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#191264 - 12/23/09 07:56 AM Wirenuts Too Expensive??
Webmaster Offline


Registered: 10/07/00
Posts: 3142
Loc: NY, USA
While trying to run a new circuit I found this splice in a dropped ceiling. Plastic wall anchors instead of wire nuts. Oh yeah, also spliced out of the box with no cover, etc., etc.. Plastic doesn't conduct electricity, right?

Damn electricians and their expensive wire nuts. It'll be fine. I'll even give you my, "outta sight" guarantee! Guaranteed until I'm out of sight.

Peter Coleman

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#191265 - 12/23/09 09:05 AM Re: Wirenuts Too Expensive?? [Re: Webmaster]
renosteinke Offline
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Registered: 01/22/05
Posts: 5305
Loc: Blue Collar Country
I really want to thank you for this pic ... I had encountered this once myself (except the wall anchors were yellow, and it was inside a box) ... but I failed to get a picture. As a result, there were floks who doubted that anyone would actually do this ...

#191267 - 12/23/09 10:00 AM Re: Wirenuts Too Expensive?? [Re: renosteinke]
n1ist Offline

Registered: 02/13/02
Posts: 176
Loc: Malden MA
They're too expensive if you use a Vise-Grip for each :-)

#191269 - 12/23/09 10:38 AM Re: Wirenuts Too Expensive?? [Re: n1ist]
EV607797 Offline

Registered: 10/25/06
Posts: 756
Loc: Fredericksburg, VA, USA
Not to mention that there's a perfectly good connector in the side of the box. Were they just trying to see how many violations they could commit in one operation?

"But the guy at Home Depot said it would work."

#191270 - 12/23/09 10:41 AM Re: Wirenuts Too Expensive?? [Re: n1ist]
petey_c Offline

Registered: 01/30/05
Posts: 62
Loc: Miller Place, NY USA
This wasn't a total f-up. The red lead was also hot and covered by a wall anchor.

#191294 - 12/23/09 02:55 PM Re: Wirenuts Too Expensive?? [Re: n1ist]
Trumpy Offline


Registered: 07/05/02
Posts: 8532
Loc: SI,New Zealand
Originally Posted By: n1ist
They're too expensive if you use a Vise-Grip for each :-)

If you use the smaller size of Vice-Grips.......... grin
Let's face it, these days if you're not young, you're old - Red Green grin

#191329 - 12/24/09 10:17 AM Re: Wirenuts Too Expensive?? [Re: Webmaster]
packrat56 Offline

Registered: 03/03/08
Posts: 76
Loc: MT, U.S.
I don't expect those wall anchors to do much
I have a sense of adventure, I just keep it leashed with common sense.

#191335 - 12/24/09 11:13 AM Re: Wirenuts Too Expensive?? [Re: packrat56]
Texas_Ranger Offline

Registered: 12/17/01
Posts: 2332
Loc: Vienna, Austria
Respect, that's a new one!

The wall anchors are probably supposed to cover the twisted wires...


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