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Old 04-13-2008, 12:35 AM   #16
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Some of us are professional electricians. We give our time here to help DIY people who want to do the job correctly and safely. The hack jobs all of us have seen have nothing to do with it. No one needs our blessing to do something incorrectly. Do whatever you want.

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what about the ten foot tap rule?
Enlighten us as to how that would apply to the subject at hand.
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I'm not trying to stir up a hornets nest here, but I think questions like this are valid and deserve a valid response.

Consider this; Joe homeowner sees 15 amp on a receptacle, and figures that if #14 is good for 15 amps, then it must be ok to use no matter what's feeding it. A 50 amp range circuit is nearby, and it even has a black and a white in it. I know this sounds completely ridiculous to an experienced electrician, but remember, this is a DIY forum. There are some highly experienced people here, and others who've never before held a screwdriver in their hands.

Since he doesn't want to look like an idiot, he doesn't ask if its ok. But he does read what others have asked, and now he knows this is not OK. To me, the main purpose of this forum is safety. If the experienced guys here treat the newbies with dignity and respect, no matter how silly we think the question may be, it'll encourage more people to ask questions they consider valid. Asking and answering more questions can only result in increased knowledge, and thus increased safety.

Sorry for the rant, I just think a valid question deserves a valid answer.

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I agree Rob. But read the thread and see how many times the correct answers were already given.
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Since he doesn't want to look like an idiot, he doesn't ask if its ok. But he does read what others have asked, and now he knows this is not OK.
I agree, look at all the times this was answered.
Besides, this question pops up ALL the time by DIYers. This is one of the classics. I don't know why we need a hypothetical example.
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Besides, Randall is not a newbie.

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