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Frayed Power Drop

The neutral conductor is down to its last three strands:

Damaged neutral - over Redondo near pole 62859

Damaged neutral – over Redondo near pole 62859

Perhaps the power drop got snagged twice, because there’s a splice only a few feet away:

Damaged neutral and splice - over Redondo near pole 62859

Damaged neutral and splice – over Redondo near pole 62859

Spotted overhead on Redondo near Rt 376 during an evening walk. I reported it using Central Hudson’s dead streetlight page, because there seems no other way to get their attention. It may be the homeowner’s responsibility, in which case a second splice will surely appear after the next power outage.

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  1. #1 by david on 2018-09-06 - 14:36

    I don’t think that’s the neutral — I think that’s the steel messenger… which is worse.

    • #2 by Ed on 2018-09-07 - 17:31

      Perhaps the last remaining strands are the steel core?

      It’s definitely the neutral, as the other two are the (insulated) 120 VAC hot lines. I didn’t rummage through the weeds at the poles, but there’s surely a ground rod out there somewhere.

  2. #3 by eriklscott on 2018-09-06 - 15:59

    You’ve got a very legitimate reason to call the non-emergency number of the fire dept, and they’ll have the right people on speed dial. It may not be Central Hudson’s problem per se, but the other end is backed by their expulsion fuse…

    • #4 by Ed on 2018-09-07 - 17:33

      We walk past under there once or twice a week. If nothing changes in a while, I’ll try the FD route. Ought to be interesting …