We were awakened this morning by crazy sputtering popping sounds. It was the electric pole on our home construction site. A large limb had come down, pulled the wire down and in the process snapped the pole (that I had reset after a similar incident dragged it down) and damaged the wires enough that they had shorted out. Burned the pole, burned through the electrical conduit, didn't trigger anything in our breaker box AND did not trigger the power company breaker. When the crewman that responded heard me say the breakers were not tripped he commented he was surprised theirs had not. I said that was frightening and he agreed that I should be frightened.
Our old generator is not starting (I can't complain, it has served us above and beyond up until now) and I have a new, larger one being delivered Sunday morning.
Getting an electrician out for this is likely to be painful, but not much choice. Seriously considering running the bleeping wires from the power company pole to our breaker box underground so this won't happen a third time.
Hi, it was less expensive for me to run conduit and 00 aluminum cable than underground rated wire. I was able to rent a boring machine and didn't need to trench. It was still pretty expensive.
Sometimes you can pay the electric company to bury the cable to the house.
Guys, how many times do you need to lose power, face possible electrocution for yourself and livestock, pay for repairs, be without power for a week at a time, before you choose not to tolerate that any more? I can run the needed trench in far less time and at far less hazard and expense than I can remove the hazard trees, which are not all on my property.
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