Sunday, May 31, 2009

Subject: adding more receptacles) and lighting from existing receptacles.

Name: Tom

Question: I am adding more plug-ins from one house shop room into new adjacent shop room/area. Have tapped into an existing dual plug recepticle in the old shop, and added the first new dual plug-in (a GFCI receptacle) in the new area. I installed it in a double gang box, and added a light switch to the same box to control lighting only in the new area. The switch getting it's power from the same line.

So... cable comes into new box from the exiisting recepticle. I connect 3 wires with a wire nut; the incoming black wire to the black wire from the recepticle and a jumper wire to the switch. I do the same thing again with the incoming white wire. Also connected the incomiing ground wire to the recepticle ground and jumper to the switch ground with a wire nut.
I connected the outgoing cable to the lights directly to the switch (white, black, and ground)

Here's the problem. The new receptlcle works fine. But when the switch is turned on for the lights, the main breaker kicks out!

Answer: Hi Tom,

If the black and white in a feed ever tough you will get a dead short. A switch works by touching or opening a connection between to wires. It sounds to me like you have the black and white from the feed on the switch.

What you are supposed to do is use the switch to break the hot wire. When the switch is off the hot wire is broken. When the switch is on the hot wire is reconnected.

Subject: multiple outlets

Name: Rich

Question: The question that I have is I have a 12ga line attached to a 20 amp breaker in the garage and I want to add to 2 outlets on opposite sides of the garage. Does it matter if I have a single 12ga line terminating at each outlet or do I need to have the outlets branched together?

Answer: Hi Rich,

As long as you tie White to White and Black to Black it will not matter which way you do it.

Subject: Manual Bypass Roof fan Thermostat

Name: Greb

Question: is there a switch that I can purchase to connect my thermostatically controlled roof fans and allow me to use them in the auto/thermostat mode or manual on mode when I desire? Looking to install two fans soon and I want to control them manually sometimes; not just in the thermostat controlled mode.

Answer: Hi Greb,

I would ask you local electrician. This is easily done by some one with a little experience. A good electrician may even give that to you as an option.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Subject: 3-way switch: switch, light, light, switch

Name: Jonny

Subject: 3-way switch: switch, light, light, switch

Question: I've just wires a pair of 3 way light switches in the configuration:
Feed - Switch - Light - Light - Switch

At the moment, the first switch operates the lights, however the second switch only operates the lights if the first switch is left on.
I was hoping to have both switches operating the lights independently without relying on the first switch's state.

I followed the 3-way wiring diagram at homeimprovementweb option 7

Is this diagram wrong or is this how its supposed to work?

Thanks in advance.


Answer: Hi Johnny,

Wow, that the hardest way I have ever see anyone do it. I have never ever seen it wired like that in the field. Let me see it I can give you a few pointers.

1. The travelers from the switches go strait from one switch to the other. In your diagram they do this through several junctions.

2. The hot feeds one switch. It travels through the travelers and then goes to the light truing them off and on.

3. Your neutral takes ith shortest path to the light.

If you follow these pointer one by one the wires will connect them selves. If not just hire an electrician. This stuff is hard. That diagram is really a hard way to wire a set of three ways.

Subject: Wall outlets

Name: Paul

Question: One week ago after a thunderstorm in my area, four outlets in my family room stopped work. These seem to burn out the circuit break. How do I fix them?

Answer: Hi Paul,

I would call out an electrician to check this out. It sounds like surge damage. There could be some safety hazards that you may not notice own your own. I would also ask for a surge protector for my panel.

Subject: hooking up an outlet using 3 wires

Name: Jim

Question: I just bought an older house and as i was cleaning up around the outside i came across a piece of conduit coming out from the foundation that has very heavy gauge wire in it (3 wires red, white and and black). The ends of the wires are taped off with electrical tape. i am not familiar with this type of wiring (3 wires) and i want to know how to hook up an outlet using the 3 wires? Can You help? Thanks, Jim

Answer: Hi Jim,

It all depends on what the other side is hooked up to. You can call out an electrician and they should be able to do some basic safety test to see if what you want is even do able. In short they will check if you have the correct voltage and the wire is the correct type for it's location.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Subject: wiring two lights

Name: Duane

Question: Hello, In my garage I put a light on the front of the garage and one at the back. I only have one 12/2 wire, white and black and a ground to work with. I pigtailed the wire to two separate switches because I wanted a separate switch for each light. I did not want them on at the same time. I turn one switch on and the light comes in the back then when I turn the other switch on the one light goes out and the other comes on. Almost like a three way effect? Can you tell what I did wrong.

Answer: Hi Duane,

If you don't know what you are doing you should not be doing it. The three way effect is funny until you go to bed at night and find that you burnt you house down. There is a good chance that you created a wiring hazard. You need to run a feed to each switch and then a direct line from each switch to each light. If you don't work with electricity I would not recommend on the job training.

Subject: GFI outlet trips when it rains

Name: Ruby

Question: Our house is wired with a GFI outlet on the outside wall with the deck outlets and the crawl space lights wired thru it. It is on a 15a breaker that controls a few other outlets, which still work when the GFI is tripped. When it rains, the GFI outlet trips and won't reset until it's been dry for a few days. I've replaced all the outlets and weather covers and replaced the GFI outlet, but it continues to trip. Yesterday, a friend came over with a tester and it was dry enough that the GFI would reset. All the outlets checked OK and all the lights under the house came on. Last night it rained and this morning the GFI was tripped again and won't reset. Can you come up with any possibilities for fixing this problem?

Answer: Hi Ruby,

You have to just keep looking. The GFCI is doing it's job. Water is getting where it should not be. You could try to chalk the boxes shut. Pay special attention to where the wires enter.

Subject: Wiring

Name: helen

Question: My husband attempted to move our thermostat to another wall because I want a mirror on the wall where it was. He went up into the attic space (not really an attic) and made a hole in a 2x4 placed horizontally between two studs but he still couldn't get the wire down. I think it's because there's another 2x4 about two feet down - is there a way to get the wire down to where the thermostat needs to be? thanks.

Answer: Hi Helen,

I would go to your local home center and pick up an extra long drill bit. The make bits 3-4 feet long. If that is not long enough you can always get drill bit extensions.

Subject: Dusk to Dawn Flood Light

Name: James

Question: Need to know how the wires are hooked up on on the sensor for the flood light, I have a black, white and green wire in the box.

Answer: Hi James.

All a dusk to dawn sensor does is go between the the live wire coming out of the wall and the feed wire from the light. The black from the sensor goes to the black coming out of the wall. The red wire from the sensor goes to the black from the light. All whites and green go together.

Subject: ceiling fan installations

Name: Jodi Brown

Question: I bought ceiling fans for the bedrooms in our house and when I went to connect the wires we have two and the installation calls for 3... What do I do now?

Answer: Hi Jodi,

You only have one control wire in the ceiling. The fan has the option to control the light and fan separately. Since you only have one control wire you will not be able to have separate control of the fan and the light. You will have to put the red or Blue wire together with the black wires. You could add a remote control switch if you really wanted to have separate control of the fan and the light.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Subject: Can lights in bookshelf

Name: Gary

Question: I have two sets of bookshelves, each with a can light in the top shelf. The top of the bookshelf is enclosed, and there is some lead glass front covers in the top shelf as well (extends down about 6 inches, while top shelf is about 14 inches tall). We've only been in the house a little over a year, and I've had to replace the light bulbs (40 watt) in each can light about three times. What would cause the light bulbs to burn out so quickly

Answer: Hi Gary,

There are three thing that could be doing this to your light bulbs. The first thing is Power Surges. Do you have any type of power surge protection in your home. Every home now a days needs protection at the panel and at the point where you plug in your electronics.

The second cause is vibration. Does your book shelf rock or shake. Does anyone slam the door. The would break your light bulbs.

You could just be buying bad bulbs. Sometimes clients will pick up a batch of bad bulbs. Try a different brand.

Subject: Possible Electrical Wiring Problem

Name: Amber

Question: I have recently started smelling a strong odor like nail polish remover when I turn on my light switch in the kitchen especially when I leave it on for a period of time. What could be the problem?

Answer: Hi Amber,

You should be concerned. I would recommend that you call an electrician to tighten your connections.

Subject: 50 amp travel trailer wiring

Name: bill

Question: I hooked up a 50 amp outdoor receptacle using a double pole 50 amp breaker. When I checked the receptacle with an amp meter, I found that one of the hot leads shows a load on it even when I only insert one probe into it. Is something wrong here?

Answer: Hi Bill,

That is normal for most testers. I would not worry about it.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Subject: Undercabinet lighting

Name: Sam

Question: I bought 120V Halogen puck lights from Home Depot and was planning on cutting the plug and direct wiring them to a 14-2 wire. I just wanted to know if this was a violation in the NEC since in Washington state that all they require. I was told there is a higher risk of a fire potential for this approach.

Answer: Hi Sam,

There is no problem with cutting the plugs off. You just have to make sure that you lay everything out in such away you have a junction box for your connection. What is a fire hazard is to connect the light to the 14-2 with out a junction box. The purpose of a junction box ix to prevent sparks for a bad junction from causing a fire.

Here is a link to some more answer to this problem. Please comment on anything you see.

240v Delta Unisaw

Name: David

Question: There's a dedicated 240v run out to my back patio that the previous
homeowners had installed to run a spa. In the panel it is made up of two
120v 25amp circuits. When I look in the junction box on the back patio,
there are three black wires, they look to be 10 gage. How do I know what
wire is hot/neutral/ground, Is this normal? I don't recall seeing this before. I
need to connect my 240v Delta Unisaw for a construction project.

Answer: Hi Dave,

You need a tester to find out the answer to the question. You have two hot wire and one neutral. The neutral should have been marked but it is not uncommon for a technician not to mark that wire. As an electrician I never really trust markings. Here in Philadelphia I always tell my electrician to test the wire and don't trust the existing markings.

Subject: 30 amp plug

Name: Steve

Question: Hi I had an electrician put in a transfer switch so I could plug my motorhome's 30 amp 120 v generator into the house and use the power during a power outage. Coming out of the transfer switch box are three wires, a white, black and another black wires. These wires go to another box that houses two breakers. Coming from the transfer switch, the two black wires go to the bottom of each of the two circuit breakers. The white wire from the transfer switch is connected to a bar where it connects near the top of one circuit breaker. Connected to this same bar is the white wire going to the plug. Also connected to this same bar is the brass (uninsulated) wire also going to the plug.
On the left side of the box, a red wire goes out to the plug. On the right side of the box, a black wire goes out to the plug.
I had to replace the plug because it was crushed. I cut the cord going to the plug for a fresh set of wires to replace the plug.
The plug has a round prong on the top. It has two flat prongs at 45 degree angles. This is the same type of plug that was originally on the wire. The directions from the plug says to connect the green wire to the top round prong. The other two prongs are supposed to have the black and white wires attached.
My question is, I do not have a green wire to attach to the round prong. Which wires should go where?
Is there a way of figuring this out? Any help you can offer is appreciated
The attached photo shows the breaker box. Wire coming up from the bottom originate from the transfer switch box. The wires going upward are the ones going the plug that will plug into the generator.
Thanks :)

Answer: Hi Steve,

Do you have the old plug? The one you cut off. The wires go exactly in the same order as the old switch.

If you do not have the old switch the here is what it looks like you have. The round plug is your ground. The wire that attaches to that goes to your ground bar. It look to be either a bare copper wire or a white wire. The flat prongs are your hots. The go to your breaker. They look to be either black or red. The order of the hots will not matter.

This maybe a job you want to call in an electrician for. There is enough power there to be dangerous if you do it wrong. We don't have many motor homes here in Philly but if it have all the things a normal home has you could be dealing with a large load. Be careful.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

This is Not the Way My Dad Taught Me to Wire a House

Subject: lights on gfci circuit

Question: Hello,
In a basement, have a GFCI outlet with 4 other protected outlets downstream. We would like to add a lighting circuit with 3 lights and a switch. By far the easiest place to tap into for the power would be from the last of the GFCI protected outlets. This means we would have a mix of outlets and lighting, *both* trip with the GFCI. Is that ok from a code perspective? It is very unlikely this area would ever be the *only* light that is on in the room. In other words, tripping the GFCI would not leave you totally in the dark.

I am also assuming that having 5 outlets and 3 lights on a single 15amp circuit is fine. I can add fixture maximum rated wattages to compare to the 80% rule, but can you tell me how outlets get counted? I'd like to understand the limits if we chose to add more outlets or lights to the same circuit.

Answer: Hi Jim,

There is no rule stating how many outlet can go on to a residential 15 amp circuit. A general rule of thumb is to count each outlet as drawing 180 watts of power. I see no problem with the lights being on a GFCI protected circuit. You don't want to be caught in the dark if the circuit trips but you already stated that is not a problem. Here in Philadelphia the electricians normally try to place each room on an individual circuit. The rooms will have any where between 4-8 outllet and 1-4 lights.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Subject: ceiling fan installation

Name: shannon

Question: how long should it take for a handyman to install a ceiling fan & switch on my back patio....what would be an average time period, and also what would be the longest time period. Its all fairly complications or crazy wiring issues to deal with.

Answer: Hi Shannon,

You should not have a handyman install a ceiling fan. You maybe putting you home at risk. A handyman doesn't have the correct training or insurance to do this work. If something goes wrong you could fall into an insurance gap. I would hire an electrician. You do get what you pay for.
If I were to schedule on of my techs to do this job I would give them a 4 hour window. It should not take this long but you never know what they will run into. I would also have my tech give a price up front. If your handy man can't give you a price up front he must not be experienced enough to do this work.

Subject: outlet location for Flat Panel TV

Name: Jason

Question: Hello, we are a new construction project and currently undecided on whether we will mount our flat panel on the wall or place it on a piece of furniture in the great room. What are the trends or what do you recommend as far as placement for the outlet and HDMI cables. We are concerned that if we put them appox 6' off the ground and decide the place the TV on furniture the wires may be visible above the TV and vice versa. Thank you for any suggestions.

Answer: Hi Jason,

If you are not sure I would placed my power and HDMI at the floor. When you figure it all out you can always fish the wire up to the correct location. The trend just depends on your style.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Subject: interior condo wiring

Name: cindy

Question: Thanks so much for your service. My electrical outlets in certain areas work sporadically. My electric heat and stove/oven don't heat up at all. However, the indicator lights do come on. My vacuum works at about half of capacity due to the electrical problem. Can you please help me or give some advice? Thanks so much- Cindy

Answer: Hi Cindy,

Call an electrician now!!!! What you have is a fire hazard. You a bad connection some where that is loose or arching and could be a fire hazard. This is not something to play with.

Subject: federal pacific circuit breaker box

Name: Will

Subject: federal pacific circuit breaker box

Question: We are trying to sell a Condominium, and the buyer has asked after the inspection for us to replace the federal pacific box, as it is a "fire hazard" I am finding mixed opinion on this. Should I push back on this, or just bite the bullet and replace the thing?

Answer: Hi Will,

1. Yes, I do agree with the federal Pacific being a safety hazard. They really were not a good product and I would not want them in my home.

2. Federal Pacific panel are more then 30 years old. At about 30 year it is our view any panel is due to be changed. The general design of a circuit panel is only 30 year.
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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Subject: ceiling fan installation

Name: shannon

Question: how long should it take for a handyman to install a ceiling fan & switch on my back patio....what would be an average time period, and also what would be the longest time period. Its all fairly complications or crazy wiring issues to deal with.

Answer: Hi Shannon,

You should not have a handyman install a ceiling fan. You maybe putting you home at risk. A handyman doesn't have the correct training or insurance to do this work. If something goes wrong you could fall into an insurance gap. I would hire an electrician. You do get what you pay for.
If I were to schedule on of my techs to do this job I would give them a 4 hour window. It should not take this long but you never know what they will run into. I would also have my tech give a price up front. If your handy man can't give you a price up front he must not be experienced enough to do this work.

Subject: wiring and choosing correct breakers

Name: jeff

Question: hi, im in the middle of a little remodeling of the kitchen and figured it was a good time to upgrade my electrical service from 100 amp to 200 amp service. but enough about that. my question is on choosing the correct breakers that i will need. meaning i have been running some new wire, for instance, one just for the fridge, one for the microwave and etc. i was just wondering since i have used 10/2 wire for that and 12/2 on the other, do i use a double pole breaker or singles. how does this work. pretty confused now. any advice greatly appreciated. thanks, jeff

Answer: Ho wow,

Jeff you don't need advice on breaker size. You need to hire an electrician. I can't give you enough training over the internet and what you described in your question scares me. Your kitchen is an electrically important part of your home. The code book has chapters dedicated to it. Doing this yourself is penny wise dollar foolish.

wire size chart

Better Chart on main site.

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Monday, May 18, 2009

Lighting Design Simulation for Kitchen Lighting By Ezzat Bar

Here is a great video that show how different types of lighting can really change the a rooms look. We have done this with many of our Philadelphia Clients. The space in this video has the look and feel of a typical Philly row home. The recessed light do a great job of painting the dinning room wall. The kitchen above and below cabinet lights give the kitchen a relaxed feel.

Subject: no power

Name: Bill

Question: I am putting base in a house 15 - 18 yrs. old, many of the outlets & switches don't work, the breakers are on, could it be the individual boxes or something else?
Thanks, Bill.

Answer: Hi Bill,

If this problem is through out the house I would think the problem is with the main panel. You could have a bad buss bar which could cause several of the breaker to not have power going into them.

Subject: electrical boxes

Name: chris

Question: I was wondering if I can switch a fifty amp double breaker into two twenty amp breakers? I am looking to add the two new lines to refrigators. The fifty amp was from a range but we swicted to gas, the line is no longer in place but the breaker is still there.

Answer: Hi Chris,

You can get rid of that 50 amp double pole breaker and replace it with 2 20 amp single pole breakers for two new circuits.

Subject: Electrical Panel

Name: Jerry

Question: Are You Aloud To Have A Electrical Panel Box In A Bedroom?
I have an extra room in my basement and was thinking about turning it in to a bedroom but there is a panel box in there. I was told that it would be illegal. is this true.

Answer: Hi Jerry,

There is no problem with an electrical panel in a bedroom. You can not have an electrical panel in either a closet or a bathroom.

Subject: Old drying machine female receptacle vs AC ARC Welder

Name: Marciano

Question: Manual states; “Operates on AC single phase 230v 60HZ/50amp circuit breaker is required.”

My question is; can I use an old drying machine outlet for these? I already made an improvised heavy duty extension cable that can accommodate the welder male plug to the three prong old drying machine female receptacle. The third prong has an “L’ shape in upside down position while the welder male plug third prong has a round shape.

I tried once connected the ARC Welding machine the result is not desirable. It will run the electrode but constantly stops. I end up welding with an interval of run-stop-run process. I am working on a “welder’s test stand” project but can’t finish it. It looks like to me at my simple understanding that the power supply or the ground is not all present at this old drying machine female receptacle. As soon as the welder machine is connected the sound of humming is heard. But it is not performing as I expected.

Could I get some professional help or advise of what else needed to do to put this operation in order? Please…

Answer: Hi Marciano,

You need to contact an electrician and have this done correctly. You are running a 50 amp device off of a 30 amp line. That is a good way to start a fire. This is not the type of thing you you can do with out the proper experience. This electric is getting to where you could have some real safety concerns.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Subject: Flouresent light bulbs (4')

Name: Hunter

Question: Bill,
I just had a single bulb, flouresent fixture, go up in smoke above my head in the basement of my house. I just recently changed all the bulbs because a couple were out, between the 3 that are down here. When I changed them, I put in Econ-o-watt f4ocw/rs/ew, 34watt bulbs. The ballast had a 40 watt rating on it, when I took it apart to see what happened. It bled brown liquid out of the ballast.
Question; Was the ballast just going bad, or did I make a mistake by putting the lower wattage bulbs in the fixture?
Worried because the others have the same bulbs in them.

Answer: Hi Hunter,

You ballasts and bulbs have to match. If they don't would stress them and they will go up in smoke.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Dangerous Power Outlet

This is how fires start

electrocution - man get electrocuted

intro to ohms law

Here is a good video that will teach how to use an ohm's law wheel.

Ohm law, how much power do i need ?

Here is a little explanation of ohm's law.

Subject: Bathroom Light/fan button installation

Name: Umer

Question: I was replacing my bathroom fan/light buttons but i could not replace them. I really need your help.

As you can see in the picture that two wires(red and black) from top left pipe and 1 wire(orange) from right pipe and a blue wire is coming from the bottom.

I don't know which wire is which and where to connect the wires to the buttons.

Can you please explain me how to install light buttons for fan and light???

Answer: Hi Umer,

If this is something you don't know how to do it is not a bad idea to call in an electrician. Electricity is dangerous. It is not for every Do it yourselfer. It looks to me that the blue wire coming from below is your feed. That blue wire needs to go on the bottom of both your switches. The other wires get power when the switch is closed. They go on to the top of any one switch.

Subject: Ceiling fan in bedroom. . .

Name: Christin

Question: Last night we had a friend who IS an electrician come over to install a ceiling fan in our baby's had previously just been a light--and there was already an existing switch on the wall that would control a fan. BEFORE the fan/light combo was installed the light in the room would turn on immediately when the switch to it was flipped...NOW the fan will turn on as soon as you flip its wall switch, BUT the light has at least a 2 second delay when it's switch is flipped--it does turn on immediately when you pull its cord to turn it on and off though. So we are concerned about what the problem might be? I am going to contact our friend who wired it for us, but I thought I'd seek your expertise/ advise/ answer as well! I am not sure if it will make a difference to your conclusion--but our home was built in 2006 and has plenty of room on our breaker box for added appliances, etc.
Many Thanks,
Christin Musser

Answer: Hi Christin,

You should thank you friend. That was nice of him for installing that fan for you. I don't think there is anything wrong with the light. With all the new technology in lighting out there I will bet that it is some energy saving feature. It could be a fluorescent light bulb. They normally have a small delay. It could also be cause by some internal circuitry. I don't think there is any problem here.

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Subject: ceiling fan

Name: Luci

Question: I'm installing a ceiling fan and there are two groups of wires coming out of the outlet box. One is for the switch on the wall and the other is for the fan. How can I tell which one is for which? How can I test them?

Answer: Hi Lcui,

First you need an voltage tester. Electricians never leave home without a voltage tester. One wire will read 120 volts across the black and white. The black from that wire gets connected to the white from the other wire.
You will be left wit a black and white wire. They simply get attached to the black and white wire of the fan. Some fans have a blue or red wire for a light kit. The light kit wire would go togethjer with the black wires.

Subject: Recessed Lighting-Confusing Wiring

Name: Sam

Question: Hi Bill,

I am trying to replace a standard ceiling light with an recessed halogen light in my basement. Since the house is old, the wiring doesn't seem to have a color code or is not recognizable, except for (maybe) a black and white. The problem is that I have six wires and don’t remember how they were connected originally(my mistake)! I apparently have connected them incorrectly since I keep tripping the breakers to that area of the basement and not getting electricity. Would you have any suggestion? Help!

Thank you,


Answer: Hi Sam,

It looks like you opened up a can of worm. Thank you for the picture. It really tells me a lot. It looks like you have 1950's BX wire tied on to some Knob and Tube. This wire makes me nervous. It looks frail and brittle. I don't think you should touch it. It should really be evaluated by an expert. You may have wire every thing correctly but the cloth wire could have cracked in the metal case. I own an apartment building in the University city section of Philadelphia. I found an old metal BX circuit just like the one in your picture that was burning up because the cloth cracked inside the metal jacket. Since that time I always recommend replacing that type of wire.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Subject: 14-4 Cable

Name: Jordan

Subject: 14-4 Cable

Question: I am running a new set of 3-way switches for some new recessed lights in the living room, and I need to run wiring for a couple of additional outlets on the wall where the second 3-way switch would be. For this, I need 14-4 cable, because I need a hot, neutral, and two travellers. I found 14-4 cable at the store, but it is ridiculously expensive! It costs more than 3 times a roll of 14-2 costs. Why are they pricing it so high? 14-2 costs $26 for a 250-foot roll; 14-3 is $41. So I don't think 14-4 should be any more than $56 for the roll. They want almost $100 for it.

Answer: Hi Jordan,

Electrician's don't use 14-4. There is no real need for such a wire. I did not even think you could find it. Here in Philadelphia I have never even seen it. I have accounts at all the major supply houses here Billows, Fox electric, Ciro, City electric and have never seen it. That is the reason it is so expensive. It is just not mass produced.

The reason electrician don't run 14-4 is that it would add an unnecessary level in a switching circuit if it was also acting as a feeder circuit. In short keep your outlets and switches separate. it will save you problem down the road. Trust me on that.

Subject: Hooking up ductless split

Name: Neil

Question: I need to put in a 220 20amp breaker. The wire is ran to the panel. I am putting in a quick pull disconnect. What I do not know is the disconnect is marked "line". What does that mean? And which wire goes in that one marked "line"

Thanks Neil

Answer: Hi Neil,

The term "line" in electrical devices refers to the source of power.The line side is the the wire bringing the power. The hot wires are on-line.

The term "load" refer to the down stream side of a device. If the disconnect is opened the load will power down because it is no longer attached to the line or power supply. It is off-line.