ECN Electrical Forum - Discussion Forums for Electricians, Inspectors and Related Professionals

Topic Options
Rate This Topic
#217907 - 01/02/17 02:46 PM Dangerous DIY Advice
Texas_Ranger Offline
Member
Registered: 12/17/01
Posts: 2391
Loc: Vienna, Austria
Today this DIY instruction video was brought to my attention after it made its way through the internet all the way to Germany. It tells US DIYers how easy it is to replace a switch with a new switch or dimmer.

Unfortunately I would say it contains several serious flaws. I am sure you will spot them immediately! The full video is at the bottom of the page.

https://www.buzzfeed.com/pierceabernathy...llYO#.noDrdVVoJ
Top
Work Gear for Electricians and the Trades
#217908 - 01/02/17 06:05 PM Re: Dangerous DIY Advice [Re: Texas_Ranger]
HotLine1 Offline


Member
Registered: 04/03/02
Posts: 6776
Loc: Brick, NJ USA
OK, check the mounting screws for voltage??
Use your voltage twister??
Electrical tape as a choice for EGC splicing??

A white and black device combo?? (Only bad taste)

_________________________
John
Top
#217909 - 01/02/17 06:11 PM Re: Dangerous DIY Advice [Re: HotLine1]
sparkyinak Offline
Member
Registered: 07/08/07
Posts: 1307
Loc: Alaska
Better safe than sorry. I've replaced single pole switchesthat were installed as a 3-way so one can guess where the third wire wound up at....
_________________________
"Live Awesome!" - Kevin Carosa
Top
#217910 - 01/02/17 10:46 PM Re: Dangerous DIY Advice [Re: sparkyinak]
sparky66wv Offline
Member
Registered: 11/17/00
Posts: 2232
Loc: West Virginia
I can relate, Kevin. Years ago, my mother complained of being shocked in the milk house at my family's dairy farm. Turns out, some farm hands replaced a single pole grounded switch with an ungrounded three-way in a box with a false ground downstream. When the grain room light was off, the rest of the circuit downstream had a hot ground at 120V. Needless to say, I was upset.


Edited by sparky66wv (01/02/17 10:47 PM)
_________________________
-Virgil
Residential/Commercial Inspector
5 Star Inspections
Member IAEI
Top
#217911 - 01/03/17 11:48 AM Re: Dangerous DIY Advice [Re: Texas_Ranger]
Texas_Ranger Offline
Member
Registered: 12/17/01
Posts: 2391
Loc: Vienna, Austria
And on top of that installing an earth wire from a box with what looks like two NM cables without any visible earth.
Top
#217912 - 01/04/17 07:09 AM Re: Dangerous DIY Advice [Re: Texas_Ranger]
ghost307 Offline
Member
Registered: 05/09/05
Posts: 899
Loc: Chicago Illinois USA
The only good advice on that site is the first step.

1. Go to your breaker box and turn off the switch for the light/outlet and the wall switch.

Step 2 should be to call someone who knows what they're doing.
_________________________
Ghost307
Top
#217934 - 01/12/17 09:52 AM Re: Dangerous DIY Advice [Re: Texas_Ranger]
Potseal Offline
Member
Registered: 02/23/13
Posts: 204
Loc: Saskatchewan
The top termination is a little sloppy:



Voltage twister...I hope that was a typo smile
_________________________
A malfunction at the junction
Top

Member Spotlight
Member Since: 04/03/02
Posts: 6776
New in the Gallery:
SE cable question
Featured:

2017 NEC and Related
2017 NEC
Now Available!

Shout Box


Who's Online
0 registered (), 44 Guests and 9 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
 
New in the Gallery:
SE cable question
 
Top Posters (30 Days)
Admin 51
HotLine1 43
gfretwell 17
Trumpy 16
Ruben Rocha 13
 
Newest Members
clee512, Jdscott2005, FAIZAN, Regitest2, sureshazhagai

ECN Electrical Forums - sponsored by Electrical Contractor Network - Electrical and Code Related Discussion for Electrical Contractors, Electricians, Inspectors, Instructors, Engineers and other related Professionals