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OOPS!! #124841 12/30/06 11:52 PM
Joined: Oct 2000
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Finally had something worth photographing to end the year.

Owner bought some new electronic goodies and needed the high speed cable connection.

Cable guy drilled through from the inside and right into the service entrance cable. They asked the electrician if he could just tape it up.

Then the owner and Cable guy started arguing because the Cable guy said the Main breaker didn't trip so it is the owners fault.

It was pointed out to them that even after the house was on fire and the 50 KVA transformer on the pole blew and blacked out the neighborhood the Main breaker still wouldn't trip.

Note: New service being installed.

- Alan Nadon
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Re: OOPS!! #124842 12/31/06 12:25 AM
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Elviscat Offline
well that service looks pretty ratty to begin with, much nicer now [Linked Image]

Re: OOPS!! #124843 12/31/06 02:07 AM
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EV607797 Offline
At least his aim was good, right through the middle! If he was acutually aiming for that spot, he would have missed it by a foot. We all know how that goes. Just like when the fish tape manages to hook everything EXCEPT what you are trying to hook!

100 amp services? I didn't think they were even done anymore. I haven't installed one in twenty years around here except for simple services feeding signs, etc. I haven't seen a residence, even an old one getting an upgrade getting less than 150. Maybe it's just where I am located. Am I missing something?


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Re: OOPS!! #124844 12/31/06 02:11 AM
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Lostazhell Offline
This looks like it was already taped up before the CATV guy even came along... The HO should thank him for the new service line [Linked Image] The service on the left looks nice and new... I wonder why they didnt do both at the same time?

Re: OOPS!! #124845 12/31/06 11:45 AM
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Alan Nadon Offline
The new service is being installed to replace the damaged one. The old one was in poor condition with the outer jacket of the SE cable falling off. That is why it had the tape to hold it together.
Most new services being installed are 200 amp. but, the Code only requires 100 for a dwelling. As long as they can save a buck they will do whatever is cheapest.
I can only enforce the Code.
Happy almost New Year..

If it was easy, anyone could do it.
Re: OOPS!! #124846 12/31/06 09:09 PM
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ShockMe77 Offline
I would love to see the drill bit used to make that hole in the SE cable. [Linked Image]

Also, I'd like to know why the installer didn't use an offset nipple on the load side of the new meter. I always use one on a service like this. That uni-strut looks awful on a house, IMO.

Re: OOPS!! #124847 12/31/06 10:38 PM
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Luketrician Offline
Speaking of strut, I have never used green strut, & have never seen other electricians use it. Thought that was plumbers strut.

Luke Clarke
Electrical Planner for TVA.

Re: OOPS!! #124848 01/01/07 03:47 AM
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Lostazhell Offline
The green strut resists corrosion better... I wouldn't have a problem with the strut personally, if they had used the strut with smaller slots or even non slotted and made their own holes, thus a smaller piece on the wall.... The offset nipple and a 2 hole strap would suit me just as fine here... [Linked Image]

Re: OOPS!! #124849 01/01/07 04:28 AM
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Luketrician Offline
The green strut resists corrosion better...

That's news to me Lostaz'..but alright. [Linked Image] Yeah I agree, that strut could have been a little bit shorter, or done with a two hole strap with a nice offset.

Luke Clarke
Electrical Planner for TVA.

Re: OOPS!! #124850 01/01/07 07:12 AM
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iwire Offline
Kind of ugly on the side of a house no matter the color.

I would have done something different.

Bob Badger
Construction & Maintenance Electrician
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