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Old 09-10-2009, 11:18 PM   #1
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i live in fairbanks alaska and the under ground wire that connects the power from my meter to my house corroded and i lost half of the power to my house. the electrician came and said that the wire is aluminum and that they have outlawed it because of corrosion. we needed the power so we had the wire replaced with copper. we have recieved the bill and its $2200. i dont have a problem paying for it if i have to, but i was just curious and was wondering if the city or home owners would cover the damaged wire.

Since aluminum is outlawed now, but wasn't when the house was built, shouldn't the city be responsible for the damage? or would home owners cover it.

Basically i would just like to know where the cities responsibilty ends, and where home owners begins.

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Contact your Insurance Co & City/POCO to find out

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I am with Scuba Dave with this matter and check with your POCO to see where the POCO side and customer side is.

However if after the meter socket like from meter socket to the main breaker then it is your side before meter socket all it depending on the POCO.{ most case overhead the POCO will deal with it but underground it is like hit and miss part. }

Some will take care of it and some don't so., check it out.

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Where is the meter with respect to your house? In most cases, the power company's responsibility ends with the meter .....
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I agree with the others. Contact your utility company first. Never ever call your insurance company unless you have to. In most of the lower 48, the power company would be responsible for this work. I said work, not bill. They probably would have replaced it at no charge if you had let them fix it. Why did you hire an electrician before you checked with the utility.

Note: Some jurisdictions require the HO to install the lateral. We had a guy here not long ago that had to install his own lateral. (Wires between the xfmr and meter)
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.....the electrician came and said that the wire is aluminum and that they have outlawed it because of corrosion.

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This is news to me. At my POCO, we still connect aluminum services on a regular basis with no problems (as long as the connectors are rated for aluminum).
Is this just true in Alaska?
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This is news to me. At my POCO, we still connect aluminum services on a regular basis with no problems (as long as the connectors are rated for aluminum).
Is this just true in Alaska?
Me too. AL for services and feeders is used almost across the board in our area. Residential that is.
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Where is the meter with respect to your house? In most cases, the power company's responsibility ends with the meter .....
But he (Akman, Poster #1) is bringing in the element that since Aluminum wire is outlawed today, in effect he has an "Illegal" service, the City or the PoCo should pick up the tab, even where it would normally be the Homeowner's responsibility!(No matter what)Don't Drink and Drive, Ever!!!
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Aluminum wire...nothing wrong with it as long as you use the no-alox with it. Possibly been a bad connection and the electrician sold you the "corrosion" story? The only place the al. will fail is at an abrasion or a connection and this could most likely be fixed w/o having to buy all new copper wire.
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If this is underground cable a nick or pinhole will case corrosion pretty fast and myself I did see it few time allready.

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Wiring after the meter is generally your responsibility but you won't get a real answer here.

Ask your power company.

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