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Old 05-23-2008, 02:33 AM   #1
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Suggestions on what you guys use to splice Service Entrance Conductors to the Service Drop Conductors from the POCO. I have always used Butt splices. Is there any other preferred methods?

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Whatever the POCO specs. We don't get choices.

We use Fargo bugs and covers.

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Whatever the POCO specs. We don't get choices.

We use Fargo bugs and covers.
Speedy I have not heard the term Fargo bugs. Are they like the Blackburn W compression connectors and C covers? Been along time since I have spliced a service entrance cable, and for the life of me I cannot remember the exact number of the W type connectors. Not 100% sure that they are even Blackburn brand... As I have always said. " Of all the things that I have lost it is my mind that I miss the most!"
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Suggestions on what you guys use to splice Service Entrance Conductors to the Service Drop Conductors from the POCO. I have always used Butt splices. Is there any other preferred methods?
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I thought the POCO always made those connections? At least they do in FPL land.

POCO here uses pre-insulated butt splices and a range taking crimper for residential, and something similar to a Fargo for commercial.

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Here is what we used.
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That looks like what I use. Mine are Blackburn H-taps or Kearneys. Whatever the brand they are always called H-taps around here.
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How do those "H taps" work? Is there a special crimping tool?
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Yes, there is a tool with assorted dies I use. It is a manual tool with wooden handles resembling a set of bolt cutters. There are also hydraulic tools that are dieless and ones that use dies. There are battery powered tools as well. Google Greenlee Gator to see one of these. They are awesome but expensive.
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And this is the cover.
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For single family dwellings we make those taps, IF we are on the approved "contractor tap-on" list.
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Speedy I have not heard the term Fargo bugs. Are they like the Blackburn W compression connectors and C covers?
For the life of me I can't find an image of a Fargo bug and cover.

They are similar, sort of, to the Blackburn parallel groove connector with a cover.
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I thought the POCO always made those connections? At least they do in FPL land.
Same here in this neck of the woods. Plus it can get interesting and confusing at times, dealing with FPL, OUC, KUA, and Progress Energy, and all of them have their own way of doing things.
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Here the POCO makes the connections as well.
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We're only required to do temporary splices, although often the POCO leaves them permanently. I used to use split bolts, but butt splices are cheaper and MUCH easier to install.

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POCO makes those connections here as well.
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I have seen big blues (wire nuts) used before....not something I'd try however

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