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12-06-06, 11:25 AM
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Posted By Jackofalltradez

Take Two: Blinking Christmas Tree lights ? ?

Two sets of minature lights strung together, non-flashing. Three "red-tips" installed for flashing.

The lights flash on/off only on tuesdays, thursdays, and saturdays. The other days: all on...
12-05-06, 01:53 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 942
Posted By Jackofalltradez

Check cond. of receptacle: any melting/blackening...

Check cond. of receptacle: any melting/blackening - can it.

Also, re-wire it to side screws if it is not already. Regardless of what anyone else here thinks, the extra contact of a wire looped...
12-05-06, 01:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,010
Posted By Jackofalltradez

Not to mention LEAD of all God-forbidden things...

Not to mention LEAD of all God-forbidden things is often used in manufacture of the coating - at least as listed on the label on mine. They specifically state "Wash your hands well after handling"....
12-05-06, 01:34 PM
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Views: 723
Posted By Jackofalltradez

Another Christmas Lighting ??

Two sets of minature lights strung together, non-flashing. Three "red-tips" installed for flashing.

So what?


Well, here's what: The lights flash on/off only on tuesdays, thursdays, and...
12-05-06, 01:07 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 943
Posted By Jackofalltradez

If you saw my building from outside or walked...

If you saw my building from outside or walked it's hallway, you would swear it was an office. Drop ceilings, metal-framed doorways, etc. The terrace/balconies are a residential giveaway, but they...
12-03-06, 08:10 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 943
Posted By Jackofalltradez

Generic Metal Framed Interior Door ??

The title says it all. Standard size apartment bedroom and bathroom door with two screws at top of frame. I want to fine-tune the squareness of the door in the frame so that the gap is even all...
11-08-06, 09:26 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,026
Posted By Jackofalltradez

I've seen this done! Makes the most sense to me,...

I've seen this done! Makes the most sense to me, although how the guy perfected the technique of stripping off nearly four inches of insulation eludes me.
11-05-06, 07:40 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,026
Posted By Jackofalltradez

So basically my set doesn't have provision for...

So basically my set doesn't have provision for turning wires into hooks, right? BTW (Gen) I found the term "Shepard's hook" both in this forum and on others, it's not new.

I guess I'll just go...
11-04-06, 03:11 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,026
Posted By Jackofalltradez

Mine are slightly older but similar to: ...

Mine are slightly older but similar to:
...
11-03-06, 09:29 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,026
Posted By Jackofalltradez

Which holes are used for making hooks? Can...

Which holes are used for making hooks?

Can you see what I pasted here? If not tell me how.

Thanks,
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Views: 914
Posted By Jackofalltradez

Whoah! Let's not unpack the fire-hose to put out...

Whoah! Let's not unpack the fire-hose to put out a fallen cigarette here. :)

Is this a projection TV? If so then all you may need is a good focusing. This is beyond my expertise - I'm more...
11-02-06, 08:12 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,026
Posted By Jackofalltradez

Shepard's hooks with needle-nose pliers

This is a silly question, but if I'm bending 14gauge solid copper for side-wiring with a *standard* needlenose plier, how far down from the tip of the plier do I grip the wire, and how much of the...
10-26-06, 09:28 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 870
Posted By Jackofalltradez

Another term is 'raceway', based on your original...

Another term is 'raceway', based on your original description.
10-20-06, 06:20 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,610
Posted By Jackofalltradez

Very simple: contact AREA. Pick up a pencil with...

Very simple: contact AREA. Pick up a pencil with two fingers. Now, pickup that same pencil by gripping it in your whole hand. Assume that pencil is an electrical conductor. It's gonna zap you a lot...
10-19-06, 12:56 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,610
Posted By Jackofalltradez

Well, let's see what next October's bill looks...

Well, let's see what next October's bill looks like...
10-19-06, 09:51 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,610
Posted By Jackofalltradez

Exclamation It Happened Again!!!

Just got my October CL&P electric bill(covers September).

Last year: $46
This year: $39

Conditions: Sept 06 avgd 3 degrees cooler than '05.
Electric company increased rates...
10-04-06, 04:32 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 791
Posted By Jackofalltradez

Contact Area of Different Receptacle Wiring

First of all I would like to thank those of you who positively participated in my prior discussions of this issue (backstab vs. sidescrew vs. pressure plate).

I at least have learned that probably...
10-03-06, 09:30 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,341
Posted By Jackofalltradez

I'm sorry if I wasn't clear. I was referring to...

I'm sorry if I wasn't clear. I was referring to PRESSURE PLATE(back wire with screw) as far as usage with stranded vs. solid copper. If I was referring to back-stab, I would refer to it as...
10-03-06, 08:10 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,341
Posted By Jackofalltradez

Thanks jwhite! Regrettably, I neglected to even...

Thanks jwhite! Regrettably, I neglected to even purchase a voltmeter, let alone measure before & afters from those outlets.
10-03-06, 08:05 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,341
Posted By Jackofalltradez

So lectriclee, that leads me to ask: Should...

So lectriclee, that leads me to ask: Should backwiring be used for stranded copper wire only and not for solid? And secondly, that leads to my final question, should I just stick to THE outlet...
10-02-06, 02:24 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,341
Posted By Jackofalltradez

Well, if you would go read my previous thread -...

Well, if you would go read my previous thread - similar title -which was rudely closed, you would see that I was trying to find out if there is a significant difference in the contact area between...
09-29-06, 07:33 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,341
Posted By Jackofalltradez

Contact Area of Receptacle hookups

Fine, I'll just open a new thread and let some other people chime in.

There is no room for closed minds on this forum. The topic is relevant to ELECTRICAL practice and WIRING. There is no...
09-29-06, 07:10 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,174
Posted By Jackofalltradez

Actually, I did mention this but will clarify it...

Actually, I did mention this but will clarify it a bit:

The monetary value of the bills did not change as my utility increased the rates early this year. The avg. daily kWhour values DID drop...
09-25-06, 12:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,174
Posted By Jackofalltradez

That will be FINE . . .

That will be FINE . . .
09-25-06, 12:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,174
Posted By Jackofalltradez

Then what explains the following 3 things since I...

Then what explains the following 3 things since I converted backstabs to sidewire, and one to pressure plate backwire(after I broke the 1969 plastic!) :

My lights are brighter.

My home theater...
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