Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The Electric Transformer On The Pole

We lived near a Protestant church, the old New England style with the tall steeple. Folks around us said it would protect from lightning, but the “cone of protection” only goes so far; after that, the strokes look for something else. A tree works just fine, maybe a chimney, possibly an electric wire on a pole (but not a tv antenna, generally).

We had a pole outside our house with a transformer on it, one of those sturdy cans that, on occasion, will blow up with a mighty blast and a wondrous flash of light making you think Jesus has come again right there on your street.

The transformer, thus described, is heavily grounded and makes a wonderful target for Mr. Lightning Bolt. We should all have one of these outside our residence, as they will protect us from Things That Go *Bang* In The Night (or day). I say, let the transformer take the blow; it’s outer covering is made just for that purpose.

There’s one just outside my apartment; actually, I think there are three on the pole. They are just begging to be hit during a storm and I am likewise quite willing to have them take the bullet for us. They can handle it; I can’t.

The alternative is to have some tall, well-grounded trees around the yard. No pines, or such with very shallow roots. Good, sturdy stock that digs in and spreads its roots far and deep. When a storm comes along, you might have to replace the tree, but it’s safer and happier than replacing your house.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well we are halfway, the pole with the transformers sits at the end of our clothesline, however there are no churches of any sort anywhere near here.

That church BTW was brought down from Vermont in ~ 1952. At the time there were no Interstates, only Rt. 5.... Could you imagine that, shipping church along Rt.11 for 100+ miles today?

Exit 318 Due North

May 15, 2009 6:42 AM  
Blogger Tom Carten said...

Pretty sure it came down board by board (attach C-1 to B-17) rather than in one piece, and was re-built on the spot.

May 15, 2009 3:19 PM  

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