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My wife bought a new hanging chandelier with electrical for
My wife bought a new hanging chandelier with electrical for the lights; I'm removing the existing chandelier that already has wiring and a box to support. I've installed these before. However, the new unit has a regular polarized plug like you put in a wall socket. Can I simply cut of that plug and wire to the black and white and ground like a normal ceiling light?
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From the ceiling I have 4 wires: Grey, Purple, White, and
From the ceiling I have 4 wires: Grey, Purple, White, and ground. From my fan: Black, White , Blue. From the wireless receiver: Black, White, Blue on side A and Black & White on side B. I connect Side A of wireless receiver to fan and Side B Black to ceiling Purple, Side B White to ceiling White. Where should I wire the ceiling Gray to? Thank you.
My problem started one evening while watching TV. The unit
My problem started one evening while watching TV. The unit and a couple of lights went out. I went to check the breaker panel and found one breaker tripped. I cycled the breaker but when I tried to turn it back on there was a small light explosion at the breaker. I then went to the store and purchased a couple of new ones. I replaced the breaker with a new one and it resulted in the same light/sound show when turned on. I then tested all my wall plug-in units that were not working and disabled each one by removing the plug and leaving the wires individually capped and outside their box. Retested the breaker and the same problem showed up. Further testing (a long procedure of turning off all the breakers and then turning on the one that had tripped) it was fine and did not trip when it was the only breaker actually turned on. I then tested the breaker with each of the other breakers one at a time to see if it would give the light/sound show. The results of all this was I found that two breakers (both on the same side of the panel) created a problem. Let's call the first breaker (A) and the other one (B). When breaker (A) is on first and I then turn on (B) the breaker (A) trips (flash bang). When breaker (B) is on first and I attempt to turn on (A) the breaker (A) again trips with flash/bang. I found that if I only have one of the breakers (A) or (B) turned on the same set of wall sockets are active and the others that originally were off are still off line. Then I found that if (A) is off and (B) is on the wire in the panel that connects to (A) it is hot even when not connected to anything in the panel. The same is true if (A) is connected and on (B) becomes hot without any connection. I have gone throughout the house and removed the covers from every outlet including the light switches and cannot find any evidence of any problems at those sources. I attempted to run a test (without power on in the panel) to try and trace the wires from the breakers in question but the Fluke line tracing unit I have would not pick up the wire inside the walls. Since there is no power at a few of the wall plugs I could not use a power tracing unit to trace the wire. I am a disabled vet and not an electrician so at this point I have exhausted all my knowledge on the subject. I did not buy the home new and the contractor that built (and owned) the home did not follow any set guide lines nor can I find a wiring diagram anywhere. For example there are three outlets in the bedroom and one outlet in the kitchen (they are at opposite ends of the home) that share the same breaker. Any help in this matter would greatly help. Thanks.
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I was changing a bulb in the fixture above my bathroom sink.
I was changing a bulb in the fixture above my bathroom sink. the base of the bulb turned out to be stuck in the socket. I took a needle nose plier to get it out and caused it to spark and kick off the circuit breaker, which I reset. I went back to the bathroom to find the vent in the shower and the night lite in the wall working, along with other lights in the hallway. but when I tried to turn the light on, the circuit breaker blew again. I reset it again and when back to the bathroom. but this time the vent wasn,t working and neither was the night lite, which I took a closer look at. the button the wall socket had popped out. so I tried to snap it back in but it wouldn't stay in, but the hallway lights went back on. that's where I am now. can you advise me what to do
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2 years ago we had a house fire and most of the house was rewired
2 years ago we had a house fire and most of the house was rewired and has a new breaker box. However the 3 back bedrooms and bathroom were not rewired. Since that time all 3 wall sockets in one bedroom, a wall socket in each of the two bedrooms and the wall socket in the bathroom have quit working. One socket in the bedroom became extremely hot and a neighbor removed it. Now the overhead light in the bathroom will flash when switched on but will not work. What's the problem and how much will it cost to repair?
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I have a 1961 home and am wanting to change out 2 sconces in
I have a 1961 home and am wanting to change out 2 sconces in the bathroom that have switches on them. they are wired to the outlet. I tried to to do exactly the same thing with new lights with switches and it blew the new plug.Can I wire it this way or can I put a switch connected to the outlet which will operate the sconces. I would like to use the outlet to plug in trimmers etc. or do I have to wire them to the light switch. Any information would be great. Frank
I live in a home that was built in the 1950's. Think the electric
I live in a home that was built in the 1950's. Think the electric has been updated. I've blown out three light sockets in the last couple of months. They start to smoke smell of plastic burning and then shut down. This has caused all the outlets on one side of the house to stop working including my front porch light. I'm in a ver poor financial position right now so is there anyway that I could try to fix this problem myself? As of this whole ordeal I've had to use long extension cords to keep the nessasary appliances working and I'm afraid the outlets that are still working will blow soon as well. PLEASE HELP. Thanks so much
I am replacing a wood stove blower motor. The old motor was
I am replacing a wood stove blower motor. The old motor was a 4 wire 110v that was connected to a thermal switch and a two speed switch. The replacement motor is only a one speed motor with two black wires. My thought is to by-pass the two speed switch so power would run the black lead from the plug, to one side of the thermal switch. The other lead from the switch to one of the black wires from the motor. The neutral lead would then run directly to the other lead of the motor and a ground be mounted to the external housing of the motor. Am I correct?
We have a chandelier with 5 older bulbs in it. The dimmingView more electrical questions
We have a chandelier with 5 older bulbs in it. The dimming portion of the chandelier works perfectly. I installed one new LED 4-Watt (25 Watt equivalent) candelabra light in the chandelier and the light worked perfectly, except this one new light onlydimmed 5% rather then the 95% that the others would dim. Does anyone sell new behind the wall socket dimmers that are calibrated to work with the new LED 4-watt bulbs rather than the other 15 watt (I guessing) bulbs yet? Am I asking the question properly?Is there a technical way to ask this question more clearly when I talk to an electrician? Thanks