Fault Finding on Underground Cables

Posted by Marty Admire on May 15, 2018 2:47:00 PM

The CHANCE® DC hi-pot adapter has proven to be a very valuable tool for locating faulted cables in an underground loop. It is a simple, reliable tool that adds capability to the lineman’s existing CHANCE 5/16kV or 16kV phasing sets, allowing immediate cable testing during storms and new construction. The compact size and low cost, compared to other available diagnostic cable testers, allows for multiple trucks to do cable testing without long outages while waiting for more expensive and complicated equipment to arrive on the job site.

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Topics: Lineman Grade Tools

Drivecast™ in Action: Installation Test Results

Posted by Gary Seider on May 8, 2018 10:54:00 AM

The CHANCE® Drivecast™ screw displacement pile underwent three installations in the northeast, each achieving significantly positive test results. 

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Topics: Foundations

The Benefits & Challenges for Substation Communications

Posted by Manny Duvelson on May 7, 2018 2:06:00 PM

As a power utility company, it is critical to understand the benefits and challenges when it comes to substation communications IP migration. There can be major benefits when migrating from TDM to packet networks.

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Topics: Substation

Line Performance Improvement

Posted by Ryan Freeman on May 1, 2018 2:26:00 PM

Consumer demands for reliable electric power have continued to increase over the years with technological advances. The prevalence of high tech devices has required utilities to provide near uninterrupted service. 

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Topics: Arresters, Transmission

Comparing Deep Foundation Elements

Posted by Gary Seider on Apr 25, 2018 11:53:00 AM

There are seven key deep foundation solutions: helical piles, micropiles, driven piles, rammed aggregate, CFA piles and screw displacement piles. Each provide an industry solution. However, the applications can vary from product to product. How do the deep foundation methods compare with each other?

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Topics: Foundations

When Elbow Probes Should be Replaced

Posted by Todd Neville on Apr 19, 2018 4:02:00 PM

Under normal conditions, elbow probes and bushing inserts should last as long as elbows. However, there are a few signs that indicate when the probe and/or bushing insert should be replaced. 

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Topics: Cable Accessories

8 Tips for Bolted Connectors

Posted by Kimberly Thomas on Apr 16, 2018 3:50:00 PM

All bolted deadends are rated 40% of the conductor RBS. Bolted deadends can be used in slack span applications where line tension is less than 5% of RBS. 

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Topics: Connectors

Installing Screw Displacement Piles

Posted by Gary Seider on Apr 12, 2018 9:50:41 AM

As the CHANCE® Drivecast™ screw displacement pile is rotated into the ground, it compresses the soil laterally, creating a void which is immediately filled with grout maintained in the reservoir. The schedule 80 centralized shaft replaces the rebar cage as column reinforcement. 

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Topics: Foundations

Care & Maintenance of Personal Protective Grounding Equipment

Posted by Jason Dettmar on Apr 10, 2018 11:16:00 AM

Recent updates to OSHA 1910.269(n) and 1926.962 have emphasized the responsibility of the employer to ensure their personal protective grounding equipment and practices are adequate to protect employees from hazardous differences in electrical potential. One important aspect that is often overlooked is the care and maintenance of the grounding equipment.

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Topics: Lineman Grade Tools

What are Continuous Flight Auger Piles Costing You?

Posted by Gary Seider on Apr 4, 2018 3:46:00 PM

Construction crews and installers face a significant investment financially and time-wise when working with Continuous Flight Auger piles. For installation alone, the process is tenfold.

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Topics: Foundations