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Electrical Wiring in the Home: Residential wiring/connect question, residential wiring, kitchen light
residential wiring, kitchen light, ohm meter: Ok now you have given me a test. Take the switch out of the loop. Disconnect it remove it. Is the light on? If not...you can manually connect these two wires to see if the light will turn on. Caution....if the light works...you will see a very small...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Residential wiring - Installing recessed lights, lamp wattage, installing recessed lights
lamp wattage, installing recessed lights, contrast lighting: Hi Mike. The formulas would be: To find circuit rating in watts: Multiply the amp rating of the breaker by the nominal voltage: 15 amp X 120v = 1800 watts. To find maximum loading on a breaker: Multiply watt rating of circuit by 80%: 1800 X 80%...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Residential wiring for Light Switch, 3 way switches, residential wiring
3 way switches, residential wiring, light switch: The fun and joy of 3 way switches. First go to the other switch location and remove the switch from the box, leaving the wires intact. We will call this switch 2 and the one you have apart now switch 1. Find out which wire is going to each of the terminals...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Residential wiring troubleshooting, residential wiring, circuit breaker
residential wiring, circuit breaker, kitchen area: Would seem like there is obviously a direct short somewhere I would look at the first junction and disconnect undo all the wires downstream from that. Then turn the breaker on and see if it holds. If it does, turn the breaker back off, make the connections...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Residential wiring, conductor wire, bathroom works
conductor wire, bathroom works, wire colors: The red appears to have been the bedroom and dining room. Also the switch leg was not wired correctly. If the existing three conductor wire was defective, it needs to be replaced with a new three conductor and the connections back as original connections....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ressesed Light can support, installing a drop ceiling, floor joist
installing a drop ceiling, floor joist, ceiling tile: We sometimes have to rest the ceiling cans on the tiles, but we also secure the light from falling with wire. A nail in the rafter or floor joist should be able to provide you with a support for the wire. I generally go from 1 side to the support and then...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Retrofitting Can Lights, don tapping, proper connections
don tapping, proper connections, time homeowner: Steven, All you need is a wire from the 1 can to any outlet that has a red wire. Connect the black from the light to that red wire and the the light will be controlled by the switch, also. White from light onto either silver screw, and ground to ground....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Reusing old 220v thermostat wiring, thermostat wiring, jacuzzi tub
thermostat wiring, jacuzzi tub, romex: Hello Jim you said that there are 3 pieces of romex going to the thermostat. You verified the homerun to the panel, one romex to the heater, leaving one romex, I think the third romex fed another heater, or another thermostat/ heater (on the same circuit)...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Reverse Polarity, correct polarity, duplex outlets
correct polarity, duplex outlets, outlet location: Jason: Reverse polarity is when the hot wire (black or red) is connected to the neurtal side of the outlet, and the neutral (white) is connected to the hot side of the outlet. Look close at the 3 prong duplex outlets. The round slot is ground, the larger slot(left...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Reverse polarity, issue?, aluminum siding, reverse polarity
aluminum siding, reverse polarity, cable ties: Hi Russ. The inspector is correct, this could cause alot of problems. Consider this case. Your TV is plugged into a reversed outlet. The wire that is normally the neutral is now the hot wire. The TV is using this wire as a ground, so now all grounded...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Rewire 2-plug outlet, conductor cable, wallboard
conductor cable, wallboard, light switch: Hello Daniel, If i understand you correctly, you have receps that are switched with the light, correct? And you want to split them so one side is always hot and the other side remains switched. Correct? Well, basically your needing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Rewire 3 prong dryer to 4 prong, stoves ovens, prong plug
stoves ovens, prong plug, continuity check: Hi Quinn, Under the new Codes...all dryers (and stoves/ovens) must now be 4 wire....having a seperate neutral and ground wire in NEW construction. In decades past, the neutral was allowed to serve as both - the neutral and ground - typically by means...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: When To Rewire A Home, protective insulation, ceiling boxes
protective insulation, ceiling boxes, junction boxes: Tim, There is usually no need to do that, as long as the insulation on the wires is not falling off your Ok and even if that were the case in some locations like ceiling boxes that were exposed to heat from fixtures for many years when they didn t have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Rewire to install new electric range, amp breaker, amp line
amp breaker, amp line, gerry doyle: Hi GD, Based on your description....your existing wiring will not be adequate for your new standard oven. Your new oven will require at least a # 8/3 with ground wire and a 40 amp double pole breaker. (most standard ovens use a 50 amp breaker and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Rewire plug, neutral wire, hot wire
neutral wire, hot wire, screws: Hi Annie, The black is the hot wire and connects to the smaller terminal (usually gold or black), the white is the neutral wire and connects to the bigger terminal (usually silver), and the green is the ground and connects to the green screw. When...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Rewiring a 1930's home, drip loop, drip line
drip loop, drip line, pvc conduit: Hi Tyson. Most areas require an outside disconnect, before running the wire inside the home. With a 54 length of wire in the home, there is an increased chance of damage, and this is basically a unfused conductor, thus the rule for the outside disconnect....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Rewiring 220 to 110, volt circuits, overhead clearance
volt circuits, overhead clearance, dining room: First things first. How many wires are in that box. You will need a bare or green wire, a white wire and 2 blacks or a black and red. If you dont have 4 wires...you cannot have the option of 2 110 volt circuits. If you have black, white and bare/green...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Rewiring 220v outlet to 120v, amp circuits, national electrical code
amp circuits, national electrical code, amp breaker: Yes, you can do it. With the power off of course remove the old outlet, and install a 2 gang weatherproof box. Then you will have two hot wires, commonly black and red and 1 neutral wire white. Put the black on the gold terminal of 1 GFCI [required by the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Rewiring antique metal lamp, metal lamp, lamp cord
metal lamp, lamp cord, rotary switch: Hi Pat. Normally, the hot conductor will tie to the switch, and then the wire will go up to the socket. The hot conductor should be the one that has a smooth covering. The neutral will have some kind of ridge or ridges that readly identifies it as the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Rewiring a circuit, ceiling boxes, new lighting
ceiling boxes, new lighting, wire nut: Ryan, That s correct. However, most home center employees don t think that way, even ex electricians. Just ask for an octagon or round ceiling box, deep. Then they will know what your looking for. The deep ceiling box will give you plenty of room to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Rewiring front door light, dusk dawn, second zone
dusk dawn, second zone, motion sensor: Jacob x10.com but be aware of the package specials. They have everything you need, but they tend to over sell stuff you don t need. Check them out and see what you think. I use some of their stuff with good results. I have done systems real close to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Rewiring front door light, repeater function, dusk dawn
repeater function, dusk dawn, lighting control: Jacob What you would have to get is a Lighting Control Starter Kit. It is designed to be the most reliable system available. Controls all lighting with touch of a button, deters intruders with random timer setting, and provides ease of installation - just...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Rewiring from a dropin range to Free standing, wall receptacle, freestanding range
wall receptacle, freestanding range, power terminals: The black and red mate to the power terminals in your four wire plug, and the ground goes to ground. You ll put nothing on the neutral of your receptacle, as the range should have neutral and ground bonded in the unit. If for some reason the 120 volt items,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Rewiring dryer outlet, hardware guy, ground wires
hardware guy, ground wires, electrical code: Hi Dan. You never connect the neutral with the ground, anywhere within a house, except at the service equipment. Doing so violates the Electrical Code. Change your cord to use the 4-wire outlet. I know about the prioe difference, but $15 is small compared...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Rewiring dusk to dawn, dusk and dawn, electric eye
dusk and dawn, electric eye, wall switch: Hi. The easiest thing to do is to put black tape over the electric eye, so that the unit thinks it is always dark. If you bypass the sensor, that will also work, but each fixture is different, so you would have to see how it is wired up, and just disconnect...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Rewiring european chandelier, lamp socket, center pin
lamp socket, center pin, chandelier: White from the ceiling to white and red from the ceiling to black is right, but I can t answer how they do things in Europe. Nor why sockets don t fit our lamps. Usually there s a small tube-like pipe that runs from stem to lamp socket and this is where you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Rewiring Floor Lamp, bulb lamps, wire nuts
bulb lamps, wire nuts, twin switch: Your description leads me to think it is a twin switch. It will light one and a time and two at a time. 1-2-off. You may need to consider that one wire is common to the switch but the red goes to one light and the black to the other. You may need to use...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Rewiring Floor Lamp, bulb lamps, wire nuts
bulb lamps, wire nuts, rotary switch: Hi Tanya, I do not have a good mental picture of the situation, but if you want to splice wires together, wire nuts is what is used. If the splice has to be inside the pole, there are very small wirenuts available to do this. They are usually blue or gray,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Rewiring Floor Lamp (more detail), wire nuts, lamp cord
wire nuts, lamp cord, foot cord: This is going to sound more complicated than it really is, as it s hard to put this into words without becoming confusing, but here goes: The MOST important thing is to mark each pair of wires. I am assuming the wires you are going to use are similar to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Rewiring Floor Lamp, bulb lamps, wire nuts
bulb lamps, wire nuts, fish tape: Hi Tanya. You can do what you want to, since that will match what was there. You can use a fish tape , which is a flat piece of metal which you can push through the pole, attach to the cables to it, and pull the tape out, along with the attached cables....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Rewiring floor lamp, lamp holder, bad shape
lamp holder, bad shape, sockets: I believe the way it was done...effectively split the wires in the lamp, as in dividing the pair for 4 ..+- and peel off enough insulation that you can wrap the wire around a screw. As it continues to the next lamp holder that continues the circuit. They...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Rewiring Hanging Stained Glass light, spray paint cans, double strand
spray paint cans, double strand, brass chain: Hi Richard, Reference the pullchain; are you looking to have pullchain where each pull of the chain turns on another lite; or,1 pullchain for each socket? I can look around and see what I can find but I need to know exactly what I m looking for. As...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Rewiring home electrical (adding ground), hollow spaces, hi tim
hollow spaces, hi tim, ground wires: Hi Tim. Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. #1: No you can t do this. #2: There are several methods to do this, but the best method is to run new grounded cables all the way back to the panel. This is the preferred way to add grounding to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Rewiring my house, automotive wiring, one of the guys
automotive wiring, one of the guys, receptacles: Hi again James, Going by the age of your house, i m gonna assume the wiring in the home is knob and tube. Which means theres no ground. That would be the most effective step, adding a grounding system. However, just bringing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Rewiring the lights in the basement, lighting source, lighting fixtures
lighting source, lighting fixtures, light switch: Hi. One of the big questions would be how hard it is to get into the walls. Are they already built? Yes, your way will work. Another way is to remove the existing switch and let the power go to each light. Then you can run a wire from each light...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Rewiring a mobile home, aluminum wire, aluminum wiring
aluminum wire, aluminum wiring, copper wire: Hi Robin, My feelings about aluminum wire use in the home are inline with yours (we will not use it at all here....except for the larger service entrance cables which have special lugs to deal with the well known aluminum problems). I fully concur with...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Rewiring old home, light dims, tube circuits
light dims, tube circuits, knob and tube: Using 12/2 through the whole house a great idea. People usually don t want to spend the extra money, but in the long run it will be well worth the investment. If it can be done, having the fridge on it s own circuit is an excellent thing to do. The lites...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Rewiring a split outlet., brass screws, brass screw
brass screws, brass screw, bundle c: Hi Breelyn, If I have it correct in my head...sometimes it s a little foggy, this outlet was switched, both top and bottom Remove the black wire from the bottom brass screw and cap it with a wire nut. Run a pigtail black wire from the 2 blacks...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Rewiring ungrounded outlets, hi bob, gfci
hi bob, gfci, sump pump: Hi. About the only thing you can do is replace the outlets with GFCIs. One GFCI can control the whole circuit, but they tend to trip easily, and you will lose power on the whole circuit. You probably don t want anything critical on a GFCI such as a fridge,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Rewiring whole house, amp service, information thanks
amp service, information thanks, definitive answer: Hello Alma. It is very difficult to determine a cost on this not knowing the construction of the home, how many circuits may be added etc. I would get several estimates from local electrical contractors and being able to see exactly what is involved can give...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Rewirng Home, amp circuits, gage wire
amp circuits, gage wire, hi john: Hi John, The 12 ga 20 amp wire is much heavier and will handle anything you plug into the outlets, air conds, space heaters etc. The 14 ga 15 wire has been the standard for decades and is usually enough for most normal homes. It will handle all the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Rheostat or dimmer shitch?, person sauna, amp circuit
person sauna, amp circuit, heating element: I would just use the control from the rotisserie. There is no difference in a rheostat and a dimmer as a dimmer is a rheostat. I would certainly recommend that you get one that is rated for the circuit. In other words don t put 1 rated for 15 amps on a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Rheostat or dimmer switch?, person sauna, heating element
person sauna, heating element, rheostat: Hi. I don t know about using a rotisserie to heat a sauna. I don t know enough about appliances. However, I would be concerned about using something used in an enclosed dry location in a wet exposed location. Dimmers are made for dimming lights. They...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Rheostat or dimmer switch?, person sauna, heating element
person sauna, heating element, rheostat: 1. You need a motor rated dimmer switch, not one used for lighting; 2) Reducing current regulates the heating effect; 3) This is a bad idea to mix electricity with water. I don t have any idea how you plan on doing what it is you proposed, but heed...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Rheostat or dimmer switch?, person sauna, heating element
person sauna, heating element, rheostat: Hi Michael. You need to see what the watt rating of the heating unit is before deciding what size dimmer to us. Most light duty dimmers are rated for around 600watts. Heavy duty types have a larger rating, but you will need to make sure that the watt...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Rheostat or dimmer switch?, person sauna, heating element
person sauna, heating element, rheostat: Hello Michael. A dimmer switch would not be heavy enough. Something that may work great for this would be a thermostat from a 115 volt water heater. The low settings on this should go low enough to do this and be made for controlling a heater. You should be...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Rheostat or dimmer switch?, person sauna, don beck
person sauna, don beck, heating element: Hi Michael, I would go with a heavier dimmer than the standard light dimmer. Light dimmers aren t designed to handle high wattage, usually 700 is max and most heaters put out more than that. Using a heavier rheostat will work only if the heating device...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Rick,i live in a manufactured..., split bolts, amp breaker
split bolts, amp breaker, aluminum wire: Hi Ric. If I was you, I would have the 200amp disconnect replaced with a 200amp, feed-through breaker box. The MH would be feed via the feed-through lug setup, and the barn fed from a 100 amp breaker. You should not use split-bolts in the existing disconnect....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: RMC size for mast on 100 amp. service, extreme overkill, amp service
extreme overkill, amp service, com ed: Hi Jeffery, #6 bare copper is the correct size for a 100 amp service, no matter what the main feed wires are. Ahhhh, the local codes. The NEC is only a guideline and local jurisdictions can amend it anyway they see fit, and they sure do! It...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: RMS SYM Amperes, amp breaker, volt outlet
amp breaker, volt outlet, arc welder: Hi. First, the box and the breaker has to be manufactured to fit a 100 amp breaker. Then, you have to have enough capacity to use the welder plus whatever else is on in the house without going past the capacity of your system. You can either try a 100...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ROMEX, qualified electrician, code books
qualified electrician, code books, crawl space: Nathan, This is a big job and many codes are involved. I strongly suggest you get a qualified electrician involved. Plus, there are some good books on the market that are perfect for guys like you. They are illustrated code books with great pictures...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Romex in Conduit, rigid foam insulation, concrete basement walls
rigid foam insulation, concrete basement walls, furring strips: Hi Kevin. The reason for the conduit was for protection, when the cable was exposed. Since you will be covering them up, you can run the cable down to a box, using the space between the two studs (or furring strips). Where ever you staple, you should...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Romex in Metal flex conduit, flex circuits, amp circuit
flex circuits, amp circuit, metal boxes: Dale You do not need the ground rod, you have to make sure that you have 4 wires coming from the source and connect them up as follows. 2 hot wires 1 ground bonded to this panel and the seperate neutral bar which we call floating that means it is not connected...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Romex / Metal junction box, romex connector, locknut
romex connector, locknut, nickle: Hi Gordon, The metal box should have either a clamp that comes with the box, or s space where a nickle sized piece of metal can be knocked out. If it s a clamp type, run the romex into the box under the clamp, and tighten down the clamp. If the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Romex routing, framing member, perpindicular
framing member, perpindicular, ceiling joists: Hi Ronald. Article 300.4(D) says that the cable needs to be installed so that the nearest outside surface of the cable is not less than 1 1/4 from the nearest edge of the framing member where nails or screws are likely to penetrate. So for #1, you could...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Romex size for distance, underground conduit, rule of thumb
underground conduit, rule of thumb, voltage drop: There is a detailed calculation to determine conductor derating based on distance, a rule of thumb I usually use is to go up one gauge size per 100 ft. A 12/2 will normally do this circuit, but due to the distance, I would use #8 to prevent any voltage drop,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Romex support requirements, roxbury connecticut, flat cables
roxbury connecticut, flat cables, sheathed cable: Hello Nate, this is an all too common item for the do it yourselfer. I can not recommend anything but what the code allows, and that would be to nail up a support board and secure each cable with a staple, or the code does allow all cables to be bundled and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Romex Wiring Routing in Attic, wood framing, wiring projects
wood framing, wiring projects, attic space: Hi Larry. If this attic is not used for storage, then you can run it along the top of the joists, but either way you want to do it is ok. Do not drill, unless this attic space will be used for storage, or if the cable could become a trip hazard. I hope...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Romex Wiring Routing in Attic, collar ties, drilling holes
collar ties, drilling holes, wood framing: Hi Larry, If you want to secure these wires, use staples. I don t advise drilling holes in collar ties. They are load bearing and drilling will weaken them. As far as having to secure them.. well it depends if this is a closed off attic or...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Romex Wiring Routing in Attic, roof rafters, wood framing
roof rafters, wood framing, wiring projects: Larry, That s a great plan! When stringing the wires. if you keep them close to the outer part of the building, away from the center, it should be acceptable to even the most picky inspector. Not having to drill, and you shouldn t if using trusses,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Romex Wiring Routing in Attic, wood framing, wiring projects
wood framing, wiring projects, joists: Hi. You can run the wires from junction box to junction box over the joists. I wouldn t drill holes unless you have to, because it weakens it. Just be sure the use staples near the junction box and elsewhere. It also depends if you use the attic for...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Romex Wiring Routing in Attic, floor joists, wood framing
floor joists, wood framing, wiring projects: Hi Larry, Based on your description....I m a little confused....why isn t the electrical sub that s doing the house - also wiring the workshop (I usually do...)..? Or is this a project you simply want to do yourself..? In any event....the Code has...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Roof Fan, roof fan, weird noise
roof fan, weird noise, power switch: I m sure this circuit is wired in parallel, and you probably have a cable with two wires going into, and coming out of, the box that feeds the fan. The black wire IN and the black wire OUT have a tail to the fan s black (same with white), so what you need...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Rooftp Antenna Cable, rooftop antenna, antenna cable
rooftop antenna, antenna cable, antenna wire: Hi Al, There are different types of wire depending on your antenna. If there is a small piece left at the antenna on the roof, cut it off and take it with you. If not, and you do not have a motor driven antenna, you will want the 2-wire variety of antenna...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Room a/c 220v 10amp, electrical contractor, hardware store
electrical contractor, hardware store, breakers: Hi garnik. This breaker should have it s handle tied together, for just the reason you mention. Look for a replacement breaker, called a two-pole breaker, or look for a handle tie to attach to the breaker s handles. You will need the manufacturer s name...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Room Inside of a Room, robert wilber, finished room
robert wilber, finished room, floating in space: Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * Dealing with wiring when building an audio room within an existing room .... * My suggestion is that you obtain the little access panel covers they sell for getting...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Room wiring, daughters room, light button
daughters room, light button, wall outlets: It depends on where the connections are made. If the switch is pulled out, see if there are two feeds from the switch. If so, one should be the light and the other the receptacles. The receptacle line can be connected to the constant hot wire of the switch...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Rope lighting - plug to hardwire conversion?, rope lighting, rope light
rope lighting, rope light, rope lights: You can do this but mark the wires going into the plug. One will be a hot wire and 1 will be a neutral wire. The hot wire of the rope light is the one that corresponds to the small blade that would go into the plug. The neutral wire of the rope light...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Rough in inspection, don beck, ground wires
don beck, ground wires, vertical plane: Hi Rob, Both the neutral and hot wires are left as is until you install the outlet or switch. Just roll them back into the box to keep them from kinking. Then when the time comes to install the outlet or switch, just roll them back out, cut to proper...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Rough Wiring, google search, rough wiring
google search, rough wiring, junction boxes: Hi. As far as I know this is OK. My best area of expertise is troubleshooting and putting things in terms that homeowners can understand. I don t have access to the code other than what I know off hand. I did a Google search, and did not find any mention...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Routing of electrical wire, electrical plug, electrical wire
electrical plug, electrical wire, joists: Hi Kevin, Some jurisdictions allow you to run thru vents, if you put that wire in pipe, others will not. It s a local Elec. Insps call. You can run a wire thru holes but anytime the wire is exposed, it is required to be in a pipe of some sort to protect...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Routing new wire thru existing wall - kitchen, fiberglass insulation, fish tape
fiberglass insulation, fish tape, light fan: Hi Tom, A steel fish tape may go down the wall better. If that doesn t work, you could tie 2 new wires onto any of the old wires, if they go down the hole that is available, pull the 2 new wires in place by pulling out the old one, and just put a junction...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Routing "Romex" for new circuit(s)., romex, second floors
romex, second floors, air ducts: Hi Roger, The National Code does not allow for wire in any air ducts. Their thinking is, if the wire should over heat and catch fire the toxic fumes would spread throughout the house via the A/C system. However, some jurisdictions do allow this. A call...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Routing wires in plastic conduit, romex cable, conductors
romex cable, conductors, sheath: Gary, Of course a lot depends on the load these wires will have to handle and the conduit should me minimum of 3/4 . Look for the letters NMB on the jacket of the wire. The NM means nonmetallic sheath cable (Romex) and the B suffix means that the cable...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Routing wiring through a Stud, nail plates, romex
nail plates, romex, little hole: Hi. Yes, you can run it through the same hole, as long as you don t damage the wire by stuffing too much wire in too little hole. However, there are some safeguards you are supposed to take to prevent it from being nailed through, such as either using...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Rsidential Main Panel Failure, amp breaker, amp service
amp breaker, amp service, heater element: Just because...lets start at the basics. Do you have 220/240 at the main breaker connected at the meter. I hope you have a voltmeter, test any two side by side breakers for 220volts. Test all breakers to ground, 110/120 volts. If any of this fails to perform,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: RUNNING 220 WIRE TO SERVICE PANEL, volt circuit, soffit
volt circuit, soffit, c unit: Hi Ty Whatever you do ,dont power a 110 volt circuit from a 220 volt circuit, Very dangerous/ As far as landing a new circuit into your panel box, we rn into this problem all the time. As electricians there is no magic remedy. Cut sheet rock. Run pipe and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: RUNNING WIRE, garbage disposal, crawl space
garbage disposal, crawl space, kitchen cabinet: Hi Scott. It is, as long as you make every effort to keep the cable safe from damage. Route it out of the way of any drawers, or any other type of damage that could happen to it. If you can t, then maybe you could install a short piece of conduit from...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Run a 120v from 220v receptacle, wall outlets, air compressor
wall outlets, air compressor, receptacle: Don t do that! If the air compressor pulls less than 2400 watts. Check the wire size for the outlets. If it is #12AWG then change the breaker to a 20 amp. If it is not. Run a new circuit to be used for the air compressor using #12AWG and a 20amp circuit...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Run 220 line to garage, spool, ground rod
spool, ground rod: Actually John there was a code change some time ago. You used to be able to either run a fourth line OR install a ground rod, now it requires both. You will have to use a fourth wire. I would suggest just purchasing a spool of #8, it will be as cheap as a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running a 12/3 wire to my shop, 50ft away., wet location, romex
wet location, romex, extension cord: Being that you re run will be in conduit and under ground you should avoid using the mentioned wire. You will later have an issue with the moisture that will become present in the raceway. I would recommend using a wet location type wire such as THWN, THHW,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running 120 from a 220 outlet, bob osgood, amp breaker
bob osgood, amp breaker, volt outlet: Hi L.M., Sorry for the delay....we finally got the main office computer back up and running (for the time being at least)...had some hard drive problems. You can only run a 120 volt outlet from this RV supply if: 1). the supply breaker is sized...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running 120 from a 240 feed., volt device, volt circuit
volt device, volt circuit, question thanks: No, this was not legal. There is no true neutral in a 240 volt circuit this old, only a ground. In addition, as feared there is no protection for these circuits as no 120 volt device will trip the 240 volt breaker. This needs to be corrected as it is a fire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running one 120 circuit out of a fuse box w 240, volt circuits, path of least resistance
volt circuits, path of least resistance, fuse box: Hi. No, that will not work, The two outlets will be in series with each other at 220 volts. Following Ohm s law about electricity following the path of least resistance, the voltage would not be equal. The bigger load will be less than 110 volts and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running 220 from box and installing 220 outlet, amp breaker, volt outlet
amp breaker, volt outlet, 3 feet: If the 120 volt outlet is the only outlet on this circuit then just take the white wire off the neutral bus after turning off the MAIN BREAKER and put it on the other terminal of the 50 amp breaker. The black wire goes to the other terminal on the breaker....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running a 220 line for an air conditioner, ac unit, line thanks
ac unit, line thanks, existing service: How many amps are we talking? I can t determine amperage from BTU s, but I would think that this might be a typical AC unit, maybe 40 amps or so, and if correct, you probably can add this kind of load to an existing service, but a lot depends on what the service...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running 220v for dryer, open slots, hot legs
open slots, hot legs, bare wire: It is not necessary to run 10/3 with ground, but I recommend it. You can use 10/2 with ground and save money. Black and red are your hot legs, white is for the neutral/ ground leg and the bare wire is the equipment ground for the appliance. Other wise,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running 220v to shop, cutler hammer, copper piece
cutler hammer, copper piece, two bars: If the new panel is same same building as the main panel. then you do not need the extra ground bar. Use the bonding strap on the existing bar and bond it to the new panel. All neutrals and grounds will go to this bar, just like in the main panel. Do...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running 220v wires through attic, pvc pipe, attic space
pvc pipe, attic space, awg: Hi Brian, Calif. has the strangest laws and rules, so I d suggest you check with your local inspector. Most places allow romex thru the attic as long as it is up against the outside edge near the eaves. However, Calif may be different and want the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running 6/4 wire for spa, amp breaker, insulation
amp breaker, insulation, spa: Hi. They make wire for conduit, which is just the wire with insulation on it. The ground will be insulated too, with green. It should be labeled THHN, or perhaps the retailer can recommend another type that meets code. I hope this helps. Bo...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running a 60 Amp Circuit, amp breaker, amp circuit
amp breaker, amp circuit, amp service: The subject states Running a 60 amp circuit. If you are running a 60 amp circuit, you will need #6 copper as #8 is only rated for 50 amps and you will need a 60 amp breaker. If you are running a 30 amp circuit, you will only need #10/2 cable. You will only...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running a Basement Subpanel, electric furnace, electrical outlets
electric furnace, electrical outlets, lugs: Chris To use a sub-panel you will need 4 wires to this panel if you want 240 volts. Now to make it a 120 volt panel make one of the hot wires a neutral, make sure you wrap it with white tape on both ends so nothing buns up.the sub panel has 2 lugs for hot...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running a Basement Subpanel, electric furnace, hot legs
electric furnace, hot legs, wire cable: You used to be able to either run a three wire cable giving you the two hot legs and a neutral to a sub panel and drive a ground rod at the panel for the ground connection, but a code change now requires to run a four wire cable in addition to a separate ground...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running a Basement Subpanel, wire insulation, electric furnace
wire insulation, electric furnace, electrical outlets: Good Morning Christopher, Based on your description...the #6 wire you have will NOT be suitable for this - sub-panels are Code required to have a 4 wire feed (having two 120 volts hots, 1 neutral and a seperate ground - all coming from the main panel)...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running a Basement Subpanel, electric furnace, electrical outlets
electric furnace, electrical outlets, wire cable: Hi. Unfortunately, to properly wire a sub panel, you need 3 wires plus the ground. I suppose you could use half the panel. Just be sure that you change the wires in your main panel so that one wire is a neutral. But it would be best to either run the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running Coax through HVAC ducts, hvac ducts, heat ducts
hvac ducts, heat ducts, negative consequences: Hi. I was not sure about doing that, so i did a search online. One site says that the heat will make the wire brittle and cause them to break. Two other sites said it was OK as long as the wire is fire-rated. This is probably one of those deals where...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running Coax through HVAC ducts, humidity sensors, flame detectors
humidity sensors, flame detectors, hvac ducts: I am pretty sure that this is not allowed by the NEC. Best bet is to check with the local building inspector. NEC 300-22 allows only the wires in a duct that are necessary for the operation of the duct work, ie, smoke detectors, humidity sensors, flame detectors,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running Coax through HVAC ducts, hvac ducts, toxic smoke
hvac ducts, toxic smoke, negative consequences: Hi Max. Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. The problem with running any cables inside of these ducts is that in the case of a fire. most cables give off a toxic smoke. Do you want the toxic smoke to have a clear path into the living space?...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running Coax through HVAC ducts, hvac ducts, negative consequences
hvac ducts, negative consequences, ductwork: Hello Max, thanks for asking first. Cables are not allowed to be ran inside of ducts by code. Cables are frequently ran in ceilings that are using the entire ceiling area as a return, but the cables must be plenum rated for this, but they are never allowed...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running conduit from an appliance to fuse box, garage wall, range hood
garage wall, range hood, joists: Hi David. You can attach conduit on the bottom side of the joists, unless local rules forbid it. Talk to your local inspector for this information. EMT needs to be supported at least every 3 , so every other joist would work. I hope this has helped....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running conduit through a sill plate on a firewall, sill plate, basement ceiling
sill plate, basement ceiling, gyp: Conduit can penetrate a firewall as long as you caulk the gap between the gyp and the conduit with fire rated caulk. Not silicone. You can also run plain cables, but you have to sleeve the cables through the wall with a metal nipple, about 24 long, and the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running Electric To a barn, amp breaker, air cond
amp breaker, air cond, volt devices: Hi Thom If you are going to install a sub panel, then you should go with a 220 volt, 60 amp feed to it, so the load will be balanced in the main panel. This can get a little pricey. It may be cheaper to find out how many circuits you are going to need...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running Exterior Electric, amp breaker, don beck
amp breaker, don beck, watt bulbs: Hi Mike, I am assuming it is a full court, and all the lights you but are 110 Volt. There are several types of lights you can buy and that decision will decide on the size of the wire, and breaker needed. So, whatever you decide for lighting, add up...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running electrical for ceiling fan, fan works, receptacle
fan works, receptacle, light switch: Hi Pat, Are there two switches controlling the receptacle? What was the white wire hooked to before you started, it sounds like you might be in series with the circuit, and not have a neutral available. If it is a neutral, good. Don t worry about the terminal...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running an electrical line outside, electrical line, personal preference
electrical line, personal preference, electrical lines: The water pump line needs to be underground. There are several methods of splicing this wire. They make an underground junction box that is weatherproof, but my personal preference is to use an underground splice kit which consists of the proper connectors...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running electrical wiring to outside building, copper conductors, flourescent lights
copper conductors, flourescent lights, amp breaker: I have a very similar set up at my home. I wanted to be certain I had enough in my sub panel for any future expansion. Because of supply and demand, a 125 amp panel is the least expensive. I installed a 90 amp breaker in my main panel, ran 2 #3 copper conductors...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running Ground Wire, 3 legs, subpanel
3 legs, subpanel, outbuilding: You should only have one source for your ground, and that should be at your main panel. Some localities permit, actually require, a ground rod at an outbuilding, but I wouldn t do it regardless. Use a #4 copper or #2 aluminum ground conductor between panels....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running a line to a outside lamp post for my patio, pvc conduit, lamp post
pvc conduit, lamp post, uf: Hi Carey, If you use PVC conduit, then the wires in it need to be type THWN, or UF. If you directly bury a cable, that cable must be type UF. If you bury the cable, wherever the cable is exposed to damage, it needs to be sleeved in conduit, usually...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running in two lines 220V and 120V, ups unit, location garage
ups unit, location garage, mig welder: John, For the welder circuit, If the welder requires a neutral then you need to run 10/3 with ground. If it doesn t require a neutral than 10/2 with ground is OK. This info should be on the spec sheet of the unit. You can use 10/2 with ground for the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running main service feed too short and need a splice, mikeholt, electrical inspector
mikeholt, electrical inspector, code forum: Hi Frazer. I don t have any to recommend, but visit this forum http://www.mikeholt.com/code_forum/showthread.php?p=589126 then follow the links provided. This is a high quality electrical forum, so those listed should be top notch kits. Good luck....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running New Wiring in a finished home, aluminum wiring, knee walls
aluminum wiring, knee walls, finished attic: As long as your new run of wiring is protected from any physical damage, I see no reason why you can t do what you propose. You could build a little chase around it, enclose it in conduit, or possibly a fake wall (furr-out). Romex would require the protection,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running new wire in old house, wall receptacles, soil pipe
wall receptacles, soil pipe, romex: Hi Keith, Running wires inside a chimney is a code violation. Outside the chimney is OK as long as any wires that you can see are in pipe. Sometimes you can get wires from a basement to an attic by running pipe thru the back of a closet or running...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running new wiring, fuse box, home improvement stores
fuse box, home improvement stores, electrical section: The easiest way to determine which is which is with a Hot Stick. With just the wires sticking out and nothing attached to them only the hot wire will cause the Hot Stick to light up. These are about $10-$15 at most home improvement stores in the electrical...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running nm cable in ABS sleeve, professional electricians, basement ceiling
professional electricians, basement ceiling, heat buildup: You say: I believe the NEC allows a sleeve for protection of any length and is not required to be continuous or to connect end-to-end with a junction or splice. If this is a sleeve, then would the cable be subject to the derating required in conduit? ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running an outlet from a 3 way switch, 3 way switches, best bet
3 way switches, best bet, way switch: Hi. The answer is that you can t, unless it is the switch where the power enters the system. If the power enters at the light, or the other switch, then you have no neutral at the switch, and can t run an outlet. Also, all outlets in a kitchen must...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running Power to my barn 200 feet away., running power, meter service
running power, meter service, power bills: Steve: I would go with the 200amp service for the barn then you can do what you want in the future. The easyest way is to build a seperate 200amp meter/service/panel and contact the power company to see if they will set poles to reach the barn. The 2nd way...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running Power to a Workshop, air cond, amp service
air cond, amp service, copper wire: Hi Brett, When I lay out this type of installation I like to plan for future use. I d bet you ll be adding new power tools,air cond, or heat sometime in the future. So, I would suggest a 100 amp sub panel with #2 copper feeding it. If, however, you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running power to shed, conductor wire, amp breaker
conductor wire, amp breaker, running power: Hi. With 10-2, you can run only 30 amps at the most. You may want to get rid of the panel in the shed, put a 20 amp breaker in the house, and an outlet and light in the shed. Twenty amps should be more than enough for the light and a few tools. Normally...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running power off of a three-way switch, wall sconces, nearby outlet
wall sconces, nearby outlet, running power: Hi Aedan, The problem is there is no neutral or hot wire in the 4 gang box. The 3 wire coming in are all part of the switching system. To fire up the 4 gang box you need to bring power into it from another source, like a nearby outlet. If this is doable,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running service to detached garage, thhn wire, circuit breaker trips
thhn wire, circuit breaker trips, amp breaker: No they make copper all the way up to sizes you don t want to consider. We commonly use 500 mcm for services, it is about 3/4 in diameter. You might have to go to a supply store for it. You want the outlets on a 20 amp breaker at most unless you are installing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running service to outbuildings, pumphouse, subpanel
pumphouse, subpanel, conduits: Hi Alex, same trench is OK. And, it s OK from main panel to pump for 1 Conduit. However, between pump and barn, there should be 2 different conduits, 1 for outgoing and 1 for incoming . Same trench between the pump and barn, but separate pipes. Do...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running switch's/outlets in series, 3 way switches, odd color
3 way switches, odd color, way switch: You dont have a 2 way switch. That is on/off. Single pole or 3 way or 4 way switches. You may need to read the diagram on the box of the switch to see what you did wrong. It is hard to diagnos without being there. 3 way switches can be wired in 3 different...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running TV Wires Behind Mounted Plasma and FP, drill holes, hi mike
drill holes, hi mike, fire place: Hi Mike, Taking about a 3/4 strip out of the drywall right where the wall meets the top of the fireplace, is the easiest to cover the wires. Once the strip is removed, you need to drill each stud and fish the wires where they need to go. Then you can...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running Wire from junction box to ceiling fan, lighting circuit, general lighting
lighting circuit, general lighting, wire cable: Hi. Make sure you tap off a general lighting circuit. Match the wire that is there. If you are not sure, use 12-2. You only need two conductors plus the ground, since you will be using the pullchains or a remote. Just be sure you are using a box...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running Wire on a non-studded wall, cement block, ceiling space
cement block, ceiling space, furring strips: Chris If you are running wire on a wall with no protection you should put the wire in a conduit. You could use EMT OR PVC what you can do is run the conduit into a box with the proper fittings and stub it in to a ceiling space where it is not subjected...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running Wiring for new light in bedroom, copper wires, ceiling fixture
copper wires, ceiling fixture, hi ed: Edward, If I get the correct picture, you have a screw on the side of the switch with nothing attached to it. Behind the switch there is a red wire that roughly lines up with the empty screw. If this is all correct then: The new black wire going to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running Wiring for Plasma Above fireplace, video wires, method description
video wires, method description, plasma tv: Still sounds okay with maybe one comment...your hole in the wall behind the TV and the bookcase...how far apart horizontally? Remember that your studs are 16-24 inches on center. Gyp board is nailed on both faces of the studs, so if you re attempting to go...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running wire behind walls for shelf speakers, harmon kardon soundsticks ii, harmon kardon soundsticks
harmon kardon soundsticks ii, harmon kardon soundsticks, taipei hsien taiwan: Hi Tracey, Where this wire is manufactured over-seas(Taiwan)...it is hard to get specific detail on it s rating...but I can tell you that the UL certiifcation directory shows it to be made by: COPARTNER TECHNOLOGY CORP Their address is: FAR...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running wire for cable tv, laundry chute, air registers
laundry chute, air registers, nylon string: Mark, The laundry chute would be OK safety wise, but unless you can get that cable to lay right up against the side of the chute, I can see your favorite shirt getting hung up on the cable and not reaching the basement. If you can get a large enough...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running wire down exsisting wall, wall mounted tv, romex
wall mounted tv, romex, outlet location: Don, If there is anyway to get power from the attic, I would suggest you tie in up there. If not, then all you have to do is open up the outlet box, with power off, of course, and then open up one of the romex clamps on the box, using a screwdriver to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running wiring in Conduit on a concrete floor, fork trucks, rigid conduit
fork trucks, rigid conduit, pipe threader: Yes as long as it is rigid conduit. Properly strapped down so that it won t be damaged by being moved out of place. But why on the floor, you can run MC through the bar joists, set a box, come out of the box with conduit to the floor. It is a lot cheaper...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running wiring, gauge wire, flat panel televisions
gauge wire, flat panel televisions, romex: running it up the wall, across the attic and down another wall is okay as long as the wire is protected in the attic from physical damage by either running it within the joists, or installing a running board along the length of the wire. #14 guage ROMEX is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Rural Electrical Service, pvc conduit, volt outlet
pvc conduit, volt outlet, amp meter: Carlton When running a 400 amp service to a dwelling and to a shop. The best thing to use a 400 amp meter and install 2 200 amp WP Disconnect this way the wire size can still be handled and be cost effective.Also what do you mean service outlet a 120 Volt...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Rusting Inside wires, rust stains, upstairs hallway
rust stains, upstairs hallway, rust spot: Hi Bill, Are there any A/C vents in the area, or do any of the other conduits go to an outside location. If there is no roof leak I would think it has to be coming from another conduit or else it is condensation from a leaky A/C vent or drain pad. Another...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: RV Generator Output, rv generator, relay switch
rv generator, relay switch, ac output: If your relay switch chatters, I d think you d need a new switch. Sounds like it s not making a good contact, and although you could read good voltage if it s on, you d read something different once a load is introduced. Yes, a poor connection could be your...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: RV Hook-up, gauge wire, 12 gauge
gauge wire, 12 gauge, thhn: Hi Chris, very astute! Due to the length of the run, I would use #8 gauge wire for the 2 hot runs, 10 Gauge for the neutral and 12 gauge for the ground. I would use use THHN copper wire and 1 1/2 PVC (or even 2 ) to make the pull easier and allow...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: RV Hook-up, thhn, voltage drop
thhn, voltage drop, hook up: Hi. You can use up to 5 number 8 wires in 3/4 conduit, so that conduit should be OK. As far as voltage drop, most places that sell wire will have an ampacity chart for each product based on the length of the wire. I would say that 200 feet would be better...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: RV home hookup, copper wire, electronics training
copper wire, electronics training, hookup: Semi permanent tells me you should run conduit from the panel to near theRV. If you need to have a cord from a sub panel near the RV, that works. Depending on the RV needs...I would rate the extension for 50amps to be sure of sufficient energy available....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: RV Outlet, rv trailer, underground cable
rv trailer, underground cable, electrical panel: Hi Grady, I suggest you you use 6-3 with ground, underground cable because of the length of the run. There will be a voltage drop at that distance and you want to be sure the RV is getting full power. The type of cable you need is: 6/3 with ground...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: RV outlet wiring, home depot, breakers
home depot, breakers, rv: Keith: Run a #6 copper 4wire circuit out to the RV box . The reason you use a 4 wire instead of a 3 wire is because the RV has both 120/240volt circuits needed. And the Ground keeps every thing safe. The Circuit can be (2 #6hots, 1#8 neutral, 1#10 grnd.)in...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: RV service from the garage panel, trickle chargers, amp breaker
trickle chargers, amp breaker, rv service: Hi John, If you are using #6 copper - you can go a maximum of 60 amp breaker...and based on your description...this may be the best way to go. But....if there had been an overload on the smaller breakers...they should have tripped. What is the actual...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: RV service, amp breaker, master electrician
amp breaker, master electrician, amp service: 50 amps at 240 volts is indeed 12,000 watts, and it s 12,000 watts spread equally (hopefully) across two legs (A & B) of a normal 240/120 volt single phase service. Each leg (A or B) will see half (again, if the loads are equally distributed) of the available...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: RV Wiring, robert wilber, rv wiring
robert wilber, rv wiring, step down transformer: - * Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * Electrically, it makes no difference which end you use as hot . I am not sanguine on motor homes, so I cannot address neutral/grounding issues. If the neutral...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: RV, amp breaker, amp circuit
amp breaker, amp circuit, power wires: You re not using the dryer, and want to convert it to a plug for your RV to use? Turn off the 30 amp breaker in your panel, and remove the receptacle from it s box. You ll either have three or four wires depending on the age of your house. Three wires and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: r.v hookup, brass screws, amp service
brass screws, amp service, j box: Josh, I really don t like the idea of having 220 in that double gang box, but we can make it work. However, leave some kind of not in the box that there is 220 volts residing there, in case someone in the future needs to open it up. 1 hot line goes...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: radiant floor cable, radiant floor heat, electric radiant floor heat
radiant floor heat, electric radiant floor heat, electric radiant floor: A circuit is that run of cable from panel to device. Usually conatins two wires and a ground, but can contain three wires and a ground. If you have the three wire cable, and one of the wires feeds your radio, and the other your floor heating, this would...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: radiant floor heating, apples and oranges, radiant floor
apples and oranges, radiant floor, heating pad: You re comparing apples and oranges. Voltage times amperage gives you wattage (the heat you re looking for). 9 amps at 240 volts is 2160 watts, at 120 volts, it s half that. But then again, if your 120 volt price was $650 and the 240 volt price twice that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rain&GFI, water infiltration, animal figures
water infiltration, animal figures, light rain: David, It takes only a minute amount of water to trip a GFI so you need to check all your points of connection for water infiltration , also you could have a small nick in any cable thats exposed to the weather and it will trip the GFI so you need to take...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: random power outage throughout house, christmas thanks, loose power
christmas thanks, loose power, random power: Start at the breaker panel. Turn everything off. Get a voltmeter and test each breaker as you turn it on. Check all wire connections...especially grounds and neutrals. Leave all double pole breakers off. Keep the panel isolated to each bar of current....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: range calculations, dwelling unit, maximum demand
dwelling unit, maximum demand, column c: Non-dwelling unit? According to Article 220-20, 5 units shall have a demand factor of 70% and not less than the sum of the two largest units. Five 12.4 KW units at 70% equals 43.4 KW, which is obviuosly larger than two units (24.8). Dwelling unit? According...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: range hood, wire nuts, j box
wire nuts, j box, range hood: Would I need to still disconnect it at it s power source? Yeah Jason, even if its not needed for a few months, disconnect its source. Theres no guarantee that something will go wrong in this 30 to 60 day time period. But why take that chance? You...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: range hood wiring, conductor wire, range hood
conductor wire, range hood, electrician: Hi. There should not be a red wire. You can try capping it off. Otherwise, you would need to see where it goes to and why it is there. Perhaps the electrician ran out of 2 conductor wire, and used it. How was the old one wired? Yes, you would connect...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Over the range Microwave Question, otr microwave, prong plug
otr microwave, prong plug, bearer of bad news: Hi. If the unit is made to be plugged in, then it has to be plugged in. It would be against code to hard wire the cord to the house wiring. You can put an outlet at the end of the wire, then plug it in. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. Bo...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Over the range microwave installation, microwave installation, hourly rates
microwave installation, hourly rates, electrician: Anita, hourly rates and codes vary greatly from area to area. So, I may be sticking my neck out. But,if your electrician has installed one of these before and can pick up the power from the existing hood, he should be able to install yours in about 2 hours,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: range outlet, hot legs, recepticle
hot legs, recepticle, ground connections: The critical wire is the ground. You need to look at the range connections to determine the wire that is the ground. The receptacle ground will be a different prong than the two hot connections, and after determining on each end which are the ground connections,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: range ovens, pig tail, surface range
pig tail, surface range, romex: Hi Michael, Most older ranges use a 3 wire cord and receptacle, 2 hots and a neutral/ground. Most newer ones take a 4 wire plug and receptacle 2 hots and a neutral and a ground. The neutral and ground are usually hooked to the same bar in the panel with the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: range wiring, amp circuit, personal preference
amp circuit, personal preference, fuel stove: The 4 wire cord is a fairly new code change, so any appliance with a little age will have a three wire cord and new ones a four wire. It depends on the receptacle you have as to which cord you need to purchase. It the receptacle designed for a four or three...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: range wiring, prong plug, amp breaker
prong plug, amp breaker, excess wire: You should be using a 4 prong plug and receptacle. Is this an old/exisiting range with the 3 prong setup? If so, you connect ground to neutral in this one instance. As far as the wire goes, I usually cut it about 4 inches long, the width of my palm. Supposed...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: range, copper wire, breaker panel
copper wire, breaker panel, wire system: Hi Scott, It mostly depends on the range. Some ranges require a 4 wire system, 2hots(black and red) an neutral(white) and a ground(bare or green). If this is the case, you will need 4 wires from the breaker panel. Some of the ranges will work either...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ranges, prong plug, freestanding range
prong plug, freestanding range, mickey: Hi Mickey, Before hooking up anything, lets make sure exactly what the new unit needs, and exactly what is available. The old wire feeding into the junction box, what size is it(it should be written on the incoming cable somewhere), and how many wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rating for most BX wiring, gfci outlet, bx wire
gfci outlet, bx wire, amp breaker: Hi Phil, BX cable is a real bear! The only way I have found to check the size, since there is no markings on the cable, is to hold the bare copper up against a known size copper wire. Most BX was 14/2, but there was some 12/2 used, but very little....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: re attic renovation, attic renovation, wiring book
attic renovation, wiring book: Hi. No, 12-2 will do it. Unless you want some on a switch. No, they will be wired in parallel. If a wire is not making contact with one outlet, the rest of them would not work. But that shouldn t happen. If it does, you just fix it. I hope this...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: re; breaker that blows, switchbox, switch box
switchbox, switch box, screws: Hi, If I understand you correctly, there are 3 wires attached to the switch....2 blacks and a white. Can you tell me the color of the screws that the wires are attached to and which color wire is on which colored screw. Are there any other wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: re: ceiling fan popping, ceiling boxes, no screws
ceiling boxes, no screws, fan connections: Jon, Getting those boxes out is a difficult task. It usually takes brute force, a pry bat and a hammer. However, it may be anchored well enough where you don t to remove it. Test it. Hang a rope or chain from it with a weight on the end of it, like...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: re-dividing baseboard heater, proper connections, electric baseboard
proper connections, electric baseboard, thermostat: Hi Francois, All the wires should be 12/2. Wire installation: from panel to thermostat #1. Mark this wire as line in. wire from thermostat #1 to thermostat #2 mark this wire as hot feed. wire from thermostat # 1 to heater #1. Mark this wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: re-wiring bathroom vanity - problem, silver screw, brass screw
silver screw, brass screw, volt circuit: If both legs of the 220 V was applied to a device, it would blow it out. So, there still may be 220 V in the box, but only 1 leg is being applied. This still make for a possible dangerous situation. Having an electrician come and is a GREAT idea. He should...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: re-wiring beneath ground, overhead wiring, carport
overhead wiring, carport, marcy: Marcy: Ther are only two ways to do this. 1st. Run individual circuits one for each item needing power and breakers are in the existing breaker box. 2nd. Run 1 bigger feeder wire to feed a small sub panel located out in carport and the branch from it with...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: re-wiring a breaker box, gas leak, wiring a breaker box
gas leak, wiring a breaker box, fuse: Hi Erin, 1) Most jurisdictions require that the all power must be able to be shut off in the apt 1 location. This is in case of an emergency, all the power can quickly be shut off.(fire, gas leak, etc.) 2) This is possible, and probably should be done....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: re-wiring cooktop, jenn air gas cooktop, prongs
jenn air gas cooktop, prongs, bax: Hi Jim, If you could send a phot of the wires in question, I may be able to make some sense of it for you. If that isn t possible, could you send the model# of the unit? I may be able to find a wiring diagram for it and guide you thru the proper hookup....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: re-wiring detached garage, garage door opener, pvc pipe
garage door opener, pvc pipe, underground wiring: Sorry for the delay no power do to storm for 3 days. Underground wiring for 30 of 3/4 pvc would be around $10 for the pvc pipe including 2 factory 90 s, and around $30 - $40 for #10 wire to run in the conduit. Say $10 for the breaker (20 amp) and $1 for...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: more info, central heating and air, speedy reply
central heating and air, speedy reply, dryer air: Pinning down the cost of wire will be difficult as it changes almost daily. I can tell you that an average size house will take: 500 feet of 12/2 with ground 1000 feet of 14/2 with ground 250 feet of 14/3 with ground The dryer will need 10/3 with...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: re wiring a home, wall plaster, ballpark estimate
wall plaster, ballpark estimate, sheetrock: Good Morning Tina, The costs for re-wiring a home vary more then the price of gas lately...will depend on several factors - such as: 1). The going rate in your area 2). age and structural design of the home and what types of wall (plaster/lathe...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: re wiring a new light, robert wilber, floodlight
robert wilber, floodlight, light fixture: - * Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * You have a new light fixture that you want to install to replace an existing fixture. Where is this light? How is it to be provided with power? What do you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: re wiring in old house, feeder lines, fuse box
feeder lines, fuse box, mr cook: Without actually seeing the condition of the wiring, it is difficult to say. The main thing is the service panel. A home this old may still have a fuse box instead of breakers, if so, this needs to be replaced. Also the incoming feeder lines may be the originals...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: re-wiring a table saw for 220 volts, bob osgood, woodworking section
bob osgood, woodworking section, master electrician: Hi Steve, Without more detail on the motor...it is unlikely I ll be of much help either.....just too many possible configurations with these older motors (if it s an Atlas...it must be old !) But...(and I may be mistaken)..isn t it one and the same...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rearrange stove w/refrigerator, stackable washer dryer, coffee pot
stackable washer dryer, coffee pot, waher: Hi Mike, If I understand your question correctly. you want to plug the fridge into the outlet where the waher/dryer was...and plug the washer dryer in where the fridge was. If the home was built after 1970, then it should be OK as kitchen circuits...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: What is the reason for using the earth for ground?, live wires, hypothetical example
live wires, hypothetical example, explination: Sand, The utility normally brings into a home to conductors and one ground dead wire known as the neutral. The earth acts as a natural grounding element. A grounding element is something that electricity is attracted to and will flow towards kind...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: I just received my new microwave..., volt unit, brainer
volt unit, brainer, volts: You need to double check the specs on the microwave. Most ovens are 240 volts, but I have never seen a 240 volt microwave and the wiring is consistent with a 120 volt unit. Locate the manufacturers label and double check the voltage required and let me know....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: recent electrical problem question, proper test equipment, electricity act
proper test equipment, electricity act, meter socket: Mark, Anytime lights get dim or get bright it usually means there is a loose wire somewhere. It is still making contact but just barely.Since the whole house is affected, I suspect the problem is in the breaker panel itself. The thing you can try yourself...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Is it OK to jumper the neutral..., ground fault circuit interrupter, fault circuit interrupter
ground fault circuit interrupter, fault circuit interrupter, gfci breaker: Hi Rick, Tried to log-in to the site when I got in last night....but the site server was too busy .....first chance I ve had to log-in and answer your follow-up. Must of been a busy traffic night here last night....or they were updating this site....who...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: i have recently installed..., amp breaker, switch wiring
amp breaker, switch wiring, subpanel: Hi Ron. It sounds to me like you may have some circuits wires tied together, which should not be. Only a complete look-over by an electrician will find the problems. Sorry I could not help. You might want to visit www.danswiringpage.com to see some...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: I recently moved into a house..., bob osgood, master electrician
bob osgood, master electrician, will make every effort: Hi Andrew, My apologies for the delay Andrew.....we got called out to an electrical job down-state at the last minute..(and I didn t have the chance to mark myself as away at the website)...and have been out of the area all week...just getting back...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: I recently had a pond installed..., motor amps, motor manufacturer
motor amps, motor manufacturer, submersible pump: It is possible to do this, however the motor must have a certain type of bearings. The only way to be sure would be to contact the motor manufacturer. If this motor is not capable, I am sure they have a type which is. To a certain extent, you can install a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: I recently purchased a home..., volt outlets, volt outlet
volt outlets, volt outlet, don beck: Hi Lindsey, I m sorry to say, the outlet and probably the wire to the outlet, will have to be replaced. It mostly depends on what the amperage the dryer needs to run properly. 220 volt Dryers usually require around 25 to 30 amps and this draw needs a #10...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: receptable no power, shaving machine, plub
shaving machine, plub, reset buttons: Hi Ervin, The easiest fix is that the GFI is bad, and needs to be replaced. This does happen quite often. When removing the old outlet, make sure you make new note where each wire is attached so you can put them on the new outlet exactly as they are now....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: How many receptacle is too many, amp circuit breaker, national electrical code
amp circuit breaker, national electrical code, closet doors: Hi Abdo. Unless the outlets will have a specific load on it, such as a refrigerator, sump pump and so on, you can have an unlimited amount of outlets on a circuit. Rule of thumb is 10-12 outlets, but that is not a requirement of the code. The way you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: receptacle in bathroom isn't working, pig tail, womman
pig tail, womman, bathroom light: Hi Sandy, I was waiting to hear you roar. (okay, terrible joke about the song). The moisture is most likely due to not having an exhaust fan, or having an exhaust fan and it doesn t work, or having an exhaust fan and not using it. Are any of these...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: receptacle and dimmer switch, track lighting, light switches
track lighting, light switches, light bulbs: It is pretty confusing. The cable with the red wire also has a black and white plus a ground wire. The switch should be receiving power and then on to the lights, but with the three wire cable, I am not sure what is there. Pull out the dimmer to see what is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: receptacle on kitchen counter, ground fault circuit interrupter, accessory buildings
ground fault circuit interrupter, accessory buildings, bar sinks: Hello. By reading the Code, I would say that yes, you do need a GFCI on a countertop even if there is no sink: NEC 210.8 At dwellings, ground-fault circuit-interrupter (GFCI) protection shall be provided for all receptacle outlets installed in bathrooms,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: receptacle problem, copper wires, ilive
copper wires, ilive, pig tail: Hi. First of all, just to make sure that you have the black wires on the dark screws and the white wires on the light colored screws. The black wires will end up on the side where the short prong is. It sounds like for some reason, the neutral is not...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: receptacle to switch/receptacle, fixture wire, color terminal
fixture wire, color terminal, microhood: Hi. First of all, you should not add any lighting to kitchen outlets. It is against the code. However, the black wire coming in needs to connect to both the outlet and the switch. Usually in a combo outlet, there is a bridge that connects the screws....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: receptacle tester, loose wires, electrical plug
loose wires, electrical plug, loose wire: Hi Bill It sounds like you may have a loose wire in the wiring behind the outlet. It could also be in anyplace upstream of this outlet, indlucing the wall switch. After removing power, take out the outlet and check the wiring. Make sure there are no...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: receptacle wiring confusion, brass screw, 3 way switches
brass screw, 3 way switches, brass screws: Hi Dan, The white attached to the lower black screw is a sending the power to the one of the switches. When the switch is turned on, the power comes back to the upper 1/2 on the black wire. When reconnecting, think of the upper black wire of the 12/2...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: receptacle wiring confusion, brass screw, 3 way switches
brass screw, 3 way switches, brass screws: If you intend to keep the switching capability, which is would not...you would copy the wires up the wall and into another box. I would rather pull the switching wires..14/2 out of the box and route them to another usable location. Then bring power to that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: receptacle, receptacle, nob
receptacle, nob, table lamp: Hi Chris, I have to admit that is an unusual set up. If it worked OK before than it should be OK now and the toaster thing may have a been just one of those things . To make sure, use a table lamp and plug it into the outlet, both top and bottom and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: receptacles, amp circuits, amp circuit
amp circuits, amp circuit, gauge wire: Yes. All devices on a 20 amp circuit must be rated for 20 amps. I never use #14 wire or run any 15 amp circuits. The 20 amp devices are heavier duty and you will not have to worry about using any circuit with a power tool, hair dryer, etc. if you go ahead...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: receptacles, amp circuit, amperage
amp circuit, amperage, wattage: Figure receptacles at 180 watts each, and your fixtures at the wattage of the lamps. Switches don t count. Watts equals voltage times amperage and you don t want to go over 80% of a circuit s rating. So, for a 15 amp circuit, that would be 12 amps maximum...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: receptacles on one circuit, arc fault circuit interrupter, afci breaker
arc fault circuit interrupter, afci breaker, bob osgood: Hi Steve, If each receptacle has no defined load....and are therefore considered general purpose , then the load factor is calculated at 180 watts (1.5 amps) per general purpose receptacle. For practical purposes...and to prevent overloading - a 20...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: receptacles, hot break, flat style
hot break, flat style, wall switch: when connecting the switch to the receptacle you didn t break out the little connecting tab between the brass colored terminals. If 1 of the receptacles is always hot and 1 switched that is. Find the wires going to the switch. Probably a black and white...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: receptcle wiring problem, ac plug, ohm meter
ac plug, ohm meter, receptacle: Ed, Is this AC recpetacle a direct line back to the panel ?....if so check the connections in the panel to make sure everything is OK in there. Also before you do this check the connections to the receptacle itself. You should have the white wire on the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: receptical/outlet, electric lawnmower, fuse box
electric lawnmower, fuse box, recepticals: Hi John, I don t think the problem is in the fusebox itself, at least I hope not as that can be expensive to fix. I suspect a GFO outlet has tripped. These outlets look like a regular outlet except for 2 tabs in the center. These tabs act like a circuit...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: receptical is showing only 15 volts ac, ac voltage, junctions
ac voltage, junctions, volts: Somewhere this circuit has lost its neutral [white wire]. You will need to start at the panel board and check all the junctions for a loose or broken neutral. It is possible that a rodent got into the wall and chewed the wire. I have seen it in multi-million...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: recepticals, receptical, nearby rooms
receptical, nearby rooms, alarm clock: Hi Cory, Since you have a tester, remove the outlet from the wires and check with thester beyween the black and the white and the black and the ground(bare or green) and see if you get a 110V reading. It sounds as if you won t get a reading from the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: recepticle with 15amp gfi?, amp circuit breaker, bob osgood
amp circuit breaker, bob osgood, master electrician: Hi Garnik, Yes...a few manufacturers do make 220 volt GFCI s (we use the term 240 volt) but I m not sure if you ll find too many models rated at 15 amps...they usually start at a rating of 20 amps on up. If your main concern is that one 15 amp...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: recepticle power loss, wire nut, recepticles
wire nut, recepticles, wire connections: Hi Ervin, Since everything worked before replacing the fixture, I suspect the problem is in the wire connections, not the wire themselves. The connections have to be tightly secured in a wire nut. If the connection seems flimsy, wrap a little electrical...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: recepticle, volt outlets, oulets
volt outlets, oulets, don clarke: Clarke, It sounds as if 1 of the outlets is wired wrong. You will need to pull all the outlets out and make they are wired this way: Black wire(s) on the dark colored screws. White wire(s) on the silver colored screws. Green or bare wire(s) on...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: recepticles, prong plug, plug ins
prong plug, plug ins, piece of paper: Hi Sharol, We need to make sure they are all on the same circuit. Shut off the breakers for these outlets and try plugging something into them. If they are all dead, we are set. Remove the two outlets, marking down on a piece of paper, what color wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: recepticles, wire nuts, light switches
wire nuts, light switches, recepticle: Long winded sometimes helps the cause. One of the easiest solutions is to Pigtail. That means tie the blacks together and the whites together and the grounds together. Now, using wire nuts, add a 3rd wire to each (bk/wh/gr) and connect those to the recepticles....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: recess lighting, recess lighting, heat lamp
recess lighting, heat lamp, wattage: Hi. Yes, they are too hot. All recess lights now come with thermal protection. Make sure that you have the correct wattage and shape bulb in the fixture. If it calls for a Reflector bulb (Type R) and you put in a household bulb (Type A), it could overheat....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: recess lights, ceiling fan light, recess lighting
ceiling fan light, recess lighting, correct connections: Evening hensel, Well, its tripping the breaker cuz there is an overload, maybe its wired wrong. Could be nicked wires tagging and shorting out, ect. Ok, you have 2 hot wires coming off your switch. The red and black. Most likely...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: recess lights, bob osgood, master electrician
bob osgood, master electrician, amp circuit: Hi Kevin, Sorry for any delay....we ve been right straight out here electrically....phone has been ringing right off the hook. The Code doesn t spec any specific count of fixtures per circuit....it instructs us to reference back to basic Ohm s law...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: recessed 3-way worked intermittent now not at all, connection boxes, 3 way switches
connection boxes, 3 way switches, incandescent bulbs: Hi Ian, Just getting back to my office....saw your question in my inbox... Based on your description....it s hard to tell which style of recessed cans you have...if they are the low voltage style (and take an MR16 style 2 pin bulb or similar)or...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: recessed kit. flouresc. fixture, ballasts, flicker
ballasts, flicker, ballast: Hi. The older fixtures had two ballasts, but many of the new fixtures that are t-8 style have one ballast to run all 4 tubes. But it sounds like 2 from what you describe. Fluorescent lights need to be properly grounded to work (in addition for safety),...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: recessed light/junction box, ceiling tiles, basement ceiling
ceiling tiles, basement ceiling, light fixture: Hi Mike, Having a junction box concealed behind the light fixture would probably not pass inspection. However, I see your problem. Although It wouldn t be proper for me to suggest you do it that way, I think you alternatives are non existent unless you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: why does my recessed light turn out?, flood lights, heat safety
flood lights, heat safety, preset temperature: Good Morning Gabriel, Thanks for the kind words...always glad to try to help and be able to give back some of what I ve learned over 3 decades in the electrical field. Based on your description....it sounds as if this one kitchen recessed can is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: recessed light, ceiling joist, kitchen ceiling
ceiling joist, kitchen ceiling, finished room: Mark, I just saw this thing recently on E-Bay. I ve never used one myself but its designed to convert an existing 5 to 6 recessed light can so you can do what you want which is hang a fixture without removing the can portion above the ceiling and still...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: recessed lighting, volt stick, loose connections
volt stick, loose connections, loose connection: Hello Mike. It is not impossible to have a broken wire, but is the least likely. Since the one closest to the switch works, go to the second one from the switch. If you do not have one, a volt stick is the easiest tool to use just to verify voltage. The tip...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: recessed lighting, lock nuts, hots
lock nuts, hots, bushings: Hi Brandon, Thanks for the kind words (and any ratings - haven t had the chance to check those yet)....glad I was able to be of some help....and I m sure your local salesman will be able to assist you with greater detail and an ideal selection of recessed...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: recessed lighting, roof truss, electrical supply
roof truss, electrical supply, sheetrock: Hi Deryl, Alternatives to your situation are: You could still use recess cans and have them on a dimmer. Then you could cut back the amount of heat that they are producing and hopefully stay on. You can tune them up all the way when needed for a short...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: recessed lighting, ceiling joist, attic space
ceiling joist, attic space, snuggly: Hi Mel, Recess lights are designed to be nailed against the rafter. However, due to the placement, they sometimes don t sit against the rafter. The way to deal with this, cut a 2x4 to fit between the rafters, then nail the recess can to it. A critical...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: recessed lighting, amp breaker, sitches
amp breaker, sitches, personal choice: Hi Carlos, 14/2 wire on a 15 amp breaker will handle that load nicely. ! dimmer will also handle all 8 lights, but you might want to consider 2 dimmers, 4 lights on each, in case you don t need all that light everytime. Location of the light is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: recessed lighting, no screws, lighting
no screws, lighting, coffee: I think I m getting a handle on this now. I am assuming you ran the wires for the recess lights into the junction box also......if not tell me and ignore the following.. =========================================================== In the junction box...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: recessed lighting, don beck, wire nuts
don beck, wire nuts, wall switch: Hi Mike, I am assuming that these lights did all work at one time, and they are not part of a new installation. If lite #1 works, and the ones downstream from that one do not, the problem has to be in the junction box of lite # 1. You will need to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: recessed lighting, flood lamps, life lamps
flood lamps, life lamps, amp circuit: Tom, Check the rated hours these lamps have. In other words how many hours these lamps should last in terms of hours. The box they come in will have this information. If your running them as much as you say then this is the real reason since the fixtures...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: recessed lighting, robert wilber, swtch
robert wilber, swtch, dimmer switch: Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * The key here is that 2 lights go out. I assume that they go out together! Remove insulation? Any recessed light installed in contact with insulation must be IC rated...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: recessed lighting, light fixture, light fixtures
light fixture, light fixtures, recess: Hi. Once you remove the recess light, you are going to have a hole that needs to be drywalled up, unless it is a small recess fixture. If you can get to it from above, you can buy a junction box that has a bar attached, and just nail it from above. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: recessed lighting, ceramic fixture, best guess
ceramic fixture, best guess, thermal protector: Hi. Unfortunately if a manufacturer doesn t follow the normal procedure, and they don t give instructions, there isn t a whole lot I can do without looking and touching the fixture. All recess fixtures have a thermal protector, which is like a switch...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: recessed lighting, installing recessed lighting, lumen output
installing recessed lighting, lumen output, high hats: Good Morning Brandon, Based on your description...you may need to do some lumen and candlepower calcs to determine if you ll have enough light to suit your needs in this basement with your current fixture plan. If this 800 sg. is one big open area (such...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: recessed lighting ic housings, wattage bulb, ceiling insulation
wattage bulb, ceiling insulation, heat factor: Good Morning Ian, Good question...I also had the same question decades ago when I first compared two recessed fixtures that - for all practical purposes...appeared to have the same physical characteristics. Both were for new construction (as compared...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: recessed lighting issue, lighting issue, doing the dishes
lighting issue, doing the dishes, way switch: Hi Evan The way the wires are strung, it can t happen as when 1 lite gets power, they all do. The only to isolate the sink lite is take it out of the loop with the other fixtures and install a different switch just for that lite. The switch would need...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: recessed lighting wiring, 3 way switches, don beck
3 way switches, don beck, daisy chain: Hi Kevin, The 14/2 is OK to use for the whole set up. In each lite, all the whites go together, and, all the blacks go together. This includes the fixture wires. At each switch, the black wire coming in from the source goes onto 1 of the screws...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: recessed lighting, ground connections, ground wires
ground connections, ground wires, little fire: Hi Dave, Just getting back in... Based on your description (as written)...it sounds like you have tapped your recessed lights to a switch box that had only a switch leg in it. A switch leg is a single run of black and white coming from a different...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: How many recessed lights off of 1 box?, amp breaker, watt bulbs
amp breaker, watt bulbs, gauge wire: Hi John, It mostly depends on the size of the wire and the breaker. I will assume it s 14/2 gauge wire on a 15 amp breaker. Also assuming, the recess lights will each have a 60 watt bulb. A 15 amp breaker will give you apprx, 1600 watts of power....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: recessed lights, merry christmas and a happy new year, happy new year
merry christmas and a happy new year, happy new year, fun thing: You are going to have to get your hand around the socket while unscrewing the lamp or use a tool to do it such as one of those extension hand pick up tool. Either way it is not a fun thing to do. If all else fails, see if you can drop the fixture part down...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: recessed lights, upstairs room, close proximity
upstairs room, close proximity, switch box: I don t think four lights would constitute a separate circuit, so I d guess they are fed off of the same circuit that feeds the outlets in the room. Since they all don t work, and there s two switches involved, it would have to be the power that reaches the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: recessed lights with two 3-way switches, 3 way switches, neutral wire
3 way switches, neutral wire, thanks in advance: Hi. If the power comes in at the outlet, you have to connect the lights to the outlet. This is because the neutral wire comes to the outlet and stops. So there is no neutral wire anywhere else in the system. You have the lights and the lamp in series...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: recessed lights, robert wilber, watt max
robert wilber, watt max, remodel: - * Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * How many fixtures can I put on one switch? It depends on what type of switch you use. Commercial 20 amp switches can carry 16 amps continuously. Residential...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: recessed lights in exterior soffit of home, soffits, soffit
soffits, soffit, combustible material: Hi Ken, It should be fine as long as you don t put any bulbs in the fixture that exceed the rating of the device. 60 watts is the norm. Any heat build up will dissipate quickly since the light is exposed to the outdoors. The fixture should be rated...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: recessed lights & switches, conductor wire, conductor cable
conductor wire, conductor cable, light fixture: Hi. You can t run two conductor cable from the box to light to light to light and then to the switch. You either have to run 3 conductor wire between all the lights, or you have to run the the switch wire and the wire from the panel box into the same...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: recessed lights, christmas tree bulbs, parallel wiring
christmas tree bulbs, parallel wiring, light changes: Hi Michael, Just getting back in from a service call... Based on your description...your reported symptoms sound as if your 5 recessed cans may have been wired in series...instead of the proper parallel wiring. Curious - When you state that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: recessed can problem, lamp socket, center pin
lamp socket, center pin, cans: 1) Either you got a defective bulb (I ve had them burn out the minute I screwed them in) or 2) the center pin in the lamp socket is not making good tight contact with the bulb s base. A weak connection will draw more current, and possibly shorten the life...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: reconnecting power to a mobile home, subflooring, safety switch
subflooring, safety switch, woodshop: Steve, keep a copy of this description. You did a great job of checking everything, you noted it in amps, you noted distances. But because of the complexity of your issues, you will need a contractor or licensed electrician local to your area. Two...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: red black white to black white fixture, receptical, bare wire
receptical, bare wire, wall switch: Hi Robert. You will need to use the red wire to connect to the light fixture s black wire, not the black wire in the box. This wire is hot all the time, for use to feed a fan motor, if installed. Since you are not installing a fan, just cap off the unused...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: What's the red wire for?, light attachment, constant power
light attachment, constant power, bathroom cabinet: Hi Seth,, The clue lies in the color of the wire on the wall switch. If there is a red wire attached to the switch, then the red wire at the lie, goes onto the black wire of the lite. Red indicates a switched wire, in most cases. If one of the wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: red wire, ground wires, wall switch
ground wires, wall switch, ceiling fan: Hi. There are two possibilities. 1) Either the black is on all the time, and the red is on the switch. or 2) The black and red wires are both on switches so that the fan and light kit can be wired separately. Of course, if the wires are not connected...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Where does the red wire go ?, bathroom renovations, recepticle
bathroom renovations, recepticle, electrical fixtures: In your case, there is a white wire to continue the circuit back to the light fixture, one black wire should be for constant power to the switch and recepticle, and the red from the switch back to the light. Whites in the light fixture box, including the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: red wire/black wire, permanent marker, fiture
permanent marker, fiture, hot wire: If you are saying how to determine the hot lead as color does not matter on a switch unless it is a three way or four way switch, you will need to use a volt tester to determine the hot wire. This tester can be purchased at any home supply. It is about the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: red wire in electric wiring, electric switch, copper
electric switch, copper, electric wiring: What wire sets are in the box where the dimmer is going to be installed. Not the wires attached to the dimmer, but the ones attached to the switch at present. Let me know and we can go from there. Common dimmer wiring is white neutral, black power in, red...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: red wire in outlet, bob osgood, master electrician
bob osgood, master electrician, prong: Hi Peter, Sorry just responding...we spent part of the week-end visiting family down on the coast...just getting back home. Based on your description...you are simply replacing the old receptacle outlets with new...so nothing should need to change...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: red wire, bob osgood, installing a ceiling fan
bob osgood, installing a ceiling fan, master electrician: Hi Peter, Based on your description, this ceiling box where you intend to install this ceiling fan may have been wired for a fan with light kit (with black for fan, red for light kit...and white common to both)....or the 12/3 wire was ran because it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: reducing an overloaded circuit, new lighting, basement walls
new lighting, basement walls, question thanks: When you have a new line run to the switch box we remove the hot feed to the old switch and cap it and use the new feed on the switch. At the old switchbox, how many wires are in that box, what color are they, and how are they now connected? Do...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: refinishing basement electrical question, amp circuits, amp breaker
amp circuits, amp breaker, fredericksburg virginia: Okay, first question...14 gauge wire on a 15 amp breaker is perfectly acceptable, BUT, if you are doing this work under a permit, be advised that a lot of municipalities require nothing smaller than 12 guage. FYI. The inspector may make you rip it out, or...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: refrid. outlet, wire nuts, wire nut
wire nuts, wire nut, power wires: Hi Rich, Stopped by my office for lunch...saw your question. Based on your description....the electrician may have forgotten about the minimum 2 small appliance circuits Code required for the kitchen....or you have several appliances - so the fridge...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: refridgerator amps, refrigerator compressor, load amps
refrigerator compressor, load amps, small refrigerator: Possibly, however I need the nameplate voltage and current rating from the refrigerator. Should be on a tag on the unit somewhere. The issues associated with answer are, there are sometimes 2 or more motors in the refrigerator. Compressor and fan motor,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: refrig wiring, don beck, extension cord
don beck, extension cord, hi mike: Hi Mike, You can use an extension cord for this purpose. Just make sure it is a heavy enough gauge to match the outlet.(20 amps). It would require a cord that has # 12 wire in it. This can be a little expensive. I think you may find that it is almost as...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: refrigerator oulets, outlet location, refrig
outlet location, refrig, cubby hole: Hi Karen Refrig. outlets are supposed to be on there own breaker. It is installed at a different height as they are usually in a cubby hole that is designed to take the refrig. and the outlet location higher than normal, makes it easier to unplug in...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: refrigerator plug in, amp breaker, prong
amp breaker, prong, refrigerator: Hi Dorothy, In your situation, you really don t have a choice. It may shorten the light of the refg and the best alternative, is to run a new 12/2 with ground from the refg outlet to the breaker panel and attach it to a 20 amp breaker. You have to do...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: refrigerator, amp breaker, extra power
amp breaker, extra power, merry christmas: Hi Tony, A 15 amp breaker would be fine if the ref. is the only thing on the circuit. The current breaker is probably tripping due to the ref and other things that are running on the same breaker. If there is something plugged into the same circuit as...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: In regards to Mobile Power outage, loose wires, mobile power
loose wires, mobile power, allexperts: Hi James, After getting all the wires tight and the problem still exists, you might want to have the power company check there lines. They will usually do this at no charge. Loose wires can be a hazard as the poor connection can cause the wires to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: reguarding floor lamp, home improvement center, rip cord
home improvement center, rip cord, lamp socket: Hi Jim, To re wire the lamp. use 18 gauge rip cord. This wire looks like a regular brown extension cord and is very cheap. I would remove all the old wiring in the lamp and replace it with this rip cord. Remove the switch and take it to any home...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: relaced bulb wont work, strange one, low voltage
strange one, low voltage, halogen: Hi Andrew. It would appear to me that the fitting you have removed may well be a low voltage fitting and there will be a transformer in the ceiling that will output 12 volts which could be the reason your normal pendant wont work. Hope this helps. Regards...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: relocating a ceiling fixture, ceiling fixture, light fixture
ceiling fixture, light fixture, electrical wires: Hi Bob, Thre are several ways to deal with this, so you need to select what is best for you. 1) If you have an attic, locate the existing ceiling box and remove it from it s attic mount and use another junction box in it s place running a new wire from...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: relocating an outlet for a builtin bookcase, wire nuts, junction boxes
wire nuts, junction boxes, bookcase: Hi. You can add a junction box and outlet for the new outlets. However, the problem is the old outlet. You are not allowed to leave any junction boxes covered. Probably the easiest thing to do is to rip the box out of the wall, and remount the box...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: relocating a receptacle, receptacle, backsplash
receptacle, backsplash, drywall: Hi Joel, If you use the old outlet box for a junction box, it must have a blank cover on it. The if possible, you could remove the wire from the outlet box and get it into the attic or basement to make the splice. The junction wouldn t be as noticeable...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: cannot remember which wire's go where, wire colors, neutral wire
wire colors, neutral wire, proper voltage: Being that none of these wire colors are typical, it will take a little work to correct this. You will need a voltmeter with a volt and an ohm scale. With the power on, put one lead on the ceiling ground wire and touch either the red or the black with the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: remodel, knob and tube wiring, junction boxes
knob and tube wiring, junction boxes, apartment units: Matt Yes you can leave the wires in the junction boxes as most likely your local code enforcement wont make you tear out wall to replace wires. If you do remove any sheet rock,plaster or wall covering then you would have to replace those wires as they will...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: remodel a/c in kitchen, 3 way switches, 3way
3 way switches, 3way, different color: Hi. Electricians use different color wires for 3 way switches. But the bottom line, is that the switch and dimmer should each have 2 wires/terminals that are the same color. The wires going to the those 2 wires on the dimmer need to go to the 2 terminals...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: remodel garage, amp circuit breaker, lighting circuit
amp circuit breaker, lighting circuit, space heaters: Hi John, The answer is yes, 8 general purpose outlets are fine. One thing to consider is what will be plugged into these outlets. Computers, TVs , space heaters, etc. Consider the continuos loads that will plugged into these outlets and that will...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: remodel in illinois, insp, electrical wiring
insp, electrical wiring, remodel: Hi Joey, it s my understanding that whatever electrical situation exists, as long as it is wired correctly, it is OK. You would only need to change it if it creates a hazard. Your local elec. Insp may be able to shed light on this or even a realtor...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: remodel can?, florescent lamps, incandescent lamps
florescent lamps, incandescent lamps, home depot: Yes they do have a overlimit switch did these cans have incandescent lamps before? IF they did they would protect the can from over wattage. If you are using par 35 lamps you stated they were florescent lamps before. They usually don t get that hot. Thank...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: remodeling with non-IC recessed cans, blown insulation, rolled insulation
blown insulation, rolled insulation, chicken wire: Hi Jim, I am guessing that if you have an earthquake large enough to move your insulation in the attic then you have bigger problems than the recessed lighting to take care of. But yeah, the insulation needs to be backed away from the can. As far...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: remote ballast, watt lamps, lighting circuit
watt lamps, lighting circuit, finished floor: If there is such an animal as a ballast large enough for 6 250w, there is no reason it can not be remote. I personally have not seen a ballast that would handle this many lamps. We have ball field lighting with the ballasts at the base but they only handle...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: remote barn panel, amp breaker, copper line
amp breaker, copper line, ground bars: Larry, That is a pretty long run so if you are using #6 wire, I would put it on a 50 amp breaker in the main panel, and run it to another breaker rated at 50 amps in the sub panel. The sub panel main is worth it if you ever want to add something to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: remote control ceiling fan, robert wilber, garage door openers
robert wilber, garage door openers, dipswitch settings: Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * Remote control fan problems: 1] Defective control unit [with a mind of it s own]. Return it for replacement. 2] Fan control unit being influenced [and remotely...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: remote control ceiling fan, manual switches, halogen light
manual switches, halogen light, switch legs: That is what I needed, the circuit goes first to the switch and then to the light. The white wire will connect to all other white wires, this completes the entire neutral circuit. The black and red are the switch wires, one will control the light, the other...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: remote control/fan install, hunter product, customer service line
hunter product, customer service line, control fan: Hi. Most remotes have an antenna which is just a piece of wire, which hangs loose. Perhaps you connected the antenna to a power source. The best way to find out how to wire a specific product, is either from the instructions or, if you don t have the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: remote control won't run ceiling fan, hunter fan company, ceiling fan light
hunter fan company, ceiling fan light, hunter ceiling fan: Hi Juli, Remotes can be very fussy. Make sure the batteries are brand new. Make sure the batteries are in the remote the correct way. Make sure the batteries are the proper size. There should be a sensor on the fan, sometimes on the outside,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: remote controlled ceiling fans, remote controlled ceiling fans, outlet boxes
remote controlled ceiling fans, outlet boxes, paddle fans: Bill, All the major manufacturers of paddle fans such as Casa Blanca, Hampton Bay, and Hunter offer a remote as an accessory. In other words its not the primary way to control the fan. Most of the time paddle fans are hard wired when it comes to controlling...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: remote switches, remote light switches, insteon
remote light switches, insteon, professional value: Hi Jodi, I m not sure what type of switches they sell you are considering. If it is the wireless remote switches they are fairly easy to set up yourself. The ones I have worked with are pretty easy to install, they come with pretty clear instructions. When...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: remote wiring, fan light, wall switch
fan light, wall switch, light fixture: Phil That will be the only way to control the fan light. Un less you run extra wires. They have remotes that fit in the canopies and then you have a remote to change the light and the fan. I have 4 of these installed in my home for about 5 years the only...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: How do remove a loop?, cabinets
cabinets: Hi Leanne, A loop? Do you mean they are switched? If so, do they come on together? Are you going to put them back after the cabinets are installed or will they be discontinued completely? Are there any other lights that operate with these lights,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: removed 3way switch & installed switch/outlet, way switch, light fixtures
way switch, light fixtures, whit: There is only one circumstance where this is possible. The switch you are installing new must be 3 way also and this location must be the source of power for the circuit. This location will have 2 pairs of blk/whit wires and one set of blk/red/white, or...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: removing overhead light, wire nut, wirenuts
wire nut, wirenuts, upstairs bedroom: There should be 4 wires in the wall box for the switch. 2 will be connected to the switch, the other 2 will be connected together. Take the 2 wires off of the switch and remove the switch from the wall box. Twist a wire nut over each wire that was on...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: removing wire from junction box, light switch, black wire
light switch, black wire, junction box: Hi Linda, The one black wire is going to your light. You would attach it to the group of blacks. Your basically eliminating the switch leg cable. You probably know this but i should mention your light will be constantly hot. Meaning on...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: How to repair a 220v line to a stove, merry christmas and a happy new year, fuse box
merry christmas and a happy new year, fuse box, neutral line: Just what do you mean by dead? This is a neutral line which has no voltage measureable voltage on it. If you go from 1 of the others to this 1 you should get 120 volts, repeat with the other 1. If both are reading 120 volts the line is fine. I can t tell...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: repair nick in underground wire, underground wire, electrical tape
underground wire, electrical tape, shovel: Hi Steve. If you did not damage the wire, then you can repair it. Strip back the outer covering, which will leave the individual wires exposed. Clean, then apply 3 or 4 layers of electrical tape, then apply tape over all wires, again at least 3 layers....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: repair power cord for pond motor, power cord, safe way
power cord, safe way, roots: Mike, Depending on what it is, either an expensive pump or a replacable pump, the best way is to replace the cord from the pump head. There are some patch kits, industrial type, but they are as expensive as some entire pump assemblies. Let me know...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: repl alum wiring, plaster walls, aluminum wiring
plaster walls, aluminum wiring, residential wiring: Kent Usually when you have arcing it is from a loose connection.Usauly with alum wire once installed it will soften up from the heat and get loose. That is why I suggest to retighten each one you will be surprised how many are loose.The ones that are brittle...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: can i replace 120/250v outlet with 120/240v outlet, time delay fuses, circuit breakers
time delay fuses, circuit breakers, minor detail: Hi. Yes, if the breaker is 30 amps, the appliance calls for 30 amps you are OK. The old outlets are 3 prong, the new ones are 4. If you don t have a ground, then you will need to replace the cord on the new unit so that it has 3 prongs, unless you want...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replace canister lighting, construction defect law, time elizabeth
construction defect law, time elizabeth, unlicensed contractors: BE WARE. Handyman is an acrynim for an unlicensed, uncredited worker. If he is licensed, he knows how to patch holes and put things together correctly. Nevada is cracking down hard on the handyman They are typically unlicensed and doing shotty work and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replace duplex switch with single switch, switch combination, dead fan
switch combination, dead fan, wire nut: Vicki, More than likely we could put an outlet/switch combination in that single space, but it would have to be a GFI outlet and they take up more space in the box than a regular outlet and I don t think there would be enough room with all the wires we...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Can I replace a light fixture with an electric outlet?, silver screw, brass screw
silver screw, brass screw, back porch: Hi Eve, Yes you can do it yourself. There should be a black and a white wire attached to the light. The black wire goes onto the brass screw of the new outlet and the white goes onto the silver screw of the outlet. If there is a ground wire in the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replace old jennair cooktop with new unit, amp circuit breaker, jennair cooktop
amp circuit breaker, jennair cooktop, amp breaker: What I read is a 40 amp circuit breaker in the main panel feeding a subpanel rated at 70amps that feeds 8 circuits. Your old Jennair was using a 20amp 4 wire (220volt) and the new Jennair is 3 wire 220volt. If your double oven is still in the use..you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replace old jennair cooktop with new unit, jennair cooktop, amp breaker
jennair cooktop, amp breaker, double oven: Hi Ron, It looks as if you would need a new cable run from the main panel to the new cooktop as the new unit eats up all the 40 amps that are available at the sub panel. The only way this might work is run a new 8/3 cable to the new cooktop off of the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replace old switchs, cold water pipe, robert wilber
cold water pipe, robert wilber, grounding wire: Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * LIFE SAFETY WARNING! [disclaimer] Electricity is dangerous! You can be injured or killed! Improper installations can cause fire, injury and death!Should you be doing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replace outdoor ac disconnect 240 v, bare wire, different perspective
bare wire, different perspective, white stripe: Lets look at it from a different perspective. There are 4 poles. 2 are line into the box, 2 are to the load after the disconnect. Are all four, red, red/w, black, and white on terminals that are paired. If the top two are black and white, that would be...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replace pull-chain light fixture, walk in closets, light fixture
walk in closets, light fixture, wall switch: Hi. Run a wire to the switch. At the switch, connect both wires to the switch terminals. At the fixture, disconnect the black wire from the fixture. Connect one wire to the black power coming in, and connect the other wire to the fixture. Put a piece...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replace pull switch on ceiling fan, ceiling fan light, chain switches
ceiling fan light, chain switches, casablanca fan: Hi Nancy, Just getting back from our Holiday vacation.... a day later then planned....sorry for the delay. Based on your description....your ceiling fan light uses a multi-contact pull switch....having 4 contact positions ( pos 1 = light 1 on,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replace toggle switch w/timed switch, screw post, outdoor porch
screw post, outdoor porch, screw terminals: The existing switch was used as a junction for a circuit to pass through. It most likely was the wire stabbed into the rear. The only three wires in question are the three black wires that were originally connected to the switch. With all three wires separated,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replace a wall outlet, circuit breaker, microwave
circuit breaker, microwave, caps: Hi Steve, Reference the 2 black wires not used, where connected together with a cap, or just a cap on each one? If they were connected together, they are probably being used and are just passing thru and should be put back the way they were. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replace all wall plugs & switches?, circuit breakers, wall plugs
circuit breakers, wall plugs, parallel series: Hi Sue, I hesitate to 2nd guess another electrician, but I think the price is WAY too high. If you are not having major problems with circuit breakers tripping, there is no need to change the existing outlets. It sounds like a scam to me! I could...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replace wiring in vandalized house, lee mason, aluminum wiring
lee mason, aluminum wiring, flex hose: Hi. First you may want to see if insurance covers it. If you are going to have professionals replace it, check with several electricians and plumbers and find one who is interested. Some may quote a very high price rather than saying no. If you are...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replaced 100amp- 125amp main, jeff c, supply house
jeff c, supply house, weak point: Hi. You should never replace a breaker with a larger one. The breaker is meant to be the weak point in the system, and if it is overloaded or shorted, the breaker trips. However, the weakest point in the system now could be your wire, which could overheat...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replaced 3 ways switch in stairs, 3 way switches, wire application
3 way switches, wire application, cable wires: Hi Paul, Based on your switch operation results - it appears you either have crossed travellers...or incorrect common wire application...or both - either will cause your scenario. One of first things I tell everybody when changing out and installing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replaced a ceiling light fixture, ceiling light fixture, light switch
ceiling light fixture, light switch, short circuit: That red wire may confuse things. It may be the switch wire, it may be a continuing circuit. More research to find the reason for the red wire. It may also be an optional fan wire if you used a fan in the location. It is temporarily abandoned. You will...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replaced old fixture, wattage, power source
wattage, power source, recess: Hi. You may have put them in series with each other. One way to tell is to unscrew the bulb in one fixture and see if the other fixture goes out. If not, it may be that recess lights were not the best choice. You can t exceed the recommended wattage....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replaced outlets, no power, wire nuts, flip switch
wire nuts, flip switch, loose wire: Hi. The wires go from one device to the next. If you have a loose wire, etc., then nothing past that will work. Be sure that none of the bridges between the screws are missing. These things can be hard to track down. Somewhere in the circuit, there...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replaced a standard light with a dimmer, wattage, light switch
wattage, light switch, bulbs: Hi Todd, The dimmer has probably gone bad. This is a common thing. When you replace it, add up the total wattage of the bulbs that it controls, and make sure the dimmer rating is big enough. The standard dimmer should be able to handle 600 to 700 watts...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replaceing blower wirer and main hot wire etc, infro, ac coil
infro, ac coil, ac unit: On almost any manufacturers web site there will be a section to order a new wiring diagram. You will need the model and serial numbers for the correct one. If you can not get it here, contact a Rheem installing contractor, they should be able to assist. Thanks,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replaceing Fluorescent Bulb, flourescent bulb, light glow
flourescent bulb, light glow, google: Touching the ballast is no hazard as long as the switch is off. eplacing the ballast can be quite a chore, so mark each colored wire of the ballast so you know where the wire goes before removing it. You will need to find an exact match as there are several...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacement of light., continuity tester, fixture wire
continuity tester, fixture wire, light fixture: Hi. It isn t easy to figure it out. You can tell the power entering by disconnecting the wires, and then testing which has power. I assume that one is a switch loop. You can buy a continuity tester, and see which wire has continuity when the switch...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacement of old wire in walls, wall sconces, good shape
wall sconces, good shape, rewiring: I have very little experience with that age, but if there were not fasteners used, then the wire would be free to pull. You might even have conduit runs in the brick. The trick is to remove a box and see if there is any pull to the wire. The other problem...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacement of outlet for new GFCI, residential dwellings, brass screws
residential dwellings, brass screws, gfci outlet: Start with a new recepticle. On the side with the green screw, that tab stays in tact. On the other side..brass screws...the tab is removed. Tear it off. The white/black source wires go on their respective screws. wht/silver blk/brass. The switch wiring...white...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing 20 amp with 15 amp, amp breaker, minute job
amp breaker, minute job, resonable price: Hi Melissa, I am assuming the Insp. means the circuit breaker needs to be a 15 amp. Switching breakers is about a 5 minute job. Shut off the breaker, disconnect the wire attached to it, snap out the 20 amp breaker, snap in the 15 amp breaker, attach...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing a 3 function switch in a bathroom, switch legs, double shift
switch legs, double shift, fan light: Hi Troy, Stopped by my office for coffee break....saw your follow-up. I m familiar with the Broan P66 (white) ....it s one of the more common 3 rocker switches we install. There are several other manufacturers of 3 switch assemblies....but they all...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing the 3-prong plug on my shampooer, carpet shampooer, home improvement center
carpet shampooer, home improvement center, prong plug: Hi Barbara, You can purchase a new end at any home improvement center. The wires on the shampooer will have 3 colors..black white and green On the new end plug, put the black wire on the dark colored screw, the white wire on the silver colored...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing 50amp range w/ 2 ovens, amp circuits, convection oven
amp circuits, convection oven, accessible thanks: Hi. You would have to have 2 15 amp circuits, not one big one. You could use a sub panel. There are different interpretation about accessibility with panels. I would think that inside a cabinet is not considered combustible, but an inspector may have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing 60 amp fuse panel, amp fuse, fuse panel
amp fuse, fuse panel, amp service: Just the loads you mention, a 60 amp subpanel should be adequate. You could upgrade to a 100 amp feeder probably, but a lot depends on what loads your service was built for, and if this 60 amp fuse panel you mention, was part of the original calculation....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing baseboard heater wall thermostat, programmable thermostat, wall thermostat
programmable thermostat, wall thermostat, themostat: Hi. As far as what is available, a HVAC expert may be better equipt to answer. You should have a four wire themostat, because you have two hot wires. I Googled the items and did not find any thermostats that you wanted. Unless the HVAC experts have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing bathroom light fixture, bathroom light fixture, work cuz
bathroom light fixture, work cuz, loose wire: Hi Delynn, When you said electricity came out of the switch, I am assuming you mean it sparked. If so, the problem is probably in the switch. It sounds like one of the wires attached to the switch came loose. You ll have to pull the switch out of the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing a breaker, tankless water heater, copper run
tankless water heater, copper run, new water: This is part of the problem when people want to upgrade the house. Your new water heater is going to require you to run new wire for it. You need to put in a #6 copper run. Typically it will be a romex type run from the panel box to the water heater,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: I am replacing a ceiling fan..., ceiling fan light, replacing a ceiling fan
ceiling fan light, replacing a ceiling fan, light combination: Hi Marcus. I would try the red to white combo. Was the existing fan/light on a switch? If so, the black wire might be the one switched. If you need a switch for the new fixture, this black wire might be the one to use. Good luck. Rick Miel...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing ceiling fan with ceiling light, ceiling light fixture, wall switch
ceiling light fixture, wall switch, ceiling fan: Hi. You always have to turn off the breaker or fuse to work on the wires. The wires frequently go to the fixture first before they go to the switch. Are you installing the fixture to the same wires as the fan? You should. I hope this helps. Bo...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing ceiling fan with ceiling light, bob osgood, master electrician
bob osgood, master electrician, fan location: Hi Steve, Just getting back to my office from the jobsite...saw your question in my inbox... Based on your description....your former ceiling fan was wired with 12/3 with ground romex wire. This is typically done in the event the user wants seperate...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing a ceiling fan with a flush mount light, replacing a ceiling fan, copper wire
replacing a ceiling fan, copper wire, cieling: Hi. The whites would connect together, and the grounds together. The black from the fixture would go to either the red or the black and then cap the other one off. If the fixture has two sockets with separate wires, you could actually make it so that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing ceiling fan, cobra style, wall switches
cobra style, wall switches, light switches: Hi. One thing comes to mind. I bought a similar switch, and did not realize the wall unit needed a battery. It could also be defective. As long as the fan works without the receiver, and doesn t work with it, and you wired it up the way the instructions...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing a ceiling fixture, incandescent light bulbs, compact flourescent lamps
incandescent light bulbs, compact flourescent lamps, bob osgood: Hi Shirley, Not sure what your asking...do you mean - can you replace a 1 bulb fixture with a 2 bulb fixture..? If so - yes if you are using standard bulbs - such as 60 or 75 watt incandescent (screw-in style) bulbs. If you use the new CFL s (compact...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing ceiling fixture, ceiling fixture, painting the ceiling
ceiling fixture, painting the ceiling, ground wires: OK, Since that switch controls that ceiling box we are working with, those black and white wires have to go from that switch to that ceiling box. That is why we heated up each black wire in the ceiling box and attempted to find which one it was in the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing ceiling fixture, professional electrician, ceiling fixture
professional electrician, ceiling fixture, kitchen ceiling: Hi Joe, Based on your description...it s not really clear what s going on here...you stated the ceiling wires came apart...were the 2 whites always tied together - and the two blacks being the wires the old kitchen fixture connected to..? Or - is this...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing ceiling light fixture insulation, ceiling light fixture, light bulbs
ceiling light fixture, light bulbs, kitchen ceiling: Hi Krista, Unless the fixture is very expensive or has sentimental value, I would advise replacing it with a new one. There may be wire damage that you can t see and this could cause future problems. If you want to keep it, recovering the old wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing ceiling light fixtures, ceiling light fixtures, first energy
ceiling light fixtures, first energy, ceiling lights: Hi. If you can see any of the exposed wire jacket, it would say NM-B rather than just NM. If the room was finished after 1990, it is probably the right thing. It may be hard to tell from the black and white conductors. The reason for this is because...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing a ceiling light, wire nuts, ceiling lights
wire nuts, ceiling lights, energy crisis: Hi. There really isn t any answer that anyone can give you other than rewiring your whole house. During the energy crisis of the 1970 s, people were insulating more and that trapped the heat in the light fixtures, and they were overheating. The code...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing a chandlier with 3 way circuit, new chandelier, light switches
new chandelier, light switches, chandlier: Hi. Unfotunately, there is no standard way to use colors to tell what went to what in a 3 way switch. However, I think it is a pretty safe bet to assume that the two white wires are where the chandalier connects to. The wire that comes from the switch...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing combination switch, bare wire, bathroom fan
bare wire, bathroom fan, proper position: I think we can get it going, but I don t have a real clear picture of your situation. The combo switch and outlet: this is a single over and under unit that takes up 1 space in the gang box, and switch controls the fan..correct? There is another switch...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing D. Room Chandelier, neutral wire, light switch
neutral wire, light switch, chandelier: Hi. You should turn the breaker off. Even if the switch was wired correctly, when you disconnect the white neutral wire, you could get a shock from feedback from other things on the circuit. It could also damage the dimmer if you have one. I hope this...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing d.r. hanging light fixture., hanging light fixtures, wood lathe
hanging light fixtures, wood lathe, work boxes: Good Morning David, Based on your description...this 80+ yr. old home still has the original wiring at this ceiling box...what appears to be cloth wrapped knob and tube (K-n-T) wiring which did not have a ground. I also note you didn t mention a box...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing a double light switch, double light switch, don beck
double light switch, don beck, voltage tester: Hi JAck, Unless you have some type of voltage tester, it will have to be trial and error. From the setup you describe, the Best Guess is all the white wires get wire nutted together. The remaining black wires should be.. 1 hot coming in 1...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing electric heat thermostat, speedy reply, 220 volt
speedy reply, 220 volt, radiant ceiling: Hi Sue, Then the heat is all 220 volt. So, you can select any thermostat that says it s: 220 Volt, double pole, and rated for at least 22 amps. All this information should be on the box that the thermostat comes in. Most home centers will have a wide...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing a faceplate with a timer, face plates, dumb question
face plates, dumb question, knobs: Hi Tonya, If you are speaking of the knobs that are on some type of shaft that sticks out thru the plate, most all are held in place by just friction and should be able to be pried off. Some guys, however, glue them on..why I ll never understand. If...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing fixtures, fixture wire, junction boxes
fixture wire, junction boxes, light fixtures: Hi. When working in any junction box, I recommend that people do not disturb any wires they don t need to disturb, and replace the device exacly the way the old one is. If the electrician did things the normal way, then the black fixture wire goes to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing a four wire ceiling fan with a two wire light, educated guess, bare wire
educated guess, bare wire, live wire: Hi Gary, Without testing the wires I can only make an educated guess. I would cap the black off. If you feel the sides of the zip cord on the fixture one side will have several ridges on the side of it, hook the white wire to that one, the red wire to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing hallway light fixtures, fire detection system, hallway light
fire detection system, hallway light, scary noise: There shouldnt be a Yellow wire. Yellow is indicative of a smoke/fire detection system. I would suggest you tackle a different light and see if it reveals the same situation. If it does...call the electrician. If it seems more normal, black and white wires....you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing hard wired range to outlet style, clock timer, brass screws
clock timer, brass screws, neutral wire: If the new range were 3 wire...then the blk and blk go the the brass screws on the receptacle and the bare copper goes on the green screw. If the new range is 4 wires...blk, blk, white, and bare..you may not be able to use it. If there is a clock timer...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing knob and tube, gfci outlets, rules of thumb
gfci outlets, rules of thumb, romex: Hi James, If you aren t going to be occupying the house while this is going on, I d suggest taking out as much of the old wiring as you can and start from scratch, wiring 1 room at a time. The way things are today, using all 20 amp circuits and 12...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing light fixture, electrician check, fluorescent light fixture
electrician check, fluorescent light fixture, wiring diagrams: Hi Dave. Could it be possible that the additional wire coming into the fluorescent fixture is coming from a switch, instead of from the sink light? You may have to verify what the wires are before getting it hooked up correctly. If you can t figure...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing light fixture, hot wire, two blacks
hot wire, two blacks, light fixture: Hi. Whenever you replace a light fixture, always wire it the same as the old. There are 3 wires coming from the 3 way switch, and they are all hot, so one white wire ends up becoming hot. If you forgot which white wire was the hot wire, put a tester...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing light fixture, light fixture, vickie
light fixture, vickie, vanity: Hi Vickie. I am presuming that the new four light fitting is a combined unit as if this is the case then you should be able to connect it to the existing wiring without any problems. Hope this helps you out,if you need any further help i will be more than...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing a light fixture-flo to halogen, halogen track, fixture wire
halogen track, fixture wire, wire hook: Stace The green & white wire is still a ground wire hook thaty up to the ground. Is there a switch for this light if there is one that what the red wire is used for. If you hook the black wire to the black the light will stay on all of the time. Thank...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing a light fixture in an old house, circulation fan, air circulation
circulation fan, air circulation, remodeling a bathroom: Ryan First see what else is on this circuit so you know if you can add more of a load the light wont be bad it is the outlet as sometime s a hairdryer may be plugged in and that takes a lot of power.Find the incoming wire to that room to see home many wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing light fixture in older home, copper wire, bare wire
copper wire, bare wire, light fixture: Hi Lisa, Tape up the bare wire, as you won t be using it. Connect the 2 remaining wires of the new fixture to the existing wires in the ceiling, 1 on each wire. If you are up to it, a ceiling box should be added to house the existing wires and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing light fixture, outdoor light fixture, check voltage
outdoor light fixture, check voltage, inch strip: Just because your tester lights up may indicate that there is voltage there, however it may not be enough voltage. I would cut the ends off the wire about an inch, strip them and test them with a meter. Cheap 1 about $10.00 at Lowe s, Menards, Home Depot,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing light switch, recepticle, light switches
recepticle, light switches, dimmer switch: It sounds like you have a switched recepticle in the equation. It makes the connections more difficult to diagnos. You will need to pull that recepticle out and determine which wires go to the switch. Then you will know which wires can be put back on, and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing light switch, pull switch, poor connections
pull switch, poor connections, mrs wilson: Afternoon Mr / Mrs Wilson, From your question i assume you want to replace a wall switch. Your old one is dangerous? i wonder what you mean by that. Do you get shocked when you turn it on / off? You mention pull switch....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing main breaker, switch type, electrical supply
switch type, electrical supply, electrical contractors: Hi Robert, That could be a big problem to locate. Even if you find one, it will probably be used and you may be getting something that isn t much better than what you have. You could try some local electrical Contractors as they may have something that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing meter,mast and weatherhead, meter mast, mast head
meter mast, mast head, overhead clearance: Typically you need 36 above the roof. You want a minimum of 10 of overhead clearance at the house. It may need to go up from there to the power pole. You need 2 rigid conduit from the meter to mast head. You may need a mast brace kit, if you exceed...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: I am replacing an old electric..., wire jumper, metal bond
wire jumper, metal bond, heating elements: Hi Spencer, Just stopped back by the office...saw your question come in.. The Code change was made to be enforced in NEW contruction..(and in fact is now required in all new construction)..but the change from 3 wire to 4 wire can be done at ANY time...even...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing old electrical toggle, garbage disposal, hi bob
garbage disposal, hi bob, polarity: Hi Audra, Was fixing to retire for the evening...saw your e-mail come in. You ve lost me a little with the description of your disposal switch...are you describing the old round surface mount toggle switches..(popular in pre-1960 homes with 2 wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing old oven/stove combo with 2 separate units, amp breaker, new appliances
amp breaker, new appliances, wall oven: Hi again. When I gave you the link, it was to show you the answers to a simiar problem that electricians were talking about. I didn t mean that you shoud ask. I am sorry I did not make that clear. Bob Hi Whenever I am not sure of the answer,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing an old spring thermostat with a new digital, honeywell model, programmable thermostat
honeywell model, programmable thermostat, heating elements: Mira Terminated means they are on the screws or on some sort of connection to the heat unit.If there is a terminal strip or bundle of wires at the furnace where the thermostat wires connect, how are they all labeled? You only have 3 wires you will need 4...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing old thermostat, honeywell model, 220 volt
honeywell model, 220 volt, thermostat: Hi. A 220 volt thermostat is nothing more than a double pole single throw switch. Do you have the instructions? It should tell you where the wires go to. The two hot wires will be the line. The other wires will be the load. It may be marked on the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing an old wall oven and cook top with a 1 piece combo, amp breaker, prong plug
amp breaker, prong plug, amp capacity: Not knowing exactly all that is involved I cannot really comment on the estimate. I do not have the literature for the oven so I cannot comment on the amperage required. If it says 40 amps then I have to belief it from where I am sitting. You are correct,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing old wiring mounded up in junction boxes, junction boxes, wire nuts
junction boxes, wire nuts, hot lines: Hi Chris, If I understand your question correctly, you want to reconnect the wires, but use 2 junction boxes so they aren t as cramped. All you need to do is find the main hot feeder, and connect the new black and white feed for the 2nd junction box...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing an outlet, robert wilber, national electrical code
robert wilber, national electrical code, neutral conductor: 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: replacing outlets, loose connection, prong
loose connection, prong, receptacles: Hello Brian. It has to be a loose connection. You may have to pull out each device and see where the loose connection is. Start at the one closest to the panel. As a matter of information, it is not legal by code to replace a two prong with a three unless...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing outlets, outlet boxes, knob and tube
outlet boxes, knob and tube, copper wire: Hi Anita, Typically....if a building has only 2 prong receptacle outlets....with no ground prong...then it was wired decades ago before the ground wire became mandatory. Generally this also means that the power wires to the receptacle outlet boxes were...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing pool time clock, amp circuit breaker, gfci receptacle
amp circuit breaker, gfci receptacle, amp light: If you install a 2-pole, 20 amp breaker as a main breaker in this new panel, you should be allright using the 125a load center. Don t use the main lugs, as they will be too large to accept #12 wires. You should be allright using the smaller sized neutral....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing power cord on dryer, maytag neptune, maytag dryer
maytag neptune, maytag dryer, distinct connection: Good Morning Ken, Based on your description...you are upgrading this Maytag dryer to the now Code required (as of Jan 2005 on all new installations) 4 wire cord and plug. The main difference between the former 3 wire cord and the 4 wire is the seperation...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing range, three connector 220, electrical questions, thanks for your help
electrical questions, thanks for your help: Hi Jim, Thanks for following-up....and for the kind words and rating....glad I could be of help and that everything worked out. Please feel free to drop me a line in the future if you have any additional electrical questions...and I ll do what I...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing receptacles in mobile home, three walls, light switch
three walls, light switch, receptacles: The trouble with Mobile homes...they are not wired as a normal dwelling. I really would have a search going to find the manner in which your situation works. It may be just a matter of tracing which wire goes where and then attach the correct wire to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing recessed lighting, light canopy, don beck
light canopy, don beck, ceiling joist: Hi, If you can get above the recess light, you should be able to see how it is secured and be able to remove it. If you can t get above the recess light, you may want to consider leaving the recess can in place and use it to support the new hanging light,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing rotary switch on a 1940s table lamp, lamp wires, rotary switch
lamp wires, rotary switch, circuit breaker: One of the wires from the cord will go to the switch. One will go to the lights. The there should be another one from the switch to the lights. Of the two connecting to the lights one is the neutral and one is considered the switch leg. They should not tie...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing switch/receptacle, switch unit, swithes
switch unit, swithes, overhead light: Hi. An electrician may have them. They usually don t like for people to buy their own things. However, if you do, any electrical supply house would have it. That is where electricians buy their supplies. You can check online or in the yellow pages...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing switch w/ switch outlet combo, switch legs, switch one
switch legs, switch one, power outlets: Ron Correct me if I am wrong,what you are saying is that you have only 2 wires in the switch box a white and a black? If this is the case you can not install a combo sw/outlet as those wires are only the switch legs. You would have to install a outlet in...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing a three way switch with an outlet, terminal screws, brass screw
terminal screws, brass screw, wire nut: Hello Pat. The first thing to determine is which two wires to connect together for the second switch to operate correctly. The red wire on the switch is the common hot wire. Pull the switch out and connect the red wire to one of the black wires and see if...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing wall switches, wire a 3 way switch, rotary switches
wire a 3 way switch, rotary switches, wall switches: Hi. Be sure when you remove any old switches and dimmers, that you remember how it was wired. Only disconnect wires that go to the switches. A single pole switch or dimmer has 2 wires or screws and it does not matter which one goes where. If there...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacment of lights, earth witch, fixture wire
earth witch, fixture wire, incoming power: Ah, you have made the dreaded breaker tester, but fear not fixing this is easy. Turn off the breaker and remove and wirenut seperately 1 set of black and white wires. Leave the other black and white connected to the light. Turn the breaker back on and see...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: reply w/ more info on pwrw/ 2pole wiring, wire cable, sheathing
wire cable, sheathing, switch box: Your explanation is a bit confusing. I take it, you have a 2 wire cable that is the power IN, a 2 wire cable that is the power OUT to a receptacle, and a 2 wire cable that is power OUT to a light. All 3 cables are in a box, with one single pole switch, for...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rerouting wires, building a closet, gauge wire
building a closet, gauge wire, 12 gauge: Hi. Any connections have to be made in a junction box, and the junction box can not be buried behind sheetrock. About the only thing you can do is to cut the wires (with the power off of course) and put two junction boxes on either end of the area, and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: res. wiring 120/240 lights flickering when appliance dishwasher 120, dryer 240 , stove 240, are on., crackling, washing machine
crackling, washing machine, dishwasher: Rich: Many thing can cause this. You need the help of a friend. You stand by the panel when its quiet, have the other person turn off and on the appliances one at a time leave on until they are all on. Listen close to the panel any buzzing or crackling. A...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: resdential wiring - power outage, hallway lights, happy holidays
hallway lights, happy holidays, vaccuum: You need to check this circuit from the breaker through each junction box. My guess would be you lost a neutral for some reason. So you will need to check voltage both hot to neutral and hot to ground. Also, I would check to see if the bathroom GFCI is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: how to reset floodlight with motion sensor, manual mode, motion lights
manual mode, motion lights, instruction booklet: HI Cathy, I believe these lights have a manual mode. But different motion lights have different ways of triggering manual mode. Try turning the power off at the breaker for bout an hour. Then turn the power back on with the switch up. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: reset on outlet keeps popping, receptacle, reset button
receptacle, reset button, hair dryer: If the receptacle is tripping with the microwave plugged in, there is something in the microwave or the receptacle is faulty. Try unplugging the microwave and plug in a hair dryer or some other device and see if it trips. This will either eliminate the receptacle...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: How to reset the outlet power connection?, proper test equipment, don beck
proper test equipment, don beck, reset button: Vijay, Press the test button first, then the reset. If the outlet resets, the tab should be flush with the front of the outlet, and there should be power. If there isn t any power after the reset, check the breaker panel. If you aren t sure which breaker...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: How to reset the outlet power connection?, gfi receptacle, test button
gfi receptacle, test button, reset button: Vijay, Try pushing in the button that says reset and you SHOULD get your receptacles working again. Now if that does not work try pushing the test button and see if the reset button pops out. If nothing happens you might have a bad GFI receptacle or it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: reset outlets buzzing, microwave circuit, blow dryer
microwave circuit, blow dryer, buzzes: You are correct on both counts. There is an air intake on the hair dryer, be sure it is not clogged with lint, you can take a needle and scrape the lint out of the vent areas. If it still operates slowly, the motor is burning out and I would stop using it....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Cannot reset a tripped breaker, adam lee, circuit breaker
adam lee, circuit breaker, what the heck: Adam, If the cover over the breakers is installed properly, it should not interfere with the breaker toggle movement. Put a little force behind it when trying to shut it off. You should hear or feel it lock into the off position. If this doesn t...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: resetting dusk to dawn security light, dusk to dawn light, dusk to dawn
dusk to dawn light, dusk to dawn, security light: It sounds like you have the typical 3-way lighting set-up, where two switches control one fixture, but the dusk-to-dawn light also typically has a photocell that turns the light on at sunset, and off at sunrise...no switches needed. Both switches would...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: residential 100amp fused panel, hot water heater, amp fuse
hot water heater, amp fuse, fuse boxes: Hi Waverly. Most 100 amp fuse boxes have places to take a large load from the buss, either from the main fuseblock directly, or by using a 60 amp fuseblock. If you can do this, then yes you can take it to a breaker panel which will then feed the well and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: residential addition wiring, new porch, porch light
new porch, porch light, light cable: You said a former porch light (now interior) provides power to the former switch location, and then you indicated that that incoming power was 2 wire. Are you sure you have power on those two wires, and they were not just the feed and return for the light?...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: residential dimmer switches, home repair business, added resistance
home repair business, added resistance, switch legs: My only thought here is that your circuit is at, or approaching maximum capacity (500 watts on a 600 watt dimmer) with just the lamp alone, and does not take into account the added resistance in the circuit if the dimmer is turned down low. I d change the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: residential electric wiring, electrical devices, power outlets
electrical devices, power outlets, loose connection: If you do not feel comfortable working with electrical devices, do not follow these instructions. Take the screws out of the devices and pull them out of the wall by 1 or 2 . Use a testor, (available in most stores) and find the last connection that the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: residential electrical problem, amp circuit breaker, middle georgia area
amp circuit breaker, middle georgia area, clothes irons: Hi Tony, Actually, most clothes irons draw somewhere between 10 and 12 amps. So it may be small in size, but it is not small when it comes to amp draw. If the electrician wired up your bedroom on a 15 amp circuit and your iron draws 10-12 amps, that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: residential electrical problem, middle georgia area, toilet area
middle georgia area, toilet area, electrical problem: Hi Tony, This sounds like a wire that is connected to an outlet is not as tight as it should be. Shut the breaker off for this outlet and make note of all the other outlets that are now off. Each one should opened and the connections to the outlet tightened...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: residential electrical problem, qualified electrician, dead leg
qualified electrician, dead leg, main switch: Russell, you have three wires feeding your house. Two of them are normally hot. One of these is evidently dead. When you turn on a 240volt appliance, the dead leg is backfed through the appliance. The most probable cause is the main switch. If you have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: residential electrical short, loose wire, couple minutes
loose wire, couple minutes, washer and dryer: Hi. I don t think it is a short, because if it were, the breaker would trip. It is probably either an overload or a loose wire. Vacuums and hair dryers use a lot of electricity. The washer is supposed to be on its own circuit. If it isn t, you can t...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: residential electrical wiring methods, branch circuits, wooden strips
branch circuits, wooden strips, attic space: Hi George. If the cables are seperated any, such as 1/4 to 1/2 between the cables, and no place along the run are they bundled together for more the 24 , you will be alright. If they are tied togeher for more than 24 , without any seperation, then you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: residential electrical, third world country, cebu philippines
third world country, cebu philippines, noticable: Frist, shut off your Main breaker and then go check your meter to see if it is still recording voltage. If it is then oviously they have tapped into the wrong wires. From what you said, I think you are correct. If so, run new wires from the meter to your...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: residential grounds, residential dwellings, water present
residential dwellings, water present, critical areas: Hi Rob, Not being in Calif. I wouldn t be able to pin down when the grounded outlets became mandatory. Grounded systems were introduced and became the norm, in most areas, in the early to late 60 s. It would be very difficult to ground a complete home...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: residential light fixture wiring, kitchen light, dear don
kitchen light, dear don, ohm meter: Hi Chris, Everything is hooked up properly. The only thing left to try is replacing the switch, it may be defective. You ll know as soon as you take one of the wires off the switch, the lite should go out. If this happens, the switch is bad and needs to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: residential light fixture wiring, incoming power, kitchen light
incoming power, kitchen light, overhead light: Ok the incoming power black white and bare attach to the black white and bare of the receptacle. Attach the white wire going to the switch to the black wire of the incoming power. Attach the black wire from the switch to the black wire of the light. Attach...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: residential light switch, light switch, dangerous situation
light switch, dangerous situation, ballast: What type of light bulb are you using? If it is incandescent, you may need to replace the switch. If it is florescent, then it may be the ballast, starter (if applicable), or the bulbs. If it is florescent and that old, it should be time to replace...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: residential light switch, wire nut, dimmer switch
wire nut, dimmer switch, light switch: ROSE To me it sounds like the dimmer switch may be bad to verify this you will have to remove the switch after you turn off the power to that circuit, then take the 2 wires that are going to the dimmer and wire nut them together. Go back and turn on the power...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: residential service panelboard location, amp circuit breaker, amp fuse
amp circuit breaker, amp fuse, fuse box: Hi Joe. You asked: Would placing the new panel in the current fuse box location be a code violation? It is a violation to place a breaker box in a closet. You asked: Is this considered a damp location? A finished basement is not a damp location....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: residential service vs transformer, amp service, renos
amp service, renos, hi mike: Hi Mike, Your 125 amp service may big enough for the addition, depending on how many new heavy duty devices you are planning on installing lie, Central air, elect heat, dryer, stove, water heater etc. Once you determine if you have to go to a larger...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: residential sub-panels, grounding wire, code states
grounding wire, code states, hot wire: Hi Bob. The elecrical code states that the grounding wire and the grounded wire (neutral) is to be connected only at the main panel. All other locations are required to be seperated, whether it is an outlet, a switch or a panel. You are required to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: residential subpanel feeder sizing, ufer ground, electrode system
ufer ground, electrode system, authority having jurisdiction: Doesn t matter what the insulation rating is The TERMINATIONS at the breaker are only 60 degree [most aren t 75 degreee either], so EVERYTHING has to be based on the 60 degree temperature rating [lowest rated component]. Multiple ground rods is good, if...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: residential wiring, amp circuits, amp circuit
amp circuits, amp circuit, hair dryers: You are both correct, unfortunately for you there will be little that can be done now. I am certain the circuit you are using is a 15 amp circuit. An iron or a simple hair dryer will pull over 10 amps. By use of #14 wire, which is totally within code, this...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: residential wiring/remodeling, amp circuits, garbage compactor
amp circuits, garbage compactor, branch circuits: Alan, Section 210.5(B) requires two or MORE 20 ampere circuits for all receptacle outlets for the small appliance loads, including refrigeration equipment, in the kitchen, dinning room, pantry, and breakfast room of a dweling unit.The counter top receptacle...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: residual voltage, residual voltage, general lighting
residual voltage, general lighting, long distances: Being that you have a 3 way switch, two of the wires are known as travelers and the other is either the hot or the switch leg. The voltage you are measuring is commonly known as induced voltage. This occurs in A/C voltage circuits which travel long distances...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: who's responsible?, drip loop, overhead wire
drip loop, overhead wire, service entrance: Hi Jason. You need to get the correct names of the equipment, then contact the power company (or the electrician) again. The overhead wire that comes to your house is called the service drop. It will attach to an insulator (sometimes called a house...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: retreiving a lost door bell wire inside the exterior wall, bell wire, fishing expedition
bell wire, fishing expedition, previous question: Richard, A small wire with a small hook on the end may be your only hope. You may be able to stick the wire into the hole and snag the wire. You do risk, however, forcing the wire even farther down in the hole. The only other possibility is to open...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: reverse polarity, reverse polarity, silver screw
reverse polarity, silver screw, brass screw: Reversed polarity is simply having the black and white wires on the wrong terminals. Black goes on the right, as you re facing the receptacle (brass screw), white goes on the left (silver screw). Turn off your breaker and you can reverse the wires yourself...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Can reversed electrical outlet hurt a TV?, cable boxes, electrical outlet
cable boxes, electrical outlet, first tv: Hi Kevin, I have never run across this before, but if you have tried everything else, correcting the polarity on the outlets is a good shot to try. It may not be the outlet that the TV is plugged into that is causing the problem but something upstream...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: reversed polarity, reversed polarity, brass screw
reversed polarity, brass screw, screw out: Allen, It is possible. Most of these things occur upstream and should be checked first. Then, if nothing is resolved, we check downstream. If it is downstream and feeding back against the flow, then all the outlets upstream should give the bad reading...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: reversed wiring problem, champion juicer, prong plug
champion juicer, prong plug, hp motor: Sorry, I don t have a clue what the battery size thingie is, capacitor, coil, gremlin motel ... ...however, this is an alternating current motor and it shouldn t make a difference [mechanically] that you wired the hot and neutral backwards [really, really]...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: reversing direction of electric motor, marathon electric, voltage connections
marathon electric, voltage connections, ball bearings: control, The connection that says control means that this motor belonged on something that took voltage from a jumper on the motor connection block for control of something unknown, like a gas valve, pressure switch, hard to tell. My shop e-mail is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: reversing white and black wires, surge supressor, window air conditioner
surge supressor, window air conditioner, digital thermostat: Hi. First of all, is the air conditioner 220 volts? If it is, both wires are hot and you have no neutral (white). I don t think it matters too much on an air conditoner if you mix up the hot and neutral. That is getting more into the area of appliance...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewire ac outlet, volt unit, volt outlets
volt unit, volt outlets, don walter: Walter, I would run a 12/2 with ground for the new wire and attach it to a 20 amp, double pole breaker. This is a little more than you will need, but it will be big enough should you want to go a larger A/C sometime in the future. You may as well only...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewire ceiling fan/light back to just light, ceiling fan light, wall switches
ceiling fan light, wall switches, many different ways: Hello Gary, You got 2 cables in your light box, One is the feed and the other is the switch leg (going to the switch). You want to connect the blacks together in a wire nut. And seperate the whites putting each one to a wire on your...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewire electrical outlet to include on off switch, brass screws, jumper wire
brass screws, jumper wire, electrical outlet: Hi Joseph, According to the National Electric Code, the lights and the outlets can t be on the same circuit in a kitchen. However, the people who write the code don t have to spend a lot of money like we do when changing something. So, keeping in mind...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: To rewire or not rewire?, fuse box, 2d floor
fuse box, 2d floor, slab foundation: Yes it requires rewiring, and no a good electrician should not need to remove any drywall, other that what is needed to install the new receptacle box, which is the size of the box. The only place this is not true, is on a slab foundation with a 2d floor,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: To rewire or not to rewire, lighting circuits, copper pipe
lighting circuits, copper pipe, armored cable: Hi B.N. Since I m not spending the money, I would re wire from scratch. The 1st thing is, the main panel and wires coming into should be changed to 200 amp. This is the 1 big expense, but the most needed. Then it a a matter of re wiring 1 room at a time....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewiring, knob and tube, recepts
knob and tube, recepts, incoming power: Find the incoming power to the bedrooms. Run a new wire from there to both locations. DO NOT attach to the knob and tube you will create a fire hazard. Run new wire from the panel. If you attach to knob and tube your fire insurance will NOT cover a loss....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewiring, drywall repair, sole plate
drywall repair, sole plate, rewire: Unless you are experiencing problems, there is no reason to rewire a house once it s been done. 40, or 400 years old. Any changes or revisions to your existing wiring when selling your home, would only have to be done to what is VISIBLE, not what is within...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewiring 220v plug for 110v, amp breaker, spare slot
amp breaker, spare slot, 110v outlet: Hi Charles, Based on your description...you may be further ahead just pulling a new run of 12/2 w/gr. wire to the cooktop receptacle outlet location...either way you ll need to make changes at both ends of the run. Typically....10/3 with ground is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewiring 240V circuits- residential, condenser unit, arc fault
condenser unit, arc fault, bedroom lighting: Larry: Air HAndler: You can use 8/2, or just cap off the neutral in the disconnect. Condenser: 10/2 will be fine. Range: Fine sounds good. Dryer: A.O.K. Ark Fault: For each breaker run a seperate, dedicated neutral circuit 14/2 is fine for 15amp breaker,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewiring, loose wires, electrical inspection
loose wires, electrical inspection, electrical inspector: Hi Carl. Usually an electrical inspection will cover visable problems, such as loose wires, broken insulation and the such. Tracing each cable is not part of the inspection. Call your local inspection department to see just what they will inspect. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewiring, electrical inspector, rule of thumb
electrical inspector, rule of thumb, electrical wire: Hi Bryan, Doing this yourself would save a lot of money, but it is quite an undertaking unless you are willing to open up the walls and the ceilings to get access to the old wire. There is no simple rule of thumb. It s a matter of pulling out all the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewiring, gas water heater, electric water heater
gas water heater, electric water heater, electric furnace: well first a gas water heater/ gas furnace is completely different than an electric water heater or electric furnace. so replacing them would be costly to begin with. you cant just convert one to another, you have to buy a new one. and then you have to run...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewiring a bathroom, strip lighting, romex
strip lighting, romex, strip light: You did fine, this is standard wiring practice. From the first switch, a run of romex to the light, black/white/ground and connect the lights black/white/ground. In the same practice another run of romex from that light to the fan and same connections....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewiring a bathroom, strip lighting, strip light
strip lighting, strip light, medicine cabinet: Hi Mike, I think I got the drift of what your goal is....2 switches ..1 for an exhaust fan and a lite...the other for a different lite. Switch box: Black feed wire goes 1 screw of each switch. black to fan onto other screw of switch 1 black...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewiring two-bulb sconce, gauge wires, lamp holder
gauge wires, lamp holder, tight fit: Ron: The 18 gage size is ok, just be sure the insulation is rated for the 120volts not like speaker wire. Each lamp holder will need 2 wires for them to the center. then you need the white and black from the wall. Your going to wire them in parall, that is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewiring circuits that are doubled up, qualified electrician, electrical circuits
qualified electrician, electrical circuits, kitchen appliances: Hi Marcy, Unless you have a good working knowledge of electricity, electrical circuits and the National Electric Code, this i something I suggest you don t attempt yourself. It s going to take a complete rewiring of the home and this should only be...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewiring floor lamp, rotary switch, exact notes
rotary switch, exact notes, hot wire: Hi Bill, Without some type of wiring diagram that fits this lamp, it s a matter of trial and error. In most lamps, the black wire of the rotary switch gets connected to the hot wire of the plug. After that it s just a matter of trying different...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewiring fuse box, fuse box, 220v receptacle
fuse box, 220v receptacle, guage: Hi. People get so concerned about voltage, they forget about amperage. Be sure that the wire is thick enough to handle the amperage of the new air conditioner. Fourteen guage for 15 amps and 12 guage for 20 amps. Yes, to change the voltage, just get...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewiring a house, bedroom ranch, baths
bedroom ranch, baths: Hi. I really don t see the need to rewire a house that is only 20 years old. It is rare that a whole house would be rewired. Once the demand outstrips the capacity of the main panel, then it may need to be replaced. When a section of the house is remodeled,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewiring junction box, neutral wire, volts
neutral wire, volts, doorway: Hi. If you cut a white wire, then you get feedback from it. You will probably find something in your house not working. The voltage you are getting is from a black wire going to a device, but not having a neutral wire to return back to the panel. I...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewiring kitchen to add ceiling fan, drywall ceiling, light switches
drywall ceiling, light switches, lightswitch: We should be able to feed the new device off the wires that are already in the wall box, so we don t need to run anything back to the breaker panel. If you get a wire from the new device in the ceiling down into the existing switch box, we can fire it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewiring light ballast, light ballast, watt light
light ballast, watt light, couple hundred: Only if the ballast is a multitap, 120, 208, 277, 480 volt ballast. If not it will have to have a new 120 volt ballast installed. A lot of the newer fixtures are multitap, the easist way is to open the ballast area and see what the wires in there are marked....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewiring an old home, home improvement books, enforcement inspector
home improvement books, enforcement inspector, proper guidance: Hi James, Not knowing where you live I can t say whether you need conduit or if Romex is allowed. I would talk to your local code enforcement inspector to get the requirements for your local area. It is really not all that difficult to do in most cases, and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewiring old house, hollow walls, metal conduit
hollow walls, metal conduit, cables: Hi Arthur, I could be a great help to you in this undertaking as I have done exactly this type of thin hundreds of time and have learned a few tricks along the way. This may require a few e mails back and forth so if you contact me at : WWW.helpelectrician.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewiring an old house, amp breaker, don beck
amp breaker, don beck, interior wiring: Hi Eael, If you have the minimum amount of electrical appliances, a 100 amp main service should do fine. This requires # 3 wires for the main feed from the power company to your panel. If you intend to have a lot of major appliances, I would go with a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewiring outlets, aluminum wiring, afci breakers
aluminum wiring, afci breakers, lowe s: Hi. Yes, there are special outlets and switches for aluminum wiring. There aren t many choices, but I think every Home Depot and Lowe s sells the basics. They are labeled Co/Alr, and should say for aluminum wiring. Be sure you follow the directions...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewiring/plugs., volt input, volt system
volt input, volt system, hz cycle: Hi John (JC), You may be able to use your Aussie lamps in Canada....with a few modifications. Here in the USA (and most of Canada) we use a 120 volt 60 Hz system...(Australia has a 230 volt 50 Hz) having 120 volts from the hot wire (typically black)...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewiring sconces for direct connection, wall scones, sconces
wall scones, sconces, electrician: It sounds as if you have to do this yourself after the house is complete. It s a matter or running a 14/2 wire from the closet light, and down the wall where you want the sconces. You install a wall box in the wall at the correct locations and then connect...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewiring second floor, window ac units, duplex receptacles
window ac units, duplex receptacles, hi tim: Hi Tim, The only issue with your approach is that any one who may be working in that box (in the future) would need to know that there are two completely seperate circuits available in that box...and that one breaker does not control all the power to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewiring switch/outlet, present box, proper connections
present box, proper connections, ratz: A look around the attic above that room may reveal that it is possible. It s a matter of tracing the wire that exists from the light down to the switch and trying to run another wire along side of it. You probably can see where the wire goes down the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewiring switches for swim. Pool pumps, toggle switches, pool pumps
toggle switches, pool pumps, pool sweep: HI Jerry, You replaced these timers just because they were worn out. Not broken. Correct? I mean did the sweeper work before you replaced the switches? And are you asking how to tell a 110 motor from a 220V just by looking at the cord? ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: How would I go about rewiring..., receptacle, heather
receptacle, heather, colors: If the receptacle is now on a switch, there are not enough wires to allow one side to stay on. Remove the switch cover, or the receptacle cover and let me know what wires and the colors are there and what they connect to, and I can tell you if this can be...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rhahn@hahnsecurities.com, electrical service, power source
electrical service, power source, feeder: I would go from the nearest power source...your panel and head for the property line and run UF cable to your site. Depending on the size of service you need, you might be able to run 10/3 UF (underground feeder) to a point where you can put a piece of conduit...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rheostat problem, installing a light fixture, fan light
installing a light fixture, fan light, bypasses: Hi. Check your wiring. The black power in connects to one wire of the dimmer, the black wire to the light goes to the other. The white bypasses it. If it is wired correctly, then the dimmer is probably defective, which is not unusual. They are temperamental....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: romex 6-3 NMB, gfci breaker, pvc conduit
gfci breaker, pvc conduit, foot roll: There really isn t anything that specifies the conduit fill for NBM romex. I would spend a little extra money to go up to 1 1/4 or even 1 1/2 PVC for ease of getting the wire in the raceway. If you decide to stick with 1 PVC you might want to try using...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ?from romex into conduit to service panel, romex wire, 12 gauge
romex wire, 12 gauge, plastic boxes: Hi Jed. You can use bare or insulated wire (it would have to be green), and it should be #12 if that is the largest wire you ran. You can also use just the conduit, attaching the bare romex wire to it using an approved method, such as a tapped hole and bolt....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: romex re-use, furnace duct, chicage
furnace duct, chicage, little chicago: Andy, you can install this cable right next to, touching, or within the insulation, without any adverse effects. The main reason for the conduit requirement in Chicage is Mrs. Brown s cow, which, as you know, kicked over the oil-light, causing a fire. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: romex support, roxbury connecticut, guest bedroom
roxbury connecticut, guest bedroom, seperately: Nate, You can t bundle those Romex home runs together, you have to staple them individually to the beam, next to one another. You can staple them as close to each other as you can get them. If they are going to be seen and you want them to look neat I...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: romex wiring, monroe county pennsylvania, robert wilber
monroe county pennsylvania, robert wilber, authority having jurisdiction: Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * Non-metallic sheathed cable [Romex is a brand name, like Kleenex ...] is an acceptable wiring method as permitted in NEC Article 334.10, subject to approval of the authority...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: the room, rule of thumb, volt
rule of thumb, volt, amp: Hi Sean, A lot depends on what the outlets are going to be used for. The rule of thumb, is 8 outlets per circuit. IF you are going to plug anything in that heats, cools or has a motor, then you should cut back the number from 8 taking 2 outlets off...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: room AC specks, seer rating, comfort aire
seer rating, comfort aire, kwhr: Well Dennis, this is a difficult question to answer because there are so many variables. I would think you should be most concerned with the SEER rating of the unit, rather than whether it draws 6/10 of an amp more or less. How many times does the unit...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: room a/c 220v, amp breaker, frigidare
amp breaker, frigidare, receptacle: There is not a receptacle as you describe. You will need to purchase a 2 pole 15 amp breaker to replace the two separate breakers currently in the panel. It will not matter which wire goes to which side of the new breaker, just use the two wires that are on...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: One room went "dark", gfci receptacle, hunt and peck
gfci receptacle, hunt and peck, power outlets: First, turn the breaker off and then back on. It may be tripped and not visible. Second, make sure you have no GFCI receptacle that may have tripped out. Lastly, is it an entire circuit, or just part of it? How do you know? If it s just one bedroom,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no room power, don beck, neutral position
don beck, neutral position, power outlets: Hi Jim, The possible causes for this problem are numerous, so instead of listing them all, let s try them 1 at a time. First, recheck the breakers. When a breaker trips it goes to a neutral position, and not to an off position. Sometimes, while in...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: room receptacles and lights, zero ohms, double wide mobile home
zero ohms, double wide mobile home, broken wires: You say you got two outlets to work. Are they the two that show voltage but will not operate anything plugged into them? Here is how I would approach this: (Actually I would pull out my tracer and quickly find the broken wire, but lets pretend I...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: two rooms half power, professional electrician, circuts
professional electrician, circuts, best guess: My best guess is that you lost 1 leg of the incoming service either inside the panel or at the service entrance, perhaps even at the pole or underground box. To see if you have power while looking at your breakers 1, 5, 9, 13, 17, 21, 25, 29, 31, 35, and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: two rooms that wont work, afci breaker, gfci outlet
afci breaker, gfci outlet, rewire: Hi Justin. Depending on the age fo your wiring, you may have just tripped a gfci outlet, or, if it has been thru a rewire recently, you may have tripped an AFCI breaker. If it is old wiring, you might want to look at the fuses that are feeding the home....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: one rough-in for many valance lights under cabinet?, time what kind
time what kind: Hi James, reference the rough in: Is it a box with a black and white wire in it? Just a wire with a black and white in it: Is the rough in wire switched or hot all the time? What kind of valance lights are you going to install and how many?...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: run an outlet from an existing light..., romex, kitchen light
romex, kitchen light, bug zapper: Make it simple. Take all connections apart. Start with the hot wire. (black) Make all the power connections first. From the breaker, to the recepticle/switch, from the switch to the light or whatever. Now go back and connect all whites as they are returning...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: I run out of time, so I couldn't read your answer, journeyman electrician, ballast
journeyman electrician, ballast, lifespan: Lee, I wondered why you resubmitted the question. You have hit on the major difference between the two, that being the re-strike time. The cost will be higher, but you can make a point of the fact that it won t take as long to come on again, with the newer...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: How to run wire from an outlet to new fixture, robert wilber, professional electrician
robert wilber, professional electrician, national electrical code: - * Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * LIFE SAFETY WARNING! [disclaimer] Electricity is dangerous! You can be injured or killed! Improper installations can cause fire, injury and death! Are you qualified...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: running #10 guage wires in conduit, pvc conduit, conduit size
pvc conduit, conduit size, bends: Hello Pete. There has to be a better route for this circuit. Four 90 degree bends are all that are allowed under code, so you have exceeded the limit. A larger conduit, or one with sweeping bends of the 1 should do it. You can use pvc L B s instead of 90...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: running 110 outlet from a 220 source, amp breaker, copper wire
amp breaker, copper wire, main source: Hi. It makes sense, but don t forget you need to be concerned about the amps as well as the voltage. You don t want a regular outlet connected to a 30 or more amp breaker. So, you may need to change the breaker to 15 or 20 amps. You can use the thicker...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: running 110 v from 220 line, silver screw, screw terminal
silver screw, screw terminal, mark c: When I say yes, I must qualify the answer. In the panel box, the 2 pole breaker for the A/C, you have two wires for the 220. Take the 2 pole breaker out, put in 2 separate breakers or 1 breaker and a blank, take one of the wires from the 2 pole breaker (hopefully...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: running 220 to my garage for a machine lathe and band saw, volt accessories, amp breaker
volt accessories, amp breaker, open slots: Hi. Unfortunately, each 220 volt appliance requires a separate circuit. If you have only two open slots, then you should put in a small sub panel so that each tool can have its own circuit. You can put the sub panel either next to the main box or near...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: running a 220 line, robert wilber, tanning unit
robert wilber, tanning unit, time and patience: Robert Wilber Licensed Philadelphia Electrician Philadelphia License # 3516 - 16765 * Kathleen Do you need a neutral or just 240 and a ground? What is the load rating in amps or watts for the tanning unit? Can you send me a manfacturer and model number...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: running 220 volt for baseboard heat, copper wire, chance thanks
copper wire, chance thanks, yonkers: Mike, If you only have one panel and the main breaker is in that panel and there is no main breaker before this panel, then you will as you say, put the bare copper ground wire on the neutral block where all the existing white wires are and any existing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: running Elect. wire outside, expansion joint, flag pole
expansion joint, flag pole, sidewalk: The easiest way would be to saw a small slit in the sidewalk, usually at an expansion joint, then the repair is not as obvious. You can use direct burial wire and where it is under the sidewalk, slip a piece of conduit over the wire for additional protection....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: running electric line for a pond pump, basement window, pond pump
basement window, pond pump, window frame: Ellen, I m glad your heading for the panel, that is the best way to do this. When the trench is dug, lay 12/2 copper wire with ground, UF type in the trench. This can be direct buried and needs no pipe in the trench. You will need to put this 12/2...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: running electric to my pole barn, amp breaker, pole barn
amp breaker, pole barn, two spaces: Hi. You shouldn t put a 100 amp sub panel on a 100 amp main. You need to update your main panel, since 100 amps is considered obsolete for a house. The size of wire would vary by type, but it would be at least number 3 or thicker (lower number is thicker...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: running electric, outlet location, hi john
outlet location, hi john, amps: Hi John, Is the A/C you want to re-feed, 110 volt operated, and how many amps does it draw? This info should be on the A/C somewhere. You will need to figure out a path from the breaker panel to the location of the new outlet for the A/C. We will need...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: running an electrical service to a garage, window air conditioners, amp breaker
window air conditioners, amp breaker, amp service: Hi. You allowed only 40 spaces for 200 amps. if you have less, you can use breakers that fit into one space that have 2 breakers. (They won t fit into boxes that have 40 spaces) You will have one space from your 20 amp garage breaker if you move the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: running electricity to garage, spring thaw, overhead wire
spring thaw, overhead wire, trencher: Hi Tony, Going overhead is legal, but there are a lot of restrictions, such as, the height of the overhead wire. Depending on what it is crossing, the height differs. Higher if over a driveway, not as high if over a yard. Then there is the problem of having...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: running a fridge on an inverter, cell phone provider, propane fridges
cell phone provider, propane fridges, coach batteries: Josh, Pretty cool! I invent stuff, and it works sometimes and sometimes it falls flat, but I sure appreciate anyone with the courage and smarts to research and learn. I think the world is too full of video games and cell phones. Sorry for the rant...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: running a line to an electric stove, volt devices, amp breaker
volt devices, amp breaker, amp service: Hello Frank. Trust me, there will always be a need to expand in the future, possibly for tools that are not even invented yet, and this being the case, I would go ahead on this long of a run and install a larger panel now. A 125 amp panel is the least costly...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: running new 12/2 cable, cercuit, daughters room
cercuit, daughters room, kick plates: Hi. Yes, that should be OK. Just make sure that the wire does not get damaged, and staple the wires where it is not supported. Also it is best to put in kick plates on the front of the studs over the holes so that nails are not driven through the wire....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: running a new 220 line, amp breaker, welder
amp breaker, welder, receptacle: You d use an old work box, sometimes referred to as a cut-in box, and cut a hole in the drywall below the panel to accept it. Open up the panel cover and you ll see knockouts on the bottom. Remove one of these knockouts, and fish your wire between the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: running new circuit, romex, wall space
romex, wall space, new location: Hi Deryl. You can just push it out of the box, into the wall space, as long as both ends are not connected to anything. You could also just tape them up, and push into the very back of the box, out of the way of anything. I hope this helps. Rick...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: I am running a new circuit..., top of the stairs, txstate edu
top of the stairs, txstate edu, thanks for your help: The easiset way to do this would be to send the power to your switch first, then a three wire from switch to switch, then a two wire at the LAST switch to the FIRST light, then two wire, light to light. You could also take power to your first switch, then...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: running power to a lake dock, dickens of a time, amp breaker
dickens of a time, amp breaker, rigid conduit: Kurt Your best bet because of the distance is to run 3 # 8 wires and 1#10 in a 1 inch conduit to a small 40 amp subpanel. in the main panel install a 40 amp breaker (no GFCI) and in the new subpanel you will need to add a separate grounding bar to isolate...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: running power to pool, amp circuits, pvc conduit
amp circuits, pvc conduit, metal shell: Bill: I thought this was a perament concrete type pool. GFI type breakers weather 2pole or single pole work by detecting a difference between current that flows on a hot conductor and the return current that flows on a neutral. At 110volts this is possible,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: running a receptacle off a switch, circuit tester, receptical
circuit tester, receptical, swich: Hi. There really isn t enough information. I would think that only one set of wires should have power, and that would be the line coming in. What was the box used for, and how were the wires connected? Is there anything not working when the wires are...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: running several 220 lines in a single conduit, hot water heater, current carrying capacity
hot water heater, current carrying capacity, amp breaker: #8 on a 40 sounds better. And since it s a metal barn, conduit would be my choice too, just remember that you can install three current carrying conductors with no derating in a conduit (one 240 volt circuit along with a 120 volt circuit), but not two 240...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: running a switch from a wall outlet to recess lighting, absolute torture, amp breaker
absolute torture, amp breaker, laundry room: Hi Patrick, You can do that. Run a wire out of the outlet to the new switch location. Then a wire from the switch to the light. Use 12/2 wire since the outlet is probably on a 20 amp breaker. After you get the wires run and if you need help making...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: running underground wire to workshop, underground wire, underground cable
underground wire, underground cable, copper: Jake: I wouldn t run anything smaller then #8 copper (40amp) breaker that way you can do most anything shop wise you want. Put it in 1 conduit so if it ever goes bad you can replace it easy. Also make shure you run a 4 wire circuit (#8 X 2 (hots), #10 (neutral),...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: running wire to barn from shed, shoplights, pvc pipe
shoplights, pvc pipe, light switches: Hi Dan, Nope, still no problem. The usual appliances take: 60 amp.........heat/air 30 amp.........Dryer 30 amp.........water heater 40 amp.........oven/stove top I just didn t see enough breakers to handle these. Anyway, you are OK with...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: running wire to bldg, amp breaker, conductors
amp breaker, conductors, amps: Hello Lenny. Trust me, the best way to do this would be to purchase a main lug sub panel. The main would be the breaker installed in the existing 200 amp panel, so a main is not required in the sub panel. With a sub panel in the out building, you will be able...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: running wire from main to sub panel, attic floor, staple
attic floor, staple, pvc: Hi. You may want to check the local codes. However, if the panel was already there, you can probably just do it the same way. But unless a local code says otherwise, you should be able to use non-metalic wire without conduit. You should be able to lay...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: running wire to a sub panel, amp breaker, don beck
amp breaker, don beck, heavy duty power: Hi Jim, You sure can use the old panel in the garage. If you use a 50 amp 2 pole breaker in the main, ahead of the sub panel,use 6/3 cable with ground. This will give you plenty of wire size in reference to the 50 amp breaker. You can install breakers...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: running wire in the walls, wiremould, wall cavity
wiremould, wall cavity, coat hanger: Hi again. The most common thing to do is to get a six inch piece of wire and connect it with the other 3 in a wirenut. Then connect it to the outlet. I have seen an outlet a Lowe s (and other places) that has two screws with a place to connect two wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: running wire, metal pipe, crawl space
metal pipe, crawl space, breezeway: On the surface, yes. But if there was a separation between your crawl space and your garage, like your garage is separate from your house and is connected by a breezeway, then you probably drilled through a firewall. If so, you d have to sleeve your hole with...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: running wires from breaker box, physics of electricity, ground wires
physics of electricity, ground wires, safety device: Hi/ It is just the physics of electricity. It needs one wire coming and a return path to work. Ground wires act as a safety device. Older houses didn t have ground wires. Electricity works without it. But it is safer with it. I hope this helps....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rv to generator, ampacity, connect one
ampacity, connect one, expereince: Hi Unfortunately, I can not speak from expereince nor from reading up on it, I can only use my common sense. The hot wires have to be connected to the hot wires. You have two of them. The neutral has to be connected to the neutral. That leaves the ground....