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Electrical wiring confusion

Post by rkrk » Mon May 14, 2018 9:28 pm

Hi,

I live in Newyork, USA. I am watching your videos regularly for my home improvements. Thank you for explaining everything clearly. I am trying to install a ceiling lamp holder where i have rough in for ceiling fan with light. So when i open cap to install the lamp holder i am seeing 4 wires (black, red, white and copper).
As per my online search knowledge i know only about black which is hot, white which is neutral and copper is ground. I do not know about red wire. I know i have two switches for the rough in one for light and another for fan. Now i want to install only light fixture. Please suggest me how to connect those wires properly.

Thank you.


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Re: Electrical wiring confusion

Post by Aaron » Mon May 14, 2018 11:09 pm

Red is a hot wire, also, just like the black. A light and fan each would share the white neutral, and the bare copper ground. Typically the black is the "first" hot, and usually the light. Red is the "second", usually the fan. So if you have no plans for a fan right now, you could just put a small wire nut at the end of the red wire and disregard it for now. Your light would just use the black, white, and ground.

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Re: Electrical wiring confusion

Post by rkrk » Tue May 15, 2018 9:36 am

Thank you. I will try and let you know the result.

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Re: Electrical wiring confusion

Post by Aaron » Tue May 15, 2018 9:45 am

If you get stuck, feel free to take some pictures of what you're working with and post them. That really helps us get a good idea what you're dealing with.

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Re: Electrical wiring confusion

Post by rkrk » Tue May 15, 2018 6:39 pm

Thanks Aaron. It worked and as you said i have used wire nut for red and connected black and white wires to light fixture.

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Re: Electrical wiring confusion

Post by Shannon » Thu May 24, 2018 6:28 am

Be sure that red wire is capped. If the red wire is also in the switch box and not connected then cap it there as well.
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Re: Electrical wiring confusion

Post by Duran3one » Tue Oct 23, 2018 12:49 pm

Ok so i mved into this house and the cord to the stove outle was on the floor n the middle of the kitchen. I have babys. So i attempted to put the cord behind the wall. I turn off the breaker and undid the outlet. Well the dryer outlet was where the stove core was coming from so i had to undo that outlet also. When i took it apart i saw that the black and white wires were together. I made note to remember that although it was odd and dangerous. When i got the cord behnd the wall i hooked everything back up as it was. I went and turned the breakers back on and blew a transformer. Why?

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Re: Electrical wiring confusion

Post by Aaron » Tue Oct 23, 2018 1:44 pm

That's weird, at the very worst you should have tripped your main breaker. Not blown a transformer. Did your power utility/hydro have to restore your service?

Evidenty you must have caused a short circuit whatever it was you did.

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Re: Electrical wiring confusion

Post by Shannon » Tue Oct 23, 2018 2:22 pm

What is this cord you are referring to? Cords should not be hidden in walls. Do you have pictures ?
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Re: Electrical wiring confusion

Post by Duran3one » Tue Oct 23, 2018 3:57 pm

Shannon wrote:
Tue Oct 23, 2018 2:22 pm
What is this cord you are referring to? Cords should not be hidden in walls. Do you have pictures ?
Well i took it upon myself to get the wires/cord out the way. I can send u a pic of what im talking about.
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Re: Electrical wiring confusion

Post by Duran3one » Tue Oct 23, 2018 3:58 pm

And i put the wires as i was told black with black. White with white red red n copoer copoer

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Re: Electrical wiring confusion

Post by Duran3one » Tue Oct 23, 2018 4:00 pm

Aaron wrote:
Tue Oct 23, 2018 1:44 pm
That's weird, at the very worst you should have tripped your main breaker. Not blown a transformer. Did your power utility/hydro have to restore your service?

Evidenty you must have caused a short circuit whatever it was you did.
Yes oge had to come out and replace the transformer. I think it blew because i wired it back as it was although it was wrong. But it was working like that. Weird

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Re: Electrical wiring confusion

Post by Duran3one » Tue Oct 23, 2018 4:01 pm

Shannon wrote:
Tue Oct 23, 2018 2:22 pm
What is this cord you are referring to? Cords should not be hidden in walls. Do you have pictures ?
Im sorry the cord is the thick wire with 4 wires in it

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Re: Electrical wiring confusion

Post by Duran3one » Tue Oct 23, 2018 4:03 pm

We have been Wait a couple of weeks for an electrivian to come by but nobody has came. Thats what lead me to you. I think im ready to flip tue breaker but last time it was ugly

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Re: Electrical wiring confusion

Post by emtnut » Tue Oct 23, 2018 5:48 pm

Duran3one wrote:
Tue Oct 23, 2018 4:03 pm
We have been Wait a couple of weeks for an electrivian to come by but nobody has came. Thats what lead me to you. I think im ready to flip tue breaker but last time it was ugly
I'd highly suggest waiting for the electrician to come look at this.
If it has been weeks, you should call him and see what his schedule is. If necessary call another electrician.
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Re: Electrical wiring confusion

Post by Aaron » Wed Oct 24, 2018 5:42 am

Agreed -- you may have a short somewhere in your circuit. An electrician will be able to find it safely.

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Re: Electrical wiring confusion

Post by Shannon » Wed Oct 24, 2018 8:44 am

Yes get an electrician there . I really am confused by what you have and can't tell from picture.
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