Peter McCarthy Electric Co., Inc. - Specializing in Older Buildings in Chicago
Adventures in Old House Wiring....

Emergency Service repair on Harper Ave

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Top: Rear view of house with the riser laying horizontally in bushes and on the ground.

Middle: Close up of damaged meter housing and riser.

Bottom:  The ComEd service drop main power cables laying on the ground in the yard. While all the service equipment was destroyed and knocked off the house, these cables were still live and "hot" because they did not rip off the service head connectors, and the cables themselves never shorted or became grounded.















Top:  New service riser, grounding electrode, service head and meter housing.




















New service conduit, riser, service head and the Com ED cables lifted off ground and re-attached. Lights on!







It was a very exciting day on Harper Ave last Tuesday!
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