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07-23-20, 12:14 PM
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Posted By billybard

Thanks for the tips

Thanks for the tips.
Yeah, sorry for the assumed shorthand. Yes, I mean KWH.

Whatever changed, it was overnight.

Will check the name plates and see if I can determine what might be happening....
07-22-20, 10:49 PM
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Views: 296
Posted By billybard

jump in daily usage from apx 6 KW to over 25KW???

Hi:

Just got latest electric bill and I am stunned at the large increase in daily consumption--
with no change in my daily routine.

Only thing I can think of is maybe my refrig finally getting...
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Views: 2,888
Posted By billybard

Using BBQ from house LP system????

Sorry, Stickey, if this post is in the wrong forum (can't seem to find a pertinent one).

I would like to run my LP BBQ from the house LP system, since the piping is readily available.

I am not...
05-17-12, 06:54 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 6,256
Posted By billybard

security lights -- motion sensor and switched?

Hi:

I have a set of security lights outside that are activated by a motion sensor (the typical type where the red wire is the switched leg).

I have occasions to want the lights on steadily...
03-29-11, 08:10 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 103,810
Posted By billybard

thanks for responses

Howdy:

Sure do appreciate the responses that have come forth.

The main reason I am asking is I had a 40A breaker in a 4-T (maybe only 3 1/2T) unit back in the early 70's. I was thinking that a...
03-26-11, 09:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 103,810
Posted By billybard

rule of thumb -- watts for 3 ton AC

Hi:

I'm looking for a guesstimate or rule of thumb to give me an idea of how much current is drawn by a 3-ton 220V central AC unit (outside compressor and condenser).

Eventually I want to...
09-16-08, 10:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,044
Posted By billybard

To answer Frenchy. SER is 1/0 AL. Comes...

To answer Frenchy.

SER is 1/0 AL.
Comes into box with a proper cable clamp,
and need to go out other side of box, also with a proper cable clamp.

Thanks to the other posters for the URLs that...
09-15-08, 09:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,044
Posted By billybard

kearney clamp????

Howdy:

Hoping that one or more of the experts on this Forum can explain/show me what a Kearney clamp is.

They are supposedly used (in a proper box) to connect two pieces of SER).

Having...
08-30-08, 10:10 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 57,790
Posted By billybard

maybe a slight clarification is needed. RVs...

maybe a slight clarification is needed.

RVs are set up for either 30A or 50A.
The 30A, 120 volts, connection is by far the most common, and also less confusing.

The 50A RV connection is really...
08-30-08, 09:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 936
Posted By billybard

One word of caution. Most 120V welders seem...

One word of caution.

Most 120V welders seem to want 30A, so I would question that a 20A circuit would be sufficient. Look at the welder name plate and check the input specs.
08-30-08, 09:10 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,542
Posted By billybard

Unfortunately, the gods are not with our friend. ...

Unfortunately, the gods are not with our friend.

A 2000W inverter isn't going to power an A/C.

As another poster said, requiring 166 A from a battery isn't going to work for more than a few...
07-21-08, 10:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,751
Posted By billybard

In my past experience, I lived in a house that...

In my past experience, I lived in a house that used push-in outlets (and with AL wire even)--a real no-no.

On more than one occasion, an outlet went dead after/during vacuum use.

The earlier...
07-01-08, 11:25 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,629
Posted By billybard

metal or plastic boxes (attached shop/garage)

Hi:

I'm in northern California (2005 NEC).

It is OK to use plastic boxes in an attached garage and an attached shop, or must I use metal boxes?

After using a lot of plastic boxes, the metal...
05-05-08, 07:57 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 7,720
Posted By billybard

Suggest you use a "MAdison Strap" as mentioned in...

Suggest you use a "MAdison Strap" as mentioned in another earlier post.

I used to call them Hold-Its.

It is a sheet metal strap with two legs.

Put the strap behind the drywall on the right...
05-05-08, 08:27 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 774
Posted By billybard

Suibpanel grounding

Hi again.

In my remodel, I am having to modify both my subpanels so that they have a separate grounds and neutrals.

In my smaller 100A subpanel, the ground wire is a tad short to reach where my...
05-05-08, 08:22 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 769
Posted By billybard

RMC or IMC for 200A OSD?

Hi:

I will be putting in a new 200A OSD, since my old drop will have to disappear in the middle of the remodel.

I am wondering if I should use RMC for the mast or IMC. (I'm appalled at the...
05-03-08, 09:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,527
Posted By billybard

Use Butt splices! Over time, the expensive...

Use Butt splices!

Over time, the expensive Malibu connectors (the ones that prick thru the insulation to make contact) will corrode--causing many headaches.

Over the years, I have had to...
04-07-08, 11:37 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,005
Posted By billybard

Thanks, guys: I appreciate the comments (and...

Thanks, guys:

I appreciate the comments (and enlightment for me).

Cheers,
s/Mike
04-06-08, 07:47 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,005
Posted By billybard

Hmm. Guess I got it backwards. From what...

Hmm. Guess I got it backwards.

From what you say, guess I need #4 to the cold water pipe (60 ft away), and only #6 to the UFER and ground rods (about 4 ft away).

Is that correct?

Thanks for...
04-06-08, 11:31 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,005
Posted By billybard

Creating parallel ground circuit???

Hi again, electrical gurus:

I am remodeling and am adding a totally new 200A OSD (in a different location than the present OSD and disconnect).

The meter/breaker combo panel will be grounded by...
04-01-08, 12:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,287
Posted By billybard

Thanks, guys. I appreciate all the good...

Thanks, guys.

I appreciate all the good advice.

Cheers,
s/Mike
03-31-08, 02:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,287
Posted By billybard

SG box and conduit in concrete floor???

HI Guys:

I am adding on to my shop and want to put a single gang box in the middle of the new concrete floor (not yet poured) and then run conduit to the side wall and bring it up into the wall...
Replies: 6
Views: 977
Posted By billybard

thanks for the hint about ad-hoc networking. ...

thanks for the hint about ad-hoc networking.
gonna go give it a try.

Thanks again,
s/Mike
Replies: 6
Views: 977
Posted By billybard

wirelss print server question

Hi:

Is it possible to use a wireless print server without having a wireless router

We have two laptops with wifi capability and want to be able to print from either one, without messing with...
03-28-08, 10:54 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 3,616
Posted By billybard

Feeder size changes in NEC 2008?

Hi guys:

Did the NEC 2008 change feeder sizes for "most" ampacities or only for 100A?

I don't have ready access to the 2008 code, so am asking the experts.

Per the NEC 2008, what is the...
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