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  1. Electrical
    My contractor left me with this junction box hanging out of the wall in my kitchen. Presumably he intended for it to go in the upper cabinetry, but it is big, ugly, the armored cables are hard to maneuver and is currently placed to sit within the most useful lower shelf of the upper cabinets. 1)...
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    Hello, Does anyone know a way to convert a recessed outdoor receptacle with a GFCI to a surface mount box that you could then tap off and carry power to another location or an additional outdoor receptacle? I looked at the hardware store and didn't see anything that looked right. Anyone know...
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    I'm wiring my kitchen reno and for the counter receptacles I put in two 20 amp circuits on either side of my stove. I roughed it in using two 2 gang boxes in hopes that I could then have a pair of receptacles on each 20 amp circuit (nicer for having multiple appliances). This passed the rough...
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    Hey guys, Is it possible to install sconce over existing receptacle (power outlet) ? I'm building a new house and builder doesn't provide pre-wiring for sconce or even any pre-wiring with blank plate. They do give me option to have outlets wherever I want it. So I was thinking of having the put...
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    When testing voltage at the receptacle with a load the neutral to ground is 0. Is this correct? Thanks!
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    Hello, Relative newbie to electrical work but do have a little experience. I'm trying to wire a new ceiling light in a room where one did not exist previously. The current room configuration has three receptacles. The receptacle nearest the switch is the one where the switch controls the...
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    Hi all, I've begun electrical work in a house I'm inheriting that was built in 1900. I'm running into a few issues. Like most homes in our area, the entire second and third floors, and half of the ground floor is all on one breaker. This is what I'm assuming to be the original wiring of the...
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    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...
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    So originally, a switch in the bedroom was controlling a receptacle, only the bottom half (i did replace the receptacle because the connect between the brass screws was broken). The receptacle had two sets of wires coming in, one to the switch and one from a power source. It has a red wire on...
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    Hello, I am trying to rewire our bedroom so that a switch that currently turns on/off a receptacle will instead control a ceiling fan and leave the receptacle always hot. Receptacle: Has 3 cables coming into the box. The outlet has a 1 hot wire and 2 neutrals attached to it. In the box...
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    Hello, I am trying to rewire our bedroom so that a wall switch that turns on/off a receptacle will instead control a ceiling light and leave the receptacle always hot. Receptacle: Has 2 cables coming into the box. The black wire of cable one is connected to the outlet. The white of cable...
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    A receptacle, recently installed, working for months, suddenly started occasionally cutting off power to the plugged-in devices, first for a little bit at a time, then permanently. Sounds simple, right? It's one of three receptacles in the box. Each is fed independently from a pigtail. The...
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    New on the DIY forum, but have seen lots of great useful info. I have just installed a circuit with 3 duplex receptacles (3rd one split) with switch to control the bottom of the 3rd switch. I am using a simple circuit tester that plugs into each receptacle - it is a clear tester with orange...
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    After spending Thanksgiving in the dark, well not really dark but "off the grid", I want to officially wire my generator. This is the second time in 3 years that we've been hit hard with snow in NH taking power out for 3+ days. I have been using the generator for a few years now, but it is...
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    I recently bought a new home. Every room has one electrical socket that can be controlled by the light switch in the room. Unfortunately, the receptacle the electrician wired isn't always a convenient place to plug in a light. I'm looking for a wireless solution where I can configure any...
  16. Electrical
    Hi All, I recently got into home automation and bought one of these: GE Z-Wave Duplex Receptacle to replace one of these: Regular TR Receptacle The problem? The old one had black and white come in AND black and white OUT (feeding the next receptacle). The new one i bought only feeds out 3...
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    As part of a bathroom renovation, I’d like to install a recessed medicine cabinet and add to its interior a duplex receptacle for electric toothbrushes. There will be a second duplex receptacle located on the wall above a 24-inch vanity. One general contractor told me that adding the...
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    I replaced an electrical outlet in the living room (connected to the foyer circuit breaker, however) to one with the USB plugins in the middle. When I opened the old receptacle, it had 5 wires: 2 whites, 2 blacks, and ground. All of them were attached to the old receptacle. The new receptacle...
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    I'm building a pedal board (for effects pedals for electric guitar in case you were wondering...) and I want to run power into the board. I want to do it like this. Wall outlet >> power cord >> into one of these http://www.amplifiedparts.com/products/P-SP2-106 >> light switch >> internal power...
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    Hi everyone I just had an outlet installed in the joists of a unfinished basement to allow me to plug in a new washing machine. I just noticed that due to space constraints the electrician placed the metal box of the outlet right against the main water line which is made of copper. I will...
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