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Do It Yourself HomeOwners #1003
04/12/01 06:16 PM
04/12/01 06:16 PM
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wayne  Offline OP
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I Had a customer that called and said his fan in his bath needed replaced. After arriving I notice the switche/s were new. He said he replaced all the switches and Rec/in the house. The exhaust fan was on a 3 way switch. He had cross the travler/s.

He did say that he could not understand why once in a while the fan would work.
The bath has a door leading to the back porch. He was smart enought to reinstall a 3 way switch with same. He proably got that advice from a salesperson. Oh course we Know what was happing. [Linked Image]
any comments,
wayne

I did however take a look at the rec/ to insure that they were ok.

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Re: Do It Yourself HomeOwners #1004
04/12/01 07:41 PM
04/12/01 07:41 PM
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CanadianSparky  Offline
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Alberta Canada
I seen a do-it yourselfer change all the plugs in his house once, he was smart he checked that the power was off to each cct. But when it came time to turn the kitchen breakers back on he took out his main. Funny what happens when you forget to cut the tab on the plug with a split cct.

Re: Do It Yourself HomeOwners #1005
04/13/01 01:30 AM
04/13/01 01:30 AM
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What I've seen a lot is problems having to do with 3-way switches. Many people take out a 3-way and replace with a single pole. One of the 3 live wires usually goes on the green screw. For some reason the Breaker trips [Linked Image] [Linked Image]

Bill

Re: Do It Yourself HomeOwners #1006
04/13/01 05:48 AM
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sparky  Offline
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it's a living....... [Linked Image]

Re: Do It Yourself HomeOwners #1007
04/13/01 07:28 AM
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Redsy  Offline
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I saw this recently, and, unfortunately the original was an older, non-grounding switch, so the grd was not connected to the new switches grd. term., only the red wire was. Luckily nobody got hurt.
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Originally posted by Bill Addiss:
What I've seen a lot is problems having to do with 3-way switches. Many people take out a 3-way and replace with a single pole. One of the 3 live wires usually goes on the green screw. For some reason the Breaker trips [Linked Image] [Linked Image]

Bill




[This message has been edited by Redsy (edited 04-13-2001).]

Re: Do It Yourself HomeOwners #1008
04/13/01 10:08 PM
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spkjpr  Offline
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Sedalia,MO, USA
Just finished a service upgrade where the owner did the interior wiring (he is an ex-home builder and cheap) and I did my standard test of all the circuits. After doing a visual check I then energized the breakers one at a time. Doing great till one of them tripped, so I rechecked the wiring and foun a light that had the hot and nuetral tied together. It happens. :.)

Re: Do It Yourself HomeOwners #1009
04/14/01 07:46 AM
04/14/01 07:46 AM
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Fullerton, CA USA
I've had "tradespeople" (I don't dare call them electricians) install 4 ways instead of 2 pole switches on new projects. Makes for some interesting noises when the power is turned on.

Re: Do It Yourself HomeOwners #1010
04/14/01 03:12 PM
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Lakewood CA USA
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Originally posted by electure:
I've had "tradespeople" (I don't dare call them electricians) install 4 ways instead of 2 pole switches on new projects. Makes for some interesting noises when the power is turned on.


It really amazes me how many electricians and "tradespeople" as well as anybody who ever used a light switch never noticed that three and four way switches don't say "on" and "off" on the handle.

Re: Do It Yourself HomeOwners #1011
04/15/01 10:52 AM
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sparky  Offline
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don'tknow;
even better are some individuals assessment of electrical situations.
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Re: Do It Yourself HomeOwners #1012
04/15/01 12:21 PM
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Don'tKnowEverythingYet  Offline
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even better are some individuals assessment of electrical situations.


and the interesting things they do with extension cords

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