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01-23-11, 07:17 PM
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Posted By xbpr

Well, I finally had an opportunity to dig into...

Well, I finally had an opportunity to dig into this a little more and the can lights I have definitely don't have the screws, so I went to Home Depot to look at them and it looks like only the larger...
01-17-11, 05:05 PM
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Views: 1,560
Posted By xbpr

Excellent. Thanks for the image. I don't have...

Excellent. Thanks for the image. I don't have much time to dig back into this before the weekend, but I have something to look forward to trying now.
01-16-11, 07:26 PM
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Views: 1,560
Posted By xbpr

I'm not certain. Here is why I suspect the...

I'm not certain.

Here is why I suspect the can light:

The one working outlet is furthest from the electrical panel and only has one cable entering the box. The only other box in the room is the...
01-16-11, 05:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,560
Posted By xbpr

That is what I was afraid of. The connections at...

That is what I was afraid of. The connections at the first non-working receptacle are fine. I suspect that this wire is run to a can light in the ceiling which means that I'll be breaking into...
01-16-11, 05:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,560
Posted By xbpr

2 of 3 electrical outlets on circuit died

I'm trying to diagnose a problem with 2 electrical outlets and one switched light in a crawl space are no longer working. The other outlet and ceiling lights that are on the same circuit are all...
Forum: Water Heaters
12-20-07, 05:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,062
Posted By xbpr

I wondered if the thermostat got fried as well? ...

I wondered if the thermostat got fried as well?

I'm going to have to dig out my meter and see if I can get a reading on the lower element.

The ratings of the elements are stamped on them (lower...
Forum: Water Heaters
12-19-07, 08:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,062
Posted By xbpr

I haven't had an opportunity to get back to this...

I haven't had an opportunity to get back to this until now and I have some new information.

I assumed the lower element was 4500 W because the label on the tank says 4500 W / 240 V and underneath...
Forum: Water Heaters
12-03-07, 05:12 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,062
Posted By xbpr

I'm just going to get the upper replaced with a...

I'm just going to get the upper replaced with a 4500W element so they are both to spec.

As for the difference in temp, the owners manual strongly recommended that the t-stats be set at 120, but if...
Forum: Water Heaters
12-02-07, 02:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,062
Posted By xbpr

New electric hot water heater, not a lot of hot water

Long story short.

Replaced old 50 gal electric hot water heater.
No hot water.
Power was turned on before tank was full and upper element fried.
Had upper element replaced.
Found out new upper...
10-30-06, 08:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,291
Posted By xbpr

Actually, both contractors offer duct cleaning...

Actually, both contractors offer duct cleaning service.

We currently don't have issues with soot or smell in the main living area (the basement and under the porch where the tank is have some...
10-30-06, 06:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,291
Posted By xbpr

Duct cleaning required during switch from oil to natural gas?

We are in the process of getting quotes for upgrading our oil furnace to natural gas. We are told by one company that it is mandatory to have the ducts cleaned due to smell and soot. The other...
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Views: 4,010
Posted By xbpr

That would be great if that were the case. ...

That would be great if that were the case.

I just figured that when they installed the NID they just used the old wire to avoid having to feed a new one through the wall.

I will need to call...
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Views: 4,010
Posted By xbpr

NID Wiring and Old Demarc

The line from my NID into the house is shorting out and I need to replace it. I've searched the forums and I think I found my answer, but I wanted to double check.

My current setup has a NID on...
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Views: 3,985
Posted By xbpr

Thanks for the reply. All that I meant by the 4...

Thanks for the reply. All that I meant by the 4 wire junction box was that it was a standard junction block that has 2 terminals for each of the 4 colored wires (red, green, yellow, black). It also...
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Views: 3,985
Posted By xbpr

Demarcation Jack , Junction Box & Adding Jack

I want to add a phone jack to my newly converted office.

There is a NID on the outside wall. It is connected by a pair of heavy guage black wires connected to two posts on a black block...
01-22-06, 09:28 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,078
Posted By xbpr

I've finally gotten back to this project (it has...

I've finally gotten back to this project (it has been low on the priority scale).

I did test between the red wire and the conduit and it is grounded.

So if I'm understanding properly, this...
01-08-06, 08:15 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,078
Posted By xbpr

I finally got a chance to test the wires...

I finally got a chance to test the wires underneath the sink and they are definitely controlled by the switch. Good news.

Now, is there a way to tell if the conduit is grounded properly?...
01-05-06, 11:31 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,078
Posted By xbpr

Thanks for the feedback. I decided that it...

Thanks for the feedback.

I decided that it was time to learn more about electrical systems so I purchased the Home Depot Wiring 1-2-3 book and was just reading about the switch loop. I kind of...
01-05-06, 11:28 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,193
Posted By xbpr

That is what I was afraid of. I'm sure that there...

That is what I was afraid of. I'm sure that there are plenty of other code violations in the house to go along with it.

I don't think that those circuits are GFCI protected. It would probably be...
01-04-06, 09:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,078
Posted By xbpr

I found the breaker that controlled the switch...

I found the breaker that controlled the switch and shut it down. I pulled out the switch and it has one black wire and one white wire pushed through the back and a ground wire that is clipped to the...
01-04-06, 09:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,193
Posted By xbpr

Well, I had a little time to check into this...

Well, I had a little time to check into this tonight.

In this particular room, there are 4 recepticals, 2 of which are "grounded" to of which are not.

Anyway, the two that are grounded appear...
01-02-06, 09:35 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,193
Posted By xbpr

Our old house has a mixture of grounded and...

Our old house has a mixture of grounded and ungrounded recepticals. I used one of those three light plug testers and it indicated that all of the 3 prong recepticals were grounded. Is it safe to...
01-02-06, 09:01 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,078
Posted By xbpr

Thanks for the prompt responses. As far as I...

Thanks for the prompt responses.

As far as I know, I didn't short the tester lead to anything, but I could be mistaken. I should have taken the switch out of the wall first.

As for the wires...
01-02-06, 08:21 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,078
Posted By xbpr

Testing a switch results in arc

We have just purchased a "new" old house and there is a switch by the sink that doesn't seem to control anything. There are also two wires in a metal conduit hanging under the sink which I'm assuming...
12-26-05, 09:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 974
Posted By xbpr

What if the brick has paint? Brian

What if the brick has paint?

Brian
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