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    The ones I used had L & N marked at one end, for...

    The ones I used had L & N marked at one end, for each pin. Other end was simply dummy pins to hold the tube in place. L was line and N neutral. I had to put nonshunted sockets in the lights and...
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    If you use LED single end tubes, you will likely...

    If you use LED single end tubes, you will likely have to replace fixture sockets with nonshunted ones. Most I’ve seen are shunted. Many electricians don’t know this. I only found out about 2 years...
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    I used to ask for at least a portion of material...

    I used to ask for at least a portion of material cost up front. I convinced a former boss to do that when he got burned on a job. I was convinced that anyone refusing a deposit would likely stiff us...
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    BTW, most are accessible by removing the can by...

    BTW, most are accessible by removing the can by the 3 or 4 small screws around the bottom.
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    Even inspectors don't see or think of everything....

    Even inspectors don't see or think of everything. Too much stuff out there. Manufacturers need to do a better job with their stuff. We should all call and e mail manufacturers when we run into such...
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    I was unaware of this code but a former boss...

    I was unaware of this code but a former boss taught me to always put smokes together with lights. Lights out is the most noticeable red flag in most houses, so they get checked out quicker & smokes...
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    I haven't done any food trucks. I had 1 business...

    I haven't done any food trucks. I had 1 business owner asking about putting outdoor receptacles for them. I gave him a NEMA chart & asked him to share it with the truck owners so we could see what...
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    Isn't there something about being in line of...

    Isn't there something about being in line of sight along with the door or some such? If too high, a person may not see it or think to look for it.
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    What did the customer call you to do? I’ve gotten...

    What did the customer call you to do? I’ve gotten tired of arguing with people about unsafe equipment. If I don’t need to go into the equipment, let them keep as is and take the risk.
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    The dealer should be able to get papers on them.

    The dealer should be able to get papers on them.
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    I’ve seen a lot of Wiremold variations but none I...

    I’ve seen a lot of Wiremold variations but none I recall that look suitable to damp or wet locations. They really should come up with something. Would it be that hard?
  12. A former boss bought Briggs & Stratton. He liked...

    A former boss bought Briggs & Stratton. He liked them and the dealer he dealt with. Since then,
    I’ve heard bad about Briggs and good and bad about others.
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    I see the logic there but you still have motel &...

    I see the logic there but you still have motel & meal costs. Are they drinking rocket fuel on the jobs?
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    I can see that with rank & file labor but they...

    I can see that with rank & file labor but they still have to send foremen & project managers don’t they?

    Something doesn’t add up.
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    Out of Town/Out of State Contractors

    I'm sure we've discussed this before but my memory has faded out.

    Even though work has gotten better since my years of being an EC, it is still a competitive market. My last couple of bosses have...
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    I had a short term free listing with Blue Book....

    I had a short term free listing with Blue Book. It was a nightmare. I got ITB's but usually about a week or 2 before deadline. Rep said it was because other contractors hadn't bid jobs and they were...
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    Enclosing in steel is actually part of the...

    Enclosing in steel is actually part of the problem. I've usually not been able to cut BX with a rotosplitter, have to score with a hacksaw and twist to break. That bit of twisting is enough to damage...
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    Yes, many things could be made more practical....

    Yes, many things could be made more practical. Belly pan clips are another fine example. I've dropped a thousand when they won't come loose, then fall out a moment later. They bend easily and don't...
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    It was the only latch holding the cover on. I've...

    It was the only latch holding the cover on. I've had that happen too. Hope you didn't get hurt too much.
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    Yes, that too! Square D had a panel I've only...

    Yes, that too! Square D had a panel I've only seen in 1 place, that had extra long latch clamps with sharp points. Wire had to be tie wrapped back to stay clear of them. I was lucky to never pinch a...
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    I just never saw how anyone could think latches...

    I just never saw how anyone could think latches were a good idea. Someone didn't have enough work to do, to come up with them.
  22. Thread: NC, Bondability

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    So, you may do a job over 50,000 and not have to...

    So, you may do a job over 50,000 and not have to get bonding? Is it upon demand of the GC or customer? How does the insurance company decide if you qualify? Did the process cost anything?
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    I have a 3 wire dryer circuit in my house and my...

    I have a 3 wire dryer circuit in my house and my level of concern is 0 - 10. I have far more important issues to worry over.
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    BX is generally the worst old wiring I have...

    BX is generally the worst old wiring I have worked with. I have rarely been able to cut and strip it without scoring the insulation of the conductors. It may have been good when new but it didn't age...
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    I've only seen a few Challenger panels or...

    I've only seen a few Challenger panels or breakers and didn't like them but didn't recall they were part of the CH/BR line at all. But I can't keep it all in my head. I've had OK luck recently with...
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