Electrical Wiring in the Home/Changing 220v to 110v wiring?

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Bob, our home was built in the 60's with 220v baseboard heat. when we got gas, we began renovations and removed heaters and wiring back to the wall thermostat boxes which were hot feeds. then replaced double pole 20 amps breakers with 15 amp 110 singles. Because all walls and ceilings were finished, we the added up to 3 110v plugs and 14/2 to the junction box and cover plates, marreted all connections. this has been 10 years, now and recently roof leak caused steam to from one outlet and it never tripped, I assume because of the guages. Would GFI's be a solution? I now this is not the proper way to wire? What would you suggest. Thanks Ed.

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Ed,

The roof leak could have sent water into anything electrcial with in the house like a light fixture with a similar result so as long as your connections are still good and tight I would just let the box dry out, check the connections again, clean up any corrosion and let it ride.

The breaker never tripped because there was probably very litte amperage flowing to produce the steam. Water leaking into the interior house wiring is a fairly rare event and in my opinion does not warrant putting GFI protection in. Outside is a different story of course.

Bob
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"The Frank Williams School of Electrical Construction". My dear old boss is 100 ! and still going God Bless him. I started working for "Tenafly Electric" right out of high school at 19. He was tough but I learned more working for him in 8 and half years than most guys. We did mostly industrial work while doing some commercial and residential so I was fortunate to be exposed to all 3 areas of electrical construction. The guys I worked with were all good guys and I stay in touch with some of them still. Most of us went into our own buisness's which says something about the caliber of the guys I worked with. We had some interesting clients : Wella Corp. of shampoo fame, Farah Fawcett etc, I didn't buy shampoo for 10 years. It was a great place to work. Pan Am the former airline just before they went under, another great place to work, nice clean environment. C&C Metals, the largest button manufacturer in the US at that time, a not so clean environment but a very interesting place to work, lots of machine's cranking out buttons of all kinds but you had to be on your toes, it was a potentially dangerous place to be . All kinds of action going on around you.

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