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Jan
28
comment Toaster and Kettle cause my green power board to trigger
It is likely that there is a sag on the line voltage just as the toaster or kettle comes on. I am going to guess that some crappy design in your "green board" has some sensitivity and threshold shifts that occur when the line voltage sags causing it to make inappropriate state changes. Best suggestion is to try plugging the "green board" into a completely different circuit than the toaster and kettle.
Jan
26
comment What are the two tubes connected to my refrigerator?
Most likely the second tube is a drip tray drain line.
Jan
26
comment What should I do with the extra wire when intalling a new remote for my ceiling fan?
It is still confusing. Especially for many of the folks that come to this site. I would stick with Neutral and leave it at that. You are making your answer more confusing than is even necessary to provide good guidance to the OP.
Jan
26
comment What should I do with the extra wire when intalling a new remote for my ceiling fan?
It is very confusing in your answer to first be referring to the neutral wire as the grounded wire and then later referring to "All grounding conductors...".
Jan
26
comment How can I identify these small screws for my range hood lights?
Why is it that the lamp ring needs to be unscrewed to replace the bulbs. It seems rather odd that it would be necessary to disassemble to this extent to replace a bulb. Especially something held together with sheet metals which are at best normally only expected to survive one or two disassembly / reassembly cycles.
Jan
26
comment How can I identify these small screws for my range hood lights?
Reason you are calling it the "cursed Phillips drive" and the reason the heads got messed up is likely to be one of several factors. 1) Not using the proper sized screw driver. 2) Using a screw driver that has been already chewed up on the end. 3) Using cheap tools. It is important to note that there are plenty of cheap foreign made Phillips screw drivers that are total crap. The end is not the correct shape to fit the screw heads properly and the screw driver tip is soft steel. When you get your replacement screws also purchase a quality hex style Phillips bit that fits correctly.
Jan
26
comment how to attach threaded rod to wall stud on hinge
What do you intend to support with a 1/2" or 5/8" threaded rod? It is highly unlikely that you can get a safe or effective attachment to a single stud with a couple of screws, like the first item you pictured, that would come close to the load capacity of the larger sized threaded rod. So I think there needs to be a broader consideration made here as to actual application being attempted.
Jan
25
comment What could cause my outlets to not have enough power?
@user32075 - Yeah I heard that. And you should immediately set out to fix this lamp outlet. There is always the situation in a case like this where the outlet fault may develop into something more akin to a intermittent connection. This can lead to sparking and arcing inside the faulty outlet which becomes a serious fire hazard.
Jan
24
comment How do I attach a shelf to an existing kitchen unit?
It looks to me like what you have there to the right side of the picture is what was the back and top of a cabinet that was once installed there but had its front, side, bottom and door removed. Maybe former owner thought the cabinet was too confining in this small area (must be small if you had to sit in the sink @^@).
Jan
24
comment How do I attach a shelf to an existing kitchen unit?
That is much more helpful.
Jan
24
comment How should I attach the grounding conductor for a replacement switch?
The functioning of the dimmer switch does not depend on the green grounding wire. By not hooking up the green grounding wire you have potentially compromised safety in the case the switch ever develops an internal fault. To be honest the manufacturer provides the green wire because depending on the screw through the frame of the switch can be unreliable. Also since a dimmer with electronic components inside is more prone to failure than a regular mechanical switch it gives even extra weight to the argument that you should be connecting up the green wire rather than ignoring it.
Jan
24
comment How do I attach a shelf to an existing kitchen unit?
Sorry to say but you really did not step back enough to allow us to see if this is inside a cabinet, in a corner or what the dickens is going on here. Remember, you've seen the whole thing countless times but put your self behind our eyes and you see that what you've shown so far is way too zoomed in.
Jan
24
comment How should I attach the grounding conductor for a replacement switch?
Can you specify how the three black wires were attached to the switch? Hopefully there were not two of the black wires under one screw. From the looks of this box configuration power arrives at this box on an incoming wire set. The switch either turned power on/off to one or two exit wire sets from the box. If there is only one switched exit wire set then the other exit set is passing through a live power feed from this box to some other location.
Jan
24
comment How do I attach a shelf to an existing kitchen unit?
It would really help if you could add another photo that shows more of the adjacent area so folks can get a better idea of just how this "backer board" is positioned relative to the other cabinetry. It would also allow others to be able to much better recommend what type of shelf attachments would be appropriate.
Jan
24
comment Is my electric stove receptacle wired correctly?
I hope you are not testing this by simply touching the prongs with your fingers. This could be deadly. Instead you should be carefully probing with the test leads of a suitable meter.
Jan
24
comment Low dynamic hot water pressure throughout the house
I recently replaced the old iron pipe risers off the top of my water heater. These pipes were more than half way clogged up with internal deposits and corrosion. Replaced with new copper and I improved my hot water flow rate some.
Jan
24
comment Stuck ring on vanity fixture
Can you take a picture of the part(s) in question so as to give a clearer idea of what you are dealing with? You may need to just edit the link of the photo into your question and then someone here with sufficient rep can help to inline the photos into your posting.
Jan
22
comment How can I determine which wire is which when putting a new plug on an extension cord?
OK I edited in the answer to show a description of how to use a multi-meter for continuity checking. Thanks to @sww1235 for adding the description of how to use the continuity tester.
Jan
22
comment Baseboard heater install from room to room?
One thing that is not clear is if the the four heaters are a total of 4000W or if they are 4000W each. If each heater is 4000W then you will need a separate wired circuit for each heater.
Jan
22
comment Is it normal for this PVC pipe to be dripping from under the eaves?
Along with pictures it would be useful to know just what this PVC pipe connects to. We can guess that it may be a drip line from the heater location in the attic but is is possible that this is a line that passes the window area and is for some other purpose.