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    "As long as the neutral is tight, the ground...

    "As long as the neutral is tight, the ground shouldn't carry any current."

    In actuality it will almost always be carrying something...Kirchoff's law. This is why you almost always see some...
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    If you can convince your local fire chief there's...

    If you can convince your local fire chief there's a real problem, they have the power to "motivate" a poco in a matter of minutes when all other avenues of communication have failed.

    I've used...
  3. Thread: stolen 350 mcm

    by tonyi
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    Phase monitor hooked to an alarm perhaps? ...

    Phase monitor hooked to an alarm perhaps?

    You probably want to know when you lose a leg anyway if there's any 3P motors involved downstream.
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    Here's a pic of some that grew in RMC. I just...

    Here's a pic of some that grew in RMC. I just received this from Henning Leidecker at NASA. It looks very similar to what I saw. One of them has grown quite long....

    Note - some of the...
  5. Thread: Reducing lugs?

    by tonyi
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    Back the terminal screw out a couple of turns. ...

    Back the terminal screw out a couple of turns. Look at the opening on the breaker and you'll probably see the screw poking down into the hole a bit.

    Make sure the wire is nice and straight...
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    Zinc "whiskers" inside galvanized rigid

    I've recently been reading up on the metallurgical phenomenon of "zinc whiskers" (and tin whiskers).

    Some months ago I encountered a run of 1" RMC that was CHOCK FULL of these things that had...
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    Outside GFCI receptacles are frequently hung off...

    Outside GFCI receptacles are frequently hung off a bedroom AF protected branch. It works fine. Cutler Hammer makes a combo AF/GF breaker that performs both function BTW.
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    Go to Home Depot, buy the same model panel and...

    Go to Home Depot, buy the same model panel and swap the guts out and make it right again.

    This is a cheap lesson in the grand scheme of how expensive lessons can be :grin:
  9. Thread: smokes and afci

    by tonyi
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    A space heater is a pure resistance load, just...

    A space heater is a pure resistance load, just like an incandescent bulb. Why would it be "noisy"?
  10. Thread: romex in emt

    by tonyi
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    Even before 2005, cable assemblies were mentioned...

    Even before 2005, cable assemblies were mentioned in the pipe fill appendix.
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    334.30 explicitly allows cable ties for romex. ...

    334.30 explicitly allows cable ties for romex. Is some inspector making up their own rules?
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    Reliance Controls makes a panel with an...

    Reliance Controls makes a panel with an integrated manual transfer using a sliding bar to interlock a 100A main and 50A generator breaker. One model I've used has a 50A gen plug built into the face...
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    Always buy the ones that reduce to 1/2. You can...

    Always buy the ones that reduce to 1/2. You can always punch'em bigger, but you can't punch'em smaller ;->
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    If you could use a coupling on a all-thread end,...

    If you could use a coupling on a all-thread end, what's the difference here?

    It just occurred to me that NEMA would probably be very keen to bless this lashup if we had a "bonding coupling" with...
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    If you can get a seeker, a lashup like this one...

    If you can get a seeker, a lashup like this one will screw into the bulb sockets. This is an ordinary bulb/2-prong adapter with some special prongs that came with the seeker
    ...
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    The screw shell should be the neutral, center...

    The screw shell should be the neutral, center post the hot if it was installed consistently(not necessarily a slam dunk). The better seekers come with an adapter for screwing into a normal bulb...
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    Beg/borrow/steal/buy a circuit seeker and clip it...

    Beg/borrow/steal/buy a circuit seeker and clip it onto the neutral of the lights/receptacles. The cheap ones want a powered branch, the more expensive can work on dead stuff.
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    Heh, gnd/neutral bars are effectively splices. ...

    Heh, gnd/neutral bars are effectively splices. No different than a Polaris.
  19. Then you've never seen the Metropolitan Condo in...

    Then you've never seen the Metropolitan Condo in West Palm Beach :) $500K-$800K/unit and all the electric was code bare minimums...or less. In the hallways you'd find 4" square boxes with up to 15...
  20. Thread: Hack Job or what

    by tonyi
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    Classy. Very classy.

    Classy. Very classy.
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    I believe the non-SA kitchen branches issue was...

    I believe the non-SA kitchen branches issue was resolved a couple of years ago. here. If its NOT a "required" branch/receptacle, it can be 15A.
  22. Thread: Code Violation

    by tonyi
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    FWIW, the tank pumping guys I've seen tended to...

    FWIW, the tank pumping guys I've seen tended to probe for the cleanout cover with a steel bar. A sched 80 sleeve around that section might be cheap insurance against disaster unless the cover is at...
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    Saw a similar thing in an expensive 2-story...

    Saw a similar thing in an expensive 2-story 4-section modular a while ago.

    Builder shot a staple through some romex in the attic attaching "protector plates" (ha, ha ha). Apparently when they...
  24. Thread: Zinsco Panel

    by tonyi
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    Some Home Depots in FL are selling new Zinsco...

    Some Home Depots in FL are selling new Zinsco (and FPE) replacement breakers.
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    As far as I'm concerned, this thing paid for...

    As far as I'm concerned, this thing paid for itself the first day I used it installing ground bars in some 4" gutters and tightening down the grounds.
    ...
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