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 on: October 28, 2017, 01:07:43 PM 
Started by jeffrey.miller - Last post by jeffrey.miller
It has been a busy couple of months with work, but I still have managed to do some work.  I have to run the first conduit complete and then pull the cable (I will explain with pictures in a future presentation) and that conduit is all the way to the box (not mounted to the sub panel yet).  The second run is as far as it can go until the first cable is pulled. 

So far so good, it would have been nice to have a bender but I have bought pieces that meet my needs.  I did sell the bender for what I paid for it, so at least I didn't lose money on that transaction. 

Before I mount the box I need to drill holes for the 50 amp outlets and insulate the wall behind the box to some degree.

 on: October 13, 2017, 12:39:02 PM 
Started by john.emde - Last post by john.emde
 As of this morning, this vehicle has already been taken. Sorry to get your hopes up.

 on: October 13, 2017, 05:59:28 AM 
Started by john.emde - Last post by john.emde
I am posting this for a friend.  She has a mid 90's Solectria Force that she can no longer keep and maintain.
Lives in a hi-rise in the city. No place to park and charge. Apparently the batteries are dead from neglect.
The car is at someone else's house in the back yard and he wants it out of there ASAP. She wants it to go to
a good home. It is free for the taking.  Vehicle is in good shape, new charger about 2 years ago.

Call or email : xxxx xxxxxxx

(xxx) xxx-xxxx

 on: September 05, 2017, 07:10:41 PM 
Started by jeffrey.miller - Last post by jeffrey.miller

first i have seen

 on: August 20, 2017, 08:34:34 PM 
Started by jeffrey.miller - Last post by jeffrey.miller
Cut hole for the first breaker box and all was really good, in fact I had lots of space right to left.  Cut the next hole and discovered why.  The stud between the two boxes is slightly to far to the left giving more an excess of room for one box and a shortage for the other.  Less than 1/4 of an inch, just enough that I need to go pick up another tool to shave it down a touch.  Such is life.

Holes into the basement are both drilled and looking good.  Path from the breaker boxes to the holes are looking good.

Bought 1.5 inch conduit, and tossed it into the conduit bender I bought for the job in the winter, and discovered the key difference between EMT and Rigid benders.  The one I bought was for rigid and allows the slightly narrower EMT to crush.  I checked Craigslist and no benders for sale at this time for this size, which is to bad because a couple of months ago someone was selling a bunch of them.  Rigid is way more expensive than EMT (thin wall) so I have already purchased a pile of angles and what not to do the job without it.  It would have been nice, but that is life. 

I still have a valid 1 inch bender for the really big job of running the conduit to the charging stations. 

Such is life! 

 on: August 18, 2017, 10:53:00 AM 
Started by jeffrey.miller - Last post by ted.lowe
Great to hear of your progress Jeff!

i am entertained that you, like a computer guy, start your numbering with zero.

i'm glad your charging project lead to some Spitfire work too  Cheesy

Wow... 1.5" conduit!

i heard there is a new app that works even better than a dedicated stud-finder instrument.

 on: August 17, 2017, 08:13:33 PM 
Started by jeffrey.miller - Last post by jeffrey.miller
Step 0.1 is complete!
0.1: Fix the Spitfire's brakes, charge the batteries and relocate it to the other end of the garage.  It had a warning sensor that physically detected differential pressure between the front and rear brake circuits.  Since the idiot light was previously removed anyway, I removed the device from the car because it was leaking brake fluid almost as fast as I could pour it in.  It has a set of orings inside that I could have replaced and so forth, but since it was an extraneous part, I replaced it with brake line couplers that fit the lines going into the old device.  That warning device was one of the few original looking parts in the braking system, everything else looks new.  Nothing was permanently altered as part of this so this is easily reversed if I ever wish to rebuild the part and reinstall it. 

I now have easy access to the wall that I intend to put the big stuff in. 

Various 1.5inch conduit couplings arrived recently for the runs to the subpanels. 

Next stop is to cut open the garage drywall, drill down into the basement and confirm my theory is correct about the space for conduit. 

I won't have this done for tomorrow's meeting Sad

 on: August 02, 2017, 11:10:33 AM 
Started by jeffrey.miller - Last post by jeffrey.miller
The code of 210.8 is very clear that a 240V 50A outlet in the garage doesn't require GFCI, only 125 volt, 15 or 20 amp outlets require it.  

EVSE incorporates GFCI in all cases that I am aware of, so no real risk to the actual humans.  

So every time I install a charging station I would have to perform a load calculation to show that enough is available, both at the mains and the branch.  Most likely in that scenario I would just install and permit all at once.  The view is that this permit is just for the build leading up to a final design which will be submitted, reviewed, and approved at a future date.  This is what I am trying to avoid, but will take up when the lead guy is back and caught up on his work.  

One of the good things that they have accepted is that I am installing 150 AMP breakers to provide service to the subpanels.  I was initially worried that they might challenge this decision, but that wasn't a problem.  So I am happy about that. 

 on: August 02, 2017, 06:26:17 AM 
Started by jeffrey.miller - Last post by simon.gibson
Maybe the lighting circuits are all run with #14 on 15A breakers. If you demonstrate that they can all be run on a 10A; maybe that will reduce load. But the actual usage will demonstrate what is needed. The main thing is to ensure the conductors are protected against overload.
Also the EVSE stations are set to deliver to the vehicle what is available as opposed to tripping breakers when they call for all 50A!.
If you include cut sheets for all the EVSE equipment, that would imply that is the equipment being installed and they'd want to see it. But if all the EVSE is 'plugged in', they wouldn't need to see that. WRT to GFCI, The range and clothes dryers don't call for it. Presumably the EVSE falls into the same UL listing - Maybe a question to some of the EVSE vendors - They might shed some light on what is current code?

 on: August 02, 2017, 05:47:18 AM 
Started by john.emde - Last post by john.emde
I no longer have these motors in my possession. 
Their owner has picked them up. 
They are probably still for sale and at what price I don't know.
If you are serious, give me a call and I can give you his phone #.

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