A couple of weeks ago my brother (electrical apprentice) and myself decided
to swap the old 100A fuse box in my house for a new Federal 100A breaker
box, we killed the power slowly removed the old box and installed everything
the new box. So here's the question.
When we powered up the new box it was "DEAD" even using a meter before the
main shutoff there wasn't an "ounce" of power, after some frantic searching
around and making sure the neighbours still had power we call the power
company but while on hold waiting for an answer the power in the box came
back on. Any idea what happened? Did the meter go to sleep?
It was not a mystical experience. Something was almost connected when
you thought you were finished. Then it settled into place. If it happens
again, look for it with a voltage detector, between the no-voltage point
and the voltage point ("cutting the problem in half") until you find the
place where there is *not* a continuous metal path, even if it looks
like there is.
On 1/6/2005 2:31 PM US(ET), HotRod took fingers to keys, and typed the
Perhaps it's a new meter that can detect if it is removed and your call
to the company allowed them to remotely turn it back on?
I know that older meters do not have this ability, but with the
technology today, anything is possible.
Did the person at the electric company say anything about the power, or
did you just hang up when the power came back on?
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