Did some work in the Atlanta area this week,and ran across something I've never seen before.
The OH drop from the transformer went to a weatherhead coming thru the roof of the garage. Entrance cable traveled about 5o feet thru the attic,into the basement,then thru the block wall into the meter base.
50 ft. of entrance cable in the house with no OC protection.
The other odd thing was that the panel had a sticker on it reading "Property of Ga. Power do not remove cover"
An old gentleman at a supply house near there told me it was commonly done back in the 60's and early 70's there.
Does anyone else see anything like this in their area?
It's not uncommon to find the service entrance conductors run a long way like this in British houses.
The typical setup has the overhead drop terminated on a bracket at eaves level, then the cables run along the outside wall to the point where they go through to the inside metering equipment. But in some cases the cables are taken into the attic and then dropped down the the meter panel.
A couple of places I've worked locally have the cupboard with meter and panel located pretty much in the middle of the house, and those service cables run about 25 ft. through the attic.
They are just PVC-insulated cables, no conduit, and with only the main pole-mounted fuses on the local 240/415V wye network for protection.
Russell, I'm Surprised you've never seen this before. I live in your area and this is the way almost every house built between the 1950's and the 1970's was done. Just look around and you'll see it everywhere.
...Bob, Your SE has copper conductors?? All the SEU cable we get around here,(NJ),has aluminum conductors.I didn't know they made it with copper..Here it's predominantly SEU cable for services,...pvc schedule 80 conduit if located on the driveway side of the house.. Russ
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