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I’m Back and Going to Start Posting Regularly Again

January 3, 2011

ENI - Polar Bear Hi everyone, I’m back. As many of you already know, I was presented with a unique opportunity to go to the North Slope of Alaska for some industrial electrical work. It was grueling, but fun. I met a lot of great people and made some awesome, new friends for life.

While up there, we worked 7 days a week and 12 hours per day. This took a lot to get used to. The pay was incredible and the job was like nothing that I’ve ever done before. It was industrial electrical work in the petro-chemical industry. While I’ve worked on lots of industrial projects before, none were like this project. I got to work with a new type of cable; MCHL. They use this stuff up there because of the extreme temperatures. I believe that MCHL cable is rated to be used in temperatures up to -50C. Thankfully, I didn’t see these temperatures, but I did get to see -20F in September.

I’m used to working on projects where production is the first concern, then aesthetics and finally safety. However, up there safety was their main concern, then aesthetics and finally production. This took a lot of getting used to as well. Overall it was a great experience and I will do it again if the opportunity presents itself.

The project was in the middle of nowhere and we were surrounded on three side by the Arctic ocean. I got to see snow in September and experience temperatures of -20F then as well. While this isn’t much different than Montana, it’s rare that we get snow in September and I’ve never seen it drop below zero in September either. We also got to see a whale in the ocean. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a picture of that, but I did get a picture of a polar bear. Click on the image above to enlarge it. We also saw several foxes.

Here are a few pictures of the jobsite. Click on the images to enlarge them.

ENI - east view    ENI - horseshoe
ENI - north view    ENI - south view

So, the regular posting schedule is going to be:
Mondays – Answers to electrical questions
Tuesdays – Recalls
Wednesdays – “How to” project
Thursdays – Electrical product or service review
Fridays – Answers to electrical questions
Saturdays – Blog roundup and giveaways
Sundays – No post

What a Horrible Week…

March 14, 2008

This past week was terrible for me. I did not get anything accomplished. It all started last Friday when I started feeling ill. By Monday morning, I couldn’t deal with it anymore. So, I went to see my doctor. He said I had the flu and sent me home with Tamiflu and some cough syrup with codine. I was coughing a lot and I asked for the cough syrup so I could sleep.

Tuesday morning my heart started racing again and I ended up in the hospital. I’m not sure if it was the meds my doctor prescribed or just a coincidence, but the supraventricular tachycardia (SVT) was going nuts. After stopping my heart twice and with meds, the doctors were able to get my heart rate under control. However, I had to spend 2 1/2 days in the ICU. I was finally discharged last night around dinner time.

At any rate, I just wanted to let everyone know what was going on and why I haven’t posted to this blog for over 10 days.

Brian Roth is the winner of the February contest “Complete Your Next DIY Electrical Wiring Project with Help from a Master Electrician for Free“. I sent him an email on March 1 and he replied on March 3. However, since I’ve been sick, I haven’t had a chance to design his project and create a post yet.

Brian is going to wire a recreation room in his basement that should be pretty cool. Check out the image below that he sent me. I am going to work on this today and I will create the post either this evening or tomorrow morning. I think you will want to check this post out once it is completed. I am going to walk Brian through, step by step, with pictures and diagrams on how to wire his entire basement recreation room.

Basement recreation room
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Click this link to supersize the image above (80k file size)

Ez DIY Electricity March Giveaway

March 1, 2008

I know, this looks like the same prize that was offered in the January giveaway. That’s because it is the same prize package. The winner of the January giveaway (dreaminofalaska) did not reply to any of the 4 emails that I sent. So, the prize package is being offered again for the March givewaway.

Ez DIY Electricity March Giveaway

The prize package for the March giveaway is:
1 – DeWalt Electrical Professional Reference Manual valued at $24.95,
1 – DeWalt Residential Remodeling & Repair Professional Reference Manual valued at $24.95,
1 – Wiring Simplified 41st Edition book valued at $12.95,
FREE email consultation for 1 residential DIY electrical wiring project with up to 3 replies to clarify the question / answer valued at $27.00
and $50.00 cash.
Total prize value = $139.85

To enter this giveaway, simply subscribe to receive email updates from this blog. You need to enter a valid email address to win as I will contact the winner through their email address. This contest begins March 1, 2008 and ends March 31, 2008.

The email subscription is “double opt in”, meaning you will receive an email confirming your subscription and you must click on the link to confirm. I will NOT spam you. I hate spam just as much as you do. You will only receive daily updates about this blog and its services, nothing else.

Rules:
1. This giveaway is for U.S. & Canadian residents that are current email subscribers of Ez DIY Electricity only.
2. You must be 18 years of age or older. By entering this giveaway, you agree that you are 18 years of age or older.
3. Only 1 entry per email address.
4. The drawing will be held privately on the first of April second of April (so no one will think this is an April fools joke), where I will pick 1 random winner from the current Ez DIY Electricity email subscription list.
5. Winners will be contacted by email. If after two days we do not receive a response, a second email will be sent. If still no response after 7 days, the prize will be noted as “Unclaimed”.
6. Winners may decline. If declined, their prize will be awarded to another randomly drawn name.
7. Prizes are not redeemable for cash.

 

Edit: April 2, 2008
Thank you to everyone that signed up and participated in this giveaway. Everyone that signed up for this and previous giveaways is already entered into April’s giveaway. I believe April’s prize package is equally as good as the March giveaway prize package. Please check back tomorrow to see what that prize package is.

To see who won the March giveaway, please visit The March Giveaway Winner Is…

Ez DIY Electricity January Giveaway

January 1, 2008

Happy New Year everyone. I hope you all had fun celebrating the end of 2007 and the beginning of 2008. I made a few resolutions both personal and for my business. One of my goals for 2008 is to have at least 1,000 subscribers to this site by the end of the year. I also plan to launch several videos and eBooks showing me doing electrical projects.

One idea I have to increase my readership is to offer monthly giveaways.

Ez DIY Electricity January Giveaway

So, I will start out this month offering:
1 – DeWalt Electrical Professional Reference Manual valued at $24.95,
1 – DeWalt Residential Remodeling & Repair Professional Reference Manual valued at $24.95,
1 – Wiring Simplified 41st Edition book valued at $12.95,
FREE email consultation for 1 residential DIY electrical wiring project with up to 3 replies to clarify the question / answer valued at $27.00
and $50.00 cash.
Total prize value = $139.85

To enter this giveaway, simply subscribe to receive email updates from this blog. You need to enter a valid email address to win as I will contact the winner through their email address. This contest begins January 1, 2008 and ends January 31, 2008.

The email subscription is “double opt in”, meaning you will receive an email confirming your subscription and you must click on the link to confirm. I will NOT spam you. I hate spam just as much as you do. You will only receive daily updates about this blog and its services, nothing else.

Rules:
1. This giveaway is for U.S. & Canadian residents that are current email subscribers of Ez DIY Electricity only.
2. You must be 18 years of age or older. By entering this giveaway, you agree that you are 18 years of age or older.
3. Only 1 entry per email address.
4. Drawings will be held privately on the first of each month, where I will pick 1 random winner from the current Ez DIY Electricity email subscription list.
5. Winners will be contacted by email. If after two days we do not receive a response, a second email will be sent. If still no response after 7 days, the prize will be noted as “Unclaimed”. I will do my best to esure that there is 1 prize awarded the first of each month.
6. Winners may decline. If declined, their prize will be awarded to another randomly drawn name.
7. Prizes are not redeemable for cash.

Inventory Reduction Sale At NorthernTool.com – Up to 75% off over 1,000 items

December 26, 2007

Northern Tool Inventory Reduction INVENTORY REDUCTION SALE – Save Up To 75% At NorthernTool.com

It’s that time of year again for Northern Tool + Equipment’s Inventory Reduction Sale! Get up to 75% off over 1,000 items. This is a limited time promotion and runs through January 31, 2008.

Northern Tool + Equipment offers a wide selection of products — from consumer goods to industrial and construction equipment — to do-it-yourselfers, contractors and professional shops. Over 18,000 items online!

Wide variety of products: pressure washers, generators, automotive, shop supplies, lawn + garden, food processors, ag equipment, power tools, go-karts + more. Hundreds of Popular Name Brands: Honda, DeWalt, Makita, Milwaukee, Briggs & Stratton, Ingersoll-Rand, Tecumseh, Hobart, Bobcat + more!

Northern Tool + Equipment has been a successful and trusted business for 26+ years. They are also rated in the 100 ecommerce sites by Internet Retailer Magazine.

This has to be my favorite sale. Tools, tools and more tools on sale. Head on over to their inventory reduction sale and see what kind of deals you can find.

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