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#111106 - 08/31/06 07:19 PM Trailer Park Outlet
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I found this at a trailer park near my house. and yes it is live.

Wizzie Electric

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#111107 - 08/31/06 08:27 PM Re: Trailer Park Outlet
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Loc: Lehigh Acres, FL
where does the other end of that connect to?
#111108 - 08/31/06 08:40 PM Re: Trailer Park Outlet
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Registered: 01/16/06
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Loc: Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, Can...
the wires coming down the pole and being spliced by the uninsulated split bolt connectors are the cut ends of a disconected but still energized overhead service.

[This message has been edited by Wizzie Electric (edited 08-31-2006).]
#111109 - 08/31/06 10:00 PM Re: Trailer Park Outlet
napervillesoundtech Offline
Registered: 02/28/06
Posts: 144
Loc: Naperville, IL, USA
not that it would have made much difference here, but, there is no clamp where that cable enters the box. theres also no cover plate, no ground, no (visible GFCI)and it looks like theres also a few missing ko's.

although, on the bright side, maybe it will get rewired when it causes the pole to burn down.
#111110 - 09/01/06 06:36 AM Re: Trailer Park Outlet
mamills Offline
Registered: 11/30/01
Posts: 739
Loc: Wharton, Texas, USA
Wizzie...So this is "free" power, from a receptacle with no OCPD whatsoever (except for the wire itself when it burns in two)?

Mike (mamills)
#111111 - 09/01/06 07:13 AM Re: Trailer Park Outlet
Wizzie Electric Offline
Registered: 01/16/06
Posts: 59
Loc: Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, Can...
The box isnt mounted either. I never traced the line back to the source
#111112 - 09/01/06 06:10 PM Re: Trailer Park Outlet
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Registered: 01/22/05
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Loc: Blue Collar Country
Can't say I've ever seen K&T outside before!
#111113 - 09/02/06 09:40 PM Re: Trailer Park Outlet
mxslick Offline
Registered: 10/24/04
Posts: 785
Loc: Atomic City, ID USA

Don't think they even went to that much trouble, it looks like "nekked" acorns and the wire is just laying against the pole!!

An open question to everyone:

Now, if you were to encounter something like this, would you cut it and tape it off, making it somewhat safe? (Cutting the wire coming down as high up as possible?)

My answer would be yes, and if it is indeed tapped directly off the poco's drop, I'd put a call into the poco too.
Stupid should be painful.
#111114 - 09/02/06 10:07 PM Re: Trailer Park Outlet
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Registered: 07/08/06
Posts: 273
Loc: Sale Creek, TN USA
Hello! and now with my two cents. I agree mx, cut the wires as high as whatever ladder you have handy and call the poco. Anyone else notice that they did atleast strap the nm within the 12 inches of the box. Is that right? I don't have my "bible" handy at the moment.
Luke Clarke
Electrical Planner for TVA.

#111115 - 09/03/06 05:24 AM Re: Trailer Park Outlet
Registered: 12/08/05
Posts: 865
Loc: Titirangi, Akld, New Zealand
Yes i agree with mxslick and luketrician.

I would cut it off as high as possible at the pole ( 2.5 meters ) ensuring i wouldn't topple the pole over, and tape the ends and notify the POCO and electrical inspector.

It wouldn't be good to read in a local newspaper that a little kid got killed while playing with those bare wires or broken powerpoint, while knowinhg about it and not doing anything about it to make it safer for the time being.
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