- Am I going to die (old high voltage cable content)?
I’m clearing up a bit of our garden and buried under decades of leaf mulch was an old concrete plinth and a stub of some old HV cables. The neighbour who’s been there since the 1960s said there used to a transformer there, hence the plinth and cables.
The cable stub is kind of in the way, it would be good to cut it down further so I can level the area off. I’m fairly sure it’s disconnected but something is stopping me taking a cutter to it for fear of going up in a blue light. So, anyone got any opinions on how deadly a course of action it would be to cut it? Or if it was live would already have been fried digging around it?
Posted 5 years ago
Tom – phone Scottish Power, they will come and make safe, especially if you suggest to them it might not be….Posted 5 years ago
As iainc advises get your local DNO out. Where there are dead cables there are often live ones close by.
They should look after you; they shouldn’t charge.
PS Cougar, current detection won’t work even if it is live given that photo – there’s no circuit, but there is just every so often still voltage.Posted 5 years ago
Cheers for the tip called SP networks and they’re hoping to have someone out tonight. Apparently it does sound dodgy. Also if you have any kids <5 or old folk in the house it makes it more of an emergency!Posted 5 years ago
I’lld be more worried about all the PCB’s in the ground surrounding it. 😉Posted 5 years ago
Try licking it. Can’t be any worse than a 9v battery.Posted 5 years ago
I’lld be more worried about all the PCB’s in the ground surrounding it.
Printed Circuit Boards?
Pakistan Cricket Board?Posted 5 years ago
Poly chlorinated biphenylsPosted 5 years ago
Poly chlorinated Biphenyls
Nasty stuffPosted 5 years ago
 not even second! Generally not good, highly fat soluble and some take a massive amount of time to breakdown. Not that mobile, which can be a mixed blessing.Posted 5 years ago
Update: Engineer for SP came out and declared it to be properly dodgy (turns out they take reports of HV cables sticking out of the ground seriously)
He was really surprised, thought the call out was a joke, didn’t expect to find 11kV cables sticking out the ground behind a cottage. They’re send a crew to dig it up tomorrow.Posted 5 years ago
Re. the PCBs, probably but the area is getting covered over once I’ve cleared it.Posted 5 years ago
More folk have turned up from SP with the archive drawings and found the other end. It’s definitely dead so I’ve been told to chop away!Posted 5 years ago
Plant a few more, you’ll get the landscaping donePosted 5 years ago
Always better safe than sorry. Demolished a house once near a railway, found a cable like yours and was told by UK power network it was definitely dead as it was marked on their drawing. 25 ton tracked machine went to dig it out, followed by large bang and very unhappy machine driver. Personally I’d get them to do the cutting.Posted 5 years ago
That’s what I call a response!Posted 5 years ago
As a DNO employee, I’m with ajc. SP are trained in dealing with cables you’re not. Chances are it’s dead – but I can think of examples of “dead” cables that actually turned out to be nothing of the sort. The records are good but there are hundreds of thousands of assets installed over a 100 year plus time period. They are not perfect.Posted 5 years ago
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