Another day at the office

| No Comments
Mostly Cajun will post work stories from time to time. He does electrical wiring for industrial plants -- this is a lot different than the wiring you and I have in our homes. I have been building Tesla Coils and other toys since high-school and am in to this stuff. Cajun tells a good story and today's is no exception:
Back to that job thing�
I work very diligently on construction projects to make sure tht my part of the project is complete WAY ahead of schedule, and my current ongoing project was no exception. As soon as a peice of equipment was available to me, we got on it, checked out, put in the settings if necessary, and tested it. And up to the end of last week, I had been successful on this project, making sure that somebody else�s stuff was what everybdy was waiting on.

Well, about a week ago, somebody noticed that the high voltage cables to two new transformers weren�t going to fit right where they�d originally been routed. Picture a section of 15,000 volt switchgear, two circuit breakers, as a cabinet the size of a closet four feet wide and nine feet tall. It�s divided into two sections, an upper one and a lower one. Back in November I �dressed out� the lower cubicle which had previously been a spare, installing all the components and controls and stuff to get it ready to function as the feeder for a new transformer. The upper cubicle had been in service feeding its own transformer since 1980.

Here�s the problem. The cable for the new transformer came up through the floor in the back of the cubicle and went straight up to connect to copper bus bars in the rear of the upper cubicle. The plan for the new transformer was to bring its cables in the TOP of the upper cubicle and route them through it to connect in the lower cubicle. Wouldn�t have been bad, excep that the new transformer is BIG and the cable feeding it is actually nine conductors, three to each of threed cables five inches thick. Oh, it would have fit. and an usncrupulous and unsupervised ocntractor might have installed it that way and walked off the job with it working just fine. But five years down the road when it came time to get in those cubicles and clean and inspect and test those cables, an anorexic double-jointed dwarf couldn�t have gotten in there past all that stuff to work on the upper cubicle.
And the upshot:
...I�ve been in that four by four foot cubicle all day for the last three days. My hands are spasming from cranking on a screwdriver and stripping and crimping control wires. I�m well on my way to our goal of having the first new transformer ready to go on line by next Wednesday.

And because all of a sudden **MY** piece of this grand puzzle became the focus (through no fault of my own) of the project, the �critical path�, I look up from my little cushion in front of that cubicle and see all sorts of interested and concerned dignitaries.

Damn! I LOVE this job!

Leave a comment

October 2022

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31          

Environment and Climate
Cliff Mass Weather Blog
Climate Depot
Ice Age Now
Jennifer Marohasy
Solar Cycle 24
Space Weather
Watts Up With That?

Science and Medicine
Junk Science
Life in the Fast Lane
Luboš Motl
Next Big Future

Geek Stuff
Ars Technica
Boing Boing
Don Lancaster's Guru's Lair
Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories
Hack a Day
Kevin Kelly - Cool Tools
Slashdot: News for nerds
The Register
The Daily WTF

The Argyle Sweater
Chip Bok
Broadside Cartoons
Day by Day
Medium Large
Michael Ramirez
Prickly City
User Friendly
What The Duck

Awkward Family Photos
Cake Wrecks
Not Always Right
Sober in a Nightclub
You Drive What?

Business and Economics
The Austrian Economists
Carpe Diem
Coyote Blog

Photography and Art
Digital Photography Review
James Gurney
Joe McNally's Blog
The Online Photographer

A Western Heart
American Digest
The AnarchAngel
Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler
Babalu Blog
Belmont Club
Bayou Renaissance Man
Classical Values
Cold Fury
David Limbaugh
Defense Technology
Doug Ross @ Journal
Grouchy Old Cripple
Irons in the Fire
James Lileks
Lowering the Bar
Maggie's Farm
Marginal Revolution
Michael J. Totten
Mostly Cajun
Power Line
Questions and Observations
Rachel Lucas
Roger L. Simon
Sense of Events
Sound Politics
The Strata-Sphere
The Smallest Minority
The Volokh Conspiracy
Tim Blair
Weasel Zippers

Gone but not Forgotten...
A Coyote at the Dog Show
Bad Eagle
Steven DenBeste
democrats give conservatives indigestion
Cox and Forkum
The Diplomad
Priorities & Frivolities
Gut Rumbles
Mean Mr. Mustard 2.0
Neptunus Lex
Other Side of Kim
Ramblings' Journal
Sgt. Stryker
shining full plate and a good broadsword
A Physicist's Perspective
The Daily Demarche
Wayne's Online Newsletter

About this Entry

This page contains a single entry by DaveH published on May 4, 2005 10:49 PM.

This might be interesting was the previous entry in this blog.

Dennis Avner is the next entry in this blog.

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.

Monthly Archives


OpenID accepted here Learn more about OpenID
Powered by Movable Type 5.2.9