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Old 01-25-2013, 11:04 AM   #1
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Raising incoming powerline coming from utility pole

I have an issue with a power line (coming from the utility pole to the service header on my house) running uncomfotably close to my rooftop deck. A Com Ed inspector told me that I could install an 11 foot 4x4 post on the corner of my deck with an "insulated bracket" at the top of the post, and then Com Ed could use that post to lift my incoming powerline above to about 10-11 feet above my deck. I have conducted quite a bit of research on my own and by calling various electrical supply houses and another electrician, but I have been unable to determine what type of "insulated bracket" I would need to install on the top of the post. I have spoken to the inspector on multiple occassions, and he is adamant that any electrical supply shop would carry such an "insulated bracket" for about $5.00. Anyone have any thoughts as to the type of "insulated bracket" that might be used for such a project?


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Try one of these.



Answers based on the National Electrical Code. Local amendments may apply. Check with your local building officials.
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Could also be something like this from Home depot.


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Those in the last two replies. It's called a "one-point rack".

So you are going to raise your utility drop, or what known as the point of attachment. How is the service riser now going to reach? Are you planning on replacing the riser?
Sometimes I feel like if I answer any more questions it is like someone trying to climb over a fence to jump off a bridge and me giving them a boost.
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Thanks for the quick responses!

Speedy Petey: You raise issues that I had not considered (and the Com Ed inspector never suggested) as issues. The inspector said: "You put this post up with a bracket, I will come out and move the wires." He told me to put the post in the corner of my deck (the corner closest to the house) so that the service wires would stay 10 feet above my deck (the wires run along the entire south side of my deck) and then drop down to my service head after it got past my deck. The service head on my house is essentially in line with the south side of my roof top deck (the roof deck sits on top of my detached garage, so there is about a 20 foot gap between the house/service head and the post on my rooftop garage).

But now that you have identified that as an issue, I am wondering if I will have to either install a new riser or have to provide/install additional service run wires that accommodate the additional slack needed to accommodate the lifting of the incoming service wire.
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Is it possible that your service cable could be lengthened and put your weatherhead on a higher point on the house. I think it would look better than having a pole on the corner of your deck.


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