Posted Tuesday, March 16, 2010 3:55 AM | Contributed by Jeff
Jeff, Mike, Carrie and Pat review this week's news in the amusement industry.
Link: CoasterBuzz Podcast
As someone who works at national retail store. I can reassure you that over 50% of all monetary exchange is in cash.
That's not entirely relevant. Most retail stores don't sell four $50 tickets at a time.
I often have totals in the hundreds and get handed cash. Granted plastic is more common for totals that are higher, but cash is still up there.
Congrats to Jeff and his wife on the birth of their 1st child!!
Congrats Jeff and the Mrs. on the birth of your son!!! :)
Welcome to parenthood--the best ride of your life! :)
First of all, congratulations, Jeff, and pass our warm regards on to Simon. :)
Now that I have listened to both #171 and #172...I can't remember which show this was, but in regard to the fire at Adventureland--
The circuit breaker is an overcurrent shutoff device. it's fire protection in that it prevents the wiring from overheating and burning up due to an overload, but that's all it protects against. What is more likely to start a fire as a result of a mechanical failure (say, the roof collapsing on an arcade building) is an electrical arc. Arcing can easily start a fire, and in rare cases can actually cause an explosion if the current is high enough! Overcurrent protection won't help you there, especially circuit breakers which are intended to handle something like 150% of rated load in order to allow motors to start without tripping.
There are devices which will trip on arc faults, these are called "arc fault interrupters" and they are now required on residential bedroom circuits, but hardly anywhere else because of nuisance tripping on small motors.
--Dave Althoff, Jr.
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