Good Morning everyone.
Freetown: that's a great looking pup!! Make sure you train her to bring you your paper, slippers and a cold beer..!!
Hot as the breath from hell around here.. 94* yesterday forcast for the same today, and matching humidity.
DTE, my power company came by to check things out, after I presented photos of my voltmeter at a township meeting last week.. the
meter was reading 105volts.
The DTE folks looked things over, measured the voltage at the meter, it was early in the day, about 10am, so my meter plugged into the
kitchen outlet was reading 110. The reading at the meter was 111.2, the other leg 111.8.. DTE considers 114 minimum.
So I said, wait till 4pm, when everyone else upstream turns up their A/C units, it will drop another 5 volts..
So they have a little meeting, and decide my transformer must be at fault.. the transformer feeds only my house.. and the low voltage
varies with the time of day and OTHER consumers of current upstream of me... not with my use.. they didn't get it.. and of course, I'm
just a 'homeowner' I couldn't possibly know anything..
So yesterday morning, 8am i hear chainsaws, a trimming crew is cutting a path through the dry swamp to the pole. at around noon they are
done, and a 'forman' comes by and inspects the job and they move off.
An hour later, a different crew shows up, with big trucks with cherry picker arms, etc..
The lead guy comes to talk, tells me they are going to be changing the transformer. I say OK, do you want me to shut down my service,, nope,
he'll just pull the meter.
So he opens the meter cover and checks the voltage, 111.2/111.7.. I ask him if he'll check the output at the transformer to see if there is any
significant voltage drop from the transformer to the meter.. he looks at me, like you shouldn't know that stuff..
So they change the transformer, that was interesting, they couldn't get a truck anywhere close to the pole, so they used a block and tackle to drop
the old tranformer and drag up a much larger, new one..
And guess what?? the voltage at the meter?? 111.2/111.7..
NOW this guy and I have a conversation.. he did check the output from the transformer, and it was identical to what they get at the meter, so the
wires overhead and underground are not the problem..
We discuss that fact that I've been bringing up, that the voltage drops with time-of-day, from the voltage at the pole dropping as other users upstream
use more current.. and that the available current at the pole dropping was the problem, not the transformer feeding my service..
and he agreed.. said he'd write it up as low voltage at the pole.. and see what happens.
So I still have poor voltage, right now my meter is under 109v.. I'm sure it will be below 105v by 4pm..
We are supposed to get a line of thunderstorms through around midnight., maybe it will be cooler on Sunday.
I have a truck in the shop, has some valve-body issues in the trans.. so I need to get out there and pull the VB and strip it down, This trans broke
some parts in January, 'made metal' and no mater how much effort is spent trying to clean all the parts, you still have a few pieces of metal show up
after the rebuild.. and I think a small piece is causing a valve to hang up.. I hope it is obvious when I get it apart.. I hate finding nothing..
OK, time to get to work..