no, actually an insider's joke that an electrician or EE may understand. FPE was a circuit breaker used for many years that has been responsible for more house fires than all of circuit breaker brands combined. FPE breakers would not "open" under short circuit conditions.is that right?
no, actually an insider's joke that an electrician or EE may understand. FPE was a circuit breaker used for many years that has been responsible for more house fires than all of circuit breaker brands combined. FPE breakers would not "open" under short circuit conditions.
seems like they shipped some of the closeout stock down here...
Wow. There are some things that are simply beyond my imagination. Running a spliced wire under concrete is a new one for me. Somehow pulling on the connection made it come undone? Get out of town!
Once in a rural school, I saw that the lights had ONE wire for the entire room. So if one light went out, they all went out like a string of Christmas tree lights. They didn't work, of course.
Where are you located. I know several good guys, BUT expensive. I am not using them, while they are too expensive.This is why one has to PAY people that actually know what they do, instead of a local handyman that is an "expert" at everything from plomer?a to gardening, welding, interior decorations and brain surgery. I hope that there are some decent companies out there that can actually live up to a European construction standard, since I want to remodel our whole house. But I still haven't found any ...
Ok, so first off, this is the 4th time I had to "open" this bathroom up. The previous 3 times was because of ****ty plumbing work. This time around, I felt a specific area of the floor was heating up. I automatically thought to myself: "well, if i had other plumbing issues with the cold water line; its got to be the hot water line this time leaking" So I called my "maestro" and we started to investigate. We discovered that there was no hot water line broken and that instead there are an electrical issue. Seems as if the "electrician" pulled spliced wire through the PVC pipe. The eletrical tape used must have slipped off and the "hot" wire with the neutral wire were making contact. This caused the tiles to heat up. A piece of the pipe burned off. I took a few pictures. The first one shows the pipe when we first uncovered the floor. The second picture shows that the wires are "live". The last picture shows the work completed.
THIS IS WHAT WE SAW WHEN HE BROKE OPEN THE FLOOR. WE DIDN'T BREAK OPEN THE PIPE, IT WAS LIKE THAT. AS YOU CAN SEE THE PIPE IS BURNED BECAUSE OF THE SHORT CIRCUIT. I KNOW THAT THE "ELECTRICIAN" BASICALLY PULLED SPLICED WIRE THROUGH THE PIPE CAUSE WIRE SIMPLY DOESN'T TEAR LIKE THAT.
I TOOK MY VOLT METER TO MAKE SURE THAT THOSE WIRES WERE LIVE; AND INDEED THEY ARE. MEASURING 110V.
THE MAESTRO BASICALLY SPLICED THE WIRES TOGETHER, PLACED A WIRE CONNECTOR ON THEM AND COVERED THE OPEN PART OF THE PVC WITH A 3/4" PIECE OF PVC PIPE (NOT PICTURED).
Well, there you have it. Probably the "electrician" was using old wires which he spliced together to reach from box to box. I consider myself lucky that 1) My family or I didn't get electrocuted while walking on the bathroom floor, and 2) the wires didn't catch fire and spread. It's shameful and this is why we have a National Electrical Code in the US.
A big problem is that many people do not want to pay to do the job "correctly". I do not bother even giving prices to people any more, because there is always some one willing to do the job for less then my cost of materials. So if its a friend I do the job for free and they can go and buy what is needed or I let them get some one else do it and then listen to them complain about it later.
Also, if the wires heated up enough to burn the PVC pipe and warm the tile floor they probably were pulling a high enough current that a properly installed circuit breaker would have tripped the circuit. You may want to have your "maestro" check it out.