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comment Can I use one of the phases in a 2-phase circuit to power a 120v appliance
@Craig I don't think either a cooktop nor a cooler would be considered a continuous load. However, overcurrent protection and conductor size for cooking appliances circuits are calculated differently than general use receptacle circuits. Long story short, feeding a general use receptacle from a cooking appliance circuit is almost certainly a code violation.
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comment Which wire should be capped when replacing an old 4 wire smoke alarm with a 3 wire alarm
I think the wiring depends on the system and the detector, as there seems to be quite a few different ways to wire them. Some systems use hot, neutral, and a signal wire. Some use hot, neutral and two signal wires. Some use hot, neutral, signal in, and signal out.
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comment Inheriting an alarm system in our first house
If you locate the main panel, there should be some stickers and/or labels on it with the company name and phone number of the company that installed it. A call to them might be the first step.
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comment Which wire should be capped when replacing an old 4 wire smoke alarm with a 3 wire alarm
It sounds like you're in a building with multiple dwelling units. If that's the case, you should probably contact building maintenance or the building owner. It's likely that the whole building is interconnected, and you shouldn't be messing with the alarm system.
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reviewed Close How many sisters do I need for a load-bearing wall?
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reviewed Looks OK Should I be calling a plumber or someone from my water supply company to test for contaminents in my water?
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reviewed Looks OK Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle wires on Furnace Pressure Switch makes it work — should I replace Switch?
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comment Does water in the water heater drip pan mean my heater is bad?
@Zevkat After you take a shower (or other high demand activity), if you open a hot water tap, do you notice a surge of water before it settles back to a normal flow? Does the discharge tube for the T&P valve drain into the pan, or a drain?
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comment Does water in the water heater drip pan mean my heater is bad?
@SomeGuy In cold climates, it's common for the meter to be in the building's basement, to protect it from freezing. It's also possible that the installation predates the requirement for a check valve, and it has not yet been updated to include one.
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answered What's the difference between “physical damage” and “severe physical damage” in the NEC?
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comment Does water in the water heater drip pan mean my heater is bad?
It won't have a handle on it like a normal valve, or will be a small fitting near the meter with an arrow on it pointing in the direction of flow.
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comment Does water in the water heater drip pan mean my heater is bad?
Is there a check valve on the main water supply?
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comment Does water in the water heater drip pan mean my heater is bad?
Do you have an expansion tank (small metal bottle attached to the plumbing near the heater)? What is the temperature setting on the heater?
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