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How/why are the electric socket wires suddenly both positive

The light socket next to my bed stopped working and the electrician says it's because both wires are positive. I asked him how it could have happened and he said he didn't know, it was very strange. Electricians of MetaFilter, what's happening here? [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on May 24, 2016 - 17 answers

Lights off remotely

We are looking for a reliable, fairly easy-to-install/use timer or remote control system for the light switch in our toddler's bedroom. [more inside]
posted by palindromic on Apr 4, 2016 - 9 answers

Help me assemble the parts for an LED ribbon lighting system

I'm trying to determine what parts I need to bring LED lighting to my home. I'd like to install some lights in multiple rooms to be controlled by wall switches and my phone and my network. But I'd like to do it in stages to reduce cost. [more inside]
posted by Just this guy, y'know on Feb 23, 2016 - 1 answer

You are not my electrician.

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]
posted by stopgap on Jan 31, 2014 - 10 answers

How can a lightswitch that controls both outlets be converted to switch just one?

How can a lightswitch that controls both outlets be converted to switch just one? [more inside]
posted by cacophony on Jan 15, 2012 - 4 answers

Installation of combination light switch outlet

I have a former light switch that I want to convert to a combination plate where the switch toggles power to the accompanying outlet. However, there are some details that leave me uncertain whether or not this can be accomplished without a certified electrician. [more inside]
posted by CancerMan on Aug 24, 2011 - 8 answers

Broken light switch

Broken light switch. [more inside]
posted by ellieBOA on Nov 23, 2010 - 9 answers

Explain this so I can sleep

What just scared the crap out of me? Hallway light went on for about 15 seconds, then off, and is now burnt out. [more inside]
posted by itesser on Apr 8, 2010 - 19 answers

Help me not be the annoying new roommate who killed the house.

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]
posted by koeselitz on Feb 15, 2010 - 34 answers

Where in the world can I find a black, dual single-pole light switch?

Electrical Product Filter: I'm going out of my mind trying to find a dual single-pole switch for my kitchen. In black. I can drive to Home Depot and get one in white or ivory, but heaven forbid anyone carry it in black. [more inside]
posted by Detuned Radio on Jan 1, 2010 - 8 answers

Hotel bathroom light switches outside the bathroom?

Why do some hotels have the bathroom light switch outside the bathroom? [more inside]
posted by kiltedtaco on Jun 21, 2007 - 34 answers

DIY Dusk to Dawn Porch light

How to convert a porch light to be light-sensitive? [more inside]
posted by Zed_Lopez on Sep 7, 2005 - 10 answers

How to undo central light switch setup?

In my new apartment, the outlet I have to use for my computer system is hooked up to a lightswitch that also controls the room's lights. Any good ideas on how to undo this situation? [more inside]
posted by edlundart on Apr 28, 2005 - 16 answers

How to Put in a Power Outlet in a Basement Closet

I have a closet in a converted basement (drywall). In the closet there is a light bulb powered by a switch so I assume there is electricity. My burning desire in life is to get a power outlet in that closet. What steps do I need to take? Is this a crazy young-person sort of dreamer's dream?
posted by xmutex on Feb 6, 2004 - 17 answers

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