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Base Jumper. A simple Android app for jumping a binary, octal, decimal, or hexadecimal number to each of the other bases.

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Apr
13
comment Can I tap into this main gas line for my natural gas grill?
...make sure if you run it any significant length that you understand code requirements (w or w/o permit). Concerns are strapping, burial, fitting type, shut-offs, etc.
Apr
13
comment Can I tap into this main gas line for my natural gas grill?
Local jurisdiction aside, yes you can. I did gas work in my house under a home owners permit - meaning I'm not a pipe fitter - and they didn't care. So if you think you have the skills and they allow it, the cheapest way to do it and still be legal is to pull a H.O. permit for a short gas line. Cost is typically based on the job value so you'll probably get away with the min processing fees.
Apr
2
comment Do electricians often/frequently interchange the color on the grounded leg when wiring switches?
@Johnny, don't have the time to read all those comments but SomeGuy is correct in his terminology. A neutral is "the" ground-ed not ground-ing wire which is the "ground" (green/bare) wire. They are distinct but not in the way you suggest.
Apr
2
comment Occupancy (motion) switch wiring question
If you had only two wires on the existing switch, three total with the ground, it's unlikely that it will work without a grounded conductor (neutral). You can likely tell simply by the fact that it takes two screws to switch the circuit and a green screw for the ground, if there's more screws it's probably a safe bet it won't work.
Mar
12
comment Why does my 2 bulb fixture have 40 volts going to it when a bulb is removed?
So you have a two bulb fixture with independent switches?
Mar
10
comment Very effective sound-proof room
The walls can be done with brackets with rubber washers against the wall and fastener, then add channeling that connects to the metal part of the bracket, then install your sheetrock on that. There's expensive proprietary equipment for this but not impossible to diy. A normal style floor with sand, or proprietary engineered mix, with the 3/4 sub-floor isolated from the joists. That's a technique used in pro studios. Obviously you'll be losing lots of head room in an existing structure.
Mar
10
comment electrical combination outlet and switch wiring
Can you give the colors of the screws (black, silver, gold) along with their location; or better yet a pic?
Mar
9
comment Should I use 12/3 NM cable for a 240 volt 40 amp electric cooktop?
If the idea is if you don't already know something call a professional this site is useless. And if the idea is this site cannot render correct responses to electrical questions someone needs to get on burninating a tag or 5 for everyone's safety. A truly ignorant person doesn't know/care and does it wrong, a smart person understands their limitations and seeks insight. @Timbo, I agree with that.
Mar
7
comment Help with fan and lite remote control installation
Wire colors are a convenience; they could all be black, red, pink, or purple (unlikely in a home but the fact remains). Color has nothing to do with matching configurations with an add-on part (the remote). You cannot assume, for example, that the black wire will tap to the black on the remote simply because it's black. You should identify the purpose of each conductor in your ceiling box and match that to the installation instructions on your remote.
Mar
7
comment Need longer line behind dishwasher
It sounds as if you have an odd situation. Is the short wire have a Rec./Plug?
Mar
7
comment What size breaker and wire do I need to feed a panel for a tankless water heater?
@SpeedyPetey ah, I see. Never installed one, but apparently my plans to have one installed are off the table with that load.
Mar
5
comment HELP ME! New fixture won't turn on, did I wire it wrong?
Unless your light is plastic, it likely has a ground screw to connect the ground to, but may not have its own separate wire.
Feb
26
comment How can I locate the water main entry point to my house?
Have you checked the garage? In the US you can usually "call before you dig" and someone will trace all the lines on the property. Tell them you're going to install sprinklers around the footprint. It's free in my area but possibly in general.
Feb
25
comment Is it ok to let something hang from its plug in a receptacle? (electric car charger)
5lbs is a lot to hang from a receptacle. If it's designed for that use it should have a strain relief on it IMO. Are they twist-lock plugs?
Feb
25
comment Why would a motion sensor cause the light to flicker?
The main panel has a main bonding jumper bonding the grounding and grounded conductor together. Metal conduit and boxes are grounded too.
Feb
24
comment Why does it take so long for my water to run hot and why does it not last in the shower?
20 minutes? And I thought I took long showers! :)\
Feb
23
comment Can I change a switch within a circuit from powering multiple lights to a single light?
That's indeed an odd setup. Do you mean they are on the same circuit or actually on the same switch? Should your title be "...from [controlling] multiple..."?
Feb
23
comment Will replacing filament light bulbs with non-dimmable LED bulbs damage the bulbs and/or a dimmer?
If it didn't matter they wouldn't make LEDs, or others, that were specifically "Dimmable".
Feb
23
comment How can I improve second floor HVAC performance?
Not necessarily. I had a similar issue. We ended up doing a lot more for making the home more efficient overall but one of the cheapest and easiest things was to move the return and stat; they're poorly placed. A space surrounded by conditioned spaces have small loads on their own. The second floor is acting as a huge air gap between your roof and the down stairs. It can never run enough to cool/heat the upstairs space if it's being controlled by the better conditioned downstairs; it doesn't know it's hot/cold up there. Even with your other options you'd need a stat there or force it to run.
Feb
23
comment Transition laminate with t-molding to tile
I'm not sure what the drop is on them but there's another transition that steps down. Sounds like that's what you need.