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Have you knocked out the power at your work?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Bryan316, Jul 23, 2007.

  1. Bryan316

    Bryan316 Banned

    Dec 20, 2006
    I think I just tripped the circuit breaker in my office. Lights stayed on, shredder stayed on, but my computer and clock radio died. I also share the circuit with our server.

    How did I kill it?

    Turned on my little space heater, cuz they have the thermostat set to 60 degrees.

    The sun shines on their wall and I'm on the dark side of the building, and the thermostat is in my hallway. So they set it so they're comfy, but I gotta freeze.

    Whoever designed the HVAC for this building is a nutcase. They zoned the heat/thermostat in narrow north-south sections, instead of the sunny side and dark side.

    So have you knocked out the power in your places of employment?
  2. eedre


    Feb 26, 2007
    St. Louis,MO
    Same building, different circuit? Did you kill the server too?
  3. Dan Molina

    Dan Molina TalkBass Secular Progressive

    Jul 17, 2002
    Murr Town, California
    Never done that, but at my dads place if you use the heater and the microwave at the same time the power cuts off all around the house.
  4. Bryan316

    Bryan316 Banned

    Dec 20, 2006
    Apparently, one wall of my office shares the same circuit with the restroom, the conference room, and the server cubicle. The other wall of my office shares the same circuit with the hallway, the thermostat, the fabrication manager office and the shipping delivery station.

    The furnace/air conditioner also shares the circuit. So when I have my space heater turned up too high, and the AC kicks in, POOF.
  5. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    Oh yeah. I was doing some work on a lift and busted a sprinkler head at an Intel facility one time and shut down all four stories of the building.

  6. eedre


    Feb 26, 2007
    St. Louis,MO
    That's one ballsy space heater for the breaker to trip!
  7. Bryan316

    Bryan316 Banned

    Dec 20, 2006
    Little bitty ceramic heater. Maybe 1200 watts, that's all.

    OOoooh! 1500 watts! Impressive! I now hold my heater in higher esteem!
  8. RWP


    Jul 1, 2006
    Running a space heater because the AC is set to low in the summer. Don't tell Al Gore. ;)

    I never blew a circuit ar work but have at the house a few times.
  9. eedre


    Feb 26, 2007
    St. Louis,MO
    The induction motor on those things friggin' kill the capacity on your panel... especially when the giant AC unit fires up - there's a huge pull on the current supply when they first start.
  10. TrooperFarva


    Nov 25, 2004
    New City, NY
    A friend of mine, who happens to be a complete idiot, entered his jobs server room one day. The bulb went out (it's not a very big room or company) so he turned around and left, and in doing so, knocked into something on the wall. A few hours later, all the servers started going down, and everyone went into a panic. He was told to go check the servers, and when he entered the room, it was sweltering, over 100 degrees. He left, got a flashlight, and went back in. Turns out he knocked into the thermostat earlier, and turned it all the way up. The servers were shutting down on temperature. No data was lost though, and he still works there.
  11. Phalex

    Phalex Semper Gumby Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2006
    G.R. MI
    I was doing some electrical work at my shop maybe 15 years ago. We're a manufacturer, so we have a frigging HUGE power tap from the substation right outside. I got a little nervous about being on a ladder and playing with 440VAC, so I went to the circuit box and pulled the big ol' switch marked "Main". I killed everything! The whole machining department went down, the offices went dark, and everyone on the shop floor cheered! It was a little embarrasing to say the least.
  12. CrashClint

    CrashClint I Play Bass therefore I Am

    Nov 15, 2005
    Wake Forest, NC
    DR Strings Dealer (local only)
    I used to work in X-31 Electricians at the Newport News Shipyard in Virginia. I was working on the back end of the Teddie Roosevelt when it was being built. I was working a energized transformer, securing the top back on when my crescent wrench slipped out of my hand and started sliding down a safety plate inside the transformer. I turned and ran, it was like fireworks going off, I took out all the lighting to the aft end of the carrier. I was only 23 at the time, thought I was in trouble. Luckily only my boss and I knew and neither him nor I was saying anything, lol.
  13. Bob Lee (QSC)

    Bob Lee (QSC) In case you missed it, I work for QSC Audio! Commercial User

    Jul 3, 2001
    Costa Mesa, Calif.
    Technical Communications Developer, QSC Audio
    I can imagine!

    At a past employer we were moving into a new factory building. The offices were in but about 40000 ft^2 of production was still being built. In order to not interrupt the office operations while connecting power to the production floors, the electrician on the job brought in a guy who (supposedly) specialized in hookups to live circuits.

    He was working on the live hookup in the electrical service box when he accidentally dropped his wrench on the 480V bus bars. That had several unintended consequences: nearly complete vaporization of a steel hand tool; flash burns to the specialist's face, arms,and shoulders; much acrid smoke; and knocking out power to the whole building. It had tripped the fuse out on the utility pole.

    The specialist was taken to a hospital for treatment, and office operations remained interrupted for a couple hours before a service crew from Con Ed replaced the fuse.
  14. Baryonyx

    Baryonyx Banned

    Jul 11, 2005
    Marathon Man
    Never tripped the power, but I have been there during two power outages, one of which was at 10PM, in the dark!
  15. need4mospd


    Dec 22, 2005
    Sounds like you may have a case for getting your employer to adjust the A/C system. They'd probably save money by paying for a quick adjustment over paying for 1500 watts of power.

    If all else fails, just duct tape all your vents closed until you're comfortable. :D
  16. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    I've popped a few circuit breakers with the saws at work.

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