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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
24
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
4
comment Just bought first impact driver, do I still need to pre-drill holes?
What if it's not prone to splitting, like a 2x4? (or are 2x4's prone to splitting as well?)
Jul
2
comment Why are GFCI systems typically in the receptacle instead of in the breaker?
"but is beyond the skills of most amateurs" - I disagree with this statement. Installing a GFCI breaker does not take much more "skill" than installing a GFCI outlet.
Jun
20
comment Can Romex (NM-B) be run through conduit?
Yes we've all heard this, but as far as I can tell it appears to be an urban legend. The conduit is already surrounded by several layers of rubber, a very good insulator of heat - the pipe it all runs through adds very little extra heat-insulation. But whether or not it's an urban legend, it's not supported by NEC code (see above answer).
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
3
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
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
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)?
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..