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Speaking of DIY........ #12013 07/28/02 10:06 PM
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Member Check out this one. Got to the bulletin board. then electrical, then above ground pool.

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Re: Speaking of DIY........ #12014 07/28/02 10:43 PM
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Re: Speaking of DIY........ #12015 07/28/02 11:12 PM
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elektrikguy Offline
That is just the type of discusson forum that I would expect Bob Vila would have his name on. I cringe every time I see him on TV. I am disgusted that he,of all people,would have a discussion/help forum for homeowners. Has anyone read the threads? SCARY!!

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Re: Speaking of DIY........ #12016 07/29/02 12:15 AM
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Bjarney Offline
Oy vey.


Topic: Bathroom outlet is upsidedown?
Shoud the outlet show the 'happy face' right side up or upside down? (As you can see I know nothing about this) If I plug in the hair drier, the plug is inserted upside down. Can I get this rewired?

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Re: Speaking of DIY........ #12017 07/29/02 12:22 AM
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caselec Offline
I just checked that site out and its pretty bad. I think most of the people answering the questions know less than the people asking them. I think I'll stay on this forum.


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Re: Speaking of DIY........ #12018 07/29/02 05:07 AM
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sparky Offline
WARNING: Certain home improvement projects are inherently dangerous, and even the most benign tool can cause serious injury or death if not used properly. ALWAYS READ AND FOLLOW INSTRUCTION MANUALS AND SAFETY WARNINGS. Be particularly careful when dealing with electricity. Moreover, always use common sense. YOU EXPRESSLY AGREE TO HOLD US HARMLESS FOR ANY PROPERTY DAMAGE, PERSONAL INJURY AND/OR DEATH, OR ANY OTHER LOSS OR DAMAGE THAT MAY RESULT FROM YOUR USE OF THE SERVICE.


Re: Speaking of DIY........ #12019 07/29/02 06:43 AM
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Redsy Offline
I notice he's putting the GFCI at the end of the run. I wonder about his wiring methods and burial depth. I have heard about ground rods at pools before, but still dont know why some people believe they are required.

Re: Speaking of DIY........ #12020 07/29/02 04:59 PM
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sparky Offline
The are far better DYI'er forums than old Bob has, mainly due to lack of rebuttal from a wider group of <ahem> qualified individuals.

But the DYI'ers are no fad, they are here to stay. All cornball disclaimers aside, who among the hordes of 'electrical' orginizations would take a stand and publicly put the kebosh to this?

yeah...thought so..


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Re: Speaking of DIY........ #12021 07/29/02 09:34 PM
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Electric Eagle Offline
I actually enjoy watching Bob Villa's Home Again and This old House. They usually don't get into electrical too much and not technically when they do, however I was watching one of the other HGTV DIY type shows and saw the guy demostrating installing a ceiling fan. He said the blue wire (from the fan) was for the reversing feature on the fan. If he had even bothered to read the instructions he would've known he was wrong.

Why can't DIY'ers leave the dangerous/critical items to the pros. How many of you have gone to trouble shoot something and after an hour or 2 the guy remembers that he did something himself a few days ago, but he's sure it didn't cause the problem. [Linked Image]

Re: Speaking of DIY........ #12022 07/30/02 12:29 AM
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Bjarney Offline
Apt illustration, Sparky.

Seems like Norm and Steve [on TOH] are pretty consistant at making a point of electricians and other trades doing their jobs.

We all pay for DIY antics in insurance rates, believe me.

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