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  1. Electrical
    Hi everyone, My closet light recently stopped working and I can't figure out what's wrong. A little background info: my house was built in 1950 and the closet wiring seems to be from the same period (old cloth covered wires), the light setup is just a standard light bulb and porcelain socket...
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    Hi again, I removed some drywall that was covering up the cellar ceiling and so far have not found any knob and tube wiring. Is this only commonly found after the wires are split up? I've tracked many circuits and so far haven't found any k&t nor any evidence of it ever existing there. I did...
  3. Electrical
    I want to add a fan to a bathroom. the house is real old. (1940ish). There is power coming from the basement. To a light switch. Then to a light above the sink. I want to splice into the wire from the switch to the light and have the fan come on with the light. I can get to the wires(in...
  4. Electrical
    Hi everyone, as I am working on my grandmother's house I am running into all sorts of crazy finds and things that just make me want to scratch my head at times. Maybe someone can enlighten me on what I just found yesterday. Upon inspecting her electrical circuit breaker panel, it doesn't appear...
  5. Electrical
    I just purchased a GE wall timer to install at my Mothers house. The plan here is for the timer (which is located inside the enclosed garage) to turn on/off the outdoor lights thereby increasing her comfort in the home at night. I removed the old switch only to find I had three wires - two...
  6. Electrical
    I am moving two light switches about 10ft. After taking apart the wall, the wiring is knob and tube. Each conductor has a cloth like insulation that makes the 12AWG wire approximately 1/8", then that insulation has a much thicker cover that makes the whole wire approximately 1/2" in diameter...
  7. Electrical
    I had to switch out an old dimmer switch for a new toggle switch. When I removed the dimmer the box behind it had 3 wires one black one white and one copper. The copper wire was not attached to the dimmer. The copper wire comes in from the back then goes back out the back and appears to come in...
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    The wiring in our house is quite old, and not to the current code. I want to replace an old fluorescent ceiling fixture with a modern "no-ballast" one. There are 3 cables (white, black and ground) coming into the box. The 3 white wires are all wire-nutted together; the lamp is wired between one...
  9. Electrical
    I'm currently adding an addition to my house as well as removing some internal walls. My house was built mid-1950s and all the old wire is the black stuff with no ground. Everything is permitted and I'm getting ready to start running my wire for new outlets, lights, etc. For the rooms being...
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    I'm a newbie for sure. First post. Anyway, I recently purchased a turn of the century fixer upper house which is currently occupied by renters (former owners). I'll move in in a couple of months. There is a chandelier type ceiling fixture in the dining room literally hanging from a thread...
  11. Electrical
    I am converting a small, 2nd floor bedroom in my 1921 home into a home office. Because we had some minor water damage, I have removed the majority of the ceiling and found that the room has knob and tube wiring. Most of the house has upgraded wiring, but knew there were portinos that still had...
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