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My Post Light has a Damaged Cable, Can I install Low Voltage Lighting

By Dave Rongey

Lisa in Ohio asks: I have a post light with a damaged UF cable. Can I install low voltage lighting to the undamaged end of the UF wire the post light?


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Should I use a Remote Switch or a Standard Dimmer Switch?

By Dave Rongey

Eric in Florida asks: What is the purpose of using a Lightolier ZPR-3 remote switch? Can it be replaced with a standard residential light switch?


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Will a Laundry Unit Work with the Outlet in Our Apartment?

By Dave Rongey

Kevin in Lakewood asks: We are going to purchase a laundry center. The circuit we will be using is 15amp, will this work in our apartment?


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Install Dusk to Dawn Fixture by the Front Door

By Dave Rongey

Frank in Oklahoma asks: There is a switch by the front door that controls the outside lights. Should that fixture control the other two lights?


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Adding Electric Wiring to a Garage

By Dave Rongey

Del from Minnesota asks: I need a 50amp, 30amp, and 20amp circuit in my garage. Do I need more than one conduit for the electrical wires?


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Adding a New Circuit to the Main Panel for a Garage Panel

By Dave Rongey

Mike in Florida asks: I have the electrical main coming into an exterior panel, and being back-fed into a 125 AMP breaker. This then flows through the panel itself and into a sub-panel just inside the building.


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How Can I Light Up a Dark Hallway at Night for my Child?

By Dave Rongey

Ashley in Kansas asks: I have a 6 year old who is terrified to walk down the dark hallway at night to get to the bathroom. I wanted to switch out the 3-way switch for a 3-way dimmer switch so I can leave the light on but dimmed so the whole hallway is illuminated.


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Converting a Fluorescent Light to an Electronic Ballast

By Dave Rongey

Wayman in Canada asks: I need advice about fluorescent ballasts replacements. I have 3×48″T12 lamps installed in a line: one 2 tube fixture,and a single tube fixture The lamp of the single fixture will not illuminate (even after changing the tube). Can a light fixture with a electronic ballast share the same circuit with a light fixture with a magnetic one?


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Someone is Spying On Me, How Can I Detect these Spy Devices?

By Dave Rongey

Laurie in Wisconsin asks: I know I have a motion detector and a hidden camera on my living room ceiling. How can I detect devices that have been planted in my home that are watching me and spying on me?


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50 Amp GFCI Trips When the Outlet is Installed

By Dave Rongey

Michael in Ohio asks: Why a new 50 amp GFCI breaker trips when the outlet Is installed in the box.


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How to Locate an Electrical Wiring Problem

By Dave Rongey

Wayne in Washington asks: I have a very unique problem in a home where on a 20 amp circuit the bare conductor is carrying the positive or hot side of the 120 volt and the black conductor is acting as the ground and the white is the neutral.


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How Can I Have a Light Switch that Has a Light In the Switch?

By Dave Rongey

Ted in New York asks: I have a ceiling light in my bathroom with two 3way switches. I want to add some sort of a light Or lighted switch that would be on when the bathroom light is on, how can I wire this?


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I Want to Install a Dimmer Switch in My Kitchen

By Dave Rongey

I want to install a dimmer switch in my kitchen. My Electrical box has a switch with one black wire one red wire going to same side of switch.


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Adding Smoke Detectors to Our New Addition

By Dave Rongey

Timothy in Minnesota asks: I am adding 2 smoke detectors to our new addition. The older part of our house has smoke detectors in 4 locations.


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How to Fix an Outlet that has a Yellow Light and is Not Working

By Dave Rongey

Joe in Illinois asks: In the garage we have a double outlet. At the moment, the light above is yellow and it is not working.


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Renovating a Basement and Installing New Wiring

By Dave Rongey

Steven in Tennessee asks: I am renovating my basement and have been trying to find a specific wiring diagram for this: 14 3 GA from junction box to two ceiling fixtures, then to single pole switch, then to 2 GFCI outlets.


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