Saturday, October 4, 2008

Arc Flash & Electrical Safety: Eaton Announces Their Participation In Arc Flash Research

Posted on/at 7:04 PM by Sparky

Arc Flash & Electrical Safety: Eaton Announces Their Participation In Arc Flash Research

Get Your Game On With UBUNTU

Posted on/at 3:35 PM by Sparky

I know a lot of people who will not use LINUX since they think they can't play WINDOZ games with LINUX, well here is a simple solution for Ubuntu that works with most games. be sure you have the latest version of wine installed and you should be able to play most games that work on windoz.

For anyone newbies put the red text in your terminal.


PlayOnLinux is a Wine frontend which simplify installation and launch of many Windows programs, particularly games.

Add repository key:

wget -q -O- | sudo apt-key add -

Add repository to apt sources:

sudo wget -O /etc/apt/sources.list.d/playonlinux.list

Update apt sources:

sudo apt-get update

Install PlayOnLinux:

sudo apt-get install playonlinux

get your game and you are set.

Get Out Your Codebook

Posted on/at 10:30 AM by Sparky

An easy one,

A feeder protected by 800 ampere fuses is run from one part of a building to another under
the floor in two parallel sets of rigid nonmetallic conduit with size 500 kcmil copper RHW
wires. The minimum size copper equipment grounding conductor permitted to be run in
each conduit is:
A. 4 AWG. C. 2 AWG. E. 1/0 AWG.
B. 3 AWG. D. 1 AWG.

One thing I have noticed is you can not find a decent set of sample electrical questions anywhere on the Internet. I really wish someone would post a sample test or an old test for the benefit of everyone in the trade. In the meantime I will put up questions every now and then. I will update the post later with the correct answer.

Friday, October 3, 2008


Posted on/at 5:18 PM by Sparky

I am so glad this week is over. It seems like its been a bad week all around look at the news. One thing I did complete was this trench we had to put in so we could feed this barn. This one trench took a long time since we had to jackhammer 2 rocks out of the way. What a mess I am just glad its done.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

One Of Those Days

Posted on/at 5:18 PM by Sparky

We all have those days you wish you stayed home in bed or something other than work. Today was one of those days it seemed like everything that could go wrong did. Started out simple enough just a trench up at the old farmhouse we are working at, just a note about the place there are more rocks than you can imagine, everything went well in the morning then we took lunch. After lunch was a whole different story, we started trenching again and made it less than one foot and the trencher decided it was hungry and tried eating this rock. Then after we removed the rock we found out the drive belt to the pump had jumped off so we had to tear the thing all apart and fix that. Oh well all in a days work.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Old Farmhouse

Posted on/at 6:37 PM by Sparky

Here is an old spring house located near the farmhouse, there are two springs that feed into this its really neat how they made it and diverted the water where they wanted it to go.

You can really tell fall is here since its dark when I leave for work in the morning now, I hate that, pretty soon it will be dark when i get home too. One thing I do like about this time of year is its much cooler and better weather for working.

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Unexpected Guest

Posted on/at 4:41 PM by Sparky

Today we worked at the old farmhouse again and one of the carpenters was yelling about something so we went to see what it was.Just a simple black snake looking for food I would guess.I just picked him up and moved him aside so he wouldn't get run over in the driveway and off he went about his business.this picture was the actual snake mentioned.

Black Rat Snake (Elaphe obsoleta obsoleta)

The Black Rat Snake is one of several subspecies of Rat Snakes (Yellow and Gray Rat Snakes are others). Rat Snakes are common throughout the eastern U.S., although the black subspecies of rat snake does not occur in Florida. This snake can be quite large (it may exceed six feet in length) and has slightly keeled scales (raised ridge along the middle of each scale) that make it appear somewhat rough. Its back is almost entirely black (small flecks of whitish color may show through the black), whereas its chin and belly have a lot of white markings. Black Rat Snakes are excellent climbers and are found in a great variety of habitats, ranging from pine forests to agricultural fields. They feed primarily on rodents, birds and birds' eggs.

The snake did finally find its way to an old barn in its attempt to get away from us.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Moving Old Sub panel

Posted on/at 8:30 PM by Sparky

Today we had to move the old sub panel in this garage in order to make way for a garage door. In the morning we are going to start trenching new feeds to all of these buildings.

P&S makes these night lights that work incredibly well, we have installed these in few places in the last few months. I am surprised at how much light they give off. They utilize LED's so they don't use that much electricity. They claim to have a 20 year life. I even put some in my house since my wife always has to have the Wollyworld specials with the Christmas tree type bulbs in them. I really don't trust those things anyhow so when I first saw these I ordered some for myself.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Hidden Treasures

Posted on/at 8:00 PM by Sparky

These are a few of the things that have been dug up since they started digging the trench for the service and this is only the start of the digging we still have a lot of trenching to do just for the electric not to mention what the contractor and plumber have to do for their stuff, I wish I had a metal detector I would take it up and look to see what I could find. I am sure there is a lot more to be found here and you never know what the earth is hiding.