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Old 06-13-2011, 07:55 PM   #21
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so you strip the power cord extension so that the wires are free, then match them with the switch wire and the socket wire correct?
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Old 06-13-2011, 08:59 PM   #22
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Hey got a quick question sorry not trying to highjack this thread I have been reading along and like the idea of this rain gutter lights. But my question is will 2 T8 fixtures fit in a rain gutter? Sorry again!
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Old 06-13-2011, 09:05 PM   #23
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Well here are the items i'm SURE of that i found online.
Rain gutter
Rain gutter endings
Power extension cord
Heat Shrink
I'm not sure about the other items to get or i counldn't find them online. I could only find "Y" dual sockets online and the switches were all the ones that go into walls for room outlet control. If anyone could link me to the items i should get, it would help alot. I saw alot of 1/4" screws, washers, etc. but I wasn't sure about which one to get:O Mainly, i just need a link to a switch, dual socket, and the screws/washers/etc.

Zof, in your original post, you say to "grind down" the 1/4" screw so it fits into the socket hole. How exactly did you "grind" it down?

& to Boredomb, it's okay. Haha but yeah, pretty sure if you just put the T8 sockets(?) instead of regular ones. Read the posts on the 2nd page, he mentions a T8 fixture, and just put 2 of those(T8's) instead of 1 T8 and a double socket.

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Old 06-13-2011, 09:36 PM   #24
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I had to pull my double light socket out of a $7 cheap ceiling light fixture, but after looking around the double sockets seem to be available at your local small town hardware stores but not the big box stores unless you did what I did and buy a cheap fixture to use.

I mean grinding by using a grinder you know the ones that go on workbenches and spin 2 wheels. Or you could use a dremmel or some other rotary tool to grind down the screw.

And yes you strip the wires free of the plastic coating just enough to get enough metal wire out to wrap around another wire. And yes match the wires the best you can just make sure you make a big circle with all of them in the circuit, most lights don't matter too much in which wires are connected to which ones unless you turn it on and the light blows out then that one might care, just try to match them as best as you can, your switch might have two black wires which basically means put it between the black wires of the power cord and light fixture.

DIY projects like this are about trying to figure out what works with what to work, most of your smaller hardware light the screws and bolts you will just have to look at them and estimate if they work, if they don't go back to the hardware store and get a new one.

As for the T-8 bulbs, it would be a really tight and interesting fit trying to get two in there, but is possible, to me most of the cost of t-8 fixtures is the ballast so I would just buy a pre-made fixture since most of the cost is something I would buy already.

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Old 06-13-2011, 09:47 PM   #25
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Well as of now, i only have $27. Not really expecting any income anytime soon:/ The gutter, endings, heat shrink, and extensions alone are about $15.

As for grinding, i don't think i have any tool like that:O And what part do you grind? The head of the screw or the actual threading on the screw?

I'm not really sure where i can find a double light socket. I live in San Jose, CA and the only hardware stores i know of are OSH, Lowes, and Home Depot. Do you think other stores like Target, Sears, or something like that will have any?

And any advice on where to get a socket like yours? i actually really like the look of yours. haha

Which do you think is better? Or does it not matter?
Westinghouse Brand Socket Westinghouse Brand Socket
Leviton Brand Socket Leviton Brand Socket

And will this switch do well?
Toggle Switch

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Old 06-13-2011, 10:34 PM   #26
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If you only have $27 I would go just with the clamp on light method until you get more money, and you grind the head of the screw down like in the picture.
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Old 06-13-2011, 10:47 PM   #27
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Well i just talked to my parents, and they're willing to help me pay for it.

And okay, i just looked at the picture. So the head of the screw is inside the light socket? And what kind of screw head is that in the picture you used? And of those 2 light sockets i linked above, does it matter which one i get?

And i think i finally understand the wiring.

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Old 06-14-2011, 12:02 AM   #28
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Both those will work so just go cheap all you have to do is to remove all the unnecessary parts like the mountings, I just chose a long flat head type bolt so I could use a nut on it to tighten it down just make sure its large enough to not go through the hole in the light socket since we are using it to hold the light socket in place hence why we grind the head down to fit into the small slot on the inside of the fixture. And yes your wiring it correct, its just hard to see because of all the black in the picture.
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Old 06-14-2011, 01:11 AM   #29
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Okay, well i ordered it. I just have to go to home depot and get all the other stuff. I'm still a bit confused about the screws/washers/nuts/etc.:O haha
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Old 06-14-2011, 01:17 AM   #30
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you will get it ..its really simple once its all in front of you..your ability to improvise will greatly improve.
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