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by emtnut
Fri Nov 04, 2016 11:25 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Thermostat Recommendations?
Replies: 71
Views: 1966

Re: Thermostat Recommendations?

A. Spruce wrote:
emtnut wrote:Easy fix for you then .. Just move the blue wire to the C contact at your furnace and to the C contact at your tstat !
The new t-stat doesn't have a C connection, it has an RC though. The wiring pins are:
BOGYW blank R Rc
Sorry, that C wire connection was for Aaron :?
by emtnut
Fri Nov 04, 2016 11:04 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Thermostat Recommendations?
Replies: 71
Views: 1966

Re: Thermostat Recommendations?

I think there's a way to wire the thermostat so it's powered by the 24 VAC line in the wires instead of the batteries. I only have the five leads (white, red, yellow, green, and blue). The blue is usually for a humidifier control but I don't have one of those. Maybe when I have the motivation I'll ...
by emtnut
Fri Nov 04, 2016 10:41 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Thermostat Recommendations?
Replies: 71
Views: 1966

Re: Thermostat Recommendations?

The fan speed thing doesn't bother me, that wasn't the point of changing the t-stat, it was the cycling of the fan every minute or two, which seemed mostly when the demand for heat was high, such as first thing in the morning when the heat was turned up. Once the house was to temp, it didn't seem t...
by emtnut
Thu Nov 03, 2016 6:26 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Thermostat Recommendations?
Replies: 71
Views: 1966

Re: Thermostat Recommendations?

... Have I mentioned just how much I HATE stupid electronic gadgetry? It is also WAY too easy for the thing to go into it's programmable mode, rather than staying in manual, which is the only setting that will ever be used... Question, what does the C wire do? I like the old honeywell analog tstats...
by emtnut
Thu Nov 03, 2016 5:27 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Thermostat Recommendations?
Replies: 71
Views: 1966

Re: Thermostat Recommendations?

I'm worried about Spruce ... It's been over 5 hrs !! Something may have gone tragically wrong with the tstat replacement, or he's freezing and can't get back to us :mrgreen: Is your hair supposed to stand on end like this when you touch the wires? Why is my tongue numb. And, what's the burnt smell ...
by emtnut
Thu Nov 03, 2016 4:32 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Thermostat Recommendations?
Replies: 71
Views: 1966

Re: Thermostat Recommendations?

I'm worried about Spruce ... It's been over 5 hrs !!
Something may have gone tragically wrong with the tstat replacement, or he's freezing and can't get back to us :mrgreen:
by emtnut
Thu Nov 03, 2016 12:12 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Thermostat Recommendations?
Replies: 71
Views: 1966

Re: Thermostat Recommendations?

Technically, if you had a common wire up at the tstat, you could short the 24vac transformer. No big sparks or anything, but you 'could' blow a fuse on the furnace board (unlikely since the transformer is power limited) Most older places don't have the 'C' wire, so the worst that can happen is the f...
by emtnut
Wed Nov 02, 2016 2:42 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Thermostat Recommendations?
Replies: 71
Views: 1966

Re: Thermostat Recommendations?

A. Spruce wrote:I don't think I can wait that long for a functioning furnace! :mrgreen: :lol:
Hold on a second ! ... California ... Furnace ???? Thought it was summer year round down there :lol:
by emtnut
Wed Nov 02, 2016 2:40 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Electric thermostat overload
Replies: 2
Views: 209

Re: Thermostat overload

#2 is the correct answer .
3000 Watts is the maximum load on the t-stat. If you run more than that, it can overheat and is dangerous.
You should use 2 separate t-stats for each baseboard

**Edit** bad wording !
Use 2 t-stats ... one for each baseboard :)
by emtnut
Tue Nov 01, 2016 10:08 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Looking for catch phrase ideas
Replies: 26
Views: 954

Re: Looking for catch phrase ideas

With House-Improvements.com , they'll never believe it was a DIY job !
by emtnut
Tue Nov 01, 2016 10:01 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Thermostat Recommendations?
Replies: 71
Views: 1966

Re: Thermostats

No, I've not been to the supply house yet, probably Wednesday. If you were any kind of guy, you'd come over and change the thing out for me. Shannon's buying the beer! :P :mrgreen: I 'WAS' offering :mrgreen: .... Just waiting for the airline tickets you're sending me ! Seeing as it's California ......
by emtnut
Sun Oct 30, 2016 6:48 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Thermostat Recommendations?
Replies: 71
Views: 1966

Re: Thermostats

A. Spruce wrote:Good to know.

Thanks guys.
Just curious .. Did you get a new t-stat for this ... did it fix things up for you ?
by emtnut
Sun Oct 30, 2016 6:46 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: electrical wiring
Replies: 10
Views: 499

Re: electrical wiring

This is so confusing to me lol, i'm just going to buy 2 separate regular switches, instead of the double switch i think is much easier. Anyways thanks alot for your guys help, i dont want to burn the house down lol. You guys a awesome :-) Having 2 separate switches won't help you at this point ! If...
by emtnut
Sun Oct 30, 2016 6:39 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Pump motor wiring
Replies: 4
Views: 216

Re: Pump motor wiring

Ditto on the #12 wiring.
You are only slightly above code with 14awg wiring, but your motor will last much longer on 12 awg, since there will be less voltage drop at the motor.
by emtnut
Fri Oct 28, 2016 4:43 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Relocating Dining Room Light Fixture
Replies: 42
Views: 1579

Re: Relocating Dining Room Light Fixture

Aaron wrote:Then you have two choices: 1. Run 12/3 from the switch 1 location to the Switch 2 location. OR...
Hey Admin Guy ... We need a like button :D

Great wiring diagrams, as usual Aaron ;)
by emtnut
Wed Oct 26, 2016 4:11 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Thermostat Recommendations?
Replies: 71
Views: 1966

Re: Thermostats

Pretty much any new digital thermostat will work for you. Given your furnace has a multistage fan, you will need wires to the G1 and G2 fan control. You may want to verify where the 'G' control wire is on your current thermostat, I'm pretty sure that most furnaces default to high speed when the opti...
by emtnut
Wed Oct 26, 2016 4:02 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Baseboard load ?
Replies: 6
Views: 291

Re: Baseboard load ?

As long as your below the 3840 watts, you're safe. 3840 watts is what 'code' allows, and there are numerous safety factors built in. I personally don't like to load up beyond 3000W (on a 20A circuit), and try to run a new circuit if possible. But technically there is nothing unsafe with what you are...
by emtnut
Wed Oct 26, 2016 3:53 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Black wire to 30A Twistlock plug burning up
Replies: 10
Views: 415

Re: Black wire to 30A Twistlock plug burning up

Thanks for the reply. I will pull the trigger on the receptacle and plug asap. What I can tell you about the load is that for the first 30 minutes or so the generator runs at close to full load, where all but one of the power meter LED lights is lit. After that, the remaining lights start to turn o...
by emtnut
Tue Oct 25, 2016 5:24 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Black wire to 30A Twistlock plug burning up
Replies: 10
Views: 415

Re: Black wire to 30A Twistlock plug burning up

Thanks to all that offered help! I can't answer questions about load, etc. We have used the same model Generator to power the house for many years, and like I said in my original post, house loads, electronics, etc., have not changed. I am going to replace the cable plug and also the receptacle in ...
by emtnut
Tue Oct 25, 2016 8:32 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Rewiring kitchen
Replies: 21
Views: 935

Re: Rewiring kitchen

So if I may ask, on this topic I'm doing the same thing, 20 amp receptical are the ones with the sideways "T" on the right side when the ground is on top? Strange thing is I have never ever seen a 20 amp receptical on a counter. They have always been 15. Unless this just changed in the last few yea...
by emtnut
Sun Oct 23, 2016 11:54 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Black wire to 30A Twistlock plug burning up
Replies: 10
Views: 415

Re: Black wire to 30A Twistlock plug burning up

I would suggest also that because of the prolonged use this set up would get that you should look at making sure your cord gauge and length is correct for the amps you are pulling through it. Under gauged and extensive length can cause over heating of the cord and stress on the appliances being run...
by emtnut
Sat Oct 22, 2016 6:45 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Black wire to 30A Twistlock plug burning up
Replies: 10
Views: 415

Re: Black wire to 30A Twistlock plug burning up

Today I inspected the plug and can see the same problem is developing again, where the prong with the black wire is starting to burn up. Just to add ... It would be good to measure the current coming from the gen, just in case something has changed with whatever loads you have, and current draw is ...
by emtnut
Sat Oct 22, 2016 6:29 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Black wire to 30A Twistlock plug burning up
Replies: 10
Views: 415

Re: Black wire to 30A Twistlock plug burning up

We live off grid, and use a combo of solar panels, a Yamaha 4500iSE generator, and 12 x 2V lead acid batteries for power. Just curious about that comment, because I do a lot of solar work ... are you using 2V batteries? Are they cheaper than the 6V golf cart batteries ? I went out to investigate an...
by emtnut
Fri Oct 21, 2016 6:25 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Pigtailing
Replies: 9
Views: 387

Re: Pigtailing

Different mfrs seem to use different colors. The important thing is to read the label on the box. Each wire connector will be rated for a minimum and maximum amount of various wire guages. See attached pic ... always make sure your using the right size connector for the amount and size of wire you a...
by emtnut
Wed Oct 19, 2016 10:47 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Relocating Dining Room Light Fixture
Replies: 42
Views: 1579

Re: Relocating Dining Room Light Fixture

I purchased this tonight (I could not find the simpler kind). Just to be sure (these things don't come with instructions) - do I use one lead to touch the ground and the other touch to the black/red to test for power? Up until now I have had the breaker off - so it's about to get real. I don't want...
by emtnut
Tue Oct 18, 2016 5:56 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Relocating Dining Room Light Fixture
Replies: 42
Views: 1579

Re: Relocating Dining Room Light Fixture

I know Ontario code allows abandoning wires in a wall, as long as both ends are abandoned, and are cut short enough to render them unuseable. Not sure about NEC, but I think it's the same ?? I think a good solution for you would be a Lutron 'pico' wireless switch. You can install it in the existing ...
by emtnut
Sun Oct 16, 2016 5:25 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Relocating Dining Room Light Fixture
Replies: 42
Views: 1579

Re: Relocating Dining Room Light Fixture

Thanks for the replies. And if it is impossible to extend the power feed once I find it (because the relocation will be going across many joists) can I just pull power from another outlet altogether (and leave the current power source in the ceiling terminated (as it is now)? Thanks You can do that...
by emtnut
Sun Oct 16, 2016 9:11 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Relocating Dining Room Light Fixture
Replies: 42
Views: 1579

Re: Relocating Dining Room Light Fixture

I am attempting to relocate a dining room light fixture (hanging). Behind the wall plate for the switch I found this (picture 1). What was concerning was that I found two black wires taped together (one tiny one was pigtailed and the other was stripped in the middle and taped to the end of the litt...
by emtnut
Fri Oct 14, 2016 4:59 pm
Forum: Interior
Topic: wood flooring next to baseboard heaters
Replies: 7
Views: 630

Re: Recessed lighting with access from above

i've made a huge mistake! Then i start thinking- is it safe to put the mdf shoe up against the heater- then i start googling... then i find people building these really nice wooden baseboard heater covers and i think that's a great idea. But the baseboards get pretty hot- but i don't know if they g...
by emtnut
Tue Oct 11, 2016 2:11 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Adding a breaker for a generator
Replies: 7
Views: 326

Re: Adding a breaker for a generator

Hello and thanks for taking my question. I would like to add a double pole breaker for a generator to run my house in case of an emergency. I did watch your video on how to install circuit breakers. This would be a 220 V breaker. Thanks! It is against code to backfeed a breaker for a generator inst...