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Let me introduce Zotz Electrical to you...
My name is Douglas Zotz. I am an electrical contractor and the master electrician for Zotz Electrical. I have over twenty five years of experience as an electrician, along with more experience in other areas of the building industry. My expertise is in all facets of residential wiring. I have worked on simple additions to $1,200,000 homes, including three Reggie Award winning homes that I designed the electrical layout for. We are well able to do commercial work, also. We have been in business since October of 2004.

How can Zotz Electrical meet your needs?
We are very conscientious about our job, both to the contractor and the homeowner. We will learn what you want in your homes, in style and cost. We prefer to look at all aspects of the house and try to make everything we do in it both functional and stylish in respect to the budget allotted, instead of installing what is code minimum. Our prices are very competitive and we can advise small refinements to make the job seem more elaborate. Our record also shows that we complete our part of the project on time with almost never a callback for any problem.

How will Zotz Electrical serve you as a customer?
We prefer to do a walk through with the homeowners to understand their lifestyles and needs, so we can give them exactly what they want. We do not try to sell them over their budget, though. We are very thorough in the walk through, explaining potential trouble areas with certain types of lighting and suggesting better or different ideas. We have found that the homeowner is very appreciative, especially after they move in and our attitude and knowledge reflects on my company, giving the homeowner a positive feeling that we truly care about them, which I do.

Zotz Electrical is...
A company that is customer friendly, has an eye open for detail and quality workmanship. We are not afraid to go out of our way to please the customer and offer our skill and experience to aid in the building project. That same attitude is put forth to the other subcontractors to make the whole building project be more productive and fun to complete.

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New Home Construction

New homes and residential wiring is where our expertise is. We have worked on simple starter homes up to $1,200,000 homes, including three Reggie Award winning homes that Doug designed the electrical layout for. We have done different styles of homes that include conventional starter to middle class homes, elegant homes with all the "bells and whistles", slab homes, cabins, homes that were moved in onto a basement and multi-housing townhomes. So we have the knowledge, skill and experience for whatever style home you are building. Our philosophy is to bring a positive attitude to the job site, to make the working experience and the quality of the job go smoothly for the benefit of the home builder, subcontractors and most importantly, the end customer.

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The Daytona 500 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona, Florida

Sunday, February 26th will be the running of the 59th Daytona 500. To celebrate, I have included here some highlights for your perusal.

I have been to Daytona International Speedway a couple times and it is a great experience. There is a museum at the facilities that includes track memorability, a 3-D Imax Theatre, gift shop, restaurant, track tour and the car that won the most recent Daytona 500. Here is the website for the Daytona 500 and the Speedway.

The Daytona 500 Winners and Pole Winners

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Daytona 500 Results
YearWinnerAvg.Pole WinnerSpeed
1959Lee Petty135.520Cotton Owens143.198
1960Junior Johnson124.740Fireball Roberts151.556
1961Marvin Panch149.601Fireball Roberts155.709
1962Fireball Roberts152.529Fireball Roberts156.995
1963Tiny Lund151.566Johnny Rutherford165.183
1964Richard Petty154.345Paul Goldsmith174.910
1965Fred Lorenzen141.539Darel Dieringer171.151
Shortened to 332+ miles by rain
1966Richard Petty160.627Richard Petty175.165
Shortened to 495 miles by rain
1967Mario Andretti149.926Curtis Turner180.831
1968Cale Yarborough143.251Cale Yarborough189.222
1969LeeRoy Yarbrough157.950David Pearson190.029
1970Pete Hamilton149.601Cale Yarborough194.015
1971Richard Petty144.462A.J. Foyt182.744
1972A.J. Foyt161.550Bobby Isaac186.632
1973Richard Petty157.205Buddy Baker185.662
1974Richard Petty140.894David Pearson185.017
Shortened to 450 miles because of energy crisis
1975Benny Parsons153.649Donnie Allison185.827
1976David Pearson152.181A.J. Foyt185.943
1977Cale Yarborough153.218Donnie Allison188.048
1978Bobby Allison159.730Cale Yarborough187.536
1979Richard Petty143.977Buddy Baker196.049
1980Buddy Baker177.602A.J.Foyt195.020
1981Richard Petty169.651Bobby Allison194.624
1982Bobby Allison153.991Benny Parsons196.317
1983Cale Yarborough155.979Ricky Rudd198.864
1984Cale Yarborough150.994Cale Yarborough201.848
1985Bill Elliott172.265Bill Elliott205.114
1986Geoff Bodine148.124Bill Elliott205.039
1987Bill Elliott176.263Bill Elliott210.364†
1988Bobby Allison137.531Ken Schrader193.823
1989Darrell Waltrip148.466Ken Schrader196.996
1990Derrike Cope165.761Ken Schrader196.515
1991Ernie Irvan148.148Davey Allison195.955
1992Davey Allison160.256Sterling Marlin192.213
1993Dale Jarrett154.972Kyle Petty189.426
1994Sterling Marlin156.931Loy Allen Jr.190.158
1995Sterling Marlin141.710Dale Jarrett193.498
1996Dale Jarrett154.308Dale Earnhardt189.510
1997Jeff Gordon148.295Mike Skinner189.813
1998Dale Earnhardt172.712Bobby Labonte192.415
1999Jeff Gordon161.551Jeff Gordon195.067
2000Dale Jarrett155.669Dale Jarrett182.334
2001Michael Waltrip 161.794Bill Elliott183.565
2002Ward Burton 142.971Jimmie Johnson185.831
2003Michael Waltrip133.870Jeff Green186.606
Shortened to 409 miles because of rain
2004Dale Earnhardt Jr.156.345Greg Biffle188.387
2005Jeff Gordon135.173Dale Jarrett188.312
2006Jimmie Johnson142.667Jeff Burton189.151
2007Kevin Harvick149.335David Gilliland186.320
2008Ryan Newman152.672Jimmie Johnson188.001
2009Matt Kenseth132.816Martin Truex Jr.188.001
Shortened to 380 miles because of rain
2010Jamie McMurray137.284Mark Martin191.188
2011Trevor Bayne152.672Dale Earnhardt Jr.188.001
2012Matt Kenseth140.256Carl Edwards194.738
2013Jimmie Johnson159.25Danica Patrick196.434
2014Dale Earnhardt Jr.145.29Austin Dillon196.019
2015Joey Logano161.939Jeff Gordon201.293
2016Denny Hamlin157.549Chase Elliott196.314

Drivers with Multiple Victories
  • Richard Petty, 7
  • Cale Yarborough, 4
  • Bobby Allison, 3
  • Dale Jarrett, 3
  • Jeff Gordon, 3
  • Bill Elliott, 2
  • Sterling Marlin, 2
  • Michael Waltrip, 2
  • Matt Kenseth, 2
  • Jimmie Johnson, 2
  • Dale Earnhardt, Jr., 2

Daytona 500 Automobile Manufacturer Winners List

Chevrolet 23
Ford 14
Plymouth 4
Dodge 4
Mercury 3
Oldsmobile 3
Pontiac 3
Buick 3
Toyota 1

1976 Daytona 500

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David Pearson, a three-time Cup Series champion who had a phenomenal history at Daytona International Speedway, won only one Daytona 500 -- but his victory in the 18th annual running of the Great American Race was perhaps one of the most dramatic in the 42-year history of the event that has become the crown jewel of the series.

Midwest veteran Ramo Stott started from the pole in a Chevrolet, but A.J. Foyt was the fastest qualifier with a lap of 185.943 mph in Hoss Ellington's Chevrolet. Foyt's lap was one of three that was disallowed on pole day, elevating Stott into the pole position.

Pearson, who drove the Wood Brothers No. 21 Mercury, led only 37 laps in the event in which veteran drivers such as Bobby Allison and Buddy Baker played a big part. But they, along with other stalwarts such as Darrell Waltrip, Cale Yarborough and Foyt failed to finish the race.

With the exception of one lap led by 1975 Cup champion Benny Parsons, Pearson and Petty, driving the famous No. 43 Dodge, dominated the final 46 laps of the race, swapping positions three times. Pearson led from Laps 155-165, Petty paced 166-175 and Parsons led 176. Pearson and Petty led the next 11 and 12 laps, respectively, gauging each others' strengths until the final lap.

The last half-lap was a Daytona classic. Pearson used the draft to pass Petty going into Turn 3. Pearson slipped high after making the pass and Petty slid back underneath him. They ran side by side through Turn 4, before the cars made contact exiting the corner.

"I'm not sure what happened," Pearson said at the time. "He went beneath me and his car broke loose. I got into the wall and came off and hit him. That's what started all the spinning, I think."

Petty crashed into the outside wall, then spun into the trioval grass, scant yards from the finish line. Pearson spun to the pit entrance, made contact with Joe Frasson's car, then spun back toward the race track. Through it all, he engaged the clutch and kept the engine running. When Pearson straightened his car out, he was able to stagger across the line and win the event.

Pearson averaged 152.181 mph and won $46,800. Petty's crew attempted to push his car across the finish line but that was not allowed, so he was credited with second, one lap down.

Parsons, Lennie Pond and Neil Bonnett rounded out the top-5 finishers.

ABC Coverage of the 1976 Daytona 500

The three following You Tube videos show the race coverage from ABC. The finish rates in the top ten of all-time race finishes depending on who you ask. It should be top five but what do you do? It is not the whole race but portions of them. Before 1979, whole NASCAR races were not covered like they are today. Usually, they were seen in segments during the Wide World of Sports program. These videos seem seamless but you need to pay close attention to the action to know what part of the race you are viewing. The braodcasters that day were Keith Jackson and Jackie Stewart. The video at times is sketchy. Combined they are about 26 minutes long.

Part 1 of 3

Part 2 of 3

Part 3 of 3, The Dramatic Finish!

Congratulations to Jimmie Johnson, The NASCAR Champion of 2016

Jimmie Johnson celebrating his championship after the Ford 400.

2016 NASCAR Champion Jimmie Johnson

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Learn more about Jimmie Johnson at his official website.

The Fatal Current

"The Fatal Current"

Here is a neat movie that shows how the misuse of electricity can be fatal.

Ben Franklin is busy cleaning his dishes as he is making breakfast. Unknown to him, his toaster has a bad cord and has energized the metal housing of his toaster, at least I hope he did not know about it, he should have known better to get it fixed. Being the efficient founding father and inventor, he reaches over to get the toast and touches the energized housing. This is a fatal error because the plumbing is bonded and grounded to the neutral side of his service. Since the toaster did not have a ground plug and the metal housing of the toaster was not grounded to that plug, Ben has now become the grounding source for the electricity to return. You think Mr. Franklin would have known better to have his receptacles GFI protected in the kitchen! The current flows through his body, right through the heart and that is the end of a great founding father.

I want to give my thanks to Code Check, where I found this movie and Paddy Morrissey, their illustrator, for allowing me to display this movie. Code Check is a company that authors code manuals and teaches code seminars in an entertaining and knowledgable way. Paddy Morrissey is a comedian, actor, writer, graphic designer and all-around jack-of-all-trades. Click on their names to go to their sites and click on the "Fatal Current" movie to go to Code Check's site.

Livermore Bulb

Livermore's Centennial Light

Longest Burning Light Bulb In History

This site is devoted to the longest burning light bulb in history at the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department in Livermore, CA.

First installed at the fire department hose cart house on L Street in 1901. Shortly after, it moved to the main firehouse on Second. In 1903, it was moved to the new Station 1 on First and McLeod, and survived the renovation of the Firehouse in 1937, when it was off for about a week. During it's first 75 years it was connected directly to the 110 Volt power line, and not to the back-up generator for fear of a power surge. In 1976, it was moved with a full police and fire truck escort, under the watch of Captain Kirby Slate, to its present site in 1976 at Fire Station 6, 4550 East Ave., Livermore, California. It was then hooked to a seperate power source at 120V according to Frank Maul, Retired City Electrician, with no interuptions since.

Click on the picture to go to the site.

Past Home Page Content

We try to change the fun part of our home page weekly but some of the information or images are worthy to be seen later, which is frustrating if you come back and the article is no longer there. So we have decided to archive the articles on a separate page. Click on the Past Home Page Content link to go there.

Zotz Electrical Is On Facebook

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