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Old 04-02-2014, 10:46 PM   #1
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So I'm watching "Flip this House" on cable where a crew is rehabbing a house in South LA. The electrician is carrying the LIVE service drop conductors across the yard and up a ladder to the roof talking about how you have to respect electricity (they show the cable still connected to the POCO). Then he shows the camera how he splices the service neutrals together with an NM-STEEL BOX CONNECTOR as he says "Safety first, you have to respect electricity."

WTF?! I can't believe that they show this crap on TV.



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Old 04-03-2014, 12:16 AM   #2
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If you are talking about aerial service. I'm not sure if it's par for the course. But I've recently had my service replaced. The poco tech did the same thing, he connected new service conductors at the pole, the other end taped. I only realized it was live when he hooked it up to my panel and my pool pump started running. He didn't even switch my main breaker. Go figure.


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Yup. I had the same thing. The wire was on the ground hot, the poco worker in the bucket guided the dangling end over to the weather head and crimped the splices with it all live. (granted he was insulated in the bucket, but the wire was still going from the pole to the ground hot for a few minutes.)
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And he was wearing some really thick gloves.....

Yep...that is how they do it.
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I've always used nm connectors to splice (no gloves.... lol..but)..I've recently started using ilsco ss connectors...
I've past services I've done ( 20 yrs ago) that still have nm connectors that the utility companies still haven't tied in so I am using the ilsco's now.

About the bare hand... you ever try to work with those gloves???

Also.. when I do these cut ins it always reminds me of a conversation I had.

I was talking to a guy about tilers and their wet saw.... they think it's cool how they can touch the blade while it's spinning and not get cut..
so I asked them if they were confident enough to touch it with their...johnson..
Not a one would so...

Back to the tying in live.... when guys would act like big shots handling the live wires..... I ask them if they're confident enough to touch it with their tongue.......
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Old 04-03-2014, 07:44 PM   #6
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Our Poco lets us do cut and reconnects for residential services, not really sure how this isn't a conflict of OSHA, but that's how we roll.
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Old 04-03-2014, 11:44 PM   #7
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Some workers are trained in working on live lines.
YES ! It can be done, but you gotta know what your doing !
Many electricains have worked on live systems,
If you know what your doing it is possable.

But NOT reccommendded for in-experienced people !


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