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#57424 - 10/14/05 06:20 PM Working in the rain  
ShockMe77  Offline
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Rahway, New Jersey
Hello, I had to work outside in the rain this week. How about you? Not once, not twice, but three friggin' times this week! On Wednesday, I was out there half the day tying in an A/C disconnect and condensor, the required outlet within 25', and a pair of ground rods for a service I'd be doing some time in the future. The #6 cu was run under a deck with very little room to maneuver (sp?).

Yesterday, same thing. 1 A/C disconnect plus condensor, 1 GFCI outlet upgraded at existing location (located under a water gutter no less!!!), and installation of 2 intermatic in-use covers. It was friggin' pouring out!

Today, I had to repair the line side of a 200 amp residential servicethat had been torn off the side of the house by a tree branch last night. Again, it was freaking pouring - all day too!

My question is this: I know water and electricity do not mix, but what are the dangers of bugging in a service in a drizzling rain?

I just had to get that off my chest. Thanks for listening. Now I'm going to enjoy some hot tomatoe soup. Yum.

[This message has been edited by ShockMe77 (edited 10-14-2005).]


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#57425 - 10/14/05 07:51 PM Re: Working in the rain  
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On the first nite of each new semester at Vo-Tech, I lay out the good & bad of wanting to be an electrician to theentry level guys.

My friend, for 25+ years I have worked in snow, rain, storms, heat, cold, and anything else mother nature throws out in New Jersey.

Like I tell the new guys.."you have to take the bad days, along with the good".....or get an office job (or something similar that's inside)

As to making service tie-ins in a mist/drizzle; again, been there, done that..PS: Wear your gloves

John


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#57426 - 10/14/05 08:40 PM Re: Working in the rain  
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RE: doing a tie-in in the rain.

I hope you picked out your coffin first.

That is a job for the PoCo.

Peter


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#57427 - 10/14/05 08:47 PM Re: Working in the rain  
trollog  Offline
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I think I'de welcome a little rain after the 85-95 degree temps we've had all summer even up to today... Ive been doing underground for going on 2.5 months on a big project we've got going right now... at this point I think I'de trade you weather if that were possible. I definitely prefer the cold to the heat, but then let me qualify that by saying it is California cold and heat I am talking about here.. As for rain, water and live parts, or just live parts in general.. my philosophy is: it's only dangerous to you if you are grounded, or become grounded.. definitely wear the gloves, and in my book, a little shivering always beats a little sweating any day.


#57428 - 10/14/05 09:07 PM Re: Working in the rain  
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Geez - I dread that approching day. I'm a first year apprentice and haven't been part of that scenario yet. I'm curious, when do you draw the line? Rain with multiple lightning strikes? Wouldn't it make more sense to pay attention to the weather night/week before and plan a different job? Are those gloves that good or am I just being a wuss?


#57429 - 10/14/05 09:41 PM Re: Working in the rain  
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Let's see.....you're up a ladder, on soggy ground, against a slick roof......and you're worried about electricity?


#57430 - 10/14/05 09:47 PM Re: Working in the rain  
LoneGunman  Offline
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Florida
"RE: doing a tie-in in the rain.

I hope you picked out your coffin first.

That is a job for the PoCo.

Peter"

In NJ EC's do the tie in( they were as of 5 years ago, not sure about now) , the POCO comes around a few weeks later and redo it.


#57431 - 10/15/05 12:23 AM Re: Working in the rain  
ShockMe77  Offline
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Rahway, New Jersey
I have always cutout and bugged-in for as long as i've been doing services. Do they do it differently outside of NJ? I could not imagine having to wait for the PoCo to shut me down in the morning, and then wait for them again to hook it back up at the end of the day. That's got to suck.


#57432 - 10/15/05 12:36 AM Re: Working in the rain  
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Shockme, in FL the POCO does it. When I first moved here I didnt know that, my boss freaked out when I bugged a new service.


#57433 - 10/15/05 07:07 AM Re: Working in the rain  
ShockMe77  Offline
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Rahway, New Jersey
How 'bout that? I did not know that.


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