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by emtnut
Mon Dec 10, 2018 9:29 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Electrical update, retrofit or....
Replies: 2
Views: 13

Re: Electrical update, retrofit or....

Well, the electrical can be done with or without the walls there. You'd save quite a bit on the electricians labour if the walls were open, so it really depends on how much of the electrical needs updating. I'd suggest getting a quote for the electrical work, for both fishing in wire, and with the w...
by emtnut
Mon Dec 10, 2018 9:20 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Melted Wire
Replies: 61
Views: 494

Re: Melted Wire

2. About 10 feet down the line (toward the box) where the line turned into the wall of the garage and then down into the basement, I had a junction box that served as protection for the line. There was no junction, the line just went from conduit into the box and through the wall into the basement....
by emtnut
Mon Dec 10, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Capacity vs Quantity. 15a vs 20a circuits
Replies: 27
Views: 177

Re: Capacity vs Quantity. 15a vs 20a circuits

Sounds like a plan.
The blank face often works out to be a good option !
by emtnut
Mon Dec 10, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 1886
Views: 37442

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

A. Spruce wrote:
Sun Dec 09, 2018 8:30 pm
DanM wrote:
Sun Dec 09, 2018 8:12 pm


Ha, jokes on you. Nutzy doesn't have any friends!

Just kidding
I'd LMFAO at that, but I consider Nutzy my friend, so, let's just say that we're all laughing WITH him on this one. :mrgreen:
Thanks buddy , good to know someone has my back :cry:
by emtnut
Mon Dec 10, 2018 9:07 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 1886
Views: 37442

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

can't make long distance calls though. What happens when you short out a service panel and you need to phone a friend?!?!?! :lol: Ha, jokes on you. Nutzy doesn't have any friends! Just kidding Dan ... Dan ... Dan !!! If I had feelings, they'd be hurt :mrgreen: And you and I are like internet neighb...
by emtnut
Mon Dec 10, 2018 8:58 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 1886
Views: 37442

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

Its so wide open here you can read sign language for miles with a decent set of binoculars. I've heard that on a clear day, the Llamba's out there can look out and see their own buttocks :lol: https://youtu.be/7LXJ2UBB3ZY?t=100 Video should start at the right place, if not skip to 1:40 Derek is a f...
by emtnut
Sun Dec 09, 2018 6:54 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Capacity vs Quantity. 15a vs 20a circuits
Replies: 27
Views: 177

Re: Capacity vs Quantity. 15a vs 20a circuits

I think that EMT/MC/AC provision for AFCI exists here in the US too. No I'm just saying that the AFCI devices are probably a lot cheaper than the AFCI breakers. So if you could just buy cheap $5 standard breakers and run nine standard circuits into raceway to a 9-gang box (that's the most gangs I'v...
by emtnut
Sun Dec 09, 2018 6:35 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 1886
Views: 37442

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

At least mine work in a power outage :mrgreen:

And that string can be extended too !!! :lol:
by emtnut
Sun Dec 09, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Melted Wire
Replies: 61
Views: 494

Re: Melted Wire

Plus I think cables and conductors are rated for at least 75°C if not 90°C these days. That should be marked on the sheath of the cable or the insulation of the conductor. Yes, most are rated 90˚ , some are 75˚ (like twn75 :mrgreen: ) NEC requires you to use the 60˚ column. CEC changed that in 2012...
by emtnut
Sun Dec 09, 2018 6:08 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 1886
Views: 37442

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

Aaron wrote:
Sat Dec 08, 2018 3:06 pm
I wonder if Otterbox makes a case for that phone? lol
Even Otterbox engineers wouldn't be able to make it Sprucy-proof :lol:
by emtnut
Sat Dec 08, 2018 1:29 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Capacity vs Quantity. 15a vs 20a circuits
Replies: 27
Views: 177

Re: Capacity vs Quantity. 15a vs 20a circuits

Some guys run a short 6" of AC to a blank face AFCI, then feed the circuit from there. It's a bit more labor, but saves a few bucks on the AFCI breaker. Ha! That is ridiculous. Now I'm thinking you could just have a 9-gang box chase-nippled to the panel, with 9 gangs of faceless AFCIs. It's usually...
by emtnut
Sat Dec 08, 2018 12:34 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Melted Wire
Replies: 61
Views: 494

Re: Melted Wire

That helps a lot. Thanks! One last thing...if I go w a 60 amp breaker and #6 wire, are they compatible together? In other words what is the max amp load for #6 wire? I imagine it needs to be 60, if I am using a 60 amp breaker, right? For this application they are. The wire is rated at 55A (@60˚). Y...
by emtnut
Fri Dec 07, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Capacity vs Quantity. 15a vs 20a circuits
Replies: 27
Views: 177

Re: Capacity vs Quantity. 15a vs 20a circuits

Sorry for the bad news, but you need AFCIs down there. Well that's the start of an expensive Friday morning! :lol: You have the option of running AC cable to the first AFCI receptacle, and feeding the circuit from there. Some guys run a short 6" of AC to a blank face AFCI, then feed the circuit fro...
by emtnut
Fri Dec 07, 2018 5:22 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Capacity vs Quantity. 15a vs 20a circuits
Replies: 27
Views: 177

Re: Capacity vs Quantity. 15a vs 20a circuits

Question for heat generation by tandem breakers, would it be OK to have lets say microwave and fridge on the same tandem? Would 2 high load devices running each at ~1500w for 5h (unlikely scenario) on one tandem surrounded by breakers be an issue? I just want to make sure i'm not creating a heat pr...
by emtnut
Fri Dec 07, 2018 5:15 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Melted Wire
Replies: 61
Views: 494

Re: Melted Wire

We have a Square D box and Square D only makes 50 and 60 AMP breakers. I cannot get a 55 amp. Looking back at the manual, however, it states that the AMPs at 10Kw are 42. I am not too clear on why I would need to get up to 55. A heater is considered a continuous load (for NEC, that means it could b...
by emtnut
Fri Dec 07, 2018 12:05 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 1886
Views: 37442

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

Well Sprucy, I think the phone that you have now, is probably a lot tougher than the new ones.

I'd keep it if I were you !!! :mrgreen:
by emtnut
Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:24 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Capacity vs Quantity. 15a vs 20a circuits
Replies: 27
Views: 177

Re: Capacity vs Quantity. 15a vs 20a circuits

Be careful if you're changing the breakers that currently feed the kitchen. If they are MWBCs (ie, the 2 breakers are fed from 14/3 cable), then you need to make sure that each hot of the new breaker is on a separate phase. If not, you can overload/overheat the shared neutral. There could be an issu...
by emtnut
Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:12 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Melted Wire
Replies: 61
Views: 494

Re: Melted Wire

I seems that NEC limits #6 romex to 55Amps (CEC allows 65A ... go figure !)

So unless you run larger cable (or #6 THHN in conduit), the max breaker is 55A for you.
by emtnut
Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: 3 way switch change to independent light
Replies: 1
Views: 36

Re: 3 way switch change to independent light

Doing a basement reno qhere I'm adding a bedroom. Currently, the light in the soon to be bedroom is controlled by a 3 way switch at the top of the stairs as well as just outside where the bedroom will be. I need to have a new, independent light and switch in the bedroom and move the 3 way switch co...
by emtnut
Thu Dec 06, 2018 9:18 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Melted Wire
Replies: 61
Views: 494

Re: Melted Wire

Manual just says to follow NEC .

I can't say for sure with NEC (and I think your in the US). CEC would allow 60A breaker with #6AWG. But I know there are differences on how NEC and CEC handle heating loads .

I think you're stuck going with the 55A breaker. Maybe Aaron can confirm.
by emtnut
Thu Dec 06, 2018 9:00 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Capacity vs Quantity. 15a vs 20a circuits
Replies: 27
Views: 177

Re: Capacity vs Quantity. 15a vs 20a circuits

You're coming along quite well ! Just wanted to point out a few things. Since you're limited to 12 devices (junction boxes don't count) , there is usually no advantage to going to a 20A circuit. Possibly the circuit on your PCs would be a good idea, depending on how many you put on a circuit. If you...
by emtnut
Thu Dec 06, 2018 8:50 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Melted Wire
Replies: 61
Views: 494

Re: Melted Wire

I just spoke with a technical rep from the place I am getting it (bought it -pick up tomorrow). I am planning to run 6/2 and take out the #8 (ugh). It's about 75 feet between the breaker box and the heater. I'm also replacing the 40amp breaker with a 50 amp. The amperage indicates that it draws 42 ...
by emtnut
Wed Dec 05, 2018 8:33 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Capacity vs Quantity. 15a vs 20a circuits
Replies: 27
Views: 177

Re: Capacity vs Quantity. 15a vs 20a circuits

Have a few more outlets on a 20a circuit, or have more breakers and use 15a circuits. Odds are, I'd have to start looking at space savers for the panel if I were to throw a bunch of 15's in there. I would have (at times) several high powered PC's (Max 8) which can draw anywhere from 4-600w on full ...
by emtnut
Sun Dec 02, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Melted Wire
Replies: 61
Views: 494

Re: Melted Wire

That a 480 Volt unit !

If you need more heat, you may need to look at 2 - 5Kv units (240V)
by emtnut
Sat Dec 01, 2018 10:41 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Melted Wire
Replies: 61
Views: 494

Re: Melted Wire

I NEVER work on circuits without mine (I have about 6 or 7 of them, some just backups, and some with specific ranges). A lot of the amp clamps can be used as a regular multimeter as well. If I could only buy one test instrument to do electrical, this is what it would be. So you likely have differen...
by emtnut
Fri Nov 30, 2018 3:48 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Melted Wire
Replies: 61
Views: 494

Re: Melted Wire

What am I going to learn differently from this measurement than I did with my voltage meter? If you read a very high current (ie, 50+ Amps, then you would know that the heater is faulty) If you read current within spec (around 30 -32A) , then you would know it is a bad connection. I NEVER work on c...
by emtnut
Wed Nov 28, 2018 8:28 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Electric Code Checklists (US/Canada)
Replies: 85
Views: 4590

Re: Electric Code Checklists (US/Canada)

JJT wrote:
Mon Nov 26, 2018 11:42 am

I was thinking of prettying her up for you guys, but then thought ultimately it's her personality that counts,...right guys :?: ;)
Well, yeah ..... And I'd say that panel has plenty of personality !!! :lol: ;)

Just kidding, it actually looks much better than Spruceys wiring, thats for sure !!!
by emtnut
Wed Nov 28, 2018 8:26 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Melted Wire
Replies: 61
Views: 494

Re: Melted Wire

It would have been interesting to see what the current draw was. You would need an amp-clamp though. My guess is that there must be a low resistance value on the heater coils.

Good luck with the next one !
by emtnut
Wed Nov 28, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 1886
Views: 37442

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

I currently have a Samsung phone. The next one will probably be an i-phone. But only because when my grandson calls me (he's 3) on his moms phone, he always says " I can't see you BaBa !!! " The other reason is many electrical apps aren't available for Android. I guess those developers only have Mac...