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Service Conductor Issues

Vegetation Encroachment on Service Conductors - What's Wrong With This Picture?


Richard Acree

HINT: Electrical power and vegetation should not share the same space.

ANSWER: It is seldom a good idea that vegetation and power lines share the same space. This vine grew up from below and seriously encroached on the electrical power mask. Movement of the vine can damage the insulation on the wires and make electrocution and serious power malfunctions a possibility. See the insulation that has worn away below.

This should never have been allowed to happen, and getting the vine out of the wires is no easy, or amateur, job. This is a classic example of deferred maintenance. Below is a view of how this got started.

HABITEC recommends a minimum of 18" of space between vegetation and any component of a home or building.

Thank you,

Richard Acree

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