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    When the 5G upgrade goes ahead it may involve a...

    When the 5G upgrade goes ahead it may involve a lot of ongoing work. The system tends to use a lot of smaller low power transmitters, so one concept is to build them into street lights. You might...
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    Correct, but in a way it was a trick question,...

    Correct, but in a way it was a trick question, since we both work outdoors.
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    He was very drunk at the time. (It was his wife...

    He was very drunk at the time. (It was his wife taking the picture.)
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    Lineman vs narrowback. Thermal image.

    Lineman versus narrow back. Both wearing T-shirts on a cool windy night.

    But which is which? Lighter colour shows higher body temperature.

    (Our theory was that the one who works outdoor most...
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    Clean water has a very high resistance that...

    Clean water has a very high resistance that reduces according to the amount of contaminants (dirt) in it. But even if it does work its way into exposed connections its resistance compared to the...
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    I got the impression it was already lying on the...

    I got the impression it was already lying on the ground behind him before he flicked it.
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    Downed line incident.

    Hopefully this facebook video will show OK. It's an interesting situation where a lineman flicked a downed line off a traffic light pole and it became energised.

    I'm glad whatever gloves and...
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    Pole making video.

    I've never really thought about how poles are actually made. There's a video about that.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-R7HckUilVA
  9. Getting a job with your local utility company is...

    Getting a job with your local utility company is the holy grail of people with families, and certainly worth asking about. But there's much less chance of that than getting a job with a bigger...
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    That contrasts to other countries where there's...

    That contrasts to other countries where there's no way an apprentice would ever be expected to be out of pocket to work.
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    There's always the Isle of Man Bren. Manx...

    There's always the Isle of Man Bren. Manx Utilities haven't fallen into the cheap labour trap yet.
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    Was the "deskilling" of UK industry also a part...

    Was the "deskilling" of UK industry also a part of the decision Bren?

    One of the most notable effects of the European "union" was the mass influx of unskilled labour with debatable certification...
  13. I'm pretty sure that when this forum was first...

    I'm pretty sure that when this forum was first formed there was no such thing as line-school. In some instances it has been used to crash-train young people and give them too much confidence in...
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    Have a great 4th of July guys. (Do you even call...

    Have a great 4th of July guys. (Do you even call it independence day any more?)

    We get ours (Guy Fawkes) on the 5th November.

    Make sure you enjoy your fireworks properly by not reading the...
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    Helicopter tail rotor bump bars.

    I've always wondered why helicopters used in linework don't have tail rotor protection. One of the biggest causes of helicopter incidents in linework seems to be the tail rotor clipping the lines...
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    Interesting ground fault.

    Hopefully the Facebook video link will work...

    Without actually seeing the surrounding area this is in I'm thinking it could be:-
    A broken neutral/ground finding a return path through other...
  17. Thread: Duke Energy

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    The same thing is happening in the UK. ...

    The same thing is happening in the UK. Megalomaniacs buying up lots of companies and milking them for every penny they can at the expense of moral, training and wages.

    It's like the UK and USA...
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    Hope you guys do have a good and safe new year.

    Hope you guys do have a good and safe new year.
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    Modern companies rely on the Dunning Kruger...

    Modern companies rely on the Dunning Kruger effect to exploit younger people and save money on things like training. Why spend years teaching someone to do the job properly when you can get a kid...
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    Random re-direct warning on this site?

    Has anyone else been getting occasional anti-virus (Avast) warnings about being redirected on this site?

    I get a warning on this Windows computer and the Chromebook is sometimes directed to an...
  21. Some of the very first cars were electric with...

    Some of the very first cars were electric with lead acid battery banks I think. More on a novelty at the time, before the internal combustion engine made long distance and easy refuelling viable.
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    With the increasing popularity of electric cars it's got me wondering if our electrical systems will be able to keep up with the increasing load demand.

    The ultra high power fast chargers are also...
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    I guess the circuit was referenced to ground at...

    I guess the circuit was referenced to ground at one end then? That would make finding an open circuit quite entertaining from an arcing aspect. I guess you did it at mid point and then divided each...
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    I wonder what allows the transformers to bridge...

    I wonder what allows the transformers to bridge out when their load fails, as I'd normally expect them to pass little current on the primary side if there was no load. Unless they just get driven...
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    The drivers are usually potted in silicone, but...

    The drivers are usually potted in silicone, but they are piling in extra circuitry so they can remotely switch the lights. This is just more stuff to go wrong.

    And as with all outdoor stuff,...
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