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Too many volts?

I'm moving into a new (to me) NYC apartment, and I need to buy two window-unit air conditioners. The super said that the power there is 110 volts, but the ACs I want are 115 volts. Is that a problem? [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on May 5, 2014 - 7 answers

Help me find this article about household AC power.

I once read a great article explaining why we use polarized plugs, grounding, and GFCI outlets in household AC circuits. It was written from the perspective of an electric company whose customers keep getting electrocuted by their appliances. The company introduces the safety measures one by one and the article explains how people still get shocked. It might even have been a comment on Metafilter; I'm not sure. Where can I find it?
posted by scose on Jul 7, 2013 - 1 answer

Can I save money by getting a window air conditioner and using my central air less?

Will turning up the thermostat on my central air and buying a window AC unit for the one room I use the most make a significant difference in my electric bill? [more inside]
posted by Vorteks on Aug 8, 2012 - 14 answers

unplugged: again

How much current does an AC adaptor draw when it's plugged in but not powering anything, or the device to which the adaptor is attached is powered off? [more inside]
posted by RockyChrysler on Feb 9, 2011 - 18 answers

What DC voltage does an average LCD monitor use?

What DC voltage does an average LCD monitor use? [more inside]
posted by leafxor on Mar 27, 2009 - 4 answers

How much electricity is my AC unit using when it's on "fan"?

Does my window air conditioner use just as much electricity on the "fan" setting as it does on the "cool" setting? [more inside]
posted by amro on Sep 28, 2008 - 7 answers

Help me insulate my windows from the Florida heat/sun.

I'm trying to insulate my window/frame... can anyone help me devise a solution? [more inside]
posted by mhuckaba on May 31, 2006 - 13 answers

power strips with individual on/off strips?

Can you buy power strips in the US that have separate on/off switches for each socket? [more inside]
posted by holgate on Dec 22, 2005 - 15 answers

Wiring a Dishwasher

Electricity: I'm wiring up a new dishwasher with the power cord from the old dishwasher. Just to make things interesting, the power cord has absolutely no indication of which side is positive and which side is negative. Is this because it's AC and it doesn't matter? I'm in the US on 110.
posted by yerfatma on Dec 6, 2004 - 14 answers

I need a UK to US transformer for a rechargeable drill.

TransformerFilter: I've just relocated to the US and have a rechargeable drill that uses a 17V DC transformer. I need to replace the transformer, since the one I have runs on 240V power (and has the UK prongs). The problem here is that I can't find a suitable replacement at the likely suspect places: hardware stores, Radio Shack...

I know that the voltage must match precisely and that the amperage must be at least as high as the noted amperage, and that the polarity must also match. So where can I go to find a good transformer? I'm in NYC, but I prefer to shop online.
posted by yellowcandy on Nov 28, 2004 - 9 answers

Installing window air conditioners

I have an old house with old wiring in the walls. The question inside is about installing window air conditioners. [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on May 16, 2004 - 21 answers

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