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Old wiggy going to blow up on me?

Along with some misinformation about not testing blown fuses with wiggys, these guys were talking about old wiggys that can blow up. How do I know if mine is one of those 'old' ones? (Voltcon 61-076) ...
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Tracing elctrical outlets that suddenly stopped working.

Last fall an outdoor outlet and an outlet in my garage worked just fine. However this spring neither of them work. Any thoughts on how I can go about researching or identifying the problem? I ...
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Testing and proper breakers for a multi wire branch circit?

How do you determine if an outlet is part of a unidentified multi-wire branch circuit? Also, does code say MWBCs need to be on double throw circuit breakers and is it permissible to link CBs with that ...
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How do I stress test a roof for leaks?

I am about to have some ceiling work done on my house that has previously had roof leaks. I would like to be sure that the repairs to the roof are successful. How would I go about stress testing the ...
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How should I test my home's humidity?

We have recently replaced the windows in our home and insulated the basement, making the house much more airtight. This combined with the fact that our dryer currently vents into the basement, we ...
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How to test for mold in basement?

The air quality in my basement is unpleasant. I don't know if I have mold. How to test for it? How is the smell of mold? I know that we had a water problem in the basement, the walls were cracked so ...
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Testing generator output

I'm having trouble getting a 6kw generator to power a sub panel that was installed by a licensed electrician. I would like to be able to test the generator's output. How do I do that?
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How can I trace the exhaust duct of my bathroom fan?

I have a suspicion that my bathroom isn't venting correctly. I'm thinking smoke would be an easy way to test this, but I don't know of a safe and cheap way to make it. Any ideas?
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How do I test a 5V doorbell transformer?

In this post, both the OP and responder discuss testing a transformer. I'd like to know exactly how the user tested the transformer. I have a 5V doorbell transformer which I would like to test. Is an ...
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How to test if a dishwasher's below the floor heating element is faulty?

My dishwasher uses a Bauknecht 2040W heating element: Can you test if it's faulty using a continuity test? If so, is the continuity test between: ground and the positive, ground and the ...
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How can I test network and coax jacks?

We bought new house and I need to test network (RJ45) and coax jacks to see which ones are working. How can I do that without actually connecting computers/cable boxes?
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Is there a good way to test water quality in your house?

What are the best ways to test for water quality in your house? The water is from a well, not town water. Are there any products that can continuously test the water coming in (versus manually ...
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What is a good tutorial on the use of a multimeter?

I am ashamed to admit, that despite my many electrical (mis?)adventures.. I have no idea how to use a multimeter. I have installed automobile sound systems, central air air-conditioners, and every ...
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What is wrong with this GFCI outlet?

I have a GFCI outlet which is testing wierdly. On one of the plugs, one prong tests hot and the other does not (using a Voltaware). On the other plug, both prongs test hot. The other outlets on the ...
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What DIY tests are available for the quality of stainless steel?

How can I test a stainless steel product such as a sink to see if it is truly 18g?
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Cable Signal Testers

I'm looking for tools that can help me test the signal coming into my house from my cable provider. I am currently having issues with a Leviton CATV Relay which I'll replace, but I've been having ...
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What is the proper way to patch acoustic ceiling after collecting possible asbestos sample?

I want to collect additional samples of an acoustic ceiling for the purpose of having it checked for asbestos. The previous test came back negative but I'm paranoid =) The procedure as per ...
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Is there a cheap way to test for mold spores?

We had toxic mold during the wintertime, which has been removed, by replacing the affected Sheetrock. However, my wife has often still the same symptoms she had at the time. Getting a contractor with ...