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08-23-06, 06:43 PM
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Posted By v1rok

It did cross my mind that it could be a dimmer...

It did cross my mind that it could be a dimmer switch. But it never worked as a dimmer! (Though the switch does look like a slider to me.) It only turns the lights when I move it completely up (ON...
08-23-06, 05:26 PM
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Views: 3,747
Posted By v1rok

Light switch is heating up. What's going on?

I noticed that the light switch panel by entrance door is getting very hot when the foyer lights are ON. I mean really hot. I opened the panel and saw that the switch that control foyer light fixture...
07-23-06, 07:49 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 5,031
Posted By v1rok

Ok, I disconnected the fan wires for now and did...

Ok, I disconnected the fan wires for now and did some more testing with multimeter. The voltage between black and white is straight 120V, so this one is always hot. As I expected, the pink/red wire...
07-21-06, 01:43 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 856
Posted By v1rok

GFCI tripping

Hi,

I noticed that one of GFCI outlets in the bathroom trips occasionally. I am wondering what might be the cause of it. I think most of the time it happens when I try to turn the lights on. I...
07-21-06, 09:23 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 5,031
Posted By v1rok

Thanks, racraft. The old fan came with the house....

Thanks, racraft. The old fan came with the house. It did not have buil-in light, just the pull chain. I suspect one of the wall switches goes to the ceiling box (pink/red wire?), but since we did not...
07-21-06, 09:05 AM
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Views: 5,031
Posted By v1rok

Help needed with ceiling Fan wiring

Hi,

Last night I tried to install a new ceiling fan in our bedroom. I removed the old fan but first noted how it was wired: 4 wires from ceiling box (black, white, pink, copper) plus a green wire...
03-14-06, 12:03 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,122
Posted By v1rok

Thanks. Yep, this should be close to the one I am...

Thanks. Yep, this should be close to the one I am looking for. It does more than one thing, but as long as it can find live wires effectively, I dont mind having a 3-in-1 solution. Besides, I'll get...
03-14-06, 07:46 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,122
Posted By v1rok

Tool for locating wires/cables through the wall?

I like my stud finder and I use it a lot when working on home improvement projects. Is there such a thing as "wire/cable finder"? In other words, a tool that can locate wires through a drywall?
03-11-06, 02:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 6,262
Posted By v1rok

Just to update about my A/C unit. The temperature...

Just to update about my A/C unit. The temperature was in the 70s today so I turned my A/C unit on to check if is working. It does! Apparently the A/C (electromotor, I guess) is using 240V and was not...
03-11-06, 02:11 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 13,765
Posted By v1rok

Thank you all! This was extremely informative and...

Thank you all! This was extremely informative and useful. I now completely understand what really happened. All the warning signs were there just like people mentioned: brightening/dimming/flickering...
03-10-06, 01:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 6,262
Posted By v1rok

Oh-oh... There were few minutes between the time...

Oh-oh... There were few minutes between the time surge supressor caught fire and the time when I shut down electric panel completely. So, during those few minutes my A/C unit was left unprotected and...
03-10-06, 12:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 6,262
Posted By v1rok

Yes, I had one of those surge supressor boxes...

Yes, I had one of those surge supressor boxes with a green light (made by DiTeK) installed on A/C circuit. It did caught on fire and was ultimately destroyed by voltage fluctuations during the power...
03-10-06, 11:38 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 6,262
Posted By v1rok

How does surge protector/supressor work?

After a recent power surge in my house, I am considering adding surge protectors/supressors to important circuits so that I can be at least partially protected. However, I realized that I know almost...
03-08-06, 11:09 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 13,765
Posted By v1rok

Hmm... That is a little disheartening. In my...

Hmm... That is a little disheartening. In my case, at the end, it all worked out fine (if you don't count two days in the house without heat.) My H/O Insurance reluctantly paid for damages and, in...
03-08-06, 09:08 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 13,765
Posted By v1rok

So, am I understanding this correctly that even...

So, am I understanding this correctly that even surge supressors/protectors are not efficient at protecting the house and its equipment from the "broken neutral" problem? And that there is almost...
03-07-06, 01:29 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 13,765
Posted By v1rok

[QUOTE=racraft]Breakers do not trip on high...

[QUOTE=racraft]Breakers do not trip on high voltage. Breakers trip on high current.

But doesn't higher voltage given constant resistance implies higher current? (Ohm's Law) I guess the voltage...
03-07-06, 01:03 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 13,765
Posted By v1rok

Thanks. So, what are normal defense mechanisms...

Thanks. So, what are normal defense mechanisms against this common problem and why they did not stop the damage? Shouldn't circuit breakers be tripped by voltage being too high on one leg?

More...
03-07-06, 11:58 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 13,765
Posted By v1rok

Recent power surge: what really happened?

Hi,

I have bunch of questions related to household electrics, but I will try to separate them in several threads over period of time so that not to mix different topics in one thread. So, let's...
03-03-06, 01:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,158
Posted By v1rok

This will go from the panel in the basement...

This will go from the panel in the basement (unfinished, luckily!) to a first floor mud/laundry room. It will be kind of exposed in the basement (but behind the insulation) and concealed in the mud...
03-03-06, 01:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,158
Posted By v1rok

yeah, staples ... going on my list I have a...

yeah, staples ... going on my list

I have a whole bunch of drill bits, probably more than I will ever use
03-03-06, 01:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,158
Posted By v1rok

Preparing for wiring a new dryer: shopping list

I am going to run a new circuit and install new NEMA 14-30 receptacle for my new dryer. I am going shopping tonight and so far my list of neccessary items looks pretty short:

- 40' of 10/3...
03-02-06, 09:37 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 12,436
Posted By v1rok

Thank you all! I understand the situation a whole...

Thank you all! I understand the situation a whole lot better now. Actually, after learning from this board I am leaning toward running completely new 4-wire circuit from the panel to the new dryer...
03-02-06, 07:41 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 12,436
Posted By v1rok

On a subconscious level I understand that 4-wire...

On a subconscious level I understand that 4-wire circuit (grounded) is better than 3-wire circuit. But what exactly are the benefits of 4-wire vs. 3-wire? In what situations 4-wire circuit would...
03-01-06, 01:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,259
Posted By v1rok

Ok. I will try and stop by Home Depot store. I...

Ok. I will try and stop by Home Depot store. I actually was able to find few online places that sell these generic transformers. (I just can not imagine how people lived before Google was invented!)...
03-01-06, 12:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,259
Posted By v1rok

That door chime was manufactured by Chase Maple...

That door chime was manufactured by Chase Maple in early 80s. I understand that the company no longer exists (it probably merged with some other company long time ago) and this line of product has...
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