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Sep
13
revised New condenser fan motor burned out
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Sep
13
revised What could cause my electric water heater to over heat water?
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Sep
12
comment electrical question involving earthing
Clip the strap to an unpainted screw, or an unpainted surface inside the case. Actually, having it plugged in could allow a potential between you and the case, and the ground of the house. So having it unplugged is the safer bet.
Sep
12
comment electrical question involving earthing
The anti-static strap puts you at the same electrical potential as the case, so static is no concern as long as the strap is on.
Sep
12
comment electrical question involving earthing
Why not just unplug the power supply while you're working?
Sep
12
comment electrical question involving earthing
You mean like while working inside the PC? If so, possibly. Capacitors can hold a charge, so if you touch the wrong thing the capacitor could discharge through you.
Sep
12
comment What is coming out of my pipe and how can I fix it?
Do you have hard water, or water with lots of minerals? It looks like there was a small leak, and you're basically growing stalactites.
Sep
12
comment Ceiling fan to can lights
It's hard to tell exactly what's going on, some photos might be helpful. But yes, typically you'll connect the white from both lights to the white from the ceiling. Then one black to black, and the other black to red.
Sep
12
comment Ceiling fan to can lights
If you're in the USA, white goes to white. Black goes to either black or red, depending on which switch you want to control what.
Sep
12
comment Ceiling fan to can lights
Are you in USA, UK, or somewhere else?
Sep
12
comment Ceiling fan to can lights
Yes. If there was a switch that controlled the light, and another that controlled the fan. You have everything you need to switch two separate sets of lights.
Sep
12
comment Single pole circuit breaker won't close unless double pole above it is closed
Sounds like a serious problem to me. You should probably contact a local licensed Electrician.
Sep
12
comment How to troubleshoot/diagnose an oven that won't heat past a certain point?
They're both the same age, right? So why would it be odd for them to die around the same time? Try to find a schematic for the oven either inside the oven, or online. That will tell you exactly what components are involved, and then you can start testing each one.
Sep
12
comment How to troubleshoot/diagnose an oven that won't heat past a certain point?
Sorry, yes I meant resistance (phone auto fill decided I didn't want to type that). A thermocouple converts heat to an electrical signal, and is a type of temperature sensor. A thermostat opens and closes a switch based on temperature, and uses some form of temperature sensor.
Sep
12
comment How to troubleshoot/diagnose an oven that won't heat past a certain point?
Could be a bad element, which can be checked by measuring the resistance across the element. Compare the value you get to the specifications on the oven, or in the manufactures documentation. The more likely culprit, is a bad thermostat. Not sure how to replace the thermostat in your specific oven, but you should be able to find documentation on the Internet.
Sep
12
revised Can an IR thermometer be used to check wall insulation?
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Sep
12
revised How do I go about filling a hole that's all the way through wood, for a new nut?
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Sep
11
comment How to join two 1x6s to form a 23' baseboard with a seamless transition?
A simple miter joint is the common approach.
Sep
11
comment What could cause my electric water heater to over heat water?
What is the make and model of the unit?
Sep
11
comment New condenser fan motor burned out
RPM should only make a difference with the systems performance, i.e. how fast air moves through the condenser. There should be a label on the blade, stating the motor speed it's designed for.