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  1. I've not seen the YouTube video, and you may be...

    I've not seen the YouTube video, and you may be correct that the guy is using straight compression fittings. But it is very hard to tell the difference between inverted flare brake fittings from...
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    Whenever I saw floor sanders connect their power,...

    Whenever I saw floor sanders connect their power, they always connected to the hot side of the main breaker, before the breaker.

    I used to give them ship. I'd tell them that the only thing between...
  3. And then there's this. A little thing to...

    And then there's this.

    A little thing to remember when other "people" start cutting out or moving your equipment and they don't finish up the job.

    This should be a separate topic or...
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    What is snow? A PITA.

    What is snow?

    A PITA.
  5. Thread: Got shocked

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    Years ago, I was doing work in a power plant. I...

    Years ago, I was doing work in a power plant. I had my jobs to do, but it was understood by me (from the boss) that whatever the welder and his helper needed, I was to make it happen. The welder...
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    That box is open to the weather? That looks...

    That box is open to the weather?

    That looks like a serious case of hackitis. No matter what you did, whomever installed that box like that did it improperly. If you had been killed, the Tort...
  7. I'm not an licensed electrician. However, that...

    I'm not an licensed electrician. However, that electrical appliance being that close to a swimming pool, doesn't it need a GFCI? I mean, it is awfully close to a water source.

    And as far as I am...
  8. Thread: Got shocked

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    What is it they say about the word "ASSUME" Makes...

    What is it they say about the word "ASSUME" Makes an ASS out of U and ME? You could run the tracer over and around the box before opening the cover, it will usually sound. Personally, I consider all...
  9. Thread: Got shocked

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    One like this: ...

    One like this:

    http://www.greenlee.com/products/DETECTOR%2540c-VOLTAGE-%2540dADJUSTABLE-(GT%2540d16).html?product_id=17647

    Way on the short side of $50.00. There are other ones. The Fluke is a...
  10. Thread: Got shocked

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    Because I can't see the whole box. But, it is a...

    Because I can't see the whole box. But, it is a tool that once you have one, you wonder how you could ever have lived without one. In a sense, they are like Wiggy. They are only safe if you first...
  11. Thread: Got shocked

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    Telco (Old ATT) developed "Tick Tracers" for...

    Telco (Old ATT) developed "Tick Tracers" for their employees. They were required under penalty to put the tracer on ANYTHING they touched. Good ones are cheap. If you don't have one, you're having a...
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    I was taught and observed that aluminum wire...

    I was taught and observed that aluminum wire conductors loosen up with age, unlike Copper conductors. That some smart electricians give the terminals a twist whenever visiting a panel.

    Where I...
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    That's the problem with that example. The error...

    That's the problem with that example. The error is hidden. You can't see it. Until you open the cover and break through the last bit of worn insulation and cause the short. No one would ever expect...
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    The proper way for the original installer was to...

    The proper way for the original installer was to have cut the wires to the proper size so they weren't rubbing on the cover, covered from plain sight. Like a IED in Iraq.

    The installer is a hack....
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    Most electricians I have known don't wear wedding...

    Most electricians I have known don't wear wedding rings. If they get between a hot wire and a neutral/ground short, it can seriously impact your life. It only takes millivolts to kill you. If there...
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    Kind of like this. A place I visit, had...

    Kind of like this.

    A place I visit, had someone come and ask about venting a gas appliance. He is a GC type, who is going to be continuing a project with a renovation of a large second and third...
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    On a price job, there's no time to read the...

    On a price job, there's no time to read the manual.

    "There's never enough time to do it right. But always time for someone else to do it over".
    Someone else can read the manual when they are...
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    I still think that return air that is too cold is...

    I still think that return air that is too cold is causing this. It acts like a "cold start" oil boiler where the return water temperature is way below the dew point until the burner can heat the...
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    Well, it had condensation issues from something....

    Well, it had condensation issues from something. It is either in a really damp location with pool chemicals around or there's a drain issue.

    I saw a couple that looked similar that were in...
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    Let me guess. They planted bushes in front of...

    Let me guess.

    They planted bushes in front of the exhaust termination so they wouldn't have to look at the ugly pipe that was destroying the aesthetic beauty of their foundation at the back of the...
  21. If the Fire department gets a call that a...

    If the Fire department gets a call that a building is on fire, and the fire person's arrive at the fire scene, and find the building locked up and no one to open the door, they don't stand around...
  22. My old High School auto shop teacher used to tell...

    My old High School auto shop teacher used to tell us that you can't buy a mechanic in a can. J-B Weld is a mechanic in a can. If its compression sleeves your talking about, Lock-Tite is a better...
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    How many hundreds of feet from the circuit...

    How many hundreds of feet from the circuit protection device was it? Or, was it protected by a 100 amp breaker?
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    More like they are never going to have to work on...

    More like they are never going to have to work on it.
  25. " " money isnt everything " " If you come and...

    " " money isnt everything " "

    If you come and find nothing, and don't charge anything, some people are insulted and think that you didn't do a thorough job. And they got nothing for nothing.
    ...
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