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May
14
comment GFCI outlet hot when nothing's plugged into it
Heh, we live in such a neat time for this kind of thing. Was at the dentist a while back and the assistant didn't like the looks of something, whipped out this thing that was the approximate size of a screwdriver with a thick plastic shank, stuffed it in my mouth and made a comment, "as I figured, the amalgam filling swelled and is trying to crack your tooth, let me take a picture of that to show Doctor".
May
14
revised How can I identify the conductors in an appliance cord with only the green wire colored?
not all plugs have difference in blade width.
May
14
comment How can I identify the conductors in an appliance cord with only the green wire colored?
@BradGilbert - true. Will update.
May
14
comment How can I identify the conductors in an appliance cord with only the green wire colored?
@diceless - If you read the question, the new cord has NO color coding except for the ground wire.
May
13
comment Whirlpool leaves clothes damp at end of spin cycle
May be a "Not an Answer" type thing, but that's old school. We just ditched an older one that did this for a newer water efficient version that seems to think the rinse cycle it uses is sufficient without the excess water on spin. One of the major secrets is that the new version takes 1/3 of the detergent to render the clothes totally clean and also vastly reduces the amount of lint we get out of the dryer... Less water, clothes last longer. Hmmm... Not your Daddy's old Whirlpool.
May
13
comment Replacing a hot water heater: tank or tankless?
The last time I looked into tankless for a 50 gallon replacement, they wanted a separate 110A circuit. If you have natural gas already installed, you're in like Flynn.
May
13
comment GFCI outlet hot when nothing's plugged into it
Probably normal for powered up electronic devices, which a GFCI is... Find a wall wart you've got plugged in and powering something, it will likely be brighter.
May
13
comment GFCI outlet hot when nothing's plugged into it
Due to the electronics, GFCIs will be slightly warm to the touch, IR imaging like this can blow all out of proportion what is going on as they're built to detect heat envelope flaws and are quite sensitive to minimal IR levels.
May
13
revised How can I connect an ejector pump to a 3 1/2" clean out plug?
Spelling and reformat 31 halves isn't the same as 3 1/2
May
13
comment rotting a roof without proper venting
Cathedral ceilings insulate the bays between the rafters, no air-space, no airflow, no condensation. The only problem is if the roofing allows for moisture to penetrate to the sheeting. They also have issues with radiant heat as the roofing, sheeting, rafters, insulation and inner ceiling heat up from the sun, though. Metal utility structures (Arch Beam and metal shell) often do the same thing as having air space next to the metal roof = interior rainstorm when moist air hits the cold metal roof underside and metal outer walls. The hold-down fasteners MUST NOT LEAK though.
May
13
comment What could be causing my lawn mower to surge?
Plugged Idle circuit, needs to be given the gumout treatment.
May
12
revised How can I identify the conductors in an appliance cord with only the green wire colored?
added socket orientation
May
12
revised How can I identify the conductors in an appliance cord with only the green wire colored?
Add RMS notification
May
12
comment What is causing the last two heads in a sprinkler/irrigation system to have no water pressure?
Clogged in head filters and so much sand washed in that the sliders have seized since it's the end units. As @Hightower recommends, undo the threaded collar, pull the head out and see if you have water flow. If not then there's a solid blockage as usually if the line's broke enough to kill two end sprinklers, you'll have a soil quicksand mushy spot at the break and all the upstream sprinklers will be barely functioning.
May
12
comment How can I identify the conductors in an appliance cord with only the green wire colored?
@BlueRaja-DannyPflughoeft - Since most people are familiar with the nominal voltage, I left it at that. Brings back memories of discovering Average, Effective and Peak to Peak voltage and power equations. I chose not to confuse people who haven't been exposed, but given insulation factors, it's not bad to point out you want good insulation because the peak is quite a bit higher than nominal.
May
12
comment How can I identify the conductors in an appliance cord with only the green wire colored?
@Tester101 - yes, good information to include, straight from the source since it would help with all cords, not just 3-wire.
May
12
revised How can I identify the conductors in an appliance cord with only the green wire colored?
correction on rib or stripe
May
12
comment How can I identify the conductors in an appliance cord with only the green wire colored?
Oh, crud, I knew that and flubbed it. Thanks for not downvoting, making the fix right now.
May
11
answered How can I identify the conductors in an appliance cord with only the green wire colored?
May
11
comment Where can I find a key for my old locks?
Reflection Selfie reminds me of a picture I took of Wayne Handley's Turbo Raven, that chrome exhaust stack was polished to perfection.