That would be a circuit interrupter. Those are the things you see on a pole near the transmission line that look sort of like a big knife switch with some curly wires at one end.
They're essentially a circuit breaker and will make a loud "pop" when they open. The linesman will use a hotstick to reset it. If it's really damp and cool at night when they reset it you can often see a corona around the stick and the linesman when they do this. Cool. Dan > On Aug 12, 2015, at 1:28 PM, Rich Thomas via Mercedes <email@example.com> > wrote: > > It's usually the fuse that blows on my line out by the road when a branch > hits the lines that are above ground as they come back to the pole in front > of the house. Sounds like a shotgun going off. > > --R > > > >> On 8/12/15 11:04 AM, WILTON via Mercedes wrote: >> Sitting at my desk checking emails at 11 last night, "the world" suddenly >> went DARK and heat pump, TV - everything - cut off. 'First though was >> "Vehicle hit a pole or a transformer blew," but there was no noise - just >> sudden quiet and darkness. I said to SHWMBO in adjoining room, "Don't leave >> me, I can't stand and move around safely in complete darkness." She >> replied, "Well, right now, I can't do it very well either." I quickly >> recovered, though, and whipped my iPhone out and punched the flashlight app >> on, which saved the day/night. Hobbled across hall into kitchen, looked out >> and realized that neighbors still had power. Noticed stove clock still on >> and refrigerator running and thought, "Hey, what's this? We still have some >> power." Flipped kitchen light, lights came on; back to hall, flipped switch >> - no light; flipped switch for second floor landing; light came on. 'Began >> to think, "Lost one leg of our power supply." Hobbled upstairs to check >> bedroom lights and heat pump > - lights OK, heat pump inop. >> >> 'Back to kitchen, found flashlight and new batteries for SWMBO, who escorted >> me into basement and to breaker box. 'Found all breakers ON and OK. >> 'Looking more like loss of one leg of power supply at transformer. 'Back to >> first floor; hobbled outside to heat pump units to chk breakers there - >> found all good. Told SWMBO, "Go to bed if ya want, I'm gonna sit here in >> kitchen for a while and call power co. >> >> 'Couldn't find # for power co. in directory. Finally told Siri to call 911. >> Asked emergency dispatcher if she could help me find # for reporting power >> out. 'Told me to call 411. "Oh, of course, thanks." >> >> 'Got the # and called; after listening to series of options, finally spoke >> to a lady who seemed to understand that I had a partial outage - loss of one >> leg of power supply. Man called coupla minutes later to confirm - "Yes, I >> have only partial power - 120 volts in part of house, none in rest of house >> and no 240-volt power - heat pumps do not run." He replied, "OK, I got it, >> I think you're right. 'Sounds like you've lost one leg. You should see a >> technician pulling up in les than 30 minutes." "Thank you, Sir. I'll wait." >> >> Shonuff, "bout 25 minutes later, truck pulled up in front. Tech, checked >> pwr in meter base; one leg of power missing. "Found loose connection at >> transformer; in about 15 min, power was back on, and I headed to bed glad >> that I had pursued it then, instead of waiting 'til morning. >> _______________________________________ >> http://www.okiebenz.com >> >> To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ >> >> To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to: >> http://mail.okiebenz.com/mailman/listinfo/mercedes_okiebenz.com >> >> > > > > _______________________________________ > http://www.okiebenz.com > > To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ > > To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to: > http://mail.okiebenz.com/mailman/listinfo/mercedes_okiebenz.com > _______________________________________ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to: http://mail.okiebenz.com/mailman/listinfo/mercedes_okiebenz.com