26. May 2010 22:28
I was wondering if my firm could save money by relaxing or even eliminating the bond requirement for rejuvenation. Because rejuvenation is executed and invoiced at a cable segment level, the traditional notion of performance bonding seems to not apply.
Desperately Seeking Savings
I lean toward the technical so at first when you mentioned “bonding” I was thinking you were referring to the bonding of neutrals to the system ground. But hey, I am all about saving money. That is one of the many reasons why I chose the Novinium team. We are always looking for ways to save a buck and we love to challenge old paradigms whether technical or financial.
Desperate, you are exactly right about performance bonds, they are not required for rejuvenation. If a circuit owner requires a bond, the cost of the bond gets passed onto the circuit owner … that’s you! While there is no one smarter than me when it comes to the technical matters of cable rejuvenation, I decided to ask for some help from my brother-in-law who has been in the bond surety business since 1987. He is the president of The Bond Exchange and his name is Jim. Check him out at www.thebond-exchange.com. My sister can vouch for his character. Check out our dialog below … More...
14. May 2010 20:32
Flash Point & Flammability
Dear Wet One,
What is a flash point and how important is the flash point in rejuvenation safety?
Charred in Columbus
I like to keep warm more than the average girl, but there is warm and then there is warm. To keep cool I keep my skin moist and I avoid situations where I could possibly be exposed to fires. Before I answer your query, let's review some principles. There are three things required for a fire or explosion,
oxygen (generally in the guise of air)
a source of ignition, which is often readily available in electrical distribution and transmission environments, and
13. May 2010 16:57
I have seen and heard your most excellent KnoNow flash videos. I have also read all of your other posts as I am a big fan … I like your straight and simple explanations of even complex subjects. But how is it that you came to have an Australian accent if you were born in Washington State in the US?
That’s a fair question. Because of my fame I have an obligation to share some intimate details with my adoring fans. I was hatched in a pond called Kit’s Corner in Federal Way, Washington. Kit’s Corner is just a stone’s throw and three hops away from Novinium’s corporate headquarters. I began my rejuvenation studies early. One of my first assignments at Novinium was to help out with a rejuvenation project at Ergon Energy in Cairns, Queensland Australia – just onshore from the Great Barrier Reef. If you look very closely at the photograph nearby you can see me just to the left of the bloat stooped over in the pit. The water was a bit muddy, but I am there. Everybody else wore rubber boots. At that point in my life cycle I didn’t even have any legs! The job could not have proceeded so smoothly without my supervision and technical knowledge. I was in my formative development, so being exposed to all these Aussies while I was a tadpole had a profound impact on my linguistic development. I have to admit that I have not tried to shake the accent I acquired all those years ago, because the accent makes me even more exotic.
See ya later,