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01-07-09, 06:21 AM
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Posted By mcjunk

In my earlier post I neglected to mention any...

In my earlier post I neglected to mention any panel related issues because from your earlier description I assumed that part of your circuit was operating without problem, which led me to believe...
01-06-09, 12:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 35,133
Posted By mcjunk

As has been noted, you have a loose connection,...

As has been noted, you have a loose connection, most likely at a splice. Turn off the breaker, and map everything on the circuit. Note which outlets and light fixtures are affected with the dimming...
12-31-08, 01:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,837
Posted By mcjunk

Good luck. I would position the receptacle in...

Good luck. I would position the receptacle in place and loosely screw down the mounting screws before your adhesive sets up - just to make sure the nuts end up in the position and angle where they...
12-31-08, 01:21 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,001
Posted By mcjunk

It's actually exactly what I was describing,...

It's actually exactly what I was describing, except for the location of the normal power main breaker.
12-31-08, 01:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 6,136
Posted By mcjunk

Frequently the cause of your problem is a bad...

Frequently the cause of your problem is a bad capacitor. It's a cheap and easy fix, but be careful messing with a capacitor because it stores energy and can provide a shock unless it is properly...
12-31-08, 12:44 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 7,185
Posted By mcjunk

The first appears to be a 2pole 50A breaker. The...

The first appears to be a 2pole 50A breaker. The second appears to be a 2pole 150A breaker, used as a main. I would think you could find what you need at a big box store.
12-31-08, 12:37 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,001
Posted By mcjunk

The two pdf's you linked are the same thing. You...

The two pdf's you linked are the same thing. You didn't link to an interlocking kit. I'm assuming you have a backfed breaker occupying the top two spots on the left side that are being from the...
12-31-08, 12:19 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,297
Posted By mcjunk

I would ask the second motor shop how they hooked...

I would ask the second motor shop how they hooked it up. Did they hook it to 120V, or 240. Did they leave the connections as they are, and plug the cord in to a receptacle?

Is there a wiring...
12-31-08, 12:07 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,837
Posted By mcjunk

Your terminology is a bit suspect, so when you...

Your terminology is a bit suspect, so when you refer to "lugs" and "cans" I assume you're referring to ears and boxes. Boxes are metal rectangular housings for electrical devices, with threaded...
Replies: 5
Views: 1,499
Posted By mcjunk

My plan has changed. Instead of using two...

My plan has changed. Instead of using two dishes, I am going to install an old superdish that I used to have before upgrading last month to a quad dish. I was looking at the charts to determine...
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Views: 1,499
Posted By mcjunk

Thanks. That site looks very helpful. I think I...

Thanks. That site looks very helpful. I think I actually have two DirecTV 300 dishes on the roof. I don't think they have dual LNB's (I think there's one cable connected to each dish). I have a...
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Views: 1,499
Posted By mcjunk

Hooking up two satellites.

I have two standard satellite dishes on my roof. One is currently pointed at Satellite 119, and is connected to my Satellite Receiver. I want to point the other one to Satellite 110, and connect it...
04-13-06, 02:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 15,284
Posted By mcjunk

It was the capacitor. It was a dual capacitor...

It was the capacitor. It was a dual capacitor that boosted the compressor and the fan. It read open between the common and each of the other two terminals.
03-28-06, 10:42 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 15,284
Posted By mcjunk

I'll look at the capacitor again, but visually it...

I'll look at the capacitor again, but visually it looked fine. The compressor only has 3 wires - 230V phase wires and a smaller wire for the capacitor winding. I don't know how I would get to the...
03-28-06, 06:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 15,284
Posted By mcjunk

The contactor pulls in and sends 230V to the...

The contactor pulls in and sends 230V to the compressor. I have verified the voltage on the load side of the contactor, but not at the compressor itself because it's at the bottom of the unit and I...
03-27-06, 01:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 15,284
Posted By mcjunk

One more thing - the compressor fan doesn't come...

One more thing - the compressor fan doesn't come on. When is it supposed to come on - at the same time as the compressor? Before? After?
03-25-06, 01:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 15,284
Posted By mcjunk

Heat pump compressor not working

I am the proud owner of a 10+ year old Heil split system (heat pump w/ propane furnace). I noticed it was not heating correctly, and went outside when it was calling for heat pump operation and the...
03-17-06, 08:28 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 35,668
Posted By mcjunk

There's something wrong with your circuit. ...

There's something wrong with your circuit. Mounting a doorbell transformer to a metal box with a pull chain fixture is very common, and shouldn't create a noise problem, if all the screws and...
03-13-06, 02:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,267
Posted By mcjunk

Could be a loose connection of the circuit white...

Could be a loose connection of the circuit white (neutral) wire where it lands on the neutral bar. Could be corrosion at the breaker / bus bar connection. Could be a loose wire on the breaker...
Replies: 10
Views: 2,208
Posted By mcjunk

The voltage rating of the ballast is 120V. The...

The voltage rating of the ballast is 120V. The ballasts originally sold for around 15 bucks each - the reason I got them so cheap is because they are magnetic and Lowe's was phasing them out to sell...
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Views: 2,208
Posted By mcjunk

Replacing the fixture is not my call. Labor and...

Replacing the fixture is not my call. Labor and head scratching is insignificant to me, as I've merely been going back and forth via email with my friend trying to help him get the fixture working. ...
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Views: 2,208
Posted By mcjunk

Pigtailing the neutral was done to provide a...

Pigtailing the neutral was done to provide a "ground" for troubleshooting purposes. It didn't help, and the pigtail has been removed.
Replies: 10
Views: 2,208
Posted By mcjunk

I'm going by what I've been told - the fixture is...

I'm going by what I've been told - the fixture is 500 miles away from me.

1. Black line wire is connected to black fixture wire.
2. Fixture circuit has no ground. I had him pigtail off the...
Replies: 10
Views: 2,208
Posted By mcjunk

Fluorescent fixture problem

Every now and then I run into a fluorescent fixture that will not cut on unless the fixture can is tapped or a tube is wiggled. I have found with some 2' strip or circleline type fixtures that the...
01-30-06, 12:11 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,679
Posted By mcjunk

I think what gwc means is that he has already...

I think what gwc means is that he has already used a voltage tester (that he "knows" works) and has determined that there is no voltage present. As a final precaution before he begins working on a...
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