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Living Healthy in a 24/7 Trade

15+ years in the electrical trade, has played quite a toll on my body. 70 pounds of weight, has been added over those years. Weight gain is a problem that many people face. I can break it down, from personal experience, the reason for weight gain in the electrical testing field. Over the past 10 […]

Anti-Pump Relay

The anti-pump relay provides an important function feature in control circuits. Without the anti-pump function, if the user connected a maintained contact in the close circuit, and the circuit breaker were closed into a fault current, the protective relays would cause an immediate trip action, but the maintained contact in the close circuit would initiate […]

Why is NETA important?

Many people do not know what NETA is. Before I can explain my views of NETA, the following statement is directly from NETA’s website. What is NETA? The InterNational Electrical Testing Association (NETA) is an organization that serves the electrical testing industry by offering accreditation of third-party electrical testing firms, certifying electrical testing technicians, producing […]

Sulfur hexafluoride

Sulfur hexafluoride (SF6)   What is SF6? It’s an inert, colorless, odorless and non-flammable gas.  Sulfur hexafuoride is about 5 times denser than air, meaning it’s heavier. If you were to fill a fish tank with SF6, you could treat the gas as if you were pouring water into a fish tank. It will collectively stay within the […]

General Electric 15kV MagnaBlast

The power company, or you, decide you need to de-energize a circuit. You rack out and remove your trusted 1960’s vintage breakers, of course you are suited up in the proper level PPE (Personal Protective Equipment). You then dust off your vintage ground and test device and install it in the cubicle. Connect the motor […]

The Importance of Acceptance Testing

Acceptance Testing   Before we can begin to talk about “Acceptance Testing”, you may or may not understand the phrase. Acceptance Testing pertains to all new electrical components. These are either purchased from a distributor, or even a manufacturer, but have never been put into “service”, i.e. energized. When a building is being remodeled, or […]

Load Tap Changer

Load Tap Changer Load Tap Changers (LTC’s) could also be known as a type of voltage regulator. In the Washington DC area, we typically see LTC’s at places of distribution. Your typical government building or privately owned buildings do not use LTC’s. You could even say that businesses that do not own the extra space […]

Medium Voltage Cable / 15kV Terminations

Medium Voltage Cables Electrical wire is an integral part of our lifestyle. Whether you care to notice or not, copper/aluminum conductors are everywhere. They provide power to every business and home that wishes to be connected. Most of the time, people who aren’t in the electrical trade, tend to see overhead power lines. Those consist […]

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