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    48 Amp Charging Setup Question

    you could also run 3/3 MC cable, which is 3 gauge copper thhn in metal-clad flexible conduit, from your main to your subpanel, on a 100 amp breaker. its an alternative to aluminum SER (service entrance cable), and its advantage is that its in an armored conduit. the SER is half the price, but if...
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    Window tint illegal?

    Pretty sure windshield tint is illegal in all states, aside from a little strip at the top of the windshield.
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    Broken charger head on Wall charger plug - Replaceable?

    It’s only a quick ten minute job if youre replacing a wall connector with a new one of the same generation. If you’re going from a Gen 1 to a Gen 3 it will take closer to 30 minutes since then while mount has to be replaced. Expect an electrician to charge for an hour of work, around $100-150.
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    Can my house handle a charging station?

    It looks like you shouldn’t be making coffee while drying your hair. Using the DCC you could get 60 amp service from the main panel sometimes, and 50 amp service from the subpanel sometimes. It’s easy to install, but I’ve never met an inspector who’s heard of it before, so tell them first. If...
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    Turn On Passenger Airbag for Light Female Adult

    I think airbags are too dangerous for folks under 100 lbs unless they’re in front of the steering wheel. my wife is similar, and thats the answer I got when asked about It for our previous car.
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    WTB single slipstream 19" wheel for Model S in/near central CT

    any finish will do (my other three are powder coated). im willing to drive a bit or pay for shipping.
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    Delivery to southern New England Woes

    im a CT resident, and wanted to pick up my model S in MA (RI didnt have a shop yet). i was told that i would be charged MA sales tax if i did, so they had me pick up in Mt. Kisco, NY. i wouldnt be charged tax there with the car being registered in CT. i guess RI and MA are the same in that sense.
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    Tesla Pedestal Installation

    ive done this with third party pedestals, looks similar to the tesla pedestal. the tesla pedestal seems to have the conduit hidden, running through its center, but youll have to verify that. a concrete footing or pad is recommended. just dig a deep hole (about the size of a 5 gallon bucket...
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    Home circuit breaker 208 volts?

    the tesla mobile connector works fine at 208v, check the manual. youll also notice many/most commercial j1772 chargers are 208v. https://www.tesla.com/sites/default/files/downloads/gen_2_mobile_connector_owners_manual_32_amp_en_US.pdf
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    Home circuit breaker 208 volts?

    you're neighborhood is on three-phase power. you've got two of three legs, your neighbor has a different pair. no big deal. most wall connectors (tesla's included) work fine on 208, just output a bit less wattage. three phase power is more efficient for transmission and can run better AC motors...
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    metal clad as gound ??

    the metal cladding gets grounded, but it shouldnt be "the ground". it was in the past, but nowadays theres an extra wire for grounding inside. think of the metal cladding as a backup!
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    metal clad as gound ??

    the metal cladding gets clamped into the metal outlet box. inside the box theres a wire that goes into the outlet.
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    Builder installing 220 line to charge Tesla

    60 amp wiring would be better, then you could charge a car at max if you ever installed a wall connector. You could have a 50 amp breaker and receptacle, but in the future upgrade easily to support a wall connector. if you want real future-proofing, install a 100 amp sub panel in the garage.
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    Correct PSI for my new tires?

    The sidewall lists the tire’s max pressure, not the recommended pressure. The recommended comes from the vehicle manufacturer sticker in the drivers door jamb. For model S, it’s 45 psi.

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