PSE&G Transformer Hack Job

7/28/2010:

PSE&G leaves greasy, oily mess behind

You know those grey cylindrical objects near the tops of many utility poles in Hoboken (and just about everywhere that has electricity?) Well, those things are power transformers, and convert the high voltage electricity from the power sub-station (usually thousands of volts) to the standard 120/240 voltage that is usually seen within your home.

Inside those transformers, besides the “live” parts that work their electrical magic – is transformer oil – which keeps the device cool, and provides insulation between internal components.

If these things leak, it’s NOT a good sign, and should be replaced ASAP by PSE&G.

Hoboken411 reader Andrew noticed that one was leaking oil in Hoboken, on the sidewalk and even parked cars. He was astute enough to call PSE&G on his own to alert them of the problem.

They arrived to the transformer, and instead of properly replacing it, they tied towels to the line with electrical tape – to soak up the oil.

Figures we had another power outage yesterday (although that was caused by a fault at the 16th St. sub-station).

Sorry for the technical explanation to the laymen out there – you’d be surprised how many people have no idea what much of the industrial infrastructure around us actually is. Clueless.

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5 Comments on "PSE&G Transformer Hack Job"

DMuzikar
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DMuzikar
PSE&G understands your concern about the cable that is leaking fluid on Hudson St. in Hoboken. We are committed to providing reliable electric service, while also ensuring the safety of our employees and customers. Here is the situation: On July 24, PSE&G was notified that there was a leak coming from one of our utility poles on Hudson St. between 9th and 10th Streets in Hoboken. A PSE&G electric troubleshooter was dispatched on July 24 to assess the situation and found that an aerial cable (not a transformer) was leaking insulating fluid. To contain the leak, towels and tape were placed around the cable. This is a common procedure to temporarily contain the leak and adheres to all required safety practices and procedures. The towels and tape present no fire hazard. The job was referred to PSE&G’s engineering department to determine how to best make a permanent repair. Engineering has determined that the cable can be removed completely because it is no longer in service. The removal work is being scheduled and will be completed by the end of this month. PSE&G also attempted to clean the oil from the sidewalk below the cable, but could not gain access because of parked cars. We will clean the area following the removal of the cable. PSE&G also followed up on a similar concern at the corner of Jefferson and 8th Streets. That cable also is out of service and will be removed. The sidewalk has been cleaned. Insulating fluid leaks can… Read more »
escaped68
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The trouble shooting truck,usually manned by one man, came out to access the problem. He decides wether to declare a emergency or not,if not he makes temp repairs to insure that there is no threat to anybody or anything. He then fills out a work order and the “bosses” decide when to make necessary repairs. To most these temp repairs look odd but this trouble shooter has worked hard on his bag of unusual temp fixes. It’s a lot better than shutting the area down for 6/8 hours in this heat to make perm. repairs, those repairs can wait until the weather cools down.

HansBrix
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HansBrix

Hudson Street?

There’s another one like it on the SE corner of Jeff/8th.

homeworld
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That corner is so nasty. It’s been like that for quite some time. But there’s no transformer over that spot: maps.google.com/maps?f=q&sourc...MuV8YhHTM5eV_NJCQ&cbp=12,50.41,,0,-12.5[quote comment=”195171″]Hudson Street?There’s another one like it on the SE corner of Jeff/8th.[/quote]

youme66
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youme66

Isn’t there some type of code they need to follow? I would think towels would pose a fire hazard.

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