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Jan
19
comment 2 hot wires into light switch and no neutral
What "sensor" are you using? A multimeter? What setting were you using? What was the actual reading? Can you not just hook up a new switch exactly the same way the old one was?
Jan
18
comment Replace “powered” dimmer switch for old (1950s) house
Yes, that is expected.
Jan
18
comment Replace “powered” dimmer switch for old (1950s) house
And before you ask, yes, this does work if the switch has an indicator light in it because in the "off" position, it's not actually off. The switch is actually passing a tiny amount of current through the circuit to power the indicator, but not enough to light up the ceiling light.
Jan
18
comment Replace “powered” dimmer switch for old (1950s) house
To the untrained observer, it only looks like a short. But it's not. See my edit.
Jan
18
revised Replace “powered” dimmer switch for old (1950s) house
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Jan
18
comment Replace “powered” dimmer switch for old (1950s) house
How do you think the existing dimmer works?
Jan
18
comment Replace “powered” dimmer switch for old (1950s) house
"direct short across the hot and neutral", where, in the switch box?
Jan
18
comment What's wrong with my replacement GFCI outlet?
Also, try wiring it in without connecting the LOAD side at all. There might be a fault downstream. And that may be why it trips when you plug something in.
Jan
18
comment Outlet trips GFCI outlet
Your last paragraph makes no sense. Can you take a picture?
Jan
18
answered Replace “powered” dimmer switch for old (1950s) house
Jan
15
comment Help to diagnose the washing machine issue
Thats what I would expect.
Jan
15
comment Help to diagnose the washing machine issue
It's possible that the belt only slips at high speeds. And besides, considering the cost of replacing our fixing any other part of them machine, it's worth trying this cheap part first.
Jan
15
answered Help to diagnose the washing machine issue
Jan
12
revised Why is my wiring hooked up like this
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Jan
11
answered Is it possible that I could have a 220V circuit with no circuit breaker?
Jan
9
comment Switched outlet has open neutral when switch is off
This could be miswired either at the switch or the outlet. You're going to need to figure out how it's wired so we can tell you how to fix it.
Jan
8
comment Stop a leak in an outdoor plastic pipe
FiberFix is awesome for these kinds of leaks. It's a temporary fix, but it works better than any other type of sealant.
Jan
8
comment Remove power spike when restoring power
The difference between you flipping the breaker and the power coming on after a power outage is that the voltage after a power outage can take a while to ramp up to the full value. The devices you have described (computer, monitors, TV's) probably have power supplies that work with voltages as low as 70-100 volts. At lower voltages, they require more current to provide the required power to the device. So if you're near the limit then you are definitely over the limit at lower voltage. +1: "The way to resolve this is to move loads to other circuits, or have an additional circuit installed."
Jan
2
reviewed Approve Why would only 1/3 of my registers be blowing warm air?
Dec
30
answered Should I have continuity between hot lug (at service in) and neutral bus with main breaker off?