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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)?
Feb
23
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Jan
19
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Jan
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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?
Nov
30
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Nov
17
comment How can I repair a ceiling fan that hums, but doesn't turn?
+1 I am coincidentally having the same issue, with a living-room ceiling fan that is only a few months old. The humming is definitely not the lights - the hum stops when we turn the fan off, with the lights on. Related: diy.stackexchange.com/questions/46276
Nov
6
comment How can I protect a vending machine wire from being cut again?
Bolt the machine down? Tape the wire so it's not hanging on the floor?
Oct
9
comment When wiring a mains plug, why are the cables squeezed under the screws and not circled around?
"Screwing the conductor into the terminal in the plug gives a much more secure and resilient connection." - This is the opposite opinion of everything I've read on this site. Also it makes no sense - how could wrapping around the screw and squeezing the wire with the screw be more secure/resilient than only squeezing?
Oct
1
comment Microwave not heating: Should I pay a contractor to diagnose?
That's a pretty expensive timer..
Jul
15
asked Can a GFCI burn out a (ceiling fan) motor?