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#109040 - 11/07/03 08:27 PM Homeowner is a Carpenter . . .
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My company sent me on a service call to reattach an electric meter. They were told by the homeowner that he had installed new siding, and all that needed to be done was to screw the meter back up. Well the guy didn't say that he had installed an addition, and the whole service would have to be relocated. Notice the water in the meter? Makes you want to call it a water/electric combo meter.

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#109041 - 11/07/03 08:35 PM Re: Homeowner is a Carpenter . . .
crash Offline

Registered: 10/21/03
Posts: 130
Loc: Calgary Canada
Red Tag this one!!! The water in the meter might provide enough mechanical resistance to slow down the meter disk.

#109042 - 11/08/03 03:56 AM Re: Homeowner is a Carpenter . . .
Electricmanscott Offline

Registered: 01/12/02
Posts: 1478
Loc: Holden, MA USA
What scares me is the kids bicycle right there. Yikes. This is all too common with siding crews. Scares the hell out of me when I see them removing a hot meter socket with a flat bar. All it takes is a long nail or screw to land the right way in there and kaboom!

#109043 - 11/08/03 04:57 AM Re: Homeowner is a Carpenter . . .
walrus Offline

Registered: 07/25/02
Posts: 671
Loc: Bangor Me. USA
Thats a great pic, water in the meter . The stupidity of people never ceases to amaze me.

#109044 - 11/08/03 12:52 PM Re: Homeowner is a Carpenter . . .
Bjarney Offline

Registered: 04/10/02
Posts: 2561
Loc: West-Southern Inner-Northeast ...
The built-in “disk level” checker is great. Let's see those solid-state meter designers top that!

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#109045 - 11/08/03 06:15 PM Re: Homeowner is a Carpenter . . .
ThinkGood Offline

Registered: 08/07/02
Posts: 1084
Loc: Milwaukee, WI
At what water level would the meter short out?

#109046 - 11/09/03 02:42 AM Re: Homeowner is a Carpenter . . .
sparky Offline

Registered: 10/18/00
Posts: 5545
lovely Richard , gotta vote this one the a 9.5 on the rectal pucker scale, i guess the only way to achieve a full 10 would be to roll up and see the kids using it for monkey bars??

#109047 - 11/09/03 10:32 AM Re: Homeowner is a Carpenter . . .
codeenforcementguy Offline

Registered: 08/27/03
Posts: 30
Loc: Yuma, Arizona USA
Wish I could have said that now I have seen it all .. but I know that would be fiction. Off the top I would have to say that our homeowner must have been into the utility company's service wires somewhere along the line when the addition was created. Do they allow compression fittings on utility portions of the services? I am only familiar with threaded in our area. ERFERTT

#109048 - 11/09/03 01:00 PM Re: Homeowner is a Carpenter . . .
iwire Offline

Registered: 01/05/03
Posts: 4343
Loc: North Attleboro, MA USA

Yes compression fittings are allowed by the NEC, although you may have local amendments that say otherwise.

I am surprised not to see the water boiling, as any time I have seen live equipment submerged it was boiling.
Bob Badger
Construction & Maintenance Electrician

#109049 - 11/13/03 12:00 PM Re: Homeowner is a Carpenter . . .
Hazmat Offline

Registered: 03/25/02
Posts: 26
Loc: IA
Just a thought...assuming that is rainwater, it would be mineral free (relatively) or "deionized", so might not carry current...wouldn't wanna test that theory, though.

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