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08-17-07, 10:28 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 9,852
Posted By Mr Fixit eh

Great job Jensenh - you'll sleep better at night...

Great job Jensenh - you'll sleep better at night knowing the job's been done right.

It is surprising how many electrical things you'll find wrong in the average home. I guess that's why smoke...
08-17-07, 10:03 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,303
Posted By Mr Fixit eh

Must be the slot head looks prettier :-) ...

Must be the slot head looks prettier :-)

Generally you will find that the Robertson driver will give you superior performance, however I have found the occasional combination head where the square...
08-17-07, 09:46 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,777
Posted By Mr Fixit eh

In most parts of Canada, 20A circuits are pretty...

In most parts of Canada, 20A circuits are pretty rare, they are allowed as an option for kitchen counter circuits now, and installed elsewhere where there is a need. Unless you're planning on...
08-17-07, 09:38 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,196
Posted By Mr Fixit eh

I like to go a step further and wirenut the...

I like to go a step further and wirenut the hot/neutral wire together at the remote end (along with labelling as 'dead') - that way if someone tries to re-energize the cable at some point in the...
10-26-05, 04:23 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 12,015
Posted By Mr Fixit eh

Handytom asks, Better advice would be, if...

Handytom asks,
Better advice would be, if you're worried about working on a circuit, put down the tools and call a licenced electrician. Usually fear is a result of a desire to not kill yourself...
10-26-05, 04:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,363
Posted By Mr Fixit eh

hb2u says Can't tell from the description,...

hb2u says
Can't tell from the description, will these cables be bundled together tightly? If so, you will need to derate the ampacity.

Steve
10-24-05, 01:06 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 12,015
Posted By Mr Fixit eh

Handytom says: How do you know the tester is...

Handytom says:
How do you know the tester is working fine? Just because it tests some receptacles as Ok, doesn't mean the tester is working.

Use an analog voltmeter or buy an inexpensive neon...
10-14-05, 03:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,115
Posted By Mr Fixit eh

Did you take any photos of the work-in-progress? ...

Did you take any photos of the work-in-progress? He might accept photos. Short of that, your inspector is god!

Steve
10-08-05, 03:46 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 977
Posted By Mr Fixit eh

A regular 20/120V switch should be fine. You...

A regular 20/120V switch should be fine. You might want to ask for a "spec-rated" switch, it is more heavy-duty.

The switches that switch both poles are for 240V circuits, where you must...
10-08-05, 03:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,729
Posted By Mr Fixit eh

No. You should remove the "backstabbed" wires. ...

No. You should remove the "backstabbed" wires. If this is a regular duplex receptacle, you would wirenut all the black wires together with a 6" pigtail which will connect to your dark-colored...
10-08-05, 03:13 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 825
Posted By Mr Fixit eh

The problem is most likely a bad receptacle or a...

The problem is most likely a bad receptacle or a loose connection in the electrical box.

From the wording of your question, I'm thinking you don't have any practical experience with DIY home...
09-13-05, 08:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,519
Posted By Mr Fixit eh

If you understand how your electrical wiring...

If you understand how your electrical wiring system works and if you are experienced with doing your own electrical wiring, then you can take this project on.

There are lots of good books on DIY...
09-13-05, 08:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 7,774
Posted By Mr Fixit eh

Ditto John's recommendations. "Wiring a...

Ditto John's recommendations.

"Wiring a House" (revised), by Rex Cauldwell is an amazingly good book for the serious DIYer. Written by a seasoned pro who knows how to communicate well and lots of...
08-24-05, 02:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 919
Posted By Mr Fixit eh

Sylvia, you need to describe all of the wires in...

Sylvia, you need to describe all of the wires in each box ( with the circuit breaker/ fuse turned off). Also is there a switch anywhere inside or outside the kitchen that could control half of this...
08-24-05, 09:52 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,417
Posted By Mr Fixit eh

Drilling from attic through 2 floors will not be...

Drilling from attic through 2 floors will not be feasible. You won't find a drill bit long enough, and if you do you won't be able to manage the length of it in the attic space.

You can...
08-14-05, 11:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,082
Posted By Mr Fixit eh

A couple things I regret not doing when I put in...

A couple things I regret not doing when I put in my attic fan:

1) A disconnect in the attic near the fan. I have some promblems with the motor, and an attic disconnect would have allowed alot...
07-16-05, 10:31 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 27,732
Posted By Mr Fixit eh

If you choose to run inside the ceiling, you will...

If you choose to run inside the ceiling, you will want to determine which direction the joists run using a stud finder. You will want to run the cable parallel to the direction of the joists.

You...
06-16-05, 08:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,029
Posted By Mr Fixit eh

Do you have a map of every electrical device in...

Do you have a map of every electrical device in your home. If not, now is a good time to do this task. Until you know *for sure* what is on this circuit and what is not, you will not be able to...
06-12-05, 04:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 10,155
Posted By Mr Fixit eh

It is allowable in most jurisdictions, however...

It is allowable in most jurisdictions, however there is a safety consideration. If you use an plastic box, the steel stud assembly is not bonded to ground. If the studs become unintentionally...
06-02-05, 07:14 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,049
Posted By Mr Fixit eh

If you truly need 20A for the fish tank, you will...

If you truly need 20A for the fish tank, you will need to upgrade the conductors in the whole circuit to 12AWG and all other receptacles on the circuit must be upgraded to 20A. It would probably be...
05-22-05, 07:56 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 5,638
Posted By Mr Fixit eh

If you are keeping the present wiring...

If you are keeping the present wiring configuration, you can replace the old electrical box in the attic with an extra-deep box and make up your splices, running a short length of cable to the new,...
05-22-05, 07:47 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,190
Posted By Mr Fixit eh

You need a voltmeter or a cheap neon tester with...

You need a voltmeter or a cheap neon tester with 2 leads. Test the voltage at each receptacle. You should have 120volts between the hot and neutral and you should have 120 volts between the hot and...
05-19-05, 10:28 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,290
Posted By Mr Fixit eh

Is this a multi-wire, shared-neutral circuit? In...

Is this a multi-wire, shared-neutral circuit? In other words, is this circuit powered by 2 breakers or a double-pole breaker, such that each half of each split-duplex receptacle is powered by a...
05-19-05, 10:06 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 986
Posted By Mr Fixit eh

My Delta cabinet saw runs on a 220v 15A circuit,...

My Delta cabinet saw runs on a 220v 15A circuit, no problem. I just purchased a 2.0 Hp Oneida Dust Gorilla cyclone dust collector, and it requires a 220v 20A circuit. It can run on 110v, but would...
05-18-05, 05:10 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,300
Posted By Mr Fixit eh

In my recommendation to run 14/4 aka 14/2/2...

In my recommendation to run 14/4 aka 14/2/2 between the lights, for some reason I misread the OP and assumed the cable run *had* to run from light to light. Now, I've re-read the OP and see that...
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