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comment Potential Home Grounding Issue - Illinois
By the way @Nemesis, it's not a floating neutral, it's a floating ground. The grounded (neutral) conductor is grounded at the disconnect, it's the equipment grounding conductors in the panel that are not grounded (or at least that's what it sounds like).
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comment Potential Home Grounding Issue - Illinois
@Nemesis You should post an answer to your own question, detailing exactly what solved the problem and steps you took to diagnose it. This could be helpful to future readers.
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comment New Common Wire To Programmable Thermostat-What Went Wrong?
Do you have a multimeter/voltmeter? What is the make and model of the air handler? Are there any fuses in the air handler, and if so are they good? Does the old thermostat still work (if you hook it back up)? What is the part number on the transformer? There should be a schematic inside the air handler (likely on the panel cover), could you post a clear photo of the schematic?
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comment How to check the power capabilities of a house?
There's probably a main breaker in the electrical panel, on the handle there should be a number printed. That number is the maximum load in amperes that can be drawn. Wattage = Volts x Amperes. Don't forget, you'll still have to power everything in the house, as well as all the party stuff. The DJ, lights, etc. might not require all that much power, but getting the power from the house to the party could be a challenge in itself. Which is why a generator might be a handy thing to have.
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comment How to check the power capabilities of a house?
You might want to consider renting a generator, or asking the DJ if they have one that can be used.
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revised How do I wire a 4 prong plug into a an old receptacle with only red and black wires with metal conduit into metal box?
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comment Do I need a breaker in main pannel for sub pannel?
Would it be possible to tap the feeder after the service disconnect, assuming of course the disconnect is not the main breaker in the service panel. So for example, if I had a disconnect as part of the meter panel, which then fed a separate panel. Could I tap the feeder between the disconnect and the panel?
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comment How do I wire a 4 prong plug into a an old receptacle with only red and black wires with metal conduit into metal box?
How did you figure the conduit size? I didn't see any mention of amperage or conductor size, so I'm not sure what you're basing the size on.
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comment How to fill old downspout drains
Could you post a photo of the pipe (including a ruler in the photo might also be helpful)?
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comment HVAC breaker issue
What is the outdoor ambient air temperature? What is the thermostat set point? Is the indoor temperature changing properly?
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comment Can I run wire through a ceiling and insulation?
You'll have to secure the wiring to the framing members (unless you're fishing through a finished wall/ceiling).
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comment Potential Home Grounding Issue - Illinois
@Nemesis I don't know what type of structure it is, I'm speculating based on the limited information provided. Also... The dirt is not a solid electrical ground, unless your meter's probe is 10' long 1/2" solid copper rod, and you've driven it 8' into the ground. You're measuring the voltage potential between the porch railing and the door frame, which could be anything.