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Installing an Outlet in the Ceiling of a Building

Michael in California asks: We have been installing 110v receptacles in above grid locations. My question is in regards to above ceiling electrical outlets in plenum non-plenum ceilings.

Tripping Breaker for a Ceiling Fan and Light

Billy in Virginia asks: I have a problem with a light circuit where I removed an old light fixture and hung a ceiling fan and wired it into the existing setup then powered the circuit and hit the wall switch to check functions and the breaker tripped.

Strange Smell In Your House You Think is Electrical

Sara in Tennessee asks: I have a strange smell in my house which I think is electrical. I can only describe it as burnt sugar or maybe burnt caramel. What should I do if I have a strange smell in my house which I think is electrical?

Lightning Strikes and Electrical System Protection

I have had lightning strikes that have blown out sections of the PVC conduit, What can I can do to prevent lightning damage.

Connecting A Generator To A Home

Planning and Installing a Generator with a Transfer Switch: How should I install the wiring to connect a generator to my home? How to Connect a Generator to a Home.

How to Wire a Dryer Outlet

I had a problem with my dryer outlet so I rewired it and now the dryer does not work, how can I fix my dryer? Electric Dryer Outlet Problems and How to Fix Them, Problems with Dryer Outlet Wiring, Dryer Circuit Wiring.

Upgrading an Electrical Service Panel

How should I upgrade my electric service panel? Considerations when Upgrading an Electric Service Panel.

My light fixture does not work right, what is wrong?

I just put up a light fixture and now the switch not working right. How to Wire a Light Fixture and Switch.

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Electrical Wiring

Wiring a Wemo Light Switch on a 3-way switch

Jim in Virginia asks: I’m installing a Wemo 3way WiFi Switch replacing an existing 3-way switch.

I Would Like To Run Power Out To My Shed

Bryan in New York asks: I would like to run power out to my shed which sits about 150 feet back from house. I’m thinking direct bury UF from home panel box.

How Many Receptacles and Lights does the Code Allow

Ian in Canada asks: How many receptacles and lights does the code allow per 15 amp circuit?

Installing 220Volt Wiring for a Solar Power Monitor

James in California asks: Is it code compliant to run two separate 12-2 Romex cables instead of one 12-3 for 220volt?

Replace MR16 Bulbs with MR16 LED Bulbs in a Track Light

Lee in Virginia asks: I am looking to buy MR16 LED bulbs to replace the existing halogen MR16 in some track lighting. However, I noticed the existing halogen (6) bulbs are 24 volt, not the typical 12 volt.

Electrical Wiring Problem with a GFCI Outlet

David in Pennsylvania asks: I went to plug my extension cord into the ground fault and it tripped and could not be reset. I stretched the cord into the living room and plugged it into a receptacle which I could smell wires burning.

Moving an Oven and the Electrical Wiring

Dan in Florida asks: I am moving my oven in to an Island. What is required for 240 and 120 lines under the floor to the island.

Replacing a Ceiling Track Light

Saelon in Oregon asks: I installed all new track light, and my no-touch power tester lights up almost anywhere on the ceiling within 12 inches of the track. Is this normal?

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Ceiling Fans

Ceiling Fan Works but Not the Light

Henry in Tennessee asks: I recently installed a ceiling fan with a light. Both the fan and the light are dimmable. When I follow the instructions the fan will come on but the light will not.

Replacing Ceiling Light Fixtures with Ceiling Fans

How can I replace two ceiling light fixtures with two ceiling fans that also have a light kit? How to Wire Ceiling Fans and Wall Switches.

Red Wire for Ceiling Fan Wiring

How do I connect the wires for my ceiling fan? The old fan was connected to a ground, a neutral, a hot, and a fourth red wire that I presume is an additional hot.

Wiring a Ceiling Fan In An Older Home

What is the best way to wire the ceiling fan from an outlet? The current wiring is set up to a switch to power all the outlets.

How to Install a Ceiling Fan in Your Bedroom

How can I wire a ceiling fan and wall switch? I would like to install a ceiling fan in my bedroom. I have an existing switch that work a top part of a convenience outlet.

Wiring a Ceiling Fan with Other Lights and Outlets

How can I connect a ceiling fan to my home wiring? Switch Box Wiring for a Ceiling Fan and Outlets, Ceiling Fan Circuit Wiring, Wiring a Ceiling Fan with a Shared Circuit.

How To Add A Ceiling Fan With Existing Light Fixtures

I want the fan to work just by a pull-chain but continue to have the switch operate the remaining can lights, how can I wire this? How to Wire a Ceiling Fan with Existing Light Fixtures.

Basic Ceiling Fan Remote Control Problems

How should I troubleshoot a problem with a ceiling fan remote control? The Most Common Causes of Ceiling Fan Remote Control Problems.

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