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#62293 - 02/14/06 12:59 PM Service Entrance Splice
mshaw Offline

Registered: 01/11/06
Posts: 45
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: 714
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: 1091
Loc: nowhere usa


#62296 - 02/14/06 01:54 PM Re: Service Entrance Splice
Alan Nadon Offline

Registered: 03/10/05
Posts: 398
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: 684
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: 823
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: 671
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: 352
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: 1091
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....


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#62302 - 02/14/06 04:46 PM Re: Service Entrance Splice
sparkync Offline

Registered: 10/17/02
Posts: 811
Loc: NC
Dnk, that's the "tapas turn" test right?
tap as you turn your head

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