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#40527 07/23/04 05:28 PM
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I saw this on the shelf at Big Orange today. It took me a moment until I realized what was so disturbing. I thought that maybe this was a weird exception that had caught my eye, but a search of a couple book sites on line yields the same results.
[Linked Image from]
Seems that the "Art" of the cover is more important than what the art portrays.


Al Hildenbrand
#40528 07/23/04 07:28 PM
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Did they SPRAY PAINT it?!!

Mark Heller
"Well - I oughta....." -Jackie Gleason
#40529 07/23/04 08:42 PM
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Hello Al, I have heard from some trade people that that Black and Decker book (excluding the cover) is one of the better DIYer books.


#40530 07/23/04 09:01 PM
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Hmm... not only are all them thar wires BLUE ("Excuse me, I need to purchase some 12/4 WG with all blue wires just like it shows here!") but they also show a tip-off of DIY'ers by encouraging the installation of receptacles ground-prong-up [Linked Image]

I remember taking a "Basic Electricity" night-school course way back in high school and the instructor pointed out that, if you saw ground-prong-up receptacles, it was a fairly sure bet that it was done by a DIY'er.

Uh-oh... did I start sumthin' I shouldn't have...

No wire bias here- I'm standing on neutral ground.
#40531 07/23/04 09:12 PM
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At last. I've always thought that all wires, including grounds, should be blue. I'ts about time. You white = neutral guys are so retro.

#40532 07/23/04 11:13 PM
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The first thing that caught my eye was that the ground wire is wrapped counter clockwise.

Al Hildenbrand
#40533 07/24/04 12:32 AM
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If you look carefully at the slots on that plug, it looks like the image is reversed. Normally, if ground down, the neutral is on the left, and hot is right. Thus the plug's ground is done correctly (if you look at this image thru a mirror...) [Linked Image]

#40534 07/24/04 12:42 AM
Joined: Nov 2003
Posts: 127
Ah-ha! I've got it!

That image was supposed to be printed on the BACK cover- that would've fixed the image reversal! [Linked Image]

No wire bias here- I'm standing on neutral ground.
#40535 07/24/04 01:50 AM
Joined: Jul 2004
Posts: 625
The image was evidently mirrored top to bottom. Thus the reversed prongs, the CCW screw wrap, and the upside-down positioning of the receptacle.

[Linked Image]

#40536 07/24/04 08:53 AM
Joined: Dec 2003
Posts: 524
...I agree, the ground terminal is always on the neutral terminal's side..

.."if it ain't fixed,don't break a Licensed Electrician"
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