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Damonica

Hey hey, A friend pointed out a free and nifty app that can be great for mapping circuits, making "how to's" etc. It lets you can capture various forms of multimedia and link them together to make a slightshow with pictures, text, video and audio. Let's say you "record" how you installed your tile floor in the bathroom. You can then share it with others. And there is a function coming up so you can go up on the internet and look for a laying tile floors. Which is handy. But you can use it for practically anything. You can find it here www.chainr.com. What do you think?  

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Nestor_Kelebay

PS2:And, if you do this kind of work during the winter, you're likely to fine a SECOND circuit that appears to be a short circuit.  That's the circuit that your furnace or boiler is on.  That's because the controls on furnaces and boilers all operate on 24 volts AC, and so there's a 120/24 VAC transformer in your furnace or boiler to convert 120 VAC household power to 24 VAC for the heating system controls.That circuit will appear to be a "short circuit" when measured with a DC tester like a volt meter or multimeter too, but will work perfectly well when 120 volt AC is applied to it.

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Nestor_Kelebay

People are pretty much already doing that with digital cameras.  I borrowed my sister's digital camera to take several pictures at each step when replacing the brake shoes on my car.  That way, I could always refer to those pictures when reassembling the brakes to make sure that the new brake parts were installed the same way as the old brake parts.  That is, "correctly".  A picture is worth a thousand words."nifty app that can be great for mapping circuits"  -  Haven't got a clue what you mean by that.  If I spent a day finding out what each switch in my house does, and what each of the fuses or breakers in my electrical panel provided power to, I'd be smarter to just label those switches and the electrical panel rather than take a video of the process of figuring it all out the first time.  It'd be much faster to simply refer to that labeling rather than re-watch a video every time you had a question about the electrical wiring.  So, mapping out household electrical circuits is probably something that you wouldn't really need this software for.PS:If anyone in here actually needs to map out the wiring in their house or condo to label their breaker panel or fuse box, they should be aware that the 240 volt appliances in their house or condo will have TWO fuses or breakers going to them, not just one.  With older homes that use fuses, this will most often be done by using a fuse holder that simply pulls out of the electrical panel.  That fuse holder will hold BOTH fuses, so you can't remove one fuse without removing both at the same time.  In newer homes that have circuit breakers in their electrical panel, there will be a double breaker for each 220 volt appliances so that when you trip the lever on the double breaker, then you cut power to both power lines going to the appliance at the same time.The 240 volt appliances in your house will typically be the ELECTRIC stove, the ELECTRIC clothes dryer and a central air conditioner (if you have one).  Stoves and dryers that burn natural gas to produce heat won't use 240 volt power; they'll use 120 volt power and will only have a single fuse or breaker. PS2:  Also, if you're using a battery powered ohm meter or multi meter to map out the wiring in your house, you're likely to find at least one (and probably two) circuits  that appear to be "short circuits".  That is, you'll get continuity when you don't expect it.  That's because two of the electrical circuits in your house will have 120/24 VAC transformers in them; the circuit that provides the electrical power to your door bell, and the circuit that provides the electrical power to your house's boiler or furnace.  (That's because heating controls and safety devices on boilers and furnaces will normally use 24 volt AC power.)  A transformer is nothing more than a coil of wire, and so to a battery powered tester (that uses DC current), a transformer looks just like a short circuit.  So, both the circuit that has the door bell transformer in it and the circuit that has the boiler or furnace in it will appear to be short circuits to a battery powered continuity tester.

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