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I am a software engineer in Pittsburgh, PA with a focus on architecture, design and development of solutions in both Java and .NET technologies.

I recently helped a friend build a website for a business he is starting. http://www.championkitchens.com


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answered How to find joists through sheetmetal ceiling?
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comment Remove Outdoor Carpet Glue
As somebody who went through this exact same project a few years ago I can say with assurance that there is NO EASY WAY TO DO THIS! With that being said, in hindsight, liberal use of a grinding tool to chip away at the surface of the concrete is probably the quickest way, but then you will need to repair the surface of the concrete when you are done. Trust me, thinners, chemicals and wire brushes in 100F summer heat was a painful choice.
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comment How can I stop kitchen sink caulking from peeling off after a few weeks?
I don't understand... if the professional did not install it correctly, why aren't you getting the professional to fix their mistake?
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comment What is the purpose of the “grounding” tab/wire on a 3-prong to 2-prong adapter?
Nor is the human body designed to carry current, but that wouldn't stop it from getting electrocuted when touching a desktop case plugged into a cheater plug that has developed a ground fault. That tab might save someones life regardless. Lesser of two evils I guess.
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comment What is the purpose of the “grounding” tab/wire on a 3-prong to 2-prong adapter?
It can be... I have measured decent continuity between the plate screw and grounded conductor in older homes where I knew the box was metal and it was grounded to the panel. It is certainly more likely to offer ground fault protection than the cheater plug without a ground tab. Why are these things legal anyway? Surely the NEC doesn't put its stamp of approval on this?
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comment What is the purpose of the “grounding” tab/wire on a 3-prong to 2-prong adapter?
I can't authoritatively answer this, but it is my impression that the grounding tab comes in contact with the coverplate screw, that is in contact with the metal frame of the receptacle, which is in contact with the metal box, which is hopefully grounded to the metal conduit that carries the wire to the box from the breaker. The conduit of course is grounded to the electrical panel.
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answered Removing paint from wood
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comment Why is my emergency generator hard to pull for starting?
You have enough oil in the engine? It could something screwed up in the crankshaft. In other words it sounds related to the engine and it doesn't sound like a problem with the pull.
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comment How can one whole group of outlets stop working, but the wires to one plug on one outlet are still hot?
@Bryson This is commonly how receptacles of all kinds are wired together in a single circuit from a breaker. The breaker provides the power on the black or red (ungrounded conductor) and the white (grounded conductor) draws the power back to the neutral bus in your breaker box. This creates a circuit throughout your home. There are other types of circuits and ways that receptacles can be wired but I won't go into all of these. If you want to learn more about electrical in your home I advise reading some of Tester101's answers on this site, they are informative and exhaustive.
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comment How can one whole group of outlets stop working, but the wires to one plug on one outlet are still hot?
@Tester101 It is not a bad answer but I get what he is saying, it might be intimidating and more confusing for the casual DIY'er that maybe gets out his electrical tools once every other year. The worry is that there is a better chance the OP will misunderstand something that he reads here and do something incorrectly. I am not saying I agree with getterdun but I understand his point.
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comment How can one whole group of outlets stop working, but the wires to one plug on one outlet are still hot?
@Tester101 Well I know that some of the older GFCI outlets didn't clearly mark line and load so I was offering that as a suggestion. When I ran into this situation usually the older ones had a red test button with the word TEST right side up, signifying top and bottom.
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comment How can one whole group of outlets stop working, but the wires to one plug on one outlet are still hot?
This should be an article on the blog, superb answer!
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answered How can one whole group of outlets stop working, but the wires to one plug on one outlet are still hot?
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comment How can one whole group of outlets stop working, but the wires to one plug on one outlet are still hot?
what wires are hot, colors, what wires connect and where, which outlets are dead, where wires are on the gfci, what wires no longer carry power when you kill the breaker, and any other info would be helpful.
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comment How can one whole group of outlets stop working, but the wires to one plug on one outlet are still hot?
It sounds like the regular outlets in the kitchen are being fed by the LOAD side of the GFCI outlet but based on your description I can't be sure. Pictures or diagrams of what you are talking about would help. If you feel in over your head then you are probably best to call an electrician.
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comment Where do I attach the fixture grounding wire when no supply grounding wire is provided?
This answer is correct, but the only thing I would check for first is for continuity between white and the metal electrical box. If there is continuity then the metal electrical box is already grounded so the green light fixture wire can be grounded to the box. If this is not the case and it is close to a water source then you are correct it should be on the load of a GFCI outlet or breaker.