Why are they there?

Tool time Tuesday and today it’s more of a device than a tool, although a lot of tools have these.  Did you ever notice the holes on the flat prongs of an electrical plug?  Why are they there?  According to How Stuff Works dot com they sever a couple functions.  First, inside the outlet there are bumps on the contact sliders that slip into those holes to help hold the plug in the outlet.  Second, the plug can be “factory sealed” by using those holes to attach a warning label or instructions that must be removed before the device can be plugged in.  Third, and less important, is the slight savings on raw material to make the plug.  Those holes are tiny, but every little bit adds up when you’re making billions of plugs every year.  One other plug fact.  The wider blade of the plug connects to the neutral side of the outlet while the thinner blade slides into the hot side.  The big round pin on the plug is the ground which protects the device in the event of a short circuit. Listen to the podcast here; https://theriver953.com/lonnies-fun-fact/

REC expands its workforce and readies for tonight’s 1/6 weather

An email from Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) confirms they are recovering from Mon.’s storm and prepared for tonight’s Jan. 6 chance of inclement weather.

REC has called in additional support in advance of the storm and to assist with past repairs.

The cooperative and their support have already restored more than 30,000 members who lost power in the previous storm.

REC has called in additional support with hundreds of mutual aid workers on their way.

Those on the way will join the over 1,000 employees who are already on the job for REC.

Needed information on preparing for the storm and or report past problems is at myrec.coop including warming shelters serving counties that are served by the cooperative.

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