[time-nuts] Line Voltage - USA

Jeff AC0C keepwalking188 at ac0c.com
Wed Jan 4 11:42:13 EST 2017

The electric company in OKC repaired a pole problem at my parents house 
there a few years back.  Somehow they managed to hook up the 240 across a 
single leg of the 120.  Fried most of the electrical stuff in the house and 
caused enough damage to the house to require a complete rewiring.  Parents 
lived in a motel for about a month while the work was done.  The insurance 
company and the utility were transparent, covering all costs including 
replacement with new similar products without issue (other than the 
inconvenience).  I think the electric company was especially glad that a 
fire did not result and there was no legal action as a result.


-----Original Message----- 
From: Hal Murray
Sent: Wednesday, January 04, 2017 2:42 AM
To: Discussion of precise time and frequency measurement
Cc: hmurray at megapathdsl.net
Subject: Re: [time-nuts] Line Voltage - USA

> Did the utility replace the damaged equipment?

A friend lived in a building when the city crew working on a transformer put
440 on the line.  It blew out all the electronics in 12 condos - mostly TVs.
I think toasters and refrigerators were OK.  There wasn't any question that
the city was at fault.  I don't remember how much paperwork they had to go
through to get reimbursed.  It might get sticky for something like a 
with a lot of used gear that may not be easy to replace at the original
price.  (Could be a good excuse to clean up and start over.)

How much trouble do hams have with their insurance companies?

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