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08-17-09, 08:34 PM
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Posted By John Nelson

Your symptoms are the classic symptoms for a...

Your symptoms are the classic symptoms for a misidentified common wire.

Each switch has three wires connected to three screws. One of the screws is black. The black screw is the common. On one or...
Replies: 6
Views: 893
Posted By John Nelson

Almost anything is doable if you remove enough...

Almost anything is doable if you remove enough drywall. Haven't you always wanted to acquire skills in drywalling and drywall repair anyway? Once you remove a little drywall, it's not much of a jump...
08-17-09, 08:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,055
Posted By John Nelson

If your power company told you that there was no...

If your power company told you that there was no problem without even coming out and taking a look, then they're just blowing you off. There is a problem, and it could be the power company's fault....
Replies: 8
Views: 847
Posted By John Nelson

As pcboss says, we could go into some lengthy...

As pcboss says, we could go into some lengthy analysis of these cables, but there is no need to. Simply make the absolutely minimum number of disconnections to remove the light fixture. I repeat, do...
Replies: 6
Views: 1,389
Posted By John Nelson

No way to know for sure remotely, but it is...

No way to know for sure remotely, but it is probably safe to run the fan.

You probably need to resolve this problem more quickly than you can on your own, so you may need help this time. But to...
08-10-09, 06:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,018
Posted By John Nelson

In my experience, it's always done the way Marc...

In my experience, it's always done the way Marc said.
08-10-09, 05:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,556
Posted By John Nelson

Do you have three wires in the outlet box? If so,...

Do you have three wires in the outlet box? If so, can you describe them to us?
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Views: 18,184
Posted By John Nelson

If there is a grounding wire in the box, you...

If there is a grounding wire in the box, you connect it there. Apparently, this doesn't apply to you.

If the box is metal, you attach it to the box using a grounding pigtail you can pick up in the...
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Views: 814
Posted By John Nelson

Unfortunately, there is more than one possible...

Unfortunately, there is more than one possible explanation. And capping off one set is never correct.

If you have more than one fixture controlled by the same switch, these two sets could be...
06-01-09, 07:14 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,127
Posted By John Nelson

It is not possible, and even if it were possible,...

It is not possible, and even if it were possible, it would not be safe.

The problem is that your North American dryer uses 240-volts for the heating element, but 120 volts for the electronics and...
05-31-09, 08:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 870
Posted By John Nelson

You seem to be up to speed on fill requirements....

You seem to be up to speed on fill requirements. Have you also studied derating requirements? If not, do so now.
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Views: 2,247
Posted By John Nelson

Just FYI, the box on the wall is not an "outlet...

Just FYI, the box on the wall is not an "outlet box". Only the box on the ceiling is. The box on the wall is simply a switch box.

All of the connections you describe at the wall and ceiling are...
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Views: 596
Posted By John Nelson

The blades didn't change. The opening didn't...

The blades didn't change. The opening didn't change. I doubt the speed of the motor changed. But is perhaps the belt slipping? Have you checked belt tension? Does the motor sound okay? Try changing...
05-29-09, 09:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,082
Posted By John Nelson

Just in case the OP ever comes back, which seems...

Just in case the OP ever comes back, which seems unlikely since he hasn't visited this web site since the minute he posted his question, another reader solved this problem:
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05-29-09, 09:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 9,169
Posted By John Nelson

I stole this answer off the web: "I have never...

I stole this answer off the web: "I have never tried this trick but read about it in an electrical contractor magazine. Allegedly you can remove the wires from the breaker, the neutral and ground...
05-29-09, 08:45 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 20,886
Posted By John Nelson

See also ...

See also

http://forum.doityourself.com/electrical-c-d-c/390437-timer-not-advancing.html
05-29-09, 08:35 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,038
Posted By John Nelson

Did the fan come with a remote control? Is this a...

Did the fan come with a remote control? Is this a Hunter fan?
05-28-09, 07:31 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 923
Posted By John Nelson

In drywall, you're allowed up to 1/8" before you...

In drywall, you're allowed up to 1/8" before you have to get out the extenders.

If you really set them proud of the stud by 1/2", and if you really used 1/2" drywall without additional shims to...
05-24-09, 08:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 977
Posted By John Nelson

If no moisture can get onto the fixture, I don't...

If no moisture can get onto the fixture, I don't see why not. Would condensation be a problem? For added security, you should consider protecting the fixture with GFCI.
05-24-09, 08:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 858
Posted By John Nelson

It would be easier and better to put a GFCI...

It would be easier and better to put a GFCI receptacle in the house before the line goes outside. Then you would need no GFCI receptacles outside, and the underground wire would also be protected.
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05-24-09, 08:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 844
Posted By John Nelson

Your report was not specific enough. Note...

Your report was not specific enough.

Note that GFCIs don't trip until you put a load on them. So when you tried each branch outlet one at a time, did you put a load on that branch outlet?

Note...
05-22-09, 08:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,091
Posted By John Nelson

Although what you found doesn't meet today's...

Although what you found doesn't meet today's code, you are not allowed to rewire it without bringing it up to today's code. So either leave it as is or make it meet all current kitchen codes.
05-22-09, 08:14 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,263
Posted By John Nelson

There are no triangles or hypotenuses to consider...

There are no triangles or hypotenuses to consider here. Let's not go too far off into the weeds.
05-21-09, 12:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,228
Posted By John Nelson

Be sure to investigate the building codes too....

Be sure to investigate the building codes too. Putting a bedroom in a 1970s basement often requires special work to meet egress codes, typically enlarging and possibly lowering the window and...
05-20-09, 09:36 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 22,615
Posted By John Nelson

The clerk at the home center probably knows it as...

The clerk at the home center probably knows it as THHN, or just "wire". As Ben says, almost all THHN is dual rated as THWN. Just read the spec closely.

By the way, I'm not sure using #10 affords...
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