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#62293 - 02/14/06 12:59 PM Service Entrance Splice
mshaw Offline
Registered: 01/11/06
Posts: 44
Loc: Fairborn, Oh, USA
What do you like to use to splice the service entrance cable to the utilities service when doing residential service changes. Here the utility company can take up to 3 weeks to change a service over but we can make the connections and they will reconnect them later when they descide to show up. Remember you are doing this hot.
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#62294 - 02/14/06 01:15 PM Re: Service Entrance Splice
Tiger Offline
Registered: 05/04/05
Posts: 706
Loc: Crystal Lake, IL USA
Split Bolts

#62295 - 02/14/06 01:21 PM Re: Service Entrance Splice
Dnkldorf Offline
Registered: 12/12/04
Posts: 1064
Loc: nowhere usa

#62296 - 02/14/06 01:54 PM Re: Service Entrance Splice
Alan Nadon Offline
Registered: 03/10/05
Posts: 399
Loc: Elkhart, IN. USA
I have seen split bolts, set screw inline splices, crimps, insulated splice blocks, insulated terminal blocks and, ( are you ready for this one ) NM connectors, with or without tape.
Connectors are not returned or left at the job site so expense [ as always ] competes with safety.
If it was easy, anyone could do it.
#62297 - 02/14/06 02:39 PM Re: Service Entrance Splice
Active 1 Offline
Registered: 02/22/03
Posts: 687
Loc: Grayslake IL, USA
I like the Polaris insulated connectors for the hots. I think they are about $15 each. A split bolt for the ground. If I had a crimper that would be my 1st choice.

#62298 - 02/14/06 02:44 PM Re: Service Entrance Splice
ShockMe77 Offline
Registered: 06/11/05
Posts: 821
Loc: Rahway, New Jersey
Burndy Crimps!

I used to work for a guy who would have us use 3/4" romex connectors.
#62299 - 02/14/06 02:45 PM Re: Service Entrance Splice
walrus Offline
Registered: 07/25/02
Posts: 680
Loc: Bangor Me. USA
You guys do this out of a bucket? Can't imagine doing it off a ladder.
#62300 - 02/14/06 03:15 PM Re: Service Entrance Splice
BigJohn Offline
Registered: 03/06/04
Posts: 391
Loc: Boston, MA
If I never get to reconnect a service drop, I won't regret it. Those of you who do it, what precautions do you take? Does anyone meg out your entrance conductors first? That probably sounds excessive, but the idea of a 10kA fault occuring a foot from my face while I'm twenty-five feet up a ladder, is enough to make me pause.

#62301 - 02/14/06 03:45 PM Re: Service Entrance Splice
Dnkldorf Offline
Registered: 12/12/04
Posts: 1064
Loc: nowhere usa
Walrus, we do it both ways. Off ladders, in a bucket, off the roof, the bucket is easiest...

John, we do a tap test. Tap the wires together before you hook them up....


[This message has been edited by Dnkldorf (edited 02-14-2006).]
#62302 - 02/14/06 04:46 PM Re: Service Entrance Splice
sparkync Offline
Registered: 10/17/02
Posts: 812
Loc: NC
Dnk, that's the "tapas turn" test right?
tap as you turn your head
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