On Jul 29, 8:38 pm, firstname.lastname@example.org (Edward) wrote:
Are you sure that it was aluminum wire? Could have been copper clad
in something else, but who cares, since you replaced it.
Your junction box looks good, except the insulation should have been
stripped back closer to the box connectors. Electrical tape is
totally unnecessary. Is that box not secured to anything? Didn't
look like it was screwed to anything. Your connection in the fixture
also needs the Romex insulation stripped back. Can't see where the
ground wire is connected, but I am assuming it is ok.
On Mon, 30 Jul 2007 01:38:45 GMT, email@example.com (Edward)
It probably wasn't aluminum wire, just tinned copper. Not unusual to
see. If you cut a strand and it's copper colored inside, it's copper.
A metal junction box must be grounded, so you need a jumper from the
box that ties into the bare ground wires, and they should be
wire-nutted together. And, BTW, the box must be mounted to something,
and it can't be completely covered up, as in buried inside a wall or
Ditto on the fixture; the housing must be tied to the ground. there
is usually a green screw provided for this.
You don't need to buy grounding wire; if you've got an a piece of the
3-core about 4 inches long or so, just open it up and grab the bare
piece. If it's already been used, strip the insulation off a piece of
the white or black and use that. As another poster said, there should be
a screw in the box itself to attach the ground to, and use a wirenut to
connect all the ground wires together.
"Take sides! Always take sides! You may sometimes be wrong - but the man
who refuses to take sides must *always* be wrong! Heaven save us from
More or less.
Its in a big space above the fridge, there must be two cubic yards of
space in there.
Once I take out the grate the light I just installed shines through, I
can reach up there and grab the box.
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