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Justin Smith

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  1. I keep my connections up on bricks and haven't had 1 GFCI issue all year.
  2. It's much better to open up the plugs and solder right to the contacts in there. I should really make a video on how to do that...
  3. Run 2 3/4'' conduits to every point in your yard you can think of. Have half of them all come back to a big empty steel cabinet for your controllers. The other half gets a bushing so you can pull cat 5 for the future. Under the eaves, have receptacles run back to your cabinet, and cat 6 jacks.
  4. Sorry for not giving enough details. They are 25' strings of incandescent C9's. I am aware of the power consumption, and have planned accordingly. There is a 60A panel right behind these bushes with plenty of open circuits. If I have extra money, I'll buy the retrofit bulbs, I want red, white, and green. I want to make an 8' by 25' net of lights, with the bulbs spaced evenly.
  5. I got 8 strings of C9's I cam going to use. Any suggestions how to build the net?
  6. Has anyone ever constructed C9 net lights? I think they would look great and definitely be easier to troubleshoot. Thinking of using #12 THWN and pin sockets.
  7. I have C9's on the tree in my house. As long as you use the newer ones you won't have a problem.
  8. I use 3 foot ty-raps and ty-rap them to whatever I can.
  9. I use a 60A contactor to control my whole subpanel. Controlled by a Utilitech in-wall timer.
  10. The weird outlet is a NEMA 6-20. 20Amps 208-240Volts. The breaker feeding that outlet should be a 20A.
  11. For Halloween I just put my PA speakers wrapped in plastic on the roof. The wires just get run along the downspout then under the front door to the sound rack.
  12. Plug a nightlight in somewhere in the circuit.
  13. Two dogs that bark if the wind blows in the wrong direction.
  14. The only difference with the grounded and non-grounded is the ground prong, which carries no current unless a fault happens. No matter the thickness of insulation, here's the maximum ratings: (SPT-1, SPT-2, SJ, SO, etc.) 5 Amps - 20AWG 10 Amps - 18AWG 13 Amps - 16AWG 15 Amps - 14AWG 15 Amps - 12AWG with 5-15 connectors 15 Amps - 10AWG with 5-15 connectors 20 Amps - 12AWG with 5-20 connectors 20 Amps - 10AWG with 5-20 connectors 30 Amps - 10AWG with 5-30 or TT-30 connectors
  15. No! 13 amp rated cords are all 16AWG. The difference is the jacket and the connections. Your typical green cords have better connections than the brown cords. If you ask me, both of them are junk.
  16. I don't use solid state animation, but I've had good luck with the CREE led's at the Home Depot on dimmers.
  17. Check with some local electricians, too.
  18. The monoprice cords come with female ends on them. Clyde's method would use your typical black and white cord ends at your local supply house.
  19. Buy a premade battery pack purchased at your electronics store. I recommend D batteries. Hot glue it to a belt.
  20. There is no difference in ampacity between SPT-1 and SPT-2. My supply house carries sunlight resistant and water resistant SPT cable, although I don't know too much on it. Been using it on light strings for a few years now with no problems.
  21. Pour the vegetable oil into a diesel generator.
  22. Hot glue the battery packs from your battery powered LED lights to a belt.
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