Morning Mist - Tenterfield

02 September 2014

Power Cut

We had a notice in the letterbox a few days ago

DEAR HOUSEHOLDER,
WE ARE WORKING ON THE ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
ON TUESDAY, THIS IS TO ADVISE YOU THAT
THE ELECTRICAL SUPPLY TO YOUR HOUSE
WILL BE SHUT ON TUESDAY BETWEEN
8.00 AM AND 3 PM.
WE APOLOGISE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE.
YOUR POWER SUPPLY COMPANY

So we boiled the jug before 8 AM and filled up a large thermos flask to make the occasional cup of tea. The Blogger had a medical appointment and I turned off all my computers and got stuck into my book until the utility vehicles arrived around 9 o'Clock.


Four vehicles arrived including a couple of very large cherry pickers acompanied by 5 Energex workers and a couple of traffic coordinators. 

 The first thing they did, remove the large fuses to the high voltage side of the transformer. This is done with isolating poles.
We have a transformer at the edge of our property that transforms the power from 16,000 Volt down to 340/415 Volt, our household currency.

I went downstairs and asked one of the linesmen what they were doing. He told me that they were installing remote censoring equipment, so that the transformer can be monitored from their control room.
One of the men was working, standing on the crossbar which didn't look all that safe from where I was standing on my deck.


A second man then climbed a ladder and installed the sensor box below the transformer.

From an earlier post, you may remember that we frequently had possums walking over the transformer at night, which tripped the electricity supply and ended their cute little lives. After complaining, they came and fitted those PVC caps over the connections and we haven't had any problems with possums since.

 Around lunch time, they reinserted the fuses again and our power was restored again. We were once again able to brew a proper cup of tea.

4 comments:

  1. Wow!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The excitement at Daisy Hills, almost as thrilling as Albion.
    I trust the poor little possums were given a proper funeral in your garden with
    an appropriate cross????
    I wonder did the energex workers use the Fibonacci Series system for the installation??
    Goodness wouldn't the loss of power, suggested to you that instead of the tea/coffee intake,
    it may have been a good excuse to have a nip of the good old red or maybe open one of
    your German beer bottles??? After all Bill, one must keep up the liquid intake????
    Cheers and now where did I put my beer ??? ha ha
    Colin

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  2. That kept you entertained for the morning.

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    1. Diane! I am sure the workers appreciated the expert advice offered by TOH.
      Swiss precision, I would think.

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  3. I would have asked them to bury it underground! Gee they have a dangerous job!

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