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Aug
26
comment Which way is up? (electric outlet)
Folks a split receptacle is just a normal one with a connecting pin taken off. Just put in a regular receptacle and connect it to the always hot or switched leg depending on your preferences.
Aug
7
awarded  Yearling
Aug
7
awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
4
revised Do open-back low voltage boxes have advantages over standard outlet boxes?
Fix accidental noise in image tag, tidy up bare link to cite the resource name
Aug
4
suggested approved edit on Do open-back low voltage boxes have advantages over standard outlet boxes?
Jul
31
awarded  Constituent
Jul
31
awarded  Caucus
May
15
comment What could be causing my water heater inlet pipe to corrode?
Well, worth a check, but if your whole house is wired with non metallic cable .. probably just a shot in the dark :)
May
15
comment Does the NEC allow electrical wiring to run next to a ventilation duct?
Will the conductor be running through a plenum ceiling (e.g, do air returns share the same air as cabling?) Is the vent directly from the range and not dependent on the bulkhead's air space to get it outside?
May
15
comment What could be causing my water heater inlet pipe to corrode?
Are there any metal clad electrical cables coming into contact with the pipe? That is a very common cause of accelerated ferrous oxidation.
May
15
comment What's a good way to customize or recess a lightswitch?
From the images given? Probably. Again, see the last part of my answer. I'm telling you (as an electrician from the US) that what you're doing would not pass an inspection if you in any way modify the switch, or the rough in box that holds it.
May
15
comment What's a good way to customize or recess a lightswitch?
You can however cut the little ears off all four corners of the switch, it's designed to let you do that so it fits in certain types of enclosures (which is why they come pre-scored). Bending the metal tabs where the 6/32 screws hold it to the box violates the rating of the switch.
May
15
comment What's a good way to customize or recess a lightswitch?
Note, I didn't say violate :) You just void the rating by modifying the device in any way (that also goes for the rough in box currently housing the switch). If you bend the metal on the switch to install it, you void its rating. If you modify the box, you void the rating of the box.
May
12
revised What could cause a brand new fluorescent fixture to not work?
added 206 characters in body
May
12
answered What could cause a brand new fluorescent fixture to not work?
May
12
revised Circuit breaker trips every couple of weeks
edited body
May
12
answered Circuit breaker trips every couple of weeks
May
12
answered What's a good way to customize or recess a lightswitch?
May
12
comment What's a good way to customize or recess a lightswitch?
@McKay Also realize that by installing a UL listed wiring device other than how it was intended to be installed, you ruin the UL rating. Additionally, wiring devices must remain accessible. I am an electrician, I don't recommend doing it.
Nov
24
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