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[#] Thu Jan 11 2018 22:52:08 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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Electric fixtures will work properly in an empty bath, but in a full bath they will certainly fail.

[#] Fri Jan 12 2018 16:33:47 EST from zooer

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We have real estate brokers in the family the terms "full bath", "half bath" are commonly used. 

[#] Mon Jan 15 2018 09:46:19 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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Half baths are even worse, because they cannot hold water.


[#] Tue Jan 16 2018 14:54:56 EST from Ragnar Danneskjold

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"Mains voltage"? We're not in Europe!

[#] Wed Jan 17 2018 10:46:48 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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The term's usage appears to be spreading in the US, particularly among the folks I see in online videos taking apart panels and fixtures etc etc etc.  There's plenty of euro-crap I'd prefer not to see here, but the term "mains voltage" is harmless enough.  *shrug*

[#] Tue Jan 30 2018 14:24:54 EST from zooer

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You might be a Trump "America first" guy but your man crush on Big Clive is stronger.

[#] Tue Jan 30 2018 16:55:12 EST from IGnatius T Foobar

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I want to hang out with Big Clive, AvE, and PhotonicInduction. We can drink beer and break things. (ElectroBoom is not invited.)

[#] Fri Aug 03 2018 16:56:38 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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Speaking of which ...

I have a brand new phone battery that I bought a couple of months ago, that doesn't fit into the phone I bought it for. What's the best way to turn an unwanted LiPo battery into an incendiary device?

(Disclaimer: it will be placed into the bottom of my burn barrel. I do not intend to burn down Jeff Bezos's house, even though he deserves it.)

[#] Mon Aug 06 2018 14:33:24 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold

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Just overcharge it.

[#] Wed Aug 08 2018 16:09:23 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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There are four terminals. Two of them are marked (+ and -) and the other two are unmarked. Hopefully the other two are just sense pins and I can pump high voltage into the + and - terminals until I get an explosion.

I suppose a car battery charger on the highest setting will do the job.

[#] Thu Aug 09 2018 18:37:04 EDT from zooer

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You didn't see Clive's video for re-purposing a mobile battery?

[#] Mon Aug 20 2018 16:00:15 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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I think he made a power bank or a flashlight or something out of it? That's all nice and nice and all, but I want an explosion.

[#] Fri Sep 07 2018 11:08:15 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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This lovely comment was posted to my generator video today:

"Why can't we back feed thru a dryer wire? I think it's a 14-2 wire which it can handle really high voltage."
-- from YouTube user "itchy vag"

Some people will never understand. :(

[#] Fri Sep 07 2018 16:10:51 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold

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Well, it can handle 600v.... That's like 400v more than it needs!

[#] Sun Sep 09 2018 19:39:49 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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There you go. Generator supplies 240 volts at 30 amps, but if you step it up to 480 volts at 15 amps, you can carry it over 14 gauge wire and step it back down at the other end. Totally worth it to avoid buying a few feet of orange NM.

With the peak of hurricane season now in effect, I'm hoping for a Big One so that my popular generator video gets a lot of views.

I've been in the new house for four years now, and we still haven't wired it for the generator. :(

[#] Mon Sep 10 2018 11:20:28 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold

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I've been in the new house for four years now, and we still haven't
wired it for the generator. :(

You can always backfeed through the dryer plug. ;)

[#] Mon Sep 10 2018 16:06:28 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar

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This is one of those situations where the perfect is the enemy of the good.
The "right" way to do this house would be to convert the two-meter system back to a one-meter system (because it isn't an illegal two family house anymore) and replace the main service disconnect with a 200 amp outdoor rated panel with feed-through lugs for the indoor panel, a 100 amp breaker for the "other" indoor panel, and a 30 amp breaker interlocked with the main for the generator inlet. But that would be considered a service change and probably cost thousands of dollars. All of my money is going towards tuition and orthodontics right now.

So at the moment I'm considering a cheaper alternative, which is to put an aftermarket interlock on the subpanel that runs the main level of the house.
The interlock + breaker + cable + inlet would probably cost less than $200.
I'd need to find a way to get the freezer and the router in my garage running on "upstairs power" but the panel is only about ten feet away.

Or I could be the world's biggest hypocrite and backfeed through the dryer plug.

[#] Mon Sep 10 2018 16:18:36 EDT from Ragnar Danneskjold

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Or I could be the world's biggest hypocrite and backfeed through the

dryer plug.

Your secret's safe with me.

[#] Mon Sep 10 2018 16:46:02 EDT from zooer

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Feed it back through a hair dryer plug.

[#] Tue Sep 11 2018 01:31:57 EDT from wizard of aahz

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We won't tell anyone., We'll just add it in subtitles to your video.

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