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Worth a thousand words...

So much of technology seems like technology for the sake of technology that it's refreshing to find technology out there actually making someone's life easier.

Thursday afternoon I stopped by Rawson school to have a look-see at the progress of the cabling contractor. When I checked in at the Construction Manager's trailer, I spoke with two managers from the CM about the cabler's lack of progress. By happenstance they were evidently already talking about the cabler, and both were of a mind that it was time to fire this outfit and bring in another contractor.

One of the CM's men went into the school with me to look at the IDF. He brought with him a little point-and-shoot digital camera; photos of the not-completed work would be part of the CM's documentation. A digital camera. This is one of those little technologies that has really changed things. Yes, construction people have toted cameras since the invention of portable photography, but the digital camera knocks down barriers to using photography to document work (or lack of work, in this case). The case against the cabler at Rawson will be strengthened by stark photos of an IDF with hundreds of blue cables dangling, unterminated, from the ceiling.

And that's a neat use of technology.


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Jul. 16th, 2006 04:14 pm (UTC)
Along with the time/date stamp, it's excellent evidence. I just used my camera to document the dryer outlet explosion and all the soot damage before attempting to clean it off the wall. Wasn't sure if the electrician would find so much damage that I'd have to put a claim in. Thank goodness it's only going to require a new outlet. We'll see whether a new dryer is in order once he gets the new cord too.
Jul. 18th, 2006 02:08 am (UTC)
Along with the time/date stamp, it's excellent evidence.

Mmmm, that too.

Any idea what caused the plug to go kaboom in the first place?
Jul. 18th, 2006 04:47 am (UTC)
The electrician (who is also the Hebron Fire Marshall) said that the plug was corroded. So corroded that the electricity passing through the plug (not the machine, thank goodness, as that was off) melted the tines when they finally broke down. Dryer is 4 years old. Plug is 4 years old. Always used in a dry, 1st floor location. Needless to say, I'm putting in a claim with Maytag (it's a long shot), and as long as a new cord/plug fixes the dryer, I'll not put a claim in on homeowner's (although the painting job would easily be $1500.

Only the outlet needs replacement...thankfully the wiring to the circuit breaker wasn't fried.
Jul. 18th, 2006 10:31 pm (UTC)
Bizarre. Hopefully a once-in-a-lifetime occurence.
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