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Old 06-23-2011, 10:52 PM   #51
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Yes all screws and bolts are measured by the thickness of their thread area not by the head area.
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Old 06-24-2011, 08:29 PM   #52
 
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How long should the screw be? 2 inches?
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Old 06-24-2011, 08:45 PM   #53
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measure how much screw/bolt you will need by the area you are going to attach the screw to on the fixture to hold it up, you can always add a little more to it and just cut off the excess with a hack saw or dremmel.
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Old 06-28-2011, 10:24 PM   #54
 
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Everything's setup and i was supposed to paint today, but it started raining REALLY REALLY badly:O I guess i'll wait tomorrow.
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Old 06-29-2011, 12:36 PM   #55
 
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How exactly did you heat shrink the wires together without soldering?:O If the two wires are gonna run horizontally together, i find it hard to "twist" them around each other, but if i do a "vertical" twist together, i cannot apply the heat shrink:O Confusion yet again. :O haha
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Old 06-29-2011, 03:37 PM   #56
 
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Well it's done. I'm using a 23 Watt and a 13 Watt, as those are the only ones i had on hand:O I'm kinda scared about how close the bulbs are to the actual wall and the power switch though:O


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Old 06-29-2011, 07:25 PM   #57
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Very cool, glad you got it all working, as for the heat shrink, its a pain but with enough work and patience you can get it over the wires. As for the closeness to the walls I wouldn't worry too much as long as they are not touching the walls. Mine which has been setup for 6+ months is doing just fine. there is a little bit of warpage and char marks right where the bulbs sit, but the gutter is just fine, if it worries you too much then just go down in wattage of bulbs, as the smaller wattage the smaller the size of the bulb.
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Old 06-30-2011, 12:49 AM   #58
 
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Is your bulb touching the wall of the gutter in any way? If not, how far is the spacing? Thanks for all the help btw!
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Old 06-30-2011, 05:47 PM   #59
 
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bulbs should never touch anything but the socket.and if there are burn marks then there is a heat issue and you may simply need to use a lower watt..like i was saying 4 13 watt bulbs work out really well on a 20 long.
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Old 07-03-2011, 09:03 PM   #60
 
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Welps, after about a week of having the 23 watt up there, i think i've been convinced to move onto 2 double sockets using 4 15 watt 6500K cfls. Only think now is that i soldered the wires together, then used the heat shrink.


Amazing deal at my local WALGREENS btw; 1 GE 15Watt 6500K cfl for $0.62 each! I'm disappointed that home depot, OSH, Lowes, nor Walmart had it, but a Walgreens did. Kinda sad. hahaa

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