Togol and BGaguin,
The gear was delivered in sections and assembled on sight, and it was assembled prior to the buses being joined.
As far as plumb, level, square, I honestly didn't check and have no idea if anyone did. Obviously something
is out of alignment or else the buses would have been perfectly parallel and there would have been no connection difficulties. But like I said, we tried moving and shimming that main all over the place to get the buses to line up and it wasn't happening. Maybe the buses themselves were installed improperly, but they were factory installed.
Are you saying the only thing now holding the sections together is the bolted bus?
No, the sections are bolted independently of the bus. However, the buses do not line up properly at the joints. There were four bars per phase on the frame that had to mesh with four bars per phase on the main. When they were pushed together, the screw holes should have lined up all the way through. But they didn't, and had to be forced into alignment.
The problem should have been solved before the gear was put back together because it sure sounds like someone was in a big hurry, and /or does not know how to assemble large switchgear...and I don't mean you.
Alright, that answers me well enough, obviously I should have never had to force those bus bars into alignment. And you may not mean me, but I'm partly responsible here either way.
So, to go back to the heart of my original question, does having to force these bars compromise the tightness of the connection, or is there another issue here?