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Old 08-16-2013, 01:12 PM   #16
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Greg I almost always agree with you. But we are practicing electricity practice by internet forum at this point.

If either of us were there? With whatever testers we own, we might figure this out.

All I am still getting this guy is staring at a bundle of black insulated wires and not knowing what any of them mean.

I say again. Call and pay a Sparky.

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Greg I almost always agree with you. But we are practicing electricity practice by internet forum at this point.

If either of us were there? With whatever testers we own, we might figure this out.

All I am still getting this guy is staring at a bundle of black insulated wires and not knowing what any of them mean.

I say again. Call and pay a Sparky.
No, what we are practicing, is a group of wires that are not connected on either end as the OP stated, which means that there is no power to that circuit. That means no Sparky needs to come in and figure out which one is A, B, C, D. I am competent that the OP is able to perform this task, so again no Sparky is needed to figure out which wire is which, that the previous home owner that pulled the wires, failed to finish the job.
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Greg I almost always agree with you. But we are practicing electricity practice by internet forum at this point.

If either of us were there? With whatever testers we own, we might figure this out.

All I am still getting this guy is staring at a bundle of black insulated wires and not knowing what any of them mean.

I say again. Call and pay a Sparky.

I do know what the mean if they had colored tape on them. What I was needing was a way to find what wire was what at each end so I can put some tape on them and then go from there.

I beleive that I have gotten my answer on how to figure that out and will report back once I get off of work.

For now I thank everyone for their help.
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You go to Lowe's, Ace Hardware, Home Depot, and pick up a package of electrical tape, that has Red, Yellow, White, Blue, Green in it. When you find out one of the Black non marked wires tones out when you have the red lead at both ends connected to it, you take a length of the colored electrical tape, to mark it as the same on both ends.

Does not matter what color you use while toning out, you just want to be able to know which is which, when you go to connect one to Leg 1, the next one to Leg 2, the next to the Neutral, and the one with the Green stripe goes to Ground at both ends.
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You go to Lowe's, Ace Hardware, Home Depot, and pick up a package of electrical tape, that has Red, Yellow, White, Blue, Green in it. When you find out one of the Black non marked wires tones out when you have the red lead at both ends connected to it, you take a length of the colored electrical tape, to mark it as the same on both ends.

Does not matter what color you use while toning out, you just want to be able to know which is which, when you go to connect one to Leg 1, the next one to Leg 2, the next to the Neutral, and the one with the Green stripe goes to Ground at both ends.
Yep already have the colored tape in my box of goodies as I had to do something similar at my last place but I color coded the wires as they were pulled through the 20' feet of conduit.

For some reason I was overthinking what was going to have to be done to figure it out in this case.

Thanks again for your help.
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Did this work?

Yes it worked. Looks like it was just an unfinished job.

In fact it worked so well that I finished Firday night got power in the shed and then went to the lake for the weekend.


Again thanks for the help people above. I was making it way to hard and you helped me.

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