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Free electric?
by HotLine1 on 02/16/13 05:05 PM

Nice tap

#208873 - 02/16/13 07:53 PM Re: Free electric? [Re: HotLine1]  
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Ha. Well at least it wasn't made to 220v

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#208909 - 02/20/13 10:39 PM Re: Free electric? [Re: CZap]  
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#208910 - 02/20/13 10:59 PM Re: Free electric? [Re: HotLine1]  
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But he has it taped up with green tape, so that should have it grounded good enough.... grin

Also it is a tamper resistant receptacle.

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#208912 - 02/20/13 11:34 PM Re: Free electric? [Re: HotLine1]  
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That's a specification grade quality job....


Even as a temp power patch it makes zero sense.

Why not patch in after a 15Amp 120 C/B?

Why not patch in a GFCI receptacle?

Why not just run an extension cord -- for there has to be some receptacle within range.

How does one explain the break-in to the meter pan to the meter reader?

Why give up a clean path to the GEC?


#208915 - 02/21/13 10:15 AM Re: Free electric? [Re: HotLine1]  
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This was found by a POCO troubleshooter who noticed the center cover off of the two meter pan. One of the meters was booted, and apparently someone needed 120 volt!


#208917 - 02/21/13 12:36 PM Re: Free electric? [Re: HotLine1]  
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If he had put this in a Bell box, piped out of that top hub KO, with a GFCI and an in use cover it may have survived for years.

#208918 - 02/21/13 12:54 PM Re: Free electric? [Re: HotLine1]  
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Hmmm, maybe there's a grow house nearby?


"But the guy at Home Depot said it would work."

#208921 - 02/21/13 07:46 PM Re: Free electric? [Re: HotLine1]  
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It may have survived...until either the meter guy, or a POCO 'drive by'!! They allow nothing from the meter pans/stacks.

The booted meter tenant is facing a theft of services charge. They pulled one leg boot off the meter for 1 hot leg in the apt.


#208954 - 02/23/13 01:59 PM Re: Free electric? [Re: HotLine1]  
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I noticed that he cut open the center panel. Those old PSE&G locks were very difficult to break open.

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