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I started my journey as an electrician in 1999. For ~3.5 years I primarily worked in light-industrial and commercial environments; typically on the service side but did some new construction too. After that I spent the next 3-4 years working in the energy sector performing large scale energy retrofits for large national companies most often as a site manager/lead; thanks to this job, it's now easier to give the states I haven't done electrical work in than those I have. After my stay at that company I moved entirely into new construction. There, I've worked and led jobs ranging from tenant parcels, small/large chain restaurants, hotels, high-rises, hospitals and schools. At the low-point in the "Great Recession", I began seeking my BS in Electrical Engineering. When I took my first logic/programming course I fell in love and switched my major to Software Engineering. The rest is history - as they say.

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Jan
24
comment How to trash the trash can?
If you haven't bought that axe yet may I suggest tin snips instead. They're probably cheaper than an axe and will work fine with plastic or metal - although if it were metal I'd stomp it to death. An axe on round hollow plastic is fairly dangerous and a trip to the ER to sew your leg up after the axe bounces off the plastic into your shin will be costly and painful. Tin snips might take a little longer but it's a hell-of-a-lot more appropriate.
Jan
24
comment How to trash the trash can?
An axe? That sounds really unsafe.
Jan
24
comment Is my electric stove receptacle wired correctly?
When you test the "other" one are you still testing it to ground or another hot prong; are you sure?
Jan
24
comment Turning on main water supply
Are they both SCH40?
Jan
23
comment What would cause all my gfi recepticles to not reset in my kitchen?
Which "one" is cracked; the one that works? Are these load fed together or are they individual GFIs? Have you tried unplugging everything that is served by them to see if it will hold?
Jan
23
comment Are push in connectors up to code?
It think the "tightness" may be relative to the brand. The Ideal ones are easily removed from solid wire by simple twisting and pulling simultaneously. It's true that this would likely happen only when you're purposefully removing them, but I thought I'd mention none of the ones I've used had a spring release.
Jan
23
comment Regulations 2015 NEC regarding 12/24 volts DC, New DC wiring Light/+in my old.“ I'm Scared ”
@Tester101, new editions of the National Electrical Code are released every three years 99, 02, 05, 08, 11, and 14; the next one will be 2017. But like you said who cares - they're typically adopted late. At the end of 2008 I took CA-GenE exam and they were still testing on 02, it wasn't until later the next year when 05 was adopted.
Jan
23
comment Acceptable “3-way” switch wiring solution?
Is the question really - can I have a redundant hot feed to a switch? The same breaker will be supplying the switch and the relay right?
Jan
23
comment How do I fix seams that open up at the corners of walls during the winter?
Is there evidence of, or do you know if they used, tape or some corner material?
Jan
23
comment Baseboard heater install from room to room?
@Ariel, it's not my distinction. Resi wiring guide based on NEC says - Use 120/240 2p breakers on 3-wire circuits (2 hots and a neut.)(ranges/ovens) and 240 2p breakers on "straight 240V" (air conditioners/ baseboard heaters). We're talking past one another if you feel you have to tell me 240 breakers are 2p, I said single-lever not single-pole. I was explaining where my og. comment came from and saying - only at a high level, or speaking about a specific brand, can you say 240 is just two breakers.
Jan
22
comment How can I remove ductwork that is butted against a foundation wall?
Sounds like if you're planning on putting insulation behind it you'll have to cut off some from the round duct anyway. I would cut it off and get it out of the way. Probably could've had it done by the time you made the post :) I don't think I'd use a hacksaw though, tin snips are my weapon of choice for duct.
Jan
22
comment Baseboard heater install from room to room?
@Ariel. It's not always that simple; it depends on the manufacturer and the intended use (common trip/single lever). There are 120/240V GFIs and 240V GFIs. The distinction is the way it monitors current. But, as I eluded to, I've wired 1 2-pole GFI to a hot tub so you could be right, however I can't see why someone would produce two products that are effectively the same thing.
Jan
22
comment Baseboard heater install from room to room?
@Ariel, I didn't say they don't have 2-pole GFCIs, I haven't used or come across one that's strictly 240V only 120/240; I found one though - thanks.
Jan
22
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Jan
21
comment When ordering lumber what percentage of waste should be expected?
At HD "we" pick through the boards and toss the bad ones back where they'll be out of "our" way as we sift through the junk. HD doesn't provide a place to put the passed on boards so that's what happens. So yes, I'd say at any given time the relative amount of junk boards increases as the good boards get picked away.
Jan
21
comment Replace GFCI in bathroom
2 black in the same assembly? That's not really "normal". There's usually a different color (red) or if there's duplicate colors they're distinguishable.
Jan
21
comment How can I add a GFCI receptacle on a circuit with split receptacles?
Note that if the switches are the only means of switched lighting in the room at least one will have to stay that way to stay within the NEC.
Jan
21
comment What should I do about multiple feeds on the same light switch?
The 2 are on separate breakers or do you have a total of 2 breakers to turn off to kill all 3 feeds?
Jan
20
comment How can I convert a 240V dryer outlet to two branch circuits?
@richardtallent, that was actually for Greg but, yes you should use a 20A. Keeping the 40A would give way to potentially pulling that much current through the 15/20A receptacles you'll use. The question I really had for you was on your post. It's a problem if you're planning on leaving that 40A wire there an then tapping 12 to it.
Jan
20
comment How can I convert a 240V dryer outlet to two branch circuits?
Are you planning on tapping to the original wire with 12 AWG?