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#### tswmu

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Hello everyone,

I need help to understand a term related to electricity (I think).
I'm a French student and as part of my degree, I'm translating a short story.
In that short story, two characters are building a house. Here is the passage I'm not sure I understand:
"I helped him plot circuits and measured sockets against my hammer"
Does it make sense to any of you to measure sockets against your hammer?

#### former farmer

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Possible that it is referring to placing your hammer head vertical on the floor with the handle up, setting your outlet box on top of it, then nailing box in place.

#### Barjack

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I think what that means is when installing electrical boxes in a new house, wall or room, some guys use their framing hammer as the height gauge. You stand the hammer on the floor against the wall stud, and the top of the hammer would equal the top of the box.

IBTL

#### HARRY304E

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Hello everyone,

I need help to understand a term related to electricity (I think).
I'm a French student and as part of my degree, I'm translating a short story.
In that short story, two characters are building a house. Here is the passage I'm not sure I understand:
"I helped him plot circuits and measured sockets against my hammer"
Does it make sense to any of you to measure sockets against your hammer?

Some electricians will use their hammer by standing it up against a wall and marking the wall for the height of their electrical boxes,so that they're all the same height.

#### tswmu

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Thank you!

Now it makes sense to me, thank you

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Don't they call power outlets sockets in Europe?

..."I helped him plot circuits and measured sockets against my hammer"..
If I may, "I helped him route circuits and measured the socket's height off the top my hammer"

I removed "againest".

tswmu

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Il y a du monde qui se servent de leur marteau pour avoir une mesure fixe quand ils disposent leurs boitiers électriques. Le marteau à une bonne hauteur pour les prises de courant.

#### tswmu

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Don't they call power outlets sockets in Europe?

If I may, "I helped him route circuits and measured the socket's height off the top my hammer"

I removed "againest".
The sentence I wrote is the author's so I can't change it, but yours still helps clearing up what the author meant so thank you!

#### tswmu

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Il y a du monde qui se servent de leur marteau pour avoir une mesure fixe quand ils disposent leurs boitiers électriques. Le marteau à une bonne hauteur pour les prises de courant.
Super, merci !

#### tswmu

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And yes, "socket" is the British term for "power outlet" (and probably the Canadian one as well as the author is Canadian).

Thank you all for your help!

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#### tswmu

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Sorry =)
The author is living in Great Britain now, that's proably why he wrote "socket".

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