Paul, Is this the service line you mentioned on the phone last time I was talking with you? Surely looks like a sub-standard crimp or sealing job, as in moisture has got into the joint. BTW, at which end of the service is the fuse?, I expected to see one on the pole where the line-man is. Bear in mind Mountain Electrician that these wires are insulated for Full Working Voltage, a hard hat would be a good idea, but not that necessary. Nice to see he has the gloves and outers on though.
Note the lack of hair/grey hair with this guy, get with it if you want to be a Liney, it will take years off of your life!.
Let's face it, these days if you're not young, you're old - Red Green
#162714 - 04/24/0711:11 AMRe: Insulation breakdown on service-drop splice (U
I'm not sure what the current HSE (Health & Safety Executive -- a.k.a. the "'Elf & Safety Gestapo") rules would be regarding hats in this situation.
Originally Posted by Trumpy
Is this the service line you mentioned on the phone last time I was talking with you?
Mike, I can't remember which lines that was we were talking about. It wouldn't have been to do with this though, as the fault only happened this last Saturday afternoon.
BTW, at which end of the service is the fuse?, I expected to see one on the pole where the line-man is.
No, the LV side (240/415V wye) here has fuses at the xfmr secondary, then nothing else until the individual service fuse at each meter, which will be either inside the house on in the outside meter cabinet (i.e. at the load end of the service drop).
This is the xfmr at the sub-station about 100 yards away which actually feeds these lines:
#162754 - 04/25/0708:16 AMRe: Insulation breakdown on service-drop splice (U
Mike - those lines may not necessarily be insulated, I can't quite tell from the pic. What you find here are a lot of the lines from pole to pole i.e. distribution lines are not insulated. The wires from the poles to the premises i.e. drop wires are insulated, but again usually only the live, not the neutral. Where they then meet the property they are changed to both insulated. My own house being a good example - txfmr to pole by house, both lines BARE, pole by house to house, live INSULATED, neutral BARE, then two insulated cables to meter. I'll try and take some pics to let you see. However, all the above has changed somewhat with the advent of ABC (aerial bundled conductor) cable and concentric drop wire. Dave
#162763 - 04/25/0711:22 AMRe: Insulation breakdown on service-drop splice (U
The wires from the poles to the premises i.e. drop wires are insulated, but again usually only the live, not the neutral
That's what I have. The two singles going off to the lower left of the picture above are actually the service drop to my house, which crosses right over my neighbor's front garden. The upper cable is the bare neutral; the lower is a fully insulated phase.
The other drops from this pole have all been replaced with concentrics, two overhead going off to the right, one which goes down the pole and then underground to my neighbor's house (installed about 6 years ago when we rewired and had the meter relocated outside).
#162847 - 04/26/0707:15 AMRe: Insulation breakdown on service-drop splice (U