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Old 12-19-2012, 09:53 AM   #15
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Approximately 4-5" deep and 9"x12" square opening
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Old 12-19-2012, 10:44 AM   #16
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I just realized, my GFCI outlet is upside down?? Maybe in the spring I'll flip it.
The electrons won't notice.
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Old 12-19-2012, 11:32 AM   #17
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With your Nextec saw, As you saw Do you use tape to keep the finished edge from fraying up? Or is the blade alone just fine, I have never used one before. Thanks for your photos.
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Old 12-19-2012, 12:28 PM   #18
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Good idea. Makes sense to install a unit like that if you have a suitable location. The few times I've used an electric heater in my Scamp 13 the cord on the floor has been a nuisance and putting it near the fridge seems counter productive. So I'll be taking a look to see if I can fit one in the hot water tank locker.

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Old 12-19-2012, 07:48 PM   #19
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There is no code for residential applications but for commercial OSHA & OSHPD applications the ground pin orientation must be up. I've seen this recently in a new hospital. For household use some molded cords have the ground pin down such as those on refrigerators. Most home outlets have the ground pin down. For trailer use you should be fine. I put an inverter in my trailer with a GFI outlet and put the ground pin up. This would make a great 20 page forum discussion!
The mounting of outlets with the equipment ground up dates back to at least the early 1980's ,It is part of the rules for hospital certification . I remember wiring the CCU of a large hospital in the early 80's and the rule was in place.
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Old 12-19-2012, 08:10 PM   #20
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With your Nextec saw, As you saw Do you use tape to keep the finished edge from fraying up? Or is the blade alone just fine, I have never used one before. Thanks for your photos.
I cut from the unfinished side and did not use tape, I have used tape in the past when cutting from the finished side. This was my first time with the portable Nextec unit, have used the electric HF unit numerous times, even into the fiberglass for extra outlets. Once the blade is thru you turn the tool and just guide it like a saw along your line, it cuts right thru the paneling like a butter knife thru butter. Also since the grill is bigger than the hole, I was not concerned with any roughness, it was going to be covered. Since this was the first time use, the blade was sharp and the cut was fine. With a used blade you may get some splintering so I'd suggest going from the finished to the unfinished side to eliminate that issue.
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When using this tool I feel like a dentist drilling into teeth, particularly when cutting fiberglass, it cuts harder than wood and the sound imitates that of a dentist's drill with high/low pitches.
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Old 12-20-2012, 07:22 AM   #21
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Huh, I paid $86?? wonder why it went up?
See! You caused a major run on their product, free market supply and demand, LOL!
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Old 12-20-2012, 08:16 AM   #22
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Maybe codes specify now, but in the olden days the ground up or down was argued endlessly like the great toilet tissue over or under debate. I have an older GFCI in a basement bath that has the instructions molded in to be readable for either installation orientation.
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Old 12-20-2012, 08:41 AM   #23
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The only problem I see are using adapters like this one I purchased to plug in my USB chargers, now it is upside down....
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Old 12-20-2012, 09:28 AM   #24
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If the duplex outlet is installed ground pin down, the ground pin tends to resist the downward force of gravity on cords better than the current-carrying blades but is also more susceptible to bending and breaking off in that position. The hospital code clearly recognizes that the ground pin is not a device designed to prevent those pesky cords from unplugging themselves. The mech for that is the twistloc design. I like the close quarters plugs seen often on refrigerators.

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I found the best thing to cut holes in my trailer was a rotozip with a metal cutting wheel. Cuts like butter.
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I found the best thing to cut holes in my trailer was a rotozip with a metal cutting wheel. Cuts like butter.
Yes, a little too easy, like "Oooops" how am I going to hide that now easy.
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