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    Im not an electrician but been in construction 20+ years so i can change an outlet. I cant tell you how it works but i know what not to touch lol. Ill bag and tape everything and change some outlets sounds easy enough to be safe of course. Thanks for the info. Now if it was only that easy to rewire this 100year old house. I think there is three generations of electrical tech up there lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by corytcline View Post
    Im not an electrician but been in construction 20+ years so i can change an outlet. I cant tell you how it works but i know what not to touch lol. Ill bag and tape everything and change some outlets sounds easy enough to be safe of course. Thanks for the info. Now if it was only that easy to rewire this 100year old house. I think there is three generations of electrical tech up there lol.
    dang if only i lived closer , id help you out on that still its simple just time consuming (rewiring a house. 2 approches re feed each plug and or tare the walls out to re due everything, but then you have to patch , but the electrician fee will be less.)
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    I wish you lived closer to. I have the old wire that goes thru porcelain . Then some braided wire and finally some Romex wire... All hot as far as i can tell. Its a nightmare. When i moved in four really old breakers ran the entire house. One went out and i bought a breaker box full of breakers for less than that one outdated breaker. Did the work myself to switch the box out may not be certified but i feel safer for sure!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by corytcline View Post
    I wish you lived closer to. I have the old wire that goes thru porcelain . Then some braided wire and finally some Romex wire... All hot as far as i can tell. Its a nightmare. When i moved in four really old breakers ran the entire house. One went out and i bought a breaker box full of breakers for less than that one outdated breaker. Did the work myself to switch the box out may not be certified but i feel safer for sure!!
    oh thats good probably was Zinsco panel i have about over 1000 of those that i sell for a lot cheaper than the stores sell them for... but yeah the porcelain wiring method is called Nob and tube and its from the 50's a 2 wire system no ground. yeah i recommend changing that(eventually) since its not grounded and slowly but surely our devices/electronics are needing grounds (too much going on with the Neutral wire, otherwise)
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    House was built in 1915 was told it was 15 years before the town its self got electricity. Not sure how long until the house was first wired. Duly noted on getting the nob and tube upgraded.
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    Quote Originally Posted by corytcline View Post
    House was built in 1915 was told it was 15 years before the town its self got electricity. Not sure how long until the house was first wired. Duly noted on getting the nob and tube upgraded.
    Sorry for getting so off topic guys was enjoying the conversation.
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    There are two major differences between indoor and outdoor cords. The outer jacket on outdoor cords are generally UV resistant and they are more resistant to abrasion. Other than that...

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    Quote Originally Posted by timon View Post
    There are two major differences between indoor and outdoor cords. The outer jacket on outdoor cords are generally UV resistant and they are more resistant to abrasion. Other than that...
    Never thought I would say this to one of your posts, but THANK YOU. Dead On. This is a conversation that I'm tired of having and reading about. We have people sealing up the unused holes on extension cords with Silicon and placing the connection in bags to seal them. All because they think there is something inferior due to the "Indoor" designation

    The factors that make outdoor cords more suited for outdoor than indoor don't really pertain to temporary displays. They just are not out in the sun that long and we do not move them around once they are in-place.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kychristmas View Post
    Never thought I would say this to one of your posts, but THANK YOU. Dead On. This is a conversation that I'm tired of having and reading about. We have people sealing up the unused holes on extension cords with Silicon and placing the connection in bags to seal them. All because they think there is something inferior due to the "Indoor" designation

    The factors that make outdoor cords more suited for outdoor than indoor don't really pertain to temporary displays. They just are not out in the sun that long and we do not move them around once they are in-place.
    i totally agree, i agree with Timon and your additional input. The only thing i see as to why sealing up cords ends is just to prevent the GFCI's from tripping.
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    I find really no difference with outdoor cords. They still fade when placed in the sun and they will crack if you bend them at below zero temperatures. They’re just heavier when I put them in storage.

    Sealing them will pretty much just guarantee a shorter life.
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