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#10650 06/16/02 12:09 PM
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I'll start it out, y'all guys and gals add some if you wish, and maybe the Webmaster can find some time to compile it if he so wishes...

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Disco: disconnect (I believe sparky aka Steve came up with that one)
PoCo: Power Company (I think I started that one)
GC: general contractor
EC: electrical contractor
Rx: Romex (not drugs!)
EGC: equipment grounding conductor
GEC: grounding electrode conductor
AHJ: (from the NEC) Authority Having Jurisdiction (Mr. Inspector, Sir...usually)

Please add more! [Linked Image]

(I have to go weed-eat the lawn now)

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[This message has been edited by sparky66wv (edited 06-16-2002).]

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#10651 06/16/02 07:22 PM
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K&T: Knob and Tube (art 394)

BX: Armored cable w/o a ECG?...
( come to think of it, i really don't know the definition...?!)
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Ducky: (art 368..)Bussways...

#10652 06/16/02 08:14 PM
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Sparky and Sparky66

BX cable nicknamed for the Bronx where it was first made hence BX for short.


#10653 06/16/02 10:10 PM
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OCP overcurrent protection

The following are some local terms:

LD's liquidated damages for you contractor's out there
CT can current transformer enclosure used by the PoCo for metering
PT can Potential Transformer enclosure used by PoCo for metering
1900 box some people call it a 4s box or a 4" square box
333 box or a switch box
rabbit wire trimmings (taken to salvage and sold)
rabbit gun large wire cutters (some may be ratcheting type)
noodle neutral wire

Maybe more later,

The Watt Doctor
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#10654 06/16/02 10:46 PM
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sparky, how'd we overlook "noodle"?

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That's one of my favorites!

Dikes: Diagonal Cutters
'Lectrician's Hammer: Lineman's pliers
'Lectrician's Chisel: Large Flat Screwdriver
Can: Meterbase, enclosure or box, usually metallic
Pig: Garbage Disposal (another one from Steve)

I'll be thinkin' of more!

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#10655 06/16/02 10:55 PM
On the same subject here's a pretty comprehensive glossary on electrical and electronic terminology:

#10656 06/17/02 12:04 AM
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CB: Circuit Breaker
DMM: Digital Multimeter
ECN: The Electrical Contractor Network (here) [Linked Image]
X-former: Transformer (fairly common slang)

Cool links too!

This one 's from sparky from another thread...

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#10657 06/17/02 01:11 AM
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A few odds ‘n’ ends…

Pie axe or axe—cable shears

Trailer—extension cord

Baloney—larger type W or G flexible supply cord

Dogs—channel∙lock pliers

Ship auger—wood boring drill bit

Kleins—Original 19th-century lineman’s pliers

Edison—just about anything electrical

Westinghoused—executed with alternating current

Minerallac—(1) bolt-through conduit of tubing clamp OR (2) non-contact neon-and-mirror circuit tester for industrial 2.4-4.8kV—arguable if safely useable on ungrounded systems.

Indenters—1950’s system of ½-1 inch “crimped” EMT connector/coupling of arguable ground continuity

GRC/RMC—Galvanized Rigid Conduit/Rigid Metal Conduit…enameled finish raceway evolved from black-iron gas pipe

Glass—fiber-optic cable

Sherardized—trade term for conduit anodizing

T/TW—“dangerous” thermoplastic/vinyl wire insulation; first threat to original “safe” rubber cable insulation

Deion—early principal arc-interruption/extinction method for AC circuit breakers

4w∆ terms for Bø (occasionally Cø) of higher voltage∙to∙‘neutral’/groundStinger Leg Red Leg Orange Leg Purple Leg Power Leg Wild Leg Bastard Leg High Leg

Aluminum Wire/Cable Code Names As Excel File As Word File

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#10658 06/17/02 05:46 AM
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BX cable nicknamed for the Bronx where it was first made hence BX for short.

no kiddin'....huh!
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#10659 06/17/02 06:05 AM
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Some "official" British terminology:

CPC = Circuit Protective Conductor (=EGC)
ECC = Earth Continuity Conductor (obsolete)
ELCB = Earth-Leakage Circuit Breaker
MCB = Miniature Circuit Breaker
PME = Protective Multiple Earthing
RCCB = Residual Current Circuit Breaker
RCD = Residual Current Device (=RCCB=GFI)
SWA = Steel Wire Armoured (cable)
TRS = Tough Rubber Sheath (obsolete)

consumer unit = distribution panel with main switch
earth/earthing/earthed = ground/grounding/grounded
isolator = disconnect
plate switch = combined switch/cover plate
plug top = cord cap
socket outlet = receptacle
twin socket = duplex receptacle

Some colloquial usage:
earth trip = ELCB or RCCB/RCD
live wire = phase conductor (equiv. to "hot")
T&E = "twin & earth", normal 2-cond. w/ground cable

And one I've invented since living here:

builder's screwdriver = big hammer!

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