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Old 04-27-2020, 10:39 PM   #1
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Hmmm....


That sounds dirty.....


Never mind.


I'm tired of all the Covid stuff. So I'll post some worthless construction tips that will be basic and pedantic, I'm sure, to any one who has been in the trades longer than a week.


When I'm roping a house, I pretty much keep 95+% of my single gang boxes to 2 cables. Sometimes 3.

But it'll work even with 3.

I use the green wire nuts with the hole in the top for my grounds. Then, when I'm pulling wire, I pull one Romex out about 12", and the rest at 6"

When I go to do the make up, I take the long one, and cut off the white and black, use those for my pigtails, tie the grounds with the one long one out through the top of the wire nut.



When I'm cutting holes in tile with diamond hole saw, I make a hole the same size in a piece of Hardi, and use that as a template. Keeps the hole saw from creeping.

And I put the piece of tile into the water pan of my tile saw, or a dedicated water pan. Easier than spraying water while drilling.



I made a jig from plywood for setting receptacle boxes. The tabs on the edge of the boxes will set the box too deep, because of the curved edge of the stud.

So I made a jig from 1/2" plywood, with a cutout the exact size of a single gang box, with a leg 12 1/2" long.

I put a box into the jig, make sure it's flush with the outside edge of the plywood, and nail it on. Super quick and easy, and it sets it at the right height and depth at the same time.



I'll try to find the pics of this stuff.





How 'bout you? Any tricks?
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Old 04-27-2020, 10:41 PM   #2
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Hmmm....


That sounds dirty.....


Never mind.


How 'bout you? Any tricks?
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but i agree about the covid stuff

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Old 04-28-2020, 01:40 AM   #3
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I trim drywall holes to the same pattern as my electrical box cutouts so I have patches ready to go with no extra time or cost.
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no one seems to like this tip but I swear by it. I have a dedicated bucket vac that I only use for toilets. A rag hangs over the exhaust so no vapor plume.

Anytime I pull a toilet I vac out the tank then the bowl. Makes life so much easier. No mess no drips.
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no one seems to like this tip but I swear by it. I have a dedicated bucket vac that I only use for toilets. A rag hangs over the exhaust so no vapor plume.

Anytime I pull a toilet I vac out the tank then the bowl. Makes life so much easier. No mess no drips.
I have done it like that for years. Many years ago, I did one on a house that had been sitting for several months. Vac'd out the tank, then started the bowl only to hear a "thump"

Nothing like vac'n out a 6 month old hidden turd.
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Wiring during new/remodel, take small piece of Romex sheathing without the wire in it, and label with a black Sharpie, what it does, supplies power to, is switched to, etc.
Then slip over ends of wire in the box and turn the lettering around, so it faces back of the box. When the rockers/tapers/mudders/texturers do their thing, pull wire out, read notes on sheathing, and get 'er done.
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We just throw a coil/loop on the switch leg.


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Wiring during new/remodel, take small piece of Romex sheathing without the wire in it, and label with a black Sharpie, what it does, supplies power to, is switched to, etc.
Then slip over ends of wire in the box and turn the lettering around, so it faces back of the box. When the rockers/tapers/mudders/texturers do their thing, pull wire out, read notes on sheathing, and get 'er done.
Waste of time. The location of the box alone should tell you what it supplies. A black and a white? You need a receptacle. A stripped black and a stripped white? You need a GFCI. Two blacks and two whites? You need a GFCI.... the stripped black and white are the line, the unstripped are the load. Two blacks? You need a switch. Three blacks (or black/black/red or black/white/red)? You need a 3-way, the one wrapped around the other two is the common. 4 wires? You need a 4-way.


If I have multiple devices in the multi-gang box, each 'gang' area has the wires for that device already marked as such and neatly folded into that area. So if I have a black/white 12, a black/black 14 and a black/white/red 14, I know I need a recep, a SP switch and a 3way. I don't need to know the recep is Line-Load GRCI protected, the SP is for the deck light and the 3-way is for the kitchen light. That was all decided before I started banging on boxes.


I don't need to look into every box during rough-in to get a device count. I did that back when I got the rough-in inspection done. My box of devices has the correct number of devices, breakers etc. needed to trim the job. After getting the rough-in draw, I purchased all the switches, breakers, receptacles, GFCIs, smokes etc.
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When locking up an occupied house and the owners are at work (or away) and you want to make sure the dog is still safe and inside....reach out and ring the doorbell.
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I have done it like that for years. Many years ago, I did one on a house that had been sitting for several months. Vac'd out the tank, then started the bowl only to hear a "thump"

Nothing like vac'n out a 6 month old hidden turd.
no need to vacuum, my plumber dumps a 5 gallon bucket of water quickly in the bowl and everything gets syphoned out
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no need to vacuum, my plumber dumps a 5 gallon bucket of water quickly in the bowl and everything gets syphoned out
That gets rid of a lot of it, but NOT all of it.
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Shut off water, flush toilet, pump the rest of the tank water into the bowl, plunge out the last bit of water.

Good enough for me.

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Wiring during new/remodel, take small piece of Romex sheathing without the wire in it, and label with a black Sharpie, what it does, supplies power to, is switched to, etc.
Then slip over ends of wire in the box and turn the lettering around, so it faces back of the box. When the rockers/tapers/mudders/texturers do their thing, pull wire out, read notes on sheathing, and get 'er done.
That's great for open floor plan situations. The electrician on our addition did something like that, except he just wrote on the sheathing and folded it in tight.
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Tip: Don't forget to snap a few pics of the problem you need to solve, no matter how "simple." And take a picture of the home, too, so it's easy to find the pics when you're going through the gallery.
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Setting a toilet? Soft rubber shims (white). Many places don't carry them, but they're the bomb.
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Tip: Don't forget to snap a few pics of the problem you need to solve, no matter how "simple." And take a picture of the home, too, so it's easy to find the pics when you're going through the gallery.
I have been doing this since before we had cameras on our phones. My problem is that I do it so much, going back to find an old picture takes forever.
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I have been doing this since before we had cameras on our phones. My problem is that I do it so much, going back to find an old picture takes forever.
I've thought about adding blank white pics as spacers, or something like that.
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I've thought about adding blank white pics as spacers, or something like that.


I generally do the inadvertent black pocket picture or video


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Trick: multiple bags for different tasks, with many identical tools.
So what if you have four adjustable wrenches or six 11-in-1's? (You have them anyway.)

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