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Oct
5
answered Slotted Brass Screw Types
Oct
5
comment Adding exhaust fan to existing single light switch
Does the existing switch just have one 14/2 wire in it? If so, it sounds like the power source goes to the light first, and the 14/2 just carries a switched hot loop (so there is no neutral in the box). Since you're running new wire anyway, I'd highly recommend wiring it so you get a neutral in the switch box, and you have the option of separately switching the light and fan (even if you don't do that today). It's basically no extra work (other than one more wire to splice in), and likely just means running a 14/3 wire instead of 14/2.
Sep
30
comment Wiring for Dimmable Security (motion detector) Floods
I should add: to work with a dimmer, the dimmer has to be between the motion detection and bulb (which requires very specific wiring in place): if the dimmer is prior to the motion detector itself (which is how you'd normally wire up a regular switch to motion detectors) it will not properly power the motion detector and nothing will work (which sounds maybe like what you're experiencing). Even doing things this way, especially with LED bulbs (and CL dimmers), if the motion detector uses a solid-state relay (SSR) you may have strange problems or it might not work at all.
Sep
30
comment Wiring for Dimmable Security (motion detector) Floods
Do you mean that you want a dimmer to control the max brightness of the bulbs when triggered by motion? There's a way to wire this up with one dimmer-per-light, and if wired so any motion detector turns on all lights, but having a single dimmer control brightness of independent motion-controlled lights really isn't possible (without quite a bit of complex and custom electronics, anyway). Can you describe exactly what you're trying to achieve, and since it's already wired, maybe draw a diagram (including telling us if it's 2- or 3- or 4-conductor wire, in each case)?
Sep
30
answered GFCI Tripping after 15 years
Sep
29
revised What size wire and conduit do I need to run to a subpanel in a garage?
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Sep
28
answered Christmas Lights on Vinyl fences
Sep
28
comment replacing a light switch i discover too many wires in the wall? 3 bundles of wires and a ground wire?
Is the dimmer you're trying to install a simple one, that only has two wires (not including ground)? If so, and this is not a multi-way circuit (the existing switch also only has two wires), then you can straight-up replace it (and ignore the other wires). If your dimmer needs a neutral (which it would if it's got something like remote control or home automation support, or indicator lights), we'd need to see a picture to help.
Sep
23
comment Where to split existing water pipes for new pipe run?
@HenryJackson Not only that, but water softeners, in particular can be harmful to plants: they exchange hardness (calcium and magnesium ions) with sodium ions (salt), which interferes with plant growth or can even kill them.
Sep
23
comment Is this wall load bearing? See photos
See load-bearing for similar questions. This answer in particular has some good tips.
Sep
23
revised Is this wall load bearing? See photos
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Sep
22
comment How do I manually program the TWM4 (IMX10)
The first search result for "TWM4" has the manual available to download (source: intellihome.be/en/x10-twm4-imx10-micromodule.html)
Sep
21
answered How should I contain dust during a remodel?
Sep
21
comment Water softener brine tank into floor/ground?
I've seen softeners where the mineral tank is actually inside the brine tank, with the filter head sticking up above, and the brine tank's cover hides the whole thing. They're pretty compact (the size of a large brine tank), so that may be an option for you -- if you can find one. Unfortunately, I can't find any reliable links. There may be a name for them that I'm unaware of. I've personally only ever seen maybe 2 or 3 out of hundreds of softeners I've serviced or installed, so it's also possible they're simply obsolete or extinct.
Sep
20
comment Water softener brine tank into floor/ground?
I've never seen such a thing. I can think of a few problems though. I'd be worried about dirt, insects and rodents being able to get into it. It would also be very difficult to clean, if that ever did happen. It would make it difficult to tell if it was working correctly, not to mention how much salt was in it. There'd be no real place for the overflow valve to go when the float valve eventually fails, and again, you'd maybe not even notice. Given you need fairly regular access to it (eg: you can't really put anything on top of it anyway), what's the motivation for putting it under the slab?
Sep
20
comment Is this wiring suitable suitable for 3-way Z-Wave switches?
I guess you actually have either option; it depends on your purpose for adding controls in the first place, and if you'd like dimming capability or to be able to control other z-wave devices.
Sep
20
answered Is this wiring suitable suitable for 3-way Z-Wave switches?
Sep
16
comment Can a 15 amp electrical switch be used to replace a push button switch for garage door opener?
Some newer openers don't use simple push-buttons, they actually send a signal on the line. If your switch now looks like it has a circuit board inside (or motion detector/lcd/etc) it is likely that it'll only work with the manufacturer's specialized switches.
Sep
11
comment Correct wiring of float switch into two pole contactor for well pump
Per Tester101's comment, why are you using a contactor at all? What type and size of well pump (submersible, jet pump) and is it currently hard-wired or plugged-in? Also, what is the model of the float switch you have? Hopefully it's a "PMU" model (pump-up), but they also have versions with and without plugs (which is why I ask). All of these will potentially dictate the best way to wire this up.
Sep
8
answered Did I fry my fridge water valve by plugging it in wrong?