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by diytexas
Thu Aug 29, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: having trouble fitting wires in box
Replies: 12
Views: 443

Re: having trouble fitting wires in box

Had to look up a mud ring.

So are you suggesting you can get a mud ring when it's too tight? :lol:
by diytexas
Sat Aug 24, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Outlets not working
Replies: 3
Views: 171

Re: Outlets not working

Did you check the wiring of the next working upstream and next working downstream outlet?

Also make sure there's not switch controlled somewhere (since it's a new house)

Disclaimer: I'm not an electrician. I'm here because I have questions too
by diytexas
Sat Aug 17, 2019 12:22 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: confused myself
Replies: 15
Views: 428

Re: confused myself

I get all that. I mean we could put (10) 20A circuits, but it will still only dispense 40A when the subpanel or service panel 2 pole breaker trips that feeds this wire. I don't understand why 120V panels don't exist (well, they apparently do, but aren't popular, at all). If I have a buried 8/3, but ...
by diytexas
Sat Aug 17, 2019 12:15 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: confused myself
Replies: 15
Views: 428

Re: confused myself

:lol:
by diytexas
Fri Aug 16, 2019 10:39 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: confused myself
Replies: 15
Views: 428

Re: confused myself

lol I think I've now confused everyone else now too. Let's start over. I have an 8 AWG wire coming from the service panel. Unused. Two hots. One neutral. Can this be converted (in anyway possible) to provide more than 40 amps if I just need 120V? I dont need 240. My thinking is this. I have two 8 ga...
by diytexas
Fri Aug 16, 2019 11:50 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: confused myself
Replies: 15
Views: 428

Re: confused myself

It's the separation factor that confuses me for some damn reason. If you wrap two 8AWG wires, you have a bigger gauge wire and more ampacity. But as long as they're separate.....the ampacity isn't "added", ever. Just voltage
by diytexas
Fri Aug 16, 2019 11:48 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: confused myself
Replies: 15
Views: 428

Re: confused myself

Not using 220V, ever, whats the maximum amperage that can be drawn? Is it still ONLY 40? This is what confuses me and I know its related to electrical fundamentals, just cant figure out what. What am I missing? To answer the 'electrical fundamental' ... A 40A circuit is 40Amps, whether it's 240 or ...
by diytexas
Thu Aug 15, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: confused myself
Replies: 15
Views: 428

Re: confused myself

No there's a neutral. As for why two hots can't be combined to increase amp draw im assuming is because of the single neutral return?

Otherwise couldn't you just add a neutral and have two sets of 8/2 and fees a panel on a single hot and neutral? Never heard of it being done.
by diytexas
Thu Aug 15, 2019 12:30 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: confused myself
Replies: 15
Views: 428

confused myself

I have a 220v 8/3 wire coming from the main service panel to an old central a/c thats no longer used. I'd like to put in a subpanel and have some 110v 20A outlets. 220V will NEVER be used from this subpanel. For now, ignore, the setup in the main service panel. Not using 220V, ever, whats the maximu...
by diytexas
Mon Jul 01, 2019 12:34 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: New species of gunk discovered
Replies: 1
Views: 144

New species of gunk discovered

I'm cleaning out the carb etc in the pressure washer (it sits between summers) and basically this year is awful. I've worked on my share of small engines and never seen it like this. The inside of the tank is chunk level rusted and apparently it got into to the float tank as well, which is showing s...
by diytexas
Sun Nov 18, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Calculating AWG from stranded gauge - whats wrong with me
Replies: 7
Views: 337

Re: Calculating AWG from stranded gauge - whats wrong with me

Made a side stop to home Depot during an errand, so didn't have a sample of wire to compare.

8 vs 6 is clear as night and day. I should know when I look back at what I have. I think it's an 8.
by diytexas
Sun Nov 18, 2018 9:11 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: feeder wire with cut neutral
Replies: 16
Views: 451

Re: feeder wire with cut neutral

I read somewhere exposed conduit must be metal. This will run along a building side.
by diytexas
Sun Nov 18, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: feeder wire with cut neutral
Replies: 16
Views: 451

Re: feeder wire with cut neutral

Conduit can be removed. I was just going to replace all of it with whatever necessary. I'd like to create a subpanel but not in that location. What's the best way to splice the feeder line another 20 feet? It will exposed along the building. So apparently I need to use THNN in metal conduit. I'm jus...
by diytexas
Sun Nov 18, 2018 10:27 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: feeder wire with cut neutral
Replies: 16
Views: 451

Re: feeder wire with cut neutral

The cut is at the entrance to the box. So I can see the neutral. It's just barely poking out the conduit hole.

It's still about 2 or so feet out of the ground once I remove the conduit.

At the main service panel, it's 100% normal and connected to the neutral bar. So that's good
by diytexas
Sat Nov 17, 2018 8:19 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Calculating AWG from stranded gauge - whats wrong with me
Replies: 7
Views: 337

Re: Calculating AWG from stranded gauge - whats wrong with me

Aaron wrote:
Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:06 pm
Well it's going to be a common awg, for sure. Maybe cut a small sample piece and take it with you to a Home Depot or Lowe's or whatever and compare it with what they stock. Probably the easiest thing to do really then measuring and calculating.
Yeah that sounds like the easiest solution.
by diytexas
Fri Nov 16, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: feeder wire with cut neutral
Replies: 16
Views: 451

Re: feeder wire with cut neutral

Got it. Thanks.

Would it need an access box or can it just be in the normal conduit leading to the panel? (screwed and heatshrunk)
by diytexas
Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:55 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Calculating AWG from stranded gauge - whats wrong with me
Replies: 7
Views: 337

Re: Calculating AWG from stranded gauge - whats wrong with me

Yes. That's where it gets interesting. Whoever installed this loaded it onto the same 100amp breaker that serves the mobile home.....AND on top of that it's a 3 pole....(one pole is doubled lol).... as someone joked, the installer probably literally just grabbed what he had laying in his truck Some ...
by diytexas
Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: feeder wire with cut neutral
Replies: 16
Views: 451

feeder wire with cut neutral

Looking to convert an old feeder wire into a subpanel to avoid digging and running a whole new line. It used to run to a central AC that's no longer active. It's an 8 (or 6) gauge (to be determined) Anyway, whoever installed it cut the neutral down to the entrance of the junction box. If I install a...
by diytexas
Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Extending an stove Wire
Replies: 4
Views: 225

Re: Extending an stove Wire

I may be doing something similar for 8 or 6 (to be determined) wire. Is there an alternative to wirenuts? Something like a junction box with a screw down bar....like you see in panels for the feeder wires? Something about wire nuts I don't fully trust with heavier gauges. I use them all the time, bu...
by diytexas
Fri Nov 16, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Calculating AWG from stranded gauge - whats wrong with me
Replies: 7
Views: 337

Re: Calculating AWG from stranded gauge - whats wrong with me

Ithey do actually have a jacket. But having any writing on it would be too easy, so it's not anywhere to be found.

My wire gauge says it's either an 8 or a 6. But bring stranded, it's a little Willy Wonka to measure and I'd like to be sure
by diytexas
Fri Nov 16, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Calculating AWG from stranded gauge - whats wrong with me
Replies: 7
Views: 337

Calculating AWG from stranded gauge - whats wrong with me

Trying to figure out the AWG of a wire with 7 strands. The awg of each strand is 0.046 (in). There are 7 of them. To get them in CMA... CMA = D2 x N in mils thats 1 in = 1000 mils 0.064 = 64 mils 64 x 64 x 7 = 28672 https://www.te.com/commerce/DocumentDelivery/DDEController?Action=srchrtrv&DocNm=177...
by diytexas
Sun Apr 15, 2018 3:07 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: thought I should share these
Replies: 2
Views: 302

thought I should share these

If you are a regular table saw user, this is all probably common sense. But if you are an occasional user like me who makes dumb errors with their intro table saw, these tips might help. His channel has some real good stuff

https://youtu.be/31DWE1aRVto

https://youtu.be/VcodNMiNNac
by diytexas
Sun Oct 22, 2017 11:37 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: painted caulk still sticky
Replies: 5
Views: 792

Re: painted caulk still sticky

Busted. Yeah caulk wasnt FULLLLY cured. I mean it says paintable in 30 min, but im sure on the back it probably says *except for humid environments"

Oil paint was brand new
by diytexas
Sun Oct 22, 2017 9:52 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: painted caulk still sticky
Replies: 5
Views: 792

painted caulk still sticky

So its been about 5 days and many parts of the painted caulk are still sticky and spreading paint to the hands. Used paintable caulk (mostly :lol: ) and an oil based paint. The paint else where there is no caulk is dry as a bone. What gives? Any tips to resolve? Im thinking maybe a rub down with a t...
by diytexas
Tue Oct 17, 2017 12:24 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Follow the Maths
Replies: 32
Views: 1041

Re: Follow the Maths

Its confusing because opening his door and the other door is the same as opening your door and his door. Again, its just that "2/3rds" chance of choosing wrong door the first time is why you switch. I wont lie, I spent a good 10 minutes on this one. I was on the 50/50 team for a bit there. Reminds o...
by diytexas
Tue Oct 17, 2017 12:13 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Painting trim
Replies: 9
Views: 315

Re: Painting trim

Thanks Spruce. That makes sense I went and got this stuff Glidden Trim and Door 1 qt. Bright White Gloss Interior/Exterior Oil Paint https://homedepot.app.link/oS5dRTYhjH SKU# 202800138 Works fantastic. 3 drops could cover a house. Nice viscosity, not watery. Definitely what we needed. Oil based, bu...
by diytexas
Mon Oct 16, 2017 6:21 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Painting trim
Replies: 9
Views: 315

Re: Painting trim

Couldnt you get a tint base like below and just paint without adding a color?

http://low.es/2lsCaR4

Or does everything have to have a color chosen and added? I mean, I really just want a basic white for trim. I cant imagine this isnt ready and premixed on shelves
by diytexas
Mon Oct 16, 2017 5:56 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Painting trim
Replies: 9
Views: 315

Re: Painting trim

This is why I recommend staying away from big box offerings and go with dealer brands. The only reason to go with a non-dealer brand paint is if you already have experience with it and know it's going to do the job you need it to do. For a couple bucks more you could have chosen Valspar, which is a...
by diytexas
Mon Oct 16, 2017 5:44 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Painting trim
Replies: 9
Views: 315

Re: Painting trim

I thought it might be the caulk used or my wifes mixing. Nope. This stuff just sucks. And so does my trim work, so good paint is needed. This stuff is like water paint.
by diytexas
Sun Oct 15, 2017 7:57 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Painting trim
Replies: 9
Views: 315

Painting trim

Bought this stuff at lowes to paint our white trim and its ultra thin and transparent. The trim has a number of imperfections we need to cover. Any ideas whats wrong here?

http://low.es/1RUF9ep

We just went the basic white boring paint, to cover white wood trim and some wood. nothing special.