The equivalent for "fuse box" now would be a "circuit breaker" or "breaker box". Of the 7 or 8 places i've lived they were all very similar and looked like this. http://www.dannychesnut.com/Electronics/Wiring/220/105_0582.jpg Usually they are located in the garage. If there is none you would probably find it in a closet somewhere in the house.
Blue is DC power, in a system that contains DC and AC
Blue is DC power, in a system that contains DC and ACIt's against the NEC to use Aluminum in new houses, and if you remodel you have to redo the wiring to the new Code (granted, this has been the case for... a while)
Thanks for all the help everyone.But...QuoteBlue is DC power, in a system that contains DC and ACJust when I was getting my head around all this, you have to go and throw that in So, DC, high voltage? Is this by any chance a hangover from Edison, to avoid the accidental electrocution of elephants?
Quote from: Valalvax on Apr 12, 2011, 10:00 pmBlue is DC power, in a system that contains DC and ACIt's against the NEC to use Aluminum in new houses, and if you remodel you have to redo the wiring to the new Code (granted, this has been the case for... a while)I'm pretty sure in the case I saw it, said blue wire was -not- carrying DC.Also - alluminum wire is still sold, and I am sure there are people out there using it for remodels (if not "new" houses) and paying off their inspector.Remember - this is America - land of graft and willful ignorance.
Ultimately something to keep in mind, though; my house was built in 1973 - the wiring in it is copper (many years prior to purchasing it - there was a house fire due to the wiring; in fact, in many cases if there is a house fire in our neighborhood, it is due to this old wiring and overloading of the sockets); I think when they replaced the wiring, they went with copper, even though I am not sure if at the time it was necessary by code.One of the things I looked for when I bought the house - that, and copper plumbing, block construction, and no HOA. If I could've found all of that in a new housing sub-division here in Arizona, I would've gone for it. But that is basically an impossibility. This was our first house, so going for custom construction was out (we couldn't afford it even if it was an option). Thus, we were left with looking at houses constructed pre-1980 or thereabouts.
This is probably more definitive and authoritative than the mass of opinions presented here so far:http://www.allaboutcircuits.com/vol_5/chpt_2/2.htmlIt also highlights some of the differences between IEC, UK, US, and Canadian power conventions.QuoteRemember - this is America - land of graft and willful ignorance.I have no respect for anyone dissing their own country (or anyone else's, for that matter.)
Remember - this is America - land of graft and willful ignorance.
the end-times are a-comin',
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