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Old Jun 9th 2010, 12:29 am
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Thanks all for the responses. Still haven't got around to calling them yet, I really need to do that tomorrow.

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Bad luck on the power front. I always wondered if those UPS units actually worked if needed. Look on the bright side, if your mobo is blown and the insurance co pays up you can rebuild the tower PC with an i7 extreme chip and 16Gb RAM
I took the PC to work yesterday and tested it all with other bits and bobs....only the mobo seems to be fried, CPU and RAM all test ok, and the HDDs seem to be working. The PSU seems to test ok, but since the spike had to go through the PSU to fry the mobo, I'm not going to trust it and am replacing it also. I can't get the same mobo so had to get a different one and will have to reinstall. And yes, it's a shame I don't have an excuse to get an i7 and 12GB of DDR3.....
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Old Jun 9th 2010, 1:26 am
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Originally Posted by SalfordSal View Post
Sometimes catenaries are called drop wires, but that's incorrect as a drop wire is specific to a telecoms cable.

Okay, I'll get my coat...
I used to install drop wires as it happens..... and self supporting aerial cables combined (SSACC), which I believe had a catenary, that you wrapped around the pole and banged a big staple in to secure . Amazing how useless information comes flooding back when someone mentions it...... Can you get my coat while you're in the cloakroom?
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Old Jun 9th 2010, 9:11 pm
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I used to install drop wires as it happens..... and self supporting aerial cables combined (SSACC), which I believe had a catenary, that you wrapped around the pole and banged a big staple in to secure . Amazing how useless information comes flooding back when someone mentions it...... Can you get my coat while you're in the cloakroom?
I used to specialise in fibre on overhead lines - optical fibre telecoms cables buried in, wrapped around or strung beneath high voltage power lines. I didn't get near the consumer end, I was always on the trunk network. The most fascinating part was retrofitting wrapped cable to an existing power line, it proved so distracting to drivers that we would have to complete sections over roads at night to prevent crashes. My favourite bit was climbing the pylons though, I just loved the view from the top - they're incredibly high, a lot higher than they look.

Okay, I got our coats, I guess we'd best leave before we get thrown out.
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Old Jun 9th 2010, 9:17 pm
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Originally Posted by BritishGuy36 View Post
Since the problem that caused this issue was outside the house and is the responsibility of the electric company, can I claim back for the stuff that blew from them?
Yes, I'd file a claim with the power company. Years ago, I had a power surge that fried a number of my electronic items (stereo equipment, etc.), and received a check that equalled the cost of repairing it.

I needed to get repair estimates to support the claim and it did take a few weeks for the utility company to sort it out, but it was ultimately resolved in my favor. Definitely contact them about it, and make it clear that the damage was attributable to a power surge caused by their equipment.
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And yes, it's a shame I don't have an excuse to get an i7 and 12GB of DDR3.....
Sometimes life just doesn't work out in your favour,
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Old Jun 12th 2010, 3:04 pm
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You'll all find this latest development interesting. It was not true that they are responsible all the way to the meterbase (according to AEP). The lady I spoke to says they are responsible for the cable between the pole and house, then the homeowner is responsible for the cable from that point down to the meterbase, then the meterbase is theirs, then obviously from under the meterbase into the house is us.

It turns out that the guys who came and did the repair LIED on their report....they put that the cable repair they did was between where the cable attaches to the house and the meterbase, when it was actually between the house and the pole! So they lied to try and put responsibility on us! Crooks!

Their problem is that they shot themselves in the foot. Because it's a long cable, they didn't replace it...they patched it by crimping a piece on to join the cable back together....and the patch is clearly on the line from the house to the pole. I have photos with a red circle around the patch....ready to email them, when their 'investigator' calls me back....

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It turns out that the guys who came and did the repair LIED on their report....they put that the cable repair they did was between where the cable attaches to the house and the meterbase, when it was actually between the house and the pole! So they lied to try and put responsibility on us! Crooks!
Thieving gypsy bastards!
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Old Jun 12th 2010, 4:51 pm
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Their problem is that they shot themselves in the foot. Because it's a long cable, they didn't replace it...they patched it by crimping a piece on to join the cable back together....and the patch is clearly on the line from the house to the pole. I have photos with a red circle around the patch....ready to email them, when their 'investigator' calls me back....

Looks like they sent O'Reilly instead of Stubbs...

good luck pwning them on it.
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