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    Can you describe the outside box more clearly. If...

    Can you describe the outside box more clearly. If it has a test jack on it, then it is a modern demarcation point. It sounds like the company added this and left the old junction rather than remove...
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    An engineer can do this, but it will be done...

    An engineer can do this, but it will be done without intuition developed from doing it multiple times and the learning from prior mistakes. It just seems like a lot of work for one person.

    If your...
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    Sounds like an unreasonable burden being placed...

    Sounds like an unreasonable burden being placed on you by the insurance company. You will have a damn hard time verifying that there is no knob and tube active anywhere in the house. I did not...
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    Is that the glow from the wires overheating? :p

    Is that the glow from the wires overheating? :p
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    Your baseboard appears to be supplied only 240V,...

    Your baseboard appears to be supplied only 240V, If there is no neutral wire in the cable, you cannot split.
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    I think underwater pool lights require GFCI. I...

    I think underwater pool lights require GFCI. I know, it is not applicable, but it is an example.
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    Ahh, I believe it is within 8 ft of a tub (the...

    Ahh, I believe it is within 8 ft of a tub (the actual tub), and only if the fixture says it needs GFCI. You may be better served by having a wet location lamp fixture if it can be subjected to water...
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    You need to pigtail a couple of jumpers off the...

    You need to pigtail a couple of jumpers off the hot and neutral entering the receptacle box and connect them directly to the GFCI. Don't route the lamps through the GFCI. I am pretty sure you are...
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    It's a 3 amp fuse and is very common. Those...

    It's a 3 amp fuse and is very common. Those pictures have a motor inside, it may be stuck or shorted. I'd give it the 3 ft. drop test, either which it will work again or will be irrepairably...
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    did you buy a handybox or something similar that...

    did you buy a handybox or something similar that has knockouts for those threaded nipples?
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    towel hanger removal

    How do I get this thing off the wall? I see nowhere there are screws. Surely it is not a permanent fixture.
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    I agree with reporting him. That is just stupid...

    I agree with reporting him. That is just stupid if an inspector doesn't know this simple detail of bonding. You may want to look inside your first disconnect to see if it is bonded, unless it is...
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    this is a NM cable stripper you can find at most...

    this is a NM cable stripper you can find at most hardware stores.

    http://ace.imageg.net/graphics/product_images/pACE2-997224reg.jpg
  14. HA HA I think he is attempting a DIY interstate...

    HA HA I think he is attempting a DIY interstate power grid!

    don't get shocked
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    I vote for the aquarium heater also.

    I vote for the aquarium heater also.
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    A Nokia battery charger should be able to handle...

    A Nokia battery charger should be able to handle the crappiest waveforms you throw at it. The voltage is rectified and filtered then chopped again to achieve DC.
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    If you suspect a short, you can always turn off...

    If you suspect a short, you can always turn off the house power and measure resistance between terminals with an ohmmeter. Often though something is floating. Check to see if neutral and ground are...
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    Lordy, I had a nasty hive of yellowjackets on my...

    Lordy, I had a nasty hive of yellowjackets on my patio once. I sprayed a can of killer in the hole but I feared that swarm would attack out of anger anyone walking nearby! I thought yellowjackets...
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    I'm trying to think of a case where this would...

    I'm trying to think of a case where this would not be true.
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    One red wire to the white wire is a transformer...

    One red wire to the white wire is a transformer tap for 7.5V

    The white wire to the other red wire is another identical transformer tap for 7.5V

    So, one red wire to the other red wire is like...
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    I thought I once saw MC cable (or maybe it was...

    I thought I once saw MC cable (or maybe it was BX) that had 3 10 AWG wires and 3 14 AWG wire in it (or some similar configuration) and thought quad breakers were made to convieniently match with this...
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    enlighten me on breaker

    What is the purpose of quad circuit breakers? Specifically, a Siemens QT breaker with 15/30/30/15 amp breakers where the center pair are common trip? I have also seen quad, tandem circuit breakers in...
  23. I know a lady who runs a nightclub and I replaced...

    I know a lady who runs a nightclub and I replaced one panel that was burned out and rigged up, not as bad. Her constant bleat is "I have no money" and the whole place is one band-aid fix after...
  24. What a pile of sh**, but I think you already know...

    What a pile of sh**, but I think you already know that. I have replaced panels and they require work. That electrician was laaaaazy and never expected the panel to be opened. There are wire splices...
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    The 48 Volts will cause a tingle as well! I found...

    The 48 Volts will cause a tingle as well! I found out while working on a line inside an attic, hot and sweaty.
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