[bct] Re: movies and other things

  • From: "Clay Jeffcoat" <cjeffcoat2@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2005 23:40:53 -0500

Hi Jeff,
I'm sure some electrician would shoot down everything I posted, saying that
the theory wasn't entirely correct, but I think I've got a basic
understanding.  I'm certainly no expert, but thanks for the complements.  I
hope it can help someone.
220 is more efficient I think because you're drawing half the amps across
each 110 wire.  Let's say you had a window unit that could be wired either
by 110 or 220, in our case it's probably like 120 and 240. Check the line
voltage that comes in to your house.  Most of the older electronics specify
that they will take 110 to 115 or 120.  My line voltage at outlets in my
house is around 125v, that's why I have to install some components in some
old antique radios that I restore to drop it to 115 to make it easier on the
tubes.  I have to get someone to do most of the soldering for me, but I run
down schematics, capacitors, resisters, tubes, and other parts.  I mainly
clean and prep the old wooden cabinets and chassis.  Then I get my parts all
together and have a friend do the soldering of the caps for me, one at a
time to keep from getting things mixed up.
But back to the window unit.  If the unit needs 440 watts of power to run,
then you would be drawing 4 amps of power, assuming the line voltage is 110.
If you wired it 220, then you'd only be drawing 2 amps.  remember this
simple formula, watts which is power consumption, what you're worried  about
on your bill = line voltage times amps.  Using algebra, we can figure out
that amps = watts divided by line voltage.  
Ok, enough of this, I'm probably boring everyone else.  We certainly do miss
Larry, but he does need a vacation.  I'm thinking about buying the Olympus
ds-2, even though it only has 64 megs, I can move my files off of it and who
wants to listen to me for more than an hour, I'll never now.
I have my mike and an old mixer fixed up here and I downloaded studio
recorder.  I love it!  
I'm trying to decide what I would do my first pod cast on though.  I could
probably just start recording and see where it goes but I don't want to bore
The email list is great also!
Ok, I'll shut up now.  Keep the email and casts coming!

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Sent: Tuesday, November 29, 2005 11:12 PM
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Subject: [bct] Re: movies and other things

    My favorite Christmas movies include;
. The Christmas Box (1995) starring; Richard Thomas, get tissues ready.
The same goes for "The homecoming", which is a Walton's Christmas movie.
I also like Christmas Vacation, it's just crazy, gross, and funny.
Home alone, the original one in the series is pretty funny as well.
A Christmas Story which I saw last year for the first time.  Yeah, it's
The only version of "A Christmas Carol", I can stand is the Muppet Christmas
Carol which is very humorous.  Most of the others are simply to morbid.
The Charlie Brown Christmas is great as is the Grinch Who Stole Christmas.
Rudolph and all the other "claymation" shows are cute too.
Mary says that . Christmas Comes to Willow Creek (1989) starring John
Schnyder is a really nice holiday movie.
My daughter, Nichole, likes "The nightmare before Christmas" which is very
strange.  You've got to be in the right mood to watch that one.
Mary just said, "scruged", is pretty good too, with Bill Murray.
If you can find it, NPR did a piece on David Sedaris becoming an elf at
Macy's for Christmas, it was so funny I loved it.  It is available
somewhere, I just don't know where.  I will look.
OK, it is in a book called Holidays on Ice: Stories (Hardcover) I would it
is available from the Talking Books people.  Sorry, I don't know the name of
the library off the top of my head.  I haven't gotten a book from them for
about 5 years.  I read all the Stephen King books and then needed a break.
Other things have taken up my time other than reading.
By The Way;
Clay, that was an excellent description of the function and wiring of 220
breakers and the practical information behind it.  Before I wired my 50Amp
circuit for the new oven, I had to read up and figure it out on my own.
Until that moment, I had not even been curious about the double breaker in
my box which powers the baseboard heater in the kitchen.  A friend of mine
is more knowledgeable about the subject and I ran my thinking by him before
proceeding with the job.  I always like to bounce new things off someone
with experience before proceeding.  The whole phase thing took a couple of
minutes to sink in.  One should always double or triple check one's sources
before purchasing breakers or wiring for the job.  There are many different
styles of breaker box and matching breakers and the wiring must be sized
according to the amperage of the breaker in the box.  I had a hard time
finding the larger wiring for the 50amp circuit.  Also, local codes may
determine what you can and cannot do.  Here, for example, we need a separate
breaker for a doorbell transformer or for a electronic ignition furnace.  I
found all the info on the internet with a bit of searching.  I did remove a
220v breaker once.  It had been wired to power an older window air
conditioner that the previous home owners had been using.  I removed the
breaker, and part of the wiring.  We then replaced the outlet with a
standard 110-120 outlet.  220v is supposed to be more efficient than 110 but
I don't know why.  My current air conditioners are standard 110 voltage
models.  Most of my work has been replacing "knob and tube" wiring with
standard new wiring where possible.  My house was built in 1916 and
unfortunately, some of the top plates of the walls are covered with several
inches of plaster which makes it harder to rewire.  Insurance companies will
give a discount when the wiring is upgraded.  Main floor outlets are easy
because I can get to them from the basement but the upstairs ones are a real
pain.  You've got to come down from the attic floor to the lighting fixtures
and then connect your switch wiring as well.  Lucky us, our upstairs plaster
ceilings started falling in and we were granted access to the wiring the
hard way.  We ended up having to remove all the plaster and lathing from two
of our three bedrooms.  Joy, Joy, Joy!

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