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#116422 - 04/01/04 05:03 PM 15 Years Old !
electure Offline


Registered: 12/24/00
Posts: 4226
Loc: Fullerton, CA USA
Attached are actual pictures of wiring that was done by a 15 year old boy. It was obviously done without a permit, but most of it looks much better than I usually see. He had "small" violations, like no GFCI on outside circuits, and my only "BIG" complaint is the fact that he used indoor equipment outside, but he showed me where the walls are being put in next week, so that is not a big issue. By the way this is for a gezeebo 30 amp 220 volt feed (bonded inside the homeline cabinet) and then a 15 amp 110 volt feed to a "treehouse" (more like a house on stilts). Also- He used all DESPARD devices. Note the 1950s era "ROTO-GLO" despard light switches.

Warren Hudson
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#116423 - 04/01/04 05:08 PM Re: 15 Years Old !
CTwireman Offline

Registered: 02/07/02
Posts: 839
Loc: Connecticut, USA
Looks like he may have a promising career as an electrician! I was doing stuff like this when I was 15.

#116424 - 04/01/04 06:38 PM Re: 15 Years Old !
BigJohn Offline

Registered: 03/06/04
Posts: 352
Loc: Boston, MA
When I was fifteen I think all my wiring consisted of cord-and plug connected devices I made using old extension cables. That being said, I think this is pretty impressive, but I'd still want to go over it with a fine-tooth comb... If it hasn't been done, I'd suggest GFCI protecting the feeder(s) just for peace-of-mind.


#116425 - 04/02/04 08:35 AM Re: 15 Years Old !
big_bobs_electric Offline
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Registered: 02/20/04
Posts: 3
Loc: birmingham, michigan
hi all. These are my pictures sent to me by a friend. I was also wondering- has anyone ever seen these "roto-glow" switches? They were made for despard and for a standard toggle switch plate.

#116426 - 04/02/04 01:29 PM Re: 15 Years Old !
SvenNYC Offline

Registered: 08/19/02
Posts: 1685
Loc: New York City
BigJohn said:

When I was fifteen I think all my wiring consisted of cord-and plug connected devices I made using old extension cables.

Ditto here. My wiring setups were zip-cord stapled all along the baseboards with old surface mount receptacles...sometimes it was just plain old extension cords with their own molded-on connectors.

Anyone remember the old "shove plug into this receptacle, staple the cord along the wall, affix surface mount outlet a couple of yards down the wall" type things? I grew up with that kind of wiring.

I was also a big fan of the "drop cord" (dangling lampholder on a piece of cord from the ceiling).

Remember when almost every house & apartment had at least ONE of these surface-mount plastic critters so you could plug in whatever?

I'm surprised they're still manufactured!

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#116427 - 04/02/04 09:33 PM Re: 15 Years Old !
Lostazhell Offline

Registered: 02/21/04
Posts: 1248
Loc: Bakersfield, CA (Originally Or...
Hehehe.... This is giving me flashbacks
I learned most of the electrical trade from my great cousin who was an electrical contractor.... He was just like a father to me, & still is to this day when I was about 8 or 9, he started letting me raid his workvan for all the old stuff he'd taken out of different places.. showing me what does what, not just showing me how it's done, but WHY it's done that way.. (always checking everything I did before I could get anywhere near energizing!) He'd even take me on some jobs during the summer once i was a bit older... by the time I was 18, he was showing me how to assemble gear sections & bus duct.. About when I turned 21, he retired & I had to get a real job I am curious if the young man learned what he knows just from books or if he actually has someone showing him the ropes? One of the first little projects my cousin & I did was similar to this, except it was an old workshed in the backyard... We piped it in sched 40 underground, MC cabled a couple gfi's & a flourescent fixture inside... I was soooo damn proud of that thing Beyond looking for NEC violations, there's a 15 year old boy out there putting his idle time to positive use! I see pride in workmanship, moreso than I think I've seen in 80% of the do-it-yourselfer projects I've come across.. & I hope this boy will continue his desire to learn our trade!


#116428 - 04/17/04 04:58 PM Re: 15 Years Old !
Trumpy Offline


Registered: 07/05/02
Posts: 8532
Loc: SI,New Zealand
Did that you fella do them overheads in the second pic?.
If he did, he made a darn good job of them!.
We've got Lineys here that could only dream of work that neat!.
there's a 15 year old boy out there putting his idle time to positive use!

Well yes, I agree there, he could be out smoking Crack and getting into trouble with the law!.
His work is very neat though.
Let's face it, these days if you're not young, you're old - Red Green grin

#116429 - 08/24/04 07:40 PM Re: 15 Years Old !
tim87529 Offline
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Registered: 08/14/04
Posts: 9
When I was 15 (3 years ago) or so I wired the garden shed. I probably broke every rule in the book doing so. I didn't have any money for the job, so I basically scrounged up what I could, most of it being old since te neighbourhood I lived in was built in the teens and it wasn't uncommon for electrical work to be done there. I used a few of the vintage 1950s T-slot outlets I found in my Aunt's basement, a ceramic outlet and box pulled from an old garage, some knob and tube wiring, a few feet of twin line antenna cable, baling wire covered in electrical tape, an ancient rotary snap switch taken from a drill press, and whatever else I found in my family's basements or the trash. When I did the wiring I paid no attention whatsoever to safety or the NEC; all I cared was that the thing worked and didn't blow fuses or catch on fire.

Most of the wiring is still intact (not for long...); I can get a few pictures before I rip it out and do the wiring right.

Power has been disconnected for the most part ever since the wiring was done; I felt that the end result was somewhat unsafe and only turned the electricity on when I had business in the shed.



#116430 - 08/13/05 11:18 AM Re: 15 Years Old !
Theelectrikid Offline

Registered: 04/30/04
Posts: 854
Loc: Levittown, PA
I'm about 13-14, and I already have five traffic lights wired in my house. I also repair my own extension cords and electronics (just not anything with a CRT display), and offer to help my father. Forgot to say, nice job to him and hope he takes a job as an electrician.

Ian A.

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#116431 - 08/13/05 04:04 PM Re: 15 Years Old !
Alan Belson Offline

Registered: 03/23/05
Posts: 1801
Loc: Mayenne N. France
Just had a mental picture of your mom waiting in the hall for the lights to change, then turning left into the kitchen!

ps. How do you keep digging up these old gems? It must take hours.
Wood work but can't!

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