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09-14-16, 09:13 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 695
Posted By MidiMagic

Beware of what you take out of a treadmill. ...

Beware of what you take out of a treadmill.

I have repaired several treadmills.

One treadmill I serviced was brand new, and the complaint was that the belt was moving in the wrong direction.
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09-14-16, 09:02 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 656
Posted By MidiMagic

For others trying to get carrier-current...

For others trying to get carrier-current communications to work, I have been using X10 and other systems for over 30 years. It is amazing how some devices having nothing to do with carrier current...
05-18-16, 09:08 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,048
Posted By MidiMagic

What kind of connector are you using to connect...

What kind of connector are you using to connect the XLR cable to the laptop?

I thought you were using a mixer with balanced XLR mic inputs. If you do not have this, you are going to have buzz.
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05-18-16, 08:32 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,503
Posted By MidiMagic

Miltiwire branch circui6ts should be connected to...

Miltiwire branch circui6ts should be connected to the two poles of a double pole breaker, so both phases are cut off when work is being done on either circuit.
05-18-16, 05:21 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,048
Posted By MidiMagic

I am an expert at this. Check all of the...

I am an expert at this. Check all of the following:

- First check out your mic very carefully. The mic or mic transformer should be wired to XLR pins 2 and 3, but NOT to pin 1. Pin 1 is ground for...
05-18-16, 04:05 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,781
Posted By MidiMagic

Use a relay. You need to get a relay with a...

Use a relay.

You need to get a relay with a 12 volt DC coil and contacts more than heavy enough to operate the light.Also get a 12 volt "wall wart" power supply and the magnetic switch. Get the...
Replies: 6
Views: 1,337
Posted By MidiMagic

Twelve 40 watt bulbs??? That's 480 watts! My heat...

Twelve 40 watt bulbs??? That's 480 watts! My heat lamp is only 250 watts.

Do you really need that blaze of light? That's 4800 lumens!

If not, try downgrading to 25, 15, or even 7 watts per...
Replies: 3
Views: 519
Posted By MidiMagic

It says "for permanent fixtures only" so some...

It says "for permanent fixtures only" so some goof doesn't plug a vacuum cleaner into the outlet and blow the dimmer.

You could get an electrical box and insert it into the cord for the tape light...
Replies: 4
Views: 532
Posted By MidiMagic

Is it cold or hot in the garage. Temperature...

Is it cold or hot in the garage. Temperature extremes can make a fluorescent lamp fail quickly.

Are you leaving them on for long periods, or turning them off every time you leave. It's starting...
Replies: 6
Views: 871
Posted By MidiMagic

The bulb is an MR16 high intensity bipin lamp...

The bulb is an MR16 high intensity bipin lamp intended for a high-intensity desk lamp, overhead projector, or low voltage track lighting. It was sold for the purpose I used it for. The package says...
Replies: 4
Views: 652
Posted By MidiMagic

I have that fixture. The cover hooks onto...

I have that fixture. The cover hooks onto U-ridges in the sides of the fixture chassis

Push up on both sides. Now push the cover to one side (not one end). That side can then be lowered past the...
Replies: 6
Views: 871
Posted By MidiMagic

I am thinking more that they don't care what...

I am thinking more that they don't care what happens to the fixture when the bulb fails.

An incandescent bulb usually opens when it fails,

But many LED bulbs have a bridge rectifier as the...
05-02-16, 01:27 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,210
Posted By MidiMagic

You are probably measuring loads that can't be...

You are probably measuring loads that can't be easily disconnected, either through the neutral or 240 volt devices. Examples of such equipment include:

Water heater (if electric).
Baseboard...
05-02-16, 12:53 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 879
Posted By MidiMagic

I actually recognize this because I have seen it....

I actually recognize this because I have seen it. It is old per-code wiring.

They used to wire a 3-way switch by running both the hot and the neutral to each of the three-way switches. Each common...
05-02-16, 12:25 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,445
Posted By MidiMagic

Is the power coming in on a 3-wire cable? If...

Is the power coming in on a 3-wire cable?

If so, then either one wire is switched elsewhere or you have a multiwire circuit coming from a 240 v breaker in the breaker box. Different lights =or...
05-02-16, 12:15 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 373
Posted By MidiMagic

You are trying to combine equipment that is not...

You are trying to combine equipment that is not designed to be used together.

This is a case where you need a system of lamps and drivers made by the same manufacturer to be used together.
05-02-16, 12:03 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,445
Posted By MidiMagic

Is the light in the fan fixture? If so, they...

Is the light in the fan fixture?

If so, they used the black wire to power the fan and the red wire to power the light.

So just pretend the red wire is black. The instructions expect a ceiling...
05-01-16, 11:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 460
Posted By MidiMagic

Are there wires not connected to anything in both...

Are there wires not connected to anything in both switch boxes? If so, you may be right. But that would mean that one box has three Romex cables in it.

If not, the most likely possibility is that...
05-01-16, 11:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 564
Posted By MidiMagic

The purpose of the test button is to fake a...

The purpose of the test button is to fake a ground fault. It simulates a human being connected between the live conductors and the equipment ground. The GFCI should respond to this by tripping off...
05-01-16, 11:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 614
Posted By MidiMagic

I would suspect a high resistance connection.

I would suspect a high resistance connection.
05-01-16, 10:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 908
Posted By MidiMagic

It sounds to me like the A/C is causing a voltage...

It sounds to me like the A/C is causing a voltage sag that makes the hot tub controller think that something is internally wrong with the heater.

I would try a different brand of controller.
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Replies: 6
Views: 871
Posted By MidiMagic

LED bulb shorted, destroying transformer

Friday, I returned from using the restroom to discover a horrible burnt smell and the three bulbs in the 12V light fixture had stopped lighting.

Investigation showed me that one of the LED bulbs...
Replies: 7
Views: 742
Posted By MidiMagic

Two possibilities: 1. Some idiot wired the...

Two possibilities:

1. Some idiot wired the neutral of the fixture to the equipment ground.

2. The white wire broke off at the wire nut for the neutrals and was taken away from the box with the...
Replies: 3
Views: 523
Posted By MidiMagic

Things to check: - If these are cord and...

Things to check:

- If these are cord and plug connected, is the plug a 3-wire plug? Rapid-start lamps need that ground to start. You touching the fixture are providing a partial ground.

- If...
Replies: 3
Views: 542
Posted By MidiMagic

I have done that before - left one incandescent...

I have done that before - left one incandescent lamp in the circuit to make an old dimmer work with LEDs. I have even made some non-dimmable LEDs work with the dimmer this way.

Other options...
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