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Old 03-20-2017, 04:59 PM   #1
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A couple of questions that has been bothering me for awhile.

1. I've notice quite a few pole top transformers look like the paint is burned off, almost like a car after a fire. Do they get that hot or is it just normal weathering?
2. In Quebec they place the transformer between the hot and neutral with the neutral riding lower on the pole, what is the advantage to that? Or is just a Frenchy way of doing things?
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A couple of questions that has been bothering me for awhile.

1. I've notice quite a few pole top transformers look like the paint is burned off, almost like a car after a fire. Do they get that hot or is it just normal weathering?
2. In Quebec they place the transformer between the hot and neutral with the neutral riding lower on the pole, what is the advantage to that? Or is just a Frenchy way of doing things?
I haven't noticed any Xfrormers in that bad of shape in my travels

Do they get hot .... You betcha ... They're oil filled, and overloading them isn't that big of a concern .....they have 100's of them in their yard ... and they are often overloaded in high demand and especially when another Xformer on the same circuit has failed.


They put the neutral low for a few reasons ... one for separation from the high side, and 2 .... The Telephone and Cable guys connect to the MGN to ground their equipment ... If it was up high, we'd have a shortage of tech guys
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