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  • The original Rudolph did not have a red nose. In that day and age, red noses were seen as an indicator of chronic alcoholism and Montgomery Ward didn’t want him to look like a drunkard. To complete the original picture, he was almost named Reginald or Rollo.
  • The Christmas wreath was originally hung as a symbol of Jesus. The holly represents his crown of thorns and the red berries the blood he shed.
  • The three traditional colors of most Christmas decorations are red, green and gold. Red symbolizes the blood of Christ, green symbolized life and rebirth, and gold represents light, royalty and wealth.
  • Tinsel was invented in 1610 in Germany and was once made of real silver.
  • The oldest artificial Christmas trees date back to the late 1800s and were made of green raffia (think grass hula skirts) or dyed goose feathers. Next the Addis Brush Company used their machinery that wove toilet brushes to create pine-like branches for artificial Christmas trees that were less flammable and could hold heavier decorations.
  • ‘Jingle Bells’ – the popular Christmas song was composed by James Pierpont in Massachusetts, America. It was, however, written for thanksgiving and not Christmas.
  • Coca-Cola was the first company that used Santa Claus during the winter season for promotion.
  • Hallmark introduced their first Christmas cards in 1915.
  • The first recorded date of Christmas being celebrated on December 25th was in 336, during the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine. A few years later, Pope Julius I officially declared that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on that day.
  • Santa Claus's sleigh is led by eight reindeer: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Dunder (variously spelled Donder and Donner), and Blixem (variously spelled Blixen and Blitzen), with Rudolph being a 20th-century inclusion.
  • Outdoor Christmas lights on homes evolved from decorating the traditional Christmas tree and house with candles during the Christmas season. Lighting the tree with small candles dates back to the 17th century and originated in Germany before spreading to Eastern Europe.
  • That big, jolly man in the red suit with a white beard didn’t always look that way. Prior to 1931, Santa was depicted as everything from a tall gaunt man to a spooky-looking elf. He has donned a bishop's robe and a Norse huntsman's animal skin. When Civil War cartoonist Thomas Nast drew Santa Claus for Harper's Weekly in 1862, Santa was a small elflike figure who supported the Union. Nast continued to draw Santa for 30 years, changing the color of his coat from tan to the red he’s known for today.
  • Christmas 2018 countdown has already begun. Will you be ready???
  • Why do we love Christmas? It's all about the traditions. In this chaotic world we can miss the "good old days." Christmas reminds us of that time.

Tony Furst

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    Huntsville, Ohio, USA
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    Christmas decorating, sailing,
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    Forensic Engineer

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  1. Randy, Personally I have the Hero as I prefer the matte finish, however I have seen the Rogue and Ace up close and like the looks of both of them as well. You can also order directly from Jawbone through their site, not sure if the pricing is any different. Tony
  2. Randy, Over the past eight years I have tried many different Bluetooth devices and based on my cell phone usage (4000 minutes per month) I consider myself to be fairly hard on these things. The one device that has consistently shown itself to be the best headset is the Jawbone Icon. It is extremely lightweight, has solid battery life, great volume, flexibility in earpieces and user fit and the firmware is can be easily updated via their website. I use mine with an iPhone but know several people who use them with Blackberries and Droids who also have the same opinion of them. You can order them directly from their site at http://www.jawbone.com/ and you can get a pretty wide range of colors and styles. Tony
  3. Bill, It depends entirely on your local jurisdiction and which version of the NEC they have adopted. A number of jurisdictions have not adopted the version requiring AFCI's everywhere and some may not because to be real honest they can be a pain. We have them in our bedrooms and anytime you plug the vacuum cleaner in and turn it on it trips the AFCI. Tony
  4. As an engineer I also concur with Steve the only way to know the true available ampacity is to actually measure the connected loads. As for the 16/32 panel configuration yes it may be legal but without knowing which specific panel and seeing all of the rating/classification ratings for the neutral and ground buses you don't know. Yes a sub-panel will be less expensive than a service upgrade in most cases but not all, it depends entirely on the existing panel and the actual load on that panel. I have designed maney panels where the total ampacity of all of the breakers exceeds the rating of the main breaker that were all within code and operate quite well. So as has been said adding up the ampacity of all of the breakers doesn't really tell you much. The real answer in this case is that the OP needs to contact a qualified electrical contractor and ask them for their opinion as well as the costs for the various options. Tony
  5. The reality is it is a 16 circuit panel that someone has already added tandem breakers to, this most likely means they ahve doubled up on wire lands in the neutral and ground buses which is a violation. The largest 16 circuit panel is 100A from any of the major manufacturers. My recommendation is to upgrade to a 40 or 42 circuit 200A panel that will provide sufficient space to add the new circuits without the need for a sub panel. Depending on the age of thehouse the power company wiring may be adequate to handle a 200A service but you will need to contact your utility company to verify. Performing a service upgrade is not a difficult project however if you are not comfortable with all aspects of the project hiring a qualified electrician is your best course of action. Tony
  6. Looking over the TED website it would appear that the units response time to transmit is 1 second, depending on your fades and flashes you may not be capturing all of the peaks. My guess is that it is averaging your peaks over a period of time and since most residential utilities don't have a peak demand charge it's not a big issue. What is also shows is that you still have a reasonable amount of capacity left in your panel. Tony
  7. Steve, Your contractor must have really good liability insurance. Is the chance of someone being injured or killed worth running your show? This is a decision only you can make. In both my personal and professional opinion the show would be off because the risk outweighs the reward. Tony
  8. If your tree height is 12 feet that would be 144 inches not 300. 300 inches is 25 feet. Tony
  9. I just groaned and rolled my eyes, I can always count on the boards to provide new one liners for presentations. Tony
  10. Mark, You really want to move that breaker and not use those two slots again, don't forget to get snap-in fillers for the panel cover. Once those bus stabs have been heated that severely getting them to be reliable again will be a challenge. My biggest concern is that most residential panelboards have aluminum bus bars in them and aluminum does not do well after it has been overheated. The metal weakens due to fatigue and the overheating and then cooling off. Depeding on the overall condition of the bus you may be looking at a panel replacement. Tony
  11. If the loading is as you say then the breaker should not have been hot regardless of position within the panel. What is more likely the culprit is that the breaker stabs that go over the bus bar in the panel have loosened over time and this loose connection will heat up. This is how the great majority of panel failures and fires occur. Tony
  12. John, I completely forgot about IMC as it isn't used very often so I forget about it. Given the lightweight wall thickness of IMC I wouldn't use it for a mega tree pole. Tony
  13. If it was threaded it was not EMT, period. EMT is approximately schedule 10 and ridgid is schedule 40. Galvanized water pipe is schedule 40 as is your typical black steel pipe. They also make schedule 80 and schedule 120 black pipe.
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