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comment How Do I Connect 00 AWG Wire to a 100A breaker?
You should not be "guessing" about wire size. The gauge should be clearly printed on the cable, along with its type (heat and water resistance ratings, if any). Also you have not specified whether you are using aluminum or copper. If the former, make sure all connections are done properly.
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comment Gas range has the wrong burner try to ignite
Some ranges spark all of the burners at the same time, so the "wrong burner" sparking may be a red herring. Can you light the problem burner with a match? If so, it could be an issue with the spark on that burner. If not, probably a gas supply issue. Either way, try removing the burner cap and lifting off the burner to see if it is mis-aligned or if some food got stuck in there.
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comment Is transitioning to all electric heating smart?
@littleturtle: You are correct, virtually all furnaces require electricity to run. However it is perfectly feasible to run an oil or gas furnace (or pellet stove) from a generator whereas that would be impractical with electric heat.
Sep
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comment Is transitioning to all electric heating smart?
@ChuckD: are you sure your electricity is only $0.06/kwh? That is freakishly low for New England. I would guess it is probably more like double that, maybe triple in the winter when electricity prices rise due to natural gas shortages. If you are looking at your bill, make sure you add up all the charges for supply, delivery, fees, taxes, etc.
Aug
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Aug
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revised Does the NEC allow for smaller than 15 amp / 14 gauge circuits?
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Aug
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comment Sudden black fly infestation!! HELP
You probably don't mean black flies, which have a very specific feeding season in late spring and aren't generally found indoors. You probably have houseflies?
Aug
20
answered Does the NEC allow for smaller than 15 amp / 14 gauge circuits?
Aug
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comment What decibel range would be considered a “quiet” range hood?
I don't know why manufacturers use the unusual "sone" unite for exhaust fans but it does seem to be common. Virtually every other appliance (and other industries) measure noise with dBA decibels.
Aug
18
comment What are the options for moisture-proofing foundation from the interior
A dehumidifier is definitely the easiest and most cost-effective place to start. Most humidifiers have a humidity meter so they can be set to only run when necessary.
Aug
11
comment deck railings: alternatives to 4x4 posts?
If you're willing to mix materials you could use a steel post for the railing that is much thinner than 4x4.
Aug
11
comment Replacing 240V outlet with 120V
I believe NEC requires GFCI protection for all bathroom receptacles. There is no distance clause.
Aug
11
comment I'd like to build my own garage Olympic lifting platform, but can it support a car?
Those platforms look pretty sturdy, I doubt a car will have any effect. Certainly not on a sheet of plywood. Frankly a full set of weights and a couple people lifting is probably a higher concentration of weight than a car.
Aug
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comment High Tunnel truss
Is there an engineer designing these trusses? I hope so... but in general glue-laminated members are just as strong as solid wood, and may be cheaper and/or easier to find in the length and quality you require.
Aug
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comment I'd like to build my own garage Olympic lifting platform, but can it support a car?
What specifically is your concert about driving the car over it? I don't see anything in that link that looks fragile.
Jul
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comment upgrade to a 200 amp service, cable wiring sizes
@Learner: I really think you need to find someone who is familiar with the electrical supply in Ecuador, and apparently there isn't anyone on this site. It's not just a question of US standards being "better" or more stringent... the electric grid may be different. E.g. in the US, residential power is supplied from the meter with 3 wires: two hots and a neutral. Ground is provided by grounding rods installed at the building, not from the utility. But maybe Ecuador is different? Many countries only use 1 hot wire, not 2. And ground might be different?
Jul
31
comment Electrical Wire
Is this standard THHN / THWN wiring for AC line voltage? Most heavy-gauge wiring (over 12 or so) is stranded but usually 7 or 19 strands, not many. Did you maybe get automotive wiring? Definitely make sure it's rated for household use. As Tester101 says, markings along the wire should help you identify it.
Jul
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answered How will concrete fill in?
Jul
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comment Garage door stops at a different place each time it closes
My opener has both up/down limits and up/down force adjustments... maybe the force is set too low, if you have such a setting?
Jul
29
comment Garage door stops at a different place each time it closes
I agree that replacing the opener might be the most time- and cost-effective solution. I replaced one recently and it was actually pretty easy since I could reuse the brackets mounted to the door and ceiling. Probably took me about a hour.