Troubleshooting Truth – Step 6 Possess The Right Tools

A few times over the years of being a service electrician, I committed the unpardonable sin: I left my tools at home. This usually occurred after I was working on a home project and I failed to remember to put my tool bag back in the truck. It's a sinking feeling when you're at a … Continue reading Troubleshooting Truth – Step 6 Possess The Right Tools

Troubleshooting Truth – Step 5 Keep Common Items In Stock

When I was working in the field as a service electrician, I hated going to the supply house. If I was on a job site, I wanted to finish and move onto the next job. How did I prevent a trip to the supply house? I kept common times in stock. From receptacles to switches … Continue reading Troubleshooting Truth – Step 5 Keep Common Items In Stock

Troubleshooting Truth – Step 4 Process of Elimination

I live in the south, and, in the south, bad weather comes in all shapes and sizes. From thunderstorms to tornadoes and hurricanes, we see it all. And, with bad weather, come the inevitable power outages. And this leads to calls for generators, because most people can't seem to survive a few hours without power. … Continue reading Troubleshooting Truth – Step 4 Process of Elimination

Troubleshooting Truth – Step 3 Interview the Owner

Over my many years of troubleshooting in the electrical field, one of the first things I would do would be to interview the owner. I could glean a lot of information that could possibly shorten the repair process. "Where were you at when it happened?" "Did you do anything right before the problem occurred?" "Have … Continue reading Troubleshooting Truth – Step 3 Interview the Owner

M&M Moments: Guiding Hand

Every Saturday in the fall, college football fans migrate to their favorite team's campus in hopes of a victory. I come from Bulldog country and the red and black runs deep. My wife and I recently started taking our young twin girls on these journeys and it's been a joy to watch the events unfold … Continue reading M&M Moments: Guiding Hand

Troubleshooting Truth – Step #2 Know the Era the Building Was Built

Glen was a maintenance man at a local apartment complex that I worked at many times over the years. We became good friends during this time and I always enjoyed working there. He was always appreciative of the work I did there which usually involved troubleshooting and repair of something in an apartment. He would … Continue reading Troubleshooting Truth – Step #2 Know the Era the Building Was Built

M&M Moments: Can I Sit With You?

"Can I sit with you?" It's phrase I've heard hundreds of times in the past few years. I usually hear it at a restaurant near the end of a meal. It's a request that comes from one if not both of my twin daughters. They love to snuggle and sit in the lap of my … Continue reading M&M Moments: Can I Sit With You?

Eager to return

  They say absence makes the heart grow fonder. I recently found out how true this was on a missions trip to Brazil. It was a trip with the purpose of laying block for a new church building. I was excited and nervous all at the same time. What made it more significant was the … Continue reading Eager to return

Thanks

THANKS be to God for his unspeakable gift. 2 Corinthians 9:15. "Thanks" is defined in the original Webster's dictionary as follows: THANKS, noun generally in the plural. Expression of gratitude; an acknowledgment made to express a sense of favor or kindness received. Gratitude is the feeling or sentiment excited by kindness; thanks are the expression … Continue reading Thanks

M&M Moments: Clean Slate

We recently bought our twin girls, Mattie and Macie, a set of cheap magna doodles. My wife purchased them at a local store for three dollars. The girls loved them. Mattie especially loved hers and she wanted to take it everywhere she went. She held it while she ate, took in the car and she … Continue reading M&M Moments: Clean Slate