And they were wondering why I was frog-walking through a Substation

by Bruce Bergman

After all, it was "Only" 34.5KV 3Ph on busbars along the ceiling and dropping into the transformer Primary insulators like that, and the Lineman giggled a bit - And I read back to him their Motto.

"A Lineman's Pencil has No Eraser."

You usually don't get a second chance to go back and try that again, when the first time you get yourself in the wrong place around energized gear you're dead.

So when they think they built it safe enough to walk upright (wave your arms even) and you're out of Flashover range, I'm going to give it an extra foot or two of clearance just for shits and giggles. Because I DO know what can happen.

Posted on Oct 30, 2017, 7:11 PM

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  1. I always think of.... Doc Nickel, Oct 30, 2017
    1. Keeping low. beejay5169, Oct 30, 2017
    2. Didn't that tagger win a Darwin award? n/t. Jelzzzemium, Oct 30, 2017
      1. Yep.... Doc Nickel, Oct 30, 2017
        1. I was wondering which electrocution you were talk of.. MephitMark, Oct 31, 2017
          1. As expected. cbob, Oct 31, 2017
            1. How sad. Jelsemium, Oct 31, 2017
              1. I feel more sorry for his parents. vicroc4, Oct 31, 2017
                1. It's always sad when a parent loses a child. Jelsemium, Oct 31, 2017
            2. How sad. Jelsemium, Oct 31, 2017
          2. In my case stupid.. PSadlon, Oct 31, 2017
          3. In my case stupid.. PSadlon, Oct 31, 2017
            1. Oops. PSadlon, Oct 31, 2017
    3. They're everywhere. Dave H, Oct 31, 2017
      1. They sure are. Typeminer, Oct 31, 2017
  2. its not called Killa-Volts for nothing folks. Robert L Martin, Nov 2, 2017
    1. Anything over +5 is high voltage.. Antknot, Nov 2, 2017
      1. Pfft. Dave H, Nov 2, 2017
        1. Relax, it's Only 48V - DC even!!. Bruce Bergman, Nov 3, 2017
          1. I don't mess with high power DC. Dave H, Nov 3, 2017
            1. I worked for a large electric utility for a while. Kymation, Nov 3, 2017
            2. Not only doesn't DC let go..... beejay5169, Nov 4, 2017
              1. 3 phase AC too. Dave H, Nov 4, 2017

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