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#110801 - 07/07/06 07:13 PM How Hard Can Wiring Be?
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These are pictures of a granny unit that our neighbor is building. The owner didn't want to pay our outrageous rates so the carpenters son decided that he would give it a try, after all how hard can it be? Below are some pictures of his handy work. They are going for close in inspection tomorrow. This is his final product!! Just wait until the owner sees my price to tear it all out and start over when it fails inspection. In the guys defense he did buy one of those "Wiring 1,2,3" books at the big box store.


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#110802 - 07/07/06 07:21 PM Re: How Hard Can Wiring Be?
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Registered: 11/17/05
Posts: 514
Loc: New Jersey
"What could posibly go wrong?"

"That's the first thing that's ever gone wrong"

(Simpson fans will remember the episode.)

#110803 - 07/07/06 07:29 PM Re: How Hard Can Wiring Be?
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Registered: 11/05/01
Posts: 287
Loc: saluda,s.c.
ah heck it'll proably pass.the inspector is proably related to the guy! but really what a mess.i hate having to straighten someone elses mess out. maybe we can hire doofy,he'll get it right!sounds like a good episode for the twilight zone!

#110804 - 07/08/06 01:03 AM Re: How Hard Can Wiring Be?
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Registered: 06/16/04
Posts: 176
Loc: McKeesport, PA, USA
Gentleman, there's an easy way to correct this. All you need is a gas can, a match, and maybe a ski mask

#110805 - 07/08/06 02:10 AM Re: How Hard Can Wiring Be?
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Registered: 07/05/02
Posts: 8557
Loc: SI,New Zealand
Good God!,
This might explain why we have an apprenticeship system in the Electrical trade.
Why the tyraps on the wires?, I'd hate to fault-find or replace any wires in this place after it had been lined.
Going by pic #2 there wasn't a lot of planning went into this job either.
I give it a -2 out of 10.

[This message has been edited by Trumpy (edited 07-08-2006).]
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#110806 - 07/08/06 04:08 AM Re: How Hard Can Wiring Be?
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Registered: 12/24/00
Posts: 4229
Loc: Fullerton, CA USA
The tyraps are there to make this an ultra-neat wiring job, and to provide radiant wall heating.
You've got to love the nail protectors on the stud. I'll bet there aren't any on the side where the holes are, under the shear panel.

Has Granny taken out a large life insurance policy lately?

#110807 - 07/08/06 08:27 AM Re: How Hard Can Wiring Be?
HCE727 Offline

Registered: 11/11/05
Posts: 190
Loc: Delaware County, PA, USA
I do not know why you guy's can't get it through you heads. Black to black, white to white, what is so hard about that?

#110808 - 07/08/06 09:03 AM Re: How Hard Can Wiring Be?
John Crighton Offline

Registered: 05/16/05
Posts: 172
Loc: Southern California
i hate having to straighten someone elses mess out.

circuit man, I couldn't agree more. Nothing makes a job more annoying than when the materials have been butchered first. Guy must've thought those little tabs in the blue boxes were knockouts.

"No - no words. No words to describe it. Poetry! They should've sent a poet."

#110809 - 07/08/06 01:50 PM Re: How Hard Can Wiring Be?
BigJohn Offline

Registered: 03/06/04
Posts: 352
Loc: Boston, MA
What I'll never understand is how someone can do work like this and not even suspect they're going about it wrong.

For example, picture four where the connector plate is hanging off the exhaust fan? "This piece was attached before I started, but now that I'm done it will float uselessly in space." How does that not ring bells?


#110810 - 07/08/06 10:34 PM Re: How Hard Can Wiring Be?
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Registered: 12/21/04
Posts: 6
Loc: Independence, MO USA
Too cheap to hire a professional, but wires the whole house with #12!

I just love the 6 cables for 3 switches. And the grounds twisted so tight that one more twist and they'll snap!

[This message has been edited by sstrick (edited 07-09-2006).]

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