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#124957 - 01/13/07 11:17 PM Transformer vs Hill  
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Simply not good.

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#124958 - 01/13/07 11:49 PM Re: Transformer vs Hill  
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Rahway, New Jersey
No, certainly not good. I'll bet the POCO is unaware of the situation and will fix it whenever they get around to it. I came across something similiar awhile back. The water that was being channeled from the gutters to the street had eroded the ground directly underneath the pad mount transformer. I suppose its a matter of time before it shorts out.

#124959 - 01/14/07 03:21 AM Re: Transformer vs Hill  
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Seattle Washington USA
EEK! I'll bet the denizens of that house get a nice fireworks show if that's not fixed soon!

#124960 - 01/15/07 12:20 AM Re: Transformer vs Hill  
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Atomic City, ID USA
Based on what I see in pics 2 and 4 (The porta-pottie and the stuff in the open garage) methinks this padmount was intended to be a temporory for the construction of the house(s) in the pics.

However, it is only a matter of time before the big boom.

JohnJ0906, I hope you've already reported this to the POCO!!

And if that's anyone you know working/living in that area, tell them not to touch that thing..who knows if the case ground is intact?

Very much simply not good!

Stupid should be painful.

#124961 - 01/15/07 01:51 AM Re: Transformer vs Hill  
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hey John, what's up with you and awful utility snafu's?

#124962 - 01/15/07 06:34 AM Re: Transformer vs Hill  
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Baltimore MD USA
Just lucky I guess! That is NOT (supposed to be) a temp transformer. The house wasn't occupied yet, and I told the boss to report it before I took the pictures.

#124963 - 01/16/07 12:43 AM Re: Transformer vs Hill  
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Fredericksburg, VA, USA
Those fiberglass transformer pads are very popular around here and usually do very well. The problem is, the site developer goes in and sets up streets, lot lines, and utility placements. Everything is done correctly, cables are buried at their proper depths and the transformer pads are level and secure.

Builders buy these prepared lots and then start carving them up based upon homebuyer requests. Next thing you know, you have a transformer and telephone pedestal on it's own island of dirt. Builders are too cheap to pay for the utility companies to rearrange their equipment. They just build up the island into a mini-mountain.

I'll bet that the primary loop serving that transformer is about one inch below the surface of the driveway to the left of it. Then, two years later, the home owner planting bushes digs into a 7,200 volt primary with a hand spade.

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"But the guy at Home Depot said it would work."

#124964 - 01/16/07 01:45 PM Re: Transformer vs Hill  
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It doesn't look like the xfmr is even connected. So, what does it matter?

#124965 - 01/16/07 06:21 PM Re: Transformer vs Hill  
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Baltimore MD USA
That transformer is what is feeding the house you see in the background. It's hot.

#124966 - 01/20/07 08:48 AM Re: Transformer vs Hill  
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No, this is NOT good!

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