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June 22, 2019

Dear Swami,

According to the local electrical inspector, I need a certified torque wrench to torque the lugs in our portable power generator, distros, and other items, but I'm having trouble finding the right tightening torque range. Can you give me any insight?

Signed,
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November 25, 2018

have a new meter, and it goes to 11. It looks like an ohmmeter, and in a lot of ways it acts like an ohmmeter, and in fact, it is a type of ohmmeter, except it’s designed to measure resistance into the millions of ohms. Can your meter do that?

Ordinary ohmmeters and mul...

July 27, 2018

I was once working on a film set when a feeder transformer began behaving badly. A supplier had dropped off a generator and the transformer, and after they were both connected and energized, but before any load was even connected, much less turned on, the transformer w...

December 29, 2017

Neutrik's powerCON TRUE1 connector is taking over the entertainment lighting and audio industry. Most new products use the power connector now because of its capacity to make or break under load. But Neutrik recently sent out a safety notice asking you to check your ca...

November 24, 2017

In the 2015 edition of NFPA 70E: The Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace, the reference to FR (flame resistant) clothing changed to AR (arc rated). If you're like me and you're wondering why, this blog post by Milliken & Company explains it very well. Take...

November 23, 2015

One year ago today, 22-year-old Agustin Briolini was electrocuted during sound check at the Teatro del Sol in Carlos Paz, Argentina. In an instant, the life of a promising young musician was cut short. Never again would his family, friends, and fans have the simple ple...

October 30, 2015

It's happened again. Two more innocent musicians have been electrocuted this year after having committed the crime of touching a guitar and a microphone or another guitar at the same time. It has now happened twice this year and once last year.

 

On October 11, 2015, Adr...

September 28, 2015

Have you ever wondered whta's inside of a feeder transformer?

 

This one was humming loudly on a gig, so a technician was called out to investigate. Transformers can hum for different reasons. It could be caused by high harmonic loads, loose fittings, aging insulation, o...

September 25, 2015

I just spent a good chunk of the morning signing papers saying that I cannot disclose certain information about the gig I was about to work on. You know the drill. Before you can work on a show that you'd love to tell everybody about you have to promise not to tell any...

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