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Mar
6
comment Can you make your own epoxy grout?
that's great! do you have pictures? how smooth is it?
Jan
22
comment Plug-In Power Monitor causing washing machine drum to become electrified?
Either way, if polarity is flipped or grounding is dysfunctional - this would require that either a neutral or active wire inside the washing machine was inappropriately touching the chassis, right? Is that correct?
Jan
22
comment Plug-In Power Monitor causing washing machine drum to become electrified?
Well, the UK and AU plugs form a "T" shape. But in the UK it's upside down. They both have neutral on the right side. But the cheap adapters keep the "T" facing up, so the UK is upside down. On my more expensive adapter the AU and UK are both facing the right way. So, you would think that the neutral would stay on the right... but maybe one of the adapters is attempting to correct the fact that the "T" is facing the wrong way... by flipping the wires' positions... but then the UK to AU adapter is not...
Jan
21
comment Plug-In Power Monitor causing washing machine drum to become electrified?
Thanks for that. I confirmed with the manufacturer that they do not bond the neutral wire to chassis or drum.
Jan
20
comment Plug-In Power Monitor causing washing machine drum to become electrified?
Another question: would any of this suggest that the grounding cable in my building isn't functioning correctly?
Jan
20
comment Plug-In Power Monitor causing washing machine drum to become electrified?
No. But it does appear to flip the polarity.
Jan
20
comment Plug-In Power Monitor causing washing machine drum to become electrified?
I found that the power monitor is not the culprit for the polarity switch. All I need to switch the polarity is a AU to UK adapter then a UK to AU adapter plugged together. Because the UK plugs are "upside down" with the two pins on the bottom, the way the cheap adapters are designed it's actually flipping the wires. See: images02.olx.co.za/ui/19/10/38/… If it wasn't for your excellent response I wouldn't have been able to convince the manufacturer to send someone to investigate.
Jan
19
comment Plug-In Power Monitor causing washing machine drum to become electrified?
I had some questions: Is there any way to test if they Neutral wire is touching the drum when the machine is just plugged straight into the wall and my voltage detector doesn't detect anything? 4 years ago my washing machine was attached to a power point that burned and melted. I never found out the cause. Here is a picture of the washing machine plug. lh3.googleusercontent.com/-E3h99PbZ23c/UtpI6Z-s0gI/AAAAAAAJMoY/… Could this be causing the wires to cross in the plug somehow?
Jan
19
comment Plug-In Power Monitor causing washing machine drum to become electrified?
Thank you for your great reply. you are an electric Sherlock!
Sep
13
comment What is this red powder under my carpets?
Thanks. It was only in one spot in one room. But it did certainly stick the pad to the floor.
Aug
7
comment Can dimmable (triac) LED bulbs be used on a motion sensor switch without neutral wire?
what would be the issue with putting it in series?
Aug
7
comment Can dimmable (triac) LED bulbs be used on a motion sensor switch without neutral wire?
Thanks. I should probably rephrase my question to - is there any way to use the sensor I listed with LED bulbs without installing a neutral wire? some people have mentioned things like putting an incandescent light somewhere along the line, but I haven't been able to make sense of that advice. It seems to me that all I need is something inline before the LED that deals with the trickle power.
Aug
7
comment Why is my bathroom floor raised up very high?
ampthibient - Australia.
Aug
6
comment Can dimmable (triac) LED bulbs be used on a motion sensor switch without neutral wire?
Hi, I edited to reduce confusion. Also, the switch only runs inline to the live wire. So it has a red wire coming in and a white wire leading to the light. The light then has a white wire coming in (live) and a black wire leading out (neutral). The ebay seller says it's discontinued - but only for his own store. They still sell them everywhere. Especially since you need a neutral wire for the switch and most houses don't have them as I understand.
Aug
5
comment How can I prevent these LEDs from blinking when turned off?
Steven, I would very much appreciate if you could answer this related question which I just posted: diy.stackexchange.com/questions/30359/… Thanks!
May
21
comment Why is my Australian light fixture wired this way?
This diagram is so useful to me - can I ask how you found it?
May
20
comment Why is my Australian light fixture wired this way?
Thank you - not only have you shown me exactly what was going on there but the diagram above shows me exactly how to rewire it for the newer modern light fitting. Thanks!
May
20
comment Why is my Australian light fixture wired this way?
The region is NSW. The ground is two grounds from two cables wrapped together with a little strip of green sheeth around it.
May
13
comment Is it safe to install this hot water tank from ebay?
so you're basically questioning the safety of the actual unit, not my installation plans? they've sold hundreds of these units on ebay with 99.7% positive feedback... so I'm happy to assume that the unit itself is safe. I'm just wondering about my installation plans.
May
13
comment Is it safe to install this hot water tank from ebay?
My personal circumstances don't allow for me to buy a proper, larger hot water tank. I wouldn't be asking the question if I could get a beautiful 400L off-peak tank to save money. I want a "per use" hot water system because it's just me and I only use it occasionally. A tank would just be wasting money every day. I understand your concerns, and thank you for your concern, but I would like to try this if it is feasible.