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OT Question for an Electrician

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by Big Al 29, Jan 18, 2008.

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  1. Big Al 29

    Big Al 29 TS Member

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    What type of connector joins the overhead service lines to the customer's Service cable at the weatherhead?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Kolar Dan

    Kolar Dan Member

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    Usually a crimp connector of one type or another.
    Sonny
     
  3. Big Al 29

    Big Al 29 TS Member

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    If I were to walk into a supply house what would I ask for? Besides help?

    Is this connection made while the overhead service line is energized or do you get the electric company to kill the power out at the line?
     
  4. admiral Art

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    Ask them for the phone number of your power company.

    Everything on the pole side of your meter belongs to them and is their responsibility.

    Not to mention the fact that it would be prohibitivly expensive to purchase the crimping tool.

    And of course you would be working "hot". with no breaker (of any consequence) between you and the power company's generator.
     
  5. halfmile

    halfmile Well-Known Member

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    In our town you can get in big trouble for messing with anything beyond the meter. And if you pull the meter like to change out a panel or add to the buss tap you have to get it inspected, which means get a licensed contractor.

    You can only work on your own residence if you are not licensed. If you have income property you have to have a contractor pull your permits.

    And our inspector is a hard ass.

    HM
     
  6. alf174

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    True, and I doubt if something went wrong the insurance company would cover any losses because the work was not done by someone licensed, trained, and capable.
     
  7. 1oz

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    Compression buttons sleeves or aluminum Squeeze Ons will work also this is for alum triplex and alum service wire
     
  8. chatbrat

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    When I was an electrical contractor, split bolts were considered only to be used as a temp. hookup, the local utility would send one of their crews, install an hydraulically crimped splice with a weathor proof cover---this was only done after a cut in card weas sent in by the inspector-----Phil
     
  9. gcbluerock

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    Admiral Art pegged the answer 100 % correctly and very well stated to boot. More good info is added by others.

    Just for reference the cost to defend yourself in litigation if you are accused of "diversion of service", the term power companies use when they think someone is tampering with thier service, can easily out way the cost of a licensed electrician coming to your home, 100 fold.

    The upside for all of us in the trade, and all readers here, is that you run a better than average chance of being the recipient of a Darwin Award should you choose to undertake a DIY stance. Keep us posted, everybody loves an award winner.
     
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