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by Aaron
Wed Dec 02, 2015 11:01 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: basement electrical
Replies: 29
Views: 1912

Re: basement electrical

That's right--actually it was the 2011 revision of NEC code that requires a neutral presence in switch boxes, so it's been in place some 4 years now in the United States for new construction. So when wiring a new house, it's actually best to run power to the switch, then to the lights you're switchi...
by Aaron
Wed Dec 02, 2015 12:09 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Looking for an LED type A, 40w equivalent that's OK for an o
Replies: 1
Views: 249

Re: Looking for an LED type A, 40w equivalent that's OK for

You should just be able to use the same bulbs you'd use inside your house. I picked up a two-pack of FEIT brand bulbs for $5 on sale at my local DIY big-box store, and they're installed in my exterior lights on each side of my garage door. They're enclosed in a lantern-style fixture. I believe the b...
by Aaron
Mon Nov 30, 2015 3:56 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Changing to a GFI outlet - Kitchen Counter
Replies: 18
Views: 1364

Re: Changing to a GFI outlet - Kitchen Counter

Ugh... AFCI in the kitchen? Good grief.
by Aaron
Sun Nov 29, 2015 5:42 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Changing to a GFI outlet - Kitchen Counter
Replies: 18
Views: 1364

Re: Changing to a GFI outlet - Kitchen Counter

That second link doesn't seem to work. The URL is also different than the first URL you posted so are you certain it's the same website? In new construction small appliance (countertop) receptacles for kitchens must be 20A, yes. I'm not sure when this became a requirement, but if your house is older...
by Aaron
Sun Nov 29, 2015 2:50 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Help with replacing a switch
Replies: 20
Views: 914

Re: Help with replacing a switch

Yeah we're going to get 8-10 inches tomorrow I think... heavy, wet snow. Still have to put snow tires on the truck. I'm really late with that this year. I want to say I bought the old Type AC, without any insulated ground conductor, as recently as 10 years ago. I think back then I didn't even know t...
by Aaron
Sun Nov 29, 2015 2:38 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Thanksgiving
Replies: 9
Views: 590

Re: Thanksgiving

Yeah that's about the same as here in terms of family get-togethers: Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter.
by Aaron
Fri Nov 27, 2015 6:31 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Thanksgiving
Replies: 9
Views: 590

Re: Thanksgiving

I think you're right, Columbus Day. Apparently not all the states recognize it, and some cities have declared they will observe it as Indigenous People's Day. Either way, it's a government holiday so basically we don't have mail delivered but everything else is business as usual. Do you guys have Th...
by Aaron
Thu Nov 26, 2015 11:07 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Thanksgiving
Replies: 9
Views: 590

Re: Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving in Canada already happened, right? In the middle of the summer? lol
by Aaron
Wed Nov 25, 2015 8:44 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Help with replacing a switch
Replies: 20
Views: 914

Re: Help with replacing a switch

Wayne, do you know if you can even buy AC anymore? I haven't seen it in the stores for years. I think MC has pretty much supplanted it.
by Aaron
Tue Nov 24, 2015 8:43 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Help with replacing a switch
Replies: 20
Views: 914

Re: Help with replacing a switch

Actually that aluminum wire need not be connected at all, because like I said it's not really a ground wire. It obviously won't hurt either way, but if I didn't have an extra ground screw I wouldn't bother.
by Aaron
Mon Nov 23, 2015 11:28 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Help with replacing a switch
Replies: 20
Views: 914

Re: Help with replacing a switch

Yeah so it should hook up the same exact way your existing 3-way non-dimmer is hooked up, the only difference is that the dimmer switch uses wires coming out of it versus the screws that regular switches have. Just match the colors and it should work fine. The devices must be grounded to the back of...
by Aaron
Sun Nov 22, 2015 10:28 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Help with replacing a switch
Replies: 20
Views: 914

Re: Help with replacing a switch

I know what that aluminum wire is. It's the bonding wire that runs inside Type AC armored cable. Its purpose is to maintain grounding continuity and lower the resistance of the steel armor of the cable, as Type AC does not include a ground conductor like Type MC, or metal clad cable. The armor sheet...
by Aaron
Thu Nov 19, 2015 11:48 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Kitchen Cutout's Wires Hanging
Replies: 8
Views: 566

Re: Kitchen Cutout's Wires Hanging

Yes, you'd open the box those black cables go into. One of the black cables is a power feed, the other two are taps. (Most likely.) You'll have to open the box, take out the receptacle, and separate out all the wires so nothing is connected. Then carefully turn your power back on and see which line ...
by Aaron
Thu Nov 19, 2015 10:00 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Kitchen Cutout's Wires Hanging
Replies: 8
Views: 566

Re: Kitchen Cutout's Wires Hanging

Okay, so the likely scenario you have is this: the box with the black cables is probably older than the one with the white cable, because they used to use black insulation on NM cable back in the early to mid 1980s. I'm guessing one of the vertical cables going into that box is the power feed and th...
by Aaron
Wed Nov 18, 2015 11:39 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Kitchen Cutout's Wires Hanging
Replies: 8
Views: 566

Re: Kitchen Cutout's Wires Hanging

Okay, so you have two cables going vertically down the stud into one receptacle box, and a horizontal one going to 1) that same receptacle, or 2) another one nearby? If you have two receptacles, chances are good (though not certain) those two receptacles each are on two separate circuits so you're l...
by Aaron
Wed Nov 18, 2015 2:25 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Replace 2 light switches with a dimmer switch and a timer sw
Replies: 43
Views: 2063

Re: Replace 2 light switches with a dimmer switch and a time

That's awesome you have one. Yeah the toner doesn't care what kind of wire it's connected to, whether data or power. You could tone out metal plumbing. lol If you traced your conductors and are still not getting power to those outlets, be sure to test continuity too. With the POWER OFF (of course), ...
by Aaron
Wed Nov 18, 2015 10:12 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Replace 2 light switches with a dimmer switch and a timer sw
Replies: 43
Views: 2063

Re: Replace 2 light switches with a dimmer switch and a time

A very handy tool I used back in my telco days was a tone injector and inductive probe. You basically clip the toner on a DEAD wire and use the probe to trace it out where it goes. It's very handy for finding out which wire corresponds on one end to the wire on another end. This is very useful when ...
by Aaron
Mon Nov 16, 2015 1:15 am
Forum: Tools
Topic: screw discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 925

Re: screw discussion

Oh well maybe the color scheme is patented? I dunno. Whatever! lol
by Aaron
Sun Nov 15, 2015 6:25 pm
Forum: Tools
Topic: screw discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 925

Re: screw discussion

I'm not so sure there's a difference between Robertson and square drive, at least not anymore. Here's pic I took of my beloved cabinet screw sticking to the bit, and the bit itself. http://www.kaase.us.s3.amazonaws.com/assets/misc/squaredrive.jpg The one thing there may be a difference with is the s...
by Aaron
Sun Nov 15, 2015 1:21 am
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: ABS splice for cast iron sewer line
Replies: 1
Views: 274

Re: ABS splice for cast iron sewer line

Yep, it should. Just be sure it's a good tight fit and that you use metal-sleeved rubber couplings.
by Aaron
Sun Nov 15, 2015 1:16 am
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: Water Heater
Replies: 15
Views: 947

Re: Water Heater

Let's try some easy testing first. If you look under the sink there should be hot and cold supply valves to the faucet. Turn off the hot but leave the cold on. Then test your faucet. Do you get cold water right away when you turn it on? Next turn the cold supply valve completely off and turn the hot...
by Aaron
Sat Nov 14, 2015 4:40 pm
Forum: Tools
Topic: screw discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 925

Re: Replace 2 light switches with a dimmer switch and a time

Yeah Robertson patented the design, and the licensing was either very expensive or nonexistent. They monopolized their design, which apparently worked in Canada but here in the US manufacturers weren't having it. I think I read the history somewhere, it might be on Wikipedia. Short-sighted if you as...
by Aaron
Fri Nov 13, 2015 8:37 pm
Forum: Tools
Topic: screw discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 925

Re: Replace 2 light switches with a dimmer switch and a time

The vertical screw orientation just looks really good for some reason, but yeah if it isn't tight enough and twisting the screw another 180 degrees is too tight, then I suppose settling for horizontal is second best. I'm actually surprised those screwless covers haven't taken off. I guess being at l...
by Aaron
Thu Nov 12, 2015 4:33 pm
Forum: Plumbing
Topic: What's wrong with this picture !!
Replies: 7
Views: 706

Re: What's wrong with this picture !!

I was going to say that if the trap is too far from the fixture as it looked in that first pic, the drain water can build up too much velocity draining and the trap seal will just get siphoned away.
by Aaron
Thu Nov 12, 2015 4:24 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Recessed lighting and insulation
Replies: 12
Views: 918

Re: Recessed lighting and insulation

There are new LED lights that literally mount directly to 4" round or square electrical boxes. They look like a common pot light but they portrude about a half inch and surface-mount on the ceiling over the box. I really like these because not only does it make for ridiculously easy installation, bu...
by Aaron
Thu Nov 12, 2015 4:15 pm
Forum: Tools
Topic: screw discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 925

Re: Replace 2 light switches with a dimmer switch and a time

Yeah I can't believe they're still around either. All the devices down here have combo Robertson-flathead too. Before that change (I'd guess early 2000s) all electrical devices used flathead screws!

Use a power driver with a flathead bit and you'll be sent to the hospital for sure. lol
by Aaron
Thu Nov 12, 2015 12:44 pm
Forum: Tools
Topic: screw discussion
Replies: 14
Views: 925

Re: Replace 2 light switches with a dimmer switch and a time

Yeah I orient the screws so the slot is vertical. What? They don't use Robertson-head screws for cover plates up in Canada? Isn't it illegal to use any other kind of screw up there? lol Glad I was able to contribute the most important information in this long complex thread. lol. I've been super bus...
by Aaron
Thu Nov 05, 2015 10:10 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: dishwasher GFI question
Replies: 21
Views: 2159

Re: dishwasher GFI question

Yeah good schooling on cords versus hard wire. I had no idea there was such distinction. Makes perfect sense the hard wire would be underrated, or at least rated for the worst-case scenario. Thanks Wayne.
by Aaron
Thu Nov 05, 2015 10:08 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: Metal stud framing.
Replies: 16
Views: 802

Re: Metal stud framing.

My Dad helped me frame an un-drywalled "wall" for my workbench in the basement. I didn't have laser anything at the time, just levels. We used a plumb bob to transfer ceiling position to the floor.
by Aaron
Thu Nov 05, 2015 4:05 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Impulsive purchase got me into a jam
Replies: 6
Views: 519

Re: Impulsive purchase got me into a jam

It's super good. Tastes like blueberry only better. I'll be getting more of it, that's for sure.