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revised Can I connect ground to neutral in a 3 wire outlet?
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Feb
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comment How to fix a toilet that no longer swooshes when it is finished flushing?
I had a problem where the fill tube was not properly connected (and aimed into) the overflow tube. This caused flushing problems.
Feb
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comment Reverse polarity on outlets, any negative side-effects?
By swapping polarities, do you mean exchanging the LINE and NEUTRAL connections? Or, do you mean flipping the polarity of the LINE, such that when it should be positive, it's negative, and when its negative, it's positive?
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answered Lightbulbs burn out 3 seconds after turning on the light
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comment Do I need to ground black gas pipe?
All grounded things in a building are REQUIRED to be connected together. The "earth" does not have a uniform voltage, so the area where your electric system is grounded may be a few volts different than the earth where your gas pipe goes. If they are not connected together, you could be shocked when touching the two grounded objects (since they are at different voltages). Connecting them together would force them to have the same voltage, removing the risk of shock.
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comment Why does rust colored water come out of shower head?
I have experience with a shower where iron (non-galvanized IIRC) pipe was used to connect the shower valve to the bath tub spout. After each shower, water would sit there, causing rust to form.
Nov
23
comment Apartment Circuit breaker flips randomly
Examine the circuit breaker. If it has a "test" button on it, it is either a GFCI or AFCI breaker. These would be able to detect residual ground current (good for safety). But, they will sometimes trip when bad devices are connected.
Nov
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comment Apartment Circuit breaker flips randomly
Is it an AFCI or GFCI breaker?
Nov
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comment Can I connect ground to neutral in a 3 wire outlet?
@ArchonOSX, I agree, though it should be noted that normal circuit breakers do NOT detect the ground fault current (in the case that the neutral and chassis are shorted). An AFCI or GFCI circuit breaker is required to detect that sort of fault, but it would never be able to be detected (even with a GFCI/AFCI) in the presence of a bootleg ground.
Nov
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comment Can I use a 50 Hz device in a 60 Hz power frequency?
McGee: The heating would be identical. All it cares about is power=V^2/R, which is independent of frequnecy. But, there could be a difference in the operation of the pump's motor.
Nov
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answered Can I use a 50 Hz device in a 60 Hz power frequency?
Nov
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revised How can I test if my powertool is getting enough electricity?
Note that motors can be damaged by under-voltage.
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answered How can I test if my powertool is getting enough electricity?