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Old 09-10-2008, 07:56 PM  
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just for fun wats the worst thing u ppl saw in electrical done from a previous electrician... i have so many its not even funny... from the squeeze part of a bx conector use to join the main of a service entrance of a house, to an upside down 75 kva transformer YA UPSIDE DOWN the reason why i think it was put upside down is cause the wires of the load werent long enough

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Old 09-10-2008, 08:08 PM  
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I found a #2 GEC bonded and jumpered at the water meter and a # 2 at the CT can going through the wall but the hundred feet of #2 from the h2o meter was coiled up in the ceiling and went nowhere....We were having our own problems that day and the boss could care less.

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to an upside down 75 kva transformer YA UPSIDE DOWN the reason why i think it was put upside down is cause the wires of the load werent long enough
Everyone know you can't do this. All the electrons will fall out.
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They must've had a bucket sitting below with a ground rod driven through the center of it.
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Everyone know you can't do this. All the electrons will fall out.

im telling it like i saw it
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a few years back i had to repair a light at one of my customers house outside, it was right ontop of the door on the aluminium suffit. has im unscrewing it i get zaped. they use the aluminium going around the house as a nutral when i started to remove the screw taped on the aluminium it became all red...
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How about an old panel where every breaker was a 2 pole 50. Yes 2 pole 50 for #12 &#14.
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im telling it like i saw it
Just teasing,

Once saw a pair of 75kVA's installed in parallel.
I assume they needed 150kVA and used what they had?
I don't know if it was legal, but it must've worked. We were there doing the demo after we finished the occupant's new building.
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the squeeze part of a bx conector use to join the main of a service entrance of a house
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thats exacly how the joint were done with the conectors lolll

I think the emt/fuses is the big winner....i cant believe it thats realy bad
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It has been fairly traditional to temp in a new service all over the country with squeeze connectors instead of taps when the PoCo is expected to shortly put the real one's on. Sometimes they get missed, and last for years.
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How about the guy who changed
out Mom's fuse box?
The stranded range cable wasn't
long enough so he just twisted it
(tinned copper stranded) around
some #8 aluminum and taped it.
No wire nut, fell apart when I
took the tape off.
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i rewired a comercial local few weeks ago, building is 50 years old. Junction box over junction box a real mess. Cleaning that out ,while locating all the mains i started to open the 4*4box's all the joints were done with copper burndys. i must of collected 50 of them
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Today.

Feed to a water heater, Ran up the wall INSIDE the HVAC duct about 10 feet into a junction box screwed to the side of the duct work up into the ceiling and down the wall the water heater
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ive seen alot of scary stuff around here, old farmers have got to be the worst imo. old k&t with romex spliced in just strip back about a foot of the romex and wrap it around the k&t no tape no nothing. or went to an apartment, had one circuit for each unit, microwaves didnt work very well
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Holy Cow Batman!!
My main client in florida was an Prop. Mngt firm and I pulled out harry home renter lamp cord runs from exterior fixtures for party lights or from outlets thur walls into closets and up into the attic to power lights and fans. some times done by the previous tenant sometimes from the prop owner 'doing the tenant a favor', but the pictures above boxes take the cake.

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