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Meter Ring Failure #121709
08/13/05 09:05 PM
08/13/05 09:05 PM
Trumpy  Offline
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Pictures and info submitted by Renosteinke:
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When the PoCo went to disconnect service for non-payment, the meter ring came apart, leading to a service fault to ground.

The meter base was probably made just before WWII. Manufactured by Square D, the box cover had little slots, into which tabs on the ring were press-fit. Unfortunately, the meter socket was also attached to the ring- so when the ring came forward with the meter, the socket also cam forward, contacting the box.

At about 2 O'clock on the cover, you can see a round notch in the cover, caused by this arc.

Farther down the line, you can see the scorch mark on the EMT, caused by this fault arcing between the two pieces of EMT.

Best I can tell the meter-puller had to stand there, in the winter cold, confronted by hostile non-English speaking tenants, holding the meter in place- while waiting for assistance to come, and disconnect power at the pole!

Then I got to do a service change!


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Re: Meter Ring Failure #121710
08/16/05 02:46 AM
08/16/05 02:46 AM
Trumpy  Offline
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John, is it the light or is that really EMT?.
I thought it must have been some sort of Romex cable?. [Linked Image]

Re: Meter Ring Failure #121711
08/16/05 09:34 AM
08/16/05 09:34 AM
renosteinke  Offline
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The silver piece is EMT; the vertical "white" pipes are RMC.

Re: Meter Ring Failure #121712
08/16/05 03:31 PM
08/16/05 03:31 PM
mxslick  Offline
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Posts: 803
Atomic City, ID USA
Had a similar failure some years ago doing a service change working for EC here in So. Cal.

The cross piece holding the LINE side clips broke free while I was pulling the meter. The explosion shot the meter across the yard. Despite the fact that I was very stupidly not wearing proper PPE (just sunglasses and a t-shirt) all I got was a huge scare and ringing ears.

I climbed the ladder, cut the drop and removed that panel with a 20lb sledgehammer! The meter met the same fate. (Luckily for me, the POCO was going to upgrade the meter anyway. They laughed when I told them what happened.)

I'll be back with an edit of this post, to put up a link to a device designed to help safely pull and install meters. Don't touch that dial! [Linked Image]

Edit: Here's the link to the product:
http://www.rauckmanutility.com/products.htm

Click on either pic of "Meter Puller"



[This message has been edited by mxslick (edited 08-16-2005).]


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Re: Meter Ring Failure #121713
08/17/05 10:44 AM
08/17/05 10:44 AM
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houleelect  Offline
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Posts: 4
Ypsilanti, MI USA
It looks like EMT was bent without aid of bender. Not a bad job for no bender.


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Re: Meter Ring Failure #121714
08/18/05 10:54 PM
08/18/05 10:54 PM
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yaktx  Offline
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Joined: Feb 2003
Posts: 288
Austin, Texas, USA
Anytime I come across a metercan that old (my utility has used ringless since the mid-60s), I climb a ladder and cut the drop before messing with it. If I'm not there to change the service, I don't mess with it. Ones I have opened are just too scary!


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