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by Aaron
Tue Nov 19, 2019 9:43 am
Forum: Tools
Topic: whats the last corded tool you bought?
Replies: 18
Views: 569

Re: whats the last corded tool you bought?

I don't understand why anyone would have a battery powered mitre saw or table saw. If you're gonna haul something like that around with you all the time from site to site, and you can't be bothered to plug it in then you have some interesting priorities. Lol I've warmed up to cordless hand tools. I ...
by Aaron
Mon Nov 18, 2019 10:13 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Aesthetic problems after removing fluorescents
Replies: 11
Views: 97

Re: Aesthetic problems after removing fluorescents

Yeah that'd probably be the easiest sort of mid-term solution. Long term would be to eliminate the soffits over the hanging cupboard cabinets and see if the ceiling could be higher. Everyone wants high ceilings these days (8+ feet).
by Aaron
Sun Nov 17, 2019 1:53 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Aesthetic problems after removing fluorescents
Replies: 11
Views: 97

Re: Aesthetic problems after removing fluorescents

Shannon wrote:
Sat Nov 16, 2019 3:39 pm
Good point , the wire lengths may limit the actually accessibility to work on it through the hole?
Yeah in that case, you move the hole for the light. Because you can't stretch the wire!

Not ideal any which way, and a future homeowner will inevitably reno.
by Aaron
Fri Nov 15, 2019 8:17 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Aesthetic problems after removing fluorescents
Replies: 11
Views: 97

Re: Aesthetic problems after removing fluorescents

Can't recept boxes be junction boxes too? So long as wire fill limitations are observed I didn't think the shape of the box matters, just so long as it's listed.
by Aaron
Fri Nov 15, 2019 8:10 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: [AB, CAN] Recessed Lighting Space
Replies: 9
Views: 112

Re: [AB, CAN] Recessed Lighting Space

Yeah with color temp I think people mistakenly believe they like the cold bright LED light because it's novel and not something we had with incandescent or even fluorescent. It's an annoying fad in my opinion, I think people will come to their senses eventually and go back to the nice warm light tha...
by Aaron
Fri Nov 15, 2019 12:15 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Aesthetic problems after removing fluorescents
Replies: 11
Views: 97

Re: Aesthetic problems after removing fluorescents

Good catch Shannon! Yeah if wiring is accessible even through the hole of the light you're good.

Just have to patch those rectangle holes where the splice boxes are.
by Aaron
Thu Nov 14, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: [AB, CAN] Recessed Lighting Space
Replies: 9
Views: 112

Re: [AB, CAN] Recessed Lighting Space

The most reliable LED bulbs seem to be the ones with the least features or no features, including non-dimmability. I have encountered some bulbs that have failed after a year or so, which is pretty disgusting considering that these bulbs cost like 4 times the price of an incandescent and fail about ...
by Aaron
Thu Nov 14, 2019 3:30 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Aesthetic problems after removing fluorescents
Replies: 11
Views: 97

Re: Aesthetic problems after removing fluorescents

Unfortunately no simple aesthetic fix for those boxes, because wire splices must be accessible. So in the meantime the solution is to put blank covers on those boxes. The permanent aesthetic fix is to remove the entire drop ceiling and reconfigure all the wiring and lighting. Obviously a monumental ...
by Aaron
Thu Nov 14, 2019 2:08 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Wiring Several lights onto one Electrical line
Replies: 2
Views: 57

Re: Wiring Several lights onto one Electrical line

You will need some kind of voltage tester, to test for the presence of power. You'll need a volt-ohm meter of some sort. What is needed in that switch box is a source of constant power, regardless of the position of either one or both the switches. You also need a neutral. Looking at the wiring I th...
by Aaron
Wed Nov 13, 2019 1:24 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2944
Views: 75685

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

From what I can see, it looks like more than the plastic film cut, It looks like the jacket is cut too ! ?? If so, either strip that part off, or tape it up. Eagle-eyed! I went back and noticed that too. I can't see it on my phone screen. Ideally heat-shrink tubing for that repair! Unless there's e...
by Aaron
Wed Nov 13, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: [AB, CAN] Recessed Lighting Space
Replies: 9
Views: 112

Re: [AB, CAN] Recessed Lighting Space

If you've never purchased LED lights before, or didn't pay much attention what you bought, the specs to be aware of are lumens and color temp. The lumens are the units of brightness the lights put out, and the color temp is the color of the light. LED lighting has a reputation of being pretty harshl...
by Aaron
Wed Nov 13, 2019 12:14 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2944
Views: 75685

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

Ya for sure, if anyone says they have not I would be concerned.We all learn from mistakes. I have this fear with plumbing that somethings going to burst. I never cover up plumbing without leaving it exposed and pressured up overnight if I can. Yeah plumbing is no joke. It's those microscopic leaks ...
by Aaron
Tue Nov 12, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2944
Views: 75685

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

I may as well be goth, it looks black. It almost looks like you took a Photoshop brush and put a black blob on your thumbnail in that pic. But then I wondered why you would ever do that. lol Five weeks is brutal, I hear the itching is what makes you go mad 8-) Yeah today is the first day I've reall...
by Aaron
Tue Nov 12, 2019 9:39 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: [AB, CAN] Recessed Lighting Space
Replies: 9
Views: 112

Re: [AB, CAN] Recessed Lighting Space

I suggest using slim LED lights that flush-mount into a round drywall hole. You mount the splice box and driver unit into the ceiling near the hole and the lights use clips to grab onto the ceiling drywall from behind. The lights are supplied low voltage. Those are pretty much what are being install...
by Aaron
Mon Nov 11, 2019 11:53 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2944
Views: 75685

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

Black!? That's clearly purple chipping! How's your left arm doing? Oh I thought you were goth with black nails. Lol Today I just got fitted with my long-term cast (4-5 weeks). It's fiberglass, so at least it's waterproof and I can shower without covering it. That Ace bandage and splint thing I got ...
by Aaron
Mon Nov 11, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: outdoor low voltage lights
Replies: 3
Views: 66

Re: outdoor low voltage lights

Good luck, hope it's a simple and inexpensive repair.
by Aaron
Mon Nov 11, 2019 9:36 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2944
Views: 75685

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

You could certainly inspect it all yourself at your leisure, and post pics here if you need an opinion. That wire there is fine, it just has its outer clear film sheathing torn for a few centimeters. No big deal. That film just adds a bit of extra heat rating to the conductor, and it's largely intac...
by Aaron
Mon Nov 11, 2019 12:20 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: outdoor low voltage lights
Replies: 3
Views: 66

Re: outdoor low voltage lights

Any electrician worth his or her salt should be able to pinpoint EXACTLY the cause of this problem. A simple test using a volt-ohm meter can rule in or out your transformer, and whether there is continuity from the transformer to each and every light in the string. My guess is you may have an open c...
by Aaron
Thu Nov 07, 2019 7:15 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Fastening 14/2 wire to stud
Replies: 6
Views: 93

Re: Fastening 14/2 wire to stud

I guess it is a regional thing. Around here, if you see the nailing strap (the nylon) it's assumed it was a DIY job. Not here, all the resi electrical contractors use them. They literally have buckets of them on jobs. I like the staples, if you use them, remember that the cable should be somewhat l...
by Aaron
Thu Nov 07, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Weather proof box
Replies: 8
Views: 156

Re: Weather proof box

Separate box makes sense because the receptacle is usually lower (at your knee level) than the switch.
by Aaron
Thu Nov 07, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2944
Views: 75685

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

emtnut wrote:
Thu Nov 07, 2019 12:50 pm
Yeah, whatever ... I just drive over to the beer store :lol:
Right? Lot of dudes get into making beer, it's a PITA that they soon figure out.
emtnut wrote:
Thu Nov 07, 2019 12:51 pm
Riiiiiiiggght :mrgreen:

Hey, pssst ... ya wanna by an arm sling ???

:lol:
Who? Me?

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by Aaron
Thu Nov 07, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Fastening 14/2 wire to stud
Replies: 6
Views: 93

Re: Fastening 14/2 wire to stud

The materials are regional. Here in the midwestern US, the nylon nail straps are very common. Over on the east coast of the US, particularly New England, they tend to use wire staples with protective plastic sleeves that SORT OF act as a stop. In the southern states, wire staples with no protective ...
by Aaron
Thu Nov 07, 2019 8:54 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2944
Views: 75685

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

Well I try to do better than swill, but I'll always take what's offered to me!

I actually think there might be formal education for beer-making!
by Aaron
Wed Nov 06, 2019 3:47 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Weather proof box
Replies: 8
Views: 156

Re: Weather proof box

Your wiring logic looks correct in that diagram. Remember you need to pigtail a ground to the box, the only exception is if you're using a PVC box in the USA. A red wirenut should splice four #12s. You may need a gray one for five. I would consider Wago nuts. They're easier to use and more compact.
by Aaron
Wed Nov 06, 2019 11:41 am
Forum: Electrical
Topic: ceiling lights with two white wires only
Replies: 2
Views: 54

Re: ceiling lights with two white wires only

It most likely doesn't matter. Just connect the two white wires each to the white and black in the fixture box. Polarity doesn't matter.

If your ceiling fixture box is metal, and grounded to the ground lead, then ground continuity should transfer to the fixture through its mounting screws.
by Aaron
Wed Nov 06, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2944
Views: 75685

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

Ha! Well I'm completing university and have one course left (right?) to graduate. I'll finally have an bachelor degree at age 45. Lol So this last course requires a bit of reading, so I have time to do that now. I check the electrical forum daily, and I probably will a couple times daily now because...
by Aaron
Wed Nov 06, 2019 12:52 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2944
Views: 75685

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

Well I'm a righty, though. Very lucky my right hand is fine. So that makes me always right. :mrgreen:

But if you call me right wing, then we have a problem. :lol:
by Aaron
Tue Nov 05, 2019 11:18 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Fuse Panel Sub Panel
Replies: 12
Views: 302

Re: Fuse Panel Sub Panel

Well I stand corrected then! :lol:
by Aaron
Tue Nov 05, 2019 10:57 pm
Forum: Exterior
Topic: Section of gutter damaged by tree branch (gutter repair)
Replies: 6
Views: 114

Re: Section of gutter damaged by tree branch (gutter repair)

Warning: I just joined this Home Improvement Forum (I watched a ton of Shannon vids over the years and always grateful to him) and have not been in a forum like this in years. I do remember people screaming like they just got shot when someone asked a question that was already covered. Yeah that do...
by Aaron
Tue Nov 05, 2019 7:50 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Official Useless Post Thread
Replies: 2944
Views: 75685

Re: The Official Useless Post Thread

I survived. One-handed right now. Glad the new iOS 13 supports the Swype typing so I can drag my finger across the keys.

My left hand has no motor control right now. Yikes.

Got Percocet for the pain.

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