My bad.  You’re talking about a cut-out on the overhead feeder.  I’n thinking 
of a interrupter or sectionalizer, which look identical but are often used to 
replace the older fuse holders.

Dan drinking a Corona


> On Aug 12, 2015, at 4:22 PM, Rich Thomas via Mercedes <mercedes@okiebenz.com> 
> wrote:
> 
> No, it's a fuse, when it blows up it blasts open the connector too, but then 
> they have to come replace the fuse with the stick, then close the knife with 
> the stick too.  Those guys are pretty good at doing that on a floppy 20ft 
> stick.
> 
> --R
> 
> 
> 
> On 8/12/15 2:16 PM, Dan Penoff via Mercedes wrote:
>> 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 
>>> <mercedes@okiebenz.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.
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