Does it look like an electrician did this?

Originally Posted By: jtedesco
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Talk to me about the tap on the service entrance (lateral) single phase supply?


Does it look like an electrician did this?



PS: This is stealing electricity in a sneaky way! ![icon_twisted.gif](upload://xjO326gspdTNE5QS3UTl0a0Rtvy.gif)

From: ERFERTT (Wed Sep 17 18:01:28 2003)
An example of the pains that an energy thief will go through to cheat the utility company. This subject took possession of a new home and immediately cut into the riser from the inside and tapped into the underground lines.


From: ERFERTT (Wed Sep 17 18:03:11 2003)
A better view of the cut riser and the wiring that was tapped into. The subject extended the wiring into the attic where a secondary set of circuit breakers was discovered.


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Joe Tedesco, NEC Consultant

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Originally Posted By: Gino Conner
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No. It looks like the homeowner cut into the back of the riser so their theft of electricity would go unnoticed! icon_rolleyes.gif


Originally Posted By: jtedesco
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Thanks Gino, that’s the way in which In saw it too. This type of theft was discovered by an investigator.



Joe Tedesco, NEC Consultant


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Originally Posted By: Gino Conner
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I see what you are hinting at Joe. It does look like an


awful clean job for Harry-home-owner to have pulled off. icon_confused.gif


If it is just a worm drive clamp at the tap, even the worst
fool would probably realize that it would have to be well taped
to be in that metal conduit.

Of course, another indication that possibly an electrician
was involved is the fact that it would have required someone
to cut the riser while the conductors were LIVE, unless it was
done at the time of installation, which probably would have
required an electricians involvement.