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comment Are steel exterior doors reversible?
You generally don't want your entry door to swing out if that's what you mean; it' more vulnerable to break-ins. You could run some trim I suppose along the opening edge but that's a minor deterrence.
2d
comment 240v outlet not delivering 240 volts
"The only place you would see a real 277V is in a big factory" and "HUGE machines" probably need some clarification. What do you consider "big" or "HUGE". Would a Home Depot be a "big factory"? Would an 8' HO T5 lighting fixture be a "HUGE machine"? Any commercial building can potentially have a number of power configurations including spiked legs. It's not at all uncommon, nor reserved for situations you state.
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comment lights tripping the electric
The implicit point is I'm not comfortable because there's not enough information to make such an assumption or too many possibilities due to the lack of information. The difference is I'm not presuming anything; I was only saying it's a possibility which is not your approach. Saying it "means that you have a fault somewhere" is an absolute answer which makes it potentially entirely incorrect to which you propose a $90+/hr. solution for. The comment was meant as a notifier for you in case you neglected to realize it and cared to alter the statement and doomsday "burning down" bit - oh well!
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comment lights tripping the electric
Well that's presumptuous. A repeatedly tripping breaker could just be an old fragile breaker; it's not unthinkable that one could go bad. Anyway, I think they might be referring to the breaker for the circuit "main" but not meaning the main as you and I know it. May need some clarification there.
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comment Disconnecting wiring for chandelier
Looks like there's no box enclosing the wire; is that the case?
Apr
24
comment Is it common for a contractor to ask a 50% deposit prior to starting the job?
If it's a good contractor it might be worth it. If they're booked out the deposit is your place holder (obviously); why would they reserve that time with no assurance you'll have the work done? The doc can be somewhat problematic. If it's too general anything that comes up will cost more. I would verify you've received a bid and not an estimate. They should be able to give a relatively accurate bid such that any additional charges would have to come from unknowable things.
Apr
23
comment Convert a switched receptacle to a non switched receptacle
@diceless, better safe than sorry. There's nothing wrong with doing it that way but I've never heard of it being required by NEC. The advantage of it being on it's own circuit is in the absence of overhead lighting is the ability to have light when the receptacle circuit trips in the room which is why I would consider it good design to separate them but that's neither code nor applicable in your case.
Apr
22
comment Convert a switched receptacle to a non switched receptacle
I'm not sure I agree that many circuits are primarily designed for switching and even if they are it'd be more uncommon to restrict a circuit to be switched. Even in lighting circuits there may be outlets which operate on the non-switched side like occupancy censors, motion detectors, timers, and lit switches to name a few. Not to mention that all circuits are switched at the panel. @diceless.
Apr
21
comment Limit switch failure
Do yo have access to a good digital electric meter?
Apr
21
comment Placement of romex
I think that the height does matter as it does for all other situations. It's definitely not considered readily accessible, it's also not subject to physical damage. I don't think the code is vague, it's just generally applied instead of specifically as it was intended. Echoing what's been said as well, examples of unfinished basements or garages is a bit of counter argument to your post. IOW, those have issues which OP does not.
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?