This time, I suppose we should give partial credit, as he *DID* ask ahead of time...

Customer calls. She has a phone system and a small data network, all installed by me, in her basement office at home. She has contracted with a local sparky to install a standby generator. It's the kind that is used in medium-sized homes and comes with a circuit breaker box that allows up to 8 or 10 circuits to be powered.

Sparky wants the customer to check with me before he hooks up the receptical that powers the phones and computers, "to make sure that the type of electricity that the generator puts out is compatible with the phone and data equipment."

I was going to say one of the following, but didn't. I must be getting mellow (or worn down) in my old age.

1. Yes, we use a universal electron compensator, so any type of electricity will work.

2. Why are you asking me, you're the MASTER electrician, and I'm just the RESTRICTED one.

3. No, I will have to change all of my equipment over to "generator-compatible" circuit boards.

Arthur P. Bloom
"30 years of faithful service...15 years on hold"