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08-31-07, 04:21 AM
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subpanel

I'd wire the detached garage the same as any feed out of the main panel. That is: running the two hots/neutral along with a ground wire from the main panel to the subpanel.
08-25-07, 05:14 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 6,780
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Old Style Switching

The "California" way of 3-way switching reminded me of an old "Electric Wiring" book by Albert A. Schuler first published in 1924. I have the 1936 revision. The book describes all sorts of 3- and...
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antenna removal

I removed the same on a 87 Olds. Yours may be similar. If I remember right I removed a number of fasteners holding the wheel well shroud enough for access under the antenna. There were one or two...
08-22-07, 11:01 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,289
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neutral splices

The neutrals spliced via wire nuts (and sometimes I've seen them soldered) are not likely to separate since they are twisted and they should be readily accessible if they would. In the bus bar, the...
08-22-07, 10:45 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,078
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cable grounds

I'm not wholly sure of your situation, but it seems that the excess Romex ground wires could be fastened under one of the connector screws or wrapped around the cable entering the connector clamp...
08-22-07, 10:22 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 47,253
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hi voltage

When I install my standby generator I plan to rig up a variable load to ascertain that the voltage does not exceed 124V before applying into the system. That level is what the power company supplies...
08-22-07, 10:02 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,114
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two chimes

I bought 2 Edwards SL-6150RX chimes at HD. The switch and both chimes are set to the same code. Works fine.
08-17-07, 01:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,122
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phantom juice

Long ago I learned to use no more than a simple 1Kohm/V meter on power circuits. But the best tester in troubleshooting here is an incadescent lamp. I have in the past measured full line voltage...
08-17-07, 12:57 PM
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Views: 1,783
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14AWG is passe nowadays

And back in 1964 they scoffed and laughed at me for wiring a friend's house (outlets) with all 12 AWG. They still do when I install outlets in most rooms every 4ft. or so (some with dual duplex...
12-24-06, 05:02 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 945
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wire size

You may use either size. On lighting as you've described 14-2 is adequate as long as the load is less than 15a. But if you care to use 12-2, you should still use a 15a CB.
12-13-06, 05:00 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 956
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interference

I don't think this is a particular problem. Yes, ideally it'd be desirable to have total circuit isolation. However, modern electronic devices have adequate to near-perfect line filtering circuits...
12-13-06, 04:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,081
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dimming source

You make a valid point of a possible fault in the power entering your service. First, has any other house in your immediate area experienced the same problem? Have you connected a voltmeter at the...
11-27-06, 04:30 AM
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Views: 12,533
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pilot lite

Had a similar situation and used a neon lamp assembly that was mounted thru the switchplate (1/4" hole) and connected fron the switched side of the line to box ground.
11-08-06, 04:40 AM
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heater hum

No harm in checking the current draw, but I have also noticed a hum on some high-current appliances. I've notice hum on electic toasters and broilers, etc. It seems that with high currents passing...
11-08-06, 04:31 AM
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"LV" wires

Speaker wires ordinarily are not shielded since they are in a relatively low impedance circuit, typically 4, 8, 16 ohms. Hence they are fairly immune to stray pickup.
11-04-06, 03:58 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,181
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outlet spacing

ramiron: Why concern yourself with some impersonal standard? Some time ago, I wired a relatives house. We anticipated outlet locations, sensing what will be going on for the future. If we'd used...
11-01-06, 04:16 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,272
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hot fixture

If as you say there is a lot of heat generated even with a 60w bulb, then for some reason the fixture does a poor job in dissipating heat. If you have not already changed the fixture, try a cooler...
10-31-06, 03:32 AM
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Views: 9,807
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screw extracting tool

There are tools known as "Easy Outs," obtainable at HD, auto parts stores, etc. They come in a range of sizes. After drilling a hole in the face of the screw, the easyout is inserted, gripping the...
10-27-06, 03:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 968
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Wiremold Co., etc.

Willl: Check your electrical supplyhouse for their products. I have used Wiremold strips for along-the-wall interconnections for both power and audio wiring. It's been a while, but it was available...
10-25-06, 04:56 AM
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Views: 28,187
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heat-anticipator adjustment

As a basic procedure: Adjust the heat-anticipator lever one calibration mark closer to the "LONGER" setting if the furnace turns off and on too frequently. If the furnace allows room temperature to...
10-22-06, 04:36 AM
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Views: 936
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lighting choices

I have a similar size clubroom in which are installed three 4-lamp fluorescent fixtures in my dropped ceiling, each on its own switch. If you're alluding to RFI on your TVs, I haven't noticed any in...
10-20-06, 04:29 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,275
Posted By volts

Ironing power source

Kriss: You'd also better make sure the source you're tapping into has the capacity to handle the added power the iron will need (usually around 10amps).
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Views: 7,413
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zapped

I tend to believe that the lightning entered via the power line, to which all were connected. What areas of the TVs fried? (Probably thje power supplies.) I doubt that lightning would enter the...
09-28-06, 04:43 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,114
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vom usage

If its the older type vom, i.e., non-digital readout, always adjust the ZERO control for zero on the meter with test prods shorted together.
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Views: 789
Posted By volts

connections

Like the song: "There's nothing like a dame," likewise there is nothing like a solder joint. The point is -if I can solder at all, I will.
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