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    This was next door to my inspection and it caught my eye

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    Default Re: Service Connection

    This was next door to my inspection and it caught my eye

    ' correct a wise man and you gain a friend... correct a fool and he'll bloody your nose'.

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    Try again

    This was next door to my inspection and it caught my eye

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick Cantrell View Post

    Try again


    This was next door to my inspection and it caught my eye
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    I was napping in my truck and ......
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    Don,

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    The wire nuts and tape just didn't look right at a distance. At least he left the utility barrel connectors in place so he could wire nut copper to copper:-)


    Here is another one I came across about 3 years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Martin View Post
    Here is another one I came across about 3 years ago.
    Now that looks like a 3- wire feed to a garage or outbuilding. The correct clamp is missing.
    The neutral should be insulated, but I'm not sure if it is a requirement?

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    PO put an un-permitted addition on the back of the house. He installed the new service on the back of the addition (20 feet closer to the utility pole) and since he had some extra wire fed the live service wires into the panel. No splices of the conductors at the weather head.

    Around here all the utility splices are barrel connectors. Some of the older connections may be split bolts.

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    Looks like a galvy plumbing roof flange... as opposed to a listed elect roof riser plate. I'm getting tired of writing this one up. ugg


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    Default Re: Service Connection

    Quote Originally Posted by John Kogel View Post
    Now that looks like a 3- wire feed to a garage or outbuilding. The correct clamp is missing.
    The neutral should be insulated, but I'm not sure if it is a requirement?

    Ha, ha!...I don't think that's a "Neutral". I think that's a "Roof Anchor". He spliced a neutral into a support cable! Well, at least he found someting to connect it to. "Huuuumm,,,,two hots soooo...THIS one must be the neutral". Bad news for squirrels around that house.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert Slight View Post
    Ha, ha!...I don't think that's a "Neutral". I think that's a "Roof Anchor". He spliced a neutral into a support cable! Well, at least he found someting to connect it to. "Huuuumm,,,,two hots soooo...THIS one must be the neutral". Bad news for squirrels around that house.
    Except for the unconventional connection to the insulator, this is no different than any other triplex aerial drop from the power company. In the neutral is a steel wire that supports the triplex.

    All answers based on unamended National Electrical codes.

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