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DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 01-05-2014, 10:11 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,359
Posted By Parrothead
That won't work in the US. European 220v is...

That won't work in the US. European 220v is essentially like our 120 in that it uses 1hot and 1neutral. A US 240 uses 2hots. Not the same.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 03-02-2013, 08:30 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,437
Posted By Parrothead
Pretty sure Joe nailed it. I am thinking the...

Pretty sure Joe nailed it. I am thinking the electrician screwed it up. If you need to get a different electrician, then have him send the bill to the first one. He should never have left the house...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 12-25-2012, 12:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,637
Posted By Parrothead
FWIW, you can not use a plastic box with BX or MC...

FWIW, you can not use a plastic box with BX or MC cable. You must use a metal box with the proper fittings.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 12-20-2012, 12:08 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,201
Posted By Parrothead
I don't know how it is where you are, but around...

I don't know how it is where you are, but around here landlords can not legally do their own work on rentals. They MUST hire out to licensed contractors. Don't let your landlord touch it; he doesn't...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 12-19-2012, 11:53 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,775
Posted By Parrothead
As long as you are digging a trench and burying a...

As long as you are digging a trench and burying a conduit, throw a second conduit in the ground for low voltage (coaxial cable, data/phone lines, whatever). You may not need them right away, but if...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 09-08-2012, 08:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 618
Posted By Parrothead
Cellphone charger is my guess.

Cellphone charger is my guess.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 06-19-2012, 09:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 544
Posted By Parrothead
Happens a lot with service changes (even though I...

Happens a lot with service changes (even though I know this wasn't the case here). The wire is not long enough for the new panel, so your choices are to have j-boxes all around the new panel or make...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Plumbing Forum 04-28-2012, 01:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 893
Posted By Parrothead
I think I may have to do that too. Sometime in...

I think I may have to do that too. Sometime in the future I would like to add another bathroom but there is now way it would be practical with the issues I have now.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Plumbing Forum 04-27-2012, 05:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 893
Posted By Parrothead
Ok I will get with the neighbor to look at the...

Ok I will get with the neighbor to look at the pressure tank. How much pressure should there be? The well serves three homes.
DIY Home Repair Forum: Plumbing Forum 04-26-2012, 05:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 893
Posted By Parrothead
Main, 3/4". Otherwise 1/2". All copper but due to...

Main, 3/4". Otherwise 1/2". All copper but due to a basement renovation project I am probably going to have to reroute some pipes, and when I do , I will use PEX tubing. I do not have a pressure...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Plumbing Forum 04-24-2012, 03:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 893
Posted By Parrothead
Water pressure question

Hi all. My house is on a shared well, and the pump is on a neighbor's property. When I run my wash machine or toilet, there is a significant drop in water pressure. Is there a way to raise the...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 12-06-2011, 05:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 965
Posted By Parrothead
Yep, you have an open neutral somewhere. When you...

Yep, you have an open neutral somewhere. When you splice white with the ground you are using the ground wire to complete the circuit. You need to trace the circuit and find the open neutral....
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 01-18-2011, 04:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,459
Posted By Parrothead
When you say "voltage meter" are you referring to...

When you say "voltage meter" are you referring to an inductive tester, or "tic tracer"? These are nice little tools but are not always reliable. When you use these you should always test them on a...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 01-05-2011, 03:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,556
Posted By Parrothead
Without further information, I am guessing that...

Without further information, I am guessing that the OP has it backwards, and the two blacks are hot and the the red is the only switched wire going to both the fan and light. If this is the case,...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Garden and Lawncare 10-31-2010, 06:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 5,740
Posted By Parrothead
Driveway Erosion

I have an ongoing problem with my driveway and would be interested in some ideas. I have a gravel driveway that is on an incline, and every time there is any kind of significant rainfall I get a lot...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 12-24-2009, 09:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 5,540
Posted By Parrothead
Yes that could be quite right. If the feeders are...

Yes that could be quite right. If the feeders are directly on the busbars, then it is technically a subpanel, and you have a main disconnect outside the panel box. It could well be outside, near the...
DIY Home Repair Forum: General Home Improvement Discussion 06-26-2008, 08:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,774
Posted By Parrothead
I've been an electrician for about 7-8 years. The...

I've been an electrician for about 7-8 years. The first company that I worked for issued me a Craftsman 18v drill for my job. I used it about a month, and then went on EBAY and bought a DeWalt XRP...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 06-04-2008, 04:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,825
Posted By Parrothead
'Course it was!!! When you found it, you stopped...

'Course it was!!! When you found it, you stopped looking!!!! ;)

Good job!
DIY Home Repair Forum: Tools 06-04-2008, 04:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,436
Posted By Parrothead
I luvs me my Dewalt cordless........

I luvs me my Dewalt cordless........
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 05-16-2008, 09:17 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,340
Posted By Parrothead
Just a silly question- why do you have the...

Just a silly question- why do you have the dishwasher GFCI protected??? You don't need to do that. It will probably lead to a lot of nuisance tripping. The only receptacles in a kitchen that are...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 05-13-2008, 09:44 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 12,613
Posted By Parrothead
He said the tab wasn't broken, hence the...

He said the tab wasn't broken, hence the confusion:
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 05-06-2008, 06:01 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 12,613
Posted By Parrothead
Hmmm then possibly the red is feeding something...

Hmmm then possibly the red is feeding something else in some weird way. If you are positive that they were connected at the outlet, then just wirenut them together with a pigtail, and use the pigtail...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 05-05-2008, 07:46 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 12,613
Posted By Parrothead
Either the black or the red is most likely on a...

Either the black or the red is most likely on a switch somewhere-probably the red. Just put a wirenut on it and tuck it into the back of the box. Then hook the black to the brass and the white to the...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Tools 05-03-2008, 08:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,086
Posted By Parrothead
Sorry, Inspector, I have to disagree. I LOVE my...

Sorry, Inspector, I have to disagree. I LOVE my DeWalt cordless. I've been using it at work every day for five years now and it is still going strong-with the original batteries. It has more power...
DIY Home Repair Forum: Electrical and Wiring 04-26-2008, 11:42 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 10,062
Posted By Parrothead
I'm confused. You say there was a subpanel there...

I'm confused. You say there was a subpanel there before. Was there no neutral in it???? How many wires are there? Hopefully four (2 hots, a neutral, and a ground).
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