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  1. Electrical
    Hey everyone (1st time poster), I need some help with my electric. I have old wiring that isn’t knob & tube but is prior to ground wire being in the wiring (I think?). I’ve attached a pic of the wire but I think it is ungrounded 14 gauge copper. For sure not aluminum or anything else. I have...
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    I have a 3 wire stove and the ground wire is attached from the copper screw in the chassis to the white wire neutral terminal. This ground wire is bare with no insulation. Is this OK in a 3 wire grounding configuration? If the uninsulated grounding wire touches anything I am concerned that...
  3. Electrical
    My bathroom sensor switch controlling both the light and fan buzzed and have some popping sound yesterday and the lights/fan flashed once then stayed off. i turned off the switch and turned it on again. after few on/off trials, it is now back to normal without any weird sound. just as usual. Is...
  4. Electrical
    Hello Everyone, I am currently the only ranch hand on a piece of property so I kind of delve into anything and everything based and what needs upkeep and repair. I finally found a problem I cannot solve, even with youtube. On the property there is a TOPENS brand Electric gate. The chain on the...
  5. Electrical
    I have an extension cord that I was planning on using but I noticed that the wiring in the receptacle has backwards coloring from my plug. The black and white wires are reversed. The receptacle is also backwards from my wall outlet. Do I need a different extension cord?
  6. Electrical
    Hello I have a question.I have a problem with some neon lights that worked previously.The transformer light blinks and shows it has a secondary fault i think.I am trying to trouble shoot it and cant figure it out as i have basic knowledge.I replaced the transformer and the same problem.I removed...
  7. HVAC
    Hello all. I'm new to this forum and DIY in general. My wife and I live in Washington State in a rural area. Two years ago we had a brand new Trane 18i XL heat pump and Trane furnace (propane) installed. About three weeks ago, the heat pump stopped turning on. I started the diagnosis process...
  8. Electrical
    When installing wire in a short section of pvc conduit above ground (like to an outside sub-panel with UF wire) is it permissible to strip the wire's sheathing back the same length as the conduit and then install it? Or is this not advisable since the ground wire would be exposed/unprotected...
  9. Electrical
    House built 1968. I noticed that many receptacles were quite loose in the walls, and decided to have a look. There are more surprises: almost every receptacle has one of the neutral terminal screws loosened almost completely so that it nearly touches the side of the metal box. In one box, the...
  10. Electrical
    I am planning on coming out of a recessed main panel, up into the attic, and all the way to the back corner of the house. I'm trying to figure out what is going to be the best way\ type of wire to use. So far, I think I am going to use ent out of the panel and into the attic, take that to the...
  11. Electrical
    I just moved into a new house. They had some sort of security system that is no longer in use, so I pulled the unit off the wall and discarded it. However, I was left with a wire hanging out of the wall. I have no idea what's on the other end of this wire, but I know it was powering the...
  12. Electrical
    Hi, I'm replacing breakers in panel. There were a few double pole single throw breakers that I'm replacing with a few 20a and 15a tandem/mini breakers (2 breakers that occupy one slot). Any limitation on how many breakers can be put into the 200a panel? Any other things I should consider?
  13. Electrical
    Hi, Hope this is the right spot for this question... I have a cable wire coming in a room in my house without a connection/outlet (see picture here: https://imgur.com/a/10o91). Is there a DIY way I could do this? Or any video tutorials? I had a look on YouTube, but couldn't find anything...
  14. Electrical
    Hi there! I have an outlet very close to my shed (about 3' away). I want to wire up the shed [<<< All the pictures for this project are in my album, link should be to the left!] The GFCI outlet sits on top of a PVC conduit. It is a bit loose. Looks like it has another PVC conduit inside. Not...
  15. Electrical
    I am supplying and running the wire which my electrician will connect up to 240V baseboard heaters for me. He is insisting that 12-2 wire must be used for heaters. Yet I have read it differently. I provided the following quotes in an email to him but he still insists. The simplified...
  16. Electrical
    For my son's high school prom, we're having a Jurassic Park theme. I've been asked to build the electric fence from the movie. (It won't actually be electric. :wink2: ) For the orange and blue lights on the poles, I'm using a simple 2-wire light socket from Lowe's...
  17. Electrical
    Hey guys, I'm designing a chandelier out of iron pipe and I'm trying to wire it myself. It's going to have about 20 bulbs, each bulb with 60W and 120 volt ratings. I know how to wire each bulb, but I don't want to have 20 plugs. I want to merge them all to one plug (or as little plugs as...
  18. Electrical
    I have installed a set of outlets on my workshop wall. There are two outlets in each box, one is a 15 amp outlet, the other a 20 amp outlet. As I am running the proper size and color wire to them through conduit it got me to wondering if i could simply share the ground wire or if i need to go...
  19. Electrical
    I just got a Wink Relay and I have never dealt with electrical so I don't know much. Instructions says Wink Relay works with single and double switch, however I have 3 light switches by my front door where I am trying to install. I am presuming this is called a "triple switch". I have also heard...
  20. Electrical
    I'm a ceramic artist and have made little ceramics "shades" if you will for a chandelier I'm making for a design show. Essentially it's an upside down bowl with a hole in it. I purchased 25 10 watt bu pin halogen light bulbs, 4 transformers, and 25 airline cable sockets. So my question is is...
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