What I learned about morality from an electrical inspection

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

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

Troubleshooting Truth – Step #1 Know the Construction Methods

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