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    Ok, I'm a little confused on a couple of things. ...

    Ok, I'm a little confused on a couple of things. First, what is your proof that you have a short circuit? You tested resistance(?) between one hot wire and a neutral wire, got 0, and your meter...
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    Wirenuts are tapered because if they weren't the...

    Wirenuts are tapered because if they weren't the thing would never tighten. The wires would go directly to the back of the nut and stop and the nut would never be tight. It's the same reason why a...
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    When you take the screw out of a device you'll...

    When you take the screw out of a device you'll notice that it only screws into about two or three threads, and you can in fact overtighten and strip those threads, rendering that terminal useless. ...
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    Ok, well I admit I don't use a torque wrench. ...

    Ok, well I admit I don't use a torque wrench. But I do properly shape the loop, and I don't ring the wire with my lineman's pliers to strip it. I use a knife or a stripper. You can get used to...
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    That's not true. Over time, with people yanking...

    That's not true. Over time, with people yanking on cords, and heat at the terminal, screw connections come loose all the time. And if one wire - hot or neutral - comes loose, all the outlets down...
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    Yeah, I trust my splices more than copper under a...

    Yeah, I trust my splices more than copper under a screw. And you shouldn't use tape on a splice, or on the terminals of a device. You're just putting more shit in the box that can burn.
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    Well, I said good electrician, but what I meant...

    Well, I said good electrician, but what I meant was someone who knows that, when you piggyback the outlets like that, losing one means you lose the whole line. So when you put eight outlets on a...
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    Actually the only intention of having two sets of...

    Actually the only intention of having two sets of screws is to separate the top and bottom outlets, not to allow for easier in and out wiring. A good electrician wouldn't use both sets of screws if...
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    Look at Scuba Dave's post. Use a pancake. The...

    Look at Scuba Dave's post. Use a pancake. The cable clamps are inside the box, so if you need to remove the box, just loosen these clamps and pull the box off the wall. You could also use a gem...
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    Well, if "pretty sure" doesn't cut it, neither...

    Well, if "pretty sure" doesn't cut it, neither does, "as long as there is a space," not when the code is very specific. So let's be more specific. "Space for the purpose" means that the space for...
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    I'm pretty sure that splices are only supposed to...

    I'm pretty sure that splices are only supposed to be made in a panel if there is a specific area in the panel designated for that purpose. Your standard main residential panel doesn't have such a...
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    I've done a 200a service in 11 hours, and I've...

    I've done a 200a service in 11 hours, and I've done it in 4. It really does depend on how things turn out once you're on site and start pulling things apart.
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    Well, it might just be an overwhelming sense of...

    Well, it might just be an overwhelming sense of pride at having beaten back the bullies. I don't think it's a grudge, mainly because I've never heard anyone wave the flag and scream anything about...
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    Wow, you guys certainly can hold a grudge :D If...

    Wow, you guys certainly can hold a grudge :D If we hadn't thrown your tea in the water we'd be saying ridiculous things like bugger off and cheerio and bullox.
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    Just to be clear, this UF cable pops out of the...

    Just to be clear, this UF cable pops out of the ground and plugs into an outlet?
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    check your connections

    check your connections
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    If you can't find a mechanical problem - loose...

    If you can't find a mechanical problem - loose connection, bad remote, etc. - by isolating certain parts of the light fixture, then the problem may be interference. Does anything else flicker in the...
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    Yeah, it's sloppy but happens all the time. If...

    Yeah, it's sloppy but happens all the time. If you can't find a box extension small enough to help, then the problem must not be that bad. What you do is put the device (outlet, switch, whatever)...
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    Don't know CT code, but the drilling option is...

    Don't know CT code, but the drilling option is obviously the best. If there a finished ceiling? Will there be? Is it a drop ceiling? You could put a runner on your joists - a strip of plywood...
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    The extra black wire is a constant hot for the...

    The extra black wire is a constant hot for the fan part of the fixture, so you can run the fan and light separately. The idea is that you can turn the light on and off from the wall switch, as...
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    Doesn't the code also require 3" outside the box?...

    Doesn't the code also require 3" outside the box? At least 6" of conductor from the point it enters the box, and extending at least 3" past the edge of the box?
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    My apologies, I neglected to see that you were in...

    My apologies, I neglected to see that you were in Australia when I read your first post. I do not know Australian electrical code, nor do I know the nomenclature. I can tell you how a 3-way...
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    Please be more descriptive. What is in the...

    Please be more descriptive. What is in the electrical box you are wiring the fixture to? How many cables come into this box? What are the colors of the wires that come out of the cable(s)? How...
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    Put a box in the ceiling.

    Put a box in the ceiling.
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