Rite ... i think ... i hope ... the tape comment was about the number of wraps of tape. Not about using the tape.
No it won't. The electrician starts his wire stripping, about an inch and a 1/4 from the end. He then slides the insulation off about 3/4". Leaving the "tail" of insulation on. The actual copper wire is recessed inside the insulation 1/2". This serves the purpose of keeping the stranded wire from fraying when it's tightened under the screw.If the end of the wire gets close to the metal box, its going to arc.
This is called DIY for a reason.Using tape shows signs of your insecurity.
ok Dr Frued.
It’s not painters tape. It’s blue electrical tape.
You people are ridiculous
I’m installing an AC circuit today which will terminate in a metal old work box using Madison bars
It’s definitely getting taped.
think I’ll use yellow tape.
maybe even brown. Orange ?
maybe duct tape or scotch tape Ha !!!
Now I realize why I left this place. Bunch of hacks with expert opinions.
Thats the hack way. I learned the proper way within 1 year of my apprenticeship. In fact I think we invented the proper way to connect stranded wire to side screws on devices....lol The only time I do not make tails is with pressure plate terminals.Strip the insulation, give the conductors a quick twist to be sure they are not frayed, bend them around the screwdriver shaft, slip under the screw head and tighten. Or use solid wire.
You're not in this trade are you? Another task learned before my first year was over. Tape is hack and it is messy and a pain in the ass for the next guy that comes in behind you.You know ... of all the things we argue about here, this (tape) has got to be one of the most senseless.
No one said one word about the NEC. But since you bring it up, it does say that all work will be accomplished in a neat and workman like manner.No, you learned the way your instructors taught you. I would like to see you quote an NEC section that says one way or the other is better, or one is wrong.
High horse? Seems you are the one wanting to argue. Several licensed electricians here have said what they do. Clearly your method is obsolete. We worked this out many years ago. Many years ago.You’re the one on your high horse telling the world your way is the only way. And before you start using spade lugs you need to verify it is accepted by the BO in your area ... some claim they don't meet code.
Yeah ! If only there was some sort of switch set up to turn things off when you work on them, then we wouldn't need to tape them.Also... What's up with the tape comment?
I haven't been here in years and everyone always bad mouthed when someone put tape on a device. Jeez.. get over it. especially in a metal box and especially like in this scenario where more than likely someone needs to pull it out to sheet rock (as the OP did) and you want to stop it from shorting or hurting someone..
OK as you were.