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Old 03-08-2018, 09:44 AM  
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Man, in the old days the SE threads were epic. I guess that was back when there were more than 15-20 regular posters.
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Old 03-08-2018, 11:55 AM  
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Service entrance cable is an NEC accepted method. Because of that I don't protest any of it, except when it is run really fugly like a few of the pictures I have seen posted here over the years. Having said that, I also have seen some badly done pvc riser's as well. I saw one once in a picture here that was so awful I threw up. It was a pvc riser with 7 or 8 hundred unistrut bars and clamps in a 15 foot length of service mast and then to top it off , the handy man who installed it left around a half mile of conductors hanging out the end of his weather head. Truly the ugliest job ever. It was someplace up there in yankee land . A total crime.
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Service entrance cable is an NEC accepted method. Because of that I don't protest any of it, except when it is run really fugly like a few of the pictures I have seen posted here over the years. Having said that, I also have seen some badly done pvc riser's as well. I saw one once in a picture here that was so awful I threw up. It was a pvc riser with 7 or 8 hundred unistrut bars and clamps in a 15 foot length of service mast and then to top it off , the handy man who installed it left around a half mile of conductors hanging out the end of his weather head. Truly the ugliest job ever. It was someplace up there in yankee land . A total crime.
What you saw is something you see up in New England a lot. Especially in Vermont.
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What you saw is something you see up in New England a lot. Especially in Vermont.
It must be a place staffed with losers and drunks. The ones they threw out of NY.
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I build the best service risers.
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Most times I run rigid steel masts. I usually try to avoid using any sissy bar, er I mean unistrut on residential properties due to it looks like a Vermont job to me to use them in residential. So I bend box offsets into my risers and then use clamps for securing the mast riser to the structure. Almost all of those type of services with the grc masts are on houses I wired completely from ground up. So I spend the money to make it look good. All built into the price for the project. On service call - service upgrades I bring along some 4/0 alum ser cable and whoop whoop it into place in the shortest cheapest possible route. I haven't learned the prefab pvc method yet , mainly because I don't yet own one of those twenty feet tall Mercedes Benz Sprinter vans and such a rig won't fit in a Savannah short wheelbase van.....
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Service entrance cable is an NEC accepted method. Because of that I don't protest any of it, except when it is run really fugly like a few of the pictures I have seen posted here over the years. Having said that, I also have seen some badly done pvc riser's as well. I saw one once in a picture here that was so awful I threw up. It was a pvc riser with 7 or 8 hundred unistrut bars and clamps in a 15 foot length of service mast and then to top it off , the handy man who installed it left around a half mile of conductors hanging out the end of his weather head. Truly the ugliest job ever. It was someplace up there in yankee land . A total crime.
I saw that too, and it was truly awful. It looked like whoever did it drank at least a full 1.75 liter bottle of the cheapest plastic bottle vodka before installing it.
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I'm not sure if you're joking or not, but I'd encourage you to start thinking about your hands. I've abused my hands for so much of my working life that when I sit down to relax in the evening my joints in my hands hurt badly enough to nearly bring a tear. It's really something to think about. Bashing something with your fist vs using a mallet. Using a screwdriver vs using a cordless drill, etc.
As I said in another post I have damaged my hands and have constant pain. BUT the cramping when I work is the worse, hurts like hell to the point sometimes it almost drives me to my knees. Left wrist has issues from being hit with a sledgehammer as I missed the chisel early in my career.
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I don't know which was worse chipping at a 2 ft thick brick wall with a chisel and lump hammer or wrangling round with the early Milwaukee rotary hammers! Those old pistol drills were not for the weak and timid also...
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What you saw is something you see up in New England a lot. Especially in Vermont.
Every time I drive in Vermont, I look for that service. One day, I will find it.
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Every time I drive in Vermont, I look for that service. One day, I will find it.
I wonder what the poco thought when they saw 30' of wire hanging out of the weather head.
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Haha we don't have to deal with that in WA because the state amendments require 2" or larger rigid and the part that sticks through the roof has have 2 straps so that they are making you put a larger or full piece instead of a cut off section so way nicer to do heavy ups since most houses still have oversized conduit and so staple holes or bare paint left from SE cable
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Haha we don't have to deal with that in WA because the state amendments require 2" or larger rigid and the part that sticks through the roof has have 2 straps so that they are making you put a larger or full piece instead of a cut off section so way nicer to do heavy ups since most houses still have oversized conduit and so staple holes or bare paint left from SE cable
Huh? I ran out of breath reading this.

I'm with HAckworks. PVC conduit / sunlight resistant urd / pvc weather head.
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Sadly that house burned to the ground last week due to the SEU cable.
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probably by the neighbors ... penalty for
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