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#33257 - 01/16/04 01:10 AM Just an intro............
Norwester Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 01/13/04
Posts: 6
Loc: Western Australia
G'day people,

Just a quick post to introduce myself. I have been lurking around here for a couple of weeks and have really enjoyed reading all these posts, so much in fact that I decided to register.
I came here originally looking for some "defect" type photos for some issues that we were having at work and didn't really expect to be typing this right now......
I'm not quite up with all the localised "lingo" but I'm sure if I ask nicely some one will explain if needed.
And just so you know, I'm an Aussie ( don't all throw rocks at once... ) and currently live in the Northwest of Western Australia.
Did my time as an Electrical Fitter ( specialising in Rail Signals and Communications ), dual traded to Electrical Mechanic, left the rail industry to work as an REC ( registered electrical contractor ), did that for six years, left that to work in underground construction ( electricty, water and tunneling....great combination ).
I currently work in the mining rail systems up here doing what I started out doing...Signalling and Communications.
So yes full circle I gues. Hope that hasn't bored you all to much....)

Anyway just thought I would say hello before I started posting.

Q) What the hell is a "disco". A disconnect point?


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#33258 - 01/16/04 04:45 AM Re: Just an intro............
electure Offline


Registered: 12/24/00
Posts: 4226
Loc: Fullerton, CA USA
Yes, a disco (also sometimes referred to as an EXO) is a disconnect switch.
They are available in fusible and non-fusible versions, and in normal building wiring, 250V or 600V ratings.

#33259 - 01/16/04 04:59 AM Re: Just an intro............
pauluk Offline

Registered: 08/11/01
Posts: 7693
Loc: Norfolk, England
Welcome to ECN!

As you've no doubt already seen,we have a non-U.S. area, in which there are discussions relating to Australian wiring from time to time. We have a few members from Australia and New Zealand already, a well as several European countries, so we're a pretty mixed bunch.

#33260 - 01/16/04 06:00 AM Re: Just an intro............
sparky Offline

Registered: 10/18/00
Posts: 5545
hello Norwester

yeah the dialect may vary, yet we get the 'lectrical jist across with minor focus on technical translations ...

so how's the work outlook down under?


#33261 - 01/16/04 06:40 AM Re: Just an intro............
Ryan_J Offline

Registered: 08/19/03
Posts: 1355
Loc: West Jordan, Utah, USA
Welcome to the forum, I'm sure you'll enjoy it here...I certainly have.

BTW: I didn't know what a disco was either!
Ryan Jackson,
Salt Lake City

#33262 - 01/16/04 08:04 AM Re: Just an intro............
Bill Addiss Offline

Registered: 10/07/00
Posts: 4196
Loc: NY, USA

Welcome to our little corner of the Internet.

There are some abbreviations and slang terms listed in the following thread that might help decipher some of the odd terminology here. Don't be bashful about asking, if you don't know what something is I'm sure you're not alone.


#33263 - 01/16/04 10:00 AM Re: Just an intro............
DougW Offline

Registered: 06/08/03
Posts: 1083
Loc: North Chicago, IL
G'day, Mate, welcome to the site!

Some of the lingo might be strage, but I'm sure you'll fit in fine.

(Hey, worse comes to worse, call on Trumpy, or one of our other "offshore" brethern!)

#33264 - 01/16/04 02:09 PM Re: Just an intro............
Trumpy Offline


Registered: 07/05/02
Posts: 8532
Loc: SI,New Zealand
Welcome to ECN, mate!.
Good lord, you have done some varied work.
Post ahead, my friend!.
Let's face it, these days if you're not young, you're old - Red Green grin

#33265 - 01/18/04 08:04 AM Re: Just an intro............
Norwester Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 01/13/04
Posts: 6
Loc: Western Australia
Thanks very much for the welcome and the helpout with the terminology.

The work outlook down under seems pretty good at the moment The mining sector ( particularly iron ore ) is pretty flat out, not quite sure how the rising Aussie dollar will affect things, but everybody seems to be ramping up production to counter the loss of export income.
The housing sector seems to be coming off the boil as interest rates go up but seems fairly steady at the moment. I still keep in contact with a lot of the guys I used to work with and they still seem pretty flat out.

Trumpy, yes I suppose I could be considered a bit of a "drifter" in the trade. Even when contracting my business was very generalised ( never did settle down into that big money making specialist niche market... )

Once again thanks for the welcome.


( just call me Nor...every one else does )

My little place in the Northwest:

[This message has been edited by Norwester (edited 01-18-2004).]

#33266 - 01/18/04 05:41 PM Re: Just an intro............
electricman2 Offline

Registered: 11/09/03
Posts: 234
Loc: Thomasville, NC USA
welcome to the forum. I too have learned a lot of trade slang along with many other things. Feel free to join in any time

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