Chris Taylor
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When wiring outlets should I use pigtails or both sets of outlet screws?
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I'm not sure what the code says about pigtails vs. wire binding terminal screws to provide downstream continuity, but I always use pigtails to continue the circuit to downstream devices (plugs, ...

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Exhaust Fan tripping GFCI
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Just a reminder .... Make sure the circuit giving power to your bathroom fan is not an 'AFCI' protected circuit. Sometimes people confuse a 'GFCI' with an 'AFCI' protected circuit. An AFCI circuit ...

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Can I run THHN for separate washer and dryer circuits through the same conduit?
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The shorter answer ..... You can run conductors for different breakers (branch circuits) within the same conduit regardless of the amperage, as long as you follow what it says in the conduit fill ...

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Electrical outlet clearance from a hot water panel radiator
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I am not familiar with the NEC, but the CEC refers to usable wall space when calculating distances between receptacles; do not count the space behind an open bedroom door or under a window sill; these ...

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Best way to split an existing drain pipe
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It looks like you have 1-1/2" DWV copper drain pipe. You could rip out all the accessible copper pipe and fittings and replace it with ABS, using two Fernco fittings for the transition, but I would ...

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What to put in 60A GFCI breakers in Subpanel?
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Circuit breakers are designed to be the weakest link in the circuit. They have the ability to disconnect themselves in the event of a malfunction like a short circuit, ground fault or an overload. You ...

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Fridge/freezer door keep closed
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I have the exact same issue in my apartment. (my gf always does this, and I'm the only one noticing it!). I always thought this was the result of bad levelling. Have you tried tilting the fridge back ...

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Faint sewer smell in highrise bathroom during high winds in one direction?
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Strong wind gusts here in Toronto will cause the water level in my toilet bowl to move up and down, almost as if it were being plunged. I'm on the second floor of a century factory loft. The wild ...

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Can a wire go bad
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Wires don't go bad, but wire connections can become loose. They can also develop a burnish or tarnish on the surface which can result in a poor electrical connection, lading to an increase in ...

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Sink pivot rod stuck, seems to be screwed in?
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The pivot rod comes assembled with a spherical nylon ball compressed around the rod. And there is usually some kind of concave nylon washer which holds the ball in its seat when the nut is tightened. ...

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Name for tombstone-holder parts?
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I am only guessing here ... I'd describe them as tombstone bases if I were ordering over the phone. Maybe "tombstone brackets"? Sounds more official. Wouldn't it be cheaper and less trouble simply to ...

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Can you re-crimp the end of a PEX tube?
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Cut off about 6 inches of PEX at the used end and add a coupling and then add about 8 inches or new PEX. You get virgin pipe and a bit extra slack this way. (why do these plumbing posts always sound ...

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Are pipe unions made to a standard size / threading?
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As far as the two halves of a union joining together there is a smooth mating surface which must be a near perfect fit. There is some room for deflection. In my experience this mating surface is ...

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Why did the junctions in a circuit for my electric range melt?
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Electric ranges usually use size #8 American Wire Gauge (AWG) conductors. What does the rating plate on the electric range say? The wires must be large enough to handle the rated Amperage, and the ...

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Cordless drill or impact driver for household projects?
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An impact driver is recomended for drilling into harder materials like bricks and concrete masonry units (CMU's, or commonly --but incorrectly-- referred to as cinder blocks). But for softer materials ...

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3-way circuit to 4-way?
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Do you want four switches in total, but you only have two now? I am not sure how your parallel stairways are configured exactly and how lighting in one would affect the other. It does seem unusual. N....

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Why is the neutral tied to ground in my home's electrical panel?
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Electric current is only useful to us if it can eventually get back to the ground, after it has passed through a light bulb or motor, for example. Electricity is a potential force and wants nothing ...

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Dryer connection changes from 10-3 with ground to 10-3 without ground
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Don't ignore the Ground. Do look a bit closer. Some old BX cable had a flat metal strip as the Ground instead of the normal looking bare copper conductor we see today. I have seen many applications ...

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Double-vanity sinks drain slowly -- venting problem?
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Try cleaning the drain pipe with a snake. If it is clear then it may be a venting problem. Refer to image, above. If the vent is too far away from the trap you can increase the trap arm size from 1....

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1" x 4" tongue and groove
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Before considering finishes like tongue & groove lumber you must first design and build a supporting structural frame underneath, preferably by someone with competence and with experience. If this ...

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How to run wires to panel from joists
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It depends. How old is your panel? These days branch circuit wires can enter a panel on any side that is convenient, EXCEPT through the Service section of the panel. The Service section is where you ...

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Very low water pressure in the 2nd floor shower but good pressure every where else
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Check for sections of galvanized iron pipe leading to the shower. Galvanized iron pipe (and black iron pipe) will gradually build up a layer of corrosion over time and restrict water flow, typically ...

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connecting three 8 gauge wires, wire nut or multi-port?
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Twist the wires together with a pair of lineman's pliers before you put the wire nut over them. You can hold the insulated portion of the wires stable with a pair of needle-nosed pliers for stability. ...

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Tub faucet, how to attach elbow to cut pipe (partially cut threading)?
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Probably not worth the trouble. I would remove the entire faucet and start fresh. I see there is some galvanized iron pipe forming part of your shower riser. Unless you have dielectric unions ...

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Installing one way light switch
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Can you just go out and buy a 3-way switch? If you want you can probably exchange the single-pole switch for the 3-way switch, plus a few extra dollars. It will never work properly with what you ...

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I have a 3 total wire 220 volt service. New oven has 4 wires
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If you dont have a White (Neutral) wire you will not be able to run the little things, like the timer, clock, lights, rotisserie, etc. Just the oven elements (and maybe the top elements, but not sure ...

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Changing 220 to 110
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The existing breakers will need to be switched out, from the 2-pole 25 Amp breakers to a single-pole 15 Amp breaker. You will be left with an empty space in the panel. Cover it. Nothing should be able ...

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Chain Pull LIght
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Yes, it can be done easily by pigtailing wires inside the junction box under the light; one part is 'unswitched', wires coming from the source go into the box and split into two sub-branches; one goes ...

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Main breaker does NOT turn power to house off
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This unusual kind of bypass wiring is usually found in former marijuana grow op houses. Did you buy the house at some reduced price? Otherwise, you may have mistaken the main panel for a sub-panel. Or,...

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Connecting a Leviton light timer w/ 3 way set up
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Follow the instructions that came with the timer. Otherwise, look them up online. And make sure your timer and switch can handle LED lighting. This could be a critical point to consider, or not. Also, ...

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