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Old 01-23-2015, 02:15 PM   #1
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A few recent posts asking for help identifying things like panels and breakers brought something to my attention...

Looking back at such threads/posts in many cases not enough information was provided in the OP to allow people on here to try and help out. That results in the posts being ignored or leads to a drawn-out Q&A session just to get the basic info needed to try and help out.

To try and prevent that, and to get the OP some quicker results I offer up the following suggestions to make the whole process go smoother:

  • PICTURES!! As many pictures as possible of the item in question, be sure to include a CLEAR overall view of the object, and a few closer shots of any terminals, lugs, labels, data plates or other unique features. Be sure to get those pictures SAFELY, wear appropiate PPE or better yet, do it during a shutdown.
  • DATA: Full or partial part numbers, any numbers, symbols, logos, etc. that can be SAFELY read. Show such info in pictures ONLY if is is in a large and clear enough format to be seen. Otherwise, post it as part of the text in the OP.
  • LOCATION: Give a general location of the item in question...such as it's in a chemical plant, factory, commercial space, etc. Also in some cases giving a geographic region will help as some brands of wire, switchgear, breakers, etc. are very common in one part of the country and not another.
  • WE NEED THE BUMP..GOTTA HAVE THE BUMP... The OP should bump up the thread after say 5-10 days if no one has responded yet...and try to include any additional info in that bump post.


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