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02-09-09, 04:30 PM
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Views: 1,837
Posted By Strategery

This is probably just an obsessive compulsive...

This is probably just an obsessive compulsive thing, but devices from different manufactures look slightly different. Most people would not notice or care, but if this sort of thing bothers you then...
02-01-09, 08:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,022
Posted By Strategery

If you never used the downstream receptacle, your...

If you never used the downstream receptacle, your setup using the load terminals would 'work' until you plugged something into (one side) of the downstream receptacle.

You could also rewire the...
02-01-09, 08:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,022
Posted By Strategery

Is this outlet in the kitchen? If it is along...

Is this outlet in the kitchen? If it is along the counters, it might already be GFCI protected.

Downstream outlets protected by an upstream GFCI generally do not work on a multiwire circuit...
02-01-09, 08:05 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,441
Posted By Strategery

Not an expert, just wanted to give a quick...

Not an expert, just wanted to give a quick response to hold you over until the experts respond:

A. Probably. I would first figure out if you need 125 amps or if 100 is OK.

B. Yes, if you do...
02-01-09, 07:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,155
Posted By Strategery

Just add 2 switches that don't connect to...

Just add 2 switches that don't connect to anything. Let people wonder what they control...
02-01-09, 07:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,110
Posted By Strategery

Did you want to plug this light into a standard...

Did you want to plug this light into a standard receptacle?

If so, I suggest you return the light and buy one with a cord.
01-22-09, 04:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,378
Posted By Strategery

With all those computers, I would think they...

With all those computers, I would think they would act as a 'space heater'. :)

I'm not convinced that using electric heat over gas will save you much money, unless the rest of the house is kept...
01-16-09, 08:36 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,979
Posted By Strategery

This is a bad idea. Doing what you described...

This is a bad idea. Doing what you described will void the UL certification, basically making it illegal to operate. Buy an appropriate outdoor extension cord instead--you should be able to find...
01-13-09, 07:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,038
Posted By Strategery

You could buy a "whole house" surge protector,...

You could buy a "whole house" surge protector, which is installed in your main panel.

The experts can probably give you more advice if you're interested.
01-13-09, 07:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,315
Posted By Strategery

Seems expensive compared to a plug-in device, but...

Seems expensive compared to a plug-in device, but if space or looks is an issue, it might be right for you.

A power strip plugged into it should receive protection as well, but don't forget that...
01-13-09, 06:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 21,788
Posted By Strategery

If you cannot get the power restored, you may...

If you cannot get the power restored, you may need to contact your landlord or a maintenance person. There could be a problem with the electrical connections. I assume that you are renting--which...
01-12-09, 05:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 10,712
Posted By Strategery

Perhaps I'm missing something; how can a hot tub...

Perhaps I'm missing something; how can a hot tub be powered by a 120v connection? Is it heated with natural gas or propane? I would think the water pump, jets, etc. alone would need more than...
01-12-09, 05:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 13,963
Posted By Strategery

I'm no expert, but as Ray said, it may be best to...

I'm no expert, but as Ray said, it may be best to start from scratch. Modern (not 50's modern) kitchens and electrical codes require more circuits and safety features than you have now. With a...
01-07-09, 05:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,032
Posted By Strategery

If there was a difference in voltage between the...

If there was a difference in voltage between the two ground rods, you wouldn't want the current to travel through your house wiring, TV (and other equipment) and your antenna cable, would you? This...
01-07-09, 05:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 917
Posted By Strategery

I would first try to confirm that this is a...

I would first try to confirm that this is a multiwire circuit, using the instructions that Marc provided.

If you cannot confirm a multiwire circuit, I would look in the main panel (only if you...
01-06-09, 09:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 917
Posted By Strategery

I have another theory because you mentioned 3-way...

I have another theory because you mentioned 3-way light switches.

First, turn off both circuits when doing any work. They appear to be connected somehow, and despite the name, you can get shocked...
01-06-09, 07:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,023
Posted By Strategery

You sound new to troubleshooting electrical...

You sound new to troubleshooting electrical problems, so just a couple of notes (sorry if this is review):

-Before touching anything behind the cover plates, turn off the breaker for the circuit...
01-05-09, 09:30 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 8,795
Posted By Strategery

The box extenders that are stocked at my local...

The box extenders that are stocked at my local big-box store require the removal of the plaster ears (rings on the receptacles and switches) to get the device and cover to fit correctly.

I do not...
01-05-09, 09:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,141
Posted By Strategery

I would figure out a way to easily identify which...

I would figure out a way to easily identify which device is on which circuit.

This could be as simple as a label on the cover plate or even using different colored devices and/or covers.
01-05-09, 08:52 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 702
Posted By Strategery

It is possible that you have GFCI breakers (but I...

It is possible that you have GFCI breakers (but I would not count on it). Checking the panel will tell you if you do or not.

If not, a possible work-around would be to buy a portable GFCI device...
01-05-09, 01:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 861
Posted By Strategery

If this is an indoor connection, you might be...

If this is an indoor connection, you might be able to get away with the twist-on connectors, although I do not recommend them and have not had good luck with them. I suggest them only because you...
01-03-09, 05:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,085
Posted By Strategery

There is one other battery that has not been...

There is one other battery that has not been mentioned (and probably is not worth mentioning) and that is the carbon-zinc battery. They are not rechargeable. You can identify them by their cheap...
01-03-09, 04:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,085
Posted By Strategery

If I want a rechargeable version of AAA, AA or 9v...

If I want a rechargeable version of AAA, AA or 9v batteries, my preference would be NiMH (C & D sizes of rechargeable batteries might only have a AA core!). Unlike the NiCd batteries, the NiMH ones...
01-03-09, 03:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,085
Posted By Strategery

Please note that batteries labeled as lithium (no...

Please note that batteries labeled as lithium (no 'ion' in name) are not designed to be recharged.

There are many types and sizes of batteries available, both rechargeable and not rechargeable. ...
01-01-09, 04:06 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,305
Posted By Strategery

Congratulations and best of luck to you! I think...

Congratulations and best of luck to you! I think you'll do great.

(FYI my experience is limited to minor electrical projects at home and some simple electronics).
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