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SATURDAY 21 January
Friday came and went with no additional work being done, and no indication of when another crew would be on site, but sometime in the morning, a different DTE crew showed up, again with multiple trucks of various kinds. Working from a bucket truck, they opened the disconnect switch, disconnecting power from our house. The whole-house generator quickly came online and took over providing power to the house.
Their first task was to disconnect the conductors from the existing transformer primary to the two distribution lines. The bucket was then used to support each line (in turn) as it was disconnected from the existing insulated stand-off and then lifted up and attached to new insulated standoff on the new/higher crossbar. This increased the height of the lines over our center driveway and over the road to the west where it cuts through the SW corner of our property. Indeed, getting these lines raised was one of the reasons the existing pole was being replaced. The other reason was its age and condition.
One of the bucket trucks was positioned to disconnect the house underground service conductors from the existing transformer secondary taps and then dis-mount the existing transformer while the other one, which included a hoist, was used to support and lower the old transformer as it was removed from the old pole.
The old pole was then “topped” a few feet above the AT&T and Comcast cables. The new 50 KVA transformer was then hoisted up and hung on the new pole. The rack was already installed just below it, but I’m not sure when that happened. The rack is a large vertical assembly with three (3) insulated standoffs.
The primary taps of the transformer were connected to the neutral conductor and the disconnect switch for the distribution lines and the wires from the secondary taps were secured to the rack. The ground conductor was also attached to the distribution neutral and the secondary center-tap on the transformer. The existing service conductors for the house were then temporarily routed to the rack and connected to the secondary transformer conductors. The disconnect switch was closed, and power was restored to our house.
Significant progress was made today towards having upgraded power to the house and, eventually, to the barn. I e-mailed the planning consultant and included a couple of photos.