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#125032 - 02/05/07 02:51 PM U.K. - Hasty disconnection?  
pauluk  Offline
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This is an empty pad at the nearby mobile-home holiday park. The circuit breaker is off, but would you be happy with the feeder just cut off and taped like this, within easy reach of children and animals?

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#125033 - 02/05/07 03:08 PM Re: U.K. - Hasty disconnection?  
Theelectrikid  Offline
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Uhh, no!

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#125034 - 02/05/07 03:42 PM Re: U.K. - Hasty disconnection?  
Luketrician  Offline
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Not just the tape job, (what kind of tape is that??) but the lack protection for those underground cables. Should be in a RMC or PVC conduit.


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#125035 - 02/05/07 04:20 PM Re: U.K. - Hasty disconnection?  
pauluk  Offline
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It's regular PVC electrical tape, green/yellow stripes (the modern colors for ground connections here).

The underground cables are armored, and are actually suitable for direct burial:

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#125036 - 02/05/07 04:23 PM Re: U.K. - Hasty disconnection?  
RobbieD  Offline
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I hate that type of cable. I found that terminating the ends with those brass connectors really sucked. Very time consuming. Heavy duty stuff but it sucked doing terminations.


#125037 - 02/05/07 04:51 PM Re: U.K. - Hasty disconnection?  
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We use armoured cable for most applications in our factory. Steel conduit is just too time consuming, it all has to be threaded and screwed together. As with most things, once you are used to it, it only takes minutes to make off.


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#125038 - 02/05/07 05:43 PM Re: U.K. - Hasty disconnection?  
Luketrician  Offline
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Interesting! Never seen the stuff before. I can see your point also Johno12345, so true. Is anyone else ever seen or used this type of cable before?


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#125039 - 02/05/07 06:40 PM Re: U.K. - Hasty disconnection?  
Texas_Ranger  Offline
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SWA (steel wire armored) cable seems to be particular to the UK and UK influenced countries. Years ago there was a lot of talk about that stuff here.


#125040 - 02/05/07 06:55 PM Re: U.K. - Hasty disconnection?  
TrimixLeccy  Offline
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Sat lurking here for ages and finally got round to registering. Be gentle with me as I am a UK spark [35+years] but don't understand half of the USA terms used on here, sorry.
Anyway, 3 swa's into a 4" box [could even be 3"], nice job! Bet it is a sight inside the box with all its rust. Hate to say it but fairly typical of Mobile home parks. The ones that we used to work on were dissed [water and elec] by the shifters and the soil pipe removed by virtue of the flat-back driving off site and pulling the pipe out of the ground so that any residual contents could 'self drain'...mmmm nice!


#125041 - 02/05/07 07:24 PM Re: U.K. - Hasty disconnection?  
Texas_Ranger  Offline
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Either there's a whole lot of tape there or they at least used choc blocks on the wires. The outline does look familiar.
And I don#t know about the UK green/yellow tape, but any Austrian and German I've seen so far is far inferior to all other colors and will come off even faster than regular tape would in such an environment.


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