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    Imma going to need those a little wiser than I to help in what I'm looking for. And yes, it's a previous owner "special." I have two gang boxes next to each other, one is a GCFI outlet, one is a switch for the dining room light. But, the outlet is horizontal, while the switch is vertical.

    --l

    The wallplate for the outlet was trimmed to allow the full switch wallplate to be installed.

    Shy of having someone 3D print what I need, is there a three gang wide wallplate that would accommodate the outlets and the switch? Ideally one that hides the screws, but a beggar isn't choosy.

    *edit* Not feeling adventurous enough to make the electrical gang box vertical, as I don't want to patch the drywall hole and repaint the wall.
    Last edited by aparch; 04-07-2024, 05:38 PM.
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    2 single gang boxes?? Even if the receptacle box was vertical it wouldn't matter as the spacing wouldn't be right for a 2 gang plate. You would need to install the switch and the recept(vertically) in a 2 gang box for spacing to be correct. Why a horizontal recept in that location? Very weird. I 'm assuming the gfci is their because its fed by old 2 wire(no ground).
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    • #3
      Xcel Energy installed the smart meter for electrical over the weekend. Got it up and running and feeding into Home Assistant.

      I thought it was going to provide 15-minute snapshots. I was so wrong. It provides about 15 endpoints all real-time. So I can see what happens when I turn on a light or when the microwave power cycles during defrost. It's crazy.

      Only been a day but already I'm gaining insight into power use.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by dxmnkd316 View Post
        Xcel Energy installed the smart meter for electrical over the weekend. Got it up and running and feeding into Home Assistant.

        I thought it was going to provide 15-minute snapshots. I was so wrong. It provides about 15 endpoints all real-time. So I can see what happens when I turn on a light or when the microwave power cycles during defrost. It's crazy.

        Only been a day but already I'm gaining insight into power use.
        That would be a great tool to track things that "leech" power... Things like TVs, Video Game Consoles, PCs, etc.
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        • #5
          Originally posted by RaceBoarder View Post

          That would be a great tool to track things that "leech" power... Things like TVs, Video Game Consoles, PCs, etc.
          Exactly!

          looks like I've got about 150-200W of vampire load. Which is a lot! I'll be flipping circuits over the next several days to help isolate them.

          IIRC, it's about $1/yr per watt.
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          Originally posted by SanTropez
          May your paint thinner run dry and the fleas of a thousand camels infest your dead deer.
          Originally posted by bigblue_dl
          I don't even know how to classify magic vagina smoke babies..
          Originally posted by Kepler
          When the giraffes start building radio telescopes they can join too.
          He's probably going to be a superstar but that man has more baggage than North West

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          • #6
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            • #7
              So I'm having some serious drainage and basement seepage issues. I just scheduled one company to come out and survey the area. Complicating matters is that I have a beautiful weeping cherry tree, some buried power lines, and an installed irrigation system right in that area, so it isn't just a matter of digging a trench and putting in a french drain.

              I expect this to cost $NASA, but we'll see. Hopefully I can get a couple of quotes.
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              • #8
                Doing some work on the fence and my Milwaukee drill broke this weekend. I happen to have another drill by chance because my FIL happened to acquire a free one through luck last year, a downgraded version of my drill. I’m lucky to have this other drill, but it feels…dirty and insufficient.
                "The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command." George Orwell, 1984

                "One does not simply walk into Mordor. Its Black Gates are guarded by more than just Orcs. There is evil there that does not sleep, and the Great Eye is ever watchful. It is a barren wasteland, riddled with fire and ash and dust, the very air you breathe is a poisonous fume." Boromir

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by dxmnkd316 View Post
                  Xcel Energy installed the smart meter for electrical over the weekend. Got it up and running and feeding into Home Assistant.

                  I thought it was going to provide 15-minute snapshots. I was so wrong. It provides about 15 endpoints all real-time. So I can see what happens when I turn on a light or when the microwave power cycles during defrost. It's crazy.

                  Only been a day but already I'm gaining insight into power use.
                  Ok this is starting to make me think in different terms. We're running the electric dryer for the first time since the meter was installed.

                  I knew it was going to be high, but wow. Every load is like $0.75. I know that's small in the scheme of things, but I've never really thought about it before.

                  going to be interesting once they start doing time-of-use billing. No more mid-day dryer use. (We already avoid this in the summer for obvious reasons.) That same load would cost $1.50, or more!

                  I can't wait for TOU. We already precool the house and run the dishwasher in what are considered off-peak times. Moving the dryer to off-peak won't be terrible either. We could cut the bulk of our high energy demand to half the cost it currently is.
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                  As of 9/21/10:         As of 9/13/10:
                  College Hockey 6       College Football 0
                  BTHC 4                 WCHA FC:  1
                  Originally posted by SanTropez
                  May your paint thinner run dry and the fleas of a thousand camels infest your dead deer.
                  Originally posted by bigblue_dl
                  I don't even know how to classify magic vagina smoke babies..
                  Originally posted by Kepler
                  When the giraffes start building radio telescopes they can join too.
                  He's probably going to be a superstar but that man has more baggage than North West

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by dxmnkd316 View Post

                    Ok this is starting to make me think in different terms. We're running the electric dryer for the first time since the meter was installed.

                    I knew it was going to be high, but wow. Every load is like $0.75. I know that's small in the scheme of things, but I've never really thought about it before.

                    going to be interesting once they start doing time-of-use billing. No more mid-day dryer use. (We already avoid this in the summer for obvious reasons.) That same load would cost $1.50, or more!

                    I can't wait for TOU. We already precool the house and run the dishwasher in what are considered off-peak times. Moving the dryer to off-peak won't be terrible either. We could cut the bulk of our high energy demand to half the cost it currently is.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by walrus View Post

                      Clothes line
                      We use the clothes line all the time, and I would really miss line dried clothes if we had to stop.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by walrus View Post

                        Clothes line
                        I don't think I could convince my wife to buy into that.
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                        As of 9/21/10:         As of 9/13/10:
                        College Hockey 6       College Football 0
                        BTHC 4                 WCHA FC:  1
                        Originally posted by SanTropez
                        May your paint thinner run dry and the fleas of a thousand camels infest your dead deer.
                        Originally posted by bigblue_dl
                        I don't even know how to classify magic vagina smoke babies..
                        Originally posted by Kepler
                        When the giraffes start building radio telescopes they can join too.
                        He's probably going to be a superstar but that man has more baggage than North West

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by dxmnkd316 View Post

                          Ok this is starting to make me think in different terms. We're running the electric dryer for the first time since the meter was installed.

                          I knew it was going to be high, but wow. Every load is like $0.75. I know that's small in the scheme of things, but I've never really thought about it before.

                          going to be interesting once they start doing time-of-use billing. No more mid-day dryer use. (We already avoid this in the summer for obvious reasons.) That same load would cost $1.50, or more!

                          I can't wait for TOU. We already precool the house and run the dishwasher in what are considered off-peak times. Moving the dryer to off-peak won't be terrible either. We could cut the bulk of our high energy demand to half the cost it currently is.
                          They'll never go to time of use or other demand-based rates for standard residential service unless and until electric cars become adopted by 80%+ of the population, and even then they may try to work around the car charging angle somehow. They may already offer a voluntary ToU rate for residential customers, but adoption levels for that are so miniscule currently that Iowa's second largest utility hasn't had a single residential customer opt in even though it's been in existence for at least 5 years.

                          You try explaining to elected officials and appointed utility commissioners that they can't run the tv, the dishwasher, and the electric range at the same time without jacking their demand charge up, especially if they've got kids. Especially if they're on electric heat, too.

                          Hell, I'd bet no more than 10% of officials know what a demand charge is.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by dxmnkd316 View Post

                            I don't think I could convince my wife to buy into that.
                            Would you for half the added time and work?

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by dxmnkd316 View Post

                              I don't think I could convince my wife to buy into that.
                              Yeah, I understand but its one of the better ways to cut energy usage in a home.
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