[Darkroom] [Build] Conduits towards darkroom

jim jim at well.com
Tue Jan 19 08:04:27 UTC 2010

   anyone concerned with electrical wiring at 2169 

   i've invented a scheme for wiring at 2169: 
* always run one black, one red, and one white in 
any pipe run--i.e. don't run just one red and one 
white or one black and one white. 
* always wrap tape around the black, white, and 
red trio to show they're grouped together--do 
this where the trio enters and also where they 
leave any and every junction box. 
* always use black for receptacles. 
* always use red for lights and appliances. 
* on all devices (receptacles or light fixtures) 
black or red connects to brass connectors, and 
white connects to silver connectors. on two-way 
switches it doesn't matter which red wire connects 
to which connector. on three-way switches the two 
traveler wires connect to the two identically 
colored connector and the red wire from power or 
to the device connects to the odd-colored connector 
on the switch. 
   the reasons behind my scheme have to do with 
2169 being a hacker space. ask if you want to 
listen to me explain the details. 

   there are two basic considerations for wiring: 
* doing it right so you don't short-circuit things 
and maybe damage stuff or worse. 
* doing it to code so that no one knowledgeable 
gets horrified and pulls an alarm. 

   there are well-known conventions to wiring; 
whoever next works on the stuff you did is likely 
to know about and depend on those wiring 
conventions. their work may be unnecessarily 
difficult or dangerous if you don't follow the 
   there are a lot of conventions as well as lots 
of details to code requirements. electrician 
training programs are four years in length. it's 
a lot more than just screwing screws and building 
lego-like pipe runs. 
   not that there's much to know about what to do 
for most of 2169 wiring. but you have to do those 
few things right, and you have to know what not 
to do. 

On Mon, 2010-01-18 at 19:03 -0800, Ian Atha wrote:
> Correct! By "wiring" I was referring to the electrical wiring between
> the supply closet and the junction box outside the electrical room.
> I asked someone to show me how to do electrical wiring but it appears
> he is required to be granted special permission to touch
> darkroom-related matters.
> On Mon, Jan 18, 2010 at 18:21, dpc <weasel at meer.net> wrote:
> > Kelly <hurtstotouchfire at gmail.com> writes:
> >
> >>> If someone is willing to show me how to do the electrical wiring (and
> >>> is permitted to touch darkroom-related matters) I'd be willing to do
> >>> that too.
> >>
> >> I know that some amount of darkroom wiring has been done, but I'm not
> >> sure where we're at on it.
> >
> > last i left it, the wiring on the interior of the darkroom was done
> > awaiting wiring to the junction box above the door.
> >
> > \p
> > ---
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> >                - Antoninus
> >
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