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Old 07-17-2013, 07:18 PM   #271
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Okay you only wired for 30 amp,did you tie ground in too panel?it looks isolated in pic
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Okay you only wired for 30 amp,did you tie ground in too panel?it looks isolated in pic
You can't see it from this angle, but I bridged the power between the two incoming breakers. That's the only way I could think of to distribute the single power wire to both left and right bus bars.

The ground wire and bus are bonded to the box by the green screw on the right; it goes all the way through the back of the box.
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Old 07-18-2013, 06:02 PM   #273
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Today I finished the wall behind the passenger seat and mounted the inverter. Once I got everything wired up, I plugged an extension cord into the shore power connection and watched for smoke. I gradually turned on the main breaker followed by the individual circuits and everything seems to be okay. No unusual smells or sparks, only the sound of the few GFCI outlets popping their safeties as the power came on. All the outlets work, including the exterior plugs on either side and the roof, and the outside light over the side door also works fine. I can finally work on the interior with the door closed instead of running an extension cord through the gap, and I can leave the AC running all day while the door is locked. I can even chill a few things in the freezer (soon to be converted to a refrigerator) so I can have something cool to drink as I work.

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Old 07-18-2013, 06:54 PM   #274
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Your going to get spoiled

Good show on plug in,have you double checked polarity yet?
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Old 07-19-2013, 05:45 PM   #275
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Good show on plug in,have you double checked polarity yet?
Yes, I did and everything is as it should be.

Couldn't get anything done today, other than some housekeeping chores in the bus. The rain started about lunchtime and hasn't stopped since. I need to cut panels for the walls and for that I need to be outside.
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I did manage to get one thing accomplished today: I installed this nifty low-profile LED light on the ceiling above where the computer desk will be. It draws only 10 watts and puts out the equivalent of a 60-watt incandescent bulb.



I also added a pull chain to this light, but after it was installed the light was flickering and getting very hot—unusual for an LED. I removed the pull chain and it went back to what I would call normal operation, so I'm going to take the chain back to Lowes for a replacement.
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Okay you only wired for 30 amp,did you tie ground in too panel?it looks isolated in pic
You can't see it from this angle, but I bridged the power between the two incoming breakers. That's the only way I could think of to distribute the single power wire to both left and right bus bars.

The ground wire and bus are bonded to the box by the green screw on the right; it goes all the way through the back of the box.
I see a bus bar on the right and on the left. The safety grounds and their buss should be bonded to the box, but the neutrals (white wires) should all be insulated from the box. When you plug in to someone's electrical service, you are a sub-feed of their system. The ground and neutral are only supposed to be bonded together at their disconnect. You would only provide a bond if switching to generator or inverter power.

Also, if you plug into a GFCI-protected (ground fault) outlet or circuit, a neutral-ground bond on the bus will make the GFCI trip.
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PD, Your LED ceiling light looks like the best I've seen so far. How do you evaluate it? If you were trying to light a room in a house would you be Ok with it etc? Where did you get it etc. Thanks
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I see a bus bar on the right and on the left. The safety grounds and their buss should be bonded to the box, but the neutrals (white wires) should all be insulated from the box. When you plug in to someone's electrical service, you are a sub-feed of their system. The ground and neutral are only supposed to be bonded together at their disconnect. You would only provide a bond if switching to generator or inverter power.

Also, if you plug into a GFCI-protected (ground fault) outlet or circuit, a neutral-ground bond on the bus will make the GFCI trip.
You are correct. Those two bus bars are separate and the left (neutral) bar is not bonded to the box or ground. Trust me, I've checked and double-checked the switches and outlets and everything is as it should be.
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PD, Your LED ceiling light looks like the best I've seen so far. How do you evaluate it? If you were trying to light a room in a house would you be Ok with it etc? Where did you get it etc. Thanks
I found it at Home Depot (link coming soon). It has a cast aluminum base and heavy acrylic diffuser. It appears to be very well made.

For a small room or closet, it's perfect. At $34, it's not cheap, and the LED isn't a replaceable part, but as long as it isn't physically damaged, it should last as long as you own the room in which you install the light. The light is very even around the room, but I don't think I'd try to light a space bigger than a hundred square feet.

The light is very white, what most people would call "daylight" balanced. If you're looking for a "soft white" color, this isn't it.

Installation is straightforward and the same as any standard 3-wire, 120VAC light fixture.
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