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10-09-09, 04:28 PM
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Smart meters (i.e., solid state digital meters)...

Smart meters (i.e., solid state digital meters) often have the option of metering Kvah instead of kwh. I believe Centerpoint does some of this. Beyond them, I don't think anyone else does ( although...
09-20-09, 08:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 14,633
Posted By WFOWFO

No meter should meter it's own consumption. ...

No meter should meter it's own consumption.

Actually, all induction disk meters can suffer from a phenomenon known as creep, where the meter continues to turn (albeit very slowly) with no load on...
08-30-09, 07:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 835
Posted By WFOWFO

At our POCO we call them pal taps and they are...

At our POCO we call them pal taps and they are crimped shut with a crimper that must have the correct die size. They are good for connecting dissimilar metals like aluminum and copper.
08-30-09, 07:42 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,453
Posted By WFOWFO

A loose connection with minor arcing causing RF...

A loose connection with minor arcing causing RF noise? Check all connections.
08-17-09, 04:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 4,027
Posted By WFOWFO

A new wrinkle to this particular technology. It...

A new wrinkle to this particular technology.
It turns out these capacitive devices are playing havoc with a certain type of remote meter reading technology. The meter still registers accurately, but...
08-12-09, 06:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 851
Posted By WFOWFO

I did not know this. What is the electrical...

I did not know this. What is the electrical theory about not having different size grounds under the same screw?
08-09-09, 07:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 931
Posted By WFOWFO

No to be too low-brow about this, but the last...

No to be too low-brow about this, but the last few cases of non-functioning A/C units we've had here (Texas) were fireants clogging up the contactor. The little beggars love electricity.
A couple of...
07-26-09, 05:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 847
Posted By WFOWFO

I've used both for decades and never had a...

I've used both for decades and never had a problem with electrical or water. I do always use primer.
07-20-09, 08:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,648
Posted By WFOWFO

It's been 30 years since I had motor theory, but...

It's been 30 years since I had motor theory, but I don't think you'll have both a start winding AND a capacitor. I would think it would be either/or.

...on the other hand, I've drunk a few beers...
07-20-09, 08:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,000
Posted By WFOWFO

Total and utter B.S.! Find a new electrician....

Total and utter B.S.!
Find a new electrician. One with ethics. There are plenty out there.
07-20-09, 07:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,048
Posted By WFOWFO

I put an ohmmeter across the carcass of a...

I put an ohmmeter across the carcass of a recently fried bird and the resistance was quite high. Of course, he was considerably drier at that point in time (having been exposed to the arc-equivalent...
07-19-09, 11:15 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,420
Posted By WFOWFO

Metal building....to vent or not to vent

I am building a two story metal building that will be completely filled inside with a stick frame home.
The metal building has vinyl-backed insulation, but has no venting of any sort. Once the stick...
07-12-09, 04:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,134
Posted By WFOWFO

I think there are only about two species of birds...

I think there are only about two species of birds in the USA that are not under some sort of protection.
Better think of something besides poison.
07-12-09, 04:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 868
Posted By WFOWFO

Wasn't implying anything. Just throwing out a...

Wasn't implying anything. Just throwing out a couple of things that some people don't think about or know about (like the POCO cooperating with the county on the septic field). I apologize if it read...
07-05-09, 05:32 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 780
Posted By WFOWFO

Directional register limitations

Is there a rule of thumb for how far a directional register can be expected to reasonably distribute air?
The problem revolves around a duct that, because of framing issues, must be pointed down. It...
07-03-09, 07:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 941
Posted By WFOWFO

Assuming the shed will be closed up to prevent...

Assuming the shed will be closed up to prevent your bandsaw and drill press from walking off, be prepared for that freezer to add significantly to your electric bill. Enclosed fridges and freezers...
06-30-09, 06:19 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 958
Posted By WFOWFO

Mine likes to wash kitchen appliances under the...

Mine likes to wash kitchen appliances under the faucet with them plugged in.

Wanna trade?
06-28-09, 10:28 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,582
Posted By WFOWFO

For quick math, just average them times 240. ...

For quick math, just average them times 240.



They would be the same if you were pulling a 240 volt load, but you have multiple 120v loads to neutral. On the example above, Ironhand should have...
06-28-09, 09:42 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,582
Posted By WFOWFO

I think you just doubled yours. Try 1.17 X 240!

I think you just doubled yours. Try 1.17 X 240!
06-28-09, 09:38 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,582
Posted By WFOWFO

The POCO I work at has a system residential...

The POCO I work at has a system residential average of roughly 1200 kwh per month, so I'd say you're doing pretty good.
You're definitely not helping to send my kids to college :D
06-25-09, 05:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 868
Posted By WFOWFO

Utilities are not allowed to hook up new or...

Utilities are not allowed to hook up new or existing services if the services are not up to code. This can also include any of your wiring that they can see whether it's on your side of the meter or...
06-21-09, 07:47 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,186
Posted By WFOWFO

I probably ought to be fair and say "our" POCO...

I probably ought to be fair and say "our" POCO has monitoring devices....I don't want to infer that they all do (although I suspect most would).

A thought that just came to mind is switched...
06-21-09, 07:36 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 35,384
Posted By WFOWFO

You will not save any money. You are billed for...

You will not save any money. You are billed for kilowatt hour usage and that usage will not change with your power factor other than the possibility of minuscule line losses. Even that is debatable...
06-19-09, 08:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,404
Posted By WFOWFO

It appears the available ports are for the POCO...

It appears the available ports are for the POCO meter department, both for programming (display features, scrolling speeds, etc.) and for calibration verification; not for the consumer. From what I...
06-19-09, 08:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,186
Posted By WFOWFO

If the spikes are infrequent, how did they (the...

If the spikes are infrequent, how did they (the POCO) confirm that they were not their problem? Did it do it while they were there? It's hard to fix if it ain't doing it while you're there.:rolleyes:...
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