[time-nuts] Line Voltage - USA

Bill Hawkins bill.iaxs at pobox.com
Wed Jan 4 19:56:49 EST 2017

Wonder if these cases could be used on social media to create enough
fear that there would be a market for AC crowbars capable of blowing
line/pole transformer HV fuses? There's a few hits with Google, mostly
for DC crowbars. Too bad relays are so slow.

Bill Hawkins

-----Original Message-----
From: Jeff AC0C
Sent: Wednesday, January 04, 2017 10:42 AM

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

> 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 time-nut 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

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