There is absolutely nothing wrong with calling an electrician when you don't know what you are doing.
Hi I'm new here, I am a Maintenance tech at an apartment community. I have been replacing some faulty Core & Coil Ballast kits and bulbs. I am working with an ADVANCE Core & Coil Ballast kit (71A8007-001 DB).
When I pulled the old ones out they weren't wired per the schematic.
The 2 commom leads off the transformer were wired to one side of the capacitor. The other side of the capacitor was wired to the lamp common and the common lead coming into the fixture. The hots were correct.
Is there something I'm missing? I read that the capacitor is optional for this kit also.
Well that will keep you busy, Send him a thank you card...:laughing::laughing:Thanks for the info Black Dog, the kits I have don't come pre-wired, I'll just go by the schematic to set them up. I was mainly confused about how I found the wires configured in the existing lamps, the last guy screwed up a lot of things !
The OP is not DIY if he was I would not have helped, he is employed to do the work described in his post, unless it is illegal in the state of Wisconsin for him to do this work I do not see an issue here.Seems to me that this site has turned into a DYI site and an advertising venue with being a forum as secondary.
Why are we catering to DYI and eroding our trade?
Would you rather this guy get killed because you wouldn't help him? There is a difference in a DIY guy who knows literally nothing (though some of them are pretty bright too) and a maintenance guy who makes his living doing the odd electrical or plumbing job. And not every building owner can afford to have a dedicated plumber, electrician, carpenter, and HVAC guy on staff.
Get off your high horse.
I do suggest to the maintenance guy to know his/her skillset limitations. Take a class or get professional help if you are in over your head. But you shouldn't be with a simple ballast change.
Regardless how the fixture WAS wired, and assuming you bought the correct rebuild kit, always wire up the new kit by it's instructions. Don't improvise. The kit may be built slightly differently than the OEM stuff.