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#12702 - 08/14/02 07:39 PM geico syndrome
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been out on several service calls lately where breakers are tripping because geicos (lizards) are creeping into panels. have any of you guys had similar situations. what is it that they are attracted , is it the heat??

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#12703 - 08/14/02 08:07 PM Re: geico syndrome
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Registered: 05/25/02
Posts: 133
Loc: woodstock,ga,usa
Worked in the Bahamas and would see geico skeletons often when the panel cover is taken off. Sometimes the little buggers would scare the heck out of you when they start trying to get away. Rumour has it the last one that I let out finally made it to his audition for an insurance company spokesman.

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#12704 - 08/14/02 08:54 PM Re: geico syndrome
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Loc: West Virginia
GEICO = Government Employee's Insurance Company http://www.geico.com

Gecko = Little lizard thing that keeps getting confused with GEICO...





(However, after dealing with GEICO to insure my truck, I wouldn't mind seeing a few GEICO skeletons myself!)

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#12705 - 08/14/02 11:23 PM Re: geico syndrome
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Registered: 03/21/02
Posts: 95
Loc: Tullahoma, TN, 37388
No gecko's, but did find two chicken snake skins in Petersburg two weeks ago, one still still had a chicken snake in it. They don't even slow down a Dewalt demolition sawzall blade. They stink though.
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#12706 - 08/15/02 10:35 AM Re: geico syndrome
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Registered: 08/11/01
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Loc: Norfolk, England
Gee, I don't know whether I should let my cat see that cartoon! My house backs on to sand dunes behind the beach, and despite the generally colder climate here, come summer there are quite a few of these lizards around.

I haven't found any in panels, but I've often chasing them around the house as my cat loves to play with them!

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#12707 - 08/15/02 04:42 PM Re: geico syndrome
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thanks for correcting my spelling sparky66wv sounds like u are a very smart man or lady...

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#12708 - 08/19/02 09:30 AM Re: geico syndrome
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Registered: 11/30/01
Posts: 739
Loc: Wharton, Texas, USA
Had an unpleasant experience a few days ago involving things unelectrical in panels. I was shutting off power at a barn fire - I turned off the disco (an ancient 100a. SqD safety switch), and, as is my usual custom, opened the cover to be sure that all the hot legs had operated (I'm sure many of you have seen switches in such decrepit condition that the contact arm insulators have rotted away). The bottom of the switch box was occupied by a large rattlesnake, who was not at all pleased with the intrusion. Fearing snakes as much as I do (even while wearing a heavy turnout coat and gloves), I slammed the box shut and ran. After a few moments, I returned and found the head of the snake on the ground. Opening the box revealed the remainder of said snake, writhing about.

My volunteer fire department doesn't pay me enough for this . I think I'll give up this part of firefighting and go back to being a chauffer/engineer.

Mike (mamills)

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#12709 - 08/19/02 03:12 PM Re: geico syndrome
electric-ed Offline
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Registered: 07/08/02
Posts: 184
Loc: Canada
Mike, have you figured out how the snake got in the switch yet?

Ed

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#12710 - 08/19/02 06:44 PM Re: geico syndrome
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Registered: 11/17/00
Posts: 2339
Loc: West Virginia
Smokey,
"Smart aleck" is more like it (and I had to use spell check myself to see if I spelled "aleck" right! I had one too many L's too! Copied and pasted into MSWorks to do it...)

Didn't mean any harm, just thought it was funny that the lil' guy does get confused with GEICO!

(Oh, and I'm a guy...)

Paul, (and other internat'l members) in case you've never seen a GEICO commercial, the gecko above has a terrible problem of getting confused with GEICO and receiving phone calls at all hours from said confusion... And he's recently been named "Employee of the year" after getting hired on to do commercial spots!

Ah, marketing...



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#12711 - 08/20/02 06:58 AM Re: geico syndrome
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Registered: 11/30/01
Posts: 739
Loc: Wharton, Texas, USA
Ed:
The box had one large open KO in the side (probably 1 1/4"). At the time of this incident, there was also some debris up against the building - various old pieces of lumber, a couple of tires, old vines attached to the side of the barn, etc.
There were also two large KO's open in the back of the box - one contained wiring (obviously to a panel somewhere inside the barn), and the other opened to an unused hole in the wall behind the box. That old barn was probably a breeding ground for those darn poison ropes. Luckily we did not have any injuries/bites.

Mike (mamills)

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