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I'm ready, when can you hook me up? #113505 06/18/02 04:52 PM
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In my job for the local utility, I get at least one of these per week. Iowa doesn't have state or county inspectors. Only larger municipals have paid inspectors, and they usually double as plumbing & structural inspectors. Aside from the obvious violations, this guy used USE cable from the disconnect to the meter socket, the meter socket is not on our approved list, there is no hub on top of the socket (inside was wet from rain), and the pole doesn't belong to him!

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Re: I'm ready, when can you hook me up? #113506 06/18/02 09:20 PM
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Yup, that's pretty bad.

The "cellular" is a dead giveaway that they used plumbing pipe. (lightweight cellular core pvc)

What happened in this situation? Did the utility just tear the whole mess out?


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Re: I'm ready, when can you hook me up? #113507 06/18/02 09:26 PM
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I sure hope this was a homeowner that did this with the help of Home Depot's experts and not an "electrician"

Re: I'm ready, when can you hook me up? #113508 06/18/02 09:42 PM
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It seems odd that they seemed to use some sealant in pic #2 on the connector but thought nothing of the two holes next to it.

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Re: I'm ready, when can you hook me up? #113509 06/18/02 11:24 PM
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So much for the mandate "neat and workmanlike." There used to be an old-salt inspector in the LA, CA area that would often ask, "What does that mean?" He would often mention the stupidity of such a requirement; that should be tossed out as entirely unenforceable. Rest in peace, Joe Roohan.

Re: I'm ready, when can you hook me up? #113510 06/19/02 01:51 AM
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Ah, yes... 110.12

My favorite code.

And the "all purpose" code...

For the very same reason the "old salt" didn't like it!

It is rather subjective...


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Re: I'm ready, when can you hook me up? #113511 06/19/02 06:06 AM
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For somebody without a clue, it's not too bad!

Re: I'm ready, when can you hook me up? #113512 06/19/02 10:36 PM
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You know, maybe I'm all wet here. Even though this installation is a long way from compliance with any codes, It seems to me that the "installer" would at least take some pride in the work that he does.

I guess what I'm saying...code violations (and legal issues...?)not withstanding, this is a really ugly job that anyone should be ashamed of!! [Linked Image]

Finished ranting...thanks guys.

Mike (mamills)

Re: I'm ready, when can you hook me up? #113513 06/19/02 11:26 PM
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Forget about the code for a second, does anyone know how the line conductors are going to enter the meter can. It appears to be an overhead pole with an invisible stack. Maybe the installer was hoping for a solar meter.

Re: I'm ready, when can you hook me up? #113514 06/21/02 06:31 AM
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He forgot a strap, and i put the bare in from the bottom and bend it back over the clamp so when it gets loose you don't lose it in the dirt. buy em a book and send em to school.


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