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The Subcontractor Zapped the Network

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Thebovees
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Watch The Neutral!
Thebovees   3/1/2013 8:19:20 PM
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This reminds me of a time I visited my sister in California.  She lived in an older house.  She asked about her kitchen light changing brightness.  Looking into it I noticed that when the refrigitor turned on the light got 'brighter'.  I asked to see here breaker panel.  I found it warm and upon removing the cover, the incoming neutral connection was fried to a crisp.  It was quite a job to replace that bar and connection.  To top it off, the panel was located inside the master bedroom closet!

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Re: Job Performance Drop Near a Holiday
ab3a   3/4/2013 7:11:21 AM
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We have a rule where I work: No New Work On "Fridays."  We'll do paperwork, fix up things that aren't working, clean up the shop, etc.  The quotes around the Friday are because we're talking about any day before a vacation or long weekend --whatever. 

This also applies to contractors.  We will hold them on site until we get our paperwork and documentation.  We will inspect their work thoroughly, and they'll know this ahead of time. 

What we're trying to avoid is exactly the kind of shoddy work that we're all lamenting. I've seen enough of it for many lifetimes and I am indeed thankful that nobody has ever been hurt on jobs where I've been involved. Sometimes, it is only dumb luck that has saved me. 

 

Jake Brodsky

 

Ann R. Thryft
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Re: Job Performance Drop Near a Holiday
Ann R. Thryft   3/4/2013 5:13:44 PM
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But Jake, that set of rules is too intelligent, right?

keschwab
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Re: Watch The Neutral!
keschwab   3/5/2013 10:08:41 PM
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SCared the crap out of me, 1st one I found. Was in a basement but no less dangerous.

 

Sure you've all heard this---watch for pieces of copper tube stuck in place of fuse on the main breaker box!

Cabe Atwell
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Re: Watch The Neutral!
Cabe Atwell   8/27/2013 2:06:26 PM
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Communication is indeed 'key' when working with subcontractors even if they're renowned in their respective professions. 

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