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While ramblin' through the innernet today, I stumbled across this little gem:

During a renovation of the White House (yes, the one at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.), this photo was taken of an electrical panel on Feb. 23, 1950:

 

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Looking closely, it looks like:

1. There's 80 circuits.
2. It was in a closet.
3. Most of the pipes are rigid.
 

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I worked in the Main electric Room of the White House, we were not allowed to take cameras in. In the 50's YES...but with new concerns NO WAY...
 

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I worked in the Main electric Room of the White House, we were not allowed to take cameras in. In the 50's YES...but with new concerns NO WAY...

I don't get to take pics at most of the jobs I go on either, most places now even check if your phone is a camera or just don't allow cells at all.
 

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Many of our sites require us to leave them in the truck a few do not allow our trucks on the site with phones, GPS, pagers, ect...

Real gas when they tell us we can not use or IR camera, which we have a contract for. One site told us, as we were leaving, it was forbidden after we had it on site for two weeks.
 

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"after we had it on site for two weeks" . . .

Brian - been there, done that - its a gas, isn't it?

"I don't get to take pics at most of the jobs I go on either"

Never, until the last few years, have we been able to have a camera inside the perimeter fence. Too bad, as I'm sure all of us have some projects that are 'suitable for framing'.

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When we were renovating 2 floors of the Philly branch of the FBI, It took about 9 months. They never stopped operations. You needed to be escorted all the time. 3 guy's ended up dating the escorts. My buddy married one.
There was a big underground parking garage. They wouldn't let us park there. I was down there working and noticed a few contractor vans, ladder racks with extension ladders. I got mad and said who are these guys, why do they get to park for free. It turns out they were surveillance vehicles. After that I looked around. There Corvettes Porsche's, old junkers. Everything in between. It was pretty cool.
 

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Same thing here, escorts were figured into the bid (3 to 1 ratio). Most of those escorts were dikes, think one of my guys married one too ;)

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The FBI was on 9th & 10th floor. In this 22 story federal building attached to the federal court house. They decided to build a little 2 story jail across the street to hold the inmates while they were on trial. I forget what trade they were, but these construction workers would go up to the roof and get high. The FBI could look right down on them. This building had FBI, secret service, federal marshals, ATF. How dumb did these guys have to be.
 

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There was one building that I spent a long time on that was an R&D lab for SDI that was amazing. The specialized cabling, fittings, and methods were like no other place I have worked. The conduit work was like a Monet. The power grid was also a work of art.
 

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Many of our sites require us to leave them in the truck a few do not allow our trucks on the site with phones, GPS, pagers, ect...
They're like that when you go to Cuba too. Last time I went the immigration guys took a real long look at my Treo 600 phone and asked me a few times if it was a GPS.
 

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I wonder if this is how they bent all that pipe:

 

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Very nice illustration. We may laugh at it now, but this is the beginning of what made our beautiful country what it is today.

Keep up the good work, and enjoy your Veteran's Day everyone !

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