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comment Electrical engineering background, can I do electrical work on my house
City of Sacramento allows those with a home-owner permit to be held personally responsible for physical and property damage associated with the work if you use unlicensed contractors (i.e. yourself); and that's with a permit. It seems reasonable they could, and then surely would, deny them without.
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comment How do I wire a 4 prong plug into a an old receptacle with only red and black wires with metal conduit into metal box?
Let us continue this discussion in chat.
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comment How do I wire a 4 prong plug into a an old receptacle with only red and black wires with metal conduit into metal box?
@SpeedyPetey, and this is now assuming since you didn't say something like - "because since 2015 it's required" - that things haven't changed :).
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comment How do I wire a 4 prong plug into a an old receptacle with only red and black wires with metal conduit into metal box?
@SpeedyPetey, I'd say it depends on the install; given a good electrician I'm indifferent to it. It's rare to find a new construction job that doesn't spec a separate conductor but if they don't the NEC has no problem with it. But more importantly I'm concerned with the assertion a grounding conductor is required to "bring it up to code"; that part is inaccurate. For the sake of the content I think it's more appropriate to give the factual code specification and interject opinions as side notes. Just MHO.
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comment How do I wire a 4 prong plug into a an old receptacle with only red and black wires with metal conduit into metal box?
@SpeedyPetey, I suppose mine's not typical then. Mine is exactly as I stated above. In fact, I actually don't recall ever having a dryer 120/. I don't disagree with the fact using conduit for a grounded conductor is horrible; my comment was based on a different definition or understanding of "typical". My concern is accusations or assumptions of "code violations".
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comment How do I wire a 4 prong plug into a an old receptacle with only red and black wires with metal conduit into metal box?
Was the first warning not enough? BTW, trying to find out why OP would need to pull a grounding (the green one) conductor back to the panel; didn't they say there's metal conduit feeding the box?
Aug
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comment Is there any advantage of one of these types of switches over the other?
"doesn't always want to click into place properly" if you're referring to it clicking into place at the bus then do change it out. The loose connection can cause arcing at the connection point damaging the breaker and creating a risk of fire.
Aug
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comment Circuit breakers off, but meter still running
Is this an integrated panel/meter?
Aug
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comment What areas of a home are required to be AFCI protected?
Just what I needed; thanks!
Aug
15
accepted What areas of a home are required to be AFCI protected?
Aug
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comment What areas of a home are required to be AFCI protected?
@SpeedyPetey, I might can find it in writing but my knowledge comes from an inspector. I was considering swapping my 90A 1950's panel and that's what I was told. Given that, perhaps it may be more accurate to say Sacramento specifically. In general, they're pretty on-top of it. Remodeling my kitchen forced me to bring all plumbing fixtures throughout the ENTIRE house up to modern standards; wasn't even doing any work in the bathrooms.
Aug
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comment What areas of a home are required to be AFCI protected?
Yes, I should have said "I'm working in this panel." The owner (my aunt) just bought the house and the inspector "highly recommended" going AFCIs. I said BS. Then I had to troubleshoot an outlet not working where I found these crazy breakers. She could get away with not doing it but I think she's going for safety. BTW, changing your panel out in CA would indeed require AFCIs. Thanks @DoxyLover.
Aug
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asked What areas of a home are required to be AFCI protected?
Aug
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comment What is the most energy efficient strategy for using my A/C unit?
That's probably going to be an all inclusive question. The answer will depend on other factors such as the efficiency of the walls, windows, which side of the house the room is on, and so on. It will probably require a little trial and error on your part. You could also opt to contact the manufacturer directly to see what they say on the start up costs of the unit.
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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.
May
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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.
May
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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!
May
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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.
May
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comment Disconnecting wiring for chandelier
Looks like there's no box enclosing the wire; is that the case?
Apr
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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.