*I don't think that the older SE cable had the UV inhibitors that the new stuff does. I have seen many older SE cables that looks like yours.
I do not know of any remedy for this except to replace the cable.
I had a faulty neutral originating outside my house and the local power
company found it in my buried service entrance cable, under my front
lawn. They dug down to it and repaired it at no cost to me. Different
locations and power companies have different laws controlling how much
of the distribution system is the responsibility of the power company
and how much belongs to the property owner. In my area, everything up
to and including the meter is the power company's responsibility. I'd
advise you to call the power company and determine who is responsible
for your service entrance cable. If you're lucky, repair/replacement
may be their responsibility, not yours. Certainly it's worth a free call.
Gray/grey roofing cement or silicone rubber would keep the water out. Then
, painting the entire cable with some sort of rubberized waterproofing pain
t, when the weather gets better, should provide enough protection unless so
mething hits the cable and knocks the paint off. A pice of cardboard place
d behind the cable would keep whatever you coat it with from getting on the
house siding itself.
I think most of us thought the insulation problem was at the "head" where t
he wires go into a vertical pipe and/or make a sharp bend and the insulatio
n usually deteriorates there first.
Thanks. Interesting idea, and the idea/reminder about putting a piece of
cardboard behind the cable while painting helped too.
If I get a chance, I'll take a wide shot of the whole cable and meter box
and post that just to give a better idea of what the setup is that is there
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