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Title: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: yakov116 on May 29, 2014, 04:02:17 PM
I would like to put an outlet 3ft above above a back burner is it an issue?

Will the plugs get ruined from heat or steam? (dosent get very hot)
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: notanonymous on May 30, 2014, 12:00:29 PM
I would like to put an outlet 3ft above above a back burner is it an issue?

Will the plugs get ruined from heat or steam? (dosent get very hot)
Disclaimer - I am not an electrician,  but I do have some electrical knowledge and much experience in LV.

The outlet itself should not be an issue, but what appliance ate you plugging in to it?  Also, there should be some distance (horizontally) from the wall to the burner, no,
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: real-brisker on May 30, 2014, 01:27:33 PM
in many houses there are microwaves on top of burners.
I don't see why you should have a issue.


Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: username on May 30, 2014, 02:18:11 PM
in many houses there are microwaves on top of burners.
I don't see why you should have a issue.
And or exaust fan.



Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: yakov116 on May 30, 2014, 03:14:03 PM
Okay I'm feeling accomplished I put the outlet and its working! If it explodes I'll let you know. :)
I don't think it will be a problem but it was my first time working with electricity and I was nervous.

One more question
If I put an outlet on a switch how do I wire it I cut off the positive?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: flugal on May 30, 2014, 03:32:00 PM
Okay I'm feeling accomplished I put the outlet and its working! If it explodes I'll let you know. :)
I don't think it will be a problem but it was my first time working with electricity and I was nervous.

One more question
If I put an outlet on a switch how do I wire it I cut off the positive?
Yes, the switch should cut off the positive (black) wire.

Also, the outlet should probably be GFCI protected.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: yakov116 on May 30, 2014, 03:36:18 PM
Yes, the switch should cut off the positive (black) wire.

Also, the outlet should probably be GFCI protected.
I know I could google it but... What is GFCI
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: notanonymous on May 30, 2014, 03:48:00 PM
I know I could google it but... What is GFCI
Ground Fault Circut Interrupt.
It shuts iff power if it detects a problem (overload, water, etc).
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: flugal on May 30, 2014, 03:57:26 PM
Did you run the wire from another outlet in the kitchen? If so, it might already be protected. If there's a GFCI outlet in the kitchen already, try pressing the test button on that outlet and see if you lose power on the new outlet. You might also have a GFCI breaker for all the outlets in your kitchen. If not, then you can just buy a GFCI outlet.
3ft above the range seems like it could easily have liquid splashing up from a pot. It's probably also the code requirement, but you should just do it for safety.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: username on May 30, 2014, 04:26:59 PM
Make sure also that the wiring you used matched the Circut Breaker.
Here is a link that i just googled. This is very important.
http://homeguides.sfgate.com/wire-needed-15-amp-breakers-82139.html
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: yakov116 on May 30, 2014, 04:39:40 PM
Did you run the wire from another outlet in the kitchen? If so, it might already be protected. If there's a GFCI outlet in the kitchen already, try pressing the test button on that outlet and see if you lose power on the new outlet. You might also have a GFCI breaker for all the outlets in your kitchen. If not, then you can just buy a GFCI outlet.
3ft above the range seems like it could easily have liquid splashing up from a pot. It's probably also the code requirement, but you should just do it for safety.

I sure hope it won't splash 3 feet high! My main concern was the steam and heat and I think that it won't be a problem.
Thanks for your help I enjoy every last bit of help.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: yos9694 on May 30, 2014, 06:24:29 PM
What's black and crispy and hangs from a chandelier?

An amateur electrician.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: churnbabychurn on June 03, 2014, 09:25:47 AM
In the middle of the night my wife heard a strange buzzing sound...
Woke up in the morning and six individual breakers were tripped.
What happened?
What does this mean? Should I call electrician?
Thanks!
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: ckmk47 on June 03, 2014, 10:01:23 AM
In the middle of the night my wife heard a strange buzzing sound...
Woke up in the morning and six individual breakers were tripped.
What happened?
What does this mean? Should I call electrician?
Thanks!
Call!  Especially coming into a yomtov. 
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: churnbabychurn on June 03, 2014, 10:38:16 AM
Call!  Especially coming into a yomtov.
Going away for YT...

Spoke to two electricians, both said it is very strange and they don't even have a working theory.. (I'm thinking a UFO flew over the house!)
The consensus was that since it only happened once we should just monitor it....
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: ckmk47 on June 03, 2014, 10:42:57 AM
Going away for YT...

Spoke to two electricians, both said it is very strange and they don't even have a working theory.. (I'm thinking a UFO flew over the house!)
The consensus was that since it only happened once we should just monitor it....
If you spoke to a professional, then take their advice.  I was worried about a fire or even just all the electricity going out. Maybe a mouse ate some wires.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: churnbabychurn on June 03, 2014, 11:03:08 AM
If you spoke to a professional, then take their advice.  I was worried about a fire or even just all the electricity going out. Maybe a mouse ate some wires.
:o :o OY!
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: David R on February 03, 2015, 01:52:34 AM
Is this product a figment of my imagination or has anyone actually manufactured a GFCI receptacle with the prongs facing this way? (I could really use something like this because I have to plug in two appliances that both have right angle plugs, so they would bump into each other if plugged into a regular GFCI.)
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Something Fishy on February 03, 2015, 08:03:36 AM
Is this product a figment of my imagination or has anyone actually manufactured a GFCI receptacle with the prongs facing this way? (I could really use something like this because I have to plug in two appliances that both have right angle plugs, so they would bump into each other if plugged into a regular GFCI.)

Something like this (http://www.amazon.com/Stellar-Labs-28-11105-Extension-Rotating/dp/B008I5SHKE) should solve your problem.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Shmulie on February 03, 2015, 09:10:51 AM
Is this product a figment of my imagination or has anyone actually manufactured a GFCI receptacle with the prongs facing this way? (I could really use something like this because I have to plug in two appliances that both have right angle plugs, so they would bump into each other if plugged into a regular GFCI.)
I have one in my house it actually comes in very useful
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: ckmk47 on February 03, 2015, 09:34:35 AM
Something like this (http://www.amazon.com/Stellar-Labs-28-11105-Extension-Rotating/dp/B008I5SHKE) should solve your problem.
I don't think it will.  It looks to me, that when you plug that extension cord into an upper outlet, it would block the lower outlet from being accessed.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Something Fishy on February 03, 2015, 09:39:59 AM
I don't think it will.  It looks to me, that when you plug that extension cord into an upper outlet, it would block the lower outlet from being accessed.

It won't. The whole point is that it would swivel out of the way.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Shmulie on February 03, 2015, 09:41:59 AM
maybe try this (http://www.homedepot.com/p/360-Electrical-Rotating-Duplex-Outlet-White-36010-W/100665822?AID=11210757&PID=6158626&SID=i5pe62lwfp00zey5001rw&cm_mmc=CJ-_-6158626-_-11210757&cj=true#.UWxp38qQPHU)
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Something Fishy on February 03, 2015, 09:47:14 AM
maybe try this (http://www.homedepot.com/p/360-Electrical-Rotating-Duplex-Outlet-White-36010-W/100665822?AID=11210757&PID=6158626&SID=i5pe62lwfp00zey5001rw&cm_mmc=CJ-_-6158626-_-11210757&cj=true#.UWxp38qQPHU)

He needs GFCI.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Shmulie on February 03, 2015, 10:04:46 AM
I dont think they make them anymore but i found one on ebay
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Eagle-Cooper-646-2V-BOX-GFCI-Duplex-Receptacle-Ivory-NIB-/181565648851?_trksid=p2141725.m3641.l6368
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: ckmk47 on February 03, 2015, 10:38:57 AM
It won't. The whole point is that it would swivel out of the way.
I didn't realize the circle meant that it swiveled.  Nifty!
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: David R on February 03, 2015, 09:47:56 PM
I dont think they make them anymore but i found one on ebay
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Eagle-Cooper-646-2V-BOX-GFCI-Duplex-Receptacle-Ivory-NIB-/181565648851?_trksid=p2141725.m3641.l6368
I thought I remembered seeing such a thing in a home or building somewhere, but after doing some Google image searches and scrolling through all the pictures looking for it, I did not see it at all. The picture I posted was the result of my editing one of the pictures that my Google search returned, just to show what I was looking for. Your reply was very helpful. Now I know it was not a figment of my imagination. Now that I see a model number, I see some other ebay sellers also have it, so I will try to buy one. Thanks.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Shmulie on February 03, 2015, 11:35:37 PM
I thought I remembered seeing such a thing in a home or building somewhere, but after doing some Google image searches and scrolling through all the pictures looking for it, I did not see it at all. The picture I posted was the result of my editing one of the pictures that my Google search returned, just to show what I was looking for. Your reply was very helpful. Now I know it was not a figment of my imagination. Now that I see a model number, I see some other ebay sellers also have it, so I will try to buy one. Thanks.
No problem
Happy I could help :)
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Emkay on January 18, 2016, 07:01:29 AM
want to hardwire a surveillance camera directly to the breaker, is there any reason at all why I shouldn't?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: User6669 on January 18, 2016, 07:15:58 AM
want to hardwire a camera directly to the breaker, is there any reason at all why I shouldn't?
Do you mean a surveillance camera?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Emkay on January 18, 2016, 07:17:41 AM
Do you mean a surveillance camera?
Yes
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: dovy2 on January 18, 2016, 08:29:08 AM
Anybody here an electrician in brooklyn, looking for a good quote
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: real-brisker on January 18, 2016, 09:42:59 AM
CCTV cameras don't get wired to the breaker. They are low voltage, you would need a receptacle with a 12V converter.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Emkay on January 18, 2016, 09:49:35 AM
CCTV cameras don't get wired to the breaker. They are low voltage, you would need a receptacle with a 12V converter.
I'm not that much of a beginner
I wouldn't mess around with breakers if I was. Either way its done
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: whacked1 on January 18, 2016, 02:51:32 PM
Anybody here an electrician in brooklyn, looking for a good quote
send me a pm if you're still looking. I have someone good and hes very well priced
Title: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: snapit on January 20, 2017, 11:40:27 AM
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170120/df62363e470f1f7a181095545079302a.jpg)
Anybody know if there's a way to change this terminal? Or do I have to change the whole panel? (I can't find a replacement bar because it's a really old box)
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: mercaz1 on January 20, 2017, 11:49:38 AM
anyone know of a reasonably priced licensed electrician who does work in the five tows?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Mplace on January 25, 2017, 11:05:06 PM
(https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170120/df62363e470f1f7a181095545079302a.jpg)
Anybody know if there's a way to change this terminal? Or do I have to change the whole panel? (I can't find a replacement bar because it's a really old box)
what's the issue?
Why not swop out the whole thing?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: snapit on January 25, 2017, 11:21:49 PM
what's the issue?
Why not swop out the whole thing?
Money and time, ultimately that's what I did
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: good sam on October 10, 2017, 08:39:47 PM
I have three switches at my front door (front hall, outside, and upstairs lights). All work other than the front hall. Bulbs are good. Is there a problem with:

A. My switch
B. My light fixture
C. My wiring
D. Not enough information
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: username on October 10, 2017, 08:49:51 PM
do you have a pigtail electrical tester?
probably the swich or the fixture. or their wiring.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: good sam on October 10, 2017, 08:54:37 PM
do you have a pigtail electrical tester?
probably the swich or the fixture. or their wiring.
I don't, wouldn't know how to use it if I did.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: username on October 10, 2017, 08:56:29 PM
call a handyman.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: good sam on October 10, 2017, 09:01:02 PM
call a handyman.
Don't need electrician?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: username on October 10, 2017, 09:04:02 PM
correct. Unless he finds something seriously wrong in the wiring.
Probaby the swich or fixture need replacing. no big deal, doesnt require an electrician.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on October 10, 2017, 09:12:19 PM
I have three switches at my front door (front hall, outside, and upstairs lights). All work other than the front hall. Bulbs are good. Is there a problem with:

A. My switch
B. My light fixture
C. My wiring
D. Not enough information
Does one switch control one light?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: good sam on October 10, 2017, 10:00:20 PM
Does one switch control one light?
Not sure what your question is. There are 3 switches, each controlling one light.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: hachover on October 10, 2017, 11:02:41 PM
I have three switches at my front door (front hall, outside, and upstairs lights). All work other than the front hall. Bulbs are good. Is there a problem with:

A. My switch
B. My light fixture
C. My wiring
D. Not enough information

If it worked before, and recently went bad, its likely the switch or the fixture. Having a tester of some sort would make diagnosing simpler, but you can do it without. Uninstall the switch and swap it with one of the others. If it still doesnt work, it wasnt the switch. To test the fixture, uninstall it enough to access the wires feeding it - depending on the fixture, you might not need to uninstall it all the way to get access. Connect a simple bulb socket to the wires. If it works, then it was your fixture. If thats also not it, then you need to call an electrician.

Obviously dont do any of this if youre not absolutely comfortable with electrical tinkering. As the joke goes, whats black and crispy, and hangs from a chandelier? An amateur electrician.

Even if you are, it makes no sense not to go out and buy a $10 tester to make this easier.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: yitrap on October 10, 2017, 11:04:25 PM
Turn off the fuse before you touch anything
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: good sam on October 11, 2017, 08:52:11 AM
Thanks guys
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: ckmk47 on October 11, 2017, 09:29:30 AM
A bathroom. and the outlet outside it, keeps tripping the breaker. This is a new development.
I thought it might be because there is no light 'fixture', just a bulb screwed into a pigtail attached to the wires, so I installed a fixture.  That made no difference.  Within 15 minutes of resetting the breaker, it was tripped again.
Is there anything I can do, or just call an electrician?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on October 11, 2017, 09:40:12 AM
Not sure what your question is. There are 3 switches, each controlling one light.
Then you will have two wires on the switch.
Poor mans switch tester. Turn off breaker. Take one wire off (doesn't matter which one) and connect to the other wire. You will now have two wires on the same screw on the switch. Turn breaker on and see if light goes on. If it does the switch is bad.

Make sure you have the correct breaker. If not 100% sure don't try this.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: real-brisker on October 11, 2017, 09:53:55 AM
Then you will have two wires on the switch.
Poor mans switch tester. Turn off breaker. Take one wire off (doesn't matter which one) and connect to the other wire. You will now have two wires on the same screw on the switch. Turn breaker on and see if light goes on. If it does the switch is bad.

Make sure you have the correct breaker. If not 100% sure don't try this.
+1 simplest method for layman to test.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: good sam on October 11, 2017, 12:23:30 PM
Maybe one day, with some training, I will be a layman.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: User6669 on October 11, 2017, 05:14:55 PM
A bathroom. and the outlet outside it, keeps tripping the breaker. This is a new development.
I thought it might be because there is no light 'fixture', just a bulb screwed into a pigtail attached to the wires, so I installed a fixture.  That made no difference.  Within 15 minutes of resetting the breaker, it was tripped again.
Is there anything I can do, or just call an electrician?

The wiring might be wrong, or the outlet or socket might be defective. If you feel confident enough, you could try to remove and test, otherwise seek help.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: hachover on October 15, 2017, 08:15:36 PM
The wiring might be wrong, or the outlet or socket might be defective. If you feel confident enough, you could try to remove and test, otherwise seek help.

Just to add, my guess would be some frayed insulation on the wires in the circuit, causing a short and tripping the breaker.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: ckmk47 on October 15, 2017, 09:34:11 PM
My guess is that it's a short.
I'll test each outlet for power after I flip the breaker, but how will I know if it's short?
Will it not work?  I'll also check each light switch.   


I assume I won't find anything, and then I'll call an electrician.  :D   If I actually find something defective, I'll change it.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: hachover on October 16, 2017, 08:55:20 AM
My guess is that it's a short.
I'll test each outlet for power after I flip the breaker, but how will I know if it's short?
Will it not work?  I'll also check each light switch.   


I assume I won't find anything, and then I'll call an electrician.  :D   If I actually find something defective, I'll change it.

Its not a big leap to guess that its a short, but the key question is what causes the short. If part of a wire is exposed then two pieces could be touching or arcing. The fact that you say it breaks within 15 minutes, but the circuit can be reset, makes me think this is a possibility. The bare wire would not touch anything when all is still, but some minor tremor (like walking on the floor above or on stairs) jostles the wire within the wall and causes the issue.

If this scenario seems likely to you, then you definitely need an electrician. A wire in the wall that has gaps in the insulation is no joke. Depending on the setup, it might be relatively simple to would disconnect the wires and run new ones parallel.

Of course, it could easily be something else. I'm doing my best with your 2 sentence description and I'm not a pro either.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on October 16, 2017, 10:07:00 AM
It can also be a worn breaker. Does the breaker trip with no load?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: ckmk47 on October 16, 2017, 11:06:53 AM

The problem is in the basement bathroom.
Over yomtov we also noticed that the pump (that brings the basement waste water up to the outgoing sewer line) was emitting a smell.
I prioritized getting the plumber over the electrician, to give myself 1 more day to see if I could find the short myself.
As soon as the plumber looked at the pump I realized that it's on the same electrical line that has the short and it had no electricity over yomtov to empty.
But when I flipped the breaker,  it didn't turn on.  We found the short!
The plumber is in the middle of finding out if I need a new pump or he can fix the short/motor on this one.  No electrician needed.


Thanks, all of you, for your ideas and support.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: yesitsme on November 05, 2017, 11:22:35 PM
I have a 4 foot fixture that has 4 LED bulbs

What ballast do I need, it says "Use only with instant start ballasts", is there anything I'm supposed to look out for? or standard ballasts are "Instant start"?

Model # is
Philips 9290011242
T8 12w/850
Instantfit 453613
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: JoeyShmoe on November 06, 2017, 10:22:37 AM
I have a 4 foot fixture that has 4 LED bulbs

What ballast do I need, it says "Use only with instant start ballasts", is there anything I'm supposed to look out for? or standard ballasts are "Instant start"?

Model # is
Philips 9290011242
T8 12w/850
Instantfit 453613
IINM LED fixtures don't need ballasts, a ballast is only used as a starter for fluorescent
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: yesitsme on November 06, 2017, 09:52:08 PM
IINM LED fixtures don't need ballasts, a ballast is only used as a starter for fluorescent
You're right that LED works without a ballast, replacing a fluorescent bulb with led you have 2 (3) options 1) rewire and bypass the ballast. 2) get led bulbs special designed with a driver to be compatible with a ballast, their are 2 types of bulbs that are compatible with a ballast some can handle a ballast and others reuire a ballast, unfortunately the bulbs I'm referring to require a ballast all I want to know is what type of ballast.

Please correct me if i'm wrong,
thanks YesItsMe
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: yesitsme on November 06, 2017, 10:06:41 PM
https://insights.regencylighting.com/plug-and-play-or-ballast-bypass-linear-led (https://insights.regencylighting.com/plug-and-play-or-ballast-bypass-linear-led)
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: David R on November 10, 2017, 02:47:50 PM
I have a 4 foot fixture that has 4 LED bulbs

What ballast do I need, it says "Use only with instant start ballasts", is there anything I'm supposed to look out for? or standard ballasts are "Instant start"?

Model # is
Philips 9290011242
T8 12w/850
Instantfit 453613
Too bad the manufacturer left the 12W bulbs off the compatibility list. http://images.philips.com/is/content/PhilipsConsumer/PDFDownloads/United%20States/ODLI20170825_001_UPD_en_US_PLt-16118CR_InstantFit_Ballast_Compatibility_Guide_2017.pdf

However, you can see that the same ballasts are okay for the 10W and 14W 4 foot bulbs, so presumably they would be fine for the 12W too.

When I was shopping for 4 foot LED tubes, I deliberately sought out the ones that did not need a ballast and I threw the the old ballasts in the trash.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: yitrap on November 28, 2017, 12:35:05 PM
So I have an American power bar that I've been using in Israel with a little chupchik...decided to cut off the American plug and put an Israeli plug so I don't need a chupchik anymore, now every time I plug it in the fuse blows.

I've tried switching the black and the white wire with the green in, still blows.

I took the green out and just left the white and black in, doesn't blow.

Suggestions? (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171128/affb7d7442eae56f2a9501974cc8a341.jpg)
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on November 28, 2017, 05:19:39 PM
What were you using, an adapter?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: yitrap on November 28, 2017, 05:38:46 PM
What were you using, an adapter?
Yes, in Israel anything can be called a chupchik. Looks something like this. (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171128/4e368f0efff4d088149033e9611d90b0.jpg)
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on November 28, 2017, 06:08:25 PM
There is no grounding plug on that. You had the plug wired correctly. Makes me think the outlet is the problem.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Qwertyuiop on November 28, 2017, 08:22:46 PM
Chaim, you an electrician?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: yitrap on November 29, 2017, 02:55:01 AM
There is no grounding plug on that. You had the plug wired correctly. Makes me think the outlet is the problem.
Outlet works fine for other things, I'll try power bar in a different outlet to check
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: David R on November 29, 2017, 08:52:08 AM
So I have an American power bar that I've been using in Israel with a little chupchik...decided to cut off the American plug and put an Israeli plug so I don't need a chupchik anymore, now every time I plug it in the fuse blows.

I've tried switching the black and the white wire with the green in, still blows.

I took the green out and just left the white and black in, doesn't blow.

Suggestions? (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171128/affb7d7442eae56f2a9501974cc8a341.jpg)

I assume the photo is of the Israeli plug and the wiring configuration shown in the photo blew the fuse. Correct?

What is "an American power bar"? A power strip, surge protector or something else?
Which fuse blows - the one that protects the outlet or the fuse in the "American power bar"?

What suggestion are you seeking? Does it not work with the green wire disconnected?
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Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on November 29, 2017, 08:55:41 AM
Chaim, you an electrician?
No but have done a lot of electrical work. It is pretty easy to understand.
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Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on November 29, 2017, 08:58:13 AM
Outlet works fine for other things, I'll try power bar in a different outlet to check
Did the power bar work in the US?
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Post by: yitrap on November 29, 2017, 09:05:20 AM
I assume the photo is of the Israeli plug and the wiring configuration shown in the photo blew the fuse. Correct?

What is "an American power bar"? A power strip, surge protector or something else?
Which fuse blows - the one that protects the outlet or the fuse in the "American power bar"?

What suggestion are you seeking? Does it not work with the green wire disconnected?
Correct

Power strip

Fuse protecting the outlet

Any reason not to use it without the green? Why is the green making it blow?
Did the power bar work in the US?
Yes.
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Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on November 29, 2017, 09:32:20 AM
Any reason not to use it without the green? Why is the green making it blow?Yes.
The green is grounding for your protection.

Most likely reason is there is some sort of short between black and green. Either in the power bar or outlet wiring. Test power bar in another outlet. Also for this outlet plug something in that uses the grounding plug and see what happens.

If all else fails fly me out there and I will fix it in minutes.  :)
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Post by: aygart on November 29, 2017, 09:36:17 AM
Is the power strip rated for 220v
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Post by: David R on November 29, 2017, 11:23:36 PM
Is the power strip rated for 220v
He was already pumping 220 volts into it before the rewiring and that did not blow the fuse. The only difference I see is that previously the ground prong would slip below the international adapter and not make contact with anything, but now the ground wire from the power strip connects to what is supposed to be the ground prong of the outlet. Some surge protectors have an LED that indicates the status of the ground and I thought that there is a possibility that connecting the ground wire could activate the circuitry for that and cause the overload. This is why I asked if it was a power strip or a surge protector. If it's just a power strip it shouldn't have any electronics of its own and the extra voltage should not make a difference unless it was truly being overloaded by a high wattage item plugged into the power strip.
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Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on November 30, 2017, 10:06:03 AM
Any update?
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Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on December 01, 2017, 01:38:13 PM
I hope @yitrap is OK!  :)
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Post by: David R on December 01, 2017, 02:32:02 PM
I hope @yitrap is OK!  :)
Presumably staying off DDF during Shabbos.
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Post by: yitrap on December 02, 2017, 10:45:03 AM
I'm fine, I'll update shortly thanks for the concern
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Post by: yitrap on December 02, 2017, 03:58:57 PM
So this is the front of the bar, not sure if that's considered a surge protector or not.

I've tried wiring in just the live and testing the ground plug and I'm pretty sure I'm getting electricity in the grounded holes, gonna test it again now to make sure.
ETA. I think this power bar is broken, I just tested it all three holes are apparently live even when the "fuse" is off.
Gonna try getting a new power bar and try this again.

What's weird is that in the US I used it for a year without an issue the only thing I can think is that the outlet I was using wasn't really grounded. (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20171202/60af6631133eb7d8a3a0debdb3c207c6.jpg)
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Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on December 02, 2017, 06:58:42 PM
Sorry not following. Across what two terminals are you testing for power?
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Post by: yitrap on December 02, 2017, 08:19:42 PM
Sorry not following. Across what two terminals are you testing for power?
Tried all three "holes" of a single plug/outlet on the bar, they all show live with my tester.

I know the tester works cause when I try in a regular outlet only the live one shows live.
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Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on December 02, 2017, 08:22:00 PM
Tried all three "holes" of a single plug/outlet on the bar, they all show live with my tester.

I know the tester works cause when I try in a regular outlet only the live one shows live.
How were you testing them. Is this just a single lead tester you touch to each terminal/hole?
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Post by: as2 on December 02, 2017, 08:24:40 PM
Tried all three "holes" of a single plug/outlet on the bar, they all show live with my tester.

I know the tester works cause when I try in a regular outlet only the live one shows live.
It may be getting a "live" read from another "hole", is that possible?
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Post by: yitrap on December 02, 2017, 08:24:48 PM
How were you testing them. Is this just a single lead tester you touch to each terminal/hole?
Yes, something like this.
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Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on December 02, 2017, 08:34:45 PM
You might be getting those reading because of some type of surge protection the strip might have. Remember the power strip works with the adapter.

Did you try the power strip in a different outlet. Also do you any appliance that has a three prong plug and try it in the outlet.
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Post by: yitrap on January 10, 2018, 11:47:29 AM
Update. I bought a new power bar wired it up and it works like a charm. Thanks for all the help
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Post by: henche on January 10, 2018, 11:53:03 AM
What would it cost to re-wire 4 BX cables with newer stuff, in a small house (so, not going that far)
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Post by: henche on January 10, 2018, 12:07:29 PM
What would it cost to replace a meter box?
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Post by: ual902 on February 08, 2018, 02:54:59 AM
 How do I get these 2 wires from an NEC intercom to power up a ring door bell pro? a tranformer?. The ring door bell will replace the NEC intercom.


(http://i925.photobucket.com/albums/ad97/ual902/20180208_021932.jpg)[/URL]
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Post by: chbochur on February 11, 2018, 06:37:47 PM
Looking for a good electrician in the Flatbush area to put up some light fixtures
Any leads are appreciated
Tia
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Post by: whacked1 on February 11, 2018, 06:43:17 PM
Looking for a good electrician in the Flatbush area to put up some light fixtures
Any leads are appreciated
Tia
I'll pm
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Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on February 11, 2018, 06:43:56 PM
What would it cost to re-wire 4 BX cables with newer stuff, in a small house (so, not going that far)
What is code, romex or conduit?
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Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on February 11, 2018, 06:44:30 PM
What would it cost to replace a meter box?
What's a meter box?
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Post by: cozmohoot on February 11, 2018, 08:45:41 PM
Part of my basement has 3 light fixtures. They are 2 foot long t12 fluorescent tube bulbs. The older thick ones.
How tricky is it to change them to recessed fixtures? Tia. Maybe I should speak to whacked1's person...
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Post by: David R on February 11, 2018, 09:00:36 PM
Part of my basement has 3 light fixtures. They are 2 foot long t12 fluorescent tube bulbs. The older thick ones.
How tricky is it to change them to recessed fixtures? Tia. Maybe I should speak to whacked1's person...
It depends if the end of the cable at the point where it enters the fluorescent fixture can reach where it needs to be to enter the recessed fixture. It could depend on many other things. For example, if the wiring is very old, it can crumble as you work with it. Why do you think it might be tricky?
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Post by: cozmohoot on February 11, 2018, 09:21:02 PM
Cuz I'm not an electrician, lol.
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Post by: username on February 14, 2018, 05:35:37 PM
fluorescent light/fixture sounds like a motorcycle (slight exaggeration), What needs to be replaced?
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Post by: cozmohoot on February 14, 2018, 06:19:38 PM
fluorescent light/fixture sounds like a motorcycle (slight exaggeration), What needs to be replaced?
U referring to my q? I listed the exact bulb type and length...but even after changing to small recessed spot I would have to close up the extra space.
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Post by: username on February 14, 2018, 07:05:26 PM
fluorescent light/fixture sounds like a motorcycle (slight exaggeration), What needs to be replaced?

nothing to do with cozmohoot. just his q reminded me of this issue.
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Post by: myi on February 14, 2018, 07:10:22 PM
fluorescent light/fixture sounds like a motorcycle (slight exaggeration), What needs to be replaced?
If the ballast is old, it starts to play a nice hum, which means the whole ballast (meaning if the fixture consists of 2-3 ballast in the fixture)needs to be replaced.
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Post by: David R on February 23, 2018, 02:26:22 PM
If the ballast is old, it starts to play a nice hum, which means the whole ballast (meaning if the fixture consists of 2-3 ballast in the fixture)needs to be replaced.
If it's a 4 foot fixture that uses tubes and the ballast(s) needs replacing, I would bypass it/them and replace the bulbs with LED tubes that do not need a ballast.
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Post by: mgarfin on March 04, 2018, 02:18:30 PM
Im installing LED strip lights in a kitchen
I want 2 24v LED strips with about 72W each.

Im trying to figure what power supply to use.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01B1PREK6
https://www.amazon.com/Dimmable-Driver-Magnetic-Transformer-Voltage/dp/B073FT57V
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01IU8QBCO/
https://www.amazon.com/uxcell-Switching-Power-Supply-Driver/dp/B008SO7QPM
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B077NFHDVB


im seeing a very big gap in pricing, can anyone explain?
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Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on March 04, 2018, 02:29:38 PM
Don't they come with their own power source?
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Post by: mgarfin on March 04, 2018, 02:34:03 PM
Don't they come with their own power source?

Some do and some don't
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Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on March 04, 2018, 02:41:28 PM
Some do and some don't
Link to the LED strips?
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Post by: aygart on March 04, 2018, 02:43:50 PM
Some do and some don't
So why don't you just get one which does?
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Post by: mgarfin on March 04, 2018, 03:20:24 PM
So why don't you just get one which does?

It doesn't work for my situation!
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Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on March 04, 2018, 04:22:52 PM
Look at the specs. One of them is a dimmer so more money. There are also different wattages. Does the manufacturer recommend a PS?
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Post by: mgarfin on March 04, 2018, 04:45:31 PM
what is PS?

Still
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01B1PREK6 
$20.99

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B073FT57VL
$93.99


Then there is a 500w for $35
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01IU8QBCO

20-90?
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Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on March 04, 2018, 05:50:41 PM
PS - Power Supply
$93 one is dimmable.
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Post by: yesitsme on May 13, 2018, 08:02:27 PM
can someone please explain to me why/how some timers aren't compatible to led lights?
Quote
This switch requires a MINIMUM 40 watts and MAXIMUM 500 watts to function. This switch will not work with LED or CFL type lighting.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004SOZI2Y/

is it only led's that might have issues but they all work with incandescent bulbs?
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Post by: yesitsme on May 13, 2018, 08:06:43 PM
can someone please explain to me why/how some timers aren't compatible to led lights?https://www.amazon.com/dp/B004SOZI2Y/

is it only led's that might have issues but they all work with incandescent bulbs?
got my answer
https://diy.stackexchange.com/a/67951/35548
thanks
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Post by: yesitsme on May 13, 2018, 08:33:54 PM
can someone please explain to me how a timer could work without a neutral?
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Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on May 13, 2018, 08:52:05 PM
can someone please explain to me how a timer could work without a neutral?
Neutral goes directly to the bulb and the timer switches the hot.
ETA: Look at the timer as a simple light switch.
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Post by: yesitsme on May 13, 2018, 08:56:32 PM
Neutral goes directly to the bulb and the timer switches the hot.
You're right I don't understand how the timer works with out a full circuit it only has the hot, in 2nd grade i was taught that in order for anything to work with electricity you need a full circuit,
I understand how to wire it I dont understand how it works.
Please don't get moster involved just answer me quickly thanks.
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Post by: ElectricCPR on May 13, 2018, 09:03:52 PM
You're right I don't understand how the timer works with out a full circuit it only has the hot, in 2nd grade i was taught that in order for anything to work with electricity you need a full circuit,
I understand how to wire it I dont understand how it works.
Please don't get moster involved just answer me quickly thanks.
The switch works with a built in ground 
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Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on May 13, 2018, 09:04:08 PM
Look at the bulb as a simple resistor. Hot goes directly to timer and neutral goes through the resistor (bulb) to the timer. The timer now has a hot and neutral.
This might help: https://customer.honeywell.com/resources/techlit/TechLitDocuments/69-0000s/69-2454EFS.pdf

Now a question for you. If the bulb burns out does the timer have power?  :)
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Post by: yesitsme on May 13, 2018, 09:11:51 PM
Look at the bulb as a simple resistor. Hot goes directly to timer and neutral goes through the resistor (bulb) to the timer. The timer now has a hot and neutral.
This might help: https://customer.honeywell.com/resources/techlit/TechLitDocuments/69-0000s/69-2454EFS.pdf

Now a question for you. If the bulb burns out does the timer have power?  :)
Thank You very much, Dus iz a R' chaim, whats the answer to your question, i believe that it wouldn't but there would be no need unless if it displays the time and you lost you watch, since it needs a minimum 50 watts for it to function properly, correct me if i'm wrong.
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Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on May 13, 2018, 09:15:03 PM
Thank You very much, Dus iz a R' chaim, whats the answer to your question, i believe that it wouldn't but there would be no need unless if it displays the time and you lost you watch, since it needs a minimum 50 watts for it to function properly, correct me if i'm wrong.
You are correct and the 50 watts IMHO is over kill. I seen them work with 10 watt bulbs.
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Post by: yesitsme on May 13, 2018, 09:20:12 PM
if the switchbox doesnt have a neutral how safe would it be to substitute with the ground? or what other tricks are there to go around the problem?
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Post by: ElectricCPR on May 13, 2018, 09:22:35 PM
if the switchbox doesnt have a neutral how safe would it be to substitute with the ground? or what other tricks are there to go around the problem?
One of the tricks of the trade, they both get connected to the same place in the electric panel
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Post by: yesitsme on May 13, 2018, 09:22:44 PM
The switch works with a built in ground
What in the world? does it also come with a built in hot?
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Post by: yesitsme on May 13, 2018, 09:24:21 PM
One of the tricks of the trade, they both get connected to the same place in the electric panel
I heard of that in the past I just want to know safety wise if its Lekatchila or for buchorim in the dorm its ok.
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Post by: ElectricCPR on May 13, 2018, 09:24:32 PM
What in the world? does it also come with a built in hot?
The ground is the neutral it gets connected via when screwing in the switch
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Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on May 13, 2018, 09:24:51 PM
if the switchbox doesnt have a neutral how safe would it be to substitute with the ground? or what other tricks are there to go around the problem?
Never ever use ground for neutral. Why do you need a neutral?
Full disclosure: I am not an electrician but an electronic technician.
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Post by: ElectricCPR on May 13, 2018, 09:25:29 PM
I heard of that in the past I just want to know safety wise if its Lekatchila or for buchorim in the dorm its ok.
It's 100% safe and is ok as long as there is no inspection.
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Post by: ElectricCPR on May 13, 2018, 09:26:08 PM
Never ever use ground for neutral. Why do you need a neutral?
Full disclosure: I am not an electrician but an electronic technician.
Sorry to bust your bubble I am
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Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on May 13, 2018, 09:29:44 PM
Sorry to bust your bubble I am
You should not say it is 100% safe.
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Post by: yesitsme on May 13, 2018, 09:30:50 PM
Please fight it out (only with explanations not with you could/you cant) and let me know thanks,
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My uncle always used to say ďthe hardest thing to remember is what you didnít used to know.Ē People who donít know wiring will be better served by the rule of thumb that the ground and the neutral are not interchangeable. People who do know wiring, will know what to do to figure out what is going on on the circuits in front of them.
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Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on May 13, 2018, 09:33:11 PM
Please fight it out (only with explanations not with you could/you cant) and let me know thanks,
Nothing to fight out. You are replacing the switch with a timer. The timer now becomes the switch in simple terms.
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Post by: ElectricCPR on May 13, 2018, 09:33:47 PM
Please fight it out (only with explanations not with you could/you cant) and let me know thanks,
At the panel the neutral wire block is connected the main ground, with this fact in mind, the ground and neutral are virtually the same.
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Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on May 13, 2018, 09:38:58 PM
At the panel the neutral wire block is connected the main ground, with this fact in mind, the ground and neutral are virtually the same.
The voltage potential at that point is the same. Through out the house that will not be the same. As an electrician you are fully aware in older houses the conduit itself was the ground. You try using that as your neutral is an accident waiting to happen.

Now back to the bubble busting. An ET is way up the food chain from an electrician.  :)
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Post by: ElectricCPR on May 13, 2018, 09:40:00 PM
The voltage potential at that point is the same. Through out the house that will not be the same. As an electrician you are fully aware in older houses the conduit itself was the ground. You try using that as your neutral is an accident waiting to happen.

Now back to the bubble busting. An ET is way above the food chain than an electrician.  :)
I'd only use it for timers
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Post by: yesitsme on May 13, 2018, 09:42:28 PM
https://community.smartthings.com/t/faq-neutral-and-ground-wires-are-not-interchangeable/27849/23
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Post by: yesitsme on May 13, 2018, 09:52:35 PM
https://community.smartthings.com/t/faq-neutral-and-ground-wires-are-not-interchangeable/27849/23
Based in that discussion, as long as the neutral points back to the same panel its mostly safe, since in NYC all wiring is required to be in a conduit it should be enough to attach to the switch-box.
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Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on May 13, 2018, 09:57:59 PM
Based in that discussion, as long as the neutral points back to the same panel its mostly safe, since in NYC all wiring is required to be in a conduit it should be enough to attach to the switch-box.
Let me say this again. Never use the ground as a neutral.
There are many situations where this can be dangerous. Things can be wired wrong or you can get broken/welded wires. Try using ground for neutral with a GFCI?
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Post by: yesitsme on May 13, 2018, 09:59:14 PM
If someone got the 2 wire timer and wants to use it for a chandelier with LED bulbs you can flip one of the many bulbs with a incandescent bulb and everything should work fine.
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Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on May 13, 2018, 10:01:59 PM
If someone got the 2 wire timer and wants to use it for a chandelier with LED bulbs you can flip one of the many bulbs with a incandescent bulb and everything should work fine.
If all the bulbs are in parallel, yes.  :)
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Post by: yesitsme on May 13, 2018, 10:12:01 PM
If all the bulbs are in parallel, yes.  :)
oh my i thought i'm done, what difference would it make? i w'd assume that most chandeliers are parallel otherwise if one burns out none of them would work correct me if i'm wrong.
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Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on May 13, 2018, 10:15:13 PM
oh my i thought i'm done, what difference would it make? i w'd assume that most chandeliers are parallel otherwise if one burns out none of them would work correct me if i'm wrong.
I couldn't let you go that easy.  :)
You are correct. I would also assume they are in parallel since I never seen one in series. 
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Post by: David R on May 14, 2018, 12:29:51 PM
If someone got the 2 wire timer and wants to use it for a chandelier with LED bulbs you can flip one of the many bulbs with a incandescent bulb and everything should work fine.
Go for halogen; they are much more energy efficient.
More importantly, there are some incandescent bulbs that as they blow, a shorter segment of the filament can contact both sides, reducing the resistance and sending a surge of current through the timer that blows the timer. I had a few timers that failed and I suspect this type of bulb failure contributed to it. Halogen bulbs that I have seen tend to have a single straight filament where this would not happen.
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Post by: yesitsme on May 15, 2018, 11:41:36 PM
Where can I still get this timer ?
http://intermaticstore.com/~/media/intermatic/documentation/obsolete/ej341.pdf
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Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on May 15, 2018, 11:54:09 PM
Where can I still get this timer ?
http://intermaticstore.com/~/media/intermatic/documentation/obsolete/ej341.pdf
I had one of those for the garage lights.
http://www.neobits.com/intermatic_ej341ac_intermatic_ej341ac_has_been_p10825267.html?atc=gbp&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIj93v-6mJ2wIVHLbACh2c9wSKEAQYBCABEgJ-PfD_BwE

https://www.amazon.com/Intermatic-EJ341C-Programmable-24-Hour-Security/dp/B001O20RWY
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Post by: yesitsme on July 05, 2018, 02:35:29 PM
How do clear a setting for
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004SOZI2Y/
you can set 7 programs per week how do you reset program 1  and 2 they should stop running when set to auto?
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Post by: David R on July 05, 2018, 02:56:12 PM
How do clear a setting for
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004SOZI2Y/
you can set 7 programs per week how do you reset program 1  and 2 they should stop running when set to auto?
Cycle through the days for particular program until the day selected is no day at all.
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Post by: Something Fishy on July 05, 2018, 05:26:46 PM
Turning off breakers in my house is a pain. I'm going to replace a thermostat (3 wires, if that matters) - do I really need to turn off the fuse, or am I gonna kill myself?
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Post by: ElectricCPR on July 05, 2018, 05:29:18 PM
If it's low voltage (it usually is) you don't have to worry about turning off the breaker
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Post by: JoeyShmoe on July 05, 2018, 06:30:34 PM
Turning off breakers in my house is a pain. I'm going to replace a thermostat (3 wires, if that matters) - do I really need to turn off the fuse, or am I gonna kill myself?
Is the thermostat connected to power or is it battery powered? If it is the latter (most likely IMO) then the 3 wires are low voltage and turning off the breaker won't do anything anyway
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Post by: moko on July 05, 2018, 06:38:14 PM
How safe is it to use a 2-to-3 prong plug converter for an ac?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on July 05, 2018, 06:41:33 PM
Turning off breakers in my house is a pain. I'm going to replace a thermostat (3 wires, if that matters) - do I really need to turn off the fuse, or am I gonna kill myself?
No you won't kill yourself but always a good idea to turn off breaker. Safety first. :)
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on July 05, 2018, 06:42:03 PM
How safe is it to use a 2-to-3 prong plug converter for an account?
account?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: moko on July 05, 2018, 06:54:49 PM
account?
darn autocorrect
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on July 05, 2018, 06:56:35 PM
darn autocorrect
By adapter do you mean you will be grounding it through the screw on outlet cover?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: moko on July 05, 2018, 07:28:28 PM
By adapter do you mean you will be grounding it through the screw on outlet cover?
It has the option to screw it in, but it's my understanding that just screwing it in is not necessarily grounding it.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: yesitsme on July 05, 2018, 07:43:06 PM
It has the option to screw it in, but it's my understanding that just screwing it in is not necessarily grounding it.
If the switch box is grounded and you it into the switch box then it will be grounded as well
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on July 05, 2018, 08:00:58 PM
It has the option to screw it in, but it's my understanding that just screwing it in is not necessarily grounding it.
If the switch box is grounded and you it into the switch box then it will be grounded as well
You want it grounded. Safety first!
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Something Fishy on July 05, 2018, 08:10:00 PM
If it's low voltage (it usually is) you don't have to worry about turning off the breaker

Is the thermostat connected to power or is it battery powered? If it is the latter (most likely IMO) then the 3 wires are low voltage and turning off the breaker won't do anything anyway

Yes, it is.

All installed, and I survived to tell the tale.

Thanks guys.

Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: JoeyShmoe on July 05, 2018, 08:11:06 PM
Yes, it is.

All installed, and I survived to tell the tale.

Thanks guys.
ברוך מחיה מתים
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on July 05, 2018, 08:16:23 PM
Yes, it is.

All installed, and I survived to tell the tale.

Thanks guys.
Any small sparks?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Something Fishy on July 05, 2018, 08:35:55 PM
Any small sparks?

Nope
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: stooges44 on August 16, 2018, 09:54:51 AM
I've googled myself out, already,

I have this bulb which I think is an "sylvania f34cw/ss"

(https://i.gyazo.com/03f1d0d5b5af904fc76abbb4de1c4530.png)

I'm looking for a replacement that I can buy online (with delivery) and so far I haven't found an exact match, can anyone help me find a similar one. I found this one https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0165PE8CY/ but I'm not sure if it will match based on this Q and A: https://www.amazon.com/ask/questions/TxM8Z5U7PM4GZL/ref=ask_ql_ql_al_hza

I don't care about the wattage etc... I just need something that will work and wont blow the ballast.

TIA!!
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: ckmk47 on August 16, 2018, 10:30:17 AM
I've googled myself out, already,

I'm looking for a replacement that I can buy online (with delivery)
I don't care about the wattage etc... I just need something that will work and wont blow the ballast.

TIA!!
It might pay to go into a local, knowledgable hardware store.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: srap on August 16, 2018, 11:28:58 AM
I've googled myself out, already,

I have this bulb which I think is an "sylvania f34cw/ss"

(https://i.gyazo.com/03f1d0d5b5af904fc76abbb4de1c4530.png)

I'm looking for a replacement that I can buy online (with delivery) and so far I haven't found an exact match, can anyone help me find a similar one. I found this one https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0165PE8CY/ (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0165PE8CY/) but I'm not sure if it will match based on this Q and A: https://www.amazon.com/ask/questions/TxM8Z5U7PM4GZL/ref=ask_ql_ql_al_hza (https://www.amazon.com/ask/questions/TxM8Z5U7PM4GZL/ref=ask_ql_ql_al_hza)

I don't care about the wattage etc... I just need something that will work and wont blow the ballast.

TIA!!
What was wrong with this one?  https://www.blocklighting.com/product/41467/f34cwsseco-sylvania-24596-34-watt-t12-fluorescent-g13-base-4200k?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIgMWGxe_x3AIVT-DICh22HAmeEAQYAiABEgKKE_D_BwE

The ss tacked on the end of yours is probably for "supersaver".  So, too, the circled E on both of yours is probably for ECOLOGIC.  Theirs is just written out, as well.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: ElectricCPR on August 16, 2018, 04:57:10 PM
It might pay to go into a local, knowledgable hardware store.
+1

or just homedepot.com
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: stooges44 on September 06, 2018, 08:43:51 PM
Is it safe to plug a "plug in class 2 transformer" into a power strip?

Specifically, I want to know if I can safely put this (http://store.rainbird.com/ut1-replacement-transformer-rain-bird-sst-timers.html) into a power strip for long term?

Thanks!
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on September 06, 2018, 08:47:28 PM
Inside? I don't see why not.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: stooges44 on September 06, 2018, 08:50:54 PM
Inside? I don't see why not.

Yes, inside. I don't know, the plug is the heaviest I've ever seen for a plug. It's at least 1 pound and I hear horror stories occasionally of too many things connected in too many different ways that were not designed for it.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on September 06, 2018, 08:54:39 PM
Yes, inside. I don't know, the plug is the heaviest I've ever seen for a plug. It's at least 1 pound and I hear horror stories occasionally of too many things connected in too many different ways that were not designed for it.
Probably well built. I don't see it drawing much current. Trying to find the input specs now.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: stooges44 on September 06, 2018, 08:56:41 PM
Probably well built. I don't see it drawing much current. Trying to find the input specs now.

Does this help?

UL rated
Input: AC 120-Volt/60 Hz, output: AC 25.5-Volt/650 mA
For vertical or floor mount use only; use in dry locations only
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on September 06, 2018, 08:59:12 PM
Does this help?

UL rated
Input: AC 120-Volt/60 Hz, output: AC 25.5-Volt/650 mA
For vertical or floor mount use only; use in dry locations only
That's what I found. Can't see it drawing much current.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: how on September 06, 2018, 09:35:57 PM
Is it safe to plug a "plug in class 2 transformer" into a power strip?

Specifically, I want to know if I can safely put this (http://store.rainbird.com/ut1-replacement-transformer-rain-bird-sst-timers.html) into a power strip for long term?

Thanks!
I didn't follow your link but sometimes  those heavy ones are screwed to the outlet
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: stooges44 on September 06, 2018, 10:04:23 PM
I didn't follow your link but sometimes  those heavy ones are screwed to the outlet

This one doesn't have a screw and it's also not even three prongs so I guess it can't be that heavy duty
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: yos9694 on September 07, 2018, 02:48:04 PM
Question about wiring up a new 3-way switch to join up with two existing single pole switches (not replace).

Currently have Light Bulb #1 controlled by Switch #1 and Light Bulb #2 controlled by Switch #2. I want to add a Switch #3 that will control both Bulb #1 and Bulb #2 at once in a way that preserves the individual control of Switch #1 and Switch #2. Is this possible to do? Assume I have easy access to the existing wires and can easily run new wires from there.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: David R on September 07, 2018, 03:09:37 PM
Question about wiring up a new 3-way switch to join up with two existing single pole switches (not replace).

Currently have Light Bulb #1 controlled by Switch #1 and Light Bulb #2 controlled by Switch #2. I want to add a Switch #3 that will control both Bulb #1 and Bulb #2 at once in a way that preserves the individual control of Switch #1 and Switch #2. Is this possible to do? Assume I have easy access to the existing wires and can easily run new wires from there.
How do you want switch #3 to control the bulbs? With three switches, there are 8 possibilities.
Please specify what you want the bulbs to do in each of the 8 possibilities.

Current configuration:
Switch #1 down, Switch #2 down = Bulb #1 off, bulb #2 off
Switch #1 down, Switch #2 up = Bulb #1 off, bulb #2 on
Switch #1 up, Switch #2 down = Bulb #1 on, bulb #2 off
Switch #1 up, Switch #2 up = Bulb #1 on, bulb #2 on

Proposed configuration (Please replace the question marks with what you want the bulbs to do):
Switch #1 down, Switch #2 down, Switch #3 down = Bulb #1 ?, bulb #2 ?
Switch #1 down, Switch #2 up, Switch #3 down = Bulb #1 ?, bulb #2 ?
Switch #1 up, Switch #2 down, Switch #3 down = Bulb #1 ?, bulb #2 ?
Switch #1 up, Switch #2 up, Switch #3 down = Bulb #1 ?, bulb #2 ?
Switch #1 down, Switch #2 down, Switch #3 up = Bulb #1 ?, bulb #2 ?
Switch #1 down, Switch #2 up, Switch #3 up = Bulb #1 ?, bulb #2 ?
Switch #1 up, Switch #2 down, Switch #3 up = Bulb #1 ?, bulb #2 ?
Switch #1 up, Switch #2 up, Switch #3 up = Bulb #1 ?, bulb #2 ?

Or perhaps you want your new switch to have three positions, in which case there will be 12 possibilities:
Switch #1 down, Switch #2 down, Switch #3 down = Bulb #1 ?, bulb #2 ?
Switch #1 down, Switch #2 up, Switch #3 down = Bulb #1 ?, bulb #2 ?
Switch #1 up, Switch #2 down, Switch #3 down = Bulb #1 ?, bulb #2 ?
Switch #1 up, Switch #2 up, Switch #3 down = Bulb #1 ?, bulb #2 ?
Switch #1 down, Switch #2 down, Switch #3 up = Bulb #1 ?, bulb #2 ?
Switch #1 down, Switch #2 up, Switch #3 up = Bulb #1 ?, bulb #2 ?
Switch #1 up, Switch #2 down, Switch #3 up = Bulb #1 ?, bulb #2 ?
Switch #1 up, Switch #2 up, Switch #3 up = Bulb #1 ?, bulb #2 ?
Switch #1 down, Switch #2 down, Switch #3 center = Bulb #1 ?, bulb #2 ?
Switch #1 down, Switch #2 up, Switch #3 center = Bulb #1 ?, bulb #2 ?
Switch #1 up, Switch #2 down, Switch #3 center = Bulb #1 ?, bulb #2 ?
Switch #1 up, Switch #2 up, Switch #3 center = Bulb #1 ?, bulb #2 ?

Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: yos9694 on September 07, 2018, 03:16:54 PM
Switch #1 down, Switch #2 down, Switch #3 down = Bulb #1 off, bulb #2 off
Switch #1 down, Switch #2 up, Switch #3 down = Bulb #1 off, bulb #2 on
Switch #1 up, Switch #2 down, Switch #3 down = Bulb #1 on, bulb #2 off
Switch #1 up, Switch #2 up, Switch #3 down = Bulb #1 on, bulb #2 on
Switch #1 down, Switch #2 down, Switch #3 up = Bulb #1 on, bulb #2 on
Switch #1 down, Switch #2 up, Switch #3 up = Bulb #1 on, bulb #2 off
Switch #1 up, Switch #2 down, Switch #3 up = Bulb #1 off, bulb #2 on
Switch #1 up, Switch #2 up, Switch #3 up = Bulb #1 off, bulb #2 off
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on September 07, 2018, 03:32:39 PM
Switch #1 down, Switch #2 down, Switch #3 down = Bulb #1 off, bulb #2 off
Switch #1 down, Switch #2 up, Switch #3 down = Bulb #1 off, bulb #2 on
Switch #1 up, Switch #2 down, Switch #3 down = Bulb #1 on, bulb #2 off
Switch #1 up, Switch #2 up, Switch #3 down = Bulb #1 on, bulb #2 on
Switch #1 down, Switch #2 down, Switch #3 up = Bulb #1 on, bulb #2 on
Switch #1 down, Switch #2 up, Switch #3 up = Bulb #1 off, bulb #2 on
Switch #1 up, Switch #2 down, Switch #3 up = Bulb #1 on, bulb #2 off
Switch #1 up, Switch #2 up, Switch #3 up = Bulb #1 off, bulb #2 off
Not making sense. Look at these two. Switch #3 had no effect.
Switch #1 up, Switch #2 down, Switch #3 down = Bulb #1 on, bulb #2 off
Switch #1 up, Switch #2 down, Switch #3 up = Bulb #1 on, bulb #2 off

Do you want switch #3 to reverse the state of the bulbs (on/off) or to turn the bulbs on/off together no matter what their state is (on/off)?

ETA: I don't think the second part of my question is doable.


Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: yos9694 on September 07, 2018, 03:58:34 PM
Not making sense. Look at these two. Switch #3 had no effect.
Switch #1 up, Switch #2 down, Switch #3 down = Bulb #1 on, bulb #2 off
Switch #1 up, Switch #2 down, Switch #3 up = Bulb #1 on, bulb #2 off

Do you want switch #3 to reverse the state of the bulbs (on/off) or to turn the bulbs on/off together no matter what their state is (on/off)?

ETA: I don't think the second part of my question is doable.

Oops, the answers there should have been the reverse. I edited and corrected it. Thanks.

The main thing I want is to have switch #3 control both bulbs whenever it is changed, but switch #1 only controls bulb #1 when it is changed and switch #2 only controls bulb #2. Any way that it is possible to do that would be fine with me
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: aygart on September 07, 2018, 06:11:15 PM
Oops, the answers there should have been the reverse. I edited and corrected it. Thanks.

The main thing I want is to have switch #3 control both bulbs whenever it is changed, but switch #1 only controls bulb #1 when it is changed and switch #2 only controls bulb #2. Any way that it is possible to do that would be fine with me
That should be very easy and would use a regular switch. Just run wires for each bulb out of switch 3 with each one having its own switch along the way.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: aygart on September 07, 2018, 06:15:45 PM
That should be very easy and would use a regular switch. Just run wires for each bulb out of switch 3 with each one having its own switch along the way.
For clarity
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on September 07, 2018, 07:07:30 PM
That should be very easy and would use a regular switch. Just run wires for each bulb out of switch 3 with each one having its own switch along the way.
For clarity
LOL. He wants 1-3 and 2-3 to act like 3 way switches. Not sure they make two 3 way switches in one (switch #3).
ETA: You would need a double pole three way switch. Don't think they make one.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: yos9694 on September 08, 2018, 08:53:10 PM
Thanks
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: David R on September 08, 2018, 09:58:28 PM
Oops, the answers there should have been the reverse. I edited and corrected it. Thanks.

The main thing I want is to have switch #3 control both bulbs whenever it is changed, but switch #1 only controls bulb #1 when it is changed and switch #2 only controls bulb #2. Any way that it is possible to do that would be fine with me
You would have to (contrary to your original post) change both existing switches to three way switches. Then you would need to add a double pole double throw switch for switch #3. I don't recall seeing such a product in the shape and size of a standard light switch for installation into home wiring. If you can't find one, you can install a regular switch to control a DPDT lighting contactor / relay.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on September 08, 2018, 10:49:55 PM
You would have to (contrary to your original post) change both existing switches to three way switches. Then you would need to add a double pole double throw switch for switch #3. I don't recall seeing such a product in the shape and size of a standard light switch for installation into home wiring. If you can't find one, you can install a regular switch to control a DPDT lighting contactor / relay.
The other option is instead of one #3 switch you get two switches for #3. You would have to turn both on/off together.
https://www.eslsupply.com/pass-seymour-693wg-15-amp-white-2-3-way-120-277-volt-stack-switch-combination-switch/?CAWELAID=120164090000008399&CATARGETID=120164090000054927&CADEVICE=c
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: yos9694 on September 20, 2018, 03:42:35 PM
Just to follow up on this, I decided to make new switch a shutoff switch instead. When the new switch is ON, the existing switches will be powered and can control the lights individually. When the new switch is OFF, the lights are off no matter what position the existing switches are in.

Rewiring the 3-way set up as single-pole to the existing switches. Current setup has 2 LINE wires and 2 LOAD wires. I'll be connecting both LINE wires to the new switch and leave the LOAD wires connected to the existing switches. Then I'll connect the other side of the new switch to the common side of the existing switches. Seems straightforward, but if anyone has advice or warnings about doing this before I go ahead with it I'd be appreciative.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on September 20, 2018, 06:46:54 PM
I am confused with load/line side. Is this a GFCI (ground fault) device?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: David R on September 20, 2018, 07:39:02 PM
Show us a diagram.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: yos9694 on September 20, 2018, 09:29:45 PM
Hard for me to do a diagram. I'm already done and it worked. I'll try to describe it again and if that doesn't work I'll try to draw it later.

Original wiring was two simple switches, each on had a hot wire (line) and a white wire (load). The load wires go to the fixtures. The neutral wires are in the box but are not connected directly to the switches.

New wiring- I left the white wires where they were on the old switches, but removed the hot wires from the old switches and attached them instead to the new switch. Then I took a new piece of wire and connected one end of it to the second terminal on the new switch and the other end of it to the empty side of each old switch. It works as I described- each old switch controls the one fixture just as it did before, but only if the new switch is in the ON position. If the new switch is OFF then neither light can be turned on by the old switches.

This last paragraph is not really relevant to the set up in general, so feel free to ignore it.
There is one other thing that I didn't mention... the new switch is a timer and needs a current at all times or the screen blanks out. In this set up, if both old switches are OFF then the timer can't draw a current. (In a normal set up, the timer doesn't have another switch behind it, so it is able to draw a current even while the lights it controls are off by relying on its high resistance). To work around this, I dug out a neutral wire from the box and connected it to another terminal on the timer switch.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on September 20, 2018, 09:45:27 PM
Glad it all worked for you.
Someone messed up your wiring. The white wire is neutral and should not be switched.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: yos9694 on September 20, 2018, 10:18:21 PM
Someone messed up your wiring. The white wire is neutral and should not be switched.

That's not accurate. It's extremely common and perfectly fine to have the neutral wire connected to the fixture and not to the switch. The switch is wired up with only a Line wire and a Load wire. Line comes in hot, load goes to the fixture, and the wire out of the fixture goes to the neutral. Check out some wiring diagrams to see this setup. Absolutely nothing wrong with it.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on September 20, 2018, 10:39:43 PM
That's not accurate. It's extremely common and perfectly fine to have the neutral wire connected to the fixture and not to the switch. The switch is wired up with only a Line wire and a Load wire. Line comes in hot, load goes to the fixture, and the wire out of the fixture goes to the neutral. Check out some wiring diagrams to see this setup. Absolutely nothing wrong with it.
I think you read what I wrote wrong.

Can you please link to wiring diagrams where the white (neutral) wire is switched? If you are going to use a white wire as a switched wire you should mark it somehow with like black tape.

This is the part I don't get: "New wiring- I left the white wires where they were on the old switches,"
Why is there white wires on the switch?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: David R on September 20, 2018, 10:48:13 PM


Hard for me to do a diagram. I'm already done and it worked. I'll try to describe it again and if that doesn't work I'll try to draw it later.

Original wiring was two simple switches, each on had a hot wire (line) and a white wire (load). The load wires go to the fixtures. The neutral wires are in the box but are not connected directly to the switches.

New wiring- I left the white wires where they were on the old switches, but removed the hot wires from the old switches and attached them instead to the new switch. Then I took a new piece of wire and connected one end of it to the second terminal on the new switch and the other end of it to the empty side of each old switch. It works as I described- each old switch controls the one fixture just as it did before, but only if the new switch is in the ON position. If the new switch is OFF then neither light can be turned on by the old switches.

This last paragraph is not really relevant to the set up in general, so feel free to ignore it.
There is one other thing that I didn't mention... the new switch is a timer and needs a current at all times or the screen blanks out. In this set up, if both old switches are OFF then the timer can't draw a current. (In a normal set up, the timer doesn't have another switch behind it, so it is able to draw a current even while the lights it controls are off by relying on its high resistance). To work around this, I dug out a neutral wire from the box and connected it to another terminal on the timer switch.
"Original wiring was two simple switches, each on had a hot wire (line)"
Did you connect both of these to each other and to a single terminal of the new switch? My concern would be if they previously were controlled by two separate circuit breakers, in which case they shouldn't be connected to each other. How could you verify that now without undoing it? Turn off all circuit breakers except the main. Then turn on one at a time while someone watches the timer. If more than one of them causes the timer to come to life, you have a problem.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: David R on September 20, 2018, 11:17:53 PM
I think you read what I wrote wrong.

Can you please link to wiring diagrams where the white (neutral) wire is switched? If you are going to use a white wire as a switched wire you should mark it somehow with like black tape.

This is the part I don't get: "New wiring- I left the white wires where they were on the old switches,"
Why is there white wires on the switch?
You equate white with neutral. It's not always used that way. For example, if the first segment of cable goes from the circuit breaker panel to a ceiling light fixture and a second segment of cable goes from the ceiling light fixture to a wall switch, that second segment will have a black insulated wire that is always hot and a white insulated wire that is hot when the switch is on.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on September 20, 2018, 11:21:50 PM
You equate white with neutral. It's not always used that way. For example, if the first segment of cable goes from the circuit breaker panel to a ceiling light fixture and a second segment of cable goes from the ceiling light fixture to a wall switch, that second segment will have a black insulated wire that is always hot and a white insulated wire that is hot when the switch is on.
If the white is going to be used as a switched wire (hot) it needs to be marked. Most will use black tape.
ETA: White wires are neutral in 110V circuits unless marked otherwise.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: David R on September 20, 2018, 11:25:20 PM
If the white is going to be used as a switched wire (hot) it needs to be marked. Most will use black tape.
ETA: White wires are neutral in 110V circuits unless marked otherwise.
I agree. But how do you know that most will use black tape? Maybe most will forget or ignore the requirement; after all, it works just the same without marking it.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on September 20, 2018, 11:34:05 PM
I agree. But how do you know that most will use black tape? Maybe most will forget or ignore the requirement; after all, it works just the same without marking it.
That is why I said someone messed up the wiring and it doesn't work the same way. If you think it does you hold the white wire and touch something grounded.  :)
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: aygart on September 21, 2018, 12:11:25 AM
Show us a diagram.
Like in this post?
For clarity
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: David R on September 21, 2018, 12:13:24 AM
Like in this post?
No, I meant a diagram showing every wire.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on September 21, 2018, 12:20:07 AM
Like in this post?
Need to mark the colors of the wires.  ;)
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: yos9694 on September 23, 2018, 03:36:50 PM
"Original wiring was two simple switches, each on had a hot wire (line)"
Did you connect both of these to each other and to a single terminal of the new switch? My concern would be if they previously were controlled by two separate circuit breakers, in which case they shouldn't be connected to each other. How could you verify that now without undoing it? Turn off all circuit breakers except the main. Then turn on one at a time while someone watches the timer. If more than one of them causes the timer to come to life, you have a problem.

Good point! The two switches were on the same breaker, so no issue.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: yos9694 on September 23, 2018, 03:45:00 PM
You equate white with neutral. It's not always used that way. For example, if the first segment of cable goes from the circuit breaker panel to a ceiling light fixture and a second segment of cable goes from the ceiling light fixture to a wall switch, that second segment will have a black insulated wire that is always hot and a white insulated wire that is hot when the switch is on.

+1. I never said the wires were neutral, I called them LOAD but not everyone understood, so I said white. Plus, I specifically mwntioned that I dug out the neutral wires from in the box. Appreciate you being helpful.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on September 23, 2018, 08:03:39 PM
Just so everyone understands you never use white for load, line, hot in a 110v circuits. We call these guys "schlocks".  :)
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Meno on October 10, 2018, 12:55:20 PM
I have a room with no lights, only an outlet connected to a light switch.

I want to put in recessed lighting. Thinking of using these:

Designers Fountain EV407941WH27 Modern Easy Up 4 inch 2700K Warm White 91 CRI Integrated Led Recessed Light with J-Box (No Can Needed) - - Amazon.com ($21.17) (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M1KR8EQ/?tag=cl03f-20&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER)

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61VxLQoxuQL._SX425_.jpg) (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M1KR8EQ/?tag=cl03f-20&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER)

Never done this before. Anyone have any tips for me before I start cutting holes and fishing wires?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: David R on October 11, 2018, 12:55:52 AM
I have a room with no lights, only an outlet connected to a light switch.

I want to put in recessed lighting. Thinking of using these:

Designers Fountain EV407941WH27 Modern Easy Up 4 inch 2700K Warm White 91 CRI Integrated Led Recessed Light with J-Box (No Can Needed) - - Amazon.com ($21.17) (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M1KR8EQ/?tag=cl03f-20&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER)

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61VxLQoxuQL._SX425_.jpg) (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M1KR8EQ/?tag=cl03f-20&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER)

Never done this before. Anyone have any tips for me before I start cutting holes and fishing wires?
The pic looks like it has holes for NM cable and the product description does not clarify what other holes are available on the junction box. If it does not have holes for metal cable, it may not be suitable for locations that require metal cable. So if your locale does not allow NM, you should pose this question on Amazon.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on October 11, 2018, 01:12:08 AM
The pic looks like it has holes for NM cable and the product description does not clarify what other holes are available on the junction box. If it does not have holes for metal cable, it may not be suitable for locations that require metal cable. So if your locale does not allow NM, you should pose this question on Amazon.
https://www.lbclighting.com/media/uploads/instructsheet/EV407941-install.pdf
This product is designed to be used with NM (Romex) cables only.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Meno on October 11, 2018, 08:21:02 AM
The pic looks like it has holes for NM cable and the product description does not clarify what other holes are available on the junction box. If it does not have holes for metal cable, it may not be suitable for locations that require metal cable. So if your locale does not allow NM, you should pose this question on Amazon.

Thanks. How do I find out if Romex is allowed? I have a whole bunch of old Romex running through my basement. Can I assume it's fine?

Separate question: Should I replace all the old Romex in the basement?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on October 11, 2018, 09:01:53 AM
Thanks. How do I find out if Romex is allowed? I have a whole bunch of old Romex running through my basement. Can I assume it's fine?

Separate question: Should I replace all the old Romex in the basement?
Don't assume Romex is code. With that being said there is no issue with Romex.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Meno on October 11, 2018, 09:14:13 AM
Don't assume Romex is code. With that being said there is no issue with Romex.

So hypothetically if I go ahead and do it with Romex, what's the worst case scenario? (assuming I do everything correctly)
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on October 11, 2018, 09:18:35 AM
So hypothetically if I go ahead and do it with Romex, what's the worst case scenario? (assuming I do everything correctly)
The Code Police find you and make you rip it out and fine you.  :)
IMHO in a private there would be no issue.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Meno on October 11, 2018, 09:21:19 AM
The Code Police find you and make you rip it out and fine you.  :)
IMHO in a private there would be no issue.

Thanks.

To the code police, if you're reading this: I'm not the guy that called you yesterday. That was a different guy.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: username on October 11, 2018, 01:38:11 PM
Thanks. How do I find out if Romex is allowed? I have a whole bunch of old Romex running through my basement. Can I assume it's fine?

!!!
Make sure that you are using the correct gauge of romex for the fuse.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Meno on October 23, 2018, 08:26:52 PM
Ok so I finally got around to looking at the wiring to try and figure out what's going on. In a nutshell: I have no idea what's going on.

I have a lightswitch that controls only one outlet, nothing else (as far as I can tell).

I pulled the switch out of the box, and found the following:

There are two Romex cables coming into the box. One has two wires (black and white) and one has three (black white and red). The two white wires are connected to each other, makes sense. The red wire is connected to the top screw on the switch. BOTH black wires are connected to the bottom screw of the switch. Huh?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on October 23, 2018, 08:46:55 PM
My guess would be.
White = neutral
Black = hot
Red = switched

The other end of three wire Romex can be feeding another circuit.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Meno on October 23, 2018, 08:59:10 PM
My guess would be.
White = neutral
Black = hot
Red = switched

The other end of three wire Romex can be feeding another circuit.

Aha. This makes sense.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on October 23, 2018, 09:01:24 PM
Aha. This makes sense.
Is one half of the outlet hot all the time? The other half is switched?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Meno on October 23, 2018, 09:06:55 PM
Is one half of the outlet hot all the time? The other half is switched?

Just checked and it's not. Good thought though
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Shmulie on December 08, 2018, 08:43:39 PM
Anyone know any licensed electricians in Flatbush?
I just got my Model 3 and would like a quote on installing a 2nd meter and 240v outlet for off peak charging
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: grodnoking on December 09, 2018, 03:11:28 AM


Anyone know any licensed electricians in Flatbush?
I just got my Model 3 and would like a quote on installing a 2nd meter and 240v outlet for off peak charging

Congratulations!
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Definitions on December 09, 2018, 05:46:09 PM
I'm trying to connect a stereo system to speakers built into the wall. On the wall there are 4 colored wires coming out (3rd picture).

The wires for the stereo are the other two pictures. There's two connectors (that are marked with positive and negative wires on each) that plug into the back of the stereo (picture 2).

The wires are spliced to make another set of 4 wires in the middle.

Which wires do I connect to what?

(https://i.ibb.co/zS8kVTJ/IMG-20181209-170138632.jpg) (https://ibb.co/VvHKYcm)
(https://i.ibb.co/LQYY7KP/IMG-20181209-165558891.jpg) (https://ibb.co/4sKKrkf)
(https://i.ibb.co/tCCK0H8/IMG-20181209-165207297.jpg) (https://ibb.co/MNNSzgM)
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: ElectricCPR on December 09, 2018, 05:49:17 PM
Anyone know any licensed electricians in Flatbush?
I just got my Model 3 and would like a quote on installing a 2nd meter and 240v outlet for off peak charging
PM me
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on December 09, 2018, 06:07:34 PM
Which wires do I connect to what?
You to find out which wires (3rd picture) go to which speaker terminals.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Definitions on December 09, 2018, 06:14:53 PM
You to find out which wires (3rd picture) go to which speaker terminals.
How do I do that? Is there a way to figure that out using a multimeter?
Also what could the fourth wire be. Isn't there only positive negative and ground?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on December 09, 2018, 06:17:41 PM
How do I do that? Is there a way to figure that out using a multimeter?
Also what could the fourth wire be. Isn't there only positive negative and ground?
Should be two wires per speaker. Yes you can use a multimeter to find the pairs but not polarity.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: puddles on December 10, 2018, 11:39:33 AM
I recently purchased a Nest for a heating zone in my house that has a thermostat outside of the bedroom and therefore rarely goes on and doesnít represent an accurate temp in the room.
The plan was to install a Nest and put the sensor inside the bedroom.
I called a handyman/electrician to install it and he said it needs a C Wire (I tried myself but kept having an issue with my boiler clicking- I believe it was trying to draw power from the boiler and resetting it, not a good thing).
Handyman said he would have to rip open walls etc. Is there any other way to go about this? Anything else that can be done? Any suggestion or tips? This is a hallway wall and shares no walls with the boiler.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: yoohoo on December 10, 2018, 12:45:11 PM
I recently purchased a Nest for a heating zone in my house that has a thermostat outside of the bedroom and therefore rarely goes on and doesnít represent an accurate temp in the room.
The plan was to install a Nest and put the sensor inside the bedroom.
I called a handyman/electrician to install it and he said it needs a C Wire (I tried myself but kept having an issue with my boiler clicking- I believe it was trying to draw power from the boiler and resetting it, not a good thing).
Handyman said he would have to rip open walls etc. Is there any other way to go about this? Anything else that can be done? Any suggestion or tips? This is a hallway wall and shares no walls with the boiler.
nest does not require a C wire. Does your current thermostat use 4 wires?
How old is your home?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: puddles on December 10, 2018, 12:49:46 PM
They said it doesnít- but when I did without a c I had the issue.

50 years or old or so. Old thermostat only had 2 wires plugged into it but four wires total. None labeled
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: yoohoo on December 10, 2018, 12:58:36 PM
They said it doesnít- but when I did without a c I had the issue.

50 years or old or so. Old thermostat only had 2 wires plugged into it but four wires total. None labeled
you have to see if at the unit it has four wires connected.  should not need to run new wires. could be the 2 extra wires arent connected to the unit in basement or attic etc since old thermostats dont require. if you pm me photos ill be glad to help

also, if your nest is dead, try charging it manually via micro usb and then try
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on December 10, 2018, 01:07:32 PM
Without a C wire it needs to charge through your heating/ac wires and it might not be compatible.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: ElectricCPR on December 10, 2018, 05:11:50 PM
you have to see if at the unit it has four wires connected.  should not need to run new wires. could be the 2 extra wires arent connected to the unit in basement or attic etc since old thermostats dont require. if you pm me photos ill be glad to help

also, if your nest is dead, try charging it manually via micro usb and then try
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: good sam on December 14, 2018, 11:19:51 AM
Can someone recommend LED bulbs for my new fixtures?

I have new 6 inch cans in my dining room.

I tried retrofits but they don't work because these cans have a lip inside preventing them from going all the way up.

I tried two different LED BR40 bulbs but they both were too tall and protruded too far out of the fixtures.

Any one know the right bulbs?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: jes on December 14, 2018, 02:45:07 PM
The bulb is the right one you just need to move up the socket, Take off the cap of the can you will see a screw to adjust the socket.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: yos9694 on December 16, 2018, 11:35:40 AM
Try something like these, which use a twist in/out design so the lip should be no problem. This is definitely not the cheapest you can get them, but is an example of a retrofit design that should work for you.

https://www.amazon.com/Parmida-LED-Downlight-Replacement-INSTALLATION/dp/B01MTKYS0O
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: ChaimMoskowitz on December 16, 2018, 11:42:22 AM
Try something like these, which use a twist in/out design so the lip should be no problem. This is definitely not the cheapest you can get them, but is an example of a retrofit design that should work for you.

https://www.amazon.com/Parmida-LED-Downlight-Replacement-INSTALLATION/dp/B01MTKYS0O
Nice!
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: yesitsme on December 16, 2018, 01:42:26 PM
Try something like these, which use a twist in/out design so the lip should be no problem. This is definitely not the cheapest you can get them, but is an example of a retrofit design that should work for you.

https://www.amazon.com/Parmida-LED-Downlight-Replacement-INSTALLATION/dp/B01MTKYS0O
Or these if your socket has clips
https://www.costco.com/Feit-5--6-LED-Retrofit-Soft-White-6-pack.product.100416653.html
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: good sam on December 22, 2018, 11:14:35 PM
Try something like these, which use a twist in/out design so the lip should be no problem. This is definitely not the cheapest you can get them, but is an example of a retrofit design that should work for you.

https://www.amazon.com/Parmida-LED-Downlight-Replacement-INSTALLATION/dp/B01MTKYS0O
Nice!
Or these if your socket has clips
https://www.costco.com/Feit-5--6-LED-Retrofit-Soft-White-6-pack.product.100416653.html
Tried something similar. The lip is inside the can about 3/4 the way up so the metal clips that hold it in place are unable to slide all the way up.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: good sam on December 22, 2018, 11:15:17 PM
The bulb is the right one you just need to move up the socket, Take off the cap of the can you will see a screw to adjust the socket.
I adjusted it all the way up, bulb still sticks out.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: David R on December 23, 2018, 02:55:42 PM
Can someone recommend LED bulbs for my new fixtures?

I have new 6 inch cans in my dining room.

I tried retrofits but they don't work because these cans have a lip inside preventing them from going all the way up.

I tried two different LED BR40 bulbs but they both were too tall and protruded too far out of the fixtures.

Any one know the right bulbs?
Please post the model number of your cans.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: good sam on December 23, 2018, 03:02:09 PM
Please post the model number of your cans.
Where is it?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: yos9694 on December 24, 2018, 11:43:10 AM
Tried something similar. The lip is inside the can about 3/4 the way up so the metal clips that hold it in place are unable to slide all the way up.

As a last resort then, I'd go back to the retrofit models that have the V-shaped clips and cut them off. Then line the can with double sided foil tape (like the kind for heating ducts) to hold the lights in place.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: ElectricCPR on December 24, 2018, 11:59:20 AM
As a last resort then, I'd go back to the retrofit models that have the V-shaped clips and cut them off. Then line the can with double sided foil tape (like the kind for heating ducts) to hold the lights in place.
Please don't do that. There is no reason why the "V" clips wont work
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: good sam on December 24, 2018, 12:14:34 PM
As a last resort then, I'd go back to the retrofit models that have the V-shaped clips and cut them off. Then line the can with double sided foil tape (like the kind for heating ducts) to hold the lights in place.
As a last resort, wouldn't it just be easier to replace the cans?
Please don't do that. There is no reason why the "V" clips wont work
How do I get them to slide past the lip?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: ElectricCPR on December 24, 2018, 12:21:08 PM
As a last resort, wouldn't it just be easier to replace the cans? How do I get them to slide past the lip?
What lip? I don't see any! Squeeze the "V" clips so it grabs the 2 brackets (1 on each side) and slide it up
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: good sam on December 24, 2018, 12:49:38 PM
What lip? I don't see any! Squeeze the "V" clips so it grabs the 2 brackets (1 on each side) and slide it up
The lip is even with the metal plate held up by the bracket. When I remove the plate and the bracket, the clips don't slide all the way up leaving the fixture protruding 1/4 inch from the ceiling.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: yos9694 on December 24, 2018, 02:08:46 PM
Please don't do that.

Why not
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: yos9694 on December 24, 2018, 02:10:09 PM
As a last resort, wouldn't it just be easier to replace the cans?

Doesn't that seem a lot harder?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: David R on December 29, 2018, 08:58:22 PM
Where is it?
Your model is H27RICAT from HALO which is specifically designed for shallow ceilings, so it does not leave you a lot of extra room. Nevertheless, there are LED retrofit models that are specifically documented to be compatible with this model can.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: good sam on December 29, 2018, 09:17:46 PM
Your model is H27RICAT from HALO which is specifically designed for shallow ceilings, so it does not leave you a lot of extra room. Nevertheless, there are LED retrofit models that are specifically documented to be compatible with this model can.
Thanks! Why would the electrician have used those??
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: good sam on December 29, 2018, 11:54:03 PM
Your model is H27RICAT from HALO which is specifically designed for shallow ceilings, so it does not leave you a lot of extra room. Nevertheless, there are LED retrofit models that are specifically documented to be compatible with this model can.
Can you link to compatible retrofits?


ETA this looks like it might work https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075LVPF9T/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_-efkCbFXD72MH
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: David R on January 03, 2019, 12:36:16 AM
Can you link to compatible retrofits?


ETA this looks like it might work https://www.amazon.com/dp/B075LVPF9T/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_-efkCbFXD72MH
Here is the info about your cans: http://www.cooperindustries.com/content/public/en/lighting/products/recessed_general_purpose_downlighting/incandescent/_6_inch_housings/_269338.html

Look for you model towards the bottom of page 2 of this:
http://www.cooperindustries.com/content/dam/public/lighting/products/documents/halo/spec_sheets/halo-lt56-td518042en-sss.pdf


Thanks! Why would the electrician have used those??
if inside your ceiling there is insufficient height for the regular size  can.

Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: good sam on January 03, 2019, 07:13:18 AM
Here is the info about your cans: http://www.cooperindustries.com/content/public/en/lighting/products/recessed_general_purpose_downlighting/incandescent/_6_inch_housings/_269338.html

Look for you model towards the bottom of page 2 of this:
http://www.cooperindustries.com/content/dam/public/lighting/products/documents/halo/spec_sheets/halo-lt56-td518042en-sss.pdf

if inside your ceiling there is insufficient height for the regular size  can.
Wow thanks so much. The one I posted above actually fit.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: tzifanya54 on January 07, 2019, 08:10:29 AM
For a regular one way switch to a standard 2 bulb fixture how bad is it if itís not grounded?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Mplace on January 07, 2019, 01:47:47 PM
For a regular one way switch to a standard 2 bulb fixture how bad is it if itís not grounded?
all old electrical light switches don't even have a neutral
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: David R on January 08, 2019, 01:12:51 AM
For a regular one way switch to a standard 2 bulb fixture how bad is it if itís not grounded?
If the switch is not grounded and you touch the metal screw attaching the plate to the switch, or if it has a metal plate if you touch anywhere on the plate, you are at risk of a shock if a hot wire inside the switch has managed to make contact with what should have been grounded.

If your light fixture is on the ceiling, there are very few scenarios that you would be touching it. That would primarily happen when changing a bulb. If a hot wire has made contact with metal that has an electrical connection to the exposed part of the fixture, you can get a shock. To avoid the risk of a shock, turn off the circuit breaker before touching the light fixture.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: myi on January 08, 2019, 01:18:03 AM
If the switch is not grounded and you touch the metal screw attaching the plate to the switch, or if it has a metal plate if you touch anywhere on the plate, you are at risk of a shock if a hot wire inside the switch has managed to make contact with what should have been grounded.

If your light fixture is on the ceiling, there are very few scenarios that you would be touching it. That would primarily happen when changing a bulb. If a hot wire has made contact with metal that has an electrical connection to the exposed part of the fixture, you can get a shock. To avoid the risk of a shock, turn off the circuit breaker before touching the light fixture.
If I may ask, how is the hot wire roaming loose? If im not mistaken most put a wire cap on the hot wires and electric tape if needed.
 Not the safest thing to have hot wires running loose in the ceiling.
 Either the braker would blow or God forbid cause an electrical fire if you have exposed wires in your ceiling.   
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: David R on January 08, 2019, 01:28:11 AM
If I may ask, how is the hot wire roaming loose? If im not mistaken most put a wire cap on the hot wires and electric tape if needed.
 Not the safest thing to have hot wires running loose in the ceiling.
 Either the braker would blow or God forbid cause an electrical fire if you have exposed wires in your ceiling.   

Here are some examples of how the hot wire is roaming loose:
a mouse has nibbled at the insulation
a cockroach has nibbled at the insulation
some other creature has nibbled at the insulation
the person who installed it accidentally nicked some insulation and either didn't notice or pretended it didn't happen
old age combined with heat has caused the insulation to fray

Subsequently, a change in temperature causes a slight movement of the metal wire, causing it to make contact with some other metal.

If you want to talk about what's the safest thing, it's not the safest thing to forget about grounding either, yet somehow that happened.

If it was properly grounded and then the hot wire made contact with any part that's grounded, that would blow the circuit breaker saving you from getting a shock. But with no grounding, you don't have that protection.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: myi on January 08, 2019, 02:09:48 AM
Here are some examples of how the hot wire is roaming loose:
a mouse has nibbled at the insulation
a cockroach has nibbled at the insulation
some other creature has nibbled at the insulation
the person who installed it accidentally nicked some insulation and either didn't notice or pretended it didn't happen
old age combined with heat has caused the insulation to fray

Subsequently, a change in temperature causes a slight movement of the metal wire, causing it to make contact with some other metal.

If you want to talk about what's the safest thing, it's not the safest thing to forget about grounding either, yet somehow that happened.

If it was properly grounded and then the hot wire made contact with any part that's grounded, that would blow the circuit breaker saving you from getting a shock. But with no grounding, you don't have that protection.
Well explained. Thanks.
Gotch ya.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: tzifanya54 on January 08, 2019, 07:33:17 AM
Here are some examples of how the hot wire is roaming loose:
a mouse has nibbled at the insulation
a cockroach has nibbled at the insulation
some other creature has nibbled at the insulation
the person who installed it accidentally nicked some insulation and either didn't notice or pretended it didn't happen
old age combined with heat has caused the insulation to fray

Subsequently, a change in temperature causes a slight movement of the metal wire, causing it to make contact with some other metal.

If you want to talk about what's the safest thing, it's not the safest thing to forget about grounding either, yet somehow that happened.

If it was properly grounded and then the hot wire made contact with any part that's grounded, that would blow the circuit breaker saving you from getting a shock. But with no grounding, you don't have that protection.
Ok thanks for explaining. Itís an old switch in an old house, if there is now ground wiring in switch box, is there a simple way to ground?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: myi on January 09, 2019, 07:29:58 PM
Ok thanks for explaining. It’s an old switch in an old house, if there is now ground wiring in switch box, is there a simple way to ground?
The Bx would have a green ground, if it does take a screw on the fixture and screw the the ground to it, and if not, not sure how to produce  a ground. Not sure if it's possible.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: tzifanya54 on January 09, 2019, 11:13:51 PM
The Bx would have a green ground, if it does take a screw on the fixture and screw the the ground to it, and if not, not sure how to produce  a ground. Not sure if it's possible.
Some of the wiring is original wiring from the 50ís. Donít think they were so into grounding things back then...
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: ElectricCPR on January 09, 2019, 11:30:47 PM
The Bx would have a green ground, if it does take a screw on the fixture and screw the the ground to it, and if not, not sure how to produce  a ground. Not sure if it's possible.
I think you're a little confused. If there is a green wire (meaning it's MC cable) and the box is metal, it needs to be connected to the box as well as the fixture. If there is no green wire (meaning it's BX cable) and the armor is acting as the ground, you would have to attach the fixture ground to the box.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: myi on January 09, 2019, 11:37:30 PM
I think you're a little confused. If there is a green wire (meaning it's MC cable) and the box is metal, it needs to be connected to the box as well as the fixture. If there is no green wire (meaning it's BX cable) and the armor is acting as the ground, you would have to attach the fixture ground to the box.
Correct, the MC I would ground to the box and the AC (or bx) I would have the thin wire or the bx acting like armor like you said act as a ground.
 
 Green to box and fixture ground to box as well/tighten around a screw if you like.
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Post by: David R on January 09, 2019, 11:51:15 PM
To attach a ground wire to a metal box:
If it is a relatively recently manufactured box, one or more of the holes in the back of the box is threaded for the purpose of screwing in a ground screw. Wrap the end of the bare wire or the stripped end of the green wire around the screw and tighten.
If the box is old, it may not have a threaded hole for grounding. In that case, use a ground clip, which holds the ground wire tightly against a side of the box.

Either way, I am not referring to the thin bare metal wire that runs through armored cable.
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Post by: myi on January 10, 2019, 02:05:35 AM

Either way, I am not referring to the thin bare metal wire that runs through armored cable.
As that's made to wrap around the bx and stick in a bushing to avoid the wires from being pulled back into the bx and having the wires nicked on the metal shards of the bx.
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Post by: good sam on January 13, 2019, 10:36:29 PM
So now I replaced my old cans with led retrofits. Is there any reason in the world to save the old cans or should they go straight to the trash?
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Post by: yesitsme on January 13, 2019, 10:44:59 PM
So now I replaced my old cans with led retrofits. Is there any reason in the world to save the old cans or should they go straight to the trash?
I Would keep it (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compulsive_hoarding)
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Post by: good sam on January 13, 2019, 10:46:41 PM
I Would keep it (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compulsive_hoarding)
I guess your opinion is to throw it out...
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Post by: David R on January 14, 2019, 11:48:03 PM
So now I replaced my old cans with led retrofits. Is there any reason in the world to save the old cans or should they go straight to the trash?
The white pieces in the photo are trims, not cans. As for the metal pieces, I'm surprised you removed them. Would the retrofits not have fit if you left those metal pieces in?
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Post by: good sam on January 14, 2019, 11:58:34 PM
The white pieces in the photo are trims, not cans. As for the metal pieces, I'm surprised you removed them. Would the retrofits not have fit if you left those metal pieces in?
Correct, would not have fit.
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Post by: stooges44 on April 08, 2019, 10:32:14 PM
 So my gardener removed some bushes today and in the process also cut out an outlet that was next to them connected to the fence, I don't really care  about the outlet because I don't recall ever using it I'm just nervous now that there is a buried live wire somewhere in my yard.

Should I be concerned?  Anything I can do aside from digging around and looking for it? (Something i'd rather not have to do)

Thanks
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Post by: David R on April 08, 2019, 11:43:59 PM
So my gardener removed some bushes today and in the process also cut out an outlet that was next to them connected to the fence, I don't really care  about the outlet because I don't recall ever using it I'm just nervous now that there is a buried live wire somewhere in my yard.

Should I be concerned?  Anything I can do aside from digging around and looking for it? (Something i'd rather not have to do)

Thanks
Yes, be concerned. If you think you know where the wire leads to, turn it off or disconnect it at the next junction box.
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Post by: myi on April 09, 2019, 01:10:21 AM
Yes, be concerned. If you think you know where the wire leads to, turn it off or disconnect it at the next junction box.
If the gardener cut some live wires with an electric saw I'm sure there would have been some sparks or something, my hunch is its a dead outlet.
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Post by: stooges44 on April 09, 2019, 06:09:35 AM
Yes, be concerned. If you think you know where the wire leads to, turn it off or disconnect it at the next junction box.

But what if I don't know where the wires came from?

If the gardener cut some live wires with an electric saw I'm sure there would have been some sparks or something, my hunch is its a dead outlet.

Good point but how would I know for sure? Maybe he just pulled really hard and it ripped
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Post by: stooges44 on April 09, 2019, 10:01:38 AM
Yes, be concerned. If you think you know where the wire leads to, turn it off or disconnect it at the next junction box.

So I see this at the back of the house and I'm assuming the wires go from there and under the concrete to the the fence on the opposite side

(https://i.gyazo.com/ff08aceac3d92780e38fdbb4c7d46a35.png)

How do I tell which breaker in the house is for this so I can turn it off?
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Post by: jes on April 09, 2019, 10:37:09 AM
So I see this at the back of the house and I'm assuming the wires go from there and under the concrete to the the fence on the opposite side

(https://i.gyazo.com/ff08aceac3d92780e38fdbb4c7d46a35.png)

How do I tell which breaker in the house is for this so I can turn it off?
Use a wire tester and a partner and flip the breakers one by one.
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Post by: David R on April 09, 2019, 01:48:07 PM
Use a wire tester and a partner and flip the breakers one by one.
The cover visible in the photo should be covering fully insulated wires, where you wouldn't be able to use a neon tester or multimeter to contact the wires without damaging them. Instead, use the test device that makes sound but doesn't require electrical contact.
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Post by: stooges44 on April 09, 2019, 02:24:16 PM
The cover visible in the photo should be covering fully insulated wires, where you wouldn't be able to use a neon tester or multimeter to contact the wires without damaging them. Instead, use the test device that makes sound but doesn't require electrical contact.

There is a light switch also that was for in-ground lights that are also gone, those wires are much easier to get to, would it make sense that both the lights and the outlet are on the same breaker?
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Post by: myi on April 09, 2019, 04:23:51 PM
There is a light switch also that was for in-ground lights that are also gone, those wires are much easier to get to, would it make sense that both the lights and the outlet are on the same breaker?
Where's the electric coming from? Another outlet on the opposite end?
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Post by: Yehudaa on April 14, 2019, 12:35:01 PM
I have a Kitchenaid 6000HD mixer and it was making really bad sounding noises when turned on. I opened it and found this fan-looking thing on the back of the motor (mounted on the back end of the shaft). It was cracked and half was flying around inside the housing, making noise. Took it off and it sounds fine.

My question is: Is there any risk in using the mixer (indefinitely) without it? I couldn't figure out what it does- it looks like a fan but the blades are really small, and there's also no vent on the housing anywhere for this fan to get air out or in. Any risk in just using the mixer without it? Anyone know what this price does?
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Post by: Yehudaa on April 14, 2019, 12:43:44 PM
I have a Kitchenaid 6000HD mixer and it was making really bad sounding noises when turned on. I opened it and found this fan-looking thing on the back of the motor (mounted on the back end of the shaft). It was cracked and half was flying around inside the housing, making noise. Took it off and it sounds fine.

My question is: Is there any risk in using the mixer (indefinitely) without it? I couldn't figure out what it does- it looks like a fan but the blades are really small, and there's also no vent on the housing anywhere for this fan to get air out or in. Any risk in just using the mixer without it? Anyone know what this price does?
Just found the part online. They just call it a fan. It's this part. Anyone know if I actually need it?
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Post by: dovy2 on April 14, 2019, 08:08:27 PM
Just found the part online. They just call it a fan. It's this part. Anyone know if I actually need it?
It's probably to prevent overheating
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Post by: Yehudaa on April 14, 2019, 08:11:17 PM
It's probably to prevent overheating
Can a fan prevent overheating if there's no vent to let air in or out?
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Post by: ckmk47 on April 15, 2019, 03:09:13 AM
Just found the part online. They just call it a fan. It's this part(https://emoji.tapatalk-cdn.com/emoji116.png). Anyone know if I actually need it?
How expensive is it to purchase?  It might save your machine down the line.
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Post by: stooges44 on April 18, 2019, 10:36:40 AM
Trying my luck over here.

See here: https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=77726.msg2084353#msg2084353

Thanks!
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Post by: DealKiller on April 28, 2019, 09:09:05 AM
Can a fan prevent overheating if there's no vent to let air in or out?
It is not a sealed unit. It helps with overheating.
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Post by: Yehudaa on April 28, 2019, 09:51:48 AM
How expensive is it to purchase?  It might save your machine down the line.
Idk yet. The only one I found was in Australia and is 20 AUD. I think I'll contact the manufacturer here.
It is not a sealed unit. It helps with overheating.
Thanks.
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Post by: thaber on April 28, 2019, 11:05:30 AM
Idk yet. The only one I found was in Australia and is 20 AUD. I think I'll contact the manufacturer here.Thanks.
Try calling the manufacturer directly. They'll often ship parts like that free of charge
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Post by: ushdadude on August 15, 2019, 11:43:56 AM
any suggestions for a monitor to place on my panel to see what's pulling the most power? My bill was crazy high. I'm assuming it was the AC but I want to make sure there isn't some hidden energy drain
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Post by: ElectricCPR on August 16, 2019, 08:47:50 AM
any suggestions for a monitor to place on my panel to see what's pulling the most power? My bill was crazy high. I'm assuming it was the AC but I want to make sure there isn't some hidden energy drain
Change your panel to a Leviton Wifi panel 🤣 it'll only be between $1000 - $1500🤣
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Post by: ushdadude on August 18, 2019, 09:56:35 AM
Change your panel to a Leviton Wifi panel 🤣 it'll only be between $1000 - $1500🤣


Lol meant something like sense
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Post by: ElectricCPR on August 18, 2019, 10:51:52 AM

Lol meant something like sense
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07LGR57VS/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awdb_t1_UqwwDbKM9WPQJ

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001Q1G4WK/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awdb_t1_frwwDbG53BQ24

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00GMZRXE8/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awdb_t1_NpwwDbGQFPDN3
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Post by: stooges44 on September 10, 2019, 02:44:49 PM
I'm trying to trace the wires from my thermostat. They go somewhere near the boiler obviously but there are dozens of wire in and around  the boiler.

Any suggestions? google led me to a tone generator and amazon has tons of them, which one should I get considering I'm a newbie but very much a diyer so I would need something that actually has helpful instructions.

TIA!
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Post by: CountValentine on September 10, 2019, 02:51:56 PM
Are the wires from the thermostat contained in one cable?
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Post by: stooges44 on September 10, 2019, 02:53:40 PM
Are the wires from the thermostat contained in one cable?

Nope  :(
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Post by: CountValentine on September 10, 2019, 03:00:37 PM
Nope  :(
This must be old?
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Post by: CountValentine on September 10, 2019, 03:01:50 PM
Never worked on a boiler system before. If you post pictures of the connections at the thermostat and boiler we might be able to figure it out.
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Post by: churnbabychurn on September 10, 2019, 03:02:21 PM
I've changed a bunch of light fixtures over the years and never had this.

The light switch was definitely off, but I still felt a current when touching the wires. Why and how is this?

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Post by: CountValentine on September 10, 2019, 03:04:51 PM
I've changed a bunch of light fixtures over the years and never had this.

The light switch was definitely off, but I still felt a current when touching the wires. Why and how is this?
Need more info. Which wires are you touching? Did you separate any wires that were together?
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Post by: stooges44 on September 10, 2019, 03:05:34 PM
Never worked on a boiler system before. If you post pictures of the connections at the thermostat and boiler we might be able to figure it out.

Ok you asked....  ;D

Thermostat: (the 3 middle wires come from one cable, the other 2 do not)
(https://i.gyazo.com/8138b2776e3a7eb2148bd06b74be3a7a.png)


Zone controller which is then connected to the boiler:
(https://i.gyazo.com/8c0cb65523796bcb2243bef7fa48da8b.png)
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Post by: churnbabychurn on September 10, 2019, 03:07:30 PM
Need more info. Which wires are you touching? Did you separate any wires that were together?
There's only 3 wires black white and neutral. Didn't separate any. Could be I touched more than one at once but not sure.. just a simple home fixture

I just thought that if it's off it should all be dead..
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Post by: CountValentine on September 10, 2019, 03:09:05 PM
Ok you asked....  ;D
Can you locate the 3 wire cable going to the zone controller?
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Post by: CountValentine on September 10, 2019, 03:11:41 PM
There's only 3 wires black white and neutral. Didn't separate any. Could be I touched more than one at once but not sure.. just a simple home fixture

I just thought that if it's off it should all be dead..
Normally yes but I am thinking a bad neutral.
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Post by: stooges44 on September 10, 2019, 03:13:53 PM
Can you locate the 3 wire cable going to the zone controller?

If I could I wouldn't be looking for a tone generator  ;)
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Post by: CountValentine on September 10, 2019, 03:15:46 PM
If I could I wouldn't be looking for a tone generator  ;)
You have one cable with three wires. You can't see where that goes? Do you see those three color wires connected anywhere on the zone controller?
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Post by: CountValentine on September 10, 2019, 03:16:56 PM
Look at the diameter of the wires also. You can see they are different. Will help in locating them.
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Post by: stooges44 on September 10, 2019, 03:23:46 PM
Look at the diameter of the wires also. You can see they are different. Will help in locating them.

Now we've come to the point of the project, the 3 middles ones I'm told are for an AC yet this stat only controls my heat, the AC is an entirely separate system with its own stat. So, my goal is to see if those 3 wires do in fact go nowhere and if one of them can function as the infamous C wire that most newer stats require
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Post by: CountValentine on September 10, 2019, 03:28:45 PM
Now we've come to the point of the project, the 3 middles ones I'm told are for an AC yet this stat only controls my heat, the AC is an entirely separate system with its own stat. So, my goal is to see if those 3 wires do in fact go nowhere and if one of them can function as the infamous C wire that most newer stats require
Google the thermostat to see the wire hookup. It will should which is for AC/Heat.
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Post by: CountValentine on September 10, 2019, 03:29:39 PM
You installing a new thermostat?
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Post by: stooges44 on September 10, 2019, 03:34:49 PM
You installing a new thermostat?

 I tried to here (https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=77726.msg2084353#msg2084353) but in the end I gave up. Now I'm attempting again and on this second round I thought ....if those 3 wires do in fact go nowhere and if one of them can function as the infamous C wire...
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Post by: CountValentine on September 10, 2019, 04:12:14 PM
What three letters do the three wires go to?
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Post by: stooges44 on September 10, 2019, 04:13:31 PM
What three letters do the three wires go to?

Rc, Y, G
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Post by: CountValentine on September 10, 2019, 04:20:05 PM
Rc, Y, G
So those control your AC?
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Post by: stooges44 on September 10, 2019, 04:21:44 PM
So those control your AC?


Now we've come to the point of the project, the 3 middles ones I'm told are for an AC yet this stat only controls my heat, the AC is an entirely separate system with its own stat. So, my goal is to see if those 3 wires do in fact go nowhere and if one of them can function as the infamous C wire that most newer stats require
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Post by: CountValentine on September 10, 2019, 04:23:15 PM

So can we assume they are no longer used?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: stooges44 on September 18, 2019, 03:08:09 PM
Is it better to add more outlets or just use a bunch of extension cords and power strips? In other words, since another outlet will be running off the same breaker isn't a bunch of connected power strips the same except in aesthetics?
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Post by: CountValentine on September 19, 2019, 01:06:25 AM
In other words, since another outlet will be running off the same breaker isn't a bunch of connected power strips the same except in aesthetics?
Simply put H*LL NO!!!
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Post by: ExGingi on January 15, 2020, 08:33:46 AM
Yesterday I replaced a 3 way switch with a 3 way dimmer that is LED compatible. I currently have 3 LED light bulbs (in basic receptacles in 3 places on my kitchen ceiling) controlled by it.

When I try dimming the lights, the 3 bulbs dim in different levels, to the extent that when I have it all the way down one bulb is totally dark, the next one a dim light, and the 3rd one a drop brighter.

Does this mean there's a problem with the wiring? I am planning on installing flat LED panels. Will I have a similar issue? If yes, is there a workaround?
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Post by: yos9694 on January 15, 2020, 08:54:31 AM
Do the three bulbs combined meet the minimum load requirement for the dimmer?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: ExGingi on January 15, 2020, 09:01:53 AM
Do the three bulbs combined meet the minimum load requirement for the dimmer?

I believe they do. There's no flicker, and the dimmer is designed to work with LEDS. I will double check later.
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Post by: CountValentine on January 15, 2020, 10:55:18 AM
Did you replace both 3 way switches with dimmer switches?
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Post by: ExGingi on January 15, 2020, 12:20:41 PM
Did you replace both 3 way switches with dimmer switches?

No. That would require a Multi-Point dimmer rather than a 3-way dimmer. 3-way dimmers are designed to work with one dimmer and one switch (though it seems like when it's turned off from the other end of the room with the switch, lights can't be turned on with the dimmer).
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Post by: myi on January 15, 2020, 01:11:24 PM
No. That would require a Multi-Point dimmer rather than a 3-way dimmer. 3-way dimmers are designed to work with one dimmer and one switch (though it seems like when it's turned off from the other end of the room with the switch, lights can't be turned on with the dimmer).
Are you sure everything is wired correctly ?
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Post by: CountValentine on January 15, 2020, 01:43:25 PM
I am going to guess you will have to try different LED's.
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Post by: yos9694 on January 15, 2020, 01:45:54 PM
No. That would require a Multi-Point dimmer rather than a 3-way dimmer. 3-way dimmers are designed to work with one dimmer and one switch (though it seems like when it's turned off from the other end of the room with the switch, lights can't be turned on with the dimmer).

As myi said, check the wiring. That symptom likely means that the ordinary switch is not wired correctly. Either the traveler wires are reversed or you need to attach a jumper cable to connect the two (solution depends on the design of your 3-way switch, check the instructions)
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Post by: CountValentine on January 15, 2020, 01:51:18 PM
As myi said, check the wiring. That symptom likely means that the ordinary switch is not wired correctly. Either the traveler wires are reversed or you need to attach a jumper cable to connect the two (solution depends on the design of your 3-way switch, check the instructions)
I am going to guess these lights are in parallel. However wired should effect all the lights the same. 
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Post by: ExGingi on January 15, 2020, 02:42:57 PM
As myi said, check the wiring. That symptom likely means that the ordinary switch is not wired correctly. Either the traveler wires are reversed or you need to attach a jumper cable to connect the two (solution depends on the design of your 3-way switch, check the instructions)

How in the world do I check this? There have been two three way switches there for the past 20 years or so. Should I try reversing the traveler wires on the dimmer?
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Post by: CountValentine on January 15, 2020, 02:58:47 PM
How in the world do I check this? There have been two three way switches there for the past 20 years or so. Should I try reversing the traveler wires on the dimmer?
Which option is yours?  :)
https://www.easy-do-it-yourself-home-improvements.com/3-way-switch-wiring-diagram.html
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Post by: yos9694 on January 15, 2020, 03:35:13 PM
How in the world do I check this? There have been two three way switches there for the past 20 years or so. Should I try reversing the traveler wires on the dimmer?

You can try reversing them on the dimmer switch (logical that it's that switch that is the problem because you just installed it) and if that doesn't work you can try reversing the travelers on the other 3 way switch. But what I said was check the instructions for the new dimmer switch to see if it requires the other 3-way switch to have its traveler wires connected by a jumper.

ETA: To clarify, many new 3-way switches are designed to be the only 3-way switch in the circuit. So if you previously had a 3-way switch in 2 places, when you replace one of them with a new 3-way switch you also have to change the wiring at the other spot too. The instructions usually say this clearly but DIYers miss it because they don't expect to have to touch the other switch that they're not replacing. One hint that your new 3 way switch is like this is if the box included a short jumper cable (a little red wire usually with u-shaped terminals at both ends).
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Post by: yos9694 on January 15, 2020, 03:48:03 PM
I am going to guess these lights are in parallel. However wired should effect all the lights the same.

Yeah the comment about wiring has nothing to do with the lights dimming differently, it was in relation to the part of the quote i bolded.
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Post by: CountValentine on January 15, 2020, 03:50:12 PM
Yeah the comment about wiring has nothing to do with the lights dimming differently, it was in relation to the part of the quote i bolded.
Got it.
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Post by: ExGingi on January 15, 2020, 05:03:52 PM
Which option is yours?  :)
https://www.easy-do-it-yourself-home-improvements.com/3-way-switch-wiring-diagram.html

How in the world do I go about figuring that one out? Do I need to rip out all the sheetrock for this? I never realized there are so many options for 3 way switch wiring.
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Post by: CountValentine on January 15, 2020, 05:07:40 PM
How in the world do I go about figuring that one out? Do I need to rip out all the sheetrock for this? I never realized there are so many options for 3 way switch wiring.
I have no idea and I didn't know there was that many either. Can you take pictures of the switch? Also which switch do you have?
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Post by: ExGingi on January 15, 2020, 05:12:26 PM
While on the topic of wiring. I want to replace my upstairs thermostat with a WiFi supported model. Current thermostat has no C wire attached, but there are several unattached wires going up to the packaged unit on the roof (in addition to the G, R, W & Y wires). The thing is that the control board of the packaged unit doesn't have all the terminals neatly positioned next to each other, but rather spaced out over the board, and there's nothing marked C. There is a terminal marked B (GND) after the G R W & Y terminals, but that doesn't sound like it.

There are blue wires running in several places, including a few connected to a terminal on a relay switch. I don't currently have a Voltmeter to check if that runs 24V or higher, so I held off on connecting a wire from there to the thermostat.

Anyone have any insight on this, or do I just have to wait until I pick up a voltmeter to find where the 24V current is running to connect the C wire to?
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Post by: yos9694 on January 15, 2020, 07:03:40 PM
How in the world do I go about figuring that one out? Do I need to rip out all the sheetrock for this? I never realized there are so many options for 3 way switch wiring.

Dont bother. Just use trial and error and you'll get the wires right. Even if you dont have a multi meter amd cant identify the line from the neutral there are still only 6 possible ways to make the connections at the switch
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Post by: ExGingi on January 15, 2020, 08:35:07 PM
Dont bother. Just use trial and error and you'll get the wires right. Even if you dont have a multi meter amd cant identify the line from the neutral there are still only 6 possible ways to make the connections at the switch

My only fear is running 110V rather than 24V.
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Post by: aygart on January 15, 2020, 08:41:30 PM
You should be able to find something specific to the unit online such as youtube. I found by searching {unit name/model} c wire
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Post by: CountValentine on January 15, 2020, 09:11:33 PM
My only fear is running 110V rather than 24V.
Where is the 24V coming from? There should be no 24V there unless I am missing something.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: ExGingi on January 15, 2020, 09:15:41 PM
Where is the 24V coming from? There should be no 24V there unless I am missing something.

https://smartthermostatguide.com/thermostat-c-wire-explained/

ETA: I think I found my answer in one of the comments there:

Quote
Yellow/Y is the AC compressor.
White/W is the Heating element
Green/G runs the fan.
Blue or Black/C should be a ground and will be used by both Rh and Rc, and apparently your thermostat.

But if that is the case, why is there such a fuss about a C wire? Couldn't one just connect to any ground?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: CountValentine on January 15, 2020, 09:21:04 PM
I must be from another planet because even in this thread things are getting mixed up.  :)
Lets see if we can see where we went wrong.
How in the world do I go about figuring that one out? Do I need to rip out all the sheetrock for this? I never realized there are so many options for 3 way switch wiring.
Dont bother. Just use trial and error and you'll get the wires right. Even if you dont have a multi meter amd cant identify the line from the neutral there are still only 6 possible ways to make the connections at the switch
My only fear is running 110V rather than 24V.
Where is the 24V coming from? There should be no 24V there unless I am missing something.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: ExGingi on January 15, 2020, 09:28:33 PM
I must be from another planet because even in this thread things are getting mixed up.  :)
Lets see if we can see where we went wrong.

You missed my other (unrelated) question.

https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=42079.msg2185328#msg2185328
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: CountValentine on January 15, 2020, 09:37:02 PM
You missed my other (unrelated) question.

https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=42079.msg2185328#msg2185328
You quoted the switch question and responded with: My only fear is running 110V rather than 24V.
Either way we are good and just blame me as usual.  ;)
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: CountValentine on January 15, 2020, 09:38:39 PM
Did you get anywhere with your switch? Have model for switch? I have free time watching the Hawks.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: CountValentine on January 15, 2020, 09:58:16 PM
But if that is the case, why is there such a fuss about a C wire? Couldn't one just connect to any ground?
Doesn't C wire supply constant power?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: ExGingi on January 16, 2020, 01:32:13 AM
You quoted the switch question and responded with: My only fear is running 110V rather than 24V.
Either way we are good and just blame me as usual.  ;)

You are right. I missed that. I confused myself by asking two questions concurrently. My bad.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: ExGingi on January 16, 2020, 01:32:58 AM
Doesn't C wire supply constant power?

That is what I always thought. But some online reading seems to indicate otherwise.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: CountValentine on January 16, 2020, 10:00:30 AM
Where did this quote come from?

Quote
Yellow/Y is the AC compressor.
White/W is the Heating element
Green/G runs the fan.
Blue or Black/C should be a ground and will be used by both Rh and Rc, and apparently your thermostat.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: ExGingi on January 16, 2020, 10:26:22 AM
Where did this quote come from?

Comments at:

https://smartthermostatguide.com/thermostat-c-wire-explained/

From what I gather Rc is 24VAC for cooling, RH is 24VAC for heating. Circuit can bet closed with either of Y, W, or G, for AC compressor, heating, or fan (respectively) the C wire allows for a closed circuit and powering the Thermostat even when none of those are running.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: CountValentine on January 16, 2020, 10:58:13 AM
Comments at:

From what I gather Rc is 24VAC for cooling, RH is 24VAC for heating. Circuit can bet closed with either of Y, W, or G, for AC compressor, heating, or fan (respectively) the C wire allows for a closed circuit and powering the Thermostat even when none of those are running.
This gets confusing. There is no ground in this circuit. So to your earlier question you just can't use a ground.
The transformer used to supply the 24V is an isolation transformer (pretty much the standard now). It is used to isolate it from the 110V circuit.
This diagram lays it all out. If you want to get into it I can explain it.  :)
https://i.stack.imgur.com/QeZbQ.png
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: CountValentine on January 20, 2020, 10:01:38 PM
Any update on your two issues? @ExGingi
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: ExGingi on January 20, 2020, 10:03:15 PM
Any update on your two issues? @ExGingi
Not yet. Didn't have time for the projects yet.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: CountValentine on January 20, 2020, 10:15:32 PM
Not yet. Didn't have time for the projects yet.
Don't make me come out there.  :)
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: EliJelly on February 29, 2020, 11:00:58 PM
Installing a simple single lamp light fixture. 2 questions:
1- Both wires on the fixture are clear coated and identical, which one goes to the black and which one to the white, perhaps no difference in this case?
2- Do I need to bother with the ground wire or can I just cut it off?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: ElectricCPR on February 29, 2020, 11:23:24 PM
The ground wire must be connected to the box and look very closely you might see a white string in one of the two clear wires
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: EliJelly on February 29, 2020, 11:28:36 PM
The ground wire must be connected to the box and look very closely you might see a white string in one of the two clear wires
No white string, just one has a print and other doesn't.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: ElectricCPR on February 29, 2020, 11:46:04 PM
Can you send  me a pic (pm)
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: EliJelly on March 01, 2020, 12:36:26 AM
Can you send  me a pic (pm)
I found one is rigged (neutral) and I managed. Thanks anyway!
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: myi on March 01, 2020, 11:44:24 PM
Installing a simple single lamp light fixture. 2 questions:
1- Both wires on the fixture are clear coated and identical, which one goes to the black and which one to the white, perhaps no difference in this case?
2- Do I need to bother with the ground wire or can I just cut it off?
Why not take a wire tester to see which one is alive? Or use a multi meter?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: EliJelly on March 01, 2020, 11:50:37 PM
Why not take a wire tester to see which one is alive? Or use a multi meter?
Talking to a layman, don't have any of these at home. But I managed anyways. Thanks
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Luvisrael on March 23, 2020, 08:52:31 PM
The hardwiring came out of my smoke detector. I just reconnect both wires into that cap?

(https://i.ibb.co/Hn4fyPm/0407555-D-9-B37-4073-947-C-1821063-FAB66.jpg) (https://ibb.co/9sgk04R)
(https://i.ibb.co/RPtTHjW/4-B4808-B9-50-A2-4-DFE-B4-BE-CB875-C026-A33.jpg) (https://ibb.co/xGwq5FQ)
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: CountValentine on March 23, 2020, 08:58:43 PM
No!
How many smoke detectors you have? There should be more wires in the box. Hopefully another white and black.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: aygart on March 23, 2020, 09:22:22 PM
No!
How many smoke detectors you have? There should be more wires in the box. Hopefully another white and black.
This.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Luvisrael on March 24, 2020, 12:11:29 AM
No!
How many smoke detectors you have? There should be more wires in the box. Hopefully another white and black.
this is a smoke detector that I was trying to change the battery to, and ended up pulling the wires out of the ceiling. So white to be capped with white and black with black? Also Can I touch the wires?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: CountValentine on March 24, 2020, 12:13:01 AM
so white to be capped with white and black with black? Also Can I touch the wires?
You plan on doing this on a live circuit? How did these wires become disconnected or was it always that way?
To answer your question normally w/w and b/b.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Luvisrael on March 24, 2020, 12:14:16 AM
this is a smoke detector that I was trying to change the battery to, and ended up pulling the wires out of the ceiling. So white to be capped with white and black with black? Also Can I touch the wires?
this
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: CountValentine on March 24, 2020, 12:18:02 AM
this
Read carefully: Yes you can touch the wires but don't do it. Shut the breaker off first then connect w>w and b>b.
I work with live circuits all the time but don't you do it!!!
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Luvisrael on March 24, 2020, 12:24:53 AM
Read carefully: Yes you can touch the wires but don't do it. Shut the breaker off first then connect w>w and b>b.
I work with live circuits all the time but don't you do it!!!
thank you! I was thinking of tinkering around because I didnít think they were live wires but Iím glad I asked here first. Iíll prob get an electrician to come down...
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: CountValentine on March 24, 2020, 12:27:59 AM
thank you! I was thinking of tinkering around because I didnít think they were live wires but Iím glad I asked here first. Iíll prob get an electrician to come down...
I am really confused how you pulled those wires out. I am wondering if they were never connected and you were running off the battery the whole time.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Luvisrael on March 24, 2020, 12:42:46 AM
I am really confused how you pulled those wires out. I am wondering if they were never connected and you were running off the battery the whole time.
thats definitely a possibility. I donít know myself lol
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Talmid Muvhak on March 24, 2020, 09:19:21 AM
The electric meter for my basement is beeping. Is there a battery in there for me to change? Is it difficult?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: David R on March 24, 2020, 10:18:49 AM
thats definitely a possibility. I donít know myself lol
I have seen hard wired smoke detectors that have a green LED that stays on solid at all times. I have never see a smoke detector powered only by battery that keeps the LED on at all times (it would soon drain the battery). If others agree with me on this, the question is whether there was a steady LED on before you pulled it out. If not, it is possible it was never connected to AC power. You were asked above how many smoke detectors you have, a question you did not answer yet. The purpose of the orange wire is to connect to other smoke detectors in the house so that if this one sounds an alarm, the other(s) also do. Someone could conceivably have hooked up that feature but not the AC power.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: CountValentine on March 24, 2020, 10:22:20 AM
Someone could conceivably have hooked up that feature but not the AC power.
That brings up an interesting question. Would that feature work without AC power?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: skyguy918 on March 24, 2020, 01:38:12 PM
I have a fan+light in the hallway at the top of my stairs, with pull chains on the unit and a 3 way switch at the top and bottom of the stairs. I'm replacing the unit and would love to have it wired up so that the light remains on the 3 way switch setup and the fan gets wired up to a second wall switch at the top of the stairs (multi speed fan control). My understanding is that many fans on the market can be set up like this (without the pull chains), but this would likely involve running extra wire from the unit to the upstairs switch. Is this a big deal? My general contractor is trying to convince me not to bother.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: ah giten on March 24, 2020, 01:56:21 PM
I have a fan+light in the hallway at the top of my stairs, with pull chains on the unit and a 3 way switch at the top and bottom of the stairs. I'm replacing the unit and would love to have it wired up so that the light remains on the 3 way switch setup and the fan gets wired up to a second wall switch at the top of the stairs (multi speed fan control). My understanding is that many fans on the market can be set up like this (without the pull chains), but this would likely involve running extra wire from the unit to the upstairs switch. Is this a big deal? My general contractor is trying to convince me not to bother.
Shouldn't be a big deal. Depends what you have in the wall...
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Post by: ElectricCPR on March 24, 2020, 02:24:19 PM
Shouldn't be a big deal. Depends what you have in the wall...
you can use wireless switches which means you don't need to pull wires
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: skyguy918 on March 24, 2020, 02:29:16 PM
you can use wireless switches which means you don't need to pull wires
But then can I have separate wall control for the fan and the light? The whole point is to separate them so that the light can still be controlled from both upstairs and downstairs, while the fan can be controlled separately just upstairs.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: David R on March 24, 2020, 04:58:54 PM
But then can I have separate wall control for the fan and the light? The whole point is to separate them so that the light can still be controlled from both upstairs and downstairs, while the fan can be controlled separately just upstairs.
To separate them so that you have individual control of each from the wall switch, you would need an additional wire. If you are replacing the fan/light with a wireless model (or even if you put an aftermarket wireless receiver inside your existing fan/light), you really don't need any wall switch and could leave power to the ceiling box on and your remote would individually control the fan and light. You would just need to obtain a second remote so that you have control from both floors.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: CountValentine on March 24, 2020, 05:40:52 PM
How close is the light switch to the fan? Are the wires in conduit?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: skyguy918 on March 24, 2020, 05:43:05 PM
How close is the light switch to the fan? Are the wires in conduit?
Practically right under it. I doubt it's in conduit, but haven't looked.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: CountValentine on March 24, 2020, 05:46:32 PM
Practically right under it. I doubt it's in conduit, but haven't looked.
I was going to say if in conduit pulling another wire would be a piece of cake.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: yitzgar on May 03, 2020, 10:22:32 PM
Best place to buy replacement light switch online? Just simple dumb switches
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: CountValentine on May 03, 2020, 10:25:26 PM
Best place to buy replacement light switch online? Just simple dumb switches
https://www.amazon.com/Leviton-1451-2T-Framed-Grounded-Toggle/dp/B001E170SY/ref=sxin_7_ac_d_rm?ac_md=0-0-bGlnaHQgc3dpdGNo-ac_d_rm&crid=30MRC1I7G4HWC&cv_ct_cx=light+switch&dchild=1&keywords=light+switch&pd_rd_i=B001E170SY&pd_rd_r=73715a69-cf2f-4100-99be-000a8f3e5ecf&pd_rd_w=SX2Pf&pd_rd_wg=3CNy4&pf_rd_p=a0516f22-66df-4efd-8b9a-279a864d1512&pf_rd_r=TFG43CKBZHRFZAB5EGDF&psc=1&qid=1588559073&sprefix=light+sw%2Caps%2C174&sr=1-1-12d4272d-8adb-4121-8624-135149aa9081
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Post by: yitzgar on May 03, 2020, 10:26:01 PM
https://www.amazon.com/Leviton-1451-2T-Framed-Grounded-Toggle/dp/B001E170SY/ref=sxin_7_ac_d_rm?ac_md=0-0-bGlnaHQgc3dpdGNo-ac_d_rm&crid=30MRC1I7G4HWC&cv_ct_cx=light+switch&dchild=1&keywords=light+switch&pd_rd_i=B001E170SY&pd_rd_r=73715a69-cf2f-4100-99be-000a8f3e5ecf&pd_rd_w=SX2Pf&pd_rd_wg=3CNy4&pf_rd_p=a0516f22-66df-4efd-8b9a-279a864d1512&pf_rd_r=TFG43CKBZHRFZAB5EGDF&psc=1&qid=1588559073&sprefix=light+sw%2Caps%2C174&sr=1-1-12d4272d-8adb-4121-8624-135149aa9081
Thanks saw that. Decent brand?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: CountValentine on May 03, 2020, 10:26:30 PM
Yes
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: yitzgar on May 03, 2020, 10:26:52 PM
Yes
Thanks
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: myi on May 04, 2020, 01:39:58 AM
Thanks saw that. Decent brand?
That's the standard brand for switches.
 You needed that switch or the flat one?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: yitzgar on May 04, 2020, 07:36:34 AM
That's the standard brand for switches.
 You needed that switch or the flat one?
Either is fine
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Post by: ElectricCPR on May 04, 2020, 07:57:49 AM
Either is fine
Let's call them by their appropriate name Decora (Decorative) and Toggle
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: CountValentine on May 04, 2020, 08:21:31 AM
Let's call them by their appropriate name Decora (Decorative) and Toggle
How about rocker instead of Decora?  ;)
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: myi on May 04, 2020, 07:20:21 PM
Let's call them by their appropriate name Decora (Decorative) and Toggle
Well done!
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: nucheiner on May 05, 2020, 03:54:40 PM
I am trying to connect a mounting bar to a previously installed Ceiling Box. But presently the box is off center from the way this chandelier needs the mounting bar to be installed. Can the box be rotated? Is there another solution?

The box is similar to this:  Ceiling Electrical Box with Large Hanger Bar https://www.homedepot.com/p/Carlon-4-in-20-cu-in-New-Work-Ceiling-Electrical-Box-with-Large-Hanger-Bar-B620KR-UPC/202065289?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: ElectricCPR on May 05, 2020, 04:27:07 PM
I am trying to connect a mounting bar to a previously installed Ceiling Box. But presently the box is off center from the way this chandelier needs the mounting bar to be installed. Can the box be rotated? Is there another solution?

The box is similar to this:  Ceiling Electrical Box with Large Hanger Bar https://www.homedepot.com/p/Carlon-4-in-20-cu-in-New-Work-Ceiling-Electrical-Box-with-Large-Hanger-Bar-B620KR-UPC/202065289?
It depends on field conditions which I can't say definitely unless I see it. Can you post a picture of the situation?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: dovy2 on May 05, 2020, 07:17:25 PM
Is replacing outlets and switches from an old house - the old types of switches, a straightforward job, Or requires an electrician?
(I've replaced many outlets in the past, but not from the old style)
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: CountValentine on May 05, 2020, 07:22:40 PM
Is replacing outlets and switches from an old house - the old types of switches, a straightforward job, Or requires an electrician?
(I've replaced many outlets in the past, but not from the old style)
What is old style?
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Post by: ElectricCPR on May 05, 2020, 07:27:34 PM
What is old style?
If it's cloth wire you just have to be careful. But if you call me after you tried and failed, the price will increase.🤣
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Post by: CountValentine on May 05, 2020, 07:33:03 PM
If it's cloth wire you just have to be careful. But if you call me after you tried and failed, the price will increase.🤣
...and what if it is aluminum wire?
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Post by: yitzgar on May 05, 2020, 07:42:00 PM
If it's cloth wire you just have to be careful. But if you call me after you tried and failed, the price will increase.
What's the issue with cloth wire?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: ElectricCPR on May 05, 2020, 07:47:00 PM
What's the issue with cloth wire?
It's generally brittle
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: CountValentine on May 05, 2020, 07:48:39 PM
What's the issue with cloth wire?
You mean other than becoming brittle, cracking and then falling off?  :)
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Post by: ElectricCPR on May 05, 2020, 07:52:45 PM
...and what if it is aluminum wire?
Aluminum isn't any different than copper (regarding device installation).
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Post by: CountValentine on May 05, 2020, 08:01:16 PM
Aluminum isn't any different than copper (regarding device installation).
Would you use the push in connector on a light switch with aluminum wire?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: ElectricCPR on May 05, 2020, 08:02:24 PM
Would you use the push in connector on a light switch with aluminum wire?
I never recomend push connect
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Post by: CountValentine on May 05, 2020, 08:11:36 PM
I never recomend push connect
Yes but using them for copper wire is not considered dangerous.  ;)
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: ElectricCPR on May 05, 2020, 08:13:40 PM
Remember that I'm an electrician who's seen a lot!
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: CountValentine on May 05, 2020, 08:16:08 PM
Remember that I'm an electrician who's seen a lot!
Have you ever seen a multi meter blow up in someone's face?
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Post by: ElectricCPR on May 05, 2020, 08:21:00 PM
Have you ever a multi meter blow up in someone's face?
Like my first helper who claimed to know how to use multi-meter and he really didn't know how to use one.🤯
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Post by: skyguy918 on May 05, 2020, 10:22:16 PM
I had a dedicated 110v outlet for a window AC in each of my upper level BR's, and each was on it's own dedicated 15A breaker. I've recently had split units put in and those wires were left loose because their breaker spots were needed for the condensers. As I no longer need these outlets for AC's, I want to swap them out for regular duplex outlets, to be used for things like nightlights, clocks, etc. Any reason I can't simply pop the wires for those outlets into the existing 15A breaker for all of the upper level lights/regular outlets?
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Post by: CountValentine on May 05, 2020, 10:25:48 PM
Does that existing breaker already have a wire connected to it or is it an empty breaker.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: skyguy918 on May 05, 2020, 10:34:08 PM
Does that existing breaker already have a wire connected to it or is it an empty breaker.
Already has one. That one wire currently serves the lights and 1 duplex outlet in each bedroom.
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Post by: ElectricCPR on May 05, 2020, 10:40:53 PM
Already has one. That one wire currently serves the lights and 1 duplex outlet in each bedroom.
If you have a blank space you can add a breaker, never put 2 wires in one breaker
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Post by: CountValentine on May 05, 2020, 10:42:18 PM
If you have a blank space you can add a breaker, never put 2 wires in one breaker
We have a winner.  :)
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Post by: myi on May 06, 2020, 03:11:02 AM
If you have a blank space you can add a breaker, never put 2 wires in one breaker
Talking about two wires in one breaker...

 Just recently my skylight in my main bathroom stopped working , so tested everything starting with the control switch/board.

 Tested that by swapping it with another board from another working skylight and that checked out fine, meaning I still didn't get the skylight to work so I knew it wasn't the control swiitch.
  As well as the fuse inside seemed intact, confirmed that with a MM.

    Thinking that there's no electric coming into the control panel so used a Greenlee digital tester which has a function by placing the actual multi meter near live wires it will show a set of bars ranging from 1 to 4 depending how strong the current is, placed it there and saw 1-2 bars so I knew that was all fine.

   Then jumped to the motor of the skylight thinking it's quite old as I've been using it each and every night before my shower or if I wanted some fresh air.
 Swapped it with another one from a working skylight and still nothing, so went ahead and check all the crimped wire connections , but nothing doing everything seemed fine.

   Now to make sure all the wires were in tack and there's no short in the wire, I started with 2 wires at a time and completed the circuit by connecting two together and then two together by the control board.
 In English there were 2 wires running from the panel to the bathroom skylight control board which gave power, that seemed fine so left it alone.
 Then those two wires were screwed onto a control board/switch which allowed you to open and close the skylight. And from there went another 3 wires going straight up to the sky light.
   So took two wires at a time while connecting two up by the skylight and then with my multimeter on the other end tested to see if it's a complete circuit, all checked out fine with all three wires.

  So my next step was to see if there was actually power coming to the board which seemed to show there was originally, while I had no clue how to test with a multimeter what current I should test for with these low voltage stuff.
   So did it the old fashioned way by taking some wire I had roaming around and took off another working skylight control switch which was close by and tapped into the wires  going onto the board to power the skylight to see if that was the culprit.
  That tests worked out fine and allowed the skylight to work,  now it seemed that there was some issue from the panel because the two wires weren't powering the bathroom skylight, while the other one worked flawlessly.

  Went to the breaker box to see what's doing , all seemed fine as well.
  Used a tester which showed current going through.
 Wires were a bit loose so tightened that , don't exactly enjoy having loose wires in my panel box.

 ("Oh and I forgot to meantion, that indeed there was 2 wires going into the same breaker, seems like they wired both skylights to the same breaker.")

   Now last but not least I was left with no choice but to check the transformer, googled a few videos of how to test that, and went on with that test, removed it from the wall and actually swapped it again with the working one and Bam that was the issue.

 So for the time being I just took the working one, and now in the works of finding a new transformer that would fit the hole in the wall so I can screw it in the same place without the need to play around and make new holes.
   Maybe one of you guys would be of help with some leads on where to get another one from, or a compatible one that would work. ( It was a Truth skylight , which had a Truth transformer but had no luck searching for that.)

 Too bad I didn't come here for some help, wonder if you guys would have recommended to check the transformer right away.
 But thank God I was able to fix it.
  Not fun at all to come out of a shower In a steaming hot, and wet bathroom.
  Sorry for boring you guys, but that was my two wire story!  ;)


Have you ever seen a multi meter blow up in someone's face?

That story sounds familiar! :)
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: dovy2 on May 06, 2020, 06:57:29 AM
Yes, with old style I meant cloth covered, and where the wires are screwed in front of the switch.

It is brittle, I see that already without digging in much.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: CountValentine on May 06, 2020, 08:06:21 AM
Talking about two wires in one breaker...
Any numbers on the transformer?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: ElectricCPR on May 06, 2020, 08:38:47 AM
Yes, with old style I meant cloth covered, and where the wires are screwed in front of the switch.

It is brittle, I see that already without digging in much.
You can try and contact me when you're in the middle because the insulation cracked or contact me now.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: skyguy918 on June 04, 2020, 08:29:29 AM
I'm redoing my deck and hoping to put lighting in on a built in pergola (ie for a sukkah, but permanent). I would like to put in something like tape LED strips on the underside of each of the pergola beams. Obviously it would have to be waterproof, and be able to be wired into an existing switch that controls an old flood light I'd be replacing. Is this doable for a reasonable price? And if so, any suggestions?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: CountValentine on June 04, 2020, 08:50:47 AM
There are all type of LED lighting strips that are used in places like kitchens. Will look to see if they have them for outdoor use.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: ElectricCPR on June 04, 2020, 09:06:34 AM
I'm redoing my deck and hoping to put lighting in on a built in pergola (ie for a sukkah, but permanent). I would like to put in something like tape LED strips on the underside of each of the pergola beams. Obviously it would have to be waterproof, and be able to be wired into an existing switch that controls an old flood light I'd be replacing. Is this doable for a reasonable price? And if so, any suggestions?
Ther are waterproof tape lights we call them ropes
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: CountValentine on June 04, 2020, 09:18:11 AM
Ther are waterproof tape lights we call them ropes
LOL. After a Google search there are outdoor strips he can use.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: skyguy918 on June 04, 2020, 10:01:27 AM
There are all type of LED lighting strips that are used in places like kitchens. Will look to see if they have them for outdoor use.
Ther are waterproof tape lights we call them ropes
LOL. After a Google search there are outdoor strips he can use.
Thanks guys. I obviously googled first and know that it exists. The question was more whether it could be done cheaply (I'm not looking to spend hundreds here) and if anyone has specific recommendations. The ones that are sold already fully enclosed would be trickier, because then I'm locked into their pre-made lengths. And beyond that it's unclear to me which are okay for outdoor use right out of the box, and which require a kit (ie with separate housing, etc).
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: CountValentine on June 04, 2020, 10:06:21 AM
Thanks guys. I obviously googled first and know that it exists. The question was more whether it could be done cheaply (I'm not looking to spend hundreds here) and if anyone has specific recommendations. The ones that are sold already fully enclosed would be trickier, because then I'm locked into their pre-made lengths. And beyond that it's unclear to me which are okay for outdoor use right out of the box, and which require a kit (ie with separate housing, etc).
AFAIK the ones right out the box are not what you are looking for. The kits (separate 12v supply) can be cut to lengths and would work for your application.

How many strips and how long each you think you will need?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: skyguy918 on June 04, 2020, 01:56:35 PM
AFAIK the ones right out the box are not what you are looking for. The kits (separate 12v supply) can be cut to lengths and would work for your application.

How many strips and how long each you think you will need?
In the past for sukkos, I've used shop lights with a total of 8 LED tubes, which was probably more light than needed, but now crazy bright. I would run tape/ropes along the full length (~16ft) of as few as 3 beams (or as many as the full 9 beams - depending on the lumens/ft or whatever - to get sufficient light for the space. The whole idea wouldn't be worthwhile unless I can find a way to do it for $200 or less (excluding install, which hopefully I can do myself).
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: CountValentine on June 04, 2020, 01:59:44 PM
That sounds doable. Hopefully someone will chime in that has done it. If not I will look around once a get a break from the other threads.  :)
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: stooges44 on July 14, 2020, 10:21:47 PM
I have track lighting with 4 light switches and 5 lights. Yes, that means one switch controls 2 of the lights and the other 3 have their own individual switches.

How do I get more lights controlled by a single switch? In other words, the 1 switch that currently controls 2 of the lights, how do I get it to control 3 or even 4?

I like to think of myself as handy and a DIYer, most basic and intermediate tasks around the house I can handle but this has me stumped. I looked at the track, I looked at the wires going to the switches but I don't see anything that helps me. I know that I can connect the wires of one of the single switches to the switch that currently controls the 2 lights and that would then make it control 3 but there must be some other way because as it stands now there are no "extra" wires going to the switch that controls 2.

TIA!
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: ElectricCPR on July 14, 2020, 10:28:23 PM
You add more lights to the track🤣
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Yo ssi on July 14, 2020, 10:35:46 PM
I have track lighting with 4 light switches and 5 lights. Yes, that means one switch controls 2 of the lights and the other 3 have their own individual switches.

How do I get more lights controlled by a single switch? In other words, the 1 switch that currently controls 2 of the lights, how do I get it to control 3 or even 4?

I like to think of myself as handy and a DIYer, most basic and intermediate tasks around the house I can handle but this has me stumped. I looked at the track, I looked at the wires going to the switches but I don't see anything that helps me. I know that I can connect the wires of one of the single switches to the switch that currently controls the 2 lights and that would then make it control 3 but there must be some other way because as it stands now there are no "extra" wires going to the switch that controls 2.

TIA!
Why not connect it at the end where the bulb is?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: CountValentine on July 14, 2020, 10:55:16 PM
Why not connect it at the end where the bulb is?
Never worked on track lighting but this seems straight forward. I am guessing they all go through the same electrical box.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Yo ssi on July 15, 2020, 12:12:48 AM
Never worked on track lighting but this seems straight forward. I am guessing they all go through the same electrical box.
Are you saying, you never worked on track lighting, or my idea never worked on track lighting?;)
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: CountValentine on July 15, 2020, 12:18:09 AM
Are you saying, you never worked on track lighting, or my idea never worked on track lighting?;)
Is there an option for both?  :P
How about a pic of the box?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Yo ssi on July 15, 2020, 12:26:51 AM
How about a pic of the box?
+1
And perhaps of the whole fixture as well.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: damiwihu on July 15, 2020, 12:39:25 AM
A fellow electrician asked me to help him trouble shoot a house where the receptacles & switches were replaced. His initial concern was that there was no voltage hot to neutral for a vanity fixture. My old plug in tester indicated an open neutral. We found the receptacle where they "stabbed" the 12 gauge wire into the back of a receptacle (one of the neutrals was not connected). Another circuit indicated hot & ground reversed. We found a receptacle where the ground wires were separated (connecting the grounds solved the problem). At a GFCI receptacle for the kitchen: the black, white, & ground were wire nutted & caped off together (the was originally wired for 1 line in & 2 load sets of wires out). Other items as well!!
Is there a good tester that will correctly identify "correct polarity & open grounds or neutrals? Thanks. I am semi-retired & all of this sure had me trying to "think" again.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: yos9694 on July 15, 2020, 08:53:01 AM
Two easy options.
1. Each switch has a line wire and a load wire. Combine the 4 line wires and a pigtail, combine the 4 load wires and a pigtail, connect to one of the switches. The other 3 switches are defunct.
2. Add another switch that will control the existing 4 switches. Remove the 4 line wires from the existing switches, combine and connect to the new switch. Attach a new wire to the load side of the new switch that runs to the line side of the existing switches and you're done. Now you have a "master" switch that controls all 4 at once, but also still have the individual switches that control 1-2 bulbs when the master is on.

I'm assuming here that you have 4 individual line wires which is very unlikely. You probably just have 1 which is split off into 4, so the actual work is even easier. Pictures would definitely help here.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Zevi16 on July 15, 2020, 09:08:09 AM
Can anyone explain why my bathroom fixtures (installed in the past few months) are flickering slightly? - Different fuses. My recessed lighting around the house doesnít flicker but fixtures seems to.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: CountValentine on July 15, 2020, 09:11:13 AM
Can anyone explain why my bathroom fixtures (installed in the past few months) are flickering slightly? - Different fuses. My recessed lighting around the house doesnít flicker but fixtures seems to.
My hallway light does this and it is a bad bulb socket but other things can cause this.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: CountValentine on July 15, 2020, 09:12:25 AM
Two easy options.
1. Each switch has a line wire and a load wire. Combine the 4 line wires and a pigtail, combine the 4 load wires and a pigtail, connect to one of the switches. The other 3 switches are defunct.
2. Add another switch that will control the existing 4 switches. Remove the 4 line wires from the existing switches, combine and connect to the new switch. Attach a new wire to the load side of the new switch that runs to the line side of the existing switches and you're done. Now you have a "master" switch that controls all 4 at once, but also still have the individual switches that control 1-2 bulbs when the master is on.

I'm assuming here that you have 4 individual line wires which is very unlikely. You probably just have 1 which is split off into 4, so the actual work is even easier. Pictures would definitely help here.
Do not do this unless you know where all the wires are coming from.
ETA: After thinking about this for a little bit I have a new recommendation.  :)
DON'T DO THIS!!!
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Yo ssi on July 15, 2020, 09:30:02 AM
Can anyone explain why my bathroom fixtures (installed in the past few months) are flickering slightly? - Different fuses. My recessed lighting around the house doesnít flicker but fixtures seems to.
Is it a florescent?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Zevi16 on July 15, 2020, 09:36:59 AM
Is it a florescent?
No
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: CountValentine on July 15, 2020, 09:38:35 AM
No
If you tap on the fixture will it flicker?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Zevi16 on July 15, 2020, 09:39:16 AM
No. Tried that
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Zevi16 on July 15, 2020, 09:40:17 AM
If you tap on the fixture will it flicker?
Could it be it happens when I have my air conditioning running?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: CountValentine on July 15, 2020, 09:42:51 AM
Could it be it happens when I have my air conditioning running?
Central air or standalone unit?
Are the lights flickering or dimming?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Zevi16 on July 15, 2020, 09:44:12 AM
Central air or standalone unit?
Are the lights flickering or dimming?
Central air. Flickering slightly. Enough to give someone a real headache if they care.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: CountValentine on July 15, 2020, 09:44:51 AM
Central air. Flickering slightly. Enough to give someone a real headache if they care.
Dimmer connected to it?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Zevi16 on July 15, 2020, 09:48:47 AM
Dimmer connected to it?
One of them yes. Others not.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: CountValentine on July 15, 2020, 09:49:49 AM
One of them yes. Others not.
So this is more than one fixture in different locations?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: stooges44 on July 15, 2020, 09:50:18 AM
Two easy options.
1. Each switch has a line wire and a load wire. Combine the 4 line wires and a pigtail, combine the 4 load wires and a pigtail, connect to one of the switches. The other 3 switches are defunct.
2. Add another switch that will control the existing 4 switches. Remove the 4 line wires from the existing switches, combine and connect to the new switch. Attach a new wire to the load side of the new switch that runs to the line side of the existing switches and you're done. Now you have a "master" switch that controls all 4 at once, but also still have the individual switches that control 1-2 bulbs when the master is on.

I'm assuming here that you have 4 individual line wires which is very unlikely. You probably just have 1 which is split off into 4, so the actual work is even easier. Pictures would definitely help here.

I will send pics later.

Do not do this unless you know where all the wires are coming from.
ETA: After thinking about this for a little bit I have a new recommendation.  :)
DON'T DO THIS!!!


Hopefully the pics will clear your concern  :)
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: CountValentine on July 15, 2020, 09:52:36 AM
Hopefully the pics will clear your concern  :)
My concern is if you do that you might not be around to post pics.  ;)
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Zevi16 on July 15, 2020, 09:53:36 AM
So this is more than one fixture in different locations?
In all my bathrooms and some bedrooms, I have these lights. https://www.lowes.com/pd/Project-Source-2-Pack-14-in-Brushed-Nickel-Transitional-Integrated-LED-Flush-Mount-Light-ENERGY-STAR/1001042584
None of them have a dimmer switch. And they sometimes flicker very slightly.
In some bathrooms I also have this one which does have a dimmer. https://www.lowes.com/pd/Project-Source-3-Light-Chrome-Traditional-Vanity-Light-Bar/50254179 which also flickers slightly.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: yos9694 on July 15, 2020, 09:53:54 AM
Do not do this unless you know where all the wires are coming from.
ETA: After thinking about this for a little bit I have a new recommendation.  :)
DON'T DO THIS!!!

Of course anyone is welcome to not do this, but there's no reason not to if they want.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: stooges44 on July 15, 2020, 09:59:16 AM
Of course anyone is welcome to not do this, but there's no reason not to if they want.

But how is one switch currently controlling 2 lights? Is it because 2 load wires are connected to the one switch and I just don't see it?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: yos9694 on July 15, 2020, 10:01:51 AM
But how is one switch currently controlling 2 lights? Is it because 2 load wires are connected to the one switch and I just don't see it?

It's possible but more likely that the same load wire runs to both the first light and the second.

I have done this in my house (for 2 switches) so if I get a chance I'll open up the wall plate and take a pic.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: yos9694 on July 15, 2020, 10:05:17 AM
Should go without saying but my suggestion is based on the assumption that all 4 switches are controlled by the same circuit breaker. If that's not the case - don't combine the wires.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: stooges44 on July 15, 2020, 10:07:06 AM
It's possible but more likely that the same load wire runs to both the first light and the second.

I have done this in my house (for 2 switches) so if I get a chance I'll open up the wall plate and take a pic.

That brings me to my next question, it's a track, how are the wires running to the lights, they are all on the same track?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: yos9694 on July 15, 2020, 10:22:33 AM
That brings me to my next question, it's a track, how are the wires running to the lights, they are all on the same track?

You'd need to find the wiring diagram or take some really good pictures to answer that. But its not shver- the wiring could have been designed for individual control, just like how ceiling fan wiring is designed for making separate switches for the light and the fan (extra load wires).
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Yo ssi on July 15, 2020, 10:32:41 AM
In all my bathrooms and some bedrooms, I have these lights. https://www.lowes.com/pd/Project-Source-2-Pack-14-in-Brushed-Nickel-Transitional-Integrated-LED-Flush-Mount-Light-ENERGY-STAR/1001042584
None of them have a dimmer switch. And they sometimes flicker very slightly.
In some bathrooms I also have this one which does have a dimmer. https://www.lowes.com/pd/Project-Source-3-Light-Chrome-Traditional-Vanity-Light-Bar/50254179 which also flickers slightly.
It sounds like an under power issue. The AC could be the problem.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: CountValentine on July 15, 2020, 10:38:44 AM
Of course anyone is welcome to not do this, but there's no reason not to if they want.
We are all here to help. When it comes to electricity which can be extremely dangerous we should be cautious. What you are suggesting can be dangerous. Think about this for a minute.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: CountValentine on July 15, 2020, 10:42:10 AM
Should go without saying but my suggestion is based on the assumption that all 4 switches are controlled by the same circuit breaker. If that's not the case - don't combine the wires.
If your assumption is wrong it is a disaster waiting to happen.
If your assumption is right then there is no need to connect all four line wires together.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: CountValentine on July 15, 2020, 10:45:43 AM
That brings me to my next question, it's a track, how are the wires running to the lights, they are all on the same track?
Is there one junction box for the lights? If so that is what a pic is needed of. You should be able to solve your issue there.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Definitions on August 08, 2020, 10:28:40 PM
I'm trying to switch the coaxial cables circled in red (it's cable internet). How do I unplug the big connector?

 Any safety precautions that I should know of? Should I put on silicone grease when connecting the cables?

The green circle is a wire that looks like a ground wire or something its hooked on to a metal bolt.

I don't know what the blue wire is. Might be a regular telephone line.
(https://i.postimg.cc/zXw3GFV5/aviary-image-1596939822553.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/F7RhPcyn)
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: ElectricCPR on August 08, 2020, 10:35:14 PM
I'm trying to switch the coaxial cables circled in red (it's cable internet). How do I unplug the big connector?

 Any safety precautions that I should know of? Should I put on silicone grease when connecting the cables?

The green circle is a wire that looks like a ground wire or something its hooked on to a metal bolt.

I don't know what the blue wire is. Might be a regular telephone line.
(https://i.postimg.cc/zXw3GFV5/aviary-image-1596939822553.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/F7RhPcyn)
It's threaded... righty tighty lefty loosey
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: CountValentine on August 08, 2020, 10:42:21 PM
The part that is clamped to the wall is most likely a female to female connector.

(https://i.postimg.cc/Ss5MNpnT/70-2081.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: David R on August 08, 2020, 11:38:19 PM
I'm trying to switch the coaxial cables circled in red (it's cable internet). How do I unplug the big connector?

 Any safety precautions that I should know of? Should I put on silicone grease when connecting the cables?

The green circle is a wire that looks like a ground wire or something its hooked on to a metal bolt.

I don't know what the blue wire is. Might be a regular telephone line.
(https://i.postimg.cc/zXw3GFV5/aviary-image-1596939822553.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/F7RhPcyn)

What are you trying to switch the coaxial cables with? The big connector has a hex nut. Rotate it counterclockwise (as viewed when facing it from the right of the photo) to unscrew it, then pull it out.

What safety issue are you concerned about?

The blue wire in your photo appears to be cut, in which case it is not doing anything.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Definitions on August 08, 2020, 11:45:53 PM
I appreciate all the answers. ElectricCPR CountValentine and David R

What are you trying to switch the coaxial cables with? The big connector has a hex nut. Rotate it counterclockwise (as viewed when facing it from the right of the photo) to unscrew it, then pull it out.

What safety issue are you concerned about?

The blue wire in your photo appears to be cut, in which case it is not doing anything.
I'm swapping the two circled coaxial cables.

I wanted to make sure that there's no dangerous electricity involved.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Yo ssi on August 08, 2020, 11:47:35 PM
I appreciate all the answers. ElectricCPR CountValentine and David R
I'm swapping the two circled coaxial cables.

I wanted to make sure that there's no dangerous electricity involved.
No worries, it's low voltage.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: CountValentine on August 09, 2020, 07:02:39 AM
I appreciate all the answers. ElectricCPR CountValentine and David R
I'm swapping the two circled coaxial cables.

Where is the white wire circled connected to? It to the top left you might have an issue.
What are you trying to accomplish by switching the two?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Definitions on August 09, 2020, 09:13:50 AM
Where is the white wire circled connected to? It to the top left you might have an issue.
What are you trying to accomplish by switching the two?
The top left is a different cable.

The circled white wire goes to a different spot in our house. I can't physically follow the wire because it goes in the wall but I'm 99% certain since it's the only other coaxial cable in our house.

I'm moving the modem/router.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: CountValentine on August 09, 2020, 10:15:40 AM
The top left is a different cable.

The circled white wire goes to a different spot in our house. I can't physically follow the wire because it goes in the wall but I'm 99% certain since it's the only other coaxial cable in our house.

I'm moving the modem/router.
Sounds right then. Wanted to make sure it didn't go to the cable at the top left. Could not tell from the picture.
If these cables are outside then silicone would be a good idea.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Entrepreneur on September 08, 2020, 09:35:39 AM
I want to install wired outdoor security cameras.
My cable modem is in the back of my house. My options are to run and ethernet wire from the back to the front and create a new ethernet plug where I can connect the camera into, or run the ethernet wire from the camera to the back where my modem is.

Which would be best? Are there other options?

Thanks!
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Yo ssi on September 08, 2020, 10:47:16 AM
I want to install wired outdoor security cameras.
My cable modem is in the back of my house. My options are to run and ethernet wire from the back to the front and create a new ethernet plug where I can connect the camera into, or run the ethernet wire from the camera to the back where my modem is.

Which would be best? Are there other options?

Thanks!
It's not clear the difference between your options.
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Post by: yelped on September 08, 2020, 10:47:33 AM
Either or, but depending where the cameras are, I would make a run and put in a switch nearby.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Yo ssi on September 08, 2020, 10:50:28 AM
Would powerline ethernet work?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: kayef on September 08, 2020, 10:54:11 AM
I want to install wired outdoor security cameras.
My cable modem is in the back of my house. My options are to run and ethernet wire from the back to the front and create a new ethernet plug where I can connect the camera into, or run the ethernet wire from the camera to the back where my modem is.

Which would be best? Are there other options?

Thanks!
How many cameras? What type of system?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Entrepreneur on September 08, 2020, 07:05:35 PM
How many cameras? What type of system?
One camera outside in front, about as high as second floor so I can see front porch and more. Other camera outside on back of house.The modem is basically on opposite wall of where the back camera would so that should be easy.

Type of system - I'm not an expert. I just want them connected to a hard drive so I can have local footage. I guess it can be POE, I would need to Google reviews unless you can recommend something.

Thank you
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: kayef on September 09, 2020, 02:13:44 PM
One camera outside in front, about as high as second floor so I can see front porch and more. Other camera outside on back of house.The modem is basically on opposite wall of where the back camera would so that should be easy.

Type of system - I'm not an expert. I just want them connected to a hard drive so I can have local footage. I guess it can be POE, I would need to Google reviews unless you can recommend something.

Thank you
It makes sense that whatever system you get, will be placed near your modem. So you will need to run your wire from the front camera to the back regardless. There is no benefit of running the wire to an "ethernet plug" in the front. It just adds more work. Run the wire straight to the camera.

You can't just connect the cameras to a hard drive. You need some sort of NVR (network video recorder). It can either be a dedicated piece of hardware (they usually come with poe built in) or software running on a computer.

Do you already have the cameras?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Entrepreneur on September 09, 2020, 03:05:05 PM
It makes sense that whatever system you get, will be placed near your modem. So you will need to run your wire from the front camera to the back regardless. There is no benefit of running the wire to an "ethernet plug" in the front. It just adds more work. Run the wire straight to the camera.

You can't just connect the cameras to a hard drive. You need some sort of NVR (network video recorder). It can either be a dedicated piece of hardware (they usually come with poe built in) or software running on a computer.

Do you already have the cameras?

Thank you for the advice.

No, I do not have the cameras yet. Any recommendations would be great. Yes, I would get the NVR.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Definitions on September 21, 2020, 03:35:39 PM
Trying to hang up a light. I just want to make sure I'm doing it correct so far.


(https://i.ibb.co/pdKLSzm/Screenshot-20200921-151435-Whats-App.jpg) (https://ibb.co/M71CmVX)
What it's supposed to look like


(https://i.ibb.co/f9KBzxQ/20200921-134745.jpg) (https://ibb.co/FXfNLDn)
Instructions it came with


(https://i.ibb.co/C7ZJVsY/20200921-134737.jpg) (https://ibb.co/WywDBpM)
All the parts


(https://i.ibb.co/JKKXKw0/20200921-143113.jpg) (https://ibb.co/7XX7Xd8)
Put together all the branches.


(https://i.ibb.co/3TVH2kM/20200921-144359.jpg) (https://ibb.co/QJhGLXC)
(https://i.ibb.co/kc0tfZ5/20200921-145126.jpg) (https://ibb.co/x5GN0ZX)
Each branch has a brown and blue wire. I twisted all the brown to brown and blue to blue together with the adjacent branches.


Now I'm having trouble connecting all 9 wires to one connector. It's too thick
(https://i.postimg.cc/zBWNML9y/20200921-153430.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/vgQCxm8y)
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: myi on September 21, 2020, 03:44:13 PM
Trying to hang up a light. I just want to make sure I'm doing it correct so far.


(https://i.ibb.co/pdKLSzm/Screenshot-20200921-151435-Whats-App.jpg) (https://ibb.co/M71CmVX)
What it's supposed to look like


(https://i.ibb.co/f9KBzxQ/20200921-134745.jpg) (https://ibb.co/FXfNLDn)
Instructions it came with


(https://i.ibb.co/C7ZJVsY/20200921-134737.jpg) (https://ibb.co/WywDBpM)
All the parts


(https://i.ibb.co/JKKXKw0/20200921-143113.jpg) (https://ibb.co/7XX7Xd8)
Put together all the branches.


(https://i.ibb.co/3TVH2kM/20200921-144359.jpg) (https://ibb.co/QJhGLXC)
(https://i.ibb.co/kc0tfZ5/20200921-145126.jpg) (https://ibb.co/x5GN0ZX)
Each branch has a brown and blue wire. I twisted all the brown to brown and blue to blue together with the adjacent branches.


Now I'm having trouble connecting all 9 wires to one connector. It's too thick
(https://i.postimg.cc/zBWNML9y/20200921-153430.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/vgQCxm8y)

 You might just have to buy a bigger wire nut.

 And don't you need to attach the black and a white wire?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Definitions on September 21, 2020, 04:12:23 PM
You might just have to buy a bigger wire nut.

 And don't you need to attach the black and a white wire?
I attached the wire. It's the 9th one
I used zip ties to keep it together
(https://i.postimg.cc/W1qPtW7B/20200921-155943.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/VJwhVFpg)

Making progress :) now I have to attach it to the ceiling
(https://i.postimg.cc/VNjQWJp4/20200921-160935.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/4KNSJxJh)
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: myi on September 21, 2020, 04:14:08 PM
I attached the wire. It's the 9th one
I used zip ties to keep it together
(https://i.postimg.cc/W1qPtW7B/20200921-155943.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/VJwhVFpg)

Making progress :) now I have to attach it to the ceiling
(https://i.postimg.cc/VNjQWJp4/20200921-160935.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/4KNSJxJh)
Love the fixture. Where did you pick up such a fixture from?

 Looks great! Nice neat wiring.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Definitions on September 21, 2020, 04:47:30 PM
Love the fixture. Where did you pick up such a fixture from?

 Looks great! Nice neat wiring.
Thanks.
My sister got it from aliexpress
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Definitions on September 21, 2020, 04:50:10 PM
(https://i.postimg.cc/0yrPq530/20200921-164619.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/QFLRQDjF)

(https://i.postimg.cc/T3SG2MvM/20200921-164645.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/PCm0K7q2)
This is the wiring currently in the ceiling.

Does it matter which wire I connect to which?
Also it seems like there's a ground wire which this fixture doesn't seem to have. What do I do with that?

Also the bracket that it comes with can hold it up? I don't think it's too heavy maybe 25 lbs
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: ElectricCPR on September 21, 2020, 04:54:39 PM
(https://i.postimg.cc/0yrPq530/20200921-164619.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/QFLRQDjF)

(https://i.postimg.cc/T3SG2MvM/20200921-164645.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/PCm0K7q2)
This is the wiring currently in the ceiling.

Does it matter which wire I connect to which?
Also it seems like there's a ground wire which this fixture doesn't seem to have. What do I do with that?

Also the bracket that it comes with can hold it up? I don't think it's too heavy maybe 25 lbs
You're working with a plastic box and a fixture that's not UL listed. The question is if the plastic box could hold the fixture, which if it's actually 25 lb I highly doubt it
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Definitions on September 21, 2020, 05:05:00 PM
You're working with a plastic box and a fixture that's not UL listed. The question is if the plastic box could hold the fixture, which if it's actually 25 lb I highly doubt it
Actually I just weighed the light. I'm way off. It's 8 lbs. Plus light bulbs will make it 9lbs total
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: myi on September 21, 2020, 05:05:50 PM
You're working with a plastic box and a fixture that's not UL listed. The question is if the plastic box could hold the fixture, which if it's actually 25 lb I highly doubt it
If the box is properly mounted it won't go anywhere, the question is if the holes for the screw will be able to hold 25 lb?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: ElectricCPR on September 21, 2020, 05:29:29 PM
If the box is properly mounted it won't go anywhere, the question is if the holes for the screw will be able to hold 25 lb?
exactly thank you for clarifying
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: myi on September 21, 2020, 05:48:10 PM
Actually I just weighed the light. I'm way off. It's 8 lbs. Plus light bulbs will make it 9lbs total
You should be fine with 8-9lbs.

 Let's see the pics when job is done.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Definitions on September 21, 2020, 05:49:41 PM
You should be fine with 8-9lbs.

 Let's see the pics when job is done.
What should I do with the ground wire?
Which color (brown or blue) should I connect to the black wire in the ceiling?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: myi on September 21, 2020, 06:09:44 PM
What should I do with the ground wire?
Which color (brown or blue) should I connect to the black wire in the ceiling?

The fixture still works if you reverse the wires, but the socket sleeve will be hot, and anyone who touches it while changing a bulb can get a shock. When wired correctly, the socket sleeve is neutral and only the small metal tab at the base of the socket is hot.


In regards to the ground.

if you're concerned you can drill a hole, put a screw and wrap the wire around the screw on the fixture.

   Or you can wait for one of the electricians on this forum to respond.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: ElectricCPR on September 21, 2020, 06:12:48 PM
What should I do with the ground wire?
Which color (brown or blue) should I connect to the black wire in the ceiling?
what metal components are there to the fixture? One of those nuts connecting the arm should have a ground wire attached to it.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Definitions on September 22, 2020, 12:56:55 AM
You should be fine with 8-9lbs.

 Let's see the pics when job is done.
Electrician came and hung it up at the end. I didn't want to mess around with the wiring.

Also we decided to take off the gray part of the main stem. That way the shades can be facing down like it's supposed to and I happen to like the way it looks better.

(https://i.postimg.cc/zBvp54jR/20200922-005251.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/cgqfB9Ps) just have to get more lightbulbs
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: myi on September 22, 2020, 01:01:52 AM
Electrician came and hung it up at the end. I didn't want to mess around with the wiring.

Also we decided to take off the gray part of the main stem. That way the shades can be facing down like it's supposed to and I happen to like the way it looks better.

(https://i.postimg.cc/zBvp54jR/20200922-005251.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/cgqfB9Ps) just have to get more lightbulbs
So which wire did he put where ? And what did he do with the ground?

 I would have put whichever wire wherever, and capped off the ground.
 
  or if you really wanted to make sure you can take a multimeter and test to see if there's no positive charge when touching a grounded box and the socket.

 But looks great!
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: David R on September 22, 2020, 04:35:18 AM
or if you really wanted to make sure you can take a multimeter and test to see if there's no positive charge when touching a grounded box and the socket.
If you have a multimeter, you may as well test continuity from the bulb socket base to the blue and brown wires to see which you should connect to the hot before you connect anything to the ceiling.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: myi on September 22, 2020, 09:19:54 AM
If you have a multimeter, you may as well test continuity from the bulb socket base to the blue and brown wires to see which you should connect to the hot before you connect anything to the ceiling.
Wow that's genius. Much easier way to test vs doing it when it's alive.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: yesitsme on October 29, 2020, 10:22:51 PM
Asking for a family member

I lost the remote of my ceiling fan/light and I have no other way to control it, any ideas what can be done?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Lurker on October 29, 2020, 10:24:35 PM
Asking for a family member

I lost the remote of my ceiling fan/light and I have no other way to control it, any ideas what can be done?

You can buy a replacement remote. Almost always under $20.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: CountValentine on October 29, 2020, 10:26:09 PM
You can buy a replacement remote. Almost always under $20.
Or hire a slave. Oops mean a goy.  :)

https://www.homedepot.com/pep/Hampton-Bay-Universal-Ceiling-Fan-Basic-Remote-Controls-68101/205846347?mtc=Shopping-B-F_D27L-B-D27L-27_20_CEILING_FANS-NA-NA-Feed-PLA-NA-NA-CEILING_FANS&cm_mmc=Shopping-B-F_D27L-B-D27L-27_20_CEILING_FANS-NA-NA-Feed-PLA-NA-NA-CEILING_FANS-71700000038719406-58700004241585728-92700056330286866&msclkid=9d79f1714f5e125c1b91aeea368e818b&gclid=9d79f1714f5e125c1b91aeea368e818b&gclsrc=3p.ds

https://www.amazon.com/Ceiling-Control-Replacement-CHQ7078T-Standard-RR7079T/dp/B07PTQ1WM6/ref=sr_1_6?dchild=1&hvadid=77996658619636&hvbmt=be&hvdev=c&hvqmt=e&keywords=replacement+fan+remote&qid=1604024829&sr=8-6&tag=mh0b-20
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: yesitsme on October 29, 2020, 10:27:48 PM
You can buy a replacement remote. Almost always under $20.
They are universal regardless of brand? How do you sync the remote to the fixture?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: CountValentine on October 29, 2020, 10:30:19 PM
They are universal regardless of brand? How do you sync the remote to the fixture?
Find your remote online or get one with receiver also. The homedepot has a receiver.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Lurker on October 29, 2020, 10:32:15 PM
They are universal regardless of brand? How do you sync the remote to the fixture?

There are both universal and brand-specific replacements. If you can get a replacement for your brand, that's probably the easier route.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: yesitsme on October 29, 2020, 10:34:28 PM
Thanks for your help, greatly appreciated!

Time to wikify
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: yelped on November 01, 2020, 12:47:21 AM
Thanks for your help, greatly appreciated!

Time to wikify
Some smartphones used to come with an IR blaster. You can use that with an app that controls the fan.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Yo ssi on November 01, 2020, 12:49:47 AM
Some smartphones used to come with an IR blaster. You can use that with an app that controls the fan.
That limits the ability to the man with the phone, not a great solution.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: lcm on November 10, 2020, 01:33:45 AM
Trying to solve a flickering issue with an led fixture connected to a dimmer.
I didn't install it originally.
It seems like the best/simplest way to solve the issue is to replace the dimmer with a regular switch.

The dimmer is connected to the light via wires soldered onto it's circuit board.
There is another connection further up the wire that is taped up, presumably where the dimmer's wire meets the light's regular wire.
The taped up connection point is too far from where the regular switch will be, so I can't just connect the new switch to that connection.

My question is as follows:
Can I cut the wire closer to the dimmer, and just connect it straight to the new basic switch?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Yo ssi on November 10, 2020, 01:43:21 AM
Trying to solve a flickering issue with an led fixture connected to a dimmer.
I didn't install it originally.
It seems like the best/simplest way to solve the issue is to replace the dimmer with a regular switch.

The dimmer is connected to the light via wires soldered onto it's circuit board.
There is another connection further up the wire that is taped up, presumably where the dimmer's wire meets the light's regular wire.
The taped up connection point is too far from where the regular switch will be, so I can't just connect the new switch to that connection.

My question is as follows:
Can I cut the wire closer to the dimmer, and just connect it straight to the new basic switch?
I think a picture would be better
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: lcm on November 10, 2020, 02:18:40 AM
I think a picture would be better
I cant get at the moment.
Also, the long confusing background honestly is the main part. Just the question.
If everyone finds it impossible to help without pictures, I'll work on getting some
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: myi on November 10, 2020, 02:54:00 AM
Trying to solve a flickering issue with an led fixture connected to a dimmer.
I didn't install it originally.
It seems like the best/simplest way to solve the issue is to replace the dimmer with a regular switch.

The dimmer is connected to the light via wires soldered onto it's circuit board.
There is another connection further up the wire that is taped up, presumably where the dimmer's wire meets the light's regular wire.
The taped up connection point is too far from where the regular switch will be, so I can't just connect the new switch to that connection.

My question is as follows:
Can I cut the wire closer to the dimmer, and just connect it straight to the new basic switch?
What would be the problem with connecting the two wires? You're asking if you should use a junction box? Or if?
 
  Yes a dimmer many times will cause the lights to flicker so swapping that out and putting a regular decora switch would help, or for the matter of fact any type of switch.

 I'm not quite sure what you mean it's soldered onto the board, what board are you referring to?
   Do you mean the LED board of the light fixture?
 Are you saying that the fixture came with the dimmer switch built in?
  did the flickering come on all of the sidden or just recently after playing around with the wiring?

 A bit more info would be helpful.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: lcm on November 10, 2020, 03:07:11 AM
What would be the problem with connecting the two wires? You're asking if you should use a junction box? Or if?
 
  Yes a dimmer many times will cause the lights to flicker so swapping that out and putting a regular decora switch would help, or for the matter of fact any type of switch.

 I'm not quite sure what you mean it's soldered onto the board, what board are you referring to?
   Do you mean the LED board of the light fixture?
 Are you saying that the fixture came with the dimmer switch built in?
  did the flickering come on all of the sidden or just recently after playing around with the wiring?

 A bit more info would be helpful.

Thanks for the response and sorry for the lack of clarity.

I'm asking if I can use the wire that is connected to the dimmer switch on one end and the fixtures wire on the other end, to connect a regular switch to the fixture wire. In essence, practically swapping out the switches. Is the wire a specific wire for the dimmer? I'll have to cut it in the middle, is that fine? Is there anything I should know?

The dimmer switch has the wire ending soldered onto it's board.

I don't think the dimmer switch came with the light fixture.

The flickering has always been a problem, it flickers when the dimmer is set to somewhere in the middle, and sometime when it's at the brightest.

Thank you!
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: CountValentine on November 10, 2020, 09:37:11 AM
Not sure what kind of a dimmer switch it is that the wires are soldered to it. 99.9% of dimmer switches can be swapped out with a regular switch. Does the dimmer switch have two wires going to it?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: yos9694 on November 10, 2020, 09:43:01 AM
The set up you're describing sounds odd and possibly unsafe. Wires should not be taped together. Pictures of each junction would be worth seeing.

A dimmer is usually self contained and any wires running away from the device should be ordinary load rated wires. Measure the gauge of the wire and the material (copper or aluminum).

Unless something really unusual is going on, I'd guess that the "taped together" spot is a junction that was previously a swtich or fixture, and either your current switch or current fixture was relocated from there. If that's the case it should be ok to cut out the dimmer, put in a simple switch, and then make sure that the junction spot is properly wired and housed.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Yo ssi on November 10, 2020, 10:48:19 AM
The set up you're describing sounds odd and possibly unsafe. Wires should not be taped together. Pictures of each junction would be worth seeing.

A dimmer is usually self contained and any wires running away from the device should be ordinary load rated wires. Measure the gauge of the wire and the material (copper or aluminum).

Unless something really unusual is going on, I'd guess that the "taped together" spot is a junction that was previously a swtich or fixture, and either your current switch or current fixture was relocated from there. If that's the case it should be ok to cut out the dimmer, put in a simple switch, and then make sure that the junction spot is properly wired and housed.
+1

I've found that with LEDs some just work well with dimmers and some just don't.
The soldered part on the dimmer sounds like that's how the dimmer came and the real connection point is further up
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: lcm on November 10, 2020, 05:09:56 PM
Thanks for all the responses.
Here's some pictures.
There are also caps, so not as unsafe :)
I ended up cutting the wire running to the dimmer, which was aluminium, and attaching that to the regular switch
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: CountValentine on November 10, 2020, 05:12:19 PM
I ended up cutting the wire running to the dimmer, which was aluminium, and attaching that to the regular switch
Does the new switch have aluminum terminals? Make sure the new switch accepts aluminum wires.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: lcm on November 10, 2020, 05:13:23 PM
Does the new switch have aluminum terminals?
Umm, what would that look like?
The light works...
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: CountValentine on November 10, 2020, 05:14:45 PM
Umm, what would that look like?
The light works...
Aluminum to copper can oxidize and cause a fire.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: lcm on November 10, 2020, 05:29:38 PM
Aluminum to copper can oxidize and cause a fire.
Oh.
I'm assuming the wire is aluminium since it was silver, not gold color.
The switch had 4 screw terminal, I think 2 looked copper color, 1 some other color, and 1 some color with green-probably the grounding wire.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: CountValentine on November 10, 2020, 05:36:07 PM
Oh.
I'm assuming the wire is aluminium since it was silver, not gold color.
The switch had 4 screw terminal, I think 2 looked copper color, 1 some other color, and 1 some color with green-probably the grounding wire.
Maybe an electrician can chime in. The switch should be marked for what it can be used for.
@ElectricCPR
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: yos9694 on November 10, 2020, 06:10:30 PM
Oh.
I'm assuming the wire is aluminium since it was silver, not gold color.
The switch had 4 screw terminal, I think 2 looked copper color, 1 some other color, and 1 some color with green-probably the grounding wire.

Switches use coloring to indicate the purpose of each terminal. That in itself doesnt indicate it should be used with aluminum wire.

BTW in the picture of the dimmer it clearly says "incandescent only" no wonder you had issues
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: lcm on November 10, 2020, 06:44:01 PM
This seems like the switch, picked up loose in a local hardware store:
https://store.leviton.com/collections/switches/products/15-amp-120-277-volt-decora-rocker-3-way-ac-quiet-switch-residential-grade-grounding-brown-gray-light-almond-black-ivory-white-5603-2?variant=18216374851

It says the following in the specs:
"Terminal screws accept up to No. 12 AGW and Quickwire push-in terminals accept No. 14 AWG solid copper wire only"

Does that mean that the screws can take any type of wire and only the pushin is limited to copper?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: CountValentine on November 10, 2020, 06:51:26 PM
I am not sure but my guess is screws take one size, push-in another size but both should be copper.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Yo ssi on November 10, 2020, 06:53:52 PM
I am not sure but my guess is screws take one size, push-in another size but both should be copper.
+1
The stress is on solid, it gotta be solid copper or it won't push in properly.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: lcm on November 10, 2020, 07:47:53 PM

Thanks, I'm the first picture in this post, you can see the wire going into the circuit board.
Am I correct in assuming that it's aluminium?
Here's some pictures.

Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: yos9694 on November 10, 2020, 07:48:37 PM
I am not sure but my guess is screws take one size, push-in another size but both should be copper.

The screws will take both sizes. Push in is only for smaller gauge.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: yos9694 on November 10, 2020, 07:50:37 PM
Thanks, I'm the first picture in this post, you can see the wire going into the circuit board.
Am I correct in assuming that it's aluminium?

The green wire looks like aluminum strand. Cant really see any other wires. You're not referring to the coil are you?

Take the caps off the wires in pic #2 and post a pic of that
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: lcm on November 10, 2020, 07:51:59 PM
The green wire looks like aluminum strand. Cant really see any other wires. You're not referring to the coil are you?
The two black wires coming from the right side of the picture
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: lcm on November 10, 2020, 08:09:23 PM
I'm noticing in pictures online of dimmer's that come with their own wires have silver colored wires, and they tell you to connect them to copper wires.
For example in step 9 on this page:
https://www.familyhandyman.com/project/how-to-install-a-dimmer-switch/
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: CountValentine on November 10, 2020, 08:34:13 PM
Silver does not mean aluminum. Those wires are most likely tinned with solder.
See if the switch is stamped CO/ALR.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: lcm on November 10, 2020, 11:41:40 PM
Silver does not mean aluminum. Those wires are most likely tinned with solder.
See if the switch is stamped CO/ALR.
Aha, thanks.
Does that mean I don't have to freak out that I'm starting an electric fire?
I can't tell if it stamped that at the moment- if I researched correctly, that would mean that it compatible with aluminium.
But if the wire isn't really aluminium, then I won't bother checking
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Yo ssi on November 26, 2020, 02:41:07 PM
Anyone have any suggestions / deals on a decent multimeter?


Looking at these two, how do they compare?

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01ISAMUA6
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N9QW620
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Yo ssi on November 27, 2020, 01:27:12 AM
I have three, 3-way swiches connected to my lights. 2 of them are working fine while the third has the standard problem, that when one switch is off the other won't work. Usually that means the electrician messed up the load and the travelers.

So, I take both switches apart and find the load then I make sure to have the travelers set up properly, I put everything back together and...voila...low and behold nothing changed  :( :(

I noticed on one of the switches it seems a little broken, the switch doesn't go fully up (pictured below), could that be the issue? I tried testing it by having the good condition switch positioned off and the slightly damaged switch was still unusable. Leading me to believe that the switch isn't the issue..

Any help would be greatly appreciated!


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Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: username on November 27, 2020, 10:38:05 AM
In a three way switch, both switches need to be in position for the fixture to work. If one is stuck in the middle, the fixture will (should) not turn on. Pretty sure that that could be an issue in a four way switch(three switches).


(You have a four-way switch: an electric switch used in house wiring so that a light may be turned on or off at three or more places)
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Yo ssi on November 27, 2020, 10:58:50 AM
In a three way switch, both switches need to be in position for the fixture to work. If one is stuck in the middle, the fixture will (should) not turn on. Pretty sure that that could be an issue in a four way switch(three switches).


(You have a four-way switch: an electric switch used in house wiring so that a light may be turned on or off at three or more places)
The switch that is "stuck" in the middle functions fully as a regular switch, and again when I take the normal switch and put it in the off position that switch should still work but it doesn't..

There is 2 points where I can control the lights and 2 sides of the room, on each side there's 3 switches hence the three 3-way swiches.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: username on November 27, 2020, 01:22:54 PM
With a three way switch, just because it turns it off, it may not be making the proper connection necessary in order that the other switch can complete the circuit when flipped.

Three way switches are complicated, ingenious, and simple at the same time.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Yo ssi on November 27, 2020, 01:25:12 PM
With a three way switch, just because it turns it off, it may not be making the proper connection necessary in order that the other switch can complete the circuit when flipped.

Three way switches are complicated, ingenious, and simple at the same time.
Meaning it's just a faulty switch?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: username on November 30, 2020, 11:33:55 AM
I hope so.
See here how the switches work. It is important to make  contact on both positions, otherwise the circuit cannot be completed.

If you replace the switch, make sure you connect the proper wires to the proper terminals. Otherwise, you will still have issues.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Yo ssi on November 30, 2020, 12:19:43 PM
I hope so.
See here how the switches work. It is important to make  contact on both positions, otherwise the circuit cannot be completed.

If you replace the switch, make sure you connect the proper wires to the proper terminals. Otherwise, you will still have issues.
The reason I thought it might not be the switch, is because it does go fully to one side. I'll switch it and see.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: username on November 30, 2020, 12:35:32 PM
pun excused
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Shmulie on December 23, 2020, 10:42:18 PM
I was going to replace a light fixture and I didn't know which breaker went to that light so I was switching them all off till I got to it. After switching one of the breakers off it wouldn't go back on it and just kept on auto tripping. That breaker controls half my house and goes to a sub panel so I turned off every breaker in the sub panel and tried resetting it and it still wouldn't work.
I think that breaker is faulty and needs to be replaced Is there any way to confirm this and is that something I can do on my own or Is it too dangerous and I need to call an electrician


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Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Shmulie on December 24, 2020, 02:27:20 PM
I was going to replace a light fixture and I didn't know which breaker went to that light so I was switching them all off till I got to it. After switching one of the breakers off it wouldn't go back on it and just kept on auto tripping. That breaker controls half my house and goes to a sub panel so I turned off every breaker in the sub panel and tried resetting it and it still wouldn't work.
I think that breaker is faulty and needs to be replaced Is there any way to confirm this and is that something I can do on my own or Is it too dangerous and I need to call an electrician

I ended up replacing the breaker myself, took about 10 minutes. The old breaker was definitely broken because even when it was disconnected it auto tripped.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: yos9694 on December 24, 2020, 08:46:00 PM
If i use a multi meter to test voltage in outlets, is it normal for the voltage reading to drop slightly as I measure further from the breaker? For example the first outlet on the wire reads 119.4V and the next one reads 119.2V but by the time I get to the one farthest away it reads 117.8V. (Yes I know which is first and which is last in series, the wires are running through an unfinished wall)

If its not normal, what might it indicate? Thanks
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: R.A.T. on December 24, 2020, 09:45:19 PM
If i use a multi meter to test voltage in outlets, is it normal for the voltage reading to drop slightly as I measure further from the breaker? For example the first outlet on the wire reads 119.4V and the next one reads 119.2V but by the time I get to the one farthest away it reads 117.8V. (Yes I know which is first and which is last in series, the wires are running through an unfinished wall)

If its not normal, what might it indicate? Thanks
Should not be an issue unless you see a big drop when there is a load.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: yos9694 on December 25, 2020, 08:46:55 AM
Thanks. I'll put an appliance on the last outlet and test
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: David R on December 28, 2020, 02:01:01 PM
If i use a multi meter to test voltage in outlets, is it normal for the voltage reading to drop slightly as I measure further from the breaker? For example the first outlet on the wire reads 119.4V and the next one reads 119.2V but by the time I get to the one farthest away it reads 117.8V. (Yes I know which is first and which is last in series, the wires are running through an unfinished wall)

If its not normal, what might it indicate? Thanks
I don't think such a significant drop is normal. What gauge is the wire? What are the distances?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: yos9694 on December 29, 2020, 10:14:09 AM
I don't think such a significant drop is normal. What gauge is the wire? What are the distances?

14/2

The first outlet is 15-20 feet from the breaker box. Then it continues behind walls (finished on one side) around the room into outlets ~8 feet apart. There's a couple of light fixtures on the path too.

What could such a drop mean? Is it possible that it is wired incorrectly? I'm wondering if perhaps a mistake in how it's wired could be causing a current to be constantly running as if there's a load (and running up my meter for nothing)
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Yehudaa on December 29, 2020, 11:54:56 AM
Reposting this here :)

Non-Contact AC Voltage Tester/Voltage Tester Pen with Adjustable Sensitivity, LCD Display, LED Flashlight, Buzzer Alarm, Dual Range 12V-1000V/48V-1000V & Live/Null Wire Judgment - TACKLIFE VT02 ($8.85) (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07N3R74QQ/?tag=cl03f-20&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER)

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71AxW3fAh-L._AC_SX466_.jpg) (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07N3R74QQ/?tag=cl03f-20&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER)
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: yos9694 on December 29, 2020, 01:37:57 PM
Reposting this here :)

Thanks- but a voltage tester doesn't measure current being used. Something like KillaWatt would or if I put my multimeter in the wire line set on Amps
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Yehudaa on December 29, 2020, 01:56:40 PM
Thanks- but a voltage tester doesn't measure current being used. Something like KillaWatt would or if I put my multimeter in the wire line set on Amps
Got it. I wasn't specifically paging you, just figured someone in this thread might find it useful :)
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: David R on December 29, 2020, 04:19:07 PM
14/2

The first outlet is 15-20 feet from the breaker box. Then it continues behind walls (finished on one side) around the room into outlets ~8 feet apart. There's a couple of light fixtures on the path too.

What could such a drop mean? Is it possible that it is wired incorrectly? I'm wondering if perhaps a mistake in how it's wired could be causing a current to be constantly running as if there's a load (and running up my meter for nothing)
Maybe a weak connection. For example, only a single strand of a stranded wire making a connection.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: yos9694 on December 29, 2020, 06:10:40 PM
Maybe a weak connection. For example, only a single strand of a stranded wire making a connection.

Its solid wire (Romex) not stranded. Could your theory still apply?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Yo ssi on December 29, 2020, 06:48:40 PM
Its solid wire (Romex) not stranded. Could your theory still apply?
Yes, if there's a failing connection point like a loose nut.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Shmulie on December 29, 2020, 07:59:41 PM
Reposting this here :)

I just bought this for double the price last week
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: R.A.T. on December 29, 2020, 08:53:52 PM
Its solid wire (Romex) not stranded. Could your theory still apply?
Can you plug a microwave in the farthest outlet. That would be a nice load to test the circuit.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: yos9694 on December 29, 2020, 09:14:43 PM
Can you plug a microwave in the farthest outlet. That would be a nice load to test the circuit.

That's exactly what I was planning to do! Will report back. Still waiting for someone to tell me to use a clamp current meter (which i dont have)  ;D
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Yo ssi on December 29, 2020, 09:37:29 PM
That's exactly what I was planning to do! Will report back. Still waiting for someone to tell me to use a clamp current meter (which i dont have)  ;D
Use a clamp (current) meter :P

https://forums.dansdeals.com/index.php?topic=25933.0
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: thaber on December 29, 2020, 11:57:37 PM
In the past for sukkos, I've used shop lights with a total of 8 LED tubes, which was probably more light than needed, but now crazy bright. I would run tape/ropes along the full length (~16ft) of as few as 3 beams (or as many as the full 9 beams - depending on the lumens/ft or whatever - to get sufficient light for the space. The whole idea wouldn't be worthwhile unless I can find a way to do it for $200 or less (excluding install, which hopefully I can do myself).
where'd you end up with this? I just put up a new pergola, and grooved a 4' x 1/2" recess into the underside of the joists to put in LED strips 'invisibly". I'd like to set them up in a way that they can be controlled through my smartthings, but that can be as simple as putting them on a smart switch. Don't see any need for RGB in the sukkah. I have a joist every 24", but I plan on throwing in a couple of ceiling fans, so that will eliminate the ability to use 4 of them, to avoid flickering.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: skyguy918 on December 30, 2020, 12:50:23 AM
where'd you end up with this? I just put up a new pergola, and grooved a 4' x 1/2" recess into the underside of the joists to put in LED strips 'invisibly". I'd like to set them up in a way that they can be controlled through my smartthings, but that can be as simple as putting them on a smart switch. Don't see any need for RGB in the sukkah. I have a joist every 24", but I plan on throwing in a couple of ceiling fans, so that will eliminate the ability to use 4 of them, to avoid flickering.

I posted about it on the sukkah thread (see below).

If you want to do a bunch of 4' runs, you're probably going to have to link them, instead of having each section run back to the power supply. The company I bought from had very good customer service, you can probably call and ask for advice on how to piece together what you're looking for.

ETA: And as far as wifi, I had an outdoor light wired into a switch just inside the house. So I just replaced that outdoor light with the new LEDs and swapped the switch for a Kasa wifi switch.

https://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/flexible-led-strip-lights/5m-white-led-strip-light-highlight-series-tape-light-1224v-ip67-waterproof/5602/12525/
https://www.superbrightleds.com/moreinfo/power-supplies/led-switching-power-supply-diodedrive-series-60w-150w-enclosed-power-supply-12v/5676/12363/

Bought two 16.4' reels and cut/spliced it into three almost 11' lengths, which each run directly back to the power supply mounted on the central beam right by the house. I also bought a bunch of small accessories to keep it waterproof at all the spots I cut and spliced, and some extra wire to bridge from the ends of the runs back to the power supply. They come with has adhesive backing (peel and stick), but I wasn't sure how well that would work, so I also bought screw-in mounting clips (they were out of stock so I got similar size on Amazon).

This company has very good customer service. If you want a different setup and need help figuring out which of their products will work together for what you're trying to accomplish call or chat them - they're very helpful.

All in, it was right around $200. You can find for less, but I wanted to be confident in it lasting outdoors and for it to be very bright - this totals 8-8.5k lumens for a space around 16'x16'.

(https://i.imgur.com/aa90UVf.jpg)
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: thaber on December 30, 2020, 01:08:43 AM
I posted about it on the sukkah thread (see below).

If you want to do a bunch of 4' runs, you're probably going to have to link them, instead of having each section run back to the power supply. The company I bought from had very good customer service, you can probably call and ask for advice on how to piece together what you're looking for.

ETA: And as far as wifi, I had an outdoor light wired into a switch just inside the house. So I just replaced that outdoor light with the new LEDs and swapped the switch for a Kasa wifi switch.

thank you
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Meno on April 06, 2021, 08:48:38 PM
Bunch of lights are out but no breakers tripped. I tested all breakers with a multimeter and they all seem good. Any ideas?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Yo ssi on April 06, 2021, 09:33:57 PM
Bunch of lights are out but no breakers tripped. I tested all breakers with a multimeter and they all seem good. Any ideas?
Are they all under one switch? What type of lights?
Perhaps test the switch.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Meno on April 07, 2021, 07:02:50 AM
Are they all under one switch? What type of lights?
Perhaps test the switch.

One of them has a switch, the others don't. They just have chains on the fixture. Weird thing - this morning I noticed the ones without the switch were on, so I went to turn on the switch for the other, and then they all went off. May have been a coincidence. Is it possible that a faulty switch is affecting lights that aren't controlled by the switch?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Meno on April 07, 2021, 07:53:11 AM
One of them has a switch, the others don't. They just have chains on the fixture. Weird thing - this morning I noticed the ones without the switch were on, so I went to turn on the switch for the other, and then they all went off. May have been a coincidence. Is it possible that a faulty switch is affecting lights that aren't controlled by the switch?

Ok next discovery. I pulled out the switch, touched the two wires together, nothing. But when I touch either wire to the box, everything works. Voltage tester confirms there is voltage between either wire and the box.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: skyguy918 on April 07, 2021, 01:08:33 PM
Anyone ever heard of a thermostat/switch that could replace a wall switch? Basically, I have a bathroom with a combo light/fan/heater, with each function on its own switch. I basically never used the heater over the first winter because no one is waiting for the room to warm up before sitting on the toilet. I'd love to have a switch with a thermostat function, so I could set it to a specific temp and leave it 'on' all the time. Even better if it has timer/scheduling built in, but I don't have high hopes for that.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Yo ssi on April 07, 2021, 02:06:02 PM
Anyone ever heard of a thermostat/switch that could replace a wall switch? Basically, I have a bathroom with a combo light/fan/heater, with each function on its own switch. I basically never used the heater over the first winter because no one is waiting for the room to warm up before sitting on the toilet. I'd love to have a switch with a thermostat function, so I could set it to a specific temp and leave it 'on' all the time. Even better if it has timer/scheduling built in, but I don't have high hopes for that.
All thermostats are technically "switches" what type of heater?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: yungermanchik on April 07, 2021, 02:50:21 PM
Anyone ever heard of a thermostat/switch that could replace a wall switch? Basically, I have a bathroom with a combo light/fan/heater, with each function on its own switch. I basically never used the heater over the first winter because no one is waiting for the room to warm up before sitting on the toilet. I'd love to have a switch with a thermostat function, so I could set it to a specific temp and leave it 'on' all the time. Even better if it has timer/scheduling built in, but I don't have high hopes for that.
This one is basic with just a knob:
Honeywell Home CT410B Manual 4 Wire Premium Baseboard/Line Volt Thermostat CT410B1017 - Programmable Household Thermostats - Amazon.com ($14.40) (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000TKFQF0/?tag=cl03f-20&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER)

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71-g06v8xcL._AC_SY879_.jpg) (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000TKFQF0/?tag=cl03f-20&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER)

These are programable but more than double the price:
ELV4 Lux Products Line Voltage Programmable - Heat Only - Single or Double Pole Thermostat - - Amazon.com ($45.57) (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001LV6Y3O/?tag=cl03f-20&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER)

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/41LAtgnuY0L._AC_SY450_.jpg) (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B001LV6Y3O/?tag=cl03f-20&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER)

Honeywell TL8230A1003 Line Volt Thermostat 240/208 VAC 7 Day Programmble - Programmable Household Thermostats - Amazon.com ($35.84) (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0016J2CYQ/?tag=cl03f-20&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER)

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71dJ55IqDQL._AC_SY606_.jpg) (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0016J2CYQ/?tag=cl03f-20&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER)
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: skyguy918 on April 07, 2021, 02:52:38 PM
All thermostats are technically "switches" what type of heater?
Right, I guess as long as the thermostat goes low enough, it can just be set to the lowest temp to turn 'off'. But not every thermostat fits in a regular light switch box, no?

It's something like this:
https://broan-nutone.com/en-us/product/ventilationfans/765h80l
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: skyguy918 on April 07, 2021, 02:54:05 PM

Thanks, but I guess I'm not explaining properly. There's a regular switch in the wall already that controls the fan (on/off). I want something that can replace that - I don't want to add an extra controller on the wall.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Shmulie on April 07, 2021, 03:11:15 PM
Anyone ever heard of a thermostat/switch that could replace a wall switch? Basically, I have a bathroom with a combo light/fan/heater, with each function on its own switch. I basically never used the heater over the first winter because no one is waiting for the room to warm up before sitting on the toilet. I'd love to have a switch with a thermostat function, so I could set it to a specific temp and leave it 'on' all the time. Even better if it has timer/scheduling built in, but I don't have high hopes for that.

For the timer/scheduling I'd just get a Wi-Fi light switch I'm not aware of any thermostats that fit into a light switch space
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: yungermanchik on April 07, 2021, 03:14:41 PM
Thanks, but I guess I'm not explaining properly. There's a regular switch in the wall already that controls the fan (on/off). I want something that can replace that - I don't want to add an extra controller on the wall.
I'm sorry I just looked at the shape not the dimensions.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Yo ssi on April 07, 2021, 03:21:50 PM
Right, I guess as long as the thermostat goes low enough, it can just be set to the lowest temp to turn 'off'. But not every thermostat fits in a regular light switch box, no?

It's something like this:
https://broan-nutone.com/en-us/product/ventilationfans/765h80l
Does the switch control the entire thing or is the heat fan and light split between different switches?
I'm not sure if your interested but there are easy ways to set such a thing up with some DIY stuff.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: yos9694 on April 07, 2021, 03:30:03 PM
Thanks, but I guess I'm not explaining properly. There's a regular switch in the wall already that controls the fan (on/off). I want something that can replace that - I don't want to add an extra controller on the wall.

I can't tell if this is the size of a light switch but it looks about right-
9" x 7" [prob too big] https://www.amazon.com/Honeywell-Premium-Baseboard-Thermostat-YCT410B1000/dp/B000TKFQF0/
3" x 5" [closer] https://www.amazon.com/Honeywell-TL7235A1003-Non-Programmable-Thermostat-Temperature/dp/B000GGPMZ6/ref=psdc_2054379011_t3_B000TKFQF0

Typical thermostats use low voltage and operate as a relay switch - the thermostat you'll need has to be 110v/220v (usually found for baseboards). But the issue is that they don't have a "fan only" setting, so either the heat+fan will be on or both will be off. I've set up a digital thermostat to replace a broken dial on an old A/C, which worked like a charm, but definitely doesn't fit in the space that an ordinary switch.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: yungermanchik on April 07, 2021, 03:31:01 PM
Honeywell TL7235A1003 Line Volt Pro Non-Programmable Digital Thermostat with Electronic Temperature Control, 240-Volt - Programmable Household Thermostats - Amazon.com ($29.46) (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000GGPMZ6/?tag=cl03f-20&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER)

(https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/61l1CZkhmtL._AC_SY879_.jpg) (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000GGPMZ6/?tag=cl03f-20&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER)

This one seems to be the right dimensions HxW for a wall plate, although it will probably stick out a bit.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: shopcomputer on April 07, 2021, 03:33:08 PM
If you have no room for a thermostat on the wall, you can replace the switch with a smart switch, can be zigbee or zwave , etc. you will need a controller. You can then put a temperature sensor anywhere in your home and set the smart switch to turn on/off based on the temperature read of the temperature sensor.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: yungermanchik on April 07, 2021, 03:33:36 PM
I can't tell if this is the size of a light switch but it looks about right-
https://www.amazon.com/Honeywell-Premium-Baseboard-Thermostat-YCT410B1000/dp/B000TKFQF0/

Typical thermostats use low voltage and operate as a relay switch - the thermostat you'll need has to be 110v/220v (usually found for baseboards). But the issue is that they don't have a "fan only" setting, so either the heat+fan will be on or both will be off. I've set up a digital thermostat to replace a broken dial on an old A/C, which worked like a charm, but definitely doesn't fit in the space that an ordinary switch.
Item Dimensions LxWxH   9 x 7 x 4 inches.
I posted it above.
a typical wall plate is 3x5
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: yos9694 on April 07, 2021, 03:35:04 PM
Item Dimensions LxWxH   9 x 7 x 4 inches.
I posted it above.
a typical wall plate is 3x5

Thanks, I noticed that and found a couple of others in the "similar items" list... added it to my post, and someone else beat me to finding it
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: skyguy918 on April 07, 2021, 03:46:41 PM
For the timer/scheduling I'd just get a Wi-Fi light switch I'm not aware of any thermostats that fit into a light switch space
Right, that's the part I'm struggling with. Maybe it doesn't exist, but that seems strange to me. I'd think there are some retrofit situations where it's cleaner to use the existing space on the wall, but I haven't found a product for that yet.
I'm sorry I just looked at the shape not the dimensions.
Np, thanks anyway.
Does the switch control the entire thing or is the heat fan and light split between different switches?
I'm not sure if your interested but there are easy ways to set such a thing up with some DIY stuff.
It's 3 separate switches, currently a full size switch for the light with the second slot sharing switches for the fan and heater. If I found a solution I'd swap the light and the heater so I could dedicate a full slot to the thermostat.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: yungermanchik on April 07, 2021, 03:50:19 PM
Honeywell TL7235A1003 Line Volt Pro Non-Programmable Digital Thermostat with Electronic Temperature Control, 240-Volt - Programmable Household Thermostats - Amazon.com ($29.46) (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000GGPMZ6/?tag=cl03f-20&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER)

This one seems to be the right dimensions HxW for a wall plate, although it will probably stick out a bit.
Did you check out this one:        Item Dimensions LxWxH   0.75 x 2.75 x 4.75 inches
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: shopcomputer on April 07, 2021, 04:05:07 PM
Right, that's the part I'm struggling with. Maybe it doesn't exist, but that seems strange to me. I'd think there are some retrofit situations where it's cleaner to use the existing space on the wall, but I haven't found a product for that yet.Np, thanks anyway.It's 3 separate switches, currently a full size switch for the light with the second slot sharing switches for the fan and heater. If I found a solution I'd swap the light and the heater so I could dedicate a full slot to the thermostat.

You can get a 3 gang zigbee switch
https://www.amazon.com/Physical-Switches-Compatible-Lighting-Required/dp/B088867FP6/ref=sr_1_4
a zigbee temperature sensor
https://www.amazon.com/Temperature-Humidity-Checking-Thermometer-Hygrometer/dp/B08BCJNDYQ/ref=sr_1_6
You will need a zigbee controller to integrate and control such as
https://www.amazon.com/Aeotec-SmartThings-Gateway-Compatible-Assistant/dp/B08TWDNQ5Q/ref=sr_1_2
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: skyguy918 on April 07, 2021, 06:08:44 PM
Thanks for all the suggestions. I don't think any of these solutions really get me where I'm trying to go, and the few that might are cost prohibitive for this application. It's not the end of the world, just would've been nice to have if I'd have found a good solution.
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Yo ssi on April 07, 2021, 07:44:47 PM
Here's (arguably) the cheapest smartest and most reliable / customizable way:

Take 3 gang sonooff switch, together with a DHT22 temperature sensor, modify the firmware to esphome and attach the dht sensor to the sonoff. Then you configure the fan go on automatically based on humidity and the heater go on based on temperature and for whatever schedule you'd like.


Same place to start if anyone is interested
https://youtu.be/mfaC1HZfdUY
https://youtu.be/LUDjAdAB5Ak
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Definitions on April 08, 2021, 08:25:09 PM
Are there any off the shelf products that can sense when a garage door lock is locked or open. With a light turning on when it's unlocked. It's a standard sliding lock like this
(https://i.postimg.cc/Vvf566jX/20210408-193724.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/jw1R3R3j)
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Yo ssi on April 08, 2021, 09:05:42 PM
Are there any off the shelf products that can sense when a garage door lock is locked or open. With a light turning on when it's unlocked. It's a standard sliding lock like this
(https://i.postimg.cc/jw1R3R3j/20210408-193724.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/jw1R3R3j)
Can you fit a regular door open sensor there?
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Definitions on April 08, 2021, 09:56:54 PM
Can you fit a regular door open sensor there?
I don't think so. Here's another picture from a different angle
(https://i.postimg.cc/gkP55hGM/20210408-193713.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/JtPPHGDJ)
I'd have to measure how wide that slot is. Maybe I can use a thin (neodymium) magnet or if possible magnetize the sliding lock itself but I doubt it would be strong enough
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Definitions on April 08, 2021, 10:31:06 PM
Actually a light wouldn't be so feasible. Just being able to check via an app if anything is unlocked would be most realistic
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Yo ssi on April 08, 2021, 11:55:22 PM
I don't think so. Here's another picture from a different angle
(https://i.postimg.cc/JtPPHGDJ/20210408-193713.jpg) (https://postimg.cc/JtPPHGDJ)
I'd have to measure how wide that slot is. Maybe I can use a thin (neodymium) magnet or if possible magnetize the sliding lock itself but I doubt it would be strong enough
It shouldn't be an issue

Something like this or perhaps better on the other side:
(https://i.postimg.cc/mDYvJJZH/20210408-193713.jpg) (https://postimages.org/)

https://amazon.com/dp/B07YDF7967/
Title: Re: I need Electric Help... Any electricians out there?
Post by: Shmulie on April 26, 2021, 07:19:53 PM
Can anyone here recommend an electrician in Flatbush please