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  1. Electrical
    First time owner of a 100-year old home. Many of the outlets and switches look terrible. I’d like to replace them and upgrade some switches to dimmers. It seems fairly straightforward and if it’s easily done I’d like to try to do it myself. I do know that many of the outlets do NOT have a...
  2. Electrical
    Hi, Please help me to understand how do I connect or link two more outlets (receptacles) at below circuit construction wired in sequence?
  3. Electrical
    Before I spend the money on AFCI/GFCI outlets. I wanted to make sure that buying new circuit breakers wouldn't be a better option. The circuit breakers appear to cost about twice what outlets do. Is there any reason to use one over the other, or that one is better to use than the other...
  4. Electrical
    Hi guys! Hopefully this won't be a mouthful, so my step dad helped me replace a ceiling fan in my master bedroom which had 3 single pole light switches to begin with. Well, the light turned on with one switch, the fan with the other, and the last one didn't do anything just like before. But...
  5. Electrical
    Hello. Two outlets stopped working today. One is behind the refrigerator, and the other one is across the wall in the dining room (not directly on the other side of the refrigerator, but rather across the wall on the side of the refrigerator, about 8 feet away ---the outlets are on the same...
  6. Electrical
    I am having my handyman doing some electrical work for me at the house. After he disconnected some outlets and reconnected new and old romex wires, the garage lights are not working any longer. I am getting 60 V between hot and neutral when the switch is on and 38 V when the switch is...
  7. Electrical
    Hey guys- I am on here asking for some advice and help. For those that may insist on hiring a professional, I have no problem doing so and have done that for many project in my house. However, for several direct replacement I did them myself with great success... except for this. We have been...
  8. Electrical
    I'm a DIY blogger and I did a post on painting over outlets that you couldn't afford to replace. I had an electrician post a long comment basically telling me how stupid that was and its people like me that make his insurance go up because that starts fires and kills families and then the...
  9. Electrical
    We are replacing/adding some outlets. Including outlets in the kitchen. What are the rules/recommendations with regards to the Tamper Resistant Receptacles? Thanks!
  10. Electrical
    We want to put some under cabinet outlets in our kitchen. That way the area for the backsplash can be uninterrupted. We found these outlet boxes at Lowe's: https://www.lowes.com/pd/Hubbell-1-Gang-White-Metal-Interior-New-Work-Old-Work-Standard-Enclosure-Celing-Wall-Electrical-Box/999929904 We...
  11. Electrical
    Hi- I'm having trouble finding a picture of or a ruling on this what-I-thought-would-be-more-frequent situation: I have typical 15amp circuit for one side of our living space (bedrooms and living room) that serves outlets, switches, and lighting fixtures (it's mostly all 1955-original). It's...
  12. Electrical
    I have an older 1950s style home that I recently purchased. Unfortunately their are old style two prong outlets. I want to install 3 prong outlets but safety is a big concern. I know the outlets have to be grounded to install a 3 prong. I went around the house and checked the outlets with a...
  13. Electrical
    I was replacing my basement outlet and once I removed the cover I noticed that there was only a hot wire coming in. There was no neutral wire. #1) is this safe. #2) how can this work #3) how can I fix this?
  14. General DIY Discussions
    Our outlet stopped working the other night, although the on/off switch connected to the same outlet was still working. I took the plate off and pulled out the outlet and switch and found 4 white wires together inside one twist cap. The 4 wires inside the cap consisted of 2 pairs of two wires...
  15. Insulation
    While I think this question might be under the topic of electrical I have a feeling that people in this group have dealt with this issue before. I am working on a project that will re-skin my house. In the end the exterior walls will be 2 3/4" thick from the outside of the stud to the outside...
  16. Tiling, ceramics, marble
    This article could be very useful when installing a backsplash. I hope you enjoy it. :thumbsup: http://www.mineraltiles.com/getting-around-outlets-when-installing-mosaic-tiles/
  17. Electrical
    I am having trouble with the wiring in my house. I have a light switch in my room that use to control a light in the closet, and an outlet in the room. Additionally, I have a backyard outlet that all use to work. My light switch broke, and my neighbor tried to change it for me. This only made...
  18. Electrical
    I am replacing all the outlets in my bedroom. I had a fairly easy time until the last one and really need someones help. This outlet is a half hot, half switch receptacle. There are three sets of wires comming into the box and I am unsure how to wire this up. I have already broke the tab on...
  19. Electrical
    Noobie question -- my apologies in advance. I am trying to replace an outlet, which I have learned: 1) is part of a series wiring (i.e., connected to 3 other outlets, ugh!); 2) lives within a metal outlet box; 3) has ground wires that are hidden behind said metal outlet box. That is, I can...
  20. Electrical
    A contractor friend of mine was short on work so he helped me with building a new laundry room. He had gotten so far as to run wire into each of the outlet boxes in the new room when work picked back up and he had to focus on a couple major contracts. I thought this would be a good opportunity...
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