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Aug
12
comment Hole in the floor
It's possible that it is an intake for combustion air used by the furnace.
Aug
5
comment Why does half the house go out when a single breaker trips?
Could this be a split bus panel, where the one breaker DOES control many of the other circuits?
Aug
4
answered How do you install a slide lock when the door frame isn't level with the door?
Jul
29
comment I have 220V cable on a 110V circuit. Should I be worried?
The voltage rating of these cables has to do with the thickness of the insulation on the outside of the cable, not the thickness of the wire itself. Pretty much all of the cables used in the USA are rated to 600 V, so they can be used for both 120 and 240 V distribution.
Jul
21
comment Should a neutral wire ever be connected to the neutral for the power meter?
Yes, it's likely that this is not allowed. It depends on the specifications of the circuit breaker box. Perhaps it has a label that says if "double-taps" are allowed? What's the brand and model of the breaker box? But, the actual electrical continuity is fine. You don't need any breakers or disconnects to interrupt the neutral (except in situations with electrical generators and switches....)
Jul
20
comment Can I use a 20 amp breaker in the situation of having 15 amp wire connected to a 20 amp main wire?
I think that sometimes it is allowed, for example with motor loads (large inrush currents), or appliance cords. Could the answer be expanded to including those sorts of applications? For hard-wired devices, can a smaller wire be used? (Though, perhaps this is a unnecessary complication since the original question asked about adding outlets). While the 14 gauge wire is in place, one could install a 15 A breaker.
Jul
17
answered Installing water softener outside or inside? Already have“Easy Water” device. Does that change water hardness grains entered into new water softener?
Jul
2
awarded  Curious
Jun
18
answered Can I plug my 40 ampere stove into a 30 ampere receptacle?
Jun
6
comment Is it allowed to connect 14 awg ground wire to 12 awg ground
Is it a bad idea because of the creation of ground loops (for noise)? What if they are coming from separate electrical panels, or can circuits from separate panels not be shared in a single box?
May
22
awarded  Famous Question
May
9
comment Leaving a hot wire in the wall or ceiling
Perhaps a new "knob" is needed so that the wire is properly tensioned?
Apr
27
revised How can I extend a surge protector's cable?
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Apr
27
answered How can I extend a surge protector's cable?
Apr
20
comment Why do I have multiple voltages, power spikes, and other issues with my electric service?
While this is safer than before (and less likely to damage your appliances), this is not an appropriate solution. Now, the neutral current is flowing through the literal earth to the transformer. Te earth isn't conductive enough for this purpose (I expect that there is a significant voltage drop between your house's neutral and the transformer's neutral which changes with weather). A good electrical connection is needed for neutral. It's likely that the power company is the appropriate authority to fix it, but they will need to be involved since you need to disconnect your electrical service.
Apr
20
comment Do brass ball valves have to be oriented with the flow of water?
600CWP is the "Cold working pressure" in PSI.
Apr
2
comment Electrical turning off on its own
When this happens, does it trip a circuit breaker or blow a fuse? Or does it come back on by itself? Is it approximately half the house, or exactly one circuit?
Feb
12
answered How can I locate and repair a break in a circuit?
Feb
7
comment Why isn't my new toilet flushing system working as well as the old one?
Could you take a photograph of the inside of the tank? Is the water level in the bowl getting to where it used to be?
Feb
7
answered Why does hot water come from the faucet when only the cold water tap is on?