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Apr
22
comment Receptacle Tester Showing Open Hot
I'm really surprised we don't have a question asking what 'Open Hot' means already, given how basic of a question it is.
Apr
22
comment Is there such a thing as an actual 60W draw LED or CFL bulb?
A low-wattage laser can burn you because those the energy is focused into such a small area. I don't see how that's relevant to the wattage of LED/CFL bulbs at all.
Apr
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Apr
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Apr
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comment Why would two circuit breakers be connected inside the service panel?
@Tester101 If that were the case, there'd be an open circuit between the two legs and both breakers would pop. I think his numbers must be wrong.
Mar
31
comment What are the differences between these two receptacles?
@abelenky The notch on the neutral (causing it to look like a sideways-T) is what differentiates a 20-amp outlet from a 15-amp outlet. The shape (round or rectangular) is purely cosmetic. But, it does make a difference, since you need to buy the correct outlet-cover to go with it.
Mar
20
comment Is it legal to wire a bath fan using load from top of GFI outlet?
Possible duplicate of Is GFCI protection required for a dedicated exhaust fan circuit?
Mar
20
answered Can stranded wire be used for pigtails in a junction box?
Mar
11
comment How to turn off all power to the electric panel?
@Dannyboy: If you are not a trained electrician, you should never do work on anything electrical prior to the main breaker. Without that breaker, there is nothing to save your life if you make a mistake. Call an electrician.
Mar
11
comment Ceiling lights running dim
Based on OP's description I believe this is the correct answer.
Mar
6
comment Copper Water Pipes used as Electrical Ground
-1 It is common practice (and in my locality, required) to ground copper pipes. This increases safety (if a hot wire touches a pipe, you want a breaker to blow, not every pipe in the house to become charged). Also, since the pipes have a separate path to the earth outside, it helps prevent stray current-loops. An outlet tester cannot tell you if your pipes are grounded, unless OP's pipes were the only path to ground.
Mar
6
revised Copper Water Pipes used as Electrical Ground
spelling mistake
Mar
6
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Mar
5
comment My appliances are shocking me…but only me
This sounds like normal static shock. Do you live in a dry area? Wear wool shirts/socks? Walk around the house in rubber-soled shoes? When you touch these things for a few seconds without letting go, do you feel only a single shock (static shock), multiple distinct shocks at regular intervals (electric fencing), or a painful numbness that travels quickly up your arm (leakage from a 120V line)?
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Dec
11
revised Why won't my ceiling light turn off?
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Dec
10
answered Why won't my ceiling light turn off?
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