I seem to be running into electric service wire problems lately. On this Connecticut house there were two problems, one partially caused by the other.
The first issue was the height of the service wire. Judging by the equipment it would appear this service was never high enough from day one. The electrician who installed the mast oh so many years ago looks to have taken the shortest route to the street, not the tallest.
The wire should be a minimum of 12 feet above the ground to be considered safe. This wire might be 10 feet high at best. On top of the low height, it passes right in front of the bedroom window, another no, no.
The box labeled drip loop is actually to highlight the area where there should be one. The second picture shows that the wire is straight as can be, completely stretched out. Because the wire has been stretched it has lowered the height. Not to say it was ever high enough to be safe, but it is certainly lower than in the past.
Ideally the service mast should be run through the soffit and out the roof to gain the necessary height. I'm not a fan of putting holes through the roof, but consider the choices;
A high voltage electric wire too close to the ground and house or a hole through the roof.
In my mind it's a no brainer.
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