Re: [MBZ] OT - Power partially out

2015-08-12 Thread Kaleb C. Striplin via Mercedes
ATTABOY

Sent from my iPhone

 On Aug 12, 2015, at 10:04 AM, WILTON via Mercedes mercedes@okiebenz.com 
 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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Re: [MBZ] OT - Power partially out

2015-08-12 Thread Andrew Strasfogel via Mercedes
I never heard of this before - thanks for writing.  I doubt Pepco would be
so responsive.

On Wed, Aug 12, 2015 at 11:08 AM, Kaleb C. Striplin via Mercedes 
mercedes@okiebenz.com wrote:

 ATTABOY

 Sent from my iPhone

  On Aug 12, 2015, at 10:04 AM, WILTON via Mercedes mercedes@okiebenz.com
 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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Re: [MBZ] OT - Power partially out

2015-08-12 Thread Rich Thomas via Mercedes
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 pum

p

- 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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Re: [MBZ] OT - Power partially out

2015-08-12 Thread Dan Penoff via Mercedes
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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Re: [MBZ] OT - Power partially out

2015-08-12 Thread Scott Ritchey via Mercedes
A sick main disconnect breaker (in CB panel) can produce same symptom.

 -Original Message-
 From: Mercedes [mailto:mercedes-boun...@okiebenz.com] On Behalf Of
 WILTON via Mercedes
 Sent: Wednesday, August 12, 2015 11:04 AM
 To: mercedes list mercedes@okiebenz.com
 Cc: WILTON wilt...@nc.rr.com
 Subject: [MBZ] OT - Power partially out
 
 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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Re: [MBZ] OT - Power partially out

2015-08-12 Thread WILTON via Mercedes
Yes, I thought of that and agree, but this one was really at the 
transformer.  I was lucky that the fault was in theirs, not mine and 
easily corrected.


Wilton

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Sent: Wednesday, August 12, 2015 7:34 PM
Subject: Re: [MBZ] OT - Power partially out



A sick main disconnect breaker (in CB panel) can produce same symptom.


-Original Message-
From: Mercedes [mailto:mercedes-boun...@okiebenz.com] On Behalf Of
WILTON via Mercedes
Sent: Wednesday, August 12, 2015 11:04 AM
To: mercedes list mercedes@okiebenz.com
Cc: WILTON wilt...@nc.rr.com
Subject: [MBZ] OT - Power partially out

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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Re: [MBZ] OT - Power partially out

2015-08-12 Thread Dan Penoff via Mercedes
Not uncommon. I've had it happen as well. Fortunately, other than heat or AC, 
you're still pretty much functional.

I had it happen in a house in Indianapolis in the dead of winter around 1:00 
am. Lucky for us our gas furnace was on the leg that still worked.

I would have gone back to bed if it hadn't been for the crew that came out 
around 3:00 am to change out the failed pad mounted transformer in front of the 
house. They made such a racket with their equipment it was impossible to sleep.

Glad they came despite the noise...

Dan 

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 On Aug 12, 2015, at 11:33 AM, Andrew Strasfogel via Mercedes 
 mercedes@okiebenz.com wrote:
 
 I never heard of this before - thanks for writing.  I doubt Pepco would be
 so responsive.
 
 On Wed, Aug 12, 2015 at 11:08 AM, Kaleb C. Striplin via Mercedes 
 mercedes@okiebenz.com wrote:
 
 ATTABOY
 
 Sent from my iPhone
 
 On Aug 12, 2015, at 10:04 AM, WILTON via Mercedes mercedes@okiebenz.com
 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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Re: [MBZ] OT - Power partially out

2015-08-12 Thread WILTON via Mercedes
Of course, paint it polka dot or pink and purple stripes if ya want.  Just 
DON'T paint the heat exchanger fins!


Wilton

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Sent: Wednesday, August 12, 2015 1:18 PM
Subject: Re: [MBZ] OT - Power partially out


Speaking of which - our outside AC compressor is ugly but not that old. 
Is

it OK to spiff it up with a fresh coat of paint to match the house color
(dark tan)?

On Wed, Aug 12, 2015 at 12:57 PM, Dan Penoff via Mercedes 
mercedes@okiebenz.com wrote:


Not uncommon. I've had it happen as well. Fortunately, other than heat or
AC, you're still pretty much functional.

I had it happen in a house in Indianapolis in the dead of winter around
1:00 am. Lucky for us our gas furnace was on the leg that still worked.

I would have gone back to bed if it hadn't been for the crew that came 
out
around 3:00 am to change out the failed pad mounted transformer in front 
of

the house. They made such a racket with their equipment it was impossible
to sleep.

Glad they came despite the noise...

Dan

Sent from my iPad

 On Aug 12, 2015, at 11:33 AM, Andrew Strasfogel via Mercedes 
mercedes@okiebenz.com wrote:

 I never heard of this before - thanks for writing.  I doubt Pepco would
be
 so responsive.

 On Wed, Aug 12, 2015 at 11:08 AM, Kaleb C. Striplin via Mercedes 
 mercedes@okiebenz.com wrote:

 ATTABOY

 Sent from my iPhone

 On Aug 12, 2015, at 10:04 AM, WILTON via Mercedes 
mercedes@okiebenz.com
 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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Re: [MBZ] OT - Power partially out

2015-08-12 Thread OK Don via Mercedes
We lose power about once a year, so I put the Report power outage number
in the address book of the phone after the first time - no fumbling around
in the dark looking for it now.

On Wed, Aug 12, 2015 at 10:04 AM, WILTON via Mercedes mercedes@okiebenz.com
 wrote:


 '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;

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Re: [MBZ] OT - Power partially out

2015-08-12 Thread WILTON via Mercedes
I was 'fraid they were gonna hafta change the transformer for an interior 
problem, but they obviously found a loose connection on outside and 
tightened it.  This transform was installed only coupla months ago.


Reminds me:  'Bout 20 years ago, a new tenant moved into one of my rental 
houses.  One of the last things I told 'im the day he moved in was, Ya need 
to go to power co. and give 'em a deposit to get power turned on.  Two 
weeks later, tenant called to report, Stove doesn't work; oven light works, 
but burners don't work.  I dove the 18 miles or so to the house.  While 
working diagnosis, I went to the meter and noticed that there was no seal - 
just like power  co. and I had left it.  'Pulled meter and noticed plastic 
insulating pads (installed by pwr co.) preventing connection of one leg. 
'Went back inside and asked  tenant, Have ya been to power co. to get power 
turned on?  His answer:  No.  ''Told 'im, Well, you only have 120 volts; 
one leg of the power is not ON.  Ya need to go to power co. to get it ON. 
The thief had been stealing 120-volt power for 2 weeks.  I drove away and 
heard no more about it; 'shoulda charged 'im for my trip out there to tell 
'im the second time.


Wilton

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From: Dan Penoff via Mercedes mercedes@okiebenz.com

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Cc: Dan Penoff d...@penoff.com
Sent: Wednesday, August 12, 2015 12:57 PM
Subject: Re: [MBZ] OT - Power partially out


Not uncommon. I've had it happen as well. Fortunately, other than heat or 
AC, you're still pretty much functional.


I had it happen in a house in Indianapolis in the dead of winter around 
1:00 am. Lucky for us our gas furnace was on the leg that still worked.


I would have gone back to bed if it hadn't been for the crew that came out 
around 3:00 am to change out the failed pad mounted transformer in front 
of the house. They made such a racket with their equipment it was 
impossible to sleep.


Glad they came despite the noise...

Dan

Sent from my iPad

On Aug 12, 2015, at 11:33 AM, Andrew Strasfogel via Mercedes 
mercedes@okiebenz.com wrote:


I never heard of this before - thanks for writing.  I doubt Pepco would 
be

so responsive.

On Wed, Aug 12, 2015 at 11:08 AM, Kaleb C. Striplin via Mercedes 
mercedes@okiebenz.com wrote:


ATTABOY

Sent from my iPhone

On Aug 12, 2015, at 10:04 AM, WILTON via Mercedes 
mercedes@okiebenz.com

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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Re: [MBZ] OT - Power partially out

2015-08-12 Thread Curly McLain via Mercedes

I never heard of this before - thanks for writing.  I doubt Pepco would be
so responsive.

On Wed, Aug 12, 2015 at 11:08 AM, Kaleb C. Striplin via Mercedes 
mercedes@okiebenz.com wrote:

  ATTABOY
 


Ach!  You've never lived, or never lived with electricity.

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Re: [MBZ] OT - Power partially out

2015-08-12 Thread Dan Penoff via Mercedes
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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Re: [MBZ] OT - Power partially out

2015-08-12 Thread Andrew Strasfogel via Mercedes
Speaking of which - our outside AC compressor is ugly but not that old.  Is
it OK to spiff it up with a fresh coat of paint to match the house color
(dark tan)?

On Wed, Aug 12, 2015 at 12:57 PM, Dan Penoff via Mercedes 
mercedes@okiebenz.com wrote:

 Not uncommon. I've had it happen as well. Fortunately, other than heat or
 AC, you're still pretty much functional.

 I had it happen in a house in Indianapolis in the dead of winter around
 1:00 am. Lucky for us our gas furnace was on the leg that still worked.

 I would have gone back to bed if it hadn't been for the crew that came out
 around 3:00 am to change out the failed pad mounted transformer in front of
 the house. They made such a racket with their equipment it was impossible
 to sleep.

 Glad they came despite the noise...

 Dan

 Sent from my iPad

  On Aug 12, 2015, at 11:33 AM, Andrew Strasfogel via Mercedes 
 mercedes@okiebenz.com wrote:
 
  I never heard of this before - thanks for writing.  I doubt Pepco would
 be
  so responsive.
 
  On Wed, Aug 12, 2015 at 11:08 AM, Kaleb C. Striplin via Mercedes 
  mercedes@okiebenz.com wrote:
 
  ATTABOY
 
  Sent from my iPhone
 
  On Aug 12, 2015, at 10:04 AM, WILTON via Mercedes 
 mercedes@okiebenz.com
  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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Re: [MBZ] OT - Power partially out

2015-08-12 Thread Rich Thomas via Mercedes
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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