Tag: electrical

173 What is the purpose of these holes on my wire stripper? 2012-11-20T12:14:32.513

73 Why did my electrician put metal plates wherever the stud is drilled through? 2016-10-15T16:20:03.103

52 When I turn down the dimmer switch on my lights, do I actually use less electricity? 2012-01-26T06:34:06.820

47 How can I fix electrical outlets that don't "hold" plugs that are plugged in to them? 2011-03-07T13:26:13.390

44 Which way is up? (electric outlet) 2011-08-10T14:59:35.817

42 How do I run wires for a wall-mount flatscreen TV? 2010-07-29T19:19:32.933

40 Is there a way to unscrew a light bulb that has broken? 2014-08-18T13:39:18.910

39 Is the Electrician trying to scam me? 2015-09-15T20:11:09.413

39 How can I restore power after a switch was shorted with scissors? 2018-01-19T04:45:20.530

36 How can I pull a wire through a pipe that has too many turns for fish tape? 2016-10-02T00:51:06.423

36 Why don't you connect unused hot and neutral wires to "complete the circuit"? 2016-10-05T23:53:54.123

35 Should old knob and tube wiring be replaced? 2010-07-21T19:25:43.360

33 If a light bulb is dead, does it still consume electricity if the switch is in ON? 2017-05-04T17:36:45.673

32 How long should I wait before plugging in a new refrigerator? 2010-11-18T23:04:52.387

32 Why does my home's power fade and surge when I plug things in? 2017-12-10T17:15:39.123

31 How should I rewire a miswired 3-way switch? 2011-08-11T04:03:58.800

31 What does "1 Gang", "2 Gang", and so forth mean when talking about electrical boxes? 2012-01-23T13:21:06.497

31 Can Romex (NM-B) be run through conduit? 2013-08-27T17:20:29.057

30 How best can I discover what is up with my electrical bill? 2010-09-10T20:10:37.760

30 Are push in connectors up to code? 2011-03-13T14:57:17.210

30 Would you ever wire white and ground together? 2012-01-10T03:27:35.713

30 Is there a way to safely have exposed electrical wires? 2018-01-08T18:29:11.480

27 If DC adapters are so prevalent, why is AC used in construction by default? 2011-07-04T16:40:40.823

27 How should I go about installing a 12 volt DC residential circuit? 2013-01-24T18:32:44.863

26 Why are “Wire Nuts” not used in the UK? 2011-11-16T13:42:30.823

25 Is using 15 amp components on a 20 amp breaker against code? 2012-02-08T22:28:14.617

24 Is it OK to borrow a ground wire from a different circuit? 2011-12-12T05:18:20.880

24 Why do I have voltage on a plumbing ground strap, and is it dangerous? 2016-01-04T08:48:35.433

24 How can it be dangerous to feed a water heater from two separate panels? 2016-01-20T15:05:04.543

24 How to avoid wires when drilling into the wall? 2016-02-17T20:59:30.603

24 Is twisted and taped splice on cable, objectively any less stable than wire-nuts or terminal blocks? 2016-05-16T12:23:40.100

24 Locating source of excessive energy use 2018-02-27T21:05:01.607

23 Extension cord and power strip safety 2011-07-14T17:05:29.047

23 How do I install a GFCI receptacle with two hot wires and common neutral? 2011-10-04T05:14:06.460

23 Can anyone tell me what this little white box on my outlet is? 2015-10-22T05:37:53.567

23 Can you cut open a plastic junction box and just lay splices inside? 2017-11-29T21:43:36.047

22 Is it ok to have mixed grounds and neutrals on bars in a breaker box? 2010-09-10T14:43:17.387

22 Drilled into studs, light flickered momentarily but everything else seems fine now - should I be worried? 2016-08-22T02:39:04.627

22 Can I replace a 30A breaker with a 40A breaker for a new water heater? 2018-02-14T14:29:13.507

21 How do you plan capacity for electrical circuits? 2011-12-12T19:59:24.093

21 Why Do 240V Circuits Not Require Neutral? 2013-11-08T23:55:54.363

21 Electric shock - was I stupid, unlucky, or a combination of both? 2014-08-16T12:20:54.583

21 Why would two circuit breakers be connected inside the service panel? 2015-04-03T01:01:06.513

20 Is there a way to simply splice in an additional length of 12/2 NM-B cable? 2011-02-06T22:54:35.987

20 What should we look for when buying a fixer-upper house? 2011-06-06T17:48:10.597

20 What items in a house can potentially be damaged by shutting them off at the circuit breaker? 2017-07-19T01:00:01.890

20 Is it important not to scratch copper wire when removing insulation? 2017-12-05T17:17:49.377

19 What's the best way of replacing a plug or switch in a house with aluminum wiring? 2010-07-22T15:11:21.737

19 Why are homes wired using solid wire rather than stranded? 2011-04-26T19:32:24.713

19 What is a GFI outlet used for, and where should I install them? 2012-07-20T19:16:14.133

19 What do I need to install LED strip lighting? 2012-09-19T05:26:16.650

19 How can I get a wire that is outside a wall to be inside a wall 2012-10-30T11:01:14.347

18 What is the right way to connect 7 conductors in an electrical box? 2011-04-12T02:12:32.117

18 What should I use to secure/organize data cable runs? 2012-08-02T17:37:50.603

18 Can anyone help me identify this old audio cable? 2017-10-17T09:43:09.867

18 Is it OK to create a third prong ground from a cold water pipe, for a 2-wire circuit? 2018-01-22T05:48:41.693

17 How do I safely replace a worn out electrical outlet? 2010-07-21T19:16:48.623

17 How do I prepare my home for a power outage? 2011-01-31T14:58:04.160

17 Can I backfeed a portable generator into my house's electrical system? 2011-05-05T18:59:16.267

17 Which Kitchen outlets do NOT need GFCI? 2011-10-05T19:42:15.190

17 Do I really have to fasten interior-wall electrical wire to a stud to keep it from moving? 2012-01-21T23:29:45.370

17 Is there a lifetime failure count for a breaker? 2012-07-01T22:18:43.393

17 Can I safely use a 9w LED bulb in place of a 40w incandescent? 2016-03-14T18:35:20.967

17 What danger/code violation is oversized breakers? 2016-11-23T01:29:40.623

17 Is it permissible to have exposed mains conductors in holiday lights? 2017-12-15T16:58:02.717

17 Small branch stuck in electric wire 2017-12-27T19:33:36.973

16 What is the proper way to run wires along/across basement ceiling joists? 2010-09-02T12:39:50.330

16 Does a homeowner need a permit for electrical work in Massachusetts? 2010-09-02T16:46:21.530

16 What is the right way to strip power wires? 2010-12-06T07:02:33.387

16 What is simplest strategy to map circuits to breakers in the panel? 2012-04-16T18:09:54.120

16 When wiring outlets should I use pigtails or both sets of outlet screws? 2012-07-09T22:33:02.887

16 What's the standard height for an outlet? 2012-09-10T22:48:00.703

16 My house was hit by lightning. What should I do? 2012-10-24T04:19:42.843

16 I have a 3-pronged receptacle but no ground wire connected to it. Is this ok? 2013-08-28T17:08:23.107

16 One circuit on two 20 amp breakers 2016-08-06T05:31:52.467

15 Is there a wall outlet power meter that I can interface with from a computer? 2011-01-27T15:50:44.043

15 Are both legs of a home's power supply equally used? 2012-03-22T17:10:19.783

15 Is there a device that will allow a bathroom fan to run for 5 minutes after it is switched off? 2012-06-06T15:25:44.237

15 Is it dangerous to run electrical cords through heating vents? 2012-12-10T04:45:21.850

15 Is there ever a reason for reversing hot and neutral on a receptacle? 2014-08-01T15:46:02.803

15 Should all Federal Pacific panels be replaced? 2015-03-20T02:32:31.073

15 If I install a GFCI on the first outlet in a circuit will the other receptacles on that breaker circuit have GFI protection? 2017-09-21T11:52:38.703

15 Metal braided cord in the wall 2018-01-31T19:17:57.793

14 When to use holes instead of side terminals to wire an outlet 2011-07-31T00:13:28.750

14 Why is this box constantly tripping? 2011-10-27T13:59:56.943

14 Can I safely use a switch rated for "1A at 125V" with 240V, assuming I stay below 125W? 2011-11-14T14:11:23.447

14 What's the minimum depth that an electrical box can recess into a finished wall? Does it have to be flush? 2012-01-22T17:27:19.250

14 How do I properly wire GFCI outlets in parallel? 2012-05-02T16:31:45.760

14 Should I put a dimmer switch on a ceiling fan? 2013-02-19T02:05:31.957

14 What types of electrical outlets are found in a typical home in the USA? 2013-08-22T10:32:56.570

14 Is this a fire hazard? 2016-05-30T15:06:23.737

14 I tripped a 20amp breaker but didn't feel a shock - why? 2017-05-13T16:57:05.440

14 Why would a switch be wired with its neutral connected to ground? 2017-06-15T14:34:11.917

13 What's the least intrusive way to find out what's in a wall? 2010-12-01T23:40:40.973

13 What is electrical code for number of wires in a breaker? 2011-04-05T23:02:43.600

13 How do I join two cables outside so that they're safe and kept dry? 2011-08-12T06:43:37.820

13 Can I connect ground to neutral in a 3 wire outlet? 2011-10-02T21:15:55.510

13 Can I use old abandoned iron pipe as electrical conduit? 2012-06-22T00:01:00.000

13 What are the disadvantages of having electrical conduit penetrate my foundation below-grade? 2012-10-05T16:47:32.083