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by diytexas
Sun Nov 18, 2018 9:15 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Calculating AWG from stranded gauge - whats wrong with me
Replies: 7
Views: 221

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: 368

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: 368

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: 368

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: 221

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: 368

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: 221

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: 368

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: 174

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: 221

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: 221

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: 275

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: 593

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: 593

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: 985

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: 291

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: 291

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: 291

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: 291

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: 291

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.
by diytexas
Sun Oct 15, 2017 4:36 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Follow the Maths
Replies: 32
Views: 985

Re: Follow the Maths

Here ya go spruce "Actually Monty does you a confusing (to most people) disservice by throwing one away early. If he left the unpicked two doors closed and said you could open them simultaneously, and if you see a car … you win. Almost all would then trade for the two doors." - Don M from https://be...
by diytexas
Thu Oct 12, 2017 7:21 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: textured walls
Replies: 28
Views: 762

Re: textured walls

$11 for a sea sponge. Let that be a sign of how much this little 9x11 she-shed is adding up to

I didnt factor that stuff in the original plans lol
by diytexas
Thu Oct 12, 2017 1:59 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: textured walls
Replies: 28
Views: 762

Re: textured walls

So the outlet holes needed some more patching done. The paint was finished days ago, so I need to texture and knockdown the new patches/fixes. Long story short, its proving to be a challenge to mimick the original textured knockdown job. As it stands it looks obviously different. I even got the hopp...
by diytexas
Sun Oct 08, 2017 2:09 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: textured walls
Replies: 28
Views: 762

Re: textured walls

First coat on. Texture was absolutely the way to go. Really really covers up a lot.

3/8 nap seemed to work great too, mostly. It skipped some deep crevices, but nothing a brush or pressing the roller didnt fix.
by diytexas
Sun Oct 08, 2017 1:58 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Insulating above unconditioned garage
Replies: 13
Views: 445

Re: Insulating above unconditioned garage

Well, I can tell you that if the insulation bulges so much as an inch out of the bays, hanging the rock will be quite the experience, it is really hard trying to smash 32 square feet of insulation at once, let alone overhead and trying to install fasteners without blowing them through the drywall. ...
by diytexas
Sat Oct 07, 2017 2:02 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Deal or no deal?
Replies: 6
Views: 332

Re: Deal or no deal?

Isnt it a concern that bringing in used/old wood could open the doors to wood beetles and other destructive insects?

I know someone personally that bought NEW lumber from out of state that had an insect issue. It wasnt discovered until years after the log home was built.
by diytexas
Sat Oct 07, 2017 1:52 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Deal or no deal?
Replies: 6
Views: 332

Re: Deal or no deal?

Well, his email is a pallet company. I'm sure the wood is beat to hell, but that rustic look is popular here in texas. Eh.....if he was local id maybe go take a look for this relatively small deck I plan to build around the corrugated metal shed. I guess the deal depends totally on what youre lookin...
by diytexas
Sat Oct 07, 2017 1:03 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: textured walls
Replies: 28
Views: 762

Re: textured walls

Yeah so it looks like primer and paint in one is a very common thing now. Shows how out of the loop I am


Got our paint and rollers etc now. Ready to go
by diytexas
Fri Oct 06, 2017 4:45 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: textured walls
Replies: 28
Views: 762

Re: textured walls

I think thats what ill do. Shannon what primer brand do you prefer?
by diytexas
Fri Oct 06, 2017 5:26 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: textured walls
Replies: 28
Views: 762

Re: textured walls

Ok. Next step is primer and paint. Will look into properly tinting the primer. I see gray and white options for primer and have read that gray is shown to bring colors out more. But I dont know how light gray paint would work on gray primer. Seems like white would be better. Does it REALLY matter wh...