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02-05-11, 01:18 PM
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Well I took it out a 3rd time, again the other...

Well I took it out a 3rd time, again the other outlet worked while I had the GFCI dangling by the wires out of the box, but this time I decided to leave the power on as I carefully put the switch and...
02-03-11, 08:18 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,256
Posted By aabsc

There is also a switch in that box thats why...

There is also a switch in that box thats why theres a marrette, i will likely remove the switch anyway. If the problem isn't in the marrette than I assume it can only be a faulty GFCI?
02-03-11, 06:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,256
Posted By aabsc

I'm not using the clamps, the wires are...

I'm not using the clamps, the wires are "u-turned" around the outside screws. So is the GFCI receptacle likely bad? Again I'll check the connections in the marrette which is the only thing I haven't...
02-03-11, 01:20 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 835
Posted By aabsc

I just realized, it would be worth calling your...

I just realized, it would be worth calling your power company, if the problem is in the transformer as I suspect it is their responsibility and they will fix it for free.
02-03-11, 12:20 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 835
Posted By aabsc

Sounds like an overvoltage to me, are your...

Sounds like an overvoltage to me, are your neighbors having similar problems?

I'll let others more likely to know the precise cause answer but I'm curious to know the cause. I'm thinking perhaps a...
02-03-11, 12:09 AM
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Views: 2,256
Posted By aabsc

I un/re installed it 2 more times, again it works...

I un/re installed it 2 more times, again it works out of the box, but not in the box, I also removed the box and tested the wire with a multi meter while jiggling it, it's fine. Also now jiggling the...
02-02-11, 11:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,256
Posted By aabsc

2nd outlet connected to GFCI not working properly

The electrician finally made the kitchen counter outlets to code (which I had to explain him how to do and he tried insisting doing it "his way" which is not to code).

He ran a new 20 amp line for...
01-30-11, 11:33 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 7,595
Posted By aabsc

I've tested 15 amp breakers with 3000 watts on...

I've tested 15 amp breakers with 3000 watts on them (25 amps) for about 2 minutes before I stopped the test as I got too worried of overheating the wires (the breaker never tripped). Then I read a...
01-29-11, 11:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 7,595
Posted By aabsc

Can a fridge and water cooler be on the same outlet? What if it's split?

Can a fridge and water cooler be on the same outlet (both on full power are quite less than 15 amps)? What if it's a split receptacle so each is on their own circuit?

Thanks
01-26-11, 01:55 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,744
Posted By aabsc

Doesn't the same transformer feed several houses?

Doesn't the same transformer feed several houses?
01-25-11, 10:56 PM
01-25-11, 05:13 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,744
Posted By aabsc

If I'm not mistaken I believe my UPS and...

If I'm not mistaken I believe my UPS and multimeters used to read 118 volts, now it reads 120-121 volts.

And yes, we have copper piping
01-25-11, 03:12 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,744
Posted By aabsc

I have a slightly related question. For years our...

I have a slightly related question. For years our neutral connector from the power company to the house was completely broken off and was just recently fixed.

Why did we never notice any problem...
01-25-11, 02:59 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,877
Posted By aabsc

Well the dryer is digital so all the buttons...

Well the dryer is digital so all the buttons operate at probably 1-5 volts (it's not like mechanical timer ones where there's 240 volts millimeters behind the control panel), and it's in a basement...
01-25-11, 10:33 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,744
Posted By aabsc

I'm not an expert, but there are 2 hots and a...

I'm not an expert, but there are 2 hots and a neutral, between either hot and the neutral is 120 volts, between both hots is 240 volts. I think the neutral goes back to the power plant.

The...
01-25-11, 10:27 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,232
Posted By aabsc

Any such thing as a GFCI outlet for a 14/3 circuit?

Is there any such thing as a GFCI split receptacle for a 14/3 circuit? If not I think it will be cheaper to re-run 12/2 wire to the kitchen and use a $10 GFCI outlet than put a $300 GFCI breaker in...
01-25-11, 10:24 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 16,675
Posted By aabsc

Would it not cost less to just replace the 14/3...

Would it not cost less to just replace the 14/3 wire with two 12/2 wires (allowing a $10 GFCI outlet rather than a $300 GFCI breaker) and also allowing each circuit to feed only 2 outlets?

Also I...
01-24-11, 04:45 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 16,675
Posted By aabsc

It was my parents and/or contractor's decision to...

It was my parents and/or contractor's decision to do it without permits. The work isn't all done yet, is it too late to get permits, would it cost something, and won't it increase the value of the...
01-24-11, 04:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,877
Posted By aabsc

So why is it that 120V appliances need GFCI but...

So why is it that 120V appliances need GFCI but not potentially more dangerous 240V appliances? Seems a bit weird.
01-24-11, 01:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,877
Posted By aabsc

They are in the same room, only separated by a...

They are in the same room, only separated by a small separator wall, you could probably touch the washing machine from inside the shower by leaning near the edge of the wall and getting your arm...
01-24-11, 11:33 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,877
Posted By aabsc

Does a dryer next to a shower need a GFCI?

We redid the downstairs bathroom and there's a shower, a small wall, and right behind the wall a washer/dryer. Like this:
[Shower]|[Dryer]

Where | is the small wall separating both.

Do either...
01-24-11, 11:29 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,584
Posted By aabsc

I'm just curious, when you say 4 wire does that...

I'm just curious, when you say 4 wire does that include ground? We just got a new dryer and it has 4 wires if I count the ground (hot, hot, neutral, ground). Are there new ones with 4 wires plus...
01-24-11, 11:26 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,067
Posted By aabsc

Do you need to plug the ground cable on something like a motion sensor if...

Do you need to plug the ground cable on something like a motion sensor if it's going to be grounded anyway by contact of the motion sensor's case through the screw to the grounded wall box?

I...
01-24-11, 11:12 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 16,675
Posted By aabsc

I thought of a possible solution to the kitchen...

I thought of a possible solution to the kitchen outlet problem to fix both the 2 outlets per circuit limit and GFCI issue.

Would it be ok to split the 14/3 in a way that 2 outlets are fed from the...
01-24-11, 10:36 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 16,675
Posted By aabsc

The same electrician is back for the top level...

The same electrician is back for the top level kitchen, I wasn't too happy about that but for now he's only wiring pot lights in the ceiling where there's not much he can do wrong anyway.

For the...
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