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Future of the NEC codebook

Well I wanted to make a codebook based post once again but this time about what will be featured in the upcoming years of 2020 and beyond. I am convinced that cable television is going to be obsolete and replaced with wireless internet routers. Unfortunately the cable is becoming less and less used as we can see from our millennial generation. With the rise of game consoles that play media such as Hulu and Netflix I believe we will see the rise of the electronic era and the end of the electrical era. Electrical will never be obsolete for good but we are seeing lighting and power sources will always be important. I believe though we will see more rules designed around wireless electronics and even automobiles which are becoming more electric now a days.

Even if the self driving car doesn’t come out you will still have vehicles that are completely electric operating on the road. Whether you like it or not electricity is taking over and for our electrical codes, they will begin to involve themselves around it. 

My next topic would be the self driving car, the idea of it sounds almost insane and makes no sense. Would you be afraid of it or would you accept it? All literally based on your age. It seems millennials are a lot more accepting of it so there is a strong chance you will see it described in our NEC books in the next ten years.

There is a phrase that everyone was saying: be on the right side of history. However which side is the right side? For an electrician, this idea of a self driving car in our NEC books sounds ludicrous but things are changing. 

It seems as well we might also be replaced by engineers some day if we’re not careful. Every year that goes by American universities graduate 9000 new electrical engineers a year while we tend to keep aging. Our kids don’t want to take up our trade so who will be left in the coming years?

Be careful be very careful on not embracing change.

Breaking the taboo of mental illness 

This is going to be a very controversial idea to some of you but I need to say this. Mainstream psychology and therapy does not work. Not only does it not work but they do not do anything in the first place. I’ve been to many different therapists who were supposed to help me but it seems I only got worse. My mental health and even my PTSD never changed until I got off therapy completely. I’m sure some of you have heard this statement from your therapist:

“Maybe the therapy can help” 

It doesn’t, not only does it not help but they don’t even do anything. No advice, no help not even any strategies to create coping skills for many problems. I am coping with problems that I should’ve coped with when I was 16. 

Not only that but a fairly thick majority of them are mentally ill or have a very heavy mental flaw themselves. It’s exactly like telling an ex taxi driver all of your problems.

 I’m sure there will be someone who will immaturely deny my opinion with childish behaviors EG name calling, similar to my cannabis post, but I’m only here to tell the cold hard truth. I’m not on this site to have followers or make friends I’m here to say the truth. If you do comment hateful remarks along with name calling please note I will delete your comments right away.

“Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience.”

Mark Twain

Maintaining Resilience even in the darkest moments of your career

There will come a time in your career as an electrician where you will be challenged into thinking, were you born to be an electrician? A tough and harsh question that I have personally faced many times. Believe me I’ve cried many times and have felt the heavy depression to end everything.

I’ve had to look back at the time when I failed out of my university and I asked myself why was I such a hateful human. Couldn’t I see even back then to try and pick myself up from the dirt of my own shit.I’ve had those moments when I felt completely useless, I remember crying to my teachers in class about it but there was one who believed in me. There was one who told me to never listen to those idiots who keep making me feel useless.

When I had a Facebook I remember I was crying and writing a post on an Electrician group. They were good people that have given me peace and a form of feeling better. That was the reason why I built this wordpress was in the idea there must be millions of tradesman throughout the world crying and cursing God for their disabilities. We can’t control who we are and sometimes the only thing we can do is try and reconfigure our lives.

Indeed we live in rough times where people look at us as garbage on the streets. It’s pathetic how they look at us as purely worthless when we can do a lot but only one or two things. Thanks to technology though, there is rapid advancement to cover the places that we were lacking in. It’s going to come soon you just have to keep strong.

However, I understand the feelings you’re going through.Don’t give up because there is a place for you in this world and it will come soon. There are many places you can excel in that many “perfect” electricians can’t excel in. Resilience is in many stories that we read about whether we find it in Asop’s fables or the bible.

Electrical Theory applied to Ghosts

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I’m sure we all hear that ghosts are energy but what exactly do they do? Well ghosts tend to create an electromagnetic field that can actually play with certain parts of the brain causing dizziness or hallucinations, which may be the reason why we tend to fear ghosts. These fields tend to have a sound known as infrasound, which is something typically associated with spirits. This field of energy is what causes the feelings of discomfort and paranoia.

Well before we get frightened I do need to let you know that many engineers and electricians actually do NOT believe in ghosts. The idea that there is an intelligence amongst a field of energy sounds crazy to a lot of them. Even though there are also many engineers and electricians who are devoutly religious. In one sense they don’t believe in ghosts, however they will believe in the Prophets of Muhammad,Jesus and Moses.

Something that electrical people can not disprove is the fact that our whole bodies use electricity. Our very heart works the same way as a water pump in a pool.Our minds tend to work like a circuit board where one thought is like a switch that moves our muscles.Not only that but we also recycle the same electricity throughout our body until our hearts give out.Another law that helps with the Ghost theory is that energy never goes away or dissipates but only transfers to another vessel or area that needs it.

Based on these laws, if your grandmother is not a ghost then she probably is being used in a sewage pump which is moving your whole town’s sewage into another area. Then once used up she goes back in the air again in order to become the same energy some nerd is using to for his sex robot. So you’re grandmother is being used for a nerd to pleasure himself. I believe it’s a lot more pleasing to think of her haunting her cemetery.

Jokes aside the only 2 ways that can happen is if she died next to a power plant or her energy wandered into one. The point of that was to explain exactly how the transfer of energy cycles. But still the question still ponders, does your body have enough energy to create a loosely joined body of protons and electrons that can affect a living person? Questions, questions and more questions that need to be solved.

I do not know the question of whether or not ghosts exist. I personally have never encountered one but I do know people who have, however it still does not come across as true. The only time I will personally believe ghosts exist is if they are stand right there scaring me with their flailing arms and ooga booga eyes. And even if I see one I will probably just get one of my poorly made motors with the glued on magnet, poorly attached rotor sitting on a nail and the threaded copper wire that wraps around the magnets.Who knows, the ghost might be shot out of the rotor and into some stupid kid’s ouija board.

Ouija Boards are probably the next rip off idea, that makes no sense that some words and a board made by Hasbro can summon ghosts and demons. The only reason why people “feel” the glass piece moving  is mainly because they move it on their own in anticipation of empty promises.

Anime Robots and Electricity God Drones

The art that gets me to build and design many ideas comes from nothing more then the Anime everyone has forgotten about. I remember when the world was much happier with anime. No one cared much about politics or religion, it was all about building art inspired by our childhood.

Things were so great sometimes I feel like that’s why everyone loves Japan and why they are such a fun country. They get inspiration from their own anime to build robots that look after their elderly.

I remember having a Facebook and was part of an electrical group that really never enjoyed what I enjoyed in it. They had smart ass remarks like “what kind of drugs are you taking” or something like that but to this day the robotics side of my Electrical world is powered on nothing but Anime.

When I work on my Arduino projects I tend to build based on these ideas of Cyborgs that are able to regenerate after a punch from a Super Saiyan.

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Self driving cars will NOT replace regular driving

Personally I’m getting sick and tired of Elon Musk scaring the shit out of car enthusiasts. All a fully autonomous self driving car will do is be an alternative way for people to get around in wide open states.

Blind,deaf and disabled people along with people who feel uncomfortable driving will just have a new option of not having to take the bus. There are also a lot of people who actually still like taking the bus. Clearly this whole hype has caused mass hysteria among paranoid idiots.

If a car enthusiast really thinks about it, it might be a great idea because then there will be a brand new area of cars to read about. There will be many more car enthusiasts for you to make friends with and you have a brand new field of cars to study and learn the mechanics of.

Stop listening to Elon Musk, an arrogant, self indulgent douche with hundreds of millions of dollars. It’s a lot like listening to an arrogant frat dude who won the lottery.

American Tradesman in 2050

A nice little Christmas post with the idea of looking at what the average American tradesman will look like in 2050.

Understanding how things will turn out has a lot of different factors for us. Within 5 years, 43% of all US electricians will be ready for retire and very little young blood is replacing them. Industry has been leaving for quite sometime and for most cities throughout the USA being a tradesman tends to require a lot more than it used to.

Our youth do not fit the ideal tradesman starting from the fact 73% of high school seniors, as of 2012, have a drivers license. This trend has been happening for a long time now and seems to only go faster.

The trend actually tends to grow every 10 years. In 1983 the number of drivers licenses were at a rate of 92%,1996 85% and 2012 was 73%. 7% and 12% decline rates we see and it will only get larger overtime. It’s very possible by 2022 the rate can be as low as 56%.

Issues come from a lot of different angles but the main one is the fact many states have enforced much stricter laws on getting a license at the age of 16-18. 

So if we wish to bring in new blood into this trade there will be changes that need to be looked at.

The next issue is the way that the mainstream American society tends to make fun of tradesman as low middle class rednecks. I’m sure we’ve all heard the old Plumber’s crack joke. 

Not only that but electrical work is perceived as a deadly and frightening profession where you can die at any second, if only the American population knew about the secret of shutting off the power. Plumbers are perceived to be working in pure shit which is only semi true. Their pretty little noses are too sensitive for the smell no matter what the salary is.Concrete and longshoreman though are never really mentioned as jobs until you are within the second 6 months of your trade career.

Perceptions,perceptions and of course perceptions are now causing the aging of our industry. 

However there is hope though, I remember talking to a 30 year old post UCLA grad from Jordan who loved his work as a carpenter. He told me everything he learned in UCLA was worthless and only recently found work building shelves just a year ago. 

What people don’t understand is that there is still an under current of people who would love this work but have never heard of it. So many kids out there failing classes and feeling like losers when they don’t even realize how good they can be in construction.

How to solve the problem?

Unions need to start going to high schools and start promoting themselves. Promotion at an early age may spark interest in kids who are not doing well in school. Promises of high wages and good benefits can spark anyone’s attention.

The drivers license issue needs to be looked at in order to say that anyone can join us. Understand there are many new ways of getting around town besides just a car. Uber and Lyft have provided excellent sources of travel without the need for a drivers license. Although you do need a license as a service technician, yes some jobs require you to drive the company vehicle but you do need to say for construction jobs, you don’t care how you get there just get there on time.

And last but not least a topic that has not been brought up is the need for the re industrialization of the United States. Automated factories can easily bring in a lot of attention from skilled electricians.

If nobody takes action?

Then the future looks to be a very old one. Very little work is ever done and the average tradesman will be around 40 or 50. Apprentices will probably be in their mid to late thirties and the next 40-50% drop can easily occur. 

The talent will be heading into engineering work but who will be left to do the dirty? Hispanic labor should not be relied on due to the fact the children of the present day Hispanic tradesman are becoming engineers,doctors and lawyers. The California state university system is seeing huge spikes in Latinos becoming engineers.

So most of the trades workers will probably be coming from the prison system. Ex gang members will be the main source of labor and the trades will only sink lower in reputation. And employment will have no choice but to overlook felonies and crimes in order to hire these people. Once that happens then how will you have a trustworthy team of individuals and how will this not affect the quality of work?

Defining NEC code book law: Contractor’s dilemma

If you wish to create your next big idea there is a stringent law you should know. Do you need a Contractors license or C-10 to sell it? 

I’ve thought of this idea for a long time along with asking many of my peers in my electrical classes. When you think of people who have built the greatest inventions known to me EG Wozniak,Edison and Tesla, how many from those 3 people need a contractors license today?

 2 out of the 3 and those two would be Tesla and Edison. Although Wozniak has built a home computer what it does not do is utilize everything within the house. A computer is a Direct current device which actually does not have any risk of destroying everything around it or killing everyone. 

Tesla on the other hand would more likely need a license than Edison because of his dangerous Tesla Coil which would be generating thousands of volts. One slip of this could end in one hell of an explosion. Though Edison would need one more for his other ventures in coal based power plants. 

Another idea I’ve pondered was if you work with a high voltage DC powered electronic such as a vending machine would you need a contractors license?  My answer to that would be Yes and No. Yes because it would make a lot of sense to be able to understand how to keep the AC current from becoming dangerous and No because robotics have not needed a license to make. The other reason why I would say yes to the vending machine is because a vending machine uses the exact same PLC programs like any factory’s motor control such as Allen Bradley or Siemens.

Personally I do not like to call a DC device an electronic due to the fact anything can then be an electronic. An electronic is a microchip or a circuit board. DC devices can be giant apparatuses.

The one rule I have come to believe is completely true is that so long as the device does not operate in your entire house circuitry such as a light, electrical socket or panel board then it does not need a contractors license. That does leave out, of course, refrigerators and toasters. 

Many questions and many ideas to ponder on this subject. The NEC code book is a vast and expansive book that is always changing. For myself I’d love to have a whole row of code books beginning from 2011 to the year of my death. Electrical work is forever and collecting the rules is something magical. 

    
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
 

How to screw with the sweep arduino code for your own personal use

This example code is in the public domain.
 modified 8 Nov 2013

 by Scott Fitzgerald

 http://www.arduino.cc/en/Tutorial/Sweep

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#include <Servo.h>
Servo myservo; // create servo object to control a servo

// twelve servo objects can be created on most boards
int pos = 0; // variable to store the servo position
void setup() {

  myservo.attach(9); // attaches the servo on pin 9 to the servo object

}
void loop() {

  for (pos = 0; pos <= 180; pos += 1) { // goes from 0 degrees to 180 degrees

    // in steps of 1 degree

    myservo.write(pos); // tell servo to go to position in variable ‘pos’

    delay(15); // waits 15ms for the servo to reach the position

  }

  for (pos = 180; pos >= 0; pos -= 1) { // goes from 180 degrees to 0 degrees

    myservo.write(pos); // tell servo to go to position in variable ‘pos’

    delay(15); // waits 15ms for the servo to reach the position

  }

}

So from this code here is how to work:

If you wish to modify the amount it turns look at the code here:

  for (pos = 180; pos >= 0; pos -= 1) { // goes from 180 degrees to 0 degrees

What you see is a code that tells the servo motor to go in a 180 degree spin. What you need to do is to determine the personalized angle at which you wish to turn and enter it in from the 180.

    delay(15); // waits 15ms for the servo to reach the position

The type of code that needs to devised is the delay(15) which basically means it would take 15 Milliseconds for the servo to reach its position. 

So you should understand that 15 milliseconds is 0.015 seconds. Which means that it would take 0.015 seconds to reach 1 degree.

2.7 seconds in order to reach the whole 180 degrees.

A lot of this would have to be your own math so remember:

((Delay(15) x 180))/1000 = per second 

That should be the formula for the timing of your arduino sweep