Everything is a team effort here at Eastern Controls. I shared the responsibilities of this project with our entire Thermal Division, and it created a unique and insightful experience into how to help our customers solve their heat trace issues.
As the installation was getting underway, Thermal Division Manager, Ryan Duffy (who has nearly 20 years of experience in electrical heat tracing) was able to pepper in several vignettes regarding proper technique.
“Take for example grounding. It’s simple, not something you generally think about. Why do we ground the circuit? Because if there’s a fault, your box becomes hot,” he said, tapping the metal of the Hazardous Area Kit (HAK-JB3). “If you touch that box and it’s hot,” Ryan raised his eyebrows, smiling, “well, there you go.” Fortunately, this circuit was grounded.
“I had a buddy of mine electrify his whole barn,” he told us. When we cast surprised looks at him, he laughed, “I kid you not. He did his own wiring for the barn and used grounding rods instead of ground from the main panel. Turned out, one of the light fixtures had a direct fault from hot to ground. When he turned that light on, the whole barn electrified and became hot. His dog would yelp anytime he went near it! If he had a proper grounding system, it all could have been avoided.” Thankfully no animal or human was harmed!
Shown above: During the wiring process into the junction box (JBS), Hazardous Area Kit (HAK-JB3), another image of the JBS during the wiring process