Just a quick question. Today 29 june we had a nasty storm in massachuttes. Well mass anyway. Do you guys work in a lightning storm? We stopped the overhead service change and all that was left was in the basement. Even though the POCO had dissconnected the power on Wed the boss called the customer and said we will be back on friday. I thought it was a good call ,but how do you other guys (and gals) call this one. I gave my boss a thumbs up for stopping the work but when do you people call a stop to work. Thanks also for the help on the bonding of the pool pump. Steve
Yeah, OH service in the rain, not cool. Not that it cant be done, just not very comfy, and slightly less safe, lightning or not. Work inside OK, the chances of fire-balls flying out are slim, especially if the house has no connection to the rest of the world...
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#67251 - 06/30/0605:03 PMRe: working in the rain and lightning storm
Will not work a service change if there is even a threat of serious rain within 6 hours of starting the job, unless the customer is willing to risk going a night without power. Doing the tie-in in the rain is simply too risky for my tastes.
Outside work like installing receptacles, fixtures, etc. I will do unless it is a serious downpour or involves working with hot wires (troubleshooting, etc.).
Inside work, no problem barring a hurricane or blizzard or something that might leave me stranded at the job site.
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#67253 - 06/30/0607:42 PMRe: working in the rain and lightning storm
Didn't the boss check the weather the night before? I won't book a servcie change OH or UG if there is a threat of rain. Good call to job the job, but not too sure it was a good call to start it in he first place.
#67254 - 06/30/0608:50 PMRe: working in the rain and lightning storm
We don't glove the lines (i.e., work them hot)if the humidity is extremely high or drizzling. Otherwise, work is pretty much normal in rainy conditions (usually when we're busiest at a POCO). Lightning is pretty much the call of the lineman, but we often switch during storms to restore power.
#67258 - 07/01/0612:34 PMRe: working in the rain and lightning storm
Rain: No work outdoors, if power has to be run into the building (first/second fit), I down tools High Humidity (80+ %), keep working if I feel it is safe to do so, otherwise, tools in the Hilux & I'm offsite Lightning: Tools in ute, gone in a flash (no pun intended) High winds/duststorm: get inside, let it pass, inside work continues if it does not interfere with the work going on
We get on average 200mm (8 inches) rain/year so the times it is a problem are rare to say the least & we work around that with the customer/s