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#103738 - 11/07/02 09:45 PM Leaning Tower of Service in Alabama!  
Joe Tedesco  Offline
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Service raceway pulled away from meter socket enclosure.


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#103739 - 11/07/02 11:29 PM Re: Leaning Tower of Service in Alabama!  
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Gee: From the looks of it....
Go up on the roof, install a guy cable on the left side of the mast. Pull the mast back plumb; install a few straps on the conduit, and a few masonry anchors in the meter pan; done.

Now if the guy was installed, ar a "drop support"; the situation in the photo may not have occured.
The POCO here requires a guy, or an independent "drop support" for a service installation as pictured
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#103740 - 11/07/02 11:39 PM Re: Leaning Tower of Service in Alabama!  
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My PoCo would want a 2-1/2" mast plus guying.

What's a "drop support"?


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#103741 - 11/08/02 06:12 AM Re: Leaning Tower of Service in Alabama!  
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230.28 Service Masts as Supports.

Where a service mast is used for the support of service-drop conductors, it shall be of adequate strength or be supported by braces or guys to withstand safely the strain imposed by the service drop.

Where raceway-type service masts are used, all raceway fittings shall be identified for use with service masts.

Only power service-drop conductors shall be permitted to be attached to a service mast.

Where the service drop is secured to the mast, a guy wire may be installed to support the mast and provide adequate mechanical strength to support the service drop.

Communications conductors such as those for cable TV or telephone service are not permitted to be attached to the service mast.

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#103742 - 11/08/02 10:08 AM Re: Leaning Tower of Service in Alabama!  
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Looks like a truck must have "grabbed" the drop.


#103743 - 11/09/02 01:08 PM Re: Leaning Tower of Service in Alabama!  
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66:
A "drop support" is an I beam, or a substantial wood beam (4x6 or larger) that the service drop from the pole is supported by. We have quite a few of these around here. Purpose is to provide adequate support for the drop, instead of the "mast"
BTW, 2 1/2" is minimum pipe size for masts here also.


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#103744 - 11/09/02 07:39 PM Re: Leaning Tower of Service in Alabama!  
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For Allegheny Power, 2" Pipe is allowed if the Point of attachment is between 18" and 24" from the roof. Up to 48" it must be 2-1/2" Pipe (or larger) and after 48", it must be guyed. Don't remember the maximum height for a 2-1/2" guyed mast.

OK, drop support. I've seen 'em, just didn't know what they were called...

Thanks!

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#103745 - 11/12/02 08:37 PM Re: Leaning Tower of Service in Alabama!  
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I have photos of a similar situation that progressed to "arcs & sparks." I suspect the same cause here: a truck backed into it.



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