I noticed our power pole lacked a cable that countered the pull of the
lines. Someone had cut it. It had an insulator in the middle of the
cable , what is the insulator for?
and who responsibility is this pole, the meter reader seems to think
that since the pole is on our property and serves only us, that PG&E
will not replace the somewhat rotted pole.
any ideas , out there?
Patriotism is supporting your country all
the time and the government when it deserves it.
Call the service line and report it to them. The meter reader is not qualified
to make this decision. Generally speaking the power company owns everything up
to your "service point" which is usually the splice at your service mast drip
loop. You will notice the wire size changes there too. The customer usually
owns a service lateral (underground) out to the street.
Local tariffs are the final word but the folks at the service desk will have
It is a lot easier to replace a guy wire now than to replace a pole after a
storm so they may just come fix it.
Yup! Like Greg said, the utility is responsible for everything up to
the weatherhead. They will core the pole and replace it if necessary.
That "cable" is called a guy wire. The insulator is so that, if the
upper portion becomes hot for some reason ( short, lightning, etc.) and
you touch the lower portion, you won't get shocked. Most poles set have
a ground wire from the top to the base of the pole. But if you look at
most old poles, a lot of the wire is missing from folks that figure the
copper is more valuable to them. ( Don't try this at home, every foot
of the wire is stamped with the utility's initials. At least since the
80's. Not that the scrapper looks! But revenue recovery does!) So you
can't count on the pole's ground to protect you and the insulator is
In most (if not all) states, if the pole contains the meter, it is the
responsibility of the power company. If it's AFTER your main breaker,
then it is your problem. Dont ask the meter reader, call the power
company and ask for the repair dept. Meter readers only read meters!
Generally, the utility is responsible for overhead electric
line up to (something like) 150 feet from the 'right of way'.
After that, the overhead wire is your property. If wire is
underground, then you may be responsible for everything up to
the pole or up to the 'right of way'. Your electric company
may have different criteria. Talk to them.
Since meter readers are becoming a obsolete job, then many
electric companies are hiring third party companies to perform
the reading. IOW meter readers may not even know anything
about electric company other than how to read a meter and
where to file the papers.
If the pole is on your property and not on a right of way then it's your
problem, not theirs.
I have 2 friends who live on "flagstaff" properties, basically the rear acre of
what used to be a 2-acre deep lot.
Our utility will feed a home directly from their pole only if that distance is
75' or less. Any further than that you have to either go underground to meet
their pole (and your entire underground service is your responsibility, even if
it must cross to the other side of the street to meet a pole) or, intall your
own pole on your own property. The utility will install it for you, for a
price, but with the proviso that you are paying only for the labor and
materials and their pole-setting prowess. After they're done the pole is your
property, your responsibility.
This is Turtle.
I have never heard of a Power company not have full responciabilty for any wire
or pole installed on private or public property. This just does not happen in
the real world. If what you say the wire and pole is your resonciability then
you can do this. Call the power company and tell them that the wire and pole is
my responciability and can do as I please and will be re routing the wire to
make a new service drop to my Barn which you will not have to cut the power off
to the lines for i will just throw a steel pole across the wires to blow the
transformer trip fuses and you stay away from here for it is not your
responciability to do any work on these private service lines on my property.
The Sheriff department and the Power company rep. will show up to see what your
doing. You will find out that NO property owner or Electrician is allowed to
climb a public service pole to do anything without the Power company's
permission until the service hits the pecker head or meter pan. Also you will
find out that no body will go up that pole who does not work for or contract to
the Power company.
Have you been up any power company poles lately ?
Where I live, we have to read our own meters and send in a card with
the readings every month. If we forget to send it in (or call it in
which they allow but hate), they estimate the charges for one month.
If we forget for two months, they send out a meter reader, and bill us
$25 for the guy to come. They also send out a truck crew once a year
or so, to (as they say) inspect the wires. I believe they are really
checking the meter readings ot be sure we are not lying.
Yes my meter reader only has to point the tranceiver through the fence to get
I understand now there's newer meters which "transmit" their reading through
the power lines upon command prompts sent through the power lines.
No meter reader goes out. Looking closely at poles, one may
spot gray cubes with antenna. They in turn retransmit the
meter data to other transceivers. No meter reader exists. No
power line communication is used (which remains too unreliable
for utility requirements). Utility reads meters using
transceivers and repeaters without leaving the control
center. Utility also quickly identifies local power outages.
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