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#105189 06/30/04 04:19 PM
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Guess which neighbor has the eight dollar a month energy bill, and which one complained about excessive use? [Linked Image]ops:

How would the meter even register if the main was off? Through the neutral?

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#105190 06/30/04 06:54 PM
Joined: Aug 2003
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No registered reading on the meter, the eight dollar charge was a monthly service charge.

#105191 06/30/04 08:39 PM
Joined: Feb 2004
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Maybe he was trying to derate for that seriously packed looking conduit on the bottom? [Linked Image] Wonder what happened to the insulators for the left breakers bus bars?


#105192 07/01/04 12:11 AM
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Is this arrangement of different services running onto main breakers in one panel common on duplex and triplex buildings?

#105193 07/02/04 11:09 AM
Joined: Feb 2003
Posts: 687
So to fix his complaint did you turn off the breaker on the left and turn on the right one? Use breaker locks?

Or you could flip flop the service wires to each breaker and leave them on and off like they are now. The one tenant would not know what is going on when he gets his bill.

Easyest change the numbering on the meters.

No one said anything about the missing bushing on the bottom.


#105194 07/02/04 05:27 PM
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If I wanted to steal power from a neighbor or the landlord, I'd move only one of the two hot wires. Less obvious that the theft is happening, as consumption still shows on my meter ("I'm conserving energy") and the victum sees only a milder increase.

Of course I never did such things... [Linked Image]

#105195 07/02/04 11:40 PM
Joined: Feb 2004
Posts: 1,438
Active1 wrote:
No one said anything about the missing bushing on the bottom

That looks like PVC coming in from the "rope burns" cutting through the threads...

#105196 07/03/04 09:59 AM
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Posts: 687
At first I thought it was ridgid. I forget the rest of the world uses PVC above ground.


#105197 07/03/04 10:12 AM
Joined: Jan 2003
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Anyone want to point to the exception not requiring bushings on PVC? [Linked Image]

PVC or not 4 AWG or larger in a raceway needs a bushing. [Linked Image]


Bob Badger
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#105198 07/08/04 02:41 AM
Joined: Feb 2004
Posts: 1,438
I believe you, but I've never seen a bushing on a PVC connector, nor ever been called on for not having one! [Linked Image]

Just another thing I've learned from ECN! [Linked Image]


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