There are lots of English conventions and that is
certainly one--no more that 2 of the same
consonant in a row. Since you can possibly
pronounce it, and written language is just a
graphic translation of speech, three consonants in
a row doesn't make sense. Similarly, "u" has to
follow a "q" in English. Modern use does allow
spelling of some foreign words without the "u".
Don't really know why it is allowed with Arabic
since the alphabets don't have a one-to-one
relationship any more than Cyrillic does to
English. On the other hand, advertisers spell
anything anyway that they want, but those spelling
remain substandard or unacceptable.
Last week I finally bought a 'digital clamp multimeter - item 42396'.
I rushed home and clamped it around the power cord of the computer
that I leave on all the time. I wanted to know how many amps it was
drawing or how much money I'm wasting by not shutting it down. It
read zero of course, as I guess you need to hook it around one side of
the line at a time, right?
Advertisers spell word different for two reasons.
1. They can copyright the spelling and no one else can use it. Example -
2. When you do a search on the internet - it is easy to find - example
You can do that with the Kill A Watt that I bought at True Value for $9.
Right now my Mac Powerbook G4 is drawing .57 Amps.
Kill A Watt is neat.
See one at -
They say it is $27 there - but I only paid $9 for mine.
Clamp ons are realy made for the mains panel, I made up a 12"
intermediate plug with 3 separate wires for cheching apliances, But for
accuracy to 0.01A Digital you need to go to an electric supply house HD
etc models go only to 0.1A unless you get an expensive unit. 0.01A
digital is good for finding shorts , many houses loose to ground and
people dont know it.
Well, that's $10 shot to hell.
No, not really. I actually bought it for charging/checking my 20 yr
old 3 1/2 ton trane compressor and it's future replacement. The
next time I have the cover off, I'll use it to check the current in
the 220 lines. It will be a bit touchy as I can see where the
insulation has cracked and fallen off the wires for about 8 inches
before it goes into the compressor. The wire insulation has been
getting noon sun and city and chemical plant smog for 20 years. But
that damn trane just keeps on keeping on. I've heard you can't stop a
YOu need to clamp the meter around only one wire in the cable. Make sure it
is not the ground wire either. There should be no current on the normally
green ground wire. If it is you have major wiring problems.
You may want to make up something like a short (about a foot long) dropcord
with 3 seperate wires to make the measuring easy.
A clamp meter wont tell you anything of use, unless you are simply seeing if
the compressor is near its RLA, and of course, it will vary depending on the
A megger is what you want.
Sure you can..wait till that sucker derails..LOL
Just ask Snowball.
Oh...and thank GE for that long running compressor....not Trane.
I got it over the Christmas break in December 2004 - last Christmas - at
the True Value M&S Hardware Store in Tamaqua, PA. I have been using it
ever since - here at our home in FL. Right now I have the computer
plugged into it - and it is drawing .45 amps and 24 watts. It is also
showing 59.9 cps and 119.5 volts. When I hook up my electric chainsaw
to it - it draws 8 amps when it starts and then drops to 6 amps while it
Here is a place that has it for - $26
I am sorry I can't help you out any better than this.
Funny - my wife was with me when I bought it - and she thought it was
stupid then and stupid now :-) Don't women know how neat it is to
measure the electric you are using? :-)
Most women I've encountered don't seem to give a rat's ass about how
something works. They just want it TO work, and RIGHT NOW! Famous line when
you're showing your wife something. "But what does it DO?"
I imagine with your 2 electric tanks, going gas tankless wlll save you
600 - 900 a year. I save 3- 350 a year net converting to Ng tankless an
82% efficient unit, plus you are offered 900 to do it. Is electric use
graphed out separatly. I will bet that is your big user.
Winter or summer - fall or spring - or utility bill seems to always be
about $300 a month here in FL. One bill covers - electric - gas - water
- sewage - fire protection - garbage - runoff water. You pay the city -
the bill breaks it all down for you.
Neat thing about Tallahassee - you can go online and type in any address
and see their utility bills - it is all graphed out for you. You can
also see the taxes. You can go back in history on the bills too.
The city will also give you a $450 rebate for replacing and electric
water heater with a gas one.
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