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by npautler
Tue Oct 08, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: AFCI Breakers vs. AFCI Receptacles
Replies: 1
Views: 82

AFCI Breakers vs. AFCI Receptacles

Is there one that is preferred over the other? Is one technically safer or more effective? Adding some circuits to a GE panel. GE (atleast from my research) does not make a half-size (THQP) fault protected breaker (AFCI, GFCI, or Dual). So, to save space I was planning on running my two kitchen coun...
by npautler
Mon Oct 07, 2019 8:28 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Three Way Light Switch Not Working
Replies: 23
Views: 278

Re: Three Way Light Switch Not Working

**Preface this advise by saying I am not an electrician like Aaron** However, I had this exact situation happen to me when changing out a three-way switch in our entry (i.e. one three way switch only worked when the other switch was in the "on" position and visa versa). My travelers changed colors f...
by npautler
Tue Oct 01, 2019 7:33 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: How Should I Reroute Electrical?
Replies: 14
Views: 303

Re: How Should I Reroute Electrical?

There are five runs from the panel that are being replaced with new 12/2 with ground Romex. However, these runs extend into the upper and lower areas of the house that are not being remodeled. I found a good consolidation point to mount some junction boxes where I plan to splice the new Romex with t...
by npautler
Fri Sep 27, 2019 12:23 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: How Should I Reroute Electrical?
Replies: 14
Views: 303

Re: How Should I Reroute Electrical?

Also, I found this document from Simpson Strong-Tie that appears pretty helpful when drilling or notching framing members. It covers Plumbing, HVAC, and Electrical. Thought I would share:

https://docplayer.net/11577131-Code-com ... guide.html
by npautler
Fri Sep 27, 2019 12:21 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: How Should I Reroute Electrical?
Replies: 14
Views: 303

Re: How Should I Reroute Electrical?

Aaron, I was looking at my panel and realized that the green bonding screw is missing from the left bus bar (circled in green in attached photo). There is a screw on the right bus. They appear connected so does it matter? Why would someone remove it from the left. There isn’t a sub panel in this hou...
by npautler
Thu Sep 26, 2019 9:22 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: How Should I Reroute Electrical?
Replies: 14
Views: 303

Re: How Should I Reroute Electrical?

Couple of additional questions, I’ve searched online and some of these seem debated on by electricians. As information, I have roughly twelve 12/2 cables (a few are actually 14/2 but for simplicity let’s just say all are 12/2). That I need to run up two stud cavities into the attic where they will r...
by npautler
Wed Sep 18, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: How Should I Reroute Electrical?
Replies: 14
Views: 303

How Should I Reroute Electrical?

How Should I Reroute Electrical? We are remodeling the kitchen in our 1960's home. We took the walls down to the studs along with removing the kitchen soffit that ran all around the perimeter. There wasn't anything structural in the soffits. But the kitchen sink vent stack did elbow out from the stu...
by npautler
Mon Sep 16, 2019 3:56 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Do you think this is asbestos?
Replies: 5
Views: 98

Re: Do you think this is asbestos?

Not sure if The two photos I attached in my original post failed to upload, but here they are again. One photo is a top-down view of what the sheet flooring looks like. The other shows the backing, appears to be felt like backing. This was under another layer of 1/4 underlayment and more modern look...
by npautler
Mon Sep 16, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Do you think this is asbestos?
Replies: 5
Views: 98

Re: Do you think this is asbestos?

I did not see any imprint or marking saying it was Armstrong. But just have been researching this pattern and found similar looking products from them during that time frame.
by npautler
Mon Sep 16, 2019 3:13 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Do you think this is asbestos?
Replies: 5
Views: 98

Do you think this is asbestos?

Hello, Removed old flooring (test results are pending). Just curious if anyone can identify if this is asbestos? I think this is an Armstrong “spatter” sheet flooring from the late 1950’s. Just looking for some thoughts. We setup a negative air room and we’re very careful in its removal. Treated it ...
by npautler
Tue Sep 03, 2019 2:44 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Kitchen Outlets - GFCI Question
Replies: 18
Views: 416

Re: Kitchen Outlets - GFCI Question

If there was a light fixture there, it should be in an electrical box. Generally a "pancake" style box is a quick retrofit. Whoever installed the old floodlight just had a gasket around the base of it with the cable just sticking out of the aluminum siding! I installed a round weatherproof box, cau...
by npautler
Sun Sep 01, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Kitchen Outlets - GFCI Question
Replies: 18
Views: 416

Re: Kitchen Outlets - GFCI Question

If it's old knob-and-tube style, each conductor is inside a braided cloth sheath loosely covering it called "loom". The load (hot) and neutral conductors are separated.
I don’t think it’s KT wiring. It looks like this picture (I took this after replacing a floodlight in the rear of the house)
by npautler
Fri Aug 30, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Kitchen Outlets - GFCI Question
Replies: 18
Views: 416

Re: Kitchen Outlets - GFCI Question

As a follow-up, the kitchen (that we are remodeling) is directly above this panel and utility room (panel is actually on the same wall as the kitchen countertop, lucked out there). When I add/upgrade the two 20 amp GFCI protected countertop circuits, how should I run the cable? Because the panel is ...
by npautler
Fri Aug 30, 2019 11:15 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Kitchen Outlets - GFCI Question
Replies: 18
Views: 416

Re: Kitchen Outlets - GFCI Question

Hard to tell from the pics, but I think most of the breakers run thru the rigid. Is there conduit run thru most of the house ?? The two largest rigid conduits running into the panel (left side of the panel in the picture, I think they are 2") both have about four cloth covered cables running throug...
by npautler
Thu Aug 29, 2019 7:02 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: What Is This?
Replies: 4
Views: 179

Re: What Is This?

I put up a 6’ cedar fence to hide all this stuff but this things still peaks over the top. (Still need to cut down a couple posts but need a new saw blade).
by npautler
Thu Aug 29, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: What Is This?
Replies: 4
Views: 179

Re: What Is This?

Yeah, I think you are correct Aaron.
by npautler
Thu Aug 29, 2019 10:43 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: What color should I choose for dining room?
Replies: 3
Views: 150

Re: What color should I choose for dining room?

We just painted our living/dining room. Went with "Functional Gray" from Valspar at Lowe's. It is in the "Greige" family. Very light grey with some beige in it. We've gotten a bunch of compliments on it. My wife loves the "Chip and Joanne" look (eyeroll). Which is pretty much gray walls/white trim.
by npautler
Thu Aug 29, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: Exterior
Topic: What Is This?
Replies: 4
Views: 179

What Is This?

Anyone know what this item circled in my photo is? Appears to be a cover for something no longer used. We’re looking at cleaning this service/utility area up and removing some older cable and phone line equipment that are no longer being used (or have the utility company remove them). We built a lit...
by npautler
Wed Aug 28, 2019 8:52 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Kitchen Outlets - GFCI Question
Replies: 18
Views: 416

Re: Kitchen Outlets - GFCI Question

I pulled the panel cover off and snapped a few pics. A lot going on in there. But the #6 wire from the water supply pipe comes down and then connects to one of the neutral bus bars (Circled in red). Sorry if I’m not using the correct terminology. Is this okay? Shouldn’t there be a ground bus bar too...
by npautler
Tue Aug 27, 2019 9:00 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Kitchen Outlets - GFCI Question
Replies: 18
Views: 416

Re: Kitchen Outlets - GFCI Question

Thank you for the additional input, emtnut! I will pull the cover off tonight and take a few pics. It does appear to be #6 bare copper. However, the panel is on the other side of the house from the water supply pipe. The copper wire goes from the panel in the utility room basement, follows the floor...
by npautler
Tue Aug 27, 2019 8:04 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Installing LVP Flooring in Kitchen
Replies: 3
Views: 169

Re: Installing LVP Flooring in Kitchen

Thanks Shannon. Quick follow-up to another post. So our 1960’s home currently has a vinyl sheet flooring in the kitchen (probably from the 80’s). I pulled up it up at the transition strip to see what was under that and...(drum roll) it is yet another layer of older vinyl sheet flooring. Obviously we...
by npautler
Mon Aug 26, 2019 11:54 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Installing LVP Flooring in Kitchen
Replies: 3
Views: 169

Installing LVP Flooring in Kitchen

Remodeling our home and we are going to install LVP flooring in the kitchen (loose lay - 8mm thick I believe). Do you recommend installing this under the cabinets as well or just up to the cabinets (i.e. after they've been install). Assuming it's okay to install after the cabinets are installed, sho...
by npautler
Mon Aug 26, 2019 11:39 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Kitchen Outlets - GFCI Question
Replies: 18
Views: 416

Re: Kitchen Outlets - GFCI Question

Thanks Aaron. Just as a follow-up, does the NEC 2017 require AFCI protection too in kitchen counter receptacles? I realize that I framed this post as only concerned with GFCI but just curious if I should pay the extra for the first receptacle in each kitchen circuit? In addition, I would like to eve...
by npautler
Mon Aug 26, 2019 10:59 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Kitchen Outlets - GFCI Question
Replies: 18
Views: 416

Re: Kitchen Outlets - GFCI Question

These are the receptacles that I am prepared to order if all counter outlets are required to be GFCI: https://www.amazon.com/Leviton-AGTR2-W-SmartlockPro-Function-Receptacle/dp/B01CG8MTN4/ref=sr_1_4?crid=2CROEM53QFXGL&keywords=afci%2Fgfci+outlet+20+amp&qid=1566838672&s=gateway&sprefix=afci%2Fgf%2Cap...
by npautler
Mon Aug 26, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Kitchen Outlets - GFCI Question
Replies: 18
Views: 416

Kitchen Outlets - GFCI Question

Hello, Sorry for the novice-level question but we are remodeling our kitchen and as part of that we would like to bring our kitchen up to code. I understand that our counter receptacles require two 20-amp GFCI circuits. All other issues in a vacuum, does that mean that every receptacle is required t...
by npautler
Fri Aug 23, 2019 8:06 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Asbestos Risk In Wall Covering?
Replies: 1
Views: 125

Asbestos Risk In Wall Covering?

Hello, We are remodeling our kitchen in our home that was built in 1960. One wall of the kitchen (that also carries down the stairs into the laundry room) has some sort of linoleum (not sure if that is what it is) sheet that comes about half way up the wall. It has been painted but I removed a switc...
by npautler
Fri Aug 16, 2019 7:39 am
Forum: Interior
Topic: Unique Crown Molding Feature - Removing Wall
Replies: 3
Views: 207

Re: Unique Crown Molding Feature - Removing Wall

Thank you for the information! The wall is non-load bearing and does not support any adjacent wall We've had three contractors confirm this (our attic in this area is actually very easy to access). I've tested the paint in multiple areas and it is lead free. But the asbestos does concern me. Besides...
by npautler
Thu Aug 15, 2019 9:22 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Unique Crown Molding Feature - Removing Wall
Replies: 3
Views: 207

Unique Crown Molding Feature - Removing Wall

Hello, We are remodeling our kitchen and, as part of that, are planning on removing a non-load bearing wall between the kitchen and dining area (see attached picture). This home was built in 1960. The walls are 5" and consist of 2x4's, gysum board (not the typicall drywall you buy at the home store ...