Tag: testing

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 […]

Transformer Oil Samples

Transformer oil – what is it?   Transformer oil is an oil that is stable at high temperatures and has excellent electrical insulating properties. Typical motor oil that most people think of, is not the type of oil in a transformer. Transformer oil keeps the transformer cool. It also insulates the transformer and allows electrical components to be […]

Ground Testing

This topic can be extremely complicated. So here is a quick run down. Many people often ask, “how far out do you need to run leads to the furthest rod?” This is not a linear calculation. If you are talking about a grounding delta that is 10′ x 10′ x 10′, you could be running […]

Torque – Does it matter?

  Does torque matter? The short answer, absolutely! Most electricians don’t realize that a bolt and nut is not a means for AC Current to flow through. The actual resistance of the bolt is a much higher resistance that the resistance of two sandwiched pieces of copper. When a bolt is torqued to spec, it […]