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    For most circuit interrupters, already installed...

    For most circuit interrupters, already installed in the field, there are electrical test specialists with suitably specialized equipment to perform these tests. All engineers that I've met, but I...
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    Sticky: Around here, live load code requirement is 40psf,...

    Around here, live load code requirement is 40psf, or with Mr. William's dimensions, 1440lbs total. So if we assume his other dimensions & calculations are correct, we better hope the...
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    Sorry to disagree, but I just can't tell for...

    Sorry to disagree, but I just can't tell for sure.



    If the heaters were properly sized for the previous owner's resulting 480V current, then Mr. Dufour is exactly correct. But the fact that...
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    The clicking and arcing are probably due to...

    The clicking and arcing are probably due to insufficient magnetic force on the contactor - - the coil output is too weak. This is exactly what I would expect if the coil was wired with a voltage...
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    Sometimes its obvious and sometimes not. As well...

    Sometimes its obvious and sometimes not. As well as most here police themselves, sometimes, as is apparently the case on the EV thread, someone needs to tell us (me). Even if by PM with the...
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    ls ERCOT considered a political organization by...

    ls ERCOT considered a political organization by SMC?

    It is an appointed advisory council, but if deemed political, please delete my references to it - or the entire post - and restore the thread. ...
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    In TX, we can just send a soil sample to Texas...

    In TX, we can just send a soil sample to Texas A&M Ag Research Dept - free, except postage - - I think? (I have heard this, but not done it, so grain of salt is recommended). Perhaps your...
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    +1 My BIL is quite the gardener; soils in N.TX...

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    My BIL is quite the gardener; soils in N.TX are alkaline. To grow hydrangeas or azaleas here, he puts them in raised beds of pure peat moss (to get low pH/acidic). Moss gets an added layer...
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    Since the motor is out, I’d probably take it to a...

    Since the motor is out, I’d probably take it to a motor repair shop. They should be able to recommend replacement capacitor(s) and supply them - even if you DIY the install.

    Alternative is to...
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    My mother never uttered 10 curse words in her...

    My mother never uttered 10 curse words in her life, so I still remember her reaction when she pulled up to a gas pump charging $0.50/gal. She used almost her lifetime quota in 1 sentence.
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    Permitting is not my responsibility, so canít...

    Permitting is not my responsibility, so canít recall specifics, but I think this is 3rd time for denial in last ~2 months? This out of maybe 10-12 requests (60-70% approved?), this latest just...
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    I believe that is a credit card 'thing' - limits...

    I believe that is a credit card 'thing' - limits CC company's liability, since fuel charge gets 'pre-authorized'. Or something like that.
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    :D Didn't have to purchase - riding in Uber - so...

    :D Didn't have to purchase - riding in Uber - so I could just gasp and point.:D
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    I don't know the Iskra brand or T3, but that sure...

    I don't know the Iskra brand or T3, but that sure looks like an adjustable overload relay, not a starter. If correct, the red PB is a 'test trip' and will kill the motor when depressed. The black...
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    I just got back from a quick trip to Santa...

    I just got back from a quick trip to Santa Barbara, and noted much the same thing. Relative to regular grades, premium looks like quite the bargain in CA!:cool:

    I spend a bit of time on the road...
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    In case anyone likes anecdotes, here's a fresh...

    In case anyone likes anecdotes, here's a fresh one...

    Just got off a production planning call and we're trying to bring 3 new oil wells into production, with flow to an existing tank battery...
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    There is both a "parallel guide set" for the...

    There is both a "parallel guide set" for the track, as well as a "parallel guide" for the saw. I'm assuming the earlier reference (above) is to the track guide. The saw guide may be better in this...
  18. +1 on the VOM - troubleshooting this will be...

    +1 on the VOM - troubleshooting this will be incredibly difficult, and potentially dangerous without one.

    Mr. Rosenberg, the mechanical overload event you describe would be very unlikely to damage...
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    ^+1 Something seemed off, so I pulled out a...

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    Something seemed off, so I pulled out a handy old pocket motor handbook. NEMA. But it's old. And it doesn't list 3.5hp motors. And it's old. And it's mostly for wire sizing. However, a...
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    Trouble-shooting any electrical system by blowing...

    Trouble-shooting any electrical system by blowing fuses can get expensive in a hurry. If for no other reason, I'd look hard at a resettable thermal overload, or properly sized supplementary 2-pole...
  21. Call to USAA confirms that so long as I maintain...

    Call to USAA confirms that so long as I maintain my coverage thru USAA, my children are eligible as well.
  22. Thanks for the clarifications. ETA - quick...

    Thanks for the clarifications.

    ETA - quick search says that since my father and I have USAA policies, they will cover my children…..might have to call HQ and confirm when time arrives for them to...
  23. I did some automation work for US defense...

    I did some automation work for US defense contractors, and there is always a Ďcut-outí in a weapon system: a chip, a consumable, or a process that the foreign power canít foreseeably source from...
  24. Similarly, Bad Dad was the officer - and...

    Similarly, Bad Dad was the officer - and qualifier for my coverage via USAA CIC ('Civilian Insurance Co.' - IIRC).
    USAA is still only officers and retirees (again, IIRC); not sure about enlisted...
  25. Reading thru this there seems to be a fairly...

    Reading thru this there seems to be a fairly strong consensus about the nature of insurance companies, so here's a bit more...

    I was rear-ended on an interstate in Sept. '21 - - I was at ~10mph,...
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