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Old 10-15-2017, 01:17 PM   #1
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Today I needed a two inch grounding bushing. So I was going by Lowes and stopped. I walk by a guy with a cart, he has a Siemens panel and two Sq D HOM breakers in it. Normally I keep my mouth shut, but I thought I'd help out. Told him the breakers aren't made for that panel. He told me they were. I should have walked away. I said "No they aren't listed to fit that panel". He said he tried them and they fit fine. I told him they have 50 amp Siemens breakers. He told me the wire wouldn't fit. He then explained this was for a RV and 3/0 wire wouldn't fit in the Siemens breaker. I then walked away.
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Old 10-15-2017, 01:27 PM   #2
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When I clicked this thread I though it was really going to be a "fill in the blank" thread . So I was going to tell you about the thongs I see on my way home when I follow the beach route........
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When I clicked this thread I though it was really going to be a "fill in the blank" thread . So I was going to tell you about the thongs I see on my way home when I follow the beach route........
Yes in all these years you have never once posted a pic of these chicks... Such bologna.
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I used to always drive past this house in the summer, it was college chicks in bikinis, they had a trampoline and a pool. Guess they moved away, never see them anymore, just the ugly shirtless dad cleaning the pool.

I think it's funny at Lowe's when people are in the electrical isle on the phone. "Yeah, I got the hard blue box dealies and the yellow wire. Do I need to get any switches for the fuse box?"
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Today I needed a two inch grounding bushing. So I was going by Lowes and stopped. I walk by a guy with a cart, he has a Siemens panel and two Sq D HOM breakers in it. Normally I keep my mouth shut, but I thought I'd help out. Told him the breakers aren't made for that panel. He told me they were. I should have walked away. I said "No they aren't listed to fit that panel". He said he tried them and they fit fine. I told him they have 50 amp Siemens breakers. He told me the wire wouldn't fit. He then explained this was for a RV and 3/0 wire wouldn't fit in the Siemens breaker. I then walked away.

Sound like some bakas ( idiots ) was watching too much tool time and think the bigger is better
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I like seeing mc cable, blue carlon boxes, carflex, and conduit fittings in a cart pushed by a woman in Lowes.

I never say a word because the one time I did I got the "my husband is an engineer" story.
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How about when people at these stores see my shirt with the logo, and start asking me questions.
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How about when people at these stores see my shirt with the logo, and start asking me questions.
I'll usually help if it's simple. Based on when the house was built you can recommend 3 or 4 wire dryer cords.
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How about when people at these stores see my shirt with the logo, and start asking me questions.
When I'm up in MD folks tend to listen to the paid aisle walkers in H Depot rather than ask or listen to someone that looks like a professional that may charge for advice or tell them something that might be code like and cost more.
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How about when people at these stores see my shirt with the logo, and start asking me questions.
When I'm shopping in a big-box store and I get stopped by a customer that notices the logo on my shirt my reply is simple...

"I'm here to pick up supplies for a job that another customer is paying me for right now so I am on the clock and on their dime. Would you like to schedule an appointment for $xxx.xx during which I can fix your problem or install your electrical...". And then I take out my phone and open Google Calendar and ask for their contact information and whether a Tuesday or Wednesday appointment in 3-4 weeks would work best. No appointment, no free electrical advice.

What really scares me is when I overhear one of those shoppers asking an employee for electrical instruction and hearing advice that is way off base. It always amuses me, but never surprises me to hear the things that some people actually believe are acceptable when it comes to electrical work. MechDVR's post about Carlon boxes and MC gets played out daily in the big box stores in metro Atlanta.
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Yes in all these years you have never once posted a pic of these chicks... Such bologna.
Who said they were chicks?
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Home Depot actually had a mock up of a breaker panel back fed for a generator. Mounted to the shelving, wires going everywhere. No interlock, hell, no clamps even in the knockouts. I found the manager and demanded they remove it. I explained that this arrangement will electrocute a lineman and when they do manage to re-establish service, the generator will catch fire. I had photos of it and the instructions about turning off the main first, and if it didn't come down, I would follow the instructions and intentionally cause a fire and we would go into litigation. It was gone the next day I went in there and I've never seen a "demonstration" there ever again.
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Home Depot actually had a mock up of a breaker panel back fed for a generator. Mounted to the shelving, wires going everywhere. No interlock, hell, no clamps even in the knockouts. I found the manager and demanded they remove it. I explained that this arrangement will electrocute a lineman and when they do manage to re-establish service, the generator will catch fire. I had photos of it and the instructions about turning off the main first, and if it didn't come down, I would follow the instructions and intentionally cause a fire and we would go into litigation. It was gone the next day I went in there and I've never seen a "demonstration" there ever again.
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I was LMAO, .... until I got the visual ... I don't know if I can forgive you for that
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