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#176550 - 04/06/08 12:36 AM HV cable "spike" test video: 3000 amp short  
Albert  Offline
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Very impressive demonstration, introduced by a very impressive girl:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqfUVDiRDRg
Is that a slight Irish accent she has? I wish it was stronger!


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#176566 - 04/06/08 12:04 PM Re: HV cable "spike" test video: 3000 amp short [Re: Albert]  
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That reminded me of a story an instructor told me years ago. I guess "old schooled" linemen were taught to discharge the the static shield (the spiral copper strip in the video) they would take a nail and pierce the outer jacket and ground out the nail on a de-energized cable of course. Unfortunate the guy in the story just assummed the line was dead. The wrong switch was thrown. To only add to the mess, he was in an underground vault and the switch that was suppose to been thrown was an auto-reset type. Well, the switch worked just like it was suppose to and the guy supposedly survived all three blasts.


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#176570 - 04/06/08 12:50 PM Re: HV cable "spike" test video: 3000 amp short [Re: sparkyinak]  
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Imagine being in the vault or manhole when this happens:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sopTVjKJs00


Last edited by electure; 04/06/08 10:40 PM. Reason: I fixed the link - electure

#176572 - 04/06/08 01:47 PM Re: HV cable "spike" test video: 3000 amp short [Re: Albert]  
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You link has issues. it has a couple too many slashes in it. I would not want to be in a vault when anything happens. I was in a vault one time with deenergized 480 3 phase late one evening when my headlamp went dead. Not a good feeling. Even knowing the power was off. Electricity is all about theory. "Well in theory the power is off..."


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#176581 - 04/06/08 08:24 PM Re: HV cable "spike" test video: 3000 amp short [Re: Albert]  
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Originally Posted by Albert
... introduced by a very impressive girl:
...
Is that a slight Irish accent she has? I wish it was stronger!

You're in luck! She gave out her phone number...


#177048 - 04/20/08 02:55 PM Re: HV cable "spike" test video: 3000 amp short [Re: SolarPowered]  
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Here's a nice picture of the lovely Sonja:
http://www.eland.co.uk/company/people/marketing-team/

When you put the mouse pointer over the image, she smiles...



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