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    I bought a 60 gal Husky compressor 6 or 7 years...

    I bought a 60 gal Husky compressor 6 or 7 years ago from HD for about 30 or 40% off. I didn't need a big one, but it was such a good sale that I went for it. It is nice having the extra capacity for...
  2. Because you have 2 wires instead of 1 trying to...

    Because you have 2 wires instead of 1 trying to torque the screw loose when the receptacle is pushed back in the box. Especially with #12 wire. I've personally seen it happen when installing one way...
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    Poll: An issue with not twisting is that when there are...

    An issue with not twisting is that when there are more than a couple of wires, it can be tough to twist the wire nut on hard enough to make the twist & hold the nut on securely. the 'wings' on some...
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    Poll: Yes, that's the one.

    Yes, that's the one.
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    Poll: Just by coincidence, a youtube popped up a couple...

    Just by coincidence, a youtube popped up a couple of days ago that tested Wago vs wire nuts. The guy was running massive overcurrent through & measuring the temp rise. The Wagos did heat up a little...
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    What Bruce said. If it's still tacky, it's not...

    What Bruce said. If it's still tacky, it's not dry enough. The glue should feel completely dry to a light touch. in dealing with the differing surfaces, you should put an initial coat on the wood,...
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    Poll: I haven't used thousands of them yet, but I like...

    I haven't used thousands of them yet, but I like them. I didn't want to because of the reputation of the back stab receptacles. But after lots of research & no failures with them personally, I'm a...
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    Poll: Ain't that the truth. Some other good brands are...

    Ain't that the truth. Some other good brands are Ideal, Klein and Channellock. I don't like using brand new linesman pliers because the jaws are too grippy & scrape up the wires. After a bit of wear...
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    I bought a donut CT & digital display for my DC...

    I bought a donut CT & digital display for my DC that was shockingly inexpensive and quite accurate. You'd need 2, 1 for each line. I think it was from Amazon, or maybe ebay.
  10. Lowball electrical contractors have been using...

    Lowball electrical contractors have been using back stabs from when the came out (40 - 50 years ago?) to this day. I emphasize lowball, with all its negative connotations.
  11. Wire nuts are perfectly acceptable and reliable...

    Wire nuts are perfectly acceptable and reliable for power connections. There are some critical installations where engineers may specify crimp or other type connection. I am an electrician & have...
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    Poll: Soldering is forbidden by code in some...

    Soldering is forbidden by code in some situations, like fire alarm connections.
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    Poll: I agree, and for that reason, I didn't select...

    I agree, and for that reason, I didn't select either answer.
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    Poll: Rod, I'm a stickler for following the book, but...

    Rod, I'm a stickler for following the book, but sometimes you have to let common sense & experience take the driver's seat. For a couple of #14 wires, no problem. Just make sure the ends of the wire...
  15. Ever used the Pass & Seymore Plugtail system? The...

    Ever used the Pass & Seymore Plugtail system? The receptacles come with a pigtail harness consisting of stranded wire leads that terminate in a plug that connects to the receptacle. the tails are...
  16. Taping the outlets is not a bad thing, except for...

    Taping the outlets is not a bad thing, except for the added labor. Unless the box has been bent in, the side wired terminals will not touch the box. Even marginally neat work habits will keep that...
  17. If it was my house, I'd fix them all. You...

    If it was my house, I'd fix them all. You probably don't have to replace the receptacles because they usually have side wired terminals as well. I've seen those back stab connections completely...
  18. Thread: Kitchens

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    Haha! Same with a bottle of ketchup. And that...

    Haha! Same with a bottle of ketchup. And that stuff is hell to get off a popcorn texture ceiling :(
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    I can see the value in an article like that. We...

    I can see the value in an article like that. We are all at different places in our woodworking journey, and there is a fair bit to know about driving screws, as simple as it sounds.
  20. I've never found an insulation displacing...

    I've never found an insulation displacing connector, even from 3M, that worked reliably for power applications.
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    This relates to another thread in "off topic" on...

    This relates to another thread in "off topic" on receptacles. Are those receptacle wired with the back stab connections? If so, that may well be the source of your problem and you'll need to pull...
  22. Thread: Kitchens

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    After papering the main living areas of a house &...

    After papering the main living areas of a house & then having to strip & paint said house several years later, I decided that I would never do that to myself again. Nothing gets dated looking faster...
  23. I have a good example of what happens when the...

    I have a good example of what happens when the back stabber connections are used on my "wall of shame" Those things should never have been approved. The back connections that use the screws to...
  24. You will have to modify the controls to go that...

    You will have to modify the controls to go that low and there will need to be defrost cycles every several hours to keep the evaporator coil from plugging up. And the defrost process will need heater...
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    Locate your cyclone a little differently so...

    Locate your cyclone a little differently so you'll have at least a few feet of straight run heading into the cyclone. That allows the air heading into the cyclone to be less turbulent & better dust...
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