Saturday, November 22, 2008

Back to NY

Posted on/at 3:54 PM by Sparky

Well this is what we will have to look forward to this week as we will be heading to upstate NY for Thanksgiving. I dread the drive, and it seems as though we were just there, well its only been a few weeks but anyhow I wish it wasn’t so far.It will be good to see everyone and ride my 4 wheeler. As for us we have not got any snow as of yet, a few flurries but that’s it. My kids will love it if they have enough snow to sled on since they don’t get to do that very often here.

Friday, November 21, 2008


Posted on/at 9:16 PM by Sparky

Anyone who has rewired an old house has come across the old pushbutton switches and normally the home owner is never given an option to keep the old switches since they are usually broken or just worn out. This place has them and they also have some switch plates for them also. // also have old style light fixtures among other things.

These will be good because sometimes you need to keep the original appearance of a home.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Arc Flash and PPE

Posted on/at 7:39 PM by Sparky

An article in the May/June issue of the NFPA Journal discusses the changes in arc flash labeling requirements that are included in NFPA 70E - 2009. The opening paragraph states:

"Since arc flash labels were first required in 2002, there have been many differences throughout the industry between the wording and the choice of signal word and color. The 2009 edition of NFPA 70E, Electrical Safety in the Workplace, will require, for the first time, that one of two pieces of information be on the label: either the required level of personal protective equipment (PPE) to wear or the available incident energy. However, it leaves the color and signal word of the label and any other information the facility wants to put on the label up to the discretion of facility management."

This is what we have to look forward to in the coming months, Here is a video with some good information.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Wordless Wednesday

Posted on/at 8:05 PM by Sparky


Yet another good day to stay indoors where it is warm.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Tuesday Tune up

Posted on/at 7:46 PM by Sparky

If you didn’t notice I have placed a new Entre card widget in my blog today courtesy of Google Gadgets. It will display the top Entre card droppers of all time with a link to them. It was really simple to set up, in google gadgets they have a bunch of RSS feed readers so I simply took the rss feed from my entre card statistics page and placed the web link into the gadget. On another note my wife stopped to fuel up on her way home from work today and paid $1.76 for gas, what a difference from a few weeks ago. I haven’t personally be effected by the job market and lay offs but some of my fellow employee’s have mentioned that family members have been. I sure hope things pick back up. Well I think the cat has the right idea for tonight since its so cold outside. I had gathered everything up to start a fire in our fireplace and he decided this empty Pepsi box was a nice place to nap, I WAS going to use it to start the fire.


Monday, November 17, 2008


Posted on/at 6:11 PM by Sparky


Today we pulled the wire between the farmhouse and our service. We had 3 pulls that are very long but it went well and that part is done now. Tomorrow after a few hours I can try and call in for my inspection if everything goes ok. We have done a lot in this house in the last few months, we still have a lot to do also. Now we can concentrate on retiring the old service we are still using as temporary power. We used our new wire puller and it worked really good, our old one used to take a long time to set up this new one is pretty fast to set up and worked without a flaw.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Summer Wonders

Posted on/at 10:16 AM by Sparky

Today I have been going through photo’s from the summer and I ran across the ones from a weekend of hiking we did in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia this past summer. I really enjoy spending time there are so many trails to hike and things to see. After looking at my pictures I am wishing spring was here. You can still hike during the winter but should be prepared for inclement weather.

This was from a hike we did that went way off the beaten path it took us the better

part of a day to hike in and back out but it was well worth it. I have many more pictures in the coming months of cold I may post more to remind myself of the warmer weather. I think the other thing I would like to spend more time doing is geocaching. We used to try and do a few each weekend with our boys but then for whatever reason we haven’t spent as much time doing it this year.