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Old 04-18-2015, 01:27 PM   #11
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Okay, so I like the idea of pulling the power cable from the panel rather than cutting the cable but...

I can't get the cable out of the panel. In the picture, you can see there is a gray strain relief doohickey holding the cable into the back of the panel. There is what looks like a blade that has been pushed down to pinch the cable so it doesn't pull out. How do I release the blade?

I've tried pulling up on it but it doesn't seem to want to budge and I don't want to break it (much). It seems like for this to work, the blade won't want to back out but how do you release it when you want to?

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It's a one use connecter.
On the 3 ems units I've installed I've had to break all three to get it out.

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Old 04-18-2015, 01:35 PM   #12
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Thanks. I was afraid of that... Frustrating.
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Old 04-18-2015, 06:19 PM   #13
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Fell back to plan A - cutting the cable. Pretty straightforward install - aside from the cramped location and balky cables.

Powered everything up and got the E0 code - w00t!

There's something I'm a little confused about however. Once it got through its boot sequence and started delivering power, the amp value never went above 0. I started turning on lights (DC) and the converter (fan) kicked in. As I turned on more and more lights, the voltage dropped from 120 down to 111 but the amps stayed at 0. Is that normal?

I didn't turn on any AC items but I would have thought that the converter would be pulling more than an amp - no?
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Old 04-18-2015, 06:49 PM   #14
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Did you run the power wire through the coil on the load side. I recall that's what senses amps load.


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Did you run the power wire through the coil on the load side. I recall that's what senses amps load.


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It's a one use connecter.
That's my experience as well but they're cheap and readily available at any home/hardware store. Just be careful in removing it from the panel so as to not damage the hole in the panel.
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Did you run the power wire through the coil on the load side. I recall that's what senses amps load.
And make sure the arrow is pointing in the right direction. It's engraved in the side of the coil and hard to see, especially in low light conditions.
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Yeah, I ran the power wire through the sensor. I had the arrow toward the inside (the terminals). I'm not quite sure what the arrow means since it ends up pointing perpendicular to the current flow. Why have an arrow to indicate the side vs. a dot or something. Makes me think I'm missing something...

I guess I'll have a double check tomorrow. Ugh.
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That's my experience as well but they're cheap and readily available at any home/hardware store. Just be careful in removing it from the panel so as to not damage the hole in the panel.
I swear I could not find this thing either in the store or online. I know I've seen them before but I don't know what they are called so my google searches for conduit connector or outlet strain relief were not yielding anything useful.

Even if I had found one, I'm not sure how to destroy it gently and not break the panel hole. Anyway, I ended up leaving it in and cutting the cable.
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I swear I could not find this thing either in the store or online. I know I've seen them before but I don't know what they are called so my google searches for conduit connector or outlet strain relief were not yielding anything useful.

Even if I had found one, I'm not sure how to destroy it gently and not break the panel hole. Anyway, I ended up leaving it in and cutting the cable.
2 or 3 items down
http://www.electronicsurplus.com/hardware/strain-relief

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