Texas is known for its rodeos – but not all of them have to do with horses and bull riding. The International Locate Rodeo is coming to town Thursday, Friday and Saturday of this week in Arlington, home of the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers.
This event, hosted by Texas811, showcases the skills of the men and women who actually locate your underground utility lines and cables – after you’ve made the free call to 811 to ask for that free service BEFORE you do any digging.
Locators don’t have x-ray vision, and they don’t have magical powers to see beneath the soil. What they DO have is the knowledge and equipment to keep you safe when you’re excavating. Nothing ruins a day faster than biting into a fiber optic line, electrical transmission cable or natural gas pipeline.
The International Locate Rodeo is being held in Texas for the very first time, at the University of Texas at Arlington campus. The rodeo will be held on a course allowing all kinds of locates, from water to gas to electric to telecommunications and so on. Line locators from around the United States will compete on a set course, locating underground lines of all types, and will be judged on speed, accuracy and other factors.
How do you know an 811 locate has been called in and performed? That’s easy.
You’ve seen the small flags stuck in the ground at construction sites and other places. Each flag’s color tells what kind of buried line is below – gas, electric, water and etc. Each of those flags was pushed into the ground by a locator.
How many calls for locates are made in Texas? In 2015, Texas811 answered over 2.75 MILLION locate request calls.
The ability to accurately and quickly locate these buried lines is vitally important to public safety. In Texas, it’s also the law that locates be done before any digging is done at a depth of 16” or greater.
Come join Texas811 for this event. A complete agenda for all three days of the event can be found here: http://locaterodeo.net/rodeo-information/agenda/
The actual rodeo competition takes place Saturday, June 25th at the UT Arlington campus, 140 W Mitchell Street, Arlington, TX 76019 from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.
In other news – the end of a four month odyssey! The 1959 Loewe-Opta “Atlanta” AM/FM stereo receiver is repaired and back inside its console. Parts replaced include the main filter capacitor, 25 other smaller capacitors, four resistors, the selenium rectifier, the wall power cord, two vacuum tubes and two dial lights. You can see and hear it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q5rbVnneb98&feature=em-upload_owner
The next project is the restoration of the Perpetuum-Ebner “Rex” four speed turntable that goes with this console. I have five “junkers” and two of them seem to be pretty good candidates for bringing back to life….
And somehow – my weight is at 208. Go figure.
Until next week, safe digging