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    Getting paid for the time shouldn't be an issue....

    Getting paid for the time shouldn't be an issue. I told him about what it may cost to do all the search & destroy, sort of worst case estimate. We should come out OK. I will go over it with the boss...
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    A lot of wire is multi labeled as THWN & THHN, or...

    A lot of wire is multi labeled as THWN & THHN, or also MTW as well.
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    Actually, I don't even take their driving...

    Actually, I don't even take their driving directions as fact and insist on an address. The stories I could tell as a result of not sticking to the aforementioned requirements.[/QUOTE]

    I fully...
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    Always Check Things Out for Yourself

    One day I will not have to keep learning this lesson. I have had several jobs over the years to get very complicated because I took what the customer told me as fact.

    This week I went to a...
  5. Dittoes. They will take what you teach them and...

    Dittoes. They will take what you teach them and use it to do their own wiring, licensed or not. They may bring you in on the 1st job or 2 but then you will not hear from them. Later, they will call...
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    Exactly my point. PPE for disconnects is overkill...

    Exactly my point. PPE for disconnects is overkill to the 100th power.
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    A wiring error would have already shown up, as in...

    A wiring error would have already shown up, as in nonfunctioning equipment, improper rotation or burned out equipment if wrong voltage applied.
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    Were those videos documenting actual cases or...

    Were those videos documenting actual cases or just staging a "what if"?
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    So much easier to just tape or label the neutral...

    So much easier to just tape or label the neutral from the start.
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    You described a large project but our's is much...

    You described a large project but our's is much smaller. The entire job is about a dozen ckts. We spent a lot more time running conduit through crowded ceilings than pulling wire. The 3 ckts I...
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    You worry about the cost of a few seconds of time...

    You worry about the cost of a few seconds of time but tell me I should special order wire with tracers? That would go over real big. Imagine the extra cost of that wire (we often pay shipping too on...
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    3 hots, 3 neutrals in a conduit. Taping pairs is...

    3 hots, 3 neutrals in a conduit. Taping pairs is not very time consuming. I had a business in the past and the few commercial jobs I had, I considered it worth doing, even when I was paying for it.
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    We had 3 ckts in this conduit. With a single ckt,...

    We had 3 ckts in this conduit. With a single ckt, usually easy enough to follow from the conduit down to neutral bar. Even then, sometimes the panel is very crowded & harder to do this. But with our...
  14. Most metal switchboxes have holes at the rear...

    Most metal switchboxes have holes at the rear corners where you could drive nails through to the stud. Was a common method in the past and still used today. I have used wafer head screws to secure a...
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    Pairing or marking neutrals

    I like marking my neutrals with ckt # in the panel, or at least pairing/taping each neutral to its respective blk, red or blu wire. I have seen issues before when removing or rearranging ckts in a...
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    LOL, no doubt. We are living in a world gone mad.

    LOL, no doubt. We are living in a world gone mad.
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    You are totally within protocol to ask for a...

    You are totally within protocol to ask for a reading of the law if something does not seem right. I have done that and gotten 1 inspector to be OK with something. OTOH, nothing wrong with him saying...
  18. I did a night job at a trailer park way back....

    I did a night job at a trailer park way back. Resident of the nearest unit came out to talk. I was polite but not chatty, as he was half tanked. He called me a few months later that he was...
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    Seems that OSHA Kool-Ade has gotten stronger as...

    Seems that OSHA Kool-Ade has gotten stronger as common sense has gotten weaker. Down the road, we will all have to wear flame retardent suits to drive cars since we are travelling with 20 or so...
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    I read a bit and saw that OSHA requested NFPA to...

    I read a bit and saw that OSHA requested NFPA to come up with these guidelines.

    For what reason? Did a disconnect switch somewhere explode? I don't say it has never happened but I started...
  21. Yes, this makes me sick too. I understand why a...

    Yes, this makes me sick too. I understand why a poor person hacks things. He doesn't have the money to hire a pro but doesn't have the knowledge to do it right himself; so he jacklegs or hires a...
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    Arc Flash Suits for Disconnects?

    A friend tells me the place he works is starting a new arc flash rule. AF protection must be worn when turning a disconnect off or on. I could not believe it. Has anyone else heard of this?
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    Well, I bought a Dremel chainsaw bit the other...

    Well, I bought a Dremel chainsaw bit the other day and tried it in a battery drill. It helped a fair amount with a bit that had been mangles by nails/masonry. I will also try it on some older bits...
  24. But we don't owe him money.:D

    But we don't owe him money.:D
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    You said a lot there too. We should do what we...

    You said a lot there too. We should do what we enjoy doing, or at least what doesn't make us miserable. I've been there too.

    What gets me is that while this has always been hard physical work, I...
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