Someone told me the excessive use of air conditioners and fans in
their neighborhood caused their pole transformer to glow red, which
was visible at night. Since I did not see it, I cant comment, but I
have my doubts. I know they can get warm, but I'd think they would
burn out before they glow. Has anyone ever seen a pole transformer
glow red from excessive load?
On Thu, 21 Jul 2011 03:07:14 -0500, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I've seen a lineman *appear* to glow red when heat & humidity was just
right. Some techhie ought to be able to explain it-- but this guy
was outlined by an 'aura' just like in the cartoons. he said he
wasn't even getting a tingle-- but it was freaking us out on the
ground. [I was on a telephone crew waiting for him to get done. When
we did our wires on the same pole, no auras appeared-- thank you very
Maybe that's what they are seeing. I'm with you-- a bit skeptical
that the pot can get hot enough to glow without failing.
The only transformer I ever saw glow did it 3-4 times with a huge
array of sparks and loud noises. Then everything was quiet-- and
quite dark. That one was caused by a tree across the main wires.
On 7/21/2011 3:07 AM, email@example.com wrote:
Some pole mounted transformers actually have a red indicator light on
top. I've seen them on more than one transformer and I'm sure It's there
as a trouble indicator so a lineman can easily see which transformer is
causing problems from his service truck as he drives by.
I had a friend who was an engineer for the power company and in charge
of their communications division. He told me of their communications
system that was utilizing the power lined and this was back in the
1970's. I don't know if it was just voice or if it carried data
In 2001 we were traveling way back in the boonies in very rural Utah;
no cell towers anywhere; signal strength 0. As we neared a power
transmission run across the landscape, signal strength slowly
increased to 5 bars, then decreased back to 0 a few miles after we
passed them. First time experienced power lines as a transmission
My cable company advertizes that they use fiber optic cables. Truth
is that they use it up to the point where it enters the neighborhood,
then it switches to copper. So I'm still susceptable to lightning,
but over a smaller area.
In the past, I've never reported power failures as dozens of others always
did and power was quickly restored. I have to be more careful now. Last
week my neighbor was home before me and called the power company. Good thing
as there are only four houses on the particular transformer that blew. It
took 6 1/2 hours from phone call to restoration. Minor inconvenience.
The new remote meters many power companies are using make a difference too.
A few months back we got up on a Saturday morning and the power went
off. There are 4 homes connected to the same transformer. I could see
streetlights were still on down the block. I went outside and could see
the fuse on the transformer serving our houses was open. I called the
power company and they said they already knew because of the meters.
The electric company truck came an hour later and he replaced the fuse
and power was back.
On Sat, 23 Jul 2011 05:06:59 -0700, bob haller wrote:
Pulled along side the road one night to watch a building on fire. Next
thing I knew the pole pig exploded. Some young chick standing in front of
me fainted. I caught her before she hit the ground. Those things don't
glow they just blow.
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