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#135518 - 01/13/03 10:48 PM Worst Electrical Offence?
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What in your opinion, would constitute, the
worst ever Electrical Non-Compliance or
Negligence, in your eyes?
Lack of Earthing, etc, you decide, but at least put you 2 cents worth in-
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#135519 - 01/13/03 11:53 PM Re: Worst Electrical Offence?
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The worst I can imagine - and I can only imagine it as I've seen it - is a panel backfed via a randomize timer. Then disconnecting and checking doesn't protect you from electrocution.

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#135520 - 01/15/03 12:38 PM Re: Worst Electrical Offence?
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Hard to choose.

Incorrect wiring on a generator transfer would get a vote as bad. Accidentally back-feed into the service and you could put 11kV on a supposedly isolated transformer.

As an ex-telephone engineer, I'd also have to vote for hazardous wiring that risks putting 240V mains (or worse) onto any telephone line. It's not a pleasant surprise!

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#135521 - 01/15/03 10:05 PM Re: Worst Electrical Offence?
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Paul,
I know what you mean, with respect to the Back-Feed, I was nearly killed when working on supposedly isolated 33kv lines and these in turn fed 400V lines below them(via the Xformer), but there was another trannie about 2km down the road, that was still live and it also fed the same lines.
Should have been wearing Live gloves, though,
I take my hat off to my mate, if not for him,
I wouldn't be typing this.
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#135522 - 01/16/03 09:03 AM Re: Worst Electrical Offence?
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Scary stuff, eh?!

The possibility of a back feed is another reason for always clamping grounding sticks onto the lines after they've been de-energized.

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#135523 - 01/24/03 09:14 PM Re: Worst Electrical Offence?
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C-H,
What is a randomize timer?.
Just interested.
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#135524 - 01/26/03 05:58 AM Re: Worst Electrical Offence?
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What I meant was simply a timer that goes on and off at random intervals. Typically connected to the lights to scare off burglars. I don't even know what it's called in Swedish... The word randomize came to mind as it's used in computer programming, but it might be wrong here.

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#135525 - 01/27/03 09:32 PM Re: Worst Electrical Offence?
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C-H,
I'm with you now.
That's a pretty cool term there.
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#135526 - 02/13/03 10:17 PM Re: Worst Electrical Offence?
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Just want to say, I would put down at the top of my list, Electricians who are either rude or un-tactful towards customers.
Secondly, I would say, Electricians who over-
charge customers, not because they(the customers), are annoying or so forth, but because they don't know any better, normally
these are Elderly people, who live alone.
Let's get one thing straight here, I am not a Robin Hood type person, who stands up for the Poor and the Elderly, but I am sick of hearing stories of people being ripped off by ruthless trades-people(not just sparkies though!).
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#135527 - 02/13/03 10:27 PM Re: Worst Electrical Offence?
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Oh heck Im rude according to everyone i work with!

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