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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: 643

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...
by emtnut
Thu Oct 06, 2016 10:15 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Connect strands of Christmas lights
Replies: 13
Views: 481

Re: Connect strands of Christmas lights

Are these lights indoors, or exterior ? They are indoor mini clear Walmart brand. Hi FreedomWings, Without a link to the actual product, it would be hard to say if you could tie them all together. Since they are indoor, I would suggest the best way would be to use a small 4 space power bar to tie t...
by emtnut
Mon Oct 03, 2016 6:01 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Replace electrical 'conduit' on roof
Replies: 7
Views: 286

Re: Replace electrical 'conduit' on roof

As far as if it is the 'mast' ... If a house is fed underground, there is no mast. We would need a picture of the conduit by your service meter to determine the feed. I would lay good odds that the "post" behind the conduit in the first pic is the mast, judging by the shadow on the roof I agree wit...
by emtnut
Mon Oct 03, 2016 5:28 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Replace electrical 'conduit' on roof
Replies: 7
Views: 286

Re: Replace electrical 'conduit' on roof

Can't really tell what it would be from the pictures. As far as if it is the 'mast' ... If a house is fed underground, there is no mast. We would need a picture of the conduit by your service meter to determine the feed. I've never seen rigid conduit run on a roof before :o (edit** In residential) ....
by emtnut
Sun Oct 02, 2016 4:08 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Connect strands of Christmas lights
Replies: 13
Views: 481

Re: Connect strands of Christmas lights

A. Spruce wrote:Just goes to show, I'm not here for just my good looks! :P :mrgreen:
You're smarter than you look :twisted:

:lol:
by emtnut
Sun Oct 02, 2016 2:23 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Connect strands of Christmas lights
Replies: 13
Views: 481

Re: Connect strands of Christmas lights

They are LED mini lights. I thought it would be possible to make them together without all those plugs. Again, I would ask for a link to what you are asking about because LEDs are wired and controlled as a package, you can't just start adding and subtracting bulbs from a strand. If the control is i...
by emtnut
Sat Oct 01, 2016 5:34 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Connect strands of Christmas lights
Replies: 13
Views: 481

Re: Connect strands of Christmas lights

Are these lights indoors, or exterior ?
by emtnut
Sat Oct 01, 2016 8:35 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Connect strands of Christmas lights
Replies: 13
Views: 481

Re: Connect strands of Christmas lights

How can I safely splice 4 sets of Christmas lights together with one plug (10 or 20 )lights on each strand? Thanks Areil Most lights can be connected in series ... ie, the end of one string has a receptacle to fit the plug on the next set. If you need to start all 4 sets from the same starting poin...
by emtnut
Wed Sep 28, 2016 6:59 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Recessed lighting with access from above
Replies: 40
Views: 1856

Re: Recessed lighting with access from above

Figured out the wiring! Got them up and on! Have to do some touching up and removal of all the infrastructure from the old track lighting. Also, the rails on the housings are stuck somehow so i need to get those extended all the way to finish securing the housings. But W/E they work! And they look ...
by emtnut
Wed Sep 28, 2016 6:55 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Test electrical wire for damages
Replies: 5
Views: 283

Re: Test electrical wire for damages

Any ground from your panel is good. Just to confirm .. the cable can't be connected to anything on either end when you test. If you test from the panel end of your wire, you can just touch both wires to the ground bus of your panel after you test. I really don't think there will be anything stored o...
by emtnut
Wed Sep 28, 2016 4:23 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Test electrical wire for damages
Replies: 5
Views: 283

Re: Test electrical wire for damages

I can easily borrow a megger, so to be sure I'll test the wire and see the results! Thanks for your answer emtnut! ....Safety tip !! .... Not sure if you have used the megger before. 1) Make sure you have separation on the far end of your conductors, and resting in a safe insulated space 2) After y...
by emtnut
Tue Sep 27, 2016 3:42 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Test electrical wire for damages
Replies: 5
Views: 283

Re: Test electrical wire for damages

Hard question to answer without seeing the cable ! The 'stretch' in the cable, if it was just the outer jacket and it isn't nicked at all, I wouldn't worry about it. If it did get nicked, then I'd say replace the cable or Meg it If you have access to a Megger, I'd Meg at 500V and you should have at ...
by emtnut
Sun Sep 25, 2016 5:57 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Recessed lighting with access from above
Replies: 40
Views: 1856

Re: Recessed lighting with access from above

I've got the layout right. The holes in the ceiling, the holes in the floor above it. Now it's time for some electrical help. 1. Wire type. The existing lights on a 14/2 with ground line. The new lights say to use a 12-18awg solid copper wire in order to use the nice push connectors that are press ...
by emtnut
Sat Aug 13, 2016 2:43 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: changing non grounded receptacles to new style
Replies: 6
Views: 411

Re: changing non grounded receptacles to new style

How do you replace an electrical receptacle with no ground pin to a normal 3 pins You have to check the wire. Some wiring in the 60s did have a ground wire included (hot neutral and ground) but the receptacles were 2 prong. If that's the case, it's just a matter of installing new 3 prong receptacle...
by emtnut
Fri Aug 12, 2016 7:23 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Rewiring kitchen
Replies: 21
Views: 936

Re: Rewiring kitchen

Riadh wrote:Ok! Thanks all for your answers.
Sorry Riadh ... we kind of went off on a tangent with your question :oops:

I think you just needed to know 20amp circuit, maximum 2 receptacles per circuit .... Let us know if you have any other questions :D
by emtnut
Fri Aug 12, 2016 6:55 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Rewiring kitchen
Replies: 21
Views: 936

Re: Rewiring kitchen

Any licensed electrical contractor worth his salt, Meggers all the circuits before energizing. So the whole AFCI thing is more for 'less than quality' repairs done long after he's left !! It also is supposed to help with people leaving extention cords all over the place :o But no use bashing them .....
by emtnut
Thu Aug 11, 2016 8:08 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Rewiring kitchen
Replies: 21
Views: 936

Re: Rewiring kitchen

2015 CEC code upped the req's for AFCIs. Code was only adopted this year (2016) AFCI's required pretty much everywhere, except GFCI circuits, hardwired circuits (ie: If your dishwasher has a plug into a receptacle, it requires AFCI, exempt if it is hardwired.) Microwave needs AFCI Refrigerator and s...
by emtnut
Wed Aug 10, 2016 3:27 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Rewiring kitchen
Replies: 21
Views: 936

Re: Rewiring kitchen

I believe the rule in Canada is two 20 amp plugs only per circuit for kitchen counter plugs and no two plugs of the same circuit on the same counter can be side by side. Lets see what the other guys have to say also. We are actually still allowed 15A split plugs for kitchen counters .... Given the ...
by emtnut
Thu Aug 04, 2016 4:03 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: electricial calulations
Replies: 15
Views: 705

Re: electricial calulations

hey sawdust, i completely agree. code enforcement is different only a few miles down the road or even within the very same office with a different inspector. i found that to be true when i was an inspector. omg what a mess. im wondering if our gauge (u.s.) of wire is of a different diameter? 12ga i...
by emtnut
Wed Aug 03, 2016 4:27 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: electricial calulations
Replies: 15
Views: 705

Re: electricial calulations

as a rule adding a small load like a light fix or a tv is not a problem for a main panel. adding any load to a sub panel can be a problem. most elec products have a specs label attached to the product usually rated in watts or amps. heating/cooling/motors usually draw more power. as a rule install ...
by emtnut
Tue Jun 21, 2016 6:51 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: POWER OUT - BREAKER is FINE
Replies: 7
Views: 446

Re: POWER OUT - BREAKER is FINE

That's actually a fairly common occurrence. It didn't 'just' happen. It was a weak connection that over time just finally 'opened'. This usually happens when a fairly large load is turned on. As Shannon mentioned, a lot of electricians use the ceiling light as a junction box because of box fill. Mor...