In the electrical field, a fear of heights is something that you have to overcome. From scaffolding to scissor lifts, working up in the air comes with the territory Ladders are the most common method for working in an elevated position and the a-frame ladder is the most infamous of all. Most normal ladders are … Continue reading What is Faith?
Rewires are a necessary evil in the electrical business. They are messy, difficult jobs that require fishing wires through walls at various stages. There are several ways to accomplish this. From simply pushing the wire down to cutting holes in the walls, there are many tricks of the trade to accomplish this. Some walls can … Continue reading You don’t know jack about how we got the New Testament: lessons from a jack chain
Photo by Aaron Burden on Unsplash A few years ago, I was upgrading the electrical service on my uncle’s house. He had one existing panel and he wanted to add an additional panel. This required upgrading the service from 200 amps to 400 amps. We built the new service next to the existing one. We … Continue reading What I learned about morality from an electrical inspection
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
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
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
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
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
"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?
I spent many years as a service electrician. This position required the ability to perform a wide variety of electrical tasks. I had to be able to wire a new house, remodel a commercial space, repair industrial equipment, install generators, and perform many other electrically related jobs. But one of the main tasks of a … Continue reading Troubleshooting Truth – Step #1 Know the Construction Methods