Painting Around Service Drop

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Old 05-21-16, 11:06 AM
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Painting Around Service Drop

Hi All,

Not quite sure if this belongs in one of the electrical forums, if so, please advise. I would imagine this is a situation house painters are familiar with.

I'm painting the 50 year old aluminum siding on my house, strictly for appearance. I'm using brushes only.

I'm going to start now on the area where the electrical service comes in(hopefully the pic shows this adequately). The other wires are just phone and cable.

Do I need to take any special precautions? Is electrocution a concern? Of course, I plan to avoid touching wires. Should I(can I?) get the power turned off at the pole?

Thanks for any suggestions!

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Old 05-21-16, 11:16 AM
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Could be in the electrical forum but I'll leave it here.

You want to avoid the areas circled in red. Those are the splice points.
You may have a bare wire at the pink arrow.

Oh..... and using an aluminum ladder to paint near the service and wiring is a bad idea.

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Old 05-21-16, 12:21 PM
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Extreme care must be used when painting around live wires especially if using an aluminum ladder!!

You could check on what it would cost to have the power cut off momentarily [they could stick around while you paint as it wouldn't take 5 minutes] I've never had the luxury. The painting can be done with the power on, you just have to be extra careful and pay good attention.
 
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