[TowerTalk] Fwd: shack wiring
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Wed Aug 4 18:54:08 PDT 2010
On 8/4/2010 2:30 PM, Rick Karlquist wrote:
> You think you have it bad, I have two 100A services
> and one 200A service all running through the same
> set of AWG 4 wires (that's right FOUR gauge).
> The wires are several hundred feet long. The power
> company guy didn't seem to understand why I had a
> problem with that.
When I built the previous house (all electric) Consumers ran 3 X #6
Copper underground to the meter. From there on I had to run 00 copper to
the 200A panel.
That was a long time before copper became expensive. But they gave me
the credits for an all electric house and then ran a feed for a regular
one. I had an amp that used a transformer that was larger than the one
they had on the pole. Of course that's the one we burned up before
they'd put in the proper one.
> Rick N6RK
> Don Tucker wrote:
>> Just what should the wire size be from the pole xmfr to the house and into
>> the 200A panel?
>> Don W7WLL
>> ## ha ha. I had the power co guy's out here a few months back..and asked
>> the same thing. Their answer was... "go ahead and burn it right off the
>> pole" .
>> Here in NA, we are being sold a bill of goods. Everyone has '200 A'
>> but the drop wire into each home is just 1-0 stranded AL.... which then
>> spliced into 3-000 stranded CU. .. then into the meter base [which is the
>> mickey mouse, piss poor design you ever saw, regardless of who makes em]
>> then into main 200A panel.. which imo, they all use undersize buss bars.
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