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Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical service for aeration, underground service, voltage drop
underground service, voltage drop, aeration: The first thing you need to know is the amp draw because that will determine the initial wire size. Then you have to figure the voltage drop for the length of the run and use that to figure your adjusted wire size. Tell me the amp draw and voltage and I...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electricity going on/off, electrician, breakers
electrician, breakers, duplex: Hi. Assuming that the wiring is independent for each house (separate meter, not a single house made into a duplex), then it is a power company issue. See if what goes off is every other breaker. It probably is, and it would be a power company issue. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: exhaust fan, wire nut, incoming power
wire nut, incoming power, exhaust fan: Frank The way that switch is wired is called back feed where the 2 wires in the switch box bring power down from the lite and to the switch terminal,the from the other term bring back power to the light black The neutrals are all in the light box.If you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: exhaust fan, wire nuts, multiple wires
wire nuts, multiple wires, wire nut: Frank, The white from the fan needs to be connected to a neutral wire, not to the switch. What you have done is connect both wires from the fan to the switch. What you should of done is bring the power from the lights, not the switch. You have two...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: exhaust fan, exhaust fan, light switch
exhaust fan, light switch, washroom: Hi. You have a switch loop, when you have only 2 wires. There is no neutral there. So, you put the fan and light in series with each other. You will need to run another wire to the switch, or connect the fan to the light. I hope this helps. Bo...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: existing 230 wiring but wires don't match, question thanks, nice day
question thanks, nice day, gauge: Hi Paul, Depending on where the welder wires go in the circuit box will determine how to connect the new wire. Which ever welder wires go to the 50amp breaker, these two wires would be connected to the new 12 gauge black and white. The welder wire that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Fan Wiring, question thanks, ceiling fan
question thanks, ceiling fan, nice day: Hi Larry, When you say, two inputs , I am assuming your describing one for the light and one for the fan. If so, the black wire would be connected to both the inputs (should be black and another color but not white or green). Then connect the white...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: "Feeder" lines, feeder line, feeder lines
feeder line, feeder lines, amp breaker: Hi. I can t tell where the wires to the lights go. But if it connects to a feeder line, and not a breaker in the barn, it should be corrected. It may have worked for years, but if there is a short, it is more likely to burn the barn down than to trip...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Fixing open ground wire, gfci, water pipe
gfci, water pipe, prong: Hi. No, it is not really considered safe. If you know the water pipe is grounded or if it goes to the ground without a break, some people might consider it OK. But if the pipe is not grounded, then you risk shocking people who turn on the water. You...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Flood light fixture switch, flood light, floodlights
flood light, floodlights, light fixture: The main thing to overcome are the 1/2 threads and the switch needs to be waterproof if this is outside. There are industrial push button switches available but you would have to modify for the 1/2 threads of the box. Check places like Grainger, etc....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3-way outlet killed entire garage, jiggle, breakers
Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3-way outlet killed entire garage, jiggle, breakers, good luck

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3-way switch: switch, light, light, switch, parallel branches, parallel circuit
Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3-way switch: switch, light, light, switch, parallel branches, parallel circuit, way switch

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical hum, crt type, interference
Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical hum, crt type, interference, all sorts

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical outlet quit working, gfi outlet
Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical outlet quit working, gfi outlet

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical Terminology, pecker head, power cable
Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical Terminology, pecker head, power cable

Electrical Wiring in the Home: European Light Fixture, volt bulbs, e 71
Electrical Wiring in the Home: European Light Fixture, volt bulbs, e 71, europe

Electrical Wiring in the Home: federal pacific circuit breaker box, national fire protection, consumer products safety commission
Electrical Wiring in the Home: federal pacific circuit breaker box, national fire protection, consumer products safety commission, national fire protection association

Electrical Wiring in the Home: L1 L2, rule of thumb, phase difference
Electrical Wiring in the Home: L1 L2, rule of thumb, phase difference, differance

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights Dimming, short period, variables
Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights Dimming, short period, variables, power company

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New 220 circuit, home depot, good luck
Electrical Wiring in the Home: New 220 circuit, home depot, good luck

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Subpanel for Dock and Boat Lift
Electrical Wiring in the Home: Subpanel for Dock and Boat Lift

Electrical Wiring in the Home: service grounding, robert wilber, comentary
Electrical Wiring in the Home: service grounding, robert wilber, comentary, whiner

Electrical Wiring in the Home: track lighting install, prong, appearance
Electrical Wiring in the Home: track lighting install, prong, appearance, code violation

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Voltage, us power grid, high limit
Electrical Wiring in the Home: Voltage, us power grid, high limit, voltage range

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Walk-in type switch for Attic, electrical wires, electrician
Electrical Wiring in the Home: Walk-in type switch for Attic, electrical wires, electrician, refrigerators

Electrical Wiring in the Home: federal pacific circuit breaker box, Philadelphia, Bella Viata
Philadelphia, Bella Viata, electricians: Hi Will, 1. Yes, I do agree with the federal Pacific being a safety hazard. They really were not a good product and I would not want them in my home. 2. Federal Pacific panel are more then 30 years old. At about 30 year it is our view any panel is due...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: feeding a 60 amp panel, pvc conduit, terminal bars
pvc conduit, terminal bars, hot legs: Peter What he needs to do is run a new PVC conduit 1-1/2 or 1-1/4 1-1/2 PVC is more common and has more room to pull.Install the PVC at least 18 or more in the ground as long as it is in a area that doesn t have Vehicle traffic or subject to someone digging...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: fluorescent lights, Electricians, Philadelphia
Electricians, Philadelphia, Electrical: Hi Terri, No you always need to have a hot and a neutral. The neutral is the return path. With no return path you can not have a working circuit. The ground by code can not be used as the return path. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Garage Door Opener pre-wire, garage door opener, wire house
garage door opener, wire house, manual switch: Every manufacturer has their own terminals for the opener connection. The wires you have found are for a three button manual switch with open, close and stop. On the opener itself, there will be two terminals to connect the remote control box to. It connects...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Garage wiring, amp breaker, air compressors
amp breaker, air compressors, using tools: Hi. If you plan on using tools, then you will need a lot more than 15 amps. Many compressors are 220 volts, and require a separate circuit. As far as what you need, would depend on how many tools, how much power they use, the voltage, and how many tools...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI, load wires, ground fault
load wires, ground fault, gfi: Hi. You can try to disconnect the load wires, and see if the GFCI works. If it works, then you probably have a ground fault, which is very hard to track down. You almost have to disconnect a section at a time. Another option is to replace all of the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI Problem, lumber yard, defective unit
lumber yard, defective unit, leviton: Hi. Obviously a fan should not trip the GFCI. First of all, you can probably contact Leviton, and they may know why that is the case. Also, a fan does not need to be on a GFCI, so you can put it on the line side. However, if any other outlets in...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI outlet trips when it rains, Philadelphia, Bella Viata
Philadelphia, Bella Viata, electricians: Hi Ruby, You have to just keep looking. The GFCI is doing it s job. Water is getting where it should not be. You could try to chalk the boxes shut. Pay special attention to where the wires enter. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Grounding a Hot Water Heater, hot water heater, copper pipes
hot water heater, copper pipes, power conductors: The feeder wires to the water heater should be three conductors, two phase or power conductors and one ground wire in which case no connection to the piping is needed. If the ground wire is not present, I would install a new circuit to the heater with a ground....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: gfci outlets, gfci outlets, electrical upgrades
gfci outlets, electrical upgrades, bedroom apartment: Hi. The only legal way to change a 2 prong outlet into a 3 prong outlet is to install a GFCI. They could put one GFCI in each circuit, but then if it tripped, everything on the circuit would go out, and it would be hard to find the problem. I hope this...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: gfci's, volt circuit, neutral wire
volt circuit, neutral wire, gfci: Hi Jason, The Withe wire on a 220 volt circuit can be a hot wire or a neutral. If there is a red wire the white wire is a neutral and there should be a lug marked with a white dot. If there is not red wire the white wire is a hot wore and it goes under...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: gfi, cause nuisance, gfi receptacles
cause nuisance, gfi receptacles, word of advice: Jason you will have to follow the devices on this circuit. It may already have another GFI on it that tripped. A word of advice, if there is more than one on a circuit they will interfere with each other and cause nuisance tripping. It is a little more expensive...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: gfi stablok, jacuzzi pool, stranger things
jacuzzi pool, stranger things, electrical experience: Hi. Tracing a ground fault can be very frustrating. The problem sounds like it is before the switch, but stranger things have happened. You can try replacing the breaker. If you can t turn the power off to the panel, then there will be parts that energized,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: greenhouse heater requires 220/240 volt outlet, volt extension cord, greenhouse heater
volt extension cord, greenhouse heater, propane heater: Hello Ellie, I think a 4000 watt heater would keep your plants nice and toasty in a small green house the size you mentioned. You could run a 4000 watt 240 volt heater on a 20 amp line instead of a 30 which makes all the materials smaller and cheaper but...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ground wire, Philadelphia, Bella Viata
Philadelphia, Bella Viata, electricians: Hi Linda, All you need to do is add a extender or jumper piece of copper. Cut yourself about 6 inches of copper ground wire. Wire nut it to each of the short grounds. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com http://www.philadelphia-electricians-how-to.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ground wire for hanging lamp, hanging light fixtures, hanging lamp
hanging light fixtures, hanging lamp, light fixture: Hi Joy, All you need to do is mechanically attach the ground wire to any part of the light fixture. If there is a screw you can get a wire around great. You could also solder a wire to any metal part of the fixture. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: grounded boxes, screw terminal, metal boxes
screw terminal, metal boxes, gfci outlet: Hi Connie, If you see no ground wire (green or bare) in the box then there probably is no ground. The box is not likely to be grounded either. Houses used to be wired without ground wires. My house was built in 1956 and has no ground wire at the older...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: grounding rod for meter, worried wife, meter box
worried wife, meter box, ur self: Hi. If you need to break the seal on the meter, you need to get the power company involved. He has to be careful not to touch the metal inside the meter box, since part of it will have power even with the meter removed. I hope this helps. Bo...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: grounding a service entrance, underground water pipe, copper conductor
underground water pipe, copper conductor, ground rods: Hi xaxia, Here they are... 1) Rod and pipe electrodes not less than 8 ft in length. 2) An electrode encased in the concrete foundation or footing, in direct contact with the earth, at least 20 ft of electrically conductive bars or rods OR at least...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Half Switched outlet, gfci receptacle, wire splicing
gfci receptacle, wire splicing, romex: Hi Shaun, I am sorry but I am not aware of a GFCI receptacle that has the capability of being split (half hot/half switched). I know this has not helped any but if you need additional information please send me a follow-up question. Thanks and have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Home electrical problems, 220 volt appliances, wall outlets
220 volt appliances, wall outlets, electrical problems: Hi. There is a major wire disconnected in your house. The electricity is traveling from one phase to the other through your 220 volt appliances. This is not safe. The problem could be anywhere from the main panel to the street. So it could be a power...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: over head light, hallway light, overhead light
hallway light, overhead light, grounding wire: Hi. If there was an old light there before, then the new light wires up exactly as the old. You should never disturb any wires that were not connected to the light. If the power enters the switch first, there should be a red wire. If the power enters...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ??? after home inspection on wiring, qualified electrician, question thanks
qualified electrician, question thanks, safety issue: Hi Audra, Being that some were grounded and some not I would have the sellers get a qualified electrician to investigate. Maybe something is wrong with the non-grounded outlets. Having no ground at the outlets is a concern but i wouldn t loose any sleep...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: home wiring, speed switches, wall switches
speed switches, wall switches, speed switch: Hi. None of these things are related. It would be nice to replace outlets near water, such as bathroom, kitchen garage, outside and finished basement with GFCIs. This is a safety feature which makes it much less likely anyone would be electrocuted. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: home wiring, underground wire, reset buttons
underground wire, reset buttons, mechanical damage: Hi. First of all, check for any tripped GFCIs. These are outlets with test and reset buttons. One outlet could control the whole circuit. If not, then there is probably a break in the wire between the buildings. Underground wire gets abused from both...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: home wiring to light fixture, circuit tester, home wiring
circuit tester, home wiring, switch box: Hi. The most likely problem is that the white wire is not making contact somewhere. Perhaps in the switch box, or perhaps where the wire is connected that brings power to the switch box. The small testers do not use much current, and will glow with...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: hooking my jacuzzi up, Philadelphia, Bella Viata
Philadelphia, Bella Viata, electricians: Hi Robert, You don t have the correct wire coming from you house. You need to replace it with a four conductor wire that matched you jacuzzi. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com http://www.philadelphia-electricians-how-to.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: hooking up an outlet using 3 wires, gauge wire, heavy gauge
gauge wire, heavy gauge, correct voltage: Hi Jim, It all depends on what the other side is hooked up to. You can call out an electrician and they should be able to do some basic safety test to see if what you want is even do able. In short they will check if you have the correct voltage and the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: hot water heater, Philadelphia, Bella Viata
Philadelphia, Bella Viata, electricians: Hi Denis, You need to read the plate on the heater and match it to the correct size plug. You will not need a plate. Here is a link to a plug chart. http://www.philadelphia-electricians-how-to.com/search?q=chart Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: two hot wires on basement ceiling fixture, gauge wire, gold side
gauge wire, gold side, basement ceiling: Hi. The tan wire is probably supposed to be white, and is the neutral. It sounds like you have 2 circuits using that neutral (or parts of another circuit), and the reading you got was feedback from the other circuit. I had the same thing happen to me,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Installing a Ceiling fan without existing wiring, installing a ceiling fan, light fixture
installing a ceiling fan, light fixture, receptacle: Hi. You really have to know how the circuit is wired before you tap into it. You also need enough slack in the wire to add a junction box. If the switch is wired as a switch loop, then you would need to change the wiring at the outlet. If you can tell...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Installing new wiring in old 1931 bungalow, knob and tube wiring, brick bungalow
knob and tube wiring, brick bungalow, plaster wall: Barbara, I m going to give you a closely guarded trade secret of mine as to how I drill up safely into wall spaces every time with out coming through the floor, splitting mouldings or drilling through the outside wall of the house. And its very simple....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Installing switch/receptacles, constant power, question thanks
constant power, question thanks, hot wire: Hi Dave, Was the switch/plug working before? If so, one of the black wires is the hot. This is the wire coming into the box to bring power. The other black wire (switch leg) goes to the light. On the switch/plug you will connect the hot wire to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: instaling remote on ceiling fan, neutral wire, fan company
neutral wire, fan company, dual fan: Hi. No, you should not connect any wires together that come out of the remote. It sounds like there is a problem with the fan. Either it was made differently than most, or someone changed it. I would see if you can contact the fan company and see if...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: installing double oven, awg wire, ge monogram
awg wire, ge monogram, amp breaker: Hi Lynda, When the engineers build ovens they face the dilemma that each house may have a different voltage being supplied by the utility company. Which as you can see changes the wattages and amps. You have no control over the voltage being supplied...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: installing multiple fans in same curcuit, one runs backward-why?, lengthy investigation, center ballroom
lengthy investigation, center ballroom, question thanks: Hi Keith, I have seen this happen before at a recreation center ballroom where they had six (6) ceiling fans on one switch. After a lengthy investigation as to why this was happening it turned out to be just a simple procedure of the remote control....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: installing sub panel in detach building, Philadelphia, Bella Viata
Philadelphia, Bella Viata, electricians: Hi John, You really need an electrician to do this work. It is too dangerous for me to give you advice on how to do this by email. I don t want you to get hurt. You should know the people do get hurt doing this type of thing and it is not worth it. Here...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: interior condo wiring, Philadelphia, Bella Viata
Philadelphia, Bella Viata, electricians: Hi Cindy, Call an electrician now!!!! What you have is a fire hazard. You a bad connection some where that is loose or arching and could be a fire hazard. This is not something to play with. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kenmore pro circuit breaker requirements, amp plug, dual range
amp plug, dual range, manual states: Hi. It sounds like things are pretty screwed up. You might try contacting Kenmore or Sears and see what is going on. Everything should match up. The wire should be equal or thicker to both the rating of the stove and the breaker. The breaker should...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: kitchen outlets, screws, black white
screws, black white: Hi. Look at the old outlet and see if the tab is broken off between the dark screws. If that is the case, then do the same with the new one. I really can t tell you how to wire the outlet without knowing where each wire goes to. I hope this helps....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: kitchen outlets not working, general purpose, porch
general purpose, porch, shed: Hi. I would turn the breaker off until you fix the problem. The sparks probably burned the wiring. You will need to open up the boxes and check and repair where the wiring was damaged. The shed and porch should not be on the same circuit as the kitchen....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: L1 L2, swamp cooler, power wires
swamp cooler, power wires, question thanks: Hi Peter, I am not familiar with the swamp cooler but normally L1 & L2 represents 220v and it does not matter which conductor goes to each. These two (L1 & L2) are the power wires to give you 220v. I hope this has helped. If you need additional information...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light Fixture Wiring, light fixture, light fixtures
light fixture, light fixtures, screw: Hi. It is just a matter of replacing the new fixture exactly as the old fixture was wired. If the red wire is on one screw, and the white on the other, then you would connect the red to the fixture black, and white to the fixture white. The green goes...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light switch throws the breaker, light switch, light fixture
light switch, light fixture, power source: Hi. Without actually seeing it, it would be hard to say what the problem is. If the outlet worked before, it would be strange for the problem to just start. There could be many problems. First unplug everything from the circuit to rule out anything that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light switches, light switches
light switches: Most likely it is wired wrong or you have the wrong type of switches. If it is wired correctly and you have the right switches then perhaps one of the switches quit working correctly or you have a bad connection somewhere in the circuit. Hope that helps...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lighting for over garage storage, Philadelphia, Bella Viata
Philadelphia, Bella Viata, electricians: Hi Jimmy, You can do it but judging by the way your question was written I think you would save tons of time and frustration by calling in an electrician. This would be a simple job for an electrician. It is in the attic and that is a bad place to learn...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights Dimming, local power company, appliance repairman
local power company, appliance repairman, neutral wire: Hi. Either the dryer has a problem, and is drawing too much current, or you may have a neutral wire loose somewhere between the main panel and the street. So, unfortunately, it may require an appliance repairman, an electrician, or your local power company....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Load Center grounding, ground rods, hots
ground rods, hots, lugs: Hi Pete, With out looking at I m afraid to answer this question. I would not want to get you hurt by mis-communicating. You should have 4 wire from your main panel to your sub-panel. 2 Hots, 1 Neutral and 1 Ground. In the sub-panel the grounds and neutral...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Loosing Power, voltmeter, shortest path
voltmeter, shortest path, switch box: Most likely they are tied together either in a junction box or an outlet box. They may also be tied together in a ceiling light box or switch box. If you have pretty good attic access you can climb up there and trace where the wire goes and splits. If there...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Loss of power to electrical outlet, wire nuts, gfci outlet
wire nuts, gfci outlet, gcfi: Hi. Perhaps it is on another GFCI outlet. If not, it sounds like a loose wire somewhere. These things can be hard to track down. Somewhere in the circuit, there is a break. It could even be at a device that is working, because it could be the wire leaving...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighnting grounding rod for a well pump?, nec code, concrete slab
nec code, concrete slab, lightning rods: Ron, In all my 38 years I ve never heard of it either but here s what you can do. Call the building dept in your town and ask to speak to the electrical inspector they use for town inspections. He will know if this is some sort of local requirement or another...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: one light comes on the other goes off, light dims, switch wiring
light dims, switch wiring, vanity: Hi. Do you have a wire going to the switch, and another wire coming from the switch? (inside the box there would be two black and two white) If not, this is a switch loop, and there is no neutral. So, the light will not work properly. I hope this helps....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Can lights in bookshelf, Philadelphia, Bella Viata
Philadelphia, Bella Viata, electricians: Hi Gary, There are three thing that could be doing this to your light bulbs. The first thing is Power Surges. Do you have any type of power surge protection in your home. Every home now a days needs protection at the panel and at the point where you plug...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights on gfci circuit, Philadelphia, Bella Viata
Philadelphia, Bella Viata, electricians: Hi Jim, There is no rule stating how many outlet can go on to a residential 15 amp circuit. A general rule of thumb is to count each outlet as drawing 180 watts of power. I see no problem with the lights being on a GFCI protected circuit. You don t want...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: loose wall socket/pushed in sheet rock, plastic spacers, wall socket
plastic spacers, wall socket, shannon: Shannon What you can do is go to lowes or the depot or any other big box store. They make these small plastic spacers for just what you need. They are sometimes green and made by GB.The cost is very inexpensive for them buy a pack and use them in the rest...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: loss of 110 power comes back on after turning something on that requires 220, wall outlets, kitchen stove
wall outlets, kitchen stove, water heater: Hi. There is a wire loose somewhere, so the power needs to go through from one phase to the other through a 220 volt appliance. This really isn t safe. It could be anywhere from the panel to the street, so it could be a power company s responsibility....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Main Disconnect Breaker for Square D, amp breaker, grid location
amp breaker, grid location, lowe s: JIM Why not use the 220v? or is this solar power only 120v. The problem would be that the breaker would only have 1 incoming wire,and if it needed to trip it may not because of the breaker needs to have both legs to trip as 1 leg may or may not trip...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Manual Bypass Roof fan Thermostat, Philadelphia, Bella Viata
Philadelphia, Bella Viata, electricians: Hi Greb, I would ask you local electrician. This is easily done by some one with a little experience. A good electrician may even give that to you as an option. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com http://www.philadelphia-electricians-how-to.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Meterbase placement, underground service, interior wall
underground service, interior wall, 3 feet: Gary what you need to do is contact your city s building dept I have no clue what you city s codes are they are different from town to town.As far as the meter I am sure that will be fine as for the panel That is not such a good place to put the panel.If...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Musical Doorbell Problem, light button, hi bob
light button, hi bob, doorbell: Hi. There is an electronic component that goes across the wires of the button. I think it was a resister. (It s been 10 years since I had a musical doorbell). In any case, you should contact the manufacturer to get that missing component. Without it,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Nema wiring and outlets, amp circuit, circuit breakers
amp circuit, circuit breakers, clothes dryer: A real electrician shouldn t need a preamble or insteruction. Do you still want to plug in a dryer? Use a dryer plug and leave the outlet alone. Don t need it? change the receptacle and breaker to 20 amps. Define 3 pole 3-wire plug. 2 hots and ground...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New 220 circuit, amp breaker, plug holes
amp breaker, plug holes, jointer: Hi. You would get 220 volts across the two hots only when they are on opposite phases. Every other breaker should be on opposite phases. So, somewhere it sounds like both hots are on the same phase. It could be at your main panel or the sub panel. Check...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New light switch, kitchen lighting, receptacle
kitchen lighting, receptacle, light switch: Hi. The outlets in the kitchen and dining room are not supposed to have any lights on them. If there is an outlet in another room on the other side of the wall, then you could tap off of that. Or tap off the kitchen lighting. I hope this helps. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Nutone 665RP Wiring, switch legs, light fan
switch legs, light fan, fan heater: Hi Marv, For this unit to work properly you must have three switch legs (hots) from the switch to the unit. One for the light, one for the fan and one for the heater. Depending on the wire you currently have from the switch to the unit will determine...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: neutral wire, second prong, volt circuits
second prong, volt circuits, 3 way switches: Hi. As long as the white wire is connected, you should be able to put one prong to the white, and the other to the ground (bare wire). You should get no reading. I am not sure exactly what you are doing. You should already have your hot wires at the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: neutral wire, neutral wire, volt outlet
neutral wire, volt outlet, air switch: Hi. Yes, any 110 volt outlet would have a neutral. However, it is usually not good to connect a neutral from another circuit. It also has to meet code, which would mean using approved wire (such as NM-B)thick enough for the breaker it is on. I hope...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new circuit, amp breaker, gauge wire
amp breaker, gauge wire, wall outlets: Hi. This is a pretty broad question. You may want to read a basic wiring book. You would run the wire from the panel from outlet to outlet to light. At the panel, you can see how the other breakers are wired. be careful what you touch in there, even...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new light and outlet, amp circuit, bringing power
amp circuit, bringing power, wire nut: Lets go backwards in your questions. You are not suppose to have two different size wires in the same circuit. You would think logically that it would help by having the bigger wire so it would be cooler and less resistance. But if you are going to draw enough...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Is my new panel a main or sub?, Philadelphia, Bella Viata
Philadelphia, Bella Viata, electricians: Hi Bill, Good question. It sounds like you need a disconnect switch by your meter before you go to your garage. You main power cut off needs to be with in 6 feet of the meter here in Phila. I would assume that it is similar where ever you are. If you have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Old drying machine female receptacle vs AC ARC Welder, arc welding machine, amp line
arc welding machine, amp line, arc welder: Hi Marciano, You need to contact an electrician and have this done correctly. You are running a 50 amp device off of a 30 amp line. That is a good way to start a fire. This is not the type of thing you you can do with out the proper experience. This electric...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlets work but light switches don't, Philadelphia, Bella Viata
Philadelphia, Bella Viata, electricians: Hi Chris, I would call in an electric in for a general home inspection. I will bet some of you dummy switch are for optional lights and fans that were never installed. This is something that is common for electricians to do in the pre-wire phase of a home....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outside electric deck lighting, dusk to dawn, deck lighting
dusk to dawn, deck lighting, retailer doesn: Hi. I would contact the manufacturer. The people in their customer service department may have had the same problem before. I assume that the transformer is at least 72 watts. I am sure they would like to fix the problem rather than getting the transformers...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outside electric light yard light, load wires, fixture wire
load wires, fixture wire, eye black: Hi. Without seeing the instructions, I would assume that the photo eye black connects to the power coming in, the photo red connects to the black fixture wire, and all the white wires connect together. You did not mention a black wire on the photo eye....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outside electrical installations, vinyl siding, romex
vinyl siding, romex, electrical installations: Cindy What is a J Block?? never heard of that. You need to buy a weather proof box for the GFCI make sure you purchase a deep one so the receptacle fits in the box. Then you need to figure out if the wires will be surfaced mounted or flush mounted that makes...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outside outlet wiring, afci breaker, screw
afci breaker, screw, pool: Hi. Is the breaker an AFCI breaker? If so, the switch may be arcing and causing the breaker trip. If not, at the switch, the white wires should connect to each other while the black wires connect to the switch. There may be a ground wire touching a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outside wiring.., main switch, neighbors
main switch, neighbors, circuits: Hi. Yes, you can turn off the main breaker. You can also, carefully, use a tester on the wire that comes from the source and see what breaker turns it off. Once it is working, I would label your circuits, since turning off the main is a pain. Especially...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: odd GFCI behaviour, power fluctuations, voltage service
power fluctuations, voltage service, volt line: Hi. GFCIs temperamental, and will trip for no apparent reason. I would just tell the power company you are having the same problems as before, and ask them to monitor the system again. Since you were right before, they shouldn t argue with you. I...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: old wiring spark and dead receptacle...related?, installing a ceiling fan, seperate room
installing a ceiling fan, seperate room, wire nut: The first thing is why are you working on this with the circuit breaker on? Turn it OFF before you go any further. Next thing to do is make sure the power is OFF. Just because the wall switch is off does not mean you do not have power or the potential...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: open hot, wire nuts, loose connection
wire nuts, loose connection, switches: Hi. It sounds like a loose connection. These things can be hard to track down. Somewhere in the circuit, there is a break. It could even be at a device that is working, because it could be the wire leaving the working device that is not working. Check...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outdoor 240V hot tub, load amps, lowe s
load amps, lowe s, hottub: Teri What you need to know is how many amps is the spa, there should be a nameplate somewhere on the spa. Look for the (FLA) Full Load Amps.That is how you rate what wire and what breaker you need,also distance comes in to play.Less that 100 feet is good...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outdoor lighting, halogen bulb, stray voltage
halogen bulb, stray voltage, faulty wiring: Hi Kathy, If it is an accent feature then no it is not a problem. If they are not supposed to glow then yes it is a fire hazard. You need to read the instructions that came with the lights. I know some do have this accent mode built into them. You might...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outdoor wiring to backyard and building, weather proof, pool motor
weather proof, pool motor, gfci outlet: Alan, There are a couple of things I believe are wrong with this picture and I probably need some clarification. First, I need to know the wire size ran and the size of the breaker feeding this circuit. Second, I need to know the voltage and amp draw...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet, qualified electrician, question thanks
qualified electrician, question thanks, gfci: Hi Tim, You should not eliminate this type of protection. It is there to protect you and your family from possible shock and worse...electrocution. If the GFCI is tripping you need to get a qualified electrician to find the fault and repair it. I...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet location for Flat Panel TV, Philadelphia, Bella Viata
Philadelphia, Bella Viata, electricians: Hi Jason, If you are not sure I would placed my power and HDMI at the floor. When you figure it all out you can always fish the wire up to the correct location. The trend just depends on your style. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet question, neutral wire, hot wire
neutral wire, hot wire, ed ed: ed Somewhere along the circuit there is a loose or open neutral wire causing the hot wire to out of balance (high voltage). I am sure you have only 2 prong outlets with no ground. The wires all need to be on the same side so that they complete the circuit.When...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlets, volt circuits, 220 volt
volt circuits, 220 volt, neutral wire: Hi. If you have to turn on a 220 volt appliance to get your 110 volt circuits to work, it sounds like there is a neutral wire loose somewhere. This is usually not a do-it-yourself project, and may require the power company to get involved anyway. You should...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outside garage lites, garage wall, photo cell
garage wall, photo cell, blk: Hi. It sounds like the fixture is bad. Most likely the power enters the fixture box that is not working and then goes to the light that is working. The wire without power goes to the other light, and loses power when disconnected. You can try switching...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Pigtailing wires at outlet, silver screw, screw terminal
silver screw, screw terminal, side tab: Hi Matt, From reviewing your sketch and written analysis....yes - you should be all set with the way you connected the wiring at this outlet box. It s also good that you used the screw connections on the new outlet instead of the back-wired stab connections...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Possible service changeover, changeover, electrician
changeover, electrician, breakers: Hi. A sub panel takes power from the main panel, so it won t help. You will still have 100 amps. You need an upgrade. The power company will have to get involved. If you use an electrician, they should do that for you. I hope this helps. Bo...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No Power in Laundry Room, gfci outlets, laundry room
gfci outlets, laundry room, gfci outlet: Hi. Either the GFCI is bad, or it is not getting power. Did you check the branch breaker for the laundry room? If one circuit is out, flipping the main will not help. About all you can do is get a tester and check for power at the breaker box, and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power Surge - lights bright, neutral wire, frig
neutral wire, frig, power surge: Hi. You probably have a neutral wire loose somewhere between the panel and the street, if it is all the lights. It could also be a power company problem. If it is only the lights on one circuit, then the problem may be the two circuits sharing a neutral,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Private water pump occassionaly trips circuit, latter observation, water leaks
latter observation, water leaks, pressure switch: Clint, It is most likely a problem with the motor or the motor controller, or both. You should have a box that the switch feeds power to and then from that box it goes to the motor, that is the controller. The way to troubleshoot this is to make sure...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Pull Box Splice, pvc sch, amp breaker
pvc sch, amp breaker, thhn: Hi. You actually need THWN for outside. Many wires are rated for both. That is a pretty long run, so, if you use 12, I would use a 15 amp breaker. The problem with thinking that it would be only a 4 amp draw, is that someone else may use the circuit...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: plastic ceiling boxes, duplex receptacles, dry wall screws
duplex receptacles, dry wall screws, ceiling boxes: Hi. Yes, you can use a round box with a round duplex cover. Usually machine screws are used for junction boxes, not drywall screws. I am not aware of any covers that are larger than the box. Usually round covers are used for surface mounting, not flush...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: now power, electricians, Philadelphia
electricians, Philadelphia, electric: Hi Bill, If this problem is through out the house I would think the problem is with the main panel. You could have a bad buss bar which could cause several of the breaker to not have power going into them. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: No power....., wire nuts, reset buttons
wire nuts, reset buttons, bathroom light: Hi. If the house was wired properly, the kitchen outlets and the bathroom light should not be on the same circuit. However, someone may have changed things without having it inspected. There should be 2 circuits with only kitchen and dining room plugs...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: properly testing new work, ground continuity, reverse polarity
ground continuity, reverse polarity, prong plug: You would actually have to create a dead short to test the breaker, so I do not recommend this. With current breaker design, it would be a million to one that the breaker will not function. If you want to see if the other receptacles are GFI protected from...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pull chain light, way switch, wall switch
way switch, wall switch, pull chain: Hi. I am not sure what you are trying to do. You can t have it work like a 3 way switch. That is you can t turn it on or off at either location. If you have a pull chain socket on a switch, both the pull chain and the switch have to be on for the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Recessed Lighting-Confusing Wiring, bx wire, halogen light
bx wire, halogen light, cloth wire: Hi Sam, It looks like you opened up a can of worm. Thank you for the picture. It really tells me a lot. It looks like you have 1950 s BX wire tied on to some Knob and Tube. This wire makes me nervous. It looks frail and brittle. I don t think you should...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Replace baseboard heater, bathroom remodelling, hot wire
bathroom remodelling, hot wire, s 240: Hi. There could be two hot wires. Since NM cable in 2 wire comes only in black and white, the white is a hot wire. If you have two breakers (double) going to the heater, then it is 220 volts. If you take the cover off of the panel, you ll probably see...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Replacing outlets and switches, terminal screws, brass screws
terminal screws, brass screws, last christmas: Not as long as you follow some simple rules. First, plug a lamp or other item into the receptacle you want to replace or turn on the switch to any device. Turn off the breaker to the circuit verified by the device stopping. Then replace each device on this...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Revised 3-way light switch, 3 way switches, dark hallway
3 way switches, dark hallway, earl brown: Hi. That may be able to be done. However, then you may have lights on with the switch down. On a 3 way switch, there is one terminal marked common. In one position, it connects to one of the other terminals. The the other position it connect to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Running extension from light fixture to create outlet in adjacent closet, light socket, imageshack
light socket, imageshack, socket adapter: Looking at that picture I am not sure that light is up to code in that cupboard. Extension cords should not be ran through walls. Aren t there any outlets that can be used? That light socket adapter looks like it will leave the light bulb uncovered...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: re-use existing 240v wiring run, Philadelphia, Bella Viata
Philadelphia, Bella Viata, electricians: Hi Dave, You need a tester to find out the answer to the question. You have two hot wire and one neutral. The neutral should have been marked but it is not uncommon for a technician not to mark that wire. As an electrician I never really trust markings....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: two rooms without power, junctions, prong
junctions, prong, watching tv: Hi. If you are lucky enough to know exactly where the power goes, it should be easy to see where you have power, and where it ends. But you have to remember that the problem could be where you have power. If the wire that connects to the dead part of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Two rooms without power, question thanks, dimmer switch
question thanks, dimmer switch, nice day: Hi Kevin, Make sure you have power leaving the breaker. If so, you will need to remove and inspect all outlets and switches not working. It sounds like a neutral problem which involves the white wires. I hope this has helped. If you need additional...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Square D -home line, amp breaker, hatfield
amp breaker, hatfield: Hi. Normally, for a sub panel, you would need to run a 100 amp breaker from your main box to the sub panel. However, this will not increase the overall capacity. If you need more capacity, then you should contact the power company, because they will need...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Stanley Vemco Garage Door Capacitor Removed.. Is this dangerous?, stanley vemco, garage door openers
stanley vemco, garage door openers, garage door opener: You may end up burning your motor so I would recommend you replace the capacitor. I believe it is a start cap so you have to get the exact replacement. I am sure you could find a website that sells parts if you were to type in Vemco garage door openers...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Sub-Panel, amp breaker, metal strips
amp breaker, metal strips, rewire: Hi. The wires connecting to the breaker may be corroded. If so, the breaker is probably damaged, and should be replaced. So, check the ends of the wires, and perhaps cut off the tips, and rewire with a new breaker. If the wire is aluminum, be sure to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Sub-panel, 200 amp service, device circuits
200 amp service, device circuits, lighting circuits: The number of breakers has nothing to do with the load capacity of the service. Counting all of my panels, I probably have 80 breakers on a 200 amp service. The only requirement is the attached loads can not exceed the capacity of the service. Pretty much...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Sub panel and gounding rods, ground wires, underground line
ground wires, underground line, detached garage: Hi Nathan, It will never hurt to add an extra ground rod. You do need to have a ground wire that makes it back to your main panel. You will also have to separate your ground wires from your neutral in your sub-panel. If you look through my how to site I...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Sub panel and gounding rods, underground line, detached garage
underground line, detached garage, uniformity: This is an accepted method but check with the local building codes just to make sure before you run your wires. The local codes and local inspectors supercede the NEC in that they can add to the NEC. And there is no uniformity between jurisdictions and even...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Subpanel for Dock and Boat Lift, amp max, branch circuits
amp max, branch circuits, brick paver: Dave, Your not missing anything. What you have there is a very common situation well within acceptable and safe levels and it is not life threatening. Google stray voltages and you will get many articles and information regarding this subject and how...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Switch to outlet wiring, prong, occured
prong, occured, screws: Hi. If you broke the tab, and it should not have been broken, then one outlet will not work. So, you may want to replace the outlet again and leave the tab in place. There is something contaminating the circuit. That is, electricity that is bypassing...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Switched outlets, oulets, screws
oulets, screws: Hi. You will need to replace the outlet. DO NOT break the tab off like the outlet you are replacing. Cap the red wire. Connect the black to either dark terminal. Connect the whites to the silver colored screws, as it is now. I hope this helps. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: screw in type fuse panel, amp fuse, fuse panel
amp fuse, fuse panel, fuse box: There is a dead short somewhere in the circuit. It would be costly as it will blow a fuse with each item until the problem is located, but you could pull out every device on the circuit and leave the wires individually capped and see if the fuse still blows,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: second panel for shop, amp load, amp breaker
amp load, amp breaker, amp service: I am curious why you are coming off the meter box instead of main panel, but it does not matter for your question. At the panel where your subpanel is fed from you will have the neutral and ground bonded together. And you should have a ground rod or ufer...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: service grounding, amp service, authority having jurisdiction
amp service, authority having jurisdiction, conductors: Why do people do things they know nothing about? You have a meter, a disconnect and then a remote panel, right? Neutral connected to ground at disconnect. Ground to cold water with meter jumper and to ground rod from disconnect. Neutral isolated at remote...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: starting up on my own/, journeyman electrician, electrical exam
journeyman electrician, electrical exam, eric eric: Eric, You would have to check with your states licensing board on that point but I don t beleive you can do it. I understand why you want to work for your self and you certainly have enough field experience to qualify you to sit and take the state test...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: switched outlet, tops and bottoms, downline
tops and bottoms, downline, screws: Hi. If the outlets were originally wired so that one (top or bottom) is hot all the time and the other one is wired on the switch, if the outlet is replaced without the dark tabs broken off between the screws then all of the outlets on that switch will...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: switches to control outlets, copper wire, two blacks
copper wire, two blacks, plug ins: Hi. Without being there, it is hard to say what the problem is. Most likely a wire came loose when the fixture was added. The other possibility is that light was wired wrong, and the power to the switches was interrupted. See if you have power at the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Tankless water heater, tankless water heaters, circuit breakers
tankless water heaters, circuit breakers, electric oven: Do you mean 100 amps? 100w = 100 watts and that does not sound right. If your home is electric, meaning electric oven/stove, dryer, water heater, and central A/C, and given that age I doubt you could install a tankless H20 heater. If you have a 200 amp...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: tanning bed wiring, electrician, lutz
electrician, lutz, volt: Hi Stuart, There is no such device that will efficiently convert your power from 110 volt to 220. For this job I m afraid you will need to contact an electrician Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com http://www.philadelphia-electricians-how-to.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: track lighting install, prong plug, track lighting
prong plug, track lighting: Hi. If your house is not grounded, then do not connect the green wires anywhere. Should your house be grounded, but there is a 2 prong plug, replace it with a 3 prong outlet. Track lights can be either wired in, or plugged in. I hope this helps. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: tripping a GCFI outlet, question touches, burglar alarm
question touches, burglar alarm, refrigeration equipment: Good Morning Kris, Your question touches on a subject that has been highly debated in the electrical field...Article 210.8 which covered the need for fixed space equipment that is not easily moved (such as a freezer) to NOT be required to have GFCI...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: trouble with light switch after connecting new wall outlet, wall outlets, light switch
wall outlets, light switch, caveat: Hi. I don t understand how an outlet can have 2 blacks but only one white. If it wired with Romex, it should have one black and one white in each cable. Is part of the outlet on the same switch as the light? If so, look at the old outlets and see if...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Undercabinet lighting, Philadelphia, Bella Viata
Philadelphia, Bella Viata, electricians: Hi Sam, There is no problem with cutting the plugs off. You just have to make sure that you lay everything out in such away you have a junction box for your connection. What is a fire hazard is to connect the light to the 14-2 with out a junction box. The...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Underground cable, underground wires, attic fan
underground wires, attic fan, centerpoint energy: Hi. Normally the power company is responsible for the power coming into the house, so I do not understand why you have to pay for it. I would call several electrical contractors and get estimates and see if they can come up with any alternatives. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Underground wire, neutral wire, underground wire
neutral wire, underground wire, test light: Hi. Most likely there is a break in the white neutral wire. You can still get a reading on the black wire, but it won t work with the neutral wire not working. You can try using a tester with a 60 watt bulb. Sometimes the feedback will be enough to run...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: underground wire, underground wire, contracter
underground wire, contracter, splices: Hi. You can t splice wires inside the conduit. So, you ll either need to rerun the wires after fixing the conduit. Or you ll have to run the conduit above ground at a point, and make the splices there. You may want to see if the contractor will pay...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Should I upgrade from 100 to 200 Amp, central ac, gas dryer
central ac, gas dryer, insurance agent: Given that you are switching two big users of electricity to gas and hopefully installing a more efficient A/C it sounds like 100 amps is sufficient for now. Your big users will be the water heater (which would be nice to put on gas) and the A/C. Your A/C...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Voltage, applainces, recepticals
applainces, recepticals, question thanks: Hi Michael, Yes there is a possibility of damage. Normally each appliance will have a name tag attached to it which tells you the Model number, Serial number, wattage, hertz and voltage range. Check for this and keep voltage within that range. I...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Walk-in type switch for Attic, walk in freezers, indicator light
walk in freezers, indicator light, mid line: Hi. If there is a tab, then connect the black power coming in to the side without tab. You can connect the black wire going to the light to the side with the tab. The whites connect to each other and the silver colored screw on the indicator light. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wall outlets, surge damage, wall outlets
surge damage, wall outlets, safety hazards: Hi Paul, I would call out an electrician to check this out. It sounds like surge damage. There could be some safety hazards that you may not notice own your own. I would also ask for a surge protector for my panel. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Whole house surge protector, whole house surge protector, whole house surge protection
whole house surge protector, whole house surge protection, electrical surges: Hi Carl, All the items you mentioned are good. You cannot over design surge protection. If you install a whole house system also use point of use units for backup. The point of use UPS units are great also. I have them on each of my computers with...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wires to light both hot, digital voltmeters, digital voltmeter
digital voltmeters, digital voltmeter, way switch: I need to know where you touched the probes to get this reading, and I recommend getting a digital voltmeter so you know exactly what voltage you are reading. Digital voltmeters are very inexpensive now. You should be able to find one for less than $10.0...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring, furnace blower motor, attic vent fans
furnace blower motor, attic vent fans, amp circuits: Hi Mark, I am confused why you don t want to utilize the gas furnace 120v circuit. In my part of the country the electrical contractors normally run a dedicated 15 or 20amp circuit to EACH gas furnace. They will also utilize this circuit to power the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring???, switch box, switches
switch box, switches, power circuit: If the switch does not have the neutral in the junction box, you can t. Most switches are dropped from the light and the light has the power circuit. Open the switch box you want to wire from and let me know every wire in this box and which ones are connected...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring, Philadelphia, Bella Viata
Philadelphia, Bella Viata, electricians: Hi Helen, I would go to your local home center and pick up an extra long drill bit. The make bits 3-4 feet long. If that is not long enough you can always get drill bit extensions. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring a 30 amp 250 volt receptical, neutral wire, question thanks
neutral wire, question thanks, twist lock: Hi Rick, If your load (freezer) is straight 240 volt, you do not need a neutral wire...only two hots and a ground. If your load is 120/240 volt, you will need a neutral wire to carry the load of the 120 volt portion. To find out, check the name plate...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring a dishwasher, installing a dishwasher, dish washer
installing a dishwasher, dish washer, hi mike: Hi Mike, The red wire is just an extra wire. The electrician who wired the first dish washer may have ran out of the 14-2 wire that is normally used and fined the job using 14-3.All you need to do is cap the red wire. It is useless in this situation. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring and grounding, authority having jurisdiction, conduit system
authority having jurisdiction, conduit system, switch boxes: Hi Tyra, Maybe they are using another color to represent the ground wire. Have you checked other outlets? Are you in a part of the country where they use romex? Are your outlet and switch boxes metal or plastic? Do the switches have a green ground screw...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring help needed, screw terminal, light switches
screw terminal, light switches, hot wire: Hi Randy, Two ways to do this. One...Take a small piece of wire (hot) and go from one screw to the other switch s screw. On one switch you will end up with two (2) hot wires on the same screw terminal. FYI...Do not wrap the two wires (hot) around the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring a light-light-switch, silver screw, brass screws
silver screw, brass screws, brass screw: Hi Gerald, I am recommending you visit this web site for do-it-yourselfer s. Here is the address: http://www.do-it-yourself-help.com/wiring_switches.html They have very good diagrams showing you exactly what wires go where and I think it will help...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring Multiple Dimmers., rope lighting, lighting zone
rope lighting, lighting zone, rope lights: Hi. The grounds and neutral can not be connected together anywhere except at the main panel. The ground wires connect to each other, any green screws, and any metal boxes. I am not sure what you mean by wing nuts. If you mean wire nuts that have wings...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring for well pump, korean company, well pump
korean company, well pump, supply web: The number seems to be an Agrisupply number, not an XKJ number 115/230 means you can use either. You just have to connect the wires for whichever you use. It may be wired for 115 already! Nothing in the instructions? Directions should be inside the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wireing duplex switch, way switch, screw
way switch, screw, switches: Hi. I assume you mean a 3 way switch, which is two switches controlling one light. The white power entering goes to the white light wire. The black power entering goes to the black wire going to the other switch. The black wire going to the light connects...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring, ceiling fan, eastern time
ceiling fan, eastern time: Hi. Does the power enter the switch first, and then go to the plug? Or does it go to the plug first, then the switch? Are there any red wires connected to the outlet or switch? Do you still want the outlet controlled by the switch with the fan, or do...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring 220, Philadelphia, Bella Viata
Philadelphia, Bella Viata, electricians: Hi Mike, I would suggest that you hire a trained professional. Electricity can be dangerous. The little bit of money you save doing it yourself is not wroth it in my opinion. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring basic porcelain incandescent fixtures, porcelain fixtures, incandescent bulbs
porcelain fixtures, incandescent bulbs, chain switch: Check to make sure the black coming in to the fixture with the switch is hot, and not the white. It is not uncommon to find these reversed. In the fixture with a switch, explain exactly what you have to connect to. This is the normal way to wire it;...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring a ceiling fan, wiring a ceiling fan, outdoor extension cord
wiring a ceiling fan, outdoor extension cord, gauge wiring: Hi Kingsley, You could simply get an outdoor extension cord, cut off the female end and attach that your fan. Then all you would need to do is plug it in. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com http://www.philadelphia-electricians-how-to.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring a chandelier, Philadelphia, Bella Viata
Philadelphia, Bella Viata, electricians: It doesn t really matter which way you wire it up. The light bulbs do not care which way the power comes to them. All you need to do is pick one wire for the white and one wire for the black. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring a chandelier, continuity tester, careful bob
continuity tester, careful bob, bottom button: Hi. The difference between the black and white with the light fixture is to keep the shell of the bulb from being energized. So, if you do trace the wires, you have an added margin of safety. If you don t trace the wires, the light will still work. It...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring and choosing correct breakers, Philadelphia, Bella Viata
Philadelphia, Bella Viata, electricians: Ho wow, Jeff you don t need advice on breaker size. You need to hire an electrician. I can t give you enough training over the internet and what you described in your question scares me. Your kitchen is an electrically important part of your home. The code...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring a compressor, safety relief valve, safety switch
safety relief valve, safety switch, pressure switch: Daniel, You must have a pressure switch other wise the compressor could keep pumping till it blows the safety relief valve unless some one turns it off so a pressure switch is a must. Also a safety switch should be wired in also, not just a switch that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring from home to camper / 30amp, amp breaker, limited funds
amp breaker, limited funds, guidence: I love it when you guys say I have limited funds for this.. What is that suppose to mean to me? Instead of saying that please tell me what you really want to say. You are not hiring me and I am giving you free advise. How much cheaper can you get than...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring two lights, Philadelphia, Bella Viata
Philadelphia, Bella Viata, electricians: Hi Duane, If you don t know what you are doing you should not be doing it. The three way effect is funny until you go to bed at night and find that you burnt you house down. There is a good chance that you created a wiring hazard. You need to run a feed...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: does wiring a motor to 22 increase it's performance, rigid table saw, amp breaker
rigid table saw, amp breaker, electrition: The main advantage is that the amps are reduced and you can run a smaller wire size to it and hence a smaller breaker. The cost is pretty much the same because your meter only cares about watts and wattage is measured by taking the voltage and multiplying...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring a back to neutral switch in an old house, Philadelphia, Bella Viata
Philadelphia, Bella Viata, electricians: Hi Ken, Your switch doesn t require a ground to work. It have a place for a ground to attach for extra safety. It will work fine with out the ground. It is time you start to look into a whole house rewire. Your wire is well past it s prime I would not waste...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring in series, combinations, flood
combinations, flood, black wire: Hi. Make sure the sensor is meant for the number of lights you are using. Then the first light in the chain has to be the sensor, unless you add more wires. The wires going to the other lights would have to be connected to the same side of the sensor...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 110 outlet off a 220v outlet, amp breaker, 110v outlet
amp breaker, 110v outlet, washer and dryer: Rich No you can t this is against the code. You would have to hook up the dryer and hook up the washer together the breaker protecting that circuit would be 220 V the other would be 110 V.There would be no way to protect the circuit should something go wrong....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 12/3 20A Junction Box, small chest freezer, window ac
small chest freezer, window ac, bathroom lights: Hi. The air conditioner needs to remain on its own circuit. You will need to run new circuits from the electrical panel box. The bathroom outlet must be 20 amps, and nothing else is allowed on it other than either the bathroom lights, or an outlet to another...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 120v cicuit on 240v breaker, mechanical linkage, trip bar
mechanical linkage, trip bar, electrical shock: Breakers are rated in amps, not volts. What determines the voltage is whether they are single or double. Single = 120 volts and Double = 240 volts. Unless you live in a country outside of the U.S. or have some kind of special panel this is true. So...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 2 in 1 light switch/power socket, power socket, residential power
power socket, residential power, switch boxes: For an outlet to work you need a hot wire and a neutral. Some switch boxes only have a hot coming in and then a hot leaving which means that you pull another wire if you want an outlet there. It sounds like the power goes to the light and then from the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 2 100 Amp breakers, Philadelphia, Bella Viata
Philadelphia, Bella Viata, electricians: Hi Byn, I would not pay any attention to the two 100 amp breakers. They are just over kill. The panel in the basement doesn t need the 100 amp breaker in it. You are just doubly protected. I would worry about the knob and tube. You should replace that....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 2 AWG wire in 150 amp main, amp breaker, ok charlie
amp breaker, ok charlie, service entrance: Charlie, First of all the Home inspector is correct in what he is saying regarding the size of the wires corresponding properly to the size of the main. Secondly if he is also correct that a problem does exist then something needs to be changed. So yes...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 2 questions - Valence lights and installing 2 3-way switches, 3 way switches, level kitchen
3 way switches, level kitchen, kitchen cabinets: Hi Dani, Sounds like you have a huge undertaking coming up. Your questions are good but I cannot answer them based on just your descriptions. You need to have a licensed electrician come and look at all this. Sorry but there too many variables involved...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 2 speed fan wiring, circuit breaker trips, evaporative swamp cooler
circuit breaker trips, evaporative swamp cooler, power consumption: Kevin, It may not be the pump but the circuit your trying to run it on. I don t know how large these motors are in terms of power consumption or what else may be on that circuit at the time you use them but its possible these two items when on together...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 20 Amp Outlet, amp circuit, question thanks
amp circuit, question thanks, nice day: Hi Ron, Yes you can put a 20 amp GFCI device on a 15 amp circuit. The size of the device does not determine the amount of power it is going to use. The appliance (load) you plug into it will determine the power needed. I hope this has helped. If...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 20 amp Cutler Hammer dual pole circuit breaker, amp circuit breaker, cutler hammer
amp circuit breaker, cutler hammer, wire nuts: Hi. The breaker could be bad. But more likely a wire burned loose somewhere in the circuit. These things can be hard to track down. Somewhere in the circuit, there is a break. It could even be at a device that is working, because it could be the wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 200 amp service, pvc conduit, amp service
pvc conduit, amp service, underground wire: Frank Depending if you want to put the wire in pvc conduit or just direct burial. If you was to bury the you would Need 3 - 2/0 wires and 1 2/0 wire and it would be a under ground service wire.. To put it conduit you would need the same amount and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 200 amp service, copper water pipe, ufer ground
copper water pipe, ufer ground, water piping: Bryan, I need to know if you have a copper water pipe coming into your house or if its plastic and wether or not the interior water piping is copper or plastic. Which one you have greatly effects how you ground and bond and what you ground and bond. Also...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 200Amp Temp. Power Pole undergound to House Sub Panel, tim spencer, circuit breakers
tim spencer, circuit breakers, meter base: 1. 2/0 copper 2. I prefer conduit but either will do as long as local codes allow it. I would run conduit and make nice sweeping elbows to pull the 2/0. 3. Yes, as long as the subpanel is rated for 200 amps. The subpanel has to have a main breaker...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 20A circuits, weed whacker, amp breaker
weed whacker, amp breaker, gauge wire: Hi. If the shed is far from the house, 12/2 may not be thick enough. You need thicker wire over longer lengths. If you have a 20 amp breaker, you must use at least 12 gauge wire throughout. You do not need to use 20 amp switches, however. I hope...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 220 Breaker, breakers
breakers: Hi. I am not sure what you are doing. If there is a main, it should be labeled. Or the main wires from the meter will be connected to it. Be careful. Even with the main off, some areas will still be electrified. Most breakers just pull up from the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 220 volt circuit, amp capacity, amp service
amp capacity, amp service, slot panel: Hi. It depends on the type of wire and the length. But you need at least number 4 copper. The retailers usually have the ampacity chart for what they sell. If the sub panel is in the same building, it just gets connected to the main panel s ground....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 220v Wiring - in Junction Box, Philadelphia, Bella Viata
Philadelphia, Bella Viata, electricians: Hi Brian, It is OK to splice a 220 volt line in a junction box. I would prefer to run the line new if it was at all possible. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com http://www.philadelphia-electricians-how-to.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 240 wiring, jennair cooktop, live wires
jennair cooktop, live wires, energy rating: A similar Jennair, or a similar non-Jennair unit? Never the less, the wiring configuration you suggest would be my best guess as well, since there is no neutral in the new unit. However, the installation manual that came with the unit should advise you what...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 240V appliances don't work and rest of house has voltage problems, voltage problems, playing video games
voltage problems, playing video games, previous condition: Angel, What your describing is a problem that is either in your main breaker or its on the utilitys end. I know the utility guy said it wasn t but if there was something wrong with your main breaker making a solid connection you would see and probably hear...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 240V Heater Tape, heat tape for pipes, submersible well pump
heat tape for pipes, submersible well pump, well casing: Ron, No problem, Ok you will tap the line side of the pressure switch in the pump house since this is the easiest and closest place to do it. Using a voltage tester check for power in the pressure switch when you know the pump is not on. You should be...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 2nd Electrical meter base, meter base, amp service
meter base, amp service, electrical meter: Cities can be different in their requirements so you will need to contact your local building inspection office to get the answers on the order of events for this. Some cities require a meeting with the utility company before they will give you a permit,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3-10 wiring cable for hot tub insulation place to get lowest pricing, american wire gauge, wire cables
american wire gauge, wire cables, electrical supply: Revenda, I think your refering to 10-3 Romex cable. The first number refers to the gauge of the wire and the actual size, AWG (American Wire Gauge) the next number refers to the number of insulated wires in the cable and if its Romex (plastic outer covering...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 Light Series, ground wires, bare wire
ground wires, bare wire, switch circuit: What you have is a 3-way circuit. It is not wired like a regular 1-switch circuit. The red wires should be travellers, not grounds and if you connected them to ground you are lucky you did not trip the circuit breaker. Your lights are in parallel, not...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 Phase air compressor switch, volt coil, compressor motor
volt coil, compressor motor, pressure switch: David, on this type of device there should be a disconnect at the compressor installed that is connected directly to the breaker on the line side, and to a starter on the load side. From the starter it then connects to the compressor motor. The starter has...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 Prong Plugs need changed, circuit breakers, power strip
circuit breakers, power strip, best bet: Hi. If you are sure that the breaker is 20 amps and the wire is 12 between the panel and the outlet, then you can change the outlet to a 20 amp outlet. One side has a T shaped slot, so that either a 15 amp or a 20 amp male plug will fit into it. The outlet...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 Way Switch - Pilot Light Not Coming On, 3 way switch, 3 way switches
3 way switch, 3 way switches, pilot light: Hi. There really is no way that you can wire the switches wrong, so that the switches work, but the pilot light doesn t. The pilot light is wired internally, and is in series with the light fixture. When the switch is on, the power goes to the light fixture....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3-Way -THREE pendant problem, wire a 3 way switch, robert wilber
wire a 3 way switch, robert wilber, 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: 3 way switch, 3 way switch, outer sheath
3 way switch, outer sheath, hallway light: No need to be confused. No need to panic. Electricity is actually very simple. There are just a lot of conventions and rules. It is only confusing because you do not know them. Rule number one: NEVER ASSUME ANYTHING! From your description there are...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 way switch, 3 way switch, 3 way switches
3 way switch, 3 way switches, 3way switch: Hi. No, you don t need to run any other wires. The six conductors between the switches is enough. Besides the 4 traveler wires, one will be a neutral, which will power the lights connected to the far side. and the other will a hot all the time which will...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 way switch hookup, 3way switch, 3way switches
3way switch, 3way switches, 3 way switch: Yes, you can do it. Treat each 3-way operation as a separate job. On one set you send the hot down to the far end and return it to feed the lights, and the neutral stays at the first box. [the white in this 3-wire cable is NOT a neutral] On the other...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 way switch wiring, 3 way switch, 3 way switch wiring
3 way switch, 3 way switch wiring, wire nut: Hi. A 3 way switch has 3 screws and a regular switch has 2, so you need only 5. I assume that the extra screw is not a green ground screw? Perhaps the extra screw is just a duplicate screw to tap off of. On the 3 way switch two wires go to the other...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3-way switches, 3 way switches, extra graphics
3 way switches, extra graphics, simple matter: Hi Charles. I suspect that you still have the wiring incorrect. Go to http://www.electrical-online.com/extra-graphics/3wayswitch.htm and then compare your wiring with that in the diagram. Should just be a simple matter of switching a coupl;e of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3 way wiring w/ 14/2 wire, Philadelphia, Bella Viata
Philadelphia, Bella Viata, electricians: Hi Zack, Yes there are all sort of RF or digital switches that can fix this problem. Goto www.smarthome.com and take a look. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com http://www.philadelphia-electricians-how-to.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 3-wire with no ground problems, installing a light fixture, kitchen light
installing a light fixture, kitchen light, dimmer switch: Hi. The wire that connects to both terminals of the existing switches is the power coming in. It should also connect to the new switch on one terminal. The wire going to the light fixture will connect to the other terminal of the new switch (black) and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 30 amp rv plug, screw terminals, prongs
screw terminals, prongs, l5: Ok, your saying the male plug but the number your giving is for the female plug so I m going to give it to you for both, starting with the male plug L5-30P , looking at the plug the prong that looks like a bent L is your ground (green), the smaller of the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 380 volts applied to a 240 volt main, flagrant violation, time james
flagrant violation, time james, first victim: James, As a matter of fact its a flagrant violation and an extremely dangerous one. You have very good reason to be concerned because your life is in danger. You don t apply 380 volts to equipment that is rated for 250 its that simple. This equipment...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 50 volts from switch, don hi, neutral wire
don hi, neutral wire, neutrals: Hi. How many wires do you have at the switch? If there is only one black and one white, both wires are hot wires. There are no neutrals at a switch loop. You can not connect anything to a switch loop. If there are more wires, and you are getting funny...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 5th wheel, amp plug, amp circuit
amp plug, amp circuit, 5th wheel: Shannon, We need to make sure the AC unit in the back is definitely 240 volt not 120 volt. It is possible that it is a 30 amp 120 volt plug but I doubt it. It should say right on the AC unit what voltage it is. If you pull the front cover off the unit and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 6 Wire Outlet Replacement, wire nut, two blacks
wire nut, two blacks, receptacle: Sidney, Very simple, you will connect all 3 blacks together then add a 4th black wire to this group and wire nut them. Connect the other end of the 4th wire to your single receptacle. Do the same thing with the 3 white wires, connect them together then...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 60A subpanel, san jose california, subpanel
san jose california, subpanel, crawl space: Hi. You can use normal wire for a crawl space. It does not have to be waterproof. The thicker the wire, the safer it is. So, I would leave the wire there. The wire should be stapled to the studs. It really does not need any other protection. I...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 700 ft distance wiring, voltage drop calculator, mike holt
voltage drop calculator, mike holt, well pump: Hi John. I don t have my codebook handy, but I will give you a link to figure your voltage drop, and then you might be able to find an online raceway fill chart. Voltage drop calculator: http://www.southwire.com/voltagedropcalculator.jsp raceway chart...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding a ceiling fan with no light in ceiling, upstairs room, lighting fixture
upstairs room, lighting fixture, electrical outlet: Hi. I have not seen that. You might be able to get a regular fan, and a swag kit. However, you should be able to put a box in the ceiling. You might need to make some holes for the wires. There should be joists between the roof and the ceiling, and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding fan/lite from receptacle, dual switch, receptacle
dual switch, receptacle, thanks in advance: If you REALLY knew how to do it at the end of the circuit, you would know how to do it in the middle of the circuit. How about you tell ME what you plan to do, thoroughly, step by step, and I will tell you where you are wrong and what you need to do instead.....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Adding a light and its switch to a loft, storage loft, adding a light
storage loft, adding a light, new lighting: Hi. The diagram is correct. However, you may have accidently connected the power for the new switch on the wrong side of the existing switch. Follow the wire bringing power for the new switch, and make sure it is on the line side of the old switch. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Addition of 100 AMP Outdoor CB Box, weather proof, outdoor weather
weather proof, outdoor weather, amperage: Hi. It all depends on the kind of wire, and the length of the run. Normally when you buy the wire, the retailer should have an ampacity chart based on amperage and length. The very minimum for 100 amps is number 4 copper. I hope this helps. Bo...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Air Compressor Question, amp breaker, fuse panel
amp breaker, fuse panel, shock hazard: Hi. The outlet is definitely a 220 volt outlet. But any switch has to turn off both hot wires. It has to be a double pole switch. You can t just turn off half of the electricity to an appliance. It can damage the appliance and cause a shock. The...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Amps/watts, single or three phase, & 220 wiring..., amp circuit, volts amps
amp circuit, volts amps, amperage: On the high end, at 220 volts, a 14,300 watt device needs a 65 amp circuit. The formula is watts divided by volts = amps. There are convertors but they are very pricey for this many amps to convert a three phase to single phase. It may be more feasible to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: can I add a dryer outlet to my breaker?, Philadelphia, Bella Viata
Philadelphia, Bella Viata, electricians: Hi Don, That is an old panel. You should have an electrician look at the panel. I have a few safety concerns that pop up into my mind when you said you had a Trubull Electric box. I think you should look into updating that box. Bill Lutz Generation...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a 240 outlet, amp service, don hi
amp service, don hi, clothes dryer: Hi Don. From your description, it sounds like you have only a 60 amp service, which would not be large enough for additional loads. I suggest you contact a local electrical shop to give you an estimate to upgrade your service, or to determine the service...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a dimmer switch, porch light, kitchen lighting
porch light, kitchen lighting, dimmer switch: Hi William. You probably had 1 wire inside the box that attached to two different screws on different switches. Remove one of these wires (on the kitchen switch) and connect it to the dimmer. Remove the remaining wire from the kitchen switch and connect...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding electrical outlets, lighting circuit, wire nuts
lighting circuit, wire nuts, general lighting: Hi. You may not want to add anything else on this circuit. What do these wires go to? Is it a general lighting circuit, and is there enough capacity for what you want to connect? You may not be able to put the outlet on this box even if you have capacity,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding lights n switch, electrian, light switch
electrian, light switch, unfinished basement: Paul Yes you can add a switch take a wire 14-2 form the light that has the power in it from the panel,use that wire to go to the new switch.From there you can go from switch to light to light Etc.In the light that has power only use the 2 wires black & white...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding another outlet to an existing one, gfci outlet, recepticals
gfci outlet, recepticals, receptical: Hi. You can install a GFCI anywhere in the circuit, but it can t protect any outlets before it. It doesn t have to protect any after it, depending on how you wire it. If you wire all the wires to the line side, only the GFCI will be protected. If you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: adding a switch for low voltage undercabinet lighting, adding a light switch, new cabinets
adding a light switch, new cabinets, lighting circuits: Hi. I am talking about what is there now. If you have only one black and one white, then it is a switch loop. They are both hot wires, so you would have no neutral to run the lights. Three conductor wire would work if you were wiring it up from scratch....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: aluminum wiring and breakers flipping, Philadelphia, Bella Viata
Philadelphia, Bella Viata, electricians: Hi Marie, It sounds like you have a bad breaker or electrical panel. I would call in an electrician and have the first problem fixed immediately. I would also start to plan on having my wiring up graded. Aluminum wiring should be replaced when ever possible....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: attic wiring, Philadelphia, Bella Viata
Philadelphia, Bella Viata, electricians: Hi Robert, If the attic is not habitable space you can run that wire strait through the attic with on problem. I would just keep it out of the way in case you ever walk through or store something up there. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Bad Electrical Outlet, upstairs bathroom, electrical outlet
upstairs bathroom, electrical outlet, receptacles: I suppose it used to work ok? Wire it the way it was originally Plug in testers give false readings if there is more than one problem. You may find your problem at another outlet ..or...did the GFI tripping turn off the other recps that were ok? ...or...did...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Bathroom Light Fixture, bathroom light fixture, pigtails
bathroom light fixture, pigtails: Hi. Yes, the bundle of white wires from the fixture would act as one white, and the bundle of black would act as one black. However, if it is too many wires to cap together, then use a short piece of wire to make one white and one black wire for the fixture....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker Box Question, surge suppressor, electrical storms
surge suppressor, electrical storms, hot wire: Hi. No, the surge can still come from the neutral or ground. The breaker will stop only the hot wire. And actually a strike could arc across where it is shut off. Removing the breaker is very involved, and can lead to a shock if you are not very careful....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Breaker box full need to make some room, amp breaker, breakers
amp breaker, breakers, amps: Hi. Those double breaker in one slot will usually not work anyway. The boxes are made to hold only 10 breakers per 50 amps. So, if that is what you already have, the box is made to reject those type of breakers. The proper way is to have your home...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom/dining lighting doesn't work, porch lights, gfci outlet
porch lights, gfci outlet, loose wires: Look for a gfci outlet that may be tripped. It could be located outside or in the bathroom. Also, turn each breaker fully off and then back on to make sure you do not have a tripped breaker. A visual inspection does not always show a tripped breaker. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom light, jumper wire, wire nuts
jumper wire, wire nuts, earth ground: Hi. When you get a reading with a meter, but not with a bulb, you are getting feedback. In most cases, it means that a white neutral wire is not making contact somewhere. These things can be hard to track down. Somewhere in the circuit, there is a break....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom plug humming & warm to touch, aluminum wiring, periodic maintenance
aluminum wiring, periodic maintenance, razor: Hi. There could be many reasons. The outlet may be defective, or the wire may be loose to it (especially if it is pushed in rather than screwed in). Or there may be something else on the circuit that is causing it to overload. I would replace the outlet...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bathroom wiring, neutral wire, gfci
neutral wire, gfci, romex: Hi. If everything is working OK, I wouldn t worry about it. You are getting a funny reading because it is in series with the light and fan. However, if it is not, then you may not have a neutral wire in the switch box, and will need to run one from the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bedroom breakers pop every morning, Philadelphia, Bella Viata
Philadelphia, Bella Viata, electricians: Hi Mike, You have what is called an arc fault breaker in your bedroom. They are extra sensitive and can be incompatible with something you plug in. They also make your home much safer.It could be an alarm clock or a shaver that id setting off your breaker....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: bedroom breakers pop every morning, afci breakers, alarm clock
afci breakers, alarm clock, arcs: Hi. The breakers for the bedroom are AFCI breakers. These trip when there is an arc in the system. Arcs are bad connections which can heat up and cause a fire. However, sometimes switches arc. You can either plug things in one at a time, and see what...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: box with two switch poles and two electral plugs., blown fuse, garbage disposal
blown fuse, garbage disposal, electrical outlets: Hi. Not having a ground would not be the cause of a tripped breaker or blown fuse. Most likely you have 2 circuits in there, since disposals require a separate circuit, and kitchen lights should not be on the same circuit as any appliances or outlets...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: brief buzz as AC kicks on, Philadelphia, Bella Viata
Philadelphia, Bella Viata, electricians: Hi Tim, You problem could be a power factor problem. http://www.ezenergysavings.com/ Not all the electricity delivered to everyone s home is in the correct form when your appliances call for it. That buzzing could be wasted power. The link above is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling Fan, overhead light, ceiling fan
overhead light, ceiling fan, light fixture: Hi. You might have had a wire in the box touching something it shouldn t have. When you took the fan down, that wire may have moved. You can go back and look and see if there are any black marks anywhere. The fan shouldn t trip the breaker while it is...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ceiling light installation, light fixture, screw
light fixture, screw, shed: Jay, If you used a plastic box and a pullchain fixture there is no place or need to connect the ground wire in your situation, just curl it up in the back of the box. However if you used a metal box then you will connect the ground wire with a green ground...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Change a double outlet to accomodate new appliance., stove types, economic recession
stove types, economic recession, fan combo: Hi Kathleen, Just getting back in...been one busy electrical season for an economic recession. There are two basic style types of under the cabinet - over the stove types of fans (or fan combo units)....styles that are intented for hard-wiring...and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Changing out plug receptacles, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, electrician: Hi Krista, Something do take professional to do correctly. I would not recommend you to replace all the outlets in your home unless you had some experience doing electric work in the past. You could treat it as a bunch of small jobs. Only change one outlet...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Changing switches in mobile home, 3 way switches, porch light
3 way switches, porch light, back porch: Edgar, Your giving me conflicting and confusing information. When you say a double switch do you mean two separate switches in a double gang box or do you mean 2 switches in one device in one box ? You also say there are 3 wires going to each switch...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit Breakers Keep Tripping, circuit breakers, electrical problem
circuit breakers, electrical problem, electrician: Hi. If the breaker box gets hot or even warm, it could cause the breakers to trip. The box could get hot from a wire arcing, so look for dark spots, etc. It could be that two problems are unrelated. Self cleaning uses a lot of electricity, so perhaps...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit reads 60 volts inplace of 120 volts, outlet boxes, broken wires
outlet boxes, broken wires, gfci: Check each outlet by turning off the breaker and pulling the outlet far enough out of the box to examine for loose or broken wires. If you cannot see loose or broken wires check the voltage. Unless there is a junction box in the attic or basement one of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Circuit requires two breakers to turn off, Philadelphia, Bella Viata
Philadelphia, Bella Viata, electricians: Hi Jordan, I would call an electrician for a first hand look. What I think they will do is break the circuit in the middle so that you have two functioning circuits. Someone need to be there with a tester to do this right. Bill Lutz Generation...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Conduit Wiring, wood frame walls, pvc boxes
wood frame walls, pvc boxes, pvc conduit: Your very welcome Tom, 1) yes you can run 1 ground wire for every 2-110V circuits in a single phase situation like you have. In other words in this group of wires you would have one neutral (white wire) that you will share between the two hot wires (red,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Is my cable in-wall rated?, bob osgood, master electrician
bob osgood, master electrician, pvc jacket: Hi Scott, Just getting back in...been one busy electrical season for an economic recession. Based on the data you supplied...and breaking down the code...it tells me this is a USB cable - and the Code indicates it is dark gray and that it has passed...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan, bare wire, live wire
bare wire, live wire, mounting bracket: Hal, The bare wire is your ground. You will connect white of the fan to white in the box, black of the fan will connect to black in the box, if you have a light on the fan connect the blue of the fan to the black in the box as well, if you don t then...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan installation, ceiling fan installation, wire nuts
ceiling fan installation, wire nuts, light fixture: This should have been correct. You will need to purchase a volt tester from a home supply. It is about the size of a permanent marker and the tip either lights up or it will tone or both in the presence of voltage. It has to actually touch the power wire to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan & light, ceiling fan light, single box
ceiling fan light, single box: Hi. Assuming that the power enters the switch first, then you would have to run another wire from the switch to either the light or the fan. The white wire at the switch would connect to the other whites, the black to the switch. The other terminal of the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: circuit wiring for ceiling fan w 2 switch & separate electrical outlet, dual switch, perpendicular wall
dual switch, perpendicular wall, flip switch: Hi. At the switch box, the black power wire coming in will connect to all the switches. If the fan/light switch has a wire, then connect it, along with the power coming in and a short piece to the outlet switch. If fan/light switch has screws, then run...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: confuring chandelier wiring, new chandelier, wire nut
new chandelier, wire nut, neutral wire: Hal Since this house is that old, they used cloth covered wires and the color was under the cloth. They only had black /white, so to answer your question.The hot wire should go the reds and the white wire to neutral.When you hook up the fixture you need find...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: How to connect 6/2 W/G Nmb Cable, step down transformer, xfmr
step down transformer, xfmr, j box: It sounds like they thought about getting 220 volts after they ran the wire, which should of been 6/3 not 6/2. What they have done is incorrect and unsafe. The braided shield should not be used as a neutral. Sorry to say that the previous home owner...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: curcuit breakers, curcuit breaker, curcuit breakers
curcuit breaker, curcuit breakers, electrical inspectors: Hi. It is best not to. Some breakers will fit only their own brand, and some are interchangeable. Some electrical inspectors will not allow any breakers in a box that are not the same company as the box. Even if it won t get inspected, it is best to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dead circuit, Philadelphia, Bella Viata
Philadelphia, Bella Viata, electricians: Hi Carlos, You need to use an electrical tester to see where the power stopped. with out a tester you are working in the dark. No pun intended. First test to see it power is leaving the breaker. Then follow it down until you find the break in power. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dead outlets, wire nuts, overhead lighting
wire nuts, overhead lighting, lighting fixture: Hi. This happens once in a while. Usually one of the wires is not making contact, even though it looks like they are. Turn the power off, and take the wire nuts off and make sure the metal part of the wires are making contact. If you have a tester,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Dimmer noise, electronic dimmers, halogen lamps
electronic dimmers, halogen lamps, low voltage lights: James, Yes this is a common problem with electronic dimmers causing the filaments to vibrate and you hear the hum which gets louder as you dim the lights down. If there is any kind of backround noise you usually do not notice it but that doesn t seem to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: detached sub panel, pole barn, phone cable
pole barn, phone cable, conductors: Hi. You can have a sub panel at the barn that comes from the main panel. However, if there are any other metal paths (phone, cable, water)between the house and the barn, you must have a ground wire between the buildings. I hope this helps. Bo...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: dimmer light on ceiling fan, light socket, different light
light socket, different light, ceiling fan: Hi. I have not heard of that happening. You can try to connect another socket, and see if it helps. If not, then it might be the wiring in the fan. Was there ever a remote control? Remotes have dimmers. See if there is something in the canopy that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: doorbell trips arc fault, Philadelphia, Bella Viata
Philadelphia, Bella Viata, electricians: Hi Justin, Some devices will just false trip an Arc fault breaker. The door bell in you house may be confusing the breaker s circuit. I would replace the door bell. A different brand or type of door bell could work better for you. Arc fault breaker really...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: double switch wiring, switch legs, double switch
switch legs, double switch, light fan: Hi Catherine. Your double switch combo should have a metal link between two of the screws, on one side or the other. If this is not there, then you will need to make a jumper to connect the two, along with the hot wire feeding this box. You just tie the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electric Dog Fence, perimeter fencing, electric dog fence
perimeter fencing, electric dog fence, ohm meter: Hi, I am not familiar with Perimeter Fencing in the UK. My suggestion would be to call the place that you bought the fence from to see what they suggest. You can get an Ohm meter and touch the meter to the boundary wire (while it is disconnected from...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electric meter, energy efficient light bulbs, refrigerator coils
energy efficient light bulbs, refrigerator coils, electric water heater: We can all expect higher bills due to our new administration. But with politics aside, there are devices you can buy that measures your wattage usage and then you can compare that with what the electric company is billing you. Right now voting is our...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electric Panel, smudge, home inspection
smudge, home inspection, electrician: Was the hot breaker for the A/C? If so, an A/C works hardest in the afternoon and if the sun hits the outdoor unit and stays on it for several hours it can run longer. If it was the A/C breaker and you are still concerned it would probably be better to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical, amp circuits, conductor wire
amp circuits, conductor wire, 3 way switches: Hi. The outlets in the kitchen must be separate from any lights and fans, and these must be 20 amp circuits with 12 gauge wire. The lights and fans can be either 20 or 15 amp circuits. You can run 3 way switches, but you will need to run 3 conductor...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical code question: does the code require neutrals in wall switch boxes?, home automation x10, x10 devices
home automation x10, x10 devices, automation devices: Paul, The NEC does not require a neutral to be installed to a switch outlet. However if this is useful to you by all means do it. Your correct that the hot not the neutral is the wire to be switched. It would be a violation to use the ground...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical outlet / Kitchen, gfci outlet, coffee maker
gfci outlet, coffee maker, electrical outlet: Hi. Sometimes kitchen outlets are wired on a shared neutral circuit. Is the breaker for that outlet a double pole outlet? If the neutral comes loose, then the two circuits would be in series with each other at 220 volts. That would damage the coffee...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical problem, gfi outlet, hvac service
gfi outlet, hvac service, jason taylor: Jason, First check that all the white wires in the main panel are tight, then check again for power. If your still out then check the closest nonworking receptacle(s) to the panel and the closest working receptacles to the non working one s also. Your looking...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical Wiring in the Home - AFCI, bearer of bad news, wire nut
bearer of bad news, wire nut, nuetral: Hi. No, I misunderstood your question. The wiring before the AFCIs should not matter, just the wire after. The neutral should go through the breaker. The neutral connects to the breaker, and then the breaker connects to the neutral bar. is that how...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electrical wiring and arcing., volt ohm meter, wire insulation
volt ohm meter, wire insulation, wire bundle: Harry, Remove the single black wire you have connected to all the white wires. Thats your problem. Then you will connect the white wires from the fixture to the group of white wires in the box and the black wires from the fixture to the single black wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Extending a circuit, granite vanity, vanity tops
granite vanity, vanity tops, compression type: Hi TJ. You cannot splice a cable anywhere but in a box, so you can t do as you suggest. I recommend you pull the cable back down to the crawlspace and install a splice box, and run new cable up to new location. Good luck. Rick Miell PS. Have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Exterior garage lights, garage door opener, wall switch
garage door opener, wall switch, stanley: Hi. Many years ago, Stanley made a gargage door opener that was X10 compatible. Unfortunately they sold that division to Whistler who went out of business. I have not seen any since. You may want to look at Smarthome.com to see what they have. X10...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electical question, couple tv, amps
couple tv, amps, vacuum: Hi Robert. It is not the number of plugs, but what you plug into those plugs that determines how many can be in use at once. You do not want to exceed 15 amps on that circuit. So, if you have a couple TV s, some other appliances, and a vacuum cleaner, you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electric bill is 2x my neighbors, Philadelphia, Bella Viata
Philadelphia, Bella Viata, electricians: Hi Paul, That could be the problem. First thing I would check is what is the rate you are paying for power for you power. The power company could be charging you a commercial rate and your neighbor a residential rate. The second thing could be your power...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electric boxes, amp fuse, electric boxes
amp fuse, electric boxes, fuse box: Hi. There is something called a circuit breaker finder, but it is expensive. It should work with fuses too. You can get them at any home center. Usually, you unscrew a fuse and see what goes off. That is how you can tell. I hope I answered your question....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electric outlet, electric outlet
electric outlet: Mike Have you checked to see if there is any power on the wires? Take the outlet out and check the wires from black to white and then from black to green (if there is one). If there is no power from black to white go to the previous outlet and do the same....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electric switch for submersible pump, electric switch, well pump
electric switch, well pump, pressure switch: Vickie, It sounds like the well pump motor might be defective for whatever reason. You said you replaced the switch for the pump which I m assuming is the pressure switch, so again assuming you installed it correctly and the breaker tripped when the switch...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical, loose connection
loose connection: Hi. A loose connection could easily cause a wire to burn at the location it is loose, because there would be arcing. I suppose if the arcing used more amperage than the wire was designed to carry it could cause a wire to burn elsewhere, but that would seem...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical, way switch, hot wire
way switch, hot wire, timer: Hi Charles. If you are asking which wire will land on the common terminal on a 3-way switch, it will either be the hot wire, or it will be the switch leg wire, depending where you are at in the circuit. If you are looking for a diagram to wire this,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical outlet, electrical outlet, nothing works
electrical outlet, nothing works, ofcourse: The white should go on the side with the biggest prong. The other side has a tab that needs to be broken so the upper outlet is electrically disconnected from the lower outlet. Then, the black goes on top and the red on the bottom. One will now be controlled...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical outlet, duplex receptacle, burn marks
duplex receptacle, burn marks, electrical outlet: Peter, The neutral (white wire) has developed a bad connection at some point. If it is the only outlet thats doing this then check the closest working outlets to it, wether they be on the same side of the wall or the other or an adjacent wall. Most likely...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical outlets, water filteration system, dehumifier
water filteration system, dehumifier, electrical outlets: Hi Kathy. The builder, as far as I know, does not have to provide this extra outlet, though why he wouldn t is beyond me. It is not hard to do, and can come off the same circuit that the existing outlet is fed from, as long as the outlets are GFCI protected....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical problem after storm, nasty shock, electrical problem
nasty shock, electrical problem, gfci: Hi. If the circuit is made for a GFCI, then it should have one. Someone could get a nasty shock. The power coming in goes to the line side. If there is anything else connected to it, it goes to the load side. If it trips with other things connected...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: electrical wire and panel, combination panel, bearer of bad news
combination panel, bearer of bad news, hydro line: Hi. If you change a breaker without changing the wire, you will likely have a fire. Most insurance policies will not cover damage caused by wiring done by non-electricians. You will need wire thick enough to handle the amperage, and the voltage drop...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: eletric panel, Philadelphia, Bella Viata
Philadelphia, Bella Viata, electricians: Hi Paul, You don t wire in a sub-panel. You need to replace the whole electrical service. The fuse box must be close to 100 years old now. Putting on a sub-panel will only cause you problem. It could even over load your service and make it ever more unsafe...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Fire shooting out of outlet, electrian, residual power
electrian, residual power, electricians: Kristen Yes if the breaker is off you are fine. I would remove the cover and the outlet from that box to see what the cause is,most likely the outlet is bad. It is easy to change just put the wires back the way they were with hot on the right and white...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Fireplace wiring, gas fireplace, fan blower
gas fireplace, fan blower, j box: Chad Some fireplaces have a built in cord so you can plug it into a wall outlet.This outlet should be accessible in the fire place space.IF no plug run a romex to the fireplace J-box.You do not need to use a metal whip as this is a residential job.you may...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Fireplace wiring, Philadelphia, Bella Viata
Philadelphia, Bella Viata, electricians: Hi Carlos, Your fireplace has to be designed so that the outside of the exhaust can not start an accidental fire. Still you don t want to rest anything directly against it. You should be fine running your conduit. I would just give your fire as much clearance...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 110 outlet off a 220v outlet, electrical appliance, europe
Electrical Wiring in the Home: 110 outlet off a 220v outlet, electrical appliance, europe, united states

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 2 AWG wire in 150 amp main
Electrical Wiring in the Home: 2 AWG wire in 150 amp main

Electrical Wiring in the Home: 2 speed fan wiring, rotary switch, rla
Electrical Wiring in the Home: 2 speed fan wiring, rotary switch, rla, hi speed

Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan installation, ceiling fan installation, inexperienced person
Electrical Wiring in the Home: ceiling fan installation, ceiling fan installation, inexperienced person, light fan

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electric Dog Fence, circuit tracer, electrician
Electrical Wiring in the Home: Electric Dog Fence, circuit tracer, electrician

Electrical Wiring in the Home: invisible fence alarm, quadrant
Electrical Wiring in the Home: invisible fence alarm, quadrant

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Loud 'snap' or 'crack heard., hook up, pg e
Electrical Wiring in the Home: Loud 'snap' or 'crack heard., hook up, pg e, computer room

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Main breaker problem, insulation, bottom line
Electrical Wiring in the Home: Main breaker problem, insulation, bottom line, service wire

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pool motor failures, smith motors, pool supply
Electrical Wiring in the Home: pool motor failures, smith motors, pool supply, warranties

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power meter replacement, electric meter, lan cable
Electrical Wiring in the Home: power meter replacement, electric meter, lan cable, cable power

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing my exisiting timer, dry weather, gfi
Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing my exisiting timer, dry weather, gfi, missing something

Electrical Wiring in the Home: transformer plug- in hot, rule of thumb, cable box
Electrical Wiring in the Home: transformer plug- in hot, rule of thumb, cable box, fire danger

Electrical Wiring in the Home: faulty connection, loose connection, cfl bulbs
loose connection, cfl bulbs, glows: Hi. Some CFL bulbs will do that. I have heard Phillips is more likely to do that. It s just the nature of it, and changing the fixture or switch will not do anything. If it is not a CFL bulb, then send me a follow up question with the type of bulb,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: feeding 2 dp 60amp breakers, number 6, breakers
number 6, breakers, dp: Hi. Different types of wire, and different lengths require different sizes. When you buy the wire, the retailer should have an ampacity chart based on length for their type of wire. You will need at least number 6 copper for 60 amps. I hope this helps....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: forgot the picture, low voltage wiring, bedrooms and hallways
low voltage wiring, bedrooms and hallways, ground wires: Ok Chris those appear to be alarm wires to me , as a matter of fact they are probably for a smoke detector, two red wires in and 2 red wires out to the next detector. Its a plastic box, there are no ground wires present and the red wires are skinny which are...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: fuse selection for residential hosehold, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, electrician: Hi Tim, You need to up grade you electrical system. I m sorry to say but you have nearly a 100 year old system and it I would not consider it to be safe enough for my standards. I would first start by changing out your fuse box to a new circuit breaker...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Garage and indoor wall plugs not working, Philadelphia, Bella Viata
Philadelphia, Bella Viata, electricians: Hi Denise, I m not sure that fixing it on your own is a wise move. The most common cause of a power outage form the situation you described is a loose or bad connection. If not found this could start a fire. You could correct the symptom of the problem...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Generator idle control switch, metal halides, halogen lamps
metal halides, halogen lamps, metal halide lights: Andy, I would address this problem with the manufacturer of the generator. They should be able to tell you instantly what that solenoid does and why its not being used on your unit. Maybe its the reason why your not getting full power and maybe its not,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Generator wire size, copper wire, panelboards
copper wire, panelboards, amps: Hi Ken. I don t have my codebook handy, however, 153 amps should be ok on around a 1/0 copper, but you will need to check a codebook to make sure. One half of 153 is 76.5, which would rewuire a #4 copper wire, I think. The codebook will tell you this...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI in Bathroom, gfci outlets, blow dryers
gfci outlets, blow dryers, amp circuit: According to the NEC, your bath outlet(s) should be on their own circuit. If you have only one bathroom the bathroom light and outlet can be on the same circuit. Even if the NEC did not specify this, you would not want bathroom outlets on the same circuit...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFCI Outlet installation problem, electronic timer, incandescent bulbs
electronic timer, incandescent bulbs, installing a gfci outlet: Hi. Yes, only outlets require GFCIs. Permanently installed lights do not. It is much better to have the GFCIs at each outlet. Long lengths of wire can cause the GFCI to trip. Also, when each outlet is controlled by a GFCI, it is easier to find the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI, authority having jurisdiction, shock hazard
authority having jurisdiction, shock hazard, light switches: I am acting under the belief that this is a private, owner-only boathouse, not a marina or public facility, nor associated with a multi-user environment. Lights don t need GFI protection unless in a shower. Make sure there is adequate grounding of the lighting...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFI installation, Philadelphia, Bella Viata
Philadelphia, Bella Viata, electricians: Hi Charles, Yes the GFCI will work on a two wire system. The code actually want electricians to replace two prong outlet with GFCI outlet. I world really prefer you to start replacing the old wiring. The GFCI is only a band aid on a bigger problem. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: GFIC, gfci outlets, swith
gfci outlets, swith, gfic: Some GFCI outlets trip when power is taken away, so that is the one you would avoid if you want to install a switch to control it. I cannot think of the name of them at the moment but you should be able to ask your local home center or wherever you plan to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Gfi, crackling sound, coffee machine
crackling sound, coffee machine, fuse box: Hi. It is hard to say what happened. A GFCI should shut off only where there is a ground fault. So, it probably should not have shut off. Lights and kitchen outlets should not be on the same circuit. Perhaps it was allowed in 1950. Or perhaps someone...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Grounding, well casing, daisy chain
well casing, daisy chain, ground rods: Hi John. You can drive it until it just is covered, or deeper if you want. If the existing wire is long enough, it can be used. At least 6 radius is what you want to do, and you can daisy chain between the rods, using multiple clamps, or rerun the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Grounding old house 2 prong outlets, short circuits, recepticals
short circuits, recepticals, outlet location: What your electrician has done is against the NEC. The ground prong opening should be blocked or grounded properly. GFI recps provide no protection from short circuits. Demand your money back. If you want grounded outlets, you need to run a grounded...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Grounding Receptacles in Old Homes, gfci outlet, short circuits
gfci outlet, short circuits, neutral wire: Hi John. The wall lights are incorrectly wired, and are an electrical hazard. You never use the neutral wire for grounding purposes. Disable these outlets, and do not wire new outlets using this method. You are allowed to replace a 2 wire outlet with...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Grounding of switches, national electrical code, wall switches
national electrical code, wall switches, swiches: Hi Jim. According to the 2008 National Electrical Code, Article 404.9(B), all swiches are to be grounded. There are a few exceptions, but in your case none apply. I would take this up with the electrical inspector. There may be local rules that override...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Grounding Wires connected to bus, Philadelphia, Bella Viata
Philadelphia, Bella Viata, electricians: Hi Terri, I do not know of such a code and have never had an inspector request this. I would ask the inspector to provide a cut of this code. Ask him politely where this code is stated. Is it in the NEC? Is it a state code? Is if something that the manufacture...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: generator to run hot wwater heater, amperage, electrical supply
amperage, electrical supply, transfer switch: Hi. The only safe way to use a generator is to use a transfer switch. This will transfer the power from the main panel to the generator. If you do use a plug, then you need to check the amperage of the water heater, and buy a plug made for that amperage....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: gfci outlet problem, metal siding, ground wires
metal siding, ground wires, gfi: Hi. My guess is that water got into the outside outlets. Of course, make sure everything is unplugged to rule out what is plugged in. Disconnect the load from the GFCI you are working on and see if it works. Then connect the wiring a part at a time until...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: gfci recpticle, heat damage, wall space
heat damage, wall space, receptacle: Ok your neutral (white wire) connection is compromised some where, probably at the previous up stream receptacle this GFI is fed from , its just a question of where. Check the nearest receptacles to this one especially ones along the same stretch of wall space...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: gfi controlled receptacle, gfi receptacle, voltage readings
gfi receptacle, voltage readings, first communication: Hi. I am sure it is a disconnected white wire somewhere. While it is rare for a problem to develop in the middle of a wire, that could be the problem. Perhaps someone drove a nail through it. But I would keep checking the white wire connections. Perhaps...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: greenhouse heater requires 220/240 volt outlet, volt extension cord, greenhouse heater
volt extension cord, greenhouse heater, propane heater: Hello Ellie, I think a 4000 watt heater would keep your plants nice and toasty in a small green house the size you mentioned. You could run a 4000 watt 240 volt heater on a 20 amp line instead of a 30 which makes all the materials smaller and cheaper but...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: grounding existing slab, spa area, perimiter
spa area, perimiter, rebar: Edward, Do you know there is rebar in the existing slab ? Obviously if there is none you don t have to worry about it. From what I see the code does not require retro grounding and bonding in your existing situation. Now if you had built the pavillion...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: grounding outlets, gfci outlets, ball park
gfci outlets, ball park, prong: Hi. There is no way anyone could give you even a ball park estimate, because it would mean tearing out walls and doing major changes. On top of that it would depend on the area of the country, and how badly anyone wants the job. However, it is OK to...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: grounding for track lights, Philadelphia, Bella Viata
Philadelphia, Bella Viata, electricians: Hi Kerry, You don t have to ground it. If it attaches to a metal box ground the box. If not just tuck the ground away. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com http://www.philadelphia-electricians-how-to.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: grounding wire, grounding wire, flower bed
grounding wire, flower bed, gomez: If they laid the grounding rod down at the proper depth you should be able to pour over the rod. The wire connecting the rod and the panel should be in conduit at the same depth. So you need to find out if the grounding was done correctly before you pour...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Home Grounding Issue, electric clothes dryer, heating element
electric clothes dryer, heating element, neutral wire: Hi. The ground is a safety system, but should not affect the operation of anything. I also don t see how anyone can get 240 volts from one hot wire and a neutral. Each leg of a hot wire should be 120. When you have two hot wires, then you get 240. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Home Re-wiring, romex, city of baltimore
romex, city of baltimore: Hi. Almost all homes are wired with nonmetallic wire. That would be NM-B. It is also called Romex, which is a trade name. Anything outside or underground would require UF-B. You may want to see if any local codes require anything different. It would...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Home Wiring, amp circuits, amp breaker
amp circuits, amp breaker, sump pumps: Hi. The biggest appliances, should be on their own circuits, so that is usually not an issue. The room that takes the most electricity is the kitchen. You should have 2 20 amp circuits for just the kitchen and dining outlets. Normally things like a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Hot Tub Circuit, load wires, neutral wire
load wires, neutral wire, hi bob: Hi. It sounds like you did everything correctly. I don t know of any way to find the problem other than visual inspection. Make sure that nothing is touching the ground wire, and that there is no way the electricity can leak into the ground or grounded...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: HVAC, hunter programmable thermostat, wood furnace
hunter programmable thermostat, wood furnace, plenum chamber: OK if you have a line voltage limit switch that turns the blower on when the plenum chamber gets hot enough, you have to get a 24 volt 10, 15 or 20 amp single pole relay. In other words the coil on the relay is 24 volts and will be controlled by the cooling...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: half of my lights went out, question thanks, power source
question thanks, power source, watching tv: Hi Rob, If you have a single power feed from the utility company either their power source went bad or the wire feeding your townhouse went bad. I have seen the main breaker go out only on one side which would give you these symptoms. Call the utility...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: help!, neutral wire, light test
neutral wire, light test, light switch: Hi. It sounds like you connected these to a light switch going to something else. This is called a switch loop, and there is no neutral there. You will need to tap power from somewhere else. If that is not the case, then look for a loose neutral...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: house voltage, zinsco breakers, countless computers
zinsco breakers, countless computers, amp service: Kimberly, If this house was built in 1974 it should have at least a 100 amp service with 120 / 240 volts. The fact that you have breakers and a heat pump which typically operates on 240 volts indicates such. You may not need to do anything. I would say...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: household wiring, Philadelphia, Bella Viata
Philadelphia, Bella Viata, electricians: Hi Jessica, 1# You have to follow the manufactures instructions for your microwave. You don t want to find out that it is causing you a problem in the future. 2# Just leave the red wire capped in in the box. As long as you put a wire nut on the red wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Induction range - how to check amperage?, amp circuit, electric stove
amp circuit, electric stove, circuit breaker panel: If you go to your circuit breaker panel you should find several double breakers, meaning they are connected together with a bar. One should be for your oven, one should be for your dryer, one should be for your water heater, and one should be for your...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Installing Ceiling Light Fixture, ceiling light fixture, hanging ceiling
ceiling light fixture, hanging ceiling, lamp cord: Hi. The wire that goes to the socket s threaded shell should be the white, and the wire that goes to the button on the bottom of the socket should be the black. If it is lamp cord, one side will either have very small writing on it, or will be grooved,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Installing a double switch, fan speed control, installing a ceiling fan
fan speed control, installing a ceiling fan, dim the light: Patrick, Using a combination switch over switch will only let you turn the light on and off and turn the fan on and off. In other words you won t be able to control the speed of the fan or dim the light. And maybe thats all you want or need but you should...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Installing Indoor Wall Timer, timer switch, intermatic ej500
timer switch, intermatic ej500, air gap: Mike, Take the timer out and disconnect it completely so yourt starting from scratch. The two black wire s SHOULD be your hot wires, one coming into the box and the other going out to the next outlet, then the single black SHOULD go to your fixtures....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Installing a new electrical outlet off an existing one, couple factors, loose power
couple factors, loose power, circuit 3: Hi Tom, Whether you can tie into the nearby existing circuit or not depends on a couple factors 1). is the nearby existing circuit the end of the line..? (is it the last one on a circuit in the kitchen...have only one set of wires in it...a black,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Installing a new switch next to an existing 3 way, way switch, wire cable
way switch, wire cable, ground wire: Hi. No, it is not possible to tap there, unless the power happens to enter there. If it enters at the light or the other switch, it won t work. The power entering is most likely to be a 2 wire cable. There should also be a 3 wire cable. Put a tester...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Installing outside motion light, amp breaker, gauge wire
amp breaker, gauge wire, motion light: Hi. If the power enters the light first, then you can tap off of it so that it is on when the light is off. However, if the power enters the switch first, the motion light will work only when the switch is on. You can use number 10. But if you have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Interchangeable circuit breakers, circuit breakers, fpe
circuit breakers, fpe, question thanks: Hi Gary, I am aware of any sight like this. You should always match the breaker box with the same brand of breakers UNLESS the breaker packaging says it is approved for use in the other brand. Sure you can find certain breakers that will work but...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Invisible Fence, loop alarm, invisible fence
loop alarm, invisible fence, transmitter unit: IF you can vary the range of the transmitter signal and the collar beep further away from the line and closer to the line as you expand and contract the signal, then I agree with you, it appears to be working fine. Another noninvasive option would be to put...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: install two outdoor motion detector lamps, outdoor motion detector, outdoor lamps
outdoor motion detector, outdoor lamps, home depot: Hi. It is not possible for both lights to come on if one detects motion. You would just wire each one up as if it were a single unit, and follow the instructions. Usually the black connects to the power coming in, and the red connects to the black wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: installing gfci, gfci outlet, light switches
gfci outlet, light switches, hot wire: Hi Ted. I think I have it now. You are replacing a stacked switch/outlet combo with a stacked sw/outlet that is GFCI protected. Right? On the existing swtch/outlet, there should be a link between the two screws on one side (opposite where the white...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: installing new light, Philadelphia, Bella Viata
Philadelphia, Bella Viata, electricians: Hi Rob, The white wire is the neutral and it goes to the white of the light fixture. The red wire should be your switched hot wire and goes to the black of the light fixture. The two blacks wires in the box are constant hots. They just just get tucked in...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: installing a remote control for ceiling fan, celing fan, light bulbs
celing fan, light bulbs, power wires: Hi. The white and black should connect to the white and black power wires coming in. On the other side, white to white fan, black to black fan, and blue wire to the light kit which is probably blue or striped. The remotes are very sensitive, and could...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: intermatic timer, Philadelphia, Bella Viata
Philadelphia, Bella Viata, electricians: Hi Renaldo, I would go right to the source. For Technical Support please call 815-675-7000. Give then a call and I m sure they will be helpful. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com http://www.philadelphia-electricians-how-to.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: invisible dog fence, invisible dog fence, fence system
invisible dog fence, fence system, invisible fence: I understand your frustration and apologize for the bad advice you have gotten so far. Get an ohm meter and unhook the 2 boundary wire ends from the transmitter. Hold one end to the positive end of the meter (red lead) and one on the black lead. With 1/3 of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: invisible fence alarm, invisible fence, capacitor
invisible fence, capacitor, beep: iIt has either an internal capacitor or a battery that keeps the alarm going off. Unplug it and let it beep for a while. When that charge anticipates, it will stop beeping. You can also open up the box (after unplugging it of course) and put tape over the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Kitchen light still shows current when switched off., home remodeler, 3 way switches
home remodeler, 3 way switches, typical light: Hi Steve, My question is could this be the reason there is current going to the light?....I don t believe so, unless the generator was on. You didn t say. is it normal to have a typical light in a room, bypassing the main service and connected only...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: kitchen light, wire nuts, kitchen light
wire nuts, kitchen light, neutral wire: Hi. The outlet should be on another circuit, since all kitchen outlets are separate from lights. If you can get the light working between black and ground, but not black and white, then the white wire is not making contact somewhere. Check at the switch....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: kitchen receptical, volt circuits, hot wire
volt circuits, hot wire, two bars: Hi. The neutral provides the path for electricity to return, since it always has to work in a circle. The ground is for safety, and provides a path for electricity to return if it is not going to the right place. In reality, if a hot wire contacts a ground,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light Fixture, motion switch, light bulbs
motion switch, light bulbs, toggle switch: Hi. This is hard to figure out. You might want to check the voltage. If there was a mistake, it is possible to have 240 volts. This is rare. If the voltage is right, the bulbs should be OK. I assume that it is a simple toggle switch, and not a dimmer,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Light On in Off position., two blacks, light fixture
two blacks, light fixture, power cable: One of the cables with a black, white and ground is the power cable, the other is the switch leg. Get a volt tester at any home supply that either lights up the tip in the presence of voltage or tones or does both. Separate all four wire and make sure they...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Lights Flickering on a Single Circuit, master bedroom bath, screw gun
master bedroom bath, screw gun, aluminum wiring: Hi. If your house was built in the 1970 s, you may have aluminum wiring. This needs periodic maintenance, and can be dangerous if not maintained properly. It also requires special devices. However, it does sound like a bad connection somewhere in the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Loud 'snap' or 'crack heard., fuse box, tv man
fuse box, tv man, light fixture: Hi Corinne, I think you ll be fine but now that you mention this, my girlfriend had the exact same problem with a TV I bought her back a couple years ago and the TV while on did make a loud snapping sound every so often until the picture finally went...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Low Voltage Touch Plate problem, low voltage system, bathroom light
low voltage system, bathroom light, electrical shop: Hi Andrew. I think you are probably correct in thinking your relay is bad, however I don t think you can here it from the switch location, as most relays are grouped together somewhere, like in the attic or basement. You may hear it, but I think you are...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: length and size of wire, shop tools, nice day
shop tools, nice day, breakers: Hi Brian, This depends on the load to be served. I need the table saw and the planer information to determine this. Look on the Name plate which should be attached to the equipment. It will tell you either the watts, amps and/or the horsepower. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light switch plug combo, silver screw, brass screw
silver screw, brass screw, receptacle: Bill, I m assuming you had just a switch before and now you want to add the combo switch/receptacle. Unfortunately the receptacle will not work, the switch portion of the device will work but not the receptacle. The black and white wire in this case only...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: light timer, adjustable timer, light timer
adjustable timer, light timer, electronic timer: Billy, Yes this can be done and how you actually wire it depends upon the device you currently have and the type of adjustable timer you buy to work with it. . The whole idea here is accuracy as the seasons slowly change. The day night switch turns the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lighting, electrcian, frequent failure
electrcian, frequent failure, switch combination: OK lets back up a little, what were the circumstances leading up to the switch not working and I m assuming this switch is what contols the tube lighting given the way you posed the question, if thats not the case what does control the tube lighting and what...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: lights and wall sockets, wall sockets, lost one
wall sockets, lost one, breakers: Diane, It sounds like you may have lost one of the main power legs coming into your home which can effect multiple circuits in the house and none of the breakers will be tripped as you have said or all these things could be on the same circuit and there...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: line of mini pendants not working, watt bulbs, mini pendant lights
watt bulbs, mini pendant lights, hazardous situation: It sounds like when the light blew it shorted out and caused the dimmer to quit working. Turn off the breaker before following the next instructions. You will need to examine the light that blew to make sure you do not have a short. Once that is done...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Main breaker problem, fire alarm system, commercial appliances
fire alarm system, commercial appliances, aerial cable: Get the utility to replace the damaged aerial cable. This may have contributed to the main tripping, as you suggest. The economic life of an electrical service is well over at 50 yerars. Time to replace the service. The cables must be shot by now. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Main electrical panel grounding, buss bar, ground wires
buss bar, ground wires, merer: Bryan It depends on the power company rules some power company s do not want the ground hooked up inside the merer.Some power company s let you ground the meter can,then you will have to run a ground for the meter to the panel.The ground wires should be...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Main electrical panel, Philadelphia, Bella Viata
Philadelphia, Bella Viata, electricians: Hi Dave, You could get a device for your panel that corrects your power factor. It is a box filled with capacitors that store extra power for such a problem. Here is a link to the one we install here in Philadelphia. It will also save you money on your...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Mild shock / tingle off some appliances, Philadelphia, Bella Viata
Philadelphia, Bella Viata, electricians: Hi Mark, You need to contact an electrician. You have a dangerous problem. The cause is most likely a bad return path. Electricity is all way look to find it s way back to ground. If the path is not provided by your electrical system the electricity may...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Mini Breaker for fuse box, edison base, fuse box
edison base, fuse box, ac unit: Justin Have you checked the amperage on the AC unit? 15 amps seems small for a ac unless it is a small window shaker.Even then they need to be all by them selves because the start up load goes beyond the 15 amps and if there are more than 1 on that circuit...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Multiple run outlets, hot check, romex
hot check, romex, question thanks: Hi Jeff, Sounds like you have a wall switch controlling one or more of the outlets. You normally don t see a red wire at a outlet unless it is being switched. Only one plug working is another indicator of the outlet being switched. When a outlet...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Two main breakers, amp breaker, circuit breakers
amp breaker, circuit breakers, knob and tube: Hi. It may be a fire switch. This gives the firemen a chance to easily turn the power off from outside if they can t get inside to do it. Otherwise, it may be required by local code, or just something that someone did on their own. It s a good idea...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: motion sensor light, motion sensor light, porch light
motion sensor light, porch light, gauge wire: Hi. If you tapped from the porch light, it does not matter what the switch has (and it would have to have 2 wires anyway). If the new wire going to the security light is black to black, white to white, ground to ground, it is connected correctly. So,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: multiple fan wiring, override switch, light dimmer
override switch, light dimmer, speed fan: Hi. The switches would turn the power off and on to the fans. You would have to look and see if the remote switches will work without powering entering them. Some styles are just battery operated remotes that fit into a switch box. There is an override...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: NEC requirement household refrigerator, master electrician, hi john
master electrician, hi john, article number: Hi John. The 2008 NEC does not require a dedicated circuit, unless the rating of the unit is such that the manufacturer would require, then the NEC would back it up. This would apply to a heavy duty, huge refrigerator, not your normal household refrigerator....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New AC / Outlet, silver screw, gold screw
silver screw, gold screw, wood beams: Don Thank you for all the detailed information,do you want job? LOL What you did was perfect.The white wire is the neutral the bare or green is the ground always. The NEC allows both neutral and ground to go on the same lugs as long it is in a Main breaker...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New light bar, amp breaker, romex
amp breaker, romex, bar 8: Hi. If you split from the existing box, you have to keep the box there, and you can t cover it up with Sheetrock. So, it is best to move it to one side if you can and then run a wire to the other box. If you have a 20 amp breaker then you need 12/2 Romex....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: New Shop, propane heater, amp service
propane heater, amp service, air comp: Mike, If your going to dig a trench I would install 2 PVC from the service to the shop which allows you to run 100 amp SER cable through the pipe using it as a sleeve so you can run the cable from panel to panel with out splice. If you wanted to upgrade...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Non-grounded subpanels, subpanel, underground wiring
subpanel, underground wiring, service entrance: Regardless of the stove you want your subpanels grounded. With a 100 amp panel you can run #6 for a ground. Remember to unbond the neutral and ground at each subpanel. I know this has been said a lot in these forums, but I will say it again. The old way...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Put new AC Outlet in my home, silver screw, gold screw
silver screw, gold screw, wood beams: Hi, At the service, the white (neutrals) and the grounds are connected (bonded) to the same point. Everywhere else they are isolated from each other. I hope this has helped. If you need more information please send me a follow-up question. Thanks...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new ceiling fan, hot wire, hotwire
hot wire, hotwire, work thanks: If the circuit can handle a ceiling fan then you need a hot wire going to the switch and then from the switch to the black wire of the fan. Then take the neutral that goes with that hot wire (very important) and connect it to the white wire of the fan. Ground...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: new ceiling fan, ceiling fan, work thanks
ceiling fan, work thanks, master bedroom: Hi. You should not cut a wire in the middle. Be sure that when you fix it, it is in a junction box. If you don t have enough slack to use a junction box, then you will need to replace the wire. As far as the fan, you will have to see where the power...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: non-working outlets, receptacle, couple minutes
receptacle, couple minutes, fuses: Tera, Start by checking the receptacle you plug the compressor into. It may be shot from repeated uses. If your compressor starts as soon as you plug it in then its starting when its pulling the highest amount of current which probably explains why it sparked...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: nothing 240 works in the whole house.all outlets read 120 each side., freestanding range, broken wires
freestanding range, broken wires, waterheater: The subject says you have 120 volts on each side but then your question says you have 240 volts across them. There can be a difference. If you measure where the power comes in do you have 240 volts across the two hot leads? If you do have 240 volts at...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Open Ground, strange events, gfci
strange events, gfci, gfi: Hi. An open ground means that the bare ground wire is not connected somewhere. Although strange events can fool those testers. About the only way you can get a higher voltage than what the power company sends out is if the circuit is getting power from...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Open grounds on 3 prong outlets, tube wiring, couple books
tube wiring, couple books, brass wire: Hi Sande. Ungrounded three wire outlets are a problem, and should be adressed. Most likely the box was never grounded, but someone thought they were, thus the ground connection from the outlet to the box. You need to have this corrected. Knob & tube...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outdoor GFI problem, gfi outlet, pool pump
gfi outlet, pool pump, start from scratch: Hi. The problem is more likely to be at a connection or an outlet rather than the wire. Perhaps you can install another GFCI at the pool plug (or next to it, if it is a twist-lock plug), and connect the wire at the line side of the original GFCI. That...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outdoor Lamp Post, outdoor lamp, lamp post
outdoor lamp, lamp post, wiring instructions: Hi. You need to make sure you have power to the sensor, to rule out any problem with the wiring. If you have power, then take the old sensor out and bring it to a home center to match it up. The new one will have wiring instructions. Be sure you turn...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outdoor lights go out after couple minutes, timer switch, outdoor porch
timer switch, outdoor porch, porch lights: There is a bad splice somewhere you can t see then [assuming the wire didn t just break or get cut in the wall somewhere] Loose connection at a wirenut at or before the first fixture that doesn t work right. It is after the switch. Don t overlook the neutral...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outdoor water spigot sending a nasty shock!, digital multimeter, electrical continuity
digital multimeter, electrical continuity, nasty shock: Hi. Getting a shock is serious, so you are right not to touch it. Usually this can be a pretty complicated problem, which may require an electrician. The problem could even be at another house and traveling through the water pipers. First of all,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet blowing irons, clothes irons, voltage tester
clothes irons, voltage tester, electrical outlet: Hi. Unless those outlets are accidently wired for 220 volts, I don t see how an outlet could damage an iron. Either use a voltage tester (and read the voltage) or use a regular bulb and see if it is brighter than normal. If the breaker is popping, it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outlet Receptacle, afci breaker, gfci receptacle
afci breaker, gfci receptacle, amp circuits: Larry, Your very welcome, OK you can run the two 12-2 s and there are advantages to doing it that way however you could still run the 12-3 but you would have to use AFCI receptacles to get around the shared neutral problem, I don t think they are very readily...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outside Floodlights mounted on wall of house not working, rocker switches, loose wire
rocker switches, loose wire, floodlights: The switches should of had two wires to each and the two wires at each switch can be reversed. It is possible that you tripped the breaker. Other than that you may have a loose wire in the switch box. You should have power go into the switch on one of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Outside wiring underground, rigid metal conduit, branch circuits
rigid metal conduit, branch circuits, flower bed: Hi Joseph, This romax should be type UF . 1) Direct Burial Cables - 24 2) Rigid Metal Conduit - 6 3) Nonmetallic Raceways (PVC) Without Concrete Encasement - 18 4) Residential Branch Circuits Rated 120 Volts or Less with GFCI Protection and 20a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: old electrical wiring, amp fuses, 3way switch
amp fuses, 3way switch, aluminum wiring: First you need to determine whether that circuit can handle the additional load of the A/C. If it can, you need to decide if you really want it on a three-way switch. If you are trying to install another switch off of the 3-way you are probably going...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: old wiring problems, installing a light fixture, kitchen light
installing a light fixture, kitchen light, dimmer switch: The cable with power would be the one coming in and splits and goes to each switch. And that same cable would have a neutral that is wired to one wire from each cable that goes directly to the lights. Your new switch needs that hot wire to attach to it...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: open circuit at celing light, fixture wire, power pair
fixture wire, power pair, wall outlets: Hi, In the light box you have three pairs (white, black and ground) of cables coming into box. One pair brings power into the light box. One pair goes to the light switch. One pair goes to the wall outlets. The light fixture has two wires. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outdoor post light:: gas or electric?, electrical conduit, gas pipe
electrical conduit, gas pipe, water gas: Hi. It is hard to tell. You will have to look more closely. See if maybe someone used water/gas pipe as electrical conduit. Also, follow the gas lines in the house and see if it branches off. I think gas lights were outlawed, so perhaps it was gas...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlest not working in the bathrooms, loose wires, gfci
loose wires, gfci, basement garage: Hi. The outlets should be on a circuit with a GFCI. These are outlets which have a test and reset button. One outlet can control the whole circuit. Normally the circuit would include outlets in the basement, garage, outside, and bathrooms. Not sure if...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlet question, receptacles, hookups
receptacles, hookups, receptacle: KC The holes in the back should never be used,why they put them there is a wonder.If you have the ones that you can tighten down with a screw those are the ones you need.Strip the wire place it in the hole and tighten it down. Then check to see if the wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlets on kitchen island, gfci outlet, gfci breakers
gfci outlet, gfci breakers, question thanks: Hi Christina, These outlets are protected by a GFCI outlet or breaker. Find the GFCI s (all of them) and test each one by pushing the TEST button and then the RESET button. When reset properly you should hear a click. The common locations for the GFCI...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlets and lights not working, gfi outlet, gfci
gfi outlet, gfci, blow dryer: Laurie hey there back to you.................:-} If the outlets are wired from a GFCI then yes the blow drier may have tripped the GFCI.The outlet under the sink may not be on the same circuit.What you need to do is open the last outlet that is hot,look...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outlets/switches, wirenuts, double switch
wirenuts, double switch, ceiling fixture: Hi. Somewhere where you worked, there is a wire going to the rest of the circuit that either was not reconnected, or is loose. If it is loose, it may look connected, so you may need to look under wirenuts to make sure all the metal parts of the wires are...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: two outlets not working, Philadelphia, Bella Viata
Philadelphia, Bella Viata, electricians: Hi Susan, You did everything right. Now it is time to call an electrician. This could be a damaged wire that if not repaired could start a fire. I know you would like to fix this yourself but if you can t find the problem doing everything you just did...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: outside light and bathroom light-Dead?, porch light, upstairs bathroom
porch light, upstairs bathroom, back porch: Amy What you need to do is check to see if the bathroom lights are on the same circuit as the Outlets usually the outlets are on a GFCI and the GFCI may be tripped.They may be hooked up to that because sometimes when wiring a bathroom they will put the lights...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: overload, curling iron, hair dryers
curling iron, hair dryers, question thanks: Hi Ed, Yes they can...if fact two 20a circuits. A 1875w hair dryer pulls 15.6 amps. This times two equals 31.25 amps. I hope this has helped. If you need additional information please send me a follow-up question. Thanks and have a nice day,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Pendant lighting with 3 way switch, wire a 3 way switch, conductor wire
wire a 3 way switch, conductor wire, switch connections: Hi. The pictures don t really help, because I would need to know where the wires go to. Please tell me the relative position of the power source, switch one, switch two, and the lights. An example would be. power enters switch one, goes to switch two,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Phone Jack...looks like a main line of some kind, brown wires, chair leg
brown wires, chair leg, hi bob: That is an old outlet! You now only use 2 of the three wires - the ones which were connected to red and green [tip and ring - don t ask]. The third wire is a holdover from the days when there was a separate power supply for the bell. Find the 2 wires that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Placement of switch, electric shock, unnecessary risk
electric shock, unnecessary risk, persuasive argument: Hi Hari. I believe the main reason is so that there will not be live voltage at the fixture, when the switch is in the off position. Most people would assume that the fixture was dead if the switch was off. If you were to break only the neutral,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Plastic cable sleeves, metal clamps, cable clamps
metal clamps, cable clamps, fabric type: An electricial contractor who is willing to change the mast and meter for you won t care what exists outside the main panel. He will have his work inspected and specifically exclude anything but what he installs. I agree with you, those little plastic dohickers...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power is out but the breaker is not triggered and I do not have the GFCI?, power surges, fuse box
power surges, fuse box, work gloves: Nicole, I know you said you checked the breakers but check them again. Sometimes a breaker can be tripped and its not always obvious. The handle on the breaker is supposed to move to a middle position where its neither in the on position or the off...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power issue, gas dryer, question thanks
gas dryer, question thanks, circuit breaker: Hi Dan, If the breaker only trips when the dryer is turned on... Something inside the dryer must be overloading the circuit. Probably the motor. Have a qualified appliance technician look at it. I hope this has helped. If you need additional information...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Power Supply Design., 200 amp service, underground portion
200 amp service, underground portion, hi bob: Hi Bob. This is a pretty long distance to run, however it can be done. I notice you are in Canada, so I think you should resubmit your question, since my only experience is in the USA. The 3/0 should be good enough for free air, but the underground...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pigtail connection in a box, human machine interfaces, wire nuts
human machine interfaces, wire nuts, google yahoo: Hi Rod. Depending on the size of the box, you may or may not have the room to do this. I like the idea of using a jbox in the floor below. It is hard to push all the wire into the box, but with a little determination you should be able to do it, again...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pool bonding, rebar, jackhammer
rebar, jackhammer, electrician: Nothing Whoever approved the pour without the inspection being completed was in error. If they do pools in your area they should know better. Ask the inspector what he wants done. ..or go over his head and get a variance. You didn t take pictures of all...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pool heat connection, pool branch, bearer of bad news
pool branch, bearer of bad news, gauge wire: Hi. You need a lot of electrical work to get that heater to work. If you use 10 gauge wire with a 46 amp draw, it will get hotter than the heater. (which is not good) You will need more than 100 amps for your house, and more than a 30 amp sub panel....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pool motor failures, gauge copper wire, amp circuits
gauge copper wire, amp circuits, mechanical timers: If I was going to inspect this I would start by examining all of the wires to see if they are discolored (indicating over heating), connected tightly, and the correct size. I would do the same for the breakers. Then I would determine if the pump/motors...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pool motor failures, gauge copper wire, amp circuits
gauge copper wire, amp circuits, mechanical timers: Hi. I am not really a motor expert. But I would think that the main problem is that the motors may be getting 220 volts, but made for only 110 volts. If you have a shared neutral circuit, and the neutral becomes disconnected, then you get the two circuits...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: possible short in light fixture?, bathroom mirror, voltage sensor
bathroom mirror, voltage sensor, work glove: Ok Jane from what you ve described it sounds like its the switch itself and changing it will solve the problem. Its a pretty easy fix, just 2 wires (single pole) on the switch to deal with but make sure the power is off please, turn on the X fan and the over...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no power with breaker on, wire nuts, switches
wire nuts, switches, circuit analyzer: Hi. The short probably burned a wire loose somewhere. These things can be hard to track down. Somewhere in the circuit, there is a break. It could even be at a device that is working, because it could be the wire leaving the working device that is not...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power meter replacement, customer relations manager, lightening strike
customer relations manager, lightening strike, local area network: Hi Kenneth. I know of no such data. I do know that most utilities will turn off the main breaker on a service before installing a meter. You might want to talk with the utilities customer relations manager to see if the meter changeout was according...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: no power to outlet, o/s outlet, & double switch, fuse switch, wire nuts
fuse switch, wire nuts, double switch: Hi. It sounds like a wire is not making contact. These things can be hard to track down. Somewhere in the circuit, there is a break. It could even be at a device that is working, because it could be the wire leaving the working device that is not working....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power at outlets, gfci outlet, click sound
gfci outlet, click sound, question thanks: Hi Jeanette, First...do you have a outlet tester that has 3 lights on it. This tester will diagnose the problem and tell you what is wrong. These testers also are available with a GFCI test button to let you know if your GFCI is working properly. They...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power problem in 2 rooms, celling fan, wire nuts
celling fan, wire nuts, double switch: Hi. You can always disconnect the fan. However, it sounds like there is a loose wire somewhere else in the system. These things can be hard to track down. Somewhere in the circuit, there is a break. It could even be at a device that is working, because...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: power out to wall sockets, ac volts, volt ohm meter
ac volts, volt ohm meter, wall sockets: Hi. Strange readings like that are caused by feedback from the white wire not being connected somewhere. So, you will need to see where the white wire is not making contact. These things can be hard to track down. Somewhere in the circuit, there is a...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: pressure switch, pressure tank, pressure switch
pressure tank, pressure switch, water tank: Richard Yes you can by-pass the pressure switch,then the pump will keep pumping till it fills the tank then it will keep spilling as there is no way to tell the pump to stop. You need to have a pressure tank to allow the pump to reach its capacity and then...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Receptacles and circuit breakers, circuit breakers, lighting circuit
circuit breakers, lighting circuit, general lighting: Hi. I have never heard of this. I would try turning off everything at one time and see if you have power on the outlet. Perhaps it is accidently wired to two breakers on the same phase. This is not good. Turn the breakers back on one at a time, and see...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Replacing an old 200 amp main breaker panel, interior wall, electrical service
interior wall, electrical service, fd: Dustin The code says that if the panel is more than 6 ft from the meter than you must have a means of disconnect,to able to shut the panel down for safety. Just in case there is a fire the FD can shut off the main to the panel.You would have to install...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Replacing two-prong outlets, fuse box, grounding wires
fuse box, grounding wires, rewired: Hi. The only way you can install 3 prong outlets on a non-grounded system is to use GFCIs. You can use one for the whole circuit, but if you get a nuisance trip, then it will be hard to find the problem and you ll lose the whole circuit until it is fixed....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: RNC, pvc conduit, heating ducts
pvc conduit, heating ducts, joists: Hi Joe. You can attach pvc conduit on the underside of joists, however your question states across at angles which may or may not be allowed, depening on your inspector. I would say that you have to run either along joists or perpendicular to the joists....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: reconnecting a repaired ceil fan motor, copper wire, proper voltage
copper wire, proper voltage, fan motor: Did you remove the shipping blocks that keep the motor from turning during shipping and installing? You have to remove them to install the blades. Other than that it sounds like either your motor is not getting the proper voltage or the motor is bad...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing ceiling light fixture, ceiling light fixture, switch control
ceiling light fixture, switch control, nothing fancy: Hi. Always replace the light fixture exactly as the old one was wired. If you have a red wire, it is most likely the wire from the switch. Connect this to the fixture black wires. The whites stay as they are. If it not red, it could be the switch wire,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing my exisiting timer, light timer, intermatic timers
light timer, intermatic timers, pool light: Hi Bob, I think we can get you back on track. First determine which of the two cables is your feed with a tester. Once you do that your home free. Put the other cable back in the box. Connect the bare grounds together along with the green ground wire...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: replacing a hallway ceiling light, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, electrician: Hi Dave, You want to match the colors the same way that they are on the light you are replacing. The only difference is your new light will have two wires instead of one. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com http://www.philadelphia-electricians-how-to.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: residential wiring, wall sockets, wire nuts
wall sockets, wire nuts, strange readings: Hi. Strange readings like that are usually caused by a disconnected neutral (white) wire. These things can be hard to track down. Somewhere in the circuit, there is a break. It could even be at a device that is working, because it could be the wire leaving...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: rewiring a mobile home, wire nuts, loose wire
wire nuts, loose wire, mobile home: Hi. You don t need to rewire the circuits, just find the problem. If you rewire, you might have to tear some walls out. The problem is more likely to be at a connection. It is just a matter of tracing the situation, and finding where wires are not...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Service to new shop., buss bar, terminal bars
buss bar, terminal bars, copper rod: Lex, That bar has an important function because it ties the two neutral terminal bars on the left and right side of the panel that you are refering to as bus bars and you do need it. The terminal bars to the left and right is where you will terminate the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: SPST switch w/pilot, silver screw, neon light
silver screw, neon light, lew: Hi. In order for the pilot to work only when the lights are on, it must have the same connections as the lights. If you have all the wires you need, you can actually connect the line to other side, and the black wire to the light on the side marked line....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Subpannel, licenced electrician, ground bus
licenced electrician, ground bus, electrican: I could ve sworn I had answered this one... Question A: if Neutral and ground are connected at the main, why wouldn t they test shorted on an outlet wired to main breaker box? I would think they ought to [what kind of tester do YOU have that says ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Switch hook-up, switch hook, outdoor outlets
switch hook, outdoor outlets, hook up: Is it your purpose to control the first two outlets? Well then, you put a switch in the circuit before the first two outlets... If you need someone to tell you how to do that, you are asking the wrong party. I don t teach basics to beginners. Get a basics...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Switch with pilot light, silver screw, brass screw
silver screw, brass screw, pilot light: Hi. Do you have a neutral in the box? Not all switches have a neutral in the box. In those cases, the pilot light can t be on when the light is on. If you do, the silver screw connects to the neutral, and the brass screw connects to the load side of...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: service panel, Philadelphia, Bella Viata
Philadelphia, Bella Viata, electricians: Hi Paul, Yes you should not have any fuse panels in the house. I would have this done by a professional electrician. This is not the type of job you want to do on your own. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: short in bathroom wiring to light fixture, light fixture, electrician
light fixture, electrician: I take it this is a ceiling-mounted fixture? Drop the fixture and look for the place where the hot goes to ground or neutral when you push the fixture into place. ....or call an electrician. Your new problem may not be related to the flickering of the old...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: two single pole motion sensing switches, motion switch, question thanks
motion switch, question thanks, electrical supply: Hi Tray, The motion switch (single pole) should be wired with one black going to the power source wire and the other black wire going to the light. The ground to the power source ground. What I am wondering is this...do these two switches control one...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: stove top and oven breaker and wire size, stove top, cooktop
stove top, cooktop, spec sheet: 30 amp sounds too small for a stove top and oven together. You should go with the larger one. Look for the wattage and divide by the voltage. This will get you close enough to the amps. The NEC allows for one circuit for both cooktop and oven, or you...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: strange wiring, neutral position, electrical shop
neutral position, electrical shop, casings: Hi Dale. This sounds like low voltage switching, tho I havn t seen the type of switch you mention. You probably have a relay (one of the silver casings) that has gone bad. You should contact an electrical shop with experience in low voltage switching,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: sub-panel to sub-panel?, ceiling fan light, carlon pvc
ceiling fan light, carlon pvc, buss bar: Ok Tom, Lets put it this way, if you have a 100 amp main breaker for the panel by the pool and you can t read what size the wires are on the wires them selves, (they should be # 4 or # 3 ), the size information for the wires is usually written on the outside...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Telephone Jack Lock, telephone jack, pain in the neck
telephone jack, pain in the neck, reuven: Reuven, The easiest way would be to hard wire your connection, in other words run the wire from the phone directly into the jack thus bypassing the modular plug and make your connections inside the jack. Its not as convenient as using the plug and if...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Timer Switch, timer switch, extension cord
timer switch, extension cord, interval: Hi. It sounds like it is wired correctly. One wire of the extension cord should not be cut. One wire from male plug would go the timer, and one wire going to the female plug will go to the other timer. If that is the way it is wired, then it sounds...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Timer switch, photocell, simplest thing
photocell, simplest thing, timer: The simplest thing to do is install a timer inline and set the turn-on to be on early in the daylight. Then set the turn-off tab for whenever you like. During the daylight the power will go to the timer and then to the photocell. The photocell will only...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: TOGGLE SWITCH., neutral wire, way switch
neutral wire, way switch, hot wire: Hi. If it is a switch loop or a 3 way switch, the white is a hot wire too. There are other cases too. But even if it is a neutral wire, you can get shocked from feed through. You should always turn the power off at the panel before working on wiring. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Can't get new ceiling fan to work, guessing game, way switch
guessing game, way switch, hot wire: The guessing game is no fun so you will need to either purchase a voltmeter or hire an electrician to fix this. What you need to know is where is the hot and neutral. It sounds like the hot and neutral are at the ceiling box but you need to verify that....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: tankless water heater, amp breaker, copper wire
amp breaker, copper wire, old water: Hi. If you use the existing wire and change the breaker, you will likely have a fire. (Most insurance will not cover damage done by wiring not done by an electrician.) Tankless heaters use more electricity than most houses are wired for. So, you may...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: transformer box, digital cable tv, ac voltage
digital cable tv, ac voltage, auto sensing: Hi Lee, Just getting in - been one busy summer electrical season so far...just hope it lasts. Essentially - any thing that uses electricity - can overheat and cuase a fire in the event of a short or other malfunction.(just as anything that...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: transformer plug- in hot, digital cable tv, memory circuits
digital cable tv, memory circuits, resistance of the wire: Terms like hot and warm are subjective and really serve little or no help to me in this line of questioning. I am not an engineer and am not qualified to tell you what the temp of the xfmr should be. If there is a defect I have no information or...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Ungrounded Outlet, kitchen hood, bathroom lights
kitchen hood, bathroom lights, cooking range: Hi, It has been working like this for decades? I do not think it is too bad... a lot of older houses have no ground in them. It was common in the old days to have every other kitchen outlet on a separate circuit. This way if two small appliances were...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Variable Fan Controls and Weird Voltage, variable speed controls, fan controls
variable speed controls, fan controls, variable control: Hi. If you have 190 volts, it sounds like somehow the hot wires of two circuits are involved with the fans. If you have 190 volts, that would cause the fans to hum. Also, variable speed controls cause fans to hum. It is best just to use the pull chain...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Voltage Drop question, residential field, voltage drop
residential field, voltage drop, decent size: Hi Mark. The NEC does not have a rule for voltage drop. They recommend between 3 and 5 percent as the amount of drop to allow electrical equipment to run correctly. Most electricians do not calculate VD in houses. Most electrician will use both 14...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: voltage surge?, ups power supply, energy saving bulbs
ups power supply, energy saving bulbs, voltage spikes: I am not familiar with the codes and voltages with your country. I suspect that voltage spikes and outages are not uncommon. I have seen a cfl bulb short internally and trip the breaker, so they can be problematic. It seems that a good surge protector...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Washington regulations on testing instaltions, humidity rooms, earth loop
humidity rooms, earth loop, circuit breakers: Sorry, Piotr, I don t know about the other experts here, and I don t know about any companies in Washington. You should be able to get listing from a yellow book listing of Electrical Contractors online for the area you are interested in. Good luck. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Whole house surge suppression/protection, Philadelphia, Bella Viata
Philadelphia, Bella Viata, electricians: Hi Carl, Powersave 1200 is a good. We use EZenergySaving our selves. They are not really surge protector as much as they are power factor correctors. Your first focus should be calling in an electrician to look at your wiring. It sounds like you don t have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Whole house surge suppressor/protection, electrical surges, electrical storms
electrical surges, electrical storms, brown outs: If you are going to install 3-prong outlets you will need to run a ground to each outlet. Yes, I do suggest that. You are only going to be able to make your circuits safe to a certain degree. It is up to you to decide to what degree do you want to go...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wierd Wiring, robert henke, bell wire
robert henke, bell wire, lamp cord: Robert, What your describing doesn t sound right. Its possible this could be some sort of home made low voltage control system that is safe but I have seen instances where people have done exactly what you ve described running 120 volts through lamp cord...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Window AC Question, window ac, question question
window ac, question question, prongs: If the outlet is wired for 240 volts it means both prongs are hot and if you plug a 120 volt A/C into it you will ruin the A/C. What you would have to do is go to the circuit breaker panel and take one leg off of a breaker and put it on the neutral. ...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring 2 switches from 1 source, wire nut, switch box
wire nut, switch box, 2 ways: Hi. There are 2 ways that the black wire can go to both switches: Leave a very long piece, cut the insulation off at a point, and put the metal under one screw, then cut the insulation off at the end and wrap it around the other screw on the other switch....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring, wiring receptacles, gfi outlet
wiring receptacles, gfi outlet, ground wires: Hi Richard, Depending on how you connect the 12-2 at the last outlet will determine whether the new outlet is GFCI protected. Here is a link that might be helpful. http://www.do-it-yourself-help.com/wiring_receptacles.html Yes, all the ground wires...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring a ceiling fan, Philadelphia, Bella Viata
Philadelphia, Bella Viata, electricians: Hi George, You do not have enough wires. You should run the outlet strait to the light switch and pick up your power there. It will use more wire but it will work better in the long run. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring for a ceiling fan to a light, replacing a ceiling fan, fan switch
replacing a ceiling fan, fan switch, question thanks: Hi Tom, Sounds like you did everything correctly. What you did is the way I would have done it. There must be something not connected right in the switch box. Check inside box and note which color wires go where. You should find your problem. I...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring ceiling fan/light made plugs not work, ceiling fan light, wire nuts
ceiling fan light, wire nuts, fan switch: Hi. You probably just have a wire loose or not connected. Take a look under the wire nuts and be sure the copper part of all the wires are touching. Did you have more than one white wire and one black wire at the switch? If you only had one black and...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring Double Switch (two single switches in one switch), installing a ceiling fan, double switch
installing a ceiling fan, double switch, light fixture: Hi. Look at the existing fixture. If the red connects to the light fixture, and the black wire connects to another black wire, then you can t use that double switch (or any other separate switch.) If the red wire is capped off, and the black goes to the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring for double ceiling fan, Philadelphia, Bella Viata
Philadelphia, Bella Viata, electricians: Hi Jason, It sounds like you have all the wires you need. The red and black are booth two switch legs and should do exactly what you need them to do. Still I do understand how this can be confusing. Installing ceiling fans can take sometime if you have...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring GFCI to a switch, Philadelphia, Bella Viata
Philadelphia, Bella Viata, electricians: Hi Jason. All you need to do is add a two gang box. Have the black from the feed leave the GFCI go into the switch. Then from the switch send the black out to the outlet you want to cut off. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring a generator, professional electrician, lighting circuit
professional electrician, lighting circuit, well pumps: Hi. The only safe way to wire a generator is to use a transfer switch. They transfer the power between the generator and the utility. They can be automatic or manual. You would need a sub panel for everything that is on the generator. There would be...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring lamp with toggle switch?, Philadelphia, Bella Viata
Philadelphia, Bella Viata, electricians: Hi Matt, Head down to any local hard ware store. They all will have lamp part. This is a common device but would be hard to find on the internet. Here is a good link: http://www.mylampparts.com/index.php?cPath=707 Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric,...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring project, gfci outlet, hot wire
gfci outlet, hot wire, time problem: Hi. Yes, what you have is a switch loop, and there is no neutral. Both wires are hot, one being on all the time, and the other being on only when the switch is on. So, what you will need to do is run another wire for the neutral. Remember you will need...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring a quad to a switch, metal boxes, overhead light
metal boxes, overhead light, switch box: Hi. I am not sure what the question is. Does the power enter the outlet? Is the switch next, then the light? If so, the wire entering would go white to silver terminal, and black to dark terminal. Then run another wire between the dark terminals...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Wiring several lights in a row, conductor wire, top of the stairs
conductor wire, top of the stairs, fixture wire: Hi. If the plug is connected to the second light, you are OK. If it is connected to the third light you are not. If the plug comes from the second light, then this is how you would wire it up: At the first light, the black wire from the power source...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wall outlets, wire nuts, wall outlets
wire nuts, wall outlets, th time: Hi. Kitchen outlets and lights are always on separate circuits. The only other thing with the kitchen outlets allowed are dining room outlets. However, it sounds like a break in the circuit. These things can be hard to track down. Somewhere in the...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: Here's a winner..., smoke detectors, furnace
smoke detectors, furnace, circuits: Hi. Did you check the smoke detectors? Furnace motor? Bathroom outlets? If it isn t anything you can find, it may just end somewhere. The former owners may have taken whatever it went to with them. You can disconnect it from the panel if you don t need...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wire gauge, wire gauge, amp breaker
wire gauge, amp breaker, gauge wire: Hi. The retailer normally has an ampacity chart based on the length and type of wire. Without seeing that chart, I would say that it would be best to use 10 gauge wire connected to a 20 amp breaker. This is because of the long length. I hope this helps....

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wire size for 120/240V 50A RV hookup, rv hookup, electric water heater
rv hookup, electric water heater, gut feeling: Hi. The calculations at determining wire size and voltage drops are more aimed at engineers than anyone else. Usually when you buy the wire, the store has a chart of the specific type of wire you are using. Gut feeling would tell me number 4 copper, because...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wire size, Philadelphia, Electricians
Philadelphia, Electricians, electrician: Hi John, I would run at least 6-3 and place it onto a 60 amp sub-panel. If you doing all that work you should give yourself the extra capacity. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com http://generation3electric.com/...

Electrical Wiring in the Home: wiring, Electricians, Philadelphia
Electricians, Philadelphia, Electrical: Hi Brad, I sorry to say this but you don t. If you don t know how to do this you should call an electrician. You will not find enough common sense safety information online. I would not want you to get hurt. Bill Lutz Generation 3 Electric, Inc. http://generation3electric.com...