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Re: High Voltage on the Ground [Re: Trumpy] #192377 02/11/10 07:24 AM
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That is a rough job.
I'm amazed that the POCO get's away with that.
Partially uncovered cables at a road crossing, hardly any warning signs and across that fence.
How long did they keep that going for ?


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Re: High Voltage on the Ground [Re: Trumpy] #192593 02/18/10 10:45 PM
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Hope nobody tries to steal those cables, what with the price of copper these days...


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Re: High Voltage on the Ground [Re: gpsparky] #192600 02/19/10 02:31 AM
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I'm assuming they are probably aluminum? Would be a pretty good steal if they were copper, assuming you got past the HV "security" system.

Re: High Voltage on the Ground [Re: noderaser] #192605 02/19/10 10:17 AM
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At 60Hz, the voltage in each cable goes to zero 120 times per second.

You can steal the wires while energized, but you need to have perfect timing and be really, really, really quick.

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Re: High Voltage on the Ground [Re: Trumpy] #192633 02/20/10 02:41 PM
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John,

The PoCo is the one in northern NJ. This all came about ( I found out) due to overtime. The factory didn't want to be without power during the day and the PoCo didn't want to pay the OT to their guys to work at night. SO, they just left the wire on the ground. The administrator in my town got on the phone with the PoCo and gave them holy hell. However it still took 2 weeks to resolve the issue. In that 2 weeks, kids and dogs played in the area and the town trucks plowed the snow.

Re: High Voltage on the Ground [Re: harold endean] #192634 02/20/10 02:43 PM
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Did anyone see the e-mail going around called Dallas copper thieves? That shows you what happens when you try to steal HV wires while they were on.

Re: High Voltage on the Ground [Re: harold endean] #192651 02/21/10 06:54 AM
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A man was badly burned here about 6 months ago trying to steal copper cable. think the report said 11kv.

Re: High Voltage on the Ground [Re: Trumpy] #194434 06/02/10 02:37 AM
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Holy Crap


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Re: High Voltage on the Ground [Re: harold endean] #194547 06/09/10 09:28 PM
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Originally Posted by harold endean
Did anyone see the e-mail going around called Dallas copper thieves? That shows you what happens when you try to steal HV wires while they were on.


Yep I got that email..it was extremely graphic but proved the point of how dangerous the theft practice is.

As for what the OP posted..heads would roll if our local POCO tried that stunt. Our county code enforcement officials are ruthless here.

There was absolutely no excuse for the half-butt work shown in those pics.


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Re: High Voltage on the Ground [Re: mxslick] #194569 06/11/10 09:03 AM
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MX,

Luckily that mess was only on the ground for a week, which is 6 days and 23 hours too long! However nobody got hurt. This also happened in the last winter and the town was still plowing roads. Imagine if there was a snow fall and the road dept. didn't see that wire laying on the road! Ouch!

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