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  1. Electrical
    New construction, for inspection. Outlets, lights, switches on sheet metal siding. Four sets total, for each outside doors. Would you use: 1. Plastic old work box, double gang box into cutout of sheet metal, using the drywall flappers? 2. Surface mount double gang box for outlet, then on...
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    My garbage disposal suddenly stopped working. After poking around under the sink and resetting the unit, it became clear the outlet was the issue. I checked the fuse box anyway and manually tripped the circuit. Still, no power was getting to the outlet for the disposal. I got back under the...
  3. Electrical
    Afternoon everyone, The wife and I just got a new house - and it appears the previous home owners did everything they could to save some cash, which means we have to spend it. The entire kitchen runs on 1 circuit.. yes you read that correctly. I would like to run some new circuits -...
  4. Electrical
    I have two separate dedicated circuits with their respective ground and neutral wires tapped under the same lug on the bus. (See images: first is easy to spot on top terminal. Other is the third lug from the bottom.) One on each neutral bar and both are dedicated 15 amp to outside lights; a...
  5. Electrical
    I'm running a new 50A circuit in my panel. The panel has an empty 2"knockout location right where I'd like to run my 6/3 NM-B. Normally I'd use a 3/4” Clamp in a 3/4" knockout but I don't have one available without moving a bunch of circuits around. Is there a Clamp appropriately sized for the...
  6. Electrical
    Hi guys, I’m adding 4, new, exterior wall mounted lights to the back yard of my home. It’s a smooth stucco wall and it varies in thickness a lot. I’m planning to take a live feed from the nearest outlet inside the house. I’ll also use smart switches so I don’t have to go into each room to turn...
  7. Electrical
    I am replacing an existing bathroom vanity fixture. After taking the old one down I discovered the builder did not have a junction box behind the fixture. No surprise there. So how do I put a new box in with a minimum of problems. Already dealing with the wall after removing mirror. Will an old...
  8. Electrical
    Hi, I'm planning several projects over an extended time period which all involve electrical work to various points in my property. An example is i'm getting a new well put in soon; but sometime next year I will be putting in an outbuilding with a subpanel. Even farther out will be a standby...
  9. Electrical
    I Live in Ontario (Canada), and in a newly built home (2018). I'm removing a regular 2 way light switch and installing a smart light switch instead (TP link HS200). The first switch is in the dining room: I have connected the new light switch neutral wire (white) to the already pigtailed...
  10. Electrical
    Hi All, My builder installed some Carlon double-gang receptacle boxes in my new construction garage but I'm doing the wiring. I noticed that the boxes don't have mounting screw holes inside for the outlets (see picture). I assumed the screws there were for grounding (or something?). How do I...
  11. Electrical
    Hi everyone, I'm new to the chatroom and I'm hoping someone here can tell me if I did something right (or wrong!). I'm replacing the switches in a double gang box that was installed in the 1980's (one is the light and the other is the fan). I've done several other outlet and switch...
  12. Electrical
    Hoping someone can help solve a mystery. I suspect this must be something simple. I converted a single switch (it’s a 3 way light switch) to a double box, adding an outlet. Used the recommended method, adding two pigtail wires to both white and black (didn’t touch the red), then connecting one...
  13. HVAC
    I'm posting this on behalf of my dad. To sum up the problem, *sometimes* when the auxiliary heat strip comes on on his heat pump, the main 150A breaker in the AC panel trips. The heat pump is approx 15 years old with an auxiliary heat strip (I am not sure the kW rating, i'll have to obtain...
  14. Electrical
    Electrical gurus, I'm hoping for some solid advice. I am rewiring an old house (I'm pulling all new 12g, electrician handling panel and service upgrade). My issues are with the receptacle box mounting options and what to do with some of my old boxes. 1) Clamps in boxes that are staying in...
  15. Electrical
    i am changing my ceiling fan and the outlet box does not seem to have a ground and i am not sure if the outlet box supports ceiling fans.
  16. Electrical
    I have a receptacle that is connected to a switch. It also has a 14/2 wire going to another receptacle in the next room. I just installed a ceiling light to be controlled by the switch. I'm able to turn the ceiling light off and on, the problem is, when i turn the light switch to off there is no...
  17. Electrical
    Hi folks, I am remodeling a workshop for an art studio. I have a 2 socket wall socket in my ceiling and a single size plastic electrical box in the ceiling, nailed to the cross beam/joist. I am wondering if that is strong enough to use for a 50 inch habor breeze ceiling fan or if I need to...
  18. Electrical
    Just removed wall paneling and found the the wiring in the pics. I've got the drywall guy coming in Monday morning and am wondering if I or an electrician should correct anything before the walls go up? I am going to move all the boxes out 1/2 inch before drywall. The I yellow-capped and taped...
  19. Electrical
    Hello everyone, Its good to be apart of this forum. I have been an electrician for fifteen years in California. I've seen it all. I've worked in Vegas, New Jersey, Mexico (prfessionally), Italy and France (non-professionally). Feel free to ask me any questions you may have regarding your home...
  20. Electrical
    Hi New to forum - got a bid from an electrician to replace my outdated sub panel. I was told when negotiating contract they would be using a Square D panel. Today when I went to see how my install was going they had put in a Eaton BR Cuttler Hammer panel. When I questioned them they gave me a...
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