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May
17
comment Are there any other reasons to use 130 volt halogen light bulbs instead of 120 volt bulbs?
130V bulbs can be 'rough service bulbs' but most 130V bulbs are not rough service. 'Rough service bulbs' have beefier filaments and more filament supports than regular bulbs, even 130V. While most of the most recognized names in bulbs get more life from 130V, cheap imports offer nothing, except for longer life from their own 120V and rarely what the life of a bulb is. @Steven is correct on 130V lamps and on voltage fluctuations, as long as it is a quality lamp from a quality company. Remember quality companies still put junk out too.
May
16
answered Inferring wire gauge from cable size
May
13
comment Circuit breaker trips every couple of weeks
@SteveR There is a 20% rule you need to take off to follow code, but nobody told the breaker. The breaker is set to trip at 15 amps or 1800 watts. You are correct and OP should sort his circuit to follow this rule once he figures out what he has.
May
13
answered Circuit breaker trips every couple of weeks
May
11
comment Does the Lutron Maestro C.L Dimmer Exist?
@sherlock homes I did factory training in 89 & 04. I thought the first trip was great but the second blew me away. They are a great company. Now they are concentrating on energy savings more than just summing.
May
11
answered Does the Lutron Maestro C.L Dimmer Exist?
May
11
comment How can I mount a tablet on a wall?
You can also put a piece of ***(insert name here) and mount your tablet to someplace in your car and use the GPS feature. (No watching movies or checking emails)
May
7
answered Vampire Power Draw and Power Strips
May
7
comment How should I wire a GFCI outlet and a switch to isolate the switch but provide GFCI protection further in the series?
@DrewSpickes Also, if you did it my way and if you had an 18 cubic inch box you would probably have to change it to a 21 or 23 cubic inch box. This too would have been originally constructed this way.
May
7
comment How should I wire a GFCI outlet and a switch to isolate the switch but provide GFCI protection further in the series?
I cannot do that. I had it in my mind that the switch box would have had 120v power in it, not just a switch leg. Now it would take 12/3NM or 14/3NM between the switch and the garbage disposal and 12/2NM or 14/2NM between the switch and the dishwasher to make my way work.
May
6
comment HVAC unit won't come on
Do you have Fuses?
May
6
comment How should I wire a GFCI outlet and a switch to isolate the switch but provide GFCI protection further in the series?
Yes. From how I interpreted your question I thought that to be the best.
May
6
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May
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answered How should I wire a GFCI outlet and a switch to isolate the switch but provide GFCI protection further in the series?
May
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May
3
comment Why would an iMac computer cause lights on a circuit to flicker when it goes into sleep mode?
It could be Steve Jobs haunting you. Maybe he will show you where he hid the money? :)
May
3
answered Is this fluorescent light fixture a major electrical problem / fire hazard?
May
3
comment Why would an iMac computer cause lights on a circuit to flicker when it goes into sleep mode?
I would plug it into a good quality surge strip or a battery backup. If the mac is sending a surge then the strip (or b/u) will pick it up.
May
2
revised How can I install a wired smoke detector without compromising the fire rated sheetrock?
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