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Oct
3
comment Why does my ceiling fan light turn off by itself?
Is it overlamped, with a bulb that's a higher wattage than what it's listed to supply? Lots of devices have thermal sensors that kill power to the light if it heats up too much. (A bit of darkness beats a fire.)
Oct
3
comment Why does my ceiling fan light turn off by itself?
Don't just flip the switch off. Kill power to the entire circuit at the breaker box before bending out the contact. That, or very carefully use a listed insulated tool. If someone wired the light wrong (interrupting the white, grounded conductor rather than the black), the socket will still be hot even with the switch off.
Oct
2
comment Which exterior outlet cover is required by NEC?
Seconding the "always use an in-use cover" advice. Someone will eventually leave an extension cord or Christmas lights plugged in. If not you, then the next person to live there.
Oct
2
comment Will a 15A receptacle on a 20A circuit fail if I draw over 15A combined from each outlet?
And you can install a 20A single receptacle on a 15A individual branch circuit. Combine 210.21(B)(1) with (B)(3), which only restricts ratings when you start having >1 recep/outlet on the circuit.
Oct
2
comment Will a 15A receptacle on a 20A circuit fail if I draw over 15A combined from each outlet?
Actually, a simplex 15A receptacle (one yoke with a single plug-in point) that's the only thing on a 20A circuit is not up to Code. It would have to be a 20A receptacle. See 210.21(B)(1).
Oct
2
comment What's the least intrusive way to find out what's in a wall?
@bib Oops, I took for granted you could see the sill. My wallboard/plaster (1" thick total) ends at a flush 1x1 nailed to the studs just above the sill plate, so I can see the sill plate everywhere.
Oct
2
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Oct
1
comment Should I remove old linoleum when replacing a linoleum floor?
Do you have linoleum (sawdust + linseed oil + rosin) or the vinyl flooring that has mostly replaced it? They're different materials.
Oct
1
comment 3-way switch for light with fan controlled by switch built into fan. Odd wiring layout. Wiring assistance required
You can draw up a quick-and-dirty diagram using CoSketch and drop the link to the finished image into your post. Without a diagram, it's hard to tell what's going on here.
Sep
30
revised Connecting a digital timer with 4 wires in a box with only three wire, white, black, and ground
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Sep
28
comment How do I properly wire GFCI outlets in parallel?
@Tester101 Good point about the stores just following nationwide trends. In the mean time, it's frustrating if you are aware of the move to TR receps.
Sep
28
comment How do I properly wire GFCI outlets in parallel?
There are some places where you're required to wire things up so that removing the device doesn't break the circuit. I don't recall specifically, because I always pigtail devices in anyway, so I'm always in compliance with that requirement.
Sep
28
comment How do I properly wire GFCI outlets in parallel?
@JoePhilllips If parts of your bedroom are within 6 ft of the outside edge of the bathroom sink, then those parts do need to be GFCI-protected. The 6 ft rule doesn't take partitions into account; it's just a flat 6-ft extent in all directions.
Sep
28
comment How do I properly wire GFCI outlets in parallel?
@BradGilbert "Captive nut style"? Maybe I haven't seen this or didn't note it as such. Any pics?
Sep
28
comment How do I properly wire GFCI outlets in parallel?
@Tester101 This might be worthy of a separate question, but I'm in Georgia which is listed as adopting the 2011 NEC, and it's still kind of a pain to track down the TR receptacles in stores, and you trip over about 20 varieties of non-TR receps along the way. What gives?
Sep
27
comment Can I use domestic hot water from a gas combination boiler temporarily, while the pressure in the central heating circuit is low?
Could you edit this answer in as an ETA section in your original post? It's awesome to see how it all worked out, but consensus is to keep info about the problem in the question and only have answers in the answer section.
Sep
27
answered What's the least intrusive way to find out what's in a wall?
Sep
25
comment Can a receptacle be added to a lamppost?
Though I believe if you put the jbox wholly in the pole, it would not need to be WP, because it's now in a dry location. You'd just need gasketing for the cover. (Good luck finding a gasketed cover that matches the tight curve of a pole.)
Sep
25
comment Can a receptacle be added to a lamppost?
+1. I was going to suggest just hacksawing off the ladder rest bars as well. That seems a ton easier than retrofitting a receptacle into the pole.
Sep
24
comment Bending wire versus cable
Makes sense. I wonder if there's a paper trail as to when the bend radius table appeared in the NEC?