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Going Against the Grain

Examples of cost-effective maintenance practices that sometimes don’t occur

Some of the most cost-effective maintenance practices don’t occur because they go against the grain of existing culture. For example:

  1. Replacing good parts. Suppose a circuit breaker has a bad component. You must take the breaker out of service to replace that. Does it save money to replace that one component versus a total rebuild? You don’t know those other breaker parts are actually good just by looking at them. Similarly, if you find one mot

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