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Well, the book must beright, the place didn't burn down.
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screaminghollow    Posted 12-31-2002 at 01:34:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My father in law is an electrician. He showed me how to "rewire" a circuit in a hundred year old house we own. I got two books with wiring diagrams etc. Well, I pried up some attic boards and floor boards and pulled out all the old cloth covered wire (no ground wire) and replaced it with new 12 ga wire. Put in new receptacles and fixtures and everything works and it didn't burn down. I did have him come back to check things out. He said I did better than code, didn't have to use 12 ga for everything. Got three receptacles in every room now, GFI's in the bath and kitchen. Even put electric heat on the second floor which wasn't heated before. He did say I miscalculated the amps per circuit. I could have put more receptacles/fixtures per circuit. I was actually scared of electricity, still am. I'd read the book, gather the materials, read the book, shut off the main, check the wires to be sure its off, read the book, call father in law, read the book and then wire it, read the book again, turn power back on and test circuit. I guess if a paper pusher like me can do it, just about anybody can.

Darryl (Mo)    Posted 12-31-2002 at 07:49:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
>> I was actually scared of electricity, still am. <<

That's a good way to stay alive and unhurt! On my job we have lots of 3-phase 480 volt stuff. Our lowest stuff is 277 volt (lighting) but it'll still jolt you. One doesn't get too many chances with 480v. It's sometimes 'hairy' when we have to work a 480 panel 'hot'. It still scares me, too. I think that's what keeps me cautious and alive.

Lazy Al    Posted 12-31-2002 at 05:03:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hope you installed smoke detector in every room !
Just kidding .
I rewired this old house we moved to the farm four years ago . None of the wire was stapled because it was built before electricy came to
town . So I Took the clamp out of the box ,Hooked a fish tape on the old and pulled it out and then hooked the tape on the new and pulled it in , Worked pretty slick . Had to add some here and there ,But it's got all new wiring in it now .
I think of electricy like water pipes . Amps as the size of the pipe and volts as the presure on the pipe Make it alittle easier to comprehand .
I put smoke detectors in all the bedrooms ,attic and basement all tied together so if one goes off they all go off . check them with a can of smoke every once in a while

Les    Posted 12-31-2002 at 04:35:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
Wiring is easy.
Now plumbing.................

DeadCarp    Posted 12-31-2002 at 03:22:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Congratulations! Wiring is one of those trades that's satisfying, like plowing fields. I like to line them up in the breaker box real orderly like a radio. :)

This takes me back - I went to get a contractor's license years ago, and especially studied wiring cuz i was weak on it, then they gave the test and there wasn't one wiring question - but then i could legally wire a factory if i wanted to. Really, wiring shouldn't scare anybody. Handy to think of it as glorified extension cords that sneak thru the walls.

We were plumbing under a house once, and there was an old bare wire strung under the joists that had like electric fence insulators on it - Bob got a spark bumping it with his hammer, so we got looking and that was the hot wire for a bathroom heater! They'd grounded the other wire on the plumbing! We showed the owner & ended up rewiring the whole place - altogether it had 5 different styles of old wiring! And the hardwood flooring was 4" solid oak beams! We installed a whole new romex system then tore the old junk out. Boy what a mess for awhile. :)

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