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calendar   Monday - May 11, 2015

Friggin Rework

Rats, I knew it was too tight a fit.

I put a bathroom fan in this weekend in a dropped ceiling commercial bathroom. You’d figure that would be easy, dropped ceilings usually having loads of vertical clearance above them. But no. This one has two water lines and a PVC drain line of some kind right over the spot. So it was a tight fit that stretched the wire a bit. Worked fine when I left, but didn’t work when they came in this morning. So I’ve got to go load up the tools and ladder and run down there again, right now.

Crap.

And it’s an annoying fit too; the building is wired with 12ga BX cable, and the fan wires are puny little 22 or 24 gauge. And short leads of course. Kind of tough to get them to stay in a wire nut with that big old 12ga solid core chunk of copper.

So there goes my profit margin. But I’ll eat it, because I don’t do crap work, and this is a regular long term customer.

Oh well. So much for blogging this morning and then going flower shopping.

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UPDATE: My nuts were too big. Geex, how often do you hear that? One connection was a little loose, so I trimmed 1/8” off the 12ga wire to even the ends up better with the 24ga stuff, then used a one size smaller wire nut to screw them together more tightly. While I was at it I put a smaller wire nut on the other connection. And lucky me, I found my wire strippers which I had left up in the ceiling. All fixed. I turned the thing on and off 50 times and it worked without a flicker. 10 minute job. Took me more time to put all my tools and the ladder in the old chuggy buggy.

So, on with my day. Breakfast ... now there’s a good idea!


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/11/2015 at 12:24 PM   
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