Anyone know/seen it happen/thought about it?
It explodes, knocks out the power for half a block, a power guy comes out to fix it, sees it was shot, files a police report. Then, you get arrested and thrown in prison for malicious destruction of city property
In short, nothing good.
Longer answer, probably you'll just knock power out for your street/block/area, and when the power company comes to repair it or check any cameras that might have caught you they will report weapons damage to the authorities. If caught, you will go to jail.
There is a small chance your round(s) might expose a cable running AC and drag it to a ground, in which case many sparks and likely an explosion will follow. You will probably die.
I would doubt they would found the suspect for a very long time if at all unless he leaves a brass case with his finger prints all over it and the cops manage to find that brass.
>mfw people shoot transformers and fiber boxes because they think the government is using them to spy on them
>mfw I need to explain to a customer that the fiber box being used for their 10gig point to point was shot for the third time in the same location
Idk, It was just one of the giant cylander things hanging off the side of power poles.
I'm glad I live out in nowhere so I don't have to worry about some rowdy youngsters destroying power transformers.
Back when power lines used to run along highways they put tanks up on all the power lines so drivers going through low population areas would be able to access fresh water or top off their radiator if they were overheating.
Sucks they really used to plan shit out back then.
it will leak mineral oil until it either shorts or overheats. it's pretty anticlimactic. they're basically a 100ft sheet of metal coiled up with paper separating the coils coated in mineral oil
After it blows and a bunch of people call the power company about how they don't have lights anymore, I have to come out and replace the fucking transformer at whatever hour of the day/night your dumb ass decided to shoot it, and I file a police report while cursing your name because I fucking hate trouble calls and just want to be napping
How the hell do they manage that? The only copper that's accessible without climbing or using a bucket truck is the ground wire and rod, which is copper clad and also (unless it's some big fucking wire with some serious problems along the line) won't blow if you cut it. Also, being copper clad, it's worthless and will get your ass laughed out of the scrapyard
Well no to sure because since I'm not a lineman or electrician but since it is electricity it's going to take the closest path of least resistance so i wouldn't want to be anywhere near it or standing on damp earth. Just look up a couple vids to get a general idea, i will say the arcs look pretty bad ass.
>I have to do my job
>Im so mad about it you stupid retards!
Sounds like you need a break buddy
Kek, my dad works for First Energy and after the plant he worked in got shut down they sent him to a call center to monitor outages and dispatch line crews. The area he monitored was West Virginia and part of western Maryland, and apparently this shit happened all the time. WV was especially bad for car-pole collisions, and occasionally the residents wouldn't even report it.
>be my dad at work a year or so ago
>notices an outage in an area that wasn't reported by customers, dispatches a line crew
>fucked up transformer near some guy's house
>line crew asks if they had power and if not, why they didn't call
>"eh, I figured you guys would realize it and send someone out eventually"
>this is not an uncommon occurance and outages in WV can last 2-3 days before being noticed by the company
>one time it was out for a week but the people effected had generators so they didn't care
>sometimes the meter readers are the ones that discover people are without electricity
Also, that's a verbatim quote from the WV guy, my dad says it was a really common mentality there (he's since left that office job to go back to a power plant). He hated it though, the customers in the area he monitored destroyed shit frequently and he was supposed to (as per First Energy guidelines) approve everything the line crews did before they did it (even though they knew exactly what to do, and he knew they knew what to do; most of the time, he ignored that rule).
Wow, that post got really off-topic.
It's not my job to fix stupid shit like that, but since the foreman has such a huge boner for storm and trouble calls, he requested that our crew be first on call for shit like that. I mean fuck, we're just a feeder hardening crew usually. I'm just trying to skate along on the easy street till that northern pass job starts up and I can do some man shit again. Till then, I wanna be as low-key as possible.
The oil inside begins to leak out, it over heats and catches fire assuming the power company doesn't catch it soon.
You then lose power and get put in prison when caught.
You also would not be able to post on 4chan.
Electrician here, depending on the transformer it may or may not be filled with oil. Depending on damage done it will stop working because the circuit is broken, the transformer will short and losee power, or the transformer will break down from heat after the loss of fluid and short a winding and lose power. So really the only thing that will happen is people will lose power and the poor fuckers who have to fix it will hate you.
I live in Minnesota.
We mostly have to worry about the fucktards that forget how to drive when it snows and slide off the road and take out these control boxes.
Because where's the best place to put these fucking things?
Near a god damn intersection, often at the end of a T intersection, because who's stupid enough to go 60+ on a snow covered, windy, dirt country road?
Some of your guys need to get real, apply yourself, and find out what the real world is all about - LAV
What happens when tards shoot out these and a phase drops onto another phase? Giant arc, or just a bang and a fuse somewhere down the line goes off with a just as loud bang?
Not him but I do linework for a living and if that shit dropped into another phase, there would be a fucking gigantic explosion and the line would probably melt into a bunch of other shit. Depending on where that is and how hard it sags, you'd have a horrifying grass/forest fire on your hands
you have idiots at times try to take the bus bars and service cables from big switch-gear and panels. unless its dead when they grab at it they cook real good.
When shit goes phase to phase it will usually produce some spectacular fireworks until the amperage rating 0f the circuit is met. Depending on the sensitivity of the cicuit protection it will trip out really quick or low a fuse. I'm not sure but I don't thin high voltage distribution is particularly sensitive.
The real old transformers contain an oil that is rich with PCB's. That is a chlorinated hydrocarbon like DDT and Chlordane. Very toxic and does not go away once in you. May cause a whole bunch trouble if you shoot that transformer.
Mfw I work for county utilities
Mfw people doing this got me called in over Christmas to fix the line
They recomended 10 feet for residential and 20 to 30 for high voltage, and in most circumstances you will have to wear a Faraday cage suit to work with this stuff. It's pretty dope, look it up.
My dad was doing electrical work and left the face plate off a light switch. I didn't know this and without looking I went to turn on the light so I could see when walking down the stairs.
My hand slipped inside the light switch and touched a live wire.
I remember feeling the current go through my arm, my body tensed up, then I remember falling slightly forward, from there I went unconscious and then I woke up at the bottom of the stairs.
I do not fuck with electrical shit.
Some transformers have an insulating oil inside, to my knowledge frequently plain jane mineral oil.
I assume without that you would get arcs from one coil (is that the proper terminology?) to the other and possibly an explosion.
Transformers are fucking LOUD when they blow.
It depends on the voltage, height of the tower, humidity, weather (has it rained, are you wet). Its not a good idea. Plus the high voltage lines are something that will cause a big show and definitely light anything combustible in the area it touches. If your Inna woods prepare for a forest fire
Wow you must be a tough guy. Please regale us all with more tales of your manliness
>mfw about to graduate my EE degree
>mfw trying to get a job with the power or phone company
>mfw seeing dumbass threads like this
>mfw I dont even have a reaction image to suit the stupidity of this thread
Seriously people, don't shoot transformers or other electrical equipment. All you're gonna do is knock out the power for some dumb saps and maybe maybe cause a small explosion, which I admit would be pretty cool to see, and if the power company finds out who you are they'll probably ass-fuck you on your bills for life. Without lube.
No, and local community college
I've talked to quite a few people from AT&T through my work in the past few months, and they all say the last time they hired in my area was like a year and a half ago, and they only hired like 5 people then.
Fuck that gay shit, get into an apprenticeship for linework. The pay is so much better and the work (IMO) is way more fun. There were some jobs I worked where I was riding quad bikes inna woods and swamp buggies to get to our work site every day. You can also get certified for working off of choppers on some highline transmission jobs which is bad ass
its called family letting me down. especially when im up in the attic or across the house troubleshooting hoe they broke something. i tell them to go turn it off and nope they killed the garage or something else other than where i was.
its not that i think im a toughguy its just that it doesnt really hurt,
i considered doing line work but i got into an inside wireman union. decent enough til i almost got hit and ran over by some high up hospital shmucks in a parking garage i was working in.
was, they kicked me out after that incident considering i starting yelling at the douche that almost took out my ladder,(running emt in the 2-3ft fins of a concrete parking garage, fucker was probably doing 20 in there. jobsite had no cones until i asked where they were.)
>"unions are bad!"
said no one in a good union, ever
Why would you bitch about something that benefits you? I don't like unions but saying "well I'm in a union and they're great" is obviously a biased opinion.
Fuck unions BTW, this isn't the 1920s working kids to death in the coal mined
the only thing unions have now it a guaranteed level of competency, that's if they never compromised the training to absorb the low skilled illegals to gain more power( form of money and votes)
Unions for my line of work are fucking necessary. They keep the bigger power companies at bay and fight to stop them from making us do shit by unit and rushing us, because that's how people get fucking killed- trying to meet some retarded quota for the day. I appreciate that I have a group behind my back that'll tell a company "no, fuck you, we're gonna take the extra 30 minutes to glove and sleeve up before every pole we do, because that's the safe way to do it and if that means we only get 4 poles done a day then we only get 4 poles done a day and you can fucking deal with it".
There's a reason non-union line jobs have a lot more accidents and issues in general. Half the shit I do is fix what the rat companies fucked up in the first place. Fuck you if you think having a group behind you that fights for your rights as a worker and human being is bad.
I was in a terrible union for a shit tier job.
I worked at a grocery store and for some reason there was a union for the maintenance workers.
One day I was forced to go outside and push in carts with no sun block, I'm a filthy half ginger and my dad has had multiple skin biopsies for possible skin cancer, so I asked someone else if they could do that for me, then went to my supervisor and asked if that person can do it for me today until I can get my own sunblock.
He gave me the choice of doing it or I don't have a job there anymore.
I left and when I called our union rep she had this bitch ass sarcastic tone and offered to come with me and hold my hand and talk to the manager about how he made me feel.
I just hung up on the cunt.
She did nothing for me and took part of my pay.
Fuck Rainbow Foods.
Yeah, it's not like there are regulations that protect a worker from companies denying them safety precautions. Good thing those ancient concept of unions keep us safe. Everybody who isn't union sucks and is unsafe.
I'm sure there's some good unions out there but for the most part any experience I've had dealing with them/ any major project has been a clusterfuck.
Show me a union that isn't full of corruption, or a major project that was finished on time on budget.
Fuck man the head of the truck drivers union in Boston never even drove trucks, how the fuck does that make sense
Or working for a not shitty company. Unions are much more easy to abuse they may keep people safe but there are laws in place to protect workers from that abuse.>>28501766
Better that what exactly?
cant always be super picky about a job nowadays. back when i was fresh out of the military i had a chance to go be a diesel generator electrician in Qatar since was rated as a EM. said no and to this day wonder if i should have.
Maintenance/Bagger was the position.
If we weren't mopping the floors, hanging pricing tags, pushing in carts, or taking the old food from the Leann Chins that was in the store to the rancid, sun baked garbage compactor, we were bagging groceries.
Our position was covered by, IIRC, the United Food and Commercial Workers union.
Because in linework, the threshold for being killed and killing everyone around you in an instant is a lot shorter. It's good to have a union at your back telling a company that you're not going to work by quota. The companies aren't specifically saying "no you can't glove and sleeve up or have a tailboard for every pole", but the numbers they want per day make it impossible to achieve within the workday without skimping on safety measures.
Again, I reiterate- in this job, if you make a mistake up in the primary, not only are you dead, but everyone around you is dead as well. Not injured, not badly hurt, but dead with a capital D. Electricity does not fuck around for a single second. The fact that companies try to push rat workers to go fast and get x amount of shit done a day is ridiculous and dangerous. They push profit before safety and if you cannot fathom why that is retarded, you're a lost cause and I would never want to work with you in my trade.
> people forgetting how to drive in snow every goddamn year here.
Every time it shows I'll see a car in the ditch nearly every quarter mile on the highways. I've taken to packing a big shovel and tow straps in my jeep to assist the hapless fucks now.
You do t need to tell me how dangerous electricity is senpai, I work with 480 daily and 13.8 on the regular. An arc flash is a possibility with nearly every job I do, and getting blasted with heat the equivalent of the surface of the sun. I understand why you think the way you do but there is a way to do it without unions, like I said, osha for construction. They protect a worker.
I pulled a guy out of a car once.
Left as soon as I could since I was going to run late for work.
The guy said he was heading to a showing for a house, I'll guess he was the realtor, and was running late so he was speeding.
The guy lost control, crossed over oncoming traffic, went off the road and the car impacted the ground, went airborne, flipped, and spun around coming to rest on the passenger side.
The vehicle hit the ground so hard it cracked the radiator, visibly bent the frame in the front end, and cracked the beads on the tires on driver's side, it hit so hard it carved into the frozen earth.
Goddamn, dude was lucky he didn't get shredded. I helped out a dude who rolled his SUV in front of me once.
> takes an onramp going way too fucking fast on the snow
> slides, over corrects, hits bank and flips
> pull up behind him he climbs out of window and immediately starts clawing at the rear passenger window
> oh fuck he's got a kid in there
> ask if I can help, mag light ready to bust window
>"my dog, I can't find my dog!"
> dog comes running up from behind, apparently was ejected and unscathed, looking excited as fuck.
> chill with the dude in my car until bolice arrive
Holy shit the amount of people who crash their cars into poles around here astounds me. Either the wind or some tard in a neon takes out the pole, and I'm stuck with my phone and gorka for warmth at like 3 am.
I worked for a general contractor who's own office building did not meet OSHA standards. I'm talking faulty wiring, black mold everywhere, even the main office, and questionable construction (I was just an estimator, but I doubt using salvaged materials from demo jobs was super safe).
You really fucking need second and third opinions on stuff.
Oh and I forgot to add that this GC was able to get away with this because he was drinking/golfing buddies with the local OSHA rep. I even reported it but nothing got changed and no OSHA folks investigated it.
Same town had the largest restaurant owner literally fucking the health inspector and I have seen that place leave uncooked chicken on the floor all day (dating a waitress there, got to be in the kitchen alot).
I WISH there were unions here, or something besides corrupt government officials. I know unions aren't immune to corruption, but that extra layer of "protect workers and consumers" would be nice, plus it'd make total corruption of the system, like that town has now, more difficult to do and to hide.
Reminds me of when I was doing outsourced tech support for Verizon DSL back in '11 when they had their workers strike.
mfw the internal comments for the outage were technician sabotage
>it's all double time
not in local 66 it isn't
I have shit on the floor, then pick it up with some gloves and then wiped it on the walls...It was a spite shit and it was great. It was all hard, and sticky and really suflery/hot.
Oh man, I lived in Sacramento for a few years, and was blown away by how often it happened there. It was rare that a day passed without the news featuring somebody crashing into something stupid, and there was one street near me in particular where poles got taken out every few weeks like clockwork.
The general level of driving in that area is absolutely appalling, I don't know if it's that they have high rates of drunk or high driving or what, but it turned me into a super-paranoid driver. It's crazy, you drive around and almost every car on the road, even ones that are almost brand new, has some kind of body damage. I was so glad to own a sporty car, because it saved my ass a whole bunch of times, either by being able to accelerate out of situations or by having good enough brakes and tires to stop before getting taken out by red light runners and stuff.
From a lineschool queer.
You knock out power, most likely cause an arc, could cause thousands in damages and you get arrested/fined for destruction of city property depending on how your electricity is brought to you.
Not as bad as SC.
>everyone drives 10-20 UNDER the speed limit
>everybody still wrecks
Turn signals are a foreign thing there. If you are an out-of-stater and use your turn signal you will legitimately freak people out badly enough to cause a crash.
Also, almost nobody uses headlights. Ever. There are actually body shops that specialize in disabling the auto-headlights on newer cars.
>Implying anything in distrubution is direct burried that shallow or not in conduit.
Its not water, its a coolant and if its an old transformer its poisionus as fuck.
Its called cooling...
It's copper coiled up.
Depends on voltage.
Annnd now I stopped checking comments
All the guys I know coming up from lineschools say they came into the apprenticeship a few steps higher. Seems like a waste of money to me but if you got a different story, I'm interested in hearing it. You rat or union?
imagining that is hilarious as fuck
Imo I don't think its a waste if you pay for a good school, you'll know more going into the industry, you wont look like a complete idiot to the company, cpr and first aid certs, cdl, rescue certs, and academics, you look a hell of a lot better on paper, especially if youre forst gen lineman.
I used to work for a telecom company out near the beaches then I went union and currently waiting for calnev to reopen. So just working construction in the mean time because fuck underground tech right now.
I guess I'm biased because I got my start in the trade by grunting for a little while before putting my application in. You in Cali? Not too far from me, I'm in Texas for now till that northern pass job opens up.
Local 134 Chicago here. I don't care how high up a person is, they can own the company for all I care. If you put my safety at risk I'm going to let you know exactly how I feel, or maybe I take a dive off the ladder, blame it on the suit and get a paid vacation.
Yeah, I mean I get that point too, makes sense because you guys worked to get where you are and we come in a little under you, but it's like anywhere else, if you pay your way to get in it's a little easier to get in, and I'm only 10k in debt.
And are you talking about the job from Nevada to Cali?
66 as a lineman sucks ass too, this whole state is just rats with union badges
>only 10k in debt
Damn dude at cali rate you'll have that paid off in like 6 months easy.
And nah, I'm talking that job in New England. 104 just successfully bid it I think
Maintenance at a grocery store is cleaning and sweeping
t. Guy who used to work maintenance at a grocery store (I used to have to go puch carts occasionally too, but I just did it because I am not a bitch boi and didn't get fired )
On the technical side... it'll might disable it... But it'll probably drain the coolant. Then when that happens it'll catch fire. Then it'll go boom.
On the legal side... See below.