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Last night decided to rewire two lights

2012-12-28 20:46:14.105634+00 by Dan Lyke 6 comments

Last night decided to rewire two lights. Midnight, decided to take today and rewire all the lights. Removing all the knobs and tubes.

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#Comment Re: made: 2012-12-30 21:15:14.900515+00 by: andylyke

shadow: me too, but also have seen numerous poorly applied wire nuts. I'm conflicted on this, but in tight quarters, I do use the push ins.

#Comment Re: made: 2012-12-29 22:49:27.360609+00 by: petronius

Starting out with two and moving onto the whole house somehow makes me think of Bradbury's The Fruit at the Bottom of the Bowl

#Comment Re: made: 2012-12-29 20:00:37.852181+00 by: TheSHAD0W

Mmm... Having experienced spring contact connectors in outlets and switches, I'm leery of them. I much prefer screw-tightened terminals.

#Comment Re: made: 2012-12-29 18:36:27.403735+00 by: andylyke

I found and love a wire joining thing that has 2,4,6 or 8 spring contact adapters connected in parallel. It's easy to just shove the stripped wire end into its individual hole. No twisting together of multiple conductors to place them in a wirenut or risk the (to me) terribly insecure arrangement of myltiple straight conductors into a wire nut. I'm not near the product to cite its trade name, but it's like a wire nut, slightly tapered, with rectangular cross section. ("frustrum of right rectangular cone" comes to mind) The broader end then has the apertures into which you insert the wires. I used to be uncomfortable with push in connections, but I've compromise with a lot of things as I have aged.

#Comment Re: made: 2012-12-29 14:43:44.597151+00 by: Dan Lyke

Yeah, it's apparently California, Washington, Nebraska, and Oregon allow insulation blown in over K&T, but it's so hard to figure out what's where and what the condition of things really is that I'm skeptical of the "no fires if it's in good condition" claim.

Anyway, I've got one small segment (the front porch light) disconnected but not yet removed, and am in the process of hooking everything else back up. So today is going to be a lot of abusing my fingers with wire nuts and running ground screws to metal boxes. Argh.

#Comment Re: made: 2012-12-29 01:10:54.765821+00 by: TheSHAD0W

Damn good idea.

Blowing insulation in over that... Yikes.