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04-22-18, 12:47 PM
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Posted By mpally

I was referring to the low voltage box in post...

I was referring to the low voltage box in post number 2.
04-22-18, 12:31 PM
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Posted By mpally

I would use the low voltage box posted below and...

I would use the low voltage box posted below and install a coax cable face plate. This will allow you to cut the cable to the proper length and save the excess in case you need it later to hook up a...
04-02-18, 08:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 613
Posted By mpally

I feel I getting a more solid connection with...

I feel I getting a more solid connection with solid copper wires. Maybe I'm over-tightening the screws, but the stranded tends to shred and I don't feel I'm getting a solid connection.
03-29-18, 06:01 PM
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Posted By mpally

The easiest way is to look are the exposed wire. ...

The easiest way is to look are the exposed wire. Is the wire silver or copper colored?
03-07-18, 10:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 893
Posted By mpally

You could try to use a pick like the Husky set...

You could try to use a pick like the Husky set below. They are in most Home Depots. It may allow you to get behind and release the wires. It's difficult to say if that will work without seeing it....
02-22-18, 10:41 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,105
Posted By mpally

How long ago was this work completed? Call the...

How long ago was this work completed? Call the contractor up and let him know of the issue. If he set it up this way, he should be willing to fix any issues that result from his work.
02-20-18, 05:13 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,105
Posted By mpally

Curious as to how both the dishwasher and...

Curious as to how both the dishwasher and microwave on plugged into the same outlet. Can you post a picture of the setup?
02-17-18, 11:41 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,633
Posted By mpally

Agreed, I'm not sure why you can't grab on to the...

Agreed, I'm not sure why you can't grab on to the broken screw from inside the metal box. Can you post a picture?
02-17-18, 11:37 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,633
Posted By mpally

Use the drill bit that is the same size as the...

Use the drill bit that is the same size as the broken screw. You don't want to make the hole any larger than needed to drill out the broken screw. Then you can use a tap tool like this one to tap the...
02-09-18, 10:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,386
Posted By mpally

What is the purpose of the separate water heater?...

What is the purpose of the separate water heater? Water heaters will cost more in the winter since it will be required to run more due to colder temperatures. Can you unplug the separate water...
02-09-18, 10:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,386
Posted By mpally

What temperature is the water heater set on? Is...

What temperature is the water heater set on? Is it turned all the way up which results in more heating of the water and therefore more energy usage?
02-09-18, 05:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,386
Posted By mpally

You can purchase a clamp meter similar to this...

You can purchase a clamp meter similar to this one which also comes with a line splitter. You plug the line splitter into the outlet and then plug the appliance into the splitter. The clamp meter...
02-06-18, 03:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,339
Posted By mpally

Electrical tape is a staple in just about any...

Electrical tape is a staple in just about any electrical bag I see. If it's not needed for wire nuts, when is it needed?
02-04-18, 11:43 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,215
Posted By mpally

BTW, that kit is around $65 at Home Depot so it's...

BTW, that kit is around $65 at Home Depot so it's fairly reasonable for what you get.
02-04-18, 11:37 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,215
Posted By mpally

I have a couple of these multimeters and they...

I have a couple of these multimeters and they seem to be fine for most DIY applications. I have used them to test outlets, diagnosis and fix a faulty electric dryer heating element, diagnosis faulty...
01-23-18, 03:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 885
Posted By mpally

If you are going to rely on a NCVD, I would...

If you are going to rely on a NCVD, I would recommend a higher quality one similar to the one below.
01-23-18, 03:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 885
Posted By mpally

Did you confirm the voltage with a multimeter at...

Did you confirm the voltage with a multimeter at either residence? If you get a unexpected response from a NCVD, always follow up with a multimeter to get a true reading.
01-22-18, 10:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,529
Posted By mpally

My parent's house was built in the late 70's and...

My parent's house was built in the late 70's and has aluminum wiring. They built the house and have lived in it since. To date, they have not had any issues with the aluminum wiring. They are in a...
01-19-18, 02:29 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 299
Posted By mpally

I agree with Core, either purchase a strip with a...

I agree with Core, either purchase a strip with a flat outlet plug similar to the one below or, if you're concerned with the bed up against the outlet, move the outlet to a better location.
01-17-18, 02:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 649
Posted By mpally

Thanks. That's what I was thinking, but wasn't...

Thanks. That's what I was thinking, but wasn't 100% certain as I hear differing opinions.
01-17-18, 01:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 649
Posted By mpally

How important is True RMS for residential use

I'm not a professional electrician, but do various electrical work around our house, a vacation house, and my parent's house. I have a couple Klein multimeters and clamp meters, but none of them are...
01-17-18, 01:41 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,572
Posted By mpally

I don't recall if you mentioned if it's finished...

I don't recall if you mentioned if it's finished above the garage. I'm assuming it is as there would be no reason not to run it behind the drywall if it's unfinished above. If it's unfinished and...
01-16-18, 08:13 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 6,965
Posted By mpally

I read this as he is renting out his pool house...

I read this as he is renting out his pool house so he is the landlord. Maybe I'm assuming incorrectly.
01-13-18, 10:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 583
Posted By mpally

The house is about 10 years old. It has a full...

The house is about 10 years old. It has a full basement that is unfinished. Insulation is stuffed in the rim joists currently, however, I plan to take the insulation out of the rim joists, put...
01-12-18, 03:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 583
Posted By mpally

Best way to insulate a outlet

We have had some cold days in our area and I noticed some significant drafts coming from outlets on outside walls. What is the best way to insulate the outlets? I see there are some insulating...
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