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Verifying governor settings for generator

I recently purchased a used generator from my friend's widow. I know he made some modifications but I don't remember all the details. I know he disconnected neutral and frame bonding so the...
09-02-16, 06:50 AM
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Posted By EEsparks

Sorry, I haven't gotten pics yet. So given...

Sorry, I haven't gotten pics yet.

So given tightcoat's confirmation of gypsum plaster on gypsum lath and marksr's suggestion of durabond, would a procedure like this...
08-30-16, 09:53 PM
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Posted By EEsparks

Some are indeed along lath lines based on the...

Some are indeed along lath lines based on the spacing or around windows. Others seemed to form after leaks due to ice damming.

I'll try to get some pics up tomorrow.
08-30-16, 03:14 PM
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Posted By EEsparks

If one were to say cut a hole out of the wall...

If one were to say cut a hole out of the wall with a hole saw and then look at the "cross section view" one can see a thin layer of brown paper at the middle (3/8" from either edge) which I assume is...
08-30-16, 11:53 AM
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Posted By EEsparks

ID plaster type/repair cracks

My 1930s house has developed plaster cracks, plus I need to patch a few holes I drilled looking for leaks/mold. I'm confused about the different types of repair plaster: lime plaster, gypsum...
08-30-16, 08:24 AM
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Posted By EEsparks

Height of box on side of joist?

I finally replaced my old, rusting circuit breaker panel but am running into issues where some circuits won't even reach the new panel. The panel is surface mounted in an unfinished basement utility...
01-25-16, 08:36 AM
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Posted By EEsparks

I'd have thought they'd be cheaper than that but...

I'd have thought they'd be cheaper than that but a quick check of Home Depot shows you are right. Maybe a side effect of the new UL standard requiring integral self test.

Otherwise I see no...
12-14-15, 07:19 AM
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Posted By EEsparks

Let me first agree with most of the posts above. ...

Let me first agree with most of the posts above.

It's not code compliant to extend an existing two wire circuit. It is compliant to convert two prong outlets to three prong outlets by using...
11-03-15, 09:34 AM
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Posted By EEsparks

Thanks for the suggestion Ray. Is a single strut...

Thanks for the suggestion Ray. Is a single strut anchored only at the joist and not extending to the floor sufficient to support a box and conduit or are two struts needed?

How is the box mounted...
11-02-15, 01:28 PM
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Posted By EEsparks

Certainly not under the '11 or '14 codes. New...

Certainly not under the '11 or '14 codes. New Jersey did maintain the 2005 exemptions for "dedicated space" but I didn't find any wiggle room there.

The comment was more intended to head off any...
11-02-15, 10:20 AM
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Posted By EEsparks

Suspend outlet box from joists?

This one's a similar situation as my earlier thread: http://www.doityourself.com/forum/electrical-ac-dc/541080-outlets-unfinished-walls-columns.html

In my utility room, I'd like to add an outlet...
04-26-15, 01:18 PM
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Posted By EEsparks

After-action report: 12-2 MCap (#10 aluminum...

After-action report:

12-2 MCap (#10 aluminum bare ground): the #0 for 12-2 AC seems to be about right.
For 12-3 MC (green insulated ground), the manufacturer supplied #1's which also seems just...
04-25-15, 06:16 PM
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Posted By EEsparks

Redheads on MC cable

I know anti-short bushings (redheads) are not required on MC cable as the plastic wrap and listed MC connectors are sufficient cable protection...

That being said if I were to use them, would I...
04-07-15, 12:20 PM
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Posted By EEsparks

Possibilities: a.) the microwave is somehow...

Possibilities:
a.) the microwave is somehow defective. Doubtful but easily ruled out, move it temporarily and plug it in on another circuit. Maybe turn the fridge off if you choose that circuit....
04-07-15, 11:42 AM
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Posted By EEsparks

What else is on that circuit, appliance wise? My...

What else is on that circuit, appliance wise? My house is from 1935 so doesn't comply with current codes. One 15A breaker runs all of my countertop outlets, a dining room outlet, and all of the...
04-07-15, 11:23 AM
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Posted By EEsparks

How big of a microwave are we talking about? I...

How big of a microwave are we talking about? I mean how many watts? A 15A circuit can handle 1800 Watts max, 20A can handle 2400 Watts max. I'm assuming you're not leaving the microwave on for...
04-07-15, 11:09 AM
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Posted By EEsparks

Remember electrical company wire size standards...

Remember electrical company wire size standards (applying the NESC) are different from NEC mandated wire sizes. NEC mandates a certain service rating (100A, 150A, 200A) based on square-footage and...
04-07-15, 10:37 AM
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Posted By EEsparks

You mentioned your house was three years old, so...

You mentioned your house was three years old, so two thoughts:
1.) all romex cable made in the last 10+ years has a color coded jacket: 14 ga is white, 12 ga is yellow, 10 ga is orange, larger is...
04-06-15, 05:34 AM
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Posted By EEsparks

I've tried to use the product mentioned by AFJES,...

I've tried to use the product mentioned by AFJES, and have had much better luck with the Arlington extenders which can be adjusted to any depth and essentially provide their own plaster ears to mount...
04-01-15, 07:24 AM
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Posted By EEsparks

Well if it's a plastic box and there's no device...

Well if it's a plastic box and there's no device (receptacle or switch) or other cable in the box, you can leave the ground hanging. If you have two cables and a switch, the ground wires need to be...
03-25-15, 03:38 PM
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Posted By EEsparks

I agree. The circuit the OP is describing is an...

I agree. The circuit the OP is describing is an Article 215 feeder. Supporting requirements for SE cable are the same as for NM (338.10(A)(4) refers to part II of Art. 334).
03-25-15, 01:41 PM
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Posted By EEsparks

Cut hole in the wall, drill through the sole...

Cut hole in the wall, drill through the sole plate or through the top plate (from above or below as needed), drop wire or fish tape through.

Heck there are even retro-fit outlet kits that can be...
03-25-15, 01:23 PM
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Posted By EEsparks

There's two sets of standards for work being done...

There's two sets of standards for work being done under the NEC: work in new construction ("new work") and renovation/retrofit work done in existing structures after wall finishes (e.g. drywall,...
03-23-15, 09:23 AM
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Posted By EEsparks

The ceiling in that part of the basement is...

The ceiling in that part of the basement is finished, but the lower stud bays are accessible (mold remediation). Also, the stone foundation walls are about a foot thick putting the rim joist about a...
03-23-15, 08:38 AM
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Posted By EEsparks

Madison clips are an option (I may have to double...

Madison clips are an option (I may have to double them up to deal with the wall thickness), but since the stud is right there, I'd prefer an option that lets me use it.


Hmm maybe I can bolt a...
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