Have you enough work to keep you going?. Just willing to ask. Over here in NZ, we are in the middle of summer, and what a hot one it is, 36 Degrees Celsius, today. We are flat out doing rewires, taking out old TRS cables, before the house burns down. We have had a spate of house fires caused by these types of cables, everyone is running scared. Do not like working up in roof voids, in these types of temperatures, it's twice as hot up there. How are you guys going with respect to work levels?, are you flat out like us?.
I gave contracting up two years ago to concentrate on the provision of various training issues. One of the reasons that I gave it up was to do with the enormous amount of time I was spending on business. Kids grew up almost without me noticing! I know how demanding a small contracting business can be. However, I am sure you dont need me to tell you to fix your priorities. Family first and all that! By the way it is currently minus 4 degrees centigrade here in Dromara Co.Down Northern Ireland. I am damned glad I no longer have to climb through roof spaces - in hot or cold weather!
Re: Are you busy?#135413 01/07/0308:45 AM01/07/0308:45 AM
As you know I'm only a DIYer, and I don'T have much electrical work by now, except for changing an occasional plug. Next job will be some minor things in our new living room, after the floor sanding in the other rooms is finished (patch plaster, make connections and put in receptacles). Next major thing will be meter relocation in our other appartment (we're planning on knocking the partition wall down some day in the future), I'll put in the new meter cabinet (30x60 cm steel enclosure) and put in conduit and wires to the panel, electrician will put in the meter and make the connection. This will probably include rewiring part of the stairway lighting (relais and timer with pushbuttons on every floor, stoneaged wiring) because the wires run exactly through the only spot we can put the meter. Still wondering about the appropriate colrs though, old wires are black, black and black, with a short patch black, grey, red. Maybe black, blue and purple, as I suppose there's hot, neutral and wire running back to the relais. Anyway, considering the look of the wires I might end up rewiring the entire floor. Weather here is -10 degrees Celsius with lots of snow (more than 15cm I guess), but today it was sunny. With that weather you can always see the kid inside me, going on bobsleigh afternoon. Yesterday we had a real snowstorm, with snow blowing through the gaps of some windows (we only weatherstripped the inner sashes, so the snow stopped resting between the 2 sashes)
Re: Are you busy?#135418 01/09/0312:52 AM01/09/0312:52 AM
Trainwire, WOW!!,Thanks for that, mate, must get me one of them. If they are cost-effective enough, we may fit the whole Fire Brigade out with one. Nothing worse than Heat stress or it's bigger brother,Heat Exhaustion, this kills Firefighters and you have normally got it before it's too late. Will definitely look into this one!
Re: Are you busy?#135419 01/09/0305:08 PM01/09/0305:08 PM
Such jackets were (are?) a common product provided for newly hired miners on the South African gold mines on which I worked, until they became aclimatised. 45 deg C and plus 100% humidity was not uncommon at some places I knew.
I remember the mine manager at my first monthly technical meeting demanding to know from the ventilation officer what the temperature was in a certain working place. After much obfustication, the ventilation officer had to admit that he did not know as his man had passed-out before obtaining a reading.
After two years working down there, I felt that I wasn't operating at maximum efficiency until it was steamy hot and I was sweating like the proverbial!
[This message has been edited by Hutch (edited 01-09-2003).]