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The first problem is that if you ever have to...

The first problem is that if you ever have to switch the breaker in your panel back on, ever, something is wrong and needs to be fixed. Just because you can reset it and it starts working again...
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If the holes are small and they don' bother you,...

If the holes are small and they don' bother you, you could probably ignore them. It would be best to do the drywall repair job now though. The reason is that since the ceiling was just repainted a...
03-03-11, 05:53 AM
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Posted By mukansamonkey

Time to start some controversy. I'm rather...

Time to start some controversy. I'm rather certain that you can use 14/2 in a 20amp circuit between the switch and the light fixture. The reason is that both the switch and the dedicated (light)...
03-03-11, 05:01 AM
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Posted By mukansamonkey

If you have access to wires underneath the...

If you have access to wires underneath the kitchen that's probably the easiest place to tap into existing power. The disposal circuit is your best bet, as it's rarely in use. Just avoid the dedicated...
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Posted By mukansamonkey

If your existing machine has a DVI monitor...

If your existing machine has a DVI monitor output, you're good to go. DVI is basically HDMI without the audio signal (can run that separately). If your computer only has S-Video out, or one of those...
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Posted By mukansamonkey

This looks like FUD to me. The thing you need to...

This looks like FUD to me. The thing you need to understand is that Ethernet isn't a physical cable type at all. It's a digital format. Standard Ethernet cables are basically 4-conductor copper (yeah...
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Many routers can actually be used as repeaters....

Many routers can actually be used as repeaters. The trick is that you have to connect the two routers with physical cable. I have a 54G in the garage and a random craptastic Belkin in the office. I...
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Posted By mukansamonkey

Color temp tends to be a really subjective thing....

Color temp tends to be a really subjective thing. For a bathroom i'd recommend 3500 or 4100, as this will give the most accurate colors for say, applying makeup.

My problem with this is that...
02-09-11, 11:02 PM
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Posted By mukansamonkey

This is what frightens me. If you are creating...

This is what frightens me. If you are creating three-phase power, then the only conductor you should be using from the main box is the ground (and maybe neutral). If you are using the two phases from...
02-09-11, 10:35 PM
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Posted By mukansamonkey

To clarify what ray said: In order to have a...

To clarify what ray said: In order to have a usable neutral in the switch boxes, there must be both a 3-wire cable and a 2-wire cable in *both* switch boxes. Hot and neutral in, neutral and two...
02-09-11, 10:19 PM
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"went basement -> main floor -> 2nd floor -> main...

"went basement -> main floor -> 2nd floor -> main floor -> outside (and finally) -> back to the basement. Definitely not what you would expect."

As a professional, this doesn't surprise me at all....
02-09-11, 10:04 PM
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Posted By mukansamonkey

That is technically correct. However, 4 wire...

That is technically correct.
However, 4 wire cable is expensive and sometimes annoying to get ahold of. If you're using Romex or similar cable to run this (instead of pulling wire through conduit),...
02-09-11, 09:50 PM
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Posted By mukansamonkey

To the follow-up question: It is not unsafe at...

To the follow-up question: It is not unsafe at all to have the neutral bonded at two different points of a supply. The only risk would be if someone were to disconnect one point and mistakenly think...
02-09-11, 09:34 PM
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Posted By mukansamonkey

I can top Jim's story. Was changing a bulb in an...

I can top Jim's story. Was changing a bulb in an ungrounded fluorescent fixture. Turned the switch off, unplugged the bulb, and got a shock strong enough to blow a 20A breaker. Turns out that the...
02-09-11, 09:26 PM
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Posted By mukansamonkey

Start by reading the instructions on your device...

Start by reading the instructions on your device really carefully. When I read "wireless 3-way switch" my mind translates that to "replaces a basic single switch with a wireless receiver/switch and a...
02-09-11, 09:21 PM
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Posted By mukansamonkey

Kitchen definitely suggests a tripped GFI. Also...

Kitchen definitely suggests a tripped GFI. Also use the Test function on all your GFI's, if your problem is caused by a GFI going bad (and they do all too often), then the Test button should fail.
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02-09-11, 09:11 PM
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Posted By mukansamonkey

Look at the wattage rating on the appliances. If...

Look at the wattage rating on the appliances. If your dad is complaining about your IT gear, or pretty much anything that's electronic (besides the TV), he's just wrong. Only the largest chargers or...
02-09-11, 08:54 PM
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Posted By mukansamonkey

Very much agree with CasualJoe that the primary...

Very much agree with CasualJoe that the primary concern is the state of the existing drop. If that pole has to be moved or something, best to know that before you make more detailed plans.

My...
02-09-11, 08:24 PM
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Posted By mukansamonkey

If the wires are stranded, a big wire nut is...

If the wires are stranded, a big wire nut is okay. Just make sure it's an appropriate size.
If the wires are solid, you're better off with a push-in style connector. Twisting together more than 4...
02-09-11, 08:17 PM
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Posted By mukansamonkey

You've already got the right idea. The limiting...

You've already got the right idea. The limiting factor is the temp. rating of the connection points/terminals. The common wire insulation THHN can handle 90C before failing, but terminals are...
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I have a possible alternative explanation, and...

I have a possible alternative explanation, and one that's unfortunately more insidious. The ballast inside the CFL and the limiter inside the fan both have feedback loops that keep the maximum...
07-31-10, 08:11 AM
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Posted By mukansamonkey

Well this is right in the directions: "If you...

Well this is right in the directions:
"If you are installing the junction box on rear wall
behind oven, the junction box must be recessed and located
in the upper or lower right or left corner of...
07-31-10, 08:03 AM
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Views: 1,393
Posted By mukansamonkey

Well the power company isn't concerned about...

Well the power company isn't concerned about saving you a few bucks, they're concerned about you making it difficult for them to work with their property. If they needed to restring their lines they...
07-31-10, 07:54 AM
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Views: 8,852
Posted By mukansamonkey

Not in this case. These are two small generators,...

Not in this case. These are two small generators, and the Reliance Controls HPK2001 is a small simple paralleling kit. Basically just a set of Y connections with proper fittings. With a hookup like...
07-31-10, 07:44 AM
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Posted By mukansamonkey

A note to the thread opener: Use schedule 80. 80...

A note to the thread opener: Use schedule 80. 80 should be sunlight resistant, 40 normally isn't. 80 just generally more durable.

And this was more or less stated, but just to be clear: Use UF...
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