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I solve problems for a semiconductor company. I know a bit about data storage, software performance optimization, and A/V processing.


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answered Is a hexagonal house feasible?
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comment Why does my circuit breaker trip with any small load, even after replacing the breaker?
Thanks. I ended up having an electrician rebuild the entire outdoor circuit breaker box from scratch with new equipment. It was more expensive than I wanted, but the previous setup seemed to have been done by the previous owner, not a qualified electrician. Since it's connected to a pool, I didn't want to take any chances.
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comment How can I repair a slow leak in my concrete fountain?
I ended up using Quikrete and silicone. Note a long-term solution, but so far so good.
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comment Why does my circuit breaker trip with any small load, even after replacing the breaker?
I opened the outdoor box and found some corrosion where the breakers connect. I cleaned some off and was able to power a 100W light, but still not my pool pump. I'll have to get a real electrician to rebuild the system properly. It turns out that the box is labeled "Indoors". sigh.
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comment Why does my circuit breaker trip with any small load, even after replacing the breaker?
The outdoor receptacles have weather covers, but not ones that protect when an item is plugged in (though nothing was plugged in since it last worked). I'll have to upgrade and repair/replace the unit.
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comment Why does my circuit breaker trip with any small load, even after replacing the breaker?
@Edwin: The 30A breaker is indeed GFCI. The outdoor breaker box isn't just outdoor, it's also for a swimming pool control system, so it really needs to be GFCI.
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comment What type of cleaner should be used to remove “hand sludge” from a varnished wood railing?
I tried that, actually. It just shredded the magic eraser. I do like those things, though.