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Post  rcdallas on Tue Jan 31, 2012 1:51 am

showed up at a trouble call earlier today......customer says his lights have been surging for 4 or 5 days. he tells me someone from my company was there a few days and said to check voltage with two different volt meters....i walk out and look at the service and see theres about a 5 inch tail from the catch off on the neutral. IT ISN'T HOOKED UP.

The guy from my company wants to be a boss? here's your sign! DUMB!
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Post  hotwiretamer on Tue Jan 31, 2012 12:43 pm

I have been on a few calls myself where the neutral is in the connector, but the connector was never squeezed!
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Post  rcdallas on Thu Feb 02, 2012 9:14 pm

hotwiretamer wrote:I have been on a few calls myself where the neutral is in the connector, but the connector was never squeezed!

Gotta admit one night I was out helping the crew on a rack mount that caught half of a h-frame on fire. I uh didn't squeeze the neutral Very Happy

LUCKY for me was that the meter base at the time wasn't active but 3 weeks later when someone else went out there..... tongue

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Post  MI-Lineman on Fri Feb 03, 2012 7:38 pm

We get numerous surging light calls especially on urd srvcs! So many times it's cuz someone installed a srvc without a drip loop and for one reason or another there's splices in the srvc whether it was partially relocated or the crew installing the underground just plain ran out of wire? Anyway, eventually the water makes it's way down the riser to the splice and after a good couple freezes and thaws POOF the connections loosin up and so many times it seems it's the neutral that gets the worst of it! Oh yeah I try to heat shrink the Popsicles at the trnsfrmr too to keep water out!
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Post  rcdallas on Fri Feb 03, 2012 7:43 pm

Never really thought of using any type of cold shrink at the transformer. Don't have any popsicles...we use hy-lugs.

Good idea.

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Post  MI-Lineman on Fri Feb 03, 2012 10:36 pm

harmonics wrote:Never really thought of using any type of cold shrink at the transformer. Don't have any popsicles...we use hy-lugs.

Good idea.

I don't think we got cold shrinks that would shrink down that small?? scratch I mean the "Heat" shrinks!! I cut'em in half first! Or some used to use Scotch Coat which is now banned here cuz it's toxic?

What's a "Hy-Lug?
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Post  hotwiretamer on Fri Feb 03, 2012 10:45 pm

You can get "cold shrinks" in any size. We use them too, but not normally on our CU adapters.
(popcycles). That's actually a good idea.
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Post  Highplains Drifter on Sat Feb 04, 2012 12:34 am

[quote="Big Head"]

What's a "Hy-Lug?[/quote]



A hy-lug is old farts like me and Batts…. Shocked

A lug with two holes that you squeeze on the wire and bolt the connection in the Tx.
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Post  MI-Lineman on Sat Feb 04, 2012 8:12 pm

[quote="Highplains Drifter"]
Big Head wrote:

What's a "Hy-Lug?[/quote]



A hy-lug is old farts like me and Batts…. Shocked

A lug with two holes that you squeeze on the wire and bolt the connection in the Tx.

Oh that's like a urd connection we use in the older mole bars and some older pad mounts here?

We only have cold shrinks for 1/0 or bigger jacketed urd primary! That would be nice not havin to take the torch up in the bucket!!
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