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Ext.Cord and Service Drop #110544
05/10/06 09:17 PM
05/10/06 09:17 PM
Trumpy  Offline
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Photo's and info supplied by Harold Endean:

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I went to go on an inspection when I got to the front door. No one was home so I don't know where the other half of this cord goes. If I ever get back there, I will get pictures:


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I went out on a new service install. The first thing I saw was that you could reach out of the second floor window and touch these service drops. Needless to say, this job failed inspection:


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Re: Ext.Cord and Service Drop #110545
05/10/06 09:55 PM
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ShockMe77  Offline
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That's terrible. I mean, someone had to install it and look at it and say, that's good. Bad, very bad.

Re: Ext.Cord and Service Drop #110546
05/11/06 10:06 AM
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napervillesoundtech  Offline
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I thought those flat cords were for inside use only. Regardless, this is a mess.

Re: Ext.Cord and Service Drop #110547
05/11/06 12:14 PM
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RSmike  Offline
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When I went to put in an underground service entrance on my house I was troubled to discover that nowhere around my entire house was there proper clearance from a window to install the meter and meet code. What would you do? What do you think I did?

RSlater,
RSmike

p.s. I forgot to mention I had overhead service just the first photo. I could just about reach mine from the shower if I opened the bathroom window. Handy indeed!!


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Re: Ext.Cord and Service Drop #110548
05/11/06 05:36 PM
05/11/06 05:36 PM
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I think that I'd look in the NEC to find out how far a meter must be from a window first.
If you're looking at 230.9 read it again.

Then I'd check the utlity's specs.

To my knowledge, there isn't a requirement.

Re: Ext.Cord and Service Drop #110549
05/11/06 06:34 PM
05/11/06 06:34 PM
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When I went to put in an underground service entrance on my house I was troubled to discover that nowhere around my entire house was there proper clearance from a window to install the meter and meet code. What would you do? What do you think I did?


Pedestal or pole mount mete, or possibly meterless electricity.

Re: Ext.Cord and Service Drop #110550
05/11/06 09:42 PM
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harold endean  Offline
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Thanks Trumpy,

You know, I use to get mad when the fire department most times says about a fire that it was an "electrical fire", but after seeing an extension cord like this, I can see why they do.
As for the service, this was installed by a licesned contractor. Need I say more?

Re: Ext.Cord and Service Drop #110551
05/12/06 11:52 AM
05/12/06 11:52 AM
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RSmike  Offline
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It was six years ago when I had the same hanging under the eave service enterance like the photo. I was just learning the code at the time. When I called the AHJ he told me re-read the code (like electure did) and don't worry about it. Sorry it wasn't a very dramatic ending...

So it was less than a puzzle and more of a 'I'm stupid for wasting the AHJs time.' Still the bigger lesson for me was to call the AHJ with questions since it'll saved time in the end.

The meter is still under the bathroom window but I miss the conveinent monkey swing.

I like to think I've come a long way in six years from knowing nothing to applying the NFPA79, 70, and 70E in an industrial setting. In truth my residential knowledge is lacking but my industrial knowledge is fairly solid....I think. Sorry to get off topic...keep me honest guys.

RSlater,
RSmike


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