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Jan
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comment Why do I have voltage on a plumbing ground strap, and is it dangerous?
@Bryce: I'm struggling to envision a shared neutral wire that you could break off in a closet. It seems much more likely that it was a bonding clamp.
Dec
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comment Why do my led bulbs state: not for use in totally enclosed luminaries?
-1, "I did it and it didn't hurt me" is not an acceptable answer. The majority of dangerous practices will not harm the majority of people, but that still doesn't mean it's okay to go smoking at the gas pump. This answer needs to state what the actual dangers are so OP can decide if the risk is acceptable.
Oct
19
comment Electric Guitar at an outdoor show - Grounding issues?
Vocalist, according to wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keith_Relf
Sep
22
comment Can I connect copper wire to aluminum wire?
@Tester101: Relating to old aluminum wiring: nachi.org/aluminum-wiring.htm According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), "Homes wired with aluminum wire manufactured before 1972 ['old technology' aluminum wire] are 55 times more likely to have one or more connections reach "Fire Hazard Conditions" than is a home wired with copper."
Sep
21
comment Can I connect copper wire to aluminum wire?
Don't just splice the two wires together, you need a special connection. When two dissimilar metals touch, a process called galvanic corrosion occurs, causing one of the metals to rust much faster than the other (this is actually used to a positive effect to prevent corrosion in water heaters with a so-called sacrificial anode). Also, the wires will expand/contrast due to heat differently, which will loosen the connection.
Sep
16
comment Is the Electrician trying to scam me?
@JonH: Keep in mind it's an apartment building, we don't know how large it is.
Sep
16
comment Is the Electrician trying to scam me?
@statueuphemism: Your interpretation doesn't really make sense with the rest of what's written. I read it as, the circuit the outlet is on is currently drawing 36-49 amps. You can measure this easily using a clamp meter. And he's correct that this is extremely dangerous. However my first question (which he did not answer) would be, why is the breaker not tripping?
Sep
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comment Is it safe to install a three pronged wire into a four pronged dryer?
Tim you are incorrect, it is not NEC-compliant to have a bare THHN wire coming out of the outlet like in your left-drawing. It is of course electrically-equivalent, but it looks extremely unprofessional (which is a large part of the NEC - it's not only about safety). If you already have a dedicated ground coming to the outlet (which is the hard part), you should just replace the dryer-cable and outlet with a 4-pronged connection (the easy part).
Sep
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comment Can Romex (NM-B) be run through conduit?
As mentioned in the accepted answer, this is an incorrect myth amongst electricians. The answer quotes the NEC, which explicitly states "Nonmetallic-Sheathed Cable: Types NM ...", which is not referring to THHN.
Aug
28
comment How to check the power capabilities of a house?
If you are in the US, Amps = Watts / 120
Aug
19
comment During a lightning storm, what causes the lights to temporary cut off and on?
While interesting, what does this have to do with home improvement?
Jul
29
comment What's this JML thing in my house?
You should try calling that number or emailing that email.
Jul
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revised How do I remove stuck (melted?) foam from under carpet on hardwood floor?
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comment How do I remove stuck (melted?) foam from under carpet on hardwood floor?
We also did all that, and also had the nasty black stains. We eventually found a much easier solution than sanding/staining - I'm sorry I never posted it before today. Please see my answer below.
Jul
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revised How do I remove stuck (melted?) foam from under carpet on hardwood floor?
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answered How do I remove stuck (melted?) foam from under carpet on hardwood floor?
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