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#121693 - 08/10/05 05:42 PM What's Foreign?
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Another strange find fromLostazhell

This is a service in Bakersfield, CA. The Voltage reads right at 120/208 on a meter.









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#121694 - 08/10/05 06:22 PM Re: What's Foreign?
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I always understood "foreign voltage" to mean that there was power inside that was not shut off by the disconnect. In otherwords, from more than one source.

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#121695 - 08/10/05 06:22 PM Re: What's Foreign?
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Is Bakersfield on the Mexican border? Maybe the electricity comes from Mexico, and thus is foreign voltage.

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#121696 - 08/10/05 08:52 PM Re: What's Foreign?
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The best thing is that it is CLEARLY marked for "FOREGN VOLTAGE"...As opposed to no marking at all...
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#121697 - 08/10/05 09:00 PM Re: What's Foreign?
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maybe it is exported from the u.s. and our voltage is foregn to them......
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#121698 - 08/11/05 12:08 AM Re: What's Foreign?
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Maybe the electrons have been flown in and imported from china?? - maybe cuts down on the cost for the electricity board?

I wonder if the foreign electrons have their own suitcases with them, hmmmm.....

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#121699 - 08/11/05 12:19 AM Re: What's Foreign?
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Maybe it fed a 400V wye transformer at one time?
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#121700 - 08/11/05 03:08 AM Re: What's Foreign?
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Registered: 05/17/05
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Grid-tied photovoltaic system?

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#121701 - 08/11/05 11:06 AM Re: What's Foreign?
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Registered: 05/16/05
Posts: 172
Loc: Southern California
I agree with Reno. Consider a motor control panel having a disconnect for the 3-phase power, but the 120V control power is on a separate branch circuit. Since the control circuit has no disconnect within the panel, it's a foreign voltage.

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