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#172950 - 12/30/07 05:08 PM Planned it that Way ?
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What on Earth? I don't know what to make of it.





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#172951 - 12/30/07 05:24 PM Re: Planned it that Way ? [Re: electure]
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I would hazard a guess, I would say the 2" is nothing more then a brace or bracket for the overhead. The left mast, not the service mast it getting the strain.
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#172952 - 12/30/07 05:42 PM Re: Planned it that Way ? [Re: sparkyinak]
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Is the service mast EMT? that would be why the other pipe is there
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#172958 - 12/30/07 06:31 PM Re: Planned it that Way ? [Re: wire_twister]
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Can't really be sure, but it looks like maybe they goofed and used 1-1/2" or 2" for the service mast and then added the 2-1/2" for the point of attachment.

In my area, the power company requires all service masts used as the point of attachment to be 2-1/2" rigid Galv.

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#172961 - 12/30/07 06:56 PM Re: Planned it that Way ? [Re: KJay]
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--In my area, the power company requires all service masts used as the point of attachment to be 2-1/2" rigid Galv. --

Yup, Most. N-star/Keyspan- whoever they are today.

This guy needs better planning or a bender.
Perhaps the spare is for cable phone etc.

I see no bennefit for support. Same # and size clips etc.
Just buying extra time IMO.

edit: Those compression fittings aren't valid in another 2 days are they?


Edited by leland (12/30/07 06:59 PM)

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#172964 - 12/30/07 07:56 PM Re: Planned it that Way ? [Re: leland]
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The pre-bends with compression fittings give away the riser as EMT.. Likely a new shop that hasn't invested in a 555 bender yet. If this is in So Cal Edison, PG&E, SDG&E, LADWP or any other So Cal utility territory, I'll bet they refused the EMT as an attatchment point and someone dreamed up the RMC "Pole"

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#172966 - 12/30/07 08:15 PM Re: Planned it that Way ? [Re: Lostazhell]
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That looks like a fairly old Circle AW meter can (current models have a plastic cover over the breaker).All I have to say it's one nasty looking install.:(

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#172970 - 12/30/07 10:31 PM Re: Planned it that Way ? [Re: NORCAL]
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No doubt that "Tijuana Joe" did the service/mast with EMT, got rejected by the inspector, came up with plan "B" to provide a suitable point of attachment and the rest is history.

As crappy as it looks, there's really nothing illegal about it. NEC doesn't say that service entrance conductors must actually be inside of the mast and I seriously doubt that any POCO would have such a requirement in their construction standards.

One pet-peeve though: I really hate when people use LBs to make a directional change on the same plane instead of a bend or ell. There must be a more professional looking way to do it. It just looks so "Harry Homeowner" when people use LBs like that. Again, just a peeve.
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#172987 - 12/31/07 05:33 AM Re: Planned it that Way ? [Re: EV607797]
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I think the installer just wanted to provide a nice shelter for all those homeless wasps.

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#172991 - 12/31/07 06:34 AM Re: Planned it that Way ? [Re: LarryC]
leland Offline
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 Originally Posted By: LarryC
I think the installer just wanted to provide a nice shelter for all those homeless wasps.

Larry C



LOL..Good point!

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