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Re: What did you do today NOT lighting wise « Reply #495 on: April 15, 2024, 01:45:39 AM » Author: RyanF40T12
I had 2 jeeps that had the 5 speed trannies.  An 89 Cherokee, and an 89 Wrangler.  They were fun but that was when I was younger. Now a days I appreciate the auto trannies.  Now.. If I had a sports car I might enjoy a manual but we'll see. 
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Re: What did you do today NOT lighting wise « Reply #496 on: April 18, 2024, 11:11:01 PM » Author: wide-lite 1000
 I replaced both the receptacle and cover plate in my bathroom . The previous brown leviton 15a duplex had gotten worn to the point that plugs wouldn't stay in properly.  The cover plate was one of the real wood ones . It's so thick that the receptacle was slightly recessed by about 1/8" below the face of the cover plate . Is the plate what killed the outlet ? no idea ! I installed a used lighted hospital grade Ivory 15a.with EOL lighting I removed from a truck at work along with a normal plastic cover plate I got from ReStore for 25¢

 This setup consists of a 2 gang box with a switch on one side and the duplex on the other . The switch is still the previously installed brown one .
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Re: What did you do today NOT lighting wise « Reply #497 on: April 19, 2024, 12:52:59 AM » Author: Rommie
The idea of sockets (ok, receptacles, silly word  :laugh:) in bathrooms will always scare the crap out of me  :poof: :short:
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Re: What did you do today NOT lighting wise « Reply #498 on: April 19, 2024, 12:57:35 AM » Author: fluorescent lover 40
@wide-lite 1000 - The cover plate has nothing to do with the receptacle wearing out. It’s simply worn out due to the amount of use that it has received because the metal contacts inside spread out over time with use, eventually causing the receptacle to no longer hold plugs as well as it used to.

Great that you replaced it with a hospital grade receptacle. A big step in quality from a (I assume) residential grade receptacle.
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Re: What did you do today NOT lighting wise « Reply #499 on: April 19, 2024, 03:05:39 AM » Author: icefoglights
Those wood plates were always super thick.

Today I prepped one of my snowmobiles for summer storage and put the battery back in the motorcycle for the first time in 2 years.
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Re: What did you do today NOT lighting wise « Reply #500 on: April 19, 2024, 02:03:12 PM » Author: wide-lite 1000
 @ Ria :  I've always heard of them being called "outlets"  I picked up "receptacles" here on LG . Honestly , having them in the bathroom is no different to me than having them in the kitchen , the garage or out in the yard . You can still get shocked when wet .  Now , if they were in the shower / tub area I'd have a BIG problem with them !

 @ fluorescent lover 40 : My problem with the wood plate is that it wouldn't allow a larger diameter plug (hair dryer) or something like a plug-in air freshener to by plugged in all of the way .
 The hospital grade was a freebie as a customer complained about the internal lighting not working in their ambulance . 

 @ icefoglights : exactly ! this plate could've been made way thinner than it is .
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Re: What did you do today NOT lighting wise « Reply #501 on: April 19, 2024, 02:18:33 PM » Author: Rommie
Yeah, we do have them in the kitchen, and far too close to the sink for my liking. But a bathroom tends to be a lot steamier, and ours is so small you couldn't fit one in there anyway without it being within touching distance of someone in the bath.

As for drying your hair, as I said it gets steamy in there, and the mirror is useless..! We dry our hair either in the hallway, where there's a big mirror, or in the bedroom where there's an even bigger one..! And not near any water, either..!

Outdoors I always use a 110V centre-tapped transformer as used on construction sites to power anything I need out there, which isn't very often.
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Re: What did you do today NOT lighting wise « Reply #502 on: April 19, 2024, 02:28:39 PM » Author: wide-lite 1000
 Here in the U.S. anything in a wet or moist area is SUPPOSED to be GFCI protected My house has NOTHING !  :laugh:  I remember watching my mom use the electric hand mizer in a pot sitting in the sink !
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Re: What did you do today NOT lighting wise « Reply #503 on: April 19, 2024, 03:07:32 PM » Author: icefoglights
The house I grew up in was built in 1973-74 and only had one GFCI protected outlet on a GFCI circuit breaker under the house in the crawl space.  They must have considered it an "outdoor" outlet, which was a new requirement in 1973 instead of a "crawlspace" outlet which wasn't required until 1990.  The bathroom vanity outlet wasn't a GFCI, as that wasn't required until 1975.  The kitchen counter outlets weren't either, as they weren't required until 1987.
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Re: What did you do today NOT lighting wise « Reply #504 on: April 19, 2024, 04:46:26 PM » Author: Rommie
@ Tim - All our sockets are RCBO protected at the consumer unit (breaker panel) rather than at the sockets themselves.
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Re: What did you do today NOT lighting wise « Reply #505 on: April 20, 2024, 06:24:56 PM » Author: wide-lite 1000
 Typically ours are as well . The GFCI outlets are nice when you only have one that needs protection .
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Re: What did you do today NOT lighting wise « Reply #506 on: April 20, 2024, 08:08:20 PM » Author: Mandolin Girl
@ Tim: It's better to be safe than sorry.  :wndr:
Though it is useful to have a socket equipped with an RCD when an appliance is prone to trip the RCBO back at the CU...
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Re: What did you do today NOT lighting wise « Reply #507 on: April 20, 2024, 11:58:05 PM » Author: icefoglights
On 120v, there's more of a chance of a GFI circuit breaker registering line loss as a leakage to ground and tripping if a load as at the end of a long run.  That's where GFCI outlets are nice, because they can be placed close to the load and less likely to trip that way.

Today's project was getting ready for spring.  Took my truck to the car wash, took the snow tires off and put on its brand-new summer tires, changed the oil and replaced the windshield wiper blades.  Also Washed mom's car, took the snow tires off and put her summer tires on.
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Re: What did you do today NOT lighting wise « Reply #508 on: April 23, 2024, 09:53:16 PM » Author: Bulbman256
Spent the past couple days visiting a college out in Indiana, figuring that all out now. Also had a chance to check out the Studebaker museum in Indiana, really cool place. :bulbman:
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Re: What did you do today NOT lighting wise « Reply #509 on: April 23, 2024, 11:34:01 PM » Author: LightsoftheWest
You should've checked out the Fanimation Fan Museum in Zionsville. :tfan:
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