It’s Not An Easy Job

“Bye, be safe!  I love you!”

This is the last thing I say to the hubs when he leaves for work on a weekday morning.

I am completely amazed at the intelligence of the hubs.

He is so smart, and sees things from the “other side” like I do.  He comes up with alternatives to solving situations that I’m not even able to think of.

He is so kind, and has a heart of gold.

The hubs is a Master Electrician, and a Commercial Electrical Inspector.

I love watching him work.  To me, watching him work makes him even more sexy.

This past weekend, we were helping Little One with painting her new studio.  Hope Della Skincare is growing, and Little One needs more space for what she loves to do.

The owner of the building, after hearing from Little One that her dad is an electrician, mentioned that she needed a GFI outlet near the utility sink in the storage area.

While Sister Keni and Friend Jen were busy painting away in the room, the hubs and I were in the storage area.

He started to check the breakers for which one went to the existing outlet next to the utility sink.  He has fun little toys with beeps and red lights to do this.

He found the breaker, and turned it off.  He is always one for being safe when working with electricity.  I am truly grateful for that!

Down on his knees he went, and removed the existing outlet.

Then, he unscrewed wire nuts, moved wires around, green wires, white wires – he knows what goes where so he knows that no one will be shocked by wires being in the wrong places.  Especially being next to a utility sink and water.

He hooked up the new GFI outlet to the wires inside the box in the wall, and screwed the outlet back in.

Did he put the cover plate back on yet? No.

He took out a teeny, tiny little level, and made sure that the outlet was level in the box!

He is amazing!  Meticulous, thorough, detailed.

After he made sure the outlet was level, which is was – perfectly level – then he put the outlet cover back on.

As always, pointing out that many people, when screwing cover plates back on, they screw the covers too tight.  He even made sure that the two screws were exactly in the same places on top and bottom.

The hubs deals with this, and other more serious – and dangerous – electrical situations on a daily basis.

He has replaced outlets, installed light fixtures and ceiling fans; installed new service panels, bathroom fans, and appliances; he has done electrical work on the top of a 90-foot cement silo.

He has done electrical work on an international ship that hauls cement from Chicago to Green Bay to Canada.

Gas stations, new commercial buildings, churches, banks, nursing homes, dental offices, car dealerships, restaurants, funeral homes, building additions, elevators, manufacturing machinery, hot tubs, data cabling, fire alarm systems, generators, all types and places of electrical work he has done.

Disconnects, conduit, occupancy sensors, emergency lights, permits, MC, wire nuts, EMT, Romex, fire caulk, amps, phase, service, volt, panels, circuits, grounding, arc flash, pole, outlets, all the language of electricity.

I am thankful and grateful that the hubs will very rarely do electrical work when the circuit is hot.  He is aware, and respects, that there is great power in electricity.

The hubs told me that he was injured once, long ago, a few years into being an electrician.  He was working above a ceiling, standing on a ladder.  Something flashed; he lost his sight for a period of time that day.  Thankfully, there was no permanent damage.

This is why, every morning, he hears “be safe”.

With great power comes great responsibility.



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