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Electrical Wiring in the Home: converting 2 prong to 3 prong outlets, buss bar, insulated conductor
buss bar, insulated conductor, prong plug: Bob: Ground and neutral are tied together at the first means of disconnect if they get tied together in other locations it causes ground loops. Which means electricty will follow the least resistance path looking for earth ground. We do not want that we...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: converting 2 prong outlets to 3 prong outlets., amp fuse, fuse panels
amp fuse, fuse panels, plug configuration: Hi Brad, Just getting back in for the day.... Based on your description...you ve found yourself faced with the same scenario that a lot of new owners of older homes have found themselves in...outdated non-grounding 2 wire circuits. Understandably....most...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: converting from 2 way to 3 way switch, light in the basement, way switch
light in the basement, way switch, switch box: Hi. It sounds like you wired it correctly. The two wires that were on the old switch go to the two common terminals. The travelers connect to the other terminals. Perhaps there is a wire touching the metal frame of the switch or some other place it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: converting from 20 amp to 30 amp plug., ups power supply, true sine wave
ups power supply, true sine wave, amp plug: I like your setup. Sounds simple and protective. AS for the twist plug, think safety. The L shape is equipment ground....no mistaking that. The larger spade is the neutral...making a good return of the current, and the smaller terminal is the Hot leg....it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: converting 220 to 110, amp breaker, receptical
amp breaker, receptical, time jeff: Yes it can be converted, but if you do not know what your doing you can get a fatal shock. If you feel comfortable working inside the panel, then here is how you do it. Turn off all breakers, and turn off the main. The only hot wires now are the 2 wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: converting 220 to 110, volt circuits, ground bars
volt circuits, ground bars, john thanks: Piece of cake John. Remove the double breaker now feeding this circuit. The breaker will have the black and red connected. Replace this double breaker with two single 20 amp breakers and connect the black to one, the red to the other. The white and bare should...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: converting 220 connection to 120 connection, air heat, hookup
air heat, hookup, breakers: Hi. In a 220 circuit, both wires connect to breakers, which are double pole. In a 110 volt circuit, one wire connects to the breaker, the other (white)to the neutral bar. So, you just take the white wire off the breaker and put it on the neutral bar....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: converting 220v halogen lamps w/ dimmer to 110v, halogen lamps, travel converters
halogen lamps, travel converters, 220 volt: yhc, Check out travel converters , these are plug in adapters where you could plug a 110 to 220 volt converter into a US outlet and run your lamps. But is it worth it ? Maybe its best to just go out and buy new lamps instead but thats up to you. Bob...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: converting 3 prong outlet for dryer to 4 prong, neutral link, prong style
neutral link, prong style, terminations: Hi Dave. The code change has to do with a new circuit, not an existing circuit. You can change the cord to a 3 prong style, in which case you will need to connect the neutral link to the chassis of the dryer. There should be a wiring diagram showing how...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: converting 3-way ceiling fan switch, ceiling fan light, wire nut
ceiling fan light, wire nut, way switch: Hi. It would be impossible to tell you how to connect all those wires, since I don t know where they go. However, to take out one of the switches, get the wire that goes to the odd colored terminal (usually marked common), and connect it to one of the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: converting a 3 way switch to an outlet?, way switch, computer hope
way switch, computer hope, constant power: Normally one switch has both a hot and neutral, and the other switch does not. (I say normally because the power can originate at the light fixture). So you could convert the switch that has both a hot and neutral but not the other. The one with 2 blacks...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: converting European light fixture for use in US, bob osgood, volt supply
bob osgood, volt supply, master electrician: Hi Stan, Based on your description....this is simply a light fixture..made overseas....and can take standard incandecent bulb made for US fixtures (IF a US bulb will fit the socket..?). If so....then it is strictly a resistive fixture....and changing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: converting elctric cooktop to gas, electric cooktop, gas cooktop
electric cooktop, gas cooktop, volt supply: TJ, Absoulely tap into the outlet on the island for the electronic ignition in your new gas cook top. This is your best and EASIEST way to go about it. As far as using the old 220 line for your shop, is it a 3 wire cable or a 2 wire cable ?. In other words...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: converting an electrical outlet, volt unit, volt circuit
volt unit, volt circuit, unit thanks: If you have never worked in a live panel, an electrician needs to do this. The procedure is first to be sure the wiring is large enough to carry the load on a 120 volt circuit. The wire is rated for the load and the breaker is sized to protect the wiring....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: converting two electrical services into one, electrical services, boxes
electrical services, boxes, apartments: Hi. You should contact the power company and see what they suggest, since it will affect their system too. You can either make one panel a sub of the other, or you can probably connect the wires in a big junction box placed under the meter. Since the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: converting from gas to electric dryer, electric dryer, gas dryer
electric dryer, gas dryer, hookups: Hi Jessica, No, the gas dryer uses gas for the the heat, and the electric dryer uses coils to heat up, much like a toaster. You will need an electric dryer. I suggest you sell the gas dryer before you move as no one will buy it when you move, since...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: converting hardwire lamp to plug in, new chandelier, light chandelier
new chandelier, light chandelier, overhead lighting: Gretchen Rice? Used to know a girl with that name. Anyway, you can simply mount your new chandelier, and run what is called zip cord from that down to your outlet, then install a receptacle plug, to plug it into your outlet. You ll have to have a box...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: converting plug in lamp to chandelier, step by step directions, dining room table
step by step directions, dining room table, chandalier: Hi. You can buy a canopy kit at your local home center. If you are not sure, just ask someone in the electrical department. You ll open up the link of chain where you want to connect it to the canopy. Also cut the wire, but give yourself an extra 6...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: converting range from hard wire to plug in, new appliance, prongs
new appliance, prongs, circuit breaker: Before you do anything, you have to make sure that the wire is thick enough to run the range. There is a good chance that it is not. Check the amp rating of the new appliance, and make sure it is the same as the old appliance. You may need to run a new...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: converting receptacle wiring from 3 to 4 prong., neutral wire, prong
neutral wire, prong, receptacle wiring: Hi Jonnie, Changing the outlet to match the dryer cord is the way to go. If you cahnged the dryer cord to match the existing outlet, it could void your warranty on the dryer. You want a 220V, 30 amp dryer outlet. In the new outlet, the 20 hot...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: converting swag to ceiling light, conversion kit, lowes
conversion kit, lowes, home depot: Hi Lori, Depending on what kind of swag light you have, you should be able to convert it. Home Depot or Lowes should have a conversion kit. I don t know what kind you have, you basically just need a canopy that will cover the box and have a loop to attach...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: converting my table saw to 220, delta table, amp plug
delta table, amp plug, saw motor: James, Is the switch a double pole/single throw? Or are you just wiring both legs to the same screw on the switch? You should have a double pole and a hot leg is connected to each pole. Then on the other end of the switch you have one pole connected...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: converting wall 240v receptacle to 120V, silver screw, brass screw
silver screw, brass screw, space filler: Evening Charles, So you want to eliminate the 240 box and place a 120V recep in its place? Sure you can to that. Only use one hot like i mentioned above. Wirenut the other. In the recep box use pigtails to connect the heavy gauge wire to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: converting two wire outlets to three wire outlets, recepticle, electrical wiring
recepticle, electrical wiring, screw: It is time consuming, but simple. You can buy either a green ground wire with a ground screw attached that will fasten to the interior of the box, or a ground clip that fastens to the from lip of the box. This gives 3 wires to connect to a grounded recepticle...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: converting220 circuit to 110, 220 volt, michael adams
220 volt, michael adams, circuit breaker: Michael, a 220v circuit breaker will have two terminals for the user to connect to. Voltage across these two will be 220volts. Voltage between either of these and the neutral bus will supply 120volt. A two wire circuit, therefore, connected with the white...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: cooktop hookup, garbage disposers, don beck
garbage disposers, don beck, neutral wire: Hi Carl, You idea of checking the breaker panel and see where the wires go there is the best idea. I m sure the red and the black wires are hooked correctly and the green is the ground. Howevere, this gray wire surprises me. I haven t run across that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: cooktop ignition, volt meter, control circuits
volt meter, control circuits, voltage source: Yes. but how come the voltage is so low? The technician put it in for you and wired it up to a low voltage source and didn t say anything to you at the time? Or did he just come out and go you have 98 volts, and that is why the igniters don t work and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: cooktop installation, flat surface, power cord
flat surface, power cord, electrician: Hi Keith, If the new power cord fits the old outlet, you are 1/2 way home. The other concern you need to look into, is the old wire big enough to handle the new top and is the breaker big enough. If you could tell me the size of the breaker and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: cooktop installation, voltage tester, fire hazard
voltage tester, fire hazard, hots: Hi Susan, You will need a voltage tester. It s just 2 leads attached to a neon lite. The lite lites up when voltage is present. It runs around 5.00 at home centers. Use the tester between all the combinations of 2 wires. The tester should lite...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: cooktop and oven, bob osgood, amp breaker
bob osgood, amp breaker, master electrician: Hi Nick, Sorry for the delay....been helping my sister move into her new place....just got back. An 8.8 kW cooktop will draw up to 36.67 amps....and should be run with # 8 wire....on a 40 amp double pole breaker. The 4kW oven will draw about 17 amps....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: cooktop stove & wall oven, wall oven, cable assembly
wall oven, cable assembly, michael white: Michael, White to white, black to black, red to red, and your 4th wire the bare one will be grounded to the metal of the junction box. The cable assembly on these units is usually metal with a bare ground wire which you would also connect together with...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: cooktop wiring, thermador cooktop, cooktops
thermador cooktop, cooktops, paperwork: Hi Sue, Most new cooktops can be used with 3 wire systems. The procedure on how to do this is simple, but varies by manufacturer. The instructions on how to do this should be with your paperwork. If it isn t call to the place of purchase or the manufacturer...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: cooktop wiring, amp breaker, copper wire
amp breaker, copper wire, 220 volts: Hi Sekova, First, you must make sure the wire feeding the cooktop is large enough and without knowing how many amps it takes you can t be sure of what wire size to install. Do you have a brand name and model #? Maybe I can locate a diagram for it. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: cooktop wiring, vent fan, don beck
vent fan, don beck, correct colors: Ray, You will need to replace the breaker as the current one is too big. The breaker is probably a 40 or 50 amp double pole breaker with a black and a red wire attached. Remove the wires from the breaker and install a new breaker that is a single pole and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: copper or aluminium wire, aluminum wire, aluminium wire
aluminum wire, aluminium wire, interior wiring: Hi Larry, In this case, Aluminum is OK. You just have to put an anti-oxide compound on the wires at the connection points, and tighten the connections every year as the aluminum is so soft it loosens over time. In your case, it s not that big of a deal....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: copper vs aluminum, aluminum wire, residential usage
aluminum wire, residential usage, corrosion inhibitor: Curt: There is nothing wrong with using aluminum wire for feeding say a sub panel 60amp and larger. Use eather XHHN , THHN , THWN insulation which ever is the most avable for your area. There is a product called no-lox it is used on the aluminum where...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: copper vs aluminum, aluminum wire, lugs
aluminum wire, lugs, copper: Hi Curt. Cost is the main reason for using one over the other. Both are allowed by code, and work well, if the ends of the wire are treated correctly. You need to make sure that where you land the wires are approved for aluminum, if using aluminum. Most...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: cord prong broke off in outlet..., pair of tweezers, extention cord
pair of tweezers, extention cord, needle nose: Dave, is it just one of the prongs? The ground or the power prong? Is it broke off flush with front? I only need to know that if this doe not work. Kill the breaker to the outlet, make sure you kill the right one. If you don t know how to kill the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: coridor light, basic electricity, switch combination
basic electricity, switch combination, way switch: This is a four way switch combination and I have no method of creating a diagram. The best solution is to go to a home supply in the self help manual section and purchase a manual titled Basic Electricity . It has color photos of the actual wiring and all...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: coridor light switch, way switch, light switch
way switch, light switch, 3 ways: Hello, By installing a set of 4-ways switches. Two 3-ways and one 4-way switch near each door where you want to operate this light. Then run the cables between them. 12-2 Cable from panel to one 3-way, 12-3 to 4-way, another 12-3 to opposite...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: correct size circuit breaker, amp circuit breaker, electric water heater
amp circuit breaker, electric water heater, overhead light fixtures: If you can find the rating plate on all the proposed appliances, you should be able to calculate the load you are hoping to impose. If the appliances are listing watts....volts x amps is watts. If they are listing amps...same process. 120 volts x 20amp...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: correct type of electronic dimmer, halogen track lights, voltage halogen
halogen track lights, voltage halogen, electronic transformers: Hi. I didn t think you could mix regular lights with a transformer dimmer. I went to Lutron s website, and could not find that bit of information. However, they have a customer number 1.800.523.9466. I would definitely put them on a separate dimmer if...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: correct wire size for 100 amp feed to subpanel, bob osgood, master electrician
bob osgood, master electrician, pvc conduit: Hi Dave, Sorry....but we are fixing to leave here shortly for our Holiday vacation...so I do not have time to answer your question in detail. For a 100 amp feed - you will need 3 runs of #2 copper (not #3 or #4) ....although the ground can be a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: cost of electrical updating, hot water heaters, garbage disposals
hot water heaters, garbage disposals, branch circuits: I assume the contractor is doing a load analysis, and handling all the permits and such with the city and utility? I can tell you that a 200 amp service, on average, costs about $1200. Bear in mind that all these costs are average and not locality specific....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: cost of installing washer/dryer connection in apartment, hr material, cover plates
hr material, cover plates, central indiana: Depends on a lot of factors, if it is 2 runs 1 - 120 and 1 - 240 there is the cost of the wire, boxes, receptacles, cover plates, 2 breakers, 1 - single and 1 double, and the time required to do it. Most of the contractors here in Central Indiana are charging...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: cost to upgrade service panel, no surprises, amp
no surprises, amp, circuits: Hi Don, Is it a reasonable range? I would say so.. i mean my area would be around a $1000. My point is the cost is highly dependant on your area and the average cost of living. At least it sounds like you got several bids which is always a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: cover plate heats up, amp breaker, watter
amp breaker, watter, recess: Hi Randy, it is normal for a dimmer switch to feel warm to the touch, but not hot. Your dimmer may be a little small as you are using 480 watts, and your dimmer may be rated at 500, which is almost the max. You might switch the dimmer to a 600...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: coverting dimmer switch to non-dimmer switch, dimmer switches, daisy chain
dimmer switches, daisy chain, dimmers: Hi Scott, This is unusual as it appears the neutral wires are being switched and not the hots. There may be a reason for this that we aren t aware of, so I guess we should leave it as it is. The white wire that is connected to both dimmers via black...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: crackling circuit breaker box, crackling noise, refridgerator
crackling noise, refridgerator, circuit breaker: Hi Heidi, The crackling noise could just be a bad breaker or bad connection. It should be addressed as soon as possible. It can cause low voltage which could harm your refrigerator or computer and other electronics. You could also loose power at any time...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: crackling in switches, crackling, modular home
crackling, modular home, switches: Morning Don, Sounds like you got some cheap parts. The sounds inside these switches is arcing inside them. All switches arc, but if its loud enough to hear.. then i wouldn t expect these switches to last long. You may find yourself...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: crazy, air conditioning ducts, hearing voices
air conditioning ducts, hearing voices, bugging device: This is a new one on me Michelle. Was there a radio playing in the living room, and possibly your house is wired in conduit? Maybe the sound carried through the pipe like you might hear it through air conditioning ducts. I don t know and couldn t really speculate...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: am i crazy?, don beck, radio signals
don beck, radio signals, hearing voices: Michelle, Then the next thing to try is: Use a different vacuum cleaner and see if it still happens. If the sound quits, take your old vacuum cleaner and bury it in the back yard!! The cleaner might be the source as they are both electrical and mechanical...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Am I crazy?, photo cells, mom and dad
photo cells, mom and dad, hre: Cheap bulbs will do something like that. The filement is too small for the wattage,,,it burns too bright and burns out sooner. Try replacing with a screw in florecent bulb. It is a more stable light. The second half of your question is a bit hard to read....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: am i crazy?, office upstairs, radio signals
office upstairs, radio signals, hearing voices: Hi Michelle, Sorry just responding....our main systems were down most of yesterday while a new hard drive was installed and the files were all transferred....just now getting everything back up and online. Based on your description...at first glance...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: crimping ground wires, ground wires, brass rings
ground wires, brass rings, meter box: Hi Todd, I don t have the NEC in front of me, but that book isn t really binding. It s only a guide and local inspectors, and some are mini gods, can interpret the NEC as they see fit. In my area, twisting all the ground together and pigtailing 1 wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: cross wiring, circuit breakers, vacation feature
circuit breakers, vacation feature, hunt and peck: Sorry for the delay...I was out of town and forgot to use the vacation feature. It sound as though somewhere there is a mis-made joint, most likely in a three wire circuit, or where two separate circuits enter the same box and the neutrals were made up...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: crossed wire, incoming power, overhead light
incoming power, overhead light, light fixture: Take the switch out of the wall and see what color wire is at the terminals. 1 will be incoming power and the other will be power to the switches. Normally, I try and run incoming on white, then color it black, and outgoing to the fixture on black. Yours...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: crossed wires?, fuse box, crossed wires
fuse box, crossed wires, best guess: Hi. While it is impossible to know where the wires come from, I can give you my best guess. Most likely, the cable that has 3 wires coming out of it, has one neutral, one switched wire, and one wire always on. Turn the switch on. Put a tester between...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: cuircut breakers, correct switch, mo power
correct switch, mo power, recepticles: I hope you can find the easy fix. Most exterior recepticles are protected by a GFCI recepticle. Usually there is one in a garage nook that controls the garage and the exterior. If you find the right one..it is tripped, and resetting it solves your problem....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: current changes, small refrigerator, amp circuit
small refrigerator, amp circuit, dim lights: If you watch when the refrigerator first starts, it will pull 10 amps or more, then drop back to the 2 amp run draw on the circuit. It is not unusual for a high amp device to dim lights, especially on a 15 amp circuit. The saw or the refrigerator will pull...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: can we get too much current coming in to the house?, light bulbs, moble home
light bulbs, moble home, mr cook: It requires a good volt meter. You can check the actual voltage at a receptacle and be sure it is not too much above 120 volts. You need to check receptacles on each power leg, so pick two circuits that are top to bottom against each other to be sure you are...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: current flow in a 220 V circuit, osciliscope, amp breaker
osciliscope, amp breaker, amp circuit: Uf you were to look at a osciliscope of a 240 volt circuit you would find tht they are 180 degrees apart. x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x All the neutral does in a 120 volt...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: current in the home, new clock, 60 hertz
new clock, 60 hertz, short periods: Evening Alan, Call your local power company. There is no way you can wire a house to alter the Frequency. The frequency is set at the power plant. And 60 is a US standard. If there is a problem with the frequency then the problem would...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No current from the wiring, wire nuts, wire nut
wire nuts, wire nut, light bulbs: Hi Steve, I am assuming there are more wires in the ceiling box than just the black and white that attach to the fixture. What usually happens in these cases, is the other wires, which probably have wire nuts connecting them, work loose inside the wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: current in my wiring, replacing a light switch, voltage tester
replacing a light switch, voltage tester, circuit breaker: Hi Tony, Tough question as sometimes it s OK, and sometimes it isn t. If it was too much current, the breaker would would trip. To be sure of what we have here, you should get a voltage tester and take a reading of much voltage is present at...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: custom light box, electrical guide, code books
electrical guide, code books, hi mike: Hi Mike, Most code books are vague in this area. If at all possible, keep each wire length under 18 inside the fixure. Depending on the size of the lamps, it may pay to use heat resistant cord if the 2 lamps will create a lot of heat build up, or...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: cut off switch for subpanel in workshop, amp breaker, gauge wire
amp breaker, gauge wire, subpanel: It may be cheaper to use another 60 amp breaker in the sub panel as a main, and not use a disconnect. If you want to use a disconnect anyway, there should be a neutral bar in the disconnect to connect the the incoming and outgoing neutrals, if there isn...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: cutting off a plug to hard wire, vanity mirror, light switch
vanity mirror, light switch, wall switch: Hi Steve, If the light switch has 2 black wires attached to it, and there are 2 white wires in the wall box that are connected together, then you can run the new lite out of this box. If the wall switch has a white and a black wire attached to it,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: cutting power cable, phase power, power cable
phase power, power cable, phase two: Hi. If the wire is still connected, you are going to get a shock. You should have the power company shut the power off. Then you need to remove all of the wire and blank up any holes left behind. I am not sure why you want one phase. Two phase is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: cutting a track lighting kit in half, wattage bulbs, lighting transformers
wattage bulbs, lighting transformers, watt bulbs: Most lighting transformers have a minimum load wattage, so I would contact the manufacture (if it doesn t state it in the paperwork supplied) and find out what it is. These transformers also have a maximum wattage and maximum length of track. For example,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: cytringan 3 phase welder, blown fuse, wire feeders
blown fuse, wire feeders, ohm meter: Jim, New welder to you but not new as in unused? No manual? three phase welder and 5 terminals, one is case ground, leaving four. All the same size terminals? How about a nameplate? Can you write back with ALL the data off the name plate? Some...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Damaged Electrical Wire to Subpanel, split bolt, lighting circuit
split bolt, lighting circuit, barrel connector: I don t know what a Max Pad is, but unless you rejoined the cut copper, you essentially have a smaller wire, which at some point will probably burn in two. Merely patching the insulation is not a fix. If there was insufficient slack to rejoin the cut...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Damn door bell again, heath zenith, doorbell button
heath zenith, doorbell button, transformer connections: Hi Rossana, Just checking back to see if you got this resolved. Do...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Danger warning on new light fixture, ceiling light fixtures, degree cable
ceiling light fixtures, degree cable, dissimilar metals: Hi Don. The warning has to do with the insulation of the wiring feeding the light fixture, not with the conductors. The manufacturer recommends using a newer style romex when hooking up to fixture, due to the heat build-up inside of the box. If you install...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dangers of Ungrounded Outlet?, prong style, surge suppressor
prong style, surge suppressor, copper steel: I am sure you have heard of as built . Unless the landlord did the wiring he is not responsible for the conditions of the wiring in the house. Consider this. If a remodel had been done at some time in the past and a plumbing pipe was moved or removed....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Darkened wire nuts and wires., wire nuts, watt bulbs
wire nuts, watt bulbs, loose screw: Evening Kevin, Hmm.. yeah wires pulling excessive current will somewhat melt. I don t know about them changing color though. It sounds like you had arcs in this box. Do you have any poor connections in this box? Are the black...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dated House Electrical Issue, prong plug, interior wiring
prong plug, interior wiring, new ground: Hi Wayne, That is what needs to be done. However, this can be a very difficult undertaking. You can change the the old outlets to the 3 prong type, then you will be able to insert your 3 prong plugs into outlets without using an adaptor, but the outlet...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Daughter wants to buy a home, amp service, receptacles
amp service, receptacles, amps: Hi. The panel has to be replaced. I am sure the wire between the street and the panel will need to be replaced too, so contact the power company to see what they will do and what you have to do. Even 100 amps is outdated, so you may as well go with...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: David,I have an electric..., electric water heaters, hot water heater
electric water heaters, hot water heater, electric hot water heater: 38 gallons is small and electric water heaters are the worst. The distance is a large factor. 3 gallons in that pipe...cold water from the w/h and replaced with cold into the tank before you get warm water at the tap. It may not be good enough, but with...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Daylight Light Bulb?, flourescent bulbs, daylight bulbs
flourescent bulbs, daylight bulbs, daylight bulb: Hello Jane. I know these bulbs are said to be the latest and greatest, but it sounds like the manufacturer had a bad run of bulbs. I have encountered this with flourescent bulbs as well. If you still have the old ones or any more new ones, I would return them...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dayton g73 garage heater wiring help, dayton g73, fuse box
dayton g73, fuse box, garage heater: Hi again Murray, The white wire on the heater will be a hot, so you need to code it for hot. Yep, the heaters ground wire is actually a return. So connect it to the 10-3 s white. This wire is Not coded as its just a neutral,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: DC wiring, amp load, amp hours
amp load, amp hours, dc wiring: Hi Larry. In order to figure your voltage drop, you need to know what the load will be, in addition to the other info you have stated. You want to have a % voltage drop that is less than 5%, and 3% is preferred. The formula to figure voltage drop (VD),...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dead basement outlet - GFIC no - tripped breaker no, using a voltmeter, sump pump
using a voltmeter, sump pump, table lamp: Hi Lori. Are you sure the outlet is dead? Unplug the pump, and try a table lamp or radio. If outlet is still dead, then you will need to check at the breaker, using a voltmeter. You may want to hire this done, as it is dangerous inside of a panel. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dead Circuit, metal boxes, neutral wire
metal boxes, neutral wire, switchbox: Hi Rob, Many times the BX metal is used as a ground. You may be getting feedback thru it from another circuit. The contact tester will be more reliable. If there is no power coming into the junction box, then we need to look upstream . Does the power...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dead Circuit, gfi outlet, laundry room
gfi outlet, laundry room, loose wire: Frank, recheck the breakers. Turn each 1 off, wait about 5 seconds for it to recycle, then turn it back on. Next, look for a GFI outlet. this outlet will have 2 tabs in the center marked test and reset . See if you can locate 1 of these. If so push...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dead Circuit, wire nuts, amp circuit
wire nuts, amp circuit, hot wire: Look for all your GFCI and AFCI related equipment. If a light circuit is connected to a GFCI recpticle...dumb yes, but it does happen, then that circuit is dead until you find and reset it. Look for bad connections. Sometimes you can loose connected in...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dead Circuit, circuit breakers, gfci
circuit breakers, gfci, receptacle: Claude, Here s what I want you to do: I suspect that the problem is in the den, either in the receptacle thats not working or its in one of the working receptacles to the left or right of the one thats not working, check those after you check the one thats...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dead circuit, wire nut, romex
wire nut, romex, hot wire: Hi kyle, If you know the route of the circuit check the connections in the last box you can find that is working and the first box that isn t, the problem should be in one of those two locations. The wire that is disconnected was probably intended for another...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dead circuit, tripped circuit breakers, outdoor outlets
tripped circuit breakers, outdoor outlets, gfci outlet: Hi. In order for the nightlight to work, it has to be connected to something. If the wire was just terminated in a box somewhere, the nightlight would not work. (The nightlight works by being in series with whatever the switch goes to.) The reading may...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dead circuit - no power in 2 rooms, happy hunting, basement ceiling
happy hunting, basement ceiling, receptacle outlet: Roger, The rats are usually just interested in the insulation and not the wire so I doubt there s a break from that but its more likely a connection has come loose some where like in a junction box or a receptacle outlet or a switch outlet. You could begin...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dead circuit problem, fuse box, micro circuit
fuse box, micro circuit, main circuit breaker: The main breaker is sized to protect the entire feeder to a house, while the branch breaker is sized to protect the individual circuit. A problem with an individual circuit should trip the branch breaker, and if you had mutiple problems on many branches, the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dead electrical outlets, volt meter, electrical outlets
volt meter, electrical outlets, nothing works: Bud When you are checking the voltage what slots on the device are you checking?? You need to check all three slots on the device as the ground is the small round hole on the bottom and the Neutral is the one on the left and the hot is on the right side of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dead electrical outlets, gfci outlet, reset buttons
gfci outlet, reset buttons, electrical outlets: Hi Alfredo, It is common practice to tie outside outlets in with a garage GFI. If the test then reset buttons do not reset the outlets, then it may be bad or something else is causing it to trip. The only way to be sure is to repplace the GFI and see...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dead leg of a circuit, duplex receptacles, wire nuts
duplex receptacles, wire nuts, dead leg: Hi. When a neutral wire breaks, you can get funny readings from a meter or test light. This is because of the feedback on the circuit. It is best to test with everything unplugged and turned off. Don t forget that the problem could be at the good outlet,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dead lights and receptacles, amp circuits, hidden flaw
amp circuits, hidden flaw, happy hunting: All outdoor circuits are supposed to be protected by GFCI breakers or recepticles. If it/or they are tripped....the whole circuit is dead. It can take time to find this hidden flaw, but untill you find that problem you will have no power. Happy hunting.??...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dead line, story duplex, gfi outlets
story duplex, gfi outlets, using a voltmeter: There is another thing you can try, since you have a voltmeter. These outlets,along with another 1 or 2 will be on 1 circuit. We need to find every outlet that isn t working and make note of their location. It still sounds like a GFI is tripped or a breaker...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dead neutral wire?, neutral wire, electrical problems
neutral wire, electrical problems, ceiling fan: Hi. Yes, it sounds like the neutral is not making contact somwhere. Most likely it is not making contact in a wirenut. It could also not be making contact at an outlet. Devices that are backwired (wires pushed in the back rather than screwed to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dead Outlet, gfi outlets, romex
gfi outlets, romex, oulet: Depends, It is outside and they usually install them just like the interior outlets which is to drop the cable down the studs to the outlet. but not knowing where or how the home is constucted it is hard for me to say. The outlet wires are coming...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dead Outlets, breakers
breakers: Ralph, Unfortunately there is no easy way to tell where the wires go. What I d like you to do is double check the panel. If you have not done it already turn each breaker FIRMLY to the OFF position then FIRMLY to the ON position again. Then see if...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dead Outlets, gfci receptacle, qualified electrician
gfci receptacle, qualified electrician, reset buttons: Ralph, the first thing to check is for a tripped GFCI receptacle (these have test and reset buttons. Most houses built in the last 15-20 years have at least one of these. They are usually located in the garage, bathroom or exterior outlets. If that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dead Outlets, fuse box, garage wall
fuse box, garage wall, gfci: 99% of the time it is related to a GFCI recepticle somewhere. It may be in plain site, it may be hidden behind a cabinet. When found....problem solved. Otherwise it is a research project to find a bad connection or a short that is causing the outage...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dead Outlets, reset button, electrician
reset button, electrician, breakers: Hi Ralph. Make sure that you don t have a gfci type outlet somewhere in this circuit. It is the type with a test and reset button on it s face. If this isn t the answer, you probably should hire an electrician to check out your wiring system. Good...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dead outlet, loose wires, little spring
loose wires, little spring, gfci: Is the outlet in a kitchen or bath? Controlled by a tripped GFCI somewhere? If it only has two wires, it s at the end of a run and the device ahead of it isn t leeting the power through. Could be a joint, could be a defective device. Are your outlets stabbed...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dead outlets, time life books, accent lighting
time life books, accent lighting, outlet boxes: Marilyn, Great answers! This sounds like it was done correct except we need to put that outside circuit on a GFCI. Depending on how it is wired in the junction box will determine whether you can add one, two or three GFCI outlets. If the outlets...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dead outlets, wire nuts, strange readings
wire nuts, strange readings, garbage disposal: Hi. You really can t tell if they failed. But you can rewire them. You will need a small jewelers screwdriver or something similar to push in the slot next to the wire. That will release the wire so you can pull it out. Having 3 hands is helpful in...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dead outlets in Kitchen, common denominator, gfci outlets
common denominator, gfci outlets, clock radio: Sounds like 1 of the GFCI s quit working. Carefully remove them and test for power in, [LINE IN] and power out [LOAD]. If that does not reveal the problem you are probably going to have to call an electrician. Hopefully this will resolve it. Remember to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dead outlets, volt circuit, backtrack
volt circuit, backtrack, volts: Where the line stops working look for a wiring mistake. Most likely on the white wires as you have 120 volts between the hot and ground. If you also have 120 volts between neutral and ground you have a 240 volt circuit. There should be no voltage between...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dead plug circuit, gfci receptacle, ceiling boxes
gfci receptacle, ceiling boxes, gfci receptacles: It sounds like you are on the right track....but...It would appear you stopped too soon. The eight receptacles are being fed by the one that you didnt check. You will need to find all the boxes that are not working...including ceiling boxes. If the circuit...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dead plug circuit, junction boxes, circuit breakers
junction boxes, circuit breakers, recepticles: Hi Jim, Based on your description....you ve done some of the preliminary troubleshooting to try to find and repair the problem with this one circuit....checked the receptacle boxes, swapped out the breaker and looked for an upstream tripped GFCI. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dead Recepticles, upstairs bathroom, time jeff
upstairs bathroom, time jeff, gfci: Look for another GFI that is tripped, outside, garage, crawl space, basement. If that is not it you are going to have to track the wiring down from the breaker box through each connection checking voltage at each one. Let me know what you find out and we...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dead receptacle circuit, blown insulation, postal mail
blown insulation, postal mail, allexperts: Hi Jim, Yes...I recall your previous question...did you also call directly to our office Monday afternoon..? (caller ID said it was from a Jeff at 443-803-xxxx ....the caller said his name was Jim and gave a different number of 256-828-xxxx and that...

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

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dead switch, open grounds., porch light, back porch
porch light, back porch, front porch: Norm, That is the mental I got from your original description, I just found it hard to believe as this indicates that the left switch is fed in the gang box, and the porch lite is fed at the lite....very unusual. So, we can make it work...... Disconnect...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dead Wall Socket???, wall socket, voltmeter
wall socket, voltmeter, circuit breaker: Hi Oscar, Without having a voltmeter it is hard for you to tell what is going on. First, make sure you turn the circuit breaker controlling the outlet all the way off, and then all the way on. My guess is that with the hot days the A/C has been running...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Deck Lighting Problem, low voltage deck lighting, lighting problem
low voltage deck lighting, lighting problem, volt lighting: Low volt lighting is fun...and problematic. It is normally a connection problem. It can be frustrating to get a solid connection without the 120volt current. 12 volts does not have a good connectivity rating. It takes a reallly good connection to work...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Deck wiring, rigid conduit, conductors
rigid conduit, conductors, staple: Either 12-2 w/g or 14/2 w/g UF cable. Although the code does NOT permit laying it on the ground, trip hazzard, etc., and it really isn t good for the floor joists to lay on it either, fire, dry wood, not good. If the floor joists are off the ground staple...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dedecated 20 amp circuit to microwave/hood location, robert wilber, dinning room lights
robert wilber, dinning room lights, amp circuits: Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * Skip the builder Go to the Authority Having Jurisdiction - township, county, whomever ... The builder can say anything they want about a circuit upgrade but if...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dedicated 240v 20amp circuit/, phx az, ac unit
phx az, ac unit, room ac: Hi John, It s no a good idea to tap into the 240 volt line to pick up 120 V for an outlet. OF course, a dedicated 120 volt line is the best, but the existing outlets you have in place should be able to handle the addition of an A/C. Do...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dedicated circuits, gas stove top, arc fault breaker
gas stove top, arc fault breaker, amp circuits: Hi Jay, great question! You ve listed most of the dedicated circuits. As to adding anything to any of these, that is a call for your local inspector. He will have his own rules , and he has the final say. Most will allow lighting added to a laundry...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dedicated Kitchen Circuits, flexible cord, garbage disposal
flexible cord, garbage disposal, microwave oven: Hi Mark, GARBAGE DISPOSAL: No DISHWASHER: YES MICROWAVE: YES. and be sure to comply with the following as well (1) The flexible cord must terminate with a grounding-type attachment plug. (2) The length of the cord must not be less than 18...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dedicated line for outlet, dedicated line, extension cord
dedicated line, extension cord, kitchens: Jennifer, If you have already attached an outlet, plug the microwave in and see if it works OK before installing it Even if you need an extension cord, you can set it on the stove and see if it runs. If the breaker holds OK, then you don t need to do anything...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Delayed Lighting, don beck, electrical theory
don beck, electrical theory, theory books: Hi Brian, All the switches....Sheeeeesh! I have never run across that problem before. I don t think it is an electrical problem, I still think it s mechanical, as electricity is either there, or it isn t. I would buy 1 new switch, not a cheap...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Delayed tripping of GFI, gfci works, chicken coop
gfci works, chicken coop, insiduous: Hi. A shared neutral is two hot wires using the same neutral. It doesn t sound like that is what you have. However, it is impossible to protect a shared neutral with a GFCI, except at the point of the outlet. The way a GFCI works, is that it measures...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Delta Table Saw Motor Rewiring, proper acronym, delta table
proper acronym, delta table, amp breaker: Hi Mike, And greeting back from Bangor, Maine. In order to get more detail for this motor...I went to the delta site ( http://www.deltamachinery.com/ ) and from there it directed me to the Dewalt ( http://support.dewalt.com/ )....and then I input...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Designated Circuit for Pottery Kiln, heater coils, electric clothes dryer
heater coils, electric clothes dryer, circuit parameters: You can never provide too much info. A #10 is good for 30 amps and this is plenty large enough for this kiln. You said 15 hours instead of the anticipated 7, but where did the 7 come from? This circuit is totally capable of operating this kiln, but it seems...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Desktop Lamp (Electrical), florescent lamps, desktop lamp
florescent lamps, desktop lamp, watt lamp: David, My advice to you would be: Return the 2 transformers you got that requires starters those little silver can like items and get your self one rapid start ballast for 2 - F15T8 florescent lamps. You could probably get this at Home Depot or Lowes....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Detached Garage, nylon rope, degree elbows
nylon rope, degree elbows, pvc conduit: Hi Brian, End of another long work day... Thanks for the kind words (and any ratings..?). Typically.....we use a pulling basket for pulls of that nature...(often called wire mesh cable grips for pulling)...it looks something like a chinese finger...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Detached Garage, amp breaker, amp circuit
amp breaker, amp circuit, thhn: Hi. As far as the wire size, it depends on the type of wire, the length, as well as the amps. So, the best thing to do is to check when you buy it. The ampacity of each type of wire should be available to the store. Wires in the conduit should be single...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Detached Garage, garage installation, amp service
garage installation, amp service, pvc pipe: Hi Jason, If all your major appliances are electric(dryer, water heater, stove), you may getting the near the limit of your 125 amp service by adding the garage sub panel. I do think it it would operate OK if you a careful not to have all the major...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Detached Garage, building a detached garage, electrical panel
building a detached garage, electrical panel, power tools: Hi Kenny, A 100 amp panel is OK to put in the garage, but it really as a big panel unless you are planning on running a lot power equipment in the garage. For normal power tools, lights and outlets a 60 amp panel is usually large enough. For a 100...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Detached Garage, bearer of bad news, detached garage
bearer of bad news, detached garage, welder: Hi. You really can t connect a 200 amp sub panel to a 200 main main panel. Breakers are added to the other breakers at a main panel, and 100 amps is probably the biggest you are going to find. (You can t put a main breaker in the place of the other breakers.)...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Detached Garage, amp service, demand meter
amp service, demand meter, electrical supplier: Hi. Since you are using so much power, I think it would be better to run a separate main if you can. That would probably mean paying a minimum amount for the garage every month. However, generally 200 amps is the most for a house main, and if you deduct...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Detached Garage Electrical Shock, weather proof, electrical shock
weather proof, electrical shock, ground bus: Eric, what you describe suggests that you have in ineffective ground and something on that circuit has a short but the ground is not adequate to trip the breaker. Driving a ground rod at the garage will likely not solve the problem. I would suspect that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Detached Garage Service Panel, amp service, decorative lighting
amp service, decorative lighting, copper wire: Cutting back the wire is not a good idea as you are defeating the purpose of the # 2 wire. There are lug that are available that will fit into the breaker slots, and the other end will accept the larger wire. These may not be available at you home center,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Detached Garage - Service or Sub-Circuit?, building a detached garage, authority having jurisdiction
building a detached garage, authority having jurisdiction, seperate service: Apparently your inspector, the Authority Having Jurisdiction reguires a separate service at the garage which is not required per Code. It sounds as though he wants you to separately ground at the garage, and therfore the fourth wire was unneccesary as you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Detached Garage Sub Panel GFI Protection, protection options, detached garage
protection options, detached garage, gfci: Hi Ken, A GFCI is not required in the main panel, but any outlets in the garage should have GFI protection. The 1st outlet on each circuit should be GFI protected, then all the other ones downstream on that circuit will get GFI protection, also. Do...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Detached Garage sub panel, wire guage, conductor wire
wire guage, conductor wire, stock wire: Hi again Eugene, Your confusion on how the neutral works is understandable... It might help if you look at your home s main service - notice how they only have one neutral...and it s the same size as the two hot 120 volt legs..? Both of these seperate...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Detached Garage Wire, thhn wire, colored tape
thhn wire, colored tape, pat pat: Pat, Marking the wires with colored tape is OK. You can upsize the ground to #1. 2 Conduit is perfect. When pulling the wires thru the pipe, use shaving cream on the wires. It makes the pull MUCH easier, will not harm the wires, and will evaporate...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Detached Garage Wiring, direct burial cable, continuous loads
direct burial cable, continuous loads, meter base: Bill, The 200 amp is really a huge overkill. I would think a 100 amp panel in the garage can handle everything you mentioned and a lot more. Keep in mind, 100 amp panels used to power whole house with electric, stove,dryer, water heater and A/C, plus...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Detached Garage Wiring, microwave convection oven, hot water heater
microwave convection oven, hot water heater, pvc conduit: Pat, The 200 amp panel will work fine, but the 200 amp main should be removed. There are probably lugs at at the top of the panel that you can use to fire up the bus bars. If you are going to have more than 6 breakers in this panel, you do need a main...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Detached Garage, underground service, electrical subpanel
underground service, electrical subpanel, underground conduit: Hi Tom, Just getting back in from a service call....another long day. Based on your description.....you plan to feed a sub-panel to a detached garage...that will also feed future power to a detached barn. These feeders will cover a distance of approx....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Detached garage, pvc conduit, little elbow
pvc conduit, little elbow, amp breaker: Let me start by saying that a 3/4 PVC pipe (Schedule 40 I assume) is capable of handling ten, #10 wires (40 amps) or six, #8 wires (55 amps). These are copper wires, THHN/THWN insulation. You didn t indicate whether the compressor was 120 or 240 volt, but...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Detached garage @ 180 ft, thhn wire, underground conduit
thhn wire, underground conduit, wet location: Hi. I am a homewoner who has been interesting in wiring since I was two years old (my parents told me.) I installed a subpanel at age 11. I can answer 98% of the questions here without hesitation. There are a few things I have never done, such as the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Detached garage, direct burial cable, home improvement center
direct burial cable, home improvement center, aluminum cable: Hi Ron, In most areas of the country, you do not need a disconnect at the point of house entry. Switching to conduit when the direct burial cable enters the house id Ok, also, and is a good idea to protect the exposed cable. You can use a regular breaker...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Detached garage sub-panel, flourescent lights, bar nothing
flourescent lights, bar nothing, hot wire: Hi. In addition to the ground, you still need a neutral. You should have 3 wires--2 hots and a neutral. Unless the outlet was 220 volts, one wire is probably the neutral, but you have only one hot wire. And it s not working, because you wired the neutral...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Detached garage subpanel, aluminum cable, pvc conduit
aluminum cable, pvc conduit, meter socket: Hi Dave, I was wondering if you had made any progress with the City Elec. Insp. and the power company? Don In some areas, electrical lines and water lines can be run in the same trench, in others, they can t. Your local...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Detached garage subpanel, amp service, subpanel
amp service, subpanel, ground rods: You should only have ONE grounding reference, and that should be at your main service location. Anytime you extend a circuit, whether it be a branch circuit feeding an appliance, or a feeder circuit feeding another panel, the ground from the main service should...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Detached garage, subpanel, copper wire
subpanel, copper wire, ground wires: If it was wire you buried, and not in conduit, did you use UF cable? #10 may be a little small for a feeder, but to answer your questions, you can connect red and black to the main lugs in your subpanel, since you have a disconnect in your main service panel;...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Detached Workshop, nova scotia canada, subpanel
nova scotia canada, subpanel, running power: Hmmm, how to describe a pigtail? A pigtail is a wire added to a circuit to connect the circuit to something. In your case you have two 14 gauge wires that need to be connected to a circuit breaker. You cannot properly have two wires running to a single...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Detatched Garage, 200 amp service, subpanel
200 amp service, subpanel, insp: Hi Leonard, In some areas, you can t run a sub off of a sub, in other areas you can. You should with your local inspector. If it is OK with your insp. to do this, then the determining factor as to which panel to tap off of, would be the cheapest..probably...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Detecting broken wire (underground) invisible fence wire, fence wire, invisible fence
fence wire, invisible fence, signal down: I dont know of any equipment that can locate the point a wire is broken or severed, underground or consealed. I know that if the wire is exposed, a toner will send a signal down the wire that can be picked up by its receiver. It would receive the signal...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Device (plug-in) 240 v outlet to 120 v outlet, electric components, compact device
electric components, compact device, store index: James, This company has a wide variety of adaptors and one may fit your needs. Possibly an e mail or phone call to them explaining your needs will turn up what you are looking for. http://www.dvdoverseas.com/store/index.html?loadfile=catalog11_0.html...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: DIMMER SWITCH
Hi Andrew, Is this dimmer the only switch that controls the light, or is there another switch at a different location that also controls the light? How many wires are in the wall box that need to be connected to the dimmer switch.2 or 3, and what color...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: DISCO, new location, taking the time
new location, taking the time, disco: First, confirm with your utility that they will relocate your service drop to your new location. Second, there are two possible answers here. You indicated that you want to relocate your panel box to the garage. That would mean you are going to extend your...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: DIY project idea, sleeve bearings, radial loads
sleeve bearings, radial loads, 110v 60hz: You will struggle with even the dryer motor. Same thing, those are meant to run a flywheel load not torque through a cut. What will you be cutting and how often? Let me know. You might jerry rig a dryer motor, but most have sleeve bearings, no good at...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Diagnose electrical problem, wall receptacles, wiring breaks
wall receptacles, wiring breaks, three walls: Hi REM, Glad I was able to help you out on resolving your open wiring problem... Thanks for the follow-up (and ratings?)...please feel free to drop me a line again if you have any electrical problems in the future... Best Wishes, Bob ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Diff. circuits in same box?, bob osgood, volt circuits
bob osgood, volt circuits, master electrician: Good Morning Jim, Yes...it is Code permissable to have more then one circuit in a box - as long as they are all the same voltage to ground ( in this case...they should be all 120 volt circuits in that 3 gang switch box ) However....when you mix different...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Difference between 2 wire and 3 wire cable?, 220 volt appliances, three way switches
220 volt appliances, three way switches, wire cable: Hi. There are several uses for 3 wire cable: three way switches, some 220 volt appliances, having a circuit with part of it on a switch and part always on, a circuit with two switches, etc. You can put two circuits on a 3 wire cable, but it is best not...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Different challenging questions, gfci breaker, gfci outlet
gfci breaker, gfci outlet, delay factor: Hi B.N. Congrats on getting the rough insp passed...that s always the toughest. It s all downhill now... 1) Grounding a sub panel can be done in 2 different ways; 1) A 2 hot, 1 neutral and a ground wire from the main panel to the sub panel. 2)...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Different lights not coming on at different times, loose wire, kitchen light
loose wire, kitchen light, switch box: Hi Kelly, There are 2 simple possibilities, hopefully, one of these will take care of the problem If it doesn t you will probably need an electrician. 1) There is a loose wire, either in the lite box or in the switch box. It doesn t always make contact,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Different Outlets Lost Power, joseph conklin, don beck
joseph conklin, don beck, gfi outlet: Joseph, If your home is 20 years old or newer, a GFI outlet is required in the kitchen. Sometimes they are hidden pretty well.Behind the refg is a likely spot,or; under the kitchen sink where the disposal and dishwasher are connected. If there aren t any...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Different Wire Sizes for Sub PAnel Run, sizing calculator, amp breaker
sizing calculator, amp breaker, gauge wire: In table 250.122, it is based on the setting of the Automatic Overcurrent device ahead of the equipment, in this case the sub panel. If you are in fact feeding from a 100 amp breaker, it requires a #8 stranded copper ground, and in Table 310.16 allowing for...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Digital Wall Swith Timer, incandescent light, switchplate
incandescent light, switchplate, wall switch: Hi Scott, The 500 watt dimmer is maxed out which would cause it to be warm. There isn t a danger there, but the dimmer will give out eventually. When it does, or even now if you want to, replace it with a 600 watt or 700 watt dimmer to give it a little...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dim Ceiling Light, light bulbs, properties of electricity
light bulbs, properties of electricity, amperage: Hi. If that is the only light, then there is probably a wiring problem in the fan. If it is a cheap fan that you don t mind replacing, then you should try that. An electrician could probably repair the fan, if it is a minor problem. You can also try running...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dim Lighting - variation, correct connections, dim lighting
correct connections, dim lighting, switch connections: Kit, Connections at lite #1: Black hot feed to the black of the 14/3 going to lite 2. white feed in to the white of the 14/3 and the white of the lite. red of the 14/3 to the black of the lite --------------------------------------------------------...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dim Lighting, dim lighting, proper connections
dim lighting, proper connections, compact fluorescents: Hi Brian, It sounds like the lights are wired in series. The proper connections are: In the switch box: Black wire coming from the outlet onto 1 screw of the switch. White wire coming from outlet onto white wire going to lite 1. Black wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dim Lights Off a 4 way Switch, conductor wire, floresent lights
conductor wire, floresent lights, switch system: Hi. It looks like you have the lights in series with each other. If the power is going to the lights first, then you must have 14-3 between the light fixtures. If the black wire is the power coming in, then it should bypass the light fixtures and go to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dim Lights Then Bright Lights ETC., electric toaster, bathroom remodel
electric toaster, bathroom remodel, fuse box: Hi Jason, This is not uncommon in older homes where the wiring hasn t been upgraded. There is only so much power available from the old fuse box and when a major appliance starts up, like a toaster oven or a fridge, it is taking a little power away...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dim Lights, tripped breakers, circuit breakers
tripped breakers, circuit breakers, gfi outlets: Hi, The first thing to check are the circuit breakers. Turn the ones that control the areaa in question, off by hand and then back to on and see if this fixes the problem. If it doesn t, check the kitchen outlets and look for GFI outlets. These outlets...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Diming lights when A/C comes on, robert wilber, general lighting
robert wilber, general lighting, david weekley: Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * There was no information readily available for the Lennox 13ACC-060-230, so I can t give you accurate values. None the less, 60,000 BTU air conditioners will draw from...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Diming lights due to AC, neutral wire, meter box
neutral wire, meter box, water pressure: Hi. In most cases this is normal, because the AC draws a lot of power when the compressor first comes on. This is similar to the water pressure going down when the toilet is flushed. Most excessive dimming in a house is caused by a loose neutral wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dimmed and flickered lights, fire hazard, electrician
fire hazard, electrician, arc: Hi. You should try to track down where the problem was and what sizzled. It could be a fire hazard. If you can t find it, you should get an electrician to look at it. Unless the noise came from the street rather than in your house. In that case, the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dimmer, dimmer switch, customer service department
dimmer switch, customer service department, different color: Hi. If it is single pole with 2 wires, it should not matter. If it is 3 way with 3 wires, then one wire should be a different color than the other two. Most dimmer companies have a customer service department that should be able to help you. Bo...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dimmer, 3way switch, way switch
3way switch, way switch, screws: It sounds like the 3 way scenario was interupted by someone else. If they are only using 2 poles of the 3 way switch, it is not working as a 3 way. If this is the case, the standard dimmer may work for you. However, if there is a 3way switch still in the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dimmer, 3way switch, line thanks
3way switch, line thanks, way switch: John It sounds like someone use a 3-way switch instead of a S-pole switch. If you are sure it is a single pole switch and there is no where else to turn that lamp on, I would purchase a Single pole dimmer,and make sure you turn off the power to the switch...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dimmer, 3way switch, way switch
3way switch, way switch, dimmers: Good Morning John, Based on your description...yes - your question makes perfect sense - I m not sure why a 3-way was used here - this may have originally been a 3-way circuit - with two switches - and has been changed over the years and they just left...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dimmer, 3way switch, wire nut
3way switch, wire nut, neutral wire: John, Check inside the switch box and see if there are any other green or bare wires. If so, attach the green wire to either of those. If there are no green or bare, wrap the green wire around one of the screws that will hold the dimmer to the wall box....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dimmer Circuit, black conductors, lighting circuit
black conductors, lighting circuit, hot wire: Two ways of doing this. First, if your supply 14/2 is in the switch box, take another 14/2 to your first fixture. Use both black conductors in the two cables to connect to your switch (dimmer) and make joints on the whites. The run 14/2 from fixture to fixture....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dimmer light w/wire used for a fan/light, fixture wire, wire nut
fixture wire, wire nut, fan light: Hi. You have 3 wires in the ceiling? Connect white to white. Connect the black fixture wire to the red wire in the ceiling. Do not connect them to both. if the light does not turn off, change it to the black. As far as the dimmer, they are very...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dimmer for low voltage track lighting, low voltage track lighting, low voltage track
low voltage track lighting, low voltage track, lighting load: Hi Mick, Are the transformers magnetic transformer or electronic transformer on your low voltage track lights. This is very important because you must match the DIMMER CONTROL SWITCH to the lighting load. For example, if you have a magnetic transformer,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dimmer With An Outlet Hot Wire, security alarm system, light dims
security alarm system, light dims, household security: Hello Vinnie. Ok, if you put a dimmer on a recep, yes it s still getting 120V. But its not getting the Amperage it needs. Voltage is the pressure in a circuit. Amperage is the actual electricity. Think of it like a water pipe. Voltage...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dimmer to replace 3-way (sort of) switch, way switch, electrician
way switch, electrician, thanks in advance: Hi Karl, You can use the switch you bought. I am assuming you have 3 wires to put on 2 screws. You will only need to of the wires and the other 1 can be capped and not used, the question is..which 2. If you have a tester, you can find which wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dimmer Switch on big Chandelier, watt bulbs, light switches
watt bulbs, light switches, personal preference: In my encounters with dimmers, if let on very long they all get very hot. I do not like it and do not agree they should get this hot, but the manufacturers say it is not a problem. I would have to say it is personal preference if you do not mind a switch getting...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dimmer Switch/Flouresant lights, florescent bulbs, electronic ballast
florescent bulbs, electronic ballast, ballasts: Hi Karleen. I m not sure if the new screw-in type of lamps are dimmable, but the costs are getting so low these days it would be worth it to try it before doing any major remodeling. New electronic ballast are also dimmable, so you may have to look for...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dimmer Switch gets hot when On, lighting load, lighting situations
lighting load, lighting situations, dimmers: Hi Steve, Try switching the dimmers around and see if the other one still gets warm. If it does, than would indicate the the lighting load on the side in question may be a lot heavier than the load on the one that stays cool. Possibly a higher rated...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dimmer Switch Installation in Old Apartment, old apartment, switch installation
old apartment, switch installation, old buildings: Hi Jeff, In old buildings the hot and neutral wires were not in the same cable, but run separately, and of course, no ground. Just attach the wires on the old switch to the new dimmer wires. The ground on the dimmer can attach to any part of the wall...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dimmer Switch Self Adjusts, don beck, power changes
don beck, power changes, dimmers: Hi Erik, This is a common happening. These dimmers are very sensitive and the least little vibration can move the slider a bit, changing the brightness. Dimmers are also sensitive to how much electricity is available. This can change as you use other...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Two Dimmer Switches in One Box, dimmer switches, electrical company
dimmer switches, electrical company, dimmer switch: Hi. Dimmers do get hot. Usually when you put more than one in a box, you have to use less than the capacity of each dimmer. There are dimmers that are made specially to dissipate the heat, so you may want to look into that. It s really hard to tell...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dimmer Switches For Ceiling Fan/light Combo, ceiling fan light, dimmer switches
ceiling fan light, dimmer switches, kids bedrooms: Pete, One other thing I thought reference the fan/lite. Make sure the fan pullchain is always on the high speed before using the dimmer to slow it down. Also, when turning on the fan, start with the dimmer wide open with the fan running at full speed...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dimmer switch, incoming power, painters
incoming power, painters, dining room: mark When the dimmer buzzes that is a sign of a bad dimmer or a overloaded or a miss wired dimmer, Make sure that the dimmer wires are connected correctly. On the dimmer you should have 2 black wires. One goes to the incoming power the other goes to the light...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dimmer switch installation-two switches in a box, entrance light, switch installation
entrance light, switch installation, single box: Hi. Do you have a single box or a double box? If it is a double box, then you can just replace one switch with a dimmer. However, if you have 2 switches in a single box, I have never seen a dimmer/switch combo that fits in one space. So you would...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dimmer on switch with one line, leg power, line thanks
leg power, line thanks, majic: Yes, what you have there is commonly called a switch leg, power is coming into the switch on one of the wires and returning to the light after going through the switch on the other. Perfectly acceptable as no neutral is needed, however the new code requires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dimmer switch for low voltage track lighting, low voltage dimmers, low voltage track lighting
low voltage dimmers, low voltage track lighting, low voltage track: Hi Tom, low voltage track lites, depending on the make, sometimes require a low voltage dimmer. If you remove the dimmer and install a regular switch and turn it on and the lites don t flicker, then you know the problem is in the dimmer .If the lites...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dimmer switch for pump, variable speed motor, customer service department
variable speed motor, customer service department, submersible pump: It depends on what the manufacturer of the pump says. You should contact their customer service department as they can answer much better. Off hand unless it is a variable speed motor it requires all 120 vac to run. It may overheat do to drawing more amps...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dimmer switch question, question pool, thick wires
question pool, thick wires, ground wires: Hi Scott, I got this question from the question pool meaning it was passed on . I will help you if you like. Ok, what you have here is a typical 4- way system. Its important you know you can only have 1 dimmer on a 4-way system. Multiple...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dimmer switch, installing a dimmer switch, ground wires
installing a dimmer switch, ground wires, hot wire: Hi Ooops! Sorry! I did not know you had a 3 way switch there. I should have noticed. Sorry, but you can t install a single pole dimmer on a 3 way circuit. Most dimmers are made in 2 versions, so if it is a particular style you want, check online and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dimmer switches and buzzing, halogen lights, dimmer switches
halogen lights, dimmer switches, florescent lights: This is common with florescent lights, there is nothing that can be done about it cheaply. Some halogen lights do the same thing. Dimmers are designed for incadescent lights and do not work well with other types. About the only remedy is to use a dimmer...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dimmer won't dim to off, leviton dimmers, watt bulbs
leviton dimmers, watt bulbs, swith: Hi. The best thing to do is to contact Leviton. They have people who are trained on their specific products. Dimmers are electronic and are very temperamental. I think that the wattage may not be enough for it to function the way it would with a larger...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dimmer, low voltage under cabinet lighting, low voltage lights
low voltage under cabinet lighting, low voltage lights, transfrom: Greg: I am going to assume that the low voltage lights are running off of a step down type transfromer. If so then you need a magnetic rated dimmer usually they will be rated in VA not WATTS. The reason is a standard dimmer controls the voltage, when you turn...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dimmers, static shock, voltage tester
static shock, voltage tester, thanks for your help: If it was merely a static shock, that is very common. If the dimmer is warm....that is normal....if it gets to hot , that is not. Some dimmers are not built with the same quality of others. If you are uncomfortable with the heat it is putting out, replace...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dimming and Brighter lights, fuse box, neutral center
fuse box, neutral center, garbage disposal: Hi. I can answer half of the question. The most common cause of lights dimming and becoming brighter is a loose neutral somewhere between the transformer and the panel. Most of it is covered by the power company, so I would call and ask. As far as...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dimming Electricity, time weather, search mission
time weather, search mission, wire connections: Sue: If this was a power company issue the dimming would accurse in the entire house at the same time. Most of the time flickering/dimming will be cause of a loose wire connection. Sometimes the switch that controls the lights in question might be going bad....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dimming Fluorescent light bank, t8 electronic ballast, incandescent lighting
t8 electronic ballast, incandescent lighting, ft sections: Brian, Like incandescent lighting there are different size dimmers given the number of lights to be dimmed. The same is true for florescent. You must decide how many 4 fixtures you want then go for the dimmer that will carry them. In other words your...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dimming Lights, flat screen tv, floor fan
flat screen tv, floor fan, hi bob: Hi. You may have a loose neutral between the street and your main panel. Some of it is the power company s responsibility, some of it is yours. You may want to contact the power company first, since they probably won t charge you if it is not their responsibility....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dimming Lights, partial connections, recepticals
partial connections, recepticals, wire nut: Part of your problems are bad connections. The current flow is there...but the connection is weak or very little real connection. Some wire nut connections can be iffy. If you have the time...search out some of the connections and check for burnt contacts....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dimming lights, recepticals, ground wires
recepticals, ground wires, incoming power: Hi James. From your description, it sounds like you may have lost a neutral connection somewhere, either on this one circuit, or on the incoming power line. Better get an electrician to come in to determine which it is. Do this soon, as this is a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dimming lights, don beck, recepticals
don beck, recepticals, ground wires: Hi James, I am assuming the main breaker panel is 100 amps or larger. The good news is, there isn t any real danger with this situation. The bad news is, you will probaly have to have a licensed electrician come in with test equipment to get it straightened...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dimming lights, loose wire, electrician
loose wire, electrician: The most common cause is a loose wire. Check all the connections again on the devices that were replaced. If there is no loose wire here, the panel would be the next place to start to be sure all connections are tight including the incoming feed wires, however...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dimming lights, don beck, amp circuit
don beck, amp circuit, loose wire: Hi Shawn, I suspect a loose in the utility room circuit. Possiblt in any of the lights or outlets, but more likely, a loose wire at the breaker or on the ground bar. Tighten down all the wires on all the breaers, and all the bare and white wires on the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dimming lights, incoming service, c unit
incoming service, c unit, electrician: The incoming service may not be large enough for the total load of the home. An electrician can check this and to see if the panel loads are balanced to help prevent this or partially eliminate it by putting some items on different circuits. Thanks, ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dimming lights, refrigerator compressor, neutral wire
refrigerator compressor, neutral wire, electrical outlets: Hi. All the readings you are getting are pretty much within normal range. I have the same thing with my washer. It s similar to the pressure dropping when someone flushes the toilet. However, the most likely cause of lights dimming is a loose neutral...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dimming lights, 200 amp service, drip loop
200 amp service, drip loop, amp breaker: Good Morning Dan, Where a picture can help tell a thousand stories...I went to your photo first...downloaded it and zoomed in to 300 and 400 magnification. What was bugging me is that 2/0 copper is good for up to a 200 amp service ( 2/0 aluminum is good...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dimming lights, feeder lines, washing machine agitator
feeder lines, washing machine agitator, meter base: This could be an indication of several things Dick. 1. The incoming service is too small for the attached loads. You would need to turn everything on possible and see what the amp draw is on the power leg that has the highest reading and compare it to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dimming lights - different breakers, watt lamps, volts and amps
watt lamps, volts and amps, ghost busters: Hmmm, sounds like this might be a job for ghost busters. lol. Hmmm, with them being on different circuits, makes it more complicated. Your going to have to monitor the voltage on all the circuits including the main feeders every 15 minutes to 1/2 hour for...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dimming lights, recepticals, ground wires
recepticals, ground wires, utilitys: James, The main neutral connection has most likely been compromised in the main panel or the meter pan or the connections outside at the service head on your house or at the pole. Call your utility and tell them what is going on and have them come out...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dimming ligths, loose wire, electrician
loose wire, electrician, evenings: Hi Jesse, If all the lights are affected, then it is a loose wire in the main panel. If an isolated section is affected, it would be a loose wire in the appropriate panel. Either way, this should be checked by an electrician as there is some pretty...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Direct Burial cable, direct burial cable, lighting locations
direct burial cable, lighting locations, knife blade: Only that romex stripper from ideal or greenlee. Other than that I hate to strip UF cable. It is easier when it is warmer to strip and if you slide a knife blade along the ground and strip about 2 of the gray jacket off the black and white wire you sometimes...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Direct double tap wiring for houses, double tap, meter box
double tap, meter box, electrical panel: Hello Derek, this refers to the method of the wiring from the meter box to the panel. If the meter is more than six feet from the panel, there must be an outdoor disconnect that the meter feeds, then it goes to the panel. If it is less than six feet, it can...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Direct Wire Puck Light, puck lights, electrical experience
puck lights, electrical experience, square hole: Karlee, Your electrician friend will be able to handle this with ease. He ll have the option of running the wires for the puck lights behind the front lip of the cabinet or up into the cabinet, whichever way hides the wires the best. He ll run the wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Direct Wire to Wall Plug, wire nut, lamp cord
wire nut, lamp cord, electrical tape: Are you wanting to add a cord to the track light and be able to plug it in? If so most likely. Not knowing your fixture or track light exactly, I can t be specific, but here is a start if I understand correctly. You will want to add lamp cord of a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Direct wired light, color distinction, voltage detector
color distinction, voltage detector, light thanks: Hi Jim, Sorry just responding....a mechanical problem with the cooling fan shut down our main system Tuesday...and we are waiting for the parts...on a shared system and my time is very limited....so I ll need to be brief. It sounds as if you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Direct wiring new stove, aluminum wire, aluminum wiring
aluminum wire, aluminum wiring, necessary thanks: Hi. Yes, you should always use it when using aluminum wiring. I think one name is OxGuard. It is sold with the tools and testers and terminals at both Lowe s and Home Depot. It is a little tube that is on a card made by GB. I hope this helps. Bo...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Direct wiring a stove blower (to code), wiring a stove, minnesota code
wiring a stove, minnesota code, ul listings: Hi Steve, I think your inspector is more unclear about UL approved items than you are. Unfortunately, if he won t approve your method of installation because of warranty violation, I m afraid your between a rock and a hard place. It s kind a law...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Disconnect electrical source, island cabinetry, nearby outlet
island cabinetry, nearby outlet, electrical source: Hi. The only correct and safe way is to find where the wire is connected to, and disconnect it there. Since the kitchen and dining room plugs are supposed to be on separate circuits, most likely it would be at a nearby outlet. All live wires must terminate...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Disconnect on Service Conductors, meter location, service meter
meter location, service meter, meter box: Hi Al. As far as the code goes, you could put the meter directly outside of the panel, without having another disconnect. Some locations have rules that require an outside disconnect, mainly for fire department use. check with your local inspector to...

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

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Disconnect Switch, jenny jenny, female twist
jenny jenny, female twist, amp breaker: Jenny: I live in florida and the power goes out all the time. First of all you need to know the power output of the generator you are planning on using. A 5,500 watt generator at 240 volts puts out 22.9 amps. A 10,000 watt unit at 240 volts puts out 41.6 amps....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Disconnect for subpanel, top screws, split bolt
top screws, split bolt, amp ac: A 60 amp AC disconnect, non-fusible, would work. You d interrupt the wire and place that from the house, on the top screws, and that to the tack room on the bottom. You don t ned to break the neutral, so you could simply run it through the enclosure, but if...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Disconnect wall switch from outlet, wire cables, wire nut
wire cables, wire nut, cable ties: If the switch box is to remain, just wire nut the two wires together and cover the box with a blank cover. If you plan on removing the box as well, the 2 wire cable must originate somewhere since the white is probably the hot wire and the black your switched...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Disconnecting Main Service, apprentice electrician, gauge wire
apprentice electrician, gauge wire, meter socket: Hi Keith, In order to upgrade an electrical service....you MUST co-ordinate the change out with your local electric power provider. They will come over and disconnect your overhead service....and then later re-tap it once all the new gear is installed...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dishwasher Connection, amp fuses, twist caps
amp fuses, twist caps, supply wholesalers: Yes the absence of a ground would contribute to the problem. If it wants a maximum of 10 amps, which is not a common amp rating in the USA, you are going to have to install a fuse box under there and find and install 10 amp fuses. That may require several...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dishwasher/Dryer/Washer Circuits, volt devices, dedicated circuits
volt devices, dedicated circuits, gfci: Hi Tom, Sorry for any delay - had last minute work come in down on the coast (and still more to do there) - has kept me away for some long hours the past couple days - absolutely no spare time. Have a few minutes right now - taking a break from the paperwork....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dishwasher Electricity, gfci outlets, dish washer
gfci outlets, dish washer, extreme test: Candi, Hope the old dish washer was old, this an extreme test procedure to find out if power is coming to the outlet, or hard wireed cord, whjatever you have. A volt meter is about $5.00 at the hardware store, get one and start with it next time. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dishwasher fuse, amp fuse, fuse box
amp fuse, fuse box, diswasher: Sure is, just add a switch down by the diswasher, just use a blank cover plate with a 3/8 romex connector in it to go from the present wire location to the switch and then to the dishwasher. Keep the white wires wirenutted together inside the new switch...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dishwasher/Garbage Disposal, silver screw, brass screws
silver screw, brass screws, brass screw: Hi Bob, Your right on the first question, black to brass colored screw, white to silver screw, and bare to green screw. Not being able to test things for sure I can only guess. I would try wire nutting the two blacks together, the whites together with...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dishwasher & Garbage Disposal, garbage disposal, disposals
garbage disposal, disposals, amps: Joe Yes you will need to run a 12-3 with ground because they should be on there own circuit. I have seen them on the same circuit and sometimes the breaker will trip when both are used. That depends on the amp draw. Most dishwasher pull about 14-18 amps and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dishwasher Ground (use of conduit), cold water pipe, metal conduit
cold water pipe, metal conduit, j box: Commercial buildings often use the conduit as ground. A j-box will need to be installed in the wall, above water level in case the D/W floods. And a tester will be able to tell if the ground is good. If you are having problems with that, the cold water...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dishwasher ground wire, bob osgood, master electrician
bob osgood, master electrician, laymens terms: Hi Connie, Due to the hazardous nature of the combination of water and electricity....dishwashers must be grounded to help lower the dangerous shock potential. Based on your description...the existing wiring that fed the old dishwasher did not...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dishwasher Popping GFCI Outlet, dishwasher, second opinion
dishwasher, second opinion, countertop: Hi Charlotte, The problem probably lies in the dishwasher, but I don t think you need to replace it, just yet. GFI s aren t very stable when it comes to powering anything with a motor, like the dishwasher and the disposal. I m surprised this didn t...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dishwasher plug, dishwasher, screw
dishwasher, screw, metal body: Hi. There should be a green screw near the wires. The green wire would connect to it. If not a green screw, there should be some screw to connect the green ground to that just goes to the metal body of the dishwasher. I hope this helps. Bo...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dishwasher and Stove Wiring, hardwire, customer choice
hardwire, customer choice, receptacle: Hi Rob, Just getting back in....a bitterly cold night here in the northeast - thanks to an Artic Cold front... There is no standard between hard wiring those appliances or connecting them by cord and plug ...if the appliances are designed for hard...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dishwasher wiring, fuse panel, junction boxes
fuse panel, junction boxes, outlet location: Hi Anita, Just getting in.... Based on your description...your methodology is partially correct...with some exceptions as listed by number: 1. No exceptions....insure power is indeed off at receptacle outlet location before starting work.. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dividing a circuit, professional electrician, 3 way switches
professional electrician, 3 way switches, basement stairs: Most likely to make this work properly, and to do it without a lot of headaches I would like to suggest you get a professional electrician to evaluate what you want to do as this may require a lot of rewiring do to the nature of 3 way switches and how they...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: DOUBLE BREAKER, volt circuits, volt service
volt circuits, volt service, volt applications: Hi. No. Many 220 volt applications, such as air conditioners need only 2 wires because there is no neutral. So the white wire is the second hot wire. Whoever wired it should put a piece of black tape on it to show it is hot. But most people do not do...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: DOUBLE LUGGING, buss, conductors
buss, conductors, conductor: Hi Shaun. Double lugging usually means landing two wires under one lug, and, for the most part, is not allowed by code and by manufacturer s instructions. An exception is the ground buss of panels, which, depending on the manufacturer, will allow you to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: DOUBLE SWITCH, porch light, light switches
porch light, light switches, double switch: Hi. I would need to know where each wire goes to. I need to know which wire brings the power in, which wire goes to each light, and I need to know if there are any wires bringing the power out to another device. If you can find out this information,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Domestic well, wire jumper, volt motor
wire jumper, volt motor, pressure switch: I suspect it s your pump motor, but you can try and bypass your pressure switch to see if the pump will turn on. If it s like mine, it s a 240 volt motor and the pressure switch just breaks one leg of power to stop the pump. Jump across the contacts with a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Don Beck, don beck, semi conductor
don beck, semi conductor, frequency convertor: Hey Don, How are you doing? Will you write a white paper on the installation of four wire appliances? That is the subject of the decade. By the way my email at the shop is service@emrrepair.com and you can write me there anytime. I will then forward...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Don,I have a home that is..., furnace duct work, wire guage
furnace duct work, wire guage, air cond: Hi Reggie, If the air cond is a window unit, and 220V, the wire guage should be OK. If it is a window unit 110V, the wire may be a little small, depending on the BTU s of unit. If the air cond is a whole house type unit, that uses the furnace duct...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Don't know what to do, buss bar, voltage meter
buss bar, voltage meter, loose connection: Richard, When you lose power to an area of a home, you need to first try and reset the breaker by first turning the breaker all the way to the off position then all the way to the on position. If this doesn t work then you need to check all the breakers...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Door Bell - lighted push button issue, electronic unit, button issue
electronic unit, button issue, doorbells: Tom, The original was an electronic door bell? And it was not the type with a light? Now you replace the electronic unit and the new lighted unit rings constantly? Tell me how the old door bell that was electronic was wired. Two wires? Three? I...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Door Bell, voltage detector, doorbell
voltage detector, doorbell, phone charger: Yes, somewhere in the house is a doorbell transformer, probably in your basement or in your attic. It has a problem. How to find it. It is a little box , phone charger looking device. You can go buy a non contact voltage detector. try putting a hobby...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Door bell Replacement, push button switch, hole size
push button switch, hole size, type button: Hi Phil, If the chime works when you press the button then its wired correctly. Having to push hard on it sounds like the button at the door needs replaced. I know you said you just replaced it, but its possible you got a bad one. If its...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Door bells, bob osgood, master electrician
bob osgood, master electrician, door bells: Hi Frank, Yes...they would both be wired to the 16 V transformer in parallel. But...please note in this configuration...both doorbells will ring when the pushbuttons are operated...which is a good thing - IF this is what you desire. (this is how we have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Door Chime, rec room, upstairs
rec room, upstairs: Yes, just connect it either directly to the other chime, or to the button, whichever is easiest. Something else you may want to consider if it ever fails, are the wireless chimes. I was a little hesitant at first, but they work great. My sister has an old...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Doorbell, doorbell chimes, ahold
doorbell chimes, ahold, screws: Hi. There are two possible causes. Either the button is defective or stuck, or the wires going to the button are touching. Make sure that the wires going to the screws are not accidently touching. To find out whether it is the button, or the wires,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Doorbell capacitor, doorbell button, radio shack
doorbell button, radio shack, home depot: Hi Reo, Is your new doorbell wired or wireless ? Is your new doorbell electronic or electro-mechanical? You will need to pull the cover off of the chime to answer these questions. And while you are looking at the chime, find out what the required...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Doorbell Issue, wall insulation, flood lights
wall insulation, flood lights, light switches: The problem may be that the contact that is accidentally being made, is acting like the door button and causing a constant switch, which if continues, can cause the wires to burn thru. It is a LONG shot that it could be a fire hazzard, but I would consider...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Doorbell Issues, wall insulation, flood lights
wall insulation, flood lights, light switches: Hello John it sounds like the doorbell wiring got pinched. I would remove the existing box, check the wiring for any damage. Make whatever repairs that are needed. Try to make a little more room for the wiring. Replace the box with a old work box, sometimes...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Doorbell Problem, doorbell chime, doorbell button
doorbell chime, doorbell button, westminster type: Hi. No, a transformer can not cause this problem. If it is a Westminster type chime (long playing), you may have an extra wire between the chime and transformer and the chime may be bad. If it is a normal chime, and it still is energized without a button,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Doorbell Problem, doorbell chime, doorbell button
doorbell chime, doorbell button, solenoid: Hi Aaron, It could be any number of things that is causing the problem and it is difficult to pin it down unless you know the wiring sequence. This sequence can be done in a number of ways, depending how the installer decided to do this. When the button...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Doorbell Problem, doorbell chime, robert wilber
doorbell chime, robert wilber, doorbell button: - * Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * The only reason there is not enough voltage somewhere is because there is an open connection providing resistance and a location to allow a voltage drop [bad...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Doorbell Transformer Placement..., doorbell, surface mount
doorbell, surface mount, furnace: Hi Jim. Normally the transformer is attached to a surface mount box, since the 120v side of it requires a box to make the connection in. Alot of times the transformer will be mounted on the box that has the fused switch on the furnace. It can be mounted...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Doorbell Transformer Problem, doorbell button, dear sir or madam
doorbell button, dear sir or madam, wireless doorbell: I can not say to exceed the manufacturers ratings, however I can say that in my opinion they have to cover themselves. Almost every electrical device has a tolorance due to voltage rise and drop in every utility service. A motor can operate on as little as...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Doorbell Transformers and Wattage, transfromers, internal resistance
transfromers, internal resistance, home depot: Victor: You will run into a problem trying to hook up the 2 transfromers because they are isolated step down type. Because the voltage is totaly magneticly induced the transfromers will over a short time cook out. The bigger va transfromer will overheat the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Doorbell transformer, poor insulation, wire insulation
poor insulation, wire insulation, wet conditions: Hi Laura, This is a difficult question to answer. But I will tell you that I have replaced very few just because the transformer went bad. These transformers are very low wattage and basically all they are is two sets of wires wound up, with a piece...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Doorbell Wiring, bell chime, gauge wires
bell chime, gauge wires, double tone: Thanks John. Try this configuration. Connect one of the white chime wires to one of the transformer wires, it can be either. Connect the other transformer wires to one of the incoming wires, this should be going to the buzzer. Connect the other incoming wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Doorbell wiring, halloween kids, happy holidays
halloween kids, happy holidays, doorbells: Your going to have to do some wire tracking, but somewhere there is a small transformer that sends the reduced voltage to the doorbell. Most doorbells are 12 volt dc. The transformer is about the size of a plug in transformer for a game, or cell phone. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Doorbell wiring, wiring schematics, doorchime
wiring schematics, doorchime, doorbell: There are two different wiring schematics. If you have a front and rear chime, the low volt wires need to continue to that door chime. Sumarize...one pair from the transformer. One wire of that pair goes on the chime....the other wire goes to the door button,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Doorbell wiring, low voltage wiring, voltage tester
low voltage wiring, voltage tester, chime: It s usually the spring that moves the plunger that gives out. If it s electrical, it is usually the transformer. There are only 3 possibilities left as to how the installer wired it up. 1) Both white wires go onto the T terminal. 2) Both white...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Doorbell wiring, doorbell chime, doorbell button
doorbell chime, doorbell button, chimes: Hi Mike, Chimes can be confusing as each maker does it differently. Check for markings by the screws where the wire attach. If the is a C ...both white wires go to that screw. If there is no C , connect the white wires together. 1 red goes...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Doorbell wiring question, continuous circuit, constant power
continuous circuit, constant power, chime: What you need to do, From the transformer a pair of wire to the new chime. At the chime a pair of wires to the new button. At the chime, the wires are split...one wire from the transformer to the chime, one wire from the transformer to the button, from the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Doorbell wiring--splice?, doorbell button, wire nuts
doorbell button, wire nuts, electrical tape: Hi JC, If there is enough wire where you can make a splice it would be OK as it is low voltage and the restrictions on low voltage in minimum. A couple of small wire nuts to make the splice and electrical tape over those to keep them in place. Doorbell...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Doorbell wiring, halloween kids, voltage tester
halloween kids, voltage tester, basement garage: Hi. There are four components in a doorbell system. The transformer, the chime, the wire and the button. The button is easy to test. Take it out and touch the two wires together for a second. If it rings, the button is bad. The chime usually...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Doorbell, doorbell buttons, doorbell button
doorbell buttons, doorbell button, pushbutton: It may be a faulty Chime, but I can t see in my head the picture . Basically you have one wire from the transformer going to the pushbutton, then another wire from pushbutton to chime, and then a third wire from chime back to transformer. Once the button...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Double Bonding, neutrals, electrical system
neutrals, electrical system, marriage: Hi Darryl. I haven t heard the term double bonding. The code requires this marriage of neutrals and grounds in certain places of the electrical system (such as the service equipment), and forbids it in other places (downstream from the service equipment)....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Double Dimmer Switch to Double Single Dimmer Switches, dimmer switches, second bundle
dimmer switches, second bundle, slide bars: Hi You have two dimmers? You need a speed control switch for the fan, not a dimmer. There should be instructions with the controls. There is no way for me to know where the wires go to in your house, so I can only give you general information. The...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Double GFCI installation in Double box, screw screw, silver screw
screw screw, silver screw, brass screw: Maybe I don t understand what your goal is... I think your saying the 2 outlets are going to be side by side in a 2 gang box. If this is correct, the wire from the load side of GFI # 1 feeds the 2nd outlet. You can make the 2nd outlet a GFI also, by taking...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Double gang receptacle?, recepticle, commercial garage
recepticle, commercial garage, recepticles: First you need to verify that you ARE 3 phase and not single phase. Garages..residential...and single phase. Only a commercial garage would be 3 phase. It is simple enough to pull the recepticles out and verify which wires are hot and which are not. A bit...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Double light switch, double light switch, yellow wires
double light switch, yellow wires, best guess: Hi. I am assuming the power enters at that box. Hopefully the yellow wires are really white wires that are old. If the power enters there, all white wires should be neutral, so don t connect them to any switches. Also the bare wires are ground wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Double Oven connection, 220 volt appliances, good connections
220 volt appliances, good connections, wall oven: The whites get wirenutted together and you can only have one ground wire under a screw so you will need to wire nut them together and have a pigtail come out to the screw. Or, have the wire under the screw stick out and wirenut it with the other ground wires....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Double pole single throw switch, volt circuits, volt circuit
volt circuits, volt circuit, switch power: Each throw of a breaker switch should disconnect one circuit, a double pole would be a single 240 volt circuit, so to be by code, you would need two single pole breakers for two separate 120 volt circuits. The theory is that if one circuit had a problem, it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Double pole switch, disconect, hvac units
disconect, hvac units, phase motor: Now I understand it. It is common on many HVAC units to only break two of the three legs on a compressor, so if you break two of the three legs with this switch, the motor will not attempt to operate and leave the one leg hot at all times to the motor. You...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Double pole thermostat to single pole electrical box, line voltage thermostat, load wires
line voltage thermostat, load wires, volt stick: A line voltage thermostat is just a sophisticated switch that makes and breaks on temperature. It is really no different in other respects to a simple light switch that is just breaking or making the circuit when turned on. Since there are only two wires to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Double receptacle circuit with shared neutral, wirenuts, neutral wire
wirenuts, neutral wire, gfci: Hello. I had answered this a few hours after you sent it, but AllExperts website is having problems. Hi. First of all, you can use the GFCI on a shared circuit only to protect the GFCI itself. It can not protect any outlets downstream. If you need...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Double receptacle with shared neutral wire, neutral wire, bare wire
neutral wire, bare wire, gfci: Sounds like a typical countertop circuit. It could be the breaker. BEing a two pole, it may not be allowed to trip both circuits if only half is tripping. It can be a bad connection at any point. With only 10 total to work with...retrace the steps and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Double Switch, double switch, seperatly
double switch, seperatly, exhaust fan: Chad: Before I try to explaine, Do the following. 1. Run a 14/3,12/3 (witchever you have ) wire down to the switch location. 2. Let me know if you have, and know how to use a tester for voltage, coutinuity checks. Write back and I let me know so I can...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Double Switch, duplex receptacle, gfci receptacle
duplex receptacle, gfci receptacle, silver screw: Hi Ron, Form your description...it sounds as if you have a double gang box that the GFCI receptacle (you didn t state if it was a GFCI receptacle or not...it needs to be) and single switch is now in...so you ll need a double switch setup that is made...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Double Swtich, bathroom exhaust fan, double switch
bathroom exhaust fan, double switch, switch one: What we are running into here, there is a hot feed wire coming into the fan and a hot feed coming into the light. We only need one or the other. So, if my calculations are correct, the light can just go can to up and no changes need to be made there. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Double socket Art Deco Ceiling fixture, ceiling light fixtures, art deco style
ceiling light fixtures, art deco style, screw threads: Real easy, cut the plug off, strip some of the wire back and wire 1 wire to the black and 1 to the white. Here is the trick, the black wire has to go to the inside part of the socket. To do this check for continuity between the inside part of the socket...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Double switch, lamp pole, bedroom light
lamp pole, bedroom light, light controller: OK, We still may get by without a tester, even though that white w/white woven shield throws me a curve...that is an unusual wire. So, Open the outlet that was switched and let me know how many wires in it, and what color they are, and how are...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Double Tapping, buying a home, tapping
buying a home, tapping, screw: By double tapped you mean there is more than one wire under an individual breaker s screw, then yes it is a violation. Legal? No. Hazard? Possibly. If the load on the total number of wires doesn t exceed the capacity of the breaker, then no it s not...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Double and Triple taps, don beck, insp
don beck, insp, lugs: Hi Joyce, I would have thought the inspector would have told you what needed to be done, as it may vary from location to location. I would guess that the wires coming off the bottom lugs should be moved to a circuit breaker that would match up to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Double tap breaker, double tap, adult beverages
double tap, adult beverages, hi mike: Mike, I guess I m not exactly sure what you want to do. (I m a little foggy this a.m......too many adult beverages last nite).. By double tap breaker, do you mean it s 2 breaker in one and twice as large as the regular breakers? And, you want to remove...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Double wall oven / cooktop, double oven, wall oven
double oven, wall oven, last car: David, I applaud your questioning of a salesman! Especially the grad students that work at Home Depot. Nothing against Home Depot, other than more than one time, well more than a dozen times, well more than a few dozen times, I have got the wrong answer...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Downgrading a circuit, amp breaker, amp service
amp breaker, amp service, cooktop: Hi James, The blank breaker spot will not harm anything electricaly, but it could be a hazard if someone would stick something into that open space in the cover. Rather than spend money on a breaker, depending on the make of the breaker panel, there are...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: DPDT Switch, generator power, transfer switch
generator power, transfer switch, breakers: He is trying to save you some money. Instead of an instant disconnect switch, it is a matter of turning off the main breaker to the panel, start your generator and then turn the breaker on from the generator to the panel. The problem is that if you forget...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: DPDT switch for a generator, generator power, main switch
generator power, main switch, transfer switch: Kris, You said you wanted to switch from mains to generator power for all circuits. Now we are talking about not having to deal with the main? The electrician says DPDT switch and you say breakers. I think he means some kind of main switch so it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: DRYER SENDING OUT ELECTRIC SHOCK, don beck, loose ground
don beck, loose ground, electric shock: Hi Jason, It sounds as if the dryer is not grounded properly. There are several ways to remedy this. It may be just a loose ground wire in the outlet or on the dryer. This would be simple to fix. Check the outlet and if the outlet is grounded, you will...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Drastic increase in electric usage, hot water heater, amp breaker
hot water heater, amp breaker, water leaks: Breakers work on a heat principle. As current flow exceeds the wires normal capacity, the wire starts to heat up and the breakers senses the additional heat and thus trips. It might be worth your time to research futher your electrical usage. Start by turning...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Drilling and I hit a wire, bearer of bad news, electrical tape
bearer of bad news, electrical tape, live wire: Hi. Shrink tubing is approved for underground, but it is not approved for inside. Unfortunately, the only correct way is to either replace the wire from end to end, or splice it in a junction box. The junction box can not be covered by drywall or other...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Drilling hole in masonry for electrical conduit, inch diameter hole, bob osgood
inch diameter hole, bob osgood, brick masonry: Hi Ed, Yes....a standard 1/2 chuck varible speed drill is capable of drilling thru brick...and if you use a masonry 1 bit...you won t need a hammer drill....although it will clearly penetrate quicker with a hammer drill. (we ve even drilled 1 inch...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Drilling, shelving unit, electrical wire
shelving unit, electrical wire, electrical wires: Hi. Even if you hit a stud, you could still hit an electrical wire using a drill. Chances are that there are not too many wires near the closet, and if there are, they may either be in a vertical line or a horizontal line with any outlets in the adjacent...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dropped switch leg, work boxes, screw terminal
work boxes, screw terminal, black lead: Hi Jim, Based on your description...you will be running what we call a hot switch leg which is hot power brought down to the switch...and the switch makes and breaks the power run to the light (as opposed to power being already at the switch box). ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dry Wall Cut out too big for wall switch plate cover, drywall plaster, drywaller
drywall plaster, drywaller, wall switch: Hi Sandra, There is drywall plaster available at home centers. Mix with some water and spread it around the opening. It dries up with quickly then you can touch up with paint. Also, there are plates that are little larger than regular. It may be big...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dry wall cut out too big for switch plate cover, sheetrock repair, robert wilber
sheetrock repair, robert wilber, drywall repair: - * Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * I suggest that you didn t have a shady electrician work at your home, rather that you had some shady person who represented himself as an electrician work at your...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dryer, clothes, christmas
clothes, christmas, dry cycle: You are right. the difference is the full load current of the different motors on different dryers. You have a marginal power circuit if two out of three have problems. 220 Voltage is 220 voltage, you have an amperage problem in that the circuit is barely...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dryer 220 electrical outlet, dryer vent, electrical circuits
dryer vent, electrical circuits, hi mike: Hi Mike, Just getting in... Based on your description...there are several possibilities for your symptoms - but the most common cuase of the melt-down you describe is a loose main connection,...directly at the dryer receptacle outlet. Any loose...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dryer 3-Prong Outlet, fuse box, gfci
fuse box, gfci, prong plug: Bill, Volt meter in the plug will tell you if there is any voltage or enough present to operate the dryer. Is it gas with a 110 plug or 220 electric, both have three prongs possibly. Also go check the ciruit breaker that the dryer is on AND MAKE SURE...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dryer Cords & Range Cords, volt cord, volt unit
volt cord, volt unit, selection responsibility: Hi Jim, Been straight out here electrically....first chance I ve had to log-in.... The key to knowing which size and type of wire, breaker, cord size and plug end and receptacle outlet to use is in the manufacturers specs...and IF Frigidare specs...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dryer causing whole house problems., electric chair, start button
electric chair, start button, volts: I would suspect you have problems with one leg of power in your house, since you mentioned Air Conditioning. Both appliances use 240 volts. You can open up your panel and look for anything obvious or smells, but this would best be handled by a contractor....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dryer cord--changing, lowe s, single woman
lowe s, single woman, good luck: Hi Cynthia. I m a little confused. Is the existing outlet 3 or 4 prong? If 4, then you will need to keep your dryer a 4-prong also. If 3, then you can change your dryer cord to a 3 wire type. The cord is flat, and moving left to right, you connect...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dryer Electric Outlet, txstate edu, plumbing code
txstate edu, plumbing code, cord attachment: There s a requirement in the Electrical Code that says a dedicated outlet, one intended for a specific appliance, should be within X feet of the appliance s intended location, but I can t quote you the Section, and I don t recall from memory (not having...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dryer electrical outlet, prongs, prong
prongs, prong, electrical outlet: Charles: If your dryer has the L shaped plug the just change the outlet to the 30amp L shaped type. Kill the power the L is the ground prong. When connected correctly you will be able to read with a tester from the L to eather prong 110volt and 220volt...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dryer electrical outlet, christmas light fuses, fuse box
christmas light fuses, fuse box, gauge wire: Your description says a braided silver wire and two hot wires. That tells me you do not have a neutral wire to split the circuit. It is fine for a 220 only appliance. That silver braided wire is NOT to be confused as a neutral. A neutral conducts electricity...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dryer electrical outlet, dryer receptacle, electrical connection
dryer receptacle, electrical connection, prong: Hi Charles, Based on your description...it sounds like the former owner may have used a NEMA 10-50R for a receptacle there (commonly used on older stoves and ranges years ago..) instead of the old 10-30R (former 3 prong dryer receptacle). If they used...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dryer Help, outlet configuration, amp breaker
outlet configuration, amp breaker, prong cord: Hi David, Based on your description...it sounds like you ve moved into a home that is Code complaint (the 4 wire/ 4 prong is now required on dryers and stoves) from one that wasn t. But...where you already have the 4 prong dryer receptacle outlet...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dryer hook up, neutral wire, ground wires
neutral wire, ground wires, words of advice: Hi. It s hard to say why the electrician (Or homeowner) did what he did. I can t explain what he did, but I can explan how it should be. Normally one cable with 3 wires plus the ground is used. There should be two hot wires, each connected to a breaker....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dryer hook-up, center terminal, hook up
center terminal, hook up, hots: Hi Jeff, The white wire is the neutral and goes to the center terminal of the outlet. The red and black are the hots and they go to the 2 outside terminals. The green or bare is the ground and it goes to any part of the outlet case except the terminals....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dryer hook up, ventless dryer, hook up
ventless dryer, hook up, dirty water: Well, Here is the problem. I think you are referring to needing a dryer that runs on 110. A washer is standard 110 no problem. So your problem is the dryer, which I am sure there are 110 volt dryers, but what about the vent? Then the washer is fine...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dryer hook-up, amp breaker, dryer service
amp breaker, dryer service, swithches: I don t know of any switches like you indicate, but this is certainly doable. You might have to spend a few bucks though. Let me take that back...there is a transfer switch that is used to transfer the load from utility power to generator power, but I m...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dryer Metallic Vent Hose Sparks, vent hose, whirlpool dryer
vent hose, whirlpool dryer, water pipes: Hi. The problem could be with the pipe too, or it could be the dryer. If something is grounded on the pipe, but the pipe is not making contact all the way though the system, then that is the problem. However, it sounds like a problem with the dryer. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dryer Outlet, cold water pipe, bob osgood
cold water pipe, bob osgood, prong cord: ** Duplicate Question** I copied my first answer below - in case you didn t get the first copy. Hi Rusty, We are fixing to leave for our Holiday vacation here shortly...so I don t have time to answer your question in great detail. If you don t want...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dryer Outlet, neutral wire, ground terminal
neutral wire, ground terminal, ground pin: Sorry to tell you this but apparantly the dryer requires a neutral wire in addition to the ground. So not only are you going to have to replace the receptacle you are going to have to run new wire to it. Depending on the size it will take 6, 8, or 10 /3...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dryer Outlet, home improvement center, prong
home improvement center, prong, prongs: Hi Sean You can purchase a 4 prong outlet at any home improvement center. However, it is of no value unless the wire feeding the old outlet is a 4 wire. Red,(hot) Black(hot) White(neutral) Green(ground). If all 4 of these wires are not present at this...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dryer Outlet??, amp circuit breaker, prong cord
amp circuit breaker, prong cord, amps: Nick, Technically you cannot have a 50 amp outlet on a 30 amp circuit breaker with 10 gauge. Make sure your circuit breaker and wiring are rated at 30 amps. You do not want your dryer on a 50 amp circuit. Will the old plug work? Yes it will....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dryer Outlet, cold water pipe, bob osgood
cold water pipe, bob osgood, prong cord: Hi Rusty, We are fixing to leave for our Holiday vacation here shortly...so I don t have time to answer your question in great detail. If you don t want to upgrade the wiring...the simpliest approach for you would be to change the cord. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dryer outlet, bare wire, prongs
bare wire, prongs, prong: Hi. There should be a wiring diagram on the box. Generally the two side prongs are hot wires (red/black). The round prong is the ground (bare wire) and the top/bottom prong is neutral (white). Hopefully you have all the wires you need. I hope this...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dryer Plug Problems, brunswick maine, neutral wire
brunswick maine, neutral wire, grounding wire: Hi Mark, Although this is a world wide site...I ve meet several dozen people from Maine (or formerly from Maine) in my 2 years as an expert here...small world. We love it here...have traveled most of the 50 states over the decades...but ALWAYS glad to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dryer plug in, screw driver, ace hardware
screw driver, ace hardware, truevalue: IN most cases...Home Depot, Ace Hardware, TrueValue and such will carry a pigtail that you can change on the back of the dryer. It is quite simple, just a screw driver or pliers. You should be able to ask for assistance and get a dryer Pigtail Just...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dryer plugs, amp breaker, volt outlet
amp breaker, volt outlet, laundry area: Hi Sylvia, If the outlet in the laundry area that is there, is just a regular outlet, like the ones in the rest of the house, then it cannot be used. It is a 110 Volt outlet and the dryer requires 220V, so a new wire would have to be run from the breaker...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dryer question, washer dryer combo, wire tester
washer dryer combo, wire tester, gauge wire: Hi Frank, Check the breaker box and make sure the 10/2 wire is connected: Black to breaker White to breaker Bare to neutral bar. At the outlet: Black to one side of outlet White to other side of outlet Bare to center of outlet You should...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dryer/Range Connections, washer dryer combo, amp service
washer dryer combo, amp service, brian ford: The green ground wire should go on the green colored terminal. It would be better if you ran a whole new circuit for this. It make take a little longer and cost a little more to do it right and safely, but the consequences of short cuts with electricity...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dryer and Range cords, recepticle, home improvement store
recepticle, home improvement store, perimeters: Some sales people should not be giving advice. The reason for the 30amp cord on a 30amp appliance is for safety and warrantee. Most hardware stores carry what is called a pigtail for replacing cords and fittings that do not match some houses. It is quite...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dryer Receptacle Old Work Box, dryer receptacle, asking this question
dryer receptacle, asking this question, knockout: Hi. Surface mounted outlets are a lot more popular for old work. Since dryer outlets are large, and the wire is thick, you are best off with a double box. You will probably need an adapter plate. They make dryer outlet plates which are double size....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dryer Receptacle, prong plug, fuse box
prong plug, fuse box, note th: Hi Randy, Sorry just responding.....we ve been transferring files over to a new computer....just getting the network back up and online.. Based on your description...it sounds as if your new dryer was only getting 120 volt feed from this receptacle....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dryer Receptacles, fire insurance coverage, wall receptacle
fire insurance coverage, wall receptacle, wire conductor: You are going to have to run a 4 wire conductor to this location so that the dryer works properly. To do otherwise would violate the electrical code and could jeopardize any fire insurance coverage you may have. It is a definate code violation to make more...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dryer receptacle/cord, prong cord, self destruct
prong cord, self destruct, dryer receptacle: The blacks are required as they are the hot feeds. The white is the neutral which may or may not be required for the dryer to properly operate. The green is the ground which you have to have. I would put a wirenut on the white and see if the dryer works....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dryer receptacle, timer clock, shock hazard
timer clock, shock hazard, screw driver: even a faint tingle is unacceptable as it is a sign that something is isn t right and it could get worse and become a serious shock hazard. The outlet needs to be grounded. If there is no ground wire in the outlet(bare or green), then the best thing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dryer receptacles, prong cord, home depot
prong cord, home depot, receptacle: Mike, You have to change something here wether it be the receptacle or the plug on the dryer. It will be a little more work but I highly recomend you changing out the cord and plug on the dryer to match the 4 wire receptacle because its a better safer hookup...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dryer receptacles, prong cord, receptacle
prong cord, receptacle: Hello Mike, the four prong receptacle is a newer version and is much safer. I would recommend replacing the dryer cord instead. The reason for the change is on the three prong cord, the neutral grounded the electrical and the unit cabinet. With a four prong,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dryer Shock, volt meter, electric dryer
volt meter, electric dryer, gas dryer: Jason, First this is a dangerous situation and until you get is solved, you should unplug it. What hose are you hearing the current in? The gas Line? If so, there is no maybe about getting it unplugged and use a laundry until this is resolved. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dryer Short, stray voltage, zir
stray voltage, zir, hot wire: Hi Jared, Everything you do with the dryer, make sure the breaker is off. The green ground wire should be attached to any metal part of the dryer shell that is handy. Even with this grounding screw on, it may not solve the problem. Just attach it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dryer Shorts Out, clothes dryer, circuit breaker
clothes dryer, circuit breaker, fuse: Hi Frank, Unplug the dryer and turn the breaker on. If it stays on, it is not an electrical house problem, but a dryer problem and you will probably need an appliance repairman to look into that part. If, when the dryer is unplugged, and the breaker...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dryer vs stove wiring, problem occured, clothes line
problem occured, clothes line, amp: Safety is the main issue. A dryer is a using a 30amp circuit with wires rated for that 30amp. A stove is from 40 to 50 amp. Wires and breaker rated for that. You dont want to put a dryer on a 50amp breaker, because the wires in the dryer would be able...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dryer Wiring, national electrical code, arc fault
national electrical code, arc fault, reverse polarity: Good Morning John, Congrats on your efforts to bring this old farmhouse up to Code...it will not only increase the electrical safety of this home...but also the user and equipment safety - and may also even increase it s resale value. In order to assure...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dryer Wiring (Grounding?), bare wire, bolt
bare wire, bolt, vent: Hi Mary, The way it should be wired is the cable coming into the outlet should have a black,white red and bare wire. If it doesn t, that means there is no ground available at the outlet. If the dryer cord that plugs into the outlet only has 3 wires,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dryer Wiring, prong cord, outlet configuration
prong cord, outlet configuration, wire connector: Good Morning Gregg, Based on your description...the home you moved into is up to current Code on the dryer circuit.....4 prong receptacle outlets and 4 prong cord sets for dryers (and stoves) became Code mandatory on all new installs after Jan 1st, 2005....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dryer wiring, gauge wire, exact application
gauge wire, exact application, amperage: Hi. Usually 10 gauge wire is used. However, it depends on the kind of wire, the length of the wire, and the amperage of the dryer. You may want to check the amperage of the dryer, then go to your local home center of electrical supply, and double check...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dryer, prong cord, power cord
prong cord, power cord, shock: No, not really, it will need to have new wiring ran so that the dryer functions properly. The manufactures have changed the internal wiring to now require both a ground and neutral, as oppossed to using the ground for the neutral where needed. If you were...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dual Control Lutron fan and light switch wiring, light switch wiring, fan control
light switch wiring, fan control, dual control: If I recall that type, the black is the power into the switch, the yellow is for the fan control and the red is the light control. White to the ceiling is connected to the white in the switch box. Black to the ceiling is the fan motor, or to the yellow wire....red...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dual control for external ligs, external lighting, output transformer
external lighting, output transformer, dual control: Hello John, I came up with one possibility, I will let you make the call. Instead of 12v, you can go to a refrigeration or a/c supply and get a 120 input / 24v output transformer. You will also need 2 power duty 24v coil relays. All of these components are...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dual Dimmer Switches, dimmer switches, brass screws
dimmer switches, brass screws, electrical work: Hi Lonny, If I have it clear, you have two switches, and both of them control a light. You can change 1 of them to a dimmer, the other should remain as is. What is required is a 3 way dimmer switch . When you remove the old switch, pay attention...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dual fuel stove, volt circuit, amp breaker
volt circuit, amp breaker, fuel stove: Joe, Another great question and I am glad I get the chance to address the whole 4 wire versus the 3 wire method of wiring ovens and/or dryers. I have a few questions for you. You have 4 wires from your stove (which is now code), but what do you have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dug up mains cable, slab foundation, insulating material
slab foundation, insulating material, underground cable: Hi James, A splice is OK. There are sleeves that fit over bot ends of the cut cable, then a wire is run between the sleeves and then crimped down with special tool. Bot spices are then covered with an insulating material that is heated up and shrinks around...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Duplex outlet, wire nut, wall plugs
wire nut, wall plugs, plug ins: On the new outlet, tabs stay in place. Lets s make sure I m on the same page here. The new wire you ran from the orig outlet to the new outlet has a black-white-ground wire..correct? On the new outlet, black to dark screw, white to silver screw,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Duplex outlets, duplex outlets, way switch
duplex outlets, way switch, 3way: Hi John, I am assuming the outlets are fed from the 3 gang box. Are just the outlets not working, or are any of the 3 switches involved not working also? The 3 gang box contains, 1 3way switch...1 4 way switch and another 3 way switch....is that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Duplex Switch, switch one, switch control
switch one, switch control, screws: Hi. The black power coming in will go to the duplex switch (There should be a note saying line on that side). The white wire coming in will connect to both white wires going to the fixtures. The black wire from each fixture will connect to the two screws...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Duplex switch, jumper wire, conductor cable
jumper wire, conductor cable, 2 legs: Hi Doug, Every double switch i have ever seen always has the hots electrically connected. Sure they come with 2 screws on the hot side. But if you check, these screws are electrically connected to one another. So a jumper would not be needed. One...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Duplex switch, time doug, dual switch
time doug, dual switch, fan light: Hi Douglas, There are several options for a dual switch. Most are fed with 1 hot wire in, and 2 switch wires out. The Lutron company has a large variety. There are even some switches that allow you to run the fan on 1 switch and have the light on a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Duplex wiring question, jumper wire, ground pin
jumper wire, ground pin, ground wires: You may have twin circuit wiring. IN a kitchen this is done to give each duplex two circuits. You may have switched recepticles. The jumpers would be undoing the switch attempt. I would take all the recepticles out and research the circuit(s) to see what...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dusk to Dawn Lighting, dusk to dawn, photo cells
dusk to dawn, photo cells, dusk to dawn lighting: Hi again Alan. That was a quick reply. I also live in yorkshire 2 mins from dewsbury. Right then it sounds like you have had the power switched off to the lights in question and only switch them on in winter. It certainly sounds like the photo cells have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: I'd like to make sure that my subpanel setup is ok?, aluminum wire, ground rods
aluminum wire, ground rods, ground bus: One ground rod should be at the main panel, and here is the only place your neutral and ground are tied together. The panel in the shop should have a ground rod as well, but it should not be connected to the neutral. Separate busses. You do not need a fourth...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: damage from arced wires, red hook, fan light
red hook, fan light, light fixture: Hi Pat, Glad to hear all worked out .... Small world..just got back from the Houston area (actually Waco for an electrical meeting a few months ago).... Our Osgood lineage originally came to Maine by way of Blue Hill back in the 1700 s....some...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: damage control, air conditioner contractors, amp service
air conditioner contractors, amp service, ampage: You don t need to upgrade to a larger service, unless you have the need for additional capacity. Your house isn t going to burn down, but if your exisitng panel is crowded or outdated, you might consider getting it replaced. I don t understand smaller...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: damaged 220 wire, laying tile, bearer of bad news
laying tile, bearer of bad news, thick wire: Hi. Unfortunately, you are going to need to replace the entire wire. If you leave it patched in a room that will be damp, it could short out and cause a fire over time. There is no way you will be able to splice the wire, because it has to be done in...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: damaged light cable, curtain pole, lighting circuit
curtain pole, lighting circuit, circuit cable: Hi Gareth. Because you have found a lighting cable buried in the wall you will now have to dig out the plaster surrounding the cable and install a plastic/metal capping to protect the cables in question. To repair the cable in question you can join the cables...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Could I have damaged a wire drilling in a beam?, wire splices, circuit breaker
wire splices, circuit breaker, drywall: Hi. Yes, it sounds like you drilled into the wire. and it could cause a fire. You either need to take the drywall out and take a look at the situation, or re-run the wire. Splices and patches are not allowed under the wall, so you may need to put in...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Could I have damaged a wire drilling in a beam?, insulation resistance, resistance test
insulation resistance, resistance test, hot wire: Probably nicked a wire enough to cause it to short circuit and trip the breaker. It s possible that your drill bit nicked the hot wire providing the short to ground, and if left alone, might be okay. The only reall way to test this theory would be to perform...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: my damn doorbell!, doorbell button, doorbell rings
doorbell button, doorbell rings, home improvement stores: Put the old transformer back it is matched to the chime system. Then put the old button back on. If everything works as it should hen, we know it is the buttons fault and we ll have to find an exact replacement for the old one. I ll see if I can locate...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dangerous amperage, heart pumps, volt amp
heart pumps, volt amp, milliamps: Hi Jim, Just getting in...long day here in the northeast.. ANY electrical shock has the potential to cause injury to humans...doesn t matter if it s 120 volts AC ...or even 12 volts DC...both can cause injury or even fatalities. (for example, lightning...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Is it dangerous for me to wire my whole house?, kitchens and bathrooms, seabra
kitchens and bathrooms, seabra, good shape: First if you feel comfortable, go for it. There are some basic code issues that you should definately make sure your abide by, such as any space 2 or more needs and outlet, and you need to have an outlet within 6 of a door and every 12 after that, proper...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: In the dark in the house 50% of it at least., alarm clocks, wonderful day
alarm clocks, wonderful day, fuses: Hi Renae, Sorry to hear you had a rotten day, hope today goes better. It sounds like you may have blown a fuse, if the water heater is 240V it won t be a main fuse it will probably be one of the screw in fuses. If all your fuses are good, check the box where...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dawn to dusk motion light, dawn to dusk, motion lights
dawn to dusk, motion lights, light bulbs: Hi. Motion lights are electronic, and as a result, they can go bad easily. It could be caused by a surge. If the sensor is in direct sunlight, it can ruin them. That is just the nature of them. You might try buying cheaper ones, and if they last as...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dayton 1/2 hp cap start motor SPARKS, amp meter, junk store
amp meter, junk store, paint job: I hope you got my answer to this, but if not in short here it is again. Nice job on taking the single phase motor apart and back together with no issues, that can be tricky. Paint booths, don t forget the XP switches and light fixtures also, I have found...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dble mini breakers, needle nose pliers, volt circuits
needle nose pliers, volt circuits, volt circuit: Franklyn I am not sure what metal guard you are referring to. If you are talking about the metal piece that makes more than one mini cut off at a time, this is a device for a 240 volt circuit that must remain in place to disconnect both circuits at once. If...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dble pole breakers, amp breaker, halfs
amp breaker, halfs, breakers: Hi. You may be able to remove the bar. However, the amps will be the same. If you have a double pole 30 amp breaker and split it to two, you will have 2 30 amp single pole breakers. Since there are not many appliances that are 30 amps 110 volts, they...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dc and ac in the same conduit, alternative energy source, dc circuit
alternative energy source, dc circuit, electrical code: Hi Bill. If this dc circuit is the actual photovoltaic source circuit and/or the photovoltaic output circuit, then you are required to keep them seperate, per NEC 2005 Article 690.4(B). You might also want to look at NEC 2005 Article 300.3(C)(1). ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dead circuit..., carport area, garage carport
carport area, garage carport, space heater: Aaron: If the wiring been replaced look in the bathrooms, Garage/carport area, front door, porch/patio for a GFI duplex outlet. Some times they are connected in one room but extend to protect other areas. It will be the outlets with test/reset button on the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dead circuit, screw terminals, wirenuts
screw terminals, wirenuts, poor connections: Hello Gerald, Are you sure you don t have power? I mean you could still get bit and not get a reading on a meter if the neutral (white) was broken. You could try licking your fingers and touching the black wire.. I m just kidding. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dead circuit, loose wire, wall socket
loose wire, wall socket, light fixture: Hi Stan I would suspect that you have a loose wire in the switched outlet. Remove the outlet and check the connections. If you find nothing there, you may need to remove the light fixture. What you are looking for is the start of the circuit, finding...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dead electrical outlet, speedy reply, gfci breaker
speedy reply, gfci breaker, wall switches: Hi. It usually trips if there is a ground fault. However, the breaker also acts like a breaker and trips if there is a short or an overload. A ground fault is when the power coming back from a device does not equal the power going in. The assumption,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dead electrical outlet, david goldstein, gas barbeque
david goldstein, gas barbeque, recepticles: Pull the breakers cover off and test each 15 and 20amp breaker. If all are good (suspect they are) then you have another downstream problem to locate. It will probably take a search of each recepticle, and test of each, to determine how far reaching the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 way dimmer, two colors, circuit layout
two colors, circuit layout, way switch: Hi Joe, Sorry just responding....we got called out at the last minute Thursday morning to finish up a job down-state...was only supposed to be Thursday and Friday...ended up lasting thru the week-end...just getting back in a few hours ago...what a nightmare...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dead house circuit, junction boxes, circuit breaker
junction boxes, circuit breaker, receptacle: Hi James, It sounds like there is a junction box that has connections for both circuits in it and the connection for one of them has come loose and made contact with the other. If nothing on that circuit works check the connections in the first receptacle...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dead oultlets, upstairs downstairs, fuse box
upstairs downstairs, fuse box, wire nuts: Hi. Are the things that do not work on the same circuit as the GFCI outlet? If it is, them most likely a wire is not making contact. Perhaps a wire came loose when you pushed the GFCI back into place. The backs of the GFCIs are pretty big, and can...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dead outlet, bob osgood, inline fuse
bob osgood, inline fuse, bedroom closets: Hi Chris, Based on your description...and where your house was built after 1970...odds are you ve possibly tripped a GFCI (required in kitchens for decades now...especially where you say the switch in that same double gang box went to a light over the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dead outlet, tanning beds, receptacle
tanning beds, receptacle, tannin: Most Tanning beds require a dedicated circuit. It may require pull the receptacle out and testing the circuit. I should also be GFCI or AFCI protected. It may be on a receptacle elsewhere for protection. Start a search for all receptacles with the buttons....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dead outlets, rochester ny area, finished walls
rochester ny area, finished walls, reset buttons: Don, Ok this is good information. It tells me its possible these could be separate circuits totally unrelated to one another going back to either the panel where they were never hooked up or to remote junction boxes where they were also never hooked up....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dead outlets, wall boxes, gfi outlet
wall boxes, gfi outlet, loose wire: Hi Justin, You need to be sure the breakers are working correctly. You can t tell just by looking, as they can fool you. To be sure, shut each breaker off, then turn it back on. The other thing that could be causing this is a tripped GFI outlet. There...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dead outlets, surge suppressor, wire nuts
surge suppressor, wire nuts, switches: Hi 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. Look for any black or burned areas. Check...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dead outlets, wire nuts, switches
wire nuts, switches, laptop: Hi. Sorry it took so long to answer. I was traveling, and my laptop died. The power you are getting is probably feedback, which would indicate a white wire disconnected. These things can be hard to track down. Somewhere in the circuit, there is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dead outlets, wire nuts, ground fault
wire nuts, ground fault, screws: Hi Mike, You have a ground fault on these receps. Pull all the plugs out on this circuit and make sure all the wires are firmly connected to the screws. Check the connections in the wire nuts also and make sure there solid. Last but not least keep...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dead outlets/light switches, light switches, smoke alarms
light switches, smoke alarms, neutral wire: Andrew, When you plugged in your vacuum you blow apart a neutral (white) wire connection. This is why you are only getting 40 volts because your neutral wire is not making connection to the panel neutral bar. If the outlet you plugged into has the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dead outlets, reset buttons, gfi receptacle
reset buttons, gfi receptacle, receptacles: Don, Check the nearest working receptacles to the ones that are not working. If you happen to know exactly which other outlets are on with the ones that are not working , so much the better other wise just start opening up the nearest working receptacles...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dead receptacle, gfci receptacle, dead wires
gfci receptacle, dead wires, fresh batteries: First check and see if this outlet is being fed from a GFCI receptacle such as one in the garage, bathroom, attic, crawl space, etc. If it is see if the GFCI is tripped and if so push the [RESET] button. Then test the outlet. If it is not on a GFCI (as...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dead sockets, wire nuts, voltage meter
wire nuts, voltage meter, sockets: Hi. You probably had a wire melt or come loose. These things can be hard to track down. Somewhere in the circuit, there is a break. It could even be at a device that is working, because it could be the wire leaving the working device that is not working....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dead switch, fuse box, loose wire
fuse box, loose wire, switch plate: TJ, don t tear into the walls just yet. It sounds like a loose joint. If you didn t have any loose wire joints in the switch box when you replaced the switch, check the wire joints in the light box nearest to the switch. Chances are that the wire to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dead switches and receptacles, upstairs and downstairs, light switches
upstairs and downstairs, light switches, wire nut: Open hot means that you did not make a good connection with the black wire. The incoming power goes to the line side, and the outgoing power goes on the load side to GFI protect recepts, downstream. I suspect that you are drawing to many amps for the GFI....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dear j cook,i have a lincon..., welder generator, bob roberts
welder generator, bob roberts, j cook: Hello Bob. It would depend on whether the two receptaces are on different legs or the same leg. If they are on the same leg, between them will deliver 240 volts. At any rate, even if this would work, as a licensed electrician, I can not recommend a set up...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: deck flood light, flood light, hallogen
flood light, hallogen, current conditions: Hi Rosie, These type of bulbs don t play well with others. If they are the only bulb on the switch they will work but aren t as bright as a regular bulb Also, if the switch is a dimmer, they don t work well either. Try a regular bulb in the light....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: deck wiring, don beck, wire cable
don beck, wire cable, good luck: Hi Doug, Yes there is, it s called UF cable. This wire can even be directly buried in the ground. Keep in mind that wherever you install a light, the light and the box that contains it should be weatherproof. Good Luck with your project, Don Bec...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dedecated circuits, duplex receptacle, amp circuit
duplex receptacle, amp circuit, load changes: Hi Cheryl, Based on your description....we use the term dedicated circuit to mean that this is a circuit ran soley to that receptacle outlet or device....and has NO other loads on it. So - thats tells me this reception site has at least 3 known places...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dedicated circuit, guitar amplifiers, lighting
guitar amplifiers, lighting, breaker panel: Hi. A dedicated circuit means that nothing else is on it. Usually for one appliance. You would just run a wire to the breaker panel, and make its own circuit. I am not sure that is the info you are looking for. If it is not, feel free to ask a follow...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dedicated line, vent a hood, don hi
vent a hood, don hi, question thanks: Hi Jennifer, The black wire goes onto the dark colored screw, the white wire onto the silver colored screw, and the green(or bare) goes onto the green screw. The outlet screws into a plastic wall box, and an outlet cover gets installed. I did what...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dedicated line, dedicated line, electric stove
dedicated line, electric stove, inefficiencies: No. A dedicated line is just a line ran to a specific piece of equipment. Such as the outside A/C is a dedicated line as all it serves is the A/C, same thing for an electric stove. Some people have dedicated lines for freezers, microwaves, computers, etc....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dedicated & split circuit cable, gfci receptacle, circuit cable
gfci receptacle, circuit cable, garbage disposal: Spencer, a disposal requires a seperate or dedicated circuit, meaning that the circuit supplies nothing other than the disposal. Reference to a 120/240 split circuit cable describes a cable with three wires and a ground consisting of a black, a red, a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: How deep to bury 6-3 Romex 60' to hot tub., pvc pipe, burial depth
pvc pipe, burial depth, flex pipe: Hi Alex, The standard burial depth for all wires is minimum of 18 . IF you are using #6/3 romex, required for 50 amps, it must be enclosed in PVC pipe, minimum of 1/1/4 diameter. If you use UF cable instead of romex, it can be direct buried without...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: deepwell wiring, well pump, different situation
well pump, different situation, stress: This is a different situation. You are submerging wire. It is a special wire rated for submersion, and because of the lenghth, it has a larger jacket on it to carry the stress of vertical hang. I watched my well pump be installed. It was a 20amp rated...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: definition, amp breaker, washer and dryer
amp breaker, washer and dryer, receptacle: Hi Terry, I am assuming the dryer is 220 Volt electric and the washer will be 110 V. If so, these 2 outlets can be side by side, but not in the same gang box. Each should have it s own. The wire for the dryer should be 10/3 with ground on a 30...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Too much demand?, small chest freezer, double light switch
small chest freezer, double light switch, dual outlet: Hi. Without checking the amperage, it sounds like it is too much. When the compressors kick on, they momentarily use extra power. If for some reason, they both kick on at the same time, that would really use a lot of power. It is also possible there...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: see description, voltage meter, what the heck
voltage meter, what the heck, light bulb: For some reason it would appear that you lost the neutral (white). And I regret to tell you that if you cannot locate where you lost the neutral you will have to rewire. Start at the panel and work to the switches opening and checking all connections. Jef...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: detached garage branch circuit, thw wire, garage location
thw wire, garage location, occasional power: Michael, To feed this 40 amp panel with 8-8-8-ground, I would use THW wire copper stranded wire. When you pull the wire thru the pipe, use shaving cream on the wire. It makes the pull much easier, evaporates quickly, and will not damage the insulation....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: detached garage wiring, volt outlets, amp service
volt outlets, amp service, standard lighting: Hello Fran, OK, from your 100A to your 60A you need to pull #4. Granted #6 is safe for 60A, but over 100 ft we generally go up one size to avoid voltage drop. I could only guess on your compressors draw (breaker size) since i don t know...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: detached garage wiring, amp breaker, pvc conduit
amp breaker, pvc conduit, amp load: Hi David. A double pole breaker, rated 100amps, is just that, a 100 amp breaker, not 200amp. If you need to know the wire size for 100amps, then you will use the NEC for this. Table 310.16 lists #3 copper for use at 100amps. If your service is rated...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: detached garage, amp circuits, amp line
amp circuits, amp line, compressor 110v: Jim, For what you will be using, I would go with a 40 amp sub panel, a 40 amp breaker in the main panel, and 8/3 UF copper wire. I would use the ground rod near the sub panel rather than carry the ground all the way from the main panel to the sub panel....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: How do I determine the amps?, buyer client, ballpark figure
buyer client, ballpark figure, ball park: Hi Anna, The amps available should be marked on the main breaker panel On the main breaker or at least on the door of the panel. If the marking aren t there are you can t make them out, the size of the wire attached to the main breaker would give us a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: How to determine service size, lath and plaster, amp service
lath and plaster, amp service, circuit breakers: Hi Chris. Sorry, it does not mean you have a 200 amp service. If it was me, I would upgrade to a 200amp service, with more breaker spaces. 100 amps is minimum. visit www.homewiringandmore.com for service upgrading info. Happy Holidays. Rick Miel...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: determining wire rating in degrees celcius, overhead light, conductors
overhead light, conductors, fireworks: well, I guess it is like so much else in life .. you can follow the rules, or have what you want, but not always both ... I guess you could always take the light back and tell them to sell products people can use. I live in Pennsylvania. Here it is legal...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Two devices, celling fans, don beck
celling fans, don beck, exhaust vent: Hi Dan,, Not too difficult to do if you have access above the fans. Run a 14/2 romex between fan #1 and fan #2. Hook the black and white wires of the new romex in fan # 1 to the black and white wires that are already hooked up to the fan #1....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: diagnosing cause of partial power loss, volt devices, intermittent loss
volt devices, intermittent loss, logical grouping: Hi. In all houses, there are two phases, or hot wires that bring power to the house. All 110 volt devices are on one or the other phase. All 220 volt appliances use both of them at the same time. A loss in one phase will cause half of your 110 volt appliances...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: diagnosing fluorescent fixture failure, home improvement centers, don beck
home improvement centers, don beck, loose wire: Hi Chris, It s unlikely that both fixtures would give out at the same time. I believe the problem lies elsewhere. It could be the breaker that feeds the lights, a bad switch, or loose wire either in the switch box or in one of the fixtures. After checking...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No dial tone but DSL works - inside wire problem?, dsl works, busy signal
dsl works, busy signal, dial tone: Hi. It pretty much sounds like you did everything I could suggest. To get a phone, at least temporarily, you can plug a phone extension cord into the NID and string it to wherever you need it. Another thing would be go into a jack at a time and disconnect...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: diference between comercial and residential, romex, nmb
romex, nmb, electrical work: Hi Eddie. Commercial work is usually all done in conduit, while residences are wired in cable (Romex, or NMB cable). There are numerous rules that are different for commercial from residential, too many to list. I can t answer for plumbing. Good...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: difference between 110 volt 120 volt, robert wilber, george westinghouse
robert wilber, george westinghouse, line losses: - * Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * For simplicity s sake: 110 volts, 115 volts, 120 volts, 125 volts - all the same thing. You get what you get, and have no say about it. ... and here s why ......

Electrical Wiring in the Home: two different voltage readings, voltage readings, different voltage
voltage readings, different voltage, 110 volts: Charles The difference in voltages is a problem with the power company s transformer they may tell you that it is fine and it may be fine for certain loads as long as the voltage doesn t get any higher. What do you mean that it will not energize?? Thanks...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: "different" wall outlet, low voltage wiring, set ups
low voltage wiring, set ups, male portion: Good Morning Daryl, Based on your physical description....it sounds like you may be describing the older style communication/ phone jacks which were used here in the US for a short time (still used in other countries to this day ) before the jacks went...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: What is the different of these two, journeyman electrician, ps type
journeyman electrician, ps type, ballast: Hi Lee. I would say that you have covered the 2 main differences between the different types of fixtures. One thing you might look for is the lifespan of the PS type of fixture. If it has a longer lifespan than the other, that would reduce the overall...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: differnet supply, amp supply, phase lines
amp supply, phase lines, houshold: Mike You have a 240 volt 50 AMP pump that you have 240 volt 15 amp supply? If I read your description correctly the pump is too big for the service you have in amperes. Now I don t know what the three phase you have is rated at, but what you need...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: digital thermostat, digital thermostat, volt power
digital thermostat, volt power, fan section: What terminals were the wires connected to on the old stat? A mechanical stat does not require both 24 volt power legs and usually you have to connect an additional wire for a digital. The wires you have should have been connected as follows for typical wiring:...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dim lightd, splitboard, electrician
splitboard, electrician, breakers: If this is a new problem that has recently came up, then it sounds like a wire has worked loose and not making good contact. Shut off everything in the panel and tighten all the wires attached to the breakers and all the wires on the neutral bar. If...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dim lights on a circuit, dim lights, resistance
dim lights, resistance, switches: Hi Dave I assume the dimming problem happened after you replaced the plugs and the circuit was working fine before. First I would check your work. I have seen this sort of thing before. What it could be is that some where the devices are wired in series...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dim lights, junction boxes, dim lights
junction boxes, dim lights, voltmeter: I would suggest you take the switch out of the loop and hardwire the lights. Let that stand for several hours..if you can hang around that long. If the lights fluctuate under that condition, you have an energy draw that needs to be found. A voltmeter would...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dimmed and flickered lights, street lamp posts, loose connections
street lamp posts, loose connections, neutrals: Sam When this happened did you hear that noise from inside your home?If you did then you may have some loose connections in the panel. If not then it was a result of the other things that are happining around your neighborhood. You may have to tighten the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dimmer, kitchen light, dimmer switch
kitchen light, dimmer switch, dimmers: Hi. I assume you are not using it with a regular fluorescent, or a compact flupresecent bulb. They will not work with dimmers. If the dimmer is bad, you should be able to replace it. Turn off the power at the panel. If it is a single pole (one switch...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dimmer on fan light, ceiling fan light, plain copper
ceiling fan light, plain copper, dimmer switch: Hello Toni If there is only two wires in the box, I m assuming black and white. This is a switch loop, (the feed is in the fan). If the new dimmer is not marked line and load, it doesn t matter which lead you connect it to. If it is marked line and load connect...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dimmer + plug switch, dimmer switches, constant power
dimmer switches, constant power, alternative solutions: well i have a couple of suggestions and a concern. My concern is that if you have original 1920 s wire i don t suggest messing with that wire too much because the old insulation just desegregates when you touch it. that disclaimer said, you have a few options....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dimmer switch, remote control switch, dimmer switches
remote control switch, dimmer switches, bedroom ceiling: I can t speak for dimmers thiry five years ago, but dimmers today are quite safe, as long as you don t overload them. They come in 600, 1000 and 1500 watt ratings, single pole and three way. Just don t use a 600 watt dimmer to control 700 watts of lights....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dimmer switch how to ?, copper wires, copper wire
copper wires, copper wire, switch wiring: Hi Mazi. I am assumming that, on the old switch, you had 2 wires together on one screw, and a single wire on the other screw. If this is correct, then the 2 wires that were together, most likely will be your common. I suggest you use a wirenut to connect...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dimmer/switch 3 way, brass screw, fixture wire
brass screw, fixture wire, copper wire: Howard: Sorry about delay, computer down. To have a 3way set up. You will have 2 switch locations. I run a 14/3 wire (1black, 1red, 1white, 1bare) from switch to switch. This is called the traveler wire. At switch 1 I feed power to that box. (power in) ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dimmer switch, watt lamps, watts
watt lamps, watts, bulbs: Six 60 watt lamps is 360 watts and two, wall lights with 120 watts each (2x60) is 240 watts for a total of 500 watts. You d need at least a 600 watt dimmer, which is probably what you have now. You could increase this to a 1000 watt dimmer if the other one...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dimmer switch, 3 way switches, liveing room
3 way switches, liveing room, way switch: Mark, It sounds to me like you are trying to put in a 3-way dimmer at a four-way switch location. This is not easily possible. A four-way switch is a switch that wiring wise is inbetween to 3 way switches. Therefor if you can turn the light on from...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dimmer switch, seperate sets, dimmer switches
seperate sets, dimmer switches, hot wire: Hi. Do the wires for each set of lights come into the box? If so, the hot wire coming in goes to each dimmer. The hot wire going to the light goes to each light goes to the dimmer. All the white wires connect together. If you don t have the wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dimmer switch, new chandelier, watt bulbs
new chandelier, watt bulbs, dimmer switches: Hi. That sounds too hot to me. But I think just about every dimmer company has a toll free phone number, and they can check with their engineers to help you. They would know their products best. Otherwise I would buy a stronger dimmer to put smaller...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dimmer switch, connect four, dimmers
connect four, dimmers, line voltage: Hi. If they are line voltage, they can be dimmed. If they are on transformers, it takes a special dimmer. Outlets should not be on dimmers, because someone not knowing there is a dimmer can plug in a vacuum or other device, overload the dimmer and start...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dimmer switch, single pole single throw, light thanks
single pole single throw, light thanks, way switch: The new dimmer switch is not making sense unless it is a three way switch which is not needed. You need a single pole single throw dimmer. The black wires on the bottom is attaching the hot circuit to all switches. The red wire on the light switch is the load...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dimmer switch, coincedence, question thanks
coincedence, question thanks, wattage: Hi Rob. It maybe that your dimmer switch has just come to the end of it s life expectancy and you changing the cover was a coincedence,but seeing as you are going to change the switch anyway can i suggest that you get a 300watt dimmer so if you change the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dimmer switch flicker, double switch, switch wiring
double switch, switch wiring, flicker: Hi. It is most likely the dimmer. Why not temporarily replace the dimmer with a 59 cent switch, and see if that stops the flickering and interference. Remember to turn the power off, not only to prevent shocks but also to prevent damaging the dimmer....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dimmer switch hook up, switch hook, hook up
switch hook, hook up, switch box: Randy: Bring power with a 14/2 to the switch box. Run a seperate 14/2 from the switch box to the can light. In the switch box tie the bare wires together with wirenut and bury, tie the whites together and bury, that leaves just 2 black wires to go to the dimmers...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dimmer switch installation, low voltage track, switch installation
low voltage track, switch installation, lightolier: Hello Tom, I do not think you did anything incorrectly. There are some devices that require a specific dimmer to operate. I have a number of ceiling fans that only the manufacturers contol will operate the fan speeds, and also some light fixtures that require...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dimmer switch problem, lamp sockets, electrical experience
lamp sockets, electrical experience, switch problem: Hi, Sounds like you need to replace the dimmer. Its a simple project you could handle. Turn off the breaker, pull out the old one and install the new one. Theres only 2 wires and you can t really hook it up wrong. Since they are interchangeable. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dimmer switch use?, model train layout, model railroads
model train layout, model railroads, volt dc: thank you for the kind words. I left out a word. train contollers are expensive hear but generic parts should NOT Be...............sorry Appreciate the kind words, I have two old Lionel 1952 model sets in the closet somewhere. I may ebay them sometime soon...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dimmer switch for wall receptacle, wall receptacle, wire nuts
wall receptacle, wire nuts, power test: Matthew: The bottom screw that does not end at the switch is the hot power. After turning the power off, remove it from the switch, connect one black wire from the dimmer to it. Remove the other wire from the top screw, connect the other dimmer black wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: A dimmer switch, flat rocker, electrical currents
flat rocker, electrical currents, electrcity: Hi Jennifer, Your quite welcome and its my pleasure. Install would be the most correct term here. You would remove the existing switch and replace it with a quality dimmer such as a Lutron Ariadni dimmer which is a toggle dimmer (traditional style)...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dimmer switches, lutron dimmer switch, dimmer switches
lutron dimmer switch, dimmer switches, fire hazzard: How old is the switch? A dimmer will generate heat in all cases, and if it s being used beyond it s rating, it will get hotter, faster, and eventually destroy itself. For example, using a 600 watt dimmer on a 1000 watt circuit. Even if you used a 600 watt...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dimmer switches, volt circuit, watt lamps
volt circuit, watt lamps, wattage: Look for a dimmer with a higher wattage rating, not necessarily amperage rating. 8-60 watt lamps is 240 watts, so if you had a 100 watt dimmer (15 amp or 20 amp) it would overheat. Change out your device to a 600 watt dimmer. By the way, 240 watts on a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dimmer swith, dimmer switch, screw
dimmer switch, screw, ground wire: If the switch is installed in a metal box, you can attach a small wire from the ground of the switch to the box with a screw, or just leave it blank. There is not a lot of choice when there is no ground with the electrical, but I have seen it done both ways....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dimmer and three lights, incandescent light bulbs, different time zone
incandescent light bulbs, different time zone, flourescent bulbs: Good Morning Tony, Sorry for any delay....I had marked myself as away on Holiday vacation..(just getting back - but leaving again tonight) and the system never updated my settings until the following day (allexperts is on a different time zone). ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dimmers, electrical knowledge, way switch
electrical knowledge, way switch, screws: Becky When you have switches that are in three locations, one of them is called a 4-way switch. The one you took out is the 4 way. put that one back in and go to one of the other switches and take that one out. There you will find the 3-way and you can install...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dimmers, copper wire, missus
copper wire, missus, receptacle: Hi. The dimmers are switches, and switches do not connect to neutrals. I am not sure why you would have white wires. If the dimmers are single pole (one switch controlling the light(s), then it does not matter which wire goes where. Except for the ground...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dimmers, switch plate, boxes
switch plate, boxes, risk: Hi Liz. The only time you should have no ground available is if the back boxes are plastic but the ground should still be within the box in case you wire a metal switch plate so it can still be earthed. You can if you so desire use a metal switch plate but...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dimmers, don beck, dim the light
don beck, dim the light, dimmers: Hi Mike, A lot depends on the dimmer. Some of the less expensive type use close to 100 watts, even when the light is dimmed. The wattage is used up in heat. That is why some dimmers, when in use, feel warm to the touch. There are more expensive dimmers...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dimming/blinking lights, buss bar, cutler hammer
buss bar, cutler hammer, electrican: Jim: 20 years is not that old for house electric. The electrican that you had out is trying to sell you. Unless he can show you burnt breakers, burnt busbars or burnt main wire connections in the panel. Don,t change it.What is happing is some were maybe at...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dimming and brightening lights, garbage disposal, electrical inspector
garbage disposal, electrical inspector, electrical company: Hi. The three things you mention the AC, the washer, and the dispoal usually cause the lights to go dim. When there is a problem, it is usually caused by a loose neutral, which you said has been checked out. Motors use a lot of electricity for the split...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dimming and brightening lights, incandescent lighting, garbage disposal
incandescent lighting, garbage disposal, electrical company: Hi Karen, Based on your description...you are suffering from a rather common problem...and it appears as you have already taken some of the steps at attempting to resolve it - having contacted the power company (to check the service and their transformer,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dimming and flickering lights, flickering lights, confussion
flickering lights, confussion, electrical requirements: I dont want to sound rude...so understand....I cannot legally answer any question posed dealing with Mobile homes. One....I am not allowed to work on them, I dont understand them, they have their own electrical requirements. I can only say, you need a qualified...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dimming light, hot water heater, hotwater heater
hot water heater, hotwater heater, neutral wire: Hi. You should call the power company and see if the problem is on their end. It sounds like a neutral wire is disconnected somewhere from the pole to your panel box. There may also be a hot wire disconnected too. You may damage anything that is plugged...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dimming lights, pressurized water tank, aluminum wiring
pressurized water tank, aluminum wiring, shutoff valves: Hi Paul, Even though your appliances are on different circuits the entire house is still only allowed 100A. Say when your microwave kicks on.. It actually pulls enough current to reduce the available power to the rest of the house. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dimming lights, voltage fluctuations, light bulb
voltage fluctuations, light bulb: James, You may have an open neutral condition which cause s extreme voltage fluctuations or it could be a connection issue but either way contact your utility right away and explain the problem. They should send someone out to investigate and repair the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dimming lights, loose wire, voltmeter
loose wire, voltmeter, breakers: Shawn It sounds like a bad connection either in the meter or a shorted or loose wire somewhere from the meter up. Make sure you also have a good ground,did the power company check the wires visualy or get up ate the connection to see if it is a intermiting...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dimming lights, best case scenario, amp service
best case scenario, amp service, factory specs: Hi Patty, Sorry just responding....been alternating days on projects down-state and local.....not much computer time as of late. Even in the best case scenario...any time a large motor load first starts..(such as the typical A/C compressor)..the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dimming, wont kick, electrical fire
wont kick, electrical fire, electric stove: You need to get an electrician there as soon as possible before you have an electrical fire. In fact I would call the local fire department and tell them that it is NOT AN EMERGENCY but could they come check the wiring. Also call your power company and ask...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: My dining room dimmer light is not connected to the circuit breaker, light fixture, circuit breaker
light fixture, circuit breaker, electricians: Hello Kelly if the dimmer is working properly, it dims and turns the light on and off. If the feed circuit is at the dimmer, you should be able to turn the power off there, and change the light fixture. However use caution when you remove the existing light...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: direct burial 6 gauge wire reliability, direct burial cable, gauge wire
direct burial cable, gauge wire, amp service: Hi Bruce, Direct burial cable is called UF. It can be direct buried, but shouldn t be used in conduit as it could build up heat.With the obstacle course you have, UF would be the way to go, rather than conduit and THHN wire. As a side note, 6 gauge...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: direct burial cable, direct burial cable, conductor wire
direct burial cable, conductor wire, amp service: Hi Phil, A 100 amp sub panel requires #4 copper wire under normal conditions. The shed being so far away, you should go to #2 copper. The garage to #3 copper. This to allow for the voltage drop. if you use 4 conductor wire, which will be required,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: direct burial wire, direct burial cable, journeyman electrician
direct burial cable, journeyman electrician, romex: Hi Eric, My Mother just passed aways a few hours ago after a long struggle.......she s in God s hands now.... Understandably...I m at a total loss for words...and - for the moment....I have no answers...only questions. I will be away for the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: direct wire dishwasher and disposal, punch outs, wire conduit
punch outs, wire conduit, flexible conduit: Hi Cheryl, You sure have a good handle on things. Excellent question. I have never had the need to use one, so I don t know if they exist or not. What I have done on the past, is use a box extension over the orig box and this exposes the knockouts...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: direct wiring, prong plug, light socket
prong plug, light socket, overhead light: Hi. They make a channel where you can hide the cord. The channel can be painted to match the wall. The problem is that the cord can not be connected to a permanent device. They also make clock outlets, which are outlets with a recessed area to hide the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: disable wall switch, wire nuts, wall switch
wire nuts, wall switch, switch control: Hi. Did the switch control only half the outlet? Did someone recently replace the outlet? If they didn t break the bridge on the side with the dark colored terminals, then that would happen. I am not sure why you have 3 wires. You can put wire nuts...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: disay chainged electrical out lets, terminal screws, neutral wire
terminal screws, neutral wire, ground wires: Hello Jafar, sorry for the delay, my computer crashed and I am borrowing one. I need to be sure the wiring is correct. On the new receptacle, the terminal screws are colored as follows, one set on the same side are silver, the white neutral wire connects here....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: discconet needed or not?, don beck, disconect
don beck, disconect, electrical panel: Hi Terry, There should be some type of disconnect within reach of any Central air unit. This is so it can be shut down in case of an emergency or it needs cleaning or work done on it. This is the case even if it is close to the electrical panel. Don...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: disconnect, amp fuses, internal fuse
amp fuses, internal fuse, amp breaker: Craig, I am confused a bit, so humor me a minute. Why are you installing a 60 amp sub panel? Why are you putting in fuses instead of a breaker? Does your A/C call for a 60 amp circuit? Whether you use a general safety switch or an A/C disconnect...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: disconnect/cover over outlet, wire nuts, blank plates
wire nuts, blank plates, face plate: HI Jennifer, They make blank plates. But they wouldn t be a flush mount. You could take the recep out and put wire nuts on the connections. But without a cover plate of some kind, i can t advise you to have an open junction box Jennifer....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: disconnected ground wire, hot water heater, electric hot water heater
hot water heater, electric hot water heater, electricheaters: Hi. You absolutely have to have a neutral wire to get 110 volts. You may get it temporarily hooking it to a ground, but you risk shocking yourself, and perhaps other people on the block when a fuacet or pipe is touched, or even risking a fire. Sorry,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: disconnecting a hard wired electric range, range hoods, range hood
range hoods, range hood, counter tops: New ranges come either way...hard wired or with a cord cap. It would be up to the installer how to hook it up. You could cut off a cord cap and hard wire the unit if the old one was that way, or you could buy the cord cap, and a receptacle if you wanted to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: disconnecting a hard-wired oven, voltage detector, electrical tape
voltage detector, electrical tape, voltmeter: You have done the first step correctly. You are absolutely sure you have the correct breaker off? In case of mis-marking in the breaker box, try and turn the oven on, try and turn it on bake, broil, any other options. Here is why. Should the breaker...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: disconnecting a outlet to move it, screw terminals, gfci outlet
screw terminals, gfci outlet, shocking experience: This should be a GFCI outlet if it is within 6 of water. It is also required to be located within 2 of the sink. You can, after turning OFF the power, cut the black and white and remove them, or if there are screw terminals, loosen the screws and I bet...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: disconnecting wall lights, insulation tape, fuse box
insulation tape, fuse box, live wires: Hi. You can t cover over live wires, so you either need to put them in a junction box with an accessible cover over it, or disconnect the wire from the source. (which may be an outlet or a switch) I hope this helps. Feel free to ask any follow up questions....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: disconneted #14 wire in wall, wire nuts, victor victor
wire nuts, victor victor, mechanical room: Victor: Since you know were both ends of the wire is. Take some yellow wire nuts, and cap off the ends of the cable at both ends. Tape with black tape and leave it. For the next person down the road make a little note and put it in the box were the power was...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: discontinued breaker, ite breakers, cross reference guides
ite breakers, cross reference guides, bob osgood: Good Morning Matt, Thanks for the kinds words....sorry I was not able to get back to you as fast this time...we got hammered by a bad late winter storm - started as snow and then turned to heavy rain...yard clean-up was quite the chore...but then the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dishwasher electrical, hi tim, dishwasher
hi tim, dishwasher, amp: Hi Tim, A dishwasher should have it s own circuit all the way back to the breaker panel. It should be 12/2 with ground and attached to a 20 amp single pole breaker. If this isn t possible, let me know and we ll see if we can come up with a safe alternative....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dishwasher/garbabge disposal issue, fuse box, garbage disposal
fuse box, garbage disposal, intermittent problems: Hi Nicole, The has to be a circuit breaker(or fuse) in the main panel for this area, and the dishwasher and disposal are sometimes run off the same breaker. I think what has happened, something got caught in the disposal, keeping it from spinning and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dishwasher wiring, new home construction, wire hook
new home construction, wire hook, room addition: HI Kris, Assuming this dishwasher is new addition. Your hooking into an existing outlet. For new home construction, room addition ect. The dishwasher should get its own feed from the panel To hook into an existing outlet.. You need to figure...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: disposal outlet., power source
power source: I think you are asking how to add an outlet where there is an existing switch for the disposal. If there is only 1 set of wires there it is only a switch leg, without a neutral. You will need to run a set of wires from a power source to this location so...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: distance for Secondary, volt drop calculator, google
volt drop calculator, google, livingston co: Hi John. You will need to figure what your voltage drop will be, due to the distance. Google for a volt drop calculator, and put in your figures, which will include the load, distance, type of wire, underground or overhead, and so on, and if the 250mcm...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dog fence, invisible dog fence, bull by the horns
invisible dog fence, bull by the horns, educated guess: Joel, There is specialized equipment to find a problem like this quickly and you have to know how to use it. Not all electricians will have it so you d have to call around and describe your problem. Or you can take the bull by the horns yourself and find...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: doggonedesign@hughes.net, ground fault, receptacle
ground fault, receptacle, apparent reason: This is a GFI or Ground Fault breaker. It trips when there is moisture somewhere in the circuit. It can also be a defective breaker, but most likely somewhere there is moisture. Check to see what is on this circuit and check each device for moisture. It may...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: domestic lighting system, don beck, domestic lighting
don beck, domestic lighting, lighting system: Hi Patrick, It is possible to do this, but only under perfect conditions, which is unlikely. Most electricians would not run the wires the way it is needed to make it work as you want. Before going deeper into this, a simple way to check is pull the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: door bell, hi matthew, smoke detector
hi matthew, smoke detector, smoke detectors: Hi Matthew, If the wires on the transformer aren t marked it shouldn t matter. Green connects to bare. On the smoke detector just match up the wires, black to black, white to white, green to bare. unless you have multiple smoke detectors wired together...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Out door outlets, outdoor outlets, gfi receptacle
outdoor outlets, gfi receptacle, gfci: Hello Bob, check the GFI receptacle again. The breaker feeds the GFI receptacle and it in turns feeds the outdoor receptacles. This way the outdoor receptacles are also GFI protected, but there is a definitive load and line side to the GFI receptacle. It will...