We moved house last week and realised that the electrics we've inherited are not great. [more inside]
I discovered this week that the closet light in my new home is wired in a questionable way, and I need to know if this is a problem. [more inside]
I just picked up an IBM electric typewriter from a salvage shop. However, as you can see HERE, there's something a little bit strange going on. Any electricians out there who can give me some insight? Thanks!
Why do these light bulbs keep dying? [more inside]
I want to hang a fluorescent strip light above my workbench. How can I do this? [more inside]
I need some help figuring out the wiring in my switched ceiling junction box in order to connect a basic light fixture. In the box I have three pairs of black/white wires and one yellow wire. My fixture has one pair of black and white wires. [more inside]
As part of my ongoing efforts to remain stuck in the twentieth century, I'm trying to rewire and use this telephone. [more inside]
I once read a great article explaining why we use polarized plugs, grounding, and GFCI outlets in household AC circuits. It was written from the perspective of an electric company whose customers keep getting electrocuted by their appliances. The company introduces the safety measures one by one and the article explains how people still get shocked. It might even have been a comment on Metafilter; I'm not sure. Where can I find it?
Electrical Filter: Help me figure out how an electrical circuit seemingly got rewired overnight. [more inside]
I just installed a new lightswitch in my bathroom. Now, when I turn my living room air conditioner OFF, the power in most of my apartment goes out. And even when the AC is on, the power level is extremely low. WTF??? [more inside]
Panel to Garage sub-panel. How many amps can my sub-panel hold? (You are not my electrician.) I will be hiring a licensed electrician, I’m just curious as to what to expect. [more inside]
Do I have everything I need to safely put together this lamp without burning my apartment down? [more inside]
Help me understand the national electric code with regard to rewiring and updating several rooms in my 1940s-era house. [more inside]
Why is this lightbulb flickering? [more inside]
Why would nearly all of a 1940s-era house be run on two 15-amp circuits? [more inside]
Could a bolt of lightning have fixed my landline? [more inside]
My bedroom is wired like a Myst puzzle. How is my ceiling light fixture supposed to be powered? If this isn't something I can fix myself, how much might an electrician charge? Pictures and diagrams inside. [more inside]
Where to buy a 4 1/2" outlet box that is open on both sides for back-to-back light fixture installation?
Where to buy a 4 1/2" outlet box that is open on both sides for back-to-back light fixture installation? [more inside]
Two sets of dual light switches control two lights at the top and bottom of my staircase. One switch on each set stopped working, why and how can I fix it? [more inside]
Building a house, we're meeting with the electrician tomorrow to talk about where to put outlets/wire runs. I'm looking for interesting places that we may want to put wiring. [more inside]
I'm an artist trying to wire 30 quartz clock mechanisms together so that they run off a single power strip. They each originally take 1 AA battery. I'm having trouble getting it to work. It's important that the clocks start simultaneously because the piece involves precisely planned movement. [more inside]
How to route electrical cable around a pipe, a question about a floor box for an electrical outlet in a kitchen, and a good book for general home electrical work? [more inside]
Water leaking from an upstairs apartment seems to be short-circuiting a ceiling light. How dangerous and how urgent is this problem? [more inside]
I am not an electrician. But I'm poor, and I'm not an idiot. Unfortunately, I think I did something stupid when wiring a new wall plug; I accidentally touched two wires together, and now the electricity is off in two rooms. More electrically savvy people: can you help me? [more inside]
Help me re-wire a complicated old lamp. [more inside]
Replacing ceiling fixture. Removed old fixture. Help me identify the wiring so I can wire the new one? [more inside]
Calling all MeFi electricians: why does my light switch make a popping noise, and will it kill me? [more inside]
Construction electrical: why is this service panel on sale at more than an 80% discount? [more inside]
Wiring question: What is this crazy non-standard switch I need? [more inside]
How do I keep the GFI from tripping? [more inside]
Help me diagnose repeated failure of my lighting dimmers. [more inside]
Working on DIY solar charger from modified garden power lamps. Of course the panels look different than the ones in the pictures! [more inside]
I have a light switch on the wall that controls both an overhead light and an outleft. I'd like it to only control the overhead light, while still sending power on to the outlet. [more inside]
Bad wiring or defective PC power supply: Why am I getting shocked? [more inside]
One residential electrical junction box with wires coming into it from two different circuit breakers, is this to code or completely whack? [more inside]
The lights in my house occasionally pulse--that is, they'll rapidly get noticeably dimmer and brighter numerous times within a matter of just a few seconds. I'd say "flicker," but they never seem to actually go completely dark. Does this indicate faulty wiring, or something else? [more inside]
Electricity: I'm wiring up a new dishwasher with the power cord from the old dishwasher. Just to make things interesting, the power cord has absolutely no indication of which side is positive and which side is negative. Is this because it's AC and it doesn't matter? I'm in the US on 110.
Looking for very short extension cords. [mi] [more inside]
I have a Vector MAXXsst 225 Watt DC to AC power inverter that I run in my truck. Problem is, it keeps blowing the truck fuses... It's gotta be a short, right? What am I missing?
I have an old house with old wiring in the walls. The question inside is about installing window air conditioners. [more inside]