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Qualified engineer, my arse! [Oct. 4th, 2003|12:03 pm]
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I've just got back from work... no, it's not because it's the monthly load this weekend, it's because the two air conditioning units in our Computer Room failed during the week.

We had some portable A/C units delivered during the week, to help keep the temperature as low as possible, although it's still been fluctuating between 30°C and 35°C during the day.

Anyway, we had engineers in at about 23:30 yesterday to reroute the hot air ducts so that they pointed outside the building. No mean feat in a Computer Room!!

So, Jimmy and I left work at about 00:15 this morning, having completed the monthly load, and apparently the engineers left at about 00:30.

I get a call at 08:30 this morning from on-site Security, saying that only 1 of the portable A/C units was working, and that a call to our call-out centre revealed that the engineers knew they weren't working when they left!! That is joke #1.

I got into work at about 11:00 this morning to have a look at the situation.

Bit of background detail here, for the technically aware: One of these aircon units draws approximately 9A from the power supply at peak load (and believe me, they're working at constant peak!)

Joke #2: No less that three of these units were plugged into the same 4-way adapter!!!

Now, 3 x 9A = 27A.
The maximum load of a 4-way adapter is 13A

Spot the problem?

Now, I'm not an engineer, but I do know a fair amount about electricity. But even if you didn't, you'd know that 27 DOES NOT go into 13!!!!!!

I'm now going to claim call-out for attending the site, and also suggest that I get the engineers pay as a supplement for coming in and solving their stupid error!


[User Picture]From: novemberbug
2003-10-04 05:26 am (UTC)
Now I'm not particularly technically minded but even I can see where the problem lies there!

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