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Aura Exterior: Mildew differences between finishes?

We're planning to use Benjamin Moore Aura Exterior paint on our house. Because of the extreme nature of the house, labor will dwarf the incremental materials cost between a mid-range and high-end...
09-21-08, 09:26 PM
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Thanks for checking! The Maestro dimmers...

Thanks for checking!

The Maestro dimmers don't take a neutral... just a hot IN/OUT, so I would think it would be OK to use a standard motion detector with just a hot IN/OUT (no neutral) as well,...
09-21-08, 09:13 PM
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FYI, I contacted Lutron directly to ask them...

FYI, I contacted Lutron directly to ask them about my idea and they wrote back to let me know that it is fully supported with their Maestro electronic dimmer.

In fact, they even sent me a PDF full...
09-20-08, 07:28 PM
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Question Connect motion sensor upstream of dimmer?

I currently have incandescent can lights controlled by a 600W Lutron Maestro dimmer (http://www.lutron.com/maestro/). The actual load this dimmer is controlling is 100W.

I am wondering if I can...
09-13-08, 11:22 AM
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Question Converting a half-switched receptacle to be always-on

I want to convert a half-switched receptacle to an always-on receptacle. I don't want to use a switch guard. Only half of one receptacle is controlled by this switch (I know what's controlled by...
08-16-08, 07:20 PM
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I know what's on every circuit in my house,...

I know what's on every circuit in my house, because I fully mapped them out shortly after I moved in.

Thanks for the info, I will probably move forward with this design unless anyone has any...
08-16-08, 01:28 PM
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Extending circuit into second room

We have two rooms which share a wall: an office and a bedroom.

In the office, because of the large amount of equipment we are using, we are just about maxing out the 15A circuit which services the...
07-03-08, 01:57 PM
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Question Can I use MLV dimmers for incandescent and halogen fixtures?

I placed an online order for some Lutron Maestro 600W incandescent dimmers. (see...
06-06-08, 04:41 PM
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Power strip attached to step-down voltage converter

I'm leaving for China in a few days and I have a number of small electronics I need to charge while I'm there.

Total load = ~75W.

I have a 85W travel converter I'll be bringing.

Is there any...
02-25-08, 06:04 PM
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Question How is a car power receptacle grounded?

My car (a 2005 Ford Escape Hybrid) has a standard 120V 3-prong power receptacle integrated as part of the dashboard. It's marked with a maximum draw of 8 amps.

There's no GFCI protection or...
01-04-08, 05:22 PM
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That's what I ended up doing, just using the...

That's what I ended up doing, just using the black #12.
01-04-08, 03:20 PM
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I was looking through another drawer and found a...

I was looking through another drawer and found a short length of black #12.

I'm assuming it's OK to go ahead and use this as a pigtail on a 15-amp circuit in which the rest of the wires are #14?
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01-04-08, 03:07 PM
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Marking a white wire as hot?

I know I've read that in some circumstances you can mark a white wire as hot.

I'm in a situation where I need to create a couple of pigtails and I'm out of 14AWG black wire. I do have quite a...
01-02-08, 07:55 PM
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Thanks, this is the information I was looking...

Thanks, this is the information I was looking for. I used the tester and the power is still on, so the receptacle is likely not protected.

I'm going to go ahead and replace the receptacle with a...
01-02-08, 07:35 PM
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Question Testing for GFCI protection with a GFCI tester

I want to determine whether a particular receptacle is downstream of a GFCI (and, thus, protected.)

I have one of those red GFCI testers that tests to see if a GFCI correctly trips when you push a...
09-20-07, 11:42 PM
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Question Convert light switch to always on

Quick question:

I have a light switch which controls the power to outdoor lights controlled by an outdoors motion detector.

The light switch is one of a 4-gang box next to the front door and a...
09-16-07, 10:23 PM
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One issue is that not all push-ins are rated for...

One issue is that not all push-ins are rated for all common types of stranded wire. For instance, the Ideal In-Sure connectors support a much narrower set of stranded wire sizes/types vs. solid.
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09-16-07, 10:17 PM
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Question Lutron Maestro ELV: Aluminum wire?

Tonight I swapped out a Lutron SPSELV-600 dimmer (which was worn out) with a similar Lutron MIRELV-600 dimmer. The new dimmer works great.

The question I have, just out of curiosity. On both the...
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Question Low Lustre vs. Flat

This is probably a stupid question, but I couldn't find the answer via searching unfortunately.

We're looking to paint our house and are considering Benjamin Moore MoorGard and MoorLife paints.
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08-27-07, 11:43 PM
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Electronic Low Voltage lighting systems

I was replacing a dimmer tonight and found when opening the box that the dimmer is actually a dimmer designed to control an Electronic Low Voltage lighting system. (Whoops, I guess I'll be making an...
08-08-07, 09:06 PM
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Posted By jensenh

Thumbs up Thanks for the help!

I just wanted to take a second to thank all of you who spent time helping me with my questions on this project.

Last weekend, I finished replacing around 80 receptacles and 10 GFCIs, using...
08-08-07, 05:53 PM
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Question Fire sprinkler system pump saga: No Water For Us

Hi everyone,

We recently purchased a house that was built in 1999. Because of our house's location, the city required it to have a full residential sprinkler system.

There's a mechanical room...
08-06-07, 10:48 AM
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Posted By jensenh

Is see. Is this required? What condition is...

Is see. Is this required? What condition is this designed to prevent?

In reading, it seems like this might be a best practice in case the two circuits end up on the same leg and a downstream...
08-05-07, 05:32 PM
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Posted By jensenh

Thanks. I replaced them, rewiring as before and...

Thanks. I replaced them, rewiring as before and everything appears to work.

I redid the pigtails because whomever originally installed them used #14 wire to pigtail (even though all of the...
08-05-07, 03:43 PM
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Posted By jensenh

I measured between the two hot wires coming out...

I measured between the two hot wires coming out of the 12-3 cable (the red one and the black one) and it reads 240 volts.

Are those the two hot wires I should be measuring the voltage between?
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