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DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 02-04-2010, 06:16 AM
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Views: 1,971
Posted By locknut
You're making the project more difficult than it...

You're making the project more difficult than it really is. When I've had to match colors I simply obtained small amounts of varnishes, stains, etc. that I judged were close and applied them to...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 01-29-2010, 02:27 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,104
Posted By locknut
Dittos. A mere 15a line in a kitchen,...

Dittos. A mere 15a line in a kitchen, particularly with a MW oven is not up to code and is dangerous and antiquated.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 01-29-2010, 05:19 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,104
Posted By locknut
It's likely that after spreading your loads over...

It's likely that after spreading your loads over the new panel, there'll be less near-overloading on the branches. It's a big job to replace all your wiring, but wherever practicable, it should be...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 01-27-2010, 05:23 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,158
Posted By locknut
Don't see a problem in running your Romex as...

Don't see a problem in running your Romex as described. I have used combination devices such as you have and have installed them in recent times. Why would you question its safety? There's one in...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 01-23-2010, 05:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,077
Posted By locknut
Regardless of the math, I have yet to hear any...

Regardless of the math, I have yet to hear any complaints of false ringing from any of my installations. None of them are in isolated areas; there is plenty of electronic activity around where I've...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 01-22-2010, 02:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,280
Posted By locknut
Assuming all's well with you electrical wiring, I...

Assuming all's well with you electrical wiring, I do not see a problem. I have in the past added outlets and switches in older houses. Hopefully, you'll mount the boxes securely into any existing...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 01-22-2010, 01:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,077
Posted By locknut
I've had success with wireless doorbells. ...

I've had success with wireless doorbells. However, for your instance I would buy a system that is a cut or two above the basic ones such as you'll find in Home Depot, etc. They all are coded much...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 01-03-2010, 05:41 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,598
Posted By locknut
It is likely that the main breaker failed, i.e.,...

It is likely that the main breaker failed, i.e., one pole has. Have you tried excercising the breaker several times? Can you temporarily bridge the dead side with a jumper to ascertain that the...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 12-03-2009, 05:59 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,474
Posted By locknut
bluestorm: My only inclination would be to try...

bluestorm: My only inclination would be to try another regulator. You might also google search to find a regulated AC supply just for the computer; they are available.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 11-02-2009, 05:21 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 23,424
Posted By locknut
jkirby65: If your switches are the old type with...

jkirby65: If your switches are the old type with two PBs that I'm familiar with, you may find them at a flea market or ask some electrical dealers if they have any old (archaic) stock. They'd love...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 11-02-2009, 05:02 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 613
Posted By locknut
Do not understand what you're asking. Is the...

Do not understand what you're asking. Is the heater working properly on the line it's now connected to? Describe what the other wiring is and what used for.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 10-23-2009, 05:42 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,959
Posted By locknut
djosephs: Start from scratch. Separate the...

djosephs: Start from scratch. Separate the problems. Establish that there is 120v at each heater before connecting. When wire insulation melts there's an unsafe overheating problem. Are the...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 09-14-2009, 05:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,521
Posted By locknut
Daffypuck: There's nothing more frustrating than...

Daffypuck: There's nothing more frustrating than a fl. fixture that's doing what you describe. These fixtures usually work in lamp pairs. It's possible that two of the bulbs are bad. You can try...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 09-08-2009, 04:40 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 863
Posted By locknut
Leelan: I can't be fully definitive on your...

Leelan: I can't be fully definitive on your problem, but I had a similar one. A garden waterpump would not work on the outlet served through a GFCI, but worked normally from a nonGCFI outlet. I...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 09-06-2009, 04:59 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 5,471
Posted By locknut
vectorg: Volts X Amps =Watts

vectorg: Volts X Amps =Watts
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 09-04-2009, 05:55 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,218
Posted By locknut
Rehdarh: There's nothing wrong in tying into the...

Rehdarh: There's nothing wrong in tying into the line below. Just follow sensible, safe practices as I suppose your tutorials dictate. This sort of outlet extending is as commonplace as popcorn. ...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 09-04-2009, 05:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 5,471
Posted By locknut
Since it clearly states "Do not exceed 16volts"...

Since it clearly states "Do not exceed 16volts" assumedly it's nominally a 12volt setup. On the 50V scale, 1/3 scale is about 16volts and that's OK (under load that value will drop somewhat). Since...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 09-03-2009, 05:55 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 5,471
Posted By locknut
Gordon: If power is at sign box, measure for...

Gordon: If power is at sign box, measure for voltage at each connection along its way. If it was present, the other three lamps would still light. I doubt that the lamps are series wired --...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 09-01-2009, 04:40 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,028
Posted By locknut
Have you first checked the breaker at the panel?...

Have you first checked the breaker at the panel? All troubleshooting starts there.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 08-31-2009, 05:00 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 707
Posted By locknut
cibula11: If you've added circuits before, I...

cibula11: If you've added circuits before, I don't see why you can't wire the rooms. There's not that much involved. What is involved: a number of outlets, an exhaust fan (maybe), some lighting,...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 08-25-2009, 04:48 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,199
Posted By locknut
scootr65: Here's what I'd try. From the...

scootr65: Here's what I'd try.
From the receiver:
Red and a White to the fan lamp.
A Black to the Black (hot) in the ceiling box
A Black to the Black to the fan
A White to the White to the...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 08-22-2009, 05:43 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,643
Posted By locknut
Shot in the dark

Sitting here, it's near impossible to know your situation. But I'll try anyhow. If at the switchbox you have three BLACK wires, it's likely one of them is the HOT feed wire and another likely goes...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 08-18-2009, 05:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 925
Posted By locknut
Not sure what the above means. The water...

Not sure what the above means. The water analogy, however, is a good one. A water valve is also a switch.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 08-18-2009, 04:54 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,392
Posted By locknut
I know of no code requirement for running the...

I know of no code requirement for running the cabling thru the joists. I've seen long runs above the joists; others that pased thru every other joist; yet others that passed thru every joist.
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DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 08-16-2009, 06:20 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,358
Posted By locknut
Don't make it more complicated than it really is....

Don't make it more complicated than it really is. Have the wallbox grounded via the feed cable ground wire, have the fixture grounded via its ground wire. If the attachment studs are too long, cut...
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