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Know when to stay away #119826 01/28/05 06:43 PM
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I was sent to reset a time clock for this shopping centre and saw a door ajar, but did not notice the High Tension wires coming down the pole.
I took one look inside and went no further.
I also called the power company, to let them know a transformer vault was open.

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Thanks a heap for the pictures, mate!, sorry I had to resize them, they were too large to post here.



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Re: Know when to stay away #119827 01/28/05 07:10 PM
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Roger Offline
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This is scary. Could you imagine if some kids found the open door?

Roger

Re: Know when to stay away #119828 01/28/05 09:04 PM
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electure Offline
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Isn't some kind of signage at least required?

You're right Roger, it's very scary
When I was 12 or so my friends and I went into an abandoned generating station. I can tell you that we had absolutelyno clue as to what was in there. We saw the whole thing as a 20 story jungle-gym.
After the cops caught us (I guess we gave it away when we started the World War II air raid sirens), we were told that there were still lots of HV lines that were still energized.
I'm very thankful none of us were killed.

Re: Know when to stay away #119829 01/29/05 02:22 AM
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I've got a few questions of my own about these pictures.
Is that length of plastic pipe supposed to be attached to the wall below that storm-water outlet?.
What are them wires going in through that vent(?) to the left of the first pic?.
Them overhead lines look rather close to that roof.


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Re: Know when to stay away #119830 01/29/05 07:29 AM
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Trumpy:

It looks to me like what you are seeing as going into the vent on the left of the first picture is actually one of the struts holding up the barbed wire around the top of the wall. Look at the 3rd picture and you can see the bottom edge of that vent.

As for the drain pipe ... I wouldn't want to be climbing up on top there myself. The space is covered with some kind of wire grill as seen in pic 3, but it doesn't really look strong enough to stand on.

Based on picture 3, it appears the wooden pole comes down in to the left of the entrance door. So that distance would be part of the separation from the roof. But it does look like it might not meet the 10 foot rule. The exact distance of the pole is not obvious from these pictures. A wide view facing the door side from further back would have helped for that.

And I'm concerned about oil cooled transformers so close to the window above them.

Re: Know when to stay away #119831 01/29/05 01:07 PM
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Scott, you are exactly right.

I seem to remember a couple of years ago a post here about a kid or kids killed in an unlocked transformer vault in FL I believe.

Roger

Re: Know when to stay away #119832 01/30/05 09:04 AM
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Trumpy Offline OP
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BTW,
Where is Mr rrut63, to comment on these pics?.
Is that you pdh?

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Re: Know when to stay away #119833 01/30/05 12:22 PM
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i see the white drain pipe , but it does not look like it connects to anything. I am sure I will have a chance to get better shots. At the time I was more concerned with the open door. The pole comes down on the left corner of the room(looking at the door), so it just might be ten feet from the roof, but it is scary looking nonetheless.These transformers are pretty old, and if they went on fire, i am sure it would take out the building.

Re: Know when to stay away #119834 01/30/05 12:32 PM
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It looks dead to me but scary none the less.

The snow on top of the transformers is a tip off and once I blow up the picture the drop looks like it is cut free of the primarys.

I still would say it should be locked.

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Re: Know when to stay away #119835 01/30/05 05:24 PM
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I will find out if that is still the service for the shopping center tomorrow, as far as I know, it is live. the meter room is on the other side of the wall, and the ducting runs into the ct cabinet.

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