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  1. Electrical
    I am trying to change my ceiling fan with a regular light fixture, which involves replacing a wall remote control with a single pole switch. The electric box has wired the remote control and another single pole switch for another ceiling light. However, my electric box only has three wires a...
  2. Electrical
    I found a new product online called the Cut & Guard Gang Box Lid to help cut drywall around electrical boxes and to protect all the wiring during the remaining construction process. Basically this lid stays on during hanging drywall, mud and tape, texture and sand, and painting. I have done...
  3. HVAC
    I took the front panel off of my AC air handler looking for a common wire for a smart thermostat. When I took the panel off, I found a couple of wires have what I think is dried mold on it, but I'm not sure. Does anybody know what else it could be? These wires are above the coil. Whatever it is...
  4. Electrical
    Hi, I had 3 wires in the panel that were using a marette in the panel to run an extension to the breaker. I have removed the marette and fed the 3 short wires into the top of the panel. The black and white reach the breaker, but the ground wire won't reach the ground bar. Please help with...
  5. Electrical
    The electrician installed 2 switches (1 triple switch and 1 single pole single switch) in a two gang box and with all the wires it is too crowded to press the switches in and put the cover plate on. The electrical installation was done before the drywall was installed so at the time it seemed...
  6. Electrical
    I'm trying to replace wall switch(es) with Insteon dimmer switches where appropriate. The Insteon switches have 3 wires: Black, labeled "line," Red, labeled "load," and a bare braid which I assume is ground. The switches I want to replace have only two wires, and the color is somewhat...
  7. Electrical
    Hi all - I'm having an issue with a duplex GFCI switch in the bathroom (one switch for light, one for shower fan). There's also a dimmer switch on the same circuit. Basically the fan turned on on its own and won't turn off unless I manually trip the GCFI at the outlet. It will also turn off...
  8. Electrical
    Hello everyone. My gf has this funky house. And behind this old retro furnace I look up and see this. I have no idea what it is. But seeing a recharger makes me think if this is an old igniter system. I did measure the volts on one of the battery it was reading 2 volts. (but it on...
  9. Electrical
    Hello. Since I don't have any ceiling-mounted lamps in my apartment I've decided to get the lights a little bit higher myself. Since every room in my apartment has a water pipe (which get's hot!) for heating the second floor I thought of mounting a few spotlights on them myself. I would like to...
  10. Electrical
    So I have a light switch box that has three sets of wires coming into it. Set one of wires has: one black, one white, and one red wire. Set two has: one black and one white. Set three has: one black and one white. Can anyone tell me how to wire the two switches that should control the two...
  11. Electrical
    We went to change out the fixture in the bathroom of our 48 yr old home and there is no electrical box. There is a sliding bar/brace in it of some kind as shown in the picture. No new light fixture will attach to it. What can we add without tearing holes in the wall? Pictures and details would...
  12. Electrical
    I looked at the NEC 2014 draft, section 200.6 and it says that grounded conductors should have either a gray or white finish. Yet all over the Internet it says ground wires are green, plus ground screws for appliances are green.
  13. Electrical
    Hi, I am replacing a ceiling fan and needed help with the wiring. When I took the old one down I unfortunately didn't note the connections. In the junction box I see 2 sets of wires, each with 4 wires: black, white, red, and bare (ground). If I just cap off all the wires in the junction box...
  14. Electrical
    I am changing out a light switch. I removed the old switch but did not mark the wires. The new switch has two posts plus a green screw. I cannot determine coloring of wires because builder painted them all white. I have tried every combination of the three screws and the three wires. The light...
  15. General DIY Discussions
    I'm getting ready to have the garage re-stuccoed in a week or two. So, Im trying to clean up a few areas before that. This wiring situation needs a major cleanup, and I'm looking for suggestions on how I should do it. My first thought was to try and find a cabinet with a door and open back...
  16. Electrical
    We just bought a new ceiling fan from Hunter (27303 model) with remote control. We have tried everything to hook this fan up and it still isn't working. The ceiling outlet box has two black wires, one green, two white and one red. The ceiling fan has two white, two black, one green and one...
  17. Electrical
    Hi all, I am currently rewiring a big part of my house to replace old ungrounded cables with proper grounded wires. Last week I had the opportunity to ask an electrician a few questions; one of those was "Is it ok to splice wire in a junction box with electrical tape ?" His answer was...
  18. Electrical
    I'm putting in a new ceiling fan with lighting kit where there used to be tracking. I took down the old light and had to undo the wires to reinforce the box as it was very loose. Anyhow, drew out the wiring before I removed it and thought I had followed it but now things are a bit messed up...
  19. Electrical
    The GFI in my kitchen went out and I am trying to replace it. I'm new to home electrical work, but have worked with bread boards and have done some lightweight electronics repair. When I pull my faulty GFI out of the wall, there's only enough wire to get it out about an inch, so it's a very...
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