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So I have a service Im changing out on saturday. I need to cut the service drop and when finished I was gonna use an insulated burndy to temp it before com ed gets there. However, it snowed today and am a lil nervous to mess with the service drop standing on the snow due to moisture. Any thoughts and helpful input?
 

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You probably shouldnt do it if you are nervous. wait for the POCO to reconnect it.
 

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TOOL_5150 said:
You probably shouldnt do it if you are nervous. wait for the POCO to reconnect it.
That would be about a week. I wouldnt do it in the rain or while it was snowing. Just trying to be safe.
 

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So I have a service Im changing out on saturday. I need to cut the service drop and when finished I was gonna use an insulated burndy to temp it before com ed gets there. However, it snowed today and am a lil nervous to mess with the service drop standing on the snow due to moisture. Any thoughts and helpful input?
No one here is going to tell you to do it but, do you possess at least some 00 gloves and some basic PPE?
 

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Is it served by a solo xformer? sometimes you can get a poco rep to use a fiber stick for a quick shutdown , even on a weekend

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Standing on the snow?

You know of course not to complete the circuit.

Fibreglass ladder comes to mind to start with. Keep the body off the earth... and anything that can attach your body to the earth such as the service conduit and the bare neutral from the power companies service drop.

Like a bird.

As for ppe, some will wear a space suit. Some, if done as above, will find an old pair of leather gloves and others won't bother and just do it.

Be careful. Keep your elbow off the service conduit. Wait or perhaps pay overtime to have the power company do it.
 

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Standing on the snow? You know of course not to complete the circuit. Fibreglass ladder comes to mind to start with. Keep the body off the earth... and anything that can attach your body to the earth such as the service conduit and the bare neutral from the power companies service drop. Like a bird. As for ppe, some will wear a space suit. Some, if done as above, will find an old pair of leather gloves and others won't bother and just do it. Be careful. Keep your elbow off the service conduit. Wait or perhaps pay overtime to have the power company do it.
Yes i have one of those electrician ladders. Im thinking of thowing some towels underneath it to lessen the moisture.
 

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Don't they sell snow shovels at hardware stores anymore?
 

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Nice ladder, but will it get you to the service drop?
 

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Yea it will no prob. So would placing dry blankets under it provide add. Protection
Those dry blankets will soak up moisture like a sponge.

Personally, I'm a real wuss when it comes to this kind of work. I would delay the job until the power company could give it to me cold or not do it at all. This kind of sh!t scares me and I fully admit it.
 

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Those dry blankets will soak up moisture like a sponge. Personally, I'm a real wuss when it comes to this kind of work. I would delay the job until the power company could give it to me cold or not do it at all. This kind of sh!t scares me and I fully admit it.
Yes me too. I always get it in my head that it will arc out even if im not in the path.
 

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Here it's common practice to have the utility guy come out in the morning to do the disconnect. He gives me his shoe phone number and I phone him when I'm close to job completion. He then comes back to do the reconnect.

Maybe this can work for you too, Staples?
 

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Here it's common practice to have the utility guy come out in the morning to do the disconnect. He gives me his shoe phone number and I phone him when I'm close to job completion. He then comes back to do the reconnect. Maybe this can work for you too, Staples?
It takes 5-10 days for com ed to come out and 1-3 days to reconnect. Customer cant do that with temps in the negatives
 

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Just do it. I would not stand on the top rung but I would do this in a second. No need to put anything under the ladder if it is fiberglass. It is not the ground moisture that is gonna get you. Its touching the neutral.
 

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Just do it. I would not stand on the top rung but I would do this in a second. No need to put anything under the ladder if it is fiberglass. It is not the ground moisture that is gonna get you. Its touching the neutral.
Yes, thanks. This is what im using. Ill just tape the heck out my a ratchet for this.



 
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