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Old 04-01-2011, 06:41 PM   #1
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I've got a couple office buildings coming up. Both have lines connected to the facia. Power company gave these 2 options over the phone.

1. They can install power guards on the lines
2. They can drop the line and reconnect as scheduled or when called back in.

Anyone used these "power guards" before?

The only reason I'm mentioning it...a long time ago I had the power company come out on another office bldg.
Redneck tobacco chewer (no offence to the redneck tobacco chewer's reading this) looks up at the lines and says: "Hell, nothin' up there that's gonna hurt ya"
so I say "ok, thanks".
Then he says "Well, maybe best to shut it off anyhow, just in case"
..and I'm thinkin' "yeah, ya lazy bastard, that's what yer here for" (no offence to the lazy bastards reading this).

anyhow...
If the "power guards" are what I'm imagining (piece of plastic that covers the lines out about 10' that can be left in place indefinitely), I think I'm gonna pick that.

Right?
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ok

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From NIOSH' s website:

Also, you've got to be sure that you maintain the minimum clearance distance. Remember, for the line 50 kV or less, -- 10 feet. For anything else -- 35 feet. Always count the length of any tools or materials you are using. For any work near a power line other measures can also be taken:
Other options are:
  1. De-energizing and visibly grounding the line. (This can only be done by utility company personnel)
  2. Moving the line a safe distance away. (This can only be done by utility company personnel)
  3. Installing insulating sleeves. (This can only be done utility company personnel) With this option you still should not work closer than the clearance distance.
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LOL Well if you don't take either of their options, you'll be the first to know.

I've had them do both. The power guards are kind of nice, but it all depends on how much manuevering room you'll have.

If you're still around after the job, let us know how it went.....
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Yeah...I didn't quit smoking just so I could get electrocuted.

Should I start smoking again, just until it's done, to make sure I get to smoke on my last days alive?
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Just make sure your wearing 100% cotton underwear. That polyester will melt rite to your junk.
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Just make sure your wearing 100% cotton underwear. That polyester will melt rite to your junk.
I'm still laughing and giggling to myself here.........
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The building owners waiting for me to tell him what to have the power company do.

I've changed my mind to "shut it off".

Let 'em all reboot computers the Monday after. Not my problem.
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BTW
I wear tighty whities anyhow...but thanks for the thought, ewing.
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Steve, without seeing it, you should be good with the power guards. Just make sure they are "tight" to the wall when you are working up there. A little bit of common sense and respect for the wires goes a long way.
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Now ya tell me!

too late...I just emailed the owner I want it off.
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i know in my time I have gotten way to close to those thing Inches away....

my experience is with the guards they seem to do the trick
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Yeah...I didn't quit smoking just so I could get electrocuted.

Should I start smoking again, just until it's done, to make sure I get to smoke on my last days alive?
If you don't make the right choice, you'll be smoking all right.
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Off is good. Now you will be able to figure(with some confidence that you wont boil the liquids in your body) out what makes safe working distance for you and your employees for the next job.
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I've got a couple office buildings coming up. Both have lines connected to the facia. Power company gave these 2 options over the phone.

1. They can install power guards on the lines
2. They can drop the line and reconnect as scheduled or when called back in.

Anyone used these "power guards" before?

The only reason I'm mentioning it...a long time ago I had the power company come out on another office bldg.
Redneck tobacco chewer (no offence to the redneck tobacco chewer's reading this) looks up at the lines and says: "Hell, nothin' up there that's gonna hurt ya"
so I say "ok, thanks".
Then he says "Well, maybe best to shut it off anyhow, just in case"
..and I'm thinkin' "yeah, ya lazy bastard, that's what yer here for" (no offence to the lazy bastards reading this).

anyhow...
If the "power guards" are what I'm imagining (piece of plastic that covers the lines out about 10' that can be left in place indefinitely), I think I'm gonna pick that.

Right?
This might be a stupid question (no offense to my fellow mensa brothers)... but what about this job is different...do you have to give the lines a big bear hug to get your work done?....please understand that I'm "mr. safety"

I'll share a story about one of us... Don't know the guy but many years ago I saw him in the paint store parking lot a few times. Lost both his hands...Had grip type things on both arms. The story I heard was that his ladder was sliding and He grabbed the power line...didn't electrocute him but blew up/burned his hands off .

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didn't electrocute him but blew up/burned his hands off .

That could spoil coffee break



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Personally I think yer smart turning it off. The condoms they're suggesting sound about as much of a sure thing, as, well, condoms,

or as failsafe as a Japanese nuke plant safety system.

If it's a human made protector, it will fail at some point.

(no offense to any human reading this)



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This might be a stupid question (no offense to my fellow mensa brothers)... but what about this job is different...
Mostly the option of using power line guards.

Also, the older I get, the more I'm realizing my mortality...and the less I'd prefer to end it all while I'm at work.

(I wanna die from sex-exhaustion causing me to fall off my fishing boat)
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