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I write software for a living. In spare time, I trade equities, take photos, and blog about everything on my mind.


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awarded  Notable Question
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awarded  Popular Question
Oct
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asked Are garage door locks that cannot be opened from the outside available?
Jul
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accepted Which side of a two-wire cable should be used for “hot”?
Jul
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comment Why am I measuring 16 volts on a wire that should be at 0 volts?
Wow, an awesome update. (Related: when I told my wife about the 16-volt problem, she suggested that it might be induction. I rolled my eyes at her, convinced that induction might be responsible for up to a volt, and said that I am going to ask experts online. She had a mighty laugh when I shared with her your answer.)
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comment Why am I measuring 16 volts on a wire that should be at 0 volts?
@Tester101, it was a standard snap switch, but I put a dimmer on it now.
Jul
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asked Which side of a two-wire cable should be used for “hot”?
Jul
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comment Why am I measuring 16 volts on a wire that should be at 0 volts?
Thanks. I ended up using the red wire with 16V on it, and it controls my incandescent light just fine.
Jul
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accepted Why am I measuring 16 volts on a wire that should be at 0 volts?
Jul
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comment Why am I measuring 16 volts on a wire that should be at 0 volts?
@Tester101, the four wires are black, white, red, and green. I referred to them as "standard" because online articles about receptacles discuss either a 3-wire config or a 4-wire config (for toggle switching one of the outlets).
Jul
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asked Why am I measuring 16 volts on a wire that should be at 0 volts?
Oct
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awarded  Editor
Oct
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comment How can I make this old space heater more quiet?
@Steven, I clarified the description. It's not a one-time click; it happens every couple of seconds. And it doesn't sound like a relay; it sounds much more like metal expansion.
Oct
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revised How can I make this old space heater more quiet?
clarified clicking
Oct
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asked How can I make this old space heater more quiet?
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Oct
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accepted Cannot figure out wiring of most basic Honeywell thermostat (heater only)
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answered Cannot figure out wiring of most basic Honeywell thermostat (heater only)