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comment Reverse wiring basement lights
Where the heck does referring to conductors as "rope" come from?? I've never heard that before, either on this site or from any actual contractor or electrician I've worked with.
Feb
27
comment How can I extend an old ceiling box to fit a SmartHome relay?
That is a dual-band module.. In fact, I'm fairly certain the only practical difference is the load rating (15A vs 20A). Full manual. You can actually even wire a normal SPST switch to the "sense" wires on this thing (provided you have the wiring to do this) and it'll actually function as a 3-way switch. I do this with my kitchen range hood: it's controlled via an Insteon keypad, or via the switch on the hood itself. (The "on" and "off" labels on the hood switch are no longer meaingful, but that's only confusing the first time)
Feb
27
comment How can I extend an old ceiling box to fit a SmartHome relay?
Not sure if it makes a difference, but Insteon makes a much smaller version called the Micro on-off module that is better suited to installing in junction boxes like yours. Depending on existing space, it may even fit without modification.
Feb
24
comment Converting 4 wire supply to 3 wire outlet
Likewise, normally if someone says "3 wire outlet" I would think a 4-prong 240V stove or dryer plug, but in this case I'm not sure exactly what you mean, eg: a standard 120V receptacle or a p3-prong dryer outlet](i.stack.imgur.com/rHbwr.jpg) or similar. Is there a double-pole breaker feeding this circuit? Is it a kitchen, garage, or workshop area? It's common to have a receptacle in those locations split with each half on its own circuit, to handle multiple high-current appliances and tools.
Feb
24
comment Converting 4 wire supply to 3 wire outlet
For reference, the ground (bare or green) wire is not counted when describing wires. For example, a "14/3" wire has 3 conductors (typically red, black and white) plus ground, all of which are 14AWG. A "12/2" has 2 conductors (white, black) plus ground, all of which are 12 AWG. The wire you described is a 3-conductor wire, so it will likely be a 14/3 or 12/3.
Feb
23
comment Is fixing these stairs as simple as just replacing the stairs and supports?
@TylerDurden Can you cite what the issue with these is, specifically? I was inclined to agree with you, until I went searching for code and found that attaching treads using cleats is acceptable (though best practice is to glue and screw). As far as I can see, the IRC only states live load requirements (and tread/riser dimensions). Can anyone cite specific relevant IRC saying this is allowed or not allowed?
Feb
23
answered run water supply line to fridge from cold side of water heater
Feb
23
revised Can I run a central air conditioner in the winter?
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Feb
20
revised Freezing problem
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Feb
20
revised How can I determine why there is no water coming from my hot taps?
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Feb
20
revised What are the steps to troubleshoot no hot water coming out of just one faucet?
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Feb
20
revised Why is there no hot water in the kitchen?
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Feb
20
revised My dishwasher water line is frozen. Can I manually put in hot water in the dishwasher to run it?
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Feb
20
revised I think I have a section of frozen PEX inside an exterior wall. What should I do?
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Feb
20
revised Is it possible that no water running to one toilet could be from frozen pipes?
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Feb
20
revised Cold water pipe frozen, hot water fine
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Feb
20
revised Frozen Pipe(s) — How to Respond?
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Feb
20
revised How do we thaw pipes that froze after our boiler stopped working?
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Feb
20
revised Could a frozen dishwasher line have ruined something?
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Feb
20
revised Cold water frozen, hot drips but does not improve
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