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    #16
    Originally posted by MattS87 View Post
    Isn't it cheating to have a helper. You're supposed to crawl in and out of the attic at least 10 times to figure it out lol
    Isn’t that the truth!
    Tom
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      #17
      Originally posted by rob0311 View Post
      Fixed it! I had my dad turn the switch on and off and went through the wires with my multimeter and measured ohms. ID'd the switch leg and the rest of the wires. Finding what the homerun was interesting. It's a knob and tube homerun. Used my voltage detector to find the neutral
      Tom
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        #18
        Originally posted by MattS87 View Post
        Isn't it cheating to have a helper. You're supposed to crawl in and out of the attic at least 10 times to figure it out lol
        Lmao. The first day I was working in the attic I must of crawled in and out 10 times.

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          #19
          Originally posted by jumper View Post
          Hmmm...since you passed your test I wonder if there is an exception that allows us to start early.

          CA lets people jw test before completing OJT hours? Interesting.
          Yeah they do. I couldn't get into any locals when I got out of the Marines so I went the trade school route. The school was geared heavily towards the NEC.
          Last edited by rob0311; 08-29-18, 07:51 AM.

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            #20
            Originally posted by rob0311 View Post
            Yeah they do. I couldn't get into any locals when I got out of the Marines so I went the trade school route. The school was geared heavily towards the NEC.
            Thank you for your service.
            And best wishes as you pursue your career.

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              #21
              Originally posted by retirede View Post
              Thank you for your service.
              And best wishes as you pursue your career.
              Thanks bro. It was an honor and privilege to do so.

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                #22
                Originally posted by rob0311 View Post
                Lmao. The first day I was working in the attic I must of crawled in and out 10 times.
                I always hate when I get up in the attic, make my way to the fixture, dig out the insulation around it, then realize I left something down below. I also tell myself i will never do anymore remodel stuff but then I hear "Babe can we put a new light here"

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                  #23
                  Originally posted by MattS87 View Post
                  I always hate when I get up in the attic, make my way to the fixture, dig out the insulation around it, then realize I left something down below. I also tell myself i will never do anymore remodel stuff but then I hear "Babe can we put a new light here"
                  My favorite is that after crawling around, in and out, sweaty, mad, and finally fix problem-then clean up, seal, put everything away...realize that I left my damn meter up there and gotta go back.
                  [COLOR="blue"]"Electricity is really just organized lightning." George Carlin


                  Derek[/COLOR]

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                    #24
                    Originally posted by jumper View Post
                    My favorite is that after crawling around, in and out, sweaty, mad, and finally fix problem-then clean up, seal, put everything away...realize that I left my damn meter up there and gotta go back.
                    I have only done something like that once so far. A nice made in USA kershaw pocket knife. Got down and realized it had fell out in the attic. 12" of fiberglass blown in and all i could say was "I'm gonna miss that knife" lol

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                      #25
                      Originally posted by MattS87 View Post
                      I have only done something like that once so far. A nice made in USA kershaw pocket knife. Got down and realized it had fell out in the attic. 12" of fiberglass blown in and all i could say was "I'm gonna miss that knife" lol
                      Small metal finder like I use for checking for nails in boards before running them through thicknesser works wonders... some of those cheap studfinders work well too... but, had a double magnet tied to a string that was on a pocket Renco fisherman’s setup from the eighties... my uncle gave me the pole when I said I never had time to fish...lol.. found it great to use in attics for finding my tools.. also picked up loose nails and screws...
                      Student of electrical codes. Please Take others advice first.

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                        #26
                        Back when I did the crawling I added $100 if I had to belly crawl in attic or dirt when giving estimates.

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                          #27
                          My clincher was blood. If I shed any, the price went up. That is what I told the customers anyway.
                          Tom
                          TBLO

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                            #28
                            Several years ago I had a week where almost every job was in an attic or above a suspended ceiling. The next week I needed my hacksaw and it wasn't in my toolbox. I had used it on one of the attic jobs but couldn't remember where so I just forgot about it as I had a couple more.
                            A few years later I had a call to one of the places I had been. Set up my ladder, lifted the ceiling tile and poked my head though. The first thing my light landed on was my hacksaw, still right where I left it. True story
                            John, Chair City, NC
                            Technology: Mans best efforts to make things as good as they used to be

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                              #29
                              Originally posted by electricman2 View Post
                              Several years ago I had a week where almost every job was in an attic or above a suspended ceiling. The next week I needed my hacksaw and it wasn't in my toolbox. I had used it on one of the attic jobs but couldn't remember where so I just forgot about it as I had a couple more.
                              A few years later I had a call to one of the places I had been. Set up my ladder, lifted the ceiling tile and poked my head though. The first thing my light landed on was my hacksaw, still right where I left it. True story
                              Cool.
                              [COLOR="blue"]"Electricity is really just organized lightning." George Carlin


                              Derek[/COLOR]

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                                #30
                                Originally posted by electricman2 View Post
                                Several years ago I had a week where almost every job was in an attic or above a suspended ceiling. The next week I needed my hacksaw and it wasn't in my toolbox. I had used it on one of the attic jobs but couldn't remember where so I just forgot about it as I had a couple more.
                                A few years later I had a call to one of the places I had been. Set up my ladder, lifted the ceiling tile and poked my head though. The first thing my light landed on was my hacksaw, still right where I left it. True story
                                That's funny, I lost a "pigtail" tester a couple of years ago. I was pretty sure I left it in an attic where I was testing a vent fan. It was so hot and the testers so cheap I never went back to look. Jump ahead two years and I had to go back to the place where I lost the tester. I had to hang some lights in the open area outside the attic area. When I got up there I remembered the tester. I thought I would just peek in there to see. Before I even got the panel door opened that leads into the attic I saw my tester laying on the floor right where I either left it or it fell out of my tool bag.
                                [COLOR=navy]If you aim at nothing, you will hit it every time![/COLOR]

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