I'm off to help in some fairly major electrical work -- and by "help," I mean "stay well away from the hot stuff, while doing what I can to ensure that the bare essentials of of what The Starship Company does will, in fact, continue to get done."
You see, we're going to shed as much electrical load as we can, shut down incoming power, kill the standby generator (though the last two not, I hope, in that order; but that's not my department, even though it should be) and run on the big UPSes though what is supposed to be some quick work; then we'll power up the UPS inputs while leaving turned off nonessentials like lights, air-conditioning and the cute little automatic faucets in the washrooms. Oh! And the big coolers in the break area, oopsie. (If you are visiting my workplace next week, might wanna avoid the vendononautomatic, at least the milk, salads and sandwiches. Make 'em take you to one of the places across the street for lunch!)
We're gonna need a whole lot of D cells. The top brass are hoping the big UPSes will be having a really good day; my immediate supervisor, my peers and I have set up a large vehicle with a husky onboard genset and strung hundreds of feet of temporary power wiring to the places that really, really must have juice* and we'll be putting ourselves on shut-off patrol, looking for and powering down any nonessential loads on the UPS we missed prior to the shutdown.
Will it work? I have my doubts; but to the extent that sweat and forethought and keen sense of where we might've slipped up in assigning devices to UPS or commercial power can make it work, I'll be in there trying.
* Slang, 'Splain Me That Department: wall-socket power and above is "juice" but radiofrequency energy is "the soup." I don't know why, but I'd kinda like to learn the terms steam engineers used for their working fluid; it might be instructive.
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