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#108028 - 06/12/04 04:19 AM Inside Box Out
electure Offline

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Registered: 12/24/00
Posts: 4226
Loc: Fullerton, CA USA
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I took these pics while at a Faults call a few months ago, at a factory.
I happened to see the wire and conduit on the wall, so I wandered over to
have a closer look
and saw the box with the top of it rusted out.
I thought this was rather strange, as these boxes are galvanised and are
made to be used outside.
I just happened to look up to watch a passing aeroplane and the missing
downpipe on the spouting caught my eye.
I never had a chance to get a pic of the rusted top on the box, but a
guy came over and asked what I was doing, it was time to leave.
BTW, the box houses the meter for the building that it is attached to and
these are NOT made to be exposed to the weather.


Mike Trump









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#108029 - 06/15/04 12:37 AM Re: Inside Box Out
Lostazhell Offline
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Registered: 02/21/04
Posts: 1248
Loc: Bakersfield, CA (Originally Or...
Mike;
Shall I take a wild guess that the ribbon of wire with the broken conduit run is "unfused"??? Scary stuff! Something tells me you're gonna be seeing this place again.. (hopefully for another fault if anything, but I can't get the thought of energized rain water out of my mind! )

-Randy

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#108030 - 06/15/04 08:05 PM Re: Inside Box Out
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Registered: 07/05/02
Posts: 8540
Loc: SI,New Zealand
Randy,
That cable is a control cable that runs from the meter in the box, to a set of CT's in the Panel on the other side of the wall.
I really can't explain how all that length on that cable got pulled out of the wall or even why it was there in the first place.
But, I went back to the PoCo yard and had a quiet word with one of our Inspectors, who said he would go and have a look at it the next day.
I receieved a phone call the next day, from the said Inspector, to get around there and pull the Primary fuses on the Transformer for him ASAP, not only because he didn't like the look of the box and control cable, but because the guy who owned the factory, locked the door on him and refused to let him in, to check the panel.
I removed the fuses and we heard lots of naughty words coming from inside!.
We waited, a couple of minutes later the guy opened the door.
Nothing wrong inside, but the CT wires were so tight you could have played a tune on them.
So we removed the old box, put a new (Weather-proof) one up, above where the conduit exits the wall (and away from the downpipe) and ran new conduit through the wall.
Odd thing about this job, it seems to me that the original person that done this meter box, actually removed the downpipe to put the meter box there, because the downpipe was lying down adjacent to the meter box, in one long length and you could see the old fixing marks where the saddles went.
Weird!!.
Anyhow, that's all over now, but what a performance.
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#108031 - 06/16/04 05:18 PM Re: Inside Box Out
Lostazhell Offline
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Registered: 02/21/04
Posts: 1248
Loc: Bakersfield, CA (Originally Or...
Trumpy wrote:

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I removed the fuses and we heard lots of naughty words coming from inside!.


I can only imagine the grin on your face when you did that! Glad to hear all is safe again

-Randy

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