I don’t know where you are reading this, but it’s being written in Dallas, Texas – usually not a pleasant place in the summer, but then again, neither is El Paso or Abilene.
No matter what the weather does, though, the 811 message keeps right on going. Call before you dig. Get those underground lines located. Don’t be the person who ruptures a gas line or severs a fiber optic line. It can be just as annoying, expensive and fatal in the summer months as it can be in January.
The 811 call is free, the subsequent locate service is free – why wouldn’t you?
Don’t answer that. There are enough people not doing it to roll up about nine thousand hits on buried oil and gas lines in Texas last year. The Railroad Commission keeps those stats. Then you can add in electrical, telecommunications, alarms, sewers, water – yep. As the old song says, the beat goes on.
So, don’t be the person who doesn’t call 811, or use our website, or use one of our easy apps. Really, there’s no excuse for not using this service – and a million reasons why you should.
And for those of you keeping up – I promised to update my weight loss program right here every week. I started at 219 pounds on January 4. I’ve crept back up to 209 pounds from a low of 208, but want to drop to 200.
Finally, you may remember that I’m working on restoring a 1959 German radio receiver, a Loewe Opta model. At the last post I was going to put in a dropping resistor to compensate for the voltage difference between the new diode rectifier and the original selenium version which was junk. A 10 watt, 100 ohm wirewound ceramic resistor was installed between the rectifier “+” leg and one leg of the 50/50 uf 450 volt dual filter capacitor. No more overheating! And when finally connected back to the speakers, I could actually pull in some stations. Unfortunately, they were being heavily masked by a loud 60 cycle hum in the system, which could well be an issue with several grounding points within the radio chassis itself. But, definitely closing in on being done!
Until next week, safe digging!