Friday, December 31, 2010

Beautiful Day in the woods

Posted on/at 1:24 PM by Sparky

Since I had the day off and my boys were stills sleeping I headed up the road to a nearby nature preserve to try out my new camera. I didn't see much wildlife in the woods but I enjoyed a peaceful walk in the quiet since not another person was in sight,

Thats probably about as exciting as my day will get for the last day of 2010, other than eating later on. Be safe if you are out tonight.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Christmas Tree

Posted on/at 9:21 AM by Sparky

Just playing around with new camera hope everyone had a good Christmas, My cat seems to think this is a great place to sleep.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Cat rescued after stuck in tree for days

Posted on/at 4:19 PM by Sparky

Cat rescued after stuck in tree for days: "'s story on a local cat's predicament brought help, and a rescue from a volunteer whose sister called him after reading the article."

I just thought this was nice this cat was saved out of kindness, something this world needs more of.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Shoddy Work

Posted on/at 7:48 PM by Sparky

Every time I see something like this I think it can't get any worse, It never ceases to amaze me at how many times I see something that could have caught fire or electrocuted someone because the person who did the work had no clue what they were doing. This one here really surprised me that it didn't go up in flames. For those who don't know in the NEC # 10 wire is suitable for 30 amps, im not going into d rating wire size or anything just a general rule of thumb sort of thing here, anyhow this person had # 10 wire between a 100 amp meter and a 100 amp panel, now when said panel gets a load on it and this one had a lot it draws more and more current through the # 10 wire and the 100 amp main breaker sure isn't going to trip since its rated for that much current, so what happens? well that small wire acts like a match.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

So long To Summer

Posted on/at 12:32 PM by Sparky

I would like to apologize to any fellow Entre-card droppers I missed over the last few days. We took a small getaway to Williamsburg VA and the motel we stayed at said (high speed internet) however their idea of high speed VS mine is somewhat different. I was able to do some drops but the time it took was way too long and I was there to have fun. We had a great time its a beautiful place and I think we are going back next year and spending a week then. Its so big 2 days doesn't allow you to experience half of it.
We did one of the ghost tours it was fun but just walking around the place at night is a true experience being that it really gives you the old world experience and makes you feel as though you stepped back in time.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Lazy days

Posted on/at 1:52 PM by Sparky

Saturday, July 10, 2010

safari park

Posted on/at 6:18 PM by Sparky

Today was our last real day of vacation and we went down in Virginia to visit the Safari park my sister in law suggested we see. It was a very fun day I might add, my kids are a little old for the petting zoo sort of thing but this was fun and rather interesting to say the least.
We all had a good time feeding all the animals and just watching them.

 Now I suppose the truck needs all the spit washed off the sides and windows from all the animals.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Back in time

Posted on/at 7:36 AM by Sparky

Yesterday we made a trip through the back roads of West Virginia we had seen this gas station-souvenir shop a few years ago. My mom had come down from NY and wanted to see this place so we set out to go see it.

Its surprising walking in this place its almost like stepping back in time 50 years. It reminds me of a place back home when I was a child one of those hardware/grocery store your one stop for all. These days all you have is W@lm@rt my least favorite place that I avoid even if it cost me a few extra $'s.

There is a small park area near this store with a lot of old equipment from years gone by. Very Interesting place to see.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

cool places

Posted on/at 4:45 PM by Sparky

One neat thing about my job is some of the cool places we get to see like today we had to look at some work on a catwalk above a stage hope we get the job would be interesting to say the least.

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Sunday, June 13, 2010


Posted on/at 8:09 AM by Sparky

this was yesterday as we watched a storm blow in it was pretty nasty.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

lead certification

Posted on/at 7:11 PM by Sparky

 Today I spent almost 9 hours in class for the EPA's new regulations on renovations and lead so that I was Certified. I have been in this trade a long time and I work for a large company. We don't do a lot of work on older homes but I can see this is going to steer us away from working on them and also steer people with older homes away from having work done. If I owned an older home and was told I had to have it tested for lead before any work could be done I would say no way. That information would have to be disclosed should the homeowner ever decide to sell their home and that alone could kill a sale. Not to mention there is an additional cost for all the material and disposal of waste and such that is going to be carried over to the consumer. Now for the best part , what to do with the waste? well my friends it goes the same place or regular trash goes right to the local landfill!!  I am certain we have not heard the last about this law.

Answers about the new lead certification rule from the EPA - Fine Homebuilding

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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Things are Picking up?

Posted on/at 8:33 AM by Sparky

Or at least I hope they are I certainly have plenty of work.
 This is the 2nd new house we have wired in the last few weeks I am hoping thats a sign things are starting to take a turn for the better. I have 2 more to do in the next 2 weeks, all of them are sold all ready so its not like when a builder puts up several "spec" houses to sell. I just hope this keeps up and picks up even more.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

New York State Park Closure

Posted on/at 7:53 AM by Sparky

A few weeks ago I had posted about the possibilities of some state parks in New York state getting closed, Well it looks as if the National Park Service has a Different opinion on the situation. This is something I am happy to see after previously living in upstate NY for 28 years I have been to a lot of the parks there and it would be a shame to see them taken away from future generations.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

What a Fun Day

Posted on/at 6:21 PM by Sparky

Today I got to sit for ten hours in an Osha training class thats required for certain job sites. It was very boring yet very Informative as well since there have been many changes over the years since I have been in this line of work. I suppose as an electrician you get accustomed to the NEC code and all of the regulations in that and more or less forget about job site safety.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Full panel

Posted on/at 4:42 PM by Sparky

Here is a picture from a house we were wiring today and the panel is almost full all ready. if this customer ever wants to add anything it will be costly. I dont understand why people don't upgrade the service to 400 amp when its this close on panel space or at least have us put in a sub-panel.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Chittenango Falls

Posted on/at 10:20 AM by Sparky

Here is a picture from Chittenango Falls from back in August 1989 that I took on 35mm while visiting there.

Sorry if the scanned image isn't that great.

Here is another picture of a road near my parents house up in upstate NY.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Chittenango Falls State Park closing?

Posted on/at 9:35 AM by Sparky

Chittenango Falls State Park

Chittenango Falls State Park joins others on list of possible site closings

Help save this park it is a beautiful place that many people visit on a regular basis. Closing this park would be senseless there is a petition you can sign to help save it please take the time and sign it. Simply bureaucratic bull$#@% if you ask me.

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Burnt up panel

Posted on/at 8:39 PM by Sparky

this is a picture of an electrical panel in a townhouse that we think was the result of a power surge during the last snow storm we had. We ended up replacing the whole panel and all the breakers. These people were lucky they didn't have a fire.

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Friday, February 12, 2010

Our road

Posted on/at 4:37 PM by Sparky

Our road
Originally uploaded by cc272

Here is a picture of my road that is traveled by a lot of people (just not today) it is hell if you meet anyone thank god for my 1 ton 4x4 work truck.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Blizzard 2010 part 2

Posted on/at 3:25 PM by Sparky

Wow this is the second BIG snow in a week we have got I am ready to move back to upstate NY.


Its almost a white out now with the wind, I also saw PA closed some roads from this storm as well. 

Pennsylvania Closing All of Interstates 81, 83, 78

and a few other's now as well.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Snow removal

Posted on/at 8:28 AM by Sparky

Today will consist of snow removal since we have got another huge storm, We moved south from New York State to escape the snow well I think that plan failed.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

drink time

Posted on/at 8:30 PM by Sparky

Saturday, January 2, 2010


Posted on/at 7:59 PM by Sparky

Originally uploaded by cc272

Wow is it ever cold outside today, The cats got the right idea here in front of the fireplace. I have been a slave to it today feeding wood all day . The cat seems to enjoy it though.