Here is a typical older-style overhead service with two lines:
It's not clear from the photo, but in this case the upper line is the neutral and is bare.
Newer overhead drops use a single cable with concentric neutral (and outer PVC sheath). This one has clearly been converted from an older-style drop (note the spare porcelain insulator):
And here's an wider view:
This particular pole has only 2 of the 3 phases run to it (entering top left) and feeds four houses -- Two newer concentric cables going to the right, one older twin-cable drop to the left, plus one underground service. The thin line farther down the pole is telephone.
[This message has been edited by pauluk (edited 07-12-2002).]
Paul, Why does the UK use, the vertical orientation of the lines on the pole, as opposed to using cross-arms?. Also, do you guys still have the fuse that protects the consumers installation at the meter-board?.
Re: U.K. Pics: Service drops#133236 09/20/0201:55 PM09/20/0201:55 PM
It's not quite so easy with modern British outlets though, because you have to open the shutters first. The technique I use is:
Probe in right hand goes into ground (top) hole at a slight angle, then press it down to open the shutter. Probe in left hand into neutral hole (lower left) and keep downward pressure to hold the shutter open while first probe is removed from earth pin. Transfer probe in right hand to hot contact (lower right). If I then need to measure hot-to-ground, it's easy to transfer the probe in my left hand back to the ground contact. It takes much longer to describe than to actually do it!
That works on all the original-style shutters which are operated by a pin in the ground hole, but some of the newer shutters work a different way. The new MK shutters rely on equal pressure on the hot and neutral shutter to release it and have it turn slightly to uncover the holes. For those, you have to place the probes for neutral and hot at the appropriate holes, one at the top left of the hole, the other at the bottom right of its hole, then gently apply equal pressure.
I hear that MK is going to manufacture a new shutter mechanism which will require pressure at all three entrances to open.
Still reckon the grass is greener?
[This message has been edited by pauluk (edited 09-21-2002).]
Re: U.K. Pics: Service drops#133239 09/21/0211:13 AM09/21/0211:13 AM
The MK catalog here actually lists shuttered outlets to NEMA 5-15 configuration, although they are on plates which fit standard British fixture boxes. (Sold for export to some Middle East countries.) I'm not sure how the shutters work on those.
Yes, the cable in the second picture just goes through the wall to the main fuse and meter inside the house.
Re: U.K. Pics: Service drops#133243 09/21/0212:57 PM09/21/0212:57 PM