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Mar
30
comment Is it safe to put insulation next to knob & tube wiring?
@Tester101 true: I do prefer soldered connections over wire nuts, and a system that's robust against wayward screws and nails.
Mar
29
comment AFCI keeps tripping after power outage
There's no proof here that load is at zero, just an OP statement that everything was unplugged. Something could have been missed.
Mar
29
comment Is it safe to put insulation next to knob & tube wiring?
@JustinK I recommend running new circuits back to the breaker box: don't splice to old K&T, even in a box. Just chop bits of the K&T hydra off, making it smaller and smaller over time.
Mar
29
comment Is it safe to put insulation next to knob & tube wiring?
Any K&T run inside those walls should be cut back to a K&T junction. A new circuit should come from the breaker box to serve those loads. K&T deterioration is no big deal, except at metal junction boxes.
Mar
28
comment AFCI keeps tripping after power outage
What model AFCI? Does it have indicator lights to narrow down the cause?
Mar
28
comment What is “knob and tube wiring”?
See also diy.stackexchange.com/questions/20/…
Mar
28
comment Is there an NEC-compliant method of repairing minor damage to electrical wire insulation without a junction box?
Electrically the butt splice is not as good as solid copper wire. Here's a case where meeting the letter of code does not necessarily produce a superior work product. Your best option as people have said is take photos, patch it well with tape, and tell it to the judge (the city inspector).
Mar
28
comment Is there an NEC-compliant method of repairing minor damage to electrical wire insulation without a junction box?
The AJH (inspector) has the final say. Their job is exactly to mandate reasonable solutions in the "real world", even for topics not directly covered by the NEC. If your inspector passes the patch it's compliant.
Mar
28
comment Is it safe to put insulation next to knob & tube wiring?
That said, while walls are open, it's so cheap and easy to replace the wiring, that you should do it.
Mar
27
comment Can these locks be rekeyed to the same key?
The true question is: can I purchase new lock cylinders that match, for the given three locks?
Mar
27
comment 30amp dryer on a 50amp breaker?
From what I can see you're better off with a 30 amp breaker. The NEMA 14-30R plug/socket you have is 30 amp and you want the weakest link in your circuit to be the breaker.
Mar
26
comment I have paint over unsanded drywall compound. What is the best way to fix it?
Two coats of paint, or one of primer, one of paint? It's an important distinction.
Mar
25
comment Does my crawl space need venting
What's your climate?
Mar
20
comment Can I use aluminum or plastic sheeting between decking and joists to waterproof under a deck?
A roof deck, waterproof from the start, is a great way to go. Why are you leaning toward this less proven/problematic solution?
Mar
20
comment old 230 volt transformer style arc welder on an old square d 125 amp panel
The "damage to electronics" would be from spikes, not an overcurrent trip. A 250 amp service won't change that.
Mar
20
comment old 230 volt transformer style arc welder on an old square d 125 amp panel
What plug is on the end? Are there two? Is there a rating plate where the cords enter the unit? Look up the plug type at the Digital Museum of Plugs and Sockets.
Mar
20
comment old 230 volt transformer style arc welder on an old square d 125 amp panel
A whole house surge protector can help here. And nothing says the dryer/water heater need to be on when welding.
Mar
20
comment old 230 volt transformer style arc welder on an old square d 125 amp panel
Your S.D.LEE welder was probably a private label built by the Century company (Century was a pioneer in infinite amp control, as the welder advertises on the face). That may help you find more information. A detail photo of the power connector(s) would help also. Electrical work will require the approval of your landlord, at the minimum. Oh, and a little google work shows: Century was purchased in 2003 by Lincoln Electric lincolnelectric.com/en-us/company/Pages/company-history.aspx
Mar
19
comment Inside of Washing Machine smells horrible. How to fix?
Tip: you can't even see the real nasties, which are between the inner and outer drum, and in the drain tube.
Mar
18
comment Sand dribbling out under baseboard. What could cause this?
I have the Great Stuff Pro 14 Foam-Dispensing Gun. Way better than the insta-clog cans.