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    Chicago Benders, Illegal 90's.

    I may have posted this before, don't remember. Please ignore if I have.

    Does anyone know why so many Chicago benders are made to bend an illegal 90 on 1/2 inch rigid? Radius is way too small, I...
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    How tacky of Greenlee not to have parts...

    How tacky of Greenlee not to have parts available. Their equipment is good and should be for the $ they charge. That $ should entitle you to spare parts & manuals too. My co. just bought a current...
  3. Thread: PV Solar Farm

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    PV Solar Farm

    My inlaws have been approached by a solar company about building a solar farm on their property. They would pay them a per acre lease but only after project is built and selling energy to the local...
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    Haha, I may one day. I will tinker with them...

    Haha, I may one day. I will tinker with them sometime on a shop day and see if I can figure out a way to detach the cable at the light. I do know a way I could splice the LV cable but it wouldn't...
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    Pendant Lights, Dumb Mistake

    Watch out not to repeat my recent mistake. Hung some pendant lights at a job, hung them a little high, as I've usually been asked to raise them when hung any lower than I did. Over a countertop & I...
  6. Thread: Prints

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    Maybe old fashioned logic and common sense have...

    Maybe old fashioned logic and common sense have become extinct. In my mind, all someone had to do was select the equipment to be used and include it on the prints or notes. Just takes a small dose of...
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    I have heard of corner grounded deltas but don't...

    I have heard of corner grounded deltas but don't think I've ever seen one. I just think of reading most any article in the code book and it always refers to neutrals as grounded electrode conductors.
  8. Thread: Prints

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    No, I don't recall that these plans were sealed. ...

    No, I don't recall that these plans were sealed.

    I know I did what I was supposed to but in a similar situation, I will RFI all these things so change orders can be worked into the original work....
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    He may also be thinking of box fill, where all...

    He may also be thinking of box fill, where all grounds count as one conductor, except if IG conductors are present, they count as one too.
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    Funny but you make a point too. The code has been...

    Funny but you make a point too. The code has been needlessly cluttered with $10 words. "Neutral" is a simpler term than "grounded electrode conductor" and "ground" is much simpler than "grounding...
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    Similar; RS (raised switch) switch cover or RS...

    Similar; RS (raised switch) switch cover or RS receptacle cover. In this case, 2 gang decora RS cover.

    Careful to watch what the clerk gives you. I had more than one clerk to confuse these with...
  12. Thread: Prints

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    Sealed plans? Not familiar with that. Panel in...

    Sealed plans? Not familiar with that. Panel in the closet was OK. It passed inspection. Utility closet with just enough space putting it where I did.
  13. Thread: Prints

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    Prints

    Who the heck is drawing prints nowadays? I don't expect perfection, not capable of it myself. But some things are stupid on steroids. I had this on a recent job.

    We had a simple job with a club...
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    Among all the problems I had leading to my...

    Among all the problems I had leading to my demise, this was not a major one. But I saw 2 previous bosses burned in several ways.

    1st boss took on a big job with a GC that had been using us and...
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    I don't follow the logic of the skeptic. I was...

    I don't follow the logic of the skeptic. I was taught to do IG's by using 12/3 wg MC or 2 grnds in hard pipe. 1 ground to recept, isolated & 1 ground to the box/raceway. Equipment and raceway both...
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    Yes, in fact I have done this sometimes.

    Yes, in fact I have done this sometimes.
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    I don't lose sleep over it but I would like to...

    I don't lose sleep over it but I would like to see insulated grounds in NM cable too. I have seen a few cables with it. I would like it especially for multi gang switch boxes. The more devices, the...
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    I don't backstab anywhere else and will never do...

    I don't backstab anywhere else and will never do it in my home either. Yes, I too have seen some 30+ year connections that held up but seldom on heavy loads. I have seen far more burned devices that...
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    Good time to point out the the Klein "beating...

    Good time to point out the the Klein "beating screwdrivers" now being sold are conductive from the metal cap to the shaft. I metered a few of them and they are all conductive. I refuse to buy them...
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    Someone should do a study to see how many knee...

    Someone should do a study to see how many knee injuries happen each year from slips or stumbles on concrete or wood floors. We probably need to wear harnesses and tie off to an over head trolley when...
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    I was being sarcastic about the BS issues some...

    I was being sarcastic about the BS issues some inspectors come up with but one could cut the plate out with a cutting wheel, I would think.
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    Had to drive one by hand recently & it nearly...

    Had to drive one by hand recently & it nearly killed my shoulders. I drove 3/4 EMT scraps to 3 ft, then another 4 ft. Filled the hole with Clear Glide, let it sit 2 hours, then drove the rod. Even...
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    I'm trying to save up the $ to have my DeWalt GR...

    I'm trying to save up the $ to have my DeWalt GR driver repaired. Motor burned out shortly before I closed my business. In fact, that was 1 of the last straws in the decision to close.

    Only rods...
  24. Thread: Bandsaws

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    Bandsaws

    I could sometimes use a bandsaw in my shed for various projects. I see used ones at good prices sometimes. Are metal cutting blades made for most of them or does the saw have to be rated for metal...
  25. Thread: Siemens MDP

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    It would be entertaining if it weren't costing us...

    It would be entertaining if it weren't costing us time and money. We needed a 60A 3ph breaker. I gave the model #of the MDP & after several days, supplier said a 200A breaker was smallest made for...
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