service wire insulation brittle

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Old 10-05-14, 11:34 AM
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service wire insulation brittle

I was cleaning the gutters when I noticed the service wires to my overhead service. It looks like the portion of the insulation (POCO side) are starting to appear brittle. There are a few tiny cracks in the insulation. Of course I cannot look at the condition all the way up to the transformer.

No wire appears to be showing but it does look like you could easily start scrapping that rubber off the phase conductors.

Should I be concerned about this?

BTW: The wires on my side are brand new, recently had a new mast put on.
 
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Old 10-05-14, 12:37 PM
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If you are concerned call the power company and have them evaluate the condition.
 
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Old 10-05-14, 12:48 PM
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Hi PCBOSS- Yes I suppose I could do that but im not sure its necessary and I hate to waste someones time. That's why I asked here first before proceeding down that road.

With the millions of overhead services in the world exposed to UV light and the elements I know this is probably very common. Put it this way, if this was your house to what extent or condition of the wires would warrant a call to them? I don't see exposed wire, I just see the insulation looks a bit brittle.
 
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Old 10-05-14, 06:34 PM
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Should I be concerned about this?
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Hi casual joe.. thanks for responding (not sure how you got past that 25 character rule though!)

Care to elaborate?

thank you.
 
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Old 10-05-14, 11:34 PM
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Triplex generally develops weather cracks, they're pretty normal. Unless you see exposed Aluminum, I wouldn't worry about it.
 
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