DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum

DIY Chatroom Home Improvement Forum (http://www.diychatroom.com/)
-   Electrical (http://www.diychatroom.com/f18/)
-   -   Lights Dim in Windy Weather (http://www.diychatroom.com/f18/lights-dim-windy-weather-128415/)

michaelson 01-01-2012 02:13 PM

Lights Dim in Windy Weather
 
I've noticed that whenever it's at all windy the lights flicker. I was outside today and I noticed that the power lines connecting the house to the pole are sparking near the pole. Is this normal?

joecaption 01-01-2012 02:15 PM

Heck NO call the power company now!
I'd also unplug anything that uses electricty. If it drops a nutral it can blow everything pluged in.

Julius793 01-01-2012 02:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by michaelson
I've noticed that whenever it's at all windy the lights flicker. I was outside today and I noticed that the power lines connecting the house to the pole are sparking near the pole. Is this normal?

Not quite :) if it is continuously sparking call the FD also

bobelectric 01-01-2012 02:32 PM

Thats a normal way to lose all your electronics.

gregzoll 01-01-2012 02:45 PM

So, did you call 911?

Julius793 01-01-2012 02:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by gregzoll
So, did you call 911?

Nope came to run it by all of us first :)

gregzoll 01-01-2012 02:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Julius793 (Post 809273)
Nope came to run it by all of us first :)

It is just like people that I see posting on another forum I read through, that ask legal questions, or medical issues. Where is this world going, when the Internet now takes place of real emergency professionals.

AllanJ 01-01-2012 03:23 PM

It's a power company emergency, not a general emergency. If you call 911 the result could be just having the power shut off. If you call the power company they will put the power back on before they leave.

Julius793 01-01-2012 03:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AllanJ
It's a power company emergency, not a general emergency. If you call 911 the result could be just having the power shut off. If you call the power company they will put the power back on before they leave.

No when you call the FD they will stay there till the poco comes to deal with it

More Power! 01-01-2012 04:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by michaelson (Post 809239)
... I noticed that the power lines connecting the house to the pole are sparking near the pole. Is this normal?

It may be "normal," but it's not right. As the others said: Call your POCO ASAP and get 'em out there to fix it, before something's damaged or destroyed.

Most vulnerable are sensitive electronics (TVs, computers not on a UPS, etc.) and anything with a high-draw electric induction motor, such as refrigerators, A/C units and submerged water well pumps w/o thermal protection. Shut 'em off until the problem is solved.

Jim

iminaquagmire 01-01-2012 04:39 PM

The fire department will not babysit a power line. If it is a danger to the public, yes we would. But not if it is not a risk to the public. If it was laying on the ground we would but it it was still attached to the pole or even in a tree, we wouldn't. Arcing on the house yes but otherwise it its a POCO problem.

michaelson 01-01-2012 05:39 PM

I called the power company and they're sending someone to evaluate it tonight.

Julius793 01-01-2012 11:24 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by iminaquagmire
The fire department will not babysit a power line. If it is a danger to the public, yes we would. But not if it is not a risk to the public. If it was laying on the ground we would but it it was still attached to the pole or even in a tree, we wouldn't. Arcing on the house yes but otherwise it its a POCO problem.

If its arcing at the pole you'll just go home?

KE2KB 01-01-2012 11:57 PM

you will usually get a faster response from POCO if you call the cops (or FD).
But since you already called POCO, I would just wait and see if they show up when they said they would. If not, then call police.
And I agree 100% with others in that you MUST DISCONNECT all electronics immediately, or risk expensive failures!!

During Hurricane Irene, I observed wires sparking (due to bad connection) in the wind, and the house across the street had lights flickering in one room. I called the police, and they put it on the list of thousands of such issues they had running during the storm. Eventually POCO did get to the problem, but if it had been my house that was affected, I would have unplugged everything, and even turned off the lights, as the flickering would have driven me mad!

FW

gregzoll 01-02-2012 12:11 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bertsmitc (Post 809754)
I've noticed that whenever it's at all windy the lights flicker....

Never happens here. It has been rock solid, with 32mph wind gusts all day long.


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:36 AM.


Copyright 2003-2014 Escalate Media LP. All Rights Reserved