Question by acherryl 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago
Question by RobotBoy740 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago
I will be putting in 4 lamp posts to be controlled by one switch and five outlets for putting in landscape ligjhting. I have an electrical outlet outside that isn't being used for anything and I was thinking about removing the outlet and using the electricity at that point to run wiring to the areas needed.
Question by stephmaria 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago
Would like to "hard wire" electric seat heaters into cars electrical system without plugging into the cigarette lighter.
My wife has some seat heaters for our 2006 Honda Element but they plug into the cigarette lighter and there is only one lighter jack. The heat build up is significant and a direct wiring would have been better for this. Do you have some instructions on how to do this task?
Question by gwmcguire 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago
I want to run a motor attached to a motion sensor in such a manner that the motion sensor triggers the motor. The motor is run by 6 1.5v D cell batteries, thus I imagine requires a 9v draw. The battery operated motion sensor also requires 9v. If I wire them in series, which I (hopefully correctly) understand would require 18v total and thus would require some number of batteries wired in series to achieve that total. Correct?
Need help with the installation of a used commercial tanning bed in my home, cant seem to get any wiring documentation at all, its a wolff classic by forever tan ft24, its from the '80s, need it desperately for medical reasons, we have 220 already but it just blows the breaker as soon as u turn it on
Question by hewing30 7 years ago | last reply 4 years ago
I recently installed an Xpelair XX150T exractor fan in my bathroom. This model has an intergrated timer (which i do not want to use so i didn't connect up the unswitched live) and is supposed to be run off of a 3 pole fan switch. From my distribution board the cables are going to a switch and from there to the 3 pole fan switch and on to the fan. At the distribution board the live is connected into a 20Amp breaker and the neutral is connected to the main neutral bar. Whenever i switch on the fan the RCD trips. I've checked my wiring and i cant see any reason for this.
Question by kevhoward 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago
I recently obtained a traffic signal, and I'm interested in getting it to work via a standard US outlet. I want to also be able to turn on each light separately. There are 3 hot wires(1 for each light) and 1 neutral wire. I have very basic wiring skills, but I'm concerned about sharing(splitting) the neutral wire into three switches. Any thoughts or ideas on how to properly wire this? Thanks in advance. Just for your knowledge the lights are each rated at 116 w up to 130 volts.
Question by Caesarblue 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago
I'm adding a 9" T5 UV light to a small project I'm making. I found a cheap G6T5 Bulb and a Ballast but when I went to purchase the Sockets for it, I ran into a problem. The Bi-pin T5 sockets come in Shunted & Non Shunted and I have no idea which one I need. What is the difference and how would I tell which one to buy to finish my light? Once I have all this I'll have to figure out how to wire the thing. But first I need to know which sockets I need to buy. THANKS!!
Topic by mrreno 11 years ago | last reply 11 years ago
Hi I have a bubble making machine which recently had to have the capacitor and transformer replaced. However, I cannot get the machine to run the fan when its all connected. I think the wiring is all a bit of a mess, and I am wondering if someone can help me find a solution to get it to operate again. At the moment when the blades in the diagram are connected to the 3 pin switch only the motor which rotates the wheel for the bubble machine operates, the fan does not work. I have tried others (I have assumed these work but I don't know how to test them independently) but no success. I am unsure if the capacitor is wired correctly either, as reading about it online I have found that one pin is negative and the other is positive :(Also, I swapped the old transformer (see attached) for a replacement led transformer for running 12 volt light, I don't know if this was a suitable replacement. Please help me!!
Question by KulvinderBoparai 2 days ago | last reply 1 day ago
I know this is basic, but I'm not familiar with wiring anything that could potentially burn the house down so I feel its better to ask. I'm wanting to wire up three lights to go over my basement workbench to all work on the same switch. The image shows what I planned to do, was just wondering if there an expert out there who could tell me if this is going to be safe? Would 60 watt bulbs ok?
Topic by REDnumber5 9 years ago | last reply 1 year ago
Hi community , i need help to wire my small project and its about a water dispenser, but with the big water bottle(22liters) is on the floor, so there is : a water pump(to pump water to a small tank on the water dispenser or cooler),rocker 3 position switch, floatswitch, electric transformer 220-12v. WHY? a 3 positon switch the pump works on 2 different modes _ the first continuous mod that stops only when the small tank is fully filled ( wired with the floatswitch ) _ the second mode is : just a simple working pump with no stop ( not wired to the floatswitch ) So TAKE A LOOK ON THE ATTACHED PHOTOS PLEASE LET ME KNOW HOW TO WIRE THE ROCKER 3 POS SWITCH , And if there is a wiring diagram that will be the best of the best !!! Thank you, ""HELPFUL community""
Question by vwtm2006 5 years ago | last reply 5 years ago
Hello. I have an apartment with no ceiling lights. I want to reroute electricity from the outlets to the ceiling. Is there anyway I can do this without breaking the wall or using molding? I basically want to get my wires together, electric tape them in place, plaster and paint over them. I was told to do it with surface wires but i cant find any more info. Help!
Topic by NataliN 3 years ago | last reply 3 years ago
I have a situation in which I have a receptacle under the kitchen sink that my dishwasher is plugged into. This receptacle is then operated by a switch on the backsplash on top of kitchen counter. We leave the switch in the on position so that we do not have to flip the switch each time we want to operate our dishwasher. I now want to install a garbage disposal and place a switch under the sink. I would like to come off of the receptacle described above. Could someone inform me how to connect to the receptacle so that the switch will operate but not interfere with leaving the switch on at the backsplash. Any assistance will be greatly appreciated.
Question by cazorp 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago
Question by M.IrfanA 3 years ago | last reply 3 years ago
Hello all, I'd like to purchase a welding machine in the USA and take it to the Philippines. My problem and hopefully solution is, USA use 2 legs of 110v for 220v appliances/machines. In the Philippines, voltage is 220v (single leg). So, If I have a single phase, 220v welder, can I cut the plug off, combine the two power legs and connect to the power in the Philippines? I hope I am able to articulate this question properly. Mig welders are not easily available over there. Thank you for anyone that can help
Question by TerryH74 2 years ago | last reply 2 years ago
I bought a March 809-02 pump on eBay and sadly didn't pay attention to the voltage for it.I got it to transfer hot water in my brewing projects. I have basic skills but I want to be safe about it. If this is a thing best left to a truly qualified electrician, I will do so. Thanks in advance.Sean
Question by tireswing 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago
I removed this circuit board from an old ipod dock I was about to trash but wanted to keep the innards for something. I'm connecting this to some other speakers but don't know how to convert the volume control. Right now there are two silver, plastic caps with a screw in the bottom of them. The screw runs through a spade terminal which is soldered onto the circuit board. When you tap one of the caps it raises/lowers the volume until you stop tapping it. I want to convert this to something different, preferably a volume knob of some sort. I'm not very versed in electronics, just been messing around for a couple years making simple stuff like lamps, etc so please help a noob. Any suggestions are welcome. I'm not even sure this can be converted but thought I'd ask because I'm fresh out of ideas. Thanks a lot.
Question by westwaswon 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago
Im am a novice at electics, i think that a coil of wire through a magnetic field will generate a charge, Yes/no? if so would a number of coils passing through one magnetic field be more or less efficient than 1 coil passing through many magnetic feilds?
Question by QSDR 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago
I have an 8th grade science class (I'm the teacher) that I would like to have construct underwater vehicles. The kids will be using 9v batteries, switches and assorted other materials. Does anyone know of any good books/articles that explain the basics of wiring, electricity, motors, switches, etc. that I can have the students read to get a good base of knowledge in the basics of electronics? Thanks!!!
Topic by mashmtz 7 years ago | last reply 7 years ago
AI have a millermatic 211 which is a multi-voltage welder which I will be bringing to the Philippines. The adapter plugs are 5-15p (120v), and 6-50p (230v). Philippine electricity mains when I live are 220v single leg, with neutral. I am adding ground to both the Main panel and sub panel when I arrive, as most residential homes with a 2 wire system do not have them installed. According to the welder schematic 6-50p adapter configuration shows white, red, and green (ground) so goingfFrom a 3 wire US to 2 wire Philippine system is it proper to wire L1 to red, neutral to white and green to ground? 6-50 receptacle does not seem to incorporate a ground in typical installations????
Question by Antonioo35 1 year ago | last reply 1 year ago
I am rewiring my guitar, and on regular single-coil pickups, there is two wires, but on my humbucker, Three wires come out, a ground, a white and a red. and all my schematics have nothing to say about three wires being soldered. and i have a five-way switch, with eight hubs. i just dont know whereabouts to put the third red wire. please help
Question by ski4jesus 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago
i just removed two wall lamps that were hot wired directly into the wall. I capped the two wires, put a plate over the box, and then filled in the indentation. Is this an acceptable way to do this, or should I have disabled the hot wire?
Question by johngoogle 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago
I was going to fry some potatoes, but my electrical ring failed with arcing, smoke, noise & sparks... I'm not happy. I've got the ring to replace, a pan, and I've got sooty-oil to clean up. And no fried-food. And the place stinks of burned-oil. And I've lost / spoiled half a bottle of fresh oil. Oh, and I'll have to pay for the electricity that did this too. And I need some 30A fuse wire.
Topic by lemonie 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago
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Question by diy guy 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago
Hello, I have an electric bass .. I broke the two wires that is connected to the battery connector a couple of months ago.. I had it professionally soldered. All of a sudden, today, it started to static every time I played a string. I switched amps to make sure isn't wasn't any of amps. But it started to static on every one.. Could it be that the battery is going dead??? Please help!!!!! I have a gig this weekend!!
Topic by Lbrooks91 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago
Hi Everyone I wanna to know where can i get frequency converter transformer that it's input is 2 wire (220v-50hz) and it's output is 3 wire where the voltage between any wire and com. is 110v and between the two wires is 220v
Question by MohamedE7 4 years ago | last reply 4 years ago
I have disassembled an old vacuum cleaner that runs on 240v/5amps/1200w. I wanted to obtain the electric motor that should perform at 1.5 horsepower. As I was taking it apart I forgot how the switch leads were originally configured. I want to give the motor a test run but I don't want to hit the fuse in my house so I was hoping someone can help me plug the switch in the normal configuration. What order do the brown and blue plugs (that comes from wall plug) fit into the switch? And what order do the blue plugs (goes to motor) fit into the switch? A silly question really but I am new to working with electronics.
Topic by Tyoon 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago
Ok, So I ripped the cooling fans out of a dead xbox, and I'd like to use them for maybe an airbrush spray booth (depending on how much they suck) and I have some total newbie electrical questions. There are two fans rated at 12 vdc @ 0.4 amps each. I have a ac adapter with the same ratings. If I want these to run at maximum on one adapter, what rating do I need? I'm thinking 12vdc @ 0.8 amps, but I have a very limited understanding of electricity, so I'm most likely wrong. Instruct me, Instructables! Thanks very much!
Topic by hadokn 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago
I was wondering if anyone out there would like to make an instructable devoted to the wiring in a guitar (or bass)? Sure there are a few guitar instructables that have a wiring step, but there's not much more then a schematic. Does anyone out there have the time/skills to make one showing, for example, what difference do different valued capacitors make, or which pot value should be used for what effect? Thanks for reading, and even more thanks in advance for anyone who makes it.
Topic by benthekahn 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago
On elecric wire there are two kinds of metal. One is copper and the other is iron. Okay, now on a battery there is the positive side (+) and the negative side (-). Wich wire goes where?
Question by Potaterchip 10 years ago | last reply 9 years ago
I'm looking for an electrical insulating tape that I can put over some exposed wire that will affix and stay put on plywood. Right now I'm using electrical tape, but the adhesion to the plywood surface isn't working that well. Anyone out there have ideas or suggestions?
Topic by phidgetsinc 4 years ago | last reply 4 years ago
Im working on a electrical upgrade for a power wheel. Im hoping someone can take a look at it and tell me if it looks ok, or if they see a problem with it. The mod keeps the 12V 12Ah system, but adds an additional 6V 1200Ah SLA Battery wired through a realy to allow a 18V boost when the Switch is triggered momentarily. Ive also attempted to add the following features: -6V Battery meter for (NOS) Battery -12V Battery Meter -2 Remote fired Nerf Guns -2 Small front speakers with a 3.5mm jack and a usb portfor an MP3 Player -2 working switch activated headlights -2 working switch activated fog lights -2 working brake lights -18V nos Button for a momentary boost I have it drawn to use a 12V charger and a 6V charger, because the batteries will obviousely drain at different rates. I only have a basic knowledge of how relays work. My biggest concern is the chargers. Will they charge the Vehicle the way they are, or do I need to add another relay so that when a charge is detected i t disconnects the "ignition". Also if I have all of the voltages correct. the regulator breakdowns are on the right along with the relay info. Thank you for any help you can provide. EDIT: Added another drawing for some updated ideas. 3/11/13: I know that the DPDT coils are only getting 6V. ignore the DPDT part number and specs. i was able to find 6V DPDT relays. -Also added three supporting photos, charging, run mode, accessory mode. (Black lines have no connection in supporting pics, except main ground, which is also black) - Had to redraw, the DPDT's I found could only handle 15A per contact, and im pretty sure the motors alone draw around 18A. So back to lots of SPDT's 3/12/12: Heres a schematic for the main system stopping at the terminal board. im not worried about the lights and accessories, those i know how to wire, Please let me know if this will work. I apologize in advance, im not very good at drawing schematics, thats why i stick to drawing the physical layout.
Question by supramp 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago
Where I work during the summer I consistently have to switch between the day and night shifts. This happens every month or so and during the first week of transition I have a rather hard time waking up especially from transition from day to night shifts where I have to sleep during the day. Thus it is dark when I am supposed to wake up. Although I have not been late yet there have been quite a few "near-misses". Anyway I want to know if anyone can help me wire a light to my alarm clock to help this. My alarm clock alternates between a one second-ish noise to an equal length silence and repeats. I would like it to turn on and off in the same fashion as the alarm clock makes noise. I do not have much electrical know how, but I am adequate at soldering both wires and on boards. I have tested the output of the wires leading to the speakers and they do not have enough power to turn on the bulb. It would also be nice if can be done on a wallet friendly cost, college is eating up most of my money. Any help would be appreciated and thanks in advance!
Question by swingline 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago
I would like to shorten an AC power cable but want to make sure I do it the safest way possible. What is the best safe and easy method for doing this?It's a cord that looks like this:http://www.germes-online.com/direct/dbimage/50189682/American_AC_Power_Supply_Extension_Cord_Plug.jpgIt's 12' long and i only need 3'Please help!Thanks :)
Question by superjames 9 years ago | last reply 7 years ago
I'm mounting an outlet and a switch onto a router table I am making so that I can turn it on and off easier. I have very little wiring experience. I found a diagram in a book and did my best to remake it. The power runs through the switch and to the outlet. Thanks in advace!
Question by schoonovermr 5 years ago | last reply 5 years ago
Alright, so a group I belong to throws a themed party every year, and this year it's boardgames. I'm in charge of wiring up a life-size game of Operation, and I was trying to think of things to use as the tweezers for the bigger version. I'm trying to keep the whole thing fairly low voltage (12v), since kids will be using it and won't know better than to touch something conductive. My question is, will the salad tongs conduct well enough to complete the circuit for a buzzer and light to come on? If not, does anyone have a better suggestion? Thank you very much.
Question by Zem 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago
Re doing our cabinet puck lights
Question by Baaryd99 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago
So I have a black wire and a white wire coming in to where I have to hook up this LED transformer I know this is 110v. I saw the circuit breaker and it was double pole so I assumed it would be a 220v I ordered a transformer that could handle 110 and 220 but the colors are different. Is the transformer shown meant to have input wires connected to the hot? which ones to I put where? What goes to white here and what goes to black?
Topic by seanrforrest 4 years ago | last reply 4 years ago
I want it wired in two ways. The first way, I want to use the spell check mechanism (there is one) to make it so that the typewriter roller will only move when the correct code is input. The second way I want is for it to be wired for use as a USB keyboard. I want a switch to be able to switch between these two functions, and I would like a way for it to have power without being plugged into the wall, but that is optional.
Question by metalshiflet 5 years ago | last reply 5 years ago
I have a project that I need to finish and I have no clue about programming a chip to have a mechanical object !.move foward then back for a certain time period then move side to side also and to return that when triggered to start process over
Topic by aztintr 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago
Does the electricity meter count power used if I only used the live wire and channeled it to an independent earth pit? In other words, I do not complete the cycle with the grid? Power comes in through the live, through meter then to earth?
Question by nabulomi 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago
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Topic by axlotleft 9 years ago
I have 4 rooms and each have a light fixture and a switch controlling each of the lights. . The power source from the electrical panel is entering the 1st light fixture and then to each of the other light fixtures. I am using 12/2 with a ground Romex wire. There are only 3 wires in the Romex. One is white, one is black, and one is bare. Please tell me which wires connect to each other in the octagon boxes in the ceiling where the light fixtures are and which wires connect in the respective switch box. Please use wire colors(white, black, bare)when explaining the wires that will connect. No need to explain the "bare wire" connections because I will connect all of them together back to the panel and from there to ground. Thanks for your help! Louisiana bayou backdoor
Topic by themanpan68 3 years ago | last reply 3 years ago
My bose radio does not have an outlet for any speakers I might have. Bose said the only way I could activate a speaker 50' away in the basement is to use a headphone jack wire that is plugged into the Bose. It should transmit juice to the speaker to transfer the sound. I have a breathaudio speaker with two sets of red and black spring loaded terminal posts. When the jack goes into the Bose radio it naturally cuts the sound from the Bose radio itself and that's fine. I just want the juice from the jack to go to the speaker in the basement to enjoy. Is this possible? I'm working with very fine headphone wires from the jack wire itself to transfer power to the speaker via speaker wires that will attach to one set or both sets of the black and red spring loaded terminals on the speaker. Thanks, Jon Burnham firstname.lastname@example.org
Question by jonb2 7 years ago | last reply 7 years ago
I need guidance on how to install a new electrical outlet to an existing wall. My bathroom only has one electrical outlet, and it's located on the vanity light over the sinks (see photo close-up of light outlet on outdated fixture with rad vintage pastel ikat wallpaper). More info: Usually this should be pretty easy, since there should be an outlet on the other side of the wall that you can just tap in to; but there's no outlets on the other side of any of these walls (see wall descriptions below). There are electrical wires running through these walls though, powering lighting and heating. So, can I just cut a hole in the wall, reach my hand in, grab a random wire, cut it, splice in wiring to a new outlet, and magically everything works? Probably not that simple. I can grasp the basics involved in this, but I'm not 100% certain on how to proceed with my situation since I don't think I need to deal with feeding up new separating wiring from the basement but I also just can't easily tap into an adjacent existing outlet. Floor plan: There's 2 switches at the bathroom entrance: one for the lights, one for the bathroom fan. The light switch controls 2 light fixtures: the one overhead light (it's a light/fan combo) as well as the lighting above the sink. See scan image for rough sketch of current electrical floor plan. Wall descriptions based on sketch: Left wall: interior wall; on other side of the wall is an electric baseboard heater; door to hallway Bottom wall: exterior wall; window Right wall: interior wall; adjacent room is unfinished "attic" area above garage with sloped ceiling* Top wall: interior wall; adjacent stairwell; wall-mounted light fixture with outlet; small under-cabinet baseboard heating vent thing I would like to know if/how I can tap into the electricity of that sink light fixture to be able to relocate the electrical outlet lower, closer to the sink counter, and possibly off to the side (so, not central to the counter as it currently is). See scan image for rough sketch of proposed electrical floor plan (ignore birds, I was using scrap paper). I realize if I were to relocate it off to the side, I'd need to drill through studs and make more more holes in the wall, but that's fine, as I was thinking of creating storage space between the studs anyway. I'm planning on replacing the current sink light fixture with either a) another wall fixture in the same location, b) 2 separate wall fixtures, one above each sink, or c) 3 separate wall sconces, a leftmost one, a center, and a rightmost one. I haven't decided on what will look and function the best. I'm sure there was a much more succinct way of asking this question and describing my situation, but I am clueless about electricity and wiring and whatnot. Despite my inexperience and ignorance I still feel like this is a task I'm capable of, but I'd like to seek the guidance of you wonderful Instructables' folks on how to do this. I'd like to know where you think the outlet(s) should go based on the information I provided, and then how I get the power to that outlet without electrocuting myself and frying the house. * I first was going to say that this attic ceiling outlet is the nearest thing to an adjacent outlet, but I just remembered there's an outlet at the top of the stairs, adjacent to the attic (meaning, not on the other side of a bathroom wall). The attic ceiling outlet is controlled by a light switch inside attic entrance anyway, and this is an insulated roof wall too.
Question by Pompom 5 years ago | last reply 5 years ago