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Old 10-04-2009, 06:32 AM   #16
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Originally Posted by connyou View Post
There is nothing wrong with that at all. It is not even close to a mess. ………
And next time, if you're not sure, call an electrician. There are a lot of us out of work.
connyou, Welcome to the forum, and my sympathies to all real electricians in the current job market.

Some new posters (not jgm156) seem to think that Electricians are overpriced rip-off artists that really don’t have to know very much.

When I was in industry, one of the Engineers in my group had a side business as an Electrical Contractor who did all his work in LA factories, primarily reconfiguring assembly lines or installing new equipment. His partner ran the crew. The jobs were large runs that took up to, bending 4” conduit and pulling lots of wire.

They worked a lot of weekends to meet factory schedules so I would occasionally go down and help out as a novice pulling wire or lugging terminals on 500MCM cable. I learned from day one, that while I thought I knew a lot, I really didn’t know Shinola. I still think that I wouldn’t make a pimple on a real Electrician’s A$$.

Originally Posted by jgm156 View Post
…….Ii even saved myself a hundred bucks! you know what they say, you teach a man to fish.......
Well this is a DIY forum. You did good for on a first time post. If you would have included your location and the approximate age of the wiring, you would have got a quicker resolution

More on Ground Clips
Attached is a pic on how to install a Ground Clip

Those old steel boxes are not tapped for a 10-32 green ground screw so that is why ground clips are used. It was always possible to drill and tap an old steel box but that was a hassle especially with a box stuffed with wire.

Greenlee has come out with a neat combination kit to Drill/Tap/ & deburr for multiple sizes of screws.

An individual 10-32 bit is also available ala carte:
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a wiring mystery-ground-clip2.jpg   a wiring mystery-ground-screw-drill-tap.jpg  
& Stay Safe
.....Bob Lavery

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