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DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 12-30-2013, 03:38 PM
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Views: 1,048
Posted By ohmy
Yes, they are called "toners" and you can get...

Yes, they are called "toners" and you can get them at the box store. The only thing is you want to make sure the circuit is completely dead before you tone it and start from the beginning of the...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 12-11-2013, 07:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 426
Posted By ohmy
What if its a dead end 3-way? If its a 12/3 or...

What if its a dead end 3-way? If its a 12/3 or 14/3, it's most likely for a 3-way tapped in the fixture and will not have a neutral.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 12-11-2013, 07:04 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 426
Posted By ohmy
You will have to see how the circuit is wired. If...

You will have to see how the circuit is wired. If the switch is "key" which means the original electrician only sent a switch leg down to the switch from the light you cannot use it. If you have a...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 12-09-2013, 09:11 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,530
Posted By ohmy
Multi location dimmers are easy to install once...

Multi location dimmers are easy to install once you get this one concept. The blue is a signal wire not a switched wire. When you are retrofiting with multi location dimmers its easiest just to undue...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 12-09-2013, 09:02 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 600
Posted By ohmy
If you are going to go the GFI route, I recommend...

If you are going to go the GFI route, I recommend replacing all the outlets with GFI's. Otherwise, you will lose power to a whole circuit everytime a GFI trips...which can be often if your running an...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 05-01-2013, 07:57 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 15,716
Posted By ohmy
Are you going to rewire the outlets upstairs? It...

Are you going to rewire the outlets upstairs? It might be a good idea to run an extra circuit so you have room when it comes time to do the outlets.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 01-30-2013, 11:18 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,133
Posted By ohmy
You would have to do a load calculation to know...

You would have to do a load calculation to know for sure, but ya, you have 150As. Lots of multi unit buildings have main breakers that are less then the sum of the individual unit disconnects. The...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 01-30-2013, 10:11 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,103
Posted By ohmy
As long as its not blocking the panel. You need...

As long as its not blocking the panel. You need 36" in front of the electrical panel and 30" left or right of the panel for working clearance space. It appears to be fine in this pic.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 01-30-2013, 10:06 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,304
Posted By ohmy
You could make this argument about all safety...

You could make this argument about all safety laws. Seatbelts are a major inconvenience and you may never "need" one. People "get away" with drunk driving everyday but that does not mean you ought to...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 09-23-2011, 05:43 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 814
Posted By ohmy
BTW, any plans to have that panel changed? You...

BTW, any plans to have that panel changed? You may want to Google "federal pacific panel" and see what comes up. For fun you can add the words "fire" "lawsuit" "deaths" and "safe."
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 09-23-2011, 05:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 814
Posted By ohmy
Yes, you will need a new circuit for a new water...

Yes, you will need a new circuit for a new water heater even a small one. I think water heaters are sized on the number of showers. That is the biggest factor.

120V means the type of voltage....
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 09-23-2011, 05:24 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,398
Posted By ohmy
Siemens is the brand we prefer. They make a good...

Siemens is the brand we prefer. They make a good panel with copper bus bars and are a good company. Square D is also a quality panel but is a little pricey. I would steer clear of GE...IMO.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 09-23-2011, 05:21 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 899
Posted By ohmy
If the main breaker is located in the same box....

If the main breaker is located in the same box. Then no, there will still be power in the panel feeding the top of the main breaker. If the main breaker is located outside then probably yes. Most...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 09-13-2010, 01:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,385
Posted By ohmy
Sounds pretty typical for new construction. FYI,...

Sounds pretty typical for new construction. FYI, the switches don't pull any power, they just control the lights. Also, the outlets only pull as much power as you plug in. (you can overload a 20A...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 09-13-2010, 12:59 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 6,148
Posted By ohmy
Agreed. If you are making the effort this is the...

Agreed. If you are making the effort this is the way to go. A 60A sub panel generally covers most expansion.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 09-13-2010, 12:57 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 10,042
Posted By ohmy
At 9' the spread should be about 4' with 6"...

At 9' the spread should be about 4' with 6" lights. Its best to overlap alittle and when in doubt go with more light and add a dimmer.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 05-19-2010, 11:52 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,374
Posted By ohmy
There is a problem in the circuit. It needs to be...

There is a problem in the circuit. It needs to be troubleshot.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 05-19-2010, 11:51 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 972
Posted By ohmy
I like to 90 up outside and enter the building...

I like to 90 up outside and enter the building above grade. This reduces the risk of leaks in the future. Use a junction box or LB.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 05-11-2010, 10:03 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,843
Posted By ohmy
Check your smoke detectors and homeowner's policy...

Check your smoke detectors and homeowner's policy before you start ;)
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 05-11-2010, 10:01 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 11,279
Posted By ohmy
I love how she says "ripped off" when she really...

I love how she says "ripped off" when she really means don't want to pay a professional. Nothing wrong with cruising the internet for free advice when you can't afford to hire someone but don't...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 05-11-2010, 09:58 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 685
Posted By ohmy
That sound like a smart plan. Don't worry about...

That sound like a smart plan. Don't worry about running a wire big enough for the nice house. You will have plenty of grading going on when you build the new house.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 05-03-2010, 11:08 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,698
Posted By ohmy
That's great. Hiring a professional should always...

That's great. Hiring a professional should always be like that.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 04-20-2010, 07:39 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 757
Posted By ohmy
Blog Post on Dryer Plugs

Did it happen to you? Your old dryer died and you decided it was time to upgrade. Soon you had a shiny new dryer in your home, ready to go. Your savings account was a bit lighter, but your laundry...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 04-19-2010, 12:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,349
Posted By ohmy
I would recommend hiring an electrician. You...

I would recommend hiring an electrician. You don't want the thought of your home burning down hanging over your head. There are lots of DIYS projects that don't have that kind of risk.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 04-19-2010, 12:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,006
Posted By ohmy
I don't think this is an issue at all. Great idea...

I don't think this is an issue at all. Great idea IMO assuming the GD is rated for that use and your installation is up to date in all other respects as well.
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