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Homeowner is a Carpenter . . . #115500 11/07/03 11:27 PM
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My company sent me on a service call to reattach an electric meter. They were told by the homeowner that he had installed new siding, and all that needed to be done was to screw the meter back up. Well the guy didn't say that he had installed an addition, and the whole service would have to be relocated. Notice the water in the meter? Makes you want to call it a water/electric combo meter.

- richard

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Re: Homeowner is a Carpenter . . . #115501 11/07/03 11:35 PM
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crash Offline
Red Tag this one!!! The water in the meter might provide enough mechanical resistance to slow down the meter disk.

Re: Homeowner is a Carpenter . . . #115502 11/08/03 06:56 AM
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Electricmanscott Offline
What scares me is the kids bicycle right there. Yikes. This is all too common with siding crews. Scares the hell out of me when I see them removing a hot meter socket with a flat bar. All it takes is a long nail or screw to land the right way in there and kaboom!

Re: Homeowner is a Carpenter . . . #115503 11/08/03 07:57 AM
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walrus Offline
Thats a great pic, water in the meter [Linked Image]. The stupidity of people never ceases to amaze me.

Re: Homeowner is a Carpenter . . . #115504 11/08/03 03:52 PM
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Bjarney Offline
The built-in “disk level” checker is great. Let's see those solid-state meter designers top that!

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Re: Homeowner is a Carpenter . . . #115505 11/08/03 09:15 PM
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ThinkGood Offline
At what water level would the meter short out?

Re: Homeowner is a Carpenter . . . #115506 11/09/03 05:42 AM
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sparky Offline
lovely Richard [Linked Image], gotta vote this one the a 9.5 on the rectal pucker scale, i guess the only way to achieve a full 10 would be to roll up and see the kids using it for monkey bars?? [Linked Image]

Re: Homeowner is a Carpenter . . . #115507 11/09/03 01:32 PM
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codeenforcementguy Offline
Wish I could have said that now I have seen it all .. but I know that would be fiction. Off the top I would have to say that our homeowner must have been into the utility company's service wires somewhere along the line when the addition was created. Do they allow compression fittings on utility portions of the services? I am only familiar with threaded in our area. ERFERTT

Re: Homeowner is a Carpenter . . . #115508 11/09/03 04:00 PM
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iwire Offline

Yes compression fittings are allowed by the NEC, although you may have local amendments that say otherwise.

I am surprised not to see the water boiling, as any time I have seen live equipment submerged it was boiling.

Bob Badger
Construction & Maintenance Electrician
Re: Homeowner is a Carpenter . . . #115509 11/13/03 03:00 PM
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Hazmat Offline
Just a thought...assuming that is rainwater, it would be mineral free (relatively) or "deionized", so might not carry current...wouldn't wanna test that theory, though.

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