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March 2011 Randy's Electrical Corner

Posted in How To: Electrical on March 1, 2011
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It turns out crow tastes a lot like chicken. Just as I was getting comfortable helping you guys out, I go and screw up. It turns out that before I did the November 2010 issue of Jp magazine, I had too much of Patty's moonshine. Never let Randy write when drunk. No wonder the editors took so long to accept my article.

I messed up a couple of wiring diagrams. That column was in response to a reader writing in and asking how to wire up auxiliary lights. Then I go and show you how to keep fuse companies in business. Hopefully you guys figured it out before you blew too many fuses.

I'm not sure where the whole "eating crow" thing comes from. You would think that if a guy knows a saying he'd know where he got it from, but I don't. If you are going to eat crow, I'd suggest deep frying it.

Here is the correct way to do my favorite light wiring. By switching the ground on the relay, all the positive wires are in the engine compartment for an added safety factor; if your switch goes bad, you can just put the wire to ground to light them back up again.

I also have to say that I have been kind of down on this column for a while. Between the editors switching my pretzels to low salt, I didn't think that many of you were reading the column, but the amount of mail we got from my one mistake really convinced me that you do really read this stuff I write. Thanks. In return, I'll lay off the 'shine when I'm drawing electrical diagrams.

Since it would have been hard for me to explain to Cappa in a letter where I went wrong, I decided to just go ahead and show you guys the right way to wire up lights and add a few other neat tricks at the same time. Sure, I'm using up a whole column to talk about something I just talked about, but I gotta get you guys wiring up lights-not wiring up a fuse-popper.

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