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    Determining Hot vs Neutral in Sheath (Cloth) Wiring without power feeding it

    Thanks snoonyb. Is a VOM a multi meter? Also, instead of a bulb and socket, if I used a standard outlet and used an outlet tester, wouldn't that also tell me if it was correct or the Hot/Neutral were reversed? If I use a bulb and socket, how could I tell if I got the Hot/Neutral reveresed...
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    Determining Hot vs Neutral in Sheath (Cloth) Wiring without power feeding it

    Thanks for the replies. Here is a picture of what I am referring to. Sheath (old) wiring on the left. New Romex on the right. Both wires on the Sheath are the same color (when you peel the cloth insulation back,there is nothing to differentiate the wires like modern Romex has with black and...
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    Determining Hot vs Neutral in Sheath (Cloth) Wiring without power feeding it

    Greetings, I have a mix of newer Romex wire and some original sheath wiring (house was built in 1950). I took down the drop ceiling in the basement and there were multiple wires that were not run properly through the joists; it was just laid on top of the drop ceiling "insulation/tiles". So...
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    Replacing Older Electric Stove-Cord is hard-wired into Circuit Breaker Box

    Greetings, I am replacing an old Jenn-Air stove, probably from the 1960's. The stove is in the middle of a long counter, and the new stove (an Amana electric) is the same exact width as the old Jenn-Air-29 7/8". The new stove needs the cord to be purchased seperatley, and I wasn't sure if I...
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    Air in pipes after water heater replacement

    Greetings, I had my water heater replaced last week on Tuesday the 23rd. I understand it's normal for there to be air in the pipes and for the pipes to "spit" and be fairly loud while they are getting the air out of the system. This was happening a lot over the first 24 hours, but it is still...
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    Metal Drain Pipe very close to proposed outlet. Anything to be aware of?

    I have had to cut some plastic boxes narrower in certain instances when there was no room in the wall, and yes, that leaves the back of the box open. In these cases, the box is basically just used for mounting the outlets. In each of these cases however, I am using a GFCI outlet and the what's...
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    Metal Drain Pipe very close to proposed outlet. Anything to be aware of?

    I'm not sure what you mean? There was nothing on that wall prior to this (no wiring or switches existed) There was nothing on the pipe or inside the wall other than the standard, first generation drywall (house built in 1950). I didn't remove anything other than the wall piece itself and it...
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    Metal Drain Pipe very close to proposed outlet. Anything to be aware of?

    Greetings, I am adding a switch and an outlet to a kitchen wall where there is currently none. After cutting the hole in the wall for the outlet box I noticed a drain pipe for the upstairs bathroom shower and sink. It is a drain pipe, it is not supplying water anywhere. I'll obviously have...
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    Connected a separate ground wire for old 2 wire system-still getting "Open Ground" reading

    Greetings! It's me again! I added some newer Romex to some old two wire original wiring (house built in 1950). Because the two wire system does not have a grounding wire, I added one. When I was installing new outlet boxes, I drilled into the side of a wooden stud. I attached a metal fender...
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    Single pole switch-which wire goes where (white/black/ground)?

    Greetings, I am replacing an older single pole switch that is dirty and yellowed with a brand new one. I believe the power source is at the fixture in the ceiling, because there are only two wires plus the ground wire connected to the switch (the wall box where the switch goes has a black...
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    Old recessed 2 prong polarized outlet above sink made for a clock-Plug won't go all the way in

    Greetings, I have a two pronged, polarized, recessed outlet above the sink in my kitchen (the home was built in 1950). I found a 1952 GE Kitchen clock on ebay and went to plug it in. I know the outlet works, because I have tried a lamp and a radio in the outlet. However, I cannot get...
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    Older, non-ground wire wiring-Unable to trip GFCI with outlet tester?

    Thanks for the replies. The reason I did 2 GFCI's side by side is it because it is within 6 feet of the sink. I believe proper code is that anything within 6 feet of a water source, outdoors or below ground level (like a basement), GFCI's are required. Maybe I'm wrong on that. Anyway, I...
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    Older, non-ground wire wiring-Unable to trip GFCI with outlet tester?

    Greetings, I recently upgraded the outlets on my kitchen counter to GFCI outlets from standard, as they are near the sink and code requirement. It is the older "rope" style wiring with no grounding wire. I hooked up everything correctly as far as I know (see below). It's a double outlet box...
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    Multi Meter Reading still showing 7-10 volts on three way switch when switches are off

    Greetings, I have an older home (1950) with a mix of original wiring (cloth/rope type) and newer Romex. I have several items on one circuit, but the three way switch that controls two overheads simultaneously is reading 7-10 volts when the switch is off (when just testing the wire with no...
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    3 way switch-I think I did something wrong-One switch always has to be "On".

    Thanks guys, but I'm thinking maybe I have a defective switch(es) somehow? I hooked up the new switches EXACTLY as the old ones were. Even though the old switches were just that (old), they still had a single black screw by itself on the top right, and two gold/brass screws on either side at...
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    3 way switch-I think I did something wrong-One switch always has to be "On".

    Yes. Single pole switches only have two screws/terminals for hookups. These have three.
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    3 way switch-I think I did something wrong-One switch always has to be "On".

    There is only one switch in each box, single gang. No other devices other than the single switch per box. Three wires coming into each box. Switch A Power (Black-older wiring from the 50's), Red and black conductors (newer wiring). Switch B Power (Black, newer wiring) Red and white...
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    3 way switch-I think I did something wrong-One switch always has to be "On".

    Thanks for the reply. On Switch A, the power line is Black (top by itself) and the conductors are Red and Black. I hooked them back up the same way they were in the picture I took before I disassembled the old one (red on the left, black on the right underneath the power line). On Switch B...
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