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Trailer Park Outlet #111106
08/31/06 09:19 PM
08/31/06 09:19 PM
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I found this at a trailer park near my house. and yes it is live.

Wizzie Electric
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Re: Trailer Park Outlet #111107
08/31/06 10:27 PM
08/31/06 10:27 PM
Hemingray  Offline
Joined: Apr 2005
Posts: 199
Lehigh Acres, FL
where does the other end of that connect to?

Re: Trailer Park Outlet #111108
08/31/06 10:40 PM
08/31/06 10:40 PM
Wizzie Electric  Offline
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Posts: 69
Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, Can...
the wires coming down the pole and being spliced by the uninsulated split bolt connectors are the cut ends of a disconected but still energized overhead service.

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Re: Trailer Park Outlet #111109
09/01/06 12:00 AM
09/01/06 12:00 AM
napervillesoundtech  Offline
Joined: Feb 2006
Posts: 144
Naperville, IL, USA
not that it would have made much difference here, but, there is no clamp where that cable enters the box. theres also no cover plate, no ground, no (visible GFCI)and it looks like theres also a few missing ko's.

although, on the bright side, maybe it will get rewired when it causes the pole to burn down. [Linked Image]

Re: Trailer Park Outlet #111110
09/01/06 08:36 AM
09/01/06 08:36 AM
mamills  Offline
Joined: Nov 2001
Posts: 745
Wharton, Texas, USA
Wizzie...So this is "free" power, from a receptacle with no OCPD whatsoever (except for the wire itself when it burns in two)?

Mike (mamills)

Re: Trailer Park Outlet #111111
09/01/06 09:13 AM
09/01/06 09:13 AM
Wizzie Electric  Offline
Joined: Jan 2006
Posts: 69
Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, Can...
The box isnt mounted either. I never traced the line back to the source

Re: Trailer Park Outlet #111112
09/01/06 08:10 PM
09/01/06 08:10 PM
renosteinke  Offline
Cat Servant
Joined: Jan 2005
Posts: 5,316
Blue Collar Country
Can't say I've ever seen K&T outside before!

Re: Trailer Park Outlet #111113
09/02/06 11:40 PM
09/02/06 11:40 PM
mxslick  Offline
Joined: Oct 2004
Posts: 803
Atomic City, ID USA

Don't think they even went to that much trouble, it looks like "nekked" acorns and the wire is just laying against the pole!!

An open question to everyone:

Now, if you were to encounter something like this, would you cut it and tape it off, making it somewhat safe? (Cutting the wire coming down as high up as possible?)

My answer would be yes, and if it is indeed tapped directly off the poco's drop, I'd put a call into the poco too.

Stupid should be painful.
Re: Trailer Park Outlet #111114
09/03/06 12:07 AM
09/03/06 12:07 AM
Luketrician  Offline
Joined: Jul 2006
Posts: 272
Sale Creek, TN USA
Hello! and now with my two cents. I agree mx, cut the wires as high as whatever ladder you have handy and call the poco. Anyone else notice that they did atleast strap the nm within the 12 inches of the box. Is that right? I don't have my "bible" handy at the moment.

Luke Clarke
Electrical Planner for TVA.

Re: Trailer Park Outlet #111115
09/03/06 07:24 AM
09/03/06 07:24 AM
RODALCO  Offline
Joined: Dec 2005
Posts: 857
Titirangi, Akld, New Zealand
Yes i agree with mxslick and luketrician.

I would cut it off as high as possible at the pole ( 2.5 meters ) ensuring i wouldn't topple the pole over, and tape the ends and notify the POCO and electrical inspector.

It wouldn't be good to read in a local newspaper that a little kid got killed while playing with those bare wires or broken powerpoint, while knowinhg about it and not doing anything about it to make it safer for the time being.

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