BlueRaja - Danny Pflughoeft

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Jan
11
comment Live wires everywhere?
Stud finders find studs, not live wires. And they're notoriously inaccurate - it's not uncommon to have them go off in a large area, or nowhere at all.
Jan
1
revised Is it OK to run 12-3 cable to a ceiling fan from a switch that's wired with 12-2?
irrelevant to the answer...
Jan
1
suggested suggested edit on Is it OK to run 12-3 cable to a ceiling fan from a switch that's wired with 12-2?
Dec
22
awarded  Notable Question
Dec
13
comment What is the purpose of the “grounding” tab/wire on a 3-prong to 2-prong adapter?
@Tester101: Fair enough. I hope you didn't read that in an offending tone - I was just curious, that's all.
Dec
13
answered What is the purpose of the “grounding” tab/wire on a 3-prong to 2-prong adapter?
Dec
8
comment Since neutral is connected to ground how is current kept off of ground?
I answered this exact question here, though the explanation is very technical. The short answer is, there will be current through you if you touch a neutral wire while grounded, but it will be so small you will barely feel it.
Dec
5
comment How is the alternating current in your home a complete circuit?
"without a return path, no generator can produce electric current" - The return-path is the same as the incoming path. Please see my first link.
Dec
5
comment How is the alternating current in your home a complete circuit?
@Ecnerwal: The line is grounded at the transformer, and again at the panel.
Dec
5
answered How is the alternating current in your home a complete circuit?
Nov
22
comment what are the little dots on wiring diagrams?
@curiousburke Because you're splicing two wires of the same color
Nov
22
answered what are the little dots on wiring diagrams?
Nov
6
comment Why am I measuring decreased voltage between my dryer's neutral and hot conductors?
Post the links and someone will edit in the pictures for you. You can post pictures once you have higher rep
Oct
30
comment Why is my light switch leaking electricity?
@Jason I'm not sure why voltages in other boxes can't be detected, but if you (carefully) open up another box and (carefully) wave the voltage detector around near the wires, I guarantee it will go off. Which it should.
Oct
26
comment circuit breaker problem after removing ceiling fan
Is that the only thing you removed? What about the lightswitch? If it was the only thing, and you really didn't splice two wires together, the only thing I can think of that would cause this would be that the nuts came loose from the wires which are now touching.
Oct
21
awarded  Caucus
Oct
19
comment Sump Pump Trips GFCI Receptacle. Is a single, dedicated non-GFCI receptacle safe?
Does the outlet trip when you plug anything else into it?
Oct
19
comment What should the voltage be on an unused neutral line in a 3-phase supply?
Use a multimeter. It could be that there's a real voltage on the line (most likely from somewhere down the line), or it could just be a small induced voltage (which is harmless but can sometimes trip non-contact voltage testers)
Oct
14
comment Can 22 AWG Solid Copper carry 24 VAC?
insulation does not prevent "leakage of voltage," it prevents leakage of current (into whatever the cable is touching). Voltage loss occurs due to the resistance of the wire - thicker wires lose less voltage per foot.
Oct
10
comment What are the pros/cons of different wire connectors on a switch/outlet? OR How can push-in wire connections fail?
Electricians prefer the "screw wrap" because it's a lot less prone to failure. If the screw (or plate, in the case of push-in's) comes loose over the next 20-or-so years, the only one of those that will still hold the wire firmly is the screw-wrap.