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Originally Posted by TheElectricalGuru

lol. shunk is a comedian at heart. lol. I would guess I am partial to Eaton� Products but I have no idea why

No, I was dead serious. I feel the Pushmatic was the best resi panel ever made. Just hard for older folks to push in and out.

Lacking that option now, I’m an Eaton man too. (Cutler-Hammer). Specificaly, the CH series. They plug on tighter than any residential panel on the market. They had a little manufacturing boo-boo for 6 months or so, but things are back in line again. Good thing. They’re my main panel.

I would add that I don’t think there’s anything on the market right now that’s absolute junk. You’ll get pretty good service, no matter what you pick. My least favorite is probably GE, but I can’t really put my finger on why. Lots of little things, but not enough for me to not put one in if a customer specifically asked for one.

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Pushmatic is in my opinion one of the best, with the excepton of the 2-poles which if I rememeber were complicated.

I wouldn’t say that they were so much complicated as they were just weird. You had to bring one leg down the left side of the panel and the other leg down the right side of the panel. The 2 poles spanned side to side, as opposed to over/under like everything else.

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One reason not to give DIY advice:
Catch a man a fish and you can sell it to him.
Teach a man to fish and you�ve ruined a good business opportunity.

My first pick is always Square D QO – however a little pricey, Then Murray, and then CH. Homeline seems a little ‘cheap’ and I agree with everyone about GE – Just dont like em.

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I can get the panels crazy cheap now, so I only install QO. here are some panels I upgraded recently.


01/10/2017

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Ethical Dilemmas – Moral Dilemmas – Classroom Discussion #ethical, #moral, #dilemma,


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This is #17 of an ongoing series of discussion starters from the case files of Charis Denison. The situations presented are very real and are changed monthly. Please try them out with your students and share your results with us. You can find the complete archive of dilemmas here.

THE SITUATION
(present this to your students)


Kevin is a talented basketball player whose high school team made it into the playoffs and all the way to the city championship game. As a result, Kevin had to miss his school s baseball tryouts and a couple of weeks of practice. So, he was grateful when the coach gave him an opportunity to come out for the team anyway. Kevin s older brother had been on the varsity team for four years, so the coach knew the family and assumed Kevin would follow in his brother s footsteps. But Kevin had never played league baseball before and had no expectation of getting a lot of playing time. Besides, the team already had a solid lineup of experienced players; he would just have to be patient and earn his position through hard work.

Which is why Kevin was shocked when the coach announced the starting lineup for the first game: Kevin was picked to start at third base.

Kevin immediately felt confused, then embarrassed, then guilty. He was confused because the coach had never seen him play. He felt embarrassed and guilty because everyone knew that the coach must have made this decision based on Kevin s athletic reputation and the coach s relationship with Kevin s older brother. Kevin considered himself a team player. He also knew the other third baseman a strong player who never missed a practice. Surely the other guy deserved to be the starter. He looked around at his teammates and saw himself through their eyes. He felt bad. He walked to his position without making eye contact with the coach or the players.

After the game, Kevin called his brother and said he was thinking about asking the coach to let him step down until he had earned the position in a way that was fair to the rest of the team. His brother said no way. Life is about seizing opportunity. That s how you achieve your dreams. Why give up your big chance? Besides, he said, I put in a good word for you, so don t blow it.

Kevin felt like he was stuck. If he kept silent, he risked the respect of his team; if he came forward, he risked the athletic opportunity and his relationship with his coach. He needed to make a decision before the next game.

haris (KAIR-iss) Denison, founder of Prajna Consulting, is an expert in Community Involvement, Human Development, and Ethics. She has built her experience primarily by working with schools and non-profits for the past 15 years.

After initially teaching middle and high school English and Creative Writing, Charis began to develop curricula and publish articles related to social justice, ethics, human development, community involvement, and experiential education. She has received national recognition for her work in those fields, as well as for her community-based work with American teens and Tibetan refugees in Central Asia.

Charis co-wrote Tolerance for Others. a middle school human development text, with Leni Wildflower. She currently works as the national Service-Learning consultant for the Durango Institute for Co-Curricular Education.

Charis also teaches at Marin Academy in San Rafael, California, and runs Prajna Consulting. Through Prajna she consults with schools, parents, students, and businesses both organizationally and individually. Charis also facilitates workshops and speaks on a wide variety of topics.

NOTES FOR THE FACILITATOR
(this is for you)

This case is a great one for introducing students to the idea that taking no action is taking action. In other words, when my students are discussing scenarios like this and come back with the infamous, just take what happened and don t do anything; it s not your responsibility, I reply, not making a choice is a choice.

Students love to talk about times when they have been the victims of an unfair situation. It s a lot of fun to turn the tables on them and have them talk about when they have benefited from an unfair situation. Do they bear some responsibility to restore justice? I find it effective to get students to articulate what each of three parties would consider fair in the scenario (the coach, Kevin, the team).

If you have covered any of the more formal ethical principles, this case works very well when you assign one of the three principles to each group and have them apply it to their decision (ends-based, rule-based, care-based).

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
(also, debate topics, writing assignments, etc.

  • What do you think Kevin should do? What do you think you would do?
  • How do you think the team might feel about the coach letting Kevin start without having seen him play or participate in the first two weeks of practice?
  • What do you think is the coach s reason for making Kevin a starting player? Do you agree with it?
  • How do you feel about the role Kevin s brother is playing in all this?
  • How might Kevin feel if he doesn t talk to the coach?
  • How much influence do you think Kevin s brother has on Kevin s choice?
  • If you were faced with an ethical dilemma, how important would your sibling s opinion be?
  • Have you ever seen someone you know benefit from an unfair situation? What happened? What did it feel like? How did the person benefiting respond? If you didn t agree with that response, how do you wish he/she would have responded?
  • Have you ever benefited from an unfair situation? What happened and how did you respond? Would you respond in the same way again?

SHARE YOUR RESULTS WITH US. How did your students resolve this dilemma? Did anything surprising happen? Tell us about your discussion and we may publish your comments. Click here to send us an email.

For some very helpful articles about conducting productive, lively, meaningful classroom discussions (including Socratic method), click here.


13/09/2017

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Best Deals on Airfare? Community Discussion Forums #i #travel

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A great place to check for flights is Kayak

I pulled this off another website I look at. This guy has a good rep for travel.

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Without a doubt, the best resource for comparing flights is www.kayak.com But keep in mind that Kayak does not list no frills providers such as Southwest Airlines or Jet Blue in their searches. It is advantageous for you to explore all of your options before making a purchase.

There are ways to save even more money on what s being shown on Kayak. A simple way to do this is to look for one-way flights to your destination. In some cases, you can save a lot of money by taking one airline for your departure and another for your return. For example, I went to Vegas a few years ago for a friend s wedding. The round-trip price was $345 for the dates I was looking for. I found a $99 fare on Southwest Airlines for my departure and a $130 flight on Frontier for my return. In the end, I saved over $100 by breaking up my itinerary. Along these lines, it is generally cheaper to take flights that have a layover or stopover (Land, but don t get off the plane). If the difference in price is nominal, you will have to decide where your time/money is best spent. If there are several airports in the immediate area, such as cities like New York or Washington D.C. look into flying into one airport and out of another to save some money.

Before booking a flight with an airline directly, always check to see if there are any current promo codes floating around. One way to do this is to run a Google search for (Insert airline) promo code . Most of these codes will be for 5% – 10% off but every once in a while you will score a nice find. A few months ago American Airlines offered a week-long promo for their Facebook friends that allowed for a 25% off code for tickets $300 or more. My $330 ticket became a $247 ticket as a result of running a simple search. The downside with promo codes is that they are always user submitted. Some of them only work with certain restrictions. (I.E. You must be employed at a certain company, going to a particular destination, use a certain credit card to purchase your ticket, etc.) This site is useful, but always try out the codes before getting too excited because they are not efficient in removing expired deals: http://www.retailmenot.com You will need to type the airline s URL address into the search bar. (I.E. www.aa.com for American Airlines)

If you cannot find a discount, check the airline s website for special promotions going on. You can sometimes earn increased miles or incentives for your purchase. In most cases, you can freely transfer miles earned on a partner airline to your current frequent flier account in full. (Ex: If you fly on Delta you can bank your miles into your Continental Airlines account) If you have to pay retail for your flight, at least try to get a consolation prize. It is generally cheaper to purchase your airfare on Tuesdays or Wednesdays for many airlines because this is the day that they release their sales. (Read purchase, not necessarily travel on those dates) This is in general and not a standard.

eBay and Craigslist offer a few lesser traveled roads to get good deals. The average price for a Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Voucher (aka free flight) is $275. (You can probably find them cheaper on Craigslist) If you are traveling cross-country, and in a close time frame, this is probably going to be less than what you can find through the traditional methods. But be wary and only buy from reputable sellers with good feedback. Also ensure that your desired travel dates are not blacked out by the airline before you purchase. (You can check this by making an award reservation on the Airline s website or calling them directly) With some airlines, the seller must make the reservation for you through their personal account which they can alter at will. Since selling a voucher is not looked upon kindly by the airlines, there is little recourse from being swindled. And even if you can recover your money, you now have no airline reservation. Purchasing miles to add to your existing account is much safer. However, realize that you will be paying a fee through the airline for the transfer in addition to your bid unless it is specifically stated in the auction. Never, under any circumstances, buy a travel voucher that says that you can choose your dates based on availability after the purchase. If the deal looks to good to be true, it probably is.

If you do take a flight, and have some flexibility in your travel schedule, ask the front desk if your flight is oversold. If it is, you can elect to take a later flight in exchange for an airline voucher. (This is called getting bumped ) Coming back from New York, I used this method with Northwest Airlines to find out that they were in fact oversold and going to ask for volunteers to give up their seat. I was re-booked on American Airlines, given a direct flight instead of a layover in Memphis, got into DFW at an earlier time and received a voucher that allowed $250 off my next reservation or a free flight anywhere in the lower 48 states and Canada. The drawback with this is that your luggage will probably not be transferred with you and will arrive when your original flight does.

Perhaps the best piece of advice that I can give you is this: Book early. There is always a chance that airlines will have sales, but booking early will almost always give you the best deal. If the fares drop after you have made a purchase, some airlines will refund you the difference if you contact them about it. If you find a good deal, book it ASAP. Chances are that it will not be there tomorrow. Airlines only allot a few seats on a flight for a discount price. Once they are gone, they are gone forever. Prices usually do not go anywhere but up.

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Best Deals on Airfare? Community Discussion Forums #pinpoint #travel

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A great place to check for flights is Kayak

I pulled this off another website I look at. This guy has a good rep for travel.

Quote:

Without a doubt, the best resource for comparing flights is www.kayak.com But keep in mind that Kayak does not list no frills providers such as Southwest Airlines or Jet Blue in their searches. It is advantageous for you to explore all of your options before making a purchase.

There are ways to save even more money on what s being shown on Kayak. A simple way to do this is to look for one-way flights to your destination. In some cases, you can save a lot of money by taking one airline for your departure and another for your return. For example, I went to Vegas a few years ago for a friend s wedding. The round-trip price was $345 for the dates I was looking for. I found a $99 fare on Southwest Airlines for my departure and a $130 flight on Frontier for my return. In the end, I saved over $100 by breaking up my itinerary. Along these lines, it is generally cheaper to take flights that have a layover or stopover (Land, but don t get off the plane). If the difference in price is nominal, you will have to decide where your time/money is best spent. If there are several airports in the immediate area, such as cities like New York or Washington D.C. look into flying into one airport and out of another to save some money.

Before booking a flight with an airline directly, always check to see if there are any current promo codes floating around. One way to do this is to run a Google search for (Insert airline) promo code . Most of these codes will be for 5% – 10% off but every once in a while you will score a nice find. A few months ago American Airlines offered a week-long promo for their Facebook friends that allowed for a 25% off code for tickets $300 or more. My $330 ticket became a $247 ticket as a result of running a simple search. The downside with promo codes is that they are always user submitted. Some of them only work with certain restrictions. (I.E. You must be employed at a certain company, going to a particular destination, use a certain credit card to purchase your ticket, etc.) This site is useful, but always try out the codes before getting too excited because they are not efficient in removing expired deals: http://www.retailmenot.com You will need to type the airline s URL address into the search bar. (I.E. www.aa.com for American Airlines)

If you cannot find a discount, check the airline s website for special promotions going on. You can sometimes earn increased miles or incentives for your purchase. In most cases, you can freely transfer miles earned on a partner airline to your current frequent flier account in full. (Ex: If you fly on Delta you can bank your miles into your Continental Airlines account) If you have to pay retail for your flight, at least try to get a consolation prize. It is generally cheaper to purchase your airfare on Tuesdays or Wednesdays for many airlines because this is the day that they release their sales. (Read purchase, not necessarily travel on those dates) This is in general and not a standard.

eBay and Craigslist offer a few lesser traveled roads to get good deals. The average price for a Southwest Airlines Rapid Rewards Voucher (aka free flight) is $275. (You can probably find them cheaper on Craigslist) If you are traveling cross-country, and in a close time frame, this is probably going to be less than what you can find through the traditional methods. But be wary and only buy from reputable sellers with good feedback. Also ensure that your desired travel dates are not blacked out by the airline before you purchase. (You can check this by making an award reservation on the Airline s website or calling them directly) With some airlines, the seller must make the reservation for you through their personal account which they can alter at will. Since selling a voucher is not looked upon kindly by the airlines, there is little recourse from being swindled. And even if you can recover your money, you now have no airline reservation. Purchasing miles to add to your existing account is much safer. However, realize that you will be paying a fee through the airline for the transfer in addition to your bid unless it is specifically stated in the auction. Never, under any circumstances, buy a travel voucher that says that you can choose your dates based on availability after the purchase. If the deal looks to good to be true, it probably is.

If you do take a flight, and have some flexibility in your travel schedule, ask the front desk if your flight is oversold. If it is, you can elect to take a later flight in exchange for an airline voucher. (This is called getting bumped ) Coming back from New York, I used this method with Northwest Airlines to find out that they were in fact oversold and going to ask for volunteers to give up their seat. I was re-booked on American Airlines, given a direct flight instead of a layover in Memphis, got into DFW at an earlier time and received a voucher that allowed $250 off my next reservation or a free flight anywhere in the lower 48 states and Canada. The drawback with this is that your luggage will probably not be transferred with you and will arrive when your original flight does.

Perhaps the best piece of advice that I can give you is this: Book early. There is always a chance that airlines will have sales, but booking early will almost always give you the best deal. If the fares drop after you have made a purchase, some airlines will refund you the difference if you contact them about it. If you find a good deal, book it ASAP. Chances are that it will not be there tomorrow. Airlines only allot a few seats on a flight for a discount price. Once they are gone, they are gone forever. Prices usually do not go anywhere but up.

Last edited by Heath; 06-28-2009 at 09:02 PM.





31/05/2017

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