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by Aaron
Thu Jan 23, 2020 10:14 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Three way switch
Replies: 11
Views: 54

Re: Three way switch

The light above the switch box you have a picture of above is switched by the 3-way switch?

Do you have a volt-ohm meter? Probably need to do some continuity testing.
by Aaron
Thu Jan 23, 2020 9:16 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Three way switch
Replies: 11
Views: 54

Re: Three way switch

Ok so the right three wires were on one of the 3-way switches? If the power coming into that box powers the lights, then there is a power lead that goes to the common screw (usually brass or black) and the travelers go to the brass or silver terminals of the three way switch. It doesn't matter which...
by Aaron
Thu Jan 23, 2020 9:09 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Ceiling light - power from outlet under window
Replies: 1
Views: 6

Re: Ceiling light - power from outlet under window

Yes, you have the choice of running cable from the proposed ceiling light location to the switched receptacle, or to the switch itself. Whichever is easiest for you. Either way will entail removing an existing box, either the receptacle or switch box because you will need to get the new cable inside...
by Aaron
Thu Jan 23, 2020 4:51 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Three way switch
Replies: 11
Views: 54

Re: Three way switch

Ok, my suspicion is that when the fixtures were put pack in place after the work was done, they probably didn't get wired the same way as before.

If you take them down and post pics of all the wiring we can try and sort it for you.
by Aaron
Thu Jan 23, 2020 11:59 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Three way switch
Replies: 11
Views: 54

Re: Three way switch

It's possible? Do you know of anything that changed before this started happening?
by Aaron
Thu Jan 23, 2020 9:44 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Routing inside panel - is this alright?
Replies: 2
Views: 30

Re: Routing inside panel - is this alright?

Looks fine to me. No, your routing is just fine. There may be some concern about having more than two cables per box connector, though. The bundle of three going into that connector above your yellow arrow. You can drill 1/2" knockouts where you need them using a step bit, or if you have a hole punc...
by Aaron
Wed Jan 22, 2020 2:59 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Adding a light to a 3 way switch
Replies: 10
Views: 253

Re: Adding a light to a 3 way switch

Excellent, glad it all worked out!
by Aaron
Tue Jan 21, 2020 10:41 pm
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: Inspecting for cast iron plumbing
Replies: 2
Views: 275

Re: Inspecting for cast iron plumbing

Typically the only cast iron plumbing in any house would be the waste stack, and that is very common in many homes. It has advantages over ABS or PVC, primarily for its quiet flow. Unless it leaks, it's usually good and a non-issue.
by Aaron
Tue Jan 21, 2020 5:59 pm
Forum: Bathroom
Topic: white grout fell on black matte tile?
Replies: 1
Views: 225

Re: white grout fell on black matte tile?

Usually an acid of some sort is used to clean up grout film... try some vinegar, first, as a conservative treatment.
by Aaron
Tue Jan 21, 2020 12:44 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: How to wire to Add lighting to my pantry
Replies: 9
Views: 346

Re: How to wire to Add lighting to my pantry

Typically a pantry would not have any receptacles because it's a closet. If you do add receptacles, you will need to follow kitchen code and put them on a 20 amp circuit. You could share this circuit with the dining room receptacles which also must be 20 amp. Note, however, that while you need 12 ga...
by Aaron
Tue Jan 21, 2020 12:21 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Furnace Buzzing
Replies: 1
Views: 161

Re: Furnace Buzzing

It's probably a bad capacitor for your fan, or possibly, the fan motor itself. Either or both can cause buzzing. Try replacing the cap first, because that's cheap and relatively easy. If you can look at the spec label of the capacitor, you can order a replacement. Try going to an appliance parts sto...
by Aaron
Tue Jan 21, 2020 11:23 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Adding a light to a 3 way switch
Replies: 10
Views: 253

Re: Adding a light to a 3 way switch

Usually the power supply (black wire) has a white wire along with it. The real test is, with that black wire that you believe is the hot supply not being connected to anything, is there any other wire that is hot in any of the other boxes? The switch or light? If not, then the neutral and hot may be...
by Aaron
Tue Jan 21, 2020 8:57 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Adding a light to a 3 way switch
Replies: 10
Views: 253

Re: Adding a light to a 3 way switch

I also just noticed in pic IMG_0813.jpg that the ground between the fixture and the box is wrapped around one of the mounting screws. This is improper. You need a 10-32 screw in the back of the box to make a ground connection. There should be a hole back there tapped for such a screw. You can use an...
by Aaron
Tue Jan 21, 2020 8:45 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Adding a light to a 3 way switch
Replies: 10
Views: 253

Re: Adding a light to a 3 way switch

If you want to power the new light, it's simply powered from the same hot and neutral wires that are powering the other light. If you've cabled the new light to the switch box at the foot of the stairs, then you'll need to run a black and white (hot and neutral) from the other light fixture box and/...
by Aaron
Tue Jan 21, 2020 6:26 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Tapeless drywall finish?
Replies: 27
Views: 973

Re: Tapeless drywall finish?

Yeah he's got to get a thick skin and know there will be some skepticism about it. All inventors have to face headwinds!

I for one hope he's successful and gets a patent on his invention. Saving the time/hassle of taping is huge. He should also get in touch with Ben Degros, aka Vancouver Carpenter.
by Aaron
Tue Jan 21, 2020 6:09 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: How to wire to Add lighting to my pantry
Replies: 9
Views: 346

Re: How to wire to Add lighting to my pantry

When it comes to receptacles, you must follow code. I said the "room you're calling a pantry" above because typically a pantry is a large shelved closet or cupboard in, or adjacent to, a kitchen. It's used to store dry and non-perishable items (cans, boxes of pasta, flour, etc.). It seems like this ...
by Aaron
Mon Jan 20, 2020 10:35 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: How to wire to Add lighting to my pantry
Replies: 9
Views: 346

Re: How to wire to Add lighting to my pantry

If I understand you, you just want to keep your lighting circuits separate from your receptacle circuits. That is totally normal and what I'd recommend. You have power entering the switch box to control the ceiling lights of the room you're calling a pantry. For the wall sconce, all you'd need to do...
by Aaron
Mon Jan 20, 2020 7:07 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 3116
Views: 88663

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

Well at least you're out and about, not parked in front of a slot machine. The casinos can be a little fun but only for like 10 hours. Lol
by Aaron
Mon Jan 20, 2020 5:23 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Adding a light to a 3 way switch
Replies: 10
Views: 253

Re: Adding a light to a 3 way switch

Do you at all remember how it was wired before you tried to change it? Because basically all you would be doing is running 14/2 from the light at the top of the stairs to the light at the bottom of the stairs. The power that gets switched to Light 1 would then be carried down to Light 2. Do you know...
by Aaron
Mon Jan 20, 2020 5:11 pm
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: Shark-bite angle stops
Replies: 12
Views: 494

Re: Shark-bite angle stops

Yeah arguably one should never have to remove a valve, really, particularly if it's a ball valve. They usually just don't fail. Also the plumber or installer hopefully should leave plenty of length (slack) in the pipe extending into a sink-base cabinet to allow for working on it later. Supply stops ...
by Aaron
Mon Jan 20, 2020 2:34 pm
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: Shark-bite angle stops
Replies: 12
Views: 494

Re: Shark-bite angle stops

Interesting, I've never seen that tool. I'm not sure I've ever had to replace a compression-style valve before, I've only installed them! I never knew the ferrule got stuck on the pipe, but I guess it might over time if there is mineral buildup from the water that wedges itself between the pipe and ...
by Aaron
Mon Jan 20, 2020 2:28 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Adding a light to a 3 way switch
Replies: 10
Views: 253

Re: Adding a light to a 3 way switch

Sounds like you mis-wired it. Did you take a picture of the wiring before you changed it up? If not, post some pics of the wires in every box -- Switch 1, Switch 2, Fixture box 1, and Fixture box 2. We can probably sort it out for you.
by Aaron
Mon Jan 20, 2020 2:21 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 3116
Views: 88663

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

You're from Saskatchewan, you should be WEARING SHORTS right now in Vegas!!! I think I would be!!! :lol:
by Aaron
Mon Jan 20, 2020 2:18 pm
Forum: Tools
Topic: Old power tool uses, trade in?
Replies: 2
Views: 317

Re: Old power tool uses, trade in?

In my area there's a "tool library" that accepts donations, I'm not sure if they're a 501(c)(3), but if they were, the market value of the donation could probably get a tax deduction. Tool libraries are really awesome. You pay a nominal annual fee and you can "check out" tools from the library. Of c...
by Aaron
Mon Jan 20, 2020 2:06 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Closet lighting help
Replies: 10
Views: 399

Re: Closet lighting help

A slim one on the wall is perfect, I hadn't even thought of that either. Great idea.
by Aaron
Sun Jan 19, 2020 3:47 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Closet lighting help
Replies: 10
Views: 399

Re: Closet lighting help

Yeah that's true, you really don't even need a box. The connection is made in the fixture itself.
by Aaron
Sun Jan 19, 2020 12:50 pm
Forum: Bathroom
Topic: Stop Water From Leaking Out Of Shower
Replies: 15
Views: 460

Re: Stop Water From Leaking Out Of Shower

So there is no water that gets on the floor while taking the shower with the door closed? And that is because the floor of the shower is sloped towards the drain, right? Is water getting on the floor because the door is wet and dripping on the floor? Has it always been this way, since the shower was...
by Aaron
Sun Jan 19, 2020 2:26 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Lighting question,
Replies: 3
Views: 360

Re: Lighting question,

Ha ha ha, yeah it's happened to me too, you think you found the deal of a lifetime only to second-guess yourself later. Back in like 2012 or so, I got an entire box of 96-inch high-output fluorescent bulbs for $11, some 18 bulbs I think. A steal at the time, and arguably still is. I then proceeded t...
by Aaron
Sun Jan 19, 2020 2:17 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Closet lighting help
Replies: 10
Views: 399

Re: Closet lighting help

That's a fine rough-in. Closets I've seen in new homes just use the same under-cabinet strip lights used in kitchens, only mounted on the walls above the door inside the closet.
by Aaron
Sat Jan 18, 2020 2:56 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Tapeless drywall finish?
Replies: 27
Views: 973

Re: Tapeless drywall finish?

I dunno, you're pretty suspicious with the hat! :lol: