no covering on exterior electric bundle


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Old 05-05-09, 06:21 AM
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no covering on exterior electric bundle

Just noticed the plastic is split and exposing the ground wire that is bundled with the electric intake wires. The black electric wire is individually still coated with plastic, but the silver twisted ground wire can be seen.
This bundle comes from the outside electric box and is split
up to the gutter (one story). Would it be safe for me to
just buy some tape and retape it?
An electrician gave me a phone estimate of $800.
Need advise. Thank you
 
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Old 05-05-09, 08:04 AM
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Originally Posted by evelyndel View Post
Just noticed the plastic is split and exposing the ground wire that is bundled with the electric intake wires.
Is there any way you could post a photo of the broken wire? You can upload it to a sharing site like Photobucket or Flickr and post the link here.

Would it be safe for me to
just buy some tape and retape it?
No -- do not touch it. Depending on how your electrical service is installed, this wire may be continuously live.


An electrician gave me a phone estimate of $800.
I don't know how he could estimate something like that over the phone.
 
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Old 05-05-09, 08:08 AM
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Just wondering if this is on the POCO side of the box? Wouldn't they be responsible? Sorta like phone and cable? Not suggesting...just wondering?
 
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I can't speak for anyone else on here, but I don't understand what you're saying. Is this the power coming into the house? What do you mean by "coated with plastic?" What does "split up to the gutter" mean? The rain gutter? Split how? Could you be a bit more descriptive?
 
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Old 05-05-09, 09:16 AM
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I think the OP is describing an SER cable which the outer jacket is splitting.
 
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Old 05-06-09, 08:38 AM
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Originally Posted by ibpooks View Post
I think the OP is describing an SER cable which the outer jacket is splitting.
Ohhh. Now it makes sense. For some reason I just couldn't picture what (s)he was saying. That also accounts for the price because I couldn't reconcile $800 with a weatherproof box

evelyndel, so you know, electrical tape is not an approved method of replacing insulation. If this is the power cable coming into the house (and it is after the power company connectors) and it is splitting such that you can see the conductors, you have a major problem that needs to be repaired. You need an electrician to replace this cable. Every time it rains, water can get inside this plastic sheathing and run down into your meter pan, causing all kinds of trouble that will eventually result in loss of power, and hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars in repairs.

Also, I don't see how you could trust any electrician who offers an estimate of something like this site unseen. You need to call a couple of other licensed electricians to come out and offer a firm price on the job.
 
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Old 05-07-09, 02:24 PM
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It's done.

The electrician fixed it for 775.
Ran new 100 to my outside box, and then from the outside box to the breaker box in the basement and got it to code.
Didn't know your electrical box has to be 10 feet from
the gas line, so he had to move it. He provided a new box. And he drove a ground wire 8 feet into the ground and a ground wire across my basement to the water line source. He also said the electrical wire had to
be 12 feet above ground (above the gutter 2 feet in a
2 inch pipe). He also replaced 4 breakers that looked rusty
from water getting into that cracked wire.
He even cleaned out my gutter when he was on the roof
putting a security wire to protect the pipe from bending.
Do you think this was a fair price, it took him 4 hours,
and it includes AmerenUE inspection.
 
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Yes that does sound like a fair price for the work described.
 
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Thank you.

Thanks for taking the time to reply.
 
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That's more than fair, I don't care where you live!
 
 

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