34kV switch failing

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6 years 10 months ago #1440 by Stuckey

This is a 34 kv switch that did not operate correctly. It arced across the switch then burned till it went to ground and cleared it self.


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6 years 10 months ago - 6 years 10 months ago #1441 by GreyFox
Ouch - I have a healthy respect of high voltage. When I was 8 I grabbed a powerline while in a tree. Not sure how much was on the line but I survived it. I do know it was untransformed feeder line to 25 homes.


One of 5 major exit wounds. Spent a month in the hospital. So make sure you stay away from live wires ;)

Skingraph is off my leg so that should explain the tan and well - the iPhone takes some good pictures huh.

Let there be neon light!
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6 years 10 months ago #1442 by Stuckey
I think I will take your advice and not grab one of those :blink:

Also -you're one lucky guy for surviving that.

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6 years 10 months ago #1444 by GreyFox
So they tell me.

Let there be neon light!

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6 years 9 months ago #1467 by bcoggs
When I was a foolish teenager I once deliberately got a flourescent light tube tangled up in the local 34kv lines; drug it down the to the next pole where the wire was bare. Drew a phase to phase arc. Was temporarily blinded. Swore off the practice after that.

This is my favorite arc video:

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