Re: [World] The truth about electricity


From "G Fahrlender" <addressis@removed>
Date Wed, 6 Aug 2003 08:06:46 -0500

I agree with you Gary.  If we think about it, if arcing on 120 or 220 lines
was such a problem, how could we use electric switches and circuit breakers
in our homes?  The air gap between the contacts is much less than 1" and
unless there is a faulty switch or breaker that doesn't snap open or closed
quickly as it should, then arcing is never problem and contact has to be
made first at these low voltages.  I agree that we need to be esp. careful
to avoid any real contact with body or metal poles with the 120/220 lines.
I also go with the idea of watching out for the high voltage lines on poles
and near multi-tenament building and exercising due caution.  A simple phone
call can be a life saver to the power company.
Good points as you stated.

George C. Fahrlender
geofahr@copper.net
On Location Services
P O Box 8073
Levelland,, TX
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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Gary Mauer" <moms@wcmail.net>
To: <World@wcmail.net>
Sent: Tuesday, August 05, 2003 7:44 PM
Subject: RE: [World] The truth about electricity


> Just so you know - I'm done after this message.
>
> I've already backed off to where I'm not as concerned about working
distance from the 120
> 0r 240 volts you encounter in single family homes.
> But condominiums are residential, and route work often involves
multi-tenant buildings.
> That means more power than you would encounter in a single family home.
> Sometimes the power lines running down the street are very close to a
house.  There's a
> lot of power in those lines. Thousands of volts.
>
> No, an arc won't jump out and get you just because you happen to be there.
I've already
> retreated to where I'm talking about arcing after someone has made contact
somehow. .Yes
> you need to be "more" concerned about making contact than about causing an
arc.
>
> That doesn't mean arcing doesn't kill or injure people.
>
> I've been doing some browsing. If you want to see some warnings about how
arcing can cause
> burns or knock you around even if you're not part of the arc itself, check
out this
> electrician's link.........
> http://ecmweb.com/ar/electric_working_hot_avoid/index.htm
>
> Like I said, I've entered the power company's phone number into my cell
phone, so I can
> call them if I have a question.
>
> And that's all I've got to say, even if I think of something else - and
even if anyone
> wants to disagree.
>
> Gary Mauer
> Window Cleaning Network
> Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, USA
> www.window-cleaning.net
>
>
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