Electrically Stimulating Stretching

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Home Inspector with JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC HOI 394

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.low electric service wire

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;Missing drip loop

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.

 

James Quarello
2010 SNEC-ASHI President
NRSB #8SS0022
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC

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James Quarello
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Former SNEC-ASHI President
JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC

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Charles Buell
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Jim forget the electric clothes dryer----this is the all new electric clothes line.

Sep 27, 2010 12:40 PM #1
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Jay Markanich
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Water wicks - I wonder the condition of those service conductors, if they are aluminum, as water is not encouraged away from the mast head.

It's an electric clothes line only if you use an aluminum ladder to hang your wash.

Hey, haven't I seen that satellite dish before?

Sep 27, 2010 11:33 PM #2
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Mike (Inspector Mike) Parks
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2008 NEC 230.24(B)(1) 3.0m (10').

As to the window it may be OK. I can not tell from the picture. 2008 NEC 230.9.

New codes generally do not apply to existing installations.

Sep 28, 2010 10:14 AM #3
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Jack Gilleland
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If not a clothes line then maybe hang a net for volleyball.

Sep 28, 2010 12:45 PM #4
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Charlie, Could we market it?

Jay, That dish gets around ;)

Mike, It's a safety concern

Jack, No spiking allowed or should I say sparking.

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