll never need one of those) may or may not approve of it. It is also a lot safer to have all the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a lighting contactor, photo cell and timer, analog timer, lighting contactor
analog timer, lighting contactor, lighting circuits: I would make sure the photo cells get wired in after the two timers. If not the photo cells will throw off your timers. I hope this helped Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. www.Generation3electric.com http://electrician-in-philadelphia.blogspot.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding wiring in a basement, volt circuits, industrial circuits
volt circuits, industrial circuits, metal studs: Good Morning Matt, Just getting back in to the office.... Based on your description...yes - it does appear the metal of the conduit was indeed used as the sole ground path for these circuits. Code allowed this for decades on certain layouts - BUT the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: afci circuit breakers, arc fault breakers, afci circuit breakers
arc fault breakers, afci circuit breakers, arc fault breaker: you can if you want to but it is not required for existing wiring. if you install new wiring for plugs in a bedroom it is required. you have to be sure to identify the neutral along with the hot in order to properly wire an arc fault breaker. the vast majority...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: amperage calculation, current times, voltmeter
current times, voltmeter, 220 volts: Hi. Actually your 100 amp panel is 100 amps at 220 volts. That would make it 200 amps at 110 volts. Each leg is actually 100 amps, so you can use 100 amps at 110 volts on each leg. 220 uses electricity from both legs. Voltage is pressure, and it varies....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: appliances, apartment maintenance, eventual failure
apartment maintenance, eventual failure, intermittent problem: it is hard to troubleshoot an intermittent problem. i can say that the top and bottom half of plugs should be be connected (in most occasions). usually when a circuit is overloaded, the breaker will trip and you have to manually reset it. when a circuit...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Bathroom exhaust fan (heater/fan/lite combo), phialdelphia electrical contractor repair, lighting
phialdelphia electrical contractor repair, lighting, dimmer: We have ran into this before. I m sorry to say we had to run new wires to make the fan work properly. After you all the wire you need it goes together just like the diagram. Good luck Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. www.Generation3electric.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Bathroom Light and Fan, bathroom fan, bathroom light
bathroom fan, bathroom light, broan: David, All you have to do is bring the power cable into the fans junction box and bring a new cable into the the same junction box, the other end of this cable you will bring to your new switch box. In the switch box the white and black wires will connect...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Bathroom lighting, junction boxes, new medicine
junction boxes, new medicine, medicine cabinet: Hi. The easiest thing would be to relocate the wire to one side (if you can) and then run a wire to the other side. If it is 15 gauge use 14/2 wire, otherwise use 12/2 nonmetallic wire. You will need junction boxes at both locations. The bare wire would...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Bathroom remodel questions, amp circuit, bathroom remodel
amp circuit, bathroom remodel, receptacle: if you are going to pull new wire i highly suggest that you pull a circuit for each bathroom. you can use a 12-3 wire to the first outlet, and continue to the second with a 12-2, sharing the neutral. you can also just pull two 12-2 cables (that is more simple)....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Buying a 110v range hood to use in Europe with 220v, philadelphia electrician, 220
philadelphia electrician, 220: The light on the hood would work with a properly rate light bulb as long as it is a simple incandescent lamp. If you have electronic on the hood they would not work. The fan motor will need to be replace. You can probably order this from the manufacturer....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: baseboard heaters, gauge wire, volts amps
gauge wire, volts amps, hot legs: It depends on the heater wattage for the size wire and circuit you will need. The formula for converting to amps for the circuit is: Watts divided by volts = amps So if you had two 1200 watt heaters, you have a total of 2400 watts...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom electrical switch, conductor wire, metal boxes
conductor wire, metal boxes, electrical switch: Hi. The grounds have to be connected. With a blank plate, there is no electrical wires that can cause a shock. If it gets soaking wet, then you may need to use an outdoor cover plate. But I can t imagine that happening. A plastic plate would be a little...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom fan, bathroom fan, voltage tester
bathroom fan, voltage tester, fan unit: You need to determine if the power is first going to the switch or to the light. If power is going to the light first then you need to determine if the switch is controlling the hot leg or the neutral leg. Then you need to tap the fan into the wire being...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom light, aluminum wiring, long periods of time
aluminum wiring, long periods of time, light bulbs: Hi. It could be a wire that changes as it warms up. If your house was built in the 1970 s, it could be aluminum wiring. Aluminum wiring can be very dangerous if not maintained. I would check all the connections between the switch and the light. Probably...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom remodel, energy hogs, amp line
energy hogs, amp line, tile floor: I would run a separate 20 amp line for the bathroom and a separate line for the floor heat if that was a possible option with out a second thought. The peace of mind knowing that everything is going to work is worth it. Here in Philadelphia we often still...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom wiring, gauge wire, pig tail
gauge wire, pig tail, junction boxes: Mike, Ok if I run power to my first receptacle then I just carry down the line to the next receptacle.Right? Yes Now as far as the switches, I bring the power to the switch then from the switch to the light. Yes The key thing is to use...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom wiring, phialdelphia electrical contractor repair, lighting
phialdelphia electrical contractor repair, lighting, dimmer: The wire check tools can give you false readings sometimes. You probably mixed up a switch leg to a light or something. You should not be having a brown out. That mostly has to do with the power grid or loss of a neutral. I would pull everything apart and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker flipping, sun porch, aluminum wiring
sun porch, aluminum wiring, gfci breaker: Hi. First of all, make sure the house wasn t built in the 1970 s. If it is, it could have aluminum wiring, which can be dangerous if not maintained. The breaker sounds like a GFCI breaker. Either an overload (or short) or a ground fault could cause...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker panel, tandem breaker
tandem breaker: there is a maximum number of breakers that can be installed in certain panels depending on the capacity. i have not seen those type of tabs but i think that their purpose is to prevent more breakers installed. i don t know how if that tab is meant to be...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breaker & switch problem, phialdelphia electrical contractor repair, lighting
phialdelphia electrical contractor repair, lighting, dimmer: It sounds like you have a dead short. If you take the switch out and put a tester on the the wires and get 110 volt you maybe switching a feed. If you look at the basic electric/switch section of my blog you will see a diagram of how to wire a switch. If...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: breakers, improper wiring, breakers
improper wiring, breakers, replacement parts: you may be referring to a zinsco panel. the different breaker rating are colored differently. those panels can be problematic. they are not made anymore and replacement parts are expensive. it is hard to say what caused the breakers to burn up. among...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: burcam 230v sprinkler system pump, volt amp, amp circuit
volt amp, amp circuit, indoor application: There are numerous plug and receptacle combinations. They are rated by the voltage and amp draw. See what amp circuit this is controlled by and go to any electrical supply and tell them you have a 230 volt, ?? amp circuit and you need a receptacle and cord...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: buss bar space in main panel, buss bar, space holes
buss bar, space holes, drilling holes: It is not legal to modify any electrical panels, so a buss bar cannot be added. An alternative is to set a sub panel beside of the main panel and fed by the main panel, this will give you more circuits. A ground rod does need to be installed at every sub panel...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: A/C in mobile unit, amp breaker, volt unit
amp breaker, volt unit, subpanel: If the a/c unit is a 240 volt unit, you can replace the 30 amp breaker with a 20 amp, or if the a/c is a 120 volt, it can be replaced with two 20 amp single pole breakers leaving one as a spare and using the other for the a/c and connect of the wires that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Capacitor test, capacitor tester, ohm meter
capacitor tester, ohm meter, couple bucks: A capacitor tester is the only known way of testing a cap, a Simpson PSM-4 I am not familiar with, is it a VOM? You can take an ohm meter on the highest scale, short across the terminals of the cap, FIRST place the leads of an analog VOM or ohm meter on...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan lights, glass domes, harbor breeze
glass domes, harbor breeze, light bulbs: Hi. In the center of the light kit, there should be a place where all the lights are connected together. Make sure that all the wires are making contact. If that does not help, either the socket is defective or a wire came loose on the socket. If it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan Transmitter Switch Question, porch light, transmitter state
porch light, transmitter state, donating your time: Hi. There are no neutrals in the box. If the transmitter needs a neutral, it won t work. What you have is one hot wire bringing power to the two switches, and hot wires going out to the outlet and porch light. Since neutral wires are not connected...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fixture won't turn on, wire nuts, loose wire
wire nuts, loose wire, ceiling fixture: Hi. Sometimes the reading you get may just be feedback. That happens when the white wire becomes disconnected. The power you are showing is feedback from the hot wire going into the neutral. You might try a real socket with a 60 watt bulb. If it doesn...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling fan installation - Arion "Bahamas54", ceiling fan installation, deck light
ceiling fan installation, deck light, ground wires: Don The red wire usually is the switched wire in the electrical box the black is the always hot.You can not control both fan and light with the same switch and use the remote. What you need to do is hook up the fan black wire to the remote black then from...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling fan wiring, ceiling fan wiring, plug cap
ceiling fan wiring, plug cap, hot one: Actually you have two different power feeds to the current receptacle, both coming in on red wires. If you notice, there was a brass tab that connected the two terminals together on the red wire side, this has been broken out so the switch only controls the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Light, rapid succession, hanging ceiling
rapid succession, hanging ceiling, wire connections: it can be several things that cause that problem but the most common is that it is a bad socket. sometimes you can look in to the socket and see burned connections from overheating. fixtures that have a bulb directly underneath them often will suffer from...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Chandelier/Dimmer, new chandelier, ceiling canopy
new chandelier, ceiling canopy, short circuits: Wendy, When Hubby installed the new fixture a wire must be getting pinched under the new ceiling canopy or a wire nut fell off up there causing the short circuit. Dimmers don t handle short circuits very well, in other words the short circuit that caused...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Changing to canned lights in kitchen, flourescent tubes, single light
flourescent tubes, single light, weekend warrior: Eddie If you want to change the fixtures to recess can lights. They sell them at the big box stores, what we call is a remodel can. This fixture actually slips in to a hole and has wings on it to prevent it from coming out.The best way is to plane out...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit breaker trips when bulb burns out, coach lamps, circuit breaker trips
coach lamps, circuit breaker trips, interior lamps: Hi. I agree with the builder. The filament (the part that glows) connects between the hot and neutral, and that is how it works. However, when the filament burns out, it shorts out between the hot and neutral. You might try using a different style...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Combination Light Switch, combination light, live wires
combination light, live wires, light switch: With out knowing the brand it is hard to tell which screw to use because the can be configured differently. I can say this. If you rotate you wires around the switch in the same direction and test it each time you will find the right order. There are only...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Cooktop Electical hookup, cook tops, neutral wire
cook tops, neutral wire, hookup: Older cook tops did not use a neutral wire. If they did need a neutral they would cheat and steal it from the ground. In this situation if is not possible to run a new 4 wire to the cook top I would use the ground. That means the white wire and the green...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Cooktop installation, bearer of bad news
bearer of bad news: Hi. Unfortunately you can t. The old cooktop did not use a neutral. The new one does. You don t have a neutral, and it would be very unsafe to use the ground wire as the neutral. So you have to run a new cable to your panel. Sorry to be the bearer...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan, direction switch, speed switch
direction switch, speed switch, dimmer switch: Hi. The black fan wire should connect to the same place as the blue or striped light kit wire. So be sure that is right. Perhaps the fan is defective. First make sure that the direction switch is one side or the other (not in the middle) and that the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan hum, close proximity, hampton bay
close proximity, hampton bay, ceiling fan: Kathy, Basically the cheaper fans do hum louder and a flush mounted fan because of the close proximity to the ceiling will tend to accentuate that. So it makes sense the stem mounted fan would hum less but your saying its quiet. The best way to tell whats...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan installation, ceiling fan installation, installing a ceiling fan
ceiling fan installation, installing a ceiling fan, proper connections: Nelson the fan should have a black a blue a white and a green wire Your electrical box should have a black a red a white and a ground. This sounds like you are trying to wire the fan switch controls instead of the power controls. This is how it should...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fixture install blew circuit, ceiling fixture, circuit breaker
ceiling fixture, circuit breaker, mary mary: Mary, The circuit breaker should be fine, as long as the white wire is no longer touching the black wire the breaker should reset however sometimes they can be stubborn to do so. Here s what to do: Firmly push the handle of the breaker to the off position...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fixtures, fixture wire, question thanks
fixture wire, question thanks, hot wire: Hi. Normally red would put the fixtures on the switch. But maybe whoever did it, did it backwards. So, maybe the black wire will give you the switch. If there is a group of white wires, chances are that is where the fixture white wire will connect to....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: centering bathroom light fixture, bathroom light fixture, bathroom vanity
bathroom light fixture, bathroom vanity, medicine cabinet: It is totally a matter of where the wires are in the wall. If you have enough freedom of movement in the wire, you can easily relocate the existing box or add a new box. Power off, pull the box out of the wall and see how much wire you have. You are going...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: circuit, light switches, electrician
light switches, electrician, lutz: Weird. Does the light work if you turn all the light switches in the house on? Some time you can wire into a switched hot and not know it. Did you take it down and tighten all the connections? Could that circuit be on a timer some where? I hope...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: color coding individual wires in SCH40 PVC conduit, pvc conduit, clever guy
pvc conduit, clever guy, purples: nope, that is the convention... of course you could always label both ends of the wires BEFORE you pull them in... or use 2 purples for the 240..... or any other method [you could actually pull 4 blacks...or a purple, red, black and yellow...or ...well,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: combo outlet, light switch, fuse
light switch, fuse, power source: So, were you clever enough to make a drawing of where the wires went before you took them apart? [doesn t sound like it] Let me guess, there were just two plain old switches before? Black, blue and red? I don t see a neutral here... [white] This is either...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: combo switch, amp fuse, voltmeter
amp fuse, voltmeter, light switch: You will need a voltmeter to do this correctly. Simply trying wire configurations is dangerous. If this is an apartment there must be a landlord. If so, you should have them take care of the problem. Yes, a 15 amp outlet should not be on a 30 amp fuse...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: connecting 3 #6 wire, split bolt, junction boxes
split bolt, junction boxes, amp circuit: Bob You can use a split bolt these use allot of space and tape. You can use a big blue wire nut these are a little better. I find the best way and the easiest is to use a insulated lug,you can put 3 wires in it and using a screwdriver tighten down really...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: convert 2 pole switch to 1 pole dimmer, dimmer switch, way switch
dimmer switch, way switch, switch box: Hi. Are two wires on one terminal? If so, it just means that it is providing power to the switch, then to the outlet. However, if there are three terminals and the ground, then it is a 3 way switch. It is OK to use the dimmer if the old switch had...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: convert one three wire circuit to two circuits, pig tail, wire cable
pig tail, wire cable, white cap: If you have three wire running from the switch to each fixture you can do this. Take the hot wire in the switch box and pig tail it to both new switches. Take the black from the wire feeding the first fixture and connect it to one switch. At the 1st fixture...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: convert one three wire circuit to two circuits, wire cable, electrician
wire cable, electrician, lutz: There should not be any risk in using three wire cable to switch two different lights. As far as problems, I don t know. If you have enough wires there should not be any problems. I hope this helped, Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. www.Generation3electric.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: convert one three wire circuit to two circuits, wire cable, switch circuit
wire cable, switch circuit, doorway: The only reason there would be a three wire cable anywhere in this circuit is the hot circuit enters one of the lights and the switch circuit is back fed by only two wires. Open the switch and see if only two wires are in the switch junction box, if so the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: convert one three wire circuit to two circuits, wiremold, wire cable
wiremold, wire cable, hots: by three wire cable i am assuming you are referring to a 12-2 with ground romex (black, white and bare) in essence it is only two current carrying conductors plus a ground that is not current carrying (the difference is that two are insulated and the ground...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: convert one three wire circuit to two circuits, light dimmer, wire cable
light dimmer, wire cable, electrician: this goes in the light http://www.smarthome.com/2250.html Use a switch like this http://www.smarthome.com/2476d-light-dimmer.html Good luck Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. www.Generation3electric.com http://electrician-in-philadelphia.blogspot.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: convert one three wire circuit to two circuits, worst case scenario, pilot holes
worst case scenario, pilot holes, wire cable: Evening Liz, I m Alex and maybe i can shed some light on this one for you. Ok, you have 2 lights that operate off one switch and you d like to separate them giving them each there own switch. Correct? Ok, this will require more wires. The 12-2 w/g...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: convert one three wire circuit to two circuits, 3way switch, wire cable
3way switch, wire cable, doorway: I will assume that you have one switch, and red,black,white wires running from that switch to the two lights. If you have red or black not connected...its available. If all 3 are connected to the switch...it is a 3way switch to another switch for 2 locations....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: converting a 220 line to 120, amp breaker, receptacle
amp breaker, receptacle, screws: Hi. In theory you can do it, but if the wires are thick, it s going to be hard to work with. The screws on the breaker and outlet are made for thinner wires. The outlet can not be more than 20 amps, so you ll have to replace the double breaker with a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: converting a plug-in to hardwire, overhead light, chandelier
overhead light, chandelier, canopy: Hi. If it is just chain and wire, you should be able to buy a canopy kit at any lamp store or home center. It s not very hard, and the instructions should be included. It s just a matter of connect the chain to the canopy and pushing the wires through....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: cooktop, wildmind, ceramic glass
wildmind, ceramic glass, prong: The NEC is trying to get us away from the old 3 prong system and converted over to the 4 prong system. Which is why many appliances now come with a 4 prong connection. They want the ground and neutral to be carried on different wires. Here is a picture...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: cooktop hookup, copper wire, amperage
copper wire, amperage, neutrals: Black, white, and ground (copper) is considered 2-wire with a ground. When used for 220 volt both the black and white are connected to the double-pole circuit breaker and both are hot with 110 volts to ground. When replacing this with a 4-wire appliance...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: my current service, electric furnace, phase type
electric furnace, phase type, electric bills: I m sorry to say but energy prices have been going up for everyone lately. It is possible that your meter is bad. The meter is normally the responsibility of you power company not the electrician. You should be able to contact the power company and explain...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Detached shed/shop rewire, subpanel, rewire
subpanel, rewire, electrical tape: Hi. It sounds like you have everything right. You may be able to use a UF splice kit. I assume that the new shed will have wire thick enough for the size panel you are using. The grounds and neutral do not get connected together in the sub panels....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dim Lights, dim lights, utilitys
dim lights, utilitys, main circuit breaker: Jerry, If you have breakers that are only putting out 88 volts then you have a connection problem that may be in your main circuit breaker or where your main wires connect to the main CB or more likely the problem could be in the meter pan or the connections...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Double wall switch: one works, one aways on., wall receptacle, hot wire
wall receptacle, hot wire, switch one: IF the switch is disconnected and the fan is running...the wiring for the fan in the housing is incorrect. Somehow you have a constant hot wire in the ceiling, and that is the source for the switch...it is not going where you want it. You need to creat a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: detached garage wiring feed, amp breaker, amp service
amp breaker, amp service, detached garage: To allow for the distance, I would run 2-#1 copper for the hot leads, 1-#3 copper for the neutral, and 1-#6 for the ground. If you have not already purchased a sub panel, it will not require a main breaker, the 100 amp breaker in the main panel will be its...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dim lights no full power, incoming power, power failure
incoming power, power failure, dim lights: usually when you have partial power it means you have power from only one leg of your incoming power. your panel has two hot wires coming into it: phase A and B. the 120 volt loads are on either A or B. the heavy 240 volt loads are on both A and B. when...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dimmer/ common wire, 3way switch, switch circuit
3way switch, switch circuit, spagetti: Red and black are never common, they are hot or switching. It sould like you have a 3way switch circuit in that box. With black and white tied it resembles a switch where the black is returning to neutral...which is not correct, but it works. YOu have lot...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dishwasher that may have caused an electrical problem, wooden spoon, heating element
wooden spoon, heating element, electrical problem: Mick, Some dishwashers are on their own breakers, and just because a breaker appears to be on does not mean it is actually allowing voltage across it. I recommend you go buy yourself a voltmeter at some place like Radio Shack, Home Depot, Auto Zone,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: disused outdoor cable from spa, old, wire
old, wire, buried: the best thing to do is find the wire in the panel. you have to be very sure that it is the correct wire. disconnect it from the breaker and preferably pull it out of the panel or at least tape it off. therefore there is no way it can be reenergized in...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dryer, prong plug, jumper wire
prong plug, jumper wire, prongs: Hi. You ll probably have to change the cord on the dryer, since there is probably only 3 wires going to the outlet. If there happens to be 3 wires plus a bare ground wire going to the outlet, then it would be best to change the outlet. If you change...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: on at dusk...off at dawn sensor, neutral ground, heinz
neutral ground, heinz, dusk: Let assume that the sensor has two black wires...one in, one out from/thru the sensor. The white wire is probably just an additional neutral/ground. If you connect the black wires from the source, to the black wire to the light...this should power the light....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electric Box, clearance, panel
clearance, panel: the voltage is relatively low. also the same voltage in your electrical panel exists in all of your outlets and appliances so you cant escape it. regardless of your proximity to the panel, the relatively low voltage emits a very, very weak magnetic field...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electric Circuits, amp circuit breaker, duplex receptacles
amp circuit breaker, duplex receptacles, electric circuits: Richard, 9 duplex receptacles for 15 amps and 12 for 20 amps. OK light fixtures, first of all you don t want to load up a circuit beyond 80% of its capacity so thats about 1500 watts for a 15 amp circuit and 2000 watts for a 20 amp circuit. Now you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electric Question, terminal screws, dish network
terminal screws, dish network, stab back: It may very well do this if anything is plugged and then unplugged from this receptacle. I suspect this receptacle has what is called Stab back terminals which means the wires instead of being connected under the terminal screws, they are pushed into...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical, metal boxes, ground wires
metal boxes, ground wires, switch box: Hi. You have an existing wall outlet, and you want to put a switch on it? You would connect NM wire (same gauge as what is being used) from the outlet to a switch box. Put black tape on the white wire to show it is hot. Disconnect the black wire from...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical, philadelphia electrician, switched outlet
philadelphia electrician, switched outlet: 1. You run a 14-2 wire from the outlet to where you new switch is located. 2. In the outlet box: You tie the new ground wire with the other ground wires. 3. In the outlet box: Take the black wires off the outlet and twist the new white together with...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical cables OUTSIDE my home, aluminum wire, electrical cables
aluminum wire, electrical cables, auto traffic: The homeowner is responsible for the location of the overhead wires. You are not responsible for the wires...but the location. You are way too low. 10 is the minimum clearance over auto traffic...but 12+ over streets and road. You should have 2 black...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical fire from GFCI, black ash, water proof
black ash, water proof, electrical fire: The wires have to be installed correctly or the GFCI will not work as it senses the difference between the neutral and the hot wire it is set for a certain amount of fault between the too.If the wires are in wrong the GFCI will not even come on it will constantly...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical fuse cartridges, electrical fuse, fuse box
electrical fuse, fuse box, wire connections: You have good reason to doubt. Electricity can confuse often. It can be the dryer went bad, the fuses went bad the wire connections went bad, a switch in the dryer went bad...all of this or any of them can cause related sypmtoms. I would start by taking...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical line to patio 600 feet away, electrical line, electrical wire
electrical line, electrical wire, s 600: Hi. With the cost of copper, there is no cheap way of doing it. Since it is 600 feet away, you will have to use thicker wire than normal. The retailer should have an ampacity chart to let you know what size to use. You can use conduit. You could also...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical mystery, ghost busters, electrical problem
ghost busters, electrical problem, loose connection: Erik This sounds like a loose connection somewhere. The circuit may be overloading,but as you say it only happens at night. I would check to see what else is on this circuit,something is causing the circuit to overload. What is strange is that happens only...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical Outlet Problem, pool pump, jen jen
pool pump, jen jen, electrical outlet: Jen, It is possible that the prongs have fused themselves to the inside of the outlet, or they have pitted so bad that they are stuck. You should call an electrician to remove the outlet and check the condition of the outlet and cord. Also, have the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical panel problems, electrical panel, move one
electrical panel, move one, electrician: It sounds like you have you wire crossed. You might want to try move one breaker up or down one space in the panel. You might have to call some one in on this. I hope this helps Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. www.Generation3electric.com http://electrician-in-philadelphia.blogspot.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Eletrical Wiring Garbage Disposal, garbage disposal, lowe s
garbage disposal, lowe s, electrical outlet: Hi. I would think technically an electrician would have to do the wiring. But if the inspector doesn t care, and the plumber doesn t care he can wire it. When you hire a plumber, the best thing to do is ask. They may have someone who is licensed to do...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electric kiln, pottery kiln, electric kiln
pottery kiln, electric kiln, phase converters: Rick, It may be possible to reconnect the kiln for single phase operation without too much trouble. Call the manufacturer with the model number and ask them if this is possible. This is your easiest and cheapest way out. They do make phase converters to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electric kiln, pottery kiln, electric kiln
pottery kiln, electric kiln, phase converter: Rick, probably, know what the amperage is? You can get a single to three phase converter and depending on amperage they are not much money, and a damn simple solution, but need the amps first so I can size up the drive size you will need, so most likely...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical, malibu lights, light switches
malibu lights, light switches, light fan: Always start with the simplest things first. 1. See if it something plugged into a wall socket that is causing the problem. To do this just unplug everything and try to turn the power on. 2. See if one of your light fixtures in bad. Turn all your light...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical, outlet, tab
outlet, tab, switched: there is a small tab between the side screws of the outlet. on the plug you will notice that there are two wires going to the gold screws. if you snap off the gold tab between the gold screws, one half of the plug will be controlled by the switch and the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical cord prong, little holes, copper brass
little holes, copper brass, electrical cord: The holes were intended to aid in arch reduction as the appliances are plugged in. More electrical users, such as irons...dont have the holes due to the large amount of current drawn...holes reduce contact for flow. It could also be accounted that the holes...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical placement, building a detached garage, amp service
building a detached garage, amp service, foundation wall: Gary There is no limit the only thing is that if you bury wire in a conduit the conduit must be complete from 1 end to the other end especially if the wire will be exposed or subject to physical harm.You can place the panel in the garage any where you want...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical problem, neutral wire, kitchen stove
neutral wire, kitchen stove, electrical problem: Hi. Usually stoves and water heaters are 220 volts and on their own circuit. It sounds like you may have a loose neutral wire somewhere. It s probably not something a homeowner can find easily, so you may want to contact an electrician. I hope this...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical shortin our home?, apparent problems, interuption
apparent problems, interuption, faulty wiring: it is often hard to find an intermittent electrical problem. however it is worth the effort to investigate. the problem may be anywhere along the circuit from the breaker to the box containing the wirejoints. it is often at wire joints where electrical...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical surges, neutral wire, lightbulbs
neutral wire, lightbulbs, month and a half: Hi. I would start with the power company. They can measure the voltage. Perhaps it is too high coming from the street. If you have a loose neutral wire in the main system (between the street and the panel), that can also cause a problem. That could...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electricwater heater, hot water tank, dangerous assumption
hot water tank, dangerous assumption, amp breaker: You have to look for the manufactures electrical requirements. It should be on a tag on the unit or I would find the mode # and ask the manufacturer directly. Anything else would a dangerous assumption. I hope this helps Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: evaporative cooler wiring, swamp cooler, hp 120
swamp cooler, hp 120, fan speeds: If you have two switches..one is pump..P and the other is fan speeds. Power sometimes goes to the fan, then to the switch for controling speeds, others are feeding the switch and 2 or 3 wires to the fan for the speeds. If you have a single box, that power...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: exhaust fan and seperate lights, cable staples, cable clamp
cable staples, cable clamp, bare wire: Hi. If the power comes to the switch first, you can run the wire from the fan to either the switch or one of the lights. If the power goes to the light first, then you have to run the wire from the fan to the light. You will need wire. If the circuit...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: FAn Switch, customer care center, fan switch
customer care center, fan switch, hunter fans: This is a hard one to answer. I would probably just replace the fan. You could talk with Hunter fans they should be able to help you better. Here is a link to there support page. http://www.hunterfan.com/pages/customer_care_center.php Good luck, Bill...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Flashing Interior Lights, incoming service, loose connections
incoming service, loose connections, incoming connections: If it is caused by a loose connection, there could be a lot of concern as it could heat up and eventually cause a fire. I would start with the utility. Call them and have them check the incoming service for any loose connections. Tell them your lights flicker...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Flickering, loose connection, master bedroom
loose connection, master bedroom, abel: Abel if this is isolated to the bedroom there is a loose connection somewhere in one of the outlets. The outlet where the TV was I would start there,and work yourself around the room to each outlet. If this doesn t work then go to the panel and check the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Flourescents and Humidity, dry weather, humid summer
dry weather, humid summer, flickers: I have never encountered a problem with flourescent lighting affected by humidity, but any thing is possible. I could see it if the bulbs had some sort of leak, but they would quickly burn out if this was the case and I see no way electrically a ballast that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Fluorescent Ballast, phialdelphia electrical contractor repair, lighting
phialdelphia electrical contractor repair, lighting, ballast: If that ballast is an electronic ballest it is fin to run only two tubes. If it is a chemical ballast it probably would not light at all and if did light it would not light for long. If two lamps are all you need you are Ok to do that. As far as how to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Fluorescents and humidity, dry weather, humid summer
dry weather, humid summer, flickers: Hi. I have not heard about fluorescents affected by humidity. Although it could affect it, I suppose. All rapid start lights have to be grounded to work properly. They will not start some times if they are not grounded. I hope this helps. Bo...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 Phase 120/240 400 amp, electrical issues, residential neighborhood
Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 Phase 120/240 400 amp, electrical issues, residential neighborhood, asking this question

Electrical Wiring in the Home: buss bar space in main panel, neutral wire, metal conduit
Electrical Wiring in the Home: buss bar space in main panel, neutral wire, metal conduit, ground wires

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical cables OUTSIDE my home
Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical cables OUTSIDE my home

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical fire from GFCI, arc fault circuit breakers, leviton
Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical fire from GFCI, arc fault circuit breakers, leviton, circuit breaker

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electric kiln
Electrical Wiring in the Home: electric kiln

Electrical Wiring in the Home: evaporative cooler wiring, trial and error, red wire
Electrical Wiring in the Home: evaporative cooler wiring, trial and error, red wire, black wire

Electrical Wiring in the Home: house panel box
Electrical Wiring in the Home: house panel box

Electrical Wiring in the Home: How do I install a subpanel in detached garage, detached garage, conductors
Electrical Wiring in the Home: How do I install a subpanel in detached garage, detached garage, conductors, pvc

Electrical Wiring in the Home: intermatic t101 mechanical timer switch, clock, clock timer
Electrical Wiring in the Home: intermatic t101 mechanical timer switch, clock, clock timer, yahoo

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low voltage at wall switch, light won't work, volts
Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low voltage at wall switch, light won't work, volts

Electrical Wiring in the Home: main breaker tripping, bus bars, electrical engineer
Electrical Wiring in the Home: main breaker tripping, bus bars, electrical engineer, feeder

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Repair invisible fence, dogwatch system, petsafe
Electrical Wiring in the Home: Repair invisible fence, dogwatch system, petsafe, broadcasts

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewiring a switch, good answer, big trouble
Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewiring a switch, good answer, big trouble

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Switches & Receptacles, residential work
Electrical Wiring in the Home: Switches & Receptacles, residential work

Electrical Wiring in the Home: TRINOM HOTMAN E12-220(DH1200), trinom, diaphram
Electrical Wiring in the Home: TRINOM HOTMAN E12-220(DH1200), trinom, diaphram, razor knife

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Use of Japanese Appliances in America, hair curlers, mini chopper
Electrical Wiring in the Home: Use of Japanese Appliances in America, hair curlers, mini chopper, nabe pot

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wall outlet, sheet rock screws, j box
Electrical Wiring in the Home: wall outlet, sheet rock screws, j box, 2cents

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wind generator info, dump load, excess power
Electrical Wiring in the Home: wind generator info, dump load, excess power, generator power

Electrical Wiring in the Home: fan, lighting fixture, fan thanks
lighting fixture, fan thanks, bare wire: If the red,black wires from the ceiling are in the box with the switches, and the box has power...it sounds quite simple to put the recpt switch to the fan. Power the switch from the other switches and connect the red wire to that switch for the light and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: fan bulbs, cfl fan, cfl bulbs
cfl fan, cfl bulbs, incandescent bulbs: I am getting alot of info that the CFL bulbs are not the best product. Alot of controversy about longevity and durability. I guess I wont recommend the use of anything other than incandescent. They have been tested for many years. Sometimes...new is not...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: fan/lite/heater bathroom unit, double switch, bathroom unit
double switch, bathroom unit, switch box: if i understand you correctly, you only have two 12-2 cables going to it. this may work. i assume you have two switches. maybe this is how the old one was wired: cable A black (switch leg) went to the fan and cable B black switch leg went to the light....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: faulty outlet/wiring, faulty outlet, reset button
faulty outlet, reset button, receptacles: He is correct. Because the receptacle GFI s seem to fail so often, I use a GFI breaker. It is more expensive on the front end, but then all receptacles can be standard receptacles, and it seems the breakers give less problems and the standard receptacles do...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: faulty outlet/wiring?, gfci breaker, faulty outlet
gfci breaker, faulty outlet, recepticle: Made in China is the biggest problem. Those GFCI recepticles are a really bad idea...and made poorly. I replace dozens of them every year. If you dare....replace the recepticle with a standard one, then replace the Breaker that controls that circuit with...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GCFI for Outdoor Circuits, gfci outlet, gcfi
gfci outlet, gcfi, gfci circuit breaker: To avoid nuisance tripping I would make every receptacle a GFCI outlet. This way only it will only trip where the problem is and it will be easy to correct. When you hook them up make sure you only use the line side of the GFCIs. I hope this was helpful,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GCFI required?, blast cabinet, unfinished basement
blast cabinet, unfinished basement, gfci: Hi. I am not sure what a blast cabinet is. You need a GFCI in an unfinished basement, but certain things like the water pump and freezer are exempt if the outlet is behind the unit and can t be used. Unless it is something critical like a pump or fridge,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI, gfci outlet, gfci outlets
gfci outlet, gfci outlets, gfci protected outlet: Hi. I have never heard of a buzzing caused by a GFCI. Buzzing usually happens because the breaker is on the verge of tripping. Perhaps it is overloaded or has a short. You do not need a GFCI for a freezer, if the outlet is behind the freezer (so that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: A GFCI combo switch outlet, jumper wire, recepticle
jumper wire, recepticle, garbage disposal: Power comes into the recepticle....thru the GFCI protection and to the switch. This can be an internal connection or via jumper wire. If you know you have power to the recepticle, and the recepticle works when connected, then it may be a tab broken or a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI outlet, radio waves, crackling
radio waves, crackling, purse: honestly i have never heard of that! i cant see how that is happening. cell phones emit very, very weak radio waves, but a GFCI has nothing to do with radio waves that i know of. you can replace the GFCI to a new unit, and maybe a different brand. that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI outlets near swimming pool, gfci outlets, gfci outlet
gfci outlets, gfci outlet, pool filter: Hi. You can protect the entire chain of outlets with one GFCI, but it has to be the first one. All the others have to be connected to the load side of the GFCI. The outlets have to be far enough away from the pool. Only the one that the pool filter...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI tripping, amp breaker, amp circuit
amp breaker, amp circuit, gfci outlet: The first thing I would do is put the refrigerator on it s own 20 amp circuit. It should not be on a GFCI and it should not be on the same circuit as your kitchen counter outlets. Just replacing a 15 amp outlet with a 20 amp outlet does not help you unless...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI wiring, Philadelphia electrician, Gfci
Philadelphia electrician, Gfci: Here in Philadelphia we directly wire our disposal directly and don t GFCI protect them. I would thing that a GFCI would work with both a momentary switch and a garbage disposal. I don t know of a brand of GFCI outlet that can be half switched like your...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI / Children / Stress, gfci, best solution
gfci, best solution, thanks in advance: Instead of using one GFCI to protect everything. Change the outlets in each room to GFCIs. GFCI have two locations where wire get attached. The line side only protects one location. The load side protect other rooms. If each room had it s own GFCI wired...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI PLUG WITH LIGHT SWITCH, gfci trips, light switch
gfci trips, light switch: Hi. Most people do not use the load part for a light. It should not affect it not working however. You will loose your lights if the GFCI trips. The white wire going to the light bypasses the switch and connect to the white power entering. One wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI question, bathroom light, extractor fan
bathroom light, extractor fan, gfci: Hi. The GFCI is on the wrong side of the switch. So, the next questions is if you can put it on the correct side without adding wires. Is the GFCI in the same box as the switch? Or is it connected to the light. If it connected to the light and the power...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ground Wire Alternative, awg wire, national electrical code
awg wire, national electrical code, copper wire: honestly that seems like a plausible solution but i cannot say that it is acceptable. my only reference is the National Electrical Code so i cannot tell you definitively if it will work. i can specifically tell you that the code forbids paralleling the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: gas to dual fuel range replacement, dual fuel range, interface circuits
dual fuel range, interface circuits, amp breaker: John, Even though the bigger gauge wire is more expensive you are smart to be thinking ahead in case you ever want to go with a electric range in the future. The circuit breaker needs to be a 20 amp breaker so you do not slow cook any wires in the range....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: gfi, hallway light, silver screw
hallway light, silver screw, recepticle: Ok it gets simple. The wires that are for switching..The wire under #3 is the white wire to/from the light... other wire goes to the wire for the light. The rest of the unit is a typical GFCI recepticle and protection for down stream protection. Main power...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: gfi troubleshooting, gfi outlet, wire nut
gfi outlet, wire nut, thunder and lightning: Pull all recepticles and switches in the related areas and test for power From the breaker. Be sure to set/reset the breakers to be sure they are fully on. If you had a surge on that line....it could have shorted a wire nut connection in any of the locations...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: In-ground wiring, pond aerator pump, gravel driveway
pond aerator pump, gravel driveway, rural ky: John, I highly recommend you use 3/4 PVC instead of burying the UF cable directly in the ground. You can use the PVC as a sleeve from the garage to the aerator and just run the UF cable inside it. If rocks or other sharp objects get thrown in the mix...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: grounding recepticals, prong style, receptical
prong style, receptical, neutral wire: The ground and neutral wire are common at the panel but after they leave the panel the neutral becomes the return path for electricity and can have a voltage on it where the ground should always be 0 volts. DON T use your neutral as a ground it could hurt...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Hair dryer trips breaker - want to rewire, amp circuits, gauge wire
amp circuits, gauge wire, wire gauge: Hi. I would bet that the wire is 14 gauge, and if you change the breaker, it is likely to cause a fire. Hair dryers must be used on separate circuits. So if you want to run two in the same room, you ll need to run 2 new circuits there. Otherwise the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Hanging Lamp, lamp sockets, lamp wires
lamp sockets, lamp wires, wire terminal: With out looking at the lamp it is hard to tell you for sure what is going on. Did you try to reverse the connections? It sound like the metal from the fixture is bonded with the lamp sockets. If it is reversed this may go away. IF you test the little...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Hanging Light Fixture, logical explanation, light fixture
logical explanation, light fixture, dimmers: Hi. There is no logical explanation. Perhaps a wire came loose. Be sure to check the bulb if you haven t done so. Do you have a regular switch? Dimmers tend to burn out easily. After you check the bulb, take the fixture down and check for electricity....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Heavy Up, deadliest jobs, proper gauge
deadliest jobs, proper gauge, meter panel: Bruce electrical work can be really dangerous. Electricians are in the top 5 of the deadliest jobs. The power to your main service is not fused. It sounds like you may be biting on more then you should. Sometime it just makes sense to call a professional....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: HOT NEUTRAL, neutral wire, hot wire
neutral wire, hot wire, elec: It will not affect the power bill, but it is potentially dangerous. You need to start at the breaker to ensure the black wire is connected to the breaker and the white is connected to the neutral bar. Now each device on this circuit needs to be pulled out...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Home electrical issues, philadelphia electrician, light
philadelphia electrician, light, recessed: First question: The answer is simple you need more circuits. How to do it may be harder. I m not sure since I can t see your house. You have the two choices correct either you add dedicated outlets for things such as vacuums or you find places to split the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Home Wiring, fixture shop, bearer of bad news
fixture shop, bearer of bad news, voltage meter: Hi. It may have damaged the wire in the fixture instead of the house wiring. You can buy a cheap $5 fixture and see if it works. If it works, the problem is in the repaired fixture. If it doesn t, it s in the house wiring. A short can damage the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Home Wiring Voltages, neutral wire, fan light
neutral wire, fan light, wall switch: Hi. It seems strange to get a reading like that. However, it is rare to get anything other than 0 or 110 in reality. If you really had 60 volts, then the lights would be dim, and the fan might turn slowly. It is more likely that there is a break...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Hot & Neutral Feeds Reversed, amp breaker, garage door opener
amp breaker, garage door opener, light ballasts: Bernie Probably the only damage was to the devices that were hooked up. The wires can carry voltage on either the whit or the black. Actually this sounds like he may have put 240 volts on the line as I cant see having the Feeds Reversed do this much damage,The...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Hot water heater wiring, hot water heater, hot water heaters
hot water heater, hot water heaters, gauge wire: Hi Usually hot water heaters are 30 amps and use 10/2 wire. How are you coming up with 37.5 amps? A water heater has 2 elements, but only one should come on at a time, if it is wired correctly. If the water heater is 37.5 amps, then you would need...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: House wiring, claw foot tub, neutral wire
claw foot tub, neutral wire, ceiling fixture: Hi. If the neutral is not making contact, you will get a hot reading but no electricity. That is because the power is coming through a hot wire going into lights and then trying to return through the neutral back to the panel box, but can t. So, in effect,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: House wiring-- HOT NEUTRAL, large drain, neutral wire
large drain, neutral wire, electrician: You should just rewire the outlets and be done with it. A the day they were looking for the problem you could of had new outlets I would think. I can t see how this would effect you electric bill You can sell you house as is and disclose this defect....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: HVAC/Heat pump slab & install, noise abatement, building officials
noise abatement, building officials, x24: The code is very lax to this issue. Minimums....24 x24 3 above grade...sloped slightly for run off. The units are another story...the warrantees spell out a minimum of 18 of clear perimeter for air flow. There is maybe another approach. NOISE abatement....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: home wiring, ceiling fan light, amp circuits
ceiling fan light, amp circuits, lighting circuits: With no more load than one room would put on a circuit including every load in it, the voltage drop would be very low at any point in the circuit, so I would just install the fan where it will be most convenient to add it in the circuit. One point of advice...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: home wiring, cable clamp, floor outlets
cable clamp, floor outlets, wire nuts: Hi. As far as the number of outlets, it is more of a common sense thing than anything else. Kitchen and dining outlets must be on 2 circuits at 20 amps with nothing else. The outlet near the laundry needs to be on its own circuit at 20 amps. Bathroom...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: home wiring, single mom, home wiring
single mom, home wiring, light switch: You will need to verify that the wires are going from the switch to the light location. If you verify the wires are correct, it can be only a bad connection at either end. Turning power off, remove the switch, connect the wires as if switched and turn power...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: home wiring problems, energy efficient light bulbs, fuse panel
energy efficient light bulbs, fuse panel, fuse box: Margo, Did you replace the lamps with the energy saving florescent type lamps? They are usually longer looking with maybe a twisted type bulb configuration, and a larger looking bottom where the threads twist into the socket? What happens is that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: hot attic fan control, finite control, rotary type
finite control, rotary type, fan attic: Rotary type switch, dimmer type switch? Is it at timer or speed control? Does it have steps or rotatry slections for speeds, or does in control the speed of the fan like a dimmer on a light, very finite control? DImmer type switches do not work with...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: house panel box, neutral wire, internal heat
neutral wire, internal heat, excessive heat: I agree that if a white wire is turning brown...there is excessive heat on that wire. You may have a defective Circuit breaker that is not tripping when needed, or you may have a West facing panel that is getting severe heat from the sun and causing internal...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: hvac wiring, ready to trip, metal conduit
ready to trip, metal conduit, sloppy work: It violates all sorts of electrical codes. The conduit, whether suspended below a surface or laying on top of a surface must be secured. It varies how far apart the clamps must be based on the size of the conduit. There should never be a junction box left...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: INSTALLING COMBINATION SWITCH /GFCI OUTLET, exact cause, leviton
exact cause, leviton, gfi: I m not sure if know the exact cause but I can give thing to look at. You might have a bad GFI. Did it work before? 1. With a tester find the hot and neutral wires. (120 v) They will go on the screws marked line 2. Find the ground wire that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Installing electrical cable under slate floor, radiant floor heating, slate tile
radiant floor heating, slate tile, slate floor: There are ways to do this but how legal they are may be questionable. One township or inspector might say Ok to something that will big, No No, 500 yards down the road. Here in Philadelphia for something like this I would find out who was going to inspect...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Installing New Dishwasher, incoming power, metal conduit
incoming power, metal conduit, garbage disposal: the metal box and conduit is the grounding conductor. in the metal junction box, there will be a threaded hole. you can buy a 10-32 green ground screw and wrap the ground wire around the screw and secure it to the box. also they sell ground clips that secure...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: inground pool ground, cement slab, copper wires
cement slab, copper wires, grounding system: Call either an electrician in your area or a building inspector right away to get the proper information on codes for your area. This may of been part of the whole grounding system and if so, this is now a serious situation that is potentially dangerous. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: How do I install a subpanel in detached garage, pvc conduit, plastic sheathing
pvc conduit, plastic sheathing, subpanel: Jack, You can use the black 8/3 Romex and sleeve it with the PVC. You don t have to install a ground rod but it doesn t hurt. Yes you must keep the ground wires and neutrals separate. In other words unlike your main panel where you can have the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: installing a dimmer switch, phialdelphia electrical contractor repair, lighting
phialdelphia electrical contractor repair, lighting, dimmer: You should read the instructions that come with the dimmer. I most cases the switch will be wired like this. 1.All Ground wires go together. 2. All white wire go together 3. The black coming in goes the black of the dimmer 4. The red of the dimmer goes...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: installing GFCI, gfci outlet, ground wire
gfci outlet, ground wire: Hi. You definitely would want a ground for an outside outlet. If you install a ground wire, a tester between the ground and hot will light, a tester between a ground and neutral should not. (Be sure nothing else is connected or on on that circuit when...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: installing new light. wires in box do not match wires in light, brown wires, ground wires
brown wires, ground wires, electrician: Hi Derek, This should be easy. 1. Put the bare wires together. They are the ground wires. 2. Match one brown wire with the white wire. You may notice the one of the brown wires has some sort of strip on it. That is the brown wire I would put with...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: interior sockets and light switches, wire nuts, light switches
wire nuts, light switches, loose wire: Hi. Are they all on the same circuit? have you tried resetting the breaker? If all the breakers are on, and they are still not working, you probably have a loose wire. These things can be hard to track down. Somewhere in the circuit, there is a break....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: intermatic t101 mechanical timer switch, timer switch, internal timer
timer switch, internal timer, timer function: Here is the instructions sheet for a t101 http://www.intermatic.com/images/instruction_sheets/T101.pdf 1.All your white wires should go under the A terminal 2. You hot feed wire should go under the 1 terminal.(if the power is on the gears should be...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kitchen/Bathroom remodel and wiring, countertop space, bathroom remodel
countertop space, bathroom remodel, amp circuit: This is a good question because it poses a dilemma for many homeowners updating their houses. If this is a new build or it is being done with a permit the inspector may have you upgrade to current code. However, the costs to bring everything up to current...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: kitchen outlet question, Electrician Philadelpha gfci
Electrician Philadelpha gfci: Here is a simple way to test if you have your kitchen wired correctly. On the GFCI outlets there is a test button. If you press that button the GFCIs in the kitchen should hear it trip. After it is tripped test every other outlet on you counter tops of your...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: knob and tube wiring, knob and tube wiring, voltage detector
knob and tube wiring, voltage detector, knob and tube: Hi. No, the neutral should not have any current. So only one wire would have current. Before tearing out the ceiling, use a continuity tester to test the wires. This is done with the power off. If there is continuity, there is no need to mess with...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: LIGHT, fuse box, recepticle
fuse box, recepticle, kitchen light: With electricity and the many points of contact, there is no simple answer. It could be a breaker that tripped, but does not indicate tripped. Test each breaker. It could be a bad bulb socket, a bad switch, it could be on a GFCI circuit, that has a GFCI...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: LIGHT, wire nuts, fuse box
wire nuts, fuse box, kitchen light: Hi. You may want to turn the breaker ff and on to be sure. Otherwise, you have a loose wire somewhere. These things can be hard to track down. Somewhere in the circuit, there is a break. It could even be at a device that is working, because it could...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light Bulb, thermal protector, light fixture
thermal protector, light fixture, light bulb: Hi. Can lights have a thermal protector that shuts off when it gets too hot. The reasons could be: 1) bulb is too high wattage (the right wattage should be on the inside of the can) 2) wrong type of bulb (That should be listed too. R is a reflector bulb,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights that flicker when I start appliances, new home warranty, utility wires
new home warranty, utility wires, poping: Kevin, You have a loose connection some where and most likely on your utilitys end. The problem could be in the main panel however but I doubt it, more likely the meter outside your house, the connections where the utility wires attach to your wires on...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Location of Breaker Box, severe storms, meter reader
severe storms, meter reader, texas and oklahoma: Charles, Where I live all main breaker boxes are mounted on the outside. We have no basements. The meter is part of the main panel here and the meter reader needs to take a look at it so there has to be access for them to do so. So it is not uncommon...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lost Partial Power, phialdelphia electrical contractor repair., neutral
phialdelphia electrical contractor repair., neutral: A vacuum use a large amount of electricity to power it s motor. This surge of power can cause a connection to fail. It might take years for a connection to fail but when it does you have a situation like you just described. It sound to me like you lost...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low flowing electric, loose connection, receptacle
loose connection, receptacle, electricity: I would say there is a damaged wire or loose connection. Check the voltage with a meter in a receptacle as the fan is operating and see if the voltage is not going up and pulling down from what the voltage is while the fan or no other load is on. I would look...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low Lines, local power company, weatherhead
local power company, weatherhead, electrician: Hello Patricia, Basically you d prob hire this one out to a licensed electrician. And i can only give a vague price on it since i don t live in that area and price varies greatly town to town, state to state. Roughly you d be looking at a grand though...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low Service Wires, weatherhead, service cable
weatherhead, service cable, electricians: You need to call some local electricians for some estimates. I can only guess at the price not looking at your house or knowing the market down there. I would think the price range would be between $650-$1300. To do this job the contractor will have to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low voltage lighting, low voltage lighting, light fixture
low voltage lighting, light fixture, volts: Can you verify the transformer is receiving 120volts. If there is a dimmer in the area or part of the equation, the dimmer is reducing voltage...to... which would reduce... from. Read the transformer too. It should specify inlet voltage and outlet voltage....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low voltage at wall switch, light won't work, poor conductor, porch light
poor conductor, porch light, neutral wire: Somewhere in your connections...maybe in the light socket, you have a bad or mis connection on the white neutral wire. If you had an arch occur, you may still have a connection, but it is being a poor conductor and thus low voltage. The more elements of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low voltage at wall switch, porch light, wall switch
porch light, wall switch, light fixture: What do you get hot to neutral from both sides of the switch with the switch in the ON position? If you get about 110 volts then you should be looking at the light fixture. Measuring to ground only tells you that you have a difference of potential...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: l14-30 plug, extension cord, receptacle
extension cord, receptacle, nema: Nema 14-13 plug is rated at 30 amp that would need 10-3 wire. I don t think orange extension cord will do. If you look at my blog you can find the NEMA plug chart. Just search NEMA or outlet and you should find it. I hope this helped. Bill Lutz ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light fixture in bathroom, fixture wire, orange wire
fixture wire, orange wire, bedroom light: Hi. I have never heard of an orange ground wire. Perhaps it is a red wire. See if this wire connects to the switch. If it does, connect it to the black light fixture wire. Leave the whites as is, and connect the black house wires together without the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switches, 3 way switches, light switches
3 way switches, light switches, light switch: You eithe put the wire switch together in the wrong order. Do the threeways work work when the light switch you changed is on? If so you are switching the feed to the three ways. -or- All the wire are not tied together. Did you forgot to put a wire back?...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting, voltage, high
voltage, high, service@emrrepair.com: Ayoung, The reason your lights seem to be wired for dimmers [there is really no such wiring scheme], is that dimmers generally lower the voltage to the particular lamp or light. My guess is if you get a decent volt meter out, you will find that the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights have stopped working, hallway light, panel switches
hallway light, panel switches, wire nuts: Hi. I would turn all the breakers off, and then back on to be sure none are tripped. If not, then you have a loose wire somewhere. These things can be hard to track down. Somewhere in the circuit, there is a break. It could even be at a device that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: How to locate short in underground outdoor lighting wiring, outdoor landscape lighting, wire clothes hangers
outdoor landscape lighting, wire clothes hangers, line trenches: Are you positive it is the wiring and not the attached load? You can take a 120 volt circuit and add enough load to bring the voltage well under 100 volts. How many lights are attached and what is their wattage? You may need a larger transformer and for the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: loose neutral, neutral wire, small appliance
neutral wire, small appliance, master bedroom: It is not uncommon on older homes to have the lights dim when a clothes iron is plugged in on the same circuit. Even though an iron is classified as a small appliance, it pulls a fair amount of watts. Never homes have the lights and outlets on separate...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: low voltage electrical system, switch plate, electrical system
switch plate, electrical system, electronics supply: You may be able to contact the manufacturer of the switches and see what they may have available as it will have to fit their switch size. I can not think of any other resource unless there is an electronics supply in your area that may be able to match your...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Main breaker in subpanel keeps tripping, tankless water heater, amp breaker
tankless water heater, amp breaker, electric tankless water heater: When you rewired your house you should of updated the panel to 200 amp service. To answer your question, yes it is possible to have too many loads on one leg. Each time the breaker trips it loses an amount of tolerance so it will trip easier each time....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Main Electrical Box, electrical waves, electric waves
electrical waves, electric waves, magnetic forces: Joe. I don t know if there is any ill effects from electron magnetic forces. I can tell this there is no great amounts of electric waves coming out of the panel then out of your light or your outlets. The are all the the same frequency and voltage. Bill...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Main Panel Overload?, volt appliances, range oven
volt appliances, range oven, washer dryer: Hi. You may be OK. The only way to find out is to try it. That is because everything will not be on at once. The stove will probably never be on the max (everything on high). It also depends on how many smaller things will be on too. However, if you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Multiple circuits sharing parallel breakers?, circuit on more than one breaker
circuit on more than one breaker: the house has some wiring problems. under no circumstance should there be a case where two single breakers feed the same circuit. since they are on the same phase, they do not short out. however this poses a dangerous situation because you can turn off...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: main breaker tripping, spring thaw, pool pump
spring thaw, pool pump, loose wires: Hi Ross, That could be the problem, first I would check the connections on the breaker, look for loose wires or signs of the insulation burning, feel the breaker and see if it is getting hot. To eliminate the sub panel as being the problem try turning that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: main panel, Philadelphia electrician, ground
Philadelphia electrician, ground, Panel: Hi Mike, The ground and neutral are the same at the main panel so this is safe. After the main panel the neutral is use as the return path for your electricity where the ground wire carries 0 volts to the metal casings of you appliances. If a hot wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: moving an electrical outlet, whirlpool bathtub, timer knob
whirlpool bathtub, timer knob, wall cavity: You can not make a junction box where the originals are as they would be covered by the new mirrors and any junction box has to be accessible. You will have to go above or where ever these are fed from and connect a new cable the total length down to where...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: multiple lights and 4 way switch, nm3, switch locations
nm3, switch locations, switch circuit: it looks like it will work with the wires you used: at fix 1: source nm2 black to (1)nm3 black, source nm2 white to nm3 white and fix white. nm3 red to fix black. at fix 2: (1)nm3 black to (2)nm3 black. all whites together, reds together with fix black...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: N14-50 to N6-50, 14-50 to 6-50
14-50 to 6-50: it should be no problem. the only difference is that the 14-50 has a N (neutral) terminal and the 6-50 does not have one. you can buy a heavy 6-3 SO cord with a male 14-50 and a female 6-50. at the male 14-50, the black goes to the x terminal,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Needing to add an overhead fan in old bathroom, overhead fan, bathroom fans
overhead fan, bathroom fans, motion detectors: This sound like a good little project to do if you like this sort of thing. If not, I would start by call an electrician to see if I could get a free quote. You might find that it is not too much more expensive to have it done professionally and the peace...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Dishwasher Installation, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: The Ground of electrical devices is designed to keep all the metal cases of your appliances at 0 volts. It is also meant to keep the electrical conduit O volts. When a piece of grounded conduit is attached to another piece of conduit they booth become grounded....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New home electrical issues, electrician apprenticeship, rotator cuff injury
electrician apprenticeship, rotator cuff injury, foot gap: i can understand your feelings. while it seems that your wiring is done according to minimum code, it seems like it is not done in a tradesman like manner. however remember that it is your house and you have the option to specify a higher standard. this...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: I need a 100A subpanel from two parallel 100A main panels, Philadelphia electrician, 100 amp service
Philadelphia electrician, 100 amp service: I m not familiar with this type of split 200 amp service but before I upgraded the electrical service I would put an amp probe on both panels to see how much electricity you really are using. Most people are using less then they think at any given time....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: need to upgrade/need ground faults, ground faults, amp service
ground faults, amp service, significant impact: Rebecca, I think I can safely say that it would be less expensive by you but the only way to find out is to call a few contractors and ask them what they charge to upgrade to new 200 amp service with a full 40 circuit panel with main breaker. Call reputable...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: neutral wire, volt devices, neutral wire
volt devices, neutral wire, hot wire: Ok, you are correct. 220 volt devices are a bit different and may work with out a neutral for there return path. If your device is running on 220 volts it is really using two 110 volt legs that are 180 degrees out of phase. Since the electric is out of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new ceiling fans hum, hampton bay, worse case
hampton bay, worse case, rubber feet: it is probably not the wiring. i think it is the rigid mount to the ceiling. you might try to use a very short downrod that is socket mounted. that will sometimes eliminate the hum. hampton bay (by home depot) is an ok brand but on the cheap side. also...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new light switch wiring, light switch wiring
light switch wiring: You are switching either the neutral or hot leg for the existing lights and your new switch and light need to have both a neutral and hot leg. You should be able to tap off any of the lights and bring a neutral and hot to the new light and then switch the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Old wiring under the floorboards, pneumatic nailer, metallic wire
pneumatic nailer, metallic wire, wall outlets: Hi. It might be best to wait, just to be on the safe side. If it is true conduit, the electrician should be able to run new wires though it. But if it is non-metallic wire or BX cable, then the electrician will need to get to it. Conduit is not used...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: OULTLET AND TOGGLE, toggle light switch, metal boxes
toggle light switch, metal boxes, way switch: Hi. The only way the feed could come to the light first, then go to the switch and then other things, is if it is 3 wires (not counting the ground.) The black wire would bring power to the outlet and switch. If it is one device, it would go to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outdoor gfi won't reset, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: It would not surprise me if the GFCI was broken. You could try replacing it. You could also try removing the wires off the load side of the GFCI. If you can reset the GFCI with the wire off of the screws marked load then you have a problem with the wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outdoor Motion Sensor Lights, outdoor motion sensor lights, motion sensor lights
outdoor motion sensor lights, motion sensor lights, motion sensor light: Hi. You can try playing with the settings. But it is likely the sensor is defective. It is probably cheaper just to replace the whole thing. You might try turning the power off at the panel box and turning it back on, the way you would reboot a computer....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet installation and buzzing noises, whirlpool tub, electricial
whirlpool tub, electricial, loose connections: Jane The tub issue sounds like some loose connections,Take it apart and see if all the wires are tight and that the plug fits tight. Also make sure it is on the right circuit breaker for that tub. As far as the fan they have a tendency to hum and make...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet for stackable washer/dryer, frigidaire stackable washer dryer, prong cord
frigidaire stackable washer dryer, prong cord, gage wire: Hi. The code changed about 10 or 15 years ago, and you now need to use 4 wires, plus a 4 prong outlet. At the breaker box, the red and black go to the breaker. The ground and white connect where the other ground and white wires are. At the outlet,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outside Lighting, flood light, amps
flood light, amps, lighting: Hi. If the circuit is 15 amps, you can use 14-2. Outside wire should be UF wire. You can make a single gang switch a double gang, but it usually makes a mess of the wall. If you don t mind patching and painting, you can do it. I hope this helps....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outside Wiring, pool motor, copper wiring
pool motor, copper wiring, j box: Hi. You can run many circuits in a conduit, and it sounds like what you have there. Black, red, and blue are hot wires. It seems that there should be a white too. You may want to look in the panel where it comes in, to figure it out. Two hot wires make...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Oversizing electrical wire, amp breaker, wire gauge
amp breaker, wire gauge, gauge wire: The 10 gauge wire is okay. The circuit breaker is there to keep the device from running at too high of amp draw which can create a fire hazard, or from shorting to ground which creates a shock hazard. A short to ground should trip any size breaker so the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: open hot on GFCI, GFCI, open hot
GFCI, open hot: the cfl lights should have no effect. you have a faulty connection in the wiring. it is likely that the bad connection is at the gfci. you can pull out the gfci and you will likely see two pairs of black and white wires. the wires that are attached...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: open neutral on electric tester, ground wires, electrician
ground wires, electrician, lutz: I think you must be misreading the electric tester. If every outlet in your in-laws house had an open neutral nothing would be working. What I think you electric tester is telling you is that you in-law house does not have ground wires at the outlets. This...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outdoor 220V outlet, gfci receptacle, nec code
gfci receptacle, nec code, gfci breaker: If it is outside it needs to be on a GFCI outlet to be up to NEC code. You should be able to run this on a GFCI breaker to the best of my knowledge. I would contact the manufacturers before I would say all of this information 100% correct. A manufacture s...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outdoor motion sensor wirering specs., outdoor motion, lgt
outdoor motion, lgt, motion sensor: All you need is 14-2 15 amp wire. Match black to black and white to white. You can tack it back to the panel or tap it off any 15 amp outlet that is already wired in 14-2. I hope this helped Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. www.Generation3electric.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outdoor wiring, feeder cable, birdbath
feeder cable, birdbath, gfci: hello Steve, I m Alex and i ll help you if u like. Ok this is a fairly simple project. Basically you d pull a UF cable from one of your receps in your garage and take it to the bird bath. Probably go with 12-2 w/g UF cable Attaching a recep near...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outdoor wiring, Philadelphia, Electric
Philadelphia, Electric, Electrician: Only if it is attached to some structure or you build a structure for it. Will it run along a wall? That is what I would be looking at here in Philadelphia. This type of question can only really be answered by the AHJ (authority having jurisdiction). I would...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlets not working, gfci outlets, reset buttons
gfci outlets, reset buttons, basement garage: Hi. You will get an email message telling you to check the website, I believe. One GFCI can control many outlets. The kitchen outlets have to be on their own circuit, don t worry about them. That leaves the basement, garage, outside, and bathrooms....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: overhead light will not turn off, porch light, wire nuts
porch light, wire nuts, overhead light: It sounds like someone hooked up the wrong black wire to the wire nuts. One of the blacks should be to the ceiling...and From the switch. If you can take the blacks apart....finding the one to the ceiling, should not be real hard. Put it on the switch....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Popping the Garage Circuit Breaker, amp breaker, amp circuit
amp breaker, amp circuit, recepticle: do not change the breaker. the breaker size is rated to prevent the wire from being overloaded. if you simply change the breaker to a higher rating, you will overload the wire and cause a fire. you must run the two units on different circuits. maybe you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no power in 2nd bedroom, wire nuts, guest bedrooms
wire nuts, guest bedrooms, voltage detector: Hi. It sounds like you have a loose wire somewhere. These things can be hard to track down. Somewhere in the circuit, there is a break. It could even be at a device that is working, because it could be the wire leaving the working device that is not...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No power in any of the 5 outlets in the parlor, outlet boxes, circuit breakers
outlet boxes, circuit breakers, garden style: It sound like you have a connection that has gone bad. A vacuum pulls a large amount of power. When you turned the vacuum off it may have caused the wires to move a slight bit and broke a connection. It is most likely in one of the outlet boxes. If you have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power to garage, electrical pvc conduit, amp breaker
electrical pvc conduit, amp breaker, sewing machines: due to height regulations, you cannot hang a wire very low anymore. so most people bury wire using electrical pvc conduit. an easy option is to run 4 #6 wires: 2 hots, 1 neutral, and one ground. you can set a small subpanel and feed it from a 50 amp breaker...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no power to light fixture, wire nuts, loose wire
wire nuts, loose wire, light fixture: Hi. Did you check power to the switch? If you have power there, it s somewhere between the switch and the light. Otherwise, you may have a loose wire somewhere in the system. These things can be hard to track down. Somewhere in the circuit, there is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power outage, bedroom closet, kitchen stove
bedroom closet, kitchen stove, random things: The power to your house come in on two wires. Each wire has 110 Volt together they give you 220 Volts for your bigger appliances. You probably lost power to one of the wires. You need to call either your power company or an electrician. I hope this helped....