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09-27-07, 07:57 AM
Replies: 16
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Posted By itsunclebill

:coffee: The buss is slotted on the top to allow...

:coffee: The buss is slotted on the top to allow tandem breakers. 100 AMP panels with 24 circuits are pretty common. Definitely not a split buss panel.
09-26-07, 09:40 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,439
Posted By itsunclebill

:thinker: A little late on this one but file it...

:thinker: A little late on this one but file it away for future problems of the same kind. There is a device manufactured that has 2 rotating receptacles on a single yoke, fits a single gang box. ...
09-21-07, 06:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,650
Posted By itsunclebill

Dimming is pretty common when power is first...

Dimming is pretty common when power is first applied to large loads and is particularly noticible when motors are involved. This is normal, and can be worse when there are heavy loads on the POCO...
09-20-07, 08:34 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,728
Posted By itsunclebill

:coffee: Taken to the letter of the law, in most...

:coffee: Taken to the letter of the law, in most places a HOMEOWNER is allowed to do their own wiring as long as all rules and regulations are followed. This doesn't mean the guy down the block who...
09-16-07, 09:02 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,725
Posted By itsunclebill

:thinker: Just use push-ins and you don't have to...

:thinker: Just use push-ins and you don't have to deal with twisting or not.
09-14-07, 07:02 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,656
Posted By itsunclebill

How does 5 for a dollar receptacles enter into a...

How does 5 for a dollar receptacles enter into a discussion about NM-B?

NM hasn't been legal for a long time, and the lighter they can make a product (like eliminating all that paper wrap) and...
09-14-07, 02:23 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,656
Posted By itsunclebill

The old "thick" insulation on NM cable conductors...

The old "thick" insulation on NM cable conductors was good for 60° applications. It also had a tendency to get brittle under certain conditions.

The newer insulation on the conductors (type NM-B)...
09-11-07, 12:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,095
Posted By itsunclebill

Just a caution: Most places I'm aware of...

Just a caution:
Most places I'm aware of absolutely forbid DIY electrical work of ANY type anyplace except a single family residence. Even if they don't it is highly unlikely any insurance you have...
08-31-07, 08:13 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,314
Posted By itsunclebill

Yes, it can all be debated, but........ ...

Yes, it can all be debated, but........

Industrial and commercial wiring more often than not has large boxes with plenty of room for pig tailing and devices - with the device(s) usually in a mud...
08-28-07, 11:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,021
Posted By itsunclebill

It would be worth noting that opening a box and...

It would be worth noting that opening a box and finding an unmarked white wire used in a switch loop isn't always a violation. Marking the white wire used in a switch loop hasn't always been...
07-17-07, 07:28 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,044
Posted By itsunclebill

Exclamation "Forget the smoke detector. No inspector in his...

"Forget the smoke detector. No inspector in his right mind is going to make you put the smoke detector on this new bedroom circuit. All the smoke detectors in your house must be on the same circuit...
07-17-07, 07:05 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 9,968
Posted By itsunclebill

The 2005 NEC ©® in 300.3 (B) requires all wires...

The 2005 NEC ©® in 300.3 (B) requires all wires in a circuit to be in the same conduit or cable absent exceptions that wouldn't normally apply in residential wiring. If the circuit is divided by a...
07-16-07, 08:27 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,044
Posted By itsunclebill

Any local rules aside, running a new home run for...

Any local rules aside, running a new home run for the bedroom circuits would constitute a new circuit as far as most electrical inspectors would be concerned. The circuit is substantially changed...
07-13-07, 10:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,236
Posted By itsunclebill

For what you're attempting you'd be much better...

For what you're attempting you'd be much better off with a servo or stepper type motor. Both of these types of motor are designed to reverse almost instantly (smaller versions run the print heads...
07-09-07, 06:42 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,750
Posted By itsunclebill

Flickering lights are a symptom of a loose...

Flickering lights are a symptom of a loose connection. The short you created probably caused a marginal connection to fail. After TURNING OFF the involved circuits, check the connections on the...
07-08-07, 03:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 904
Posted By itsunclebill

Given some of the prices people were wiring...

Given some of the prices people were wiring houses for at one point this doesn't surprise me a bit as I find it once in a while in a subdivision. Even with the cheap wire of several years ago some...
07-08-07, 02:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 43,216
Posted By itsunclebill

An isolated ground is ALMOST worthless unless...

An isolated ground is ALMOST worthless unless used with a metallic wiring method. The intent is to have a ground that doesn't carry all the noise electrical conduit and other things bonded to the...
03-04-07, 07:16 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,904
Posted By itsunclebill

There's a lot of stuff here. Rant follows. ...

There's a lot of stuff here. Rant follows.

First, if at all possible this older aluminum wire should be replaced with copper. If it can't be done reasonably there are several methods of...
03-03-07, 08:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 15,179
Posted By itsunclebill

I'd spend the time to verify the polarity on the...

I'd spend the time to verify the polarity on the coils. Some motors (very few, though) will run just fine with one coil backwards - except they run half speed. The majority will either sit and hum...
03-03-07, 06:59 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 15,179
Posted By itsunclebill

The motor probably has standard wiring for a dual...

The motor probably has standard wiring for a dual voltage non reversible motor since it has only 4 leads.

Measure the resistance across each set of wires. One should be different. If it...
02-13-07, 03:54 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 42,893
Posted By itsunclebill

You need to check and see what the local rules...

You need to check and see what the local rules allow. The requirement for boring holes in the floor joists or using running boards is for unfinished basements. It is common practice to fasten to...
02-03-07, 07:36 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,290
Posted By itsunclebill

The OP asked about using standard 120 volt...

The OP asked about using standard 120 volt receptacles. 2 prong receptacles are not standard any more. The information was provided to show that it is allowed to use "standard" receptacles without...
02-03-07, 07:15 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,450
Posted By itsunclebill

How were things wired when you took them apart? ...

How were things wired when you took them apart? Do you have a meter or test light?
02-03-07, 06:47 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,450
Posted By itsunclebill

The circuit should be wired as follows: ...

The circuit should be wired as follows:

Incoming line black to GFCI line black, incoming line white to GFCI line white.

Black pigtail from one switch terminal to GFCI line black, black from...
02-03-07, 06:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,290
Posted By itsunclebill

2005 NEC®© 406.3 (D) (3) Non–grounding-Type...

2005 NEC®©
406.3 (D) (3) Non–grounding-Type Receptacles. Where grounding means does not exist in the receptacle enclosure, the installation shall comply with (D)(3)(a), (D)(3)(b), or (D)(3)(c).
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