So how long does a transformer replacement take?

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  1. Viper GTS

    Viper GTS Lifer

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    Some idiot in an S2000 managed to knock out power for my half of the apartment complex. Made a most impressive bang and flash but now the only tech I have left is a half charged Mogul. I can't even sleep properly without power. :(

    How the hell a single car manages to lose it on a straight road is beyond me. Here's to people who drive like idiots in the rain.

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  2. Alone

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    Should be done in less than 24 hours, depending on how competent the linemen are. Could easily be done in 1/4 that time.
     
  3. BoomerD

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    Until they get done?

    I worked for one of the local electrical utilities for several years, and watched many transformer swaps. There's no one right answer except the one I gave above.
    There are way too many variables.

    Was the pole damaged to the point where it needs to be replaced? IF so, add at least a couple of hours...maybe 8, depending on the number and voltage of the lines attached to it.

    Just a "simple" transformer replacement? SHOULD be only a couple of hours, but again, too many variables.
    Location of said transformer, availablility of a replacement, distance from the location of the transformer and the yard where they store replacements, etc.
    Some crews carry a couple of the more common pole transformers with them to save the time of running to get a replacement, but it never fails, one that's out in the boonies with crappy access, will be an uncommon model, that they MIGHT have 1 of in their storage yard...

    Here's to the guys (and gals) who work in all kinds of shitty weather to keep our electricty turned on...:thumbsup:
     
  4. Viper GTS

    Viper GTS Lifer

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    Shit that is a long time. Guess it's time to go find a book and some candles.

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    BoomerD Lifer

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    It's also possible that the crash just caused the transformer to blow a fuse...that's about a 15-30 minute fix.

    If the pole has to be replaced...you probably won't get power back until sometime tomorrow...or Monday...
     
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    You can't sleep properly without power? :confused:
     
  7. Viper GTS

    Viper GTS Lifer

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    Would a fuse cause the flash/bang and funky burning smell? My first thought was lightning it was that loud and bright.

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    And we're back. Mostly. Still have a dead outlet that I can't explain but I'm assuming I can fix that with a flip of the appropriate breaker. So I guess to answer my own question, about two hours. :beer: for the line crew.

    As for my sleeping I use a CPAP. Sleeping without it is almost worse than no sleep - Think hangover headache when you wake up.

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  10. flxnimprtmscl

    flxnimprtmscl Diamond Member

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    WTF are you talking about?
     
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    xSauronx Lifer

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    link goes to GIS

    it helps you breathe. my dad wears one so he can sleep, cant sleep without it. when we had a hurricane blow through earlier this year he brought a battery in from his boat and hooked it up so he could sleep with his CPAP when the power went out.
     
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    my wife did the CPAP thing for a year or so and then she just quit. :confused:

    i used to tease her and call it her "sleep gear" :p
     
  14. nonameo

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    Transformers can't be replaced. They're a legacy.


    Robots in disguise!