|Spot the hydrant!|
|Where's the love?|
|Pay no mind to those tripping hazards.|
This comes up because of the topic of the previous post, where we've been out auditing a crap-ton of transformers in our system. We often find occasional problems in the course of day-to-day operations just like we find the oddball hidden hydrant, but there are many more transformers out there than hydrants, and the special attention we've been giving them lately here has given rise to a large number of fun discoveries.
We get a lot of complaints when we have to trim them back in an outage to access a unit, but at least then those people were out of power and sort of get it. It's when we find and trim some pre-emptively that people really cut loose. They've been growing that shrub or bush for years to hide it, they say. It's ugly, they say. No one has opened it in 15 years they say. Funny, since electricity is as essential as water is for fire protection (some would say more so), how almost no one complains about fire hydrants. Even the ones not used for a fire in 15 years.
If you have one of these at your home, in your neighborhood, chances are good you never gave it much thought. If it's overgrown, I am not going to tell you to clear it out, but I will tell you to not get your panties in a wad if one day the power company does it for you unannounced. And to not complain too much when there are delays getting the power on while linemen wrangle chainsaws and heavy trimmers just to get to their stuff.
Now you know. Knowing is half the battle.
Enjoy the gallery, it gradually gets better as you go down.
|Even when you know it is there, you can't see it.|
|This one is actually behind that center tree trunk, way back.|
|Fence overbuild. Priceless.|