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07-12-19, 08:08 AM
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The depth requirements are for protection of the...

The depth requirements are for protection of the cable from digging, gardening and vehicle traffic. Given your unique geology it seems that there must be local practice to deal with the soil (or...
07-11-19, 12:41 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 82
Posted By ibpooks

First we'll have to determine if the kitchen is...

First we'll have to determine if the kitchen is wired as two separate 20A circuits or a single 20A multiwire branch circuit.

You'll need to move the two hots on the outside poles of the...
07-11-19, 10:49 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 222
Posted By ibpooks

Yes, you can use a wireway or gutter like the...

Yes, you can use a wireway or gutter like the type you posted.
07-10-19, 01:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 126
Posted By ibpooks

It will (probably) be on the old power supply,...

It will (probably) be on the old power supply, and will look something like this. It indicates which part of the plug connects to which pole of the power supply. When you connect the new power...
07-10-19, 11:20 AM
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Yes, just make sure to get the polarity right. ...

Yes, just make sure to get the polarity right. The original power supply should have an icon that shows whether positive (+) is on the inside of the sleeve or the outside.
07-10-19, 08:28 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 174
Posted By ibpooks

The specific, exact company doesn't really exist...

The specific, exact company doesn't really exist anymore, but there are several variations and spin-offs still around today. However none of them are officially the same company that designed and...
07-10-19, 07:30 AM
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Posted By ibpooks

The first step is to verify that both the voice...

The first step is to verify that both the voice phone and the DSL modem work when directly plugged in to the jack in your network interface box outside (shown in your picture).

Whenever I've run...
07-10-19, 07:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 174
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There are a few reasons, at least in the United...

There are a few reasons, at least in the United States. The first and biggest one is liability -- no manufacturer is going to touch that with a 10 foot pole given the known problems with the line. ...
07-10-19, 05:28 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 287
Posted By ibpooks

Yes to avoid confusion and make a neat...

Yes to avoid confusion and make a neat installation all wires should come from the new panel. The electrons don't care, but it is much easier to understand for a future serviceman who opens up this...
07-10-19, 05:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 209
Posted By ibpooks

They probably snipped off the old phone ground...

They probably snipped off the old phone ground when they unhooked the copper service and replaced it with the fiber which does not require grounding. Most phone companies that install fiber to the...
07-10-19, 05:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 190
Posted By ibpooks

In the US plug-in appliances, tools, etc are...

In the US plug-in appliances, tools, etc are designed to run on either 15A or 20A circuits. Hardwired appliances and tools should come with instructions from the manufacturer on acceptable circuit...
07-10-19, 05:15 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 145
Posted By ibpooks

Square D Q0 panels only take Q0 breakers. If...

Square D Q0 panels only take Q0 breakers.

If you know the house actually got hit by lightning, it would be a good idea to have an electrical contractor come out and do a megger test on the wiring....
07-09-19, 12:07 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 287
Posted By ibpooks

You can use up to the maximum rating of your new...

You can use up to the maximum rating of your new panel. For a 12 space, that usually will be 100A. Assuming you connect it via a conduit nipple to the next stud space over, you can use #3 copper...
07-09-19, 06:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 181
Posted By ibpooks

What wires are available in the hallway switch...

What wires are available in the hallway switch box?
07-09-19, 05:16 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 287
Posted By ibpooks

If it's from the 1990s, then it definitely can't...

If it's from the 1990s, then it definitely can't take any tandem breakers. Panels weren't allowed to have more than 42 circuits until well into the 2000s.

What that means is that the panel is...
07-08-19, 12:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 287
Posted By ibpooks

I don't recognize CH7GG as a valid Cutler part...

I don't recognize CH7GG as a valid Cutler part number, but generally speaking a 42 space panel will not be rated for any tandem breakers. Can you read the allowed breaker types on the label inside...
07-08-19, 12:09 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 147
Posted By ibpooks

Replace with PVC is usually my preferred option....

Replace with PVC is usually my preferred option. But if you were to keep the EMT I would put a compression type box connector on the end of the EMT and thread a bonding bushing onto that. I haven't...
07-08-19, 05:43 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 192
Posted By ibpooks

I'm not aware of a maximum OCPD in this...

I'm not aware of a maximum OCPD in this situation, but it would generally be sized to reasonably match the system you're installing. The other options seem OK to me too, and you appear to have a...
06-28-19, 10:34 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 186
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You can still use the double-pole 20A, but the...

You can still use the double-pole 20A, but the white wire should be removed from the breaker and moved to a screw terminal on the neutral bus. The black wire goes on one of the breaker terminals and...
06-28-19, 08:28 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 186
Posted By ibpooks

In 10/2 or 12/2 you have a black, white and bare...

In 10/2 or 12/2 you have a black, white and bare wire. The black should go to a single pole breaker or one pole of a double breaker. The white and bare should go to the neutral and ground buses...
06-28-19, 08:24 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 325
Posted By ibpooks

The only time I've seen it look decent is when...

The only time I've seen it look decent is when it's run through the corner channel. My other thought was like yours on the minisplit line covers.
06-28-19, 05:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 365
Posted By ibpooks

True, but they are essentially the same thing...

True, but they are essentially the same thing nowdays as all commonly available THHN also carries a THWN-2 rating. Southwire, Cerrowire, General Cable, for example all list THHN and THWN-2 as the...
06-28-19, 05:34 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 186
Posted By ibpooks

Are you sure it's wired for 120V operation? Why...

Are you sure it's wired for 120V operation? Why the double-pole breaker?
06-28-19, 05:11 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 365
Posted By ibpooks

SER is easier to install, and a little cheaper,...

SER is easier to install, and a little cheaper, but conductors in conduit is more durable. Either is OK by code so it's your choice. I would probably use EMT conduit along the building walls and...
06-27-19, 07:09 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 283
Posted By ibpooks

It's probably quackgrass. Dig into the roots a...

It's probably quackgrass. Dig into the roots a bit and see if it has long white rhizomes that travel horizontally through the soil to confirm.

Quackgrass is virtually impossible to control with...
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