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Old 01-31-2011, 08:34 AM   #1
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TIP, whenever you are removing or changing an electrical devise, IE: Light, Switch, Thermostat, Outlet and lets just say anything with wires.

Take a pencil and paper and draw the devise and wires with the colors and where they go. You will save a lot of time and $$.

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Or at least take a picture or two for reference.....

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Left out, with the fact, that majority of cell phones out there, or even with digital cameras, take a picture.
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But then this forum would be dull.
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Old 01-31-2011, 09:28 AM   #5
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Left out, with the fact, that majority of cell phones out there, or even with digital cameras, take a picture.
" Didn't leave it out just left a tip didn't mean to cover every thing under the Sun, why didn't you post a TIP first"?
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I suggest using sticky labels on the various wires.

Too many folks take things apart and then can't figure out what went where and then a quick do it yourself job turns into a lengthy professional job.
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Old 01-31-2011, 09:37 AM   #7
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Coldiron, I'm with you; for things like this, I still prefer a good old pencil and paper. The other thing that I do, once I have determined the associated breaker, is to write it in pencil on the back of the cover plate. If I have to go back there in the future, I am obviously going to confirm it first, but it gives me a good starting point.
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AllanJ: Labeling's a good idea! I just carried a Sharpie and labeled each wire, what it was, in/out arrows, etc. The inspector liked the idea.
It sure made it easier for ME knowing what line did what to where.

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TIP, whenever you are removing or changing an electrical devise, IE: Light, Switch, Thermostat, Outlet and lets just say anything with wires.

Take a pencil and paper and draw the devise and wires with the colors and where they go. You will save a lot of time and $$.
I have been saying this for years and for some time on this forum. It is the right way to do it.

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But then this forum would be dull.
And you are comparing a DIY site to what, in terms of excitement.

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Excellent suggestion. Electricians use permanent markers all the time. Switch leg re-identifying is what comes to mind.
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It's just too bad that by the time most people first come to this site, they've already completely ripped apart a 3-gang switch box with 7 NM cables, without labeling or documenting anything...
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Old 01-31-2011, 11:37 AM   #11
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Cameras are great and it helps to get a picture for reference however there's nothing like wire labels and a drawing hanging on the wall in front of you and the 4 gang boxes with a picture of how it was before you started ripping.
Them cell phones time out and you have to hold them with one hand and when you put them down to wire something *&^(^%$^)@##$.
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It always amazes me why when changing fixture or switch people feel the need to disconnect every wire in the box instead of only the two connected to the device.
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Yep, the guy that took this picture is still trying to figure this one out
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Yep, the guy that took this picture is still trying to figure this one out
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