Service Drop Dropped While at Inspection!!

The most bizarre thing happened today while I was inspecting a 34 year old house. Started my inspection, examined the exterior, including the service drop. The service drop didn’t have a mast, just attached to the fascia with a knob.

Went inside, finished up the interior and completed the inspection. As my client and I were leaving, we noticed that the service drop was now nearly at eye level as we walked out the sidewalk. It had pulled off of the house and was now drooped about a foot off of the driveway!! Nothing out of the ordinary had transpired to put any extra stress on the line, it just decided that it was now time to let go! Crazy, uh?

First photo is at start of inspection, next two are at conclusion of inspection.

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I never really liked to screw a house knob right into the fascia board like that. They always wallow out over time, and pull out like that. I use a “one point rack” and a very long bolt. The bolt is sufficiently long to get on the other side of the first rafter, and I put a big washer and nut on it. Allegheny will normally patch this up for free, but the knob is rightfully the customer’s responsibility in your area.

Mark,

That is really crazy, but don’t worry, you’ll get blamed for it some how…:smiley::stuck_out_tongue:

Unreal to say the least…:shock:

It’s been rainy and very windy all day here today. I’d blame it on the wind, because I’m sure that’s what the final straw was. I seriously doubt he rattles the service drop around during his inspection. I bumped one with my extension ladder once, and it dropped across a busy road. That was a little embarassing.

:smiley:

Marc,

I wouldn’t care if a Dust Storm went through while I was doing the inspection…:smiley: …My luck I would be blamed some how…:smiley: :smiley: :smiley:

I can hear it now…:smiley:

“So you were doing the inspection and the electric service was fine, you walked outside and it was on the ground.?”…:smiley: :smiley:

Now that is surely some REAL bad luck Mark L…:smiley:

I forgot to mention that I did swing on the service drop when I jumped off of the roof. Did a triple somersault and stuck my landing very nicely!! :smiley: :smiley: But that was earlier in the inspection and the service drop was still attached when I dismounted. That wouldn’t have had anything to do with it would it? :smiley: :smiley:

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Need pictures of that landing before I’m buying anymore of this thread. :slight_smile:

Must be the week for these. Wait for that limb to go and the mast may go with it, that’s if the eave abrasion doesn’t come into play first.

That’s not the service drop! It’s a clothes line;-)

Barry,

Don’t they strip the branches off the trees before they use them for poles in Texas?

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Will,

We’re not that backwoods, we have a few laundromats.

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Stripping the branches takes the fun/risk out of livin’ fast and dying young. You know how we are. Everything is bigger and better even our power poles. We are much greener than the rest of the country thinks :mrgreen:

besides, without the branches the dancers would never show up for work and the youngen’s would have nothing to climb :twisted: