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notdastar
10 April 2010 @ 12:33 am
I'm back - miss me?
 
 
Current Location: Houston
Current Mood: relaxedrelaxed
Current Music: Deadmau5
 
 
notdastar
18 December 2007 @ 08:30 pm
OK so AEP is still working on energizing the line panels and will continue to do so tomorrow.  I was originally supposed to end this stuff tomorrow, but it now looks like Thursday at the earliest.
I just thought about it today, and I now haven't been in the office since the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.  Maybe I'll make it back this Friday, or if not, I'll go back to work January 2, 2008.  Nifty, nearly 6 weeks.  I hope all my stuff hasn't been hidden.

Have I mentioned before how annoyed I'm getting with drivers here in Corpus Christi, including, but not limited to those people who stop and wait and wait for cars to come off the exit ramp?
 
 
Current Mood: blankblank
 
 
notdastar
12 December 2007 @ 09:30 pm
And today it got rainy and cold in Corpus Christi.  Luckily we've finished most of our outdoor work.  We just have the 2nd half of a foundation to form up and pour (hopefully tomorrow).  And a bunch of wiring left to do.

On a side note, when a lizard crawls through a conduit and lands in a 120/240V AC transfer switch, the pops and flashes are a bit startling.  We went to lunch an hour and a half late that day trying to figure out if something we did caused the trouble.
 
 
Current Location: Corpus Christi, TX
Current Mood: tiredtired
 
 
notdastar
02 December 2007 @ 08:11 pm
And we accomplished our power plant separation on schedule.  Last week we successfully removed 480V feeds to two pumphouses and an autotransformer in a 69kV substation.  One pumphouse and the transformer were relatively easy.  The loads were 208V, and we could feed them directly from the new 120/208V panel in the control house that we installed.  However, the pumps in the second pump house and some of the controls still required 480V.  So I had to find a small dry-type step-up transformer to convert the 208V we brought in to the 480V required by the pumps and controls.  Luckily it arrived locally Thursday night, as promised, and worked.

Tomorrow we start the project for the next two weeks, which is installing a new 125VDC panel, wiring up a 69kV line panel that until now has been unterminated, replacing some old electromechanical relays with new microprocessor relays on the other end of that 69kV line, and replacing carrier relays with two relays sitting in their boxes waiting for me to open.

On a side note, yes I got a lot of my engineering obligations done sitting in my hotel room all weekend, but I will enjoy visiting Houston next weekend.  It was too boring here.

Eat my high-voltage substation jargon you c#.net.asp.linux.myscriptcanbeatupyourhonorstudent programming punks.

No, I haven't written a program since I took an operating systems development class like 5 years ago.
 
 
Current Location: Corpus Christi, TX
Current Mood: productive
 
 
notdastar
02 December 2007 @ 08:09 pm

No, it not a fine cigar.  No, it's not some imported fish eggs from some country ending with sia or kistan.
It's Mexican coke, and it's chilling right now in my hotel ice bucket.

By the way, whatever happened to the Dr. Pepper bottled in Waco?  Do they still sell that stuff anymore?

 
 
Current Mood: amusedamused
 
 
 
notdastar
16 November 2007 @ 12:06 am
stupid dammit piece of dammit crap worthless drawing transmittal letter that makes the already tired engineer's life hell and keep locking up my laptop

ok thank you
 
 
 
Current Mood: annoyedannoyed
 
 
notdastar
15 November 2007 @ 08:38 pm
lead and explosives and formaldehyde and radiation, oh my!
ok, so maybe I shouldn't have been sucking on that lead pipe so much.
but what the hell do I care about formaldehyde for?
 
 
Current Location: corpus, still
Current Mood: bitchybitchy
Current Music: the voices in my head
 
 
notdastar
14 November 2007 @ 09:09 pm
Here I am, sitting in a hotel room in Corpus Christi, taking an OSHA 30 hour training course online, and realizing I have an extremely long time before I'm finished.
However, there's a cool front coming tonight, hooray!  So it won't be quite so hot on the construction site tomorrow.
And for those who actually am reading my post, or who remember me, or who even know I'm posting here, and wondering what the hell is Jeremy doing on a construction site in Corpus Christi?, ok more to follow.
 
 
Current Location: Drury Inn
Current Mood: busy
Current Music: music coming from Food Channel