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#192266 - 02/03/10 07:45 PM High Voltage on the Ground
electure Offline


Registered: 12/24/00
Posts: 4226
Loc: Fullerton, CA USA

Submitted by: Harold Endean


The power company here had an underground service go bad, so they temporarily ran wires to the factory.
Now that wouldn't be so bad, but these are primary wires, 3 lines and they are running on the ground alongside of a road.
They also cross the road twice. You can see where the wire runs down from the pole, across the road, along the road, over a fence, cross another driveway.
I believe each wire is about 7KV and there are 3 lines.

Pretty scary ain't it!


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#192267 - 02/03/10 07:50 PM High Voltage on the Ground [Re: electure]
electure Offline


Registered: 12/24/00
Posts: 4226
Loc: Fullerton, CA USA

#192272 - 02/04/10 07:36 AM Re: High Voltage on the Ground [Re: electure]
ghost307 Offline

Registered: 05/09/05
Posts: 881
Loc: Chicago Illinois USA
I especially like the way that they hop the fence.
I sure hope that they told the lawn service not to mow that day.

#192276 - 02/04/10 04:50 PM Re: High Voltage on the Ground [Re: ghost307]
HotLine1 Offline


Registered: 04/03/02
Posts: 6791
Loc: Brick, NJ USA
Thanks for the pics!

If you want to add any comments....please do.

Which POCO? "FE" on the cone don't say much to me. I've never seen a 'temp' like that anywhere.

#192277 - 02/04/10 06:22 PM Re: High Voltage on the Ground [Re: HotLine1]
JoeKP Offline

Registered: 03/29/08
Posts: 144
Loc: Berkley, MA
that's just horrible, id like to see the plows come through with the snow...
“then we'll glue em' then screw em'”
-Tom Silva

#192278 - 02/04/10 08:21 PM Re: High Voltage on the Ground [Re: JoeKP]
noderaser Offline

Registered: 03/01/07
Posts: 405
Loc: Portland, Oregon, United State...
Even though the insulation is pretty tough, it looks like a liability nightmare. What did the temp feed, that was so important to get power in right away? Big $$$ customer, or life & safety?

#192296 - 02/05/10 09:00 PM Re: High Voltage on the Ground [Re: noderaser]
BigJohn Offline

Registered: 03/06/04
Posts: 352
Loc: Boston, MA
That's pretty ridiculous.

Even when out transmission utility has open lines like that inside fenced substations they still mark and guard the heck out of them. What would've been wrong with stringing the length of that with "danger" signs of some sort? Warning ribbon isn't that expensive.

I especially like the totally unprotected lines in the road between the cones and the cover plate. That stuff is tough, but trucks are awfully heavy....


#192297 - 02/05/10 10:35 PM Re: High Voltage on the Ground [Re: BigJohn]
frenchelectrican Offline


Registered: 02/06/03
Posts: 938
Loc: Wi/ Paris France { France for ...
I do recall seeing that type of cable and I did used on 14 KV system without issue however laying top of the ground now that is tempting for trouble especaly if this cable is non conrated netural cable { most will have copper or steel wire warp around the cable }

But once hevey truck hit it it don't take much to get it have heckva a big flashover .,,, crazy

Pas de problme,il marche n'est-ce pas?"(No problem, it works doesn't it?)

#192312 - 02/06/10 12:00 PM Re: High Voltage on the Ground [Re: frenchelectrican]
mbhydro Offline

Registered: 02/21/03
Posts: 340
Loc: Winnipeg MB Canada
I have seen this once when the telco lost the u/g to the exchange that served my part of the city due to a water main break.

The temp feed was covered for two days with planking and barricades / warning tape for the couple hundred feet from the drop pole to the transformer.

This was over a city sidewalk and lawn so truck damage was not an issue.

#192315 - 02/06/10 04:55 PM Re: High Voltage on the Ground [Re: mbhydro]
Trumpy Offline


Registered: 07/05/02
Posts: 8532
Loc: SI,New Zealand
That is just slack IMO.
I can't help but feel, that some sort of temporary poles could have been sunk for this circuit, to get it up out of the way.
I mean, that is what electricity utilities do as their bread and butter isn't it?
I just shook my head when I saw them wires laid over the top of that fence, it would have taken a few seconds to run them singles UNDER the fence.
It's like someone just doesn't care. bash
Let's face it, these days if you're not young, you're old - Red Green grin

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