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#116533 - 04/08/04 04:24 AM Double Whammy
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I found this jewel of a handhole planted right in the middle of a public sidewalk.





...S

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#116534 - 04/08/04 09:44 AM Re: Double Whammy
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"Medidor De Agua".... Funny, I don't see a water meter in there! That wire almost looks like CATV trunk line.. This must be another south of the border pic... Maybe all the serving utilities have a :manhole cover co-op: together!


-Randy

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#116535 - 04/08/04 07:30 PM Re: Double Whammy
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Those THWN conductors must be energized, because they haven't been stolen.
Lostazhell, look at it again. It says "AUGA" (ah-OO-gah), not "AGUA" (AH-gwah). It's misspelled on the cover.
Whammy #1...and I laughed very hard when I saw it.

A customer asked me to inspect their production plant in Mexico, and I was afraid this kind of thing was what I was in store for when I saw this out in front of the building.
They'd had the service upgraded to 1200A, & a generator installed by "local electricians". There are no real rules that they're required to follow.


Whammy #2: I was quite surprised.




1 loose locknut (3rd from left)







Of course, no job is complete without a little ductape.



The rest of the plant had good grounding, good overcurrent protection, and was electrically and mechanically sound.


I think they did a pretty nice job, do you??
...S





[This message has been edited by electure (edited 04-08-2004).]

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#116536 - 04/08/04 07:56 PM Re: Double Whammy
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Yes, a very nice job indeed!

Looks like GE equipment - at least the 400 amp Panelboard looks like GE.

Sucks to have everything in such a tight area, and must have been a real "Fun Job" putting everything together, running Conduit and pulling wire in.

Now, the water meter hand hole cover - mis spelled and all - is another story!
Like the Antique Horn reference though!
Medidor De AHHH-OOOUUU-GAAAHHH

Scott
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Just Say NO To Green Eggs And Ham!

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#116537 - 04/08/04 08:15 PM Re: Double Whammy
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so what was the working clearance there?

Using that ladder as a scale, it looks like you're close to 36".

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#116538 - 04/08/04 09:20 PM Re: Double Whammy
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That actually does look like a really clean install! IS there actually 3 feet in front of that gear & enough room to swing the door(s) fully open? With this kinda work, these guys should be able to corner the contract from most any American company needing an EC south of the border! Electure, you should hire them, get work visa's & start your own biz! (Just carry channel-locks with you to tighten the locknuts afterwards )

LMAO I completely overlooked the misspell on the handhole cover! Thats some big THWN in there for the size of the compartment! (3/0 or better) Bending Radius anyone?

-Randy

PS... I wonder if conduit is cheaper down there... My company just paid $55.00 a stick for 2" RMC!!!

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#116539 - 04/10/04 07:33 AM Re: Double Whammy
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Yes, JPS, there really was 36" of clearance, but it was so close that if they repaint the wall, well...


If all I could find was one loose locknut, then it's better than 90% of what I see up here. (I absolutely love to see wrench marks on fittings) Besides, look! They pulled equipment ground wires in everything.

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these guys should be able to corner the contract from most any American company needing an EC south of the border!


Good point! This is just a little ways South of the border. They've got Costco, McDonalds, Home Depot, and lots of other US companies. The new work being done really looks like it is performed to US specs.
Things have really changed.

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#116540 - 04/10/04 01:53 PM Re: Double Whammy
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Until you stroll down Ave Revolution

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