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Old 01-11-2013, 12:27 AM   #31
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Store? Commercial setting? Where are all the regulars who admonish the non-professionals for working on non-residential electricity?

My personal opinion is that after looking at the pictures I'm not sure that I buy the story that one lamp would light. Especially the 2nd picture.
Yes the lamp might flickler if you connect power directly on one side and a grounded on the other though o believe that Burns out the lightbulb ....120 volts. @ 60 Hertz wont light it but will make it flicker

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Old 01-11-2013, 08:59 AM   #32
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Is it just me, or is there evidence of something getting too hot. Clues....bubling paint on the fixture....one one of those black wires looks like it maybe got a bit too hot.
That was caused by the old ballast. It probably smoked and stunk like hell.
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Yawn, this thread turned into a ****storm real quick..

We got them all working just fine now. Basically all you have to do is wire it up how I had it but have the power line skip the tombstone and go directly to the ballast and have independent wires going to to the tombstones. Yes that's how the wiring diagram said to do it, and no it wasn't that simple the way our fixtures are wired together.

Anyways, thanks for the help.

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Yawn, this thread turned into a ****storm real quick..
Hire someone next time and use the time you spent on this working the store.
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Well that would be an incredible waste of money and a perfect way to never learn any new skills. I think I just may not do that, thanks.
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Well that would be an incredible waste of money and a perfect way to never learn any new skills. I think I just may not do that, thanks.
We all learn from our's and somebody else's mistakes just keep at it
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Well that would be an incredible waste of money and a perfect way to never learn any new skills. I think I just may not do that, thanks.
It maybe ok for your home useage but in commercal location if that is true that you work inside the commercal building then it will be off limits., It have to be done by electrician.

Just trust us I have see alot worst than this one when a building owner or renter do something with electrique system.

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Well that would be an incredible waste of money and a perfect way to never learn any new skills. I think I just may not do that, thanks.
I bet if your store was flooded with water you would call a plumber. I bet if the heat quit or the AC quit, you would call a heating and air HVAC guy.
I know you would.
But everyone knows electrical work is easy and anyone can do it.
My issue with your comment was the yawn.
You are damn lucky to have this forum as most electricians do not give free advice.
You act as if you are owed this free service. You are not. You are lucky these guys helped you.
You had no idea as to what you were doing.
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I bet if your store was flooded with water you would call a plumber. I bet if the heat quit or the AC quit, you would call a heating and air HVAC guy.
I know you would.
But everyone knows electrical work is easy and anyone can do it.
My issue with your comment was the yawn.
You are damn lucky to have this forum as most electricians do not give free advice.
You act as if you are owed this free service. You are not. You are lucky these guys helped you.
You had no idea as to what you were doing.
This is true, but not for everything. If a sink starts leaking, you buy a new drain and fix it yourself. If a main pipe bursts, you call a plumber. If wall outlet stops working, you call an electrician. You do not call an electrician to change a light bulb or ballast. That would truly be silly.

The yawn was not meant to look down on the site or anything like that. I said it after reading the 2nd page of crap that had nothing to do with what the original question was, and just slamming me for *not understanding a simple wiring diagram". The first page was full of incredibly helpful posts, including yours.

Forums like this exist for nearly everything in life. I help out in whatever fields I can, and others do this too. It is expected, and what makes forums so great. Forums would be nothing if professionals and hobbyists alike felt as if their skills were so sacred they could not share them with anyone else.

This thread should have died days ago, please let it.

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