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Re: Service Entrance Splice #62313 02/16/06 10:13 AM
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I just do a quick continuity check with a fluke meter.
Lately I have been using the ILSCO IPC KUP-L-TAP it is a self piercing tap that does not require any stripping of the wire. I was a little hesitant at first because it does not seem like it would make an adequate connection vs stripping the wire and a split bolt. But I have not had any short term problems with them little pricey though about 15 each

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Re: Service Entrance Splice #62314 02/16/06 11:07 AM
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I use the Kup-L-Taps as well. The higher price is worth it to me for not having to play around with stripping the live drop and taping an energized split bolt while working off a ladder. The things are reusable, so I do try to get them back from the utility when they come out to make their permanent connections. I use a standard split bolt on the neutral to save a few $.

Have experienced no reliability problems with them at all, even on a couple installations where the PoCo never replaced them.

I ALWAYS check the wiring for shorts/grounds with a meter before making up the service drop splices.

Re: Service Entrance Splice #62315 02/16/06 11:53 AM
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As far as a know in central NJ PSE&G does not come back to redo the splice so what we do is perminate. I usally will also tape the taps friction and plastic since they do not get removed. Maybe the tape is overkill, I dont know but I do it anyway.

Re: Service Entrance Splice #62316 02/16/06 04:15 PM
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Here in central Maine the power comany is the ONLY one that connects to their lines. You can't even pull the meter unless there is a IMEDIATE danger. If a electrician tapped or retapped the SE cable to the power company lines I'm pretty sure the penality would death by hanging!

Thats how we do it up in the woods!
Re: Service Entrance Splice #62317 02/16/06 04:40 PM
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I wish Frank I would love it I hate tyeing in live it is so nice when you get a new construction job and the poco does the tie in when they bring there drop in from the pole

Re: Service Entrance Splice #62318 02/16/06 04:40 PM
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Gene134 Offline
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We do it all the time here in Chicagoland and ComEd very rarely comes to re-connect it. I personaly like Hi-pressing the wires myself and then rubber taping them just to be safe. Never with the meter in though.

Re: Service Entrance Splice #62319 02/16/06 09:55 PM
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XtheEdgeX Offline
I use a megohmmeter on any type of feeder, before I energize it. It only takes a couple of minutes.

Re: Service Entrance Splice #62320 02/16/06 10:02 PM
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DougW Offline
I've used bugs (split bolts), the "butt connector" splices that you tighten with an allen wrench and the insulation piercing version.

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