Today I talk to Wayne Robinson from Capitol Electric Supply, a retired master electrician and chief electrical inspector who’s been working in the electrical trade for nearly 50 years.
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It’s easy to talk about what it means to be a great crew-lead, but what most people don’t think about is what makes a good follower or helper. This is really a deep methodology that takes wisdom and purpose to execute so let’s crack it open for a minute.
Since my first tool video I did a few years back, I’ve had so many people ask me for a more condensed list of tools that I would consider as the essentials for an apprentice to buy. This list is ONLY hand tools – not power tools like drills and saws. Here’s my top 13 list.
Most journeyman electricians end up leading jobs for the first time when they get their license, and for some it’s an overwhelming task that they feel is unmanageable. There are a lot of tips and tricks from the older leads that can be learned, and if taken seriously will make things a whole lot smoother.
Let’s face it…the national electric code book is probably the most difficult construction document to read and understand. It’s written like a court document in legalese, using terms none of us use in the field, for the sake of liability and C.Y.A. These are 11 terms that are used in the NEC that I feel people struggle with understanding when they first buy a code book.
Doing math, for many people, is one of the things that holds them back from advancing in their career as an electrician. “I’m just not good at math,” I often hear. Knowing how to apply Ohm’s Law calculations in the field is crucial for your ability to think critically, on the fly, about what may be happening in a circuit – and electrician math is really not that scary. Let’s dive in.