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    Thanks, this is papa smerff.
    I need to get a question to the right folks.
    Lightning struck my home, lost just about everything, all electronics, appliances, ect. home built in 2006.
    A year later I installed a hot tub, hired an elecrrician.
    I am replacing HT due to this L. strike.
    1} I discovered aluminum wiring [ 7 strand ] was used, between main breaker box in garage to breaker box on deck, terminated at hot tub. should I change this out to cooper.
    2} Did contunuity end to end/ how do I check to see if I have lost current/amperage capability due to this lightning strike?
    Posted 04-13-2014 at 04:15 AM by h2hmyjera h2hmyjera is offline
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    Posted 04-04-2014 at 12:39 PM by Faithful1 Faithful1 is offline
    Updated 04-04-2014 at 01:47 PM by BigJim (Bashing another company)
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    Originally Posted by gonracin0988 View Comment
    How can I install a 20ft wooden beam in the rafters instead of under them
    I could tell you but it would be better if you asked that question on the open board. Thanks for asking.

    Posted 03-31-2014 at 07:36 PM by BigJim BigJim is online now
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    How can I install a 20ft wooden beam in the rafters instead of under them
    Posted 03-31-2014 at 01:14 AM by gonracin0988 gonracin0988 is offline
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    Welcome one and all---
    Posted 03-30-2014 at 08:38 PM by oh'mike oh'mike is online now
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    Test Switch in Electric Panel Does Not Work. Why?

    If the exterior receptacles and bath receptacles are on the same circuit, it is a violation of the nec.. but thats today.... if it was installed that way 10 or 15 years ago it wasn't a violation..and no one is running around telling all home owners who have bath receptacles shared with other things on the circuit to change it... so..

    So you can leave "the circuit" the way it is ....or..
    It may be just as easy to refeed the circuit running to the exterior.. Is the basement open? hung ceiling... trace the wire back to the panel, it may be right there (if thats where it's fed from, and not the bath itself).

    Bottom line is that right now non of the receptacles are working, right?

    Besides just moister tripping the gfci from the exterior receptacles... the receptacle could actually be shot and thats why the gfci is not resetting. With power off you can take out the (exterior) receptacles and see if it's all crapped up or not..
    You can take the existing receptacles off the wire... wire nut the wires... (write down how the wires came off, should be simple but ya never know), see if the breaker resets...

    If so, replace the receptacles with new ones.. put the weather proof cover back on (it is weather proof right) seal it better and walk away.

    Cost for the repair..??? depends on what is done.

    service call and swap out 2 regular recepts. ?

    service call, supply and install one breaker and 2 or 4 gfci's.??

    Refeed or separate exterior and bath circs., and install gfi's outside...

    a hundred...?? five hundred tops...??

    depends what he does.
    Posted 03-19-2014 at 10:14 AM by UnclePhil UnclePhil is offline
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    Test Switch in Electric Panel Does Not Work. Why?

    Uncle Phil..Thanks a LOT for the response.
    I meant for my username to be Electricalnovice, but I forgot to enter the last e. My knowledge of Electrical Switches goes about as far as replacing light bulbs, so I really appreciate the information you provided.

    One main concern was that a previous owner of the house used that circuit breaker to add some power to the back porch, and that this modification might violate some city or state code. Whereby, if I hire a local certified Electrician to come and look at this, I am wondering that if this is a code violation of some sort, would he have to report this, and could this require us having to have a brand new circuit panel installed.

    I have no problems bringing in a certified electrician, but I do want to know as much as I can about the situation to avoid having more work done than necessary.

    What is your estimate of the amount of work a knowledgalbe certified electricain would need to do to either replace the switch and if necessary rewire the switch so the outdoor recepticals are not wired to that switch.

    Thanks again for your response
    Posted 03-18-2014 at 12:01 PM by electricalnovic electricalnovic is offline
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    Test Switch in Electric Panel Does Not Work. Why?

    1. no
    2. sounds like gfci circuit breaker
    3. maybe
    4. sure.

    bottom left "IN" panel.... if yes, it's a gfci breaker...(bath and exterior receptacles need to be gfci protected)

    The idea is to have a separate circ for bath .. someone ran outside receptacles off that breaker too.

    1) Remove those outside receptacles from the circuit. Refeed with new gfci circuit or regular circuit and install gfci receptacles at the exterior receptacle locations.
    2) Put that circuit on a regular breaker and install a gfci receptacle at each receptacle point. (unless at the exterior the receptacles are jumped, or at the baths the receptacles are jumped, then you could install a gfci line in load out to protect next regular type receptacle down stream)

    For ease I would say put a regular breaker in.... and change each known receptacle on that circuit to gfci receptacle. If one trips, they all won't.
    Posted 03-17-2014 at 09:39 PM by UnclePhil UnclePhil is offline
    Updated 03-17-2014 at 09:53 PM by UnclePhil
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    Heres my experience. As a woodworker, I'm always conscience of safety, so I thought. I was doing a repetitive cut of a bunch of pieces of wood, on my table saw. I was very tired and only had 1 more piece to cut on my ancient 10" table saw. Wasn't paying attention and put the blade right through nail of middle finger. Very lucky!!
    Posted 03-13-2014 at 09:40 PM by garmtn338 garmtn338 is offline
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    Hey SO,

    I think it's a natural tendency to have small "slips in judgement" as we get older. I'm only 46, and I sometimes find myself making careless mistakes, that I wouldn't have in the past. I don't know if it's out of laziness, being too comfortable, or just getting senile, but they happen occasionally. I have never hurt myself "that bad", but I still have time... ; ) On the other hand, your incident doesn't sound like any of the things I mentioned. It sounds like a plain, old, routine, run of the mill accident. Coulda happened to anyone, at anytime, so I wouldn't sweat it too much, and I hope you stood up quickly and said "Hey! Who put that there!?!
    Posted 02-08-2014 at 12:57 PM by DeviantDave DeviantDave is offline
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    I cut my thumb on the table saw bad enough to tear a chunk of flesh off the tip, what they call an avulsion injury. It healed up very well, no bone involved. Since then, I learned to respect the table saw. I do get minor nicks from hand tools, less of a worry about those.
    Posted 02-05-2014 at 07:24 PM by Jim F Jim F is offline
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    Enjoyed the comments. I'm the kind of person who will manage to get in trouble at pretty much everything he does but at age 80, have yet to take a serious fall or cut off a finger or even break a bone. Do guess I should pay attention and scrap by "new" ladder. Why do I need to be 16 feet above the ground except it beats being six feet under it!
    Posted 01-29-2014 at 03:13 PM by Lootas1 Lootas1 is offline
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    All you have to do is get cut one time on a saw and you will be very conscious of the blade from then on. I have a couple of scars to prove that.

    My dad was the worlds worst to get cut. When he had something to do that is all he concentrated on, if his finger got in the way, oh well. He would scare the dickens out of me. He was hard of hearing, like me, and I would be yelling at him about to get cut and he would never hear me.
    Posted 01-19-2014 at 09:26 AM by BigJim BigJim is online now
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    I don't like to speak of the devil--------I've has some close calls and know that I have just been lucky.

    I have a few scars but all original parts are still attached.
    Posted 01-18-2014 at 06:19 AM by oh'mike oh'mike is online now
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    You be careful...Take your time...There's no project worth getting hurt over. I've taken a couple of scary falls, they were eye openers for sure.

    I still have all of my fingers (knock on wood) but I have a couple of friends that don't.
    Posted 01-17-2014 at 07:55 PM by kwikfishron kwikfishron is online now
    Updated 01-17-2014 at 08:49 PM by kwikfishron
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    2014 New Years resolutions

    Many painters use alcohol to make the work more tolerable

    Buy good tools and better paint---when you get tired of the tedium---go outside and admire the new landscaping!

    Happy New year to you---Mike---
    Posted 01-02-2014 at 09:24 AM by oh'mike oh'mike is online now
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    Merry Christmas

    Have a Happy New Year yourself!
    Posted 12-31-2013 at 07:30 PM by HighGlossPL38 HighGlossPL38 is offline
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    Merry Christmas

    Same to you!
    Posted 12-25-2013 at 06:09 AM by rossfingal rossfingal is offline
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    Not fond of changes (new sidewalk)

    Some jurisdictions prohibit fenced front yards. Might want to check on that.
    Posted 12-09-2013 at 12:26 PM by md2lgyk md2lgyk is offline

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