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I'm an electrical engineering designer (not PE),...

I'm an electrical engineering designer (not PE), so my head is stuck in the NEC. I do realize that copper can push a lot more elctrons than it's NEC rating, and that the insulation type is far more...
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A note on 14 gauge wire for speakers: I did...

A note on 14 gauge wire for speakers: I did actually use #14 once. Had a helluva time jamming wire of that diameter into the little press & clam connectors at the stereo and at the speaker. Many...
09-12-06, 10:05 AM
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With a 20 amp breaker and 12-2 NM cable, you are...

With a 20 amp breaker and 12-2 NM cable, you are certainly permitted to replace any and all 15A receps with 20A rated receps. Just not required. It is very common to have all 15A receps on a 20 amp...
09-11-06, 12:23 PM
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Actually, lights dimming when an A/C or fridge...

Actually, lights dimming when an A/C or fridge come on is fairly normal in a residence. The inductive inrush in the compressor causes a house-wide voltage drop. I haven't seen any damage resulting...
09-11-06, 10:13 AM
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Most HVAC equipment will have a special rating on...

Most HVAC equipment will have a special rating on the nameplate which will specify the mfr's. recommended breaker rating. It is usually designated as "MOP" or "Max OCD", which stands for maximum...
09-11-06, 10:06 AM
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The code basically says you can have 15 amp...

The code basically says you can have 15 amp receps on a 20 amp circuit, unless it is a single, dedicated recep, then it must be rated 20A.

But a 20A recep may not be used on a 15 amp circuit.
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I agree with JimmieDee, monster cable, and its...

I agree with JimmieDee, monster cable, and its competitors, are a rip.

For all my speaker runs I use plain old every day 16 gauge regular lamp cord. Available at Home Depot by the foot or by the...
09-11-06, 09:55 AM
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Posted By JuiceHead

You are permitted to make the splices in any UL...

You are permitted to make the splices in any UL listed electrical box. However, any terminations anywhere in your home must be made in a box that is permanently accessible.
09-11-06, 09:52 AM
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A suggestion: Try installing metallic wallplates...

A suggestion: Try installing metallic wallplates on the affected GFCIs. This is just a guess, but it could possibly provide an rf shield.

~ Juice
09-11-06, 09:47 AM
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Posted By JuiceHead

I see a potential for the switch to eventually...

I see a potential for the switch to eventually quit on you. If this is a standard light switch, the contacts arent rated for that kind of wattage. I'd suggest replacing it with a "motor starting...
09-11-06, 09:41 AM
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Motors hate undervoltage. It overheats the...

Motors hate undervoltage. It overheats the windings. Which in turn breaks down the winding insulation. That's the smoke you described, varnish insulation. Once the insulation goes, the windings...
05-12-06, 09:52 AM
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I think the guy who bent that tab back was just...

I think the guy who bent that tab back was just lazy.

The red bushing is just there to hold the screw in place so it doesn't fall on the floor when installing or removing the receptacle for...
05-12-06, 09:48 AM
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Posted By JuiceHead

The metal plate that holds the receptacles to the...

The metal plate that holds the receptacles to the box is called a "yoke".

Screwing the yoke directly to the metal box is permitted to serve as ground. I still rin a ground wire from the...
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Hairy and Trinitro, thanks for the info. I will...

Hairy and Trinitro, thanks for the info. I will purchase this tool. I have a Pep Boys nearby, the make and model number was a very handy bit of info to have included. Nice to know the price ahead...
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Thanks a million. Now those spiral markings on...

Thanks a million. Now those spiral markings on the cylinder's flat surface make sense to me!

Is there a special tool required? Or can a pair of channelocks do the job - without damaging the...
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Posted By JuiceHead

VW disc brakes

2003 Passatt, 1.8l, 5-speed, 4-wheel disc brakes. Also has anti-lock and traction control. I suspect this might be affecting this dilemna.

Went to change brake pads - rear. Have done disc...
09-14-05, 10:05 AM
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Posted By JuiceHead

When I bought my first home in 1994 I started...

When I bought my first home in 1994 I started wiring with #14 for general purpose receptacle and lighting circuits, because I was a poor (returning) college student. Within a couple years, after the...
09-14-05, 09:16 AM
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Posted By JuiceHead

I would not recommend using 20 amp breakers where...

I would not recommend using 20 amp breakers where a 15 amp would do the job, particularly general purpose lighting and receptacle circuits. Such as livingroon, diningroom, bedrooms, etc. Kitchen...
06-20-05, 07:42 AM
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Posted By JuiceHead

You raise an interesting point - NM cable run in...

You raise an interesting point - NM cable run in a space so small that nobody could ever "step on" it seems as though it should be an exception. All I can really tell you about that is what the Code...
06-18-05, 09:22 AM
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Posted By JuiceHead

Glad to help. Good luck. Juice

Glad to help. Good luck.

Juice
06-14-05, 09:27 AM
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It kinda sounds like the electrician is trying to...

It kinda sounds like the electrician is trying to squeeze a little more work out of you. Unless the bedroom circuits are re-wired or otherwise modified during this work, updating them to the 2005...
06-14-05, 09:21 AM
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Posted By JuiceHead

I agree with ipbrooks on the #2 AL and 60A/2-pole...

I agree with ipbrooks on the #2 AL and 60A/2-pole breaker. If future use should require some shop tools, a welder, electric heat or A/C, you will be so glad you spent the extra money now. I would...
06-14-05, 09:09 AM
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Posted By JuiceHead

By re-identify, it means that you must follow the...

By re-identify, it means that you must follow the color code for hot so somebody doesn't think it's a neutral. Red electrical tape on both ends will suffice.

Juice
06-14-05, 09:06 AM
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Posted By JuiceHead

Article 230.23: If the attic has permanent...

Article 230.23:

If the attic has permanent stairs or ladder, it can be run without protection on the surface of the rafters only at 7' or higher above the floor or floor joists. If below 7', it...
05-26-05, 01:24 PM
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Posted By JuiceHead

I agree with John Nelson that this sounds like a...

I agree with John Nelson that this sounds like a back stab problem. Visit the post http://forum.doityourself.com/showthread.php?t=215223, where I describe a method of finding the offending...
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