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Replace a Light Switch with a Programmable Switch

Emily in Texas asks: We are trying to replace our front porch light switch with a Honeywell programmable wall switch, model RPLS540A. We have a ground wire attached to the current light switch with a screw.

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

Bob in Pollock Pines California asks: How should I install the wiring to connect a generator to my home? Planning and Installing a Generator with a Transfer Switch: 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

ML in Rockwell, North Carolina asks:. How should I upgrade my electric service panel? Considerations when Upgrading an Electric Service Panel.

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Cord Size for an Electric Log Splitter

Scott in Washington asks: What size extension cord should I use for an electric log splitter?

How Should I Label Electric Service and Distribution Panels

John in California asks: How should I label the Main Meter Service Panel and the Service Distribution Panel with all the breakers for the home?

How to Wire a Replacement Water Heater

Mark in Idaho asks: How do I wire a new water heater when the wiring is differently than the old water heater?

Why a Dryer Does Not Dry Clothes

Chris in Mississippi asks: Why did our dryer quit blowing hot air?

Which Fuse for an HVAC Unit FLNR60 or FRN-R60

James in Maryland asks: What is the difference between a FLNR 60 Fuse and a FRN-R 60 Fuse?

How to Replace an Outlet with a GFCI

Adriel in Florida asks: I’m trying to replace a kitchen outlet for a GFCI one. How do i hook up the new GFCI outlet?

Wiring a Light Fixture to a GFCI Outlet

Tom in Florida asks: I added a spot light to an outside receptacle, checked for voltage before closing up box, now the light does not work, could it be the GFCI receptacle?

Wiring a New Electric Range to an Old Circuit

Jerry in Colorado asks: Our kitchen range has died and we are purchasing a new electric range. Is our existing circuit wiring going to work?

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Ceiling Fans

Replaced a Ceiling Fan Now it is Not Working

Kris in Missouri asks: My son and I replaced a Ceiling Fan in his bedroom. The fan and light were working prior to replacing, now it does not work.

How to Replace a Dimmer Switch With a Single Switch

Richard in Rhode Island asks: I want to replace a dimmer switch with a single throw switch. The dimmer switch has a black and white wire and a ground wire.

Replace a Light Switch with a Programmable Switch

Emily in Texas asks: We are trying to replace our front porch light switch with a Honeywell programmable wall switch, model RPLS540A. We have a ground wire attached to the current light switch with a screw.

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.

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