Was a metalsmith in the Navy (sheetmetal, welding, forging)
Model builder (wood, plastic, resin).
Worked part-time as a carpenter for a general contractor for a couple of
Have done my own carpentry, cabinet making, basic plumbing, and basic
On Sun, 08 Aug 2004 12:38:32 -0500, Jim Wynne
amongst my skills ? ;-/
Ever thought of changing chairs?
(non-electric of course) :->
*Any* contact with *any* 'hot' wire/apparatus that results
in *any* degree of 'electric shock' (electrocution) is
required to be reported to 'authorities' in this country.
The same goes for STD's :->
There is a rather well known case of a young girl (.au) who
,taking a drink from a tap in the backyard, received an
electric shock and subsequently passed into a coma. She sort
of revived into a state of semi-awareness and lived for some
seven or eight years.
I guess that if you wanted to play with the words you could
nominate that incident as a "non-fatal electrocution".
To keep on topic,, the core factor that began Nikkys trip to
Hell was the ambition of her Father to steal electricity.
In doing so he broke the MEN connection in the switchboard
(unknowingly), a subsequent repair to an appliance that was
re-connected without TESTING caused the steel water
reticulation pipes to become 'hot'.
In the training process we learn the intricacies of TESTING
long before we learn How2 'fix' anything.
My response Jim assumes you have little knowledge of the
application of emoticons. I was tempted to treat your
response as TIC, however the platform presented itself so I
used it., thankyou :-)
WOW. That's a strong case for the bonding of all interior metal piping as
required by the National Electrical Code. If those pipes had been grounded
properly, that girl may still be alive today (Assuming her father didn't
create any other hazards around the house).
Thanks for the reality check.
Full time web usability engineer, part time DIY addict, female,
married to another DIY addict, east coast USA. Mostly lurker,
sometime poster, have learned a ton from this group over the years.
We're gradually in the process of converting our house from the cheap
and tacky pink-and-purple wallpapered mess it was when we first bought
it into "casual elegance". Three rooms down, way too many to go.
Last weekend: Refinished the deck :)
Early 40's Senior Security Engineer working with federal counterterrorism
efforts. On my third house, just being built - it'll be ready in October.
I'm good at working with my hands but know that I don't know everything
so I come here to browse and ask an occasional question.
Currently a forklift operator, and rigger in the convention industry in Las
Vegas. Got a pin and watch yesterday for 37 years in the Teamsters with 20+
In my life, interspersed with being a Teamster .........
x-ray certified welder
steel erection contractor
awning and ornamental manufacturer
crane operator on offshore drilling platforms
jack of all trades, master of none, King of the Honeydos
Currently a registered nurse working on a med-surg unit in a county hospital.
I have been:
Factory worker (made oil filters for Wix)
US goverment census taker
Dive shop operator/ scuba instructor
No rocket scientists yet?
Retired after 40+ years in telecomm industry all levels from technician to
regional/departmental sales manager. Then ran family business for 12 years.
Self and two carpenters built our two family homes since 1960. Self taught
carpenter, capable electrically and plumbing wise, including septic tanks
and shallow well pumps.
Now age 70 do all current home repairs/renovations; today on a ladder
scraping eaves of house prior to repainting, then it rained. Tonight I'm
fixing the dishwasher; lying on the kitchen floor, it looks like a faulty
'overfill float' microswitch in series with the water flow solenoid.
Competent and slow enough in most trades but smart enough to know when to
get help. Good at utilizing used materials.
Finally closed family business last year; time to redecorate and update
home. Hobby is electronic repairs which translates nicely to keeping
appliances working as long as possible e.g. our Sears dryer is 43 years old.
Drying clothes right now.
Fixing anything yourself is a challenge and fun and a heck of a lot cheaper
than buying new stuff!.
By the way anyone expert with low slope built up pitch and gravel roofs? Our
roof is now 34 years old not giving any trouble but should be checked; I'm
getting advice ranging from "Rip it all off and start again" to "If it's not
broken don't fix it"!
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