• Garrett replied to the topic Screw Threads in the forum Electrical 3 years, 11 months ago

    Ceiling boxes use an 8-32 screw (10-24 for ceiling fan boxes). Switch/receptacle boxes use a 6-32. If you are referring to the screw that comes with the light fixture, they are often metric. It would help if you could specify exactly where the screw goes.

  • Non-shunted have the four wires. The diagram shows a separate wire to each pin of the bulb. If you were going to upgrade to a ballast bypass LED tube, you would be safe buying any that suited your needs. With those particular ballasts, you would not have much (if any) success with LED tubes requiring ballasts.

  • It is possible that the ballast is compatible with both and you won’t experience any problems. On the other hand, it typically leads to decreased ballast and/or bulb life. Several years ago when the industry was making the change from T12 to T8, I installed a new T8 fixture and put T12 bulbs. I think it lasted maybe 6 months. Since then, I’ve been…[Read more]

  • They have the same distance between the pins so they may appear to be interchangeable but they are not. T stands for Tube. The number beside it is the number of 1/8 inches in diameter. T12 = 12/8 or 1.5 inches. T8 = 1 inch. T5 = 5/8 inch. The ballast is what determines which bulb to use. There are a few ballasts that will drive either F32T8 or…[Read more]

  • Sounds like you have F34T12 and F40T12 bulbs. Almost all T12 ballasts can only power one or two bulbs max. This is why you will find two ballasts in the older four bulb fixtures. An electronic replacement ballast is around $20 for T12. An electronic ballast for F32T8 would be around $30 or less and can power up to four bulbs. Since you mentioned…[Read more]

  • Shunted means that both sides of the tombstone are connected internally. Very common on existing T8 fixtures. Non-shunted means the two halves of the tombstone are not internally connected. Very typical on T12 fixtures. The easiest way to tell is look at where the wires go into the tombstone. Most shunted will only have two inserts for wires. All…[Read more]

  • As for LED tubes, the higher the lumen output the brighter the light. 2700k is a warm white color approximately the same as traditional incandescent bulbs. 3500k is similar to halogen white. 4100k is the same color as cool white fluorescent. 5000k is a brighter white with 6500k being the blue-white closest to daylight.

    There are online retailers…[Read more]

  • Is it possible that on the opposite end (yellow wires) you have one yellow feeding a red and blue instead of two blue from one yellow and one red? Without looking at the whole thing, this would be my guess.

  • Garrett replied to the topic device wiring/box fill in the forum Electrical 5 years ago

    If a pigtail is 12 inches or longer it gets counted as an additional wire. Each device counts 2 of the largest wire size. The grounds count as one of the largest ground wire.

    Example: 10-2 with ground coming in, adding a receptacle and feeding down line with 12-2 with ground. 10 AWG wire calls for 2.5 cubic inch. 12 AWG wire calls for 2.25 cubic…[Read more]

  • Garrett replied to the topic Plastic glue in the forum All Other Trades 5 years, 4 months ago

    I have used Gorilla glue epoxy to repair lots of plastic, ceramic, and even glass. I would give it a try before j b weld.


  • Pull the rubber plug out above the spindle and insert the proper sized Allen wrench to tighten it. That should fix the problem.

  • Garrett replied to the topic rewiring my house in the forum Electrical 5 years, 5 months ago

    Where I work, the only code compliant upgrades are that smoke alarms be installed when a panel box or service entrance is upgraded. As for best protection, grounded outlets with separate ground back to the panel bar is by far the safest. There is an exception that allows for ground fault protection with no equipment ground; however, in such a case…[Read more]

  • I use the spyder rapid core eject system. I like it a lot because it solves both problems. The mandrel has the pull back pin feature, plus there is a push button which allows you to slide the saw back and eject the core without any tools. It works with any hole saw that uses the standard mandrel. I have Bosch, Lennox, Irwin, and Spyder saws in…[Read more]

  • jzmtl wrote:Hmm, wonder if regular OIS blade will be phased out or will coexist with starlock. I’m guessing eventual phase out.

    I think they will be phased out since the basic Starlock is ois compatible. The reason for the different levels is because the plus and Max need heavier tools to take advantage of the blades.

  • Garrett replied to the topic extension rings in the forum Electrical 5 years, 6 months ago

    Lowe’s carries the plastic extension rings. I believe they come in a two pack and can be used side by side for two gang boxes.

  • Garrett replied to the topic 2×4 End Pieces? in the forum Flooring 5 years, 7 months ago

    Found another company that specializes in end grain flooring. They even claim it has been used for a long time and in fancy places. If this is the look you are going for, I would buy the pre are product. Most Pinterest posts are casual diyers who are trying to save a dollar and don’t realize the difference in quality let alone type of wood.…[Read more]

  • I’ve used them before, but it was a couple of years ago. I don’t remember it taking very long to get the parts. It may be something that is back ordered and most of those type websites are bad about not letting you know unless you ask.

  • I’ve seen a lot of wires spliced outside of junction boxes and even recessed lights. I honestly think some people are lucky to still have their houses. There are many reasons why a handyman isn’t always the best choice, especially when it comes to electrical. A couple of years ago I received a all to repair a ceiling fan that wasn’t hugging the…[Read more]

  • I’ve been receiving them since they offered them as well. I’m not sure if it is part of doing so, but when I created my home depot user account and log into the mobile app, I associated my credit card with that account and all my purchase history is there too.

  • I don’t remember where I read it but someone was complaining about the new 12v kits coming with 1 hour chargers and Bosch replied that back in 2012 new energy efficiency requirements went into place. The 30 minute charger didn’t meet the new requirements and therefore they could no longer produce them. That is why they have the 1 hour charger.

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