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by emtnut
Mon Jul 22, 2019 10:18 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Shop Wiring
Replies: 15
Views: 281

Re: Shop Wiring

emtnut wrote:
Mon Jul 22, 2019 9:12 am

You'll need the 4x4 box for the recept, because you will have 3 cables in there.
Tie all neutrals together and all hots together, and pig tail to the switch.
Sorry, that should read "pig tail to the receptacle"
by emtnut
Mon Jul 22, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Shop Wiring
Replies: 15
Views: 281

Re: Shop Wiring

Simplest way would be to run a cable from each of the existing switches (for each machine), and run that to a 4x4 box with a receptacle. Tie into the switched hot on each switch, and the neutral. So, if any switch is on, it will energize the receptacle (and turn on the vacuum) You'll need the 4x4 bo...
by emtnut
Sun Jul 21, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2754
Views: 67072

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

Agree EMT, the grace and power of the big birds is incredible, I particularly love to watch them fish as they dive bomb at 90 degrees (almost went into internet wormhole looking up why there is not degree symbol on keyboard) from 90'! On another note, Shannon it may be a good idea to provide a vide...
by emtnut
Sun Jul 21, 2019 5:34 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Broken Central Air
Replies: 4
Views: 148

Re: Broken Central Air

You don't think it might be the capacitor? I was going to replace the current one that I took a picture of (see attachment) with the one here since it's such a cheap part to get: https://www.amazon.com/TradePro-Capacitor-TP-CAP-30-Condenser-Conditioner/dp/B07SK7KY4W/ref=sr_1_3?keywords=30%2F5+capac...
by emtnut
Sun Jul 21, 2019 5:27 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: red wire in ceiling light??
Replies: 14
Views: 282

Re: red wire in ceiling light??

diy-dan wrote:
Sun Jul 21, 2019 7:43 am

Thank you so much! I'll give it a try shortly.

:D :D :D
Dan !!! Where are you ???

If you don't get back to us, then we'll think that the main panel shorted, and your house started on fire :o ... well, or at least took out your internet :mrgreen:
by emtnut
Sun Jul 21, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Shop Wiring
Replies: 15
Views: 281

Re: Shop Wiring

The tools are on standard switches that are plugged into a wall outlet. However, I added an extra wire, like an extension cord, to each so that the vac male plug goes into extension cord attached to each tool. 3 tools, 3 switches, 3 extension cords. There is nothing to show in a picture unless I ta...
by emtnut
Sun Jul 21, 2019 1:19 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Shop Wiring
Replies: 15
Views: 281

Re: Shop Wiring

Let me try to be more clear. I have a saw. I added a wire to the saw switch and put a female plug like an extension cord on it so I could plug in the vac. I turn the vac on. Nothing happens. When I turn on the saw, the vac starts. I did the same for the router and joiner. I want to set up a switch ...
by emtnut
Sun Jul 21, 2019 1:02 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Broken Central Air
Replies: 4
Views: 148

Re: Broken Central Air

Unless there is a problem with your incoming power, I'd say your compressor is shot.

That's not good news :(

You can try another 240V appliance (ie range), and see if your lights flicker ... If they do, you can call your power provider to check it out.
by emtnut
Sun Jul 21, 2019 7:33 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: red wire in ceiling light??
Replies: 14
Views: 282

Re: red wire in ceiling light??

OK, looks like the red is the switched hot.

At the ceiling, leave the 3 blacks on their own. Connect the light red to black of light fixture, and white to white of light fixture, and you should be good to go.
by emtnut
Sun Jul 21, 2019 7:06 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: red wire in ceiling light??
Replies: 14
Views: 282

Re: red wire in ceiling light??

Thank you for the reply! Yeah, there are a lot of things that don't make sense in the house as I've gotten to know it. It was built in 1969 and there are a lot of odd, non-up to code issues. I don't have a volmeter or test but probably should get one. If I do get one, what do you recommend I try it...
by emtnut
Sun Jul 21, 2019 7:03 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Shop Wiring
Replies: 15
Views: 281

Re: Shop Wiring

Yes, I want to turn on each tool so that the vac will turn on too. I used a female plug just as an idea b/c that was how I could plug the vac into it. Now I'm plugging the vac male plug into each of 3 female plugs. That gets old and is aggravating when moving back and forth for little steps. I just...
by emtnut
Sun Jul 21, 2019 6:59 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2754
Views: 67072

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

You know it's hot in Canada when . . . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Va5nJ-cyI5Q :lol: I've had quite the assortment of animals on my front yard. Most recently the Turtle. Starting mid-july every year, I get frogs ... hundreds of them. Makes mowing the lawn a sloooooow process cause you have to w...
by emtnut
Sun Jul 21, 2019 6:39 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: red wire in ceiling light??
Replies: 14
Views: 282

Re: red wire in ceiling light??

What you described there really doesn't make sense to me :?

Do you have a voltmeter or tester, and can you get a pic of how the switch is wired for us ?
by emtnut
Sat Jul 20, 2019 11:03 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Dead outlets
Replies: 24
Views: 353

Re: Dead outlets

Additional question. Existing cable is 12/2 Romex. Seems overkill for 15 amp circuit. Definitely change to normal recepts ! Is the double pole both listed as 15A each side ? ... There are some that are 15A and 20A for the other. This would make sense because generally a kitchen is 20A circuits (som...
by emtnut
Sat Jul 20, 2019 8:24 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Dead outlets
Replies: 24
Views: 353

Re: Dead outlets

emtnut wrote:
Fri Jul 19, 2019 6:12 pm

In a short circuit, a GFCI won't trip ...
Just to clarify ... A GFCI won't trip in a hot/neutral short. It will pop instantly on a hot/ground short.

It can also pop in a neutral/ground short
by emtnut
Sat Jul 20, 2019 8:21 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2754
Views: 67072

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

Ha ha ha, you guys all have hockey sticks whether you actively play or not, just an everyday useful thing like a broom or shovel. :lol: :lol: :lol: Actually half the people here in St Paul might too, leftover from kids or whatnot. :? Out pets (dogs and cats) are pretty dang smart, they make differe...
by emtnut
Sat Jul 20, 2019 8:14 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Dead outlets
Replies: 24
Views: 353

Re: Dead outlets

Addition to previous post. No backstabbing but wires are placed on a strange manner in a box made for thin paneling. The box is held in the paneling by two plates screwed in behind the panel. The wires are pushed into "jaws" instead of being attached by screws. No screws are present. The box where ...
by emtnut
Sat Jul 20, 2019 8:13 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Dead outlets
Replies: 24
Views: 353

Re: Dead outlets

There are three receptacles on this circuit. The one where the short occurred is number two. The strange thing about this wiring is that two circuits are controlled by one 20 amp breaker with two hot screws. Should the double breaker be replaced by two singles ones? I will replace the receptacles. ...
by emtnut
Fri Jul 19, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2754
Views: 67072

The dog wisperer !

Well, I don't usually whisper at my dog but .... I can tell when he sees a cat or squirrel by his bark. I can tell if he sees another dog, and I can tell when he barks to come in ... all very distinct different barks. Well I heard a new one last week, and I knew something was up ... went to look out...
by emtnut
Fri Jul 19, 2019 6:26 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Hard to remove fixture?
Replies: 5
Views: 143

Re: Hard to remove fixture?

I'm thinking the same as the other guys ... Either pop off the middle circle part, or possibly a set screw on the whole fixture.

That center part is where I'd start, either try to see if it's threaded, or pry it off.
by emtnut
Fri Jul 19, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Dead outlets
Replies: 24
Views: 353

Re: Dead outlets

Breaker was rest several times. Voltage readings show 120v on both screws. (There are two black wires connected to this breaker). GFCIs (2) did not trip. Could the cable from the service box to the dead outlets be damaged? In a short circuit, a GFCI won't trip ... But the surge of current is hard o...
by emtnut
Thu Jul 18, 2019 8:07 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2754
Views: 67072

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

That song brings back some memories for me ... I worked at a restaurant after school and weekends, we used to sing that song in the kitchen. The head chef could do a really good falsetto, so it sounded pretty good. Another favorite we used to sing was 'I want candy' . Hands banging on the stainless ...
by emtnut
Thu Jul 18, 2019 8:01 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Installing In-ceiling speakers
Replies: 2
Views: 120

Re: Installing In-ceiling speakers

Just rent a coring machine, and core out a hole big enough to put in the speakers :lol: :mrgreen:
by emtnut
Sat Jul 13, 2019 8:07 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2754
Views: 67072

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

I drove a work truck, GMC crew cab with the long box as well.

I used to say it had the turning radius of a yacht :lol:

2 lane street with parking on both sides, NO WAY could you do a 3 point turn ... was at least 4 or 5 :roll:
by emtnut
Sat Jul 13, 2019 8:03 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2754
Views: 67072

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

I forgot, I also had an early 80s buick. Mid-size, can't remember what it was. It was like driving a couch down the road ... I didn't keep it very long ! That is what is *always* said about Buicks, that it's seats are couches. :mrgreen: Also, why isn't Buick pronounced like Quick? Cause it would so...
by emtnut
Sat Jul 13, 2019 7:57 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Da 'Burb
Replies: 220
Views: 3836

Re: Da 'Burb

For my new civic, I've been using FRAM because that's what's available in synthetic filters at Canadian Tire. I generally use Castrol oil. Oil change intervals vary for me ... Rule of thumb, 8 cyl - 5000 miles 6 cyl - 4000 miles 4 cyl - 3000 miles. If I'm working the truck hard, I'll change it a bit...
by emtnut
Fri Jul 12, 2019 7:55 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2754
Views: 67072

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

'94 chevy Vega , 4 cylinder 3 speed manual :lol: (hey it was $250 bucks, and got me to school ! ) '82 honda civic ... trashed it :o '85 honda prelude ... kept that car for 14 years '84 Chev S10 pickup '92 Honda accord '84 Chev chevette (beater for work cause I was on mileage) '94 Dodge dakota '95 G...
by emtnut
Fri Jul 12, 2019 7:52 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2754
Views: 67072

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

Yeah trucks are so less utilitarian than they used to be. Can you even order a manual transmission, vinyl seats, and no carpeting? I highly doubt it. They used to order some of them where I worked. They do have to be ordered, but can still get them. And yep, you can just power wash the inside :lol:...
by emtnut
Thu Jul 11, 2019 7:35 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2754
Views: 67072

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

'94 chevy Vega , 4 cylinder 3 speed manual :lol: (hey it was $250 bucks, and got me to school ! ) '82 honda civic ... trashed it :o '85 honda prelude ... kept that car for 14 years '84 Chev S10 pickup '92 Honda accord '84 Chev chevette (beater for work cause I was on mileage) '94 Dodge dakota '95 GM...
by emtnut
Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:22 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2754
Views: 67072

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

That is something I would like to do sometime. I do from time to time meet fans ( I use that term loosely ) by accident at events, on the street or in big box stores sometimes and its always an interesting conversation. It was really awkward the first few times for sure but I have gotten more used ...