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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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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 romex 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.
Feb
23
comment How can I improve second floor HVAC performance?
Perhaps find an ideal location for the thermostat which will provide the optimal function possible. In both situations, the thermostat being closer to the upstairs space should improve it a bit - cheap-cheap option. Where's the stat now? Do you have efficient windows up stairs? Is your duct work installed atop/above the blown in insulation?
Feb
22
comment What could cause lights to come on full strength then dim?
What type of lamps/bulbs are they? Are they ballasted fixtures?
Feb
22
comment How can I remove the stopper from my sink?
If you can't do it with your fingers you'll have to use a set of pliers of some type.
Feb
22
comment Efficient way to determine line and load
Do you have access to a "hot-stick" that makes some noise?