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    • Someone who had a piece of number 10 handy.
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      • Originally posted by dxmnkd316 View Post
        Who the **** wires a light with 10ga wires???
        The doofus who previously owned my home, probably. We discover shoddy DIY work he did between 1991-2020 about every 2-3 months.

        Dear auto mechanics - you are not plumbers or electricians, no matter how much you think you are.

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        • Originally posted by FadeToBlack&Gold View Post

          The doofus who previously owned my home, probably. We discover shoddy DIY work he did between 1991-2020 about every 2-3 months.

          Dear auto mechanics - you are not plumbers or electricians, no matter how much you think you are.
          My dad was a EE and he rewired our entire house in the 1970s. I love my dad and he was a self-made man and incredibly smart and talented but here's the thing -- a EE is NOT an electrician!
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          • Originally posted by FadeToBlack&Gold View Post

            The doofus who previously owned my home, probably. We discover shoddy DIY work he did between 1991-2020 about every 2-3 months.

            Dear auto mechanics - you are not plumbers or electricians, no matter how much you think you are.
            nothing shoddy about using number 10 wire on a light circuit. It exceeds code, assuming it’s not a 30 amp circuit. NEC is the minimum one most do, exceeding it is fine.



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            • We had a large fraction of our attic wiring still knob and tube, along with a bunch of Romex just scattered about where it could be stepped on, and no shortage of open-air splices between the two. Had to get the whole attic re-wired essentially. It feels like whoever lived in the house the previous 60 years just added new wiring on top of old wiring without doing the whole thing in one coherent manner.

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              • Originally posted by walrus View Post

                nothing shoddy about using number 10 wire on a light circuit. It exceeds code, assuming it’s not a 30 amp circuit. NEC is the minimum one most do, exceeding it is fine.


                Yeah, it's just really annoying. The light I was installing has one of the european style connectors instead of using nuts. It says you should use 18ga but 14 worked fine. 10 wasn't going to fit.
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                • Originally posted by French Rage View Post
                  open-air splices
                  **** those scare me. Had one on the inspection in the attic. Required the previous owner to fix prior to close.

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                  • Originally posted by walrus View Post

                    nothing shoddy about using number 10 wire on a light circuit. It exceeds code, assuming it’s not a 30 amp circuit. NEC is the minimum one most do, exceeding it is fine.


                    ...and as you can see, this is why I don't try to do my own electrical work. :-)

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                    • Originally posted by dxmnkd316 View Post

                      Yeah, it's just really annoying. The light I was installing has one of the european style connectors instead of using nuts. It says you should use 18ga but 14 worked fine. 10 wasn't going to fit.
                      Real wagos(brand name)are ok for splices, other than that you are taking a chance on the so called European splices. Might be better than those cheesy orange wire nuts that are usually with lights.
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                      • Originally posted by French Rage View Post
                        We had a large fraction of our attic wiring still knob and tube, along with a bunch of Romex just scattered about where it could be stepped on, and no shortage of open-air splices between the two. Had to get the whole attic re-wired essentially. It feels like whoever lived in the house the previous 60 years just added new wiring on top of old wiring without doing the whole thing in one coherent manner.
                        Thats pretty much the way electrical is in any home, store, office etc. Keeps getting added onto until it’s maxed out. Every electrician does things differently. Some are easy to follow, some are not.
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                        • Originally posted by walrus View Post
                          Real wagos(brand name)are ok for splices, other than that you are taking a chance on the so called European splices. Might be better than those cheesy orange wire nuts that are usually with lights.
                          It's a Philips hue fixture that has several ETL certs. Supposedly these splice connectors offer better connections than nuts. But I'm less of a fan of the permanent one-time use. If you screw up and need to rewire, you basically have to cut it off and start over
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                          May your paint thinner run dry and the fleas of a thousand camels infest your dead deer.
                          Originally posted by bigblue_dl
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                          Originally posted by Kepler
                          When the giraffes start building radio telescopes they can join too.
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                          • Loving the idea of sharing home improvement stories, both the wins and the not-so-successful moments. It's all part of the journey, right? By the way, if you're on the lookout for top-notch furniture and decor to elevate your spaces, checking out Furniture and Decor reviews here could be a game-changer. Let's keep the conversation going and inspire each other with our home improvement adventures!
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                            • My ac unit outside sometimes gets really loud like when a Fridge compressor gets loud. But it’s not consistent

                              had a reputable company come out. Guy spent a long time looking at things inside and outside of house. He said that the install notes were lacking, and the refrigerant seemed a tad heavy but no signs of unit being overcharged- so he thinks some contaminant got in during install. Lo and behold, previous owners didn’t pull a permit like they should have, so likely some handyman or owners themselves messed up install. With our temps and my upcoming guests, I agreed to replace refrigerant for $1500. Was fine for a few weeks

                              last week during winds the power flickered and the noise started again. Last night, I came home after Oppenheimer and turned on ac and it made the noise again.

                              giy warned me that the evaporator coil could be bad- he wasn’t even sure if the indoor component was replaced when the outdoor unit was in 2018. I found email from realtor during inspection that confirmed both inside and outside parts replaced at same time.

                              so now I gotta call company back and tell them the fix didn’t fix the issue. And I’m terrified that evaporator coil or something else could be another 1500-2k fix and pretty soon I’ll have paid equivalent for a new ac unit

                              and I’m getting laid off this week gaaah

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                              • Sounds like he is full of **** to me, get another hvac guy
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