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#937158 - 04/16/18 02:51 PM A Lineman’s Perspective
artbuc Offline

Registered: 02/15/04
Posts: 925
Was talking with the utility crew repairing a downed line today. I was walking by just as he was about to open a breaker. I asked him if the repair was done because I could still hear generators running. He said tree had been cleared but no repair yet. He went on to say he was opening breaker because he knew many folks were operating backup generators. He expressed no safety concerns or any negative attitude and did not mention illegal hookups. It appeared he was simply opening the breaker as part of a normal common sense procedure just like I would open a circuit breaker before replacing a faulty switch. This is in sharp contrast to reports of other utility repair crews who tag back-up generators and make sure their power is restored last.

#937160 - 04/16/18 03:13 PM Re: A Lineman’s Perspective [Re: artbuc]
code_ceis Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 04/29/09
Posts: 11862
Loc: muttonville,ny
Depends on the system. Local rules and how the transformers are set up.

Gensets last is not an intentional punishment just a precaution.

Each transformer is protected by a 1 or 1/2 amp fuse.

Those are the fuse holders by the can.

Some times all are pulled on a trouble street.
Just a side note. Think how long it would take to make all the connections in the pic.
With big gloves and a high voltage coat etc.
When a generator is known or heard they pull that fuse.

After the whole line is repaired often they go down and reset fuses one at a time.
So as to not overload feeder circuit.

A house with lights on will get passed as some one may think the fuse was set.

Some times we forget the house with lights on by mistake.

Edited by code_ceis (04/16/18 03:34 PM)
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