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05-17-10, 06:40 AM
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Posted By RHefferan

As Arg said, LEDs must be specifically rated for...

As Arg said, LEDs must be specifically rated for dimming for it to work.

They typically cannot be dimmed, because the voltage feeds to a DC converter to run the diodes. Reducing the voltage...
05-14-10, 11:46 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 5,907
Posted By RHefferan

In line with ibpooks' solution, if you do replace...

In line with ibpooks' solution, if you do replace the receptacle you could look into replacing it with a twistlock setup. The inspector is more likely to allow you to vary from the code if you take...
05-14-10, 11:38 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 7,343
Posted By RHefferan

I'm enough of a perfectionist that I'd hate that...

I'm enough of a perfectionist that I'd hate that 1/8th inch difference in the subfloor, even though under the carpet you'd never feel it, and I'd probably fix it more like a sheetrock patch. To each...
05-13-10, 10:52 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,243
Posted By RHefferan

Possiblities include, Older ballasts - some...

Possiblities include,

Older ballasts - some old ballasts use magnetic technology which can take a bit of time to fire up.

Improper voltage - you may have a higher voltage ballast than your...
05-13-10, 09:21 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,966
Posted By RHefferan

It could be an exterior box to exterior box as...

It could be an exterior box to exterior box as well. I only said interior box because I thought that was the situation, my apology for adding confusion.

The only thing to worry about is that,...
05-13-10, 09:16 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 7,343
Posted By RHefferan

Didn't even think to address wall outlet...

Didn't even think to address wall outlet coverage, good catch ibpooks.

As to gluing carpeting to the top of a cover, I wouldn't recommend it. Technically it's utilizing the device in a way that...
05-13-10, 08:48 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,966
Posted By RHefferan

It just has to be continuous from box to box to...

It just has to be continuous from box to box to utilize wire instead of direct burial cable. You can use romex from the panel to the interior box, then THWN from the interior box to the BBQ island...
05-13-10, 08:20 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,966
Posted By RHefferan

If your PVC runs, without interruption, from a...

If your PVC runs, without interruption, from a box in your house to a box on the BBQ island, then he's wrong. THWN is perfectly acceptable.

He may be confusing that the new code classifies all...
05-13-10, 07:20 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,411
Posted By RHefferan

Yes, arc fault has gone big time, but I...

Yes, arc fault has gone big time, but I personally support it fully. It's proven that arc fault protection eliminates a significant percentage of electrical fires. The extra few hundred dollars is...
05-13-10, 07:14 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 7,343
Posted By RHefferan

Your options are limited. The two truly viable...

Your options are limited. The two truly viable options are to rerun the wire in your basement to circumvent those boxes and remove them, or keep the boxes above the new carpet to maintain access. ...
05-12-10, 11:16 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,144
Posted By RHefferan

By the by, when you inspector told you "you...

By the by, when you inspector told you "you should probably replace that panel" you can feel free to translate that as "50 year old FPE panels are deathtraps. I can't legally force you to replace...
05-12-10, 08:42 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,411
Posted By RHefferan

If you're extending an existing circuit into a...

If you're extending an existing circuit into a new area, and that circuit isn't AFCI, the breaker will need to be ugraded to an AFCI breaker.
05-12-10, 06:31 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,411
Posted By RHefferan

1. That would depend on the thermostat you're...

1. That would depend on the thermostat you're using. Some cover a switch box nicely, others do not. It's reasonably typical to not have any box for the thermostat, but there's no reason you...
05-11-10, 02:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,546
Posted By RHefferan

Yes. #8 is only rated for a 40A circuit except...

Yes. #8 is only rated for a 40A circuit except under very specific exceptions. You must use at least a #6 for a 50A circuit.

And that's providing the wire material is copper. If it's aluminum,...
05-11-10, 11:02 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,966
Posted By RHefferan

You can fit 6 #12 THHN/THWN conductors into a...

You can fit 6 #12 THHN/THWN conductors into a 3/4" PVC with room to spare. There are 4 current carrying conductors, so derating based on heating is a necessity, but with 90 degree wire (THHN or...
05-11-10, 10:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 6,280
Posted By RHefferan

By code, the circuit for the bathroom receptacles...

By code, the circuit for the bathroom receptacles can only be shared with other bathroom receptacles, or the lights in the bathroom if there is a single bathroom. It sounds like your using a general...
05-11-10, 10:43 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 812
Posted By RHefferan

But, to directly answer the question, no it's not...

But, to directly answer the question, no it's not required unless the fan is the only lighting outlet in the room. If it is the only lighting outlet, it requires a wall mounted switch. If it is...
05-11-10, 10:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 812
Posted By RHefferan

I would strongly recommend, even if he doesn't...

I would strongly recommend, even if he doesn't want to put a switch on the wall, that he rough a switch box and wire in and blank it off. Someday, he'll change his mind or the next person will...
05-11-10, 10:37 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,966
Posted By RHefferan

It's just not necessary. If it makes you feel...

It's just not necessary. If it makes you feel better to have a ground wire for each circuit, the only limitation would be space in your conduit.
05-11-10, 09:20 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,966
Posted By RHefferan

Yes, 2 black, 2 white, and a green is probably...

Yes, 2 black, 2 white, and a green is probably your best option, IMHO. As ibpooks indicates, single pole GFCI breakers are quite a bit cheaper than a doube pole GFCI breaker. The cost of the extra...
05-11-10, 07:31 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,966
Posted By RHefferan

You may run romex to the box if you like, or you...

You may run romex to the box if you like, or you may utilize pipe and pull wires. Either is acceptable. Please remember to duct seal your conduit where it leaves the building, it is required that...
05-11-10, 07:19 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,272
Posted By RHefferan

If the electrician says that a subpanel is an...

If the electrician says that a subpanel is an option, your service must have enough capacity to run the hot tub. We're going to run with that assumption.

It's possible that you could utilize some...
05-11-10, 07:16 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,282
Posted By RHefferan

Hehe, suppose I should look at that before...

Hehe, suppose I should look at that before assuming. :)
05-11-10, 06:17 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 886
Posted By RHefferan

So long as the panel is accessable (behind a door...

So long as the panel is accessable (behind a door isn't an issue unless the door can't be moved for some strange reason) the distance around a panel is typically not an issue. There are guidelines,...
05-11-10, 06:10 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,282
Posted By RHefferan

If you're replacing an existing light with a...

If you're replacing an existing light with a ceiling fan, you probably need a stronger box. The entire weight of that fan is supported by the existing box, and it's somewhat likely that it's not...
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