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    Re: Breaker box woes

    Ditto fencepost, I replaced a Bryant panel today that had a 200A main breaker that failed.

    If the connections are OK, and a new main breaker is available, the material cost should be under $100...
  2. Re: Confused Mother and Daughter need help with electrical meter

    Sounds like the condensate drain on your inside unit (air handler) is/was plugged and the unit was filling with water.

    You actually have an easy problem. I sometimes pour a little bleach (Clorox)...
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    Re: Breaker box woes

    ditto Andy
  4. Re: Confused Mother and Daughter need help with electrical meter

    ditto Jack
  5. Re: Older home, newer electrical panel. Outlet upgrade question.

    Except during a lightning storm.
  6. Re: How To Mount A Newel Post Lamp Fixture

    I did a google search "how to install a newel-post-light fixture" and came up with a ton of info.

    A newel post light should add a lot of class to any house. Prices on e-bay go from $21 to several...
  7. Re: Older home, newer electrical panel. Outlet upgrade question.

    Per Art 100 (Definitions) in the NEC:
    "Grounding Conductor, Equipment (EGC).
    The conductive path(s) installed to connect normally non-current-carrying metal parts of equipment together and to the...
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    Re: New ceiling light #1305

    "314.27(A) 2 Ceiling Outlets.
    At every outlet used exclusively for lighting, the box shall be designed or installed so that a luminare or lampholder may be attached. Boxes shall be required to...
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    Re: New ceiling light #1305

    "404.2 (C): Switches Controlling Lighting Loads.
    The grounded circuit conductor for the controlled lighting circuit shall be provided at the location where switches control lighting loads that are...
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    Re: New ceiling light #1305

    Sure…the fan box requirement is in Art 314.27 (C) and the neutral requirement is in 404.2 (C)
    The neutral requirement means you either feed power to the switch location..then to the fan/light or...
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    Re: New ceiling light #1305

    Jenn I didn't see #1305 but 2014 Code requires a fan box installed anywhere a fan is likely to be installed, even in the future.

    Three wires must also be provided, in every cable, from the switch...
  12. Re: Clear Glass in Kitchen light fixtures keeps getting cloudy

    You may just have "sick glass" http://www.ha.com/tips-for-cleaning-cloudy-glass.s
  13. Re: Clear Glass in Kitchen light fixtures keeps getting cloudy

    It appears that something in your home is producing cloudy glass when vaporized by the light bulbs.

    For instance, Chinese drywall turns copper or brass black.

    Have you tested for Radon or...
  14. Re: fluorescent lamp and humidity issues

    Burl, you may have stumbled on a tip from Advanced Ballast "University". They say if the metal is not grounded or more than 1/2" from the lamps..the fixture may not work.

    Another "tip" is if new...
  15. Re: Recessed light ideas and recommendations

    Phil, I just returned from a IAEI training session presented by an employee of NFPA and co-author of every NEC Codebook and Managing Editor of the NEC Handbook since 2002.

    I remembered our...
  16. Re: Update/Replace old fluorescent lights?

    All great comments. Because I've seen magnetic ballast leak and burn up I would not replace one, even though I have a supply of them.

    Rewiring with electronic ballasts and T5 or T8 lamps are not...
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    Re: Knob and Tube splice

    K&T is one of the oldest wiring methods. It's not really dangerous, if not altered.

    There was no single method used and the NEC Codebook was the size of a small handout.

    If you have access to a...
  18. Re: Installing New Vent Fan in Bathroom

    Pregan, by Code green (ground) is always connected to the frame, other green wires and/or bare wires.

    White wires (neutral) are always connected to other white wires, unless the previous...
  19. Re: Anyone know of a reliable electrician?

    That's hard to believe. I've lived all over and always found those kinds of folks.

    Have you tried asking the electrical supply houses, Home Depot, Lowes, the electrical inspectors?
  20. Re: New sub-panel in attached garage

    A grounding bushings are only required on line side of service equipment, equipment operating over 250V and expansion fittings in metal raceways. In service equipment the grounding bushing should be...
  21. Re: New sub-panel in attached garage

    True a #10 EGC can only protect up to a 60A breaker but remember the EGC is considered an EGC, and not really required. And, since no one makes a 65A breaker we can substitute the next larger size,...
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    Re: Sub Pannel

    [QUOTE=MasterSparky;299936]#1 The rating of the sub panel cannot exceed 100amps because the main panel has a 100amp main breaker

    Actually the "sub panel" can be as large as you want as long as it...
  23. Re: Recessed light ideas and recommendations

    Bass as Ed said it looks fairly easy, we do "old work" recessed cans all the time.

    The one you mentioned only weights 2 lbs. and is easily supported by the drywall.

    Leave enough slack in the...
  24. Re: How many receptacles and lights on a circuit

    You need many new circuits.
    The new GFCI in the basement bath needs to be on it's own circuit (so do the ones upstairs).
    Sounds like the great room needs to be on it's own also.
    General lighting...
  25. Re: How many receptacles and lights on a circuit

    Typically a bathroom requires it's own 20A GFCI circuit (if everything in the bathroom is on it), but it can share that circuit with another, if only GFCI receptacles are shared, in both bathrooms....
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