Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Wire Stripping

So I have been replacing switch plates to add timers for bathroom fans. Tap the button, fan turns on for a fixed number of minutes.

Most of the replacements have been without incident, but I did find an interesting situation on the last one. Turns out the electrician stripped too much wire off the hot line in the switch.  Should this touch the ground wire in the box, it'd be a short. You can see the black line inserted into the back of the switch. This is FULLY inserted, and there is about 3/8" sticking out the back bare.

Little too much copper showing

The switch manufacturer tries to make them idiot proof by putting a wire strip gauge on the back of the switch. I guess that is too complex for Pulte, as there was almost twice as much stripped as should have been.

Oops

Don't get me wrong, I love my home, but the little things add up.


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