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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

Should I Install a GFCI Circuit Breaker or a GFCI Outlet

Lanny in Minnesota asks: Can a GFCI circuit breaker take the place of a GFCI Outlet? Would it be considered to meet NEC Code Requirements?

Generator Automatic Transfer Switch is Crackling Sizzling and Arcing

Jack in Virginia asks: Why does my automatic transfer switch makes a Loud ‘pop’ and there was also a visible flash?

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.

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.

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

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?

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

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?

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

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?

Install Dusk to Dawn Fixture by the Front Door

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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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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